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Ahmed Abdelfattah, Michael Wisniewski, Samir Droby, Leonardo Schena
The fungal diversity in harvested apples from organic or conventional management practices was analyzed in different fruit locations (stem end, calyx end, peel, and wounded flesh) shortly after fruit purchase (T1) and after 2 weeks of storage (T5). A total of 5,760,162 high-quality fungal sequences were recovered and assigned to 8,504 Operational Taxonomic Units. Members of the phylum Ascomycota were dominant in all samples and accounted for 91.6% of the total number of detected sequences. This was followed by Basidiomycota (8%), Chytridiomycota (0...
2016: Horticulture Research
Y Zhao, H Zhao, J Y Lin, Y Pan, W J Zhai, Y C Wang
Objective: To analyze the clinical features and pathological classification of chlidren's ocular tumors. Methods: Retrospective case series study. Five hundred and four cases (506 eyes) of ocular tumor with biopsy-proven in children below 14 years old between January 2002 and December 2014 from Tianjin Eye Hospital were performed to retrospectively investigated the lesion location, clinical features and histopathologic classification of these lesions. Results: Of 504 cases there were 246 boys (248 eyes) and 258 girls (258 eyes) patients...
October 11, 2016: [Zhonghua Yan Ke za Zhi] Chinese Journal of Ophthalmology
Lonneke Bahler, Hein J Verberne, Evelyn Brakema, Robert Tepaske, Jan Booij, Joost B Hoekstra, Frits Holleman
DESIGN: Bromocriptine is a glucose lowering drug which was shown to be effective in obese subjects with insulin resistance. It is usually administered in the morning. The exact working mechanism of bromocriptine still has to be elucidated. Therefore in this open-label randomized prospective cross-over mechanistic study, we assessed whether the timing of bromocriptine administration (morning versus evening) results in different effects and whether these effects differ between lean and obese subjects ...
October 10, 2016: Endocrine Connections
Do Young Kim, Ki Tae Yoon, Won Kim, Jung Il Lee, Sung Hwi Hong, Danbi Lee, Jeong Won Jang, Jong Won Choi, Ilsu Kim, Yong Han Paik
BACKGROUND: This study aimed to estimate the direct medical costs of managing chronic hepatitis C (CHC) and its complications based on health-care resources in South Korea. METHODS: The study design was multicenter, retrospective, non-interventional, and observational. Between September 2013 and April 2014, health-care resource data from patients chronically infected with hepatitis C virus, regardless of genotype, were collected from 8 institutions, including data related to outpatient management, emergency care, and hospitalization...
July 2016: Medicine (Baltimore)
Xin Liu, Weirong Chen, Hongye Zhang, Wei Zhang, Lisheng Liu, Xingyu Wang
OBJECTIVE: Objective: Alcohol consumption has an important effect on coronary atherosclerotic heart disease (CAD). Acetaldehyde dehydrogenase 2 (ALDH2) is a key enzyme in alcohol metabolism. A G-to-A missense mutation of ALDH2 gene, rs671, which causes a Glu > Lys (504) substitution, was performed to detect the association with CAD and other relative diseases, but the results were not conclusive. The purpose of the present study was to determine whether this locus confers significant susceptibility to myocardial infarction and stroke in a Chinese population...
September 2016: Journal of Hypertension
Lihui Weng, Hsiang-Jer Tseng, Parinaz Rostamzadeh, Jafar Golzarian
Drug loadable bioresorbable microspheres (BRMS) are specially designed for the treatment of hypervascular tumors through arterial embolization. These microspheres consist of carboxymethyl chitosan crosslinked with carboxymethyl cellulose, and are available at different size ranges varying from 50 to 900 µm in diameter. Similar to commercially available non-resorbable drug eluting microspheres, LC Bead(®) microspheres (LCB), BRMS were capable of loading more than 99 % of doxorubicin, an anticancer drug, from the solution within 2 h with highly similar kinetics (difference factor f 1 = 0...
December 2016: Journal of Materials Science. Materials in Medicine
Martha Ali Abdulai, Frank Baiden, George Adjei, Seth Owusu-Agyei
BACKGROUND: Over 2 billion people are infected with Hepatitis B virus (HBV) and about 240 million are chronic carriers of the virus. Chronic HBV infection is an important cause of liver cancer. The infectivity of HBV is hundred times higher than the HIV virus yet it receives comparatively little attention in public health. The study assessed knowledge and awareness of HBV among pregnant women in the Kintampo Municipality of Ghana. METHODS: A cross-sectional survey was conducted among pregnant women attending antenatal clinic in two facilities between September 2010 and November 2010...
