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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28334572/principles-of-systems-biology-no-15
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This month: seeing systems through evolution's lens (Thomas/Prakash/Landry), single-cell analysis across space and time (Izkovitz/Melosh), simplicity revealed in E. coli metabolism (Sauer), and understanding smell (Fussenegger/Meyer).
March 22, 2017: Cell Systems
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28334095/phantom-smells-prevalence-and-correlates-in-a-population-based-sample-of-older-adults
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Sara Sjölund, Maria Larsson, Jonas K Olofsson, Janina Seubert, Erika J Laukka
Loss of olfactory function is common in old age, but evidence regarding qualitative olfactory dysfunction in the general older population is scarce. The current study investigates the prevalence and correlates of phantom smell experiences (phantosmia) in a population-based study (Swedish National Study on Aging and Care in Kungsholmen [SNAC-K]) of Swedish adults (n = 2569) aged between 60 and 90 years. Phantosmia was assessed through a standardized interview and defined as reporting having experienced an odor percept in the absence of any stimuli in the surrounding environment that could emit the odor...
February 20, 2017: Chemical Senses
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28333580/air-quality-measurements-from-rubber-bands-to-tapping-the-rainbow
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George M Hidy, Peter K Mueller, Samuel L Altshuler, Judith C Chow, John G Watson
It is axiomatic that good measurements are integral to good public policy for environmental protection. The generalized term for "measurements" includes sampling and quantitation, data integrity, documentation, network design, sponsorship and operations, and archiving and accessing for applications. Each of these components has evolved and advanced over the last 200 years as knowledge of atmospheric chemistry and physics has matured. Air quality was first detected by what people could see smoke and smell contaminated air...
March 23, 2017: Journal of the Air & Waste Management Association
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28333485/visual-acuity-in-the-striped-skunk-mephitis-mephitis
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Zoe Johnson-Ulrich, Eric Hoffmaster, Audrey Robeson, Jennifer Vonk
The visual acuity of striped skunks (Mephitis mephitis) was tested using a 2 alternative forced-choice task with square wave gratings. Skunks were reinforced with food items for touching a ball in front of a striped stimulus when paired with a ball in front of a solid gray stimulus. Skunks demonstrated a maximum visual acuity of 0.42 cycles per degree when tested with bright outdoor illumination. This poor visual acuity may be due to their nocturnal lifestyle, lack of predation, and is consistent with their preferential use of smell and sound during foraging...
March 23, 2017: Journal of Comparative Psychology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28327968/subjective-and-objective-taste-and-smell-changes-in-cancer
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L E Spotten, C A Corish, C M Lorton, P M Ui Dhuibhir, N C O'Donoghue, B O'Connor, T D Walsh
Context: Malnutrition is highly prevalent in cancer patients and an important predictor of morbidity, mortality, treatment response and toxicity. Taste and smell changes (TSCs) are common and may contribute to malnutrition. Research has previously focused on patients receiving chemotherapy (CT) or head and neck radiotherapy (RT). However, TSCs may occur pre-treatment, with other treatment modalities, and in cancer survivors. This review evaluates objective and subjective assessment of taste and smell, discusses the prevalence of TSCs in cancer, and reviews the clinical sequelae of TSCs in cancer patients...
March 7, 2017: Annals of Oncology: Official Journal of the European Society for Medical Oncology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28327676/management-of-organophosphorus-poisoning
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S R Bajracharya, P N Prasad, R Ghimire
Organophosphorus (OP) compounds are widely used for agriculture, domestic pest-control and chemical warfare. Pesticide self-poisoning accounts for one-sixth to one-eighth of the world's suicides and a third of suicide deaths in rural Asia each year. OP pesticides inhibit cholinesterase enzymes leading to overstimulation of cholinergic receptors. Clinical features depend on the types of receptors stimulated at various sites of the body. The diagnosis of OP poisoning is made on the basis of history of poisoning, smell of pesticides, the characteristic clinical signs and reduced cholinesterase activity...
