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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29245092/predictors-of-hospitalization-length-of-stay-among-re-admitted-treatment-resistant-bipolar-disorder-inpatients
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M Fornaro, F Iasevoli, S Novello, A Fusco, A Anastasia, D De Berardis, A Valchera, A de Bartolomeis
BACKGROUND: Hospitalization accounts for significant health care resource utilization for treatment-resistant Bipolar Disorder (BD), especially among frequent users of acute inpatient psychiatric units. Appraisal of the clinical features and predictive role of selected variables is therefore crucial in such population, representing the aim of the present research. METHODS: A hundred and nineteen BD inpatients with an established history of pharmacological treatment resistance for either mania or bipolar depression were classified as long hospitalization cases (LOS+) and their controls and compared against each other for a number of demographic, clinical, and psychopathological features...
December 7, 2017: Journal of Affective Disorders
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29244019/prevalence-healthcare-resource-utilization-and-overall-burden-of-fungal-meningitis-in-the-united-states
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Lefko T Charalambous, Alykhan Premji, Caroline Tybout, Anastasia Hunt, Drew Cutshaw, Aladine A Elsamadicy, Siyun Yang, Jichun Xie, Charles Giamberardino, Promila Pagadala, John R Perfect, Shivanand P Lad
PURPOSE: Previous epidemiological and cost studies of fungal meningitis have largely focused on single pathogens, leading to a poor understanding of the disease in general. We studied the largest and most diverse group of fungal meningitis patients to date, over the longest follow-up period, to examine the broad impact on resource utilization within the United States. METHODOLOGY: The Truven Health Analytics MarketScan database was used to identify patients with a fungal meningitis diagnosis in the United States between 2000 and 2012...
December 15, 2017: Journal of Medical Microbiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29241899/comparison-of-oral-anticoagulants-for-stroke-prevention-in-nonvalvular-atrial-fibrillation-a-multicriteria-decision-analysis
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Tommi Tervonen, Anastasia Ustyugova, Sumitra Sri Bhashyam, Gregory Y H Lip, Paolo Verdecchia, Ryan Kwan, Savion Gropper, Jutta Heinrich-Nols, Kevin Marsh
BACKGROUND: Decision on the most appropriate oral anticoagulation therapy for stroke prevention in patients with nonvalvular atrial fibrillation is difficult because multiple treatment options are available, and these vary in their clinical effects and relevant nonclinical characteristics. OBJECTIVES: To use a multicriteria decision analysis (MCDA) to compare the oral anticoagulants apixaban, dabigatran, edoxaban, rivaroxaban, and vitamin K antagonist (VKAs; specifically warfarin) in patients with nonvalvular atrial fibrillation...
December 2017: Value in Health: the Journal of the International Society for Pharmacoeconomics and Outcomes Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29240918/evaluation-of-the-natural-zeolite-lethal-effects-on-adults-of-the-bean-weevil-under-different-temperatures-and-relative-humidity-regimes
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George D Floros, Anastasia I Kokkari, Nikolaos A Kouloussis, Nikolaos A Kantiranis, Petros Damos, Anestis A Filippidis, Dimitris S Koveos
We studied the insecticidal activity of different concentrations of very high quality natural zeolites (zeolitic rock containing 92 wt% clinoptilolite) applied on dry beans. The test species was adult bean weevils Acanthoscelides obtectus (Say; Coleoptera: Bruchidae), and the variables included different temperatures and humidity regimes. At certain natural zeolite concentrations the adult mortality approached 100% within the first day of exposure. The lethal natural zeolite concentration for 50% adult mortality (LD50) was 1...
December 12, 2017: Journal of Economic Entomology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29235511/production-of-lignin-based-insoluble-polymers-anionic-hydrogels-by-c-versicolor
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Ivana Brzonova, Evguenii I Kozliak, Anastasia A Andrianova, Audrey LaVallie, Alena Kubátová, Yun Ji
Unlike previous lignin biodegradation studies, white rot fungi were used to produce functional biopolymers from Kraft lignin. Lignin-based polymers (hydrogel precursors) partially soluble in both aqueous and organic solvents were produced employing a relatively fast (6 days) enzymation of Kraft lignin with basidiomycetes, primarily Coriolus versicolor, pre-grown on kenaf/lignin agar followed by either vacuum evaporation or acid precipitation. After drying followed by a treatment with alkaline water, this intermediate polymer became a pH-sensitive anionic hydrogel insoluble in either aqueous or organic solvents...
