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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29458234/ultrasonographic-anatomy-of-reproductive-female-leopard-geckos-eublepharis-macularius
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Ophélie Cojean, Claire Vergneau-Grosset, Isabelle Masseau
Captive leopard geckos (Eublepharis macularius) often present to the exotic clinic for gastrointestinal impactions, follicular stasis, or dystocia. To our knowledge, normal ultrasonographic anatomy of these lizards has not been described. The objectives of this prospective, anatomic, analytical study were to develop ultrasound techniques for this species and to describe the normal sonographic anatomy of the head, coelomic cavity, and tail. Eleven, healthy, female leopard geckos were included. A linear array 13-18 MHz transducer was used...
February 19, 2018: Veterinary Radiology & Ultrasound
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29458215/factors-associated-with-placental-vascularization-measured-by-3d-power-doppler-ultrasonographic-sphere-biopsy-between-11-and-14-weeks-of-gestation
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Suzanne Demers, Amelie Boutin, Regina Dembickaja, Mercedes Campanero, Kypros Nicolaides
OBJECTIVE: Preeclampsia is associated with placental vascularization disorders. Ultrasonographic sphere biopsy (USSB) of the placenta can estimate the vascularization of the placenta and potentially the risk of preeclampsia. We aimed to explore the factors related to placental vascularization measured with USSB in the first trimester. STUDY DESIGN: A prospective cohort was conducted in women recruited at 11 to 14 weeks. Three-dimensional acquisition of the placenta with power Doppler was undertaken along with crown-rump length (CRL)...
February 19, 2018: American Journal of Perinatology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29458202/validity-of-the-intra-operative-measurement-of-stem-anteversion-and-factors-for-the-erroneous-estimation-in-cementless-total-hip-arthroplasty-using-postero-lateral-approach
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Y K Lee, J W Kim, T Y Kim, Y C Ha, K H Koo
BACKGROUND: Intra-operative estimation of stem anteversion in total hip arthroplasty (THA) using postero-lateral approach is made by the surgeon's visual assessment, using the tibia as a guide, with the assumption that tibial axis is vertical to the trans-epicondylar axis. However, the accuracy of the intra-operative estimation has rarely been verified with postoperative CT-scans, with controversies regarding these measurements particularly in case of knee osteoarthritis. Therefore we performed a prospective study to: 1) determine the accuracy of the intra-operative measurement and 2) investigate factors affecting the discrepancy between the surgeon's estimation and the real stem anteversion HYPOTHESIS: Intra-operative estimation of stem anteversion correlated with the real stem anteversion on CT scan...
February 16, 2018: Orthopaedics & Traumatology, Surgery & Research: OTSR
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29458152/controversies-in-endoscopic-eradication-therapy-for-barrett-s-esophagus
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Srinadh Komanduri, V Raman Muthusamy, Sachin Wani
Advances in Endoscopic Eradication Therapy for Barrett's Esophagus associated neoplasia have resulted in a significant paradigm shift in diagnosis and management of this complex disease. A robust body of literature critically evaluating outcomes of resection and ablative strategies has allowed gastroenterologists to make quality, evidence based decisions for their patients. Despite this progress, there are still many unanswered questions and challenges that remain. Ultimately, identification of a cost-effective screening modality, biomarkers for risk stratification, and strides to eliminate post surveillance endoscopy after EET are essential to reach our long term goal for eradication of esophageal adenocarcinoma...
February 16, 2018: Gastroenterology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29458148/untimely-oxidative-stress-in-%C3%AE-cells-leads-to-diabetes-role-of-circadian-clock-in-%C3%AE-cell-function
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REVIEW
J Lee, K Ma, M Moulik, V Yechoor
Diabetes results from a loss of β-cell function. With the number of people with diabetes reaching epidemic proportions globally, understanding mechanisms that are contributing to this increasing prevalence is critical. One such factor has been circadian disruption, with shift-work, light pollution, jet-lag, increased screen time, all acting as potential contributory factors. Though circadian disruption has been epidemiologically associated with diabetes and other metabolic disorders for many decades, it is only recently that there has been a better understanding of the underlying molecular mechanisms...
