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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28340003/beighton-scores-and-cut-offs-across-the-lifespan-cross-sectional-study-of-an-australian-population
#1
Harjodh Singh, Marnee McKay, Jennifer Baldwin, Leslie Nicholson, Cliffton Chan, Joshua Burns, Claire E Hiller
Objectives.: The primary aim of this study was to evaluate generalized joint hypermobility (GJH) according to the Beighton scoring system in an Australian population. Secondary aims were to identify whether the commonly used Beighton score cut-off of ⩾4 is appropriate, and to suggest age- and sex-specific Beighton score cut-offs across the lifespan. Methods.: A thousand individuals aged 3-101 years were assessed for GJH with the Beighton scoring system. Differences between age, sex and ethnicity were investigated...
March 2, 2017: Rheumatology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28338722/dissecting-the-transcriptional-patterns-of-social-dominance-across-teleosts
#2
Suzy C P Renn, Cynthia F O'Rourke, Nadia Aubin-Horth, Eleanor J Fraser, Hans A Hofmann
In many species, under varying ecological conditions, social interactions among individuals result in the formation of dominance hierarchies. Despite general similarities, there are robust differences among dominance hierarchies across species, populations, environments, life stages, sexes, and individuals. Understanding the proximate mechanisms underlying the variation is an important step toward understanding the evolution of social behavior. However, physiological changes associated with dominance, such as gonadal maturation and somatic growth, often complicate efforts to identify the specific underlying mechanisms...
December 16, 2016: Integrative and Comparative Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28338165/-clinical-efficacy-of-partial-resection-of-puborectalis-combined-with-mutilation-of-internal-anal-sphincter-in-the-treatment-of-puborectalis-syndrome-with-high-anal-pressure
#3
Hui Ye, Weicheng Liu, Qun Qian, Zhisu Liu, Congqing Jiang, Keyan Zheng, Qianbo Qin, Zhao Ding, Zhilin Gong
OBJECTIVE: To explore the efficacy of partial resection of puborectalis combined with mutilation of internal anal sphincter(IAS) in the treatment of puborectalis syndrome with high anal pressure. METHODS: Twenty-five cases of puborectalis syndrome with high anal resting pressure in the preoperative examination received the operation of partial resection of puborectalis combined with mutilation of IAS in Zhongnan Hospital of Wuhan University between January 2013 and May 2015...
March 25, 2017: Zhonghua Wei Chang Wai Ke za Zhi, Chinese Journal of Gastrointestinal Surgery
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28336078/what-is-the-negative-predictive-value-of-multiparametric-magnetic-resonance-imaging-in-excluding-prostate-cancer-at-biopsy-a-systematic-review-and-meta-analysis-from-the-european-association-of-urology-prostate-cancer-guidelines-panel
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Paul C Moldovan, Thomas Van den Broeck, Richard Sylvester, Lorenzo Marconi, Joaquim Bellmunt, Roderick C N van den Bergh, Michel Bolla, Erik Briers, Marcus G Cumberbatch, Nicola Fossati, Tobias Gross, Ann M Henry, Steven Joniau, Theo H van der Kwast, Vsevolod B Matveev, Henk G van der Poel, Maria De Santis, Ivo G Schoots, Thomas Wiegel, Cathy Yuhong Yuan, Philip Cornford, Nicolas Mottet, Thomas B Lam, Olivier Rouvière
CONTEXT: It remains unclear whether patients with a suspicion of prostate cancer (PCa) and negative multiparametric magnetic resonance imaging (mpMRI) can safely obviate prostate biopsy. OBJECTIVE: To systematically review the literature assessing the negative predictive value (NPV) of mpMRI in patients with a suspicion of PCa. EVIDENCE ACQUISITION: The Embase, Medline, and Cochrane databases were searched up to February 2016. Studies reporting prebiopsy mpMRI results using transrectal or transperineal biopsy as a reference standard were included...
March 20, 2017: European Urology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28335787/risk-factors-of-atherosclerotic-tissue-types-in-single-vessel-and-intermediate-coronary-lesions-a-cross-sectional-study
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Xianjin Wang, Qun Chen, Yu Xu, Yanqing Wang, Yang Yang, Ming Gu, Haihua Xu, Yanfang Zhao
BACKGROUND: Few data exist that correlate lesion-related risk factors such as conventional cardiovascular risks or lipoprotein-associated phospholipase A2 (Lp-PLA2) with tissue types within atherosclerotic plaques in patients with single-vessel and intermediate coronary lesions. METHODS: One hundred and ninety-two patients with single-vessel and intermediate coronary lesions were enrolled in a cross-sectional study and divided into two groups: stable angina pectoris (SAP) and acute coronary syndrome (ACS) groups...
