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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28431317/ambient-pm2-5-exposure-and-premature-mortality-burden-in-the-holy-city-varanasi-india
#1
Vaishali Jain, Sagnik Dey, Sourangsu Chowdhury
More than 3 million population residing in the holy city Varanasi and sub-urban areas is exposed to very high level of fine particulate matter (PM2.5) from various sources. Continuous monitoring by Central Pollution Control Board started only in 2015; therefore what was the pollution level in the past and how it has changed over the years are not known. We use MODIS aerosol products to infer PM2.5 and examine 15-year climatology. Data shows a rapid (1.5-3% per year) increase in PM2.5 in the last 15 years and high (87% days in a year) persistence of PM2...
April 18, 2017: Environmental Pollution
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28431298/bioluminescence-emissions-of-female-fireflies-of-the-species-luciola-praeusta
#2
Mana Mohan Rabha, Upamanyu Sharma, Angana Goswami, Anurup Gohain Barua
Numerous investigations have been carried out on bioluminescence emissions from male fireflies. However, very few observations have been made on the emitted light from female specimens. Even in those, apart from observing responses from females to courtship flashes from conspecific males, detailed studies have not been performed. Here we present a first report on the light of female fireflies of the Indian species Luciola praeusta Kiesenwetter 1874 (Coleoptera:Lampyridae:Luciolinae). In the steady-state emission spectrum over the temperature range of 20-40°C, the peak wavelength is the same as, while the full width at half maximum is larger than, that of a male specimen of this species...
April 4, 2017: Journal of Photochemistry and Photobiology. B, Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28429909/association-between-maternal-vitamin-d-status-during-pregnancy-and-offspring-cognitive-function-during-childhood-and-adolescence
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Sargoor R Veena, Ghattu V Krishnaveni, Krishnamachari Srinivasan, Kotrangada P Thajna, Bhavya G Hegde, Catharine R Gale, Caroline Hd Fall
BACKGROUND AND OBJECTIVES: Animal studies have demonstrated poor cognitive outcomes in offspring in relation to maternal vitamin D deficiency before and/or during pregnancy. Human studies linking maternal vitamin D status during pregnancy with offspring cognitive function are limited. We aimed to test the hypothesis that lower maternal vitamin D status during pregnancy is associated with poor offspring cognitive ability in an Indian population. METHODS AND STUDY DESIGN: Cognitive function was assessed in children from the Mysore Parthenon birth cohort during childhood (age 9-10 years; n=468) and adolescence (age 13-14 years; n=472) using 3 core tests from the Kaufman Assessment Battery for children and additional tests measuring learning, long-term retrieval/ storage, short-term memory, reasoning, verbal fluency, visuo-spatial ability, and attention and concentration...
May 2017: Asia Pacific Journal of Clinical Nutrition
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28429791/social-and-anthropometric-factors-explaining-racial-ethnical-differences-in-birth-weight-in-the-united-states
#4
Naho Morisaki, Ichiro Kawachi, Emily Oken, Takeo Fujiwara
Though disparities in birth weight by race/ethnicity have been extensively reported in the United States, few studies have systematically investigated factors attributing to its variability. For 10,638,415 singleton infants born during 2009-2012 in the United States, we examined birth weight differences among 14 races and ethnicities (non-Hispanic white, non-Hispanic Black, American Indian, Asian Indian, Chinese, Filipino, Japanese, Korean, Vietnamese, Hawaiian, Guamanian, Mexican, Puerto Rican and Cuban), after sequentially adjusting for maternal, socio-economic and behavioral factors...
April 21, 2017: Scientific Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28429748/the-pre-argo-ocean-reanalyses-may-be-seriously-affected-by-the-spatial-coverage-of-moored-buoys
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S Sivareddy, Arya Paul, Travis Sluka, M Ravichandran, Eugenia Kalnay
Assimilation methods, meant to constrain divergence of model trajectory from reality using observations, do not exactly satisfy the physical laws governing the model state variables. This allows mismatches in the analysis in the vicinity of observation locations where the effect of assimilation is most prominent. These mismatches are usually mitigated either by the model dynamics in between the analysis cycles and/or by assimilation at the next analysis cycle. However, if the observations coverage is limited in space, as it was in the ocean before the Argo era, these mechanisms may be insufficient to dampen the mismatches, which we call shocks, and they may remain and grow...
