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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29328762/patients-experiences-with-at-home-preoperative-skin-disinfection-before-elective-hip-replacement-surgery
#1
Maria Qvistgaard, Sofia Almerud Österberg, Kristiina Heikkilä, Ann-Britt Thorén, Jenny Lovebo
The aim of the study was to describe patients' experiences with preoperative skin disinfection carried out in their home before elective hip replacement surgery with the aim of lowering the microbial burden and avoiding surgical site infections. The literature was reviewed for relevant studies. Optimal preparations before surgery depend on patients being able to assimilate preoperative information and instructions. The study was based on 14 interviews with patients who had undergone elective hip replacement surgery...
July 2017: Journal of Perioperative Practice
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29320820/first-molecular-characterization-of-hypoderma-actaeon-in-cattle-and-red-deer-cervus-elaphus-in-portugal
#2
Haroon Ahmed, Sérgio Ramalho Sousa, Sami Simsek, Sofia Anastácio, Seyma Gunyakti Kilinc
Hypoderma spp. larvae cause subcutaneous myiasis in several animal species. The objective of the present investigation was to identify and characterize morphologically and molecularly the larvae of Hypoderma spp. collected from cattle (Bos taurus taurus) and red deer (Cervus elaphus) in the district of Castelo Branco, Portugal. For this purpose, a total of 8 larvae were collected from cattle (n=2) and red deer (n=6). After morphological identification of Hypoderma spp. larvae, molecular characterization was based on PCR-RFLP and mitochondrial CO1 gene sequence analysis...
December 2017: Korean Journal of Parasitology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29306004/genetic-diversity-and-clonal-characteristics-of-ciprofloxacin-resistant-campylobacter-jejuni-isolated-from-chilean-patients-with-gastroenteritis
#3
Luis Collado, Nataly Muñoz, Lorena Porte, Sofía Ochoa, Carmen Varela, Ivo Muñoz
Campylobacter jejuni is a major cause of acute gastroenteritis worldwide. However, it has also been associated with other diseases such as bacteremia and with several post-infection sequelae. Although campylobacteriosis is usually a self-limited infection, antibiotics are indicated for severe and chronic conditions. Unfortunately, several industrialised nations have reported a substantial increase in antibiotic resistance of C. jejuni. However, there is still a lack of knowledge about the epidemiology of resistance developed by this pathogen in the developing world...
January 3, 2018: Infection, Genetics and Evolution
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29305321/factors-associated-with-symptom-relief-in-end-of-life-care-in-residential-care-homes-a-national-register-based-study
#4
Sofia Andersson, Kristofer Årestedt, Olav Lindqvist, Carl-Johan Fürst, Margareta Brännström
BACKGROUND: Residential care homes (RCHs) are a common place of death. Previous studies have reported a high prevalence of symptoms such as pain and shortness of breath among residents in the last week of life. AIM: To explore the presence of symptoms and symptom relief, and identify factors associated with symptom relief of pain, nausea, anxiety, and shortness of breath among RCH residents in end-of-life care. METHOD: The data consisted of all expected deaths at RCHs registered in the Swedish Register of Palliative Care (n=22 855)...
January 2, 2018: Journal of Pain and Symptom Management
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29303985/desphospho-uncarboxylated-matrix-gla-protein-is-increased-postoperatively-in-cardiovascular-risk-patients
#5
Sofia Dahlberg, Jacob Ede, Leon Schurgers, Cees Vermeer, Thomas Kander, Bengt Klarin, Ulf Schött
BACKGROUND: Matrix Gla protein (MGP) is an extrahepatic protein that is dependent on glutamate carboxylation, a vitamin K-dependent process. Its dysfunctional form, desphospho-uncarboxylated-MGP, has been associated with increased arterial calcification and stiffness. The aim of this study was to measure the degree of postoperative carboxylation of MGP and two other Gla proteins in patients scheduled for abdominal or orthopaedic surgery. METHODS: Forty patients undergoing abdominal or orthopaedic surgery were included...
January 5, 2018: Nutrients
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29302268/time-capsules-in-natural-sediment-archives-tracking-phytoplankton-population-genetic-diversity-and-adaptation-over-multidecadal-timescales-in-the-face-of-environmental-change
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REVIEW
Marianne Ellegaard, Anna Godhe, Sofia Ribeiro
Undisturbed records of resting stages produced in the past and stored in coastal sediments are very valuable to science, because they may provide unique insights into past evolutionary and ecological trajectories. Within marine phytoplankton, multidecadal time series of monoclonal strains germinated from resting stages have been established for diatoms (Skeletonema marinoi) and dinoflagellates (Pentapharsodinium dalei), spanning ca. a century. Phenotypic and genotypic analyses of these time series have revealed effects of past environmental changes on population genetic structure...
