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Staffan Morén, Per Åke Lindestad, Mats Holmström, Maria Mani
OBJECTIVES: The aim of the current study was to assess voice quality among adults treated for unilateral cleft lip and palate (UCLP), after one- or two-stage palate closure, and compare it to a noncleft control group. STUDY DESIGN: Cross-sectional study of patients with UCLP with long-term follow-up and noncleft controls. PARTICIPANTS: Patients with UCLP born between 1960 and 1987, treated at Uppsala University Hospital, Sweden, were examined (n = 73) at a mean of 35 years after primary surgery...
January 1, 2018: Cleft Palate-craniofacial Journal
Michael Fry
Scientific hypotheses may either predict particular unknown facts or accommodate previously-known data. Although affirmed predictions are intuitively more rewarding than accommodations of established facts, opinions divide whether predictive hypotheses are also epistemically superior to accommodation hypotheses. This paper examines the contribution of predictive hypotheses to discoveries of several bio-molecular systems. Having all the necessary elements of the system known beforehand, an abstract predictive hypothesis of semiconservative mode of DNA replication was successfully affirmed...
March 20, 2018: History and Philosophy of the Life Sciences
Jian-Wei Lou, Liang-Liang Cao, Qiao Zhang, Dong-Jing Jiang, Wei-Feng Yao, Bei-Hua Bao, Yu-Dan Cao, Yu-Ping Tang, Li Zhang, Kun Wang, Guan-Cheng Dai
ETHNOPHARMACOLOGICAL RELEVANCE: Kansui, the root of Euphorbia kansui S.L.Liou ex S.B.Ho (E.kansui), is a classical traditional Chinese medicine (TCM) with certain toxicity. According to the theory of TCM, kansui fry-baked with vinegar (VEK) possesses low toxicity and mild diuretic and purgative efficacy. In clinical practice, it is commonly used for the treatment of ascites and oliguria. The present study aimed to evaluate the toxicity and efficacy of different fractions of VEK and reveal the underlying material basis by employing an animal model of malignant ascites effusion (MAE) in rats...
March 17, 2018: Journal of Ethnopharmacology
Marius C Florescu, Joseph Runge, John Lof, Elizabeth Stolze, Gretchen Fry, Maurino Flora, George Nio, Kirk W Foster
BACKGROUND: Currently, there is insufficient knowledge about the surgical anatomy and surgical techniques in large animals that can be used to test medical devices designed for human use. We encountered this problem in our study requiring the placement of jugular vein, tunneled, cuffed hemodialysis catheter in 70 kg pigs. Despite the operator's extensive expertise in placing tunneled hemodialysis catheters in humans, the important differences in anatomy made the procedure and choosing the appropriate catheter length challenging...
March 1, 2018: Journal of Vascular Access
Henrieta Fraser, Niloufar Safinia, Nathali Grageda, Sarah Thirkell, Katie Lowe, Laura J Fry, Cristiano Scottá, Andrew Hope, Christopher Fisher, Rachel Hilton, David Game, Paul Harden, Andrew Bushell, Kathryn Wood, Robert I Lechler, Giovanna Lombardi
The concept of regulatory T cell (Treg)-based immunotherapy has enormous potential for facilitating tolerance in autoimmunity and transplantation. Clinical translation of Treg cell therapy requires production processes that satisfy the rigors of Good Manufacturing Practice (GMP) standards. In this regard, we report our findings on the implementation of a robust GMP compliant process for the ex vivo expansion of clinical grade Tregs, demonstrating the feasibility of this developed process for the manufacture of a final product for clinical application...
March 16, 2018: Molecular Therapy. Methods & Clinical Development
T P Loch, M Faisal
Flavobacterial diseases are significant impediments to hatchery-based fishery conservation and aquaculture productivity worldwide. Recent studies revealed a multitude of novel flavobacteria within the reproductive fluids and unfertilized eggs of feral Chinook salmon Oncorhynchus tshawytscha broodstock, some of which were associated with systemic disease. Herein, embryonated eggs/fry from these broodstock were assayed for flavobacteria while in incubator stacks in three hatcheries over 2 years, as was the water entering hatchery incubators...
