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Ahmad Masri, Vidyasagar Kalahasti, Lars G Svensson, Eric E Roselli, Douglas Johnston, Donald Hammer, Paul Schoenhagen, Brian P Griffin, Milind Y Desai
BACKGROUND: -In patients with a dilated proximal ascending aorta and trileaflet aortic valve (TAV), we sought to assess a) factors independently associated with increased long-term mortality and b) the incremental prognostic utility of indexing aortic root to patient height. METHODS: -We studied consecutive patients with a dilated aortic root (≥4 cm) that underwent echocardiography and gated contrast-enhanced thoracic aortic computed tomography or magnetic resonance angiography between 2003-2007...
October 21, 2016: Circulation
Marilyn J Hammer, Patricia Eckardt, Margaret Barton-Burke
The primary goal of the thousands of registered trials in cancer research is to extend survival. With evaluation of efficacy, safety, and tolerability, healthcare providers must ensure that the principles described in the Belmont Report are upheld and that patients are truly informed when signing a consent form. In this article, two cases are highlighted, and reasons for participating in clinical trials are discussed. Challenges, such as healthcare literacy, patients' dedication to their healthcare providers, and choosing between multiple trials, are also explored...
November 1, 2016: Oncology Nursing Forum
Dorte Rytter, Bodil Hammer Bech, Thorhallur Ingi Halldorsson, Tine Brink Henriksen, Charlotta Grandström, Arieh Cohen, Sjurdur Frodi Olsen
BACKGROUND/OBJECTIVES: Vitamin D deficiency is common among pregnant women and since the fetus relies exclusively on maternal supply, deficiency could potentially interfere with fetal development. Vitamin D blood concentrations during pregnancy have been associated with offspring cardio-metabolic health in a few previous studies but the evidence is still inconsistent and only one previous study has followed the offspring into adulthood. The aim of the present study was to investigate the association between maternal serum concentration of vitamin D (25(OH)D) in week 30 of gestation and offspring cardio-metabolic risk factors at 20 years...
2016: PloS One
Yvonne Schaletzki, Marie-Luise Kromrey, Susanne Bröderdorf, Elke Hammer, Markus Grube, Paul Hagen, Sonja Sucic, Michael Freissmuth, Uwe Völker, Andreas Greinacher, Bernhard H Rauch, Heyo K Kroemer, Gabriele Jedlitschky
The multidrug resistance protein 4 (MRP4/ABCC4) has been identified as an important transporter for signalling molecules including cyclic nucleotides and several lipid mediators in platelets and may thus represent a novel target to interfere with platelet function. Besides its localisation in the plasma membrane, MRP4 has been also detected in the membrane of dense granules in resting platelets. In polarised cells it is localised at the basolateral or apical plasma membrane. To date, the mechanism of MRP4 trafficking has not been elucidated; protein interactions may regulate both the localisation and function of this transporter...
October 20, 2016: Thrombosis and Haemostasis
Jing Ni, Oliver Hölsken, Matthias Miller, Quirin Hammer, Merlin Luetke-Eversloh, Chiara Romagnani, Adelheid Cerwenka
Natural killer (NK) cell infusions can induce remissions in subsets of patients with different types of cancer. The optimal strategies for NK cell activation prior to infusion are still under debate. There is recent evidence that NK cells can acquire long-term functional competence by preactivation with the cytokines IL-12/15/18. The mechanisms supporting the maintenance of long-term NK cell antitumor activity are incompletely under-stood. Here, we show that NK cells preactivated in vitro with IL-12/15/18, but not with IL-15 alone, maintained high antitumor activity even 1 mo after transfer into lymphopenic RAG-2(-/-)γc(-/-) mice...
2016: Oncoimmunology
Sarah K Hammer, José L Avalos
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October 18, 2016: Nature Chemical Biology
Lene Hammer-Helmich, Allan Linneberg, Carsten Obel, Simon Francis Thomsen, Line Tang Møllehave, Charlotte Glümer
OBJECTIVE: This study aimed to examine the association of eczema, asthma and hay fever with mental health in a general child population and to assess the influence of parental socioeconomic position on these associations. METHODS: We conducted a cross-sectional health survey of children aged 3, 6, 11 and 15 years in the City of Copenhagen, Denmark. Individual questionnaire data on eczema, asthma, and hay fever and mental health problems assessed using the Strengths and Difficulties Questionnaire (SDQ) was linked to register data on demographics and parental socioeconomic position...
