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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28230908/probiotics-for-people-with-hepatic-encephalopathy
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REVIEW
Rohan Dalal, Richard G McGee, Stephen M Riordan, Angela C Webster
BACKGROUND: Hepatic encephalopathy is a disorder of brain function as a result of liver failure or portosystemic shunt or both. Both hepatic encephalopathy (clinically overt) and minimal hepatic encephalopathy (not clinically overt) significantly impair patient's quality of life and daily functioning, and represent a significant burden on healthcare resources. Probiotics are live micro-organisms, which when administered in adequate amounts, may confer a health benefit on the host. OBJECTIVES: To determine the beneficial and harmful effects of probiotics in any dosage, compared with placebo or no intervention, or with any other treatment for people with any grade of acute or chronic hepatic encephalopathy...
February 23, 2017: Cochrane Database of Systematic Reviews
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28230262/evaluation-of-the-immunogenicity-of-the-dabigatran-reversal-agent-idarucizumab-during-phase-i-studies
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Stephen Norris, Steven Ramael, Ippei Ikushima, Wouter Haazen, Akiko Harada, Viktoria Moschetti, Susumu Imazu, Paul A Reilly, Benjamin Lang, Joachim Stangier, Stephan Glund
AIMS: Idarucizumab, a humanized monoclonal anti-dabigatran antibody fragment, is effective in emergency reversal of dabigatran anticoagulation. Pre-existing and treatment-emergent anti-idarucizumab antibodies (antidrug antibodies; ADA) may affect the safety and efficacy of idarucizumab. This analysis characterized the pre-existing and treatment-emergent ADA and assessed their impact on the pharmacokinetics and pharmacodynamics (PK/PD) of idarucizumab. METHODS: Data were pooled from three phase I, randomized, double-blind idarucizumab studies in healthy Caucasian; elderly, renally impaired subjects; and healthy Japanese subjects...
February 23, 2017: British Journal of Clinical Pharmacology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28230056/threshold-of-long-term-survival-of-a-coastal-delphinid-in-anthropogenically-degraded-environment-indo-pacific-humpback-dolphins-in-pearl-river-delta
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Leszek Karczmarski, Shiang-Lin Huang, Stephen C Y Chan
Defining demographic and ecological threshold of population persistence can assist in informing conservation management. We undertook such analyses for the Indo-Pacific humpback dolphin (Sousa chinensis) in the Pearl River Delta (PRD) region, southeast China. We use adult survival estimates for assessments of population status and annual rate of change. Our estimates indicate that, given a stationary population structure and minimal risk scenario, ~2000 individuals (minimum viable population in carrying capacity, MVPk) can maintain the population persistence across 40 generations...
February 23, 2017: Scientific Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28229475/first-cases-of-zika-virus-infected-us-blood-donors-outside-states-with-areas-of-active-transmission
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Phillip C Williamson, Jeffrey M Linnen, Debra A Kessler, Beth H Shaz, Hany Kamel, Ralph R Vassallo, Valerie Winkelman, Kui Gao, Rainer Ziermann, Juscilene Menezes, Stephen Thomas, Jerry A Holmberg, Sonia Bakkour, Mars Stone, Kai Lu, Graham Simmons, Michael P Busch
BACKGROUND: Zika virus (ZIKV) is transmitted by Aedes mosquitos and can result in severe congenital and adult neurologic abnormalities. ZIKV has rapidly spread northward through Central America and the Caribbean and autochthonous cases have been identified in the continental United States. High rates of ZIKA RNA positivity were detected in blood donors during previous epidemics. ZIKV transmission by transfused blood from healthy donor components has been a growing concern. STUDY DESIGN AND METHODS: Individual-donation aliquots of plasma from volunteer blood donors were tested individually with an investigational Procleix ZIKV assay...
February 23, 2017: Transfusion
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28229334/specific-amyloid-binding-of-polybasic-peptides-in-vivo-is-retained-by-%C3%AE-sheet-conformers-but-lost-in-the-disrupted-coil-and-all-d-amino-acid-variants
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Jonathan S Wall, Angela Williams, Tina Richey, Alan Stuckey, Craig Wooliver, J Christopher Scott, Robert Donnell, Emily B Martin, Stephen J Kennel
PURPOSE: The heparin-reactive, helical peptide p5 is an effective amyloid imaging agent in mice with systemic amyloidosis. Analogs of p5 with modified secondary structure characteristics exhibited altered binding to heparin, synthetic amyloid fibrils, and amyloid extracts in vitro. Herein, we further study the effects of peptide helicity and chirality on specific amyloid binding using a mouse model of systemic inflammation-associated (AA) amyloidosis. PROCEDURES: Peptides with disrupted helical structure [p5(coil) and p5(Pro3)], with an extended sheet conformation [p5(sheet)] or an all-D enantiomer [p5(D)], were chemically synthesized, radioiodinated, and their biodistribution studied in WT mice as well as transgenic animals with severe systemic AA amyloidosis...