March 15, 2018: Journal of Fish Diseases
Niloufar Safinia, Nathali Grageda, Cristiano Scottà, Sarah Thirkell, Laura J Fry, Trishan Vaikunthanathan, Robert I Lechler, Giovanna Lombardi
Solid organ transplantation is the treatment of choice for patients with end-stage organ dysfunction. Despite improvements in short-term outcome, long-term outcome is suboptimal due to the increased morbidity and mortality associated with the toxicity of immunosuppressive regimens and chronic rejection (1-5). As such, the attention of the transplant community has focused on the development of novel therapeutic strategies to achieve allograft tolerance, a state whereby the immune system of the recipient can be re-educated to accept the allograft, averting the need for long-term immunosuppression...
2018: Frontiers in Immunology
Tanmoy Dey, Amanda Saville, Kevin Myers, Susanta Tewari, David E L Cooke, Sucheta Tripathy, William E Fry, Jean B Ristaino, Sanjoy Guha Roy
The population structure of the Phytophthora infestans populations that caused the recent 2013-14 late blight epidemic in eastern India (EI) and northeastern India (NEI) was examined. The data provide new baseline information for populations of P. infestans in India. A migrant European 13_A2 genotype was responsible for the 2013-14 epidemic, replacing the existing populations. Mutations have generated substantial sub-clonal variation with 24 multi-locus genotypes (MLGs) found, of which 19 were unique variants not yet reported elsewhere globally...
March 13, 2018: Scientific Reports
Heather Flemming, Samuel Campbell, Amy Fry, Jennifer E Isenor, Colin Van Zoost
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March 2018: Canadian Pharmacists Journal: CPJ, Revue des Pharmaciens du Canada: RPC
Sabina Rossini Oliva, M Dolores Mingorance, Dayan Sanhueza, Stephen C Fry, Eduardo O Leidi
BACKGROUND AND AIMS: Tolerance to soil acidity was studied in two species of Ericaceae that grow in mine-contaminated soils (S Portugal, SW Spain) to find out if there are interspecific variations in H+ tolerance which might be related to their particular location. METHODS: Tolerance to H+ toxicity was tested in nutrient solutions using seeds collected in SW Spain. Plant growth and nutrient contents in leaves, stems and roots were determined. Viability tests and proton exchange were studied in roots exposed, short-term, to acidic conditions...
March 2, 2018: Plant Physiology and Biochemistry: PPB
Peter Okokhere, Andres Colubri, Chukwuemeka Azubike, Christopher Iruolagbe, Omoregie Osazuwa, Shervin Tabrizi, Elizabeth Chin, Sara Asad, Ehi Ediale, Mojeed Rafiu, Donatus Adomeh, Ikponmwosa Odia, Rebecca Atafo, Chris Aire, Sylvanus Okogbenin, Meike Pahlman, Beate Becker-Ziaja, Danny Asogun, Terrence Fradet, Ben Fry, Stephen F Schaffner, Christian Happi, George Akpede, Stephan Günther, Pardis C Sabeti
BACKGROUND: Lassa fever is a viral haemorrhagic disease endemic to west Africa. No large-scale studies exist from Nigeria, where the Lassa virus (LASV) is most diverse. LASV diversity, coupled with host genetic and environmental factors, might cause differences in disease pathophysiology. Small-scale studies in Nigeria suggest that acute kidney injury is an important clinical feature and might be a determinant of survival. We aimed to establish the demographic, clinical, and laboratory factors associated with mortality in Nigerian patients with Lassa fever, and hypothesised that LASV was the direct cause of intrinsic renal damage for a subset of the patients with Lassa fever...
