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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29141331/-correlation-between-percentage-of-body-fat-and-simple-anthropometric-parameters-in-children-aged-6-9-years-in-guangzhou
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H C Yan, Y T Hao, Y F Guo, Y H Wei, J H Zhang, G P Huang, L M Mao, Z Q Zhang
Objective: To evaluate the accuracy of simple anthropometric parameters in diagnosing obesity in children in Guangzhou. Methods: A cross-sectional study, including 465 children aged 6-9 years, was carried out in Guangzhou. Their body height and weight, waist circumference (WC) and hip circumference were measured according to standard procedure. Body mass index (BMI), waist to hip ratio (WHR) and waist-to-height ratio (WHtR) were calculated. Body fat percentage (BF%) was determined by dual-energy X-ray absorptiometry...
November 10, 2017: Zhonghua Liu Xing Bing Xue za Zhi, Zhonghua Liuxingbingxue Zazhi
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29141032/a-qualitative-exploration-of-malaria-operational-research-situation-in-nigeria
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IkeOluwapo O Ajayi, Maduka D Ughasoro, Akintayo Ogunwale, Oluwaseun Odeyinka, Obafemi Babalola, Salami Sharafadeen, Al-Mukhtar Y Adamu, Olufemi Ajumobi, Taiwo Orimogunje, Patrick Nguku
BACKGROUND: Malaria, remains one of the leading causes of high morbidity and mortality in Nigeria despite implementation of several public health interventions for its control. Operational limitations and methodological gaps have been associated with malaria control interventions and research, and these have necessitated the need for a well-tailored Malaria Operational Research (MOR) agenda. However, there is paucity of evidence-based information on relevant stakeholders' experience, awareness, perceptions and use of MOR and suggestions on setting MOR agenda...
2017: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29140679/a-green-approach-to-improving-the-strength-and-flame-retardancy-of-poly-vinyl-alcohol-clay-aerogels-incorporating-bio-based-gelatin
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Yu-Tao Wang, Hai-Bo Zhao, Kimberly C Degracia, Lin-Xuan Han, Hua Sun, Mingze Sun, Yu-Zhong Wang, David A Schiraldi
Bio-based gelatins were used to improve the compressive and flammability properties poly(vinyl alcohol)/montmorillonite (PVA/MMT) aerogels, fabricated using a simple and environmentally-friendly freeze-drying method. Due to the excellent compatibility and strong interfacial adhesion between PVA and gelatin, the compressive moduli of aerogels were enhanced dramatically with the incorporation of gelatin. PVA/MMT/porcine gelatin aerogels exhibit compressive modulus values as much as 12.4 MPa, nearly 300% that of the control PVA/MMT aerogel...
November 15, 2017: ACS Applied Materials & Interfaces
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29140542/perioperative-von-willebrand-factor-dynamics-are-associated-with-liver-regeneration-and-predict-outcome-after-liver-resection
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Patrick Starlinger, David Pereyra, Stefanie Haegele, Paul Braeuer, Lukas Oehlberger, Florian Primavesi, Andreas Kohler, Florian Offensperger, Thomas Reiberger, Arnulf Ferlitsch, Barbara Messner, Guido Beldi, Stefan Staettner, Christine Brostjan, Thomas Gruenberger
Von Willebrand Factor (vWF) was found to mediate platelet influx during the early phase of liver regeneration in mice. Further, increased vWF-antigen (vWF-Ag) levels were shown to be predictive for outcome of patients with chronic liver disease. Accordingly, we aimed to assess the relevance of perioperative vWF-Ag dynamics in terms of liver regeneration and clinical outcome in patients undergoing liver resection (LR). Accordingly, we observed that vWF-Ag and its activity - estimated via ristocetin cofactor measurement - increased immediately after induction of liver regeneration and was associated with platelet accumulation within the liver...
November 15, 2017: Hepatology: Official Journal of the American Association for the Study of Liver Diseases
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29140454/gestational-age-specific-perinatal-mortality-rates-for-assisted-reproductive-technology-art-and-other-births
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Abrar A Chughtai, Alex Y Wang, Lisa Hilder, Zhuoyang Li, Kei Lui, Cindy Farquhar, Elizabeth A Sullivan
STUDY QUESTION: Is perinatal mortality rate higher among births born following assisted reproductive technology (ART) compared to non-ART births? SUMMARY ANSWER: Overall perinatal mortality rates in ART births was higher compared to non-ART births, but gestational age-specific perinatal mortality rate of ART births was lower for very preterm and moderate to late preterm births. WHAT IS KNOWN ALREADY: Births born following ART are reported to have higher risk of adverse perinatal outcomes compared to non-ART births...
