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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29345993/socioeconomic-outcomes-of-women-who-receive-and-women-who-are-denied-wanted-abortions-in-the-united-states
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Diana Greene Foster, M Antonia Biggs, Lauren Ralph, Caitlin Gerdts, Sarah Roberts, M Maria Glymour
OBJECTIVES: To determine the socioeconomic consequences of receipt versus denial of abortion. METHODS: Women who presented for abortion just before or after the gestational age limit of 30 abortion facilities across the United States between 2008 and 2010 were recruited and followed for 5 years via semiannual telephone interviews. Using mixed effects models, we evaluated socioeconomic outcomes for 813 women by receipt or denial of abortion care. RESULTS: In analyses that adjusted for the few baseline differences, women denied abortions who gave birth had higher odds of poverty 6 months after denial (adjusted odds ratio [AOR] = 3...
January 18, 2018: American Journal of Public Health
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29345945/chitosan-silica-hybrid-composites-for-removal-of-sulfonated-azo-dyes-from-aqueous-solutions
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Magdalena Blachnio, Tetyana M Budnyak, Anna Derylo-Marczewska, Adam W Marczewski, Valentin A Tertykh
In this study, the influence of chitosan immobilization method on properties of final hybrids materials was performed. Chitosan immobilized on the surface of mesoporous (ChS2) and fumed silica (ChS3) by physical adsorption and through sol-gel method (ChS1). It was found that physical immobilization of chitosan allow to obtain hybrid composites (ChS) with homogeneous distribution of polymer on the surface, relatively wide pores and specific surface area about 170 m2/g, pHPZC=5.7 for ChS3 and 356 m2/g, pHPZC=6...
January 18, 2018: Langmuir: the ACS Journal of Surfaces and Colloids
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29345609/dietary-patterns-and-their-association-with-adiponectin-and-leptin-concentrations-throughout-pregnancy-a-prospective-cohort
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Nadya H Alves-Santos, Paula G Cocate, Ilana Eshriqui, Camila Benaim, Érica G Barros, Pauline M Emmett, Gilberto Kac
The aim of this study was to evaluate the association of dietary patterns (DP) with maternal adiposity indicators, leptin, adiponectin and insulin concentrations during pregnancy. A prospective cohort of pregnant women followed up at the 5th-13th, 20th -26th and 30th-36th gestational weeks and 30-40 d postpartum was conducted in Rio de Janeiro. A FFQ was administered in the third trimester (30th-36th gestational weeks). The reduced rank regression procedure was used to identify DP that explain response variables (dietary fibre and total fat) related to indicators of maternal adiposity (postpartum weight retention and gestational weight gain (GWG) adequacy), and plasma leptin, adiponectin and insulin concentrations...
January 18, 2018: British Journal of Nutrition
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29345552/preceding-race-efforts-affect-pacing-and-short-track-speed-skating-performance
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Marco J Konings, Florentina J Hettinga
PURPOSE: In real-life competitive situations, athletes are required to continuously make decisions about how and when to invest their available energy resources. This study attempted to identify how different competitive environments invite elite short-track speed skaters to modify their pacing behaviour during head-to-head competition. METHODS: Lap times of elite 500, 1000 and 1500 m short-track speed skating competitions between 2011-2016 (n=34095 races) were collected...
January 18, 2018: International Journal of Sports Physiology and Performance
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29345123/the-effects-of-lifestyle-changes-on-serum-lipid-levels-in-children-in-a-real-life-setting
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Angeline D Opina, Constance Cephus, Yunfei Wang, Samuel Younan, Douglas Moodie
OBJECTIVE: Studies have shown improvement in lipid levels after institution of lifestyle changes in children enrolled in closely monitored programs. There programs are difficult to mimic in real world clinics. We aim to determine if diet and exercise result in improvement in lipid levels in patients seen in a designated lipid clinic in a real life setting. DESIGN: Retrospective review of patients followed for dyslipidemia at the Texas Children's Hospital Lipid Clinic from May 1, 2012 to May 1, 2015...