September 2016: Ghana Medical Journal
Murat Kekilli, Ibrahim K Onal, Serkan Ocal, Zeynal Dogan, Alpaslan Tanoglu
BACKGROUND/AIM: Increasing resistance of Helicobacter pylori to antimicrobials necessitated the development of new regimens and the modification of existing regimens. The present study aimed to compare the efficacy of two bismuth-containing quadruple regimens-one including clarithromycin (C) instead of metronidazole (M) and triple therapy. PATIENTS AND METHODS: Patients with H. pylori infection given the following regimens were sequentially enrolled in this retrospective study: (1) Triple therapy: Lansoprazole 30 mg b...
September 2016: Saudi Journal of Gastroenterology: Official Journal of the Saudi Gastroenterology Association
Chang Liu, Joyce C Pressley
BACKGROUND: Most studies of rear-seated occupants have focused on or included pediatric occupants which may not translate to adults. This study examines passenger, driver, vehicle and crash characteristics for rear-seated adult occupants involved in side crashes. METHODS: The National Automotive Sampling System General Estimates System (NASS/GES) for calendar years 2011-2014 was used with accompanying weights to examine the occupant, vehicle and crash characteristics associated with injury in rear-seated adults (n = 395,504) involved in a side crash...
December 2016: Injury Epidemiology
Vikram Sood, Osman Alam, Vakhtang Tchantchaleishvili, Francis D Pagani, Keith D Aaronson, Jonathan Haft, David L Joyce, Lyle D Joyce, Richard C Daly, Simon Maltais, John M Stulak
BACKGROUND: Analyses of the HeartMate II left ventricular assist device are routinely performed after explant if returned to the manufacturer. Findings from manufacturer-reported pump analyses have not been correlated with pre-explant serum lactate dehydrogenase (LDH) values. METHODS: Between May 2004 and December 2014, 502 patients underwent primary HeartMate II implantation. Seventy pumps were explanted in 58 patients and returned to the manufacturer for pump analysis: 51 (73%) for suspected pump thrombosis, 12 (17%) for device-related infection, and 7 (13%) for percutaneous lead fracture...
October 12, 2016: Annals of Thoracic Surgery
Bahareh Bahman Bijari, Morteza Zare, Ali Akbar Haghdoost, Azam Bazrafshan, Amin Beigzadeh, Maryam Esmaili
Objectives: To determine which professional and humanistic attributes demonstrated by teachers in the health disciplines caused them to be perceived by students as positive or negative role models. Methods: Quantitative empirical data were gathered using a self-administered questionnaire by graduating students in medical, dentistry, and pharmacy schools at Kerman University of Medical Sciences. A total of 3 graduating cohorts, comprising about 220 students, were selected for this study...
October 14, 2016: International Journal of Medical Education
Dina Fatima Abbas, Jennifer Blum, Nguyen Thi Nhu Ngoc, Nguyen Thi Bach Nga, Huynh Thi Kim Chi, Roxanne Martin, Beverly Winikoff
OBJECTIVE: To compare outcomes with simultaneous administration of mifepristone and misoprostol with a regimen in which the drugs are administered at a 24-hour interval for second-trimester abortion. METHODS: In this placebo-controlled, double-blind trial, participants were randomized to receive mifepristone either 24 hours before or at the same time as misoprostol. Participants were hospitalized to receive 400 micrograms buccal misoprostol at 3-hour intervals up to 48 hours or until uterine expulsion...
October 6, 2016: Obstetrics and Gynecology
Philippe Azouvi, Idir Ghout, Eleonore Bayen, Emmanuelle Darnoux, Sylvie Azerad, Alexis Ruet, Claire Vallat-Azouvi, Pascale Pradat-Diehl, Philippe Aegerter, James Charanton, Claire Jourdan
OBJECTIVES: To assess predictors and indicators of disability and quality-of-life 4 years after severe traumatic brain injury (TBI), using structural equation modelling (SEM). METHODS: The PariS-TBI study is a longitudinal multi-centre inception cohort study of 504 patients with severe TBI. Among 245 survivors, 147 patients were evaluated upon 4-year follow-up, and 85 completed the full assessment. Two outcome measures were analysed separately using SEM: the Glasgow Outcome Scale-extended (GOS-E), to measure disability, and the QOLIBRI, to assess quality-of-life...
October 14, 2016: Brain Injury: [BI]
Vania Elisabete Schneider, Roger Vasques Marques, Taison Anderson Bortolin, Gisele Cemin, Geise Macedo Dos Santos
Pig farming is one of the human activities carried out to meet the increasing food demand by the increasing population. South Brazil is the region with most intensive pig farming in the country, exerting pressure on the water and soil environments by the relevant pollutant emissions. Therefore, the main objective of this work was to assess pig farming pollution by monitoring superficial water qualities of the Taquari-Antas Watershed in South Brazil. The study area is about 8062 km(2) (south latitude 292,614, 282,624 and west longitude 520,802, 504,554)...
