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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28207747/chronic-pancreatitis-multicentre-prospective-data-collection-and-analysis-by-the-hungarian-pancreatic-study-group
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Ákos Szücs, Tamás Marjai, Andrea Szentesi, Nelli Farkas, Andrea Párniczky, György Nagy, Balázs Kui, Tamás Takács, László Czakó, Zoltán Szepes, Balázs Csaba Németh, Áron Vincze, Gabriella Pár, Imre Szabó, Patrícia Sarlós, Anita Illés, Szilárd Gódi, Ferenc Izbéki, Judit Gervain, Adrienn Halász, Gyula Farkas, László Leindler, Dezső Kelemen, Róbert Papp, Richárd Szmola, Márta Varga, József Hamvas, János Novák, Barnabás Bod, Miklós Sahin-Tóth, Péter Hegyi
INTRODUCTION: Chronic pancreatitis is an inflammatory disease associated with structural and functional damage to the pancreas, causing pain, maldigestion and weight loss and thus worsening the quality of life. AIMS AND METHODS: Our aim was to find correlations from a multicentre database representing the epidemiological traits, diagnosis and treatment of the disease in Hungary. The Hungarian Pancreatic Study Group collected data prospectively from 2012 to 2014 on patients suffering from chronic pancreatitis...
2017: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28206967/calcium-regulatory-proteins-as-modulators-of-chemotherapy-in-human-neuroblastoma
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Ana-Maria Florea, Elizabeth Varghese, Jennifer E McCallum, Safa Mahgoub, Irfan Helmy, Sharon Varghese, Neha Gopinath, Steffen Sass, Fabian J Theis, Guido Reifenberger, Dietrich Büsselberg
Neuroblastoma (NB) is a pediatric cancer treated with poly-chemotherapy including platinum complexes (e.g. cisplatin (CDDP), carboplatin), DNA alkylating agents, and topoisomerase I inhibitors (e.g. topotecan (TOPO)). Despite aggressive treatment, NB may become resistant to chemotherapy. We investigated whether CDDP and TOPO treatment of NB cells interacts with the expression and function of proteins involved in regulating calcium signaling. Human neuroblastoma cell lines SH-SY5Y, IMR-32 and NLF were used to investigate the effects of CDDP and TOPO on cell viability, apoptosis, calcium homeostasis, and expression of selected proteins regulating intracellular calcium concentration ([Ca2+]i)...
February 11, 2017: Oncotarget
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28206721/does-pre-pci-ffr-predict-post-pci-blood-flow-increase-do-we-need-imr-too
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EDITORIAL
Morton J Kern, Arnold H Seto
No abstract text is available yet for this article.
February 1, 2017: Catheterization and Cardiovascular Interventions
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28204857/low-dose-ct-imaging-of-a-total-hip-arthroplasty-phantom-using-model-based-iterative-reconstruction-and-orthopedic-metal-artifact-reduction
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R H H Wellenberg, M F Boomsma, J A C van Osch, A Vlassenbroek, J Milles, M A Edens, G J Streekstra, C H Slump, M Maas
OBJECTIVE: To compare quantitative measures of image quality, in terms of CT number accuracy, noise, signal-to-noise-ratios (SNRs), and contrast-to-noise ratios (CNRs), at different dose levels with filtered-back-projection (FBP), iterative reconstruction (IR), and model-based iterative reconstruction (MBIR) alone and in combination with orthopedic metal artifact reduction (O-MAR) in a total hip arthroplasty (THA) phantom. MATERIALS AND METHODS: Scans were acquired from high- to low-dose (CTDIvol: 40...
February 15, 2017: Skeletal Radiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28198381/bio-functionalized-magnetic-nanoparticles-for-the-immunoassay-of-fetal-fibronectin-a-feasibility-study-for-the-prediction-of-preterm-birth
#5
Chian-Huey Wong, Chie-Pein Chen, Chia-Chen Chang, Chen-Yu Chen
Preterm birth is an important cause of perinatal morbidity and mortality. Various biomarkers in cervicovaginal secretions related to preterm birth have been investigated, of which foetal fibronectin (fFN) shows the greatest potential because of its high negative predictive value. The immunomagnetic reduction (IMR) assay has emerged as a novel quantitative method to detect biomarkers. In this prospective case-control study, we analysed 33 samples of cervicovaginal secretions from pregnant women between 22 and 34 weeks of gestation at high risk of preterm birth...
