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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28922909/evidence-of-correlation-between-tgfbr2-gene-expression-mediated-by-nf-kb-signaling-pathways-and-kawasaki-disease-in-children
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Qinling Gao, Shuhua Yuan, Dawei Yuan
BACKGROUND: We explored the correlation between the TGFBR2 gene that is mediated by NF-kb signaling pathways and the pathogenesis of Kawasaki disease in children. METHODS: In this study, 43 children with Kawasaki disease from April 2014 to January 2016 at our hospital were selected as the observation group, and 42 healthy children were selected as the control group. The mRNA expression levels of NF-kb gene and TGFBR2 gene in different groups were detected using fluorescence quantitative PCR...
September 15, 2017: Minerva Pediatrica
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28922789/comprehensive-intrametastatic-immune-quantification-and-major-impact-of-immunoscore-on-survival
#2
Bernhard Mlecnik, Marc Van den Eynde, Gabriela Bindea, Sarah E Church, Angela Vasaturo, Tessa Fredriksen, Lucie Lafontaine, Nacilla Haicheur, Florence Marliot, Daphné Debetancourt, Géraldine Pairet, Anne Jouret-Mourin, Jean-Francois Gigot, Catherine Hubert, Etienne Danse, Cristina Dragean, Javier Carrasco, Yves Humblet, Viia Valge-Archer, Anne Berger, Franck Pagès, Jean-Pascal Machiels, Jérôme Galon
Background: This study assesses how the metastatic immune landscape is impacting the response to treatment and the outcome of colorectal cancer (CRC) patients. Methods: Complete curative resection of metastases (n = 441) was performed for two patient cohorts (n = 153). Immune densities were quantified in the center and invasive margin of all metastases. Immunoscore and T and B cell (TB) score were analyzed in relation to radiological and pathological responses and patient's disease-free (DFS) and overall survival (OS) using multivariable Cox proportional hazards models...
January 1, 2018: Journal of the National Cancer Institute
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28922780/use-of-alternative-medicine-for-cancer-and-its-impact-on-survival
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Skyler B Johnson, Henry S Park, Cary P Gross, James B Yu
There is limited available information on patterns of utilization and efficacy of alternative medicine (AM) for patients with cancer. We identified 281 patients with nonmetastatic breast, prostate, lung, or colorectal cancer who chose AM, administered as sole anticancer treatment among patients who did not receive conventional cancer treatment (CCT), defined as chemotherapy, radiotherapy, surgery, and/or hormone therapy. Independent covariates on multivariable logistic regression associated with increased likelihood of AM use included breast or lung cancer, higher socioeconomic status, Intermountain West or Pacific location, stage II or III disease, and low comorbidity score...
January 1, 2018: Journal of the National Cancer Institute
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28922738/mixed-symptoms-in-major-depressive-and-bipolar-disorders-a-systematic-review
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REVIEW
Gustavo H Vázquez, María Lolich, Casimiro Cabrera, Ruzica Jokic, Dusan Kolar, Leonardo Tondo, Ross J Baldessarini
BACKGROUND: The DSM-5 mixed features specifier for mood disorders encourages renewed interest in mixed states and led us to pool research findings regarding prevalence of mixed features in episodes of major depressive (MDD) and bipolar disorders (BD). METHODS: We systematically searched to July 2017 for reports on mixed symptoms in depressive episodes of MDD and in depression and mania or hypomania in types I and II BD. For primary mood-states and diagnostic groups we compared rates of the presence of mixed symptoms: as defined by DSM-5 (≥3 features opposite to the dominant mood-polarity but not overlapping those of the primary disorder) or as having any ≥3 features of opposite polarity...
September 8, 2017: Journal of Affective Disorders
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28922698/survival-improvements-with-adjuvant-therapy-in-patients-with-glioblastoma
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Dasantha Jayamanne, Helen Wheeler, Raymond Cook, Charles Teo, David Brazier, Geoff Schembri, Marina Kastelan, Linxin Guo, Michael F Back
BACKGROUND: Evaluate survival of patients diagnosed with glioblastoma multiforme (GBM) managed with adjuvant intensity modulated radiation therapy and temozolomide since the introduction of the European Organisation for Research and Treatment of Cancer and National Cancer Institute of Canada Clinical Trials Group (EORTC-NCIC) protocol. METHODS: All patients with GBM managed between May 2007 and December 2014 with EORTC-NCIC protocol were entered into a prospective database...
