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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28214742/what-s-the-agreement-between-self-reported-and-biochemical-verification-of-drug-use-a-look-at-permanent-supportive-housing-residents
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Alexis Rendon, Melvin Livingston, Sumihiro Suzuki, Whitney Hill, Scott Walters
Self-reported substance use is commonly used as an outcome measure in treatment research. We evaluated the validity of self-reported drug use in a sample of 334 adults with mental health problems who were residing in supportive housing programs. The primary analysis was the calculation of the positive predictive values (PPVs) of self-report compared to an oral fluid test taken at the same time. A sensitivity analysis compared the positive predictive values of two self-reported drug use histories: biological testing window (ranging between the past 96h to 30days depending on drug type) or the full past 90-day comparison window (maximum length recorded during interview)...
February 10, 2017: Addictive Behaviors
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28214222/necessity-to-critically-review-the-automatic-results-of-the-xpert-flu-assay
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Ilka Engelmann, Enagnon Kazali Alidjinou, Mouna Lazrek, Anny Dewilde, Didier Hober
While using the Xpert Flu assay we became aware of false-negative results. The study aimed to analyze the causes of these false-negative results. One hundred fifty-nine respiratory specimens were tested in the Xpert Flu assay and in multiplex reverse transcription-polymerase chain reactions (RT-PCRs) for respiratory viruses. Discordant specimens were tested in the Influenza A/B r-gene assay. One hundred fifty-two (96%) and 151 (95%) specimens yielded concordant results for influenza A and B, respectively. Fifteen specimens tested negative in the Xpert Flu assay and positive in a multiplex RT-PCR...
February 2, 2017: Diagnostic Microbiology and Infectious Disease
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28212874/multilocus-phylogeny-of-alligator-lizards-elgaria-anguidae-testing-mtdna-introgression-as-the-source-of-discordant-molecular-phylogenetic-hypotheses
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Dean H Leavitt, Angela B Marion, Bradford D Hollingsworth, Tod W Reeder
The increased availability of nuclear DNA sequence data has led to a better appreciation of the role and frequency of introgressive hybridization and subsequent mitochondrial capture in misleading phylogenetic hypotheses based on mtDNA sequence data alone. Relationships among members of the alligator lizard genus Elgaria have been addressed with morphology, allozyme and mtDNA sequence data with discordant results. In this study, we use seven nuclear loci (total of 5.9 kb) and ∼3 kb of mtDNA to infer the phylogenetic relationships among Elgaria species and test whether the discordance among previous phylogenetic hypotheses is due to introgression and mtDNA capture...
February 14, 2017: Molecular Phylogenetics and Evolution
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28212793/mir-634-is-a-pol-iii-dependent-intronic-microrna-regulating-alternative-polyadenylated-isoforms-of-its-host-gene-prkca
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Elvezia Maria Paraboschi, Giulia Cardamone, Valeria Rimoldi, Stefano Duga, Giulia Soldà, Rosanna Asselta
BACKGROUND: The protein kinase C alpha (PRKCA) gene, coding for a Th17-cell-selective kinase, shows a complex splicing pattern, with at least 2 stable alternative transcripts characterized by an alternative upstream polyadenylation site. Polymorphisms in this gene were associated with several conditions, including multiple sclerosis, asthma, schizophrenia, and cancer. The presence of a microRNA (miRNA), i.e. miR-634, within intron 15 of the PRKCA gene, suggests the intriguing possibility that this miRNA might play a role in the susceptibility to these pathologies...
February 14, 2017: Biochimica et Biophysica Acta
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28211491/interference-between-variants-of-peach-latent-mosaic-viroid-reveals-novel-features-of-its-fitness-landscape-implications-for-detection
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Pedro Serra, Edson Bertolini, M Carmen Martínez, Mariano Cambra, Ricardo Flores
Natural populations of peach latent mosaic viroid (PLMVd) are complex mixtures of variants. During routine testing, TaqMan rtRT-PCR and RNA gel-blot hybridization produced discordant results with some PLMVd isolates. Analysis of the corresponding populations showed that they were exclusively composed of variants (of class II) with a structural domain different from that of the reference and many other variants (of class I) targeted by the TaqMan rtRT-PCR probe. Bioassays in peach revealed that a representative PLMVd variant of class II replicated without symptoms, generated a progeny with low nucleotide diversity, and, intriguingly, outcompeted a representative symptomatic variant of class I when co-inoculated in equimolecular amounts...
