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Neimar de Paula Silva, Rejane de Souza Reis, Rafael Garcia Cunha, Júlio Fernando Pinto Oliveira, Marceli de Oliveira Santos, Maria S Pombo-de-Oliveira, Beatriz de Camargo
BACKGROUND: Several maternal and birth characteristics have been reported to be associated with an increased risk of many childhood cancers. Our goal was to evaluate the risk of childhood embryonal solid tumors in relation to pre- and perinatal characteristics. METHODS: A case-cohort study was performed using two population-based datasets, which were linked through R software. Tumors were classified as central nervous system (CNS) or non-CNS-embryonal (retinoblastoma, neuroblastoma, renal tumors, germ cell tumors, hepatoblastoma and soft tissue sarcoma)...
2016: PloS One
Andrew S Azman, Lucy A Parker, John Rumunu, Fisseha Tadesse, Francesco Grandesso, Lul L Deng, Richard Laku Lino, Bior K Bior, Michael Lasuba, Anne-Laure Page, Lameck Ontweka, Augusto E Llosa, Sandra Cohuet, Lorenzo Pezzoli, Dossou Vincent Sodjinou, Abdinasir Abubakar, Amanda K Debes, Allan M Mpairwe, Joseph F Wamala, Christine Jamet, Justin Lessler, David A Sack, Marie-Laure Quilici, Iza Ciglenecki, Francisco J Luquero
BACKGROUND: Oral cholera vaccines represent a new effective tool to fight cholera and are licensed as two-dose regimens with 2-4 weeks between doses. Evidence from previous studies suggests that a single dose of oral cholera vaccine might provide substantial direct protection against cholera. During a cholera outbreak in May, 2015, in Juba, South Sudan, the Ministry of Health, Médecins Sans Frontières, and partners engaged in the first field deployment of a single dose of oral cholera vaccine to enhance the outbreak response...
November 2016: Lancet Global Health
Zahir H Alshehry, Piyushkumar A Mundra, Christopher K Barlow, Natalie A Mellett, Gerard Wong, Malcolm J McConville, John Simes, Andrew M Tonkin, David R Sullivan, Elizabeth H Barnes, Paul J Nestel, Bronwyn A Kingwell, Michel Marre, Bruce Neal, Neil R Poulter, Anthony Rodgers, Bryan Williams, Sophia Zoungas, Graham S Hillis, John Chalmers, Mark Woodward, Peter J Meikle
BACKGROUND: -Clinical lipid measurements do not show the full complexity of the altered lipid metabolism associated with diabetes or cardiovascular disease. Lipidomics enables the assessment of hundreds of lipid species as potential markers for disease risk. METHODS: -Plasma lipid species (310) were measured by a targeted lipidomic analysis with liquid chromatography electrospray ionisation-tandem mass spectrometry on a case-cohort (n=3,779) subset from the ADVANCE (Action in Diabetes and Vascular disease: preterAx and diamicroN-MR Controlled Evaluation) trial...
October 18, 2016: Circulation
Kirsten T Eriksen, Jane A McElroy, James M Harrington, Keith E Levine, Camilla Pedersen, Mette Sørensen, Anne Tjønneland, Jaymie R Meliker, Ole Raaschou-Nielsen
BACKGROUND: Cadmium is a human lung carcinogen, and recent evidence suggests it may play a role in hormone-related cancers because of its estrogenic activity. Case-control studies consistently show higher cadmium concentrations in urine from women diagnosed with breast cancer compared with control women. Our aim was to investigate the association between urinary cadmium and breast cancer in a prospective design. METHODS: We conducted a case-cohort study using the population-based Danish Diet Cancer and Health Cohort...
February 2017: Journal of the National Cancer Institute
Jiansong Ren, Gwen Murphy, Jinhu Fan, Sanford M Dawsey, Philip R Taylor, Jacob Selhub, Youlin Qiao, Christian C Abnet
B vitamins play an essential role in DNA synthesis and methylation, and may protect against oesophageal and gastric cancers. In this case-cohort study, subjects were enrolled from the General Population Nutrition Intervention Trial in Linxian, China. Subjects included 498 oesophageal squamous cell carcinomas (OSCCs), 255 gastric cardia adenocarcinomas (GCAs), and an age- and sex-matched sub-cohort of 947 individuals. Baseline serum riboflavin, pyridoxal phosphate (PLP), folate, vitamin B12, and flavin mononucleotide (FMN) were measured for all subjects...
