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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28231093/identification-of-the-geographic-origin-of-parmigiano-reggiano-p-d-o-cheeses-deploying-non-targeted-mass-spectrometry-and-chemometrics
#1
Bert Popping, Emiliano De Dominicis, Mario Dante, Marco Nocetti
Parmigiano Reggiano is an Italian product with a protected designation of origin (P.D.O.). It is an aged hard cheese made from raw milk. P.D.O. products are protected by European regulations. Approximately 3 million wheels are produced each year, and the product attracts a relevant premium price due to its quality and all around the world well known typicity. Due to the high demand that exceeds the production, several fraudulent products can be found on the market. The rate of fraud is estimated between 20% and 40%, the latter predominantly in the grated form...
February 16, 2017: Foods (Basel, Switzerland)
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28230614/characteristics-of-providers-performing-urogynecologic-procedures-on-medicare-patients-2012-2014
#2
Daniel E Stone, Benjamin J Barenberg, Stephanie D Pickett, Dena E OʼLeary, Lieschen H Quiroz
OBJECTIVE: To analyze the characteristics of providers performing stress urinary incontinence (SUI) and pelvic organ prolapse (POP) procedures in the United States. METHODS: The Centers for Medicare Services public database, released for years 2012 through 2014, was queried for SUI-related and POP-related Healthcare Common Procedure Coding System. Providers were categorized as Female Pelvic Medicine and Reconstructive Surgery (FPMRS) providers and non-FPMRS providers, using a list of FPMRS board-certified providers compiled through the American Board of Medical Subspecialties website...
March 2017: Female Pelvic Medicine & Reconstructive Surgery
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28230395/contextual-cueing-improves-attentional-guidance-even-when-guidance-is-supposedly-optimal
#3
Anthony M Harris, Roger W Remington
Visual search through previously encountered contexts typically produces reduced reaction times compared with search through novel contexts. This contextual cueing benefit is well established, but there is debate regarding its underlying mechanisms. Eye-tracking studies have consistently shown reduced number of fixations with repetition, supporting improvements in attentional guidance as the source of contextual cueing. However, contextual cueing benefits have been shown in conditions in which attentional guidance should already be optimal-namely, when attention is captured to the target location by an abrupt onset, or under pop-out conditions...
February 23, 2017: Journal of Experimental Psychology. Human Perception and Performance
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28230353/statistical-survey-of-persistent-organic-pollutants-risk-estimations-to-humans-and-wildlife-though-consumption-of-fish-from-u-s-rivers
#4
Angela L Batt, John B Wathen, James M Lazorchak, Anthony R Olsen, Thomas M Kincaid
U.S. EPA conducted a national statistical survey of fish tissue contamination at 540 river sites (representing 82 954 river km) in 2008-2009, and analyzed samples for 50 persistent organic pollutants (POPs), including 21 PCB congeners, 8 PBDE congeners, and 21 organochlorine pesticides. The survey results were used to provide national estimates of contamination for these POPs. PCBs were the most abundant, being measured in 93.5% of samples. Summed concentrations of the 21 PCB congeners had a national weighted mean of 32...
February 23, 2017: Environmental Science & Technology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28228572/opposed-to-the-being-of-henrietta-bioslavery-pop-culture-and-the-third-life-of-hela-cells
#5
Marlon Rachquel Moore
Operating at the intersection of thanatopolitics and African-American cultural studies, this essay argues that the commercial sale of HeLa-themed art and other bioproducts perpetuates the bioslavery of HeLa cells, a circumstance created by legal and medical discourses tracing back to US racial slavery. Racial slavery normalised economic, social and legal inequities that the nation continues to struggle with and, the article posits, laid foundation for the dynamics that currently exist between Henrietta Lacks' genealogical family, the HeLa cell line, and the medical-pharmaceutical establishment...
March 2017: Medical Humanities
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28226276/different-associations-of-albuminuria-with-total-and-cardiovascular-mortality-by-concentrations-of-persistent-organic-pollutants-in-the-elderly
#6
Hyun-Woo Kim, Jung-Hyun Kim, Dong-Won Lee, Sang-Hyun Cho, Ji-Hoon Jung, Ki-Su Kim, Duk-Hee Lee
Epidemiologic studies have indicated that albuminuria is associated with mortality from all causes and cardiovascular disease (CVD), with substantial heterogeneity. We evaluated if the associations of urine albumin creatinine ratio (ACR) with all-cause and CVD mortality differed depending on serum concentrations of persistent organic pollutants (POPs), strong lipophilic chemical mixtures with very long half-lives, which are recently linked to many degenerative diseases. Study subjects were participants of the National Health and Nutrition Examination Survey 1999-2004 who were 60 years or older at baseline (n=1215 and 1067 for organochlorine pesticides (OCPs) and other POPs, respectively)...
