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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28088094/organ-on-a-chip-for-assessing-environmental-toxicants
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Soohee Cho, Jeong-Yeol Yoon
Man-made xenobiotics, whose potential toxicological effects are not fully understood, are oversaturating the already-contaminated environment. Due to the rate of toxicant accumulation, unmanaged disposal, and unknown adverse effects to the environment and the human population, there is a crucial need to screen for environmental toxicants. Animal models and in vitro models are ineffective models in predicting in vivo responses due to inter-species difference and/or lack of physiologically-relevant 3D tissue environment...
January 11, 2017: Current Opinion in Biotechnology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28087808/identification-of-a-novel-liver-x-receptor-agonist-that-regulates-the-expression-of-key-cholesterol-homeostasis-genes-with-distinct-pharmacological-characteristics
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Ni Li, Xiao Wang, Yanni Xu, Yuan Lin, Ningyu Zhu, Peng Liu, Duo Lu, Shuyi Si
Activation of Liver X receptor (LXR) is associated with cholesterol metabolism and anti-inflammatory processes, which makes beneficial to anti-atherosclerosis. Nevertheless, existing agonists which target LXR, for example TO901317, are related to unwanted side-effects. In the present study, using a screening method we identified IMB-808, which displayed potent dual LXRα/β agonistic activity. In vitro, IMB-808 effectively increased the expressing quantity of genes related to reverse cholesterol transport process as well as those associated with cholesterol metabolism pathway in multiple cell lines...
January 13, 2017: Molecular Pharmacology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28087554/how-prepared-are-uk-medical-graduates-for-practice-a-rapid-review-of-the-literature-2009-2014
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Lynn V Monrouxe, Lisa Grundy, Mala Mann, Zoe John, Eleni Panagoulas, Alison Bullock, Karen Mattick
OBJECTIVE: To understand how prepared UK medical graduates are for practice and the effectiveness of workplace transition interventions. DESIGN: A rapid review of the literature (registration #CRD42013005305). DATA SOURCES: Nine major databases (and key websites) were searched in two timeframes (July-September 2013; updated May-June 2014): CINAHL, Embase, Educational Resources Information Centre, Health Management Information Consortium, MEDLINE, MEDLINE in Process, PsycINFO, Scopus and Web of Knowledge...
January 13, 2017: BMJ Open
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28087465/are-cardiovascular-disease-risk-assessment-and-management-programmes-cost-effective-a-systematic-review-of-the-evidence
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REVIEW
John Tayu Lee, Kenny D Lawson, Yizhou Wan, Azeem Majeed, Stephen Morris, Michael Soljak, Christopher Millett
The World Health Organization recommends that countries implement population-wide cardiovascular disease (CVD) risk assessment and management programmes. The aim of this study was to conduct a systematic review to evaluate whether this recommendation is supported by cost-effectiveness evidence. Published economic evaluations were identified via electronic medical and social science databases (including Medline, Web of Science, and the NHS Economic Evaluation Database) from inception to March 2016. Study quality was evaluated using a modified version of the Consolidated Health Economic Evaluation Reporting Standards...
January 10, 2017: Preventive Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28087426/next-generation-sequencing-of-a-large-gene-panel-in-patients-initially-diagnosed-with-idiopathic-ventricular-fibrillation
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Marloes Visser, Dennis Dooijes, Jasper J van der Smagt, Jeroen F van der Heijden, Pieter A Doevendans, Peter Loh, Folkert W Asselbergs, Rutger J Hassink
BACKGROUND: Idiopathic ventricular fibrillation (IVF) is a rare primary cardiac arrhythmia syndrome that is diagnosed in a resuscitated cardiac arrest victim, with documented ventricular fibrillation, in whom no underlying cause is identified after comprehensive clinical evaluation. In some patients causative genetic mutations are detected which facilitate patient treatment and follow-up. The feasibility of next generation sequencing (NGS) has increased with its greater availability and decreasing costs...
January 10, 2017: Heart Rhythm: the Official Journal of the Heart Rhythm Society
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28087304/sleep-and-neurodegeneration-a-critical-appraisal
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REVIEW
Jagan A Pillai, James B Leverenz
Sleep abnormalities are clearly recognized as distinct clinical symptom of concern in neurodegenerative disorders. Appropriate management of sleep related symptoms has a positive impact on the quality of life of patients with neurodegenerative disorders. This review provides an overview of mechanisms that are currently being considered that tie sleep with neurodegeneration. It appraises the literature regarding specific sleep changes among common neurodegenerative diseases with a focus on Alzheimer's disease and synucleinopathies (i...
