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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28646652/influenza-a-virus-cap-snatches-host-rnas-based-on-their-abundance-early-after-infection
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Dorota Sikora, Lynda Rocheleau, Earl G Brown, Martin Pelchat
The influenza A virus RNA polymerase cleaves the 5' ends of host RNAs and uses these RNA fragments as primers for viral mRNA synthesis. We performed deep sequencing of the 5' host-derived ends of the eight viral mRNAs of influenza A/Puerto Rico/8/1934 (H1N1) virus in infected A549 cells, and compared the population to those of A/Hong Kong/1/1968 (H3N2) and A/WSN/1933 (H1N1). In the three strains, the viral RNAs target different populations of host RNAs. Host RNAs are cap-snatched based on their abundance, and we found that RNAs encoding proteins involved in metabolism are overrepresented in the cap-snatched populations...
June 21, 2017: Virology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28644961/bisphenol-a-and-other-environmental-risk-factors-for-prostate-cancer-in-hong-kong
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Lap Ah Tse, Priscilla Ming Yi Lee, Wing Ming Ho, Augustine Tsan Lam, Man Kei Lee, Simon Siu Man Ng, Yonghua He, Ka-Sing Leung, Jennifer C Hartle, Howard Hu, Haidong Kan, Feng Wang, Chi Fai Ng
BACKGROUND: Environmental exposures are contributing factors to prostate cancer etiology, but these remain unclear. We aimed to document the associations between environmental risk factors and prostate cancer in Chinese, with special reference to bisphenol A (BPA). METHODS: We recruited 431 newly diagnosed prostate cancer cases and 402 age-matched controls from Prince of Wales Hospital in Hong Kong. We obtained each participant's clinical data and epidemiological information on chronic BPA exposure and other environmental risk factors (e...
June 20, 2017: Environment International
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28643407/childhood-exposure-to-constricted-living-space-a-possible-environmental-threat-for-myopia-development
#3
Kai Yip Choi, Wing Yan Yu, Christie Hang I Lam, Zhe Chuang Li, Man Pan Chin, Yamunadevi Lakshmanan, Francisca Siu Yin Wong, Chi Wai Do, Paul Hong Lee, Henry Ho Lung Chan
PURPOSE: People in Hong Kong generally live in a densely populated area and their homes are smaller compared with most other cities worldwide. Interestingly, East Asian cities with high population densities seem to have higher myopia prevalence, but the association between them has not been established. This study investigated whether the crowded habitat in Hong Kong is associated with refractive error among children. METHODS: In total, 1075 subjects [Mean age (S...
June 22, 2017: Ophthalmic & Physiological Optics: the Journal of the British College of Ophthalmic Opticians (Optometrists)
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28643277/the-role-of-solubility-on-the-rejection-of-trace-organics-by-nanofiltration-membrane-exemplified-with-disinfection-by-products
#4
Fan-Xin Kong, Xiao-Mao Wang, Hong-Wei Yang, Jin-Fu Chen, Chun-Mei Guo, Tong Zhang, Yuefeng F Xie
Interactions of trace organic compounds (TOrCs) with polymeric nanofiltration (NF) membrane can affect their rejection. It is desirable to investigate whether solubility which depends on the free energy of interaction between these solutes and water correlates with rejection/adsorption and the potential to be incorporated in the partitioning terms of current NF model. A total of ten neutral disinfection by-products (DBPs) were selected as the model compounds for TOrCs to comprehensively investigate the role of solubility on rejection and adsorption...
June 22, 2017: Environmental Science and Pollution Research International
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28642543/association-of-obstructive-sleep-apnea-with-asthma-a-meta-analysis
#5
De-Lei Kong, Zheng Qin, Hui Shen, Hong-Yu Jin, Wei Wang, Zan-Feng Wang
This study evaluates the relationship between obstructive sleep apnea (OSA) and asthma. Literature search was carried out in several electronic databases and random effects meta-analyses were performed to obtain pooled estimates of the prevalence of OSA, OSA risk and sleep disordered breathing (SDB) in asthma patients and pooled odds ratios of the prevalence between asthma and non-asthma patients. In adult asthma patients, the prevalence [95% confidence interval] of OSA, OSA risk, and SDB was 49.50 [36.39, 62...
