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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28088806/effects-of-aloe-sterol-supplementation-on-skin-elasticity-hydration-and-collagen-score-a-12-week-double-blind-randomized-controlled-trial
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Miyuki Tanaka, Yuki Yamamoto, Eriko Misawa, Kazumi Nabeshima, Marie Saito, Koji Yamauchi, Fumiaki Abe, Fukumi Furukawa
BACKGROUND/AIMS: Our previous study confirmed that Aloe sterol stimulates collagen and hyaluronic acid production in human dermal fibroblasts. This study aims to investigate whether Aloe sterol intake affects skin conditions. METHODS: We performed a 12-week, randomized, double-blind, placebo-controlled study to evaluate the effects of oral Aloe sterol supplementation on skin elasticity, hydration, and the collagen score in 64 healthy women (age range 30-59 years; average 44...
January 14, 2017: Skin Pharmacology and Physiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28088802/interplay-between-cortical-spreading-depolarization-and-seizures
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Daniel R Kramer, Tatsuhiro Fujii, Ifije Ohiorhenuan, Charles Y Liu
Cortical spreading depolarization (CSD) is an electrophysiologic phenomenon found mostly in the setting of neurologic injury resulting in the disturbance of ion homeostasis and leading to changes in the local vascular response. The bioelectric etiology of CSD shares similarities to those in epileptic disorders, yet the relationship between seizures and CSD is unclear, with several studies observing cortical depression before, during, and after seizure activity, thus obscuring our understanding of whether CSD activity potentiates or limits seizures and vice versa...
January 14, 2017: Stereotactic and Functional Neurosurgery
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28088795/influence-of-intracranial-air-on-electrode-position-and-clinical-outcomes-following-deep-brain-stimulation-for-parkinson-s-disease
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J Nicole Bentley, Zhe Guan, Karen S Cummings, Kelvin L Chou, Parag G Patil
BACKGROUND: The introduction of intracranial air during deep brain stimulation (DBS) surgery is believed to negatively impact targeting accuracy and clinical outcomes. OBJECTIVE: To quantify the relationship between intracranial air (ICA) volumes, targeting accuracy, and clinical outcomes in patients undergoing subthalamic nucleus (STN) DBS for Parkinson's disease. METHODS: ICA in 73 consecutive STN DBS cases (146 leads) was measured by high-resolution CT and correlated with proximal lead bowing, electrode displacement, targeting accuracy, and clinical outcomes at 6 and 12 months...
January 14, 2017: Stereotactic and Functional Neurosurgery
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28088739/the-effects-of-rurality-on-substance-use-disorder-diagnosis-a-multiple-groups-latent-class-analysis
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Billy Brooks, Matthew McBee, Robert Pack, Arsham Alamian
BACKGROUND: Rates of accidental overdose mortality from substance use disorder (SUD) have risen dramatically in the United States since 1990. Between 1999 and 2004 alone rates increased 62% nationwide, with rural overdose mortality increasing at a rate 3 times that seen in urban populations. Cultural differences between rural and urban populations (e.g., educational attainment, unemployment rates, social characteristics, etc.) affect the nature of SUD, leading to disparate risk of overdose across these communities...
January 6, 2017: Addictive Behaviors
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28088724/the-effect-of-urban-growth-on-landscape-scale-restoration-for-a-fire-dependent%C3%A2-songbird
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Bradley A Pickens, Jeffrey F Marcus, John P Carpenter, Scott Anderson, Paul J Taillie, Jaime A Collazo
A landscape-scale perspective on restoration ecology has been advocated, but few studies have informed restoration with landscape metrics or addressed broad-scale threats. Threats such as urban growth may affect restoration effectiveness in a landscape context. Here, we studied longleaf pine savanna in the rapidly urbanizing southeastern United States where a habitat-specialist bird, Bachman's sparrow (Peucaea aestivalis), is closely associated with savanna vegetation structure and frequent fire. Our objectives were to construct a species distribution model for Bachman's sparrow, determine the relationship between fire and urbanization, quantify the urban growth effect (2010-2090), identify potential restoration areas, and determine the interaction between restoration potential and urban growth by 2050...
