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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28340410/development-of-fusogenic-glass-surfaces-that-impart-spatiotemporal-control-over-macrophage-fusion-direct-visualization-of-multinucleated-giant-cell-formation
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James J Faust, Wayne Christenson, Kyle Doudrick, Robert Ros, Tatiana P Ugarova
Implantation of synthetic material, including vascular grafts, pacemakers, etc. results in the foreign body reaction and the formation of multinucleated giant cells (MGCs) at the exterior surface of the implant. Despite the long-standing premise that fusion of mononucleated macrophages results in the formation of MGCs, to date, no published study has shown fusion in context with living specimens. This is due to the fact that optical-quality glass, which is required for the majority of live imaging techniques, does not promote macrophage fusion...
March 2, 2017: Biomaterials
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28339626/a-ward-based-time-study-of-paper-and-electronic-documentation-for-recording-vital-sign-observations
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David Wong, Timothy Bonnici, Julia Knight, Stephen Gerry, James Turton, Peter Watkinson
Objective: To investigate time differences in recording observations and an early warning score using traditional paper charts and a novel e-Obs system in clinical practice. Methods: Researchers observed the process of recording observations and early warning scores across 3 wards in 2 university teaching hospitals immediately before and after introduction of the e-Obs system. The process of recording observations included both measurement and documentation of vital signs...
February 11, 2017: Journal of the American Medical Informatics Association: JAMIA
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28339190/luminescent-zn-ii-coordination-polymers-for-highly-selective-sensing-of-cr-iii-and-cr-vi-in-water
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Tian-Yi Gu, Ming Dai, David James Young, Zhi-Gang Ren, Jian-Ping Lang
Three photoluminescent zinc coordination polymers (CPs), {[Zn2(tpeb)2(2,5-tdc)(2,5-Htdc)2]·2H2O}n (1), {[Zn2(tpeb)2(1,4-ndc)(1,4-Hndc)2]·2.6H2O}n (2), and {[Zn2(tpeb)2(2,3-ndc)2]·H2O}n (3) (tpeb = 1,3,5-tri-4-pyridyl-1,2-ethenylbenzene, 2,5-tdc = 2,5-thiophenedicarboxylic acid, 1,4-ndc = 1,4-naphthalenedicarboxylic acid, and 2,3-ndc = 2,3-naphthalenedicarboxylic acid) were prepared from reactions of Zn(NO3)2·6H2O with tpeb and 2,5-H2tdc, 1,4-H2ndc, or 2,3-H2ndc under solvothermal conditions. Compound 1 has a two-dimensional (2D) grid-like network formed from bridging 1D [Zn(tpeb)]n chains via 2,5-tdc dianions...
March 24, 2017: Inorganic Chemistry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28338760/childhood-maltreatment-and-young-adulthood-hallucinations-delusional-experiences-and-psychosis-a-longitudinal-study
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Amanuel Alemu Abajobir, Steve Kisely, James G Scott, Gail Williams, Alexandra Clavarino, Lane Strathearn, Jake Moses Najman
Child maltreatment is a widespread public health problem associated with a range of mental health disorders later in life. In order to effectively address these disorders, there is a need to understand more about the mental health consequences of different types of child maltreatment. This study examines the associations between prospectively substantiated child maltreatment (ages 0-14 y) and reports of hallucinations and delusional experiences at 21 years after birth. As well, we examined 12-month and lifetime psychotic disorders using data from a longitudinal birth cohort...
January 30, 2017: Schizophrenia Bulletin
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28338721/mammographic-density-defined-by-higher-than-conventional-brightness-thresholds-better-predicts-breast-cancer-risk
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Tuong L Nguyen, Ye K Aung, Christopher F Evans, Gillian S Dite, Jennifer Stone, Robert J MacInnis, James G Dowty, Adrian Bickerstaffe, Kelly Aujard, Johanna M Rommens, Yun-Mi Song, Joohon Sung, Mark A Jenkins, Melissa C Southey, Graham G Giles, Carmel Apicella, John L Hopper
Background: Mammographic density defined by the conventional pixel brightness threshold, and adjusted for age and body mass index (BMI), is a well-established risk factor for breast cancer. We asked if higher thresholds better separate women with and without breast cancer. Methods: We studied Australian women, 354 with breast cancer over-sampled for early-onset and family history, and 944 unaffected controls frequency-matched for age at mammogram. We measured mammographic dense area and percent density using the CUMULUS software at the conventional threshold, which we call Cumulus , and at two increasingly higher thresholds, which we call Altocumulus and Cirrocumulus , respectively...
