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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28342677/prevalence-of-voice-disorders-in-singers-systematic-review-and-meta-analysis
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Pedro Melo Pestana, Susana Vaz-Freitas, Maria Conceição Manso
OBJECTIVE: The study aimed to review the prevalence of self-reported voice disorders in singers. STUDY DESIGN: The study is a systematic review and meta-analysis. METHODS: A systematic review of five major scientific databases was conducted. An extensive search strategy was used considering the rules of each database. Original articles were included only if they had data related to self-perception of dysphonia in the past. Furthermore, heterogeneity and its relative significance were assessed...
March 22, 2017: Journal of Voice: Official Journal of the Voice Foundation
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28342407/music-and-natural-sounds-in-an-auditory-steady-state-response-based-brain-computer-interface-to-increase-user-acceptance
#2
Jeong Heo, Hyun Jae Baek, Seunghyeok Hong, Min Hye Chang, Jeong Su Lee, Kwang Suk Park
Patients with total locked-in syndrome are conscious; however, they cannot express themselves because most of their voluntary muscles are paralyzed, and many of these patients have lost their eyesight. To improve the quality of life of these patients, there is an increasing need for communication-supporting technologies that leverage the remaining senses of the patient along with physiological signals. The auditory steady-state response (ASSR) is an electro-physiologic response to auditory stimulation that is amplitude-modulated by a specific frequency...
March 18, 2017: Computers in Biology and Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28341441/neoadjuvant-therapy-versus-upfront-surgery-for-resected-pancreatic-adenocarcinoma-a-nationwide-propensity-score-matched-analysis
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Susanna W L de Geus, Mariam F Eskander, Lindsay A Bliss, Gyulnara G Kasumova, Sing Chau Ng, Mark P Callery, Jennifer F Tseng
BACKGROUND: Neoadjuvant therapy is an emerging paradigm in pancreatic cancer care; however, its role for resectable disease remains controversial in the absence of conclusive randomized controlled trials. The purpose of the present study is to assess the impact of neoadjuvant therapy on survival in resected pancreatic cancer patients by clinical stage. METHODS: A retrospective cohort study using the National Cancer Data Base from 2004 to 2012 including nonmetastatic pancreatic adenocarcinoma patients who underwent pancreatectomy and initiated chemotherapy...
March 2017: Surgery
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28338711/the-effects-of-age-on-crash-risk-associated-with-driver-distraction
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Feng Guo, Sheila G Klauer, Youjia Fang, Jonathan M Hankey, Jonathan F Antin, Miguel A Perez, Suzanne E Lee, Thomas A Dingus
Background: Driver distraction is a major contributing factor to crashes, which are the leading cause of death for the US population under 35 years of age. The prevalence of secondary-task engagement and its impacts on distraction and crashes may vary substantially by driver age. Methods: Driving performance and behaviour data were collected continuously using multiple cameras and sensors in situ for 3542 participant drivers recruited for up to 3 years for the Second Strategic Highway Research Program Naturalistic Driving Study...