February 18, 2017: Environmental Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28224269/severe-pelvic-organ-prolapse-treated-by-vaginal-native-tissue-repair-long-term-analysis-of-outcomes-in-146-patients
#7
Michele Carlo Schiavi, Giorgia Perniola, Violante Di Donato, Virginia Sibilla Visentin, Flaminia Vena, Anna Di Pinto, Marzio Angelo Zullo, Marco Monti, Pierluigi Benedetti Panici
AIMS: The aim of this study was to assess the effectiveness and safety of vaginal native tissue repair (VNTR) as a surgical treatment for severe pelvic organ prolapse (POP) and, second, to evaluate the impact on the quality-of-life (QoL) and sexual function. METHODS: Women with symptomatic POP (≥III stage according to POP Quantification System) with or without stress urinary incontinence (SUI) underwent VNTR. The clinical stage, 3-day voiding diary, and urodynamic testing were evaluated in the preoperative and postoperative times, respectively...
February 21, 2017: Archives of Gynecology and Obstetrics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28224107/risk-factors-for-mortality-in-postoperative-peritonitis-in-critically-ill-patients
#8
Yoann Launey, Benjamin Duteurtre, Raphaëlle Larmet, Nicolas Nesseler, Audrey Tawa, Yannick Mallédant, Philippe Seguin
AIM: To identify the risk factors for mortality in intensive care patients with postoperative peritonitis (POP). METHODS: This was a retrospective analysis using a prospective database that includes all patients hospitalized in a surgical intensive care unit for POP from September 2006 to August 2011. The data collected included demographics, comorbidities, postoperative severity parameters, bacteriological findings, adequacy of antimicrobial therapy and surgical treatments...
February 4, 2017: World Journal of Critical Care Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28223969/mycobacterium-tuberculosis-prolyl-oligopeptidase-induces-in-vitro-secretion-of-proinflammatory-cytokines-by-peritoneal-macrophages
#9
Brina Portugal, Flávia N Motta, Andre F Correa, Diego O Nolasco, Hugo de Almeida, Kelly G Magalhães, Ana L V Atta, Francisco D Vieira, Izabela M D Bastos, Jaime M Santana
Tuberculosis (TB) is a disease that leads to death over 1 million people per year worldwide and the biological mediators of this pathology are poorly established, preventing the implementation of effective therapies to improve outcomes in TB. Host-bacterium interaction is a key step to TB establishment and the proteases produced by these microorganisms seem to facilitate bacteria invasion, migration and host immune response evasion. We presented, for the first time, the identification, biochemical characterization, molecular dynamics (MDs) and immunomodulatory properties of a prolyl oligopeptidase (POP) from Mycobacterium tuberculosis (POPMt)...
2017: Frontiers in Microbiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28220918/cadmium-complexes-bearing-me2-n-e-o-e-s-se-organochalcogenoalkoxides-and-their-zinc-and-mercury-analogues
#10
Alexandra Pop, Clément Bellini, Răzvan Şuteu, Vincent Dorcet, Thierry Roisnel, Jean-François Carpentier, Anca Silvestru, Yann Sarazin
Heteroleptic zinc and cadmium complexes of the type [{(Me2)N^E^O(R2)}M-Nu]n (M = Zn, Cd; E = S, Se; R = CH3, CF3; Nu = N(SiMe3)2, I, Cl; n = 1-2) were prepared by reacting the alcohol proteo-ligands {(Me2)N^E^O(R2)}H with [M(N(SiMe3)2)2] (M = Zn, Cd) or [XMN(SiMe3)2] (M = Zn, X = Cl; M = Cd, X = I) in an equimolar ratio. These group 12 metal complexes were characterised in solution by multinuclear NMR spectroscopy and their solid-state structures were determined by X-ray diffractometry. The ligands {(Me2)N^E^O((CH3)2)}(-) bearing CH3 groups in α position to the alkoxide behave as κ(2)-O,E-bidentate moieties (E = S, Se) and form centro-symmetric dinuclear O-bridged heteroleptic alkoxo-amido complexes both with zinc and cadmium, with four-coordinate metal centres resting in tetrahedral environments...
