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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29334712/-the-effect-of-ambient-pm-10-on-sperm-quality-in-wuhan
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X C Wang, X J Tian, B Ye, L Ma, Y Zhang, J Yang
Objective: To investigate the effect of exposure to particulate matter ≤10 μm in aerodynamic diameter (PM(10)) on sperm quality in different stages of sperm development. Methods: This cross-sectional study included 1 827 patients attending the reproductive medicine center in Renmin Hospital of Wuhan University during April 2013 to January 2015. Air pollution data from January 2013 to January 2015 was obtained from the database of Wuhan Municipal Environmental Protection Bureau. The generalized linear model was employed to assess the association between each exposure variables and sperm parameters for several exposure windows (0-9, 10-14, 15-69, 70-90, 0-90 days before sampling) ...
January 6, 2018: Zhonghua Yu Fang Yi Xue za Zhi [Chinese Journal of Preventive Medicine]
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29334674/relationship-between-jumping-abilities-and-skeletal-muscle-architecture-of-lower-limbs-in-humans-systematic-review-and-meta-analysis
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J D Ruiz-Cárdenas, J J Rodríguez-Juan, J Ríos-Díaz
The aim of this study was to examine the influence of skeletal muscle architecture (SMA) features measured by 2-D ultrasonography on jumping performance in humans. A systematic review and meta-analysis was conducted, registry number: CRD42016043602. The scientific literature was systematically searched in eight databases, last run on March 14th, 2017. Cross-sectional studies focused on the association between SMA features and vertical jumping performance were selected. A random-effects model was used to analyze the influence of lower-limb SMA and maximal jump height...
January 12, 2018: Human Movement Science
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29334642/examining-the-latent-structure-mechanisms-for-comorbid-posttraumatic-stress-disorder-and-major-depressive-disorder
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Margo C Hurlocker, Desirae N Vidaurri, Lisa-Ann J Cuccurullo, Kelly Maieritsch, C Laurel Franklin
BACKGROUND: Posttraumatic stress disorder (PTSD) is a complex psychiatric illness that can be difficult to diagnose, due in part to its comorbidity with major depressive disorder (MDD). Given that researchers have found no difference in prevalence rates of PTSD and MDD after accounting for overlapping symptoms, the latent structures of PTSD and MDD may account for the high comorbidity. In particular, the PTSD Negative Alterations in Cognition and Mood (NACM) and Hyperarousal factors have been characterized as non-specific to PTSD...
January 8, 2018: Journal of Affective Disorders
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29334583/effects-of-carnosine-beta-alanyl-l-histidine-in-an-experimental-rat-model-of-acute-kidney-injury-due-to-septic-shock
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Sabiha Sahin, Dilek Burukoglu Donmez
BACKGROUND Acute kidney injury (AKI) secondary to sepsis is a major cause of morbidity and mortality in the human intensive care unit (ICU). Kidney function and the histological findings of AKI were investigated in an experimental rat model with sepsis induced by cecal ligation and puncture (CLP) and compared with and without treatment with carnosine (beta-alanyl-L-histidine). MATERIAL AND METHODS Twenty-four Sprague-Dawley rats were randomly divided into three groups consisting eight rats in each: Group 1 - control; Group 2 - septic shock; and Group 3 - septic shock treated with carnosine...
January 15, 2018: Medical Science Monitor: International Medical Journal of Experimental and Clinical Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29334512/association-between-alcohol-use-and-angina-symptoms-among-outpatients-from-the-veterans-health-administration
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Emily C Williams, Chris L Bryson, Haili Sun, David H Au, Katharine A Bradley
BACKGROUND: Alcohol use is associated with angina incidence, but associations between alcohol use and experience of angina among patients with coronary artery disease (CAD) have not been described. METHODS: Outpatients with CAD from 7 clinics in the Veterans Health Administration were surveyed; alcohol use was measured using the validated Alcohol Use Disorders Identification Test-Consumption scores categorized into 6 groups: nondrinking, low-risk drinking, and mild, moderate, severe, and very severe unhealthy alcohol use...
