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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28549299/the-effect-of-feed-supplementation-with-effective-microorganisms-em-on-pro-and-anti-inflammatory-cytokine-concentrations-in-pigs
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Ewa Laskowska, Łukasz Jarosz, Zbigniew Grądzki
Effective microorganisms (EM) are used in numerous fields associated with agriculture. The beneficial effects of EM on the general health of pigs and on production parameters are also determined by the influence of these microbes on immunity. The aim of the study was to assess the effect of feed supplementation with EM on the concentration of pro- and anti-inflammatory cytokines in the serum and in a culture of PBMCs with and without ConA stimulation in pigs. ELISA kits were used to determine the cytokine levels in the porcine serum and the PBMC culture supernatants...
April 14, 2017: Research in Veterinary Science
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28549293/automated-recognition-of-the-pericardium-contour-on-processed-ct-images-using-genetic-algorithms
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É O Rodrigues, L O Rodrigues, L S N Oliveira, A Conci, P Liatsis
This work proposes the use of Genetic Algorithms (GA) in tracing and recognizing the pericardium contour of the human heart using Computed Tomography (CT) images. We assume that each slice of the pericardium can be modelled by an ellipse, the parameters of which need to be optimally determined. An optimal ellipse would be one that closely follows the pericardium contour and, consequently, separates appropriately the epicardial and mediastinal fats of the human heart. Tracing and automatically identifying the pericardium contour aids in medical diagnosis...
May 17, 2017: Computers in Biology and Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28549190/newborn-care-practices-and-health-seeking-behavior-in-rural-eastern-ethiopia-a-community-based-study
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Betemariam Gebre, Sibhatu Biadgilign, Zinaw Taddese, Kebede Deribe, Tsigereda Legesse, Meftuh Omar
Background: Most of the newborn deaths in developing countries occur at home. Up to two-thirds of these deaths would have been prevented if mothers and newborns had received known and effective interventions. The objective of this study is to determine newborn-care practices and health-seeking behavior in rural Eastern Ethiopia. Methods: A community-based cross-sectional study was conducted in Adadle district, Ethiopian Somali Regional State. A multi-stage random sampling technique was applied...
May 26, 2017: Journal of Tropical Pediatrics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28549107/physical-functioning-among-older-adults-new-to-long-term-services-and-supports
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Jo-Ana D Chase, Karen B Hirschman, Alexandra L Hanlon, Liming Huang, Kathryn H Bowles, Mary D Naylor
Background and Objectives: To identify determinants of self-reported physical functioning (PF) among older adults new to long-term services and supports (LTSS). Research Design and Method: Using the International Classification of Function, Disability, and Health (ICF) framework, we conducted a secondary analysis of self-reported data on symptoms, basic/instrumental activities of daily living, quality of life, assistive devices, physical therapy needs, prior healthcare utilization, health status, and demographics from 470 older adults new to LTSS (Home/Community-Based n = 156; Assisted Living n = 156; Nursing Home n = 158)...
May 25, 2017: Gerontologist
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28549071/the-association-between-cholecystectomy-and-colorectal-neoplasm-in-inflammatory-bowel-diseases-a-population-based-cohort-study
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Yen-Chun Peng, Cheng-Li Lin, Fung-Chang Sung
BACKGROUND & AIMS: Inflammatory bowel diseases (IBD) and cholecystectomy are associated with the risk of colorectal cancer (CRC). Our aim was to determine the association between cholecystectomy and the CRC risk in IBD. METHODS: We first obtained the Taiwan National Health Insurance Research Database (NHRID), which contains information on approximately 24.7 million insured individuals. A cohort study was conducted using the data from the NHIRD, and included cohort patients with IBD who had experienced a cholecystectomy between the years 1998 and 2010...