March 6, 2018: Lancet Infectious Diseases
Suneetha Kadiyala, Audrey Prost, Helen Harris-Fry, Meghan O'Hearn, Ronali Pradhan, Shibananth Pradhan, Naba Kishore Mishra, Suchitra Rath, Nirmala Nair, Shibanand Rath, Prasantha Tripathy, Sneha Krishnan, Peggy Koniz-Booher, Heather Danton, Diana Elbourne, Joanna Sturgess, Emma Beaumont, Hassan Haghparast-Bidgoli, Jolene Skordis-Worrall, Satyanarayan Mohanty, Avinash Upadhay, Elizabeth Allen
BACKGROUND: Maternal and child undernutrition have adverse consequences for pregnancy outcomes and child morbidity and mortality, and they are associated with low educational attainment, economic productivity as an adult, and human wellbeing. 'Nutrition-sensitive' agriculture programs could tackle the underlying causes of undernutrition. METHODS/DESIGN: This study is a four-arm cluster randomised controlled trial in Odisha, India. Interventions are as follows: (1) an agricultural extension platform of women's groups viewing and discussing videos on nutrition-sensitive agriculture (NSA) practices, and follow-up visits to women at home to encourage the adoption of new practices shown in the videos; (2) women's groups viewing and discussing videos on NSA and nutrition-specific practices, with follow-up visits; and (3) women's groups viewing and discussing videos on NSA and nutrition-specific practices combined with a cycle of Participatory Learning and Action meetings, with follow-up visits...
March 9, 2018: Trials
Celia Hsiao, Deborah Fry, Catherine L Ward, Gary Ganz, Tabitha Casey, Xiaodong Zheng, Xiangming Fang
Despite the extent and magnitude of violence against children in South Africa, political and financial investments to prevent violence against children remain low. A recent costing study investigating the social burden and economic impact of violence against children in South Africa found notable reductions to mental and physical health outcomes in the population if children were prevented from experiencing violence, neglect and witnessing family violence. The results showed, among others, that drug abuse in the entire population could be reduced by up to 14% if sexual violence against children could be prevented, self-harm could be reduced by 23% in the population if children did not experience physical violence, anxiety could be reduced by 10% if children were not emotionally abused, alcohol abuse could be reduced by 14% in women if they did not experience neglect as children, and lastly, interpersonal violence in the population could be reduced by 16% if children did not witness family violence...
2018: BMJ Global Health
A H Reid, X Shen, P Maldonado, T Chase, E Jal, P W Granitzka, K Carva, R K Li, J Li, L Wu, T Vecchione, T Liu, Z Chen, D J Higley, N Hartmann, R Coffee, J Wu, G L Dakowski, W F Schlotter, H Ohldag, Y K Takahashi, V Mehta, O Hellwig, A Fry, Y Zhu, J Cao, E E Fullerton, J Stöhr, P M Oppeneer, X J Wang, H A Dürr
"The technical support from SLAC Accelerator Directorate, Technology Innovation Directorate, LCLS laser division and Test Facility Division is gratefully acknowledged. We thank S.P. Weathersby, R.K. Jobe, D. McCormick, A. Mitra, S. Carron and J. Corbett for their invaluable help and technical assistance. Research at SLAC was supported through the SIMES Institute which like the LCLS and SSRL user facilities is funded by the Office of Basic Energy Sciences of the U.S. Department of Energy under Contract No...
March 7, 2018: Nature Communications
Jeffrey B Endelman, Cari A Schmitz Carley, Paul C Bethke, Joseph J Coombs, Mark E Clough, Washington L da Silva, Walter S De Jong, David S Douches, Curtis M Frederick, Kathleen G Haynes, David G Holm, J Creighton Miller, Patricio R Muñoz, Felix M Navarro, Richard G Novy, Jiwan P Palta, Gregory A Porter, Kyle T Rak, Vidyasagar R Sathuvalli, Asunta L Thompson, G Craig Yencho
As one of the world's most important food crops, potato ( Solanum tuberosum L.) has spurred innovation in autotetraploid genetics, including the use of SNP arrays to determine allele dosage at thousands of markers. By combining genotype and pedigree information with phenotype data for economically important traits, the objectives of this study were to (1) partition the genetic variance into additive vs. non-additive components, and (2) determine the accuracy of genome-wide prediction. Between 2012 and 2017, a training population of 571 clones was evaluated for total yield, specific gravity, and chip fry color...
