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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28823114/prescription-pattern-of-urate-lowering-therapy-in-korean-gout-patients-data-from-the-national-health-claims-database
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Ji-Won Kim, Sang Gyu Kwak, Sung-Hoon Park
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August 21, 2017: Korean Journal of Internal Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28823108/temperature-effect-on-the-development-of-tropical-dragonfly-eggs
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F Z Mendonça, J V Bernardy, C E K Oliveira, P B G Oliveira, P De Marco
Physiological constraints in insects are related to several large-scale processes such as species distribution and thermal adaptation. Here, we fill an important gap in ecophysiology knowledge by accessing the relationship between temperature and embrionary development time in four dragonfly species. We evaluated two questions (1) what is the effect of temperature on the development time of Odonata eggs, and (2) considering a degree-day relationship, could a simple linear model describe the dependence of embrionary development time on temperature or it is better described by a more complex non-linear relation...
August 19, 2017: Neotropical Entomology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28823081/neck-inspiratory-muscle-activation-patterns-during-well-controlled-inspiration
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Sohei Washino, Hiroaki Kanehisa, Yasuhide Yoshitake
PURPOSE: Surprisingly, the activation characteristics of the neck inspiratory muscles as a function of key inspiratory mechanical parameters have yet to be demonstrated experimentally under well-controlled conditions. This study aimed to elucidate the muscle activation patterns of the neck inspiratory muscles by strictly controlling flow rate and lung volume. METHODS: Thirteen healthy subjects matched their inspiratory flow rate at approximately 20-100% of peak flow rate (PFR) as steady as possible during inspiration...
August 19, 2017: European Journal of Applied Physiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28823050/a-scanning-electron-microscopy-study-of-early-development-in-vitro-of-contracaecum-multipapillatum-s-l-nematoda-anisakidae-from-a-brown-pelican-pelecanus-occidentalis-from-the-gulf-of-california-mexico
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Dolores Molina-Fernández, Isabel Valles-Vega, Sergio Hernández-Trujillo, Francisco Javier Adroher, Rocío Benítez
Eggs obtained from the uteri of female nematodes, genetically identified as Contracaecum multipapillatum s.l., found in a brown pelican (Pelecanus occidentalis) from Bahía de La Paz, Gulf of California, Mexico, were used to study the early developmental stages of this anisakid by scanning electron microscopy (SEM). Egg dimensions were approximately 54 × 45 μm measured by SEM. Observation of the eggs revealed an outer surface of fibrous appearance. The newly hatched larvae were ensheathed and highly motile...
August 19, 2017: Parasitology Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28823034/effect-of-pristine-and-functionalized-single-and-multi-walled-carbon-nanotubes-on-co2-separation-of-mixed-matrix-membranes-based-on-polymers-of-intrinsic-microporosity-pim-1-a-molecular-dynamics-simulation-study
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Karim Golzar, Hamid Modarress, Sepideh Amjad-Iranagh
Molecular dynamics (MD) and grand canonical Monte Carlo (GCMC) simulations were conducted to investigate the transport properties of carbon dioxide, methane, nitrogen, and oxygen through pure and mixed matrix membranes (MMMs) based on polymers of intrinsic microporosity (PIM-1). For this purpose, first, 0.5 to 3 wt% of pristine single-walled carbon nanotube (p-SWCNT) and multi-walled carbon nanotube (p-MWCNT) were embedded into the pure PIM-1, and then for better dispersion of CNT particles into the polymer matrix and to improve the performance of the resulting MMMs, polyethylene glycol (PEG) functionalized SWCNT and MWCNT (f-SWCNT and f-MWCNT, respectively) were loaded...
