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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29224250/multiple-autologous-bone-marrow-derived-cd271-mesenchymal-stem-cell-transplantation-overcomes-drug-resistant-epilepsy-in-children
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Olga Milczarek, Danuta Jarocha, Anna Starowicz-Filip, Stanislaw Kwiatkowski, Bogna Badyra, Marcin Majka
There is a need among patients suffering from drug-resistant epilepsy (DRE) for more efficient and less toxic treatments. The objective of the present study was to assess the safety, feasibility, and potential efficacy of autologous bone marrow cell transplantation in pediatric patients with DRE. Two females and two males (11 months to 6 years) were enrolled and underwent a combined therapy consisting of autologous bone marrow nucleated cells (BMNCs) transplantation (intrathecal: 0.5 × 109 ; intravenous: 0...
December 10, 2017: Stem Cells Translational Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29224216/association-of-school-based-physical-activity-opportunities-socioeconomic-status-and-third-grade-reading
#2
Ben D Kern, Kim C Graber, Sa Shen, Charles H Hillman, Gabriella McLoughlin
BACKGROUND: Socioeconomic status (SES) is the most accurate predictor of academic performance in US schools. Third-grade reading is highly predictive of high school graduation. Chronic physical activity (PA) is shown to improve cognition and academic performance. We hypothesized that school-based PA opportunities (recess and physical education) would moderate the negative association between SES and third-grade reading. METHODS: Schools serving third-grade students were surveyed (N = 1279) for minutes/week of PA opportunities...
January 2018: Journal of School Health
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29224124/underestimated-effects-of-sediments-on-enhanced-startup-performance-of-biofilm-systems-for-polluted-source-water-pretreatment
#3
Zheng-Hui Lv, Jing Wang, Guang-Feng Yang, Li-Juan Feng, Jun Mu, Liang Zhu, Xiang-Yang Xu
In order to evaluate the enhancement mechanisms of enhanced startup performance in biofilm systems for polluted source water pretreatment, three lab-scale reactors with elastic stereo media (ESM) were operated under different enhanced sediment and hydraulic agitation conditions. It is interesting to found the previously underestimated or overlooked effects of sediment on the enhancement of pollutants removal performance and enrichment of functional bacteria in biofilm systems. The maximum NH4+-N removal rate of 0...
December 9, 2017: Biodegradation
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29224017/the-il-2-anti-il-2-complex-attenuates-cardiac-ischaemia-reperfusion-injury-through-expansion-of-regulatory-t-cells
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Junhui Xiao, Kunwu Yu, Ming Li, Chuanyin Xiong, Yuzhen Wei, Qiutang Zeng
BACKGROUND/AIMS: Regulatory T cells (Tregs) can suppress immunologic damage in myocardial ischaemia/reperfusion injury (MIRI), however, the isolation and ex vivo expansion of these cells for clinical application remains challenging. Here, we investigated whether the IL-2/anti-IL-2 complex (IL-2C), a mediator of Treg expansion, can attenuate MIRI in mice. METHODS: Myocardial I/R was surgically induced in male C57BL/6 mice, aged 8-10 weeks, that were randomly assigned to 1) sham group (Sham), 2) Phosphate Buffered Saline (PBS), 3) IL-2-anti-IL-2 Ab complex (IL-2C), or 4) sham group, 5) PBS, 6) IL-2C after MIRI, or 7) IL-2C, 8) IL-2C+anti-CD25 mAbs, or 9) IL-2C; 10) IL-2C+anti-TGF-β1 mAbs, 11) IL-2C+anti-IL-10 mAbs...
December 7, 2017: Cellular Physiology and Biochemistry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29223964/assessing-stakeholder-perceptions-of-the-acceptability-and-feasibility-of-national-scale-up-for-a-dual-hiv-syphilis-rapid-diagnostic-test-in-malawi
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Brandy L Peterson Maddox, Shauntā S Wright, Hazel Namadingo, Virginia B Bowen, Geoffrey A Chipungu, Mary L Kamb
OBJECTIVES: The WHO recommends pregnant women receive both HIV and syphilis testing at their first antenatal care visit, as untreated maternal infections can lead to severe, adverse pregnancy outcomes. One strategy for increasing testing for both HIV and syphilis is the use of point-of-care (rapid) diagnostic tests that are simple, proven effective and inexpensive. In Malawi, pregnant women routinely receive HIV testing, but only 10% are tested for syphilis at their first antenatal care visit...