October 14, 2016: International Journal of Epidemiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28334899/association-analyses-of-east-asian-individuals-and-trans-ancestry-analyses-with-european-individuals-reveal-new-loci-associated-with-cholesterol-and-triglyceride-levels
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Cassandra N Spracklen, Peng Chen, Young Jin Kim, Xu Wang, Hui Cai, Shengxu Li, Jirong Long, Ying Wu, Ya Xing Wang, Fumihiko Takeuchi, Jer-Yuarn Wu, Keum-Ji Jung, Cheng Hu, Koichi Akiyama, Yonghong Zhang, Sanghoon Moon, Todd A Johnson, Huaixing Li, Rajkumar Dorajoo, Meian He, Maren E Cannon, Tamara S Roman, Elias Salfati, Keng-Hung Lin, Xiuqing Guo, Wayne H H Sheu, Devin Absher, Linda S Adair, Themistocles L Assimes, Tin Aung, Qiuyin Cai, Li-Ching Chang, Chien-Hsiun Chen, Li-Hsin Chien, Lee-Ming Chuang, Shu-Chun Chuang, Shufa Du, Qiao Fan, Cathy S J Fann, Alan B Feranil, Yechiel Friedlander, Penny Gordon-Larsen, Dongfeng Gu, Lixuan Gui, Zhirong Guo, Chew-Kiat Heng, James Hixson, Xuhong Hou, Chao Agnes Hsiung, Yao Hu, Mi Yeong Hwang, Chii-Min Hwu, Masato Isono, Jyh-Ming Jimmy Juang, Chiea-Chuen Khor, Yun Kyoung Kim, Woon-Puay Koh, Michiaki Kubo, I-Te Lee, Sun-Ju Lee, Wen-Jane Lee, Kae-Woei Liang, Blanche Lim, Sing-Hui Lim, Jianjun Liu, Toru Nabika, Wen-Harn Pan, Hao Peng, Thomas Quertermous, Charumathi Sabanayagam, Kevin Sandow, Jinxiu Shi, Liang Sun, Pok Chien Tan, Shu-Pei Tan, Kent D Taylor, Yik-Ying Teo, Sue-Anne Toh, Tatsuhiko Tsunoda, Rob M van Dam, Aili Wang, Feijie Wang, Jie Wang, Wen Bin Wei, Yong-Bing Xiang, Jie Yao, Jian-Min Yuan, Rong Zhang, Wanting Zhao, Yii-Der Ida Chen, Stephen S Rich, Jerome I Rotter, Tzung-Dau Wang, Tangchun Wu, Xu Lin, Bok-Ghee Han, Toshihiro Tanaka, Yoon Shin Cho, Tomohiro Katsuya, Weiping Jia, Sun-Ha Jee, Yuan-Tsong Chen, Norihiro Kato, Jost B Jonas, Ching-Yu Cheng, Xiao-Ou Shu, Jiang He, Wei Zheng, Tien-Yin Wong, Wei Huang, Bong-Jo Kim, E-Shyong Tai, Karen L Mohlke, Xueling Sim
Large-scale meta-analyses of genome-wide association studies (GWAS) have identified >175 loci associated with fasting cholesterol levels, including total cholesterol (TC), high-density lipoprotein cholesterol (HDL-C), low-density lipoprotein cholesterol (LDL-C), and triglycerides (TG). With differences in linkage disequilibrium (LD) structure and allele frequencies between ancestry groups, studies in additional large samples may detect new associations. We conducted staged GWAS meta-analyses in up to 69,414 East Asian individuals from 24 studies with participants from Japan, the Philippines, Korea, China, Singapore, and Taiwan...
February 21, 2017: Human Molecular Genetics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28331798/aspirin-and-risk-of-multiple-myeloma-in-adults-a-systematic-review-and-meta-analysis
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Shing Fung Lee, Ting Ying Ng, Frank Chi Sing Wong, Stewart Yuk Tung
Multiple myeloma is a relatively uncommon plasma cell malignancy. Preclinical and clinical studies have suggested that aspirin might modify the risk of multiple myeloma. We performed a systematic review and meta-analysis of studies to examine the association between regular aspirin use and risk of multiple myeloma. Five observational studies including 332,660 adults were evaluated. The pooled estimate had a hazard ratio of 0.90 (95% confidence interval =0.58-1.39; P=0.638). Odds ratios from the two case-control studies were similar...
2017: Leukemia Research Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28327784/comparison-between-the-speech-performance-of-fluent-speakers-and-individuals-who-stutter
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Julia Biancalana Costa, Ana Paula Ritto, Fabiola Staróbole Juste, Claudia Regina Furquim de Andrade
Purpose: The aim of this study was to compare the speech performance of fluent speakers and individuals who stutter during spontaneous speech, automatic speech, and singing. Methods: The study sample was composed of 34 adults, 17 individuals who stutter and 17 fluent controls, matched for gender and age. The speech performance of participants was compared by means of three tasks: monologue, automatic speech, and singing. The following aspects were assessed: total number of common disruptions and total number of stuttering-like disruptions...