June 22, 2017: Scientific Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28642442/triplet-pregnancy-with-fetal-reduction-experience-in-hong-kong
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W T Tse, L W Law, D S Sahota, T Y Leung, Y Ky Cheng
INTRODUCTION: Triplet and higher-order multiple pregnancies are well known to be associated with increased adverse outcomes. This study reviewed the perinatal outcomes in women with a triplet pregnancy who underwent fetal reduction versus expectant management at a university hospital in Hong Kong. METHODS: This was a retrospective review of triplet pregnancies at Prince of Wales Hospital in Hong Kong from 1 January 2008 to 30 September 2014. Women carrying a triplet pregnancy were classified as having had expectant management, fetal reduction to twins, or fetal reduction to a singleton...
June 23, 2017: Hong Kong Medical Journal, Xianggang Yi Xue za Zhi
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28641626/-clinical-significance-of-minimal-residual-disease-in-risk-stratification-and-prognosis-of-childhood-b-lineage-acute-lymphoblastic-leukemia
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Fen-Yan An, Shu-Hong Zhang, Ling-Jun Kong, Ying Liang, Ji-Xin Xu, Hai-Long He, Yi-Huai Chai, Wen-Li Zhao
OBJECTIVE: To explore clinical significance of monitoring the level of minimal residual disease (MRD) at different time point in the risk stratification and prognosis of Childhood B-lineage Acute Lymphoblastic Leukemia. METHODS: Three hundred and eighty cases of children's B-ALL from Augest 2008 to January 2013 in our hospital were enrolled in this study. MRD levels were detected at day 15, day 33 and week 12 after initial chemotherapy. The event-free survival(EFS) and overall survival (OS) were measured on the basis of MRD levels at different stages of chemotherapy and were compared by Kaplan Meier analyses...
June 2017: Zhongguo Shi Yan Xue Ye Xue za Zhi
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28640137/china-s-growing-contribution-to-sepsis-research-from-1984-to-2014-a-bibliometric-study
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Kai Zhang, Jialian Zhao, Lihua Chu, Yue Jin, Baoli Cheng, Guohao Xie, Yan Wang, Xiangming Fang
BACKGROUND: The aim of this study was to analyze the global trends of sepsis research and investigate China's contribution by comparing the quantity and quality of sepsis-related publications. METHODS: Sepsis-related publications were main retrieved from the Web of Science online database by using the keywords "sepsis" or "septic shock." Bibliometric indicators, including the number of publications, total citation frequency, citation frequency per paper, h-index, research type, orientation, organization, author, journal, and funding support were analyzed...
June 2017: Medicine (Baltimore)
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28639938/a-pilot-study-of-large-scale-production-of-mutant-pigs-by-enu-mutagenesis
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Tang Hai, Chunwei Cao, Haitao Shang, Weiwei Guo, Yanshuang Mu, Shulin Yang, Ying Zhang, Qiantao Zheng, Tao Zhang, Xianlong Wang, Yu Liu, Qingran Kong, Kui Li, Dayu Wang, Meng Qi, Qianlong Hong, Rui Zhang, Xiupeng Wang, Qitao Jia, Xiao Wang, Guosong Qin, Yongshun Li, Ailing Luo, Weiwu Jin, Jing Yao, Jiaojiao Huang, Hongyong Zhang, Menghua Li, Xiangmo Xie, Xuejuan Zheng, Kenan Guo, Qinhua Wang, Shibin Zhang, Liang Li, Fei Xie, Yu Zhang, Xiaogang Weng, Zhi Yin, Kui Hu, Yimei Cong, Peng Zheng, Hailong Zou, Leilei Xin, Jihan Xia, Jinxue Ruan, Hegang Li, Weiming Zhao, Jing Yuan, Zizhan Liu, Weiwang Gu, Ming Li, Yong Wang, Hongmei Wang, Shiming Yang, Zhonghua Liu, Hong Wei, Jianguo Zhao, Qi Zhou, Anming Meng
N-ethyl-N-nitrosourea (ENU) mutagenesis is a powerful tool to efficiently generate large scale of mutants and discover genes with novel functions at the whole-genome level in C. elegans, flies, zebrafish and mice, but has never been tried in large model animals. In the current study, we reported a successful systematic three-generation ENU mutagenesis screening in pigs with the establishment of Chinese Swine Mutagenesis Consortium. A total of 6,770 G1 and 6,800 G3 pigs were screened, 36 dominant and 91 recessive novel pig families with various phenotypes were established...
