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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29141339/-survival-time-of-hiv-aids-cases-and-related-factors-in-beijing-1995-2015
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Y Li, J Wang, S F He, J Chen, H Y Lu
Objective: To analyze the survival time of HIV/AIDS cases and related factors in Beijing from 1995 to 2015. Methods: A retrospective cohort study was conducted to analyze the data of 12 874 HIV/AIDS cases. The data were collected from Chinese HIV/AIDS Comprehensive Information Management System. Life table method was applied to calculate the survival proportion, and Cox proportion hazard regression model were used to identify the factors related with survival time. Results: Among 12 874 HIV/AIDS cases, 303 (2...
November 10, 2017: Zhonghua Liu Xing Bing Xue za Zhi, Zhonghua Liuxingbingxue Zazhi
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29141208/crispr-transcriptional-activation-analysis-unmasks-an-occult-%C3%AE-secretase-processivity-defect-in-familial-alzheimer-s-disease-skin-fibroblasts
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Keiichi Inoue, Luis M A Oliveira, Asa Abeliovich
Mutations in presenilin (PSEN) 1 and 2, which encode components of the γ-secretase (GS) complex, cause familial Alzheimer's disease (FAD). It is hypothesized that altered GS-mediated processing of the amyloid precursor protein (APP) to the Aβ42 fragment, which is accumulated in diseased brain, may be pathogenic. Here, we describe an in vitro model system that enables the facile analysis of neuronal disease mechanisms in non-neuronal patient cells using CRISPR gene activation of endogenous disease-relevant genes...
November 14, 2017: Cell Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29141128/immune-enhancing-effect-of-nanometric-lactobacillus-plantarum-nf1-nlp-nf1-in-a-mouse-model-of-cyclophosphamide-induced-immunosuppression
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Dae-Woon Choi, Sun Young Jung, Jisu Kang, Young-Do Nam, Seong-Il Lim, Ki Tae Kim, Hee Soon Shin
Nanometric Lactobacillus plantarum nF1 (nLp-nF1) is a biogenics consisting of dead L. plantarum pre-treated with heat and a nanodispersion process. In this study, we investigated the immune-enhancing effects of nLp-nF1 in vivo and in vitro. To evaluate the immunostimulatory effects of nLp-nF1, mice immunosuppressed by cyclophosphamide (CPP) treatment were administered with nLp-nF1. As expected, CPP restricted the immune response of mice, whereas oral administration of nLp-nF1 significantly increased total IgG in serum, and cytokine production [interleukin-12 (IL-12) and tumor necrosis factor alpha (TNF-α)] in bone marrow cells...
November 15, 2017: Journal of Microbiology and Biotechnology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29141125/elevated-proinflammatory-markers-in-22q11-2-deletion-syndrome-are-associated-with-psychosis-and-cognitive-deficits
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Ehud Mekori-Domachevsky, Michal Taler, Yehuda Shoenfeld, Michael Gurevich, Polina Sonis, Omri Weisman, Abraham Weizman, Doron Gothelf
OBJECTIVE: 22q11.2 deletion syndrome (22q11.2DS) is a neurogenetic disorder whose phenotype includes high rates of a schizophrenia-like psychotic disorder and immune system abnormalities. Thus, 22q11.2DS is an ideal model for studying the relationship between psychosis and inflammation. The aim of the present study was to identify inflammatory markers that may play a role in the pathophysiologic pathways associated with psychosis and cognitive deficits in 22q11.2DS. METHODS: Forty-nine individuals with 22q11...
November 14, 2017: Journal of Clinical Psychiatry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29141044/high-dimensional-linear-state-space-models-for-dynamic-microbial-interaction-networks
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Iris Chen, Yogeshwar D Kelkar, Yu Gu, Jie Zhou, Xing Qiu, Hulin Wu
Medical researchers are increasingly interested in knowing how the complex community of micro-organisms living on human body impacts human health. Key to this is to understand how the microbes interact with each other. Time-course studies on human microbiome indicate that the composition of microbiome changes over short time periods, primarily as a consequence of synergistic and antagonistic interactions of the members of the microbiome with each other and with the environment. Knowledge of the abundance of bacteria-which are the predominant members of the human microbiome-in such time-course studies along with appropriate mathematical models will allow us to identify key dynamic interaction networks within the microbiome...
2017: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29141022/trabecular-bone-in-the-calcaneus-of-runners
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Andrew Best, Brigitte Holt, Karen Troy, Joseph Hamill
Trabecular bone of the human calcaneus is subjected to extreme repetitive forces during endurance running and should adapt in response to this strain. To assess possible bone functional adaptation in the posterior region of the calcaneus, we recruited forefoot-striking runners (n = 6), rearfoot-striking runners (n = 6), and non-runners (n = 6), all males aged 20-41 for this institutionally approved study. Foot strike pattern was confirmed for each runner using a motion capture system. We obtained high resolution peripheral computed tomography scans of the posterior calcaneus for both runners and non-runners...
