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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28635528/clinical-social-and-ethical-issues-associated-with-non-invasive-prenatal-testing-for-aneuploidy
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Blanche Griffin, Samantha Edwards, Lyn S Chitty, Celine Lewis
Non-invasive prenatal testing (NIPT), based on analysis of cell-free foetal DNA, is rapidly becoming a preferred method to screen for chromosomal aneuploidy with the technology now available in over 90 countries. This review provides an up-to-date discussion of the key clinical, social and ethical implications associated with this revolutionary technology. Stakeholders are positive about a test that is highly accurate, safe, can be perfomed early in pregnancy, identifies affected pregnancies that might otherwise have been missed and reduces the need for invasive testing...
February 9, 2017: Journal of Psychosomatic Obstetrics and Gynaecology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28635483/student-life-imposter-syndrome
#2
Mandy Day-Calder
I will never forget the first time I stepped onto a ward as a nursing student in my freshly ironed new uniform. Everything was going well. This was it, I was living my dream. And then an older woman called out for a nurse, looked at me, and I froze. I wasn't a 'real' nurse, so what on earth was I to do?
June 21, 2017: Nursing Standard
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28633891/aids-avian-flu-sars-mers-ebola-zika%C3%A2-what-next
#3
REVIEW
Leslie A Reperant, Albert D M E Osterhaus
Emerging infections have threatened humanity since times immemorial. The dramatic anthropogenic, behavioral and social changes that have affected humanity and the environment in the past century have accelerated the intrusion of novel pathogens into the global human population, sometimes with devastating consequences. The AIDS and influenza pandemics have claimed and will continue to claim millions of lives. The recent SARS and Ebola epidemics have threatened populations across borders. The emergence of MERS may well be warning signals of a nascent pandemic threat, while the potential for geographical spread of vector-borne diseases, such as Zika, but also Dengue and Chikungunya is unprecedented...
June 17, 2017: Vaccine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28633567/endogenous-bioelectric-signaling-networks-exploiting-voltage-gradients-for-control-of-growth-and-form
#4
Michael Levin, Giovanni Pezzulo, Joshua M Finkelstein
Living systems exhibit remarkable abilities to self-assemble, regenerate, and remodel complex shapes. How cellular networks construct and repair specific anatomical outcomes is an open question at the heart of the next-generation science of bioengineering. Developmental bioelectricity is an exciting emerging discipline that exploits endogenous bioelectric signaling among many cell types to regulate pattern formation. We provide a brief overview of this field, review recent data in which bioelectricity is used to control patterning in a range of model systems, and describe the molecular tools being used to probe the role of bioelectrics in the dynamic control of complex anatomy...
June 21, 2017: Annual Review of Biomedical Engineering
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28631624/printing-induced-cell-injury-evaluation-during-laser-printing-of-3t3-mouse-fibroblasts
#5
Zhengyi Zhang, Wenxuan Chai, Ruitong Xiong, Lei Zhou, Yong Huang
Three-dimensional bioprinting has emerged as a promising solution for the freeform fabrication of living cellular constructs, which can be used for tissue/organ transplantation and tissue models. During bioprinting, some living cells are unavoidably injured and may become necrotic or apoptotic cells. This study aims to investigate the printing-induced cell injury and evaluates injury types of post-printing cells using the annexin V/7-aminoactinomycin D and FAM-DEVD-FMK/propidium iodide assays during laser printing of NIH 3T3 mouse fibroblasts...
June 20, 2017: Biofabrication
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28630894/next-generation-probes-particles-and-proteins-for-neural-interfacing
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REVIEW
Jonathan Rivnay, Huiliang Wang, Lief Fenno, Karl Deisseroth, George G Malliaras
Bidirectional interfacing with the nervous system enables neuroscience research, diagnosis, and therapy. This two-way communication allows us to monitor the state of the brain and its composite networks and cells as well as to influence them to treat disease or repair/restore sensory or motor function. To provide the most stable and effective interface, the tools of the trade must bridge the soft, ion-rich, and evolving nature of neural tissue with the largely rigid, static realm of microelectronics and medical instruments that allow for readout, analysis, and/or control...
