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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28103312/increased-cardiovascular-events-and-subclinical-atherosclerosis-in-rheumatoid-arthritis-patients-1-year-prospective-single-centre-study
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Piero Ruscitti, Paola Cipriani, Francesco Masedu, Silvio Romano, Onorina Berardicurti, Vasiliki Liakouli, Francesco Carubbi, Paola Di Benedetto, Saverio Alvaro, Maria Penco, Marco Valenti, Roberto Giacomelli
OBJECTIVES: Several studies showed the close relationship between Rheumatoid Arthritis (RA) and cerebro-cardiovascular events (CVEs) and subclinical atherosclerosis. In this study, we investigated the occurrence of CVEs and subclinical atherosclerosis during the course of RA and we evaluated the possible role of both traditional cardiovascular (CV) and disease related risk factors to predict the occurrence of new CVEs and the onset of subclinical atherosclerosis. METHODS: We designed a single centre, bias-adjusted, prospective, observational study to investigate, in a homogeneous subset of RA patients, the occurrence of new onset of CVEs and subclinical atherosclerosis...
2017: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28103153/agreeableness-and-pregnancy-relations-with-coping-and-psychiatric-symptoms-a-longitudinal-study-on-spanish-pregnant-women
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Cecilia Peñacoba, Laura Rodriguez, Javier Carmona, Dolores Marin
Agreeableness is associated with good mental health during pregnancy. Although different studies have indicated that agreeableness is related to adaptive coping, this relation has scarcely been studied in pregnant women. The aim of this study was to analyze the possible differences between high and low agreeableness in relation to coping strategies and psychiatric symptoms in pregnant women. We conducted a longitudinal prospective study between October 2009 and January 2013. Pregnant women (n = 285) were assessed in the first trimester of pregnancy, and 122 of them during the third...
January 19, 2017: Women & Health
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28103143/video-assisted-thoracic-surgical-lobectomy-for-lung-cancer-description-of-a-learning-curve
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Fei Yao, Jian Wang, Ju Yao, Fangrong Hang, Shiqi Cao, Yongke Cao
BACKGROUND: Video-assisted thoracic surgical (VATS) lobectomy is gaining popularity in the treatment of lung cancer. The aim of this study is to investigate the learning curve of VATS lobectomy by using multidimensional methods and to compare the learning curve groups with respect to perioperative clinical outcomes. METHODS: We retrospectively reviewed a prospective database to identify 67 consecutive patients who underwent VATS lobectomy for lung cancer by a single surgeon...
January 19, 2017: Journal of Laparoendoscopic & Advanced Surgical Techniques. Part A
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28103120/compassionate-options-for-pediatric-ems-cope-addressing-communication-skills
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Aaron W Calhoun, Erica R H Sutton, Anita P Barbee, Beth McClure, Carrie Bohnert, Richard Forest, Peter Taillac, Mary E Fallat
INTRODUCTION: Each year, 16,000 children suffer cardiopulmonary arrest, and in one urban study, 2% of pediatric EMS calls were attributed to pediatric arrests. This indicates a need for enhanced educational options for prehospital providers that address how to communicate to families in these difficult situations. In response, our team developed a cellular phone digital application (app) designed to assist EMS providers in self-debriefing these events, thereby improving their communication skills...
January 19, 2017: Prehospital Emergency Care
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28103068/suicide-deaths-with-opioid-poisoning-in-the-united-states-1999-2014
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Jennifer Brennan Braden, Mark J Edlund, Mark D Sullivan
OBJECTIVES: To describe trends in suicides with opioid poisoning noted as a contributing cause of death. METHODS: Using National Vital Statistics data (1999-2014), we calculated age-adjusted rates of suicide with opioid poisoning (International Classification of Diseases, Tenth Revision codes T40.0-T40.4) per 100 000 population per year and annual percentage change (APC) in rates. We used Joinpoint regression to examine trends in suicide rates and proportion of suicides involving opioids...
