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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28434210/changes-in-perinatal-hospital-deaths-occurring-outside-the-neonatal-intensive-care-unit-over-a-decade
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Amélie Du Pont-Thibodeau, Keith Barrington, Catherine Taillefer, Annie Janvier
AIM: Perinatal deaths occurring outside the neonatal intensive care unit (NICU) are rarely recorded in outcome studies, despite having a direct impact on perinatal statistics. Our aim was to investigate the timing and modes of perinatal deaths that occurred outside the NICU and changes over time. METHOD: We reviewed all perinatal deaths from 22 weeks of gestation onwards, without NICU admissions, during two periods in a Canadian tertiary mother and baby hospital and categorised deaths according to nine specific categories...
April 23, 2017: Acta Paediatrica
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28434188/drivers-of-community-assembly-in-tropical-forest-restoration-sites-role-of-local-environment-landscape-and-space
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Lívia D Audino, Stephen J Murphy, Ludimila Zambaldi, Julio Louzada, Liza S Comita
There is increasing recognition that community assembly theory can offer valuable insights for ecological restoration. We studied community assembly processes following tropical forest restoration efforts, using dung beetles (Scarabaeidae) as a focal taxon to investigate taxonomic and functional patterns of biodiversity recovery. We evaluated the relative importance of the local environment (i.e., canopy cover, understory cover, tree basal area, and soil texture), landscape context (i.e., habitat patch proximity and availability and percentage of surrounding area classified as natural forest or Eucalyptus spp...
April 23, 2017: Ecological Applications: a Publication of the Ecological Society of America
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28434117/associations-of-tim-1-genetic-polymorphisms-with-asthma-a-meta-analysis
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Xiaochuan Xie, Xiaohan Shi, Peng Chen, Li Rao
PURPOSE: Recently, the roles of TIM-1 genetic polymorphisms in asthma have been extensively studied, with conflicting results. Therefore, we performed the present meta-analysis to better assess potential associations of TIM-1 genetic polymorphisms with asthma. METHODS: Eligible articles were searched in PubMed, Medline, EMBASE, Google Scholar, and CNKI up to December 2016. Odds ratios (ORs) and 95% confidence intervals (CIs) were used to detect any potential associations between TIM-1 genetic polymorphisms and asthma...
April 22, 2017: Lung
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28434090/a-best-practice-position-statement-on-the-role-of-the-nephrologist-in-the-prevention-and-follow-up-of-preeclampsia-the-italian-study-group-on-kidney-and-pregnancy
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Giorgina Barbara Piccoli, Gianfranca Cabiddu, Santina Castellino, Giuseppe Gernone, Domenico Santoro, Gabriella Moroni, Donatella Spotti, Franca Giacchino, Rossella Attini, Monica Limardo, Stefania Maxia, Antioco Fois, Linda Gammaro, Tullia Todros
Preeclampsia (PE) is a protean syndrome causing a transitory kidney disease, characterised by hypertension and proteinuria, ultimately reversible after delivery. Its prevalence is variously estimated, from 3 to 5% to 10% if all the related disorders, including also pregnancy-induced hypertension (PIH) and HELLP syndrome (haemolysis, increase in liver enzyme, low platelets) are included. Both nephrologists and obstetricians are involved in the management of the disease, according to different protocols, and the clinical management, as well as the role for each specialty, differs worldwide...
April 22, 2017: Journal of Nephrology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28434054/patterns-of-gambling-activities-and-gambling-problems-among-italian-high-school-students-results-from-a-latent-class-analysis
#5
Nicola De Luigi, Dino Gibertoni, Emanuela Randon, Antonello E Scorcu
This study aims to provide an estimate of the prevalence of gambling among Italian adolescents and a description of their patterns of gambling activities (PGAs) using a latent class analysis on 13 different types of games. A nationwide sample of 10,959 Italian high school students was recruited in 2013. We assessed problem gambling using the South Oaks Gambling Screen: Revisited for Adolescent (SOGS-RA) scale. Approximately half (50.6%) of students reported gambling at least once in the previous year; 5.0% of them were problem gamblers and 9...
