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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28813472/an-intronic-line-1-insertion-in-mertk-is-strongly-associated-with-retinopathy-in-swedish-vallhund-dogs
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Richard Everson, Louise Pettitt, Oliver P Forman, Olivia Dower-Tylee, Bryan McLaughlin, Saija Ahonen, Maria Kaukonen, András M Komáromy, Hannes Lohi, Cathryn S Mellersh, Jane Sansom, Sally L Ricketts
The domestic dog segregates a significant number of inherited progressive retinal diseases, several of which mirror human retinal diseases and which are collectively termed progressive retinal atrophy (PRA). In 2014, a novel form of PRA was reported in the Swedish Vallhund breed, and the disease was mapped to canine chromosome 17. The causal mutation was not identified, but expression analyses of the retinas of affected Vallhunds demonstrated a 6-fold increased expression of the MERTK gene compared to unaffected dogs...
2017: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28808093/are-disagreements-in-caregiver-and-patient-assessment-of-patient-health-associated-with-increased-caregiver-burden-in-caregivers-of-older-adults-with-cancer
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Tina Hsu, Matthew Loscalzo, Rupal Ramani, Stephen Forman, Leslie Popplewell, Karen Clark, Vani Katheria, Rex Strowbridge, Redmond Rinehart, Dan Smith, Keith Matthews, Jeff Dillehunt, Tao Feng, David Smith, Canlan Sun, Arti Hurria
BACKGROUND: As patients age, caregivers increasingly provide essential support and patient information. We sought to determine if patient-caregiver assessments of patient health differ and if differences contribute to burden in caregivers of older adults with cancer. MATERIALS AND METHODS: One hundred patients, aged ≥65, and their caregivers independently assessed patient function, comorbidity, nutrition, social activity, social support, and mental health. Caregivers completed the Caregiver Strain Index (CSI)...
August 14, 2017: Oncologist
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28807843/unusual-cause-of-elevated-liver-enzymes-in-a-female-patient
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Ruhail Kohli, Hubert H Fenton, Lisa Forman
No abstract text is available yet for this article.
August 11, 2017: Gastroenterology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28795584/use-of-an-android-phone-application-for-automated-text-messages-in-international-settings-a-case-study-in-an-hiv-clinical-trial-in-st-petersburg-russia
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Leah S Forman, Gregory J Patts, Sharon M Coleman, Elena Blokhina, John Lu, Tatiana Yaroslavtseva, Natalia Gnatienko, Evgeny Krupitsky, Jeffrey H Samet, Christine E Chaisson
BACKGROUND/AIMS: Reproducible outcomes in clinical trials depend on adherence to study protocol. Short message service (also known as text message) reminders have been shown to improve clinical trial adherence in the United States and elsewhere. However, due to systematic differences in mobile data plans, languages, and technology, these systems are not easily translated to international settings. METHODS: To gauge technical capabilities for international projects, we developed SMSMessenger, an automated Android application that uses a US server to send medication reminders to participants in a clinical trial in St...
August 1, 2017: Clinical Trials: Journal of the Society for Clinical Trials
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28776431/internet-delivered-acceptance-based-cognitive-behavioral-intervention-for-social-anxiety-disorder-with-and-without-therapist-support-a-randomized-trial
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Marina Gershkovich, James D Herbert, Evan M Forman, Leah M Schumacher, Laura E Fischer
Social anxiety disorder (SAD) is one of the most prevalent psychiatric disorders in the United States. Although evidenced-based behavioral treatments are available, less than 20% of those with SAD receive treatment. Internet-based interventions can address barriers to treatment access, and guided Internet-based treatments have been demonstrated to be effective for SAD. However, the optimal role (if any) of the therapist in such programs remains unclear. We examined the acceptability and efficacy of a novel Internet-based cognitive-behavior therapy for SAD that utilizes traditional behavioral interventions (e...
September 2017: Behavior Modification
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28757675/association-of-gclm-588c-t-and-gclc-129t-c-promoter-polymorphisms-of-genes-coding-the-subunits-of-glutamate-cysteine-ligase-with-ischemic-heart-disease-development-in-kazakhstan-population
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Liliya Skvortsova, Anastasia Perfelyeva, Elmira Khussainova, Alma Mansharipova, Henry Jay Forman, Leyla Djansugurova
BACKGROUND: Glutamate cysteine ligase (GCL) is a rate-limiting enzyme in synthesis of glutathione. Evidence suggests that genetic variations in the promoter region of genes coding a catalytic subunit (GCLC -129T/C) and a modifier subunit (GCLM -588C/T) of GCL have a functional impact on their transcriptional activity and were associated with various disorders. Hence, we hypothesize whether these two polymorphic variants of GCLM and GCLC genes are associated with the risk of ischemic heart disease (IHD) development in the population of Kazakhstan...
