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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27936479/the-galad-scoring-algorithm-based-on-afp-afp-l3-and-dcp-significantly-improves-detection-of-bclc-early-stage-hepatocellular-carcinoma
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J Best, H Bilgi, D Heider, C Schotten, P Manka, S Bedreli, M Gorray, J Ertle, L A van Grunsven, A Dechêne
Background: Hepatocellular carcinoma (HCC) is one of the leading causes of death in cirrhotic patients worldwide. The detection rate for early stage HCC remains low despite screening programs. Thus, the majority of HCC cases are detected at advanced tumor stages with limited treatment options. To facilitate earlier diagnosis, this study aims to validate the added benefit of the combination of AFP, the novel biomarkers AFP-L3, DCP, and an associated novel diagnostic algorithm called GALAD. Material and methods: Between 2007 and 2008 and from 2010 to 2012, 285 patients newly diagnosed with HCC and 402 control patients suffering from chronic liver disease were enrolled...
December 2016: Zeitschrift Für Gastroenterologie
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27936458/predictors-of-functional-disability-with-focus-on-activities-of-daily-living-a-community-based-follow-up-study-in-older-adults-in-india
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Aarti Nagarkar, Yashoda Kashikar
BACKGROUND: Disability in activities of daily living is a growing concern among older populations all over the world. India has one of the rapidly ageing populations and predicted burden of functional disability is higher for Indian older adults as compared to other ageing Asian countries. METHODS: Total 1140 aged 60 years and over participated in a baseline study. 560 of them participated in the prospective cohort study conducted in the city of Pune, India. An interview and functional assessment using a questionnaire and Pune-FAAT tool was carried out in 2013-14...
December 2, 2016: Archives of Gerontology and Geriatrics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27936454/white-matter-volumes-in-youth-offspring-of-bipolar-parents
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Fabiano G Nery, Matthew Norris, James C Eliassen, Wade A Weber, Thomas J Blom, Jeffrey A Welge, Drew A Barzman, Jeffrey R Strawn, Caleb M Adler, Stephen M Strakowski, Melissa P DelBello
BACKGROUND: Studying youth at high risk of developing bipolar disorder may clarify neurobiological factors associated with vulnerability to this illness. We present here a baseline characterization of brain structure in youth at-risk for bipolar disorder. METHODS: Magnetic resonance images were obtained from 115 child and adolescent offspring of bipolar disorder type I subjects and 57 healthy child and adolescent offspring of healthy parents (healthy control offspring)...
November 25, 2016: Journal of Affective Disorders
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27936440/stride-variability-measures-derived-from-wrist-and-hip-worn-accelerometers
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Jacek K Urbanek, Jaroslaw Harezlak, Nancy W Glynn, Tamara Harris, Ciprian Crainiceanu, Vadim Zipunnikov
Many epidemiological and clinical studies use accelerometry to objectively measure physical activity using the activity counts, vector magnitude, or number of steps. These measures use just a fraction of the information in the raw accelerometry data as they are typically summarized at the minute level. To address this problem, we define and estimate two measures of temporal stride-to-stride gait variability based on raw accelerometry data: Amplitude Deviation (AD) and Phase Deviation (PD). We explore the sensitivity of our approach to on-body placement of the accelerometer by comparing hip, left and right wrist placements...
November 30, 2016: Gait & Posture
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27936395/population-based-report-on-health-related-quality-of-life-in-adolescents-born-very-preterm
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Giancarlo Natalucci, Hans Ulrich Bucher, Michael Von Rhein, Cristina Borradori Tolsa, Beatrice Latal, Mark Adams
BACKGROUND: As the survival rate of preterm infants constantly improves, knowledge on the impact of prematurity on long-term health-related quality of life (HRQoL) is important for clinical and parental guidance. We aimed to assess HRQoL in a national cohort of young adolescents born very preterm, and to identify predictors for poorer HRQoL. PATIENTS AND METHODS: All surviving Swiss live-born children below 30weeks of gestation during the year 2000 (290 subjects) were contacted at age 12years, together with their parents (262 families)...
