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P Varela-Centelles, J L López-Cedrún, J Fernández-Sanromán, J M Seoane-Romero, N Santos de Melo, P Álvarez-Nóvoa, I Gómez, J Seoane
The aim of this study was to identify key points and time intervals in the patient pathway to the diagnosis of oral cancer, from the detection of a bodily change to the start of treatment. A systematic search of three databases was performed by two researchers independently. Articles reporting original data on patients with symptomatic primary oral or oropharyngeal squamous cell carcinoma that was pathologically confirmed were included. These articles had to include an outcome variable of 'diagnostic delay', 'time interval', or 'waiting time to diagnosis', or report time intervals from first symptom to treatment...
October 14, 2016: International Journal of Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery
Sebastian Bohm, Falk Mersmann, Adamantios Arampatzis
BACKGROUND: The present article systematically reviews recent literature on the in vivo adaptation of asymptomatic human tendons following increased chronic mechanical loading, and meta-analyzes the loading conditions, intervention outcomes, as well as methodological aspects. METHODS: The search was performed in the databases PubMed, Web of Knowledge, and Scopus as well as in the reference lists of the eligible articles. A study was included if it conducted (a) a longitudinal exercise intervention (≥8 weeks) on (b) healthy humans (18 to 50 years), (c) investigating the effects on mechanical (i...
December 2015: Sports Medicine—Open
Sergio Iannazzo, Gianluca Furneri, Federica Demma, Chiara Distante, Simone Parisi, Veronica Berti, Enrico Fusaro
INTRODUCTION: Chronic inflammatory rheumatic diseases (RDs) trigger high costs for healthcare systems and society due to the disability and comorbidity associated with these disease entities. The aim of this study was to analyze patients with RD, assess the use of conventional synthetic and biologic therapies, and estimate the overall cost of treatment in Italy. METHODS: Administrative healthcare claims from the Piedmont region in Northwest Italy were reviewed to identify patients who received disease-modifying antirheumatic drugs (DMARDs) between 2007 and 2010...
June 2016: Rheumatol Ther
H N Alexander Logemann, Koen B E Böcker, Peter K H Deschamps, Peter N van Harten, Jeroen Koning, Chantal Kemner, Zsófia Logemann-Molnár, J Leon Kenemans
RATIONALE: The dopaminergic system has been implicated in visuospatial attention and inhibition, but the exact role has yet to be elucidated. Scarce literature suggests that attenuation of dopaminergic neurotransmission negatively affects attentional focusing and inhibition. To the best of our knowledge, this is the first study that evaluated the effect of dopaminergic antagonism on stopping performance. METHODS: Dopaminergic neurotransmission was attenuated in 28 healthy male participants by using 2 mg haloperidol...
October 17, 2016: Psychopharmacology
Giulia Prete, Mara Fabri, Nicoletta Foschi, Luca Tommasi
We investigated hemispheric asymmetries in categorization of face gender by means of a divided visual field paradigm, in which female and male faces were presented unilaterally for 150 ms each. A group of 60 healthy participants (30 males) and a male split-brain patient (D.D.C.) were asked to categorize the gender of the stimuli. Healthy participants categorized male faces presented in the right visual field (RVF) better and faster than when presented in the left visual field (LVF), and female faces presented in the LVF than in the RVF, independently of the participants' sex...
October 13, 2016: Neuroscience
Mary Adams
BACKGROUND: Limited study has been done on proxy responses for non-respondents with subjective cognitive decline (SCD) on the Behavioral Risk Factor Surveillance System (BRFSS). OBJECTIVE: To directly compare results for survey respondents with SCD with those for proxies provided for non-respondents with SCD. METHODS: Publicly available 2011 BRFSS data from 120,485 households in 21 states were analyzed using Stata. Respondents ages 40 and older with SCD (n = 10,831) were compared with proxy responses for non-respondents ages 40 and older with SCD (n = 4296) living in households where the respondent did not have SCD...
September 13, 2016: Disability and Health Journal
Keiju Aokage, Morihito Okada, Kenji Suzuki, Shogo Nomura, Shigeki Suzuki, Norifumi Tsubokawa, Takahiro Mimae, Aritoshi Hattori, Tomoyuki Hishida, Junji Yoshida, Masahiro Tsuboi
OBJECTIVE: Exclusion of patients with a history of other cancer treatment except in situ situation has been considered to be inevitable for clinical trials investigating survival outcome. However, there have been few reports confirming these influences on surgical outcome of lung cancer patients ever. METHODS: Multi-institutional, individual data from patients with non-small cell lung cancer resected between 2000 and 2013 were collected. The patients were divided into two groups: those with a history of gastrointestinal tract cancer (GI group) and those without any history (non-GI group)...