December 2017: Sexually Transmitted Infections
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29223963/field-evaluation-of-two-point-of-care-tests-for-syphilis-among-men-who-have-sex-with-men-verona-italy
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Antonella Zorzi, Maddalena Cordioli, Lorenzo Gios, Paola Del Bravo, Igor Toskin, Rosanna W Peeling, Karel Blondeel, Giuseppe Cornaglia, James Kiarie, Ronald Ballard, Massimo Mirandola
OBJECTIVES: The incidence of HIV and syphilis among men who have sex with men (MSM) in Europe has recently increased. Rapid point-of-care tests (POCTs) for syphilis can improve access to screening. The purpose of this study was to evaluate the performance of two syphilis POCTs compared with laboratory tests among MSM. METHODS: The study was undertaken in Verona, Italy. Asymptomatic MSM, potentially exposed to syphilis, were enrolled prospectively. The POCTs evaluated were SD Bioline Syphilis 3...
December 2017: Sexually Transmitted Infections
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29223954/effect-of-pcsk9-inhibitors-on-clinical-outcomes-in-patients-with-hypercholesterolemia-a-meta-analysis-of-35-randomized-controlled-trials
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Aris Karatasakis, Barbara A Danek, Judit Karacsonyi, Bavana V Rangan, Michele K Roesle, Thomas Knickelbine, Michael D Miedema, Houman Khalili, Zahid Ahmad, Shuaib Abdullah, Subhash Banerjee, Emmanouil S Brilakis
BACKGROUND: We sought to examine the efficacy and safety of 2 PCSK9 (proprotein convertase subtilisin/kexin type 9) inhibitors: alirocumab and evolocumab. METHODS AND RESULTS: We performed a systematic review and meta-analysis of randomized controlled trials comparing treatment with and without PCSK9 inhibitors; 35 randomized controlled trials comprising 45 539 patients (mean follow-up: 85.5 weeks) were included. Mean age was 61.0±2.8 years, and mean baseline low-density lipoprotein cholesterol was 106±22 mg/dL...
December 9, 2017: Journal of the American Heart Association
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29223898/exposure-to-low-concentrations-of-air-pollutants-and-adverse-birth-outcomes-in-brisbane-australia-2003-2013
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Gongbo Chen, Yuming Guo, Michael J Abramson, Gail Williams, Shanshan Li
BACKGROUND: It's unclear whether exposures to low-level air pollution have adverse effects on birth outcomes, and which trimester-specific pregnant exposure is sensitive. OBJECTIVES: To investigate the effects of maternal exposure during each trimester and the whole pregnancy to particles with aerodynamic diameter<2.5μm (PM2.5), sulfur dioxide (SO2), nitrogen dioxide (NO2), and ozone (O3) on preterm birth (PTB) and low birth weight (LBW). METHODS: Daily data on birth records, air quality, and weather conditions were collected in Brisbane, Australia during 2003-2013...
December 7, 2017: Science of the Total Environment
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29223885/three-novel-slc2a1-mutations-in-bulgarian-patients-with-different-forms-of-genetic-generalized-epilepsy-reflecting-the-clinical-and-genetic-diversity-of-glut1-deficiency-sydnrome
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Nevyana Ivanova, Valentina Peycheva, Kunka Kamenarova, Dalia Kancheva, Irina Tsekova, Iliana Aleksandrova, Dimitrina Hristova, Ivan Litvinenko, Diana Todorova, Gergana Sarailieva, Petya Dimova, Veselin Tomov, Veneta Bozhinova, Vanio Mitev, Radka Kaneva, Albena Jordanova
PURPOSE: GLUT1-deficiency syndrome (GLUT1-DS) is a metabolic brain disorder with a great clinical heterogeneity underlined by various mutations in the SLC2A1 gene which make the clinical and genetic diagnosis complicated. The purpose of our study is to investigate the genetic defects affecting the SLC2A1 gene in a group of Bulgarian patients with genetic generalized epilepsy (GGE), and to bring new insights into the molecular pathology of GLUT1-DS that would strengthen the genotype-phenotype correlations and improve the diagnostic procedure...