January 18, 2018: Congenital Heart Disease
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29344954/mixed-ductal-lobular-carcinomas-evidence-for-progression-from-ductal-to-lobular-morphology
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Amy E McCart Reed, Jamie R Kutasovic, Katia Nones, Jodi M Saunus, Leonard Da Silva, Felicity Newell, Stephen Kazakoff, Lewis Melville, Janani Jayanthan, Ana Cristina Vargas, Lynne E Reid, Jonathan Beesley, Xiao Qing Chen, Anne Marie Patch, D David Clouston, Alan Porter, Elizabeth Evans, John V Pearson, Georgia Chenevix-Trench, Margaret C Cummings, Nic Waddell, Sunil R Lakhani, Peter T Simpson
Mixed ductal-lobular carcinomas (MDL) display both ductal and lobular morphology, and are an archetypal example of intra-tumour morphological heterogeneity. The mechanisms underlying coexistence of these different morphologic entities are poorly understood, although theories include that these components either represent 'collision' of independent tumours or evolve from a common ancestor. We performed comprehensive clinico-pathological analysis of a cohort of 82 MDLs and found: i) MDLs more frequently co-exist with ductal carcinoma in situ (DCIS) than lobular carcinoma in situ (LCIS); ii) the E-cadherin-catenin complex was normal in the ductal component in 77...
January 18, 2018: Journal of Pathology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29344896/a-robust-optimization-approach-to-cancer-treatment-under-toxicity-uncertainty
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Junfeng Zhu, Hamidreza Badri, Kevin Leder
The design of optimal protocols plays an important role in cancer treatment. However, in clinical applications, the outcomes under the optimal protocols are sensitive to variations of parameter settings such as drug effects and the attributes of age, weight, and health conditions in human subjects. One approach to overcoming this challenge is to formulate the problem of finding an optimal treatment protocol as a robust optimization problem (ROP) that takes parameter uncertainty into account. In this chapter, we describe a method to model toxicity uncertainty...
2018: Methods in Molecular Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29344870/cell-specific-rna-quantification-in-human-sn-da-neurons-from-heterogeneous-post-mortem-midbrain-samples-by-uv-laser-microdissection-and-rt-qpcr
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Johanna Duda, Michael Fauler, Jan Gründemann, Birgit Liss
Cell specificity of gene expression analysis is from particular relevance when the abundance of target cells is not homogeneous in the compared tissue samples, like it is the case, e.g., when comparing brain tissues from controls and in neurodegenerative disease states. While single-cell gene expression profiling is already a methodological challenge per se, it becomes even more prone to artifacts when analyzing individual cells from human post-mortem samples. Not only because human samples can never be matched as precisely as those from animal models, but also, because the RNA-quality that can be obtained from human samples usually displays a high range of variability...
2018: Methods in Molecular Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29344374/cardioprotection-by-an-anti-masp-2-antibody-in-a-murine-model-of-myocardial-infarction
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James E Clark, Thomas Dudler, Michael S Marber, Wilhelm Schwaeble
Background: Myocardial ischaemia-reperfusion injury is a major cause of mortality and morbidity in the developed world. Many approaches have been investigated to counteract the pathological consequences associated with acute myocardial infarction (AMI) and cardiac remodelling. It is accepted that inflammation, and therefore activation of the complement pathway, is a crucial step in the pathogenesis of this injury, and many attempts have been made to ameliorate the infarction and consequent dysfunction using anticomplement therapy, with mixed success...
2018: Open Heart
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29343754/development-and-validation-of-a-brief-diabetic-foot-ulceration-risk-checklist-among-diabetic-patients-a-multicenter-longitudinal-study-in-china
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Qiuhong Zhou, Min Peng, Lihuan Zhou, Jiaojiao Bai, Ao Tong, Min Liu, In I Ng, Yuxia Cheng, Yunmin Cai, Yujin Yang, Yilian Chen, Suwen Gao, Zhong Li, Xiaoai Fu, Minxue Shen, Jianglin Zhang, Xiang Chen
The study aims to develop and assess and validate a brief diabetic foot ulceration risk checklist among diabetic patients through a longitudinal study. Patients who had diabetes mellitus and had no foot ulceration and severe systematic disorders were recruited from eleven tertiary hospitals in nine provinces or municipalities of China. Internal consistency reliability, construct validity, concurrent validity, item property, and measurement invariance of the tool were assessed. The predictive capability of the tool was validated by the follow-up data using the receiver operating characteristic curve...
