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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28434050/prevalence-of-toxoplasma-gondii-infection-in-hiv-infected-patients-and-food-animals-and-direct-genotyping-of-t-gondii-isolates-southern-ghana
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Faustina Pappoe, Weisheng Cheng, Lin Wang, Yuanling Li, Dorcas Obiri-Yeboah, Samuel Victor Nuvor, Henock Ambachew, Xiaodong Hu, Qingli Luo, Deyong Chu, Yuanhong Xu, Jilong Shen
Toxoplasma gondii is of public health and veterinary importance causing severe diseases in immunocompromised individuals including HIV/AIDS patients and in congenital cases and animals. There is limited information on the epidemiology of T. gondii infection in humans, particularly HIV patients and food animals and the parasite genotypes in Ghana. A total of 394 HIV-infected patients from three hospitals were screened for T. gondii anti-IgG and IgM using ELISA. DNAs from blood samples of seropositve participants and 95 brain tissues of food animals were PCR assayed to detect Toxoplasma gra6...
April 22, 2017: Parasitology Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28434024/chaotic-dynamics-in-the-seasonally-forced-sir-epidemic-model
#2
Pablo G Barrientos, J Ángel Rodríguez, Alfonso Ruiz-Herrera
We prove analytically the existence of chaotic dynamics in the forced SIR model. Although numerical experiments have already suggested that this model can exhibit chaotic dynamics, a rigorous proof (without computer-aided) was not given before. Under seasonality in the transmission rate, the coexistence of low birth and mortality rates with high recovery and transmission rates produces infinitely many periodic and aperiodic patterns together with sensitive dependence on the initial conditions.
April 22, 2017: Journal of Mathematical Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28434002/in-situ-hearing-tests-for-the-purpose-of-a-self-fit-hearing-aid
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Monique Boymans, Wouter A Dreschler
This study investigated the potential and limitations of a self-fit hearing aid. This can be used in the "developing" world or in countries with large distances between the hearing-impaired subjects and the professional. It contains an on-board tone generator for in situ user-controlled, automated audiometry, and other tests for hearing aid fitting. Twenty subjects with mild hearing losses were involved. In situ audiometry showed a test-retest reliability (SD <3.7 dB) that compared well with the precision of diagnostic audiometry using headphones...
April 22, 2017: Audiology & Neuro-otology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28433954/lipidomic-profile-in-three-species-of-dinoflagellates-amphidinium-carterae-cystodinium-sp-and-peridinium-aciculiferum-containing-very-long-chain-polyunsaturated-fatty-acids
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Tomáš Řezanka, Jaromír Lukavský, Linda Nedbalová, Karel Sigler
This study describes the identification of very long chain polyunsaturated fatty acids (VLCPUFAs) in three strains of dinoflagellates (Amphidinium carterae, Cystodinium sp., and Peridinium aciculiferum). The strains were cultivated and their lipidomic profiles were obtained by high resolution mass spectrometry with the aid of positive and negative electrospray ionization (ESI) mode by Orbitrap apparatus. Hydrophilic interaction liquid chromatography (HILIC/ESI) was used to separate major lipid classes of the three genera of dinoflagellates by neutral loss scan showing the ion [M + H-28:8](+), where 28:8 was octacosaoctaenoic acid, and by precursor ion scanning of ions at m/z 407, which was an ion corresponding to the structure of acyl of 28:8 acid (C27H39COO(-))...
April 20, 2017: Phytochemistry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28433887/effects-of-clay-art-therapy-on-adults-outpatients-with-major-depressive-disorder-a-randomized-controlled-trial
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Joshua K M Nan, Rainbow T H Ho
BACKGROUND: Depression has become a critical global health problem, affecting millions of people. Cost-effective nonpharmacological treatment in community settings has been proposed to complement medical treatment. Short-term clay art therapy (CAT) is an alternative treatment that promotes the enhancement of various aspects of mental health for depressed individuals. METHODS: One-hundred and six adults with depression were randomized into a CAT group or visual art (VA) control group for six 2...
April 11, 2017: Journal of Affective Disorders
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28433827/a-comparison-of-medication-administration-errors-from-original-medication-packaging-and-multi-compartment-compliance-aids-in-care-homes-a-prospective-observational-study
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Julia Fiona-Maree Gilmartin-Thomas, Felicity Smith, Rory Wolfe, Yogini Jani
BACKGROUND: No published study has been specifically designed to compare medication administration errors between original medication packaging and multi-compartment compliance aids in care homes, using direct observation. OBJECTIVES: Compare the effect of original medication packaging and multi-compartment compliance aids on medication administration accuracy. DESIGN: Prospective observational. SETTING: Ten Greater London care homes...
