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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27905672/oral-astragalus-huang-qi-for-preventing-frequent-episodes-of-acute-respiratory-tract-infection-in-children
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Guobin Su, Xiankun Chen, Zhuangzhu Liu, Lihong Yang, La Zhang, Cecilia Stålsby Lundborg, Zehuai Wen, Xinfeng Guo, Xindong Qin, Jueyao Liang, Xusheng Liu
BACKGROUND: Acute respiratory tract infections (ARTIs) are common in children and can involve both upper and lower airways. Many children experience frequent ARTI episodes or recurrent respiratory tract infections (RRTIs) in early life, which creates challenges for paediatricians, primary care physicians, parents and carers of children.In China, Astragalus (Huang qi), alone or in combination with other herbs, is used by Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM) practitioners in the form of a water extract, to reduce the risk of ARTIs; it is believed to stimulate the immune system...
December 1, 2016: Cochrane Database of Systematic Reviews
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27905410/association-between-preterm-brain-injury-and-exposure-to-chorioamnionitis-during-fetal-life
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Devasuda Anblagan, Rozalia Pataky, Margaret J Evans, Emma J Telford, Ahmed Serag, Sarah Sparrow, Chinthika Piyasena, Scott I Semple, Alastair Graham Wilkinson, Mark E Bastin, James P Boardman
Preterm infants are susceptible to inflammation-induced white matter injury but the exposures that lead to this are uncertain. Histologic chorioamnionitis (HCA) reflects intrauterine inflammation, can trigger a fetal inflammatory response, and is closely associated with premature birth. In a cohort of 90 preterm infants with detailed placental histology and neonatal brain magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) data at term equivalent age, we used Tract-based Spatial Statistics (TBSS) to perform voxel-wise statistical comparison of fractional anisotropy (FA) data and computational morphometry analysis to compute the volumes of whole brain, tissue compartments and cerebrospinal fluid, to test the hypothesis that HCA is an independent antenatal risk factor for preterm brain injury...
December 1, 2016: Scientific Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27905365/-gait-disorders-and-postural-instability-in-patients-with-an-essential-tremor
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S V Vasichkin, O S Levin
AIM: To study gait disorders and postural instability in patients with essential tremor (ET). MATERIAL AND METHODS: Forty patients with ET, aged from 29 to 82 years, (mean 64.2±13.0) were examined. Tandem walk, tremor, stability and stabilometry were studied. RESULTS AND CONCLUSION: A half of the patients had gait disorders and postural instability. Though these disorders were mild to moderate, they caused significant subjective discomfort and influenced quality of life...
2016: Zhurnal Nevrologii i Psikhiatrii Imeni S.S. Korsakova
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27905117/pharmacokinetics-of-new-high-concentration-and-long-acting-praziquantel-oily-suspensions-after-intramuscular-administration-in-cattle
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M Qian, L Wei, L Hao, S Tang
The aim of the study was to develop praziquantel (PZQ) oily suspensions with 30% PZQ high concentration for intramuscular injection and investigate their pharmacokinetics in cattle. Two optimized formulations containing 30% PZQ were developed in this study, and their quality met the technical standards set by the Ministry of Agriculture of the People's Republic of China. After intramuscular administrations of the suspensions (30 mg/kg), no significant differences were observed between the two oily suspensions...
December 1, 2016: Journal of Veterinary Pharmacology and Therapeutics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27905056/principal-covariates-clusterwise-regression-pccr-accounting-for-multicollinearity-and-population-heterogeneity-in-hierarchically-organized-data
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Tom Frans Wilderjans, Eva Vande Gaer, Henk A L Kiers, Iven Van Mechelen, Eva Ceulemans
In the behavioral sciences, many research questions pertain to a regression problem in that one wants to predict a criterion on the basis of a number of predictors. Although in many cases, ordinary least squares regression will suffice, sometimes the prediction problem is more challenging, for three reasons: first, multiple highly collinear predictors can be available, making it difficult to grasp their mutual relations as well as their relations to the criterion. In that case, it may be very useful to reduce the predictors to a few summary variables, on which one regresses the criterion and which at the same time yields insight into the predictor structure...
