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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28532132/distributions-of-high-sensitivity-c-reactive-protein-total-cholesterol-hdl-ratio-and-10-year-cardiovascular-risk-national-population-based-study
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Alipasha Meysamie, Saeed Ghodsi, Reza Ghalehtaki, Alireza Esteghamati, Fereshteh Asgari, Mohammad Mehdi Gouya
The present study aimed to evaluate the distributions of High-Sensitivity C-reactive protein, TC-HDL ratio and 10-year risk of cardiovascular diseases among Iranian adult population. We conducted a cross-sectional study on a total of 2125 adults aged 25 to 65. Data of the Third National Surveillance of Risk Factors of Non-Communicable Diseases (SuRFNCD-2007) was used. Anthropometric indices, blood pressure and biochemical measurements had been obtained. Ten-year risk of cardiovascular events was also calculated using different models...
April 2017: Acta Medica Iranica
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28532121/antimicrobial-activity-of-puffball-bovistella-radicata-and-separation-of-bioactive-compounds
#2
Yong Ye, Kun Liu, Qinghua Zeng, Qingmei Zeng
BACKGROUND: To test the antimicrobial activity of different extracts and fermentation broth from puffball(Bovistella radicata), the different extracts and fermentation broth of puffball were prepared, the active fraction was investigated by UPLC-UV-MS and semi-preparative chromatograph. RESULTS: Through zones of inhibition (ZOI) and minimum inhibitory concentrations (MIC) tests, the supernatant of fermentation possessed best antimicrobial activity in all extracts whose MIC value is 31...
December 2017: AMB Express
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28532116/antibacterial-mechanical-and-surface-properties-of-ag-dlc-films-prepared-by-dual-pld-for-medical-applications
#3
P Písařík, M Jelínek, J Remsa, J Mikšovský, J Zemek, K Jurek, Š Kubinová, J Lukeš, J Šepitka
Silver doped diamond-like carbon layers were deposited by dual pulsed laser deposition using two KrF excimer lasers. The concentration of Ag, determined by XPS and WDS, moved from zero to ~10at%. We found that the sp(2)/sp(3) ratio, film roughness and the number of droplets (SEM and AFM) increased with increasing silver concentration. The sp(3) content measurement (XPS) was influenced by ion cluster surface sputtering and varied from 71.0% (undoped DLC) to 36.2% (for 9.3at% Ag). Transmission was measured on the scale from 200nm to 1100nm, and decreased with increasing silver content...
August 1, 2017: Materials Science & Engineering. C, Materials for Biological Applications
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28532092/cytocompatibility-studies-of-titania-doped-calcium-borosilicate-bioactive-glasses-in-vitro
#4
Rajkumar Samudrala, Abdul Azeem P, Vasudevarao Penugurti, Bramanandam Manavathi
The present study aims to elucidate the applications of Titania (TiO2) doped calcium borosilicate glass as a biocompatible material in regenerative orthopedic applications. In this context, we have examined the bioactivity of various concentrations of TiO2 doped glasses with the help of simulated body fluid (SBF). Cytocompatibility, cell proliferation, and protein expression studies revealed the potential candidature of TiO2 doped glasses on osteoblast cell lines (MG-63). We hypothesized that TiO2 doped calcium borosilicate glasses are most cytocompatible material for bone implants...
August 1, 2017: Materials Science & Engineering. C, Materials for Biological Applications
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28532050/full-in-vitro-analyses-of-new-generation-bulk-fill-dental-composites-cured-by-halogen-light
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Tuçe Hazal Tekin, Aysel Kantürk Figen, Pınar Yılmaz Atalı, Bilge Coşkuner Filiz, Mehmet Burçin Pişkin
The objective of this study was to investigate the full in-vitro analyses of new-generation bulk-fill dental composites cured by halogen light (HLG). Two types' four composites were studied: Surefill SDR (SDR) and Xtra Base (XB) as bulk-fill flowable materials; QuixFill (QF) and XtraFill (XF) as packable bulk-fill materials. Samples were prepared for each analysis and test by applying the same procedure, but with different diameters and thicknesses appropriate to the analysis and test requirements. Thermal properties were determined by thermogravimetric analysis (TG/DTG) and differential scanning calorimetry (DSC) analysis; the Vickers microhardness (VHN) was measured after 1, 7, 15 and 30days of storage in water...
