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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28350789/dependence-of-cancer-risk-from-environmental-exposures-on-underlying-genetic-susceptibility-an-illustration-with-polycyclic-aromatic-hydrocarbons-and-breast-cancer
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Jing Shen, Yuyan Liao, John L Hopper, Mandy Goldberg, Regina M Santella, Mary Beth Terry
BACKGROUND: Most studies of environmental risk factors and breast cancer are conducted using average risk cohorts. METHODS: We examined the association between polycyclic aromatic hydrocarbon (PAH)-albumin adducts in bloods from baseline and breast cancer risk in a prospective nested case-control study (New York site of the BCFR, 80 cases and 156 controls). We estimated the 10-year absolute breast cancer risk by a risk model that uses pedigree information (BOADICEA) and evaluated whether the increased risk from PAH differed by absolute risk...
March 28, 2017: British Journal of Cancer
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28346980/ecological-intensification-to-mitigate-impacts-of-conventional-intensive-land-use-on-pollinators-and-pollination
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REVIEW
Anikó Kovács-Hostyánszki, Anahí Espíndola, Adam J Vanbergen, Josef Settele, Claire Kremen, Lynn V Dicks
Worldwide, human appropriation of ecosystems is disrupting plant-pollinator communities and pollination function through habitat conversion and landscape homogenisation. Conversion to agriculture is destroying and degrading semi-natural ecosystems while conventional land-use intensification (e.g. industrial management of large-scale monocultures with high chemical inputs) homogenises landscape structure and quality. Together, these anthropogenic processes reduce the connectivity of populations and erode floral and nesting resources to undermine pollinator abundance and diversity, and ultimately pollination services...
March 27, 2017: Ecology Letters
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28346766/maternal-thyroid-parameters-in-pregnant-women-with-different-ethnic-backgrounds-do-ethnicity-specific-reference-ranges-improve-the-diagnosis-of-subclinical-hypothyroidism
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Flora Veltri, Julie Belhomme, Pierre Kleynen, Lidia Grabczan, Serge Rozenberg, Thierry Pepersack, Kris Poppe
OBJECTIVE: Guidelines on the management of thyroid dysfunction during pregnancy have recently been updated and, for the diagnosis of subclinical hypothyroidism (SCH), a TSH upper reference limit (cutoff) of 4.0 mIU/L has been proposed when no institutional values are available. It is also suggested that serum TSH and thyroid autoimmunity (TAI) may be different according to the ethnic background of the women. We therefore determined the prevalence of TAI and SCH in pregnant women with different ethnic backgrounds and, to define SCH, we used different first trimester TSH upper reference cutoffs (institutional, ethnicity-specific, 2...
March 27, 2017: Clinical Endocrinology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28346497/determinants-of-infant-nutritional-status-in-dabat-district-north-gondar-ethiopia-a-case-control-study
#4
Amarech Asratie Wubante
BACKGROUND: Malnutrition is the top cause of global burden of disease, disability and mortality among infants. Over two-thirds of deaths of children globally occur during the first year of life (infancy). Malnutrition among infants is substantially high in Ethiopia. Therefore, this study is aimed to assess determinants of infant nutritional status. METHODS: A community based nested case-control study was conducted from February to June 2013 in Dabat district. A total of 80 cases and 320 controls (1:4 ratios) were studied...
2017: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28346327/development-of-a-new-outcome-prediction-model-in-early-stage-squamous-cell-carcinoma-of-the-oral-cavity-based-on-histopathologic-parameters-with-multivariate-analysis-the-aditi-nuzhat-lymph-node-prediction-score-anlps-system
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Aditi Arora, Nuzhat Husain, Ankur Bansal, Azfar Neyaz, Ritika Jaiswal, Kavitha Jain, Arun Chaturvedi, Nidhi Anand, Kiranpreet Malhotra, Saumya Shukla
The aim of this study was to evaluate the histopathologic parameters that predict lymph node metastasis in patients with oral squamous cell carcinoma (OSCC) and to design a new assessment score on the basis of these parameters that could ultimately allow for changes in treatment decisions or aid clinicians in deciding whether there is a need for close follow-up or to perform early lymph node dissection. Histopathologic parameters of 336 cases of OSCC with stage cT1/T2 N0M0 disease were analyzed. The location of the tumor and the type of surgery used for the management of the tumor were recorded for all patients...