January 19, 2017: American Journal of Public Health
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28102940/effect-of-cast-modification-on-denture-base-adaptation-following-maxillary-complete-denture-processing
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Mohammed E Sayed, Amit Porwal, David Ehrenberg, Saul Weiner
PURPOSE: To investigate the effect of cast modifications on denture base adaptation in coronal and sagittal projections following maxillary complete denture processing. MATERIALS AND METHODS: A total of 60 edentulous maxillary casts (n = 10) were distributed among six groups. Group 1 was the control group with no modification, groups 2 through 6 included a butterfly postdam preparation, groups 3 and 4 also included a 10-mm wide/4-mm deep box with addition of four round holes in group 4, and groups 5 and 6 also included a 20-mm wide/4-mm deep box with addition of four round holes in group 6...
January 19, 2017: Journal of Prosthodontics: Official Journal of the American College of Prosthodontists
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28102867/a-systems-approach-for-the-elucidation-of-crucial-genes-and-network-constituents-of-cervical-intraepithelial-neoplasia-1-cin1
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Shikha Suman, Ashutosh Mishra, Anurag Kulshrestha
Cervical intra-epithelial neoplasia 1 (CIN1) is a pre-cancerous cervical cancer condition characterized by changes in the squamous cells of the cervix. Early detection may facilitate treatment as CIN1 may increase the risk of developing cervical cancer. An extensive system level analysis has been carried out to detect crucial network components of CIN1. Differential expression analysis was performed to identify genes that are differentially expressed in CIN1 in comparison to normal cells. Gene Ontology (GO) and pathway enrichment analyses of DEGs were followed by the construction of a protein-protein interaction (PPI) network...
January 19, 2017: Molecular BioSystems
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28102699/tracheostomy-weaning-outcomes-in-relation-to-the-site-of-acquired-brain-injury-a-retrospective-case-series
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Kay Mitton, Krystyna Walton, Manoj Sivan
OBJECTIVE: To analyse whether the outcome of tracheostomy weaning is influenced by the site of injury in acquired brain injury. METHODS: A retrospective case review of all the consecutive admissions to an acute neurorehabilitation unit in a 2-year period was performed. Patients with a diagnosis of acquired brain injury and tracheostomy in situ were included in this study. RESULTS: One hundred and six patients were included in the analysis...
January 19, 2017: Brain Injury: [BI]
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28102550/accounting-for-competing-risks-in-randomized-controlled-trials-a-review-and-recommendations-for-improvement
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Peter C Austin, Jason P Fine
In studies with survival or time-to-event outcomes, a competing risk is an event whose occurrence precludes the occurrence of the primary event of interest. Specialized statistical methods must be used to analyze survival data in the presence of competing risks. We conducted a review of randomized controlled trials with survival outcomes that were published in high-impact general medical journals. Of 40 studies that we identified, 31 (77.5%) were potentially susceptible to competing risks. However, in the majority of these studies, the potential presence of competing risks was not accounted for in the statistical analyses that were described...
January 19, 2017: Statistics in Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28102428/plasma-adamts13-activity-and-von-willebrand-factor-antigen-and-activity-in-patients-with-subarachnoid-haemorrhage
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Monisha Kumar, Wenjing Cao, Jenny K McDaniel, Huy P Pham, Dheeraj Raju, Kelsey Nawalinski, Suzanne Frangos, David Kung, Eric Zager, Scott E Kasner, Joshua M Levine, X Long Zheng
Increased von Willebrand factor (VWF) and reduced ADAMTS13 activity are associated with arterial thrombosis. This may also be the culprit mechanism implicated in delayed cerebral ischaemia after aneurysmal subarachnoid haemorrhage (SAH). It was our objective to determine plasma VWF and ADAMTS13 in patients with SAH and healthy subjects; and to explore the levels of those markers and outcome after SAH. Forty consecutive patients were enrolled between September 2007 and April 2014 in a pilot study. Plasma samples were collected from SAH patients on post-bleed day (PBD) 0, 1, 3, 5, 7 and 10 and healthy controls...
