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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28231694/exterior-egg-quality-as-affected-by-enrichment-resources-layout-in-furnished-laying-hen-cages
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Xiang Li, Donghua Chen, Fanyu Meng, Yingying Su, Lisha Wang, Runxiang Zhang, Jianhong Li, Jun Bao
Objective: This study aimed to investigate the effects of enrichment resources (a perch, dustbath and nest) layout in furnished laying-hen cages (FC) on exterior quality of eggs. Methods: One hundred and sixty-eight (168) Hy-Line Brown laying hens at 16 weeks of age were randomly distributed to four treatments: small furnished cages (SFC), medium furnished cages type I (MFC-I), medium furnished cages type II (MFC-II), and medium furnished cages type III (MFC-III)...
February 23, 2017: Asian-Australasian Journal of Animal Sciences
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28231687/the-assessment-of-disease-characteristics-on-multiple-sclerosis-patients-quality-of-life-in-iran
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Aziz Rezapoor, Abdollah Almasian Kia, Sahar Goodarzi, Mojtaba Hasoumi, Soraya Nouraei Motlagh, Sajad Vahedi
Objectives: The aim of this study was to assess the quality of life in patients with multiple sclerosis, and predict the effect of MS characteristics such as disease course, disease severity and relapse on patients' quality of life. Methods: In a cross-sectional study, 171 patients enrolled in the study. The health related quality of life were assessed through Persian version of MSQoL54 questionnaire. To measure patients' disability status, we used Expanded Disability Status Scale (EDSS)...
February 19, 2017: Epidemiology and Health
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28231634/from-endogenous-to-exogenous-pattern-formation-invasive-plant-species-changes-the-spatial-distribution-of-a-native-ant
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Kevin Li, Yifan He, Susanna K Campbell, A Shawn Colborn, Eliot L Jackson, Austin Martin, Ivan V Monagan, Theresa Wei Ying Ong, Ivette Perfecto
Invasive species are a significant threat to global biodiversity, but our understanding of how invasive species impact native communities across space and time remains limited. Based on observations in an old field in Southeast Michigan spanning 35 years, our study documents significant impacts of habitat change, likely driven by the invasion of the shrub, Elaeagnus umbellata, on the nest distribution patterns and population demographics of a native ant species, Formica obscuripes. Landcover change in aerial photos indicates that E...
February 23, 2017: Global Change Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28231597/predictors-of-cesarean-delivery-in-pregnant-women-with-gestational-diabetes-mellitus
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Carmem Luiza Lucht Gascho, Danieli Mayumi Kimura Leandro, Thiago Ribeiro E Silva, Jean Carl Silva
Purpose The aim of this study was to evaluate which risk factors may lead patients with gestational diabetes mellitus to cesarean delivery. Methods This was a retrospective, descriptive study. The subjects of the study were pregnant women with gestational diabetes mellitus attending a public maternity hospital in the south of Brazil. The primary outcomes assessed were based on maternal and fetal characteristics. The data were correlated using an odds ratio (OR) with a 95% confidence interval (95%CI), calculated using multinomial logistic regression...
February 23, 2017: Revista Brasileira de Ginecologia e Obstetrícia
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28231557/comparison-of-body-s-center-of-mass-motion-relative-to-center-of-pressure-between-treadmill-and-over-ground-walking
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Hsuan-Lun Lu, Tung-Wu Lu, Hsiu-Chen Lin, Wing P Chan
Treadmills have been used in rehabilitation settings to provide convenient protocols and continuous monitoring of movement over multiple cycles at well-controlled speeds for gait and balance training. However, the potential differences in the movement control may affect the translation of the training outcomes to real life over-ground walking (OW). The similarities and differences in the balance control between treadmill walking (TW) and OW have largely been unexplored. The current study bridged the gap by comparing the motions of the body's center of mass (COM) relative to the center of pressure (COP) between TW and OW, in terms of the COM-COP inclination angle (IA) and its rate of change (RCIA)...
