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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28445471/a-randomized-trial-comparing-concise-and-standard-consent-forms-in-the-start-trial
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Christine Grady, Giota Touloumi, A Sarah Walker, Mary Smolskis, Shweta Sharma, Abdel G Babiker, Nikos Pantazis, Jorge Tavel, Eric Florence, Adriana Sanchez, Fleur Hudson, Antonios Papadopoulos, Ezekiel Emanuel, Megan Clewett, David Munroe, Eileen Denning
BACKGROUND: Improving the effectiveness and efficiency of research informed consent is a high priority. Some express concern about longer, more complex, written consent forms creating barriers to participant understanding. A recent meta-analysis concluded that randomized comparisons were needed. METHODS: We conducted a cluster-randomized non-inferiority comparison of a standard versus concise consent form within a multinational trial studying the timing of starting antiretroviral therapy in HIV+ adults (START)...
2017: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28443402/nursingstandard-com
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1 The RCN opened an online poll for270,000 NHS nurses on whether to take strike action over pay, following announcements that below-inflation pay rises will continue in England, Scotland and Wales. The poll closes on 7 May. Read more: rcni.com/pay-poll.
April 26, 2017: Nursing Standard
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28443097/large-diversity-of-functional-nanobodies-from-a-camelid-immune-library-revealed-by-an-alternative-analysis-of-next-generation-sequencing-data
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Pieter Deschaght, Ana Paula Vintém, Marc Logghe, Miguel Conde, David Felix, Rob Mensink, Juliana Gonçalves, Jorn Audiens, Yanik Bruynooghe, Rita Figueiredo, Diana Ramos, Robbe Tanghe, Daniela Teixeira, Liesbeth Van de Ven, Catelijne Stortelers, Bruno Dombrecht
Next-generation sequencing (NGS) has been applied successfully to the field of therapeutic antibody discovery, often outperforming conventional screening campaigns which tend to identify only the more abundant selective antibody sequences. We used NGS to mine the functional nanobody repertoire from a phage-displayed camelid immune library directed to the recepteur d'origine nantais (RON) receptor kinase. Challenges to this application of NGS include accurate removal of read errors, correct identification of related sequences, and establishing meaningful inclusion criteria for sequences-of-interest...
2017: Frontiers in Immunology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28442358/an-oscillopathic-approach-to-developmental-dyslexia-from-genes-to-speech-processing
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Miguel Jiménez-Bravo, Victoria Marrero, Antonio Benítez-Burraco
Developmental dyslexia is a heterogeneous condition entailing problems with reading and spelling. Several genes have been linked or associated to the disease, many of which contribute to the development and function of brain areas important for auditory and phonological processing. Nonetheless, a clear link between genes, the brain, and the symptoms of dyslexia is still pending. The goal of this paper is contributing to bridge this gap. With this aim, we have focused on how the dyslexic brain fails to process speech sounds and reading cues...
April 22, 2017: Behavioural Brain Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28441698/ambulatory-arterial-stiffness-index-and-its-role-in-assessing-arterial-stiffness-in-dialysis-patients
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Wenjin Liu, Jiajun Zhou, Jianping Chen, Meijuan Meng, Xiurong Li, Chaoqing Gao, Jianmei Zhou, Liang Wang, Zhuxing Sun, Hong Chu, Wei Fan, Youwei Bai, Junwei Yang
OBJECTIVE: Ambulatory arterial stiffness index (AASI) is a parameter derived from ambulatory blood pressure (ABP) readings. It is calculated as 1 minus the linear slope of DBP on SBP. We tested its value in assessing arterial stiffness in dialysis patients. METHODS: We performed a cross-sectional analysis of the baseline data from a cohort study. A total of 344 patients on maintenance hemodialysis from six tertiary hospitals were included. All patients underwent ABP monitoring and carotid-femoral pulse wave velocity (cfPWV) measurement...