March 16, 2017: CoDAS
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28327374/discovery-and-molecular-interaction-studies-of-a-highly-stable-tarantula-peptide-modulator-of-acid-sensing-ion-channel-1
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REVIEW
Sing Yan Er, Ben Cristofori-Armstrong, Pierre Escoubas, Lachlan D Rash
Acute pharmacological inhibition of acid-sensing ion channel 1a (ASIC1a) is efficacious in rodent models in alleviating symptoms of neurological diseases such as stroke and multiple sclerosis. Thus, ASIC1a is a promising therapeutic target and selective ligands that modulate it are invaluable research tools and potential therapeutic leads. Spider venoms have provided an abundance of voltage-gated ion channel modulators, however, only one ASIC modulator (PcTx1) has so far been isolated from this source. Here we report the discovery, characterization, and chemical stability of a second spider venom peptide that potently modulates ASIC1a and ASIC1b, and investigate the molecular basis for its subtype selectivity...
March 18, 2017: Neuropharmacology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28324091/association-between-dabigatran-vs-warfarin-and-risk-of-osteoporotic-fractures-among-patients-with-nonvalvular-atrial-fibrillation
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Wallis C Y Lau, Esther W Chan, Ching-Lung Cheung, Chor Wing Sing, Kenneth K C Man, Gregory Y H Lip, Chung-Wah Siu, Joanne K Y Lam, Alan C H Lee, Ian C K Wong
Importance: The risk of osteoporotic fracture with dabigatran use in patients with nonvalvular atrial fibrillation (NVAF) is unknown. Objective: To investigate the risk of osteoporotic fracture with dabigatran vs warfarin in patients with NVAF. Design, Setting, and Participants: Retrospective cohort study using a population-wide database managed by the Hong Kong Hospital Authority. Patients newly diagnosed with NVAF from 2010 through 2014 and prescribed dabigatran or warfarin were matched by propensity score at a 1:2 ratio with follow-up until July 31, 2016...
March 21, 2017: JAMA: the Journal of the American Medical Association
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28320433/association-of-the-lupus-low-disease-activity-state-lldas-with-health-related-quality-of-life-in-a-multinational-prospective-study
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Vera Golder, Rangi Kandane-Rathnayake, Alberta Yik-Bun Hoi, Molla Huq, Worawit Louthrenoo, Yuan An, Zhan Guo Li, Shue Fen Luo, Sargunan Sockalingam, Chak Sing Lau, Mo Yin Mok, Aisha Lateef, Kate Franklyn, Susan Morton, Sandra Teresa V Navarra, Leonid Zamora, Yeong-Jian Wu, Laniyati Hamijoyo, Madelynn Chan, Sean O'Neill, Fiona Goldblatt, Mandana Nikpour, Eric Francis Morand
BACKGROUND: Systemic lupus erythematosus (SLE) is associated with significant impairment of health-related quality of life (HR-QoL). Recently, meeting a definition of a lupus low disease activity state (LLDAS), analogous to low disease activity in rheumatoid arthritis, was preliminarily validated as associated with protection from damage accrual. The LLDAS definition has not been previously evaluated for association with patient-reported outcomes. The objective of this study was to determine whether LLDAS is associated with better HR-QoL, and examine predictors of HR-QoL, in a large multiethnic, multinational cohort of patients with SLE...
March 20, 2017: Arthritis Research & Therapy
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28320011/trends-in-prostate-specific-antigen-screening-and-prostate-cancer-interventions-3-years-after-the-u-s-preventive-services-task-force-recommendation
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Mei-Sing Ong, Kenneth D Mandl
No abstract text is available yet for this article.
March 21, 2017: Annals of Internal Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28314562/intermittent-vibration-protects-aged-muscle-from-mechanical-and-oxidative-damage-under-prolonged-compression
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Sing Wan Wong, Brian Chun Ho Cheung, Bruce Tak Keung Pang, Ateline Kwong, Anna Chung, Kenneth Ka Ho Lee, Arthur Fut Tak Mak
Deep tissue pressure ulcers, a serious clinical challenge originating in the muscle layer, are hardly detectable at the beginning. The challenge apparently occurs in aged subjects more frequently. As the ulcer propagates to the skin surface, it becomes very difficult to manage and can lead to fatal complications. Preventive measures are thus highly desirable. Although the complex pathological mechanisms have not been fully understood, prolonged and excessive physical challenges and oxidative stress are believed to be involved in the ulcer development...
