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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29245181/revealing-a-new-mode-of-sensitization-induced-by-mechanical-circulatory-support-devices-impact-of-anti-at1-r-antibodies
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X Zhang, J Mirocha, T Aintablian, S Dimbil, J Moriguchi, F Arabia, J A Kobashigawa, N L Reinsmoen
BACKGROUND: Increased levels of angiotensin II type 1 receptor (AT1 R) antibody have been shown to be associated with allograft rejection. This study aims to determine the rate of development of antibody to AT1 R after Mechanical Circulatory Support Device (MCS) implantation, and if development of strong binding AT1 R antibodies is associated with survival. METHODS: 88 patients who had one MCS implantation were accessed based on serum availability. MCS in this cohort included pneumatic bilateral paracorporeal ventricular assist device, continuous flow left ventricular assist device, and total artificial heart...
December 15, 2017: Clinical Transplantation
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29245176/high-risk-of-hypogonadism-in-young-male-cancer-survivors
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S Isaksson, K Bogefors, O Ståhl, J Eberhard, Y Lundberg Giwercman, I Leijonhufvud, K Link, I Øra, P Romerius, J Bobjer, A Giwercman
OBJECTIVE: Cancer and its treatment in childhood and young adulthood can cause hypogonadism, leading to increased risk of long term morbidity and mortality. The aim of this study was to evaluate the risk of presenting with biochemical signs of hypogonadism in testicular cancer survivors (TCS) and male childhood cancer survivors (CCS) in relation to the type of treatment given. DESIGN: Case-control study. PATIENTS: Ninety-two TCS, 125 CCS (mean age 40 and median age 34 years, respectively; mean follow-up time 9...
December 15, 2017: Clinical Endocrinology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29245133/source-identification-and-ecological-impact-evaluation-of-pahs-in-urban-river-sediments-a-case-study-in-taiwan
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Y T Tu, J H Ou, D C W Tsang, C D Dong, C W Chen, C M Kao
The Love River and Ho-Jin River, two major urban rivers in Kaohsiung City, Taiwan, are moderately to heavily polluted because different types of improperly treated wastewaters are discharged into the rivers. In this study, sediment and river water samples were collected from two rivers to investigate the river water quality and accumulation of polycyclic aromatic hydrocarbons (PAHs) in sediments. The spatial distribution, composition, and source appointment of PAHs of the sediments were examined. The impacts of PAHs on ecological system were assessed using toxic equivalence quotient (TEQ) of potentially carcinogenic PAHs (TEQcarc) and sediment quality guidelines...
December 5, 2017: Chemosphere
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29245109/autosomal-recessive-hypercholesterolemia-in-spain
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Rosa María Sánchez-Hernández, Pablo Prieto-Matos, Fernando Civeira, Eduardo Esteve Lafuente, Manuel Frías Vargas, José T Real, Fernando Goñi Goicoechea, Francisco J Fuentes, Miguel Pocovi, Mauro Boronat, Ana María Wägner, Luis Masana
BACKGROUND AND AIMS: Autosomal recessive hypercholesterolemia (ARH) is a very rare disease, caused by mutations in LDL protein receptor adaptor 1 (LDLRAP1). It is characterized by high levels of low-density lipoprotein cholesterol (LDL-C) and increased risk of premature cardiovascular disease. We aimed to characterize ARH in Spain. METHODS: Data were collected from the Dyslipidemia Registry of the Spanish Atherosclerosis Society. A literature search was performed up to June 2017, and all diagnostic genetic studies for familial hypercholesterolemia of Spain were reviewed...
December 6, 2017: Atherosclerosis
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29245102/random-responses-inflate-statistical-estimates-in-heavily-skewed-addictions-data
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Kevin M King, Dale S Kim, Connor J McCabe
BACKGROUND: Some respondents may respond at random to self-report surveys, rather than responding conscientiously (Meade and Craig, 2012), and this has only recently come to the attention of researchers in the addictions field (Godinho et al., 2016). Almost no research in the published addictions literature has reported screening for random responses. We illustrate how random responses can bias statistical estimates using simulated and real data, and how this is especially problematic in skewed data, as is common with substance use outcomes...
