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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27926981/efficacy-of-allergen-immunotherapy-in-reducing-the-likelihood-of-developing-new-allergen-sensitizations-a-systematic-review
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Danilo Di Bona, Antonella Plaia, Maria Stefania Leto-Barone, Simona La Piana, Luigi Macchia, Gabriele Di Lorenzo
BACKGROUND: Guidelines and position papers indicate that allergen immunotherapy (AIT) is the only disease-modifying treatment, including prevention of the onset of new allergen sensitizations. However, this preventive effect was shown by only a few observational studies. Our aim was to systematically review the efficacy of AIT in preventing the onset of new allergen sensitizations. METHODS: Computerized bibliographic searches of MEDLINE, EMBASE, and the Cochrane Library (through June 2015) were supplemented with manual searches of reference lists...
December 7, 2016: Allergy
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27926948/intrinsic-subtype-switching-and-acquired-erbb2-her2-amplifications-and-mutations-in-breast-cancer-brain-metastases
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Nolan Priedigkeit, Ryan J Hartmaier, Yijing Chen, Damir Vareslija, Ahmed Basudan, Rebecca J Watters, Roby Thomas, Jose P Leone, Peter C Lucas, Rohit Bhargava, Ronald L Hamilton, Juliann Chmielecki, Shannon L Puhalla, Nancy E Davidson, Steffi Oesterreich, Adam M Brufsky, Leonie Young, Adrian V Lee
Importance: Patients with breast cancer (BrCa) brain metastases (BrM) have limited therapeutic options. A better understanding of molecular alterations acquired in BrM could identify clinically actionable metastatic dependencies. Objective: To determine whether there are intrinsic subtype differences between primary tumors and matched BrM and to uncover BrM-acquired alterations that are clinically actionable. Design, Setting, and Participants: In total, 20 cases of primary breast cancer tissue and resected BrM (10 estrogen receptor [ER]-negative and 10 ER-positive) from 2 academic institutions were included...
December 7, 2016: JAMA Oncology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27926854/structural-characterization-and-statistical-mechanical-model-of-epidermal-patterns
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Duyu Chen, Wen Yih Aw, Danelle Devenport, Salvatore Torquato
In proliferating epithelia of mammalian skin, cells of irregular polygon-like shapes pack into complex, nearly flat two-dimensional structures that are pliable to deformations. In this work, we employ various sensitive correlation functions to quantitatively characterize structural features of evolving packings of epithelial cells across length scales in mouse skin. We find that the pair statistics in direct space (correlation function) and Fourier space (structure factor) of the cell centroids in the early stages of embryonic development show structural directional dependence (statistical anisotropy), which is a reflection of the fact that cells are stretched, which promotes uniaxial growth along the epithelial plane...
December 6, 2016: Biophysical Journal
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27926773/associations-of-specific-postoperative-complications-with-outcomes-after-elective-colon-resection-a-procedure-targeted-approach-toward-surgical-quality-improvement
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John E Scarborough, Jessica Schumacher, K Craig Kent, Charles P Heise, Caprice C Greenberg
Importance: Numerous quality initiatives have been implemented in an effort to minimize the onus of postoperative complications on clinical and economic outcomes after major surgery. It is unknown which complications have the greatest overall effect on these outcomes. Objective: To quantify the associations of specific postoperative complications with outcomes after elective colon resection. Design, Setting, and Participants: Patients undergoing elective colon resection between January 1, 2012, and December 31, 2013, who were included in the Colectomy-Targeted American College of Surgeons National Surgical Quality Improvement Program were assessed for the development of specific types of postoperative complications...
December 7, 2016: JAMA Surgery
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27926652/hysteroscopic-sterilization-with-essure-summary-of-the-u-s-food-and-drug-administration-actions-and-policy-implications-for-postmarketing-surveillance
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Jessica R Walter, Comeron W Ghobadi, Emily Hayman, Shuai Xu
In September 2015, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) convened a meeting of the Obstetrics and Gynecology Advisory Board Committee to address the sudden increase of patient-reported adverse events surrounding Essure, a Class III device offering a less invasive method for permanent female sterilization. After a review of the premarketing and postmarketing data and existing scientific literature, the FDA concluded there was insufficient evidence to remove the device from the market. However, the FDA did release a new guidance document requiring a black box warning for the device and ordered a new postmarketing study comparing Essure's safety and efficacy with laparoscopic tubal sterilization...
