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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28822350/baclofen-for-alcohol-withdrawal
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Jia Liu, Lu-Ning Wang
BACKGROUND: Baclofen shows potential for rapidly reducing symptoms of severe alcohol withdrawal syndrome (AWS) in people with alcoholism. Treatment with baclofen is easy to manage and rarely produces euphoria or other pleasant effects, or craving for the drug. This is an updated version of the original Cochrane Review published in 2015, Issue 4. OBJECTIVES: To assess the efficacy and safety of baclofen for people with AWS. SEARCH METHODS: We updated our searches of the following databases to March 2017: the Cochrane Drugs and Alcohol Group Specialised Register, CENTRAL, PubMed, Embase, and CINAHL...
August 20, 2017: Cochrane Database of Systematic Reviews
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28822349/the-icrc-am-pm-database-challenges-in-forensic-data-management-in-the-humanitarian-sphere
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Ute Hofmeister, Shuala S Martin, Carlos Villalobos, Juliana Padilla, Oran Finegan
Large-scale forensic investigations should include a robust data management system with software capable of performing all tasks relevant to achieving the objectives of the investigation. Data management involves the collection, archiving, analysis and reporting of data. A successful data management system requires the development of protocols, procedures and policies, such as on data protection, as well as tools, including software. Adequate training for staff is also required, along with strict quality control and assurance regimens...
July 27, 2017: Forensic Science International
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28822347/screening-and-confirmation-of-steroids-and-nitroimidazoles-in-urine-blood-and-food-matrices-sample-preparation-methods-and-liquid-chromatography-tandem-mass-spectrometric-separations
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Ádám Tölgyesi, Enikő Barta, Andrea Simon, Thomas J McDonald, Virender K Sharma
Veterinary drugs containing synthetic anabolic steroid and nitroimidazole active agents are not allowed for their applications in livestock of the European Union (EU). This paper presents analyses of twelve selected steroids and six nitroimidazole antibiotics at low levels (1.56μg/L-4.95μg/L and 0.17μg/kg-2.14μg/kg, respectively) in body fluids and egg incurred samples. Analyses involved clean-up procedures, high performance liquid chromatography (HPLC) separation, and tandem mass spectrometric screening and confirmatory methods...
August 5, 2017: Journal of Pharmaceutical and Biomedical Analysis
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28822330/effect-of-the-microstructure-on-the-propagation-velocity-of-ultrasound-in-magnetic-powders
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Francisco Ruiz Botello, Miguel A S Quintanilla, Antonio Castellanos, Elena F Grekova, Vincent Tournat
We analyze experimentally and theoretically the sound propagation velocity of P-waves in granular media made of micrometer-size magnetite particles under an external magnetic field. The sound velocity is measured in a coherent (long-wavelength) regime of propagation after a controlled sample preparation consisting of a fluidization and the application of a magnetic field. Several different procedures are applied and result in different but reproducible particle arrangements and preferential contact orientations affecting the measured sound velocity...
August 1, 2017: Ultrasonics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28822325/are-there-regional-tendencies-toward-controversial-screening-practices-a-study-of-prostate-and-breast-cancer-screening-in-a-medicare-population
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Eric Raffin, Tracy Onega, Julie Bynum, Andrea Austin, Donald Carmichael, Kristen Bronner, Philip Goodney, Elias S Hyams
INTRODUCTION: Prostate and breast cancer screening in older patients continue to be controversial. Balancing the desire for early detection with avoidance of over-diagnosis has led to competing and contradictory guidelines for both practices. Despite similarities, it is not known how these screening practices are related at the regional level. In this study, we examined how screening PSA and mammography are related within healthcare regions, and, to better understand what may be driving these practices, whether they are associated with local intensity of care...
