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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28441651/serum-creatinine-not-so-simple
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Pierre Delanaye, Etienne Cavalier, Hans Pottel
Measuring serum creatinine is cheap and commonly done in daily practice. However, interpretation of serum creatinine results is not always easy. In this review, we will briefly remind the physiological limitations of serum creatinine due notably to its tubular secretion and the influence of muscular mass or protein intake on its concentration. We mainly focus on the analytical limitations of serum creatinine, insisting on important concept such as reference intervals, standardization (and IDMS traceability), analytical interferences, analytical coefficient of variation (CV), biological CV and critical difference...
April 26, 2017: Nephron
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28441037/preseason-anxiety-and-depressive-symptoms-and-prospective-injury-risk-in-collegiate-athletes
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Hongmei Li, Jennifer J Moreland, Corinne Peek-Asa, Jingzhen Yang
BACKGROUND: Psychological risk factors are increasingly recognized as important in sport-related injury prevention. Understanding how these psychological factors may affect the risk of injuries could help design effective prevention programs. PURPOSE: To determine the effect of reported preseason anxiety and depressive symptoms on the risk of injuries during a prospective season in a cohort of collegiate athletes. STUDY DESIGN: Cohort study; Level of evidence, 2...
April 1, 2017: American Journal of Sports Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28440518/-choice-of-bariatric-and-metabolic-surgical-procedures
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Hui Liang, Shibo Lin, Wei Guan
Bariatric and metabolic surgery has become the clinical hot topic of the treatment of metabolic syndromes including obesity and diabetes mellitus, but how to choose the appropriate surgical procedure remains the difficult problem in clinical practice. Clinical guidelines of American Society for Metabolic and Bariatric Surgery(ASMBS)(version 2013) introduced the procedures of bariatric and metabolic surgery mainly including biliopancreatic diversion with duodenal switch(BPD-DS), laparoscopic adjustable gastric banding (LAGB), laparoscopic Roux-en-Y gastric bypass (LRYGB) and laparoscopic sleeve gastrectomy(LSG)...
April 25, 2017: Zhonghua Wei Chang Wai Ke za Zhi, Chinese Journal of Gastrointestinal Surgery
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28440060/a-practical-approach-in-bioreactor-scale-up-and-process-transfer-using-a-combination-of-constant-p-v-and-vvm-as-the-criterion
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Sen Xu, Linda Hoshan, Rubin Jiang, Balrina Gupta, Eric Brodean, Kristin O'Neill, T Craig Seamans, John Bowers, Hao Chen
Bioreactor scale-up is a critical step in the production of therapeutic proteins such as monoclonal antibodies (MAbs). With the scale-up criterion such as similar power input per volume or O2 volumetric mass transfer coefficient (kL a), adequate oxygen supply and cell growth can be largely achieved. However, CO2 stripping in the growth phase is often inadequate. This could cascade down to increased base addition and osmolality, as well as residual lactate increase and compromised production and product quality...
April 25, 2017: Biotechnology Progress
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28439503/circulating-cell-free-nucleic-acids-as-potential-biomarkers-for-sarcopenia-a-step-toward-personalized-medicine
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EDITORIAL
Gita Shafiee, Ramin Heshmat, Bagher Larijani
Sarcopenia is an age-related loss of muscle mass and function, leading to disability, morbidity and increased mortality in older people. Given the relatively high prevalence and related- outcome of the disease, correct diagnosis, screening, monitoring and treatment of sarcopenia are needed in clinical practice. Recent researches have focused on cell-free nucleic acids, which are released into the circulation following cell death, as a potential biomarker of aging and systematic inflammation. It seems that the diagnosis and treatment of sarcopenia can be possible by the help of the analysis of cell-free nucleic acids as noninvasive method...
