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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28934813/postpartum-retained-products-of-conception-a-novel-approach-to-follow-up-and-early-diagnosis
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Noam Smorgick, Ayala Krakov, Ron Maymon, Moshe Betser, Josef Tovbin, Moty Pansky
Purpose To investigate whether ultrasound follow-up for the detection of postpartum retained products of conception (RPOC) in women considered at risk for this condition may allow for early diagnosis. Methods Parturients at risk for RPOC underwent an ultrasound exam on the second postpartum day. Based on the ultrasound findings, women were either: (1) discharged to routine postpartum care in cases of normal scans, (2) invited for follow-up in cases of abnormal scans. We retrospectively analyzed the rates of women requiring uterine evacuation due to persistent abnormal scans...
September 21, 2017: Ultraschall in der Medizin
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28934809/ct-and-mri-techniques-for-imaging-around-orthopedic-hardware
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Thuy Duong Do, Reto Sutter, Stephan Skornitzke, Marc-André Weber
Orthopedic hardware impairs image quality in cross-sectional imaging. With an increasing number of orthopedic implants in an aging population, the need to mitigate metal artifacts in computed tomography and magnetic resonance imaging is becoming increasingly relevant. This review provides an overview of the major artifacts in CT and MRI and state-of-the-art solutions to improve image quality. All steps of image acquisition from device selection, scan preparations and parameters to image post-processing influence the magnitude of metal artifacts...
September 21, 2017: RöFo: Fortschritte Auf Dem Gebiete der Röntgenstrahlen und der Nuklearmedizin
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28934711/alterations-of-larval-photo-dependent-swimming-responses-pdr-new-endpoints-for-rapid-and-diagnostic-screening-of-aquatic-contamination
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Luis Colón-Cruz, Lauren Kristofco, Jonathan Crooke-Rosado, Agnes Acevedo, Aranza Torrado, Bryan W Brooks, María A Sosa, Martine Behra
Detection and toxicity assessment of waterborne contaminants are crucial for protecting human health and the environment. Development of easy-to-implement, rapid and cost-effective tools to measure anthropogenic effects on watersheds are critical for responsible management, particularly in times of increasing development and urbanization. Traditionally, environmental toxicology has focused on limited endpoints, such as lethality and fertility, which are directly affecting population levels. However, more sensitive readings are needed to assess sub-lethal effects...
September 18, 2017: Ecotoxicology and Environmental Safety
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28934690/butyl-benzyl-phthalate-bbp-induces-caudal-defects-during-embryonic-development
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Nicole M Roy, Ewelina Zambrzycka, Jenna Santangelo
Butyl benzyl phthalate (BBP) is commonly added during the manufacturing of plastics to increase flexibility and elasticity. However, BBP leaches off of plastic and environment presence has been detected in soil, groundwater and sediment potentially effecting organisms in the environment. Given the widespread uses of BBP in household, consumer goods and the presence of BBP in the environment, studies on developmental toxicity are needed. Here, we use a zebrafish model to investigate the early developmental toxicity of BBP...
September 18, 2017: Environmental Toxicology and Pharmacology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28934434/high-sensitivity-assays-for-plasmodium-falciparum-infection-by-immuno-polymerase-chain-reaction-detection-of-pfideh-and-pfldh-antigens
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Jianbing Mu, John F Andersen, Jesus G Valenzuela, Thomas E Wellems
Background: Rapid diagnostic tests based on Plasmodium falciparum histidine-rich protein II (PfHRP-II) and P. falciparum lactate dehydrogenase (PfLDH) antigens are widely deployed for detection of P. falciparum infection; however, these tests often miss cases of low-level parasitemia, and PfHRP-II tests can give false-negative results when P. falciparum strains do not express this antigen. Methods: We screened proteomic data for highly expressed P. falciparum proteins and compared their features to those of PfHRP-II and PfLDH biomarkers...
