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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28528463/facebook-advertising-to-recruit-young-urban-women-into-an-hiv-prevention-clinical-trial
#1
Rachel Jones, Lorraine J Lacroix, Eloni Porcher
Advertising via Facebook to elicit involvement in clinical trials has demonstrated promise in expanding geographic reach while maintaining confidentiality. The purpose of this study is to evaluate Facebook advertising to reach at-risk, predominately African American or Black women in higher HIV prevalence communities for an HIV prevention clinical trial, and to compare baseline characteristics to those recruited on-the-ground. Maintaining confidentiality and the practical aspects of creating and posting ads on Facebook are described...
May 20, 2017: AIDS and Behavior
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28528357/cerebellar-gray-matter-alterations-in-huntington-disease-a-voxel-based-morphometry-study
#2
Paula C de Azevedo, Rachel P Guimarães, Camila C Piccinin, Luiza G Piovesana, Lidiane S Campos, Juliana R Zuiani, Eliza M Tamashiro, Giordanna Pinheiro, Augusto C Amato-Filho, Fernando Cendes, Iscia Lopes-Cendes, Anelyssa D'Abreu
Neuropathological and neuroimaging studies in Huntington disease (HD) have suggested a role for the cerebellum. Our goal was to perform a detailed evaluation of cerebellar morphology. We performed the Unified HD rating scale (UHDRS) and Montreal cognitive assessment (MOCA) in 26 HD patients and 26 healthy controls. We created a two-sample test to analyze cerebellar gray matter (GM) differences between groups and another to correlate GM alterations with UHDRS and MOCA, corrected for age, expanded cytosine-adenine-guanine repeats, and disease duration using the spatially unbiased atlas template (SUIT)-SPM-toolbox which preserves anatomical detailing...
May 20, 2017: Cerebellum
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28528178/expanding-biological-activities-of-ts19-frag-ii-toxin-insights-into-il-17-production
#3
Felipe Augusto Cerni, Manuela Berto Pucca, Karina Furlani Zoccal, Fabiani Gai Frantz, Lucia Helena Faccioli, Eliane Candiani Arantes
Tityus serrulatus (Ts) venom is composed of a mixture of toxins presenting diverse biological functions. However, although this venom has been studied over the past three decades, omics analysis revealed that most of its toxins are not identified or their biological activities are unknown. Ts19 Frag-II is included is this group, which function is still uncertain. This study aimed to expand the biological activities of Ts19 Frag-II through in vivo investigation. Our results demonstrates that mice challenged with Ts19 Frag-II presented biochemical alterations, increasing serum levels of urea, ALT and β-globulin, besides decreasing γ-globulins...
May 17, 2017: Toxicon: Official Journal of the International Society on Toxinology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28528072/how-to-perform-a-late-surgical-explantation-of-a-corevalve-aortic-bioprothesis
#4
Daniel Hernandez-Vaquero, Isaac Pascual, Rocío Diaz, Rubén Álvarez-Cabo, César Moris, Jacobo Silva
As transcatheter techniques expand to younger patients, cardiac surgeons need to know a safe surgical technique to extract these kinds of prostheses. We describe here an adequate surgical strategy for the explantation of a CoreValve prosthesis that was implanted more than 5 years previously.
June 2017: Annals of Thoracic Surgery
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28527887/mst1-deficiency-promotes-b-cell-responses-by-cd4-t-cell-derived-il-4-resulting-in-hypergammaglobulinemia
#5
Eunchong Park, Myun Soo Kim, Ju Han Song, Kyung Min Cho, Kyung-Hye Roh, Rana Lee, Tae Sung Kim
MST1 deficiency causes T and B cell lymphopenia, resulting in combined immunodeficiency. However, MST1-deficient patients also exhibit autoimmune-like symptoms such as hypergammaglobulinemia and autoantibody production. Recent studies have shown that the autoimmune responses observed in MST1-deficient patients were most likely attributable to defective regulatory T (Treg) cells instead of intrinsic signals in MST1-lacking B cells. Nevertheless, it is not determined how MST1 deficiency in T cells breaks B cell tolerance and causes systemic autoimmune-like phenotypes...
