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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27933715/efficacy-of-self-monitoring-of-blood-glucose-versus-retrospective-continuous-glucose-monitoring-in-improving-glycaemic-control-in-diabetic-kidney-disease-patients
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Ester Chai Kheng Yeoh, Boon Khim Lim, Sharon Fun, Julia Tong, Lee Ying Yeoh, Chee Fang Sum, Tavintharan Subramaniam, Su Chi Lim
AIMS: Patients with diabetic kidney disease (DKD) on anti-diabetic agents, are at greater risk of glycemic variations, both hypoglycemia and hyperglycemia. We aimed to compare glycemic control (using HbA1c) and hypoglycemia incidence in patients with Stage 3 DKD (eGFR 30-60 ml/min/1.73 m(2) ), receiving retrospective CGM-guided anti-diabetic therapy versus self-monitoring of blood glucose (SMBG) over 3 months. METHODS: Thirty patients with HbA1c > 8% were randomized to 6-day retrospective CGM or SMBG...
December 9, 2016: Nephrology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27933711/using-a-co-production-prioritization-exercise-involving-south-asian-children-young-people-and-their-families-to-identify-health-priorities-requiring-further-research-and-public-awareness
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Logan Manikam, Rakhee Shah, Kate Reed, Gupreet Santini, Monica Lakhanpaul
OBJECTIVES: To facilitate South Asian (SA) families and health-care professionals (HCPs) participation in a prioritization exercise to co-produce child health research and public awareness agendas. DESIGN: A three-stage process was adopted involving the following: (i) systematic literature review, (ii) HCP scoping survey and (iii) focus groups of SA adolescents and families. A Punjabi- and Urdu-speaking community facilitator moderated focus groups. A British Sign Language interpreter assisted in the hard of hearing group...
December 8, 2016: Health Expectations: An International Journal of Public Participation in Health Care and Health Policy
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27933671/causal-inference-in-obesity-research
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REVIEW
P W Franks, N Atabaki-Pasdar
Obesity is a risk factor for a plethora of severe morbidities and premature death. Most supporting evidence comes from observational studies that are prone to chance, bias and confounding. Even data on the protective effects of weight loss from randomized controlled trials will be susceptible to confounding and bias if treatment assignment cannot be masked, which is usually the case with lifestyle and surgical interventions. Thus, whilst obesity is widely considered the major modifiable risk factor for many chronic diseases, its causes and consequences are often difficult to determine...
December 8, 2016: Journal of Internal Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27933668/the-role-of-the-hippocampus-in-generalizing-configural-relationships
#4
Sam C Berens, Chris M Bird
The hippocampus has been implicated in integrating information across separate events in support of mnemonic generalizations. These generalizations may be underpinned by processes at both encoding (linking similar information across events) and retrieval ("on-the-fly" generalization). However, the relative contribution of the hippocampus to encoding- and retrieval-based generalizations is poorly understood. Using fMRI in humans, we investigated the hippocampal role in gradually learning a set of spatial discriminations and subsequently generalizing them in an acquired equivalence task...
December 9, 2016: Hippocampus
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27933655/immunological-diversity-in-phenotypes-of-chronic-lung-allograft-dysfunction-a-comprehensive-immunohistochemical-analysis
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Elly Vandermeulen, Elise Lammertyn, Stijn E Verleden, David Ruttens, Hannelore Bellon, Mario Ricciardi, Jana Somers, Ken R Bracke, Kathleen Van Den Eynde, Thomas Tousseyn, Guy G Brusselle, Erik K Verbeken, Johny Verschakelen, Marie-Paule Emonds, Dirk E Van Raemdonck, Geert M Verleden, Robin Vos, Bart M Vanaudenaerde
Chronic rejection after organ transplantation is defined as a humoral- and cell-mediated immune response directed against the allograft. In lung transplantation, chronic rejection is nowadays clinically defined as a cause of chronic lung allograft dysfunction (CLAD), consisting of different clinical phenotypes including restrictive allograft syndrome (RAS) and bronchiolitis obliterans syndrome (BOS). However, the differential role of humoral and cellular immunity is not investigated up to now. Explant lungs of patients with end-stage BOS (n = 19) and RAS (n = 18) were assessed for the presence of lymphoid (B and T cells) and myeloid cells (dendritic cells, eosinophils, mast cells, neutrophils, and macrophages) and compared to nontransplant control lung biopsies (n = 21)...
