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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28231655/-study-on-the-situation-of-drug-use-in-patients-with-chronic-obstructive-pulmonary-diseases-in-the-chinese-communities-of-large-cities
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T Xiao, X Y Chen, N Wang, Q Zhao, C W Fu, B Xu
Objectives: To understand the medication being used among patients with chronic obstructive pulmonary diseases (COPD) in Chinese communities of large cities. Methods: A cross-sectional survey was carried out in Beijing, Shanghai, Chengdu and Guangzhou with the total number as 678 COPD cases who were continuously recruited. Subjects were face-to-face interviewed using a structured questionnaire and with medical records checked at the same time. All data were double entered into a database under EpiData 3.1, and analyzed by SAS 9...
February 10, 2017: Zhonghua Liu Xing Bing Xue za Zhi, Zhonghua Liuxingbingxue Zazhi
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28231259/impact-of-seasonality-and-air-pollutants-on-carotid-femoral-pulse-wave-velocity-and-wave-reflection-in-hypertensive-patients
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Marina Di Pilla, Rosa Maria Bruno, Francesco Stea, Luciano Massetti, Stefano Taddei, Lorenzo Ghiadoni, Pietro Amedeo Modesti
OBJECTIVE: The effects of seasonality on blood pressure (BP) and cardiovascular (CV) events are well established, while the influence of seasonality and other environmental factors on arterial stiffness and wave reflection has never been analyzed. This study evaluated whether seasonality (daily number of hours of light) and acute variations in outdoor temperature and air pollutants may affect carotid-femoral pulse wave velocity (PWV) and pressure augmentation. DESIGN AND METHOD: 731 hypertensive patients (30-88 years, 417 treated) were enrolled in a cross-sectional study during a 5-year period...
2017: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28230792/static-hot-air-and-infrared-rays-roasting-are-efficient-methods-for-aflatoxin-decontamination-on-hazelnuts
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Ilenia Siciliano, Barbara Dal Bello, Giuseppe Zeppa, Davide Spadaro, Maria Lodovica Gullino
Aflatoxins are a group of secondary metabolites produced by members of Aspergillus Section Flavi that are dangerous to humans and animals. Nuts can be potentially contaminated with aflatoxins, often over the legal threshold. Food processes, including roasting, may have different effects on mycotoxins, and high temperatures have proven to be very effective in the reduction of mycotoxins. In this work, two different roasting methods-traditional static hot air roasting and infra-red rays roasting-were applied and compared for the detoxification of hazelnuts from Italy and Turkey...
February 21, 2017: Toxins
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28230408/psychometric-properties-of-adolescent-time-inventory-time-attitude-ati-ta-scores-in-three-waves-of-longitudinal-data
#4
Frank C Worrell, Michael T McKay, James R Andretta
Within the broad area of time perspective, there are numerous narrower or more specific constructs. One of these, time attitudes, is said to refer to an individual's emotional and evaluative feelings toward the past, the present, and the future. Scores on the Adolescent Time Inventory-Time Attitudes Scale (ATI-TA) have been shown to be psychometrically sound in a range of cross-sectional studies in different cultural contexts. The present study is the first longitudinal (3 waves) examination of these scores...
February 23, 2017: Psychological Assessment
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28230309/evaluation-of-positive-and-false-positive-results-in-syphilis-screening-of-blood-donors-in-rio-de-janeiro-brazil
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V S Sandes, S G C Silva, I J F Motta, L G C Velarde, S R de Castilho
OBJECTIVES: We propose to analyse the positive and false-positive results of treponemal and nontreponemal tests in blood donors from Brazil and to evaluate possible factors associated with the results of treponemal tests. BACKGROUND: Treponemal tests have been used widely for syphilis screening in blood banks. The introduction of these tests in donor screening has caused an impact and a loss of donors who need to be assessed. METHODS: This was a retrospective cross-sectional study of syphilis screening and confirmatory test results of blood donors that were obtained before and after adopting a chemiluminescent immunoassay (CLIA)...
February 23, 2017: Transfusion Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28230267/the-economic-impact-of-space-weather-where-do-we-stand
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J P Eastwood, E Biffis, M A Hapgood, L Green, M M Bisi, R D Bentley, R Wicks, L-A McKinnell, M Gibbs, C Burnett
Space weather describes the way in which the Sun, and conditions in space more generally, impact human activity and technology both in space and on the ground. It is now well understood that space weather represents a significant threat to infrastructure resilience, and is a source of risk that is wide-ranging in its impact and the pathways by which this impact may occur. Although space weather is growing rapidly as a field, work rigorously assessing the overall economic cost of space weather appears to be in its infancy...
