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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28535631/-a-multi-center-study-for-the-association-between-the-perception-and-control-of-disease-among-asthmatic-patients-in-chinese-urban-areas
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Y Nong, J T Lin, W Q Wang, X Zhou, C Z Wang, M Huang, S X Cai, P Chen, Q C Lin, J Y Zhou, Y H Gu, Y D Yuan, D J Sun, X H Yang, L Yang, J M Huo, Z C Chen, P Jiang, J Zhang, X W Ye, H G Liu, H P Tang, R Y Liu, C T Liu, W Zhang, C P Hu, Y Q Chen, X J Liu, L M Dai, W Zhou, Y J Huang, J Y Xu
Objective: To investigate the current perception of disease among asthmatic patients in Chinese urban areas, and to address its association with asthma control. Methods: This was a nationwide, multi-center, cross-sectional study covering 30 third-level, grade A hospitals in 30 provinces, municipalities and autonomous regions (not including Tibet) across Chinese mainland. The survey was carried out from October 2015 to May 2016. Asthmatic outpatients were selected to receive face-to-face questionnaire survey on asthma control including Asthma Control Test (ACT) score, classification of asthma control level[according to the Global Initiative for Asthma (GINA) 2015 classification system, as assessed by the physician completing the survey], perception of asthma (including question 1: nature of asthma as a disease; question 2: selection of first-line therapeutic agents to be regularly used daily for asthma; question 3: appropriate timing of the use of short-acting aerosols of β(2) receptor agonists; and question 4: therapeutic goals for asthma)...
May 16, 2017: Zhonghua Yi Xue za Zhi [Chinese medical journal]
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28535339/ecophysiological-examination-of-the-lake-erie-microcystis-bloom-in-2014-linkages-between-biology-and-the-water-supply-shutdown-of-toledo-ohio
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Morgan Michelle Steffen, Timothy W Davis, Robert Michael McKay, George S Bullerjahn, Lauren E Krausfeldt, Joshua M A Stough, Michelle L Neitzey, Naomi E Gilbert, Gregory L Boyer, Thomas H Johengen, Duane C Gossiaux, Ashley M Burtner, Danna Palladino, Mark Rowe, Gregory J Dick, Kevin Meyer, Shawn Levy, Braden Boone, Richard Stumpf, Timothy Wynne, Paul V Zimba, Danielle B Gutierrez, Steven W Wilhelm
Annual cyanobacterial blooms dominated by Microcystis have occurred in western Lake Erie (USA/Canada) during summer months since 1995. The production of toxins by bloom-forming cyanobacteria can lead to drinking water crises, such as the one experienced by the city of Toledo in August of 2014, when the city was rendered without drinking water for > 2 days. It is important to understand the conditions and environmental cues that were driving this specific bloom to provide a scientific framework for management of future bloom events...
May 23, 2017: Environmental Science & Technology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28535192/learning-through-chain-event-graphs-the-role-of-maternal-factors-in-childhood-type-i-diabetes
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Claire Keeble, Peter Adam Thwaites, Paul David Baxter, Stuart Barber Pgclthe, Roger Charles Parslow, Graham Richard Law
Chain event graphs are a graphical representation of a statistical model derived from event trees, previously applied to cohort studies but not to case-control studies. We apply the chain event graph framework to a Yorkshire case-control study of childhood type I diabetes, to examine four exposure variables associated with the mother, three of which are fully observed (her school-leaving-age, amniocenteses during pregnancy and delivery type) and one with missing values (her rhesus factor), while incorporating previous type I diabetes knowledge...
May 23, 2017: American Journal of Epidemiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28535181/everolimus-with-paclitaxel-and-carboplatin-as-first-line-treatment-for-metastatic-large-cell-neuroendocrine-lung-carcinoma-a-multicenter-phase-ii-trial
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P Christopoulos, W Engel-Riedel, C Grohé, C Kropf-Sanchen, J von Pawel, S Gütz, J Kollmeier, W Eberhardt, D Ukena, V Baum, I Nimmrich, C Sieder, P A Schnabel, M Serke, M Thomas
Background: Large cell neuroendocrine carcinoma of the lung (LCNEC) is a rare disease with poor prognosis and limited treatment options. Neuroendocrine tumors frequently show overactivation of the mTOR pathway. Based on the good activity of the mTOR inhibitor everolimus in different types of neuroendocrine tumors and the results of a previous phase I trial we evaluated the efficacy and safety of everolimus in combination with carboplatin and paclitaxel as upfront treatment for patients with advanced LCNEC...