August 16, 2017: Cancer Epidemiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28822295/preschoolers-social-and-moral-judgments-of-third-party-helpers-and-hinderers-align-with-infants-social-evaluations
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Julia W Van de Vondervoort, J Kiley Hamlin
Two experiments explored preschoolers' social preferences and moral judgments of prosocial and antisocial others. In Experiment 1, 3- to 5-year-olds (N=74) observed helping and hindering scenarios previously used to explore sociomoral evaluation in preverbal infants. Whereas 3-year-olds in Experiment 1 did not reliably distinguish between the helper and hinderer when reporting social preferences or moral judgments, both 4- and 5-year-olds preferred the helper, judged the helper to be "nicer" than the hinderer, selectively allocated punishment to the hinderer, and were able to justify their punishment allocations...
August 16, 2017: Journal of Experimental Child Psychology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28822287/blue-light-induced-free-radicals-from-riboflavin-in-degradation-of-crystal-violet-by-microbial-viability-evaluation
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Ji-Yuan Liang, Jeu-Ming P Yuann, Zong-Jhe Hsie, Shiuh-Tsuen Huang, Chiing-Chang Chen
Crystal violet (CV) is applied in daily use mainly as a commercial dye and antimicrobial agent. Waste water containing CV may affect aquatic ecosystems. Riboflavin, also known as vitamin B2, is non-toxic and an essential vitamin required for the functions of the human body. Riboflavin is photosensitive to UV and visible light in terms of generating reactive oxygen species. This study investigated the potential application of blue light on riboflavin, so as to come up with an effective way of degrading CV during its treatment...
August 12, 2017: Journal of Photochemistry and Photobiology. B, Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28822250/polyaspartate-extraction-of-cadmium-ions-from-contaminated-soil-evaluation-and-optimization-using-central-composite-design
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Nuhu Dalhat Mu'azu, Shamsudeen A Haladu, Nabeel Jarrah, Mukarram Zubair, Mohammad H Essa, Shaikh A Ali
The occurrences of heavy metal contaminated sites and soils and the need for devising environmentally friendly solutions have become global issues of serious concern. In this study, polyaspartate (a highly biodegradable agent) was synthesized using L-Aspartic acid via a new modified thermal procedure and employed for extraction of cadmium ions (Cd) from contaminated soil. Response surface methodology approach using 3(5) full faced centered central composite design was employed for modeling, evaluating and optimizing the influence of polyaspartate concentration (36-145mM), polyaspartate/soil ratio (5-25), initial heavy metal concentration (100-500mg/kg), initial pH (3-6) and extraction time (6-24h) on Cd ions extracted into the polyaspartate solution and its residual concentration in the treated soil...
August 8, 2017: Journal of Hazardous Materials
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28822247/mobile-phones-an-asset-or-a-liability-a-study-based-on-characterization-and-assessment-of-metals-in-waste-mobile-phone-components-using-leaching-tests
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Meenakshi Hira, Sudesh Yadav, P Morthekai, Anurag Linda, Sushil Kumar, Anupam Sharma
The prolonged use of old fashioned gadgets, especially mobile phones, is declining readily with the advancement in technology which ultimately lead to generation of e-waste. The present study investigates the concentrations of nine metals (Ba, Cd, Cr, Cu, Fe, Ni, Pb, Sn, and Zn) in various components of the mobile phones using Toxicity Characteristic Leaching Procedure (TCLP), Waste Extraction Test (WET) and Synthetic Precipitation Leaching Procedure (SPLP). The results were compared with the threshold limits for hazardous waste defined by the California Department of Toxic Substances Control (CDTSC) and United States Environmental Protection Agency (USEPA)...
August 5, 2017: Journal of Hazardous Materials
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28822213/liberia-national-disaster-preparedness-coordination-exercise-implementing-lessons-learned-from-the-west-african-disaster-preparedness-initiative
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Melinda J Morton Hamer, Paul L Reed, Jane D Greulich, Charles W Beadling
OBJECTIVE: In light of the recent Ebola outbreak, there is a critical need for effective disaster management systems in Liberia and other West African nations. To this end, the West Africa Disaster Preparedness Initiative held a disaster management exercise in conjunction with the Liberian national government on November 24-25, 2015. DESIGN: During this tabletop exercise (TTX), interactions within and between the 15 counties and the Liberian national government were conducted and observed to refine and validate the county and national standard operating procedures (SOPs)...
