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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29779118/change-in-kidney-function-after-unilateral-adrenalectomy-in-patients-with-primary-aldosteronism-identification-of-risk-factors-for-decreased-kidney-function
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Il Young Kim, In Seong Park, Min Jeong Kim, Miyeun Han, Harin Rhee, Eun Young Seong, Dong Won Lee, Soo Bong Lee, Ihm Soo Kwak, Sang Heon Song, Hyun Chul Chung
PURPOSE: Glomerular filtration rate (GFR) has been reported to decrease after unilateral adrenalectomy in patients with primary aldosteronism (PA). The aim of this study was to identify clinical predictors for decreased GFR after adrenalectomy in patients with PA. METHODS: The records of 187 patients (98 patients with PA and 89 with non-PA adrenal disease) who were followed up for at least 6 months after unilateral adrenalectomy were retrospectively analyzed. Estimated GFR (eGFR) was investigated at 1, 3, and 6 months postoperatively...
May 19, 2018: International Urology and Nephrology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29778750/our-modified-technique-of-combined-antegrade-vein-graft-cardioplegia-infusion-versus-conventional-antegrade-method-in-coronary-artery-bypass-grafting-a-randomized-clinical-trial
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Mehrzad Sharifi, Seyed Reza Mousavi, Mohammad Rafiei
BACKGROUND: To determine the efficacy of antegrade cardioplegia supplemented with venous graft perfusion in patients scheduled for coronary artery bypass grafting (CABG). METHODS: 223 consecutive patients scheduled for isolated CABG were randomized to receive either continuous crystalloid cardioplegia via vein grafts on completion of each distal anastomosis plus intermittent blood cardioplegia through aortic root (group 1, n = 110) or antegrade blood cardioplegia alone (group 2, n = 113)...
May 17, 2018: International Journal of Surgery
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29778660/sarcoidosis-diagnostic-score-sds-a-systematic-evaluation-to-enhance-the-diagnosis-of-sarcoidosis
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Alexandra N Bickett, Elyse E Lower, Robert P Baughman
BACKGROUND: The diagnosis of sarcoidosis is made by the combination of clinical features and biopsy results. The clinical features of sarcoidosis can be quite variable. We developed a Sarcoidosis Diagnostic Score (SDS) to summarize the clinical features of possible sarcoidosis patients. METHODS: Biopsy confirmed sarcoidosis patients seen during a seven-month time period at the University of Cincinnati Sarcoidosis clinic were prospectively identified. Non-sarcoidosis patients seen at the same clinic were used as controls...
May 17, 2018: Chest
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29778474/a-longitudinal-observational-study-of-the-dynamics-of-mycoplasma-bovis-antibodies-in-naturally-exposed-and-diseased-dairy-cows
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Mette B Petersen, Jeanette Pedersen, Dinah L Holm, Matthew Denwood, Liza R Nielsen
Mycoplasma bovis is an important pathogen causing disease and substantial economic losses in cattle. However, knowledge of the dynamics of antibody responses in individual cows in the face of an outbreak is currently extremely limited. The use of commercial antibody tests to support clinical decision-making and for surveillance purposes is therefore challenging. Our objective was to describe the dynamics of M. bovis antibody responses in 4 Danish dairy herds experiencing an acute outbreak of M. bovis-associated disease, and to compare the antibody dynamics between dairy cows with different disease manifestations...
May 16, 2018: Journal of Dairy Science
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29778416/the-use-of-the-shock-index-as-a-predictor-of-active-bleeding-in-trauma-patients
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Andrea Campos-Serra, Sandra Montmany-Vioque, Pere Rebasa-Cladera, Heura Llaquet-Bayo, Raquel Gràcia-Roman, Anna Colom-Gordillo, Salvador Navarro-Soto
INTRODUCTION: Vital signs indicate the presence of bleeding only after large amounts of blood have been lost, with high morbidity and mortality. The Shock Index (SI) is a hemorrhage indicator with a cut-off point for the risk of bleeding at 0.9. The aim of this study is to assess whether a cut-off of≥0.8 is more sensitive for detecting occult bleeding, providing for early initiation of therapeutic maneuvers. METHODS: SI analytical validation study of severe trauma patients older than 16 years of age...
May 16, 2018: Cirugía Española
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29777470/prevalence-of-depression-among-caregivers-of-indian-children-with-cystic-fibrosis
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Javeed Iqbal Bhat, Wasim Ahmad Wani, Bashir A Charoo, Syed Wajid Ali, Qazi Iqbal Ahmad, Ambreen Ali Ahangar
OBJECTIVE: To study the prevalence of depression among caregivers of children with cystic fibrosis and its impact on the health and well being of these children. METHODS: This cross-sectional study was conducted in a tertiary care hospital from September 2015 through August 2016. Forty one parents of children receiving treatment at the Cystic fibrosis (CF) clinic were approached to be part of the study. Six families declined the request resulting in 85% recruitment rate...