May 23, 2017: Annals of Oncology: Official Journal of the European Society for Medical Oncology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28535148/stochastic-gene-expression-conditioned-on-large-deviations
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Jordan M Horowitz, Rahul V Kulkarni
The intrinsic stochasticity of gene expression can give rise to large fluctuations and rare events that drive phenotypic variation in a population of genetically identical cells. Characterizing the fluctuations that give rise to such rare events motivates the analysis of large deviations in stochastic models of gene expression. Recent developments in non-equilibrium statistical mechanics have led to a framework for analyzing Markovian processes conditioned on rare events and for representing such processes by conditioning-free driven Markovian processes...
May 23, 2017: Physical Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28535076/intraarticular-injection-of-a-cross-linked-sodium-hyaluronate-combined-with-triamcinolone-hexacetonide-cingal-to-provide-symptomatic-relief-of-osteoarthritis-of-the-knee-a-randomized-double-blind-placebo-controlled-multicenter-clinical-trial
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Laszlo Hangody, Robert Szody, Piotr Lukasik, Wojciech Zgadzaj, Endre Lénárt, Eva Dokoupilova, Daniela Bichovsk, Agnes Berta, Gabor Vasarhelyi, Andrea Ficzere, György Hangody, Gary Stevens, Miklos Szendroi
OBJECTIVE: To evaluate the efficacy and safety of an intraarticular injection of Cingal (Anika Therapeutics, Inc., Bedford, MA) compared with Monovisc (Anika Therapeutics, Inc., Bedford, MA) or saline for the treatment of knee osteoarthritis. DESIGN: This multicenter, double-blind, saline-controlled clinical trial randomized subjects with knee osteoarthritis (Kellgren-Lawrence grades I-III) to a single injection of Cingal (4 mL, 88 mg hyaluronic acid [HA] plus 18 mg triamcinolone hexacetonide [TH]), Monovisc (4 mL, 88 mg HA), or saline (4 mL, 0...
May 1, 2017: Cartilage
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28534886/a-new-hiv-paradigm-dual-antiretroviral-regimens-as-maintenance-therapy
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Vicente Soriano, José M Peña
Since the advent of triple combination antiretroviral therapy in 1996, the prognosis of HIV-infected persons has improved drastically. The clinical benefits of HAART derive from producing sustained viral load suppression and CD4 gains. The major drawbacks of the first HAART regimens were common adverse events and high pill burden, which resulted in difficult drug adherence and led to frequent discontinuations and selection of drug resistance.
May 23, 2017: AIDS Reviews
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28534694/the-heart-score-for-early-rule-out-of-acute-coronary-syndromes-in-the-emergency-department-a-systematic-review-and-meta-analysis
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Patricia Van Den Berg, Richard Body
AIMS: The objective of this systematic review was to summarise the current evidence on the diagnostic accuracy of the HEART score for predicting major adverse cardiac events in patients presenting with undifferentiated chest pain to the emergency department. METHODS AND RESULTS: Two investigators independently searched Medline, Embase and Cochrane databases between 2008 and May 2016 identifying eligible studies providing diagnostic accuracy data on the HEART score for predicting major adverse cardiac events as the primary outcome...
May 1, 2017: European Heart Journal. Acute Cardiovascular Care
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28534597/metabolomics-for-improving-pregnancy-outcomes-in-women-undergoing-assisted-reproductive-technologies
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REVIEW
Charalampos S Siristatidis, Eleni Sertedaki, Dennis Vaidakis
BACKGROUND: In order to overcome the low effectiveness of assisted reproductive technologies (ART) and the high incidence of multiple births, metabolomics is proposed as a non-invasive method to assess oocyte quality, embryo viability, and endometrial receptivity, and facilitate a targeted subfertility treatment. OBJECTIVES: To evaluate the effectiveness and safety of metabolomic assessment of oocyte quality, embryo viability, and endometrial receptivity for improving live birth or ongoing pregnancy rates in women undergoing ART, compared to conventional methods of assessment...
May 23, 2017: Cochrane Database of Systematic Reviews
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28534351/the-short-term-safety-of-adjuvant-paclitaxel-plus-trastuzumab-a-single-centre-experience
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Ozturk Ates, Veli Sunar, Alma Aslan, Fatih Karatas, Suleyman Sahin, Kadri Altundag
PURPOSE: HER2-amplified breast cancer (BC) has a poor prognosis. The combination of trastuzumab with chemotherapy in the adjuvant setting decreases recurrence and improves overall survival in HER2-positive BC. However, the role of adjuvant treatment in patients with HER2-amplified small BC without lymph node involvement is still under debate. The purpose of this study was to investigate the safety of adjuvant paclitaxel and trastuzumab (APT) in this group of patients. METHODS: A total of 87 operated early BC patients without lymph node involvement (N0) were treated with APT for 12 weeks followed by trastuzumab alone for a total of 9 months...
