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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28938748/random-start-ovarian-stimulation-for-fertility-preservation-appears-unlikely-to-delay-initiation-of-neoadjuvant-chemotherapy-for-breast-cancer
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Joseph M Letourneau, Nikita Sinha, Kaitlyn Wald, Eve Harris, Molly Quinn, Tal Imbar, Evelyn Mok-Lin, A Jo Chien, Mitchell Rosen
STUDY QUESTION: Is random start ovarian stimulation associated with delays in initiation of neoadjuvant chemotherapy for breast cancer? SUMMARY ANSWER: Among women who complete fertility preservation (FP) consultation, random start ovarian stimulation is unlikely to delay time to initiation of neoadjuvant chemotherapy start. WHAT IS KNOWN ALREADY: Neoadjuvant chemotherapy is now a widely accepted treatment modality for operable breast cancer and random start ovarian stimulation is an increasingly-utilized modality for FP...
October 1, 2017: Human Reproduction
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28938589/a-five-long-non-coding-rna-signature-to-improve-prognosis-prediction-of-clear-cell-renal-cell-carcinoma
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Da Shi, Qinghua Qu, Qimeng Chang, Yilin Wang, Yaping Gui, Dong Dong
Recent works have reported that long non-coding RNAs (lncRNAs) play critical roles in tumorigenesis and prognosis of cancers, suggesting the potential utility of lncRNAs as cancer prognostic markers. However, lncRNA signatures in predicting the survival of patients with clear cell renal cell carcinoma (ccRCC) remain unknown. In this study, we attempted to identify lncRNA signatures and their prognostic values in ccRCC. Using lncRNA expression profiling data in 440 ccRCC tumors from The Cancer Genome Atlas (TCGA) data, a five-lncRNA signature (AC069513...
August 29, 2017: Oncotarget
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28938434/fgf21-is-an-insulin-dependent-postprandial-hormone-in-adult-humans
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Ricardo J Samms, Jo E Lewis, Luke Norton, Francis B Stephens, Christopher J Gaffney, Tony Butterfield, Dennis Smith, Christine Cheng, James W Perfield, Andrew C Adams, Francis J P Ebling, Kostas Tsintzas
Context: Fibroblast growth factor 21 (FGF21) secretion has been shown to respond directly to carbohydrate consumption, with glucose, fructose and sucrose all reported to increase plasma levels of FGF21 in rodents and humans. However, carbohydrate consumption also results in secretion of insulin. Objective: The aim of this study was to examine the combined and independent effects of hyperglycemia and hyperinsulinemia on total and bioactive FGF21 in the postprandial period in humans, and determine whether this effect is attenuated in conditions of altered insulin secretion and action...
August 4, 2017: Journal of Clinical Endocrinology and Metabolism
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28938415/rationalizing-thyroid-function-testing-which-tsh-cut-offs-are-optimal-for-testing-free-t4
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Meg Henze, Suzanne J Brown, Narelle C Hadlow, John P Walsh
Context: Thyroid function testing often utilizes TSH measurement first, then reflex testing for free T4 if TSH is outside reference range limits. The utility of different TSH cut-offs for reflex testing is unknown. Objective: To examine different TSH cut-offs for reflex free T4 testing. Design, setting and patients: We analyzed concurrent TSH and free T4 results from 120 403 individuals from a single laboratory in Western Australia (clinical cohort) and 4568 Busselton Health Study participants (community cohort)...
August 30, 2017: Journal of Clinical Endocrinology and Metabolism
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28938307/design-and-development-of-a-miniaturized-percutaneously-deployable-wireless-left-ventricular-assist-device-early-prototypes-and-feasibility-testing
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Brian Letzen, Jiheum Park, Zeynep Tuzun, Pramod Bonde
The current left ventricular assist devices (LVADs) are limited by a highly invasive implantation procedure in a severely unstable group of advanced heart failure patients. Additionally, the current transcutaneous power drive line acts as a nidus for infection resulting in significant morbidity and mortality. In an effort to decrease this invasiveness and eliminate drive line complications, we have conceived a wireless miniaturized percutaneous LVAD, capable of being delivered endovascularly with a tether-free operation...