November 28, 2017: Seizure: the Journal of the British Epilepsy Association
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29223884/chronic-effect-of-different-types-of-stretching-on-ankle-dorsiflexion-range-of-motion-systematic-review-and-meta-analysis
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REVIEW
Diulian Muniz Medeiros, Tamara Fenner Martini
The calf muscles are one of the muscle groups that have the most need for adequate flexibility since they are deeply related to normal lower limb function. When the goal is to increase flexibility, the most commonly used technique is stretching. However, it remains unknown which stretching technique and parameters are the most effective to increase flexibility. Hence, the aim of the current review was to investigate the influence of chronic stretching on ankle dorsiflexion range of motion (DFROM) of healthy individuals...
October 27, 2017: Foot
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29223871/intensity-ratio-to-improve-black-hole-assessment-in-multiple-sclerosis
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Gautam Adusumilli, Kathryn Trinkaus, Peng Sun, Samantha Lancia, Jeffrey D Viox, Jie Wen, Robert T Naismith, Anne H Cross
BACKGROUND: Improved imaging methods are critical to assess neurodegeneration and remyelination in multiple sclerosis. Chronic hypointensities observed on T1-weighted brain MRI, "persistent black holes," reflect severe focal tissue damage. Present measures consist of determining persistent black holes numbers and volumes, but do not quantitate severity of individual lesions. OBJECTIVE: Develop a method to differentiate black and gray holes and estimate the severity of individual multiple sclerosis lesions using standard magnetic resonance imaging...
December 2, 2017: Multiple Sclerosis and related Disorders
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29223818/application-of-airborne-photogrammetry-for-the-visualisation-and-assessment-of-contamination-migration-arising-from-a-fukushima-waste-storage-facility
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D T Connor, P G Martin, N T Smith, L Payne, C Hutton, O D Payton, Y Yamashiki, T B Scott
Airborne systems such as lightweight and highly portable unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs) are becoming increasingly widespread in both academia and industry - with an ever-increasing range of applications, including (but not limited to), air quality sampling, wildlife monitoring and land-use mapping. In this work, high-resolution airborne photogrammetry obtained using a multi-rotor system operating at low survey altitudes, is combined with ground-based radiation mapping data acquired at an interim storage facility for wastes removed as part of the large-scale Fukushima clean-up program...
December 7, 2017: Environmental Pollution
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29223803/fine-electron-biprism-on-a-si-on-insulator-chip-for-off-axis-electron-holography
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Martial Duchamp, Olivier Girard, Giulio Pozzi, Helmut Soltner, Florian Winkler, Rolf Speen, Rafal E Dunin-Borkowski, David Cooper
Off-axis electron holography allows both the amplitude and the phase shift of an electron wavefield propagating through a specimen in a transmission electron microscope to be recovered. The technique requires the use of an electron biprism to deflect an object wave and a reference wave to form an interference pattern. Here, we introduce an approach based on semiconductor processing technology to fabricate fine electron biprisms with rectangular cross-sections. By performing electrostatic calculations and preliminary experiments, we demonstrate that such biprisms promise improved performance for electron holography experiments...
November 22, 2017: Ultramicroscopy
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29223795/good-distractions-testing-the-effects-of-listening-to-an-audiobook-on-driving-performance-in-simple-and-complex-road-environments
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Robert J Nowosielski, Lana M Trick, Ryan Toxopeus
Distracted driving (driving while performing a secondary task) causes many collisions. Most research on distracted driving has focused on operating a cell-phone, but distracted driving can include eating while driving, conversing with passengers or listening to music or audiobooks. Although the research has focused on the deleterious effects of distraction, there may be situations where distraction improves driving performance. Fatigue and boredom are also associated with collision risk and it is possible that secondary tasks can help alleviate the effects of fatigue and boredom...
December 7, 2017: Accident; Analysis and Prevention
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29223734/activation-of-the-epor-%C3%AE-common-receptor-complex-by-cibinetide-ameliorates-impaired-wound-healing-in-mice-with-genetic-diabetes
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Alessandra Bitto, Natasha Irrera, Gabriele Pizzino, Giovanni Pallio, Federica Mannino, Mario Vaccaro, Vincenzo Arcoraci, Federica Aliquò, Letteria Minutoli, Michele R Colonna, Maria Rosaria Galeano, Michael Brines, Chiara De Ponte, Massimo Collino, Francesco Squadrito, Domenica Altavilla
Diabetes is characterized by poor wound healing which currently lacks an efficacious treatment. The innate repair receptor (IRR) is a master regulator of tissue protection and repair which is expressed as a response injury or metabolic stress, including in diabetes. Activation of the IRR might provide benefit for diabetic wound healing. A specific IRR agonist cibinetide was administered in an incisional wound healing model performed mice with genetic diabetes (db+/db+) and compared to the normal wild-type. Animals were treated daily with cibinetide (30μg/kg/s...
