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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28817359/developing-the-storyline-for-an-advance-care-planning-video-for-surgery-patients-patient-centered-outcomes-research-engagement-from-stakeholder-summit-to-state-fair
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Rebecca A Aslakson, Anne L R Schuster, Thomas J Lynch, Matthew J Weiss, Lydia Gregg, Judith Miller, Sarina R Isenberg, Norah L Crossnohere, Alison M Conca-Cheng, Angelo E Volandes, Thomas J Smith, John F P Bridges
BACKGROUND: Patient-centered outcomes research (PCOR) methods and social learning theory (SLT) require intensive interaction between researchers and stakeholders. Advance care planning (ACP) is valuable before major surgery, but a systematic review found no extant perioperative ACP tools. Consequently, PCOR methods and SLT can inform the development of an ACP educational video for patients and families preparing for major surgery. OBJECTIVE: The objective is to develop and test acceptability of an ACP video storyline...
August 17, 2017: Journal of Palliative Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28809008/in-silico-design-of-anticancer-peptides
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Shailesh Kumar, Hui Li
In the past few years, small peptides having anticancer properties have emerged as a potential avenue for cancer therapy. Compared to current anti-cancer chemotherapeutic drugs (or small molecules), anticancer peptides (ACPs) have numerous advantageous properties, such as high specificity, low production cost, high tumor penetration, ease of synthesis and modification. However, in wet lab setups, identification and characterization of novel ACPs is a time-consuming and labor-intensive process. Therefore, in silico designing of anticancer peptides is beneficial, prior to their synthesis and characterization...
2017: Methods in Molecular Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28808789/palliative-care-for-children-with-a-yet-undiagnosed-syndrome
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Jessica I Hoell, Jens Warfsmann, Gabriele Gagnon, Laura Trocan, Stefan Balzer, Prasad T Oommen, Arndt Borkhardt, Gisela Janßen, Michaela Kuhlen
The number of children without a diagnosis in pediatric palliative home care and the process of decision-making in these children are widely unknown. The study was conducted as single-center retrospective cohort study. Between January 2013 and September 2016, 198 children and young adults were cared for; 27 (13.6%) of these were without a clear diagnosis at the start of pediatric palliative home care. A definite diagnosis was ultimately achieved in three children. Median age was 7 years (0-25), duration of care 569 days (2-2638), and number of home visits 7...
August 14, 2017: European Journal of Pediatrics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28808651/evaluation-of-acute-aortic-dissection-type-a-factors-and-comparison-the-postoperative-clinical-outcomes-between-two-surgical-methods
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Hasan Shemirani, Amir Mirmohamadsadeghi, Behzad Mahaki, Sadaf Farhadi, Reza Mohseni Badalabadi, Peyman Bidram, Mehdi Mohseni Badalabadi
BACKGROUND: Although aortic dissection is a rare disease, it causes high level of mortality. If ascending aorta gets involved in this disease, it is known as type A. According to small number of studies about this disease in Iran, this study conducted to detect the factors related to acute aortic dissection type A, its surgery consequences and the factors affecting them. MATERIALS AND METHODS: In this historical cohort study, all patients having acute aortic dissection type A referring to Chamran Hospital from 2006 to 2012 were studied...
2017: Advanced Biomedical Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28803079/development-and-psychometric-properties-of-a-survey-to-assess-barriers-to-implementing-advance-care-planning-in-primary-care
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Michelle Howard, Andrew G Day, Carrie Bernard, Amy Tan, John You, Doug Klein, Daren K Heyland
CONTEXT: Valid and reliable measurement of barriers to advance care planning (ACP) in health care settings can inform the design of robust interventions. OBJECTIVE: This paper describes the development and psychometric evaluation of an instrument to measure the presence and magnitude of perceived barriers to ACP discussion with patients from the perspective of family physicians. METHODS: A questionnaire was designed through literature review and expert input, asking family physicians to rate the importance of barriers (0=not at all a barrier, 6=an extreme amount) to ACP discussions with patients, and administered to 117 physicians...
