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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28346991/an-integrated-assessment-framework-for-the-analysis-of-multiple-pressures-in-aquatic-ecosystems-and-the-appraisal-of-management-options
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A Pistocchi, A Udias, B Grizzetti, E Gelati, P Koundouri, R Ludwig, A Papandreou, I Souliotis
The contribution illustrates an integrated assessment framework aimed at evaluating the relationships between multiple pressures and water body status for the purposes of river basin management. The framework includes the following steps. (1) Understanding how the different pressures affect the status of water bodies. This entails the characterization of biophysical state variables and the definition of a causal relationship between pressures and status. Therefore this step involves interaction between experts bearing ecological understanding and experts providing models to represent the effect of pressures...
January 1, 2017: Science of the Total Environment
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28346733/the-ontogeny-and-population-variability-of-human-hepatic-dihydronicotinamide-riboside-quinone-oxidoreductase-nqo2
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Zoe Riches, Yuejian Liu, Jacob M Berman, Gurinder Walia, Abby C Collier
Dihydronicotinamide riboside:quinone oxidoreductase (NQO2) is an enzyme that performs reduction reactions involved in antioxidant defense. We hypothesized that NQO2 hepatic drug clearance would develop in children over time, similar to NQO1. Using human liver cytosol (n = 117), the effects of age, sex, ethnicity, and weight on NQO2 expression and activity were probed. No significant correlations were observed. Biochemical activity of NQO2 was as high at birth as in adults (0.23 ± 0.04 nmol/min/mg protein, mean ± SEM, range 0-1...
March 27, 2017: Journal of Biochemical and Molecular Toxicology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28346489/gonadotropin-releasing-hormone-receptor-gnrhr-gene-knock-out-normal-growth-and-development-of-sensory-motor-and-spatial-orientation-behavior-but-altered-metabolism-in-neonatal-and-prepubertal-mice
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Ellen R Busby, Nancy M Sherwood
Gonadotropin-releasing hormone (GnRH) is important in the control of reproduction, but its actions in non-reproductive processes are less well known. In this study we examined the effect of disrupting the GnRH receptor in mice to determine if growth, metabolism or behaviors that are not associated with reproduction were affected. To minimize the effects of other hormones such as FSH, LH and sex steroids, the neonatal-prepubertal period of 2 to 28 days of age was selected. The study shows that regardless of sex or phenotype in the Gnrhr gene knockout line, there was no significant difference in the daily development of motor control, sensory detection or spatial orientation among the wildtype, heterozygous or null mice...
2017: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28345792/adding-fast-acting-insulin-aspart-to-basal-insulin-significantly-improved-glycaemic-control-in-patients-with-type-2-diabetes-a-randomised-18-week-open-label-phase-3-trial-onset-3
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Helena W Rodbard, Devjit Tripathy, Maricela Vidrio Velázquez, Marek Demissie, Søren Can Tamer, Milivoj Piletič
AIM: To confirm glycaemic control superiority of mealtime fast-acting insulin aspart (faster aspart) in a basal-bolus (BB) regimen versus basal-only insulin. MATERIALS AND METHODS: In this open-label, randomised, 18-week trial (51 sites; 6 countries) adults (n = 236) with inadequately controlled type 2 diabetes (T2D; mean glycosylated haemoglobin [HbA1c ] ±SD: 7.9 ± 0.7% [63.1 ± 7.5 mmol/mol) receiving basal insulin and oral antidiabetic drugs underwent 8-week optimisation of prior once-daily basal insulins followed by randomisation 1:1 to a BB regimen with faster aspart (n = 116) or continuation of once-daily basal insulin (n = 120), both with metformin...
March 27, 2017: Diabetes, Obesity & Metabolism
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28345272/population-health-and-the-economy-mortality-and-the-great-recession-in-europe
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José A Tapia Granados, Edward L Ionides
We analyze the evolution of mortality-based health indicators in 27 European countries before and after the start of the Great Recession. We find that in the countries where the crisis has been particularly severe, mortality reductions in 2007-2010 were considerably bigger than in 2004-2007. Panel models adjusted for space-invariant and time-invariant factors show that an increase of 1 percentage point in the national unemployment rate is associated with a reduction of 0.5% (p < .001) in the rate of age-adjusted mortality...
