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M Satheesh Kumar, Ayush Lohiya, Viviktha Ramesh, Priyamadhaba Behera, Sarika Palepu, S A Rizwan
OBJECTIVES: To compare pulse oximetry and Ankle-Brachial Index (ABI) with duplex ultrasonography as reference standard to determine the diagnostic accuracy for screening asymptomatic PVD in type 2 diabetes mellitus. METHODS: This cross-sectional study was conducted in 2012 at tertiary hospital in Madurai among diabetic patients attending the medicine outpatient department (OPD). Type 2 Diabetes Mellitus patients, asymptomatic with regards to symptoms and signs of PVD, aged above 40 years were included...
August 2016: Journal of the Association of Physicians of India
Emily Cohen, Laura Dix, Willem Baerts, Thomas Alderliesten, Petra Lemmers, Frank van Bel
BACKGROUND: A haemodynamically significant patent ductus arteriosus (hsPDA) reduces cerebral oxygenation in appropriate-for-gestational-age (AGA) preterm neonates. Reduced cerebral oxygenation has been associated with brain injury. Preterm small-for-gestational-age (SGA) neonates show higher cerebral oxygenation than AGA peers throughout the first postnatal days. To date, no studies have investigated the effect of hsPDA on cerebral oxygenation in preterm SGA neonates. OBJECTIVE: We aimed to assess the effect of hsPDA on cerebral oxygenation in preterm SGA neonates compared to AGA peers...
October 19, 2016: Neonatology
Jason K Hou, Christoph Gasche, Noam Z Drazin, Sarah Alandra Weaver, Orna G Ehrlich, Ridhima Oberai, Sophie Zapala, Corey A Siegel, Gil Melmed
BACKGROUND: Anemia is a common complication among patients with inflammatory bowel diseases (IBD) and is associated with high rates of IBD-related complications, resource utilization, and impaired quality of life. Despite practice guidelines for anemia in patients with IBD, gaps remain in the perceptions of anemia among health care providers. The aims of this study were to identify gaps in care and to develop a care pathway for anemia in patients with IBD. METHODS: The Crohn's & Colitis Foundation of America anemia care pathway was developed by a committee using principles of cognitive task analysis...
September 30, 2016: Inflammatory Bowel Diseases
Liviu Cristian Tănase, Nicoleta Georgiana Apostol, Laura Elena Abramiuc, Cristian Alexandru Tache, Luminița Hrib, Lucian Trupină, Lucian Pintilie, Cristian Mihail Teodorescu
Atomically clean lead zirco-titanate PbZr0.2Ti0.8O3 (001) layers exhibit a polarization oriented inwards P((-)), visible by a band bending of all core levels towards lower binding energies, whereas as introduced layers exhibit P((+)) polarization under air or in ultrahigh vacuum. The magnitude of the inwards polarization decreases when the temperature is increased at 700 K. CO adsorption on P((-)) polarized surfaces saturates at about one quarter of a monolayer of carbon, and occurs in both molecular (oxidized) and dissociated (reduced) states of carbon, with a large majority of reduced state...
October 14, 2016: Scientific Reports
Lydie Ryšavá, Jaroslav Kříž
Diseases caused by Iodine deficit are preventable. Inter resort Commission for the solution of Iodine deficiency (MKJD) at State Institute for Health (SZU) in Prague has been taking effective measures which satisfied requirements of the Principles for sustainable elimination of diseases caused by Iodine deficiency ICCD WHO: 96 % of households is using iodized salt, average Iodine content is 25 mg/1 kg of salt. Data from studies show ioduria less 100 mcg/l in only 9 per cent of seniors, 5 % of children 7-10 years, 3 % of children 10-12 years...
2016: Vnitr̆ní Lékar̆ství
Matthias Heringlake, Efstratios I Charitos, Kira Erber, Astrid Ellen Berggreen, Hermann Heinze, Hauke Paarmann
BACKGROUND: Growth-differentiation factor-15 (GDF-15) is an emerging humoral marker for risk stratification in cardiovascular disease. Cardiac-surgery-associated acute kidney injury (CSA-AKI), an important complication in patients undergoing cardiac surgery, is associated with poor prognosis. The present secondary analysis of an observational cohort study aimed to determine the role of GDF-15 in predicting CSA-AKI compared with the Cleveland-Clinic Acute Renal Failure (CC-ARF) score and a logistic regression model including variables associated with renal dysfunction...
October 8, 2016: Critical Care: the Official Journal of the Critical Care Forum
L K Reckley, S A Song, E T Chang, B B Cable, V Certal, M Camacho
OBJECTIVE: To systematically search for studies reporting outcomes for adenoidectomy alone as a treatment for paediatric obstructive sleep apnoea and use the data to perform a meta-analysis. METHODS: Nine databases, including PubMed and Medline, were systematically searched through to 1 April 2016. The Preferred Reporting Items for Systematic Reviews and Meta-Analyses statement was followed. RESULTS: A total of 1032 articles were screened and 126 full texts were reviewed...
