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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29453843/behavioral-economics-and-the-public-acceptance-of-synthetic-biology
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Adam Oliver
Different applications of synthetic biology are alike in that their possible negative consequences are highly uncertain, potentially catastrophic, and perhaps irreversible; therefore, they are also alike in that public attitudes about them are fertile ground for behavioral economic phenomena. Findings from behavioral economics suggest that people may not respond to such applications according to the normal rules of economic evaluation, by which the value of an outcome is multiplied by the mathematical probability that the outcome will occur...
January 2018: Hastings Center Report
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29453479/blood-pressure-and-its-association-with-body-mass-index-among-the-people-attending-in-a-hospital
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Dinesh Kumar Lamsal
INTRODUCTION: Systolic and diastolic hypertension has been increasing trend and different factors are associated such as body mass index, diabetes etc. Obesity and overweight are generally associated with high blood pressure. This study aims to identify the prevalence of blood pressure level and its association to body mass index among people attending in civil service hospital, Kathmandu. METHODS: A cross-sectional descriptive study was conducted among all 1002 study subjects aged above 20 years...
October 2017: JNMA; Journal of the Nepal Medical Association
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29453405/widespread-use-of-incorrect-pcr-ramp-rate-negatively-impacts-multidrug-resistant-tuberculosis-diagnosis-mtbdrplus
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B Derendinger, M de Vos, R R Nathavitharana, T Dolby, J A Simpson, P D van Helden, R M Warren, G Theron
The scale-up of rapid drug resistance testing for TB is a global priority. MTBDRplus is a WHO-endorsed multidrug-resistant (MDR)-TB PCR assay with suboptimal sensitivities and high indeterminate rates on smear-negative specimens. We hypothesised that widespread use of incorrect thermocycler ramp rate (speed of temperature change between cycles) impacts performance. A global sample of 72 laboratories was surveyed. We tested 107 sputa from Xpert MTB/RIF-positive patients and, separately, dilution series of bacilli, both at the manufacturer-recommended ramp rate (2...
February 16, 2018: Scientific Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29453294/public-preferences-for-interventions-to-prevent-emerging-infectious-disease-threats-a-discrete-choice-experiment
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Alex R Cook, Xiahong Zhao, Mark I C Chen, Eric A Finkelstein
OBJECTIVE: When faced with an emergent epidemic with high mortality and morbidity potential, policy makers must decide what public health interventions to deploy at different stages of the outbreak. However, almost nothing is known about how the public view these interventions or how they trade off risks (of disease) with inconvenience (of interventions). In this paper, we aim to understand public perceptions on pandemic interventions, as well as to identify if there are any distinct respondent preference classes...
February 16, 2018: BMJ Open
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29453268/high-microbial-diversity-promotes-soil-ecosystem-functioning
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Pierre-Alain Maron, Amadou Sarr, Aurore Kaisermann, Jean Lévêque, Olivier Mathieu, Julien Guigue, Battle Karimi, Laetitia Bernard, Samuel Dequiedt, Sébastien Terrat, Abad Chabbi, Lionel Ranjard
In soil, the link between microbial diversity and carbon transformations is challenged by the concept of functional redundancy. Here, we hypothesized that functional redundancy may decrease with increasing carbon source recalcitrance, and that coupling of diversity with C-cycling may change accordingly. We manipulated microbial diversity to examine how diversity decrease affects the decomposition of easily degradable ( i.e. allochthonous plant residues) vs. recalcitrant ( i.e. autochthonous organic matter) C-sources...
