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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28340053/does-the-regulatory-environment-for-e-cigarettes-influence-the-effectiveness-of-e-cigarettes-for-smoking-cessation-longitudinal-findings-from-the-itc-four-country-survey
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Hua-Hie Yong, Sara C Hitchman, K Michael Cummings, Ron Borland, Shannon M L Gravely, Ann McNeill, Geoffrey T Fong
Introduction: To date, no studies have explored how different regulatory environments may influence the effectiveness of ECs as a smoking cessation aid. Objective: This study compares the real-world effectiveness of adult smokers using ECs for quitting compared with quitting unassisted or quitting with NRT and/or prescription medications in two countries with restrictive policies towards ECs (i.e., Canada and Australia) versus two countries with less restrictive policies (i...
March 4, 2017: Nicotine & Tobacco Research: Official Journal of the Society for Research on Nicotine and Tobacco
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28339948/effects-of-dietary-coarsely-ground-corn-and-3-bedding-floor-types-on-broiler-live-performance-litter-characteristics-gizzard-and-proventriculus-weight-and-nutrient-digestibility
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Y Xu, Y M Lin, C R Stark, P R Ferket, C M Williams, J Brake
The effects of zero or 50% dietary coarsely ground corn (CC) in pelleted and screened grower and finisher diets on broilers reared on 3 bedding floor types (plastic net [NET], new pine wood shavings litter [NEW], or old pine wood shavings litter [OLD]) on broiler live performance, litter characteristics, gizzard and proventriculus weight, and apparent ileal digestibility (AID) were studied in a 2 × 3 factorial arrangement of treatments. Fine corn was produced with a hammermill (271 μm) and CC with a roller mill (1145 μm)...
March 2, 2017: Poultry Science
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28339933/effect-of-heat-stress-on-amino-acid-digestibility-and-transporters-in-meat-type-chickens
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W S Habashy, M C Milfort, K Adomako, Y A Attia, R Rekaya, S E Aggrey
The present study was conducted to investigate the effect of heat stress (HS) on performance, digestibility, and molecular transporters of amino acids in broilers. Cobb 500 chicks were raised from hatch till 13 d in floor pens. At d 14, 48 birds were randomly and equally divided between a control group (25°C) and a HS treatment group (35°C). Birds in both treatment classes were individually caged and fed ad libitum on a diet containing 18.7% CP and 3,560 Kcal ME/Kg. Five birds per treatment at one and 12 d post treatment were euthanized and the Pectoralis major (P...
March 2, 2017: Poultry Science
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28339744/determining-the-analytical-specificity-of-pcr-based-assays-for-the-diagnosis-of-ia-what-is-aspergillus
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C Oliver Morton, P Lewis White, Rosemary A Barnes, Lena Klingspor, Manuel Cuenca-Estrella, Katrien Lagrou, Stéphane Bretagne, Willem Melchers, Carlo Mengoli, Angela M Caliendo, Massimo Cogliati, Yvette Debets-Ossenkopp, Rebecca Gorton, Ferry Hagen, Catriona Halliday, Petr Hamal, Kathleen Harvey-Wood, Katia Jaton, Gemma Johnson, Sarah Kidd, Martina Lengerova, Cornelia Lass-Florl, Chris Linton, Laurence Millon, C Orla Morrissey, Melinda Paholcsek, Alida Fe Talento, Markus Ruhnke, Birgit Willinger, J Peter Donnelly, Juergen Loeffler
A wide array of PCR tests has been developed to aid the diagnosis of invasive aspergillosis (IA), providing technical diversity but limiting standardisation and acceptance. Methodological recommendations for testing blood samples using PCR exist, based on achieving optimal assay sensitivity to help exclude IA. Conversely, when testing more invasive samples (BAL, biopsy, CSF) emphasis is placed on confirming disease, so analytical specificity is paramount. This multicenter study examined the analytical specificity of PCR methods for detecting IA by blind testing a panel of DNA extracted from a various fungal species to explore the range of Aspergillus species that could be detected, but also potential cross reactivity with other fungal species...
