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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28535597/variation-and-accumulation-patterns-of-poly-and-perfluoroalkyl-substances-pfas-in-european-perch-perca-fluviatilis-across-a-gradient-of-pristine-swedish-lakes
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Staffan Åkerblom, Nesrin Negm, Pianpian Wu, Kevin Bishop, Lutz Ahrens
This study assessed variations in the concentrations of poly- and perfluoroalkyl substances (PFAS) in European perch (Perca fluviatilis) in Swedish lakes and the extent to which fish size, age and indicators of fish trophic ecology (δ(15)N and δ(13)C) correlate with the sum of individual PFAS concentrations (ΣPFAS). Fish muscle tissue samples (n=80) were taken from six lakes across Sweden and analysed using solid-liquid extraction followed by liquid chromatography-electrospray ionization-tandem mass spectrometry (LC-ESI-MS/MS)...
May 19, 2017: Science of the Total Environment
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28535468/action-effect-sharing-induces-task-set-sharing-in-joint-task-switching
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Motonori Yamaguchi, Helen J Wall, Bernhard Hommel
A central issue in the study of joint task performance has been one of whether co-acting individuals perform their partner's part of the task as if it were their own. The present study addressed this issue by using joint task switching. A pair of actors shared two tasks that were presented in a random order, whereby the relevant task and actor were cued on each trial. Responses produced action effects that were either shared or separate between co-actors. When co-actors produced separate action effects, switch costs were obtained within the same actor (i...
May 20, 2017: Cognition
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28535467/molecular-approaches-to-the-diagnosis-and-monitoring-of-production-diseases-in-pigs
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REVIEW
Timothy A Giles, Aouatif Belkhiri, Paul A Barrow, Neil Foster
Production disease in pigs is caused by a variety of different pathogens, mainly enteric and respiratory and can result in significant economic loss. Other factors such as stress, poor husbandry and nutrition can also contribute to an animal's susceptibility to disease. Molecular biomarkers of production disease could be of immense value by improving diagnosis and risk analysis to determine best practice with an impact on increased economic output and animal welfare. In addition to the use of multiplex PCR or microarrays to detect individual or mixed pathogens during infection, these technologies can also be used to monitor the host response to infection via gene expression...
May 17, 2017: Research in Veterinary Science
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28535408/differences-in-clinical-and-cognitive-variables-in-seasonal-affective-disorder-compared-to-depressive-related-disorders-evidence-from-a-population-based-study-in-finland
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I Morales-Muñoz, S Koskinen, T Partonen
BACKGROUND: Seasonal affective disorder (SAD) is a type of depression with seasonal pattern. Although it involves some idiosyncratic symptoms, it can overlap with other depressive disorders such as major depressive disorder (MDD) or dysthymia. We aimed to characterize the differences in specific cognitive and clinical symptoms between SAD and depressive-related disorders. METHODS: In total, 4554 Finnish subjects from the population-based Health 2011 Survey were interviewed with the Munich version of Composite International Diagnostic Interview (M-CIDI) and filled in the Seasonal Pattern Assessment Questionnaire (SPAQ)...
March 28, 2017: European Psychiatry: the Journal of the Association of European Psychiatrists
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28535366/comprehensibility-and-neural-substrate-of-communicative-gestures-in-severe-aphasia
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Katharina Hogrefe, Wolfram Ziegler, Nicole Weidinger, Georg Goldenberg
Communicative gestures can compensate incomprehensibility of oral speech in severe aphasia, but the brain damage that causes aphasia may also have an impact on the production of gestures. We compared the comprehensibility of gestural communication of persons with severe aphasia and non-aphasic persons and used voxel based lesion symptom mapping (VLSM) to determine lesion sites that are responsible for poor gestural expression in aphasia. On group level, persons with aphasia conveyed more information via gestures than controls indicating a compensatory use of gestures in persons with severe aphasia...
