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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28648028/-expression-changes-of-notch-and-nuclear-factor-%C3%AE%C2%BAb-signaling-pathways-in-the-rat-heart-with-myocardial-infarction
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J L Jin, Z T Deng, R G Lyu, X H Liu, J R Wei
Objective: To observe the expression changes of Notch and nuclear factor-κB (NF-κB) signaling pathways in rat myocardium post myocardial infarction. Methods: Myocardial infarction was established by ligation of the left anterior descending coronary artery(MI group), sham rats (similar surgical procedure without coronary artery ligation) served as control, the rats were sacrificed at first week, 4th and 8th week after operation, the non-infarct myocardial tissue in both groups was obtained to detect the mRNA expression of Notch1, Dll4 and Hes1 by RT-PCR, the protein expression of NICD1 was detected by Western blot, the nuclear protein p65 content was detected to reflect the activation degree of NF-κB signaling in the cardiomyocytes...
June 24, 2017: Zhonghua Xin Xue Guan Bing za Zhi
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28647846/attentional-processing-of-itch
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A I M van Laarhoven, S van Damme, A P M Lavrijsen, D M van Ryckeghem, G Crombez, A W M Evers
Itch is a prevalent somatosensory symptom that can be highly disabling, because it is likely to draw attention and, as a result, may interfere with the performance of daily activities. Yet, research experimentally investigating attention to itch is lacking. In this study we aimed to investigate attentional processing of itch using multiple behavioral attention tasks. Forty-one healthy participants performed (1) a modified Stroop task with itch-related words, (2) a dot-probe task with itch-related pictures, and (3) a recently developed somatosensory attention task in which the effect of experimentally induced itch on the localization of visual targets was examined...
June 24, 2017: Psychological Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28647839/do-bumble-bee-bombus-impatiens-queens-signal-their-reproductive-and-mating-status-to-their-workers
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Etya Amsalem, Mario Padilla, Paul M Schreiber, Naomi S Altman, Abraham Hefetz, Christina M Grozinger
Reproduction in social insect societies reflects a delicate balance between cooperation and conflict over offspring production, and worker reproduction is widespread even in species showing strong reproductive skew in favor of the queen. To navigate these conflicts, workers are predicted to develop the means to estimate the queen's fecundity - potentially through behavioral and/or chemical cues - and to adjust their reproduction to maximize their fitness. Here, we introduced bumble bee, Bombus impatiens, workers to queens of different mating and reproductive status and examined worker reproduction and expression levels of two genes which were previously shown to be sensitive to the presence of the queen, vitellogenin and Krüppel-homolog 1...
June 24, 2017: Journal of Chemical Ecology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28647790/should-degree-programs-in-biomedical-and-health-informatics-be-dedicated-or-integrated-reflections-and-recommendations-after-more-than-40%C3%A2-years-of-medical-informatics-education-at-tu-braunschweig-including-10%C3%A2-years-of-b-sc-and-15%C3%A2-years-of-m-sc-integrated
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Reinhold Haux, Michael Marschollek, Klaus-Hendrik Wolf, Ute Zeisberg
Education in biomedical and health informatics (BMHI) has been established in many countries throughout the world. For degree programs in BMHI we can distinguish between those that are completely stand-alone or dedicated to the discipline vs. those that are integrated within another program. After running integrated degree medical informatics programs at TU Braunschweig for 10 years at the B.Sc. and for 15 years at the M.Sc level, we (1) report about this educational approach, (2) analyze recommendations on, implementations of, and experiences with degree educational programs in BMHI worldwide, (3) summarize our lessons learned with the integrated approach at TU Braunschweig, and (4) suggest an answer to the question, whether degree programs in biomedical and health informatics should be dedicated or integrated...
July 2017: Journal of Medical Systems
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28647778/a-correlation-between-secondary-structure-and-rheological-properties-of-low-density-lipoproteins-at-air-water-interfaces
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Ziad Khattari
The secondary structure of apolipoprotein B-100 is studied within the bulk phase and at the air/water interface. In these "in viro" experiments, infrared reflection absorption spectroscopy (IRRAS) study was performed at the air/water interface while circular dichroism (CD) was conducted in the bulk phase. In the bulk phase, the conformational structure containing a significant amount of β-structure, whereas varying amount of α-helix, unordered structures, and β-sheet were observed at the air/water interface depending on the low-density lipoprotein (LDL) film interfacial pressure...
