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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27926473/growth-differentiation-factor-15-increases-following-oral-glucose-ingestion-effect-of-meal-composition-and-obesity
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Marie Helene Schernthaner-Reiter, Dominik Kasses, Christina Tugendsam, Michaela Riedl, Slobodan Peric, Gerhard Prager, Michael Krebs, Miriam Promintzer-Schifferl, Martin Clodi, Anton Luger, Greisa Vila
OBJECTIVE: Growth differentiation factor 15 (GDF15) is a cardiovascular biomarker belonging to the transforming growth factor-β superfamily. Increased GDF15 concentrations are associated with insulin resistance, diabetes and obesity. We investigated the physiological effects of meal composition and obesity on the regulation of systemic GDF15 levels. DESIGN: Lean (n = 8) and obese (n = 8) individuals received a carbohydrate- or fat-rich meal, a 75 g oral glucose load (OGTT) or short-term fasting...
December 2016: European Journal of Endocrinology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27925595/classification-of-alzheimer-s-disease-using-whole-brain-hierarchical-network
#2
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/27925500/current-understandings-on-plant-nonhost-resistance
#3
Hyun-Ah Lee, Hye-Young Lee, Eunyoung Seo, Joohyun Lee, Saet-Byul Kim, SooHyun Oh, Eunbi Choi, Eunhye Choi, So Eui Lee, Doil Choi
Nonhost resistance, a resistance of plant species against all non-adapted pathogens, is considered the most durable and efficient immune system of plants but yet remains elusive. The underlying mechanism of nonhost resistance has been investigated at multiple levels of plant defense for several decades. In this review, we have comprehensively surveyed the latest literature on nonhost resistance in terms of pre-invasion, metabolic defense, pattern-triggered immunity, effector-triggered immunity, defense signaling, and possible application in crop protection...
December 7, 2016: Molecular Plant-microbe Interactions: MPMI
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27924757/cardiac-resynchronization-therapy-prevents-progression-of-renal-failure-in-heart-failure-patients
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Vinodh Jeevanantham, Mohit Turagam, David Shanberg, Madhu Reddy, Moustapha Atoui, James P Daubert, Buddhadeb Dawn, Dhanunjaya Lakkireddy
BACKGROUND: The goal of this study is to assess the effect of cardiac resynchronization therapy (CRT) over time on renal function and its impact on mortality. The effect of CRT on renal function in patients with heart failure is not well understood. METHODS: All patients who underwent CRT implantation at University of Kansas between year 2000 and 2009 were reviewed and patients who had pre and post CRT renal function studied were included in our study. Stages of chronic kidney disease (CKD) were defined based on Kidney Disease Outcome Quality Initiative (KDOQI) guidelines...
July 2016: Indian Pacing and Electrophysiology Journal
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27924414/management-and-control-of-gastrointestinal-nematodes-in-communal-goat-farms-in-zimbabwe
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P I Zvinorova, T E Halimani, F C Muchadeyi, S Katsande, J Gusha, K Dzama
Goats are an important source of livelihood especially in smallholder communities. Infections with gastrointestinal nematodes (GIN) remain the most prevalent parasitic diseases affecting small ruminants. The study was conducted to assess management, the level of knowledge and control of gastrointestinal nematodes. Surveys were conducted in Chipinge, Shurugwi, Binga, Tsholotsho and Matobo districts, representing the five natural/agro-ecological regions (NR) in Zimbabwe. Data was collected in 135 households using a pre-tested semi-structured questionnaire...
December 6, 2016: Tropical Animal Health and Production
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27924139/outcome-of-a-four-hour-smoking-cessation-counselling-workshop-for-medical-students
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Kurosch Purkabiri, Valentina Steppacher, Kathrin Bernardy, Nikola Karl, Verena Vedder, Michèle Borgmann, Anja Rogausch, Uz Stammberger, Robert Bals, Tobias Raupach, Volker Koellner, Jürg Hamacher
BACKGROUND: Lack of smoking cessation education in undergraduate medical training hinders healthcare professionals in providing adequate tobacco cessation counselling. We developed a comprehensive 4-h smoking cessation counselling course for medical students that is easy to incorporate in a medical school curriculum, and assessed its short-term outcome for knowledge, skills, and attitudes. METHODS: Eighty-eight medical students (53f, 35 m) were educated by a doctoral student in five identical 4-h courses...