November 30, 2016: Psychometrika
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27904904/clinical-evaluation-of-glycopegylated-recombinant-fviii-efficacy-and-safety-in-severe-haemophilia-a
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Paul Giangrande, Tatiana Andreeva, Pratima Chowdary, Silke Ehrenforth, Hideji Hanabusa, Frank W G Leebeek, Steven R Lentz, Laszlo Nemes, Lone Hvitfeldt Poulsen, Elena Santagostino, Chur Woo You, Wan Hui Ong Clausen, Peter G Jönsson, Johannes Oldenburg
Turoctocog alfa pegol (N8-GP) is a novel glycoPEGylated extended half-life recombinant factor VIII (FVIII) product developed for prophylaxis and treatment of bleeds in patients with haemophilia A, to enable higher activity levels with less frequent injections compared with standard FVIII products. This phase III (NCT01480180), multinational, open-label, non-randomised trial evaluated the safety and clinical efficacy of N8-GP when administered for treatment of bleeds and for prophylaxis, in previously treated patients aged ≥12 years with severe haemophilia A...
December 1, 2016: Thrombosis and Haemostasis
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27904636/effect-of-cognitive-behavioral-stress-management-program-on-psychosomatic-patients-quality-of-life
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Zahra Ghazavi, Esmat Rahimi, Mohsen Yazdani, Hamid Afshar
BACKGROUND: Level of stress and its management affects the dimensions of psychosomatic patients' quality of life (QoL), which is an important psychological issue. The present study aimed to investigate the effect of cognitive behavioral stress management program on psychosomatic patients' QoL. In cognitive behavioral method, patients discover thought and behavioral mistakes and recover them. The criterion to evaluate the success of the present study was measurement of the patients' QoL and its notable improvement after intervention...
September 2016: Iranian Journal of Nursing and Midwifery Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27903874/life-history-characteristics-influence-physiological-strategies-to-cope-with-hypoxia-in-himalayan-birds
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S Barve, A A Dhondt, V B Mathur, Z A Cheviron
Hypobaric hypoxia at high elevation represents an important physiological stressor for montane organisms, but optimal physiological strategies to cope with hypoxia may vary among species with different life histories. Montane birds exhibit a range of migration patterns; elevational migrants breed at high elevations but winter at low elevations or migrate further south, while high-elevation residents inhabit the same elevation throughout the year. Optimal physiological strategies to cope with hypoxia might therefore differ between species that exhibit these two migratory patterns, because they differ in the amount time spent at high elevation...
November 30, 2016: Proceedings. Biological Sciences
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27903867/in-situ-developmental-responses-of-tropical-sea-urchin-larvae-to-ocean-acidification-conditions-at-naturally-elevated-pco2-vent-sites
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Miles D Lamare, Michelle Liddy, Sven Uthicke
Laboratory experiments suggest that calcifying developmental stages of marine invertebrates may be the most ocean acidification (OA)-sensitive life-history stage and represent a life-history bottleneck. To better extrapolate laboratory findings to future OA conditions, developmental responses in sea urchin embryos/larvae were compared under ecologically relevant in situ exposures on vent-elevated pCO2 and ambient pCO2 coral reefs in Papua New Guinea. Echinometra embryos/larvae were reared in meshed chambers moored in arrays on either venting reefs or adjacent non-vent reefs...
November 30, 2016: Proceedings. Biological Sciences
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27903810/subthalamic-nucleus-deep-brain-stimulation-in-isolated-dystonia-a-3-year-follow-up-study
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Jill L Ostrem, Marta San Luciano, Kristen A Dodenhoff, Nathan Ziman, Leslie C Markun, Caroline A Racine, Coralie de Hemptinne, Monica M Volz, Susan L Heath, Philip A Starr
OBJECTIVE: To report long-term safety and efficacy outcomes of a large cohort of patients with medically refractory isolated dystonia treated with subthalamic nucleus (STN) deep brain stimulation (DBS). METHODS: Twenty patients (12 male, 8 female; mean age 49 ± 16.3 years) with medically refractory isolated dystonia were studied (14 were followed for 36 months). The primary endpoints were change in Burke-Fahn-Marsden Dystonia Rating Scale (BFMDRS) motor score and Toronto Western Spasmodic Torticollis Rating Scale (TWSTRS) total score at 36 months compared to preoperative baseline...
