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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28635331/network-meta-analysis-of-liraglutide-versus-dpp-4-inhibitors-for-the-treatment-of-type-2-diabetes-in-japanese-patients
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Dieter Ayers, Steve Kanters, Rachel Goldgrub, Monica Hughes, Ryo Kato, Nana Kragh
AIMS: To determine the comparative efficacy and safety of liraglutide and dipeptidyl peptidiase-4 (DPP-4) inhibitors as antidiabetics for Japanese patients with uncontrolled type 2 diabetes (T2DM). METHODS AND MATERIALS: We searched for randomized-controlled trials (RCTs) evaluating outcomes among Japanese adults with uncontrolled T2DM and including liraglutide or DPP-4 inhibitors up to August 2016. We extracted data on trial and patient characteristics, and the following outcomes: HbA1c, weight, patients meeting HbA1c <7%, patients experiencing hypoglycemic events, microalbuminuria, estimated glomerular filtration rate (eGFR) and creatinine...
June 21, 2017: Current Medical Research and Opinion
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28634690/long-term-retromuscular-and-intraperitoneal-mesh-size-changes-within-a-randomized-controlled-trial-on-incisional-hernia-repair-including-a-review-of-the-literature
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P Rogmark, O Ekberg, A Montgomery
Purpose Ingrowth of fibroblasts in a polypropylene mesh may cause contraction and a later recurrence. We assessed mesh contraction in intraabdominal and retromuscular implantation after incisional hernia repair. METHODS: A cohort of patients within an RCT on laparoscopic (LHR) versus open hernia repair (OHR) had their mesh borders marked with metal clips. X-ray was performed on postoperative day 1 and after 1 year. Total length, width, and dislocation were measured. A tacker fixated large-pore polypropylene mesh was used in LHR, and a retromuscular small-pore heavy-weight mesh was sutured to the midline in OHR...
June 20, 2017: Hernia: the Journal of Hernias and Abdominal Wall Surgery
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28631949/diffusion-tensor-imaging-tensor-shape-analysis-for-assessment-of-regional-white-matter-differences
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Dana M Middleton, Jonathan Y Li, Hui J Lee, Steven Chen, Patricia I Dickson, N Matthew Ellinwood, Leonard E White, James M Provenzale
Purpose The purpose of this study was to investigate a novel tensor shape plot analysis technique of diffusion tensor imaging data as a means to assess microstructural differences in brain tissue. We hypothesized that this technique could distinguish white matter regions with different microstructural compositions. Methods Three normal canines were euthanized at seven weeks old. Their brains were imaged using identical diffusion tensor imaging protocols on a 7T small-animal magnetic resonance imaging system...
January 1, 2017: Neuroradiology Journal
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28631249/molecular-characterisation-of-a-novel-isoform-of-hepatic-antimicrobial-peptide-hepcidin-le-hepc-from-leiognathus-equulus-and-analysis-of-its-functional-properties-in-silico
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Aishwarya Nair, K S Sruthy, E R Chaithanya, T P Sajeevan, I S Bright Singh, Rosamma Philip
Hepcidin represents a family of cysteine-rich antimicrobial peptides that are mainly expressed in the liver of living organisms. In this study, we have identified and characterised a novel isoform of hepcidin from the common pony fish, Leiognathus equulus (Le-Hepc). A 261-bp fragment cDNA coding for 86 amino acids was obtained. Homologous analysis showed that Le-Hepc belongs to the hepcidin super family and shares sequence identity with other known fish pre-propeptide hepcidin sequences. The ORF encodes for a 24-amino acid (aa) signal peptide coupled to a 36-aa prodomain followed by a 26-aa mature peptide...
June 19, 2017: Probiotics and Antimicrobial Proteins
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28630704/the-effects-of-a-post-exercise-carbohydrate-and-protein-supplement-on-repeat-performance-serum-chemistry-insulin-and-glucagon-in-competitive-weight-pulling-dogs
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Christopher W Frye, Gretchen M VanDeventer, Gina K Dinallo, Jennifer A Poplarski, Sabine Mann, Ella Pittman, Brian M Zanghi, Joseph J Wakshlag
The physiological demands of weight-pulling dogs have yet to be investigated. Two groups of competitive weight-pulling dogs both underwent two identical pull series 3 h apart. The control group (n 8) was compared with a group fed a rapidly digestible carbohydrate and protein supplement after the first pull series (n 9). Blood was drawn before and after each pull series as well as at 15 and 30 min after the first pull series finished. Biochemistry values remained unremarkable throughout the study in both groups regardless of supplementation or exercise over time...
