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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28092418/an-examination-of-the-etiologic-overlap-between-the-genetic-and-environmental-influences-on-insomnia-and-common-psychopathology
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Mackenzie J Lind, Sage E Hawn, Christina M Sheerin, Steven H Aggen, Robert M Kirkpatrick, Kenneth S Kendler, Ananda B Amstadter
BACKGROUND: Insomnia is comorbid with internalizing and externalizing psychiatric disorders. However, the extent to which the etiologic influences on insomnia and common psychopathology overlap is unclear. There are limited genetically informed studies of insomnia and internalizing disorders and few studies of overlap exist with externalizing disorders. METHODS: We utilized twin data from the Virginia Adult Twin Studies of Psychiatric and Substance Use Disorders (total n = 7,500)...
January 16, 2017: Depression and Anxiety
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28091863/fast-progression-of-cerebellar-atrophy-in-pla2g6-associated-infantile-neuronal-axonal-dystrophy
#2
Mario Mascalchi, Francesco Mari, Beatrice Berti, Emanuele Bartolini, Matteo Lenge, Andrea Bianchi, Laura Antonucci, Filippo M Santorelli, Barbara Garavaglia, Renzo Guerrini
Infantile neuronal axonal dystrophy (INAD) is characterized by progressive cerebellar atrophy. MRI has been recommended as a marker of disease progression in cerebellar diseases. We performed a longitudinal brain volumetry study in a couple of bicorial twins with PLA2G6-positive INAD. Brain volumetry was calculated with FreeSurfer software on 3T T1-weighted images acquired at age 28 (t 0) and 36 months (t 1) in patient 1 and at age 22 (t 0) and 31 months (t 1) in patient 2. Data at t 0 were compared to those obtained in 18 control children aged 14-44 months with normal MRI...
January 14, 2017: Cerebellum
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28090804/choline-acetyltransferase-may-contribute-to-the-risk-of-tourette-syndrome-combination-of-family-based-analysis-and-case-control-study
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Xiuling Yang, Wenmiao Liu, Mingji Yi, Ru Zhang, Yinglei Xu, Zuzhou Huang, Shiguo Liu, Tang Li
OBJECTIVES: Twin and family analyses have revealed a genetic contribution to Tourette syndrome and postmortem studies have raised the intriguing possibility of a reduction in cholinergic interneuronsin TS patients. METHODS: We selected five tag SNPs (rs100824791, rs12264845, rs1880676, rs3793790 and rs3793798) of Choline Acetyltransferase (CHAT) from the Han Chinese population Hapmap database. Genotyping was conducted on 401 TS nuclear family trios and 405 control subjects...
January 16, 2017: World Journal of Biological Psychiatry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28090349/the-association-between-parental-separation-during-childhood-and-obesity-in-adulthood-a-danish-twin-study
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J D Petersen, K O Kyvik, B L Heitmann, M E Vámosi
OBJECTIVE: The purpose of this study was to examine if parental separation during childhood is associated with obesity in adulthood. METHODS: A co-twin case-control study of 146 adult same-sexed twin pairs with discordant body mass index (BMI) (i.e. one of the twins should have a BMI of 20-25 kg/m(2), and the co-twin's BMI ≥ 30 kg/m(2)) was selected from Danish Twin Registry (DTR). In total of 236 eligible twin individuals participated in the study. Childhood parental separation (defined as separation from one of the biological parents, regardless of the reason for separation) for at least one year prior to age 17 was self-reported...
December 2016: Obesity Science & Practice
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28089975/in-vitro-fertilization-in-37-women-with-systemic-lupus-erythematosus-or-antiphospholipid-syndrome-a-series-of-97-procedures
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Pauline Orquevaux, Agathe Masseau, Véronique Le Guern, Vanessa Gayet, Danièle Vauthier, Gaelle Guettrot-Imbert, Du Le Thi Huong, Bertrand Wechsler, Nathalie Morel, Patrice Cacoub, Jean-Loup Pennaforte, Jean-Charles Piette, Nathalie Costedoat-Chalumeau
OBJECTIVE: To compile and assess data about complication and success rates for in vitro fertilization (IVF) of women with systemic lupus erythematosus (SLE) and/or antiphospholipid syndrome (APS). To date, such data are sparse. METHODS: This retrospective study described women with SLE and/or APS who have had at least 1 IVF cycle. RESULTS: Thirty-seven women with SLE (n = 23, including 8 with antiphospholipid antibodies), SLE with APS (n = 4), or primary APS (n = 10) underwent 97 IVF procedures...