August 1, 2017: Materials Science & Engineering. C, Materials for Biological Applications
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28532027/evaluation-of-different-surface-treatments-on-fiber-post-cemented-with-a-self-adhesive-system
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Maíra Prado, Juliana N Marques, Gisele Damiana Pereira, Eduardo M da Silva, Renata A Simão
Surface treatment of fiber-reinforced posts can increase adhesion, especially on the post/resin cement interface. The purpose of this in vitro study was to evaluate the effect of different surface treatments on fiber post cemented with a self-adhesive system. Sixty fiberglass epoxy resin posts were cleaned, dried and divided into 6 groups (n=10): Control (no surface treatment), silane (silane coupling agent was applied homogeneously on surface), 24% hydrogen peroxide (H2O2) (immersion during 1min), blasting (blasting with aluminum oxide for 30s), NH3 plasma (plasma treatment for 3min) and HMDSO plasma (plasma treatment for 15min)...
August 1, 2017: Materials Science & Engineering. C, Materials for Biological Applications
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28532024/the-effect-of-pore-size-and-porosity-on-mechanical-properties-and-biological-response-of-porous-titanium-scaffolds
#7
C Torres-Sanchez, F R A Al Mushref, M Norrito, K Yendall, Y Liu, P P Conway
The effect of pore size and porosity on elastic modulus, strength, cell attachment and cell proliferation was studied for Ti porous scaffolds manufactured via powder metallurgy and sintering. Porous scaffolds were prepared in two ranges of porosities so that their mechanical properties could mimic those of cortical and trabecular bone respectively. Space-holder engineered pore size distributions were carefully determined to study the impact that small changes in pore size may have on mechanical and biological behaviour...
August 1, 2017: Materials Science & Engineering. C, Materials for Biological Applications
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28531904/routine-monitoring-of-sodium-and-phosphorus-removal-in-peritoneal-dialysis-pd-patients-treated-with-continuous-ambulatory-pd-capd-automated-pd-apd-or-combined-capd-apd
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Veronika Moor, Robert Wagner, Michael Sayer, Marlies Petsch, Sandra Rueb, Hans-Ulrich Häring, Nils Heyne, Ferruh Artunc
BACKGROUND: Adequate removal of sodium (Na) and phosphorus (P) is of paramount importance for patients with dialysis-dependent kidney disease can easily quantified in peritoneal dialysis (PD) patients. Some studies suggest that automated PD (APD) results in lower Na and P removal. METHODS: In this study we retrospectively analysed our data on Na and P removal in PD patients after implementation of a routine monitoring in 2011. Patients were stratified in those treated with continuous ambulatory PD (CAPD, n=24), automated PD (APD, n=23) and APD with one bag change (CAPD+APD, n=10)...
May 25, 2017: Kidney & Blood Pressure Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28531894/evaluation-of-absolute-serum-creatinine-changes-in-staging-of-cirrhosis-induced-acute-renal-injury-and-its-association-with-long-term-outcomes
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Fangfang Zhou, Qun Luo, Lina Han, Huadong Yan, Wenhong Zhou, Zemin Wang, Yumei Li
BACKGROUND/AIMS: To assess the prognostic accuracy of absolute serum creatinine (sCr) changes ('Delta-sCr') on the long-term outcomes in cirrhotic patients, and evaluate the performance of the 'Delta-sCr' approach to stage acute kidney injury (AKI), compared with the Kidney Disease Improving Global Outcomes (KDIGO) criteria. METHODS: We conducted a retrospective analysis of 333 hospitalized patients. We classified AKI stages using two methods: 1) KDIGO AKI criteria; 2) 'Delta-sCr' system, defined by the difference between the baseline and the peak sCr value during the hospitalization...
May 25, 2017: Kidney & Blood Pressure Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28531801/ace-2-ang1-7-mas-cascade-mediates-ace-inhibitor-captopril-protective-effects-in-estrogen-deficient-osteoporotic-rats
#10
Hatem M Abuohashish, Mohammed M Ahmed, Dina Sabry, Mahmoud M Khattab, Salim S Al-Rejaie
The local role of the renin angiotensin system (RAS) was documented recently beside its conventional systemic functions. Studies showed that the effector angiotensin II (AngII) alters bone health, while inhibition of the angiotensin converting enzyme (ACE-1) preserved these effects. The newly identified Ang1-7 exerts numerous beneficial effects opposing the AngII. Thus, the current study examines the role of Ang1-7 in mediating the osteo-preservative effects of ACEI (captopril) through the G-protein coupled Mas receptor using an ovariectomized (OVX) rat model of osteoporosis...