December 13, 2017: Scientific Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29233253/assessment-of-hiv-molecular-surveillance-capacity-in-the-european-union-2016
#6
Patrick Keating, Anastasia Pharris, Katrin Leitmeyer, Stefania De Angelis, Annemarie Wensing, Andrew J Amato-Gauci, Eeva Broberg
IntroductionExpanding access to HIV antiretroviral treatment is expected to decrease HIV incidence and acquired immunodeficiency syndrome (AIDS) mortality. However, this may also result in increased HIV drug resistance (DR). Better monitoring and surveillance of HIV DR is required to inform treatment regimens and maintain the long term effectiveness of antiretroviral drugs. As there is currently no formal European Union (EU)-wide collection of HIV DR data, this study aimed to assess the current HIV molecular surveillance capacity in EU/European Economic Area (EEA) countries in order to inform the planning of HIV DR monitoring at EU level...
December 2017: Euro Surveillance: Bulletin Européen sur les Maladies Transmissibles, European Communicable Disease Bulletin
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29231283/new-potent-inhibitors-against-newcastle-disease-virus-haemagglutinin-neuraminidase
#7
Paola Rota, Paolo La Rocca, Marco Piccoli, Marco Montefiori, Federica Cirillo, Lars Olsen, Marica Orioli, Pietro Allevi, Luigi Anastasia
Neuraminidase activity is essential for the infection and propagation of Paramyxoviruses, including human parainfluenza viruses (hPIVs) and the Newcastle Disease Virus (NDV). Thus, many inhibitors have been developed based on the 2-deoxy-2,3-didehydro-D-N-acetylneuraminic acid inhibitor (DANA) backbone. Along this line, we report here a series of neuraminidase inhibitors, having C-4 (ptoluensulfonamide and azido substituents) and C-5 (N-perfluorinated chains) modifications to the DANA backbone, that resulted 5- to 15-folds more potent than the current most active compound, the Ntrifluoroacetyl derivative of DANA (FANA), on the NDV haemagglutinin-neuraminidase (NDV-HN)...
December 12, 2017: ChemMedChem
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29230877/neonatal-mouse-cortical-but-not-isogenic-human-astrocyte-feeder-layers-enhance-the-functional-maturation-of-induced-pluripotent-stem-cell-derived-neurons-in-culture
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Fritz W Lischka, Anastasia Efthymiou, Qiong Zhou, Michael D Nieves, Nikki M McCormack, Matthew D Wilkerson, Gauthaman Sukumar, Clifton L Dalgard, Martin L Doughty
Human induced pluripotent stem (iPS) cell-derived neurons and astrocytes are attractive cellular tools for nervous system disease modeling and drug screening. Optimal utilization of these tools requires differentiation protocols that efficiently generate functional cell phenotypes in vitro. As nervous system function is dependent on networked neuronal activity involving both neuronal and astrocytic synaptic functions, we examined astrocyte effects on the functional maturation of neurons from human iPS cell-derived neural stem cells (NSCs)...
December 12, 2017: Glia
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29228229/variable-plasmid-fitness-effects-and-mobile-genetic-element-dynamics-across-pseudomonas-species
#9
Anastasia Kottara, James P J Hall, Ellie Harrison, Michael A Brockhurst
Mobile genetic elements (MGE) such as plasmids and transposons mobilise genes within and between species, playing a crucial role in bacterial evolution via horizontal gene transfer (HGT). Currently we lack data on variation in MGE dynamics across bacterial host species. We tracked the dynamics of a large conjugative plasmid, pQBR103, and its Tn5042 mercury resistance transposon, in five diverse Pseudomonas species in environments with and without mercury selection. Plasmid fitness effects and stability varied extensively between host species and environments, as did the propensity for chromosomal capture of the Tn5042 mercury resistance transposon associated with loss of the plasmid...
