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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28923284/fertility-outcome-and-information-on-fertility-issues-in-individuals-with-different-forms-of-disorders-of-sex-development-findings-from-the-dsd-life-study
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Jolanta Słowikowska-Hilczer, Angelica Lindén Hirschberg, Hedi Claahsen-van der Grinten, Nicole Reisch, Claire Bouvattier, Ute Thyen, Peggy Cohen Kettenis, Robert Roehle, Birgit Köhler, Anna Nordenström
OBJECTIVE: To investigate fertility outcome in individuals with different forms of disorders of sex development (DSD), if assisted reproductive technology (ART) was used, and the patients' satisfaction with the information they had received. DESIGN: A cross-sectional multicenter study, dsd-LIFE. SETTING: Not applicable. PATIENT(S): A total of 1,040 patients aged ≥16 years with different DSD diagnoses participated...
September 15, 2017: Fertility and Sterility
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28922377/c-reactive-protein-upregulates-the-whole-blood-expression-of-cd59-an-integrative-analysis
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Kaido Lepik, Tarmo Annilo, Viktorija Kukuškina, Kai Kisand, Zoltán Kutalik, Pärt Peterson, Hedi Peterson
Elevated C-reactive protein (CRP) concentrations in the blood are associated with acute and chronic infections and inflammation. Nevertheless, the functional role of increased CRP in multiple bacterial and viral infections as well as in chronic inflammatory diseases remains unclear. Here, we studied the relationship between CRP and gene expression levels in the blood in 491 individuals from the Estonian Biobank cohort, to elucidate the role of CRP in these inflammatory mechanisms. As a result, we identified a set of 1,614 genes associated with changes in CRP levels with a high proportion of interferon-stimulated genes...
September 18, 2017: PLoS Computational Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28918877/raltegravir-1200-mg-once-daily-versus-raltegravir-400-mg-twice-daily-with-tenofovir-disoproxil-fumarate-and-emtricitabine-for-previously-untreated-hiv-1-infection-a-randomised-double-blind-parallel-group-phase-3-non-inferiority-trial
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Pedro Cahn, Richard Kaplan, Paul E Sax, Kathleen Squires, Jean-Michel Molina, Anchalee Avihingsanon, Winai Ratanasuwan, Evelyn Rojas, Mohammed Rassool, Mark Bloch, Linos Vandekerckhove, Peter Ruane, Yazdan Yazdanpanah, Christine Katlama, Xia Xu, Anthony Rodgers, Lilly East, Larissa Wenning, Sandy Rawlins, Brenda Homony, Peter Sklar, Bach-Yen Nguyen, Randi Leavitt, Hedy Teppler
BACKGROUND: Once daily regimens are preferred for HIV-1 treatment, to facilitate adherence and improve quality of life. We compared a new once daily formulation of raltegravir to the currently marketed twice daily formulation. METHODS: In this randomised, double-blind, parallel-group, phase 3, non-inferiority study, we enrolled participants aged 18 years or older with HIV-1 RNA of 1000 or more copies per mL and no previous antiretroviral treatment at 139 sites worldwide...
September 11, 2017: Lancet HIV
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28894785/experimental-study-of-a-pack-of-supercapacitors-used-in-electric-vehicles
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Amari Mansour, Chabchoub Mohamed Hedi, Bacha Faouzi
Electric vehicles have recently attracted research interest. An electric vehicle is composed of two energy sources, such as fuel cells and ultracapacitors, which are employed to provide, respectively, the steady-state and transient power demanded by the vehicle. A bidirectional DC-DC converter is needed to interface the ultracapacitor to a DC bus. The pack of ultracapacitor consists of many cells in series and possibly also in parallel. In this regard, this paper introduces a comparative study between two packs of supercapacitors...
2017: TheScientificWorldJournal
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28869742/persistent-organic-pollutants-in-farmed-european-seabass-dicentrarchus-labrax-linnaeus-1758-from-sicily-italy
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Giuseppa Di Bella, Elisabetta Russo, Angela Giorgia Potortì, Vincenzo Lo Turco, Emanuele Saija, Hedi Ben Monsour, Giorgio Calabrese, Giacomo Dugo
Farmed European seabass (Dicentrarchus labrax, Linnaeus, 1758) were collected during 2016 from one Sicilian fish farm which uses two different rearing systems: sea cage and concrete tank, for determination of PCB, OCP and PAH residues, by HRGC-MS/MS. Moreover, commercial feed was analyzed. The aims of this study was to verify if the different rearing systems affect the concentration of these compounds and to verify the safety of cultured fish. PCBs represent the pollutants with the highest concentration and in particular, PCB138 and 153 have the highest concentration in almost all samples...
