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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28431890/which-facilitates-the-evolution-of-cooperation-more-retaliation-or-persistence
#1
Shun Kurokawa
The existence of cooperation in this world is a mysterious phenomenon. One of the mechanisms that explain the evolution of cooperation is repeated interaction. If interactions between the same individuals repeat and individuals cooperate conditionally, cooperation can evolve. A previous study pointed out that if individuals have persistence (i.e., imitate its "own" behavior in the last move), cooperation can evolve. However, retaliation and persistence are not mutually exclusive decisions, but rather a trade-off in the decision making process of individuals...
April 18, 2017: Mathematical Biosciences
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28431823/sleepiness-and-activity-in-heart-failure-patients-with-reduced-ejection-fraction-and-central-sleep-disordered-breathing
#2
Angela Atalla, Thomas W Carlisle, Anita K Simonds, Martin R Cowie, Mary J Morrell
OBJECTIVE: Patients with heart failure (HF) and sleep disordered breathing (SDB) are typically not sleepy, unlike patients without heart failure. Previous work in HF patients with obstructive SDB suggested that sleepiness was associated with a reduction in daytime activity. The consequences of predominately central SDB on sleepiness in HF are less well understood. The aim of this study was to test the hypothesis that subjective sleepiness is associated with reduced daytime activity in HF patients with central SDB, compared to those without SDB...
January 23, 2017: Sleep Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28431140/performance-of-the-patient-reported-outcomes-measurement-information-system-29-in-scleroderma-a-scleroderma-patient-centered-intervention-network-cohort-study
#3
Linda Kwakkenbos, Brett D Thombs, Dinesh Khanna, Marie-Eve Carrier, Murray Baron, Daniel E Furst, Karen Gottesman, Frank van den Hoogen, Vanessa L Malcarne, Maureen D Mayes, Luc Mouthon, Warren R Nielson, Serge Poiraudeau, Robert Riggs, Maureen Sauvé, Fredrick Wigley, Marie Hudson, Susan J Bartlett
Objective.: The Patient-Reported Outcomes Measurement Information System (PROMIS)-29 assesses seven health-related quality of life domains plus pain intensity. The objective was to examine PROMIS-29v2 validity and explore clinical associations in patients with SSc. Methods.: English-speaking SSc patients in the Scleroderma Patient-centered Intervention Network Cohort from 26 sites in Canada, the USA and the UK completed the PROMIS-29v2 between July 2014 and November 2015...
April 18, 2017: Rheumatology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28427782/prospective-study-of-a-non-restrictive-decision-rule-for-acute-aortic-syndrome
#4
Judah Goldschmiedt, Jeffrey M Levsky, Eran Y Bellin, Esther Mizrachi, David Esses, Linda B Haramati
OBJECTIVES: To determine the impact of a non-restrictive clinical decision rule on CT utilization for Emergency Department patients suspected of having an acute aortic syndrome (AAS). METHODS: We prospectively assessed the performance of a previously described, collaboratively designed, non-restrictive clinical decision rule for AAS. Emergency Department patients with suspected AAS were stratified into low and high-risk groups based on decision rule results, from July 2013-August 2014...
April 6, 2017: American Journal of Emergency Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28422908/the-emergency-surgery-score-ess-accurately-predicts-the-occurrence-of-postoperative-complications-in-emergency-surgery-patients
#5
Anirudh R Nandan, Jordan D Bohnen, Naveen F Sangji, Thomas Peponis, Kelsey Han, D Dante Yeh, Jarone Lee, Noelle Saillant, Marc De Moya, George C Velmahos, David C Chang, Haytham M A Kaafarani
BACKGROUND: The Emergency Surgery Score (ESS) was recently validated as a scoring system to predict mortality in emergency surgery (ES) patients. We sought to examine the ability of ESS to predict the occurrence of 30-day postoperative complications in ES. METHODS: The 2011-2012 American College of Surgeons National Surgical Quality.Improvement Program (ACS-NSQIP) database was screened for all surgical operations classified as "emergent". Thirty-day postoperative complications were defined as per ACS-NSQIP (e...
