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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28444175/predictive-value-of-telomere-length-on-outcome-following-acute-myocardial-infarction-evidence-for-contrasting-effects-of-vascular-vs-blood-oxidative-stress
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Marios Margaritis, Fabio Sanna, George Lazaros, Ioannis Akoumianakis, Sheena Patel, Alexios S Antonopoulos, Chloe Duke, Laura Herdman, Costas Psarros, Evangelos K Oikonomou, Cheerag Shirodaria, Mario Petrou, Rana Sayeed, George Krasopoulos, Regent Lee, Dimitris Tousoulis, Keith M Channon, Charalambos Antoniades
Aims: Experimental evidence suggests that telomere length (TL) is shortened by oxidative DNA damage, reflecting biological aging. We explore the value of blood (BTL) and vascular TL (VTL) as biomarkers of systemic/vascular oxidative stress in humans and test the clinical predictive value of BTL in acute myocardial infarction (AMI). Methods and results: In a prospective cohort of 290 patients surviving recent AMI, BTL measured on admission was a strong predictor of all-cause [hazard ratio (HR) [95% confidence interval (CI)]: 3...
April 24, 2017: European Heart Journal
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28443123/firmness-at-harvest-impacts-postharvest-fruit-softening-and-internal-browning-development-in-mechanically-damaged-and-non-damaged-highbush-blueberries-vaccinium-corymbosum-l
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Claudia Moggia, Jordi Graell, Isabel Lara, Guillermina González, Gustavo A Lobos
Fresh blueberries are very susceptible to mechanical damage, which limits postharvest life and firmness. Softening and susceptibility of cultivars "Duke" and "Brigitta" to developing internal browning (IB) after mechanical impact and subsequent storage was evaluated during a 2-year study (2011/2012, 2012/2013). On each season fruit were carefully hand-picked, segregated into soft (<1.60 N), medium (1.61-1.80 N), and firm (1.81-2.00 N) categories, and then either were dropped (32 cm) onto a hard plastic surface or remained non-dropped...
2017: Frontiers in Plant Science
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28441173/religiosity-in-acute-psychiatric-inpatients-relationship-with-demographics-clinical-features-and-length-of-stay
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Noha AbdelGawad, Jigar Chotalia, Ajay Parsaik, Teresa Pigott, Melissa Allen
This study examined the relationship between religiosity in 175 psychiatric inpatients as measured by the subscales of the Duke University Religion Index (DUREL) and sociodemographic (age, sex, and race), clinical (primary diagnosis, suicidality, and psychotic symptoms), and outcome (length of stay [LOS] and readmission rates) measures. Psychosis was assessed by Clinician-Rated Dimensions of Psychosis Symptom Severity (CRDPSS) scale. Bivariate and multivariate analyses were used to examine the association between the DUREL subscales and the outcome measures...
April 24, 2017: Journal of Nervous and Mental Disease
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28440252/adjustment-to-acquired-vision-loss-in-adults-presenting-for-visual-disability-certification
#4
Aditya Nakade, Jolly Rohatgi, Manjeet S Bhatia, Upreet Dhaliwal
CONTEXT: Rehabilitation of the visually disabled depends on how they adjust to loss; understanding contributing factors may help in effective rehabilitation. AIM: The aim of this study is to assess adjustment to acquired vision loss in adults. SETTINGS AND DESIGN: This observational study, conducted in the Department of Ophthalmology at a tertiary-level teaching hospital, included thirty persons (25-65 years) with <6/60 in the better eye, and vision loss since ≥6-months...
March 2017: Indian Journal of Ophthalmology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28438676/factors-associated-with-long-term-risk-of-relapse-after-unrelated-cord-blood-transplantation-for-children-with-acute-lymphoblastic-leukemia-in-remission
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Kristin M Page, Myriam Labopin, Annalisa Ruggeri, Gerard Michel, Cristina Diaz de Heredia, Tracey O'Brien, Alessandra Picardi, Mouhab Ayas, Henrique Bittencourt, Ajay J Vora, Jesse Troy, Carmen Bonfim, Fernanda Volt, Eliane Gluckman, Peter Bader, Joanne Kurtzberg, Vanderson Rocha
For pediatric patients with acute lymphoblastic leukemia (ALL), relapse is an important cause of treatment failure after unrelated cord blood transplant (UCBT). Compared to other donor sources, relapse is similar or even reduced after UCBT despite less graft-versus-host disease (GvHD). We performed a retrospective analysis to identify risk factors associated with the 5-year cumulative incidence (CI) of relapse after UCBT. In this retrospective, registry-based study, we examined the outcomes of 640 children (<18 years) with ALL in first (n=257, 40%) or second complete remission (CR; n=383, 60%) who received myeloablative conditioning followed by a single-unit UCBT from 2000-2012...
