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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28239821/analysis-of-circulating-long-non-coding-rna-uca1-as-potential-biomarkers-for-diagnosis-and-prognosis-of-osteosarcoma
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J-J Wen, Y-D Ma, G-S Yang, G-M Wang
OBJECTIVE: The aim of this investigation was to examine the potential usefulness of long non-coding RNA UCA1 (UCA1) as a biomarker for diagnosis and prognosis in osteosarcoma. PATIENTS AND METHODS: The expression level of UCA1 was determined using TaqMan real-time PCR in human osteosarcoma tissues and patients' sera. Next, we investigated to clarify the relationship of UCA1 with clinicopathological features. The receiver operating characteristic (ROC) curve was performed to estimate the diagnostic value of UCA1...
February 2017: European Review for Medical and Pharmacological Sciences
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28239663/radiographic-indices-for-lumbar-developmental-spinal-stenosis
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Jason Pui Yin Cheung, Karen Ka Man Ng, Prudence Wing Hang Cheung, Dino Samartzis, Kenneth Man Chee Cheung
BACKGROUND: Patients with developmental spinal stenosis (DSS) are susceptible to developing symptomatic stenosis due to pre-existing narrowed spinal canals. DSS has been previously defined by MRI via the axial anteroposterior (AP) bony spinal canal diameter. However, MRI is hardly a cost-efficient tool for screening patients. X-rays are superior due to its availability and cost, but currently, there is no definition of DSS based on plain radiographs. Thus, the aim of this study is to develop radiographic indices for diagnosing DSS...
2017: Scoliosis and Spinal Disorders
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28235724/eeg-synchronization-measures-are-early-outcome-predictors-in-comatose-patients-after-cardiac-arrest
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Frédéric Zubler, Andreas Steimer, Rebekka Kurmann, Mojtaba Bandarabadi, Jan Novy, Heidemarie Gast, Mauro Oddo, Kaspar Schindler, Andrea O Rossetti
OBJECTIVE: Outcome prognostication in comatose patients after cardiac arrest (CA) remains a major challenge. Here we investigated the prognostic value of combinations of linear and non-linear bivariate EEG synchronization measures. METHODS: 94 comatose patients with EEG within 24h after CA were included. Clinical outcome was assessed at 3months using the Cerebral Performance Categories (CPC). EEG synchronization between the left and right parasagittal, and between the frontal and parietal brain regions was assessed with 4 different quantitative measures (delta power asymmetry, cross-correlation, mutual information, and transfer entropy)...
February 5, 2017: Clinical Neurophysiology: Official Journal of the International Federation of Clinical Neurophysiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28231511/automated-diagnosis-of-congestive-heart-failure-using-dual-tree-complex-wavelet-transform-and-statistical-features-extracted-from-2s-of-ecg-signals
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Vidya K Sudarshan, U Rajendra Acharya, Shu Lih Oh, Muhammad Adam, Jen Hong Tan, Chua Kuang Chua, Kok Poo Chua, Ru San Tan
Identification of alarming features in the electrocardiogram (ECG) signal is extremely significant for the prediction of congestive heart failure (CHF). ECG signal analysis carried out using computer-aided techniques can speed up the diagnosis process and aid in the proper management of CHF patients. Therefore, in this work, dual tree complex wavelets transform (DTCWT)-based methodology is proposed for an automated identification of ECG signals exhibiting CHF from normal. In the experiment, we have performed a DTCWT on ECG segments of 2s duration up to six levels to obtain the coefficients...
February 7, 2017: Computers in Biology and Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28227934/effect-of-embedding-dimension-on-complexity-measures-in-identifying-arrhythmia
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Radhagayathri K Udhayakumar, Chandan Karmakar, Peng Li, Marimuthu Palaniswami, Radhagayathri K Udhayakumar, Chandan Karmakar, Peng Li, Marimuthu Palaniswami, Marimuthu Palaniswami, Radhagayathri K U Udhayakumar, Peng Li, Chandan Karmakar
Entropy measures like Approximate entropy (ApEn) and Sample entropy (SampEn) are well established tools to analyze Heart Rate Variability (HRV) data. Critical parameters involved in these computations namely embedding dimension m and tolerance r are in most cases assumed to be 2 and 0.2*signal SD (standard devaition) respectively. Such assumptions do not work fairly across data sets and thus create misleading results in many cases. Problems with r have been addressed with the advent of newer entropy measures like Permutation entropy (PE), Fuzzy entropy (FuzzyEn) and Distribution entropy (DistEn) that simply eliminate, modify or replace r from calculations...
