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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29352731/induced-cumulus-expansion-of-poor-quality-buffalo-cumulus-oocyte-complexes-by-interleukin-1beta-improves-their-developmental-ability
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Gaurav Kumar Chaubey, Sandeep Kumar, Manish Kumar, Parul Sarwalia, Arumugam Kumaresan, Sachinandan De, Rakesh Kumar, Tirtha Kumar Datta
The present study was conceived with the aim of modulating the cumulus expansion characteristics of poor quality (BCB-) buffalo oocyte complexes (COCs) in order to improve their fertilization outcomes. BCB- COCs were subjected to in vitro maturation (IVM) in presence of Interleukin - 1 beta (IL-1β) along with BCB- (control) and good quality (BCB +) COCs. Results were assessed morphologically, by scanning electron microscopy (SEM) and by expression analysis of cumulus expansion related genes. Also, numbers of zona pellucida bound spermatozoa were counted and development rates of oocytes were monitored under different groups...
January 20, 2018: Journal of Cellular Biochemistry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29352709/analysis-of-gut-microbiota-diversity-and-auxiliary-diagnosis-as-a-biomarker-in-patients-with-schizophrenia-a-cross-sectional-study
#2
Yang Shen, Jintian Xu, Zhiyong Li, Yichen Huang, Ye Yuan, Jixiang Wang, Meng Zhang, Songnian Hu, Ying Liang
With the advent of sequencing technology, characterization of schizophrenia with underlying probing of gut microbiome can provide abundant clues for diagnosis and prognosis of schizophrenia. In this study, we first compared the difference of gut microbiota between schizophrenia patients and healthy controls by 16S rRNA sequencing. We further explored whether gut microbiota can be used as a biomarker to assist in the diagnosis of schizophrenia. We restricted inclusion criteria strictly to control confounding bias...
January 15, 2018: Schizophrenia Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29352694/age-age-at-diagnosis-and-diabetes-duration-are-all-associated-with-vascular-complications-in-type-2-diabetes
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Natalie Nanayakkara, Sanjeeva Ranasinha, Adelle Gadowski, Stephane Heritier, Jeff R Flack, Natalie Wischer, Jencia Wong, Sophia Zoungas
BACKGROUND: Type 2 diabetes (T2DM) is increasingly diagnosed in younger patients. The trajectory of complications in patients diagnosed at a younger or older age is not well understood. We examine the associations between age, age at diagnosis and diabetes duration and vascular complications in patients with T2DM. METHODS: A cross-sectional study of pre-specified demographic and clinical data, from 3419 adults with T2DM participating in the Australian National Diabetes Audit (2015)...
December 7, 2017: Journal of Diabetes and its Complications
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29352692/ckd-epi-versus-cockcroft-gault-formula-for-predicting-contrast-induced-nephropathy-following-percutaneous-coronary-intervention-in-patients-without-significant-renal-impairment
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Mário B G Nunes, Antônio C Filho, Valéria R C Alvares, Rafael Moreno, Edgar Lamas, Vitor Loures, Daniel Chamié, Alexandre Abizaid
INTRODUCTION: Individuals with glomerular filtration rate (GFR) ≥60 ml/min/1.73 m2 estimated by the Cockcroft-Gault formula (CG) who undergo percutaneous coronary intervention (PCI) frequently develop contrast-induced nephropathy (CIN). This study aimed to assess whether individuals with significant renal impairment assessed by the Chronic Kidney Disease Epidemiology Collaboration (CKD-EPI) formula, but not by CG, more often develop CIN following PCI than those without renal impairment by either formula...
January 15, 2018: Portuguese Journal of Cardiology: An Official Journal of the Portuguese Society of Cardiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29352684/long-term-outcome-of-hip-arthroplasty-in-the-setting-of-pigmented-villonodular-synovitis
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Meagan E Tibbo, Cody C Wyles, Peter S Rose, Franklin H Sim, Matthew T Houdek, Michael J Taunton
BACKGROUND: Pigmented villonodular synovitis (PVNS) is a rare, benign, painful proliferation of the synovium previously treated successfully with total hip arthroplasty (THA). Published results come from small series; therefore, the purpose of this study is to investigate the outcomes of THA in the setting of PVNS. METHODS: We identified 25 patients with histologically confirmed, diffuse PVNS who underwent THA between 1971 and 2013. Mean follow-up and age was 10 years and 39 years...