2017: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29141015/nematocytes-discovery-and-characterization-of-a-novel-anculeate-hemocyte-in-drosophila-falleni-and-drosophila-phalerata
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Julianna Bozler, Balint Z Kacsoh, Giovanni Bosco
Immune challenges, such as parasitism, can be so pervasive and deleterious that they constitute an existential threat to a species' survival. In response to these ecological pressures, organisms have developed a wide array of novel behavioral, cellular, and molecular adaptations. Research into these immune defenses in model systems has resulted in a revolutionary understanding of evolution and functional biology. As the field has expanded beyond the limited number of model organisms our appreciation of evolutionary innovation and unique biology has widened as well...
2017: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29141007/escitalopram-and-nht-normalized-stress-induced-anhedonia-and-molecular-neuroadaptations-in-a-mouse-model-of-depression
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Or Burstein, Motty Franko, Eyal Gale, Assaf Handelsman, Segev Barak, Shai Motsan, Alon Shamir, Roni Toledano, Omri Simhon, Yafit Hirshler, Gang Chen, Ravid Doron
Anhedonia is defined as a diminished ability to obtain pleasure from otherwise positive stimuli. Anxiety and mood disorders have been previously associated with dysregulation of the reward system, with anhedonia as a core element of major depressive disorder (MDD). The aim of the present study was to investigate whether stress-induced anhedonia could be prevented by treatments with escitalopram or novel herbal treatment (NHT) in an animal model of depression. Unpredictable chronic mild stress (UCMS) was administered for 4 weeks on ICR outbred mice...
2017: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29140973/a-coupled-oscillator-model-of-olfactory-bulb-gamma-oscillations
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Guoshi Li, Thomas A Cleland
The olfactory bulb transforms not only the information content of the primary sensory representation, but also its underlying coding metric. High-variance, slow-timescale primary odor representations are transformed by bulbar circuitry into secondary representations based on principal neuron spike patterns that are tightly regulated in time. This emergent fast timescale for signaling is reflected in gamma-band local field potentials, presumably serving to efficiently integrate olfactory sensory information into the temporally regulated information networks of the central nervous system...
November 15, 2017: PLoS Computational Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29140832/platelet-function-changes-in-a-time-dependent-manner-following-traumatic-brain-injury-in-a-murine-model
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Grace E Martin, Brent Xia, Young Kim, Mark D Johnson, Rosalie Veile, Lou Ann Friend, Amy T Makley, Charles C Caldwell, Michael D Goodman
Traumatic brain injury (TBI) results in systemic changes in coagulation and inflammation that contribute to post-traumatic morbidity and mortality. The potential interaction of platelets and pro-inflammatory cytokines in the modulation of coagulation, microthrombosis, and venous thromboembolic events after moderate TBI (TBI) has not been determined. Using a murine model, we hypothesized 1) that the degree of platelet-induced coagulation varies depending on the platelet aggregation agonist 2) platelet-induced coagulation changes in a time-dependent manner following TBI, and 3) changes in platelet-induced coagulation are mirrored by changes in the levels of circulating pro-inflammatory cytokines...
November 14, 2017: Shock
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29140828/biomimetic-nanoparticles-for-transplantation-tolerance
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Silvia Minardi, Sahil Shah, Xunrong Luo
PURPOSE OF REVIEW: The current review aims to provide a current landscape and future trends of biomimetic nanoparticles which have the potential to revolutionize the field of transplantation in the next decade. RECENT FINDINGS: Currently, the inability to safely induce robust donor-specific immunological tolerance makes it difficult to achieve immunosuppression-free graft survival. Despite progresses in the development of nanotherapeutics for antigen-specific immunomodulation in autoimmune diseases and in cancer treatments, few have been proposed and tested in transplantation with success...
November 14, 2017: Current Opinion in Organ Transplantation
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29140784/sketch-based-articulated-3d-shape-retrieval
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Yusuf Sahillioglu, Metin Sezgin
Sketch-based queries are a suitable and superior alternative to traditional text- and example-based queries for 3D shape retrieval. The authors developed an articulated 3D shape retrieval method that uses easy-to-obtain 2D sketches. In contrast to existing sketch-based retrieval systems that lower the 3D database models to 2D, their algorithm implicitly lifts the 2D query to 2.5D by inferring depth information from possibly self-intersecting sketches using a good continuation rule. It does not require 3D example models to initiate queries, but results show that it achieves accuracy comparable to a state-of-the-art example-based 3D shape retrieval method...
November 2017: IEEE Computer Graphics and Applications
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29140663/a-recipe-for-justice-support-for-a-federal-food-justice-interagency-working-group
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Melanie Pugh
Systemic social justice issues are characterized as having complex and far-reaching causes. Food justice is one such an issue. Food justice is defined as “justice for all [people] in the food system,” from agricultural production to consumer products. Policies seeking to remedy systemic social justice issues often need to include the attention of many levels of government and coordination across multiple agencies to move issues forward. That is why finding a model for interagency collaboration that has evidenced success, especially over the long-term, is inspiring and worth mirroring...
