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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29786975/a-comparison-of-one-stage-vs-two-stage-individual-patient-data-meta-analysis-methods-a-simulation-study
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Evangelos Kontopantelis
BACKGROUND: Individual patient data (IPD) meta-analysis allows for the exploration of heterogeneity and can identify subgroups that most benefit from an intervention (or exposure), much more successfully than meta-analysis of aggregate data. One-stage or two-stage IPD meta-analysis is possible, with the former using mixed-effects regression models and the latter obtaining study-estimates through simpler regression models before aggregating using standard meta-analysis methodology. However, a comprehensive comparison of the two methods, in practice, is lacking...
May 22, 2018: Research Synthesis Methods
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29786971/intergenerational-teen-pregnancy-a-population-based-cohort-study
#2
Ning Liu, Simone N Vigod, M Michèle Farrugia, Marcelo L Urquia, Joel G Ray
OBJECTIVE: To estimate the intergenerational association in teenage pregnancy, and whether there is a coupling tendency between a mother and daughter in how their teen pregnancies end, such as an induced abortion (IA) vs. a livebirth. DESIGN: Population-based cohort study. SETTING: Ontario, Canada. POPULATION: 15,097 mothers and their 16,177 daughters. METHODS: Generalized estimating equations generated adjusted odds ratios (aOR) of a daughter experiencing a teen pregnancy in relation to the number of teen pregnancies her mother had...
May 22, 2018: BJOG: An International Journal of Obstetrics and Gynaecology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29786960/the-atomic-resolution-structure-of-a-class-c-%C3%AE-lactamase-and-of-its-complex-with-avibactam
#3
Stefano Mangani, Cecilia Pozzi, Flavio Di Pisa, Filomena De Luca, Manuela Benvenuti, Jean-Denis Docquier
β-lactamases (BLs) are important antibiotic resistance determinants that significantly compromise the efficacy of valuable β-lactam antibacterial drugs. For that reason, combinations with β-lactamase inhibitor were developed. Avibactam is the first non-β-lactam BL inhibitor introduced in clinical practice. Ceftazidime-avibactam represents one of the few last-resort antibiotics available for the treatment of infections caused by near pandrug-resistant bacteria. TRU-1 is a chromosomally-encoded AmpC-type BL of Aeromonas enteropelogenes, related to the FOX-type BLs and constitutes a good model for class C BLs...
May 22, 2018: ChemMedChem
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29786958/variability-in-student-perceptions-of-mistreatment
#4
Samantha Ellis, Joel Purkiss, Emily Abdoler, Amanda Opaskar, Rajesh S Mangrulkar, Joseph C Kolars, Sally A Santen
BACKGROUND: As medical schools strive to improve the learning environment, it is important to understand medical students' perceptions of mistreatment. The purpose of this study was to explore student interpretations of previously reported mistreatment incidents to better understand how they conceptualise the interactions. METHODS: Medical students were presented with case scenarios of previously reported instances of mistreatment and asked to indicate their agreement as to whether the scenarios demonstrated mistreatment, using a five-point Likert scale (1, strongly disagree; 5, strongly agree)...
May 22, 2018: Clinical Teacher
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29786957/statistical-approaches-to-adjusting-weights-for-dependent-arms-in-network-meta-analysis
#5
Yu-Xuan Su, Yu-Kang Tu
Network meta-analysis compares multiple treatments in terms of their efficacy and harm by including evidence from randomized controlled trials. Most clinical trials use parallel design, where patients are randomly allocated to different treatments and receive only one treatment. However, some trials use within person designs such as split-body, split-mouth and cross-over designs, where each patient may receive more than one treatment. Data from treatment arms within these trials are no longer independent, so the correlations between dependent arms need to be accounted for within the statistical analyses...
May 22, 2018: Research Synthesis Methods
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29786943/integrating-a-comprehensive-dna-barcode-reference-library-with-a-global-map-of-yews-taxus-l-for-forensic-identification
#6
Jie Liu, Richard I Milne, Michael Möller, Guang-Fu Zhu, Lin-Jiang Ye, Ya-Huang Luo, Jun-Bo Yang, Moses Cheloti Wambulwa, Chun-Neng Wang, De-Zhu Li, Lian-Ming Gao
Rapid and accurate identification of endangered species is a critical component of bio-surveillance and conservation management, and potentially policing illegal trades. However, this is often not possible using traditional taxonomy, especially where only small or pre-processed parts of plants are available. Reliable identification can be achieved via a comprehensive DNA barcode reference library, accompanied by precise distribution data. However, these require extensive sampling at spatial and taxonomic scales, which has rarely been achieved for cosmopolitan taxa...
