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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28635627/molecular-quantum-similarity-chemical-reactivity-and-database-screening-of-3d-pharmacophores-of-the-protein-kinases-a-b-and-g-from-mycobacterium-tuberculosis
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Alejandro Morales-Bayuelo
Mycobacterium tuberculosis remains one of the world's most devastating pathogens. For this reason, we developed a study involving 3D pharmacophore searching, selectivity analysis and database screening for a series of anti-tuberculosis compounds, associated with the protein kinases A, B, and G. This theoretical study is expected to shed some light onto some molecular aspects that could contribute to the knowledge of the molecular mechanics behind interactions of these compounds, with anti-tuberculosis activity...
June 21, 2017: Molecules: a Journal of Synthetic Chemistry and Natural Product Chemistry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28635532/assessing-physical-symptoms-during-the-postpartum-period-reliability-and-validity-of-the-primary-health-questionnaire-somatic-symptom-subscale-phq-15
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Stephanie Wilkie, Ros Crawley, Susan Button, Alexandra Thornton, Susan Ayers
INTRODUCTION: This study aimed at establishing the reliability and validity of the primary health questionnaire (PHQ-15) somatic symptom severity subscale for postpartum women. METHODS: Women (N = 495) completed the PHQ-15 approximately 6 weeks postpartum during the baseline phase of a randomized controlled trial evaluating a writing intervention for postnatal health in England. Reliability was assessed using internal consistency statistics and convergent validity by comparing differences in self-reported physical health, health-related quality of life (QoL) and primary care usage by PHQ-15 symptom severity category...
February 20, 2017: Journal of Psychosomatic Obstetrics and Gynaecology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28634726/connexin-channels-at-the-glio-vascular-interface-gatekeepers-of-the-brain
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Marijke De Bock, Luc Leybaert, Christian Giaume
Neuronal survival, electrical signaling and synaptic activity require a well-balanced micro-environment in the central nervous system. This is achieved by the blood-brain barrier (BBB), an endothelial barrier situated in the brain capillaries, that controls near-to-all passage in and out of the brain. The endothelial barrier function is highly dependent on signaling interactions with surrounding glial, neuronal and vascular cells, together forming the neuro-glio-vascular unit. Within this functional unit, connexin (Cx) channels are of utmost importance for intercellular communication between the different cellular compartments...
June 20, 2017: Neurochemical Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28634656/patient-reported-eortc-qlq-cipn20-versus-physician-reported-ctcae-quantification-of-oxaliplatin-and-paclitaxel-carboplatin-induced-peripheral-neuropathy-in-ncctg-alliance-clinical-trials
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Jennifer Le-Rademacher, Rahul Kanwar, Drew Seisler, Deirdre R Pachman, Rui Qin, Alexej Abyzov, Kathryn J Ruddy, Michaela S Banck, Ellen M Lavoie Smith, Susan G Dorsey, Neil K Aaronson, Jeff Sloan, Charles L Loprinzi, Andreas S Beutler
PURPOSE: Clinical practice guidelines on chemotherapy-induced peripheral neuropathy (CIPN) use the NCI Common Terminology Criteria for Adverse Events (CTCAE), while recent clinical trials employ a potentially superior measure, the European Organization for Research and Treatment of Cancer Quality of Life Questionnaire-CIPN twenty-item scale (QLQ-CIPN20), a patient-reported outcome (PRO). Practitioners and researchers lack guidance, regarding how QLQ-CIPN20 results relate to the traditional CTCAE during the serial assessment of patients undergoing chemotherapy...
June 20, 2017: Supportive Care in Cancer: Official Journal of the Multinational Association of Supportive Care in Cancer
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28634598/previously-unrecognized-behavioral-phenotype-in-gaucher-disease-type-3
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Magy Abdelwahab, Michael Potegal, Elsa G Shapiro, Igor Nestrasil
OBJECTIVE: To provide a comprehensive description of abnormal behaviors in patients with Gaucher disease type 3 (GD3) and relate these behaviors to demographic, neurodevelopmental, and neurologic characteristics. METHODS: Thirty-four Egyptian patients with GD3 (mean age of 7.9 years) were enrolled in the study. They were selected based on parent report and/or physician observation of one or more abnormal behaviors documented in 2 settings and by 2 different individuals and/or by video recording...