December 6, 2016: Early Human Development
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27936364/parent-offspring-resemblance-for-drinking-behaviors-in-a-longitudinal-twin-sample
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Gretchen R B Saunders, Matt McGue, William G Iacono, Irene J Elkins
OBJECTIVE: The purpose of the current study was to evaluate parent-offspring resemblance for alcohol consumption and dependence symptoms, including sex-specific effects, and how these patterns change across adolescence and early adulthood. METHOD: Three cohorts of twins were assessed longitudinally at five time points between ages 14 and 29 years, with parents directly assessed at intake, using structured interviews. Twin offspring and parents from the population-based Minnesota Twin Family Study were included for a total sample size of 3,762 offspring (52% female) and their parents...
January 2017: Journal of Studies on Alcohol and Drugs
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27936236/an-evaluation-of-selected-populations-for-hiv-1-vaccine-cohort-development-in-nigeria
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Ogbonnaya S Njoku, Mark M Manak, Robert J O'Connell, Ashley L W Shutt, Jennifer A Malia, Richard A Heipertz, Sodsai Tovanabutra, Mark J Milazzo, Gideon Akindiran Akintunde, Abraham S Alabi, Aminu Suleiman, Amos A Ogundeji, Terfa S Kene, Robbie Nelson, Ojor R Ayemoba, Darrell E Singer, Merlin L Robb, Sheila A Peel, Nelson L Michael
Development of a globally effective HIV-1 vaccine will need to encompass Nigeria, one of the hardest hit areas, with an estimated 3.2 million people living with HIV. This cross-sectional Institutional Review Board (IRB) approved study was conducted in 2009-12 at four market sites and two highway settlements sites in Nigeria to identify and characterize populations at high risk for HIV; engage support of local stakeholders; and assess the level of interest in future vaccine studies. Demographic, HIV risk data were collected by structured interviewer-administered questionnaires...
2016: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27936231/correction-riyadh-mother-and-baby-multicenter-cohort-study-the-cohort-profile
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Hayfaa Wahabi, Amel Fayed, Samia Esmaeil, Rasmieh Alzeidan, Mamoun Elawad, Rabeena Tabassum, Shehnaz Hansoti, Mohie Edein Magzoup, Hanan Al-Kadri, Elham Elsherif, Hazim Al-Mandil, Ghadeer Al-Shaikh, Nasria Zakaria
[This corrects the article DOI: 10.1371/journal.pone.0150297.].
2016: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27936204/serotypes-and-antimicrobial-resistance-in-salmonella-enterica-recovered-from-clinical-samples-from-cattle-and-swine-in-minnesota-2006-to-2015
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Samuel Hong, Albert Rovira, Peter Davies, Christina Ahlstrom, Petra Muellner, Aaron Rendahl, Karen Olsen, Jeff B Bender, Scott Wells, Andres Perez, Julio Alvarez
Salmonellosis remains one of the leading causes of foodborne disease worldwide despite preventive efforts at various stages of the food production chain. The emergence of multi-drug resistant (MDR) non-typhoidal Salmonella enterica represents an additional challenge for public health authorities. Food animals are considered a major reservoir and potential source of foodborne salmonellosis; thus, monitoring of Salmonella strains in livestock may help to detect emergence of new serotypes/MDR phenotypes and to gain a better understanding of Salmonella epidemiology...
2016: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27936203/early-respiratory-infections-and-dental-caries-in-the-first-27-years-of-life-a-population-based-cohort-study
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Aino K Rantala, Ilkka T Mehtonen, Maritta S Jaakkola, Simo Näyhä, Timo T Hugg, Jouni J K Jaakkola
Early-life respiratory tract infections (RTIs) and dental caries are among the most common infectious diseases worldwide. The relations between early RTIs and development of caries in permanent teeth have not been studied earlier. We assessed childhood RTIs as potential predictors of caries in young adulthood in a 20-year prospective population-based cohort study (The Espoo Cohort Study). Information on lower respiratory tract infections (LRTIs) that had required hospitalization was retrieved from the National Hospital Discharge Registry (n = 1623)...
