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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28531900/factors-associated-with-blood-pressure-variability-based-on-ambulatory-blood-pressure-monitoring-in-subjects-with-hypertension-in-china
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Wei Li, YanXia Yu, Dehong Liang, En-Zhi Jia
BACKGROUND/AIMS: We examined the factors associated with blood pressure variability in a multi-ethnicity prospective study in China to gain more evidence to guide the prevention and management of hypertension through risk factor intervention. METHODS: A total of 318 consecutive adult subjects aged 29-94 years with suspected or known hypertension were enrolled in this study. Blood pressure variability measurements were based on ambulatory blood pressure monitoring...
May 25, 2017: Kidney & Blood Pressure Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28531318/agrp-expressing-adrenal-chromaffin-cells-are-involved-in-the-sympathetic-response-to-fasting
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Rajesh Gupta, Yunbing Ma, Manqi Wang, Matthew D Whim
Fasting evokes a homeostatic response that maintains circulating levels of energy-rich metabolites and increases the drive to eat. Centrally this reflex activates a small population of hypothalamic neurons that are characterized by the expression of AgRP, a neuropeptide with an extremely restricted distribution. Apart from the hypothalamus the only other site with significant expression is the adrenal gland but there is disagreement about which cells synthesize AgRP. Using immunohistochemistry, flow cytometry and RT-PCR we show AgRP is present in the mouse adrenal medulla and is expressed by neuroendocrine chromaffin cells that also synthesize the catecholamines and neuropeptide Y...
May 22, 2017: Endocrinology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28531288/an-evaluation-of-systemic-reforms-of-public-hospitals-the-sanming-model-in-china
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Hongqiao Fu, Ling Li, Mingqiang Li, Chunyu Yang, William Hsiao
Low- and middle-income countries (LMICs) have been searching for effective strategies to reform their inefficient and wasteful public hospitals. Recently, China developed a model of systemic reforms called the Sanming model to address the inefficiency and waste at public hospitals. In this article, we explain and evaluate how the Sanming model reformed its 22 public hospitals in 2013 by simultaneously restructuring the hospital governance structure, altering the payment system to hospitals, and realigning physicians' incentives...
May 20, 2017: Health Policy and Planning
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28531255/measurement-repeatability-of-central-and-peripheral-blood-pressures-the-aric-study
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Fran Yong, Gerardo Heiss, David Couper, Michelle L Meyer, Susan Cheng, Hirofumi Tanaka
BACKGROUND: Central systolic and pulse pressures are markers of risk for small vessel disease in the brain and kidneys. The extent to which these markers are reproducible in the setting of population studies is less well established. We estimated short-term repeatability of central systolic and pulse pressures, and those of their peripheral measures for comparison. METHODS: Participants aged 65 years and over (n = 79, 56% women) were drawn from the 2011-2013 examination of the ARIC cohort...
May 22, 2017: American Journal of Hypertension
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28531123/evaluation-of-drinking-water-disinfectant-byproducts-compliance-data-as-an-indirect-measure-for-short-term-exposure-in-humans
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Shahid Parvez, Kali Frost, Madhura Sundararajan
In the absence of shorter term disinfectant byproducts (DBPs) data on regulated Trihalomethanes (THMs) and Haloacetic acids (HAAs), epidemiologists and risk assessors have used long-term annual compliance (LRAA) or quarterly (QA) data to evaluate the association between DBP exposure and adverse birth outcomes, which resulted in inconclusive findings. Therefore, we evaluated the reliability of using long-term LRAA and QA data as an indirect measure for short-term exposure. Short-term residential tap water samples were collected in peak DBP months (May-August) in a community water system with five separate treatment stations and were sourced from surface or groundwater...