January 12, 2018: Journal of Addiction Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29334477/improvement-of-endothelial-function-by-pitavastatin-a-meta-analysis
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Niki Katsiki, Željko Reiner, Eugenia Tedeschi Reiner, Khalid Al-Rasadi, Matteo Pirro, Dimitri P Mikhailidis, Amirhossein Sahebkar
OBJECTIVE: Dyslipidemia is commonly associated with endothelial dysfunction and increased cardiovascular risk. Pitavastatin has been shown to reduce total and low-density lipoprotein cholesterol, to increase high-density lipoprotein (HDL)-cholesterol and improve HDL function. Furthermore, several trials explored its effects on flow-mediated dilation (FMD), as an index of endothelial function. The authors evaluated the effect of pitavastatin therapy on FMD. METHODS: The authors performed a systematic review and meta-analysis of all clinical trials exploring the impact of pitavastatin on FMD...
January 15, 2018: Expert Opinion on Pharmacotherapy
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29334438/in-vitro-and-in-vivo-evaluations-of-the-anticalculus-effect-of-a-novel-stabilized-stannous-fluoride-dentifrice
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Tao He, Mary Kay Anastasia, Marianne Zsiska, Teresa Farmer, Eva Schneiderman, Jeffery L Milleman
OBJECTIVES: To evaluate the effect of a novel stannous fluoride dentifrice with zinc citrate on calculus inhibition using both in vitro and clinical models. METHODS: Each investigation tested a novel stabilized 0.454% stannous fluoride dentifrice with zinc citrate as an anticalculus agent (Crest® Pro-Health™ smooth formula) compared to a negative control fluoride dentifrice. The in vitro study used the modified Plaque Growth and Mineralization Model (mPGM). Plaque biofilms were prepared and mineralized by alternate immersion of glass rods in human saliva and artificial mineralization solution...
December 2017: Journal of Clinical Dentistry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29334435/comparative-antiplaque-effect-of-two-antimicrobial-dentifrices-laboratory-and-clinical-evaluations
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Lynn R Friesen, C R Goyal, Jimmy G Qaqish, Tao He, Rachelle Eusebio, Marianne Zsiska, Teresa Farmer, Eva Schneiderman
OBJECTIVES: To compare the effect of a stannous fluoride dentifrice versus a triclosan-containing dentifrice on the reduction of plaque using in vitro and clinical models. METHODS: Both investigations evaluated a novel 0.454% stabilized stannous fluoride dentifrice (Crest® Pro-Health™ smooth formula) versus a sodium fluoride/triclosan positive control dentifrice (Colgate® Total®). The in vitro evaluation utilized the Plaque Glycolysis and Regrowth Model (PGRM), wherein the metabolic effects (acid production/glycolysis inhibition) of the dentifrices were assessed on plaque biofilms grown on glass rods after three days growth and a single dentifrice treatment...
December 2017: Journal of Clinical Dentistry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29334299/mucoadhesive-buccal-film-containing-ornidazole-and-dexamethasone-for-oral-ulcers-in-vitro-and-in-vivo-studies
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Chengliang Zhang, Yanan Liu, Wei Li, Ping Gao, Dong Xiang, Xiuhua Ren, Dong Liu
A bilayered mucoadhesive buccal film containing a combination of ornidazole (OD) and dexamethasone sodium phosphate (DEX) was prepared using solvent casting to treat oral ulcers. Films were systematically evaluated in vitro to obtain the optimum formulation. The therapeutic effects of these films were investigated in the rabbit oral ulcer model and the in vivo release of OD and DEX in the human oral cavity was also evaluated. The backing layer contained ethyl cellulose and an optimal mucoadhesive layer containing both OD and DEX was produced...
January 15, 2018: Pharmaceutical Development and Technology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29334234/is-there-an-association-between-severity-of-illness-and-psychiatric-symptoms-in-patients-with-chronic-renal-failure
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D Guenzani, M Buoli, G S Carnevali, M Serati, P Messa, S Vettoretti
Chronic renal failure (CRF) is a frequent condition in elderly subjects, and it is associated with psychiatric comorbidity, especially depressive symptoms. Purpose of the present research was to compare patients with different severity of chronic kidney disease (CKD) in terms of psychiatric symptoms. One hundred CKD subjects were randomly selected among those attending the Department of Nephrology, University of Milan. The patients were evaluated through the following rating scales: Mini-Mental State Examination (MMSE), Beck Depression Inventory (BDI), Symptom Checklist (SCL-90), Kidney Disease Quality of Life- Short Form (KDQOL-SF) and Cumulative Illness Rating Scale (CIRS)...