December 9, 2017: Drug and Alcohol Dependence
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29245099/total-bilateral-tmj-reconstruction-for-pain-and-dysfunction-case-report
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Carlos Vinícius Ayres Moreira, André Victor Pinto Serra, Larissa Oliveira Ramos Silva, Ana Carolina Fraga Fernandes, Roberto Almeida de Azevedo
INTRODUCTION: Temporomandibular disorders encompass a set of clinical conditions that affect the temporomandibular joint, the masticatory muscles and the associated tissues. Many therapeutic alternatives can be considered, being divided into non-invasive, minimally invasive and invasive interventions. This work aims to report a case of inflammatory joint pain and dysfunction treated with bilateral TMJ full reconstruction with alloplastic prosthesis stock. CASE REPORT: Patient D...
December 8, 2017: International Journal of Surgery Case Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29245093/neurocognitive-functioning-in-first-episode-bipolar-disorder-relationship-with-functional-status
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Alejandro G Szmulewicz, Marina P Valerio, Julieta Lomastro, José M Smith, Virginia Chiappe, Diego J Martino, Ana Igoa
BACKGROUND: The aim of this study was to assess if an association between neurocognitive deficits and psychosocial functioning exists in first-episode BD patients. METHODS: Twenty-five euthymic first-episode BD patients and thirty-seven healthy controls were recruited. History of suicide attempts, psychiatric comorbidities, pharmacological exposure, and previous depressive episodes were investigated. Performances on neurocognitive domains (verbal memory, attention, processing speed, and executive functions) as well as a measure of psychosocial functioning were used as outcomes...
December 8, 2017: Journal of Affective Disorders
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29245079/what-technologies-do-people-engage-with-while-driving-and-why
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Katie J Parnell, Neville A Stanton, Katherine L Plant
This paper presents the findings of a semi-structured interview study that was conducted to identify drivers' self-reported likelihood of engaging with technologies that are now commonly found in modern automobiles. Previous research has focused on the effect these technological tasks have on driving performance, but there has been less focus on how, why and when drivers choose to engage with them. As distraction remains a significant contributor to road accidents, an understanding of why it occurs will give important insights into how it can be prevented...
December 12, 2017: Accident; Analysis and Prevention
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29245054/understanding-the-transmission-of-foot-and-mouth-disease-virus-at-different-scales
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David J Paton, Simon Gubbins, Donald P King
Foot-and-mouth disease (FMD) is highly infectious, but despite the large quantities of FMD virus released into the environment and the extreme susceptibility of host species to infection, transmission is not always predictable. Whereas virus spread in endemic settings is characterised by frequent direct and indirect animal contacts, incursions into FMD-free countries may be seeded by low-probability events such as fomite or wind-borne aerosol routes. There remains a void between data generated from small-scale experimental studies and our ability to reliably reconstruct transmission routes at different scales between farms, countries and regions...
December 12, 2017: Current Opinion in Virology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29245053/influence-of-diabetes-on-the-foreign-body-response-to-nitric-oxide-releasing-implants
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Robert J Soto, Elizabeth P Merricks, Dwight A Bellinger, Timothy C Nichols, Mark H Schoenfisch
The foreign body response (FBR) to nitric oxide (NO)-releasing subcutaneous implants was compared between healthy and streptozotocin-induced diabetic swine by evaluating inflammation, collagen capsule formation, and angiogenesis. Steel wire substrates were first modified with polyurethane membranes capable of diverse NO-release kinetics (NO fluxes and release durations of 0.8-630.0 pmol cm-2 s-1 and 2-13 d, respectively). The NO-releasing materials were implanted in the subcutis for 3, 10, or 25 d for histological and immunohistochemical evaluation of the FBR...
