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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28635547/-healthcare-seems-to-vary-a-lot-a-focus-group-study-among-parents-of-children-with-severe-allergy
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Birgitta Lagercrantz, Åsa Persson, Inger Kull
BACKGROUND: Living with an allergic disease has consequences for both affected children and their families. The aim of this qualitative study was to gain deeper knowledge of what life is like for families of children with severe allergic disease, in order to improve care and thereby reduce the consequences of living with a chronic disease. METHODS: Four focus group interviews were performed with Swedish parents of children, aged 6-11 and 12-16 years, with severe allergic disease (from one or more allergic conditions, such as food allergy/eczema/hay fever/asthma)...
February 22, 2017: Journal of Asthma: Official Journal of the Association for the Care of Asthma
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28634754/value-of-endometrial-thickness-assessed-by-transvaginal-ultrasound-for-the-prediction-of-endometrial-cancer-in-patients-with-postmenopausal-bleeding
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Amelie Schramm, Florian Ebner, Emanuel Bauer, Wolfgang Janni, Ulrike Friebe-Hoffmann, Miriam Pellegrino, Nikolaus De Gregorio, Thomas W P Friedl
PURPOSE: Histological confirmation of endometrial cancer by dilatation/curettage (D/C) in women with postmenopausal bleeding (PMB) can be challenging due to anesthesiological and/or surgical risks. Thus, less invasive methods for diagnostics are required to identify patients with minimal risk for endometrial cancer (EC) to avoid unnecessary surgical intervention. The objective of this single-center cohort study was to assess the diagnostic validity of transvaginal ultrasound (TVUS) measurements of endometrial thickness (ET) in patients with PMB for the detection of EC...
June 20, 2017: Archives of Gynecology and Obstetrics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28633105/effects-of-triacontanol-on-ascorbate-glutathione-cycle-in-brassica-napus-l-exposed-to-cadmium-induced-oxidative-stress
#3
Elham Asadi Karam, Viviana Maresca, Sergio Sorbo, Batool Keramat, Adriana Basile
The ability of exogenous triacontanol (TRIA), a plant growth regulator, to reduce Cd toxicity was studied in canola (Brassica napus L.) plants. The following biological parameters were examined in canola seedlings to investigate TRIA-induced tolerance to Cd toxicity: seedling growth, chlorophyll damage and antioxidant response. In particular, TRIA application reduced Cd-induced oxidative damage, as shown by reduction of ROS content, lipoxygenase (LOX) activity and lipid peroxidation level. TRIA pretreatment increased non-enzymatic antioxidant contents (ascorbate, AsA, glutathione and GSH), phytochelatin content (PCs) and activities of antioxidant enzymes such as superoxide dismutase (SOD), catalase (CAT), ascorbate peroxidase (APX), guaiacol peroxidase (GPX), monodehydroascorbate reductase (MDHAR), dehydro ascorbate reductase (DHAR), and glutathione reductase (GR), so reducing the oxidative stress...
June 17, 2017: Ecotoxicology and Environmental Safety
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28633086/beneficial-effects-of-melatonin-in-overcoming-drought-stress-in-wheat-seedlings
#4
Guibin Cui, Xiaoxiao Zhao, Shudong Liu, Fengli Sun, Chao Zhang, Yajun Xi
Melatonin plays an important role in abiotic stress in plant, but its role in wheat drought tolerance is less known. To verify its role, wheat seedlings (Triticum aestivum L. 'Yan 995') at 60% and 40% of field capacity were treated with 500 μM melatonin in this study. Melatonin treatment significantly enhanced the drought tolerance of wheat seedlings, as demonstrated by decreased membrane damage, more intact grana lamella of chloroplast, higher photosynthetic rate, and maximum efficiency of photosystem II, as well as higher cell turgor and water holding capacity in melatonin-treated seedlings...
June 15, 2017: Plant Physiology and Biochemistry: PPB
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28632591/acetabular-retroversion-but-not-increased-acetabular-depth-or-coverage-in-slipped-capital-femoral-epiphysis-a-matched-cohort-study
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Tobias Hesper, Sarah D Bixby, Young-Jo Kim, Yi-Meng Yen, Garrett Bowen, Patricia Miller, Michael B Millis, Eduardo N Novais
BACKGROUND: Femoral head overcoverage by a deep and retroverted acetabulum has been postulated as a mechanical factor in slipped capital femoral epiphysis (SCFE). We assessed acetabular depth, coverage, and version in the hips of patients with unilateral SCFE; in the contralateral, uninvolved hips; and in healthy control hips. METHODS: Thirty-six patients affected by unilateral SCFE were matched to 36 controls on the basis of sex and age. The acetabular depth-width ratio (ADR), the lateral center-edge angle (LCEA), the anterior and posterior acetabular sector angle (ASA), and version (10 mm distal to the highest point of the acetabular dome and at the level of the femoral head center) were assessed on computed tomography (CT)...
