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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28434209/urine-clusterin-apolipoprotein-j-is-linked-to-tubular-damage-and-renal-outcomes-in-patients-with-type-2-diabetes-mellitus
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Sang Soo Kim, Sang Heon Song, Jong Ho Kim, Yun Kyung Jeon, Bo Hyun Kim, Min-Cheol Kang, Sung Wan Chun, Soo Hyun Hong, Michelle Chung, Yong Ki Kim, In Joo Kim, Young-Bum Kim
OBJECTIVE: The objective of this study was to evaluate the association of urine clusterin/apolipoprotein J (Apo J) with the development and/or progression of diabetic kidney disease (DKD) in type 2 diabetes. MATERIALS AND METHODS: 159 type 2 diabetic patients and 20 non-diabetic subjects with estimated glomerular filtration rate (eGFR) ≥60 mL/min/1.73 m(2) were enrolled. The baseline values of urine clusterin and tubular damage markers were measured. The primary outcome was the annual decline rate in eGFR and secondary outcomes were the development of chronic kidney disease (CKD) stage 3 or greater and the persistence/progression of albuminuria...
April 23, 2017: Clinical Endocrinology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28434204/positive-airway-pressure-adherence-and-mask-interface-in-the-setting-of-sinonasal-symptoms
#2
Amy E Schell, Ryan J Soose
OBJECTIVES/HYPOTHESIS: Despite reports of lower positive pressure adherence rates with oronasal masks, patients with sinonasal problems are often prescribed this interface over a nasal interface. The aim of this study was to characterize the relationship between mask type and therapy adherence in the setting of sinonasal symptoms. STUDY DESIGN: Retrospective case series with chart review. METHODS: We reviewed 328 patients who underwent positive pressure titration between January 2012 and May 2015...
April 22, 2017: Laryngoscope
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28434193/mediators-of-socioeconomic-differences-in-adiposity-among-youth-a-systematic-review
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REVIEW
M K Gebremariam, N Lien, R A Nianogo, O A Arah
BACKGROUND: Youth with a low socioeconomic position in developed countries are at a disproportionately higher risk of being overweight or obese than their counterparts. Tackling these inequalities requires that the mechanisms behind them are well understood. OBJECTIVES: The aim of this review was to summarize existing evidence regarding the factors that mediate or contribute to the explanation of the relationship between socioeconomic position and adiposity among youth...
April 23, 2017: Obesity Reviews: An Official Journal of the International Association for the Study of Obesity
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28434190/mixed-severity-fire-history-at-a-forest-grassland-ecotone-in-west-central-british-columbia-canada
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Jill E Harvey, Dan J Smith, Thomas T Veblen
This study examines spatially variable stand structure and fire-climate relationships at a low elevation forest-grassland ecotone in west central British Columbia, Canada. Fire history reconstructions were based on samples from 92 fire-scarred trees and stand demography from 27 plots collected over an area of about 7 km(2) . We documented historical chronologies of widespread fires and localized grassland fires between AD 1600 and 1900. Relationships between fire events, reconstructed values of the Palmer Drought Severity Index and annual precipitation were examined using superposed epoch and bivariate event analyses...
April 23, 2017: Ecological Applications: a Publication of the Ecological Society of America
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28434185/can-targeted-policies-reduce-obesity-and-improve-obesity-related-behaviours-in-socioeconomically-disadvantaged-populations-a-systematic-review
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REVIEW
D L Olstad, R Ancilotto, M Teychenne, L M Minaker, D R Taber, K D Raine, C I J Nykiforuk, K Ball
This review synthesized evidence from controlled studies pertaining to the impact of targeted policies on anthropometric, dietary and physical activity outcomes amongst socioeconomically disadvantaged children and adults. Preferred Reporting Items for Systematic Reviews and Meta-Analyses-Equity guidelines were followed. Eligible studies were published from 2004 to August 2015 and examined the impact of targeted policies on anthropometric, dietary and physical activity outcomes amongst socioeconomically disadvantaged populations...
