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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28439600/factors-affecting-pregnancy-weight-gain-and-relationships-with-maternal-fetal-outcomes-in-turkey
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Nilufer Akgun, Huseyin L Keskin, Isık Ustuner, Gulden Pekcan, Ayse F Avsar
To determine the effects of pre-pregnancy body mass index (BMI) and gestational weight gain on maternal and fetal complications, and to examine whether Turkish women achieve the recommended gestational weight gain. We also investigated the relationship between pregnancy weight gain and mode of delivery, with an examination of maternal anthropometry.  Methods: A retrospective cross-sectional study was conducted on a population of 986 pregnant women between November 2011 and November 2015 at Atatürk Education and Research Hospital, Ankara, Turkey...
May 2017: Saudi Medical Journal
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28439535/a-murine-preclinical-syngeneic-transplantation-model-for-breast-cancer-precision-medicine
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Lorenzo Federico, Zechen Chong, Dong Zhang, Daniel J McGrail, Wei Zhao, Kang Jin Jeong, Christopher P Vellano, Zhenlin Ju, Mihai Gagea, Shuying Liu, Shreya Mitra, Jennifer B Dennison, Philip L Lorenzi, Robert Cardnell, Lixia Diao, Jing Wang, Yiling Lu, Lauren A Byers, Charles M Perou, Shiaw-Yih Lin, Gordon B Mills
We previously demonstrated that altered activity of lysophosphatidic acid in murine mammary glands promotes tumorigenesis. We have now established and characterized a heterogeneous collection of mouse-derived syngeneic transplants (MDSTs) as preclinical platforms for the assessment of personalized pharmacological therapies. Detailed molecular and phenotypic analyses revealed that MDSTs are the most heterogeneous group of genetically engineered mouse models (GEMMs) of breast cancer yet observed. Response of MDSTs to trametinib, a mitogen-activated protein kinase (MAPK) kinase inhibitor, correlated with RAS/MAPK signaling activity, as expected from studies in xenografts and clinical trials providing validation of the utility of the model...
April 2017: Science Advances
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28439480/development-of-microsatellite-markers-based-on-expressed-sequence-tags-in-asparagus-cochinchinensis-asparagaceae
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Bo-Yun Kim, Han-Sol Park, Jung-Hoon Lee, Myounghai Kwak, Young-Dong Kim
PREMISE OF THE STUDY: Transcriptome-derived simple sequence repeat (SSR) markers were developed in Asparagus cochinchinensis (Asparagaceae). Due to its application in traditional medicine, its wild populations are threatened by over-collection even in protected areas, requiring immediate conservation efforts. METHODS AND RESULTS: Based on transcriptome data of A. cochinchinensis, 96 primer pairs with two to seven alleles per locus were selected for initial validation; of those, 27 primer pairs amplified across all samples, resulting in 15 polymorphic and 12 monomorphic microsatellite markers...
April 2017: Applications in Plant Sciences
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28439079/translation-but-not-transfection-limits-clinically-relevant-exogenous-mrna-based-induction-of-alpha-4-integrin-expression-on-human-mesenchymal-stem-cells
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Adam Nowakowski, Anna Andrzejewska, Johannes Boltze, Franziska Nitzsche, Li-Li Cui, Jukka Jolkkonen, Piotr Walczak, Barbara Lukomska, Miroslaw Janowski
Mesenchymal stem cells (MSCs) represent promising resource of cells for regenerative medicine in neurological disorders. However, efficient and minimally invasive methods of MSCs delivery to the brain still have to be developed. Intra-arterial route is very promising, but MSCs are missing machinery for diapedesis through blood-brain barrier. Thus, here we have tested a mRNA-based method to induce transient expression of ITGA4, an adhesion molecule actively involved in cell extravasation. We observed that transfection with an ITGA4-mRNA construct bearing a conventional cap analogue (7-methylguanosine) failed to produce ITGA4 protein, but exogenous ITGA4-mRNA was detected in transfected MSCs...
April 24, 2017: Scientific Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28438380/the-role-of-muscle-strengthening-in-exercise-therapy-for-knee-osteoarthritis-a-systematic-review-and-meta-regression-analysis-of-randomized-trials
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Cecilie Bartholdy, Carsten Juhl, Robin Christensen, Hans Lund, Weiya Zhang, Marius Henriksen
OBJECTIVES: To analyze if exercise interventions for patients with knee osteoarthritis (OA) following the American College of Sports Medicine (ACSM) definition of muscle strength training differs from other types of exercise, and to analyze associations between changes in muscle strength, pain, and disability. METHODS: A systematic search in 5 electronic databases was performed to identify randomized controlled trials comparing exercise interventions with no intervention in knee OA, and reporting changes in muscle strength and in pain or disability assessed as standardized mean differences (SMD) with 95% confidence intervals (95% CI)...