April 18, 2017: Journal of Trauma and Acute Care Surgery
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28421376/using-the-stopbang-questionnaire-and-other-pre-test-probability-tools-to-predict-osa-in-younger-thinner-patients-referred-to-a-sleep-medicine-clinic
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Michael J McMahon, Karen L Sheikh, Teotimo F Andrada, Aaron B Holley
BACKGROUND: The STOPBANG questionnaire is used to predict the presence of obstructive sleep apnea (OSA). We sought to assess the performance of the STOPBANG questionnaire in younger, thinner patients referred to a sleep medicine clinic. METHODS: We applied the STOPBANG questionnaire to patients referred for level I polysomnography (PSG) at our sleep center. We calculated likelihood ratios and area under the receiver operator characteristic (AUROC) curve and performed sensitivity analyses...
April 19, 2017: Sleep & Breathing, Schlaf & Atmung
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28420623/externalised-locking-compression-plate-as-an-alternative-to-the-unilateral-external-fixator-a-biomechanical-comparative-study-of-axial-and-torsional-stiffness
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B F H Ang, J Y Chen, A K S Yew, S K Chua, S M Chou, S L Chia, J S B Koh, T S Howe
OBJECTIVES: External fixators are the traditional fixation method of choice for contaminated open fractures. However, patient acceptance is low due to the high profile and therefore physical burden of the constructs. An externalised locking compression plate is a low profile alternative. However, the biomechanical differences have not been assessed. The objective of this study was to evaluate the axial and torsional stiffness of the externalised titanium locking compression plate (ET-LCP), the externalised stainless steel locking compression plate (ESS-LCP) and the unilateral external fixator (UEF)...
April 2017: Bone & Joint Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28419387/effect-of-continuous-positive-airway-pressure-treatment-on-health-related-quality-of-life-and-sleepiness-in-high-cardiovascular-risk-individuals-with-sleep-apnea-best-apnea-interventions-for-research-bestair-trial
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Ying Y Zhao, Rui Wang, Kevin J Gleason, Eldrin F Lewis, Stuart F Quan, Claudia M Toth, Michael Morrical, Michael Rueschman, Jia Weng, James H Ware, Murray A Mittleman, Susan Redline
Study Objectives: The long term effect of continuous positive airway pressure (CPAP) on health-related quality of life (HRQOL) in patients with high cardiovascular disease risk and obstructive sleep apnea (OSA) without severe sleepiness is uncertain. We aimed to determine the effect of CPAP treatment on HRQOL in individuals with moderate or severe OSA and cardiovascular disease (CVD) or multiple CVD risk factors without severe sleepiness. Methods: In this randomized, controlled, parallel group study, 169 participants were assigned to treatment with CPAP or the control group (conservative medical therapy [CMT] or CMT with sham CPAP)...
April 17, 2017: Sleep
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28418273/thalidomide-for-epistaxis-in-patients-with-hereditary-hemorrhagic-telangiectasia-a-preliminary-study
#9
Jia Fang, Xiaomeng Chen, Bijun Zhu, Haibo Ye, Weitian Zhang, Jian Guan, Kaiming Su
To evaluate the effectiveness of thalidomide for epistaxis in hereditary hemorrhagic telangiectasia (HHT), 7 HHT patients with recurrent epistaxis were treated with thalidomide at an initial dose of 50 mg/d, gradually increasing to 100 mg/d if needed. The Epistaxis Severity Score (ESS) was used to evaluate the treatment effects. Patients reported that epistaxis improved 1 to 3 weeks after starting thalidomide. The mean ESS before treatment, at the end of treatment, and 3 months after stopping treatment was 5...
April 1, 2017: Otolaryngology—Head and Neck Surgery
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28417704/effects-of-silver-nitrate-cauterization-on-middle-turbinate-synechia-after-endoscopic-sinus-surgery
#10
Sinan Uluyol
Objective This study aimed to examine the efficacy of silver nitrate cauterization of the middle turbinate (MT) for hindering postoperative middle meatal synechia formation after endoscopic sinus surgery (ESS). Study Design Prospective, controlled, and single-blinded. Settings Tertiary referral center. Subjects and Methods For this study, 38 patients undergoing bilateral ESS due to nasal polyposis were recruited. Following ESS, silver nitrate cauterization of the lateral side of the left MT was performed in all cases...
