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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29342451/decadal-changes-in-the-edible-supply-of-seafood-and-methylmercury-exposure-in-the-united-states
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Elsie M Sunderland, Miling Li, Kurt Bullard
BACKGROUND: Methylmercury (MeHg) exposure is associated with adverse effects on neurodevelopment and cardiovascular health. Previous work indicates most MeHg is from marine fish sold in the commercial market, but does not fully resolve supply regions globally. This information is critical for linking changes in environmental MeHg levels to human exposure in the U.S. population. OBJECTIVES: We used available data to estimate the geographic origins of seafood consumed in the United States (major ocean basins, coastal fisheries, aquaculture, freshwater) and how shifts in edible supply affected MeHg exposures between 2000-2002 and 2010-2012...
January 16, 2018: Environmental Health Perspectives
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29342444/scarlet-fever-epidemic-in-china-caused-by-streptococcus-pyogenes-serotype-m12-epidemiologic-and-molecular-analysis
#2
Yuanhai You, Mark R Davies, Melinda Protani, Liam McIntyre, Mark J Walker, Jianzhong Zhang
From 2011, Hong Kong and mainland China have witnessed a sharp increase in reported cases, with subsequent reports of epidemic scarlet fever in North Asia and the United Kingdom. Here we examine epidemiological data and investigate the genomic context of the predominantly serotype M12 Streptococcus pyogenes scarlet fever isolates from mainland China. Incident case data was obtained from the Chinese Nationwide Notifiable Infectious Diseases Reporting Information System. The relative risk of scarlet fever in recent outbreak years 2011-2016 was calculated using the median age-standardised incidence rate, compared to years 2003-2010 prior this outbreak...
January 11, 2018: EBioMedicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29342436/iris-melanoma-outcomes-based-on-the-american-joint-committee-on-cancer-classification-eighth-edition-in-432-patients
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Carol L Shields, Maura Di Nicola, Vladislav P Bekerman, Swathi Kaliki, Carolina Alarcon, Enzo Fulco, Jerry A Shields
PURPOSE: The American Joint Committee on Cancer (AJCC) classification was updated to the eighth edition in January 2017, providing staging for iris melanoma. This study evaluated outcomes of iris melanoma per the AJCC classification, eighth edition. DESIGN: Retrospective case series. PARTICIPANTS: Four hundred thirty-two patients with iris melanoma. METHODS: Management including tumor resection, plaque radiotherapy, or enucleation...
January 13, 2018: Ophthalmology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29342435/the-2016-american-academy-of-ophthalmology-iris%C3%A2-registry-intelligent-research-in-sight-database-characteristics-and-methods
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Michael F Chiang, Alfred Sommer, William L Rich, Flora Lum, David W Parke
PURPOSE: To describe the characteristics of the patient population included in the 2016 IRIS® Registry (Intelligent Research in Sight) database for analytic aims. DESIGN: Description of a clinical data registry. PARTICIPANTS: The 2016 IRIS Registry database consists of 17 363 018 unique patients from 7200 United States-based ophthalmologists in the United States. METHODS: Electronic health record (EHR) data were extracted from the participating practices and placed into a clinical database...
January 13, 2018: Ophthalmology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29342404/association-between-severity-of-liver-disease-frequency-of-helicobacter-pylori-infection-and-degree-of-gastric-lesion-in-egyptian-patients-with-hepatitis-b-virus-infection
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Amal A Mohamed, Amal A Elshimy, Abir O El Sadik, Elham Ezzat, Mona Nasar, Shereen S M Elshaer, Moataz M Sayed
The relationship between hepatitis B virus (HBV) infection, severity of liver disease, frequency of Helicobacter pylori infection, and degree of gastric lesions was not yet fully investigated in Egyptian patients. The present work was performed on 100 Egyptian patients with HBV from the National Hepatology and Tropical Medicine Institute and 70 healthy volunteers as control group. The participants were subjected to full medical history taking, clinical examination, and laboratory investigations. All patients were positive for HBV surface antigen (HBV sAg), HBV DNA, and negative for hepatitis C virus antibodies...
