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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28107687/do-recreational-cannabis-users-unlicensed-and-licensed-medical-cannabis-users-form-distinct-groups
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Sharon R Sznitman
BACKGROUND: This study aims to gain a more nuanced perspective on the differences between recreationally and medically motivated cannabis use by distinguishing between people who use cannabis for recreational purposes, unlicensed and licensed medical users. METHODS: Data collection was conducted online from a convenience sample of 1479 Israeli cannabis users. Multinomial regression analysis compared unlicensed medical users (38%) with recreational (42%) and licensed medical (5...
January 17, 2017: International Journal on Drug Policy
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28106980/structural-snapshots-of-an-engineered-cystathionine-%C3%AE-lyase-reveal-the-critical-role-of-electrostatic-interactions-in-the-active-site
#2
Wupeng Yan, Everett M Stone, Yan Jessie Zhang
Enzyme therapeutics that can degrade L-methionine (L-Met) are of great interest as numerous malignancies are exquisitely sensitive to L-Met depletion. To exhaust the pool of the methionine in human serum, we previously engineered an L-Met degrading enzyme based on the human cystathionine-γ-lyase scaffold (hCGL-NLV) in order to circumvent immunogenicity and stability issues observed in the preclinical application of bacterial derived methionine-γ-lyases (MGL). To gain further insights into structure/activity relationships governing the chemistry of the hCGL-NLV lead molecule, we undertook a biophysical characterization campaign that captured crystal structures (2...
January 20, 2017: Biochemistry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28106804/ultrafast-electronic-deactivation-dynamics-of-xanthosine-monophosphate
#3
Katharina Röttger, Rebecca Stellmacher, Mayra C Stuhldreier, Friedrich Temps
Ultrafast energy dissipation is a crucial factor for the photostability of DNA and RNA, but even some of the key electronic deactivation pathways in monomeric nucleic acid building stones are still controversial. Here, we report on the excited-state dynamics of the rare nucleotide xanthosine monophosphate as a function of deprotonation state (XMP vs. XMP - ) and excitation wavelength ( λ pump = 278-243 nm) by femtosecond time-resolved fluorescence and absorption spectroscopy. We show that the predominating relaxation channel leads to a return of the photo-excited molecules to the electronic ground state in τ∼1 ps...
January 18, 2017: Molecules: a Journal of Synthetic Chemistry and Natural Product Chemistry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28106650/trends-in-ambulatory-management-of-urinary-incontinence-in-women-in-the-united-states
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James C Forde, Bilal Chughtai, Meagan Cea, Benjamin V Stone, Alexis Te, Tara F Bishop
OBJECTIVES: Urinary incontinence (UI) is a common condition, but despite the availability of guidelines, variations exist in the care of patients. We sought to assess the changes in assessment and management of women with UI over time in the United States. METHODS: The National Ambulatory Medical Care Survey and the National Hospital Ambulatory Medical Care Survey are annual surveys from a nationally representative sample of visits to physicians. From 1999 through 2010, we identified visits by women to physicians where the chief complaint was UI using reason-for-visit and International Classification of Diseases, Ninth Revision codes...
January 18, 2017: Female Pelvic Medicine & Reconstructive Surgery
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28106110/in-vivo-detection-of-cucurbit-6-uril-a-hyperpolarized-xenon-contrast-agent-for-a-xenon-magnetic-resonance-imaging-biosensor
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Francis T Hane, Tao Li, Peter Smylie, Raiili M Pellizzari, Jennifer A Plata, Brenton DeBoef, Mitchell S Albert
The Hyperpolarized gas Chemical Exchange Saturation Transfer (HyperCEST) Magnetic Resonance (MR) technique has the potential to increase the sensitivity of a hyperpolarized xenon-129 MRI contrast agent. Signal enhancement is accomplished by selectively depolarizing the xenon within a cage molecule which, upon exchange, reduces the signal in the dissolved phase pool. Herein we demonstrate the in vivo detection of the cucurbit[6]uril (CB6) contrast agent within the vasculature of a living rat. Our work may be used as a stepping stone towards using the HyperCEST technique as a molecular imaging modality...