May 20, 2017: International Journal of Environmental Research and Public Health
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28531113/retrospective-evaluation-of-metformin-and-or-metformin-plus-a-new-polysaccharide-complex-in-treating-severe-hyperinsulinism-and-insulin-resistance-in-obese-children-and-adolescents-with-metabolic-syndrome
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Stefano Stagi, Franco Ricci, Martina Bianconi, Maria Amina Sammarco, Giovanna Municchi, Sonia Toni, Lorenzo Lenzi, Alberto Verrotti, Maurizio de Martino
Background: Pharmacological treatment of obesity and glucose-insulin metabolism disorders in children may be more difficult than in adults. Thus, we evaluate the effects of metformin in comparison with metformin plus a polysaccharide complex (Policaptil Gel Retard(®), PGR) on body weight and metabolic parameters in obese children and adolescents with metabolic syndrome (MetS). Patients and methods: We retrospectively collected 129 children and adolescents (67 girls, 62 boys; median age 12.6 years) treated for a minimum of two years with metformin and low glycemic index (LGI) diet...
May 20, 2017: Nutrients
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28531104/stumbling-across-the-same-phage-comparative-genomics-of-widespread-temperate-phages-infecting-the-fish-pathogen-vibrio-anguillarum
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Panos G Kalatzis, Nanna Iben Rørbo, Daniel Castillo, Jesper Juel Mauritzen, Jóhanna Jørgensen, Constantina Kokkari, Faxing Zhang, Pantelis Katharios, Mathias Middelboe
Nineteen Vibrio anguillarum-specific temperate bacteriophages isolated across Europe and Chile from aquaculture and environmental sites were genome sequenced and analyzed for host range, morphology and life cycle characteristics. The phages were classified as Siphoviridae with genome sizes between 46,006 and 54,201 bp. All 19 phages showed high genetic similarity, and 13 phages were genetically identical. Apart from sporadically distributed single nucleotide polymorphisms (SNPs), genetic diversifications were located in three variable regions (VR1, VR2 and VR3) in six of the phage genomes...
May 20, 2017: Viruses
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28531098/increase-in-weight-in-low-birth-weight-and-very-low-birth-weight-infants-fed-fortified-breast-milk-versus-formula-milk-a-retrospective-cohort-study
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Kris Yuet Wan Lok, Pui Hing Chau, Heidi Sze Lok Fan, Kam Ming Chan, Bill H Chan, Genevieve P C Fung, Marie Tarrant
There has been a dramatic rise in preterm births in developed countries owing to changes in clinical practices and greater use of assisted reproductive techniques. However, few studies have examined the growth and outcomes of preterm infants according to the type of feeding (with fortified breast milk or formula). The purpose of this study was to examine the effect of breast milk feedings and formula on the growth and short-term outcomes of preterm infants in Hong Kong. In a single-center retrospective cohort study, we included 642 preterm infants at gestational age <37 weeks with birth weights <2200 g...
May 20, 2017: Nutrients
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28530513/a-cluster-randomized-trial-of-strategies-to-increase-uptake-amongst-young-women-invited-for-their-first-cervical-screen-the-strategic-trial
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H Kitchener, M Gittins, M Cruickshank, C Moseley, S Fletcher, R Albrow, A Gray, L Brabin, D Torgerson, E J Crosbie, A Sargent, C Roberts
Objectives To measure the feasibility and effectiveness of interventions to increase cervical screening uptake amongst young women. Methods A two-phase cluster randomized trial conducted in general practices in the NHS Cervical Screening Programme. In Phase 1, women in practices randomized to intervention due for their first invitation to cervical screening received a pre-invitation leaflet and, separately, access to online booking. In Phase 2, non-attenders at six months were randomized to one of: vaginal self-sample kits sent unrequested or offered; timed appointments; nurse navigator; or the choice between nurse navigator or self-sample kits...
January 1, 2017: Journal of Medical Screening
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28530504/functional-recovery-after-rotator-cuff-repair-the-role-of-biceps-surgery
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Bernardo Gialanella, Francesco Grossetti, Marina Mazza, Laura Danna, Laura Comini
CONTEXT: Surgical cuff repair is indicated in full-thickness rotator cuff tear when non-operative treatment fails. Surgical cuff repair can comprehend surgery of long head of the biceps when concomitant biceps pathology is present. However, the studies executed up to now do not have yet clearly defined if additional biceps surgery affects the shoulder functionality in patients who underwent rotator cuff repair. OBJECTIVE: The aim of this study is to verify if the concomitant biceps surgery prejudices the shoulder functionality during the short-term period in rotator cuff repair patients...