December 29, 2017: Journal of Arthroplasty
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29352665/complementary-and-alternative-medicine-cam-practices-and-dietary-patterns-in-children-with-inflammatory-bowel-disease-in-singapore-and-malaysia
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Fangyi Ong, Way Seah Lee, Charlotte Lin, Ruey Terng Ng, Shin Yee Wong, Su Lin Lim, Seng Hock Quak, Marion Aw
BACKGROUND: The use of complementary and alternative medicine (CAM) has been associated with adverse effects and self-imposed dietary restrictions. The prevalence of its use in Asian children with inflammatory bowel disease (IBD) is unknown. We aimed to determine the prevalence, types, and factors associated with the use of CAM among children with IBD from Singapore and Malaysia, and to ascertain if dietary restriction was prevalent in patients who used CAM. METHODS: A cross-sectional study was conducted in which parents of children with IBD attending two tertiary pediatric IBD referral centres in Singapore and Malaysia were interviewed...
December 26, 2017: Pediatrics and Neonatology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29352620/family-caregivers-facilitation-of-daily-adult-prescription-medication-use
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Debra L Roter, Siva Narayanan, Katherine Smith, Ray Bullman, Paula Rausch, Jennifer L Wolff, G Caleb Alexander
OBJECTIVE: To describe ways family members assist adult patients with prescription medications at home, during medical visits and at the pharmacy. METHODS: Online survey of 400 adults (caregivers) who help another adult (care recipient) with prescription medication use. Regression modeled the contribution of caregiver communication during recipients' medical visits, evaluation of physicians' medication communication and discussions with the dispensing pharmacist on caregivers' assistance with home medication management...
December 27, 2017: Patient Education and Counseling
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29352548/prediction-of-psychosis-across-protocols-and-risk-cohorts-using-automated-language-analysis
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Cheryl M Corcoran, Facundo Carrillo, Diego Fernández-Slezak, Gillinder Bedi, Casimir Klim, Daniel C Javitt, Carrie E Bearden, Guillermo A Cecchi
Language and speech are the primary source of data for psychiatrists to diagnose and treat mental disorders. In psychosis, the very structure of language can be disturbed, including semantic coherence (e.g., derailment and tangentiality) and syntactic complexity (e.g., concreteness). Subtle disturbances in language are evident in schizophrenia even prior to first psychosis onset, during prodromal stages. Using computer-based natural language processing analyses, we previously showed that, among English-speaking clinical (e...
February 2018: World Psychiatry: Official Journal of the World Psychiatric Association (WPA)
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29352495/ultrasonographic-based-predictive-factors-influencing-successful-return-to-racing-after-superficial-digital-flexor-tendon-injuries-in-flat-racehorses-a-retrospective-cohort-study-in-469-thoroughbred-racehorses-in-hong-kong
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R Alzola, C Easter, C M Riggs, D S Gardner, S L Freeman
BACKGROUND: Superficial digital flexor tendon (SDFT) injury is an important health and welfare concern in racehorses. It is generally diagnosed with ultrasonography, predictive ultrasonographic features have not been reported. OBJECTIVES: To determine ultrasonographic features of forelimb SDFT injury at initial presentation in Thoroughbred racehorses, that could predict a successful return to racing (completing ≥5 races). STUDY DESIGN: Retrospective cohort study...
January 20, 2018: Equine Veterinary Journal
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29352472/the-bioequivalence-of-a-single-intravenous-administration-of-the-anesthetic-alfaxalone-in-cyclodextrin-versus-alfaxalone-in-cyclodextrin-plus-preservatives-in-cats
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K Pasloske, M G Ranasinghe, S Sauer, J Hare
To demonstrate the bioequivalence of alfaxalone in cyclodextrin (Reference Product) to a formulation of alfaxalone in cyclodextrin also containing the preservatives ethanol, chlorocresol, and benzethonium chloride (Test Product) when administered for the purpose of inducing anesthesia in the cat. Blinded, single-dose, randomized, two-period, two-sequence, cross-over bioequivalence study with a 7-day washout period between treatments. Twenty-four (12 neutered males and 12 intact females), healthy, adult cats weighing 4...