November 13, 2017: Human Reproduction
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29140363/snapshot-second-harmonic-generation-polarimeter-based-on-spectral-analysis
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Matthieu Dubreuil, Sylvain Rivet, Yann Le Grand
A new high-speed second-harmonic generation (SHG) polarimetric method is reported. It is based on the spectral analysis of the SHG radiation emitted by a nonlinear medium excited with circularly polarized femtosecond laser pulses. The setup uses only passive components for polarization encoding and a fast spectrometer for spectral analysis. The method is validated on a z-cut quartz plate, then on a collagen-rich biological tissue with a view to single image polarization-resolved SHG microscopy.
November 15, 2017: Optics Letters
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29139618/beyond-sarcopenia-characterization-and-integration-of-skeletal-muscle-quantity-and-radiodensity-in-a-curable-breast-cancer-population
#7
Marc S Weinberg, Shlomit S Shachar, Hyman B Muss, Allison M Deal, Karteek Popuri, Hyeon Yu, Kirsten A Nyrop, Shani M Alston, Grant R Williams
Skeletal muscle loss, commonly known as sarcopenia, is highly prevalent and prognostic of adverse outcomes in oncology. However, there is limited information on adults with early breast cancer and examination of other skeletal muscle indices, despite the potential prognostic importance. This study characterizes and examines age-related changes in body composition of adults with early breast cancer and describes the creation of a novel integrated muscle measure. Female patients diagnosed with stage I-III breast cancer with abdominal computerized tomography (CT) scans within 12 weeks from diagnosis were identified from local tumor registry (N = 241)...
November 15, 2017: Breast Journal
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29139362/efficacy-and-tolerability-of-a-twice-daily-three-step-men-s-skincare-regimen-in-improving-overall-skin-quality-and-reducing-shave-related-irritation
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Katie Rodan, Kathy Fields, Timothy J Falla
More men are beginning to take advantage of opportunities to improve the health and appearance of their skin; however, the effectiveness of men's skincare regimens has not been well studied. The authors investigated the efficacy and tolerance of a twice-daily, three-step men's skincare regimen in improving skin appearance and reducing shave-related issues. Twenty-nine men who used a wet-shaving method completed a specific, three-step, twice-daily facial regimen-a Shave Cleanser, a Post-Shave Treatment, and Day Protection-in place of their usual routine for 4 weeks...
2017: Skinmed
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29139268/-mineral-composition-analysis-and-hemostatic-effect-of-limonitum-with-different-mineral-genesis
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Chao-Ying Wu, Sheng-Jin Liu, Fang Fang, Yu-Hua Wang, Wen-Guo Yang, Yu-Lu Ma, De-Kang Wu
Models were established in mice with warfarin sodium method, and their bleeding time and hemostasis time were measured by tail cutting method and slide method respectively. Rats were administered for 15 consecutive days to measure their recalcification time, plasma viscosity, platelet adhesion rate, platelet aggregation rate and other blood indexes. As compared with the blank group, the bleeding time was prolonged in model groupn(P<0.05). As compared with the model group, the results showed that the positive vitamin K, the leaching type water decoction and the sediment type decoction could significantly shorten the bleeding time (P<0...
August 2017: Zhongguo Zhong Yao za Zhi, Zhongguo Zhongyao Zazhi, China Journal of Chinese Materia Medica
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29138747/seroprevalence-of-toxoplasma-gondii-and-neospora-caninum-infections-in-goats-from-two-argentinean-provinces
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María Laura Gos, Jorge Alberto Manazza, Ernesto J A Späth, Lais Pardini, María Andrea Fiorentino, Juan Manuel Unzaga, Gastón Moré, María Cecilia Venturini
The aim of this study was to compare the seroprevalence of Toxoplasma gondii and Neospora caninum in goats from two Argentinean provinces raised under different management conditions. A total of 2922 serum samples from adult goats of Córdoba (n=2187) and Buenos Aires provinces (n= 735), Argentina, were assayed by indirect fluorescence antibody test (IFAT, cut-off 1:100) for antibodies to T. gondii and N. caninum. Seroprevalence was 40.8% (CI 39.0%-42.6%) and 5.5% (CI 4.7%-6.4%) for T. gondii and N. caninum, respectively...