October 14, 2016: BMJ Open
Kristin Wenzel, Rasmita Samal, Elke Hammer, Vishnu M Dhople, Stefan Gross, Uwe Völker, Stephan B Felix, Stephanie Könemann
Cardiac progenitor cells (CPCs) trigger regenerative processes via paracrine mechanisms in response to changes in their environment. In the present study we explored alterations in the secretory activity of CPCs induced by raised aldosterone levels symptomatic for heart failure. The cytokine profile of the supernatant of CPCs that were treated with the mineralocorticoid showed an induction of interleukin-6 secretion. Mass spectrometric analyses revealed an increase in the abundance of secreted proteins associated with regeneration and cell migration like gelsolin and galectin-1...
October 11, 2016: Molecular and Cellular Endocrinology
Sarah A Comerford, Elizabeth A Hinnant, Yidong Chen, Hima Bansal, Shawn Klapproth, Dinesh Rakheja, Milton J Finegold, Dolores Lopez-Terrada, Kathryn A O'Donnell, Gail E Tomlinson, Robert E Hammer
Aberrant wnt/β-catenin signaling and amplification/overexpression of Myc are associated with hepatoblastoma (HB), the most prevalent type of childhood liver cancer. To address their roles in the pathogenesis of HB, we generated mice in which Myc and mutant β-catenin were targeted to immature cells of the developing mouse liver. Perinatal coexpression of both genes promoted the preferential development of HBs over other tumor types in neonatal mice, all of which bore striking resemblance to their human counterparts...
October 6, 2016: JCI Insight
Joseph Currin, Randolph Hubach, Carissa Sanders, Tonya Hammer
Since few researchers have analyzed sexting behaviors in non-university based adult sample, we sought to determine if sexting is associated with negative psychological correlates and risky sexual behaviors in this population. Analysis of individuals who indicated having vaginal or anal sex in the past 12 months and as single (n = 377) showed that condomless sex is independent of sexting behaviors. Results for those in committed relationships (n = 374) and having had vaginal or anal sex in the past 12 months also demonstrated condomless sex and sexting behaviors were not related...
October 12, 2016: Journal of Sex & Marital Therapy
Anders Seldén, Fatin Hermiz, Bengt Östlund
Hypothenar hammer syndrome is a possibly underdiagnosed but treatable cause of Raynaud's phenomenon and hand ischemia elicited by thombosis or aneurysm secondary to acute or chronic blunt trauma to the ulnar artery at the level of Guyon's canal. This paper provides a summary of the condition with some emphasis on prophylactic and therapeutic aspects.
October 7, 2016: Läkartidningen
Johann Zwirner, Dustin Möbius, Ingo Bechmann, Thomas Arendt, Karl-Titus Hoffmann, Carsten Jäger, Donald Lobsien, Robert Möbius, Uwe Planitzer, Dirk Winkler, Markus Morawski, Niels Hammer
The subthalamic nucleus (STN) is a main target structure of deep brain stimulation (DBS) in idiopathic Parkinson's disease. Nevertheless, there is an ongoing discussion regarding human STN volumes and neuron count, which could potentially have an impact on STN-DBS. Moreover, a suspected functional subdivision forms the basis of the tripartite hypothesis, which has not yet been morphologically substantiated. In this study, it was aimed to investigate the human STN by means of combined magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) and stereology...
October 11, 2016: Human Brain Mapping
Isaac Zilinsky, Detlev Erdmann, Oren Weissman, Niels Hammer, Mircea-Constantin Sora, Thilo L Schenck, Sebastian Cotofana
The anatomical basis for auricular flaps used in multiple aesthetic and reconstructive procedures is currently based on a random distribution of the underlying arterial network. However, recent findings reveal a systematic pattern as opposed to the present concepts. Therefore, we designed this study to assess the arterial vascular pattern of the auricle in order to provide reliable data about the vascular map required for surgical interventions. Sixteen human auricles from eight body donors (five females/three males, 84...
