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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28723412/identification-of-a-viroid-like-rna-in-a-lychee-transcriptome-shotgun-assembly
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Jihong Jiang, Zhixiang Zhang, Bing Hu, Guibing Hu, Hongqing Wang, Chantal Faure, Armelle Marais, Thierry Candresse, Shifang Li
In the course of a systematic screen of plant transcriptomic data, the sequence of a novel viroid-like RNA was identified in four contigs in a recent Transcriptome Shotgun Assembly (TSA) from lychee in China. Portions of this sequence are closely related to the central conserved region (CCR) and terminal conserved region (TCR) present in members of the genus Apscaviroid, sequences that are important criteria for viroid classification. RT-PCR with two divergent adjacent primers amplified the full 304 nucleotide sequence of this viroid-like RNA which can be folded into the rod-like secondary structure that is a typical feature of viroids in the family Pospiviroidae...
July 16, 2017: Virus Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28722789/tailoring-of-the-tell-us-card-communication-tool-for-nurses-to-increase-patient-participation-using-intervention-mapping
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Elise van Belle, Sandra M G Zwakhalen, Josien Caris, Ann Van Hecke, Getty Huisman-de Waal, Maud Heinen
AIMS AND OBJECTIVES: To describe the tailoring of the Tell-us Card intervention for enhanced patient participation to the Dutch hospital setting by using Intervention Mapping as a systematic approach. BACKGROUND: Even though patient participation is essential in any patient to nurse encounter, care plans often fail to take patients' preferences into account. The Tell-us Card intervention seems promising, but needs to be tailored and tested before implementation in a different setting or on large scale...
July 19, 2017: Journal of Clinical Nursing
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28721822/opioid-antagonists-for-pharmacological-treatment-of-gambling-disorder-are-they-relevant
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Caroline Victorri-Vigneau, Andrew Spiers, Pascal Caillet, Mélanie Bruneau, Gaëlle Challet-Bouju, Marie Grall-Bronnec
Background To date, no drugs have been approved for gambling disorder. Numerous publications have described the value of opioid antagonists. Indeed, the mesocorticolimbic dopaminergic pathway has been suggested as the underlying cause of reward-seeking behaviour, and it is modulated by the opioid system. Objective This study aims to evaluate the relevance of opioid antagonists for treating GD. Method A systematic literature review was conducted. A search of the PubMed electronic database, PsycINFO and the Cochrane Systematic Review Database without any limits was performed...
July 18, 2017: Current Neuropharmacology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28721135/a-comprehensive-guidelines-based-approach-reduces-cardiovascular-risk-in-everyday-practice-the-varo-study
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Tomáš Štulc, Věra Lánská, Michaela Šnejdrlová, Michal Vrablík, Martina Prusíková, Richard Češka
INTRODUCTION: The aim of study was to investigate the possibility of cardiovascular risk improvement through systematic identification of high-risk individuals and treatment in accordance with current guidelines using modern therapy in daily clinical practice. MATERIAL AND METHODS: Two hundred and sixty-three physicians participated in the study. The physicians were asked to screen for cardiovascular risk factors in patients presenting with unrelated problems and to re-evaluate the attainment of treatment goals in those with already known risk factors...
June 2017: Archives of Medical Science: AMS
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28719868/quantitative-meta-analytic-approaches-for-the-systematic-synthesis-of-data-and-hazard-identification-a-case-study-of-decreased-pain-sensitivity-due-to-trimethylbenzene-exposure
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J Allen Davis, Andrew Kraft
Traditionally, human health risk assessments have relied on qualitative approaches for hazard identification, which involves weight of evidence determinations that integrate evidence across multiple studies. Recently, the National Research Council has recommended the development of quantitative approaches for evidence integration, including the application of meta-analyses, to help summarize and evaluate the results of a systematic review. In the meta-analytic approach, a pooled effect size is calculated after consideration of multiple potential confounding factors in order to determine whether the entire database under consideration indicates a chemical is a hazard...
