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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29786863/acute-ammonia-toxicity-to-the-larvae-glochidia-of-the-tropical-australian-freshwater-mussel-velesunio-spp-using-a-modified-toxicity-test-protocol
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Linda S Kleinhenz, Melanie A Trenfield, Thomas J Mooney, Christopher L Humphrey, Rick A van Dam, Dayanthi Nugegoda, Andrew J Harford
Ammonia is recognised as a major pollutant worldwide, originating from natural and anthropogenic sources. Studies have reported that freshwater mussels are amongst the most sensitive taxa to ammonia, but there is a lack of data available on ammonia toxicity for the early life stages of freshwater mussels from tropical regions. This paper reports the modification of a 24-h acute toxicity test protocol for tropical freshwater mussels and application of the test using ammonia. Velesunio spp. from three different sites were used to assess the toxicity of ammonia at a targeted pH of 6...
May 22, 2018: Environmental Toxicology and Chemistry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29786848/annual-report-to-the-nation-on-the-status-of-cancer-part-i-national-cancer-statistics
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Kathleen A Cronin, Andrew J Lake, Susan Scott, Recinda L Sherman, Anne-Michelle Noone, Nadia Howlader, S Jane Henley, Robert N Anderson, Albert U Firth, Jiemin Ma, Betsy A Kohler, Ahmedin Jemal
BACKGROUND: The American Cancer Society (ACS), the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), the National Cancer Institute (NCI), and the North American Association of Central Cancer Registries (NAACCR) collaborate to provide annual updates on cancer occurrence and trends in the United States. METHODS: Incidence data were obtained from the CDC-funded and NCI-funded population-based cancer registry programs and compiled by NAACCR. Data on cancer deaths were obtained from the National Center for Health Statistics National Vital Statistics System...
May 22, 2018: Cancer
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29786732/unusually-low-thermal-conductivity-of-atomically-thin-2d-tellurium
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Zhibin Gao, Fang Tao, Jie Ren
Tellurium is a high-performance thermoelectric material due to its superior electronic transport and low lattice thermal conductivity (κL). Here, we report the ultralow κL in the monolayer tellurium, i.e., tellurene, which has been successfully synthesized in recent experiments. We find that tellurene has a compellingly low room temperature κL of 2.16 and 4.08 W m-1 K-1 along the armchair and zigzag directions, respectively, which is lower than any reported values for other 2D materials. We attribute this unusually low κL to the soft acoustic modes, the extremely low-energy optical modes and the strong scattering among optical-acoustic phonons, which place tellurene as a potential novel thermoelectric material...
May 22, 2018: Nanoscale
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29786704/peri-implant-tissue-score-pits-as-a-measure-of-success-applied-to-869-dental-implants-from-a-retrospective-clinical-study
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Zbyněk Mazur, Ladislav Korábek, Daniel Mazur
OBJECTIVE: This article presents a methodology of a comprehensive score for assessment and monitoring of dental implant success from the peri-implant tissue perspective. It involves only standard and minimally invasive techniques accessible to general dental practices, without the need for special equipment. METHODS AND MATERIALS: The proposed score methodology combines existing consensual global knowledge regarding aspects of dental implant success with the standard examination tools accepted for regular recall assessment...
May 17, 2018: Quintessence International
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29786643/controlled-deactivation-cb1-receptor-ligands-as-a-novel-strategy-to-lower-intraocular-pressure
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Sally Miller, Shashank Kulkarni, Alex Ciesielski, Spyros P Nikas, Ken Mackie, Alexandros Makriyannis, Alex Straiker
Nearly half a century has passed since the demonstration that cannabis and its chief psychoactive component Δ⁸-THC lowers intraocular pressure (IOP). Elevated IOP remains the chief hallmark and therapeutic target for glaucoma, a condition that places millions at risk of blindness. It is likely that Δ⁸-THC exerts much of its IOP-lowering effects via the activation of CB1 cannabinoid receptors. However, the initial promise of CB1 as a target for treating glaucoma has not thus far translated into a credible therapeutic strategy...
