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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28226276/different-associations-of-albuminuria-with-total-and-cardiovascular-mortality-by-concentrations-of-persistent-organic-pollutants-in-the-elderly
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Hyun-Woo Kim, Jung-Hyun Kim, Dong-Won Lee, Sang-Hyun Cho, Ji-Hoon Jung, Ki-Su Kim, Duk-Hee Lee
Epidemiologic studies have indicated that albuminuria is associated with mortality from all causes and cardiovascular disease (CVD), with substantial heterogeneity. We evaluated if the associations of urine albumin creatinine ratio (ACR) with all-cause and CVD mortality differed depending on serum concentrations of persistent organic pollutants (POPs), strong lipophilic chemical mixtures with very long half-lives, which are recently linked to many degenerative diseases. Study subjects were participants of the National Health and Nutrition Examination Survey 1999-2004 who were 60 years or older at baseline (n=1215 and 1067 for organochlorine pesticides (OCPs) and other POPs, respectively)...
February 18, 2017: Environmental Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28226262/an-urban-runoff-model-designed-to-inform-stormwater-management-decisions
#2
Nicole G Beck, Gary Conley, Lisa Kanner, Margaret Mathias
We present an urban runoff model designed for stormwater managers to quantify runoff reduction benefits of mitigation actions that has lower input data and user expertise requirements than most commonly used models. The stormwater tool to estimate load reductions (TELR) employs a semi-distributed approach, where landscape characteristics and process representation are spatially-lumped within urban catchments on the order of 100 acres (40 ha). Hydrologic computations use a set of metrics that describe a 30-year rainfall distribution, combined with well-tested algorithms for rainfall-runoff transformation and routing to generate average annual runoff estimates for each catchment...
February 19, 2017: Journal of Environmental Management
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28223723/sinusoidal-endotheliitis-as-a-histological-parameter-for-diagnosing-acute-liver-allograft-rejection
#3
Yu Shi, Kun Dong, Yu-Guo Zhang, René P Michel, Victoria Marcus, Yu-Yue Wang, Yu Chen, Zu-Hua Gao
AIM: To investigated the feasibility of using sinusoidal endotheliitis (SE) as a histological marker for liver allograft rejection. METHODS: We compared the histological features of 88 liver allograft biopsies with acute cellular rejection (ACR) and 59 cases with no evidence of ACR. SE was scored as: (1) focal linear lifting up of the endothelial cells by lymphocytes with no obvious damage to adjacent hepatocytes; (2) focal disruption of the endothelial lining by a cluster of subendothelial lymphocytes (a group of > 3 lymphocytes); and (3) severe confluent endotheliitis with hemorrhage and adjacent hepatocyte loss...
February 7, 2017: World Journal of Gastroenterology: WJG
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28223263/apps-for-people-with-rheumatoid-arthritis-to-monitor-their-disease-activity-a-review-of-apps-for-best-practice-and-quality
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Rebecca Grainger, Hermaleigh Townsley, Bonnie White, Tobias Langlotz, William J Taylor
BACKGROUND: Rheumatoid arthritis (RA) is a chronic inflammatory arthritis requiring long-term treatment with regular monitoring by a rheumatologist to achieve good health outcomes. Since people with RA may wish to monitor their own disease activity with a smartphone app, it is important to understand the functions and quality of apps for this purpose. OBJECTIVE: The aim of our study was to assess the features and quality of apps to assist people to monitor their RA disease activity by (1) summarizing the available apps, particularly the instruments used for measurement of RA disease activity; (2) comparing the app features with American College of Rheumatology and European League against Rheumatism (ACR and EULAR) guidelines for monitoring of RA disease activity; and (3) rating app quality with the Mobile App Rating Scale (MARS)...
