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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28441393/sequence-learning-modulates-neural-responses-and-oscillatory-coupling-in-human-and-monkey-auditory-cortex
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Yukiko Kikuchi, Adam Attaheri, Benjamin Wilson, Ariane E Rhone, Kirill V Nourski, Phillip E Gander, Christopher K Kovach, Hiroto Kawasaki, Timothy D Griffiths, Matthew A Howard, Christopher I Petkov
Learning complex ordering relationships between sensory events in a sequence is fundamental for animal perception and human communication. While it is known that rhythmic sensory events can entrain brain oscillations at different frequencies, how learning and prior experience with sequencing relationships affect neocortical oscillations and neuronal responses is poorly understood. We used an implicit sequence learning paradigm (an "artificial grammar") in which humans and monkeys were exposed to sequences of nonsense words with regularities in the ordering relationships between the words...
April 2017: PLoS Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28441098/how-robust-are-value-judgments-of-health-inequality-aversion-testing-for-framing-and-cognitive-effects
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Shehzad Ali, Aki Tsuchiya, Miqdad Asaria, Richard Cookson
BACKGROUND: Empirical studies have found that members of the public are inequality averse and value health gains for disadvantaged groups with poor health many times more highly than gains for better off groups. However, these studies typically use abstract scenarios that involve unrealistically large reductions in health inequality and face-to-face survey administration. It is not known how robust these findings are to more realistic scenarios or anonymous online survey administration...
April 1, 2017: Medical Decision Making: An International Journal of the Society for Medical Decision Making
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28440975/follicular-lymphoma-an-institutional-analysis
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Ajay Gogia, Vinod Raina, Lalit Kumar, Atul Sharma, Mehar Chand Sharma, Saumya Ranjan Mallick
Background: Follicular lymphoma (FL) is second most common lymphoma in adult, constituted 20% of all lymphoma cases in the west. There is limited information is available on FL from India. Methods: The clinico-pathological profile, treatment outcome and prognostic factors for survival were assessed retrospectively in 181 patients of FL seen at our center over a period of 17 years ( 1996-2012). Results: There were 120 males and 61 females. The median age was 51 years (24-80 years). The common presenting features were lymphadenopathy 71%, fatigue 23% and fever 20%...
March 1, 2017: Asian Pacific Journal of Cancer Prevention: APJCP
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28440901/examining-student-heuristic-usage-in-a-hydrogen-bonding-assessment
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Kathryn Miller, Thomas Kim
This study investigates the role of representational competence in student responses to an assessment of hydrogen bonding. The assessment couples the use of a multiple-select item ("Choose all that apply") with an open-ended item to allow for an examination of students' cognitive processes as they relate to the assignment of hydrogen bonding within a structural representation. Response patterns from the multiple-select item implicate heuristic usage as a contributing factor to students' incorrect responses...
April 25, 2017: Biochemistry and Molecular Biology Education
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28440854/neuroprotective-diets-are-associated-with-better-cognitive-function-the-health-and-retirement-study
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Claire T McEvoy, Heidi Guyer, Kenneth M Langa, Kristine Yaffe
OBJECTIVES: To evaluate the association between the Mediterranean diet (MedDiet) and the Mediterranean-DASH diet Intervention for Neurodegeneration Delay (MIND diet) and cognition in a nationally representative population of older U.S. adults. DESIGN: Population-based cross-sectional study. SETTING: Health and Retirement Study. PARTICIPANTS: Community-dwelling older adults (N = 5,907; mean age 67.8 ± 10.8). MEASUREMENTS: Adherence to dietary patterns was determined from food frequency questionnaires using criteria determined a priori to generate diet scores for the MedDiet (range 0-55) and MIND diet (range 0-15)...
April 25, 2017: Journal of the American Geriatrics Society
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28440839/refugee-health-and-rehabilitation-challenges-and-response
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Fary Khan, Bhasker Amatya
BACKGROUND: The current global refugee crisis poses major challenges in providing effective healthcare to refugees, particularly for non-communicable diseases (NCDs) management and disability. This article provides an overview of refugee health and potential challenges from the rehabilitation perspective. METHODS: A literature search (both academic and grey literature) was conducted using medical and health science electronic databases and internet search engines (2001-2016)...