September 15, 2017: Journal of Infectious Diseases
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28934394/microrna-455-3p-as-a-potential-peripheral-biomarker-for-alzheimer-s-disease
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Subodh Kumar, Murali Vijayan, P Hemachandra Reddy
The purpose of our study was to identify microRNAs (miRNAs) as early detectable peripheral biomarkers in Alzheimer's disease (AD). To achieve our objective, we assessed miRNAs in serum samples from AD patients and Mild cognitive impairment (MCI) subjects relative to healthy controls. We used Affymetrix microarray analysis and validated differentially expressed miRNAs using qRT-PCR. We further validated miRNA data using AD postmortem brains, amyloid precursor protein transgenic mice and AD cell lines. We identified a gradual upregulation of four miRNAs: miR-455-3p, miR-4668-5p, miR-3613-3p and miR-4674...
October 1, 2017: Human Molecular Genetics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28934263/temporal-dynamics-and-leishmania-infantum-infection-prevalence-of-phlebotomus-perniciosus-diptera-phlebotominae-in-highly-endemic-areas-of-visceral-leishmaniasis-in-tunisia
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Meriem Benabid, Jamila Ghrab, Adel Rhim, Rania Ben-Romdhane, Karim Aoun, Aïda Bouratbine
Phlebotomus perniciosus is one of the major vectors of Leishmania infantum in the Mediterranean basin. The aim of this work was (i) to provide information about abundance and temporal dynamics of this Larroussius species in a hot spot area of visceral leishmaniasis in Tunisia, (ii) to detect L. infantum DNA in wild caught female sandflies and (iii) to measure Phlebotomus perniciosus infection rate throughout the active season. Sandflies were collected monthly during one year using CDC miniature light-traps in house and in animal shelters...
2017: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28934234/a-novel-feature-ranking-method-for-prediction-of-cancer-stages-using-proteomics-data
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Ehsan Saghapour, Saeed Kermani, Mohammadreza Sehhati
Proteomic analysis of cancers' stages has provided new opportunities for the development of novel, highly sensitive diagnostic tools which helps early detection of cancer. This paper introduces a new feature ranking approach called FRMT. FRMT is based on the Technique for Order of Preference by Similarity to Ideal Solution method (TOPSIS) which select the most discriminative proteins from proteomics data for cancer staging. In this approach, outcomes of 10 feature selection techniques were combined by TOPSIS method, to select the final discriminative proteins from seven different proteomic databases of protein expression profiles...
2017: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28934227/hemorrhage-enhances-cytokine-complement-component-3-and-caspase-3-and-regulates-micrornas-associated-with-intestinal-damage-after-whole-body-gamma-irradiation-in-combined-injury
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Juliann G Kiang, Joan T Smith, Marsha N Anderson, Thomas B Elliott, Paridhi Gupta, Nagaraja S Balakathiresan, Radha K Maheshwari, Barbara Knollmann-Ritschel
Hemorrhage following whole-body γ-irradiation in a combined injury (CI) model increases mortality compared to whole-body γ-irradiation alone (RI). The decreased survival in CI is accompanied by increased bone marrow injury, decreased hematocrit, and alterations of miRNA in the kidney. In this study, our aim was to examine cytokine homeostasis, susceptibility to systemic bacterial infection, and intestinal injury. More specifically, we evaluated the interleukin-6 (IL-6)-induced stress proteins including C-reactive protein (CRP), complement 3 (C3), Flt-3 ligand, and corticosterone...
2017: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28934192/metabolomics-and-cognition-in-african-american-adults-in-midlife-the-atherosclerosis-risk-in-communities-study
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J Bressler, B Yu, T H Mosley, D S Knopman, R F Gottesman, A Alonso, A R Sharrett, L M Wruck, E Boerwinkle
Clinical studies have shown alterations in metabolic profiles when patients with mild cognitive impairment and Alzheimer's disease dementia were compared to cognitively normal subjects. Associations between 204 serum metabolites measured at baseline (1987-1989) and cognitive change were investigated in 1035 middle-aged community-dwelling African American participants in the biracial Atherosclerosis Risk in Communities (ARIC) Study. Cognition was evaluated using the Delayed Word Recall Test (DWRT; verbal memory), the Digit Symbol Substitution Test (DSST; processing speed) and the Word Fluency Test (WFT; verbal fluency) at visits 2 (1990-1992) and 4 (1996-1998)...
