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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29775791/an-imaging-biomarker-for-assessing-hepatic-function-in-patients-with-primary-sclerosing-cholangitis
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Jennifer Schulze, Henrike Lenzen, Jan B Hinrichs, Burckhardt Ringe, Michael P Manns, Frank Wacker, Kristina I Ringe
BACKGROUND & AIMS: We aimed to evaluate the potential of hepatobiliary phase magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) as parameter for assessment of hepatocellular function in patients with primary sclerosing cholangitis (PSC). METHODS: We collected data from 111 patients (83 male, 28 female; median, 44 years old), from March 2012 through March 2016, with a confirmed diagnosis of PSC who underwent MRI evaluation before and after injection (hepatobiliary phase) of a hepatocyte-specific contrast agent (gadoxetate disodium)...
May 15, 2018: Clinical Gastroenterology and Hepatology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29775693/comparison-of-coping-psychological-distress-and-level-of-functioning-in-patients-with-gastric-and-colorectal-cancer-prior-to-adjuvant-chemotherapy
#2
Caterina Calderón, Paula Jimenez-Fonseca, Carlos Jara, Raquel Hernández, Eva Martínez de Castro, Sonal Varma, Ismael Ghanem, Alberto Carmona-Bayonas
CONTEXT-: Patients with gastrointestinal cancers are at high risk for functional problems that are generally accompanied by a decline in their overall status and intense psychological distress. OBJECTIVES: This study compares the level of functioning in individuals with gastric cancer (GC) and colorectal cancer (CRC) and analyzes whether improved functioning can be explained by patients' psychological status and coping strategies. METHODS: Prospective, transversal, multicenter study in patients with non-metastatic GC and CRC prior to initiating adjuvant chemotherapy...
May 15, 2018: Journal of Pain and Symptom Management
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29775691/pain-in-maintenance-hemodialysis-patients-a-multicenter-study
#3
Tatiana Talya Fleishman, Jacob Dreiher, Pesach Shvartman
CONTEXT: Pain is a common complaint in maintenance hemodialysis (MHD) patients, yet is often inadequately assessed and undertreated. OBJECTIVES: To evaluate the prevalence, characteristics, intensity, and impact of pain in MHD patients. METHODS: In a cross-sectional study conducted between 2013 and 2015, 336 MHD patients from five hemodialysis units in hospitals owned by Clalit were interviewed and evaluated. Study tools included the Brief Pain Inventory, The Leeds Assessment of Neuropathic Symptoms and Signs pain scale, demographic and clinical characteristics...
May 15, 2018: Journal of Pain and Symptom Management
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29775170/rationale-design-and-protocol-of-a-randomized-controlled-trial-of-the-safety-and-efficacy-of-dabigatran-etexilate-versus-dose-adjusted-warfarin-in-patients-with-cerebral-venous-thrombosis
#4
José M Ferro, Francesco Dentali, Jonathan M Coutinho, Adam Kobayashi, Jorge Caria, Marc Desch, Mandy Fraessdorf, Holger Huisman, Hans-Christoph Diener
Rationale To prevent recurrent venous thrombotic events after acute cerebral venous or dural sinus thrombosis, guidelines recommend long-term oral anticoagulation with vitamin K antagonists. Non-vitamin K oral anticoagulant experience in cerebral venous or dural sinus thrombosis is limited to case reports and series. Aim To compare dabigatran with dose-adjusted warfarin in patients with cerebral venous or dural sinus thrombosis for the prevention of recurrent venous thrombotic event. Sample size One hundred and twenty patients...
January 1, 2018: International Journal of Stroke: Official Journal of the International Stroke Society
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29775152/semi-automated-application-for-estimating-subthalamic-nucleus-boundaries-and-optimal-target-selection-for-deep-brain-stimulation-implantation-surgery
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John A Thompson, Salam Oukal, Hagai Bergman, Steven Ojemann, Adam O Hebb, Sara Hanrahan, Zvi Israel, Aviva Abosch
OBJECTIVE Deep brain stimulation (DBS) of the subthalamic nucleus (STN) has become standard care for the surgical treatment of Parkinson's disease (PD). Reliable interpretation of microelectrode recording (MER) data, used to guide DBS implantation surgery, requires expert electrophysiological evaluation. Recent efforts have endeavored to use electrophysiological signals for automatic detection of relevant brain structures and optimal implant target location. The authors conducted an observational case-control study to evaluate a software package implemented on an electrophysiological recording system to provide online objective estimates for entry into and exit from the STN...