June 2017: Journal of Hypertension
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28441460/how-embarrassing-the-behavioral-and-neural-correlates-of-processing-social-norm-violations
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Janna Marie Bas-Hoogendam, Henk van Steenbergen, Tanja Kreuk, Nic J A van der Wee, P Michiel Westenberg
Social norms are important for human social interactions, and violations of these norms are evaluated partly on the intention of the actor. Here, we describe the revised Social Norm Processing Task (SNPT-R), a paradigm enabling the study of behavioral and neural responses to intended and unintended social norm violations among both adults and adolescents. We investigated how participants (adolescents and adults, n = 87) rate intentional and unintentional social norm violations with respect to inappropriateness and embarrassment, and we examined the brain activation patterns underlying the processing of these transgressions in an independent sample of 21 adults using functional Magnetic Resonance Imaging (fMRI)...
2017: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28441451/two-featured-series-of-rrna-derived-rna-fragments-rrfs-constitute-a-novel-class-of-small-rnas
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Ze Chen, Yu Sun, Xiaojun Yang, Zhenfeng Wu, Kaifei Guo, Xiaoran Niu, Qingsong Wang, Jishou Ruan, Wenjun Bu, Shan Gao
In this study, we reported two featured series of rRNA-derived RNA fragments (rRFs) from the small RNA sequencing (sRNA-seq) data of Amblyomma testudinarium using the Illunima platform. Two series of rRFs (rRF5 and rRF3) were precisely aligned to the 5' and 3' ends of the 5.8S and 28S rRNA gene. The rRF5 and rRF3 series were significantly more highly expressed than the rRFs located in the body of the rRNA genes. These series contained perfectly aligned reads, the lengths of which varied progressively with 1-bp differences...
2017: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28441096/judicial-decision-making-and-juvenile-offenders-effects-of-medical-evidence-and-victim-age
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John Michael Falligant, Rebecca L Fix, Apryl A Alexander
A growing body of evidence suggests that jurors place greater weight on DNA or other types of forensic evidence than non-forensic evidence (Cole & Dioso-Villa, 2009). For cases involving child sexual abuse, certain types of evidence, including forensic medical evidence, may be viewed as more important or indicative of abuse than other types of evidence, such as victim statements or disclosure. The present study evaluated perceptions of juvenile offenders and victim credibility across four vignettes that systematically manipulated variables related to victim age and physical indicators of abuse...
April 25, 2017: Journal of Child Sexual Abuse
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28438548/promoting-toddlers-vegetable-consumption-through-interactive-reading-and-puppetry
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Simone M de Droog, Roselinde van Nee, Mieke Govers, Moniek Buijzen
Picture books with characters that promote healthy eating are increasingly being used to make this behavior more attractive. The first aim of this study was to investigate whether the effect of vegetable-promoting picture books on toddlers' vegetable consumption differed according to the reading style and the use of a hand puppet during reading. The second aim was to investigate whether these effects were mediated by toddlers' narrative involvement and character imitation. In a 2 (reading style: interactive vs...
April 21, 2017: Appetite
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28438136/normalized-long-read-rna-sequencing-in-chicken-reveals-transcriptome-complexity-similar-to-human
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Richard I Kuo, Elizabeth Tseng, Lel Eory, Ian R Paton, Alan L Archibald, David W Burt
BACKGROUND: Despite the significance of chicken as a model organism, our understanding of the chicken transcriptome is limited compared to human. This issue is common to all non-human vertebrate annotations due to the difficulty in transcript identification from short read RNAseq data. While previous studies have used single molecule long read sequencing for transcript discovery, they did not perform RNA normalization and 5'-cap selection which may have resulted in lower transcriptome coverage and truncated transcript sequences...
April 24, 2017: BMC Genomics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28438115/an-auditory-display-tool-for-dna-sequence-analysis
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Mark D Temple
BACKGROUND: DNA Sonification refers to the use of an auditory display to convey the information content of DNA sequence data. Six sonification algorithms are presented that each produce an auditory display. These algorithms are logically designed from the simple through to the more complex. Three of these parse individual nucleotides, nucleotide pairs or codons into musical notes to give rise to 4, 16 or 64 notes, respectively. Codons may also be parsed degenerately into 20 notes with respect to the genetic code...