January 2018: Evolutionary Applications
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29301509/assessment-of-pirna-biogenesis-and-function-in-testicular-germ-cell-tumors-and-their-precursor-germ-cell-neoplasia-in-situ
#7
Ildar V Gainetdinov, Yulia V Skvortsova, Sofia A Kondratieva, Alexey Klimov, Alexey A Tryakin, Tatyana L Azhikina
BACKGROUND: Aberrant overexpression of PIWI/piRNA pathway proteins is shown for many types of tumors. Interestingly, these proteins are downregulated in testicular germ cell tumors (TGCTs) compared to normal testis tissues. Here, we used germline and TGCT markers to assess the piRNA biogenesis and function in TGCTs and their precursor germ cell neoplasia in situ (GCNIS). METHODS: We used small RNA deep sequencing, qRT-PCR, and mining public RNAseq/small RNA-seq datasets to examine PIWI/piRNA gene expression and piRNA biogenesis at four stages of TGCT development: (i) germ cells in healthy testis tissues, (ii) germ cells in testis tissues adjacent to TGCTs, (iii) GCNIS cells and (iv) TGCT cells...
January 4, 2018: BMC Cancer
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29300856/cutaneous-morbidity-among-inflammatory-bowel-disease-patients-a-cohort-study
#8
Júlia Vide, Filipa Osório, Miguel Costa-Silva, Sofia Lopes, Filomena Azevedo, Cláudia Camila Dias, Sofia Magina, Fernando Magro
Background and aims: Patients afflicted with inflammatory bowel diseases are prone to have cutaneous manifestations. The aim of this study was to investigate their prevalence, type and association to demographic and clinical-related factors. Methods: This was a cross-sectional study. Information relative to patients of a central Portuguese hospital with a definitive diagnosis of an inflammatory bowel disease, who were prospectively recruited, was collected. Results: The final cohort included 342 patients, of whom 62% had Crohn´s disease and 38% had ulcerative colitis...
December 28, 2017: Journal of Crohn's & Colitis
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29278772/metric-learning-with-spectral-graph-convolutions-on-brain-connectivity-networks
#9
Sofia Ira Ktena, Sarah Parisot, Enzo Ferrante, Martin Rajchl, Matthew Lee, Ben Glocker, Daniel Rueckert
Graph representations are often used to model structured data at an individual or population level and have numerous applications in pattern recognition problems. In the field of neuroscience, where such representations are commonly used to model structural or functional connectivity between a set of brain regions, graphs have proven to be of great importance. This is mainly due to the capability of revealing patterns related to brain development and disease, which were previously unknown. Evaluating similarity between these brain connectivity networks in a manner that accounts for the graph structure and is tailored for a particular application is, however, non-trivial...
December 23, 2017: NeuroImage
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29278684/isolation-of-human-lymphocytes-with-high-yield-and-viability-from-the-gastrointestinal-and-female-reproductive-tract-of-a-humanized-drag-mouse
#10
Atef Allam, Kristina K Peachman, Rodrigo Aguilera-Olvera, Sofia Casares, Mangala Rao
The mucosal tissues of the gut and female reproductive tract (FRT) are susceptible to pathogen infections including bacteria, viruses, and parasites, and are also the targets for immune disorders such as Crohn's disease, inflammatory bowel disease (IBD), and many types of cancers. However, the role of the mucosal immune cells to control these diseases is largely unknown. The limited availability of human mucosal biopsy tissue and the low number of cells that can be isolated from these tissues hampers the characterization of the phenotype and function of human mucosal immune cell subsets...
December 23, 2017: Journal of Immunological Methods
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29275168/molecular-analysis-of-thyroglobulin-mutations-found-in-patients-with-goiter-and-hypothyroidism
#11
Sofia Siffo, Ezequiela Adrover, Cintia E Citterio, Mirta B Miras, Viviana A Balbi, Ana Chiesa, Jacques Weill, Gabriela Sobrero, Verónica G González, Patricia Papendieck, Elena Bueno Martinez, Rogelio Gonzalez-Sarmiento, Carina M Rivolta, Héctor M Targovnik
Thyroid dyshormonogenesis due to thyroglobulin (TG) gene mutations have an estimated incidence of approximately 1 in 100,000 newborns. The clinical spectrum ranges from euthyroid to mild or severe hypothyroidism. Up to now, one hundred seventeen deleterious mutations in the TG gene have been identified and characterized. The purpose of the present study was to identify and characterize new mutations in the TG gene. We report eight patients from seven unrelated families with goiter, hypothyroidism and low levels of serum TG...
