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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28735496/low-level-prenatal-toxin-exposures-and-breastfeeding-duration-a-prospective-cohort-study
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Casey B Rosen-Carole, Peggy Auinger, Cynthia R Howard, Elizabeth A Brownell, Bruce P Lanphear
Introduction Maternal exposure to tobacco smoke is associated with shortened breastfeeding duration, but few studies have examined the effects on breastfeeding outcomes of low level exposures to other toxic chemicals. Moreover, it is unclear if passive smoking is associated with duration of breastfeeding. Our objective was therefore to examine the effect of low-level prenatal exposures to common environmental toxins (tobacco smoke, lead, and phthalates) on breastfeeding exclusivity and duration. Methods We conducted an analysis of data from the Health Outcomes and Measures of the Environment (HOME) Study...
July 22, 2017: Maternal and Child Health Journal
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28735494/trends-in-use-of-warfarin-and-direct-oral-anticoagulants-in-atrial-fibrillation-in-norway-2010-to-2015
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Lars J Kjerpeseth, Hanne Ellekjær, Randi Selmer, Inger Ariansen, Kari Furu, Eva Skovlund
PURPOSE: Since 2011, several direct oral anticoagulants (DOACs; dabigatran, rivaroxaban, apixaban) have been introduced as alternatives to warfarin for stroke prophylaxis in atrial fibrillation. We wanted to investigate changes in utilization of oral anticoagulants for atrial fibrillation in Norway following the introduction of DOACs. METHODS: Using nationwide registries, we identified all adults with pharmacy dispensings for warfarin or DOACs between January 2010 and December 2015 in Norway, and used ambulatory reimbursement codes to identify atrial fibrillation as indication...
July 22, 2017: European Journal of Clinical Pharmacology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28735451/importance-of-icpms-for-speciation-analysis-is-changing-future-trends-for-targeted-and-non-targeted-element-speciation-analysis
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Joerg Feldmann, Andrea Raab, Eva M Krupp
This article is aimed at researchers interested in organic molecules which contain a heteroatom but who have never considered using inductively coupled plasma mass spectrometry (ICPMS) or who have used ICPMS for years and developed numerous methods for analysis of target elemental species. We try to illustrate (1) that ICPMS has been very useful for speciation analysis of metal(loid) target species and that there is now a trend to replace the costly detector with cheaper detection systems for routine target analysis, and (2) that ICPMS has been used and will be used even more in the future for non-targeted analysis of elements which are not normally associated with ICPMS analysis, such as non-metals such as sulfur, phosphorus, chlorine and fluorine...
July 22, 2017: Analytical and Bioanalytical Chemistry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28735387/elevated-levels-of-atypical-handedness-in-autism-meta-analyses
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Paraskevi Markou, Banu Ahtam, Marietta Papadatou-Pastou
An elevated prevalence of atypical handedness (left-, mixed-, or non-right-handedness) has been repeatedly reported in individuals with Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD) compared to typically developing individuals. However, the exact magnitude of this difference as well as the presence of possible moderating factors remains unknown. Here, we present three sets of meta-analyses of studies that assessed the handedness prevalence among individuals with ASD, totaling 1199 individuals (n = 723 individuals with ASD and n = 476 typically developing individuals)...
July 23, 2017: Neuropsychology Review
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28735359/binding-abstract-concepts
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Tarini Singh, Christian Frings, Birte Moeller
Binding theories assume that a stimulus and the response made to it are bound together in an event file (Hommel et al., Behav Brain Sci 24(05):849-937, 2001). Such bindings can occur even after single encounters. If the stimulus or parts of its features are repeated within the time frame in which the event file is still intact, the previously integrated response is retrieved. Stimulus-response binding can exist at a perceptual, conceptual or a response selection level (Henson et al., Trends Cogn Sci 18(7):376-384, 2014)...