October 8, 2016: International Journal of Epidemiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28338586/towards-microsurgical-correction-of-cleft-lip-ex-utero-via-restoration-of-craniofacial-developmental-programs
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Xue Dong, Wilmina N Landford, James Hart, Maurizio Risolino, Omer Kaymakcalan, Julia Jin, Yoshiko Toyoda, Elisabetta Ferretti, Licia Selleri, Jason A Spector
BACKGROUND: Cleft Lip with or without Palate (CL/P) is present in approximately 1 in 500-700 live births, representing the most common congenital craniofacial anomaly. Previously, we developed a unique murine model with compound Pbx deficiency that exhibits fully penetrant CL/P. To investigate the possibility of tissue repair at an early gestational stage, we designed a minimally invasive surgical approach suitable for intrauterine repair using Wnt9b-soaked collagen microspheres to restore craniofacial developmental programs for cleft correction...
March 3, 2017: Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28337829/peer-bullying-in-seniors-subsidised-apartment-communities-in-saskatoon-canada-participatory-research
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Donna Goodridge, Jennifer Heal-Salahub, Elliot PausJenssen, George James, Joan Lidington
Given that 'home' is the major physical-spatial environment of many older adults and that home, social and neighbourhood environments are well-recognised to impact both the ability to age in place and quality of life in this population, a better understanding of the nature of social interactions within seniors' communal living environments is critical for health promotion. This paper describes a two-phase participatory research study examining peer bullying by older adults conducted in April and May, 2016. Responding to needs expressed by tenants, the objectives of this study were to identify the nature, prevalence and consequences of peer bullying for tenants of two low-income senior apartment communities...
March 23, 2017: Health & Social Care in the Community
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28337432/the-current-and-future-role-of-heart-rate-variability-for-assessing-and-training-compassion
#8
James N Kirby, James R Doty, Nicola Petrocchi, Paul Gilbert
The evolution of mammalian caregiving involving hormones, such as oxytocin, vasopressin, and the myelinated vagal nerve as part of the ventral parasympathetic system, enables humans to connect, co-regulate each other's emotions and create prosociality. Compassion-based interventions draw upon a number of specific exercises and strategies to stimulate these physiological processes and create conditions of "interpersonal safeness," thereby helping people engage with, alleviate, and prevent suffering. Hence, compassion-based approaches are connected with our evolved caring motivation and attachment and our general affiliative systems that help regulate distress...
2017: Frontiers in Public Health
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28336811/the-circadian-protein-bmal1-in-myeloid-cells-is-a-negative-regulator-of-allergic-asthma
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Zbigniew Zaslona, Sarah Case, James O Early, Stephen J Lalor, Rachel M McLoughlin, Anne M Curtis, Luke A O'Neill
Our body clock drives rhythms in the expression of genes that have a 24-hour periodicity. BMAL1 is a transcription factor, which is a crucial component in the molecular clock. A number of physiological processes, including immune function are modulated by the circadian clock. Asthma is of particular relevance to the area of circadian control of immunity, since it is a disease with very strong clinical evidence demonstrating regulation by circadian variation. Airway hypersensitivity and asthma attacks are more common at night in humans...
March 23, 2017: American Journal of Physiology. Lung Cellular and Molecular Physiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28336540/effects-of-midline-sagittal-location-on-bone-conducted-cervical-and-ocular-vestibular-evoked-myogenic-potentials
#10
Sendhil Govender, James Gordon Colebatch
We have investigated the effectiveness of two bone conducted stimuli in producing vestibular evoked myogenic potentials (VEMPs) following stimulation along mid-sagittal skull sites. Twenty subjects (mean age 24, range: 18 to 34 years; 6 males; 14 females) were studied using a smoothed impulse and a 500 Hz tone burst applied to Nz, Fpz, AFz, Fz, FCz and Cz with both compressive and rarefactive onset phases. Cervical (cVEMPs) and ocular VEMPs (oVEMPs) were recorded as well as linear acceleration in 3 axes. cVEMPs evoked by 500 Hz showed no change in response polarity to either stimulus location or phase...
March 23, 2017: Journal of Applied Physiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28336454/cryoneurolysis-to-treat-the-pain-and-symptoms-of-knee-osteoarthritis-a-multicenter-randomized-double-blind-sham-controlled-trial
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Richard Radnovich, David Scott, Atul T Patel, Richard Olson, Vinod Dasa, Neil Segal, Nancy E Lane, Kevin Shrock, Julian Naranjo, Kevin Darr, Ronald Surowitz, James Choo, Alan Valadie, Robert Harrell, Nathan Wei, Samy Metyas
OBJECTIVE: Evaluate the efficacy and safety/tolerability of cryoneurolysis for reduction of pain and symptoms associated with knee osteoarthritis (OA). DESIGN: Randomized, double-blind, sham-controlled, multicenter trial with a 6-month follow-up in patients with mild-to-moderate knee OA. Patients were randomized 2:1 to cryoneurolysis targeting the infrapatellar branch of the saphenous nerve (IPBSN) or sham treatment. The primary endpoint was the change from baseline to Day 30 in the Western Ontario and McMaster Osteoarthritis Index (WOMAC) pain score adjusted by the baseline score and site...
