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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28088771/do-we-still-need-cross-sectional-studies-in-nephrology-yes-we-do
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Giovanni Tripepi, Graziella D'Arrigo, Kitty J Jager, Vianda S Stel, Friedo W Dekker, Carmine Zoccali
Cross-sectional studies represent the second line of evidence (after case reports) in the ladder of evidence aimed at defining disease aetiology. This study design is used to generate hypotheses about the determinants of a given disease but also to investigate the accuracy of diagnostic tests and to assess the burden of a given disease in a population. The intrinsic limitation of cross-sectional studies, when applied to generate aetiological hypotheses, is that both the exposure under investigation and the disease of interest are measured at the same point in time...
January 14, 2017: Nephrology, Dialysis, Transplantation
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28088426/propensity-matched-comparison-of-video-assisted-thoracoscopic-with-thoracotomy-lobectomy-for-locally-advanced-non-small-cell-lung-cancer
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Kezhong Chen, Xun Wang, Fan Yang, Jianfeng Li, Guanchao Jiang, Jun Liu, Jun Wang
OBJECTIVE: We evaluated whether video-assisted thoracoscopic lobectomy for locally advanced non-small cell lung cancer could be performed safely and with acceptable long-term outcomes by our improved technique and compared with standard thoracotomy lobectomy in a well-balanced population. METHODS: Patients with clinical stage II and III A non-small cell lung cancers who received lobectomy were reviewed. Video-assisted thoracoscopic lobectomies were all performed with Wang's technique by the surgeons who had overcome the learning curve and achieved proficiency...
December 15, 2016: Journal of Thoracic and Cardiovascular Surgery
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28088410/short-communication-sodium-salicylate-negatively-affects-rumen-fermentation-in-vitro-and-in-situ
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A J Carpenter, C F Vargas Rodriguez, J A B Jantz, B J Bradford
Administration of sodium salicylate (SS) to cows in early lactation has a positive effect on whole-lactation milk production but a negative effect on metabolism in some cases. The objective of this trial was to determine whether SS directly affects rumen fermentation. Experiment 1 was designed to investigate the effects of direct inclusion of SS in a 24-h batch culture, and experiment 2 was designed to test the fermentative ability of rumen fluid from heifers who had received SS. In experiment 1, we combined strained and pooled rumen fluid from 3 heifers in a 2:1 ratio with McDougall's buffer, and added 150 mL of the inoculum to each flask (n = 5/treatment) with 2...
January 11, 2017: Journal of Dairy Science
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28088138/fast-simulation-of-brownian-dynamics-in-a-crowded-environment
#4
Stephen Smith, Ramon Grima
Brownian dynamics simulations are an increasingly popular tool for understanding spatially extended biochemical reaction systems. Recent improvements in our understanding of the cellular environment show that volume exclusion effects are fundamental to reaction networks inside cells. These systems are frequently studied by incorporating inert hard spheres (crowders) into three-dimensional Brownian dynamics (BD) simulations; however these methods are extremely slow owing to the sheer number of possible collisions between particles...
January 14, 2017: Journal of Chemical Physics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28087982/the-impact-of-ces1-genotypes-on-the-pharmacokinetics-of-methylphenidate-in-healthy-danish-subjects
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Claus Stage, Gesche Jürgens, Louise Schow Guski, Ragnar Thomsen, Ditte Bjerre, Laura Ferrero-Miliani, Yassine Kamal Lyauk, Henrik Berg Rasmussen, Kim Dalhoff
AIM: This study investigated the influence of CES1 variations, including the SNP rs71647871 (G143E) and variation in copy number, on the pharmacokinetics of a single oral dose of 10 mg methylphenidate. METHODS: CES1 genotype was obtained from 200 healthy Danish Caucasian volunteers. Based on the genotype, 44 (19 males and 25 females) were invited to participate in an open, prospective trial involving six predefined genotypes: three groups with two, three, and four CES1 copies, respectively; a group of carriers of the CES1 143E allele; a group of individuals homozygous for CES1A1c (CES1VAR); and a group having three CES1 copies, in which the duplication, CES1A2, had increased transcriptional activity...