April 21, 2017: Biology of Blood and Marrow Transplantation
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28435479/a-novel-program-for-absn-students-to-generate-interest-in-geriatrics-and-geriatric-nursing-research
#6
Jennifer Mewshaw, Donald E Bailey, Amber L Anderson, Ruth A Anderson, Andrew L Burd, Cathleen Colón-Emeric, Kirsten N Corazzini
The current shortage of nurse researchers in geriatrics adversely affects the capacity of nurses to conduct research to advance the evidence-based care of older adults. In an effort to generate interest in geriatrics and geriatric nursing research, the Duke University School of Nursing designed a summer internship for four students enrolled in the accelerated baccalaureate nursing (ABSN) program. This paper describes the experience of these ABSN students and the staff and faculty who worked with them. The program design, staff and faculty experiences, benefits and challenges, as well as recommendations for future programs are discussed...
2017: Journal of Nursing Education and Practice
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28434550/renal-failure-after-cardiac-operations-not-all-acute-kidney-injury-is-the-same
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Todd C Crawford, J Trent Magruder, Joshua C Grimm, Shin-Rong Lee, Alejandro Suarez-Pierre, David Lehenbauer, Christopher M Sciortino, Robert S Higgins, Duke E Cameron, John V Conte, Glenn J Whitman
BACKGROUND: The Society of Thoracic Surgeons (STS) database does not distinguish between a decline in creatinine clearance vs new hemodialysis (HD) when qualifying acute renal failure (ARF) after a cardiac operation. We hypothesized that patients requiring HD experience significantly greater postoperative morbidity and death. METHODS: We included all patients who underwent STS index cardiac operations at our institution from 2008 to March 2015 and did not have preexisting renal failure (creatinine >4...
April 20, 2017: Annals of Thoracic Surgery
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28429569/celebrating-fifty-years-of-research-at-the-duke-lemur-center
#8
Elaine E Guevara, Chloe Chen-Kraus, Rachel L Jacobs, Andrea L Baden
No abstract text is available yet for this article.
April 2017: Evolutionary Anthropology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28425003/validation-of-the-persian-version-of-the-daily-spiritual-experiences-scale-dses-in-pregnant-women-a-proper-tool-to-assess-spirituality-related-to-mental-health
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Mohsen Saffari, Hossein Amini, Zarindokht Sheykh-Oliya, Amir H Pakpour, Harold G Koenig
Assessing spirituality in healthy pregnant women may lead to supportive interventions that will improve their care. A psychometrically valid measure such as the Daily Spiritual Experiences Scale (DSES) may be helpful in this regard. The current study sought to adapt a Persian version of DSES for use in pregnancy. A total of 377 pregnant women were recruited from three general hospitals located in Tehran, Iran. Administered scales were the DSES, Duke University Religion Index, Santa Clara Strength of Religious Faith scale, and Depression Anxiety Stress Scale, as well as demographic measures...
April 19, 2017: Journal of Religion and Health
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28420998/instant-biofeedback-provided-by-wearable-sensor-technology-can-help-to-optimize-exercise-and-prevent-injury-and-overuse
#10
Peter Düking, Hans-Christer Holmberg, Billy Sperlich
No abstract text is available yet for this article.
2017: Frontiers in Physiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28419567/cardiorespiratory-physiology-in-the-safe-passage-study-protocol-methods-and-normative-values-in-unexposed-infants
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Michael M Myers, Amy J Elliott, Hein J Odendaal, Larry Burd, Jyoti Angal, Coen Groenewald, J David Nugent, Joel S Yang, Joseph R Isler, Kim A Dukes, Fay Robinson, William P Fifer
AIM: The Safe Passage Study, conducted by the Prenatal Alcohol in SIDS and Stillbirth Network, is investigating contributions of prenatal alcohol exposure to fetal and infant demise. This current report presents physiological data from full term infants with no prenatal exposure to alcohol or maternal smoking. METHODS: Data are from 666 infants from the Northern Plains (North and South Dakota) and South Africa. A standardized protocol assessed cardiorespiratory function during baseline and head-up tilts shortly after birth and at 1 month of age...