2017: Disease Markers
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28757236/fiber-based-modeling-of-in-situ-ankle-ligaments-with-consideration-of-progressive-failure
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Bingbing Nie, Jason L Forman, Matthew B Panzer, Alexander R Mait, John-Paul Donlon, Richard W Kent
Ligament sprains account for a majority of injuries to the foot and ankle complex among athletic populations. The infeasibility of measuring the in situ response and load paths of individual ligaments has precluded a complete characterization of their mechanical behavior via experiment. In the present study a fiber-based modeling approach of in situ ankle ligaments was developed and validated for determining the heterogeneous force-elongation characteristics and the consequent injury patterns. Nine major ankle ligaments were modeled as bundles of discrete elements, corresponding functionally to the structure of collagen fibers...
July 18, 2017: Journal of Biomechanics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28750944/vector-and-doppler-ultrasound-velocities-evaluated-in-a-flow-phantom-and-the-femoropopliteal-vein
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Thor Bechsgaard, Kristoffer Lindskov Hansen, Andreas Hjelm Brandt, Simon Holbek, Julie Lyng Forman, Charlotte Strandberg, Lars Lönn, Niels Bækgaard, Jørgen Arendt Jensen, Michael Bachmann Nielsen
Ultrasound is used for evaluating the veins of the lower extremities. Operator and angle dependency limit spectral Doppler ultrasound (SDUS). The aim of the study was to compare peak velocity measurements in a flow phantom and the femoropopliteal vein of 20 volunteers with the angle-independent vector velocity technique vector flow imaging (VFI) and SDUS. In the flow phantom, VFI underestimated velocity (p = 0.01), with a lower accuracy of 5.5% (p = 0.01) and with no difference in precision, that is, error factor, compared with SDUS (VFI: 1...
July 24, 2017: Ultrasound in Medicine & Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28749822/a-comparison-of-hepatitis-b-virus-infection-in-hiv-infected-and-hiv-uninfected-participants-enrolled-in-a-multi-national-clinical-trial-hptn-052
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Amy E Greer, San-San Ou, Ethan Wilson, Estelle Piwowar-Manning, Michael S Forman, Marybeth McCauley, Theresa Gamble, Cholticha Ruangyuttikarn, Mina C Hosseinipour, Nagalingeswaran Kumarasamy, Mulinda Nyirenda, Beatriz Grinsztejn, Jose Henrique Pilotto, Natthapol Kosashunhanan, Marineide Gonçalves de Melo, Joseph Makhema, Victor Akelo, Ravindre Panchia, Sharlaa Badal-Faesen, Ying Q Chen, Myron S Cohen, Susan H Eshleman, Chloe L Thio, Alexandra Valsamakis
OBJECTIVE: Data comparing hepatitis B virus (HBV) infection in HIV-infected [HIV(+)], and HIV-uninfected [HIV(-)] individuals recruited into the same study are limited. HBV infection status and chronic hepatitis B (cHB) were characterized in a multi-national clinical trial: HIV Prevention Trials Network (HPTN 052). METHOD: HBV infection status at enrollment was compared between HIV(+) (N=1241) and HIV(-) (N=1232) from seven HBV-endemic countries. Hepatitis B e antigen (HBeAg) and plasma HBV DNA were determined in cHB...
July 26, 2017: Journal of Acquired Immune Deficiency Syndromes: JAIDS
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28738821/quality-improvement-implementation-and-dissemination-strategies-to-improve-mental-health-care-for-children-and-adolescents-a-systematic-review
#10
REVIEW
Valerie L Forman-Hoffman, Jennifer Cook Middleton, Joni L McKeeman, Leyla F Stambaugh, Robert B Christian, Bradley N Gaynes, Heather Lynne Kane, Leila C Kahwati, Kathleen N Lohr, Meera Viswanathan
BACKGROUND: Some outcomes for children with mental health problems remain suboptimal because of poor access to care and the failure of systems and providers to adopt established quality improvement strategies and interventions with proven effectiveness. This review had three goals: (1) assess the effectiveness of quality improvement, implementation, and dissemination strategies intended to improve the mental health care of children and adolescents; (2) examine harms associated with these strategies; and (3) determine whether effectiveness or harms differ for subgroups based on system, organizational, practitioner, or patient characteristics...
