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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28931222/the-role-of-human-immunodeficiency-virus-associated-vasculopathy-in-the-etiology-of-stroke
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Laura A Benjamin, Theresa J Allain, Henry Mzinganjira, Myles D Connor, Colin Smith, Sebastian Lucas, Elizabeth Joekes, Sam Kampondeni, Karen Chetcuti, Ian Turnbull, Mark Hopkins, Steve Kamiza, Elizabeth L Corbett, Robert S Heyderman, Tom Solomon
Background: Human immunodeficiency virus (HIV) infection is a recognized risk factor for stroke among young populations, but the exact mechanisms are poorly understood. We studied the clinical, radiologic, and histologic features of HIV-related ischemic stroke to gain insight into the disease mechanisms. Methods: We conducted a prospective, in-depth analysis of adult ischemic stroke patients presenting to Queen Elizabeth Central Hospital, Blantyre, Malawi, in 2011...
September 1, 2017: Journal of Infectious Diseases
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28931218/aberrant-humoral-immune-responses-in-neurosyphilis-cxcl13-cxcr5-play-a-pivotal-role-for-b-cell-recruitment-to-the-cerebrospinal-fluid
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Qian Yu, Yuanyuan Cheng, Yuanyuan Wang, Cuini Wang, Haikong Lu, Zhifang Guan, Jian Huang, Weiming Gong, Mei Shi, Liyan Ni, Juan Wu, Ruirui Peng, Pingyu Zhou
Background: Previous studies documented that humoral immune responses participated in neurological damage in neurosyphilis patients. However, the mechanisms that trigger and maintain humoral immunity involved in neurosyphilis remain unknown. Methods: Using flow cytometry, expression of B cells was measured in neurosyphilis and non-neurosyphilis. Expression of immunoglobulin indices and chemokine ligand CXCL13 was detected by enzyme-linked immunosorbent assay. The migration and inhibition assays were evaluated by modified chamber assays...
September 1, 2017: Journal of Infectious Diseases
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28931164/impact-of-patient-education-on-influenza-vaccine-uptake-among-community-dwelling-elderly-a-randomized-controlled-trial
#3
Ka Chun Leung, Carlo Mui, Wing Yan Chiu, Yuk Yiu Ng, Matthew H Y Chen, Pui Hung Ho, Chun Pong Kwok, Suki S M Lam, Chun Yip Wong, Kit Yee Wong, Herbert H Pang
This randomized controlled trial aimed to test the effectiveness of brief face-to-face patient education in increasing influenza vaccination rate among elderly in the community. Recruitment and intervention were conducted at two general outpatient clinics in Hong Kong. 529 eligible patients were randomly assigned to intervention or control group with 1:1 allocation ratio. Patients in the intervention group received 3-min one-on-one verbal education by medical students and a pamphlet regarding influenza vaccination...
October 1, 2017: Health Education Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28931089/advanced-glycation-end-products-dietary-restriction-effects-on-bacterial-gut-microbiota-in-peritoneal-dialysis-patients-a-randomized-open-label-controlled-trial
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Rabi Yacoub, Melinda Nugent, Weijin Cai, Girish N Nadkarni, Lee D Chaves, Sham Abyad, Amanda M Honan, Shruthi A Thomas, Wei Zheng, Sujith A Valiyaparambil, Mark A Bryniarski, Yijun Sun, Michael Buck, Robert J Genco, Richard J Quigg, John C He, Jaime Uribarri
The modern Western diet is rich in advanced glycation end products (AGEs). We have previously shown an association between dietary AGEs and markers of inflammation and oxidative stress in a population of end stage renal disease (ESRD) patients undergoing peritoneal dialysis (PD). In the current pilot study we explored the effects of dietary AGEs on the gut bacterial microbiota composition in similar patients. AGEs play an important role in the development and progression of cardiovascular (CVD) disease. Plasma concentrations of different bacterial products have been shown to predict the risk of incident major adverse CVD events independently of traditional CVD risk factors, and experimental animal models indicates a possible role AGEs might have on the gut microbiota population...
2017: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28931031/reducing-therapeutic-misconception-a-randomized-intervention-trial-in-hypothetical-clinical-trials
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Paul P Christopher, Paul S Appelbaum, Debbie Truong, Karen Albert, Louise Maranda, Charles Lidz
BACKGROUND: Participants in clinical trials frequently fail to appreciate key differences between research and clinical care. This phenomenon, known as therapeutic misconception, undermines informed consent to clinical research, but to date there have been no effective interventions to reduce it and concerns have been expressed that to do so might impede recruitment. We determined whether a scientific reframing intervention reduces therapeutic misconception without significantly reducing willingness to participate in hypothetical clinical trials...