July 15, 2017: Environmental Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28718995/a-systematic-review-of-the-prevalence-and-impact-of-urinary-incontinence-in-cystic-fibrosis
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Katherine B Frayman, Traci M Kazmerski, Susan M Sawyer
This systematic review synthesizes published articles investigating the prevalence, severity and impact of urinary incontinence (UI), a condition associated with cystic fibrosis (CF). References were identified through searching Medline, Embase and PubMed using the medical subject headings 'cystic fibrosis' AND 'urinary incontinence'. Articles were included if UI prevalence was investigated as an outcome. Twelve studies met selection criteria. The prevalence of UI ranged from 5% to 76%. Age and gender contributed to this variability...
July 18, 2017: Respirology: Official Journal of the Asian Pacific Society of Respirology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28718908/death-from-butane-inhalation-abuse-in-teenagers-two-new-case-studies-and-review-of-the-literature
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Véronique Alunni, Yvan Gaillard, François Castier, Marie-Dominique Piercecchi-Marti, Gérald Quatrehomme
The ready availability of butane makes butane abuse frequent. Fatalities are rare. This study presents two cases of death by butane overdose. The postmortem analyses were carried out using headspace gas chromatography-mass spectrometry. It revealed femoral blood butane concentrations of 18 and 22 mg/L, respectively, as well as specific combinations of adjuvants in each victim. In one of the victims, brain and fatty tissue also contained butane, pointing to chronic consumption. The originality of this study is to show that the identification of specific combinations of adjuvants can be helpful for identifying the brand of deodorant used...
July 18, 2017: Journal of Forensic Sciences
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28716661/the-prevalence-and-morphometry-of-an-accessory-spleen-a-meta-analysis-and-systematic-review-of-22-487-patients
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Jens Vikse, Beatrice Sanna, Brandon Michael Henry, Dominik Taterra, Silvia Sanna, Przemysław A Pękala, Jerzy A Walocha, Krzysztof A Tomaszewski
BACKGROUND: An accessory spleen (AS) is a lobule of splenic tissue found in ectopic locations. Identification of AS is particularly important in patients with immune thrombocytopenia (ITP) requiring splenectomy as unrecognized AS can later cause refractory symptoms. The AS can also be a source of significant intraabdominal hemorrhage. The aim of this meta-analysis was to systematically analyze the data on the prevalence, number, location, and morphometry of AS. MATERIALS AND METHODS: An extensive search of the major electronic databases was conducted to identify all studies that reported relevant data on the AS...
July 14, 2017: International Journal of Surgery
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28716204/a-protocol-to-identify-and-minimise-selection-and-information-bias-in-abattoir-surveys-estimating-prevalence-using-fasciola-hepatica-as-an-example
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Rebecca I Carroll, Andrew Forbes, David A Graham, Locksley L McV Messam
Abattoir surveys and findings from post-mortem meat inspection are commonly used to estimate infection or disease prevalence in farm animal populations. However, the function of an abattoir is to slaughter animals for human consumption, and the collection of information on animal health for research purposes is a secondary objective. This can result in methodological shortcomings leading to biased prevalence estimates. Selection bias can occur when the study population as obtained from the abattoir is not an accurate representation of the target population...
September 1, 2017: Preventive Veterinary Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28716202/a-scoping-review-of-published-research-on-the-population-dynamics-and-control-practices-of-companion-animals
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Aileigh Kay, Jason B Coe, David Pearl, Ian Young
Companion animal population dynamics is a global, diverse issue that can affect society in multiple ways, including impacts on public health, environmental destruction and shelter management. The purpose of this scoping review was to use structured and transparent methods to identify all published research investigating companion animal population dynamics and/or control practices. A comprehensive search strategy was implemented using five online databases (i.e., PubMed, CAB Direct, Agricola, PsycINFO, and Scopus) and resulted in the identification of 7810 unique citations...
September 1, 2017: Preventive Veterinary Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28716176/systematic-review-of-patient-reported-outcomes-after-revision-endoscopic-sinus-surgery
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Shashi Prasad, Eric Fong, Eng H Ooi
BACKGROUND: Revision endoscopic sinus surgery (RESS) may be required for partially controlled or uncontrolled chronic rhinosinusitis. Studies that reported technical success, e.g., sinus ostia patency after RESS, do not address whether the patient's symptoms and quality of life (QOL) improve after surgery. However, patient-reported outcome measures (PROM) are useful to assess the impact of sinus surgery on a patient's symptoms and QOL. OBJECTIVE: This systematic review was undertaken to evaluate the impact of RESS on PROMs...