November 2016: Environmental Monitoring and Assessment
Rajesh Chakraborty, Sandipan Sarkar, Siddhartha Pal, Pabitra Chattopadhyay
A new ion-exchanger having chemical formula [Me2NH2]3[Mo12O40S] and belonging to the class of Keggin type polyoxometalate was synthesized and characterized by single-crystal X-ray structure determination. The crystal of the exchanger is rhombohedral, space group R-3 with cell dimensions, a =16.504(18) Å, b =16.504(18)Å (1) Å, c =25.23(3)Å and α=90.00°, β=90.00°, γ=120.00° and Z =6, 3.284gcm(-3). The compound behaves as an ion-exchanger and it is significantly stable towards thermal, chemical environments and total radiation dose of 35...
September 28, 2016: Applied Radiation and Isotopes
Rui Tato Marinho, António Costa, Teodomiro Pires, Helena Raposo, Carlos Vasconcelos, Cristina Polónia, Joaquim Borges, Mariana Soares, Graça Vilar, Ana Maria Nogueira
BACKGROUND: HCV treatment among people who inject drugs (PWID) is low. Education programs may be suitable strategies to improve patients' knowledge about their condition and to overcome barriers to access treatment. METHODS: The Health Educational Program (HEP) consisted of patient workshops and educational videos and leaflets, and healthcare professionals' workshops. HEP was implemented at seven substance dependence treatment centers (STDC) in Portugal. The study comprised two cross-sectional evaluations conducted before and after HEP...
October 12, 2016: BMC Infectious Diseases
Lene Sofie Granfeldt Østgård, Mette Nørgaard, Henrik Sengeløv, Bruno C Medeiros, Lars Kjeldsen, Ulrik Malthe Overgaard, Marianne Tang Severinsen, Claus Werenberg Marcher, Morten Krogh Jensen, Jan Maxwell Nørgaard
Clinical trials are critical to improve AML treatment. It remains, however, unclear if clinical trial participation per se affects prognosis and to what extent the patients selected for trials differ from those of patients receiving intensive therapy off-trial.We conducted a population-based cohort study of newly diagnosed Danish AML patients treated with intensive chemotherapy between 2000-2013. We estimated accrual rates and compared characteristics, complete remission (CR) rates, and relative risks (RRs) of death at 90-day, 1-year, and 3-years in clinical trial patients to patients treated off-trial...
October 6, 2016: Oncotarget
Tetsuro Tsujimoto, Hiroshi Kajio, Takehiro Sugiyama
OBJECTIVE: To assess whether obese diabetic patients with coronary heart disease (CHD) have a lower risk for cardiovascular or cardiac mortalities than do nonobese diabetic patients with CHD. PATIENTS AND METHODS: We conducted a prospective cohort study using data from the National Health and Nutrition Examination Survey 1999-2010 and followed up the study participants from the survey participation date until December 31, 2011. For primary analyses, we built Cox proportional hazard models restricted to diabetic patients with CHD; unadjusted and adjusted hazard rates of cardiovascular mortality were compared between obese and nonobese participants...
October 8, 2016: Mayo Clinic Proceedings
Yan J Bao, Wei Hou, Xiang Y Kong, Liping Yang, Jun Xia, Bao J Hua, Roger Knaggs
BACKGROUND: Cancer pain is an important and distressing symptom that tends to increase in frequency and intensity as the cancer advances. For people with advanced cancer, the prevalence of pain can be as high as 90%. It has been estimated that 30% to 50% of people with cancer categorise their pain as moderate to severe, with between 75% and 90% of people with cancer experiencing pain that they describe as having a major impact on their daily life. Epidemiological studies suggest that approximately 15% of people with cancer pain fail to experience acceptable pain relief with conventional management...
October 11, 2016: Cochrane Database of Systematic Reviews
J Ulrici, G Hempel, M Sasse, J Vollrath, C Höhne
BACKGROUND: Overweight and obesity are increasing problems in pediatric anesthesia. This observational study was designed to examine how airway-related complications occur in overweight children and adolescents during general anesthesia and if this is a relevant problem in Germany. METHODS: From October 2008 until August 2009, at the university clinic in Leipzig, 504 in- and outpatients, aged 2-18 years, ASA I-III, undergoing elective procedures (ENT and pediatric surgery), were observed...
October 10, 2016: Der Anaesthesist
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