2017: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28930843/clinical-characteristics-of-a-kif21a-mutation-in-a-chinese-family-with-congenital-fibrosis-of-the-extraocular-muscles-type-1
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Huiqiong Chen, Tangbing Liu, Zhenhai Zeng, Yufei Wang, Yuanyuan Lin, Lulu Cheng, Qintuo Pan, Feng Gu, Zongming Song, Zongduan Zhang
The aim of the study is to characterize the clinical ocular phenotype with congenital fibrosis of the extraocular muscles type 1 (CFEOM1) and to confirm whether the kinesin family member 21A (KIF21A) mutation was the pathogenic gene in this Chinese family.Three affected individuals and 2 asymptomatic kinsfolk from a Chinese family underwent comprehensive ophthalmic examinations, orbital computerized tomography (CT), and postoperative histological examinations were performed in the proband. All the recruited members were screened for 3 exons (8, 20, and 21) of KIF21A mutations using the polymerase chain reaction (PCR) amplification and direct sequencing of corresponding PCR products...
September 2017: Medicine (Baltimore)
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28930839/a-novel-use-of-hill-function-and-utility-of-99mtc-mibi-scintigraphy-to-detect-earlier-lower-extremity-microvascular-perfusion-in-patients-with-type-2-diabetes
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Yingsha Li, Qiang Li, Shenju Liang, Xia Liang, Wen Zhou, Hongbo He, Rongbing Jin, Kaifa Wang, Zhiming Zhu, Zhencheng Yan
We use the Hill function to analyze the dynamics of Tc-99m 2 methoxy-isobutyl-isonitrile (Tc-MIBI) scintigraphy data and to examine the earlier lower extremity microvascular perfusion of diabetic patients without typical clinical symptoms and with the preserved normal ankle-brachial index (ABI).Eighty-eight participants (30 healthy control, 34 diabetic patients, and 24 diabetic patients with peripheral arterial disease [PAD]) were recruited and applied Tc-MIBI scintigraphy. Fourteen diabetic patients with PAD also underwent computed tomography angiography (CTA) examination and were performed endovascular interventions...
September 2017: Medicine (Baltimore)
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28930641/face-masks-and-cough-etiquette-reduce-the-cough-aerosol-concentration-of-pseudomonas-aeruginosa-in-people-with-cystic-fibrosis
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Michelle E Wood, Rebecca E Stockwell, Graham R Johnson, Kay A Ramsay, Laura J Sherrard, Nassib Jabbour, Emma Ballard, Peter O'Rourke, Timothy J Kidd, Claire E Wainwright, Luke D Knibbs, Peter D Sly, Lidia Morawska, Scott C Bell
RATIONALE: People with cystic fibrosis (CF) generate Pseudomonas aeruginosa in droplet nuclei during coughing. The use of surgical masks has been recommended in healthcare settings to minimise pathogen transmission between CF patients. OBJECTIVE: To determine if face masks and cough etiquette reduce viable P. aeruginosa aerosolised during cough. METHODS: Twenty-five adults with CF and chronic P. aeruginosa infection were recruited. Participants performed six talking and coughing maneuvers, with or without face masks (surgical and N95) and hand covering the mouth when coughing (cough etiquette) in an aerosol-sampling device...
September 20, 2017: American Journal of Respiratory and Critical Care Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28930639/50-years-of-research-in-ards-tidal-volume-selection-in-the-acute-respiratory-distress-syndrome
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Sarina K Sahetya, Jordi Mancebo, Roy G Brower
Mechanical ventilation (MV) is critical in the management of many patients with the acute respiratory distress syndrome (ARDS). However, MV can also cause ventilator-induced lung injury (VILI). The selection of an appropriate tidal volume is an essential part of a lung-protective MV strategy. Since the publication of a large randomized clinical trial demonstrating the benefit of lower tidal volumes, the use of tidal volumes of 6 mL/kg predicted body weight (PBW, based on sex and height) has been recommended in clinical practice guidelines...