June 21, 2017: Journal of Bone and Joint Surgery. American Volume
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28632121/anti-inflammatory-treatment-and-risk-for-depression-after-first-time-stroke-in-a-cohort-of-147-487-danish-patients
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Ida Kim Wium-Andersen, Marie Kim Wium-Andersen, Martin Balslev Jørgensen, Merete Osler
BACKGROUND: Depression is a common complication after stroke, and inflammation may be a pathophysiological mechanism. This study examines whether anti-inflammatory treatment with acetylsalicylic acid (ASA), nonsteroid anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAID) or statins influence the risk of depression after stroke. METHODS: A register-based cohort including all patients admitted to hospital with a first-time stroke from Jan. 1, 2001, through Dec. 31, 2011, and a nonstroke population with a similar age and sex distribution was followed for depression until Dec...
June 20, 2017: Journal of Psychiatry & Neuroscience: JPN
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28631289/three-dimensional-orientation-of-the-acetabulum
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Daisuke Suzuki, Satoshi Nagoya, Hiroyuki Takashima, Kenji Tateda
This study was designed specifically to determine the normal acetabular orientation and femoral head covering, and whether these are affected by age or sex. Computed tomographic images of normal Japanese hip joints were used (males 60, females 60; mean age 48.3 years, range 15-79 years). Male and female age profiles were matched. The reconstructed 3D pelvic images were aligned in the anatomical pelvic coordinate system. The acetabular orientation angles and femoral covering angles were measured in the sagittal, coronal, and horizontal planes...
June 20, 2017: Clinical Anatomy
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28630872/effect-of-regular-aerobic-activity-in-young-healthy-athletes-on-profile-of-endothelial-function-and-platelet-activity
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Katarzyna Podgórska, Arkadiusz Derkacz, Ewa Szahidewicz-Krupska, Jakub Jasiczek, Piotr Dobrowolski, Aneta Radziwon-Balicka, Robert Skomro, Andrzej Szuba, Grzegorz Mazur, Adrian Doroszko
The aim of the study was to assess the impact of regular professional sports activity on the endothelial and platelet function in young men. The studied group were 79 young men (18-40 y, 25 athletes and 54 without any regular physical activity). The nitric oxide (NO) metabolic pathway intermediates, oxidative stress markers, mediators of inflammation, and platelet aggregation were measured. Flow mediated dilation (FMD) was studied before and after intravenous 16,0 g L-arginine infusion, which was repeated after oral administration of acetylsalicylic acid (ASA-75 mg/day) for 4 days...
2017: BioMed Research International
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28629944/what-are-the-risk-factors-for-dislocation-in-primary-total-hip-arthroplasty-a-multicenter-case-control-study-of-128-unstable-and-438-stable-hips
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M H Fessy, S Putman, A Viste, R Isida, N Ramdane, A Ferreira, A Leglise, B Rubens-Duval, N Bonin, F Bonnomet, A Combes, S Boisgard, D Mainard, S Leclercq, H Migaud
INTRODUCTION: Dislocation after total hip arthroplasty (THA) is a leading reason for surgical revision. The risk factors for dislocation are controversial, particularly those related to the patient and to the surgical procedure itself. The differences in opinion on the impact of these factors stem from the fact they are often evaluated using retrospective studies or in limited patient populations. This led us to carry out a prospective case-control study on a large population to determine: 1) the risk factors for dislocation after THA, 2) the features of these dislocations, and 3) the contribution of patient-related factors and surgery-related factors...
June 16, 2017: Orthopaedics & Traumatology, Surgery & Research: OTSR
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28629668/underestimating-the-size-of-the-problem-uk-anaesthesia-for-patients-with-obesity
#10
James Palmer, Mike Sury, Claire Nightingale, Jaideep Pandit, Tim Cook
We analysed data from 14,000 patients in the 2013 United Kingdom Anaesthesia Activity Survey of the Fifth National Audit Project of the Royal College of Anaesthetists and Association of Anaesthetists of Great Britain and Ireland to examine anaesthetic, organisational and clinical practice for patients with obesity. We compared practice then with current guidance on management of this patient group. Obesity was reported in 22%, mainly Black, Afro-Caribbean and White Caucasian patients. There was minimal variation in surgical timing, anaesthetic seniority, induction location or day-case procedure rates...