June 24, 2017: Journal of Biological Physics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28647768/li-rads-%C3%A2-ancillary-features-on-ct-and-mri
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REVIEW
Victoria Chernyak, An Tang, Milana Flusberg, Demetri Papadatos, Bijan Bijan, Yuko Kono, Cynthia Santillan
The Liver Imaging Reporting and Data System (LI-RADS) uses an algorithm to assign categories that reflect the probability of hepatocellular carcinoma (HCC), non-HCC malignancy, or benignity. Unlike other imaging algorithms, LI-RADS utilizes ancillary features (AFs) to refine the final category. AFs in LI-RADS v2017 are divided into those favoring malignancy in general, those favoring HCC specifically, and those favoring benignity. Additionally, LI-RADS v2017 provides new rules regarding application of AFs. The purpose of this review is to discuss ancillary features included in LI-RADS v2017, the rationale for their use, potential pitfalls encountered in their interpretation, and tips on their application...
June 24, 2017: Abdominal Radiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28647765/epidemiology-of-hepatocellular-carcinoma-target-population-for-surveillance-and-diagnosis
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REVIEW
An Tang, Oussama Hallouch, Victoria Chernyak, Aya Kamaya, Claude B Sirlin
Hepatocellular carcinoma (HCC) is the sixth most common cancer and the second leading cause of cancer mortality worldwide. Incidence rates of liver cancer vary widely between geographic regions and are highest in Eastern Asia and sub-Saharan Africa. In the United States, the incidence of HCC has increased since the 1980s. HCC detection at an early stage through surveillance and curative therapy has considerably improved the 5-year survival. Therefore, medical societies advocate systematic screening and surveillance of target populations at particularly high risk for developing HCC to facilitate early-stage detection...
June 24, 2017: Abdominal Radiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28647755/namib-desert-soil-microbial-community-diversity-assembly-and-function-along-a-natural-xeric-gradient
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Vincent Scola, Jean-Baptiste Ramond, Aline Frossard, Olivier Zablocki, Evelien M Adriaenssens, Riegardt M Johnson, Mary Seely, Don A Cowan
The hyperarid Namib desert is a coastal desert in southwestern Africa and one of the oldest and driest deserts on the planet. It is characterized by a west/east increasing precipitation gradient and by regular coastal fog events (extending up to 75 km inland) that can also provide soil moisture. In this study, we evaluated the role of this natural aridity and xeric gradient on edaphic microbial community structure and function in the Namib desert. A total of 80 individual soil samples were collected at 10-km intervals along a 190-km transect from the fog-dominated western coastal region to the eastern desert boundary...
June 24, 2017: Microbial Ecology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28647537/variation-in-compulsory-psychiatric-inpatient-admission-in-england-a-cross-classified-multilevel-analysis
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Scott Weich, Orla McBride, Liz Twigg, Craig Duncan, Patrick Keown, David Crepaz-Keay, Eva Cyhlarova, Helen Parsons, Jan Scott, Kamaldeep Bhui
BACKGROUND: The increasing rate of compulsory admission to psychiatric inpatient beds in England is worrying. Studying variation between places and services could be key to identifying targets for interventions to reverse this trend. We modelled spatial variation in compulsory admissions in England using national patient-level data and quantified the extent to which patient, local-area, and service-setting characteristics accounted for this variation. METHODS: This study is a cross-sectional, multilevel analysis of the 2010-11 Mental Health Minimum Data Set (MHMDS)...
June 21, 2017: Lancet Psychiatry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28647500/acceptability-of-the-community-level-provision-of-sayana%C3%A2-press-by-medical-and-nursing-students-in-kinshasa-democratic-republic-of-the-congo
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Jane T Bertrand, Paul Bukutuvwidi Makani, Julie Hernandez, Pierre Akilimali, Bitshi Mukengeshayi, Saleh Babazadeh, Arsene Binanga
OBJECTIVES: To assess acceptors' attitudes toward Sayana® Press as a method and toward the mechanism of community-based distribution by medical and nursing (M/N) students, known locally as "DBC," in Kinshasa, DRC; and to evaluate the experience of these DBC. STUDY DESIGN: In 2015, surveys were conducted among (1) acceptors of Sayana® Press on the day of the initial injection, (2) these same acceptors three months later, and (3) the DBC providing community-based services...