July 24, 2017: Implementation Science: IS
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28733266/long-term-results-of-high-dose-therapy-and-autologous-stem-cell-transplantation-for-mantle-cell-lymphoma-effectiveness-of-maintenance-rituximab
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Matthew G Mei, Thai M Cao, Lu Chen, Joo Song, Tanya Siddiqi, Ji-Lian Cai, Leonardo T Farol, Monzr M Al Malki, Amandeep Salhotra, Ibrahim Aldoss, Joycelynne Palmer, Alex F Herrera, Jasmine Zain, Leslie L Popplewell, Robert W Chen, Steven T Rosen, Stephen J Forman, Larry Kwak, Auayporn P Nademanee, Lihua E Budde
High-dose therapy followed by autologous stem cell transplantation (ASCT) can improve outcomes for mantle cell lymphoma (MCL) but is associated with a high incidence of relapse. A retrospective study of 191 MCL patients who underwent ASCT at City of Hope was performed to examine prognostic factors for outcomes after ASCT. For all patients the 5-year overall survival (OS) was 71% (95% confidence interval [CI], 63% to 77%) and progression-free survival (PFS) was 53% (95% CI, 45% to 60%). The 5-year cumulative incidence of relapse was 41% (95% CI, 34% to 48%) with a continuous pattern of relapse events occurring at a median of 2...
July 18, 2017: Biology of Blood and Marrow Transplantation
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28731918/the-associations-of-height-for-age-weight-for-age-and-weight-for-height-with-pediatric-acute-lymphoblastic-leukemia
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Jeremy M Schraw, Ann T Henson, Michael E Scheurer, Michele R Forman
Height at diagnosis has been analyzed in connection with acute lymphoblastic leukemia (ALL). Most prior studies have compared cases to national reference data derived from previous birth cohorts. Our objective was to determine the association of height-for-age Z score (HAZ) at time of diagnosis with the odds ratio (OR) of ALL in a case-control study (N=498) with a contemporaneous population of age-matched, sex-matched, and ethnicity-matched controls. We hypothesized that cases would have greater mean HAZ at time of diagnosis/interview, after adjustment for weight-for-age (WAZ) and weight-for-height (WHZ)...
July 20, 2017: Journal of Pediatric Hematology/oncology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28716895/ctla4-promotes%C3%A2-tyk2-stat3-dependent-b-cell-oncogenecity
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Andreas Herrmann, Christoph Lahtz, Toshikage Nagao, Joo Y Song, Wing C Chan, Heehyoung Lee, Chanyu Yue, Thomas Look, Ronja Muelfarth, Wenzhao Li, Kurt Jenkins, John Williams, Lihua E Budde, Stephen J Forman, Larry W Kwak, Thomas Blankenstein, Hua Yu
Cytotoxic T lymphocyte-associated antigen 4 (CTLA4) is a well-established immune checkpoint for antitumor immune responses. The pro-tumorigenic function of CTLA4 is believed to be limited to T cell inhibition by countering the activity of the T cell co-stimulating receptor CD28. However, as we demonstrate here, there are two additional roles for CTLA4 in cancer, including via CTLA4 overexpression in diverse B cell lymphomas and in melanoma-associated B cells. CTLA4-CD86 ligation recruited and activated the JAK family member Tyk2, resulting in STAT3 activation and expression of genes critical for cancer immunosuppression and tumor growth and survival...
July 17, 2017: Cancer Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28698925/prolonged-perceived-stress-and-saliva-cortisol-in-a-large-cohort-of-danish-public-service-employees-cross-sectional-and-longitudinal-associations
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Sigurd Mikkelsen, Julie Lyng Forman, Samuel Fink, Marianne Agergaard Vammen, Jane Frølund Thomsen, Matias Brødsgaard Grynderup, Åse Marie Hansen, Linda Kaerlev, Henrik Albert Kolstad, Reiner Rugulies, Jens Peter Bonde
PURPOSE: It is well known that acute stress can lead to a transient increase in cortisol secretion, but the effects of prolonged stress on cortisol secretion are uncertain. This study examines the cross-sectional and longitudinal associations between prolonged perceived stress and salivary cortisol. METHODS: In 2007, 4467 Danish public service employees participated in a study of stress and mental health, and 3217 participated in a follow-up in 2009. Perceived stress during the past 4 weeks was assessed by Cohen's four item perceived stress scale...
July 11, 2017: International Archives of Occupational and Environmental Health
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28697340/stabilization-of-the-c-myc-protein-by-camkii%C3%AE-promotes-t-cell-lymphoma
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Ying Gu, Jiawei Zhang, Xiaoxiao Ma, Byung-Wook Kim, Hailong Wang, Jinfan Li, Yi Pan, Yang Xu, Lili Ding, Lu Yang, Chao Guo, Xiwei Wu, Jun Wu, Kirk Wu, Xiaoxian Gan, Gang Li, Ling Li, Stephen J Forman, Wing-Chung Chan, Rongzhen Xu, Wendong Huang
Although high c-Myc protein expression is observed alongside MYC amplification in some cancers, in most cases protein overexpression occurs in the absence of gene amplification, e.g., T cell lymphoma (TCL). Here, Ca(2+)/calmodulin-dependent protein kinase II γ (CAMKIIγ) was shown to stabilize the c-Myc protein by directly phosphorylating it at serine 62 (S62). Furthermore, CAMKIIγ was shown to be essential for tumor maintenance. Inhibition of CAMKIIγ with a specific inhibitor destabilized c-Myc and reduced tumor burden...
