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Shirley Chiu Wai Chan, Helen Hoi Lun Tsang, Chak Sing Lau and Ho Yin Chung

-assessment questionnaires–BASDAI, BASFI, and Bath Ankylosing Spondylitis Global Index (BASGI) (10) –to calculate the Ankylosing Spondylitis Disease Activity Score (ASDAS) (11) . Spinal mobility was measured according to the Bath Ankylosing Spondylitis Metrology Index (BASMI) (12) . Radiographs of cervical and lumbosacral spine were used to determine the modified Stoke Ankylosing Spondylitis Spine Score (mSASSS) (13) and radiological sacroiliitis based on the Modified New York (MNY) criteria (14) : grade 0, normal; 1, doubtful; 2, obvious; 3, fusion. Bilateral sacroiliitis grade 2

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A. Rychlik, R. Nieradka, M. Kander, M. Nowicki, M. Wdowiak and A. Kołodziejska-Sawerska

inflammatory bowel disease. J Clin Pathol 50: 93-105. Jergens AE ( 1999 ) Inflammatory bowel disease. Current perspectives. Vet Clin North Am Small Anim Pract 29: 501-521. Jergens AE ( 2004 ) Clinical assessment of disease activity for canine inflammatory bowel disease. J Am Anim Hosp Assoc 40: 437-445. Jergens AE, Schreiner CA, Frank DE, Niyo Y, Ahrens FE, Eckersall PD, Benson TJ, Evans R ( 2003 ) A scoring index for disease activity in canine inflammatory bowel disease. J Vet Intern Med 17

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Nikolaos-Dimitrios Pantzaris, Christina Platanaki, Charalampos Pierrako, Vasilios Karamouzos and Dimitrios Velissaris

Introduction Sepsis and the related multiple organ failure remains a worldwide problem leading to high morbidity and mortality rates. The currently available organ failure scoring systems, such as the Sequential Organ Failure Assessment (SOFA), the Acute Physiology and Chronic Health Evaluation II (APACHE II) and the Simplified Acute Physiology II (SAPS II) scores are useful in the assessment of organ dysfunction over time and have been established as clinically useful indexes of severity and prognosis. The neutrophil-to-lymphocyte ratio (NLR) calculated

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Arpad Ivanecz, Bojan Krebs, Andraz Stozer, Tomaz Jagric, Irena Plahuta and Stojan Potrc

study was to compare the surgical and oncological outcomes of patients undergoing simultaneous resection of primary colorectal cancer and SCLM by laparoscopic or open surgery using propensity score matching. Patients and methods Patient selection and study design All patients with SCLM were discussed by the multidisciplinary team. Treatment decisions were based on location and complexity of resection of the primary tumor, extent of liver resection, liver function and physical condition of the patients. The policy of the institution is not to combine a

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Mohieldin M. Ahmed, Douaa M. Mosalem, Wafaa A. Tarshouby, Aziz K. Alfeeli, Ayyoub B. Baqer and Mohamed H. Mohamed

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BACKGROUND: Diabetic peripheral neuropathy (DPN) often has reduced stability during standing conditions.

AIM: To compare balance control in diabetic patients and normal subjects using computerized dynamic posturography and to assess effect of visual feedback-based balance training in DPN.

MATERIALS AND METHODS: A total of 57 patients of type 2 diabetes mellitus and 30 agematched normal control subjects were recruited. The sensory organization test was done before and after the training program. RESULTS: There was a significant decrease of mean (± SD) of composite equilibrium score and somatosensory ratio score between subgroups of DPN and control healthy group (p < 0.05). There was a significant increase of mean (± SD) of composite equilibrium score and the somatosensory ratio score after treatment as compared to results before training (p < 0.05) in mild DPN. Moreover, there were a significant correlation between composite equilibrium score and disease duration before training in the severe DPN (r = 0.368, p < 0.05).