January 20, 2017: Scientific Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28105974/baseline-practices-for-the-application-of-genomic-data-supporting-regulatory-food-safety
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Dominic Lambert, Arthur Pightling, Emma Griffiths, Gary Van Domselaar, Peter Evans, Sharon Berthelet, Duncan Craig, P Scott Chandry, Robert Stones, Fiona Brinkman, Alexandre Angers-Loustau, Joachim Kreysa, Weida Tong, Burton Blais
The application of new data streams generated from next-generation sequencing (NGS) has been demonstrated for food microbiology, pathogen identification, and illness outbreak detection. The establishment of best practices for data integrity, reproducibility, and traceability will ensure reliable, auditable, and transparent processes underlying food microbiology risk management decisions. We outline general principles to guide the use of NGS data in support of microbiological food safety. Regulatory authorities across intra- and international jurisdictions can leverage this effort to promote the reliability, consistency, and transparency of processes used in the derivation of genomic information for regulatory food safety purposes, and to facilitate interactions and the transfer of information in the interest of public health...
January 19, 2017: Journal of AOAC International
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28104896/the-role-of-endoscopic-biliary-drainage-without-sphincterotomy-in-gallstone-patients-with-cholangitis-and-suspected-common-bile-duct-stones-not-detected-by-cholangiogram-or-intraductal-ultrasonography
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Hyeon Jeong Goong, Jong Ho Moon, Yun Nah Lee, Hyun Jong Choi, Seo-Youn Choi, Moon Han Choi, Min Jin Kim, Tae Hoon Lee, Sang-Heum Park, Hae Kyung Lee
Background/Aims: Treatment for cholangitis without common bile duct (CBD) stones has not been established in patients with gallstones. We investigated the usefulness of endoscopic biliary drainage (EBD) without endoscopic sphincterotomy (EST) in patients diagnosed with gallstones and cholangitis without CBD stones by endoscopic retrograde cholangiopancreatography (ERCP) and intraductal ultrasonography (IDUS). Methods: EBD using 5-F plastic stents without EST was performed prospectively in patients with gallstones and cholangitis if CBD stones were not diagnosed by ERCP and IDUS...
January 20, 2017: Gut and Liver
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28104748/movement-retraining-for-the-dysfunctional-brain
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EDITORIAL
Jon Stone, Alan Carson
No abstract text is available yet for this article.
January 19, 2017: Journal of Neurology, Neurosurgery, and Psychiatry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28104718/boncat-enables-time-resolved-analysis-of-protein-synthesis-in-native-plant-tissue
#9
Weslee Glenn, Shannon E Stone, Samuel H Ho, Michael J Sweredoski, Annie Moradian, Sonja Hess, Julia Bailey-Serres, David A Tirrell
Proteomic plasticity undergirds stress responses in plants, and understanding such responses requires accurate measurement of the extent to which proteins levels are adjusted to counter external stimuli. Here, we adapt bioorthogonal non-canonical amino acid tagging (BONCAT) to interrogate protein synthesis in vegetative Arabidopsis thaliana seedlings. BONCAT relies on the translational incorporation of a non-canonical amino acid (ncAA) probe into cellular proteins. In this study, the probe is the methionine surrogate azidohomoalanine (Aha), which carries a reactive azide moiety in its amino acid side chain...
January 19, 2017: Plant Physiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28104422/tipless-nitinol-stone-baskets-comparison-of-penetration-force-radial-dilation-force-opening-dynamics-and-deflection
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Nishant Patel, Arash Akhavein, Bryan Hinck, Rajat Jain, Manoj Monga
OBJECTIVE: To evaluate 5 commercially available tipless nitinol baskets (2.2F) in 4performance factors: penetration force, radial dilation force, opening dynamics and deflection limitation. MATERIAL AND METHODS: The 2.2F Coloplast Dormia No-Tip®, 1.5F Sacred Heart Medical Halo®, 2.2F Cook NCircle Nitinol Tipless Stone Extractor ®, 1.9F Bard SkyLite Tipless Nitinol Basket® and the 1.9F Boston Scientific Zero TipTM baskets were tested for penetration force (safety metric), radial dilation force (functional metric for ureteral calculi), and opening/closing dynamics...