May 19, 2017: Biomedicine & Pharmacotherapy, Biomédecine & Pharmacothérapie
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28531791/an-innovative-brioche-enriched-in-protein-and-energy-improves-the-nutritional-status-of-malnourished-nursing-home-residents-compared-to-oral-nutritional-supplement-and-usual-breakfast-farine-project
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Virginie Van Wymelbeke, Laurent Brondel, Francis Bon, Isabelle Martin-Pfitzenmeyer, Patrick Manckoundia
BACKGROUND & AIMS: To compare the effects of a 12-week nutritional intervention, in which an innovative protein-and-energy-enriched brioche, an oral nutritional supplement or a usual breakfast were eaten, on food intake and nutritional status in nursing home residents. DESIGN: Three-armed, multicentre, controlled trial. SETTING: Eight nursing homes in Burgundy, France. PARTICIPANTS: Sixty-eight malnourished participants aged between 70 and 99 years old...
October 2016: Clinical Nutrition ESPEN
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28531658/co-plantation-of-aquatic-macrophytes-typha-angustifolia-and-paspalum-scrobiculatum-for-effective-treatment-of-textile-industry-effluent
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Vishal V Chandanshive, Niraj R Rane, Asif S Tamboli, Avinash R Gholave, Rahul V Khandare, Sanjay P Govindwar
Field treatment of textile industry effluent was carried out in constructed drenches (91.4m×1.2m×0.6m; 65.8m(3)) planted independently with Typha angustifolia, Paspalum scrobiculatum and their co-plantation (consortium-TP). The in situ treatment of effluent by T. angustifolia, P. scrobiculatum and consortium-TP was found to decrease ADMI color value by 62, 59 and 76%, COD by 65, 63 and 70%, BOD by 68, 63 and 75%, TDS by 45, 39 and 57%, and TSS by 35, 31 and 47%, respectively within 96h. Heavy metals such as arsenic, cadmium, chromium and lead were also removed up to 28-77% after phytoremediation...
May 12, 2017: Journal of Hazardous Materials
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28531643/lipid-based-nutrient-supplements-containing-vitamins-and-minerals-attenuate-renal-electrolyte-loss-in-hiv-aids-patients-starting-antiretroviral-therapy-a-randomized-controlled-trial-in-zambia
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D Munkombwe, T L Muungo, C Michelo, P Kelly, S Chirwa, S Filteau
BACKGROUND & AIMS: Advanced HIV infection combined with undernutrition and antiretroviral therapy (ART) places HIV/AIDS patients at high risk of electrolyte abnormalities and increased morbidity and mortality. Here, in a sub-study of a large published randomized trial, we evaluated if nutritional supplements will help curtail renal electrolyte loss in HIV/AIDS patients starting ART. METHODS: 130 malnourished HIV-positive patients referred for ART received lipid-based nutrient supplements alone (LNS, n = 63) or together with vitamins and minerals (LNS-VM, n = 67)...
June 2016: Clinical Nutrition ESPEN
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28531336/loop-gain-predicts-the-response-to-upper-airway-surgery-in-patients-with-obstructive-sleep-apnoea-ventilatory-control-abnormalities-predict-surgical-responsiveness
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Simon A Joosten, Paul Leong, Shane A Landry, Scott A Sands, Philip I Terrill, Dwayne Mann, Anthony Turton, Jhanavi Rangaswamy, Christopher Andara, Glen Burgess, Darren Mansfield, Garun S Hamilton, Bradley A Edwards
Study Objectives: Upper airway surgery is often recommended to treat OSA patients who cannot tolerate continuous positive airways pressure (CPAP). However, the response to surgery is variable, potentially because it does not improve the non-anatomical factors (i.e. loop gain and arousal threshold) causing OSA. Measuring these traits clinically might predict responses to surgery. Our primary objective was to test the value of loop gain and arousal threshold to predict surgical success defined as 50% reduction in apnea-hypopnea index (AHI) and AHI <10 events/hr post-surgery...
May 22, 2017: Sleep
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28531295/right-ventricular-vascular-coupling-in-heart-failure-with-preserved-ejection-fraction-and-pre-vs-post-capillary-pulmonary-hypertension
#15
Thomas M Gorter, Dirk J van Veldhuisen, Adriaan A Voors, Yoran M Hummel, Carolyn S P Lam, Rolf M F Berger, Joost P van Melle, Elke S Hoendermis
Aims: Many patients with heart failure with preserved ejection fraction (HFpEF) develop post-capillary pulmonary hypertension (PH) due to increased left-sided filling pressures. However, a subset of patients develops combined post- and pre-capillary PH. We studied the value of echocardiographic right-sided characterization for the discrimination between pre- vs. post-capillary PH in HFpEF, using invasive haemodynamics as gold standard. Methods and results: 102 consecutive HFpEF patients with simultaneous right heart catheterization and echocardiography were identified...
