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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28532823/effects-of-rumen-protected-methionine-and-choline-supplementation-on-steroidogenic-potential-of-the-first-postpartum-dominant-follicle-and-expression-of-immune-mediators-in-holstein-cows
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D A V Acosta, M I Rivelli, C Skenandore, Z Zhou, D H Keisler, D Luchini, M N Corrêa, F C Cardoso
Multiparous Holstein cows were assigned in a randomized complete block design into four treatments from 21 d before calving to 30 d in milk (DIM). Treatments were: MET [n = 19, fed the basal diet + rumen-protected methionine at a rate of 0.08% (w/w) of the dry matter, Smartamine(®) M], CHO (n = 17, fed the basal diet + choline 60 g/d, Reashure(®)), MIX (n = 21, fed the basal diet + Smartamine(®) M at a rate of 0.08% (w/w) of the dry matter and 60 g/d Reashure(®)), and CON (n = 20, no supplementation, fed the close-up and fresh cow diets)...
July 1, 2017: Theriogenology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28529269/possible-role-of-ppar%C3%AE-in-the-negative-regulation-of-ovulatory-cascade-and-luteal-development-in-rats
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Ryohei Funahashi, Takanobu Sakamoto, Norihito Taguchi, Ryosuke Naiki, Ryota Terashima, Mitsumori Kawaminami, Shiro Kurusu
Peroxisome proliferator-activated receptor γ (PPARγ), a member of a nuclear receptor family, has been shown to be implicated in various reproductive processes. Here, we evaluated possible roles of PPARγ in ovulation and luteal development in a gonadotropins-primed immature rat model. Immunoreactive PPARγ was expressed in granulosa cells of eCG-stimulated mature follicles, and its expression level decreased following ovulatory hCG stimulus. Intra-bursal treatment with rosiglitazone (a PPARγ agonist) simultaneously with subcutaneously administered hCG blocked the induction of cyclooxygenase-2 and steroidogenic acute regulatory protein (StAR) in preovulatory follicles...
May 19, 2017: Journal of Veterinary Medical Science
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28526686/amazon-river-dolphins-inia-geoffrensis-modify-biosonar-output-level-and-directivity-during-prey-interception-in-the-wild
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Michael Ladegaard, Frants Havmand Jensen, Kristian Beedholm, Vera Maria Ferreira da Silva, Peter Teglberg Madsen
Toothed whales have evolved to live in extremely different habitats and yet they all rely strongly on echolocation for finding and catching prey. Such biosonar based foraging involves distinct phases of searching for, approaching, and capturing prey, where echolocating animals gradually adjust sonar output to actively shape the flow of sensory information. Measuring those outputs in absolute levels requires hydrophone arrays centred on the biosonar beam axis, but this has never been done for wild toothed whales approaching and capturing prey...
May 19, 2017: Journal of Experimental Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28525923/a-national-implementation-project-to-prevent-catheter-associated-urinary-tract-infection-in-nursing-home-residents
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Lona Mody, M Todd Greene, Jennifer Meddings, Sarah L Krein, Sara E McNamara, Barbara W Trautner, David Ratz, Nimalie D Stone, Lillian Min, Steven J Schweon, Andrew J Rolle, Russell N Olmsted, Dale R Burwen, James Battles, Barbara Edson, Sanjay Saint
Importance: Catheter-associated urinary tract infection (UTI) in nursing home residents is a common cause of sepsis, hospital admission, and antimicrobial use leading to colonization with multidrug-resistant organisms. Objective: To develop, implement, and evaluate an intervention to reduce catheter-associated UTI. Design, Setting, and Participants: A large-scale prospective implementation project was conducted in community-based nursing homes participating in the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality Safety Program for Long-Term Care...
May 19, 2017: JAMA Internal Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28525538/chimeraviz-a-tool-for-visualizing-chimeric-rna
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Stian Lågstad, Sen Zhao, Andreas M Hoff, Bjarne Johannessen, Ole Christian Lingjærde, Rolf I Skotheim
Summary: Advances in high-throughput RNA sequencing have enabled more efficient detection of fusion transcripts, but the technology and associated software used for fusion detection from sequencing data often yield a high false discovery rate. Good prioritization of the results is important, and this can be helped by a visualization framework that automatically integrates RNA data with known genomic features. Here we present chimeraviz , a Bioconductor package that automates the creation of chimeric RNA visualizations...
