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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28651188/hyperhomocysteinaemia-is-an-independent-risk-factor-for-peripheral-arterial-disease-in-a-chinese-han-population
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Dan Rong, Jie Liu, Xin Jia, Daniah Al-Nafisee, Senhao Jia, Guoyi Sun, Yue Li, Weihang Lu, Haifeng Li, Hongpeng Zhang, Xiaohui Ma, Jiang Xiong, Xiaoping Liu, Raouf A Khalil, Wei Guo
BACKGROUND AND AIMS: Hyperhomocysteineamia (HHcy) has long been suggested as a risk factor for atherosclerosis. However, the association between HHcy and peripheral arterial disease (PAD) is still controversial. There is a lack of research on this topic in the Chinese population. This study aims to provide further results. METHODS: 240 PAD patients and 240 control subjects were evaluated for both serum total homocysteine levels and ankle brachial indexes (ABIs)...
May 5, 2017: Atherosclerosis
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28650972/contribution-of-cognitive-performance-and-cognitive-decline-to-associations-between-socioeconomic-factors-and-dementia-a-cohort-study
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Jennifer Rusmaully, Aline Dugravot, Jean-Paul Moatti, Michael G Marmot, Alexis Elbaz, Mika Kivimaki, Séverine Sabia, Archana Singh-Manoux
BACKGROUND: Socioeconomic disadvantage is a risk factor for dementia, but longitudinal studies suggest that it does not affect the rate of cognitive decline. Our objective is to understand the manner in which socioeconomic disadvantage shapes dementia risk by examining its associations with midlife cognitive performance and cognitive decline from midlife to old age, including cognitive decline trajectories in those with dementia. METHODS AND FINDINGS: Data are drawn from the Whitehall II study (N = 10,308 at study recruitment in 1985), with cognitive function assessed at 4 waves (1997, 2002, 2007, and 2012)...
June 2017: PLoS Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28650601/multiple-sclerosis-in-an-acupuncture-practice
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Multiple sclerosis (MS) is a severe autoimmune demyelinating disease that affects nervous system, has high morbidity and mortality and no effective targeted therapies are available. We present a case of 66-year-old female patient who has been treated by both conventional and Chinese traditional medicine after diagnosis was confirmed in 2008 as MS and antiphospholipid syndrome associated with CNS vasculitis. After diagnosis with clinical image confirmed with CT and MRI scan, where demyelinating zones were present, she started pharmacological therapy without major improvement...
May 26, 2017: Neuro Endocrinology Letters
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28650247/burden-of-alcohol-abuse-or-dependence-among-long-term-opioid-users-with-chronic-noncancer-pain
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Pamela B Landsman-Blumberg, Nathaniel Katz, Kavita Gajria, Anna D Coutinho, Paul P Yeung, Richard White
BACKGROUND: Substance abuse disorders among chronic noncancer pain (CNCP) patients add to the clinical challenges and economic burden of caring for such patients. Despite potential risks, some CNCP patients with a history of alcohol abuse or dependence (AAD) and pain that is refractory to nonopioid treatment options may still need opioids for pain management. However, there is a lack of data on adverse outcomes in long-term opioid users with CNCP and a history of substance abuse or AAD disorders...
July 2017: Journal of Managed Care & Specialty Pharmacy
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28649980/mid-term-outcomes-of-stent-overlap-in-long-total-occluded-lesions-of-superficial-femoral-artery
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Ulas Bildirici, Mujdat Aktas, Emir Dervis, Umut Celikyurt
BACKGROUND Superficial femoral artery chronic total occlusion (SCTO) is a common type of peripheral arterial disease (PAD). Endovascular therapy is a treatment approach that has a poor long-term success rate in this group. The aim of this study was to compare the mid-term results of two different uses of nitinol stents in long SCTO lesions (>100 mm): the use of one long stent or two shorter stents. MATERIAL AND METHODS Of 154 patients who underwent percutaneous infrainguinal interventions from 2011 to 2014, a total of 170 CTO lesions were selected for this retrospective study analysis...
