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Jimena López-Arrabé, Pat Monaghan, Alejandro Cantarero, Winnie Boner, Lorenzo Pérez-Rodríguez, Juan Moreno
Oxidative stress can contribute to an acceleration of telomere erosion, leading to cellular senescence and aging. Increased investment in reproduction is known to accelerate senescence, generally resulting in reduced future reproductive potential and survival. To better understand the role played by oxidative status and telomere dynamics in the conflict between maintenance and reproduction, it is important to determine how these factors are related in parents and their offspring. We investigated the relationship between oxidative status and telomere measurements in pied flycatchers (Ficedula hypoleuca)...
May 2018: Physiological and Biochemical Zoology: PBZ
Patrick Ip, Winnie Tso, Nirmala Rao, Frederick Ka Wing Ho, Ko Ling Chan, King Wa Fu, Sophia Ling Li, Winnie Goh, Wilfred Hing-Sang Wong, Chun Bong Chow
BACKGROUND: Proper parent-child interaction is crucial for child development, but an assessment tool in Chinese is currently lacking. This study aimed to develop and validate a parent-reported parent-child interaction scale for Chinese preschool children. METHODS: The Chinese parent-child interaction scale (CPCIS) was designed by an expert panel based on the literature and clinical observations in the Chinese context. The initial CPCIS had 14 parent-child interactive activity items...
March 15, 2018: World Journal of Pediatrics: WJP
Winnie Wing Yan Yuen, Albert Lee, Paul K S Chan, Lynn Tran, Erica Sayko
The present study is aimed at assessing the feasibility of delivering the HPV (human papillomavirus) vaccine to girls through a school-based program in Hong Kong, as well as to examine the facilitators and barriers associated with their participation. We approached 1,229 eligible girls aged 9 to 14 at eight schools in Hong Kong to join the program and then delivered the bivalent HPV vaccine at 0 and 6 months over the course of one school year. The students and their parents completed separate questionnaires to indicate their decision on whether or not to participate, and to assess their knowledge of cervical cancer and the HPV vaccine...
2018: PloS One
Yan Liang, Yang-Kun Chen, Vincent Chung-Tong Mok, De-Feng Wang, Gabor S Ungvari, Winnie Chiu-Wing Chu, Hee-Ju Kang, Wai-Kwong Tang
Objective: All types of cerebral small vessel disease (SVD) markers including lacune, white matter hyperintensities (WMH), cerebral microbleeds, and perivascular spaces were found to be associated with poststroke depressive symptoms (PDS). This study explored whether the combination of the four markers constituting an overall SVD burden was associated with PDS. Methods: A cohort of 563 patients with acute ischemic stroke were followed over a 15-month period after the index stroke. A score of ≥7 on the 15-item Geriatric Depression Scale was defined as clinically significant PDS...
2018: Frontiers in Aging Neuroscience
Kevin Rey, Sukhbir Manku, Winnie Enns, Thea Van Rossum, Kevin Bushell, Ryan D Morin, Fiona S L Brinkman, Jonathan C Choy
BACKGROUND: The gut microbiota influences many immunological processes but how its disruption affects transplant rejection is poorly understood. METHODS: Interposition grafting of aortic segments was used to examine vascular rejection. The gut microbiota was disrupted in graft recipients using an antibiotic cocktail (ampicillin, vancomycin, metronidazole, neomycin sulfate) in their drinking water. RESULTS: Treatment of mice with antibiotics severely reduced total bacterial content in the intestine and disrupted the bacterial composition...
March 10, 2018: Transplantation
Jeremy Brice Bitton, Josh Jiaxing Wang, Winnie Teng, Eric Villeneuve, Sophie Gosselin
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March 14, 2018: Clinical Toxicology
Winnie-Pui-Pui Liew, Sabran Mohd-Redzwan
The secondary metabolites produced by fungi known as mycotoxins, are capable of causing mycotoxicosis (diseases and death) in human and animals. Contamination of feedstuffs as well as food commodities by fungi occurs frequently in a natural manner and is accompanied by the presence of mycotoxins. The occurrence of mycotoxins' contamination is further stimulated by the on-going global warming as reflected in some findings. This review comprehensively discussed the role of mycotoxins (trichothecenes, zearalenone, fumonisins, ochratoxins, and aflatoxins) toward gut health and gut microbiota...
2018: Frontiers in Cellular and Infection Microbiology
Ebenezer K Aidoo, Yaw A Afrane, Maxwell Gesuge Machani, Winnie Chebore, Bernard Walter Lawson, Harrysone Atieli, Simon Kariuki, Ming-Chieh Lee, Cristian Koepfli, Guofa Zhou, Andrew K Githeko, Guiyun Yan
BACKGROUND: Identifying asymptomatic reservoirs of malaria parasites using index cases as entry points into the community is potentially a cost-effective way towards achieving malaria elimination. METHODS: Within 1 year, 1430 confirmed malaria cases were identified in Marani hospital, western Kenya. Fifty cases were followed up, and 108 index case household members and 612 neighbours within a 100 m radius were screened. As controls, samples were collected from 510 individuals matched with index cases and located at a distance of ≥ 500 m from them...
