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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28335510/gender-recognition-from-human-body-images-using-visible-light-and-thermal-camera-videos-based-on-a-convolutional-neural-network-for-image-feature-extraction
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Dat Tien Nguyen, Ki Wan Kim, Hyung Gil Hong, Ja Hyung Koo, Min Cheol Kim, Kang Ryoung Park
Extracting powerful image features plays an important role in computer vision systems. Many methods have previously been proposed to extract image features for various computer vision applications, such as the scale-invariant feature transform (SIFT), speed-up robust feature (SURF), local binary patterns (LBP), histogram of oriented gradients (HOG), and weighted HOG. Recently, the convolutional neural network (CNN) method for image feature extraction and classification in computer vision has been used in various applications...
March 20, 2017: Sensors
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28334722/even-a-moderate-fluid-removal-rate-during-individualised-haemodialysis-session-times-is-associated-with-decreased-patient-survival
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Charles Chazot, Cyril Vo-Van, Christie Lorriaux, Patrik Deleaval, Brice Mayor, Jean-Marc Hurot, Guillaume Jean
BACKGROUND: Several studies report that fluid removal rate (FRR) above 10-13 mL/h/kg is associated with increased mortality in haemodialysis (HD) patients. AIM: The aims of this study are to assess the influence of moderate FRR on survival in a cohort of prevalent dialysis patients with various dialysis session times and to challenge the FRR thresholds associated with increased mortality risk reported previously. METHODS: Interdialytic weight gain (IDWG) and FRR (calculated from ultrafiltration [UF], target weight, and session time prescriptions) were studied in 190 prevalent dialysis patients (female: 42%, mean age: 69...
March 24, 2017: Blood Purification
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28334234/breast-cancer-risk-associated-variants-at-6q25-1-influence-risk-of-hepatocellular-carcinoma-in-a-chinese-population
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Jiaoyuan Li, Ying Wang, Ying Zhu, Yajie Gong, Yang Yang, Jianbo Tian, Yi Zhang, Danyi Zou, Xiating Peng, Juntao Ke, Jing Gong, Rong Zhong, Jiang Chang
The gender disparity observed in the incidence of hepatocellular carcinoma (HCC) suggests an important role of estrogens in HCC pathogenesis. In this study, we conducted a case-control study to investigate whether breast cancer risk-associated single nucleotide polymorphisms (SNPs) located at estrogens loci identified by genome-wide association studies (GWASs) also predispose to HCC in a Chinese population. Three candidate SNPs at 6q25.1 were genotyped in 2,025 HCC cases and 2,032 healthy controls. Differential expression analyses and expression quantitative trait loci (eQTL) analyses were conducted to further explore the role of significant SNPs and genes they reside in...
March 3, 2017: Carcinogenesis
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28334007/a-functional-variant-in-neph3-gene-confers-high-risk-of-renal-failure-in-primary-hematuric-glomerulopathies-evidence-for-predisposition-to-microalbuminuria-in-the-general-population
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Konstantinos Voskarides, Charalambos Stefanou, Myrtani Pieri, Panayiota Demosthenous, Kyriakos Felekkis, Maria Arsali, Yiannis Athanasiou, Dimitris Xydakis, Kostas Stylianou, Eugenios Daphnis, Giorgos Goulielmos, Petros Loizou, Judith Savige, Martin Höhne, Linus A Völker, Thomas Benzing, Patrick H Maxwell, Daniel P Gale, Mathias Gorski, Carsten Böger, Barbara Kollerits, Florian Kronenberg, Bernhard Paulweber, Michalis Zavros, Alkis Pierides, Constantinos Deltas
BACKGROUND: Recent data emphasize that thin basement membrane nephropathy (TBMN) should not be viewed as a form of benign familial hematuria since chronic renal failure (CRF) and even end-stage renal disease (ESRD), is a possible development for a subset of patients on long-term follow-up, through the onset of focal and segmental glomerulosclerosis (FSGS). We hypothesize that genetic modifiers may explain this variability of symptoms. METHODS: We looked in silico for potentially deleterious functional SNPs, using very strict criteria, in all the genes significantly expressed in the slit diaphragm (SD)...
