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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29150827/implications-of-tourist-macaque-interactions-for-disease-transmission
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Charlotte Carne, Stuart Semple, Ann MacLarnon, Bonaventura Majolo, Laëtitia Maréchal
During wildlife tourism, proximity or actual contact between people and animals may lead to a significant risk of anthropozoonotic disease transmission. In this paper, we use social network analysis, disease simulation modelling and data on animal health and behaviour to investigate such risks at a site in Morocco, where tourists come to see wild Barbary macaques (Macaca sylvanus). Measures of individual macaques' network centrality-an index of the strength and distribution of their social relationships and thus potentially their ability to spread disease-did not show clear and consistent relationships with their time spent in close proximity to, or rate of interacting with, tourists...
November 17, 2017: EcoHealth
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29150626/constructing-genetic-networks-using-biomedical-literature-and-rare-event-classification
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Amira Al-Aamri, Kamal Taha, Yousof Al-Hammadi, Maher Maalouf, Dirar Homouz
Text mining has become an important tool in bioinformatics research with the massive growth in the biomedical literature over the past decade. Mining the biomedical literature has resulted in an incredible number of computational algorithms that assist many bioinformatics researchers. In this paper, we present a text mining system called Gene Interaction Rare Event Miner (GIREM) that constructs gene-gene-interaction networks for human genome using information extracted from biomedical literature. GIREM identifies functionally related genes based on their co-occurrences in the abstracts of biomedical literature...
November 17, 2017: Scientific Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29149672/the-application-of-bacteriophages-as-novel-indicators-of-viral-pathogens-in-wastewater-treatment-systems
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Edgard Dias, James Ebdon, Huw Taylor
Many wastewater treatment technologies have been shown to remove bacterial pathogens more effectively than viral pathogens and, in aquatic environments, levels of traditional faecal indicator bacteria (FIB) do not appear to correlate consistently with levels of human viral pathogens. There is, therefore, a need for novel viral indicators of faecal pollution and surrogates of viral pathogens, especially given the increasing importance of indirect and direct wastewater reuse. Potential candidates include bacteriophages (phages) and the study described here sought to elucidate the relationship between three groups of phages (somatic coliphages (SOMPH), F-RNA coliphages (F-RNAPH) and human-specific phages infecting B...
November 9, 2017: Water Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29149426/relationship-between-lat1-expression-and-resistance-to-chemotherapy-in-pancreatic-ductal-adenocarcinoma
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Bolag Altan, Kyoichi Kaira, Akira Watanabe, Norio Kubo, Pinjie Bao, Gantumur Dolgormaa, Erkhem-Ochir Bilguun, Kenichiro Araki, Yoshikatsu Kanai, Takehiko Yokobori, Tetsunari Oyama, Masahiko Nishiyama, Hiroyuki Kuwano, Ken Shirabe
PURPOSE: L-type amino acid transporter 1 (LAT1) is linked to tumor cell proliferation, angiogenesis, and survival in various human cancers. Although the expression of LAT1 was identified as a significant prognostic predictor after surgery in patients with pancreatic ductal adenocarcinoma (PDAC), little is known about the clinical significance of LAT1 as a chemotherapeutic resistance factor in PDAC. METHODS: A total of 110 patients with surgically resected PDAC were retrospectively reviewed as the training set...
November 17, 2017: Cancer Chemotherapy and Pharmacology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29149325/the-iuphar-bps-guide-to-pharmacology-in-2018-updates-and-expansion-to-encompass-the-new-guide-to-immunopharmacology
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Simon D Harding, Joanna L Sharman, Elena Faccenda, Chris Southan, Adam J Pawson, Sam Ireland, Alasdair J G Gray, Liam Bruce, Stephen P H Alexander, Stephen Anderton, Clare Bryant, Anthony P Davenport, Christian Doerig, Doriano Fabbro, Francesca Levi-Schaffer, Michael Spedding, Jamie A Davies
The IUPHAR/BPS Guide to PHARMACOLOGY (GtoPdb, www.guidetopharmacology.org) and its precursor IUPHAR-DB, have captured expert-curated interactions between targets and ligands from selected papers in pharmacology and drug discovery since 2003. This resource continues to be developed in conjunction with the International Union of Basic and Clinical Pharmacology (IUPHAR) and the British Pharmacological Society (BPS). As previously described, our unique model of content selection and quality control is based on 96 target-class subcommittees comprising 512 scientists collaborating with in-house curators...