2017: Food and Drug Law Journal
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29140661/an-international-model-for-antibiotics-regulation
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Emilie Aguirre
We face a global antibiotics resistance crisis. Antibiotic drugs are rapidly losing their effectiveness, potentially propelling us toward a post-antibiotic world. The largest use of antibiotics in the world is in food-producing animals. Food producers administer these drugs in routine, low doses—the types of doses that are incidentally the most conducive to breeding antibiotic resistance. In general, individual countries have been too slow to act in regulating misuse and overuse of antibiotics in foodproducing animals...
2017: Food and Drug Law Journal
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29140641/agricultural-worker-injury-comparative-risk-assessment-methodology-assessing-corn-and-biofuel-switchgrass-production-systems
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Charles V Schwab, Gretchen A Mosher, Saxon J Ryan
Keeping workers safe is a continuing challenge in agricultural production. Risk assessment methodologies have been used widely in other industries to better understand systems and enhance decision making, yet their use in production agriculture has been limited. This article describes the considerations and the approach taken to measure the difference in worker injury risks between two agricultural production systems. A model was developed specifically for the comparison of worker injury risk between corn and biofuel switchgrass production systems...
July 31, 2017: Journal of Agricultural Safety and Health
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29140604/simultaneous-measurements-of-geometric-and-viscoelastic-properties-of-hydrogel-microbeads-using-continuous-flow-microfluidics-with-embedded-electrodes
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Ye Niu, Xu Zhang, Ting Si, Yuntian Zhang, Lin Qi, Gang Zhao, Ronald X Xu, Xiaoming He, Yi Zhao
Geometric and mechanical characterizations of hydrogel materials at the microscale are attracting increasing attention due to their importance in tissue engineering, regenerative medicine, and drug delivery applications. Contemporary approaches for measuring the these properties of hydrogel microbeads suffer from low-throughput, complex system configuration, and measurement inaccuracy. In this work, a continuous-flow device is developed to measure geometric and viscoelastic properties of hydrogel microbeads by flowing the microbeads through a tapered microchannel with an array of interdigitated microelectrodes patterned underneath the channel...
November 15, 2017: Small
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29140508/interactions-with-the-healthcare-system-influence-advance-care-planning-activities-results-from-a-representative-survey-in-11-developed-countries
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Alex Sable-Smith, Kelly R Arnett, Molly A Nowels, Kathryn Colborn, Hillary D Lum, David Nowels
Aim: To identify factors associated with completion of Advance Care Planning (ACP) by patients seen in primary care in developed countries. We hypothesized that the quality of primary care is associated. Method: We analysed respondent reported individual and healthcare utilization factors associated with the completion of ACP activities from the 2014 Commonwealth Fund International Health Policy Survey of Older Adults in 11 Countries. The primary outcome is the combined number of ACP activities completed...
November 13, 2017: Family Practice
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29140506/quantification-of-the-effect-of-toxicants-on-the-intracellular-kinetic-energy-and-cross-sectional-area-of-mammary-epithelial-organoids-by-oct-fluctuation-spectroscopy
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Xiao Yu, Ashley M Fuller, Richard Blackmon, Melissa A Troester, Amy L Oldenburg
The ability to assess toxicant exposures of three-dimensional (3D) in vitro mammary models that recapitulate the tissue microenvironment can aid in our understanding of environmental exposure risk over time. Longitudinal studies of 3D model systems, however, are cumbersome and suffer from a lack of high-throughput toxicological assays. In this study, we establish a noninvasive and label-free optical coherence tomography (OCT)-based imaging platform for tracking exposure-response relationships in 3D human mammary epithelial organoid models...
November 10, 2017: Toxicological Sciences: An Official Journal of the Society of Toxicology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29140434/managing-public-health-data-mobile-applications-and-mass-vaccination-campaigns
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Melissa W McClung, Sarah A Gumm, Megan E Bisek, Amber L Miller, Bryan C Knepper, Arthur J Davidson
In response to data collection challenges during mass immunization events, Denver Public Health developed a mobile application to support efficient public health immunization and prophylaxis activities. The Handheld Automated Notification for Drugs and Immunizations (HANDI) system has been used since 2012 to capture influenza vaccination data during Denver Health's annual employee influenza campaign. HANDI has supported timely and efficient administration and reporting of influenza vaccinations through standardized data capture and database entry...
November 13, 2017: Journal of the American Medical Informatics Association: JAMIA
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29140373/clinical-considerations-of-adapted-drilling-protocol-by-bone-quality-perception
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Marco Toia, Michele Stocchero, Francesca Cecchinato, Enrico Corrà, Ryo Jimbo, Denis Cecchinato
PURPOSE: To evaluate insertion torque value (ITV) and marginal bone loss (MBL) of an implant system after a clinically perceived bone quality-adapted drilling. MATERIALS AND METHODS: This multicenter retrospective study included patients treated with implants, conventionally loaded, in completely healed sites. Operators customized the osteotomy preparation according to radiographic assessment and their perception of bone quality. Drilling sequence, bone quality, and ITV were recorded at the time of surgery...
November 2017: International Journal of Oral & Maxillofacial Implants
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