February 21, 2017: JMIR MHealth and UHealth
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28219475/effects-of-in-ovo-feeding-of-creatine-pyruvate-on-the-hatchability-growth-performance-and-energy-status-in-embryos-and-broiler-chickens
#5
M M Zhao, T Gao, L Zhang, J L Li, P A Lv, L L Yu, F Gao, G H Zhou
The effects of in ovo feeding (IOF) of creatine pyruvate (CrPyr) on the hatchability, growth performance and energy status of embryos and broilers (Arbor Acres) were investigated. Five treatments were arranged as non-injected treatment (Control), 0.6 ml physiological saline (0.75%) injected treatment (Saline), and IOF treatments injected with 0.6 ml physiological saline (0.75%) containing 3, 6 or 12 mg CrPyr (CrPyr3, CrPyr6 or CrPyr12) into the amnion per fertile egg on day 17.5 of incubation. After hatching, 80 male chicks from each treatment with similar weight close to the average BW of their pooled group were selected and randomly assigned into eight replicates of 10 chicks each...
February 21, 2017: Animal: An International Journal of Animal Bioscience
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28218978/biochemical-characterization-of-metabolism-based-atrazine-resistance-in-amaranthus-tuberculatus-and-identification-of-an-expressed-gst-associated-with-resistance
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Anton F Evans, Sarah R O'Brien, Rong Ma, Aaron G Hager, Chance W Riggins, Kris N Lambert, Dean E Riechers
Rapid detoxification of atrazine in naturally tolerant crops such as maize (Zea mays) and grain sorghum (Sorghum bicolor) results from glutathione S-transferase (GST) activity. In previous research, two atrazine-resistant waterhemp (Amaranthus tuberculatus) populations from Illinois, U.S.A. (designated ACR and MCR) displayed rapid formation of atrazine-glutathione (GSH) conjugates, implicating elevated rates of metabolism as the resistance mechanism. Our main objective was to utilize protein purification combined with qualitative proteomics to investigate the hypothesis that enhanced atrazine detoxification, catalyzed by distinct GSTs, confers resistance in ACR and MCR...
February 20, 2017: Plant Biotechnology Journal
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28216193/frequency-of-concomitant-fibromyalgia-in-rheumatic-diseases-monocentric-study-of-691-patients
#7
Angelique Fan, Bruno Pereira, Anne Tournadre, Zuzana Tatar, Sandrine Malochet-Guinamand, Sylvain Mathieu, Marion Couderc, Martin Soubrier, Jean-Jacques Dubost
OBJECTIVE: Fibromyalgia (FM) is a confounding factor for diagnosing and assessing rheumatic disease activity. This study sought to assess the extent of this syndrome in rheumatism patients at a French rheumatology department. METHOD: This monocentric epidemiological study enrolled all patients consulting due to rheumatoid arthritis (RA), spondyloarthritis (SpA), or connective tissue disease (CTD). FM diagnosis was confirmed or excluded according to the rheumatologist opinion and the 1990 American College of Rheumatology (ACR) criteria...
January 18, 2017: Seminars in Arthritis and Rheumatism
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28214326/treatment-preferences-for-biologicals-in-psoriasis-experienced-patients-appreciate-sustainability
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Christian Kromer, Wiebke K Peitsch, Raphael Herr, Astrid Schmieder, Diana Sonntag, Marthe-Lisa Schaarschmidt
BACKGROUND AND OBJECTIVES: Treatment satisfaction can be improved by integrating patients' preferences into shared decision-making. We recently investigated patients' preferences for attributes of biologicals, and showed high preferences for safety and efficacy. The objective of the present study was to assess the impact of treatment experience on these preferences. PATIENTS AND METHODS: Preferences for outcome (probability of 50 % and 90 % improvement, time until response, sustainability of success, probability of mild and severe adverse events, probability of ACR 20 response) and process attributes (treatment location, frequency, duration, and delivery method) were analyzed in 200 participants with moderate-to-severe psoriasis using conjoint analysis...