February 15, 2017: Scientific Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28197606/the-properties-and-behavior-of-%C3%AE-pinene-secondary-organic-aerosol-particles-exposed-to-ammonia-under-dry-conditions
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David M Bell, Dan Imre, Scot T Martin, Alla Zelenyuk
Chemical transformations and aging of secondary organic aerosol (SOA) particles can alter their physical and chemical properties, including particle morphology. Ammonia, one of the common atmospheric reactive constituents, can react with SOA particles, changing their properties and behavior. At low relative humidity, NH3 uptake by α-pinene SOA particles appears to be limited to the particle surface, which suggests that the reacted particles might not be homogeneous and have complex morphology. Here, we present a study aimed at detailed characterization of the effect of ammonia on the composition, density, morphology, shape, and evaporation kinetics of α-pinene SOA particles...
February 15, 2017: Physical Chemistry Chemical Physics: PCCP
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28194602/body-mass-index-abdominal-fatness-fat-mass-and-the-risk-of-atrial-fibrillation-a-systematic-review-and-dose-response-meta-analysis-of-prospective-studies
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REVIEW
Dagfinn Aune, Abhijit Sen, Sabrina Schlesinger, Teresa Norat, Imre Janszky, Pål Romundstad, Serena Tonstad, Elio Riboli, Lars J Vatten
Different adiposity measures have been associated with increased risk of atrial fibrillation, however, results have previously only been summarized for BMI. We therefore conducted a systematic review and meta-analysis of prospective studies to clarify the association between different adiposity measures and risk of atrial fibrillation. PubMed and Embase databases were searched up to October 24th 2016. Summary relative risks (RRs) were calculated using random effects models. Twenty-nine unique prospective studies (32 publications) were included...
February 13, 2017: European Journal of Epidemiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28192961/raman-and-infrared-spectroscopy-distinguish-replicative-senescent-from-proliferating-primary-human-fibroblast-cells-by-detecting-spectral-differences-mainly-due-to-biomolecular-alterations
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Katharina Eberhardt, Claudia Beleites, Shiva Marthandan, Christian Matthäus, Stephan Diekmann, Juergen Popp
Cellular senescence is a terminal cell cycle arrested state, assumed to be involved in tumor suppression. We studied four human fibroblast cell strains (BJ, MRC 5, IMR 90 and WI 38) from proliferation into senescence. Cells were investigated by label-free vibrational Raman and infrared spectroscopy, following their transition into replicative senescence. During the transition into senescence, we observed rather similar biomolecular abundances in all four cell strains and between proliferating and senescent cells; however, in the four aging cell strains we found common molecular differences dominated by protein and lipid modifications...
January 27, 2017: Analytical Chemistry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28192344/rethinking-growth-and-decay-kinetics-in-activated-sludge-towards-a-new-adaptive-kinetics-approach
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Michael Friedrich, Jose Jimenez, Amy Pruden, Jennifer H Miller, Jacob Metch, Imre Takács
Growth kinetics in activated sludge modelling (ASM) are typically assumed to be the result of intrinsic growth and decay properties and thus process parameters are deemed to be constant. The activity change in a microbial population is expressed in terms of variance of the active biomass fraction and not actual shifts in bacterial cellular activities. This approach is limited, in that it does not recognise the reality that active biomass is highly physiologically adaptive. Here, a strong correlation between maximum specific growth rate (μmax) and decay rate (be) of ordinary heterotrophic organisms was revealed in both low solids retention times (SRT) and high SRT activated sludge systems...
February 2017: Water Science and Technology: a Journal of the International Association on Water Pollution Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28187208/respiratory-virus-infection-up-regulates-trpv1-trpa1-and-asics3-receptors-on-airway-cells
#10
Shadia Omar, Rebecca Clarke, Haniah Abdullah, Clare Brady, John Corry, Hanagh Winter, Olivier Touzelet, Ultan F Power, Fionnuala Lundy, Lorcan P A McGarvey, S Louise Cosby
Receptors implicated in cough hypersensitivity are transient receptor potential vanilloid 1 (TRPV1), transient receptor potential cation channel, Subfamily A, Member 1 (TRPA1) and acid sensing ion channel receptor 3 (ASIC3). Respiratory viruses, such as respiratory syncytial virus (RSV) and measles virus (MV) may interact directly and/or indirectly with these receptors on sensory nerves and epithelial cells in the airways. We used in vitro models of sensory neurones (SHSY5Y or differentiated IMR-32 cells) and human bronchial epithelium (BEAS-2B cells) as well as primary human bronchial epithelial cells (PBEC) to study the effect of MV and RSV infection on receptor expression...