April 21, 2017: Scientific Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28428699/putative-role-of-cardio-metabolic-risk-among-poorly-controlled-asthmatics-in-south-indian-population
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Murugaiyan Sathish Babu, K P Sreesoorya, Surendra K Menon, Subiman Saha, A R Srinivasan, S Arul Vijaya Vani, R Reeta, V Kuzhandai Velu
Mortality and morbidity attributed to asthma remains to be the biggest nightmare worldwide. Hence, the study was aimed to compare the cardio metabolic risk factors as assessed by Body mass index (BMI), waist hip ratio (WHR), serum triacylglycerol and uric acid in well controlled and poorly controlled asthmatics and to correlate these parameters with the severity of asthma. A case control study was conducted on 90 subjects who were segregated into well controlled asthmatics (n = 30) and poorly controlled asthmatics (n = 30) who were diagnosed based on Global initiative for Asthma management guidelines and healthy volunteers (n = 30)...
June 2017: Indian Journal of Clinical Biochemistry: IJCB
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28428693/the-association-between-small-dense-low-density-lipoprotein-and-coronary-artery-disease-in-north-indian-patients
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Pravin K Goel, Fauzia Ashfaq, Roopali Khanna, V Ramesh, Chandra Mohan Pandey
Pathogenesis of coronary artery disease (CAD) is multi-factorial and several conventional risk factors have been ascribed; LDL-C being one of the important risk factor. However Indian population studies with established CAD often show LDL levels within normal range in patients with proven CAD. We hypothesized that Small dense low density lipoprotein (sdLDL) being more atherogenic might correlate more strongly to the occurrence and severity of CAD. The aim of the study was to evaluate the association between serum small dense LDL level and angiographically documented coronary artery disease...
June 2017: Indian Journal of Clinical Biochemistry: IJCB
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28428690/implications-of-ace-i-d-gene-variants-to-the-genetic-susceptibility-of-coronary-artery-disease-in-asian-indians
#8
G K Bhatti, J S Bhatti, R Vijayvergiya, B Singh
Angiotensin-1-converting enzyme (ACE) gene has established substantial attention in the recent years as a candidate gene for hypertension, cardiovascular diseases and type 2 diabetes. The aim of the present study was to investigate the association of ACE (I/D) polymorphism with coronary artery disease (CAD) in a north Indian population. A total of 662 subjects (330 CAD patients and 332 healthy controls) were examined for association of ACE gene (I/D) polymorphism and environmental risk factors. The mean age of the CAD patients and control subjects was 60...
June 2017: Indian Journal of Clinical Biochemistry: IJCB
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28427236/combined-effects-of-glutathione-s-transferase-m1-and-t1-polymorphisms-on-risk-of-lung-cancer-evidence-from-a-meta-analysis
#9
Ying Gao, Fei Gao, Ting-Ting Hu, Gang Li, Yan-Xia Sui
Many studies have reported an association between the glutathione S-transferase M1 null and T1 null polymorphisms and lung cancer risk. However, the combined effects of GSTM1 null and GSTT1 null polymorphisms have not been reported previously. We, therefore, performed a meta-analysis to investigate the combined effects. 40 publications with 44 case-control studies were selected in the meta-analysis, including 13,706 cases and 13,093 controls. Significant association was observed between the combined effects of GSTM1 and GSTT1 polymorphisms and lung cancer risk when all the eligible studies were pooled into the meta-analysis...
March 6, 2017: Oncotarget
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28426890/fine-mapping-of-lipid-regions-in-global-populations-discovers-ethnic-specific-signals-and-refines-previously-identified-lipid-loci
#10
Niha Zubair, Mariaelisa Graff, Jose Luis Ambite, William S Bush, Gleb Kichaev, Yingchang Lu, Ani Manichaikul, Wayne H-H Sheu, Devin Absher, Themistocles L Assimes, Suzette J Bielinski, Erwin P Bottinger, Petra Buzkova, Lee-Ming Chuang, Ren-Hua Chung, Barbara Cochran, Logan Dumitrescu, Omri Gottesman, Jeffrey W Haessler, Christopher Haiman, Gerardo Heiss, Chao A Hsiung, Yi-Jen Hung, Chii-Min Hwu, Jyh-Ming J Juang, Loic Le Marchand, I-Te Lee, Wen-Jane Lee, Li-An Lin, Danyu Lin, Shih-Yi Lin, Rachel H Mackey, Lisa W Martin, Bogdan Pasaniuc, Ulrike Peters, Irene Predazzi, Thomas Quertermous, Alex P Reiner, Jennifer Robinson, Jerome I Rotter, Kelli K Ryckman, Pamela J Schreiner, Eli Stahl, Ran Tao, Michael Y Tsai, Lindsay L Waite, Tzung-Dau Wang, Steven Buyske, Yii-Der Ida Chen, Iona Cheng, Dana C Crawford, Ruth J F Loos, Stephen S Rich, Myriam Fornage, Kari E North, Charles Kooperberg, Cara L Carty
Genome-wide association studies have identified over 150 loci associated with lipid traits, however, no large-scale studies exist for Hispanics and other minority populations. Additionally, the genetic architecture of lipid-influencing loci remains largely unknown. We performed one of the most racially/ethnically diverse fine-mapping genetic studies of HDL-C, LDL-C, and triglycerides to-date using SNPs on the MetaboChip array on 54,119 individuals: 21,304 African Americans, 19,829 Hispanic Americans, 12,456 Asians, and 530 American Indians...