February 17, 2017: Scientific Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28211185/a-comparison-of-goldmann-iii-v-and-spatially-equated-test-stimuli-in-visual-field-testing-the-importance-of-complete-and-partial-spatial-summation
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Jack Phu, Sieu K Khuu, Barbara Zangerl, Michael Kalloniatis
PURPOSE: Goldmann size V (GV) test stimuli are less variable with a greater dynamic range and have been proposed for measuring contrast sensitivity instead of size III (GIII). Since GIII and GV operate within partial summation, we hypothesise that actual GV (aGV) thresholds could predict GIII (pGIII) thresholds, facilitating comparisons between actual GIII (aGIII) thresholds with pGIII thresholds derived from smaller GV variances. We test the suitability of GV for detecting visual field (VF) loss in patients with early glaucoma, and examine eccentricity-dependent effects of number and depth of defects...
March 2017: Ophthalmic & Physiological Optics: the Journal of the British College of Ophthalmic Opticians (Optometrists)
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28210882/prostate-cancer-screening-decision-making-in-three-states-2013-behavioral-risk-factor-surveillance-system-analysis
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Jun Li, Ingrid J Hall, Guixiang Zhao
INTRODUCTION: Given the discordant prostate cancer screening recommendations in the United States, shared decision-making (SDM) has become increasingly important. The objectives of this study were to determine who made the final decision to obtain prostate-specific antigen (PSA)-based screening and identify factors associated with the screening decision made by both patients and their health care providers. METHODS: Using the 2013 Behavioral Risk Factor Surveillance System data from Delaware, Hawaii, and Massachusetts, we calculated weighted percentages of SDM...
February 16, 2017: Cancer Causes & Control: CCC
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28209662/the-impact-of-between-analytical-platform-variability-on-the-classification-of-pleural-effusions-into-exudate-or-transudate-using-light-s-criteria
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Michael P Cornes, Andrew J Chadburn, Claire Thomas, Catherine Darby, Rachel Webster, Clare Ford, Rousseau Gama
BACKGROUND: Light's criteria are ratios of pleural fluid to serum total protein (TP), pleural fluid to serum lactate dehydrogenase (LDH) and pleural fluid LDH to the upper reference limit for serum LDH. They are used to classify pleural effusions into an exudate or transudate when pleural fluid protein is 25-35 g/L. We evaluated the impact of between analytical platforms on the classification of pleural effusions using Light's criteria. METHODS: Light's criteria were used to classify pleural effusions with fluid TP between 25 and 35 g/L into exudate and transudate...
February 16, 2017: Journal of Clinical Pathology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28208566/re-the-effects-of-oncologist-implicit-racial-bias-in-racially-discordant-oncology-interactions
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David F Penson
No abstract text is available yet for this article.
March 2017: Journal of Urology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28208355/signatures-of-bifurcation-on-quantum-correlations-case-of-the-quantum-kicked-top
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Udaysinh T Bhosale, M S Santhanam
Quantum correlations reflect the quantumness of a system and are useful resources for quantum information and computational processes. Measures of quantum correlations do not have a classical analog and yet are influenced by classical dynamics. In this work, by modeling the quantum kicked top as a multiqubit system, the effect of classical bifurcations on measures of quantum correlations such as the quantum discord, geometric discord, and Meyer and Wallach Q measure is studied. The quantum correlation measures change rapidly in the vicinity of a classical bifurcation point...