September 18, 2017: ANZ Journal of Surgery
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28922692/phosphodiesterase-4-inhibitors-for-chronic-obstructive-pulmonary-disease
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REVIEW
Jimmy Chong, Bonnie Leung, Phillippa Poole
BACKGROUND: Chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD) is associated with cough, sputum production or dyspnoea and a reduction in lung function, quality of life and life expectancy. Apart from smoking cessation, there are no other treatments that slow lung function decline. Roflumilast and cilomilast are oral phosphodiesterase 4 (PDE4) inhibitors proposed to reduce the airway inflammation and bronchoconstriction seen in COPD. This is an update of a Cochrane review first published in 2011 and updated in 2013...
September 19, 2017: Cochrane Database of Systematic Reviews
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28922686/survival-outcomes-in-elderly-men-undergoing-radical-prostatectomy-in-australia
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Weranja Ranasinghe, Luke L Wang, Raj Persad, Damien Bolton, Nathan Lawrentschuk, Shomik Sengupta
BACKGROUND: To investigate the outcomes of patients older than 75 years of age in Victoria undergoing radical prostatectomy for prostate cancer. METHODS: Data on all men undergoing radical prostatectomy in Victoria between 1 January 2004 and 31 December 2014 were obtained from the Victorian Cancer Registry. Tumour characteristics including Gleason grade, stage of disease and cause of death were obtained. Statistical analysis was performed using chi-squared test, Cox proportional hazards method and Kaplan-Meier analysis...
September 18, 2017: ANZ Journal of Surgery
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28922662/treatment-of-autoimmune-glial-fibrillary-acidic-protein-astrocytopathy-follow-up-in-7-cases
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Xinguang Yang, Junyan Liang, Qingmei Huang, Huiming Xu, Cong Gao, Youming Long, Xiaoyu Xiao
OBJECTIVE: The aim of this work was to report an autoimmune glial fibrillary acidic protein (GFAP) astrocytopathy with long-term follow-up in 7 patients. METHODS: Antibodies were detected by indirect immunofluorescence assay and patient data were analyzed retrospectively. RESULTS: Seven patients (4 female, 3 male) with ≥1 year follow-up were included. All patients had positive GFAP antibodies in their cerebral spinal fluid (CSF). Their median age at disease onset was 56 years (range 27-69) and the median disease duration was 1 year (range 1-4)...
September 19, 2017: Neuroimmunomodulation
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28922616/novel-testing-for-corrosion-of-glass-ceramics-for-dental-applications
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J F Esquivel-Upshaw, F Ren, S M Hsu, F Y Dieng, D Neal, A E Clark
The effects of pH cycling immersion on the corrosion of glass-based ceramic materials were investigated by examining the silicon release level in the immersion solution and the surface morphology of the ceramic after immersion. The hypothesis that pH cycling causes more surface degradation than constant immersion was tested. An inductively coupled plasma atomic emission spectrometer was used for Si ion concentration determination and scanning electron microscopy for surface morphology analyses. Two pH cycling sequences (pH 2, 7, 10 and pH 10, 2, 7) were employed in this study...
September 1, 2017: Journal of Dental Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28922610/symbiosis-of-selected-rhizobium-leguminosarum-bv-viciae-strains-with-diverse-pea-genotypes-effects-on-biological-nitrogen-fixation
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Chao Yang, Rosalind Bueckert, Jeff Schoenau, Axel Diederichsen, Hossein Zakeri, Thomas Warkentin
Biological nitrogen fixation (BNF) can be improved by optimizing the interaction between the rhizobial inoculant and pea (Pisum sativum L.), leading to increased productivity and reduced nitrogen (N) fertilizer use. Eight Rhizobium leguminosarum bv. viciae strains were used to inoculate super-nodulating pea mutant Rondo-nod3(fix+), hyper-nodulating pea mutant Frisson P88 Sym29, CDC Meadow commercial control, and a non-nodulating mutant Frisson P56 (nod-) to evaluate BNF in a greenhouse assay. Significant differences in strain×cultivar interactions were detected for shoot and root dry weight which ranged from 1...