March 28, 2017: International Journal of Nursing Studies
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28433799/affinity-proteomics-exploration-of-melanoma-identifies-proteins-in-serum-with-associations-to-t-stage-and-recurrence
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Sanna Byström, Claudia Fredolini, Per-Henrik Edqvist, Etienne-Nicholas Nyaiesh, Kimi Drobin, Mathias Uhlén, Michael Bergqvist, Fredrik Pontén, Jochen M Schwenk
BACKGROUND: Blood-based proteomic profiling may aid and expand our understanding of diseases and their different phenotypes. The aim of the presented study was to profile serum samples from patients with malignant melanoma using affinity proteomic assays to describe proteins in the blood stream that are associated to stage or recurrence of melanoma. MATERIAL AND METHODS: Multiplexed protein analysis was conducted using antibody suspension bead arrays. A total of 232 antibodies against 132 proteins were selected from (i) a screening with 4595 antibodies and 32 serum samples from melanoma patients and controls, (ii) antibodies used for immunohistochemistry, (iii) protein targets previously related with melanoma...
April 20, 2017: Translational Oncology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28433793/what-does-handedness-reveal-about-adhd-an-analysis-based-on-cpt-performance
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Eunice N Simões, Ana Lucia Novais Carvalho, Sergio L Schmidt
BACKGROUND: Attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) is a developmental disorder. Continuous performance Tests (CPTs) aid the diagnosis. Handedness is linked to disabilities. OBJECTIVES: 1-To study the association between handedness and ADHD; 2-To verify the usefulness of the CPT in school settings; 3-To exam the relationship between handedness and CPT performance. METHOD: Each child was classified as right-consistent, left-consistent, or non-consistent...
April 20, 2017: Research in Developmental Disabilities
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28433640/partial-gland-treatment-of-prostate-cancer-utilizing-high-intensity-focused-ultrasound-in-the-primary-and-salvage-setting-a-systematic-review
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Ron Golan, Adrien N Bernstein, Timothy D McClure, Art Sedrakyan, Neal A Patel, Dipen J Parekh, Leonard S Marks, Jim C Hu
PURPOSE: Advances in prostate imaging, biopsy and ablative technologies have been accompanied by growing enthusiasm for partial gland ablation, particularly using high-intensity focused ultrasound (HIFU) for treating prostate cancer. The preservation of non-cancerous prostate tissue and minimizing damage to the neurovascular bundles and external urethral sphincter may improve functional outcomes. MATERIALS AND METHODS: A systematic review was performed following the PRISMA guidelines using a combination of MeSH terms, free-text search, and review of relevant bibliographies using Medline and Embase from the inception of each database through October 10, 2016...
April 19, 2017: Journal of Urology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28433580/description-of-a-novel-multiplex-avidity-assay-for-evaluating-hpv-antibodies
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Allison M Brady, Elizabeth R Unger, Gitika Panicker
Limited data exists regarding antibody avidity for human papillomavirus (HPV). We describe development of a multiplex electrochemiluminescent avidity ELISA for four HPV types (HPV 6, 11, 16, 18) by adding a dissociating step to our established multiplex HPV VLP ELISA. Initial experiments exploring ammonium thiocyanate, sodium thiocyanate and guanidine hydrochloride (GuHCl) as dissociating agents identified GuHCl as most promising. Dissociation conditions with GuHCl were varied (concentration, incubation time, temperature) to select conditions with minimal impact on VLP integrity as measured with monoclonal antibodies to conformational epitopes...
April 19, 2017: Journal of Immunological Methods
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28433488/guided-internet-based-psycho-educational-intervention-using-cognitive-behavioral-therapy-and-self-management-for-individuals-with-chronic-pain-a-feasibility-study
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Jennifer Perry, Elizabeth G VanDenKerkhof, Rosemary Wilson, Dean A Tripp
When considering barriers to chronic pain treatment, there is a need to deliver nonpharmacological therapies in a way that is accessible to all individuals who may benefit. To conduct feasibility testing using a guided, Internet-based intervention for individuals with chronic pain, a novel, Internet-based, chronic pain intervention (ICPI) was developed, using concepts proven effective in face-to-face interventions. This study was designed to assess usability of the ICPI and feasibility of conducting larger-scale research, and to collect preliminary data on effectiveness of the intervention...