March 24, 2017: American Journal of Surgical Pathology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28346244/a-six-sigma-approach-to-analyze-time-to-assembly-variance-of-surgical-trays-in-a-sterile-services-department
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Flavio S Fogliatto, Michel J Anzanello, Guilherme L Tortorella, Daniela S S Schneider, Cintia G R Pereira, Beatriz D Schaan
INTRODUCTION: We analyze the assembly of surgical trays in a hospital's sterile services department. The department assembles 520 different tray setups. However, tray assembly times are unknown, imposing a challenge to production planners. To respond to demand, workers from other departments are often called, leading to higher operational costs and more frequent quality problems due to workers' poor training and inconsistency. METHODS: Conducting traditional time-motion studies is infeasible in such a high variety production setting...
March 24, 2017: Journal for Healthcare Quality: Official Publication of the National Association for Healthcare Quality
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28345500/avian-malaria-ecological-host-traits-and-mosquito-abundance-in-southeastern-amazonia
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Alan Fecchio, Vincenzo A Ellis, Jeffrey A Bell, Christian B Andretti, Fernando M D'Horta, Allan M Silva, Vasyl V Tkach, Jason D Weckstein
Avian malaria is a vector transmitted disease caused by Plasmodium and recent studies suggest that variation in its prevalence across avian hosts is correlated with a variety of ecological traits. Here we examine the relationship between prevalence and diversity of Plasmodium lineages in southeastern Amazonia and: (1) host ecological traits (nest location, nest type, flocking behaviour and diet); (2) density and diversity of avian hosts; (3) abundance and diversity of mosquitoes; and (4) season. We used molecular methods to detect Plasmodium in blood samples from 675 individual birds of 120 species...
March 27, 2017: Parasitology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28345247/functional-morphological-adaptations-of-the-bony-labyrinth-in-marsupials-mammalia-theria
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Cathrin Pfaff, Stefan Czerny, Doris Nagel, Jürgen Kriwet
Diprotodontia represents the largest and ecologically most distinct order of marsupials occurring in Australasian being highly divers in size, locomotion, habitat preferences, feeding, and activity pattern. The spatial orientation in the habitat and therefore the three-dimensional space is detected by the vestibular system of the inner ear, more precisely by the three semicircular canals. In this study, we investigated the bony labyrinth of diprotodontian and selected non-diprotodontian marsupial mammals of almost all genera with noninvasive micro-CT scanning and 3D-reconstructions...
March 27, 2017: Journal of Morphology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28345186/use-of-the-fetal-myocardial-performance-index-in-assessment-and-management-of-the-small-for-gestational-age-fetus-a-cohort-and-nested-case-control-study
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Amanda Henry, Jennifer Alphonse, Dominique Tynan, Alec W Welsh
OBJECTIVES: To assess the clinical utility of the fetal Myocardial Performance Index (MPI) in assessment and management of the fetus referred to Fetal Medicine services for Small for Gestational Age/Intrauterine Growth Restriction (SGA/IUGR). METHODS: Prospective cohort study in metropolitan Australia. Consenting patients referred at 24-38 weeks' gestation for suspected singleton SGA/IUGR (estimated fetal weight [EFW] <10(th) centile for gestation and/or abnormal umbilical artery [UA] Doppler) had MPI performed in addition to routine measures, and were followed through to birth...
March 27, 2017: Ultrasound in Obstetrics & Gynecology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28345135/eliminating-cows-milk-but-not-wheat-barley-or-rye-increases-the-risk-of-growth-deceleration-and-nutritional-inadequacies
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Jetta Tuokkola, Päivi Luukkainen, Jaakko Nevalainen, Suvi Ahonen, Jorma Toppari, Jorma Ilonen, Riitta Veijola, Mikael Knip, Suvi M Virtanen, Minna Kaila
AIM: Our study examined the growth and nutritional intake of children on milk and, or, wheat, barley or rye elimination diets. METHODS: This was a nested case-control study within the Finnish Type 1 Diabetes Prediction and Prevention Study. It investigated 295 children born in the Tampere University Hospital area between 1997-2004 on a diet without cows' milk and, or, wheat, barley or rye due to food allergies and 265 matched controls. Nutritional intake was recorded with three-day food records at the ages of one, two and three years...