March 13, 2018: Malaria Journal
Sadie J Ryan, Anna M Stewart-Ibarra, Eunice Ordóñez-Enireb, Winnie Chu, Julia L Finkelstein, Christine A King, Luis E Escobar, Christina Lupone, Froilan Heras, Erica Tauzer, Egan Waggoner, Tyler G James, Washington B Cárdenas, Mark Polhemus
Cholera emergence is strongly linked to local environmental and ecological context. The 1991-2004 pandemic emerged in Perú and spread north into Ecuador's El Oro province, making this a key site for potential re-emergence. Machala, El Oro, is a port city of 250,000 inhabitants, near the Peruvian border. Many livelihoods depend on the estuarine system, from fishing for subsistence and trade, to domestic water use. In 2014, we conducted biweekly sampling for 10 months in five estuarine locations, across a gradient of human use, and ranging from inland to ocean...
March 10, 2018: International Journal of Environmental Research and Public Health
J Y Eng, S Y Soon, H Y Winnie Ling
Fibrolamellar hepatocellular carcinoma (FL-HCC) is a rare variant of hepatocellular carcinoma. It is commonly reported in the younger population with no underlying chronic liver disease and free of viral Hepatitis B and C. Local recurrence and distant metastasis are common despite better prognosis compared to conventional hepatocellular carcinoma. Complete surgical resection is associated with higher median survival and is the mainstay treatment option for localized FL-HCC. Multi-modality therapies such as TACE can be used to downstage upfront unresectable FL-HCC...
February 2018: Medical Journal of Malaysia
Oliver C Thiele, Matthias Kreppel, Anton Dunsche, Andre M Eckardt, Michael Ehrenfeld, Bernd Fleiner, Volker Gaßling, Gerd Gehrke, Marcus Gerressen, Martin Gosau, Alexander Gröbe, Stefan Haßfeld, Max Heiland, Bodo Hoffmeister, Frank Hölzle, Cornelius Klein, Maximilian Krüger, Alexander C Kübler, Norbert R Kübler, Johannes J Kuttenberger, Constantin Landes, Günter Lauer, Markus Martini, Erich T Merholz, Robert A Mischkowski, Bilal Al-Nawas, Emeka Nkenke, Jörn U Piesold, Winnie Pradel, Michael Rasse, Martin Rachwalski, Rudolf H Reich, Daniel Rothamel, Jan Rustemeyer, Martin Scheer, Henning Schliephake, Rainer Schmelzeisen, Alexander Schramm, Wiebke Schupp, Wolfgang J Spitzer, Erwin Stocker, Christian Stoll, Hendrik Terheyden, Alexander Voigt, Wilfried Wagner, Dieter Weingart, Richard Werkmeister, Jörg Wiltfang, Christoph M Ziegler, Joachim E Zöller
The current surgical techniques used in cleft repair are well established, but different centers use different approaches. To determine the best treatment for patients, a multi-center comparative study is required. In this study, we surveyed all craniofacial departments registered with the German Society of Maxillofacial Surgery to determine which cleft repair techniques are currently in use. Our findings revealed much variation in cleft repair between different centers. Although most centers did use a two-stage approach, the operative techniques and timing of lip and palate closure were different in every center...
February 6, 2018: Journal of Cranio-maxillo-facial Surgery
Yuan-Yuan Lei, Suzanne C Ho, Ashley Cheng, Carol Kwok, Chi-Kiu Iris Lee, Ka Li Cheung, Roselle Lee, Herbert H F Loong, Yi-Qian He, Winnie Yeo
Background: The 2007 World Cancer Research Fund/American Institute for Cancer Research (WCRF/AICR) guideline provides recommendations for cancer prevention among cancer survivors. Limited data have examined whether guideline adherence is related to health-related quality of life (HRQoL) among Chinese patients with breast cancer. Methods: An ongoing prospective cohort study involving 1,462 Chinese women with early-stage breast cancer assessed exercise, diet, and body mass index (BMI) at baseline and at 18-months follow-up after diagnosis...
March 2018: Journal of the National Comprehensive Cancer Network: JNCCN
Bo Geng, Jian Dong, Winnie Jensen, Strahinja Dosen, Dario Farina, Ernest Nlandu Kamavuako
This paper evaluated the psychophysical properties of subdermal electrical stimulation to investigate its feasibility in providing sensory feedback for limb prostheses. The detection threshold (DT), pain threshold (PT), just noticeable difference (JND), as well as the elicited sensation quality, comfort, intensity, and location were assessed in 16 healthy volunteers during stimulation of the ventral and dorsal forearm with subdermal electrodes. Moreover, the results were compared with those obtained from transcutaneous electrical stimulation...