April 21, 2017: Journal of Rehabilitation Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28440811/evaluation-of-circadian-phenotypes-utilizing-fibroblasts-from-patients-with-circadian-rhythm-sleep-disorders
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A Hida, Y Ohsawa, S Kitamura, K Nakazaki, N Ayabe, Y Motomura, K Matsui, M Kobayashi, A Usui, Y Inoue, H Kusanagi, Y Kamei, K Mishima
We evaluated the circadian phenotypes of patients with delayed sleep-wake phase disorder (DSWPD) and non-24-hour sleep-wake rhythm disorder (N24SWD), two different circadian rhythm sleep disorders (CRSDs) by measuring clock gene expression rhythms in fibroblast cells derived from individual patients. Bmal1-luciferase (Bmal1-luc) expression rhythms were measured in the primary fibroblast cells derived from skin biopsy samples of patients with DSWPD and N24SWD, as well as control subjects. The period length of the Bmal1-luc rhythm (in vitro period) was distributed normally and was 22...
April 25, 2017: Translational Psychiatry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28440611/the-meningioma-1-mn1-gene-is-an-independent-poor-prognostic-factor-in-adult-egyptian-acute-myeloid-leukemia-patients
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Roxan E Shafik, Naglaa M Hassan, Yomna M El Meligui, Hanan E Shafik
Aim: To determine the prognostic importance of meningioma 1 (MN1) gene expression levels in the context of other predictive markers for acute myeloid leukemia (AML) cases. Methods: MN1 expression was measured in 85 newly diagnosed adults younger than 60 years by real-time reverse-transcriptase polymerase chain reaction. Results: At diagnosis 67.4% of cases had elevated MN1 expression, this being associated with a worse prognosis, higher incidence of lymphadenopathy and CD34 transcript expression (p=0.02 and <0...
March 1, 2017: Asian Pacific Journal of Cancer Prevention: APJCP
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28440463/livin-enhances-chemoresistance-in-head-and-neck-squamous-cell-carcinoma
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Tae Mi Yoon, Sun-Ae Kim, Dong Hoon Lee, Joon Kyoo Lee, Young-Lan Park, Kyung-Hwa Lee, Ik-Joo Chung, Young-Eun Joo, Sang Chul Lim
The responsiveness of head and neck squamous cell carcinoma (HNSCC) to chemotherapy widely affects prognosis. Overcoming chemoresistance is necessary to improve prognoses in patients with advanced HNSCC. Evasion of apoptosis by cancer cells is a major cause of chemoresistance. Livin, a member of the human inhibitors of apoptosis protein family, is highly expressed in various human cancer tissues and is associated with tumor progression and poor prognosis in human cancers. The aim of the present study was to evaluate the role of Livin in the susceptibility to popularly used chemotherapeutic drugs such as cisplatin, 5-fluorouracil (FU) and docetaxel in human HNSCC cell lines (SNU1041, PCI1 and PCI50 cells)...
April 19, 2017: Oncology Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28440314/the-peripheral-blood-proteome-signature-of-idiopathic-pulmonary-fibrosis-is-distinct-from-normal-and-is-associated-with-novel-immunological-processes
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David N O'Dwyer, Katy C Norman, Meng Xia, Yong Huang, Stephen J Gurczynski, Shanna L Ashley, Eric S White, Kevin R Flaherty, Fernando J Martinez, Susan Murray, Imre Noth, Kelly B Arnold, Bethany B Moore
Idiopathic pulmonary fibrosis (IPF) is a progressive and fatal interstitial pneumonia. The disease pathophysiology is poorly understood and the etiology remains unclear. Recent advances have generated new therapies and improved knowledge of the natural history of IPF. These gains have been brokered by advances in technology and improved insight into the role of various genes in mediating disease, but gene expression and protein levels do not always correlate. Thus, in this paper we apply a novel large scale high throughput aptamer approach to identify more than 1100 proteins in the peripheral blood of well-characterized IPF patients and normal volunteers...
April 25, 2017: Scientific Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28440222/dual-leucine-zipper-kinase-dependent-perk-activation-contributes-to-neuronal-degeneration-following-insult
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Martin Larhammar, Sarah Huntwork-Rodriguez, Zhiyu Jiang, Hilda Solanoy, Arundhati Sengupta Ghosh, Bei Wang, Joshua S Kaminker, Kevin Huang, Jeffrey Eastham-Anderson, Michael Siu, Zora Modrusan, Madeline M Farley, Marc Tessier-Lavigne, Joseph W Lewcock, Trent A Watkins
The PKR-like endoplasmic reticulum kinase (PERK) arm of the Integrated Stress Response (ISR) is implicated in neurodegenerative disease, although the regulators and consequences of PERK activation following neuronal injury are poorly understood. Here we show that PERK signaling is a component of the mouse MAP kinase neuronal stress response controlled by the Dual Leucine Zipper Kinase (DLK) and contributes to DLK-mediated neurodegeneration. We find that DLK-activating insults ranging from nerve injury to neurotrophin deprivation result in both c-Jun N-terminal Kinase (JNK) signaling and the PERK- and ISR-dependent upregulation of the Activating Transcription Factor 4 (ATF4)...