April 19, 2017: Pain Management Nursing: Official Journal of the American Society of Pain Management Nurses
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28433485/in-hospital-mortality-in-cirrhotic-patients-at-a-tertiary-care-center
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R Zubieta-Rodríguez, J Gómez-Correa, R Rodríguez-Amaya, K A Ariza-Mejia, N A Toloza-Cuta
INTRODUCTION: Cirrhosis of the liver is known for its high risk of mortality associated with episodes of acute decompensation. There is an even greater risk in patients that present with acute-on-chronic liver failure. The identification of patients at higher risk for adverse outcomes can aid in making the clinical decisions that will improve the prognosis for these patients. AIMS: To determine in-hospital mortality and evaluate the epidemiologic and clinical characteristics of patients with cirrhosis of the liver seen at a tertiary referral hospital...
April 19, 2017: Revista de Gastroenterología de México
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28433436/subharmonic-aided-pressure-estimation-for-monitoring-interstitial-fluid-pressure-in-tumors-calibration-and-treatment-with-paclitaxel-in-breast-cancer-xenografts
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Valgerdur G Halldorsdottir, Jaydev K Dave, Andrew Marshall, Anya I Forsberg, Traci B Fox, John R Eisenbrey, Priscilla Machado, Ji-Bin Liu, Daniel A Merton, Flemming Forsberg
Interstitial fluid pressure (IFP) in rats with breast cancer xenografts was non-invasively estimated using subharmonic-aided pressure estimation (SHAPE) versus an invasive pressure monitor. Moreover, monitoring of IFP changes after chemotherapy was assessed. Eighty-nine rats (calibration n = 25, treatment n = 64) were injected with 5 × 10(6) breast cancer cells (MDA-MB-231). Radiofrequency signals were acquired (39 rats successfully imaged) with a Sonix RP scanner (BK Ultrasound, Richmond, BC, Canada) using a linear array (L9-4, transmit/receive: 8/4 MHz) after administration of Definity (Lantheus Medical Imaging, North Billerica, MA, USA; 180 μL/kg) and compared with readings from an invasive pressure monitor (Stryker, Berkshire, UK)...
April 19, 2017: Ultrasound in Medicine & Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28433429/immunological-function-of-langerhans-cells-in-hiv-infection
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Takamitsu Matsuzawa, Youichi Ogawa, Kohji Moriishi, Shinji Shimada, Tatsuyoshi Kawamura
BACKGROUND: Langerhans cells (LCs) are one of the initial target cells for HIV following sexual exposure and they are productively infected by HIV. HIV-infected LCs migrate to the draining lymph nodes (dLNs) and transmit the virus to CD4(+) T cells, leading to the dissemination of HIV. In contrast with the role of LCs in initial HIV acquisition, little is known about the modulation of immune responses by HIV-infected LCs. OBJECTIVE: We aimed to elucidate the induction of HIV-specific CD8(+) T cells and regulatory T cells (Tregs), both of which play important roles in regulating the progression of HIV infection...
April 9, 2017: Journal of Dermatological Science
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28433148/mechanics-and-transport-phenomena-in-agarose-based-hydrogels-studied-by-compression-relaxation-tests
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Diego Caccavo, Sara Cascone, Serena Poto, Gaetano Lamberti, Anna Angela Barba
Hydrogels are widespread materials, used in several frontier fields, due to their peculiar behavior: they couple solvent mass transport to system mechanics, exhibiting viscoelastic and poroelastic characteristics. The full understanding of this behavior is crucial to correctly design such complex systems. In this study agarose gels has been investigated through experimental stress-relaxation tests and with the aid of a 3D poroviscoelastic model. At the investigated experimental conditions, the agarose gels samples show a prevalent viscoelastic behavior, revealing limited water transport and an increase of the stiffness as well as of the relaxation time along with the polymer concentration...
