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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28212535/integration-of-the-cancer-related-inflammatory-response-as-a-stratifying-biomarker-of-survival-in-hepatocellular-carcinoma-treated-with-sorafenib
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Jessica Howell, David J Pinato, Ramya Ramaswami, Tadaaki Arizumi, Carlotta Ferrari, Antonello Gibbin, Michela E Burlone, Giulia Guaschino, Pierluigi Toniutto, James Black, Laura Sellers, Masatoshi Kudo, Mario Pirisi, Rohini Sharma
BACKGROUND AND AIMS: Response to sorafenib is highly variable in hepatocellular carcinoma (HCC). Baseline inflammatory parameters and treatment toxicities may improve survival prediction in patients on sorafenib therapy. RESULTS: 442 patients with advanced stage HCC on sorafenib were recruited (follow-up 5096 person-months at risk). 88% had BCLC stage B or greater HCC and 72.3% had Child-Pugh A cirrhosis. On Cox multivariate regression, previously-treated HCC (HR 0...
February 14, 2017: Oncotarget
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28212505/long-term-validity-of-the-at-risk-mental-state-arms-for-predicting-psychotic-and-non-psychotic-mental-disorders
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P Fusar-Poli, G Rutigliano, D Stahl, C Davies, A De Micheli, V Ramella-Cravaro, I Bonoldi, P McGuire
BACKGROUND: The long-term clinical validity of the At Risk Mental State (ARMS) for the prediction of non-psychotic mental disorders is unknown. METHODS: Clinical register-based cohort study including all non-psychotic individuals assessed by the Outreach And Support in South London (OASIS) service (2002-2015). The primary outcome was risk of developing any mental disorder (psychotic or non-psychotic). Analyses included Cox proportional hazard models, Kaplan-Meier survival/failure function and C statistics...
December 6, 2016: European Psychiatry: the Journal of the Association of European Psychiatrists
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28207807/how-much-is-a-child-worth-providers-and-patients-views-and-responses-concerning-ethical-and-policy-challenges-in-paying-for-art
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Robert Klitzman
Infertility treatments remain expensive and in many countries are covered by little, if any, insurance, raising critical questions concerning how patients and providers view and make decisions regarding these challenges. In-depth semi-structured interviews of approximately 1 hour were conducted with 37 IVF providers and 10 patients (17 physicians, 10 other providers and 10 patients), and were systematically analyzed. These data suggest current insurance policies and legislation pose critical ethical and logistical challenges for both patients and providers...
2017: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28207778/neutrophil-gelatinase-associated-lipocalin-levels-are-u-shaped-in-the-ludwigshafen-risk-and-cardiovascular-health-luric-study-impact-for-mortality
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Rainer P Woitas, Hubert Scharnagl, Marcus E Kleber, Graciela E Delgado, Tanja B Grammer, Martin Pichler, Bernhard K Krämer, Winfried März, Tatjana Stojakovic
INTRODUCTION: Neutrophil gelatinase-associated lipocalin (NGAL) is a glycoprotein released by damaged renal tubular cells and mature neutrophils. It is elevated in kidney injury, but also in patients with coronary artery disease (CAD) and myocardial infarction. We investigated the prognostic value of NGAL for total and cardiovascular mortality in patients undergoing coronary angiography without history of renal insufficiency at inclusion into the study. PARTICIPANTS: The LURIC study is an ongoing prospective cohort study of patients referred for coronary angiography and is designed to evaluate determinants of cardiovascular health...
2017: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28206844/the-effect-of-personality-on-occupational-stress-in-veterinary-surgeons
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Briony F Y Dawson, Neill J Thompson
Statistics show that veterinary surgeons are in one of the professions with the highest suicide rates. This indicates the sector has significant well-being issues, with high levels of occupational stress and burnout. Previous research has focused on environmental factors in isolation, overlooking the influence of personality. This study aimed to establish that personality is a better predictor of occupational stress than environment. UK veterinary surgeons (n=311) completed an online survey composed of three questionnaires; the NEO Five-Factor Inventory, the Maslach Burnout Inventory, and the Job Stress Survey...