January 19, 2017: Thrombosis and Haemostasis
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28102091/obesity-related-insulin-resistance-in-adolescents-a-systematic-review-and-meta-analysis-of-observational-studies
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P Thota, F R Perez-Lopez, V A Benites-Zapata, V Pasupuleti, A V Hernandez
Insulin resistance is common among obese adolescents; however, the extent of this problem is not clear. We conducted a systematic review of PubMed-Medline, CINAHL, The Web of Science, EMBASE and Scopus for observational studies evaluating components defining insulin resistance (insulin, C-peptide and homeostatic model assessment-insulin resistance [HOMA-IR]) in obese adolescents (12-18 years) versus non-obese adolescents. Our systematic review and meta-analysis followed the PRISMA guidelines. Data were combined using a random-effects model and summary statistics were calculated using the mean differences (MDs)...
January 19, 2017: Gynecological Endocrinology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28101894/sleep-quality-and-body-mass-index-a-co-twin-study
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Juan J Madrid-Valero, José M Martínez-Selva, Juan R Ordoñana
There is a consistent relationship between body mass index and sleep quality. However, the directionality and possible confounding factors of this relationship are unclear. Our aim is to confirm the association between sleep quality and body mass index, independent of possible genetic confounding, as well as to provide some indirect inferences about the directionality of this association. The co-twin study design was used to analyse the body mass index-sleep relationship in a sample of 2150 twins. We selected two parallel sub-samples of twins discordant for body mass index (n = 430 pairs), or discordant for sleep quality (n = 316 pairs)...
January 19, 2017: Journal of Sleep Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28101665/feasibility-and-psychometric-properties-of-the-adjusted-dswal-qol-questionnaire-for-dysphagic-patients-with-additional-language-and-or-cognitive-impairment-part-i
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Ingeborg S Simpelaere, Jan Vanderwegen, Kristien Wouters, Marc De Bodt, Gwen Van Nuffelen
The Swallowing Quality-of-Life questionnaire (SWAL-QoL) is considered the gold standard for assessing health-related quality of life in people with dysphagia. However, many dysphagic patients struggle to complete this questionnaire because of additional functional sequelae such as language impairment and cognitive disorders. In this study, we sought to develop an adjusted Dutch version of the SWAL-QoL (aDSWALQoL) and to evaluate its psychometric properties and feasibility compared with the original questionnaire...
January 18, 2017: Dysphagia
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28101641/volumetric-growth-rates-of-meningioma-and-its-correlation-with-histological-diagnosis-and-clinical-outcome-a-systematic-review
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Daniel M Fountain, Wai Cheong Soon, Tomasz Matys, Mathew R Guilfoyle, Ramez Kirollos, Thomas Santarius
INTRODUCTION: Tumour growth has been used to successfully predict progression-free survival in low-grade glioma. This systematic review sought to establish the evidence base regarding the correlation of volumetric growth rates with histological diagnosis and potential to predict clinical outcome in patients with meningioma. METHODS: This systematic review was conducted according to the PRISMA (Preferred Reporting Items for Systematic Reviews and Meta-Analyses) guidelines...
January 18, 2017: Acta Neurochirurgica
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28101533/experimental-design-and-data-analysis-issues-contribute-to-inconsistent-results-of-c-bouton-changes-in-amyotrophic-lateral-sclerosis
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S Shekar Dukkipati, Aouatef Chihi, Yiwen Wang, Sherif M Elbasiouny
The possible presence of pathological changes in cholinergic synaptic inputs [cholinergic boutons (C-boutons)] is a contentious topic within the ALS field. Conflicting data reported on this issue makes it difficult to assess the roles of these synaptic inputs in ALS. Our objective was to determine whether the reported changes are truly statistically and biologically significant and why replication is problematic. This is an urgent question, as C-boutons are an important regulator of spinal motoneuron excitability, and pathological changes in motoneuron excitability are present throughout disease progression...