January 2018: American Journal of Tropical Medicine and Hygiene
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29342394/identification-of-linear-and-nonlinear-sensory-processing-circuits-from-spiking-neuron-data
#6
Dorian Florescu, Daniel Coca
Inferring mathematical models of sensory processing systems directly from input-output observations, while making the fewest assumptions about the model equations and the types of measurements available, is still a major issue in computational neuroscience. This letter introduces two new approaches for identifying sensory circuit models consisting of linear and nonlinear filters in series with spiking neuron models, based only on the sampled analog input to the filter and the recorded spike train output of the spiking neuron...
January 17, 2018: Neural Computation
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29342393/hyperthermic-intraperitoneal-chemotherapy-in-ovarian-cancer
#7
Willemien J van Driel, Simone N Koole, Karolina Sikorska, Jules H Schagen van Leeuwen, Henk W R Schreuder, Ralph H M Hermans, Ignace H J T de Hingh, Jacobus van der Velden, Henriëtte J Arts, Leon F A G Massuger, Arend G J Aalbers, Victor J Verwaal, Jacobien M Kieffer, Koen K Van de Vijver, Harm van Tinteren, Neil K Aaronson, Gabe S Sonke
Background Treatment of newly diagnosed advanced-stage ovarian cancer typically involves cytoreductive surgery and systemic chemotherapy. We conducted a trial to investigate whether the addition of hyperthermic intraperitoneal chemotherapy (HIPEC) to interval cytoreductive surgery would improve outcomes among patients who were receiving neoadjuvant chemotherapy for stage III epithelial ovarian cancer. Methods In a multicenter, open-label, phase 3 trial, we randomly assigned 245 patients who had at least stable disease after three cycles of carboplatin (area under the curve of 5 to 6 mg per milliliter per minute) and paclitaxel (175 mg per square meter of body-surface area) to undergo interval cytoreductive surgery either with or without administration of HIPEC with cisplatin (100 mg per square meter)...
January 18, 2018: New England Journal of Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29342388/crisis-in-the-sustainability-of-the-u-s-blood-system
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January 18, 2018: New England Journal of Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29342369/added-sugar-consumption-and-chronic-oral-disease-burden-among-adolescents-in-brazil
#9
C D S Carmo, M R C Ribeiro, J X P Teixeira, C M C Alves, M M Franco, A K T C França, B B Benatti, J Cunha-Cruz, C C C Ribeiro
Chronic oral diseases are rarely studied together, especially with an emphasis on their common risk factors. This study examined the association of added sugar consumption on "chronic oral disease burden" among adolescents, with consideration of obesity and systemic inflammation pathways through structural equation modeling. A cross-sectional study was conducted of a complex random sample of adolescent students enrolled at public schools in São Luís, Brazil ( n = 405). The outcome was chronic oral disease burden, a latent variable based on the presence of probing depth ≥4 mm, bleeding on probing, caries, and clinical consequences of untreated caries...
January 1, 2018: Journal of Dental Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29342361/high-speed-spectroscopic-transient-absorption-imaging-of-defects-in-graphene
#10
Kai-Chih Huang, Jeremy McCall, Pu Wang, Chien-Sheng Liao, Gregory Eakins, Ji-Xin Cheng, Chen Yang
Graphene grain boundaries (GBs) and other nano-defects can deteriorate electronic properties. Here, using transient absorption (TA) microscopy, we directly visualized GBs by TA intensity increase due to change in density of state. We also observed a faster decay due to defect-accelerated carrier relaxation in the GB area. By line-illumination and parallel detection, we increased the TA intensity imaging speed to 1,000 frames per second, which is 6 orders of magnitude faster than Raman microscopy. Combined with a resonant optical delay tuner which scans a 5...
January 17, 2018: Nano Letters
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29342359/semiconducting-photothermal-nanoagonist-for-remote-controlled-specific-cancer-therapy
#11
Xu Zhen, Chen Xie, Yuyan Jiang, Xiangzhao Ai, Bengang Xing, Kanyi Pu
Nanomedicines have shown success in cancer therapy, but the pharmacological actions of most nanomedicine are often nonspecific to cancer cells because of utilization of the therapeutic agents that induce cell apoptosis from inner organelles. We herein report the development of semiconducting photothermal nanoagonists that can remotely and specifically initiate the apoptosis of cancer cells from cell membrane. The organic nanoagonists comprise semiconducting polymer nanoparticles (SPNs) and capsaicin (Cap) as the photothermally-responsive nanocarrier and the agonist for activation of transient receptor potential cation channel subfamily V member 1 (TRPV1), respectively...