April 25, 2017: ELife
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28440124/perspectives-on-advance-care-planning-among-patients-recently-requiring-non-invasive-ventilation-for-acute-respiratory-failure-a-qualitative-study-using-thematic-analysis
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Tracy A Smith, Rebecca T Disler, Christine R Jenkins, Jane M Ingham, Patricia M Davidson
BACKGROUND: Patients requiring non-invasive ventilation for acute-on-chronic respiratory failure due to chronic obstructive pulmonary disease or heart failure exacerbations may have a poor prognosis underscoring the importance of advance care planning. AIM: We aimed to describe attitudes to, and experiences of, discussing the future among patients recently treated with non-invasive ventilation. DESIGN: Qualitative research using thematic analysis...
June 2017: Palliative Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28439950/protein-disulfide-isomerase-inhibition-synergistically-enhances-the-efficacy-of-sorafenib-for-hepatocellular-carcinoma
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Jae-Kyung Won, Su Jong Yu, Chae Young Hwang, Sung-Hwan Cho, Sang-Min Park, Kwangsoo Kim, Won-Mook Choi, Hyeki Cho, Eun Ju Cho, Jeong-Hoon Lee, Kyung Bun Lee, Yoon Jun Kim, Kyung-Suk Suh, Ja-June Jang, Chung Yong Kim, Jung-Hwan Yoon, Kwang-Hyun Cho
Sorafenib is the only approved targeted drug for hepatocellular carcinoma (HCC), but its effect on patients' survival gain is limited and varies over a wide range depending on patho-genetic conditions. Thus, enhancing the efficacy of sorafenib and finding a reliable predictive biomarker are crucial to achieve efficient control of HCCs. In this study, we employed a systems approach by combining transcriptome analysis of the mRNA changes in HCC cell lines in response to sorafenib with network analysis to investigate the action and resistance mechanism of sorafenib...
April 25, 2017: Hepatology: Official Journal of the American Association for the Study of Liver Diseases
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28439915/treatment-of-chronic-hepatitis-c-with-direct-acting-antivirals-in-patients-with-%C3%AE-thalassaemia-major-and-advanced-liver-disease
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Emmanouil Sinakos, Dimitrios Kountouras, John Koskinas, Kalliopi Zachou, Stylianos Karatapanis, Christos Triantos, Themistoklis Vassiliadis, Ioannis Goulis, Alexandra Kourakli, Efthymia Vlachaki, Barbara Toli, Maria Tampaki, Pinelopi Arvaniti, Georgios Tsiaoussis, Aristea Bellou, Antonis Kattamis, Konstantinos Maragkos, Foteini Petropoulou, George N Dalekos, Evangelos Akriviadis, George V Papatheodoridis
Interferon-based regimens for chronic hepatitis C (CHC) were often deferred in patients with β-thalasaemia major (β-TM) due to poor efficacy and tolerance. Current guidelines recommend direct-acting antivirals (DAAs) for these patients. The aim of this study was to assess the safety and efficacy of DAAs in patients with β-TM and advanced liver disease due to CHC. Patients were recruited from eight liver units in Greece. The stage of liver disease was assessed using transient elastography and/or liver histology...
April 25, 2017: British Journal of Haematology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28439747/management-of-cirrhotic-patients-after-successful-hcv-eradication
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REVIEW
Ryan M Kwok, Tram T Tran
Chronic hepatitis C (HCV) is a hepatotropic virus which, when untreated, can lead to progressive inflammation and fibrosis resulting in cirrhosis, hepatocellular carcinoma (HCC), and decompensations related to end-stage liver disease. The relatively recent introduction of all oral, interferon-free, direct-acting antiviral medications against HCV has transformed the management of these patients. Previous treatment regimens were prolonged, poorly tolerated, and frequently did not result in cure. Current therapies achieve sustained viral response (SVR) in the vast majority of patients including those with decompensated liver disease; a previously challenging population to treat...