May 17, 2017: Biochemical and Biophysical Research Communications
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28527771/aspirin-versus-aspirin-plus-clopidogrel-as-antithrombotic-treatment-following-transcatheter-aortic-valve-replacement-with-a-balloon-expandable-valve-the-arte-aspirin-versus-aspirin%C3%A2-clopidogrel-following%C3%A2-transcatheter-aortic-valve-implantation-randomized%C3%A2
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Josep Rodés-Cabau, Jean-Bernard Masson, Robert C Welsh, Bruno Garcia Del Blanco, Marc Pelletier, John G Webb, Faisal Al-Qoofi, Philippe Généreux, Gabriel Maluenda, Martin Thoenes, Jean-Michel Paradis, Chekrallah Chamandi, Vicenç Serra, Eric Dumont, Mélanie Côté
OBJECTIVE: The aim of this study was to compare aspirin plus clopidogrel with aspirin alone as antithrombotic treatment following transcatheter aortic valve replacement (TAVR) for the prevention of ischemic events, bleeding events, and death. BACKGROUND: Few data exist on the optimal antithrombotic therapy following TAVR. METHODS: This was a randomized controlled trial comparing aspirin (80 to 100 mg/day) plus clopidogrel (75 mg/day) (dual-antiplatelet therapy [DAPT]) versus aspirin alone (single-antiplatelet therapy [SAPT]) in patients undergoing TAVR with a balloon-expandable valve...
May 11, 2017: JACC. Cardiovascular Interventions
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28527734/singlet-oxygen-responsive-micelles-for-enhanced-photodynamic-therapy
#7
Xiaodan Li, Min Gao, Keting Xin, Ling Zhang, Dan Ding, Deling Kong, Zheng Wang, Yang Shi, Fabian Kiessling, Twan Lammers, Jianjun Cheng, Yanjun Zhao
Photodynamic therapy (PDT) efficacy is limited by the very short half-life and limited diffusion radius of singlet oxygen ((1)O2). We report a (1)O2-responsive micellar nanoplatform subject to considerable size-expansion upon light triggering to facilitate on-demand release of photosensitizers. Imidazole, a well-known (1)O2 scavenger, was incorporated in the hydrophobic core of amphiphilic copolymer micelles, and was used to coordinate with biocompatible Zn(2+) and encapsulate the photosensitizer chlorin e6 (Ce6)...
May 17, 2017: Journal of Controlled Release: Official Journal of the Controlled Release Society
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28527702/crispr-cas9-induced-disruption-of-wt1a-and-wt1b-reveals-their-different-roles-in-kidney-and-gonad-development-in-nile-tilapia
#8
Dongneng Jiang, Jinlin Chen, Zheng Fan, Dejie Tan, Jiue Zhao, Hongjuan Shi, Zhilong Liu, Wenjing Tao, Minghui Li, Deshou Wang
Wilms tumor 1 (Wt1) is an essential factor for urogenital system development. Teleosts have two wt1s, named as wt1a and wt1b. In this study, the expression pattern of wt1a and wt1b and their functions on the urogenital system were analyzed by in situ hybridization and CRISPR/Cas9. wt1a was found to be expressed in the glomerulus at 3 dah (days after hatching), earlier than wt1b. wt1a and wt1b were simultaneously expressed in the somatic cells of gonads at 3 dah, while their cell locations were similar, but not identical in adult fish gonads...
May 17, 2017: Developmental Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28527520/recent-advances-in-smart-biotechnology-hydrogels-and-nanocarriers-for-tailored-bioactive-molecules-depot
#9
REVIEW
Gesmi Milcovich, Stefania Lettieri, Filipe E Antunes, Bruno Medronho, Ana C Fonseca, Jorge F J Coelho, Paolo Marizza, Francesca Perrone, Rossella Farra, Barbara Dapas, Gabriele Grassi, Mario Grassi, Silvia Giordani
Over the past ten years, the global biopharmaceutical market has remarkably grown, with ten over the top twenty worldwide high performance medical treatment sales being biologics. Thus, biotech R&D (research and development) sector is becoming a key leading branch, with expanding revenues. Biotechnology offers considerable advantages compared to traditional therapeutic approaches, such as reducing side effects, specific treatments, higher patient compliance and therefore more effective treatments leading to lower healthcare costs...
