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Ikram Bezrati, Raouf Hammami, Mohamed Kacem Ben Fradj, Domenico Martone, Johnny Padulo, Moncef Feki, Anis Chaouachi, Naziha Kaabachi
Vitamin D is thought to regulate skeletal muscle function and boost physical performance. The aim of this study was to assess the relationship between vitamin D and physical performance in physically active children. This cross-sectional study included 125 children who practice football as a leisure activity. Plasma 25-hydroxyvitamin D (25-OHD) was assessed using a chemiluminescence immunoassay method. Vitamin D inadequacy was defined as 25-OHD < 20 ng/mL. Physical performance testing included measurements of muscle strength (maximal isometric contraction), jumping ability (vertical jump, standing broad jump, triple hop test), linear sprint (10 m and 20 m), and agility (9 × 4-m shuttle run)...
July 13, 2016: Applied Physiology, Nutrition, and Metabolism, Physiologie Appliquée, Nutrition et Métabolisme
Rob Stenstrom, Daphne Ling, Eric Grafstein, Rolando Barrios, Chris Sherlock, Reka Gustafson, Farzaneh Osati, Iraj Poureslami, Aslam Anis
OBJECTIVES: The objective of this study was to estimate the seroprevalence of HIV infection and the acceptability of point-of-care HIV testing in an innercity Canadian emergency department. METHODS: We conducted a prospective cohort study in an urban tertiary care emergency department between August 2009 and January 2011. Randomly selected patients were enrolled using probabilistic sampling based on patient volumes. Inclusion criteria were age 19-75 years and ability to provide informed consent...
October 20, 2016: Canadian Journal of Public Health. Revue Canadienne de Santé Publique
Jenneke van Ditzhuijzen, Margreet Ten Have, Ron de Graaf, Peter Lugtig, Carolus H C J van Nijnatten, Wilma A M Vollebergh
Research in the field of mental health consequences of abortion is characterized by methodological limitations. We used exact matching on carefully selected confounders in a prospective cohort study of 325 women who had an abortion of an unwanted pregnancy and compared them 1-to-1 to controls who did not have this experience. Outcome measures were incidence and recurrence of common DSM-IV mental disorders (mood, anxiety, substance use disorders, and the aggregate measure 'any mental disorder') as measured with the Composite International Diagnostic Interview (CIDI) version 3...
October 11, 2016: Journal of Psychiatric Research
Neli Korsun, Svetla Angelova, Ani Teodosieva
AIM: Influenza virological surveillance is an essential tool for studying the evolution of influenza viruses as well as for annual updating of the vaccine composition. The aim of the present study is to analyse the circulation of the influenza viruses in Bulgaria during the four recent post-pandemic seasons. METHODS: A total of 3,681 respiratory samples from patients with influenza like illness (ILI) or acute respiratory illness (ARI) were tested for influenza viruses using Real Time RT-PCR...
September 2016: Central European Journal of Public Health
Denis Ayache, Anis Abdellaoui, Marc Williams, Mary Daval
No abstract text is available yet for this article.
October 14, 2016: Otology & Neurotology
Krasimira Hristova, Rumen Marinov, Georgi Stamenov, Kristina Chacheva, Marina Michova, Sabina Persenska, Ani Racheva
OBJECTIVE: Normal pregnancy is associated with reversible changes in both systolic and diastolic mechanics, consistent with an increase in preload and decrease in afterload and systemic vascular resistance. The aim is to evaluate left ventricular (LV) twist and untwist mechanics in a population of pregnant women during differing stages of a healthy pregnancy. DESIGN AND METHOD: We included 22 pregnant patients, 10 with multiple pregnancy (mean age 36.5 ± 3 years) and 20 healthy non pregnant women (mean age 33 ± 4years)...
September 2016: Journal of Hypertension
Shintaro Makino, Jun Takeda, Satoru Takeda
No abstract text is available yet for this article.
October 2016: Taiwanese Journal of Obstetrics & Gynecology
Susannah J Clark
Benign anal disease encompasses common problems including hemorrhoids, anal fissures, pruritus ani, perianal abscesses, and fistulae. Although many people will suffer from at least one of these conditions in their lives, healthcare practitioners diagnose and treat them accurately about 50% to 83% of the time. This article reviews common anal problems and the importance of a thorough history and physical examination to proper patient management.