2017: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28548997/anterior-inferior-plating-results-in-fewer-secondary-interventions-compared-to-superior-plating-for-acute-displaced-mid-shaft-clavicle-fracture
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Rafael Serrano, Amrut Borade, Hassan Mir, Anjan Shah, David Watson, Anthony Infante, Mark A Frankle, Mark A Mighell, H Claude Sagi, Daniel S Horwitz, Roy W Sanders
OBJECTIVES: To determine if a difference in plate position for fixation of acute, displaced, mid-shaft clavicle fractures would affect the rate of secondary intervention. DESIGN: Retrospective Comparative Study SETTING:: two academic Level 1 Regional Trauma Centers PATIENTS:: 510 patients treated surgically for an acutely displaced mid-shaft clavicle fracture between 2000-2013 were identified and reviewed retrospectively at a minimum of 24 months' follow-up (F/U)...
April 5, 2017: Journal of Orthopaedic Trauma
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28548905/brca-associated-cancers-role-of-imaging-in-screening-diagnosis-and-management
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Michelle V Lee, Venkata S Katabathina, Michyla L Bowerson, Marina I Mityul, Anup S Shetty, Khaled M Elsayes, Aparna Balachandran, Priya R Bhosale, Ann E McCullough, Christine O Menias
Harmful mutations of the BRCA tumor suppressor genes result in a greater lifetime risk for malignancy-breast and ovarian cancers in particular. An increased risk for male breast, fallopian tube, primary peritoneal, pancreatic, prostate, and colon cancers also has been reported. The BRCA gene is inherited in an autosomal dominant pattern and tends to be highly penetrant; thus, there is an increased incidence of these cancers in affected families. Compared with sporadic tumors, BRCA-associated malignancies have unique manifestations, clinical features, and pathologic profiles...
May 26, 2017: Radiographics: a Review Publication of the Radiological Society of North America, Inc
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28548546/the-risk-of-herpes-zoster-in-patients-with-ankylosing-spondylitis-analysis-of-the-korean-national-health-insurance-service-sample-cohort-database
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Doo-Ho Lim, Ye-Jee Kim, Seon Ok Kim, Seokchan Hong, Chang-Keun Lee, Bin Yoo, Yong-Gil Kim
OBJECTIVES: The aims of our study were to determine whether the use of conventional disease-modifying antirheumatic drugs (cDMARDs) or tumor necrosis factor α (TNFα) inhibitors increase the risk of herpes zoster (HZ) in patients with ankylosing spondylitis (AS). METHODS: We searched the South Korean National Health Insurance Service - National Sample Cohort Database for relevant patient records between 2002 and 2013. We evaluated the incidence of HZ by categorizing patients into in three treatment groups: disease-modifying antirheumatic drug (DMARD) nonusers, cDMARD users and TNFα inhibitor users...
May 26, 2017: Modern Rheumatology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28548494/resource-footprints-are-good-proxies-of-environmental-damage
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Zoran J N Steinmann, Aafke M Schipper, Mara Hauck, Stefan Giljum, Gregor Wernet, Mark A J Huijbregts
Environmental footprints are increasingly used to quantify and compare environmental impacts of for example products, technologies, households, or nations. This has resulted in a multitude of footprint indicators, ranging from relatively simple measures of resource use (water, energy, materials) to integrated measures of eventual damage (for example, extinction of species). Yet, the possible redundancies among these different footprints have not yet been quantified. This paper analyzes the relationships between two comprehensive damage footprints and four resource footprints associated with 976 products...
May 26, 2017: Environmental Science & Technology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28548467/outcomes-of-trastuzumab-therapy-for-6-and-12-months-in-indonesian-national-health-insurance-system-clients-with-operable-her2-positive-breast-cancer
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Wirsma Arif Harahap, Ramadhan, Daan Khambri, Samuel Haryono, Ricvan Dana Nindrea
Objective: The aim of this study is to determine the outcome of trastuzumab therapy for 6 or 12 months in patients with HER2 positive operable breast cancer who followed the national health insurance system in Indonesia. Methods: Data were extracted from medical records of Dr. M Djamil General Hospital Padang and Dharmais Cancer Hospital/ National Cancer Center Jakarta for post-operative breast HER-2 positive cancer patients treated with trastuzumab for 6 or 12 months who had been followed up for at least 5 years (January 1st in 2010 until December 31st in 2015)...