March 18, 2017: Seminars in Arthritis and Rheumatism
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28438283/effects-of-prenatal-music-stimulation-on-fetal-cardiac-state-newborn-anthropometric-measurements-and-vital-signs-of-pregnant-women-a-randomized-controlled-trial
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J García González, M I Ventura Miranda, F Manchon García, T I Pallarés Ruiz, M L Marin Gascón, M Requena Mullor, R Alarcón Rodriguez, T Parron Carreño
BACKGROUND: Music has been used for medicinal purposes throughout history due to its variety of physiological, psychological and social effects. OBJECTIVE: To identify the effects of prenatal music stimulation on the vital signs of pregnant women at full term, on the modification of fetal cardiac status during a fetal monitoring cardiotocograph, and on anthropometric measurements of newborns taken after birth. MATERIAL AND METHOD: A randomized controlled trial was implemented...
May 2017: Complementary Therapies in Clinical Practice
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28438182/forced-fluid-removal-versus-usual-care-in-intensive-care-patients-with-high-risk-acute-kidney-injury-and-severe-fluid-overload-ffaki-study-protocol-for-a-randomised-controlled-pilot-trial
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Rasmus E Berthelsen, Theis Itenov, Anders Perner, Jens-Ulrik Jensen, Michael Ibsen, Andreas Emil Kryger Jensen, Morten Bestle
BACKGROUND: Intravenous administration of fluids is an essential part of critical care. While some fluid administration is likely beneficial, there is increasing observational evidence that the development of fluid overload is associated with increased mortality. There are no randomised trials to confirm this association in patients with acute kidney injury. We aim to perform a pilot trial to test the feasibility of forced fluid removal compared to standard care in patients with acute kidney injury and severe fluid overload, the FFAKI trial...
April 24, 2017: Trials
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28437558/genetic-diversity-of-bromeliaceae-species-from-the-atlantic-forest
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Y Sheu, A S Cunha-Machado, A B P L Gontijo, F C Favoreto, T B C Soares, F D Miranda
The Bromeliaceae family includes a range of species used for many purposes, including ornamental use and use as food, medicine, feed, and fiber. The state of Espírito Santo, Brazil is a center of diversity for this family in the Atlantic Forest. We evaluated the genetic diversity of five populations of the Bromeliaceae family, including specimens of the genera Aechmea, Billbergia (subfamily Bromelioideae), and Pitcairnia (subfamily Pitcairnioidea), all found in the Atlantic Forest and distributed in the state of Espírito Santo...
April 20, 2017: Genetics and Molecular Research: GMR
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28437214/speaker-introductions-at-internal-medicine-grand-rounds-forms-of-address-reveal-gender-bias
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Julia A Files, Anita P Mayer, Marcia G Ko, Patricia Friedrich, Marjorie Jenkins, Michael J Bryan, Suneela Vegunta, Christopher M Wittich, Melissa A Lyle, Ryan Melikian, Trevor Duston, Yu-Hui H Chang, Sharonne N Hayes
BACKGROUND: Gender bias has been identified as one of the drivers of gender disparity in academic medicine. Bias may be reinforced by gender subordinating language or differential use of formality in forms of address. Professional titles may influence the perceived expertise and authority of the referenced individual. The objective of this study is to examine how professional titles were used in the same and mixed-gender speaker introductions at Internal Medicine Grand Rounds (IMGR). METHODS: A retrospective observational study of video-archived speaker introductions at consecutive IMGR was conducted at two different locations (Arizona, Minnesota) of an academic medical center...
February 16, 2017: Journal of Women's Health
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28436965/a-three-dimensional-model-of-human-lung-development-and-disease-from-pluripotent-stem-cells
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Ya-Wen Chen, Sarah Xuelian Huang, Ana Luisa Rodrigues Toste de Carvalho, Siu-Hong Ho, Mohammad Naimul Islam, Stefano Volpi, Luigi D Notarangelo, Michael Ciancanelli, Jean-Laurent Casanova, Jahar Bhattacharya, Alice F Liang, Laura M Palermo, Matteo Porotto, Anne Moscona, Hans-Willem Snoeck
Recapitulation of lung development from human pluripotent stem cells (hPSCs) in three dimensions (3D) would allow deeper insight into human development, as well as the development of innovative strategies for disease modelling, drug discovery and regenerative medicine. We report here the generation from hPSCs of lung bud organoids (LBOs) that contain mesoderm and pulmonary endoderm and develop into branching airway and early alveolar structures after xenotransplantation and in Matrigel 3D culture. Expression analysis and structural features indicated that the branching structures reached the second trimester of human gestation...
