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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28346991/an-integrated-assessment-framework-for-the-analysis-of-multiple-pressures-in-aquatic-ecosystems-and-the-appraisal-of-management-options
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A Pistocchi, A Udias, B Grizzetti, E Gelati, P Koundouri, R Ludwig, A Papandreou, I Souliotis
The contribution illustrates an integrated assessment framework aimed at evaluating the relationships between multiple pressures and water body status for the purposes of river basin management. The framework includes the following steps. (1) Understanding how the different pressures affect the status of water bodies. This entails the characterization of biophysical state variables and the definition of a causal relationship between pressures and status. Therefore this step involves interaction between experts bearing ecological understanding and experts providing models to represent the effect of pressures...
January 1, 2017: Science of the Total Environment
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28346917/endocrine-long-term-follow-up-of-children-with-neurofibromatosis-type-1-and-optic-pathway-glioma%C3%A2
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Ilaria Sani, Assunta Albanese
BACKGROUND/AIMS: Children with optic pathway glioma (OPG) face sequelae related to tumour location and treatment modalities. We aimed to assess the prevalence of hypothalamic-pituitary dysfunctions in children with neurofibromatosis type 1 (NF1) and OPG who did not receive radiotherapy or surgical resection. The causative role of tumour location on endocrinopathy development is investigated. METHODS: A retrospective follow-up study of 40 children with NF1 and OPG evaluated between August 1996 and May 2015 was undertaken...
March 27, 2017: Hormone Research in Pædiatrics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28346905/modeling-the-terrestrial-n-processes-in-a-small-mountain-catchment-through-inca-n-a-case-study-in-taiwan
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Meng-Chang Lu, Chung-Te Chang, Teng-Chiu Lin, Lih-Jih Wang, Chiao-Ping Wang, Ting-Chang Hsu, Jr-Chuan Huang
Riverine dissolved inorganic nitrogen (DIN) is an important indicator of trophic status of aquatic ecosystems. High riverine DIN export in Taiwan, ~3800kg-Nkm(-2)yr(-1), which is ~18 times higher than the global average, urges the need of thorough understanding of N cycling processes. We applied INCA-N (Integrated Nitrogen Catchment Model) to simulate riverine DIN export and infer terrestrial N processes using weekly rainwater and streamwater samples collected at the Fushan Experimental Forest (FEF) of northern Taiwan...
March 24, 2017: Science of the Total Environment
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28346896/weak-size-dependence-of-resuspended-radiocesium-adsorbed-on-soil-particles-collected-after-the-fukushima-nuclear-accident
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Naoki Kaneyasu, Hideo Ohashi, Fumie Suzuki, Tomoaki Okuda, Fumikazu Ikemori, Naofumi Akata, Toshihiro Kogure
Most studies of the properties of airborne radionuclides emitted from the Fukushima Daiichi Nuclear Power Plant have focused on the relatively early stages of the accident, and little is known about the characteristics of radiocesium in the long-term. In this study, we analyzed activity size distributions of airborne radiocesium collected over 5 months in Tsukuba, Japan. Radiocesium in the accumulation mode size range (0.1-2 μm in aerodynamic diameter) was overwhelming in the early aerosol samples and decreased with time, while that associated with coarse aerosols remained airborne...
March 24, 2017: Journal of Environmental Radioactivity
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28346852/preoperative-lymphedema-related-risk-factors-in-early-stage-breast-cancer
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Zeynep Erdogan Iyigun, Tomris Duymaz, Ahmet Serkan Ilgun, Gul Alco, Cetin Ordu, Dauren Sarsenov, Ayse Esra Aydin, Filiz Elbuken Celebi, Filiz Izci, Yeşim Eralp, Vahit Ozmen
BACKGROUND: Prolongation of survival in patients with breast cancer due to early diagnosis and modern methods of treatment has turned the attention on lymphedema, which is the most important morbidity secondary to the treatment of the disease. Determination of lymphedema and related risk factors in patients before a surgical intervention may provide protection for patients and early treatment. The aim of this study was to determine the presence of lymphedema before surgery by bioimpedance analysis in patients with breast cancer and to establish risk factors associated with lymphedema...
