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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28531558/accumulation-translocation-and-conversion-of-six-arsenic-species-in-rice-plants-grown-near-a-mine-impacted-city
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Li Ma, Lin Wang, Yuyu Jia, Zhaoguang Yang
Paddy rice (Oryza sativa L.) as the staple food in China was found to be efficient in accumulating arsenic (As) due to cultivated in flooded paddy soil. Uptake and translocation of As in rice plant depended on the As species. In this work, rice plant samples including roots, straws and grains as well as rhizosphere soils were collected from paddy fields near Changsha, a mine impacted city in Southern China. The total As concentrations in the collected samples were observed in the descending order as root > soil > straw > grain...
May 17, 2017: Chemosphere
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28531289/management-of-bacteriuria-in-veterans-affairs-hospitals
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Emily S Spivak, Muriel Burk, Rongping Zhang, Makoto M Jones, Melinda M Neuhauser, Matthew Bidwell Goetz, Francesca E Cunningham
Background: Bacteriuria contributes to antibiotic overuse through treatment of asymptomatic bacteriuria (ASB) and long durations of therapy for symptomatic urinary tract infections (UTIs), yet large-scale evaluations of bacteriuria management among inpatients are lacking. Methods: Inpatients with bacteriuria were classified as asymptomatic or symptomatic based on established criteria applied to data collected by manual chart review. We examined frequency of treatment of ASB, factors associated with treatment of ASB, durations of therapy, and frequency of complications including Clostridium difficile infection, readmission and all-cause mortality within 28 days of discharge...
May 20, 2017: Clinical Infectious Diseases: An Official Publication of the Infectious Diseases Society of America
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28513319/effect-of-surface-functionalizations-of-multi-walled-carbon-nanotubes-on-neoplastic-transformation-potential-in-primary-human-lung-epithelial-cells
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Todd A Stueckle, Donna C Davidson, Ray Derk, Peng Wang, Sherri Friend, Diane Schwegler-Berry, Peng Zheng, Nianqiang Wu, Vince Castranova, Yon Rojanasakul, Liying Wang
Functionalized multi-walled carbon nanotube (fMWCNT) development has intensified to improve their surface activity for numerous applications, and potentially reduce toxic effects. Although MWCNT exposures are associated with lung tumorigenesis in vivo, adverse responses associated with exposure to different fMWCNTs in human lung epithelium are presently unknown. This study hypothesized that different plasma coating functional groups determine MWCNT neoplastic transformation potential. Using our established model, human primary small airway epithelial cells (pSAECs) were continuously exposed for 8 and 12 weeks at 0...
May 17, 2017: Nanotoxicology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28504358/randomized-controlled-trial-of-functional-family-therapy-for-offending-and-antisocial-behavior-in-uk-youth
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Sajid Humayun, Lauren Herlitz, Melanie Chesnokov, Moira Doolan, Sabine Landau, Stephen Scott
BACKGROUND: Youth offending and antisocial behavior (ASB) are associated with low quality mental health and relationships and usually lead to poor adult functioning; they are very costly for society. Family interventions are effective in children but there are few reliably effective and inexpensive interventions for adolescents. Functional Family Therapy (FFT) is an evidence-based intervention but seldom tested outside the United States. METHODS: One hundred and eleven adolescents (10-17 years of age, M = 15...
May 15, 2017: Journal of Child Psychology and Psychiatry, and Allied Disciplines
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28503352/serum-adiponectin-levels-are-associated-with-microcirculatory-function-but-not-with-coronary-artery-disease-in-the-young
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A De Lorenzo, Asb Moreira, E Guimaraes, Gmm Oliveira, E Maia, E V Tibirica
No abstract text is available yet for this article.