June 26, 2017: Medical Science Monitor: International Medical Journal of Experimental and Clinical Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28649860/do-racial-ethnic-disparities-exist-in-recommended-migraine-treatments-in-us-ambulatory-care
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Larry Charleston Iv, James Francis Burke
Background Racial disparities in migraine have been reported in the US. Migraine in African Americans (AA) is more frequent, more severe, more likely to become chronic and associated with more depression and lower quality of life compared to non-Hispanic Whites (NHW). It is possible that racial differences in prescribing practices contribute to these differences, but little is known about the quality of migraine prescribing patterns in the US or whether racial differences exist. Objective To determine if racial differences in quality of migraine medical prescription care exist...
January 1, 2017: Cephalalgia: An International Journal of Headache
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28649724/evaluation-of-the-uriscan-2-acr-strip-to-estimate-the-urine-albumin-creatinine-ratios
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Sangeun Lim, Hui-Jin Yu, Seungjun Lee, Hyosoon Park, Min-Jung Kwon, Hee-Yeon Woo
BACKGROUND: The urine albumin/creatinine ratio (ACR) test is used to screen patients with chronic diseases, such as diabetes, hypertension and cardiovascular diseases that put them at an increased risk of developing kidney disease. Here, we evaluated the performance of the URiSCAN 2 ACR Strip (URiSCAN; YD diagnostics, Yongin, Korea), a semiquantitative point-of-care testing (POCT) assay, and we compared to an existing POCT assay and a quantitative assay. MATERIALS AND METHODS: A total of 1,020 random urine specimens were analyzed using the semiquantitative URiSCAN 2 ACR Strip and semiquantitative CLINITEK Microalbumin 2 Strip (CLINITEK; Siemens, New York, USA)...
June 26, 2017: Journal of Clinical Laboratory Analysis
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28649695/neuronal-aromatase-expression-in-pain-processing-regions-of-the-medullary-and-spinal-cord-dorsal-horn
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May Tran, Julia A Kuhn, João M Bráz, Allan I Basbaum
In both acute and chronic pain conditions, women tend to be more sensitive than men. This sex difference may be regulated by estrogens, such as estradiol, that are synthesized in the spinal cord and brainstem and act locally to influence pain processing. To identify a potential cellular source of local estrogen, here we examined the expression of aromatase, the enzyme that catalyzes the conversion of testosterone to estradiol. Our studies focused on primary afferent neurons and on their central targets in the spinal cord and medulla as well as in the nucleus of the solitary tract, the target of nodose ganglion-derived visceral afferents...
June 26, 2017: Journal of Comparative Neurology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28649428/the-uk-me-cfs-biobank-for-biomedical-research-on-myalgic-encephalomyelitis-chronic-fatigue-syndrome-me-cfs-and-multiple-sclerosis
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Eliana M Lacerda, Erinna W Bowman, Jacqueline M Cliff, Caroline C Kingdon, Elizabeth C King, Ji-Sook Lee, Taane G Clark, Hazel M Dockrell, Eleanor M Riley, Hayley Curran, Luis Nacul
The UK ME/CFS Biobank was launched in August 2011 following extensive consultation with professionals and patient representatives. The bioresource aims to enhance research on myalgic encephalomyelitis/chronic fatigue syndrome (ME/CFS), related to pathophysiology, biomarkers and therapeutic approaches. The cohort includes 18-60 year olds, encompassing 284 clinically-confirmed ME/CFS cases, 60 neurologist-diagnosed multiple sclerosis (MS) cases, and 135 healthy individuals. The Biobank contains blood samples, aliquoted into serum, plasma, peripheral blood mononuclear cells (PBMC), red blood cells/granulocyte pellet, whole blood, and RNA (totalling 29,863 aliquots)...
2017: Open J Bioresour
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28649308/association-between-spirometry-controlled-chest-ct-scores-using-computer-animated-biofeedback-and-clinical-markers-of-lung-disease-in-children-with-cystic-fibrosis
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Thomas Kongstad, Kent Green, Frederik Buchvald, Marianne Skov, Tania Pressler, Kim Gjerum Nielsen
Background: Computed tomography (CT) of the lungs is the gold standard for assessing the extent of structural changes in the lungs. Spirometry-controlled chest CT (SCCCT) has improved the usefulness of CT by standardising inspiratory and expiratory lung volumes during imaging. This was a single-centre cross-sectional study in children with cystic fibrosis (CF). Using SCCCT we wished to investigate the association between the quantity and extent of structural lung changes and pulmonary function outcomes, and prevalence of known CF lung pathogens...
