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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28648029/-effects-of-overexpression-of-human-tissue-inhibitor-of-metalloproteinase-1-on-the-inflammatory-response-in-rats-with-myocardial-infarction-and-related-mechanisms
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L L Zhao, Y Q Song, Y Zhang, Y Shi, M Ren, S Liu, Y M Mao
Objective: To observe the effects of recombinant adenovirus with human tissue inhibitor of metalloproteinase-1(Ad-hTIMP-1) on the inflammatory response in rats with myocardial infarction (MI) and explore the related mechanisms. Methods: The male Wistar rats were randomly divided into sham-operated group, saline group, Ad-Track group and Ad-hTIMP-1 group according to the random number table (n=8 each group). MI was induced by ligation of the left anterior descending coronary artery and MI rats were injected with saline, Ad-Track and Ad-hTIMP-1, respectively...
June 24, 2017: Zhonghua Xin Xue Guan Bing za Zhi
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28648025/-comparison-of-aortic-valve-dysfunction-and-ascending-aorta-dimension-between-patients-with-different-bicuspid-aortic-valve-morphology
#2
X S Ren, Y T Yu, K Liu, Z H Hou, Y Gao, W H Yin, B Lyu
Objective: To compare the characteristics of aortic valve dysfunction and ascending aorta dimension in patients with different bicuspid aortic valve (BAV) morphology. Methods: A total of 197 patients who underwent aortic valve replacement between April 2014 and March 2015 and were diagnosed with BAV by pathology were included, and their clinical data were retrospectively analyzed. Patients were divided into raphe(+) group(109 cases) and raphe(-) group(88 cases) according to the presence or absence of raphe, and L-R group(fusion of left and right cusp, 125 cases) and L/R-N group(fusion of left or right and noncoronary cusp, 72 cases) according to fusion type of the cusps...
June 24, 2017: Zhonghua Xin Xue Guan Bing za Zhi
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28647925/psychobehavioral-effects-of-meditation
#3
Mieczyslaw Pokorski, Anna Suchorzynska
Meditation is an increasingly popular psychobehavioral therapy. Various meditation techniques in use make it hard to objectively scrutinize the psychological benefits. Therefore, in this study we set out to examine the effects of two fundamentally different meditative techniques, Zazen, 'seated meditation', in which the body and mind are calmed, and Tai Chi, 'meditation in motion', based on energetic martial art performance. The aim was to compare the effects of both techniques on personality structure, emotional intelligence, mood, and coping with stress...
June 25, 2017: Advances in Experimental Medicine and Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28647842/excellent-healing-rates-and-patient-satisfaction-after-arthroscopic-repair-of-medium-to-large-rotator-cuff-tears-with-a-single-row-technique-augmented-with-bone-marrow-vents
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Brian D Dierckman, Jake J Ni, Ronald P Karzel, Mark H Getelman
PURPOSE: This study evaluated the repair integrity and patient clinical outcomes following arthroscopic rotator cuff repair of medium to large rotator cuff tears using a single-row technique consisting of medially based, triple-loaded anchors augmented with bone marrow vents in the rotator cuff footprint lateral to the repair. METHODS: This is a retrospective study of 52 patients (53 shoulders) comprising 36 males and 16 females with a median age of 62 (range 44-82) with more than 24-month follow-up, tears between 2 and 4 cm in the anterior-posterior dimension and utilizing triple-loaded anchors...
June 24, 2017: Knee Surgery, Sports Traumatology, Arthroscopy: Official Journal of the ESSKA
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28647670/temperament-and-character-profile-of-college-students-who-have-suicidal-ideas-or-have-attempted-suicide
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Kounseok Lee, Hye-Kyung Lee, Seok Hyeon Kim
OBJECTIVE: Suicide is a major cause of death in university students. Personality traits have been suggested as possible risk factors for suicidal behaviors. This study looked at the relationship between the personality dimensions of the Temperament and Character Inventory (TCI) and suicidal behaviors. METHOD: A total of 5644 college students took the TCI test and the suicidality module of the M.I.N.I. The students were divided into the suicidal ideation group (n = 302; 5...