2017: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28185587/local-self-governance-in-health-a-study-of-it-s-functioning-in-odisha-india
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Bhuputra Panda, Sanjay P Zodpey, Harshad P Thakur
BACKGROUND: Local decision making is linked to several service quality improvement parameters. Rogi Kalyan Samitis (RKS) at peripheral decision making health units (DMHU) are composite bodies that are mandated to ensure accountability and transparency in governance, improve quality of services, and facilitate local responsiveness. There is scant literature on the nature of functioning of these institutions in Odisha. This study aimed to assess the perception of RKS members about their roles, involvement and practices with respect to local decision making and management of DMHUs; it further examined perceptual and functional differences between priority and non-priority district set-ups; and identified predictors of involvement of RKS members in local governance of health units...
October 31, 2016: BMC Health Services Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28185581/does-decentralization-influence-efficiency-of-health-units-a-study-of-opinion-and-perception-of-health-workers-in-odisha
#12
Bhuputra Panda, Harshad P Thakur, Sanjay P Zodpey
BACKGROUND: Health systems in low and middle income countries are struggling to improve efficiency in the functioning of health units of which workforce is one of the most critical building blocks. In India, Rogi Kalyan Samiti (RKS) was established at every health unit as institutions of local decision making in order to improve productive efficiency and quality. Measuring efficiency of health units is a complex task. This study aimed at assessing the perception (opinion and satisfaction) of health workers about influence of RKS on improving efficiency of peripheral decision making health units (DMHU); examining differences between priority and non-priority set-ups; identifying predictors of satisfaction at work; and discussing suggestions to improve performance...
October 31, 2016: BMC Health Services Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28184158/biological-activity-of-green-synthesized-silver-nanoparticles-depends-on-the-applied-natural-extracts-a-comprehensive-study
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Andrea Rónavári, Dávid Kovács, Nóra Igaz, Csaba Vágvölgyi, Imre Miklós Boros, Zoltán Kónya, Ilona Pfeiffer, Mónika Kiricsi
Due to obvious disadvantages of the classical chemical methods, green synthesis of metallic nanoparticles has attracted tremendous attention in recent years. Numerous environmentally benign synthesis methods have been developed yielding nanoparticles via low-cost, eco-friendly, and simple approaches. In this study, our aim was to determine the suitability of coffee and green tea extracts in green synthesis of silver nanoparticles as well as to compare the performance of the obtained materials in different biological systems...
2017: International Journal of Nanomedicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28182842/the-establishment-of-tocopherol-reference-intervals-for-hungarian-adult-population-using-validated-hplc-method
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Gábor Veres, László Szpisjak, Attila Bajtai, Andrea Siska, Péter Klivényi, István Ilisz, Imre Földesi, László Vécsei, Dénes Zádori
Evidence suggests that decreased α-tocopherol (the most biologically active substance in the vitamin E group) level can cause neurological symptoms, most likely ataxia. The aim of the current study was to first provide reference intervals for serum tocopherols in the adult Hungarian population with appropriate sample size recruiting healthy control subjects and neurological patients suffering from conditions without symptoms of ataxia, myopathy or cognitive deficiency. A validated HPLC method applying a diode array detector and rac-tocol as internal standard was utilized for that purpose...
February 9, 2017: Biomedical Chromatography: BMC
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28175277/left-ventricular-dysfunction-is-related-to-the-presence-and-extent-of-a-septal-flash-in-patients-with-right-ventricular-pacing
#15
Sebastian Imre Sarvari, Marta Sitges, Maria Sanz, Jose Maria Tolosana Viu, Thor Edvardsen, Thomas Muri Stokke, Lluis Mont, Bart Bijnens
No abstract text is available yet for this article.