January 17, 2018: Scientific Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29343711/silver-nanoparticles-in-the-water-environment-in-malaysia-inspection-characterization-removal-modeling-and-future-perspective
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Achmad Syafiuddin, Salmiati Salmiati, Tony Hadibarata, Ahmad Beng Hong Kueh, Mohd Razman Salim, Muhammad Abbas Ahmad Zaini
The current status of silver nanoparticles (AgNPs) in the water environment in Malaysia was examined and reported. For inspection, two rivers and two sewage treatment plants (STPs) were selected. Two activated carbons derived from oil palm (ACfOPS) and coconut (ACfCS) shells were proposed as the adsorbent to remove AgNPs. It was found that the concentrations of AgNPs in the rivers and STPs are in the ranges of 0.13 to 10.16 mg L-1 and 0.13 to 20.02 mg L-1, respectively, with the highest concentration measured in July...
January 17, 2018: Scientific Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29343292/global-trends-in-the-awareness-of-sepsis-insights-from-search-engine-data-between-2012-and-2017
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Craig S Jabaley, James M Blum, Robert F Groff, Vikas N O'Reilly-Shah
BACKGROUND: Sepsis is an established global health priority with high mortality that can be curtailed through early recognition and intervention; as such, efforts to raise awareness are potentially impactful and increasingly common. We sought to characterize trends in the awareness of sepsis by examining temporal, geographic, and other changes in search engine utilization for sepsis information-seeking online. METHODS: Using time series analyses and mixed descriptive methods, we retrospectively analyzed publicly available global usage data reported by Google Trends (Google, Palo Alto, CA, USA) concerning web searches for the topic of sepsis between 24 June 2012 and 24 June 2017...
January 17, 2018: Critical Care: the Official Journal of the Critical Care Forum
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29343279/spatial-distribution-and-habitat-characterization-of-mosquito-species-during-the-dry-season-along-the-mara-river-and-its-tributaries-in-kenya-and-tanzania
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Gabriel O Dida, Douglas N Anyona, Paul O Abuom, Daniel Akoko, Samson O Adoka, Ally-Said Matano, Philip O Owuor, Collins Ouma
BACKGROUND: Vector-borne diseases are increasingly becoming a major health problem among communities living along the major rivers of Africa. Although larger water bodies such as lakes and dams have been extensively researched, rivers and their tributaries have largely been ignored. This study sought to establish the spatial distribution of mosquito species during the dry season and further characterize their habitats along the Mara River and its tributaries. METHODS: In this cross-sectional survey, mosquito larvae were sampled along the Mara River, its two perennial tributaries (Amala and Nyangores), drying streams, and adjacent aquatic habitats (e...
January 18, 2018: Infectious Diseases of Poverty
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29343252/insights-into-the-genetics-of-blood-pressure-in-black-south-african-individuals-the-birth-to-twenty-cohort
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Liesl M Hendry, Venesa Sahibdeen, Ananyo Choudhury, Shane A Norris, Michèle Ramsay, Zané Lombard
BACKGROUND: Cardiovascular diseases (CVDs) are the leading cause of non-communicable disease deaths globally, with hypertension being a major risk factor contributing to CVDs. Blood pressure is a heritable trait, with relatively few genetic studies having been performed in Africans. This study aimed to identify genetic variants associated with variance in systolic (SBP) and diastolic (DBP) blood pressure in black South Africans. METHODS: Genotyping was performed using the Metabochip in a subset of participants (mixed sex; median age 17...
January 17, 2018: BMC Medical Genomics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29343182/fibronectin-enhances-cartilage-repair-by-activating-progenitor-cells-through-integrin-%C3%A9-5%C3%AE-1-receptor
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Tianqi Tao, Yang Li, Chang Gui, Yong Ma, Yingbin Ge, Hanhao Dai, Kaibin Zhang, Jing Du, Yang Guo, Yiqiu Jiang, Jianchao Gui
This study aimed to determine the effect of fibronectin (FN) on cartilage regeneration through the activation of chondrogenic progenitor cells (CPCs). Cells were isolated from the knee cartilage of mice and cultured in the presence of various concentrations of FN. Proliferation, migration and chondrogenic differentiation assays were performed in vitro. In some experiments, CPCs were pre-incubated with anti-integrin ɑ5β1 antibody for 60 min prior to FN treatment to block the integrin ɑ5β1 receptor. Soluble FN was mixed with Pluronic F-127 and injected into the joint cavity in an early-stage osteoarthritis (OA) model...