January 12, 2017: Journal of Environmental Management
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28088701/testing-the-causal-theory-of-reference
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Filippo Domaneschi, Massimiliano Vignolo, Simona Di Paola
Theories of reference are a crucial research topic in analytic philosophy. Since the publication of Kripke's Naming and Necessity, most philosophers have endorsed the causal/historical theory of reference. The goal of this paper is twofold: (i) to discuss a method for testing experimentally the causal theory of reference for proper names by investigating linguistic usage and (ii) to present the results from two experiments conducted with that method. Data collected in our experiments confirm the causal theory of reference for people proper names and for geographical proper names...
January 12, 2017: Cognition
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28088693/reinforcement-of-a-pmma-resin-for-interim-fixed-prostheses-with-silica-nanoparticles
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Marianthi Topouzi, Eleana Kontonasaki, Dimitrios Bikiaris, Lambrini Papadopoulou, Konstantinos M Paraskevopoulos, Petros Koidis
PURPOSE: Fractures in long span provisional/interim restorations are a common complication. Adequate fracture toughness is necessary to resist occlusal forces and crack propagation, so these restorations should be constructed with materials of improved mechanical properties. The aim of this study was to investigate the possible reinforcement of neat silica nanoparticles and trietoxyvinylsilane-modified silica nanoparticles in a PMMA resin for fixed interim restorations. MATERIALS AND METHODS: Composite PMMA-Silica nanoparticles powders were mixed with PMMA liquid and compact bar shaped specimens were fabricated according to the British standard BS EN ISO 127337:2005...
January 9, 2017: Journal of the Mechanical Behavior of Biomedical Materials
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28088683/effects-of-protease-activated-receptor-1-inhibition-on-anxiety-and-fear-following-status-epilepticus
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Mihail Fedoriuk, Dmytro Isaev, Oleg Krishtal, Gregory L Holmes, Elena Isaeva
Protease-activated receptor 1 (PAR1) is an important contributor to the pathogenesis of a variety of brain disorders associated with a risk of epilepsy development. Using the lithium-pilocarpine model of temporal lobe epilepsy (TLE), we recently showed that inhibition of this receptor during the first ten days after pilocarpine-induced status epilepticus (SE) results in substantial anti-epileptogenic and neuroprotective effects. As PAR1 is expressed in the central nervous system regions of importance for processing emotional reactions, including amygdala and hippocampus, and TLE is frequently associated with a chronic alteration of the functions of these regions, we tested the hypothesis that PAR1 inhibition could modulate emotionally driven behavioral responses of rats experiencing SE...
January 12, 2017: Epilepsy & Behavior: E&B
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28088673/relationship-between-neonatal-gastroschisis-and-maternal-body-mass-index-in-a-united-kingdom-population
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Joann Hale, Abigail Derbyshire, Alexander Taylor, Clive Osmond, Diana Wellesley, David T Howe
OBJECTIVE: It has been reported that gastroschisis is associated with low maternal body mass index (BMI). We tested this hypothesis in the UK. STUDY DESIGN: We studied cases of gastroschisis ascertained from the regional fetal congenital anomaly register. We compared each affected mother with two controls from the birth register and maternity database. The first control was the next mother to deliver in the hospital, representing the normal population of mothers...
December 15, 2016: European Journal of Obstetrics, Gynecology, and Reproductive Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28088670/fibrin-hydrogels-induce-mixed-dorsal-ventral-spinal-neuron-identities-during-differentiation-of-human-induced-pluripotent-stem-cells
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John M Edgar, Meghan Robinson, Stephanie M Willerth
: We hypothesized that generating spinal motor neurons (sMNs) from human induced pluripotent stem cell (hiPSC)-derived neural aggregates (NAs) using a chemically-defined differentiation protocol would be more effective inside of 3D fibrin hydrogels compared to 2D poly-L-ornithine(PLO)/laminin-coated tissue culture plastic surfaces. We performed targeted RNA-Seq using next generation sequencing to determine the substrate-specific differences in gene expression that regulate cell phenotype...