October 17, 2016: Scientific Reports
Shuang G Zhao, S Laura Chang, Daniel E Spratt, Nicholas Erho, Menggang Yu, Hussam Al-Deen Ashab, Mohammed Alshalalfa, Corey Speers, Scott A Tomlins, Elai Davicioni, Adam P Dicker, Peter R Carroll, Matthew R Cooperberg, Stephen J Freedland, R Jeffrey Karnes, Ashley E Ross, Edward M Schaeffer, Robert B Den, Paul L Nguyen, Felix Y Feng
BACKGROUND: Postoperative radiotherapy has an important role in the treatment of prostate cancer, but personalised patient selection could improve outcomes and spare unnecessary toxicity. We aimed to develop and validate a gene expression signature to predict which patients would benefit most from postoperative radiotherapy. METHODS: Patients were eligible for this matched, retrospective study if they were included in one of five published US studies (cohort, case-cohort, and case-control studies) of patients with prostate adenocarcinoma who had radical prostatectomy (with or without postoperative radiotherapy) and had gene expression analysis of the tumour, with long-term follow-up and complete clinicopathological data...
October 12, 2016: Lancet Oncology
Agus Salim, Bénédicte Delcoigne, Krystyn Villaflores, Woon-Puay Koh, Jian-Min Yuan, Rob M van Dam, Marie Reilly
Using both simulated and real datasets, we compared two approaches for estimating absolute risk from nested case-control (NCC) data and demonstrated the feasibility of using the NCC design for estimating absolute risk. In contrast to previously published results, we successfully demonstrated not only that data from a matched NCC study can be used to unbiasedly estimate absolute risk but also that matched studies give better statistical efficiency and classify subjects into more appropriate risk categories. Our result has implications for studies that aim to develop or validate risk prediction models...
October 13, 2016: Statistics in Medicine
Eyituoyo Okoturo
INTRODUCTION: Mandibular defect reconstruction is extremely important to achieving an improved quality of life of patients as this bony defect influences facial harmony and aesthetics. Reconstruction of mandibular defects at our centre comprises use of reconstruction plate, non-vascularised anterior iliac crest graft and vascularised fibula flap. Despite the large mandibular defect recorded in our developing environment, non-vascularised iliac crest graft continues to play a role in its exclusive use for lateral mandibular defects...
October 10, 2016: Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery
Janneke G F Hogervorst, Piet A van den Brandt, Roger W L Godschalk, Frederik-Jan van Schooten, Leo J Schouten
It is unclear whether the association between dietary acrylamide intake and endometrial cancer risk as observed in some epidemiological studies reflects a causal relationship. We aimed at clarifying the causality by analyzing acrylamide-gene interactions for endometrial cancer risk. The prospective Netherlands Cohort Study on diet and cancer includes 62,573 women, aged 55-69 years. At baseline, a random subcohort of 2589 women was selected for a case cohort analysis approach. Acrylamide intake of subcohort members and endometrial cancer cases (n = 315) was assessed with a food frequency questionnaire...
October 7, 2016: Scientific Reports
Duo Yang, Zeqiang Xie, Xuli Xin, Wenying Xue, Man Zhang
Mortality associated with infections due to carbapenem-resistant Klebsiella pneumoniae (CR-KP) is high and the infections need to be predicted early. The risk factors for CR-KP infection are heterogeneous. The aim of the present study was to construct a model allowing for the early prediction of CR-KP infection. Nosocomial infections due to K. pneumoniae were evaluated retrospectively over a 2-year period. The case cohort consisted of 370 inpatients with CR-KP infection. For each case enrolled, two matched controls with no CR-KP infection during their hospitalization were randomly selected...