September 21, 2017: ASAIO Journal: a Peer-reviewed Journal of the American Society for Artificial Internal Organs
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28938201/achieving-enhanced-denitrification-via-hydrocyclone-treatment-on-mixed-liquor-recirculation-in-the-anoxic-aerobic-process
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Yi Liu, Hualin Wang, Yinxiang Xu, Qingsong Tu, Xiurong Chen
This work presents the novel application of hydrocyclones for mixed liquor recirculation (MLR) treatment in the anoxic/aerobic (A/O) process to enhance the denitrification process. An exhaustive investigation on treated activated sludge and A/O effluents was conducted in batch and continuous operation tests. The median diameter of the sludge flocs was decreased from 78.82 μm to 15.77-23.31 μm, and the extracellular polymeric substances (EPS) desorption was observed, thus leading to the release of the soluble chemical oxygen demand (SCOD)...
September 12, 2017: Chemosphere
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28937947/wastewater-treatment-by-means-of-thermophilic-aerobic-membrane-reactors-respirometric-tests-and-numerical-models-for-determination-of-stoichiometric-kinetic-parameters
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Maria Cristina Collivignarelli, Giorgio Bertanza, Alessandro Abbà, Vincenzo Torretta, Ioannis Anastasios Katsoyiannis
The present work considers the pollution abatement of wastewaters, the efficiency of which is depending on stringent verification of the performance of wastewater treatment plants. This is very important especially given that eExisting wastewater/aqueous waste treatment plants often need to be upgraded in order to improve their performance. The satisfactory operation of biological treatment plants requires appropriate monitoring, and respirometric techniques are needed to determine the kinetic parameters that regulate biological processes...
September 22, 2017: Environmental Technology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28937870/student-led-screening-of-school-children-for-refractive-error-correction
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Dipesh Bhattarai, Subodh Gnyawali, Arpan Silwal, Sudan Puri, Anita Shrestha, Man Bahadur Kunwar, Madan Prasad Upadhyay
PURPOSE: Detection and correction of uncorrected refractive errors among 12 million children is an overwhelming task for the 500 currently available eye-care professionals in Nepal. A mid-term review of VISION 2020 goals in Nepal has recommended utilizing alternative human resources that could screen children for visual impairment. This study was conducted to assess the validity of vision screening of school children by trained high school students when compared to optometrist testing as the gold standard...
September 22, 2017: Ophthalmic Epidemiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28937816/resemblance-to-the-enemy-s-eyes-underlies-the-intimidating-effect-of-eyespots
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Karin Kjernsmo, Sami Merilaita
Eyespots of some prey are known to deter predators, but the reason for this response has not yet been established, and thus the taxonomically widespread occurrence of this color pattern has remained an evolutionary conundrum. Two alternative hypotheses propose that (1) the eyelike appearance of the pattern falsely indicates the presence of the predator's own enemy or (2) predators are hardwired to be cautious toward conspicuous prey. Earlier research has pertained mainly to eyespots in butterflies. Here we tested the hypothesis that eyespots resemble eyes by utilizing the lateral position of eyes in fishes...
October 2017: American Naturalist
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28937595/the-diagnostic-prognostic-and-therapeutic-utility-of-molecular-testing-in-a-patient-with-waldenstrom-s-macroglobulinemia
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Collin K Chin, Connull Leslie, Carolyn S Grove, Chris Van Vliet, Chan Yoon Cheah
The application of molecular genomics and our understanding of its clinical implications in the diagnosis, prognostication and treatment of lymphoproliferative disorders has rapidly evolved over the past few years. Of particular importance are indolent B-cell malignancies where tumour cell survival and proliferation are commonly driven by mutations involving the B-cell receptor and downstream signalling pathways. In addition, the increasing number of novel therapies and targeted agents have provided clinicians with new therapeutic options with the aim of exploiting such mutations...