May 22, 2018: Pharmaceuticals
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29786640/vitamin-d-in-vascular-calcification-a-double-edged-sword
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REVIEW
Jeffrey Wang, Jimmy J Zhou, Graham R Robertson, Vincent W Lee
Vascular calcification (VC) as a manifestation of perturbed mineral balance, is associated with aging, diabetes and kidney dysfunction, as well as poorer patient outcomes. Due to the current limited understanding of the pathophysiology of vascular calcification, the development of effective preventative and therapeutic strategies remains a significant clinical challenge. Recent evidence suggests that traditional risk factors for cardiovascular disease, such as left ventricular hypertrophy and dyslipidaemia, fail to account for clinical observations of vascular calcification...
May 22, 2018: Nutrients
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29786553/from-skeletal-development-to-the-creation-of-pluripotent-stem-cell-derived-bone-forming-progenitors
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REVIEW
Wai Long Tam, Frank P Luyten, Scott J Roberts
Bone has many functions. It is responsible for protecting the underlying soft organs, it allows locomotion, houses the bone marrow and stores minerals such as calcium and phosphate. Upon damage, bone tissue can efficiently repair itself. However, healing is hampered if the defect exceeds a critical size and/or is in compromised conditions. The isolation or generation of bone-forming progenitors has applicability to skeletal repair and may be used in tissue engineering approaches. Traditionally, bone engineering uses osteochondrogenic stem cells, which are combined with scaffold materials and growth factors...
July 5, 2018: Philosophical Transactions of the Royal Society of London. Series B, Biological Sciences
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29785932/cortical-thickness-correlates-of-minor-neurological-signs-in-patients-with-first-episode-psychosis
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Simone Ciufolini, Maria Francesca Ponteduro, Tiago Reis-Marques, Heather Taylor, Valeria Mondelli, Carmine M Pariante, Stefania Bonaccorso, Raymond Chan, Andy Simmons, Anthony David, Marta Di Forti, Robin M Murray, Paola Dazzan
Neurological soft signs (NSS) are subtle abnormalities of motor and sensory function that are present in the absence of localized brain pathological lesions. In psychoses they have been consistently associated with a distinct pattern of cortical and subcortical brain structural alterations at the level of the heteromodal cortex and basal ganglia. However, a more specific and accurate evaluation of the cytoarchitecture of the cortical mantle could further advance our understanding of the neurobiological substrate of psychosis...
May 18, 2018: Schizophrenia Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29785673/the-impact-of-transcranial-direct-current-stimulation-tdcs-on-bipolar-depression-mania-and-euthymia-a-systematic-review-of-preliminary-data
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Clément Dondé, Nicholas H Neufeld, Pierre A Geoffroy
The neurobiological basis of bipolar disorders (BD) has received increased attention and several brain regions and brain circuits have been correlated with clinical symptoms. These brain regions and circuits may represent targets for neuromodulation techniques such as transcranial Direct Current Stimulation (tDCS). We systematically reviewed the literature to explore the risks and benefits of tDCS in BD and examined all mood states. Following the PRISMA guidelines, a systematic literature search using several databases was performed from April 2002 to June 2017...
May 21, 2018: Psychiatric Quarterly
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29785541/new-observations-in-tumor-cell-plasticity-mutational-profiling-in-a-case-of-metastatic-melanoma-with-biphasic-sarcomatoid-transdifferentiation
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Niels J Rupp, Markus Rechsteiner, Sandra N Freiberger, Daniela Lenggenhager, Mirjana Urosevic, Irene A Burger, Elisabeth J Rushing, Daniela Mihic-Probst
We describe a highly unusual case of metastatic melanoma in a 61-year-old female that manifested as a single groin lymph node metastasis accompanied by two distinct, subcutaneous sarcomatoid tumors on the same leg, without evidence of a primary tumor. Characterization encompassed extensive immunohistochemical staining as well as next-generation sequencing (NGS). The lymph node metastasis showed obvious features of melanoma. The two subcutaneous lesions, however, were morphologically and immunohistochemically consistent with high-grade myxofibrosarcoma and soft tissue mixed tumor, respectively...
