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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28645077/increased-blood-bdnf-in-healthy-individuals-with-a-family-history-of-depression
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Ulla Knorr, Mia H Greisen Søndergaard, Pernille Koefoed, Anders Jørgensen, Maria Faurholt-Jepsen, Maj Vinberg, Lars Vedel Kessing
The brain-derive neurotrophic factor (BDNF) may play an important role in the course of depression. We aimed to study the associations between peripheral whole blood BDNF levels in healthy individuals with and without a family history of depression. BDNF levels were significantly increased in healthy individuals with (n = 76), compared with healthy individuals without (n = 39) a family history of depression and persisted after adjustment for age and gender differences. Higher BDNF levels were associated with increasing age and seasonality...
June 17, 2017: Psychiatry Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28645074/relationship-between-inter-arm-blood-pressure-difference-and-severity-of-coronary-atherosclerosis
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Se-Jun Park, Jung-Woo Son, Sang-Min Park, Hyun-Hee Choi, Kyung-Soon Hong
BACKGROUND AND AIMS: A greater inter-arm blood pressure difference (IABPD) is associated with atherosclerosis, but its association with coronary artery disease is unknown. We investigated the relationship between IABPD and coronary atherosclerosis. METHODS: We retrospectively reviewed blood pressure (BP) data that was measured simultaneously in both arms of patients who underwent initial coronary angiography. Coronary atherosclerosis was assessed using the Gensini score, based on quantitative coronary angiography findings...
June 9, 2017: Atherosclerosis
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28645012/associations-between-toxic-and-essential-trace-elements-in-maternal-blood-and-fetal-congenital-heart-defects
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Yanqiu Ou, Michael S Bloom, Zhiqiang Nie, Fengzhen Han, Jinzhuang Mai, Jimei Chen, Shao Lin, Xiaoqing Liu, Jian Zhuang
Prenatal exposure to toxic trace elements, including heavy metals, is an important public health concern. Few studies have assessed if individual and multiple trace elements simultaneously affect cardiac development. The current study evaluated the association between maternal blood lead (Pb), cadmium (Cd), chromium (Cr), copper (Cu), mercury (Hg), and selenium (Se) levels and congenital heart defects (CHDs) in offspring. This hospital-based case-control study included 112 case and 107 control infants. Maternal peripheral blood draw was made during gestational weeks 17-40 and used to determine trace element levels by inductively coupled plasma mass spectrometry...
June 20, 2017: Environment International
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28644929/short-interpregnancy-intervals-maternal-folate-levels-and-infants-born-small-for-gestational-age-a-preliminary-study-in-a-canadian-supplement-using-population
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Buffy Chen, Prescilla Carrion, Ravneet Grewal, Angela Inglis, Catriona Hippman, Emily Morris, Heather J Andrighetti, Arianne Albert, Jehannine Austin
BACKGROUND: Short interpregnancy intervals (SIPI) have been associated with increased risks for adverse neonatal outcomes including preterm delivery and infants small for gestational age (SGA). It has been suggested that mechanistically, adverse neonatal outcomes after SIPI arise due to insufficient recovery of depleted maternal folate levels prior to the second pregnancy. However, empirical data are lacking regarding physiological folate levels in pregnant women with SIPI, and relationships between quantified physiological folate levels and outcomes like SGA...
June 23, 2017: Applied Physiology, Nutrition, and Metabolism, Physiologie Appliquée, Nutrition et Métabolisme
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28644881/gestational-diabetes-mellitus-and-risk-of-type-2-diabetes-10-years-after-the-index-pregnancy-in-sri-lankan-women-a-community-based-retrospective-cohort-study
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Himali Herath, Rasika Herath, Rajitha Wickremasinghe
BACKGROUND: Women with a history of gestational diabetes mellitus (GDM) have an increased risk of type 2 diabetes mellitus (T2DM) later in life compared to women with no GDM. This study was aimed to determine the risk of developing T2DM 10 years after GDM in Sri Lankan women. METHODS: A retrospective cohort study was conducted in the Colombo district, Sri Lanka. 7205 women who delivered a child in 2005 were identified through Public Health Midwives in the field...