October 2016: Biomedical Reports
S Bernatsky, R Ramsey-Goldman, M Petri, M B Urowitz, D D Gladman, P F Fortin, E Ginzler, J Romero-Diaz, C Peschken, S Jacobsen, J G Hanly, C Gordon, O Nived, E H Yelin, D Isenberg, A Rahman, S-C Bae, L Joseph, T Witte, G Ruiz-Irastorza, C Aranow, D Kamen, G Sturfeldt, W D Foulkes, J E Hansen, Y St Pierre, P Chrétien Raymer, B Tessier-Cloutier, A E Clarke
OBJECTIVE: There is a decreased breast cancer risk in systemic lupus erythematosus (SLE) versus the general population. We assessed a large sample of SLE patients, evaluating demographic and clinical characteristics and breast cancer risk. METHODS: We performed case-cohort analyses within a multi-center international SLE sample. We calculated the breast cancer hazard ratio (HR) in female SLE patients, relative to demographics, reproductive history, family history of breast cancer, and time-dependent measures of anti-dsDNA positivity, cumulative disease activity, and drugs, adjusted for SLE duration...
September 29, 2016: Lupus
Rafael S Grajewski, Niusha Barahmand Pour, Katja Burian, Albert Caramoy, Bernd Kirchhof, Claus Cursiefen, Ludwig M Heindl
PURPOSE: The inappropriate immune response to harmless foreign and self-antigens is a common feature of allergy, atopy and autoimmune disease. The influence of environmental factors in the initiation of autoimmunity is not well understood. It is conceivable that immune responses to allergens may also serve as a trigger of bystander immune reactions, including autoimmunity such as uveitis. Therefore, we wanted to investigate the prevalence of allergies and atopy in patients with different types of uveitis in comparison to a control cohort...
September 29, 2016: Acta Ophthalmologica
Roxana Daneshjou, Larisa H Cavallari, Peter E Weeke, Konrad J Karczewski, Katarzyna Drozda, Minoli A Perera, Julie A Johnson, Teri E Klein, Carlos D Bustamante, Dan M Roden, Christian Shaffer, Joshua C Denny, James L Zehnder, Russ B Altman
INTRODUCTION: African Americans have a higher incidence of venous thromboembolism (VTE) than European descent individuals. However, the typical genetic risk factors in populations of European descent are nearly absent in African Americans, and population-specific genetic factors influencing the higher VTE rate are not well characterized. METHODS: We performed a candidate gene analysis on an exome-sequenced African American family with recurrent VTE and identified a variant in Protein S (PROS1) V510M (rs138925964)...
September 2016: Molecular Genetics & Genomic Medicine
Rizwan A Suliankatchi, Dhirendra N Sinha
BACKGROUND: In India, smokeless tobacco (SLT) use among pregnant women is high and its adverse effects on pregnancy outcomes have not been properly documented in. OBJECTIVES: To collate available evidence on the association between SLT use and three adverse pregnancy outcomes, i.e. low birth weight, preterm birth and stillbirth among women in India. SEARCH STRATEGY: A systematic search was conducted in MEDLINE, IndMed, Web of Science, Google Scholar and major journals...
October 2016: Journal of Obstetrics and Gynaecology of India
Colinda C J M Simons, Leo J Schouten, Roger W Godschalk, Manon van Engeland, Piet A van den Brandt, Frederik J van Schooten, Matty P Weijenberg
The energy restriction (ER)-colorectal cancer (CRC) association is inconsistent in literature. To strengthen the biological plausibility of the ER-CRC association, we investigated whether genetic variation in the insulin-like growth factor (IGF) pathway, a putative underlying mechanism, modulated this association in the Netherlands Cohort Study. Participants completed a questionnaire (n = 120,852) and provided toenail clippings for DNA (∼75%) at baseline. Individuals living in a Western city during the Hunger Winter (1944-45) or Western rural versus non-Western area were exposed to (severe) ER at young age...