January 11, 2017: Acta Biomaterialia
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28088657/early-adulthood-body-mass-index-cumulative-smoking-and-esophageal-adenocarcinoma-survival
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Anna Spreafico, Linda Coate, Rihong Zhai, Wei Xu, Zheng-Fei Chen, Zhuo Chen, Devalben Patel, Brandon Tse, M Catherine Brown, Rebecca S Heist, Lorin Dodbiba, Jennifer Teichman, Matthew Kulke, Li Su, Lawson Eng, Jennifer Knox, Rebecca Wong, Gail E Darling, David C Christiani, Geoffrey Liu
BACKGROUND: Smoking and obesity are esophageal adenocarcinoma (EAC) risk factors. However, the same risk factors may also affect biological aggressiveness and cancer outcomes. Our study evaluated the combined effects of early-adulthood obesity and cumulative smoking on the EAC survival. PATIENTS AND METHODS: In two EAC cohorts, Toronto (TO; N=235) and Boston (BO; N=329), associations between early adulthood body mass index (EA-BMI), BMI at 1year prior to diagnosis (BMI-1), and smoking with overall survival (OS) were assessed using Cox proportional hazard models, adjusted for relevant covariates...
January 12, 2017: Cancer Epidemiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28088654/transcriptional-response-of-skeletal-muscle-to-a-low-protein-perinatal-diet-in-rat-offspring-at-different-ages-the-role-of-key-enzymes-of-glucose-fatty-acid-oxidation
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José Luiz de Brito Alves, Ana Elisa Toscano, João Henrique da Costa-Silva, Hubert Vidal, Carol Góis Leandro, Luciano Pirola
Skeletal muscle is a plastic tissue during development with distinctive acute and chronic response to maternal protein restriction. This study evaluated gene and protein expression of key-enzymes of glycolytic pathway (HK2, PFK, PDK4 and CS), and fatty acid oxidation (CPT1 and β-HAD) of two different types of skeletal muscle [soleus and extensor digitorium longus (EDL)] from offspring rats at 30 and 90 days of age, exposed to maternal isoenergetic low protein diet throughout gestation and lactation. Pups from dams fed 17% protein diet (n=5, normal protein, Np), and low protein pups from dams fed 8% casein diet (low protein, Lp, n=5) were evaluated...
December 15, 2016: Journal of Nutritional Biochemistry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28088634/chitosan-g-poly-n-isopropylacrylamide-copolymers-as-delivery-carriers-for-intracameral-pilocarpine-administration
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Jui-Yang Lai, Li-Jyuan Luo
This study reports, for the first time, the development of a chitosan-g-poly(N-isopropylacrylamide) (Chi-PN) biodegradable in situ gelling delivery system for ocular pilocarpine administration through intracameral injection. The number of thermo-responsive polymer segments grafted onto the chitosan via carbodiimide-mediated formation of amide linkages was greatly affected by varying the feeding amount of carboxyl-terminated poly(N-isopropylacrylamide) in the synthesis, thereby determining the phase transition temperature and enzymatic degradability of Chi-PN materials...
January 11, 2017: European Journal of Pharmaceutics and Biopharmaceutics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28088619/pappa-ante-portas-the-effect-of-the-husband-s-retirement-on-the-wife-s-mental-health-in-japan
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Marco Bertoni, Giorgio Brunello
The "Retired Husband Syndrome", that affects the mental health of wives of retired men around the world, has been anecdotally documented but never formally investigated. Using Japanese micro-data and the exogenous variation across cohorts in the maximum age of guaranteed employment induced by a 2006 Japanese reform, we estimate that the husband's earlier retirement significantly increases the probability that the wife reports symptoms related to the syndrome. We also find that retirement has a negative effect both on the household's economic situation and on the husband's own mental health, and that the higher economic distress contributes to reducing the wife's mental health...
January 9, 2017: Social Science & Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28088594/the-number-of-primary-events-per-variable-affects-estimation-of-the-subdistribution-hazard-competing-risks-model
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Peter C Austin, Arthur Allignol, Jason P Fine
OBJECTIVE: To examine the effect of the number of events per variable (EPV) on the accuracy of estimated regression coefficients, standard errors, empirical coverage rates of estimated confidence intervals and empirical estimates of statistical power when using the Fine-Gray subdistribution hazard regression model to assess the effect of covariates on the incidence of events that occur over time in the presence of competing risks. STUDY DESIGN AND SETTING: Monte Carlo simulations were used...
