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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28342393/embryo-transfer-day-does-not-affect-the-initial-maternal-serum-%C3%AE-hcg-levels-a-retrospective-cohort-study
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Mona Dahiya, Karishma Rupani, Su Ling Yu, Stephanie M C Fook-Chong, Diana Chia Siew Fui, Hemashree Rajesh
The aim of this study is to compare the serum β-hCG values post transfer of a cleavage stage embryo versus a blastocyst stage embryo at equal time intervals post oocyte retrieval (OR) in clinically pregnant patients, and to ascertain a β-hCG value to predict pregnancy outcomes. This is a retrospective cohort study of 560 women with clinical pregnancy who underwent an embryo transfer performed at either the cleavage stage or the blastocyst stage of embryo development between January 2003 and June 2014 at the Center for Assisted Reproduction (CARE), Singapore General Hospital...
March 18, 2017: European Journal of Obstetrics, Gynecology, and Reproductive Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28340487/microrna-4739-regulates-osteogenic-and-adipocytic-differentiation-of-immortalized-human-bone-marrow-stromal-cells-via-targeting-lrp3
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Mona Elsafadi, Muthurangan Manikandan, Nehad M Alajez, Rimi Hamam, Raed Abu Dawud, Abdullah Aldahmash, Zafar Iqbal, Musaad Alfayez, Moustapha Kassem, Amer Mahmood
Understanding the regulatory networks underlying lineage differentiation and fate determination of human bone marrow stromal cells (hBMSC) is a prerequisite for their therapeutic use. The goal of the current study was to unravel the novel role of the low-density lipoprotein receptor-related protein 3 (LRP3) in regulating the osteogenic and adipogenic differentiation of immortalized hBMSCs. Gene expression profiling revealed significantly higher LRP3 levels in the highly osteogenic hBMSC clone imCL1 than in the less osteogenic clone imCL2, as well as a significant upregulation of LRP3 during the osteogenic induction of the imCL1 clone...
March 8, 2017: Stem Cell Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28340111/assessment-of-patient-reported-outcome-instruments-to-assess-chronic-low-back-pain
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Abhilasha Ramasamy, Mona L Martin, Steven I Blum, Hiltrud Liedgens, Charles Argoff, Rainer Freynhagen, Mark Wallace, Kelly P McCarrier, Donald M Bushnell, Noël V Hatley, Donald L Patrick
Objective. : To identify patient-reported outcome (PRO) instruments that assess chronic low back pain (cLBP) symptoms (specifically pain qualities) and/or impacts for potential use in cLBP clinical trials to demonstrate treatment benefit and support labeling claims. Design. : Literature review of existing PRO measures. Methods. : Publications detailing existing PRO measures for cLBP were identified, reviewed, and summarized. As recommended by the US Food & Drug Administration (FDA) PRO development guidance, standard measurement characteristics were reviewed, including development history, psychometric properties (validity and reliability), ability to detect change, and interpretation of observed changes...
March 6, 2017: Pain Medicine: the Official Journal of the American Academy of Pain Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28340001/early-life-origin-of-intestinal-inflammatory-disorders
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Delphine Ley, Jean-Luc Desseyn, Mona Mischke, Jan Knol, Dominique Turck, Frédéric Gottrand
A growing body of evidence supports the concept of perinatal programming through which the perinatal environment affects the development of the fetus and infant, thereby modifying the risk profile for disease later in life. Increasing attention is focusing on the role of the early environment in the development of chronic intestinal disorders. Epidemiological studies have highlighted the link between perinatal factors, such as breastfeeding, cesarean delivery, and antibiotic use, and an increased risk for inflammatory bowel disease and/or celiac disease...
March 7, 2017: Nutrition Reviews
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28337812/psoriasis-what-s-up
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EDITORIAL
Mona Ståhle, Michael P Schön
No abstract text is available yet for this article.
April 2017: Experimental Dermatology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28337344/is-fibroblast-growth-factor-23-the-leading-cause-of-increased-mortality-among-chronic-kidney-disease-patients-a-narrative-review
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REVIEW
Usama A Sharaf El Din, Mona M Salem, Dina O Abdulazim
The death rate among chronic kidney disease patients is the highest compared to other chronic diseases. 60% of these fatalities are cardiovascular. Cardiovascular calcifications and chronic inflammation affect almost all chronic kidney disease patients and are associated with cardiovascular mortality. Fibroblast growth factor 23 is associated with vascular calcification. Systemic inflammation in chronic kidney disease patients is multifactorial. The role of systemic inflammation in the pathogenesis of vascular calcification was recently reappraised...