May 19, 2017: Bioinformatics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28521779/total-ankle-arthroplasty-versus-ankle-arthrodesis-a-comparison-of-outcomes-over-the-last-decade
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Cort D Lawton, Bennet A Butler, Robert G Dekker, Adam Prescott, Anish R Kadakia
BACKGROUND: The surgical treatment of end-stage tibiotalar arthritis continues to be a controversial topic. Advances in surgical technique and implant design have lead to improved outcomes after both ankle arthrodesis (AA) and total ankle arthroplasty (TAA), yet a clear consensus regarding the most ideal form of treatment is lacking. In this study, the outcomes and complications following AA and TAA are compared in order to improve our understanding and decision-making for care and treatment of symptomatic tibiotalar arthritis...
May 18, 2017: Journal of Orthopaedic Surgery and Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28520210/biases-in-the-reporting-of-hcc-tumor-sizes-on-the-liver-transplant-waiting-list
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Mariya L Samoylova, Mark J Nigrini, Jennifer L Dodge, John P Roberts
We investigate the possibility that patients with hepatocellular carcinoma (HCC) listed for liver transplant with tumors just outside Stage T2 size criteria may be inaccurately reported as just meeting the tumor size criteria for transplant. The UNOS/STAR database identified 12,958 patients listed for liver transplants with HCC exception points from 2006-2013, 9,168 of whom were listed with one tumor. A logistic power peak function was fitted to the single-tumor size histogram, with the fitted values representing unbiased expected values...
May 18, 2017: Hepatology: Official Journal of the American Association for the Study of Liver Diseases
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28516505/associations-between-nursing-home-performance-and-hospital-30-day-readmissions-for-acute-myocardial-infarction-heart-failure-and-pneumonia-at-the-healthcare-community-level-in-the-united-states
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Michelle M Pandolfi, Yun Wang, Ann Spenard, Florence Johnson, Alice Bonner, Shih-Yieh Ho, Timothy Elwell, Anila Bakullari, Deron Galusha, Erica Leifheit-Limson, Judith H Lichtman, Harlan M Krumholz
OBJECTIVES: To evaluate community-specific nursing home performance with community-specific hospital 30-day readmissions for Medicare patients discharged with acute myocardial infarction, heart failure or pneumonia. DESIGN: Cross-sectional study using 2009-2012 hospital risk-standardised 30-day readmission data for Medicare fee-for-service patients hospitalised for all three conditions and nursing home performance data from the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services Five-Star Quality Rating System...
May 17, 2017: International Journal of Older People Nursing
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28510670/associations-between-hospital-characteristics-measure-reporting-and-the-centers-for-medicare-medicaid-services-overall-hospital-quality-star-ratings
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John O DeLancey, Jeffrey Softcheck, Jeanette W Chung, Cynthia Barnard, Allison R Dahlke, Karl Y Bilimoria
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May 16, 2017: JAMA: the Journal of the American Medical Association
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28498971/deletion-of-rhoa-in-progesterone-receptor-expressing-cells-leads-to-luteal-insufficiency-and-infertility-in-female-mice
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Ahmed E El Zowalaty, Rong Li, Yi Zheng, John P Lydon, Francesco J DeMayo, Xiaoqin Ye
RhoA is widely expressed throughout the female reproductive system. To assess its role in progesterone receptor (Pgr) expressing cells, we generated RhoA conditional knockout mice RhoAd/d (RhoAf/f-Pgr-Cre+/-). RhoAd/d females had comparable mating activity, serum LH, prolactin, and estradiol levels and ovulation with control but were infertile with progesterone insufficiency, indicating impaired steroidogenesis in RhoAd/d corpus luteum (CL). RhoA was highly expressed in wild type luteal cells and conditionally deleted in RhoAd/d CL...
