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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28645168/genomic-reconstruction-of-the-history-of-native-sheep-reveals-the-peopling-patterns-of-nomads-and-the-expansion-of-early-pastoralism-in-east-asia
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Yong-Xin Zhao, Ji Yang, Feng-Hua Lv, Xiao-Ju Hu, Xing-Long Xie, Min Zhang, Wen-Rong Li, Ming-Jun Liu, Yu-Tao Wang, Jin-Quan Li, Yong-Gang Liu, Yan-Ling Ren, Feng Wang, EEr Hehua, Juha Kantanen, Johannes Arjen Lenstra, Jian-Lin Han, Meng-Hua Li
China has a rich resource of native sheep (Ovis aries) breeds associated with historical movements of several nomadic societies. However, the history of sheep and the associated nomadic societies in ancient China remains poorly understood. Here, we studied the genomic diversity of Chinese sheep using genome-wide SNPs, mitochondrial and Y-chromosomal variations in more than 1,000 modern samples. Population genomic analyses combined with archaeological records and historical ethnic demographics data revealed genetic signatures of their origins, secondary expansions and admixtures, thereby revealing the peopling patterns of nomads and the expansion of early pastoralism in East Asia...
June 22, 2017: Molecular Biology and Evolution
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28645023/maternal-serum-pfoa-concentration-and-dna-methylation-in-cord-blood-a-pilot-study
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Samantha L Kingsley, Karl T Kelsey, Rondi Butler, Aimin Chen, Melissa N Eliot, Megan E Romano, Andres Houseman, Devin C Koestler, Bruce P Lanphear, Kimberly Yolton, Joseph M Braun
Perfluorooctanoic acid (PFOA), a perfluoroalkyl substance, is commonly detected in the serum of pregnant women and may impact fetal development via epigenetic re-programming. In a pilot study, we explored associations between serum PFOA concentrations during pregnancy and offspring peripheral leukocyte DNA methylation at delivery in women with high (n = 22, range: 12-26ng/mL) and low (n = 22, range: 1.1-3.1ng/mL) PFOA concentrations. After adjusting for cell type, child sex, and income, we did not find differences in CpG methylation in the two exposure groups that reached epigenome-wide significance...
June 20, 2017: Environmental Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28644945/complications-and-cost-of-syndactyly-reconstruction-in-the-united-states-analysis-of-the-pediatric-health-information-system
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Maria F Canizares, Lanna Feldman, Patricia E Miller, Peter M Waters, Donald S Bae
BACKGROUND: Syndactyly is one of the most common congenital differences of the upper extremity and offers an exceptional opportunity to evaluate value-based care in pediatric orthopedic surgery. We designed a study to characterize complications and cost associated to syndactyly surgery among US pediatric hospitals. METHODS: A total of 2047 patients were identified for syndactyly surgery at 38 pediatric hospitals from 2009 to 2012 using the Pediatric Health Information System (PHIS) database...
July 2017: Hand: Official Journal of the American Association for Hand Surgery
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28644939/an-economic-analysis-of-mac-versus-walant-a-trigger-finger-release-surgery-case-study
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Jason L Codding, Suneel B Bhat, Asif M Ilyas
BACKGROUND: There has been recent interest in wide awake hand surgery, also referred to as "wide awake local anesthesia with no tourniquet" (WALANT) surgery. Using a model of single trigger finger release (TFR) surgery, a hypothesis was made that WALANT would result in decreased hospital time and cost than patients receiving sedation with monitored anesthetic care (MAC). METHODS: Consecutive cases of single TFR surgery with MAC were compared with WALANT. All surgeries were performed in the same manner, at the same facility, and by the same surgeon...
July 2017: Hand: Official Journal of the American Association for Hand Surgery
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28644835/physician-assessments-of-drug-seeking-behavior-a-mixed-methods-study
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Michael A Fischer, John B McKinlay, Jeffrey N Katz, Eric Gerstenberger, Felicia Trachtenberg, Lisa D Marceau, Lisa C Welch
BACKGROUND: Pain complaints are common, but clinicians are increasingly concerned about overuse of opioid pain medications. This may lead patients with actual pain to be stigmatized as "drug-seeking," or attempting to obtain medications they do not require medically. We assessed whether patient requests for specific opioid pain medication would lead physicians to classify them as drug-seeking and change management decisions. METHODS AND FINDINGS: Mixed-methods analysis of interviews with 192 office-based primary care physicians after viewing video vignettes depicting patients presenting with back pain...
