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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28346570/tolerance-and-long-term-efficacy-of-polyethylene-glycol-4000-forlax%C3%A2-compared-to-lactulose-in-elderly-patients-with-chronic-constipation
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P Chassagne, P Ducrotte, P Garnier, H Mathiex-Fortunet
OBJECTIVES: To assess the tolerance and potential nutritional consequences of long-term repeated doses of PEG 4000 (10 to 30 g/day) in elderly patients with chronic constipation as compared to lactulose (10-30 g/day). DESIGN: Single blind, randomised, multicentre, parallel group comparative study. SETTING: Community-dwelling patients and nursing homes residents aged 70 years and older with a history of chronic constipation. Treatment intervention: PEG 4000 (10-30 g/day) or lactulose (10-30 g/day) for six months...
2017: Journal of Nutrition, Health & Aging
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28346538/discrimination-of-rippled-spectrum-patterns-in-noise-a-manifestation-of-compressive-nonlinearity
#2
Olga N Milekhina, Dmitry I Nechaev, Vladimir O Klishin, Alexander Ya Supin
In normal-hearing listeners, rippled-spectrum discrimination was psychophysically investigated in both silence and with a simultaneous masker background using the following two paradigms: measuring the ripple density resolution with the phase-reversal test and measuring the ripple-shift threshold with the ripple-shift test. The 0.5-oct wide signal was centered on 2 kHz, the signal levels were 50 and 80 dB SPL, and the masker levels varied from 30 to 100 dB SPL. The baseline ripple density resolutions were 8...
2017: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28346400/t-lymphocyte-homing-an-underappreciated-yet-critical-hurdle-for-successful-cancer-immunotherapy
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Robert Sackstein, Tobias Schatton, Steven R Barthel
Advances in cancer immunotherapy have offered new hope for patients with metastatic disease. This unfolding success story has been exemplified by a growing arsenal of novel immunotherapeutics, including blocking antibodies targeting immune checkpoint pathways, cancer vaccines, and adoptive cell therapy (ACT). Nonetheless, clinical benefit remains highly variable and patient-specific, in part, because all immunotherapeutic regimens vitally hinge on the capacity of endogenous and/or adoptively transferred T-effector (Teff) cells, including chimeric antigen receptor (CAR) T cells, to home efficiently into tumor target tissue...
March 27, 2017: Laboratory Investigation; a Journal of Technical Methods and Pathology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28346374/minimized-bolus-type-wireless-sensor-node-with-a-built-in-three-axis-acceleration-meter-for-monitoring-a-cow-s-rumen-conditions
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Hirofumi Nogami, Shozo Arai, Hironao Okada, Lan Zhan, Toshihiro Itoh
Monitoring rumen conditions in cows is important because a dysfunctional rumen system may cause death. Sub-acute ruminal acidosis (SARA) is a typical disease in cows, and is characterized by repeated periods of low ruminal pH. SARA is regarded as a trigger for rumen atony, rumenitis, and abomasal displacement, which may cause death. In previous studies, rumen conditions were evaluated by wireless sensor nodes with pH measurement capability. The primary advantage of the pH sensor is its ability to continuously measure ruminal pH...
March 27, 2017: Sensors
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28346016/dsl-prescriptive-targets-for-bone-conduction-devices-adaptation-and-comparison-to-clinical-fittings
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William E Hodgetts, Susan D Scollie
OBJECTIVE: To develop an algorithm that prescribes targets for bone conduction frequency response shape, compression, and output limiting, along with a clinical method that ensures accurate transforms between assessment and verification stages of the clinical workflow. DESIGN: Technical report of target generation and validation. STUDY SAMPLE: We recruited 39 adult users of unilateral percutaneous bone conduction hearing aids with a range of unilateral, bilateral, mixed and conductive hearing losses across the sample...
March 27, 2017: International Journal of Audiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28345858/enhanced-absorption-performance-of-carbon-nanostructure-based-metamaterials-and-tuning-impedance-matching-behavior-by-an-external-ac-electric-field
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Reza Gholipur, Zahra Khorshidi, Ali Bahari
Metamaterials have surprisingly broadened the range of available practical applications in new devices such as shielding, microwave absorbing, and novel antenna. More researches are related to the tuning DNG frequency bands of ordered or disordered metamaterials, and far less research has focused on the importance of impedance matching behavior, and is not effort and attention in adjusting the magnitude of negative permittivity values. This is particularly important if devices deal with low amplitude signals such as radio or TV antenna...
