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Cheng K Fred Wen, Stephanie Hsieh, Jimi Huh, Lauren Cook Martinez, Jamie N Davis, Marc Weigensberg, Donna Spruijt-Metz
BACKGROUND: Dietary fiber and sugar intake have been shown to affect metabolic health in overweight Hispanic youth. Evidence on the influence of culture on fiber and sugar intake in Hispanic youth is limited. METHODS: The associations among score for levels of assimilation, neighborhood ethnic characteristics, and daily total and added dietary sugar and dietary fiber intake were assessed using regression analyses. RESULTS: One hundred twenty-four Hispanic youth (age = 13...
October 17, 2016: Journal of Racial and Ethnic Health Disparities
Keith E Pearson, Virginia G Wadley, Leslie A McClure, James M Shikany, Fred W Unverzagt, Suzanne E Judd
Identifying factors that contribute to the preservation of cognitive function is imperative to maintaining quality of life in advanced years. Of modifiable risk factors, diet quality has emerged as a promising candidate to make an impact on cognition. The objective of this study was to evaluate associations between empirically derived dietary patterns and cognitive function. This study included 18 080 black and white participants aged 45 years and older from the REasons for Geographic And Racial Differences in Stroke (REGARDS) cohort...
2016: Journal of Nutritional Science
Colin M Venner, Immaculate Nankya, Fred Kyeyune, Korey Demers, Cynthia Kwok, Pai-Lien Chen, Sandra Rwambuya, Marshall Munjoma, Tsungai Chipato, Josaphat Byamugisha, Barbara Van Der Pol, Peter Mugyenyi, Robert A Salata, Charles S Morrison, Eric J Arts
INTRODUCTION: Long-term natural history cohorts of HIV-1 in the absence of treatment provide the best measure of virulence by different viral subtypes. METHODS: Newly HIV infected Ugandan and Zimbabwean women (N=303) were recruited and monitored for clinical, social, behavioral, immunological and viral parameters for 3 to 9.5years. RESULTS: Ugandan and Zimbabwean women infected with HIV-1 subtype C had 2.5-fold slower rates of CD4 T-cell declines and higher frequencies of long-term non-progression than those infected with subtype A or D (GEE model, P<0...
October 12, 2016: EBioMedicine
Madhumita Sinha, Dan Quan, Fred W McDonald, André Valdez
OBJECTIVE: Scorpion antivenom was recently approved for use in patients with clinically significant scorpion envenomation in the United States; no formal economic analysis on its impact on cost of management has been performed. METHODS: Three different strategies of management of scorpion envenomation with systemic neurotoxic symptoms in children were compared for cost minimization from a societal perspective. In strategy I, patients were managed with supportive care only without antivenom...
October 4, 2016: Pediatric Emergency Care
Nickalus R Khan, Matthew A VanLandingham, Tamara M Fierst, Caroline Hymel, Kathryn Hoes, Linton T Evans, Rory Mayer, Fred Barker, Paul Klimo
BACKGROUND: Posttraumatic seizure (PTS) is a significant complication of traumatic brain injury (TBI). OBJECTIVE: To perform a systematic review and meta-analysis to compare levetiracetam with phenytoin for seizure prophylaxis in patients diagnosed with severe TBI. METHODS: An inclusive search of several electronic databases and bibliographies was conducted to identify scientific studies that compared the effect of levetiracetam and phenytoin on PTS...
September 30, 2016: Neurosurgery
Phillip Minar, Kimberly Jackson, Yi-Ting Tsai, Michael J Rosen, Michael Northcutt, Marat Khodoun, Fred D Finkelman, Lee A Denson
BACKGROUND: We have previously shown that CD64 surface expression on circulating neutrophils is significantly elevated in children with newly diagnosed Crohn's disease (CD). Our primary aim was to investigate whether elevations in neutrophil CD64 in asymptomatic patients could be used to predict treatment failure during maintenance infliximab. METHODS: Pediatric CD subjects receiving maintenance infliximab in clinical remission (short pediatric CD activity index [shPCDAI] <15) were enrolled...
November 2016: Inflammatory Bowel Diseases
Corinne G Wong, Mehran Taban, Kathryn Osann, Fred N Ross-Cisneros, T C Bruice, Grit Zahn, Timothy You
PURPOSE: Intravitreal vascular endothelial growth factor (VEGF) and basic fibroblast growth factor (bFGF) produced florid retinal neovascularization and hemorrhage in the rabbit. This study seeks to determine whether sustained subchoroidal release of both VEGF and bFGF can induce robust choroidal neovascularization (CNV) in the rabbit. METHODS: Subchoroidal implantation through the sclera of polymeric pellets containing both 15 μg VEGF and 15 μg bFGF was performed on adult pigmented male Dutch belted rabbits (N = 6) and NZW albinos (N = 8)...