September 30, 2016: JAAPA: Official Journal of the American Academy of Physician Assistants
Dimitrios A Pappas, Ani John, Jeffrey R Curtis, George W Reed, Chitra Karki, Robert Magner, Joel M Kremer, Ashwini Shewade, Jeffrey D Greenberg
INTRODUCTION: In the United States, the recommended starting dose of intravenous tocilizumab (TCZ) is 4 mg/kg every 4 weeks, with an increase to 8 mg/kg based on clinical response for patients with moderate to severe rheumatoid arthritis; however, data on how TCZ dose is escalated in real life are missing. The objective of this analysis was to describe patterns of early intravenous TCZ dose escalation in a real-world setting using data from the Corrona registry. METHODS: All patients enrolled in the comparative effectiveness substudy (CERTAIN) nested within Corrona who initiated TCZ and completed 3- and 6-month study visits were eligible for inclusion...
June 2016: Rheumatol Ther
Mohammed Abdulla Seraj
No abstract text is available yet for this article.
September 2016: Anesthesia, Essays and Researches
Stefanie P Glaeser, Swapnil Doijad, Muaz Hijazin, Trinad Chakraborty, Enevold Falsen, Val Hall, Peter Kämpfer
During the years 1994-2011 five strictly anaerobic, Gram-stain-positive, diphtheroid bacteria (strains CCUG 31793(T), CCUG 44221, CCUG 61255, CCUG 45114, and CCUG 44993) were isolated from different clinical samples in Sweden and the United Kingdom. Comparative analysis of 16S rRNA gene sequences showed that the five strains shared 99-100% 16S rRNA gene sequence similarity among each other and 98.3-98.6% sequence similarity to Varibaculum cambriense DSM 15806(T). Genomic fingerprint patterns generated with ERIC-, BOX-, and RAPD-PCR, and whole genome sequence (WGS) based comparison by in silico DNA-DNA hybridization (isDDH), average nucleotide identity (ANI) analysis and six housekeeping gene (atpA, rpoB, pgi, metG, gltA and gyrA) based multilocus sequence analysis (MLSA) showed that the strains could be differentiated from V...
September 20, 2016: Systematic and Applied Microbiology
Harry von Piekartz, Ani Pudelko, Mira Danzeisen, Toby Hall, Nikolaus Ballenberger
BACKGROUND: There is preliminary evidence of cervical musculoskeletal impairment in some temporomandibular disorder (TMD) pain states. OBJECTIVES: To determine whether people with TMD, classified as either mild or moderate/severe TMD, have more cervical signs of dysfunction than healthy subjects. DESIGN: Cross-sectional survey. METHOD: Based on the Conti Amnestic Questionnaire and examination of the temporomandibular joint (Axis I classification of the Research Diagnostic Criteria for TMD), of 144 people examined 59 were classified to a mild TMD group, 40 to a moderate/severe TMD group and 45 to an asymptomatic control group without TMD...
September 23, 2016: Manual Therapy
Georges Daccache, Edouard Caspersen, Michel Pegoix, Kelly Monthé-Sagan, Ludovic Berger, Dominique Fletcher, Jean-Luc Hanouz
BACKGROUND: The intraoperative modulation of opioids continues to be based on clinical signs. This may result in adverse events such as sympathetic reactivity or opioid induced hyperalgesia. Recently, the Analgesia/Nociception Index (ANI), a non-invasive 0-100 index derived from heart rate variability analysis, has been proposed for nociception assessment. However, the ability of the ANI to adequately guide intraoperative opioid administration has never been demonstrated. We designed a prospective study to evaluate the ability of the ANI to guide remifentanil administration in vascular surgery...
October 12, 2016: Anaesthesia, Critical Care & Pain Medicine
Nora Franceschini, Cara L Carty, Yingchang Lu, Ran Tao, Yun Ju Sung, Ani Manichaikul, Jeff Haessler, Myriam Fornage, Karen Schwander, Niha Zubair, Stephanie Bien, Lucia A Hindorff, Xiuqing Guo, Suzette J Bielinski, Georg Ehret, Joel D Kaufman, Stephen S Rich, Christopher S Carlson, Erwin P Bottinger, Kari E North, D C Rao, Aravinda Chakravarti, Paula Q Barrett, Ruth J F Loos, Steven Buyske, Charles Kooperberg
Despite the substantial burden of hypertension in US minority populations, few genetic studies of blood pressure have been conducted in Hispanics and African Americans, and it is unclear whether many of the established loci identified in European-descent populations contribute to blood pressure variation in non-European descent populations. Using the Metabochip array, we sought to characterize the genetic architecture of previously identified blood pressure loci, and identify novel cardiometabolic variants related to systolic and diastolic blood pressure in a multi-ethnic US population including Hispanics (n = 19,706) and African Americans (n = 18,744)...