February 21, 2017: Dalton Transactions: An International Journal of Inorganic Chemistry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28216933/bladder-explosion-during-transurethral-resection-of-prostate-bladder-diverticula-as-an-additional-risk-factor
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D Paul Vincent
Vesical explosion during transurethral resection of the prostate (TURP) is a very rare occurrence. Very few cases have been reported in the literature. The literature was reviewed pertaining to the etiology of bladder explosion during transurethral resection. The underlying mechanism for intravesical explosion is the generation and trapping of explosive gasses under the dome of the bladder which eventually detonates when it comes into contact with the cautery electrode during TURP. Various techniques have been suggested to prevent this dreaded complication...
January 2017: Urology Annals
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28216589/selecting-cooking-methods-to-decrease-persistent-organic-pollutant-concentrations-in-food-of-animal-origin-using-a-consensus-decision-making-model
#12
Xiao Tan, Zaiwu Gong, Minji Huang, Zhou-Jing Wang
Persistent organic pollutants (POPs) pose serious threats to human health. Increasing attention has been paid to POPs to protect the environment and prevent disease. Humans are exposed to POPs through diet (the major route), inhaling air and dust and skin contact. POPs are very lipophilic and hydrophobic, meaning that they accumulate in fatty tissues in animals and can biomagnify. Humans can therefore be exposed to relatively high POP concentrations in food of animal origin. Cooking animal products can decrease the POP contents, and different cooking methods achieve different reduction rates...
February 14, 2017: International Journal of Environmental Research and Public Health
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28214220/comparison-of-the-hanging-drop-technique-and-running-drip-method-for-identifying-the-epidural-space-in-dogs
#13
Fernando Martinez-Taboada, José I Redondo
OBJECTIVE: To compare the running-drip and hanging-drop techniques for locating the epidural space in dogs. STUDY DESIGN: Prospective, randomized, clinical trial. ANIMALS: Forty-five healthy dogs requiring epidural anaesthesia. METHODS: Dogs were randomized into four groups and administered epidural anaesthesia in sternal (S) or lateral (L) recumbency. All blocks were performed by the same person using Tuohy needles with either a fluid-prefilled hub (HDo) or connected to a drip set attached to a fluid bag elevated 60 cm (RDi)...
January 8, 2017: Veterinary Anaesthesia and Analgesia
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28214119/persistent-organic-pollutants-in-the-olifants-river-basin-south-africa-bioaccumulation-and-trophic-transfer-through-a-subtropical-aquatic-food-web
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Vera Verhaert, Nadine Newmark, Wendy D'Hollander, Adrian Covaci, Wynand Vlok, Victor Wepener, Abraham Addo-Bediako, Antoinette Jooste, Johannes Teuchies, Ronny Blust, Lieven Bervoets
This study investigates the trophic transfer of persistent organic pollutants (POPs: PCBs, PBDEs, OCPs and PFASs) in the subtropical aquatic ecosystem of the Olifants River Basin (South Africa) by means of trophic magnification factors (TMFs). Relative trophic levels were determined by stable isotope analysis. POP levels in surface water, sediment and biota were low. Only ∑DDTs levels in fish muscle (<LOQ-61ng/g ww) were comparable or higher than values from other temperate and tropical regions. Significant positive relationships between relative trophic level and PCB, DDT and HCH concentrations were observed so trophic levels play an important role in the movement of contaminants through the food web...
February 14, 2017: Science of the Total Environment
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28213857/management-of-overactive-bladder-in-the-face-of-high-grade-prolapse
#15
REVIEW
Juan Guzman-Negron, Sandip Vasavada
Patients with pelvic organ prolapse (POP) may present with a large combination of symptoms including overactive bladder (OAB) symptoms such as urgency, frequency, and urgency incontinence. The explanation as to why these symptoms are more prevalent in POP patients is not clearly understood, but there seems to be an overall agreement that prolapse-induced bladder outlet obstruction (BOO) may trigger bladder changes resulting in OAB symptoms. Presuming this to be true, many of the studies managing OAB in POP patients have focused on the surgical management of prolapse and its aftermath, which in many of the patients leads to improvement of OAB symptoms...