February 2017: Journal der Deutschen Dermatologischen Gesellschaft, Journal of the German Society of Dermatology: JDDG
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28214324/behandlungspr%C3%A3-ferenzen-f%C3%A3-r-biologika-bei-psoriasis-erfahrene-patienten-legen-wert-auf-nachhaltigkeit
#9
Christian Kromer, Wiebke K Peitsch, Raphael Herr, Astrid Schmieder, Diana Sonntag, Marthe-Lisa Schaarschmidt
HINTERGRUND UND ZIELE: Die Therapiezufriedenheit kann durch die Berücksichtigung von Patientenpräferenzen in der gemeinsamen Entscheidungsfindung verbessert werden. Kürzlich untersuchten wir Patientenpräferenzen für Eigenschaften von Biologika und fanden starke Präferenzen für Sicherheit und Wirksamkeit. Die vorliegende Studie hatte das Ziel, Auswirkungen von Therapieerfahrung auf diese Präferenzen zu erheben. PATIENTEN UND METHODEN: Präferenzen für Ergebnis- (Wahrscheinlichkeit einer 50%igen und 90%igen Verbesserung, Zeit bis zum Ansprechen, Nachhaltigkeit des Erfolgs, Wahrscheinlichkeit von leichten und schweren Nebenwirkungen und Wahrscheinlichkeit eines ACR-20-Ansprechens) und Prozesseigenschaften (Behandlungsort, Behandlungshäufigkeit, Zeitaufwand und Applikationsweise) wurden bei 200 Teilnehmern mit mittelschwerer bis schwerer Psoriasis mit Hilfe von Conjoint-Analyse ermittelt...
February 2017: Journal der Deutschen Dermatologischen Gesellschaft, Journal of the German Society of Dermatology: JDDG
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28213566/a-randomised-phase-iib-study-of-mavrilimumab-a-novel-gm-csf-receptor-alpha-monoclonal-antibody-in-the-treatment-of-rheumatoid-arthritis
#10
Gerd R Burmester, Iain B McInnes, Joel Kremer, Pedro Miranda, Mariusz Korkosz, Jiri Vencovsky, Andrea Rubbert-Roth, Eduardo Mysler, Matthew A Sleeman, Alex Godwood, Dominic Sinibaldi, Xiang Guo, Wendy I White, Bing Wang, Chi-Yuan Wu, Patricia C Ryan, David Close, Michael E Weinblatt
OBJECTIVES: Despite the therapeutic value of current rheumatoid arthritis (RA) treatments, agents with alternative modes of action are required. Mavrilimumab, a fully human monoclonal antibody targeting the granulocyte-macrophage colony-stimulating factor receptor-α, was evaluated in patients with moderate-to-severe RA. METHODS: In a phase IIb study (NCT01706926), patients with inadequate response to ≥1 synthetic disease-modifying antirheumatic drug(s), Disease Activity Score 28 (DAS28)-C reactive protein (CRP)/erythrocyte sedimentation rate ≥3...
February 17, 2017: Annals of the Rheumatic Diseases
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28194968/pedot-pss-as-solid-contact-for-ion-selective-electrodes-the-influence-of-the-pedot-pss-film-thickness-on-the-equilibration-times
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Marcin Guzinski, Jennifer Marie Jarvis, Felio Perez, Bradford D Pendley, Erno Lindner, Roland de Marco, Gaston A Crespo, Robert G Acres, Raymart Walker, Josiah Luke Bishop
To understand the rate determining processes during the equilibration of poly(3,4-ethylenedioxythiophene):polystyrene sulfonate-based (PEDOT(PSS)-based) solid contact (SC) ion-selective electrodes (ISEs), the surfaces of Pt, Au, and GC electrodes were coated with 0.1, 1.0, 2.0 and 4.0μm thick galvanostatically deposited PEDOT(PSS) films. Next, potential vs. time transients were recorded with these electrodes, with and without an additional potassium ion-selective membrane (ISM) coating, following their first contact with 0...