April 24, 2017: BMC Bioinformatics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28437658/how-does-first-language-l1-influence-second-language-l2-reading-in-the-brain-evidence-from-korean-english-and-chinese-english-bilinguals
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Say Young Kim, Li Liu, Fan Cao
To examine how L1 influences L2 reading in the brain, two late bilingual groups, Korean-English (KE) and Chinese-English (CE), performed a visual word rhyming judgment task in their L2 (English) and were compared to L1 control groups (i.e., KK and CC). The results indicated that the L2 activation is similar to the L1 activation for both KE and CE language groups. In addition, conjunction analyses revealed that the right inferior frontal gyrus and medial frontal gyrus were more activated in KK and KE than CC and CE, suggesting that these regions are more involved in Korean speakers than Chinese speakers for both L1 and L2...
April 21, 2017: Brain and Language
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28435666/health-care-and-social-media-what-patients-really-understand
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Kyle Hoedebecke, Lindsey Beaman, Joy Mugambi, Sanam Shah, Marwa Mohasseb, Cheyanne Vetter, Kim Yu, Irini Gergianaki, Emily Couvillon
Background: Low health literacy is associated with decreased patient compliance and worse outcomes - with clinicians increasingly relying on printed materials to lower such risks. Yet, many of these documents exceed recommended comprehension levels. Furthermore, patients look increasingly to social media (SoMe) to answer healthcare questions. The character limits built into Twitter encourage users to publish small quantities of text, which are more accessible to patients with low health literacy. The present authors hypothesize that SoMe posts are written at lower grade levels than traditional medical sources, improving patient health literacy...
2017: F1000Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28434157/general-practitioner-attitudes-towards-prescribing-aspirin-to-carriers-of-lynch-syndrome-findings-from-a-national-survey
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Samuel G Smith, Robbie Foy, Jennifer McGowan, Lindsay C Kobayashi, John Burn, Karen Brown, Lucy Side, Jack Cuzick
A dose non-inferiority study comparing 100 mg, 300 mg and 600 mg of aspirin for cancer prevention among Lynch Syndrome carriers is underway (Colorectal Adenoma/Carcinoma Prevention Programme trial 3, CaPP3). To guide implementation of the findings, we investigated general practitioner (GP) attitudes towards aspirin prescribing for Lynch Syndrome carriers. We surveyed 1007 UK GPs (9.6% response rate). Using a within-subjects design, GPs read a statement on harms and benefits of aspirin and indicated their willingness to prescribe aspirin at three doses (100 mg, 300 mg, 600 mg)...
April 22, 2017: Familial Cancer
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28434085/exploring-the-oral-microflora-of-preschool-children
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Wen Ren, Qun Zhang, Xuenan Liu, Shuguo Zheng, Lili Ma, Feng Chen, Tao Xu, Baohua Xu
The oral cavity is one of the most important and complicated habitats in our body and supports diverse microbial communities. In this study, we aimed to determine the bacterial diversity and composition of various oral micro-niches. Samples were collected from supragingival plaque, saliva, and tongue coating from 10 preschool children (30 samples total). 16S rRNA gene pyrosequencing dataset generated 314,639 clean reads with an average of 10,488 ± 2,787 reads per sample. The phyla Firmicutes, Proteobacteria, Actinobacteria, Bacteroidetes, and Fusobacteria were predominant, accounting for more than 90% of the total sequences...
April 22, 2017: Journal of Microbiology / the Microbiological Society of Korea
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28433803/colorimetric-and-fluorimetric-response-of-salicylaldehyde-dithiosemicarbazone-towards-fluoride-cyanide-and-copper-ions-spectroscopic-and-td-dft-studies
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Vengayil K Harikrishnan, Sabeel M Basheer, Nithin Joseph, Anandaram Sreekanth
The sensing mechanism of salicylaldehyde phenyldithiosemicarbazone (SDTSC) chemosensor has been investigated by spectroscopic and TD-DFT methods. The SDTSC shows colourimetric and spectral changes towards fluoride, cyanide and copper ions. The interaction between SDTSC with fluoride, cyanide and copper ions was examined through their absorption and fluorescence behaviour, and found that SDTSC has more sensing ability towards Cu(2+) ion than CN(-) and F(-) ions. The (1)H NMR titration with SDTSC and F(-) gives the structural changes in the sensing process...
