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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27922127/variability-of-space-use-patterns-in-a-free-living-eusocial-rodent-ansell-s-mole-rat-indicates-age-based-rather-than-caste-polyethism
#1
Jan Šklíba, Matěj Lövy, Hynek Burda, Radim Šumbera
Eusocial species of African mole-rats live in groups cooperating on multiple tasks and employing division of labour. In captivity, individuals of the same group differ in cooperative contribution as well as in preference for a particular task. Both can be viewed as polyethism. However, little information is available from free-ranging mole-rats, which live in large burrow systems. We made an attempt to detect polyethism in the free-living Ansell's mole-rat (Fukomys anselli) as differences in individuals' space-use patterns...
December 6, 2016: Scientific Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27921462/surgical-management-of-primary-parapharyngeal-space-tumors-a-10-year-review
#2
Xiaoling Shi, Lei Tao, Xiaoming Li, Haitao Wu, Weiting Huang, Xiaoling Chen, Cai Li, Yan Shen, Qi Chen, Di Tang, Chunsheng Wei, Dehui Wang, Liang Zhou
CONCLUSIONS: Most neoplasms of the parapharyngeal space are benign. The transcervical surgical approach is the preferred procedure in most cases. Intra-operative endoscopic exploration offers a new surgical management technique to reduce operative complications and post-operative recurrence rates. OBJECTIVES: To present the authors' experience in the treatment of primary parapharyngeal space tumors with emphasis on surgical approaches and employment of endoscopy to detect residual tumors through conventional approaches...
December 6, 2016: Acta Oto-laryngologica
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27921432/-composition-of-macronutrients-in-the-diabetic-diet
#3
Zdeněk Rušavý, Michal Žourek
The diabetic diet is one of the pillars of diabetes treatment. The rapid development of knowledge relating to the treatment of diabetes also includes diet. The paper focuses on the importance of a diet in the treatment of type 2 diabetes and prevention of atherosclerosis. Its main goal is to assess the impact of a composition of macronutrients on individuals with type 2 diabetes. The paper is divided into several parts, each of which ends with a conclusion. The first part examines weight reduction. The diet aimed at a weight loss is effective, it can effectively prevent diabetes, it leads to improvements in glucose control and reduction of the risk factors for atherosclerosis, however it will not impact on cardiovascular morbidity and mortality until after more than 20 years...
2016: Vnitr̆ní Lékar̆ství
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27921197/counselees-perspectives-of-genomic-counseling-following-online-receipt-of-multiple-actionable-complex-disease-and-pharmacogenomic-results-a-qualitative-research-study
#4
Kevin Sweet, Shelly Hovick, Amy C Sturm, Tara Schmidlen, Erynn Gordon, Barbara Bernhardt, Lisa Wawak, Karen Wernke, Joseph McElroy, Laura Scheinfeldt, Amanda E Toland, J S Roberts, Michael Christman
Genomic applications raise multiple challenges including the optimization of genomic counseling (GC) services as part of the results delivery process. More information on patients' motivations, preferences, and informational needs are essential to guide the development of new, more efficient practice delivery models that capitalize on the existing strengths of a limited genetic counseling workforce. Semi-structured telephone interviews were conducted with a subset of counselees from the Coriell Personalized Medicine Collaborative following online receipt of multiple personalized genomic test reports...
December 5, 2016: Journal of Genetic Counseling
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27921039/clinical-manifestation-and-management-of-adpkd-in-western-countries
#5
REVIEW
Claudia Sommerer, Martin Zeier
BACKGROUND: Autosomal dominant polycystic kidney disease (ADPKD) is the most common hereditary kidney disease in Western countries. The prevalence is between 2.4/10,000 and 3.9/10,000. ADPKD represents a systemic disease resulting in deterioration in renal function. Until now, mutations in two genes (PKD1 and PKD2) have been identified. Recently, the European Medicines Agency (EMA) approved the use of the vasopressin V2 receptor antagonist tolvaptan to slow the progression of cyst development and renal insufficiency connected with ADPKD in adult patients with chronic kidney disease stages 1-3 at initiation of treatment with evidence of rapidly progressing disease...
