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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28109189/parents-and-peers-normative-influence-on-adolescents-smoking-results-from-a-swiss-italian-sample-of-middle-schools-students
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Francesca Scalici, Peter J Schulz
BACKGROUND AND METHOD: Adolescents observe and imitate people to whom they are associated in their social context, and the normative factors sent out by reference groups are crucial determinants of their decision to smoke. The aim of the study is to investigate how adolescents' smoking changes when they are exposed to factors of pro-smoking normative influence by parents and peers, and how age moderate this relation. A cross sectional survey collected data from 5657 students, aged between 11 and 14, from public and private middle schools in the Italian region of Switzerland (Ticino) on their smoking habits, perceived parents' and peers' approval and smoking...
January 21, 2017: Substance Abuse Treatment, Prevention, and Policy
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28109188/impoverishing-effects-of-catastrophic-health-expenditures-in-malawi
#2
Martina Mchenga, Gowokani Chijere Chirwa, Levison S Chiwaula
BACKGROUND: Out of pocket (OOP) health spending can potentially expose households to risk of incurring large medical bills, and this may impact on their welfare. This work investigates the effect of catastrophic OOP on the incidence and depth of poverty in Malawi. METHODS: The paper is based on data that was collected from 12,271 households that were interviewed during the third Malawi integrated household survey (IHS-3). The paper considered a household to have incurred a catastrophic health expenditure if the share of health expenditure in the household's non-food expenditure was greater than a given threshold ranging between 10 and 40%...
January 21, 2017: International Journal for Equity in Health
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28109181/stability-of-alcohol-use-and-teen-dating-violence-for-female-youth-a-latent-transition-analysis
#3
Hye Jeong Choi, JoAnna Elmquist, Ryan C Shorey, Emily F Rothman, Gregory L Stuart, Jeff R Temple
INTRODUCTION AND AIMS: Alcohol use is one of the most widely accepted and studied risk factors for teen dating violence (TDV). Too little research has explored longitudinally if it is true that an adolescent's alcohol use and TDV involvement simultaneously occur. In the current study, we examined whether there were latent status based on past-year TDV and alcohol use and whether female adolescents changed their statuses of TDV and alcohol use over time. METHODS: The sample consisted of 583 female youths in seven public high schools in Texas...
January 21, 2017: Drug and Alcohol Review
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28109179/quantitative-and-integrative-analysis-of-paracrine-hepatocyte-activation-by-non-parenchymal-cells-upon-lipopolysaccharide-induction
#4
Katharina Beuke, Frank A Schildberg, Federico Pinna, Ute Albrecht, Roman Liebe, Michaela Bissinger, Peter Schirmacher, Steven Dooley, Johannes G Bode, Percy A Knolle, Ursula Kummer, Kai Breuhahn, Sven Sahle
Gut-derived bacterial lipopolysaccharides (LPS) stimulate the secretion of tumor necrosis factor (TNF) from liver macrophages (MCs), liver sinusoidal endothelial cells (LSECs), and hepatic stellate cells (HSCs), which control the acute phase response in hepatocytes through activation of the NF-κB pathway. The individual and cooperative impact of non-parenchymal cells on this clinically relevant response has not been analysed in detail due to technical limitations. To gain an integrative view on this complex inter- and intracellular communication, we combined a multi-scale mathematical model with quantitative, time-resolved experimental data of different primary murine liver cell types...
January 21, 2017: FEBS Journal
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28109141/-hydrogen-rich-saline-attenuates-hyperalgesia-and-reduces-cytokines-in-rats-with-post-herpetic-neuralgia-via-activating-autophagy
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Hongtao Ma, Hongguang Chen, Aili Dong, Yanyan Wang, Yingxue Bian, Keliang Xie
Objective To investigate the role of autophagy in hydrogen-rich saline attenuating post-herpetic neuralgia (PHN) in rats. Methods A total of 100 male SD rats were randomly divided into the five groups (n=20): control group, PHN group, PHN group treated with hydrogen-rich saline (PHN-H2 group), PHN group treated with hydrogen-rich saline and 3-MA (PHN-H2-3-MA group), PHN group treated with hydrogen-rich saline and rapamycin (PHN-H2-Rap group). PHN models were established by varicella-zoster virus (VZV) inoculation...