May 22, 2018: Molecular Ecology Resources
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29786932/bandgap-tunable-preparation-of-smooth-and-large-two-dimensional-antimonene
#7
Xin Wang, Junjie He, Benqing Zhou, Youming Zhang, Jiatao Wu, Rui Hu, Liwei Liu, Jun Song, Junle Qu
As a highly stable bandgap semiconductor, antimonene is an intriguing two-dimensional (2D) material in optoelectronics. However, its short layer distance and strong binding energy make it challenging to prepare high-quality large 2D antimonene; therefore, its predicted tunable bandgap has not been experimentally confirmed. In this work, we used a novel and simple approach to prepare smooth and large 2D antimonene with uniform layers through a pregrinding and subsequent sonication-assisted liquid-phase exfoliation process...
May 22, 2018: Angewandte Chemie
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29786928/evaluation-of-medication-dose-omissions-amongst-inpatients-in-a-hospital-using-an-electronic-medication-management-system
#8
Katherine V Hunt, Andrew M Harding, Simone E Taylor, Colin Curtain
RATIONALE, AIMS, AND OBJECTIVES: Whilst many dose omissions cause no patient harm, inappropriate dose omissions have been associated with increased length of hospital stay, risk of sepsis, and mortality. This study aimed to comprehensively describe the prevalence and nature of omitted doses overall and of high risk medication dose omissions in an organization using an electronic Medication Management System. METHODS: A retrospective cross-sectional study was undertaken in an Australian tertiary referral health service...
May 22, 2018: Journal of Evaluation in Clinical Practice
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29786924/reproductive-ecology-of-ocotea-catharinensis-an-endangered-tree-species
#9
Tiago Montagna, Juliano Zago da Silva, Tiago Georg Pickart, Maurício Sedrez Dos Reis
Ocotea catharinensis (Lauraceae) is an endangered tree species from the Brazilian Atlantic Rainforest. Currently, little is known about the reproductive ecology of this species. Aiming to propose conservation measures, we described aspects related to phenology, floral biology, pollination, seed dispersal, and mating system of O. catharinensis. We conducted phenological observations in 62 individuals for two years. In one reproductive event, we evaluated nectar production, stigmatic receptivity, and pollen viability...
May 22, 2018: Plant Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29786922/finding-factors-that-predict-treatment-resistant-depression-results-of-a-cohort-study
#10
M Soledad Cepeda, Jenna Reps, Patrick Ryan
BACKGROUND: Treatment for depressive disorders often requires subsequent interventions. Patients who do not respond to antidepressants have treatment-resistant depression (TRD). Predicting who will develop TRD may help healthcare providers make more effective treatment decisions. We sought to identify factors that predict TRD in a real-world setting using claims databases. METHODS: A retrospective cohort study was conducted in a US claims database of adult subjects with newly diagnosed and treated depression with no mania, dementia, and psychosis...
May 22, 2018: Depression and Anxiety
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29786912/ylide-ligands-as-building-blocks-for-bioactive-group-11-metal-complexes
#11
M Concepción Gimeno, Alice Johnson, Isabel Marzo
The reactivity of the phosphonium salt, (cyanomethyl)triphenylphosphonium chloride, and the ylide, triphenylphosphoniumcyanomethylide, towards group eleven metal complexes is described. Mononuclear neutral gold(I) and gold(III) complexes of the type [AuX{CH(CN)PPh3}] or [AuX3{CH(CN)PPh3}], and cationic derivatives such as [AuL{CH(CN)PPh3}]X have been prepared. Surprisingly the cationic gold species could only be prepared with ligands with a large steric hindrance such as bulky NHCs or the JohnPhos phosphine, in contrast with silver and copper derivatives which have dimeric structures with coordination to the cyano group of the ylide...
