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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28549078/herod-a-human-ethnic-and-regional-specific-omics-database
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Xian Zeng, Lin Tao, Zhang Peng, Chu Qin, Shangying Chen, Weidong He, Ying Tan, Hong Xia Liu, Sheng Yong Yang, Zhe Chen, Yu Yang Jiang, Yu Zong Chen
Motivation: Genetic and gene expression variations within and between populations and across geographical regions have substantial effects on the biological phenotypes, diseases, and therapeutic response. The development of precision medicines can be facilitated by the OMICS studies of the patients of specific ethnicity and geographic region. However, there is an inadequate facility for broadly and conveniently accessing the ethnic and regional specific OMICS data. Results: Here, we introduced a new free database, HEROD, a human ethnic and regional specific OMICS database...
May 26, 2017: Bioinformatics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28548608/a-descriptive-review-of-additional-risk-minimisation-measures-applied-to-eu-centrally-authorised-medicines-2006-2015
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Annalisa Rubino, Esther Artime
BACKGROUND: Guidance on therapeutic risk management, first released in EU in 2005, was updated in 2012-2013 with increased requirements on additional risk minimisation measures (aRMM). This study describes aRMM imposed at initial EU central marketing authorisation of medicines in 2006-2015. METHODS: Non-generic medicines authorised between 01/01/2006 and 31/12/2015 were identified in the European Public Assessment Report (EPAR) database. Data on aRMM, including effectiveness measures were extracted, tabulated and analysed with Excel 2016 for chi-square p value estimates and linear regression modelling as appropriate...
May 26, 2017: Expert Opinion on Drug Safety
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28547033/assessing-colorectal-cancer-knowledge-among-puerto-rican-hispanics-implications-for-cancer-prevention-and-control
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Reinaldo Ramírez-Amill, Marievelisse Soto-Salgado, Carla Vázquez-Santos, Mónica Corzo-Pedrosa, Marcia Cruz-Correa
In Puerto Rico, colorectal cancer (CRC) incidence and mortality rates are increasing. Moreover, adherence rates to CRC screening (52.2%) are still below the goals (70.5%) established by Healthy People 2020. Lack of knowledge is described as a significant barrier to adherence to CRC screening. The aim of this study was to assess CRC knowledge and screening rates among Puerto Rican Hispanics. Participants aged 40-85 years were recruited from the internal medicine outpatient clinics at the University of Puerto Rico...
May 25, 2017: Journal of Community Health
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28546742/association-between-belief-and-attitude-toward-preference-of-complementary-alternative-medicine-use
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Farida Islahudin, Intan Azura Shahdan, Suzani Mohamad-Samuri
BACKGROUND: There is a steep increase in the consumer use of complementary alternative medicine (CAM), with many users unaware of the need to inform their health care providers. Various predictors including psychosocial factors such as beliefs and behavior have been accounted for preference toward CAM use, with varying results. METHODS: This study investigates the belief and attitude regarding preference toward CAM use among the Malaysian population by using a questionnaire-based, cross-sectional study...
2017: Patient Preference and Adherence
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28546680/the-impact-of-the-yogic-lifestyle-on-cancer-prognosis-and-survival-can-we-target-cancer-stem-cells-with-yoga
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Kavita Beri
Cancer has recently been known to originate from stem cell-like cells, called cancer stem cells (CSCs). Their unique properties of self-duplication, multiplication, as well as migration give the CSC resistance over conventional cancer therapies. Newer therapies are in developmental stage to target these stem cell-like populations and become the vanguard of future treatments. Several complementary and alternative treatments have been used in cancer management as an adjunct to conventional therapy to improve the overall quality of life and reduce recurrence...