May 9, 2017: Advances in Colloid and Interface Science
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28527504/telehealth-in-physical-medicine-and-rehabilitation-a-narrative-review
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REVIEW
Adam S Tenforde, Jaye E Hefner, Jodi E Kodish-Wachs, Mary A Iaccarino, Sabrina Paganoni
Telehealth refers to health care interactions that leverage telecommunication devices to provide medical care outside the traditional face-to-face, in-person medical encounter. Technology advances and research have expanded use of telehealth in health care delivery. Physical medicine and rehabilitation providers may use telehealth to deliver care to populations with neurologic and musculoskeletal conditions, commonly treated in both acute care and outpatient settings. Patients with impaired mobility and those living in locations with reduced access to care may particularly benefit...
May 2017: PM & R: the Journal of Injury, Function, and Rehabilitation
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28527472/-leaving-no-one-behind-reflections-on-the-design-of-community-based-hiv-prevention-for-migrants-in-johannesburg-s-inner-city-hostels-and-informal-settlements
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Fiona Scorgie, Jo Vearey, Monique Oliff, Jonathan Stadler, Emilie Venables, Matthew F Chersich, Sinead Delany-Moretlwe
BACKGROUND: Unmanaged urban growth in southern and eastern Africa has led to a growth of informal housing in cities, which are home to poor, marginalised populations, and associated with the highest HIV prevalence in urban areas. This article describes and reflects on the authors' experiences in designing and implementing an HIV intervention originally intended for migrant men living in single-sex hostels of inner-city Johannesburg. It shows how formative research findings were incorporated into project design, substantially shifting the scope of the original project...
May 20, 2017: BMC Public Health
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28527461/systematically-expanding-nondirect-product-bases-within-the-pruned-multi-configuration-time-dependent-hartree-mctdh-method-a-comparison-with-multi-layer-mctdh
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Robert Wodraszka, Tucker Carrington
We propose a pruned multi-configuration time-dependent Hartree (MCTDH) method with systematically expanding nondirect product bases and use it to solve the time-independent Schrödinger equation. No pre-determined pruning condition is required to select the basis functions. Using about 65 000 basis functions, we calculate the first 69 vibrational eigenpairs of acetonitrile, CH3CN, to an accuracy better than that achieved in a previous pruned MCTDH calculation which required more than 100 000 basis functions...
May 21, 2017: Journal of Chemical Physics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28527448/estimating-thermodynamic-expectations-and-free-energies-in-expanded-ensemble-simulations-systematic-variance-reduction-through-conditioning
#13
Manuel Athènes, Pierre Terrier
Markov chain Monte Carlo methods are primarily used for sampling from a given probability distribution and estimating multi-dimensional integrals based on the information contained in the generated samples. Whenever it is possible, more accurate estimates are obtained by combining Monte Carlo integration and integration by numerical quadrature along particular coordinates. We show that this variance reduction technique, referred to as conditioning in probability theory, can be advantageously implemented in expanded ensemble simulations...
May 21, 2017: Journal of Chemical Physics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28527428/physicochemical-and-biological-interactions-between-cerium-oxide-nanoparticles-and-a-1-8-naphthalimide-derivative
#14
Gerardo Pulido-Reyes, Esperanza Martín, J L Gu Coronado, Francisco Leganes, Roberto Rosal, Francisca Fernández-Piñas
Cerium (Ce) oxide nanoparticles (CNPs) have attracted attention due to their high bioactivity and unique redox-chemistry. The oxygen vacancies at the surface of the nanoparticle explain the autocatalytic properties of CNPs in which the Ce(3+) atoms occupy the center of the oxygen vacancies surrounded by Ce(4+) atoms. Until now, CNPs have been associated with organic molecules at the synthesis stage to extend their applications or improve their stability. However, there is a lack of information regarding the post-synthesis interaction of CNPs and organic molecules that could enhance or induce new properties...
