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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28434005/chorioamniotic-membrane-separation-after-fetoscopic-laser-photocoagulation
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Mayumi Takano, Masahiko Nakata, Susumu Murata, Masahiro Sumie, Mineto Morita
INTRODUCTION: This study aimed to investigate the risk factors, incidence, and influence on the perinatal outcome of chorioamniotic membrane separation (CMS) after fetoscopic laser photocoagulation (FLP). MATERIAL AND METHODS: This retrospective study included 312 women who underwent FLP for twin-to-twin transfusion syndrome (TTTS). Clinical records were used to review obstetrical examinations, complications, operative data, ultrasonographic findings, and perinatal and neonatal follow-up data in all patients...
April 22, 2017: Fetal Diagnosis and Therapy
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28433087/paternal-age-alters-social-development-in-offspring
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Magdalena Janecka, Claire M A Haworth, Angelica Ronald, Eva Krapohl, Francesca Happé, Jonathan Mill, Leonard C Schalkwyk, Cathy Fernandes, Abraham Reichenberg, Frühling Rijsdijk
OBJECTIVE: Advanced paternal age (APA) at conception has been linked with autism and schizophrenia in offspring, neurodevelopmental disorders that affect social functioning. The current study explored the effects of paternal age on social development in the general population. METHOD: We used multilevel growth modeling to investigate APA effects on socioemotional development from early childhood until adolescence, as measured by the Strengths and Difficulties Questionnaire (SDQ) in the Twins Early Development Study (TEDS) sample...
May 2017: Journal of the American Academy of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28431796/lessons-learned-from-twins-in-autoimmune-and-chronic-inflammatory-diseases
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REVIEW
Elena Generali, Angela Ceribelli, Maria Antonietta Stazi, Carlo Selmi
Autoimmunity and chronic inflammation recognize numerous shared factors and, as a result, the resulting diseases frequently coexist in the same patients or respond to the same treatments. Among the convenient truths of autoimmune and chronic inflammatory diseases, there is now agreement that these are complex conditions in which the individual genetic predisposition provides a rate of heritability. The concordance rates in monozygotic and dizygotic twins allows to estimate the weight of the environment in determining disease susceptibility, despite recent data supporting that only a minority of immune markers depend on hereditary factors...
April 18, 2017: Journal of Autoimmunity
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28429501/formation-of-macromolecules-in-wheat-gluten-starch-mixtures-during-twin-screw-extrusion-effect-of-different-additives
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Kaiqiang Wang, Cheng Li, Bingzhi Wang, Wen Yang, Shuizhong Luo, Yanyan Zhao, Shaotong Jiang, Dongdong Mu, Zhi Zheng
BACKGROUND: Wheat gluten comprises a good quality and inexpensive vegetable protein with an ideal amino acid composition. To expand the potential application of wheat gluten in the food industry, the effect of different additives on the physicochemical and structural properties of wheat gluten/starch mixtures during twin-screw extrusion was investigated. RESULTS: Macromolecules were observed to form in wheat gluten/starch mixtures during twin-screw extrusion, which may be ascribed to the formation of new disulfide bonds and non-covalent interactions, as well as Maillard reaction products...
April 21, 2017: Journal of the Science of Food and Agriculture
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28426696/heritability-of-brain-volume-on-mri-in-middle-to-advanced-age-a-twin-study-of-japanese-adults
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Matthew W Lukies, Yoshiyuki Watanabe, Hisashi Tanaka, Hiroto Takahashi, Soshiro Ogata, Kayoko Omura, Shiro Yorifuji, Noriyuki Tomiyama
Brain atrophy is part of the aging process and accelerated by neurodegenerative diseases, so an understanding of the background heritability of brain volume is essential. The purpose of this study was to determine the heritability of brain volume in middle to advanced age East Asian adults, an age group less studied and an ethnicity not previously studied. 3T magnetic resonance images were obtained and volumetric analyses conducted for a total of 74 individuals, 20 monozygotic twin pairs (mean age 61y min 41y max 75y) and 17 dizygotic twin pairs (mean age 64y min 41y max 85y)...
