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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28733190/reference-interval-estimation-methodological-comparison-using-extensive-simulations-and-empirical-data
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Caitlin H Daly, Victoria Higgins, Khosrow Adeli, Vijay L Grey, Jemila S Hamid
OBJECTIVE: To statistically compare and evaluate commonly used methods of estimating reference intervals and to determine which method is best based on characteristics of the distribution of various datasets. DESIGN AND METHODS: Three approaches for estimating reference intervals, i.e. parametric, non-parametric, and robust, were compared with simulated Gaussian and non-Gaussian data. The hierarchy of the performances of each method was examined based on bias and measures of precision...
July 18, 2017: Clinical Biochemistry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28730523/antibody-dependent-enhancement-of-serotype-ii-feline-enteric-coronavirus-infection-in-primary-feline-monocytes
#2
Tomomi Takano, Mamiko Nakaguchi, Tomoyoshi Doki, Tsutomu Hohdatsu
Feline coronavirus (FCoV) has been classified into two biotypes: avirulent feline coronavirus (feline enteric coronavirus: FECV) and virulent feline coronavirus (feline infectious peritonitis virus: FIPV). In FIPV infection, antibody-dependent enhancement (ADE) has been reported and was shown to be associated with severe clinical disease. On the other hand, the potential role of ADE in FECV infection has not been examined. In this study, using laboratory strains of serotype II FIPV WSU 79-1146 (FIPV 79-1146) and serotype II FECV WSU 79-1683 (FECV 79-1683), we investigated the relationship between ADE and induction of inflammatory cytokines, which are pathogenesis-related factors, for each strain...
July 20, 2017: Archives of Virology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28730283/blockade-of-alcohol-escalation-and-relapse-drinking-by-pharmacological-faah-inhibition-in-male-and-female-c57bl-6j-mice
#3
Yan Zhou, Benjamin I Schwartz, Joanna Giza, Steven S Gross, Francis S Lee, Mary Jeanne Kreek
BACKGROUND: Anandamide (AEA)-dependent signaling is regulated by the catabolic enzyme fatty acid amide hydrolase (FAAH). Several lines of evidence have demonstrated that FAAH and AEA are involved in the behavioral effects of alcohol. Therefore, we investigated whether a selective FAAH inhibitor, URB597 (cyclohexylcarbamic acid 3'-[aminocarbonyl]-[1,1'-biphenyl]-3-yl ester), altered alcohol intake in mice in a voluntary alcohol drinking model. METHODS: Mice, subjected to 3 weeks of chronic intermittent access (IA) in a two-bottle choice paradigm with 24-h access every other day, developed rapid escalation of alcohol intake and high preference...
July 20, 2017: Psychopharmacology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28728199/-polypharmacy-solutions-for-enhanced-drug-safety
#4
Olaf Krause, Gesine Picksak, Ulrike Junius-Walker
Polypharmacy (≥ 5 drugs) is common among older people and may lead to falls, ADEs and delirium. Adherence is an important part in the medication management. Simple questions (i. e. for OTC, handling and omission of drugs) are effective. As most old people are treated by general practitioners (GP), they play a key role for drug safety and reducing polypharmacy. The involvement of pharmacists in analyzing one patient's drugs can enhance solutions for drug problems ("two-man rule"). An IT-based medication plan acts as an important communication tool for an enhanced team work between doctors, pharmacists and nursing care...
July 2017: Deutsche Medizinische Wochenschrift
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28726897/ultrafast-structural-dynamics-of-photoexcited-adenine
#5
Sayan Mondal, Mrinalini Puranik
We report deep UV initiated excited state dynamics of the canonical nucleobase adenine (Ade) through Resonance Raman (RR) intensity analysis. RR spectra of Ade at excitation wavelengths throughout the Bb absorption band in the 210-230 nm wavelength range are measured and subsequently converted to scattering cross-sections. The time-dependent wave packet (TDWP) formalism has been employed for self-consistent simulations of the resulting wavelength dependent Raman excitation profiles (REP) and absorption spectrum of Ade...