January 10, 2017: Chest
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28087110/systematic-review-and-meta-analysis-of-randomized-controlled-trials-assessing-safety-and-efficacy-of-posterior-pericardial-drainage-in-patients-undergoing-heart-surgery
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Mirosław Gozdek, Wojciech Pawliszak, Wojciech Hagner, Paweł Zalewski, Janusz Kowalewski, Domenico Paparella, Thierry Carrel, Lech Anisimowicz, Mariusz Kowalewski
OBJECTIVES: To investigate the potential beneficial effects of posterior pericardial drainage in patients undergoing heart surgery. METHODS: Multiple online databases and relevant congress proceedings were screened for randomized controlled trials assessing the efficacy and safety of posterior pericardial drainage, defined as posterior pericardiotomy incision, chest tube to posterior pericardium, or both. Primary endpoint was in-hospital/30 days' cardiac tamponade...
December 19, 2016: Journal of Thoracic and Cardiovascular Surgery
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28086923/multiple-hiv-1-m%C3%A2-%C3%A2-hiv-1-o-dual-infections-and-new-hiv-1-mo-inter-group-recombinant-forms-detected-in-cameroon
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Fabienne De Oliveira, Thomas Mourez, Aurélia Vessiere, Paul-Alain Ngoupo, Elodie Alessandri-Gradt, François Simon, Dominique Rousset, Jean-Christophe Plantier
BACKGROUND: Due to the prevalence of HIV-1 group M and the endemicity of HIV-1 group O infections in Cameroon, patients may be infected with both viruses and/or with HIV-1/MO recombinant forms. Such atypical infections may be deleterious in terms of diagnosis and therapeutic management due to the high divergence of HIV-1/O. The aim of this study was to identify prospectively such atypical infections in Cameroon. RESULTS: Based on serological screening by env-V3 serotyping and a molecular strategy using group-specific (RT)-PCRs, we identified 10 Cameroonian patients harboring three different profiles of infection: (1) 4 HIV-1/M + O dual infections without evidence of recombinant; (2) 5 recombinants associated with one or both parental strains; and (3) 1 new recombinant form without parental strains...
January 13, 2017: Retrovirology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28086902/exploiting-temporal-and-nonstationary-features-in-breathing-sound-analysis-for-multiple-obstructive-sleep-apnea-severity-classification
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Jaepil Kim, Taehoon Kim, Donmoon Lee, Jeong-Whun Kim, Kyogu Lee
BACKGROUND: Polysomnography (PSG) is the gold standard test for obstructive sleep apnea (OSA), but it incurs high costs, requires inconvenient measurements, and is limited by a one-night test. Thus, a repetitive OSA screening test using affordable data would be effective both for patients interested in their own OSA risk and in-hospital PSG. The purpose of this research was to develop a four-OSA severity classification model using a patient's breathing sounds. METHODS: Breathing sounds were recorded from 83 subjects during a PSG test...
January 7, 2017: Biomedical Engineering Online
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28081171/a-higher-proportion-of-metabolic-syndrome-in-chinese-subjects-with-sleep-disordered-breathing-a-case-control-study-based-on-electrocardiogram-derived-sleep-analysis
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Ping-Huei Tseng, Pei-Lin Lee, Wei-Chung Hsu, Yan Ma, Yi-Chia Lee, Han-Mo Chiu, Yi-Lwun Ho, Ming-Fong Chen, Ming-Shiang Wu, Chung-Kang Peng
OBJECTIVE: The prevalence of metabolic syndrome (MS) has increased rapidly in Taiwan and worldwide. We aim to determine the association between sleep-disordered breathing (SDB) and MS in a Chinese general population. METHODS: This case-control study recruited subjects who have undergone a prospective electrocardiogram-based cardiopulmonary coupling (CPC) sleep spectrogram as part of the periodic health check-ups at the National Taiwan University Hospital. Comprehensive anthropometrics, blood biochemistry, prevalence of MS and its individual components were compared with Bonferroni correction between 40 subjects with SDB, defined as the CPC-derived apnea-hypopnea index (CPC-AHI) >5 event/hour and 80 age- and sex-matched controls, defined as CPC-AHI <1 event/hour...