May 11, 2017: Endocrinology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28496271/an-analysis-of-quality-improvement-education-at-us-colleges-of-pharmacy
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Janet Cooley, Samuel F Stolpe, Amber Montoya, Angela Walsh, Ana L Hincapie, Vibhuti Arya, Melissa L Nelson, Terri Warholak
Objective. Analyze quality improvement (QI) education across US pharmacy programs. Methods. This was a two stage cross-sectional study that inspected each accredited school website for published QI curriculum or related content, and e-mailed a questionnaire to each school asking about QI curriculum or content. T-test and chi square were used for analysis with an alpha a priori set at .05. Results. Sixty responses (47% response rate) revealed the least-covered QI topics: quality dashboards /sentinel systems (30%); six-sigma or other QI methodologies (45%); safety and quality measures (57%); Medicare Star measures and payment incentives (58%); and how to implement changes to improve quality (60%)...
April 2017: American Journal of Pharmaceutical Education
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28486148/adaptive-release-of-heparin-from-anticoagulant-hydrogels-triggered-by-different-blood-coagulation-factors
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Manfred F Maitz, Jan Zitzmann, Jasmin Hanke, Claudia Renneberg, Mikhail V Tsurkan, Claudia Sperling, Uwe Freudenberg, Carsten Werner
Feedback-controlled anticoagulant hydrogels were formed by crosslinking the anticoagulant heparin with star-shaped poly(ethylene glycol) using peptide linkers, which are selectively cleaved by different activated blood coagulation factors acting as proteolytic enzymes. Various cleavable peptide units, differing either in their thrombin turnover rates or in their responsiveness to factors activated earlier in the course of blood coagulation, were used for the formation of the biohybrid materials. Release triggered by the early coagulation factors Xa (FXa) or FXIIa/kallikrein was shown to enhance the efficiency of the released anticoagulant...
April 26, 2017: Biomaterials
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28479408/the-impact-of-front-of-pack-marketing-attributes-versus-nutrition-and-health-information-on-parents-food-choices
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Catherine Georgina Russell, Paul F Burke, David S Waller, Edward Wei
Front-of-pack attributes have the potential to affect parents' food choices on behalf of their children and form one avenue through which strategies to address the obesogenic environment can be developed. Previous work has focused on the isolated effects of nutrition and health information (e.g. labeling systems, health claims), and how parents trade off this information against co-occurring marketing features (e.g. product imagery, cartoons) is unclear. A Discrete Choice Experiment was utilized to understand how front-of-pack nutrition, health and marketing attributes, as well as pricing, influenced parents' choices of cereal for their child...
May 4, 2017: Appetite
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28477080/choosing-a-doctor-does-presentation-format-affect-the-way-consumers-use-health-care-performance-information
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Patricia Kenny, Stephen Goodall, Deborah J Street, Jessica Greene
BACKGROUND: Choosing a new health service provider can be difficult and is dependent on the type and clarity of the information available. This study examines if the presentation of service quality information affects the decisions of consumers choosing a general medical practice. OBJECTIVES: The aim was to examine the impact of presentation format on attribute level interpretation and relative importance. METHODS: A discrete choice experiment eliciting preferences for a general medical practice was conducted using four different presentation formats for service quality attributes: (1) frequency and percentage with an icon array, (2) star ratings, (3) star ratings with a text benchmark, and (4) percentage alone...
May 5, 2017: Patient
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28470399/predicting-relapse-with-individual-residual-symptoms-in-major-depressive-disorder-a-reanalysis-of-the-star-d-data
#15
Hitoshi Sakurai, Takefumi Suzuki, Kimio Yoshimura, Masaru Mimura, Hiroyuki Uchida
BACKGROUND: Residual symptoms are detrimental to prognosis in major depressive disorder (MDD); however, little is known about the contribution of each residual symptom in predicting outcomes. The objective of this analysis was to identify which individual symptoms, based on self-report and clinician interview, could predict subsequent relapse. METHODS: The data of 1133 outpatients with nonpsychotic MDD who entered a 12-month naturalistic follow-up phase after achieving remission with level 1 treatment (i...
