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Francesco Cavallin, Marco Scarpa, Matteo Cagol, Rita Alfieri, Alberto Ruol, Vanna Chiarion Sileni, Ermanno Ancona, Carlo Castoro
OBJECTIVE: The aim of this study was to investigate trends in patients' characteristics and comorbidities in esophageal cancer (EC) patients. BACKGROUND: Identifying changing pattern is essential to understand and predict further changes and to plan surgical procedures and resource allocation. METHODS: Trends in patients' characteristics and comorbidities were evaluated in 4440 EC patients at the Center for Esophageal Diseases in Padova, Italy, during 1980 to 2011...
October 17, 2016: Annals of Surgery
Takanori Masuda, Takeshi Nakaura, Yoshinori Funama, Toru Higaki, Masao Kiguchi, Naoyuki Imada, Tomoyasu Sato, Kazuo Awai
OBJECTIVE: We evaluated the effect of the age, sex, total body weight (TBW), height (HT) and cardiac output (CO) of patients on aortic and hepatic contrast enhancement during hepatic-arterial phase (HAP) and portal venous phase (PVP) computed tomography (CT) scanning. METHODS: This prospective study received institutional review board approval; prior informed consent to participate was obtained from all 168 patients. All were examined using our routine protocol; the contrast material was 600 mg/kg iodine...
October 18, 2016: Journal of Computer Assisted Tomography
T V Lisovskaya, G B Mal'gina, T A Perepletina, M A Chistyakov, I V Dan'kova, O A Melkozerova
AIM: The purpose of the study was to investigate the morphological features of endometrium in patients with viral hepatitis type C. MATERIALS AND METHODS: A morphological survey was conducted involving endometrium sections stained with hematoxylin and eosin and Van Gieson's picrofuchsin collected from 140 women of reproductive age, among them 70 patients were diagnosed with chronic hepatitis type C (CHC) infection with minimal (40 patients) and moderate activity (30 patients), and 70 women suffered from endometrial proliferative diseases without viral hepatitis (comparison group)...
October 2016: Gynecological Endocrinology
L Paglia
Despite the general advances in dental care, dental caries is still a global health problem affecting many children. Occlusal surfaces of first permanent molars are the most susceptible sites in the developing permanent dentition. Dentists should use sealants or fluoride varnish - as well as other means - to limit the onset of tooth decay. Application of sealants is a recommended procedure to prevent or control caries. Sealing occlusal surfaces of newly erupted permanent molars in children and teenagers delays caries onset up to 48 months compared with unsealed teeth...
September 2016: European Journal of Paediatric Dentistry: Official Journal of European Academy of Paediatric Dentistry
Georgeta D Vaidean, Marta Manczuk, Jared W Magnani
OBJECTIVE: Obesity and hypertension often coexist and represent risk factors for atrial fibrillation. This study hypothesized that their single and joint effects on atrial remodeling would be reflected in the PR interval and P-wave durations on electrocardiogram (ECG). METHODS: This cross-sectional analysis of a community-based study included 11,308 men and women age 45-64. Atrial indices were obtained from digital standard 12-lead resting ECG. Analyses were adjusted for traditional cardiovascular risk factors...
October 18, 2016: Obesity
Irina A Tikhonova, Martin W Hoyle, Tristan M Snowsill, Chris Cooper, Joanna L Varley-Campbell, Claudius E Rudin, Ruben E Mujica Mota
The National Institute for Health and Care Excellence (NICE) invited the manufacturer of azacitidine (Celgene) to submit evidence for the clinical and cost effectiveness of this drug for the treatment of acute myeloid leukaemia with more than 30 % bone marrow blasts in adults who are not eligible for haematopoietic stem cell transplantation, as part of the NICE's Single Technology Appraisal process. The Peninsula Technology Assessment Group was commissioned to act as the Evidence Review Group (ERG). The ERG produced a critical review of the evidence contained within the company's submission to NICE...
October 17, 2016: PharmacoEconomics
Asrul Akmal Shafie, Chin Hui Ng, Yui Ping Tan, Nathorn Chaiyakunapruk
BACKGROUND: Insulin analogues have a pharmacokinetic advantage over human insulin and are increasingly used to treat diabetes mellitus. A summary of their cost effectiveness versus other available treatments was required. OBJECTIVE: Our objective was to systematically review the published cost-effectiveness studies of insulin analogues for the treatment of patients with type 1 diabetes mellitus (T1DM) and type 2 diabetes mellitus (T2DM). METHODS: We searched major databases and health technology assessment agency reports for economic evaluation studies published up until 30 September 2015...