September 2016: Annals of Medical and Health Sciences Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28495907/interdevice-comparison-of-retinal-sensitivity-assessments-in-a-healthy-population-the-centervue-maia-and-the-nidek-mp-3-microperimeters
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Siva Balasubramanian, Akihito Uji, Jianqin Lei, Swetha Velaga, Muneeswar Nittala, SriniVas Sadda
BACKGROUND: To compare and correlate the retinal sensitivity measurements obtained with Nidek Microperimetry-3 (MP-3) and the CenterVue Macular Integrity Assessment (MAIA) microperimeters among healthy subjects. METHODS: In this prospective comparative study, 31 eyes of 23 subjects underwent complete ophthalmological examination including retinal sensitivity assessments using two microperimeters, the MP-3 (Nidek Technologies) and the MAIA (CenterVue). The mean retinal sensitivity (dB) and its corresponding luminance (asb) and contrast (log units) were analysed between the two instruments...
May 11, 2017: British Journal of Ophthalmology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28480387/politics-of-biopiracy-an-adventure-into-hoodia-xhoba-patenting-in-southern-africa
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Lere Amusan
BACKGROUND: Africa is being described as the wretched of the earth, despite this, the continent is endowed with natural resources, dynamic ecosystem, and different species of plants and animals, and species derivatives. This paper area of departure is to focus on Hoodia, a plant that is being a source of food, medicine and water for the San and Khoe indigenous peoples before the advent of Europeans into southern Africa. South African Council for Scientific and Industrial Research (CSIR) dubiously patented Hoodia without observing the basic indices of geographical indications (GIs), indigenous knowledge (IK), novelty, access sharing benefit (ASB), prior informed consent (PIC) and sustainability of ecosystem before the rights was sold to Phytopharm pharmaceutical company...
2017: African Journal of Traditional, Complementary, and Alternative Medicines: AJTCAM
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28474008/micellization-and-single-particle-encapsulation-with-dimethylammoniopropyl-sulfobetaines
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Jianxin Wang, Oscar Morales-Collazo, Alexander Wei
Sulfobetaines (SBs) are a class of zwitterionic surfactants with a reputation for enhancing colloidal stability at high salt concentrations. Here, we present a systematic study on the self-assembly of SB amphiphiles (sultaines or hydroxysultaines) in aqueous solutions, as a function of chain length and composition, ionic strength, and in the presence of alkanethiol-coated Au nanoparticles (GNPs). The diameters of the micelles assembled from SB and amidosulfobetaine (ASB) generally increase monotonically with chain length, although ASB micelles are smaller relative to alkyl SB micelles with similarly sized tailgroups, and oleyl sulfobetaine (OSB) micelles are slightly larger...
April 30, 2017: ACS Omega
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28468911/impact-of-two-step-urine-culture-ordering-in-the-emergency-department-a-time-series-analysis
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Amanda Stagg, Haydon Lutz, Sakshi Kirpalaney, John Justin Matelski, Adam Kaufman, Jerome Leis, Janine McCready, Jeff Powis
BACKGROUND: Despite evidence against the use of antimicrobials for asymptomatic bacteriuria (ASB), they are frequently prescribed leading to unnecessary adverse events. Prior studies have shown that reducing unnecessary urine cultures (UCs) results in decreased antimicrobial utilisation for ASB. Emergency departments (EDs) submit the largest volume of UCs, yet efforts to limit overordering in this patient setting have had limited success. METHODS: A new two-step model of care for urine collection, using a novel UC collection container, was implemented in the ED of a large community hospital...
May 3, 2017: BMJ Quality & Safety
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28451019/prevalence-aetiology-and-antibiotic-sensitivity-profile-of-asymptomatic-bacteriuria-isolates-from-pregnant-women-in-selected-antenatal-clinic-from-nairobi-kenya
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Adelaide Ogutu Ayoyi, Gideon Kikuvi, Christine Bii, Samuel Kariuki
INTRODUCTION: Asymptomatic bacteriuria (ASB) is the presence of bacteria in urine without apparent symptoms of urinary tract infections. The importance of asymptomatic bacteriuria lies in the insight it provides into symptomatic infections. To determine prevalence, bacterial isolates and Antibiotic Sensitivity Profile of asymptomatic bacterial urinary tract infection in pregnant women in selected clinics in Nairobi. METHODS: This was a cross-sectional study involving women attending antenatal clinic at selected clinics of Nairobi County...
