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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28927238/factor-v-leiden-is-associated-with-increased-sperm-count
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T E van Mens, U N Joensen, Z Bochdanovits, A Takizawa, J Peter, N Jørgensen, P B Szecsi, J C M Meijers, H Weiler, E Rajpert-De Meyts, S Repping, S Middeldorp
STUDY QUESTION: Is the thrombophilia mutation factor V Leiden (FVL) associated with an increased total sperm count? SUMMARY ANSWER: Carriers of FVL have a higher total sperm count than non-FVL-carriers, which could not be explained by genetic linkage or by observations in a FVL-mouse model. WHAT IS KNOWN ALREADY: FVL has a high prevalence in Caucasians despite detrimental health effects. Carriers have been shown to have higher fecundity, which might partly explain this evolutionary paradox...
September 12, 2017: Human Reproduction
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28927226/female-clock%C3%AE-19-%C3%AE-19-mice-are-protected-from-the-development-of-age-dependent-cardiomyopathy
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Faisal J Alibhai, Cristine J Reitz, Willem T Peppler, Poulami Basu, Paul Sheppard, Elena Choleris, Marica Bakovic, Tami A Martino
Aims: Circadian rhythms are important for healthy cardiovascular physiology and they are regulated by the molecular circadian mechanism. Previously, we showed that disruption of the circadian mechanism factor CLOCK in male Clock Δ19/Δ19 mice led to development of age-dependent cardiomyopathy. Here, we investigate the role of biological sex in protecting against heart disease in aging female Clock Δ19/Δ19 mice. Methods and results: Female Clock Δ19/Δ19 mice are protected from the development of cardiomyopathy with age, as heart structure and function are similar to 18 months of age versus female WT mice...
September 12, 2017: Cardiovascular Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28927132/downregulation-of-esophageal-cancer-related-gene-4-promotes-proliferation-and-migration-of-hepatocellular-carcinoma
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Shujian Ge, Yali Xu, Hongliang Wang, Yaxin Sun, Xiangguo Tian, Zhixin Cao, Xiaoyan Lin, Jiawen Xu, Qiangxiu Wang
Esophageal cancer-related gene 4 (ECRG4) is a candidate tumor suppressor gene, which is involved in cell apoptosis, migration, infection and inflammation responsiveness; however, its expression level and clinical significance in hepatocellular carcinoma (HCC) remains unclear. In the present study, the authors aim to evaluate the clinical significance and potential role of ECRG4 in HCC. Level of ECRG4 protein expression in HCC and peripheral tissues was investigated in tissue specimens obtained from 56 consecutive HCC patients by immunohistochemistry...
September 2017: Oncology Letters
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28927045/correlation-analysis-between-expression-of-pcna-ki-67-and-cox-2-and-x-ray-features-in-mammography-in-breast-cancer
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Xiaoming Qiu, Jixin Mei, Jianjun Yin, Hong Wang, Jinqi Wang, Ming Xie
This study investigated expression of proliferating cell nuclear antigen (PCNA), proliferation-associated nuclear antigen (Ki-67) and cyclooxygenase-2 (COX-2) in tissues of breast invasive ductal carcinoma, and analyzed the correlations between these indexes and X-ray features in mammography. A total of 90 patients who were admitted to Huangshi Central Hospital and diagnosed as breast invasive ductal carcinoma from January 2014 to January 2016 were selected. The expression of PCNA, Ki-67 and COX-2 in cancer tissues and cancer-adjacent normal tissues of patients were detected by immunohistochemical staining, and X-ray features in mammography of patients were observed...
September 2017: Oncology Letters
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28927043/expression-of-p-egfr-and-p-akt-protein-in-esophageal-squamous-cell-carcinoma-and-its-prognosis
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Zheng-Zheng Shan, Pei-Nan Chen, Feng Wang, Jun Wang, Qing-Xia Fan
The phosphorylated epidermal growth factor receptor (P-EGFR) and phosphorylated Akt (P-Akt) protein in esophageal squamous cell carcinoma (ESCC) were studied, and its significance in clinical prognosis of patients was assessed. The expression of P-EGFR and P-Akt protein in 83 cases of ESCC and 83 normal esophageal tissues was determined by immunohistochemical staining. Log-rank test and correlation analysis were used to analyze the prognosis of ESCC. The positive expression of P-EGFR in ESCC was 88% (73/83 cases) compared with 41% in normal esophageal mucosa (34/83 cases) (P<0...
