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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28222207/impact-of-the-type-of-dialysis-membranes-on-the-circulating-concentration-of-markers-of-vitamin-d-metabolism
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Etienne Cavalier, Pablo U Torres, Bernard E Dubois, Nicole Smelten, Hans Pottel, Jean-Marie Krzesinski, Pierre Delanaye
INTRODUCTION: Kidney Disease Improving Global Outcomes (KDIGO) guidelines recommend vitamin D supplementation in hemodialyzed patients to monitor 25(OH)-vitamin D 25(OH)D levels. However, patient-to-patient inconsistency can be observed in response to the treatment. In this study, we aimed to evaluate the impact of the dialysis membrane on 25(OH)D, albumin (Alb) and vitamin D-binding protein (VDBP), the major players of vitamin D transport and storage. MATERIAL AND METHODS: Alb (Cobas), VDBP (R&D) and 25(OH)D (liquid chromatography-tandem mass spectrometry) were measured in 75 patients before and after a 4-hour dialysis session...
February 18, 2017: International Journal of Artificial Organs
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28221010/high-sensitivity-cardiac-troponin-t-predicts-mortality-after-hospitalization-for-community-acquired-pneumonia
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Stefan M T Vestjens, Simone M C Spoorenberg, Ger T Rijkers, Jan C Grutters, Jurriën M Ten Berg, Peter G Noordzij, Ewoudt M W Van de Garde, Willem Jan W Bos
BACKGROUND AND OBJECTIVE: Mortality after hospitalization with community-acquired pneumonia (CAP) is high, compared with age-matched controls. Available evidence suggests a strong link with cardiovascular disease. Our aim was to explore the prognostic value of high-sensitivity cardiac troponin T (cTnT) for mortality in patients hospitalized with CAP. METHODS: CTnT level on admission was measured (assay conducted in 2015) in 295 patients hospitalized with CAP who participated in a randomized placebo-controlled double-blind trial on adjunctive dexamethasone treatment...
February 21, 2017: Respirology: Official Journal of the Asian Pacific Society of Respirology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28220976/evaluation-of-a-new-hemoglobin-a1c-analyzer-for-point-of-care-testing
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Rui Zhou, Wei Wang, Zhi-Xin Song, Qing Tong, Qing-Tao Wang
BACKGROUND: There has been an increasing desire for the use of point-of-care testing (POCT) by both primary care clinicians and patients. This study aimed to evaluate the performance of a new POCT analyzer for hemoglobin A1c (HbA1c) testing. METHODS: We assessed the accuracy, precision, and linearity of the POCT HbA1c analyzer (A1C EZ 2.0) with the Tosoh G8 Analyzer as comparative instrument, following the Clinical and Laboratory Standards Institute (CLSI) protocols...
February 21, 2017: Journal of Clinical Laboratory Analysis
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28220338/the-weiss-functional-impairment-rating-scale-parent-form-for-assessing-adhd-evaluating-diagnostic-accuracy-and-determining-optimal-thresholds-using-roc-analysis
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Trevor Thompson, Andrew Lloyd, Alain Joseph, Margaret Weiss
PURPOSE: The Weiss Functional Impairment Rating Scale-Parent Form (WFIRS-P) is a 50-item scale that assesses functional impairment on six clinically relevant domains typically affected in attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder (ADHD). As functional impairment is central to ADHD, the WFIRS-P offers potential as a tool for assessing functional impairment in ADHD. These analyses were designed to examine the overall performance of WFIRS-P in differentiating ADHD and non-ADHD cases using receiver operating characteristics (ROC) analysis...
February 20, 2017: Quality of Life Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28220036/proposal-for-a-new-predictive-model-of-short-term-mortality-after-living-donor-liver-transplantation-due-to-acute-liver-failure
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Hyun Sik Chung, Yu Jung Lee, Yun Sung Jo
BACKGROUND Acute liver failure (ALF) is known to be a rapidly progressive and fatal disease. Various models which could help to estimate the post-transplant outcome for ALF have been developed; however, none of them have been proved to be the definitive predictive model of accuracy. We suggest a new predictive model, and investigated which model has the highest predictive accuracy for the short-term outcome in patients who underwent living donor liver transplantation (LDLT) due to ALF. MATERIAL AND METHODS Data from a total 88 patients were collected retrospectively...
