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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28212407/epidemiology-of-low-proteinuric-chronic-kidney-disease-in-renal-clinics
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Luca De Nicola, Michele Provenzano, Paolo Chiodini, Silvio Borrelli, Luigi Russo, Antonio Bellasi, Domenico Santoro, Giuseppe Conte, Roberto Minutolo
CKD patients with low-grade proteinuria (LP) are common in nephrology clinics. However, prevalence, characteristics, and the competing risks of ESRD and death as the specific determinants, are still unknown. We analyzed epidemiological features of LP status in a prospective cohort of 2,340 patients with CKD stage III-V referred from ≥6 months in 40 nephrology clinics in Italy. LP status was defined as proteinuria <0.5 g/24h according to current KDIGO guidelines. Patients with higher proteinuria constituted the control group (CON)...
2017: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28212401/preload-based-starling-like-control-of-rotary-blood-pumps-an-in-vitro-evaluation
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Mahdi Mansouri, Shaun D Gregory, Robert F Salamonsen, Nigel H Lovell, Michael C Stevens, Jo P Pauls, Rini Akmeliawati, Einly Lim
Due to a shortage of donor hearts, rotary left ventricular assist devices (LVADs) are used to provide mechanical circulatory support. To address the preload insensitivity of the constant speed controller (CSC) used in conventional LVADs, we developed a preload-based Starling-like controller (SLC). The SLC emulates the Starling law of the heart to maintain mean pump flow ([Formula: see text]) with respect to mean left ventricular end diastolic pressure (PLVEDm) as the feedback signal. The SLC and CSC were compared using a mock circulation loop to assess their capacity to increase cardiac output during mild exercise while avoiding ventricular suction (marked by a negative PLVEDm) and maintaining circulatory stability during blood loss and severe reductions in left ventricular contractility (LVC)...
2017: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28211249/improving-the-interpretability-of-climate-landscape-metrics-an-ecological-risk-analysis-of-japan-s-marine-protected-areas
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Jorge García Molinos, Shintaro Takao, Naoki H Kumagai, Elvira S Poloczanska, Michael T Burrows, Masahiko Fujii, Hiroya Yamano
Conservation efforts strive to protect significant swaths of terrestrial, freshwater and marine ecosystems from a range of threats. As climate change becomes an increasing concern, these efforts must take into account how resilient protected spaces will be in the face of future drivers of change such as warming temperatures. Climate landscape metrics, which signal the spatial magnitude and direction of climate change, support a convenient initial assessment of potential threats to and opportunities within ecosystems to inform conservation and policy efforts where biological data are not available...
February 17, 2017: Global Change Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28211085/variable-selection-in-the-functional-linear-concurrent-model
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Jeff Goldsmith, Joseph E Schwartz
We propose methods for variable selection in the context of modeling the association between a functional response and concurrently observed functional predictors. This data structure, and the need for such methods, is exemplified by our motivating example: a study in which blood pressure values are observed throughout the day, together with measurements of physical activity, location, posture, affect or mood, and other quantities that may influence blood pressure. We estimate the coefficients of the concurrent functional linear model using variational Bayes and jointly model residual correlation using functional principal components analysis...
February 17, 2017: Statistics in Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28210244/assessment-of-the-antimicrobial-activity-of-olive-leaf-extract-against-foodborne-bacterial-pathogens
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Yanhong Liu, Lindsay C McKeever, Nasir S A Malik
Olive leaf extract (OLE) has been used traditionally as a herbal supplement since it contains polyphenolic compounds with beneficial properties ranging from increasing energy levels, lowering blood pressure, and supporting the cardiovascular and immune systems. In addition to the beneficial effects on human health, OLE also has antimicrobial properties. The aim of this work was to investigate the antimicrobial effect of OLE against major foodborne pathogens, including Listeria monocytogenes, Escherichia coli O157:H7, and Salmonella Enteritidis...