September 20, 2017: American Journal of Respiratory and Critical Care Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28930378/the-risk-of-metabolic-syndrome-in-polycystic-ovary-syndrome-a-systematic-review-and-meta-analysis
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Samira Behboudi-Gandevani, Mina Amiri, Raziyeh Bidhendi Yarandi, Mahsa Noroozzadeh, Maryam Farahmand, Marziyeh Rostami Dovom, Fahimeh Ramezani Tehrani
BACKGROUND AND OBJECTIVE: Polycystic ovary syndrome (PCOS) is a common heterogeneous endocrine disorder associated with metabolic syndrome (MetS). The aim of this systematic review and meta-analysis was to provide the most reliable estimate risk of MetS in women with PCOS, compared to healthy controls. METHODS: A comprehensive literature search was performed in PubMed [including Medline], Web of Science and Scopus databases for retrieving articles in English language on the prevalence/incidence and odds of MetS in women with PCOS compared to healthy controls...
September 20, 2017: Clinical Endocrinology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28930260/association-between-auricular-signals-and-the-risk-factors-of-metabolic-syndrome
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Lorna Kwai Ping Suen, Chao Hsing Yeh, Simon Kai Wang Yeung, Jojo Yee Mei Kwan, Hon Fat Wong, David Chan, Alice Siu Ping Cheung, Vincent Tok Fai Yeung
Objective: This study aims to determine the association between auricular signals and the risk factors of metabolic syndrome (MS). Methods: A case-control study with an equal number of cases and controls matched by age group and gender was conducted. A total of 204 participants were recruited. Patients were verified as having MS based on the International Diabetes Federation (IDF) criteria. Auricular assessment was conducted in the following sequence: visual inspection, electrical skin resistance test (ESRT), and pressure pain test (PPT)...
June 25, 2017: Medicines (Basel, Switzerland)
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28930231/a-population-based-cohort-study-on-the-ability-of-acupuncture-to-reduce-post-stroke-depression
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Shuo-Ping Tseng, Yu-Ching Hsu, Ching-Ju Chiu, Shang-Te Wu
Objective: Post-stroke depression (PSD) is common and has a negative impact on recovery. Although many stroke patients in Taiwan have used acupuncture as a supplementary treatment for reducing stroke comorbidities, little research has been done on the use of acupuncture to prevent PSD. Accordingly, our goal is to investigate whether using acupuncture after a stroke can reduce the risk of PSD. Method: This population-based cohort study examined medical claims data from a random sample of 1 million insured people registered in Taiwan...
March 15, 2017: Medicines (Basel, Switzerland)
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28930098/bioimpedance-technology-for-detection-of-thoracic-injury
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Ruben Buendia, Stefan Candefjord, Benjamin Sanchez, Hans Granhed, Bengt-Arne Sjöqvist, Per Örtenwall, Eva-Corina Caragounis
Thoracic trauma is one of the most common and lethal types of injury, causing over a quarter of traumatic deaths. Severe thoracic injuries are often occult and difficult to diagnose in the field. There is a need for a point-of-care diagnostic device for severe thoracic injuries in the prehospital setting. Electrical bioimpedance (EBI) is non-invasive, portable, rapid and easy to use technology that can provide objective and quantitative diagnostic information for the prehospital environment. Here, we evaluated the performance of EBI to detect thoracic injuries...
September 20, 2017: Physiological Measurement
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28929813/limited-english-proficient-patients-perceptions-of-when-interpreters-are-needed-and-how-the-decision-to-utilize-interpreters-is-made
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Rebecca J Schwei, Michelle Schroeder, Ifna Ejebe, Maichou Lor, Linda Park, Phia Xiong, Elizabeth A Jacobs
Our objective was to describe when Hmong- and Spanish-speaking limited English proficient (LEP) patients perceive an interpreter was needed and how they perceive the decision to utilize an interpreter is made in a health care encounter. We interviewed a total of 20 LEP patients. We used a number of strategies to recruit LEP patients including posting language-appropriate flyers at clinics, sending letters to LEP patients and asking our participants to refer their family and friends to participate in our study...
September 20, 2017: Health Communication
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28929809/can-breast-compression-be-reduced-in-digital-mammography-and-breast-tomosynthesis
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Greeshma A Agasthya, Ellen D'Orsi, Yoon-Jin Kim, Priyanka Handa, Christopher P Ho, Carl J D'Orsi, Ioannis Sechopoulos
OBJECTIVE: The objective of this study was to investigate the impact of decreasing breast compression during digital mammography and breast tomosynthesis (DBT) on perceived pain and image quality. MATERIALS AND METHODS: In this two-part study, two groups of women with prior mammograms were recruited. In part 1, subjects were positioned for craniocaudal (CC) and mediolateral oblique (MLO) views, and four levels of compression force were applied to evaluate changes in breast thickness, perceived pain, and relative tissue coverage...