January 17, 2018: Nano Letters
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29342355/convergence-of-kirkwood-buff-integrals-of-ideal-and-non-ideal-aqueous-solutions-using-molecular-dynamics-simulations
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Jasmin Milzetti, Divya Nayar, Nico F A van der Vegt
The computation of Kirkwood-Buff integrals (KBIs) using molecular simulations of closed systems is challenging due to finite system-size effects. One of the problems involves the incorrect asymptotic behavior of the radial distribution function. Corrections to rectify such effects have been proposed in the literature. This study reports a systematic comparison of the proposed corrections (as given by Ganguly et al. J. Chem. Theory Comput. 2013, 9, 1347-1355 and Krueger et al. J. Phys. Chem. Lett. 2013, 4, 4-7) to assess the asymptotic behavior of the RDFs, the KBIs as well as the estimation of thermodynamic quantities for ideal urea--water and non-ideal modified-urea--water mixtures using molecular dynamics simulations...
January 17, 2018: Journal of Physical Chemistry. B
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29342350/real-time-monitoring-of-chemical-changes-in-three-kinds-of-fermented-milk-products-during-fermentation-using-quantitative-difference-nmr-spectroscopy
#13
Yi Lu, Hiroto Ishikawa, Yeondae Kwon, Fangyu Hu, Takuya Miyakawa, Masaru Tanokura
Fermented milk products are rising in popularity throughout the world because of their health benefits, including improving digestion, normalizing the function of the immune system, and aiding in weight management. This study applies an in situ quantitative NMR method to monitor chemical changes in three kinds of fermented milk products, Bulgarian yogurt, Caspian Sea yogurt and kefir, during fermentation. As a result, the concentration changes in nine organic compounds, α/β-lactose, α/β-galactose, lactic acid, citrate, ethanol, lecithin, and creatine, were monitored in real time...
January 17, 2018: Journal of Agricultural and Food Chemistry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29342325/the-neuromuscular-complications-of-immune-checkpoint-inhibitor-therapy
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Noah A Kolb, Christopher R Trevino, Waqar Waheed, Fatemeh Sobhani, Kara K Landry, Alissa A Thomas, Mike Hehir
Immune checkpoint inhibitor (ICPI) therapy unleashes the body's natural immune system to fight cancer. ICPIs improve overall cancer survival, however the unbridling of the immune system may induce a variety of immune related adverse events. Neuromuscular immune complications are rare but they can be severe. Myasthenia gravis and inflammatory neuropathy are the most common neuromuscular adverse events but a variety of others including inflammatory myopathy are reported. The pathophysiologic mechanism of these autoimmune disorders may differ from that of non-ICPI related immune diseases...
January 17, 2018: Muscle & Nerve
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29342302/determination-of-the-appropriate-physical-density-of-internal-metallic-ports-in-temporary-tissue-expanders-for-the-treatment-planning-of-post-mastectomy-radiation-therapy
#15
Norifumi Mizuno, Haruna Takahashi, Jiro Kawamori, Naoki Nakamura, Mami Ogita, Shogo Hatanaka, Ryouhei Yamauchi, Masatsugu Hariu, Kenji Sekiguchi
Some patients undergoing breast reconstruction require post-mastectomy radiation therapy, but the metallic ports used in temporary tissue expanders attenuate the X-rays. In this study, we evaluated by the film method, the attenuation of 4 MV and 6 MV X-rays after passing through a metallic port, with the aim of identifying a useful method for determining the appropriate density to use in the radiation treatment planning system (RTPS), taking into account the distance between the metallic port and the targets...