February 23, 2017: Risk Analysis: An Official Publication of the Society for Risk Analysis
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28229280/posterior-urethral-valve-in-fetuses-evidence-for-the-role-of-inflammatory-molecules
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Érica Leandro Marciano Vieira, Natalia Pessoa Rocha, Fernando Macedo Bastos, Kátia Daniela da Silveira, Alamanda K Pereira, Eduardo Araújo Oliveira, Débora Marques de Miranda, Ana Cristina Simões E Silva
BACKGROUND: The aim of this cross-sectional study was to investigate inflammatory biomarkers in urine samples of 24 fetuses with posterior urethral valve (PUV) collected at 22 ± 4 weeks of gestation and to compare the findings with measurements in urine samples of 22 male healthy preterm neonates at 23 ± 4 weeks (control group). METHODS: Inflammatory biomarkers in urine were measured using a cytometric bead array [interleukin (IL)-2, IL-4, IL-6, IL-10, interferon (IFN)-γ, soluable tumor necrosis factor receptor (TNFR) 1, sTNFR2, monocyte chemoattractant protein-1/chemokine ligand 2 (MCP-1/CCL2), eotaxin/CCL11 and interferon gamma-induced protein/10/C-X-C motif chemokine 10 (IP-10/CXCL10)] and ELISA assays [TNF, IL-8/CXCL8 and transforming growth factor-beta (TGF-β)]...
February 22, 2017: Pediatric Nephrology: Journal of the International Pediatric Nephrology Association
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28229184/harmful-drinking-after-job-loss-a-stronger-association-during-the-post-2008-economic-crisis
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Moniek C M de Goeij, Jan-Willem Bruggink, Ferdy Otten, Anton E Kunst
OBJECTIVES: This study investigated, among the Dutch working population, whether job loss during the post-2008 economic crisis is associated with harmful drinking and whether this association is stronger than before the crisis. METHODS: Repeated cross-sectional data from the Dutch Health Interview Survey 2004-2013 were used to define episodic drinking (≥6 glasses on 1 day ≥1/week) and chronic drinking (≥14 glasses/week for women and ≥21 for men). These data were linked to longitudinal data from tax registries, to measure the experience and duration of job loss during a 5-year working history...
February 22, 2017: International Journal of Public Health
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28229037/long-term-effects-of-a-ten-year-osteoporosis-intervention-program-in-a-swedish-population-a-cross-sectional-study
#9
Ann-Charlotte Grahn Kronhed, Helena Salminen
The aim of the study was to explore long-term effects seven years after the completion of a ten-year community-based osteoporosis intervention program in Vadstena, Sweden. The association between calcaneal bone mineral density and several life style factors, and the impact of risk factors for sustaining a fracture after the age of 50 were also studied. Previous participants in the intervention group, and matched subjects were invited to calcaneal bone mass measurement by a portable device including the dual X-ray and laser (DXL) technology by Calscan, and to complete a questionnaire in 2006...
March 2017: Preventive Medicine Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28228412/inequality-in-cataract-blindness-and-services-moving-beyond-unidimensional-analyses-of-social-position
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Jacqueline Ramke, Anthony B Zwi, Arier C Lee, Ilse Blignault, Clare E Gilbert
OBJECTIVE: Inequalities in cataract blindness are well known, but data are rarely disaggregated to explore the combined effects of a range of axes describing social disadvantage. We examined inequalities in cataract blindness and services at the intersection of three social axes. METHODS: Three dichotomous social variables (sex (male/female); place of residence (urban/rural); literacy (literate/illiterate)) from cross-sectional national blindness surveys in Pakistan (2001-2004; n=16 507) and Nigeria (2005-2007; n=13 591) were used to construct eight subgroups, with disadvantaged subgroups selected a priori (ie, women, rural dwellers, illiterate)...
February 22, 2017: British Journal of Ophthalmology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28228346/functional-range-of-motion-of-the-hand-joints-in-activities-of-the-international-classification-of-functioning-disability-and-health
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Verónica Gracia-Ibáñez, Margarita Vergara, Joaquín L Sancho-Bru, Marta C Mora, Catalina Piqueras
STUDY DESIGN: Cross-sectional research design. INTRODUCTION: Active range of motion (AROM) is used as indicator of hand function. However, functional range of motion (FROM) data are limited, and fail to represent activities of daily living (ADL). PURPOSE OF THE STUDY: To estimate dominant hand FROM in flexion, abduction and palmar arching in people under 50 years of age performing ADL. METHODS: AROMs and hand postures in 24 representative ADL of the International Classification of Functioning, Disability and Health (ICF) were recorded in 12 men and 12 women...