April 1, 2017: Asian Pacific Journal of Cancer Prevention: APJCP
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28548247/market-for-artemether-lumefantrine-to-treat-childhood-malaria-in-a-district-of-southern-mozambique
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Sergi Alonso, Khátia Munguambe, Elisa Sicuri
Malaria is one of the leading causes of death in sub-Saharan Africa. Artemisinin-based combination therapies are used as first-line treatment drugs, but their market is far from competitive. Market failures include limited availability, low quality, lack of information, and high costs of access. We estimated the theoretical demand for one of the most common artemisinin-based combination therapies, artemether-lumefantrine (AL), and its determinants among caregivers of children with malaria seeking care at public health facilities, thus, entitled to receive drugs for free, in southern Mozambique (year 2012)...
May 26, 2017: Health Economics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28548187/-prevalence-of-smoking-among-colombian-adolescents
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Javier Martínez-Torres, Martha Peñuela Epalza
BACKGROUND: Cigarette smoking is considered the most important preventable public health problem in developed countries, especially among adolescents. AIM: To determine the prevalence of cigarette smoking and associated factors in high school adolescents, from a Colombian city. MATERIAL AND METHODS: The self-administered global tobacco youth survey (GTYS) was answered by 831 teenagers aged 14 ± 2 years (54% females). For data analysis, proportions were calculated; for associations, binary and multivariable logistic regression was applied...
March 2017: Revista Médica de Chile
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28548079/design-of-live-attenuated-bacterial-vaccines-based-on-d-glutamate-auxotrophy
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Maria P Cabral, Patricia García, Alejandro Beceiro, Carlos Rumbo, Astrid Pérez, Miriam Moscoso, Germán Bou
Vaccine development is a priority for global health due to the growing multidrug resistance in bacteria. D-glutamate synthesis is essential for bacterial cell wall formation. Here we present a strategy for generating effective bacterial whole-cell vaccines auxotrophic for D-glutamate. We apply this strategy to generate D-glutamate auxotrophic vaccines for three major pathogens, Acinetobacter baumannii, Pseudomonas aeruginosa and Staphylococcus aureus. These bacterial vaccines show virulence attenuation and self-limited growth in mice, and elicit functional and cross-reactive antibodies, and cellular immunity...
May 26, 2017: Nature Communications
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28547996/predicting-health-related-quality-of-life-in-people-living-with-hiv-in-nepal-mental-health-disorders-and-substance-use-determinants
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Khem N Pokhrel, Vidya D Sharma, Akira Shibanuma, Kalpana G Pokhrel, Linda B Mlunde, Masamine Jimba
HIV-positive people often experience mental health disorders and engage in substance use. Such conditions tend to impair their health-related quality of life (QOL). Evidence, however, is limited about the influence of mental health disorders and substance use on QOL by gender. Also, little is known about the influences of anxiety and high levels of stress on QOL. We recruited 682 HIV-positive people in Nepal and measured their depression, anxiety, stress levels, substance use, and QOL. Multiple linear regressions assessed the association of mental health disorders and substance use with QOL...
May 26, 2017: AIDS Care
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28547951/application-of-cox-and-parametric-survival-models-to-assessment-social-determinants-of-health-affecting-the-three-year-survival-of-breast-cancer-patients
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Mohammad Ali Heidarnia, Maryam Mohseny, Farzaneh Amanpour, Mohammad Moradi Joo, Alireza Mosavi Jarrahi, Esmat Davoudi Monfared
Background: Breast cancer is one of the most common causes of cancer mortality in Iran. Social determinants of health are among the key factors affecting the pathogenesis of diseases. This study aimed to determine those influencing breast cancer survival time with parametric and semi-parametric regression models. Materials and Methods: This cross-sectional study was conducted on male and female patients diagnosed with breast cancer presenting to the Cancer Research Center of Shohada-E-Tajrish Hospital from 2006 to 2010...