February 2017: Xi Bao Yu Fen Zi Mian Yi Xue za Zhi, Chinese Journal of Cellular and Molecular Immunology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28109130/identification-of-promising-dna-gyrb-inhibitors-for-tuberculosis-using-pharmacophore-based-virtual-screening-molecular-docking-and-molecular-dynamics-studies
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Md Ataul Islam, Tahir S Pillay
In the current study, we searched for potential DNA GyrB inhibitors using pharmacophore-based virtual screening followed by molecular docking and molecular dynamics simulation approaches. For this purpose, a set of 248 DNA GyrB inhibitors were collected from the literature and a well-validated pharmacophore model was generated. The best pharmacophore model explained that two each of hydrogen bond acceptor and hydrophobicity were critical for inhibition of DNA GyrB. Good statistical results of the pharmacophore model indicated that the model was robust in nature...
January 21, 2017: Chemical Biology & Drug Design
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28109096/-vildagliptin-suppresses-temporal-lobe-epilepsy-by-up-regulating-glucagon-like-peptide-1
#7
Yue-Tao Wen, Kun-Lun Wu, Quan-Hong Shi
OBJECTIVE: To investigate the effect of vildagliptin on pentamethazol (PTZ)-induced epilepsy in rats and explore the molecular mechanism. METHODS: Samples of temporal cortex from 23 patients with temporal lobe epilepsy were collected as epilepsy group and samples of temporal cortex from 14 patients with brain trauma were used as control group. Ninety male SD rats were randomly divided into control group (group A), PTZ-induced epilepsy group (group B), saline 2 mL/kg group (group C), vildagliptin 2...
January 20, 2017: Nan Fang Yi Ke da Xue Xue Bao, Journal of Southern Medical University
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28109092/-early-outcomes-of-elective-surgery-for-colon-cancer-with-preoperative-mechanical-bowel-preparation-a-randomized-clinical-trial
#8
Yan-Jie Hu, Ka Li, Li Li, Xiao-Dong Wang, Jie Yang, Jin-Hua Feng, Wei Zhang, Yu-Wei Liu
OBJECTIVE: To compared the early outcomes of patients undergoing elective surgeries for colon cancer with and without preoperative mechanical bowel preparation. METHODS: Between July, 2014 and February, 2016, patients undergoing elective surgery for colon cancer with primary anastomosis were randomly assigned into control group with mechanical bowel preparation 12 h before surgery and treatment group without mechanical bowel preparation. Baseline data collection was completed within 12 h after the operation...
January 20, 2017: Nan Fang Yi Ke da Xue Xue Bao, Journal of Southern Medical University
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28109091/-effect-of-deoxycholic-acid-intervention-on-growth-of-ileum-organoids-derived-from-c57bl-6-mice
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Li-Hong Lou, Yue Zeng, Hui Zhou, Ying-Ying Lu, Xing-Peng Wang
OBJECTIVE: To establish a culture system for mouse intestinal organoids and investigate the effect of deoxycholic acid (DCA) on organoids growth. METHODS: The terminal ileum was collected from 8-month-old C57BL<6 mice. The tissue blocks were treated with EDTA and the crypts were collected and embedded in Matrigel Matrix. Orgnoids growth and buddings were observed in the control group, anhydrous alcohol group, short-term (2 days) 100 µmol<L DCA treatment group, and long-term (10 days) 10 µmol<L DCA treatment group; the orgnoids were further cultured for 10 days after removal of DCA from the medium and observed for orgnoids growth and buddings...
January 20, 2017: Nan Fang Yi Ke da Xue Xue Bao, Journal of Southern Medical University
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28109090/-three-dimensional-versus-two-dimensional-imaging-systems-in-laparoscopic-radical-prostatectomy-for-prostate-cancer-a-retrospective-cohort-study
#10
Kai-Qiang Tang, Shi-Yu Pang, Ji-Ming Bao, Cheng-Yong Lei, Wan-Long Tan
OBJECTIVE: To compare the perioperative, functional and oncologic outcomes of patients with prostate cancer receiving laparoscopic radical prostatectomy (LRP) using three-dimensional (3D) versus two-dimensional (2D) imaging systems. METHODS: From February, 2014 to January 2016, 72 consecutive patients with clinically localized prostate cancer underwent LRP with 2D or 3D imaging systems performed by a single experienced surgeon. The baseline characteristics, perioperative data, and functional and oncologic outcomes of the patients were collected and analyzed...