2017: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28644847/role-of-classic-signs-as-diagnostic-predictors-for-enteric-fever-among-returned-travellers-relative-bradycardia-and-eosinopenia
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Takashi Matono, Satoshi Kutsuna, Yasuyuki Kato, Yuichi Katanami, Kei Yamamoto, Nozomi Takeshita, Kayoko Hayakawa, Shuzo Kanagawa, Mitsuo Kaku, Norio Ohmagari
BACKGROUND: The lack of characteristic clinical findings and accurate diagnostic tools has made the diagnosis of enteric fever difficult. We evaluated the classic signs of relative bradycardia and eosinopenia as diagnostic predictors for enteric fever among travellers who had returned from the tropics or subtropics. METHODS: This matched case-control study used data from 2006 to 2015 for culture-proven enteric fever patients as cases. Febrile patients (>38.3°C) with non-enteric fever, who had returned from the tropics or subtropics, were matched to the cases in a 1:3 ratio by age (±3 years), sex, and year of diagnosis as controls...
2017: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28644702/high-ykl-40-is-associated-with-poor-survival-in-patients-with-renal-cell-carcinoma-a-novel-independent-prognostic-marker
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Tuija Väänänen, Jukka Kallio, Katriina Vuolteenaho, Alexandra Ojala, Tiina Luukkaala, Mari Hämäläinen, Teuvo Tammela, Pirkko-Liisa Kellokumpu-Lehtinen, Eeva Moilanen
OBJECTIVE: YKL-40 is an inflammation-associated glycoprotein supposed to have a role in cell survival and angiogenesis. Renal cell carcinoma (RCC) is characterized by varying prognosis and risk of relapse after a disease-free period of years. Prognostic markers are critically needed. This study investigated whether YKL-40 could be a useful biomarker in RCC patients. MATERIALS AND METHODS: Blood samples from 82 patients with RCC were collected at the time of diagnosis and 3, 5 and 9 months and 2 and 3 years after nephrectomy...
June 23, 2017: Scandinavian Journal of Urology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28644562/efficacy-of-ipragliflozin-as-monotherapy-or-as-add-on-therapy-with-other-oral-antidiabetic-medications-in-treating-type-2-diabetes-in-japanese-patients-with-inadequate-glycemic-control-a-subgroup-analysis-based-on-patient-characteristics
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Takeshi Osonoi, Shinya Nakamoto, Miyoko Saito, Atsuko Tamasawa, Hidenori Ishida, Yusuke Osonoi
AIMS/INTRODUCTION: The aim of the present study was to evaluate the efficacy and safety of ipragliflozin in treating Japanese type 2 diabetic patients with inadequate glycemic control by investigating diurnal variations of blood glucose and body composition. MATERIALS AND METHODS: This was an investigator-initiated, multicenter, prospective study with a 6-month treatment period. The primary outcome investigated was change in hemoglobin A1c levels from baseline. Secondary outcomes included changes in fasting plasma glucose, insulin resistance, variations in 24-h glucose levels detected by continuous glucose monitoring, body weight, body composition, waist circumference, and serum lipids...
June 23, 2017: Journal of Diabetes Investigation
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28644426/the-association-between-the-serum-levels-of-matrix-metalloproteinase-9-and-colorectal-cancer
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Ismar Rašić, Azra Rašić, Goran Akšamija, Svjetlana Radović, Nedžad Šehović
Aim To determine the serum levels of matrix metalloproteinase 9 (MMP-9) concentration and their association with the stage and histopathologic sizes of colorectal cancer (CRC). Methods One hundred and two patients with clinically diagnosed and histologically confirmed colorectal cancer ready for surgical treatment were included in the study. In each patient, preoperative peripheral venous blood samples were taken for determination of the concentration of MMP-9 using ELISA immunoassay test. Resected tumour specimens were studied pathologically according to the criteria of the TNM classification...
August 1, 2017: Medicinski Glasnik
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28644345/yield-of-endoscopy-in-pediatric-gastroparesis
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Tara A Altepeter, Stephen Shaffer
OBJECTIVES: The aim of the study was to quantify the diagnostic yield of upper endoscopy in children with gastroparesis and to develop a clinical model for gastroparesis using common symptoms and screening blood tests. METHODS: We retrospectively reviewed charts of 196 patients of age 4 to 18 years evaluated for gastroparesis between 2009 and 2013. All patients completed a standard solid-phase gastric emptying scan and upper endoscopy within a 12-month period. We analyzed gross and histologic endoscopy findings...
July 2017: Journal of Pediatric Gastroenterology and Nutrition
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28644211/the-relationship-between-fasting-blood-glucose-variability-and-coronary-artery-collateral-formation-in-type-2-diabetes-patients-with-coronary-artery-disease
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Gang Cheng, Hilda Mahmoudi, Binna Chokshi, Marlena Fernandez, Vahid Kazemi, Nader Lamaa
BACKGROUND: Coronary collaterals are an alternative source of blood supply to ischemic myocardium. Well-developed coronary collateral arteries in patients with coronary artery disease (CAD) limit the size of acute myocardial infarction and improves survival. The aim of this study was to investigate the relationship between glycemic variability and coronary collateral formation in patients with type 2 diabetes mellitus and CAD. METHODS: Consecutive patients undergoing percutaneous coronary intervention or coronary artery bypass grafting procedures were studied...