2016: Tobacco Induced Diseases
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27923614/antiviral-therapy-inhibits-viral-reactivation-and-improves-survival-after-repeat-hepatectomy-for-hepatitis-b-virus-related-recurrent-hepatocellular-carcinoma
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Shengyu Huang, Yong Xia, Zhengqing Lei, Qifei Zou, Jun Li, Tian Yang, Kui Wang, Zhenlin Yan, Xuying Wan, Feng Shen
BACKGROUND: To explore the impact of antiviral therapy (AVT) on short- and long-term outcomes after re-hepatectomy for patients with recurrent HBV-related hepatocellular carcinoma (HCC). STUDY DESIGN: The data of 583 consecutive patients who underwent re-hepatectomy for intrahepatic recurrence of HBV-related HCC after initial hepatectomy between 2006 and 2011 at the Eastern Hepatobiliary Surgery Hospital were analyzed. Tumor re-recurrence, recurrence to death survival (RTDS) and overall survival (OS) were compared using the Kaplan-Meier method and log-rank test...
December 3, 2016: Journal of the American College of Surgeons
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27923357/patient-preferences-for-palliative-treatment-of-locally-advanced-or-metastatic-gastric-cancer-and-adenocarcinoma-of-the-gastroesophageal-junction-a-choice-based-conjoint-analysis-study-from-germany
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R Hofheinz, J Clouth, J Borchardt-Wagner, U Wagner, E Weidling, M H Jen, P Brück
BACKGROUND: Decisions on palliative chemotherapy (CT) for locally advanced or metastatic gastric cancer (mGC) require trade-offs between potential benefits and risks for patients. Healthcare providers and payers agree that patient-preferences should be considered. We conducted a choice-based conjoint (CBC) analysis study in pre-treated patients from Germany with mGC or locally advanced or metastatic adenocarcinoma of the gastroesophageal junction (mGEJ-Ca), to evaluate their preferences when hypothetically selecting a CT regimen...
December 6, 2016: BMC Cancer
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27922821/identification-of-salvia-haenkei-as-gerosuppressant-agent-by-using-an-integrated-senescence-screening-assay
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Ivana Matic, Ajinkya Revandkar, Jingjing Chen, Angela Bisio, Stefano Dall'Acqua, Veronica Cocetta, Paola Brun, Giorgio Mancino, Martina Milanese, Maurizio Mattei, Monica Montopoli, Andrea Alimonti
Cellular senescence is a stable cell cycle arrest that is the causative process of aging. The PI3K/AKT/mTOR pathway is implicated in the control of cellular senescence and inhibitors of this pathway have been successfully used for life span prolongation experiments in mammals. PTEN is the major regulator of the PI3K/AKT/mTOR pathway and loss of PTEN promotes a senescence response termed PICS. Here we report a novel-screening assay, for the identification of compounds that block different types of senescence response...
December 1, 2016: Aging
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27922727/measuring-learning-gain-comparing-anatomy-drawing-screencasts-and-paper-based-resources
#10
James D Pickering
The use of technology-enhanced learning (TEL) resources is now a common tool across a variety of healthcare programs. Despite this popular approach to curriculum delivery there remains a paucity in empirical evidence that quantifies the change in learning gain. The aim of the study was to measure the changes in learning gain observed with anatomy drawing screencasts in comparison to a traditional paper-based resource. Learning gain is a widely used term to describe the tangible changes in learning outcomes that have been achieved after a specific intervention...
December 6, 2016: Anatomical Sciences Education
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27921197/counselees-perspectives-of-genomic-counseling-following-online-receipt-of-multiple-actionable-complex-disease-and-pharmacogenomic-results-a-qualitative-research-study
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Kevin Sweet, Shelly Hovick, Amy C Sturm, Tara Schmidlen, Erynn Gordon, Barbara Bernhardt, Lisa Wawak, Karen Wernke, Joseph McElroy, Laura Scheinfeldt, Amanda E Toland, J S Roberts, Michael Christman
Genomic applications raise multiple challenges including the optimization of genomic counseling (GC) services as part of the results delivery process. More information on patients' motivations, preferences, and informational needs are essential to guide the development of new, more efficient practice delivery models that capitalize on the existing strengths of a limited genetic counseling workforce. Semi-structured telephone interviews were conducted with a subset of counselees from the Coriell Personalized Medicine Collaborative following online receipt of multiple personalized genomic test reports...
