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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28454329/overexpression-of-heat-shock-factor-1-is-associated-with-a-poor-prognosis-in-esophageal-squamous-cell-carcinoma
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Yukiko Tsukao, Makoto Yamasaki, Yasuhiro Miyazaki, Tomoki Makino, Tsuyoshi Takahashi, Yukinori Kurokawa, Hiroshi Miyata, Kiyokazu Nakajima, Shuji Takiguchi, Koshi Mimori, Masaki Mori, Yuichiro Doki
Heat-shock factor 1 (HSF1) is the primary regulator of the response to various stressors. A previous study showed that HSF1 expression is associated with a poor prognosis in breast cancer and hepatocellular carcinoma; however, the prognostic significance of HSF1 in esophageal squamous cell carcinoma (ESCC) is unknown. Therefore, the present study investigated the association between HSF1 expression and the clinicopathological parameters of patients, as well as the association between HSF1 expression, and heat shock protein (Hsp)27, Hsp70 and Hsp90 expression induced by HSF1, by cDNA microarray and immunohistochemistry analyses...
March 2017: Oncology Letters
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28454109/anthropometric-clinical-and-molecular-determinants-of-treatment-outcomes-in-postmenopausal-hormone-receptor-positive-metastatic-breast-cancer-patients-treated-with-fulvestrant-results-from-a-real-word-setting
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Laura Pizzuti, Clara Natoli, Teresa Gamucci, Mariella Mauri, Domenico Sergi, Luigi Di Lauro, Giancarlo Paoletti, Enzo Ruggeri, Laura Iezzi, Isabella Sperduti, Lucia Mentuccia, Agnese Fabbri, Marcello Maugeri-Saccà, Luca Moscetti, Maddalena Barba, Patrizia Vici
To characterize determinants of treatment outcome in a real world population of 161 post-menopausal hormone receptor-positive metastatic breast cancer patients treated with fulvestrant. Descriptive statistics for demographics, anthropometrics, clinical and molecular characteristic were compared across subgroups of sensitivity/resistance to prior endocrine therapy and tested in uni/multivariate models. Clinical benefit was more common in sensitive patients with higher estrogen receptor expression and when fulvestrant was given in first line (p=0...
April 9, 2017: Oncotarget
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28454079/burnout-and-its-association-with-extracurricular-activities-among-medical-students-in-saudi-arabia
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Sami A Almalki, Abdullah I Almojali, Ali S Alothman, Emad M Masuadi, Meshal K Alaqeel
Objectives: To assess levels of burnout in medical students, and to explore the influence of extracurricular activities on burnout at a medical school in Saudi Arabia. Methods: This cross-sectional study was conducted with first to fourth year medical students at King Saud bin Abdulaziz University for Health Sciences (KSAU-HS) in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia. Socio-demographic, burnout level (the Maslach Burnout Inventory-Student Survey, MBI-SS) and participation in extracurricular activities data were collected using a self-administered questionnaire...
April 26, 2017: International Journal of Medical Education
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28454050/forensic-genetic-analyses-in-isolated-populations-with-examples-of-central-european-valachs-and-roma
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REVIEW
Edvard Ehler, Daniel Vanek
Isolated populations present a constant threat to the correctness of forensic genetic casework. In this review article we present several examples of how analyzing samples from isolated populations can bias the results of the forensic statistics and analyses. We select our examples from isolated populations from central and southeastern Europe, namely the Valachs and the European Roma. We also provide the reader with general strategies and principles to improve the laboratory practice (best practice) and reporting of samples from supposedly isolated populations...
April 13, 2017: Journal of Forensic and Legal Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28454012/spatial-clustering-of-childhood-leukaemia-with-the-integration-of-the-paediatric-environmental-history
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Alberto Cárceles-Álvarez, Juan A Ortega-García, Fernando A López-Hernández, Mayra Orozco-Llamas, Blanca Espinosa-López, Esther Tobarra-Sánchez, Lizbeth Alvarez
BACKGROUND: Leukaemia remains the most common type of paediatric cancer and its aetiology remains unknown, but considered to be multifactorial. It is suggested that the initiation in utero by relevant exposures and/or inherited genetic variants and, other promotional postnatal exposures are probably required to develop leukaemia. This study aimed to map the incidence and analyse possible clusters in the geographical distribution of childhood acute leukaemia during the critical periods and to evaluate the factors that may be involved in the aetiology by conducting community and individual risk assessments...
