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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29220869/non-obese-fatty-liver-disease-is-associated-with-lacunar-infarct
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Min-Sun Kwak, Kyung Won Kim, Hyobin Seo, Goh-Eun Chung, Jeong Yoon Yim, Donghee Kim
BACKGROUND/AIMS: Lacunar infarct, a small subcortical ischemic lesion, is a known risk factor for future cognitive impairment, dementia, and stroke. We evaluated the relationship between fatty liver disease(FLD) and lacunar infarct in a healthy general population. METHODS: Subjects who underwent brain magnetic resonance imaging(MRI) and abdominal ultrasonography(US) during health check-ups from 2007-2009 were included. FLD was diagnosed by US. Subjects with a history of cerebrovascular disease, radiological findings consistent with cerebrovascular stenosis, or cerebral small vessel disease were excluded...
December 8, 2017: Liver International: Official Journal of the International Association for the Study of the Liver
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29220860/patients-willingness-to-defer-resection-of-diminutive-polyps-results-of-a-multicenter-survey
#2
Daniel von Renteln, Mickael Bouin, Alan N Barkun, Audrey Weber, Douglas J Robertson, Joseph C Anderson, Heiko Pohl
Background and study aims Current colonoscopy practice requires removal of diminutive polyps. This is associated with costs, but the benefits to colorectal cancer (CRC) prevention remain unclear. The study aim was to understand patients' willingness to defer resection of diminutive polyps and to examine the factors that influence patients' decisions. Patients and methods Adults presenting for a colonoscopy were surveyed at three hospitals in the USA and Canada. Survey domains included: patient characteristics, risk perception, knowledge about CRC risk, willingness to defer polyp resection, and associated concerns...
December 8, 2017: Endoscopy
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29220829/decreased-expression-of-the-polarity-regulatory-par-complex-predicts-poor-prognosis-of-the-patients-with-colorectal-adenocarcinoma
#3
Min-Kyung Yeo, Jin-Man Kim, Kwang-Sun Suh, Seok-Hyung Kim, Ok-Jun Lee, Kyung-Hee Kim
Partitioning defective (Par) proteins regulate cell polarity and differentiation. Par3, Par6β, and protein kinase Cζ (PKCζ), which are PAR complex members, have been shown to be associated with oncogenesis and progression. Herein, we report the expression pattern and clinical relevance of Par3, Par6β, and PKCζ in colorectal adenocarcinoma (CRAC). A total of 393 primary CRACs, 41 primary-metastatic CRAC pairs, 41 adenomas with low-grade dysplasia, and 41 nontumor colorectal tissue samples were examined by immunohistochemistry and Western blot assays for Par3, Par6β, and PKCζ protein expressions...
December 5, 2017: Translational Oncology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29220828/prediction-of-radiation-esophagitis-in-non-small-cell-lung-cancer-using-clinical-factors-dosimetric-parameters-and-pretreatment-cytokine-levels
#4
Peter G Hawkins, Philip S Boonstra, Stephen T Hobson, James A Hayman, Randall K Ten Haken, Martha M Matuszak, Paul Stanton, Gregory P Kalemkerian, Theodore S Lawrence, Matthew J Schipper, Feng-Ming Spring Kong, Shruti Jolly
Radiation esophagitis (RE) is a common adverse event associated with radiotherapy for non-small cell lung cancer (NSCLC). While plasma cytokine levels have been correlated with other forms of radiation-induced toxicity, their association with RE has been less well studied. We analyzed data from 126 patients treated on 4 prospective clinical trials. Logistic regression models based on combinations of dosimetric factors [maximum dose to 2 cubic cm (D2cc) and generalized equivalent uniform dose (gEUD)], clinical variables, and pretreatment plasma levels of 30 cytokines were developed...
December 5, 2017: Translational Oncology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29220827/exploring-divers-of-forest-degradation-and-fragmentation-in-sudan-the-case-of-erawashda-forest-and-its-surrounding-community
#5
Hussein M Sulieman
Sudan is a hot spot for forest degradation. Efforts to maintain what remains of its forests should be of the highest priority. However, precise information on its forests' current state is very limited. Therefore, in order to effectively intervene in support of existing resources, it is important to have a better understanding of processes taking place in the country and impacting those resources. The objectives of this study are to quantify the consequences of land use and land cover (LULC) changes on forest degradation and fragmentation and to analyze the anthropogenic factors causing it, taking Erawashda Forest, eastern Sudan, as an example...