2017: Journal of Veterinary Medical Education
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28199202/racial-disparity-in-metabolic-regulation-of-cancer
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Kuldeep S Attri, Divya Murthy, Pankaj K Singh
Genetic mutations and metabolic reprogramming are two key hallmarks of cancer, required for proliferation, invasion, and metastasis of the disease. While genetic mutations, whether inherited or acquired, are critical for the initiation of tumor development, metabolic reprogramming is an effector mechanism imperative for adaptational transition during the progression of cancer. Recent findings in the literature emphasize the significance of molecular cross-talk between these two cellular processes in regulating signaling and differentiation of cancer cells...
March 1, 2017: Frontiers in Bioscience (Landmark Edition)
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28199042/global-effects-of-income-and-income-inequality-on-adult-height-and-sexual-dimorphism-in-height
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Barry Bogin, Christiane Scheffler, Michael Hermanussen
OBJECTIVES: Average adult height of a population is considered a biomarker of the quality of the health environment and economic conditions. The causal relationships between height and income inequality are not well understood. We analyze data from 169 countries for national average heights of men and women and national-level economic factors to test two hypotheses: (1) income inequality has a greater association with average adult height than does absolute income; and (2) neither income nor income inequality has an effect on sexual dimorphism in height...
February 15, 2017: American Journal of Human Biology: the Official Journal of the Human Biology Council
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28196550/genetic-and-environmental-influences-on-last-year-major-depression-in-adulthood-a-highly-heritable-stable-liability-but-strong-environmental-effects-on-1-year-prevalence
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K S Kendler, C O Gardner
BACKGROUND: This study seeks to clarify the contribution of temporally stable and occasion-specific genetic and environmental influences on risk for major depression (MD). METHOD: Our sample was 2153 members of female-female twin pairs from the Virginia Twin Registry. We examined four personal interview waves conducted over an 8-year period with MD in the last year defined by DSM-IV criteria. We fitted a structural equation model to the data using classic Mx. The model included genetic and environmental risk factors for a latent, stable vulnerability to MD and for episodes in each of the four waves...
February 15, 2017: Psychological Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28195567/bdnf-val66met-association-with-serotonin-transporter-binding-in-healthy-humans
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P M Fisher, B Ozenne, C Svarer, D Adamsen, S Lehel, W F C Baaré, P S Jensen, G M Knudsen
The serotonin transporter (5-HTT) is a key feature of the serotonin system, which is involved in behavior, cognition and personality and implicated in neuropsychiatric illnesses including depression. The brain-derived neurotrophic factor (BDNF) val66met and 5-HTTLPR polymorphisms have predicted differences in 5-HTT levels in humans but with equivocal results, possibly due to limited sample sizes. Within the current study we evaluated these genetic predictors of 5-HTT binding with [(11)C]DASB positron emission tomography (PET) in a comparatively large cohort of 144 healthy individuals...
February 14, 2017: Translational Psychiatry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28191912/the-clinical-utility-of-normal-findings-on-noninvasive-cardiac-assessment-in-the-prediction-of-atrial-fibrillation
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Sanjay Venkatesh, Wesley T O'Neal, Stephen T Broughton, Amit J Shah, Elsayed Z Soliman
BACKGROUND: The absence of abnormalities on noninvasive cardiac assessment possibly confers a reduced risk of atrial fibrillation (AF) despite the presence of traditional risk factors. HYPOTHESIS: Normal findings on noninvasive cardiac assessment are associated with a lower risk of AF development. METHODS: We examined the clinical utility of normal findings on routine noninvasive cardiac assessment in 5331 participants (85% white; 57% women) from the Cardiovascular Health Study who were free of baseline AF...