May 18, 2018: Journal of Neurosurgery
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29775151/selection-of-endoscopic-or-transcranial-surgery-for-tuberculum-sellae-meningiomas-according-to-specific-anatomical-features-a-retrospective-multicenter-analysis-kosen-002
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Doo-Sik Kong, Chang-Ki Hong, Sang Duk Hong, Do-Hyun Nam, Jung-Il Lee, Ho Jun Seol, Jiwoong Oh, Dong Gyu Kim, Yong Hwy Kim
OBJECTIVE The endoscopic endonasal approach (EEA) and the transcranial approach (TCA) are good options for the treatment of tuberculum sellae (TS) meningiomas. The objective of this study was to identify the key anatomical features in TS meningiomas and compare the two surgical approaches. METHODS The authors retrospectively reviewed clinical data in 178 patients with TS meningiomas treated at 3 institutions between January 2010 and July 2016. Patients with tumors encasing the internal carotid artery or anterior cerebral artery or involving the anterior clinoid process or cavernous sinus were excluded...
May 18, 2018: Journal of Neurosurgery
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29774986/everolimus-drug-eluting-stent-performance-in-patients-with-long-coronary-lesions-the-multicenter-longprime-registry
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José Francisco Díaz Fernández, Santiago Jesús Camacho Freire, Juan Carlos Fernández Guerrero, Nicolas Delarche, Christophe Bretelle, Javier Zueco Gil, Ramón López Palop, Bruno García Del Blanco, Vicente Mainar Tello, Franck Albert
OBJECTIVES: To assess the efficacy and safety of the Xience Prime everolimus-eluting stent (EES) in long coronary lesions in a real-world population. BACKGROUND: Long lesions are considered difficult technically and in terms of achieving successful clinical outcomes. With first generation DES, MACE can be as high as 10% at a short-medium term follow-up. There are a few data available in this subset regarding the use of second generation DES METHODS: A prospective, multicenter registry of consecutive patients (aged 64...
May 18, 2018: Catheterization and Cardiovascular Interventions
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29774930/-advertent-problems-about-gastric-stump-cancer-surgery
#8
Han Liang
Due to different disease background of gastric stump cancer(GSC) patients (benign or malignant lesion, reconstruction of digestive tract, etc.), the GSC surgical procedure and the difficulty of lymphadenectomy are also different. The extent of radical lymphadenectomy for gastric stump cancer should extend beyond D2 lymphadenectomy, according to the different backgrounds of initial disease, reconstructions, and tumor location. A lymphadenectomy should include the lymph nodes in anterior (No.17) and posterior (No...
May 25, 2018: Zhonghua Wei Chang Wai Ke za Zhi, Chinese Journal of Gastrointestinal Surgery
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29774927/-interpretation-on-chinese-surgeons-consensus-opinion-for-the-definition-of-gastric-stump-cancer-version-2018
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Zhidong Gao, Kewei Jiang, Yingjiang Ye, Shan Wang
Gastric stump cancer(GSC) is defined as newly developed remnant stomach cancer following gastrectomy. This definition initially referred to carcinoma detected in the remnant stomach more than 5 years after the primary surgery for a benign disease. Subsequently, this timeframe was extended to 10 years after the primary surgery for a malignant disease. Recently, the concept of "carcinoma in the remnant stomach(CRS)" proposed by the Japanese Gastric Cancer Association was introduced in China. The new definition encompasses all carcinomas arising in the remnant stomach following gastrectomy, irrespective of the histology of the primary lesion, extent of resection, or reconstruction method...
May 25, 2018: Zhonghua Wei Chang Wai Ke za Zhi, Chinese Journal of Gastrointestinal Surgery
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29774835/bioclinical-test-to-predict-nephropathia-epidemica-severity-at-hospital-admission
#10
Maxime Hentzien, Stéphanie Mestrallet, Pascale Halin, Laure-Anne Pannet, Delphine Lebrun, Moustapha Dramé, Firouzé Bani-Sadr, Jean-Marc Galempoix, Christophe Strady, Jean-Marc Reynes, Christian Penalba, Amélie Servettaz
We conducted a multicenter, retrospective cohort study of hospitalized patients with serologically proven nephropathia epidemica (NE) living in Ardennes Department, France, during 2000-2014 to develop a bioclinical test predictive of severe disease. Among 205 patients, 45 (22.0%) had severe NE. We found the following factors predictive of severe NE: nephrotoxic drug exposure (p = 0.005, point value 10); visual disorders (p = 0.02, point value 8); microscopic or macroscopic hematuria (p = 0.04, point value 7); leukocyte count >10 × 109 cells/L (p = 0...