February 21, 2017: Annals of Transplantation: Quarterly of the Polish Transplantation Society
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28219666/relation-of-iliac-artery-calcium-with-adiposity-measures-and-peripheral-artery-disease
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Jane J Lee, Alison Pedley, Ido Weinberg, Kathryn A Britton, Joseph M Massaro, Udo Hoffmann, Emily Manders, Caroline S Fox, Joanne M Murabito
Arterial calcification is associated with cardiovascular morbidity and mortality. To improve the understanding of the pathogenesis involved with iliac artery calcium (IAC), we sought to examine the associations between the burden of IAC with adiposity measures and peripheral artery disease (PAD). Participants (n = 1,236, 52% women, mean age 60 years) were drawn from the Framingham Heart Study Offspring cohort who underwent multidetector computed tomography. The extent of IAC was quantified based on calcified atherosclerotic plaques detected in the iliac arteries...
January 25, 2017: American Journal of Cardiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28218359/diagnostic-value-of-smoothelin-and-vimentin-in-differentiating-muscularis-propria-from-muscularis-mucosa-of-bladder-carcinoma
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Noha Elkady, Asmaa Gaber Abdou, Mona Kandil, Noha Ghanem
BACKGROUND: Determination of the extent of involvement or pathological staging is one of the requirements for adequate evaluation of bladder cancer specimens. Therefore, the differentiation between MP and MM is essential for proper treatment and avoiding over or under staging. AIM: The present study aimed at evaluation of diagnostic value of smoothelin and vimentin expression both singly and in combination for differentiation between MM and MP. METHODS: This study was carried out on 59 cystectomy specimens of primary bladder carcinoma and eleven cystoscopic biopsies for non-neoplastic bladder lesions (cystitis)...
February 11, 2017: International Journal of Biological Markers
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28216969/validation-of-prognostic-indices-in-egyptian-budd-chiari-syndrome-patients-a-single-center-study
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Mohammad Sakr, Sara M Abdelhakam, Soheir A Elsayed, Enas H Allam, Amir M Farid, Waleed Abdelmoaty, Azza M Hassan, Mohamed Shaker, Mohamed El-Gharib, Ahmed Eldorry
AIM: To compare predictive ability of Budd-Chiari syndrome (BCS) prognostic indices (PIs) for one-year survival and Transjugular intrahepatic portosystemic shunt (TIPS) patency. METHODS: This retrospective study enrolled 194 Egyptian patients with primary BCS who presented to the Budd-Chiari Study Group of Ain Shams University Hospital. Calculation of the available PIs was performed using Child-Pugh and model for end-stage liver disease scores, BCS-specific PIs (Clichy, New Clichy and Rotterdam) for all patients, and BCS-TIPS PI only for patients who underwent TIPS...
January 28, 2017: World Journal of Gastroenterology: WJG
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28216472/effects-of-atrial-fibrillation-and-heart-rate-on-percutaneous-mitral-valve-repair-with-mitraclip-results-from-the-transcatheter-mitral-valve-interventions-trami-registry
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Alexander Jabs, Ralph S von Bardeleben, Peter Boekstegers, Miriam Puls, Edith Lubos, Raffi Bekeredjian, Taoufik Ouarrak, Björn Plicht, Holger Eggebrecht, Georg Nickenig, Christian Butter, Rainer Hoffmann, Jochen Senges, Ulrich Hink
AIMS: In patients undergoing percutaneous edge-to-edge mitral valve repair for mitral valve regurgitation (MR), our aim was to evaluate acute and follow-up differences with pre-existing sinus rhythm (SR) or atrial fibrillation (AF), as well as comparisons stratified by baseline heart rate. METHODS AND RESULTS: Seven hundred and sixty patients who underwent a MitraClip procedure were prospectively enrolled in the TRAnscatheter Mitral valve Interventions (TRAMI) registry, and stratified according to baseline heart rhythm and heart rate with a cut-off value of 70 beats per minute...
February 20, 2017: EuroIntervention
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28216263/new-insights-into-iron-deficiency-and-iron-deficiency-anemia
#10
REVIEW
Clara Camaschella
Recent advances in iron metabolism have stimulated new interest in iron deficiency (ID) and its anemia (IDA), common conditions worldwide. Absolute ID/IDA, i.e. the decrease of total body iron, is easily diagnosed based on decreased levels of serum ferritin and transferrin saturation. Relative lack of iron in specific organs/tissues, and IDA in the context of inflammatory disorders, are diagnosed based on arbitrary cut offs of ferritin and transferrin saturation and/or marker combination (as the soluble transferrin receptor/ferritin index) in an appropriate clinical context...