October 2016: Kidney Diseases
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27921038/the-clinical-manifestation-and-management-of-autosomal-dominant-polycystic-kidney-disease-in-china
#6
REVIEW
Cheng Xue, Chen-Chen Zhou, Ming Wu, Chang-Lin Mei
BACKGROUND: Autosomal dominant polycystic kidney disease (ADPKD) is the most common monogenic hereditary kidney disease characterized by progressive enlargement of renal cysts. The incidence is 1-2‰ worldwide. Mutations in two genes (PKD1 and PKD2) cause ADPKD. Currently, there is no pharmaceutical treatment available for ADPKD patients in China. Summary: This review focused on advances in clinical manifestation, gene diagnosis, risk factors, and management of ADPKD in China. There is an age-dependent increase in total kidney volume (TKV) and decrease in renal function in Chinese ADPKD patients...
October 2016: Kidney Diseases
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27920802/the-role-of-drugs-in-bone-pain
#7
REVIEW
Francesco Marras, Paolo Tranquilli Leali
: Painful symptomatology in the skeletal system can be found in various pathological conditions and can be either localised or diffused. Bone tenderness is common in those who are of an elderly age. TREATMENT STRATEGY: Patients should be informed of the possible causes of their pain and the different therapies that could alleviate it; furthermore they should be encouraged to have an active role in their therapy. It is necessary to prevent the onset of the pain (by the clock) by considering the biological half-life, the bioavailability and the duration of action of the therapy...
May 2016: Clinical Cases in Mineral and Bone Metabolism
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27920779/functional-versatility-of-agy-serine-codons-in-immunoglobulin-variable-region-genes
#8
Thiago Detanico, Matthew Phillips, Lawrence J Wysocki
In systemic autoimmunity, autoantibodies directed against nuclear antigens (Ags) often arise by somatic hypermutation (SHM) that converts AGT and AGC (AGY) Ser codons into Arg codons. This can occur by three different single-base changes. Curiously, AGY Ser codons are far more abundant in complementarity-determining regions (CDRs) of IgV-region genes than expected for random codon use or from species-specific codon frequency data. CDR AGY codons are also more abundant than TCN Ser codons. We show that these trends hold even in cartilaginous fishes...
2016: Frontiers in Immunology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27920746/-worse-but-ours-or-better-but-theirs-the-role-of-implicit-consumer-ethnocentrism-ice-in-product-preference
#9
Dominika Maison, Norbert Maliszewski
The goal of this project was to investigate whether consumer ethnocentrism is purely conscious mechanism based on ideology, as suggested by Shimp and Sharma (1987), or rather is an automatic, unconscious process. The aim of the project was an introduction of the Implicit Consumer Ethnocentrism (ICE) concept, measured by the Implicit Association Test (IAT). The goal of the four studies conducted was to investigate the following issues: (a) whether ICE - an automatic mechanism underlying the preference for local products over foreign - this could be observed next to the more ideologically based classic consumer ethnocentrism; (b) what happens when the consumer's automatic preference for local products (ICE) is confronted by objective evidence of the superiority of foreign products or by the inferiority of local products...
2016: Frontiers in Psychology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27920722/a-new-structure-activity-relationship-sar-model-for-predicting-drug-induced-liver-injury-based-on-statistical-and-expert-based-structural-alerts
#10
Fabiola Pizzo, Anna Lombardo, Alberto Manganaro, Emilio Benfenati
The prompt identification of chemical molecules with potential effects on liver may help in drug discovery and in raising the levels of protection for human health. Besides in vitro approaches, computational methods in toxicology are drawing attention. We built a structure-activity relationship (SAR) model for evaluating hepatotoxicity. After compiling a data set of 950 compounds using data from the literature, we randomly split it into training (80%) and test sets (20%). We also compiled an external validation set (101 compounds) for evaluating the performance of the model...