October 17, 2016: PharmacoEconomics
Qian Sun, Jing Bai, Renrong Lv
Since hedgehog (HH)/Gli1 that contributes to cancer proliferation and metastasis has been masked for decades, the signaling pathway was investigated about its exact role in proliferation and metastasis of cutaneous squamous cell carcinoma (SCC). Sonic hedgehog homolog (Shh), GLI family zinc finger 1 (Gli1), and vascular endothelial growth factor (VEGF) expressions in cutaneous SCC tissues were analyzed with immunohistochemistry, and their correlations with cutaneous SCC patients' prognosis were conducted with Kaplan-Meier curve...
October 17, 2016: Tumour Biology: the Journal of the International Society for Oncodevelopmental Biology and Medicine
Wanhee Suk, JiEun Kim, Do-Yeon Kim, Hyunjung Lim, Ryowon Choue
Recent trial results suggest that the consumption of a low glycemic index (GI) diet is beneficial in the prevention of high blood glucose levels. Identifying active hypoglycemic substances in ordinary foods could be a significant benefit to the management of blood glucose. It has been hypothesized that noodles with Bombyx mori powder are a low GI food. We evaluated GI and changes in postprandial glucose levels following consumption of those noodles and compared them with those following consumption of plain wheat flour noodles (control) and glucose (reference) in healthy subjects...
September 2016: Preventive Nutrition and Food Science
Jiansong Zhang, Hui Guo, Hongfei Fu, Yanzhen Chang
Combining subspace correction method with least-squares finite element procedure, we construct a new overlapping domain decomposition parallel algorithm for solving the first-order time-dependent convection-diffusion system. This algorithm is fully parallel. We analyze the convergence of approximate solution, and study the dependence of the convergent rate on the spacial mesh size, time increment, iteration number and sub-domains overlapping degree. Both theoretical analysis and numerical results suggest that only one or two iterations are needed to reach to given accuracy at each time step...
2016: SpringerPlus
Suman Mishra, Jinny Willis, Juliet Ansell, John Alexander Monro
Kiwifruit is a carbohydrate food of low glycaemic potency which could potentially be exchanged for starch-based foods in management of postprandial glycaemia. The effect of equicarbohydrate partial exchange of kiwifruit varieties 'Hayward' green (GR) and 'Zesy002' (SunGold; SG) for a starchy wheat-based breakfast cereal (WB) on the characteristics of the postprandial glycaemic response and satiety was therefore determined. A total of twenty non-diabetic subjects (mean age 36 years; mean BMI 24·5 kg/m(2)) consumed four meals, each containing 40 g available carbohydrate, in random order, after an overnight fast...
2016: Journal of Nutritional Science
Li Yang, Seng Chuen Tan, Can Chen, Xingzhi Wang, Xinya Li, Xiaoyan Yang
PURPOSE: To conduct a cost-effectiveness analysis study of sevelamer versus calcium-based binders (CBBs) in treating hyperphosphatemia among patients with end-stage renal disease (ESRD) in China. METHODS: A decision-analytic model of a lifetime horizon was used for base case analysis from the payers' perspective. The transition probabilities between different health states were derived from survival analysis. The overall survival of CBBs was derived from the Dialysis Clinical Outcomes Revisited study for up to 44 months and a Weibull regression model was used to extrapolate the overall survival to a lifetime horizon...
October 14, 2016: Clinical Therapeutics
Hao Yan, Wei Fang, Aiwu Lin, Liou Cao, Zhaohui Ni, Jiaqi Qian
BACKGROUND: Incident patients treated with continuous ambulatory peritoneal dialysis (CAPD) are often prescribed either 3 or 4 exchanges per day. However, the effects on residual kidney function and clinical outcomes of 3 versus 4 exchanges are not known. STUDY DESIGN: Prospective, randomized, controlled, open-label study. SETTING & PARTICIPANTS: Incident CAPD patients aged 18 to 80 years with glomerular filtration rates (GFRs; mean of renal urea and creatinine clearance from a 24-hour urine collection) ≥ 2mL/min and urine volume ≥ 500mL/d...