December 22, 2017: Molecular and Cellular Endocrinology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29274637/large-scale-production-of-a-thermostable-rhodothermus-marinus-cellulase-by-heterologous-secretion-from-streptomyces-lividans
#12
Mohamed Belal Hamed, Spyridoula Karamanou, Solveig Ólafsdottir, Joana Sofia Martins Basílio, Kenneth Simoens, Kostantinos C Tsolis, Lieve Van Mellaert, Eik Elísabet Guðmundsdóttir, Gudmundur Oli Hreggvidsson, Jozef Anné, Kristel Bernaerts, Olafur H Fridjonsson, Anastassios Economou
BACKGROUND: The gene encoding a thermostable cellulase of family 12 was previously isolated from a Rhodothermus marinus through functional screening. CelA is a protein of 260 aminoacyl residues with a 28-residue amino-terminal signal peptide. Mature CelA was poorly synthesized in some Escherichia coli strains and not at all in others. Here we present an alternative approach for its heterologous production as a secreted polypeptide in Streptomyces. RESULTS: CelA was successfully over-expressed as a secreted polypeptide in Streptomyces lividans TK24...
December 23, 2017: Microbial Cell Factories
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29259807/weaker-lower-extremity-muscle-strength-predicts-traumatic-knee-injury-in-youth-female-but-not-male-athletes
#13
Sofia Ryman Augustsson, Eva Ageberg
Background: The role of lower extremity (LE) muscle strength for predicting traumatic knee injury in youth athletes is largely unknown. Aims: The aim was to investigate the influence of LE muscle strength on traumatic knee injury in youth female and male athletes. Methods: 225 athletes (40% females) from sport senior high schools in Sweden were included in this case-control study. The athletes recorded any traumatic knee injury that had occurred during their high-school period in a web-based injury form...
2017: BMJ Open Sport & Exercise Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29238347/langerhans-cells-programmed-by-the-epidermis
#14
REVIEW
Kalum Clayton, Andres F Vallejo, James Davies, Sofia Sirvent, Marta E Polak
Langerhans cells (LCs) reside in the epidermis as a dense network of immune system sentinels. These cells determine the appropriate adaptive immune response (inflammation or tolerance) by interpreting the microenvironmental context in which they encounter foreign substances. In a normal physiological, "non-dangerous" situation, LCs coordinate a continuous state of immune tolerance, preventing unnecessary and harmful immune activation. Conversely, when they sense a danger signal, for example during infection or when the physical integrity of skin has been compromised as a result of a trauma, they instruct T lymphocytes of the adaptive immune system to mount efficient effector responses...
2017: Frontiers in Immunology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29231958/medical-issues-in-playing-the-oboe-a-literature-review
#15
REVIEW
Sofia Banzhoff, Maria Del Mar Ropero, Gabriele Menzel, Tatjana Salmen, Manfred Gross, Philipp P Caffier
Playing a musical instrument can affect physical and mental health. A literature review was conducted to determine the prevalence of health problems among oboists, which medical conditions can be caused or exacerbated by playing, whether oboe playing can be a protective factor, and whether recommendations are possible as to who should or should not play the oboe. Searches in 7 databases (Medline, Embase, Cochrane Library, Web of Science, SocIndex, PsyIndex, Psychinfo) yielded a total of 950 studies; after exclusion of duplicates and those not meeting eligibility criteria, 37 articles were selected for final analysis...
December 2017: Medical Problems of Performing Artists
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29230186/preschool-phonological-and-morphological-awareness-as-longitudinal-predictors-of-early-reading-and-spelling-development-in-greek
#16
Vassiliki Diamanti, Angeliki Mouzaki, Asimina Ralli, Faye Antoniou, Sofia Papaioannou, Athanassios Protopapas
Different language skills are considered fundamental for successful reading and spelling acquisition. Extensive evidence has highlighted the central role of phonological awareness in early literacy experiences. However, many orthographic systems also require the contribution of morphological awareness. The goal of this study was to examine the morphological and phonological awareness skills of preschool children as longitudinal predictors of reading and spelling ability by the end of first grade, controlling for the effects of receptive and expressive vocabulary skills...