October 7, 2016: Medical Mycology: Official Publication of the International Society for Human and Animal Mycology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28339576/a-descriptive-report-of-electronic-cigarette-use-after-participation-in-a-community-based-tobacco-cessation-trial
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Elana Curry, Julianna M Nemeth, Amy Wermert, Sara Conroy, Abigail Shoben, Amy K Ferketich, Mary Ellen Wewers
Introduction: Smokers are using electronic cigarettes, also known as e-cigarettes, as a cessation aid, despite uncertainty about their efficacy. This report describes the association between use of e-cigarettes before and after cessation treatment and tobacco abstinence at 12 months. It also presents characteristics of e-cigarette users and reasons for use. Methods: A longitudinal observational secondary analysis of self-reported e-cigarette use was conducted among adult Appalachian smokers enrolled in a community-based tobacco dependence treatment trial (n = 217)...
January 21, 2017: Nicotine & Tobacco Research: Official Journal of the Society for Research on Nicotine and Tobacco
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28338449/development-of-a-preoperative-predictive-model-for-major-complications-following-adult-spinal-deformity-surgery
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Justin K Scheer, Justin S Smith, Frank Schwab, Virginie Lafage, Christopher I Shaffrey, Shay Bess, Alan H Daniels, Robert A Hart, Themistocles S Protopsaltis, Gregory M Mundis, Daniel M Sciubba, Tamir Ailon, Douglas C Burton, Eric Klineberg, Christopher P Ames
OBJECTIVE The operative management of patients with adult spinal deformity (ASD) has a high complication rate and it remains unknown whether baseline patient characteristics and surgical variables can predict early complications (intraoperative and perioperative [within 6 weeks]). The development of an accurate preoperative predictive model can aid in patient counseling, shared decision making, and improved surgical planning. The purpose of this study was to develop a model based on baseline demographic, radiographic, and surgical factors that can predict if patients will sustain an intraoperative or perioperative major complication...
March 24, 2017: Journal of Neurosurgery. Spine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28336740/towards-personalised-intra-arterial-treatment-of-patients-with-acute-ischaemic-stroke-a-study-protocol-for-development-and-validation-of-a-clinical-decision-aid
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Maxim J H L Mulder, Esmee Venema, Bob Roozenbeek, Joseph P Broderick, Sharon D Yeatts, Pooja Khatri, Olvert A Berkhemer, Yvo B W E M Roos, Charles B L M Majoie, Robert J van Oostenbrugge, Wim H van Zwam, Aad van der Lugt, Ewout W Steyerberg, Diederik W J Dippel, Hester F Lingsma
INTRODUCTION: Overall, intra-arterial treatment (IAT) proved to be beneficial in patients with acute ischaemic stroke due to a proximal occlusion in the anterior circulation. However, heterogeneity in treatment benefit may be relevant for personalised clinical decision-making. Our aim is to improve selection of patients for IAT by predicting individual treatment benefit or harm. METHODS AND ANALYSIS: We will use data collected in the Multicenter Randomized Clinical Trial of Endovascular Treatment for Acute Ischemic Stroke in the Netherlands (MR CLEAN) trial to analyse the effect of baseline characteristics on outcome and treatment effect...
March 22, 2017: BMJ Open
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28336467/an-evaluation-of-portion-size-estimation-aids-consumer-perspectives-on-their-effectiveness
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Gemma P Faulkner, M Barbara E Livingstone, L Kirsty Pourshahidi, Michelle Spence, Moira Dean, Sinead O'Brien, Eileen R Gibney, Julie M W Wallace, Tracy A McCaffrey, Maeve A Kerr
OBJECTIVE: This qualitative study aimed to investigate consumer opinions on the usefulness of portion size estimation aids (PSEA); consumer preferences in terms of format and context for use; and the level of detail of guidance considered necessary for the effective application of PSEA. DESIGN: Six focus groups (three to eight participants per group) were conducted to elicit views on PSEA. The discussions were recorded, transcribed verbatim and analysed by two independent researchers using a template approach...