March 27, 2017: Health Economics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28344755/effect-of-topical-application-of-nigella-sativa-oil-and-oral-acetaminophen-on-pain-in-elderly-with-knee-osteoarthritis-a-crossover-clinical-trial
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Akram Kooshki, Reza Forouzan, Mohammad Hassan Rakhshani, Maryam Mohammadi
BACKGROUND: Limited evidence supports Nigella sativa's role as an effective complementary and alternative medicine and the anti-inflammatory effects of Nigella sativa on patients with allergic rhinitis. OBJECTIVE: The aim of this study was to investigate the effect of topical application of Nigella sativa oil and oral acetaminophen on pain in the elderly with knee osteoarthritis residing in a parents' home in Sabzevar. METHODS: This study is done as a crossover clinical trial...
November 2016: Electronic Physician
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28344112/efficacy-and-safety-of-once-weekly-semaglutide-versus-once-daily-insulin-glargine-as-add-on-to-metformin-with-or-without-sulfonylureas-in-insulin-naive-patients-with-type-2-diabetes-sustain-4-a-randomised-open-label-parallel-group-multicentre-multinational
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Vanita R Aroda, Stephen C Bain, Bertrand Cariou, Milivoj Piletič, Ludger Rose, Mads Axelsen, Everton Rowe, J Hans DeVries
BACKGROUND: Several pharmacological treatment options are available for type 2 diabetes; however, many patients do not achieve optimum glycaemic control and therefore new therapies are necessary. We assessed the efficacy and safety of semaglutide, a glucagon-like peptide-1 (GLP-1) analogue in clinical development, compared with insulin glargine in patients with type 2 diabetes who were inadequately controlled with metformin (with or without sulfonylureas). METHODS: We did a randomised, open-label, non-inferiority, parallel-group, multicentre, multinational, phase 3a trial (SUSTAIN 4) at 196 sites in 14 countries...
March 23, 2017: Lancet Diabetes & Endocrinology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28343802/-the-effect-of-methylphenidate-on-appetite-and-weight
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R Bou Khalil, N Fares, Y Saliba, J Tamraz, S Richa
OBJECTIVES: To better delineate in the medical literature the effect of methylphenidate on weight and appetite. METHODS: A search on PubMed was carried out for articles published with no restrictions on language or year of publication using the terms: "methylphenidate"; "weight"; "appetite". RESULTS: Methylphenidate increases dopamine and noradrenaline in synapses because of its blockage of the transporters of these monoamines in the frontal cortex and insular lobe...
March 23, 2017: L'Encéphale
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28343762/clozapine-and-incidence-of-myocarditis-and-sudden-death-long-term-australian-experience
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Arshad A Khan, Asma Ashraf, David Baker, Mohammed S Al-Omary, Lindsay Savage, Avedis Ekmejian, Rajinder Singh Harjit Singh, Stephen Brienesse, Tazeen Majeed, Tracy Gordon, Vincent Drinkwater, Nicholas J Collins
BACKGROUND: Clozapine is the cornerstone of therapy for refractory schizophrenia; however, the potential for cardiotoxicity is an important limitation in its use. In the current analysis we sought to evaluate the long term cardiac outcomes of clozapine therapy. METHODS: All-cause mortality, incidence of sudden death and time to myocarditis were assessed in a cohort of patients maintained on clozapine between January 2009 and December 2015. All patients had regular electrocardiograms, complete blood count, clozapine levels and echocardiography as part of a formal protocol...
March 6, 2017: International Journal of Cardiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28343728/can-apparent-diffusion-coefficient-predict-the-clinical-outcome-in%C3%A2-drowned-children
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Adrian Hruşcã, Andreea Liana Rãchişan, Siegfried Rödl, Erich Sorantin
INTRODUCTION: Pediatric cerebral hypoxic-ischemic injury frequently results in severe neurological outcome. Imaging with diffusion-weighted magnetic resonance imaging (DWi) demonstrates that the acute cerebral injury and apparent diffusion coefficient (ADC) allow the assessment of the severity of brain damage. The main objective was to examine if spatial distribution of reductions in ADC values is associated with clinical outcome in drowned children. METHODS: This is a retrospective study of 7 children (7 examinations) suffering from a hypoxic-ischemic event who underwent DWi...