June 2017: Neurology. Genetics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28634487/dynamic-inertia-weight-binary-bat-algorithm-with-neighborhood-search
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Xingwang Huang, Xuewen Zeng, Rui Han
Binary bat algorithm (BBA) is a binary version of the bat algorithm (BA). It has been proven that BBA is competitive compared to other binary heuristic algorithms. Since the update processes of velocity in the algorithm are consistent with BA, in some cases, this algorithm also faces the premature convergence problem. This paper proposes an improved binary bat algorithm (IBBA) to solve this problem. To evaluate the performance of IBBA, standard benchmark functions and zero-one knapsack problems have been employed...
2017: Computational Intelligence and Neuroscience
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28633477/loop-diuretics-for-chronic-heart-failure-a-foe-in-disguise-of-a-friend
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Chris J Kapelios, Konstantinos Malliaras, Elisabeth Kaldara, Stella Vakrou, John N Nanas
Loop diuretics are recommended for relieving symptoms and signs of congestion in patients with chronic heart failure and are administered to more than 80% of them. However, several of their effects have not systematically been studied. Numerous cohort and four interventional studies have addressed the effect of diuretics on renal function; apart from one prospective study, which showed that diuretics withdrawal is accompanied by increase in some markers of early-detected renal injury, all others converge to the conclusion that diuretics receipt, especially in high doses is associated with increased rates of renal dysfunction...
June 19, 2017: European Heart Journal. Cardiovascular Pharmacotherapy
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28633463/the-body-odor-disgust-scale-bods-development-and-validation-of-a-novel-olfactory-disgust-assessment
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Marco Tullio Liuzza, Torun Lindholm, Caitlin Hawley, Marie Gustafsson Sendén, Ingrid Ekström, Mats J Olsson, Maria Larsson, Jonas K Olofsson
Disgust plays a crucial role in the avoidance of pathogen threats. In many species, body odors provide important information related to health and disease, and body odors are potent elicitors of disgust in humans. With this background, valid assessments of body odor disgust sensitivity are warranted. In the present article, we report the development and psychometric validation of the Body Odor Disgust Scale (BODS), a measure suited to assess individual differences in disgust reaction to a variety of body odors...
July 1, 2017: Chemical Senses
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28633446/genetic-indicators-of-drug-resistance-in-the-highly-repetitive-genome-of-trichomonas-vaginalis
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Martina Bradic, Sally D Warring, Grace E Tooley, Paul Scheid, William E Secor, Kirkwood M Land, Po-Jung Huang, Ting-Wen Chen, Chi-Ching Lee, Petrus Tang, Steven A Sullivan, Jane M Carlton
Trichomonas vaginalis, the most common non-viral sexually transmitted parasite, causes ∼283 million trichomoniasis infections annually and is associated with pregnancy complications and increased risk of HIV-1 acquisition. The antimicrobial drug metronidazole is used for treatment, but in a fraction of clinical cases, the parasites can become resistant to this drug. We undertook sequencing of multiple clinical isolates and lab derived lines to identify genetic markers and mechanisms of metronidazole resistance...
June 19, 2017: Genome Biology and Evolution
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28633304/molecular-aspects-of-the-biophysical-co2-concentrating-mechanism-and-its-regulation-in-marine-diatoms
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Yoshinori Tsuji, Kensuke Nakajima, Yusuke Matsuda
Diatoms operate a CO2-concentrating mechanism (CCM) that drives upwards of 20% of annual global primary production. Recent progress in CCM research in the marine pennate diatom Phaeodactylum tricornutum revealed that this diatom directly takes up HCO3- from seawater through low-CO2-inducible plasma membrane HCO3- transporters, which belong to the solute carrier (SLC) 4 family. Apart from this, studies of carbonic anhydrases (CAs) in diatoms have revealed considerable diversity in classes and localization among species...