2017: Journal of Diabetes and Metabolic Disorders
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28437620/american-association-of-clinical-endocrinologists-and-american-college-of-endocrinology-guidelines-for-management-of-dyslipidemia-and-prevention-of-cardiovascular-disease
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Paul S Jellinger, Yehuda Handelsman, Paul D Rosenblit, Zachary T Bloomgarden, Vivian A Fonseca, Alan J Garber, George Grunberger, Chris K Guerin, David S H Bell, Jeffrey I Mechanick, Rachel Pessah-Pollack, Kathleen Wyne, Donald Smith, Eliot A Brinton, Sergio Fazio, Michael Davidson
OBJECTIVE: The development of these guidelines is mandated by the American Association of Clinical Endocrinologists (AACE) Board of Directors and American College of Endocrinology (ACE) Board of Trustees and adheres with published AACE protocols for the standardized production of clinical practice guidelines (CPGs). METHODS: Recommendations are based on diligent reviews of the clinical evidence with transparent incorporation of subjective factors, according to established AACE/ACE guidelines for guidelines protocols...
April 2017: Endocrine Practice
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28437218/patient-physician-and-practice-characteristics-associated-with-cardiovascular-disease-preventive-care-for-women
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Caress A Dean, Lauren D Arnold, Paul J Hauptman, Jing Wang, Keith Elder
BACKGROUND: Cardiovascular disease (CVD) is the leading cause of death for American women. Although CVD preventive care has the potential to reduce a significant number of these deaths, the degree to which healthcare providers deliver such care is unknown. The purpose of this study was to identify patient, physician, and practice characteristics that significantly influence the provision of CVD preventive care during ambulatory care visits for female patients. METHODS: The National Ambulatory Medical Care Survey datasets from 2005 to 2010 were utilized...
February 27, 2017: Journal of Women's Health
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28436984/genomic-analyses-identify-hundreds-of-variants-associated-with-age-at-menarche-and-support-a-role-for-puberty-timing-in-cancer-risk
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Felix R Day, Deborah J Thompson, Hannes Helgason, Daniel I Chasman, Hilary Finucane, Patrick Sulem, Katherine S Ruth, Sean Whalen, Abhishek K Sarkar, Eva Albrecht, Elisabeth Altmaier, Marzyeh Amini, Caterina M Barbieri, Thibaud Boutin, Archie Campbell, Ellen Demerath, Ayush Giri, Chunyan He, Jouke J Hottenga, Robert Karlsson, Ivana Kolcic, Po-Ru Loh, Kathryn L Lunetta, Massimo Mangino, Brumat Marco, George McMahon, Sarah E Medland, Ilja M Nolte, Raymond Noordam, Teresa Nutile, Lavinia Paternoster, Natalia Perjakova, Eleonora Porcu, Lynda M Rose, Katharina E Schraut, Ayellet V Segrè, Albert V Smith, Lisette Stolk, Alexander Teumer, Irene L Andrulis, Stefania Bandinelli, Matthias W Beckmann, Javier Benitez, Sven Bergmann, Murielle Bochud, Eric Boerwinkle, Stig E Bojesen, Manjeet K Bolla, Judith S Brand, Hiltrud Brauch, Hermann Brenner, Linda Broer, Thomas Brüning, Julie E Buring, Harry Campbell, Eulalia Catamo, Stephen Chanock, Georgia Chenevix-Trench, Tanguy Corre, Fergus J Couch, Diana L Cousminer, Angela Cox, Laura Crisponi, Kamila Czene, George Davey Smith, Eco J C N de Geus, Renée de Mutsert, Immaculata De Vivo, Joe Dennis, Peter Devilee, Isabel Dos-Santos-Silva, Alison M Dunning, Johan G Eriksson, Peter A Fasching, Lindsay Fernández-Rhodes, Luigi Ferrucci, Dieter Flesch-Janys, Lude Franke, Marike Gabrielson, Ilaria Gandin, Graham G Giles, Harald Grallert, Daniel F Gudbjartsson, Pascal Guénel, Per Hall, Emily Hallberg, Ute Hamann, Tamara B Harris, Catharina A Hartman, Gerardo Heiss, Maartje J Hooning, John L Hopper, Frank Hu, David J Hunter, M Arfan Ikram, Hae Kyung Im, Marjo-Riitta Järvelin, Peter K Joshi, David Karasik, Manolis Kellis, Zoltan Kutalik, Genevieve LaChance, Diether Lambrechts, Claudia Langenberg, Lenore J Launer, Joop S E Laven, Stefania Lenarduzzi, Jingmei Li, Penelope A Lind, Sara