February 13, 2017: Clinical Cardiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28188595/should-small-renal-masses-be-biopsied
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Ricardo R N Leão, Ardalan E Ahmad, Patrick O Richard
Over the last few decades, the incidence of renal cell carcinomas (RCCs) has been steadily increasing. This is primarily due to an increase in detection of small renal masses (SRMs) as a result of widespread utilization of abdominal imaging. Interestingly, up to 30% of incidentally discovered SRMs (solid lesions measuring ≤4 cm) are benign, and consequently, the definitive treatment of all SRMs is associated with a considerable risk of overtreatment. To decrease the overtreatment rate, renal tumour biopsy (RTB) has been advocated as a safe alternative to identify the pretreatment histology of these SRMs...
January 2017: Current Urology Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28187052/renal-transplant-recipients-the-factors-related-to-immunosuppressive-medication-adherence-based-on-the-health-belief-model
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Pen-Chen Kung, Mei Chang Yeh, Ming-Kuen Lai, Hsueh-Erh Liu
BACKGROUND: Kidney transplant failures are caused primarily by lack of adherence to immunosuppressive medication regimens by patients after transplantation. A number of studies have indicated that health-related beliefs are an effective predictor of health-related behavior. PURPOSE: The aim of this study is to understand the influence of the personal characteristics and health-related beliefs of patients on adherence to treatment with immunosuppressive medication based on the Health Belief Model...
February 9, 2017: Journal of Nursing Research: JNR
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28186046/building-research-capacity-results-of-a-feasibility-study-using-a-novel-mhealth-epidemiological-data-collection-system-within-a-gestational-diabetes-population
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Allen McLean, Nathaniel Osgood, Jill Newstead-Angel, Kevin Stanley, Dylan Knowles, William van der Kamp, Weicheng Qian, Roland Dyck
Public health researchers have traditionally relied on individual self-reporting when collecting much epidemiological surveillance data. Data acquisition can be costly, difficult to acquire, and the data often notoriously unreliable. An interesting option for the collection of individual health (or indicators of individual health) data is the personal smartphone. Smartphones are ubiquitous, and the required infrastructure is well-developed across Canada, including many remote areas. Researchers and health professionals are asking themselves how they might exploit increasing smartphone uptake for the purposes of data collection, hopefully leading to improved individual and public health...
2017: Studies in Health Technology and Informatics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28185963/increased-network-centrality-as-markers-of-relapse-risk-in-nicotine-dependent-individuals-treated-with-varenicline
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Zhujing Shen, Peiyu Huang, Chao Wang, Wei Qian, Yihong Yang, Minming Zhang
Identifying smokers at high risk of relapse could improve the effectiveness of cessation therapies. Although altered regional brain function in smokers has been reported, whether the whole-brain functional organization differs smokers with relapse vulnerability from others remains unclear. Thus, the goal of this study is to investigate the baseline functional connectivity differences between relapsers and quitters. Using resting-state fMRI, we acquired images from 57 smokers prior to quitting attempts. After 12-week treatment with varenicline, smokers were divided into relapsers (n=36) and quitters (n=21) (quitter: continuously abstinent for weeks 9-12)...
February 6, 2017: Progress in Neuro-psychopharmacology & Biological Psychiatry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28185146/mr-imaging-features-associated-with-distant-metastasis-free-survival-of-patients-with-invasive-breast-cancer-a-case-control-study
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Sung Eun Song, Sung Ui Shin, Hyeong-Gon Moon, Han Suk Ryu, Kwangsoo Kim, Woo Kyung Moon
PURPOSE: Preoperative breast magnetic resonance (MR) imaging features of primary breast cancers may have the potential to act as prognostic biomarkers by providing morphologic and kinetic features representing inter- or intra-tumor heterogeneity. Recent radiogenomic studies reveal that several radiologist-annotated image features are associated with genes or signal pathways involved in tumor progression, treatment resistance, and distant metastasis (DM). We investigate whether preoperative breast MR imaging features are associated with worse DM-free survival in patients with invasive breast cancer...