2017: Open veterinary journal
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29138434/generating-localized-plasmonic-fields-on-an-integrated-photonic-platform-using-tapered-couplers-for-biosensing-applications
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Gurpreet Singh, Renzhe Bi, U S Dinish, Malini Olivo
A theoretical design and analysis of a tapered-coupler structure on a silicon nitride integrated-photonic platform for coupling optical energy from a dielectric waveguide to a plasmonic tip is presented. The proposed design can be considered as a hybrid photonic-plasmonic structure that generally supports hybrid symmetric and asymmetric modes. Along the taper, one of the hybrid modes approaches the cut-off, while the other approaches the short-range surface plasmon mode that generates localized fields. Potential use of the proposed novel tapered-coupler plasmonic structure for highly sensitive biosensing applications using surface enhanced Raman scattering (SERS) and metal enhanced fluorescence (MEF) techniques is discussed...
November 14, 2017: Scientific Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29138407/spirometry-is-not-enough-to-diagnose-copd-in-epidemiological-studies-a-follow-up-study
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Elena Andreeva, Marina Pokhaznikova, Anatoly Lebedev, Irina Moiseeva, Olga Kuznetsova, Jean-Marie Degryse
A hallmark of the diagnosis of chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD) is the measurement of post-bronchodilator (post-BD) airflow obstruction (AO) by spirometry, but spirometry is not enough for the provision of a clinical diagnosis. In the majority of previous epidemiological studies, COPD diagnosis has been based on spirometry and a few clinical characteristics. The aim of our study was to identify outcomes in patients newly diagnosed with airflow obstruction (AO) based on a diagnostic work-up conducted as part of a population-based cross-sectional study in North-Western Russia...
November 14, 2017: NPJ Primary Care Respiratory Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29137684/use-of-an-intraoperative-navigation-system-and-piezoelectric-surgery-for-styloidectomy-in-a-patient-with-eagle-s-syndrome-a-case-report
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Shintaro Sukegawa, Takahiro Kanno, Akio Yoshimoto, Kenichi Matsumoto, Yuka Sukegawa-Takahashi, Masanori Masui, Yoshihiko Furuki
BACKGROUND: Elongated styloid process syndrome (Eagle's syndrome) is the term given to the symptomatic elongation of the styloid process or the mineralization of the stylohyoid or stylomandibular ligament. The two commonly used approaches for the surgical treatment of this syndrome are the transcervical and transoral approaches. Both have their limitations and specific intraoperative risks. Here, we report the treatment of a patient with Eagle's syndrome using the transoral approach in conjunction with piezoelectric surgery, surgical planning, and intraoperative navigation to reduce the risk of complications...
November 15, 2017: Journal of Medical Case Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29137649/exploring-the-factors-affecting-the-implementation-of-tobacco-and-substance-use-interventions-within-a-secondary-school-setting-a-systematic-review
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Gillian Waller, Tracy Finch, Emma L Giles, Dorothy Newbury-Birch
BACKGROUND: The aim of this mixed-methods, systematic literature review was to develop an understanding of the factors affecting the implementation of tobacco and substance use intervention programmes in the secondary school setting using NPT as an analytical framework. METHODS: A search strategy was developed that combined implementation, school and intervention search terms. Literature searches were conducted in MEDLINE, Embase, PsycHINFO, Scopus, ERIC, CINAHL, Web of Science and the Cochrane Library...
November 14, 2017: Implementation Science: IS
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29137442/prognostic-value-of-long-noncoding-rna-zfas1-in-various-carcinomas-a-meta-analysis
#15
Dan Dong, Zhongyi Mu, Wei Wang, Na Xin, Xiaowen Song, Yue Shao, Chenghai Zhao
A number of studies have revealed that zinc finger antisense 1 (ZFAS1), a long noncoding RNA (lncRNA), is aberrantly regulated in various cancers, and high ZFAS1 expression is associated with poor prognosis and increased risk of lymph node metastasis (LNM). This meta-analysis was conducted to identify the potential value of ZFAS1 as a biomarker for cancer prognosis. We searched electronic database PubMed, Web of Science, and China Wanfang Data (up to June 1, 2017) to collect all relevant studies and explore the association of ZFAS1 expression with overall survival (OS) and LNM...