June 16, 2017: Obesity Research & Clinical Practice
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28628107/identification-of-sequence-variants-influencing-immunoglobulin-levels
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Stefan Jonsson, Gardar Sveinbjornsson, Aitzkoa Lopez de Lapuente Portilla, Bhairavi Swaminathan, Rosina Plomp, Gillian Dekkers, Ram Ajore, Mina Ali, Arthur E H Bentlage, Evelina Elmér, Gudmundur I Eyjolfsson, Sigurjon A Gudjonsson, Urban Gullberg, Arnaldur Gylfason, Bjarni V Halldorsson, Markus Hansson, Hilma Holm, Åsa Johansson, Ellinor Johnsson, Aslaug Jonasdottir, Bjorn R Ludviksson, Asmundur Oddsson, Isleifur Olafsson, Sigurgeir Olafsson, Olof Sigurdardottir, Asgeir Sigurdsson, Lilja Stefansdottir, Gisli Masson, Patrick Sulem, Manfred Wuhrer, Anna-Karin Wihlborg, Gudmar Thorleifsson, Daniel F Gudbjartsson, Unnur Thorsteinsdottir, Gestur Vidarsson, Ingileif Jonsdottir, Björn Nilsson, Kari Stefansson
Immunoglobulins are the effector molecules of the adaptive humoral immune system. In a genome-wide association study of 19,219 individuals, we found 38 new variants and replicated 5 known variants associating with IgA, IgG or IgM levels or with composite immunoglobulin traits, accounted for by 32 loci. Variants at these loci also affect the risk of autoimmune diseases and blood malignancies and influence blood cell development. Notable associations include a rare variant at RUNX3 decreasing IgA levels by shifting isoform proportions (rs188468174[C>T]: P = 8...
June 19, 2017: Nature Genetics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28627359/evaluation-of-early-postoperative-complications-following-tracheotomy
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Danielle L Freburg-Hoffmeister, John H Hardeman, M Franklin Dolwick, Charles G Widmer
PURPOSE: The purpose of this study was to evaluate the early postoperative complications related to tracheotomy performed by surgeons and residents in the Department of Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery (OMS) at the University of Florida College of Dentistry (UFCD; Gainesville, FL). The authors hypothesized that complications with this surgical technique would be substantially different among the different medical diagnoses of these patients and the number of complications would positively correlate with the American Society of Anesthesiologists (ASA) physical status classification...
May 24, 2017: Journal of Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28626868/intrathecal-dexamethasone-vs-meperidine-for-prevention-of-shivering-during-transurethral-prostatectomy-a-randomized-controlled-trial
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S M Moeen, A M Moeen
BACKGROUND: Shivering is a common complication after spinal anesthesia. Also, during transurethral prostatectomy a large amount of irrigating fluids is used which may cause hypothermia and shivering. We hypothesized that intrathecal dexamethasone could effectively attenuate post-spinal shivering following transurethral prostatectomy as intrathecal meperidine. METHODS: Ninety male patients, ASA II-III, 50-75 years old were included in this prospective and randomized double-blind study...
June 18, 2017: Acta Anaesthesiologica Scandinavica
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28626471/early-versus-late-onset-alzheimer-disease-long-term-functional-outcomes-nursing-home-placement-and-risk-factors-for-rate-of-progression
#14
Carina Wattmo, Åsa K Wallin
BACKGROUND/AIMS: Whether age at onset influences functional deterioration in Alzheimer disease (AD) is unclear. We, therefore, investigated risk factors for progression in activities of daily living (ADL) and nursing home placement (NHP) in cholinesterase inhibitor (ChEI)-treated patients with early-onset AD (EOAD) versus late-onset AD (LOAD). METHODS: This 3-year, prospective, observational, multicenter study included 1,017 participants with mild-to-moderate AD; 143 had EOAD (onset <65 years) and 874 LOAD (onset ≥65 years)...
January 2017: Dementia and Geriatric Cognitive Disorders Extra
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28626007/establishment-of-photosynthesis-is-controlled-by-two-distinct-regulatory-phases
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Carole Dubreuil, Xu Jin, Juan de Dios Barajas-López, Timothy Hewitt Hewitt, Sandra Tanz, Thomas Dobrenel, Wolfgang Schröder, Johannes Hanson, Edouard Pesquet, Andreas Grönlund, Ian D Small, Asa Strand
Chloroplasts develop from undifferentiated proplastids present in meristematic tissue. Chloroplast biogenesis is thus closely connected to leaf development, which restricts our ability to study the process of chloroplast biogenesis per se. As a consequence we know relatively little about the regulatory mechanisms behind the establishment of the photosynthetic reactions and how the activities of the two genomes involved are coordinated during chloroplast development. We developed a single-cell-based experimental system from Arabidopsis with high temporal resolution allowing for investigations of the transition from proplastids to functional chloroplasts...
