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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27926471/clinical-presentation-treatment-and-outcome-of-anaplastic-thyroid-carcinoma-results-of-a-multicenter-study-in-germany
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Julia Wendler, Matthias Kroiss, Katja Gast, Michael C Kreissl, Stephanie Allelein, Urs Lichtenauer, Rainer Blaser, Christine Spitzweg, Martin Fassnacht, Matthias Schott, Dagmar Führer, Vera Tiedje
CONTEXT: Anaplastic thyroid carcinoma (ATC) is an orphan disease and confers a dismal prognosis. Standard treatment is not established. OBJECTIVE: The aim of this study is to describe clinical characteristics, current treatment regimens and outcome of ATC and to identify clinical prognostic markers and treatment factors associated with improved prognosis. DESIGN: Retrospective cohort study at five German tertiary care centers. PATIENTS AND METHODS: Totally 100 ATC patients diagnosed between 2000 and 2015 were included in the analysis...
December 2016: European Journal of Endocrinology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27924681/factors-associated-with-30-day-mortality-in-elderly-inpatients-with-community-acquired-pneumonia-during-two-influenza-seasons
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Núria Torner, Conchita Izquierdo, Núria Soldevila, Diana Toledo, Judith Chamorro, Elena Espejo, Amelia Fernández-Sierra, Angela Domínguez
Community-acquired pneumonia (CAP) refers to pneumonia unrelated to hospitals or extended-care facilities. The aim of this study was to determine factors associated with 30-day mortality in patients with CAP aged ≥65 years admitted to 20 hospitals in seven Spanish regions during the 2013-14 and 2014-15 influenza seasons. Logistic regression was used to identify factors associated with 30-day mortality. The adjusted model included variables selected by backward elimination with a cut off of < 0.02. A total of 1928 CAP cases were recorded; 60...
December 7, 2016: Human Vaccines & Immunotherapeutics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27924197/dexmedetomidine-infusion-as-an-anesthetic-adjuvant-to-general-anesthesia-for-appropriate-surgical-field-visibility-during-modified-radical-mastectomy-with-i-gel%C3%A2-a-randomized-control-study
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Kumkum Gupta, Bhawana Rastogi, Prashant K Gupta, Ivesh Singh, Vijendra Pal Singh, Manish Jain
BACKGROUND: Modified radical mastectomy is associated with appreciable blood loss, while endotracheal intubation leads to elevated hemodynamic responses. The present study aimed to evaluate the clinical efficacy of dexmedetomidine infusion as an anesthetic adjuvant to general anesthesia during modified radical mastectomy with I-Gel. METHODS: Sixty adult consenting female patients, of American Society of Anesthesiologists physical status 1 to 2 and aged 4,065 years, were blindly randomized into two groups of 30 patients each...
December 2016: Korean Journal of Anesthesiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27924166/dental-erosion-and-dentin-hypersensitivity-among-adult-asthmatics-and-non-asthmatics-hospital-based-a-preliminary-study
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Zahra Hassan Abdelaziz Farag, Elhadi Mohieldin Awooda
BACKGROUND: Asthma is a chronic inflammatory condition affecting the airways leading to spasm and swelling of the airways. The medications taken for the treatment of asthma can result in dental erosion and dentin hypersensitivity. OBJECTIVES: The aims of this study were to investigate the severity of dental erosion amongst adult asthmatics according to: gender, type and duration of medication taken and to compare dental erosion and dentin hypersensitivity between asthmatics and non-asthmatics...
2016: Open Dentistry Journal
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27923381/economic-evaluation-of-artesunate-and-three-quinine-regimens-in-the-treatment-of-severe-malaria-in-children-at-the-ebolowa-regional-hospital-cameroon-a-cost-analysis
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Daniel Ethe Maka, Andreas Chiabi, Bolaji Obadeyi, Evelyn Mah, Séraphin Nguefack, Pamela Nana, Wilfred Mbacham, Elie Mbonda
BACKGROUND: Severe malaria is a leading cause of morbidity and mortality in under-fives in sub-Saharan Africa. Recently quinine has been replaced by artesunate as the first-line drug in the treatment of severe malaria in Cameroon. Artesunate has been shown to be cost-effective in African children, but whether these findings are transferable to Cameroonian children remains to be explored. OBJECTIVES: To conduct a cost-analysis of four different regimens used in the treatment from the perspective of the healthcare payer...