November 7, 2016: Transplant International: Official Journal of the European Society for Organ Transplantation
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27933602/fish-tales-the-use-of-zebrafish-xenograft-human-cancer-cell-models
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REVIEW
Yvette Drabsch, B Ewa Snaar-Jagalska, Peter Ten Dijke
Advances in scientific techniques have provided researchers with exceptional new opportunities to identify and monitor changes between different cancer types, during different stages of progression, between individual tumor cells and in the surrounding stroma. The wealth of information that can be obtained from new scientific techniques places additional requirements on the conventional cancer models. New models that could be used to rapidly access the (potential) functional importance of newly identified (epi)genetic and proteomic changes and test the efficacy on emerging (combinatorial) therapies are desperately required...
December 9, 2016: Histology and Histopathology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27933593/inflammation-induced-cd69-kupffer-cell-feedback-inhibits-t-cell-proliferation-via-membrane-bound-tgf-%C3%AE-1
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Xiang Zhang, Zhengping Jiang, Yan Gu, Yanfang Liu, Xuetao Cao, Yanmei Han
Kupffer cells, tissue-resident macrophage lineage cell, are enriched in vertebrate liver. The mouse F4/80(+) Kupffer cells have been subclassified into two subpopulations according to their phenotype and function: CD68(+) subpopulation with potent reactive oxygen species (ROS) production and phagocytic capacities, and CD11b(+) subpopulation with a potent capacity to produce T helper 1 cytokines. In addition, CD11b(+) Kupffer cells/macrophages may be migrated from the bone marrow or spleen, especially in inflammatory conditions of the liver...
December 6, 2016: Science China. Life Sciences
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27933578/inhibitory-activity-of-beauveria-bassiana-and-trichoderma-spp-on-the-insect-pests-xylotrechus-arvicola-coleoptera-cerambycidae-and-acanthoscelides-obtectus-coleoptera-chrisomelidae-bruchinae
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Álvaro Rodríguez-González, Sara Mayo, Óscar González-López, Bonifacio Reinoso, Santiago Gutierrez, Pedro Antonio Casquero
Xylotrechus arvicola is an important pest in vineyards (Vitis vinifera) in the main Iberian wine-producing regions, and Acanthoscelides obtectus causes severe post-harvest losses in the common bean (Phaseolus vulgaris). Under laboratory conditions with a spray tower, the susceptibility of the immature stages of X. arvicola and A. obtectus against the entomopathogenic fungi Beauveria bassiana and four strains of Trichoderma spp. was evaluated. Both insect pests T. harzianum and B. bassiana showed a good inhibitory activity, accumulating an inhibition on the eggs of values above 85 and 82%, respectively...
January 2017: Environmental Monitoring and Assessment
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27933567/impact-of-endoscopic-ultrasound-guided-fine-needle-aspiration-in-prospective-liver-transplant-recipients-with-hepatocellular-carcinoma-and-lymphadenopathy
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Narendra S Choudhary, Rajesh Puri, Sanjiv Saigal, Prashant Bhangui, Neeraj Saraf, Vinit Shah, Mukesh Nasa, Haimanti Sarin, Mridula Guleria, Randhir Sud, Arvinder S Soin
BACKGROUND: Diagnosis of metastatic disease is important in patients with cirrhosis and hepatocellular carcinoma (HCC) to prevent futile liver transplantation. Some of these patients have metastatic lymphadenopathy; however, it is difficult to perform percutaneous fine-needle aspiration due to presence of collateral and anatomic location. Endoscopic ultrasound (EUS)-guided fine-needle aspiration (FNA) of lymph nodes offers several advantages like real-time vision, proximity to target, and avoidance of collaterals...