July 20, 2017: Physical Chemistry Chemical Physics: PCCP
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28726312/spinal-cord-stimulator-related-infections-findings-from-a-multicenter-retrospective-analysis-of-2737-implants
#6
Markus A Bendel, Travis O'Brien, Bryan C Hoelzer, Timothy R Deer, Thomas P Pittelkow, Shrif Costandi, David R Walega, Gerges Azer, Salim M Hayek, Zhen Wang, Jason S Eldrige, Wenchun Qu, Joshua M Rosenow, Steven M Falowski, Stephanie A Neuman, Susan M Moeschler, Catherine Wassef, Christopher Kim, Tariq Niazi, Taher Saifullah, Brian Yee, Chong Kim, Christine L Oryhan, Daniel T Warren, Imanuel Lerman, Ruben Mora, Michael Hanes, Thomas Simopoulos, Sanjiv Sharma, Chris Gilligan, Warren Grace, Timothy Ade, Nagy A Mekhail, John P Hunter, Daniel Choi, Deborah Y Choi
INTRODUCTION: Surgical site infection is a potential complication of spinal cord stimulator (SCS) implantation. Current understanding of the epidemiology, diagnosis, and treatment of these infections is based largely on small clinical studies, many of which are outdated. Evidence-based guidelines for management of SCS-related infections thus rely instead on expert opinion, case reports, and case series. In this study, we aim to provide a large scale retrospective study of infection management techniques specifically for SCS implantation...
July 20, 2017: Neuromodulation: Journal of the International Neuromodulation Society
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28723611/parent-reported-nutritional-risk-and-laboratory-indices-of-cardiometabolic-risk-and-in-preschool-aged-children
#7
Navindra Persaud, Hedyeh Ziai, Gerald Lebovic, Jonathon L Maguire, Marina Khovratovich, Janis A Randall Simpson, Khosrow Adeli, Jill Hamilton, Brian W McCrindle, Patricia C Parkin, Catherine S Birken
BACKGROUND: Eating habits formed during childhood may contribute to the increasing prevalence of cardiometabolic disorders. Assessing nutritional risk in young children may help to prevent later cardiometabolic disease. The objective of this study was to determine whether parent-reported nutritional risk in preschool-aged children was associated with laboratory indices of cardiometabolic risk, namely leptin and insulin. METHODS: In this cross-sectional study, the relationship between nutritional risk as determined by the parent-completed NutriSTEP® questionnaire was assessed and compared to the serum leptin and insulin concentrations, hormones involved in regulation of food intake and biomarkers of adiposity and cardiometabolic risk...
July 19, 2017: Journal of Pediatric Endocrinology & Metabolism: JPEM
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28723610/pediatric-reference-intervals-for-29-ortho-vitros-5600-immunoassays-using-the-caliper-cohort-of-healthy-children-and-adolescents
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Victoria Higgins, Angela W S Fung, Man Khun Chan, Joseph Macri, Khosrow Adeli
BACKGROUND: Accurate reference intervals (RIs) based on a healthy pediatric population are essential for pediatric test result interpretation. The CALIPER project has recruited a large healthy cohort and completed a series of a priori studies to address gaps in pediatric RIs. As immunoassays from different manufacturers for endocrine and special chemistry markers are not standardized and show marked intermethod differences, direct RI studies are needed for each major analytical platform...
July 19, 2017: Clinical Chemistry and Laboratory Medicine: CCLM
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28722824/local-equilibrium-and-retardation-revisited
#9
Scott K Hansen, Velimir V Vesselinov
In modeling solute transport with mobile-immobile mass transfer (MIMT), it is common to use an advection-dispersion equation (ADE) with a retardation factor, or retarded ADE. This is commonly referred to as making the local equilibrium assumption (LEA). Assuming local equilibrium, Eulerian textbook treatments derive the retarded ADE, ostensibly exactly. However, other authors have presented rigorous mathematical derivations of the dispersive effect of MIMT, applicable even in the case of arbitrarily fast mass transfer...
July 19, 2017: Ground Water
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28721281/safety-and-efficacy-of-tamsulosin-alfuzosin-or-silodosin-as-monotherapy-for-luts-in-bph-a-double-blind-randomized-trial
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Chikka Moga Siddaiah Manohar, Mahadevappa Nagabhushana, Vilvapathy Senguttuvan Karthikeyan, Ramachandra Pudakalkatti Sanjay, Ananth Janardhan Kamath, Ramaiah Keshavamurthy
INTRODUCTION: Currently alpha1-adrenoceptor blockers (AB) are widely used as first-line therapy to improve lower urinary tract symptoms (LUTS) associated with benign prostatic hyperplasia (BPH). We compared the efficacy and safety profile of tamsulosin, alfuzosin and silodosin in LUTS due to BPH. MATERIAL AND METHODS: Consecutive consenting male patients (N = 269) undergoing medical management of BPH with AB from February 2012 to October 2015 were enrolled. Patients were randomized to a 0...
