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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28941408/boar-seminal-plasma-inhibits-cryo-capacitation-of-frozen-thawed-ram-sperm-and-improves-fertility-following-intracervical-insemination
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Yi Fang, Rongzhen Zhong, Xiaosheng Zhang, Jinlong Zhang, Daowei Zhou
Cryopreservation has numerous deleterious effects on sperm structure and function, which can be reduced by adding seminal plasma (SP), either autologous or heterologous. The objective was to determine effects of adding boar SP to the freezing extender on sperm quality, tyrosine phosphorylation and fertilizing ability of frozen-thawed ram sperm. Semen was collected from eight Small-tail Han rams and extended in a glucose-egg yolk buffer supplemented with 0, 20, 40, or 60% porcine SP (from Large white boars)...
September 18, 2017: Theriogenology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28941352/interlaboratory-variability-of-urinary-iodine-measurements
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Till Ittermann, Simone Johner, Harald Below, Matthias Leiterer, Michael Thamm, Thomas Remer, Henry Völzke
BACKGROUND: The iodine status of populations is usually assessed by median urinary iodine concentrations (UIC) in population-based studies, but it is unclear to which extent UIC are comparable across different laboratories. The aim of our study was to investigate the variability of UIC measurements across three well-established German laboratories with long-term clinical-chemical expertise in iodine measurements and to compare these results to the gold standard inductively coupled plasma mass spectrometry (ICP-MS)...
September 23, 2017: Clinical Chemistry and Laboratory Medicine: CCLM
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28941350/evaluation-of-analytical-performance-of-a-new-high-sensitivity-immunoassay-for-cardiac-troponin-i
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Silvia Masotti, Concetta Prontera, Veronica Musetti, Simona Storti, Rudina Ndreu, Gian Carlo Zucchelli, Claudio Passino, Aldo Clerico
BACKGROUND: The study aim was to evaluate and compare the analytical performance of the new chemiluminescent immunoassay for cardiac troponin I (cTnI), called Access hs-TnI using DxI platform, with those of Access AccuTnI+3 method, and high-sensitivity (hs) cTnI method for ARCHITECT platform. METHODS: The limits of blank (LoB), detection (LoD) and quantitation (LoQ) at 10% and 20% CV were evaluated according to international standardized protocols. For the evaluation of analytical performance and comparison of cTnI results, both heparinized plasma samples, collected from healthy subjects and patients with cardiac diseases, and quality control samples distributed in external quality assessment programs were used...
September 23, 2017: Clinical Chemistry and Laboratory Medicine: CCLM
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28938775/effects-of-different-types-of-dark-brooders-on-injurious-pecking-damage-and-production-related-traits-at-rear-and-lay-in-layers
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A B Riber, D A Guzman
Injurious pecking (IP) remains one of the major welfare challenges in housing of laying hens worldwide due to the negative consequences it inflicts on animal welfare and economy. One potential solution to reduce IP is the use of dark brooders as the primary heat source during rearing. The objective was to investigate effects of rearing layer chicks with different management strategies and size allowances of dark brooders on IP and production-related traits during rear and lay. Groups of 100 to 103 Isa Warren chicks were reared either with one of 4 brooder types (n = 4 per treatment) or with whole-house heating (control: n = 6)...
October 1, 2017: Poultry Science
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28938765/advanced-oxidation-process-sanitization-of-hatching-eggs-reduces-salmonella-in-broiler-chicks
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A C Rehkopf, J A Byrd, C D Coufal, T Duong
The microbial quality of eggs entering the hatchery is an important critical control point for biosecurity, pathogen reduction, and food safety programs in poultry production. Developing interventions to reduce Salmonella contamination of eggs is important to improving the microbial food safety of poultry and poultry products. The hydrogen peroxide (H2O2) and ultraviolet light (UV) Advanced Oxidation Process (AOP) has been previously demonstrated to be effective in reducing Salmonella on the surface of experimentally contaminated eggs...
October 1, 2017: Poultry Science
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28938764/nutrient-composition-and-retention-in-whole-turkeys-with-and-without-added-solution
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J R Williams, J M Roseland, Q V Nguyen, J C Howe, K Y Patterson, P R Pehrsson, L D Thompson
Whole turkeys sold in retail outlets are typically processed with added solutions to improve their taste and tenderness. The purpose of this study was to evaluate the nutrient composition of whole turkeys with and without added solution, and to update the nutrient profile of turkey for the USDA National Nutrient Database for Standard Reference. Eleven pairs of turkeys with added solution were obtained from statistically representative retail outlets using a nationwide sampling plan developed for USDA's National Food and Nutrient Analysis Program; 4 pairs of turkeys without added solution were purchased from local food outlets...