2017: Frontiers in Microbiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28210179/corneal-biomechanics-in-normal-saudi-individuals
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Khalid Al-Arfaj, Sanaa A Yassin, Walaa Al-Dairi, Fatimah Al-Shamlan, Mohanna Al-Jindan
PURPOSE: The aim of this study was to determine and relate corneal biomechanical metrics with demographic, tomographic and refractive data in healthy Saudi people. DESIGN: Prospective, cross-sectional, observational study. PARTICIPANTS: The study included 215 normal Saudi adult individuals. METHODS: Corneal hysteresis (CH) and corneal resistance factor (CRF), Goldmann-correlated intraocular pressure (IOPg) and corneal-compensated intraocular pressure (IOPcc) were measured by ocular response analyzer...
July 2016: Saudi Journal of Ophthalmology: Official Journal of the Saudi Ophthalmological Society
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28209604/birth-size-risk-factors-across-life-and-cognition-in-late-life-protocol-of-prospective-longitudinal-follow-up-of-the-mynah-mysore-studies-of-natal-effects-on-ageing-and-health-cohort
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Murali Krishna, G Mohan Kumar, S R Veena, G V Krishnaveni, Kalyanaraman Kumaran, Samuel Christaprasad Karat, Patsy Coakley, Clive Osmond, John R M Copeland, Giriraj Chandak, Dattatray Bhat, Mathew Varghese, Martin Prince, Caroline Fall
INTRODUCTION: For late-life neurocognitive disorders, as for other late-life chronic diseases, much recent interest has focused on the possible relevance of Developmental Origins of Health and Disease (DOHaD). Programming by undernutrition in utero, followed by overnutrition in adult life may lead to an increased risk, possibly mediated through cardiovascular and metabolic pathways. This study will specifically examine, if lower birth weight is associated with poorer cognitive functioning in late life in a south Indian population...
February 16, 2017: BMJ Open
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28208133/how-truncating-are-truncating-languages-evidence-from-russian-and-german
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Tamara V Rathcke
Russian and German have pr eviously been described as 'truncating', or cutting off target frequencies of the phrase-final pitch trajectories when the time available for voicing is compromised. However, supporting evidence is rare and limited to only a few pitch categories. This paper reports a production study conducted to document pitch adjustments to linguistic materials, in which the amount of voicing available for the realization of a pitch pattern varies from relatively long to extremely short. Productions of nuclear H+L*, H* and L*+H pitch accents followed by a low boundary tone were investigated in the two languages...
February 23, 2017: Phonetica
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28207876/circulating-c1q-complement-tnf-related-protein-ctrp-1-ctrp9-ctrp12-and-ctrp13-concentrations-in-type-2-diabetes-mellitus-in-vivo-regulation-by-glucose
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Bo Bai, Bo Ban, Zunjing Liu, Man Man Zhang, Bee Kang Tan, Jing Chen
OBJECTIVES: The C1q complement/TNF-related protein (CTRP) superfamily, which includes the adipokine adiponectin, has been shown in animal models to have positive metabolic and cardiovascular effects. We sought to investigate circulating CTRP1, CTRP9, CTRP12 and CTRP13 concentrations in persons with type 2 diabetes mellitus (T2DM), with age and BMI matched controls, and to examine the effects of a 2 hour 75g oral glucose tolerance test (OGTT) on serum CTRP1, CTRP9, CTRP12 and CTRP13 levels in persons with T2DM...
2017: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28206830/medical-student-beliefs-about-disclosure-of-mental-health-issues-a-qualitative-study
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Peter Winter, Andrew Rix, Andrew Grant
In 2012 the United Kingdom's General Medical Council (GMC) commissioned research to develop guidance for medical schools on how best to support students with mental illness. One of the key findings from medical student focus groups in the study was students' strong belief that medical schools excluded students on mental health grounds. Students believed mental illness was a fitness to practice matter that led to eventual dismissal, although neither personal experience nor empirical evidence supported this belief...
