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Tom G Moreels
Medical publishing has become a pivotal aspect of all stages of career development in medicine in Belgium. Publication pressure is therefore present from the stage of the medical student to the level of the head of an academic medical service. This pressure represents a real danger to commit scientific misconduct, ranging from minor missteps to severe fraud. Recent surveys have shown that scientific misconduct and publication fraud represent an important problem in medical publishing, more than in other scientific fields, also in Belgium...
January 2018: Acta Gastro-enterologica Belgica
Britt Christensen, Ruben J Colman, Dejan Micic, Peter R Gibson, Sarah R Goeppinger, Andres Yarur, Christopher R Weber, Russell D Cohen, David T Rubin
Background: Vedolizumab is approved for moderate to severe Crohn's disease (CD) and ulcerative colitis (UC). We present prospective, 1-year data of the real-world effectiveness and safety of vedolizumab in inflammatory bowel disease. Methods: Consecutive patients receiving vedolizumab for treatment of UC or CD with at least 14 weeks of follow-up, regardless of outcome, were included. Patients had clinical activity scores (Harvey-Bradshaw Index [HBI] or Simple Clinical Colitis Activity Index [SCCAI]) and inflammatory markers prospectively measured at baseline and weeks 14, 30, and 52...
March 19, 2018: Inflammatory Bowel Diseases
L Clifford McDonald, Dale N Gerding, Stuart Johnson, Johan S Bakken, Karen C Carroll, Susan E Coffin, Erik R Dubberke, Kevin W Garey, Carolyn V Gould, Ciaran Kelly, Vivian Loo, Julia Shaklee Sammons, Thomas J Sandora, Mark H Wilcox
A panel of experts was convened by the Infectious Diseases Society of America (IDSA) and Society for Healthcare Epidemiology of America (SHEA) to update the 2010 clinical practice guideline on Clostridium difficile infection (CDI) in adults. The update, which has incorporated recommendations for children (following the adult recommendations for epidemiology, diagnosis, and treatment), includes significant changes in the management of this infection and reflects the evolving controversy over best methods for diagnosis...
March 19, 2018: Clinical Infectious Diseases: An Official Publication of the Infectious Diseases Society of America
Wanda Cristina Sawicki, Dulce Aparecida Barbosa, Dayana Souza Fram, Angélica Gonçalves Silva Belasco
OBJECTIVE: To evaluate nursing university students' alcohol consumption patterns, Brief Intervention and Quality of Life (QoL). METHOD: This is a prospective and longitudinal study containing sociodemographic, economic information concerning alcoholic beverages, BI and QoL evaluation among 281 nursing university students. Since surveys have been applied, seminars have been given and consumption patterns have been discussed, an educational material was delivered after university students' revaluation and BI reinforcement...
2018: Revista Brasileira de Enfermagem
Jianhua Tang, Yuqing Zhen, Ling Yu, Cui Lv, Juan Zheng, Hui Liang
OBJECTIVE: To investigate the neuropsychological characteristics and changes in CRP, S100B, MBP, HSP-7, and NSE in serum. METHOD: Sixty-six (66) patients treated in our hospital as CCCI group were chosen for our study, and 90 patients with depression were selected as the depression group. The patients in both groups were examined with CT perfusion, depression, anxiety and cognition evaluation. Their serum CRP, S100B, MBP, HSP-70 and NSE levels were detected. Neuropsychological and serum markers characteristics were compared...
January 2018: Revista da Associação Médica Brasileira
Cheng-Fu Wan, Dao-Song Dong, Qi Xi, Yan Liu, Wen-Yao Cui, Qiu-Shi Wang, Tao Song
AIMS: To investigate whether nasopharyngeal airway (NPA) intubation could reduce the risk of complications caused by radiofrequency thermocoagulation (RFT) of the trigeminal ganglion. METHODS: From November 1, 2014 to May 1, 2015, 200 patients treated with sedation (combination of sufentanil and propofol) were randomly divided into two groups, one in which NPA intubation was used (intervention group) and one in which it was not used (control group). The primary outcome was the frequency of hypoxemia, and secondary outcomes were the frequency of hypotension, nasal mucosa damage, corneal numbness, masticatory weakness, palsies of other cranial nerves, and intracranial hemorrhage...
March 21, 2018: Journal of Oral & Facial Pain and Headache
Elizabeth Bevan, Scott Whiting, Tony Tucker, Michael Guinea, Andrew Raith, Ryan Douglas
Drones are being increasingly used in innovative ways to enhance environmental research and conservation. Despite their widespread use for wildlife studies, there are few scientifically justified guidelines that provide minimum distances at which wildlife can be approached to minimize visual and auditory disturbance. These distances are essential to ensure that behavioral and survey data have no observer bias and form the basis of requirements for animal ethics and scientific permit approvals. In the present study, we documented the behaviors of three species of sea turtle (green turtles, Chelonia mydas, flatback turtles, Natator depressus, hawksbill turtles, Eretmochelys imbricata), saltwater crocodiles (Crocodylus porosus), and crested terns (Thalasseus bergii) in response to a small commercially available (1...