2016: Frontiers in Pharmacology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27920684/worsening-of-lymphopenia-during-apremilast-treatment
#11
Antonios G A Kolios, Lars E French, Alexander A Navarini
Apremilast is an oral phosphodiesterase IV inhibitor recently registered for the treatment of psoriasis and psoriatic arthritis in Switzerland and other countries. Even though it offers only moderate efficacy compared to biologics, many patients prefer drugs given by the oral route. Apremilast is frequently used in private practice, as it showed no relevant safety signals in clinical trials and often, laboratory tests are omitted completely. Here we report a patient who developed acute lymphopenia and worsening of psoriasis during apremilast treatment, which resolved with discontinuation of apremilast...
September 2016: Case Reports in Dermatology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27920597/a-multivariate-study-of-differentiating-characters-between-three-european-species-of-the-genus-lasiochernes-beier-1932-pseudoscorpiones-chernetidae
#12
Jana Christophoryová, Katarína Krajčovičová, Hans Henderickx, Stanislav Španiel
Morphological variation in three rarely collected European species of the genus Lasiochernes Beier, 1932 is thoroughly examined in the present study. Detailed descriptions of previously ignored morphological characters of Lasiochernes cretonatus Henderickx, 1998, Lasiochernes jonicus (Beier, 1929) and Lasiochernes pilosus (Ellingsen, 1910) are presented. The female of Lasiochernes cretonatus and the nymphs of Lasiochernes pilosus are described for the first time. Multivariate morphometric techniques (principal coordinate analysis and discriminant analyses) were employed to confirm morphological differentiation of the three Lasiochernes species and to identify the most reliable characters for their separation...
2016: ZooKeys
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27920553/meta-analysis-of-the-impact-of-thioprine-s-methyltransferase-polymorphisms-on-the-tolerable-6-mercaptopurine-dose-considering-initial-dose-and-ethnic-difference
#13
Myeong Gyu Kim, Minoh Ko, In-Wha Kim, Jung Mi Oh
A meta-analysis was conducted to decide whether to reduce an initial 6-mercaptopurine (6-MP) dose in TPMT heterozygote in the case of an initial 6-MP dose of <75 mg/m(2)/d and to compare the tolerable 6-MP dose among different ethnic groups. The study was undertaken according to Preferred Reporting Items for Systematic Reviews and Meta-Analyses guidelines. The differences in mean values of the tolerable 6-MP dose were calculated by using Comprehensive Meta-Analysis version 3. The results of the meta-analysis indicated that the tolerable 6-MP dose was significantly lower in the TPMT heterozygote group (difference in mean values =11...
2016: OncoTargets and Therapy
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27920507/men-s-preferences-for-the-treatment-of-lower-urinary-tract-symptoms-associated-with-benign-prostatic-hyperplasia-a-discrete-choice-experiment
#14
Colette Mankowski, Divine Ikenwilo, Sebastian Heidenreich, Mandy Ryan, Jameel Nazir, Cathy Newman, Verity Watson
OBJECTIVE: To explore and quantify men's preferences and willingness to pay (WTP) for attributes of medications for lower urinary tract symptoms associated with benign prostatic hyperplasia using a discrete choice experiment. SUBJECTS AND METHODS: Men in the UK aged ≥45 years with moderate-to-severe lower urinary tract symptoms/benign prostatic hyperplasia (based on self-reported International Prostate Symptom Score ≥8) were recruited. An online discrete choice experiment survey was administered...
2016: Patient Preference and Adherence
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27920367/is-the-classical-wald-test-always-suitable-under-response-adaptive-randomization
#15
Alessandro Baldi Antognini, Alessandro Vagheggini, Maroussa Zagoraiou
The aim of this paper is to analyze the impact of response-adaptive randomization rules for normal response trials intended to test the superiority of one of two available treatments. Taking into account the classical Wald test, we show how response-adaptive methodology could induce a consistent loss of inferential precision. Then, we suggest a modified version of the Wald test which, by using the current allocation proportion to the treatments as a consistent estimator of the target, avoids some degenerate scenarios and so it should be preferable to the classical test...
