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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28230023/helicobacter-pylori-infection-and-pancreatic-cancer-risk-a-meta-analysis
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Yu Guo, Wei Liu, Jun Wu
OBJECTIVE: To assess whether the Helicobacter pylori (HP) infection can increase the risk of developing pancreatic cancer or not by meta-analysis. METHODS: Published studies about HP infection and pancreatic cancer risk were electronic searched in the databases of MEDLINE, PubMed, Web of Science, and CNKI. The correlation between HP infection and pancreatic cancer was demonstrated by odds ratio (OR) and corresponding 95% confidence interval (CI). The publication bias was assessed by Begg's funnel plot and Egger's linear regression test...
December 2016: Journal of Cancer Research and Therapeutics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28227080/a-comparison-between-four-techniques-to-measure-cardiac-output
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A Pironet, P C Dauby, J G Chase, P Morimont, N Janssen, B Lambermont, S Davidson, T Desaive, A Pironet, P C Dauby, J G Chase, P Morimont, N Janssen, B Lambermont, S Davidson, T Desaive, T Desaive, B Lambermont, P C Dauby, N Janssen, P Morimont, A Pironet, J G Chase, S Davidson
Cardiac output is an important variable when monitoring hemodynamic status. In particular, changes in cardiac output represent the goal of several circulatory management therapies. Unfortunately, cardiac output is very difficult to estimate, either in experimental or clinical settings. The goal of this work is to compare four techniques to measure cardiac output: pressure-volume catheter, aortic flow probe, thermodilution, and the PiCCO monitor. These four techniques were simultaneously used during experiments of fluid and endotoxin administration on 7 pigs...
August 2016: Conference Proceedings: Annual International Conference of the IEEE Engineering in Medicine and Biology Society
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28225484/association-between-erbb4-single-nucleotide-polymorphisms-and-susceptibility-to-schizophrenia-a-meta-analysis-of-case-control-studies
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Yanguo Feng, Dejun Cheng, Chaofeng Zhang, Yuchun Li, Zhiying Zhang, Juan Wang, Xiao Feng
BACKGROUND: Accumulating studies have reported inconsistent association between ErbB4 single nucleotide polymorphisms (SNPs) and predisposition to schizophrenia. To better interpret this issue, here we conducted a meta-analysis using published case-control studies. METHODS: We conducted a systematic search of MEDLINE (Pubmed), Embase (Ovid), Web of Science (Thomson-Reuters) to identify relevant references. The association between ErbB4 SNPs and schizophrenia was assessed by odds ratios (ORs) and 95% confidence intervals (CIs)...
February 2017: Medicine (Baltimore)
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28224767/effect-of-accreditation-on-accuracy-of-diagnostic-tests-in-medical-laboratories
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Mi Ae Jang, Young Ahn Yoon, Junghan Song, Jeong Ho Kim, Won Ki Min, Ji Sung Lee, Yong Wha Lee, You Kyoung Lee
BACKGROUND: Medical laboratories play a central role in health care. Many laboratories are taking a more focused and stringent approach to quality system management. In Korea, laboratory standardization efforts undertaken by the Korean Laboratory Accreditation Program (KLAP) and the Korean External Quality Assessment Scheme (KEQAS) may have facilitated an improvement in laboratory performance, but there are no fundamental studies demonstrating that laboratory standardization is effective...
May 2017: Annals of Laboratory Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28224198/intraoperative-pth-may-not-be-necessary-in-the-management-of-primary-hyperparathyroidism-even-with-only-one-positive-or-only-indeterminate-preoperative-localization-studies
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Alireza Najafian, Stacie Kahan, Matthew T Olson, Ralph P Tufano, Martha A Zeiger
BACKGROUND: Intraoperative PTH (IOPTH) monitoring has been widely used to confirm the removal of the culprit lesion during operation. However, the true benefit of IOPTH in patients with preoperatively well-localized single adenoma has been questioned. The aim of this study was to examine how or if IOPTH changes the surgical management and outcomes in patients with only one positive or only indeterminate localization studies. METHODS: This is a retrospective review of data from a parathyroid surgery database and patient records from July 2004 to June 2014, including patients with primary hyperparathyroidism with a planned MIP by two experienced endocrine surgeons after ≥1 positive/indeterminate preoperative localization study by ultrasound and/or sestamibi...
