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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28647991/-the-chinese-national-twin-cohort-an-update
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W J Gao, L M Li
The importance of large cohort studies in China has been increasingly emphasized. As special group in the population, twins provide excellent natural resources since they share the same birthday, maternal intrauterine environment and early family environment. Twin cohorts are unique for and benefit on controlling the confounding factors as age, gender (same-sex twins), genetic background (monozygotic twins) or early environment (being raised together) in the etiological studies on complex diseases. In this review, we briefly introduce the objectives, current situation, challenges and opportunities related to the Chinese national twin cohort, focusing on the characteristics of twins that are different from other groups in the general population...
June 10, 2017: Zhonghua Liu Xing Bing Xue za Zhi, Zhonghua Liuxingbingxue Zazhi
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28647963/-effects-of-prophylactic-chemotherapy-on-outcomes-and-prognosis-of-patients-older-than-40-years-with-invasive-mole
#2
S Y Jiang, L Li, J Zhao, Y Xiang, X R Wan, F Z Feng, T Ren, J J Yang
Objective: To discuss the effects of prophylactic chemotherapy on the outcomes and prognosis of invasive mole patients. Methods: One hundred and fifteen invasive mole (IM) patients older than 40 years were registered in Peking Union Medical Collage Hospital.Eleven of them were treated with prophylactic chemotherapy before diagnosed as IM prophylactic chemotherapy group, while the other 104 cases received therapeutic chemotherapy after diagnosed as IM (non-prophylactic chemotherapy group). The general clinical data (including age, clinical stage, risk factor score), treatment, outcomes and relapse of patients were retrospectively compared between two groups...
June 25, 2017: Zhonghua Fu Chan Ke za Zhi
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28647951/complexities-of-care-in-klinefelter-syndrome-an-aprn-perspective
#3
Sharron Close, Amy Talboy, Ilene Fennoy
47,XXY (Klinefelter Syndrome) is associated with a spectrum of complex clinical needs that are associated with variable physical, neurocognitive and psychosocial aspects. For patients and families affected by this sex chromosome trisomy, navigation of health care services is difficult due to lack of 47,XXY awareness among many health care providers and little evidence to support endocrine and additional treatment plans. While endocrine management of androgen deficiency has been the mainstay of treatment for patients from puberty through adulthood, testosterone replacement, alone, fails to mitigate many symptoms and issues...
June 2017: Pediatric Endocrinology Reviews: PER
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28647947/continuous-glucose-monitoring-in-pediatrics-the-gap-between-potential-benefits-and-the-reality-of-utility
#4
Regina L Taddeo, Joanne T Moser, Pantea P Minnock
Continuous Glucose Monitoring (CGM) is rapidly becoming a standard of care in the management of Type 1 diabetes (T1D). Today's devices are nearly as accurate as home glucose meters. They provide glucose data every 5 minutes, alert to high and low blood glucose levels, and allow for remote monitoring of a user's glucose data and patterns. Use of CGM has many benefits including support for tighter glycemic control without increasing the risk for hypoglycemia. There is however emerging evidence of some negative aspects associated with using CGM, which may result in decreased utilization of the device as well as a decline in quality of life, especially in the pediatric population...
June 2017: Pediatric Endocrinology Reviews: PER
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28647939/non-criteria-or-seronegative-obstetric-antiphospholipid-syndrome
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REVIEW
Luis J Jara, Gabriela Medina, Polita Cruz-Cruz, Javier Olivares-Rivera, Carolina Duarte-Salazar, Miguel A Saavedra
Obstetric antiphospholipid syndrome (Obs-APS) is one of the most commonly identified causes of recurrent pregnancy loss and its accurate diagnosis is a requirement for optimal treatment. Some patients do not fulfill the revised Sapporo classification criteria, the original APS classification criteria, and are considered to be non-criteria Obs-APS. In these patients with non-criteria, there is controversy about their inclusion within the spectrum of APS and eventually their treatment as having Obs-APS. A subset of patients may also have clinical characteristics of Obs-APS even though lupus anticoagulant (LA), anticardiolipin antibodies, and anti-β2-glycoprotein I (aβ2GPI) antibodies are consistently negative...