December 5, 2016: Journal of Genetic Counseling
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27921158/long-term-outcome-of-percutaneous-alcohol-embolization-combined-with-percutaneous-vertebroplasty-in-aggressive-vertebral-hemangiomas-with-epidural-extension
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Kévin Premat, Frédéric Clarençon, Évelyne Cormier, Jugurtha Mahtout, Raphaël Bonaccorsi, Vincent Degos, Jacques Chiras
OBJECTIVES: To evaluate, on a long-term basis, the safety and effectiveness of percutaneous alcohol embolization (PAE) combined with percutaneous vertebroplasty (PVP) as a sole treatment for aggressive vertebral haemangiomas (AVHs) with epidural extension. METHODS: From 1996 to 2015, 26 consecutive patients (15 women [58%] and 11 men; mean age 51.8 years [range: 19-75 years]) underwent PAE combined with PVP (performed at day 15) for the treatment of 27 AVHs with epidural extension...
December 5, 2016: European Radiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27921123/local-control-and-intermediate-term-cosmetic-outcome-following-imrt-for-nasal-tumors-an-update
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Yuki Mukai, Stefan Janssen, Christoph Glanzmann, David Holzmann, Gabriela Studer
OBJECTIVE: This study aims to evaluate local control and intermediate-term cosmetic outcome in patients with cancer of the nose treated with intensity-modulated radiotherapy (IMRT). METHODS: From June 2008 to September 2015, 36 consecutive patients presenting with nasal cavity, ala of the nose, or nasal vestibule tumors were treated at the Department of Radiation Oncology, University Hospital Zurich either postoperatively (n = 14; 3/14 with nasal ablation) or with definitive IMRT (n = 22)...
December 5, 2016: Strahlentherapie und Onkologie: Organ der Deutschen Röntgengesellschaft ... [et Al]
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27921017/factors-impacting-mortality-in-the-pre-hospital-period-after-road-traffic-accidents-in-urban-india
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Ananthnarayan Chandrasekharan, Aditya J Nanavati, Sandhya Prabhakar, Subramaniam Prabhakar
BACKGROUND: India currently has the dubious distinction of experiencing the highest number of road traffic accidents in the world. OBJECTIVES: We believe that this study on road traffic accidents may help to identify factors in the pre-hospital setting that may influence mortality rates. PATIENTS AND METHODS: A prospective observational study was carried out in a metro area in India over a period of one year. The study included consecutive patients admitted to the trauma service after road traffic accidents...
July 2016: Trauma Monthly
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27920724/insulin-induces-relaxation-and-decreases-hydrogen-peroxide-induced-vasoconstriction-in-human-placental-vascular-bed-in-a-mechanism-mediated-by-calcium-activated-potassium-channels-and-l-arginine-nitric-oxide-pathways
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Lissette Cabrera, Andrea Saavedra, Susana Rojas, Marcela Cid, Cristina Valenzuela, David Gallegos, Pamela Careaga, Emerita Basualto, Astrid Haensgen, Eduardo Peña, Coralia Rivas, Juan Carlos Vera, Victoria Gallardo, Leandro Zúñiga, Carlos Escudero, Luis Sobrevia, Mark Wareing, Marcelo González
HIGHLIGHTS Short-term incubation with insulin increases the L-arginine transport in HUVECs.Short-term incubation with insulin increases the NO synthesis in HUVECs.Insulin induces relaxation in human placental vascular bed.Insulin attenuates the constriction induced by hydrogen peroxide in human placenta.The relaxation induced by insulin is dependent on BKCa channels activity in human placenta. Insulin induces relaxation in umbilical veins, increasing the expression of human amino acid transporter 1 (hCAT-1) and nitric oxide synthesis (NO) in human umbilical vein endothelial cells (HUVECs)...
2016: Frontiers in Physiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27920541/the-effect-of-body-mass-index-on-perioperative-thermoregulation
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Ayşe Belin Özer, Aysun Yildiz Altun, Ömer Lütfi Erhan, Tuba Çatak, Ümit Karatepe, İsmail Demirel, Gonca Çağlar Toprak
PURPOSE: We evaluated the effects of body mass index (BMI) on thermoregulation in obese patients scheduled to undergo laparoscopic abdominal surgery. METHODS: Sixty patients scheduled to undergo laparoscopic abdominal surgery with no pre-medication were included in the study. The patients were classified into 4 groups according to BMI <24.9, 25-39.9, 40-49.9, and >50. Anesthesia was provided with routine techniques. Tympanic and peripheral temperatures were recorded every 5 minutes starting with the induction of anesthesia...