March 2018: IEEE Transactions on Neural Systems and Rehabilitation Engineering
Thomas J Stewart, Winnie Tong, Margot J Whitfeld
Psoriasis is estimated to affect around 2-3% of the general population. More than one-third of Australians report having a significant level of distress in their daily lives. Psychological stress has long been shown to play an important role in the natural history of psoriasis, but the details of this relationship remain to be clearly defined. We performed a systematic review of the literature with the aim of determining whether there is a temporal association between psychological stress as the predictor and onset and/or exacerbation of psoriasis as the outcome measure...
March 8, 2018: International Journal of Dermatology
Shu Hwa Ong, Winnie Siew Swee Chee, L Mageswary Lapchmanan, Shan Ni Ong, Zhi Chin Lua, Jowynna Xia-Ni Yeo
Background: Early detection of malnutrition in hospitalized children helps reduce length of hospital stay and morbidity. A validated nutrition tool is essential to correctly identify children at risk of malnutrition or who are already malnourished. This study compared the use of the Subjective Global Nutrition Assessment (SGNA, nutrition assessment tool) and Screening Tool for the Assessment of Malnutrition in Paediatrics (STAMP, nutrition screening tool) with objective nutritional parameters to identify malnutrition in hospitalized children...
March 5, 2018: Journal of Tropical Pediatrics
Winnie Hedevang Olesen, Niels Katballe, Jesper Eske Sindby, Ingrid Louise Titlestad, Poul Erik Andersen, Rune Lindahl-Jacobsen, Peter Bjørn Licht
OBJECTIVES: Primary spontaneous pneumothorax frequently recurs after chest tube management. Evidence is lacking whether patients may benefit from surgery following their first episode. METHODS: We performed a multicentre, randomized trial and enrolled young, otherwise healthy patients admitted with their first episode of primary spontaneous pneumothorax and treated using conventional chest tube drainage. Patients underwent high-resolution computed tomography on fully expanded lungs, and using web-based randomization, we assigned patients to continued conservative chest tube treatment or chest tube treatment followed by video-assisted thoracoscopic surgery (VATS) with the resection of bullae/blebs and mechanical pleurodesis...
March 2, 2018: European Journal of Cardio-thoracic Surgery
Winnie Y Zou, Hashem B El-Serag, Yvonne H Sada, Sarah L Temple, Shubhada Sansgiry, Fasiha Kanwal, Jessica A Davila
BACKGROUND: Hospice provides integrative palliative care for advance-staged hepatocellular carcinoma (HCC) patients, but hospice utilization in HCC patients in the USA is not clearly understood. AIMS: We examined hospice use and subsequent clinical course in advance-staged HCC patients. METHODS: We conducted a retrospective study on a national, Veterans Affairs cohort with stage C or D HCC. We evaluated demographics, clinical factors, treatment, and clinical course in relation to hospice use...
March 5, 2018: Digestive Diseases and Sciences
Winnie Yeo, Frankie Kf Mo, Elizabeth Pang, Joyce Js Suen, Jane Koh, Claudia Hw Yip, Christopher Ch Yip, Leung Li, Herbert Hf Loong, Giok S Liem
Introduction: Understanding of quality of life (QoL) of young Chinese breast cancer patients after adjuvant cytotoxic chemotherapy is limited. This study aims to assess the QoL of premenopausal Chinese breast cancer women after receiving adjuvant chemotherapy. Patients and methods: Eligibility criteria included stage I-III breast cancer, premenopausal and age ≤45 years at cancer diagnosis and having received adjuvant chemotherapy within 3-10 years before entry to the present study...
2018: Cancer Management and Research
Susann Schröder, Barbara Wenzel, Winnie Deuther-Conrad, Rodrigo Teodoro, Mathias Kranz, Matthias Scheunemann, Ute Egerland, Norbert Höfgen, Detlef Briel, Jörg Steinbach, Peter Brust
Specific radioligands for in vivo visualization and quantification of cyclic nucleotide phosphodiesterase 2A (PDE2A) by positron emission tomography (PET) are increasingly gaining interest in brain research. Herein we describe the synthesis, the18 F-labelling as well as the biological evaluation of our latest PDE2A (radio-)ligand 9-(5-Butoxy-2-fluorophenyl)-2-(2-([18 F])fluoroethoxy)-7-methylimidazo[5,1- c ]pyrido[2,3- e ][1,2,4]triazine (([18 F]) TA5 ). It is the most potent PDE2A ligand out of our series of imidazopyridotriazine-based derivatives so far (IC50 hPDE2A = 3...
March 2, 2018: Molecules: a Journal of Synthetic Chemistry and Natural Product Chemistry
Raymond Javan Chan, Patsy Yates, Qiuping Li, Hiroko Komatsu, Violeta Lopez, Myat Thandar, Selva Titus Chacko, Winnie Kwok Wei So, Kanaungnit Pongthavornkamol, Myungsun Yi, Pongpak Pittayapan, Jesson Butcon, David Wyld, Alex Molassiotis
It has been highlighted that the original manuscript [1] contains a typesetting error in the surname of Jesson Butcon. This was incorrectly captured as Jessica Butcon in the original manuscript which has since been updated.
March 1, 2018: BMC Cancer
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