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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28446018/development-of-personalized-urination-recognition-technology-using-smart-bands
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Sung-Jong Eun, Taeg-Keun Whangbo, Dong Kyun Park, Khae-Hawn Kim
PURPOSE: This study collected and analyzed activity data sensed through smart bands worn by patients in order to resolve the clinical issues posed by using voiding charts. By developing a smart band-based algorithm for recognizing urination activity in patients, this study aimed to explore the feasibility of urination monitoring systems. METHODS: This study aimed to develop an algorithm that recognizes urination based on a patient's posture and changes in posture...
April 2017: International Neurourology Journal
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28445945/non-small-cell-lung-cancer-associated-microrna-expression-signature-integrated-bioinformatics-analysis-validation-and-clinical-significance
#2
Chunyu Li, Yunhong Yin, Xiao Liu, Xuejiao Xi, Weixiao Xue, Yiqing Qu
Recently, increasing studies of miRNA expression profiling has confirmed that miRNA plays an essential role in non-small cell lung cancer (NSCLC). However, inconsistent or discrepant results exist in these researches. In present study, we performed an integrative analysis of 32 miRNA profiling studies compared the differentially expressed miRNA between NSCLC tissue and non-cancerous lung tissue to identify candidate miRNAs associated with NSCLC. 7 upregulated and 10 downregulated miRNAs were identified as miRNA integrated-signature using Robust Rank Aggregation (RRA) method...
April 11, 2017: Oncotarget
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28445927/vaccines-targeting-pres1-domain-overcome-immune-tolerance-in-hbv-carrier-mice
#3
Yingjie Bian, Zheng Zhang, Zhichen Sun, Juanjuan Zhao, Danming Zhu, Yang Wang, Sherry Fu, Jingya Guo, Longchao Liu, Lishan Su, Fu-Sheng Wang, Yang-Xin Fu, Hua Peng
Strong tolerance to HBV surface antigens limits the therapeutic effect of the conventional HBsAg vaccination in both preclinical animal models and patients with chronic hepatitis B (CHB) infection. In contrast, we observed that clinical CHB patients presented less immune tolerance to the preS1 domain of HBV large surface antigen. To study whether targeting the weak tolerance of preS1 region could improve therapy gain, we explored vaccination with the long peptide of preS1 domain for HBV virions clearance. Our study showed that this preS1-polypeptide rather than HBsAg vaccination induced robust immune responses in the HBV carrier mice...
April 26, 2017: Hepatology: Official Journal of the American Association for the Study of Liver Diseases
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28445850/simultaneous-quantification-of-busulfan-clofarabine-and-f-ara-a-using-isotope-labelled-standards-and-standard-addition-in-plasma-by-lc-ms-ms-for-exposure-monitoring-in-hematopoietic-cell-transplantation-conditioning
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Arjen M Punt, Jurgen B Langenhorst, Annelies C Egas, Jaap Jan Boelens, Charlotte van Kesteren, Erik M van Maarseveen
In allogeneic hematopoietic cell transplantation (HCT) it has been shown that over- or underexposure to conditioning agents have an impact on patient outcomes. Conditioning regimens combining busulfan (Bu) and fludarabine (Flu) with or without clofarabine (Clo) are gaining interest worldwide in HCT. To evaluate and possibly adjust full conditioning exposure a simultaneous analysis of Bu, F-ARA-A (active metabolite of Flu) and Clo in one analytical run would be of great interest. However, this is a chromatographical challenge due to the large structural differences of Bu compared to F-ARA-A and Clo...
April 15, 2017: Journal of Chromatography. B, Analytical Technologies in the Biomedical and Life Sciences
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28445846/a-sharp-robust-and-quantitative-method-by-liquid-chromatography-tandem-mass-spectrometry-for-the-measurement-of-ead-for-acute-radiation-syndrome-and-its-application
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Yiwei Zhang, Jian Li, Zhiyun Meng, Xiaoxia Zhu, Hui Gan, Ruolan Gu, Zhuona Wu, Ying Zheng, Jinbin Wei, Guifang Dou
17-Ethinyl-3,17-dihydroxyandrost-5-ene (EAD) is an agent designed for the treatment of acute radiation syndrome (ARS). Given its vital role played in the prevention and mitigation of ARS, the development of a sharp, sensitive and robust liquid chromatography tandem mass spectrometry (LC-MS/MS) method to monitor the metabolism of EAD in vivo was crucial. A new method was constructed and validated for the determination of EAD with the internal standard of androst-5-ene-3β,17β-diol (5-AED). The blood samples were precipitated with methanol, centrifuged, from which the supernatant was separated on UPLC with C18 column and eluted in gradient with acetonitrile and Milli-Q water both containing 0...