August 2016: Conference Proceedings: Annual International Conference of the IEEE Engineering in Medicine and Biology Society
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28227310/analysis-of-glottal-source-parameters-in-parkinsonian-speech
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Jane Hanratty, Catherine Deegan, Mary Walsh, Barry Kirkpatrick, Jane Hanratty, Catherine Deegan, Mary Walsh, Barry Kirkpatrick, Mary Walsh, Barry Kirkpatrick, Jane Hanratty, Catherine Deegan
Diagnosis and monitoring of Parkinson's disease has a number of challenges as there is no definitive biomarker despite the broad range of symptoms. Research is ongoing to produce objective measures that can either diagnose Parkinson's or act as an objective decision support tool. Recent research on speech based measures have demonstrated promising results. This study aims to investigate the characteristics of the glottal source signal in Parkinsonian speech. An experiment is conducted in which a selection of glottal parameters are tested for their ability to discriminate between healthy and Parkinsonian speech...
August 2016: Conference Proceedings: Annual International Conference of the IEEE Engineering in Medicine and Biology Society
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28225487/comparing-serum-microrna-levels-of-acute-herpes-zoster-patients-with-those-of-postherpetic-neuralgia-patients
#7
Ying Huang, Xihan Li, Gaojian Tao, Tong Zhu, Jian Lin
Postherpetic neuralgia (PHN) is commonly defined as pain persisting for at least 3 months after acute herpes zoster (AHZ) rash presentation. About one-tenth of all acute herpes zoster patients develop PHN. Circulating microRNAs (miRNAs) are promising biomarkers for infectious diseases; however, there has been no relationship established between circulating miRNAs and PHN to date; the aim of the present investigation was to elucidate this relationship.We compared serum levels of miRNA in PHN and AHZ patients...
February 2017: Medicine (Baltimore)
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28225064/intravoxel-incoherent-motion-diffusion-weighted-mr-imaging-in-assessing-and-characterizing-solitary-pulmonary-lesions
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Qi Wan, Ying-Shi Deng, Jia-Xuan Zhou, Yu-Dong Yu, Ying-Ying Bao, Qiang Lei, Hou-Jin Chen, Ya-Hui Peng, Ying-Jie Mei, Qing-Si Zeng, Xin-Chun Li
This study aimed to investigate the potential of intravoxel incoherent motion (IVIM) diffusion-weighted MR imaging in assessing solitary pulmonary lesions (SPLs). Sixty-two patients with pathologically confirmed SPLs, including 51 and 11 cases of malignant and benign lesions, respectively, were assessed. Diffusion weighted imaging (DWI) with 13 b values was used to derive apparent diffusion coefficient (ADC) and IVIM parameters, including true diffusion coefficient (D), pseudo-diffusion coefficient (D*), and perfusion fraction (f)...
February 22, 2017: Scientific Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28224933/inadequacy-of-existing-clinical-prediction-models-for-predicting-mortality-after-transcatheter-aortic-valve-implantation
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Glen P Martin, Matthew Sperrin, Peter F Ludman, Mark A de Belder, Chris P Gale, William D Toff, Neil E Moat, Uday Trivedi, Iain Buchan, Mamas A Mamas
BACKGROUND: The performance of emerging transcatheter aortic valve implantation (TAVI) clinical prediction models (CPMs) in national TAVI cohorts distinct from those where they have been derived is unknown. This study aimed to investigate the performance of the German Aortic Valve, FRANCE-2, OBSERVANT and American College of Cardiology (ACC) TAVI CPMs compared with the performance of historic cardiac CPMs such as the EuroSCORE and STS-PROM, in a large national TAVI registry. METHODS: The calibration and discrimination of each CPM were analyzed in 6676 patients from the UK TAVI registry, as a whole cohort and across several subgroups...
February 2017: American Heart Journal
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28224637/compound-motor-action-potential-duration-and-latency-are-markers-of-recurrent-laryngeal-nerve-injury
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Neel K Bhatt, Andrea M Park, Mohammad T Al-Lozi, Derrick C Gale, Randal C Paniello
OBJECTIVE: Compound motor action potential (CMAP) can quantitatively evaluate innervation following injury to the recurrent laryngeal nerve (RLN) in canines. CMAP duration (the total time of CMAP) and latency (the time between the nerve impulse and the onset of action potentials) have not been assessed following RLN injury. STUDY DESIGN: Animal study. METHODS: Twelve canine hemilaryngeal preparations were investigated. Baseline CMAP duration and latency were derived...