April 12, 2017: Spectrochimica Acta. Part A, Molecular and Biomolecular Spectroscopy
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28433658/molecular-cloning-of-esr2-and-gene-expression-analysis-of-esr1-and-esr2-in-the-pituitary-gland-of-the-chinese-alligator-alligator-sinensis-during-female-reproductive-cycle
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Ruidong Zhang, Yanan Yin, Long Sun, Peng Yan, Yongkang Zhou, Rong Wu, Xiaobing Wu
Estrogens play critical roles in reproductive physiology via estrogen receptors (ESRs) in vertebrates, including reptiles. Chinese alligator (Alligator sinensis) is an endemic and endangered reptile species in China. In the present study, we cloned ESR2 gene from the ovary using rapid amplification of cDNA ends (RACE), investigated the spatial expression of ESRs in various tissues and temporal expression of ESRs in the pituitary glands during the reproductive cycle in Chinese alligators by quantitative real-time PCR (qPCR)...
April 19, 2017: Gene
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28432600/potentially-inappropriate-antihypertensive-prescriptions-to-elderly-patients-results-of-a-prospective-observational-study
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Paola H Ponte Márquez, Olga H Torres, Anonio San-José, Xavier Vidal, Antonia Agustí, Francesc Formiga, Alfonso López-Soto, Nieves Ramírez-Duque, Antonio Fernández-Moyano, Juana Garcia-Moreno, Juan A Arroyo, Domingo Ruiz
INTRODUCTION: Previous studies of antihypertensive treatment of older patients have focused on blood pressure control, cardiovascular risk or adherence, whereas data on inappropriate antihypertensive prescriptions to older patients are scarce. OBJECTIVES: The aim of the study was to assess inappropriate antihypertensive prescriptions to older patients. METHODS: An observational, prospective multicentric study was conducted to assess potentially inappropriate prescription of antihypertensive drugs, in patients aged 75 years and older with arterial hypertension (HTN), in the month prior to hospital admission, using four instruments: Beers, Screening Tool of Older Person's Prescriptions (STOPP), Screening Tool to Alert Doctors to the Right Treatment (START) and Assessing Care of Vulnerable Elders 3 (ACOVE-3)...
April 21, 2017: Drugs & Aging
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28432095/mushroom-emergence-detected-by-combining-spore-trapping-with-molecular-techniques
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Carles Castaño, Jonàs Oliva, Juan Martínez de Aragón, Josu G Alday, Javier Parladé, Joan Pera, José Antonio Bonet
Obtaining reliable and representative mushroom production data requires time-consuming sampling schemes. In this paper, we assessed a simple methodology to detect mushroom emergence by trapping the fungal spores of the fruiting body community in plots where mushroom production was determined weekly. We compared the performance of filter paper traps with that of funnel traps and combined these spore trapping methods with species-specific quantitative real-time PCR and Illumina MiSeq to determine the spore abundance...
April 21, 2017: Applied and Environmental Microbiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28431582/social-media-engagement-analysis-of-u-s-federal-health-agencies-on-facebook
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Sanmitra Bhattacharya, Padmini Srinivasan, Philip Polgreen
BACKGROUND: It is becoming increasingly common for individuals and organizations to use social media platforms such as Facebook. These are being used for a wide variety of purposes including disseminating, discussing and seeking health related information. U.S. Federal health agencies are leveraging these platforms to 'engage' social media users to read, spread, promote and encourage health related discussions. However, different agencies and their communications get varying levels of engagement...
April 21, 2017: BMC Medical Informatics and Decision Making
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