March 23, 2017: Canadian Association of Radiologists Journal, Journal L'Association Canadienne des Radiologistes
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28343367/magnetic-resonance-imaging-features-of-leukoaraiosis-in-elderly-dogs
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Elena Scarpante, Giunio Bruto Cherubini, Alberta de Stefani, Olivier Taeymans
Leukoaraiosis is a descriptive term used to designate bilateral, symmetrical, white matter lesions identified in brains of elderly human patients. These lesions are isointense to normal in magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) T1-weighted pulse sequences, non-contrast enhancing, and hyperintense in T2-weighted and FLAIR pulse sequences. Pathophysiologic mechanisms for leukoaraiosis remain incompletely understood; however, an ischemic origin is currently being favored. Age-related changes, such as brain atrophy, ventricular enlargement, and well-demarcated sulci, have also been previously described in dogs over 9 years of age...
March 26, 2017: Veterinary Radiology & Ultrasound
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28343094/effects-of-posted-point-of-sale-warnings-on-alcohol-consumption-during-pregnancy-and-on-birth-outcomes
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Gulcan Cil
In 23 states and Washington D.C., alcohol retailers are required by law to post alcohol warning signs (AWS) that warn against the risks of drinking during pregnancy. Using the variation in the adoption of these laws across states and within states over time, I find a statistically significant reduction in prenatal alcohol use associated with AWS. I then use this plausibly exogenous change in drinking behavior to establish a causal link between prenatal alcohol exposure and birth outcomes. I find that AWS laws are associated with decreases in the odds of very low birth weight and very pre-term birth...
March 18, 2017: Journal of Health Economics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28342651/from-classical-to-nonparametric-growth-models-towards-comprehensive-modelling-of-mussel-growth-patterns
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Isabel Fuentes-Santos, Uxío Labarta, Kristina Arranz, Mª José Fernández-Reiriz
Understanding biological processes, such as growth, is crucial to development management and sustainability plans for bivalve populations. Von Bertalanffy and Gompertz models have been commonly used to fit bivalve growth. These models assume that individual growth is only determined by size, overlooking the effects of environmental and intrinsic conditions on growth patterns. The comparison between classical models and nonparametric GAM (generalized additive models) fits conducted in this work shows that the latter provide a more realistic approach of mussel growth measured in terms of shell length, and dry weight of hard and soft tissues...
March 18, 2017: Marine Environmental Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28342610/intentionally-induced-intestinal-barrier-dysfunction-causes-inflammation-affects-metabolism-and-reduces-productivity-in-lactating-holstein-cows
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S K Kvidera, M J Dickson, M Abuajamieh, D B Snider, M V Sanz Fernandez, J S Johnson, A F Keating, P J Gorden, H B Green, K M Schoenberg, L H Baumgard
Study objectives were to evaluate the effects of intentionally reduced intestinal barrier function on productivity, metabolism, and inflammatory indices in otherwise healthy dairy cows. Fourteen lactating Holstein cows (parity 2.6 ± 0.3; 117 ± 18 d in milk) were enrolled in 2 experimental periods. Period 1 (5 d) served as the baseline for period 2 (7 d), during which cows received 1 of 2 i.v. treatments twice per day: sterile saline or a gamma-secretase inhibitor (GSI; 1.5 mg/kg of body weight). Gamma-secretase inhibitors reduce intestinal barrier function by inhibiting crypt cell differentiation into absorptive enterocytes...
March 22, 2017: Journal of Dairy Science
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28342331/drought-stress-obliterates-the-preference-for-ammonium-as-an-n-source-in-the-c4-plant-spartina-alterniflora
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Kamel Hessini, Herbert J Kronzucker, Chedly Abdelly, Cristina Cruz
The C4 grass Spartina alterniflora is known for its unique salt tolerance and strong preference for ammonium (NH4(+)) as a nitrogen (N) source. We here examined whether Spartina's unique preference for NH4(+) results in improved performance under drought stress. Manipulative greenhouse experiments were carried out to measure the effects of variable water availability and inorganic N sources on plant performance (growth, photosynthesis, antioxidant, and N metabolism). Drought strongly reduced leaf number and area, plant fresh and dry weight, and photosynthetic activity on all N sources, but the reduction was most pronounced on NH4(+)...