May 10, 2017: Journal of Photochemistry and Photobiology. B, Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28527234/impaired-postural-balance-correlates-with-complex-walking-performance-in-mildly-disabled-persons-with-multiple-sclerosis
#15
John Brincks, Elisabeth Due Andersen, Henrik Sørensen, Ulrik Dalgas
BACKGROUND: It is relevant to understand the possible influence of impaired postural balance on walking performance in multiple sclerosis (MS) gait rehabilitation. OBJECTIVE: We expected associations between impaired postural balance and complex walking performance in mildly disabled persons with MS, but not in healthy controls. METHODS: Thirteen persons with MS (Expanded Disability Status Scale = 2.5) and 13 healthy controls' walking performance were measured at fast walking speed, Timed Up & Go and Timed 25 Feet Walking...
May 13, 2017: NeuroRehabilitation
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28527182/water-for-agriculture-the-convergence-of-sustainability-and-safety
#16
Sarah M Markland, David Ingram, Kalmia E Kniel, Manan Sharma
Agricultural water is a precious and limited resource. Increasingly more water types and sources are being explored for use in irrigation within the United States and across the globe. As outlined in this chapter, the Produce Safety Rule (PSR) in the Food Safety and Modernization Act (FSMA) provide irrigation water standards for application of water to fruits and vegetables consumed raw. These rules for production and use of water will continue to develop and be required as the world experiences aspects of a changing climate including flooding as well as drought conditions...
May 2017: Microbiology Spectrum
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28527103/quality-of-life-after-bariatric-surgery
#17
REVIEW
Laura M Mazer, Dan E Azagury, John M Morton
PURPOSE OF REVIEW: The purpose of this review is to provide an introduction to quality of life (QOL) outcomes after bariatric surgery and a summary of the current evidence. RECENT FINDINGS: QOL has been emphasized in bariatric surgery since the NIH Consensus Conference statement in 1991. Initial studies were limited to 1- and 2-year follow-up. More recent findings have expanded the follow-up period up to 12 years, providing a better description of the impact on long-term QOL...
May 19, 2017: Current Obesity Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28527066/community-pharmacies-as-epidemiological-sentinels-of-headache-first-experience-in-italy
#18
Paola Brusa, Marco Parente, Gianni Allais, Sara Rolando, Giuseppe Costa, Roberto Gnavi, Teresa Spadea, Mario Giaccone, Andrea Mandelli, Massimo Mana, Francesca Baratta, Chiara Benedetto, Gennaro Bussone
Migraine is a disabling neurovascular syndrome which affects 12-15% of the global population and it represents the third cause in years lived with disability in both males and females aged 15-49 years. Among migraineurs, the symptomatic drug abuse may be a risk factor in the development of medication overuse headache (MOH). Detecting cases of MOH is not straightforward; community pharmacists may, therefore, be in a strategic position to identify individuals who self-medicate, particularly with respect to prevent the development of MOH...
May 2017: Neurological Sciences
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28527054/understanding-migraine-as-a-cycling-brain-syndrome-reviewing-the-evidence-from-functional-imaging
#19
Arne May
Due to the clinical picture and also based on early imaging data (Weiller et al. Nat Med 1:658-660, 1995), the brainstem and midbrain structures have been intensely discussed as possible driving or generating structures in migraine. The fact that the brainstem activation persisted after treatment makes it unlikely that this activation was only due to increased activity of the endogenous anti-nociceptive system. It was consequently (and somewhat simplifying) coined the "migraine generator". Since then several studies have focussed on this region when investigating episodic, but also chronic migraine...
May 2017: Neurological Sciences
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28526999/solid-film-sampling-method-for-the-determination-of-protein-secondary-structure-by-fourier-transform-infrared-spectroscopy
#20
Junting Zhang, Xiaoning Zhang, Fan Zhang, Shaoning Yu
Fourier transform infrared (FTIR) spectroscopy is one of the widely used vibrational spectroscopic methods in protein structural analysis. The protein solution sample loaded in demountable CaF2 liquid cell presents a challenge and is limited to high concentrations. Some researchers attempted the simpler solid-film sampling method for the collection of protein FTIR spectra. In this study, the solid-film sampling FTIR method was studied in detail. The secondary structure components of some globular proteins were determined by this sampling method, and the results were consistent with those data determined by the traditional solution sampling FTIR method and X-ray crystallography, indicating that this sampling method is feasible and efficient for the structural characterization of proteins...
May 19, 2017: Analytical and Bioanalytical Chemistry
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