February 9, 2017: Gait & Posture
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28231521/therapeutic-journey-of-2-4-thiazolidinediones-as-a-versatile-scaffold-an-insight-into-structure-activity-relationship
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Mohd Javed Naim, Md Jahangir Alam, Shujauddin Ahmad, Farah Nawaz, Neelima Shrivastava, Meeta Sahu, Ozair Alam
Thiazolidinedione is an important heterocyclic ring system, a pharmacophore and a privileged scaffold in medicinal chemistry; is a derivative of thiazolidine ring which came into existence for its role as antihyperglycemic agent and a specific ligand of PPAR's (Peroxisome proliferator activated receptor). Exhaustive research has led to determination of its vast biological profile with wide range of therapeutic applications. This review covers recent pharmacological advancements of thiazolidinedione moiety along with structure activity relationship so as to provide better correlation among different structures and their receptor interactions...
February 20, 2017: European Journal of Medicinal Chemistry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28231433/discovery-of-a-potent-and-selective-sphingosine-kinase-1-inhibitor-through-the-molecular-combination-of-chemotype-distinct-screening-hits
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Mark E Schnute, Matthew D McReynolds, Jeffrey Carroll, Jill E Chrencik, Maureen K Highkin, Kaliapan Iyanar, Gina Jerome, John W Rains, Matthew Saabye, Jeffrey A Scholten, Matthew Yates, Marek M Nagiec
Sphingosine kinase (SphK) is the major source of the lipid mediator and GPCR agonist sphingosine-1-phosphate (S1P). S1P promotes cell growth, survival and migration and is a key regulator of lymphocyte trafficking. Inhibition of S1P signaling has been proposed as a strategy for treatment of inflammatory diseases and cancer. Two different formats of an enzyme based high-throughput screen yielded two attractive chemotypes capable of inhibiting S1P formation in cells. The molecular combination of these screening hits led to compound 22a (PF-543) with two orders of magnitude improved potency...
February 23, 2017: Journal of Medicinal Chemistry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28231432/dismantling-the-red-wall-of-colloidal-perovskites-highly-luminescent-formamidinium-and-formamidinium-cesium-lead-iodide-nanocrystals
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Loredana Protesescu, Sergii Yakunin, Sudhir Kumar, Janine Bär, Federica Bertolotti, Norberto Masciocchi, Antonietta Guagliardi, Matthias Grotevent, Ivan Shorubalko, Maryna I Bodnarchuk, Chih-Jen Shih, Maksym V Kovalenko
Colloidal nanocrystals (NCs) of APbX3-type lead halide perovskites [A=Cs+, CH3NH3+ (methylammonium or MA+) or CH(NH2)2+ (formamidinium or FA+); X=Cl-, Br-, I-] have recently emerged as highly versatile photonic sources for applications ranging from simple photoluminescence down-conversion (e.g., for display backlighting) to light emitting diodes. From the perspective of spectral coverage, a formidable challenge facing the use of these materials is how to obtain stable emissions in the red and infrared spectral regions covered by the iodide-based compositions...
February 23, 2017: ACS Nano
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28231431/enhancing-adoptive-cell-therapy-of-cancer-through-targeted-delivery-of-small-molecule-immunomodulators-to-internalizing-or-non-internalizing-receptors
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Yiran Zheng, Li Tang, Llian Mabardi, Sudha Kumari, Darrell J Irvine
Adoptive cell therapy (ACT) has achieved striking efficacy in B-cell leukemias, but less success treating other cancers, in part due to the rapid loss of ACT T-cell effector function in vivo due to immunosuppression in solid tumors. Transforming growth factor-β (TGF-β) signaling is an important mechanism of immune suppression in the tumor microenvironment, but systemic inhibition of TGF-β is toxic. Here we evaluated the potential of targeting a small molecule inhibitor of TGF-β to ACT T-cells using PEGylated immunoliposomes...
February 23, 2017: ACS Nano
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28231407/co-occurrence-and-hybridization-of-anther-smut-pathogens-specialized-on-dianthus-hosts
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Elsa Petit, Casey Silver, Amandine Cornille, Pierre Gladieux, Lisa Rosenthal, Emily Bruns, Sarah Yee, Janis Antonovics, Tatiana Giraud, Michael E Hood
Host specialization has important consequences for the diversification and ecological interactions of obligate pathogens. The anther-smut disease of natural plant populations, caused by Microbotryum fungi, has been characterized by specialized host-pathogen interactions, which contribute in part to the isolation among these numerous fungal species. This study investigated the molecular variation of Microbotryum pathogens within the geographic and host-specific distributions on wild Dianthus species in southern European Alps...