May 2017: International Journal of Yoga
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28546050/shared-decision-making-in-argentina-in-2017
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Mariela Barani, Karin Kopitowski, Carolina Carrara, María Victoria Ruiz Yanzi
Argentina is a high-middle income country located in Southern South America with an estimated population of 44 million inhabitants. The epidemiological profile of the population is characterised by an increase of non-communicable diseases. The health system is heterogeneous, fragmented and loosely integrated. There are no unified research agenda or government initiatives encouraging the implementation of and research on Shared Decision-Making (SDM). Progress has been made lately to respect patient autonomy through the enactment of the 'Patients' Rights Act', which expressly enshrines the right of patients to get information as a key element of decision-making...
May 22, 2017: Zeitschrift Für Evidenz, Fortbildung und Qualität Im Gesundheitswesen
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28545440/comprehensive-taxonomy-and-worldwide-trends-in-pharmaceutical-policies-in-relation-to-country-income-status
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N Maniadakis, G Kourlaba, J Shen, A Holtorf
BACKGROUND: Rapidly evolving socioeconomic and technological trends make it challenging to improve access, effectiveness and efficiency in the use of pharmaceuticals. This paper identifies and systematically classifies the prevailing pharmaceutical policies worldwide in relation to a country's income status. METHODS: A literature search was undertaken to identify and taxonomize prevailing policies worldwide. Countries that apply those policies and those that do not were then grouped by income status...
May 25, 2017: BMC Health Services Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28545396/transcriptomic-resources-for-the-medicinal-legume-mucuna-pruriens-de-novo-transcriptome-assembly-annotation-identification-and-validation-of-est-ssr-markers
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N Sathyanarayana, Ranjith Kumar Pittala, Pankaj Kumar Tripathi, Ratan Chopra, Heikham Russiachand Singh, Vikas Belamkar, Pardeep Kumar Bhardwaj, Jeff J Doyle, Ashley N Egan
BACKGROUND: The medicinal legume Mucuna pruriens (L.) DC. has attracted attention worldwide as a source of the anti-Parkinson's drug L-Dopa. It is also a popular green manure cover crop that offers many agronomic benefits including high protein content, nitrogen fixation and soil nutrients. The plant currently lacks genomic resources and there is limited knowledge on gene expression, metabolic pathways, and genetics of secondary metabolite production. Here, we present transcriptomic resources for M...
May 25, 2017: BMC Genomics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28544857/new-treatment-directions-for-ipf-current-status-of-ongoing-and-upcoming-clinical-trials
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Francesco Macagno, Francesco Varone, Paolo Maria Leone, Pier-Valerio Mari, Loredana Panico, Ludovica Berardini, Luca Richeldi
The main objective of this review is to explore the wide and expanding field of new clinical trials in IPF. Recent trials have confirmed the efficacy of the approved drugs pirfenidone and nintedanib; nonetheless, the discovery of new biological pathways has opened new horizons in this field. Areas Covered: New strategies against matrix deposition are under study and so is for the role of immunity and autoimmunity. Recent advances in the use of stem cells are opening new possibilities for the recovery of damaged lung tissues...
May 25, 2017: Expert Review of Respiratory Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28544284/the-national-healthcare-system-claims-databases-in-france-sniiram-and-egb-powerful-tools-for-pharmacoepidemiology
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Julien Bezin, Mai Duong, Régis Lassalle, Cécile Droz, Antoine Pariente, Patrick Blin, Nicholas Moore
The French health care system is based on universal coverage by one of several health care insurance plans. The SNIIRAM database merges anonymous information of reimbursed claims from all these plans, linked to the national hospital-discharge summaries database system (PMSI) and the national death registry. It now covers 98.8% of the French population, over 66 million persons, from birth (or immigration) to death (or emigration), making it possibly the world's largest continuous homogeneous claims database...