April 22, 2017: Journal of Gambling Studies
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28434023/developing-a-statistically-powerful-measure-for-quartet-tree-inference-using-phylogenetic-identities-and-markov-invariants
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Jeremy G Sumner, Amelia Taylor, Barbara R Holland, Peter D Jarvis
Recently there has been renewed interest in phylogenetic inference methods based on phylogenetic invariants, alongside the related Markov invariants. Broadly speaking, both these approaches give rise to polynomial functions of sequence site patterns that, in expectation value, either vanish for particular evolutionary trees (in the case of phylogenetic invariants) or have well understood transformation properties (in the case of Markov invariants). While both approaches have been valued for their intrinsic mathematical interest, it is not clear how they relate to each other, and to what extent they can be used as practical tools for inference of phylogenetic trees...
April 22, 2017: Journal of Mathematical Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28434016/chronic-rhinosinusitis-and-mood-disturbance
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S E Erskine, C Hopkins, A Clark, S Anari, A Robertson, S Sunkaraneni, J A Wilson, J Beezhold, C M Philpott
BACKGROUND: This study is part of the Chronic Rhinosinusitis Epidemiology Study (CRES). The overarching aim is to determine factors that influence the onset and severity of chronic rhinosinusitis (CRS). The aim of this analysis is to determine whether those with CRS are more likely to report psychiatric morbidity and in particular mood disturbance compared with healthy controls. METHODS: CRES consists of a study-specific questionnaire regarding demographic and socioeconomic factors and past medical history as well as a nasal symptom score (SNOT-22) and SF-36 (QoL - quality of life tool)...
April 23, 2017: Rhinology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28434010/dynamic-analysis-of-kidney-function-and-its-correlation-with-nutritional-indicators-in-a-large-sample-of-hospitalized-elderly-patients
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Li Qingping, Wei Ribao, Wang Yang, Su Tingyu, Yang Xi, Huang Mengjie, Miao Hui, Chen Xiangmei
BACKGROUND The aim of this study was to analyze changes in kidney function and its correlation with nutritional metabolism indicators in hospitalized elderly patients in a large medical center over the past 7 years. MATERIAL AND METHODS The renal function of patients over 60 years old in the Chinese PLA General Hospital in 2008, 2011, and 2014 were comparatively analyzed. The hemoglobin, serum albumin, triglycerides, cholesterol, uric acid, and urea nitrogen data were collected and used as the nutritional metabolism indicators...
April 23, 2017: Medical Science Monitor: International Medical Journal of Experimental and Clinical Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28433942/synthesis-and-characterization-of-poly-propylene-imine-dendrimer-grafted-gold-nanoparticles-as-nanocarriers-of-doxorubicin
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Marzieh Golshan, Mehdi Salami-Kalajahi, Mina Mirshekarpour, Hossein Roghani-Mamaqani, Maryam Mohammadi
The aim of current work is synthesis 4th-generation-poly(propylene imine) (PPI)-dendrimer modified gold nanoparticles (Au-G4A) as nanocarriers for doxorubicin (DOX) and studying in vitro drug release kinetics from nanocarriers into different media. Accordingly, AuNPs were synthesized by reduction of chloroauric acid (HAuCl4) aqueous solution with trisodium citrate and modified with cysteamine to obtain amine-functionalized (Au-NH2) nanoparticles. Au-NH2 nanoparticles were used as multifunctional cores and participated in Michael addition of acrylonitrile and reduction process by lithium aluminum hydride (LAH) to synthesize Au-G4A nanoparticles...
April 13, 2017: Colloids and Surfaces. B, Biointerfaces
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28433893/cytokine-profile-in-chronic-hepatitis-c-an-observation
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Dejan Baskic, Vuk R Vukovic, Suzana Popovic, Predrag Djurdjevic, Milan Zaric, Ivana Nikolic, Ivanka Zelen, Marina Mitrovic, Dusko Avramovic, Zeljko Mijailovic
The data addressing cytokine profile in chronically infected HCV patients are conflicting, ranging from Th1 or Th2 cytokine prevalence to the expression of both types of cytokines. Therefore, the aim of this study was to evaluate cytokine profile in these patients. Cytokine sera levels in HCV patients and healthy controls were evaluated using 13plex FlowCytomix Multiplex. Median values of both proinflammatory and anti-inflammatory cytokines were lower in HCV patients then in controls. In addition, the number of subjects producing detectable quantities of cytokines was significantly lower in the group of HCV patients...