May 3, 2017: Psychopharmacology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28459283/impact-of-improving-vehicle-front-design-on-the-burden-of-pedestrian-injuries-in-germany-usa-and-india
#16
Dane Moran, Dipan Bose, Kavi Bhalla
OBJECTIVE: European car design regulations and New Car Assessment Program (NCAP) ratings have led to reductions in pedestrian injuries. The aim of this study was to evaluate the impact of improving vehicle front design on mortality and morbidity due to pedestrian injuries in a European country (Germany) and two countries, (USA, and India) that do not have pedestrian-focused NCAP testing or design regulations. METHODS: We used data from the International Road Traffic and Accident Database and the Global Burden of Disease project to estimate baseline pedestrian deaths and non-fatal injuries in each country in 2013...
May 1, 2017: Traffic Injury Prevention
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28455626/influences-of-flavones-on-cell-viability-and-camp-dependent-steroidogenic-gene-regulation-in-ma-10-leydig-cells
#17
Michelle Cormier, Firas Ghouili, Pauline Roumaud, William Bauer, Mohamed Touaibia, Luc J Martin
Testicular Leydig cells are major contributors of androgen synthesis and secretion, which play an important role in testis development, normal masculinization, maintenance of spermatogenesis, and general male fertility. The rate-limiting step in testosterone biosynthesis involves the transfer of cholesterol to the mitochondrial inner membrane by the steroidogenic acute regulatory (Star) protein, a critical factor in steroid hormone biosynthesis. Once inside the mitochondria, cholesterol is metabolized by the steroidogenic enzyme Cyp11a1 to pregnenolone, which is further converted to testosterone by the action of other steroidogenic enzymes...
April 28, 2017: Cell Biology and Toxicology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28448777/effect-of-an-advanced-pharmacy-practice-experience-on-medication-therapy-management-services-in-a-centralized-retail-pharmacy-program
#18
Joseph P Vande Griend, Melissa Rodgers, Wesley Nuffer
BACKGROUND: Medication therapy management (MTM) delivery is increasingly important in managed care. Successful delivery positively affects patient health and improves Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services star ratings, a measure of health plan quality. As MTM services continue to grow, there is an increased need for efficient and effective care models. The primary objectives of this project were to describe the delivery of MTM services by fourth-year Advanced Pharmacy Practice Experience (APPE) students in a centralized retail pharmacy system and to evaluate and quantify the clinical and financial contributions of the students...
May 2017: Journal of Managed Care & Specialty Pharmacy
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28439474/digitizing-specimens-in-a-small-herbarium-a-viable-workflow-for-collections-working-with-limited-resources
#19
Kari M Harris, Travis D Marsico
PREMISE OF THE STUDY: Small herbaria represent a significant portion of herbaria in the United States, but many are not digitizing their collections. METHODS: At the Arkansas State University Herbarium (STAR), we have created a viable workflow to help small herbaria begin the digitization process, including suggestions for publishing data on the Internet. We calculated hourly rates of each phase of the digitization process. We also mapped accessions at the county level to determine geographic strengths in the collection...
April 2017: Applications in Plant Sciences
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28420595/using-an-array-of-implementation-strategies-to-improve-success-rates-of-pharmacist-initiated-medication-therapy-management-services-in-community-pharmacies
#20
Rachel Stafford, Jeremy Thomas, Nalin Payakachat, Tiffany Diemer, Michele Lang, Brooke Kordsmeier, Geoffrey Curran
BACKGROUND: With the introduction of the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services Stars Measure program has come a greater expectation of Medication Therapy Management (MTM) services from community pharmacies. To meet the growing demand of these services, pharmacies have sought out various methods of engaging pharmacists to provide MTM. Barriers for completing MTM include inadequate time to complete the services, insufficient staffing, lack of sufficient compensation, billing difficulty, lack of interest among patients (including refusing MTM services when offered), inadequate training/experience, and lack of support from management...
April 8, 2017: Research in Social & Administrative Pharmacy: RSAP
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