March 20, 2017: Appetite
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28335411/how-the-cobra-got-its-flesh-eating-venom-cytotoxicity-as-a-defensive-innovation-and-its-co-evolution-with-hooding-aposematic-marking-and-spitting
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Nadya Panagides, Timothy N W Jackson, Maria P Ikonomopoulou, Kevin Arbuckle, Rudolf Pretzler, Daryl C Yang, Syed A Ali, Ivan Koludarov, James Dobson, Brittany Sanker, Angelique Asselin, Renan C Santana, Iwan Hendrikx, Harold van der Ploeg, Jeremie Tai-A-Pin, Romilly van den Bergh, Harald M I Kerkkamp, Freek J Vonk, Arno Naude, Morné A Strydom, Louis Jacobsz, Nathan Dunstan, Marc Jaeger, Wayne C Hodgson, John Miles, Bryan G Fry
The cytotoxicity of the venom of 25 species of Old World elapid snake was tested and compared with the morphological and behavioural adaptations of hooding and spitting. We determined that, contrary to previous assumptions, the venoms of spitting species are not consistently more cytotoxic than those of closely related non-spitting species. While this correlation between spitting and non-spitting was found among African cobras, it was not present among Asian cobras. On the other hand, a consistent positive correlation was observed between cytotoxicity and utilisation of the defensive hooding display that cobras are famous for...
March 13, 2017: Toxins
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28334399/association-of-hiv-status-with-local-immune-response-to-anal-squamous-cell-carcinoma-implications-for-immunotherapy
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Elizabeth L Yanik, Genevieve J Kaunitz, Tricia R Cottrell, Farah Succaria, Tracee L McMiller, Maria L Ascierto, Jessica Esandrio, Haiying Xu, Aleksandra Ogurtsova, Toby Cornish, Evan J Lipson, Suzanne L Topalian, Eric A Engels, Janis M Taube
Importance: The programmed cell death protein 1 (PD-1) and programmed death-ligand 1 (PD-L1) pathway play an important immunosuppressive role in cancer and chronic viral infection, and have been effectively targeted in cancer therapy. Anal squamous cell carcinoma (SCC) is associated with both human papillomavirus and HIV infection. To date, patients with HIV have been excluded from most trials of immune checkpoint blocking agents, such as anti-PD-1 and anti-PD-L1, because it was assumed that their antitumor immunity was compromised compared with immunocompetent patients...
March 23, 2017: JAMA Oncology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28334300/flight-capacity-of-the-walnut-twig-beetle-coleoptera-scolytidae-on-a-laboratory-flight-mill
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Aubree M Kees, Andrea R Hefty, Robert C Venette, Steven J Seybold, Brian H Aukema
The walnut twig beetle, Pityophthorus juglandis Blackman, and associated fungus Geosmithia morbida Kolařík, Freeland, Utley, & Tisserat constitute the insect-fungal complex that causes thousand cankers disease in walnut, Juglans spp., and wingnut, Pterocarya spp. Thousand cankers disease is responsible for the decline of Juglans species throughout the western United States and more recently, the eastern United States and northern Italy. We examined the flight capacity of P. juglandis over 24-h trials on a flight mill in the laboratory...