September 22, 2017: International Journal of Molecular Sciences
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28937032/development-and-standardization-of-a-new-cognitive-assessment-test-battery-for-chinese-aphasic-patients-a-preliminary-study
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Ji-Bao Wu, Zhi-Hong Lyu, Xiao-Jia Liu, Hai-Peng Li, Qi Wang
BACKGROUND: Nonlinguistic cognitive impairment has become an important issue for aphasic patients, but currently there are few neuropsychological cognitive assessment tests for it. To get more information on cognitive impairment of aphasic patients, this study aimed to develop a new cognitive assessment test battery for aphasic patients, the Non-language-based Cognitive Assessment (NLCA), and evaluate its utility in Chinese-speaking patients with aphasia. METHODS: The NLCA consists of five nonverbal tests, which could assess five nonlinguistic cognitive domains such as visuospatial functions, attention test, memory, reasoning, and executive functions of aphasic patients...
October 5, 2017: Chinese Medical Journal
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28936157/the-evaluation-of-simulation-maket-in-nursing-education-and-the-determination-of-learning-style-of-students
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Yasemin Çelik, Yeşim Ceylantekin, İbrahim Kiliç
OBJECTIVE: The aim of this study is to detect the overall evaluation of nursing students toward simulation makets throughout the practice education and to reveal their learning styles in relation to certain individual features. MATERIALS AND METHODS: The data were collected via questionnaires including students' evaluation toward simulation makets and "Kolb learning styles inventory." Participants included 103 male and female nursing students in Turkey. For the analysis, percentage, means, standard deviation, t-test, and ANOVA were utilized...
July 2017: International Journal of Health Sciences
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28936148/the-potential-anticoagulant-property-of-caulerpa-lentillifera-crude-extract
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Althea R Arenajo, Adrian P Ybañez, Maria Maichol P Ababan, Charlotte E Villajuan, May Rose M Lasam, Chiqui P Young, Julie Lynn A Reyes
BACKGROUND: Anticoagulants have been used in the treatment of several circulatory diseases and thrombotic disorders, and in the blood sampling for hematologic analysis. Sulfated polysaccharides (SP), which have anticoagulant properties, are found in most seaweeds, including Caulerpa spp. OBJECTIVE: The study generally aimed to evaluate the potential anticoagulant property of Caulerpa lentillifera. METHODOLOGY: The whole plant of fresh C. lentillifera was washed thoroughly with distilled water and manually expressed to obtain the extract...
July 2017: International Journal of Health Sciences
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28936120/knowledge-beliefs-and-practices-regarding-osteoporosis-among-female-medical-school-entrants-in-pakistan
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Muhammad Bilal, Abdul Haseeb, Aleena Zehra Merchant, Abdur Rehman, Mohammad Hussham Arshad, Maarij Malik, Asad Hammad Ur Rehman, Pallavi Rani, Emaan Farhan, Taha S Rehman, Umer Sultan Shamsi, Sadia Aminah
BACKGROUND: Osteoporosis is a growing health problem around the world. The increasing incidence of osteoporotic fractures coupled with the lack of knowledge about the disease in the general community means that the disease is continuously increasing the burden on health sector and the general population. The purpose of the study is to assess knowledge, attitudes and practices about osteoporosis among female medical school entrants in Karachi. METHODS: This is a descriptive cross-sectional study conducted amongst 400 female medical school entrants of DOW University of Health Sciences (DUHS) and Jinnah Sindh Medical University (JSMU)...
2017: Asia Pacific Family Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28936044/ultrasonic-evaluation-of-influence-of-hard-acrylic-resin-denture-on-blood-flow-of-mandibular-denture-supporting-mucosa-utilizing-duplex-color-doppler-studies-an-in-vivo-study
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S Binsu, K Chandrasekharan Nair, Bijoy Jhon, Sanjna Nayar, Jose Julian, Muhammed Shahid
AIMS: To determine the influence of hard acrylic denture base materials on the blood flow of mandibular denture supporting mucosa over a period of six months time. MATERIALS AND METHODS: Select fifteen edentulous patients of age 55-75 years. The blood flow of the mandibular denture supporting mucosa was measured bilaterally in the molar region and in the incisor region utilizing Ultrasound colour Doppler (2D and Duplex Imaging). Measurements were performed prior to denture insertion and later after the dentures were worn for 1 month, 2 months, 3 months, 4 months, 5 months and 6 months...