January 16, 2017: Urology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28104420/use-of-a-novel-flexible-mini-nephroscope-in-minimally-invasive-percutaneous-nephrolithotomy
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Dilip Kumar Mishra, Madhu Sudan Agrawal
OBJECTIVE: To assess the feasibility and safety of a novel flexible mini-nephroscope in minimally-invasive PCNL. Presumably, limiting the size and number of tracts during percutaneous-nephrolithotomy(PCNL) has the potential of decreasing the morbidity of the procedure. We present our experience with, this new technique. METHODS: A retrospective analysis of patients with multiple kidney stones treated with mini-PCNL combined with a novel flexible mini-nephroscope was performed...
January 16, 2017: Urology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28104208/first-in-human-evaluation-of-a-novel%C3%A2-polymer-free-drug-filled-stent-angiographic-ivus-oct-and-clinical-outcomes-from%C3%A2-the%C3%A2-revelution-study
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Stephen G Worthley, Alexandre Abizaid, Ajay J Kirtane, Daniel I Simon, Stephan Windecker, Sandeep Brar, Ian T Meredith, Sharad Shetty, Ajay Sinhal, Alexandra Popma Almonacid, Daniel Chamié, Akiko Maehara, Gregg W Stone
OBJECTIVES: This study sought to assess the safety and effectiveness of the drug-filled stent (DFS) (Medtronic, Santa Rosa, California) in the treatment of patients with coronary artery disease. BACKGROUND: Polymer-free drug-eluting stents have the potential to improve clinical outcomes and facilitate shorter durations of dual antiplatelet therapy. The polymer-free DFS is made from a trilayered continuous wire with an outer cobalt chromium layer, a middle tantalum layer, and an inner lumen coated with sirolimus...
January 23, 2017: JACC. Cardiovascular Interventions
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28104076/comparison-of-propensity-score-methods-and-covariate-adjustment-evaluation-in-4-cardiovascular-studies
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REVIEW
Markus C Elze, John Gregson, Usman Baber, Elizabeth Williamson, Samantha Sartori, Roxana Mehran, Melissa Nichols, Gregg W Stone, Stuart J Pocock
Propensity scores (PS) are an increasingly popular method to adjust for confounding in observational studies. Propensity score methods have theoretical advantages over conventional covariate adjustment, but their relative performance in real-word scenarios is poorly characterized. We used datasets from 4 large-scale cardiovascular observational studies (PROMETHEUS, ADAPT-DES [the Assessment of Dual AntiPlatelet Therapy with Drug-Eluting Stents], THIN [The Health Improvement Network], and CHARM [Candesartan in Heart Failure-Assessment of Reduction in Mortality and Morbidity]) to compare the performance of conventional covariate adjustment with 4 common PS methods: matching, stratification, inverse probability weighting, and use of PS as a covariate...
January 24, 2017: Journal of the American College of Cardiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28103928/primary-carcinoma-of-the-cystic-duct-a-case-report-and-review-of-classifications
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Lovenish Bains, Daljit Kaur, Arun Kumar Kakar, Aman Batish, Seema Rao
BACKGROUND: The incidence of extrahepatic bile duct malignancies is about 2-3.6% of all gastrointestinal malignancies. Primary carcinoma of cystic duct is a rare condition comprising a fraction of all extrahepatic bile duct malignancies with less than 70 cases reported worldwide. Majority of these cases were reported from East Asia. There is paucity in such case being reported from Indian subcontinent. We present a case of primary carcinoma of the cystic duct encountered during laparoscopic cholecystectomy...
January 19, 2017: World Journal of Surgical Oncology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28103657/-a-case-of-primary-hyperparathyroidism-complicated-with-hypercalcemic-crisis-during-treatment-with-cinacalcet-and-improved-by-active-treatment
#15
Tomoki Takeda, Atsushi Okada, Rei Unno, Yukihiro Umemoto, Keiichi Tozawa, Takahiro Yasui
A 77-year-old man was referred to our department for surgical treatment of a right ureteral stone identified on computed tomography (CT) during intensive examination for spondylolisthesis of L4-L5. At the initial visit, performance status was 4, and renal dysfunction was identified (Cr 1.3 mg/dl). Corrected calcium level was 11.8 mg/dl, and intact parathyroid hormone level was 555 pg/ml. A CT scan showed a well-defined mass measuring 22×16×20 mm on the right side of the esophagus, along with 99mTc-MIBI uptake in the lesion...