March 7, 2018: Genetics
Sloane K Tilley, Elizabeth M Martin, Lisa Smeester, Robert M Joseph, Karl C K Kuban, Tim C Heeren, Olaf U Dammann, T Michael O'Shea, Rebecca C Fry
BACKGROUND: The placenta is the central regulator of maternal and fetal interactions. Perturbations of placental structure and function have been associated with adverse neurodevelopmental outcomes later in life. Placental CpG methylation represents an epigenetic modification with the potential to impact placental function, fetal development and child health later in life. STUDY DESIGN: Genome-wide placental CpG methylation levels were compared between spontaneous versus indicated deliveries from extremely preterm births (EPTBs) (n = 84)...
2018: PloS One
Rosy Chhabra, Deena J Chisolm, Barbara Bayldon, Maheen Quadri, Iman Sharif, Jessica J Velazquez, Karen Encalada, Angelic Rivera, Millie Harris, Elana Levites-Agababa, H Shonna Yin
BACKGROUND AND OBJECTIVES: Despite recommendations supporting human papillomavirus (HPV) vaccination, pediatric vaccination rates remain suboptimal in the United States; lack of tools to support provider counseling is one barrier. We sought to evaluate HPV-related counseling materials for readability, suitability, and content, and assess parent perceptions of materials, using a health literacy perspective. METHODS: A systematic search was conducted for written materials developed for HPV vaccination counseling by examining state Department of Health Web sites and associated links to local and national organizations...
March 2018: Academic Pediatrics
Tatiana Colchen, Fabrice Teletchea, Pascal Fontaine, Alain Pasquet
A host of abiotic factors modify fish social behavior. However, few studies have characterized the effects of temperature on behavior. In this study, brown trout Salmo trutta fry were reared at 5 different temperatures (4°C, 6°C, 8°C, 10°C, and 12°C). In order to characterize group structure, 3 behavioral parameters were investigated: group social structure (based on inter-individual distances), inter-individual relationships (based on physical contacts), and individual activity. These behavioral parameters were studied at the emergence stage, which corresponds to a switch from a social gregarious life in the gravel to a solitary one in the water column...
April 2017: Current Zoology
Alex-Mikael Barkoff, Jussi Mertsola, Denis Pierard, Tine Dalby, Silje Vermedal Hoegh, Sophie Guillot, Paola Stefanelli, Marjolein van Gent, Guy Berbers, Didrik F Vestrheim, Margrethe Greve-Isdahl, Lena Wehlin, Margaretha Ljungman, Norman K Fry, Kevin Markey, Kari Auranen, Qiushui He
One reason for increased pertussis incidence is the adaptation of Bordetella pertussis to vaccine-induced immunity by modulating its genomic structure. This study, EUpert IV, includes 265 isolates collected from nine European countries during 2012 to 2015 (n=265) and compares the results to previous EUpert I-III studies (1998-2009). The analyses included genotyping, serotyping and pulsed-field gel electrophoresis (PFGE) and multi-locus variable-number tandem repeat analysis (MLVA). Genotyping results showed only small variation among the common virulence genes of B...
February 28, 2018: Journal of Clinical Microbiology
Kristen Aiemjoy, Solomon Aragie, Sintayehu Gebresillasie, Dionna M Fry, Adane Dagnew, Dagnachew Hailu, Melsew Chanyalew, Zerihun Tadesse, Aisha Stewart, Kelly Callahan, Mathew Freeman, John Neuhaus, Benjamin F Arnold, Jeremy D Keenan
Diarrhea is a leading cause of death among children aged less than five years globally. Most studies of pediatric diarrhea rely on caregiver-reported stool consistency and frequency to define the disease. Research on the validity of caregiver-reported diarrhea is sparse. We collected stool samples from 2,398 children participating in two clinical trials in the Amhara region of Ethiopia. The consistency of each stool sample was graded by the child's caregiver and two trained laboratory technicians according to an illustrated stool consistency scale...
February 26, 2018: American Journal of Tropical Medicine and Hygiene
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