January 14, 2017: British Journal of Clinical Pharmacology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28087891/physical-activity-and-exercise-for-chronic-pain-in-adults-an-overview-of-cochrane-reviews
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Louise J Geneen, R Andrew Moore, Clare Clarke, Denis Martin, Lesley A Colvin, Blair H Smith
BACKGROUND: Chronic pain is defined as pain lasting beyond normal tissue healing time, generally taken to be 12 weeks. It contributes to disability, anxiety, depression, sleep disturbances, poor quality of life, and healthcare costs. Chronic pain has a weighted mean prevalence in adults of 20%.For many years, the treatment choice for chronic pain included recommendations for rest and inactivity. However, exercise may have specific benefits in reducing the severity of chronic pain, as well as more general benefits associated with improved overall physical and mental health, and physical functioning...
January 14, 2017: Cochrane Database of Systematic Reviews
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28087824/neuropathology-of-sudep-role-of-inflammation-blood-brain-barrier-impairment-and-hypoxia
#7
Zuzanna Michalak, Dima Obari, Matthew Ellis, Maria Thom, Sanjay M Sisodiya
OBJECTIVE: To seek a neuropathologic signature of sudden unexpected death in epilepsy (SUDEP) in a postmortem cohort by use of immunohistochemistry for specific markers of inflammation, gliosis, acute neuronal injury due to hypoxia, and blood-brain barrier (BBB) disruption, enabling the generation of hypotheses about potential mechanisms of death in SUDEP. METHODS: Using immunohistochemistry, we investigated the expression of 6 markers (CD163, human leukocyte antigen-antigen D related, glial fibrillary acid protein, hypoxia-inducible factor-1α [HIF-1α], immunoglobulin G, and albumin) in the hippocampus, amygdala, and medulla in 58 postmortem cases: 28 SUDEP (definite and probable), 12 epilepsy controls, and 18 nonepileptic sudden death controls...
January 13, 2017: Neurology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28087529/resilience-dynamics-and-interactions-within-a-multi-species-exoelectrogenic-model-biofilm-community
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Anna Prokhorova, Katrin Sturm-Richter, Andreas Doetsch, Johannes Gescher
: Anode-associated multi-species exoelectrogenic biofilms are essential to the function of bioelectrochemical systems (BESs). The individual activities of anode associated organisms and physiological responses resulting from co-culturing are often hard to assess due to the high microbial diversity in these systems. Therefore, we developed a model multispecies biofilm of the three exoelectrogenic proteobacteria Shewanella oneidensis, Geobacter sulfurreducens and Geobacter metallireducens with the aim to study in detail the biofilm formation dynamics, the interactions between the organisms and the overall activity of an exoelectrogenic biofilm as a consequence of the applied anode potential...
January 13, 2017: Applied and Environmental Microbiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28086895/design-optimization-of-stent-and-its-dilatation-balloon-using-kriging-surrogate-model
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Hongxia Li, Tao Liu, Minjie Wang, Danyang Zhao, Aike Qiao, Xue Wang, Junfeng Gu, Zheng Li, Bao Zhu
BACKGROUND: Although stents have great success of treating cardiovascular disease, it actually undermined by the in-stent restenosis and their long-term fatigue failure. The geometry of stent affects its service performance and ultimately affects its fatigue life. Besides, improper length of balloon leads to transient mechanical injury to the vessel wall and in-stent restenosis. Conventional optimization method of stent and its dilatation balloon by comparing several designs and choosing the best one as the optimal design cannot find the global optimal design in the design space...
January 11, 2017: Biomedical Engineering Online
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28086771/naturalistic-study-of-guideline-implementation-tool-use-via-evaluation-of-website-access-and-physician-survey
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Melissa J Armstrong, Gary S Gronseth, Richard Dubinsky, Sonja Potrebic, Rebecca Penfold Murray, Thomas S D Getchius, Carol Rheaume, Anna R Gagliardi
BACKGROUND: Clinical guidelines support decision-making at the point-of-care but the onus is often on individual users such as physicians to implement them. Research shows that the inclusion of implementation tools in or with guidelines (GItools) is associated with guideline use. However, there is little research on which GItools best support implementation by individual physicians. The purpose of this study was to investigate naturalistic access and use of GItools produced by the American Academy of Neurology (AAN) to inform future tool development...