2016: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27936187/stroke-as-the-first-manifestation-of-atrial-fibrillation
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Jussi Jaakkola, Pirjo Mustonen, Tuomas Kiviniemi, Juha E K Hartikainen, Antti Palomäki, Päivi Hartikainen, Ilpo Nuotio, Antti Ylitalo, K E Juhani Airaksinen
Atrial fibrillation may remain undiagnosed until an ischemic stroke occurs. In this retrospective cohort study we assessed the prevalence of ischemic stroke or transient ischemic attack as the first manifestation of atrial fibrillation in 3,623 patients treated for their first ever stroke or transient ischemic attack during 2003-2012. Two groups were formed: patients with a history of atrial fibrillation and patients with new atrial fibrillation diagnosed during hospitalization for stroke or transient ischemic attack...
2016: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27936167/the-slavic-nbn-founder-mutation-a-role-for-reproductive-fitness
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Eva Seemanova, Raymonda Varon, Jan Vejvalka, Petr Jarolim, Pavel Seeman, Krystyna H Chrzanowska, Martin Digweed, Igor Resnick, Ivo Kremensky, Kathrin Saar, Katrin Hoffmann, Véronique Dutrannoy, Mohsen Karbasiyan, Mehdi Ghani, Ivo Barić, Mustafa Tekin, Peter Kovacs, Michael Krawczak, André Reis, Karl Sperling, Michael Nothnagel
The vast majority of patients with Nijmegen Breakage Syndrome (NBS) are of Slavic origin and carry a deleterious deletion (c.657del5; rs587776650) in the NBN gene on chromosome 8q21. This mutation is essentially confined to Slavic populations and may thus be considered a Slavic founder mutation. Notably, not a single parenthood of a homozygous c.657del5 carrier has been reported to date, while heterozygous carriers do reproduce but have an increased cancer risk. These observations seem to conflict with the considerable carrier frequency of c...
2016: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27936147/absence-of-association-between-behavior-problems-in-childhood-and-hypertension-in-midlife
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Sadiq M Saad, Gurch Randhawa, Dong Pang
BACKGROUND: It is known that behavior in childhood is associated with certain physical and mental health problems in midlife. However, there is limited evidence on the role of childhood behavior problems in the development of hypertension in adulthood. The present study aimed to examine whether behavior problems in childhood influenced the risk of hypertension in midlife in the United Kingdom 1958 birth cohort. METHODS: The 1958 British birth cohort comprised 17,638 individuals born in the first week of March 1958 in the United Kingdom...
2016: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27936146/performance-of-clinical-screening-algorithms-for-tuberculosis-intensified-case-finding-among-people-living-with-hiv-in-western-kenya
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Surbhi Modi, Joseph S Cavanaugh, Ray W Shiraishi, Heather L Alexander, Kimberly D McCarthy, Barbara Burmen, Hellen Muttai, Chad M Heilig, Allyn K Nakashima, Kevin P Cain
OBJECTIVE: To assess the performance of symptom-based screening for tuberculosis (TB), alone and with chest radiography among people living with HIV (PLHIV), including pregnant women, in Western Kenya. DESIGN: Prospective cohort study. METHODS: PLHIV from 15 randomly-selected HIV clinics were screened with three clinical algorithms [World Health Organization (WHO), Ministry of Health (MOH), and "Improving Diagnosis of TB in HIV-infected persons" (ID-TB/HIV) study], underwent chest radiography (unless pregnant), and provided two or more sputum specimens for smear microscopy, liquid culture, and Xpert MTB/RIF...
2016: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27936130/angiogenic-proteins-placental-weight-and-perinatal-outcomes-among-pregnant-women-in-tanzania
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Chloe R McDonald, Anne M Darling, Enju Liu, Vanessa Tran, Ana Cabrera, Said Aboud, Willy Urassa, Kevin C Kain, Wafaie W Fawzi
INTRODUCTION: Placental vascular development, and ultimately placental weight, is essential to healthy fetal development. Here, we examined placental weight in a cohort of Tanzanian women in association with angiogenic proteins known to regulate placental vascular development and perinatal outcomes. METHODS: A total of n = 6579 women with recorded placental weight were included in this study. The relative risk of adverse perinatal outcomes (Apgar score, death, asphyxia, respiratory distress, seizures, pneumonia and sepsis) was compared between placental weight in the bottom and top 10th percentiles...