September 2017: Oncology Letters
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28926884/-a-study-on-the-diagnostic-value-of-tear-film-objective-scatter-index-in-dry-eye
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Y D Su, Q F Liang, N L Wang, Labbè Antoine
Objective: To study the sensitivity and specificity of tear film objective scatter index to the diagnosis dry eye disease (DED). Methods: A prospective case-controlled study. Fifty-three patients with DED and 32 healthy age- and sex-matched control subjects were included from July to October 2016. All subjects underwent the examinations sequentially as follows: evaluation of ocular surface disease symptoms using the Ocular Surface Disease Index, optical quality detection, lipid layer thickness, tear film breakup time and SchirmerⅠtest...
September 11, 2017: [Zhonghua Yan Ke za Zhi] Chinese Journal of Ophthalmology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28926882/-diagnostic-criteria-of-demodex-blepharitis
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L Y Liang, J Li, Y Liu
Demodex infestation is a common cause of blepharitis and now is drawing more and more attention from clinicians. Demodex mite is the most common age-related ectoparasite of human being and may be detected from asymptomatic normal population. Furthermore, the pathogenesis of demodicosis remains unclear. Therefore, the commonly accepted diagnostic criteria of demodex infestation related blepharitis have not been established. Herein, we summarize the related studies about ocular demodicosis and comment the debates about the diagnosis of the disease...
September 11, 2017: [Zhonghua Yan Ke za Zhi] Chinese Journal of Ophthalmology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28926833/circulating-igf-i-igfbp-3-and-the-igf-i-igfbp-3-molar-ratio-concentration-and-height-outcome-in-prepubertal-short-children-on-rhgh-treatment-over-two-years-of-therapy
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María Gabriela Ballerini, Débora Braslavsky, Paula Alejandra Scaglia, Ana Keselman, María Eugenia Rodríguez, Alicia Martínez, Analía Verónica Freire, Horacio Mario Domené, Héctor Guillermo Jasper, Ignacio Bergadá, María Gabriela Ropelato
OBJECTIVE: To investigate the occurrence of abnormally elevated values of biomarkers of growth hormone (GH) action in short children on recombinant human GH (rhGH) therapy. METHODS: Sixty-three prepubertal short children were examined: 31 with GH deficiency (GHD), 25 small for gestational age (SGA), and 9 with Turner syndrome (TS). The main outcomes were the following: standard deviation score (SDS) values of IGF-I, IGFBP-3, and IGF-I/IGFBP-3 molar ratio before, at the 1st and at the 2nd year on rhGH and Δheight (Ht)-SDS to evaluate GH treatment efficacy (adequate 1st-year ΔHt SDS: >0...
September 19, 2017: Hormone Research in Pædiatrics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28926829/continuous-subcutaneous-recombinant-parathyroid-hormone-1-34-infusion-in-the-management-of-childhood-hypoparathyroidism-associated-with-malabsorption
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Vrinda Saraff, Anya Rothenbuhler, Wolfgang Högler, Agnès Linglart
BACKGROUND/AIMS: Hypoparathyroidism associated with malabsorption can be particularly challenging to manage due to limited and erratic intestinal absorption of calcium and vitamin D analogues, resulting in episodes of hypo- or hypercalcaemia. We evaluated the role of continuous subcutaneous recombinant parathyroid hormone (rhPTH 1-34) infusion (CSPI) in children with hypoparathyroidism associated with intestinal malabsorption resistant to conventional therapy. METHOD: Four patients (8-13 years of age), with symptomatic hypocalcaemia resistant to conventional therapy, were started on CSPI (follow-up 3-8 years) in two paediatric endocrinology units in Europe...
September 19, 2017: Hormone Research in Pædiatrics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28926828/are-all-amplitude-integrated-electroencephalogram-systems-equal
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Tobias Werther, Monika Olischar, Gunnar Naulaers, Philipp Deindl, Katrin Klebermass-Schrehof, Nathan Stevenson
BACKGROUND: Filter and peak detection algorithms implemented in amplitude-integrated electroencephalogram (aEEG) systems are not standardized. New aEEG systems are continuously enriching the market and clinicians are faced with different aEEG devices whose tracings may vary. OBJECTIVES: The aim of this work was to determine the role of different aEEG systems on quantitative measurements of the aEEG. METHODS: In this observational study, a single-channel aEEG recording (Olympic CFM 6000) with corresponding EEG signal was obtained from 32 infants at a gestational age of 36-44 weeks...