November 15, 2017: Nucleic Acids Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29149293/distribution-of-putative-virulence-markers-in-enterococcus-faecium-towards-a-safety-profile-review
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Ana R Freitas, Ana P Tedim, Carla Novais, Teresa M Coque, Luísa Peixe
Objectives: The criteria for identification of Enterococcus faecium (Efm) with the ability to cause human infections are currently being debated by the European Food Safety Authority (EFSA). Strains that have an MIC of ampicillin of ≤ 2 mg/L and lack IS16/esp/hyl genes should be regarded as safe for use as feed additives in animal nutrition, despite the lack of knowledge about putative virulence marker (PVM) distribution in community Efm. We analysed the distribution of major PVM and ampicillin phenotypes in large Efm collections to investigate further the safety of strains from a public health perspective...
November 14, 2017: Journal of Antimicrobial Chemotherapy
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29149154/philosophical-issues-and-psychological-variables-that-influence-the-determination-of-opioid-effectiveness-a-narrative-review
#7
Daniel Michael Doleys
BACKGROUND: The prescribing of opioids in the chronic pain setting is often based on the pharmacodynamics, pharmacokinetics, and pharmacogenetics of the drug obtained during development and clinical trials. However, the effectiveness of opioids varies widely and often appears to bear no relationship to the aforementioned variables. The impact of philosophical issues and psychological factors on determining how clinically effective opioid therapy is has often been over looked. OBJECTIVES: This manuscript provides a selective review and narrative summary of the philosophical issues and psychological factors which can influence opioid effectiveness...
November 2017: Pain Physician
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29148892/impact-of-prognostic-discussions-on-the-patient-physician-relationship-prospective-cohort-study
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Joshua J Fenton, Paul R Duberstein, Richard L Kravitz, Guibo Xing, Daniel J Tancredi, Kevin Fiscella, Supriya Mohile, Ronald M Epstein
Purpose Some research has suggested that discussion of prognosis can disrupt the patient-physician relationship. This study assessed whether physician discussion of prognosis is associated with detrimental changes in measures of the strength of the patient-physician relationship. Methods This was a longitudinal cohort study of 265 adult patients with advanced cancer who visited 38 oncologists within community- and hospital-based cancer clinics in Western New York and Northern California. Prognostic discussion was assessed by coding transcribed audio-recorded visits using the Prognostic and Treatment Choices (PTCC) scale and by patient survey at 3 months after the clinic visit...
November 17, 2017: Journal of Clinical Oncology: Official Journal of the American Society of Clinical Oncology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29148120/mapping-brown-adipose-tissue-based-on-fat-water-fraction-provided-by-z-spectral-imaging
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Alessandro Scotti, Rong-Wen Tain, Weiguo Li, Victoria Gil, Chong Wee Liew, Kejia Cai
BACKGROUND: Brown adipose tissue (BAT) has a great relevance in metabolic diseases and has been shown to be reduced in obesity and insulin resistance patients. Currently, Dixon MRI is used to calculate fat-water fraction (FWF) and differentiate BAT from white adipose tissue (WAT). However, it may fail in areas of phase wrapping and introduce fat-water swapping artifacts. PURPOSE: To investigate the capacity of the Z-spectrum imaging (ZSI) for the identification of BAT in vivo...
November 17, 2017: Journal of Magnetic Resonance Imaging: JMRI
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29148091/intrinsic-subtypes-of-breast-cancers-initially-assessed-as-probably-benign-or-of-low-suspicion-on-ultrasonography-differ-according-to-tumor-size
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Jieun Koh, Min Jung Kim, Hee Jung Moon, Jung Hyun Yoon, Vivian Youngjean Park, Eun-Kyung Kim
OBJECTIVES: To investigate whether the intrinsic subtypes of breast cancers initially assessed as American College of Radiology Breast Imaging and Reporting System (BI-RADS) category 3 or 4a differ according to tumor size. METHODS: A total of 444 breast cancers in 439 patients initially assessed as BI-RADS 3 or 4a through ultrasound-guided core needle biopsy were included. Tumors were classified by the size criterion of 10 mm or smaller or larger than 10 mm and categorized as the luminal type (estrogen receptor [ER] positive and/or progesterone receptor [PR] positive and human epidermal growth factor receptor 2 [HER2] negative), HER2 type (HER2 positive regardless of ER or PR status), or triple-negative type (ER negative, PR negative, and HER2 negative)...
