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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28934726/application-of-adverse-outcome-pathways-to-u-s-epa-s-endocrine-disruptor-screening-program
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Patience Browne, Pamela D Noyes, Warren M Casey, David J Dix
BACKGROUND: The U.S. EPA's Endocrine Disruptor Screening Program (EDSP) screens and tests environmental chemicals for potential effects in estrogen, androgen, and thyroid hormone pathways, and it is one of the only regulatory programs designed around chemical mode of action. OBJECTIVES: This review describes the EDSP's use of adverse outcome pathway (AOP) and toxicity pathway frameworks to organize and integrate diverse biological data for evaluating the endocrine activity of chemicals...
September 1, 2017: Environmental Health Perspectives
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28933963/delayed-sample-arrival-at-the-laboratory-does-not-lead-to-more-false-negatives-in-the-danish-population-screening-for-colorectal-cancer
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Anette Tarp Hansen, Elke Hoffmann-Lücke, Betina Klint Nielsen, Birgitte Reinholdt, Peter Hindersson, Karin Heidemann, Nete Hornung
In Denmark, biennial population screening for colorectal cancer was introduced in 2014 for all aged 50-74 years. Five laboratories representative for the regional division of Denmark perform the immunochemical testing of faecal occult blood in the screening samples (iFOBT, OC-Sensor (Eiken Chemical, cut-off 100 µg/L)). In July 2016, a new agreement on the public post-delivery entailed an increased lag time (five days) from the screening participant drops the screening sample into a mail-box until sample arrival at the laboratories...
September 21, 2017: Scandinavian Journal of Clinical and Laboratory Investigation
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28932019/towards-identifying-dyslexia-in-standard-indonesian-the-development-of-a-reading-assessment-battery
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Bernard A J Jap, Elisabeth Borleffs, Ben A M Maassen
With its transparent orthography, Standard Indonesian is spoken by over 160 million inhabitants and is the primary language of instruction in education and the government in Indonesia. An assessment battery of reading and reading-related skills was developed as a starting point for the diagnosis of dyslexia in beginner learners. Founded on the International Dyslexia Association's definition of dyslexia, the test battery comprises nine empirically motivated reading and reading-related tasks assessing word reading, pseudoword reading, arithmetic, rapid automatized naming, phoneme deletion, forward and backward digit span, verbal fluency, orthographic choice (spelling), and writing...
2017: Reading and Writing
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28931921/an-iterative-compound-screening-contest-method-for-identifying-target-protein-inhibitors-using-the-tyrosine-protein-kinase-yes
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Shuntaro Chiba, Takashi Ishida, Kazuyoshi Ikeda, Masahiro Mochizuki, Reiji Teramoto, Y-H Taguchi, Mitsuo Iwadate, Hideaki Umeyama, Chandrasekaran Ramakrishnan, A Mary Thangakani, D Velmurugan, M Michael Gromiha, Tatsuya Okuno, Koya Kato, Shintaro Minami, George Chikenji, Shogo D Suzuki, Keisuke Yanagisawa, Woong-Hee Shin, Daisuke Kihara, Kazuki Z Yamamoto, Yoshitaka Moriwaki, Nobuaki Yasuo, Ryunosuke Yoshino, Sergey Zozulya, Petro Borysko, Roman Stavniichuk, Teruki Honma, Takatsugu Hirokawa, Yutaka Akiyama, Masakazu Sekijima
We propose a new iterative screening contest method to identify target protein inhibitors. After conducting a compound screening contest in 2014, we report results acquired from a contest held in 2015 in this study. Our aims were to identify target enzyme inhibitors and to benchmark a variety of computer-aided drug discovery methods under identical experimental conditions. In both contests, we employed the tyrosine-protein kinase Yes as an example target protein. Participating groups virtually screened possible inhibitors from a library containing 2...
September 20, 2017: Scientific Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28930979/analysis-of-18fdg-pet-ct-imaging-as-a-tool-for-studying-mycobacterium-tuberculosis-infection-and-treatment-in-non-human-primates
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Alexander G White, Pauline Maiello, M Teresa Coleman, Jaime A Tomko, L James Frye, Charles A Scanga, Philana Ling Lin, JoAnne L Flynn
Mycobacterium tuberculosis remains the number one infectious agent in the world today. With the emergence of antibiotic resistant strains, new clinically relevant methods are needed that evaluate the disease process and screen for potential antibiotic and vaccine treatments. Positron Emission Tomography/Computed Tomography (PET/CT) has been established as a valuable tool for studying a number of afflictions such as cancer, Alzheimer's disease, and inflammation/infection. Outlined here are a number of strategies that have been employed to evaluate PET/CT images in cynomolgus macaques that are infected intrabronchially with low doses of M...