March 2017: Journal of B.U.ON.: Official Journal of the Balkan Union of Oncology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28534248/immune-checkpoint-inhibitor-therapy-what-line-of-therapy-and-how-to-choose
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REVIEW
Chethan Ramamurthy, James L Godwin, Hossein Borghaei
Immunotherapy is now an established part of the treatment paradigm for advanced non-small cell lung cancer (NSCLC), but the line of therapy and the sequence of agents are still in flux. In this time when much is to be learned, the optimal therapy for most patients in both the first-line and previously treated settings is in the context of a clinical trial. For standard therapy, however, there are good data to support the practice of programmed death-ligand 1 (PD-L1) testing in the front-line advanced setting and to use pembrolizumab as first-line therapy for those with ≥50% PD-L1 expression...
June 2017: Current Treatment Options in Oncology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28533806/second-salvage-high-dose-rate-brachytherapy-for-radiorecurrent-prostate-cancer
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Metha Maenhout, Marco van Vulpen, Marinus Moerland, Max Peters, Richard Meijer, Maurice van den Bosch, Paul Nguyen, Steven Frank, Jochem van der Voort van Zyp
PURPOSE: Salvage treatments for localized radiorecurrent prostate cancer can be performed safely when a focal and image guided approach is used. Due to the low toxicity, the opportunity exists to investigate a second salvage treatment when a second locally recurrent prostate cancer occurs. Here, we describe a second salvage treatment procedure of 4 patients. MATERIAL AND METHODS: Four patients with a pathologically proven second local recurrence were treated in an outpatient magnetic resonance imaging (MRI)-guided setting with a single fraction of 19 Gy focal high-dose-rate brachytherapy (HDR-BT)...
April 2017: Journal of Contemporary Brachytherapy
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28533699/comparative-analysis-of-the-safety-and-tolerability-of-fixed-dose-artesunate-amodiaquine-versus-artemether-lumefantrine-combinations-for-uncomplicated-falciparum-malaria-in-pregnancy-a-randomized-open-label-study
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Osede I Iribhogbe, Igue Emmanuel, Marylove Odianosen
A comparative clinical study was conducted to evaluate the safety and tolerability of two commonly used fixed dose artemisinin-based combinations for the treatment of uncomplicated Plasmodium falciparum malaria in the second and third trimester of pregnancy. To achieve this, a total of 155 participants were recruited for the study. Eighty of these were drawn from pregnant women who came for routine antenatal care while 40 nonpregnant participants were recruited from apparently healthy females in the community...
2017: Clinical Pharmacology: Advances and Applications
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28533665/new-flexible-endoscopic-controlled-stapler-technique-for-the-treatment-of-zenker-s-diverticulum-a-case-series
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Johanna Wilmsen, Robert Baumbach, Dietmar Stüker, Vincens Weingart, Frank Neser, Stefan Karl Gölder, Christof Pfundstein, Ellen Claudia Nötzel, Thomas Rösch, Siegbert Faiss
AIM: To report about the combination and advantages of a stapler-assisted diverticulotomy performed by flexible endoscopy. METHODS: From November 2014 till December 2015 17 patients (8 female, 9 male, average age 69.8 years) with a symptomatic Zenker diverticulum (mean size 3.5 cm) were treated by inserting a new 5 mm fully rotatable surgical stapler (MicroCutter30 Xchange, Cardica Inc.) next to an ultrathin flexible endoscope through an overtube. The Patients were under conscious sedation with the head reclined in left position, the stapler placed centrally and pushed forward to the bottom of the diverticulum...
May 7, 2017: World Journal of Gastroenterology: WJG
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28533520/the-response-of-a-boreal-deep-sea-sponge-holobiont-to-acute-thermal-stress
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R Strand, S Whalan, N S Webster, T Kutti, J K H Fang, H M Luter, R J Bannister
Effects of elevated seawater temperatures on deep-water benthos has been poorly studied, despite reports of increased seawater temperature (up to 4 °C over 24 hrs) coinciding with mass mortality events of the sponge Geodia barretti at Tisler Reef, Norway. While the mechanisms driving these mortality events are unclear, manipulative laboratory experiments were conducted to quantify the effects of elevated temperature (up to 5 °C, above ambient levels) on the ecophysiology (respiration rate, nutrient uptake, cellular integrity and sponge microbiome) of G...