2017: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28425672/evaluating-therapeutic-effect-on-womac-subscales-in-osteoarthritis-rcts-when-model-choice-matters
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Giulia Lorenzoni, Danila Azzolina, Nicola Soriani, Dario Gregori
RATIONALE, AIMS, AND OBJECTIVES: The study aimed at developing a method for modelling the Western Ontario and McMaster Universities index (WOMAC), accounting for correlation between its subscales and for heterogeneity of treatment effect (HTE), using data from 2 twin trials on knee osteoarthritis. METHOD: Two randomized, double-blind, placebo-controlled clinical trials (twin trials). Studies aimed at investigating the effectiveness of a pharmacological treatment on clinical outcomes of knee osteoarthritis, measured using WOMAC index...
April 20, 2017: Journal of Evaluation in Clinical Practice
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28425218/recurrence-of-congenital-heart-defects-among-siblings-a-nationwide-study
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Kristoffer Brodwall, Gottfried Greve, Elisabeth Leirgul, Grethe S Tell, Stein E Vollset, Nina Øyen
Congenital heart defects (CHD) constitute the largest group of congenital malformations. In most families, only one person has CHD; however, the risk of CHD increases for children born into families already affected. In this study, all births from 1994 through 2009 were identified in the Medical Birth Registry of Norway, including supplemental information on CHD from clinical and administrative registers, as part of the CVDNOR project. By using the unique personal identification number of each parent we were able to link 16,078 pairs of twins, 445,584 pairs of full siblings, and 106,840 pairs of half-siblings...
April 19, 2017: American Journal of Medical Genetics. Part A
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28424107/early-maturation-and-substance-use-across-adolescence-and-young-adulthood-a-longitudinal-study-of-finnish-twins
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Jeanne E Savage, Richard J Rose, Lea Pulkkinen, Karri Silventoinen, Tellervo Korhonen, Jaakko Kaprio, Nathan Gillespie, Danielle M Dick
Early maturation, indexed by pubertal development (PD), has been associated with earlier initiation and greater frequency of adolescent substance use, but this relationship may be biased by confounding factors and effects that change across development. Using a population-based Finnish twin sample (N = 3,632 individuals), we conducted twin modeling and multilevel structural equation modeling of the relationship between PD and substance use at ages 12-22. Shared environmental factors contributed to early PD and heavier substance use for females...
April 20, 2017: Development and Psychopathology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28422613/the-impact-of-prospective-telemedicine-implementation-in-the-management-of-childhood-acute-lymphoblastic-leukemia-in-recife-brazil
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Francisco Pedrosa, Faisal Shaikh, Gaston Rivera, Raul Ribeiro, Ibrahim Qaddoumi
BACKGROUND: A gap in childhood cancer outcomes remains between developed and developing countries. Persistence of this gap may be caused by financial, social, or educational disparities. Twinning and distance learning initiatives may improve such disparities. Integrating telemedicine into pediatric oncology twinning programs enhances education and facilitates patient-centered capacity building. MATERIALS AND METHODS: We performed an analysis of Web-based meetings held from August 2005 through July 2009 between the International Outreach Program at St...
April 19, 2017: Telemedicine Journal and E-health: the Official Journal of the American Telemedicine Association
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28422179/heritability-maps-of-human-face-morphology-through-large-scale-automated-three-dimensional-phenotyping
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Dimosthenis Tsagkrasoulis, Pirro Hysi, Tim Spector, Giovanni Montana
The human face is a complex trait under strong genetic control, as evidenced by the striking visual similarity between twins. Nevertheless, heritability estimates of facial traits have often been surprisingly low or difficult to replicate. Furthermore, the construction of facial phenotypes that correspond to naturally perceived facial features remains largely a mystery. We present here a large-scale heritability study of face geometry that aims to address these issues. High-resolution, three-dimensional facial models have been acquired on a cohort of 952 twins recruited from the TwinsUK registry, and processed through a novel landmarking workflow, GESSA (Geodesic Ensemble Surface Sampling Algorithm)...