March 27, 2017: Lymphatic Research and Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28346823/design-and-monitoring-of-multi-arm-multi-stage-clinical-trials
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Pranab Ghosh, Lingyun Liu, P Senchaudhuri, Ping Gao, Cyrus Mehta
Two-arm group sequential designs have been widely used for over 40 years, especially for studies with mortality endpoints. The natural generalization of such designs to trials with multiple treatment arms and a common control (MAMS designs) has, however, been implemented rarely. While the statistical methodology for this extension is clear, the main limitation has been an efficient way to perform the computations. Past efforts were hampered by algorithms that were computationally explosive. With the increasing interest in adaptive designs, platform designs, and other innovative designs that involve multiple comparisons over multiple stages, the importance of MAMS designs is growing rapidly...
March 27, 2017: Biometrics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28346810/an-automated-multiplexed-hepatotoxicity-and-cyp-induction-assay-using-heparg-cells-in-2d-and-3d
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Lindsey M Ott, Karthik Ramachandran, Lisa Stehno-Bittel
Drug-induced liver injury (DILI) and drug-drug interactions (DDIs) are concerns when developing safe and efficacious compounds. We have developed an automated multiplex assay to detect hepatotoxicity (i.e., ATP depletion) and metabolism (i.e., cytochrome P450 1A [CYP1A] and cytochrome P450 3A4 [CYP3A4] enzyme activity) in two-dimensional (2D) and three-dimensional (3D) cell cultures. HepaRG cells were cultured in our proprietary micromold plates and produced spheroids. HepaRG cells, in 2D or 3D, expressed liver-specific proteins throughout the culture period, although 3D cultures consistently exhibited higher albumin secretion and CYP1A/CYP3A4 enzyme activity than 2D cultures...
March 1, 2017: SLAS Discov
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28346770/a-core-outcome-set-for-localised-prostate-cancer-effectiveness-trials
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Steven MacLennan, Paula R Williamson, Hanneke Bekema, Marion Campbell, Craig Ramsay, James N'Dow, Sara MacLennan, Luke Vale, Philipp Dahm, Nicolas Mottet, Thomas Lam, Paul Abel, Hashim U Ahmed, Gary Akehurst, Robert Almquist, Karl Beck, David Budd, Steven Canfield, James Catto, Philip Cornford, William Cross, Alexander Ewen, Judith Grant, Rakesh Heer, David Hurst, Rob Jones, Roger Kockelbergh, Andrew Mackie, Graham MacDonald, Alan McNeill, Malcolm Mason, Sam McClinton, Duncan McLaren, Hugh Mostafid, Ian Pearce, Linda Pennet, Justine Royle, Hans Schreuder, Grant D Stewart, Henk van der Poel, Kevin Wardlaw, Thomas Wiegel
OBJECTIVE: To develop a core outcome set (COS) applicable for effectiveness trials of all interventions for localised prostate cancer. BACKGROUND: Many treatments exist for localised prostate cancer, although it is unclear which offers the optimal therapeutic ratio. This is confounded by inconsistencies in the selection, definition, measurement and reporting of outcomes in clinical trials. SUBJECTS AND METHODS: A list of 79 outcomes was derived from a systematic review of published localised prostate cancer effectiveness studies and semi-structured interviews with 15 prostate cancer patients...
March 27, 2017: BJU International
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28346728/nubpl-a-novel-metastasis-related-gene-promotes-colorectal-carcinoma-cell-motility-by-inducing-emt
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Yuhui Wang, Nan Wu, Donglin Sun, Haiming Sun, Dandan Tong, Duo Liu, Bo Pang, Su Li, Jia Wei, Jialin Dai, Yang Liu, Jing Bai, Jingshu Geng, Songbin Fu, Yan Jin
NUBPL is an assembly factor for human mitochondrial complex I, which is the biggest member of mitochondrial respiratory chain. However, the relationship between NUBPL and carcinoma progression remains unknown. In this study, NUBPL was characterized for its role in colorectal cancer (CRC) and the underlying molecular mechanisms. Data (n=197) from Oncomine database revealed that mRNA levels of NUBPL were remarkably overexpressed in CRC tissues compared with normal tissues. In addition, immunohistochemical analysis of 75 pairs of CRC and nontumorous tissues demonstrated that expression level of NUBPL was significantly higher in CRC tissues, and its expression level was positively associated with lymph node metastasis (P=0...