December 6, 2017: Biochimica et Biophysica Acta
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29223732/a-comparison-of-4d-flow-mri-derived-wall-shear-stress-with-computational-fluid-dynamics-methods-for-intracranial-aneurysms-and-carotid-bifurcations-a-review
#16
REVIEW
Jeremy Szajer, Kevin Ho-Shon
BACKGROUND: 4D flow MRI is a relatively quick method for obtaining wall shear stress (WSS) in vivo, a hemodynamic parameter which has shown promise in risk stratification for rupture of cerebrovascular diseases such as intracranial aneurysms and atherosclerotic plaques. The accuracy of such measurements is still largely unknown. OBJECTIVE: To quantify the accuracy of 4D flow MRI-derived wall shear stress values for intracranial aneurysms and carotid bifurcations...
December 6, 2017: Magnetic Resonance Imaging
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29223688/comparison-of-color-flow-with-standard-ultrasound-for-the-detection-of-endotracheal-intubation
#17
Michael Gottlieb, Dallas Holladay, Anthony Serici, Shital Shah, Damali Nakitende
INTRODUCTION: Intubation is a frequently performed procedure in emergency medicine that is associated with significant morbidity and mortality when unrecognized esophageal intubation occurs. However, it may be difficult to visualize the endotracheal tube (ETT) in some patients. This study assessed whether the addition of color Doppler was able to improve the ability to visualize the ETT location. METHODS: This study was performed in a cadaver lab using three different cadavers chosen to represent varying neck circumference...
November 28, 2017: American Journal of Emergency Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29223653/effects-of-cardiac-rehabilitation-on-heart-rate-recovery-of-patients-undergoing-a-cardiac-rehabilitation-programme-after-acute-coronary-syndrome
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Tiffany Astolfi, Fabio Borrani, Milos Savcic, Vincent Gremeaux, Grégoire P Millet
BACKGROUND: An efficient cardiac rehabilitation programme (CRP) can improve the functional ability of patients after acute coronary syndrome (ACS). OBJECTIVE: To examine the effect of a CRP on parasympathetic reactivation and heart rate recovery (HRR) measured after a 6-min walk test (6MWT), and correlation with 6MWT distance and well-being after ACS. METHODS: Eleven normoweight patients after ACS (BMI < 25kg/m2; 10 males; mean [SD] age 61 [9] years) underwent an 8-week CRP...
December 6, 2017: Annals of Physical and Rehabilitation Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29223646/exploring-the-effects-of-dpp-4-inhibitors-on-the-kidney-from-the-bench-to-clinical-trials
#19
REVIEW
Giuseppe Coppolino, Christian Leporini, Laura Rivoli, Francesco Ursini, Eugenio Donato di Paola, Valeria Cernaro, Franco Arturi, Davide Bolignano, Emilio Russo, Giovambattista De Sarro, Michele Andreucci
Dipeptidyl-peptidase-4 (DPP-4) inhibitors are a relatively new class of non-insulin glucose-lowering agents, belonging to the incretin family, which are able to improve glycemic control with a favorable safety profile, since they are associated with a low risk of hypoglycemia, no weight gain, and good tolerability in patients with chronic renal failure. Some experimental and clinical studies suggest that these drugs may exert significant pleiotropic effects, in particular on chronic kidney disease (CKD) progression, but data from clinical trials are still controversial...
December 6, 2017: Pharmacological Research: the Official Journal of the Italian Pharmacological Society
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29223630/postoperative-loss-of-midline-function-in-brachial-plexus-birth-palsy
#20
Dustin A Greenhill, Arianna Trionfo, Frederick V Ramsey, Scott H Kozin, Dan A Zlotolow
PURPOSE: To identify the rate of and predictive variables for functionally limited shoulder internal rotation in postoperative patients with brachial plexus birth palsy. METHODS: Records of patients with brachial plexus birth palsy who had surgery on the affected upper extremity during a 10-year period were retrospectively reviewed. Patient demographics, physical examinations, and all upper extremity procedures were recorded. Loss of midline function (LOM) was defined as a Modified Mallet Scale or Active Movement Scale (AMS) internal rotation score <3...
December 6, 2017: Journal of Hand Surgery
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