2017: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28333758/cutaneous-burn-injury-modulates-urinary-antimicrobial-peptide-responses-and-the-urinary-microbiome
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Jennifer K Plichta, Casey J Holmes, Vanessa Nienhouse, Michelle Puszynski, Xiang Gao, Qunfeng Dong, Huaiying Lin, James Sinacore, Michael Zilliox, Evelyn Toh, David E Nelson, Richard L Gamelli, Katherine A Radek
OBJECTIVES: Characterization of urinary bacterial microbiome and antimicrobial peptides after burn injury to identify potential mechanisms leading to urinary tract infections and associated morbidities in burn patients. DESIGN: Retrospective cohort study using human urine from control and burn subjects. SETTING: University research laboratory. PATIENTS: Burn patients. INTERVENTIONS: None. MEASUREMENTS AND MAIN RESULTS: Urine samples from catheterized burn patients were collected hourly for up to 40 hours...
March 22, 2017: Critical Care Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28333581/the-social-construction-of-fibromyalgia-as-a-health-problem-from-the-perspective-of-policies-professionals-and-patients
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Erica Briones-Vozmediano
BACKGROUND: Fibromyalgia is a painful chronic disease, suffered mainly by women, that consolidates a number of symptoms and skeletal muscle issues which are little understood. OBJECTIVES: To explore the social construction of FM from the perspective of health policies, patients, and health professionals involved in their medical attention. METHODS: I) Policy review of national and regional health plans in a national and international context, the clinical protocols for fibromyalgia in Spain, and the Parliamentary initials in the European and Spanish context; and ii) Qualitative study involving 28 personal interviews with 16 fibromyalgia patients and 12 interviews with health care professionals in Spain...
2017: Global Health Action
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28333528/achievement-goal-profiles-among-adolescent-males-and-females
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David Litalien, Alexandre J S Morin, Dennis M McInerney
Achievement goal theory has long been a dominant model in the study of student motivation. However, a relatively small number of researchers have investigated gender differences in achievement goals or have considered the possible role that social and extrinsic goals may play in student academic motivation. Adopting a person-centered multiple goals perspective based on personal investment theory, this longitudinal study investigated whether males and females shared similar goal profiles, and whether the predictors (facilitating conditions) and outcomes (learning processes, task perseverance, and future aspirations) of these profiles were equivalent across genders...
April 2017: Developmental Psychology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28333477/perceived-discrimination-cultural-identity-development-and-intimate-partner-violence-among-a-sample-of-hispanic-young-adults
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Myriam Forster, Timothy J Grigsby, Daniel W Soto, Steve Y Sussman, Jennifer B Unger
OBJECTIVE: Despite the prevalence of interpersonal violence (IPV), scientific understanding of the risk and protective factors for unidirectional and bidirectional IPV, and especially the role of sociocultural variables in these behaviors, is limited. This study investigates the association between ethnic-identity search, ethnic-identity affirmation, perceived discrimination, and unidirectional (victimization only, perpetration only) and bidirectional (reciprocal violence) IPV behaviors among foreign-born and U...
March 23, 2017: Cultural Diversity & Ethnic Minority Psychology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28332875/the-biologic-basis-of-transgender-identity-2d-4d-finger-length-ratios-implicate-a-role-for-prenatal-androgen-activity
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Matthew Leinung, Christina Wu
Objective The biologic basis for gender identity is unknown. Research has shown that the ratio of the length of the second and fourth digits (2D:4D) in mammals is influenced by gender in utero, but data on 2D:4D ratios in transgender individuals are scarce and contradictory. We sought an association with 2D:4D ratio and gender identity in our transgender clinic population in Albany, NY. Methods We prospectively recruited 118 transgender subjects undergoing hormonal therapy (50 female to male (FTM) and 68 male to female (MTF) for finger length measurement...
March 23, 2017: Endocrine Practice
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28332868/is-autoimmunology-a-discipline-of-its-own-a-big-data-based-bibliometric-and-scientometric-analyses
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Abdulla Watad, Nicola Luigi Bragazzi, Mohammad Adawi, Howard Amital, Shaye Kivity, Naim Mahroum, Miri Blank, Yehuda Shoenfeld
Autoimmunology is a super-specialty of immunology specifically dealing with autoimmune disorders. To assess the extant literature concerning autoimmune disorders, bibliometric and scientometric analyses (namely, research topics/keywords co-occurrence, journal co-citation, citations, and scientific output trends - both crude and normalized, authors network, leading authors, countries, and organizations analysis) were carried out using open-source software, namely, VOSviewer and SciCurve. A corpus of 169,519 articles containing the keyword "autoimmunity" was utilized, selecting PubMed/MEDLINE as bibliographic thesaurus...
