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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28107363/age-dependent-neuroendocrine-signaling-from-sensory-neurons-modulates-the-effect-of-dietary-restriction-on-longevity-of-caenorhabditis-elegans
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Marissa Fletcher, Dennis H Kim
Dietary restriction extends lifespan in evolutionarily diverse animals. A role for the sensory nervous system in dietary restriction has been established in Drosophila and Caenorhabditis elegans, but little is known about how neuroendocrine signals influence the effects of dietary restriction on longevity. Here, we show that DAF-7/TGFβ, which is secreted from the C. elegans amphid, promotes lifespan extension in response to dietary restriction in C. elegans. DAF-7 produced by the ASI pair of sensory neurons acts on DAF-1/TGFβ receptors expressed on interneurons to inhibit the co-SMAD DAF-3...
January 20, 2017: PLoS Genetics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28107310/the-renin-inhibitor-aliskiren-protects-rat-lungs-from-the-histopathologic-effects-of-fat-embolism
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Amanda N Fletcher, Agostino Molteni, Rakesh Ponnapureddy, Chirag Patel, Mark Pluym, Alan M Poisner
BACKGROUND: Fat embolism (FE) and the consequent FE syndrome occurring after trauma or surgery can lead to serious pulmonary injury, including ARDS and death. Current treatment of FE syndrome is limited to supportive therapy. We have shown in a rat model that the renin angiotensin system plays a significant role in the pathophysiology of FE because drugs interfering with the renin angiotensin system, captopril and losartan reduce the histopathologic pulmonary damage. The purpose of the current study was to determine if inhibition of renin by aliskiren, an FDA-approved drug for treating hypertension, would produce effective protection in the same model...
February 2017: Journal of Trauma and Acute Care Surgery
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28103288/child-staff-ratios-in-early-childhood-education-and-care-settings-and-child-outcomes-a-systematic-review-and-meta-analysis
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Michal Perlman, Brooke Fletcher, Olesya Falenchuk, Ashley Brunsek, Evelyn McMullen, Prakesh S Shah
Child-staff ratios are a key quality indicator in early childhood education and care (ECEC) programs. Better ratios are believed to improve child outcomes by increasing opportunities for individual interactions and educational instruction from staff. The purpose of this systematic review, and where possible, meta-analysis, was to evaluate the association between child-staff ratios in preschool ECEC programs and children's outcomes. Searches of Medline, PsycINFO, ERIC, websites of large datasets and reference sections of all retrieved articles were conducted up to July 3, 2015...
2017: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28102533/hospital-incident-command-first-responders-or-receiving-centers
#4
Brian Fletcher, Amanda Knight, Brandy Pockrus, Matthew J Wain, Kathy Lehman-Huskamp
OBJECTIVES: (1) Propose a conceptual model of an alternative hospital incident management system (HIMS) that integrates concepts used by emergency operations centers (EOCs). (2) Compare HIMS to the standard hospital incident command system (HICS) model. DESIGN: A quasi-experimental study was performed. Two identical tabletop incident scenarios were presented, one utilizing HICS and one using HIMS. Participants completed postexercise surveys for each tabletop. Surveys contained both knowledge and satisfaction questions...
April 2016: American Journal of Disaster Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28100470/vacuum-aspiration-for-induced-abortion-could-be-safely-and-legally-performed-by-nurses-and-midwives
#5
Sally Sheldon, Joanne Fletcher
BACKGROUND: Some 40% of abortions carried out in England and Wales are done by vacuum aspiration. It is widely assumed that, in order to be lawful, these procedures must be performed by doctors. AIM AND DESIGN: This study aimed to provide a detailed reassessment of the relevant law and the clinical evidence that supports this assumption. CONCLUSIONS: A close reading of relevant law reveals that this assumption is unfounded. On the contrary, it would be lawful for appropriately trained nurses or midwives, acting as part of a multidisciplinary team, to carry out vacuum aspiration procedures...