March 27, 2017: Acta Paediatrica
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28343818/comparative-performances-of-serologic-and-molecular-assays-for-detecting-htlv-1-and-htlv-2-in-patients-infected-with-hiv-1
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Karoline Rodrigues Campos, Maria Gisele Gonçalves, Nadia Aparecida Costa, Adele Caterino-de-Araujo
The present study evaluated several techniques currently available (commercial kits and in-house assays) for diagnosing human T lymphotropic viruses types 1 and 2 (HTLV-1/-2) in two groups of patients enrolled at HIV/AIDS specialized care services in São Paulo: Group 1 (G1), n=1608, 1237 male/371 female, median age 44.3 years old, majority using highly active antiretroviral therapy (HAART); G2, n=1383, 930 male/453 female, median age of 35.6 years old, majority HAART naïve. Enzyme immunoassays [(EIA) Murex and Gold ELISA] were employed for HTLV-1/-2 screening; Western blotting (WB), INNO-LIA (LIA), real-time PCR pol (qPCR), and nested-PCR-RFLP (tax) were used to confirm infection...
March 23, 2017: Brazilian Journal of Infectious Diseases
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28343564/embryos-of-non-native-anoles-are-robust-to-urban-thermal-environments
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Sarin Tiatragul, Audeline Kurniawan, Jason J Kolbe, Daniel A Warner
The transformation of natural habitats into urban landscapes dramatically alters thermal environments, which in turn, can impact local biota. Ectothermic organisms that are oviparous are particularly sensitive to these altered environments because their embryos cannot behaviorally thermoregulate and the surrounding environment determines the temperature experienced during development. We studied the effects of urban and forested thermal environments on embryo development and hatchling phenotypes in two non-native lizards (Anolis sagrei and A...
April 2017: Journal of Thermal Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28343066/calcium-triggers-reversal-of-calmodulin-on-nested-anti-parallel-sites-in-the-iq-motif-of-the-neuronal-voltage-dependent-sodium-channel-nav1-2
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Liam Hovey, C Andrew Fowler, Ryan Mahling, Zesen Lin, Mark Stephen Miller, Dagan C Marx, Jesse B Yoder, Elaine H Kim, Kristin M Tefft, Brett C Waite, Michael D Feldkamp, Liping Yu, Madeline A Shea
Several members of the voltage-gated sodium channel family are regulated by calmodulin (CaM) and ionic calcium. The neuronal voltage-gated sodium channel NaV1.2 contains binding sites for both apo (calcium-depleted) and calcium-saturated CaM. We have determined equilibrium dissociation constants for rat NaV1.2 IQ motif [IQRAYRRYLLK] binding to apo CaM (~3nM) and (Ca(2+))4-CaM (~85nM), showing that apo CaM binding is favored by 30-fold. For both apo and (Ca(2+))4-CaM, NMR demonstrated that NaV1.2 IQ motif peptide (NaV1...
March 9, 2017: Biophysical Chemistry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28342770/high-risk-no-gain-metabolic-performance-of-hatchery-reared-atlantic-salmon-smolts-effects-of-nest-emergence-time-hypoxia-avoidance-behaviour-and-size
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Malin Rosengren, Per-Ove Thörnqvist, Jörgen I Johnsson, Erik Sandblom, Svante Winberg, Kristina Sundell
When animals are reared for conservational releases it is paramount to avoid reducing genetic and phenotypic variation over time. This requires an understanding of how diverging behavioural and physiological traits affect performance both in captivity and after release. In Atlantic salmon, emergence time from the spawning gravel has been linked to certain behavioural and physiological characteristics and to the concept of stress coping styles. Early emerging fry has for example been shown to be bolder and more aggressive and to have higher standard metabolic rates compared to late emerging fry...
March 22, 2017: Physiology & Behavior
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28342338/antidepressants-and-risk-of-cataract-development-a-population-based-nested-case-control-study
#15
Po-Han Chou, Che-Sheng Chu, Yi-Huei Chen, Min-Yen Hsu, Min-Wei Huang, Tsuo-Hung Lan, Ching-Heng Lin
BACKGROUND: Previous studies demonstrated increased risk of cataract development among users of selective serotonin reuptake inhibitors (SSRIs). However, it remains unknown whether this risk also prevails with the use of other types of antidepressants. The aim of this study was to investigate whether use of antidepressants is associated with an increased risk of cataract development. Moreover, the relationship between binding affinities of serotonin transporter (SERT) of antidepressant and the risk of cataracts is examined...
