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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29783269/adding-paracetamol-to-ibuprofen-for-the-treatment-of-patent-ductus-arteriosus-in-preterm-infants-a-double-blind-randomized-placebo-controlled-pilot-study
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Ori Hochwald, Gur Mainzer, Liron Borenstein-Levin, Huda Jubran, Gil Dinur, Meirav Zucker, Malka Mor, Asaad Khoury, Amir Kugelman
OBJECTIVE:  The objective of this study was to compare the closure rate of hemodynamically significant patent ductus arteriosus (hsPDA) of intravenous ibuprofen + paracetamol (acetaminophen) versus ibuprofen + placebo, in preterm infants of 24 to 316/7 weeks postmenstrual age. STUDY DESIGN:  This is a single-center, double-blind, randomized controlled pilot study. Infants were assigned for treatment with either intravenous ibuprofen + paracetamol ( n  = 12) or ibuprofen + placebo ( n  = 12)...
May 21, 2018: American Journal of Perinatology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29783191/ganga-water-pollution-a-potential-health-threat-to-inhabitants-of-ganga-basin
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REVIEW
Sanjay Dwivedi, Seema Mishra, Rudra Deo Tripathi
BACKGROUND: The water quality of Ganga, the largest river in Indian sub-continent and life line to hundreds of million people, has severely deteriorated. Studies have indicated the presence of high level of carcinogenic elements in Ganga water. OBJECTIVES: We performed extensive review of sources and level of organic, inorganic pollution and microbial contamination in Ganga water to evaluate changes in the level of various pollutants in the recent decade in comparison to the past and potential health risk for the population through consumption of toxicant tainted fishes in Ganga basin...
May 18, 2018: Environment International
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29783142/assessment-of-microbial-products-in-the-biosorption-process-of-cu-ii-onto-aerobic-granular-sludge-extracellular-polymeric-substances-contribution-and-soluble-microbial-products-release
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Linxian Huang, Meilin Li, Guangchao Si, Jinglin Wei, Huu Hao Ngo, Wenshan Guo, Weiying Xu, Bin Du, Qin Wei, Dong Wei
In the present study, the responses of microbial products in the biosorption process of Cu(II) onto aerobic granular sludge were evaluated by using batch and spectroscopic approaches. Batch experimental data showed that extracellular polymeric substances (EPSs) contributed to Cu(II) removal from an aqueous solution, especially when treating low metal concentrations, whereas soluble microbial products (SMPs) were released under the metal stress during biosorption process. A three-dimensional excitation-emission matrix (3D-EEM) identified four main fluorescence peaks in the EPS, i...
May 18, 2018: Journal of Colloid and Interface Science
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29783126/systemic-therapy-for-intermediate-and-advanced-hepatocellular-carcinoma-sorafenib-and-beyond
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REVIEW
Jean-Luc Raoul, Masatoshi Kudo, Richard S Finn, Julien Edeline, Maria Reig, Peter R Galle
The hepatocellular carcinoma (HCC) treatment landscape changed a decade ago, with sorafenib demonstrating survival benefit in the first-line setting and becoming the first systemic therapy to be approved for HCC. More recently, regorafenib and nivolumab have received approval in the second-line setting after sorafenib, with further positive phase 3 studies emerging in the first line (lenvatinib non-inferior to sorafenib) and second line versus placebo (cabozantinib and ramucirumab). A key recommendation in the management of patients receiving sorafenib is to promote close communication between the patient and the physician so that adverse events (AEs) are detected early and severe AEs can be prevented...
May 17, 2018: Cancer Treatment Reviews
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29783115/long-term-trends-in-no-2-columns-related-to-economic-developments-and-air-quality-policies-from-1997-to-2016-in-china
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Xiuying Zhang, Wuting Zhang, Xuehe Lu, Xuejun Liu, Dongmei Chen, Lei Liu, Xianjin Huang
This study detected the long-term trends in NO2 concentrations in China from 1997 to 2016 based on the NO2 columns from GOME, SCIAMACHY, and GOME-2A. Both differences in the time-overlapped NO2 columns from GOME vs. SCIAMACHAY and SCIAMACHAY vs. GOME-2A showed seasonal variations, and the annual NO2 columns from GOME were 0.9% higher than those from SCIAMACHY, which exceeded that from GOME-2A by 14%. The long-term trends of the NO2 columns on a provincial scale could be simulated by cubic models (0.60 < R2  < 0...
May 18, 2018: Science of the Total Environment
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29783031/a-unique-all-payer-rate-setting-system-controls-the-cost-but-not-the-racial-disparity-in-lower-extremity-revascularization-procedures
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Besma Nejim, Robert J Beaulieu, Husain Alshaikh, Mohammed Hamouda, Joseph Canner, Mahmoud B Malas
BACKGROUND: Patients with peripheral arterial disease (PAD) often have high comorbidity burden that may complicate post-interventional course and drive increased healthcare expenditures. Racial disparity had been observed in lower extremity revascularization (LER) patterns and outcomes. In 2014, Maryland adopted an all-payer rate setting system to limit the rising hospitalization costs. This resulted in an aggregate payment system in which hospital compensation takes place as an overall per capita expenditure for hospital services...
