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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28927211/a-pivotal-randomized-clinical-trial-evaluating-the-safety-and-effectiveness-of-a-novel-hydrogel-dural-sealant-as-an-adjunct-to-dural-repair
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Michael J Strong, G Alexander West, Henry Woo, Daniel E Couture, John A Wilson, Lorenzo F Munoz, Charles L Rosen, Jeremy D Greenlee, Harry R van Loveren, Mark Iantosca, Clinton J Baird, Mark Smith, Matt McGirt, Jonathan Parish, Anthony L Asher
BACKGROUND: A watertight dural repair is critical to minimizing the risk of postoperative complications secondary to cerebrospinal fluid (CSF) leaks. OBJECTIVE: To evaluate the safety and efficacy of a novel hydrogel, Adherus Dural Sealant, when compared with control, DuraSeal Dural Sealant System, as an adjunct to standard methods of dural repair. METHODS: In this 17-center, prospective, randomized clinical trial designed as a noninferiority, single-blinded study, 124 patients received Adherus Dural Sealant (test sealant) and 126 received DuraSeal (control)...
April 1, 2017: Operative Neurosurgery (Hagerstown, Md.)
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28927159/diagnostic-value-of-inflammatory-cell-infiltrates-tumor-stroma-percentage-and-disease-free-survival-in-patients-with-colorectal-cancer
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Katarzyna Jakubowska, Wojciech Kisielewski, Luiza Kańczuga-Koda, Mariusz Koda, Waldemar Famulski
The anticancer immune defense mechanism involves humoral and cellular responses. The main effector mechanisms of antitumor responses involve the following: the activity of cytotoxic T cells; the activation of macrophages and neutrophils; the activity of cytokines secreted by T cells; and natural killer cell activity. Selected cell populations are responsible for the stimulation or suppression of the immune system against tumor cells. Therefore, the aim of the present study was to evaluate the location, extent and composition of the cellular inflammatory infiltration of tumors in patients with colorectal cancer (CRC)...
September 2017: Oncology Letters
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28927145/bcl2-ki-67-index-predict-survival-in-germinal-center-b-cell-like-diffuse-large-b-cell-lymphoma
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Yun-Long Tang, Yan Zhou, Ling-Ling Cheng, Yong-Zhong Su, Chun-Bin Wang
Diffuse large B-cell lymphoma (DLBCL) is the most common type of non-Hodgkin lymphoma. BCL2 apoptosis regulator (BCL2) and marker of proliferation Ki-67 (Ki-67) are established prognostic markers, which have traditionally been assessed separately in DLBCL. However, no studies have evaluated the prognostic value of the combination of BCL2 and Ki-67 index. Thus, the present study aimed to analyze the prognostic value of combination of these two markers. Immunohistochemical analysis was used to assess the expression of BCL2 and Ki-67 in 274 cases of DLBCL...
September 2017: Oncology Letters
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28926979/mother-s-ipv-child-maltreatment-type-and-the-presence-of-ptsd-in-children-and-adolescents
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Maravillas Castro, Mavi Alcántara-López, Antonia Martínez, Visitación Fernández, Julio Sánchez-Meca, Concepción López-Soler
This correlational cross-sectional study was designed to investigate whether the intimate partner violence (IPV) suffered by mothers (physical and psychological maltreatment), child eyewitness of psychological and physical maltreatment suffered by the mother, the neglect suffered by children, and the maltreatment (physical and psychological) directly suffered by children are statistically associated to post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) symptoms exhibited by the child. In addition, the prevalence of child PTSD was estimated, as well as the concordance between the PTSD symptoms assessed by the Child PTSD Symptom Scale (CPSS) and the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders, Fourth Edition, Text Revision (DSM-IV-TR) criteria for child PTSD...
September 17, 2017: International Journal of Environmental Research and Public Health
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28926883/-etiological-analysis-and-in-vitro-drug-sensitivity-of-bacterial-keratitis-in-northern-china-in-the-period-of-2006-2015
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Y Zhang, Z Q Wang, X G Sun
Objective: To analyze the etiology and drug sensitivity of bacterial keratitis and their changes, and to provide evidence for treatment and drug selection of bacterial keratitis. Methods: Retrospective case series study. From January 2006 to December 2015, corneal specimens suspected of bacterial infection were collected and cultured in Beijing Tongren Eye Center. General information of patients, etiological results and drug sensitivity test results were summarized and analyzed. The Chi-square test and Spearman correlation analysis were performed using SPSS 20...