August 9, 2017: Journal of Pain and Symptom Management
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28802701/acyl-modification-and-binding-of-mitochondrial-acp-to-multiprotein-complexes
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Heike Angerer, Stefan Schönborn, Jan Gorka, Ute Bahr, Michael Karas, Ilka Wittig, Juliana Heidler, Jan Hoffmann, Nina Morgner, Volker Zickermann
The mitochondrial acyl carrier protein (ACPM/NDUFAB1) is a central element of the mitochondrial fatty acid synthesis type II machinery. Originally ACPM was detected as a subunit of respiratory complex I but the reason for the association with the large enzyme complex remained elusive. Complex I from the aerobic yeast Yarrowia lipolytica comprises two different ACPMs, ACPM1 and ACPM2. They are anchored to the protein complex by LYR (leucine-tyrosine-arginine) motif containing protein (LYRM) subunits LYRM3 (NDUFB9) and LYRM6 (NDUFA6)...
August 9, 2017: Biochimica et Biophysica Acta
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28802216/knowledge-regarding-advance-care-planning-a-systematic-review
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Ile Kermel-Schiffman, Perla Werner
BACKGROUND: Lack of knowledge is one of the main reasons for the low rates of completion of Advance Care Planning (ACP). OBJECTIVE: The purpose of this study was to systematically review the existing literature on knowledge regarding Advance Care Planning. METHODS: A systematic search of the literature was made in CINHAL, AgeLine, PubMed, PsyINFO and SocINDEX, from 1994 till May 2016. RESULTS: We identified 37 articles that satisfied the inclusion criteria: 35 were quantitative, one was qualitative and one used mixed methods...
July 27, 2017: Archives of Gerontology and Geriatrics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28800231/accurate-modeling-of-water-clusters-with-density-functional-theory-using-atom-centered-potentials
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Jake D Holmes, Alberto Otero-de-la-Roza, Gino A DiLabio
The ability of atom-centered potential (ACPs) to improve the modeling of water clusters using density-functional methods is explored. Water-specific ACPs were developed using accurate ab initio reference data to correct the deficiencies of the BHandHLYP density functional in the calculation of absolute and relative binding energies of water clusters. In conjunction with aug-cc-pVTZ basis sets and with or without dispersion corrections, it is possible to obtain absolute binding energies for water clusters containing up to 10 H2O molecules to within 0...
August 11, 2017: Journal of Chemical Theory and Computation
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28798441/minimal-intervention-management-of-the-older-patient
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L J Walsh
With an aging population, dentists need to be aware of the risks which come to their elderly patients from retained teeth and exposed root surfaces. Oral health problems in the later years of life are multifactorial, with lifestyle, plaque and salivary factors remaining paramount. Root surface caries is likely to present a challenge in patients with a strong history of past coronal caries (and who have the attendant lifestyle risk factors) as well as in elderly patients who suddenly develop salivary hypofunction...
August 11, 2017: British Dental Journal
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28797850/advance-care-planning-in-palliative-care-for-people-with-intellectual-disabilities-a-systematic-review
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REVIEW
Hille Voss, Anique Vogel, Annemieke Ma Wagemans, Anneke L Francke, Job Fm Metsemakers, Annemie M Courtens, Anke Je de Veer
CONTEXT: Advance care planning (ACP) is defined as a person-centred, ongoing process of communication that facilitates patients' understanding, reflection and discussion of goals, values and preferences for future care. There is evidence for the general palliative care population that ACP increases compliance with patients' end-of-life preferences and improves quality of care near the end of life. OBJECTIVES: To gain insight into what is known about the use and effects of ACP in palliative care for people with intellectual disabilities (ID)...
August 7, 2017: Journal of Pain and Symptom Management
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28795860/access-to-palliative-care-consultation-and-advance-care-planning-for-adults-with-high-risk-leukemia
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Ashley T Freeman, William A Wood, Alexandra Fox, Laura C Hanson
BACKGROUND: Although strong evidence supports early palliative care (PC) and consistent advance care planning (ACP) for patients with poor-prognosis Stage IV solid tumors, best practice standards have not been established for hematologic malignancies. Our primary objective was to describe current access to specialty PC consultation and ACP for inpatients with high-risk leukemia. Secondary objectives were to describe components of ACP and PC practices. METHODS: We enrolled all patients with high-risk leukemia (acute leukemia ≥65 years or relapsed leukemia >18 years) admitted to the University of North Carolina Cancer Hospital from October 1, 2015, to August 1, 2016...
