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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28651422/-meta-analysis-on-the-diagnostic-value-of-laser-doppler-imaging-for-burn-depth
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Y Huang, L Qiu, A L Mei, J X Li
Objective: To evaluate the value of laser Doppler imaging (LDI) in diagnosing deep or superficial partial-thickness burn wound with meta-analysis. Methods: Databases including PubMed, Cochrane Library were searched using key words " burn, burns, burn depth, laser Doppler imaging, laser Doppler perfusion imaging, LDI, LDPI" , and Chinese Journals Full-text Database, Wanfang Database, VIP Database were searched using Chinese key words ",,,," to obtain the published trials of LDI in diagnosing deep or superficial partial-thickness burn wound from the establishment of each database to October 2015...
May 20, 2017: Zhonghua Shao Shang za Zhi, Zhonghua Shaoshang Zazhi, Chinese Journal of Burns
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28651411/-introduction-to-bayesian-variable-selection-methods-in-high-dimensional-omics-data-analysis
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X Q Dong, S H Xu, R Tao, T Wang
With the rapid development of genome sequencing technology and bioinformatics in recent years, it has become possible to measure thousands of omics data which might be associated with the progress of diseases, i.e."high-dimensional data" . This type of omics data have a common feature that the number of variable p is usually greater than the observation cases n, and often has high correlation between independent variables. Therefore, it is a great statistical challenge to identify really meaningful variables from omics data...
May 10, 2017: Zhonghua Liu Xing Bing Xue za Zhi, Zhonghua Liuxingbingxue Zazhi
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28651403/-compliancy-of-pre-exposure-prophylaxis-for-hiv-infection-in-men-who-have-sex-with-men-in-chengdu
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J Y Xu, Y C Mou, Y L Ma, J Y Zhang
Objective: To evaluate the compliancy of HIV pre-exposure prophylaxis (PrEP) in men who have sex with men (MSM) in Chengdu, Sichuan province, and explore the influencing factors. Methods: From 1 July 2013 to 30 September 2015, a random, open, multi-center and parallel control intervention study was conducted in 328 MSM enrolled by non-probability sampling in Chengdu. The MSM were divided into 3 groups randomly, i.e. daily group, intermittent group (before and after exposure) and control group. Clinical follow-up and questionnaire survey were carried out every 3 months...
May 10, 2017: Zhonghua Liu Xing Bing Xue za Zhi, Zhonghua Liuxingbingxue Zazhi
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28651386/optical-and-electrical-characteristics-of-silicon-nanowires-prepared-by-electroless-etching
#4
Sabar D Hutagalung, Mohammed M Fadhali, Raed A Areshi, Fui D Tan
Silicon nanowires (SiNWs) were fabricated by the electroless etching of an n-type Si (100) wafer in HF/AgNO3. Vertically aligned and high-density SiNWs are formed on the Si substrates. Various shapes of SiNWs are observed, including round, rectangular, and triangular. The recorded maximum reflectance of the SiNWs is approximately 19.2%, which is much lower than that of the Si substrate (65.1%). The minimum reflectance of the SiNWs is approximately 3.5% in the near UV region and 9.8% in the visible to near IR regions...
December 2017: Nanoscale Research Letters
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28651371/sleep-and-physiological-dysregulation-a-closer-look-at-sleep-intraindividual-variability
#5
Bei Bei, Teresa E Seeman, Judith E Carroll, Joshua F Wiley
Study Objectives: Variable daily sleep (i.e., higher intraindividual variability; IIV) is associated with negative health consequences, but potential physiological mechanisms are poorly understood. This study examined the associations between sleep timing, duration, and quality IIV and physiological dysregulation, with diurnal cortisol trajectories as a proximal outcome, and allostatic load (AL) as a multi-system distal outcome. Methods: Participants are 436 adults (Mage±SD=54...