March 16, 2017: Environmental Entomology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28333232/prevalence-of-hiv-1-drug-resistance-in-treated-patients-with-viral-load-50%C3%A2-copies-ml-a-2014-french-nationwide-study
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L Assoumou, C Charpentier, P Recordon-Pinson, M Grudé, C Pallier, L Morand-Joubert, S Fafi-Kremer, A Krivine, B Montes, V Ferré, M Bouvier-Alias, J-C Plantier, J Izopet, M-A Trabaud, S Yerly, J Dufayard, C Alloui, L Courdavault, H Le Guillou-Guillemette, A Maillard, C Amiel, A Vabret, C Roussel, S Vallet, J Guinard, A Mirand, A Beby-Defaux, F Barin, A Allardet-Servent, R Ait-Namane, M Wirden, C Delaugerre, V Calvez, M-L Chaix, D Descamps, S Reigadas
Background: Surveillance of HIV-1 resistance in treated patients with a detectable viral load (VL) is important to monitor, in order to assess the risk of spread of resistant viruses and to determine the proportion of patients who need new antiretroviral drugs with minimal cross-resistance. Methods: The HIV-1 protease and reverse transcriptase (RT) and integrase genes were sequenced in plasma samples from 782 consecutive patients on failing antiretroviral regimens, seen in 37 specialized centres in 2014...
February 25, 2017: Journal of Antimicrobial Chemotherapy
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28333222/ivf-or-iui-as-first-line-treatment-in-unexplained-subfertility-the-conundrum-of-treatment-selection-markers
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R I Tjon-Kon-Fat, P Tajik, M H Zafarmand, A J Bensdorp, P M M Bossuyt, G J E Oosterhuis, R van Golde, S Repping, M D A Lambers, E Slappendel, D Perquin, M J Pelinck, J Gianotten, J W M Maas, M J C Eijkemans, F van der Veen, B W Mol, M van Wely
STUDY QUESTION: Are there treatment selection markers that could aid in identifying couples, with unexplained or mild male subfertility, who would have better chances of a healthy child with IVF with single embryo transfer (IVF-SET) than with IUI with ovarian stimulation (IUI-OS)? SUMMARY ANSWER: We did not find any treatment selection markers that were associated with better chances of a healthy child with IVF-SET instead of IUI-OS in couples with unexplained or mild male subfertility...
February 24, 2017: Human Reproduction
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28331526/impaired-human-immunodeficiency-virus-type-1-replicative-fitness-in-atypical-viremic-non-progressor-individuals
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Jan Weber, Richard M Gibson, Lenka Sácká, Dmytro Strunin, Jan Hodek, Jitka Weberová, Marcela Pávová, David J Alouani, Robert Asaad, Benigno Rodriguez, Michael M Lederman, Miguel E Quiñones-Mateu
BACKGROUND: Progression rates from initial HIV-1 infection to advanced AIDS vary significantly among infected individuals. A distinct subgroup of HIV-1-infected individuals-termed viremic non-progressors (VNP) or controllers-do not seem to progress to AIDS, maintaining high CD4(+) T cell counts despite high levels of viremia for many years. Several studies have evaluated multiple host factors, including immune activation, trying to elucidate the atypical HIV-1 disease progression in these patients; however, limited work has been done to characterize viral factors in viremic controllers...
2017: AIDS Research and Therapy
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28329939/-spatial-and-temporal-characteristics-of-hiv-aids-in-hubei-province-2010-2013
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M T Gao, T Wang, K K Wang, S Y Li, H Yan
Objective: To understand the spatial and temporal distribution of HIV/AIDS in Hubei province, and provide scientific evidence for the prevention and control of AIDS. Methods: GeoDa software was used for autocorrelation analysis, SatScan 9.2 software was used for statistical analysis of spatial scanning, and finally geographic information system was used for visualization. Results: A total of 6 952 HIV/AIDS cases were reported during 2010-2013 in Hubei, and the spatial autocorrelation analysis showed that Global Moran's I index was 0...
March 10, 2017: Zhonghua Liu Xing Bing Xue za Zhi, Zhonghua Liuxingbingxue Zazhi
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28329785/beet-root-juice-an-ergogenic-aid-for-exercise-and-the-aging-brain
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Meredith Petrie, W Jack Rejeski, Swati Basu, Paul J Laurienti, Anthony P Marsh, James L Norris, Daniel B Kim-Shapiro, Jonathan H Burdette
Background: Exercise has positive neuroplastic effects on the aging brain. It has also been shown that ingestion of beet root juice (BRJ) increases blood flow to the brain and enhances exercise performance. Here, we examined whether there are synergistic effects of BRJ and exercise on neuroplasticity in the aging brain. Methods: Peak metabolic equivalent (MET) capacity and resting-state magnetic resonance imaging functional brain network organization are reported on 26 older (mean age = 65...