2017: Journal of Nutritional Science
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28630605/xinfuli-granule-improves-post-myocardial-infarction-ventricular-remodeling-and-myocardial-fibrosis-in-rats-by-regulating-tgf-%C3%AE-smads-signaling-pathway
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Jie Ma, Zhi-Yuan Li, Xiao-Peng Liang, Cai-Xia Guo, Pei-Pei Lu, Li-Hong Ma
BACKGROUND: Recent clinical and experimental studies have confirmed the effects of Xinfuli Granule (XG), a compound Chinese medicine in the prevention and treatment of heart failure (HF). This study aimed to investigate the effects and the mechanisms of XG on ventricular reconstruction in rats with acute myocardial infarction (AMI). METHODS: Sprague-Dawley rats were subjected to left anterior descending branch ligation. The rats that survived 24 h were randomly assigned to five groups: medium-dose of XG group (MI+XGM), high-dose of XG group (MI+XGH), carvedilol group (MI+C), medium-dose of XG + carvedilol group (MI+C+XGM)...
May 2017: Journal of Geriatric Cardiology: JGC
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28629345/prevalence-and-incidence-of-overweight-and-obesity-among-vietnamese-preschool-children-a-longitudinal-cohort-study
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Loan Minh Do, Toan Khanh Tran, Bo Eriksson, Max Petzold, Henry Ascher
BACKGROUND: A plateau in childhood overweight and obesity has been reported in some developed countries while in almost all developing countries this problem is on the rise. The aim of this paper is to describe the changes in prevalence of overweight and obesity within a cohort of preschool children followed for 3 years, and to estimate and compare the incidences in urban and rural children of Hanoi, Vietnam. METHODS: A longitudinal study of a cohort of 2677 children aged 3 to 6 years old at the beginning of the study was conducted in urban DodaLab and rural FilaBavi, Hanoi, Vietnam...
June 19, 2017: BMC Pediatrics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28624402/development-and-validation-of-a-simple-to-use-nomogram-for-predicting-5-10-and-15-year-survival-in-asymptomatic-adults-undergoing-coronary-artery-calcium-scoring
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Bríain Ó Hartaigh, Heidi Gransar, Tracy Callister, Leslee J Shaw, Joshua Schulman-Marcus, Wijnand J Stuijfzand, Valentina Valenti, Iksung Cho, Jackie Szymonifka, Fay Y Lin, Daniel S Berman, Hyuk-Jae Chang, James K Min
OBJECTIVES: The purpose of this study was to develop and validate a simple-to-use nomogram for prediction of 5-, 10-, and 15-year survival among asymptomatic adults. BACKGROUND: Simple-to-use prognostication tools that incorporate robust methods such as coronary artery calcium scoring (CACS) for predicting near-, intermediate- and long-term mortality are warranted. METHODS: In a consecutive series of 9,715 persons (mean age: 53.4 ± 10.5 years; 59...
June 9, 2017: JACC. Cardiovascular Imaging
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28622787/monitoring-of-the-newborn-dog-and-prediction-of-neonatal-mortality
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Hanna Mila, Aurélien Grellet, Marine Delebarre, Claire Mariani, Alexandre Feugier, Sylvie Chastant-Maillard
Despite the high neonatal mortality rate in puppies, pertinent criteria for health evaluation of the newborns are not defined. This study was thus designed to measure and to characterize factors of variation of six health parameters in dog neonates, and to evaluate their value as predictors of neonatal mortality. A total of 347 purebred puppies under identical conditions of housing and management were examined within the first 8h after birth and then at Day 1. The first health evaluation included Apgar score, weight, blood glucose, lactate and β-hydroxybutyrate concentration, rectal temperature and urine specific gravity (SG)...
August 1, 2017: Preventive Veterinary Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28608245/obesity-and-obesity-shape-markedly-influence-spine-biomechanics-a-subject-specific-risk-assessment-model
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Farshid Ghezelbash, Aboulfazl Shirazi-Adl, André Plamondon, Navid Arjmand, Mohamad Parnianpour
Underlying mechanisms of obesity-related back pain remain unexplored. Thus, we aim to determine the effect of obesity and its shapes on the spinal loads and the associated risks of injury. Obesity shapes were initially constructed by principal component analysis based on datasets on 5852 obese individuals. Spinal loads, cycles to vertebral failure and trunk stability margin were estimated in a subject-specific trunk model taking account of personalized musculature, passive ligamentous spine, obesity shapes, segmental weights, spine kinematics and bone mineral density...