January 11, 2017: Journal of Clinical Epidemiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28088592/a-systematic-review-found-that-deviations-from-intention-to-treat-are-common-in-randomized-trials-and-systematic-reviews
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Iosief Abraha, Francesco Cozzolino, Massimiliano Orso, Mauro Marchesi, Antonella Germani, Guido Lombardo, Paolo Eusebi, Rita De Florio, Maria Laura Luchetta, Alfonso Iorio, Alessandro Montedori
OBJECTIVES: To describe the characteristics, and estimate the incidence, of trials included in systematic reviews deviating from the intention-to-treat (ITT) principle. STUDY DESIGN AND SETTING: A 5% random sample of reviews (Medline 2006 to 2010). Trials from reviews were classified based on the intention-to-treat: 1) ITT trials (trials reporting standard ITT analyses); 2) mITT trials (modified ITT; trials deviating from standard ITT); or 3) no ITT trials. RESULTS: Of 222 reviews, 81 (36%) included at least one mITT trial...
January 11, 2017: Journal of Clinical Epidemiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28088585/nocardiosis-in-south-of-france-during-the-last-ten-years
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Delphine Haussaire, Pierre-Edouard Fournier, Karamoko Djiguiba, Valerie Moal, Tristan Legris, Rajsingh Purgus, Jeremy Bismuth, Xavier Elharrar, Martine Reynaud-Gaubert, Henri Vacher-Coponat
BACKGROUND: Nocardiosis is a rare disease with polymorphic presentations. Epidemiology and clinical presentation could change with the increasing number of immunocompromised patients. METHODS: Medical records and microbiologic data for patients affected by nocardiosis and treated in the university hospital of Marseille between 2004 and 2014 were retrospectively analyzed. RESULTS: We analyzed 34 patients infected by Nocardia spp during this period...
January 11, 2017: International Journal of Infectious Diseases: IJID
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28088576/lid-domain-plasticity-and-lipid-flexibility-modulate-enzyme-specificity-in-human-monoacylglycerol-lipase
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Laura Riccardi, Jose M Arencibia, Luca Bono, Andrea Armirotti, Stefania Girotto, Marco De Vivo
Human monoacylglycerol lipase (MAGL) is a membrane-interacting enzyme that generates pro-inflammatory signaling molecules. For this reason, MAGL inhibition is a promising strategy to treat pain, cancer, and neuroinflammatory diseases. MAGL can hydrolyze monoacylglycerols bearing an acyl chain of different lengths and degrees of unsaturation, cleaving primarily the endocannabinoid 2-arachidonoylglycerol. Importantly, the enzymatic binding site of MAGL is confined by a 75-amino-acid-long, flexible cap domain, named 'lid domain', which is structurally similar to that found in several other lipases...
January 11, 2017: Biochimica et Biophysica Acta
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28088564/doping-and-vacancy-effects-of-graphyne-on-so2-adsorption
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Sunkyung Kim, Jin Yong Lee
The adsorption of sulfur dioxide (SO2) on pristine and modified graphyne (including boron- or nitrogen- doping and introducing a single carbon atom defect) was investigated by density functional theory calculations. The structural, electronic, and magnetic properties of graphyne were changed according to the dopant atom site of doping and vacancy. SO2 adsorption was obviously affected by modification of graphyne. SO2 weakly interacted with pristine and nitrogen-doped graphynes. Boron doping at the sp-hybridized carbon site and introducing a single carbon atom vacancy in graphyne brought about a dramatic enhancement in SO2 adsorption...
January 6, 2017: Journal of Colloid and Interface Science
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28088560/role-of-comorbidities-and-in-hospital-complications-in-short-term-status-epilepticus-outcome
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Marco Belluzzo, Giovanni Furlanis, Lara Stragapede, Fabrizio Monti
OBJECTIVE: pre-morbid patient conditions and hospitalization complications possibly play a role in status epilepticus short-term outcome, although evidence is incomplete and non-conclusive. The study's aim was to define whether comorbidities and in-hospital complications arising after status epilepticus affect its prognosis. METHODS: A retrospective single center study was carried out. All selected patients were adults presenting an EEG-proven status epilepticus episode between 2003 and 2014...
December 30, 2016: Clinical Neurology and Neurosurgery
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