August 10, 2017: Journal of Palliative Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28794514/discordant-american-college-of-physicians-and-international-rheumatology-guidelines-for-gout-management-consensus-statement-of-the-gout-hyperuricemia-and-crystal-associated-disease-network-g-can
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REVIEW
Nicola Dalbeth, Thomas Bardin, Michael Doherty, Frédéric Lioté, Pascal Richette, Kenneth G Saag, Alexander K So, Lisa K Stamp, Hyon K Choi, Robert Terkeltaub
In November 2016, the American College of Physicians (ACP) published a clinical practice guideline on the management of acute and recurrent gout. This guideline differs substantially from the latest guidelines generated by the American College of Rheumatology (ACR), European League Against Rheumatism (EULAR) and 3e (Evidence, Expertise, Exchange) Initiative, despite reviewing largely the same body of evidence. The Gout, Hyperuricemia and Crystal-Associated Disease Network (G-CAN) convened an expert panel to review the methodology and conclusions of these four sets of guidelines and examine possible reasons for discordance between them...
August 10, 2017: Nature Reviews. Rheumatology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28793917/molluscicidal-activity-and-mechanism-of-toxicity-of-a-novel-salicylanilide-ester-derivative-against-biomphalaria-species
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Ping He, Weisi Wang, Benjamin Sanogo, Xin Zeng, Xi Sun, Zhiyue Lv, Dongjuan Yuan, Liping Duan, Zhongdao Wu
BACKGROUND: Schistosomiasis mansoni is one of the most important, but often neglected, tropical diseases transmitted by snails of the genus Biomphalaria. Control of the intermediate host snail plays a crucial role in preventing the spread of schistosomiasis. However, there is only one molluscicide, niclosamide, recommended by the World Health Organization. Niclosamide has been used for several decades but is toxic to non-target organisms. Therefore, it is necessary to optimize the scaffold of niclosamide and develop novel molluscicides with enhanced potency and decreased toxicity to non-target organisms...
August 10, 2017: Parasites & Vectors
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28792495/investigating-the-enhanced-best-performance-algorithm-for-annual-crop-planning-problem-based-on-economic-factors
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Aderemi Oluyinka Adewumi, Sivashan Chetty
The Annual Crop Planning (ACP) problem was a recently introduced problem in the literature. This study further expounds on this problem by presenting a new mathematical formulation, which is based on market economic factors. To determine solutions, a new local search metaheuristic algorithm is investigated which is called the enhanced Best Performance Algorithm (eBPA). eBPA's results are compared against two well-known local search metaheuristic algorithms; these include Tabu Search and Simulated Annealing...
2017: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28783130/shear-bond-strength-and-remineralisation-effect-of-a-casein-phosphopeptide-amorphous-calcium-phosphate-modified-glass-ionomer-cement-on-artificial-caries-affected-dentine
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Irene Shuping Zhao, May Lei Mei, Zhuo Long Zhou, Michael Francis Burrow, Edward Chin-Man Lo, Chun-Hung Chu
This study investigated the effect of casein phosphopeptide-amorphous calcium phosphate (CPP-ACP)-modified glass ionomer cement (GIC) on shear bond strength (SBS) and remineralisation of artificial "caries-affected" dentine. Human dentine slices were demineralised and allocated to three groups: group 1, conventional GIC; group 2, CPP-ACP-modified GIC; and group 3, resin-modified GIC. The SBS was measured using a universal testing machine (n = 16 per group). Remaining samples (n = 8 per group) were subjected to pH-cycling for 28 days...
August 7, 2017: International Journal of Molecular Sciences
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28774671/complete-genome-sequence-of-ruminococcaceae-bacterium-cpb6-a-newly-isolated-culture-for-efficient-n-caproic-acid-production-from-lactate
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Yong Tao, Xiaoyu Zhu, Han Wang, Yi Wang, Xiangzhen Li, Hong Jin, Junpeng Rui
n-caproic acid (CA) is a valuable chemical feedstock for various industrial applications. Biological production of CA from renewable carbon sources has attracted a lot of attentions recently. We lately reported the new culture Ruminococcaceae bacterium CPB6, which was isolated from a microbiome for efficient CA production from lactate. To further elucidate its metabolism, we sequenced the whole genome of the strain. The size of the complete genome is 2,069,994bp with 50.58% GC content; no plasmid was identified...
