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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28938679/association-of-immunologic-markers-from-complete-blood-counts-with-the-response-to-preoperative-chemoradiotherapy-and-prognosis-in-locally-advanced-rectal-cancer
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Sung Woo Jung, In Ja Park, Se Heon Oh, Seung-Seop Yeom, Jong Lyul Lee, Yong Sik Yoon, Chan Wook Kim, Seok-Byung Lim, Jung Bok Lee, Chang Sik Yu, Jin Cheon Kim
We investigated retrospectively whether immunologic markers from a complete blood count (CBC) are associated with the responsiveness to preoperative chemoradiotherapy (PCRT) and oncologic outcomes in 984 patients with locally advanced rectal cancer (LARC) who also underwent radical surgery from 2005 to 2013. CBC parameters including the neutrophil to lymphocyte ratio (NLR), lymphocyte to monocyte ratio (LMR), and platelet to lymphocyte ratio (PLR) were recorded. Pathologic responses to PCRT were evaluated in the resected specimens using the tumor regression grade system...
August 29, 2017: Oncotarget
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28938605/combined-prognostic-effect-of-pd-l1-expression-and-immunoscore-in-microsatellite-unstable-advanced-gastric-cancers
#2
Kyung-Ju Kim, Han Kwang Yang, Woo Ho Kim, Gyeong Hoon Kang
BACKGROUND: The aim of this study was to evaluate how programmed death-ligand-1 (PD-L1) expression is linked to the immunoscore in the context of the tumor microenvironment and to assess the differential prognostic value of PD-L1 expression according to the immunoscore in 153 patients with microsatellite instability-high (MSI-H) advanced gastric cancer (GC). RESULTS: We found that T-PD-L1 (+) and I-PD-L1 (+) were significantly associated with a high immunoscore...
August 29, 2017: Oncotarget
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28937212/tunable-electrochemistry-via-controlling-lattice-water-in-layered-oxides-of-sodium-ion-batteries
#3
Kai Zhu, Shaohua Guo, Qi Li, Yingjin Wei, Gang Chen, Haoshen Zhou
Layered oxides based on abundant elements have been extensively studied as cathodes of sodium-ion batteries. Among them, Birnessite-type sodium manganese oxide containing lattice water meets the low-cost and high-performance requirement for stationary batteries. Herein, we for the first time present the controllable states of lattice water via adjusting the cut-off voltages, effectively enhancing the reversible capacity, cycling stability and rate ability of the materials. The current investigation not only highlights the significance of intercalated lattice water for reversible Na-(de)insertion of Birnessite as well as other similar compounds, but also opens up new opportunities for advanced cathode materials for sodium storage...
September 22, 2017: ACS Applied Materials & Interfaces
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28936758/mucinous-cystic-neoplasms-of-the-pancreas-high-resolution-cross-sectional-imaging-features-with-clinico-pathologic-correlation
#4
Alejandro Garces-Descovich, Kevin Beker, Manuel Castillo-Angeles, Alexander Brook, Elena Resnick, Shweta Shinagare, Robert M Najarian, Koenraad J Mortele
PURPOSE: To describe the high-resolution cross-sectional (MDCT/MRI) features of mucinous cystic neoplasms (MCN) of the pancreas with clinico-pathologic correlation; to identify imaging predictors of high-grade dysplasia/carcinoma; and to estimate MCN growth rate. MATERIALS AND METHODS: Thirty-two women (mean age: 46; range, 25-79 years) with resected MCN who underwent preoperative MDCT (n = 20) or MRI (n = 12) examinations over a 14-year period were included...
September 21, 2017: Abdominal Radiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28935926/ultrasensitive-quantitation-of-anti-phospholipase-a2-receptor-antibody-as-a-diagnostic-and-prognostic-indicator-of-idiopathic-membranous-nephropathy
#5
Qiuhua Zhang, Biao Huang, Xiaobin Liu, Bin Liu, Yi Zhang, Zhijian Zhang, Jia Hua, Yun Fan, Ling Hu, Meijuan Meng, Mian Wu, Liang Wang, Zhigang Hu, Zhuxing Sun
Anti-phospholipase A2 receptor antibody (PLA2R-Ab) is useful for affirming the diagnosis of idiopathic membranous nephropathy (IMN). Time-resolved fluoroimmunoassay (TRFIA) is highly sensitive and quantitative for measuring serum PLA2R-Ab immunoglobulin (IgG). We measured PLA2R-Ab levels with TRFIA in sera from 172 patients with IMN (n = 69), secondary MN (n = 9), and those with other glomerulonephritis (n = 94) at the time of renal biopsy compared to healthy controls (n = 286). Serum anti-PLA2R-IgG levels in healthy volunteers ranged from 0...