October 1, 2017: Poultry Science
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28938751/new-permeable-cryoprotectant-free-vitrification-method-for-native-human-sperm
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J Aizpurua, L Medrano, M Enciso, J Sarasa, A Romero, M A Fernández, M J Gómez-Torres
STUDY QUESTION: Is permeable cryoprotectant-free vitrification of native sperm samples a good alternative to conventional slow freezing? SUMMARY ANSWER: The permeable cryoprotectant-free sperm vitrification protocol tested in this study renders considerably better recovery rates of good quality sperm compared to slow freezing. WHAT IS KNOWN ALREADY: Slow freezing is currently the most commonly used technique for sperm cryopreservation, though this method has been repeatedly shown to have negative effects on both structural and functional sperm features...
October 1, 2017: Human Reproduction
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28938744/an-improved-ivm-method-for-cumulus-oocyte-complexes-from-small-follicles-in-polycystic-ovary-syndrome-patients-enhances-oocyte-competence-and-embryo-yield
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F Sánchez, F Lolicato, S Romero, M De Vos, H Van Ranst, G Verheyen, E Anckaert, J E J Smitz
STUDY QUESTION: Are meiotic and developmental competence of human oocytes from small (2-8 mm) antral follicles improved by applying an optimized IVM method involving a prematuration step in presence of C-Type Natriuretic Peptide (CNP) followed by a maturation step in presence of FSH and Amphiregulin (AREG)? SUMMARY ANSWER: A strategy involving prematuration culture (PMC) in the presence of CNP followed by IVM using FSH + AREG increases oocyte maturation potential leading to a higher availability of Day 3 embryos and good-quality blastocysts for single embryo transfer...
October 1, 2017: Human Reproduction
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28938657/a-network-meta-analysis-on-the-efficacy-of-targeted-agents-in-combination-with-chemotherapy-for-treatment-of-advanced-metastatic-triple-negative-breast-cancer
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Long Ge, Yan Tang, Qiu-Ning Zhang, Jin-Hui Tian, Xiao-Hu Wang, Dawid Pieper, Bei Pan, Lun Li, Juan Ling, Zhi-Tong Bing, Ke-Hu Yang
OBJECTIVE: Our network meta-analysis aimed to determine the assistant efficacy of targeted therapy in combined with chemotherapy for advanced/metastatic triple-negative breast cancer (TNBC). RESULTS: A total of 15 randomized controlled trials (RCTs), involving 2,410 patients, met our inclusion criteria. Eight targeted agents involving 11 treatment arms were included. The methodological quality of included RCTs was acceptable. The results of direct comparisons showed that progression-free survival (PFS) was significantly longer with bevacizumab+chemotherapy when compared to chemotherapy alone (hazard ratio [HR] = 0...
August 29, 2017: Oncotarget
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28938392/segmental-bone-loss-reconstruction-using-ring-fixation
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Stephen M Quinnan
Ring fixation is a powerful tool in the treatment of bone defects. The ability to create high-quality, biologically normal new bone of even massive proportions using distraction osteogenesis is a major reason for its success. In addition, ring fixation provides the ability to limit the risk of deep infection, improves flexibility in limb length control and alignment, and increases soft tissue coverage options. The drawbacks of ring fixation include long frame times, pin problems, risk of joint contractures, and difficult usage in areas with a large soft tissue envelope such as the thigh...
October 2017: Journal of Orthopaedic Trauma
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28938374/contraceptive-counseling-for-continuation-and-satisfaction
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Gillian B Schivone, Laura L Glish
PURPOSE OF REVIEW: Quality contraceptive counseling has been identified as a potential means to reduce unintended pregnancy and to increase contraceptive continuation and satisfaction. Past approaches that focused on autonomous decision making and directive counseling have not been shown to meet these goals consistently. Women's health organizations globally are calling for improved counseling through more thorough discussion of side-effects and bleeding changes, and renewed focus on shared decision making and patient-centered care...
September 21, 2017: Current Opinion in Obstetrics & Gynecology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28938365/why-the-p-value-alone-is-not-enough-the-need-for-confidence-intervals-in-plastic-surgery-research
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Osama A Samargandi, Mona Al-Taha, Kit Moran, Sarah Al Youha, Michael Bezuhly
BACKGROUND: The p-value is one of the most utilized descriptors in statistical analysis; however, when reported in isolation, it does not convey the effect size of a treatment. The reporting of confidence intervals (CIs) is an essential adjunct to determine the clinical value of treatment, as it permits an assessment of the effect size. The authors assessed the reporting of CIs in clinical trials within the plastic surgery literature. METHODS: The seven highest impact plastic surgery journals were screened using MEDLINE for clinical trials in the years 2006, 2009, 2012, and 2015...
September 15, 2017: Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28938340/paediatric-traumatic-brain-injury-prognostic-insights-and-outlooks
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Alicia K Au, Robert S B Clark
PURPOSE OF REVIEW: Traumatic brain injury (TBI) is a leading cause of death and disability in children. Prognostication of outcome following TBI is challenging in this population and likely requires complex, multimodal models to achieve clinically relevant accuracy. This review highlights injury characteristics, physiological indicators, biomarkers and neuromonitoring modalities predictive of outcome that may be integrated for future development of sensitive and specific prognostic models...