February 14, 2017: Analytical Chemistry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28194093/effects-of-an-amylopectin-and-chromium-complex-on-the-anabolic-response-to-a-suboptimal-dose-of-whey-protein
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T N Ziegenfuss, H L Lopez, A Kedia, S M Habowski, J E Sandrock, B Raub, C M Kerksick, A A Ferrando
BACKGROUND: Previous research has demonstrated the permissive effect of insulin on muscle protein kinetics, and the enhanced insulin sensitizing effect of chromium. In the presence of adequate whole protein and/or essential amino acids (EAA), insulin has a stimulatory effect on muscle protein synthesis, whereas in conditions of lower blood EAA concentrations, insulin has an inhibitory effect on protein breakdown. In this study, we determined the effect of an amylopectin/chromium (ACr) complex on changes in plasma concentrations of EAA, insulin, glucose, and the fractional rate of muscle protein synthesis (FSR)...
2017: Journal of the International Society of Sports Nutrition
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28191270/a-close-look-at-the-structure-of-the-tio2-aptes-interface-in-hybrid-nanomaterials-and-its-degradation-pathway-an-experimental-and-theoretical-study
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Daniela Meroni, Leonardo Lo Presti, Giovanni Di Liberto, Michele Ceotto, Robert G Acres, Kevin C Prince, Roberto Bellani, Guido Soliveri, Silvia Ardizzone
The surface functionalization of TiO2-based materials with alkylsilanes is attractive in several cutting-edge applications, such as photovoltaics, sensors, and nanocarriers for the controlled release of bioactive molecules. (3-Aminopropyl)triethoxysilane (APTES) is able to self-assemble to form monolayers on TiO2 surfaces, but its adsorption geometry and solar-induced photodegradation pathways are not well understood. We here employ advanced experimental (XPS, NEXAFS, AFM, HR-TEM, and FT-IR) and theoretical (plane-wave DFT) tools to investigate the preferential interaction mode of APTES on anatase TiO2...
January 12, 2017: Journal of Physical Chemistry. C, Nanomaterials and Interfaces
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28187674/a-new-species-of-poison-dart-frog-anura-dendrobatidae-from-manu-province-amazon-region-of-southeastern-peru-with-notes-on-its-natural-history-bioacoustics-phylogenetics-and-recommended-conservation-status
#14
Shirley J Serrano-Rojas, Andrew Whitworth, Jaime Villacampa, Rudolf VON May, Roberto C Gutiérrez, José M Padial, Juan C Chaparro
We describe and name a new species of poison-dart frog from the Amazonian slopes of the Andes in Manu Province, Madre de Dios Department, Peru; specifically within the Amarakaeri Communal Reserve and the buffer zone of Manu National Park. Ameerega shihuemoy sp. nov. is supported by a unique combination of characters: black dorsum with cream to light orange dorsolateral lines, blue belly reticulated with black, and the lack of axillary, thigh and calf flash marks. Within Ameerega, it shares the general appearance of A...
January 16, 2017: Zootaxa
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28186335/characterization-of-a-continuous-agitated-cell-reactor-for-oxygen-dependent-biocatalysis
#15
Asbjørn Toftgaard Pedersen, Teresa Melo de Carvalho, Euan Sutherland, Gustav Rehn, Robert Ashe, John M Woodley
Biocatalytic oxidation reactions employing molecular oxygen as the electron acceptor are difficult to conduct in a continuous flow reactor because of the requirement for high oxygen transfer rates. In this paper, the oxidation of glucose to glucono-1,5-lactone by glucose oxidase was used as a model reaction to study a novel continuous agitated cell reactor (ACR). The ACR consists of ten cells interconnected by small channels. An agitator is placed in each cell, which mixes the content of the cell when the reactor body is shaken by lateral movement...
February 10, 2017: Biotechnology and Bioengineering
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28185749/workplace-bullying-in-radiology-and-radiation-oncology
#16
Jay R Parikh, Jay A Harolds, Edward I Bluth
Workplace bullying is common in health care and has recently been reported in both radiology and radiation oncology. The purpose of this article is to increase awareness of bullying and its potential consequences in radiology and radiation oncology. Bullying behavior may involve abuse, humiliation, intimidation, or insults; is usually repetitive; and causes distress in victims. Workplace bullying is more common in health care than in other industries. Surveys of radiation therapists in the United States, student radiographers in England, and physicians-in-training showed that substantial proportions of respondents had been subjected to workplace bullying...