March 27, 2017: ACS Applied Materials & Interfaces
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28345750/subway-emergency-preparedness-in-shanghai-a-focused-group-and-interview-study-exploring-the-perceived-experiences-of-senior-citizens-and-the-disabled
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Benjamin Ohene Kwapong Baffoe, Zheng Shiyuan
As Shanghai's population increases and currently being boosted by an influx of foreigners, there has been pressure on the subway system and this has led to a great concern for the aged and disabled people (including foreigners) who use the subway during emergency situations. The present study uses an exploratory research approach including a focus group discussion (FGD) and interviews to uncover the experiences, safety concerns, and challenges that the aged and disabled faces when using the subway. A total of 38 participants were involved in the study, which comprises of three FGDs and interviews conducted in the city of Shanghai...
January 2017: Journal of Emergency Management: JEM
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28345728/embedding-1d-or-2d-cobalt-carboxylate-substrates-in-3d-coordination-polymers-exhibiting-slow-magnetic-relaxation-behaviors-crystal-structures-high-field-epr-and-magnetic-studies
#8
Nannan Mao, Biquan Zhang, Fan Yu, Xi Chen, Gui-Lin Zhuang, Zhenxing Wang, Zhongwen Ouyang, Tianle Zhang, Bao Li
By utilizing well-designed bifunctional ligands derived from 1H-imidazole-4,5-dicarboxylic acid, magnetic coordination polymers (CPs) that exhibit slow magnetic relaxation at the low temperature regions were constructed and further structurally characterized. In 1, 1D cobalt-carboxyl chains were stabilized in the final structure. In contrast, by adjusting the length of the substituted arms on imidazole-4,5-dicarboxylic acid, a novel 3D CP, 2 containing 2D 6(3) cobalt-carboxyl layer was obtained. A combination of Quantum Monte Carlo (QMC) simulations and the first-principles Density functional theory (DFT) calculations showed that compound 2 features weak ferro- and antiferro-magnetic coupling mechanisms with two different super-exchange paths of -/+/- for syn-anti carboxylate bridges and -/-/- for syn-syn carboxylate bridges...
March 27, 2017: Dalton Transactions: An International Journal of Inorganic Chemistry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28345608/maoa-rs1137070-and-heroin-addiction-interactively-alter-gray-matter-volume-of-the-salience-network
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Yan Sun, Linwen Liu, Jiajia Feng, Weihua Yue, Lin Lu, Yong Fan, Jie Shi
The rs1137070 polymorphism of monoamine oxidase A (MAOA) is associated with alcoholism and smoking behavior. However, the association between rs1137070 and heroin addiction remains unclear. In this study, we examined the allelic distribution of rs1137070 in 1,035 heroin abusers and 2,553 healthy controls and investigated the interactive effects of rs1137070 and heroin addiction on gray matter volume (GMV) based on 78 heroin abusers and 79 healthy controls. The C allele frequency of rs1137070 was significantly higher in heroin abusers...
March 27, 2017: Scientific Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28345122/effect-of-laser-on-pain-relief-and-wound-healing-of-recurrent-aphthous-stomatitis-a-systematic-review
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Valerie G A Suter, Sophia Sjölund, Michael M Bornstein
The aim of this systematic review was to assess a potential benefit of laser use in the treatment of recurrent aphthous stomatitis (RAS). The primary outcome variables were pain relief, duration of wound healing and reduction in episode frequency. A PICO approach was used as a search strategy in Medline, Embase and Cochrane databases. After scanning and excluding titles, abstracts and full texts, 11 studies (ten RCTs and one non-randomised controlled trial) were included. Study selection and data extraction was done by two observers...
March 27, 2017: Lasers in Medical Science
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28344869/il-15-tim-3-and-nk-cells-subsets-predict-responsiveness-to-anti-ctla-4-treatment-in-melanoma-patients
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Rossana Tallerico, Costanza M Cristiani, Elina Staaf, Cinzia Garofalo, Rosa Sottile, Mariaelena Capone, Yago Pico de Coaña, Gabriele Madonna, Eleonora Palella, Maria Wolodarski, Valentina Carannante, Domenico Mallardo, Ester Simeone, Antonio M Grimaldi, Sofia Johansson, Paolo Frumento, Elio Gulletta, Andrea Anichini, Francesco Colucci, Gennaro Ciliberto, Rolf Kiessling, Klas Kärre, Paolo A Ascierto, Ennio Carbone
Despite the success of immune checkpoint blockade in melanoma, the majority of patients do not respond. We hypothesized that the T and NK cell subset frequencies and expression levels of their receptors may predict responses and clinical outcome of anti-CTLA-4 treatment. We thus characterized the NK and T cell phenotype, as well as serum levels of several cytokines in 67 melanoma patients recruited in Italy and Sweden, using samples drawn prior to and during treatment. Survival correlated with low expression of the inhibitory receptor TIM-3 on circulating T and NK cells prior to and during treatment and with the increased frequency of mature circulating NK cells (defined as CD3(-)CD56(dim) CD16(+)) during treatment...