May 2017: Journal of Advanced Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28335841/cardiovascular-outcomes-with-minute%C3%A2-ventilation-targeted-adaptive-servo-ventilation-therapy-in-heart-failure-the-cat-hf-trial
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Christopher M O'Connor, David J Whellan, Mona Fiuzat, Naresh M Punjabi, Gudaye Tasissa, Kevin J Anstrom, Adam V Benjafield, Holger Woehrle, Amy B Blase, JoAnn Lindenfeld, Olaf Oldenberg
BACKGROUND: Sleep apnea is common in hospitalized heart failure (HF) patients and is associated with increased morbidity and mortality. OBJECTIVES: The CAT-HF (Cardiovascular Improvements With MV-ASV Therapy in Heart Failure) trial investigated whether minute ventilation (MV) adaptive servo-ventilation (ASV) improved cardiovascular outcomes in hospitalized HF patients with moderate-to-severe sleep apnea. METHODS: Eligible patients hospitalized with HF and moderate-to-severe sleep apnea were randomized to ASV plus optimized medical therapy (OMT) or OMT alone (control)...
March 28, 2017: Journal of the American College of Cardiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28335729/study-protocol-for-the-sofia-project-swallowing-function-oral-health-and-food-intake-in-old-age-a-descriptive-study-with-a-cluster-randomized-trial
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Patricia Hägglund, Lena Olai, Katri Ståhlnacke, Mona Persenius, Mary Hägg, Maria Andersson, Susanne Koistinen, Eva Carlsson
BACKGROUND: Extensive studies have shown that older people are negatively impacted by impaired eating and nutrition. The abilities to eat, enjoy food, and participate in social activities associated with meals are important aspects of health-related quality of life (HRQoL) and recovery after illness. This project aims to (i) describe and analyze relationships between oral health and oral HRQoL, swallowing ability, eating ability, and nutritional risk among older individuals admitted to short-term care; (ii) compare the perceptions that older individuals and staff report on care quality related to oral hygiene and eating; and (iii) study the feasibility and effects of a training program for people with impaired swallowing (i...
March 23, 2017: BMC Geriatrics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28334956/prune-is-crucial-for-normal-brain-development-and-mutated-in-microcephaly-with-neurodevelopmental-impairment
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Massimo Zollo, Mustafa Ahmed, Veronica Ferrucci, Vincenzo Salpietro, Fatemeh Asadzadeh, Marianeve Carotenuto, Reza Maroofian, Ahmed Al-Amri, Royana Singh, Iolanda Scognamiglio, Majid Mojarrad, Luca Musella, Angela Duilio, Angela Di Somma, Ender Karaca, Anna Rajab, Aisha Al-Khayat, Tribhuvan Mohan Mohapatra, Atieh Eslahi, Farah Ashrafzadeh, Lettie E Rawlins, Rajniti Prasad, Rashmi Gupta, Preeti Kumari, Mona Srivastava, Flora Cozzolino, Sunil Kumar Rai, Maria Monti, Gaurav V Harlalka, Michael A Simpson, Philip Rich, Fatema Al-Salmi, Michael A Patton, Barry A Chioza, Stephanie Efthymiou, Francesca Granata, Gabriella Di Rosa, Sarah Wiethoff, Eugenia Borgione, Carmela Scuderi, Kshitij Mankad, Michael G Hanna, Piero Pucci, Henry Houlden, James R Lupski, Andrew H Crosby, Emma L Baple
PRUNE is a member of the DHH (Asp-His-His) phosphoesterase protein superfamily of molecules important for cell motility, and implicated in cancer progression. Here we investigated multiple families from Oman, India, Iran and Italy with individuals affected by a new autosomal recessive neurodevelopmental and degenerative disorder in which the cardinal features include primary microcephaly and profound global developmental delay. Our genetic studies identified biallelic mutations of PRUNE1 as responsible. Our functional assays of disease-associated variant alleles revealed impaired microtubule polymerization, as well as cell migration and proliferation properties, of mutant PRUNE...
February 28, 2017: Brain: a Journal of Neurology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28334279/population-growth-of-varroa-destructor-acari-varroidae-in-colonies-of-russian-and-unselected-honey-bee-hymenoptera-apidae-stocks-as-related-to-numbers-of-foragers-with-mites
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Gloria DeGrandi-Hoffman, Fabiana Ahumada, Robert Danka, Mona Chambers, Emily Watkins DeJong, Geoff Hidalgo
Varroa (Varroa destructor Anderson and Trueman) is an external parasite of honey bees (Apis mellifera L.) and a leading cause of colony losses worldwide. Varroa populations can be controlled with miticides, but mite-resistant stocks such as the Russian honey bee (RHB) also are available. Russian honey bee and other mite-resistant stocks limit Varroa population growth by affecting factors that contribute to mite reproduction. However, mite population growth is not entirely due to reproduction. Numbers of foragers with mites (FWM) entering and leaving hives also affect the growth of mite populations...