September 20, 2016: International Journal of Cancer. Journal International du Cancer
K Beckman, E Mittendorfer-Rutz, P Lichtenstein, H Larsson, C Almqvist, B Runeson, M Dahlin
BACKGROUND: Self-harm among young adults is a common and increasing phenomenon in many parts of the world. The long-term prognosis after self-harm at young age is inadequately known. We aimed to estimate the risk of mental illness and suicide in adult life after self-harm in young adulthood and to identify prognostic factors for adverse outcome. METHOD: We conducted a national population-based matched case-cohort study. Patients aged 18-24 years (n = 13 731) hospitalized after self-harm between 1990 and 2003 and unexposed individuals of the same age (n = 137 310 ) were followed until December 2009...
September 20, 2016: Psychological Medicine
Chia-Fen Tsai, Mu-Hong Chen, Yen-Po Wang, Chi-Jen Chu, Yi-Hsiang Huang, Han-Chieh Lin, Ming-Chih Hou, Fa-Yauh Lee, Tung-Ping Su, Ching-Liang Lu
BACKGROUND & AIMS: Hepatic encephalopathy (HE) is a serious complication of cirrhosis and is associated with gut dysbiosis. Proton pump inhibitors (PPIs), frequently prescribed to patients with cirrhosis, can contribute to small bowel bacterial overgrowth. We investigated whether PPI predisposes patients with cirrhosis to HE using a large database of patients. METHODS: We performed a case-control study nested within a sample of Taiwan National Health Insurance beneficiaries (n=1,000,000), followed longitudinally from 1998 through 2011...
September 14, 2016: Gastroenterology
Yan Zheng, Frank B Hu, Miguel Ruiz-Canela, Clary B Clish, Courtney Dennis, Jordi Salas-Salvado, Adela Hruby, Liming Liang, Estefania Toledo, Dolores Corella, Emilio Ros, Montserrat Fitó, Enrique Gómez-Gracia, Fernando Arós, Miquel Fiol, José Lapetra, Lluis Serra-Majem, Ramón Estruch, Miguel A Martínez-González
BACKGROUND: Glutamate metabolism may play a role in the pathophysiology of cardiometabolic disorders. However, there is limited evidence of an association between glutamate-related metabolites and, moreover, changes in these metabolites, and risk of cardiovascular disease (CVD). METHODS AND RESULTS: Plasma levels of glutamate and glutamine were measured at baseline and 1-year follow-up in a case-cohort study including 980 participants (mean age 68 years; 46% male) from the PREvención con DIeta MEDiterránea (PREDIMED) randomized trial, which assessed a Mediterranean diet intervention in the primary prevention of CVD...
September 2016: Journal of the American Heart Association
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AIMS/HYPOTHESIS: The gut incretin hormones glucagon-like peptide-1 (GLP-1) and glucose-dependent insulinotropic peptide (GIP) have a major role in the pathophysiology of type 2 diabetes. Specific genetic and dietary factors have been found to influence the release and action of incretins. We examined the effect of interactions between seven incretin-related genetic variants in GIPR, KCNQ1, TCF7L2 and WFS1 and dietary components (whey-containing dairy, cereal fibre, coffee and olive oil) on the risk of type 2 diabetes in the European Prospective Investigation into Cancer and Nutrition (EPIC)-InterAct study...
September 13, 2016: Diabetologia
Julie George, Motonobu Saito, Koji Tsuta, Reika Iwakawa, Kouya Shiraishi, Andreas Scheel, Shinsuke Uchida, Shun-Ichi Watanabe, Ryo Nishikawa, Masayuki Noguchi, Martin Peifer, Iver Petersen, Se Jin Jang, Reinhard Buttners, Curtis C Harris, Jun Yokota, Roman K Thomas, Takashi Kohno
BACKGROUND: Programmed death ligand-1 (PD-L1), encoded by the CD274 gene, is a target for immune checkpoint blockade; however, little is known about genomic CD274 alterations. A subset of small cell lung cancer (SCLC) exhibits increased copy number of chromosome 9p24, on which CD274 resides; however, most SCLCs show low expression of PD-L1. We therefore examined, whether CD274 is a target of recurrent genomic alterations. METHODS: We examined somatic copy number alterations in two patient cohorts by quantitative real-time PCR in 72 human SCLC cases (cohort 1), and SNP array analysis in 138 human SCLC cases (cohort 2)...
September 12, 2016: Clinical Cancer Research: An Official Journal of the American Association for Cancer Research
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