March 23, 2017: Lipids in Health and Disease
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28335760/midkine-is-a-potential-novel-marker-for-malignant-mesothelioma-with-different-prognostic-and-diagnostic-values-from-mesothelin
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Guntulu Ak, Yuji Tada, Hideaki Shimada, Selma Metintas, Masaaki Ito, Kenzo Hiroshima, Masatoshi Tagawa, Muzaffer Metintas
BACKGROUND: We evaluated possible diagnostic and prognostic values of serum midkine in malignant pleural mesothelioma in comparison with those of serum mesothelin, a well-established diagnostic biomarker. METHODS: Serum mesothelin and midkine levels were determined with an enzyme-linked immunosorbent assay. We examined specimens from 95 Turkish cases with malignant pleural mesothelioma, 56 metastatic cancers to pleura, 27 other types of benign pleural diseases and 20 benign asbestos pleurisy...
March 23, 2017: BMC Cancer
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28335509/novel-diagnostic-and-predictive-biomarkers-in-pancreatic-adenocarcinoma
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John C Chang, Madappa Kundranda
Pancreatic ductal adenocarcinoma (PDAC) is a highly lethal disease for a multitude of reasons including very late diagnosis. This in part is due to the lack of understanding of the biological behavior of PDAC and the ineffective screening for this disease. Significant efforts have been dedicated to finding the appropriate serum and imaging biomarkers to help early detection and predict response to treatment of PDAC. Carbohydrate antigen 19-9 (CA 19-9) has been the most validated serum marker and has the highest positive predictive value as a stand-alone marker...
March 20, 2017: International Journal of Molecular Sciences
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28335214/graphene-fets-with-low-resistance-hybrid-contacts-for-improved-high-frequency-performance
#8
Chowdhury Al-Amin, Mustafa Karabiyik, Phani Kiran Vabbina, Raju Sinha, Nezih Pala
This work proposes a novel geometry field effect transistor with graphene as a channel-graphene field-effect transistor (GFET), having a hybrid contact that consists of an ohmic source/drain and its extended part towards the gate, which is capacitively coupled to the channel. The ohmic contacts are used for direct current (DC) biasing, whereas their capacitive extension reduces access region length and provides the radio frequency (RF) signal a low impedance path. Minimization of the access region length, along with the paralleling of ohmic contact's resistance and resistive part of capacitively coupled contact's impedance, lower the overall source/drain resistance, which results in an increase in current gain cut-off frequency, fT...
May 10, 2016: Nanomaterials
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28334893/a-new-score-for-screening-of-malnutrition-in-patients-with-inoperable-gastric-adenocarcinoma
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Ali Esfahani, Mohammad Hossein Somi, Mohammad Asghari Jafarabadi, Alireza Ostadrahimi, Mousa Ghayour Nahand, Zahra Fathifar, Akram Doostzadeh, Zohreh Ghoreishi
Background: Malnutrition is common in patients with gastric cancer. Early identification of malnourished patients results in improving quality of life. We aimed to assess the nutritional status of patients with inoperable gastric adenocarcinoma (IGA) and finding a precise malnutrition screening score for these patients before the onset of chemotherapy. Methods: Nutritional status was assessed using patient generated subjective global assessment (PG-SGA), visceral proteins, and high-sensitivity C reactive protein...
March 10, 2017: Japanese Journal of Clinical Oncology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28334218/reconciliation-between-operational-taxonomic-units-and-species-boundaries
#10
Mohamed Mysara, Peter Vandamme, Ruben Props, Frederiek-Maarten Kerckhof, Natalie Leys, Nico Boon, Jeroen Raes, Pieter Monsieurs
The development of high-throughput sequencing technologies has revolutionized the field of microbial ecology via 16S rRNA gene amplicon sequencing approaches. Clustering those amplicon sequencing reads into Operational Taxonomic Units (OTUs) using a fixed cut-off is a commonly used approach to estimate microbial diversity. A 97% threshold was chosen with the intended purpose that resulting OTUs could be interpreted as a proxy for a bacterial species. Our results show that the robustness of such a generalized cut-off is questionable when applied to short amplicons only covering one or two variable regions of the 16S rRNA gene...