February 21, 2017: World Journal of Surgery
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28224175/differences-between-active-and-passive-self-ligating-brackets-for-orthodontic-treatment-systematic-review-and-meta-analysis-based-on-randomized-clinical-trials
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Xianrui Yang, Yiruo He, Tian Chen, Mengyuan Zhao, Yinqiu Yan, Hongzhe Wang, Ding Bai
PURPOSE: In orthodontic treatment, the effects of differences in the design between active and passive self-ligating bracket (ASLB and PSLB, respectively) are usually neglected. This study investigated differences in effectiveness and efficiency between ASLBs and PSLBs. METHODS: To identify randomized, controlled clinical trials (RCTs) comparing ASLB with PSLB, the electronic databases Medline, Embase, Cochrane Central Register of Controlled Trials, Chinese Biomedical Literature Database, China National Knowledge Infrastructure, and Chinese Medical Journal Database were searched without language or time limits...
February 21, 2017: Journal of Orofacial Orthopedics, Fortschritte der Kieferorthopädie
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28221205/muscle-relaxation-for-tracheal-intubation-during-paediatric-anaesthesia-a-meta-analysis-and-trial-sequential-analysis
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Florence Julien-Marsollier, Daphné Michelet, Myriam Bellon, Anne-Laure Horlin, Jean-Michel Devys, Souhayl Dahmani
BACKGROUND: Muscle relaxation for tracheal intubation during paediatric anaesthesia remains a subject of debate. OBJECTIVE: The aim of the current meta-analysis was to investigate the effect of muscle relaxants (MR) compared with opioids on intubation conditions in children. DESIGN: Meta-analysis of randomised controlled studies and GRADE analysis. DATA SOURCES: Exhaustive literature analysis. ELIGIBILITY CRITERIA: Clinical trials, with no high-risk bias, that examined the effect of MR in comparison with opioids on intubation conditions (excellent: primary outcome, acceptable: secondary outcome) in children were included...
February 17, 2017: European Journal of Anaesthesiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28220453/epidemiology-of-sepsis-in-catalonia-analysis-of-incidence-and-outcomes-in-a-european-setting
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Juan Carlos Yébenes, Juan Carlos Ruiz-Rodriguez, Ricard Ferrer, Montserrat Clèries, Anna Bosch, Carol Lorencio, Alejandro Rodriguez, Xavier Nuvials, Ignacio Martin-Loeches, Antoni Artigas
BACKGROUND: Up-to-date identification of local trends in sepsis incidence and outcomes is of considerable public health importance. The aim of our study was to estimate annual incidence rates and in-hospital mortality trends for hospitalized patients with sepsis in a European setting, while avoiding selection bias in relation to different complexity hospitals. METHODS: A large retrospective analysis of a 5-year period (2008-2012) was conducted of hospital discharge records obtained from the Catalan Health System (CatSalut) Minimum Basic Data Set for Acute-Care Hospitals (a mandatory population-based register of admissions to all public and private acute-care hospitals in Catalonia)...
December 2017: Annals of Intensive Care
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28220086/students-wearing-police-uniforms-exhibit-biased-attention-toward-individuals-wearing-hoodies
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Ciro Civile, Sukhvinder S Obhi
Police provide an essential public service and they often operate in difficult circumstances, requiring high-speed cognition. Recent incidents involving apparent profiling and aggressive behavior have led to accusations that the police are sometimes biased. Given that previous research has shown a link between clothing and cognition, we investigated the question of whether the police uniform itself might induce a bias in social attention. To address this question, and using a Canadian university student sample, we assessed whether wearing a police uniform biases attention toward black faces compared to white faces, and low-status individuals compared to high-status individuals...
2017: Frontiers in Psychology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28219387/geographical-distributions-of-african-malaria-vector-sibling-species-and-evidence-for-insecticide-resistance
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Antoinette Wiebe, Joshua Longbottom, Katherine Gleave, Freya M Shearer, Marianne E Sinka, N Claire Massey, Ewan Cameron, Samir Bhatt, Peter W Gething, Janet Hemingway, David L Smith, Michael Coleman, Catherine L Moyes
BACKGROUND: Many of the mosquito species responsible for malaria transmission belong to a sibling complex; a taxonomic group of morphologically identical, closely related species. Sibling species often differ in several important factors that have the potential to impact malaria control, including their geographical distribution, resistance to insecticides, biting and resting locations, and host preference. The aim of this study was to define the geographical distributions of dominant malaria vector sibling species in Africa so these distributions can be coupled with data on key factors such as insecticide resistance to aid more focussed, species-selective vector control...