2017: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28081032/a-systematic-review-of-the-factors-influencing-ethnic-minority-women-s-cervical-cancer-screening-behavior-from-intrapersonal-to-policy-level
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Dorothy N S Chan, Winnie K W So
BACKGROUND: Cervical cancer can be prevented by effective screening using Papanicolaou tests, but the utilization rate is lower among ethnic minorities than in the general population. Understanding the factors influencing minorities' use of such screening can aid the design of an appropriate intervention to increase their uptake rate. OBJECTIVE: The aims of this study were to examine the factors that influence ethnic minority women in using cervical cancer screening and the similarities and differences in associated factors across different groups and to explore the interrelationships between the factors identified...
January 9, 2017: Cancer Nursing
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28080262/processing-speed-test-validation-of-a-self-administered-ipad-%C3%A2-based-tool-for-screening-cognitive-dysfunction-in-a-clinic-setting
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Stephen M Rao, Genna Losinski, Lyla Mourany, David Schindler, Bernadett Mamone, Christine Reece, Danielle Kemeny, Sridar Narayanan, Deborah M Miller, Francois Bethoux, Robert A Bermel, Richard Rudick, Jay Alberts
BACKGROUND: Cognitive dysfunction is common in multiple sclerosis (MS) patients and has important consequences for daily activities, yet, unlike motor function, is not routinely assessed in the clinic setting. We developed the Processing Speed Test (PST), a self-administered iPad(®)-based tool to measure MS-related deficits in processing speed. OBJECTIVE: To determine whether the PST is valid for screening cognitive dysfunction by comparing it to the paper-and-pencil Symbol Digit Modalities Test (SDMT)...
January 1, 2017: Multiple Sclerosis: Clinical and Laboratory Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28080099/school-connectedness-and-suicidal-thoughts-and-behaviors-a-systematic-meta-analysis
#13
Marisa E Marraccini, Zoe M F Brier
Among the protective factors associated with reduced risk for suicide, scientific inquiries into school connectedness are especially important considering that schools are ideally situated to provide interventions reaching the vast majority of youth. Although there is a wealth of research that supports the association between school connectedness and reduced self-report of adolescents having a suicidal thought or making a suicide attempt, inconsistencies in the way studies have measured and operationalized school connectedness limit synthesis across findings...
January 12, 2017: School Psychology Quarterly
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28080063/optimization-of-2-anilino-4-amino-substituted-quinazolines-into-potent-antimalarial-agents-with-oral-in-vivo-activity
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Paul R Gilson, Cyrus Tan, Kate E Jarman, Kym N Lowes, Joan M Curtis, William Nguyen, Adrian E Di Rago, Hayley E Bullen, Boris Prinz, Sandra Duffy, Jonathan B Baell, Craig A Hutton, Helene Jousset Sabroux, Brendan S Crabb, Vicky M Avery, Alan F Cowman, Brad E Sleebs
Novel antimalarial therapeutics that target multiple stages of the parasites lifecycle are urgently required to tackle the emerging problem of resistance with current drugs. Here we describe the optimization of the 2-anilino quinazoline class as antimalarial agents. The class, identified from publicly available antimalarial screening data, was optimized to generate lead compounds that possess potent antimalarial activity against P. falciparum parasites equivalent to the known antimalarials, chloroquine and mefloquine...
January 12, 2017: Journal of Medicinal Chemistry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28079887/drp-1-is-required-for-bh3-mimetic-mediated-mitochondrial-fragmentation-and-apoptosis
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Mateus Milani, Dominic P Byrne, Georgia Greaves, Michael Butterworth, Gerald M Cohen, Patrick A Eyers, Shankar Varadarajan
The concept of using BH3 mimetics as anticancer agents has been substantiated by the efficacy of selective drugs, such as Navitoclax and Venetoclax, in treating BCL-2-dependent haematological malignancies. However, most solid tumours depend on MCL-1 for survival, which is highly amplified in multiple cancers and a major factor determining chemoresistance. Most MCL-1 inhibitors that have been generated so far, while demonstrating early promise in vitro, fail to exhibit specificity and potency in a cellular context...