April 23, 2017: Obesity Reviews: An Official Journal of the International Association for the Study of Obesity
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28434173/the-effect-of-resilience-on-task-persistence-and-performance-during-repeated-exposure-to-heat-pain
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P Maxwell Slepian, Christopher R France
The Pain Resilience Scale was recently developed to assess dimensions of resilience critical to pain-related adaptation and was found to predict experimental pain sensitivity in a pain-free population. Pain resilience has also been theoretically linked to behavioral persistence despite pain. To date, however, this hypothesis has not been experimentally tested. To address this gap in the literature, in the current study 105 healthy young adults underwent a baseline administration of the Paced Auditory Serial Addition Test (PASAT), a stressful mental arithmetic task, delivered with somatosensory distraction (i...
April 22, 2017: Journal of Behavioral Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28434131/knowing-how-and-knowing-why-testing-the-effect-of-instruction-designed-for-cognitive-integration-on-procedural-skills-transfer
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Jeffrey J H Cheung, Kulamakan M Kulasegaram, Nicole N Woods, Carol-Anne Moulton, Charlotte V Ringsted, Ryan Brydges
Transfer is a desired outcome of simulation-based training, yet evidence for how instructional design features promote transfer is lacking. In clinical reasoning, transfer is improved when trainees experience instruction integrating basic science explanations with clinical signs and symptoms. To test whether integrated instruction has similar effects in procedural skills (i.e., psychomotor skills) training, we studied the impact of instruction that integrates conceptual (why) and procedural (how) knowledge on the retention and transfer of simulation-based lumbar puncture (LP) skill...
April 22, 2017: Advances in Health Sciences Education: Theory and Practice
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28434127/intranasal-vitamin-a-is-beneficial-in-post-infectious-olfactory-loss
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Thomas Hummel, Katherine L Whitcroft, Gina Rueter, Antje Haehner
Vitamin A plays a decisive role in the regeneration of olfactory receptor neurons. In this retrospective study we investigated the effectiveness of topical vitamin A in patients with post-infectious and posttraumatic smell disorders. Retrospective cohort. A total of 170 patients (age range 18-70 years, mean age 52 years) participated. Forty-six patients were treated with smell training only. The remaining 124 patients received smell training and topical vitamin A. Olfactory function was assessed using the Sniffin' Sticks test kit, a validated technique to measure odor thresholds, discrimination and identification...
April 22, 2017: European Archives of Oto-rhino-laryngology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28434125/kidney-morphological-parameters-measured-using-noncontrast-enhanced-steady-state-free-precession-mri-with-spatially-selective-inversion-recovery-pulse-correlate-with-egfr-in-patients-with-advanced-ckd
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Tadashi Otsuka, Yoshikatsu Kaneko, Yuya Sato, Ryohei Kaseda, Ryuji Aoyagi, Suguru Yamamoto, Shin Goto, Ichiei Narita
BACKGROUND: It is well known that atrophic renal changes are associated with chronic kidney disease (CKD) progression, but conventional diagnostic imaging methods such as noncontrast-enhanced computed tomography and magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) have been insufficient for precisely assessing kidney function because they cannot clearly distinguish between the medulla and cortex. Hence, here we used noncontrast-enhanced steady-state free precession (SSFP) MRI with a spatially selective inversion recovery (IR) pulse to improve visibility for renal corticomedullary differentiation and evaluated the association between morphological parameters and kidney function in patients with CKD...
April 22, 2017: Clinical and Experimental Nephrology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28434121/intracellular-position-of-mitochondria-in-mesophyll-cells-differs-between-c3-and-c4-grasses
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Yuto Hatakeyama, Osamu Ueno
In C3 plants, part of the CO2 fixed during photosynthesis in chloroplasts is released from mitochondria during photorespiration by decarboxylation of glycine via glycine decarboxylase (GDC), thereby reducing photosynthetic efficiency. The apparent positioning of most mitochondria in the interior (vacuole side of chloroplasts) of mesophyll cells in C3 grasses would increase the efficiency of refixation of CO2 released from mitochondria by ribulose 1,5-bisphosphate carboxylase/​oxygenase (Rubisco) in chloroplasts...