April 19, 2017: Scientific Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28421666/genetic-interplay-between-human-longevity-and-metabolic-pathways-a-large-scale-eqtl-study
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Robert Häsler, Geetha Venkatesh, Qihua Tan, Friederike Flachsbart, Anupam Sinha, Philip Rosenstiel, Wolfgang Lieb, Stefan Schreiber, Kaare Christensen, Lene Christiansen, Almut Nebel
Human longevity is a complex phenotype influenced by genetic and environmental components. Unraveling the contribution of genetic vs. nongenetic factors to longevity is a challenging task. Here, we conducted a large-scale RNA-sequencing-based expression quantitative trait loci study (eQTL) with subsequent heritability analysis. The investigation was performed on blood samples from 244 individuals from Germany and Denmark, representing various age groups including long-lived subjects up to the age of 104 years...
April 19, 2017: Aging Cell
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28421630/the-factor-structure-of-dental-fear
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Caroline M H H van Houtem, Arjen J van Wijk, Dorret I Boomsma, Lannie Ligthart, Corine M Visscher, Ad de Jongh
There is limited empirical information as to whether or how stimuli associated with dental fear can be classified into distinct subtypes. The purpose of the current study was to develop a descriptive framework for the classification of dental fear. Data were collected using a survey among Dutch twin families (n = 11,771). The sample was randomly divided into two subsamples of, respectively, 5,920 and 5,851 individuals. An exploratory factor analysis (EFA) was performed on the first subsample to delineate the multidimensional structure of a set of 28 dental-fear-provoking objects and situations...
April 18, 2017: European Journal of Oral Sciences
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28420506/prediction-of-spontaneous-preterm-delivery-in-asymptomatic-twin-pregnancies-using-cervical-length-and-granulocyte-elastase
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Kei Tanaka, Kenji Yamada, Miho Matsushima, Tomoko Izawa, Seishi Furukawa, Yoichi Kobayashi, Mitsutoshi Iwashita
OBJECTIVE: The purpose of this study was to evaluate sonographic cervical length (CL) and granulocyte elastase (GE) in cervical secretion as predictors of preterm delivery in asymptomatic twin pregnancies. MATERIALS AND METHODS: This study prospectively enrolled asymptomatic twin pregnancies with CL < 25 mm at 22-29 weeks of gestation. All women were hospitalized for preterm labor, and the cervical secretion was obtained for GE testing on admission. The results of CL measurement and GE testing were reviewed, and the relationship between each variables and preterm delivery prior to 34 weeks of gestation was assessed...
April 2017: Taiwanese Journal of Obstetrics & Gynecology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28418401/weak-associations-between-pubertal-development-and-psychiatric-and-behavioral-problems
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E Smith-Woolley, K Rimfeld, R Plomin
Pubertal development has been associated with adverse outcomes throughout adolescence and adulthood. However, much of the previous literature has categorized outcome variables and pubertal timing measures for ease of mean difference or odds ratio interpretation. We use a UK-representative sample of over 5000 individuals drawn from the Twins Early Development Study to extend this literature by adopting an individual differences approach and emphasizing effect sizes. We investigate a variety of psychiatric and behavioral measures collected longitudinally at ages 11, 14 and 16, for multiple raters and for males and females separately...
April 18, 2017: Translational Psychiatry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28415538/fabrication-of-polypropylene-silver-nanocomposites-for-biocidal-applications
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Washington Luiz Oliani, Duclerc Fernandes Parra, Luiz Gustavo Hiroki Komatsu, Nilton Lincopan, Vijaya Kumar Rangari, Ademar Benevolo Lugao
This paper presents a study on biocidal effect of polymer nanocomposite films of gamma irradiated polypropylene (PP) and silver nanoparticles. The modified polypropylene was obtained from isotactic polypropylene (iPP) in pellets form by irradiation with gamma rays in the presence of acetylene. A new morphology with long chain branching of PP and distinct rheology is obtained by this process. The blend of 50/50wt% neat PP and PP modified by gamma radiation were further mixed using a twin screw extruder. The AgNPs were infused into this polymer blend at different concentrations of: 0...