January 15, 2018: Psychology, Health & Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29334233/perceived-discrimination-and-mental-health-among-older-african-americans-the-role-of-psychological-well-being
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Eunkyung Yoon, Corvell Coburn, Susie A Spence
OBJECTIVES: Examine the effect of perceived discrimination (both racial and non-racial) on the mental health of older African Americans and explore the buffering role of psychological well-being (purpose in life and self-acceptance). METHODS: Using an older African American subsample from the National Health Measurement Study (n = 397), multiple regression model by gender was used to estimate the effects of two types of discrimination (every day and lifetime) on SF-36 mental component and mediating role of two concepts of psychological well-being...
January 15, 2018: Aging & Mental Health
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29333419/evaluation-of-a-polyurethane-foam-dressing-impregnated-with-3-povidone-iodine-betafoam-in-a-rat-wound-model
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Jin Won Lee, Kyo Young Song
Purpose: The purpose of this study was to evaluate the efficacy of Betafoam in terms of wound healing and safety. Methods: Fifty-four male adult Sprague-Dawley rats (weight, 200-250 g) were used in the study. Full-thickness skin defects were created on the back of each rats. The rats were assigned to 6 groups according to the type of wound dressing used (n = 9 for each group): Betafoam, Allevyn-Ag, Mepilex-Ag, Medifoam silver, Polymem-Ag, and gauze. The wound size, histological findings, and amount of DNA on the changed dressings for each group were analyzed and compared...
January 2018: Annals of Surgical Treatment and Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29333088/bone-regeneration-using-silk-hydroxyapatite-hybrid-composite-in-a-rat-alveolar-defect-model
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Kyung S Koh, Jong Woo Choi, Eun Jeong Park, Tae Suk Oh
Background: To overcome the limited source of autogenous bone in bone grafting, many efforts have been made to find bone substitutes. The use of hybrid composites of silk and hydroxyapatite to simulate natural bone tissue can overcome the softness and brittleness of the individual components. Methods: Critical-sized, 7 x 4 x 1.5 mm alveolar defects were created surgically in 36 Sprague-Dawley rats. Three treatment groups were tested: an empty defect group (group I), a silk fibrin scaffold group (group II), and a hydroxyapatite-conjugated silk fibrin scaffold group (group III)...
2018: International Journal of Medical Sciences
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29333041/pharmacological-evaluation-of-hepatoprotective-activity-of-ahpl-aytab-0613-tablet-in-carbon-tetrachloride-ethanol-and-paracetamol-induced-hepatotoxicity-models-in-wistar-albino-rats
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Sanjay U Nipanikar, Sohan S Chitlange, Dheeraj Nagore
Background: Hepatotoxicity ultimately leads to liver failure. Conventional treatment options for hepatotoxicity are limited and not safe. Objective: Formulation AHPL/AYTAB/0613 is developed to provide safer and effective hepatoprotective drug of natural origin. A study was conducted to evaluate hepatoprotective activity of AHPL/AYTAB/0613 (three dosages) in comparison with marketed formulations in carbon tetrachloride (CCl4), ethanol, and paracetamol-induced hepatotoxicity in Wistar albino rats...
December 2017: Pharmacognosy Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29333005/prognostic-factors-and-survival-outcomes-of-intracranial-ependymoma-treated-with-multimodality-approach
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Kunhi Parambath Haresh, Ajeet Kumar Gandhi, Supriya Mallick, Rony Benson, Subhash Gupta, Daya Nand Sharma, Pramod Kumar Julka, Goura Kisor Rath
Objectives: We aimed to analyze treatment outcomes of intracranial ependymoma (ICE) treated at our institute with multimodality approach. Materials and Methods: Demography, treatment details, and survival data of 40 patients (2005-2012) were collected in a predesigned pro forma. Kaplan Meier method was used to analyze disease-free survival (DFS) and the impact of prognostic factors was determined using univariate analysis (log-rank test). Multivariate analysis was performed using Cox-proportional hazard model...