February 22, 2017: Laryngoscope
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28224431/clinical-value-of-serum-anti-mullerian-hormone-and-inhibin-b-in-prediction-of-ovarian-response-in-patients-with-polycystic-ovary-syndrome
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Fan Zhang, Xiao-Ling Liu, Nan Rong, Xiao-Wen Huang
The present study aimed to investigate the clinical value of serum anti-mullerian hormone (AMH) and inhibin B (INHB) in predicting the ovarian response of patients with polycystic ovary syndrome (PCOS). A total of 120 PCOS patients were enrolled and divided into three groups in terms of the ovarian response: a low-response group (n=36), a normal-response group (n=44), and a high-response group (n=40). The serum AMH and INHB levels were measured by enzyme-linked immunosorbent assay (ELISA). The follicle stimulating hormone (FSH), luteinizing hormone (LH), and estradiol (E2) levels were determined by chemiluminescence microparticle immunoassay...
February 2017: Journal of Huazhong University of Science and Technology. Medical Sciences
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28224265/effect-of-serum-albumin-on-the-prognosis-of-elderly-patients-with-stage-3-4-chronic-kidney-disease
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Hongru Fan, Jihong Yang, Lili Liu, Yu Qiao, Meng Wang, Lei Qiu, Hong Shi, Huan Xi, Yao Wang
OBJECTIVE: To investigate the influence of serum albumin on the prognosis of elderly patients with stage 3-4 chronic kidney disease (CKD). METHODS: From July 2013 to November 2015, elderly CKD patients (≥60 years), with eGFR ≥15 mL/min/1.73 m(2) and <60 mL/min/1.73 m(2), with CKD stage 3-4 in the geriatric nephrology clinic were enrolled. General information and underlying diseases were recorded. Laboratory indices were evaluated. Composite endpoint events (CEE) including renal endpoint events, cardiocerebral vascular endpoint events, and death were elucidated...
February 21, 2017: International Urology and Nephrology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28222504/bimanual-gesture-imitation-in-alzheimer-s-disease
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G Nter Sanin, Thomas Benke
BACKGROUND/OBJECTIVE: Unimanual gesture production or imitation has often been studied in Alzheimer's disease (AD) during apraxia testing. In the present study, it was hypothesized that bimanual motor tasks may be a sensitive method to detect impairments of motor cognition in AD due to increased demands on the cognitive system. METHODS: We investigated bimanual, meaningless gesture imitation in 45 AD outpatients, 38 subjects with mild cognitive impairment (MCI), and 50 normal controls (NC) attending a memory clinic...
February 7, 2017: Journal of Alzheimer's Disease: JAD
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28222191/elderly-fall-risk-prediction-using-static-posturography
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Jennifer Howcroft, Edward D Lemaire, Jonathan Kofman, William E McIlroy
Maintaining and controlling postural balance is important for activities of daily living, with poor postural balance being predictive of future falls. This study investigated eyes open and eyes closed standing posturography with elderly adults to identify differences and determine appropriate outcome measure cut-off scores for prospective faller, single-faller, multi-faller, and non-faller classifications. 100 older adults (75.5 ± 6.7 years) stood quietly with eyes open and then eyes closed while Wii Balance Board data were collected...
2017: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28221055/psychometric-properties-of-the-generalized-anxiety-disorder-questionnaire-iv-gad-q-iv-in-postpartum-mothers
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Mark E Pierson, Jason M Prenoveau, Michelle G Craske, Elena Netsi, Alan Stein
Generalized anxiety disorder (GAD) is a mental disorder of which the main feature is persistent and impairing worry. GAD symptoms are common for women during the postpartum period and GAD prevalence rates have been reported as higher in postpartum mothers than in the general population. Currently, little psychometric evidence exists for a screening measure to detect the possible presence of diagnosable GAD for postpartum women. The purpose of this investigation was to gather psychometric information for the Generalized Anxiety Disorder Questionnaire-IV (GAD-Q-IV; Newman et al...