December 5, 2016: Statistical Methods in Medical Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27920233/pilot-evaluation-of-a-palliative-and-end-of-life-communication-intervention-for-parents-of-children-with-a-brain-tumor
#16
Verna L Hendricks-Ferguson, Kamnesh Pradhan, Chie-Schin Shih, Karen M Gauvain, Javier R Kane, Jingxia Liu, Joan E Haase
Providing timely palliative and end-of-life care (PC/EOL) information to parents of children with a serious illness is a national health care priority. The goals of this study were to determine feasibility, acceptability, and parent responses related to a PC/EOL communication intervention, titled "Communication Plan: Early through End of Life (COMPLETE)" to parents of children with a brain tumor. The study was a 2-site prospective, single-group pilot study targeting parents' stress and coping outcomes. The sample included 13 parents of 11 children (ie, 11 families)...
December 4, 2016: Journal of Pediatric Oncology Nursing: Official Journal of the Association of Pediatric Oncology Nurses
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27920218/a-molecular-basis-for-the-presentation-of-phosphorylated-peptides-by-hla-b-antigens
#17
Adán Alpízar, Fabio Marino, Antonio Ramos-Fernández, Manuel Lombardía, Anita Jeko, Florencio Pazos, Alberto Paradela, César Santiago, Albert J R Heck, Miguel Marcilla
As aberrant protein phosphorylation is a hallmark of tumor cells, the display of tumor-specific phosphopeptides by Human Leukocyte Antigen (HLA) class I molecules can be exploited in the treatment of cancer by T-cell-based immunotherapy. Yet, the characterization and prediction of HLA-I phospholigands is challenging as the molecular determinants of the presentation of such post-translationally modified peptides are not fully understood. Here, we employed a peptidomic workflow to identify 256 unique phosphorylated ligands associated with HLA-B*40, -B*27, -B*39 or -B*07...
December 5, 2016: Molecular & Cellular Proteomics: MCP
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27920173/invasiveness-of-aedes-aegypti-and-aedes-albopictus-and-vectorial-capacity-for-chikungunya-virus
#18
Leon Philip Lounibos, Laura D Kramer
In this review, we highlight biological characteristics of Aedes aegypti and Aedes albopictus, 2 invasive mosquito species and primary vectors of chikungunya virus (CHIKV), that set the tone of these species' invasiveness, vector competence, and vectorial capacity (VC). The invasiveness of both species, as well as their public health threats as vectors, is enhanced by preference for human blood. Vector competence, characterized by the efficiency of an ingested arbovirus to replicate and become infectious in the mosquito, depends largely on vector and virus genetics, and most A...
December 15, 2016: Journal of Infectious Diseases
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27920118/patients-views-on-general-practitioners-role-during-treatment-and-follow-up-of-colorectal-cancer-a-qualitative-study
#19
Daan Brandenbarg, Carriene Roorda, Michelle Stadlander, Geertruida H de Bock, Marjolein Y Berger, Annette J Berendsen
PURPOSE: To clarify experiences and preferences of patients regarding the current and future role of GPs during treatment and follow-up care of colorectal cancer (CRC). METHODS: Qualitative semi-structured, audio-recorded, face-to-face interviews in patients' homes in the north of the Netherlands were performed. Patients were sampled purposively on age, gender, time since diagnoses and primary health care use. Data were transcribed verbatim and analysed thematically by two independent researchers until saturation was reached...
December 5, 2016: Family Practice
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27919994/clinical-outcome-of-reconstruction-using-frozen-autograft-for-a-humeral-bone-tumor
#20
Hiroaki Kimura, Norio Yamamoto, Toshiharu Shirai, Hideji Nishida, Katsuhiro Hayashi, Yoshikazu Tanzawa, Akihiko Takeuchi, Shinji Miwa, Hiroyuki Tsuchiya
BACKGROUND: We developed a frozen autograft technique in which a tumor-bearing bone was treated with liquid nitrogen for reconstruction. The purpose of this study was to evaluate the functional outcomes of this technique after resection of humeral bone tumors. PATIENTS AND METHODS: Eight patients were included in the study. The freezing range was classified into 2 groups, depending on whether the joint surface of the humeral head was frozen. RESULTS: In the joint freezing group, the mean active shoulder abduction and flexion were 43...
December 2016: Anticancer Research
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