2016: Therapeutics and Clinical Risk Management
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27920478/diabetes-mellitus-may-affect-the-long-term-survival-of-hepatitis-b-virus-related-hepatocellular-carcinoma-patients-after-liver-transplantation
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Qing Zhang, Yong-Lin Deng, Chang Liu, Li-Hong Huang, Lei Shang, Xin-Guo Chen, Le-Tian Wang, Jin-Zan Du, Ying Wang, Pei-Xiao Wang, Hui Zhang, Zhong-Yang Shen
AIM: To determine whether diabetes mellitus (DM) affects prognosis/recurrence after liver transplantation (LT) for hepatitis B virus (HBV)-related hepatocellular carcinoma (HCC). METHODS: A retrospective study was conducted between January 2000 and August 2013 on 1631 patients with HBV-related HCC who underwent LT with antiviral prophylaxis. Patient data were obtained from the China Liver Transplant Registry (https://www.cltr.org/). To compare the outcomes and tumor recurrence in the HBV-related HCC patients with or without DM, statistical analyses were conducted using χ(2) tests, Mann-Whitney tests, the Kaplan-Meier method, log-rank tests and multivariate step-wise Cox regression analysis...
November 21, 2016: World Journal of Gastroenterology: WJG
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27920066/new-concepts-for-an-old-problem-the-diagnosis-of-endometrial-hyperplasia
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REVIEW
Peter A Sanderson, Hilary O D Critchley, Alistair R W Williams, Mark J Arends, Philippa T K Saunders
BACKGROUND: Endometrial hyperplasia (EH) is a uterine pathology representing a spectrum of morphological endometrial alterations. It is predominantly characterized by an increase in the endometrial gland-to-stroma ratio when compared to normal proliferative endometrium. The clinical significance of EH lies in the associated risk of progression to endometrioid endometrial cancer (EC) and 'atypical' forms of EH are regarded as premalignant lesions. Traditional histopathological classification systems for EH exhibit wide and varying degrees of diagnostic reproducibility and, as a consequence, standardized patient management can be challenging...
December 4, 2016: Human Reproduction Update
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27919629/pre-clinical-development-of-a-hydrogen-peroxide-inactivated-west-nile-virus-vaccine
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Elizabeth A Poore, Dawn K Slifka, Hans-Peter Raué, Archana Thomas, Erika Hammarlund, Benjamin K Quintel, Lindsay L Torrey, Ariel M Slifka, Justin M Richner, Melissa E Dubois, Lawrence P Johnson, Michael S Diamond, Mark K Slifka, Ian J Amanna
West Nile virus (WNV) is a mosquito-transmitted pathogen with a wide geographical range that can lead to long-term disability and death in some cases. Despite the public health risk posed by WNV, including an estimated 3 million infections in the United States alone, no vaccine is available for use in humans. Here, we present a scaled manufacturing approach for production of a hydrogen peroxide-inactivated whole virion WNV vaccine, termed HydroVax-001WNV. Vaccination resulted in robust virus-specific neutralizing antibody responses and protection against WNV-associated mortality in mice or viremia in rhesus macaques (RM)...
December 2, 2016: Vaccine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27919479/how-to-refer-to-people-with-disease-in-research-outputs-the-disconnection-between-academic-practise-and-that-preferred-by-people-with-multiple-sclerosis
#20
David Baker, Ananthi Anandhakrishnan, Katie A Tuite-Dalton, Hazel Lockart-Jones, Rodden M Middleton, David V Ford, Christina Crowe, Gavin Giovannoni
BACKGROUND: Increasingly, Government and Charity funders require public engagement in research. Invariably these research outputs describe the condition of someone with the disease of interest. We therefore sought to identify the preferred descriptor of someone with a disease, such as multiple sclerosis (MS) and to determine what descriptors are currently used by academics. METHODS: Several surveys were undertaken: one from the Research Network of the MS Society (MSSRN), a major MS Charity within the United Kingdom, who are involved in reviewing grant applications, priority setting and research governance (n=146), and surveys from both the United Kingdom MS register (MSR; n=1713) and the North American Research Committee on Multiple Sclerosis (NARCOMS) registry (n=518)...
November 2016: Multiple Sclerosis and related Disorders
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