2017: European Clinical Respiratory Journal
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28649147/multiblock-high-order-large-eddy-simulation-of-powered-fontan-hemodynamics-towards-computational-surgery
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Yann T Delorme, Mark D Rodefeld, Steven H Frankel
Children born with only one functional ventricle must typically undergo a series of three surgeries to obtain the so-called Fontan circulation in which the blood coming from the body passively flows from the Vena Cavae (VCs) to the Pulmonary Arteries (PAs) through the Total Cavopulmonary Connection (TCPC). The circulation is inherently inefficient due to the lack of a subpulmonary ventricle. Survivors face the risk of circulatory sequelae and eventual failure for the duration of their lives. Current efforts are focused on improving the outcomes of Fontan palliation, either passively by optimizing the TCPC, or actively by using mechanical support...
January 17, 2017: Computers & Fluids
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28649055/lonicera-quinquelocularis-a-rich-source-of-antioxidant-for-protection-against-chronic-diseases
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Sabahat Zahra Siddiqui, Hina Saleem, Muhammad Athar Abbasi, Azizur Rehman, Muhammad Ajaib
The purpose of the research work was to examine the in vitro antioxidant activity of the different aqueous and organic fractions of Lonicera quinquelocularis Hardwicke. The methanol extract was dissolved in distilled water and fractioned with n-hexane, chloroform, ethyl acetate and n-butanol, successively. The antioxidant potential of the remaining aqueous and organic fractions was determined by using 1,1-diphenyl-2-picrylhydrazyl radical (DPPH) scavenging activity, total antioxidant activity, ferric reducing antioxidant power (FRAP) assay, ferric thiocyanate assay and total phenolics method...
March 2017: Pakistan Journal of Pharmaceutical Sciences
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28648947/hematopoietic-stem-cell-transplantation-in-the-sultanate-of-oman
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REVIEW
Murtadha Al-Khabori, Mohammed Al-Huneini
The Sultanate of Oman is one of the Arabian Gulf countries with a total population of 4,414,051 as of mid 2016, of which 2,427,825 are Omanis. The gross national income per capita was 7327.7 RO (Omani rial; equivalent to US$19,033) in 2014. There are two hematopoietic stem cell transplantation (HSCT) centers in Oman: the Sultan Qaboos University Hospital (SQUH; allogeneic and autologous) and the Royal Hospital (RH; autologous). HSCT activity in Oman started in 1995 at the SQUH center, which had only one bed, and four cases were performed in that year...
June 17, 2017: Hematology/oncology and Stem Cell Therapy
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28648703/osteoclasts-in-periprosthetic-osteolysis-the-charnley-arthroplasty-revisited
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Sebastian S Mukka, Göran N Andersson, Kjell R Hultenby, Olof G Sköldenberg, Joakim P Nordahl, Thomas M Eisler
BACKGROUND: Periprosthetic osteolysis by polyethylene wear debris-triggered osteoclasts is viewed as the main pathophysiological pathway in aseptic loosening in total hip arthroplasty. The present aim was to study osteoclast occurrence in osteolytic lesions in early and late revisions of the Charnley low-friction torque arthroplasty (CLFA). METHODS: Biopsies of the soft interface membrane and the adjacent bone were taken from osteolytic lesions during revision of 16 loose CLFA, early (2-6 years) or late (>10 years) after primary surgery...
May 22, 2017: Journal of Arthroplasty
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28648542/hpv-vaccination-and-risk-of-chronic-fatigue-syndrome-myalgic-encephalomyelitis-a-nationwide-register-based-study-from-norway
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Berit Feiring, Ida Laake, Inger Johanne Bakken, Margrethe Greve-Isdahl, Vegard Bruun Wyller, Siri E Håberg, Per Magnus, Lill Trogstad
BACKGROUND: Vaccination has been suggested to be involved in the aetiology of chronic fatigue syndrome/myalgic encephalomyelitis (CFS/ME). HPV vaccine was introduced in the Norwegian Childhood Immunisation Programme and offered 12year old girls from 2009. We studied the association between HPV vaccination and risk of CFS/ME and also assessed medical history in relation to both risk of CFS/ME and HPV vaccine uptake. METHODS: Individual data from national registries, including the Norwegian Population Registry, the Norwegian Patient Registry and the Norwegian Immunisation Registry were linked using the unique personal identification number...