October 14, 2016: American Journal of Kidney Diseases: the Official Journal of the National Kidney Foundation
Sabine Fuchs, Britta Olberg, Dimitra Panteli, Matthias Perleth, Reinhard Busse
OBJECTIVES: Health Technology Assessment (HTA) of Medical devices (MDs) and MD-based procedures can be challenging due to the unique features and particularities of this group of technologies, such as device-operator interaction. The aim of this study was to (1) clarify, and supplement earlier findings on European HTA institutions' structural, procedural and methodological characteristics with regard to the assessment of MDs and to (2) capture the institutions' perceptions regarding challenges and future trends...
September 14, 2016: Health Policy
Seo Ki Kim, Inhye Park, Jung-Woo Woo, Jun Ho Lee, Jun-Ho Choe, Jung Han Kim, Jee Soo Kim
BACKGROUND: In the 2015 American Thyroid Association guidelines, either lobectomy or total thyroidectomy was recommended for thyroid cancer < 4 cm without extrathyroidal extension (ETE) and lymph node (LN) metastasis. Therefore, the purpose of this study was to investigate factors predictive of bilaterality in papillary thyroid carcinoma (PTC) patients with tumor size < 4 cm. METHODS: We retrospectively reviewed 3296 conventional PTC patients who underwent total thyroidectomy with central neck dissection and/or lateral neck dissection between January 2008 and June 2015...
October 17, 2016: Thyroid: Official Journal of the American Thyroid Association
Madhumita Sinha, Dan Quan, Fred W McDonald, André Valdez
OBJECTIVE: Scorpion antivenom was recently approved for use in patients with clinically significant scorpion envenomation in the United States; no formal economic analysis on its impact on cost of management has been performed. METHODS: Three different strategies of management of scorpion envenomation with systemic neurotoxic symptoms in children were compared for cost minimization from a societal perspective. In strategy I, patients were managed with supportive care only without antivenom...
October 4, 2016: Pediatric Emergency Care
Alex S Ribeiro, Brad J Schoenfeld, Steven J Fleck, Fábio L C Pina, Matheus A Nascimento, Edilson S Cyrino
The purpose of the present study was to investigate the effect of resistance training (RT) performed in a pyramid (PR) versus a traditional (TD) system on muscular strength, muscle mass, and hormonal responses in older women. Twenty-five older women (67.6 ± 5.1 years, 65.9 ± 11.1 kg, 154.7 ± 5.8 cm, and 27.5 ± 4.5 kg m) performed both a TD and PR system RT program in a balanced crossover design. The TD program consisted of 3 sets of 8-12 RM with a constant load for the 3 sets, whereas the PR system consisted of 3 sets of 12/10/8 RM with incrementally higher loads for each set...
September 23, 2016: Journal of Strength and Conditioning Research
Amanda K Debes, Robert H Gilman, Carolyne Onyango-Makumbi, Andrea Ruff, Richard Oberhelman, David W Dowdy
BACKGROUND: The objective of this analysis was to assess the cost-effectiveness of TB diagnosis using Microscopic Observation Drug Susceptibility (MODS), Xpert MTB/RIF (Xpert), and empiric treatment for all patients, in addition to current clinical diagnostic practices in children less than 5 years of age in a national tuberculosis (TB) referral hospital in Uganda. METHODS: A decision analysis was conducted from the healthcare perspective, with a primary outcome of incremental cost effectiveness expressed as cost per year of life gained (YLG)...
October 3, 2016: Pediatric Infectious Disease Journal
Fanbo Meng, Wei Wang, Jianghong Ma, Baisong Lin
Inconsistent findings have been reported on the association between the parathyroid hormone (PTH) level and risk of heart failure. We aimed to systematically evaluate the association between circulating level of PTH and risk of heart failure in the general population by conducting a meta-analysis. We made a comprehensive literature search in PubMed, Embase, VIP, CNKI, and Wanfang databases published until January 2016. Only prospective observational studies reporting the association between circulating level of PTH and risk of heart failure in the general population were selected...
October 2016: Medicine (Baltimore)
Kara M Whitaker, Andrew O Odegaard, David R Jacobs, Stephen Sidney, Mark A Pereira
PURPOSE: We examined whether sedentary lifestyle habits and physical activity level are associated with abdominal visceral adipose tissue (VAT), subcutaneous adipose tissue (SAT), intermuscular adipose tissue (IMAT), and liver attenuation, independently of each other and potential confounders. METHODS: Analysis of 3,010 African American and Caucasian men and women, aged 42-59 years, from the Coronary Artery Risk Development in Young Adults (CARDIA) study who completed multiple-slice abdominal computed tomography (CT) in 2010-2011...
October 3, 2016: Medicine and Science in Sports and Exercise
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