February 16, 2018: Applied and Environmental Microbiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29453235/a-workforce-survey-on-developmental-behavioral-pediatrics
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Carolyn Bridgemohan, Nerissa S Bauer, Britt A Nielsen, Anne DeBattista, Holly S Ruch-Ross, Linda B Paul, Nancy Roizen
BACKGROUND AND OBJECTIVES: Developmental-behavioral conditions are common, affecting ∼15% of US children. The prevalence and complexity of these conditions are increasing despite long wait times and a limited pipeline of new providers. We surveyed a convenience sample of the developmental-behavioral pediatric (DBP) workforce to determine current practices, workforce trends, and future needs. METHODS: An electronic survey was e-mailed to 1568 members of the American Academy of Pediatrics Section on Developmental and Behavioral Pediatrics and Council on Children with Disabilities, the Society for Developmental and Behavioral Pediatrics, and the National Association of Pediatric Nurse Practitioners Developmental and Behavioral Mental Health Special Interest Group...
February 16, 2018: Pediatrics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29453207/hippocampal-ripple-oscillations-and-inhibition-first-network-models-frequency-dynamics-and-response-to-gaba-modulators
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José R Donoso, Dietmar Schmitz, Nikolaus Maier, Richard Kempter
Hippocampal ripples are involved in memory consolidation, but the mechanisms underlying their generation remain unclear. Models relying on interneuron networks in the CA1 region disagree on the predominant source of excitation to interneurons: either 'direct', via the Schaffer collaterals that provide feedforward input from CA3 to CA1, or 'indirect', via the local pyramidal cells in CA1, which are embedded in a recurrent excitatory-inhibitory network. Here, we used physiologically constrained computational models of basket-cell networks to investigate how they respond to different conditions of transient, noisy excitation...
February 16, 2018: Journal of Neuroscience: the Official Journal of the Society for Neuroscience
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29452900/prevalence-and-correlates-of-hypertension-outcome-of-a-free-medical-screening-in-oke-ogun-area-of-oyo-state-nigeria-west-africa
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REVIEW
Rasaki O Shittu, Louis O Odeigah, Kasali O Fakorede, Biliaminu A Sikiru, Abdullateef G Sule, Yusuf Musah, Folorunsho M Adeyemi
Literature abounds on prevalence of hypertension in Nigeria and urban areas of Oyo state but none in Oke-Ogun geopolitical zone, which constitutes 10 local governments of the 33 in Oyo state, despite the fact that they have high genetic and environmental predisposition to developing high blood pressure. The purpose of the study was to determine the prevalence of high blood pressure and associated risk factors among indigenes of Oke-ogun, Oyo state. A total of 10,000 respondents were recruited using proportionate sampling techniques...
February 1, 2018: Journal of the American Society of Hypertension: JASH
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29452837/dramatically-polarized-opinion-on-the-role-of-brachytherapy-boost-in-management-of-high-risk-prostate-cancer-a-survey-of-north-american-genitourinary-expert-radiation-oncologists
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Shearwood McClelland, Kiri A Sandler, Catherine Degnin, Yiyi Chen, Timur Mitin
INTRODUCTION: Three randomized clinical trials have established brachytherapy (BT) boost in combination with external beam radiation therapy (EBRT) and androgen deprivation therapy (ADT) as superior to definitive EBRT and ADT alone in terms of biochemical control (but not overall survival) at the expense of increased toxicity in men with high-risk (HR) prostate cancer (PCa). The current view regarding these 2 treatment algorithms among North American genitourinary (GU) experts is not known...
February 2, 2018: Clinical Genitourinary Cancer
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29452454/macular-edema-in-childhood-uveitis
#10
Justus G Garweg
BACKGROUND: Pediatric uveitis is associated with a high incidence of severe and frequently permanent visual loss. This article summarizes the current understanding of the disease and the therapeutic options that are available to improve treatment outcomes. METHODS: A Medline search spanning the last 10 years was undertaken using the key terms "pediatric uveitis" or "childhood uveitis" and "macular edema". Articles which appertained to case reports or small case series were excluded from consideration, whereas those in which the opinions of experts were expressed, as well as reviews, were not...