December 2, 2016: Obstetrics and Gynecology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27926537/lactate-arterial-and-venous-agreement-in-sepsis-a-prospective-observational-study
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Deepankar Datta, Julia Grahamslaw, Alasdair J Gray, Catriona Graham, Craig A Walker
BACKGROUND: Sepsis is a common condition in the emergency department (ED). Lactate measurement is an important part of management: arterial lactate (A-LACT) measurement is the gold standard. There is increasing use of peripheral venous lactate (PV-LACT); however, there is little research supporting the interchangeability of the two measures.If PV-LACT has good agreement with A-LACT, it would significantly reduce patient discomfort and the risks of arterial sampling for a large group of acutely unwell patients, while allowing faster and wider screening, with potential reduced costs to the healthcare system...
December 6, 2016: European Journal of Emergency Medicine: Official Journal of the European Society for Emergency Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27926435/brain-correlates-of-the-intrinsic-subjective-cost-of-effort-in-sedentary-volunteers
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J Bernacer, I Martinez-Valbuena, M Martinez, N Pujol, E Luis, D Ramirez-Castillo, M A Pastor
One key aspect of motivation is the ability of agents to overcome excessive weighting of intrinsic subjective costs. This contribution aims to analyze the subjective cost of effort and assess its neural correlates in sedentary volunteers. We recruited a sample of 57 subjects who underwent a decision-making task using a prospective, moderate, and sustained physical effort as devaluating factor. Effort discounting followed a hyperbolic function, and individual discounting constants correlated with an indicator of sedentary lifestyle (global physical activity questionnaire; R=-0...
2016: Progress in Brain Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27925698/frustrated-lewis-pairs-like-reactivity-of-rare-earth-metal-complexes-1-4-addition-reactions-and-polymerizations-of-conjugated-polar-alkenes
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Pengfei Xu, Yingming Yao, Xin Xu
Three rare-earth aryloxide ion pairs ([L1REOAr]+[B(C6F5)4]-; L1 = CH3C(2,6-iPr2C6H3N)CHC(CH3)(NCH2CH2PPh2); RE = Sc, Y, Lu; Ar = 2,6-tBu2C6H3) are reported, which feature RE/P combinations exhibiting frustrated Lewis pair (FLP)-like 1,4-addition reactions towards conjugated carbonyl substrates e.g. enone, ynone and acrylic substrates. Furthermore, these RE/P complexes are found to be effective catalysts for polymerizations of conjugated polar alkene monomers. Mechanistic studies reveal that the polymerizations are initiated by novel FLP-type 1,4-additions, rather than traditional and ubiquitous covalent RE-E (E = H, C, N, etc...
December 7, 2016: Chemistry: a European Journal
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27925650/a-pupil-size-response-model-to-assess-fear-learning
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Christoph W Korn, Matthias Staib, Athina Tzovara, Giuseppe Castegnetti, Dominik R Bach
During fear conditioning, pupil size responses dissociate between conditioned stimuli that are contingently paired (CS+) with an aversive unconditioned stimulus, and those that are unpaired (CS-). Current approaches to assess fear learning from pupil responses rely on ad hoc specifications. Here, we sought to develop a psychophysiological model (PsPM) in which pupil responses are characterized by response functions within the framework of a linear time-invariant system. This PsPM can be written as a general linear model, which is inverted to yield amplitude estimates of the eliciting process in the central nervous system...
December 7, 2016: Psychophysiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27925615/positive-selection-in-cathelicidin-host-defense-peptides-adaptation-to-exogenous-pathogens-or-endogenous-receptors
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S Zhu, B Gao
The cause of adaptive protein evolution includes internal (for example, co-evolution of ligand-receptor pairs) and external (for example, adaptation to different ecological niches) mechanisms. Host defense peptides (HDPs) are a class of vertebrate-specific cationic antimicrobial peptides evolving under positive selection. Besides their antibiotic activity, HDPs also exert an effect on multiple host immune cells, thus providing an ideal model to study selective agents driving their evolution. On the basis of a combination of computational and experimental approaches, we studied the evolution of LL-37-type HDPs in mammals, the mature peptide of cathelicidin CAP18 (herein termed CAP18-MP) and investigated the driving force behind the evolution...