April 17, 2017: Acta Paediatrica
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28416372/effects-of-bilobalide-ginkgolide-b-and-picrotoxinin-on-gabaa-receptor-modulation-by-structurally-diverse-positive-modulators
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Chiu Chin Ng, Rujee K Duke, Tina Hinton, Graham A R Johnston
Anxiolytics and anticonvulsants generally positively modulate the action of GABA, whereas many convulsants (including the chloride channel blocker picrotoxinin) negatively modulate the action of GABA on GABAA receptors. Like picrotoxinin, bilobalide and ginkgolide B, active constituents of Ginkgo biloba, have been shown to negatively modulate the action of GABA at α1β2γ2L GABAA receptors. However, unlike picrotoxinin, bilobalide and ginkgolide B are not known to cause convulsions. We have assessed the action of bilobalide, ginkgolide B and picrotoxinin on a range of GABAA modulators (etomidate, loreclezole, propofol, thiopentone sodium, diazepam, and allopregnanolone), using two-electrode voltage clamp electrophysiology at recombinant α1β2γ2L GABAA receptors expressed in Xenopus oocytes...
April 14, 2017: European Journal of Pharmacology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28415702/overexpression-of-cxcr2-predicts-poor-prognosis-in-patients-with-colorectal-cancer
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Jingkun Zhao, Baochi Ou, Hao Feng, Puxiongzhi Wang, Shuai Yin, Congcong Zhu, Shenjie Wang, Chun Chen, Minhua Zheng, Yaping Zong, Jing Sun, Aiguo Lu
Colorectal cancer is a heterogeneous disease. Although many risk factors are used to predict colorectal cancer patients' prognosis after surgical resection, new prognostic factors are still needed to be defined to promote predictive efficacy of prognosis and further guide therapies. Herein, we identified the prognostic significance of CXCR2 in colorectal cancer patients. We retrospectively analysed 134 patients with colorectal cancer who underwent minimally invasive surgery between 2010 and 2011. The overall cohort was divided into a training set (n = 78) and a validation set (n = 56)...
March 10, 2017: Oncotarget
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28415007/religion-spirituality-and-mental-health-of-u-s-military-veterans-results-from-the-national-health-and-resilience-in-veterans-study
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Vanshdeep Sharma, Deborah B Marin, Harold K Koenig, Adriana Feder, Brian M Iacoviello, Steven M Southwick, Robert H Pietrzak
BACKGROUND: In the last three decades, there has been increased interest in studying the association between religion/spirituality (R/S), and mental health and functional outcomes. METHODS: Using data from a contemporary, nationally representative sample of 3151 U.S. military veterans maintained by GfK Knowledge Networks, Inc., we evaluated the relation between R/S and a broad range of mental health, and psychosocial variables. Veterans were grouped into three groups based on scores on the Duke University Religion Index: High R/S (weighted 11...
April 11, 2017: Journal of Affective Disorders
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28410544/does-respiratory-variation-in-inferior-vena-cava-diameter-predict-fluid-responsiveness-a-systematic-review-and-meta-analysis
#15
Elliot Long, Ed Oakley, Trevor Duke, Franz E Babl
BACKGROUND: The aim of fluid resuscitation is to increase stroke volume, yet this effect is observed in only 50% of patients. Prediction of fluid responsiveness may allow fluid resuscitation to be administered to those most likely to benefit. The aim of this study was to systematically review the test characteristics of respiratory variation in inferior vena cava (IVC) diameter as a predictor of fluid responsiveness in patients with acute circulatory failure. METHODS: Electronic searches combined with reference review of identified studies...