June 12, 2017: Annals of Biomedical Engineering
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28605457/multimorbidity-and-physical-and-cognitive-function-performance-of-a-new-multimorbidity-weighted-index
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Melissa Y Wei, Mohammed U Kabeto, Kenneth M Langa, Kenneth J Mukamal
Background: Multimorbidity is an important health outcome but is difficult to quantify. We recently developed a multimorbidity-weighted index (MWI) and herein assess its performance in an independent nationally-representative cohort. Methods: Health and Retirement Study (HRS) participants completed an interview on physician-diagnosed chronic conditions and physical functioning. We determined the relationship of chronic conditions on physical functioning and validated these weights with the original, independently-derived MWI...
June 9, 2017: Journals of Gerontology. Series A, Biological Sciences and Medical Sciences
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28599949/quetiapine-extended-release-versus-aripiprazole-in-children-and-adolescents-with-first-episode-psychosis-the-multicentre-double-blind-randomised-tolerability-and-efficacy-of-antipsychotics-tea-trial
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Anne Katrine Pagsberg, Pia Jeppesen, Dea Gowers Klauber, Karsten Gjessing Jensen, Ditte Rudå, Marie Stentebjerg-Olesen, Peter Jantzen, Simone Rasmussen, Eva Ann-Sofie Saldeen, Maj-Britt Glenn Lauritsen, Niels Bilenberg, Anne Dorte Stenstrøm, Louise Nyvang, Sarah Madsen, Thomas M Werge, Theis Lange, Christian Gluud, Maria Skoog, Per Winkel, Jens Richardt M Jepsen, Birgitte Fagerlund, Christoph U Correll, Anders Fink-Jensen
BACKGROUND: Head-to-head trials to guide antipsychotic treatment choices for paediatric psychosis are urgently needed because extrapolations from adult studies might not be implementable. In this superiority trial with two-sided significance testing, we aimed to compare the efficacy and safety of quetiapine-extended release (quetiapine-ER) versus aripiprazole in children and adolescents with first-episode psychosis, to determine whether differences between the two treatments were sufficient to guide clinicians in their choice of one drug over the other...
June 6, 2017: Lancet Psychiatry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28599623/-reliability-of-the-norwegian-version-of-the-short-physical-performance-battery-in-older-people-with-and-without-dementia
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Cecilie Fromholt Olsen, Astrid Bergland
BACKGROUND: The purpose of the study was to establish the test-retest reliability of the Norwegian version of the Short Physical Performance Battery (SPPB). METHODS: This was a cross- sectional reliability study. A convenience sample of 61 older adults with a mean age of 88.4(8.1) was tested by two different physiotherapists at two time points. The mean time interval between tests was 2.5 days. The Intraclass Correlation Coefficient model 3.1 (ICC, 3.1) with 95% confidence intervals as well as the weighted Kappa (K) were used as measures of relative reliability...
June 9, 2017: BMC Geriatrics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28593935/justifying-quasiparticle-self-consistent-schemes-i-via-i-gradient-optimization-in-baym-kadanoff-theory
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Sohrab Ismail-Beigi
The question of which non-interacting Green's function "best" describes an interacting many-body electronic system is both of fundamental interest as well as of practical importance in describing electronic properties of materials in a realistic manner. Here, we study this question within the framework of Baym-Kadanoff theory, an approach where one locates the stationary point of a total energy functional of the one-particle Green's function in order to find the total ground-state energy as well as all one-particle properties such as the density matrix, chemical potential, or the quasiparticle energy spectrum and quasiparticle wave functions...
June 8, 2017: Journal of Physics. Condensed Matter: An Institute of Physics Journal
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28592394/social-media-use-and-access-to-digital-technology-in-us-young-adults-in-2016
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Andrea C Villanti, Amanda L Johnson, Vinu Ilakkuvan, Megan A Jacobs, Amanda L Graham, Jessica M Rath
BACKGROUND: In 2015, 90% of US young adults with Internet access used social media. Digital and social media are highly prevalent modalities through which young adults explore identity formation, and by extension, learn and transmit norms about health and risk behaviors during this developmental life stage. OBJECTIVE: The purpose of this study was to provide updated estimates of social media use from 2014 to 2016 and correlates of social media use and access to digital technology in data collected from a national sample of US young adults in 2016...