October 15, 2016: Japanese Journal of Clinical Oncology
Ian H Stanley, Thomas E Joiner, Craig J Bryan
Research has demonstrated a robust link between traumatic brain injuries (TBIs) and suicide risk. Yet, few studies have investigated factors that account for this link. Utilizing a clinical sample of deployed military personnel, this study aimed to examine a serial meditation model of anger and depression in the association of mild TBI and suicide risk. A total of 149 military service members referred for evaluation/treatment of a suspected head injury at a military hospital participated in the present study (92...
October 7, 2016: Journal of Psychiatric Research
Amanda J Kennedy, Peiran Yang, Cai Read, Rhoda E Kuc, Lucy Yang, Emily J A Taylor, Colin W Taylor, Janet J Maguire, Anthony P Davenport
BACKGROUND: Circulating levels of chemerin are significantly higher in hypertensive patients and positively correlate with blood pressure. Chemerin activates chemokine-like receptor 1 (CMKLR1 or ChemR23) and is proposed to activate the "orphan" G-protein-coupled receptor 1 (GPR1), which has been linked with hypertension. Our aim was to localize chemerin, CMKLR1, and GPR1 in the human vasculature and determine whether 1 or both of these receptors mediate vasoconstriction. METHODS AND RESULTS: Using immunohistochemistry and molecular biology in conduit arteries and veins and resistance vessels, we localized chemerin to endothelium, smooth muscle, and adventitia and found that CMKLR1 and GPR1 were widely expressed in smooth muscle...
October 14, 2016: Journal of the American Heart Association
Mohammad Khalifeh, Kalpesh Mehta, Nibu Varguise, Piedad Suarez-Durall, Reyes Enciso
BACKGROUND: The authors conducted a systematic review to study the efficacy of botulinum toxin type A (BoTN-A) in the treatment of myofascial pain syndrome. TYPES OF STUDIES REVIEWED: The authors identified randomized, double-masked, placebo-controlled studies on June 1, 2016, from PubMed, Web of Science, and the Cochrane Library. Three of the authors assessed the studies for risk of bias. Outcomes included pain reduction on a visual analog scale, the number of responders, and the posttreatment pain threshold to applied pressure using algometry...
October 10, 2016: Journal of the American Dental Association
F Y Wang, W Meng, Y Li, T Li, C Y Qin
Transarterial chemoembolization (TACE) has mostly been used in hypervascular tumours such as hepatocellular carcinoma, and may be an effective palliative treatment in patients with metastatic liver cancer. Our goal is to determine whether TACE increases overall survival (OS) of in patients with liver metastases. The retrospective cohort study included 171 patients with liver metastases diagnosed between 2001 and 2015. OS was compared between the TACE and non-TACE groups after propensity score matching to reduce the effects of selection bias and potential confounders...
October 13, 2016: Scientific Reports
Seyed-Mohammad Gheibi Hayat, Seyed-Latif Mousavi Gargari, Shahram Nazarian
ETEC (Enterotoxigenic Escherichia coli) is a major cause of diarrhea in developing countries and children. ETEC has two virulence factors including colonization factors antigen (CFA) and labile enterotoxins (LTs). CFA/I consists the major pilin subunit CfaB and a minor adhesive subunit, CfaE. In this study a tripartite fusion protein containing CfaB, CfaE and LTB was designed. In silico analysis of the tertiary structure of the chimeric protein showed a protein with three main domains linked together with linkers...
October 9, 2016: Biologicals: Journal of the International Association of Biological Standardization
Hong-Bo Yang, Meng Xing, Lei-Na Ma, Ling-Xin Feng, Zhuang Yu
SETTING: For now, hematological markers of inflammatory response have emerged as prognostic factors for patients with cancer. Many articles have confirm that neutrophil to lymphocyte ratio(NLR) and platelet-lymphocyte ratio (PLR) are relate with poor prognosis in various types of tumors Objective: To investigate the association between NLR/PLR and progression free survival (PFS), overall survival (OS) and clinicopathologic parameters in lung cancer patients. DESIGN: We performed relevant searches in PubMed database, Google Scholar, Springer Link...