September 11, 2017: [Zhonghua Yan Ke za Zhi] Chinese Journal of Ophthalmology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28926867/diabetes-associated-biobanking-more-topical-than-ever
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Katharina Lydia Kynast, Nadine Volk, Thomas Fleming, Esther Herpel
The increasing prevalence of diabetes and its accompanying long-term complications, as well as the associated economic burden, calls for a rapid clinical translation of biomedical research to better valid the physiological relevance of the findings from basic research. To meet this condition, the Collaborative Research Center (CRC) 1118 has established the first nationwide diabetes-specific Biomaterialbank (BMB) that permanently preserves solid and liquid specimen retro- and prospectively at the Institute of Pathology and Department of Endocrinology of the University Hospital Heidelberg...
September 19, 2017: Experimental and Clinical Endocrinology & Diabetes
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28926839/visualization-of-culprit-perforators-in-anterolateral-pontine-infarction-high-resolution-magnetic-resonance-imaging-study
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Sang Hun Lee, Seung Chai Jung, Dong Wha Kang, Sun U Kwon, Jong S Kim
BACKGROUND: The stroke mechanism for anterolateral pontine infarction (ALPI) is poorly understood. We aimed to investigate the perforator arteries relevant to ALPI using high-resolution MRI (HR-MRI). METHODS: Of 62 patients with ALPI who were admitted to the Asan Medical Center, 13 patients agreed to participate in this study. We used HR-MRI with a 3-Tesla scanner and assessed the perforating branches directly connected with the infarcted area. RESULTS: Perforating arteries penetrating ALPI were identified in all 13 patients...
September 19, 2017: European Neurology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28926796/synthesis-thermoluminescence-defect-center-and-dosimetric-characteristics-of-lif-mg-cu-p-si-phosphor
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Prince David Preto, Vidyavathy Balraj, Bhushan S Dhabekar, S Watanabe, T K Gundu Rao, Nilo F Cano
LiF:Mg,Cu,P,Si (MCPS), a new tissue equivalent phosphor, was synthesized by solid state method. Powder x-ray diffraction and scanning electron microscope were employed to determine the structural features. The dosimetric characteristics, electron spin resonance (ESR) and defect centers of this newly prepared phosphor were investigated. The MCPS phosphor is highly sensitive when compared with LiF:Mg,Ti and LiF:Mg,Cu,P (MCP), with the TL sensitivity being 35 times and 1.3 times higher respectively. The dosimetric peak occurs at 220°C with a well defined glow curve structure similar to MCP...
August 25, 2017: Applied Radiation and Isotopes
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28926756/warfarin-inhibits-allosterically-the-reductive-nitrosylation-of-ferric-human-serum-heme-albumin
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Paolo Ascenzi, Alessio Bocedi, Magda Gioia, Gabriella Fanali, Mauro Fasano, Massimo Coletta
Human serum heme-albumin (HSA-heme-Fe) displays heme-based ligand binding and (pseudo-)enzymatic properties. Here, the effect of the prototypical drug warfarin on kinetics and thermodynamics of NO binding to ferric and ferrous HSA-heme-Fe (HSA-heme-Fe(III) and HSA-heme-Fe(II), respectively) and on the NO-mediated reductive nitrosylation of the heme-Fe atom is reported; data were obtained between pH5.5 and 9.5 at 20.0°C. Since warfarin is a common drug, its effect on the reactivity of HSA-heme-Fe represents a relevant issue in the pharmacological therapy management...
September 5, 2017: Journal of Inorganic Biochemistry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28926740/immunomodulation-in-multiple-sclerosis-promises-and-pitfalls
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Calliope A Dendrou, Lars Fugger
Multiple sclerosis (MS) afflicts about 2.5 million people globally and poses a major personal and socioeconomic burden. The recognition of MS as an inflammatory disease, characterized by infiltration of immune cells into the central nervous system, has spurred research into the autoimmune etiology of the condition and has provided the rationale for its treatment through immunomodulation. Experience with immunotherapies in MS to date has suggested a disparity between the observed immune cell infiltration and the progressive loss of neurons...