September 18, 2017: Canadian Journal of Microbiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28922592/determining-if-borderline-personality-disorder-and-bipolar-disorder-are-alternative-expressions-of-the-same-disorder-results-from-the-national-epidemiologic-survey-on-alcohol-and-related-conditions
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Iris de la Rosa, María A Oquendo, Gemma García, Barbara Stanley, Ana González-Pinto, Shang-Min Liu, Carlos Blanco
OBJECTIVE: To examine whether bipolar disorder and borderline personality disorder represent 2 different disorders or alternative manifestations of the same disorder. METHODS: The data were collected between January 1, 2004, and December 31, 2005. The analyses were conducted between December 21 and December 27, 2010. Exploratory factor analysis (EFA) and confirmatory factor analysis (CFA) were performed on 25 symptoms assessing depression, mania, and borderline personality disorder from the National Epidemiologic Survey on Alcohol and Related Conditions, a large nationally representative sample of the US adult population (N = 34,653)...
September 5, 2017: Journal of Clinical Psychiatry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28922571/interprofessional-oral-health-initiative-in-a-nondental-american-indian-setting
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Kate L Murphy, Laura S Larsson
BACKGROUND AND PURPOSE: Tooth decay is the most common chronic childhood disease and American Indian (AI) children are at increased risk. Pediatric primary care providers are in an opportune position to reduce tooth decay. The purpose of this study was to integrate and evaluate a pediatric oral health project in an AI, pediatric primary care setting. METHODS: The intervention set included caregiver education, caries risk assessment, and a same-day dental home referral...
September 18, 2017: Journal of the American Association of Nurse Practitioners
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28922454/surgery-for-t4-lung-cancer-invading-the-thoracic-aorta-do-we-push-the-limits
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Giuseppe Marulli, Erino A Rendina, Walter Klepetko, Reinhold Perkmann, Davide Zampieri, Giulio Maurizi, Thomas Klikovits, Francesco Zaraca, Federico Venuta, Egle Perissinotto, Federico Rea
BACKGROUND: Few investigators have described en bloc resection of non-small cell lung cancer (NSCLC) invading the aorta. AIM OF STUDY: Analysis of outcome and prognostic factors for en bloc resections of NSCLC invading the aorta. METHODS: Thirty-five patients (27 males, 8 females; mean age 63 ± 8.6 years) were operated between 1994 and 2015 in four European Centers. HISTOLOGY: 12 (34.3%) squamous cell carcinoma, and 6 (17...
September 18, 2017: Journal of Surgical Oncology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28922434/association-of-microrna-polymorphisms-with-the-risk-of-gastric-cancer-in-a-romanian-population
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Ion Rogoveanu, Florin Burada, Mihai Gabriel Cucu, Cristin Constantin Vere, Mihai Ioana, Raluca Alexandra Cîmpeanu
BACKGROUND AND AIMS: MicroRNAs (miRNAs) play an important role in the occurrence and progression of human cancers, including gastric cancer. Our hospital-based case-control study aimed to investigate whether four commonly studied single nucleotide polymorphisms (SNPs) have effects on susceptibility to gastric cancer in a Romanian population. METHOD: We genotyped the miR-27a rs895819, miR-146a rs2910164, miR-196a2 rs11614913 and miR-499 rs3746444 SNPs by real-time PCR using predesignated TaqMan assays in 430 individuals (142 gastric cancer patients and 288 age and gender matched cancer-free controls)...
September 2017: Journal of Gastrointestinal and Liver Diseases: JGLD
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28922414/a-nonrandomized-trial-of-vitamin-d-supplementation-for-barrett-s-esophagus
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Linda C Cummings, Prashanthi N Thota, Joseph E Willis, Yanwen Chen, Gregory S Cooper, Nancy Furey, Beth Bednarchik, Bronia M Alashkar, John Dumot, Ashley L Faulx, Stephen P Fink, Adam M Kresak, Basel Abusneineh, Jill Barnholtz-Sloan, Patrick Leahy, Martina L Veigl, Amitabh Chak, Sanford D Markowitz
BACKGROUND: Vitamin D deficiency may increase esophageal cancer risk. Vitamin D affects genes regulating proliferation, apoptosis, and differentiation and induces the tumor suppressor 15-hydroxyprostaglandin dehydrogenase (PGDH) in other cancers. This nonrandomized interventional study assessed effects of vitamin D supplementation in Barrett's esophagus (BE). We hypothesized that vitamin D supplementation may have beneficial effects on gene expression including 15-PGDH in BE. METHODS: BE subjects with low grade or no dysplasia received vitamin D3 (cholecalciferol) 50,000 international units weekly plus a proton pump inhibitor for 12 weeks...