May 24, 2017: Pharmacoepidemiology and Drug Safety
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28544011/changing-trends-in-the-use-of-kratom-mitragyna-speciosa-in-southeast-asia
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Darshan Singh, Suresh Narayanan, Balasingam Vicknasingam, Ornella Corazza, Rita Santacroce, Andres Roman-Urrestarazu
OBJECTIVE: Kratom (Mitragyna speciosa. Korth) is an indigenous medicinal plant of Southeast Asia. This review paper aims to describe the trends of kratom use in Southeast Asia. DESIGN: A literature review search was conducted through ScienceDirect, Scopus, ProMed and Google Scholar. Twenty-five articles illustrating kratom use in humans in Southeast Asia were reviewed. RESULTS: Kratom has long been used by rural populations in Southeast Asia as a remedy for common ailments, to fight fatigue from hard manual work, as a drink during social interaction among men, and in village religious functions...
May 24, 2017: Human Psychopharmacology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28543517/intermediate-and-advanced-topics-in-multilevel-logistic-regression-analysis
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Peter C Austin, Juan Merlo
Multilevel data occur frequently in health services, population and public health, and epidemiologic research. In such research, binary outcomes are common. Multilevel logistic regression models allow one to account for the clustering of subjects within clusters of higher-level units when estimating the effect of subject and cluster characteristics on subject outcomes. A search of the PubMed database demonstrated that the use of multilevel or hierarchical regression models is increasing rapidly. However, our impression is that many analysts simply use multilevel regression models to account for the nuisance of within-cluster homogeneity that is induced by clustering...
May 23, 2017: Statistics in Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28543372/hematologic-and-biochemical-ris-for-an-aged-population-of-captive-african-green-monkeys-chlorocebus-aethiops-sabaeus
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Elizabeth M Scallan, Saundra H Sample, Amy M Beierschmitt, Roberta M Palmour
BACKGROUND: Established RIs for geriatric African Green monkeys (Chlorocebus aethiops sabaeus) are critical for clinical differentiation of normal aging from disease-related changes in this population. OBJECTIVE: The aim of this study was to establish hematologic and serum biochemical RIs for a Caribbean captive population of geriatric (≥ 15 years of age) African Green monkeys, or Vervets. METHODS: Inclusion and exclusion criteria were defined for a cohort of 109 healthy, aged (15- to 30-year-old, median 19-year-old) Vervets...
May 19, 2017: Veterinary Clinical Pathology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28543169/gestational-weight-gain-in-the-first-two-pregnancies-and-perinatal-outcomes-in-the-second-pregnancy
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Maya Tabet, Lorie M Harper, Louise H Flick, Jen Jen Chang
BACKGROUND: Gestational Weight Gain (GWG) below or above the Institute of Medicine (IOM) recommendations increases the risk of adverse pregnancy outcomes. However, it remains unknown whether the risk of adverse outcomes is affected by GWG in a previous pregnancy. We examined associations between GWG in the index (second) pregnancy and pregnancy outcomes, including preterm delivery and small for gestational age (SGA), while taking into consideration GWG in the first pregnancy. METHODS: In a population-based cohort study (n = 210 564), using the Missouri maternally-linked birth registry (1989-2005), we used multivariable Poisson regression with robust error variance stratified by prepregnancy body mass index (BMI) to evaluate associations between GWG in the index pregnancy and a composite indicator of GWG in the first and second pregnancies and our outcomes of interest, after controlling for sociodemographic and pregnancy-related confounders...
May 24, 2017: Paediatric and Perinatal Epidemiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28542602/antimicrobial-resistance-status-of-enterococcus-from-australian-cattle-populations-at-slaughter
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Robert S Barlow, Kate E McMillan, Lesley L Duffy, Narelle Fegan, David Jordan, Glen E Mellor
Antimicrobial agents are used in cattle production systems for the prevention and control of bacterial associated diseases. A consequence of their use is the potential development of antimicrobial resistance (AMR). Enterococcus faecium and Enterococcus faecalis that are resistant to antimicrobials are of increased concern to public health officials throughout the world as they may compromise the ability of various treatment regimens to control disease and infection in human medicine. Australia is a major exporter of beef; however it does not have an ongoing surveillance system for AMR in cattle or foods derived from these animals...