October 6, 2016: Journal of Laryngology and Otology
Zhen Shen, Shan Zheng, Rui Dong, Gong Chen
PURPOSE: We aimed to study whether saturation in HSV color model could be a parameter for acholic stool and utilized for designing a mobile application for screening biliary atresia (BA). METHODS: Saturations of the colors in the three validated stool color cards (Taiwan, Japan, Britain) were read using PHOTOSHOP. Stools from 40 BA patients and 40 in-hospital neonates with pneumonia were photographed and analyzed with color-analyzing mobile applications. RESULTS: Saturations of normal colors in the published stool cards were all >50% (67%~99%, median 85%) and were all <50% (7~47%, median 25%) for abnormal colors...
September 16, 2016: Journal of Pediatric Surgery
Abdulghani Sankari, Sukanya Pranathiageswaran, Scott Maresh, Arwa Mohammad Hosni, M Safwan Badr
RATIONALE: Current scoring criteria of non-apneic events (i.e. hypopnea) require the presence of oxyhemoglobin de-saturation and/or arousal. However, other sleep study parameters may help to identify abnormal respiratory events and assist in making more accurate diagnosis. OBJECTIVES: To investigate whether non-apneic respiratory events without de-saturation or cortical arousal are associated with respiratory and cardiac consequences. METHODS: Thirteen participants with sleep disturbances (snoring and/or excessive day time sleepiness), were screened using attended in laboratory polysomnography (PSG) while monitoring pressure and airflow via a nasal mask with an attached pneumotach...
September 26, 2016: Sleep
Joao Gatica, Vijay Tripathi, Stefan J Green, Célia M Manaia, Thomas Berendonk, Damiano Cacace, Christophe Merlin, Norbert Kreuzinger, Thomas Schwartz, Despo Fatta-Kassinos, Luigi Rizzo, Carsten U Schwermer, Hemda Garelick, Edouard Jurkevitch, Eddie Cytryn
Integrons are extensively targeted as a proxy for anthropogenic impact in the environment. We developed a novel high-throughput amplicon sequencing pipeline that enables characterization of thousands of integron gene cassette-associated reads, and applied it to acquire a comprehensive overview of gene cassette composition in effluents from wastewater treatment facilities across Europe. Between 38,100 and 172,995 reads per-sample were generated and functionally characterized by screening against nr, SEED, ARDB and β-lactamase databases...
September 30, 2016: Environmental Science & Technology
B P Gorshunov, V I Torgashev, E S Zhukova, V G Thomas, M A Belyanchikov, C Kadlec, F Kadlec, M Savinov, T Ostapchuk, J Petzelt, J Prokleška, P V Tomas, E V Pestrjakov, D A Fursenko, G S Shakurov, A S Prokhorov, V S Gorelik, L S Kadyrov, V V Uskov, R K Kremer, M Dressel
Water is characterized by large molecular electric dipole moments and strong interactions between molecules; however, hydrogen bonds screen the dipole-dipole coupling and suppress the ferroelectric order. The situation changes drastically when water is confined: in this case ordering of the molecular dipoles has been predicted, but never unambiguously detected experimentally. In the present study we place separate H2O molecules in the structural channels of a beryl single crystal so that they are located far enough to prevent hydrogen bonding, but close enough to keep the dipole-dipole interaction, resulting in incipient ferroelectricity in the water molecular subsystem...
2016: Nature Communications
Janneke P Bil, Wendy M van der Veldt, Maria Prins, Ineke G Stolte, Udi Davidovich
Although PrEP is not yet registered in Europe, including the Netherlands, its approval and implementation are expected in the near future. To inform future pre-exposure prophylaxis (PrEP) implementation, this study aimed to gain insight into motives and preferences for daily or intermittent PrEP use among Dutch HIV-negative men having sex with men (MSM).Between February and December 2013, semistructured interviews were conducted until data saturation was reached (N = 20). Interviews were analyzed using the Grounded Theory approach...
September 2016: Medicine (Baltimore)
Olga M Grant, Conor O'Reilly
Future limited water availability may reduce the potential of tree improvement to increase timber yields. We investigated ecophysiological variation between full-sibling families of Sitka spruce (Picea sitchensis (Bong.) Carr.) growing under contrasting water availability conditions: control (optimal) water availability and limited water availability. One-year-old seedlings of nine improved families plus an unimproved seed lot were grown in pots in a greenhouse and the two water availability treatments imposed via drip irrigation...