April 24, 2017: Nature Cell Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28436634/-antiendotoxin-effect-of-jinhuaqingre-capsules
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Jiafu Hou, Leilei Wu, Yuting Cai, Changjiu Gao, Jindan An, Zhongcheng Yu
Objective: To investigate the anti-pyretic and anti-endotoxin effect of Chinese herb medicine Jinhuaqingre capsules. Methods: Thirty healthy male New Zealand rabbits with lipopolysaccharide-induced fever were divided into 5 groups (6 rabbits in each): animals in model group were given normal saline by gavage, animals in positive control group were given aspirin (0.2 g/kg), and animals in Jinhuaqingre groups were given Jinhuaqingre capsules 6.0, 3.0 or 1.5 g/kg, respectively. The changes in body temperature of rabbits were observed...
January 25, 2017: Zhejiang da Xue Xue Bao. Yi Xue Ban, Journal of Zhejiang University. Medical Sciences
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28436346/development-of-health-technology-assessment-in-romania
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Silvia Gabriela Scintee, Marius Ciutan
OBJECTIVES: The aim of this study was to describe and analyze the introduction of health technology (HTA) in Romania. METHODS: Based on a review of the literature and legislative documents and personal experiences and observations, the authors describe, evaluate, and explain the background and evolution of the HTA system. RESULTS: Initiatives to introduce HTA in Romania date from the early 1990s, but real steps were taken only in 2012 when the European Union Directive 2011/24/ on the application of patients' rights in cross-border health care had to be passed into Romanian law...
April 24, 2017: International Journal of Technology Assessment in Health Care
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28436327/mechanism-of-glucose-regulates-the-fruiting-body-formation-in-the-beech-culinary-medicinal-mushroom-hypsizygus-marmoreus-agaricomycetes
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Jin-Jing Zhang, Hui Chen, Min-Ying Xie, Ming-Jie Chen, Hai-Bo Hao, Hong Wang, Zhi-Yong Feng
To understand the fruiting process of Hypsizygus marmoreus, a synthetic liquid medium (SLM) was optimized to induce fruiting body initiation. Dependent on the SLM, the effect of a monofactor (glucose) on the fruiting bodies of H. marmoreus was studied at different concentrations (10 and 40 g/L). Primordia appeared approximately 10 days earlier in low-glucose media (LGM) than in high-glucose media (HGM), whereas mature fruiting bodies formed on mushrooms approximately 7 days earlier and more primordia developed into mature fruiting bodies when cultured in HGM...
2017: International Journal of Medicinal Mushrooms
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28436325/photoperiodic-responses-and-characterization-of-the-cmvvd-gene-encoding-a-blue-light-photoreceptor-from-the-medicinal-caterpillar-fungus-cordyceps-militaris-ascomycetes
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Xin Zhang, Xiaoming Dong, Xinhua Song, Fen Wang, Caihong Dong
Light is a necessary environmental factor for production of conidia and pigment, formation of stroma, and development of Cordyceps militaris, a well-known edible and medicinal mushroom. In this study, an obvious rhythm loop was observed in certain strains of C. militaris under conditions of alternating 12-hour intervals of dark and light. A possibly related gene, Cmvvd, the homologue of the blue-light photoreceptor of Neurospora crassa, was cloned from the genome of C. militaris. The protein CmVVD is predicted to be 203 amino acids in length and is characterized by the presence of a light, oxygen, or voltage domain...
2017: International Journal of Medicinal Mushrooms
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28436321/screening-of-bioactive-compounds-of-medicinal-mushrooms-collected-on-tunisian-territory
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Ayda Khadhri, Chedia Aouadhi, Samira Aschi-Smiti
This study is, to our knowledge, the first to investigate the pharmacological importance of wild Tunisian mushrooms. Ethanolic extracts of 5 Tunisian mushrooms-Phellinus torulosus, Fomes fomentarius, Trametes versicolor, Pisolithus albus, and Fomitopsis pinicola-were collected from the Kroumirie Region (North Tunisia). The dry basidomes of mushrooms were extracted using ethanol and evaluated for total polyphenol, flavonoid, flavonol, tannin, proanthocyanidin, and anthocyanin content. In addition, their antioxidant activities were determined using 3 assays (testing 2,2-diphenyl-1-picrylhydrazyl [DPPH] radical scavenging, the reducing power of iron, and the iron-chelating power)...