December 8, 2016: Indian Journal of Gastroenterology: Official Journal of the Indian Society of Gastroenterology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27933566/fracture-incidence-rates-in-norwegian-children-the-troms%C3%A3-study-fit-futures
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Tore Christoffersen, Luai A Ahmed, Anne Winther, Ole Andreas Nilsen, Anne-Sofie Furberg, Guri Grimnes, Elaine Dennison, Jacqueline R Center, John A Eisman, Nina Emaus
: This study describes childhood fracture rates in Norway, a country known for high fracture rates in the adult population. Fracture rates correspond with other reports from Scandinavia, although with a slightly higher proportion in girls. Indications of increased vulnerability during stages of puberty require further exploration. INTRODUCTION: Fractures are common injuries during childhood. Incidence rates and patterns vary, but population-based data are scarce...
December 2016: Archives of Osteoporosis
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27933521/genenetwork-a-toolbox-for-systems-genetics
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Megan K Mulligan, Khyobeni Mozhui, Pjotr Prins, Robert W Williams
The goal of systems genetics is to understand the impact of genetic variation across all levels of biological organization, from mRNAs, proteins, and metabolites, to higher-order physiological and behavioral traits. This approach requires the accumulation and integration of many types of data, and also requires the use of many types of statistical tools to extract relevant patterns of covariation and causal relations as a function of genetics, environment, stage, and treatment. In this protocol we explain how to use the GeneNetwork web service, a powerful and free online resource for systems genetics...
2017: Methods in Molecular Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27933501/toxicity-effect-of-graphene-oxide-on-growth-and-photosynthetic-pigment-of-the-marine-alga-picochlorum-sp-during-different-growth-stages
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Layla J Hazeem, Mohamed Bououdina, Etienne Dewailly, Christian Slomianny, Alexandre Barras, Yannick Coffinier, Sabine Szunerits, Rabah Boukherroub
Graphene oxide (GO), a recently discovered material, has been investigated for many applications in various fields. Thus, an immense awareness should be paid on the potential effects of the material on the environment as huge quantities of GO may get to the environment. Aquatic organisms, marine algae as an example, are exposed to such material when disposed to the environment. Accordingly, it is significant to assess the probable interactions of GO with algae in evaluating its possible environmental risks...
December 9, 2016: Environmental Science and Pollution Research International
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27933485/fluid-based-biomarkers-for-amyotrophic-lateral-sclerosis
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REVIEW
Lucas T Vu, Robert Bowser
Amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS) is a highly heterogeneous disease with no effective treatment. Drug development has been hampered by the lack of biomarkers that aid in early diagnosis, demonstrate target engagement, monitor disease progression, and can serve as surrogate endpoints to assess the efficacy of treatments. Fluid-based biomarkers may potentially address these issues. An ideal biomarker should exhibit high specificity and sensitivity for distinguishing ALS from control (appropriate disease mimics and other neurologic diseases) populations and monitor disease progression within individual patients...
December 8, 2016: Neurotherapeutics: the Journal of the American Society for Experimental NeuroTherapeutics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27933471/factors-associated-with-medication-non-adherence-in-patients-with-end-stage-liver-disease
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Selena Z Kuo, Marta Haftek, Jennifer C Lai
BACKGROUND: Low medication adherence is known to contribute to worse health outcomes in the general population. AIM: We aimed to evaluate the medication regimen and determine the adherence levels among patients with end-stage liver disease. METHODS: We measured adherence in patients awaiting liver transplantation at a single center using the 8-item Morisky Medication Adherence Scale (MMAS-8), with a score <8 classified as low adherence...
December 8, 2016: Digestive Diseases and Sciences
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27933451/association-between-adjuvant-chemotherapy-and-risk-of-acute-kidney-injury-in-elderly-women-diagnosed-with-early-stage-breast-cancer
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Shuling Li, Jiannong Liu, Beth A Virnig, Allan J Collins
PURPOSE: We studied elderly Medicare enrollees newly diagnosed with early-stage breast cancer to examine the association between adjuvant chemotherapy and acute kidney injury (AKI). METHODS: Using the linked Surveillance, Epidemiology, and End Results (SEER)-Medicare database, we conducted a retrospective cohort study including women diagnosed with stages I-III breast cancer at ages 66-89 years between 1992 and 2007. We performed one-to-one matching on time-dependent propensity score on the day of adjuvant chemotherapy initiation within 6 months after the first cancer-directed surgery based on the estimated probability of chemotherapy initiation at each day for each patient, using a Cox proportional hazards model...