August 19, 2017: Journal of Molecular Modeling
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28823020/perceptions-and-behaviors-of-patients-and-pharmacists-towards-generic-drug-substitution-in-lebanon
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Shadi Saleh, Clara Abou Samra, Stewart Jleilaty, Joanne Constantin, Nour El Arnaout, Hani Dimassi, Dania Al-Bittar
Background Patients, physicians and pharmacists are key stakeholders in the implementation of generic substitution policies. Objectives To explore Lebanese patients' perceptions and experience, and pharmacists' dispensing patterns towards the newly enacted unified health prescription policy promoting generic substitution. Setting Pharmacies in Beirut, the capital of Lebanon. Methods A cross-sectional design employing self-administered questionnaires to survey a total of 128 patients and 25 pharmacists. Chi square test and multiple logistic regression were performed...
August 19, 2017: International Journal of Clinical Pharmacy
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28823010/the-reliability-of-rifampicin-resistance-as-a-proxy-for-multidrug-resistant-tuberculosis-a-systematic-review-of-studies-from-iran
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M J Nasiri, S Zamani, A Pormohammad, M M Feizabadi, H R Aslani, M Amin, R Halabian, A A Imani Fooladi
In Iran, patients showing rifampicin (RIF) resistance detected by the Xpert® MTB/RIF assay are considered as candidates for multidrug-resistant tuberculosis (MDR-TB) treatment. Despite the fact that RIF resistance has been used as a proxy for MDR-TB, little is known about the proportion of isoniazid (INH) resistance patterns in RIF-resistant TB. We systematically searched MEDLINE, Embase, and other databases up to March 2017 for studies addressing the proportion of INH resistance patterns in RIF-resistant TB in Iran...
August 19, 2017: European Journal of Clinical Microbiology & Infectious Diseases
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28822998/spontaneous-shrinkage-of-solitary-osteochondromas
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Hisaki Aiba, Satoshi Yamada, Norio Yamamoto, Katsuhiro Hayashi, Shinji Miwa, Hiroyuki Tsuchiya, Takanobu Otsuka
OBJECTIVE: Osteochondromas are the most common benign bone tumors, and thus far, their spontaneous shrinkage is considered a rare phenomenon. This study was designed to investigate the exact ratio of remission to progressive or stable cases and analyze the mechanism of tumor regression on the basis of existing theories. MATERIALS AND METHODS: We retrospectively collected images of solitary osteochondromas in patients from 1992 to 2013, excluding cases involving short-term follow-up periods and follow-up periods that ended before growth plate closure...
August 19, 2017: Skeletal Radiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28822978/ecological-analysis-of-secular-trends-in-low-birth-weight-births-and-adult-height-in-japan
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Naho Morisaki, Kevin Yuji Urayama, Keisuke Yoshii, S V Subramanian, Susumu Yokoya
BACKGROUND: Japan, which currently maintains the highest life expectancy in the world and has experienced an impressive gain in adult height over the past century, has suffered a dramatic twofold increase in low birth weight (LBW) births since the 1970s. METHODS: We observed secular trends in birth characteristics using 64 115 249 live births included the vital statistics (1969-2014), as well as trends in average height among 3 145 521 adults born between 1969 and 1996, included in 79 surveys conducted among a national, subnational or community population in Japan...
August 19, 2017: Journal of Epidemiology and Community Health
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28822942/differential-responses-of-soil-microbial-biomass-diversity-and-compositions-to-altitudinal-gradients-depend-on-plant-and-soil-characteristics
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Chengjie Ren, Wei Zhang, ZeKun Zhong, Xinhui Han, Gaihe Yang, Yongzhong Feng, Guangxin Ren
Alt'itudinal gradients strongly affect plant biodiversity, but the effects on microbial patterns remain unclear, especially in the large scale. We therefore designed an altitudinal gradient experiment that covered three climate zones to monitor soil microbial community dynamics and to compare those with plant and soil characteristics. Illumina sequencing of the 16S rRNA gene and ITS gene was used to analyze soil microbial (bacterial and fungal) diversity and composition, and fumigation-extraction was used to determine microbial biomass; the plant community metrics (i...