November 17, 2017: Journal of Ultrasound in Medicine: Official Journal of the American Institute of Ultrasound in Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29147882/growth-inhibition-patterns-and-transfer-factor-profiles-in-arsenic-stressed-rice-oryza-sativa-l
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Ha-Il Jung, Jinwook Lee, Mi-Jin Chae, Myung-Suk Kong, Chang-Hoon Lee, Seong-Soo Kang, Yoo-Hak Kim
Arsenic (As) accumulation in rice owing to uptake from the soil is a critical human health issue. Here, we studied the chemical properties of As-treated soils, growth inhibition patterns of As-stressed rice plants, changes in the As content of soil and soil solutions, and the relationship between As accumulation and As transfer factor from the soil to the rice organs. Rice plants were cultivated in a greenhouse under four concentrations of As: 0 (control), 25, 50, and 75 mg kg(-1). A significant positive correlation was found between available P2O5 and exchangeable K and between As concentration and available P2O5 or exchangeable K...
November 16, 2017: Environmental Monitoring and Assessment
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29147625/a-transcriptomic-insight-into-the-impacts-of-mast-cells-in-lung-breast-and-colon-cancers
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Eun-A Ko, Kenton M Sanders, Tong Zhou
To date, the exact impact of mast cells in tumor microenvironment is still controversial because of inconsistency in observations regarding the relationship between mast cell infiltrates and cancer development and prognosis. The discrepancies in previous studies have motivated us to examine the roles of mast cells in cancer pathology from different perspectives. Here, we investigated the impact of mast cells on transcriptomic profiles in the tissue microenvironment. Mice carrying the W-sh mutation in c-kit (Kit(W-sh) ) are deficient in mast cell production and were used to assess the influence of mast cells on gene expression...
2017: Oncoimmunology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29146748/stable-isotope-kinetic-study-of-apom-apolipoprotein-m
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Mikaël Croyal, Stéphanie Billon-Crossouard, Sophie Goulitquer, Audrey Aguesse, Luis León, Fanta Fall, Maud Chétiveaux, Thomas Moyon, Valentin Blanchard, Khadija Ouguerram, Gilles Lambert, Estelle Nobécourt, Michel Krempf
OBJECTIVE: ApoM (apolipoprotein M) binds primarily to high-density lipoprotein before to be exchanged with apoB (apolipoprotein B)-containing lipoproteins. Low-density lipoprotein (LDL) receptor-mediated clearance of apoB-containing particles could influence plasma apoM kinetics and decrease its antiatherogenic properties. In humans, we aimed to describe the interaction of apoM kinetics with other components of lipid metabolism to better define its potential benefit on atherosclerosis...
November 16, 2017: Arteriosclerosis, Thrombosis, and Vascular Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29146567/self-guided-web-based-interventions-scoping-review-on-user-needs-and-the-potential-of-embodied-conversational-agents-to-address-them
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Mark R Scholten, Saskia M Kelders, Julia Ewc Van Gemert-Pijnen
BACKGROUND: Web-based mental health interventions have evolved from innovative prototypes to evidence-based and clinically applied solutions for mental diseases such as depression and anxiety. Open-access, self-guided types of these solutions hold the promise of reaching and treating a large population at a reasonable cost. However, a considerable factor that currently hinders the effectiveness of these self-guided Web-based interventions is the high level of nonadherence. The absence of a human caregiver apparently has a negative effect on user adherence...
November 16, 2017: Journal of Medical Internet Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29146476/mutation-screening-of-the-glis3-gene-in-a-cohort-of-592-chinese-patients-with-congenital-hypothyroidism
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Chunyun Fu, Shiyu Luo, Xigui Long, Yingfeng Li, Shangyang She, Xuehua Hu, Meizhen Mo, Zhanghong Wang, Yuhua Chen, Chun He, Jiasun Su, Yue Zhang, Fei Lin, Bobo Xie, Qifei Li, Shaoke Chen
OBJECTIVES: Defects in the human GLI-similar 3 (GLIS3) gene are reported to be a rare cause of congenital hypothyroidism (CH) and neonatal diabetes. The aim of this study was to examine the prevalence of GLIS3 mutation among CH patients in the Guangxi Zhuang Autonomous Region of China and to define the relationships between GLIS3 genotypes and clinical phenotypes. METHODS: Blood samples were collected from 592 patients with CH in Guangxi Zhuang Autonomous Region, China, and genomic DNA was extracted from peripheral blood leukocytes...