January 2017: Physical Review. E
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28205414/avoidance-of-maternal-cell-contamination-and-overgrowth-in-isolating-fetal-chorionic-villi-mesenchymal-stem-cells-from-human-term-placenta
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Varda S Sardesai, Abbas Shafiee, Nicholas M Fisk, Rebecca A Pelekanos
Human placenta is rich in mesenchymal stem/stromal cells (MSC), with their origin widely presumed fetal. Cultured placental MSCs are confounded by a high frequency of maternal cell contamination. Our recent systematic review concluded that only a small minority of placental MSC publications report fetal/maternal origin, and failed to discern a specific methodology for isolation of fetal MSC from term villi. We determined isolation conditions to yield fetal and separately maternal MSC during ex vivo expansion from human term placenta...
February 16, 2017: Stem Cells Translational Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28205267/comparison-of-advansure-hpv-genoblot-and-hybrid%C3%A2-capture%C3%A2-2-assays-for-detection-of-hpv-infection
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Kiwoong Ko, Shinae Yu, Min-Jung Kwon, Eun Hee Lee, Hee-Yeon Woo, Hyosoon Park
BACKGROUND: We sought to compare the performance of the AdvanSure assay to the Hybrid Capture (HC) 2 for the detection of high-risk human papillomavirus (HR HPV). METHODS: A total of 855 cervical swab specimens were obtained. We submitted all specimens for HR HPV detection with HC2 and the AdvanSure assay. We subsequently analyzed discordant results and specimens that were positive on both assays using restriction fragment mass polymorphism (RFMP) genotyping analysis...
February 15, 2017: Journal of Clinical Laboratory Analysis
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28205222/strong-amerindian-mitonuclear-discordance-in-puerto-rican-genomes-suggests-amerindian-mitochondrial-benefit
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Steven E Massey
A large discrepancy between the Amerindian contribution to the mitochondrial and nuclear genetic components of 55 Puerto Rican (PR) genomes from the 1000 Genomes Project is identified, with Amerindian mitochondrial haplotypes being highly represented (67.3%), in strong contrast to the Amerindian autosomal contribution (12.9%). I examine the potential causes behind this strong mitonuclear discordance. The Amerindian contribution to the X chromosome is 19.8%, implying assortative mating with Amerindian females during the establishment of the PR population...
March 2017: Annals of Human Genetics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28202710/practical-data-handling-pipeline-improves-performance-of-qpcr-based-circulating-mirna-measurements
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Maurice W J de Ronde, Jan M Ruijter, David Lanfear, Antoni Bayes-Genis, Maayke Kok, Esther Creemers, Yigal M Pinto, Sara-Joan Pinto-Sietsma
BACKGROUND: Since numerous miRNAs have been shown to be present in the circulation, these so-called circulating miRNAs have emerged as potential biomarkers for disease. However, results of qPCR studies on circulating miRNA biomarkers vary greatly and many experiments cannot be reproduced. Missing data in qPCR experiments often occur due to off-target amplification, non-analyzable qPCR curves and discordance between replicates. The low concentration of most miRNAs leads to most, but not all missing data...
February 15, 2017: RNA
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28201998/clinical-performance-evaluation-of-a-sensitive-rapid-low-throughput-test-for-kras-mutation-analysis-using-formalin-fixed-paraffin-embedded-tissue-samples
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Christine Weyn, Sofie Van Raemdonck, Robina Dendooven, Vincent Maes, Karen Zwaenepoel, Suzan Lambin, Patrick Pauwels
BACKGROUND: Testing for KRAS mutations in metastatic colorectal cancer (mCRC) on formalin-fixed, paraffin embedded (FFPE) tumor tissue has become standard of care. Different molecular methods exist to determine hotspot KRAS mutations in exon 2, 3 and 4, but testing is often limited by the sensitivity and the speed of analysis. The aim of this retrospective study was to establish the clinical performance of the Idylla™ KRAS Mutation Test on FFPE tumor samples of patients with mCRC. METHODS: KRAS mutation analysis was performed using the therascreen KRAS on the RotorGene Q platform (CE-IVD; Qiagen) and results were subsequently compared to the Idylla™ KRAS Mutation Test...