February 19, 2017: Journal of Hand Therapy: Official Journal of the American Society of Hand Therapists
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28228318/endocrine-and-cardiometabolic-cord-blood-characteristics-of-offspring-born-to-mothers-with-and-without-polycystic-ovary-syndrome
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Nadine M P Daan, Maria P H Koster, Regine P Steegers-Theunissen, Marinus J C Eijkemans, B C J M Fauser
OBJECTIVE: To compare the endocrine and cardiometabolic cord blood characteristics of offspring of mothers with polycystic ovary syndrome (PCOS) with those of healthy controls. DESIGN: Cross-sectional case control study. SETTING: University medical centers. PATIENT(S): Offspring from mothers with PCOS (n = 61) and healthy controls (n = 82). INTERVENTION(S): Cord blood withdrawal from neonates. MAIN OUTCOME MEASURE(S): Cord blood estradiol, androstenedione, dehydroepiandrosterone sulfate (DHEAS), testosterone, sex hormone-binding globulin, free androgen index (FAI), insulin, total cholesterol, low-density lipoprotein cholesterol, high-density lipoprotein cholesterol, triglycerides, c-reactive protein, adiponectin, and leptin...
January 2017: Fertility and Sterility
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28228296/morphometry-of-the-triangle-of-koch-and-position-of-the-coronary-sinus-opening-in-cadaveric-fetal-hearts
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Sharan Shanubhogue, Thuslima Mohamed, Nachiket Shankar
AIMS: The aim of the present study was to determine the variations in the position of the coronary sinus (CS) ostium in normal cadaveric fetal (28 weeks or more) hearts and to assess the impact that these variations had on the dimensions of the triangle of Koch (TK). METHODS: This cross-sectional analytical study was conducted on 28 fetal hearts. The dimensions and area of the TK were calculated by two methods, M1 (anatomical) and M2 (clinical). The position of the CS was defined with respect to the tendon of Todaro...
January 2017: Indian Heart Journal
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28228160/assessment-of-lymphatic-filariasis-prior-to-re-starting-mass-drug-administration-campaigns-in-coastal-kenya
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Sammy M Njenga, Henry M Kanyi, Faith M Mutungi, Collins Okoyo, Hadley S Matendechero, Rachel L Pullan, Katherine E Halliday, Simon J Brooker, C Njeri Wamae, Joyce K Onsongo, Kimberly Y Won
BACKGROUND: Lymphatic filariasis (LF) is a debilitating disease associated with extensive disfigurement and is one of a diverse group of diseases referred to as neglected tropical diseases (NTDs) which mainly occur among the poorest populations. In line with global recommendations to eliminate LF, Kenya launched its LF elimination programme in 2002 with the aim to implement annual mass drug administration (MDA) in order to interrupt LF transmission. However, the programme faced financial and administrative challenges over the years such that sustained annual MDA was not possible...
February 22, 2017: Parasites & Vectors
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28227853/fast-submicrometer-scale-imaging-of-whole-zebrafish-using-the-knife-edge-scanning-microscope
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Daniel E Miller, Raj S Shah, Wencong Zhang, Jaewook Yoo, Jaerock Kwon, David Mayerich, John Keyser, Louise C Abbott, Yoonsuck Choe, Daniel E Miller, Raj S Shah, Wencong Zhang, Jaewook Yoo, Jaerock Kwon, David Mayerich, John Keyser, Louise C Abbott, Yoonsuck Choe, Jaewook Yoo, Louise C Abbott, Wencong Zhang, John Keyser, Raj S Shah, Daniel E Miller, Jaerock Kwon, David Mayerich, Yoonsuck Choe
Advances in high-resolution 3D microscopy have enabled the investigation of subcellular microstructures in biological specimen. For a full understanding of the organism's structure and function, it is mandatory to obtain data from the whole animal, not just parts of it. In this paper, we present our work with the Knife-Edge Scanning Microscope (KESM) for imaging a Nissl-stained whole zebrafish larva. KESM combines a diamond microtome and line-scan imaging for simultaneous sectioning and imaging in 3D. We show that using the KESM, a zebrafish, less than 3 mm long and diameter less than 500 μm, can be imaged within 1 hour at a resolution of 0...