February 16, 2018: Free Radical Biology & Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29458121/the-paradox-of-marrow-adipose-tissue-in-anorexia-nervosa
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Pouneh K Fazeli, Anne Klibanski
Anorexia nervosa (AN) is a psychiatric disorder characterized by inappropriate nutrient intake resulting in low body weight. Multiple hormonal adaptations facilitate decreased energy expenditure in this state of caloric deprivation including non-thyroidal illness syndrome, growth hormone resistance, and hypogonadotropic hypogonadism. Although these hormonal adaptations confer a survival advantage during periods of negative energy balance, they contribute to the long-term medical complications associated with AN, the most common of which is significant bone loss and an increased risk of fracture...
February 16, 2018: Bone
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29458115/effect-of-acek-acesulfame-potassium-on-brain-function-under-dietary-restriction-in-mice
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Daisuke Ibi, Fumika Suzuki, Masayuki Hiramatsu
People preferably take zero or low-calorie beverages and foods with artificial sweeteners even though it has been recently suggested that long-term artificial sweetener use affects physiological functions. In addition, a lower body weight was considered to be more healthful, but an abnormally low body weight caused by an excessive diet has been reported to cause health problems. Acesulfame potassium (AceK) is one of the most commonly used for foods and beverages because of its resistance to thermal degradation and marked sweetness...
February 16, 2018: Physiology & Behavior
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29458113/poorer-positive-affect-in-response-to-self-paced-exercise-among-the-obese
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Hassan M Elsangedy, Paulo H D Nascimento, Daniel G S Machado, Kleverton Krinski, Sarah J Hardcastle, Sérgio G DaSilva
We aimed to investigate the association between body mass index (BMI) and affective response, ratings of perceived exertion (RPE), and physiological responses during self-paced exercise. Sixty-six women were divided into three groups accordingly with the BMI: obese (n = 22: 33.5 ± 8.5 yr; 34.9 ± 4.1 kg∙m-2 ), overweight (n = 22: 34.8 ± 8.6 yr; 26.4 ± 1.3 kg∙m-2 ), and normal-weight (n = 22: 30.8 ± 9.3 yr; 22.0 ± 1.6 kg∙m-2 ). They underwent a graded exercise test and a 20-min self-paced walking session on a treadmill...
February 16, 2018: Physiology & Behavior
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29458093/protective-efficacy-of-mucuna-pruriens-l-seed-meal-enriched-diet-on-growth-performance-innate-immunity-and-disease-resistance-in-oreochromis-mossambicus-against-aeromonas-hydrophila
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Mohamed Saiyad Musthafa, Syed Mohideen Asgari, Amitha Kurian, Elumalai Preetham, Abdul Rahman Jawahar Ali, Bilal Ahmad Paray, Mohammad K Al-Sadoon
The impact of Mucuna pruriens (L.) seed meal diet on growth performance, innate immune response, and disease resistance in Oreochromis mossambicus against Aeromonas hydrophila is reported for the first time. Infected O. mossambicus was fed with 2 g kg-1 , 4 g kg-1 , and 6 g kg-1 of M. pruriens seed meal diets significantly increased initial body weight (IBW) and final body weight (FBW) over control, for a period of 4 weeks. At 4 g kg-1 and 6 g kg-1 the enriched diet significantly (P < 0.05) enhanced the survival rate, weight gain (WG), protein efficiency ratio (PER), specific growth rate (SGR), feed conversion ratio (FCR), and feed efficiency (FE) when compared to the control; besides, from weeks 2-4 these diets significantly (P < 0...
February 16, 2018: Fish & Shellfish Immunology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29458072/influence-of-xenorhabdus-gamma-proteobacteria-enterobacteriaceae-symbionts-on-gonad-postembryonic-development-in-steinernema-nematoda-steinernematidae-nematodes
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Alexandra C Roder, S Patricia Stock
Steinernema nematodes and their Xenorhabdus partners form an obligate mutualistic association. This partnership is insecticidal to a wide range of insects. Steinernema rely on their Xenorhabdus partner to produce toxins inside the insect cadaver to liberate nutrients from the insect, as well as antimicrobials to sterilize the cadaver, thus creating a suitable environment for reproduction. In return, Steinernema vector their Xenorhabdus between insect hosts. Disruption of this partnership may affect the success of both partners...
