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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28346910/occurrence-temporal-variation-and-estrogenic-burden-of-five-parabens-in-sewage-sludge-collected-across-the-united-states
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Jing Chen, Benny F G Pycke, Bruce J Brownawell, Chad A Kinney, Edward T Furlong, Dana W Kolpin, Rolf U Halden
Five parabens used as preservatives in pharmaceuticals and personal care products (PPCPs) were measured in sewage sludges collected at 14 U.S. wastewater treatment plants (WWTPs) located in nine states. Detected concentration ranges (ng/g, dry weight) and frequencies were as follows: methyl paraben (15.9 to 203.0; 100%), propyl paraben (0.5 to 7.7; 100%), ethyl paraben (<0.6 to 2.6; 63%), butyl paraben (<0.4 to 4.3; 42%) and benzyl paraben (<0.4 to 3.3; 26%). The estrogenicity inherent to the sum of parabens detected in sewage sludge (ranging from 10...
March 24, 2017: Science of the Total Environment
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28346906/long-term-exposure-to-high-air-pollution-induces-cumulative-dna-damages-in-traffic-policemen
#2
Chaochao Tan, Shijie Lu, Yupeng Wang, Yan Zhu, Ting Shi, Mingyue Lin, Zhonghua Deng, Zhu Wang, Nana Song, Shuna Li, Pingting Yang, Liyan Yang, Yuanyuan Liu, Zhiheng Chen, Keqian Xu
The specific effects of long-term exposure to high air pollution on human health and biological remain unclear. To explore the adverse health effects as well as biological mechanisms and biomarkers for durative exposure to air pollution, 183 traffic policemen and 88 office policemen were enrolled in this study. The concentration of PM2.5 in both the traffic and office policemen's working environments were obtained. Detailed personal questionnaires were completed and levels of inflammation, oxidative stress and DNA damage markers of all participants were analyzed in this study...
March 24, 2017: Science of the Total Environment
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28346892/characterizing-regression-in-phelan-mcdermid-syndrome-22q13-deletion-syndrome
#3
Gillian Reierson, Jon Bernstein, Wendy Froehlich-Santino, Alexander Urban, Carolin Purmann, Sean Berquist, Josh Jordan, Ruth O'Hara, Joachim Hallmayer
PURPOSE: To describe the frequency and characteristics of developmental regression in a sample of 50 patients with Phelan McDermid Syndrome (PMS) and investigate the possibility of association between regression, epilepsy, and electroencephalogram (EEG) abnormalities and deletion size. METHODS: The Autism Diagnostic Interview-Revised (ADI-R) was used to evaluate regression in patients with a confirmed diagnosis of PMS. Information on seizure history and EEGs was obtained from medical record review...
March 16, 2017: Journal of Psychiatric Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28346869/multisensory-object-perception-in-infancy-4-month-olds-perceive-a-mistuned-harmonic-as-a-separate-auditory-and-visual-object
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Nicholas A Smith, Nicole A Folland, Diana M Martinez, Laurel J Trainor
Infants learn to use auditory and visual information to organize the sensory world into identifiable objects with particular locations. Here we use a behavioural method to examine infants' use of harmonicity cues to auditory object perception in a multisensory context. Sounds emitted by different objects sum in the air and the auditory system must figure out which parts of the complex waveform belong to different sources (auditory objects). One important cue to this source separation is that complex tones with pitch typically contain a fundamental frequency and harmonics at integer multiples of the fundamental...
March 24, 2017: Cognition
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28346832/tcf21-rs12190287-polymorphisms-are-associated-with-ventricular-septal-defects-in-a-chinese-population
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Liping Yang, Xiaobo Gao, Haiyan Luo, Qiuyu Huang, Dongmei Su, Xinyu Tan, Cailing Lu
AIMS: TCF21 knockout mice display cardiac defects, including ventricular septal defects (VSDs). Functional rs12190287 polymorphisms located within the 3' untranslated region (3'-UTR) of TCF21 were associated with a risk of coronary heart disease in the European and Eastern populations. However, whether rs12190287 polymorphisms in the TCF21-3'UTR confer predisposition to congenital heart disease (CHD) is unclear. METHODS: A case-control study was designed consisting of 781 nonsyndromic VSD patients and 867 non-CHD control subjects...