February 22, 2017: Molecular Imaging and Biology: MIB: the Official Publication of the Academy of Molecular Imaging
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28229218/microbial-flora-and-resistance-in-ophthalmology-a-review
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REVIEW
Andrzej Grzybowski, Piotr Brona, Stephen Jae Kim
Antibiotic resistance in systemic infection is well-researched and well-publicized. Much less information is available on the resistance of normal ocular microbiome and that of ophthalmic infections. An understanding of the distribution of ocular microorganisms may help us in tailoring our empiric treatment, as well as in choosing effective pre-, peri- and postoperative management, to achieve the best results for patients. This study aims to summarize and review the available literature on the subject of normal ocular flora and its resistance, as well as the broader topic of antibiotic resistance in ophthalmology...
February 22, 2017: Graefe's Archive for Clinical and Experimental Ophthalmology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28228694/survey-of-primary-contact-medical-and-chiropractic-clinicians-on-self-reported-knowledge-and-recognition-of-mild-traumatic-brain-injuries-a-pilot-study
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David N Taylor, Frank J Ponce, Stephen J Dyess
OBJECTIVE: The purpose of this study was to assess the self-reported knowledge of concussion recognition and treatment with first-contact family medical and chiropractic practitioners by means of a pilot study of the need, construct validity, and feasibility for further investigation of mild traumatic brain injury (MTBI) knowledge base. METHODS: Two hundred forty-eight practicing chiropractic and 120 medical physicians in the south and northeastern sections of the United States were contacted by e-mail, telephone, and postal mail to answer an 18-item survey on knowledge, diagnosis, and common practice with respect to traumatic brain injury patients...
March 2017: Journal of Chiropractic Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28228639/grin1-mutation-associated-with-intellectual-disability-alters-nmda-receptor-trafficking-and-function
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Wenjuan Chen, Christine Shieh, Sharon A Swanger, Anel Tankovic, Margaret Au, Marianne McGuire, Michele Tagliati, John M Graham, Suneeta Madan-Khetarpal, Stephen F Traynelis, Hongjie Yuan, Tyler Mark Pierson
N-methyl-d-aspartate receptors (NMDARs) play important roles in brain development and neurological disease. We report two individuals with similar dominant de novo GRIN1 mutations (c.1858 G>A and c.1858 G>C; both p.G620R). Both individuals presented at birth with developmental delay and hypotonia associated with behavioral abnormalities and stereotypical movements. Recombinant NMDARs containing the mutant GluN1-G620R together with either GluN2A or GluN2B were evaluated for changes in their trafficking to the plasma membrane and their electrophysiological properties...
February 23, 2017: Journal of Human Genetics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28228043/impact-of-exercise-on-clinical-symptom-report-and-neurocognition-following-concussion-in-children-and-adolescents
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Vicky Manikas, Franz Babl, Stephen J C Hearps, Julian Dooley, Vicki Anderson
Recovery from concussion in childhood is poorly understood, despite its importance in decisions regarding return to normal activity. Resolution of post-concussive symptoms (PCS) is widely employed as a marker of recovery in clinical practice, however it is unclear if subtle impairments persist only to re-emerge in the context of increased physical or cognitive demands. This study aimed to examine the effect of strenuous exercise on clinical symptom report and neurocognition in children and adolescents after PCS resolution following concussion We recruited concussed children and adolescents (n=30) on presentation to an Emergency Department (ED)...
February 22, 2017: Journal of Neurotrauma
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28227969/effects-of-lower-limb-electrical-stimulation-on-trunk-stability-in-persons-with-sci-during-walking-a-case-series
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Kamyar Momeni, Stephen Canton, Arvind Ramanujam, Erica Garbarini, Gail F Forrest, Kamyar Momeni, Stephen Canton, Arvind Ramanujam, Erica Garbarini, Gail F Forrest, Arvind Ramanujam, Gail F Forrest, Kamyar Momeni, Stephen Canton, Erica Garbarini
The purpose of the present case series was to investigate whether three lower limb rehabilitation training approaches have any effects on trunk stability of persons with motor complete SCI during a 10-minute assisted walk. These trainings included electrical stimulation (ES), standing retraining (SRT), and a novel multi-modality approach that combined ES with SRT. We observed that multi-muscle ES directed at the lower limbs had a prominent, indirect effect on the upper and lower muscles of the trunk. More specifically, trunk muscle activations of the ES+SRT subject increased after training for the more distal muscles of the trunk...