September 4, 2017: Food Additives & Contaminants. Part A, Chemistry, Analysis, Control, Exposure & Risk Assessment
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28861084/autoantibody-repertoire-in-apeced-patients-targets-two-distinct-subgroups-of-proteins
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Dmytro Fishman, Kai Kisand, Christina Hertel, Mike Rothe, Anu Remm, Maire Pihlap, Priit Adler, Jaak Vilo, Aleksandr Peet, Antonella Meloni, Katarina Trebusak Podkrajsek, Tadej Battelino, Øyvind Bruserud, Anette S B Wolff, Eystein S Husebye, Nicolas Kluger, Kai Krohn, Annamari Ranki, Hedi Peterson, Adrian Hayday, Pärt Peterson
High titer autoantibodies produced by B lymphocytes are clinically important features of many common autoimmune diseases. APECED patients with deficient autoimmune regulator (AIRE) gene collectively display a broad repertoire of high titer autoantibodies, including some which are pathognomonic for major autoimmune diseases. AIRE deficiency severely reduces thymic expression of gene-products ordinarily restricted to discrete peripheral tissues, and developing T cells reactive to those gene-products are not inactivated during their development...
2017: Frontiers in Immunology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28846769/collaborative-care-for-opioid-and-alcohol-use-disorders-in-primary-care-the-summit-randomized-clinical-trial
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Katherine E Watkins, Allison J Ober, Karen Lamp, Mimi Lind, Claude Setodji, Karen Chan Osilla, Sarah B Hunter, Colleen M McCullough, Kirsten Becker, Praise O Iyiewuare, Allison Diamant, Keith Heinzerling, Harold Alan Pincus
Importance: Primary care offers an important and underutilized setting to deliver treatment for opioid and/or alcohol use disorders (OAUD). Collaborative care (CC) is effective but has not been tested for OAUD. Objective: To determine whether CC for OAUD improves delivery of evidence-based treatments for OAUD and increases self-reported abstinence compared with usual primary care. Design, Setting, and Participants: A randomized clinical trial of 377 primary care patients with OAUD was conducted in 2 clinics in a federally qualified health center...
August 28, 2017: JAMA Internal Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28845624/prenatal-treatment-with-dexamethasone-in-suspected-congenital-adrenal-hyperplasia-and-orofacial-cleft-a-case-report-and-review-of-the-literature
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Yvonne Rijk, Janielle van Alfen-van der Velden, Hedi L Claahsen-van der Grinten
Congenital adrenal hyperplasia (CAH) due to 21 hydroxylase deficiency is a genetic disorder that leads to hypocortisolism, hyperandrogenism and, in the most severe forms, also to hypoaldosteronism. Girls with classic CAH are born with virilized external genitalia. Prenatal dexamethasone (DXM) treatment can reduce virilization but may have side effects for mother and fetus. We present the first case of a girl who was born with CAH and an orofacial cleft. She was treated with prenatal DXM to prevent virilization...
September 2017: Pediatric Endocrinology Reviews: PER
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28845063/spread-of-water-borne-pollutants-at-traffic-accidents-on-roads
#9
Bo Olofsson, Hedi Rasul, Annika Lundmark
Traffic accidents sometimes lead to the spread of hazardous compounds to the environment. Accidental spills of hazardous compounds on roads in the vicinity of vulnerable objects such as water supplies pose a serious threat to water quality and have to be assessed. This study compared three different assessment methods, electrical resistivity measurements, analytical flow calculations, and 1D and 2D dynamic flow modeling, to describe rapid transport processes in the road shoulder and roadside verge after a major spill...
2017: Water, Air, and Soil Pollution
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28843132/henry-where-have-you-lost-your-self
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Nathalie Philippi, Daniel Roquet, Hédi Ben Malek, Vincent Noblet, Anne Botzung, Benjamin Cretin, Frédéric Blanc
The Self is a complex construct encompassing distinct components, including episodic and semantic autobiographical memory, the Self-concept, and the subjective sense of Self, which highest level consists of Self-awareness. The neuro-anatomical correlates are complex, and it is debated as to whether a common region could support these different components of the Self, with a particular interest for the cortical midline structures and the medial prefrontal cortex (MPFC). Alzheimer's disease (AD) constitutes an interesting model for the study of Self as autobiographical memory typically deteriorates as the disease progresses...