February 23, 2017: Molecular Ecology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28231285/the-mother-s-autonomy-in-decision-making-madm-scale-patient-led-development-and-psychometric-testing-of-a-new-instrument-to-evaluate-experience-of-maternity-care
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Saraswathi Vedam, Kathrin Stoll, Kelsey Martin, Nicholas Rubashkin, Sarah Partridge, Dana Thordarson, Ganga Jolicoeur
OBJECTIVE: To develop and validate a new instrument that assesses women's autonomy and role in decision making during maternity care. DESIGN: Through a community-based participatory research process, service users designed, content validated, and administered a cross-sectional quantitative survey, including 31 items on the experience of decision-making. SETTING AND PARTICIPANTS: Pregnancy experiences (n = 2514) were reported by 1672 women who saw a single type of primary maternity care provider in British Columbia...
2017: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28231283/rapid-evolution-of-distinct-helicobacter-pylori-subpopulations-in-the-americas
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Kaisa Thorell, Koji Yahara, Elvire Berthenet, Daniel J Lawson, Jane Mikhail, Ikuko Kato, Alfonso Mendez, Cosmeri Rizzato, María Mercedes Bravo, Rumiko Suzuki, Yoshio Yamaoka, Javier Torres, Samuel K Sheppard, Daniel Falush
For the last 500 years, the Americas have been a melting pot both for genetically diverse humans and for the pathogenic and commensal organisms associated with them. One such organism is the stomach-dwelling bacterium Helicobacter pylori, which is highly prevalent in Latin America where it is a major current public health challenge because of its strong association with gastric cancer. By analyzing the genome sequence of H. pylori isolated in North, Central and South America, we found evidence for admixture between H...
February 2017: PLoS Genetics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28231257/targeted-sequencing-identifies-a-novel-sh2d1a-pathogenic-variant-in-a-chinese-family-carrier-screening-and-prenatal-genetic-testing
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Jun-Yu Zhang, Song-Chang Chen, Yi-Yao Chen, Shu-Yuan Li, Lan-Lan Zhang, Ying-Hua Shen, Chun-Xin Chang, Yu-Qian Xiang, He-Feng Huang, Chen-Ming Xu
X-linked lymphoproliferative disease type 1 (XLP1) is a rare primary immunodeficiency characterized by a clinical triad consisting of severe EBV-induced hemophagocytic lymphohistiocytosis, B-cell lymphoma, and dysgammaglobulinemia. Mutations in SH2D1A gene have been revealed as the cause of XLP1. In this study, a pregnant woman with recurrence history of birthing immunodeficiency was screened for pathogenic variant because the proband sample was unavailable. We aimed to clarify the genetic diagnosis and provide prenatal testing for the family...
2017: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28231251/empirical-lessons-regarding-contraception-in-a-protracted-refugee-setting-a-descriptive-study-from-maela-camp-on-the-thai-myanmar-border-1996-2015
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Somjet Srikanok, Daniel M Parker, Amber L Parker, Tracey Lee, Aung Myat Min, Pranee Ontuwong, Saw Oo Tan, Supachai Sirinonthachai, Rose McGready
Conflict settings and refugee camps can be chaotic places, with large and rapid population movements, exacerbated public health problems, and ad hoc health services. Reproductive health care that includes family planning is of heightened importance in such settings, however, funding and resources tend to be constrained and geared towards acute health services such as trauma management and infectious disease containment. Here we report on the complexities and challenges of providing family planning in a post-emergency refugee setting, using the example of the largest refugee camp on the Thai-Myanmar border, in existence now for over 30 years...