December 5, 2017: Science of the Total Environment
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29220823/patterns-of-progressive-atrophy-vary-with-age-in-alzheimer-s-disease-patients
#6
Cassidy M Fiford, Gerard R Ridgway, David M Cash, Marc Modat, Jennifer Nicholas, Emily N Manning, Ian B Malone, Geert Jan Biessels, Sebastien Ourselin, Owen T Carmichael, M Jorge Cardoso, Josephine Barnes
Age is not only the greatest risk factor for Alzheimer's disease (AD) but also a key modifier of disease presentation and progression. Here, we investigate how longitudinal atrophy patterns vary with age in mild cognitive impairment (MCI) and AD. Data comprised serial longitudinal 1.5-T magnetic resonance imaging scans from 153 AD, 339 MCI, and 191 control subjects. Voxel-wise maps of longitudinal volume change were obtained and aligned across subjects. Local volume change was then modeled in terms of diagnostic group and an interaction between group and age, adjusted for total intracranial volume, white-matter hyperintensity volume, and apolipoprotein E genotype...
November 14, 2017: Neurobiology of Aging
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29220813/biotransformation-and-inhibition-effects-of-hexachlorocyclohexanes-during-biogas-production-from-contaminated-biomass-characterized-by-isotope-fractionation-concepts
#7
Shujuan Lian, Marcell Nikolausz, Ivonne Nijenhuis, Athaydes Francisco Leite, Hans Hermann Richnow
Hexachlorocyclohexane (HCH) production for pesticides was banned by Stockholm Convention (2009) due to its harmful and adverse effects on the environment. Despite this measure, many areas contaminated with former HCH production-waste products still require management. As a potential solution contributing to clean-up of these sites, anaerobic digestion (AD) of pesticide-contaminated biomass to produce biogas is a promising strategy. High pesticide concentrations, however, may inhibit biogas production. Therefore, laboratory-scale batch reactors were set up to investigate biogas reactor performance in presence of HCH...
November 24, 2017: Bioresource Technology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29220800/exposure-to-traffic-related-air-pollution-and-the-composition-of-the-gut-microbiota-in-overweight-and-obese-adolescents
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Tanya L Alderete, Roshonda B Jones, Zhanghua Chen, Jeniffer S Kim, Rima Habre, Frederick Lurmann, Frank D Gilliland, Michael I Goran
BACKGROUND: Traffic-related air pollution (TRAP) exposure has been linked to type 2 diabetes and metabolic dysfunction in humans. Animal studies suggest that air pollutants may alter the composition of the gut microbiota, which may negatively impact metabolic health through changes in the composition and/or function of the gut microbiome. OBJECTIVES: The primary aim of this study was to determine whether elevated TRAP exposure was correlated with gut bacterial taxa in overweight and obese adolescents from the Meta-AIR (Metabolic and Asthma Incidence Research) study...
December 5, 2017: Environmental Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29220799/accounting-for-adaptation-and-intensity-in-projecting-heat-wave-related-mortality
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Yan Wang, Francesco Nordio, John Nairn, Antonella Zanobetti, Joel D Schwartz
BACKGROUND: How adaptation and intensity of heat waves affect heat wave-related mortality is unclear, making health projections difficult. METHODS: We estimated the effect of heat waves, the effect of the intensity of heat waves, and adaptation on mortality in 209 U.S. cities with 168 million people during 1962-2006. We improved the standard time-series models by incorporating the intensity of heat waves using excess heat factor (EHF) and estimating adaptation empirically using interactions with yearly mean summer temperature (MST)...
December 5, 2017: Environmental Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29220798/aegeline-inspired-synthesis-of-novel-amino-alcohol-and-thiazolidinedione-hybrids-with-antiadipogenic-activity-in-3t3-l1-cells
#10
Sabbu Satish, Ankita Srivastava, Pragya Yadav, Salil Varshney, Rakhi Choudhary, Vishal M Balaramnavar, Tadigoppula Narender, Anil Nilkanth Gaikwad
Excess adiposity is a hallmark of obesity, which is caused due to an imbalance between energy intake and energy consumed. Obesity is often associated with several metabolic disorders like dyslipidemia, cardiovascular diseases and type 2 diabetes. Earlier, our group had reported natural product Aegeline (amino-alcohol) isolated from the plant Aegle marmelos as an anti-diabetic and anti-dyslipidemic compound. With this background, we synthesized a series of novel amino alcohol and thiazolidinedione hybrid molecules and studied their antiadipogenic activity...