November 13, 2017: Clinica Chimica Acta; International Journal of Clinical Chemistry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29145888/tgf-%C3%AE-2-initiates-autophagy-via-smad-and-non-smad-pathway-to-promote-glioma-cells-invasion
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Chao Zhang, Xin Zhang, Ran Xu, Bin Huang, An-Jing Chen, Chao Li, Jian Wang, Xin-Gang Li
BACKGROUND: Glioblastoma multiforme (GBM) is characterized by lethal aggressiveness and patients with GBM are in urgent need for new therapeutic avenues to improve quality of life. Current studies on tumor invasion focused on roles of cytokines in tumor microenvironment and numerous evidence suggests that TGF-β2 is abundant in glioma microenvironment and vital for glioma invasion. Autopagy is also emerging as a critical factor in aggressive behaviors of cancer cells; however, the relationship between TGF-β2 and autophagy in glioma has been poorly understood...
November 16, 2017: Journal of Experimental & Clinical Cancer Research: CR
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29145849/monitoring-so2emission-trends-and-residents-perceived-health-risks-from-pgm-smelting-at-selous-metallurgical-complex-in-zimbabwe
#17
Patrick Gwimbi
BACKGROUND: Persistently high sulphur dioxide (SO2) emissions from platinum group metal (PGM) smelting pose a major threat to communities located around smelters. This paper examined SO2 emission trends, emission regulations and residents' perceived health risks from exposures to such emissions at Selous Metallurgical Complex (SMC) PGM smelting facility in Zimbabwe. METHODS: SO2 data from roof monitoring sites at the smelter furnace were aggregated into annual, quarterly and monthly emission trends from 2008 to 2015...
November 16, 2017: International Journal for Equity in Health
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29145757/nutrition-and-lower-extremity-ulcers-causality-and-or-treatment
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Lauren Haughey, Adrian Barbul
The association between malnutrition, impaired wound healing, and the presence of chronic wounds has been recognized for a long time. It is widely believed that the lack of adequate nutrition increases the risk of developing wounds which have a great likelihood of progressing to chronicity due to lack of appropriate healing responses. This risk is particularly high in the aging population. For the individual patient, as well as patient populations, the diagnosis of malnutrition has been in dispute; further, there is lack of agreement of when and how to intervene nutritionally in those with wounds or healing deficits...
November 1, 2017: International Journal of Lower Extremity Wounds
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29145728/understanding-how-emergency-medicine-physicians-survive-and-thrive-in-rural-practice-a-theoretical-model
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Ashra Kolhatkar, Andrea Keesey, Bob Bluman, Brenna Lynn, Tandi Wilkinson
INTRODUCTION: The challenges facing emergency medicine (EM) services in Canada reflect the limitations of the entire healthcare system. The emergency department (ED) is uniquely situated in the healthcare system such that shortcomings in hospital- and community-based services are often first revealed there. This is especially true in rural settings, where there are additional site-specific barriers to the provision of EM care. Existing studies look at the factors that influence rural EM physicians in isolation...
November 2017: Rural and Remote Health
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29145629/the-reactome-pathway-knowledgebase
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Antonio Fabregat, Steven Jupe, Lisa Matthews, Konstantinos Sidiropoulos, Marc Gillespie, Phani Garapati, Robin Haw, Bijay Jassal, Florian Korninger, Bruce May, Marija Milacic, Corina Duenas Roca, Karen Rothfels, Cristoffer Sevilla, Veronica Shamovsky, Solomon Shorser, Thawfeek Varusai, Guilherme Viteri, Joel Weiser, Guanming Wu, Lincoln Stein, Henning Hermjakob, Peter D'Eustachio
The Reactome Knowledgebase (https://reactome.org) provides molecular details of signal transduction, transport, DNA replication, metabolism, and other cellular processes as an ordered network of molecular transformations-an extended version of a classic metabolic map, in a single consistent data model. Reactome functions both as an archive of biological processes and as a tool for discovering unexpected functional relationships in data such as gene expression profiles or somatic mutation catalogues from tumor cells...
November 14, 2017: Nucleic Acids Research
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