July 18, 2017: Translational Psychiatry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28934183/trends-in-cervical-cancer-screening-in-title-x-funded-health-centers-united-states-2005-2015
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Christina I Fowler, Mona Saraiya, Susan B Moskosky, Jacqueline W Miller, Julia Gable, Nancy Mautone-Smith
Cervical cancer screening is critical to early detection and treatment of precancerous cells and cervical cancer. In 2015, 83% of U.S. women reported being screened per current recommendations, which is below the Healthy People 2020 target of 93% (1,2). Disparities in screening persist for women who are younger (aged 21-30 years), have lower income, are less educated, are uninsured, lack a source of health care, or who self-identify as Asian or American Indian/Alaska Native (2). Women who are never screened or rarely screened are more likely to develop cancer and receive a cancer diagnosis at later stages than women who are screened regularly (3)...
September 22, 2017: MMWR. Morbidity and Mortality Weekly Report
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28934151/natural-history-of-hpv-infection-across-the-lifespan-role-of-viral-latency
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REVIEW
Patti E Gravitt, Rachel L Winer
Large-scale epidemiologic studies have been invaluable for elaboration of the causal relationship between persistent detection of genital human papillomavirus (HPV) infection and the development of invasive cervical cancer. However, these studies provide limited data to adequately inform models of the individual-level natural history of HPV infection over the course of a lifetime, and particularly ignore the biological distinction between HPV-negative tests and lack of infection (i.e., the possibility of latent, undetectable HPV infection)...
September 21, 2017: Viruses
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28934121/current-status-of-early-blight-resistance-in-tomato-an-update
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REVIEW
Pragya Adhikari, Yeonyee Oh, Dilip R Panthee
Early blight (EB) is one of the dreadful diseases of tomato caused by several species of Alternaria including Alternaria linariae (which includes A. solani and A. tomatophila), as well as A. alternata. In some instances, annual economic yield losses due to EB have been estimated at 79%. Alternaria are known only to reproduce asexually, but a highly-virulent isolate has the potential to overcome existing resistance genes. Currently, cultural practices and fungicide applications are employed for the management of EB due to the lack of strong resistant cultivars...
September 21, 2017: International Journal of Molecular Sciences
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28934088/accuracy-of-a-rapid-intrapartum-group%C3%A2-b-streptococcus-test-a-new-immunochromatographic-assay
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A Delabaere, S Curinier, S Ughetto, L Gibold, R Bonnet, A Rossi, D Gallot
OBJECTIVES: To decrease the incidence of early-onset group B streptococcal (GBS) disease, a culture-based screening of all pregnant women at 35-37 weeks is recommended. This gold standard test requires 24-72hours culture. This delay precludes its use for intrapartum screening. This study assesses a new immunoassay, the DIMA test, for identifying GBS-positive patients in the labor ward. MATERIALS AND METHODS: This was a prospective observational study of 195 pregnant women presenting with full-term labor at a single site in France between June and August 2012...
May 2017: Journal of gynecology obstetrics and human reproduction
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28934023/biomarker-enrichment-considerations-in-oncology-early-development-single-arm-studies
#15
Hong Tian, Kevin Liu
Oncology drug development has been increasingly shaped by molecularly targeted agents (MTAs), which often demonstrate differential effectiveness driven by the biomarker expression levels on tumors. Innovative statistical designs have been proposed to tackle this challenge, e.g., Freidlin et al (2005), Jiang et al (2007) and Freidlin et al (2010). All of these are essentially adaptive confirmatory Phase 3 designs that combine the testing of treatment effectiveness in the overall population with an alternative pathway for a more restrictive efficacy claim in a sensitive subpopulation...