April 15, 2017: Journal of Chromatography. B, Analytical Technologies in the Biomedical and Life Sciences
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28445843/health-and-income-inequalities-in-europe-what-is-the-role-of-circumstances
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M Pasqualini, D Lanari, L Minelli, L Pieroni, L Salmasi
Equality of opportunity theories distinguish between inequalities due to individual effort and those due to external circumstances. Recent research has shown that half of the variability in income of World population was determined by country of birth and income distribution. Since health and income are generally strictly related, the aim of this paper is to estimate how much variability in income and health is determined by external circumstances. We use data from the Survey of Health, Ageing and Retirement (SHARE) and the English Longitudinal Survey on Ageing (ELSA), two comparable multidisciplinary surveys that provide micro-level data on health and financial resources among the elderly for a large number of European countries...
April 17, 2017: Economics and Human Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28445827/scale-effect-on-spatial-patterns-of-ecosystem-services-and-associations-among-them-in-semi-arid-area-a-case-study-in-ningxia-hui-autonomous-region-china
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Shuna Xu, Yanfang Liu, Xia Wang, Guangxia Zhang
Identifying scale effect on spatial patterns of ecosystem services and associations among them has been recognized as critical to the sustainable management of ecosystem services. We proposed a method to conveniently integrate ecosystem services of small scale into different larger scales. Taking Ningxia Hui Autonomous Region in west China as an example, we analyzed the change regularity of spatial patterns of 7 ecosystem services under 22 different scales. Further, the tradeoffs and synergies among ecosystem services across all scales were compared...
April 23, 2017: Science of the Total Environment
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28445765/in-line-monitoring-and-optimization-of-powder-flow-in-a-simulated-continuous-process-using-transmission-near-infrared-spectroscopy
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Md Anik Alam, Zhenqi Shi, James K Drennen, Carl A Anderson
In-line monitoring of continuous powder flow is an integral part of the continuous manufacturing process of solid oral dosage forms in the pharmaceutical industry. Specifically, monitoring downstream from loss-in-weight (LIW) feeders and/or continuous mixers provides important data about the state of the process. Such measurements support control of the process and thereby enhance product quality. Near Infrared Spectroscopy (NIRS) is a potential PAT tool to monitor the homogeneity of a continuous powder flow stream in pharmaceutical manufacturing...
April 23, 2017: International Journal of Pharmaceutics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28445744/nmrbox-a-resource-for-biomolecular-nmr-computation
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Mark W Maciejewski, Adam D Schuyler, Michael R Gryk, Ion I Moraru, Pedro R Romero, Eldon L Ulrich, Hamid R Eghbalnia, Miron Livny, Frank Delaglio, Jeffrey C Hoch
Advances in computation have been enabling many recent advances in biomolecular applications of NMR. Due to the wide diversity of applications of NMR, the number and variety of software packages for processing and analyzing NMR data is quite large, with labs relying on dozens, if not hundreds of software packages. Discovery, acquisition, installation, and maintenance of all these packages is a burdensome task. Because the majority of software packages originate in academic labs, persistence of the software is compromised when developers graduate, funding ceases, or investigators turn to other projects...
April 25, 2017: Biophysical Journal
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28445734/opposing-actions-of-fgf8a-on-notch-signaling-distinguish-two-muller-glial-cell-populations-that-contribute-to-retina-growth-and-regeneration
#10
Jin Wan, Daniel Goldman
The teleost retina grows throughout life and exhibits a robust regenerative response following injury. Critical to both these events are Muller glia (or, Muller glial cells; MGs), which produce progenitors for retinal growth and repair. We report that Fgf8a may be an MG niche factor that acts through Notch signaling to regulate spontaneous and injury-dependent MG proliferation. Remarkably, forced Fgf8a expression inhibits Notch signaling and stimulates MG proliferation in young tissue but increases Notch signaling and suppresses MG proliferation in older tissue...