February 1, 2017: Europace: European Pacing, Arrhythmias, and Cardiac Electrophysiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28169057/invasive-assessment-of-coronary-flow-reserve-impairment-in-severe-aortic-stenosis-and-ecochadiographic-correlations
#16
Alejandro Gutiérrez-Barrios, Sergio Gamaza-Chulián, Antonio Agarrado-Luna, Dolores Ruiz-Fernández, G Calle-Pérez, E Marante-Fuertes, R Zayas-Rueda, Miguel Alba-Sánchez, Jesús Oneto-Otero, R Vázquez-Garcia
OBJECTIVES AND BACKGROUND: Patients with aortic stenosis (AS) may have impaired coronary flow reserve (CFR) despite angiographically normal coronary arteries. This is the first report of invasive thermodilution-derived CFR and IMR in patients with AS and their associations with echocardiographic parameters for AS assessment. METHODS: Thirty-six consecutive severe AS patients and ten patients without AS underwent prospectively cardiac catheterization and coronary physiological parameters were determined in the left anterior descending (LAD)...
February 1, 2017: International Journal of Cardiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28166062/topographical-differences-of-infant-mortality-in-nepal
#17
R Dev, M F Williams, A L Fitzpatrick, F A Connell
Background Infant mortality is a major problem in Nepal, particularly in the mountainous region of the country. Objective To identify factors that contributes to the high rate of infant mortality in the mountain zone in Nepal. Method Data were derived from the 2011 Nepal Demographic and Health Survey (NDHS). Infant mortality was analyzed across three ecological zones in a sample of 5,306 live births in the five years preceding the survey. The contribution of risk factors to the excess infant mortality was assessed using multiple logistic regression...
April 2016: Kathmandu University Medical Journal (KUMJ)
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28161667/aerodynamic-properties-and-in-silico-deposition-of-meloxicam-potassium-incorporated-in-a-carrier-free-dpi-pulmonary-system
#18
Anita Chvatal, Árpád Farkas, Imre Balásházy, Piroska Szabó-Révész, Rita Ambrus
Dry powder inhalers (DPIs) have been among the fastest developing inhaler forms in the past decades. Researches are focusing on the formulation of carrier-free powders to obtain a higher deep-lung deposition and hereby to increase the effectiveness of the medicine. The aim of our study was to prepare a carrier-free dry powder formulation of meloxicam potassium (MP), a novel salt form of meloxicam, using a one-step co-spray drying technology. Different types of excipients were used to modify the crystal structure and to increase aerosolization efficacy...
February 1, 2017: International Journal of Pharmaceutics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28157391/microbes-associate-with-host-innate-immune-response-in-idiopathic-pulmonary-fibrosis
#19
Yong Huang, Shwu-Fan Ma, Milena S Espindola, Rekha Vij, Justin M Oldham, Gary B Huffnagle, John R Erb-Downward, Kevin R Flaherty, Beth B Moore, Eric S White, Tong Zhou, Jianrong Li, Yves A Lussier, MeiLan K Han, Naftali Kaminski, Joe G N Garcia, Cory M Hogaboam, Fernando J Martinez, Imre Noth
RATIONALE: Differences in the lung microbial community influence idiopathic pulmonary fibrosis (IPF) progression. Whether the lung microbiome influences IPF host defense remains unknown. OBJECTIVES: To explore the host immune response and microbial interaction in IPF, as they relate to progression-free survival (PFS), fibroblast function, and leukocyte phenotypes. METHODS: Paired microarray gene expression data from peripheral blood mononuclear cells (PBMCs) and 16s rRNA sequencing data from bronchoalveolar lavage (BAL) obtained as part of the COMET-IPF study were used to conduct association pathway analyses...
February 3, 2017: American Journal of Respiratory and Critical Care Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28156203/feasibility-of-iterative-model-reconstruction-for-unenhancedlumbar-ct
#20
Yuji Iyama, Takeshi Nakaura, Ayumi Iyama, Masafumi Kidoh, Kazuhiro Katahira, Seitaro Oda, Daisuke Utsunomiya, Yasuyuki Yamashita
Purpose To evaluate the image quality and interobserver reproducibility of unenhanced lumbar spinal computed tomography (CT) images reconstructed with iterative model reconstruction (IMR). Materials and Methods This prospective study was approved by the local ethics committee, and written informed consent was obtained from all patients. The study included 34 patients scanned with unenhanced CT and magnetic resonance (MR) imaging for lumbar canal spinal stenosis. The CT images were reconstructed with filtered back projection (FBP), hybrid iterative reconstruction (HIR), and IMR...
February 2, 2017: Radiology
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