2017: Pan African Medical Journal
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28444291/pasteurella-aerogenes-as-an-asymptomatic-bacteriuria-agent
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Demet Alaygut, Aynur Engin
'Asymptomatic bacteriuria' (ASB) is isolation of a specified quantitative count of bacteria in an appropriately collected urine specimen obtained from a person without symptoms or signs referable to urinary infection. Catheterized specimens are less likely to be contaminated compared with voided specimens; therefore, positive cultures of catheterized specimens are more likely to reflect true bladder bacteriuria even with low colony counts. The common pathogens for ASB are Escherichia coli, Klebsiella and Streptococcus spp...
April 21, 2017: Journal of Tropical Pediatrics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28422167/biotin-transfer-from-a-trifunctional-crosslinker-for-identification-of-cell-surface-receptors-of-soluble-protein-ligands
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Tammy-Lynn Tremblay, Jennifer J Hill
Here we describe a novel crosslinker and its application as a biotin-transfer reagent to identify cell surface receptors of soluble protein ligands on live cells. This crosslinker contains three functional groups: an aldehyde-reactive aminooxy group, a sulfhydryl, and a biotin (ASB). It is readily synthesized via a 3-step addition reaction using standard solid-phase peptide synthesis methods and commercially available intermediates, allowing access to laboratories without specialized synthetic chemistry capabilities...
April 19, 2017: Scientific Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28421867/symptom-related-attributional-biases-in-schizophrenia-and-bipolar-disorder
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Nicole Sanford, Todd S Woodward
INTRODUCTION: Biases in causal attributions and evidence integration have been implicated in delusions, but have not been investigated simultaneously to examine additive or multiplicative effects. It was hypothesised that paranoid delusions would correlate with self-serving and personalising biases ("defence" model of paranoia), particularly when these biases were disconfirmed. METHODS: Constrained principal component analysis was used to investigate differences between schizophrenia patients (paranoid vs...
April 19, 2017: Cognitive Neuropsychiatry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28397118/proteomic-analysis-of-continuous-900-mhz-radiofrequency-electromagnetic-field-exposure-in-testicular-tissue-a-rat-model-of-human-cell-phone-exposure
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Masood Sepehrimanesh, Nasrin Kazemipour, Mehdi Saeb, Saeed Nazifi, Devra Lee Davis
Although cell phones have been used worldwide, some adverse and toxic effects were reported for this communication technology apparatus. To analyze in vivo effects of exposure to radiofrequency-electromagnetic field (RF-EMF) on protein expression in rat testicular proteome, 20 Sprague-Dawley rats were exposed to 900 MHz RF-EMF for 0, 1, 2, or 4 h/day for 30 consecutive days. Protein content of rat testes was separated by high-resolution two-dimensional electrophoresis using immobilized pH gradient (pI 4-7, 7 cm) and 12% acrylamide and identified by MALDI-TOF/TOF-MS...
April 10, 2017: Environmental Science and Pollution Research International
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28385576/blood-transfusions-may-impair-endothelium-dependent-vasodilatation-during-coronary-artery-bypass-surgery
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Alessio Rungatscher, Elisabetta Milani, Cecilia Covajes, Seth Hallström, Leonardo Gottin, Gian Cesare Guidi, Giovanni Battista Luciani, Giuseppe Faggian
OBJECTIVE: The hemolytic product free-hemoglobin (fHb) reduces nitric oxide (NO) bioavailability. The present study aims to establish whether administration of different blood transfusions result in increased circulating fHb levels and NO consumption with effects on arterial NO-dependent blood flow in patients undergoing CABG surgery. METHODS: Ninety-five consecutive patients undergoing elective CABG surgery were prospectively divided in four groups based on blood transfusion requirements during surgery: stored blood cells (SBC, n...