June 21, 2017: Coronary Artery Disease
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28644156/clinical-case-of-the-month-a-57-year-old-man-with-an-axillary-mass
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Palak Desai, Andrew Myers, Brian Boulmay, Fred A Lopez
A 57-year-old man presented to the surgical oncology clinic with a mildly tender mass under his right arm. Four years prior, the patient had a melanoma removed from his right shoulder along with an ipsilateral right axillary sentinel lymph sampling. Computed tomography (CT) scan was negative for metastatic disease at that time. The patient did not undergo completion axillary node dissection and was lost to follow-up. The patient was originally from Australia, did not tan but reported multiple sunburns before age 18...
May 2017: Journal of the Louisiana State Medical Society: Official Organ of the Louisiana State Medical Society
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28644146/association-between-fibrinogen-level-and-the-severity-of-coronary-stenosis-in-418-male-patients-with-myocardial-infarction-younger-than-35-years-old
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Xiong-Yi Gao, Bing-Yang Zhou, Min-Zhou Zhang, Xi Zhao, Ping Qing, Cheng-Gang Zhu, Na-Qiong Wu, Yuan-Lin Guo, Ying Gao, Xiao-Lin Li, Yao Wang, Geng Liu, Qian Dong, Li-Heng Guo, Jian-Jun Li
Fibrinogen (Fib) is a useful marker for predicting the severity of coronary artery disease (CAD) in adult population. However, whether Fib can be a predictor for the presence and severity of CAD in very young MI patients (≤35 years old) remains to be determined. A total of 418 males from 61,863 patients with MI who were under 35 years old were sequentially recruited in our study. The patients were divided into two main groups and three subgroups according to coronary angiograph and Gensini score (GS) system: no coronary artery stenosis (group A), the results of the coronary artery stenosis (group B); low GS, intermediate GS and high GS...
June 20, 2017: Oncotarget
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28644114/midostaurin-plus-chemotherapy-for-acute-myeloid-leukemia-with-a-flt3-mutation
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Richard M Stone, Sumithra J Mandrekar, Ben L Sanford, Kristina Laumann, Susan Geyer, Clara D Bloomfield, Christian Thiede, Thomas W Prior, Konstanze Döhner, Guido Marcucci, Francesco Lo-Coco, Rebecca B Klisovic, Andrew Wei, Jorge Sierra, Miguel A Sanz, Joseph M Brandwein, Theo de Witte, Dietger Niederwieser, Frederick R Appelbaum, Bruno C Medeiros, Martin S Tallman, Jürgen Krauter, Richard F Schlenk, Arnold Ganser, Hubert Serve, Gerhard Ehninger, Sergio Amadori, Richard A Larson, Hartmut Döhner
Background Patients with acute myeloid leukemia (AML) and a FLT3 mutation have poor outcomes. We conducted a phase 3 trial to determine whether the addition of midostaurin - an oral multitargeted kinase inhibitor that is active in patients with a FLT3 mutation - to standard chemotherapy would prolong overall survival in this population. Methods We screened 3277 patients, 18 to 59 years of age, who had newly diagnosed AML for FLT3 mutations. Patients were randomly assigned to receive standard chemotherapy (induction therapy with daunorubicin and cytarabine and consolidation therapy with high-dose cytarabine) plus either midostaurin or placebo; those who were in remission after consolidation therapy entered a maintenance phase in which they received either midostaurin or placebo...
June 23, 2017: New England Journal of Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28644101/safety-and-cost-efficiency-of-a-restrictive-transfusion-protocol-in-patients-with-traumatic-brain-injury
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Laura B Ngwenya, Catherine G Suen, Phiroz E Tarapore, Geoffrey T Manley, Michael C Huang
OBJECTIVE Blood loss and moderate anemia are common in patients with traumatic brain injury (TBI). However, despite evidence of the ill effects and expense of the transfusion of packed red blood cells, restrictive transfusion practices have not been universally adopted for patients with TBI. At a Level I trauma center, the authors compared patients with TBI who were managed with a restrictive (target hemoglobin level > 7 g/dl) versus a liberal (target hemoglobin level > 10 g/dl) transfusion protocol. This study evaluated the safety and cost-efficiency of a hospital-wide change to a restrictive transfusion protocol...