July 14, 2017: Cortex; a Journal Devoted to the Study of the Nervous System and Behavior
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28837450/identifying-persistent-asthma-in-children-a-comparison-of-healthcare-effectiveness-data-and-information-set-criteria-and-national-heart-lung-and-blood-institute-guidelines
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Ashleigh Hall, Carol Smolij, Beth Moughan, Amer Kechli, Stephen Aronoff
Persistent asthma requires a daily controller medication. National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute (NHLBI) guidelines and Healthcare Effectiveness Data and Information Set (HEDIS) quality measures are used to identify persistent asthma, the former method used by clinicians, and the latter by managed care organizations (MCOs). This study aims to determine the degree of agreement between these criteria in classifying pediatric persistent asthma. Asthmatic patients aged 5-18 years old in a university pediatric practice who were continuously enrolled with one MCO from January 1, 2012 to December 31, 2013 (Cohort 1: 329 patients) and January 1, 2013 to December 31, 2014 (Cohort 2: 212 patients) were identified...
August 22, 2017: Journal for Healthcare Quality: Official Publication of the National Association for Healthcare Quality
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28837260/selective-biligand-inhibitor-of-ck2-increases-caspase-3-activity-in-cancerous-cells-and-inhibits-platelet-aggregation
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Hedi Rahnel, Kaido Viht, Darja Lavogina, Olga Mazina, Tõiv Haljasorg, Erki Enkvist, Asko Uri
The pleiotropic nature, role in many cellular processes, and constitutive activity of protein kinase CK2 exemplify its importance in a number of diseases, e.g. thrombosis and cancer. Compounds developed in this paper represent a novel class of biologically active scaffold that may be developed into promising drug candidates, but also applied to study the yet still unspecified pathways regulated by CK2. Biligand inhibitors of CK2 were constructed by conjugating 4-(2-amino-1,3-thiazol-5-yl)benzoic acid and carboxylate-rich peptoids...
August 24, 2017: ChemMedChem
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28821302/participation-of-adults-with-disorders-differences-of-sex-development-dsd-in-the-clinical-study-dsd-life-design-methodology-recruitment-data-quality-and-study-population
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Robert Röhle, Katharina Gehrmann, Maria Szarras-Czapnik, Hedi Claahsen-van der Grinten, Catherine Pienkowski, Claire Bouvattier, Peggy Cohen-Kettenis, Anna Nordenström, Ute Thyen, Birgit Köhler
BACKGROUND: dsd-LIFE is a comprehensive cross-sectional clinical outcome study of individuals with disorders/differences of sex development (DSD). This study focuses on various rare genetic conditions characterized by impaired gonadal or adrenal functionality. METHODS/DESIGN: The study aims to assess quality of life (QoL) as a measure of psychosocial adaptation, psychosexual and mental health aspects as major outcomes. Health status and functioning, medical and surgical therapies, participants' views on health care, psychological and social support, sociodemographic factors and their interrelations will be investigated as factors associated with the outcomes...
August 18, 2017: BMC Endocrine Disorders
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28801775/plasticizers-and-bisphenol-a-in-packaged-foods-sold-in-the-tunisian-markets-study-of-their-acute-in-vivo-toxicity-and-their-environmental-fate
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Asma Beltifa, Anouar Feriani, Monia Machreki, Asma Ghorbel, Lakhdar Ghazouani, Giuseppa Di Bella, Joris Van Loco, Tim Reyns, Hedi Ben Mansour
Today, processed and packaged foods are considered as among the major sources of human exposure to plasticizers and bisphenol which migrate from plastic packing. In the present study, a wide range of food products sold on the Tunisian market such as grain and grain products, milk and dairy products, fats and oil, drink, fish, and sweets have been analyzed firstly in order to identify the presence of phthalates and bisphenol. Then, the identified chemical molecules were studied for their environmental fate and tested in vivo for its toxicity in mice models...
August 12, 2017: Environmental Science and Pollution Research International
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28790368/signs-of-innate-immune-activation-and-premature-immunosenescence-in-psoriasis-patients
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Liisi Šahmatova, Elena Sügis, Marina Šunina, Helen Hermann, Ele Prans, Maire Pihlap, Kristi Abram, Ana Rebane, Hedi Peterson, Pärt Peterson, Külli Kingo, Kai Kisand
Psoriasis is a chronic inflammatory disease that affects skin and is associated with systemic inflammation and many serious comorbidities ranging from metabolic syndrome to cancer. Important discoveries about psoriasis pathogenesis have enabled the development of effective biological treatments blocking the T helper 17 pathway. However, it has not been settled whether psoriasis is a T cell-mediated autoimmune disease or an autoinflammatory disorder that is driven by exaggerated innate immune signalling. Our comparative gene expression and hierarchical cluster analysis reveal important gene circuits involving innate receptors...