January 15, 2017: Journal of Rheumatology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28089466/contaminants-of-emerging-concern-in-caspian-tern-compared-to-herring-gull-eggs-from-michigan-colonies-in-the-great-lakes-of-north-america
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Guanyong Su, Robert J Letcher, Jeremy N Moore, Lisa L Williams, Keith A Grasman
A broad suite of 87 contaminants of emerging concern (CECs), including 26 polybrominated diphenyl ethers (PBDEs), 23 non-PBDEs halogenated FRs (NPHFRs), 16 organophosphate esters (OPEs), 4 perfluorinated sulfonates (PFSAs), 13 perfluorinated carboxylic acids (PFCAs) and 5 emerging perfluoroalkyl acids (PFAAs) or precursors, were determined in 30 individual Caspian tern (listed as a threatened species in the U.S. State of Michigan) eggs collected in 2013 and 2014 from Michigan nesting sites on Two Tree Island (St, Mary's River), Charity Reef (Saginaw Bay) and Channel-Shelter Island (a Confined Disposal Facility (CDF) in Saginaw Bay)...
January 12, 2017: Environmental Pollution
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28088005/nicotine-hydrogen-tartrate-loaded-chitosan-nanoparticles-formulation-characterization-and-in-vitro-delivery-from-dry-powder-inhaler-formulation
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Hui Wang, Graeme George, Selena Bartlett, Changyou Gao, Nazrul Islam
This study reports the development of nanoparticles in the form of inhalable micro-aggregates of biodegradable chitosan (CS) loaded with nicotine hydrogen tartrate (NHT) for potential pulmonary delivery of nicotine from dry powder inhaler (DPI) formulations with prolonged release profile. The NHT-loaded CS particles were prepared using a water-in-oil emulsion crosslinking method. The prepared particles were characterized using scanning electron microscopy (SEM) and transmission electron microscopy (TEM) for morphological studies; Zetasizer and Mastersizer were applied for particle size analysis...
January 11, 2017: European Journal of Pharmaceutics and Biopharmaceutics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28087834/environmental-deflection-the-impact-of-toxicant-exposures-on-the-aging-epigenome
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Joseph Kochmanski, Luke Montrose, Jaclyn M Goodrich, Dana C Dolinoy
Epigenetic drift and age-related methylation have both been used in the literature to describe changes in DNA methylation that occurs with aging. However, ambiguity remains regarding the exact definition of both of these terms, and neither of these fields of study explicitly considers the impact of environmental factors on the aging epigenome. Recent twin studies have demonstrated longitudinal, pair-specific discordance in DNA methylation patterns, suggesting an effect of the environment on age-related methylation and/or epigenetic drift...
January 13, 2017: Toxicological Sciences: An Official Journal of the Society of Toxicology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28086762/prevalence-and-risk-factors-of-congenital-heart-defects-among-live-births-a-population-based-cross-sectional-survey-in-shaanxi-province-northwestern-china
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Leilei Pei, Yijun Kang, Yaling Zhao, Hong Yan
BACKGROUND: Nearly half of the population of Northwest China live in Shaanxi province, but population-based data on the epidemiologic characteristics of congenital heart defects (CHD) in this population is limited. The study aimed to investigate the prevalence and epidemiologic characteristics of the CHD among infants born between 2010 and 2013 in Shaanxi province. METHODS: Infants born between 2010 and 2013 in Shaanxi province were surveyed using a stratified multi-stage sampling method...
January 13, 2017: BMC Pediatrics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28081114/enhancement-of-entanglement-using-cascaded-four-wave-mixing-processes
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Jun Xin, Jian Qi, Jietai Jing
A maximal joint quadrature squeezing of -6.8±0.4  dB is experimentally obtained by a scheme of cascaded four-wave mixing (FWM) processes, which gives strong proof about the inseparability or entanglement between output of the twin beams from the system. Here joint quadrature is the difference between the two quadratures of the twin beam output from the cascaded FWM processes. This result is enhanced by about 3.1 dB, compared with the one of the single FWM process. We also study the gain dependence of the entanglement enhancement in this cascaded system...