June 1, 2017: Materials Science & Engineering. C, Materials for Biological Applications
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28413857/a-new-look-at-genetic-and-environmental-architecture-on-lipids-using-non-normal-structural-equation-modeling-in-male-twins-the-nhlbi-twin-study
#16
Sheng-Hui Wu, Koken Ozaki, Terry Reed, Ruth E Krasnow, Jun Dai
This study examined genetic and environmental influences on the lipid concentrations of 1028 male twins using the novel univariate non-normal structural equation modeling (nnSEM) ADCE and ACE models. In the best fitting nnSEM ADCE model that was also better than the nnSEM ACE model, additive genetic factors (A) explained 4%, dominant genetic factors (D) explained 17%, and common (C) and unique (E) environmental factors explained 47% and 33% of the total variance of high-density lipoprotein cholesterol (HDL-C)...
April 17, 2017: Behavior Genetics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28413702/targeted-sequencing-identifies-genetic-polymorphisms-of-flavin-containing-monooxygenase-genes-contributing-to-susceptibility-of-nicotine-dependence-in-european-american-and-african-american
#17
Tian-Xiao Zhang, Nancy L Saccone, Laura J Bierut, John P Rice
BACKGROUND: Smoking is a leading cause of preventable death. Early studies based on samples of twins have linked the lifetime smoking practices to genetic predisposition. The flavin-containing monooxygenase (FMO) protein family consists of a group of enzymes that metabolize drugs and xenobiotics. Both FMO1 and FMO3 were potentially susceptible genes for nicotine metabolism process. METHODS: In this study, we investigated the potential of FMO genes to confer risk of nicotine dependence via deep targeted sequencing in 2,820 study subjects comprising 1,583 nicotine dependents and 1,237 controls from European American and African American...
April 2017: Brain and Behavior
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28412851/cervical-pessary-in-the-prevention-of-preterm-births-in-multiple-pregnancies-with-a-short-cervix-prisma-compliant-systematic-review-and-meta-analysis
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Ramesh Thangatorai, Fang Chan Lim, Sivalingam Nalliah
BACKGROUND: Preterm births occur frequently in multiple pregnancies with a short cervix. The cervical pessary is a potential intervention for prevention of preterm births. OBJECTIVE: To assess the effectiveness of cervical pessary in the prevention of preterm births in multiple pregnancies with a short cervix (<25mm). SEARCH STRATEGY: Major databases from 2006 to 20(th) November 2016 were searched for relevant terms. SELECTION CRITERIA: We included randomised controlled trials that assessed the effectiveness of cervical pessary on pregnancy outcomes in multiple pregnancies with a short cervix...
April 16, 2017: Journal of Maternal-fetal & Neonatal Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28412674/analysis-of-relevant-risk-factors-for-intrauterine-death-of-fetuses-in-the-third-trimester-of-pregnancy
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Yang Qiong, Yuan Yichong
Our study aimed to explore the relevant risk factors for intrauterine death of fetuses in the third trimester of pregnancy via a retrospective analysis. Then, 98 pregnant women with intrauterine death of fetuses in the third trimester of pregnancy were enrolled, who had undergone the induced labor of dead fetuses in our hospital from January, 2013 to January, 2015. By taking their disease conditions into considerations, methods of induced labor as softening of cervix with dinoprostone suppositories and amniotic infusion of ethacridine or oxytocin were performed, and the timely cesarean section for termination of pregnancy was performed...
November 2016: Pakistan Journal of Pharmaceutical Sciences
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28412046/the-epigenetic-mechanism-for-discordance-of-autoimmunity-in-monozygotic-twins
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REVIEW
Zhongyuan Xiang, Yuanqing Yang, Christopher Chang, Qianjin Lu
Monozygotic twins share an identical DNA sequence but are not truly "identical". In fact, when it comes to health and disease, they may often display some level of phenotypic discordance. The cause of this discordance is often unknown. Epigenetic modifications such as DNA methylation, histone modification, and microRNAs-mediated regulation regulate gene expression and are sensitive to external stimuli. These modifications may be seen to bridge the gap between genetics and the environment. Over the years, the importance of epigenetics as a primary mechanism for the role that the environment plays in defining phenotype has been increasingly appreciated...
April 12, 2017: Journal of Autoimmunity
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