January 18, 2017: Journal of Family Planning and Reproductive Health Care
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28098585/the-missing-record-of-mental-status-in-written-sign-outs
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Michael Croix, Donna Miller, Jeff Whittle, Siddhartha Singh, Marilyn M Schapira, Jennifer Carnahan, Jessica Kuester, Christa Kallio, Susan Framberg, Kathlyn E Fletcher
OBJECTIVE: The aim of the study was to determine how frequently mental status and mental status changes are documented in the written patient summary ("sign-out") provided to covering physicians. PATIENTS AND METHODS: This was a retrospective cohort study of general medical patients hospitalized between March 16, 2009, and March 15, 2010, conducted at 2 teaching hospitals. Participants included patients with mental status change adverse events (MSAEs) and their providers...
January 16, 2017: Journal of Patient Safety
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28097374/effects-of-5-ht1a-5-ht2a-and-5-ht2c-receptor-agonists-and-antagonists-on-responding-for-a-conditioned-reinforcer-and-its-enhancement-by-methylphenidate
#7
Paul J Fletcher, Fiona D Zeeb, Caleb J Browne, Guy A Higgins, Ashlie D Soko
OBJECTIVES: These experiments examined the effects of selective 5-HT1A, 5-HT2A and 5-HT2C receptor ligands on responding for a conditioned reinforcer (CRf). Effects of these ligands were measured under basal conditions and following elevated dopamine (DA) activity produced by the DA reuptake inhibitor methylphenidate. METHODS: Water-restricted rats learned to associate a conditioned stimulus (CS) with water in operant chambers. Subsequently, two response levers were made available; responding on one lever delivered the CS (now a CRf), while responding on the second lever had no consequences...
January 18, 2017: Psychopharmacology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28095871/a-systematic-review-of-psychosocial-therapies-for-children-with-rheumatic-diseases
#8
Ezra M Cohen, Alessio Morley-Fletcher, Darshan H Mehta, Yvonne C Lee
BACKGROUND: To assess the quality of evidence for the effects of psychosocial therapies on pain and function in children with rheumatic diseases. METHODS: We conducted a literature search of MEDLINE and PsycINFO for randomized clinical trials of psychosocial interventions for pain and disability in children with rheumatic diseases from January 1969 to September 2015. Studies with a sample size less than 10 subjects were excluded. Study quality was assessed using the Jadad score...
January 17, 2017: Pediatric Rheumatology Online Journal
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28095508/the-smc5-6-complex-restricts-hbv-when-localized-to-nd10-without-inducing-an-innate-immune-response-and-is-counteracted-by-the-hbv-x-protein-shortly-after-infection
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Congrong Niu, Christine M Livingston, Li Li, Rudolf K Beran, Stephane Daffis, Dhivya Ramakrishnan, Dara Burdette, Leanne Peiser, Eduardo Salas, Hilario Ramos, Mei Yu, Guofeng Cheng, Michel Strubin, William E Delaney Iv, Simon P Fletcher
The structural maintenance of chromosome 5/6 complex (Smc5/6) is a restriction factor that represses hepatitis B virus (HBV) transcription. HBV counters this restriction by expressing HBV X protein (HBx), which targets Smc5/6 for degradation. However, the mechanism by which Smc5/6 suppresses HBV transcription and how HBx is initially expressed is not known. In this study we characterized viral kinetics and the host response during HBV infection of primary human hepatocytes (PHH) to address these unresolved questions...
2017: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28094152/use-of-3d-printer-technology-to-facilitate-surgical-correction-of-a-complex-vascular-anomaly-with-esophageal-entrapment-in-a-dog
#10
A Dundie, G Hayes, P Scrivani, L Campoy, D Fletcher, K Ash, E Oxford, N S Moïse
A 10 week old female intact Staffordshire terrier was presented with a total of five congenital cardio-thoracic vascular anomalies consisting of a patent ductus arteriosus (PDA) with an aneurysmic dilation, pulmonic stenosis, persistent right aortic arch, aberrant left subclavian artery and persistent left cranial vena cava. These abnormalities were identified with a combination of echocardiogram and computed tomography angiography (CTA). The abnormalities were associated with esophageal entrapment, regurgitation, and volume overload of the left heart with left atrial and ventricular enlargement...