April 25, 2017: Cell Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28445527/enhanced-functional-connectivity-and-volume-between-cognitive-and-reward-centers-of-na%C3%A3-ve-rodent-brain-produced-by-pro-dopaminergic-agent-kb220z
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Marcelo Febo, Kenneth Blum, Rajendra D Badgaiyan, Pablo D Perez, Luis M Colon-Perez, Panayotis K Thanos, Craig F Ferris, Praveen Kulkarni, John Giordano, David Baron, Mark S Gold
Dopaminergic reward dysfunction in addictive behaviors is well supported in the literature. There is evidence that alterations in synchronous neural activity between brain regions subserving reward and various cognitive functions may significantly contribute to substance-related disorders. This study presents the first evidence showing that a pro-dopaminergic nutraceutical (KB220Z) significantly enhances, above placebo, functional connectivity between reward and cognitive brain areas in the rat. These include the nucleus accumbens, anterior cingulate gyrus, anterior thalamic nuclei, hippocampus, prelimbic and infralimbic loci...
2017: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28445415/bioactive-peptides
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Eric Banan-Mwine Daliri, Deog H Oh, Byong H Lee
The increased consumer awareness of the health promoting effects of functional foods and nutraceuticals is the driving force of the functional food and nutraceutical market. Bioactive peptides are known for their high tissue affinity, specificity and efficiency in promoting health. For this reason, the search for food-derived bioactive peptides has increased exponentially. Over the years, many potential bioactive peptides from food have been documented; yet, obstacles such as the need to establish optimal conditions for industrial scale production and the absence of well-designed clinical trials to provide robust evidence for proving health claims continue to exist...
April 26, 2017: Foods (Basel, Switzerland)
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28445294/unilateral-versus-bilateral-percutaneous-kyphoplasty-for-osteoporotic-vertebral-compression-fractures-a-meta-analysis
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Wenli Chang, Xinyan Zhang, Ning Jiao, Peizhi Yuwen, Yanbin Zhu, Fei Zhang, Wei Chen
BACKGROUND: The debate on the efficacy of unilateral percutaneous kyphoplasty (UPKP) and bilateral percutaneous kyphoplasty (BPKP) for the treatment of osteoporotic vertebral compression fractures (OVCFs) is ongoing.This meta-analysis aimed to evaluate the clinical results of UPKP and BPKP in the treatment of OVCFs. METHODS: Web of Science, PubMed, Embase, and the Chinese Biomedical Database publication databases were searched using a date range of January 2008 to November 2016, for studies comparing UPKP and BPKP for the treatment of OVCFs...
April 2017: Medicine (Baltimore)
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28445161/zerumbone-ameliorates-high-fat-diet-induced-adiposity-by-restoring-ampk-regulated-lipogenesis-and-microrna-146b-sirt1-mediated-adipogenesis
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Jiyun Ahn, Hyunjung Lee, Chang Hwa Jung, Won Hee Choi, Tae Youl Ha
Obesity is characterized by increased fat mass, as adipose tissue serves as a storage site for excess energy from food consumption. In obesity, altered lipid metabolism of adipose tissue, characterized by fatty acid uptake, de novo lipogenesis, and lipolysis, are induced. In this study, we examined the effect of zerumbone, a major sesquiterpene from wild ginger, on high-fat diet (HF)-induced obesity and dysregulated lipid metabolism in the white adipose tissues (WAT) of C57BL/6N mice. Dietary supplementation with zerumbone ameliorated HF-induced obesity and improved impaired lipid metabolism in WAT...
April 8, 2017: Oncotarget
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28444879/prioritising-treatment-outcomes-how-people-with-acne-vulgaris-decide-if-their-treatment-is-working
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Alison M Layton, Heather Whitehouse, E Anne Eady, Fiona Cowdell, Katherine L Warburton, Mark Fenton
AIM: To collect information about how people with acne make day-to-day decisions concerning the effectiveness of their treatment. METHODS: Between May and August 2013, an optional question was embedded in the James Lind Alliance Acne Priority Setting Partnership's online survey to collect treatment uncertainties. The question asked people with acne to 'Tell us in your own words how you decide if your treatment has been effective'. RESULTS: A total of 742 respondents specified at least one outcome or means of assessing change (outcome measure)...