2017: Journal of Veterinary Medical Education
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28203508/deltoid-compartment-syndrome-a-rare-complication-after-humeral-intraosseous-access
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Kishan M Thadikonda, Francesco M Egro, Irene Ma, Alexander M Spiess
We present a case of a 65-year-old woman who developed a delayed deltoid compartment syndrome after resuscitation via humeral intraosseous access. Initially she was treated conservatively but then was taken emergently for a fasciotomy. After confirming the diagnosis with compartment pressures, a 2-incision approach was employed and a large hematoma was evacuated from the inferior margin of the anterior deltoid. The rest of the deltoid was inspected and debrided to healthy bleeding tissue. Her fasciotomy wounds were left open to heal on their own due to her tenuous clinical condition...
January 2017: Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery. Global Open
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28202591/non-classical-phase-diagram-for-virus-bacterial-coevolution-mediated-by-clustered-regularly-interspaced-short-palindromic-repeats
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Pu Han, Michael W Deem
CRISPR is a newly discovered prokaryotic immune system. Bacteria and archaea with this system incorporate genetic material from invading viruses into their genomes, providing protection against future infection by similar viruses. The condition for coexistence of prokaryots and viruses is an interesting problem in evolutionary biology. In this work, we show an intriguing phase diagram of the virus extinction probability, which is more complex than that of the classical predator-prey model. As the CRISPR incorporates genetic material, viruses are under pressure to evolve to escape recognition by CRISPR...
February 2017: Journal of the Royal Society, Interface
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28202552/airway-dynamics-in-copd-patients-by-within-breath-impedance-tracking-effects-of-continuous-positive-airway-pressure
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András Lorx, Dorottya Czövek, Zoltán Gingl, Gergely Makan, Bence Radics, Dóra Bartusek, Szabolcs Szigeti, János Gál, György Losonczy, Peter D Sly, Zoltán Hantos
Tracking of the within-breath changes of respiratory mechanics using the forced oscillation technique may provide outcomes that characterise the dynamic behaviour of the airways during normal breathing.We measured respiratory resistance (Rrs) and reactance (Xrs) at 8 Hz in 55 chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD) patients and 20 healthy controls, and evaluated Rrs and Xrs as functions of gas flow (V') and volume (V) during normal breathing cycles. In 12 COPD patients, additional measurements were made at continuous positive airway pressure (CPAP) levels of 4, 8, 14 and 20 hPa...
February 2017: European Respiratory Journal: Official Journal of the European Society for Clinical Respiratory Physiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28202506/recurrent-patterns-of-dna-copy-number-alterations-in-tumors-reflect-metabolic-selection-pressures
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Nicholas A Graham, Aspram Minasyan, Anastasia Lomova, Ashley Cass, Nikolas G Balanis, Michael Friedman, Shawna Chan, Sophie Zhao, Adrian Delgado, James Go, Lillie Beck, Christian Hurtz, Carina Ng, Rong Qiao, Johanna Ten Hoeve, Nicolaos Palaskas, Hong Wu, Markus Müschen, Asha S Multani, Elisa Port, Steven M Larson, Nikolaus Schultz, Daniel Braas, Heather R Christofk, Ingo K Mellinghoff, Thomas G Graeber
Copy number alteration (CNA) profiling of human tumors has revealed recurrent patterns of DNA amplifications and deletions across diverse cancer types. These patterns are suggestive of conserved selection pressures during tumor evolution but cannot be fully explained by known oncogenes and tumor suppressor genes. Using a pan-cancer analysis of CNA data from patient tumors and experimental systems, here we show that principal component analysis-defined CNA signatures are predictive of glycolytic phenotypes, including (18)F-fluorodeoxy-glucose (FDG) avidity of patient tumors, and increased proliferation...
February 15, 2017: Molecular Systems Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28201932/turkish-adult-children-as-caregivers-of-parents-with-alzheimer-s-disease-perceptions-and-caregiving-experiences
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Yagmur Ar, A Nuray Karanci
There is substantial evidence suggesting that Western and non-Western caregivers of patients with Alzheimer's disease have different caregiving experiences depending on the cultural values they adopt. Although family-centered constructs such as familism and filial piety have taken some attention, there is still a paucity of research on how cultural values and norms shape caregiving appraisals, coping strategies, and formal service use specifically in Eastern-oriented contexts. The aim of this study was to investigate Turkish adult children caregivers' perceptions of Alzheimer's disease and caregiving experience...