May 18, 2018: Annals of Vascular Surgery
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29782974/molecular-therapy-using-sirna-recent-trends-and-advances-of-multi-target-inhibition-of-cancer-growth
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Shweta Jain, Kamla Pathak, Ankur Vaidya
RNA interference (RNAi) therapy, harnessed to produce a new class of drugs for treatment, has drawn attention and seen steady progress over the years. Molecular therapy using biological macromolecules small interfering RNA (siRNA) for gene silencing has received significant attention to target cancer-related genes. Basically, siRNA molecules bind to messenger RNAs (mRNA) by complementary base pairing, to induce degradation of the mRNA and/or block protein synthesis. Numerous genes and gene related proteins have been reported till date to target in siRNA based cancer therapy...
May 18, 2018: International Journal of Biological Macromolecules
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29782643/lifetime-number-of-years-of-menstruation-as-a-risk-index-for-postmenopausal-endometrial-cancer-in-the-norwegian-women-and-cancer-study
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Oxana Gavrilyuk, Tonje Braaten, Elisabete Weiderpass, Idlir Licaj, Eiliv Lund
INTRODUCTION: Lifetime number of years of menstruation (LNYM) reflects a woman's cumulative exposure to endogenous estrogen and can be used as a measure of the combined effect of reproductive factors related to endometrial cancer (EC) risk. MATERIAL AND METHODS: We aimed to study the association between LNYM and EC risk among postmenopausal women and calculate the population attributable fraction of EC for different LNYM categories. Our study sample consisted of 117 589 women from the Norwegian Women and Cancer (NOWAC) Study...
May 21, 2018: Acta Obstetricia et Gynecologica Scandinavica
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29782625/use-of-rituximab-and-risk-of-re-hospitalization-for-children-with-neuromyelitis-optica-spectrum-disorder
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Sabrina Gmuca, Rui Xiao, Pamela F Weiss, Amy T Waldman, Jeffrey S Gerber
Background: Treatment algorithms for neuromyelitis optica spectrum disorder (NMOSD) vary, and sparse data exist regarding the impact of initial treatments on disease course. We aimed to determine whether administration of rituximab during first hospitalization reduces 1-year readmission rates. Methods: We conducted a retrospective cohort study of subjects with NMOSD using the Pediatric Health Information System database from 2005-2015. Subjects were ages 1 to 21 years who received glucocorticoids and an ICD-9-CM code indicating neuromyelitis optica (NMO) during first hospitalization...
April 2018: Mult Scler Demyelinating Disord
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29782605/trends-in-oncologic-hybrid-imaging
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REVIEW
Andreas G Wibmer, Hedvig Hricak, Gary A Ulaner, Wolfgang Weber
Hybrid imaging plays a central role in the diagnosis and management of a wide range of malignancies at all stages. In this article, we review the most pertinent historical developments, emerging clinical applications of novel radiotracers and imaging technologies, and potential implications for training and practice. This includes an overview of novel tracers for prostate, breast, and neuroendocrine tumors, assessment of tumor heterogeneity, the concept of image-guided 'biologically relevant dosing', and theranostic applications...
2018: Eur J Hybrid Imaging
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29782548/dyslipidemia-among-rural-and-urban-hiv-patients-in-south-east-malawi
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Alemayehu Amberbir, Victor Singano, Alfred Matengeni, Zahra Ismail, Gift Kawalazira, Adrienne K Chan, Sumeet D Sodhi, Joep J van Oosterhout
BACKGROUND: While dyslipidemia importantly contributes to increased cardiovascular disease risk among patients on antiretroviral therapy (ART), data on lipid patterns among African adults on ART are limited. We describe the prevalence of lipid abnormalities and associated factors in two HIV clinics in Malawi. METHODS: We conducted a cross-sectional study in 2014 and enrolled adult patients at a rural and an urban HIV clinic in Zomba district, Malawi. We recorded patient characteristics, CVD risk factors and anthropometric measurements, using the WHO STEPS validated instrument...
2018: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29782521/detecting-trends-in-academic-research-from-a-citation-network-using-network-representation-learning
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Kimitaka Asatani, Junichiro Mori, Masanao Ochi, Ichiro Sakata
Several network features and information retrieval methods have been proposed to elucidate the structure of citation networks and to detect important nodes. However, it is difficult to retrieve information related to trends in an academic field and to detect cutting-edge areas from the citation network. In this paper, we propose a novel framework that detects the trend as the growth direction of a citation network using network representation learning(NRL). We presume that the linear growth of citation network in latent space obtained by NRL is the result of the iterative edge additional process of a citation network...