April 26, 2017: Journal of Evidence-based Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28444802/eddy-current-nulled-convex-optimized-diffusion-encoding-en-code-for-distortion-free-diffusion-tensor-imaging-with-short-echo-times
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Eric Aliotta, Kévin Moulin, Daniel B Ennis
PURPOSE: To design and evaluate eddy current-nulled convex optimized diffusion encoding (EN-CODE) gradient waveforms for efficient diffusion tensor imaging (DTI) that is free of eddy current-induced image distortions. METHODS: The EN-CODE framework was used to generate diffusion-encoding waveforms that are eddy current-compensated. The EN-CODE DTI waveform was compared with the existing eddy current-nulled twice refocused spin echo (TRSE) sequence as well as monopolar (MONO) and non-eddy current-compensated CODE in terms of echo time (TE) and image distortions...
April 25, 2017: Magnetic Resonance in Medicine: Official Journal of the Society of Magnetic Resonance in Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28444772/multi-atlas-approach-with-local-registration-goodness-weighting-for-mri-based-electron-density-mapping-of-head-and-neck-anatomy
#17
Reza Farjam, Neelam Tyagi, Harini Veeraraghavan, Aditya Apte, Kristen Zakian, Margie A Hunt, Joseph O Deasy
PURPOSE: The growing use of magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) as a substitute for computed tomography-based treatment planning requires the development of effective algorithms to generate electron density maps for treatment planning and patient setup verification. The purpose of this work was to develop a method to synthesize computerized tomography (CT) for MR-only radiotherapy of head and neck cancer patients. METHODS: The algorithm is based on registration of multiple patient datasets containing both MRI and CT images (a "multi-atlas" algorithm)...
April 26, 2017: Medical Physics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28444769/lesions-of-the-basal-forebrain-cholinergic-neurons-attenuates-sleepiness-and-adenosine-after-alcohol-consumption
#18
Rishi Sharma, Pradeep Sahota, Mahesh M Thakkar
Alcohol has a profound effect on sleep. However, neuronal substrates mediating sleep-promoting effects of alcohol are unknown. Since the basal forebrain (BF) cholinergic neurons are implicated in the homeostatic regulation of sleep, we hypothesized that the BF cholinergic neurons may have an important role in sleepiness observed after alcohol consumption. 192-IgG-saporin (bilateral BF infusions) was used to selectively lesion BF cholinergic neurons in adult male Sprague Dawley rats. Standard surgical procedures were used to implant sleep recording electrodes or microdialysis guide cannulas...
April 26, 2017: Journal of Neurochemistry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28444704/how-does-lower-urinary-tract-dysfunction-lutd-affect-sexual-function-in-men-and-women-ici-rs-2015-part-2
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REVIEW
Apostolos Apostolidis, Angie Rantell, Ralf Anding, Ruth Kirschner-Hermanns, Linda Cardozo
AIM: To discuss available data on the links between LUTD and sexual dysfunction, what is still unknown about the causative effect of disease processes on sexual function (SF), and to suggest proposals for further research. METHODS: At the 2015 International Consultation on Incontinence-Research Society (ICI-RS), a multi-disciplinary group presented a literature search of what is known about the effect of LUTD on SF in men and women. Wider discussions regarding knowledge gaps, and ideal research methodology ensued and are presented...
April 2017: Neurourology and Urodynamics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28444606/species-evolution-and-quality-evaluation-of-four-coptis-herbal-medicinal-materials-in-southwest-china
#20
Hanting Chen, Gang Fan, Yang He
Coptis herbs, which are important herbal medicinal materials, are the dried rhizomes of various plants. In China's herbal market, drying herbs can severely influence morphological markers such as shape, color, and odor, which make consumers difficult to precisely identify the herbs and effectively evaluate the quality. Here, we present the phylogenetic analysis of four Coptis herbal medicinal materials based on internal transcribed spacer sequences. C. chinensis, C. omeiensis, C. deltoidea and C. teeta constituted a monophyletic group...
May 2017: 3 Biotech
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