November 30, 2016: Neurology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27903472/-endovascular-treatment-of-poplital-artery-aneurysms-a-word-of-caution-after-long-term-follow-up
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Cosimo Maraglino, Gianluca Canu, Renzo Ambrosi, Franco Briolini, Riccardo Gotti, Pietro Cefalì, Fabio Calliari, Paolo Ferrero, Franco Terraneo
PURPOSE: The aim of this work was to evaluate the long-term patency of endo-grafting in the treatment of popliteal artery aneurysms (Paa) and to identify which factors may be predictor of graft occlusion. METHODS: All the patients that underwent endovascular repair of Paa were analyzed from 2006 until 2014 on the basis of symptoms, comorbidities, limb salvage and long-term patency. The predictive value of the different variables was assessed in univariate analysis for primary patency and, for factors resulted significant, a multivariate analysis was performed...
November 26, 2016: Annals of Vascular Surgery
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27903408/correlations-between-ceruloplasmin-lactoferrin-and-myeloperoxidase-in-meconium
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Ewa Skarżyńska, Joanna Żytyńska-Daniluk, Barbara Lisowska-Myjak
BACKGROUND AND AIMS: Oxidative stress and the generation of reactive oxygen/nitrogen species has a known significant impact on intrauterine fetal growth and the risk of metabolic diseases in adulthood. Compounds accumulated in fetal meconium may be a source of information about the oxidoreductive status during the intrauterine development. Three metal-containing proteins ceruloplasmin (CP), lactoferrin (LF) and myeloperoxidase (MPO) constitute the complementary panel modulating oxidative stress...
November 23, 2016: Journal of Trace Elements in Medicine and Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27903265/associations-among-oral-health-related-quality-of-life-subjective-symptoms-clinical-status-and-self-rated-oral-health-in-japanese-university-students-a-cross-sectional-study
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Mayu Yamane-Takeuchi, Daisuke Ekuni, Shinsuke Mizutani, Kota Kataoka, Ayano Taniguchi-Tabata, Tetsuji Azuma, Michiko Furuta, Takaaki Tomofuji, Yoshiaki Iwasaki, Manabu Morita
BACKGROUND: The present study aimed to elucidate the associations among self-rated oral health, clinical oral health status, oral health behaviors, subjective oral symptoms, and oral health-related quality of life (OHRQoL) in a group of Japanese university students. METHODS: Of 2051 participants, 2027 (98.83%) students received an optional oral examination and answered a questionnaire including items regarding age, sex, self-rated oral health, oral health behaviors, subjective oral symptoms, and OHRQoL [The Oral Health Impact Profile (OHIP)-14]...
November 30, 2016: BMC Oral Health
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27903264/adult-onset-still-s-disease-evaluation-of-prognostic-tools-and-validation-of-the-systemic-score-by-analysis-of-100-cases-from-three-centers
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Piero Ruscitti, Paola Cipriani, Francesco Masedu, Daniela Iacono, Francesco Ciccia, Vasiliki Liakouli, Giuliana Guggino, Francesco Carubbi, Onorina Berardicurti, Paola Di Benedetto, Marco Valenti, Giovanni Triolo, Gabriele Valentini, Roberto Giacomelli
BACKGROUND: Adult-onset Still's disease (AOSD) is rare inflammatory disease of unknown etiology that usually affects young adults. The more common clinical manifestations are spiking fevers, arthritis, evanescent rash, elevated liver enzymes, lymphadenopathy, hepatosplenomegaly, and serositis. The multi-visceral involvement of the disease and the different complications, such as macrophage activation syndrome, may strongly decrease the life expectancy of AOSD patients. METHODS: This study aimed to identify the positive and negative features correlated with the outcome of patients...
December 1, 2016: BMC Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27903185/acute-clinical-adverse-radiation-effects-after-gamma-knife-surgery-for-vestibular-schwannomas
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Constantin Tuleasca, Mercy George, Mohamed Faouzi, Luis Schiappacasse, Henri-Arthur Leroy, Michele Zeverino, Roy Thomas Daniel, Raphael Maire, Marc Levivier
OBJECTIVE Vestibular schwannomas (VSs) represent a common indication of Gamma Knife surgery (GKS). While most studies focus on the long-term morbidity and adverse radiation effects (AREs), none describe the acute clinical AREs that might appear on a short-term basis. These types of events are investigated, and their incidence, type, and outcomes are reported in the present paper. METHODS The included patients were treated between July 2010 and March 2016, underwent at least 6 months of follow-up, and presented with a disabling symptom during the first 6 months after GKS that affected their quality of life...