March 27, 2017: Cancer Science
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28346663/management-of-stage-iii-colon-cancer-in-the-elderly-practice-patterns-and-outcomes-in-the-general-population
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Shaila J Merchant, Sulaiman Nanji, Kelly Brennan, Safiya Karim, Sunil V Patel, James J Biagi, Christopher M Booth
BACKGROUND: Clinical trials have established surgical resection and adjuvant chemotherapy (ACT) as the standard management for stage III colon cancer; however, the extent to which these results apply to elderly patients in routine practice is unclear. This article describes the management and outcomes of elderly patients with stage III colon cancer. METHODS: All cases of surgically resected colon cancer from 2002 to 2008 were identified with the population-based Ontario Cancer Registry...
March 27, 2017: Cancer
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28346662/intravenous-immunoglobulin-contributes-to-control-anti-melanoma-differentiation-associated-protein-5-mda5-antibody-associated-dermatomyositis-with-palmar-violaceous-macules-papules
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H Koguchi-Yoshioka, N Okiyama, K Iwamoto, Y Matsumura, T Ogawa, S Inoue, R Watanabe, M Fujimot
Autoantibodies to melanoma differentiation-associated protein 5 (MDA5) are associated with a subset of dermatomyositis (DM) patients who have rapidly progressive interstitial lung disease (RP-ILD) with poor prognosis. Intensive immunosuppressive therapy is initiated before irreversible lung damage can occur; however, there are few lines of evidence for the treatment of RP-ILD. Here, we report 3 cases of anti-MDA5 antibody-associated DM with RP-ILD in which the patients were treated with combined modality therapy including high-dose prednisolone, tacrolimus, intravenous cyclophosphamide, and immunoglobulins (IVIG)...
March 27, 2017: British Journal of Dermatology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28346656/7-year-follow-up-after-stereotactic-ablative-radiotherapy-for-patients-with-stage-i-non-small-cell-lung-cancer-results-of-a-phase-2-clinical-trial
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Bing Sun, Eric D Brooks, Ritsuko U Komaki, Zhongxing Liao, Melenda D Jeter, Mary F McAleer, Pamela K Allen, Peter A Balter, James D Welsh, Michael S O'Reilly, Daniel Gomez, Stephen M Hahn, Jack A Roth, Reza J Mehran, John V Heymach, Joe Y Chang
BACKGROUND: The authors evaluated the efficacy, patterns of failure, and toxicity of stereotactic ablative radiotherapy (SABR) for patients with medically inoperable, clinical stage I non-small cell lung cancer (NSCLC) in a prospective clinical trial with 7 years of follow-up. Clinical staging was performed according to the seventh edition of the American Joint Committee on Cancer TNM staging system. METHODS: Eligible patients with histologically confirmed NSCLC of clinical stage I as determined using positron emission tomography staging were treated with SABR (50 grays in 4 fractions)...
March 27, 2017: Cancer
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28346633/one-stage-posterior-approach-in-the-treatment-of-consecutive-multi-segment-thoracic-tuberculosis-with-kyphosis
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Zhong Nanzhe, Kong Jinhai, Sun Zhengwang, Qian Ming, Liu Tielong, Xiao Jianru
AIM: This study is to evaluate the clinical efficacy of one-stage posterior approach in treating consecutive multiple-segment thoracic tuberculosis with kyphosis. MATERIAL AND METHODS: A retrospective study was performed. The data of 22 patients with consecutive multi-level thoracic tuberculosis who underwent one-stage posterior approach of debridement, bone grafting, and drainage with pedicle screws fixation were collected. The kyphotic angle was 61.6°±3.1° pre-operatively...
February 27, 2017: Turkish Neurosurgery
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28346597/association-of-risk-of-viremia-immunosuppression-serious-clinical-events-and-mortality-with-increasing-age-in-perinatally-human-immunodeficiency-virus-infected-youth
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Anne M Neilan, Brad Karalius, Kunjal Patel, Russell B Van Dyke, Mark J Abzug, Allison L Agwu, Paige L Williams, Murli Purswani, Deborah Kacanek, James M Oleske, Sandra K Burchett, Andrew Wiznia, Miriam Chernoff, George R Seage, Andrea L Ciaranello
Importance: As perinatally human immunodeficiency virus-infected youth (PHIVY) in the United States grow older and more treatment experienced, clinicians need updated information about the association of age, CD4 cell count, viral load (VL), and antiretroviral (ARV) drug use with risk of opportunistic infections, key clinical events, and mortality to understand patient risks and improve care. Objective: To examine the incidence or first occurrence during follow-up of key clinical events (including Centers for Disease Control and Prevention stage B [CDC-B] and stage C [CDC-C] events) and mortality among PHIVY stratified by age, CD4 cell count, and VL and ARV status...
