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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28077811/nutrition-status-predicts-severity-of-vascular-calcification-in-non-dialyzed-chronic-kidney-disease
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Kazuhiro Harada, Susumu Suzuki, Hideki Ishii, Kenshi Hirayama, Toshijiro Aoki, Yohei Shibata, Yosuke Negishi, Takuya Sumi, Kazuhiro Kawashima, Ayako Kunimura, Yosuke Tatami, Toshiki Kawamiya, Dai Yamamoto, Ryota Morimoto, Yoshinari Yasuda, Toyoaki Murohara
BACKGROUND: Vascular calcification is a major complication in chronic kidney disease (CKD) that increases the risk of adverse clinical outcomes. Geriatric nutritional risk index (GNRI) is a simple nutritional assessment tool that predicts poor prognosis in elderly subjects. The purpose of the present study was to evaluate the correlation between GNRI and severity of vascular calcification in non-dialyzed CKD patients.Methods and Results:We enrolled 323 asymptomatic CKD patients. To evaluate abdominal aortic calcification (AAC), we used aortic calcification index (ACI) determined on non-contrast computed tomography...
January 12, 2017: Circulation Journal: Official Journal of the Japanese Circulation Society
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28072793/merit-based-incentive-payment-system-meaningful-changes-in-the-final-rule-brings-cautious-optimism
#2
Laxmaiah Manchikanti, Standiford Helm Ii, Aaron K Calodney, Joshua A Hirsch
The Medicare Access and CHIP Reauthorization Act of 2015 (MACRA) eliminated the flawed Sustainable Growth Rate (SGR) act formula - a longstanding crucial issue of concern for health care providers and Medicare beneficiaries. MACRA also included a quality improvement program entitled, "The Merit-Based Incentive Payment System, or MIPS." The proposed rule of MIPS sought to streamline existing federal quality efforts and therefore linked 4 distinct programs into one. Three existing programs, meaningful use (MU), Physician Quality Reporting System (PQRS), value-based payment (VBP) system were merged with the addition of Clinical Improvement Activity category...
January 2017: Pain Physician
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28056183/cell-seeded-autologous-chondrocyte-implantation
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Andreas H Gomoll, Amy Phan, Marissa Mastrocola, Luiz Felipe Ambra, Nehal Shah
BACKGROUND: The use of autologous chondrocyte implantation (ACI) remains limited, even though multiple studies have demonstrated success rates exceeding 75%. The procedure is perceived as invasive and technically challenging, presenting barriers to more widespread adoption. Purpose/Hypothesis: The objective of this study was to investigate whether outcomes and the failure rate of a simplified ACI technique (cs-ACI) were comparable with those of the more complicated traditional technique of a chondrocyte suspension injected under a collagen membrane (cACI)...
December 1, 2016: American Journal of Sports Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28046201/measuring-cognitive-judgement-bias-in-rats-using-the-ambiguous-cue-interpretation-test
#4
Justyna Papciak, Rafal Rygula
An active-choice, operant, ambiguous-cue interpretation (ACI) paradigm is described that can be used for measuring cognitive judgement bias in rats. In this behavioral test, animals in an operant conditioning chamber are trained to press a lever to receive a food reward when a specific tone is presented, and to press another lever in response to a different tone to avoid punishment by an electric foot-shock. The tones, which serve as discriminative stimuli, acquire a positive or negative valence, and the training continues until the rats demonstrate a stable, correct discrimination between these two stimuli...
January 3, 2017: Current Protocols in Neuroscience
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28035925/novel-phospho-tau-monoclonal-antibody-generated-using-a-liposomal-vaccine-with-enhanced-recognition-of-a-conformational-tauopathy-epitope
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Clara Theunis, Oskar Adolfsson, Natalia Crespo-Biel, Kasia Piorkowska, Maria Pihlgren, David T Hickman, Valérie Gafner, Peter Borghgraef, Herman Devijver, Andrea Pfeifer, Fred Van Leuven, Andreas Muhs
The microtubule-associated protein Tau is an intrinsically unfolded, very soluble neuronal protein. Under still unknown circumstances, Tau protein forms soluble oligomers and insoluble aggregates that are closely linked to the cause and progression of various brain pathologies, including Alzheimer's disease. Previously we reported the development of liposome-based vaccines and their efficacy and safety in preclinical mouse models for tauopathy. Here we report the use of a liposomal vaccine for the generation of a monoclonal antibody with particular characteristics that makes it a valuable tool for fundamental studies as well as a candidate antibody for diagnostic and therapeutic applications...