February 27, 2017: Journal of Biomechanics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28303744/tibial-fixation-in-anterior-cruciate-ligament-reconstruction
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Wei Wen Timothy Teo, Ching Sing Nicholas Yeoh, Teck Huat Andy Wee
OBJECTIVE: To determine whether supplementary tibial graft fixation with a staple is routinely necessary for anterior cruciate ligament (ACL) reconstructions. METHODS: We retrospectively reviewed a series of consecutive patients who underwent ACL reconstruction at our institution from April 2012 to July 2013. Patients who fulfilled the inclusion and exclusion criteria were divided into two groups, of which one with tibial fixation of the graft with a biointerference screw alone (biointerference screw group) and the other with tibial fixation of the graft with a biointerference screw and supplementary extra tunnel staple fixation (biointerference screw and staple group)...
January 2017: Journal of Orthopaedic Surgery
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28303239/epidemiology-of-ebola-virus-disease-in-the-western-area-region-of-sierra-leone-2014-2015
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Margaret Lamunu, Olushayo Oluseun Olu, James Bangura, Zabulon Yoti, Thomas Takpau Samba, David Kabba Kargbo, Foday Mohamed Dafae, Muhammad Ali Raja, Noah Sempira, Michael Lyazi Ivan, Aarti Sing, Fredson Kurti-George, Negusu Worku, Pamela Mitula, Louisa Ganda, Robert Samupindi, Roland Conteh, Kande-Bure Kamara, Beatrice Muraguri, Michael Kposowa, Joseph Charles, Malimbo Mugaga, Christopher Dye, Anshu Banerjee, Pierre Formenty, Brima Kargbo, Raymond Bruce Aylward
INTRODUCTION: Western Area (WA) of Sierra Leone including the capital, Freetown, experienced an unprecedented outbreak of Ebola from 2014 to 2015. At the onset of the epidemic, there was little information about the epidemiology, transmission dynamics, and risk factors in urban settings as previous outbreaks were limited to rural/semi-rural settings. This study, therefore, aimed to describe the epidemiology of the outbreak and the factors which had most impact on the transmission of the epidemic and whether there were different drivers from those previously described in rural settings...
2017: Frontiers in Public Health
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28299310/corrigendum-fluidic-logic-used-in-a-systems-approach-to-enable-integrated-single-cell-functional-analysis
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Naveen Ramalingam, Brian Fowler, Lukasz Szpankowski, Anne A Leyrat, Kyle Hukari, Myo Thu Maung, Wiganda Yorza, Michael Norris, Chris Cesar, Joe Shuga, Michael L Gonzales, Chad D Sanada, Xiaohui Wang, Rudy Yeung, Win Hwang, Justin Axsom, Naga Sai Gopi Krishna Devaraju, Ninez Delos Angeles, Cassandra Greene, Ming-Fang Zhou, Eng-Seng Ong, Chang-Chee Poh, Marcos Lam, Henry Choi, Zaw Htoo, Leo Lee, Chee-Sing Chin, Zhong-Wei Shen, Chong T Lu, Ilona Holcomb, Aik Ooi, Craig Stolarczyk, Tony Shuga, Kenneth J Livak, Cate Larsen, Marc Unger, Jay A A West
[This corrects the article on p. 70 in vol. 4, PMID: 27709111.].
2017: Frontiers in Bioengineering and Biotechnology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28298079/occurrence-and-characteristics-of-microplastic-pollution-in-xiangxi-bay-of-three-gorges-reservoir-china
#16
Kai Zhang, Xiong Xiong, Hongjuan Hu, Chenxi Wu, Yonghong Bi, Yonghong Wu, Bingsheng Zhou, Paul K S Lam, Jiantong Liu
Microplastic pollution in inland waters is receiving growing attentions. Reservoirs are suspected to be particularly vulnerable to microplastic pollution. However, very limited information is currently available on pollution characteristics of microplastics in reservoir ecosystems. This work studied the distribution and characteristics of microplastics in the backwater area of Xiangxi River, a typical tributary of the Three Gorges Reservoir. Microplastics were detected in both surface water and sediment with concentrations ranging from 0...