February 16, 2018: Klinische Monatsblätter Für Augenheilkunde
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29452335/change-in-cardiometabolic-risk-among-blacks-whites-and-hispanics-findings-from-the-health-and-retirement-study
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Uchechi A Mitchell, Jennifer A Ailshire, Eileen M Crimmins
Background: Blacks experience greater multi-system physiological dysregulation, or cumulative biological risk, which is associated with poor cardiometabolic health and mortality. In this study, we assess race differences in change in risk over four years among older whites, blacks and Hispanics. Method: We examined race differences in 4-year change in individual biomarkers and a cumulative measure of risk-cardiometabolic risk (CMR)-using data for each respondent from two waves of the Health and Retirement Study's biomarker assessment (n=5,512)...
February 14, 2018: Journals of Gerontology. Series A, Biological Sciences and Medical Sciences
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29452298/treatment-and-outcomes-in-patients-with-igg4-related-disease-using-the-igg4-responder-index
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Andreu Fernández-Codina, Blanca Pinilla, Iago Pinal-Fernández, Cristina López, Guadalupe Fraile-Rodríguez, Eva Fonseca-Aizpuru, Iago Carballo, Pilar Brito-Zerón, Carlos Feijóo-Massó, Miguel López-Dupla, Maria Cinta Cid, Fernando Martínez-Valle
BACKGROUND: IgG4-related disease (IgG4-RD) is an autoimmune disease triggering an inflammatory cascade that leads to fibrosis. Outcome measures are limited and treatment options remain underexplored. OBJECTIVES: To assess the variation of the IgG4 responder index (IgG4-RI) in a cohort of IgG4-RD patients and to explore their treatments and outcomes. METHODS: We studied the clinical phenotype, severity of the disease and response to treatment in an ambispective multicenter cohort study including 14 different hospitals in Spain...
February 13, 2018: Joint, Bone, Spine: Revue du Rhumatisme
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29452266/healthy-brain-aging-interplay-between-reactive-species-inflammation-and-energy-supply
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REVIEW
O Garaschuk, H M Semchyshyn, V I Lushchak
Brains' high energy expenditure with preferable utilization of glucose and ketone bodies, defines the specific features of its energy homeostasis. The extensive oxidative metabolism is accompanied by a concomitant generation of high amounts of reactive oxygen, nitrogen, and carbonyl species, which will be here collectively referred to as RONCS. Such metabolism in combination with high content of polyunsaturated fatty acids creates specific problems in maintaining brains' redox homeostasis. While the levels of products of interaction between RONCS and cellular components increase slowly during the first two trimesters of individuals' life, their increase is substantially accelerated towards the end of life...
February 13, 2018: Ageing Research Reviews
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29452221/a-scoping-review-and-survey-provides-the-rationale-perceptions-and-preferences-for-the-integration-of-randomized-and-non-randomized-studies-in-evidence-syntheses-and-grade-assessments
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Carlos A Cuello, Rebecca L Morgan, Jan Brozek, Nancy Santesso, Jos Verbeek, Kris Thayer, Gordon Guyatt, Holger J Schünemann
OBJECTIVES: To review the literature and obtain preferences and perceptions from experts regarding the role of randomized studies (RS) and non-randomized studies (NRS) in systematic reviews of intervention effects. STUDY DESIGN AND SETTING: Scoping review and survey of experts. Using levels of certainty developed by the Grading of Recommendations Assessment, Development and Evaluation (GRADE) working group, experts expressed their preferences about the use of RS and NRS in health syntheses...
February 13, 2018: Journal of Clinical Epidemiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29451923/to-what-extent-do-potential-conservation-donors-value-community-aspects-of-conservation-projects-in-low-income-countries
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Amy R Lewis, Richard P Young, James M Gibbons, Julia P G Jones
There is a major gap in funding required for conservation, especially in low income countries. Given the significant contribution of taxpayers in industrialized countries to funding conservation overseas, and donations from membership organisation, understanding the preferences of ordinary people in a high income country for different attributes of conservation projects is valuable for future marketing of conservation. We conducted a discrete choice experiment with visitors to a UK zoo, while simultaneously conducting a revealed preference study through a real donation campaign on the same sample...