January 19, 2018: Journal of Veterinary Pharmacology and Therapeutics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29352429/deciphering-the-environmental-impacts-on-rice-quality-for-different-rice-cultivated-areas
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Xiukun Li, Lian Wu, Xin Geng, Xiuhong Xia, Xuhong Wang, Zhengjin Xu, Quan Xu
BACKGROUND: Rice (Oryza sativa L.) is cultivated in a wide range of climatic conditions, and is one of mankind's major staple foods. The interaction of environmental factors with genotype effects major agronomic traits such as yield, quality, and resistance in rice. However, studies on the environmental factors affecting agronomic traits are often difficult to conduct because most environmental factors are dynamic and constantly changing. RESULTS: A series of recombinant inbred lines (RILs) derived from an indica/japonica cross were planted into four typical rice cultivated areas arranging from latitude N22° to N42°...
January 19, 2018: Rice
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29352396/the-association-between-the-intersection-of-immigrant-status-and-insurance-with-adverse-birth-outcomes-among-mexican-women-residing-in-the-san-joaquin-valley-a-mediation-analysis-of-late-initiation-or-no-prenatal-care
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Brittany D Chambers, John A Capitman
Latinos are the largest growing population and have the highest fertility rates in the US. In response, this study assessed if late initiation of or no prenatal care (PNC) mediated the relationship among adverse birth outcomes and interactions between immigrant and insurance status. This study used cross-sectional data (2002-2004) limited to 109,399 women of Mexican ethnicity who had singleton births in the San Joaquin Valley, California. We conducted hierarchical mediation analyses. US-born Mexican women who used private or public insurance for PNC were more likely to have infants born at low-birth weight and premature compared to Mexican first generation immigrant women...
January 19, 2018: Journal of Immigrant and Minority Health
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29352386/glucose-homeostasis-in-major-depression-and-schizophrenia-a-comparison-among-drug-na%C3%A3-ve-first-episode-patients
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Johann Steiner, Brisa S Fernandes, Paul C Guest, Henrik Dobrowolny, Gabriela Meyer-Lotz, Sabine Westphal, Katrin Borucki, Kolja Schiltz, Zoltán Sarnyai, Hans-Gert Bernstein
There is evidence for insulin resistance in drug-naïve first-episode schizophrenia (Sz) patients. We have tested whether impaired insulin homeostasis is also present in first-episode patients with major depression (MD) and if this can be discerned from stress-related and medication effects. Homeostatic model assessment of insulin resistance (HOMA-IR) was determined in a cross-sectional cohort study of acute first-episode drug-naïve patients with MD (n = 18) or Sz (n = 24), and healthy controls (C, n = 43)...
January 19, 2018: European Archives of Psychiatry and Clinical Neuroscience
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29352383/dietary-patterns-their-covariates-and-associations-with-severity-of-depressive-symptoms-among-university-students-in-lebanon-a-cross-sectional-study
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Doris Jaalouk, Jocelyne Matar Boumosleh, Lea Helou, Maya Abou Jaoude
PURPOSE: The study aims to identify dietary patterns in university students in Lebanon, to determine their associations with socio-demographic, lifestyle, and stress factors, and to assess the link between identified dietary patterns and severity of depressive symptoms, controlling for multiple confounders. METHODS: Four hundred and fifty-seven private university students were surveyed. Information about dietary intake, socio-demographic and lifestyle factors, physical activity, and depressive symptoms were collected by the 73-item food frequency questionnaire, background questionnaire, International Physical Activity Questionnaire-Short Form, and Patient Health Questionnaire (PHQ-9), respectively...