2016: PloS One
Qiang Zheng, Yanting Liu, Christian Jeanthon, Rui Zhang, Wenxin Lin, Jicheng Yao, Nianzhi Jiao
: Aerobic anoxygenic phototrophic bacteria (AAPB) are thought to be important players in oceanic carbon and energy cycling in the euphotic zone of the ocean. The genus Citromicrobium, widely found in oligotrophic oceans, is a member of marine alphaproteobacterial AAPB. Nine Citromicrobium strains isolated from the South China Sea, the Mediterranean Sea or the tropical South Atlantic were found to harbor identical 16S rRNA sequences. The sequencing of their genomes revealed high synteny in major regions...
October 7, 2016: Applied and Environmental Microbiology
Andrew T Grainger, Michael B Jones, Jing Li, Mei-Hua Chen, Ani Manichaikul, Weibin Shi
BACKGROUND AND AIMS: Recent genome-wide association studies (GWAS) have identified over 50 significant loci containing common variants associated with coronary artery disease. However, these variants explain only 26% of the genetic heritability of the disease, suggesting that many more variants remain to be discovered. Here, we examined the genetic basis underlying the marked difference between SM/J-Apoe(-/-) and BALB/cJ-Apoe(-/-) mice in atherosclerotic lesion formation. METHODS: 206 female F2 mice generated from an intercross between the two Apoe(-/-) strains were fed 12 weeks of western diet...
October 6, 2016: Atherosclerosis
Rahul Gujrathi, Kanchan Gupta, Chetan Ravi, Bhujang Pai
BACKGROUND: Sciatica has been classically described as pain in the back and hip with radiation in the leg along the distribution of the sciatic nerve, secondary to compression or irritation of the sciatic nerve. Spinal abnormality being the most common etiology, is one of the most common indications for MRI of the lumbosacral spine. Here we describe imaging findings secondary to a supralevator perianal abscess causing irritation of the sciatic nerve, which was diagnosed on MRI of the lumbosacral spine...
2016: Polish Journal of Radiology
Zeid Al-Ani, Syed Ali, Simon Beardmore, Vinay Parmar, Teik Chooi Oh
BACKGROUND: Although subspecialist orthopaedic surgeons usually request Magnetic Resonance Arthrogram (MRA) examinations, some orthopaedic surgeons may request this examination for a body part that is different from their subspecialty. The purpose of the study is to compare the MRA and the clinical findings in the subspecialist and non-subspecialist groups. METHOD: Retrospective analysis of MRA examinations over a 6-month period. Findings were compared with the clinical information...
2016: Open Orthopaedics Journal
Habibu Aliyu, Pedro Lebre, Jochen Blom, Don Cowan, Pieter De Maayer
Geobacillus is a genus of Gram-positive, aerobic, spore-forming obligate thermophiles. The descriptions and subsequent affiliations of the species in the genus have mostly been based on polyphasic taxonomy rules that include traditional sequence-based methods such as DNA-DNA hybridization and comparison of 16S rRNA gene sequences. Currently, there are fifteen validly described species within the genus. The availability of whole genome sequences has provided an opportunity to validate and/or re-assess these conventional estimates of genome relatedness...
October 4, 2016: Systematic and Applied Microbiology
Jason Chang, Elisabeth Mclemore, Talar Tejirian
Despite the fact that countless patients suffer from anal problems, there tends to be a lack of understanding of anal health care. Unfortunately, this leads to incorrect diagnoses and treatments. When treating a patient with an anal complaint, the primary goals are to first diagnose the etiology of the symptoms correctly, then to provide an effective and appropriate treatment strategy.The first step in this process is to take an accurate history and physical examination. Specific questions include details about bowel habits, anal hygiene, and fiber supplementation...
October 10, 2016: Permanente Journal
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