August 17, 2017: Science of the Total Environment
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28822930/spatial-and-temporal-patterns-of-pesticide-concentrations-in-streamflow-drainage-and-runoff-in-a-small-swedish-agricultural-catchment
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Maria Sandin, Kristin Piikki, Nicholas Jarvis, Mats Larsbo, Kevin Bishop, Jenny Kreuger
A better understanding of the dominant source areas and transport pathways of pesticide losses to surface water is needed for targeting mitigation efforts in a more cost-effective way. To this end, we monitored pesticides in surface water in an agricultural catchment typical of one of the main crop production regions in Sweden. Three small sub-catchments (88-242ha) were selected for water sampling based on a high-resolution digital soil map developed from proximal sensing methods and soil sampling; one sub-catchment had a high proportion of clay soils, another was dominated by coarse sandy soils while the third comprised a mix of soil types...
August 17, 2017: Science of the Total Environment
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28822907/leaf-carbohydrates-influence-transcriptional-and-post-transcriptional-regulation-of-nocturnal-carboxylation-and-starch-degradation-in-the-facultative-cam-plant-mesembryanthemum-crystallinum
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Tahar Taybi, John C Cushman, Anne M Borland
Nocturnal degradation of transitory starch is a limiting factor for the optimal function of crassulacean acid metabolism and must be coordinated with phosphoenolypyruvate carboxylase (PEPC)-mediated CO2 uptake to optimise carbon gain over the diel cycle. The aim of this study was to test the hypothesis that nocturnal carboxylation is coordinated with starch degradation in CAM via a mechanism whereby the products of these pathways regulate diel transcript abundance and enzyme activities for both processes. To test this hypothesis, a starch and CAM-deficient mutant of Mesembryanthemum crystallinum was compared with wild type plants under well-watered and saline (CAM-inducing) conditions...
August 5, 2017: Journal of Plant Physiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28822899/a-coupled-diffusion-fluid-pressure-model-to-predict-cell-density-distribution-for-cells-encapsulated-in-a-porous-hydrogel-scaffold-under-mechanical-loading
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Feihu Zhao, Ted J Vaughan, Myles J Mc Garrigle, Laoise M McNamara
Tissue formation within tissue engineering (TE) scaffolds is preceded by growth of the cells throughout the scaffold volume and attachment of cells to the scaffold substrate. It is known that mechanical stimulation, in the form of fluid perfusion or mechanical strain, enhances cell differentiation and overall tissue formation. However, due to the complex multi-physics environment of cells within TE scaffolds, cell transport under mechanical stimulation is not fully understood. Therefore, in this study, we have developed a coupled multiphysics model to predict cell density distribution in a TE scaffold...
August 3, 2017: Computers in Biology and Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28822898/beyond-dichotomies-m-others-structuring-and-the-development-of-toddlers-prosocial-behavior-across-cultures
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Joscha Kärtner
Basic elements of prosociality-(pro)social cognition, motivation, and prosocial behavior-emerge during the first and second year of life. These elements are rooted in biological predispositions and the developmental system is complemented by caregivers' structuring. By structuring, (m)others integrate toddlers' unrefined (pro)social sentiments and behavioral inclinations into coherent patterns and align toddlers' experience and behavior with the population's cultural model. These cultural models specify target states for appropriate affective, motivational and behavioral responses regarding toddlers' prosociality and these target states, in turn, inform (m)others' appraisal and guide their structuring...
August 5, 2017: Current Opinion in Psychology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28822872/different-mossy-fiber-sprouting-patterns-in-ilae-hippocampal-sclerosis-types
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Barbara Schmeiser, Jinmei Li, Armin Brandt, Josef Zentner, Soroush Doostkam, Thomas M Freiman
OBJECTIVE: Hippocampal sclerosis (HS) is the most prevalent pathology in temporal lobe epilepsy (TLE) characterized by segmental neuronal cell loss in the cornu ammonis (CA) 1-4. In addition, migration of granule cells and reorganization of their axons is observed, known as granule cell dispersion (GCD) and mossy fiber sprouting (MFS). The loss of mossy fibers` (MF) target cells in CA4 and CA3 was considered to be causative for MFS. The ILAE HS (International League Against Epilepsy) classification identifies three subtypes with different cell loss patterns in CA1-4...