May 22, 2017: European Heart Journal Cardiovascular Imaging
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28531288/an-evaluation-of-systemic-reforms-of-public-hospitals-the-sanming-model-in-china
#16
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/28531282/near-infrared-spectroscopy-derived-lipid-core-burden-index-predicts-adverse-cardiovascular-outcome-in-patients-with-coronary-artery-disease-during-long-term-follow-up
#17
Anne-Sophie Schuurman, Maxime Vroegindewey, Isabella Kardys, Rohit M Oemrawsingh, Jin M Cheng, Sanneke de Boer, Hector M Garcia-Garcia, Robert-Jan van Geuns, Evelyn S Regar, Joost Daemen, Nicolas M van Mieghem, Patrick W Serruys, Eric Boersma, K Martijn Akkerhuis
Aims: Near-infrared spectroscopy (NIRS) is able to quantify cholesterol within coronary arteries by the lipid core burden index (LCBI). We studied the prognostic value of NIRS-derived LCBI in patients with coronary artery disease (CAD) for adverse cardiac outcome during long-term follow-up. Methods and results: During 2009-2013, NIRS was performed in a non-culprit artery of 275 patients undergoing coronary angiography for acute coronary syndrome (ACS) or stable angina...
May 20, 2017: European Heart Journal
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28531231/utility-of-th1-cell-immune-responses-for-distinguishing-active-tuberculosis-from-non-active-tuberculosis-a-case-control-study
#18
Lifan Zhang, Xinhe Cheng, Sainan Bian, Yanhua Song, Qiang Li, Mengqiu Gao, Yueqiu Zhang, Xiaochun Shi, Xiaoqing Liu
Currently available Interferon-γ release assay (IGRA) cannot reliably differentiate active TB (ATB) from non-active TB (non-ATB). A study was performed to evaluate the value of Mycobacterium tuberculosis (MTB) specific Th1 cell immune responses which test IFN-γ and IL-2 simultaneous for differentiating ATB from non-ATB. Forty-nine newly diagnosed inpatients with ATB (26 pulmonary TB and 23 extrapulmonary TB) were enrolled as the ATB group. Forty-five volunteers with latent tuberculosis infection (LTBI) and twenty with evidence of previous TB were enrolled during the same period as the non-ATB group...
2017: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28531173/a-scoring-system-to-effectively-evaluate-central-nervous-system-tuberculosis-in-patients-with-military-tuberculosis
#19
Yongjiu Xiao, Shuqing Yu, Qingliang Xue, Shan Lang, Junping Sun, Dan Feng, Jianxin Wang
There is currently no convenient way to effectively evaluate whether a miliary tuberculosis patient is complicated with central nervous system (CNS) tuberculosis. We aimed to find such a way by analyzing the clinical data of these patients. Fifty patients with confirmed miliary tuberculosis and 31 patients with confirmed miliary tuberculosis complicated with CNS tuberculosis from 2010 to 2014 were selected. Their general conditions, clinical features and laboratory tests were analyzed. Factors that were significantly different between them were chosen to performed multivariate and univariate logistic regression analyses, and factors with significant P values were used to establish a scoring system...
2017: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28530848/splanchnic-thoracoabdominal-and-cerebral-blood-flow-volumes-in-healthy-children-and-young-adults-in-fasting-and-postprandial-states-determining-reference-ranges-by-using-phase-contrast-mr-imaging
#20
Prakash Muthusami, Shi-Joon Yoo, Rajiv Chaturvedi, Navjot Gill, Jonathan Windram, Daryl Schantz, Milan Prsa, Pablo Caro-Dominguez, Mike Seed, Lars Grosse-Wortmann, Simon C Ling, Govind B Chavhan
Purpose To estimate reference ranges for blood flow volume (BFV) in major splanchnic, thoracoabdominal, and neck vessels by using phase-contrast magnetic resonance (MR) imaging in children and young adults in fasting and postprandial states. Materials and Methods In this institutional research ethics board-approved prospective study, healthy volunteers underwent phase-contrast MR imaging in a fasting state and again after a standardized meal. BFV values were reported as medians and ranges, and postmeal to premeal BFV ratios were calculated...
May 22, 2017: Radiology
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