2017: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28231240/galectin-3-histone-deacetylases-and-hedgehog-signaling-possible-convergent-targets-in-schistosomiasis-induced-liver-fibrosis
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REVIEW
Felipe Leite de Oliveira, Katia Carneiro, José Marques Brito, Mariana Cabanel, Jonathas Xavier Pereira, Ligia de Almeida Paiva, Wingkin Syn, Neil C Henderson, Marcia Cury El-Cheikh
Schistosomiasis affects approximately 240 million people in the world. Schistosoma mansoni eggs in the liver induce periportal fibrosis and hepatic failure driven by monocyte recruitment and macrophage activation, resulting in robust Th2 response. Here, we suggested a possible involvement of Galectin-3 (Gal-3), histone deacetylases (HDACs), and Hedgehog (Hh) signaling with macrophage activation during Th1/Th2 immune responses, fibrogranuloma reaction, and tissue repair during schistosomiasis. Gal-3 is highly expressed by liver macrophages (Kupffer cells) around Schistosoma eggs...
February 2017: PLoS Neglected Tropical Diseases
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28231068/recent-advances-on-iron-oxide-magnetic-nanoparticles-as-sorbents-of-organic-pollutants-in-water-and-wastewater-treatment
#16
Angela M Gutierrez, Thomas D Dziubla, J Zach Hilt
The constant growth in population worldwide over the past decades continues to put forward the need to provide access to safe, clean water to meet human needs. There is a need for cost-effective technologies for water and wastewater treatment that can meet the global demands and the rigorous water quality standards and at the same maximizing pollutant efficiency removal. Current remediation technologies have failed in keeping up with these factors without becoming cost-prohibitive. Most recently, nanotechnology has been sought as the best alternative to increase access to water supplies by remediating those already contaminated and offering ways to access unconventional sources...
February 23, 2017: Reviews on Environmental Health
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28230788/the-adverse-effects-of-triptolide-on-the-reproductive-system-of-caenorhabditis-elegans-oogenesis-impairment-and-decreased-oocyte-quality
#17
Qinli Ruan, Yun Xu, Rui Xu, Jiaying Wang, Yongqing Hua, Meng Wang, Jinao Duan
Previous studies have revealed that Triptolide damages female reproductive capacity, but the mechanism is unclear. In this study, we used Caenorhabditis elegans to investigate the effects of Triptolide on the germline and explore its possible mechanisms. Our data show that exposure for 4 h to 50 and 100 mg/L Triptolide reduced C. elegans fertility, led to depletion and inactivation of spermatids with the changes in the expression levels of related genes, and increased the number of unfertilized oocytes through damaging chromosomes and DNA damage repair mechanisms...
February 21, 2017: International Journal of Molecular Sciences
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28230693/a-plant-based-nutrition-program
#18
Joanne Evans, Alexandra Magee, Kathy Dickman, Rebecca Sutter, Caroline Sutter
: Proper nutrition is an important but often overlooked component of preventive care and disease management. Following a plant-based diet in particular has been shown to have dramatic effects on health and well-being in a relatively short period of time. For this reason, nurses at three faculty-led community health clinics participated in a nutrition educational program, following a plant-based diet for 21 days. They sought to improve their knowledge of plant-based nutrition and experience firsthand the benefits of such a diet...
March 2017: American Journal of Nursing
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28230652/a-case-of-postmortem-canine-depredation
#19
Dennis J Chute, Robert J Bready
We report the case of postmortem animal depredation that produced initial confusion for investigators who responded to the scene. A decomposing elderly woman was found in her presumed home with bilateral upper extremity amputations and craniocerebral trauma. This raised suspicion of foul play. Subsequent investigations together with autopsy led the medical examiner to conclude that the cause of death was natural disease and that those injuries found on her body were produced by at least one of the dogs who shared the premises...
February 23, 2017: American Journal of Forensic Medicine and Pathology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28230581/a-handoffs-software-led-to-fewer-errors-of-omission-and-better-provider-satisfaction-a-randomized-control-trial
#20
Markos G Kashiouris, Christos Stefanou, Deepankar Sharma, Cecilia Yshii-Tamashiro, Ryan Vega, Sarah Hartingan, Charles Albrecht, Robert H Brown
BACKGROUND: Computer-assisted communication is shown to prevent critical omissions ("errors") in the handoff process. OBJECTIVE: The aim of the study was to study this effect and related provider satisfaction, using a standardized software. METHODS: Fourteen internal medicine house officers staffed 6 days and 1 cross-covering teams were randomized to either the intervention group or control, employing usual handoff, so that handoff information was exchanged only between same-group subjects (daily, for 28 days)...
February 22, 2017: Journal of Patient Safety
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