January 20, 2017: Nan Fang Yi Ke da Xue Xue Bao, Journal of Southern Medical University
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28109070/peste-des-petits-ruminants-risk-factors-and-space-time-clusters-in-mymensingh-bangladesh
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M S Rony, A K M A Rahman, M M Alam, N Dhand, M P Ward
Using a hospital-based case-control study design, our aim was to identify risk factors for-and space-time clusters of-Peste des Petits Ruminants (PPR) in Mymensingh, Bangladesh. Three hundred and eighty PPR cases diagnosed between January 2005 and December 2014 at the Bangladesh Agricultural University Veterinary Teaching Hospital (BAUVTH) were selected; three controls per case from BAUVTH were then selected (n = 1,048). From records, data extracted included information on date of report, location, age, breed, sex and body weight of goats...
January 21, 2017: Transboundary and Emerging Diseases
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28109068/the-impact-of-dermoscopy-on-melanoma-detection-in-the-practice-of-dermatologists-in-europe-results-of-a-pan-european-survey
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A M Forsea, P Tschandl, I Zalaudek, V Del Marmol, H P Soyer, G Argenziano, A C Geller
BACKGROUND: Dermoscopy is a widely used technique that can increase the sensitivity and specificity of melanoma detection. Information is lacking on the impact of dermoscopy use on the detection of melanoma in the real-life practice of European dermatologists. OBJECTIVE: To identify factors that influence the benefit of using dermoscopy for increasing melanoma detection and lowering the number of unnecessary biopsies in the practice of European dermatologists. METHODS: We conducted a survey of dermatologists registered in 32 European countries regarding: the demographic and practice characteristics, dermoscopy training and use, opinions on dermoscopy and the self-estimated impact of dermoscopy use on the number of melanomas detected and the number of unnecessary biopsies performed in practice...
January 21, 2017: Journal of the European Academy of Dermatology and Venereology: JEADV
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28109050/low-transferrin-and-high-ferritin-concentrations-are-associated-with-worse-outcome-in-acute-liver-failure
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Olympia Anastasiou, Julia Kälsch, Mahdi Hakmouni, Ozlem Kucukoglu, Dominik Heider, Johannes Korth, Paul Manka, Jan-Peter Sowa, Lars Bechmann, Fuat Saner, Andreas Paul, Guido Gerken, Hideo Baba, Ali Canbay
BACKGROUND & AIMS: Serum ferritin and transferrin have been identified as prognostic markers in patients with chronic diseases. In the present study we investigated if these parameters can predict outcome in patients with acute liver failure. METHODS: 102 consecutive patients with acute liver failure were retrospectively analyzed. The patients were grouped by outcome: spontaneous recovery vs. liver transplantation and/or death; or survival vs. death. Routine laboratory parameters, transferrin and ferritin concentrations in serum, and anthropomorphic data collected on admission were analyzed...
January 20, 2017: Liver International: Official Journal of the International Association for the Study of the Liver
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28109033/a-quality-improvement-initiative-to-decrease-the-rate-of-solitary-blood-cultures-in-the-emergency-department
#14
Joseph Choi, Sahand Ensafi, Lucas Brien Chartier, Oliver Van Praet
OBJECTIVES: Best practice guidelines recommend that at least two sets of blood cultures (BCs) be sent when blood cultures are required. However, high rates of solitary BCs are still common in the emergency department (ED). The aim of this study was to evaluate the efficacy of different quality improvement initiatives aimed at reducing the rate of solitary blood cultures being sent to the lab on patients ultimately discharged from our ED. METHODS: This was a multi-centre, multi-phase, prospective study evaluating a comprehensive education-based intervention and a second intervention that combined a computerized forcing function along with a brief education-based intervention...
January 20, 2017: Academic Emergency Medicine: Official Journal of the Society for Academic Emergency Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28109031/undifferentiated-embryonic-cell-transcription-factor-1-utf1-and-deleted-in-azoospermia-like-dazl-expression-in-the-testes-of-donkeys
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Y S Lee, H J Jung, M J Yoon
Putative markers for each specific germ cell stage can be a useful tool to study the fate and functions of these cells. Undifferentiated embryonic cell transcription factor 1 (UTF1) is a putative marker for undifferentiated spermatogonia in humans, rats and horses. The deleted in azoospermia-like (DAZL) protein is also expressed by differentiated spermatogonia and primary spermatocytes in several species. However, whether the expression patterns of these molecular markers are identical and applicable to donkeys remains to be elucidated...