November 9, 2016: Journals of Gerontology. Series A, Biological Sciences and Medical Sciences
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28329372/practical-review-of-recognition-and-management-of-obesity-and-lipohypertrophy-in-hiv-infection
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Jordan E Lake, Takara Stanley, Caroline Apovian, Shalendar Bhasin, Todd T Brown, Jaqueline Capeau, Judith S Currier, Michael P Dube, Julian Falutz, Steven K Grinspoon, Giovanni Guaraldi, Esteban Martinez, Grace A McComsey, Fred R Sattler, Kristine M Erlandson
Background: Obesity and lipohypertrophy are common in treated HIV infection and contribute to morbidity and mortality among HIV-infected adults on antiretroviral therapy (ART). Methods: We present a consensus opinion on the diagnosis, clinical consequences and treatment of excess adiposity in adults with treated HIV infection. Results: Obesity and lipohypertrophy commonly occur among HIV-infected adults on ART, and may have overlapping pathophysiologies and/or synergistic metabolic consequences...
February 24, 2017: Clinical Infectious Diseases: An Official Publication of the Infectious Diseases Society of America
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28327382/health-assessment-instruments-for-people-with-intellectual-disabilities-a-systematic-review
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E J Bakker-van Gijssel, P L B J Lucassen, T C Olde Hartman, L van Son, W J J Assendelft, H M J van Schrojenstein Lantman-de Valk
BACKGROUND: People with intellectual disabilities (ID) experience health disparities and are less likely to undergo recommended age- and gender-specific screening and health promotion. New diagnoses are frequently missed. Assessments with the aid of health assessment instruments are a way to address these problems. AIM: The aim of this review is to find the available health assessment instruments for people with ID used in primary care and evaluate their quality...
March 16, 2017: Research in Developmental Disabilities
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28323751/long-term-nitrite-inhalant-exposure-and-cancer-risk-in-men-who-have-sex-with-men-a-prospective-cohort-study
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Anupriya Dutta, Hajime Uno, Alex Holman, David R Lorenz, Steven M Wolinsky, Dana Gabuzda
OBJECTIVES: Nitrite inhalants (poppers) are commonly used recreational drugs among men who have sex with men (MSM) and were previously associated with elevated rates of high-risk sexual behavior, HIV and HHV-8 seroconversion, and transient immunosuppressive effects in experimental models. Whether long-term popper use is associated with cancer risk among MSM in the HAART era is unclear. DESIGN: Prospective cohort study of cancer risk in 3223 HIV-infected and -uninfected MSM in the Multicenter AIDS Cohort Study from 1996-2010...
March 18, 2017: AIDS
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28320881/lpto-pg0027-is-required-for-lipid-a-1-phosphatase-activity-in-porphyromonas-gingivalis-w50
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Minnie Rangarajan, Joseph Aduse-Opoku, Ahmed Hashim, Graham McPhail, Zofia Luklinska, M Florencia Haurat, Mario F Feldman, Michael A Curtis
Porphyromonas gingivalis produces outer-membrane vesicles (OMVs) rich in virulence factors including cysteine-proteases and A-LPS, one of the two lipopolysaccharides (LPS) produced by this organism. Previous studies had suggested that A-LPS together with PG0027, an outer-membrane (OM) protein, may be involved in OMV-formation. Their roles in this process were examined using parent W50 and mutant ΔPG0027 strains. Inactivation of PG0027 caused a reduction in yield of OMVs. Lipid A from cells and OMVs of P. gingivalis W50 and ΔPG0027 strains were analysed by matrix-assisted laser-desorption-ionisation-time of flight mass spectrometry (MALDI-TOF- MS)...
March 20, 2017: Journal of Bacteriology
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