June 2017: Israel Medical Association Journal: IMAJ
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28647930/primary-percutaneous-coronary-intervention-versus-in-hospital-thrombolysis-as-reperfusion-therapy-in-early-arriving-low-risk-stemi-patients
#6
Yaniv Levi, Aaron Frimerman, Avraham Shotan, Michael Shochat, David S Blondheim, Amit Segev, Ilan Goldenerg, Mark Kazatsker, Liubov Vasilenko, Nir Shlomo, Simcha R Meisel
BACKGROUND: Trials have shown superiority of primary percutaneous intervention (PPCI) over in-hospital thrombolysis in ST-elevation myocardial infarction (STEMI) patients treated within 6-12 hours from symptom onset. These studies also included high-risk patients not all of whom underwent a therapeutic intervention. OBJECTIVES: To compare the outcome of early-arriving stable STEMI patients treated by thrombolysis with or without coronary angiography to the outcome of PPCI-treated STEMI patients...
June 2017: Israel Medical Association Journal: IMAJ
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28647925/psychobehavioral-effects-of-meditation
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Mieczyslaw Pokorski, Anna Suchorzynska
Meditation is an increasingly popular psychobehavioral therapy. Various meditation techniques in use make it hard to objectively scrutinize the psychological benefits. Therefore, in this study we set out to examine the effects of two fundamentally different meditative techniques, Zazen, 'seated meditation', in which the body and mind are calmed, and Tai Chi, 'meditation in motion', based on energetic martial art performance. The aim was to compare the effects of both techniques on personality structure, emotional intelligence, mood, and coping with stress...
June 25, 2017: Advances in Experimental Medicine and Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28647919/role-of-sglt2-inhibitors-in-patients-with-diabetes-mellitus-and-heart-failure
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REVIEW
Frederik H Verbrugge
PURPOSE OF REVIEW: This review aims to summarize the evidence on cardiovascular risks and benefits of glucose-lowering drugs in diabetic patients, with a particular focus on the role of sodium-glucose transporter-2 (SGLT-2) inhibitors and their promising potential as a heart failure treatment. RECENT FINDINGS: The SGLT-2 inhibitor empagliflozin has emerged as the first glucose-lowering drug to lower cardiovascular mortality in diabetes with an unprecedented 38% relative risk reduction...
June 24, 2017: Current Heart Failure Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28647918/designing-future-clinical-trials-in-heart-failure-with-preserved-ejection-fraction-lessons-from-topcat
#9
REVIEW
Ravi B Patel, Sanjiv J Shah, Gregg C Fonarow, Javed Butler, Muthiah Vaduganathan
PURPOSE OF REVIEW: Spironolactone did not demonstrate benefit with respect to the primary composite endpoint in the global TOPCAT (Treatment of Preserved Cardiac Function Heart Failure with an Aldosterone Antagonist) trial in patients with chronic heart failure with preserved ejection fraction (HFpEF). We identify key lessons from the TOPCAT experience that can be applied to future HFpEF trials. RECENT FINDINGS: Subsequent analyses of TOPCAT have revealed marked regional heterogeneity in patient profiles, event rates, drug adherence, and treatment effects...
June 24, 2017: Current Heart Failure Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28647915/impact-of-the-21-gene-recurrence-score-on-outcome-in-patients-with-invasive-lobular-carcinoma-of-the-breast
#10
Scott Kizy, Jing Li Huang, Schelomo Marmor, Todd M Tuttle, Jane Yuet Ching Hui
PURPOSE: Invasive lobular carcinoma (ILC) of the breast has unique clinicopathologic characteristics, compared to invasive ductal carcinoma. The role of the 21-gene Recurrence Score (RS) has not been clearly defined for ILC. We sought to determine the prognostic value of RS and the impact of adjuvant chemotherapy on long-term survival in patients with ILC. METHODS: Utilizing the Surveillance, Epidemiology and End Results database from 2004 to 2013, we identified records of women aged 18-74 years, diagnosed with estrogen receptor (ER)-positive ILC (stage I to III) with RS available...