September 21, 2017: Current Opinion in Neurology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28938301/are-we-fully-utilizing-the-functionalities-of-modern-operating-room-ventilators
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Shujie Liu, Robert M Kacmarek, Jun Oto
PURPOSE OF REVIEW: The modern operating room ventilators have become very sophisticated and many of their features are comparable with those of an ICU ventilator. To fully utilize the functionality of modern operating room ventilators, it is important for clinicians to understand in depth the working principle of these ventilators and their functionalities. RECENT FINDINGS: Piston ventilators have the advantages of delivering accurate tidal volume and certain flow compensation functions...
September 21, 2017: Current Opinion in Anaesthesiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28938300/enhancing-the-quality-and-safety-of-the-perioperative-patient
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Sven Staender, Andrew Smith
PURPOSE OF REVIEW: Many possible hazards bedevil the perioperative patient. This review focuses on a number of aspects of perioperative management where the patient's quality and safety can be enhanced. RECENT FINDINGS: Our understanding of the relationship between preoperative preparation and postoperative outcomes has improved. There have also been recent developments in our understanding of how to construct useful cognitive aids and make the best use of checklists by understanding the cultural environment supporting their use...
September 21, 2017: Current Opinion in Anaesthesiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28938242/clinical-data-warehouse-an-effective-tool-to-create-intelligence-in-disease-management
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Mahtab Karami, Azin Rahimi
Clinical business intelligence tools such as clinical data warehouse enable health care organizations to objectively assess the disease management programs that affect the quality of patients' life and well-being in public. The purpose of these programs is to reduce disease occurrence, improve patient care, and decrease health care costs. Therefore, applying clinical data warehouse can be effective in generating useful information about aspects of patient care to facilitate budgeting, planning, research, process improvement, external reporting, benchmarking, and trend analysis, as well as to enable the decisions needed to prevent the progression or appearance of the illness aligning with maintaining the health of the population...
September 21, 2017: Health Care Manager
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28938215/evaluation-of-bioenergy-crop-growth-and-the-impacts-of-bioenergy-crops-on-streamflow-tile-drain-flow-and-nutrient-losses-in-an-extensively-tile-drained-watershed-using-swat
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Tian Guo, Raj Cibin, Indrajeet Chaubey, Margaret Gitau, Jeffrey G Arnold, Raghavan Srinivasan, James R Kiniry, Bernard A Engel
Large quantities of biofuel production are expected from bioenergy crops at a national scale to meet US biofuel goals. It is important to study biomass production of bioenergy crops and the impacts of these crops on water quantity and quality to identify environment-friendly and productive biofeedstock systems. SWAT2012 with a new tile drainage routine and improved perennial grass and tree growth simulation was used to model long-term annual biomass yields, streamflow, tile flow, sediment load, and nutrient losses under various bioenergy scenarios in an extensively agricultural watershed in the Midwestern US...
September 19, 2017: Science of the Total Environment
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28938103/let-s-talk-about-sex-a-qualitative-study-exploring-the-experiences-of-hiv-nurses-when-discussing-sexual-risk-behaviours-with-hiv-positive-men-who-have-sex-with-men
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S de Munnik, C den Daas, H S M Ammerlaan, G Kok, M S Raethke, S C J M Vervoort
BACKGROUND: Despite prevention efforts, the incidence of sexually transmitted infection among HIV-positive men who have sex with men remains high, which is indicative of unchanged sexual risk behaviour. Discussing sexual risk behaviour has been shown to help prevent sexually transmitted infections among HIV-positive men who have sex with men. OBJECTIVES: The aim of this study was to identify factors that influence whether - and how - specialised HIV nurses discuss sexual risk behaviour with HIV-positive men who have sex with men...
September 6, 2017: International Journal of Nursing Studies
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28938003/oxsa-an-open-source-magnetic-resonance-spectroscopy-analysis-toolbox-in-matlab
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Lucian A B Purvis, William T Clarke, Luca Biasiolli, Ladislav Valkovič, Matthew D Robson, Christopher T Rodgers
In vivo magnetic resonance spectroscopy provides insight into metabolism in the human body. New acquisition protocols are often proposed to improve the quality or efficiency of data collection. Processing pipelines must also be developed to use these data optimally. Current fitting software is either targeted at general spectroscopy fitting, or for specific protocols. We therefore introduce the MATLAB-based OXford Spectroscopy Analysis (OXSA) toolbox to allow researchers to rapidly develop their own customised processing pipelines...
2017: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28937982/protein-complex-prediction-via-dense-subgraphs-and-false-positive-analysis
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Cecilia Hernandez, Carlos Mella, Gonzalo Navarro, Alvaro Olivera-Nappa, Jaime Araya
Many proteins work together with others in groups called complexes in order to achieve a specific function. Discovering protein complexes is important for understanding biological processes and predict protein functions in living organisms. Large-scale and throughput techniques have made possible to compile protein-protein interaction networks (PPI networks), which have been used in several computational approaches for detecting protein complexes. Those predictions might guide future biologic experimental research...
2017: PloS One
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