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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28719880/a-scheme-to-scientifically-and-accurately-assess-cadmium-pollution-of-river-sediments-through-consideration-of-bioavailability-when-assessing-ecological-risk
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Zhixin Song, Wenzhong Tang, Baoqing Shan
Evaluating heavy metal pollution status and ecological risk in river sediments is a complex task, requiring consideration of contaminant pollution levels, as well as effects of biological processes within the river system. There are currently no simple or low-cost approaches to heavy metal assessment in river sediments. Here, we introduce a system of assessment for pollution status of heavy metals in river sediments, using measurements of Cd in the Shaocun River sediments as a case study. This system can be used to identify high-risk zones of the river that should be given more attention...
July 14, 2017: Chemosphere
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28719868/quantitative-meta-analytic-approaches-for-the-systematic-synthesis-of-data-and-hazard-identification-a-case-study-of-decreased-pain-sensitivity-due-to-trimethylbenzene-exposure
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J Allen Davis, Andrew Kraft
Traditionally, human health risk assessments have relied on qualitative approaches for hazard identification, which involves weight of evidence determinations that integrate evidence across multiple studies. Recently, the National Research Council has recommended the development of quantitative approaches for evidence integration, including the application of meta-analyses, to help summarize and evaluate the results of a systematic review. In the meta-analytic approach, a pooled effect size is calculated after consideration of multiple potential confounding factors in order to determine whether the entire database under consideration indicates a chemical is a hazard...
July 15, 2017: Environmental Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28719836/long-term-management-of-patients-with-hormone-receptor-positive-metastatic-breast-cancer-concepts-for-sequential-and-combination-endocrine-based-therapies
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Adam M Brufsky
Treatment options for hormone receptor-positive (HR-positive) metastatic breast cancer (MBC) continue to increase in parallel with expanding knowledge about the complex biology of breast cancer subtypes and resistance mechanisms to endocrine therapy. For patients with HR-positive MBC, there are now an unprecedented number of endocrine-based treatment options that can improve long-term outcomes, while preserving or optimizing quality of life, and that can be used before selecting more cytotoxic chemotherapeutic regimens...
July 6, 2017: Cancer Treatment Reviews
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28719819/electrical-preconditioning-of-stem-cells-with-a-conductive-polymer-scaffold-enhances-stroke-recovery
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Paul M George, Tonya M Bliss, Thuy Hua, Alex Lee, Byeongtaek Oh, Alexa Levinson, Swapnil Mehta, Guohua Sun, Gary K Steinberg
Exogenous human neural progenitor cells (hNPCs) are promising stroke therapeutics, but optimal delivery conditions and exact recovery mechanisms remain elusive. To further elucidate repair processes and improve stroke outcomes, we developed an electrically conductive, polymer scaffold for hNPC delivery. Electrical stimulation of hNPCs alters their transcriptome including changes to the VEGF-A pathway and genes involved in cell survival, inflammatory response, and synaptic remodeling. In our experiments, exogenous hNPCs were electrically stimulated (electrically preconditioned) via the scaffold 1 day prior to implantation...
July 12, 2017: Biomaterials
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28719810/social-impacts-evaluation-and-insider-outsider-paradigm-floodwater-spreading-project-on-the-gareh-bygone-plain-as-an-illustrative-case
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Mostafa Ahmadvand, Ezatollah Karami
Selection of the appropriate social impact evaluation approach has become an important issue in agricultural and rural development projects in developing countries. The aim of this research was to use the lens of insider-outsider or mutual social impact assessment approach to assess the social impacts of floodwater spreading project (FWSP) on the Gareh-Bygone plain, Iran. A survey methodology with systematic sampling techniques was used to select 138 households as insider group in four villages' of the Gareh-Bygone plain which is covered by FWSP...