February 2017: Current Urology Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28213799/the-hybrid-technique-of-pelvic-organ-prolapse-treatment-apical-sling-and-subfascial-colporrhaphy
#16
Dmitry Shkarupa, Nikita Kubin, Alexey Pisarev, Anastasiya Zaytseva, Ekaterina Shapovalova
INTRODUCTION AND HYPOTHESIS: The majority of patients with cystocele undergoing reconstructive surgery have combined defects of pubocervical fascia and uterosacral/cardinal ligament complex. In this regard, the simultaneous correction of both defects is rational. Furthermore, decreasing the use of synthetic materials in pelvic floor surgery is an important goal. The aim was to evaluate the objective and subjective cure rate of a hybrid technique: bilateral sacrospinous fixation using modern monofilament synthetic tape (apical sling) combined with the original technique of subfascial colporrhaphy...
February 17, 2017: International Urogynecology Journal
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28213178/the-atypical-excretion-profile-of-meldonium-comparison-of-urinary-detection-windows-after-single-and-multiple-dose-application-in-healthy-volunteers
#17
Christian Görgens, Sven Guddat, Christina Bosse, Hans Geyer, Valentin Pop, Wilhelm Schänzer, Mario Thevis
Following a one-year monitoring program providing unequivocal analytical evidence for a high prevalence in international elite sports, meldonium has been included in the World Anti-Doping Agency's (WADA) list of prohibited substances that came into effect on 1 January 2016. Despite of the polar and hydrophilic nature of the molecule, an unusual long detection window was observed in pilot elimination studies. Consequently, in the present study, urinary excretion profiles after single-dose (5 volunteers, 1×500mg) and multiple-dose oral application (5 volunteers; 2×500mg/day for 6days) were determined in order to facilitate the result management concerning meldonium findings in doping controls...
February 6, 2017: Journal of Pharmaceutical and Biomedical Analysis
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28212816/social-science-s-curious-war-with-pop-culture-and-how-it-was-lost-the-media-violence-debate-and-the-risks-it-holds-for-social-science
#18
REVIEW
Christopher J Ferguson, Eugene Beresin
For nearly half a century, psychologists, pediatricians and psychiatrists have studied the potential impact of media violence on aggression and societal violence, particularly among youth. Despite hundreds of studies, scholars have failed to find consensus on potential effects. Nonetheless, professional organizations such as the American Academy of Pediatrics and American Psychological Association have released policy statements conclusively linking violent media to societal concerns. In reaction, some scholars have accused these professional groups of distorting evidence and failing to inform the public of the inconsistent nature of studies in this field...
February 14, 2017: Preventive Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28212462/climate-change-contaminant-interactions-in-marine-food-webs-towards-a-conceptual-framework
#19
Juan José Alava, William W L Cheung, Peter S Ross, Rashid U Sumaila
Climate change is reshaping the way in which contaminants move through the global environment, in large part by changing the chemistry of the oceans and affecting the physiology, health and feeding ecology of marine biota. Climate change-associated impacts on structure and function of marine food webs, with consequent changes in contaminant transport, fate and effects, is likely to have significant repercussions to those human populations that rely on fisheries resources for food, recreation or culture. Published studies on climate change-contaminant interactions with a focus on food web bioaccumulation were systematically reviewed to explore how climate change and ocean acidification may impact contaminant levels in marine food webs...
February 17, 2017: Global Change Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28210261/a-comprehensive-gene-expression-meta-analysis-identifies-novel-immune-signatures-in-rheumatoid-arthritis-patients
#20
Sumbul Afroz, Jeevan Giddaluru, Sandeep Vishwakarma, Saima Naz, Aleem Ahmed Khan, Nooruddin Khan
Rheumatoid arthritis (RA), a symmetric polyarticular arthritis, has long been feared as one of the most disabling forms of arthritis. Identification of gene signatures associated with RA onset and progression would lead toward development of novel diagnostics and therapeutic interventions. This study was undertaken to identify unique gene signatures of RA patients through large-scale meta-profiling of a diverse collection of gene expression data sets. We carried out a meta-analysis of 8 publicly available RA patients' (107 RA patients and 76 healthy controls) gene expression data sets and further validated a few meta-signatures in RA patients through quantitative real-time PCR (RT-qPCR)...
2017: Frontiers in Immunology
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