February 20, 2017: Psychological Assessment
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28217017/prognostic-significance-of-standardized-uptake-value-on-18-fluorine-fluorodeoxyglucose-positron-emission-tomography-computed-tomography-in-patients-with-nasopharyngeal-carcinoma
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Şeyda Türkölmez, Sabire Yılmaz Aksoy, Elif Özdemir, Zuhal Kandemir, Nilüfer Yıldırım, Atiye Yılmaz Özsavran, Mehmet Faik Çetindağ, Kenan Köse
The aim of this study was to investigate the prognostic significance of standardized uptake value (SUV) on 18 fluorine-fluorodeoxyglucose ((18)F-FDG) positron emission tomography/computed tomography (PET/CT) in patients with nasopharyngeal carcinoma (NPC). Thirty-four patients who have histologically proven NPC and underwent (18)F-FDG PET/CT were included in this study. After (18)F-FDG PET/CT, all the patients received radiation therapy and 32 of them received concomitant weekly chemotherapy. The maximum SUV (SUVmax) at the primary tumor and the SUVmaxof the highest neck nodes were determined...
January 2017: World Journal of Nuclear Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28215804/pyrogenic-carbon-in-australian-soils
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Fangjie Qi, Ravi Naidu, Nanthi S Bolan, Zhaomin Dong, Yubo Yan, Dane Lamb, Thomas D Bucheli, Girish Choppala, Luchun Duan, Kirk T Semple
Pyrogenic carbon (PyC), the combustion residues of fossil fuel and biomass, is a versatile soil fraction active in biogeochemical processes. In this study, the chemo-thermal oxidation method (CTO-375) was applied to investigate the content and distribution of PyC in 30 Australian agricultural, pastoral, bushland and parkland soil with various soil types. Soils were sampled incrementally to 50cm in 6 locations and at another 7 locations at 0-10cm. Results showed that PyC in Australian soils typically ranged from 0...
February 16, 2017: Science of the Total Environment
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28215798/land-use-impacts-on-profile-distribution-of-labile-and-recalcitrant-carbon-in-the-ili-river-valley-northwest-china
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Xiang Liu, Lanhai Li, Zhiming Qi, Jiangang Han, Yongli Zhu
There is a growing evidence that the decomposition of recalcitrant carbon (C) can be stimulated by environmental changes, such as fresh C supply and increased temperature. However, the effect of land-use on profile distribution of recalcitrant C content is still poorly understood. In this study, soil samples were collected to a depth of 100cm from pastures and four major croplands including maize field, wheat field, paddy and apple orchard in the Ili River Valley, northwest China, to investigate the effects of land-use on profile distribution of labile organic C (LOC), semi-labile organic C (SLOC), recalcitrant organic C (ROC) and their relative proportions in total organic C (TOC), and evaluate whether such effects can be different between topsoil (0-20cm) and subsoil (20-100cm)...
February 16, 2017: Science of the Total Environment
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28213360/circulating-endothelial-microparticles-and-mir-92a-in-acute-myocardial-infarction
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Yuchen Zhang, Junjun Cheng, Fang Chen, Changyan Wu, Junmeng Zhang, Xuejun Ren, Yu Pan, Bin Nie, Quan Li, Yu Li
Background : Microparticles (MPs) and microRNAs (miRNAs) have been shown to play important roles in coronary artery disease (CAD) by monitoring endothelial dysfunction. This study aims to investigate the diagnostic value of endothelial microparticles (EMPs) and miRNAs (miR-92a or miR-23a) as biomarkers in distinguishing patients with acute myocardial infarction (AMI) from those with CAD. Methods : Plasma samples from 37 patients with AMI, 42 patients with stable coronary artery disease (SCAD) and 35 healthy adults were collected for investigation in this study...
February 17, 2017: Bioscience Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28211798/serum-microrna-376-family-as-diagnostic-and-prognostic-markers-in-human-gliomas
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Qing Huang, Changjiang Wang, Ziming Hou, Gang Wang, Jianghua Lv, Hao Wang, Jun Yang, Zhe Zhang, Hongbing Zhang
BACKGROUND: MicroRNA (miR)-376 family play crucial roles in cancer formation and progression. OBJECTIVE: To investigate expression patterns of circulating miR-376 members in glioma patients, and to explore their diagnostic and prognostic values. METHODS: Expression of miR-376 members in serum samples from 100 glioma patients and 50 healthy controls were detected by quantitative real-time PCR. RESULTS: Serum miR-376a, miR-376b and miR-376c in glioma patients were significantly lower than those in healthy controls (all P< 0...
February 3, 2017: Cancer Biomarkers: Section A of Disease Markers
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