June 21, 2017: Contraception
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28647483/demands-on-response-inhibition-processes-determine-modulations-of-theta-band-activity-in-superior-frontal-areas-and-correlations-with-pupillometry-implications-for-the-norepinephrine-system-during-inhibitory-control
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Gabriel Dippel, Moritz Mückschel, Tjalf Ziemssen, Christian Beste
Response inhi bition processes are important for goal-directed behavior and particularly demanded when it is unlikely to inhibit automatically executed responses. It has been suggested that the norepinephrine (NE) system is important to consider for such likelihood effects. As an indirect measure of the NE system activity we used the pupil diameter and integrated this data with neurophysiological (EEG) data and beamforming analyses. The study shows that inhibitory control processes reflected by theta oscillations are strongly modulated by the likelihood to employ these processes and that these mechanisms were related to neural processes in the SMA and SFG...
June 21, 2017: NeuroImage
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28647393/the-effect-and-use-of-milestones-in-the-assessment-of-neurological-surgery-residents-and-residency-programs
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Lisa N Conforti, Nicholas A Yaghmour, Stanley J Hamstra, Eric S Holmboe, Benjamin Kennedy, Jesse J Liu, Heidi Waldo, Nathan R Selden
OBJECTIVES: The purpose of this study was to determine the effect of the Accreditation Council for Graduate Medical Education Milestones on the assessment of neurological surgery residents. The authors sought to determine the feasibility, acceptability, and utility of this new framework in making judgments of progressive competence, its implementation within programs, and the influence on curricula. Residents were also surveyed to elicit the effect of Milestones on their educational experience and professional development...
June 21, 2017: Journal of Surgical Education
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28647377/establishing-rarity-in-the-context-of-orphan-medicinal-product-designation-in-the-european-union
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REVIEW
Stelios Tsigkos, Matthias Hoffer, Maria Sheean, Segundo Mariz, Kristina Larsson, Frauke Naumann-Winter, Laura Fregonese, Bruno Sepodes
In the European Union (EU) legislative framework for orphan medicinal product designation, establishing that a condition affects not more than five in 10 000 people is a prerequisite for applications based on rarity. Demonstrating this requirement to the Committee of Orphan Medicinal Products (COMP) can be a particularly challenging task for sponsors. Here, we identify and examine three common issues with the estimation of prevalence in orphan drug applications in the EU (the discernment between diagnosed and undiagnosed cases; the duration of the disease; and the need for an explicit contemporary conclusion) as critical factors for acceptable prevalence estimation...
June 21, 2017: Drug Discovery Today
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28647339/the-effects-of-amoxicillin-and-vancomycin-on-parameters-reflecting-cholesterol-metabolism
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S Baumgartner, D Reijnders, M C J M Konings, A K Groen, D Lütjohann, G H Goossens, E E Blaak, J Plat
BACKGROUND: Changes in the microbiota composition have been implicated in the development of obesity and type 2 diabetes. However, not much is known on the involvement of gut microbiota in lipid and cholesterol metabolism. In addition, the gut microbiota might also be a potential source of plasma oxyphytosterol and oxycholesterol concentrations (oxidation products of plant sterols and cholesterol). Therefore, the aim of this study was to modulate the gut microbiota by antibiotic therapy to investigate effects on parameters reflecting cholesterol metabolism and oxyphytosterol concentrations...
June 21, 2017: Chemistry and Physics of Lipids
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28647335/incidence-and-duration-of-increased-somatic-cell-count-in-swedish-dairy-cows-and-associations-with-milking-system-type
#15
J Frössling, A Ohlson, C Hallén-Sandgren
Mastitis is one of the most costly diseases in dairy cows worldwide. Increased somatic cell count (SCC) is an indication of mastitis, often subclinical, which implies bacterial infection without clinical signs of inflammation. The aim was to investigate the occurrence of elevated udder SCC (defined as ≥200,000 cells/mL) over the lactation period, and before and after the dry period, for cows of different parity. The aim was also to analyze the association between prevalence and incidence of increased udder SCC and information on cow and herd level, such as breed and milking system type...