September 20, 2017: Neonatology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28926827/one-year-follow-up-of-girls-with-precocious-puberty-and-their-mothers-do-psychological-assessments-change-over-time-or-with-treatment
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Melissa J Schoelwer, Kelly L Donahue, Paula Didrick, Erica A Eugster
BACKGROUND: To determine whether psychological characteristics of girls with variations of early puberty and their mothers change over time and with treatment in girls with central precocious puberty (CPP). METHODS: Girls with CPP, premature adrenarche (PA), and early normal puberty (ENP) completed psychological assessments at baseline and after 1 year along with their mothers. All girls with CPP were treated with GnRH analogs. Psychological effects of group and time were examined using 2 × 3 mixed ANOVAs...
September 19, 2017: Hormone Research in Pædiatrics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28926822/role-of-inducible-nitric-oxide-synthase-and-interleukin-6-expression-in-estimation-of-skin-burn-age-and-vitality
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Mona M Abo El-Noor, Fatma M Elgazzar, Hanan A Alshenawy
Estimation of age and vitality of burn injury both in the living and dead is essential in forensic practice. Nitric oxide and interleukin-6 (IL-6) play an important role in skin burn healing. In this study, the expression of inducible nitric oxide synthase (iNOS) and IL-6 proteins during skin burn healing in rats was studied for purposes of burn dating and to differentiate between ante-mortem and post-mortem burn. Ante-mortem skin burns were created on forty five rats. Normal and burnt skin samples were taken at 1, 3, 5, 7, 9, 11, 13, 15 and 21 days following burn induction (5 rats for each stage)...
September 12, 2017: Journal of Forensic and Legal Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28926670/effect-of-an-age-simulation-suit-on-younger-adults-gait-performance-compared-to-older-adults-normal-gait
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Andreas Lauenroth, Stephan Schulze, Anestis Ioannidis, Andreas Simm, Rene Schwesig
Age simulation suits are used to demonstrate typical physical impairments of older age (e.g., strength and sensory losses) in younger individuals. The purpose of the current study was to describe gait performance in different age groups while wearing an age simulation suit. A total of 178 participants ages 18 to 85 (mean age = 50.4 years, SD = 16.4 years) were assigned according to their age decade to four groups with (ages 18 to 59) and two groups without (ages 60 to 85) the aging suit. Gait performance was measured with a gait analysis system (GAITRite(®)) while walking at a self-chosen pace...
September 1, 2017: Research in Gerontological Nursing
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28926121/new-pediatric-percentiles-of-liver-enzyme-serum-levels-alt-ast-ggt-effects-of-age-sex-bmi-and-pubertal-stage
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Sarah Bussler, Mandy Vogel, Diana Pietzner, Kristian Harms, Theresa Buzek, Melanie Penke, Norman Händel, Antje Körner, Ulrich Baumann, Wieland Kiess, Gunter Flemming
The present study aims to clarify the effects of sex, age, BMI and puberty on transaminase serum levels in children and adolescents and to provide new age- and sex-related percentiles for alanine aminotransferase (ALT), aspartate aminotransferase (AST) and γ-glutamyltransferase (GGT). Venous blood and anthropometric data were collected from 4,126 cases. Excluded were cases of participants with potential hepatotoxic medication, with evidence of potential illness at the time of blood sampling and non-normal BMI (BMI < 10(th) or > 90(th) )...
September 19, 2017: Hepatology: Official Journal of the American Association for the Study of Liver Diseases
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28925790/morphological-variation-of-the-caudal-fossa-of-domestic-cat-skulls-assessed-with-computed-tomography-and-geometric-morphometrics-analysis
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Caroline R Gordon, Thomas W Marchant, Joanna Lodzinska, Jeffery J Schoenebeck, Tobias Schwarz
Objectives This study aimed to investigate differences and demonstrate a normal range of morphological variation of the caudal fossa of the cranium of domestic cats. Methods CT scans of 32 domestic cat heads of 11 breeds were included. Isosurfaces from skulls were characterised through three-dimensional geometric morphometrics using geographical landmarks placed on the internal surface of the caudal fossa and foramen magnum. Raw data was transformed with a Procrustes fit and coordinate covariance was analysed by principal components to establish breed- and sex-level differences...