November 30, 2017: Biomaterials
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29245049/effects-of-priming-with-cytokines-on-intracellular-survival-and-replication-of-rhodococcus-equi-in-equine-macrophages
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Londa J Berghaus, Steeve Giguère, Angela I Bordin, Noah D Cohen
Rhodococcus equi is a common cause of pneumonia in foals and an opportunistic pathogen in immunosuppressed people. The ability of R. equi to survive and replicate in macrophages is the basis of its pathogenicity. Limited knowledge about the role of cytokines in host defense against R. equi comes from studies in mice and the role of cytokines in intracellular survival of R. equi in equine macrophages is unknown. The objectives of this study were to determine the effect of priming with interferon (IFN)-γ, interleukin (IL)-1β, IL-4, IL-6, IL-10, or tumor necrosis factor (TNF)-α at various concentrations on intracellular survival of virulent R...
December 12, 2017: Cytokine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29245044/changes-in-lower-extremity-strength-may-be-related-to-the-walking-speed-improvements-in-children-with-cerebral-palsy-after-gait-training
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Rashelle M Hoffman, Bradley B Corr, Wayne A Stuberg, David J Arpin, Max J Kurz
BACKGROUND: Cerebral palsy (CP) has a high probability of resulting in lower extremity strength and walking deficits. Numerous studies have shown that gait training has the potential to improve the walking abilities of these children; however, the factors governing these improvements are unknown. AIMS: This study aimed to evaluate the relationship between change in lower extremity strength, walking speed and endurance of children with CP following gait training...
December 12, 2017: Research in Developmental Disabilities
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29245024/early-onset-tobacco-use-and-suicide-related-behavior-a-prospective-study-from-adolescence-to-young-adulthood
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Tellervo Korhonen, Elina Sihvola, Antti Latvala, Danielle M Dick, Lea Pulkkinen, John Nurnberger, Richard J Rose, Jaakko Kaprio
BACKGROUND: Developmental relationships between tobacco use and suicide-related behaviors (SRB) remain unclear. Our objective was to investigate the longitudinal associations of tobacco use in adolescence and SRB in adulthood. METHODS: Using a prospective design, we examined whether tobacco use in adolescence is associated with SRB (intentional self-injury, suicide ideation) in young adulthood in a population-based sample of 1330 twins (626 males, 704 females). The baseline and follow-up data were collected by professionally administered semi-structured poly-diagnostic interviews at ages 14 and 22, respectively...
December 6, 2017: Addictive Behaviors
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29245023/mild-cognitive-impairment-what-does-the-general-public-know-about-this-health-condition
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R Alhasani, J Abed, N Karegar, E Redmond, Y Guo, G Wasserlauf, D Goldberg, C Kwok, N Bier, P Belchior
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December 12, 2017: Public Health
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29245022/cost-effective-way-to-reduce-stimulant-abuse-among-gay-bisexual-men-and-transgender-women-a-randomized-clinical-trial-with-a-cost-comparison
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S X Zhang, S Shoptaw, C J Reback, K Yadav, A M Nyamathi
OBJECTIVES: A randomized controlled study was conducted with 422 homeless, stimulant-using gay/bisexual (G/B) men and 29 transgender women (n = 451) to assess two community-based interventions to reduce substance abuse and improve health: (a) a nurse case-managed program combined with contingency management (NCM + CM) versus (b) standard education plus contingency management (SE + CM). STUDY DESIGN: Hypotheses tested included: a) completion of hepatitis A/B vaccination series; b) reduction in stimulant use; and c) reduction in number of sexual partners...