March 20, 2017: Journal of Economic Entomology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28334047/clinical-validation-of-chemotherapy-predictors-developed-on-global-microrna-expression-in-the-nci60-cell-line-panel-tested-in-ovarian-cancer
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Kira Philipsen Prahm, Claus Høgdall, Mona Aarenstrup Karlsen, Ib Jarle Christensen, Guy Wayne Novotny, Steen Knudsen, Anker Hansen, Peter Buhl Jensen, Thomas Jensen, Mansoor Raza Mirza, Anne Weng Ekmann-Gade, Lotte Nedergaard, Estrid Høgdall
OBJECTIVE: Ovarian cancer is the leading cause of death among gynecologic malignancies. This is partly due to a non-durable response to chemotherapy. Prediction of resistance to chemotherapy could be a key role in more personalized treatment. In the current study we aimed to examine if microRNA based predictors could predict resistance to chemotherapy in ovarian cancer, and to investigate if the predictors could be prognostic factors for progression free and overall survival. METHODS: Predictors of chemotherapy-resistance were developed based on correlation between miRNA expression and differences in measured growth inhibition in a variety of human cancer cell lines in the presence of Carboplatin, Paclitaxel and Docetaxel...
2017: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28333302/outcomes-of-multisite-antimicrobial-stewardship-programme-implementation-with-a-shared-clinical-decision-support-system
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Stuart E Bond, Adriana J Chubaty, Suman Adhikari, Spiros Miyakis, Craig S Boutlis, Wilfred W Yeo, Marijka J Batterham, Cara Dickson, Brendan J McMullan, Mona Mostaghim, Samantha Li-Yan Hui, Kate R Clezy, Pamela Konecny
Background: Studies evaluating antimicrobial stewardship programmes (ASPs) supported by computerized clinical decision support systems (CDSSs) have predominantly been conducted in single site metropolitan hospitals. Objectives: To examine outcomes of multisite ASP implementation supported by a centrally deployed CDSS. Methods: An interrupted time series study was conducted across five hospitals in New South Wales, Australia, from 2010 to 2014...
March 14, 2017: Journal of Antimicrobial Chemotherapy
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28331216/porewater-salinity-reveals-past-lake-level-changes-in-lake-van-the-earth-s-largest-soda-lake
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Yama Tomonaga, Matthias S Brennwald, David M Livingstone, Olga Kwiecien, Marie-Ève Randlett, Mona Stockhecke, Katie Unwin, Flavio S Anselmetti, Jürg Beer, Gerald H Haug, Carsten J Schubert, Mike Sturm, Rolf Kipfer
In closed-basin lakes, sediment porewater salinity can potentially be used as a conservative tracer to reconstruct past fluctuations in lake level. However, until now, porewater salinity profiles did not allow quantitative estimates of past lake-level changes because, in contrast to the oceans, significant salinity changes (e.g., local concentration minima and maxima) had never been observed in lacustrine sediments. Here we show that the salinity measured in the sediment pore water of Lake Van (Turkey) allows straightforward reconstruction of two major transgressions and a major regression that occurred during the last 250 ka...
March 22, 2017: Scientific Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28330377/enhanced-oral-bioavailability-and-sustained-delivery-of-glimepiride-via-niosomal-encapsulation-in-vitro-characterization-and-in-vivo-evaluation
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Amira Mohamed Mohsen, Mona Mahmoud AbouSamra, Shaimaa Ahmed ElShebiney
This study was designed to investigate the potency of niosomes, for glimepiride (GLM) encapsulation, aiming at enhancing its oral bioavailability and hypoglycemic efficacy. Niosomes containing non-ionic surfactants (NIS) were prepared by thin film hydration technique and characterized. In-vitro release study was performed using a dialysis technique. In-vivo pharmacodynamic studies, as well as pharmacokinetic evaluation were performed on alloxan induced diabetic rats. GLM niosomes exhibited high entrapment efficiency percentages (E...