August 8, 2017: Scientific Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28774465/a-new-preprocessing-parameter-estimation-based-on-geodesic-active-contour-model-for-automatic-vestibular-neuritis-diagnosis
#16
Amine Ben Slama, Aymen Mouelhi, Hanene Sahli, Sondes Manoubi, Chiraz Mbarek, Hedi Trabelsi, Farhat Fnaiech, Mounir Sayadi
The diagnostic of the vestibular neuritis (VN) presents many difficulties to traditional assessment methods This paper deals with a fully automatic VN diagnostic system based on nystagmus parameter estimation using a pupil detection algorithm. A geodesic active contour model is implemented to find an accurate segmentation region of the pupil. Hence, the novelty of the proposed algorithm is to speed up the standard segmentation by using a specific mask located on the region of interest. This allows a drastically computing time reduction and a great performance and accuracy of the obtained results...
July 2017: Artificial Intelligence in Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28756195/ozone-treatment-of-polysaccharides-from-arthrocnemum-indicum-physico-chemical-characterization-and-antiproliferative-activity
#17
Zeineb Mzoughi, Ibtissem Chakroun, Sarra Ben Hamida, Christophe Rihouey, Hedi Ben Mansour, Didier Le Cerf, Hatem Majdoub
The isolation, purification and ozone depolymerization of polysaccharides from Arthrocnemum indicum as well as the evaluation of their antiproliferative capacities were investigated. The ozone treatment for various reaction times (0, 15, 30, 45 and 60min) was employed as degradation method in order to attain lower molecular weight product with stronger antiproliferative property. According to FTIR, (1)H NMR and UV-vis analysis, the main chain of ozonolytic degraded polysaccharides could be preserved. The monosaccharide composition, which was determined via GC/MS analysis, showed that extracted polysaccharides were of type of arabinan-rich pectic polysaccharides...
July 26, 2017: International Journal of Biological Macromolecules
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28740640/effects-of-early-administration-of-acetazolamide-on-the-duration-of-mechanical-ventilation-in-patients-with-chronic-obstructive-pulmonary-disease-still-far-from-the-truth
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Mabrouk Bahloul, Rania Ammar, Abir Bouattour, Samar Bellil, Hedi Chelly, Anis Chaari, Mounir Bouaziz
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June 2017: Journal of Thoracic Disease
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28738686/disparities-in-diabetes-and-hypertension-care-for-individuals-with-serious-mental-illness
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Junqing Liu, Jonathan Brown, Suzanne Morton, D E B Potter, Lisa Patton, Milesh Patel, Rita Lewis, Sarah Hudson Scholle
OBJECTIVES: People with serious mental illnesses (SMI), including schizophrenia, bipolar disorder, and major depression, experience early mortality, partly due to comorbid physical health conditions such as diabetes and hypertension. This study examined the quality of diabetes and hypertension care for Medicaid and Medicare enrollees with SMI. STUDY DESIGN: We conducted a retrospective analysis of medical records and claims data from 3 health plans: a Medicaid plan for disabled adults, a Medicaid plan for low-income adults, and a Special Needs Plan for individuals dually enrolled in Medicaid and Medicare...
May 2017: American Journal of Managed Care
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28729154/tremelimumab-as-second-line-or-third-line-treatment-in-relapsed-malignant-mesothelioma-determine-a-multicentre-international-randomised-double-blind-placebo-controlled-phase-2b-trial
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Michele Maio, Arnaud Scherpereel, Luana Calabrò, Joachim Aerts, Susana Cedres Perez, Alessandra Bearz, Kristiaan Nackaerts, Dean A Fennell, Dariusz Kowalski, Anne S Tsao, Paul Taylor, Federica Grosso, Scott J Antonia, Anna K Nowak, Maria Taboada, Martina Puglisi, Paul K Stockman, Hedy L Kindler
BACKGROUND: New therapeutic strategies for malignant mesothelioma are urgently needed. In the DETERMINE study, we investigated the effects of the cytotoxic-T-lymphocyte-associated antigen 4 (CTLA-4) monoclonal antibody tremelimumab in patients with previously treated advanced malignant mesothelioma. METHODS: DETERMINE was a double-blind, placebo-controlled, phase 2b trial done at 105 study centres across 19 countries in patients with unresectable pleural or peritoneal malignant mesothelioma who had progressed after one or two previous systemic treatments for advanced disease...
September 2017: Lancet Oncology
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