July 10, 2017: Cancer Cell
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28685861/suction-blister-lesions-and-epithelialization-monitored-by-optical-coherence-tomography
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M G Ahlström, L M R Gjerdrum, H F Larsen, C Fuchs, A L Sørensen, J L Forman, M S Ågren, M Mogensen
BACKGROUND/PURPOSE: Our objective was to assess epithelialization of suction blister lesions by optical coherence tomography (OCT) and benchmark it to histology using epidermal thickness (ET) as the primary outcome. METHODS: Thirty-two healthy volunteers were recruited to Study 1 and 2. One 10-mm suction blister was raised on each buttock, and the blister roof was excised. Lesions were covered with moisture-retaining dressing. In Study 1, the lesions were OCT-scanned on day 0 (D0), D2 and D4 and excised for histological examination...
July 7, 2017: Skin Research and Technology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28684221/exercise-training-for-prevention-and-treatment-of-heart-failure
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REVIEW
Nitin Kondamudi, Mark Haykowsky, Daniel E Forman, Jarett D Berry, Ambarish Pandey
Heart failure (HF) results in high healthcare costs and burdens for the United States in respects to hospitalizations, therapies, and associated disability. The relative proportion of HF with preserved ejection fraction (HFpEF) compared with HF with reduced ejection fraction (HFrEF) is on the rise; HFpEF has already become the dominant form of HF and it continues to increase. The serious implications of these trends are compounded by a dearth of effective HFpEF therapies. While low physical activity, low cardiorespiratory fitness (CRF), and obesity, are risk factors for HF in general, they particularly predispose to HFpEF...
June 2017: Progress in Cardiovascular Diseases
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28683049/improving-readiness-and-reducing-costs-an-analysis-of-factors-that-influence-site-selection-for-army-outpatient-surgical-services
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Katherine E Little, Katie M Martinez, Jessica L Forman, Jason P Richter, Michael L Wade
The variable costs of providing surgical procedures for military beneficiaries are greater when care is rendered in the civilian purchased care network than when provided at a direct care military treatment facility (MTF). To reduce healthcare-related costs, retaining surgical services is a priority at MTFs across the U.S. Army Medical Command. This study is the first to identify factors significantly associated with outpatient surgical service site selection in the military health system (MHS). We analyzed 1,000,305 patient encounters in fiscal year 2014, of which 970,367 were direct care encounters and 29,938 were purchased care encounters...
July 2017: Journal of Healthcare Management / American College of Healthcare Executives
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28680765/barriers-and-facilitators-to-ed-physician-use-of-the-test-and-treatment-for-bppv
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Kevin A Kerber, Jane Forman, Laura Damschroder, Steven A Telian, Angela Fagerlin, Patricia Johnson, Devin L Brown, Lawrence C An, Lewis B Morgenstern, William J Meurer
BACKGROUND: The test and treatment for benign paroxysmal positional vertigo (BPPV) are evidence-based practices supported by clinical guideline statements. Yet these practices are underutilized in the emergency department (ED) and interventions to promote their use are needed. To inform the development of an intervention, we interviewed ED physicians to explore barriers and facilitators to the current use of the Dix-Hallpike test (DHT) and the canalith repositioning maneuver (CRM). METHODS: We conducted semi-structured in-person interviews with ED physicians who were recruited at annual ED society meetings in the United States...
June 2017: Neurology. Clinical Practice
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28678596/maternal-inflammatory-diet-and-adverse-pregnancy-outcomes-circulating-cytokines-and-genomic-imprinting-as-potential-regulators
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Lauren E McCullough, Erline E Miller, Laura E Calderwood, Nitin Shivappa, Susan E Steck, Michele R Forman, Michelle Mendez, Rachel Maguire, Bernard F Fuemmeler, Scott H Kollins, Staci Bilbo, Zhiqing Huang, Amy P Murtha, Susan K Murphy, James R Hébert, Cathrine Hoyo
Excessive inflammation during pregnancy alters homeostatic mechanisms of the developing fetus and has been linked to adverse pregnancy outcomes. An anti-inflammatory diet could be a promising avenue to combat the pro-inflammatory state of pregnancy, particularly in obese women, but we lack mechanistic data linking this dietary pattern during pregnancy to inflammation and birth outcomes. In an ethnically diverse cohort of 1057 mother-child pairs, we estimated the relationships between dietary inflammatory potential [measured via the energy-adjusted dietary inflammatory index (E-DII™)] and birth outcomes overall, as well as by offspring sex and maternal pre-pregnancy body mass index (BMI)...
July 5, 2017: Epigenetics: Official Journal of the DNA Methylation Society
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