June 30, 2017: Central European Journal of Urology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28716654/exercise-interventions-for-individuals-with-advanced-cancer-a-systematic-review
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Kim L Dittus, Robert E Gramling, Philip A Ades
Despite improvements in therapy a large proportion of individuals with cancer will have a shortened life expectancy because of advanced or metastatic disease. Advances in therapy have however, extended life in those with advanced cancer thus heightening the importance of living well and preventing decline. The burdens of disease and cancer therapy impair aerobic fitness, strength, physical function and quality of life (QOL). Fatigue, the most common side effect of cancer and cancer therapy can further deteriorate QOL...
July 14, 2017: Preventive Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28709145/diagnosis-of-attention-deficit-hyperactivity-disorder-using-imaging-and-signal-processing-techniques
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REVIEW
Chaitra Sridhar, Shreya Bhat, U Rajendra Acharya, Hojjat Adeli, G Muralidhar Bairy
Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD) is the most common childhood psychiatric disorder that may continue through adolescence and adulthood. Hyperactivity, inattention and impulsivity are the key behavioral features observed in children with ADHD. ADHD is normally diagnosed only when a child continues to have symptoms of hyperactivity, impulsivity and inattention at a greater degree than the normal for six months or more. In recent years there has been significant research to diagnose ADHD in a quantitative way using medical imaging and signal processing techniques...
July 8, 2017: Computers in Biology and Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28705782/biologics-in-myelodysplastic-syndrome-related-systemic-inflammatory-and-autoimmune-diseases-french-multicenter-retrospective-study-of-29-patients
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REVIEW
Arsene Mekinian, Guillaume Dervin, Nathanael Lapidus, Jean-Emmanuel Kahn, Louis Terriou, Eric Liozon, Eric Grignano, Jean-Charles Piette, Odile Beyne Rauzy, Vincent Grobost, Pascal Godmer, Jerome Gillard, Julien Rossignol, David Launay, Achille Aouba, Thierry Cardon, Laurence Bouillet, Jonathan Broner, Julien Vinit, Lionel Ades, Fabrice Carrat, Clementine Salvado, Eric Toussirot, Mathilde Versini, Nathalie Costedoat-Chalumeau, Jean Baptiste Fraison, Philippe Guilpain, Pierre Fenaux, Olivier Fain
BACKGROUND: Systemic inflammatory and autoimmune diseases (SIADs) associated with myelodysplastic syndromes are often difficult to treat. Corticosteroids are efficient but only usually at high doses. The use of biologics needs to be specified. METHODS: In a French multicenter retrospective study, we analyzed the efficacy and safety of biologics (tumor necrosis factor-α [TNF-α] antagonists, tocilizumab, rituximab and anakinra) for SIADs associated with myelodysplastic syndromes (MDSs)...
July 10, 2017: Autoimmunity Reviews
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28704113/role-of-resveratrol-in-the-management-of-insulin-resistance-and-related-conditions-mechanism-of-action
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Ebrahim Abbasi Oshaghi, Mohammad Taghi Goodarzi, Victoria Higgins, Khosrow Adeli
Resveratrol (RES), a well-known antioxidant, is present in numerous plant species and, as a result, is easily obtained through dietary intake of plant-based foods and beverages. Several studies suggest that RES has anti-carcinogenic, anti-microbial, and anti-viral effects. It may also have beneficial metabolic properties that result in mitigation of insulin resistance (IR) and related metabolic abnormalities, including dyslipidemia, hyperglycemia, and hyperinsulinemia through regulation of gene expression or the activity of rate-limiting enzymes...
July 13, 2017: Critical Reviews in Clinical Laboratory Sciences
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28700902/a-novel-algorithm-to-detect-glaucoma-risk-using-texton-and-local-configuration-pattern-features-extracted-from-fundus-images
#15
U Rajendra Acharya, Shreya Bhat, Joel E W Koh, Sulatha V Bhandary, Hojjat Adeli
Glaucoma is an optic neuropathy defined by characteristic damage to the optic nerve and accompanying visual field deficits. Early diagnosis and treatment are critical to prevent irreversible vision loss and ultimate blindness. Current techniques for computer-aided analysis of the optic nerve and retinal nerve fiber layer (RNFL) are expensive and require keen interpretation by trained specialists. Hence, an automated system is highly desirable for a cost-effective and accurate screening for the diagnosis of glaucoma...