2018: PloS One
Jian Zeng, Dorian Garrick, Jack Dekkers, Rohan Fernando
Genomic prediction exploits single nucleotide polymorphisms (SNPs) across the whole genome for predicting genetic merit of selection candidates. In most models for genomic prediction, e.g. BayesA, B, C, R and GBLUP, independence of SNP effects is assumed. However, SNP effects are expected to be locally dependent given the presence of a nearby QTL because SNPs surrounding the QTL do not segregate independently. A consequence of ignoring this dependence is that SNPs with small effects may be overly shrunk, e...
2018: PloS One
Kamal T Hindy, Ashraf R Baghdady, Fares M Howari, Ahmed S Abdelmaksoud
This study is concerned with the identification of the mineralogical composition of dust fall samples collected from southeast of Cairo, Egypt. The mineralogical identification was conducted by means of the polarizing microscope, infra-red spectroscopy (IR), and X-ray diffraction (XRD). The relationship between the mineralogical composition of dust fall samples and 10 rock samples from the surrounding terrains were investigated. The major mineralogical species existing in the atmosphere of the study area are: carbonates mainly in the form of calcite in addition to the appearance of the dolomite form in traces overall the study area, but with considerable observation in the southern region; quartz which is less than calcite in its abundance; sulphates in the form of gypsum which may also be present as traces in the anhydrite form...
March 21, 2018: International Journal of Environmental Research and Public Health
Alberto Zullo, Emanuela Simone, Maddalena Grimaldi, Vincenzina Musto, Francesco Paolo Mancini
Fighting diseases and controlling the signs of ageing are the major goals of biomedicine. Sirtuins, enzymes with mainly deacetylating activity, could be pivotal targets of novel preventive and therapeutic strategies to reach such aims. Scientific proofs are accumulating in experimental models, but, to a minor extent, also in humans, that the ancient practice of calorie restriction could prove an effective way to prevent several degenerative diseases and to postpone the detrimental signs of ageing. In the present review, we summarize the evidence about the central role of sirtuins in mediating the beneficial effects of calorie restriction in skeletal and cardiac muscle since these tissues are greatly damaged by diseases and advancing years...
March 21, 2018: International Journal of Molecular Sciences
Wies Maarse, Chantal W B Boonacker, Henriette F N Swanenburg de Veye, Moshe Kon, Corstiaan C Breugem, Aebele B Mink van der Molen, Johannes J M van Delden
OBJECTIVES: The prenatal diagnosis of oral clefts (OCs) by ultrasound can pose an ethical dilemma. The purpose of this study was to obtain insight into the psychosocial and moral considerations of prospective parents concerning OCs, the burden of OCs and parents' attitude toward possible termination of pregnancy (TOP) in order to improve counseling in the future. DESIGN: Between August 2011 and August 2014, a prospective cohort questionnaire study was administered...
January 1, 2018: Cleft Palate-craniofacial Journal
Mingxia Zhao, Guomei Wang, Yueqiang Leng, Humphrey Wanjugi, Pinggen Xi, Mike Grosz, Mohamed Mergoum, Shaobin Zhong
ND2710 is a hard red spring wheat line with a very high level of resistance to Fusarium head blight (FHB). It was selected from the progeny of a cross between ND2603 (an advanced breeding line derived from the Sumai 3/Wheaton cross) and Grandin (a spring wheat cultivar). The FHB resistance of ND2710 is presumably derived from Sumai 3 since the other parents Grandin and Wheaton are very susceptible to FHB. To identify and map the quantitative trait loci (QTL) for FHB resistance in ND2710, we developed a mapping population consisting of 233 recombinant inbred lines (RILs) from the cross between ND2710 and the spring wheat cultivar 'Bobwhite'...
March 21, 2018: Phytopathology
David Sturgeon
Over the past four decades, UK governments have moved towards an increasingly pro-market model of healthcare provision. Under this system, patients are not only encouraged, but expected, to take increasing responsibility for healthcare decision-making and the risks that it might entail. This article investigate how and why patients make choices about their health care and how service providers help facilitate this. Between October 2014 and May 2015, the researcher was embedded as an emergency nurse practitioner at two minor injury units in order to undertake direct and participant observation...