May 21, 2018: Virchows Archiv: An International Journal of Pathology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29785452/local-recurrence-of-soft-tissue-sarcoma-issues-in-imaging-surveillance-strategy
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REVIEW
Nisreen S Ezuddin, Juan Pretell-Mazzini, Raphael L Yechieli, Darcy A Kerr, Breelyn A Wilky, Ty K Subhawong
Soft-tissue sarcomas pose diagnostic and therapeutic challenges to physicians, owing to the large number of subtypes, aggressive tumor biology, lack of consensus on management, and controversy surrounding interval and duration of surveillance scans. Advances in multidisciplinary management have improved the care of sarcoma patients, but controversy remains regarding strategies for surveillance following definitive local control. This review provides an updated, comprehensive overview of the current understanding of the risk of local recurrence of soft-tissue sarcoma, by examining the literature based on features such as histological type and grade, tumor size, and resection margin status, with the aim of helping clinicians, surgeons, and radiologists to develop a tailored approach to local imaging surveillance...
May 21, 2018: Skeletal Radiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29785328/dermoscopy-of-a-solitary-storiform-collagenoma
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Mona Ebadian, Luigi Citarella, Damian Collins, Salvador Diaz-Cano, Lucia Pozo-Garcia
The dermoscopic features of solitary storiform collagenomas (sclerotic fibromas) have not been described previously, as these are rare cutaneous soft tissue tumors. The presence of multiple lesions is considered a marker of Cowden syndrome. They can also present as single firm cutaneous nodules. We present an unusual single nodule with distinct dermoscopic and histologic features.
April 2018: Dermatology Practical & Conceptual
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29785270/distant-lung-metastases-caused-by-a-histologically-benign-phosphaturic-mesenchymal-tumor
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Maria P Yavropoulou, Christos Poulios, Christoforos Foroulis, Symeon Tournis, Prodromos Hytiroglou, Kalliopi Kotsa, Isaak Kessisoglou, Pantelis Zebekakis
Tumor-induced osteomalacia (TIO) is a rare form of hypophosphatemia usually caused by phosphaturic mesenchymal tumors (PMTs); the biologic behavior of PMTs is under investigation. Herein we present a case of TIO with a protracted course over 12 years leading to a fatal outcome. A 39-year-old man presented with weakness in 2004 and was found to have decreased serum phosphorus, phosphaturia and low levels of 1,25-dihydroxyvitamin D3. Four years later he developed a painful left calf mass. The lesion was resected, but recurred causing extreme pain and dysfunction...
2018: Endocrinology, Diabetes & Metabolism Case Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29785170/cost-effectiveness-of-olaratumab-in-combination-with-doxorubicin-for-patients-with-soft-tissue-sarcoma-in-the-united-states
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Santiago Zuluaga-Sanchez, Lisa M Hess, Sorrel E Wolowacz, Yulia D'yachkova, Emma Hawe, Adrian D Vickers, James A Kaye, David Bertwistle
Background: Standard first-line treatments for advanced soft tissue sarcoma (STS) have changed little for 40 years, and outcomes have been poor. Recently, the United States (US) Food and Drug Administration conditionally approved olaratumab in combination with doxorubicin (Olara + Dox) based on a randomized phase II trial that reported a significant 11.8-month improvement in median survival versus single-agent doxorubicin (Dox). The present study investigated the cost-effectiveness of Olara + Dox compared with Dox and five other standard-of-care regimens from the US payer perspective...
2018: Sarcoma
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29785138/a-review-of-soft-tissue-sarcomas-translation-of-biological-advances-into-treatment-measures
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REVIEW
Ngoc T Hoang, Luis A Acevedo, Michael J Mann, Bhairavi Tolani
Soft-tissue sarcomas are rare malignant tumors arising from connective tissues and have an overall incidence of about five per 100,000 per year. While this diverse family of malignancies comprises over 100 histological subtypes and many molecular aberrations are prevalent within specific sarcomas, very few are therapeutically targeted. Instead of utilizing molecular signatures, first-line sarcoma treatment options are still limited to traditional surgery and chemotherapy, and many of the latter remain largely ineffective and are plagued by disease resistance...