May 22, 2017: Journal of Sport Rehabilitation
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28530451/effect-of-high-volume-injection-platelet-rich-plasma-and-sham-treatment-in-chronic-midportion-achilles-tendinopathy-a-randomized-double-blinded-prospective-study
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Anders Ploug Boesen, Rudi Hansen, Morten Ilum Boesen, Peter Malliaras, Henning Langberg
BACKGROUND: Injection therapies are often considered alongside exercise for chronic midportion Achilles tendinopathy (AT), although evidence of their efficacy is sparse. PURPOSE: To determine whether eccentric training in combination with high-volume injection (HVI) or platelet-rich plasma (PRP) injections improves outcomes in AT. STUDY DESIGN: Randomized controlled trial; Level of evidence, 1. METHODS: A total of 60 men (age, 18-59 years) with chronic (>3 months) AT were included and followed for 6 months (n = 57)...
May 1, 2017: American Journal of Sports Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28530428/short-term-memory-and-long-term-memory-are-still-different
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Dennis Norris
A commonly expressed view is that short-term memory (STM) is nothing more than activated long-term memory. If true, this would overturn a central tenet of cognitive psychology-the idea that there are functionally and neurobiologically distinct short- and long-term stores. Here I present an updated case for a separation between short- and long-term stores, focusing on the computational demands placed on any STM system. STM must support memory for previously unencountered information, the storage of multiple tokens of the same type, and variable binding...
May 22, 2017: Psychological Bulletin
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28530329/-single-incision-technique-for-right-hemicolectomy
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Idit Melnik, Oleg Dukhno, Ornit Cohen, Dimitry Goldstein, Boris Yoffe
AIMS: The single incision laparoscopic technique is an emerging modality. The aim of our study was to compare the intra-operative and short term post-operative outcomes of single incision versus multi-incision laparoscopy for right hemicolectomy. METHODS: We retrospectively reviewed the charts of all patients who underwent right hemicolectomy from October 2010 till December 2012. RESULTS: Thirty six patients underwent laparoscopic right hemicolectomy, of which, twenty five were performed with the traditional multi-incision technique and eleven were conducted with a single incision...
August 2016: Harefuah
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28529954/%C3%AE-7-nicotinic-acetylcholine-receptor-stimulation-attenuates-neuroinflammation-through-jak2-stat3-activation-in-murine-models-of-intracerebral-hemorrhage
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Paul R Krafft, Devin McBride, William B Rolland, Tim Lekic, Jerry J Flores, John H Zhang
Accounting for high mortality and morbidity rates, intracerebral hemorrhage (ICH) remains one of the most detrimental stroke subtypes lacking a specific therapy. Neuroinflammation contributes to ICH-induced brain injury and is associated with unfavorable outcomes. This study aimed to evaluate whether α7 nicotinic acetylcholine receptor (α7nAChR) stimulation ameliorates neuroinflammation after ICH. Male CD-1 mice and Sprague-Dawley were subjected to intracerebral injection of autologous blood or bacterial collagenase...
2017: BioMed Research International
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28529950/tumor-selective-cytotoxicity-of-nitidine-results-from-its-rapid-accumulation-into-mitochondria
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Hironori Iwasaki, Masashi Inafuku, Naoyuki Taira, Seikoh Saito, Hirosuke Oku
We identified a nitidine- (NTD-) accumulating organelle and evaluated the net cytotoxicity of accumulated NTD. To evaluate tumor cell selectivity of the drug, we evaluated its selective cytotoxicity against 39 human cancer cell lines (JFCR39 panel), and the profile was compared with those of known anticancer drugs. Organelle specificity of NTD was visualized using organelle-targeted fluorescent proteins. Real-time analysis of cell growth, proliferation, and cytotoxicity was performed using the xCELLigence system...