January 18, 2018: Tissue Engineering. Part A
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29342865/acute-post-prandial-cognitive-effects-of-brown-seaweed-extract-in-humans
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Crystal F Haskell-Ramsay, Philippa A Jackson, Fiona L Dodd, Joanne S Forster, Jocelyn Bérubé, Carey Levinton, David O Kennedy
(Poly)phenols and, specifically, phlorotannins present in brown seaweeds have previously been shown to inhibit α-amylase and α-glucosidase, key enzymes involved in the breakdown and intestinal absorption of carbohydrates. Related to this are observations of modulation of post-prandial glycemic response in mice and increased insulin sensitivity in humans when supplemented with seaweed extract. However, no studies to date have explored the effect of seaweed extract on cognition. The current randomized, placebo-controlled, double-blind, parallel groups study examined the impact of a brown seaweed extract on cognitive function post-prandially in 60 healthy adults (N = 30 per group)...
January 13, 2018: Nutrients
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29342453/fine-particulate-air-pollution-and-the-expression-of-micrornas-and-circulating-cytokines-relevant-to-inflammation-coagulation-and-vasoconstriction
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Renjie Chen, Huichu Li, Jing Cai, Cuicui Wang, Zhijing Lin, Cong Liu, Yue Niu, Zhuohui Zhao, Weihua Li, Haidong Kan
BACKGROUND: MicroRNAs (miRNAs) are a key factor in epigenetic regulation of gene expression, but miRNA responses to fine particulate matter (PM2.5) air pollution and their potential contribution to cardiovascular effects of PM2.5 are unknown. OBJECTIVE: We explored the potential influence of PM2.5 on the expression of selected cytokines relevant to systemic inflammation, coagulation, and vasoconstriction, and on miRNAs that may regulate their expression. METHODS: We designed a double-blind, randomized crossover study in which true and sham air purifiers were used to expose 55 healthy young adult students in Shanghai, China, to reduced or ambient levels of indoor PM2...
January 17, 2018: Environmental Health Perspectives
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29342400/a-unifying-framework-of-synaptic-and-intrinsic-plasticity-in-neural-populations
#18
Johannes Leugering, Gordon Pipa
A neuronal population is a computational unit that receives a multivariate, time-varying input signal and creates a related multivariate output. These neural signals are modeled as stochastic processes that transmit information in real time, subject to stochastic noise. In a stationary environment, where the input signals can be characterized by constant statistical properties, the systematic relationship between its input and output processes determines the computation carried out by a population. When these statistical characteristics unexpectedly change, the population needs to adapt to its new environment if it is to maintain stable operation...
January 17, 2018: Neural Computation
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29342251/kinetics-of-serological-responses-in-critically-ill-patients-hospitalized-with-influenza-a-h1n1-pdm09-virus-infection-in-canada-2009-2011
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Melissa A Rolfes, F Liaini Gross, Brendan Flannery, Adrienne F A Meyers, Ma Luo, Nathalie Bastien, Robert A Fowler, Jacqueline M Katz, Min Z Levine, Anand Kumar, Timothy M Uyeki
Background: The kinetics of the antibody response during severe influenza are not well documented. Methods: Critically ill patients with influenza A(H1N1)pdm09 virus infection, confirmed by RT-PCR or seroconversion (≥4-fold rise in titers), during 2009-2011 in Canada were prospectively studied. Antibody titers in serially collected sera were determined using hemagglutinin inhibition (HAI) and microneutralization assays. Average antibody curves were estimated using linear mixed effects models and compared by patient outcome, age, and corticosteroid treatment...
January 12, 2018: Journal of Infectious Diseases
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29342229/a-rapid-epistatic-mixed-model-association-analysis-by-linear-retransformations-of-genomic-estimated-values
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Chao Ning, Dan Wang, Huimin Kang, Raphael Mrode, Lei Zhou, Shizhong Xu, Jian-Feng Liu
Motivation: Epistasis provides a feasible way for probing potential genetic mechanism of complex traits. However, time-consuming computation challenges successful detection of interaction in practice, especially when linear mixed model (LMM) is used to control type I error in the presence of population structure and cryptic relatedness. Results: A rapid epistatic mixed-model association analysis (REMMA) method was developed to overcome computational limitation. This method first estimates individuals' epistatic effects by an extended genomic best linear unbiased prediction (EG-BLUP) model with additive and epistatic kinship matrix, then pairwise interaction effects are obtained by linear retransformations of individuals' epistatic effects...
January 12, 2018: Bioinformatics
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