June 23, 2017: Sleep
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28651366/combining-fixed-effects-and-instrumental-variable-approaches-for-estimating-the-effect-of-psychosocial-job-quality-on-mental-health-evidence-from-13-waves-of-a-nationally-representative-cohort-study
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Allison Milner, Zoe Aitken, Anne Kavanagh, Anthony D LaMontagne, Frank Pega, Dennis Petrie
Background: Previous studies suggest that poor psychosocial job quality is a risk factor for mental health problems, but they use conventional regression analytic methods that cannot rule out reverse causation, unmeasured time-invariant confounding and reporting bias. Methods: This study combines two quasi-experimental approaches to improve causal inference by better accounting for these biases: (i) linear fixed effects regression analysis and (ii) linear instrumental variable analysis...
June 23, 2017: Journal of Public Health
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28651365/cathepsin-k-inhibitors-for-osteoporosis-biology-potential-clinical-utility-and-lessons-learned
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Matthew T Drake, Bart L Clarke, Merry Jo Oursler, Sundeep Khosla
Cathepsin K is a cysteine protease member of the cathepsin lysosomal protease family. While cathepsin K is highly expressed in osteoclasts, lower levels of cathepsin K are also found in a variety of other tissues. Secretion of cathepsin K from the osteoclast into the sealed osteoclast-bone cell interface results in efficient degradation of type I collagen. The absence of cathepsin K activity in humans results in pycnodysostosis, characterized by increased bone mineral density and fractures. Pharmacological cathepsin K inhibition leads to continuous increases in BMD for up to five years of treatment and improves bone strength at the spine and hip...
June 23, 2017: Endocrine Reviews
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28651354/cambial-response-of-norway-spruce-to-modified-carbon-availability-by-phloem-girdling
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Andrea Winkler, Walter Oberhuber
We tested the hypothesis that increase in carbon (C) availability in Norway spruce saplings (Picea abies (L.) Karst.) intensifies cambial cell division and increases cell lumen diameter (CLD) and cell wall thickness (CWT) when water availability is adequate. To accomplish this, we experimentally subjected 6-year-old P. abies saplings (n = 80 trees) to two levels of soil humidity (watered versus drought conditions) and manipulated tree C status by physically blocking phloem transport at three girdling dates (GDs)...
June 23, 2017: Tree Physiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28651340/linking-quality-indicators-to-clinical-trials-an-automated-approach
#9
Enrico Coiera, Miew Keen Choong, Guy Tsafnat, Peter Hibbert, William B Runciman
Objective: Quality improvement of health care requires robust measurable indicators to track performance. However identifying which indicators are supported by strong clinical evidence, typically from clinical trials, is often laborious. This study tests a novel method for automatically linking indicators to clinical trial registrations. Design: A set of 522 quality of care indicators for 22 common conditions drawn from the CareTrack study were automatically mapped to outcome measures reported in 13 971 trials from ClinicalTrials...
June 23, 2017: International Journal for Quality in Health Care
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28651338/evaluation-of-the-impact-of-tumor-hpv-status-on-outcome-in-patients-with-locally-advanced-unresectable-head-and-neck-squamous-cell-carcinoma-hnscc-receiving-cisplatin-5-fluorouracil-with-or-without-docetaxel-a-subset-analysis-of-eortc-24971-study
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A Psyrri, C Fortpied, G Koutsodontis, M Avgeris, C Kroupis, N Goutas, J Menis, L Herman, L Giurgea, E Remenar, M Degardin, I S Pateras, J A Langendijk, C van Herpen, A Awada, J R Germà-Lluch, H R Kienzer, L Licitra, J B Vermorken
Background: EORTC 24971 was a phase III trial demonstrating superiority of induction regimen TPF over PF, in terms of progression-free (PFS) and overall survival (OS) in locoregionally advanced unresectable HNSCC. We conducted a retrospective analysis of prospectively collected data aiming to evaluate whether only HPV(-) patients (pts) benefit from adding docetaxel to PF, in which case de-intensifying induction treatment in HPV(+) pts could be considered. Methods: Pre-therapy tumor biopsies (blocks or slides) were assessed for high-risk HPV by p16 immunohistochemistry, PCR and qPCR...
