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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28343046/perioperative-hemoglobin-a1c-as-a-predictor-of-deep-infection-following-single-level-lumbar-decompression-in-patients-with-diabetes
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Jourdan M Cancienne, Brian C Werner, Dennis Q Chen, Hamid Hassanzadeh, Adam L Shimer
BACKGROUND CONTEXT: Although multiple studies have cited diabetes mellitus as a risk factor decreased functional outcomes, increased infectious complications, and overall increased reoperation rate following degenerative lumbar spinal surgery, few have investigated how perioperative glycemic control influences such complications. PURPOSE: The primary goal of the present study was to use a national database to evaluate the association of perioperative glycemic control as demonstrated by Hemoglobin A1c levels in patients with diabetes undergoing primary, single level decompression without concomitant fusion with the incidence of deep postoperative infection following requiring operative irrigation and debridement...
March 22, 2017: Spine Journal: Official Journal of the North American Spine Society
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28340445/an-updated-meta-analysis-short-term-therapeutic-effects-of-repeated-transcranial-magnetic-stimulation-in-treating-obsessive-compulsive-disorder
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Dong-Dong Zhou, Wo Wang, Gao-Mao Wang, Da-Qi Li, Li Kuang
BACKGROUND: This study was conducted to evaluate the short-term therapeutic effects of using repeated transcranial magnetic stimulation (rTMS) to treat obsessive-compulsive disorder (OCD) and to examine potential influencing factors. METHOD: We searched the PubMed, EMBASE, CENTRAL, Wanfang, CNKI, and Sinomed databases on September 18, 2016 and reviewed the references of previous meta-analyses. Sham-controlled, randomized clinical trials using rTMS to treat OCD were included...
March 18, 2017: Journal of Affective Disorders
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28338726/cumulative-exposure-to-systolic-blood-pressure-during-young-adulthood-through-midlife-and-the-urine-albumin-to-creatinine-ratio-at-midlife
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Holly Kramer, Laura Colangelo, Cora E Lewis, David R Jacobs, Mark Pletcher, Kirstin Bibbins-Domingo, Alex Chang, David Siscovick, Michael Shlipak, Carmen A Peralta, Nisha Bansal, Paul Muntner, Kiang Liu
BACKGROUND: Higher blood pressure during young adulthood may increase cardiovascular and kidney disease risk later in life. This study examined the association of cumulative systolic blood pressure (SBP) exposure during young adulthood through midlife with urine albumin-to-creatinine ratios (ACR) measured during midlife. METHODS: We used data from the Coronary Artery Risk Development in Young Adults (CARDIA) study, a biracial cohort recruited in 4 urban areas during years 1985-1986...
February 21, 2017: American Journal of Hypertension
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28338721/mammographic-density-defined-by-higher-than-conventional-brightness-thresholds-better-predicts-breast-cancer-risk
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Tuong L Nguyen, Ye K Aung, Christopher F Evans, Gillian S Dite, Jennifer Stone, Robert J MacInnis, James G Dowty, Adrian Bickerstaffe, Kelly Aujard, Johanna M Rommens, Yun-Mi Song, Joohon Sung, Mark A Jenkins, Melissa C Southey, Graham G Giles, Carmel Apicella, John L Hopper
Background: Mammographic density defined by the conventional pixel brightness threshold, and adjusted for age and body mass index (BMI), is a well-established risk factor for breast cancer. We asked if higher thresholds better separate women with and without breast cancer. Methods: We studied Australian women, 354 with breast cancer over-sampled for early-onset and family history, and 944 unaffected controls frequency-matched for age at mammogram. We measured mammographic dense area and percent density using the CUMULUS software at the conventional threshold, which we call Cumulus , and at two increasingly higher thresholds, which we call Altocumulus and Cirrocumulus , respectively...
October 8, 2016: International Journal of Epidemiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28338446/the-use-of-hippocampal-volumetric-measurements-to-improve-diagnostic-accuracy-in-pediatric-patients-with-mesial-temporal-sclerosis
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Gloria J Guzmán Pérez-Carrillo, Christopher Owen, Katherine E Schwetye, Spencer McFarlane, Ananth K Vellimana, Soe Mar, Michelle M Miller-Thomas, Joshua S Shimony, Matthew D Smyth, Tammie L S Benzinger
OBJECTIVE Many patients with medically intractable epilepsy have mesial temporal sclerosis (MTS), which significantly affects their quality of life. The surgical excision of MTS lesions can result in marked improvement or even complete resolution of the epileptic episodes. Reliable radiological diagnosis of MTS is a clinical challenge. The purpose of this study was to evaluate the utility of volumetric mapping of the hippocampi for the identification of MTS in a case-controlled series of pediatric patients who underwent resection for medically refractory epilepsy, using pathology as a gold standard...