January 20, 2017: Reproduction in Domestic Animals, Zuchthygiene
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28109012/the-impact-of-a-soiled-airway-on-intubation-success-in-the-emergency-department-when-using-the-glidescope-or-the-direct-laryngoscope
#16
John C Sakles, G Judson Corn, Patrick Hollinger, Brittany Arcaris, Asad E Patanwala, Jarrod M Mosier
BACKGROUND: To determine the impact of a soiled airway on first pass success when using the GlideScope video laryngoscope or the direct laryngoscope for intubation in the emergency department. METHODS: Data were prospectively collected on all patients intubated in an academic emergency department from July 1, 2007 to June 30, 2016. Patients ≥18 years of age, who underwent rapid sequence intubation with the GlideScope or the direct laryngoscope were included in the analysis...
January 20, 2017: Academic Emergency Medicine: Official Journal of the Society for Academic Emergency Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28109006/attitudes-towards-non-invasive-prenatal-diagnosis-among-obstetricians-in-pakistan-a-developing-islamic-country
#17
Shenaz Ahmed, Hussain Jafri, Yasmin Rashid, Gerald Mason, Yasmin Ehsan, Mushtaq Ahmed
OBJECTIVES: Stakeholders' views are essential for informing implementation strategies for non-invasive prenatal testing (NIPT). Little is known about such views in developing countries. We explored attitudes toward NIPT among obstetricians in Pakistan, a developing Islamic country. METHODS: A 35-item questionnaire was distributed and collected at eight events (a national conference and seven workshops in five cities) for obstetric professionals on advances in fetal medicine...
January 20, 2017: Prenatal Diagnosis
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28108993/experience-from-a-multi-country-initiative-to-improve-the-monitoring-of-selected-reproductive-health-indicators-in-africa
#18
Maria Barreix, Özge Tunçalp, Namuunda Mutombo, Ayotunde A Adegboyega, Lale Say
Universal access to sexual and reproductive health remains part of the unfinished business of global development in the Africa. To achieve it, health interventions should be monitored using programmatic indicators. WHO's Strengthening Measurement of Reproductive Health Indicators in Africa initiative, implemented in Ghana, Nigeria, Kenya, Uganda, and Zimbabwe, aimed to improve national information systems for routine monitoring of reproductive health indicators. Participating countries developed action plans employing a two-pronged strategy: (1) revising, standardizing, and harmonizing existing information-system reproductive health indicators; and (2) building data-collection capacity through training and supervision at select pilot sites...
January 21, 2017: International Journal of Gynaecology and Obstetrics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28108975/3d-printed-soft-tissue-physical-models-of-renal-malignancies-for-individualized-surgical-simulation-a-feasibility-study
#19
Michael M Maddox, Allison Feibus, James Liu, Julie Wang, Raju Thomas, Jonathan L Silberstein
To construct patient-specific physical three-dimensional (3D) models of renal units with materials that approximates the properties of renal tissue to allow pre-operative and robotic training surgical simulation, 3D physical kidney models were created (3DSystems, Rock Hill, SC) using computerized tomography to segment structures of interest (parenchyma, vasculature, collection system, and tumor). Images were converted to a 3D surface mesh file for fabrication using a multi-jet 3D printer. A novel construction technique was employed to approximate normal renal tissue texture, printers selectively deposited photopolymer material forming the outer shell of the kidney, and subsequently, an agarose gel solution was injected into the inner cavity recreating the spongier renal parenchyma...
January 20, 2017: Journal of Robotic Surgery
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28108969/long-term-outcomes-of-roux-en-y-gastric-bypass-conversion-of-failed-laparoscopic-gastric-band
#20
Hanaa N Dakour Aridi, Mohammad-Rachad Wehbe, Ghassan Shamseddine, Ramzi S Alami, Bassem Y Safadi
BACKGROUND: Laparoscopic adjustable gastric band (LAGB) carries a high rate of failure and reoperation. Laparoscopic conversion of failed LAGB to Roux-en-Y gastric bypass (RYGB) has been shown to be safe and feasible, but long-term follow-up data is still limited. OBJECTIVES: The aim of this study is to evaluate the safety and effectiveness of RYGB after failed LAGB in our patient population. SETTING: The setting was the University Hospital, Beirut, Lebanon...
January 20, 2017: Obesity Surgery
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