January 13, 2017: Journal of Veterinary Cardiology: the Official Journal of the European Society of Veterinary Cardiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28092203/machine-learning-of-three-dimensional-right-ventricular-motion-enables-outcome-prediction-in-pulmonary-hypertension-a-cardiac-mr-imaging-study
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Timothy J W Dawes, Antonio de Marvao, Wenzhe Shi, Tristan Fletcher, Geoffrey M J Watson, John Wharton, Christopher J Rhodes, Luke S G E Howard, J Simon R Gibbs, Daniel Rueckert, Stuart A Cook, Martin R Wilkins, Declan P O'Regan
Purpose To determine if patient survival and mechanisms of right ventricular failure in pulmonary hypertension could be predicted by using supervised machine learning of three-dimensional patterns of systolic cardiac motion. Materials and Methods The study was approved by a research ethics committee, and participants gave written informed consent. Two hundred fifty-six patients (143 women; mean age ± standard deviation, 63 years ± 17) with newly diagnosed pulmonary hypertension underwent cardiac magnetic resonance (MR) imaging, right-sided heart catheterization, and 6-minute walk testing with a median follow-up of 4...
January 16, 2017: Radiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28091350/the-effects-of-flavanone-rich-citrus-juice-on-cognitive-function-and-cerebral-blood-flow-an-acute-randomised-placebo-controlled-cross-over-trial-in-healthy-young-adults
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Daniel J Lamport, Deepa Pal, Anna L Macready, Sofia Barbosa-Boucas, John M Fletcher, Claire M Williams, Jeremy P E Spencer, Laurie T Butler
A plausible mechanism underlying flavonoid-associated cognitive effects is increased cerebral blood flow (CBF). However, behavioural and CBF effects following flavanone-rich juice consumption have not been explored. The aim of this study was to investigate whether consumption of flavanone-rich juice is associated with acute cognitive benefits and increased regional CBF in healthy, young adults. An acute, single-blind, randomised, cross-over design was applied with two 500-ml drink conditions - high-flavanone (HF; 70·5 mg) drink and an energy-, and vitamin C- matched, zero-flavanone control...
December 2016: British Journal of Nutrition
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28090246/bayesian-covariate-selection-in-mixed-effects-models-for-longitudinal-shape-analysis
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Prasanna Muralidharan, James Fishbaugh, Eun Young Kim, Hans J Johnson, Jane S Paulsen, Guido Gerig, P Thomas Fletcher
The goal of longitudinal shape analysis is to understand how anatomical shape changes over time, in response to biological processes, including growth, aging, or disease. In many imaging studies, it is also critical to understand how these shape changes are affected by other factors, such as sex, disease diagnosis, IQ, etc. Current approaches to longitudinal shape analysis have focused on modeling age-related shape changes, but have not included the ability to handle covariates. In this paper, we present a novel Bayesian mixed-effects shape model that incorporates simultaneous relationships between longitudinal shape data and multiple predictors or covariates to the model...
April 2016: Proceedings of the IEEE International Symposium on Biomedical Imaging: from Nano to Macro
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28088283/quantification-of-plasma-sulfatides-by-mass-spectrometry-utility-for-metachromatic-leukodystrophy
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Jennifer T Saville, Nicholas J C Smith, Janice M Fletcher, Maria Fuller
Impaired sulfatide catabolism is the primary biochemical insult in patients with the inherited neurodegenerative disease, metachromatic leukodystrophy (MLD), and sulfatide elevation in body fluids is useful in the diagnostic setting. Here we used mass spectrometry to quantify fourteen species of sulfatide, in addition to the deacetylated derivative, lyso-sulfatide, using high pressure liquid chromatography-electrospray ionisation-tandem mass spectrometry in both positive and negative ion mode. A single phase extraction of 0...
February 22, 2017: Analytica Chimica Acta
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28080971/interoceptive-dimensions-across-cardiac-and-respiratory-axes
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Sarah N Garfinkel, Miranda F Manassei, Giles Hamilton-Fletcher, Yvo In den Bosch, Hugo D Critchley, Miriam Engels
Interoception refers to the sensing of signals concerning the internal state of the body. Individual differences in interoceptive sensitivity are proposed to account for differences in affective processing, including the expression of anxiety. The majority of investigations of interoceptive accuracy focus on cardiac signals, typically using heartbeat detection tests and self-report measures. Consequently, little is known about how different organ-specific axes of interoception relate to each other or to symptoms of anxiety...