CONCLUSIONS: Computerized dynamic posturography is an important quantitative tool in the assessment of posture instability and allows for early disclosure of the failure of the postural control system. Visual feedback-based balance training was shown to be a promising method for fall prevention among early diabetes mellitus with peripheral neuropathy.

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Ioannis Zachos, Kalliopi Zachou, George N. Dalekos and Vasileios Tzortzis

considered a major risk factor carrying an increased morbidity and mortality in cirrhotic patients undergoing any kind of surgery, as they can often decompensate because of both anesthesia and surgery. [ 12 , 13 , 14 , 15 ] Diverse scores and indexes have been used for predicting the outcome of patients preoperatively, among which the American Society of Anesthesiologists (ASA) score and the age-adjusted Charlson Comorbidity Index (aaCCI) are the most validated for the pre- and perioperative evaluation. [ 14 , 15 , 16 ] However, in cirrhotic patients, the Child

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Pavel Zehtindjiev

. 2000. Bird station manual . SEEN, University of Gdańsk, Gdańsk. Chernetsov N. 1999. Timing of spring migration, body condition, and fat score in local and passage populations of the Reed Warbler Acrocephalus scirpaceus on the Courish Spit . Avian Ecol. Behav. 2: 75-88. Dolnik V.R. 1975. [ Migratory disposition in birds .] Nauka, Moscow. (In Russian). Franson T., Jakobsson S. 1998. Fat storage in male Willow Warblers in spring: Do residence arrive lean or fat ? Auk 115: 759

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Ondine Lucaciu, Dan Gheban, Olga Soriţau, Mihaela Băciuţ, Radu Septimiu Câmpian and Grigore Băciuţ

. Tawonsawatruk T, Hamilton DF, Simpson AH. Validation of the use of radiographic fracture-healing scores in a small animal model. J Orthoped Res. 2014;32(9):1117-9. DOI: 10.1002/jor.22665 30. de Mello E, Oliveira R, Pelegrine AA, Aloise AC, Ferreira LM. Xenograft impregnated with bone marrow mononuclear fraction for appositional bone regeneration in rabbit calvaria: a clinical and histomorphometric study. Int J Oral Maxillofac Implants. 2014;29(4):962-8. DOI: 10.11607/jomi.3462 31. Liu Y, Möller B, Wiltfang J, Warnke PH, Terheyden H. Tissue

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Adelina-Alexandra Stoica

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The main purpose of this paper is to measure the impact that homophily, structural characteristics of the networks, number of citations of the alters and their Hirsch score have on the number of citations of an ego. I have chosen co-authorship networks as a subject of research because they have a great influence on knowledge and on the diffusion of ideas. The studied populations are represented by full-time academics affiliated to sociology departments in Romania, Poland and Slovenia. Ego-network analysis was used as research design. The data was analyzed using linear hierarchical regression. For all three populations the average number of citations of the alter has a considerable positive impact on the number of citations of the ego. Conversely, the Hirsch score of the alter has a negative impact on the number of citations of the ego. The data analyzed in this article claims that the assumptions about the positive impact of alter citations, network size and the betweenness score on the number of the authors citations are supported empirically.

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Savvas Papadopoulos, Petroula Arapantoni-Dadioti, Konstantinos Sfikas, Artemis Stylianidou, Helen Trichia, Eleftheria Katsamagou, Vaia Baleki and Johannes Noe

.120/ JCO.2002.09.094 [25] Lal P, Salazar PA, Hudis CA, Ladanyi M, Chen B (2004) HER-2 testing in breast cancer using immunohistochemical analysis and fuorescence in situ hybridization: a single-institution experience of 2,279 cases and comparison of dual-color and single-color scoring. Am J Clin Pathol 121:631– 636. doi: 10.1309/VE78-62V2-646B-R6EX [26] Perez EA, Suman VJ, Davidson NE, Martino S, Kaufman PA, Lingle WL, Flynn PJ, Ingle JN, Visscher D, Jenkins RB (2006) HER2 testing by local, central, and reference laboratories in specimens from the North Central