Lindstrom, YongMei Liu, Jian'an Luan, Reedik Mägi, Arto Mannermaa, Hamdi Mbarek, Mark I McCarthy, Christa Meisinger, Thomas Meitinger, Cristina Menni, Andres Metspalu, Kyriaki Michailidou, Lili Milani, Roger L Milne, Grant W Montgomery, Anna M Mulligan, Mike A Nalls, Pau Navarro, Heli Nevanlinna, Dale R Nyholt, Albertine J Oldehinkel, Tracy A O'Mara, Sandosh Padmanabhan, Aarno Palotie, Nancy Pedersen, Annette Peters, Julian Peto, Paul D P Pharoah, Anneli Pouta, Paolo Radice, Iffat Rahman, Susan M Ring, Antonietta Robino, Frits R Rosendaal, Igor Rudan, Rico Rueedi, Daniela Ruggiero, Cinzia F Sala, Marjanka K Schmidt, Robert A Scott, Mitul Shah, Rossella Sorice, Melissa C Southey, Ulla Sovio, Meir Stampfer, Maristella Steri, Konstantin Strauch, Toshiko Tanaka, Emmi Tikkanen, Nicholas J Timpson, Michela Traglia, Thérèse Truong, Jonathan P Tyrer, André G Uitterlinden, Digna R Velez Edwards, Veronique Vitart, Uwe Völker, Peter Vollenweider, Qin Wang, Elisabeth Widen, Ko Willems van Dijk, Gonneke Willemsen, Robert Winqvist, Bruce H R Wolffenbuttel, Jing Hua Zhao, Magdalena Zoledziewska, Marek Zygmunt, Behrooz Z Alizadeh, Dorret I Boomsma, Marina Ciullo, Francesco Cucca, Tõnu Esko, Nora Franceschini, Christian Gieger, Vilmundur Gudnason, Caroline Hayward, Peter Kraft, Debbie A Lawlor, Patrik K E Magnusson, Nicholas G Martin, Dennis O Mook-Kanamori, Ellen A Nohr, Ozren Polasek, David Porteous, Alkes L Price, Paul M Ridker, Harold Snieder, Tim D Spector, Doris Stöckl, Daniela Toniolo, Sheila Ulivi, Jenny A Visser, Henry Völzke, Nicholas J Wareham, James F Wilson, Amanda B Spurdle, Unnur Thorsteindottir, Katherine S Pollard, Douglas F Easton, Joyce Y Tung, Jenny Chang-Claude, David Hinds, Anna Murray, Joanne M Murabito, Kari Stefansson, Ken K Ong, John R B Perry
The timing of puberty is a highly polygenic childhood trait that is epidemiologically associated with various adult diseases. Using 1000 Genomes Project-imputed genotype data in up to ∼370,000 women, we identify 389 independent signals (P < 5 × 10(-8)) for age at menarche, a milestone in female pubertal development. In Icelandic data, these signals explain ∼7.4% of the population variance in age at menarche, corresponding to ∼25% of the estimated heritability. We implicate ∼250 genes via coding variation or associated expression, demonstrating significant enrichment in neural tissues...
April 24, 2017: Nature Genetics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28436899/adaptive-backstepping-based-neural-tracking-control-for-mimo-nonlinear-switched-systems-subject-to-input-delays
#9
Ben Niu, Lu Li
This brief proposes a new neural-network (NN)-based adaptive output tracking control scheme for a class of disturbed multiple-input multiple-output uncertain nonlinear switched systems with input delays. By combining the universal approximation ability of radial basis function NNs and adaptive backstepping recursive design with an improved multiple Lyapunov function (MLF) scheme, a novel adaptive neural output tracking controller design method is presented for the switched system. The feature of the developed design is that different coordinate transformations are adopted to overcome the conservativeness caused by adopting a common coordinate transformation for all subsystems...
April 17, 2017: IEEE Transactions on Neural Networks and Learning Systems
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28436405/a-comparison-of-methods-for-three-class-mammograms-classification
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Marina Milosevic, Zeljko Jovanovic, Dragan Jankovic
BACKGROUND: Mammography is considered the gold standard for early breast cancer detection but it is very difficult to interpret mammograms for many reason. Computer aided diagnosis (CAD) is an important development that may help to improve the performance in breast cancer detection. OBJECTIVE: We present a CAD system based on feature extraction techniques for detecting abnormal patterns in digital mammograms. METHODS: Computed features based on gray-level co-occurrence matrices (GLCM) are used to evaluate the effectiveness of textural information possessed by mass regions...