January 2017: ENeuro
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28101397/statistical-parametric-mapping-of-stimuli-evoked-changes-in-total-blood-flow-velocity-in-the-mouse-cortex-obtained-with-extended-focus-optical-coherence-microscopy
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Paul J Marchand, Arno Bouwens, Tristan Bolmont, Vincent K Shamaei, David Nguyen, Daniel Szlag, Jérôme Extermann, Theo Lasser
Functional magnetic resonance (fMRI) imaging is the current gold-standard in neuroimaging. fMRI exploits local changes in blood oxygenation to map neuronal activity over the entire brain. However, its spatial resolution is currently limited to a few hundreds of microns. Here we use extended-focus optical coherence microscopy (xfOCM) to quantitatively measure changes in blood flow velocity during functional hyperaemia at high spatio-temporal resolution in the somatosensory cortex of mice. As optical coherence microscopy acquires hundreds of depth slices simultaneously, blood flow velocity measurements can be performed over several vessels in parallel...
January 1, 2017: Biomedical Optics Express
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28101151/effect-of-general-anesthesia-on-serum-%C3%AE-amyloid-protein-and-regional-cerebral-oxygen-saturation-of-elderly-patients-after-subtotal-gastrectomy
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Peng Yu, Hua Wang, Lei Mu, Xuemei Ding, Wei Ding
The aim of the present study was to investigate the influence of general anesthesia on serum β-amyloid protein (Aβ) and regional cerebral oxygen saturation (rSO2) of elderly patients after subtotal gastrectomy. From June, 2014 to December, 2015, among 168 patients undergoing subtotal gastrectomy, the Mini-Mental State Examination and Montreal Cognitive Assessment was administered the day prior to surgery and the second and ninth days after the operation. In addition, we administered the tests to 168 healthy adult volunteers (healthy controls) who were treated in our hospital medical center in the same period...
December 2016: Experimental and Therapeutic Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28100790/genome-wide-analysis-in-brazilians-reveals-highly-differentiated-native-american-genome-regions
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Josyf C Mychaleckyj, Alexandre Havt, Uma Nayak, Relana Pinkerton, Emily Farber, Patrick Concannon, Aldo A Lima, Richard L Guerrant
Despite its population, geographic size, and emerging economic importance, disproportionately little genome-scale research exists into genetic factors that predispose Brazilians to disease, or the population genetics of risk. After identification of suitable proxy populations and careful analysis of tri-continental admixture in 1,538 North-Eastern Brazilians to estimate individual ancestry and ancestral allele frequencies, we computed 400,000 genome-wide locus-specific branch length (LSBL) Fst statistics of Brazilian Amerindian ancestry compared to European and African; and a similar set of differentiation statistics for their Amerindian component compared to the closest Asian 1000 Genomes population (surprisingly, Bengalis in Bangladesh)...
January 18, 2017: Molecular Biology and Evolution
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28100721/meta-analysis-of-timing-of-endovascular-aneurysm-treatment-in-subarachnoid-haemorrhage-inconsistent-results-of-early-treatment-within-1-day
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Sapna Rawal, Paula Alcaide-Leon, R Loch Macdonald, Gabriel J E Rinkel, J Charles Victor, Timo Krings, Moira K Kapral, Andreas Laupacis
BACKGROUND AND PURPOSE: To systematically review and meta-analyse the data on impact of timing of endovascular treatment in aneurysmal subarachnoid haemorrhage (SAH) to determine if earlier treatment is associated with improved clinical outcomes and reduced case fatality. METHODS: We searched MEDLINE, Cochrane database, EMBASE and Web of Science to identify studies for inclusion. The measures of effect utilised were unadjusted/adjusted ORs. Effect estimates were combined using random effects models for each outcome (poor outcome, case fatality); heterogeneity was assessed using the I(2) index...
January 18, 2017: Journal of Neurology, Neurosurgery, and Psychiatry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28100587/efficient-estimation-of-realized-kinship-from-snp-genotypes
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Bowen Wang, Serge Sverdlov, Elizabeth Thompson
Realized kinship is a key statistic in analyses of genetic data involving relatedness of individuals or structure of populations. There are several estimators of kinship that make use of dense single nucleotide polymorphism (SNP) genotypes. We introduce a class of estimators of which some existing estimators are special cases. Within this class, we derive properties of the estimators and determine an optimal estimator. Additionally, we introduce an alternative marker weighting that takes allelic associations (LD: linkage disequilibrium) into account, and apply this weighting to several estimators...
January 18, 2017: Genetics
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