July 22, 2017: Psychological Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28735318/trends-of-bloodstream-infections-in-a-university-greek-hospital-during-a-three-year-period-incidence-of-multidrug-resistant-bacteria-and-seasonality-in-gram-negative-predominance
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Fevronia Kolonitsiou, Matthaios Papadimitriou-Olivgeris, Anastasia Spiliopoulou, Vasiliki Stamouli, Vasileios Papakostas, Eleni Apostolopoulou, Christos Panagiotopoulos, Markos Marangos, Evangelos D Anastassiou, Myrto Christofidou, Iris Spiliopoulou
The aim of the study was to assess the epidemiology, the incidence of multidrug-resistant bacteria and bloodstream infections' (BSIs) seasonality in a university hospital. This retrospective study was carried out in the University General Hospital of Patras, Greece, during 2011-13 y. Blood cultures from patients with clinical presentation suggestive of bloodstream infection were performed by the BacT/ALERT System. Isolates were identified by Vitek 2 Advanced Expert System. Antibiotic susceptibility testing was performed by the disk diffusion method and E-test...
July 6, 2017: Polish Journal of Microbiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28735245/association-of-16-priority-polycyclic-aromatic-hydrocarbons-with-humic-acid-and-humin-fractions-in-a-peat-soil-and-implications-for-their-long-term-retention
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Weixiao Chen, Hui Wang, Qian Gao, Yin Chen, Senlin Li, Yu Yang, David Werner, Shu Tao, Xilong Wang
To elucidate the environmental fate of polycyclic aromatic hydrocarbons (PAHs) once released into soil, sixteen humic acids (HAs) and one humin (HM) fractions were sequentially extracted from a peat soil, and sixteen priority PAHs in these humic substances (HSs) were analyzed. It was found that the total concentration of 16 PAHs (∑16PAHs) increased evidently from HA1 to HA16, and then dramatically reached the highest value in HM. The trend of ∑16PAHs in HAs relates to surface carbon and C-H/C-C contents, the bulk aliphatic carbon content and aliphaticity, as well as the condensation enhancement of carbon domains, which were derived from elemental composition, XPS, (13)C NMR, as well as thermal analyses...
July 20, 2017: Environmental Pollution
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28735145/metabolic-gene-targeted-monitoring-of-non-starter-lactic-acid-bacteria-during-cheese-ripening
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Alessia Levante, Francesca De Filippis, Antonietta La Storia, Monica Gatti, Erasmo Neviani, Danilo Ercolini, Camilla Lazzi
Long ripened cheeses, such as Grana Padano (GP), a Protected Designation of Origin (PDO) Italian cheese, harbor a viable microbiota mainly composed of non-starter lactic acid bacteria (NSLAB), which contribute to the final characteristics of cheese. The NSLAB species Lactobacillus rhamnosus, Lb. casei and Lb. paracasei are frequently found in GP, and form a closely related taxonomic group (Lb. casei group), making it difficult to distinguish the three species through 16S rRNA sequencing. SpxB, a metabolic gene coding for pyruvate oxidase in Lb...
July 6, 2017: International Journal of Food Microbiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28735119/a-case-series-of-pediatric-seymour-fractures-related-to-hoverboards-increasing-trend-with-changing-lifestyle
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A E Kattan, F AlShomer, A K Alhujayri, M Alfowzan, K A Murrad, H Alsajjan
BACKGROUND: Several recreational activities such as roller skating, skateboarding, and scooter riding create the risk for hand injuries, which are the fourth most commonly injured body part in relation to their use. Seymour first identified a specific pattern of digit injury as an open fracture affecting the distal phalangeal physis associated with nail avulsion from the eponychial fold. In this article, we report a series of Seymour fractures associated with misuse of the newly emerging recreational/transportation vehicle, the hoverboard...
July 10, 2017: International Journal of Surgery Case Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28735102/intra-operatively-measured-spastic-semimembranosus-forces-of-children-with-cerebral-palsy
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Can A Yucesoy, Yener Temelli, Filiz Ateş
The knee kept forcibly in a flexed position is typical in cerebral palsy. Using a benchmark, we investigate intra-operatively if peak spastic hamstring force is measured in flexed knee positions. This tests the assumed shift of optimal length due to adaptation of spastic muscle and a decreasing force trend towards extension. Previously we measured spastic gracilis (GRA) and semitendinosus (ST) forces. Presently, we studied spastic semimembranosus (SM) and tested the following hypotheses: spastic SM forces are (1) high in flexed and (2) low in extended positions...