2017: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28541831/genotoxicity-and-antigenotoxicity-assessments-of-the-flavonoid-vitexin-by-the-drosophila-melanogaster-somatic-mutation-and-recombination-test
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Liliane Menezes Fernandes, Zaira da Rosa Guterres, Igor Vivian Almeida, Veronica Elisa Pimenta Vicentini
Vitexin is a C-glycosylated flavone found in various medicinal plants with several proven biological properties such as anti-inflammatory, antispasmodic, antimicrobial, cytotoxic, and antioxidant activities. Considering that the human population consumes many foods that contain this flavonoid, the objective of this study was to investigate the genotoxic and the antigenotoxic potentials of vitexin by the SMART (Somatic Mutation and Recombination Test) in Drosophila melanogaster wings, in vivo. To evaluate the genotoxic activity, larvae obtained from standard (ST) and high bioactivation (HB) crosses were chronically treated with different concentrations of vitexin (0...
May 25, 2017: Journal of Medicinal Food
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28541303/corrigendum-the-core-pattern-analysis-on-chinese-herbal-medicine-for-sj%C3%A3-gren-s-syndrome-a-nationwide-population-based-study
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Ching-Mao Chang, Hsueh-Ting Chu, Yau-Huei Wei, Fang-Pey Chen, Shengwen Wang, Po-Chang Wu, Hung-Rong Yen, Tzeng-Ji Chen, Hen-Hong Chang
This corrects the article DOI: 10.1038/srep09541.
May 25, 2017: Scientific Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28539299/-association-of-vitamin-d-receptor-gene-polymorphisms-with-susceptibility-to-bone-and-joint-tuberculosis-in-chinese-han-population
#18
Jia-Wei Zhang, Qiang Zhang, Dong-Bin Qu, Zhen Lin, Xue-Ming Ma, Xin Zhong, Chao-Hui Sang, Xu-Shi Chen, Zu-Kun Song, Piao Huang, Jian-Ming Jiang
OBJECTIVE: To investigate the association between vitamin D receptor (VDR) gene Apa I polymorphism and the susceptibility to bone and joint tuberculosis in Chinese Han population. METHODS: Between May, 2015 and June, 2016, 100 patients with bone and joint tuberculosis and 100 healthy volunteers were recruited concomitantly in Heyuan Hospital of Traditional Chinese Medicine. Vitamin D receptor gene Apa I polymorphisms in these subjects were analyzed using SNaPshot...
May 20, 2017: Nan Fang Yi Ke da Xue Xue Bao, Journal of Southern Medical University
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28539189/the-individual-and-population-genetics-of-antibody-immunity
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REVIEW
Corey T Watson, Jacob Glanville, Wayne A Marasco
Antibodies (Abs) produced by immunoglobulin (IG) genes are the most diverse proteins expressed in humans. While part of this diversity is generated by recombination during B-cell development and mutations during affinity maturation, the germ-line IG loci are also diverse across human populations and ethnicities. Recently, proof-of-concept studies have demonstrated genotype-phenotype correlations between specific IG germ-line variants and the quality of Ab responses during vaccination and disease. However, the functional consequences of IG genetic variation in Ab function and immunological outcomes remain underexplored...
May 20, 2017: Trends in Immunology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28539163/a-quantitative-comparison-of-anti-m%C3%A3-llerian-hormone-measurement-and-its-shifting-boundaries-between-two-assays
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A C de Kat, F J M Broekmans, A C van Westing, E Lentjes, W M M Verschuren, Y T van der Schouw
OBJECTIVE: Anti-Müllerian hormone (AMH), a quantitative marker of ovarian reserve, is used for both clinical and research purposes in the field of reproductive medicine. Numerous AMH assays have been developed. Among other factors, the lack of large-scale comparisons of the various assays hinders the universal interpretation of AMH levels. Moreover, little is known of the practical performance of highly sensitive assays compared with conventional assays with regard to the very low AMH levels found in women nearing menopause...
July 2017: Maturitas
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