May 2017: Shock
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28409861/neocolonialism-and-health-care-access-among-marshall-islanders-in-the-united-states
#16
Michael R Duke
In the Marshall Islands, a history of extensive nuclear weapons testing and covert biomedical research, coupled with the U.S.'s ongoing military presence in the country, has severely compromised the health of the local population. Despite the U.S.'s culpability in producing ill health along with high rates of emigration from the islands to the mainland United States, the large portion of Marshallese who reside in the United States face substantial barriers to accessing health care. Drawing from ongoing field research with a Marshallese community in Arkansas, this article explores the multifaceted impediments that U...
April 13, 2017: Medical Anthropology Quarterly
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28403299/religious-and-spiritual-coping-in-people-living-with-hiv-aids
#17
Clarissa Mourão Pinho, Bruno Felipe Remigio Dâmaso, Eduardo Tavares Gomes, Maria de Fátima Cordeiro Trajano, Maria Sandra Andrade, Marília Perrelli Valença
OBJECTIVE: evaluate the religiosity and the religious/spiritual coping of people living with HIV/Aids. METHOD: descriptive, cross-sectional study with quantitative approach, conducted in a reference HIV/Aids outpatient clinic in a university hospital of Recife-PE, Brazil, from June to November 2015. At total of 52 people living with HIV/Aids (PLWHA) participated in the research, which employed own questionnaire, the Duke University Religion Index (DUREL), and the Religious/Spiritual Coping Scale (RCOPE)...
April 2017: Revista Brasileira de Enfermagem
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28398076/refining-low-physical-activity-measurement-improves-frailty-assessment-in-advanced-lung-disease-and-survivors-of-critical-illness
#18
Matthew R Baldwin, Jonathan P Singer, Debbie Huang, Jessica Sell, Wendy C Gonzalez, Lauren Pollack, Mathew S Maurer, Frank F D'Ovidio, Matthew Bacchetta, Joshua R Sonett, Selim M Arcasoy, Lori Shah, Hilary Robbins, Steven R Hays, Jasleen Kukreja, John R Greenland, Rupal J Shah, Lorriana Leard, Matthew Morrell, Cynthia Gries, Patricia P Katz, Jason D Christie, Joshua M Diamond, David J Lederer
RATIONALE: The frail phenotype has gained popularity as a clinically relevant measure in adults with advanced lung disease and critical illness survivors. Since respiratory disease and chronic illness can greatly limit physical activity, the measurement of participation in traditional leisure-time activities as a frailty component may lead to substantial misclassification of frailty in pulmonary and critical care patients. OBJECTIVES: To test and validate replacing the Duke Activities Scale Index (DASI), a simple 12-item questionnaire, for the Minnesota Leisure Time Activities (MLTA), a detailed questionnaire covering 18 leisure time activities, as the measure of low activity in the Fried frailty phenotype instrument (FFP)...
April 11, 2017: Annals of the American Thoracic Society
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28397458/mapping-of-dna-hypermethylation-and-hypomethylation-induced-by-folate-deficiency-in-sporadic-colorectal-cancer-and-clinical-implication-analysis-of-hypermethylation-pattern-in-cbs-promoter
#19
Zaizhong Zhang, Yang He, Xiaohuang Tu, Sheng Huang, Zhuo Chen, Lie Wang, Jingxiang Song
BACKGROUND: Aberrant DNA methylation patterns play a major role in tumorigenesis and the effects of nutrients, especially folate in the diet, on methylation changes is of great importance in colorectal cancer (CRC). Folate deficiency would disrupt methylation patterns; however, its exact effects on DNA methylation patterns in CRC are unclear. This study was performed to gain insight into the methylation changes induced by folate deficiency and the putative role of methylation pattern diversities of related genes in the clinical outcome of CRC...
April 1, 2017: Clinical Laboratory
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28396214/enhancing-links-between-visual-short-term-memory-visual-attention-and-cognitive-control-processes-through-practice-an-electrophysiological-insight
#20
Giorgio Fuggetta, Philip A Duke
The operation of attention on visible objects involves a sequence of cognitive processes. The current study firstly aimed to elucidate the effects of practice on neural mechanisms underlying attentional processes as measured with both behavioural and electrophysiological measures. Secondly, it aimed to identify any pattern in the relationship between Event-Related Potential (ERP) components which play a role in the operation of attention in vision. Twenty-seven participants took part in two recording sessions one week apart, performing an experimental paradigm which combined a match-to-sample task with a memory-guided efficient visual-search task within one trial sequence...
April 7, 2017: Biological Psychology
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