June 13, 2017: Journal of Experimental Botany
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28633299/structural-covariance-networks-in-children-with-autism-or-adhd
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R A I Bethlehem, R Romero-Garcia, E Mak, E T Bullmore, S Baron-Cohen
Background: While autism and attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) are considered distinct conditions from a diagnostic perspective, clinically they share some phenotypic features and have high comorbidity. Regardless, most studies have focused on only one condition, with considerable heterogeneity in their results. Taking a dual-condition approach might help elucidate shared and distinct neural characteristics. Method: Graph theory was used to analyse topological properties of structural covariance networks across both conditions and relative to a neurotypical (NT; n = 87) group using data from the ABIDE (autism; n = 62) and ADHD-200 datasets (ADHD; n = 69)...
June 13, 2017: Cerebral Cortex
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28632968/perspective-on-precision-medicine-in-oncology
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Tali M Johnson
The topic of precision medicine is increasingly more prevalent in the general medical literature with oncology research leading the way. Many factors, such as, availability of targeted drugs, advances in laboratory science, and improved information systems, converged to make precision medicine research possible on a large scale at the National Cancer Institute. The resultant big data will spur new kinds of research in the decades to come, but until then, all clinicians are challenged to make sense of an overabundance of information when managing individual patients...
June 20, 2017: Pharmacotherapy
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28632925/a-kallikrein-targeting-rna-aptamer-inhibits-the-intrinsic-pathway-of-coagulation-and-reduces-bradykinin-release
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K-A Steen-Burrell, J Layzer, B A Sullenger
BACKGROUND: Plasma kallikrein is a serine protease that plays an integral role in many biological processes including coagulation, inflammation, and fibrinolysis. The main function of kallikrein in coagulation is the amplification of activated factor XIIa (FXIIa) generation which ultimately leads to thrombin generation and fibrin clot formation. Kallikrein is generated by FXIIa-mediated cleavage of the zymogen, prekallikrein which is usually complexed with the nonenzymatic cofactor, high-molecular-weight kininogen (HK)...
June 20, 2017: Journal of Thrombosis and Haemostasis: JTH
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28632457/the-bevps-a-new-test-battery-to-assess-visual-perceptual-and-spatial-processing-abilities-in-5-14-year-old-children
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Emilie Schmetz, Laurence Rousselle, Cécile Ballaz, Jean-Jacques Detraux, Koviljka Barisnikov
This study aims to examine the different levels of visual perceptual object recognition (early, intermediate, and late) defined in Humphreys and Riddoch's model as well as basic visual spatial processing in children using a new test battery (BEVPS). It focuses on the age sensitivity, internal coherence, theoretical validity, and convergent validity of this battery. French-speaking, typically developing children (n = 179; 5 to 14 years) were assessed using 15 new computerized subtests. After selecting the most age-sensitive tasks though ceiling effect and correlation analyses, an exploratory factorial analysis was run with the 12 remaining subtests to examine the BEVPS' theoretical validity...
June 20, 2017: Applied Neuropsychology. Child
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28632431/psychometric-testing-of-a-swedish-version-of-the-apathy-evaluation-scale
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Maurits Johansson, Per Johansson, Erik Stomrud, Peter Hagell, Oskar Hansson
BACKGROUND: Apathy, a prevalent and clinically relevant symptom in neurodegenerative disease, is often evaluated by the instrument Apathy Evaluation Scale (AES). However, this instrument has not been translated into Swedish, halting clinical and research efforts. Furthermore, previous studies lack analyses of some basic properties, such as the legitimacy of a total score, or have analysed dimensionality by questionable methods. AIM: To translate and psychometrically evaluate a Swedish version of the AES...