October 11, 2016: Journal of Anatomy
Vijay Sundaram, Kasiviswanathan Muthukumarappan, Stephen Gent
Lignocellulosic feedstocks corn stover, prairie cord grass, and switchgrass were subjected to ammonia fiber expansion (AFEX™) pretreatment and densified using extrusion pelleting and ComPAKco densification technique. The effects of AFEX™ pretreatment and densification were studied on the fast pyrolysis product yields. Feedstocks were milled in a hammer mill using three different screen sizes (2, 4, and 8 mm) and were subjected to AFEX™ pretreatment. The untreated and AFEX™-pretreated feedstocks were moisture adjusted at three levels (5, 10, and 15 % wb) and were extruded using a lab-scale single screw extruder...
October 8, 2016: Applied Biochemistry and Biotechnology
Seong Woong Kim, Michael Putzke, Eberhard Uhl, Kartik G Krishnan
Depression is predicted to be the most common cause of disability in the coming decade. Self-inflicted hammer blow to the cranium is a rare phenomenon seen in patients with a history of attempted suicide. The resulting comminuted depressed skull fracture of the midline vertex is life threatening. Rapid interdisciplinary communication and intervention are essential to reduce morbidity and mortality. We present a case of self-inflicted hammer blows to the head, review the relevant literature on this topic, and discuss neurosurgical and psychiatric implications...
2016: Primary Care Companion to CNS Disorders
Ellen Ernst Kossek, Matthew M Piszczek, Kristie L Mcalpine, Leslie B Hammer, Lisa Burke
Although work schedulers serve an organizational role influencing decisions about balancing conflicting stakeholder interests over schedules and staffing, scheduling has primarily been described as an objective activity or individual job characteristic. The authors use the lens of job crafting to examine how schedulers in 26 health care facilities enact their roles as they "fill holes" to schedule workers. Qualitative analysis of interview data suggests that schedulers expand their formal scope and influence to meet their interpretations of how to manage stakeholders (employers, workers, and patients)...
August 2016: Industrial & Labor Relations Review
R Grunert, S Schleifenbaum, R Möbius, G Sommer, D Zajonz, N Hammer, T Prietzel
Background: In total hip arthroplasty (THA), femoral head diameter has not been regarded as a key parameter which should be restored when reconstructing joint biomechanics and geometry. Apart from the controversial discussion on the advantages and disadvantages of using larger diameter heads, their higher cost is another important reason that they have only been used to a limited extent. The goal of this study was to analyse the price structure of prosthetic heads in comparison to other components used in THA...
October 7, 2016: Zeitschrift Für Orthopädie und Unfallchirurgie
Zhigang Chen, Zhengxu Tao, Shan Cong, Junyu Hou, Dengsong Zhang, Fengxia Geng, Zhigang Zhao
A simple, general and fast method called "electrochemical shock" is developed to prepare monolayered transition-metal dichalcogenide (TMD) QDs with an average size of 2-4 nm and an average thickness of 0.85 ± 0.5 nm with only about 10 min of ultrasonication. Just like nails hammered into a plate, the electrochemical shock with Al(3+) ions and the following extraction with the help of oleic acid can disintegrate bulk TMD crystals into ultrafine TMD QDs. The fast-prepared QDs are then applied to detect highly explosive molecules such as 2,4,6-trinitrophenol (TNP) with a low detection limit of 10(-6) M...
September 15, 2016: Chemical Communications: Chem Comm
Brigitte Michelsen, Eirik Klami Kristianslund, Hilde Berner Hammer, Karen Minde Fagerli, Elisabeth Lie, Ada Wierød, Synøve Kalstad, Erik Rødevand, Frode Krøll, Glenn Haugeberg, Tore K Kvien
OBJECTIVE: To investigate the predictive value of discordance between (1) tender and swollen joint count and (2) patient's and evaluator's global assessment on remission in patients with rheumatoid arthritis (RA) and psoriatic arthritis (PsA). METHODS: From the prospective, multicentre Norwegian-Disease-Modifying Antirheumatic Drug study, we included patients with RA and PsA starting first-time tumour necrosis factor inhibitors and DMARD-naïve patients starting methotrexate between 2000 and 2012...
October 4, 2016: Annals of the Rheumatic Diseases
Dana Bitetti, Carol Scheffner Hammer
Purpose: The purpose of this study was to examine the impact of the home literacy environment (HLE) on the English narrative development of Spanish-English bilingual children from low-income backgrounds. Method: Longitudinal data were collected on 81 bilingual children from preschool through 1st grade. English narrative skills were assessed in the fall and spring of each year. Microstructure measures included mean length of utterance in morphemes and number of different words...
October 4, 2016: Journal of Speech, Language, and Hearing Research: JSLHR
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