June 23, 2017: Annals of Oncology: Official Journal of the European Society for Medical Oncology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28651335/critical-evaluation-of-bioinformatics-tools-for-the-prediction-of-protein-crystallization-propensity
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Huilin Wang, Liubin Feng, Geoffrey I Webb, Lukasz Kurgan, Jiangning Song, Donghai Lin
No abstract text is available yet for this article.
June 22, 2017: Briefings in Bioinformatics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28651323/effect-of-cellulose-as-co-substrate-on-old-landfill-leachate-treatment-using-white-rot-fungi
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A Bardi, Q Yuan, G Siracusa, I Chicca, M Islam, F Spennati, V Tigini, S Di Gregorio, D B Levin, G Petroni, G Munz
Conventional wastewater treatment technologies are ineffective for remediation of old LandFill Leachate (LFL), and innovative approaches to achieve satisfactory removal of this recalcitrant fraction are needed. This study focused on old LFL treatment with a selected fungal strain, Bjerkandera adusta MUT 2295, through batch and continuous tests, using packed-bed bioreactors under non-sterile conditions. To optimize the process performance, diverse types of co-substrates were used, including milled cellulose from beverage cups waste material...
June 12, 2017: Bioresource Technology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28651321/methane-production-and-characteristics-of-the-microbial-community-in-a-two-stage-fixed-bed-anaerobic-reactor-using-molasses
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Xingyao Meng, Xufeng Yuan, Jiwei Ren, Xiaofen Wang, Wanbin Zhu, Zongjun Cui
Molasses is a typical feedstock for fermentation, but the effluent is hard to treat. In this study, molasses containing a high concentration of organic matter was treated by a two-stage Fix-bed reactor system with an increased organic loading rate (OLR). The results indicated at high molasses loading rate, the two-stage system was more efficient (i.e. organic matter removal, the COD of effluent and biogas production) than the single-stage system. The relative abundance of Anaerolineaceae and W5_norank was higher in the first stage (R1), where these organisms digest carbohydrates, while the second stage (R2) had higher relative abundance of Synergistaceae and SB-1_norank, which digest VFAs and decomposition-resistant compounds to produce compounds used by hydrogen methanogens...
May 31, 2017: Bioresource Technology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28651319/utilization-of-rice-husks-functionalized-with-xanthates-as-cost-effective-biosorbents-for-optimal-cd-ii-removal-from-aqueous-solution-via-response-surface-methodology
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Jianhua Qu, Xianlin Meng, Hong You, Xiuqing Ye, Zhaolin Du
Pristine rice husk (RH), a kind of agricultural waste based biosorbent, was chemically modified by introducing sulfur-bearing groups with the CS2 treatment under caustic medium. Using response surface methodology (RSM), the interactive effects of three preparation variables on the cadmium uptake and material yield of xanthate-modified rick husk (RH-X) were investigated, and two quadratic regression models were developed to correlate the preparation parameters to the two responses. Through process optimization, the optimal RH-X was finally obtained under the optimum synthesis conditions (i...
June 13, 2017: Bioresource Technology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28651310/clinicopathological-characteristics-of-extremely-young-korean-multiple-myeloma-patients-therapeutic-implications
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Junghoon Shin, Youngil Koh, Jeonghwan Youk, Miso Kim, Byung Soo Kim, Chul Won Choi, Hwa Jung Sung, Yong Park, Sung-Soo Yoon, Inho Kim
Background/Aims: Although multiple myeloma (MM) is typically a disease of the elderly, a certain subset of extremely young patients exists. It is necessary to establish clinicopathological characteristics for this population. Methods: We reviewed the medical records of MM patients whose age was 40 years or younger at diagnosis. Results: A total of 32 patients were analyzed (male to female ratio 19:13, median age 37 years). According to International Staging System, 29%, 48%, and 16% were in stage I, II, and III, respectively...