April 14, 2017: Technology and Health Care: Official Journal of the European Society for Engineering and Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28436223/interconnected-hierarchically-porous-fe-n-codoped-carbon-nanofibers-as-efficient-oxygen-reduction-catalysts-for-zn-air-batteries
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Yingxuan Zhao, Qingxue Lai, Ya Wang, Junjie Zhu, Yan Yu Liang
Developing porous carbon-based no-precious metal catalysts towards oxygen reduction reaction (ORR) is a suitable approach to significantly reduce the costs of fuel cells or metal-air batteries. Herein, interconnected hierarchically porous carbon nanofibers simultaneously doped with nitrogen and iron (HP-Fe-N/CNFs) were fabricated by facile pyrolysis of polypyrrole coated electrospun polystyrene/FeCl3 fibers. The obtained carbon nanofibers present high specific surface area (569.6 m2 g-1) and large pore volume (1...
April 24, 2017: ACS Applied Materials & Interfaces
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28435553/prevalence-and-associated-factors-of-musculoskeletal-disorders-among-young-dentists-in-indonesia
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P Phedy, L Gatam
Introduction: Musculoskeletal problems are often work related. Dentists have been reported to have a high prevalence of musculoskeletal problems. Dentists have to perform repetitive tasks, often in awkward and nonergonomic positions in their practice. Materials and Methods: This is a cross-sectional study. Five-hundred copies of Nordic Musculoskeletal Questionnaire were distributed to dentists who participated in a congress of a regional branch of the Indonesian Dentist Association. Data such as sex, length of practice, the presence of assistance, smoking, occupational stress, body mass index, hand dominance, and exercise were collected...
July 2016: Malaysian Orthopaedic Journal
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28434710/shifting-the-paradigm-in-gas-chromatography-mass-spectrometry-pesticide-analysis-using-high-resolution-accurate-mass-spectrometry
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S Uclés, A Uclés, A Lozano, M J Martínez Bueno, A R Fernández-Alba
In the last 10 years, the majority of the pesticide food control laboratories moved from GC-MS to GC-MS/MS as the preferred analytical technique to address GC amenable compounds. The main reason for this change was the negative impact on the single stage GC-MS analysis caused by the interference from coeluting matrix compounds. The new development of gas chromatography coupled to high resolution accurate mass spectrometry (GC-HRAMS) provides opportunities to overcome such matrix interferences as a result of its much higher selectivity; allowing laboratories to carry out full-scan analysis covering the most exigent analytical performance criteria...
April 14, 2017: Journal of Chromatography. A
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28434193/mediators-of-socioeconomic-differences-in-adiposity-among-youth-a-systematic-review
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REVIEW
M K Gebremariam, N Lien, R A Nianogo, O A Arah
BACKGROUND: Youth with a low socioeconomic position in developed countries are at a disproportionately higher risk of being overweight or obese than their counterparts. Tackling these inequalities requires that the mechanisms behind them are well understood. OBJECTIVES: The aim of this review was to summarize existing evidence regarding the factors that mediate or contribute to the explanation of the relationship between socioeconomic position and adiposity among youth...
April 23, 2017: Obesity Reviews: An Official Journal of the International Association for the Study of Obesity
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28432774/comprehensive-two-dimensional-pc-3-prostate-cancer-cell-membrane-chromatography-for-screening-anti-tumor-components-from-radix-sophorae-flavescentis
#15
Qiang Wang, Junnan Xu, Xiang Li, Dawei Zhang, Yong Han, Xu Zhang
Radix Sophorae flavescentis is generally used for the treatments of different stages of prostate cancer in China. It has ideal effects when combined with surgical treatment and chemotherapy. However, its active components are still ambiguous. We devised a comprehensive two-dimensional PC-3 prostate cancer cell membrane chromatography system for screening anti-prostate cancer components in Radix Sophorae flavescentis. Gefitinib and dexamethasone were chosen as positive and negative drugs respectively for validation and optimization the selectivity and suitability of the comprehensive two-dimensional chromatographic system...