2018: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29451833/development-and-pilot-testing-of-a-text-message-vaccine-reminder-system-for-use-during-an-influenza-pandemic
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Jonathan D Lehnert, Alex Shevach, Sydney Walker, Rose Wang, Thomas J Fitzgerald, Samuel B Graitcer
In an influenza pandemic, two vaccine doses administered 21 days apart may be needed for individuals of all ages to achieve seroprotection. Achieving dose-series completion can be challenging even for routinely recommended vaccines. To prepare for a two-dose influenza pandemic vaccine campaign and promote dose-series completion and correct dosing intervals, CDC and its partners developed a text message-based vaccine reminder system to remind persons who receive a first dose of pandemic influenza vaccine to receive the second dose...
February 16, 2018: Human Vaccines & Immunotherapeutics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29451709/shortcomings-in-the-management-of-undescended-testis-guideline-intention-vs-reality-and-the-underlying-causes-insights-from-the-biggest-german-cohort
#17
Philip Boehme, Berit Geis, Johannes Doerner, Stefan Wirth, Kai O Hensel
OBJECTIVES: To assess the implementation of the current guideline and identify potential underlying causes for late surgery in children with Undescended testis (UDT) in Germany. UDT is the most common surgical issue in paediatric urology. To avoid malignant degeneration and subfertility current guidelines recommend orchidopexy during the first year of life. However, this seems not to be implemented in practice. PATIENTS AND METHODS: 5547 patients with cryptorchidism at 16 hospitals nationwide were studied regarding age at orchidopexy between 2003 and 2016...
February 16, 2018: BJU International
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29451557/biomedical-journal-speed-and-efficiency-a-cross-sectional-pilot-survey-of-author-experiences
#18
Joshua D Wallach, Alexander C Egilman, Anand D Gopal, Nishwant Swami, Harlan M Krumholz, Joseph S Ross
Background: Although the peer review process is believed to ensure scientific rigor, enhance research quality, and improve manuscript clarity, many investigators are concerned that the process is too slow, too expensive, too unreliable, and too static. In this feasibility study, we sought to survey corresponding authors of recently published clinical research studies on the speed and efficiency of the publication process. Methods: Web-based survey of corresponding authors of a 20% random sample of clinical research studies in MEDLINE-indexed journals with Ovid MEDLINE entry dates between December 1 and 15, 2016...
2018: Research Integrity and Peer Review
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29451203/a-growing-field-the-regulation-of-axonal-regeneration-by-wnt-signaling
#19
REVIEW
Armando L Garcia, Adanna Udeh, Karthik Kalahasty, Abigail S Hackam
The canonical Wnt/β-catenin pathway is a highly conserved signaling cascade that plays critical roles during embryogenesis. Wnt ligands regulate axonal extension, growth cone guidance and synaptogenesis throughout the developing central nervous system (CNS). Recently, studies in mammalian and fish model systems have demonstrated that Wnt/β-catenin signaling also promotes axonal regeneration in the adult optic nerve and spinal cord after injury, raising the possibility that Wnt could be developed as a therapeutic strategy...
January 2018: Neural Regeneration Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29451004/simulating-localised-cellular-inflammation-and-substrate-properties-in-a-strain-energy-density-based-bone-remodelling-algorithm-for-use-in-modelling-trauma
#20
Naomi Rosenberg, Anthony M J Bull
Bone responds to mechanical stimulus and a range of pre-existing finite element models have been suggested to reproduce the internal physiological structure of bone. Inflammation effects are not included in these models, yet inflammation is a key component of bone repair in trauma. Therefore, a model is proposed and tested here that extends these methods to include parameters that could be considered to represent the behaviour of bone remodelling when influenced by inflammation. The proposed model regulates remodelling based on findings from recent studies into the nature of heterotopic ossification, the formation of heterotopic bone, which have revealed information about the nature of bone after high levels of trauma...
February 16, 2018: Computer Methods in Biomechanics and Biomedical Engineering
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