August 8, 2017: Epilepsy Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28822851/-why-are-we-not-doing-more-for-them-genocide-prevention-lessons-from-the-kindertransport
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J Angel, D P Evans
OBJECTIVES: Genocide remains one of the most widespread forms of preventable mortality and morbidity for children today. Despite the creation of multiple human rights treaties, genocide has not been eliminated and its effects disproportionally impact children. The Kindertransport was a series of rescue efforts that brought thousands of refugee children to the United Kingdom from Nazi Germany between 1938 and 1940. This qualitative study asks what public health professionals can learn from the prevention efforts of the Kindertransport by examining the experiences and reflections of individuals rescued as children...
August 17, 2017: Public Health
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28822834/automatic-detection-of-orientation-variance
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Szonya Durant, István Sulykos, István Czigler
Rapid extraction of the overall statistics of the visual scene is crucial for the human ability to rapidly perceive the general 'gist'. The aim of this work was to investigate if there exists neural evidence for such a process i.e. automatic, unattended detection of overall statistical differences between scenes. In order to do this, Visual Mismatch Negativity (vMMN), an early evoked neural response component, was measured. We presented a sequence of sets of oriented patterns of a given (random) mean orientation and varied the variance of the orientations of the patterns, so that some sets contained similar orientations (ordered) or the orientations were random (disordered)...
August 16, 2017: Neuroscience Letters
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28822811/reduced-dynamic-range-of-antiviral-innate-immune-responses-in-aging
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Ryan D Molony, Anna Malawista, Ruth R Montgomery
The worldwide population aged≥65years is increasing and the average life span is expected to increase another 10years by 2050. This extended lifespan is associated with a progressive decline in immune function and a paradoxical state of low-grade, chronic inflammation that may contribute to susceptibility to viral infection, and reduced responses to vaccination. Here we review the effects of aging on innate immune responses to viral pathogens including elements of recognition, signaling, and production of inflammatory mediators...
August 16, 2017: Experimental Gerontology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28822803/discerning-clinical-responses-in-breast-cancer-based-upon-molecular-signatures
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REVIEW
William B Coleman, Carey K Anders
Breast cancer represents a heterogeneous collection of diseases with disparate clinical behaviors, responses to treatment, and patient outcomes, despite common histopathological features at diagnosis. Examination of molecular signatures of breast cancer (based upon complex gene expression patterns) enabled identification of several intrinsic molecular subtypes: luminal A, luminal B, HER2-enriched, and basal-like. The intrinsic subtypes are associated with measures of clinical aggressiveness, but do not perfectly predict patient outcomes...
August 16, 2017: American Journal of Pathology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28822786/leptin-is-essential-for-spinal-microglial-activation-and-neuropathic-pain-after-preganglionic-cervical-root-avulsion
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Kai-Ting Chang, Yi-Lo Lin, Chi-Te Lin, Chen-Jei Hong, May-Jywan Tsai, Wen-Cheng Huang, Yang-Hsin Shih, Yi-Yen Lee, Henrich Cheng, Ming-Chao Huang
AIMS: Preganglionic cervical root avulsion (PCRA) affects both the peripheral and central nervous systems and is often associated with neuropathic pain. Unlike peripheral nerve injuries (PNI), central lesions caused by disruption of cervical roots from the spinal cord following PCRA contribute to the generation of neuropathic pain. Leptin is involved in the development of neuropathic pain after PNI by affecting neurons. However, whether leptin is involved in microglial activation leading to neuropathic pain after PCRA is unknown...
August 16, 2017: Life Sciences
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