November 26, 2017: European Journal of Medicinal Chemistry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29220778/quantitative-assessment-of-naegleria-fowleri-and-fecal-indicator-bacteria-in-brackish-water-of-lake-pontchartrain-louisiana
#11
Jia Xue, Frederica G Lamar, Bowen Zhang, Siyu Lin, Jennifer G Lamori, Samendra P Sherchan
Brackish water samples from Lake Pontchartrain in Louisiana were assessed for the presence of pathogenic amoeba Naegleria fowleri, which causes primary amoebic meningoencephalitis (PAM). In our study, quantitative polymerase chain reaction (qPCR) methods were used to determine N. fowleri, E. coli, and enterococci in water collected from Lake Pontchartrain. N. fowleri target sequence was detected in 35.4% (56/158) of the water samples from ten sites around the lake. Statistically significant positive correlations between N...
December 5, 2017: Science of the Total Environment
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29220774/mitigating-land-pollution-through-pesticide-packages-the-case-of-a-collection-scheme-in-rural-china
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Shuqin Jin, Bettina Bluemling, Arthur P J Mol
Pesticide packages that are discarded on agricultural land can contaminate water bodies and pose a threat to the environment and human health. Little is known about how developing countries deal with this kind of land pollution. While in developed countries, packages are collected by professional organizations, the smallholder context in developing countries makes the collection of this waste much more difficult. This paper introduces and analyses a successful Pesticide Package Collection Scheme in one of the poorest regions in China, i...
December 5, 2017: Science of the Total Environment
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29220773/climate-change-and-dengue-fever-transmission-in-china-evidences-and-challenges
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Chenlu Li, Yongmei Lu, Jianing Liu, Xiaoxu Wu
Dengue Fever (DF) has become one of the most serious infectious diseases in China. Dengue virus and its vector (Aedes mosquito) are known to be sensitive to climate condition. Climate impacts DF through affecting three essential bioecological aspects: DF virus, vector (mosquito) and DF transmission environment. Weather-based DF model, mosquito model and climate model are the three pillars to help the prediction of DF distribution. Through a systematic review of literature between 1980 and 2017, this paper summarizes empirical evidences in China on the impact of climate change on DF; it further reviews the related DF incidence models and their findings on how changes in weather factors may impact DF occurrences in China...
December 5, 2017: Science of the Total Environment
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29220768/analysis-of-airborne-olea-pollen-in-cartagena-spain
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M D Galera, B Elvira-Rendueles, J M Moreno, L Negral, M C Ruiz-Abellón, A García-Sánchez, S Moreno-Grau
Olive cultivation is of great importance in Southern Europe but olive pollen is the leading cause of allergy in many regions where it is grown. The best preventive measure for allergic patients is to avoid exposure. Thus, aerobiological monitoring networks must supply realistic pollen classes for the different types of allergic pollen. Even though those pollen classes are defined, they do not necessarily fit local data. Altogether, they should use predictive models to assess flowering intensity in advance. In this study, the Olea pollen degree of exposure classes (OPDEC) are defined based on percentiles and a predictive model is suggested for Cartagena, Spain...
December 5, 2017: Science of the Total Environment
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29220764/the-changing-pattern-of-urban-flooding-in-guangzhou-china
#15
Huabing Huang, Xi Chen, Zhanqiang Zhu, Yuhuan Xie, Lin Liu, Xianwei Wang, Xina Wang, Kai Liu
Extensive research has focused on modelling and analysis of urban flooding in relatively small catchments. Findings in small areas tend to be site-specific, and may not be applicable to larger study areas. Larger scale studies can identify general patterns and influential factors; however, few studies have investigated urban flooding on a larger scale such as a metropolitan area. In this study, we explored the spatial-temporal patterns of urban flooding during the period of 2009-2015 in the central area of Guangzhou, China...