June 23, 2017: Journal of Neurosurgery
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28643875/prediction-of-severe-pre-eclampsia-by-a-combination-of-sflt-1-ct-pro-et1-and-blood-pressure-exploratory-study
#16
Anne Lind Malte, Niels Uldbjerg, David Wright, Niels Tørring
OBJECTIVES: To evaluate the performance of a combination of clinical-, angiogenic- and vasoactive biomarkers to predict the development of severe preeclampsia (PE) and HELLP syndrome in the third trimester METHODS: We included 221 women with suspected- , light- , moderate - or severe PE/HELLP (mean gestational age 35(+6) weeks) attending the obstetrical outpatient clinic, and 99 with normal pregnancies. RESULTS: In a group of patients presenting with mild to moderate symptoms of preeclampsia, a combination of C-terminal Pro Endothelin 1 (CT-Pro-ET1), sFlt-1 and systolic blood pressure reached an Area under Curve (AUC) of 0...
June 23, 2017: Ultrasound in Obstetrics & Gynecology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28643852/therapeutic-d2-3-receptor-occupancies-and-response-with-low-amisulpride-blood-concentrations-in-very-late-onset-schizophrenia-like-psychosis-vloslp
#17
Suzanne Reeves, Kate Eggleston, Elizabeth Cort, Emma McLachlan, Stuart Brownings, Akshay Nair, Suki Greaves, Alan Smith, Joel Dunn, Paul Marsden, Robert Kessler, David Taylor, Julie Bertrand, Robert Howard
OBJECTIVE: Antipsychotic drug sensitivity in very late-onset schizophrenia-like psychosis (VLOSLP) is well documented, but poorly understood. This study aimed to investigate blood drug concentration, D2/3 receptor occupancy and outcome in VLOSLP during open amisulpride prescribing, and compare this with Alzheimer's disease (AD). METHODS: Blood drug concentration, prolactin, symptoms and extrapyramidal side-effects (EPS) were serially assessed during dose titration...
June 23, 2017: International Journal of Geriatric Psychiatry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28643816/-budd-chiari-syndrome-and-ulcerative-colitis-in-an-adolescent
#18
Federico Marchetti, Martina Mainetti, Michela Giovannini, Cristina Morelli
In patients with inflammatory bowel disease (IBD) there is an increased incidence of thromboembolic events. We report a case of a female, age 14, with a 6 months history of diarrhea with occasional presence of red blood and with a very distended abdomen with evident ascites. The diagnosis was Budd-Chiari syndrome (BCS) in ulcerative colitis (UC). Therapy with subcutaneous low molecular weight heparin, methylprednisolone, mesalazine was started. Clinical and radiological features quickly improved. No thrombophilia abnormality nor other risk factor for thrombosis were detected...
May 2017: Recenti Progressi in Medicina
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28643679/clinical-and-cerebrospinal-fluid-findings-contribute-to-the-early-differentiation-between-infectious-and-noninfectious-encephalitis
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Miguel Wilken, Lucía Ameghino, Ángel Cammarota, Martín A Nogués, Marcelo Del Castillo, Mauricio F Farez
Early recognition and prompt specific treatment are crucial factors influencing the outcome of patients with acute encephalitis. The aim of this study was to determine the main causes of acute encephalitis in our population and to find predictors that may lead to specific diagnosis. Adult patients admitted to our hospital with suspected diagnosis of encephalitis in the period 2006-2013 were included. One hundred and five medical records were analyzed. Eighty-two patients with infectious encephalitis were identified (78% of total cases), 53 (65%) men and 29 (35%) women, mean age 47...
2017: Medicina
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28643667/can-we-perform-a-prenatal-diagnosis-of-vasa-previa-to-improve-its-obstetrical-and-neonatal-outcomes
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E Nohuz, E Boulay, D Gallot, D Lemery, F Vendittelli
INTRODUCTION: Vasa previa (VP) is defined as a condition in which the fetal blood vessels, unsupported by the placenta or the umbilical cord, run through the membranes of the lower uterine segment. It is associated with a high risk of stillbirth by exsanguination. This study aimed to assess the clinical context of diagnosis of VP in order to elaborate a strategy for its prenatal diagnosis and to improve its obstetrical and neonatal outcomes. MATERIAL AND METHODS: This historical cohort study covered the period from January 1, 2011 to December 31, 2015...
April 2017: Journal of gynecology obstetrics and human reproduction
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