2017: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28644415/genome-wide-association-study-of-dietary-pattern-scores
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Frédéric Guénard, Annie Bouchard-Mercier, Iwona Rudkowska, Simone Lemieux, Patrick Couture, Marie-Claude Vohl
Dietary patterns, representing global food supplies rather than specific nutrients or food intakes, have been associated with cardiovascular disease (CVD) incidence and mortality. The contribution of genetic factors in the determination of food intakes, preferences and dietary patterns has been previously established. The current study aimed to identify novel genetic factors associated with reported dietary pattern scores. Reported dietary patterns scores were derived from reported dietary intakes for the preceding month and were obtained through a food frequency questionnaire and genome-wide association study (GWAS) conducted in a study sample of 141 individuals...
June 23, 2017: Nutrients
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28644348/biomarkers-of-environmental-enteric-dysfunction-among-children-in-rural-bangladesh
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Rebecca K Campbell, Kerry J Schulze, Saijuddin Shaikh, Sucheta Mehra, Hasmot Ali, Lee Wu, Rubhana Raqib, Sarah Baker, Alain Labrique, Keith P West, Parul Christian
OBJECTIVES: Environmental enteric dysfunction (EED) may inhibit growth and development in low- and middle-income countries, but available assessment methodologies limit its study. In rural Bangladesh, we measured EED using the widely used lactulose mannitol ratio (L:M) test and a panel of intestinal and systemic health biomarkers to evaluate convergence among biomarkers and describe risk factors for EED. METHODS: In 539 18-month-old children finishing participation in a randomized food supplementation trial, serum, stool, and urine collected after lactulose and mannitol dosing were analyzed for biomarkers of intestinal absorption, inflammation, permeability and repair, and systemic inflammation...
July 2017: Journal of Pediatric Gastroenterology and Nutrition
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28644153/louisiana-physicians-are-increasing-hpv-vaccination-rates
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Donna L Williams, Courtney S Wheeler, Michelle Lawrence, Stacy S Hall, Michael Hagensee
Human papilloma virus (HPV) is a common virus that can cause genital warts and certain cancers. The HPV vaccine is effective in preventing many HPV-associated diseases, however, vaccination rates suggest many remain unprotected. This study examined successful strategies used by physicians to improve HPV vaccination rates. Providers with above average vaccination rates were identified. A representative from each provider participated in an interview to identify strategies used to boost HPV vaccination. Key strategies in ensuring vaccine completion were reminders, education, standing orders, and scheduling future vaccine appointments at time of first dose...
May 2017: Journal of the Louisiana State Medical Society: Official Organ of the Louisiana State Medical Society
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28644101/safety-and-cost-efficiency-of-a-restrictive-transfusion-protocol-in-patients-with-traumatic-brain-injury
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Laura B Ngwenya, Catherine G Suen, Phiroz E Tarapore, Geoffrey T Manley, Michael C Huang
OBJECTIVE Blood loss and moderate anemia are common in patients with traumatic brain injury (TBI). However, despite evidence of the ill effects and expense of the transfusion of packed red blood cells, restrictive transfusion practices have not been universally adopted for patients with TBI. At a Level I trauma center, the authors compared patients with TBI who were managed with a restrictive (target hemoglobin level > 7 g/dl) versus a liberal (target hemoglobin level > 10 g/dl) transfusion protocol. This study evaluated the safety and cost-efficiency of a hospital-wide change to a restrictive transfusion protocol...
June 23, 2017: Journal of Neurosurgery
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28643854/olfactory-dysfunction-in-the-app-ps1-transgenic-mouse-model-of-alzheimer-s-disease-morphological-evaluations-from-the-nose-to-the-brain
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Zhi-Gang Yao, Fang Hua, Hao-Zhuang Zhang, Yan-Yan Li, Ye-Jun Qin
Olfactory dysfunction is among the signs of Alzheimer's disease (AD) and cognitive impairment. It has been demonstrated Aβ was associated with olfactory impairment observed in both transgenic mice and in AD patients. In this study, we evaluated amyloid deposition in the olfactory circuit of APP/PS1 transgenic mouse model of AD, which showed olfactory dysfunction in olfactory behavior tests. We found amyloid depositions were widely distributed in the whole olfactory circuit. Moreover, we think these amyloid depositions contribute to neuronal atrophy, dendritic abnormalities, synapse loss and axonal degeneration...