April 22, 2017: Journal of Plant Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28434116/activation-of-the-serotonin-pathway-is-associated-with-poor-outcome-in-copd-exacerbation-results-of-a-long-term-cohort-study
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Marc A Meier, Manuel Ottiger, Alaadin Vögeli, Christian Steuer, Luca Bernasconi, Robert Thomann, Mirjam Christ-Crain, Christoph Henzen, Claus Hoess, Werner Zimmerli, Andreas Huber, Beat Mueller, Philipp Schuetz
BACKGROUND/INTRODUCTION: Indoleamine 2,3-dioxygenase (IDO) metabolizes tryptophan to kynurenine. An increase of its activity is associated with severity in patients with pneumonia. In chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD) patients, an elevation of serotonin has been reported. Experimental models showed that cigarette smoke inhibits monoamine oxidase (MAO) leading to higher levels of serotonin. We investigated the prognostic ability of tryptophan, serotonin, kynurenine, IDO, and tryptophan hydroxylase (TPH) to predict short- and long-term outcomes in patients with a COPD exacerbation...
April 22, 2017: Lung
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28434115/interaction-of-selected-phenylpropenes-with-dipalmitoylphosphatidylcholine-membrane-and-their-relevance-to-antibacterial-activity
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Riham Gharib, Amal Najjar, Lizette Auezova, Catherine Charcosset, Hélène Greige-Gerges
The effect of structurally closely related phenylpropenes (PPs), estragole, anethole, eugenol, and isoeugenol, on the fluidity of dipalmitoyl phosphatidyl choline (DPPC) liposome membrane was investigated by DSC, Raman, and fluorescence anisotropy of 1,6-diphenyl-1,3,5-hexatriene (DPH). Liposomes were prepared by thin-film hydration method at various DPPC:PP molar ratios. The DPH anisotropy measurements of blank and PP-loaded liposomes were performed at 28, 41, and 50 °C, which correspond, respectively, to gel phase, main transition temperature of DPPC, and liquid phase...
April 22, 2017: Journal of Membrane Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28434099/the-complete-genome-sequence-of-a-novel-virus-bellflower-veinal-mottle-virus-suggests-the-existence-of-a-new-genus-within-the-family-potyviridae
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Jang-Kyun Seo, Hae-Ryun Kwak, Mi-Kyeong Kim, Jeong-Soo Kim, Hong-Soo Choi
A new virus was isolated from a bellflower (Campanula takesimana) plant showing veinal mottle symptoms, and its complete genome sequence was determined. The viral genome consists of a positive-sense single-stranded RNA of 8,259 ribonucleotides. Electron microscopic observation revealed that the viral genome is packaged as a filamentous particle with an average length of approximately 760 nm. BLAST searches of protein databases showed that the encoded polyprotein has a maximum amino acid sequence identity of 34...
April 22, 2017: Archives of Virology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28434090/a-best-practice-position-statement-on-the-role-of-the-nephrologist-in-the-prevention-and-follow-up-of-preeclampsia-the-italian-study-group-on-kidney-and-pregnancy
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Giorgina Barbara Piccoli, Gianfranca Cabiddu, Santina Castellino, Giuseppe Gernone, Domenico Santoro, Gabriella Moroni, Donatella Spotti, Franca Giacchino, Rossella Attini, Monica Limardo, Stefania Maxia, Antioco Fois, Linda Gammaro, Tullia Todros
Preeclampsia (PE) is a protean syndrome causing a transitory kidney disease, characterised by hypertension and proteinuria, ultimately reversible after delivery. Its prevalence is variously estimated, from 3 to 5% to 10% if all the related disorders, including also pregnancy-induced hypertension (PIH) and HELLP syndrome (haemolysis, increase in liver enzyme, low platelets) are included. Both nephrologists and obstetricians are involved in the management of the disease, according to different protocols, and the clinical management, as well as the role for each specialty, differs worldwide...
April 22, 2017: Journal of Nephrology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28434086/the-inability-of-bacillus-licheniformis-perr-mutant-to-grow-is-mainly-due-to-the-lack-of-perr-mediated-fur-repression
#15
Jung-Hoon Kim, Yoon-Mo Yang, Chang-Jun Ji, Su-Hyun Ryu, Young-Bin Won, Shin-Yeong Ju, Yumi Kwon, Yeh-Eun Lee, Hwan Youn, Jin-Won Lee
PerR, a member of Fur family protein, is a metal-dependent H2O2 sensing transcription factor that regulates genes involved in peroxide stress response. Industrially important bacterium Bacillus licheniformis contains three PerR-like proteins (PerRBL, PerR2, and PerR3) compared to its close relative Bacillus subtilis. Interestingly, unlike other bacteria including B. subtilis, no authentic perR BL null mutant could be established for B. licheniformis. Thus, we constructed a conditional perR BL mutant using a xylose-inducible promoter, and investigated the genes under the control of PerRBL...