March 23, 2017: Autoimmunity
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28332107/mechanisms-driving-gender-differences-in-asthma
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Hubaida Fuseini, Dawn C Newcomb
PURPOSE OF REVIEW: Many phenotypes of asthma exist, ranging from mild asthma with onset during childhood to severe asthma with later onset, making asthma a broad disease with different pathologies. A gender disparity exists in asthma prevalence. As adults, women have an increased asthma prevalence compared to men. Further, women are more likely to have severe asthma and a later onset of asthma compared to men. Here, we review clinical and animal studies that have defined the role of sex hormones in airway inflammation, smooth muscle contraction, mucus production, and airway mechanics associated with asthma pathogenesis...
March 2017: Current Allergy and Asthma Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28330882/adiponectin-and-resistin-a-role-in-the-hypothalamo-pituitary-gonadal-axis
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Agnieszka Rak, Namya Mellouk, Pascal Froment, Joëlle Dupont
Adipokines, including adiponectin and resistin, are cytokines produced mainly by adipose tissue. They play a significant role in the metabolic functions that regulate insulin sensitivity and inflammation. Alteration of adiponectin and resistin plasma levels, or their expression in metabolic and gonadal tissue, are observed in some metabolic pathologies, such as obesity. Several studies have shown that these two hormones and the receptors for adiponectin, AdipoR1 and AdipoR2, are present in various reproductive tissues in both sexes of different species...
March 22, 2017: Reproduction: the Official Journal of the Society for the Study of Fertility
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28329854/widowhood-and-depression-in-a-cross-national-perspective-evidence-from-the-united-states-europe-korea-and-china
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Apoorva Jadhav, David Weir
Objectives: We explore marital and depression trajectories over time for men and women, and distinguish between mood and somatic depression across contexts. Method: We use longitudinal data from 2002 to 2013 from the United States, England, Europe, Korea, and China to explore depression among individuals married at baseline and follow their trajectories into widowhood with married as the reference group. We use random effects models to estimate these trajectories using the Center for Epidemiologic Studies Depression Scale (CES-D) or EURO-D scales for men and women...
March 8, 2017: Journals of Gerontology. Series B, Psychological Sciences and Social Sciences
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28329644/family-history-of-cancer-in-relation-to-the-risk-of-keratinocyte-carcinoma-plus-another-type-of-cancer-a-case-control-study
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J Small, C Flanagan, K Armeson, D Perry, R Marchell, B Thiers, A J Alberg
BackgroundA personal history of keratinocyte carcinoma (KC) is associated with increased risk for other malignancies. To assess the role of inherited cancer predisposition we investigated if family history (FH) of skin cancer plus noncutaneous malignancy is associated with the risk of KC plus another type of cancer.MethodsThis clinic-based case-control study of non-Hispanic Caucasians had three age- and gender-matched groups: KC plus another cancer (n=49), KC only (n=50), and cancer-free controls (n=50). Patients were interviewed to assess FH in first-degree relatives of "skin cancer" and "cancer other than skin cancer...
September 15, 2016: Dermatology Online Journal
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28329630/body-mass-index-height-and-early-onset-basal-cell-carcinoma-in-a-case-control-study
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Yanchang Zhang, Brenda Cartmel, Courtney C Choy, Annette M Molinaro, David J Leffell, Allen E Bale, Susan T Mayne, Leah M Ferucci
BackgroundBasal cell carcinoma (BCC) is the most common malignancy in the US. Body mass index (BMI) and height have been associated with a variety of cancer types, yet the evidence regarding BCC is limited. Therefore, we evaluated BMI and height in relation to early- onset BCC and explored the potential role of ultraviolet (UV) radiation exposure as well as estrogen-related exposures in the BMI-BCC relationship.MethodsBCC cases (n=377) diagnosed under age 40 were identified through a central dermatopathology facility in Connecticut...