May 22, 2017: Scientific Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28533436/metformin-synergizes-with-bcl-xl-bcl-2-inhibitor-abt-263-to-induce-apoptosis-specifically-in-p53-defective-cancer-cells
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Xinzhe Li, Bo Li, Zhenhong Ni, Peng Zhou, Bin Wang, Jintao He, Haojun Xiong, Fan Yang, Yaran Wu, Xilin Lyu, Yan Zhang, Yijun Zeng, Jiqin Lian, Fengtian He
p53 deficiency, a frequent event in multiple kinds of malignancies, decreases the sensitivity of diverse targeted chemotherapeutics including the BCL-XL/BCL-2 inhibitor ABT-263. Loss of p53 function can activate mTOR complex 1 (mTORC1), which may make it a vulnerable target. Metformin has shown anti-neoplastic efficiency partially through suppressing mTORC1. However, it remains unknown whether mTORC1 activation confers ABT-263 resistance and whether metformin can overcome it in the p53-defective contexts. In this study, we for the first time demonstrated that metformin and ABT-263 synergistically elicited remarkable apoptosis through orchestrating the pro-apoptotic machineries in various p53-defective cancer cells...
May 22, 2017: Molecular Cancer Therapeutics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28533218/involvement-of-two-component-signaling-in-bacterial-motility-and-biofilm-development
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Birgit M Prüβ
Two-component signaling is a specialized mechanism that bacteria use to respond to changes in their environment. Non-pathogenic strains of E. coli K-12 harbor 30 histidine kinases and 32 response regulators, which form a network of regulation that integrates many other global regulators that do not follow the two-component signaling mechanism, as well as signals from central metabolism. The output of this network is a multitude of phenotypic changes in response to changes in the environment. Among these phenotypic changes, many two-component systems control motility and/or the formation of biofilm, sessile communities of bacteria that form on surfaces...
May 22, 2017: Journal of Bacteriology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28533178/mucin-and-carbohydrate-stimulated-adhesion-and-subproteome-changes-of-the-probiotic-bacterium-lactobacillus-acidophilus-ncfm
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Hasan Ufuk Celebioglu, Sita Vaag Olesen, Kennie Prehn, Sampo J Lahtinen, Susanne Brix, Maher Abou Hachem, Birte Svensson
Adhesion to intestinal mucosa is a crucial property for probiotic bacteria. Adhesion is thought to increase host-bacterial interactions, thus potentially enabling health benefits to the host. Molecular events connected with adhesion and surface proteome changes were investigated for the probiotic Lactobacillus acidophilus NCFM cultured with established or emerging prebiotic carbohydrates as carbon source and in the presence of mucin, the glycoprotein of the epithelial mucus layer. Variation in adhesion to HT29-cells and mucin was associated with carbon source and mucin-induced subproteome abundancy differences...
May 19, 2017: Journal of Proteomics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28533084/gene-flow-and-genetic-drift-contribute-to-high-genetic-diversity-with-low-phylogeographical-structure-in-european-hoopoes-upupa-epops
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Erjia Wang, Rien E Van Wijk, Markus Santhosh Braun, Michael Wink
The Hoopoe (Upupa epops epops) breeds widely in Eurasia and most populations migrate to Africa during the boreal winter. To date, data regarding its phylogeography in Europe are missing. In this study, we investigated the phylogeography and population genetics of Hoopoes by means of mitochondrial DNA (mtDNA) sequencing as well as microsatellite genotyping. Our analyses revealed 32 haplotypes in the cytochrome c oxidase subunit I (COI) (269 individuals) and 50 haplotypes in cytochrome b (cyt b) (233 individuals)...
May 19, 2017: Molecular Phylogenetics and Evolution
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28532776/effect-of-addition-of-a-statin-to-warfarin-on-thromboembolic-events-in-japanese-patients-with-nonvalvular-atrial-fibrillation-and-diabetes-mellitus
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Naoko Kumagai, John A Nusser, Hiroshi Inoue, Ken Okumura, Takeshi Yamashita, Toru Kubo, Hiroaki Kitaoka, Hideki Origasa, Hirotsugu Atarashi
Statins have been shown to decrease stroke risk in patients with cardiovascular risk factors but not to prevent recurrence of ischemic stroke in patients with atrial fibrillation (AF). The present subanalysis aimed to clarify the efficacy of combined use of warfarin and statins in patients with nonvalvular AF (NVAF) with coronary artery disease, diabetes mellitus (DM), or hypertension. The effects of adding statins to warfarin were compared with those of warfarin alone in patients with NVAF with the data set of J-RHYTHM Registry, a prospective, observational study with a 2-year follow-up...
April 27, 2017: American Journal of Cardiology
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