April 1, 2017: Otolaryngology—Head and Neck Surgery
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28416405/development-validation-and-assessment-of-an-ischemic-stroke-or-transient-ischemic-attack-specific-prediction-tool-for-obstructive-sleep-apnea
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Jason J Sico, H Klar Yaggi, Susan Ofner, John Concato, Charles Austin, Jared Ferguson, Li Qin, Lauren Tobias, Stanley Taylor, Carlos A Vaz Fragoso, Vincent McLain, Linda S Williams, Dawn M Bravata
BACKGROUND: Screening instruments for obstructive sleep apnea (OSA), as used routinely to guide clinicians regarding patient referral for polysomnography (PSG), rely heavily on symptomatology. We sought to develop and validate a cerebrovascular disease-specific OSA prediction model less reliant on symptomatology, and to compare its performance with commonly used screening instruments within a population with ischemic stroke or transient ischemic attack (TIA). METHODS: Using data on demographic factors, anthropometric measurements, medical history, stroke severity, sleep questionnaires, and PSG from 2 independently derived, multisite, randomized trials that enrolled patients with stroke or TIA, we developed and validated a model to predict the presence of OSA (i...
April 14, 2017: Journal of Stroke and Cerebrovascular Diseases: the Official Journal of National Stroke Association
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28415883/electrosteric-stealth-rivastigmine-loaded-liposomes-for-brain-targeting-preparation-characterization-ex-vivo-bio-distribution-and-in-vivo-pharmacokinetic-studies
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Sara Nageeb El-Helaly, Ahmed Abd Elbary, Mohamed A Kassem, Mohamed A El-Nabarawi
Being one of the highly effective drugs in treatment of Alzheimer's disease, Rivastigmine brain targeting is highly demandable, therefore liposomal dispersion of Rivastigmine was prepared containing 2 mol% PEG-DSPE added to Lecithin, Didecyldimethyl ammonium bromide (DDAB), Tween 80 in 1:0.02:0.25 molar ratio. A major challenge during the preparation of liposomes is maintaining a stable formulation, therefore the aim of our study was to increase liposomal stability by addition of DDAB to give an electrostatic stability and PEG-DSPE to increase stability by steric hindrance, yielding what we called an electrosteric stealth (ESS) liposomes...
November 2017: Drug Delivery
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28412276/the-influence-of-hypertension-on-daytime-sleepiness-in-obstructive-sleep-apnea
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Helena Martynowicz, Robert Skomro, Paweł Gać, Grzegorz Mazur, Irena Porębska, Agnieszka Bryłka, Wojciech Nowak, Michał Zieliński, Anna Wojakowska, Rafał Poręba
Daytime sleepiness is a common symptom among hypertensive patients. The aim of this study was to determine subjective sleepiness assessed by Epworth Sleepiness Scale (ESS) and to asses sleep architecture in 304 patients with arterial hypertension. All patients underwent a standardized diagnostic overnight, polysomnography. The control group consisted of 67 normotensives. The hypertensive patients had a decreased sleep efficiency, mean and minimum oxygen saturation levels, and increased apnea/hypopnea index and oxygen desaturation index compared with normotensive patients...
March 27, 2017: Journal of the American Society of Hypertension: JASH
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28409844/balloon-eustachian-tuboplasty-under-local-anesthesia-is-it-feasible
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Veera Luukkainen, Ilkka Kivekäs, Sari Hammarén-Malmi, Markus Rautiainen, Leena Pöyhönen, Antti A Aarnisalo, Jussi Jero, Saku T Sinkkonen
OBJECTIVE: To study whether balloon Eustachian tuboplasty (BET) is a feasible and safe procedure under local anesthesia. STUDY DESIGN: Prospective multicenter case-control study. METHODS: Patients undergoing either BET (n = 13) or endoscopic sinus surgery (ESS) (n = 12) under local anesthesia, with the possibility of sedation and analgesia, were monitored during the procedure and recovery period for possible adverse effects. After the procedure, the patients responded to a questionnaire assessing their experience...
May 2017: Laryngoscope
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28408103/effect-of-cpap-on-diastolic-function-in-coronary-artery-disease-patients-with-nonsleepy-obstructive-sleep-apnea-a-randomized-controlled-trial
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Helena Glantz, Magnus C Johansson, Erik Thunström, Cecilia Wallentin Guron, Harun Uzel, Mustafa Saygin, Johan Herlitz, Yüksel Peker
BACKGROUND: Obstructive sleep apnea (OSA) has been associated with worse diastolic function in patients with coronary artery disease (CAD). This analysis determined whether continuous positive airway pressure (CPAP) treatment would improve diastolic function in CAD patients with nonsleepy OSA. METHODS: Between December 2005 and November 2010, 244 revascularized CAD patients with nonsleepy OSA (apnea-hypopnea index (AHI) ≥15/h, Epworth Sleepiness Scale [ESS] score<10) were randomly assigned to CPAP or no-CPAP...