February 16, 2018: Journal of Invertebrate Pathology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29458057/roles-of-the-insulin-signaling-pathway-in-insect-development-and-organ-growth
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Xianyu Lin, Guy Smagghe
Organismal development is a complex process as it requires coordination of many aspects to grow into fit individuals, such as the control of body size and organ growth. Therefore, the mechanisms of precise control of growth are essential for ensuring the growth of organisms at a correct body size and proper organ proportions during development. The control of the growth rate and the duration of growth (or the cessation of growth) are required in size control. The insulin signaling pathway and the elements involved are essential in the control of growth...
February 16, 2018: Peptides
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29458024/spinal-cord-specific-deletion-of-the-glutamate-transporter-glt1-causes-motor-neuron-death-in-mice
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Kaori Sugiyama, Kohichi Tanaka
Amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS) is a chronic neurodegenerative disorder characterized by the selective loss of motor neurons. The precise mechanisms that cause the selective death of motor neurons remain unclear, but a growing body of evidence suggests that glutamate-mediated excitotoxicity has been considered to play an important role in the mechanisms of motor neuron degeneration in ALS. Reductions in glutamate transporter GLT1 have been reported in animal models of ALS and the motor cortex and spinal cord of ALS patients...
February 16, 2018: Biochemical and Biophysical Research Communications
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29458021/increased-mortality-from-influenza-infection-in-long-chain-acyl-coa-dehydrogenase-knockout-mice
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Apurva Shinde, Jiadi Luo, Sivakama S Bharathi, Huifang Shi, Megan E Beck, Kevin J McHugh, John F Alcorn, Jieru Wang, Eric S Goetzman
We previously showed that the mitochondrial fatty acid oxidation enzyme long-chain acyl-CoA dehydrogenase (LCAD) is expressed in alveolar type II pneumocytes and that LCAD-/- mice have altered breathing mechanics and surfactant defects. Here, we hypothesized that LCAD-/- mice would be susceptible to influenza infection. Indeed, LCAD-/- mice demonstrated increased mortality following infection with 2009 pandemic influenza (A/CA/07/09). However, the mortality was not due to increased lung injury, as inflammatory cell counts, viral titers, and histology scores all showed non-significant trends toward milder injury in LCAD-/- mice...
February 16, 2018: Biochemical and Biophysical Research Communications
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29457996/the-tyg-index-cutoff-point-and-its-association-with-body-adiposity-and-lifestyle-in-children
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Sarah A Vieira Ribeiro, Poliana C A Fonseca, Cristiana S Andreoli, Andréia Q Ribeiro, Helen H M Hermsdorff, Patrícia F Pereira, Silvia E Priore, Sylvia C C Franceschini
OBJECTIVE: To investigate the factors associated with insulin resistance in children aged 4-7 years, and to identify the cutoff point of the triglyceride-glucose index for the prediction of IR in this population. METHODS: A cross-sectional study was conducted with 403 children from a retrospective cohort. Insulin resistance was also evaluated in a sub-sample using the HOMA index. Four indicators of body adiposity were assessed: body mass index, waist-to-height ratio, and the percentages of total and central body fat...
February 16, 2018: Jornal de Pediatria
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29457928/an-atraumatic-retractor-for-interdisciplinary-use-in-conventional-laparoscopy-and-robotic-surgery
#15
Ibrahim Alkatout
BACKGROUND: The removal of obstacles from the surgical field is a crucial aspect of any procedure in gynecological, urological or visceral laparoscopic surgery. Reliable instruments and skilled assistance are essential for the smooth execution of procedures. Blunt forceps are commonly used to keep tissue away from the operating field. The range of existing instruments has been enhanced by the introduction of laparoscopic retractors. However, no laparoscopic retractor can be used without causing tissue damage...