April 25, 2017: Environmental Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28453829/experimenting-the-hospital-survey-on-patient-safety-culture-in-prevention-facilities-in-italy-psychometric-properties
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Carmen Tereanu, Scott A Smith, Giuseppe Sampietro, Francesco Sarnataro, Giuliana Mazzoleni, Bruno Pesenti, Luca C Sala, Roberto Cecchetti, Massimo Arvati, Dania Brioschi, Michela Viscardi, Chiara Prati, Giorgio G Barbaglio
Objective: The Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality Hospital Survey on Patient Safety Culture (HSOPS) was designed to assess staff views on patient safety culture in hospital. This study examines psychometrics of the Italian translation of the HSOPS for use in territorial prevention facilities. Design: After minimal adjustments and pre-test of the Italian version, a qualitative cross-sectional study was carried out. Setting: Departments of Prevention (DPs) of four Local Health Authorities in Northern Italy...
April 1, 2017: International Journal for Quality in Health Care
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28453793/impact-of-gender-on-long-term-outcomes-after-surgical-repair-for-acute-stanford-a-aortic-dissection-a-propensity-score-matched-analysis%C3%A2
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Anton Sabashnikov, Stephanie Heinen, Antje Christin Deppe, Mohamed Zeriouh, Alexander Weymann, Ingo Slottosch, Kaveh Eghbalzadeh, Aron-Frederik Popov, Oliver Liakopoulos, Parwis B Rahmanian, Navid Madershahian, Axel Kroener, Yeong-Hoon Choi, Ferdinand Kuhn-Régnier, André R Simon, Thorsten Wahlers, Jens Wippermann
OBJECTIVES: Previous research suggests that female gender is associated with increased mortality rates after surgery for Stanford A acute aortic dissection (AAD). However, women with AAD usually present with different clinical symptoms that may bias outcomes. Moreover, there is a lack of long-term results regarding overall mortality and freedom from major cerebrovascular events. We analysed the impact of gender on long-term outcomes after surgery for Stanford A AAD by comparing genders with similar risk profiles using propensity score matching...
May 1, 2017: Interactive Cardiovascular and Thoracic Surgery
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28453702/a-phase-2-randomized-double-blind-placebo-%C3%A2-controlled-study-of-chemo-immunotherapy-combination-using-motolimod-with-pegylated-liposomal-doxorubicin-in-recurrent-or-persistent-ovarian-cancer-a-gynecologic-oncology-group-partners-study
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B J Monk, M F Brady, C Aghajanian, H A Lankes, T Rizack, J Leach, J M Fowler, R Higgins, P Hanjani, M Morgan, R Edwards, W Bradley, T Kolevska, P Foukas, E M Swisher, K S Anderson, R Gottardo, J K Bryan, M Newkirk, K L Manjarrez, R S Mannel, R M Hershberg, G Coukos
Background: A phase 2, randomized, placebo-controlled trial was conducted in women with recurrent epithelial ovarian carcinoma to evaluate the efficacy and safety of motolimod-a Toll-like receptor 8 (TLR8) agonist that stimulates robust innate immune responses-combined with pegylated liposomal doxorubicin (PLD), a chemotherapeutic that induces immunogenic cell death. Patients and methods: Women with ovarian, fallopian tube, or primary peritoneal carcinoma were randomized 1 : 1 to receive PLD in combination with blinded motolimod or placebo...
May 1, 2017: Annals of Oncology: Official Journal of the European Society for Medical Oncology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28453631/prenatal-cerebellar-growth-trajectories-and-the-impact-of-periconceptional-maternal-and-fetal-factors
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I V Koning, J Dudink, I A L Groenenberg, S P Willemsen, I K M Reiss, R P M Steegers-Theunissen
STUDY QUESTION: CAN WE assess human prenatal cerebellar growth from the first until the third trimester of pregnancy and create growth trajectories to investigate associations with periconceptional maternal and fetal characteristics? SUMMARY ANSWER: Prenatal growth trajectories of the human cerebellum between 9 and 32 weeks gestational age (GA) were created using three-dimensional ultrasound (3D-US) and show negative associations with pre-pregnancy and early first trimester BMI calculated from self-reported and standardized measured weight and height, respectively...
April 27, 2017: Human Reproduction
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28453623/bayesian-inference-of-allele-specific-gene-expression-indicates-abundant-cis-regulatory-variation-in-natural-flycatcher-populations
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Mi Wang, Severin Uebbing, Hans Ellegren
Polymorphism in cis-regulatory sequences can lead to different levels of expression for the two alleles of a gene, providing a starting point for the evolution of gene expression. Little is known about the genome-wide abundance of genetic variation in gene regulation in natural populations but analysis of allele-specific expression (ASE) provides a means for investigating such variation. We performed RNA-seq of multiple tissues from population samples of two closely related flycatcher species and developed a Bayesian algorithm that maximises data usage by borrowing information from the whole dataset and combines several SNPs per transcript to detect ASE...