January 15, 2017: Optics Letters
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28079919/copper-oxide-nanoparticles-and-copper-sulphate-act-as-antigenotoxic-agents-in-drosophila-melanogaster
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Mohamed Alaraby, Alba Hernández, Ricard Marcos
The biological reactivity of metal and metal oxide nanomaterials is attributed to their redox properties, which would explain their pro- or anti-cancer properties depending on exposure circumstances. In this sense, copper oxide nanoparticles (CuONP) have been proposed as a potential anti-tumoral agent. The aim of this study was to assess if CuONP can exert antigenotoxic effects using Drosophila melanogaster as an in vivo model. Genotoxicity was induced by two well-known genotoxic compounds, namely potassium dichromate (PD) and ethyl methanesulfonate (EMS)...
January 12, 2017: Environmental and Molecular Mutagenesis
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28079866/outcomes-of-twin-pregnancies-complicated-by-gestational-diabetes-a-meta-analysis-of-observational-studies
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R T McGrath, S L Hocking, E S Scott, S K Seeho, G R Fulcher, S J Glastras
OBJECTIVE: Gestational diabetes mellitus (GDM) in singleton pregnancy is associated with large for gestational age neonates and adverse perinatal outcomes; however, the impact of GDM in twin pregnancy is unclear. Thus, the aim of this study is to assess the perinatal outcomes of twin pregnancies complicated by GDM by performing a meta-analysis of observational studies. STUDY DESIGN: Studies investigating GDM in twin pregnancy were identified through an online search of three databases: Medline, Embase and Web of Science...
January 12, 2017: Journal of Perinatology: Official Journal of the California Perinatal Association
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28075182/dispersing-the-mists-an-experimental-history-of-medicine-study-into-the-quality-of-volatile-inhalations
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Barry Murnane, Cathal T Gallagher, Noel Snell, Mark Sanders, Ramin Moshksar, Darragh Murnane
BACKGROUND: Dr. Nelson's Improved Inhaler was first marketed with an advertisement in The Lancet in 1865. Revolutionary at the time for its ease of use and patient-friendliness, the inhaler is still in use for self-treatment by many all over the world. On the occasion of its 150th anniversary, this study reports an experimental historical medicine approach to identify evidence for the quality of vapor inhalers. METHODS: Through accessing reviews of the device's use by the contemporary medical establishment, it was established that Dr...
January 11, 2017: Journal of Aerosol Medicine and Pulmonary Drug Delivery
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28074345/the-beneficial-effects-of-physical-activity-is-it-down-to-your-genes-a-systematic-review-and-meta-analysis-of-twin-and-family-studies
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J R Zadro, D Shirley, T B Andrade, K J Scurrah, A Bauman, P H Ferreira
BACKGROUND: There is evidence for considerable heterogeneity in the responsiveness to regular physical activity (PA) which might reflect the influence of genetic factors. The aim of this systematic review was to assess whether the response to a PA intervention for measures of body composition and cardiorespiratory fitness is (i) correlated within twin pairs and/or families and (ii) more correlated in monozygotic twins (MZ) compared to dizygotic twins (DZ), which would be consistent with genetic effects...
December 2017: Sports Medicine—Open
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28072479/reference-values-for-sonographically-estimated-fetal-weight-in-twin-gestations-stratified-by-chorionicity-a-single-center-study
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Rinat Gabbay-Benziv, Sarah Crimmins, Stephen A Contag
OBJECTIVES: To determine reference values for sonography-based estimated fetal weight (EFW) in twin gestations in one single tertiary medical center in the United States. METHODS: A retrospective longitudinal analysis of EFW evaluations of fetuses of twin gestations between November 2006 and June 2016. Fetuses with major congenital anomalies or chromosomal abnormalities were excluded. Estimated fetal weight was calculated using the Hadlock 1985 formula. Linear mixed models were used to allow for multiple but inconsistent observations among individuals, and to account for intertwin differences as well as for gender...