November 19, 2016: Philosophical Transactions of the Royal Society of London. Series B, Biological Sciences
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28079940/reproductive-modification-in-forest-plantations-impacts-on-biodiversity-and-society
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REVIEW
Steven H Strauss, Kristin N Jones, Haiwei Lu, Joshua D Petit, Amy L Klocko, Matthew G Betts, Berry J Brosi, Robert J Fletcher, Mark D Needham
1000 I. 1000 II. 1001 III. 1014 IV. 1015 V. 1016 1016 References 1016 SUMMARY: Genetic engineering (GE) can be used to improve forest plantation productivity and tolerance of biotic and abiotic stresses. However, gene flow from GE forest plantations is a large source of ecological, social and legal controversy. The use of genetic technologies to mitigate or prevent gene flow has been discussed widely and should be technically feasible in a variety of plantation taxa. However, potential ecological effects of such modifications, and their social acceptability, are not well understood...
February 2017: New Phytologist
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28077441/predicting-ifn-%C3%AE-responses-after-bcg-vaccination-in-humans-from-macaques-a-proof-of-concept-study-of-immunostimulation-immunodynamic-modelling-methods
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Sophie J Rhodes, Charlotte Sarfas, Gwenan M Knight, Andrew White, Ansar A Pathan, Helen McShane, Thomas G Evans, Helen Fletcher, Sally Sharpe, Richard G White
INTRODUCTION: Macaques play a central role in human tuberculosis(TB) vaccine development. Immune and challenge responses differ across macaque and human subpopulations. We determined which macaque subpopulations best predicted immune responses in different human subpopulations, using novel immunostimulation/immunodynamic modelling methods in a proof of concept study. METHODS: Data on IFN-γ secreting CD4+ T cells over time after recent BCG vaccination were available for 55 humans and 81 macaques...
January 11, 2017: Clinical and Vaccine Immunology: CVI
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28076982/from-structure-to-activity-using-centrality-measures-to-predict-neuronal-activity
#18
Jack McKay Fletcher, Thomas Wennekers
It is clear that the topological structure of a neural network somehow determines the activity of the neurons within it. In the present work, we ask to what extent it is possible to examine the structural features of a network and learn something about its activity? Specifically, we consider how the centrality (the importance of a node in a network) of a neuron correlates with its firing rate. To investigate, we apply an array of centrality measures, including In-Degree, Closeness, Betweenness, Eigenvector, Katz, PageRank, Hyperlink-Induced Topic Search (HITS) and NeuronRank to Leaky-Integrate and Fire neural networks with different connectivity schemes...
November 16, 2016: International Journal of Neural Systems
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28073740/what-can-eye-tracking-tell-us
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EDITORIAL
James P Boardman, Sue Fletcher-Watson
No abstract text is available yet for this article.
January 10, 2017: Archives of Disease in Childhood
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28072767/cyp3a7-1c-allele-is-associated-with-reduced-levels-of-2-hydroxylation-pathway-oestrogen-metabolites
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Deepti Sood, Nichola Johnson, Pooja Jain, Alexandros P Siskos, Mark Bennett, Clare Gilham, Marta Cecilia Busana, Julian Peto, Isabel Dos-Santos-Silva, Hector C Keun, Olivia Fletcher
BACKGROUND: Endogenous sex hormones are well-established risk factors for breast cancer; the contribution of specific oestrogen metabolites (EMs) and/or ratios of specific EMs is less clear. We have previously identified a CYP3A7*1C allele that is associated with lower urinary oestrone (E1) levels in premenopausal women. The purpose of this analysis was to determine whether this allele was associated with specific pathway EMs. METHODS: We measured successfully 12 EMs in mid-follicular phase urine samples from 30 CYP3A7*1C carriers and 30 non-carriers using HPLC-MS/MS...
January 10, 2017: British Journal of Cancer
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