March 27, 2017: Genetic Testing and Molecular Biomarkers
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28346825/fabrication-of-nico2-anchored-graphene-nanosheets-by-liquid-phase-exfoliation-for-excellent-microwave-absorber
#6
Ruilong Yang, Bochong Wang, Jianyong Xiang, Congpu Mu, Can Zhang, Fusheng Wen, Cong Wang, Can Su, Zhongyuan Liu
Graphene nanosheets (GNS) were prepared by an efficient liquid phase exfoliation method, and then the NiCo2/GNS nanohybrids were fabricated using the single-mode microwave-assisted hydrothermal technique. The NiCo2/GNS composites with different GNS proportion were investigated as a microwave absorber. Morphology investigation suggested that NiCo2 nanocrystals were uniformly anchored on the GNS without aggregation. The electromagnetic parameters of NiCo2/GNS nanohybrids could be artificially adjusted by changing the GNS proportion, which led to an exceptional microwave absorbing performance...
March 27, 2017: ACS Applied Materials & Interfaces
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28346785/infrared-spectroscopy-of-ionic-liquids-consisting-of-imidazolium-cations-with-different-alkyl-chain-lengths-and-various-halogen-or-molecular-anions-with-and-without-a-small-amount-of-water
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Toshiki Yamada, Yukihiro Tominari, Shukichi Tanaka, Maya Mizuno
Infrared spectroscopy was performed on ionic liquids (ILs) that had imidazolium cations with different alkyl chain lengths and various halogen or molecular anions with and without a small amount of water. The molar concentration normalized absorbance due to +C-H vibrational modes in the range of 3000 to 3200 cm-1 was nearly identical for ILs that had imidazolium cations with different alkyl chain lengths and the same anions. A close correlation was found between the red-shifted +C-H vibrational modes, the chemical shift of +C(2)-H proton, and the energy stabilization of hydrogen-bonding interaction...
March 27, 2017: Journal of Physical Chemistry. B
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28346771/cohort-study-of-oncologic-emergencies-in-patients-with-head-and-neck-cancer
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Cielito C Reyes-Gibby, Stephanie C Melkonian, Ehab Y Hanna, Sai-Ching J Yeung, Charles Lu, Mark S Chambers, Srinivas R Banala, Gary B Gunn, Sanjay S Shete
BACKGROUND: Treatments for head and neck squamous cell carcinoma (HNSCC) are associated with toxicities that lead to emergency department presentation. METHODS: We utilized data from an ongoing prospective cohort of newly diagnosed, previously untreated patients (N = 298) with HNSCC to evaluate the association between clinical and epidemiologic factors and risk for and frequency of emergency department presentation. Time to event was calculated from the date of treatment initiation to emergency department presentation, date of death, or current date...
March 27, 2017: Head & Neck
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28346721/dynamic-lumbopelvic-stabilization-for-treatment-of-stress-urinary-incontinence-in-women-controlled-and-randomized-clinical-trial
#9
Nathalia de Souza Abreu, Bia de Castro Villas Boas, José Murilo Bastos Netto, André Avarese Figueiredo
OBJECTIVES: To compare the results of the dynamic lumbopelvic stabilization (DLS) exercises with exercises for the pelvic floor muscles (PFM) in women with stress urinary incontinence. METHODS: Randomized controlled clinical trial comparing 17 women submitted to the DLS with 16 women submitted to the exercises for the PFM. The evaluated outcomes were incontinence severity, quality of life (QoL), and impression of improvement in three moments. Significance was set at 5%...
March 27, 2017: Neurourology and Urodynamics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28346696/do-people-trust-dentists-development-of-the-dentist-trust-scale
#10
Jason M Armfield, Manon Ketting, Sergio Chrisopoulos, Sarah R Baker
BACKGROUND: This study aimed to adapt a measure of trust in physicians generally to trust in dentists and to assess the reliability and validity of the measure. METHODS: Questionnaire data were collected from a simple random sample of 596 Australian adults. The 11-item General Trust in Physicians Scale (Hall et al., 2002) was modified to apply to dentists. RESULTS: The Dentist Trust Scale (DTS) had good internal consistency (Cronbach's alpha = 0...