September 2016: Journal of Nepal Health Research Council
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28326534/smell-loss-predicts-mortality-risk-regardless-of-dementia-conversion
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Ingrid Ekström, Sara Sjölund, Steven Nordin, Annelie Nordin Adolfsson, Rolf Adolfsson, Lars-Göran Nilsson, Maria Larsson, Jonas K Olofsson
OBJECTIVES: To determine whether dementia could explain the association between poor olfactory performance and mortality risk within a decade-long follow-up period. DESIGN: Prospective cohort study. SETTING: Betula Study, Umeå, Sweden. PARTICIPANTS: A population-based sample of adult participants without dementia at baseline aged 40 to 90 (N = 1,774). MEASUREMENTS: Olfactory performance using the Scandinavian Odor-Identification Test (SOIT) and self-reported olfactory function; several social, cognitive, and medical risk factors at baseline; and incident dementia during the following decade...
March 22, 2017: Journal of the American Geriatrics Society
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28323498/predictors-of-adult-e-cigarette-users-vaporizing-cannabis-using-e-cigarettes-and-vape-pens
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Meghan E Morean, Noah Lipshie, Margo Josephson, Dawn Foster
BACKGROUND: Given limited extant research, we assessed the use of portable, battery-powered cannabis vaporizers by adult e-cigarette users. METHODS: 522 adult vapers completed an online survey. Demographics; lifetime and past-month cannabis vaporization via e-cigarettes/vape-pens; preferences for hash oil, D-9-tetrahydrocannabinol (THC) wax, or dried buds; and cannabis vaporization beliefs and motives were examined. Demographics, age of e-cigarette onset, e-cigarette use frequency, state-level legal status of cannabis, cannabis vaping beliefs/motives, and impulsivity were examined as predictors of lifetime cannabis vaporization, past-month cannabis vaporization, and cannabis vaping frequency...
March 21, 2017: Substance Use & Misuse
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28322448/superior-turbinate-eosinophilia-correlates-with-olfactory-deficit-in-chronic-rhinosinusitis-patients
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Jennifer Lavin, Jin-Young Min, Alcina K Lidder, Julia He Huang, Atsushi Kato, Kent Lam, Eric Meen, Joan S Chmiel, James Norton, Lydia Suh, Mahboobeh Mahdavinia, Kathryn E Hulse, David B Conley, Rakesh K Chandra, Stephanie Shintani-Smith, Robert C Kern, Robert P Schleimer, Bruce K Tan
OBJECTIVE: To evaluate if molecular markers of eosinophilia in olfactory-enriched mucosa are associated with olfactory dysfunction. STUDY DESIGN: Cross-sectional study of tissue biopsies from 99 patients, and an additional 30 patients who underwent prospective olfactory testing prior to sinonasal procedures. METHODS: Tissue biopsies were processed for analysis of inflammatory markers using quantitative real time polymerase chain reaction (qRT-PCR)...
March 21, 2017: Laryngoscope
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28320476/developing-and-evaluating-rare-disease-educational-materials-co-created-by-expert-clinicians-and-patients-the-paradigm-of-congenital-hypogonadotropic-hypogonadism
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Corin Badiu, Marco Bonomi, Ivan Borshchevsky, Martine Cools, Margarita Craen, Cristina Ghervan, Michael Hauschild, Eli Hershkovitz, Erik Hrabovszky, Anders Juul, Soo-Hyun Kim, Phillip Kumanov, Beatriz Lecumberri, Manuel C Lemos, Vassos Neocleous, Marek Niedziela, Sandra Pekic Djurdjevic, Luca Persani, Franziska Phan-Hug, Duarte Pignatelli, Nelly Pitteloud, Vera Popovic, Richard Quinton, Nicos Skordis, Neil Smith, Magdalena Avbelj Stefanija, Cheng Xu, Jacques Young, Andrew A Dwyer
BACKGROUND: Patients with rare diseases face health disparities and are often challenged to find accurate information about their condition. We aimed to use the best available evidence and community partnerships to produce patient education materials for congenital hypogonadotropic hypogonadism (CHH) and the olfacto-genital (Kallmann) syndrome (i.e., CHH and defective sense of smell), and to evaluate end-user acceptability. Expert clinicians, researchers and patients co-created the materials in a multi-step process...