December 5, 2017: Science of the Total Environment
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29220763/concentration-and-spectroscopic-characteristics-of-dom-in-surface-runoff-and-fracture-flow-in-a-cropland-plot-of-a-loamy-soil
#16
Qingsong Xian, Penghui Li, Chen Liu, Junfang Cui, Zhuo Guan, Xiangyu Tang
Being crucial for predicting the impact of source inputs on a watershed in rainfall events, an understanding of the dynamics and characteristics of dissolved organic matter (DOM) export from the soil under particular land use types, particularly those associated with underground flows is still largely lacking. A field study was carried out using a 1500m2 slope farmland plot in the hilly area of Sichuan Basin, Southwest China. The discharge of surface runoff and fracture flow was recorded and samples were collected in four representative rainfall events...
December 5, 2017: Science of the Total Environment
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29220755/coronary-artery-calcification-predicts-cardiovascular-complications-after-sepsis
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Vedant A Gupta, Matthew Sousa, Nathan Kraitman, Rahul Annabathula, Olga Vsevolozhskaya, Steve W Leung, Vincent L Sorrell
PURPOSE: Sepsis is a highly prevalent and fatal condition, with reported cardiovascular event rates as high as 25-30% at 1year. Risk stratification in septic patients has been extremely limited. MATERIAL AND METHODS: 267 septic patients with detectable troponin levels, APACHE II scores, and CT scans of the chest or abdomen were assessed. Patients with a recent cardiac intervention were excluded. Coronary artery calcification (CAC) was identified as present or absent on body CT scans...
December 2, 2017: Journal of Critical Care
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29220746/testing-bidirectional-relationships-between-alcohol-use-and-depressive-symptoms-what-is-the-role-of-the-serotonin-transporter-gene
#18
Roy Otten, Carmen S van der Zwaluw, Rutger C Engels
Alcohol abuse often co-exists with a major depressive disorder. In order to understand the development of this comorbidity, it is important to concentrate on the preceding process. It has been suggested that the link between alcohol use and depressive symptoms is a result of an interaction with genetic factors. The aim of this study was to longitudinally examine the effect of the 5-HTTLPR genotype on the association between depressive symptoms and alcohol use in a Dutch community sample. Following a stepwise approach, bivariate correlations, longitudinal regression analyses, and latent growth curve analyses were separately conducted for 316 males and 321 females...
August 13, 2017: Alcohol
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29220744/sensitive-detection-of-pyoverdine-with-an-electrochemical-sensor-based-on-electrochemically-generated-graphene-functionalized-with-gold-nanoparticles
#19
Islem Gandouzi, Mihaela Tertis, Andreea Cernat, Amina Bakhrouf, Maria Coros, Stela Pruneanu, Cecilia Cristea
The design and development of an electrochemical sensor for the sensitive and selective determination of pyoverdine, a virulence factor secreted by Pseudomonas aeruginosa, bacteria involved in nosocomial infections is presented in this work. The presence of pyoverdine in water and body fluids samples can be directly linked to the presence of the Pseudomonas bacteria, thus being a nontoxic and low cost marker for the detection of water pollution as well as for the biological contamination of other media. The sensor was elaborated using layer-by-layer technique for the deposition of a graphene‑gold nanoparticles composite film on the graphite-based screen printed electrode, from aqueous suspension...
December 5, 2017: Bioelectrochemistry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29220730/effect-of-white-matter-changes-on-risk-score-for-peri-procedural-complications-after-carotid-artery-stenting
#20
Chun Yu, Wen Cheng Guo, Lei Zhu, Jin Yun Tan, Wei Hao Shi, Xiao Long Zhang, Yu Xiang Gu, Xiang Han, Qiang Dong
OBJECTIVES: The presence of more severe white matter changes (WMC) may be associated with a higher risk of peri-procedural strokes in patients undergoing carotid artery stenting (CAS). However, to what extent WMC affects peri-procedural risk of CAS is unclear. We aimed to evaluate the effect of WMC on peri-procedural complications by modifying a CAS peri-procedural risk scale through adding the assessment of WMC. PATIENTS AND METHODS: A database of patients undergoing CAS was sampled from 2007 to 2014 in a single Chinese medical center...
October 31, 2017: Clinical Neurology and Neurosurgery
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