December 4, 2017: FEMS Microbiology Ecology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29224788/long-term-intestinal-obstruction-sequelae-and-growth-in-children-with-cystic-fibrosis-operated-for-meconium-ileus-expectancies-and-surprises
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Anastasia Mentessidou, Ioanna Loukou, Georgios Kampouroglou, Anastasia Livani, Ioannis Georgopoulos, Petros Mirilas
BACKGROUND/PURPOSE: In the few studies on intestinal complications and growth of cystic fibrosis (CF) patients with a history of meconium ileus (MI), operated MI has not been investigated separately. We aimed to investigate the incidence of long-term intestinal obstruction sequelae [constipation, distal intestinal obstruction syndrome (DIOS)] and growth in CF patients operated for MI. METHODS: Retrospective study (1989-2016) including operative diagnoses and procedures, constipation and DIOS events, yearly Body Mass Index (BMI) measurements...
November 15, 2017: Journal of Pediatric Surgery
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29223004/towards-utilization-of-the-human-genome-and-microbiome-for-personalized-nutrition
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REVIEW
Stavros Bashiardes, Anastasia Godneva, Eran Elinav, Eran Segal
Generalized dietary and lifestyle guidelines have been formulated and published for decades now from a variety of relevant agencies in an attempt to guide people towards healthy choices. As the pandemic rise in metabolic diseases continues to increase, it has become clear that the one-fit-for-all diet approach does not work and that there is a significant variation in inter-individual responses to diet and lifestyle interventions. Recent technological advances have given an unprecedented insight into the sources of this variation, pointing towards our genome and microbiome as potentially and previously under-explored culprits contributing to individually unique dietary responses...
December 6, 2017: Current Opinion in Biotechnology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29218412/epilepsy-surgery-in-infants-safety-issues-and-developmental-outcome
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Gudrun Gröppel, Christian Dorfer, Anastasia Dressler, Angelika Mühlebner, Barbara Porsche, Thomas Czech, Daniela Prayer, Martha Feucht
PURPOSE: To evaluate the efficacy and safety of epilepsy surgery in infants. METHODS: Included were patients with epilepsy onset during the first year of life, epilepsy surgery before the age of 36 months at the study center and a minimum follow-up of 24 months after surgery. Patients who were surgically treated before the age of 12 months were compared with those between 13 and 36 months. Group differences with respect to efficacy (seizure outcomes and developmental progress measured by the social interaction quotient, SIQ) as well as safety (i...
December 7, 2017: Wiener Klinische Wochenschrift
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29217431/the-effects-of-load-on-transmural-differences-in-contraction-of-isolated-mouse-ventricular-cardiomyocytes
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Anastasia Khokhlova, Gentaro Iribe, Leonid Katsnelson, Keiji Naruse, Olga Solovyova
Mechanical properties of cardiomyocytes from different transmural regions are heterogeneous in the left ventricular wall. The cardiomyocyte mechanical environment affects this heterogeneity because of mechano-electric feedback mechanisms. In the present study, we investigated the effects of the mechanical load (preload and afterload) on transmural differences in contraction of subendocardial (ENDO) and subepicardial (EPI) single cells isolated from the murine left ventricle. Various preloads imposed via axial stretch and afterloads (unloaded and heavy loaded conditions) were applied to the cells using carbon fiber techniques for single myocytes...
December 4, 2017: Journal of Molecular and Cellular Cardiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29216247/the-glycoprotein-of-vesicular-stomatitis-virus-promotes-release-of-virus-like-particles-from-tetherin-positive-cells
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Constantin Brinkmann, Markus Hoffmann, Anastasia Lübke, Inga Nehlmeier, Annika Krämer-Kühl, Michael Winkler, Stefan Pöhlmann
Vesicular stomatitis virus (VSV) release from infected cells is inhibited by the interferon (IFN)-inducible antiviral host cell factor tetherin (BST-2, CD317). However, several viruses encode tetherin antagonists and it is at present unknown whether residual VSV spread in tetherin-positive cells is also promoted by a virus-encoded tetherin antagonist. Here, we show that the viral glycoprotein (VSV-G) antagonizes tetherin in transfected cells, although with reduced efficiency as compared to the HIV-1 Vpu protein...