June 24, 2017: Breast Cancer Research and Treatment
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28647893/the-overdiagnosis-of-what-on-the-relationship-between-the-concepts-of-overdiagnosis-disease-and-diagnosis
#11
Bjørn Hofmann
Overdiagnosis and disease are related concepts. Widened conceptions of disease increase overdiagnosis and vice versa. This is partly because there is a close and complex relationship between disease and overdiagnosis. In order to address the problems with overdiagnosis, we may benefit from a closer understanding this relationship. Accordingly, the objective of this article is to elucidate the relationship between disease and overdiagnosis. To do so, the article starts with scrutinizing how overdiagnosis can explain the expansion of the concept of disease...
June 24, 2017: Medicine, Health Care, and Philosophy
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28647891/is-it-reasonable-to-use-a-lower-doacs-dose-in-some-patients-with-vte-yes
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Davide Imberti, Daniela Mastroiacovo
In the Hokusai-VTE trial, 733 patients were treated with the reduced dose edoxaban regimen, which maintained efficacy and safety compared with the 60 mg dose, and was safer than warfarin. The prophylactic doses of apixaban and rivaroxaban reduced the risk of recurrent venous thromboembolism (VTE) in the extended treatment trials. Dabigatran 110 mg was approved by the European Medicine Agency for VTE treatment. Further data from registries and real-world studies will help to clarify whether patients, with other specific characteristics, can benefit from the reduced dose of direct oral anticoagulants...
June 24, 2017: Internal and Emergency Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28647885/osteomacs-and-bone-regeneration
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REVIEW
Lena Batoon, Susan Marie Millard, Liza Jane Raggatt, Allison Robyn Pettit
PURPOSE OF REVIEW: Mounting evidence supporting the critical contribution of macrophages, in particular osteal macrophages, to bone regeneration is reviewed. We specifically examine the potential role of macrophages in the basic multicellular units coordinating lifelong bone regeneration via remodelling and bone regeneration in response to injury. We review and discuss the distinctions between macrophage and osteoclast contributions to bone homeostasis, particularly the dichotomous role of the colony-stimulating factor 1-colony-stimulating factor 1 receptor axis...
June 24, 2017: Current Osteoporosis Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28647867/the-effects-of-4-weeks-stretching-training-to-the-point-of-pain-on-flexibility-and-muscle-tendon-unit-properties
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Pornpimol Muanjai, David A Jones, Mantas Mickevicius, Danguole Satkunskiene, Audrius Snieckus, Renata Rutkauskaite, Dalia Mickeviciene, Sigitas Kamandulis
PURPOSE: The purpose of this study was to compare the benefits and possible problems of 4 weeks stretching when taken to the point of pain (POP) and to the point of discomfort (POD). METHODS: Twenty-six physically active women (20 ± 1.1 years) took part in group-based stretching classes of the hamstring muscles, 4 times per week for 4 weeks, one group one stretching to POD, the other to POP. Passive stiffness, joint range of motion (ROM), maximal isometric torque and concentric knee flexion torque, were measured before training and 2 days after the last training session...
June 24, 2017: European Journal of Applied Physiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28647810/distal-nerve-transfer-versus-supraclavicular-nerve-grafting-comparison-of-elbow-flexion-outcome-in-neonatal-brachial-plexus-palsy-with-c5-c7-involvement
#15
Carlos O Heise, Mario G Siqueira, Roberto S Martins, Luciano H Foroni, Hugo Sterman-Neto
PURPOSE: Ulnar and median nerve transfers to arm muscles have been used to recover elbow flexion in infants with neonatal brachial plexus palsy, but there is no direct outcome comparison with the classical supraclavicular nerve grafting approach. METHODS: We retrospectively analyzed patients with C5-C7 neonatal brachial plexus palsy submitted to nerve surgery and recorded elbow flexion recovery using the active movement scale (0-7) at 12 and 24 months after surgery...