March 20, 2017: Orphanet Journal of Rare Diseases
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28306239/analysis-of-volatile-compounds-by-advanced-analytical-techniques-and-multivariate-chemometrics
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Giuseppe Lubes, Mohammad Goodarzi
Smelling is one of the five senses, which plays an important role in our everyday lives. Volatile compounds are, for example, characteristics of food where some of them can be perceivable by humans because of their aroma. They have a great influence on the decision making of consumers when they choose to use a product or not. In the case where a product has an offensive and strong aroma, many consumers might not appreciate it. On the contrary, soft and fresh natural aromas definitely increase the acceptance of a given product...
March 17, 2017: Chemical Reviews
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28302020/olfactory-loss-management-in-view-of-avicenna-focus-on-neuroprotective-plants
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Farnaz Sinaei, Seyed Ahmad Emami, Amirhossein Sahebkar, Behjat Javadi
BACKGROUND: Loss of olfaction can cause noticeable reduction in general quality of life. Only a small portion of patients with olfactory loss respond to current medications. Thus, development of novel therapeutic strategies seems to be necessary. Looking into traditional medical knowledge can be of great value in addressing useful remedies. Traditional Persian Medicine (TPM) has been practiced in Persia for more than 2000 years. Avicenna is the most eminent Persian physician. OBJECTIVE: To survey Avicenna's views on etiology and management of olfactory loss and to search for relevant modern pharmacological data...
March 16, 2017: Current Pharmaceutical Design
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28298747/benefits-and-pitfalls-of-cadavers-as-learning-tool-for-ultrasound-guided-regional-anesthesia
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Chhavi Sawhney, Sanjeev Lalwani, Bikash Ranjan Ray, Sumit Sinha, Abhyuday Kumar
Ultrasound-guided regional anesthesia (UGRA), like other basic skills, should be learnt in a simulation laboratory before performing on the patient. Cadavers provide an ideal tool for learning sonoanatomy and skills required for performing UGRA. On the basis of preservation technique used, the cadavers can be formalin embalmed cadavers, Thiel cadavers (soft cadavers), and fresh frozen cadavers. We compared three types of cadavers for performing ultrasound-guided upper and lower limb blocks. We observed that fresh frozen and Thiel cadavers were less smelling and had more realistic appearance as compared to formalin embalmed cadavers...
January 2017: Anesthesia, Essays and Researches
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28289382/the-hydrogen-sulfide-releasing-molecule-acetyl-deacylasadisulfide-inhibits-metastatic-melanoma
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Paola De Cicco, Elisabetta Panza, Chiara Armogida, Giuseppe Ercolano, Orazio Taglialatela-Scafati, Yalda Shokoohinia, Rosa Camerlingo, Giuseppe Pirozzi, Vincenzo Calderone, Giuseppe Cirino, Angela Ianaro
Melanoma is the most common form of skin cancer. Given its high mortality, the interest in the search of preventive measures, such as dietary factors, is growing significantly. In this study we tested, in vitro and in vivo, the potential anti-cancer effect of the acetyl deacylasadisulfide (ADA), a vinyl disulfide compound, isolated and purified from asafoetida a foul-smelling oleo gum-resin of dietary and medicinal relevance. ADA markedly suppressed proliferation of human melanoma cell lines by inducing apoptosis...
2017: Frontiers in Pharmacology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28289233/volatile-secondary-metabolites-as-aposematic-olfactory-signals-and-defensive-weapons-in-aquatic-environments
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Giuseppe Giordano, Marianna Carbone, Maria Letizia Ciavatta, Eleonora Silvano, Margherita Gavagnin, Mary J Garson, Karen L Cheney, I Wayan Mudianta, Giovanni Fulvio Russo, Guido Villani, Laura Magliozzi, Gianluca Polese, Christian Zidorn, Adele Cutignano, Angelo Fontana, Michael T Ghiselin, Ernesto Mollo
Olfaction is considered a distance sense; hence, aquatic olfaction is thought to be mediated only by molecules dissolved in water. Here, we challenge this view by showing that shrimp and fish can recognize the presence of hydrophobic olfactory cues by a "tactile" form of chemoreception. We found that odiferous furanosesquiterpenes protect both the Mediterranean octocoral Maasella edwardsi and its specialist predator, the nudibranch gastropod Tritonia striata, from potential predators. Food treated with the terpenes elicited avoidance responses in the cooccurring shrimp Palaemon elegans Rejection was also induced in the shrimp by the memory recall of postingestive aversive effects (vomiting), evoked by repeatedly touching the food with chemosensory mouthparts...