April 20, 2017: Cytokine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28433861/c-reactive-protein-and-enzymatically-modified-ldl-cooperatively-promote-dendritic-cell-mediated-t-cell-activation
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Wei He, Yong Ren, Xiao Wang, Qiao Chen, Shifang Ding
BACKGROUND: Enzymatically modified low density lipoprotein (eLDL), C reactive protein (CRP), dendritic cells (DCs), and T cells were shown to be involved in the pathogenesis of atherosclerosis. This study aimed to investigate whether eLDL and CRP could cooperatively promote DC-mediated T cell activation and proliferation. METHOD: Low density lipoprotein was isolated from healthy human plasma and treated with proteases and cholesterol esterase. CD14(+) monocytes were isolated from human peripheral blood by gradient centrifugation and enriched with CD14 Microbeads, which were then induced with recombinant human IL-4 and granulocyte-macrophage colony-stimulating factor before treated with eLDL and/or CRP...
April 7, 2017: Cardiovascular Pathology: the Official Journal of the Society for Cardiovascular Pathology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28433831/ultrasonography-of-the-transverse-movement-and-deformation-of-the-median-nerve-and-its-relationships-with-electrophysiological-severity-in-the-early-stages-of-carpal-tunnel-syndrome
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Donghwi Park
BACKGROUND: To date, there have been conflicting suggestions regarding theinitial pathogenesis of CTS.It has been characterized as either inflammation of the median nerve caused by compression ornon-inflammatory fibrosis of the subsynovial connective tissue (SSCT). OBJECTIVE: To investigate the initialpathogenesis of CTS, we compared the deformation and displacement of the median nerve in accordance with the electrophysiological severity between patients with CTS (via Bland`s scale) and healthy controls...
April 19, 2017: PM & R: the Journal of Injury, Function, and Rehabilitation
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28433827/a-comparison-of-medication-administration-errors-from-original-medication-packaging-and-multi-compartment-compliance-aids-in-care-homes-a-prospective-observational-study
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Julia Fiona-Maree Gilmartin-Thomas, Felicity Smith, Rory Wolfe, Yogini Jani
BACKGROUND: No published study has been specifically designed to compare medication administration errors between original medication packaging and multi-compartment compliance aids in care homes, using direct observation. OBJECTIVES: Compare the effect of original medication packaging and multi-compartment compliance aids on medication administration accuracy. DESIGN: Prospective observational. SETTING: Ten Greater London care homes...
March 28, 2017: International Journal of Nursing Studies
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28433814/synovial-fluid-pro-inflammatory-profile-differs-according-to-the-characteristics-of-knee-pain
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Ying Ying Leung, Janet L Huebner, Benjamin Haaland, Steven Bak Siew Wong, Virginia Byers Kraus
OBJECTIVE: The role of inflammation and pain in osteoarthritis (OA) is not fully understood. We evaluated the association between pro-inflammatory biomarkers and pain. METHODS: We used baseline data and samples from a randomized controlled trial of colchicine for symptomatic knee OA. Severity of pain of the more symptomatic knee was assessed by NHANES-I criterion and WOMAC pain index. Pains on movement and at rest were self-reported on an 11-point Likert scale. Severity of radiographic tibiofemoral OA was assessed by Kellgren and Lawrence (KL) grade...
April 19, 2017: Osteoarthritis and Cartilage
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28433727/superficial-swab-versus-deep-tissue-biopsy-for-the-microbiological-diagnosis-of-local-infection-in-advanced-stage-pressure-ulcers-of-spinal-cord-injured-patients-a-prospective-study
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Sara Tedeschi, Luca Negosanti, Rossella Sgarzani, Filippo Trapani, Salvatore Pignanelli, Micaela Battilana, Rita Capirossi, Donatella Brillanti Ventura, Maddalena Giannella, Michele Bartoletti, Fabio Tumietto, Francesco Cristini, Pierluigi Viale
OBJECTIVE: To assess the predictive value of superficial ulcer swab culture to make a microbiological diagnosis of deep wound infections in spinal cord injury (SCI) patients with advanced-stage pressure ulcers (PU). METHODS: From July 2011 to February 2014, we performed a prospective, single-centre study on adult SCI patients undergoing scheduled surgical debridement and reconstruction for advanced-stage PU, at Montecatone Rehabilitation Institute, a 150-bed hospital dedicated to SCI care...