December 30, 2016: Journal of Alzheimer's Disease: JAD
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28026093/cyanobacterial-harmful-algal-blooms-are-a-biological-disturbance-to-western-lake-erie-bacterial-communities
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Michelle A Berry, Timothy W Davis, Rose M Cory, Melissa B Duhaime, Thomas H Johengen, George W Kling, John A Marino, Paul A Den Uyl, Duane Gossiaux, Gregory J Dick, Vincent J Denef
Human activities are causing a global proliferation of cyanobacterial harmful algal blooms (CHABs), yet we have limited understanding of how these events affect freshwater bacterial communities. Using weekly data from western Lake Erie in 2014, we investigated how the cyanobacterial community varied over space and time, and whether the bloom affected non-cyanobacterial (nc-bacterial) diversity and composition. Cyanobacterial community composition fluctuated dynamically during the bloom, but was dominated by Microcystis and Synechococcus OTUs...
December 27, 2016: Environmental Microbiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28006032/evaluation-of-bt-corn-with-pyramided-genes-on-efficacy-and-insect-resistance-management-for-the-asian-corn-borer-in-china
#7
Fan Jiang, Tiantao Zhang, Shuxiong Bai, Zhenying Wang, Kanglai He
A Bt corn hybrid (AcIe) with two Bt genes (cry1Ie and cry1Ac) was derived by breeding stack from line expressing Cry1Ie and a line expressing Cry1Ac. Efficacy of this pyramided Bt corn hybrid against the Asian corn borer (ACB), Ostrinia furnacalis, was evaluated. We conducted laboratory bioassays using susceptible and resistant ACB strains fed on artificial diet or fresh plant tissues. We also conducted field trials with artificial infestations of ACB neonates at the V6 and silk stages. The toxin-diet bioassay data indicated that mixtures of Cry1Ac and Cry1Ie proteins had synergistic insecticidal efficacy...
2016: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27994559/impaired-attentional-control-in-pedophiles-in-a-sexual-distractor-task
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Kirsten Jordan, Peter Fromberger, Jakob von Herder, Henrike Steinkrauss, Rebekka Nemetschek, Joachim Witzel, Jürgen L Müller
Pedophilic disorder, a subtype of paraphilia, is defined as a recurrent sexual interest in prepubescent children, which is characterized by persistent thoughts, fantasies, urges, sexual arousal, or behavior. Besides a deviant sexual preference, sexual preoccupation was found to be a dynamic risk factor for reoffending. Thus, it is conceivable that sex offenders and especially sex offenders against children have difficulties to control their responses to sexual stimuli. In the current study pedophiles, forensic and non-forensic control subjects had to solve a cognitive task, while sexual distractors were presented simultaneously...
2016: Frontiers in Psychiatry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27935890/-surgical-prevention-of-ischaemic-strokes-by-means-of-an-extraintracranial-microanastomosis-eicma-in-the-carotid-basin
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V V Krylov, V A Luk'yanchikov, A S Tokarev, O Yu Nakhabin, N A Polunina, I V Sen'ko, V A Dalibaldyan, E V Grigor'eva, N E Kudryashova, G K Guseinova, E V Udodov, T A Fedulova
BACKGROUND: Not less than 50% of all ischaemic strokes appear to occur resulting from pathology of extracranial arteries. Occlusions and stenoses are more commonly encountered in carotid arteries, with the incidence of occlusion of the internal carotid artery (ICA) ranging from 5 to 10% within the structure of all lesions of brachiocephalic arteries (BCA). AIM: The study was aimed at assessing the results of a surgical procedure of extra-intracranial microanastomosis (EICMA) performed in patients presenting with occlusive and stenotic lesions of BCA at the Neurosurgical Department...
2016: Angiologii︠a︡ i Sosudistai︠a︡ Khirurgii︠a︡, Angiology and Vascular Surgery
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27914219/immune-protection-duration-and-efficacy-stability-of-dna-vaccine-encoding-eimeria-tenella-ta4-and-chicken-il-2-against-coccidiosis
#10
Xiaokai Song, Xiaofang Zhao, Lixin Xu, Ruofeng Yan, Xiangrui Li
In our previous study, an effective DNA vaccine encoding Eimeria tenella TA4 and chicken IL-2 was constructed. In the present study, the immunization dose of the DNA vaccine pVAX1.0-TA4-IL-2 was further optimized. With the optimized dose, the dynamics of antibodies induced by the DNA vaccine was determined using indirect ELISA. To evaluate the immune protection duration of the DNA vaccine, two-week-old chickens were intramuscularly immunized twice and the induced efficacy was evaluated by challenging with E...