October 8, 2016: Oncotarget
M C R González, P Carro, L Vázquez, A H Creus
The morphology as well as the electric and electronic properties of aryl diazonium, in particular 4-nitrobenzene-diazonium (NBD), films on HOPG surfaces have been studied at the nanoscale level. By controlling the 2,2-diphenyl-1-picrylhydrazyl concentration during the NBD film growth, we have been able to control the thickness of the layer. The implications of NBD submonolayer adsorption on the electrical properties of this system have been analysed through Density Functional Theory (DFT) calculations, Atomic Force (AFM), Electric Force (EFM) and Kelvin Probe Force (KPFM) microscopies...
October 12, 2016: Physical Chemistry Chemical Physics: PCCP
Ming-Yen Lu, Hung-Yi Chen, Cheng-Yu Tsai, Yen-Ti Tseng, Yu-Ting Kuo, Hsiang-Chen Wang, Ming-Pei Lu
In this study p-type ZnO nanorod (NR) arrays were grown using a low-temperature hydrothermal method in the presence of various concentrations of Sb in the doping solution. X-ray photoelectron spectroscopy revealed the atomic percentages and chemical states of the Sb dopant atoms in the p-type ZnO NR arrays. Photoluminescence and electrical measurements confirmed the p-type characteristics of the Sb-doped ZnO NR arrays. Sequential growth of n- and p-ZnO was then implemented to form p-n ZnO nanojunction arrays...
October 12, 2016: Chemical Communications: Chem Comm
Tomasz Zaleskiewicz, Agata Gasiorowska, Katarzyna Stasiuk, Renata Maksymiuk, Yoram Bar-Tal
The goal of this experimental project was to investigate lay peoples' perceptions of epistemic authority (EA) in the field of finance. EA is defined as the extent to which a source of information is treated as evidence for judgments independently of its objective expertise and based on subjective beliefs. Previous research suggested that EA evaluations are biased and that lay people tend to ascribe higher EA to experts who advise action (in the case of medical experts) or confirm clients' expectations (in the case of politicians)...
2016: Frontiers in Psychology
Lianghua Chen, Junqi Chen, Qiyuan Peng, Jingjie Chen, Yucong Zou, Gang Liu
OBJECTIVE: This study aims to evaluate the effect of sling exercise training (SET) on balance in patients with stroke. METHODS: PubMed, Cochrane Library, Ovid LWW, CBM, CNKI, WanFang, and VIP databases were searched for randomized controlled trials of the effect of SET on balance in patients with stroke. The study design and participants were subjected to metrological analysis. Berg balance Scale (BBS), Barthel index score (BI), and Fugl-Meyer Assessment (FMA) were used as independent parameters for evaluating balance function, activities of daily living(ADL) and motor function after stroke respectively, and were subjected to meta-analysis by RevMan5...
2016: PloS One
Frederick J Ehlert, Richard Sl Stein
We describe a method for estimating the affinities of ligands for active and inactive states of a G protein-coupled receptor (GPCR). Our protocol involves measuring agonist-induced signaling responses of a wild type GPCR and a constitutively active mutant of it under control conditions and after partial receptor inactivation or reduced receptor expression. Our subsequent analysis is based on the assumption that the activating mutation increases receptor isomerization into the active state without affecting the affinities of ligands for receptor states...
October 7, 2016: Journal of Pharmacological and Toxicological Methods
Uku Vainik, Kenn Konstabel, Evelin Lätt, Jarek Mäestu, Priit Purge, Jaak Jürimäe
Subjective energy intake (sEI) is often misreported, providing unreliable estimates of energy consumed. Therefore, relating sEI data to health outcomes is difficult. Recently, Börnhorst et al. compared various methods to correct sEI-based energy intake estimates. They criticised approaches that categorise participants as under-reporters, plausible reporters and over-reporters based on the sEI:total energy expenditure (TEE) ratio, and thereafter use these categories as statistical covariates or exclusion criteria...
October 11, 2016: British Journal of Nutrition
E T Maas, J N S Juch, R W J G Ostelo, J G Groeneweg, J W Kallewaard, B W Koes, A P Verhagen, F J P M Huygen, M W van Tulder
: Patient history and physical examination are frequently used procedures to diagnose chronic low back pain (CLBP) originating from the facet joints, although the diagnostic accuracy is controversial. The aim of this systematic review is to determine the diagnostic accuracy of patient history and/or physical examination to identify CLBP originating from the facet joints using diagnostic blocks as reference standard. We searched MEDLINE, EMBASE, CINAHL, Web of Science and the Cochrane Collaboration database from inception until June 2016...
October 10, 2016: European Journal of Pain: EJP
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