2016: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27936113/preoperative-csf-melatonin-concentrations-and-the-occurrence-of-delirium-in-older-hip-fracture-patients-a-preliminary-study
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Rikie M Scholtens, Sophia E J A de Rooij, Annelies E Vellekoop, Bart C Vrouenraets, Barbara C van Munster
BACKGROUND: Delirium is characterized by disturbances in circadian rhythm. Melatonin regulates our circadian rhythm. Our aim was to compare preoperative cerebrospinal fluid (CSF) melatonin levels in patients with and without postoperative delirium. METHODS: Prospective cohort study with hip fracture patients ≥ 65 years who were acutely admitted to the hospital for surgical treatment and received spinal anaesthesia. CSF was collected after cannulation, before administering anaesthetics...
2016: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27936092/the-association-between-sexually-transmitted-infections-length-of-service-and-other-demographic-factors-in-the-u-s-military
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Robert Deiss, Richard J Bower, Edgie Co, Octavio Mesner, Jose L Sanchez, Jennifer Masel, Anuradha Ganesan, Grace E Macalino, Brian K Agan
BACKGROUND: Numerous studies have found higher rates of sexually transmitted infections (STIs) among military personnel than the general population, but the cumulative risk of acquiring STIs throughout an individual's military career has not been described. METHODS: Using ICD-9 diagnosis codes, we analyzed the medical records of 100,005 individuals from all service branches, divided in equal cohorts (n = 6,667) between 1997 and 2011. As women receive frequent STI screening compared to men, these groups were analyzed separately...
2016: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27936091/development-of-serum-marker-models-to-increase-diagnostic-accuracy-of-advanced-fibrosis-in-nonalcoholic-fatty-liver-disease-the-new-linki-algorithm-compared-with-established-algorithms
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Byron Lykiardopoulos, Hannes Hagström, Mats Fredrikson, Simone Ignatova, Per Stål, Rolf Hultcrantz, Mattias Ekstedt, Stergios Kechagias
BACKGROUND AND AIM: Detection of advanced fibrosis (F3-F4) in nonalcoholic fatty liver disease (NAFLD) is important for ascertaining prognosis. Serum markers have been proposed as alternatives to biopsy. We attempted to develop a novel algorithm for detection of advanced fibrosis based on a more efficient combination of serological markers and to compare this with established algorithms. METHODS: We included 158 patients with biopsy-proven NAFLD. Of these, 38 had advanced fibrosis...
2016: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27936053/predicting-30-day-readmissions-in-an-asian-population-building-a-predictive-model-by-incorporating-markers-of-hospitalization-severity
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Lian Leng Low, Nan Liu, Sijia Wang, Julian Thumboo, Marcus Eng Hock Ong, Kheng Hock Lee
BACKGROUND: To reduce readmissions, it may be cost-effective to consider risk stratification, with targeting intervention programs to patients at high risk of readmissions. In this study, we aimed to derive and validate a prediction model including several novel markers of hospitalization severity, and compare the model with the LACE index (Length of stay, Acuity of admission, Charlson comorbidity index, Emergency department visits in past 6 months), an established risk stratification tool...
2016: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27936000/association-of-prenatal-ibuprofen-exposure-with-birth-weight-and-gestational-age-a-population-based-sibling-study
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Kateřina Nezvalová-Henriksen, Mollie Wood, Olav Spigset, Hedvig Nordeng
OBJECTIVES: Three studies so far have investigated the effect of prenatal non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drug (NSAID) exposure on birth weight and gestational age. The aim in this study was to evaluate the association of prenatal ibuprofen with birth weight and gestational age at birth, using a sibling design in an attempt to adjust for the possibility of familial confounding. DESIGN: Using data from the Norwegian Mother and Child Cohort Study (MoBa) and the Medical Birth Registry of Norway (MBRN), we identified 28 597 siblings, of whom 1080 were prenatally exposed to ibuprofen and 26 824 were not exposed to any NSAID...
2016: PloS One
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