July 1, 2017: American Journal of Rhinology & Allergy
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28715644/detection-and-identification-of-serum-protein-peak-at-6648%C3%A2-m-z-as-a-novel-indicator-in-breast-cancer-based-on-mass-spectrometry
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Dongjian Song, Lifang Yue, Yuxiao Zhan, Junjie Zhang, Zechen Yan, Yingzhong Fan, Heying Yang, Da Zhang, Qiuliang Liu, Ziqiang Xia, Pan Qin, Jia Jia, Ming Yue, Jiekai Yu, Shu Zheng, Fuquan Yang, Jiaxiang Wang
Breast cancer (BC) is the second-leading cause of cancer mortality after lung cancer in women owing partly to a lack of specific and sensitive tests for early screening and monitoring. The detection of novel specific BC serum indicators for screening purposes is an essential clinical need. A total of 437 serum specimens from 310 BC patients that were divided into mining and testing sets were collected in this study. In contrast with the conventional BC indicators through receiver operating characteristic, survival and hazard function curves, and multivariate Cox regression analyses, we intended to hunt for stable protein indicators from serum specimens and identify their diagnostic and prognostic potential for BC...
May 2017: Discovery Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28715518/early-accurate-diagnosis-and-early-intervention-in-cerebral-palsy-advances-in-diagnosis-and-treatment
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Iona Novak, Cathy Morgan, Lars Adde, James Blackman, Roslyn N Boyd, Janice Brunstrom-Hernandez, Giovanni Cioni, Diane Damiano, Johanna Darrah, Ann-Christin Eliasson, Linda S de Vries, Christa Einspieler, Michael Fahey, Darcy Fehlings, Donna M Ferriero, Linda Fetters, Simona Fiori, Hans Forssberg, Andrew M Gordon, Susan Greaves, Andrea Guzzetta, Mijna Hadders-Algra, Regina Harbourne, Angelina Kakooza-Mwesige, Petra Karlsson, Lena Krumlinde-Sundholm, Beatrice Latal, Alison Loughran-Fowlds, Nathalie Maitre, Sarah McIntyre, Garey Noritz, Lindsay Pennington, Domenico M Romeo, Roberta Shepherd, Alicia J Spittle, Marelle Thornton, Jane Valentine, Karen Walker, Robert White, Nadia Badawi
Importance: Cerebral palsy describes the most common physical disability in childhood and occurs in 1 in 500 live births. Historically, the diagnosis has been made between age 12 and 24 months but now can be made before 6 months' corrected age. Objectives: To systematically review best available evidence for early, accurate diagnosis of cerebral palsy and to summarize best available evidence about cerebral palsy-specific early intervention that should follow early diagnosis to optimize neuroplasticity and function...
July 17, 2017: JAMA Pediatrics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28715408/potential-risk-factors-associated-with-human-alveolar-echinococcosis-systematic-review-and-meta-analysis
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Franz J Conraths, Carolina Probst, Alessia Possenti, Belgees Boufana, Rosella Saulle, Giuseppe La Torre, Luca Busani, Adriano Casulli
BACKGROUND: Human alveolar echinococcosis (AE) is a severe zoonotic disease caused by the metacestode stage of Echinococcus multilocularis. AE is commonly associated with a long incubation period that may last for more than ten years. The objective of this systematic literature review was to identify and summarize the current knowledge on statistically relevant potential risk factors (PRFs) associated with AE in humans. METHODOLOGY/PRINCIPAL FINDINGS: Six bibliographic databases were searched, generating a total of 1,009 publications...
July 17, 2017: PLoS Neglected Tropical Diseases
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28715405/identification-and-pathological-characterization-of-persistent-asymptomatic-ebola-virus-infection-in-rhesus-monkeys
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Xiankun Zeng, Candace D Blancett, Keith A Koistinen, Christopher W Schellhase, Jeremy J Bearss, Sheli R Radoshitzky, Shelley P Honnold, Taylor B Chance, Travis K Warren, Jeffrey W Froude, Kathleen A Cashman, John M Dye, Sina Bavari, Gustavo Palacios, Jens H Kuhn, Mei G Sun
Ebola virus (EBOV) persistence in asymptomatic humans and Ebola virus disease (EVD) sequelae have emerged as significant public health concerns since the 2013-2016 EVD outbreak in Western Africa. Until now, studying how EBOV disseminates into and persists in immune-privileged sites was impossible due to the absence of a suitable animal model. Here, we detect persistent EBOV replication coinciding with systematic inflammatory responses in otherwise asymptomatic rhesus monkeys that had survived infection in the absence of or after treatment with candidate medical countermeasures...