December 2016: Hinyokika Kiyo. Acta Urologica Japonica
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28102813/intramedullary-amputation-neuroma-a-case-report-and-review-of-the-literature
#16
Laura Stone McGuire, Mandana Behbahini, Sumit Das, David Loeffler, Peter Burger, Herbert Engelhard, Tibor Valyi-Nagy, Ankit Mehta
BACKGROUND AND IMPORTANCE: Amputation neuromas consist of non-neoplastic collections of myelinated axons and Schwann cells and typically arise in injured peripheral nerves. Rarely, however, neuromas occur within the spinal cord. Intramedullary amputation neuromas have been described both with and without a history of trauma within the peripheral nervous system. We report a rare case of an isolated intramedullary spinal cord amputation neuroma. CLINICAL PRESENTATION: This 43-year-old man presented with progressive and severe gait deterioration for ~ 7 years...
January 19, 2017: Clinical Neuropathology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28102665/cosolute-and-crowding-effects-on-a-side-by-side-protein-dimer
#17
Alex J Guseman, Gary J Pielak
The effects of small (~102 Da) and larger (>103 Da) cosolutes on protein stability are broadly understood: excluding volume stabilizes proteins, and chemical interactions are stabilizing when repulsive, but destabilizing when attractive. Proteins, however, rarely work alone. Here, we investigate the effects of small and larger cosolutes on the equilibrium stability of the simplest defined protein-protein interactions, the side-by-side homodimer formed by the A34F variant of the 56-residue B1 domain of protein G...
January 19, 2017: Biochemistry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28101915/early-medieval-stone-lined-graves-in-southern-germany-analysis-of-an-emerging-noble-class
#18
Andreas Rott, Nils Turner, Ulrike Scholz, Kristin von Heyking, Franziska Immler, Joris Peters, Jochen Haberstroh, Michaela Harbeck
OBJECTIVES: Stone-lined graves, which first appear in Bavarian territory during the 7(th) century AD, are assumed to be tombs of emerging nobility. While previous research on stone-lined grave goods supports their status as elite burials, an important factor defining nobility-kinship-has not been examined so far. MATERIALS AND METHODS: Morphological analysis of the commingled skeletal remains of 21 individuals from three archaeological sites was carried out. Radiocarbon dating was conducted on these individuals to gain information on usage intervals of these graves...
January 19, 2017: American Journal of Physical Anthropology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28101415/endoscopic-sensing-of-alveolar-ph
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D Choudhury, M G Tanner, S McAughtrie, F Yu, B Mills, T R Choudhary, S Seth, T H Craven, J M Stone, I K Mati, C J Campbell, M Bradley, C K I Williams, K Dhaliwal, T A Birks, R R Thomson
Previously unobtainable measurements of alveolar pH were obtained using an endoscope-deployable optrode. The pH sensing was achieved using functionalized gold nanoshell sensors and surface enhanced Raman spectroscopy (SERS). The optrode consisted of an asymmetric dual-core optical fiber designed for spatially separating the optical pump delivery and signal collection, in order to circumvent the unwanted Raman signal generated within the fiber. Using this approach, we demonstrate a ~100-fold increase in SERS signal-to-fiber background ratio, and demonstrate multiple site pH sensing with a measurement accuracy of ± 0...
January 1, 2017: Biomedical Optics Express
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28101305/recurrence-of-choledocholithiasis-following-endoscopic-bile-duct-clearance-long-term-results-and-factors-associated-with-recurrent-bile-duct-stones
#20
Christos Konstantakis, Christos Triantos, Vasileios Theopistos, Georgios Theocharis, Ioannis Maroulis, Georgia Diamantopoulou, Konstantinos Thomopoulos
AIM: To evaluate the rate of recurrence of symptomatic choledocholithiasis and identify factors associated with the recurrence of bile duct stones in patients who underwent endoscopic retrograde cholangiopancreatography (ERCP) and endoscopic sphincterotomy (EST) for bile duct stone disease. METHODS: All patients who underwent ERCP and EST for bile duct stone disease and had their bile duct cleared from 1/1/2005 until 31/12/2008 was enrolled. All symptomatic recurrences during the study period (until 31/12/2015) were recorded...
January 16, 2017: World Journal of Gastrointestinal Endoscopy
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