June 26, 2017: Korean Journal of Internal Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28651308/comparison-of-the-outcomes-of-peroral-endoscopic-myotomy-for-achalasia-according-to-manometric-subtype
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Won Hee Kim, Joo Young Cho, Weon Jin Ko, Sung Pyo Hong, Ki Baik Hahm, Jun-Hyung Cho, Tae Hee Lee, Su Jin Hong
Background/Aims: We evaluated whether manometric subtype is associated with treatment outcome in patients with achalasia treated by peroral endoscopic myotomy (POEM). Methods: High-resolution manometry data and Eckardt scores were collected from 83 cases at two tertiary referral centers where POEM is performed. Manometric tracings were classified according to the three Chicago subtypes. Results: Among the 83 cases, 48 type I, 24 type II, and 11 type III achalasia cases were identified...
June 27, 2017: Gut and Liver
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28651298/coxiella-burnetti-associated-thoracic-endovascular-stent-graft-infection
#17
Nicholas S Clarke, Scott I Reznik, Michael E Jessen, Raghav Murthy
No abstract text is available yet for this article.
June 26, 2017: Journal of Cardiac Surgery
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28651263/quality-and-dose-optimized-ct-trauma-protocol-recommendation-from-a-university-level-i-trauma-center
#18
Johannes Kahn, David Kaul, Georg Böning, Roman Rotzinger, Patrick Freyhardt, Philipp Schwabe, Martin H Maurer, Diane Miriam Renz, Florian Streitparth
Purpose As a supra-regional level-I trauma center, we evaluated computed tomography (CT) acquisitions of polytraumatized patients for quality and dose optimization purposes. Adapted statistical iterative reconstruction [(AS)IR] levels, tube voltage reduction as well as a split-bolus contrast agent (CA) protocol were applied. Materials and Methods 61 patients were split into 3 different groups that differed with respect to tube voltage (120 - 140 kVp) and level of applied ASIR reconstruction (ASIR 20 - 50 %)...
June 26, 2017: RöFo: Fortschritte Auf Dem Gebiete der Röntgenstrahlen und der Nuklearmedizin
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28651262/relationship-of-radiographic-osteoarthritis-severity-with%C3%A2-treatment-outcomes-after-imaging-guided-knee%C3%A2-injections-a-prospective-outcomes-study
#19
Ivan Miletic, Christoph Agten, Reto Sutter, Christian Pfirrmann, Cynthia Peterson
Introduction To be able to predict which patients are more likely to have a positive treatment outcome, the purpose of this study is 1: To compare outcomes after intra-articular corticosteroid knee injections with the Kellgren and Lawrence (KL) 5 and 3 grading systems for knee osteoarthritis, the Osteoarthritis Research Society International (OARSI) grading system and actual joint space measurements; and 2: To compare the reliability of these grading systems. Materials and Methods Knee radiographs of 117 patients who received intra-articular corticosteroid injections were independently evaluated by two radiologists blinded to the outcome...
June 26, 2017: RöFo: Fortschritte Auf Dem Gebiete der Röntgenstrahlen und der Nuklearmedizin
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28651259/new-biguanides-as-anti-diabetic-agents-part-i-synthesis-and-evaluation-of-1-substituted-biguanide-derivatives-as-anti-diabetic-agents-of-type-ii-diabetes-insulin-resistant
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Samir Y Abbas, Wahid M Basyouni, Khairy A M El-Bayouk, Wael M Tohamy, Hanan F Aly, Azza Arafa, Mahmoud S Soliman
New 1-substituted-biguanide hydrochloride salts were synthesized via reacting benzo[1,3-d]dioxol-5-amine, phenylhydrazine, N,N-dimethylhydrazinecarboxamide, benzohydrazide and 2-phenyl acetohydrazide with dicyandiamide in acidic medium. Structures of the obtained biguanide salts were characterized by spectroscopic tools. The synthesized compounds were screened for their anti-diabetic activity with standard metformin drug. Oral treatment of hyperglycemic rats with the synthesized biguanide derivatives significantly decreased the elevated blood glucose level...
June 26, 2017: Drug Research
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