September 5, 2017: Journal of Visualized Experiments: JoVE
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28929865/false-positive-screens-and-lung-cancer-risk-in-the-national-lung-screening-trial-implications-for-shared-decision-making
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Paul F Pinsky, Christina R Bellinger, David P Miller
Objectives Low-dose computed tomography lung cancer screening has been shown to reduce lung cancer mortality but has a high false-positive rate. The precision medicine approach to low-dose computed tomography screening assesses subjects' benefits versus harms based on their personal lung cancer risk, where harms include false-positive screens and resultant invasive procedures. We assess the relationship between lung cancer risk and the rate of false-positive LDCT screens. Methods The National Lung Screening Trial randomized high-risk subjects to three annual screens with low-dose computed tomography or chest radiographs...
January 1, 2017: Journal of Medical Screening
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28929252/knowledge-about-cervical-cancer-risk-factors-and-practices-of-pap-testing-among-turkish-immigrant-women-in-the-united-states
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Aynur Uysal Toraman, Nilufer Yildirim
The objective of this study was to examine knowledge about cervical cancer risk factors and practices of Pap testing among female Turkish immigrants in the state of Florida in the United States of America (USA). This descriptive study was conducted between April and September 2012. The study sampling was consist of 156 Turkish women living in the state of Florida. A questionnaire-based survey was conducted among the population of Turkish immigrant women. On the survey form comprised of a total of 37 questions and three sections there are questions pertaining to the socio-demographic characteristics of the individuals, their knowledge on the cervical cancer risk factors and their approach to getting Pap smear tests...
September 19, 2017: Journal of Immigrant and Minority Health
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28927393/the-complete-digital-workflow-in-fixed-prosthodontics-a-systematic-review
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Tim Joda, Fernando Zarone, Marco Ferrari
BACKGROUND: The continuous development in dental processing ensures new opportunities in the field of fixed prosthodontics in a complete virtual environment without any physical model situations. The aim was to compare fully digitalized workflows to conventional and/or mixed analog-digital workflows for the treatment with tooth-borne or implant-supported fixed reconstructions. METHODS: A PICO strategy was executed using an electronic (MEDLINE, EMBASE, Google Scholar) plus manual search up to 2016-09-16 focusing on RCTs investigating complete digital workflows in fixed prosthodontics with regard to economics or esthetics or patient-centered outcomes with or without follow-up or survival/success rate analysis as well as complication assessment of at least 1 year under function...
September 19, 2017: BMC Oral Health
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28927268/discovery-of-pb-free-perovskite-solar-cells-via-high-throughput-simulation-on-the-k-computer
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Takahito Nakajima, Keisuke Sawada
We performed a systematic high-throughput simulation with density functional theory for 11 025 compositions of hybrid organic-inorganic halide compounds in ABX3 and A2BB'X6 forms, where A is an organic or inorganic component, B/B' is a metal atom, and X is a halogen atom. The computational results were compiled as a materials database. We performed massive computational simulation by using the K computer, which is a massively parallel many-core supercomputer in Japan. By applying the screening procedure to all the compounds in the materials database, we discovered novel candidates for environmentally friendly lead-free perovskite solar cells and propose 51 low-toxic halide single and double perovskites, most of which are newly proposed in this study...
September 21, 2017: Journal of Physical Chemistry Letters
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28926388/opportunistic-use-of-ct-imaging-for-osteoporosis-screening-and-bone-density-assessment-a-qualitative-systematic-review
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Elizabeth B Gausden, Benedict U Nwachukwu, Joseph J Schreiber, Dean G Lorich, Joseph M Lane
BACKGROUND: The purpose of this study was to determine the clinical opportunities for the use of computed tomography (CT) imaging for inferring bone quality and to critically analyze the correlation between dual x-ray absorptiometry (DXA) and diagnostic CT as reported in the literature. METHODS: A systematic review of the MEDLINE database was performed in February 2016 using the PubMed interface. The inclusion criteria were English language, studies performed using living human subjects, studies pertaining to orthopaedics, use of conventional diagnostic CT scans, studies that measured cancellous bone, and studies that reported Hounsfield unit (HU) measurements directly rather than a computed bone mineral density...