June 22, 2017: Vaccine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28648437/utility-of-adjunctive-modalities-in-coronary-chronic-total-occlusion-intervention
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REVIEW
Hemal Bhatt, Sean Janzer, Jon C George
Coronary chronic total occlusion (CTO) intervention remains one of the most challenging domains in interventional cardiology. Due to the technical challenges involved and potential procedural complications, CTO percutaneous coronary intervention (PCI) attempt and success rates remain less than standard PCI. However, the use of several adjunctive tools such as intravascular ultrasound, optical coherence tomography, rotational atherectomy, orbital atherectomy, excimer laser coronary atherectomy and percutaneous left ventricular assist device may contribute to improved CTO PCI success rates or provide better hemodynamic assessment of CTO lesion (i...
May 2017: Indian Heart Journal
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28648402/guided-graded-exercise-self-help-plus-specialist-medical-care-versus-specialist-medical-care-alone-for-chronic-fatigue-syndrome-getset-a-pragmatic-randomised-controlled-trial
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Lucy V Clark, Francesca Pesola, Janice M Thomas, Mario Vergara-Williamson, Michelle Beynon, Peter D White
BACKGROUND: Graded exercise therapy is an effective and safe treatment for chronic fatigue syndrome, but it is therapist intensive and availability is limited. We aimed to test the efficacy and safety of graded exercise delivered as guided self-help. METHODS: In this pragmatic randomised controlled trial, we recruited adult patients (18 years and older) who met the UK National Institute for Health and Care Excellence criteria for chronic fatigue syndrome from two secondary-care clinics in the UK...
June 22, 2017: Lancet
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28648393/etiologies-trends-and-predictors-of-30-day-readmissions-in-patients-with-diastolic-heart-failure
#18
Shilpkumar Arora, Sopan Lahewala, Hafeez Ul Hassan Virk, Saman Setareh-Shenas, Prashant Patel, Varun Kumar, Byomesh Tripathi, Harshil Shah, Viralkumar Patel, Umesh Gidwani, Abhishek Deshmukh, Apurva Badheka, Radha Gopalan
An estimated half of all heart failure (HF) populations has been categorized to have diastolic HF (DHF), but sparse data are available describing etiologies and predictors of 30-day readmission in DHF population. The study cohort was derived from the National Readmission Database 2013 to 2014, a subset of the Healthcare Cost and Utilization Project sponsored by the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality. DHF was identified using International Classification of Diseases, 9th Revision code 428.3x in primary diagnosis field...
June 1, 2017: American Journal of Cardiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28648317/minimal-clinically-important-differences-mcids-of-the-thai-version-of-the-leicester-cough-questionnaire-for-subacute-and-chronic-cough
#19
Prapaporn Pornsuriyasak, Poungrat Thungtitigul, Theerasuk Kawamatawong, Surinder S Birring, Tipaporn Pongmesa
OBJECTIVES: To investigate the minimal clinically important differences (MCIDs) of the Thai version of the Leicester Cough Questionnaire (LCQ-T) in patients with subacute and chronic cough. METHODS: Patients with cough for 3 or more weeks were recruited from outpatient clinics. They self-completed the LCQ-T at an initial evaluation and repeated the LCQ-T with a Global Rating of Change scale at follow-up. For the anchor-based method, the MCID was defined as a change in the LCQ scores that corresponded to the smallest improvement in Global Rating of Change score (+2 to +3)...
May 2017: Value in Health Regional Issues
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28648305/assessing-the-budget-impact-and-economic-outcomes-of-the-introduction-of-daclatasvir-asunaprevir-and-sofosbuvir-ledipasvir-for-the-treatment-of-chronic-hepatitis-c-virus-infection-in-japan
#20
Thomas Ward, Samantha Webster, Sari Mishina, Phil McEwan, Gail Wygant, Feng Wang
BACKGROUND: The advent of highly efficacious, well-tolerated, all-oral direct-acting antiviral regimens has revolutionized the standard of care for patients chronically infected with hepatitis C virus. As efficacy and safety rates converge, prescribers and payers need to consider value for money. OBJECTIVES: To evaluate the health economic value of daclatasvir + asunaprevir versus sofosbuvir/ledipasvir via a cost-effectiveness analysis, and determine the optimal treatment considering both costs and health outcomes in Japan...
May 2017: Value in Health Regional Issues
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