July 12, 2017: Journal of Electromyography and Kinesiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28735068/primary-metastatic-breast-cancer-in-the-era-of-targeted-therapy-prognostic-impact-and-the-role-of-breast-tumour-surgery
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Jana Barinoff, Marcus Schmidt, Andreas Schneeweiss, Winfried Schoenegg, Marc Thill, Stella Keitel, Claus R Lattrich, Axel Hinke, Andreas Kutscheidt, Christian Jackisch
BACKGROUND: Except for meeting the individual palliative need, the benefit of breast surgery in primary metastatic breast cancer (PMBC), also known as de novo metastatic breast cancer, on long-term outcomes remains controversial. Twenty-four hundred and one patients with metastatic breast cancer, enrolled between 2000 and 2011 in two prospective non-interventional studies on targeted therapy, were screened with respect to this question. METHODS: One study investigated trastuzumab therapy for human epidermal growth factor receptor 2 (HER2)-positive metastatic breast cancer in addition to mainly first-line chemotherapy...
July 20, 2017: European Journal of Cancer
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28735057/brazil-s-resolutions-to-regulate-the-sale-of-antibiotics-impact-on-consumption-and-escherichia-coli-resistance-rates
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Karen P H Mattos, Marília B Visacri, Júlia C F Quintanilha, Gustavo R Lloret, Maria A Cursino, Anna S Levin, Carlos E Levy, Patricia Moriel
OBJECTIVE: The aim of this study was to determine the impact of two resolutions to restrict antibiotic use (RDCs no. 44/2010 and 20/2011) in the Campinas metropolitan area (Sao Paulo, Brazil) on antibiotic consumption, resistance rates, and trends in Escherichia coli-causing community-acquired urinary tract infection (UTI). METHODS: The annual retail sale information of antibiotics from drugstores in the Campinas metropolitan area between 2008 and 2012 were obtained through the Intercontinental Medical Statistics Health of Brazil...
July 19, 2017: Journal of Global Antimicrobial Resistance
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28735011/assessment-and-elimination-of-the-effects-of-head-movement-on-meg-resting-state-measures-of-oscillatory-brain-activity
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Eirini Messaritaki, Loes Koelewijn, Diana C Dima, Gemma M Williams, Gavin Perry, Krish D Singh
Magnetoencephalography (MEG) is increasingly being used to study brain function because of its excellent temporal resolution and its direct association with brain activity at the neuronal level. One possible cause of error in the analysis of MEG data comes from the fact that participants, even MEG-experienced ones, move their head in the MEG system. Head movement can cause source localization errors during the analysis of MEG data, which can result in the appearance of source variability that does not reflect brain activity...
July 19, 2017: NeuroImage
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28734882/opioid-prescribing-among-cancer-and-non-cancer-patients-time-trend-analysis-in-the-elderly-using-administrative-data
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Lisa Barbera, Rinku Sutradhar, Anna Chu, Hsien Seow, Doris Howell, Craig C Earle, Mary Ann O'Brien, Deb Dudgeon, Clare Atzema, Amna Husain, Ying Liu, Carlo DeAngelis
BACKGROUND: In 2007, Cancer Care Ontario introduced a provincial symptom screening program, which included pain, for cancer patients. Over this same time, opioid prescribing has been increasingly scrutinized among non-cancer patients. The study purpose was to see if opioid prescribing changed among older adults after 2007 in the context of changing opioid regulations, and whether effects were different among patients with a cancer history. METHODS: Ontario residents aged ≥65 were identified from 2004 to 2013...
July 19, 2017: Journal of Pain and Symptom Management
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28734880/dual-versus-single-antiplatelet-regimen-with-or-without-anticoagulation-in-transcatheter-aortic-valve-replacement-indirect-comparison-and-meta-analysis
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Monica Verdoia, Lucia Barbieri, Matteo Nardin, Harry Suryapranata, Giuseppe De Luca
INTRODUCTION AND OBJECTIVES: There is uncertainty on the correct management of antithrombotic therapies after transcatheter aortic valve replacement (TAVR), with dual antiplatelet therapy (DAPT) being currently recommended on an empirical basis. The aim of the present meta-analysis was to assess the safety and effectiveness of DAPT in patients undergoing TAVR. METHODS: Studies comparing different antithrombotic regimens after TAVR were included. The primary endpoint was 30-day overall mortality...