July 2017: Microvascular Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28382669/effectiveness-of-a-playground-intervention-for-antisocial-prosocial-and-physical-activity-behaviors
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Carlene A Mayfield, Stephanie Child, Robert G Weaver, Nicole Zarrett, Michael W Beets, Justin B Moore
BACKGROUND: We examined the effectiveness of Peaceful Playgrounds™ (P2) to decrease antisocial behaviors (ASB) while increasing physical activity (PA) and prosocial behaviors (PSB) in elementary school children. METHODS: A longitudinal, cluster-randomized design was employed in 4 elementary school playgrounds where students (third to fifth) from 2 intervention and 2 control schools were observed during recess periods. The intervention included environmental changes (eg, marked surfaces) and student education...
May 2017: Journal of School Health
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28350833/a-fast-and-frugal-algorithm-to-strengthen-diagnosis-and-treatment-decisions-for-catheter-associated-bacteriuria
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Aanand D Naik, Felicia Skelton, Amber B Amspoker, Russell A Glasgow, Barbara W Trautner
OBJECTIVES: Guidelines for managing catheter-associated urinary tract infection (CAUTI) and asymptomatic bacteria (ASB) are poorly translated into routine care due in part to cognitive diagnostic errors. This study determines if the accuracy for CAUTI and ASB diagnosis and treatment improves after implementation of a fast and frugal algorithm compared with traditional education methods. MATERIALS AND METHODS: A pre and post-intervention with contemporaneous comparison site involving inpatient and long term care wards at two regional Veterans Affairs Systems in United States...
2017: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28325856/prevalence-of-undiagnosed-asymptomatic-bacteriuria-and-associated-risk-factors-during-pregnancy-a-cross-sectional-study-at-two-tertiary-centres-in-cairo-egypt
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Mohamed Abdel-Aziz Elzayat, Ashton Barnett-Vanes, Mohamed Farag Elmorsy Dabour, Feng Cheng
BACKGROUND: The prevalence of asymptomatic bacteriuria (ASB) during pregnancy is poorly understood in Egypt-a country with a high birth rate. OBJECTIVES: To determine the prevalence of ASB among pregnant women booking at El Hussein and Sayed Galal Hospitals in Al-Azhar University in Egypt; and to observe the relationship between ASB prevalence and risk factors such as socioeconomic level and personal hygiene. SETTING: Obstetrics and gynaecology clinics of 2 university hospitals in the capital of Egypt...
March 21, 2017: BMJ Open
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28321377/single-layer-repair-of-large-anterior-skull-base-defects-without-vascularized-mucosal-flap
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Frederick Yoo, Marilene B Wang, Marvin Bergsneider, Jeffrey D Suh
Objectives Bilateral anterior skull base (ASB) defects following endoscopic endonasal tumor resection are most commonly repaired utilizing multilayered reconstruction with a vascularized mucosal flap. Single-layer closure of large ASB defects has been described in the literature but this technique has yet to gain a widespread use. We report our experience with a series of patients who underwent reconstruction of large ASB defects using a single-layer intradural graft, without nasoseptal flaps. We also compared the use of acellular dermal matrix (AlloDerm, LifeCell, Branchburg, New Jersey, United States) or collagen matrix xenograft (Duramatrix, Stryker, Kalamazoo, Michigan, United States) as the graft biomaterial...
April 2017: Journal of Neurological Surgery. Part B, Skull Base
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28293145/nursing-home-nurses-and-community-dwelling-older-adults-reported-knowledge-attitudes-and-behavior-toward-antibiotic-use
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Christine E Kistler, Anna Beeber, Sylvia Becker-Dreps, Kimberly Ward, Megan Meade, Brittany Ross, Philip D Sloane
BACKGROUND: Antibiotic overuse causes antibiotic resistance, one of the most important threats to human health. Older adults, particularly those in nursing homes, often receive antibiotics when they are not indicated. METHODS: To understand knowledge, attitudes, and behaviors of nursing home (NH) nurses and community-dwelling older adults towards antibiotic use, especially in clinical situations consistent with antibiotic overuse, we conducted a mixed-method survey in two NHs and one Family Medicine clinic in North Carolina, among English-speaking nurses and community-dwelling, cognitively intact adults aged 65 years or older...
2017: BMC Nursing
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