July 31, 2017: Journal of Biotechnology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28774431/rapid-biomimetic-remineralization-of-the-demineralized-enamel-surface-using-nano-particles-of-amorphous-calcium-phosphate-guided-by-chimaeric-peptides
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Zuohui Xiao, Kehua Que, Haorong Wang, Ran An, Zhen Chen, Zhongjun Qiu, Mingli Lin, Jinhua Song, Jie Yang, Danyang Lu, Minjuan Shen, Binbin Guan, Yinghui Wang, Xuliang Deng, Xiaoping Yang, Qing Cai, Jiaying Deng, Li Ma, Xi Zhang, Xu Zhang
OBJECTIVE: The objective of this study was to develop a rapid and effective method to remineralize human carious-like enamel using chimaeric peptide-mediated nanocomplexes of carboxymethyl chitosan/amorphous calcium phosphate (CMC/ACP), mimicking the mineralizing pattern of the oriented assembly of ACP guided by amelogenin in the biomineralization of enamel. METHODS: CMC/ACP nanocomplex solution was first synthesized through the successive addition of carboxymethyl chitosan, calcium chloride, and dipotassium phosphate into distilled water...
July 31, 2017: Dental Materials: Official Publication of the Academy of Dental Materials
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28772874/macroporous-calcium-phosphate-chitosan-composites-prepared-via-unidirectional-ice-segregation-and-subsequent-freeze-drying
#18
Inmaculada Aranaz, Enrique Martínez-Campos, Carolina Moreno-Vicente, Ana Civantos, Sara García-Arguelles, Francisco Del Monte
Calcium phosphate chitosan-based composites have gained much interest in recent years for biomedical purposes. In this paper, three-dimensional calcium phosphate chitosan-based composites with different mineral contents were produced using a green method called ice segregation induced self-assembly (ISISA). In this methodology, ice crystals were used as a template to produce porous structures from an aqueous solution of chitosan (CS) and hydroxyapatite (Hap) also containing acetic acid (pH = 4.5). For better characterization of the nature of the inorganic matter entrapped within the resulting composite, we performed either oxygen plasma or calcination processes to remove the organic matter...
May 8, 2017: Materials
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28769963/tissue-specific-floral-transcriptome-analysis-of-the-sexually-deceptive-orchid-chiloglottis-trapeziformis-provides-insights-into-the-biosynthesis-and-regulation-of-its-unique-uv-b-dependent-floral-volatile-chiloglottone-1
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Darren C J Wong, Ranamalie Amarasinghe, Claudia Rodriguez-Delgado, Rodney Eyles, Eran Pichersky, Rod Peakall
The Australian sexually deceptive orchid, Chiloglottis trapeziformis, employs a unique UV-B-dependent floral volatile, chiloglottone 1, for specific male wasp pollinator attraction. Chiloglottone 1 and related variants (2,5-dialkylcyclohexane-1,3-diones), represent a unique class of specialized metabolites presumed to be the product of cyclization between two fatty acid (FA) precursors. However, the genes involved in the biosynthesis of precursors, intermediates, and transcriptional regulation remains to be discovered...
2017: Frontiers in Plant Science
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28767518/bayesian-model-averaging-with-change-points-to-assess-the-impact-of-vaccination-and-public-health-interventions
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Esra Kürüm, Joshua L Warren, Cynthia Schuck-Paim, Roger Lustig, Joseph A Lewnard, Rodrigo Fuentes, Christian A W Bruhn, Robert J Taylor, Lone Simonsen, Daniel M Weinberger
BACKGROUND: Pneumococcal conjugate vaccines (PCVs) prevent invasive pneumococcal disease and pneumonia. However, some low- and middle-income countries have yet to introduce PCV into their immunization programs due, in part, to lack of certainty about the potential impact. Assessing PCV benefits is challenging because specific data on pneumococcal disease is often lacking, and it can be difficult to separate the effects of factors other than the vaccine that could also affect pneumococcal disease rates...
July 31, 2017: Epidemiology
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