December 7, 2016: Malaria Journal
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27921165/left-ventricular-twist-mechanics-during-incremental-cycling-and-knee-extension-exercise-in-healthy-men
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Alexander Beaumont, John Hough, Nicholas Sculthorpe, Joanna Richards
PURPOSE: The objective of the present study was to investigate left ventricular (LV) twist mechanics in response to incremental cycling and isometric knee extension exercises. METHODS: Twenty-six healthy male participants (age = 30.42 ± 6.17 years) were used to study peak twist mechanics at rest and during incremental semi-supine cycling at 30 and 60% work rate maximum (W max) and during short duration (15 s contractions) isometric knee extension at 40 and 75% maximum voluntary contraction (MVC), using two-dimensional speckle tracking echocardiography...
December 5, 2016: European Journal of Applied Physiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27921025/prostate-specific-antigen-rising-in-iranian-men-in-correlation-with-body-mass-index-fasting-blood-sugar-and-blood-lipid-profile
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Davood Arab, Arash Ardestani Zadeh, Majid Mirmohammadkhani, Azadeh Beiglarzadeh
BACKGROUND: Prostate-specific antigen (PSA) is a serine protease that is secreted by prostate cells and it is useful as a tumor marker for prostate cancer. OBJECTIVES: In this study, the relationship between some of metabolic factors and serum PSA level was investigated. MATERIALS AND METHODS: In this cross-sectional study, patients with urinary symptoms or for screening of the prostate cancer (after 50 years of age or 40 years with a family history of prostate cancer), were evaluated...
October 2016: Journal of Nephropathology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27920503/adverse-events-and-patients-perceived-health-related-quality-of-life-at-the-end-of-multidrug-resistant-tuberculosis-treatment-in-namibia
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Evans L Sagwa, Nunurai Ruswa, Farai Mavhunga, Timothy Rennie, Hubert Gm Leufkens, Aukje K Mantel-Teeuwisse
PURPOSE: The health-related quality of life (HRQoL) of patients completing multidrug-resistant tuberculosis (MDR-TB) treatment in Namibia and whether the occurrence of adverse events influenced patients' rating of their HRQoL was evaluated. PATIENTS AND METHODS: A cross-sectional analytic survey of patients completing or who recently completed MDR-TB treatment was conducted. The patients rated their HRQoL using the simplified Short Form-™ (SF-8) questionnaire consisting of eight Likert-type questions...
2016: Patient Preference and Adherence
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27919639/-evaluation-of-an-xpert-ev-cepheid-%C3%A2-molecular-diagnostic-technique-for-enteroviral-meningitis
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Natalia Alonso Pérez, Belén Sagastizabal Cardelus, Luis Manuel Prieto Tato, Sara Guillén Martín, Ana González Torralba, Isabel García Bermejo, José Tomás Ramos Amador
INTRODUCTION: Polymerase chain reaction (PCR) assays have shown to be useful and quick for the diagnosis of enterovirus in aseptic meningitis. The aim of our study was to analyse the changes in clinical practice after the introduction of a real-time polymerase chain reaction (RT-PCR) technique using the Xpert EV (Cepheid(®)) assay for the qualitative detection of enterovirus RNA in cerebrospinal fluid specimens from children with suspected viral meningitis. METHODS: A retrospective study was performed in children older than 1year, diagnosed with enterovirus meningitis in a third level hospital from November 2006 to February 2013...
December 2, 2016: Anales de Pediatría: Publicación Oficial de la Asociación Española de Pediatría (A.E.P.)
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27919574/worldwide-comparison-of-ovarian-cancer-survival-histological-group-and-stage-at-diagnosis-concord-2
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Melissa Matz, Michel P Coleman, Helena Carreira, Diego Salmerón, Maria Dolores Chirlaque, Claudia Allemani
OBJECTIVE: Ovarian cancer comprises several histological groups with widely differing levels of survival. We aimed to explore international variation in survival for each group to help interpret international differences in survival from all ovarian cancers combined. We also examined differences in stage-specific survival. METHODS: The CONCORD programme is the largest population-based study of global trends in cancer survival, including data from 60 countries for 695,932 women (aged 15-99years) diagnosed with ovarian cancer during 1995-2009...