2018: Cancer Management and Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29785085/-wet-transepithelial-phototherapeutic-keratectomy-in-the-management-of-persistent-epithelial-defects-in-the-graft
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Sergei V Churashov, Elena V Kudryashova, Alexei N Kulikov, Ernest V Boiko, Valerii F Chernysh, Dmitrii S Maltsev
Purpose: This study aimed to evaluate the efficacy of "wet" transepithelial phototherapeutic keratectomy (TE-PTK) for treating persistent epithelial defects (PEDs) in the corneal graft following penetrating keratoplasty (PKP). Methods: This study describes a noncomparative, prospective interventional case series. Patients with post-PKP graft epithelial defects lasting >3 months despite previous treatments with extensive wear soft contact lenses, amniotic membrane transplantation, and tarsorrhaphy were treated with wet TE-PTK...
2018: Clinical Ophthalmology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29784995/an-autonomously-electrically-self-healing-liquid-metal-elastomer-composite-for-robust-soft-matter-robotics-and-electronics
#17
Eric J Markvicka, Michael D Bartlett, Xiaonan Huang, Carmel Majidi
Large-area stretchable electronics are critical for progress in wearable computing, soft robotics and inflatable structures. Recent efforts have focused on engineering electronics from soft materials-elastomers, polyelectrolyte gels and liquid metal. While these materials enable elastic compliance and deformability, they are vulnerable to tearing, puncture and other mechanical damage modes that cause electrical failure. Here, we introduce a material architecture for soft and highly deformable circuit interconnects that are electromechanically stable under typical loading conditions, while exhibiting uncompromising resilience to mechanical damage...
May 21, 2018: Nature Materials
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29784771/prion-replication-in-the-mammalian-cytosol-functional-regions-within-a-prion-domain-driving-induction-propagation-and-inheritance
#18
Yvonne Duernberger, Shu Liu, Katrin Riemschoss, Lydia Paulsen, Romina Bester, Peer-Hendrik Kuhn, Manuel Schölling, Stefan F Lichtenthaler, Ina Vorberg
Prions of lower eukaryotes are transmissible protein particles that propagate by converting homotypic soluble proteins into growing protein assemblies. Prion activity is conferred by so-called prion domains, regions of low complexity that are often enriched in glutamines and asparagines (Q/N). The compositional similarity of fungal prion domains with intrinsically disordered domains found in many mammalian proteins raises the question if similar sequence elements can drive prion-like phenomena in mammals. Here we define sequence features of the prototype S...
May 21, 2018: Molecular and Cellular Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29784654/preliminary-study-into-the-skeletal-injuries-sustained-to-the-spine-from-posterior-non-perforating-ballistic-impacts-into-body-armour
#19
Rosalind M Jennings, C Malbon, F Brock, S E Harrisson, D J Carr
INTRODUCTION: The aim of this paper was to examine any injuries from posterior behind armour blunt trauma ballistic impacts directly over the spine onto typical hard body armours. Due to the spine being close to the surface of the skin and a lack of any previous specific research into this topic, this study was designed to gain preliminary insight into the mechanisms involved and injuries caused. Pigs were chosen as the closest representative of human spine, tissue and skin, although their spines are deeper under the surface than humans...
May 21, 2018: Journal of the Royal Army Medical Corps
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29784555/correlation-between-mdcta-and-carotid-plaque-histological-heterogeneity-a-pilot-study
#20
Gian Franco Veraldi, Pier Francesco Nocini, Albino Eccher, Alberto Fenzi, Andrea Sboarina, Luca Mezzetto
BACKGROUND: The aim of this pilot study was to identify multidetector computed tomography angiography (MDCTA) features that may help identify carotid atherosclerotic plaques (CAPs) with severe histological heterogeneity. METHODS: Thirty-one CAPs (9 symptomatic) were evaluated histologically using a semiquantitative scale. The CAPs were assessed for the presence of ulceration, lipids, fibrosis, thrombotic deposits, haemorrhage, neovascularisation, and inflammation...
May 18, 2018: European Journal of Vascular and Endovascular Surgery
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