February 13, 2017: Blood Reviews
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28215411/impact-of-skeletal-muscle-mass-on-long-term-adverse-cardiovascular-outcomes-in-patients-with-chronic-kidney%C3%A2-disease
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Kazuhiro Harada, Susumu Suzuki, Hideki Ishii, Toshijiro Aoki, Kenshi Hirayama, Yohei Shibata, Yosuke Negishi, Takuya Sumi, Kazuhiro Kawashima, Ayako Kunimura, Yusaku Shimbo, Yosuke Tatami, Toshiki Kawamiya, Dai Yamamoto, Ryota Morimoto, Yoshinari Yasuda, Toyoaki Murohara
Sarcopenia, defined as skeletal muscle loss and dysfunction, is attracting considerable attention as a novel risk factor for cardiovascular events. Although the loss of skeletal muscle is common in chronic kidney disease (CKD) patients, the relation between sarcopenia and cardiovascular events in CKD patients is not well defined. Therefore, we aimed to investigate the relation between skeletal muscle mass and major adverse cardiovascular events (MACE) in CKD patients. We enrolled 266 asymptomatic CKD patients (median estimated glomerular filtration rate: 36...
January 25, 2017: American Journal of Cardiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28215176/the-comparison-the-serum-strem1-levels-between-children-with-upper-and-lower-uti
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Samileh Noorbakhsh, Fahime Ehsanipour, Vida Zarabi, Zahra Movahedi, Nahid Rahimzadeh
: Back ground: UTI is a common and important clinical problem in Iranian children which is often difficult on clinical grounds. Distinguishing the upper UTI from lower UTI is very important for clinician. The aim of this study was to determine the usefulness of serum STREM-1 level in patients with UTI to find out if it can use for distinguishing upper UTI from lower UTI or not. METHODS: In this prospective cross sectional study (2010-2011) we compared the serum level of STREM-1 (pg...
February 16, 2017: Current Pediatric Reviews
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28214720/treatment-efficiency-and-economic-feasibility-of-biological-oxidation-membrane-filtration-and-separation-processes-and-advanced-oxidation-for-the-purification-and-valorization-of-olive-mill-wastewater
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L Ioannou-Ttofa, I Michael-Kordatou, S C Fattas, A Eusebio, B Ribeiro, M Rusan, A R B Amer, S Zuraiqi, M Waismand, C Linder, Z Wiesman, J Gilron, D Fatta-Kassinos
Olive mill wastewater (OMW) is a major waste stream resulting from numerous operations that occur during the production stages of olive oil. The resulting effluent contains various organic and inorganic contaminants and its environmental impact can be notable. The present work aims at investigating the efficiency of (i) jet-loop reactor with ultrafiltration (UF) membrane system (Jacto.MBR), (ii) solar photo-Fenton oxidation after coagulation/flocculation pre-treatment and (iii) integrated membrane filtration processes (i...
February 12, 2017: Water Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28214572/clinical-relevance-of-oxidation-reduction-potential-in-the-evaluation-of-male-infertility
#14
Ashok Agarwal, Siew May Wang
Objectives To evaluate 1) the relationship between oxidation-reduction potential (ORP) and abnormal sperm quality, 2) changes in ORP and sperm parameters over time, in search of a potential surrogate marker of poor sperm quality that may assist in the diagnosis of oxidative stress- related male infertility. Methods 194 infertile men were included and 28 patients were identified to have repeated semen analyses and ORP measurements. The semen samples obtained were categorized into normal and abnormal sperm parameters based on the World Health Organization (WHO) 5(th) edition guidelines...
February 15, 2017: Urology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28212879/flow-cytometric-based-protocols-for-assessing-anti-mt-2-igg1-reactivity-high-dimensional-data-handling-to-define-predictors-for-clinical-follow-up-of-human-t-cell-leukemia-virus-type-1-infection
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Jordana Grazziela Coelho-Dos-Reis, Vanessa Peruhype-Magalhães, Marcelo Antônio Pascoal-Xavier, Matheus de Souza Gomes, Laurence Rodrigues do Amaral, Ludmila Melo Cardoso, Juan Jonathan-Gonçalves, Ágata Lopes Ribeiro, Ana Lúcia Borges Starling, João Gabriel Ribas, Denise Utsch Gonçalves, Anna Bárbara de Freitas Carneiro-Proietti, Andréa Teixeira-Carvalho, Olindo Assis Martins-Filho
The present work provides an innovative methodological approach to assess the anti-HTLV-1 IgG1 reactivity with practical application in clinical laboratory. Serum from non-infected healthy controls (NI) and HTLV-1-infected patients, categorized as asymptomatic (AS), putatively progressing to HTLV-1 associated myelopathy/tropical spastic paraparesis - HAM/TSP (pHAM) or with clinical diagnosis of HAM/TSP (HT) were assayed in two-parallel flow cytometry platforms, referred as: Fix and Fix&Perm protocols. Operating-characteristics analysis indicated that a single pair of attributes ("serum dilution/cut-off") for Fix and Fix&Perm protocols presented excellent performance for the diagnosis of HTLV-1 infection...