May 20, 2017: Brain and Language
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28535364/dental-decay-phenotype-in-nonsyndromic-orofacial-clefting
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B J Howe, M E Cooper, G L Wehby, J M Resick, N L Nidey, L C Valencia-Ramirez, A M Lopez-Palacio, D Rivera, A R Vieira, S M Weinberg, M L Marazita, L M Moreno Uribe
Although children with oral clefts have a higher risk for dental anomalies when compared with the general population, prior studies have shown conflicting results regarding their dental decay risk. Also, few studies have assessed dental decay risk in unaffected relatives of children with clefts. Thus, the question of increased risk of dental decay in individuals with oral clefts or their unaffected relatives is still open for empirical investigation. This study characterizes dental decay in the largest international cohort to date of children with nonsyndromic clefts and their relatives, as compared with controls, and it addresses whether families with oral clefts have a significantly increased risk for dental decay versus the general population...
May 1, 2017: Journal of Dental Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28535331/computer-and-mobile-technology-interventions-for-self-management-in-chronic-obstructive-pulmonary-disease
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REVIEW
Catherine McCabe, Margaret McCann, Anne Marie Brady
BACKGROUND: Chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD) is characterised by airflow obstruction due to an abnormal inflammatory response of the lungs to noxious particles or gases, for example, cigarette smoke. The pattern of care for people with moderate to very severe COPD often involves regular lengthy hospital admissions, which result in high healthcare costs and an undesirable effect on quality of life. Research over the past decade has focused on innovative methods for developing enabling and assistive technologies that facilitate patient self-management...
May 23, 2017: Cochrane Database of Systematic Reviews
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28535236/association-between-teaching-status-and-mortality-in-us-hospitals
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Laura G Burke, Austin B Frakt, Dhruv Khullar, E John Orav, Ashish K Jha
Importance: Few studies have analyzed contemporary data on outcomes at US teaching hospitals vs nonteaching hospitals. Objective: To examine risk-adjusted outcomes for patients admitted to teaching vs nonteaching hospitals across a broad range of medical and surgical conditions. Design, Setting, and Participants: Use of national Medicare data to compare mortality rates in US teaching and nonteaching hospitals for all hospitalizations and for common medical and surgical conditions among Medicare beneficiaries 65 years and older...
May 23, 2017: JAMA: the Journal of the American Medical Association
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28535190/concomitant-repair-for-mild-aortic-insufficiency-and-continuous-flow-left-ventricular-assist-devices
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Shinichi Fukuhara, Hirohisa Ikegami, Antonio R Polanco, Jeremy J Song, Jiho Han, Koji Takeda, Paul A Kurlansky, Hiroo Takayama, Yoshifumi Naka
OBJECTIVES: Aortic insufficiency (AI) after continuous-flow left ventricular assist device (CF-LVAD) implantation has become a highly relevant subject. However, management of pre-existing mild AI is unknown. We examined the fate of pre-existing mild AI during CF-LVAD support. METHODS: From March 2004 to October 2015, 446 consecutive patients received CF-LVAD. Of these, 56 (12.6%) patients with pre-existing mild AI were identified. Outcomes were compared between patients who underwent repair [ n  = 41 (73...
May 23, 2017: European Journal of Cardio-thoracic Surgery
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28535176/invited-commentary-30-year-perspective-on-the-seven-countries-study
#10
Henry Blackburn
In a 1986 article (Am J Epidemiol. 1986;124(6):903-915), Keys et al. described and discussed 15-year findings from 15 cohorts of the Seven Countries Study (SCS), the first systematic study of diet, risk characteristics, disease-specific death rates, and their ecologic and individual associations both among and within whole populations of working men in regions with contrasting traditional diets. The SCS findings included 30-fold cohort differences in rates of death from coronary heart disease and 3-fold differences in rates of death from all causes, along with strong ecologic associations among diet, risk factors, and disease rates...
May 23, 2017: American Journal of Epidemiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28535167/invited-commentary-heterogeneity-of-cardiovascular-diseases-among-populations-recognition-and-seminal-explanations
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Aaron R Folsom
Kuller and Reisler's 1971 publication (Am J Epidemiol. 1971;93(1):1-9) was an important contribution to the understanding of the epidemiology of cardiovascular diseases, particularly stroke. The authors synthesized pathological and risk-factor evidence to theorize why rates of various subtypes of arterial disease might vary across populations. Specifically, they suggested that different population levels of blood pressure, lipids, and glucose led to population differences in the location and extent of arterial disease...