2017: Oncoimmunology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28344863/tumor-infiltrating-lymphocytes-tils-from-patients-with-glioma
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Zhenjiang Liu, Qingda Meng, Jiri Bartek, Thomas Poiret, Oscar Persson, Lalit Rane, Elena Rangelova, Christopher Illies, Inti Harvey Peredo, Xiaohua Luo, Martin Vijayakumar Rao, Rebecca Axelsson Robertson, Ernest Dodoo, Markus Maeurer
Tumor-infiltrating lymphocytes (TILs) may represent a viable source of T cells for the biological treatment of patients with gliomas. Glioma tissue was obtained from 16 patients, tumor cell lines were established, and TILs were expanded in 16/16 cases using a combination of IL-2/IL-15/IL-21. Intracellular cytokine staining (ICS, IL-2, IL-17, TNFα and IFNγ production) as well as a cytotoxicity assay was used to detect TIL reactivity against autologous tumor cells or shared tumor-associated antigens (TAAs; i...
2017: Oncoimmunology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28344732/autonomic-modulation-in-older-women-using-resistance-exercise-as-a-countermeasure
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Hayden Gerhart, Yu Lun Tai, Curtis Fennell, Xián Mayo, J Derek Kingsley
It is unclear if resistance training (RT) can be used to alter declines in autonomic modulation associated with aging. Young women (YW; range 18-25 yrs) and older women (OW; range 50-72 yrs) were compared at baseline. Only OW underwent supervised RT 2 days a week for 12-weeks. Baseline and post-training measurements included heart rate variability (HRV) and complexity (Sample Entropy) to assess autonomic modulation. The 12-weeks of RT consisted of 9 exercises performing 3 sets of 8-12 repetitions. At baseline, group differences in maximal strength, and autonomic modulation were evaluated with a one-way ANOVA with BMI as a covariate...
2017: International Journal of Exercise Science
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28344545/music-improves-subjective-feelings-leading-to-cardiac-autonomic-nervous-modulation-a-pilot-study
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Satoshi Kume, Yukako Nishimura, Kei Mizuno, Nae Sakimoto, Hiroshi Hori, Yasuhisa Tamura, Masanori Yamato, Rika Mitsuhashi, Keigo Akiba, Jun-Ichi Koizumi, Yasuyoshi Watanabe, Yosky Kataoka
It is widely accepted that listening to music improves subjective feelings and reduces fatigue sensations, and different kinds of music lead to different activations of these feelings. Recently, cardiac autonomic nervous modulation has been proposed as a useful objective indicator of fatigue. However, scientific considerations of the relation between feelings of fatigue and cardiac autonomic nervous modulation while listening to music are still lacking. In this study, we examined which subjective feelings of fatigue are related to participants' cardiac autonomic nervous function while they listen to music...
2017: Frontiers in Neuroscience
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28344419/determinants-of-treatment-modification-in-hypercholesterolemic-patients
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Ko-Fan Wang, Cheng-Hsueh Wu, Chun-Chin Chang, Lung-Ching Chen, Kang-Ling Wang, Tse-Min Lu, Shing-Jong Lin, Chern-En Chiang
BACKGROUND: There is a lack of knowledge of those contemporary factors associated with modifying subtherapeutic treatments in hypercholesterolemic patients. The aim of this study was to assess determinants of treatment modification in patients not attaining their low-density lipoprotein cholesterol goals. METHODS: The CEntralized Pan-Asian survey on tHE Under-treatment of hypercholeSterolemia enrolled patients taking stable lipid-lowering medications. The study physicians then determined existing patient treatments, which were to be continued or modified when treatments failed...