November 25, 2016: Research in Veterinary Science
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27890969/behavior-of-post-installed-anchors-tested-by-stepwise-increasing-cyclic-load-protocols
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Philipp Mahrenholtz, Rolf Eligehausen, Tara C Hutchinson, Matthew S Hoehler
Cyclic loads are a characteristic feature of actions acting on structures and anchorages during earthquakes. For this reason, seismic qualification of post-installed concrete anchors according to the internationally recognized American Concrete Institute (ACI) standard ACI 355 is based on cyclic load tests. The protocols for these tests, however, have limited scientific basis. Therefore, in the present paper newly-developed test protocols with stepwise-increasing load amplitudes are utilized to more realistically evaluate anchor seismic performance...
September 2016: ACI Struct J
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27879076/drug-survival-rates-and-reasons-for-drug-discontinuation-in-psoriasis
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Tobias Arnold, Marthe-Lisa Schaarschmidt, Raphael Herr, Joachim E Fischer, Sergij Goerdt, Wiebke K Peitsch
BACKGROUND AND OBJECTIVES: Moderate-to-severe psoriasis frequently requires long-term systemic therapy. Reflecting efficacy, safety, and treatment satisfaction, drug survival is an indicator of therapeutic success. The objective of the present study was to assess drug survival rates and reasons for discontinuation of fumaric acid esters (FAE), methotrexate (MTX), acitretin (ACI), cyclosporine A (CyA), adalimumab (ADA), etanercept (ETA), infliximab (INF), and ustekinumab (UST) in patients with moderate-to-severe psoriasis...
November 2016: Journal der Deutschen Dermatologischen Gesellschaft, Journal of the German Society of Dermatology: JDDG
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27879071/-drug-survival-raten-und-gr%C3%A3-nde-f%C3%A3-r-den-abbruch-von-systemtherapien-bei-psoriasis
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Tobias Arnold, Marthe-Lisa Schaarschmidt, Raphael Herr, Joachim E Fischer, Sergij Goerdt, Wiebke K Peitsch
HINTERGRUND UND ZIELE: Mittelschwere bis schwere Psoriasis erfordert häufig eine langfristige systemische Behandlung. Die Therapietreue bezüglich eines Medika-ments (Überlebensrate, "Drug Survival") reflektiert dessen Wirksamkeit, Sicherheit sowie die Zufriedenheit mit der Behandlung und ist ein Indikator für den Therapieerfolg. Das Ziel der vorliegenden Studie was die Ermittlung der "Drug-Survival"-Raten sowie der Gründe für den Abbruch einer Behandlung mit Fumarsäureestern (fumaric acid esters, FAE), Methotrexat (MTX), Acitretin (ACI), Cyclosporin A (CyA), Adalimumab (ADA), Etanercept (ETA), Infliximab (INF) und Ustekinumab (UST) bei Patienten mit mittelschwerer bis schwerer Psoriasis...
November 2016: Journal der Deutschen Dermatologischen Gesellschaft, Journal of the German Society of Dermatology: JDDG
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27876261/cartilage-repair-strategies-in-the-knee-a-survey-of-turkish-surgeons
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Nurzat Elmalı, Reha Tandoğan, Murat Demirel, Murat Bozkurt, Tahsin Beyzadeoglu
OBJECTIVES: The purpose of this study was to analyze the trends in cartilage repair strategies among Turkish orthopedic surgeons for isolated focal (osteo)chondral lesions of the knee joint. MATERIALS AND METHODS: A web-based survey of 21 questions consisting of surgical indications, techniques and time to return to sports was developed to investigate the preferences of members of the TOTBID and the TUSYAD. RESULTS: A total of 147 surgeons answered the questionnaire...
October 2016: Acta Orthopaedica et Traumatologica Turcica
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27869720/30i%C3%A3-mes-journ%C3%A3-es-franco-belges-de-pharmacochimie
#15
Samia Aci-Sèche, Frédéric Buron, Karen Plé, Laurent Robin, Franck Suzenet, Sylvain Routier
The "Journées Franco-Belges de Pharmacochimie" is a recognized annual meeting in organic and medicinal chemistry known for the quality of scientific exchange and conviviality. Young researchers were encouraged to present their work and share ideas with senior scientists. Abstracts of plenary lectures, oral communications, and posters presented during the meeting are collected in this report.