September 20, 2017: Journal of Bone and Joint Surgery. American Volume
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28926199/automated-detection-of-diabetic-retinopathy-lesions-on-ultrawidefield-pseudocolour-images
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Kang Wang, Chaitra Jayadev, Muneeswar G Nittala, Swetha B Velaga, Chaithanya A Ramachandra, Malavika Bhaskaranand, Sandeep Bhat, Kaushal Solanki, SriniVas R Sadda
PURPOSE: We examined the sensitivity and specificity of an automated algorithm for detecting referral-warranted diabetic retinopathy (DR) on Optos ultrawidefield (UWF) pseudocolour images. METHODS: Patients with diabetes were recruited for UWF imaging. A total of 383 subjects (754 eyes) were enrolled. Nonproliferative DR graded to be moderate or higher on the 5-level International Clinical Diabetic Retinopathy (ICDR) severity scale was considered as grounds for referral...
September 19, 2017: Acta Ophthalmologica
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28925587/lessons-learned-from-the-development-and-parameterization-of-a-computer-simulation-model-to-evaluate-task-modification-for-healthcare-providers
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Parastu Kasaie, W David Kelton, Rachel M Ancona, Michael J Ward, Craig M Froehle, Michael S Lyons
Computer simulation is a highly advantageous method for understanding and improving healthcare operations with a wide variety of possible applications. Most computer-simulation studies in emergency medicine have sought to improve allocation of resources to meet demand, or to assess the impact of hospital and other system policies on emergency department (ED) throughput. These models have enabled essential discoveries that can be used to improve the general structure and functioning of EDs. Theoretically, computer simulation could also be used to examine the impact of adding or modifying specific provider tasks...
September 19, 2017: Academic Emergency Medicine: Official Journal of the Society for Academic Emergency Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28922646/synthesis-spectral-characterization-and-computed-optical-analysis-of-potent-triazole-based-compounds
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Sajjad H Sumrra, Fazila Mushtaq, Muhammad Khalid, Muhammad Asam Raza, Muhammad Faizan Nazar, Bakhat Ali, Ataualpa A C Braga
Biologically active triazole Schiff base ligand (L) and metal complexes [Fe(II), Co(II), Ni(II), Cu(II) and Zn(II)] are reported herein. The ligand acted as tridentate and coordinated towards metallic ions via azomethine-N, triazolic-N moiety and deprotonated-O of phenyl substituents in an octahedral manner. These compounds were characterized by physical, spectral and analytical analysis. The synthesized ligand and metal complexes were screened for antibacterial pathogens against Chromohalobacter salexigens, Chromohalobacter israelensi, Halomonas halofila and Halomonas salina, antifungal bioassay against Aspergillus niger and Aspergellus flavin, antioxidant (DPPH, phosphomolybdate) and also for enzyme inhibition [butyrylcholinesterase (BChE) and acetylcholinesterase (AChE)] studies...
September 13, 2017: Spectrochimica Acta. Part A, Molecular and Biomolecular Spectroscopy
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28922275/indications-for-ct-angiography-of-the-vertebral-arteries-after-trauma
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Joseph P Drain, Douglas S Weinberg, James S Ramey, Timothy A Moore, Heather A Vallier
STUDY DESIGN: Retrospective. OBJECTIVE: The purpose of this project is to identify factors that predict vertebral artery injury (VAI) in an effort to assess risks and benefits of computed tomography angiography (CT-A) of the neck in the trauma setting. We seek to develop guidelines for practitioners to stratify patients at medium/high risk of VAI from those who are at low risk. SUMMARY OF BACKGROUND DATA: VAI and blunt carotid injury (BCI) together comprise blunt cerebrovascular injury (BCVI)...
September 15, 2017: Spine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28922141/towards-an-in-plane-methodology-to-track-breast-lesions-by-using-mammograms-and-patient-specific-finite-element-simulations
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Andres Lapuebla-Ferri, Jose Cegoñino-Banzo, Antonio-Jose Jimenez-Mocholi, Amaya Perez Del Palomar
In breast cancer screening or diagnosis, it is usual to combine different images in order to locate a lesion as accurately as possible. These images are generated by using a single or several imaging techniques. As X-ray based mammography is used widespread, a breast lesion is located in the same plane of the image (mammogram), but tracking of a breast lesion across mammograms corresponding to different views is a daring task for medical physicians. According to this, simulation tools and methodologies that use patient-specific numerical models can facilitate the task of fusing information from different images...