December 8, 2016: Breast Cancer Research and Treatment
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27933439/measurement-of-carotid-pulse-wave-velocity-using-ultrafast-ultrasound-imaging-in-hypertensive-patients
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Xiaopeng Li, Jue Jiang, Hong Zhang, Hua Wang, Donggang Han, Qi Zhou, Ya Gao, Shanshan Yu, Yanhua Qi
PURPOSE: The study aimed to assess the utility of ultrafast ultrasound imaging for evaluation of carotid pulse wave velocity (PWV) in newly diagnosed hypertension patients. METHODS: This prospective non-randomized study enrolled 90 hypertensive patients in our hospital from September to December 2013 as a hypertension group. An age- and sex-matched cohort of 50 healthy adults in our hospital from September to December 2013 was also included in the study as a control group...
December 8, 2016: Journal of Medical Ultrasonics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27933420/comparative-simulation-study-of-chemical-synthesis-of-functional-dadne-material
#17
Min Hsien Liu, Chuan Wen Liu
Amorphous molecular simulation to model the reaction species in the synthesis of chemically inert and energetic 1,1-diamino-2,2-dinitroethene (DADNE) explosive material was performed in this work. Nitromethane was selected as the starting reactant to undergo halogenation, nitration, deprotonation, intermolecular condensation, and dehydration to produce the target DADNE product. The Materials Studio (MS) forcite program allowed fast energy calculations and reliable geometric optimization of all aqueous molecular reaction systems (0...
January 2017: Journal of Molecular Modeling
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27933416/positron-emission-tomography-in-amyotrophic-lateral-sclerosis-towards-targeting-of-molecular-pathological-hallmarks
#18
Stefanie M A Willekens, Donatienne Van Weehaeghe, Philip Van Damme, Koen Van Laere
During the past decades, extensive efforts have been made to expand the knowledge of amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS). However, clinical translation of this research, in terms of earlier diagnosis and improved therapy, remains challenging. Since more than 30% of motor neurons are lost when symptoms become clinically apparent, techniques allowing non-invasive, in vivo detection of motor neuron degeneration are needed in the early, pre-symptomatic disease stage. Furthermore, it has become apparent that non-motor signs play an important role in the disease and there is an overlap with cognitive disorders, such as frontotemporal dementia (FTD)...
December 8, 2016: European Journal of Nuclear Medicine and Molecular Imaging
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27933405/current-challenges-of-metastatic-breast-cancer
#19
Bora Lim, Gabriel N Hortobagyi
Metastasis is one of the most characteristic yet problematic behaviors of cancer cells. Stage IV breast cancer accounts for a large portion of breast cancer-related morbidity and mortality. Despite early detection and improvement in survival owing to advancements in biomedical research and overall improvement of the health system, 6-10% of patients present with stage IV disease in the developed world, with a higher incidence noted elsewhere. Despite advances in biomedical research into cancer, up to 70-80% of patients with stage IV breast cancer die of cancer in 5 years, a disproportionally higher mortality compared with non-metastatic breast cancer...
December 8, 2016: Cancer Metastasis Reviews
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27933396/totally-laparoscopic-total-gastrectomy-using-the-overlap-method-early-outcomes-of-50-consecutive-cases
#20
Tae-Gyun Lee, In-Seob Lee, Jeong-Hwan Yook, Byung-Sik Kim
BACKGROUND: Construction of an esophagojejunostomy is still a challenging procedure in totally laparoscopic total gastrectomy (TLTG), and there is no standard anastomosing method. The aims of this study were to describe our TLTG with the overlap method using a linear stapler and report surgical outcomes. METHODS: From January 2015 to April 2016, 50 patients underwent TLTG using the overlap method for gastric cancer. The procedures were performed by a single surgeon, and the patients' medical records were reviewed...
December 8, 2016: Surgical Endoscopy
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