September 20, 2017: AJR. American Journal of Roentgenology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28929532/the-impact-of-left-ventricular-deformation-and-dyssynchrony-on-improvement-of-left-ventricular-ejection-fraction-following-radiofrequency-catheter-ablation-in-wolff-parkinson-white-syndrome-a-comprehensive-study-by-speckle-tracking-echocardiography
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Tomoo Nagai, Akira Hamabe, Junko Arakawa, Hirotsugu Tabata, Toshihiko Nishioka
PURPOSE: The purpose of this study was to evaluate left ventricular (LV) deformation and LV dyssynchrony in patients with Wolff-Parkinson-White (WPW) syndrome and to identify the factors that affect the efficacy of radiofrequency catheter ablation (RFCA). METHODS: Thirty patients (26 men, mean age 40 ± 12 years) with WPW syndrome were prospectively recruited for this study. They underwent 2-dimensional transthoracic echocardiography with speckle tracking analysis before RFCA and again within 48 hours after RFCA...
September 19, 2017: Echocardiography
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28929239/flares-in-chinese-systemic-lupus-erythematosus-patients-a-6-year-follow-up-study
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Liying Peng, Ziqian Wang, Mengtao Li, Yanhong Wang, Dong Xu, Qian Wang, Shangzhu Zhang, Jiuliang Zhao, Xinping Tian, Xiaofeng Zeng
This study determined the flare status of SLE patients in a single-center Chinese cohort and identified the predictors of flare in this underreported Asian population. The patients were recruited from April 2009 to February 2010 at the Peking Union Medical College Hospital (PUMCH), and then followed up regularly at our clinic until December 2015. Flare was defined as an increase in SLEDAI-2K to ≥ 4 points from the previous visit, or appearing of a new SLE manifestation or worsening of a preexisting clinical or hematological manifestation (not included in SLEDAI-2K) that results in restarting or increasing corticosteroids or immunosuppressant...
September 19, 2017: Clinical Rheumatology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28929118/natriuretic-peptide-system-activation-in-acute-heart-failure-patients-with-diabetes
#18
Filipe M Cunha, Joana Pereira, Pedro Marques, Helena Moreira, Pedro Rodrigues, Maria João Pinto, Patrícia Lourenço, Paulo Bettencourt
BACKGROUND: Elevated B-type natriuretic peptide (BNP) is a hallmark in heart failure (HF). Diabetic patients with chronic HF seem to have higher BNP than nondiabetics. We studied, in acute HF, if BNP levels are different between diabetics and nondiabetics. METHODS: From a prospectively recruited population of acute HF patients, we selected a convenience sample. In pair-matched analysis, each diabetic patient was matched with a nondiabetic of the same age (±1 year), gender, and according to left ventricular systolic dysfunction...
2017: Journal of Diabetes Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28929055/the-four-port-bradoo-technique-an-alternative-to-the-modified-endoscopic-denker-s-approach-for-giant-jna
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Renuka Bradoo, Anagha Joshi, Kshtij Shah, Tejal Patel, Tanvi Lohiya
The aim of this study is to emphasise the importance of preserving the anterior facial skeleton in angiofibroma surgery and to introduce a new approach by which tumors with far lateral extensions can be operated upon successfully without disruption of the anterior facial skeleton. This is a prospective study conducted at a tertiary referral academic centre. Two patients with extensive juvenile nasopharyngeal angiofibroma with far lateral extensions were recruited and they underwent surgery between July and August 2016...
September 2017: Indian Journal of Otolaryngology and Head and Neck Surgery
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28928818/the-value-of-computer-assisted-navigation-for-bone-reconstruction-after-tumor-resection
#20
Xuejun Peng, Fengping Wang, Jing Su
This study was designed to evaluate the use of computer-assisted navigation with computed tomography (CT) images for bone reconstruction after resection in malignant bone tumor treatment. Forty-five patients with malignant bone tumors were recruited for this study. CT scan images in a computer-assisted navigation system were used to assist during the osteotomy, the pairing with allografts, and the monitoring of the allograft and joint lines to perform joint reconstruction. Our results show that osteotomy and allograft pairing were successful in all patients...
September 2017: Oncology Letters
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