December 7, 2016: Heredity
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27925595/classification-of-alzheimer-s-disease-using-whole-brain-hierarchical-network
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Jin Liu, Min Li, Wei Lan, Fang-Xiang Wu, Yi Pan, Jianxin Wang
Regions of interest (ROIs) based classification has been widely investigated for analysis of brain magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) images to assist the diagnosis of Alzheimer's disease (AD) including its early warning and developing stages, e.g., mild cognitive impairment (MCI) including MCI converted to AD (MCIc) and MCI not converted to AD (MCInc). Since an ROI representation of brain structures is obtained either by pre-definition or by adaptive parcellation, the corresponding ROI in different brains can be measured...
December 2, 2016: IEEE/ACM Transactions on Computational Biology and Bioinformatics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27925576/comparison-of-oxygen-transfer-parameters-and-oxygen-demands-in-bioreactors-operated-at-low-and-high-dissolved-oxygen-levels
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Richard O Mines, Matthew C Callier, Benjamin J Drabek, André J Butler
The proper design of aeration systems for bioreactors is critical since it can represent up to 50% of the operational and capital cost at water reclamation facilities. Transferring the actual amount of oxygen needed to meet the oxygen demand of the wastewater requires α- and β-factors, which are used for calculating the actual oxygen transfer rate (AOTR) under process conditions based on the standard oxygen transfer rate (SOTR). The SOTR is measured in tap water at 20°C, 1 atmospheric pressure, and 0 mg L(-1) of dissolved oxygen (DO)...
December 7, 2016: Journal of Environmental Science and Health. Part A, Toxic/hazardous Substances & Environmental Engineering
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27925331/the-mirna-landscape-of-colorectal-polyps
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Martha L Slattery, Jennifer S Herrick, Roger K Wolff, Lila E Mullany, John R Stevens, Wade Samowitz
The genomic landscape of adenomas and polyps may help define disease pathways. Expression of miRNAs in adenomas and polyps may importantly contribute to these pathways. We evaluated miRNA expression in 293 polyp-normal colorectal mucosa pairs. Polyps were classified as either adenomatous polyp (AD), hyperplastic polyp (HP), or sessile serrated polyp (SSP). We compared these miRNA expression profiles in polyps to miRNA expression in microsatellite unstable (MSI) and stable (MSS) tumors. A False Discovery Rate (FDR) of 0...
December 7, 2016: Genes, Chromosomes & Cancer
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27925327/crystal-structure-of-a-metalled-double-helix-generated-by-infinite-and-consecutive-c-agi-c-c-n1-hexylcytosine-base-pairs-through-argentophilic-and-hydrogen-bond-interactions
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Angel Terron, Blas Moreno-Vachiano, Antonio Bauza, Angel Garcia-Raso, Juan J Fiol, Miquel Barcelo-Oliver, Elies Molins, Antonio Frontera
The synthesis of a metalled double-helix containing exclusively silver-mediated C*-C* base pairs is reported herein (C* = N1hexylcytosine). Remarkably, it is the first crystal structure containing infinite and consecutive C*-AgI-C* base pairs that form a double helix. The AgI ion occupies the center between two C* residues with N(3)-Ag bond distances of 2.1 Å and short AgI-AgI distances (3.1 Å) suggesting an interesting argentophilic attraction as a stabilization source of the helical disposition. The solid state structure is further stabilized by metal-mediated base-pairs, hydrogen bonding and π-stacking interactions...
December 7, 2016: Chemistry: a European Journal
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27925311/the-chemistry-of-a-non-interacting-vicinal-frustrated-phosphane-borane-lewis-pair
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Lisa-Maria Elmer, Gerald Kehr, Constantin G Daniliuc, Melanie Siedow, Hellmut Eckert, Matthias Tesch, Armido Studer, Kamille Williams, Timothy H Warren, Gerhard Erker
The dimesitylphosphinocyclopentene/HB(C6 F5 )2 -derived vicinal trans-1,2-P/B frustrated Lewis pair (FLP) 4 shows no direct phosphane-borane interaction. Toward some reagents it behaves similar to an intermolecular FLP; it cleaves dihydrogen, deprotonates terminal alkynes, and adds to organic carbonyl compounds including CO2 . It shows typical intramolecular FLP reaction modes (cooperative 1,1-additions) to mesityl azide, to carbon monoxide, and to NO. The latter reaction yields a persistent P/B FLPNO nitroxide radical, which undergoes H-atom abstraction reactions...