March 18, 2017: Journal of Affective Disorders
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28342241/overt-and-occult-hepatitis-b-virus-infection-among-community-children-in-northwest-china
#16
Haixia Su, Zhongjun Shao, Zhongshu Pu, Yang Wang, Lei Zhang, Weilu Zhang, Bo Wang, Anhui Wang, Zhaohua Ji, Yongping Yan, Yuhai Zhang
Although a universal newborn hepatitis B (HB) immunization program has been implemented in China, hepatitis B virus (HBV) breakthrough infection, including HB surface antigen (HBsAg)-positive infection and occult HBV infection (OBI), still occurs during infancy or childhood. Obtaining the actual prevalence of HBV infection in general children is important for preventing and controlling the spread of HB. Accordingly, we investigated the prevalence of overt infection and OBI in community children and compared the serological and virological characteristics of OBI and HBsAg-carrier children to clarify the mechanisms related to OBI...
March 25, 2017: Journal of Viral Hepatitis
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28342067/the-incidence-of-post-transplant-cancer-among-kidney-transplant-recipients-is-associated-with-the-level-of-tacrolimus-exposure-during-the-first-year-after-transplantation
#17
Shelly Lichtenberg, Ruth Rahamimov, Hefziba Green, Benjamin D Fox, Eytan Mor, Uzi Gafter, Avry Chagnac, Benaya Rozen-Zvi
PURPOSE: Immunosuppressive therapy plays a major role in the development of post-transplant cancer. In this nested case-control study of kidney transplant recipients (KTRs), we investigated whether the incidence of post-transplant cancer is associated with the level of tacrolimus exposure over time. METHODS: We screened the Rabin Medical Center database for adults who received kidney transplants between 2001 and 2014 and developed post-transplant cancer (excluding basal and squamous cell skin cancers)...
March 24, 2017: European Journal of Clinical Pharmacology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28342060/glycogen-rich-clear-cell-squamous-cell-carcinoma-originating-in-the-oral-cavity
#18
Zaid H Khoury, Amr Bugshan, Joshua E Lubek, John C Papadimitriou, John R Basile, Rania H Younis
Clear cell squamous cell carcinoma (CCSCC) is a rare histological subtype of squamous cell carcinoma (SCC) that was originally described in the skin. Here, we report a case of a 66-year-old female patient who presented with a fungating ulcerative mass of the left lateral tongue extending anteriorly to the floor of the mouth, and posteriorly to the left retromolar fossa and the oropharynx. The patient had a history of SCC of the left posterior tongue that was treated with partial glossectomy and adjuvant radiotherapy...
March 24, 2017: Head and Neck Pathology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28341155/anthropogenic-debris-in-the-nests-of-kelp-gulls-in-south-africa
#19
Minke Witteveen, Mark Brown, Peter G Ryan
Anthropogenic debris results in detrimental interactions with many marine species. Several seabirds include debris items in their nests, which can lead to entanglement of chicks and adults, resulting in injury or death. Anthropogenic debris was found in 4-67% of kelp gull Larus dominicanus nests in seven colonies in the Western Cape, South Africa. Nests contained two types of litter: items included in the nest structure during construction (mainly ropes and straps), and regurgitated items (mainly bags and food wrappers) that probably accumulate primarily during the chick-rearing period...
January 30, 2017: Marine Pollution Bulletin
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28341046/relationship-between-residual-feed-intake-and-digestibility-for-lactating-holstein-cows-fed-high-and-low-starch-diets
#20
S B Potts, J P Boerman, A L Lock, M S Allen, M J VandeHaar
We determined if differences in digestibility among cows explained variation in residual feed intake (RFI) in 4 crossover design experiments. Lactating Holstein cows (n=109; 120±30d in milk; mean ± SD) were fed diets high (HS) or low (LS) in starch. The HS diets were 30% (±1.8%) starch and 27% (±1.2%) neutral detergent fiber (NDF); LS diets were 14% (±2.2%) starch and 40% (±5.3%) NDF. Each experiment consisted of two 28-d treatment periods, with apparent total-tract digestibility measured using indigestible NDF as an internal marker during the last 5d of each period...
January 2017: Journal of Dairy Science
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