March 9, 2017: Journal of Plant Physiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28341576/effectiveness-of-interventions-to-reduce-household-air-pollution-and-or-improve-health-in-homes-using-solid-fuel-in-low-and-middle-income-countries-a-systematic-review-and-meta-analysis
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REVIEW
Reginald Quansah, Sean Semple, Caroline A Ochieng, Sanjar Juvekar, Frederick Ato Armah, Isaac Luginaah, Jacques Emina
BACKGROUND: Cookstove intervention programs have been increasing over the past two (2) decades in Low and Middle Income Countries (LMICs) across the globe. However, there remains uncertainty regarding the effects of these interventions on household air pollution concentrations, personal exposure concentrations and health outcomes. OBJECTIVES: The primary objective was to determine if household air pollution (HAP) interventions were associated with improved indoor air quality (IAQ) in households in LMICs...
March 21, 2017: Environment International
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28341234/radioprotective-effect-of-ursolic-acid-in-radiation-induced-impairment-of-neurogenesis-learning-and-memory-in-adolescent-balb-c-mouse
#17
Feng Ru Tang, Weng Keong Loke, Wong Pei Yan, Boo Cheong Khoo
The effect of acute irradiation with 5Gy or fractionated exposure with 0.5Gy continuously for 10days (a total dose of 5Gy) was evaluated in an immature BALB/c mouse model. Radioprotective effect of ursolic acid (at 25mg/kg/daily administered 1h after acute or each of fractionated irradiations, and continuously for 30days) was also investigated. We found that both acute and fractionated irradiation at a total dose of 5Gy did not induce any mortality within 30days after exposure to postnatal day 26 (P26) BALB/c mice, but reduced animal weigh gain in the first few weeks...
March 21, 2017: Physiology & Behavior
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28341044/decreasing-the-ph-of-milk-replacer-containing-soy-flour-affects-nutrient-digestibility-digesta-ph-and-gastrointestinal-development-of-preweaned-calves
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R Zhang, Q-Y Diao, Y Zhou, Q Yun, K-D Deng, D Qi, Y Tu
We evaluated the effect of feeding soy flour-containing milk replacer (MR) with a lower than normal pH on growth, nutrient digestibility, digesta pH, and gastrointestinal development of preweaned calves. The study consisted of 48 neonatal calves, allocated to 8 treatments in a 2-factor 4×2 randomized design. The calves received 2 types of MR containing soy flour. The proportion of soy crude protein (CP) to total CP (SP/CP) in MR was 50% (MR50 treatment) or 80% (MR80 treatment), respectively. The pH of the reconstituted MR was decreased by 1 N HCl from to 6...
January 2017: Journal of Dairy Science
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28340841/liver-transplantation-for-polycystic-liver-disease-due-to-huge-liver-with-related-complications-a-case-report
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S Acar, G Gencdal, M Tokac, E Eren, U Alkara, G Tellioglu, A Dinckan, M Akyildiz
Polycystic liver disease is characterized by multiple cystic lesions on the liver. It is an uncommon autosomal dominant disease. The cysts' diameters range from 20 to 30 cm to small microscopic nodules. Generally, more than half of the liver parenchyma is covered. The mass effect of the liver created by the large cysts can cause life-threatening symptoms such as weight loss, reduction of oral intake, and malnutrition. Liver transplantation is the best treatment option in symptomatic patients. We present a patient who had polycystic liver and kidney disease, and we performed liver transplantation because of his life-threatening symptoms...
April 2017: Transplantation Proceedings
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28340269/prevention-of-dna-damage-and-anticarcinogenic-activity-of-activia-%C3%A2-in-a-preclinical-model
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S M A Limeiras, F M Ogo, L A L Genez, C M Carreira, E J T Oliveira, L R Pessatto, S C Neves, J R Pesarini, L C Schweich, R A Silva, W B Cantero, A C M B Antoniolli-Silva, R J Oliveira
Colorectal cancer is a global public health issue. Studies have pointed to the protective effect of probiotics on colorectal carcinogenesis. Activia(®) is a lacto probiotic product that is widely consumed all over the world and its beneficial properties are related, mainly, to the lineage of traditional yoghurt bacteria combined with a specific bacillus, DanRegularis, which gives the product a proven capacity to intestinal regulation in humans. The aim of this study was to evaluate the antigenotoxic, antimutagenic, and anticarcinogenic proprieties of the Activia product, in response to damage caused by 1,2-dimethylhydrazine (DMH) in Swiss mice...
March 22, 2017: Genetics and Molecular Research: GMR
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