May 22, 2018: Chemistry: a European Journal
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29786905/quasi-3d-structured-interfaces-by-polymer-brushes
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REVIEW
Edmondo M Benetti
The fabrication of polymer brushes via surface-initiated controlled radical polymerizations has progressively developed beyond a simple surface functionalization technique, enabling the design of complex polymer interfaces with a quasi-3D molecular organization. The modulation of polymer brush structure has led to an extremely broad tuning potential for technologically relevant interfacial, physicochemical properties, allowing one to precisely tune swelling, nanomechanical, and nanotribological characteristics of polymer films...
May 22, 2018: Macromolecular Rapid Communications
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29786897/targeted-next-generation-sequencing-for-the-diagnosis-of-patients-with-rare-congenital-anemias
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Noa Shefer Averbuch, Orna Steinberg-Shemer, Orly Dgany, Tanya Krasnov, Sharon Noy-Lotan, Joanne Yacobovich, Amir A Kuperman, Antonis Kattamis, Ayelet Ben Barak, Batia Roth-Jelinek, Evgeni Chubar, Evelyn Shabad, Gustavo Dufort, Martin Ellis, Ofir Wolach, Idit Pazgal, Abed Abu Quider, Hagit Miskin, Hannah Tamary
BACKGROUND: Most patients with anemia are diagnosed through clinical phenotype and basic laboratory testing. Nonetheless, in cases of rare congenital anemias, some patients remain undiagnosed despite undergoing an exhaustive workup. Genetic testing is complicated by the large number of genes involved in rare anemias and the similarities in the clinical presentation of the different syndromes. OBJECTIVE: We aimed to enhance the diagnosis of patients with congenital anemias by using targeted next-generation sequencing...
May 22, 2018: European Journal of Haematology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29786887/perovskite-solar-cells-with-inorganic-electron-and-hole-transport-layers-exhibiting-long-term-%C3%A2-500-h-stability-at-85-%C3%A2-c-under-continuous-1-sun-illumination-in-ambient-air
#14
Seongrok Seo, Seonghwa Jeong, Changdeuck Bae, Nam-Gyu Park, Hyunjung Shin
Despite the high power conversion efficiency (PCE) of perovskite solar cells (PSCs), poor long-term stability is one of the main obstacles preventing their commercialization. Several approaches to enhance the stability of PSCs have been proposed. However, an accelerating stability test of PSCs at high temperature under the operating conditions in ambient air remains still to be demonstrated. Herein, interface-engineered stable PSCs with inorganic charge-transport layers are shown. The highly conductive Al-doped ZnO films act as efficient electron-transporting layers as well as dense passivation layers...
May 22, 2018: Advanced Materials
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29786870/the-association-between-local-atherosclerosis-of-the-prostatic-artery-and-benign-prostatic-enlargement-in-humans-putative-mechanism-of-chronic-ischemia-for-prostatic-enlargement
#15
Nobuhiro Haga, Hidenori Akaihata, Junya Hata, Ken Aikawa, Tomohiko Yanagida, Kanako Matsuoka, Tomoyuki Koguchi, Seiji Hoshi, Soichiro Ogawa, Masao Kataoka, Yuichi Sato, Kei Ishibashi, Osamu Suzuki, Yuko Hashimoto, Yoshiyuki Kojima
BACKGROUND: To investigate the possible pathogenesis of the benign prostatic enlargement (BPE) induced by local atherosclerosis, the association between local atherosclerosis and prostatic enlargement was investigated, and molecular biological analyses were performed using human prostatectomy specimens. METHODS: A total of 69 consecutive patients who underwent robot-assisted radical prostatectomy (RARP) participated in this prospective study. To evaluate actual local atherosclerosis, prostatic arteries were removed during RARP...