August 2016: Conference Proceedings: Annual International Conference of the IEEE Engineering in Medicine and Biology Society
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28227709/bayesian-gaussian-processes-for-identifying-the-deteriorating-patient
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Glen Wright Colopy, Marco A F Pimentel, Stephen J Roberts, David A Clifton, Glen Wright Colopy, Marco A F Pimentel, Stephen J Roberts, David A Clifton, Glen Wright Colopy, Marco A F Pimentel, Stephen J Roberts, David A Clifton
The step-down unit (SDU) is a high-acuity hospital environment, to which patients may be sent after discharge from the intensive care unit (ICU). About 1- in-7 patients will deteriorate in the SDU and require emergency readmission to the ICU. Upon readmission, these patients experience significantly higher mortality risks and lengths of stay. Gaussian process regression (GPR) models are proposed as a flexible, principled, probabilistic method to address the clinical need to monitor continuously patient time-series of vital signs acquired in the SDU...
August 2016: Conference Proceedings: Annual International Conference of the IEEE Engineering in Medicine and Biology Society
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28227501/feasibility-of-a-chronic-minimally-invasive-endovascular-neural-interface
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Nicholas L Opie, Gil S Rind, Sam E John, Stephen M Ronayne, David B Grayden, Anthony N Burkitt, Clive N May, Terence J O'Brien, Thomas J Oxley, Nicholas L Opie, Gil S Rind, Sam E John, Stephen M Ronayne, David B Grayden, Anthony N Burkitt, Clive N May, Terence J O'Brien, Thomas J Oxley, Sam E John, Stephen M Ronayne, David B Grayden, Nicholas L Opie, Anthony N Burkitt, Terence J O'Brien, Clive N May, Thomas J Oxley, Gil S Rind
Development of a neural interface that can be implanted without risky, open brain surgery will increase the safety and viability of chronic neural recording arrays. We have developed a minimally invasive surgical procedure and an endovascular electrode-array that can be delivered to overlie the cortex through blood vessels. Here, we describe feasibility of the endovascular interface through electrode viability, recording potential and safety. Electrochemical impedance spectroscopy demonstrated that electrode impedance was stable over 91 days and low frequency phase could be used to infer electrode incorporation into the vessel wall...
August 2016: Conference Proceedings: Annual International Conference of the IEEE Engineering in Medicine and Biology Society
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28225780/cancer-prevalence-incidence-and-mortality-in-people-who-experience-incarceration-in-ontario-canada-a-population-based-retrospective-cohort-study
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Fiona G Kouyoumdjian, Lucie Pivnick, Kathryn E McIsaac, Andrew S Wilton, Aisha Lofters, Stephen W Hwang
INTRODUCTION: Evidence suggests that many risk factors for cancer are overrepresented in people who experience incarceration, and data on cancer epidemiology are limited for this population. We aimed to describe cancer prevalence, incidence and mortality in adults admitted to provincial custody in Ontario, Canada in 2000. METHODS: We linked data on 48,166 adults admitted to provincial custody in Ontario in 2000 with Ontario Cancer Registry data to 2012. We calculated cancer prevalence in the 10 years prior to admission to custody in 2000, incidence between 2000 and 2012 and mortality between 2000 and 2011...
2017: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28223481/sustained-disruption-of-narwhal-habitat-use-and-behavior-in-the-presence-of-arctic-killer-whales
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Greg A Breed, Cory J D Matthews, Marianne Marcoux, Jeff W Higdon, Bernard LeBlanc, Stephen D Petersen, Jack Orr, Natalie R Reinhart, Steven H Ferguson
Although predators influence behavior of prey, analyses of electronic tracking data in marine environments rarely consider how predators affect the behavior of tracked animals. We collected an unprecedented dataset by synchronously tracking predator (killer whales, [Formula: see text] = 1; representing a family group) and prey (narwhal, [Formula: see text] = 7) via satellite telemetry in Admiralty Inlet, a large fjord in the Eastern Canadian Arctic. Analyzing the movement data with a switching-state space model and a series of mixed effects models, we show that the presence of killer whales strongly alters the behavior and distribution of narwhal...
February 21, 2017: Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences of the United States of America
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28222778/sample-size-considerations-for-trials-using-cerebral-white-matter-hyperintensity-progression-as-an-intermediate-outcome-at-1%C3%A2-year-after-mild-stroke-results-of-a-prospective-cohort-study
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Francesca M Chappell, Maria Del Carmen Valdés Hernández, Stephen D Makin, Kirsten Shuler, Eleni Sakka, Martin S Dennis, Paul A Armitage, Susana Muñoz Maniega, Joanna M Wardlaw
BACKGROUND: White matter hyperintensities (WMHs) are commonly seen on in brain imaging and are associated with stroke and cognitive decline. Therefore, they may provide a relevant intermediate outcome in clinical trials. WMH can be measured as a volume or visually on the Fazekas scale. We investigated predictors of WMH progression and design of efficient studies using WMH volume and Fazekas score as an intermediate outcome. METHODS: We prospectively recruited 264 patients with mild ischaemic stroke and measured WMH volume, Fazekas score, age and cardiovascular risk factors at baseline and 1 year...