May 19, 2018: Indian Journal of Pediatrics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29777384/contribution-of-different-tarsal-attachment-devices-to-the-overall-attachment-ability-of-the-stink-bug-nezara-viridula
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Gianandrea Salerno, Manuela Rebora, Alexander Kovalev, Elena Gorb, Stanislav Gorb
The tarsal attachment devices of the southern green stink bug Nezara viridula, a cosmopolitan pest of different crops, encompass a pair of claws, distal pretarsal smooth pulvilli, and a proximal hairy pad on the ventral basitarsus. To evaluate the role of these attachment devices in generating attachment, behavioural experiments testing locomotion of insects with ablated pulvilli, shaved hairs and cut-off claws were performed. Using traction force experiments, insect attachment performance was evaluated on artificial substrates characterised by different roughness and on two substrates with different surface energies in the air and under water...
May 17, 2018: Journal of Comparative Physiology. A, Neuroethology, Sensory, Neural, and Behavioral Physiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29775793/analysis-of-dna-methylation-at-specific-loci-in-stool-samples-detects-colorectal-cancer-and-high-grade-dysplasia-in-patients-with-inflammatory-bowel-disease
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John B Kisiel, Pasquale Klepp, Hatim T Allawi, William R Taylor, Maria Giakoumopoulos, Tamara Sander, Tracy C Yab, Bjorn A Moum, Graham P Lidgard, Stephan Brackmann, Douglas W Mahoney, Arne Roseth, David A Ahlquist
BACKGROUND & AIMS: Patients with inflammatory bowel diseases (IBD), including ulcerative colitis (UC) and Crohn's disease (CD), are at increased risk for colorectal cancer (CRC). Analyses of DNA methylation patterns in stool samples have been reported to detect CRC in patients with IBD. We sought to validate these findings in larger cohorts and assess the accuracy of analysis of DNA methylation patterns in stool for detection of CRC and high-grade dysplasia (HGD) normalized to methylation level at ZDHHC1...
May 15, 2018: Clinical Gastroenterology and Hepatology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29775061/direct-photocatalytic-s-h-bond-cyanation-with-green-cn-source
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Wei Guo, Wen Tan, Mingming Zhao, Lvyin Zheng, Kailiang Tao, Deliang Chen, XiaoLin Fan
Herein we report a novel C-S bond cleavage and reconstruction strategy for the synthesis of thiocyanates through direct photocatalytic S-H bond cyanation from thiols and inorganic thiocyanate salts. In our strategy, the unprecedented example of cutting off C-S bond of SCN- to deliver the green "CN" sources is demonstrated. This transformation features nontoxic and inexpensive "CN" sources, available starting materials, metal-/base-/ligand-/peroxide-free, high step economy and mild conditions...
May 18, 2018: Journal of Organic Chemistry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29775022/-establishment-of-the-characterization-of-an-adult-digits-in-noise-test-based-on-internet
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B E Qi, T B Zhang, X X Fu, G P Li
Objective: The aim of this study is to explore the sensitivity and specificity of the internet-based digital noise threshold (DIN) test for detecting noise-induced hearing loss, expecting to provide a rapid and effective screening tool for clinical application. Method: This study enrolled 50 adult subjects, of which 34 were normal hearing (NH), 16 patients with sensorineural hearing loss (SNHL). Pure-tone audiometry, acoustic immittance and DIN test were tested respectively. Pearson's correlation coefficient was used to analyze the correlation between NH and SNHL...
February 2018: Journal of Clinical Otorhinolaryngology, Head, and Neck Surgery
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29773089/fat-to-muscle-ratio-a-new-anthropometric-indicator-for-predicting-metabolic-syndrome-in-the-han-and-bouyei-populations-from-guizhou-province-china
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Ke Xu, Hui Juan Zhu, Shi Chen, Lu Chen, Xin Wang, Li Yuan Zhang, Li Pan, Li Wang, Kui Feng, Ke Wang, Fen Dong, Ding Ming Wang, Yang Wen Yu, Hui Pan, Guang Liang Shan
OBJECTIVE: To investigate the prevalence and possible factors influencing metabolic syndrome in people from Guizhou Province and to explore the predictive value of the fat-to-muscle ratio in diagnosing metabolic syndrome. METHODS: A multistage stratified sampling method was used in this cross-sectional study of 20-80 years old Han and Bouyei populations from Guizhou Province, southwestern China, from October-December 2012. The study included 4,553 cases of metabolic syndrome, that was defined according to 2005 International Diabetes Federation criteria...