January 13, 2017: BMC Medical Informatics and Decision Making
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28081261/the-role-of-tor1a-polymorphisms-in-dystonia-a-systematic-review-and-meta-analysis
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Vasileios Siokas, Efthimios Dardiotis, Evangelia E Tsironi, Georgios Tsivgoulis, Dimitrios Rikos, Maria Sokratous, Stylianos Koutsias, Konstantinos Paterakis, Georgia Deretzi, Georgios M Hadjigeorgiou
IMPORTANCE: A number of genetic loci were found to be associated with dystonia. Quite a few studies have been contacted to examine possible contribution of TOR1A variants to the risk of dystonia, but their results remain conflicting. The aim of the present study was to systematically evaluate the effect of TOR1A gene SNPs on dystonia and its phenotypic subtypes regarding the body distribution. METHODS: We performed a systematic review of Pubmed database to identify all available studies that reported genotype frequencies of TOR1A SNPs in dystonia...
2017: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28081159/osmoregulation-in-the-halophilic-bacterium-halomonas-elongata-a-case-study-for-integrative-systems-biology
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Viktoria Kindzierski, Silvia Raschke, Nicole Knabe, Frank Siedler, Beatrix Scheffer, Katharina Pflüger-Grau, Friedhelm Pfeiffer, Dieter Oesterhelt, Alberto Marin-Sanguino, Hans-Jörg Kunte
Halophilic bacteria use a variety of osmoregulatory methods, such as the accumulation of one or more compatible solutes. The wide diversity of compounds that can act as compatible solute complicates the task of understanding the different strategies that halophilic bacteria use to cope with salt. This is specially challenging when attempting to go beyond the pathway that produces a certain compatible solute towards an understanding of how the metabolic network as a whole addresses the problem. Metabolic reconstruction based on genomic data together with Flux Balance Analysis (FBA) is a promising tool to gain insight into this problem...
2017: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28081080/optimal-measurements-for-resolution-beyond-the-rayleigh-limit
#13
J Rehacek, M Paúr, B Stoklasa, Z Hradil, L L Sánchez-Soto
We establish the conditions to attain the ultimate resolution predicted by quantum estimation theory for the case of two incoherent point sources using a linear imaging system. The solution is closely related to the spatial symmetries of the detection scheme. In particular, for real symmetric point spread functions, any complete set of projections with definite parity achieves the goal.
January 15, 2017: Optics Letters
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28081023/a-case-study-of-hemochromatosis-and-conflicting-point-shear-wave-measurements-in-the-assessment-of-liver-fibrosis
#14
Tal Cohen, Richard G Barr
There are multiple factors that affect the shear wave speed in the assessment of liver stiffness. In this case report, we present a case of hemochromatosis that has elevated liver stiffness suggestive of significant fibrosis or cirrhosis; however on liver biopsy, no fibrosis was identified. This article will discuss the possibility that liver iron deposition may affect SWE measurements of the liver, leading to inaccurate assessment of liver fibrosis. In these cases, a liver biopsy may be required for accurate liver assessment...
January 9, 2017: Ultrasound Quarterly
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28079591/point-of-care-diagnostics-extending-the-laboratory-network-to-reach-the-last-mile
#15
Paul K Drain, Christine Rousseau
PURPOSE OF REVIEW: More point-of-care (POC) diagnostic tests are becoming available for HIV diagnosis and treatment in resource-limited settings. These novel technologies have the potential to foster decentralized HIV care and treatment for the benefit of clinical laboratories, HIV clinics, and HIV-infected patients. There continue to be many business, technological, and operational challenges that limit product development and regulatory approval, which limits products available for the required operational and cost-effectiveness studies and delays policy adoption and implementation...