December 12, 2017: Public Health
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29245019/genetic-polymorphism-of-21-non-codis-str-loci-in-chengdu-han-population-and-its-interpopulation-analysis-between-25-populations-in-china
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Ye Li, Hepei Li, Guanglin He, Weibo Liang, Haibo Luo, Miao Liao, Ji Zhang, Jing Yan, Yingbi Li, Yiping Hou, Jin Wu
AGCU 21+1 STR kit contains 21 non-combined DNA index system (non-CODIS) short tandem repeats (STR) loci and a sex-determining locus amelogenin. In this study, we evaluated the genetic diversity and forensically relevant population statistics of 21 non-CODIS loci in 210 Chinese Han individuals from Chengdu city, Sichuan province, Southwest China. No significant deviations from Hardy-Weinberg equilibrium were observed within the 21 non-CODIS STR loci. The combined power of discrimination (CPD) and combined power of exclusion (CPE) were 0...
December 9, 2017: Legal Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29244997/beliefs-and-determinants-of-use-of-traditional-complementary-alternative-medicine-in-pediatric-patients-who-undergo-treatment-for-cancer-in-south-america
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Valeria Rocha, Elena J Ladas, Meiko Lin, Walter Cacciavillano, Elizabeth Ginn, Kara M Kelly, Guillermo Chantada, Luis Castillo
Purpose The use of traditional complementary/alternative medicine (TCAM) among children with cancer has been well documented. South America has a rich history of traditional healers and medicinal resources; however, little is known about the use of TCAM among children with cancer. We sought to investigate patterns, beliefs, and determinants of TCAM use among South American children with cancer. Methods A cross-sectional survey was administered to 199 children treated for cancer at institutions located in Buenos Aires, Argentina, and Montevideo, Uruguay...
December 2017: Journal of Global Oncology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29244994/do-perceived-needs-affect-willingness-to-use-traditional-chinese-medicine-for-survivorship-care-among-chinese-cancer-survivors-a-cross-sectional-survey
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Lingyun Sun, Yufei Yang, Emily Vertosick, SungHwa Jo, Guilan Sun, Jun J Mao
Purpose We aimed to quantify Chinese cancer survivors' perceived needs for survivorship care and to evaluate whether these needs could impact their willingness to use traditional Chinese medicine (TCM). Methods We conducted a cross-sectional survey with members of the Beijing Anti-Cancer Association in China. We measured perceived needs with the seven-item Brief Chinese Cancer Survivorship Needs Scale that assesses psychological, functional, nutritional, social, body image, pain, and symptom needs. The outcome variable was willingness to use TCM for survivorship care...
December 2017: Journal of Global Oncology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29244989/global-use-of-traditional-and-complementary-medicine-in-childhood-cancer-a-systematic-review
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Caroline Diorio, Catherine G Lam, Elena J Ladas, Festus Njuguna, Glenn M Afungchwi, Katherine Taromina, Stacey Marjerrison
Purpose Traditional and complementary medicine (T&CM) strategies are commonly used in pediatric oncology. Patterns may vary based on country income. We systematically reviewed published studies describing T&CM use among pediatric oncology patients in low-income countries (LIC/LMIC), middle-income countries (UMIC), and high-income countries (HIC). Objectives included describing estimated prevalence of use, reasons for use, perceived effectiveness, modalities used, rates of disclosure, and reporting of delayed or abandoned treatment...
December 2017: Journal of Global Oncology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29244974/the-use-of-an-antioxidant-dressing-on-hard-to-heal-wounds-a-multicentre-prospective-case-series
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B Castro, F D Bastida, T Segovia, P López Casanova, J J Soldevilla, J Verdú-Soriano
OBJECTIVE: Oxidative stress can contribute to impaired wound healing and chronic wounds. Our objective was to test the results of a new antioxidant dressing that could help stop the oxidative stress of cells in the wound bed. METHOD: A multicentre, prospective case study series was conducted in three Spanish hospitals. The RESVECH 2.0 index was used for healing assessment. Data from each patient was collected by the attending clinical researchers. Data analysis was performed using the statistical concept intention-to-treat (ITT)...
December 2, 2017: Journal of Wound Care
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