July 8, 2017: Evaluation and Program Planning
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28719805/seizure-detection-from-eeg-signals-using-multivariate-empirical-mode-decomposition
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Asmat Zahra, Nadia Kanwal, Naveed Ur Rehman, Shoaib Ehsan, Klaus D McDonald-Maier
We present a data driven approach to classify ictal (epileptic seizure) and non-ictal EEG signals using the multivariate empirical mode decomposition (MEMD) algorithm. MEMD is a multivariate extension of empirical mode decomposition (EMD), which is an established method to perform the decomposition and time-frequency (T-F) analysis of non-stationary data sets. We select suitable feature sets based on the multiscale T-F representation of the EEG data via MEMD for the classification purposes. The classification is achieved using the artificial neural networks...
July 8, 2017: Computers in Biology and Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28719738/an-activator-blocker-pair-provides-a-controllable-on-off-switch-for-a-ketosteroid-isomerase-active-site-mutant
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Vandana Lamba, Filip Yabukarski, Daniel Herschlag
Control of enzyme activity is fundamental to biology and represents a long-term goal in bioengineering and precision therapeutics. While several powerful molecular strategies have been developed, limitations remain in their generalizability and dynamic range. We demonstrate a control mechanism via separate small molecules that turn on the enzyme (activator) and turn off the activation (blocker). We show that a pocket created near the active site base of the enzyme ketosteriod isomerase (KSI) allows efficient and saturable base rescue when the enzyme's natural general base is removed...
July 18, 2017: Journal of the American Chemical Society
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28719657/isolation-and-in-vitro-evaluation-of-bacteriophages-against-mdr-bacterial-isolates-from-septic-wound-infections
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Roja Rani Pallavali, Vijaya Lakshmi Degati, Dakshayani Lomada, Madhava C Reddy, Vijaya Raghava Prasad Durbaka
Multi-drug resistance has become a major problem for the treatment of pathogenic bacterial infections. The use of bacteriophages is an attractive approach to overcome the problem of drug resistance in several pathogens that cause fatal diseases. Our study aimed to isolate multi drug resistant bacteria from patients with septic wounds and then isolate and apply bacteriophages in vitro as alternative therapeutic agents. Pus samples were aseptically collected from Rajiv Gandhi Institute of Medical Science (RIMS), Kadapa, A...
2017: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28719551/annulus-fibrosus-repair-using-high-density-collagen-gel-an-in-vivo-ovine-model
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Brenton Pennicooke, Ibrahim Hussain, Connor Berlin, Stephen R Sloan, Brandon Borde, Yu Moriguchi, Gernot Lang, Rodrigo Navarro-Ramirez, Jonathan Cheetham, Lawrence J Bonassar, Roger Härtl
STUDY DESIGN: Ovine in vivo study. OBJECTIVE: To perform lateral approach lumbar surgery in an ovine model to administer an injectable riboflavin (RF) cross-linked high-density collagen (HDC) gel and to assess its ability to mitigate intervertebral disc (IVD) degeneration after induced annulus fibrosus (AF) injury. SUMMARY OF BACKGROUND DATA: Biological-based injectable gels have shown efficacy in restoring biomechanical, radiographic, and histological parameters in IVD-injured animal models...
July 17, 2017: Spine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28719469/insm1-demonstrates-superior-performance-to-the-individual-and-combined-use-of-synaptophysin-chromogranin-and-cd56-for-diagnosing-neuroendocrine-tumors-of-the-thoracic-cavity
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Lisa M Rooper, Rajni Sharma, Qing Kay Li, Peter B Illei, William H Westra
Despite the importance of recognizing neuroendocrine differentiation when diagnosing tumors of the thoracic cavity, the sensitivity of traditional neuroendocrine markers is suboptimal, particularly for high-grade neuroendocrine carcinomas such as small cell lung carcinoma and large cell neuroendocrine carcinoma. To increase sensitivity, neuroendocrine markers are routinely ordered as panels of multiple immunostains where any single positive marker is regarded as sufficient evidence of neuroendocrine differentiation...