July 1, 2017: Carbohydrate Polymers
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28432928/a-humanized-mouse-based-hiv-1-viral-outgrowth-assay-with-higher-sensitivity-than-in-vitro-qvoa-in-detecting-latently-infected-cells-from-individuals-on-art-with-undetectable-viral-loads
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Paige Charlins, Kimberly Schmitt, Leila Remling-Mulder, Louise E Hogan, Emily Hanhauser, Kristen S Hobbs, Frederick Hecht, Steven G Deeks, Timothy J Henrich, Ramesh Akkina
Assays that can verify full viral eradication are essential in the context of achieving a cure for HIV/AIDS. In vitro quantitative viral out growth assays (qVOA) are currently the gold standard for measuring latent HIV-1 but these assays often fail to detect very low levels of replication-competent virus. Here we investigated an alternative in vivo approach for sensitive viral detection using humanized mice (hmVOA). Peripheral blood CD4+ T cell samples from HIV subjects on stable ART with undetectable viral loads by RT-PCR were first assayed by in vitro qVOA...
April 19, 2017: Virology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28432832/profiling-microrna-from-nephrectomy-and-biopsy-specimens-predictors-of-progression-and-survival-in-clear-cell-renal-cell-carcinoma
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Casey G Kowalik, Drew A Palmer, Travis B Sullivan, Patrick A Teebagy, John M Dugan, John A Libertino, Eric J Burks, David Canes, Kimberly M Rieger-Christ
OBJECTIVE: To identify miRNA characteristic of metastatic clear cell renal cell carcinoma (ccRCC) and those indicative of cancer specific survival in nephrectomy and biopsy specimens. We also sought to determine if a miRNA panel could differentiate benign from ccRCC tissue. MATERIALS AND METHODS: RNA was isolated from nephrectomy and kidney biopsy specimens (n=156; n=46 respectively). Samples were grouped: benign, non-progressive and progressive ccRCC. MiRNA were profiled by microarray and validated by qRT-PCR...
April 22, 2017: BJU International
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28432822/focal-liver-lesions-segmentation-and-classification-in-nonenhanced-t2-weighted-mri
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Ilias Gatos, Stavros Tsantis, Maria Karamesini, Stavros Spiliopoulos, Dimitris Karnabatidis, John D Hazle, George C Kagadis
PURPOSE: To automatically segment and classify focal liver lesions (FLLs) on nonenhanced T2-weighted magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) scans using a computer-aided diagnosis (CAD) algorithm. METHODS: 71 FLLs (30 benign lesions, 19 hepatocellular carcinomas, and 22 metastases) on T2-weighted MRI scans were delineated by the proposed CAD scheme. The FLL segmentation procedure involved wavelet multiscale analysis to extract accurate edge information and mean intensity values for consecutive edges computed using horizontal and vertical analysis that were fed into the subsequent fuzzy C-means algorithm for final FLL border extraction...
April 22, 2017: Medical Physics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28432756/high-rate-of-systemic-corticosteroid-prescription-among-outpatient-visits-for-psoriasis-a-population-based-epidemiological-study-using-the-korean-national-health-insurance-database
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Sang Jun Eun, Sihyeok Jang, Jin Yong Lee, Young Kyung Do, Seong Jin Jo
The use of systemic corticosteroids (SC) for the treatment of psoriasis is not recommended according to textbooks and guidelines. In clinical practise, however, many physicians frequently prescribe SC for patients with psoriasis. To determine the magnitude of SC prescription for outpatients with psoriasis in Korea and identify factors associated with the use of SC, we used the 2010-2014 nationwide claims data of the Health Insurance Review and Assessment Service of Korea. In frequency analysis for the full scale of prescribed SC, oral methylprednisolone was the most frequently prescribed SC, followed by dexamethasone and betamethasone injections...
April 22, 2017: Journal of Dermatology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28432508/estimation-of-environmental-flow-incorporating-water-quality-and-hypothetical-climate-change-scenarios
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Bendangtola Walling, Shushobhit Chaudhary, C T Dhanya, Arun Kumar
Environmental flows (Eflow, hereafter) are the flows to be maintained in the river for its healthy functioning and the sustenance and protection of aquatic ecosystems. Estimation of Eflow in any river stretch demands consideration of various factors such as flow regime, ecosystem, and health of river. However, most of the Eflow estimation studies have neglected the water quality factor. This study urges the need to consider water quality criterion in the estimation of Eflow and proposes a framework for estimating Eflow incorporating water quality variations under present and hypothetical future scenarios of climate change and pollution load...
May 2017: Environmental Monitoring and Assessment
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