May 21, 2018: Prostate
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29786866/characterization-of-efficacy-and-safety-of-pathogen-inactivated-and-quarantine-plasma-in-routine-use-for-treatment-of-acquired-immune-thrombotic-thrombocytopenic-purpura
#16
R Herbrecht, M Ojeda-Uribe, D Kientz, C Fohrer, A Bohbot, O Hinschberger, K-L Liu, E Remy, C Ernst, J-S Lin, L Corash, J P Cazenave
BACKGROUND: Auto-immune thrombotic thrombocytopenic purpura (TTP) is a morbid multi-organ disorder. Cardiac involvement not recognized in initial disease descriptions is a major cause of morbidity. Therapeutic plasma exchange (TPE) requires exposure to multiple plasma donors with risk of transfusion-transmitted infection (TTI). Pathogen inactivation (PI) with amotosalen-UVA, the INTERCEPT Blood System for Plasma (IBSP) is licensed to reduce TTI risk. METHODS: An open-label, retrospective study evaluated the efficacy of quarantine plasma (QP) and IBSP in TTP and defined treatment emergent cardiac abnormalities...
May 21, 2018: Vox Sanguinis
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29786865/infection-with-phytopathogenic-bacterium-inhibits-melatonin-biosynthesis-decreases-longevity-of-its-vector-and-suppresses-the-free-radical-defense
#17
Yasser Nehela, Nabil Killiny
Vector-borne phytopathogenic bacteria may alter the reproductive fitness, survival, behavior, and metabolism of their vectors. Candidatus Liberibacter asiaticus (CLas) is associated with the Huanglongbing (HLB; also known as citrus greening disease), one of the most destructive citrus diseases worldwide, and transmitted by Asian citrus psyllid, Diaphorina citri (Insecta, Hemiptera, Liviidae). The genome sequencing of CLas revealed that it does not have the ability to synthesize tryptophan, the precursor of melatonin, and it must acquire it from its host plant or insect vector to achieve its biological processes, such as growth and multiplication...
May 22, 2018: Journal of Pineal Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29786864/testing-the-roles-of-vertical-transmission-and-drought-stress-in-the-prevalence-of-heritable-fungal-endophytes-in-annual-grass-populations
#18
Brittany R Cavazos, Teresa F Bohner, Marion L Donald, Michelle E Sneck, Alan Shadow, Marina Omacini, Jennifer A Rudgers, Tom E X Miller
Beneficial inherited symbionts are expected to reach high prevalence in host populations, yet many are observed at intermediate prevalence. Theory predicts that a balance of fitness benefits and efficiency of vertical transmission may interact to stabilize intermediate prevalence. We established populations of grass hosts (Lolium multiflorum) that varied in prevalence of a heritable fungal endophyte (Epichloё occultans), allowing us to infer long-term equilibria by tracking change in prevalence over one generation...
May 22, 2018: New Phytologist
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29786859/synergistic-effects-of-abiotic-stresses-in-plants-a-case-study-of-nitrogen-limitation-and-saturating-light-intensity-in-arabidopsis-thaliana
#19
Itay Cohen, Tal Rapaport, Vered Chalifa-Caspi, Shimon Rachmilevitch
Under natural conditions, plants are regularly exposed to combinations of stress factors. A common example is the conjunction between nitrogen (N) deficiency and excess light. The combined effect of stress factors is often ignored in studies using controlled conditions, possibly resulting in misleading conclusions. To address this issue, the current study examined the physiological behavior of Arabidopsis thaliana under the effect of varying nitrogen levels and light intensities. The joint influence of low N and excess light had an adverse effect on plant growth, chlorophyll and anthocyanin concentrations, photochemical capacity, and the abundance of proteins involved in carbon assimilation and anti-oxidative metabolism...
May 22, 2018: Physiologia Plantarum
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29786855/speciation-of-bio-available-iodine-in-abalone-haliotis-discus-hannai-by-high-performance-liquid-chromatography-hyphenated-with-inductively-coupled-plasma-mass-spectrometry-using-an-in-vitro-method
#20
Han Sol Doh, Hyun Jin Park
Abalone is one of the most valuable marine products found in East Asia because it is rich in nutritious substances including iodine. In this study, the in vitro dialyzability approach was used to assess the bio-available iodine species in abalone. Iodide, iodate, 3-iodo-L-tyrosine (MIT), and 3,5-diiodo-L-tyrosine (DIT) were separated by high-performance liquid chromatography hyphenated with inductively coupled plasma-mass spectrometry (HPLC-ICP-MS). To assure the consistency, reliability, and accuracy of the data, the method was validated...
May 22, 2018: Journal of Food Science
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