March 27, 2017: JAMA Pediatrics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28346583/staging-ct-scans-in-early-stage-chronic-lymphocytic-leukemia
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Arjun Gupta, David H Johnson, Sung-Hee Choi
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March 27, 2017: JAMA Internal Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28346571/is-the-ergogenicity-of-caffeine-affected-by-increasing-age-the-direct-effect-of-a-physiological-concentration-of-caffeine-on-the-power-output-of-maximally-stimulated-edl-and-diaphragm-muscle-isolated-from-the-mouse
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J Tallis, R S James, V M Cox, M J Duncan
INTRODUCTION: Caffeine is a well-established performance enhancing nutritional supplement in a young healthy population, however far less is known about how its ergogenicity is affected by increasing age. A recent review has highlighted the value of studies examining the direct effect of caffeine on isolated skeletal muscle contractility, but the present work is the first to assess the direct effect of 70µM caffeine (physiological maximum) on the maximal power output of isolated mammalian muscle from an age range representing developmental to early ageing...
2017: Journal of Nutrition, Health & Aging
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28346543/prevalence-of-non-alcoholic-fatty-liver-disease-and-risk-factors-for-advanced-fibrosis-and-mortality-in-the-united-states
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Michael H Le, Pardha Devaki, Nghiem B Ha, Dae Won Jun, Helen S Te, Ramsey C Cheung, Mindie H Nguyen
In the United States, non-alcoholic fatty liver disease (NAFLD) is the most common liver disease and associated with higher mortality according to data from earlier National Health and Nutrition Examination Survey (NHANES) 1988-1994. Our goal was to determine the NAFLD prevalence in the recent 1999-2012 NHANES, risk factors for advanced fibrosis (stage 3-4) and mortality. NAFLD was defined as having a United States Fatty Liver Index (USFLI) > 30 in the absence of heavy alcohol use and other known liver diseases...
2017: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28346526/plasma-potassium-diuretic-use-and-risk-of-developing-chronic-kidney-disease-in-a-predominantly-white-population
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Lyanne M Kieneker, Michele F Eisenga, Michel M Joosten, Rudolf A de Boer, Ron T Gansevoort, Jenny E Kootstra-Ros, Gerjan Navis, Stephan J L Bakker
OBJECTIVE: Both hypokalemia and hyperkalemia are associated with disease progression in patients with chronic kidney disease (CKD). It is unclear whether similar associations are present in the general population. Our aim was to examine the association of plasma potassium with risk of developing CKD and the role of diuretics in this association in a population-based cohort. RESEARCH DESIGN AND METHODS: We studied 5,130 subjects free of CKD at baseline of the Prevention of Renal and Vascular End-Stage Disease (PREVEND) study, a prospective, population-based cohort of Dutch men and women aged 28-75 years...
2017: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28346513/cystatin-c-estimated-glomerular-filtration-rate-to-assess-renal-function-in-early-stages-of-autosomal-dominant-polycystic-kidney-disease
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Laia Sans, Aleksandar Radosevic, Claudia Quintian, Rosario Montañés, Silvia Gràcia, Carles Vilaplana, Sergi Mojal, José A Ballarin, Patricia Fernández-Llama, Roser Torra, Julio Pascual
BACKGROUND/AIMS: Height-adjusted total kidney volume (htTKV) is the best marker of disease progression in early autosomal dominant polycystic kidney disease (ADPKD) when renal function still remains normal. The usefulness of cystatin-C as a biomarker to assess renal function according to renal volume has not been studied in ADPKD patients. METHODS: Observational and cross-sectional study of 62 ADPKD patients. htTKV, creatinine and cystatin-C estimated glomerular filtration rate (eGFR) were determined...
2017: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28346511/is-manure-an-alternative-to-topsoil-in-road-embankment-restoration
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Begoña Peco, Desirée Rivera, Pablo García-Palacios, Berta M Jauregui
One of the main steps in road and railway embankment restoration is the spreading of previously removed topsoil, which provides an input of seeds, organic matter and microorganisms and encourages the establishment of a vegetation cover, essential to stabilise the embankment and blend it with the landscape. However, topsoil is a scarce resource, prompting the search for economic alternatives with similar results. The present study compares the results of spreading topsoil with an organic amendment (manure) for the soil's physico-chemical properties, erosion resistance and microbial activity, floristic richness and composition, and bare soil cover...
2017: PloS One
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