June 29, 2017: Computers in Biology and Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28690677/the-past-and-future-of-breast-cancer-treatment-from-the-papyrus-to-individualised-treatment-approaches
#16
REVIEW
Felipe Ades, Konstantinos Tryfonidis, Dimitrios Zardavas
Cancer is one of the oldest diseases ever described, since ancient Egypt there have always been attempts to treat and cure this illness. The growing body of knowledge about breast cancer biology and improvements in surgical and medical treatments has been built over time with contributions from many talented and enthusiastic physicians and researchers. Medical advances have changed the approach from a previously incurable condition, into a surgical disease. Further improvements in cancer biology have allowed the development of systemic treatments, hormonal therapies, and targeted drugs...
2017: Ecancermedicalscience
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28688897/gross-motor-ability-predicts-response-to-upper-extremity-rehabilitation-in-chronic-stroke
#17
Sarah Hulbert George, Mohammad Hossein Rafiei, Alexandra Borstad, Hojjat Adeli, Lynne V Gauthier
The majority of rehabilitation research focuses on the comparative effectiveness of different interventions in groups of patients, while much less is currently known regarding individual factors that predict response to rehabilitation. In a recent article, authors presented a prognostic model to identify the sensorimotor characteristics predictive of the extent of motor recovery after Constraint-Induced Movement (CI) therapy amongst individuals with chronic mild-to-moderate motor deficit using the enhanced probabilistic neural network (EPNN)...
July 5, 2017: Behavioural Brain Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28686617/dengue-virus-specific-igy-provides-protection-following-lethal-dengue-virus-challenge-and-is-neutralizing-in-the-absence-of-inducing-antibody-dependent-enhancement
#18
Ashley L Fink, Katherine L Williams, Eva Harris, Travis D Alvine, Thomas Henderson, James Schiltz, Matthew L Nilles, David S Bradley
Dengue hemorrhagic fever (DHF) and dengue shock syndrome (DSS) are severe disease manifestations that can occur following sequential infection with different dengue virus serotypes (DENV1-4). At present, there are no licensed therapies to treat DENV-induced disease. DHF and DSS are thought to be mediated by serotype cross-reactive antibodies that facilitate antibody-dependent enhancement (ADE) by binding to viral antigens and then Fcγ receptors (FcγR) on target myeloid cells. Using genetically engineered DENV-specific antibodies, it has been shown that the interaction between the Fc portion of serotype cross-reactive antibodies and FcγR is required to induce ADE...
July 2017: PLoS Neglected Tropical Diseases
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28679702/selecting-schizosaccharomyces-pombe-diploids
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Karl Ekwall, Geneviève Thon
Here we describe procedures for the selection of diploid Schizosaccharomyces pombeade6-M210/ade6-M216 heteroallelic complementation is widely used to select for Ade(+) diploids. Such diploids will readily sporulate when starved of nitrogen. For some investigations, stable diploids are preferable (e.g., for genetic complementation tests), and in these cases mating an h(-) strain with an h(90) mat2-Pi-102 strain can be used to prevent sporulation. When ade6-M210/ade6-M216 mutations impact on, or show synthetic interactions with, the gene of interest, two different auxotrophic markers can be used to select complementation...
July 5, 2017: Cold Spring Harbor Protocols
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28674018/high-serum-serotonin-in-sudden-infant-death-syndrome
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Robin L Haynes, Andrew L Frelinger, Emma K Giles, Richard D Goldstein, Hoa Tran, Harry P Kozakewich, Elisabeth A Haas, Anja J Gerrits, Othon J Mena, Felicia L Trachtenberg, David S Paterson, Gerard T Berry, Khosrow Adeli, Hannah C Kinney, Alan D Michelson
Sudden infant death syndrome (SIDS), the leading cause of postneonatal infant mortality, likely comprises heterogeneous disorders with the common phenotype of sudden death without explanation upon postmortem investigation. Previously, we reported that ∼40% of SIDS deaths are associated with abnormalities in serotonin (5-hydroxytryptamine, 5-HT) in regions of the brainstem critical in homeostatic regulation. Here we tested the hypothesis that SIDS is associated with an alteration in serum 5-HT levels. Serum 5-HT, adjusted for postconceptional age, was significantly elevated (95%) in SIDS infants (n = 61) compared with autopsied controls (n = 15) [SIDS, 177...
July 3, 2017: Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences of the United States of America
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