April 19, 2017: Clinical Microbiology and Infection
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28433679/part-i-design-synthesis-and-biological-evaluation-of-novel-pyrazole-benzimidazole-conjugates-as-checkpoint-kinase-2-chk2-inhibitors-with-studying-their-activities-alone-and-in-combination-with-genotoxic-drugs
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Shadia A Galal, Ahmed S Abdelsamie, Samia A Shouman, Yasmin M Attia, Hamed I Ali, Ashraf Tabll, Reem El-Shenawy, Yasmine S El Abd, Mamdouh M Ali, Abeer E Mahmoud, Abeer H Abdel-Halim, Amal A Fyiad, Adel S Girgis, Hoda I El-Diwani
Activated checkpoint kinase 2 (Chk2) is a tumor suppressor as one of the main enzymes that affect the cell cycle. 2-Biarylbenzimidazoles are potent selective class of Chk2 inhibitors; the structure-based design was applied to synthesize a new series of this class with replacing the lateral aryl group by substituted pyrazoles. Ten pyrazole-benzimidazole conjugates from the best fifty candidates according to docking programs have been subjected to chemical synthesis in this study. The activities of the conjugates 5-14 as checkpoint kinase inhibitors and as antitumor alone and in combination with genotoxic drugs were evaluated...
April 14, 2017: European Journal of Medicinal Chemistry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28433651/the-surge-of-predatory-open-access-in-neurosciences-and-neurology
#17
Andrea Manca, Gianluca Martinez, Lucia Cugusi, Daniele Dragone, Zeevi Dvir, Franca Deriu
Predatory open access is a controversial publishing business model that exploits the open-access system by charging publication fees in the absence of transparent editorial services. The credibility of academic publishing is now seriously threatened by predatory journals, whose articles are accorded real citations and thus contaminate the genuine scientific records of legitimate journals. This is of particular concern for public health since clinical practice relies on the findings generated by scholarly articles...
April 19, 2017: Neuroscience
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28433642/predicting-non-muscle-invasive-bladder-cancer-recurrence-and-progression-in-a-us-population
#18
Kourosh Ravvaz, Marcus E Walz, John A Weissert, Tracy M Downs
PURPOSE: To assess performance of The European Organization for Research and Treatment of Cancer (EORTC) and Club Urologico Español de Tratamiento Oncologico (CUETO) non-muscle invasive bladder cancer (NMIBC) predictive models compared to current US National Comprehensive Cancer Network (NCCN) treatment guidelines in a US population. MATERIALS AND METHODS: Retrospective analysis using electronic medical records of patients with NMIBC within a multicenter US patient population...
April 19, 2017: Journal of Urology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28433637/inhibition-of-pro-inflammatory-enzymes-by-medicinal-plants-from-the-argentinean-highlands-puna
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Romina Torres-Carro, María Inés Isla, Samanta Thomas-Valdes, Felipe Jiménez-Aspee, Guillermo Schmeda-Hirschmann, María Rosa Alberto
ETHNOPHARMACOLOGICAL RELEVANCE: Human groups in the Argentinean Andes highlands (Puna) selected native plants as anti-inflammatory agents. The indications of use are mainly to relieve pain, in infusions, ethanolic extracts or plasters. AIM OF THE STUDY: The objective of the study was to assess the effect of hydroalcoholic extracts from native highland plants as anti-inflammatory according to the traditional indications of use. The chemical profile of the three most active species was analyzed by HPLC-ESI-MS to get in insight into the constituents and the effects observed, according to the ethnopharmacological information...
April 19, 2017: Journal of Ethnopharmacology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28433597/prediction-of-toxicity-of-zinc-and-nickel-mixtures-to-artemia-sp-at-various-salinities-from-additivity-to-antagonism
#20
Évila Pinheiro Damasceno, Lívia Pitombeira de Figuerêdo, Marcionília Fernandes Pimentel, Susana Loureiro, Letícia Veras Costa-Lotufo
Few studies have examined the toxicity of metal mixtures to marine organisms exposed to different salinities. The aim of the present study was to investigate the acute toxicity of zinc and nickel exposures singly and in combination to Artemia sp. under salinities of 10, 17, and 35 psu. The mixture concentrations were determined according to individual toxic units (TUs) to follow a fixed ratio design. Zinc was more toxic than nickel, and both their individual toxicities were higher at lower salinities. These changes in toxicity can be attributed to the Biotic Ligand Model (BLM) rather than to metal speciation...
April 20, 2017: Ecotoxicology and Environmental Safety
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