July 17, 2017: American Journal of Surgical Pathology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28719465/predictors-of-outcome-in-adenoid-cystic-carcinoma-of-salivary-glands-a-clinicopathologic-study-with-correlation-between-myb-fusion-and-protein-expression
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Bin Xu, Esther Drill, Allen Ho, Alan Ho, Lara Dunn, Carlos Nicolas Prieto-Granada, Timothy Chan, Ian Ganly, Ronald Ghossein, Nora Katabi
Adenoid cystic carcinoma (ACC) is the second most common salivary gland malignancy and it has a high rate of recurrences and a poor long-term prognosis. Our aim was to assess the prognostic factors in ACC and study MYB-NFIB fusion and MYB protein expression in a large retrospective cohort of 135 patients with a median follow-up of 6.3 years. The 5- and 10-year local recurrence-free survival (RFS) rate of 94% and 78%, 5- and 10-year distant metastasis survival rate of 77% and 58%, and 5- and 10-year RFS of 66% and 44%...
July 17, 2017: American Journal of Surgical Pathology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28719398/interventional-approaches-to-deep-venous-thrombosis
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Kristen A Lee, Raja S Ramaswamy
PURPOSE OF REVIEW: Catheter-directed therapy in deep vein thrombosis (DVT) is a beneficial adjunct treatment when anticoagulation alone does not provide an adequate therapeutic response. This review aims to deliver an up-to-date discussion behind the rationale, safety profile, and clinical outcomes in endovascular management of DVT. RECENT FINDINGS: Early studies have shown that the use of catheter-directed thrombolysis (CDT) to be successful in rapid thrombus removal, carry a lower incidence of postthrombotic syndrome (PTS), and improved quality of life...
July 15, 2017: Current Opinion in Cardiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28719387/pediatric-mitochondrial-diseases-and-the-heart
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Gregory M Enns
PURPOSE OF REVIEW: Mitochondrial disorders are an increasingly recognized cause of heart dysfunction, with the primary manifestations being cardiomyopathy and conduction defects. This review focuses on the complex genetics of mitochondrial disease and recently discovered conditions that affect mitochondrial function. RECENT FINDINGS: Next-generation sequencing techniques, especially whole-exome sequencing, have led to the discovery of a number of conditions that cause mitochondrial dysfunction and subsequent cardiac abnormalities...
July 17, 2017: Current Opinion in Pediatrics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28719360/alzheimer-s-disease-dawn-of-a-new-era
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Farideh Amirrad, Emira Bousoik, Kiumars Shamloo, Hassan Al-Shiyab, Viet-Huong V Nguyen, Hamidreza Montazeri Aliabadi
Alzheimer's disease (AD) is an irreversible neurodegenerative disease characterized by a progressive decline in cognition and memory, leading to significant impairment in daily activities and ultimately death. It is the most common cause of dementia, the prevalence of which increases with age; however, age is not the only predisposing factor. The pathology of this cognitive impairing disease is still not completely understood, which has limited the development of valid therapeutic options. Recent years have witnessed a wide range of novel approaches to combat this disease, so that they greatly increased our understanding of the disease and of the unique drug development issues associated with this disease...
2017: Journal of Pharmacy & Pharmaceutical Sciences: a Publication of the Canadian Society for Pharmaceutical Sciences
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28719317/climate-influence-on-emerging-risk-areas-for-rift-valley-fever-epidemics-in-tanzania
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Clement N Mweya, Leonard E G Mboera, Sharadhuli I Kimera
Rift Valley Fever (RVF) is a climate-related arboviral infection of animals and humans. Climate is thought to represent a threat toward emerging risk areas for RVF epidemics globally. The objective of this study was to evaluate influence of climate on distribution of suitable breeding habitats for Culex pipiens complex, potential mosquito vector responsible for transmission and distribution of disease epidemics risk areas in Tanzania. We used ecological niche models to estimate potential distribution of disease risk areas based on vectors and disease co-occurrence data approach...