March 27, 2017: Australian Dental Journal
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28346603/residency-program-directors-interview-methods-and-satisfaction-with-resident-selection-across-multiple-specialties
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Tonya VanOrder, Wayne Robbins, Eric Zemper
CONTEXT: Competition for postdoctoral training positions is at an all-time high, and residency program directors continue to have little direction when it comes to structuring an effective interview process. OBJECTIVES: To examine whether a relationship existed between interview methods used and program director satisfaction with resident selection decisions and whether programs that used methods designed to assess candidate personal characteristics were more satisfied with their decisions...
April 1, 2017: Journal of the American Osteopathic Association
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28346581/home-based-hypnotherapy-self-exercises-vs-individual-hypnotherapy-with-a-therapist-for-treatment-of-pediatric-irritable-bowel-syndrome-functional-abdominal-pain-or-functional-abdominal-pain-syndrome-a-randomized-clinical-trial
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Juliette M T M Rutten, Arine M Vlieger, Carla Frankenhuis, Elvira K George, Michael Groeneweg, Obbe F Norbruis, Walther Tjon A Ten, Herbert M van Wering, Marcel G W Dijkgraaf, Maruschka P Merkus, Marc A Benninga
Importance: Individual gut-directed hypnotherapy (HT) is effective in pediatric irritable bowel syndrome (IBS) and functional abdominal pain or functional abdominal pain syndrome (FAP[S]). It is, however, unavailable to many children. Objective: To compare the effectiveness of HT by means of home-based self-exercises using a CD with that of individual HT (iHT) performed by qualified therapists. Design, Setting, and Participants: This noninferiority randomized clinical trial with a follow-up of 1 year after the end of treatment was conducted from July 15, 2011, through June 24, 2013, at 9 secondary and tertiary care centers throughout the Netherlands...
March 27, 2017: JAMA Pediatrics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28346574/size-matters-differences-in-nutritional-care-between-small-medium-and-large-nursing-homes-in-germany
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C Burger, E Kiesswetter, A Gietl, U Pfannes, U Arens-Azevedo, C C Sieber, D Volkert
OBJECTIVES: The aim of this study is to comprehensively describe nutritional care in German nursing homes (NHs) and to examine if nutritional care differs between small, medium and large NHs. DESIGN: Nationwide cross-sectional postal survey. SETTING: Nursing homes. PARTICIPANTS: 541 NHs across Germany. MEASUREMENTS: Information on structural NH characteristics and nutritional care (food provision and menu planning, nursing care, and management and quality assurance) was collected by means of a questionnaire addressed to the management of a random sample of German NHs...
2017: Journal of Nutrition, Health & Aging
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28346573/assessment-of-glycemic-control-in-nursing-home-residents-with-diabetes
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F Retornaz, M Grino, L Mari, C Oliver
OBJECTIVE: To describe glycemic control in nursing home residents with diabetes and to evaluate the relevance of HbA1c in the detection of hypoglycemia risk. DESIGN AND METHODS: Diabetes treatment, geriatric assessment, blood capillary glucose (n= 24,682), and HbA1c were collected from medical charts of 236 southern France nursing home residents during a 4-month period. Glycemic control was divided into four categories: tight, fair, and moderate or severe chronic hyperglycemia using the High Blood Glucose Index or the analysis of blood glucose frequency distribution...
2017: Journal of Nutrition, Health & Aging
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28346570/tolerance-and-long-term-efficacy-of-polyethylene-glycol-4000-forlax%C3%A2-compared-to-lactulose-in-elderly-patients-with-chronic-constipation
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P Chassagne, P Ducrotte, P Garnier, H Mathiex-Fortunet
OBJECTIVES: To assess the tolerance and potential nutritional consequences of long-term repeated doses of PEG 4000 (10 to 30 g/day) in elderly patients with chronic constipation as compared to lactulose (10-30 g/day). DESIGN: Single blind, randomised, multicentre, parallel group comparative study. SETTING: Community-dwelling patients and nursing homes residents aged 70 years and older with a history of chronic constipation. Treatment intervention: PEG 4000 (10-30 g/day) or lactulose (10-30 g/day) for six months...