June 2017: Science Advances
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28630651/improving-antiretroviral-therapy-adherence-in-resource-limited-settings-at-scale-a-discussion-of-interventions-and-recommendations
#7
Jessica E Haberer, Lora Sabin, K Rivet Amico, Catherine Orrell, Omar Galárraga, Alexander C Tsai, Rachel C Vreeman, Ira Wilson, Nadia A Sam-Agudu, Terrence F Blaschke, Bernard Vrijens, Claude A Mellins, Robert H Remien, Sheri D Weiser, Elizabeth Lowenthal, Michael J Stirratt, Papa Salif Sow, Bruce Thomas, Nathan Ford, Edward Mills, Richard Lester, Jean B Nachega, Bosco Mwebesa Bwana, Fred Ssewamala, Lawrence Mbuagbaw, Paula Munderi, Elvin Geng, David R Bangsberg
Introduction: Successful population-level antiretroviral therapy (ART) adherence will be necessary to realize both the clinical and prevention benefits of antiretroviral scale-up and, ultimately, the end of AIDS. Although many people living with HIV are adhering well, others struggle and most are likely to experience challenges in adherence that may threaten virologic suppression at some point during lifelong therapy. Despite the importance of ART adherence, supportive interventions have generally not been implemented at scale...
2017: Journal of the International AIDS Society
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28630076/what-are-the-primary-limitations-in-b-cell-affinity-maturation-and-how-much-affinity-maturation-can-we-drive-with-vaccination-is-affinity-maturation-a-self-defeating-process-for-eliciting-broad-protection
#8
Christopher T Stamper, Patrick C Wilson
Vaccinations are one of the greatest success stories of modern medicine, saving millions of lives since their widespread adoption. However, several diseases continue to elude highly effective vaccination strategies. Chief among these are human immunodeficiency virus (HIV) and influenza (flu), both of which will require vaccines that can guide the creation of highly mutated, broadly neutralizing antibodies (bnAbs). The generation of bnAbs is hindered by our inability to effectively drive the high levels of affinity maturation required to achieve them in a large number of cells...
June 19, 2017: Cold Spring Harbor Perspectives in Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28629682/aquatic-live-animal-radiotracing-studies-for-ecotoxicological-applications-addressing-fundamental-methodological-deficiencies
#9
Tom Cresswell, Marc Metian, Lisa A Golding, Mike D Wood
The use of live animal gamma radioisotope tracer techniques in the field of ecotoxicology allows laboratory studies to accurately monitor contaminant biokinetics in real time for an individual organism. However, methods used in published studies for aquatic organisms are rarely described in sufficient detail to allow for study replication or an assessment of the errors associated with live animal radioanalysis to be identified. We evaluate the influence of some important methodological deficiencies through an overview of the literature on live aquatic animal radiotracer techniques and through the results obtained from our radiotracer studies on four aquatic invertebrate species...
June 16, 2017: Journal of Environmental Radioactivity
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28629200/level-of-sedentary-behavior-and-its-associated-factors-among-saudi-women-working-in-office-based-jobs-in-saudi-arabia
#10
Nada M Albawardi, Hoda Jradi, Abdulla A Almalki, Hazzaa M Al-Hazzaa
Research in Saudi Arabia has revealed a shocking level of insufficiently physically active adults, particularly women. The risk of sedentary behavior will likely increase as the number of women with office-based jobs increases. The aim of this study is to determine the level of sedentary behavior, and its associated factors, among Saudi women working office-based jobs in the city of Riyadh. A cross-sectional study of 420 Saudi female employees at 8 office-based worksites were measured to determine body mass index and were given a self-administered survey to evaluate their level of physical activity and sedentary behavior...