April 2018: Biomedical and Environmental Sciences: BES
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29772579/antenatal-workup-of-early-megacystis-and-selection-of-candidates-for-fetal-therapy
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Federica Fontanella, Leonie Duin, Phebe N Adama van Scheltema, Titia E Cohen-Overbeek, Eva Pajkrt, Mireille Bekker, Christine Willekes, Caroline J Bax, Dick Oepkes, Catia M Bilardo
OBJECTIVE: To investigate the best criteria for discriminating fetuses with isolated posterior urethral valves from those theoretically not eligible for fetal treatment because of complex megacystis, high chance of spontaneous resolution, and urethral atresia. METHODS: A retrospective national study was conducted in fetuses with megacystis detected before 17 weeks' gestation (early megacystis). RESULTS: In total, 142 cases with fetal megacystis were included in the study: 52 with lower urinary tract obstruction, 29 with normal micturition at birth, and 61 with miscellaneous syndromal associations, chromosomal and multiple structural abnormalities (complex megacystis)...
May 17, 2018: Fetal Diagnosis and Therapy
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29772482/baseline-serum-sitosterol-level-as-predictor-of-adverse-clinical-events-in-acute-coronary-syndrome-patients-with-dyslipidaemia-a-sub-analysis-of-hij-proper
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Junichi Yamaguchi, Erisa Kawada-Watanabe, Ryo Koyanagi, Hiroyuki Arashi, Haruki Sekiguchi, Koichi Nakao, Tetsuya Tobaru, Hiroyuki Tanaka, Toshiaki Oka, Yasuhiro Endo, Katsumi Saito, Tatsuro Uchida, Kunihiko Matsui, Hiroshi Ogawa, Nobuhisa Hagiwara
BACKGROUND AND AIMS: We aimed to examine the effect of serum sitosterol, a cholesterol absorption marker, on clinical outcomes in acute coronary syndrome patients with dyslipidaemia. METHODS: This is a sub-analysis of the HIJ-PROPER trial that assesses the effect of aggressive low-density lipoprotein cholesterol (LDL-C) lowering treatment with pitavastatin + ezetimibe in 1734 acute coronary syndrome (ACS) patients with dyslipidaemia. Patients were divided into two groups based on sitosterol level at enrolment (cut-off value was 2...
May 5, 2018: Atherosclerosis
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29770998/maternal-depressive-symptoms-are-negatively-associated-with-child-growth-and-development-evidence-from-rural-india
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Phuong Hong Nguyen, Jed Friedman, Mohini Kak, Purnima Menon, Harold Alderman
Maternal depression has been suggested as a risk factor for both poor child growth and development in many low- and middle-income countries, but the validity of many studies is hindered by small sample sizes, varying cut-offs used in depression diagnostics, and incomplete control of confounding factors. This study examines the association between maternal depressive symptoms (MDSs) and child physical growth and cognitive development in Madhya Pradesh, India, where poverty, malnutrition, and poor mental health coexist...
May 17, 2018: Maternal & Child Nutrition
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29769698/mutation-screening-using-formalin-fixed-paraffin-embedded-tissues-a-stratified-approach-according-to-dna-quality
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Francesco Cucco, Alexandra Clipson, Hannah Kennedy, Joe Sneath Thompson, Ming Wang, Sharon Barrans, Moniek van Hoppe, Eguzkine Ochoa Ruiz, Josh Caddy, Debbie Hamid, Thomas Cummin, Cathy Burton, Andrew J Davies, Peter Johnson, Ming-Qing Du
DNA samples from formalin-fixed paraffin-embedded tissues are highly degraded with variable quality, and this imposes a big challenge for targeted sequencing due to false positives, largely caused by PCR errors and cytosine deamination. To eliminate false positives, a common practice is to validate the detected variants by Sanger sequencing or perform targeted sequencing in duplicate. Technically, PCR errors could be removed by molecular barcoding of template DNA prior to amplification as in the HaloPlexHS design...
May 16, 2018: Laboratory Investigation; a Journal of Technical Methods and Pathology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29769277/rapid-screening-of-urinary-tract-infection-and-discrimination-of-gram-positive-and-gram-negative-bacteria-by-automated-flow-cytometric-analysis-using-sysmex-uf-5000
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Seon Young Kim, Yumi Park, Hyunjin Kim, Jimyung Kim, Sun Hoe Koo, Gye Cheol Kwon
Rapid screening of urinary tract infection is important to determine antibiotic treatment and reduce unnecessary urine culture. We evaluated the performance of the new flow cytometry-based UF-5000 automated urine analyzer (Sysmex, Kobe, Japan). A total of 1,430 urine samples from 1,226 patients were analyzed and compared with urine cultures to which a Previ Isola (bioMérieux, Marcy l'Etoile, France) system was applied. In total, 878 of 1,430 urine cultures (61.4%) produced ≥ 103 CFU/mL bacterial growth [lsqb]309 with Gram-negative (GN) bacteria, 517 with Gram-positive (GP) bacteria, and 52 mixed cultures[rsqb], with 336 samples (23...