February 19, 2018: Minimally Invasive Therapy & Allied Technologies: MITAT
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29457924/factors-influencing-audiologists-perception-of-moral-climate-in-the-workplace
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Andrea Simpson, Kendall Phillips, Danny Wong, Sandy Clarke, Michelle Thornton
OBJECTIVE: The purpose of this study was to assess audiologists' perceptions of ethics and moral climate in the workplace. DESIGN: The Ethics Environmental Questionnaire (EEQ) was sent out to all audiologists registered with the professional body Audiology Australia. Participants were also invited to undertake a semi-structured interview. STUDY SAMPLE: A total of 301 audiologists completed the questionnaire. Eight of these participants also agreed to complete the interview...
February 19, 2018: International Journal of Audiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29457866/epigenetic-effects-of-metformin-from-molecular-mechanisms-to-clinical-implications
#17
REVIEW
S C Bridgeman, G C Ellison, P E Melton, P Newsholme, Cds Mamotte
There is a growing body of evidence that links epigenetic modifications to type 2 diabetes. Researchers have more recently investigated effects of commonly used medications, including those prescribed for diabetes, on epigenetic processes. This work reviews the influence of the widely used antidiabetic drug metformin on epigenomics, microRNA levels and subsequent gene expression and potential clinical implications. Metformin may influence the activity of numerous epigenetic modifying enzymes, mostly via modulating the activation of AMP-activated protein kinase (AMPK)...
February 19, 2018: Diabetes, Obesity & Metabolism
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29457863/the-b-type-natriuretic-peptide-is-a-useful-biomarker-for-the-estimation-of-volume-overload-in-children-with-hypertension-in-children-on-peritoneal-dialysis
#18
Joo Hoon Lee, Young Seo Park
AIM: To evaluate the usefulness of serum B-type natriuretic peptide (BNP) as a biomarker of fluid retention in hypertensive children on peritoneal dialysis (PD). METHODS: We included hypertensive children on PD. We reviewed the changes (∆) of body weight (BWt), blood pressure (BP) and serum BNP at initial and follow-up periods. We presented data as mean±standard deviation (median, minimum - maximum). Wilcoxon signed-rank test was used to evaluate the changes in BWt, BP, and BNP...
February 19, 2018: Nephrology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29457860/controlling-the-outgrowth-and-functions-of-neural-stem-cells-the-effect-of-surface-topography
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REVIEW
Chara Simitzi, Kanelina Karali, Anthi Ranella, Emmanuel Stratakis
Neural stem cells (NSCs) are self-renewing cells that generate the major cell types of the central nervous system, namely neurons, astrocytes and oligodendrocytes, during embryonic development and in the adult brain. NSCs reside in a complex niche where they are exposed to a plethora of signals, including both soluble and physical signals such as compressive and shear stresses, but also discontinuities and differences in morphology of the extracellular environment, termed as topographical features. Different approaches that incorporate artificial micro- and nano-scale surface topographical features have been developed aiming to recapitulate the in vivo NSC niche discontinuities and features, particularly for in vitro studies...
February 19, 2018: Chemphyschem: a European Journal of Chemical Physics and Physical Chemistry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29457842/long-term-outcomes-of-patients-undergoing-simultaneous-liver-transplantation-and-sleeve-gastrectomy
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Daniel Zamora-Valdes, Kymberly D Watt, Todd A Kellogg, John J Poterucha, Sara R Di Cecco, Nicki M Francisco-Ziller, Timucin Taner, Charles B Rosen, Julie K Heimbach
BACKGROUND: Obesity is increasingly common before and after liver transplantation (LT), yet optimal management remains unclear. AIM: To analyze the long term outcomes for obese patients undergoing LT including a non-invasive weight loss program and combined LT and sleeve gastrectomy (SG). METHODS: Since 2006, all patients referred for LT with a body mass index (BMI) ≥35 kg/m2 were enrolled. Patients who achieved weight loss (BMI<35) underwent LT alone, and those who did not underwent simultaneous LT+SG...
February 19, 2018: Hepatology: Official Journal of the American Association for the Study of Liver Diseases
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