September 15, 2016: Dermatology Online Journal
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28328303/the-role-of-pain-in-quitting-among-human-immunodeficiency-virus-hiv-positive-smokers-enrolled-in-a-smoking-cessation-trial
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Carrie J Aigner, Ellen R Gritz, Irene Tamí-Maury, George P Baum, Roberto C Arduino, Damon J Vidrine
BACKGROUND: Smoking rates among people living with human immunodeficiency virus/acquired immunodeficiency syndrome (HIV/AIDS; PLWHA) are at least twice as high as rates in the general population. Consistent with the reciprocal model of pain and smoking, PLWHA with pain who smoke may use smoking as a means of coping with pain, thus presenting a potential barrier to quitting. The aim of this study is to better understand how pain relates to smoking cessation among 474 HIV-positive adults enrolled in a cell phone-delivered smoking cessation trial...
February 8, 2017: Substance Abuse
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28327672/tox-and-adipoq-gene-polymorphisms-are-associated-with-antipsychotic-induced-weight-gain-in-han-chinese
#17
Shen Li, Chengai Xu, Yuan Tian, Xueshi Wang, Rui Jiang, Miaomiao Zhang, Lili Wang, Guifu Yang, Ying Gao, Chenyu Song, Yukun He, Ying Zhang, Jie Li, Wei-Dong Li
To find the genetic markers related to the antipsychotic-induced weight gain (AIWG), we analyzed associations among candidate gene single-nucleotide polymorphisms (SNPs) and quantitative traits of weight changes and lipid profiles in a Chinese Han population. A total of 339 schizophrenic patients, including 86 first-episode patients (FEPs), meeting the entry criteria were collected. All patients received atypical antipsychotic drug monotherapy and hospitalization and were followed for 12 weeks. Forty-three SNPs in 23 candidate genes were calculated for quantitative genetic association with AIWG, performed by PLINK...
March 22, 2017: Scientific Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28327451/hs-crp-and-all-cause-cardiovascular-and-cancer-mortality-risk-a-meta-analysis
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Yunwei Li, Xiaoming Zhong, Guanchang Cheng, Cuihua Zhao, Lei Zhang, Yan Hong, Qilin Wan, Ruili He, Zhizhong Wang
BACKGROUND AND AIMS: Inconsistent findings have been reported on the association between high-sensitivity C-reactive protein (hs-CRP) and mortality risk. The objective of this meta-analysis was to investigate the association of elevated baseline hs-CRP levels with all-cause, cardiovascular, and cancer mortality risk in the general population. METHODS: PubMed and Embase were systematically searched for studies published from inception to October 2016. Prospective observational studies were eligible if they reported the effects of elevated baseline hs-CRP levels on cancer-related, cardiovascular or all-cause mortality in the general population...
February 9, 2017: Atherosclerosis
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28326354/vitamin-d-status-in-children-over-three-decades-do-children-get-enough-vitamin-d
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Björn Andersson, Diana Swolin-Eide, Per Magnusson, Kerstin Albertsson-Wikland
Vitamin D is a key player in the endocrine regulation of calcium and phosphate metabolism and plays a pivotal role in the acquisition of bone mass during childhood. This study investigated long-term data of vitamin D levels in children and adolescents between 1 and 18 years of age. Serum 25-hydroxyvitamin D (25(OH)D) was analyzed between 1982 and 2013 in 2048 Swedish Caucasian children (mean age ± SD, 8.59 ± 3.68 years; 1197 boys). Overall, 704 (34%) children had below recommended levels of 50 nmol/L; however, only 63 (3%) had levels below 25 nmol/L, i...
December 2016: Bone Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28326115/self-injury-and-suicide-attempt-in-relation-with-trauma-and-dissociation-among-adolescents-with-dissociative-and-non-dissociative-disorders
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Filiz Kılıç, Murat Coşkun, Hasan Bozkurt, İlyas Kaya, Salih Zoroğlu
OBJECTIVE: To explore the role of trauma and dissociation over self-injurious behaviors (SIB) and suicide attempts (SA) in adolescents. METHODS: A total of 207 adolescents participated in the study. After conducting diagnostic interview, participants were divided into five groups as subjects with dissociative disorders (DD), attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD), major depressive disorder (MDD) and anxiety disorders (AD), and a control group (CG) without any psychiatric disorder...
March 2017: Psychiatry Investigation
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