2017: International Journal of Medicinal Mushrooms
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28435985/elucidating-the-a%C3%AE-42-anti-aggregation-mechanism-of-action-of-tramiprosate-in-alzheimer-s-disease-integrating-molecular-analytical-methods-pharmacokinetic-and-clinical-data
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Petr Kocis, Martin Tolar, Jeremy Yu, William Sinko, Soumya Ray, Kaj Blennow, Howard Fillit, John A Hey
BACKGROUND: Amyloid beta (Aβ) oligomers play a critical role in the pathogenesis of Alzheimer's disease (AD) and represent a promising target for drug development. Tramiprosate is a small-molecule Aβ anti-aggregation agent that was evaluated in phase III clinical trials for AD but did not meet the primary efficacy endpoints; however, a pre-specified subgroup analysis revealed robust, sustained, and clinically meaningful cognitive and functional effects in patients with AD homozygous for the ε4 allele of apolipoprotein E4 (APOE4/4 homozygotes), who carry an increased risk for the disease...
April 24, 2017: CNS Drugs
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28435849/effects-of-cyclic-compression-on-the-mechanical-properties-and-calcification-process-of-immature-chick-bone-tissue-in-culture
#17
Eijiro Maeda, Masashi Nakagaki, Katsuhisa Ichikawa, Kazuaki Nagayama, Takeo Matsumoto
Contribution of mechanical loading to tissue growth during both the development and post-natal maturation is of a particular interest, as its understanding would be important to strategies in bone tissue engineering and regenerative medicine. The present study has been performed to investigate how immature bone responds to mechanical loading using an ex vivo culture system. A slice of the tibia, with the thickness of 3 mm, was obtained from 0-day-old chick. For the ex vivo culture experiment in conjunction with cyclic compressive loading, we developed a custom-made, bioreactor system where both the load and the deformation applied to the specimen was recorded...
June 2017: Bone Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28435537/integrated-platform-for-expedited-synthesis-purification-testing-of-small-molecule-libraries
#18
Aleksandra Baranczak, Noah P Tu, Jasmina Marjanovic, Philip A Searle, Anil Vasudevan, Stevan W Djuric
The productivity of medicinal chemistry programs can be significantly increased through the introduction of automation, leading to shortened discovery cycle times. Herein, we describe a platform that consolidates synthesis, purification, quantitation, dissolution, and testing of small molecule libraries. The system was validated through the synthesis and testing of two libraries of binders of polycomb protein EED, and excellent correlation of obtained data with results generated through conventional approaches was observed...
April 13, 2017: ACS Medicinal Chemistry Letters
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28435506/audience-response-system-facilitates-prediction-of-scores-on-in-training-examination
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Kaushal H Shah, Jaime Jordan, Katherine Jahnes, David P Lisbon, Lucienne Lutfy-Clayton, Grant Wei, Gary Winkel, Sally A Santen
INTRODUCTION: Audience response systems (ARS) are increasingly popular; however, their contribution to education is not completely clear. Our study found that scores from review quizzes delivered by an ARS correlate with in-training exam (ITE) scores and are viewed positively by residents. This information may be useful in identifying poor performers early so that targeted educational interventions can be made. The objective was to determine if scores on review quizzes delivered by an ARS correlate with ITE scores and to obtain participant feedback on use of the ARS for ITE preparation...
April 2017: Western Journal of Emergency Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28435487/randomized-trial-of-adding-parenteral-acetaminophen-to-prochlorperazine-and-diphenhydramine-to-treat-headache-in-the-emergency-department
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Stefan H Meyering, Ryan W Stringer, Matthew K Hysell
INTRODUCTION: Headaches represent over three million emergency department (ED) visits per year, comprising 2.4% of all ED visits. There are many proposed methods and clinical guidelines of treating acute headache presentations. However, data on intravenous acetaminophen usage in these settings are lacking. In this study, we sought to determine the efficacy of intravenous (IV) acetaminophen as an adjunct to a standard therapy for the treatment of patients who present to the ED with a chief complaint of "headache...
April 2017: Western Journal of Emergency Medicine
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