January 19, 2018: European Journal of Nutrition
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29352380/integrated-prediction-of-lesion-specific-ischaemia-from-quantitative-coronary-ct-angiography-using-machine-learning-a-multicentre-study
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Damini Dey, Sara Gaur, Kristian A Ovrehus, Piotr J Slomka, Julian Betancur, Markus Goeller, Michaela M Hell, Heidi Gransar, Daniel S Berman, Stephan Achenbach, Hans Erik Botker, Jesper Moller Jensen, Jens Flensted Lassen, Bjarne Linde Norgaard
OBJECTIVES: We aimed to investigate if lesion-specific ischaemia by invasive fractional flow reserve (FFR) can be predicted by an integrated machine learning (ML) ischaemia risk score from quantitative plaque measures from coronary computed tomography angiography (CTA). METHODS: In a multicentre trial of 254 patients, CTA and invasive coronary angiography were performed, with FFR in 484 vessels. CTA data sets were analysed by semi-automated software to quantify stenosis and non-calcified (NCP), low-density NCP (LD-NCP, < 30 HU), calcified and total plaque volumes, contrast density difference (CDD, maximum difference in luminal attenuation per unit area) and plaque length...
January 19, 2018: European Radiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29352371/innate-and-adaptive-t-cells-in-influenza-disease
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REVIEW
Simone Nüssing, Sneha Sant, Marios Koutsakos, Kanta Subbarao, Thi H O Nguyen, Katherine Kedzierska
Influenza is a major global health problem, causing infections of the respiratory tract, often leading to acute pneumonia, life-threatening complications and even deaths. Over the last seven decades, vaccination strategies have been utilized to protect people from complications of influenza, especially groups at high risk of severe disease. While current vaccination regimens elicit strain-specific antibody responses, they fail to generate cross-protection against seasonal, pandemic and avian viruses. Moreover, vaccines designed to generate influenza-specific T-cell responses are yet to be optimized...
January 20, 2018: Frontiers of Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29352366/a-new-class-of-cest-experiment-based-on-selecting-different-magnetization-components-at-the-start-and-end-of-the-cest-relaxation-element-an-application-to-1h-cest
#17
Tairan Yuwen, Lewis E Kay
Chemical exchange saturation transfer (CEST) experiments are becoming increasingly popular for investigating biomolecular exchange dynamics with rates on the order of approximately 50-500 s-1 and a rich toolkit of different methods has emerged over the past few years. Typically, experiments are based on the evolution of longitudinal magnetization, or in some cases two-spin order, during a fixed CEST relaxation delay, with the same class of magnetization prepared at the start and selected at end of the CEST period...
January 19, 2018: Journal of Biomolecular NMR
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29352358/daily-fantasy-sports-players-gambling-addiction-and-mental-health-problems
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Lia Nower, Kyle R Caler, Dylan Pickering, Alex Blaszczynski
Studies point to a relationship between fantasy sports/daily fantasy sports (DFS) play and gambling behavior. However, little is known about the nature of those relationships, particularly regarding the development of gambling problems. This study investigates the nature, frequency, and preferences of gambling behavior as well as problem gambling severity and comorbid conditions among DFS players. Data were collected from an epidemiologic survey of 3634 New Jersey residents on gambling and leisure activities...
January 19, 2018: Journal of Gambling Studies
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29352324/efficient-genome-wide-genotyping-strategies-and-data-integration-in-crop-plants
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REVIEW
Davoud Torkamaneh, Brian Boyle, François Belzile
Next-generation sequencing (NGS) has revolutionized plant and animal research by providing powerful genotyping methods. This review describes and discusses the advantages, challenges and, most importantly, solutions to facilitate data processing, the handling of missing data, and cross-platform data integration. Next-generation sequencing technologies provide powerful and flexible genotyping methods to plant breeders and researchers. These methods offer a wide range of applications from genome-wide analysis to routine screening with a high level of accuracy and reproducibility...
January 19, 2018: TAG. Theoretical and Applied Genetics. Theoretische und Angewandte Genetik
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29352280/leisure-time-physical-activity-and-prevalence-of-non-communicable-pathologies-and-prescription-medication-in-spain
#20
Pablo Fernandez-Navarro, María Teresa Aragones, Victoria Ley
Our aims were to describe physical activity (PA) behaviour in Spain and to examine its association with the prevalence of some of the major non-communicable diseases and with the use of prescription medication. Individualized secondary data retrieved from the 2014 European Health Interview Survey (EHIS) for Spain were used to conduct a cross-sectional epidemiological study (n = 18926). PA was assessed by two different measures: a specific designed variable for EHIS and a leisure time PA frequency-based query of the national survey...
2018: PloS One
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