September 16, 2017: Current Opinion in Immunology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28926734/a-quality-by-design-based-approach-to-a-capillary-electrokinetic-assay-for-the-determination-of-dextromepromazine-and-levomepromazine-sulfoxide-as-impurities-of-levomepromazine
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Stephan Niedermeier, Gerhard K E Scriba
Using a quality by design approach, a capillary electrophoresis method for the simultaneous determination of dextromepromazine and the oxidation product levomepromazine sulfoxide in levomepromazine was developed. The analytical target profile was defined that the method should be able to quantify 0.1% of both impurities with a precision of  ≤10%. Hydroxypropyl-γ-cyclodextrin was used as chiral selector. The critical process parameters cyclodextrin concentration, buffer pH and concentration as well as temperature and applied voltage were studied using a fractional factorial resolution V+ design for defining the knowledge space...
September 8, 2017: Journal of Pharmaceutical and Biomedical Analysis
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28926733/epidemiology-of-type-1-diabetes-mellitus-in-basrah-southern-iraq-a-retrospective-study
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Dhaighum Almahfoodh, Majid Alabbood, Ahmed Alali, Abbas Mansour
AIMS: To investigate the epidemiology of type 1 diabetes mellitus (T1DM) in Basrah city, Southern Iraq, between 2012 and 2016 among people 0-40year old. METHODS: This was a retrospective data analysis of electronic archives for patients with T1DM registered in Faiha Specialized Diabetes, Endocrine, and Metabolism Center (FDEMC), which is a tertiary referring Center in Basrah. The data include electronic database from August 2008 to February 2016. Incidence and prevalence rates are expressed per 100,000...
September 5, 2017: Diabetes Research and Clinical Practice
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28926727/early-pregnancy-intrauterine-fetal-exposure-to-maternal-smoking-and-impact-on-fetal-telomere-length
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Hooman Mirzakhani, Immaculata De Vivo, J Steven Leeder, Roger Gaedigk, Carrie A Vyhlidal, Scott T Weiss, Kelan Tantisira
BACKGROUND: Reduced telomere length, or its accelerated attrition, has been implicated in aging, mortality, and several human diseases, including respiratory diseases. Age dependent manifestation of telomere-mediated disease during life span indicates the role of developmental stage in these diseases and highlights the importance of fetal developmental process in utero and at earlier life stages. Environmental determinants during developmental and later stages of life could affect telomere length...
September 14, 2017: European Journal of Obstetrics, Gynecology, and Reproductive Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28926668/examining-life-goals-of-community-dwelling-low-income-older-adults
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Elizabeth P Howard, Kara E Louvar
Self-care and self-management programs are touted as a means to age successfully. Yet, these programs pay little regard to a critical first step-the personal goals of older adults. The capacity to self-identify goals and pursue actions toward goal achievement transcends age. An examination of life goals identified by community-dwelling, low-income older adults indicates that functional performance mechanisms are valued. Maintenance of health and increased physical activity were the two most commonly identified personal goals within a sample of 161 community-dwelling older adults residing in subsidized housing...
September 1, 2017: Research in Gerontological Nursing
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28926628/application-of-raman-spectroscopy-in-type-2-diabetes-screening-in-blood-using-leucine-and-isoleucine-amino-acids-as-biomarkers-and-in-comparative-anti-diabetic-drugs-efficacy-studies
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Zephania Birech, Peter Waweru Mwangi, Fredrick Bukachi, Keith Makori Mandela
Diabetes is an irreversible condition characterized by elevated blood glucose levels. Currently, there are no predictive biomarkers for this disease and the existing ones such as hemoglobin A1c and fasting blood glucose are used only when diabetes symptoms are noticed. The objective of this work was first to explore the potential of leucine and isoleucine amino acids as diabetes type 2 biomarkers using their Raman spectroscopic signatures. Secondly, we wanted to explore whether Raman spectroscopy can be applied in comparative efficacy studies between commercially available anti-diabetic drug pioglitazone and the locally used anti-diabetic herbal extract Momordica spinosa (Gilg...