March 20, 2017: Osteoarthritis and Cartilage
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28336424/the-impact-of-oxidative-stress-and-inflammation-on-rpe-degeneration-in-non-neovascular-amd
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Sayantan Datta, Marisol Cano, Katayoon Ebrahimi, Lei Wang, James T Handa
The retinal pigment epithelium (RPE) is a highly specialized, unique epithelial cell that interacts with photoreceptors on its apical side and with Bruch's membrane and the choriocapillaris on its basal side. Due to vital functions that keep photoreceptors healthy, the RPE is essential for maintaining vision. With aging and the accumulated effects of environmental stresses, the RPE can become dysfunctional and die. This degeneration plays a central role in age-related macular degeneration (AMD) pathobiology, the leading cause of blindness among the elderly in western societies...
March 20, 2017: Progress in Retinal and Eye Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28336242/pacritinib-versus-best-available-therapy-for-the-treatment-of-myelofibrosis-irrespective-of-baseline-cytopenias-persist-1-an-international-randomised-phase-3-trial
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Ruben A Mesa, Alessandro M Vannucchi, Adam Mead, Miklos Egyed, Anita Szoke, Aleksandr Suvorov, Janos Jakucs, Andrew Perkins, Ritam Prasad, Jiri Mayer, Judit Demeter, Peter Ganly, Jack W Singer, Huafeng Zhou, James P Dean, Peter A Te Boekhorst, Jyoti Nangalia, Jean-Jacques Kiladjian, Claire N Harrison
BACKGROUND: Available therapies for myelofibrosis can exacerbate cytopenias and are not indicated for patients with severe thrombocytopenia. Pacritinib, which inhibits both JAK2 and FLT3, induced spleen responses with limited myelosuppression in phase 1/2 trials. We aimed to assess the efficacy and safety of pacritinib versus best available therapy in patients with myelofibrosis irrespective of baseline cytopenias. METHODS: This international, multicentre, randomised, phase 3 trial (PERSIST-1) was done at 67 sites in 12 countries...
March 20, 2017: Lancet Haematology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28334956/prune-is-crucial-for-normal-brain-development-and-mutated-in-microcephaly-with-neurodevelopmental-impairment
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Massimo Zollo, Mustafa Ahmed, Veronica Ferrucci, Vincenzo Salpietro, Fatemeh Asadzadeh, Marianeve Carotenuto, Reza Maroofian, Ahmed Al-Amri, Royana Singh, Iolanda Scognamiglio, Majid Mojarrad, Luca Musella, Angela Duilio, Angela Di Somma, Ender Karaca, Anna Rajab, Aisha Al-Khayat, Tribhuvan Mohan Mohapatra, Atieh Eslahi, Farah Ashrafzadeh, Lettie E Rawlins, Rajniti Prasad, Rashmi Gupta, Preeti Kumari, Mona Srivastava, Flora Cozzolino, Sunil Kumar Rai, Maria Monti, Gaurav V Harlalka, Michael A Simpson, Philip Rich, Fatema Al-Salmi, Michael A Patton, Barry A Chioza, Stephanie Efthymiou, Francesca Granata, Gabriella Di Rosa, Sarah Wiethoff, Eugenia Borgione, Carmela Scuderi, Kshitij Mankad, Michael G Hanna, Piero Pucci, Henry Houlden, James R Lupski, Andrew H Crosby, Emma L Baple
PRUNE is a member of the DHH (Asp-His-His) phosphoesterase protein superfamily of molecules important for cell motility, and implicated in cancer progression. Here we investigated multiple families from Oman, India, Iran and Italy with individuals affected by a new autosomal recessive neurodevelopmental and degenerative disorder in which the cardinal features include primary microcephaly and profound global developmental delay. Our genetic studies identified biallelic mutations of PRUNE1 as responsible. Our functional assays of disease-associated variant alleles revealed impaired microtubule polymerization, as well as cell migration and proliferation properties, of mutant PRUNE...