June 7, 2017: Journal of Medical Internet Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28592311/the-effects-of-green-cardamom-on-blood-glucose-indices-lipids-inflammatory-factors-paraxonase-1-sirtuin-1-and-irisin-in-patients-with-nonalcoholic-fatty-liver-disease-and-obesity-study-protocol-for-a-randomized-controlled-trial
#16
Milad Daneshi-Maskooni, Seyed Ali Keshavarz, Siavash Mansouri, Mostafa Qorbani, Seyed Moayed Alavian, Mahtab Badri-Fariman, Seyed Ali Jazayeri-Tehrani, Gity Sotoudeh
BACKGROUND: The relationship between dietary components and nonalcoholic fatty liver disease (NAFLD) needs to be further investigated. The potential health benefits of cardamom have been found in some studies. Cardamom showed beneficial effect on hepatomegaly, dyslipidemia, and fasting hyperglycemia in animals. However, some adverse effects of cardamom have been reported in animals. No previous human study had been conducted on the effects of cardamom in NAFLD. This study aims to determine the effects of green cardamom (Elettaria cardamomum) supplementation on blood glucose indices, lipids, inflammatory profiles, and liver function, especially by examining irisin, paraxonase-1 (PON1) and sirtuin-1 (Sirt1) in obese patients with NAFLD...
June 7, 2017: Trials
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28588227/melon13-lipoxygenase-cmlox18-may-be-involved-in-c6-volatiles-biosynthesis-in-fruit
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Chong Zhang, Songxiao Cao, Yazhong Jin, Lijun Ju, Qiang Chen, Qiaojuan Xing, Hongyan Qi
To better understand the function role of the melon CmLOX18 gene in the biosynthesis of C6 volatiles during fruit ripening, we biochemically characterized CmLOX18 and identified its subcellular localization in transgenic tomato plants. Heterologous expression in yeast cells showed that the molecular weight of the CmLOX18 protein was identical to that predicted, and that this enzyme possesseed lipoxygenase activity. Linoleic acid was demonstrated to be the preferred substrate for the purified recombinant CmLOX18 protein, which exhibited optimal catalytic activity at pH 4...
June 6, 2017: Scientific Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28587839/leishmaniasis-in-turkey-visceral-and-cutaneous-leishmaniasis-caused-by-leishmania-donovani-in-turkey
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Ahmet Özbilgin, Mehmet Harman, Mehmet Karakuş, Aldert Bart, Seray Töz, Özgür Kurt, İbrahim Çavuş, Erdal Polat, Cumhur Gündüz, Tom Van Gool, Yusuf Özbel
In Turkey, the main causative agents are Leishmania tropica (L. tropica) and Leishmania infantum (L. infantum) for cutaneous leishmaniasis (CL) and L. infantum for visceral leishmaniasis (VL). In this study, we investigated leishmaniasis cases caused by L. donovani and established animal models for understanding its tropism in in vivo conditions. Clinical samples (lesion aspirations and bone marrow) obtained from CL/VL patients were investigated using parasitological (smear/NNN) and DNA-based techniques. For species identification, a real time ITS1-PCR was performed using isolates and results were confirmed by hsp70 PCR-N/sequencing and cpb gene PCR/sequencing in order to reveal Leishmania donovani and Leishmania infantum discrimination...
June 3, 2017: Acta Tropica
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28583876/enhanced-expression-of-lipase-i-from-galactomyces-geotrichum-by-codon-optimisation-in-pichia-pastoris
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Hanzhen Qiao, Wenfei Zhang, Wutai Guan, Fang Chen, Shihai Zhang, Zixiao Deng
Relatively poor heterologous protein yields have limited the frequency of Galactomyces geotrichum lipase I (GGl I) efficacy trials. To address this, we have redesigned the GGl I gene to preferentially match codon frequencies of Pichia pastoris (P. pastoris) while retaining the same amino acid sequence. The wild type and codon optimised GGl I (GGl I-wt and GGl I-op) were synthesised and cloned into pPICZαA with an N-terminal 6 × His tag sequence and expressed in P. pastoris X 33. The hydrolytic activity of GGl I-op was 150 U/mL, whereas the activity of the GGl I-wt could not be detected...
June 2, 2017: Protein Expression and Purification
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28582592/indium-phosphide-based-quantum-dots-with-shell-enhanced-absorption-for-luminescent-down-conversion
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Dorian Dupont, Mickael D Tessier, Philippe F Smet, Zeger Hens
It is shown that admixing small amounts of cadmium into the shell of InP/ZnSe core/shell quantum dots results in an increased absorption of blue light and a limited redshift of the band-edge emission. These effects reflect the reduced bandgap of (Zn,Cd)Se alloys and their smaller conduction-band offset with InP. Nevertheless, adjusting the InP core size enables InP/ZnSe and InP/(Zn,Cd)Se quantum dots with identical emission characteristics to be made. Processing both materials into remote phosphor disks, it is demonstrated that the shell-enhanced absorbance of InP/(Zn,Cd)Se has the double benefit of suppressing self-absorption and reducing the amount of quantum dots by weight needed to attain a given blue-to-red color conversion...
June 5, 2017: Advanced Materials
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