June 13, 2017: Journal of Affective Disorders
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28647664/patient-perceived-responsiveness-of-primary-care-systems-across-europe-and-the-relationship-with-the-health-expenditure-and-remuneration-systems-of-primary-care-doctors
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Anna Maria Murante, Chiara Seghieri, Milena Vainieri, Willemijn L A Schäfer
BACKGROUND: Health systems are expected to be responsive, that is to provide services that are user-oriented and respectful of people. Several surveys have tried to measure all or some of the dimensions of the responsiveness (e.g. autonomy, choice, clarity of communication, confidentiality, dignity, prompt attention, quality of basic amenities, and access to family and community support), however there is little evidence regarding the level of responsiveness of primary care (PC) systems...
June 6, 2017: Social Science & Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28647645/adding-dimension-to-cellular-mechanotransduction-advances-in-biomedical-engineering-of-multiaxial-cell-stretch-systems-and-their-application-to-cardiovascular-biomechanics-and-mechano-signaling
#7
REVIEW
O Friedrich, D Schneidereit, Y A Nikolaev, V Nikolova-Krstevski, S Schürmann, A Wirth-Hücking, A L Merten, D Fatkin, B Martinac
Hollow organs (e.g. heart) experience pressure-induced mechanical wall stress sensed by molecular mechano-biosensors, including mechanosensitive ion channels, to translate into intracellular signaling. For direct mechanistic studies, stretch devices to apply defined extensions to cells adhered to elastomeric membranes have stimulated mechanotransduction research. However, most engineered systems only exploit unilateral cellular stretch. In addition, it is often taken for granted that stretch applied by hardware translates 1:1 to the cell membrane...
June 21, 2017: Progress in Biophysics and Molecular Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28647613/validating-a-two-dimensional-bipolar-spectrum-model-integrating-dsm-5-s-mixed-features-specifier-for-major-depressive-disorder
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Panagiotis Ferentinos, Konstantinos N Fountoulakis, Cathryn M Lewis, Evgenia Porichi, Dimitris Dikeos, Charalambos Papageorgiou, Athanassios Douzenis
INTRODUCTION: The literature on DSM-5's 'Major Depressive Disorder with lifetime mixed features' (MDD-MF) is limited. This study investigated MDD-MF's potential inclusion into a bipolar spectrum. METHODS: We recruited 287 patients with Bipolar I disorder (BD-I), BD-II, MDD-MF or 'MDD without lifetime mixed features' (MDD-noMF); most (N=280) were stabilized for at least one year on medication. Sixteen validators (clinical features, psychiatric family history, temperament, stabilizing treatment) were compared across groups and subjected to trend analyses...
June 16, 2017: Comprehensive Psychiatry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28647448/simulation-of-images-of-cdmam-phantom-and-the-estimation-of-measurement-uncertainties-of-threshold-gold-thickness
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Alistair Mackenzie, Timothy D Eales, Hannah L Dunn, Mary Yip Braidley, David R Dance, Kenneth C Young
PURPOSE: To demonstrate a method of simulating mammography images of the CDMAM phantom and to investigate the coefficient of variation (CoV) in the threshold gold thickness (tT) measurements associated with use of the phantom. METHODS: The noise and sharpness of Hologic Dimensions and GE Essential mammography systems were characterized to provide data for the simulation. The simulation method was validated by comparing the tT results of real and simulated images of the CDMAM phantom for three different doses and the two systems...
June 21, 2017: Physica Medica: PM
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28647223/fluid-dynamics-model-on-fluidized-bed-gasifier-using-agro-industrial-biomass-as-fuel
#10
Tamer M Ismail, M Abd El-Salam, Eliseu Monteiro, Abel Rouboa
The present study shows the experimental and numerical results of thermal gasification of biomass, on the energy potential of agro-industrial waste from the Portalegre region. Gasification tests were performed in a pilot-scale fluidized bed gasifier, in order to study the behavior of peach stones and miscanthus to investigate the effect of gasification temperatures at 750°C, 800°C and 850°C at a constant biomass flow rate of 45kg/h. In order to optimize the operating conditions of the biomass gasification process, a numerical model is developed namely COMMENT code...