July 17, 2017: Nature Microbiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28715325/inference-based-similarity-search-in-randomized-montgomery-domains-for-privacy-preserving-biometric-identification
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Yi Wang, Jianwu Wan, Jun Guo, Yiu-Ming Cheung, Pong C Yuen
Similarity search is essential to many important applications and often involves searching at scale on high-dimensional data based on their similarity to a query. In biometric applications, recent vulnerability studies have shown that adversarial machine learning can compromise biometric recognition systems by exploiting the biometric similarity information. Existing methods for biometric privacy protection are in general based on pairwise matching of secured biometric templates and have inherent limitations in search efficiency and scalability...
July 14, 2017: IEEE Transactions on Pattern Analysis and Machine Intelligence
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28714939/systematics-of-the-ceracis-furcifer-species-group-coleoptera-ciidae-the-specialized-consumers-of-the-blood-red-bracket-fungus-pycnoporus-sanguineus
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Italo S C Pecci-Maddalena, Cristiano Lopes-Andrade
The Ceracis furcifer species-group (Coleoptera: Ciidae) originally comprised nine species names: Ceracis cornifer (Mellié, 1849); C. cylindricus (Brèthes, 1922); C. furcifer Mellié, 1849; C. hastifer (Mellié, 1849); C. monocerus Lawrence, 1967; C. ruficornis Pic, 1916; C. simplicicornis (Pic, 1916); C. semipallidus Pic, 1922 and C. unicornis Gorham, 1898. Ceracis semipallidus was synonymised with C. furcifer and then no further changes were made to the composition of the group. Here, we provide a taxonomic revision of the Ceracis furcifer species-group and new data on the geographic distribution and host fungi of the included species...
July 17, 2017: Insects
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28713971/systematic-analysis-of-lncrnas-mirnas-and-mrnas-for-the-identification-of-biomarkers-for-osteoporosis-in-the-mandible-of-ovariectomized-mice
#18
Lingyu Hao, Jiayao Fu, Yawen Tian, Junhua Wu
Osteoporosis is a complex and multifactorial disease caused by an imbalance between bone formation and resorption. Post‑menopausal women with endogenous estrogen deficiency suffer from systemic bone loss and osteoporosis, and are at high risk of this affecting the jaw bones. MicroRNAs (miRNAs or miRs) have been implicated in the mechanisms of metabolic bone diseases and are expressed at differential levels in alveolar bone following ovariectomy. In the present study, we systematically analyzed the expression profiles of miRNAs, mRNAs and long non‑coding RNA (lncRNAs) in the mandible of ovariectomized (OVX) mice...
July 10, 2017: International Journal of Molecular Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28713914/systematic-identification-of-human-housekeeping-genes-possibly-useful-as-references-in-gene-expression-studies
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Maria Caracausi, Allison Piovesan, Francesca Antonaros, Pierluigi Strippoli, Lorenza Vitale, Maria Chiara Pelleri
The ideal reference, or control, gene for the study of gene expression in a given organism should be expressed at a medium‑high level for easy detection, should be expressed at a constant/stable level throughout different cell types and within the same cell type undergoing different treatments, and should maintain these features through as many different tissues of the organism. From a biological point of view, these theoretical requirements of an ideal reference gene appear to be best suited to housekeeping (HK) genes...
July 6, 2017: Molecular Medicine Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28713359/exploring-the-diversity-of-field-strains-of-brucella-abortus-biovar-3-isolated-in-west-africa
#20
Moussa Sanogo, David Fretin, Eric Thys, Claude Saegerman
Brucellosis is one of the most widespread bacterial zoonotic diseases in the world, affecting both humans and domestic and wild animals. Identification and biotyping of field strains of Brucella are of key importance for a better knowledge of the epidemiology of brucellosis, for identifying appropriate antigens, for managing disease outbreaks and for setting up efficient preventive and control programmes. Such data are required both at national and regional level to assess potential threats for public health...
2017: Frontiers in Microbiology
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