July 19, 2017: Revista Española de Cardiología
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28734793/hardware-failure-in-patients-with-metastatic-cancer-to-the-spine
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Rachel Pedreira, Nancy Abu-Bonsrah, A Karim Ahmed, Rafael De la Garza-Ramos, C Rory Goodwin, Ziya L Gokaslan, Justin Sacks, Daniel M Sciubba
BACKGROUND: The spine is the most common site of skeletal metastases, affecting approximately 30% of individuals with cancer. The aim of surgical treatment for metastatic spine disease is generally palliative to address pain and/or neurologic compromise, significantly improving patients' quality of life. Patients with metastatic spine disease, however, represent a vulnerable cohort and may have comorbidities or previous treatments that impair the structural integrity of spinal hardware...
July 19, 2017: Journal of Clinical Neuroscience: Official Journal of the Neurosurgical Society of Australasia
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28734774/-does-chewing-gum-improve-postoperative-results-in-patients-undergoing-radical-cystectomy-a-systematic-review-of-literature-and-meta-analysis
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I Ziouziou, A Ammani, T Karmouni, K El Khader, A Koutani, A Iben Attya Andaloussi
INTRODUCTION: Postoperative ileus occurs in different degrees, in the majority of patients undergoing radical cystectomy, which may increase the length of hospital stay. The use of chewing gum has demonstrated its effectiveness in reducing time-to-bowel function and the length of hospital stay in several surgical procedures. OBJECTIVE: To evaluate the benefit of post-operative chewing gum use in patients undergoing radical cystectomy through a systematic review of the literature and meta-analysis...
July 19, 2017: Progrès en Urologie
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28734709/worldwide-fracture-prediction
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Ghada El-Hajj Fuleihan, Marlene Chakhtoura, Jane A Cauley, Nariman Chamoun
The substantial increase in the burden of non-communicable diseases in general and osteoporosis in particular, necessitates the establishment of efficient and targeted diagnosis and treatment strategies. This chapter reviews and compares different tools for osteoporosis screening and diagnosis; it also provides an overview of different treatment guidelines adopted by countries worldwide. While access to dual-energy X-ray absorptiometry to measure bone mineral density (BMD) is limited in most areas in the world, the introduction of risk calculators that combine risk factors, with or without BMD, have resulted in a paradigm shift in osteoporosis screening and management...
July 19, 2017: Journal of Clinical Densitometry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28734623/eight-year-follow-up-of-the-clopidogrel-after-surgery-for-coronary-artery-disease-cascade-trial
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Ali Hage, Pierre Voisine, Fernanda Erthal, Éric Larose, David Glineur, Benjamin Chow, Hugo Tremblay, Jacqueline Fortier, Gifferd Ko, Dai Une, Michael Farkouh, Thierry G Mesana, Michel LeMay, Alexander Kulik, Marc Ruel
OBJECTIVE: In this 8 years' follow-up study, we evaluated the long-term outcomes of the addition of clopidogrel to aspirin during the first year after coronary artery bypass grafting, versus aspirin plus placebo, with respect to survival, major adverse cardiac, or major cerebrovascular events, including revascularization, functional status, graft patency, and native coronary artery disease progression. METHODS: In the initial Clopidogrel After Surgery for Coronary Artery Disease trial, 113 patients were randomized to receive either daily clopidogrel (n = 56) or placebo (n = 57), in addition to aspirin, in a double-blind fashion for 1 year after coronary artery bypass grafting...
June 24, 2017: Journal of Thoracic and Cardiovascular Surgery
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28734588/high-throughput-sequencing-analysis-of-bacterial-community-spatiotemporal-distribution-in-response-to-clogging-in-vertical-flow-constructed-wetlands
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Guofen Hua, Ying Cheng, Jun Kong, Man Li, Zhongwei Zhao
The aim of this study was to characterize bacterial communities in vertical flow constructed wetlands (VFCWs) using Illumina high-throughput sequencing. The bacterial communities developed lower richness and diversity in response to clogging. Bacterial diversity did not overtly decrease with depth. A variety of bacterial phyla were found in VFCWs' bacterial communities, including Bacteroidetes, Actinobacteria and Acidobacteria, among which Proteobacteria was dominant. At the genus level, a spatiotemporal variation was illustrated in the diversity and structure of bacterial communities...
July 14, 2017: Bioresource Technology
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