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Katharina T Prochazka, Thomas Melchardt, Florian Posch, Konstantin Schlick, Alexander Deutsch, Christine Beham-Schmid, Lukas Weiss, Thomas Gary, Daniel Neureiter, Eckhard Klieser, Richard Greil, Peter Neumeister, Alexander Egle, Martin Pichler
BACKGROUND: Blood-based parameters are gaining increasing interest as potential prognostic biomarkers in patients with diffuse large B-cell lymphoma (DLBCL). The aim of this study was to comprehensively evaluate the prognostic significance of pretreatment plasma uric acid levels in patients with newly diagnosed DLBCL. METHODS: The clinical course of 539 DLBCL patients, diagnosed and treated between 2004 and 2013 at two Austrian high-volume centres with rituximab-based immunochemotherapy was evaluated retrospectively...
October 20, 2016: British Journal of Cancer
Robert G Hahn, Nina Grankvist, Camilla Krizhanovskii
OBJECTIVE: Renal conservation (retention) of fluid might affect the outcome of hospital care and can be indicated by increased urinary concentrations of metabolic waste products. We obtained a reference material for further studies by exploring the prevalence of fluid retention in a healthy population. METHODS: Spot urine sampling was performed in 300 healthy hospital workers. A previously validated algorithm summarized the urine-specific gravity, osmolality, creatinine, and color to a fluid retention index (FRI), where 4...
2016: PloS One
Gavin Cloherty, Stephane Chevaliez, Christoph Sarrazin, Christine Herman, Vera Holzmayer, George Dawson, Benjamin Maasoumy, Johannes Vermehren, Heiner Wedemeyer, Jordan J Feld, Jean-Michel Pawlotsky
Approval of Ledipasvir/Sofosbuvir for the treatment of chronic hepatitis C (HCV) includes the truncation of therapy from 12 to 8 weeks in treatment naïve, non-cirrhotic patients with baseline HCV RNA levels <6 million IU/mL (6.8 log10 IU/mL). The aim of this study was to evaluate this clinical cutoff with a different widely used commercially available HCV RNA test. Results from samples tested prospectively with Roche High Pure TaqMan HCV 2.0 test (HPS) were compared to those tested retrospectively with the Abbott RealTime HCV RNA test (ART)...
October 20, 2016: Scientific Reports
Xu Bojin, Yang Hui, Wang Zhixiao, Yang Tao, Guo Hongwei, Cheng Pei, He Wei, Sun Min, Chen Huanhuan, Duan Yu
This study investigated whether high-normal thyrotropin (TSH) levels are associated with metabolic syndrome in euthyroid Chinese people≥40 years old. Clinical and metabolic factors were assessed in 2,356 subjects (40-77 years old) with TSH levels in the normal range (0.35-5.00 mU/L). Using 2.50 mU/L as the cut-off point of TSH level within the normal range, we divided subjects into the high-TSH (2.50-5.00 mU/L; n=1,064) and low-TSH (0.35-2.50 mU/L; n=11,292) group. The results showed that the mean levels of body mass index (BMI), total cholesterol (TC), low density lipoprotein cholesterol (LDL-C), and fasting plasma glucose (FPG) were higher in the high-TSH group and TSH levels were significantly positively correlated with BMI, LDL-C, TC, and FPG...
June 17, 2016: Journal of Biomedical Research
Yuiko Koyano, Gojiro Nakagami, Shinji Iizaka, Junko Sugama, Hiromi Sanada
The aim of this study was to identify skin properties that may be used to predict the development of a skin tear (ST) among elderly patients. A prospective cohort study was conducted among elderly patients aged 65 and older (N = 149) at a long-term medical facility in Japan over an 8-month period. Skin properties at baseline were measured on the forearm using a 20-MHz ultrasound scanner, which measured the thickness of the dermis layer and low-echogenic pixels, and skin blotting method, which evaluated the levels of collagen type IV, matrix metalloproteinase-2 and tumour necrosis factor-alpha...
October 19, 2016: International Wound Journal
Susana Alberich, Sara Barbeito, Itxaso González-Ortega, Amaia Ugarte, Patricia Vega, Sonia Ruiz de Azúa, Purificación López, Iñaki Zorrilla, Ana González-Pinto
BACKGROUND: Bipolar disorder is a chronic illness that impairs functioning and affects the quality of life of patients. The onset of this illness usually occurs at an early age, and the risk of relapse remains high for decades. Thus, due to the great clinical relevance of identifying long-term predictors of functioning in bipolar disorder, Strauss and Carpenter developed a scale composed of items known to have prognostic value. METHODS: To determine the clinical usefulness of the four-item Strauss-Carpenter scale in bipolar disorder, a 1-year prospective follow-up study was carried out...