December 2016: Journal of Neurosurgery
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27903157/obesity-and-other-cancers
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Lin Yang, Bettina F Drake, Graham A Colditz
Purpose Evidence on overweight, obesity, and an increased risk of cancer continues to accumulate and was updated in the 2016 handbook on weight control from the International Agency for Research on Cancer (IARC). The underlying primary data, together with dose-response meta-analysis and, finally, pooled analysis of individual participant data, add insight into the relation between obesity and cancer risk and prognosis. We summarize the evidence for mortality from prostate cancer, hematologic malignancies, and kidney cancer...
December 10, 2016: Journal of Clinical Oncology: Official Journal of the American Society of Clinical Oncology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27903055/local-landscape-effects-on-population-dynamics-of-ixodes-ricinus
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Naveed Asghar, Mona Petersson, Magnus Johansson, Patrik Dinnetz
Ixodes ricinus, a common tick in Europe, transmits severe tickborne pathogens (TBPs). In Sweden, both prevalence and incidence of tick-borne infections have increased during the last few decades, and a majority of the cases is reported from the area around Stockholm. Among ticks, transmission of TBPs involves co-feeding of susceptible larvae or nymphs with infected ticks on the same host. Seasonal synchrony of immature stages and total tick abundance are important factors for the probability of horizontal transmission of TBPs...
November 21, 2016: Geospatial Health
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27902979/altered-systemic-adipokines-in-patients-with-chronic-urticaria
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Hoang Kim Tu Trinh, Duy Le Pham, Ga-Young Ban, Hyun-Young Lee, Hae-Sim Park, Young-Min Ye
BACKGROUND: Increasing evidence suggests that adipokines affect immune responses and chronic urticaria (CU) is associated with an altered immune response related to chronic systemic inflammation. Our objectives were to investigate whether adipokines are involved in CU pathogenesis and to outline relationships between adipokines and urticaria severity and quality of life. METHODS: Serum adiponectin, leptin, lipocalin-2 (LCN2), interleukin (IL)-10, IL-6, and tumor necrosis factor (TNF)-α concentrations were measured by enzyme-linked immunosorbent assays in 191 CU patients and 89 healthy controls...
December 1, 2016: International Archives of Allergy and Immunology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27902833/evaluation-of-ischemic-and-bleeding-risks-associated-with-2-parenteral-antiplatelet-strategies-comparing-cangrelor-with-glycoprotein-iib-iiia-inhibitors-an-exploratory-analysis-from-the-champion-trials
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Muthiah Vaduganathan, Robert A Harrington, Gregg W Stone, Efthymios N Deliargyris, Ph Gabriel Steg, C Michael Gibson, Christian W Hamm, Matthew J Price, Alberto Menozzi, Jayne Prats, Steven Elkin, Kenneth W Mahaffey, Harvey D White, Deepak L Bhatt
Importance: In the context of contemporary pharmacotherapy, optimal antiplatelet management with percutaneous coronary intervention (PCI) has not been well established. Objective: To compare the ischemic and bleeding risks associated with glycoprotein IIb/IIIa inhibitors (GPIs) and a potent P2Y12 antagonist, cangrelor, in patients undergoing PCI. Design, Setting, and Participants: An exploratory analysis of pooled patient-level data from the 3 phase 3 Cangrelor vs Standard Therapy to Achieve Optimal Management of Platelet Inhibition (CHAMPION PCI, CHAMPION PLATFORM, and CHAMPION PHOENIX) trials of patients undergoing elective or nonelective PCI...
November 30, 2016: JAMA Cardiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27902821/risk-factors-for-basal-cell-carcinoma-among-patients-with-basal-cell-nevus-syndrome-development-of-a-basal-cell-nevus-syndrome-patient-registry
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Daniel C Solis, Gina P Kwon, Katherine J Ransohoff, Shufeng Li, Harvind S Chahal, Mina S Ally, Marieke A D Peters, Kristi Schmitt-Burr, Joselyn Lindgren, Irene Bailey-Healy, Joyce M Teng, Ervin H Epstein, Jean Y Tang
Importance: Patients with basal cell nevus syndrome (BCNS) have a greater risk of developing numerous basal cell carcinomas (BCCs). Risk factors influencing the wide variation in tumor burden are poorly understood. Objective: To describe the burden of BCCs in patients with BCNS in the United States and identify potential risk factors for BCCs. Design, Setting, and Participants: Prospective clinical registry with data collected from September 2014 to March 2016...
November 30, 2016: JAMA Dermatology
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