April 22, 2017: Journal of Separation Science
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28431808/a-practical-standardized-composite-nutrition-score-based-on-lean-tissue-index-application-in-nutrition-screening-and-prediction-of-outcome-in-hemodialysis-population
#16
Huan-Sheng Chen, Chun-Ting Cheng, Chun-Cheng Hou, Hung-Hsiang Liou, Cheng-Tsung Chang, Chun-Ju Lin, Tsai-Kun Wu, Chang-Hsu Chen, Paik-Seong Lim
OBJECTIVE: Rapid screening and monitoring of nutritional status is mandatory in hemodialysis population because of the increasingly encountered nutritional problems. Considering the limitations of previous composite nutrition scores applied in this population, we tried to develop a standardized composite nutrition score (SCNS) using low lean tissue index as a marker of protein wasting to facilitate clinical screening and monitoring and to predict outcome. DESIGN AND METHODS: This retrospective cohort used 2 databases of dialysis populations from Taiwan between 2011 and 2014...
April 18, 2017: Journal of Renal Nutrition
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28431640/rapid-assessment-of-drugs-of-abuse
#17
Joesph R Wiencek, Jennifer M Colby, James H Nichols
Laboratory testing for drugs of abuse has become standard practice in many settings both forensic and clinical. Urine is the predominant specimen, but other specimens are possible including hair, nails, sweat, and oral fluid. Point-of-care test kits provide for rapid analysis at the site where specimens are collected allowing for immediate action on the results. POCT is based on immunochromatography where the drug in the patient's sample competes with drug and antibody conjugates in the test to develop or block the development of a colored line...
2017: Advances in Clinical Chemistry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28431533/effect-of-a-16-week-bikram-yoga-program-on-heart-rate-variability-and-associated-cardiovascular-disease-risk-factors-in-stressed-and-sedentary-adults-a-randomized-controlled-trial
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Zoe L Hewett, Kate L Pumpa, Caroline A Smith, Paul P Fahey, Birinder S Cheema
BACKGROUND: Chronic activation of the stress-response can contribute to cardiovascular disease risk, particularly in sedentary individuals. This study investigated the effect of a Bikram yoga intervention on the high frequency power component of heart rate variability (HRV) and associated cardiovascular disease (CVD) risk factors (i.e. additional domains of HRV, hemodynamic, hematologic, anthropometric and body composition outcome measures) in stressed and sedentary adults. METHODS: Eligible adults were randomized to an experimental group (n = 29) or a no treatment control group (n = 34)...
April 21, 2017: BMC Complementary and Alternative Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28430811/antimicrobial-resistance-in-coagulase-positive-staphylococci-isolated-from-companion-animals-in-australia-a-one-year-study
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Sugiyono Saputra, David Jordan, Kate A Worthing, Jacqueline M Norris, Hui S Wong, Rebecca Abraham, Darren J Trott, Sam Abraham
Methicillin-resistant coagulase-positive staphylococci (CoPS) have become increasingly recognised as opportunistic pathogens that limit therapeutic options in companion animals. The frequency of methicillin resistance amongst clinical isolates on an Australia-wide level is unknown. This study determined antimicrobial susceptibility patterns for CoPS isolated from clinical infections in companion animals (dogs, cats and horses) as part of the first nation-wide survey on antimicrobial resistance in animal pathogens in Australia for a one-year period (January 2013 to January 2014)...
2017: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28430446/piecing-together-the-allosteric-patterns-of-chaperonin-groel
#20
Jin Chen, Qian Zhang, Weitong Ren, Wenfei Li
Despite considerable effort, elucidating allostery of large macromolecular assemblies at a molecular level in solution remains technically challenging due to its structural complexity. Here we have employed an approach combining amide backbone hydrogen/deuterium exchange coupled with mass spectrometry, fluorescence spectroscopy and molecular simulations to characterize allosteric patterns of chaperonin GroEL, a ~800 kDa tetradecamer from E. coli. Using available crystal structures of GroEL, we quantitatively map out GroEL allosteric changes in solution by resolving exchange behaviors of 133 overlapping proteolytic peptides with more than 95% sequence coverage...
April 21, 2017: Journal of Physical Chemistry. B
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