April 26, 2017: Genome Biology and Evolution
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28453615/do-patient-access-schemes-for-high-cost-cancer-drugs-deliver-value-to-society-lessons-from-the-nhs-cancer-drugs-fund
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A Aggarwal, T Fojo, C Chamberlain, C Davis, R Sullivan
Background: The NHS Cancer Drugs Fund (CDF) was established in 2010 to reduce delays and improve access to cancer drugs, including those that had been previously appraised but not approved by NICE (National Institute for Health and Care Excellence). After 1.3 billion GBP expenditure, a UK parliamentary review in 2016 rationalized the CDF back into NICE. Methods: This paper analyses the potential value delivered by the CDF according to six value criteria. This includes validated clinical benefits scales, cost-effectiveness criteria as defined by NICE and an assessment of real-world data...
April 27, 2017: Annals of Oncology: Official Journal of the European Society for Medical Oncology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28453602/theory-of-mind-and-executive-functioning-following-stroke
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Jackie Hamilton, Bogna Radlak, Paul G Morris, Louise H Phillips
Objective: Cognitive deficits following stroke are well documented, but less is known about problems with social skills such as understanding others' thoughts and feelings. This study investigated the effect of stroke on a visual-affective measure of social understanding: the Reading the Mind in the Eyes test (RMET). The aims were to investigate whether right hemisphere stroke was particularly detrimental to this aspect of Theory of Mind (ToM), and investigate the relationship between ToM ability and executive function following stroke...
April 27, 2017: Archives of Clinical Neuropsychology: the Official Journal of the National Academy of Neuropsychologists
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28453478/functional-reserve-experience-participating-in-instrumental-activities-of-daily-living-is-associated-with-gender-and-functional-independence-in-mild-cognitive-impairment
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Courtney Berezuk, Konstantine K Zakzanis, Joel Ramirez, Anthony C Ruocco, Jodi D Edwards, Brandy L Callahan, Sandra E Black
BACKGROUND: Gender differences in instrumental activities of daily living (IADLs) in mild cognitive impairment (MCI) and Alzheimer's disease may be explained by gender differences in IADL involvement. OBJECTIVE: We introduce a novel theoretical construct, termed functional reserve, and empirically examine gender differences in IADL experience as a proxy of this reserve. METHODS: We cross-sectionally examined men (n = 502) and women (n = 340) with MCI from the Alzheimer's Disease Neuroimaging Initiative (ADNI)...
April 25, 2017: Journal of Alzheimer's Disease: JAD
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28453457/plasma-expression-of-the-intestinal-metaplasia-markers-cdh17-and-tff3-in-patients-with-gastric-cancer
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Boram Choi, Hyuk-Joon Lee, Jimin Min, Hwi-Nyeong Choe, Yun-Suk Choi, Young-Gil Son, Hye-Seong Ahn, Yun-Suhk Suh, James R Goldenring, Han-Kwang Yang
BACKGROUND: Few reliable blood markers are available for detecting gastric cancer, mainly owing to the heterogeneity of the cancer. OBJECTIVE: To establish gastric cancer diagnostic markers, we evaluated the levels of plasma cadherin 17 (CDH17) and trefoil factor 3 (TFF3), which are secretory proteins and known markers for intestinal metaplasia (IM), in patients with gastric cancer. METHOD: The protein expression level was analyzed in blood plasma samples from 111 gastric cancer patients and 44 healthy individuals, using a sandwich ELISA kit, followed by statistical analyses...
April 21, 2017: Cancer Biomarkers: Section A of Disease Markers
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28453377/investigation-of-the-relationship-between-asthma-and-subclinical-atherosclerosis-by-carotid-femoral-intima-media-and-epicardial-fat-thickness-measurement
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Mustafa Yılmaz, Hatice Eylül Bozkurt Yılmaz, Nazan Şen, Cihan Altın, Abdullah Tekin, Haldun Müderrisoğlu
OBJECTIVE: Since asthma and atherosclerosis may share similar pathophysiological mechanism, this study is planned to investigate whether epicardial fat thickness (EFT), carotid and femoral intima media thicknesses, which are markers of subclinical atherosclerosis, are increased in patients with asthma. METHODS: The study was designed as a cross-sectional study. A total of 154 participants (83 patients with asthma and 71 healthy volunteers) were enrolled into the study...