May 16, 2018: Journal of Clinical Microbiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29768723/importance-of-choice-of-materials-and-methods-in-pd-l1-and-til-assessment-in-oropharyngeal-squamous-cell-carcinoma
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Astrid De Meulenaere, Tijl Vermassen, David Creytens, Sandrine Aspeslagh, Philippe Deron, Frederic Duprez, Sylvie Rottey, Jo Van Dorpe, Liesbeth Ferdinande
INTRODUCTION: A great deal of research is being conducted into PD-L1 immunohistochemistry (IHC) and tumor infiltrating lymphocytes (TILs) as predictive or prognostic biomarkers for immunotherapy, although several practical issues exist concerning their assessment. The aim of this research was therefore to assess the importance of choice of materials and methods in PD-L1 and TILs scoring in oropharyngeal squamous cell carcinoma (OSCC). METHODS AND RESULTS: IHC for PD-L1 (SP142 and 22C3 clone) and TILs subtyping was performed on formalin-fixed paraffin-embedded tissue slides (biopsy, resection and/or lymph nodes specimens) of 99 patients with OSCC...
May 16, 2018: Histopathology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29768257/systemic-immune-inflammation-index-sii-is-useful-to-predict-survival-outcomes-in-patients-after-liver-transplantation-for-hepatocellular-carcinoma-within-hangzhou-criteria
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Hongyuan Fu, Jun Zheng, Jianye Cai, Kaining Zeng, Jia Yao, Liang Chen, Hui Li, Jiebin Zhang, Yingcai Zhang, Hui Zhao, Yang Yang
BACKGROUND: There is growing evidence that the systemic immune-inflammation index (SII), a novel prognostic biomarker based on peripheral lymphocyte, neutrophil, and platelet counts, is associated with poor prognosis for several tumors. However, the prognostic value of SII in patients with hepatocellular carcinoma (HCC) who undergo liver transplantation (LT) remains unclear. The aim of this study was to determine the correlation between SII and prognosis in these patients. METHODS: This retrospective study involved 150 patients with HCC who underwent LT within the Hangzhou criteria...
May 11, 2018: Cellular Physiology and Biochemistry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29766363/palbociclib-in-highly-pretreated-metastatic-er-positive-her2-negative-breast-cancer
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G Hoste, K Punie, H Wildiers, B Beuselinck, I Lefever, E Van Nieuwenhuysen, S N Han, P Berteloot, N Concin, R Salihi, I Vergote, P Neven
PURPOSE: We aimed to investigate the role of palbociclib, a first-in-class cyclin-dependent kinase 4 and 6 inhibitor, in postmenopausal women with highly pretreated endocrine therapy-resistant metastatic breast cancer (MBC). METHODS: Between 28 September 2015 and 14 March 2017, a compassionate use program was established in the University Hospitals Leuven in which 82 postmenopausal women with estrogen receptor-positive, HER2-negative MBC were included after at least four lines of systemic treatment...
May 16, 2018: Breast Cancer Research and Treatment
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29766226/cutoffs-of-short-term-heart-rate-variability-parameters-in-brazilian-adolescents-male
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Breno Quintella Farah, Diego Giulliano Destro Christofaro, Bruno Remígio Cavalcante, Aluísio Andrade-Lima, Antonio Henrique Germano-Soares, Luiz Carlos Marques Vanderlei, Fernanda Cordoba Lanza, Raphael Mendes Ritti-Dias
A low heart rate variability (HRV) has been associated with cardiovascular risk factors in adolescents. However, no cut-off points are known for HRV parameters in this age group, making it difficult to use in clinical practice. Thus, the aims of the current study were to establish cutoffs of HRV parameters and to examine their association with cardiovascular risk in Brazilian adolescents male. For this reason, this cross-sectional study included 1152 adolescent boys (16.6 ± 1.2 years old). HRV measures of time (SD of all RR intervals, root mean square of the squared differences between adjacent normal RR intervals, and the percentage of adjacent intervals over 50 ms), frequency domains [low (LF) and high (HF) frequency], and Poincaré plot (SD1, SD2 and SD1/SD2 ratio) were assessed...
May 15, 2018: Pediatric Cardiology
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