September 21, 2017: Scientific Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28934972/serum-bone-turnover-biomarkers-are-associated-with-the-occurrence-of-peripheral-and-axial-arthritis-in-psoriatic-disease-a-prospective-cross-sectional-comparative-study
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Deepak R Jadon, Raj Sengupta, Alison Nightingale, Hui Lu, Juliet Dunphy, Amelia Green, James T Elder, Rajan P Nair, Eleanor Korendowych, Mark A Lindsay, Neil J McHugh
BACKGROUND: A recent systematic review identified four candidate serum-soluble bone-turnover biomarkers (dickkopf-1, Dkk-1; macrophage-colony stimulating factor, M-CSF; matrix metalloproteinase-3, MMP-3; osteoprotegerin, OPG) showing possible association with psoriatic arthritis (PsA). We aimed to: (i) confirm and determine if these four biomarkers are associated with PsA; (ii) differentiate psoriasis cases with and without arthritis; and (iii) differentiate PsA cases with and without axial arthritis...
September 21, 2017: Arthritis Research & Therapy
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28933890/environmental-sensitivity-in-children-development-of-the-highly-sensitive-child-scale-and-identification-of-sensitivity-groups
#7
Michael Pluess, Elham Assary, Francesca Lionetti, Kathryn J Lester, Eva Krapohl, Elaine N Aron, Arthur Aron
A large number of studies document that children differ in the degree they are shaped by their developmental context with some being more sensitive to environmental influences than others. Multiple theories suggest that Environmental Sensitivity is a common trait predicting the response to negative as well as positive exposures. However, most research to date has relied on more or less proximal markers of Environmental Sensitivity. In this paper we introduce a new questionnaire-the Highly Sensitive Child (HSC) scale-as a promising self-report measure of Environmental Sensitivity...
September 21, 2017: Developmental Psychology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28932748/insulin-resistance-in-early-rheumatoid-arthritis-is-associated-with-low-appendicular-lean-mass
#8
Raili Müller, Mart Kull, Margus Lember, Kaja Põlluste, Annika Valner, Riina Kallikorm
In established rheumatoid arthritis (RA), the presence of insulin resistance (IR) is well proven but, in the early stage of the disease, data are inconclusive. We evaluated the presence of IR and associations with body composition (BC) parameters among early RA (ERA) and control subjects. The study group consisted of 92 ERA and 321 control subjects. Using homeostatic model assessment of IR (HOMA-IR), the cut-off value for IR was 2.15. 56% of the ERA patients and 25% of the controls had IR. Of the BC parameters, patients with early RA had less fat-free mass and appendicular lean mass (ALM)...
2017: BioMed Research International
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28932298/expression-of-hnrnpk-claudin-4-in-hcv-induced-early-hcc-and-adjacent-liver-tissue
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Olfat Hammam, Mona Magdy, Amgad Anas, Ali Abdel Rahim, Mohamed Heedaya, Ahmed Helmy
BACKGROUND: HCC in Egypt usually occurs in HCV cirrhotic livers with poor prognosis due to late diagnosis. High hnRNPK & low Claudin-4 profiles indicate Epithelial Mesenchymal Transition (EMT), malignant transformation and high-grade tumours. AIM: We studied the immunohistochemical expression of hnRNPK and Claudin-4 in HCV induced early HCC (eHCC) and adjacent liver tissue in Egyptian patients to improve eHCC detection in cirrhotic livers with better curative therapy options...
August 15, 2017: Open Access Macedonian Journal of Medical Sciences
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28932295/expression-of-mdm2-mrna-mdm2-p53-and-p16-proteins-in-urothelial-lesions-in-the-view-of-the-who-4-th-edition-guidelines-as-a-molecular-insight-towards-personalized-medicine
#10
Olfat Hammam, Mona Magdy, Mohamed Badawy, Khalid Al Osili, Amr El Kholy, Tarek El LeitHy
AIM: Here we imposed a multimarker molecular panel composed of P53, MDM2 protein & mRNA & P16 with the identification of sensitive and specific cut offs among the Egyptian urothelial carcinomas bilharzial or not emphasize the pathological and molecular classifications, pathways and prognosis as a privilege for adjuvant therapy. METHODS: Three hundred and ten urothelial lesions were pathologically evaluated and grouped as follows: 50 chronic cystitis as benign, 240 urothelial carcinomas and 20 normal bladder tissue as a control...