January 10, 2017: Journal of Ultrasound in Medicine: Official Journal of the American Institute of Ultrasound in Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28070917/dual-energy-ct-quantitative-imaging-a-comparison-study-between-twin-beam-and-dual-source-ct-scanners
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Isabel P Almeida, Lotte E J R Schyns, Michel C Öllers, Wouter van Elmpt, Katia Parodi, Guillaume Landry, Frank Verhaegen
PURPOSE: To assess image quality and to quantify the accuracy of relative electron densities (ρe ) and effective atomic numbers (Zeff ) for three dual-energy computed tomography (DECT) scanners: a novel single-source split-filter (i.e., twin-beam) and two dual-source scanners. METHODS: Measurements were made with a second generation dual-source scanner at 80/140Sn kVp, a third-generation twin-beam single-source scanner at 120 kVp with gold (Au) and tin (Sn) filters, and a third-generation dual-source scanner at 90/150Sn kVp...
November 19, 2016: Medical Physics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28069824/arta-dependent-processing-of-a-tat-substrate-containing-a-conserved-tripartite-structure-that-is-not-localized-at-the-c-terminus
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Mohd Farid Abdul Halim, Jonathan D Stoltzfus, Stefan Schulze, Micheal Hippler, Mechthild Pohlschroder
: Most prokaryotic secreted proteins are transported to the cell surface using either the general secretion (Sec) or twin arginine translocation (Tat) pathway. A majority of secreted proteins are anchored to the cell surface while the remainder are released into the extracellular environment. The anchored surface proteins play a variety of important roles in cellular processes, ranging from facilitating interactions between cells to maintaining cell stability. The extensively studied S-layer glycoprotein (SLG) of Haloferax volcanii, previously thought to be anchored via C-terminal intercalation into the membrane, was recently shown to be lipidated and to have its C-terminal segment removed in processes dependent upon archaeosortase A (ArtA), a recently discovered enzyme...
January 9, 2017: Journal of Bacteriology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28069474/heart-failure-in-late-pregnancy-and-postpartum-incidence-and-long-term-mortality-in-sweden-1997-2010
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Anders Barasa, Annika Rosengren, Tatiana Zverkova Sandström, Lars Ladfors, Maria Schaufelberger
AIMS: Heart failure (HF) in late pregnancy and postpartum (HFPP) of which peripartum cardiomyopathy (PPCM) comprises the larger part, is still a rare occurrence in Sweden. Population-based data are scarce. Our aim was to characterise HFPP and determine the incidence and mortality in a Swedish cohort. METHODS AND RESULTS: Through merging data from the National Inpatient, Cause of Death, and Medical Birth Registers, we identified ICD-10 codes for HF and cardiomyopathy, within 3 months before delivery up to 6 months postpartum...
January 6, 2017: Journal of Cardiac Failure
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28069012/systematic-review-of-worldwide-trends-in-assisted-reproductive-technology-2004-2013
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REVIEW
Vitaly A Kushnir, David H Barad, David F Albertini, Sarah K Darmon, Norbert Gleicher
BACKGROUND: Assisted Reproductive Technology (ART) has undergone considerable changes over the last decade, with consequences on ART outcomes in different regions of the world being unknown. METHODS: We conducted a systematic review of published national and regional ART registry data to assess how changes in clinical practice between 2004 and 2013 have impacted outcomes in Australia and New Zealand, Canada, Continental Europe, the United Kingdom (U.K.), Japan, Latin America, and the United States (U...
January 10, 2017: Reproductive Biology and Endocrinology: RB&E
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28068623/processing-and-mechanical-characteristics-of-magnesium-hydroxyapatite-metal-matrix-biocomposites
#20
R Del Campo, B Savoini, A Muñoz, M A Monge, R Pareja
Magnesium/hydroxyapatite composites were produced by conventional extrusion and their mechanical behavior studied under uniaxial compression at room temperature. The results evidence the capability of the HA for strengthening the Mg material, lowering its microstructural anisotropy and inhibiting deformation twinning. They also reveal that the ECAP processing is effective for improving the grain structure and reducing the crystallographic texture of these composites, giving rise to a significant enhancement of their yield strength and microhardness although the ultimate compressive stress worsens...
December 24, 2016: Journal of the Mechanical Behavior of Biomedical Materials
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