October 17, 2016: Current Eye Research
Rainer Engelken, Farzad Farkhooi, David Hansel, Carl van Vreeswijk, Fred Wolf
Neuronal activity in the central nervous system varies strongly in time and across neuronal populations. It is a longstanding proposal that such fluctuations generically arise from chaotic network dynamics. Various theoretical studies predict that the rich dynamics of rate models operating in the chaotic regime can subserve circuit computation and learning. Neurons in the brain, however, communicate via spikes and it is a theoretical challenge to obtain similar rate fluctuations in networks of spiking neuron models...
2016: F1000Research
Mark Cropley, Fred R H Zijlstra, Dawn Querstret, Sarah Beck
Work-related rumination, that is, perseverative thinking about work during leisure time, has been associated with a range of negative health and wellbeing issues. The present paper examined the association between work-related rumination and cognitive processes centerd around the theoretical construct of executive functioning. Executive functioning is an umbrella term for high level cognitive processes such as planning, working memory, inhibition, mental flexibility; and it underlies how people manage and regulate their goal directed behavior...
2016: Frontiers in Psychology
Erik Nylander, Alfhild Grönbladh, Sofia Zelleroth, Shanti Diwakarla, Fred Nyberg, Mathias Hallberg
Human growth hormone (GH) displays promising protective effects in the central nervous system after damage caused by various insults. Current evidence suggests that these effects may involve N-methyl-D-aspartate (NMDA) receptor function, a receptor that also is believed to play a role in opioid-induced neurotoxicity. The aims of the present study were to examine the acute toxic effects of methadone, an opioid receptor agonist and NMDA receptor antagonist, as well as to evaluate the protective properties of recombinant human GH (rhGH) on methadone-induced toxicity...
October 13, 2016: Neuroscience
Fred Etoc, Jakob Metzger, Albert Ruzo, Christoph Kirst, Anna Yoney, M Zeeshan Ozair, Ali H Brivanlou, Eric D Siggia
The earliest aspects of human embryogenesis remain mysterious. To model patterning events in the human embryo, we used colonies of human embryonic stem cells (hESCs) grown on micropatterned substrate and differentiated with BMP4. These gastruloids recapitulate the embryonic arrangement of the mammalian germ layers and provide an assay to assess the structural and signaling mechanisms patterning the human gastrula. Structurally, high-density hESCs localize their receptors to transforming growth factor β at their lateral side in the center of the colony while maintaining apical localization of receptors at the edge...
October 13, 2016: Developmental Cell
Braden A W Brinkman, Alison I Weber, Fred Rieke, Eric Shea-Brown
Neural circuits reliably encode and transmit signals despite the presence of noise at multiple stages of processing. The efficient coding hypothesis, a guiding principle in computational neuroscience, suggests that a neuron or population of neurons allocates its limited range of responses as efficiently as possible to best encode inputs while mitigating the effects of noise. Previous work on this question relies on specific assumptions about where noise enters a circuit, limiting the generality of the resulting conclusions...
October 2016: PLoS Computational Biology
Domenic V Cicchetti, Ami Klin, Fred R Volkmar
Cohen's (Educ Psychol Meth. 1960;23:37-40) kappa statistic has been criticized recently for providing low chance-corrected coefficients (<0.40) despite high levels of examiner agreement (e.g., ≥85%). The AC1 statistic (Series. 2002;2:1-9; BMC Med Res Methodol. 2013;13:61), the alpha statistic (J Clin Epidemiol. 1996;49:775-782), the B statistic (BMC Med Res Methodol. 2013;13:97), and the delta statistic (Commun Statist Theory Meth. 2008;37:760-772) were developed to "correct" this "problem." Each of these statistics produces inaccurate results because they either derive from levels of chance agreement that are incorrect (Gwet's AC1 statistic) or fail to correct for chance levels of agreement (the alpha, B, and delta approaches)...
October 12, 2016: Journal of Nervous and Mental Disease
Wayne Stark, Annie Rominger, Fred Warkentine, Kerry Caperell
OBJECTIVE: This study aimed to evaluate the diagnostic utility of empiric head computed tomography (CT) in apparent life threatening event (ALTE). METHODS: This was a retrospective chart review of children younger than 12 months presenting to an urban pediatric hospital and its suburban satellite for an ALTE from October 2009 to December 2012. The ALTE cases were identified as having had a diagnosis of ALTE (International Classification of Diseases, 9th Revision 799...