September 1, 2017: Journal of Feline Medicine and Surgery
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28925570/first-trimester-screening-based-on-ultrasound-and-cfdna-vs-first-trimester-combined-screening-a-randomized-controlled-study
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Karl Oliver Kagan, Fabrina Sroka, Jiri Sonek, Harald Abele, Kai Lüthgens, Maximilian Schmid, Philipp Wagner, Sara Brucker, Diethelm Wallwiener, Markus Hoopmann
OBJECTIVE: Prospective randomized trial to compare the performance of first trimester combined screening (FTCS) with an approach that uses the combination of a detailed ultrasound examination and cfDNA analysis. METHODS: Pregnant women with a normal first-trimester ultrasound examination at 11 to 13 weeks' gestation (fetal NT ≤3.5 mm and no fetal defects) were randomized into two groups. In the first group, the risk of aneuploidy was assessed using FTCS based on the most recent FMF UK algorithm...
September 19, 2017: Ultrasound in Obstetrics & Gynecology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28925487/mir-370-functions-as-prognostic-marker-in-patients-with-hepatocellular-carcinoma
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X-P Pan, L-H Huang, X Wang
OBJECTIVE: Large body of evidence has shown that microRNAs (miRNAs) have the potential to serve as prognosis marker. This study is designed to investigate the expression of miR-370 in hepatocellular carcinoma (HCC) patients and to analyze its potential prognostic value. PATIENTS AND METHODS: Quantitative real-time quantitative PCR (qPCR) was performed to examine the miR-370 level in HCC tissue and matched normal tissue from 83 HCC patients. The correlation of miR-370 level in HCC tissue with the clinicopathological characteristics was analyzed...
August 2017: European Review for Medical and Pharmacological Sciences
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28925286/vocal-function-exercises-for-normal-voice-the-effects-of-varying-dosage
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Maria Bane, Vrushali Angadi, Emily Dressler, Richard Andreatta, Joseph Stemple
PURPOSE: This study examined the effect of varying dosage of vocal function exercise (VFE) home practice on attainment of pre-established maximum phonation time (MPT) goals in individuals with normal voice. High dosage VFE practice was expected to result in greatest MPT. The overarching goal of this study was to contribute to a VFE dosage-response curve, potentially including a point of observable toxicity. METHOD: Twenty-eight females ages 18-25 with normal voice participated in this pre-post longitudinal group study...
September 19, 2017: International Journal of Speech-language Pathology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28924596/double-endoscopic-bypass-for-gastric-outlet-obstruction-and-biliary-obstruction
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Olaya I Brewer Gutierrez, Jose Nieto, Shayan Irani, Theodore James, Renata Pieratti Bueno, Yen-I Chen, Majidah Bukhari, Omid Sanaei, Vivek Kumbhari, Vikesh K Singh, Saowanee Ngamruengphong, Todd H Baron, Mouen A Khashab
BACKGROUND AND STUDY AIMS:  Double endoscopic bypass entails EUS-guided gastroenterostomy (EUS-GE) and EUS-guided biliary drainage (EUS-BD) in patients who present with gastric outlet and biliary obstruction. We report a multicenter experience with double endoscopic bypass. PATIENTS AND METHODS:  Retrospective, multicenter series involving 3 US centers. Patients who underwent double endoscopic bypass for malignant gastric and biliary obstruction from 1/2015 to 12/2016 were included...
September 2017: Endoscopy International Open
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28924560/the-effect-of-magnesium-sulfate-on-postoperative-pain-in-upper-limb-surgeries-by-supraclavicular-block-under-ultrasound-guidance
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Reza Akhondzade, Sholeh Nesioonpour, Mohammadreza Gousheh, Farhad Soltani, Mohsen Davarimoghadam
BACKGROUND: Previous studies have been conducted to evaluate the effect of different adjuvants on brachial plexus block. OBJECTIVES: This study investigated the effect of adding magnesium sulfate to lidocaine on postoperative pain in upper limb surgeries by supraclavicular brachial plexus block under ultrasound guidance. METHODS: This study was carried out on patients who were candidate for upper limb surgeries. This was a controlled double-blind study conducted on a number of 52 patients aged 18 - 75 years with ASA class I or II...
June 2017: Anesthesiology and Pain Medicine
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