June 23, 2017: Neuropathology: Official Journal of the Japanese Society of Neuropathology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28643592/the-burden-of-multiple-sclerosis-2015-methods-of-data-collection-assessment-and-analysis-of-costs-quality-of-life-and-symptoms
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Gisela Kobelt, Jennifer Eriksson, Glenn Phillips, Jenny Berg
INTRODUCTION: This article describes the methods used to perform this large European-wide burden-of-illness study on multiple sclerosis (MS) using individual patient data. METHODS: The study collected all MS-related resource consumption, workforce participation, prevalent disease symptoms and health-related quality of life (HRQoL). Patients were recruited by national patient associations and, after informed consent, completed a specific questionnaire either on-line or on paper...
August 2017: Multiple Sclerosis: Clinical and Laboratory Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28643452/emerging-nanotechnology-and-advanced-materials-for-cancer-radiation-therapy
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REVIEW
Guosheng Song, Liang Cheng, Yu Chao, Kai Yang, Zhuang Liu
Radiation therapy (RT) including external beam radiotherapy (EBRT) and internal radioisotope therapy (RIT) has been widely used for clinical cancer treatment. However, owing to the low radiation absorption of tumors, high doses of ionizing radiations are often needed during RT, leading to severe damages to normal tissues adjacent to tumors. Meanwhile, the RT efficacies are limited by different mechanisms, among which the tumor hypoxia-associated radiation resistance is a well-known one, as there exists hypoxia inside most solid tumors while oxygen is essential to enhance radiation-induced DNA damages...
June 23, 2017: Advanced Materials
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28643393/prevalence-and-dynamics-of-helicobacter-pylori-infection-during-childhood
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REVIEW
Beatriz Zabala Torrres, Yalda Lucero, Anne J Lagomarcino, Andrea Orellana-Manzano, Sergio George, Juan P Torres, Miguel O'Ryan
INTRODUCTION: Long-term persistent Helicobacter pylori infection has been associated with ulceropeptic disease and gastric cancer. Although H. pylori is predominantly acquired early in life, a clear understanding of infection dynamics during childhood has been obfuscated by the diversity of populations evaluated, study designs, and methods used. AIM: Update understanding of true prevalence of H. pylori infection during childhood, based on a critical analysis of the literature published in the past 5 years...
June 23, 2017: Helicobacter
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28643301/-application-of-robotic-surgical-system-in-sphincter-preserving-surgery-for-low-rectal-cancer
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Pingping Xu, Jianmin Xu
Robotic surgical system has been widely applied in sphincter-preserving surgery for low rectal cancer with the advantages of clear 3D images and stably flexile manipulation. Its application principle includes radical resection of tumor and complete preservation of function. The main operation procedures of robotic surgical system in sphincter-preserving surgery for low rectal cancer are as follows: (1) Anterior resection of low rectal cancer: It is safe and feasible and has obvious advantages in observation of pelvic nerves, dissociation of presacral and sacral side, and high rate of sphincter-preserving, while the improvement of postoperative recovery and long-term survival needs to be verified by further large sample researches...
June 25, 2017: Zhonghua Wei Chang Wai Ke za Zhi, Chinese Journal of Gastrointestinal Surgery
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28643257/genome-editing-mediated-by-primordial-germ-cell-in-chicken
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Jae Yong Han, Hong Jo Lee
Rapid development of genome editing technology has facilitated the studies on exploring specific gene functions and establishment of model animals. In livestock, the technology has contributed to create high value in industry fields, e.g., enhancing productivity or acquiring the resistance against disease. Meanwhile, genome editing in avian species has been emphasized because of their applicable possibilities in terms of highly productive chickens, disease-controlled avian lines, and development of novel biological models...