March 2017: Acta Cardiologica Sinica
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28344384/ferroelectric-switching-and-electrochemistry-of-pyrrole-substituted-trialkylbenzene-1-3-5-tricarboxamides
#16
Xiao Meng, Andrey V Gorbunov, W S Christian Roelofs, Stefan C J Meskers, René A J Janssen, Martijn Kemerink, Rint P Sijbesma
We explore a new approach to organic ferroelectric diodes using a benzene-tricarboxamide (BTA) core connected with C10 alkyl chains to pyrrole groups, which can be polymerized to provide a semiconducting ferroelectric material. The compound possesses a columnar hexagonal liquid crystalline (LC) phase and exhibits ferroelectric switching. At low switching frequencies, an additional process occurs, which leads to a high hysteretic charge density of up to ∼1000 mC/m(2). Based on its slow rate, the formation of gas bubbles, and the emergence of characteristic polypyrrole absorption bands in the UV-Vis-NIR, the additional process is identified as the oxidative polymerization of pyrrole groups, enabled by the presence of amide groups...
April 1, 2017: Journal of Polymer Science. Part B, Polymer Physics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28343986/the-hemodynamic-signal-as-a-first-order-low-pass-temporal-filter-evidence-and-implications-for-neuroimaging-studies
#17
Antoine Sauvage, Guillaume Hubert, Jonathan Touboul, Jérôme Ribot
Neuronal activation triggers local changes in blood flow and hemoglobin oxygenation. These hemodynamic signals can be recorded through functional magnetic resonance imaging or intrinsic optical imaging, and allows inferring neural activity in response to stimuli. These techniques are widely used to uncover functional brain architectures. However, their accuracy suffers from distortions inherent to hemodynamic responses and noise. The analysis of these signals currently relies on models of impulse hemodynamic responses to brief stimuli...
March 23, 2017: NeuroImage
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28343846/higher-levels-of-il-6-cd4-turnover-and-treg-frequency-are-already-present-before-cart-in-hiv-infected-subjects-with-later-low-cd4-recovery
#18
Isaac Rosado-Sánchez, Inmaculada Jarrín, María M Pozo-Balado, Rebeca S de Pablo-Bernal, Inés Herrero-Fernández, Ana I Alvarez-Ríos, Esther Rodríguez-Gallego, Miguel Genebat, Mar Vera, Juan Berenguer, María L Martín, Enrique Bernal, Francesc Vidal, Julià Blanco, Manuel Leal, Yolanda M Pacheco
Immunological characterization of HIV-infected subjects with low CD4-recovery (LR-subjects) has been extensively performed after a variable period of combined antiretroviral therapy (cART). We now explore immunological alterations present before the cART onset. In a case-control study, we selected pre-cART samples of HIV-subjects with and without low CD4-recovery after cART (n = 21 per group). CD4 T-cell activation, senescence and exhaustion related markers were not found specifically altered before cART initiation...
March 24, 2017: Antiviral Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28343785/pericardial-mesothelioma-presenting-as-a-suspected-st-elevation-myocardial-infarction
#19
Ana Sofia Barroso, Sérgio Leite, Fernando Friões, Mariana Vasconcelos, Daniela Azevedo, Helena Baldaia, Mário Jorge Amorim, Paula Dias
Primary cardiac and pericardial tumors are rare entities with an autopsy frequency of 0.001-0.03%. Metastases to the heart and pericardium are much more common than primary tumors. Malignant pericardial mesotheliomas account for up to 50% of primary pericardial tumors. We report the case of a 75-year-old woman with hypertension, dyslipidemia and atrial fibrillation who went to the emergency department due to nonspecific thoracic discomfort of over six hours duration associated with syncope. Physical examination revealed a low-amplitude arrhythmic pulse, no heart murmurs and no signs of pulmonary congestion...
March 23, 2017: Portuguese Journal of Cardiology: An Official Journal of the Portuguese Society of Cardiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28343561/locomotor-and-energetic-consequences-of-behavioral-thermoregulation-in-the-sanguivorous-leech-hirudo-verbana
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Amanda C Hitchcock, Erin M Connolly, Karin Darakananda, Janet W Jeong, Arbor J L Quist, Allison B Robbins, David J Ellerby
Medicinal leeches (Hirudo verbana) thermoregulate with respect to their sanguivorous feeding behavior. Immediate postprandial preferences are for warmer than their initial acclimation temperature (Ta, 21°C, Petersen et al. 2011), while unfed leeches have a lower preferred temperature (Tpref, 12.5°C). This may reduce energy expenditure and defer starvation if feeding opportunities are limited. Energetic benefits may have an associated cost if low temperatures reduce mobility and the ability to locate further hosts...
April 2017: Journal of Thermal Biology
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