April 24, 2017: Current Treatment Options in Gastroenterology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28439675/a-pilot-study-assessing-the-efficacy-of-posterior-tibial-nerve-stimulation-in-the-treatment-of-low-anterior-resection-syndrome
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V Vigorita, S Rausei, P Troncoso Pereira, I Trostchansky, A Ruano Poblador, E Moncada Iribarren, C Facal Alvarez, A de San Ildefonso Pereira, E Casal Núñez
BACKGROUND: Low anterior resection for rectal cancer often results in severe bowel dysfunction, specifically low anterior resection syndrome (LARS), with symptoms such as incontinence, urgency, and frequent bowel movements. Percutaneous tibial nerve stimulation (PTNS) resulted in a high rate of success in patients with fecal incontinence. The aim of this study was to evaluate the effectiveness of treatment with PTNS in LARS and to identify predictors of the outcome of the technique. METHODS: The study was conducted from May 2012 to April 2015 at the Alvaro Cunqueiro Hospital, University Hospital Complex of Vigo, Spain...
April 24, 2017: Techniques in Coloproctology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28439607/late-metastatic-endometrial-carcinoma-at-the-repair-site-of-an-abdominal-wall-incisional-hernia
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Abdul-Wahed N Meshikhes, Suha H Al-Badr, Ehsan A Sulais, Hibba M Al-Qudaihi
The abdominal wall is a very rare site for endometrial cancer metastases. Its appearance generally indicates advanced cancer with poor prognosis. We report a case of a 55-year-old female who presented with an incisional hernia 4 years after abdominal panhysterectomy for endometrioid adenocarcinoma in 2009. Open hernia mesh repair was performed but on follow-up, she complained of pain and a swelling at the repair site. This was radiologically diagnosed as fibromatosis, but tru-cut biopsy confirmed presence of fibromatosis as well as a metastatic endometrial carcinoma...
May 2017: Saudi Medical Journal
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28439570/epigenomics-of-human-cd8-t-cell-differentiation-and-aging
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David M Moskowitz, David W Zhang, Bin Hu, Sabine Le Saux, Rolando E Yanes, Zhongde Ye, Jason D Buenrostro, Cornelia M Weyand, William J Greenleaf, Jörg J Goronzy
The efficacy of the adaptive immune response declines dramatically with age, but the cell-intrinsic mechanisms driving immune aging in humans remain poorly understood. Immune aging is characterized by a loss of self-renewing naïve cells and the accumulation of differentiated but dysfunctional cells within the CD8 T cell compartment. Using ATAC-seq, we inferred the transcription factor binding activities correlated with naive and central and effector memory CD8 T cell states in young adults. Integrating our results with RNA-seq, we identified transcription networks associated with CD8 T cell differentiation, with prominent roles implicated for BATF, ETS1, Eomes, and Sp1...
February 2017: Science Immunology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28439255/assessing-the-functional-role-of-leptin-in-energy-homeostasis-and-the-stress-response-in-vertebrates
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REVIEW
Courtney A Deck, Jamie L Honeycutt, Eugene Cheung, Hannah M Reynolds, Russell J Borski
Leptin is a pleiotropic hormone that plays a critical role in regulating appetite, energy metabolism, growth, stress, and immune function across vertebrate groups. In mammals, it has been classically described as an adipostat, relaying information regarding energy status to the brain. While retaining poor sequence conservation with mammalian leptins, teleostean leptins elicit a number of similar regulatory properties, although current evidence suggests that it does not function as an adipostat in this group of vertebrates...
2017: Frontiers in Endocrinology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28439100/ventral-striatal-regulation-of-crem-mediates-impulsive-action-and-drug-addiction-vulnerability
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M L Miller, Y Ren, H Szutorisz, N A Warren, C Tessereau, G Egervari, A Mlodnicka, M Kapoor, B Chaarani, C V Morris, G Schumann, H Garavan, A M Goate, M J Bannon, J M Halperin, Y L Hurd
Impulsivity, a multifaceted behavioral hallmark of attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder (ADHD), strongly influences addiction vulnerability and other psychiatric disorders that incur enormous medical and societal burdens yet the neurobiological underpinnings linking impulsivity to disease remain poorly understood. Here we report the critical role of ventral striatal cAMP-response element modulator (CREM) in mediating impulsivity relevant to drug abuse vulnerability. Using an ADHD rat model, we demonstrate that impulsive animals are neurochemically and behaviorally more sensitive to heroin and exhibit reduced Crem expression in the nucleus accumbens core...
April 25, 2017: Molecular Psychiatry
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