March 10, 2017: FEMS Microbiology Ecology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28331420/serum-procalcitonin-in-patients-with-acute-liver-failure
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Takaaki Sugihara, Masahiko Koda, Toshiaki Okamoto, Kenichi Miyoshi, Tomomitsu Matono, Kenji Oyama, Keiko Hosho, Jun-Ichi Okano, Hajime Isomoto
BACKGROUND: Procalcitonin (PCT) is a known diagnostic marker of bacterial infection. There are no previous reports of PCT concerning acute liver failure (ALF). We evaluated the clinical value of serum PCT levels in patients with ALF. METHODS: Forty-four patients with acute hepatitis (19 men and 25 women; median age, 40 years; range, 20-79 years) were retrospectively enrolled from January 2001 and June 2015. PCT levels were measured by saved serum samples obtained within 3 days after admission...
March 2017: Yonago Acta Medica
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28331340/pancreatic-neuroendocrine-neoplasms-at-magnetic-resonance-imaging-comparison-between-grade-3-and-grade-1-2-tumors
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Chuangen Guo, Xiao Chen, Wenbo Xiao, Qidong Wang, Ke Sun, Zhongqiu Wang
BACKGROUND: The grading of pancreatic neuroendocrine neoplasms (PanNENs) is associated with the choice of treatment strategy. The aim of this study is to identify the magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) features in differentiating pancreatic neuroendocrine tumors (PanNETs) grade 1/2 (G1/G2) and pancreatic neuroendocrine carcinoma grade 3 (PanNEC G3). PATIENTS AND METHODS: A total of 59 patients with histologically proven PanNENs and who underwent pretreatment MRI were retrospectively analyzed...
2017: OncoTargets and Therapy
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28331135/applicability-of-3-dimensional-quantitative-coronary-angiography-derived-computed-fractional-flow-reserve-for-intermediate-coronary-stenosis
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Kyoichiro Yazaki, Masato Otsuka, Shohei Kataoka, Mitsuru Kahata, Asako Kumagai, Koji Inoue, Hiroshi Koganei, Kenji Enta, Yasuhiro Ishii
BACKGROUND: Quantitative flow ratio (QFR) is a newly developed image-based index for estimating fractional flow reserve (FFR).Methods and Results:We analyzed 151 coronary arteries with intermediate stenosis in 142 patients undergoing wire-based FFR measurement using dedicated software. Predefined contrast flow QFR, which was derived from 3-dimensional quantitative coronary angiography (3-D QCA) withThrombolysis in Myocardial Infarction (TIMI) frame counts, was compared with FFR as a reference...
March 22, 2017: Circulation Journal: Official Journal of the Japanese Circulation Society
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28330685/renal-clear-cell-carcinoma-diffusion-tensor-imaging-diagnostic-accuracy-and-correlations-with-clinical-and-histopathological-factors
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Q Feng, W Fang, X P Sun, S H Sun, R M Zhang, Z J Ma
AIM: To investigate whether diffusion tensor imaging (DTI) can be used to assess renal clinical histopathology, including the nuclear grade (NG), cell density (CD), and the presence of ki-67. MATERIALS AND METHODS: Thirty patients were enrolled in the study and were confirmed at surgical histopathology to have clear cell renal cell carcinoma (CCRCC). For DTI, a coronal echo-planar imaging sequence was performed (1400 ms repetition time, 76 ms echo time, diffusion direction=6, number of excitations=4; b=0 and 800 s/mm(2), 6 mm section thickness with no intersection gap)...
March 19, 2017: Clinical Radiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28330680/screening-for-and-subsequent-participation-in-a-trial-for-depression-and-anxiety-in-people-with-type-2-diabetes-treated-in-primary-care-who-do-we-reach
#15
Corinne H Stoop, Giesje Nefs, Victor J Pop, François Pouwer
AIMS: This study investigated (factors related to) (a) the response to a screening procedure for depression and anxiety in people with type 2 diabetes in primary care, and (b) participation in a subsequent randomised controlled trial targeting depressive or anxiety symptoms. METHODS: People with type 2 diabetes (n=1837) received a screening questionnaire assessing depressive symptoms (PHQ-9) and anxiety symptoms (GAD-7). Eligible persons who scored above the cut-off score (PHQ-9≥7 or GAD-7≥8) were offered to participate in the trial...