July 2017: American Journal of Tropical Medicine and Hygiene
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28719286/the-economic-value-of-long-lasting-insecticidal-nets-and-indoor-residual-spraying-implementation-in-mozambique
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Bruce Y Lee, Sarah M Bartsch, Nathan T B Stone, Shufang Zhang, Shawn T Brown, Chandrani Chatterjee, Jay V DePasse, Eli Zenkov, Olivier J T Briët, Chandana Mendis, Kirsi Viisainen, Baltazar Candrinho, James Colborn
AbstractMalaria-endemic countries have to decide how much of their limited resources for vector control to allocate toward implementing long-lasting insecticidal nets (LLINs) versus indoor residual spraying (IRS). To help the Mozambique Ministry of Health use an evidence-based approach to determine funding allocation toward various malaria control strategies, the Global Fund convened the Mozambique Modeling Working Group which then used JANUS, a software platform that includes integrated computational economic, operational, and clinical outcome models that can link with different transmission models (in this case, OpenMalaria) to determine the economic value of vector control strategies...
June 2017: American Journal of Tropical Medicine and Hygiene
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28719234/the-in-vivo-effects-of-the-cb1-positive-allosteric-modulator-gat229-on-intraocular-pressure-in-ocular-normotensive-and-hypertensive-mice
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Elizabeth A Cairns, Anna-Maria Szczesniak, Alex J Straiker, Pushkar M Kulkarni, Roger G Pertwee, Ganesh A Thakur, William H Baldridge, Melanie E M Kelly
PURPOSE: Orthosteric cannabinoid receptor 1 (CB1) activation leads to decreases in intraocular pressure (IOP). However, use of orthosteric CB1 agonists chronically has several disadvantages, limiting their usefulness as clinically relevant drugs. Allosteric modulators interact with topographically distinct sites to orthosteric ligands and may be useful to circumvent some of these disadvantages. The purpose of this study was to investigate the effects of the novel CB1-positive allosteric modulator (PAM) GAT229 on IOP...
July 18, 2017: Journal of Ocular Pharmacology and Therapeutics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28719208/quantification-of-hydrogen-bond-strength-based-on-interaction-coordinates-a-new-approach
#18
Sarvesh Kumar Kumar Pandey, Dhivya Manogaran, Sadasivam Manogaran, Henry F Schaefer
A new approach to quantify hydrogen bond strengths based on interaction coordinates (HBSBIC) is proposed and is very promising. In this research, it is assumed that the projected force field of the fictitious three atoms fragment (DHA) where D is the proton donor and A is the proton acceptor from the full molecular force field of the H-bonded complex characterizes the hydrogen bond. The "interaction coordinate (IC)" derived from the internal compliance matrix elements of this three atoms fragment measures how the DH covalent bond (its electron density) responds to constrained optimization when the HA hydrogen bond is stretched by a known amount (its electron density is perturbed by a specified amount)...
July 18, 2017: Journal of Physical Chemistry. A
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28719201/silver-catalyzed-cascade-1-6-addition-cyclization-of-para-quinone-methides-with-propargyl-malonates-an-approach-to-spiro-4-5-deca-6-9-dien-8-ones
#19
Zhenbo Yuan, Lina Liu, Rui Pan, Hequan Yao, Aijun Lin
An unprecedented silver-catalyzed cascade 1,6-addition/5-exo-dig cyclization reaction between para-quinone methides and propargyl malonates under mild reaction conditions has been described. This reaction provides an efficient method to construct versatile spiro[4.5]cyclohexadienones in moderate to excellent yields with high atom economy and scalability.
July 18, 2017: Journal of Organic Chemistry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28719064/the-association-between-dental-general-and-mental-health-status-among-underserved-and-vulnerable-populations-served-at-health-centers-in-the-us
#20
Vy H Nguyen, Sue C Lin, David P Cappelli, Suma Nair
OBJECTIVES: Vulnerable populations in underserved communities are disproportionately at high risk for multiple medical, dental, and behavioral health conditions. This study aims to: a) examine the occurrence of acute dental needs and b) investigate the association of acute dental needs and self-rated general and mental health status among the adult dentate health center population. METHODS: This cross-sectional study analyzed data on adult patients (n = 5,035) from the 2014 Health Center Patient Survey, a nationally representative survey of health center patients...
July 18, 2017: Journal of Public Health Dentistry
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