July 2017: Journal of Indian Prosthodontic Society
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28935005/sequelae-of-occult-aggression-disqualifying-young-socially-housed-female-new-zealand-white-rabbits-oryctolagus-cuniculus-from-participation-in-dermal-toxicology-studies
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Jeffrey D Wyatt, Diane M Moorman-White, Donnalee Ventura, Brett W Schneider, Thomas W Bittner
International animal welfare organizations and federal, regional, and institutional oversight bodies encourage social housing of gregarious species, such as New Zealand white rabbits (Oryctolagus cuniculus), to promote animal wellbeing in research, teaching, testing and farming settings. At our institution, 2 groups of female New Zealand white rabbits (approximate age, 11 wk; mean weight, 2.35 kg), compatibly paired at the vendor for 5 wk, were paired in caging or group-housed in a floor pen. The rabbits appeared compatible, demonstrating primarily affiliative behaviors throughout 6 wk of daily observations...
October 1, 2017: Comparative Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28934780/efficacy-of-cannabis-based-medicines-for-pain-management-a-systematic-review-and-meta-analysis-of-randomized-controlled-trials
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J Aviram, G Samuelly-Leichtag
BACKGROUND: The management of chronic pain is a complex challenge worldwide. Cannabis-based medicines (CBMs) have proven to be efficient in reducing chronic pain, although the topic remains highly controversial in this field. OBJECTIVES: This study's aim is to conduct a conclusive review and meta-analysis, which incorporates all randomized controlled trials (RCTs) in order to update clinicians' and researchers' knowledge regarding the efficacy and adverse events (AEs) of CBMs for chronic and postoperative pain treatment...
September 2017: Pain Physician
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28934773/leptospirosis-in-three-workers-on-a-dairy-farm-with-unvaccinated-cattle
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Jackie Benschop, Julie Collins-Emerson, Allie Maskill, Patrick O'Connor, Margaret Tunbridge, Yuni Yupiana, Jenny Weston
AIM: We report a one-health investigation of three cases of leptospirosis on a dairy farm with unvaccinated cattle in New Zealand. The cases are discussed in the context of diagnostics, risk factors, persistence of symptoms and outbreak mitigation measures. METHOD: Clinical and laboratory records from the human cases were reviewed and serological and molecular investigations were conducted into the Leptospira status of cattle and pigs on the farm. RESULTS: Cases presented early in their illness and all three were confirmed within seven days of onset of symptoms by urine PCR and within 18 days by convalescent MAT (two Hardjo-bovis, one Pomona)...
September 22, 2017: New Zealand Medical Journal
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28934645/graphene-a-new-activator-of-sodium-persulfate-for-the-advanced-oxidation-of-parabens-in-water
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Leonidas Bekris, Zacharias Frontistis, George Trakakis, Lamprini Sygellou, Costas Galiotis, Dionissios Mantzavinos
Graphene was successfully employed as a catalyst for the activation of sodium persulfate, towards the effective degradation of propylparaben, an emerging micro-pollutant, representative of the parabens family. A novel process is proposed which utilizes a commercial graphene nano-powder as the catalyst and sodium persulfate as the oxidizing agent. It was found that over 95% of micro-pollutant degradation occurs within 15 min of reaction time. The effects of catalyst loading (75 mg/L to 1 g/L), sodium persulfate (SPS) concentration (10 mg/L to 1 g/L), initial solution pH (3-9) and initial paraben concentration (0...
September 13, 2017: Water Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28934620/clinical-utility-and-tolerability-of-transcranial-direct-current-stimulation-in-mild-cognitive-impairment
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Venkatachalam Murugaraja, V Shivakumar, Palanimuthu T Sivakumar, Preeti Sinha, Ganesan Venkatasubramanian
BACKGROUND: Neuromodulatory interventions like transcranial direct current stimulation (tDCS) is emerging as a potential therapeutic strategy to promote cognitive function in healthy and pathological aging. There is need for more studies evaluating the utility and tolerability of tDCS in Mild cognitive impairment (MCI). Since MCI is considered as the prodromal stage of dementia, it has emerged as the most important target for intervention in dementia. OBJECTIVE AND METHOD: This study investigated the feasibility, tolerability and clinical utility of tDCS in patients with MCI...
September 8, 2017: Asian Journal of Psychiatry
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