April 22, 2017: Journal of Microbiology / the Microbiological Society of Korea
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28434082/senior-general-surgery-residents-can-be-trained-to-perform-focused-assessment-with-sonography-for-trauma-patients-accurately
#16
Sheng-Der Hsu, Cheng-Jueng Chen, De-Chuan Chan, Jyh-Cherng Yu
PURPOSES: Researchers studying trauma have found that physicians are able to perform a focused assessment with sonography for trauma (FAST) with minimal training and achieve ideal accuracy. However, there are currently no consensus or standard guidelines regarding the performance of this assessment. The aim of our study was to clarify the value of FAST performed by well-qualified senior general surgery residents in cases of suspected blunt abdominal trauma, which presents an important diagnostic problem in emergency departments...
April 22, 2017: Surgery Today
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28434062/nlophoric-3-6-di-substituted-quinoxalin-carbazoles-synthesis-photophysical-properties-and-dft-studies
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Rahul D Telore, Amol G Jadhav, Nagaiyan Sekar
Synthesis of novel 3,6-di(substituted quinoxalin) carbazole fluorophores by the condensation of 1,1'-(9-ethyl-9H-carbazole-3,6-diyl)bis(2-bromoethanone) with methyl, chloro and unsubstituted o-phenylenediamine is presented. Synthesized derivatives are well characterized by (1)H NMR, (13)C NMR, FTIR and Mass spectroscopy. Photophysical studies are carried out using solvents of varying polarities revealed positive solvatochromism and intramolecular charge transfer from carbazole (Donor) to quinoxalin (Acceptor)...
April 22, 2017: Journal of Fluorescence
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28434051/evidence-of-a-link-between-fever-and-microscopic-hematuria-in-children
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Rama Schwartz, Rotem Distal, Arthur Shapiro, Yehezkel Waisman
Despite the common conception that febrile illnesses are associated with microscopic hematuria in children, a review of the literature failed to disclose supportive evidence. The aim of this study was to evaluate this relationship. Background data were collected for a convenience sample of children aged 4-18 years who presented to the emergency department (ED) of a tertiary pediatric medical center. Vital signs were measured and a midstream urine specimen was collected. Specimens positive for the presence of blood (>5 erythrocytes/μl; Combur 10 Test Strips) were examined microscopically...
April 22, 2017: European Journal of Pediatrics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28434050/prevalence-of-toxoplasma-gondii-infection-in-hiv-infected-patients-and-food-animals-and-direct-genotyping-of-t-gondii-isolates-southern-ghana
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Faustina Pappoe, Weisheng Cheng, Lin Wang, Yuanling Li, Dorcas Obiri-Yeboah, Samuel Victor Nuvor, Henock Ambachew, Xiaodong Hu, Qingli Luo, Deyong Chu, Yuanhong Xu, Jilong Shen
Toxoplasma gondii is of public health and veterinary importance causing severe diseases in immunocompromised individuals including HIV/AIDS patients and in congenital cases and animals. There is limited information on the epidemiology of T. gondii infection in humans, particularly HIV patients and food animals and the parasite genotypes in Ghana. A total of 394 HIV-infected patients from three hospitals were screened for T. gondii anti-IgG and IgM using ELISA. DNAs from blood samples of seropositve participants and 95 brain tissues of food animals were PCR assayed to detect Toxoplasma gra6...
April 22, 2017: Parasitology Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28434046/oral-arginine-supplementation-protects-female-mice-from-the-onset-of-non-alcoholic-steatohepatitis
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Cathrin Sellmann, Christian Degen, Cheng Jun Jin, Anika Nier, Anna Janina Engstler, Dana Hasan Alkhatib, Jean-Pascal De Bandt, Ina Bergheim
Dietary arginine (Arg) supplementation has been proposed to have positive effects on the development of liver diseases. In the present study, we investigate if an oral Arg supplementation in diet protects mice fed a fructose, fat and cholesterol enriched Western-style diet (WSD) from the development of non-alcoholic steatohepatitis (NASH). Female C57BL/6J mice were fed a liquid control diet or a liquid WSD ± Arg (2.49 g/kg body weight/day) for 6 weeks. Indices of liver injury, glucose metabolism and intestinal permeability were determined...
April 22, 2017: Amino Acids
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