December 7, 2016: Chemistry: a European Journal
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27924995/facilitation-of-dna-self-assembly-by-relieving-the-torsional-strains-between-building-blocks
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Weili Shen, Qing Liu, Baoquan Ding, Changqing Zhu, Zhiyong Shen, Nadrian C Seeman
Paranemic crossover (PX) DNA motifs were designed and used for self-assembly of two dimensional lattices. The PX motifs tested include overwound and underwound ones, and different forms of self-assembled two-dimensional (2D) lattices were generated, demonstrating the correlation between the helical torsional strain within the system and the quality of the lattice formed. Relief of the torsional strain by adjusting the number of base pairs in the JX region adjacent to the PX motifs, facilitates and optimizes DNA self-assembly, which leads to 2D lattices of greater uniformity and higher yield...
December 7, 2016: Organic & Biomolecular Chemistry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27924819/tuning-the-role-of-charge-transfer-states-in-intramolecular-singlet-exciton-fission-through-side-group-engineering
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Steven Lukman, Kai Chen, Justin M Hodgkiss, David H P Turban, Nicholas D M Hine, Shaoqiang Dong, Jishan Wu, Neil C Greenham, Andrew J Musser
Understanding the mechanism of singlet exciton fission, in which a singlet exciton separates into a pair of triplet excitons, is crucial to the development of new chromophores for efficient fission-sensitized solar cells. The challenge of controlling molecular packing and energy levels in the solid state precludes clear determination of the singlet fission pathway. Here, we circumvent this difficulty by utilizing covalent dimers of pentacene with two types of side groups. We report rapid and efficient intramolecular singlet fission in both molecules, in one case via a virtual charge-transfer state and in the other via a distinct charge-transfer intermediate...
December 7, 2016: Nature Communications
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27924779/hepatic-safety-of-maraviroc-in-patients-with-hiv-1-and-hepatitis-c-and-or-b-virus-144-week-results-from-a-randomized-placebo-controlled-trial
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Juergen K Rockstroh, Frank Plonski, Meena Bansal, Gerd Fätkenheuer, Catherine B Small, David M Asmuth, Gilles Pialoux, Rebecca Zhang-Roper, Ronnie Wang, Juan A Pineda, Jayvant Heera
BACKGROUND: In the primary 48-week analysis of a hepatic safety trial in patients with HIV-1 co-infected with hepatitis B virus (HBV) and/or hepatitis C virus (HCV), maraviroc-containing treatment regimens were not associated with increased hepatotoxicity. METHODS: In this randomised, double-blind, placebo-controlled, multicentre study, patients received maraviroc twice daily (n=70) or placebo (n=67) with concomitant antiretroviral therapy for 144 weeks (clinicaltrials...
December 7, 2016: Antiviral Therapy
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27924715/perfluoroalkyl-acids-pfaas-and-anthropometric-measures-in-the-first-year-of-life-results-from-the-duisburg-birth-cohort
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Eman Alkhalawi, Monika Kasper-Sonnenberg, Michael Wilhelm, Wolfgang Völkel, Jürgen Wittsiepe
In the context of the Duisburg Birth Cohort, this retrospective cohort study provides results of internal exposure to perfluorooctanoic acid (PFOA), perfluorooctanesulfonic acid (PFOS), and perfluorohexanesulfonic acid (PFHxS) in 156 mother-child pairs, and investigates whether and to what extent in utero exposure of these chemicals at German background levels exerts an effect on newborn and infant weight and length, and weight in relation to length expressed by ponderal index, in order to examine whether any reduction in weight is disproportionate to length...
2016: Journal of Toxicology and Environmental Health. Part A
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27924656/assistive-technology-as-reading-interventions-for-children-with-reading-impairments-with-a-one-year-follow-up
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Emma Lindeblad, Staffan Nilsson, Stefan Gustafson, Idor Svensson
PURPOSE: This pilot study investigated the possible transfer effect on reading ability in children with reading difficulties after a systematic intervention to train and compensate for reading deficiencies by using applications in smartphones and tablets. The effects of using assistive technology (AT) one year after the interventions were completely studied. School related motivation, independent learning and family relations were also considered. METHOD: 35 pupils aged 10-12 years participated...
December 7, 2016: Disability and Rehabilitation. Assistive Technology
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