March 13, 2017: Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences of the United States of America
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28288582/the-proteins-of-fusobacterium-spp-involved-in-hydrogen-sulfide-production-from-l-cysteine
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Amina Basic, Madeleine Blomqvist, Gunnar Dahlén, Gunnel Svensäter
BACKGROUND: Hydrogen sulfide (H2S) is a toxic foul-smelling gas produced by subgingival biofilms in patients with periodontal disease and is suggested to be part of the pathogenesis of the disease. We studied the H2S-producing protein expression of bacterial strains associated with periodontal disease. Further, we examined the effect of a cysteine-rich growth environment on the synthesis of intracellular enzymes in F. nucleatum polymorphum ATCC 10953. The proteins were subjected to one-dimensional (1DE) and two-dimensional (2DE) gel electrophoresis An in-gel activity assay was used to detect the H2S-producing enzymes; Sulfide from H2S, produced by the enzymes in the gel, reacted with bismuth forming bismuth sulfide, illustrated as brown bands (1D) or spots (2D) in the gel...
March 14, 2017: BMC Microbiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28288495/-if-people-can-t-stand-their-own-smell
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René Schmidt, Michael Haiduk, Anja Grocholewski
Olfactory Reference Disorder is a little explored and widely unknown phenomenon, even research has shown more interest in it during the last years. This review summarizes the existing literature and illustrates its findings with a case history. The databases PubMed, PsychNet, PsychPub, Hogrefe EContent and the Cochrane Library (CENTRAL) were searched for keywords. The identified literature shows that there is a big lack of well-designed studies concerning ORS, in all areas of its nosology. The suffering of persons with ORS, however, is really incriminating...
February 2017: Psychotherapie, Psychosomatik, Medizinische Psychologie
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28284733/utility-of-a-routine-urinalysis-in-children-who-require-clean-intermittent-catheterization
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C S Forster, D B Haslam, E Jackson, S L Goldstein
BACKGROUND: Children who require clean intermittent catheterization (CIC) frequently have positive urine cultures. However, diagnosing a urinary tract infection (UTI) can be difficult, as there are no standardized criteria. Routine urinalysis (UA) has good predictive accuracy for UTI in the general pediatric population, but data are limited on the utility of routine UA in the population of children who require CIC. OBJECTIVE: To determine the utility of UA parameters (e...
February 24, 2017: Journal of Pediatric Urology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28272841/does-positive-airway-pressure-therapy-improve-olfactory-function
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Sabri Koseoğlu, Serhan Derin, Mustafa Yilmaz, Gulnihal Kutlu, Murat Sahan
BACKGROUND: Olfactory function deteriorates in patients with severe obstructive sleep apnea syndrome (OSAS). The effect of positive airway pressure (PAP) therapy on olfactory function has not been investigated before. In this study, we aimed to investigate the role of PAP therapy on olfactory impairment in patients with OSAS. METHODS: Thirty patients who had OSAS and planned for PAP therapy were included in the study. All participants underwent a detailed otorhinolaryngological examination and polysomnography...
March 8, 2017: International Forum of Allergy & Rhinology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28268357/gender-specific-automatic-valence-recognition-of-affective-olfactory-stimulation-through-the-analysis-of-the-electrodermal-activity
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Alberto Greco, Antonio Lanata, Gaetano Valenza, Fabio Di Francesco, Enzo Pasquale Scilingo
This study reports on the development of a gender-specific classification system able to discern between two valence levels of smell, through information gathered from electrodermal activity (EDA) dynamics. Specifically, two odorants were administered to 32 healthy volunteers (16 males) while monitoring EDA. CvxEDA model was used to process the EDA signal and extract features from both tonic and phasic components. The feature set was used as input to a K-NN classifier implementing a leave-one-subject-out procedure...
August 2016: Conference Proceedings: Annual International Conference of the IEEE Engineering in Medicine and Biology Society
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