October 13, 2017: Oncotarget
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29137438/prognostic-value-of-bone-scan-index-as-an-imaging-biomarker-in-metastatic-prostate-cancer-a-meta-analysis
#16
Dongyang Li, Hang Lv, Xuanyu Hao, Yudi Dong, Huixu Dai, Yongsheng Song
Background: The prognostic value of the bone scan index (BSI) in metastatic prostate cancer (mPCa) remained controversial. Therefore, we performed a meta-analysis to determine the predictive value of BSI and survival in patients with mPCa. Materials and Methods: A literature search was performed in PubMed, Embase, Web of Science and Cochrane library databases. Hazard ratios (HRs), concordance indices (C-indices) were extracted to estimate the relationship between BSI and survival in patients with mPCa...
October 13, 2017: Oncotarget
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29137262/disease-spectrum-of-abnormal-serum-free-light-chain-ratio-and-its-diagnostic-significance
#17
Bin Xu, Yi Tang, Jianfeng Zhou, Peiling Zhang, Huijun Li
Objective: To analyze the spectrum of abnormal serum free light chain ratio (sFLC κ/λ ratio), and to redefine the range of sFLC κ/λ ratio, so as to achieve hierarchical diagnosis of diseases with abnormal sFLC κ/λ ratio, resulting in the increased sensitivity and specificity in the diagnosis of monoclonal plasma diseases. Methods: Enrolled 1,340 patients with abnormal sFLC κ/λ ratio (<0.26 or >1.65) were grouped: (1) group A: malignant plasma diseases; (2) group B: monoclonal gammopathies of undetermined significance (MGUS); (3) group C: reactive plasma diseases...
October 10, 2017: Oncotarget
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29137238/significance-of-nlda-the-commixed-index-of-inflammation-immune-responses-hemostasis-and-nutrition-for-predicting-metastatic-non-small-cell-lung-cancer-prognosis-and-metastases
#18
Wen-Wen Sun, Jia-An Hu, Wen-Quan Niu, Bei-Li Gao, Zhi-Hong Xu
Purpose: This study aimed to take a comprehensive review of the hematological indexes and discover a novel, comprehensive, and economical index for prognostic prediction. Results: The predictive prognostic model revealed that an elevated value of NLDA (NLDA = neutrophil count/lymphocyte count × D-dimer count/albumin) was an independent risk factor for one-year adverse prognosis (hazard ratio = 3.038; 95% confidence interval [CI], 1.959-4.712; P < 0.001). The C-indexes of internal and external validation in nomogram were 0...
October 10, 2017: Oncotarget
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29137208/asbestos-ban-in-italy-a-major-milestone-not-the-final-cut
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Daniela Marsili, Alessia Angelini, Caterina Bruno, Marisa Corfiati, Alessandro Marinaccio, Stefano Silvestri, Amerigo Zona, Pietro Comba
Background and history: Italy was the main asbestos producer and one of the greatest consumers in 20th century Europe until the asbestos ban was introduced in 1992. Asbestos exposure affected the population in a wide range of working environments, namely mining and marketing of asbestos, asbestos cement production, shipyards and textile industries. This also determined a widespread environmental asbestos exposure affecting the surrounding communities. Methods: To investigate the drivers and difficulties of the process leading to the asbestos ban and its subsequent implementation, we focused on stakeholder involvement, environmental health policies, capacity building and communication...
November 13, 2017: International Journal of Environmental Research and Public Health
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29137187/clinical-usefulness-of-the-platelet-to-lymphocyte-ratio-in-patients-with-angiosarcoma-of-the-face-and-scalp
#20
Gen Suzuki, Hideya Yamazaki, Norihiro Aibe, Koji Masui, Naomi Sasaki, Daisuke Shimizu, Takuya Kimoto, Jun Asai, Makoto Wada, Satoshi Komori, Norito Katoh, Kei Yamada
Angiosarcoma of the face and scalp (ASFS) is an extremely aggressive tumor that frequently metastasizes, often leading to death. The neutrophil-to-lymphocyte ratio (NLR), platelet-to-lymphocyte ratio (PLR), and lymphocyte-to-monocyte ratio (LMR) are inflammatory markers that predict outcome of various cancers. We aimed to examine the relationship between pretreatment inflammatory markers and ASFS outcome. We included 17 patients with ASFS and a control group of 56 age- and gender-matched healthy individuals...
November 13, 2017: International Journal of Molecular Sciences
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