June 22, 2017: ELife
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28639726/trend-of-centenarian-deaths-in-hong-kong-between-2001-and-2010
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Ruby Yu, Wilson Tam, Jean Woo
AIM: To examine the trends in the leading causes of deaths in centenarians in Hong Kong. METHODS: Descriptive analyses of vital statistics data on mortality in Hong Kong from 2001 to 2010 were carried out. RESULTS: The number of centenarians' deaths increased by 136% in 10 years, from less than 28 men and 166 women in 2001 to 80 men and 378 women in 2010. During the study period, the top leading cause of death was pneumonia, accounting for 33...
June 2017: Geriatrics & Gerontology International
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28638191/tai-chi-for-schizophrenia-a-systematic-review
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Wei Zheng, Qiang Li, Jingxia Lin, Yingqiang Xiang, Tong Guo, Qiong Chen, Dongbin Cai, Yutao Xiang
BACKGROUND: Tai Chi as a form of moderate aerobic exercise originating in China, could promote balance and healing of the mind-body. Furthermore, Tai Chi has been used as an adjunctive treatment for patients with schizophrenia. However, no meta-analysis or systematic review on adjunctive Tai Chi for patients with schizophrenia has yet been reported. AIM: A systematic review and meta-analysis was conducted to examine the efficacy of Tai Chi as an adjunctive treatment for schizophrenia using randomized controlled trial (RCT) data...
August 25, 2016: Shanghai Archives of Psychiatry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28637524/a-new-look-at-the-supposed-risks-of-early-institutional-rearing
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S Woodhouse, A Miah, M Rutter
The main focus is on the assessment of the effects of early institutional care and compares three longitudinal studies from Romania, Greece and Hong Kong/China. The findings have been strikingly contrasting. The review asks if the risks are dependent on whether or not the institutional rearing is accompanied by gross pervasive deprivation (as it was in Romania) and investigates the methodological issues to explore the causal influence of the outcomes. Evidence is considered on changing institutional practices and the benefits of doing so...
June 22, 2017: Psychological Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28637357/behavioral-intention-to-take-up-different-types-of-hiv-testing-among-men-who-have-sex-with-men-who-were-never-testers-in-hong-kong
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Zixin Wang, Joseph T F Lau, Rui She, Mary Ip, Hui Jiang, Shara P Y Ho, XueYing Yang
Human immunodeficiency virus (HIV) testing is an important global prevention strategy but underutilized by local men who have sex with men (MSM). This study investigated the prevalence of behavioral intention to take up HIV testing (specific or any type), in the next six months among MSM who had not been tested for HIV in the last three years (never-testers) in Hong Kong. The data was based on 141 never-testers of 430 MSM who completed the anonymous baseline telephone survey of an ongoing randomized controlled trial from January 2015 to August 2015...
June 21, 2017: AIDS Care
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28636749/annual-direct-medical-costs-associated-with-diabetes-related-complications-in-the-event-year-and-in-subsequent-years-in-hong-kong
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F Jiao, C K H Wong, S C W Tang, C S C Fung, K C B Tan, S McGhee, R Gangwani, C L K Lam
AIM: To develop models to estimate the direct medical costs associated with diabetes-related complicationsin the event year and in subsequent years. METHODS: The public direct medical costs associated with 13 diabetes-related complications were estimated among a cohort of 128 353 people with diabetes over 5 years. Private direct medical costs were estimated from a cross-sectional survey among 1825 people with diabetes. We used panel data regression with fixed effects to investigate the impact of each complication on direct medical costs in the event year and subsequent years, adjusting for age and co-existing complications...
June 21, 2017: Diabetic Medicine: a Journal of the British Diabetic Association
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28635438/resilience-mediated-the-association-between-acculturation-and-psychological-growth-in-college-students-from-hong-kong-to-guangzhou-china
#15
Nancy Xiaonan Yu, Chang Liu, Zhenzhu Yue
BACKGROUND: The number of Hong Kong citizens living in mainland China is increasing. The process of acculturation may create opportunities for psychological growth. AIMS: This study aimed at examining whether resilience mediated the effects of acculturation on psychological growth in college students from Hong Kong to Guangzhou. METHOD: In this cross-sectional survey, 164 college students in Guangzhou who were Hong Kong permanent residents (female: 46%, age: 21...