March 24, 2017: Journal of Neurosurgery. Pediatrics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28334722/even-a-moderate-fluid-removal-rate-during-individualised-haemodialysis-session-times-is-associated-with-decreased-patient-survival
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Charles Chazot, Cyril Vo-Van, Christie Lorriaux, Patrik Deleaval, Brice Mayor, Jean-Marc Hurot, Guillaume Jean
BACKGROUND: Several studies report that fluid removal rate (FRR) above 10-13 mL/h/kg is associated with increased mortality in haemodialysis (HD) patients. AIM: The aims of this study are to assess the influence of moderate FRR on survival in a cohort of prevalent dialysis patients with various dialysis session times and to challenge the FRR thresholds associated with increased mortality risk reported previously. METHODS: Interdialytic weight gain (IDWG) and FRR (calculated from ultrafiltration [UF], target weight, and session time prescriptions) were studied in 190 prevalent dialysis patients (female: 42%, mean age: 69...
March 24, 2017: Blood Purification
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28333355/wgs-to-predict-antibiotic-mics-for-neisseria-gonorrhoeae
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David W Eyre, Dilrini De Silva, Kevin Cole, Joanna Peters, Michelle J Cole, Yonatan H Grad, Walter Demczuk, Irene Martin, Michael R Mulvey, Derrick W Crook, A Sarah Walker, Tim E A Peto, John Paul
Background: Tracking the spread of antimicrobial-resistant Neisseria gonorrhoeae is a major priority for national surveillance programmes. Objectives: We investigate whether WGS and simultaneous analysis of multiple resistance determinants can be used to predict antimicrobial susceptibilities to the level of MICs in N. gonorrhoeae. Methods: WGS was used to identify previously reported potential resistance determinants in 681 N. gonorrhoeae isolates, from England, the USA and Canada, with phenotypes for cefixime, penicillin, azithromycin, ciprofloxacin and tetracycline determined as part of national surveillance programmes...
March 10, 2017: Journal of Antimicrobial Chemotherapy
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28333182/early-tuberculin-skin-test-for-the-diagnosis-of-latent-tuberculosis-infection-in-patients-with-inflammatory-bowel-disease
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Carlos Taxonera, Ángel Ponferrada, Fernando Bermejo, Sabino Riestra, Cristina Saro, María Dolores Martín-Arranz, José Luis Cabriada, Manuel Barreiro-de Acosta, María Luisa de Castro, Pilar López-Serrano, Jesús Barrio, Cristina Suarez, Eva Iglesias, Federico Argüelles-Arias, Isabel Ferrer, Ignacio Marín-Jiménez, Alejandro Hernández-Camba, Guillermo Bastida, Manuel Van Domselaar, Pilar Martínez-Montiel, David Olivares, Cristina Alba, Javier P Gisbert
Background and Aim: Sensitivity of tuberculin skin test [TST] during screening for latent tuberculosis infection [LTBI] is affected by steroid and/or immunosuppressant therapy. The aim of this study was to compare performance of the two-step TST in inflammatory bowel disease patients immediately before anti-tumour necrosis factor [TNF] therapy as part of routine screening for LTBI vs control patients when the TST was carried out at an early stage. Methods: In this multicentre prospective controlled study, we evaluated the performance of two-step TST with 5-mm threshold...
February 17, 2017: Journal of Crohn's & Colitis
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28332069/dairy-cows-change-locomotion-score-and-sensitivity-to-pain-with-trimming-and-infectious-or-non-infectious-lesions
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L T Passos, E A da Cruz, V Fischer, G C da Porciuncula, D Werncke, A G C Dalto, M T Stumpf, E F Vizzotto, I D B da Silveira
Lameness can negatively affect production, but there is still controversy about the perception of pain in dairy cows. This study aimed to verify the effects of hoof affections in dairy cows on locomotion score, physiological attributes, pressure nociceptive threshold, and thermographic variables, as well as assess improvement on these variables after corrective trimming and treatment. Thirty-four lame lactating cows were gait-scored, and all cows with locomotion score ≥4 were retained for this study 1 day before trimming...