December 2, 2016: Gynecologic Oncology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27919428/anxiety-and-comorbid-depression-following-traumatic-brain-injury-in-a-community-based-sample-of-young-middle-aged-and-older-adults
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A J Osborn, J L Mathias, A K Fairweather-Schmidt, K J Anstey
BACKGROUND: Anxiety is common following a traumatic brain injury (TBI), but who is most at risk, and to what extent, is not well understood. METHODS: Longitudinal data from a randomly-selected community sample (Wave 1: 7397, Wave 2: 6621 and Wave 3: 6042) comprising three adult cohorts (young: 20-24 years of age, middle-aged: 40-44, older: 60-64), were analysed. The association between TBI history, anxiety and comorbid depression was assessed, controlling for age, sex, marital/employment status, medical conditions, recent life events, alcohol consumption, social support and physical activity...
October 5, 2016: Journal of Affective Disorders
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27919300/a-randomised-placebo-controlled-trial-of-transcranial-pulsed-electromagnetic-fields-in-patients-with-multiple-chemical-sensitivity
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Marie Thi Dao Tran, Sine Skovbjerg, Lars Arendt-Nielsen, Karl Bang Christensen, Jesper Elberling
OBJECTIVE: To evaluate the efficacy of transcranially applied pulsed electromagnetic fields (PEMF) on functional impairments and symptom severity in multiple chemical sensitivity (MCS) patients. METHODS: The study was conducted as a nationwide trial in Denmark using a randomised, parallel-group, double-blind and placebo-controlled design. Sample size was estimated at 40 participants. Eligibility criteria were age 18-75 years and fulfilment of the MCS case criteria...
December 6, 2016: Acta Neuropsychiatrica
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27919177/economic-burden-of-inadequate-symptom-control-among-us-commercially-insured-irritable-bowel-syndrome-patients-with-diarrhea
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Jessica L Buono, Kush Mathur, Amelia J Averitt, David A Andrae
AIMS: To assess healthcare resource use and costs among irritable bowel syndrome (IBS) with diarrhea (IBS-D) patients with and without evidence of inadequate symptom control on current prescription therapies and estimate incremental all-cause costs associated with inadequate symptom control. METHODS: IBS-D patients aged ≥18 years with ≥1 medical claim for IBS (ICD-9-CM 564.1x) and either ≥2 claims for diarrhea (ICD-9-CM 787.91, 564.5x), or ≥1 claim for diarrhea plus ≥1 claim for abdominal pain (ICD-9-CM 789...
December 6, 2016: Journal of Medical Economics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27918971/bidirectional-longitudinal-relationship-between-leisure-time-physical-activity-and-psychotropic-medication-usage-a-register-linked-follow-up-study
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Brendon Stubbs, Davy Vancampfort, Minna Mänty, Anna Svärd, Ossi Rahkonen, Jouni Lahti
This study aimed to examine the bidirectional relationship between psychotropic medication use and changes in leisure-time physical activity (LTPA) among a population cohort study. Phase 1 data were collected by mail surveys in 2000-2002 among 40-60-year-old employees of the City of Helsinki, Finland, and phase 2 follow up survey was conducted in 2007. Based on self-report, the respondents were classified as inactive and active (≥14.75 MET-hours/week) at the phases 1 and 2. Hazard ratios (HR) were calculated for subsequent (2007-10) psychotropic medication purchasing according to changes in physical activity (phases 1-2)...
November 27, 2016: Psychiatry Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27918891/the-socioeconomic-within-gender-gap-in-informal-caregiving-among-middle-aged-women-evidence-from-a-japanese-nationwide-survey
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Mutsumi Tokunaga, Hideki Hashimoto
Caregiving to older people with needs has been mainly dependent on informal care provision by female caregivers. Compared with the care burden gender gap, the within-gender gap in women's socioeconomic status (SES) has attracted less policy attention. We investigated the association between middle-aged women's SES and the likelihood of being a primary caregiver for elderly informal care, focusing on household income, women's marital status, work status, and educational background under the universal and public system of formal long-term care provision in Japan...