March 25, 2017: International Journal of Cardiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28407549/estrogenicity-assessment-of-membrane-concentrates-from-landfill-leachate-treated-by-the-uv-fenton-process-using-a-human-breast-carcinoma-cell-line
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Changcheng Hou, Gang Lu, Ling Zhao, Pinghe Yin, Lingfei Zhu
Membrane concentrates (MCs) are generated when membranes are used to concentrate landfill leachate. It contains high concentrations of inorganic and organic environmental pollutants, which are highly toxic and carcinogenic. In this paper, the proliferation effect (PE) from MC before and after treatment with the UV-Fenton process was assessed using the human breast carcinoma cell line MCF-7. The highest value of 116% was found at 5% (v/v) concentration after a 10 min reaction. Phthalic acid esters (PAEs) play an important role in the MC estrogenicity...
April 8, 2017: Chemosphere
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28403089/clinicopathological-characteristics-and-treatment-strategies-for-patients-with-low-grade-endometrial-stromal-sarcoma
#17
Ran Cui, Fang Yuan, Yue Wang, Xia Li, Zhenyu Zhang, Huimin Bai
To investigate and evaluate the clinicopathological characteristics and treatment strategies for patients with low-grade endometrial stromal sarcoma (LG-ESS).The medical records of LG-ESS patients who were treated at 2 cancer referral centers from January 2005 to December 2015 were retrospectively reviewed.Twenty patients with LG-ESS met the inclusion criteria and were included in this analysis. Hysterectomy with bilateral salpingo-oophorectomy was the mainstay of surgery. Lymphadenectomy was performed in 12 (60%) cases, and no positive nodes were identified...
April 2017: Medicine (Baltimore)
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28400352/frequency-of-uterine-sarcomas-in-patients-admitted-for-uterine-fibroids-surgery
#18
Liselotte Mettler, Nicolai Maass, Khulkar Abdusattarova, Astrid Dempfle, Ibrakhim Alkatout
OBJECTIVE: To estimate the frequency of unsuspected uterine sarcoma identified postoperatively in women undergoing surgery for presumed benign uterine fibroids at the single-center university hospital. MATERIAL AND METHODS: This was a retrospective single-center study; the records of all 2,275 patients with uterine fibroids and uterine sarcomas from 2003 to 2015 were reviewed. Descriptive statistics were used to analyze demographic and clinical characteristics. To calculate confidence intervals (CIs), the exact Clopper-Pearson method was applied...
February 7, 2017: Journal of the Turkish German Gynecological Association
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28397553/preoperative-drug-induced-sleep-endoscopy-improves-the-surgical-approach-to-treatment-of-obstructive-sleep-apnea
#19
Colin Huntley, David Chou, Karl Doghramji, Maurits Boon
OBJECTIVE: Drug induced sleep endoscopy (DISE) allows for preoperative evaluation of the specific site and character of upper airway obstruction in obstructive sleep apnea (OSA). We aim to assess the impact DISE has on customizing the surgical plan and evaluate its role in surgical success. METHODS: We retrospectively reviewed patients undergoing surgery for OSA. We compared those patients undergoing preoperative DISE to those that did not to assess procedures performed and surgical outcomes...
April 1, 2017: Annals of Otology, Rhinology, and Laryngology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28390819/ywhae-rearranged-high-grade-endometrial-stromal-sarcoma-two-center-case-series-and-response-to-chemotherapy
#20
Matthew L Hemming, Andrew J Wagner, Marisa R Nucci, Sarah Chiang, Lu Wang, Martee L Hensley, Suzanne George
OBJECTIVES: YWHAE-rearranged high-grade endometrial stromal sarcoma (HG-ESS) is a rare, recently defined uterine sarcoma harboring t(10;17)(q22;p13) resulting in YWHAE-NUTM2A/B fusion. Chemotherapy sensitivity of metastatic YWHAE-rearranged HG-ESS is unknown. We reviewed the response to chemotherapy in women with YWHAE-rearranged HG-ESS to provide guidance for clinical management. METHODS: We retrospectively identified patients diagnosed with YWHAE-rearranged HG-ESS who received treatment for metastatic disease at our institutions...
April 5, 2017: Gynecologic Oncology
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