December 15, 2016: Human Molecular Genetics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28426687/does-ethnicity-matter-in-risk-and-protective-factors-for-suicide-attempts-and-suicide-lethality
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Carol C Choo, Keith M Harris, Peter K H Chew, Roger C Ho
This study explored ethnic differences in risk and protective factors for suicide attempts, for the major ethnic groups in Singapore, and ethnic differences in prediction of lethality. Three years of medical records related to suicide attempters (N = 666) who were admitted to the emergency department of a large teaching hospital in Singapore were subjected to analysis. Of the sample, 69.2% were female, 30.8% male; 63.8% Chinese, 15.8% Indian, and 15.0% Malay. Indians were over-represented in this sample, as compared with the ethnic distribution in the general population...
2017: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28426418/first-report-on-molecular-evidence-of-tylodelphys-cerebralis-diplostomulum-cerebralis-chakrabarti-1968-digenea-diplostomidae-from-snakehead-fish-channa-punctata
#12
Anshu Chaudhary, Richa Tripathi, Shivi Gupta, Hridaya Shanker Singh
Freshwater snakehead fish, Channa punctata (Perciformes: Channidae) from Meerut (U.P.), India were screened for infection with metacercaria from the eye (vitreous humor) and brain (cranial cavity) and were analyzed by molecular methods using PCR and sequencing of the complete internal transcribed spacers (ITS1-5.8S-ITS2) of the ribosomal RNA gene. Recovered metacercariae from sites, vitreous humor and cranial cavity were previously diagnosed as Diplostomulum cerebralis Chakrabarti, 1968 on the basis of morphological characteristics...
June 1, 2017: Acta Parasitologica
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28426114/infectious-diseases-and-migrant-worker-health-in-singapore-a-receiving-country-s-perspective
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Sapna P Sadarangani, Poh Lian Lim, Shawn Vasoo
Background.: Approximately 1.4 million migrant workers reside in Singapore, presenting unique infectious disease challenges to both migrants and Singapore. Methods.: A Pubmed, MEDLINE (Ovid), EBSCO Host (Global Health) and Google Scholar search was performed for both peer, non-peer reviewed articles and reports relevant to migrant health in Singapore, published between 1 January 1989 and 1 September 2016. Additional studies were identified from citations within searched articles...
July 1, 2017: Journal of Travel Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28425398/prospective-indian-study-of-dili-with-confirmed-causality-using-the-roussel-uclaf-causality-assessment-method-rucam-a-report-of-excellence
#14
Rolf Teschke, Gaby Danan
No abstract text is available yet for this article.
May 2017: Annals of Hepatology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28425236/predictors-of-health-related-quality-of-life-in-childhood-epilepsy-and-comparison-with-healthy-children-findings-from-an-indian-study
#15
Dipika Bansal, Chandrika Azad, Kapil Gudala, Anil Dasari
BACKGROUND/AIM: Children with epilepsy have reduced health-related quality of life (HRQOL) due to disease and medications. We aimed to assess child-reported HRQOL in Indian children with epilepsy and compare it with that in healthy children. MATERIALS AND METHODS: A cross-sectional study of 256 children with epilepsy aged between 5 and 18 years on antiepileptic drug (AED) treatment for at least 3 months was performed and 125 age and sex matched healthy children were included...