September 21, 2017: Journal of Biopharmaceutical Statistics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28933973/magnetic-resonance-imaging-in-the-early-detection-of-prostate-cancer-and-review-of-the-literature-on-magnetic-resonance-imaging-stratified-clinical-pathways
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Taimur Tariq Shah, Wilson King Lim To, Hashim Uddin Ahmed
With level 1 evidence now available on the diagnostic accuracy of multiparametric magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) we must now utilise this data in developing an MRI-stratified diagnostic pathway for the early detection of prostate cancer. Areas covered: A literature review was conducted and identified seven randomised control trials (RCT's) assessing the diagnostic accuracy of such a pathway against the previously accepted systematic/random trans-rectal ultrasound guided (TRUS) biopsy pathway. The studies were heterogeneous in their design...
September 21, 2017: Expert Review of Anticancer Therapy
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28933778/synthesis-of-a-hycosul-peptide-substrate-library-to-dissect-protease-substrate-specificity
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Marcin Poreba, Guy S Salvesen, Marcin Drag
Many biologically and chemically based approaches have been developed to design highly active and selective protease substrates and probes. It is, however, difficult to find substrate sequences that are truly selective for any given protease, as different proteases can demonstrate a great deal of overlap in substrate specificities. In some cases, better enzyme selectivity can be achieved using peptide libraries containing unnatural amino acids such as the hybrid combinatorial substrate library (HyCoSuL), which uses both natural and unnatural amino acids...
October 2017: Nature Protocols
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28933756/a-disposable-amperometric-sensor-based-on-high-performance-pedot-pss-ionic-liquid-nanocomposite-thin-film-modified-screen-printed-electrode-for-the-analysis-of-catechol-in-natural-water-samples
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Francis D Krampa, Yaw Aniweh, Gordon A Awandare, Prosper Kanyong
A conducting polymer-based composite material of poly(3,4-ethylenedioxythiophene) (PEDOT): poly(4-styrenesulfonate) (PSS) doped with different percentages of a room temperature ionic liquid (IL), 1-ethyl-3-methylimidazolium tetrafluoroborate ([EMIM][BF₄]), was prepared and a very small amount of the composite (2.0 µL) was drop-coated on the working area of a screen-printed carbon electrode (SPCE). The SPCE, modified with PEDOT:PSS/IL composite thin-film, was characterized by cyclic voltammetry (CV), electrochemical impedance spectroscopy (EIS), scanning electron microscopy (SEM), profilometry and sessile contact angle measurements...
July 26, 2017: Sensors
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28933736/pulsed-polarization-based-nox-sensors-of-ysz-films-produced-by-the-aerosol-deposition-method-and-by-screen-printing
#19
Jörg Exner, Gaby Albrecht, Daniela Schönauer-Kamin, Jaroslaw Kita, Ralf Moos
The pulsed polarization technique on solid electrolytes is based on alternating potential pulses interrupted by self-discharge pauses. Since even small concentrations of nitrogen oxides (NOx) in the ppm range significantly change the polarization and discharge behavior, pulsed polarization sensors are well suited to measure low amounts of NOx. In contrast to all previous investigations, planar pulsed polarization sensors were built using an electrolyte thick film and platinum interdigital electrodes on alumina substrates...
July 26, 2017: Sensors
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28933646/visualizing-trna-dependent-mistranslation-in-human-cells
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Jeremy T Lant, Matthew D Berg, Daniel Hw Sze, Kyle S Hoffman, Ibukunoluwa C Akinpelu, Matthew Turk, Ilka U Heinemann, Martin L Duennwald, Christopher J Brandl, Patrick O'Donoghue
High-fidelity translation and a strictly accurate proteome were originally assumed as essential to life and cellular viability. Yet recent studies in bacteria and eukaryotic model organisms suggest that proteome-wide mistranslation can provide selective advantages and is tolerated in the cell at higher levels than previously thought (one error in 6.9 × 10(-4) in yeast) with a limited impact on phenotype. Previously, we selected a tRNA(Pro) containing a single mutation that induces mistranslation with alanine at proline codons in yeast...
September 21, 2017: RNA Biology
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