October 2017: Indian Journal of Medical and Paediatric Oncology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29332926/differentiating-between-alzheimer-disease-patients-and-controls-with-phase-difference-enhanced-imaging-at-3t-a-feasibility-study
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Machiko Tateishi, Mika Kitajima, Toshinori Hirai, Tetsuya Yoneda, Mamoru Hashimoto, Nan Kurehana, Hiroyuki Uetani, Ryuji Fukuhara, Minako Azuma, Yasuyuki Yamashita
PURPOSE: To test the feasibility of the phase difference enhanced (PADRE) imaging for differentiation between Alzheimer disease (AD) patients and control subjects on 3T MR imaging. MATERIALS AND METHODS: Fifteen patients with AD and 10 age-matched control subjects underwent two-dimensional fast field echo imaging to obtain PADRE images on a 3T MR scanner. A double Gaussian distribution model was used to determine the threshold phase value for differentiation between the physiologic and non-physiologic iron in the cerebral cortices, and PADRE images were processed with the threshold...
January 15, 2018: Magnetic Resonance in Medical Sciences: MRMS
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29332819/chemometric-analysis-of-nmr-and-gc-datasets-for-chemotype-characterization-of-essential-oils-from-different-species-of-ocimum
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João Vito B Freitas, Elenilson G Alves Filho, Lorena Mara A Silva, Guilherme J Zocolo, Edy S de Brito, Nilce V Gramosa
The genus Ocimum (Labiatae) comprises 30 species found in tropical and subtropical regions of the planet, of which species O. basilicum L. and O. gratissimum are widely used in food and traditional medicine. Phytochemical studies on Ocimum have revealed a number of essential oil chemotypes, for example, eugenol, methyl chavicol, linalool, and methyl cinnamate. Since essential oils are commercially assessed according to their content, the aim of this study was to develop a simple and precise method for their qualitative and quantitative analysis using NMR spectroscopy combined with chemometrics...
April 1, 2018: Talanta
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29332691/ink-dating-part-i-statistical-distribution-of-selected-ageing-parameters-in-a-ballpoint-inks-reference-population
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Agnès Koenig, Céline Weyermann
The development of ink dating methods requires an important amount of work in order to be reliably applicable in practice. Major tasks include the definition of ageing parameters to monitor ink ageing. An adequate parameter should ideally fulfil the following criteria: it should evolve as a function of time in a monotonic way, be measurable in a majority of ink entries, be as accurate and reproducible as possible, and finally it should not be influenced too much by transfer and storage conditions. This work aimed at evaluating the potential of seven ageing parameters for ink dating purposes: the phenoxyethanol quantity, relative peak areas (RPA), three solvent loss ratios (R%, R%*, NR%) and two solvent loss parameters (RNORM, NRNORM)...
January 2018: Science & Justice: Journal of the Forensic Science Society
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29332601/quantitative-structure-activity-relationship-study-of-betulinic-acid-derivatives-against-hiv-using-smiles-based-descriptors
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Apilak Worachartcheewan, Alla P Toropova, Andrey A Toropov, Suphakit Siriwong, Jatupat Prapojanasomboon, Virapong Prachayasittikul, Chanin Nanatasenamat
BACKGROUND: Human immunodeficiency virus (HIV) is the causative agent of acquired immunodeficiency syndrome (AIDS) that imposes a global health burden. Therefore, HIV therapeutic agents have been discovery and development. OBJECTIVE: To construct quantitative-structure activity relationship (QSAR) models of betulinic acid derivatives with anti-HIV activity using simplified molecular-input line-entry system (SMILES)-based descriptors Methods: A data set of 107 betulinic acid derivatives and their anti-HIV activity was used to develop QSAR models...
January 11, 2018: Current Computer-aided Drug Design
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29332499/examination-of-an-in-vitro-methodology-to-evaluate-the-biomechanical-performance-of-nucleus-augmentation-in-axial-compression
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Sebastien Nf Sikora, Danielle E Miles, Sami Tarsuslugil, Marlène Mengoni, Ruth K Wilcox
Intervertebral disc degeneration is one of the leading causes of back pain, but treatment options remain limited. Recently, there have been advances in the development of biomaterials for nucleus augmentation; however, the testing of such materials preclinically has proved challenging. The aim of this study was to develop methods for fabricating and testing bone-disc-bone specimens in vitro for examining the performance of nucleus augmentation procedures. Control, nucleotomy and treated intervertebral disc specimens were fabricated and tested under static load...
January 1, 2018: Proceedings of the Institution of Mechanical Engineers. Part H, Journal of Engineering in Medicine
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