June 20, 2017: Nordic Journal of Psychiatry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28632083/patient-reported-outcome-measure-of-spiritual-care-as-delivered-by-chaplains
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Austyn Snowden, Iain Telfer
Chaplains are employed by health organizations around the world to support patients in recognizing and addressing their spiritual needs. There is currently no generalizable measure of the impact of these interventions and so the clinical and strategic worth of chaplaincy is difficult to articulate. This article introduces the Scottish PROM, an original five-item patient reported outcome measure constructed specifically to address this gap. It describes the validation process from its conceptual grounding in the spiritual care literature through face and content validity cycles...
February 16, 2017: Journal of Health Care Chaplaincy
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28632001/vasodilator-responsiveness-in-idiopathic-pulmonary-arterial-hypertension-identifying-a-distinct-phenotype-with-distinct-physiology-and-distinct-prognosis
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David Langleben, Stylianos Orfanos
Within the cohort of patients suffering from idiopathic pulmonary arterial hypertension (IPAH) is a group that responds dramatically (VR-PAH) to an acute vasodilator challenge and that has excellent long-term hemodynamic improvement and prognosis on high dose calcium channel blockers compared with vasodilator non-responders (VN-PAH). For the purposes of diagnosing VR-PAH, there is to date no test to replace the acute vasodilator challenge. However, recent studies have identified markers that may aid in the identification of VR-PAH, including peripheral blood lymphocyte RNA expression levels of desmogelin-2 and Ras homolog gene family member Q, and plasma levels of provirus integration site for Moloney murine leukemia virus...
June 20, 2017: Pulmonary Circulation
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28631978/structural-and-predictive-properties-of-the-emotional-quotient-inventory-youth-version-short-form-eq-i-yv-s
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Sarah K Davis, Michael Wigelsworth
Emotional intelligence (EI) is a popular construct with concentrated areas of application in education and health contexts. There is a need for reliable and valid measurement of EI in young people, with brief yet sensitive measures of the construct preferable for use in time-limited settings. However, the proliferation of EI measures has often outpaced rigorous psychometric evaluation (Gignac, 2009 ). Using data from 849 adolescents (407 females, 422 males) aged 11 to 16 years (M age 13.4, SD = 1.2 years), this article systematically examines the structural and predictive properties of a frequently employed measure of adolescent trait EI-the Emotional Quotient Inventory Youth Version-Short Form (EQ-i:YV[S]); Bar-On & Parker, 2000 )...
March 2, 2017: Journal of Personality Assessment
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28631973/the-lifespan-self-esteem-scale-initial-validation-of-a-new-measure-of-global-self-esteem
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Michelle A Harris, M Brent Donnellan, Kali H Trzesniewski
This article introduces the Lifespan Self-Esteem Scale (LSE), a short measure of global self-esteem suitable for populations drawn from across the lifespan. Many existing measures of global self-esteem cannot be used across multiple developmental periods due to changes in item content, response formats, and other scale characteristics. This creates a need for a new lifespan scale so that changes in global self-esteem over time can be studied without confounding maturational changes with alterations in the measure...
February 21, 2017: Journal of Personality Assessment
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28631972/an-analysis-of-self-the-development-and-assessment-of-a-measure-of-selfobject-needs
#20
Eamonn Arble, Douglas Barnett
Based on the psychoanalysis of adults with borderline and narcissistic personality disorder symptoms, Kohut ( 1971 , 1977, 1980, 1984) formulated a theory of self psychology that emphasized the importance of early developmental experiences; most centrally, the empathic attunement of caregivers as key ingredients for fostering the capacity for healthy self-regulation and interpersonal relations. Kohut elaborated 3 critical selfobject needs (i.e., idealizing, mirroring, and twinship) that were ideally satiated by these early experiences, deeming the fulfillment of these needs as essential for developing a healthy sense of self...
February 21, 2017: Journal of Personality Assessment
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