January 2017: American Journal of Disaster Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28822209/primary-culture-of-rat-aortic-vascular-smooth-muscle-cells-a-new-method
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Jufang Chi, Liping Meng, Sunlei Pan, Hui Lin, Xiaoya Zhai, Longbin Liu, Changzuan Zhou, Chengjian Jiang, Hangyuan Guo
BACKGROUND Developing a simple and efficient method of obtaining primary cultured VSMCs is necessary for basic cardiovascular research. MATERIAL AND METHODS The procedure of our new method mainly includes 6 steps: isolation of the aortic artery, removal of the fat tissue around the artery, separation of the media, cutting the media into small tissue blocks, transferring the tissue blocks to cell culture plates, and incubation until the cells reach confluence. The cells were identified as VSMCs by morphology and immunofluorescence...
August 19, 2017: Medical Science Monitor: International Medical Journal of Experimental and Clinical Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28822138/light-microscopy-transmission-electron-microscopy-and-immunohistochemistry-protocols-for-studying-photorespiration
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Roxana Khoshravesh, Vanessa Lundsgaard-Nielsen, Stefanie Sultmanis, Tammy L Sage
High-resolution images obtained from plant tissues processed for light microscopy, transmission electron microscopy, and immunohistochemistry have provided crucial links between plant subcellular structure and physiology during photorespiration as well as the impact of photorespiration on plant evolution and development. This chapter presents established protocols to guide researchers in the preparation of plant tissues for high-resolution imaging with a light and transmission electron microscope and detection of proteins using immunohistochemistry...
2017: Methods in Molecular Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28822135/kinetic-modeling-of-photorespiration
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Honglong Zhao, Yi Xiao, Xin-Guang Zhu
Dynamic systems modeling is a method to study systematic properties of a complex system. The basic principles, procedures, and tools available to develop a dynamic systems model of complex metabolic processes are detailed. Here, a photosynthetic carbon metabolism model, which includes the Calvin Benson cycle, photorespiration, and starch and sucrose synthesis pathways, is used as an example to illustrate the whole process of model development.
2017: Methods in Molecular Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28822123/measurement-of-transcripts-associated-with-photorespiration-and-related-redox-signaling
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Amna Mhamdi, Pavel I Kerchev, Patrick Willems, Graham Noctor, Frank Van Breusegem
To study photorespiration and to characterize related components, gene expression analysis is a central approach. An overview of the experimental setup, protocols, and methods we use to investigate photorespiration-associated gene expression is presented. Within this chapter, we describe simple procedures to experimentally alter the photorespiratory flux and provide protocols for transcriptomic analysis with a focus on genes encoding photorespiratory proteins as well as those induced by photorespiratory hydrogen peroxide (H2O2)...
2017: Methods in Molecular Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28822119/five-questions-answered-a-review-of-autologous-hematopoietic-stem-cell-transplantation-for-the-treatment-of-multiple-sclerosis
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REVIEW
Harold L Atkins, Mark S Freedman
Multiple sclerosis (MS) is thought to be an autoimmune disease targeting the central nervous system leading to demyelination, and axonal and neuronal damage, resulting in progressive disability. More intensive therapies such as immunodepletion with hematopoietic stem-cell rescue are being used at a time prior to patients becoming irreversibly disabled. Over the last 15 years, there has been a shift away from using autologous hematopoietic stem-cell transplants (aHSCT) to treat patients with progressive MS, towards treating those with active inflammation and relapses...