November 28, 2016: Social Science & Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27918764/effect-of-fluorouracil-leucovorin-and-oxaliplatin-with-or-without-onartuzumab-in-her2-negative-met-positive-gastroesophageal-adenocarcinoma-the-metgastric-randomized-clinical-trial
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Manish A Shah, Yung-Jue Bang, Florian Lordick, Maria Alsina, Meng Chen, Stephen P Hack, Jean Marie Bruey, Dustin Smith, Ian McCaffery, David S Shames, See Phan, David Cunningham
Importance: Dysregulation of the mesenchymal-epithelial transition (MET) signaling pathway is associated with poor prognosis in gastroesophageal adenocarcinoma (GEC). We report results of METGastric, a phase 3 trial of the MET inhibitor onartuzumab plus standard first-line chemotherapy for human epidermal growth factor receptor 2 (HER2)-negative, MET-positive, advanced GEC. Objective: To determine whether the addition of onartuzumab to first-line fluorouracil, leucovorin, and oxaliplatin (mFOLFOX6) improves efficacy compared with mFOLFOX6 plus placebo in HER2-negative, MET-positive GEC...
December 1, 2016: JAMA Oncology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27918589/outcomes-of-cataract-surgery-in-urban-and-rural-population-in-the-south-indian-state-of-andhra-pradesh-rapid-assessment-of-visual-impairment-ravi-project
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Srinivas Marmamula, Rohit C Khanna, Konegari Shekhar, Gullapalli N Rao
OBJECTIVE: To assess the visual outcomes after cataract surgery among urban and rural population aged ≥40 years in the South India state of Andhra Pradesh. METHODS: A population based cross-sectional study was conducted in which 7800 subjects were sampled from two rural and one urban location. Visual Acuity was assessed and eye examination were performed by trained personnel. A questionnaire was used to collect personal and demographic information, and history of cataract surgery...
2016: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27918103/identifying-opportunities-to-increase-organ-donation-after-brain-death-an-observational-study-in-sweden-2009-2014
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T Nolin, C Mårdh, G Karlström, S M Walther
BACKGROUND: There is a wide gap between the number of organ donors and patients on waiting lists for transplantation. The purpose of this Swedish nationwide study of the critical pathway for organ donation after brain death (DBD) was to identify missed opportunities for organ donation. METHODS: We performed a prospective, observational study of all ICU deaths in Sweden from Jan 1, 2009 to Dec 31, 2014. The protocol structure followed the critical pathway for organ donation, which was developed and tested during 2008...
January 2017: Acta Anaesthesiologica Scandinavica
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27917453/phase-i-study-of-mrx34-a-liposomal-mir-34a-mimic-administered-twice-weekly-in-patients-with-advanced-solid-tumors
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Muhammad S Beg, Andrew J Brenner, Jasgit Sachdev, Mitesh Borad, Yoon-Koo Kang, Jay Stoudemire, Susan Smith, Andreas G Bader, Sinil Kim, David S Hong
Purpose Naturally occurring tumor suppressor microRNA-34a (miR-34a) downregulates the expression of >30 oncogenes across multiple oncogenic pathways, as well as genes involved in tumor immune evasion, but is lost or under-expressed in many malignancies. This first-in-human, phase I study assessed the maximum tolerated dose (MTD), safety, pharmacokinetics, and clinical activity of MRX34, a liposomal miR-34a mimic, in patients with advanced solid tumors. Patients and Methods Adult patients with solid tumors refractory to standard treatment were enrolled in a standard 3 + 3 dose escalation trial...
December 5, 2016: Investigational New Drugs
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27917144/vocal-age-disguise-the-role-of-fundamental-frequency-and-speech-rate-and-its-perceived-effects
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Sara Skoog Waller, Mårten Eriksson
The relationship between vocal characteristics and perceived age is of interest in various contexts, as is the possibility to affect age perception through vocal manipulation. A few examples of such situations are when age is staged by actors, when ear witnesses make age assessments based on vocal cues only or when offenders (e.g., online groomers) disguise their voice to appear younger or older. This paper investigates how speakers spontaneously manipulate two age related vocal characteristics (f0 and speech rate) in attempt to sound younger versus older than their true age, and if the manipulations correspond to actual age related changes in f0 and speech rate (Study 1)...
2016: Frontiers in Psychology
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