August 15, 2017: Open Access Macedonian Journal of Medical Sciences
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28932268/therapeutic-drug-monitoring-of-ct-p13-a-comparison-of-four-different-immunoassays
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Joana Afonso, Helena Tavares de Sousa, Isadora Rosa, João Carvalho, Cláudia Camila Dias, Fernando Magro
BACKGROUND: The commercialization of CT-P13, an infliximab (IFX) biosimilar, has the potential to decrease health-related costs and enhance access to biological therapies. This study aimed to address the accuracy and inter-assay agreement of the CT-P13 quantification using four different assays initially developed to assess IFX. METHODS: The four different methods, one in-house method and three commercially available kits, were used to quantify exogenously-spiked samples and the sera from 185 inflammatory bowel disease (IBD) patients on CT-P13 therapy...
September 2017: Therapeutic Advances in Gastroenterology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28932139/predictability-of-bone-density-at-posterior-mandibular-implant-sites-using-cone-beam-computed-tomography-intensity-values
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Mustafa Alkhader, Malik Hudieb, Yousef Khader
OBJECTIVE: The aim of this study was to investigate the predictability of bone density at posterior mandibular implant sites using cone-beam computed tomography (CBCT) intensity values. MATERIALS AND METHODS: CBCT cross-sectional images for 436 posterior mandibular implant sites were selected for the study. Using Invivo software (Anatomage, San Jose, California, USA), two observers classified the bone density into three categories: low, intermediate, and high, and CBCT intensity values were generated...
July 2017: European Journal of Dentistry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28932087/modified-helicobacter-test-using-a-new-test-meal-and-a-13-c-urea-breath-test-in-helicobacter-pylori-positive-and-negative-dyspepsia-patients-on-proton-pump-inhibitors
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Bojan Tepeš, Peter Malfertheiner, Joachim Labenz, Sitke Aygen
AIM: To determine the sensitivity and specificity of the (13)C-urea breath test (UBT) in patients taking proton pump inhibitors (PPIs), using a new test meal Refex. METHODS: One hundred and fourteen consecutive patients with dyspepsia, 53 Helicobacter pylori (H. pylori) positive, 49 H. pylori negative, were included in the study. The patients were then given esomeprazole 40 mg for 29 consecutive days, and the (13)C-UBT with the new test meal was performed the next morning...
August 28, 2017: World Journal of Gastroenterology: WJG
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28932063/-castor-oil-the-culprit-of-acute-hair-felting
#14
V Ramya Maduri, Ahalya Vedachalam, S Kiruthika
Acute hair felting is a rare disorder of scalp hair. In this condition, the hair becomes twisted, entangled as a hard stony mass resembling a bird's nest. Sudden hair matting has been reported earlier in the literature after vigorous use of chemical and herbal shampoos. Plica polonica is a patchy area of hair matting occurring in due course of time in neglected hair or underlying psychiatric illness. This case is interesting as the whole scalp hair matted immediately after using coconut oil and castor oil following washing...
July 2017: International Journal of Trichology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28931928/serum-1-5-anhydroglucitol-when-used-with-fasting-plasma-glucose-improves-the-efficiency-of-diabetes-screening-in-a-chinese-population
#15
Lingwen Ying, Xingxing He, Xiaojing Ma, Yun Shen, Hang Su, Jiahui Peng, Yufei Wang, Yuqian Bao, Jian Zhou, Weiping Jia
Serum 1,5-anhydroglucitol (1,5-AG) levels can not only accurately reflect the mean blood glucose over the previous 1-2 weeks in diabetic patients but also offers the advantage of representing postprandial glucose. To evaluate the clinical significance of 1,5-AG in diabetes detection, especially when used in combination with fasting plasma glucose (FPG), a total of 3098 participants at high risk for diabetes (1467 men, 1631 women) were enrolled. A total of 1471 (47.5%) participants were diagnosed with diabetes, and the mean 1,5-AG level in the diabetic group was significantly lower than that in non-diabetic group [12...