May 23, 2017: American Journal of Epidemiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28535114/association-of-pd-1-5-c-t-but-not-pd-1-3-g-a-with-malignant-and-benign-brain-tumors-in-iranian-patients
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Fatemeh Namavar Jahromi, Morteza Samadi, Zahra Mojtahedi, Mohammad Reza Haghshenas, Mosa Taghipour, Nasrollah Erfani
Programmed death-1 (PD-1) negatively regulates the immune response. The aims of this study were to assess the association of two single nucleotide polymorphisms in the PD-1 gene, PD-1.5 (+7785 C/T-rs2227981) and PD-1.3 (+7146 G/A- rs11568821), with benign and malignant brain tumors. Patients with brain tumors (96 patients with benign and 56 with malignant brain tumors) and 150 healthy control individuals were included. PCR-RFLP was performed for genotyping. It was revealed that the genotype and allele frequencies of PD-1...
May 23, 2017: Immunological Investigations
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28535111/relative-validity-and-reproducibility-of-an-interviewer-administered-14-item-ffq-to-estimate-flavonoid-intake-among-older-adults-with-mild-moderate-dementia
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Katherine Kent, Karen Charlton
There is a large burden on researchers and participants when attempting to accurately measure dietary flavonoid intake using dietary assessment. Minimizing participant and researcher burden when collecting dietary data may improve the validity of the results, especially in older adults with cognitive impairment. A short 14-item food frequency questionnaire (FFQ) to measure flavonoid intake, and flavonoid subclasses (anthocyanins, flavan-3-ols, flavones, flavonols, and flavanones) was developed and assessed for validity and reproducibility against a 24-hour recall...
May 23, 2017: Journal of Nutrition in Gerontology and Geriatrics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28535105/the-importance-of-economic-perspective-and-quantitative-approaches-in-oncology-value-frameworks-of-drug-selection-and-shared-decision-making
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A Reginald Waldeck, Marc F Botteman, Richard E White, Ben A van Hout
The debate around value in oncology drug selection has been prominent in recent years, and several professional bodies have furthered this debate by advocating for so-called value frameworks. Herein, we provide a viewpoint on these value frameworks, emphasizing the need to consider 4 key aspects: (1) the economic underpinnings of value; (2) the importance of the perspective adopted in the valuation; (3) the importance of the difference between absolute and relative measures of risk and measuring patient preferences; and (4) the recognition of multiple quality-of-life (QoL) domains, and the aggregation and valuation of those domains, through utilities within a multicriteria decision analysis, may allow prioritization of QoL above the tallying of safety events, particularly in a value framework focusing on the individual patient...
June 2017: Journal of Managed Care & Specialty Pharmacy
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28535097/comparative-effectiveness-of-plantar-massage-techniques-on-postural-control-in-those-with-chronic-ankle-instability
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Erik A Wikstrom, Kyeongtak Song, Ashley Lea, Nastassia Brown
CONTEXT:   One of the major concerns after an acute lateral ankle sprain is the potential for development of chronic ankle instability (CAI). The existing research has determined that clinician-delivered plantar massage improves postural control in those with CAI. However, the effectiveness of self-administered treatments and the underlying cause of any improvements remain unclear. OBJECTIVES:   To determine (1) the effectiveness of a self-administered plantar-massage treatment in those with CAI as well and (2) whether the postural-control improvements were due to the stimulation of the plantar cutaneous receptors...
May 23, 2017: Journal of Athletic Training
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28535073/paced-auditory-serial-addition-test-pasat-3-0%C3%A2-s-demographically-corrected-norms-for-the-portuguese-population
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Claudia Sofia Sousa, Mariana Rigueiro Neves, Ana Margarida Passos, Aristides Ferreira, Maria José Sá
The main goal of this study was to produce adjusted normative data for the Portuguese population on the Paced Auditory Serial Addition Test (PASAT 3.0 s), the version used in the Brief Repeatable Battery of Neuropsychological Tests developed by the National Multiple Sclerosis Society. The study included 326 community-dwelling individuals (199 women and 127 men) aged between 20 and 70 (mean = 40.33, SD = 14.40), who had educational backgrounds ranging from 4 to 23 years of schooling (mean = 12...