January 1, 2017: Dementia
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28199752/effect-of-transversus-abdominis-plane-block-in-combination-with-general-anesthesia-on-perioperative-opioid-consumption-hemodynamics-and-recovery-in-living-liver-donors-the-prospective-double-blinded-randomized-study
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Mehmet Ali Erdogan, Ulku Ozgul, Muharrem Uçar, Rıdvan Yalin, Yusuf Ziya Colak, Cemil Çolak, Huseyin Ilksen Toprak
BACKGROUND: Transversus abdominis plane (TAP) block provides effective postoperative analgesia after abdominal surgeries. It can be also a useful strategy to reduce perioperative opioid consumption, support intraoperative hemodynamic stability and promote early recovery from anesthesia. The aim of this prospective randomized double-blind study was to assess the effect of subcostal TAP blocks on perioperative opioid consumption, hemodynamic and recovery time in living liver donors. METODS: The prospective, double-blinded, randomized controlled study was conducted with 49 living liver donors, aged 18-65 years, who were scheduled to undergo right hepatectomy...
February 15, 2017: Clinical Transplantation
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28198896/size-dependent-stability-of-cobalt-nanoparticles-on-silica-under-high-conversion-fischer-tropsch-environment
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Moritz Wolf, Hendrik Kotzé, Nico Fischer, Michael Claeys
Highly monodisperse cobalt crystallites, supported on Stöber silica spheres, as model catalysts for the Fischer-Tropsch synthesis were exposed to simulated high conversion environments in the presence and absence of CO utilising an in house developed in situ magnetometer. The catalyst comprising the smallest crystallites in the metallic state (average diameter of 3.2 nm) experienced pronounced oxidation whilst the ratio of H2O to H2 was increased stepwise to simulate CO conversions from 26% up to complete conversion...
February 15, 2017: Faraday Discussions
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28198822/pitfalls-of-invasive-blood-pressure-monitoring-using-the-caudal-ventral-artery-in-rats
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Hiroki Ohta, Takao Ohki, Yuji Kanaoka, Makoto Koizumi, Hirotaka J Okano
During rodent experiments, the caudal ventral artery (CVA) is useful for blood pressure (BP) measurement. However, CVA measurements may not reflect the true BP. This study was performed to verify the site-specific accuracy of invasive arterial BP monitoring during surgery in rats. Invasive arterial BP was simultaneously measured in rats via the CVA and the common carotid artery (CCA). The BP values were analysed while the rats were subjected to cooling of the head or tail. Additionally, the rats underwent digital subtraction angiography and histological examination of these arteries...
February 13, 2017: Scientific Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28198660/prediction-of-functional-recovery-six-months-following-traumatic-spinal-cord-injury-during-acute-care-hospitalization
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Andréane Richard-Denis, Debbie Feldman, Cynthia Thompson, Jean-Marc Mac-Thiong
OBJECTIVES: To determine factors associated with functional status six months following a traumatic cervical and thoracic spinal cord injury (SCI), with a particular interest in factors related to the acute care hospitalization stay. DESIGN: This is a prospective cohort study. Sixteen potential predictive variables were studied. Univariate regression analyses were first performed to determine the strength of association of each variable independently with the total Spinal Cord Independence Measure (SCIM) score...
February 15, 2017: Journal of Spinal Cord Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28197025/current-perioperative-management-of-pheochromocytomas
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Rashmi Ramachandran, Vimi Rewari
Neuroendocrine tumors which have the potential to secrete catecholamines are either associated with sympathetic adrenal (pheochromocytoma) or nonadrenal (paraganglioma) tissue. Surgical removal of these tumors is always indicated to cure and prevent cardiovascular and other organ system complications associated with catecholamine excess. Some of these tumors have malignant potential as well. The diagnosis, localization and anatomical delineation of these tumors involve measurement of catecholamines and their metabolic end products in plasma and urine, (123)I-metaiodobenzylguanidine scintigraphy, computed tomography, and/or magnetic resonance imaging...
January 2017: Indian Journal of Urology: IJU: Journal of the Urological Society of India
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