March 1, 2017: Journal of Mental Health
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28634353/coronavirus-hku15-in-respiratory-tract-of-pigs-and-first-discovery-of-coronavirus-quasispecies-in-5-untranslated-region
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Patrick Cy Woo, Susanna Kp Lau, Chi-Ching Tsang, Candy Cy Lau, Po-Chun Wong, Franklin Wn Chow, Jordan Yh Fong, Kwok-Yung Yuen
Coronavirus HKU15 is a deltacoronavirus that was discovered in fecal samples of pigs in Hong Kong in 2012. Over the past three years, Coronavirus HKU15 has been widely detected in pigs in East/Southeast Asia and North America and has been associated with fatal outbreaks. In all such epidemiological studies, the virus was generally only detected in fecal/intestinal samples. In this molecular epidemiology study, we detected Coronavirus HKU15 in 9.6% of the nasopharyngeal samples obtained from 249 pigs in Hong Kong...
June 21, 2017: Emerging Microbes & Infections
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28630121/a-novel-recombinant-human-thrombopoietin-therapy-for-the-management-of-immune-thrombocytopenia-in-pregnancy
#17
Zhangyuan Kong, Ping Qin, Shan Xiao, Hai Zhou, Hong Li, Renchi Yang, Xiaofan Liu, Jianmin Luo, Zhichun Li, Guochao Ji, Zhongguang Cui, Yusheng Bai, Yuxia Wu, Linlin Shao, Jun Peng, Jun Ma, Ming Hou
The aim of this study was to determine the safety and efficacy of recombinant human thrombopoietin (rhTPO) for the management of immune thrombocytopenia (ITP) during pregnancy. Pregnant ITP patients were enrolled in the study if they had a platelet count of < 30 × 10(9)/L, were experiencing bleeding manifestations, had failed to respond to corticosteroids and/or intravenous immunoglobulin (IVIG), and had developed refractoriness to platelet transfusion. Thirty-one patients received rhTPO at an initial dose of 300U/kg once daily for 14 days...
June 19, 2017: Blood
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28629813/recruitment-failure-of-scleractinian-corals-in-a-subtropical-marginal-environment-three-year-monitoring-in-a-hong-kong-marine-park
#18
Apple Pui Yi Chui, Put Ang
Coral recruitment was monitored for three years, using terracotta tiles, in two core coral areas in Tung Ping Chau Marine Park where coral coverage is one of the richest in Hong Kong. Results revealed an extremely low recruitment success of corals, with only 10 recruits recorded on 384 tile pairs, equivalent to 0.19 recruits m(-2)yr(-1) throughout the study period. Recruits of Platygyra acuta pre-seeded on tiles that were subsequently grown in situ experienced very high mortality following settlement, with average mortality of 80% within half a month and <0...
June 16, 2017: Marine Pollution Bulletin
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28629771/chemokines-play-complex-roles-in-cerebral-ischemia
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REVIEW
Chen Chen, Shi-Feng Chu, Dan-Dan Liu, Zhao Zhang, Ling-Lei Kong, Xin Zhou, Nai-Hong Chen
Ischemic stroke (IS) is a disease caused by deficiency of blood and oxygen in focal or complete brain, followed by inflammation cascade and other pathological reactions, which finally lead to irreversible damage to the cerebrum. For the inflammation is a key progress at the initiation of ischemia and poststroke, and chemokines work as vital cytokines in inflammation, we focus the roles of chemokines in IS. Studies have shown cerebral ischemia is associated with marked induction of both CXC and CC chemokines which resulting in extensive leukocyte infiltration in the ischemic brain, and neutrophil infiltration may increase cerebral edema inducing injury in the ischemic area...
June 16, 2017: Neurochemistry International
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28629373/blimp-1-impairs-t-cell-function-via-upregulation-of-tigit-and-pd-1-in-patients-with-acute-myeloid-leukemia
#20
Liuluan Zhu, Yaxian Kong, Jianhong Zhang, David F Claxton, W Christopher Ehmann, Witold B Rybka, Neil D Palmisiano, Ming Wang, Bei Jia, Michael Bayerl, Todd D Schell, Raymond J Hohl, Hui Zeng, Hong Zheng
BACKGROUND: T cell immunoglobulin and immunoreceptor tyrosine-based inhibitory motif (ITIM) domain (TIGIT) and programmed cell death protein 1 (PD-1) are important inhibitory receptors that associate with T cell exhaustion in acute myeloid leukemia (AML). In this study, we aimed to determine the underlying transcriptional mechanisms regulating these inhibitory pathways. Specifically, we investigated the role of transcription factor B lymphocyte-induced maturation protein 1 (Blimp-1) in T cell response and transcriptional regulation of TIGIT and PD-1 in AML...
June 19, 2017: Journal of Hematology & Oncology
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