January 11, 2017: Current Opinion in HIV and AIDS
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28079383/structure-and-interaction-in-ph-dependent-phase-behavior-of-nanoparticle-protein-systems
#16
Indresh Yadav, Sugam Kumar, Vinod K Aswal, Joachim Kohlbrecher
The pH-dependent structure and interaction of anionic silica nanoparticles (diameter 18 nm) with two globular model proteins-lysozyme and bovine serum albumin (BSA) have been studied. Cationic lysozyme adsorbs strongly on the nanoparticles and the adsorption follows an exponential growth as a function of lysozyme concentration, where the saturation value increases with pH approaching towards the isoelectric point (IEP) of lysozyme. In contrast, irrespective of the pH, anionic BSA does not show any adsorption...
January 12, 2017: Langmuir: the ACS Journal of Surfaces and Colloids
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28078989/a-comprehensive-review-of-mtor-inhibiting-pharmacotherapy-for-the-treatment-of-non-infectious-uveitis
#17
Joshua Blair, Robert Barry, David J Moore, Alastair K Denniston
BACKGROUND: Non-infectious uveitis is a sight-threatening inflammatory disease that often necessitates prolonged use of high-dose corticosteroids, resulting in significant systemic side effects. There is a need for efficacious steroid-sparing immunomodulatory therapy for these patients, and the mTOR inhibitors (sirolimus and everolimus) may be contenders for this role. METHODS: A comprehensive review of preclinical and clinical research on mTOR inhibitors for non-infectious uveitis was performed...
January 11, 2017: Current Pharmaceutical Design
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28078849/effects-of-carbomer-eye-drops-in-combination-with-orthokeratology-lens-in-treating-adolescent-myopia
#18
Y H Shi, L T Zhou, C X Zhang, Y Z Li, J Z Zhang, H M Zhou, Y G Li, T Liu, L L Zhang, L N Sun, Z Chen
To investigate the effects of carbomer eye drops (CED) during long-time wearing of overnight orthokeratology lens of adolescents with myopia, 260 teenagers with myopia treated in the Henan Provincial People’s Hospital from June 2012 to August 2014 and followed-up for more than 2 years were enrolled. All the patients underwent regular fitting of orthokeratology lens. They were divided into a CED (Vidisic) group (130 cases, 260 eyes treated with CED) and rewetting drops (RD) (Baushe and Lomb) group (130 cases, 260 eyes treated with RD)...
October 2016: Journal of Biological Regulators and Homeostatic Agents
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28078553/expression-of-apoptosis-regulatory-genes-in-the-hippocampus-of-rat-neonates-born-to-mothers-with-diabetes
#19
Hossein Haghir, Javad Hami, Nassim Lotfi, Mostafa Peyvandi, Simagol Ghasemi, Mehran Hosseini
Diabetes during pregnancy impairs the development of the central nervous system (CNS) and causes cognitive and behavioral abnormalities in offspring. However, the exact mechanism by which the maternal diabetes affects the development of the brain remains to be elucidated. The aim of the present study was to investigate the effects of maternal diabetes in pregnancy on the expression of Bcl-2 and Bax genes and the numerical density of degenerating dark neurons (DNs) in the hippocampus of offspring at the first postnatal two weeks...
January 11, 2017: Metabolic Brain Disease
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28078452/do-deer-and-raccoons-defecate-in-the-right-place-fitness-consequences-of-vertebrate-seed-dispersal-for-a-deciduous-forest-herb
#20
Eric C Niederhauser, Glenn R Matlack
Precision of seed placement in a heterogeneous environment is often assumed to select for the evolution of animal-mediated dispersal systems, but this hypothesis has rarely been tested in a multivariate sense. We quantify the microsite fitness benefits of dispersal by white-tailed deer (Odocoileus virginianus) and raccoons (Procyon lotor) for mayapple (Podophyllum peltatum), a shade-tolerant perennial herb, in deciduous forests of southeastern Ohio, USA. Micro-environmental variables were recorded at dung-deposition microsites, at rooting points of mayapple shoots, and at random (control) points in the forest...
January 11, 2017: Oecologia
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