March 22, 2017: Tropical Animal Health and Production
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28329315/seraphin-haemodynamic-sub-study-the-effect-of-the-dual-endothelin-receptor-antagonist-macitentan-on-haemodynamic-parameters-and-nt-probnp-levels-and-their-association-with-disease-progression-in-patients-with-pulmonary-arterial-hypertension
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Nazzareno Galiè, Pavel Jansa, Tomás Pulido, Richard N Channick, Marion Delcroix, Hossein-Ardeschir Ghofrani, Franck-Olivier Le Brun, Sanjay Mehta, Loïc Perchenet, Lewis J Rubin, B K S Sastry, Gérald Simonneau, Olivier Sitbon, Rogério Souza, Adam Torbicki
Aims: The effect of macitentan on haemodynamic parameters and NT-proBNP levels was evaluated in pulmonary arterial hypertension (PAH) patients in the SERAPHIN study. Association between these parameters and disease progression, assessed by the primary endpoint (time to first morbidity/mortality event), was explored. Methods and results: Of the 742 randomized patients, 187 with right heart catheterization at baseline and month 6 participated in a haemodynamic sub-study...
February 28, 2017: European Heart Journal
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28328674/the-value-of-the-injury-severity-score-in-pediatric-trauma-time-for-a-new-definition-of-severe-injury
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Joshua B Brown, Mark L Gestring, Christine M Leeper, Jason L Sperry, Andrew B Peitzman, Timothy R Billiar, Barbara A Gaines
BACKGROUND: The Injury Severity Score (ISS) is the most commonly used injury scoring system in trauma research and benchmarking. An ISS>15 conventionally defines severe injury; however, no studies evaluate whether ISS performs similarly between adults and children. Our objective was to evaluate ISS and AIS to predict mortality and define optimal thresholds of severe injury in pediatric trauma. METHODS: Patients from the Pennsylvania trauma registry 2000-2013 were included...
March 20, 2017: Journal of Trauma and Acute Care Surgery
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28325015/estimating-apnea-hypopnea-index-only-from-an-accelerometer-signal-measured-on-the-chest
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Yasunobu Yamauchi, Sawa Fuke, Kanako Nakayama, Jun'ya Takakura, Hitoshi Usuniwa, Keiji Koike, Eriko Ouchi, Nagafumi Doi
Sleep apnea syndrome (SAS) is becoming a public concern in the field of preventive medicine because it causes more deleterious diseases. However, the majority of patients are not diagnosed and an easier-to-use, lower-cost device for screening of SAS is needed compared to the existing multimodal devices. In this study, we developed and tested a method to estimate the apnea-hypopnea index (AHI), which is the measure of severity of SAS, only from an accelerometer signal measured on the chest. Simultaneous recordings of overnight sleep polysomnography and accelerometer signal were conducted for 50 participants...
August 2016: Conference Proceedings: Annual International Conference of the IEEE Engineering in Medicine and Biology Society
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28324966/random-forests-to-predict-tumor-recurrence-following-cervical-cancer-therapy-using-pre-and-per-treatment-18-f-fdg-pet-parameters
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Geoffrey Roman-Jimenez, Oscar Acosta, Julie Leseur, Anne Devillers, Henri Der Sarkissian, Lina Guzman, Eloi'se Grossiord, Juan-David Ospina, Renaud De Crevoisier
The ability to predict tumor recurrence after chemoradiotherapy of locally advanced cervical cancer is a crucial clinical issue to intensify the treatment of the most high-risk patients. The objective of this study was to investigate tumor metabolism characteristics extracted from pre- and per-treatment (18)F-FDG PET images to predict 3-year overall recurrence (OR). A total of 53 locally advanced cervical cancer patients underwent pre- and per-treatment (18)F-FDG PET (respectively PET1 and PET2). Tumor metabolism was characterized through several delineations using different thresholds, based on a percentage of the maximum uptake, and applied by region-growing...
August 2016: Conference Proceedings: Annual International Conference of the IEEE Engineering in Medicine and Biology Society
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28322448/superior-turbinate-eosinophilia-correlates-with-olfactory-deficit-in-chronic-rhinosinusitis-patients
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Jennifer Lavin, Jin-Young Min, Alcina K Lidder, Julia He Huang, Atsushi Kato, Kent Lam, Eric Meen, Joan S Chmiel, James Norton, Lydia Suh, Mahboobeh Mahdavinia, Kathryn E Hulse, David B Conley, Rakesh K Chandra, Stephanie Shintani-Smith, Robert C Kern, Robert P Schleimer, Bruce K Tan
OBJECTIVE: To evaluate if molecular markers of eosinophilia in olfactory-enriched mucosa are associated with olfactory dysfunction. STUDY DESIGN: Cross-sectional study of tissue biopsies from 99 patients, and an additional 30 patients who underwent prospective olfactory testing prior to sinonasal procedures. METHODS: Tissue biopsies were processed for analysis of inflammatory markers using quantitative real time polymerase chain reaction (qRT-PCR)...