June 24, 2017: Child's Nervous System: ChNS: Official Journal of the International Society for Pediatric Neurosurgery
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28647795/investigation-of-chlorella-vulgaris-utex-265-cultivation-under-light-and-low-temperature-stressed-conditions-for-lutein-production-in-flasks-and-the-coiled-tree-photo-bioreactor-ctpbr
#16
Mengyue Gong, Amarjeet Bassi
Lutein has an increasing share in the pharmaceutical and nutraceutical market due to its benefits to eye health. Microalgae may be a potential source for lutein production while the expense limits the commercialization. In this study, a coiled tubular tree photobioreactor (CTPBR) design was investigated for cultivating the cold tolerant microalgae Chlorella vulgaris UTEX 265 under various conditions for lutein production. The influence and interaction of light irradiance strength, lighting cycle, and temperature on microalgae and lutein production efficiency at low temperature range were also studied in flasks via response surface method (RSM)...
June 24, 2017: Applied Biochemistry and Biotechnology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28647771/detection-of-potentially-relevant-extracolonic-and-colorectal-findings-at-ct-colonography-in-a-low-risk-symptomatic-patient-population
#17
F R S Netz, P J Pickhardt, M L G Janssen Heijnen, P C G Simons
PURPOSE: CT colonography (CTC) is a widely accepted examination tool for detection of colorectal lesions but evidence of the proportions of relevant extracolonic findings (ECF) in a large symptomatic but still relatively low-risk cohort is lacking, as well as their relationship to symptoms, age, and sex. METHODS: All patients (n = 3208) with colorectal symptoms, imaged between January 2007 and September 2016 with first-time CTC, were retrospectively selected. The majority (96...
June 24, 2017: Abdominal Radiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28647765/epidemiology-of-hepatocellular-carcinoma-target-population-for-surveillance-and-diagnosis
#18
REVIEW
An Tang, Oussama Hallouch, Victoria Chernyak, Aya Kamaya, Claude B Sirlin
Hepatocellular carcinoma (HCC) is the sixth most common cancer and the second leading cause of cancer mortality worldwide. Incidence rates of liver cancer vary widely between geographic regions and are highest in Eastern Asia and sub-Saharan Africa. In the United States, the incidence of HCC has increased since the 1980s. HCC detection at an early stage through surveillance and curative therapy has considerably improved the 5-year survival. Therefore, medical societies advocate systematic screening and surveillance of target populations at particularly high risk for developing HCC to facilitate early-stage detection...
June 24, 2017: Abdominal Radiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28647759/a-community-based-randomized-controlled-trial-of-mom-power-parenting-intervention-for-mothers-with-interpersonal-trauma-histories-and-their-young-children
#19
Katherine L Rosenblum, Maria Muzik, Diana M Morelen, Emily A Alfafara, Nicole M Miller, Rachel M Waddell, Melisa M Schuster, Julie Ribaudo
We conducted a study to evaluate the effectiveness of Mom Power, a multifamily parenting intervention to improve mental health and parenting among high-risk mothers with young children in a community-based randomized controlled trial (CB-RCT) design. Participants (N = 122) were high-risk mothers (e.g., interpersonal trauma histories, mental health problems, poverty) and their young children (age <6 years), randomized either to Mom Power, a parenting intervention (treatment condition), or weekly mailings of parenting information (control condition)...
June 25, 2017: Archives of Women's Mental Health
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28647747/comparing-the-effects-of-mindfulness-based-cognitive-therapy-and-sleep-psycho-education-with-exercise-on-chronic-insomnia-a-randomised-controlled-trial
#20
Samuel Yeung-Shan Wong, De-Xing Zhang, Carole Chi-Kwan Li, Benjamin Hon-Kei Yip, Dicken Cheong-Chun Chan, Yuet-Man Ling, Cola Siu-Lin Lo, Doris Mei-Sum Woo, Yu-Ying Sun, Helen Ma, Winnie Wing-Sze Mak, Ting Gao, Tatia Mei-Chun Lee, Yun-Kwok Wing
BACKGROUND: Mindfulness-based cognitive therapy (MBCT) is a potential treatment for chronic insomnia. We evaluated the efficacy of MBCT for insomnia (MBCT-I) by comparing it with a sleep psycho-education with exercise control (PEEC) group. METHODS: Adults with chronic primary insomnia (n = 216) were randomly allocated to the MBCT-I or PEEC group. The MBCT-I included mindfulness and psycho-education with cognitive and behavioural components under cognitive behavioural therapy for insomnia...
June 24, 2017: Psychotherapy and Psychosomatics
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