June 21, 2017: Waste Management
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28647094/long-term-prognosis-of-hematogenous-vertebral-osteomyelitis-mortality-quality-of-life-and-pain
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Terufumi Kokabu, Masahiko Takahata, Nobuhisa Ishiguro, Norimasa Iwasaki
BACKGROUND: Hematogenous vertebral osteomyelitis (HVO) has a generally favorable prognosis if appropriate treatment is initiated in its early phase; however, some intractable cases with HVO can develop neurological impairment as well as spinal deformity during the course of treatment and these sequelae may lead to impaired quality of life (QOL). In this study, we aimed to evaluate the long-term relapse rate, mortality, and QOL of patients with HVO. METHODS: In this retrospective case series study, medical records of 60 patients with HVO with a mean follow-up period of 8 years (5-23 years) were reviewed to assess demographic data, details of infection, and clinical course...
June 21, 2017: Journal of Orthopaedic Science: Official Journal of the Japanese Orthopaedic Association
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28646907/dimensions-of-social-capital-of-families-with-thalassemia-in-an-indigenous-population-in-tamil-nadu-india-a-qualitative-study
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Bharathi Palanisamy, Kalpana Kosalram, Vijayaprasad Gopichandran
BACKGROUND: Studies have shown that social capital is positively associated with health, and the association is context-based. Indigenous populations with poor access to health care largely depend on social capital for their health care needs. This study was conducted to explore the dimensions and types of social capital and its utilization by families with thalassemia for their health and well-being in an indigenous population in Tamil Nadu, India. METHODS: The participants in the study were parents who had children with thalassemia, belonged to an indigenous community in Tamil Nadu, were poor and marginalized, and had poor access to health care...
June 24, 2017: International Journal for Equity in Health
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28646878/achieving-sustainability-in-health-information-systems-a-field-tested-measure-of-country-ownership
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Stephanie Watson-Grant, Khou Xiong, James C Thomas
BACKGROUND: A country will trust, value, and use, its health information system (HIS) to the extent it has had a role in its creation and maintenance. A sense of ownership contributes in turn to the long-term sustainability of the HIS, and thus the country's ability to monitor and evaluate population health and health services. To facilitate progress toward greater ownership, we developed and tested a tool to measure the country's ownership of its monitoring and evaluation (M&E) system...
June 24, 2017: Globalization and Health
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28646843/household-food-insecurity-is-associated-with-health-related-quality-of-life-in-rural-type-2-diabetic-patients
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Ali Gholami, Maryam Khazaee-Pool, Negar Rezaee, Bahareh Amirkalali, Abbas A Bbasi Ghahremanlo, Farhad Moradpour, Abdolalhalim Rajabi, Masoud Reza Sohrabi, Reyhaneh Yarmohammadi, Zahra Mousavi Jahromi
BACKGROUND: Health-related quality of life (HRQOL) is associated with household food insecurity (HFI). However, the studies examining the relationship between HFI and HRQOL in patients with type 2 diabetes are scarce. Thus, this study was designed to examine the relationship between HFI and HRQOL in rural type 2 diabetic patients. METHODS: In this cross-sectional study, we included 1847 rural patients with type 2 diabetes in Neyshabur from April to July 2012. HRQOL and HFI were measured with 36-item HRQOL (SF-36) and 6-item version of Household Food Security questionnaires, respectively...
June 2017: Archives of Iranian Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28646788/muscle-dysmorphia-and-psychopathology-findings-from-an-italian-sample-of-male-bodybuilders
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Claudio Longobardi, Laura Elvira Prino, Matteo Angelo Fabris, Michele Settanni
The aim of this study is to investigate the relationship between the risk of muscle dysmorphia and psychopathological symptoms in an Italian sample of male bodybuilders. METHOD: The sample was recruited online (145 men with a mean age of 30.0 years) and participants were asked to fill out the Muscle Dysmorphic Disorder Inventory (MDDI), Symptom Cheklist-90-R (SCL-90-R), Dissociative Experiences Scale (DES-II), and to provide other socio-demographic data. Bodybuilders at risk of muscle dysmorphia display greater global psychopathology and present higher scores on all SCL-90-R dimensions when compared to bodybuilders not at risk of muscle dysmorphia...