January 12, 2017: Cell Death & Disease
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28079798/clinical-and-genetic-factors-associated-with-warfarin-maintenance-dose-in-northern-chinese-patients-with-mechanical-heart-valve-replacement
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Rui Liu, Jian Cao, Qian Zhang, Xin-Miao Shi, Xiao-Dong Pan, Ran Dong
The effects of genetic variants on warfarin dosing vary among different ethnic groups, especially in the Chinese population. The objective of this study was to recruit patients through a rigorous experimental design and to perform a comprehensive screen to identify gene polymorphisms that may influence warfarin dosing in northern Han Chinese patients with mechanical heart valve replacement. Consenting patients (n = 183) with a stable warfarin dose were included in this study. Ninety-six single nucleotide polymorphisms (SNPs) in 30 genes involved in warfarin pharmacological pathways were genotyped using the Illumina SNP GoldenGate Assay, and their associations with warfarin dosing were assessed using univariate regression analysis with post hoc comparison using least significant difference analysis...
January 2017: Medicine (Baltimore)
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28079635/influences-of-age-obesity-and-adverse-drug-effects-on-balance-and-mobility-testing-scores-in-ambulatory-older-adults
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Eric Anson, Elizabeth Thompson, Brian L Odle, John Jeka, Zachary F Walls, Peter C Panus
BACKGROUND AND PURPOSE: The adverse effects of drugs may influence results on tests of mobility and balance, but the drug-specific impact is not identified when using these tests. We propose that a quantitative drug index (QDI) will assist in assessing fall risk based on these tests, when combined with other fall risk variables. METHODS: Fifty-seven community-dwelling older adults who could walk independently on a treadmill and had Mini-Mental State Examination (MMSE) scores equal to or greater than 24 participated...
January 10, 2017: Journal of Geriatric Physical Therapy
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28079375/docking-of-macrocycles-comparing-rigid-and-flexible-docking-in-glide
#18
Hiba Alogheli, Gustav Olanders, Wesley Schaal, Peter Brandt, Anders Karlen
In recent years, there has been an increased interest in using macrocyclic compounds for drug discovery and development. To address docking of these commonly large and flexible compounds, a screening and a validation set were assembled from the PDB consisting of 16 and 31 macrocycle containing protein complexes, respectively. The macrocycles were docked in Glide by rigid docking of pre-generated conformational ensembles produced by the macrocycle conformational sampling method (MCS) in Schrödinger Release 2015-3 or by direct Glide Flexible Docking after performing ring-templating...
January 12, 2017: Journal of Chemical Information and Modeling
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28079246/is-total-lymphocyte-count-related-to-nutritional-markers-in-hospitalized-older-adults
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Vânia Aparecida Leandro-Merhi, Vitória Negri Bráz, José Luis Braga de Aquino
BACKGROUND: - Older patients are commonly malnourished during hospital stay, and a high prevalence of malnutrition is found in hospitalized patients aged more than 65 years. OBJECTIVE: - To investigate whether total lymphocyte count is related to other nutritional markers in hospitalized older adults. METHODS: - Hospitalized older adults (N=131) were recruited for a cross-sectional study. Their nutritional status was assessed by the Nutritional Risk Screening (NRS), anthropometry, and total lymphocyte count...
January 2017: Arquivos de Gastroenterologia
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28078815/repeat-measurements-of-uterine-artery-pulsatility-index-mean-arterial-pressure-and-serum-placental-growth-factor-at-12-22-and-32-weeks-in-the-prediction-of-preeclampsia
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Silvia Andrietti, Stefania Carlucci, Alan Wright, David Wright, Kypros H Nicolaides
OBJECTIVE: To investigate the potential value of repeat measurements of uterine artery pulsatility index (UTPI), mean arterial pressure (MAP) and serum placental growth factor (PLGF) at 12, 22 and 32 weeks' gestation in the prediction of preeclampsia (PE) after 32 weeks. METHODS: The data were derived from prospective screening for adverse obstetric outcomes in women attending for their routine hospital visit at 11-13, 19-24 and / or 30-34 weeks' gestation in two maternity hospitals in England...
January 12, 2017: Ultrasound in Obstetrics & Gynecology
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