March 22, 2018: British Journal of Nursing: BJN
Trey S Rottgen, Andrew J Nickerson, Emily A Minor, Amanda B Stewart, Abby D Harold, Vazhaikkurichi M Rajendran
Attenuated Ca2+ -activated Cl- secretion has previously been observed in the model of dextran-sulfate-sodium (DSS)-induced colitis. Prior studies have implicated dysfunctional muscarinic signaling from basolateral membranes as the potential perpetrator leading to decreased Ca2+ -activated Cl- secretion. However, in our chronic model of DSS-colitis, Chrm3 transcript (1.028 {plus minus} 0.12 vs. 1.029 {plus minus} 0.27, p > 0.05) and CHRM3 protein expression (1.021 {plus minus} .24 vs. .928 {plus minus} .09, p > 0...
March 21, 2018: American Journal of Physiology. Cell Physiology
Eui Seon Baek, Soonshin Hwang, Yoon Jeong Choi, Mi Ryung Roh, Tung Nguyen, Kyung-Ho Kim, Chooryung J Chung
OBJECTIVES: The objectives of this study were to evaluate the quantitative and perceived visual changes of the nasolabial fold (NLF) after maximum retraction in adults and to determine its contributing factors. MATERIALS AND METHODS: A total of 39 adult women's cone-beam computed tomography images were collected retrospectively and divided into the retraction group (age 26.9 ± 8.80) that underwent maximum retraction following 4 premolar extraction and the control group (age 24...
March 21, 2018: Angle Orthodontist
Lei Lei, Kesava Phaneendra Cherukuri, Uria Alcolombri, Diana Meltzer, Dan S Tawfik
Marine organisms release dimethylsulfide (DMS) via cleavage of dimethylsulfoniopropionate (DMSP). Different genes encoding proteins with DMSP lyase activity are known, yet these exhibit highly variable levels of activity. Most assigned bacterial DMSP lyases, including DddK, DddL, DddQ, DddW and DddY, appear to belong to one, cupin-like superfamily. Here, we attempted to define and map this superfamily dubbed Cupin-DLL: DMSP lyases and lyase-like. To this end, we have pursued the characterization of various recombinant DMSP lyases belonging to this superfamily of metallo-enzymes, and especially of DddY and DddL that seem to be the most active DMSP lyases in this superfamily...
March 21, 2018: Biochemistry
Arthur H Owora
Contradictory evidence exists on the role of Major depression disorder (MDD) as a predictor of human immunodeficiency virus (HIV) disease progression, particularly regarding the effect of MDD presence versus pattern of illness. The objective of this study was to examine whether MDD status and pattern of illness differentially predict HIV disease progression. Retrospective cohort data from a six-year follow-up of HIV patients at an outpatient clinic were analyzed. MDD trajectories were identified by latent class growth analysis and generalized linear mixed models were used to examine their relation to low CD4+ T-lymphocyte counts (<200 cells/μL) during follow-up...
March 2018: Medicine (Baltimore)
Raquel Esteves Marques, Paulo Silva Guerra, David Cordeiro Sousa, Nuno Pinto Ferreira, Ana Inês Gonçalves, Ana Miguel Quintas, Walter Rodrigues
PURPOSE: To compare intracameral 20% sulfur hexafluoride (SF6) versus 100% air as tamponade for graft attachment in Descemet membrane endothelial keratoplasty (DMEK). METHODS: Using an electronic database search on MEDLINE and CENTRAL from inception to December 2017, we performed a literature review and meta-analysis including all comparative studies of SF6 at a 20% concentration (20% SF6) versus pure air (100% air) for anterior chamber tamponade in DMEK. The primary outcome was the rebubbling rate at the final observation...
March 20, 2018: Cornea
Philip Thierno Mbaye
With the evolution of new technologies, ensuring the protection of the patient's rights becomes more and more difficult. The new methods of diagnosis and treatment of the disease although powerful, have finally get throught the patient deep inside his intimacy, requiring a real legal framework in order to preserve medical confidentiality. The apprehension that is made of it depends on the social and cultural realities of the geographical framework in which one can situate oneself. While it is true that in Western societies the legal consecration and the application of medical secrecy has been the subject of numerous jurisprudence, this is not the case in African societies where the notion of secrecy is perceived otherwise...
May 22, 2017: Journal International de Bioéthique et D'éthique des Sciences
Lisbeth A M Vandenabeele, Elisabeth Dhondt, Karen P Geboes, Luc Defreyne
BACKGROUND AND STUDY AIMS: Obstructive jaundice caused by metastatic disease leads to deterioration of general condition and short survival time. Successful decompression can offer symptom control and enable further treatment with chemotherapy, which can improve survival. PATIENTS AND METHODS: Ninety-nine percutaneous transhepatic cholangiography (PTC) procedures with metallic stent placement were performed in 93 patients between 2007 and 2013. Files were retrospectively studied and a review of patients' demographics, clinical and laboratory parameters, treatment and survival was performed...
April 2017: Acta Gastro-enterologica Belgica
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