September 20, 2017: Scientific Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28931311/validating-the-unicef-washington-group-child-functioning-module-for-fijian-schools-to-identify-seeing-hearing-and-walking-difficulties
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Beth Sprunt, Monsurul Hoq, Umesh Sharma, Manjula Marella
PURPOSE: This study investigated the seeing, hearing and walking questions of the UNICEF/Washington Group Child Functioning Module and the inter-rater reliability between teachers and parents as proxy respondents. METHODS: Cross-sectional diagnostic accuracy study, two-gate design with representative sampling, comparing Module responses to reference standard assessments for 472 primary aged students in Fiji. Receiver operating characteristic curves were constructed to determine the area under the curve and optimal cut-off points...
September 20, 2017: Disability and Rehabilitation
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28928879/-18-f-fdg-pet-ct-as-an-indicator-of-survival-in-ewing-sarcoma-of-bone
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Usama Salem, Behrang Amini, Hubert H Chuang, Najat C Daw, Wei Wei, Tamara Miner Haygood, John E Madewell, Colleen M Costelloe
Objective: The existing literature of 18 F-FDG PET/CT in Ewing sarcoma investigates mixed populations of patients with both soft tissue and bone primary tumors. The aim of our study was to evaluate whether the maximum standardized uptake value (SUVmax) obtained with 18F-FDG PET/CT before and after induction chemotherapy can be used as an indicator of survival in patients with Ewing sarcoma originating exclusively in the skeleton. Materials and Methods: A retrospective database search from 2004-2011 identified 28 patients who underwent 18 F-FDG PET/CT before (SUV1, n= 28) and after (SUV2, n=23) induction chemotherapy...
2017: Journal of Cancer
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28928836/preoperative-serum-macrophage-activated-biomarkers-soluble-mannose-receptor-smr-and-soluble-haemoglobin-scavenger-receptor-scd163-as-novel-markers-for-the-diagnosis-and-prognosis-of-gastric-cancer
#18
Dongbing Ding, Yang Song, Yao Yao, Songbai Zhang
Soluble mannose receptor (sMR) and soluble haemoglobin scavenger receptor (sCD163) are macrophage activation markers which have previously been demonstrated to be increased in patients with inflammation, auto-immunity and malignancies. To investigate the clinical diagnostic and prognostic significance of preoperative serum sMR and sCD163, the present study investigated 143 gastric cancer (GC) patients, 66 subjects with benign gastric disease and 59 healthy controls, using an ELISA assay. Preoperative serum levels of sMR and sCD163 ranged from 0...
September 2017: Oncology Letters
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28928295/real-time-human-respiration-carbon-dioxide-measurement-device-for-cardiorespiratory-assessment
#19
Om Prakash Singh, Teo Aik Howe, Malarvili Balakrishnan
Development of a human respiration carbon dioxide (CO2) measurement device remains a demanding research to evaluate the cardio-respiratory status of human beings since last decades in and out of hospital. Hence, we report a real time, user operable CO2 measurement device using infrared CO2 sensor, Arduino Mega2560, and thin film transistor (TFT, 3.5"), incorporated with low pass (cut-off frequency,10Hz) and moving average (span,8) filters. The proposed device measures features such as partial end-tidal carbon dioxide (EtCO2), respiratory rate (RR), inspired carbon dioxide (ICO2) and newly proposed feature, Hjorth Activity that annotated with a date and time received from real-time clock and stores into the secure digital (SD) card...
September 20, 2017: Journal of Breath Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28926896/-the-relationship-of-preoperativelymphocyte-monocyte-ratio-and-the-clinicopathological-characteristics-and-prognosis-of-patients-with-epithelial-ovarian-cancer
#20
H M Yang, G Lou
Objective: To investigate the relationship of preoperative lymphocyte-monocyte ratio (LMR) and the clinicopathological characteristics and prognosis of patients with epithelial ovarian cancer (EOC). Methods: Clinical data of 364 cases of EOC patients with initial treatment were collected in Harbin Medical University Cancer Hospital from 2005-2011 and analyzed retrospectively.The optimal cut-off points of preoperative LMR to predict the postoperative survival period of EOC patients were determined by the establishment of receiver operating characteristic (ROC) curve...
September 23, 2017: Zhonghua Zhong Liu za Zhi [Chinese Journal of Oncology]
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