March 21, 2017: Laryngoscope
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28322106/establishment-and-evaluation-of-a-prognostic-model-for-surgical-outcomes-of-patients-with-atlanto-axial-dislocations
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Shuai Guo, Jie Chen, Baohui Yang, Haopeng Li
Objective Atlanto-axial dislocations (AADs) are potentially fatal disturbances with high spinal cord compression syndrome. As surgeons are still uncertain who is likely to benefit the most from surgery, a prediction tool is needed to provide decision-making support. Methods The model was established based on 108 patients with AADs using multiple binary logistic regression analysis and evaluated by calibration plot and the area under the receiver operating curve (AUC). Bootstrapping was used for internal validation...
December 2016: Journal of International Medical Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28321959/the-impact-of-the-eligibility-threshold-of-a-french-means-tested-health-insurance-programme-on-doctor-visits-a-regression-discontinuity-analysis
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Sophie Guthmuller, Jérôme Wittwer
This paper assesses the impact of eligibility for a free means-tested complementary health insurance plan, called Couverture Maladie Universelle Complémentaire (CMUC), on doctor visits. We use information on the selection rule to qualify for the plan to identify the effect of eligibility and adopt a regression discontinuity approach. Our sample consists of low-income individuals enrolled in the Health Insurance Fund and recipients of social benefits from the Family Allowance Fund of an urban area in Northern France...
March 20, 2017: Health Economics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28321362/from-eggs-to-bites-do-ovitrap-data-provide-reliable-estimates-of-aedes-albopictus-biting-females
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Mattia Manica, Roberto Rosà, Alessandra Della Torre, Beniamino Caputo
BACKGROUND: Aedes albopictus is an aggressive invasive mosquito species that represents a serious health concern not only in tropical areas, but also in temperate regions due to its role as vector of arboviruses. Estimates of mosquito biting rates are essential to account for vector-human contact in models aimed to predict the risk of arbovirus autochthonous transmission and outbreaks, as well as nuisance thresholds useful for correct planning of mosquito control interventions. Methods targeting daytime and outdoor biting Ae...
2017: PeerJ
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28318305/on-demand-driver-vigilance-enhancement-without-explicit-drowsiness-detection-further-analysis-of-the-pilot-study-results
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R Michael Van Auken, Brad K Hagoski, Dean P Chiang, Shane Chang
OBJECTIVE: A new active safety concept that engages the driver's psychosensory pain-processing mechanism to automatically trigger vigilance enhancement on-demand was proposed in Chang ( 2012 ). This concept is based on the hypothesis that a human's pain threshold will decline as he/she becomes drowsy, consequently triggering the vigilance enhancer. The objective of this pilot study was to develop methods to test this hypothesis, the results of which could lead to further refinement of the hypothesis and methods, with the ultimate goal of developing new active safety concepts that exploit the driver's endogenous psychosensory pain-processing mechanisms...
March 20, 2017: Traffic Injury Prevention
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28317230/cortical-surface-based-threshold-free-cluster-enhancement-and-cortexwise-mediation
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Tristram A Lett, Lea Waller, Heike Tost, Ilya M Veer, Arash Nazeri, Susanne Erk, Eva J Brandl, Katrin Charlet, Anne Beck, Sabine Vollstädt-Klein, Anne Jorde, Falk Kiefer, Andreas Heinz, Andreas Meyer-Lindenberg, M Mallar Chakravarty, Henrik Walter
Threshold-free cluster enhancement (TFCE) is a sensitive means to incorporate spatial neighborhood information in neuroimaging studies without using arbitrary thresholds. The majority of methods have applied TFCE to voxelwise data. The need to understand the relationship among multiple variables and imaging modalities has become critical. We propose a new method of applying TFCE to vertexwise statistical images as well as cortexwise (either voxel- or vertexwise) mediation analysis. Here we present TFCE_mediation, a toolbox that can be used for cortexwise multiple regression analysis with TFCE, and additionally cortexwise mediation using TFCE...
March 20, 2017: Human Brain Mapping
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28314653/assessment-of-risk-factors-for-candidemia-in-non-neutropenic-patients-hospitalized-in-internal-medicine-wards-a-multicenter-study
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M Falcone, G Tiseo, C Tascini, A Russo, E Sozio, G Raponi, C Rosin, P Pignatelli, P Carfagna, A Farcomeni, R Luzzati, F Violi, F Menichetti, M Venditti
BACKGROUND: An increasing prevalence of candidemia has been reported in Internal Medicine wards (IMWs). The aim of our study was to identify risk factors for candidemia among non-neutropenic patients hospitalized in IMWs. METHODS: A multicenter case-control study was performed in three hospitals in Italy. Patients developing candidemia (cases) were compared to patients without candidemia (controls) matched by age, time of admission and duration of hospitalization...
March 14, 2017: European Journal of Internal Medicine
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