April 28, 2017: Journal of Asthma: Official Journal of the Association for the Care of Asthma
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28449484/clinical-presentation-and-characteristics-of-25-adult-cases-of-pulmonary-sequestration
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Mateusz Polaczek, Inga Baranska, Malgorzata Szolkowska, Jacek Zych, Piotr Rudzinski, Janusz Szopinski, Tadeusz Orlowski, Kazimierz Roszkowski-Sliz
BACKGROUND: Pulmonary sequestration (PS) is a rare congenital abnormality of lung tissue. Only few series of adult cases are reported. The aim was to describe clinical characteristics in adult cases of PS and to compare outcomes in different clinical situations. METHODS: Using MSD engine we searched for cases of PS that have been diagnosed between Jan 1st, 2005 and Dec 31st, 2015. Clinical data was retrospectively gathered. Statistica v.12 (StatSoft, Inc.) was used for statistical analyses...
March 2017: Journal of Thoracic Disease
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28449464/the-role-of-bioglue-in-thoracic-surgery-a-systematic-review
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Diamantis I Tsilimigras, Aspasia Antonopoulou, Ioannis Ntanasis-Stathopoulos, Davide Patrini, Kostas Papagiannopoulos, David Lawrence, Nikolaos Panagiotopoulos
BACKGROUND: BioGlue is a commonly used sealant in thoracic surgery. Prolonged air leak and presence of bronchopleural fistulae (BPF) are often encountered in clinical practice. We therefore, investigated the role and the efficacy of BioGlue in these scenarios. METHODS: A systematic review was conducted by searching Medline [1966-2016] and Cochrane Central Register of Controlled Trials (CENTRAL) [1999-2016] along with reference lists of the included studies. Included studies reported on thoracic surgery operations and use of BioGlue in thoracic surgical procedures, whereas excluded studies met at least one of the following criteria: non-English language studies, non-human population, studies on surgical specialties other than Thoracic surgery, reviews and meta-analyses and sealants other than BioGlue...
March 2017: Journal of Thoracic Disease
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28449338/metformin-use-and-the-risk-of-colorectal-adenoma-a-systematic-review-and-meta-analysis
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Yoon Suk Jung, Chan Hyuk Park, Chang Soo Eun, Dong Il Park, Dong Soo Han
BACKGROUND AND AIM: Although it is known that metformin can reduce risk of colorectal cancer, it is unclear whether it protects against colorectal adenoma. METHODS: This study conducted a systematic literature search on MEDLINE, EMBASE, and the Cochrane Library using the primary keywords "colorectal," "colon," "rectal," "rectum," "adenoma," "polyp," "neoplasia," "neoplasm," "metformin," and "diabetes." Studies were included if they evaluated the association between metformin use and colorectal adenoma and reported odds ratios (ORs) or provided data from which these could be estimated...
May 2017: Journal of Gastroenterology and Hepatology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28449312/the-effect-of-sclerotherapy-and-prolotherapy-on-chronic-painful-achilles-tendinopathy-a-systematic-review-including-meta-analysis
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REVIEW
Oliver Morath, Eva Johanna Kubosch, Jan Taeymans, Jörn Zwingmann, Lukas Konstantinidis, Norbert P Südkamp, Anja Hirschmüller
Chronic painful AT is a common disorder among athletes. Sclerotherapy (ST) and prolotherapy (AT) are two promising options among the numerous other conservative therapies. Since their efficacy and potential adverse effects (AE) are still unclear, we systematically searched, analysed, and synthesised the available literature on ST and PT for treatingAT. Electronic databases, GoogleScholar and articles' reference lists were searched according to PRISMA guidelines. Eligibility criteria were set up according to the PICOS-scheme including human and animal studies...
April 27, 2017: Scandinavian Journal of Medicine & Science in Sports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28449303/brief-intervention-physical-exercise-and-cognitive-behavioural-group-therapy-for-patients-with-chronic-low-back-pain-the-cins-trial
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A Harris, T F Moe, H R Eriksen, T Tangen, S A Lie, T H Tveito, S E Reme
BACKGROUND AND OBJECTIVE: Cognitive-behavioural treatments (CBT) and physical group exercise (PE) have both shown promising effects in reducing disability and increasing work participation among chronic low back pain (CLBP) patients. A brief cognitive intervention (BI) has previously been demonstrated to reduce work disability in CLBP. The aim of this study was to test if the effect of BI could be further increased by adding either group CBT or group PE. METHODS: A total of 214 patients, all sick listed 2-10 months due to CLBP, were randomized to BI (n = 99), BI + group CBT (n = 55) or BI + group PE (n = 60)...
April 27, 2017: European Journal of Pain: EJP
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