February 9, 2017: Breast Cancer Research and Treatment
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28178703/the-impact-of-depression-on-the-development-of-mild-cognitive-impairment-over-3-years-of-follow-up-a-population-based-study
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Elvira Lara, Ai Koyanagi, Joan Domènech-Abella, Marta Miret, Jose Luis Ayuso-Mateos, Josep Maria Haro
BACKGROUND/AIMS: In the absence of effective treatments for dementia, major efforts are being directed towards identifying the risk factors of the prodromal phase of the disease. We report the incidence rates of mild cognitive impairment (MCI) in a Spanish population sample and assess the effect of depression at baseline on incident MCI (or MCI subtypes) at a 3-year follow-up. METHODS: A total of 1,642 participants (age ≥50 years) were examined as part of a Spanish nationally representative longitudinal study...
February 9, 2017: Dementia and Geriatric Cognitive Disorders
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28173973/personality-and-addictive-behaviours-in-early-parkinson-s-disease-and-rem-sleep-behaviour-disorder
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Fahd Baig, Michael A Lawton, Michal Rolinski, Claudio Ruffmann, Johannes C Klein, Kannan Nithi, David Okai, Yoav Ben-Shlomo, Michele T M Hu
INTRODUCTION: Changes in personality have been described in Parkinson's disease (PD), with suggestion that those with established disease tend to be risk averse with a disinclination for addictive behaviour. However, little is known about the earliest and prodromal stages. Personality and its relationship with addictive behaviours can help answer important questions about the mechanisms underlying PD and addiction. METHODS: 941 population-ascertained PD subjects within 3...
February 1, 2017: Parkinsonism & related Disorders
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28169886/prehypertension-among-2-19-million-adolescents-and-future-risk-for-end-stage-renal-disease
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Adi Leiba, Gilad Twig, Asaf Vivante, Karl Skorecki, Eliezer Golan, Estela Derazne, Dorit Tzur, Ehud Grossman, Rita Dichtiar, Jeremy D Kark, Tamar Shohat
OBJECTIVE: Persistent hypertension in adulthood is a leading cause of end-stage renal disease (ESRD). Whether lower blood pressure (BP) values, in the range of prehypertension, are also associated with future occurrence of ESRD is unclear. Even less clear is the potential risk of early prehypertension appearing in adolescence. To address this question, we examined whether BP measurements in the prehypertensive range at age 16-19 years predict adult ESRD. METHODS: Medical data on 2194 635 16-19-year-old adolescents examined for medical fitness prior to military service from 1977 to 2013 were linked to the Israeli ESRD registry in this nationwide population-based cohort study...
February 6, 2017: Journal of Hypertension
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28166605/d-dimer-at-venous-thrombosis-diagnosis-is-associated-with-risk-of-recurrence
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Esben Bjøri, Håkon S Johnsen, John-Bjarne Hansen, Sigrid K Braekkan
BACKGROUND: Venous thromboembolism (VTE) is a common disease with a high recurrence rate. D-dimer measured after cessation of anticoagulant therapy predicts recurrence, and is used to decide on treatment prolongation. However, whether d-dimer measured at first VTE diagnosis can be used to assess recurrence-risk is unknown. AIMS: To investigate the association between d-dimer, measured at first VTE diagnosis, and risk of recurrent VTE. METHODS: Information on clinical risk factors and laboratory markers were collected in 454 cancer-free patients with a first VTE...
February 6, 2017: Journal of Thrombosis and Haemostasis: JTH
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28166234/a-systematic-review-of-medication-non-adherence-in-persons-with-dementia-or-cognitive-impairment
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Daisy Smith, Janaka Lovell, Carolina Weller, Briohny Kennedy, Margaret Winbolt, Carmel Young, Joseph Ibrahim
BACKGROUND: Adherence to medication is vital for disease management while simultaneously reducing healthcare expenditure. Older persons with cognitive impairment (CI) are at risk for non-adherence as cognitive processes are needed to manage medications. This systematic review focuses on the relationship between medication non-adherence and specific cognitive domains in persons with CI, and explores determinants of medication non-adherence. When available, relationships and factors are compared with cognitively intact populations...
2017: PloS One
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