February 6, 2017: Journal of the American College of Radiology: JACR
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28183330/th17-and-cd24-hi-cd27-regulatory-b-lymphocytes-are-biomarkers-of-response-to-biologics-in-rheumatoid-arthritis
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Sarah Salomon, Caroline Guignant, Pierre Morel, Gauthier Flahaut, Clément Brault, Clément Gourguechon, Patrice Fardellone, Jean-Pierre Marolleau, Brigitte Gubler, Vincent Goëb
BACKGROUND: The aim was to describe the regulatory B and T cells (Breg and Treg) and T helper 17 (Th17) lymphocytes before and under treatment with biologic drugs, and to assess their potential predictive value as biomarkers of response in rheumatoid arthritis (RA). METHODS: This was a non-randomised, single-centre, prospective study. Patients with active RA (American College of Rheumatology (ACR)/European League Against Rheumatism (EULAR) 2010) who required the initiation or switch to any biologic drug except rituximab were included...
February 10, 2017: Arthritis Research & Therapy
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28182799/in-vivo-acrylamide-exposure-may-cause-severe-toxicity-to-mouse-oocytes-through-its-metabolite-glycidamide
#18
Duru Aras, Zeynep Cakar, Sinan Ozkavukcu, Alp Can, Ozgur Cinar
High acrylamide (ACR) content in heat-processed carbohydrate-rich foods, as well as roasted products such as coffee, almonds etc., has been found to be as a risk factor for carcinogenicity and genotoxicity by The World Health Organization. Glycidamide (GLY), the epoxide metabolite of ACR, is processed by the cytochrome P-450 enzyme system and has also been found to be a genotoxic agent. The aim of this study was to determine whether ACR and/or GLY have any detrimental effect on the meiotic cell division of oocytes...
2017: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28182078/difference-in-antibody-responses-to-mycobacterium-tuberculosis-antigens-in-japanese-tuberculosis-patients-infected-with-the-beijing-non-beijing-genotype
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Jingge Zhao, Beata Shiratori, Masao Okumura, Hideki Yanai, Makoto Matsumoto, Chie Nakajima, Kazue Mizuno, Kenji Ono, Tetsuya Oda, Haorile Chagan-Yasutan, Yugo Ashino, Takashi Matsuba, Takashi Yoshiyama, Yasuhiko Suzuki, Toshio Hattori
The Beijing genotype Mycobacterium tuberculosis (MTB), notorious for its virulence and predisposition to relapse, could be identified by spoligotyping based on genetic heterogeneity. The plasma samples from 20 cases of Beijing and 16 cases of non-Beijing MTB infected individuals and 24 healthy controls (HCs) were collected, and antibodies against 11 antigens (Rv0679c142Asn, Rv0679c142Lys, Ag85B, Ag85A, ARC, TDM-M, TDM-K, HBHA, MDP-1, LAM, and TBGL) were measured by ELISA. Compared to the HCs, the MTB infected subjects showed higher titers of anti-Ag85B IgG (positivity 58...
2017: Journal of Immunology Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28176037/fibromyalgia-in-patients-with-thyroid-autoimmunity-prevalence-and-relationship-with-disease-activity
#20
Sema Haliloglu, Bilge Ekinci, Hulya Uzkeser, Hakan Sevimli, Ayse Carlioglu, Pinar Mazlum Macit
Fibromyalgia (FM) is a syndrome characterised by chronic musculoskeletal pain, tenderness and other somatic symptoms. The prevalence of FM is approximately 2-7% in the general global population and is 30-40% in the population of Hashimoto thyroiditis (HT) with a structural pathology. In 2010, new classification criteria for FM were proposed, as an alternative to the American College of Rheumatology (ACR) 1990 criteria. The objectives of the present study were to identify the prevalence of FM in the HT population and evaluate the associated features by using the new diagnostic criteria...
February 7, 2017: Clinical Rheumatology
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