2017: Journal of Nutrition, Health & Aging
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28346538/discrimination-of-rippled-spectrum-patterns-in-noise-a-manifestation-of-compressive-nonlinearity
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Olga N Milekhina, Dmitry I Nechaev, Vladimir O Klishin, Alexander Ya Supin
In normal-hearing listeners, rippled-spectrum discrimination was psychophysically investigated in both silence and with a simultaneous masker background using the following two paradigms: measuring the ripple density resolution with the phase-reversal test and measuring the ripple-shift threshold with the ripple-shift test. The 0.5-oct wide signal was centered on 2 kHz, the signal levels were 50 and 80 dB SPL, and the masker levels varied from 30 to 100 dB SPL. The baseline ripple density resolutions were 8...
2017: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28346518/what-do-people-with-aphasia-want-to-be-able-to-say-a-content-analysis-of-words-identified-as-personally-relevant-by-people-with-aphasia
#17
Rebecca Palmer, Helen Hughes, Tim Chater
BACKGROUND: Word finding is a common difficulty for people with aphasia. Targeting words that are relevant to the individual could maximise the usefulness and impact of word finding therapy. AIMS: To provide insights into words that people with aphasia perceive to be personally relevant. METHODS AND PROCEDURES: 100 people with aphasia were each asked to identify 100 words that would be particularly important for them to be able to say. Two speech and language therapist researchers conducted a quantitative content analysis of the words selected...
2017: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28346514/valence-arousal-familiarity-concreteness-and-imageability-ratings-for-292-two-character-chinese-nouns-in-cantonese-speakers-in-hong-kong
#18
Lydia T S Yee
Words are frequently used as stimuli in cognitive psychology experiments, for example, in recognition memory studies. In these experiments, it is often desirable to control for the words' psycholinguistic properties because differences in such properties across experimental conditions might introduce undesirable confounds. In order to avoid confounds, studies typically check to see if various affective and lexico-semantic properties are matched across experimental conditions, and so databases that contain values for these properties are needed...
2017: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28346478/association-of-enos-and-cav-1-gene-polymorphisms-with-susceptibility-risk-of-large-artery-atherosclerotic-stroke
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Hann-Yeh Shyu, Ming-Hua Chen, Yi-Hsien Hsieh, Jia-Ching Shieh, Ling-Rong Yen, Hsiao-Wei Wang, Chun-Wen Cheng
Endothelial nitric oxide synthase (eNOS) is localized in caveole and has important effects on caveolar coordination through its interaction with caveolin-1 (Cav-1), which supports normal functioning of vascular endothelial cells. However, the relationship between genotypic polymorphisms of e-NOS and Cav-1 genes and ischemic stroke (IS) remains lesser reported. This hospital-based case-control study aimed to determine the genetic polymorphisms of the eNOS (Glu298Asp) and Cav-1 (G14713A and T29107A) genes in association with susceptibility risk in patients who had suffered from a large artery atherosclerotic (LAA) stroke...
2017: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28346468/endoluminal-dilatation-for-embedded-hemodialysis-catheters-a-case-control-study-of-factors-associated-with-embedding-and-clinical-outcomes
#20
Hari Talreja, Stephen Edward Ryan, Janet Graham, Manish M Sood, Adnan Hadziomerovic, Edward Clark, Swapnil Hiremath
BACKGROUND: With the increasing frequency of tunneled hemodialysis catheter use there is a parallel increase in the need for removal and/or exchange. A small but significant minority of catheters become embedded or 'stuck' and cannot be removed by traditional means. Management of embedded catheters involves cutting the catheter, burying the retained fragment with a subsequent increased risk of infections and thrombosis. Endoluminal dilatation may provide a potential safe and effective technique for removing embedded catheters, however, to date, there is a paucity of data...
2017: PloS One
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