September 18, 2017: Physics in Medicine and Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28921985/computer-aided-identification-and-lead-optimization-of-dual-murine-double-minute-2-and-4-binders-structure-activity-relationship-studies-and-pharmacological-activity
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Mariateresa Giustiniano, Simona Daniele, Sveva Pelliccia, Valeria La Pietra, Deborah Pietrobono, Diego Brancaccio, Sandro Cosconati, Anna Messere, Stefano Giuntini, Linda Cerofolini, Marco Fragai, Claudio Luchinat, Sabrina Taliani, Giuseppe La Regina, Federico Da Settimo, Romano Silvestri, Claudia Martini, Ettore Novellino, Luciana Marinelli
The function of p53 protein, also known as "genome guardian", might be impaired by the over-expression of its primary cellular inhibitor, the murine double minute 2 protein (MDM2). However, the recent finding that MDM2-selective inhibitors induce high levels of its homolog MDM4, prompt us to identify, through a receptor-based virtual screening on an in house dababase, dual MDM2/MDM4 binders. Compound 1 turned out to possess an IC50 of 93.7 nM and of 4.6 nM on MDM2 and MDM4 respectively. A series of compounds were synthetized to optimize its activity on MDM2...
September 18, 2017: Journal of Medicinal Chemistry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28920567/electronic-devices-for-cognitive-impairment-screening-a-systematic-literature-review
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J Antonio García-Casal, Manuel Franco-Martín, M Victoria Perea-Bartolomé, J Miguel Toribio-Guzmán, Carlos García-Moja, Miguel Goñi-Imizcoz, Emese Csipke
OBJECTIVES: The reduction in cognitive decline depends on timely diagnosis. The aim of this systematic review was to analyze the current available information and communication technologies-based instruments for cognitive decline early screening and detection in terms of usability, validity, and reliability. METHODS: Electronic searches identified 1,785 articles of which thirty-four met the inclusion criteria and were grouped according to their main purpose into test batteries, measures of isolated tasks, behavioral measures, and diagnostic tools...
September 18, 2017: International Journal of Technology Assessment in Health Care
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28920183/number-of-medications-or-number-of-diseases-what-influences-underprescribing
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Eva Cedilnik Gorup, Marija Petek Šter
PURPOSE: An increasing number of older adults suffer from multimorbidity and receive multiple medications. Despite that, underprescribing of potentially beneficial medications is widespread in this population. Our aim was to examine influence of polypharmacy and multimorbidity on the presence of prescribing omissions (PO) in general practice attenders. METHODS: We conducted a cross-sectional study of older adults attending general practices in Slovenia who were regularly prescribed at least one medication...
September 17, 2017: European Journal of Clinical Pharmacology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28919551/identification-of-potential-antigens-from-non-classically-secreted-proteins-and-designing-novel-multitope-peptide-vaccine-candidate-against-brucella-melitensis-through-reverse-vaccinology-and-immunoinformatics-approach
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Udayakumar S Vishnu, Jagadesan Sankarasubramanian, Paramasamy Gunasekaran, Jeyaprakash Rajendhran
Brucella melitensis is an intracellular pathogen resides in the professional and non-professional phagocytes of the host, causing zoonotic disease brucellosis. The stealthy nature of the Brucella makes it's highly pathogenic, and it is hard to eliminate the bacteria completely from the infected host. Hitherto, no licensed vaccines are available for human brucellosis. In this study, we identified potential antigens for vaccine development from non-classically secreted proteins through reverse vaccinology approach...
September 14, 2017: Infection, Genetics and Evolution
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28918877/raltegravir-1200-mg-once-daily-versus-raltegravir-400-mg-twice-daily-with-tenofovir-disoproxil-fumarate-and-emtricitabine-for-previously-untreated-hiv-1-infection-a-randomised-double-blind-parallel-group-phase-3-non-inferiority-trial
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Pedro Cahn, Richard Kaplan, Paul E Sax, Kathleen Squires, Jean-Michel Molina, Anchalee Avihingsanon, Winai Ratanasuwan, Evelyn Rojas, Mohammed Rassool, Mark Bloch, Linos Vandekerckhove, Peter Ruane, Yazdan Yazdanpanah, Christine Katlama, Xia Xu, Anthony Rodgers, Lilly East, Larissa Wenning, Sandy Rawlins, Brenda Homony, Peter Sklar, Bach-Yen Nguyen, Randi Leavitt, Hedy Teppler
BACKGROUND: Once daily regimens are preferred for HIV-1 treatment, to facilitate adherence and improve quality of life. We compared a new once daily formulation of raltegravir to the currently marketed twice daily formulation. METHODS: In this randomised, double-blind, parallel-group, phase 3, non-inferiority study, we enrolled participants aged 18 years or older with HIV-1 RNA of 1000 or more copies per mL and no previous antiretroviral treatment at 139 sites worldwide...
September 11, 2017: Lancet HIV
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