November 18, 2016: Pharmaceuticals
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27856952/clinical-outcomes-of-posterior-versus-anterior-circulation-infarction-with-low-national-institutes-of-health-stroke-scale-scores
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Joon-Tae Kim, Man-Seok Park, Kang-Ho Choi, Beom Joon Kim, Moon-Ku Han, Tai Hwan Park, Sang-Soon Park, Kyung Bok Lee, Byung-Chul Lee, Kyung-Ho Yu, Mi Sun Oh, Jae Kwan Cha, Dae-Hyun Kim, Hyun-Wook Nah, Jun Lee, Soo Joo Lee, Youngchai Ko, Jae Guk Kim, Jong-Moo Park, Kyusik Kang, Yong-Jin Cho, Keun-Sik Hong, Jay Chol Choi, Dong-Eog Kim, Wi-Sun Ryu, Dong-Ick Shin, Min-Ju Yeo, Wook-Joo Kim, Juneyoung Lee, Ji Sung Lee, Hee-Joon Bae, Jeffrey L Saver, Ki-Hyun Cho
BACKGROUND AND PURPOSE: We compared baseline characteristics and outcomes at 3 months between patients with minor anterior circulation infarction (ACI) versus minor posterior circulation infarction (PCI), including the influence of large vessel disease on outcomes. METHODS: This study is an analysis of a prospective multicenter registry database in South Korea. Eligibility criteria were patients with ischemic stroke admitted within 7 days of stroke onset, lesions in either anterior or posterior circulation, and National Institutes of Health Stroke Scale score of ≤4 at baseline...
January 2017: Stroke; a Journal of Cerebral Circulation
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27835044/patient-experiences-of-recovery-after-autologous-chondrocyte-implantation-a-qualitative-study
#17
Jenny L Toonstra, Dana Howell, Robert A English, Christian Lattermann, Carl G Mattacola
CONTEXT:  The recovery process after autologous chondrocyte implantation (ACI) can be challenging for patients and clinicians alike due to significant functional limitations and a lengthy healing time. Understanding patients' experiences during the recovery process may assist clinicians in providing more individualized care. OBJECTIVE:  To explore and describe patients' experiences during the recovery process after ACI. DESIGN:  Qualitative study...
November 1, 2016: Journal of Athletic Training
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27826762/matrix-based-autologous-chondrocyte-implantation-in-children-and-adolescents-a-match-paired-analysis-in-a-follow-up-over-three-years-post-operation
#18
Thomas Richard Niethammer, Martin Holzgruber, Mehmet Fatih Gülecyüz, Patrick Weber, Matthias Frank Pietschmann, Peter Ernst Müller
PURPOSE: The aim of this study is the investigation of the clinical results after third generation autologous chondrocyte implantation in the knee in a follow-up over three years post-operation. Our primary focus is on the effects of this procedure on children and adolescent patients as there is a lack of knowledge regarding the clinical outcomes in children/adolescents in particular when compared with adults. METHODS: A total of 40 patients (43 defects) <20 years with cartilage defects of the knee were treated with third generation ACI (Novocart® 3D)...
November 8, 2016: International Orthopaedics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27803938/biological-knee-reconstruction-with-concomitant-autologous-chondrocyte-implantation-and-meniscal-allograft-transplantation-mid-to-long-term-outcomes
#19
Takahiro Ogura, Tim Bryant, Tom Minas
BACKGROUND: Treating articular cartilage defects and meniscal deficiency is challenging. Although some short- to mid-term follow-up studies report good clinical outcomes after concurrent autologous chondrocyte implantation (ACI) and meniscal allograft transplantation (MAT), longer follow-up is needed. PURPOSE: To evaluate mid- to long-term outcomes after combined ACI with MAT. STUDY DESIGN: Case series; Level of evidence, 4. METHODS: We performed a retrospective review of prospectively gathered data from patients who had undergone ACI with MAT between 1999 and 2013...
October 2016: Orthopaedic Journal of Sports Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27797965/seasonality-of-freshwater-bacterioplankton-diversity-in-two-tropical-shallow-lakes-from-the-brazilian-atlantic-forest
#20
Marcelo P Ávila, Peter A Staehr, Francisco A R Barbosa, Edmar Chartone-Souza, Andréa M A Nascimento
Bacteria are highly important for the cycling of organic and inorganic matter in freshwater environments, however, little is known about the diversity of bacterioplankton in tropical systems. Studies on carbon and nutrient cycling in tropical lakes suggest a very different seasonality from that of temperate climates. Here, we used 16S rRNA gene next generation sequencing (NGS) to investigate seasonal changes in bacterioplankton communities of two tropical lakes, which differed in trophic status and mixing regime...
October 18, 2016: FEMS Microbiology Ecology
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