April 1, 2017: Asian Pacific Journal of Cancer Prevention: APJCP
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28547935/malnutrition-risk-of-older-people-across-district-health-board-community-hospital-and-residential-care-settings-in-new-zealand
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Carol Wham, Emily Fraser, Julia Buhs-Catterall, Rebecca Watkin, Cheryl Gammon, Jacqui Allen
OBJECTIVE: To determine the prevalence of malnutrition risk in older people across three settings. METHODS: Older people living in the community or newly admitted to hospital or residential care were assessed for malnutrition risk using the validated Mini-Nutritional Assessment - Short Form and dysphagia risk using the Eating Assessment Tool-10. Demographic, physical and health data were collected. RESULTS: Of 167 participants, 23% were malnourished and 35% were at high risk of malnutrition...
May 25, 2017: Australasian Journal on Ageing
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28547864/sociodemographic-determinants-of-spatial-disparities-in-early-childhood-caries-an-ecological-analysis-in-braunschweig-germany
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Frederic Meyer, André Karch, Kristin Maria Schlinkmann, Johannes Dreesman, Johannes Horn, Nicole Rübsamen, Henny Sudradjat, Rainer Schubert, Rafael Mikolajczyk
OBJECTIVES: To identify spatial disparities in dental caries experience (measured by dmft (decayed missing filled teeth) index) of children in the city of Braunschweig and to evaluate whether these disparities can be explained by sociodemographic characteristics. METHODS: We examined the dental health of children aged 3-6 years visiting a daycare centre (DCC) in the metropolitan area of Braunschweig between 2009 and 2014 by combining data on dental health from the annual visits of the local health service with aggregated data on sociodemographic factors for Braunschweig's city districts...
May 26, 2017: Community Dentistry and Oral Epidemiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28547796/high-serum-total-cholesterol-is-associated-with-suicide-mortality-in-japanese-women
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T Svensson, M Inoue, N Sawada, H Charvat, M Mimura, S Tsugane
OBJECTIVE: To investigate the association between serum total cholesterol (TC) and suicide using a large general population cohort with long follow-up times. METHOD: Analyses included 16 341 men and 28 905 women aged 40-69 from the Japan Public Health Center-based Prospective Study followed from 1990 to 2012. TC levels were defined per clinical guidelines: low (<4.66 mmol/l [180 mg/dl]), normal (4.66-5.70 mmol/l [180-220 mg/dl]), and high (≥5.70 mmol/l [220 mg/dl])...
May 26, 2017: Acta Psychiatrica Scandinavica
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28547736/rice-bran-metabolome-contains-amino-acids-vitamins-cofactors-and-phytochemicals-with-medicinal-and-nutritional-properties
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Iman Zarei, Dustin G Brown, Nora Jean Nealon, Elizabeth P Ryan
BACKGROUND: Rice bran is a functional food that has shown protection against major chronic diseases (e.g. obesity, diabetes, cardiovascular disease and cancer) in animals and humans, and these health effects have been associated with the presence of bioactive phytochemicals. Food metabolomics uses multiple chromatography and mass spectrometry platforms to detect and identify a diverse range of small molecules with high sensitivity and precision, and has not been completed for rice bran...
December 2017: Rice
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28547667/metalloproteomics-approach-to-analyze-mercury-in-breast-milk-and-hair-samples-of-lactating-women-in-communities-of-the-amazon-basin-brazil
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M R Cerbino, José Cavalcante Souza Vieira, C P Braga, G Oliveira, I F Padilha, T M Silva, L F Zara, N J Silva, P M Padilha
Mercury is a potentially toxic element that is present in the environment of the Brazilian Amazon and is responsible for adverse health effects in humans. This study sought to assess possible protein biomarkers of mercury exposure in breast milk samples from lactating women in the Madeira and Negro Rivers in the Brazilian Amazon. The mercury content of hair samples of lactating women was determined, and the proteome of breast milk samples was obtained using two-dimensional electrophoresis after protein precipitation with acetone...
May 25, 2017: Biological Trace Element Research
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