March 23, 2017: Drug Development and Industrial Pharmacy
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28330097/immobilization-of-halophilic-aspergillus-awamori-em66-exochitinase-on-grafted-k-carrageenan-alginate-beads
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Mona A Esawy, Ghada E A Awad, Walaa A Abdel Wahab, Magdy M M Elnashar, Ahmed El-Diwany, Saadia M H Easa, Fawkia M El-Beih
A novel extreme halophilic exochitinase enzyme was produced by honey isolate Aspergillus awamori EM66. The enzyme was immobilized successfully on k-carrageenan-alginate gel carrier (CA) with 93 % immobilization yield. The immobilization process significantly improved the enzyme specific activity 2.6-fold compared to the free form. The significant factors influencing the immobilization process such as enzyme protein concentration and loading time were studied. Distinguishable characteristics of optimum pH and temperature, stability at different temperatures and NaCl tolerance for free and immobilized enzyme were studied...
June 2016: 3 Biotech
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28329520/an-elderly-filipino-woman-with-follicular-papules-of-the-face-and-chest
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Mona Ascha, Mahwish Irfan, Steven D Billings
An elderly woman developed pruritic follicularpapules over a period of 5 years. A biopsy revealedfocal intraepidermal eosinophilic pustules, leading tothe diagnosis of Ofuji disease or eosinophilic pustularfolliculitis. A discussion of this condition is presented.
March 15, 2017: Dermatology Online Journal
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28329433/understanding-maternal-postpartum-needs-a-descriptive-survey-of-current-maternal-health-services
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Mona Ma Almalik
OBJECTIVE: To assess mothers' learning needs and concerns after giving birth and to examine whether these needs were met at 6-8 weeks postpartum. BACKGROUND: Women experience many physiologic and psychological changes during postpartum period which is considered a vital transitional time. Exploring and meeting women's needs help woman to pass this period with little complications and enhance health care provider's ability to provide appropriate care following childbirth...
March 22, 2017: Journal of Clinical Nursing
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28327195/does-rating-the-operation-videos-with-a-checklist-score-improve-the-effect-of-e-learning-for-bariatric-surgical-training-study-protocol-for-a-randomized-controlled-trial
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Javier Rodrigo De La Garza, Karl-Friedrich Kowalewski, Mirco Friedrich, Mona Wanda Schmidt, Thomas Bruckner, Hannes Götz Kenngott, Lars Fischer, Beat-Peter Müller-Stich, Felix Nickel
BACKGROUND: Laparoscopic training has become an important part of surgical education. Laparoscopic Roux-en-Y gastric bypass (RYGB) is the most common bariatric procedure performed. Surgeons must be well trained prior to operating on a patient. Multimodality training is vital for bariatric surgery. E-learning with videos is a standard approach for training. The present study investigates whether scoring the operation videos with performance checklists improves learning effects and transfer to a simulated operation...
March 21, 2017: Trials
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28323469/social-and-built-environmental-correlates-of-predicted-blood-lead-levels-in-the-flint-water-crisis
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Richard Casey Sadler, Jenny LaChance, Mona Hanna-Attisha
OBJECTIVES: To highlight contextual factors tied to increased blood lead level (BLL) risk following the lead-in-water contamination in Flint, Michigan. METHODS: Using geocoded BLL data collected in 2013 and 2015 and areal interpolation, we predicted BLLs at every residential parcel in the city. We then spatially joined social and built environmental variables to link the parcels with neighborhood-level factors that may influence BLLs. RESULTS: When we compared levels before and during the water crisis, we saw the highest estimates of predicted BLLs during the water crisis and the greatest changes in BLLs in neighborhoods with the longest water residence time in pipes (μ = 2...
March 21, 2017: American Journal of Public Health
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28322164/solubilization-and-enhancement-of-ex-vivo-vaginal-delivery-of-progesterone-using-solid-dispersions-inclusion-complexes-and-micellar-solubilization
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Abeer S Hassan, Ghareb M Soliman, Mona M El-Mahdy, Gamal El-Din A El-Gindy
Progesterone (PG), a natural female sex hormone is used clinically in menopausal hormone replacement therapy and to control reproductive functions. Its very limited aqueous solubility of 7 µg/ml results in reduced oral bioavailability and low patient compliance when administered in high doses. The aim of this study was to enhance PG aqueous solubility and vaginal delivery using solid dispersion, inclusion complex and micellar solubilization techniques. PG solid dispersions and inclusion complexes were prepared by solvent evaporation method using different polymers, such as cyclodextrins, polyvinyl pyrrolidone (PVP), poly (ethylene glycol) 6000, Pluronic® F-127 and Pluronic® F-68...
March 20, 2017: Current Drug Delivery
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