June 16, 2017: Plant Physiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28625486/a-corticothalamic-circuit-for-dynamic-switching-between-feature-detection-and-discrimination
#16
Wei Guo, Amanda R Clause, Asa Barth-Maron, Daniel B Polley
Sensory processing must be sensitive enough to encode faint signals near the noise floor but selective enough to differentiate between similar stimuli. Here we describe a layer 6 corticothalamic (L6 CT) circuit in the mouse auditory forebrain that alternately biases sound processing toward hypersensitivity and improved behavioral sound detection or dampened excitability and enhanced sound discrimination. Optogenetic activation of L6 CT neurons could increase or decrease the gain and tuning precision in the thalamus and all layers of the cortical column, depending on the timing between L6 CT activation and sensory stimulation...
June 14, 2017: Neuron
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28625456/the-effect-of-ondansetron-on-analgesic-efficacy-of-acetaminophen-after-hysterectomy-a-randomized-double-blinded-placebo-controlled-trial
#17
Onur Koyuncu, Steve Leung, Jing You, Menekse Oksar, Selim Turhanoglu, Cagla Akkurt, Kenan Dolapcioglu, Hanifi Sahin, Daniel I Sessler, Alparslan Turan
OBJECTIVES: To determine that perioperative ondansetron reduces the analgesic efficacy of acetaminophen. DESIGN: Randomized, double-blinded study. PATIENTS: 120 patients ASA I-II who underwent abdominal hysterectomy. INTERVENTIONS: All the patients were given 1g acetaminophen at skin closure. Patients were divided into two groups; ondansetron HCl (8mg, 2ml IV) (Group I, N=60) and saline (2ml IV) (Group II, N=60) at the skin closure...
August 2017: Journal of Clinical Anesthesia
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28625429/automated-anesthesia-carts-reduce-drug-recording-errors-in-medication-administrations-a-single-center-study-in-the-largest-tertiary-referral-hospital-in-china
#18
Ying Wang, Yingying Du, Yingying Zhao, Yang Ren, Wei Zhang
AIM: To clinically evaluate a type of patented automated anesthesia cart in medication administrations in anesthesia. MATERIALS AND METHODS: This was a prospectively randomized open label clinical trial. In 10 designated operating suits in the First Affiliated Hospital of Zhengzhou University, in China. 1066 cases originated from 10,812 medication administrations in anesthesia were randomized. 78 registered anesthesiologists managed the medication. The patients received medication administrations in anesthesia with either an automated or a conventional manual cart...
August 2017: Journal of Clinical Anesthesia
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28624684/photoprotection-regulated-by-phosphorus-application-can-improve-photosynthetic-performance-and-alleviate-oxidative-damage-in-dwarf-bamboo-subjected-to-water-stress
#19
Chenggang Liu, Yanjie Wang, Yanqiang Jin, Kaiwen Pan, Xingmei Zhou, Na Li
Water and nutrients, particularly phosphorus (P), are the two most limiting factors for dwarf bamboo growth in tropical and subtropical areas. Dwarf bamboo is highly sensitive to water stress and often causes severe P deficiency in its growing soils due to the characteristics of shallower roots and expeditious growth. However, little is known about its photoprotective response to soil water deficit and the underlying mechanisms regulated by P application. In this study, a completely randomized design with two factors of two water regimes (well-watered and water-stressed) and two P levels (with and without P application) was arranged to investigate this issue in dwarf bamboo (Fargesia rufa) plants...
June 8, 2017: Plant Physiology and Biochemistry: PPB
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28624590/maleic-acid-assisted-improvement-of-metal-chelation-and-antioxidant-metabolism-confers-chromium-tolerance-in-brassica-juncea-l
#20
Jubayer Al Mahmud, Mirza Hasanuzzaman, Kamrun Nahar, Anisur Rahman, Md Shahadat Hossain, Masayuki Fujita
Chromium (Cr) is a highly toxic environmental pollutant that negatively affects plant growth and development. Thus, remediating Cr from soil or increasing plant tolerance against Cr stress is urgent. Organic acids are recognized as agents of phytoremediation and as exogenous protectants, but using maleic acid (MA) to attain these results has not yet been studied. Therefore, our study investigated the effects of MA on Cr uptake and mitigation of Cr toxicity. We treated 8-d-old Indian mustard (Brassica juncea L...
June 15, 2017: Ecotoxicology and Environmental Safety
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