June 17, 2017: Psychiatry Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28646661/congruent-bodily-arousal-promotes-the-constructive-recognition-of-emotional-words
#16
Anne Kever, Delphine Grynberg, Nicolas Vermeulen
Considerable research has shown that bodily states shape affect and cognition. Here, we examined whether transient states of bodily arousal influence the categorization speed of high arousal, low arousal, and neutral words. Participants realized two blocks of a constructive recognition task, once after a cycling session (increased arousal), and once after a relaxation session (reduced arousal). Results revealed overall faster response times for high arousal compared to low arousal words, and for positive compared to negative words...
June 21, 2017: Consciousness and Cognition
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28646497/geometrical-principles-of-homomeric-%C3%AE-barrels-and-%C3%AE-helices-application-to-modelling-amyloid-protofilaments
#17
Steven Hayward, E James Milner-White
Examples of homomeric β-helices and β-barrels have recently emerged. Here we generalise the theory for the shear number in β-barrels to encompass β-helices and homomeric structures. We introduce the concept of the "β-strip", the set of parallel or antiparallel neighbouring strands, from which the whole helix can be generated giving it n-fold rotational symmetry. In this context the shear number is interpreted as the sum around the helix of the fixed register shift between neighbouring identical β-strips...
June 24, 2017: Proteins
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28646416/assessing-preference-based-outcome-measures-for-overactive-bladder-an-evaluation-of-patient-reported-outcome-data-from-the-beside-clinical-trial
#18
REVIEW
Mike Herdman, Jameel Nazir, Zalmai Hakimi, Emad Siddiqui, Moses Huang, Marco Pavesi, Scott MacDiarmid, Marcus J Drake, Nancy Devlin
OBJECTIVES: The aim of this study was to compare outcomes using two preference-based measures of health status (EQ-5D-5L and OAB-5D) in patients with overactive bladder (OAB) treated with solifenacin plus mirabegron or solifenacin monotherapy in the BESIDE trial. METHODS: Patients with OAB who remained incontinent after 4 weeks' treatment with solifenacin 5 mg were randomized 1:1:1 to combination treatment (solifenacin 5 mg plus mirabegron [25 mg for the first 4 weeks/50 mg for the last 8 weeks]), solifenacin 5 mg, or solifenacin 10 mg...
June 23, 2017: Patient
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28646403/routine-ct-angiography-to-detect-severe-coronary-artery-disease-prior-to-transcatheter-aortic-valve-replacement
#19
S Chava, G Gentchos, A Abernethy, B Leavitt, E Terrien, H L Dauerman
Patients undergoing TAVR undergo routine CT angiography (CTA) to assess aorto-iliac pathology and annular dimensions. While coronary CTA may exclude severe CAD in younger patients, its efficacy in defining CAD severity prior to TAVR may be limited. We retrospectively studied 50 consecutive patients undergoing both invasive coronary angiography (ICA) and routine pre-TAVR CTA. Severe CAD was defined as ≥50% stenosis by quantitative coronary angiography and compared to a blinded CTA visual estimation of ≥50% stenosis...
June 23, 2017: Journal of Thrombosis and Thrombolysis
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28646197/upregulate-kif4a-enhances-proliferation-invasion-of-hepatocellular-carcinoma-and-indicates-poor-prognosis-across-human-cancer-types
#20
Guojun Hou, Chuanpeng Dong, Zihui Dong, Gang Liu, Huilin Xu, Lei Chen, Lei Liu, Hongyang Wang, Weiping Zhou
Hepatocellular carcinoma (HCC) is one of the most aggressive and heterogeneous cancers worldwide. Herein, we demonstrate KIF4A (Chromosome-associated kinesin KIF4A) as a potential biomarker, is up-regulated in most samples of HCC. The expression level of KIF4A in tumor tissue is significantly associated with the survival time, and a significant correlation between KIF4A expression and clinical information stage, metastasis and tumor dimension was observed. We further measured the proliferation and migration ability of two HCC cell lines, HCC-LM3 and PLC/PRF/5, following KIF4A-siRNA transfection...
June 23, 2017: Scientific Reports
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