February 20, 2017: Malaria Journal
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28219324/non-anti-coagulant-factors-associated-with-filter-life-in-continuous-renal-replacement-therapy-crrt-a-systematic-review-and-meta-analysis
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Matthew Brain, Elizabeth Winson, Owen Roodenburg, John McNeil
BACKGROUND: Optimising filter life and performance efficiency in continuous renal replacement therapy has been a focus of considerable recent research. Larger high quality studies have predominantly focussed on optimal anticoagulation however CRRT is complex and filter life is also affected by vascular access, circuit and management factors. We performed a systematic search of the literature to identify and quantify the effect of vascular access, circuit and patient factors that affect filter life and presented the results as a meta-analysis...
February 20, 2017: BMC Nephrology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28219020/anthropometrics-at-birth-and-risk-of-a-primary-central-nervous-system-tumour-a-systematic-review-and-meta-analysis
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Marios K Georgakis, Eleni I Kalogirou, Athanasios Liaskas, Maria A Karalexi, Paraskevi Papathoma, Kyriaki Ladopoulou, Maria Kantzanou, Georgios Tsivgoulis, Eleni Th Petridou
BACKGROUND: The aetiology of primary central nervous system (CNS) tumours remains largely unknown, but their childhood peak points to perinatal parameters as tentative risk factors. In this meta-analysis, we opted to quantitatively synthesise published evidence on the association between birth anthropometrics and risk of primary CNS tumour. METHODS: Eligible studies were identified via systematic literature review; random-effects meta-analyses were conducted for the effect of birth weight and size-for-gestational-age on childhood and adult primary CNS tumours; subgroup, sensitivity, meta-regression and dose-response by birth weight category analyses were also performed...
February 17, 2017: European Journal of Cancer
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28210488/systematic-distortions-in-vertical-placement-of-features-in-drawings-of-faces-and-houses
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Neil R Harrison, Julia Jones, Simon J Davies
A crucial part of accurately drawing portraits is the correct vertical positioning of the eyes. Non-experts typically place the eyes higher on the head than they are actually located; however, the explanation for this remains unclear. In Experiment 1, participants drew faces from memory and directly copied from a photograph, to confirm whether biases in observational drawings were related to biases in memory-based drawings. In Experiment 2, participants drew a cat's face, to test explanations by Carbon and Wirth for the positional bias: the 'view-from-below, the 'head-as-box', and the 'hair-as-hat' explanations...
January 2017: I-Perception
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28210238/corrigendum-exploring-selective-exposure-and-confirmation-bias-as-processes-underlying-employee-work-happiness-an-intervention-study
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Paige Williams, Margaret L Kern, Lea Waters
[This corrects the article on p. 878 in vol. 7, PMID: 27378978.].
2017: Frontiers in Psychology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28209763/revisiting-suppression-of-interspecies-hybrid-male-lethality-in-caenorhabditis-nematodes
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Lauren E Ryan, Eric S Haag
Within the nematode genus Caenorhabditis, C. briggsae and C. nigoni are among the most closely related species known. They differ in sexual mode, with C. nigoni retaining the ancestral XO male-XX female outcrossing system, while C. briggsae recently evolved self-fertility and an XX-biased sex ratio. Wild-type C. briggsae and C. nigoni can produce fertile hybrid XX female progeny, but XO progeny are either 100% inviable (when C. briggsae is the mother) or viable but sterile (when C. nigoni is the mother). A recent study provided evidence suggesting that loss of the Cbr-him-8 meiotic regulator in C...
February 16, 2017: G3: Genes—Genomes—Genetics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28205314/comparison-of-lc-ms-ms-vs-chemiluminescent-microparticle-immunoassay-in-measuring-the-valproic-acid-concentration-in-plasma-of-epilepsy-patients-in-a-new-perspective
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Zhipeng Wang, Yunlei Yun, Xinfang Xie, Chunhua You, Haijun Miao, Feng Zhang, Shouhong Gao, Wansheng Chen
OBJECTIVES: This study was designed to compare the performance of LC-MS/MS with chemiluminescent microparticle immunoassay (CMIA) for determination of VPA in epilepsy patients in the perspective of metabolites' hepatotoxicity. METHOD: Samples were collected and then analyzed using both LC-MS/MS and CMIA. A LO2 cells (normal human hepatic cells) experiment was carried out to confirm VPA metabolites' hepatotoxicity using AST(Aspertate Aminotransferase, AST), ALT(Alanine aminotransferase, ALT) and LDH(lactate dehydrogenase, LDH) in supernate as index...