June 2018: Emerging Infectious Diseases
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29774671/is-it-worth-treating-non-bothering-nocturia-results-of-a-multicenter-prospective-observational-study
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Kwangsung Park, Hyoung Keun Park, Sae Woong Kim, Dae Yul Yang, Jong Kwan Park, Hyun Jun Park, Ki Hak Moon, Du Geon Moon, Kweon Sik Min, Hwancheol Son, Sung Won Lee, Jae Seog Hyun, Woo Suk Choi, Sang Kuk Yang
PURPOSE: The purpose of this study was to evaluate the efficacy of treatment in patients with non-bothering nocturia. MATERIALS AND METHODS: In this prospective multicenter study, patients who visited hospitals for treatment of voiding symptoms were enrolled. Inclusion criteria were: 1) men >45 years, and 2) nocturia ≥2 confirmed by a three-day voiding diary. Subjects were divided into non-bothering and bothering groups based on International Consultation on Incontinence Questionnaire Nocturia (ICIQ-N) question 2b...
May 17, 2018: World Journal of Men's Health
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29774628/efficacy-and-safety-of-brexpiprazole-for-the-treatment-of-acute-schizophrenia-in-japan-a-6-week-randomized-double-blind-placebo-controlled-study
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Jun Ishigooka, Shuichi Iwashita, Yoshihiro Tadori
AIMS: This study aimed to evaluate the efficacy, safety, and tolerability of brexpiprazole compared to placebo in Japanese patients with acute schizophrenia. METHODS: We conducted a 6-week, multicenter, double-blind, placebo-controlled, phase 2/3 study in Japan. Patients with acute schizophrenia were randomized (1:1:1:1) to receive brexpiprazole 1, 2, or 4 mg or placebo once a day. The primary endpoint was the change from baseline to week 6 in Positive and Negative Syndrome Scale (PANSS) total scores...
May 18, 2018: Psychiatry and Clinical Neurosciences
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29774566/influence-of-sex-and-pregnancy-on-survival-in-patients-admitted-with-heart-failure-data-from-a-prospective-multicenter-registry
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Manuel Martínez-Sellés, Pablo Díez-Villanueva, Jesús Álvarez-Gracía, Andreu Ferrero-Gregori, Miquel Vives-Borrás, Fernando Worner, Alfredo Bardají, Juan F Delgado, Rafael Vázquez, José R González-Juanatey, Francisco Fernández-Aviles, Juan Cinca
BACKGROUND: Female sex is an independent predictor of better survival in patients with heart failure but the mechanism of this association is unknown. On the other hand, pregnancies have a strong influence in the cardiovascular system. HYPOTHESIS: Sex and previous gestations might have a prognostic impact on one-year mortality in patients admitted with heart failure. METHODS: Observational prospective consecutive multicenter registry of 1831 patients (756 women [41...
May 17, 2018: Clinical Cardiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29774476/japanese-physicians-attitudes-toward-end-of-life-discussion-with-pediatric-patients-with-cancer
#14
Saran Yoshida, Chitose Ogawa, Ken Shimizu, Mariko Kobayashi, Hironobu Inoguchi, Yoshio Oshima, Chikako Dotani, Rika Nakahara, Masashi Kato
PURPOSE: We explored pediatricians' practices and attitudes concerning end-of-life discussions (EOLds) with pediatric patients with cancer, and identified the determinants of pediatricians' positive attitude toward having EOLds with pediatric patients. METHODS: A multicenter questionnaire survey was conducted with 127 pediatricians specializing in the treatment of pediatric cancer. RESULTS: Forty-two percent of participants reported that EOLds should be held with the young group of children (6-9 years old), 68% with the middle group (10-15 years old), and 93% with the old group (16-18 years old)...
May 17, 2018: Supportive Care in Cancer: Official Journal of the Multinational Association of Supportive Care in Cancer
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29774417/first-report-on-the-nationwide-incidence-of-type-1-diabetes-and-ketoacidosis-at-onset-in-children-in-serbia-a-multicenter-study
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Rade Vukovic, Maja D Jesic, Ivana Vorgucin, Sandra Stankovic, Nevena Folic, Tatjana Milenkovic, Silvija Sajic, Dragan Katanic, Sasa Zivic, Slavica Markovic, Ivan Soldatovic
Data regarding incidence of type 1 diabetes (T1DM), as well as data on frequency and severity of diabetic ketoacidosis (DKA) at the time of T1DM diagnosis is of paramount importance for national and regional healthcare planning. The aim of present multicenter study was to provide the first report regarding nationwide annual incidence rates for T1DM in youth in Serbia, as well as prevalence of DKA at the time of diagnosis. Data on all pediatric patients with newly diagnosed T1DM was retrospectively collected from all 15 regional centers for pediatric diabetes in Serbia during the period 2007-2017...