September 27, 2016: Tree Physiology
Xiao-Fei Zhang, Guang-Yu Yang, Yong Zhang, Yuan Xie, Stephen G Withers, Yan Feng
The local flexibility of an enzyme's active center plays pivotal roles in catalysis, however, little is known about how the flexibility of these flexible residues affects stability. In this study, we proposed an active center stabilization (ACS) strategy to improve the kinetic thermostability of Candida rugosa lipase1. Based on the B-factor ranking at the region ~10 Å within the catalytic Ser209, 18 residues were selected for site-saturation mutagenesis. Based on three-tier high-throughput screening and ordered recombination mutagenesis, the mutant VarB3 (F344I/F434Y/F133Y/F121Y) was shown to be the most stable, with a 40-fold longer in half-life at 60 °C and a 12...
September 26, 2016: Scientific Reports
Kevin M Kocot, Torsten H Struck, Julia Merkel, Damien S Waits, Christiane Todt, Pamela M Brannock, David A Weese, Johanna T Cannon, Leonid L Moroz, Bernhard Lieb, Kenneth M Halanych
Phylogenomic studies have improved understanding of deep metazoan phylogeny and show promise for resolving incongruences among analyses based on limited numbers of loci. One region of the animal tree that has been especially difficult to resolve, even with phylogenomic approaches, is relationships within Lophotrochozoa (the animal clade that includes molluscs, annelids, and flatworms among others). Lack of resolution in phylogenomic analyses could be due to insufficient phylogenetic signal, limitations in taxon and/or gene sampling, or systematic error...
September 23, 2016: Systematic Biology
Shengju Li, Lucky Ahmed, Ruina Zhang, Yi Pan, Hiroaki Matsunami, Jessica L Burger, Eric Block, Victor S Batista, Hanyi Zhuang
Mammalian survival depends on ultrasensitive olfactory detection of volatile sulfur compounds, since these compounds can signal the presence of rancid food, O2 depleted atmospheres, and predators (through carnivore excretions). Skunks exploit this sensitivity with their noxious spray. In commerce, natural and liquefied gases are odorized with t-BuSH and EtSH, respectively, as warnings. The 100-million-fold difference in olfactory perception between structurally similar EtSH and EtOH has long puzzled those studying olfaction...
October 3, 2016: Journal of the American Chemical Society
Sahana L Selladurai, Renaud Miclette Lamarche, Rolf Schmidt, Christine E DeWolf
Lung surfactant replacement therapies, Survanta and Infasurf, and two lipid-only systems both containing saturated and unsaturated phospholipids and one containing additional palmitic acid were used to study the impact of buffered saline on the surface activity, morphology, rheology, and structure of Langmuir monolayer model membranes. Isotherms and Brewster angle microscopy show that buffered saline subphases induce a film expansion, except when the cationic protein, SP-B, is present in sufficient quantities to already screen electrostatic repulsion, thus limiting the effect of changing pH and adding counterions...
October 3, 2016: Langmuir: the ACS Journal of Surfaces and Colloids
Stacey Ishman, Christine Heubi, Todd Jenkins, Marc Michalsky, Narong Simakajornboon, Thomas Inge
OBJECTIVE: Obstructive sleep apnea (OSA) is reported in 70% of adolescents who present for bariatric surgery. The Pediatric Sleep Questionnaire (PSQ) was developed to identify children at risk for OSA but is not validated in adolescents with obesity. The aims of this study were: (1) to assess validity of the PSQ to detect OSA and (2) to determine the correlation between anthropometric and polysomnography measurements. METHODS: A cross-sectional assessment of Teen-Longitudinal Assessment of Bariatric Surgery participants at high risk for OSA was performed...
September 15, 2016: Obesity
Aaron M Prescott, Forest W McCollough, Bryan L Eldreth, Brad M Binder, Steven M Abel
Most models for ethylene signaling involve a linear pathway. However, measurements of seedling growth kinetics when ethylene is applied and removed have resulted in more complex network models that include coherent feedforward, negative feedback, and positive feedback motifs. The dynamical responses of the proposed networks have not been explored in a quantitative manner. Here, we explore (i) whether any of the proposed models are capable of producing growth-response behaviors consistent with experimental observations and (ii) what mechanistic roles various parts of the network topologies play in ethylene signaling...
2016: Frontiers in Plant Science
Irine Axarli, Abdi W Muleta, Evangelia G Chronopoulou, Anastassios C Papageorgiou, Nikolaos E Labrou
BACKGROUND: Glutathione transferases (GSTs) are a family of detoxification enzymes that catalyse the conjugation of glutathione (GSH) to electrophilic compounds. METHODS: A library of alpha class GSTs was constructed by DNA shuffling using the DNA encoding the human glutathione transferase A1-1 (hGSTA1-1) and the rat glutathione transferase A1-1 (rGSTA1-1). RESULTS: Activity screening of the library allowed the selection of a chimeric enzyme variant (GSTD4) that displayed high affinity towards GSH and GSH-Sepharose affinity adsorbent, higher kcat/Km and improved thermal stability, compared to the parent enzymes...
September 6, 2016: Biochimica et Biophysica Acta
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