February 28, 2017: Brain: a Journal of Neurology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28334829/structure-of-the-sac3-rna-binding-m-region-in-the-saccharomyces-cerevisiae-trex-2-complex
#15
James M B Gordon, Shintaro Aibara, Murray Stewart
Transcription-export complex 2 (TREX-2, or THSC) facilitates localization of actively transcribing genes such as GAL1 to the nuclear periphery, contributes to the generation of export-competent mRNPs and influences gene expression through interactions with Mediator. TREX-2 is based on a Sac3 scaffold to which Thp1, Sem1, Cdc31 and Sus1 bind and consists of three modules: the N-region (Sac3∼1-100), which binds mRNA export factor Mex67:Mtr2; the M-region, in which Thp1 and Sem1 bind to Sac3∼100-550; and the CID region in which Cdc31 and two Sus1 chains bind to Sac3∼720-805...
March 15, 2017: Nucleic Acids Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28334136/a-review-of-network-based-approaches-to-drug-repositioning
#16
Maryam Lotfi Shahreza, Nasser Ghadiri, Sayed Rasoul Mousavi, Jaleh Varshosaz, James R Green
Experimental drug development is time-consuming, expensive and limited to a relatively small number of targets. However, recent studies show that repositioning of existing drugs can function more efficiently than de novo experimental drug development to minimize costs and risks. Previous studies have proven that network analysis is a versatile platform for this purpose, as the biological networks are used to model interactions between many different biological concepts. The present study is an attempt to review network-based methods in predicting drug targets for drug repositioning...
February 27, 2017: Briefings in Bioinformatics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28333892/the-effects-of-phacoemulsification-on-intraocular-pressure-and-topical-medication-use-in-patients-with-glaucoma-a-systematic-review-and-meta-analysis-of-3-year-data
#17
James J Armstrong, Tomas Wasiuta, Efstathia Kiatos, Monali Malvankar-Mehta, Cindy M L Hutnik
PURPOSE: For patients with comorbid cataract and primary open-angle glaucoma (POAG), guidance is lacking as to whether cataract extraction and traditional filtering surgery should be performed as a staged or combined procedure. Achieving this guidance requires an evidence-based understanding of the effects of phacoemulsification alone on intraocular pressure (IOP) in patients with POAG. For this reason, a systematic review and meta-analysis was undertaken to synthesize evidence quantifying the effect of phacoemulsification on IOP and the required number of topical glaucoma medications in patients with cataract and POAG...
March 22, 2017: Journal of Glaucoma
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28333583/an-approximation-of-the-error-backpropagation-algorithm-in-a-predictive-coding-network-with-local-hebbian-synaptic-plasticity
#18
James C R Whittington, Rafal Bogacz
To efficiently learn from feedback, cortical networks need to update synaptic weights on multiple levels of cortical hierarchy. An effective and well-known algorithm for computing such changes in synaptic weights is the error backpropagation algorithm. However, in this algorithm, the change in synaptic weights is a complex function of weights and activities of neurons not directly connected with the synapse being modified, whereas the changes in biological synapses are determined only by the activity of presynaptic and postsynaptic neurons...
March 23, 2017: Neural Computation
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28333537/self-control-depletion-and-nicotine-deprivation-as-precipitants-of-smoking-cessation-failure-a-human-laboratory-model
#19
Bryan W Heckman, David A MacQueen, Nicole S Marquinez, James MacKillop, Warren K Bickel, Thomas H Brandon
OBJECTIVE: The need to understand potential precipitants of smoking relapse is exemplified by relapse rates as high as 95%. The Self-Control Strength model, which proposes that self-control is dependent upon limited resources and susceptible to fatigue, may offer insight into relapse processes. The current study tested the hypothesis that self-control depletion (SCD), produced from engagement in emotional suppression, would serve as a novel antecedent for cessation failure, as indexed by a validated laboratory analogue of smoking lapse and relapse...
April 2017: Journal of Consulting and Clinical Psychology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28332992/clinical-implementation-of-a-model-based-in%C3%A2-vivo-dose-verification-system-for-stereotactic-body-radiation-therapy-volumetric-modulated-arc-therapy-treatments-using-the-electronic-portal-imaging-device
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Peter M McCowan, Ganiyu Asuni, Eric Van Uytven, Timothy VanBeek, Boyd M C McCurdy, Shaun K Loewen, Naseer Ahmed, Bashir Bashir, James B Butler, Amitava Chowdhury, Arbind Dubey, Ahmet Leylek, Maged Nashed
PURPOSE: To report findings from an in vivo dosimetry program implemented for all stereotactic body radiation therapy patients over a 31-month period and discuss the value and challenges of utilizing in vivo electronic portal imaging device (EPID) dosimetry clinically. METHODS AND MATERIALS: From December 2013 to July 2016, 117 stereotactic body radiation therapy-volumetric modulated arc therapy patients (100 lung, 15 spine, and 2 liver) underwent 602 EPID-based in vivo dose verification events...
April 1, 2017: International Journal of Radiation Oncology, Biology, Physics
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