February 16, 2017: BMC Cancer
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28199878/large-decadal-scale-changes-in-uranium-and-bicarbonate-in-groundwater-of-the-irrigated-western-u-s
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Karen R Burow, Kenneth Belitz, Neil M Dubrovsky, Bryant C Jurgens
Samples collected about one decade apart from 1105 wells from across the U.S. were compiled to assess whether uranium concentrations in the arid climate are linked to changing bicarbonate concentrations in the irrigated western U.S. Uranium concentrations in groundwater were high in the arid climate in the western U.S, where uranium sources are abundant. Sixty-four wells (6%) were above the U.S. EPA MCL of 30μg/L; all but one are in the arid west. Concentrations were low to non-detectable in the humid climate...
February 12, 2017: Science of the Total Environment
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28199770/prevalence-of-hbsag-hbeag-among-1-936-801-couples-preparing-for-pregnancy-in-rural-china-an-observational-study
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Jue Liu, Shikun Zhang, Qiaomei Wang, Shenhai Ping, Man Zhang, Yiping Zhang, Donghai Yan, Min Liu
OBJECTIVE: There are few extant studies on the prevalence of HBV infection in couples preparing for pregnancy. We assessed the prevalence of hepatitis B surface antigen (HBsAg) and hepatitis B e antigen (HBeAg) in couples preparing for pregnancy in rural China, and the association between HBV prevalence and the statuses of HBsAg/HBeAg and ALT in the spouses. METHODS: We performed a nationwide cross-sectional study, using data from a health check-up program for 1 936 801 rural couples from 31 provinces preparing for pregnancy between 2010 and 2012...
February 15, 2017: Journal of Viral Hepatitis
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28199760/prediction-of-hepatocellular-carcinoma-recurrence-after-liver-transplantation-comparison-of-4-explant-based-prognostic-models
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Charlotte E Costentin, Giuliana Amaddeo, Thomas Decaens, Karim Boudjema, Philippe Bachellier, Fabrice Muscari, Ephrem Salame, Pierre Henri Bernard, Claire Francoz, Sébastien Dharancy, Claire Vanlemmens, Sylvie Radenne, Jérôme Dumortier, Marie Noelle Hilleret, Olivier Chazouilleres, Georges Philippe Pageaux, Julien Calderaro, Alexis Laurent, Françoise Roudot-Thoraval, Christophe Duvoux
AIM: Discordance between pre-LT imaging and explanted liver findings have been reported after liver transplantation (LT) for hepatocellular carcinoma (HCC), suggesting the need of re-assessing the risk of HCC recurrence post LT. Our aims were to compare pre-LT imaging and explants features and to test the performances of four explant-based predictive models of recurrence in an external cohort. METHODS: Staging according to preLT imaging and explant features were compared...
February 15, 2017: Liver International: Official Journal of the International Association for the Study of the Liver
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28198679/detecting-discordance-enrichment-among-a-series-of-two-sample-genome-wide-expression-data-sets
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Yinglei Lai, Fanni Zhang, Tapan K Nayak, Reza Modarres, Norman H Lee, Timothy A McCaffrey
BACKGROUND: With the current microarray and RNA-seq technologies, two-sample genome-wide expression data have been widely collected in biological and medical studies. The related differential expression analysis and gene set enrichment analysis have been frequently conducted. Integrative analysis can be conducted when multiple data sets are available. In practice, discordant molecular behaviors among a series of data sets can be of biological and clinical interest. METHODS: In this study, a statistical method is proposed for detecting discordance gene set enrichment...
January 25, 2017: BMC Genomics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28198461/risk-of-other-cancers-in-families-with-melanoma-novel-familial-links
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Christoph Frank, Jan Sundquist, Akseli Hemminki, Kari Hemminki
A family history of cutaneous melanoma ('melanoma') is a well-established risk factor for melanoma. However, less is known about the possible familial associations of melanoma with other discordant cancers. A risk for discordant cancer may provide useful information about shared genetic and environmental risk factors and it may be relevant background data in clinical genetic counseling. Using the Swedish Family-Cancer Database, we assessed the relative risk (RR) for any cancer in families with increasing numbers of first-degree relatives diagnosed with melanoma, including multiple melanoma, and in reverse order RR for melanoma in families of multiple discordant cancers...
February 15, 2017: Scientific Reports
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