June 19, 2017: International Journal of Environmental Research and Public Health
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28628736/-it-s-definitely-not-alzheimer-s-perceived-benefits-and-drawbacks-of-a-mild-cognitive-impairment-diagnosis
#11
Tim Gomersall, Sarah Kate Smith, Charlotte Blewett, Arlene Astell
OBJECTIVES: To understand the perceived benefits and drawbacks of a mild cognitive impairment (MCI) diagnosis from the perspective of those living with the label. METHODS: Participants were included if they had recently (within 6 months) received a MCI diagnosis. We also recruited close family members to gain their perspectives. Each was interviewed separately with a semi-structured topic guide covering three areas: (1) experience of cognitive impairments and changes in the individual; (2) impact of cognitive impairment(s) on daily activities and social relationships; and (3) experience of the diagnosis process and living with the label...
June 19, 2017: British Journal of Health Psychology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28628526/determinants-of-hiv-1-cd4-independent-brain-adaptation
#12
Madina Shakirzyanova, Xiang-Peng Kong, Cecilia Cheng-Mayer
BACKGROUND: HIV-1 is known to adapt to the local environment in its usage of receptors and it can become CD4 independent in the brain where the receptor is scarce. This adaptation is through amino acid variations, but the patterns of such variation are not yet well understood. Given that infection of long-lived CD4-low and CD4-negative cells in anatomic compartments such as the brain expand cell tropism in vivo and may serve as potential viral reservoirs that pose challenge for HIV eradication, understanding the evolution to CD4-independence and envelope conformation associated with infection in the absence of CD4 will not only broaden our insights into HIV pathogenesis, but may guide functional cure strategies as well...
June 15, 2017: Journal of Acquired Immune Deficiency Syndromes: JAIDS
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28628517/experiences-of-stigma-among-family-members-of-persons-living-with-schizophrenia-a-systematic-review-protocol
#13
Susan Maiocco, Ellen Shelley, Susan Salmond, Sarah T Jewell, Barbara Caldwell, Michelle Lieggi
The aim of this qualitative systematic review is to explicate the experiences of stigma among family members of persons living with schizophrenia in any setting where they receive care. More specifically, the review will: (i) describe the experiences of stigma among family members of persons living with schizophrenia, (ii) describe the factors that influence the experiences of stigma, and (iii) describe the strategies and approaches used to cope with the stigma.
June 2017: JBI Database of Systematic Reviews and Implementation Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28628023/-ragweed-allergy-in-the-south-of-russia-in-the-chechen-republic
#14
D Macharadze, H Janaeva, K Avilov
Allergy to ragweed pollen and other weeds is a global problem due to the rapid spread of these grasses around the world. In addition, pollen of short ragweed (Ambrosia, Amb) and mugwort (Artemisia, Art) - one of the main causes of respiratory allergy - seasonal allergic rhinoconjunctivitis (hay fever) with/without bronchial asthma patients living in the South of Russia. Epidemiological studies on the prevalence of Allergy to Amb and Art among patients living in Chechen Republic, absent. Aim - of this retrospective study was to investigate the prevalence of sensitization to weed pollen in patients of Chechnya...
May 2017: Georgian Medical News
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28627888/investigation-of-drug-induced-hepatotoxicity-and-its-remediation-pathway-with-reaction-based-fluorescent-probes
#15
Dan Cheng, Wang Xu, Lin Yuan, Xiao-Bing Zhang
Drug-induced liver injury (DILI) is considered a serious problem related to public health, due to its unpredictability and acute response. The level of peroxynitrite (ONOO-) generated in liver has long been regarded as a biomarker for the prediction and measurement of DILI. Herein we present two reaction based fluorescent probes (Naph-ONOO- and Rhod-ONOO-) for ONOO- through a novel and universally applicable mechanism: ONOO- mediated deprotection of -keto caged fluorophores. Among them, Rhod-ONOO- can selectively accumulate and react in mitochondria, one of the main sources of ONOO-, with a substantial lower nano-molar sensitivity of 43 nM...