October 6, 2016: Pediatric Emergency Care
Franz G Mertens, Fred Cooper, Edward Arévalo, Avinash Khare, Avadh Saxena, A R Bishop
We discuss the behavior of solitary wave solutions of the nonlinear Schrödinger equation (NLSE) as they interact with complex potentials, using a four-parameter variational approximation based on a dissipation functional formulation of the dynamics. We concentrate on spatially periodic potentials with the periods of the real and imaginary part being either the same or different. Our results for the time evolution of the collective coordinates of our variational ansatz are in good agreement with direct numerical simulation of the NLSE...
September 2016: Physical Review. E
George O Agogo, Hilko van der Voet, Pieter van 't Veer, Pietro Ferrari, David C Muller, Emilio Sánchez-Cantalejo, Christina Bamia, Tonje Braaten, Sven Knüppel, Ingegerd Johansson, Fred A van Eeuwijk, Hendriek C Boshuizen
BACKGROUND: Measurement error in self-reported dietary intakes is known to bias the association between dietary intake and a health outcome of interest such as risk of a disease. The association can be distorted further by mismeasured confounders, leading to invalid results and conclusions. It is, however, difficult to adjust for the bias in the association when there is no internal validation data. METHODS: We proposed a method to adjust for the bias in the diet-disease association (hereafter, association), due to measurement error in dietary intake and a mismeasured confounder, when there is no internal validation data...
October 13, 2016: BMC Medical Research Methodology
Alessia Deglincerti, Fred Etoc, M Cecilia Guerra, Iain Martyn, Jakob Metzger, Albert Ruzo, Mijo Simunovic, Anna Yoney, Ali H Brivanlou, Eric Siggia, Aryeh Warmflash
Fate allocation in the gastrulating embryo is spatially organized as cells differentiate into specialized cell types depending on their positions with respect to the body axes. There is a need for in vitro protocols that allow the study of spatial organization associated with this developmental transition. Although embryoid bodies and organoids can exhibit some spatial organization of differentiated cells, methods that generate embryoid bodies or organoids do not yield consistent and fully reproducible results...
November 2016: Nature Protocols
Benjamin Steinweg, Fred W Mast
Multisensory stimulus combinations trigger shorter reaction times (RTs) than individual single-modality stimuli. It has been suggested that this inter-sensory facilitation effect is found exclusively for semantically congruent stimuli, because incongruity would prevent multisensory integration. Here we provide evidence that the effect of incongruity is due to a change in response caution rather than prevention of stimulus integration. In two experiments, participants performed two-alternative forced-choice decision tasks in which they categorized auditory stimuli, visual stimuli or audio-visual stimulus pairs...
October 12, 2016: Experimental Brain Research. Experimentelle Hirnforschung. Expérimentation Cérébrale
Jonas Schiffmann, Maxine Sun, Giorgio Gandaglia, Zhe Tian, Ioana Popa, Alessandro Larcher, Alberto Briganti, Michael McCormack, Shahrokh F Shariat, Francesco Montorsi, Markus Graefen, Fred Saad, Pierre I Karakiewicz
BACKGROUND: The role of adjuvant chemotherapy (AC) within urothelial carcinoma of the urinary bladder (UCUB) patients after radical cystectomy (RC) is under debate. We assessed contemporary AC utilization rates. We also examined the rates of AC according to patient disease and sociodemographic characteristics. METHODS: We relied on the SEER-Medicare database for non-organ-confined, muscle-invasive T2 N+ -T4a UCUB patients who underwent RC between 1991 and 2009 without neoadjuvant chemotherapy delivery...
October 12, 2016: Minerva Urologica e Nefrologica, the Italian Journal of Urology and Nephrology
Yen Leong Chua, Ka Hang Liong, Chiung-Hui Huang, Hok Sum Wong, Qian Zhou, Say Siong Ler, Yafang Tang, Chin Pei Low, Hui Yu Koh, I-Chun Kuo, Yongliang Zhang, W S Fred Wong, Hong Yong Peh, Hwee Ying Lim, Moyar Qing Ge, Angela Haczku, Veronique Angeli, Paul A MacAry, Kaw Yan Chua, David M Kemeny
Previous studies have highlighted the importance of lung-draining lymph nodes in the respiratory allergic immune response, whereas the lung parenchymal immune system has been largely neglected. We describe a new in vivo model of respiratory sensitization to Blomia tropicalis, the principal asthma allergen in the tropics, in which the immune response is focused on the lung parenchyma by transfer of Th2 cells from a novel TCR transgenic mouse, specific for the major B. tropicalis allergen Blo t 5, that targets the lung rather than the draining lymph nodes...
October 12, 2016: Journal of Immunology: Official Journal of the American Association of Immunologists
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