2017: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28922381/the-operation-of-a-research-and-development-r-d-program-and-its-significance-for-practice-change-in-community-pharmacy
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Andi Hermansyah, Erica Sainsbury, Ines Krass
BACKGROUND: Community pharmacy practice in Australia is changing and Research and Development (R&D) in community pharmacy plays an important role in contributing to the changes. A range of Cognitive Pharmacy Services (CPS) were developed from R&D programs, yet their implementation has been minimal indicating slow practice change within community pharmacy. Given the vital role of R&D, little is known about the operation and the extent to which it has been effective in supporting practice change in community pharmacy...
2017: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28922362/early-relapses-after-adjuvant-chemotherapy-suggests-primary-chemoresistance-in-diffuse-gastric-cancer
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Sharon Pattison, Catherine Mitchell, Stephen Lade, Trevor Leong, Rita A Busuttil, Alex Boussioutas
BACKGROUND: Survival from gastric cancer remains poor, particularly in Western populations. Previous pre-clinical and subgroup analyses of clinical trials have suggested differing benefits from fluoropyrimidine-based chemotherapeutics for diffuse and intestinal gastric cancer. This analysis examines patterns of relapse with and without adjuvant chemotherapy after curative resection for gastric cancer in these subtypes to explore the Lauren classification as a predictive marker of benefit for fluoropyrimidine-based adjuvant chemotherapy...
2017: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28922331/descemet-membrane-thickening-as-a-sign-for-the-diagnosis-of-corneal-graft-rejection-an-ex-vivo-study
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Ryan VanDenBerg, Vasilios F Diakonis, Alison Bozung, Gustavo Rosa Gameiro, Oliver Fischer, Ahmed El Dakkak, Jan Paul Ulloa-Padilla, Apostolos Anagnostopoulos, Sander Dubovy, Mohamed Abou Shousha
PURPOSE: To disclose, using an ex vivo study, the histopathological mechanism behind in vivo thickening of the endothelium/Descemet membrane complex (En/DM) observed in rejected corneal grafts (RCGs). METHODS: Descemet membrane (DM), endothelium, and retrocorneal membranes make up the total En/DM thickness. These layers are not differentiable by high-definition optical coherence tomography; therefore, the source of thickening is unclear from an in vivo perspective...
September 14, 2017: Cornea
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28922296/trajectories-of-glycemic-change-in-a-national-cohort-of-adults-with-previously-controlled-type-2-diabetes
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Rozalina G McCoy, Che Ngufor, Holly K Van Houten, Brian Caffo, Nilay D Shah
BACKGROUND: Individualized diabetes management would benefit from prospectively identifying well-controlled patients at risk of losing glycemic control. OBJECTIVES: To identify patterns of hemoglobin A1c (HbA1c) change among patients with stable controlled diabetes. RESEARCH DESIGN: Cohort study using OptumLabs Data Warehouse, 2001-2013. We develop and apply a machine learning framework that uses a Bayesian estimation of the mixture of generalized linear mixed effect models to discover glycemic trajectories, and a random forest feature contribution method to identify patient characteristics predictive of their future glycemic trajectories...
September 15, 2017: Medical Care
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28922281/systematic-changes-in-the-national-surgical-quality-improvement-program-database-over-the-years-can-affect-comorbidity-indices-such-as-the-modified-frailty-index-and-modified-charlson-comorbidity-index-for-lumbar-fusion-studies
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Blake N Shultz, Taylor D Ottesen, Nathaniel T Ondeck, Patawut Bovonratwet, Ryan P McLynn, Jonathan J Cui, Jonathan N Grauer
STUDY DESIGN: Retrospective cohort study of prospectively collected data. OBJECTIVE: To investigate the influence of changes in the American College of Surgeons National Surgical Quality Improvement Program (NSQIP) database over the years on the calculation of the modified Frailty Index (mFI) and the modified Charlson Comorbidity Index (mCCI) for posterior lumbar fusion studies. SUMMARY OF BACKGROUND DATA: Multiple studies have utilized the mFI and/or mCCI and showed them to be predictors of adverse postoperative outcomes...
September 15, 2017: Spine
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