2017: Frontiers in Psychology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29228887/can-whole-body-vibration-exercises-affect-growth-hormone-concentration-a-systematic-review
#17
Laisa Liane Paineiras-Domingos, Danúbia da Cunha de Sá-Caputo, Eloá Moreira-Marconi, Danielle Soares Morel, Carla da Fontoura Dionello, Cintia Renata Sousa-Gonçalves, Éric Heleno Freire Ferreira Frederico, Pedro Jesus Marín, Sofia Tamini, Alessandro Sartorio, Mario Bernardo-Filho
Whole body vibration (WBV) has been recognized as an effective alternative exercise modality to resistance exercise for its ability in enhancing force and power, generating capacity in skeletal muscle, increasing bone mass and improving cardiovascular function. Since the effect of WBV exercises on growth hormone (GH) levels has been never compared and discussed, the aim of this study was to review systematically the literature to verify the WBV effects on GH concentration. By using PubMed, Scopus and PEDRo databases with the keywords 'growth hormone' or GH and 'whole body vibration' or WBV, we found and analysed 12 papers (182 subjects recruited), verifying their level of evidence (National Health and Medical Research Council hierarchy of evidence) and the methodological quality (PEDRo scale)...
October 2017: Growth Factors
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29228000/an-in-vivo-assessment-of-the-cholesterol-lowering-efficacy-of-lactobacillus-plantarum-ecgc-13110402-in-normal-to-mildly-hypercholesterolaemic-adults
#18
RANDOMIZED CONTROLLED TRIAL
Adele Costabile, Ivan Buttarazzi, Sofia Kolida, Sara Quercia, Jessica Baldini, Jonathan R Swann, Patrizia Brigidi, Glenn R Gibson
Coronary heart disease (CHD) is one of the major causes of death and disability in industrialised countries, with elevated blood cholesterol an established risk factor. Total plasma cholesterol reduction in populations suffering from primary hypercholesterolemia may lower CHD incidence. This study investigated the cholesterol reducing capacity of Lactobacillus plantarum ECGC 13110402, a strain selected for its high bile salt hydrolase activity, in 49 normal to mildly hypercholesterolaemic adults. Primary efficacy outcomes included effect on blood lipids (total cholesterol (TC), low density lipoproteins (LDL-C), high density lipoproteins (HDL-C) and triacylgycerides (TAG), inflammatory biomarkers and occurrence/severity of gastrointestinal side effects to establish safety and tolerance of the intervention...
2017: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29217318/ghrh-plus-arginine-and-arginine-administration-evokes-the-same-ratio-of-gh-isoforms-levels-in-young-patients-with-prader-willi-syndrome
#19
Antonello E Rigamonti, Antonino Crinò, Sarah Bocchini, Alessio Convertino, Martin Bidlingmaier, Michael Haenelt, Sofia Tamini, Silvano G Cella, Graziano Grugni, Alessandro Sartorio
Human GH is present in pituitary and circulation as several isoforms, the prevalent being 22kDa- and 20kDa-GH. Recently, we have demonstrated the preservation of a normal balance in GH isoforms after GH releasing hormone (GHRH) plus arginine (ARG) administration in adult patients with Prader-Willi syndrome (PWS), one of the most common causes of syndromic obesity, often associated with GH deficiency (GHD). Aim of the present study was to measure circulating levels of 22kDa- and 20kDa-GH in young PWS patients (n=24; F/M: 10/14; genotype UPD/DEL/met+: 11/11/2; age: 10...
November 27, 2017: Growth Hormone & IGF Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29183961/oral-anticoagulants-for-prevention-of-stroke-in-atrial-fibrillation-systematic-review-network-meta-analysis-and-cost-effectiveness-analysis
#20
REVIEW
José A López-López, Jonathan A C Sterne, Howard H Z Thom, Julian P T Higgins, Aroon D Hingorani, George N Okoli, Philippa A Davies, Pritesh N Bodalia, Peter A Bryden, Nicky J Welton, William Hollingworth, Deborah M Caldwell, Jelena Savović, Sofia Dias, Chris Salisbury, Diane Eaton, Annya Stephens-Boal, Reecha Sofat
Objective To compare the efficacy, safety, and cost effectiveness of direct acting oral anticoagulants (DOACs) for patients with atrial fibrillation.Design Systematic review, network meta-analysis, and cost effectiveness analysis. Data sources Medline, PreMedline, Embase, and The Cochrane Library.Eligibility criteria for selecting studies Published randomised trials evaluating the use of a DOAC, vitamin K antagonist, or antiplatelet drug for prevention of stroke in patients with atrial fibrillation.Results 23 randomised trials involving 94 656 patients were analysed: 13 compared a DOAC with warfarin dosed to achieve a target INR of 2...
November 28, 2017: BMJ: British Medical Journal
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