January 12, 2018: Journal of Radiation Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29342291/portuguese-study-of-mean-glandular-dose-in-mammography-and-comparison-with-european-references
#16
Cláudia Sá Dos Reis, Mário João Fartaria, João H Garcia Alves, Ana Pascoal
To characterise the mean glandular dose (MGD) in a sample of healthcare providers for digital mammography in Portugal. To compare the achieved values with European references. The MGD was measured on a poly-methyl-methacrylate phantom (45 mm) for each system using dosimeters. In addition, MGD was estimated using exposure settings collected from mammography exams in clinical context. Data were collected from 25 computed-radiography systems (CR) and 13 integrated digital (DR). For both measurements (phantom and clinical exposures), the average MGD for CR was higher compared to the DR...
January 12, 2018: Radiation Protection Dosimetry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29342287/to-the-brain-and-back-migratory-paths-of-dendritic-cells-in-multiple-sclerosis
#17
Maxime De Laere, Zwi N Berneman, Nathalie Cools
Migration of dendritic cells (DC) to the central nervous system (CNS) is a critical event in the pathogenesis of multiple sclerosis (MS). While up until now, research has mainly focused on the transmigration of DC through the blood-brain barrier, experimental evidence points out that also the choroid plexus and meningeal vessels represent important gateways to the CNS, especially in early disease stages. On the other hand, DC can exit the CNS to maintain immunological tolerance to patterns expressed in the CNS, a process that is perturbed in MS...
January 12, 2018: Journal of Neuropathology and Experimental Neurology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29342283/non-typhoidal-salmonella-serovars-associated-with-invasive-and-non-invasive-disease-in-the-lao-people-s-democratic-republic
#18
Tu Le Thi Phuong, Sayaphet Rattanavong, Manivanh Vongsouvath, Viengmon Davong, Nguyen Phu Huong Lan, James I Campbell, Thomas C Darton, Guy E Thwaites, Paul N Newton, David A B Dance, Stephen Baker
Background: Invasive non-typhoidal Salmonella (iNTS) disease is a well-described cause of mortality in children and human immunodeficiency virus (HIV)-infected adults in sub-Saharan Africa. Additionally, there is an ill-defined burden of iNTS disease in Southeast Asia. Methods: Aiming to investigate the causative serovars of non-invasive and iNTS disease and their associated antimicrobial susceptibility profiles in the Lao People's Democratic Republic, we performed multilocus sequence typing and antimicrobial susceptibility profiling on 168 NTS (63 blood and 105 faecal) organisms isolated in Lao between 2000 and 2012...
January 12, 2018: Transactions of the Royal Society of Tropical Medicine and Hygiene
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29342264/effect-of-continuous-glucose-monitoring-on-glycemic-control-acute-admissions-and-quality-of-life-a-real-world-study
#19
Sara Charleer, Chantal Mathieu, Frank Nobels, Christophe De Block, Regis P Radermecker, Michel P Hermans, Youri Taes, Chris Vercammen, Guy T'Sjoen, Laurent Crenier, Steffen Fieuws, Bart Keymeulen, Pieter Gillard
Context: Randomized controlled trials evaluating real-time continuous glucose monitoring (RT-CGM) patients with type 1 diabetes (T1D) show improved glycemic control, but limited data are available on real-world use. Objective: To assess impact of RT-CGM in real-world settings on glycemic control, hospital admissions, work absenteeism and quality of life (QOL). Design: Prospective, observational, multicenter, cohort study. Participants: Five hundred fifteen adults with T1D on continuous subcutaneous insulin infusion (CSII) therapy starting in the Belgian RT-CGM reimbursement program...
January 12, 2018: Journal of Clinical Endocrinology and Metabolism
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29342263/sri-lanka-s-post-tsunami-health-system-recovery-a-qualitative-analysis-of-physician-perspectives
#20
William Collin Schenk, Thuy Bui
Background: The 2004 Indian Ocean tsunami caused significant damage to the health system in Sri Lanka. Rebuilding infrastructure and improving the mental health system were targets of recovery policies. Retrospective analyses of the post-tsunami health system recovery in Sri Lanka lack the perspectives of local stakeholders, including health care providers. Methods: In 2014 we interviewed 23 Sri Lankan physicians from the Eastern and Southern regions. Participants were recruited with snowball sampling...
January 12, 2018: International Health
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