December 2016: International Journal of Bipolar Disorders
Yuan Qu, Rui Huang, Lin Li
OBJECTIVES: To compare the ablation results, therapeutic responses and adverse reactions between a low dose (1.1 GBq) or high dose (3.7 GBq) of (131)I in low-/intermediate-risk differentiated thyroid cancer (DTC) patients. The factors influencing the ablation result and therapeutic response were also analyzed. METHODS: The researchers used a random number table to randomly assign the enrolled patients to the low-dose group or high-dose group at a 1:1 ratio, and assessment of ablation result, therapeutic response, and adverse reactions evaluated 6 ± 3 months after therapy...
October 18, 2016: Annals of Nuclear Medicine
Thammanard Charernboon, Kankamol Jaisin, Tiraya Lerthattasilp
The objective of our study was to assess the accuracy of the Thai version of the Addenbrooke's Cognitive Examination III (ACE-T). We used the ACE-T to assess 107 participants aged 60 or over, divided into the following groups: early dementia, n=30; mild cognitive impairment (MCI), n=29; and normal controls (NC), n=48. The ACE-T exhibited good internal consistency (0.93) and inter-rater reliability (1.0). The optimal cut-off score for the ACE-T to differentiate MCI from NC was 75/76, giving a sensitivity of 0...
September 2016: Psychiatry Investigation
Kyoko Ohno-Matsui
PURPOSE: Despite being a major cause of visual impairment worldwide, pathologic myopia has not been clearly and consistently defined. This lack of a standardized definition has made comparisons among epidemiological studies difficult. Therefore, the purpose of this review was to summarize the definitions of pathologic myopia. METHODS: A literature search was conducted of Pubmed to identify reports presenting definitions of pathologic myopia. RESULTS: Although cut-off values for refractive error and increased axial length have been used in some studies, a definition based solely on such values is considered to just show a 'high degree of myopia'...
October 11, 2016: Retina
Giuseppina Novo, Christian Cadeddu, Vincenzo Sucato, Pasquale Pagliaro, Silvio Romano, Carlo G Tocchetti, Concetta Zito, Luca Longobardo, Savina Nodari, Maria Penco
Early detection of anticancer drug-induced cardiotoxicity (CTX) has been evaluated by most international scientific cardiology and oncology societies. High expectations have been placed on the use of specific biomarkers. In recent years, conventional biomarkers and molecules of more recent interest have been tested and compared in the context of anticancer drug-related CTX. Encouraging results were obtained from studies on molecules of myocardial damage, such as troponin and markers of myocardial wall stress, including circulating natriuretic peptides, as well as from the assessment of the products of inflammation or circulating levels of free radicals...
May 2016: Journal of Cardiovascular Medicine
Hui Li, Jingbo Li, Xiaohong Zhou, Jianrong Zhao, Fengru Zhang, Liqun Wu, Hong Shen, Qing Wan, Jing Huang, Shungang Yang, Ping Wang
Heart failure patients have a high incidence of chronotropic incompetence (CI) that receives less clinical attention. This study assessed a method using wearable devices to identify CI in heart failure patients. Twenty-six heart failure patients (LVEF: 43.9  ±  5.7% with LVEF  ⩾40% in 19 patients; age: 52.8  ±  12.4 years, female patients  =  6) were enrolled. Each patient underwent symptom-limited treadmill maximal exercise testing during which the simultaneous recording of ECG Holter and physical activity using Actigraph was conducted...
October 18, 2016: Physiological Measurement
Allan S Jaffe, Harvey D White
High sensitivity cardiac troponin (hscTn) assays are used everywhere except in the United States.(1) One potential advantage of these assays is the ability to triage patients with possible ischemia more rapidly and, there is an understandable desire to find easy, facile algorithms to do this. This was the approach taken with hscTn in the evaluation of patients with possible acute myocardial infarction (AMI) using an algorithm developed by the Advantageous Predictors of Acute Coronary Syndromes Evaluation (APACE) trial...
October 17, 2016: Circulation
Maryam Kashanian, Farnaz Aghbali
OBJECTIVE: The purpose of the present study is to evaluate the diagnostic value of maternal serum high sensitive C-reactive protein (hs-CRP) measurement during the first trimester of pregnancy for predicting of pre-eclampsia. DESIGN AND METHOD: A prospective cohort study was performed on 394 pregnant women who were at the gestational age of 8-13 weeks of pregnancy. In all women, serum hs-CRP was measured by latex agglutination test. The women were then monitored to delivery...