February 21, 2017: Trials
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28222526/the-impact-of-alzheimer-s-disease-on-the-resting-state-functional-connectivity-of-brain-regions-modulating-pain-a-cross-sectional-study
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Todd B Monroe, Paul A Beach, Stephen P Bruehl, Mary S Dietrich, Baxter P Rogers, John C Gore, Sebastian W Atalla, Ronald L Cowan
BACKGROUND: It is currently unknown why people with Alzheimer's disease (AD) receive less pain medication and report pain less frequently. OBJECTIVE: The purpose of this study was to determine the impact of AD on thermal psychophysics and resting-state functional connectivity (RSFC) among sensory, affective, descending modulatory, and default mode structures. METHODS: Controls (n = 23, 13 = female) and age-matched people with AD (n = 23, 13 = females) underwent psychophysical testing to rate perceptions of warmth, mild, and moderate pain and then completed resting-state fMRI...
February 7, 2017: Journal of Alzheimer's Disease: JAD
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28222448/acute-effects-of-viral-exposure-on-p-glyco-protein-function-in-the-mouse-fetal-blood-brain-barrier
#17
Enrrico Bloise, Sophie Petropoulos, Majid Iqbal, Alisa Kostaki, Tania Maria Ortiga-Carvalho, William Gibb, Stephen G Matthews
BACKGROUND/AIMS: Viral infection during pregnancy is known to affect the fetal brain. The toll-like receptor (TLR)-3 is a pattern recognition receptor activated by viruses known to elicit adverse fetal neurological outcomes. The P-glycoprotein (P-gp) efflux transporter protects the developing fetus by limiting the transfer of substrates across both the placenta and the fetal blood-brain barrier (BBB). As such, inhibition of P-gp at these blood-barrier sites may result in increased exposure of the developing fetus to environmental toxins and xenobiotics present in the maternal circulation...
February 22, 2017: Cellular Physiology and Biochemistry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28222422/impact-of-diet-and-or-exercise-intervention-on-infrapatellar-fat-pad-morphology-secondary-analysis-from-the-intensive-diet-and-exercise-for-arthritis-idea-trial
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Aarón Leonardo Pogacnik Murillo, Felix Eckstein, Wolfgang Wirth, Daniel Beavers, Richard F Loeser, Barbara J Nicklas, Shannon L Mihalko, Gary D Miller, David J Hunter, Stephen P Messier
OBJECTIVES: The infrapatellar fat pad (IPFP) represents intra-articular adipose tissue that may contribute to intra-articular inflammation and pain by secretion of proinflammatory cytokines. Here we examined the impact of weight loss by diet and/or exercise interventions on the IPFP volume. METHODS: Intensive Diet and Exercise for Arthritis (IDEA) was a single-blinded, single-center, 18-month, prospective, randomized controlled trial that enrolled 454 overweight and obese older adults with knee pain and radiographic osteoarthritis...
February 22, 2017: Cells, Tissues, Organs
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28222386/heterogeneous-fractionation-profiles-of-meta-analytic-coactivation-networks
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Angela R Laird, Michael C Riedel, Mershack Okoe, Radu Jianu, Kimberly L Ray, Simon B Eickhoff, Stephen M Smith, Peter T Fox, Matthew T Sutherland
Computational cognitive neuroimaging approaches can be leveraged to characterize the hierarchical organization of distributed, functionally specialized networks in the human brain. To this end, we performed large-scale mining across the BrainMap database of coordinate-based activation locations from over 10,000 task-based experiments. Meta-analytic coactivation networks were identified by jointly applying independent component analysis (ICA) and meta-analytic connectivity modeling (MACM) across a wide range of model orders (i...
February 18, 2017: NeuroImage
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28221374/climate-change-perils-for-dioecious-plant-species
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REVIEW
Kevin R Hultine, Kevin C Grady, Troy E Wood, Stephen M Shuster, John C Stella, Thomas G Whitham
Climate change, particularly increased aridity, poses a significant threat to plants and the biotic communities they support. Dioecious species may be especially vulnerable to climate change given that they often exhibit spatial segregation of the sexes, reinforced by physiological and morphological specialization of each sex to different microhabitats. In dimorphic species, the overexpression of a trait by one gender versus the other may become suppressed in future climates. Data suggest that males will generally be less sensitive to increased aridity than co-occurring females and, consequently, extreme male-biased sex ratios are possible in a significant number of populations...
August 2, 2016: Nature Plants
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