2017: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29216205/the-impact-of-viewing-a-video-with-and-without-head-phones-on-snack-intake-a-pilot-study
#15
Anastasia Dieze, Theodora Stephan, Carolin Hilzendegen, Nanette Stroebele-Benschop
Research shows that many small changes to the environment impact one's eating behavior. The aim of this study was to examine whether the type of audio transmission would affect snack intake depending on the degree of immersion. A sample of 174 university students were randomized to either viewing a movie wearing headphones or listening over loud speakers while consuming a snack of their choice. Significant differences were found with more snacks consumed in the group without headphones compared to the group wearing headphones...
2017: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29215388/case-of-bilateral-sequential-nonarteritic-ischemic-optic-neuropathy-after-rechallenge-with-sildenafil
#16
Anastasia Neufeld, Judith Warner
No abstract text is available yet for this article.
December 5, 2017: Journal of Neuro-ophthalmology: the Official Journal of the North American Neuro-Ophthalmology Society
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29214182/thyroid-dysfunction-among-greek-patients-with-type-1-and-type-2-diabetes-mellitus-as-a-disregarded-comorbidity
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Maria E Barmpari, Maria Kokkorou, Anastasia Micheli, Irene Alexiou, Elefteria Spanou, Marina Noutsou, Anastasia Thanopoulou
Introduction: The aim of this study was to determine the prevalence of thyroid dysfunction in Greek patients with type 1 (T1DM) and type 2 (T2DM) diabetes mellitus as well as its possible relations to glycaemic control and to diabetic complications. Methods: A total of 1015 patients, consecutively followed in the Outpatient Diabetes Center, were studied. Anthropometric and biochemical measurements, occurrence of diabetes complications, and classical comorbidities were assessed...
2017: Journal of Diabetes Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29210198/concise-review-quantitative-detection-and-modeling-the-in-vivo-kinetics-of-therapeutic-mesenchymal-stem-stromal-cells
#18
REVIEW
Anastasia Brooks, Kathryn Futrega, Xiaowen Liang, Xiaoling Hu, Xin Liu, Darrell H G Crawford, Michael R Doran, Michael S Roberts, Haolu Wang
Mesenchymal stem/stromal cells (MSCs) present a promising tool in cell-based therapy for treatment of various diseases. Currently, optimization of treatment protocols in clinical studies is complicated by the variations in cell dosing, diverse methods used to deliver MSCs, and the variety of methods used for tracking MSCs in vivo. Most studies use a dose escalation approach, and attempt to correlate efficacy with total cell dose. Optimization could be accelerated through specific understanding of MSC distribution in vivo, long-term viability, as well as their biological fate...
December 6, 2017: Stem Cells Translational Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29209360/assortative-mating-by-ethnicity-in-longevous-families
#19
Paola Sebastiani, Anastasia Gurinovich, Harold Bae, Stacy L Andersen, Thomas T Perls
Recent work shows strong evidence of ancestry-based assortative mating in spouse pairs of the older generation of the Framingham Heart Study. Here, we extend this analysis to two studies of human longevity: the Long Life Family Study (LLFS), and the New England Centenarian Study (NECS). In the LLFS, we identified 890 spouse pairs spanning two generations, while in the NECS we used data from 102 spouse pairs including offspring of centenarians. We used principal components of genome-wide genotype data to demonstrate strong evidence of ancestry-based assortative mating in spouse pairs of the older generation and also confirm the decreasing trend of endogamy in more recent generations...
2017: Frontiers in Genetics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29208159/reduction-in-undiagnosed-hiv-infection-in-the-european-union-european-economic-area-2012-to-2016
#20
Ard van Sighem, Anastasia Pharris, Chantal Quinten, Teymur Noori, Andrew J Amato-Gauci, The Ecdc Hiv/Aids Surveillance And Dublin Declaration Monitoring Networks
It is well-documented that early HIV diagnosis and linkage to care reduces morbidity and mortality as well as HIV transmission. We estimated the median time from HIV infection to diagnosis in the European Union/European Economic Area (EU/EEA) at 2.9 years in 2016, with regional variation. Despite evidence of a decline in the number of people living with undiagnosed HIV in the EU/EEA, many remain undiagnosed, including 33% with more advanced HIV infection (CD4 < 350 cells/mm3).
November 2017: Euro Surveillance: Bulletin Européen sur les Maladies Transmissibles, European Communicable Disease Bulletin
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