June 19, 2017: Analytical Chemistry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28627356/aquatic-therapy-for-children-with-duchenne-muscular-dystrophy-a-pilot-feasibility-randomised-controlled-trial-and-mixed-methods-process-evaluation
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Daniel Hind, James Parkin, Victoria Whitworth, Saleema Rex, Tracey Young, Lisa Hampson, Jennie Sheehan, Chin Maguire, Hannah Cantrill, Elaine Scott, Heather Epps, Marion Main, Michelle Geary, Heather McMurchie, Lindsey Pallant, Daniel Woods, Jennifer Freeman, Ellen Lee, Michelle Eagle, Tracey Willis, Francesco Muntoni, Peter Baxter
BACKGROUND: Duchenne muscular dystrophy (DMD) is a rare disease that causes the progressive loss of motor abilities such as walking. Standard treatment includes physiotherapy. No trial has evaluated whether or not adding aquatic therapy (AT) to land-based therapy (LBT) exercises helps to keep muscles strong and children independent. OBJECTIVES: To assess the feasibility of recruiting boys with DMD to a randomised trial evaluating AT (primary objective) and to collect data from them; to assess how, and how well, the intervention and trial procedures work...
May 2017: Health Technology Assessment: HTA
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28627123/pharmacokinetics-and-relative-bioavailability-of-orally-administered-innovator-formulated-itraconazole-capsules-and-solution-in-healthy-dogs
#17
A E Hasbach, D K Langlois, E J Rosser, M G Papich
BACKGROUND: Itraconazole is commonly used for treatment of systemic and cutaneous mycoses in veterinary medicine. Two formulations, capsule and solution, are used interchangeably in dogs. However, marked differences in bioavailability have been reported in other species. Similar investigations have not been performed in dogs. OBJECTIVE: To determine and compare pharmacokinetics of itraconazole in dogs after oral administration of commercially available capsule and solution formulations intended for use in humans...
June 19, 2017: Journal of Veterinary Internal Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28626612/postmortem-succession-of-gut-microbial-communities-in-deceased-human%C3%A2-subjects
#18
Jennifer M DeBruyn, Kathleen A Hauther
The human microbiome has demonstrated an importance for the health and functioning in living individuals. However, the fate of the microbiome after death is less understood. In addition to a better understanding of microbe-mediated decomposition processes, postmortem succession of human-associated microbial communities has been suggested as a possible forensic tool for estimating time since death, or postmortem interval (PMI). The objective of our study was to document postmortem changes in human gut bacterial communities...
2017: PeerJ
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28625914/prioritizing-disease-causing-microbes-based-on-random-walking-on-the-heterogeneous-network
#19
Xianjun Shen, Yao Chen, Xingpeng Jiang, Xiaohua Hu, Tingting He, Jincai Yang
As we all know, the microbiota show remarkable variability within individuals. At the same time, those microorganisms living in the human body play a very important role in our health and disease, so the identification of the relationships between microbes and diseases will contribute to better understanding of microbes interactions, mechanism of functions. However, the microbial data which are obtained through the related technical sequencing is too much, but the known associations between the diseases and microbes are very less...
June 15, 2017: Methods: a Companion to Methods in Enzymology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28625508/surgical-treatment-of-female-stress-urinary-incontinence-aua-sufu-guideline
#20
Kathleen C Kobashi, Michael E Albo, Roger R Dmochowski, David A Ginsberg, Howard B Goldman, Alexander Gomelsky, Stephen R Kraus, Jaspreet S Sandhu, Tracy Shepler, Jonathan R Treadwell, Sandip Vasavada, Gary E Lemack
PURPOSE: Stress urinary incontinence is a common problem experienced by many women that can have a significant negative impact on the quality of life of those who suffer from the condition and potentially those friends and family members whose lives and activities may also be limited. MATERIALS AND METHODS: A comprehensive search of the literature was performed by ECRI Institute. This search included articles published between January 2005 and December 2015 with an updated abstract search conducted through September 2016...
June 15, 2017: Journal of Urology
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