March 18, 2017: Primary Care Diabetes
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28328926/frequency-and-role-of-nkp46-and-nkg2a-in-hepatitis-b-virus-infection
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Teppei Yoshioka, Tomohide Tatsumi, Takuya Miyagi, Kaori Mukai, Kumiko Nishio, Akira Nishio, Yoshinobu Yokoyama, Takahiro Suda, Tadashi Kegasawa, Minoru Shigekawa, Hayato Hikita, Ryotaro Sakamori, Tetsuo Takehara
BACKGROUND AND AIM: Natural Killer (NK) cells are involved in the control of viral infection. However, the role of NK cells in chronic hepatitis B (CHB) remains unclear. This study investigated the frequencies and roles of NK cells in CHB, with a focus on activating receptor NKp46 and inhibitory receptor NKG2A. PATIENTS/METHOD: Peripheral blood lymphocytes were obtained from 71 CHB patients and 37 healthy subjects (HS). The expressions of NKp46 and NKG2A were analyzed using flow cytometry...
2017: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28327146/association-between-obstructive-sleep-apnea-severity-and-endothelial-dysfunction-in-patients-with-type-2-diabetes
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Vanessa Bironneau, François Goupil, Pierre Henri Ducluzeau, Marc Le Vaillant, Pierre Abraham, Samir Henni, Séverine Dubois, Audrey Paris, Pascaline Priou, Nicole Meslier, Claire Sanguin, Wojciech Trzépizur, Ramaroson Andriantsitohaina, Maria Carmen Martinez, Frédéric Gagnadoux
BACKGROUND: Obstructive sleep apnea (OSA) and type 2 diabetes (T2D) are associated with endothelial dysfunction a main predictor of late cardiovascular (CV) events. Despite the high prevalence of OSA in patients with T2D, the impact of OSA severity on endothelial function has not been clearly elucidated. The aim of this cross-sectional study was to determine whether increasing OSA severity is associated with poorer endothelial function in patients with T2D. METHODS: 140 patients with T2D and no overt CV disease underwent polysomnography, peripheral arterial tonometry, clinic blood pressure (BP) measurement, biological assessment for CV risk factors, daytime sleepiness and health related quality of life (HRQL) questionnaires...
March 21, 2017: Cardiovascular Diabetology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28327109/a-cross-sectional-study-on-sarcopenia-using-different-methods-reference-values-for-healthy-saudi-young-men
#18
Shaea A Alkahtani
BACKGROUND: The aim of this study was to determine reference values for sarcopenia indices using different methods in healthy Saudi young men. METHODS: Participants included 232 Saudi men aged between 20 and 35 years. The study measured anthropometric indices, blood pressure, hand grip strength, and lean muscle mass using dual-energy X-ray absorptiometry (DXA), and bioelectrical impedance analysis (BIA) was performed using Inbody 770 and Tanita 980 devices. RESULTS: Using DXA, the mean value of appendicular lean mass divided by the height squared (ALM/ht(2)) was found to be 8...
March 21, 2017: BMC Musculoskeletal Disorders
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28326113/factors-that-affect-the-adherence-to-adhd-medications-during-a-treatment-continuation-period-in-children-and-adolescents-a-nationwide-retrospective-cohort-study-using-korean-health-insurance-data-from-2007-to-2011
#19
Soo-Young Bhang, Young Sook Kwack, Yoo-Sook Joung, Soyoung Irene Lee, Bongseog Kim, Seok Han Sohn, Un-Sun Chung, Jaewon Yang, Minha Hong, Geon Ho Bahn, Hyung-Yun Choi, In Hwan Oh, Yeon Jung Lee, Jun-Won Hwang
OBJECTIVE: Several factors, such as male gender, older age, type of insurance, comorbid conditions, and medication type, have been associated with attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) medication adherence rates, but the results have been inconsistent. We analyzed data to answer several questions: 1) How old were patients who first refilled their treatment medications used primarily for ADHD, regardless of the medication type? 2) What socio-demographic factors are associated with medication adherence? 3) What medical conditions, such as medication type and comorbid diagnosis, influence adherence? METHODS: We analyzed National Health Insurance data, which comprised continuously enrolled Korean National Medical Insurance children (6-18 years) with at least 2 ADHD prescription claims (January 2008-December 2011)...
March 2017: Psychiatry Investigation
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28326044/geographical-variations-in-the-interaction-of-relative-age-effects-in-youth-and-adult-elite-soccer
#20
Christina Steingröver, Nick Wattie, Joseph Baker, Werner F Helsen, Jörg Schorer
Selection biases based on the use of cut-off dates and the timing of athletes' birthdates have been termed relative age effects. These effects have been shown to differentially affect individuals involved in sport. For example, young male soccer players born early in their age group are overrepresented in elite teams while studies in adult soccer indicated potential carry-over effects from talent development systems. This two-study approach focuses on the processes within multi-year age groups in youth and adult elite soccer and on the role of players' age position within the age band with regard to players' birth year and birth month...
2017: Frontiers in Psychology
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