August 18, 2017: Neurotherapeutics: the Journal of the American Society for Experimental NeuroTherapeutics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28822052/bariatric-surgery-worldwide-baseline-demographic-description-and-one-year-outcomes-from-the-second-ifso-global-registry-report-2013-2015
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Richard Welbourn, Dimitri J Pournaras, John Dixon, Kelvin Higa, Robin Kinsman, Johan Ottosson, Almino Ramos, Bart van Wagensveld, Peter Walton, Rudolf Weiner, Natan Zundel
BACKGROUND: Five International Federation for the Surgery of Obesity and Metabolic Disorders (IFSO) surveys since 1998 have estimated the volume and type of bariatric surgery being done in constituent member countries. These reports did not include baseline demographic descriptions. METHODS: An IFSO Global Registry pilot project in 2014 demonstrated that it was possible to amalgamate large numbers of individual patient data from different local and national database systems...
August 18, 2017: Obesity Surgery
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28822026/corneal-thickness-residual-stromal-thickness-and-its-effect-on-opaque-bubble-layer-in-small-incision-lenticule-extraction
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Jiaonan Ma, Yan Wang, Liuyang Li, Jiamei Zhang
PURPOSE: To evaluate the effects of the central corneal thickness (CCT) and residual stromal thickness (RST) on the formation of opaque bubble layer (OBL) during small-incision lenticule extraction (SMILE). METHODS: A total of 345 eyes from Refractive Surgery Center database at Tianjin Eye Hospital that had been subjected to SMILE surgery and followed for 6 months were included in this study and divided into OBL and OBL-free groups. Preoperative, intraoperative, and postoperative data for all eyes were evaluated and analyzed using multivariate regression analysis...
August 18, 2017: International Ophthalmology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28822010/vitrification-of-human-immature-oocytes-before-and-after-in-vitro-maturation-a-review
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REVIEW
Mohammad Ali Khalili, Abbas Shahedi, Sareh Ashourzadeh, Stefania Annarita Nottola, Guido Macchiarelli, Maria Grazia Palmerini
The use of immature oocytes subjected to in vitro maturation (IVM) opens interesting perspectives for fertility preservation where ovarian reserves are damaged by pathologies or therapies, as in PCO/PCOS and cancer patients. Human oocyte cryopreservation may offer some advantages compared to embryo freezing, such as fertility preservation in women at risk of losing fertility due to oncological treatment or chronic disease, egg donation and postponing childbirth. It also eliminates religious and/or other ethical, legal, and moral concerns of embryo freezing...
August 18, 2017: Journal of Assisted Reproduction and Genetics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28821988/presentation-and-management-of-symptomatic-central-bone-cement-embolization
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Ahmed Samir Barakat, Tamer Owais, Mohamed Alhashash, Mootaz Shousha, Hesham El Saghir, Bernward Lauer, Heinrich Boehm
BACKGROUND CONTEXT: With more cement augmentation procedures done, the occurrence of serious complications is also expected to rise. Symptomatic central cement embolization is a rare but very serious complication. Moreover, the pathophysiology and treatment of intrathoracic cement embolism remain controversial. PURPOSE: In this case series, we are trying to identify various presentations and suggest our emergent management scheme for symptomatic central cement embolization...
August 18, 2017: European Spine Journal
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28821949/electromagnetically-navigated-in-situ-fenestration-of-aortic-stent-grafts-pilot-animal-study-of-a-novel-fenestrated-evar-approach
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Tobias Penzkofer, Hong-Sik Na, Peter Isfort, Christoph Wilkmann, Sabine Osterhues, Andreas Besting, Christoph Hänisch, Stefan Bisplinghoff, Johannes Jansing, Sylvie von Werder, Jorge Gooding, Mathias de la Fuente, Andreas H Mahnken, Catherine Disselhorst-Klug, Thomas Schmitz-Rode, Christiane Kuhl, Philipp Bruners
PURPOSE: Assess electromagnetically guided in situ fenestration of juxtarenal aortic stent grafts in an in vivo model. METHODS: Using a newly developed electromagnetic guidance system together with a modified, electromagnetically guidable catheter with steerable tip, an electromagnetically trackable guidewire and a custom in situ fenestrateable stent graft, a series of seven animal experiments was performed. In a swine model, stent grafts were placed juxtarenally, covering the renal arteries...
August 18, 2017: Cardiovascular and Interventional Radiology
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