2017: Methods in Molecular Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28643241/socio-demographic-characteristics-sexual-and-test-seeking-behaviours-amongst-men-who-have-sex-with-both-men-and-women-results-from-a-bio-behavioural-survey-in-13-european-cities
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Massimo Mirandola, Lorenzo Gios, Nigel Sherriff, John Pachankis, Igor Toskin, Laia Ferrer, Sónia Dias, Inga Velicko, Danica Staneková, Saulius Caplinskas, Emilia Naseva, Marta Niedźwiedzka-Stadnik
Within the MSM population, men who have sex with both men and women (MSMW) are identified as a high-risk group both worldwide and in Europe. In a multi-centred bio-behavioural cross-sectional study, we aimed to assess the relationship(s) between socio-demographic factors, stigma, sexual behavioural patterns, test seeking behaviour and sero-status amongst MSMW. A multi-level analysis was conducted to identify factors associated with being MSMW versus Men who have Sex with Men Only (MSMO). A total of 4901 MSM were enrolled across the 13 study sites...
June 22, 2017: AIDS and Behavior
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28643112/a-retrospective-study-of-antibiotic-de-escalation-in-patients-with-ventilator-associated-pneumonia-in-malaysia
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Rahela Ambaras Khan, Zoriah Aziz
Background Antibiotic de-escalation is an important strategy to conserve the effectiveness of broad-spectrum antibiotics. However, the outcome of this strategy for the treatment of ventilator-associated pneumonia (VAP) has not been widely studied in developing countries. Objectives To evaluate the outcome on intensive care unit (ICU) mortality, 28 days mortality, and length of ICU stay among VAP patients who receive de-escalation therapy. Setting This study was conducted in an ICU of a Malaysian public hospital...
June 22, 2017: International Journal of Clinical Pharmacy
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28643081/distraction-osteogenesis-reconstruction-of-large-segmental-bone-defects-after-primary-tumor-resection-pitfalls-and-benefits
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REVIEW
Jan Lesensky, Daniel E Prince
Successful cure is achieved in almost 70% of patients with primary bone sarcomas with currently available therapies. Some soft tissue sarcomas require wide bone resection in order to achieve appropriate margins for cure of disease, and patients undergoing these procedures need durable reconstruction. Biological reconstruction has been shown to provide patients with superior long-term results over other alternatives. Distraction osteogenesis is well studied in the correction of deformities as well as in addressing some congenital musculoskeletal pathologies...
June 22, 2017: European Journal of Orthopaedic Surgery & Traumatology: Orthopédie Traumatologie
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28643013/preoperative-measurement-of-the-modified-glasgow-prognostic-score-predicts-patient-survival-in-non-metastatic-renal-cell-carcinoma-prior-to-nephrectomy
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Takuya Tsujino, Kazumasa Komura, Tomohisa Matsunaga, Yuki Yoshikawa, Tomoaki Takai, Taizo Uchimoto, Kenkichi Saito, Naoki Tanda, Rintaro Oide, Koichiro Minami, Hirofumi Uehara, Seong Ho Jeong, Kohei Taniguchi, Hajime Hirano, Hayahito Nomi, Naokazu Ibuki, Kiyoshi Takahara, Teruo Inamoto, Haruhito Azuma
PURPOSE: The modified Glasgow Prognostic Score (mGPS) by measurement of serum C-reactive protein and albumin levels has been shown to provide prognostic value in various cancer types. The purpose of this study was to evaluate whether preoperative assessment of the mGPS predicts patient survival outcome in renal cell carcinoma (RCC). MATERIALS AND METHODS: Clinicopathological and follow-up data in 219 RCC patients, all of whom underwent curative or non-curative nephrectomy, were collected...
June 22, 2017: Annals of Surgical Oncology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28642868/an-exploration-of-gene-gene-interactions-and-their-effects-on-hypertension
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Ying Meng, Susan Groth, Jill R Quinn, John Bisognano, Tong Tong Wu
Hypertension tends to perpetuate in families and the heritability of hypertension is estimated to be around 20-60%. So far, the main proportion of this heritability has not been found by single-locus genome-wide association studies. Therefore, the current study explored gene-gene interactions that have the potential to partially fill in the missing heritability. A two-stage discovery-confirmatory analysis was carried out in the Framingham Heart Study cohorts. The first stage was an exhaustive pairwise search performed in 2320 early-onset hypertensive cases with matched normotensive controls from the offspring cohort...
2017: International Journal of Genomics
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