April 18, 2017: Turkish Journal of Medical Sciences
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28425192/soluble-hla-e-a-follow-up-biomarker-in-takayasu-arteritis-independent-of-hla-e-genotype
#16
Ruchika Goel, Jayakanthan Kabeerdoss, Hindhumathi Mohan, Sumita Danda, Visali Jayaseelan, T Sathish Kumar, John Jude, Paul Bacon, George Joseph, Debashish Danda
AIM: Disease activity assessment in Takayasu arteritis (TA) is challenging. Human leukocyte antigen E (HLA-E) is shed from endothelium into serum as a soluble molecule (sHLA-E) in response to inflammation. We aimed to study: (i) utility of sHLA-E as a biomarker of disease activity; and (ii) association of HLA-E polymorphism rs1264457 with clinical disease in Asian-Indian TA patients. MATERIALS AND METHODS: In phase-1, sHLA-E levels were estimated in sera of 50 consecutive TA patients at baseline visit and 27 healthy controls...
April 19, 2017: International Journal of Rheumatic Diseases
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28425071/micro-spatial-variation-of-elemental-distribution-in-estuarine-sediment-and-their-accumulation-in-mangroves-of-indian-sundarban
#17
Madhurima Bakshi, S S Ram, Somdeep Ghosh, Anindita Chakraborty, M Sudarshan, Punarbasu Chaudhuri
This work describes the micro-spatial variation of elemental distribution in estuarine sediment and bioaccumulation of those elements in different mangrove species of the Indian Sundarbans. The potential ecological risk due to such elemental load on this mangrove-dominated habitat is also discussed. The concentrations of elements in mangrove leaves and sediments were determined using energy-dispersive X-ray fluorescence spectroscopy. Sediment quality and potential ecological risks were assessed from the calculated indices...
May 2017: Environmental Monitoring and Assessment
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28424825/a-magnetized-nanoparticle-based-solid-phase-extraction-procedure-followed-by-inductively-coupled-plasma-atomic-emission-spectrometry-to-determine-arsenic-lead-and-cadmium-in-water-milk-indian-rice-and-red-tea
#18
Salameh Azimi, Zarrin Es'haghi
A sensitive and simple method using magnetic multi-walled carbon nanotube (MWCNTs-Fe3O4 MNP), as the adsorbent, has been successfully developed for extraction and pre-concentration of arsenic, lead and cadmium with detection by inductively coupled plasma-atomic emission spectroscopy (ICP-AES). The nanosorbent was characterized by Fourier transform infrared spectroscopy (FT-IR), X-ray diffraction pattern (XRD), vibrating sample magnetometer (VSM) and transmission electron microscopy (TEM). The key factors affecting the signal intensity such as pH, adsorbent amount, etc...
April 19, 2017: Bulletin of Environmental Contamination and Toxicology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28424794/study-design-and-baseline-results-of-an-open-label-cluster-randomized-community-intervention-trial-to-assess-the-effectiveness-of-a-modified-mass-deworming-program-in-reducing-hookworm-infection-in-a-tribal-population-in-southern-india
#19
Rajiv Sarkar, Anuradha Rose, Venkata R Mohan, Sitara S R Ajjampur, Vasanthakumar Veluswamy, Rajan Srinivasan, Jayaprakash Muliyil, Vedantam Rajshekhar, Kuryan George, Vinohar Balraj, Nicholas C Grassly, Roy M Anderson, Simon J Brooker, Gagandeep Kang
INTRODUCTION: Hookworm infection is a leading cause of iron deficiency anemia and malnutrition in resource-poor settings. Periodic mass deworming with anthelminthic drugs remains the cornerstone of hookworm control efforts worldwide. Reinfection following treatment occurs, reflecting the human host's inability to acquire immunity following exposure to an untreated reservoir of infection. This cluster randomized trial will evaluate the effectiveness of a modified, population-based, mass deworming strategy in reducing hookworm infection in an endemic southern Indian population...
March 2017: Contemporary Clinical Trials Communications
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28423463/temperature-regulation-of-marine-heterotrophic-prokaryotes-increases-latitudinally-as-a-breach-between-bottom-up-and-top-down-controls
#20
Xosé Anxelu G Morán, Josep M Gasol, Massimo C Pernice, Jean-François Mangot, Ramon Massana, Elena Lara, Dolors Vaqué, Carlos M Duarte
Planktonic heterotrophic prokaryotes make up the largest living biomass and process most organic matter in the ocean. Determining when and where the biomass and activity of heterotrophic prokaryotes are controlled by resource availability (bottom-up), predation and viral lysis (top-down) or temperature will help in future carbon cycling predictions. We conducted an extensive survey across subtropical and tropical waters of the Atlantic, Indian and Pacific Oceans during the Malaspina 2010 Global Circumnavigation Expedition and assessed indices for these three types of controls at 109 stations (mostly from the surface to 4000 m depth)...
April 19, 2017: Global Change Biology
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