May 17, 2018: European Journal of Pediatrics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29774244/classification-and-characterisation-of-brain-network-changes-in-chronic-back-pain-a-multicenter-study
#16
Hiroaki Mano, Gopal Kotecha, Kenji Leibnitz, Takashi Matsubara, Aya Nakae, Nicholas Shenker, Masahiko Shibata, Valerie Voon, Wako Yoshida, Michael Lee, Toshio Yanagida, Mitsuo Kawato, Maria Joao Rosa, Ben Seymour
Background. Chronic pain is a common, often disabling condition thought to involve a combination of peripheral and central neurobiological factors. However, the extent and nature of changes in the brain is poorly understood. Methods. We investigated brain network architecture using resting-state fMRI data in chronic back pain patients in the UK and Japan (41 patients, 56 controls), as well as open data from USA. We applied machine learning and deep learning (conditional variational autoencoder architecture) methods to explore classification of patients/controls based on network connectivity...
2018: Wellcome Open Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29774108/prognostic-and-diagnostic-impact-of-fibrinogen-neutrophil-to-lymphocyte-ratio-and-platelet-to-lymphocyte-ratio-on-thymic-epithelial-tumors-outcome
#17
Stefan Janik, Thomas Raunegger, Philipp Hacker, Bahil Ghanim, Elisa Einwallner, Leonhard Müllauer, Ana-Iris Schiefer, Julia Moser, Walter Klepetko, Hendrik Jan Ankersmit, Bernhard Moser
Background: Peripheral blood-derived inflammation-based markers, such as Neutrophil-to-Lymphocyte Ratio (NLR), Platelet-to-Lymphocyte Ratio (PLR), and Fibrinogen have been identified as prognostic markers in various solid malignancies. Here we aimed to investigate the prognostic and diagnostic impact of NLR, PLR, and Fibrinogen in patients with thymic epithelial tumors (TETs). Results: Pretreatment Fibrinogen serum concentrations, NLRs and PLRs were highest in patients with TCs and advanced tumor stages...
April 24, 2018: Oncotarget
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29774101/qilin-pills-alleviate-oligoasthenospermia-by-inhibiting-bax-caspase-9-apoptosis-pathway-in-the-testes-of-model-rats
#18
Kaishu Zhang, Zhengyan Ge, Longlong Fu, Qi An, Fang Zhou, Ying Guo, Xiaowei Wang, Wenhong Lu, Xiaowei Liang, Shusong Wang, Xuejun Shang, Yiqun Gu
At present, the treatment of oligoasthenospermia with western medicine is ineffective. Qilin pill (QLP) is a Chinese traditional medicine for treating male infertility. Recent multicenter clinical studies in China reported that QLPs markedly improved sperm quality. However, the mechanism of action of QLPs on oligoasthenospermia remains unknown. In this study, we investigated the mechanistic basis for improvement of semen parameters and reversal of testis damage by QLPs in a rat model of oligoasthenospermia induced by treatment with tripterygium glycosides (TGs) (40 mg/kg) once daily for 4 weeks...
April 24, 2018: Oncotarget
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29774051/alosetron-use-in-clinical-practice-significant-improvement-in-irritable-bowel-syndrome-symptoms-evaluated-using-the-us-food-and-drug-administration-composite-endpoint
#19
Brian E Lacy, Jean Paul Nicandro, Emil Chuang, David L Earnest
Background: Alosetron is approved to treat women with severe IBS and diarrhea (IBS-D) who have failed standard therapy. In our study, we aimed to evaluate alosetron efficacy using new US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) endpoints and utilization in clinical practice. Methods: This prospective, open-label, multicenter, observational 12-week study evaluated women with severe IBS-D enrolled in the alosetron prescribing program. The coprimary FDA endpoints were changes from baseline in stool consistency and abdominal pain severity...
2018: Therapeutic Advances in Gastroenterology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29773760/a-review-of-methods-for-preventing-pancreatic-fistula-after-distal-pancreatectomy
#20
Katarzyna Mech, Łukasz Wysocki, Tomasz Guzel, Marcin Makiewicz, Paweł Nyckowski, Maciej Słodkowski
Pancreatic fistula is one of the most severe complications after pancreatic surgeries. The risk of pancreatic fistula after distal pancreatectomy is up to 60%. Effective methods to prevent pancreatic fistula are still sought. A unified definition of pancreatic fistula, which was introduced in 2005 by the International Study Group of Pancreatic Surgery (ISGPS), has allowed for an easier diagnosis and determination of fistula severity, as well as for a reliable inter-center comparison of data. Furthermore, a number of publications point out the risk factors of pancreatic fistula, which may be classified into patient-related risk factors, such as MBI, gender, smoking tobacco or pancreatic structure; and surgery-related risk factors, such as blood loss, prolonged surgery and non-underpinning of the major pancreatic duct...
April 30, 2018: Polski Przeglad Chirurgiczny
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