March 23, 2017: Environmental Science & Technology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28297020/cross-sectional-comparison-of-the-epidemiology-of-dsm-5-generalized-anxiety-disorder-across-the-globe
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Ayelet Meron Ruscio, Lauren S Hallion, Carmen C W Lim, Sergio Aguilar-Gaxiola, Ali Al-Hamzawi, Jordi Alonso, Laura Helena Andrade, Guilherme Borges, Evelyn J Bromet, Brendan Bunting, José Miguel Caldas de Almeida, Koen Demyttenaere, Silvia Florescu, Giovanni de Girolamo, Oye Gureje, Josep Maria Haro, Yanling He, Hristo Hinkov, Chiyi Hu, Peter de Jonge, Elie G Karam, Sing Lee, Jean-Pierre Lepine, Daphna Levinson, Zeina Mneimneh, Fernando Navarro-Mateu, José Posada-Villa, Tim Slade, Dan J Stein, Yolanda Torres, Hidenori Uda, Bogdan Wojtyniak, Ronald C Kessler, Somnath Chatterji, Kate M Scott
Importance: Generalized anxiety disorder (GAD) is poorly understood compared with other anxiety disorders, and debates persist about the seriousness of this disorder. Few data exist on GAD outside a small number of affluent, industrialized nations. No population-based data exist on GAD as it is currently defined in DSM-5. Objective: To provide the first epidemiologic data on DSM-5 GAD and explore cross-national differences in its prevalence, course, correlates, and impact...
March 15, 2017: JAMA Psychiatry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28296594/vasodilatory-effects-of-combined-traditional-chinese-medicinal-herbs-in-optimized-ratio
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Yean Chun Loh, Chu Shan Tan, Yung Sing Ch'ng, Mariam Ahmad, Mohd Zaini Asmawi, Mun Fei Yam
Recently, a new syndromic disease combination theory of traditional Chinese medicine (TCM) for hypertensive treatment has been introduced. In the wake of this new concept, a new science-based TCM formula that counteracts various syndromes is needed. The objective of this study was to develop such a formula. Five of the most clinically prescribed TCM herbs that work on different syndromes, namely Gastrodia elata, Uncaria rhynchophylla, Pueraria thomsonii, Panax notoginseng, and Alisma orientale, were selected for this study...
March 2017: Journal of Medicinal Food
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28293507/soluble-epoxide-hydrolase-inhibition-and-epoxyeicosatrienoic-acid-treatment-improve-vascularization-of-engineered-skin-substitutes
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Dorothy M Supp, Jennifer M Hahn, Kevin L McFarland, Kelly A Combs, Kin Sing Stephen Lee, Bora Inceoglu, Debin Wan, Steven T Boyce, Bruce D Hammock
BACKGROUND: Autologous engineered skin substitutes comprised of keratinocytes, fibroblasts, and biopolymers can serve as an adjunctive treatment for excised burns. However, engineered skin lacks a vascular plexus at the time of grafting, leading to slower vascularization and reduced rates of engraftment compared with autograft. Hypothetically, vascularization of engineered skin grafts can be improved by treatment with proangiogenic agents at the time of grafting. Epoxyeicosatrienoic acids (EETs) are cytochrome P450 metabolites of arachidonic acid that are inactivated by soluble epoxide hydrolase (sEH)...
December 2016: Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery. Global Open
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28292666/hierarchical-organization-in-the-temporal-structure-of-infant-direct-speech-and-song
#20
Simone Falk, Christopher T Kello
Caregivers alter the temporal structure of their utterances when talking and singing to infants compared with adult communication. The present study tested whether temporal variability in infant-directed registers serves to emphasize the hierarchical temporal structure of speech. Fifteen German-speaking mothers sang a play song and told a story to their 6-months-old infants, or to an adult. Recordings were analyzed using a recently developed method that determines the degree of nested clustering of temporal events in speech...
March 11, 2017: Cognition
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