February 15, 2017: Journal of Clinical Laboratory Analysis
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28205031/comparable-long-term-oncologic-outcomes-of-laparoscopic-versus-open-pancreaticoduodenectomy-for-adenocarcinoma-a-propensity-score-weighting-analysis
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Claudius Conrad, Valeria Basso, Guillaume Passot, Daria Zorzi, Liang Li, Hsiang-Chun Chen, David Fuks, Brice Gayet
BACKGROUND: To date, no study has reported long-term oncologic outcome for patients undergoing laparoscopic pancreaticoduodenectomy (LPD) compared to open surgery (OPD). The aim of this study is assess long-term oncologic outcomes for patients with adenocarcinoma undergoing LPD versus OPD using propensity score weighting modeling to minimize selection bias. PATIENTS AND METHODS: All patients undergoing PD at Institut Mutualiste Montsouris between January 2000 and April 2010 were included...
February 15, 2017: Surgical Endoscopy
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28202779/fasting-mimicking-diet-and-markers-risk-factors-for-aging-diabetes-cancer-and-cardiovascular-disease
#18
Min Wei, Sebastian Brandhorst, Mahshid Shelehchi, Hamed Mirzaei, Chia Wei Cheng, Julia Budniak, Susan Groshen, Wendy J Mack, Esra Guen, Stefano Di Biase, Pinchas Cohen, Todd E Morgan, Tanya Dorff, Kurt Hong, Andreas Michalsen, Alessandro Laviano, Valter D Longo
Calorie restriction or changes in dietary composition can enhance healthy aging, but the inability of most subjects to adhere to chronic and extreme diets, as well as potentially adverse effects, limits their application. We randomized 100 generally healthy participants from the United States into two study arms and tested the effects of a fasting-mimicking diet (FMD)-low in calories, sugars, and protein but high in unsaturated fats-on markers/risk factors associated with aging and age-related diseases. We compared subjects who followed 3 months of an unrestricted diet to subjects who consumed the FMD for 5 consecutive days per month for 3 months...
February 15, 2017: Science Translational Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28197709/glasgow-prognostic-score-and-prognosis-after-hepatectomy-for-hepatocellular-carcinoma
#19
Tomoyuki Abe, Hirotaka Tashiro, Tsuyoshi Kobayashi, Minoru Hattori, Shintaro Kuroda, Hideki Ohdan
BACKGROUND: Systemic inflammation can promote tumor growth. The Glasgow Prognostic Score (GPS), a simple assessment of systemic inflammation status, could be useful to predict the prognosis of hepatocellular carcinoma (HCC) patients after hepatectomy. METHODS: Consecutive HCC patients were enrolled following hepatectomy at our institution between 2005 and 2012. Univariate and multivariate analyses were performed to identify variables associated with overall survival (OS) and recurrence-free survival...
February 14, 2017: World Journal of Surgery
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28196953/prevalence-and-patterns-of-congenital-heart-diseases-in-africa-a-systematic-review-and-meta-analysis-protocol
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Aurel T Tankeu, Jean Joel R Bigna, Jobert Richie N Nansseu, Leopold Ndemnge Aminde, Celestin Danwang, Mazou N Temgoua, Jean Jacques N Noubiap
INTRODUCTION: Congenital heart diseases (CHD) are common causes of cardiovascular morbidity and mortality among young children and adolescents living in Africa. Accurate epidemiological data are needed in order to evaluate and improve preventive strategies. This review aims to determine the prevalence of CHD and their main patterns in Africa. METHODS AND ANALYSIS: This systematic review and meta-analysis will include cross-sectional, case-control and cohort studies of populations residing inside African countries, which have reported the prevalence of CHD, confirmed by an echocardiographic examination and/or describing different patterns of these abnormalities in Africa...
February 14, 2017: BMJ Open
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