2017: BioMed Research International
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28529739/long-term-supplementation-with-young-coconut-juice-does-not-prevent-bone-loss-but-rather-alleviates-body-weight-gain-in-ovariectomized-rats
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Hiroshi Matsushita, Akira Minami, Hiroaki Kanazawa, Takashi Suzuki, Sanan Subhadhirasakul, Kazushi Watanabe, Akihiko Wakatsuki
Young coconut (Cocos nucifera Linn.) juice (YCJ) has traditionally been consumed to alleviate symptoms associated with the menopause. Recently, the authors demonstrated that short-term (6-week) YCJ supplementation to ovariectomized rats resulted in increased bone mass and bone formation parameter, suggesting that YCJ consumption has a positive effect on bone metabolism and may represent an intervention to help slow the bone loss during menopause transition. The present study sought to determine how long-term (12-week) YCJ supplementation affects bone metabolism in ovariectomized rats, to investigate whether such supplementation may be helpful to in osteoporosis treatment...
May 2017: Biomedical Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28529730/effect-of-low-versus-high-frequency-stimulation-on-freezing-of-gait-and-other-axial-symptoms-in-parkinson-patients-with-bilateral-stn-dbs-a-mini-review
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Tao Xie, Mahesh Padmanaban, Lisa Bloom, Ellen MacCracken, Breanna Bertacchi, Abraham Dachman, Peter Warnke
Some studies have shown that low frequency stimulation (LFS, most commonly 60 Hz), compared to high frequency stimulation (HFS, most commonly 130 Hz), has beneficial effects, short-term or even long-term, on improving freezing of gait (FOG) and other axial symptoms, including speech and swallowing function, in Parkinson disease (PD) patients with bilateral subthalamic nucleus deep brain stimulation (STN DBS). However, other studies failed to confirm this. It seems not clear what determines the difference in response to LFS...
2017: Translational Neurodegeneration
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28529503/response-of-methanogenic-microbial-communities-to-desiccation-stress-in-flooded-and-rain-fed-paddy-soil-from-thailand
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Andreas Reim, Marcela Hernández, Melanie Klose, Amnat Chidthaisong, Monthira Yuttitham, Ralf Conrad
Rice paddies in central Thailand are flooded either by irrigation (irrigated rice) or by rain (rain-fed rice). The paddy soils and their microbial communities thus experience permanent or arbitrary submergence, respectively. Since methane production depends on anaerobic conditions, we hypothesized that structure and function of the methanogenic microbial communities are different in irrigated and rain-fed paddies and react differently upon desiccation stress. We determined rates and relative proportions of hydrogenotrophic and aceticlastic methanogenesis before and after short-term drying of soil samples from replicate fields...
2017: Frontiers in Microbiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28529266/preoperative-biliary-drainage-versus-direct-surgery-for-perihilar-cholangiocarcinoma-a-retrospective-study-at-a-single-center
#19
Yulong Cai, Qi Tang, Xianze Xiong, Fuyu Li, Hui Ye, Peipei Song, Nansheng Cheng
Perihilar cholangiocarcinoma (pCC, also known as a Klatskin tumor) is the most common type of cholangiocarcinoma (CC). Preoperative biliary drainage (PBD) is indicated for pCC patients with acute cholangitis or patients who need portal vein embolization (PVE). However, the routine performance of PBD in other patients with pCC is still controversial. The current study retrospectively examined patients with pCC who did not undergo PVE and who did not have cholangitis who were seen at this Hospital to assess the advantages and disadvantages of PBD...
May 22, 2017: Bioscience Trends
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28529192/short-and-long-term-outcomes-following-pelvic-exenteration-for-gynae-oncological-and-colorectal-cancers-a-9-year-consecutive-single-centre-cohort-study
#20
Mark Katory, Ross McLean, Edgar Paez, Ali Kucukmetin, Raj Naik
OBJECTIVES: Radical pelvic exenteration can be undertaken for locally invasive or recurrent disease in both colorectal and gynaecological malignancies. In the UK this procedure is usually undertaken by the respective surgical specialties who have undergone divergent surgical training. This study describes and compares outcomes between colorectal and gynae-oncological teams following pelvic exenteration for primary and recurrent gynaecological and colorectal cancers in a single-centre multi-disciplinary team...
May 18, 2017: International Journal of Surgery
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