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Asian J Psychiatr ; 61: 102680, 2021 Jul.
Artigo em Inglês | MEDLINE | ID: mdl-34000499


INTRODUCTION: Negative symptoms are associated with poor outcomes and functioning. Latent structure of negative symptoms is important for identifying potential intervention targets for novel treatments. Self-report instruments have been developed to measure negative symptoms. Previous findings on latent structure of negative symptoms are inconsistently and mainly rely on clinician-rated instruments. METHOD: We aimed to explore the latent structure of the Self-Evaluation of Negative Symptoms Scale (SNS) in 204 clinically-stable outpatients with schizophrenia. Confirmatory factor analysis (CFA) was used to compare the competing models (i.e., one-factor, two-factor and five-factor models), and estimated goodness-of-fit indexes. Other clinician-rated scales for psychopathology and medication side-effects were also collected. RESULTS: The CFA found the five-factor model performing best, with a comparative fit index (CFI) of > 0.95, a Tucker Lewis Index (TLI) of > 0.95, and a root mean square error of approximation (RMSEA) of < 0.06. The robust chi-square difference test for the weighted least squares with mean and variance adjusted estimation (WLSMV) also indicated a significant better fit for the five-factor model. DISCUSSION: Our preliminary findings support a five-factor latent structure of self-report negative symptoms in schizophrenia patients. Further research in this area should utilize multiple clinician-rated and self-report measures, and recruit large and homogeneous samples with schizophrenia.

Esquizofrenia , Análise Fatorial , Humanos , Psicometria , Reprodutibilidade dos Testes , Esquizofrenia/diagnóstico , Esquizofrenia/tratamento farmacológico , Autorrelato
BMC Cancer ; 15: 724, 2015 Oct 16.
Artigo em Inglês | MEDLINE | ID: mdl-26474569


BACKGROUND: Although the occurrence of acute myeloid leukemia (AML) after chemotherapy for multiple myeloma (MM) is common in clinical settings, the simultaneous occurrence of these malignancies in patients without previous exposure to chemotherapy is a rare event. Etiology, disease management, and clinical treatment remain unclear for this particular occurrence. To the best of our knowledge, this study is the first to report a case of simultaneous presentation of AML and MM after exposure to ultraviolet irradiation. CASE PRESENTATION: We reported the case of a 73-year-old man (Han Chinese ethnicity) without previous medical history of AML and MM. The morphology and immunology of bone marrow cells confirmed the co-existence of AML and MM. Fluorescent in situ hybridization analysis of immunomagnetically separated abnormal plasma cells showed abnormal expression of the amplified RB-1, TP53, and CDKN2C (1p32). Cytogenetic analysis demonstrated Y chromosome deletion. After the patient was administered with bortezomib combined with cytarabine + aclarubicin + granulocyte colony-stimulating factor (CAG regimen), and evident curative effects were observed. The patient achieved and maintained complete remission for more than 6 months. Prior to the disease occurrence, the patient had received ultraviolet irradiation for 1 year and was detected with aberrant gene expression of RB-1, TP53, and CDKN2C (1p32). Nevertheless, the correlation of this phenomenon with the etiology of concurrent AML with MM remains unclear. CONCLUSION: This study discussed the case of a patient diagnosed with AML concurrent with MM, who has no previous exposure to chemotherapy. This patient was successfully treated by bortezomib combined with CAG regimen. This study provides a basis for clinical treatment guidance for this specific group of patients and for confirmation of the disease etiology.

Leucemia Mieloide Aguda/tratamento farmacológico , Leucemia Mieloide Aguda/patologia , Mieloma Múltiplo/tratamento farmacológico , Mieloma Múltiplo/patologia , Aclarubicina/administração & dosagem , Idoso , Protocolos de Quimioterapia Combinada Antineoplásica/administração & dosagem , Citarabina/administração & dosagem , Fator Estimulador de Colônias de Granulócitos/administração & dosagem , Humanos , Leucemia Mieloide Aguda/complicações , Masculino , Mieloma Múltiplo/complicações , Indução de Remissão
Artigo em Inglês | MEDLINE | ID: mdl-24963332


Objectives. To test the efficiency and safety of sequential application of retinoic acid (ATRA), Realgar-Indigo naturalis formula (RIF) and chemotherapy (CT) were used as the maintenance treatment in patients with acute promyelocytic leukemia (APL). Methods. This was a retrospective study of 98 patients with newly diagnosed APL who accepted two different maintenance treatments. After remission induction and consolidation chemotherapy according to their Sanz scores, patients received two different kinds of maintenance scheme. The first regimen was using ATRA, RIF, and standard dose of CT sequentially (ATRA/RIF/CT regimen), while the second one was using ATRA and low dose of chemotherapy with methotrexate (MTX) plus 6-mercaptopurine (6-MP) alternately (ATRA/CTlow regimen). The OS, DFS, relapse rate, minimal residual disease, and adverse reactions in two groups were monitored and evaluated. Results. ATRA/RIF/CT regimen could effectively reduce the chance of relapse in different risk stratification of patients, but there was no significant difference in 5-year DFS rate and OS rate between the two groups. Besides, the patients in the experimental group suffered less severe adverse reactions than those in the control group. Conclusions. The repeated sequential therapeutic regimen to APL with ATRA, RIF, and chemotherapy is worth popularizing for its high effectiveness and low toxicity.

Conf Proc IEEE Eng Med Biol Soc ; 2005: 6953-6, 2005.
Artigo em Inglês | MEDLINE | ID: mdl-17281874


Nowadays, medical environment is integrated and complicated, involving large amounts of various medical data, such as images, waveforms and other digital data. For the interoperability of images and waveforms in imaging context, the images and waveforms usually need to be interchanged and stored using one standard. DICOM is the best choice, which is an international standard for the communication and storage of medical information. In this paper, we developed a DICOM middleware with capability of converting SCP-ECG, the European standard for resting ECGs, into DICOM ECGs. Then an ECG viewing component is implemented, which can parse and display SCP-ECG records and DICOM ECGs. The research results show that our work can realize seamless workflows in multi-vendor environment, contribute to the harmonization of ECG standards, and facilitate digital ECG applications.