February 14, 2017: Journal of Immunological Methods
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28211798/serum-microrna-376-family-as-diagnostic-and-prognostic-markers-in-human-gliomas
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Qing Huang, Changjiang Wang, Ziming Hou, Gang Wang, Jianghua Lv, Hao Wang, Jun Yang, Zhe Zhang, Hongbing Zhang
BACKGROUND: MicroRNA (miR)-376 family play crucial roles in cancer formation and progression. OBJECTIVE: To investigate expression patterns of circulating miR-376 members in glioma patients, and to explore their diagnostic and prognostic values. METHODS: Expression of miR-376 members in serum samples from 100 glioma patients and 50 healthy controls were detected by quantitative real-time PCR. RESULTS: Serum miR-376a, miR-376b and miR-376c in glioma patients were significantly lower than those in healthy controls (all P< 0...
February 3, 2017: Cancer Biomarkers: Section A of Disease Markers
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28210802/poorly-differentiated-colorectal-neuroendocrine-tumour-ct-differentiation-from-well-differentiated-neuroendocrine-tumour-and-poorly-differentiated-adenocarcinomas
#17
Ji Hee Kang, Se Hyung Kim, Joon Koo Han
OBJECTIVE: The differentiation of poorly-differentiated neuroendocrine tumours (PD-NETs), well-differentiated NETs (WD-NETs), and adenocarcinomas (ADCs) is important due to different management options and prognoses. This study is to find the differential CT features of colorectal PD-NETs from WD-NETs and ADCs. MATERIALS AND METHODS: CT features of 25 colorectal WD-NETs, 36 PD-NETs, and 36 ADCs were retrospectively reviewed. Significant variables were assessed using univariate and multivariate analyses...
February 16, 2017: European Radiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28210345/the-dutch-technical-tactical-tennis-test-d4t-for-talent-identification-and-development-psychometric-characteristics
#18
Nikki Kolman, Barbara Huijgen, Tamara Kramer, Marije Elferink-Gemser, Chris Visscher
This study examined the test-retest reliability, validity and feasibility of the newly developed Dutch Technical-Tactical Tennis Test (D4T). This new test is relevant for talent identification and development in tennis. Thirty-two youth male tennis players (age 13.4 ± 0.5) were classified as elite (n = 15) or sub-elite (n = 17) according to their position on the national youth ranking list under 15 years (cut-off rank 50) in the Netherlands. Games, rallies and different tactical situations (i.e. offensive, neutral and defensive) were simulated with a ball machine...
January 1, 2017: Journal of Human Kinetics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28208723/the-optimal-ethnic-specific-waist-circumference-cut-off-points-of-metabolic-syndrome-among-low-income-rural-uyghur-adults-in-far-western-china-and-implications-in-preventive-public-health
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Jia He, Rulin Ma, Jiaming Liu, Mei Zhang, Yusong Ding, Heng Guo, Lati Mu, Jingyu Zhang, Bin Wei, Yizhong Yan, Jiaolong Ma, Hongrui Pang, Shugang Li, Shuxia Guo
Background: Metabolic syndrome is pandemic; however, the cut-off values for waist circumference (WC) vary widely depending on the ethnic groups studied and the criteria applied for WC measurement. Previous studies for defining optimal WC cut-off points included high-income and urban settings, and did not cover low-income, rural settings, especially for ethnic minorities. This study aimed at defining optimal ethnic-specific WC cut-off points in a low-income, rural population comprising the largest inhabitant minority group residing in far Western China...
February 8, 2017: International Journal of Environmental Research and Public Health
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28207795/organ-dysfunction-during-continuous-veno-venous-high-cut-off-hemodialysis-in-patients-with-septic-acute-kidney-injury-a-prospective-observational-study
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Gianluca Villa, Cosimo Chelazzi, Elena Morettini, Lucia Zamidei, Serafina Valente, A Lucia Caldini, Giovanni Zagli, A Raffaele De Gaudio, Stefano Romagnoli
BACKGROUND: Continuous veno-venous hemodialysis with high cut-off membranes (HCO-CVVHD) removes inflammatory mediators involved in organ dysfunction during sepsis. The aim of the present study was to assess the variations in SOFA score and identify early predictors of short-term mortality in a cohort of patients with septic shock, treated with HCO-CVVHD for acute kidney injury (AKI). METHODS: An observational prospective multicenter cohort study was conducted in four mixed medical-surgical ICUs...
2017: PloS One
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