September 2016: Journal of Hypertension
Yuanyuan Zhang, Bo Xi
OBJECTIVE: As a screening method, blood-pressure-to-height-ratio (BPHR) performed not well to identify elevated blood pressure (BP) in younger children. Our study is to compare the performance of the modified BPHR (MBPHR) and BPHR, and further to determine whether the MBPHR is superior to BPHR for screening elevated BP in Chinese and American children. DESIGN AND METHOD: Data were obtained from the National Health and Nutrition Examination Survey in China and the USA...
September 2016: Journal of Hypertension
Hiroshi Itoh
Many hypertension guidelines have been published mainly from Western countries to standardize the management of hypertension all over the world, however, the significance of hypertension, along with other cardio-metabolic risks, such as obesity, diabetes or dyslipidemia should differ among different races. This paper compares the relevance of hypertension, one of the most important cardio-metabolic risk factors, in Asian and Western societies.1) Low target level of blood pressure control for diabetic hypertensives in JapanIn the Japanese Society of Hypertension Guidelines for the management of Hypertension (JSH2014), the target of blood pressure (BP) control in hypertensive patients with diabetes was set as < 130/80 mmHg...
September 2016: Journal of Hypertension
Siew Mooi Ching, Yook Chin Chia, Hooi Min Lim
OBJECTIVE: This study aims to determine the relationship of long term visit to visit variability (VVV) of SBP and cardiovascular disease (CVD) in a primary care setting. DESIGN AND METHOD: This is a retrospective study of a cohort of 1416 patients over a period of 10 years (1998-2007). Demographic data, three monthly clinic BP readings and CVD events were captured from patient records. We derived the mean BP and VVV of SBPs for each subject and divided them into three groups defined as non hypertension, developed hypertension along the 10-year follow-up and persistent hypertension...
September 2016: Journal of Hypertension
Kashanian Maryam, Aghbali Farnaz
OBJECTIVE: The purpose of the present study is to evaluate the diagnostic value of maternal serum high sensitive C-reactive protein (hs-CRP) measurement during the first trimester of pregnancy for predicting of pre-eclampsia. DESIGN AND METHOD: A prospective cohort study was performed on 394 pregnant women who were at the gestational age of 8-13 weeks of pregnancy. In all women serum hs-CRP was measured by latex agglutination test. The women were then monitored to delivery...
September 2016: Journal of Hypertension
Kojiro Seki, Toshihide Shima, Hirohisa Oya, Yasuhide Mitsumoto, Masayuki Mizuno, Takeshi Okanoue
AIM: Transient elastography (TE) is a noninvasive method for predicting liver fibrosis. However, there is limited data regarding the performance of TE in Japanese patients with nonalcoholic fatty liver disease (NAFLD). We aimed to evaluate the association between liver stiffness measurement (LSM) by TE and liver fibrosis stage, and define a cut-off value for predicting liver fibrosis. METHODS: A total of 171 Japanese patients with biopsy-proven NAFLD underwent LSM using TE with FibroScan®...
October 18, 2016: Hepatology Research: the Official Journal of the Japan Society of Hepatology
Nuccia Morici, Laura Farioli, Laura Michelina Losappio, Giulia Colombo, Michele Nichelatti, Donatella Preziosi, Gianluigi Micarelli, Fabrizio Oliva, Cristina Giannattasio, Silvio Klugmann, Elide Anna Pastorello
OBJECTIVE: To assess the relationship between serum tryptase and the occurrence of major cardiovascular and cerebrovascular events (MACCE) at 2-year follow-up in patients admitted with acute coronary syndrome (ACS). To compare serum tryptase to other validated prognostic markers (maximum high-sensitivity troponin (hs-Tn), C reactive protein (CRP) levels at admission, Synergy between percutaneous coronary intervention with Taxus and Cardiac Surgery (SYNTAX) score). METHODS: We measured serum tryptase at admission in 140 consecutive patients with ACS and in 50 healthy controls...
2016: Open Heart
Michael S Businelle, Ping Ma, Darla E Kendzor, Summer G Frank, David W Wetter, Damon J Vidrine
BACKGROUND: Mobile phone‒based real-time ecological momentary assessments (EMAs) have been used to record health risk behaviors, and antecedents to those behaviors, as they occur in near real time. OBJECTIVE: The objective of this study was to determine if intensive longitudinal data, collected via mobile phone, could be used to identify imminent risk for smoking lapse among socioeconomically disadvantaged smokers seeking smoking cessation treatment. METHODS: Participants were recruited into a randomized controlled smoking cessation trial at an urban safety-net hospital tobacco cessation clinic...
October 17, 2016: Journal of Medical Internet Research
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