June 21, 2017: Journal of Dairy Science
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28647189/ethnobotanical-profiling-of-the-medicinal-flora-of-kotli-azad-jammu-and-kashmir-pakistan-empirical-reflections-on-multinomial-logit-specifications
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Muhammad Shoaib Amjad, Muhammad Arshad, Abdul Saboor, Sue Page, Sunbal Khalil Chaudhari
OBJECTIVE: To report the indigenous people's uses of plants from a multidimensional perspective in a remote area where strong ethnobotanical cultural practices prevail. METHODS: An ethnobotanical survey was conducted in the field during 2014-2016. Ethnobotanical data were gathered from 182 informants through oral interviews and semi-structured questionnaires. The distribution of plants was explored using both descriptive and graphical methods. Further, a Multinomial Logit Specification was applied to find out the probability of the occurrence of diverse utilization of plants in multipurpose domains...
May 2017: Asian Pacific Journal of Tropical Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28647153/organic-matter-properties-of-fennoscandian-ecosystems-potential-oxidation-of-northern-environments-under-future-change
#17
Gareth D Clay, Fred Worrall, Rebecca Plummer, Catherine S Moody
The oxidative ratio (OR) of an ecosystem, which reflects the ratio of O2:CO2 associated with ecosystem gas exchanges, is an important parameter in understanding the sink of CO2 represented by the terrestrial biosphere. There is a growing body of ecosystem-based approaches to understand OR; however, there are still a number of unknowns. This study addressed two gaps in our understanding of the oxidation of the terrestrial biosphere: (1) What is the oxidation state of Arctic ecosystems, and in particular permafrost soils? (2) Will coupled climate and land use change cause the terrestrial organic matter oxidation state to change? The study considered eight locations along a transect from southern Sweden to northern Norway and sampled different organic matter types (soil, litter, trees, and herbaceous vegetation) as well as different soil orders (Inceptisols, Spodosols, Histosols, and Gelisols)...
June 21, 2017: Science of the Total Environment
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28647139/impact-of-raised-serum-cobalt-levels-from-recalled-articular-surface-replacement-hip-prostheses-on-the-visual-pathway
#18
Timothy Unsworth-Smith, Jane C Khan, Riaz J K Khan, Enid Chelva, Caroline Ann Lim, Samantha Haebich, Michelle L Trevenen
BACKGROUND: The articular surface replacement (ASR) was recalled in 2010 because of higher than expected revision rates. Patients reported symptoms of neurologic dysfunction including poor vision. This cohort study, using objective measurements, aimed to establish whether a higher incidence of visual function defects exists in ASR patients. METHODS: Thirty-three ASR patients and 33 non-ASR controls (control 1) were recruited. Data were compared with normative population data from the visual electrophysiology database (control 2)...
May 11, 2017: Journal of Arthroplasty
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28647022/reprint-of-noise-contributions-to-the-fmri-signal-an-overview
#19
Thomas T Liu
The ability to discriminate signal from noise plays a key role in the analysis and interpretation of functional magnetic resonance imaging (fMRI) measures of brain activity. Over the past two decades, a number of major sources of noise have been identified, including system-related instabilities, subject motion, and physiological fluctuations. This article reviews the characteristics of the various noise sources as well as the mechanisms through which they affect the fMRI signal. Approaches for distinguishing signal from noise and the associated challenges are also reviewed...
July 1, 2017: NeuroImage
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28647012/striatal-activation-predicts-differential-therapeutic-responses-to-methylphenidate-and-atomoxetine
#20
Kurt P Schulz, Anne-Claude V Bédard, Jin Fan, Thomas B Hildebrandt, Mark A Stein, Iliyan Ivanov, Jeffrey M Halperin, Jeffrey H Newcorn
OBJECTIVE: Methylphenidate has prominent effects in the dopamine-rich striatum that are absent for the selective norepinephrine transporter inhibitor atomoxetine. This study tested whether baseline striatal activation would predict differential response to the two medications in youth with attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder (ADHD). METHOD: A total of 36 youth with ADHD performed a Go/No-Go test during functional magnetic resonance imaging at baseline and were treated with methylphenidate and atomoxetine using a randomized cross-over design...
July 2017: Journal of the American Academy of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry
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