August 2016: Conference Proceedings: Annual International Conference of the IEEE Engineering in Medicine and Biology Society
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28227475/label-free-detection-of-sex-determining-region-y-sry-via-capacitive-biosensor
#16
Shilpa Sivashankar, Christos Sapsanis, Sumeyra Agambayev, Ulrich Buttner, Khaled Nabil Salama, Shilpa Sivashankar, Christos Sapsanis, Sumeyra Agambayev, Ulrich Buttner, Khaled Nabil Salama, Khaled Nabil Salama, Shilpa Sivashankar, Sumeyra Agambayev, Christos Sapsanis, Ulrich Buttner
In this work, we present for the first time, the use of a simple fractal capacitive biosensor for the quantification and detection of sex-determining region Y (SRY) genes. This section of genetic code, which is found on the Y chromosome, finds importance for study as it causes fetuses to develop characteristics of male sex-like gonads when a mutation occurs. It is also an important genetic code in men, and disorders involving the SRY gene can cause infertility and sexual malfunction that lead to a variety of gene mutational disorders...
August 2016: Conference Proceedings: Annual International Conference of the IEEE Engineering in Medicine and Biology Society
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28226645/application-of-audio-fingerprinting-to-neonatal-eeg
#17
B M Murphy, C O'Driscoll, I Korotchikova, G B Boylan, G Lightbody, W P Marnane, B M Murphy, C O'Driscoll, I Korotchikova, G B Boylan, G Lightbody, W P Marnane, C O'driscoll, G Lightbody, W P Marnane, I Korotchikova, G B Boylan, B M Murphy
A clinical neurophysiologist must recognize patterns in EEG signals to evaluate the health of a patient's brain activity. Rare or unusual patterns may take time to correctly identify. The ability to automatically assist this recall would be beneficial in ensuring that appropriate measures could be taken in a timely fashion. Audio fingerprinting is a method used to identify songs using only a snippet of the song. Fingerprints are extracted from a sub-section of the song and matched against a database of previously computed fingerprints...
August 2016: Conference Proceedings: Annual International Conference of the IEEE Engineering in Medicine and Biology Society
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28226203/characteristic-changes-in-decidual-gene-expression-signature-in-spontaneous-term-parturition
#18
Haidy El-Azzamy, Andrea Balogh, Roberto Romero, Yi Xu, Christopher LaJeunesse, Olesya Plazyo, Zhonghui Xu, Theodore G Price, Zhong Dong, Adi L Tarca, Zoltan Papp, Sonia S Hassan, Tinnakorn Chaiworapongsa, Chong Jai Kim, Nardhy Gomez-Lopez, Nandor Gabor Than
Background: The decidua has been implicated in the "terminal pathway" of human term parturition, which is characterized by the activation of pro-inflammatory pathways in gestational tissues. However, the transcriptomic changes in the decidua leading to terminal pathway activation have not been systematically explored. This study aimed to compare the decidual expression of developmental signaling and inflammation-related genes before and after spontaneous term labor in order to reveal their involvement in this process...
February 22, 2017: Journal of Pathology and Translational Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28226180/a33-shows-similar-sensitivity-to-but-is-more-specific-than-cdx2-as-an-immunomarker-of-colorectal-carcinoma
#19
Newton A C S Wong, Lukasz A Adamczyk, Shanna Evans, Jayne Cullen, Anca Oniscu, Karin A Oien
AIMS: CDX2 is widely used as a sensitive and specific immunomarker for colorectal carcinoma (CRC) but neither this sensitivity nor specificity is absolute. This study is the first known comparison of CDX1 and A33 against CDX2 as immunomarkers for CRC. METHODS AND RESULTS: As a pilot study, whole sections of 51 cases of liver metastatic carcinoma of different origins - colorectum (n=32), breast (n=3), oesophagogastric tract (n=4), lung (n=3), pancreas (n=8), and prostate (n=1) - were immunostained with CDX1, CDX2 and A33...
February 22, 2017: Histopathology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28226179/the-use-of-theory-in-family-therapy-research-content-analysis-and-update
#20
Ruoxi Chen, Alexandria C Hughes, Jason P Austin
In this study, we evaluated 275 empirical studies from Journal of Marital and Family Therapy and Family Process from 2010 to 2015 on their use of theory, and compared our findings to those of a similar previous analysis (Hawley & Geske, 2000). Overall, theory seems to have become much better incorporated in empirical family therapy research, with only 16.4% of the articles not using theory in either their introductory or discussion sections. Theory appeared better incorporated in the introductory sections than in the discussion sections...
February 22, 2017: Journal of Marital and Family Therapy
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