May 23, 2017: Applied Neuropsychology. Adult
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28535070/polarity-control-of-heteroepitaxial-gan-nanowires-on-diamond
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Martin Hetzl, Max Kraut, Theresa Hoffmann, Martin Stutzmann
Group III-nitride materials such as GaN nanowires are characterized by a spontaneous polarization within the crystal. The sign of the resulting sheet charge at the top and bottom facet of a GaN nanowire is determined by the orientation of the wurtzite bilayer of the different atomic species, called N and Ga polarity. We investigate the polarity distribution of heteroepitaxial GaN nanowires on different substrates and demonstrate polarity control of GaN nanowires on diamond. Kelvin Probe Force Microscopy is used to determine the polarity of individual selective area-grown and self-assembled nanowires over a large scale...
May 23, 2017: Nano Letters
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28535041/remarkably-stereospecific-utilization-of-atp-%C3%AE-%C3%AE-halomethylene-analogues-by-protein-kinases
#18
Feng Ni, Alvin Kung, Yankun Duan, Vivek Shah, Carolina Amador, Ming Guo, Xuegong Fan, Lin Chen, Yongheng Chen, Charles E McKenna, Chao Zhang
ATP analogues containing a CXY group in place of the α,β-bridging oxygen atom are powerful chemical probes for studying ATP-dependent enzymes. A limitation of such probes has been that conventional synthetic methods generate a mixture of diastereomers when the bridging carbon substitution is nonequivalent (X ≠ Y). We report here a novel method based on derivatization of a bisphosphonate precursor with a D-phenylglycine chiral auxiliary that enables preparation of the individual diastereomers of α,β-CHF-ATP and α,β-CHCl-ATP, which differ only in the configuration at the CHX carbon...
May 23, 2017: Journal of the American Chemical Society
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28534967/whole%C3%A2-exome-sequencing-identifies-a-novel-mutation-r367g-in-scn5a-to-be-associated-with-familial-cardiac-conduction-disease
#19
Rong Yu, Xue-Feng Fan, Chan Chen, Zheng-Hua Liu
Cardiac conduction disease is a primary cause of sudden cardiac death. Sodium voltage‑gated channel‑α subunit 5 (SCN5A) mutations have been reported to underlie a variety of inherited arrhythmias. Numerous disease‑causing mutations of SCN5A have been identified in patients with ≥10 different conditions, including type 3 long‑QT syndrome and Brugada syndrome. The present study investigated a family with a history of arrhythmia, with the proband having a history of arrhythmia and syncope. Whole‑exome sequencing was applied in order to detect the disease‑causing mutation in this family, and Sanger sequencing was used to confirm the co‑segregation among the family members...
May 17, 2017: Molecular Medicine Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28534928/music-genetics-research-association-with-musicality-of-a-polymorphism-in-the-avpr1a-gene
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Luiza Monteavaro Mariath, Alexandre Mauat da Silva, Thayne Woycinck Kowalski, Gustavo Schulz Gattino, Gustavo Andrade de Araujo, Felipe Grahl Figueiredo, Alice Tagliani-Ribeiro, Tatiana Roman, Fernanda Sales Luiz Vianna, Lavínia Schuler-Faccini, Jaqueline Bohrer Schuch
Musicality is defined as a natural tendency, sensibility, knowledge, or talent to create, perceive, and play music. Musical abilities involve a great range of social and cognitive behaviors, which are influenced by both environmental and genetic factors. Although a number of studies have yielded insights into music genetics research, genes and biological pathways related to these traits are not fully understood. Our hypothesis in the current study is that genes associated with different behaviors could also influence the musical phenotype...
May 22, 2017: Genetics and Molecular Biology
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