2017: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28926617/hidden-biodiversity-in-entomological-collections-the-overlooked-co-occurrence-of-dipteran-and-hymenopteran-ant-parasitoids-in-stored-biological-material
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Gabriela Pérez-Lachaud, Jean-Paul Lachaud
Biological collections around the world are the repository of biodiversity on Earth; they also hold a large quantity of unsorted, unidentified, or misidentified material and can house behavioral information on species that are difficult to access or no longer available to science. Among the unsorted, alcohol-preserved material stored in the Formicidae Collection of the 'El Colegio de la Frontera Sur' Research Center (Chetumal, Mexico), we found nine colonies of the ponerine ant Neoponera villosa, that had been collected in bromeliads at Calakmul (Campeche, Mexico) in 1999...
2017: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28926576/receptor-for-advanced-glycation-end-products-and-world-trade-center-particulate-induced-lung-function-loss-a-case-cohort-study-and-murine-model-of-acute-particulate-exposure
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Erin J Caraher, Sophia Kwon, Syed H Haider, George Crowley, Audrey Lee, Minah Ebrahim, Liqun Zhang, Lung-Chi Chen, Terry Gordon, Mengling Liu, David J Prezant, Ann Marie Schmidt, Anna Nolan
World Trade Center-particulate matter(WTC-PM) exposure and metabolic-risk are associated with WTC-Lung Injury(WTC-LI). The receptor for advanced glycation end-products (RAGE) is most highly expressed in the lung, mediates metabolic risk, and single-nucleotide polymorphisms at the AGER-locus predict forced expiratory volume(FEV). Our objectives were to test the hypotheses that RAGE is a biomarker of WTC-LI in the FDNY-cohort and that loss of RAGE in a murine model would protect against acute PM-induced lung disease...
2017: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28926572/automatic-initial-and-final-segmentation-in-cleft-palate-speech-of-mandarin-speakers
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Ling He, Yin Liu, Heng Yin, Junpeng Zhang, Jing Zhang, Jiang Zhang
The speech unit segmentation is an important pre-processing step in the analysis of cleft palate speech. In Mandarin, one syllable is composed of two parts: initial and final. In cleft palate speech, the resonance disorders occur at the finals and the voiced initials, while the articulation disorders occur at the unvoiced initials. Thus, the initials and finals are the minimum speech units, which could reflect the characteristics of cleft palate speech disorders. In this work, an automatic initial/final segmentation method is proposed...
2017: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28926571/whole-genome-sequencing-illuminates-the-evolution-and-spread-of-multidrug-resistant-tuberculosis-in-southwest-nigeria
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Madikay Senghore, Jacob Otu, Adam Witney, Florian Gehre, Emma L Doughty, Gemma L Kay, Phillip Butcher, Kayode Salako, Aderemi Kehinde, Nneka Onyejepu, Emmanuel Idigbe, Tumani Corrah, Bouke de Jong, Mark J Pallen, Martin Antonio
Nigeria has an emerging problem with multidrug-resistant tuberculosis (MDR-TB). Whole-genome sequencing was used to understand the epidemiology of tuberculosis and genetics of multi-drug resistance among patients from two tertiary referral centers in Southwest Nigeria. In line with previous molecular epidemiology studies, most isolates of Mycobacterium tuberculosis from this dataset belonged to the Cameroon clade within the Euro-American lineage. Phylogenetic analysis showed this clade was undergoing clonal expansion in this region, and suggests that it was involved in community transmission of sensitive and multidrug-resistant tuberculosis...
2017: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28926523/familial-mediterranean-fever-is-associated-with-increased-mortality-after-kidney-transplantation-a-19-years-single-center-experience
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Hefziba Green, Shelly Lichtenberg, Ruth Rahamimov, Avi Livneh, Avry Chagnac, Eytan Mor, Benaya Rozen-Zvi
BACKGROUND: Current data regarding the outcome of kidney transplantation in patients with familial Mediterranean fever (FMF) who reach end-stage renal disease (ESRD) due to reactive amyloidosis A (AA) are scarce and inconclusive. METHODS: The outcomes of 20 patients with FMF and biopsy-proven AA amyloidosis that were transplanted between 1995 and 2014 were compared with 82 control patients (32 with diabetes mellitus and 50 with nondiabetic kidney disease). Major outcome data included overall patient and graft survivals...
October 2017: Transplantation
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