2018: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29782502/a-monoclonal-antibody-targeting-amyloid-%C3%AE-a%C3%AE-restores-complement-factor-i-bioactivity-potential-implications-in-age-related-macular-degeneration-and-alzheimer-s-disease
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Kameran Lashkari, Gianna Teague, Hong Chen, Yong-Qing Lin, Sanjay Kumar, Megan M McLaughlin, Francisco J López
Activation of the alternative complement cascade has been implicated in the pathogenesis of age related macular degeneration (AMD) and Alzheimer's disease (AD). Amyloid β (Aβ), a component of drusen, may promote complement activation by inhibiting CFI bioactivity. We determined whether Aβ reduced CFI bioactivity and whether antibodies against Aβ including a monoclonal antibody, GSK933776 could restore CFI bioactivity. We also measured CFI bioactivity in plasma of subjects with AMD and AD. In support of the GSK933776 development program in AMD (geographic atrophy), we developed a quantitative assay to measure CFI bioactivity based on its ability to cleave C3b to iC3b, and repeated it in presence or absence of Aβ and anti-Aβ antibodies...
2018: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29782501/disentangling-the-complexity-of-tropical-small-scale-fisheries-dynamics-using-supervised-self-organizing-maps
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Manuel Mendoza-Carranza, Elisabet Ejarque, Leopold A J Nagelkerke
Tropical small-scale fisheries are typical for providing complex multivariate data, due to their diversity in fishing techniques and highly diverse species composition. In this paper we used for the first time a supervised Self-Organizing Map (xyf-SOM), to recognize and understand the internal heterogeneity of a tropical marine small-scale fishery, using as model the fishery fleet of San Pedro port, Tabasco, Mexico. We used multivariate data from commercial logbooks, including the following four factors: fish species (47), gear types (bottom longline, vertical line+shark longline and vertical line), season (cold, warm), and inter-annual variation (2007-2012)...
2018: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29782315/tlr4-gene-expression-and-pro-inflammatory-cytokines-in-alzheimer-s-disease-and-in-response-to-hippocampal-deafferentation-in-rodents
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Justin Miron, Cynthia Picard, Josée Frappier, Doris Dea, Louise Théroux, Judes Poirier
One important aspect in Alzheimer's disease pathology is the presence of chronic inflammation. Considering its role as a key receptor in the microglial innate immune system, TLR4 was shown to regulate the binding and phagocytosis of amyloid plaques by microglia in several mouse models of amyloidosis, as well as the production of pro-inflammatory cytokines. To our knowledge, TLR4 and its association with cytokines have not been thoroughly examined in the brains of subjects affected with Alzheimer's disease. Using quantitative reverse transcription polymerase chain reaction (qRT-PCR) in postmortem human brains, we observed increased expression for the TLR4 and TNF genes (p = 0...
May 16, 2018: Journal of Alzheimer's Disease: JAD
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29782295/diagnostic-and-treatment-strategies-of-dermatologists-for-treating-morphea-in-hungary
#16
Gábor Bali, Bernadett Hidvégi
Localized scleroderma is an uncommon disease, only infrequently encountered by dermatologists in private practices or even in larger academic centers. Because of its rarity, current treatment guidelines are mostly based on low-level clinical evidence and expert opinions. The aim of this study was to evaluate treatment strategies to treat localized scleroderma. A questionnaire was developed and sent to dermatologists in Hungary. 101 returned questionnaires were eligible for evaluation. 87.12% of clinicians employed local steroids...
April 2018: Acta Dermatovenerologica Croatica: ADC
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29782247/trends-in-onroad-transportation-energy-and-emissions
#17
Samuel L Altshuler, John D Bachmann
No abstract text is available yet for this article.
June 2018: Journal of the Air & Waste Management Association
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29782224/efficacy-and-safety-of-dupilumab-in-glucocorticoid-dependent-severe-asthma
#18
Klaus F Rabe, Parameswaran Nair, Guy Brusselle, Jorge F Maspero, Mario Castro, Lawrence Sher, Hongjie Zhu, Jennifer D Hamilton, Brian N Swanson, Asif Khan, Jingdong Chao, Heribert Staudinger, Gianluca Pirozzi, Christian Antoni, Nikhil Amin, Marcella Ruddy, Bolanle Akinlade, Neil M H Graham, Neil Stahl, George D Yancopoulos, Ariel Teper
Background Dupilumab is a fully human anti-interleukin-4 receptor α monoclonal antibody that blocks both interleukin-4 and interleukin-13 signaling. Its effectiveness in reducing oral glucocorticoid use in patients with severe asthma while maintaining asthma control is unknown. Methods We randomly assigned 210 patients with oral glucocorticoid-treated asthma to receive add-on dupilumab (at a dose of 300 mg) or placebo every 2 weeks for 24 weeks. After a glucocorticoid dose-adjustment period before randomization, glucocorticoid doses were adjusted in a downward trend from week 4 to week 20 and then maintained at a stable dose for 4 weeks...
May 21, 2018: New England Journal of Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29782185/trends-in-maternity-care-practice-skin-to-skin-contact-indicators-united-states-2007-2015
#19
Ellen O Boundy, Cria G Perrine, Chloe M Barrera, Ruowei Li, Heather C Hamner
BACKGROUND: Mother-infant skin-to-skin contact (SSC) immediately after birth helps transition infants to the post-uterine environment and increases the likelihood of breastfeeding initiation and duration. This study examines trends in U.S. maternity practices related to SSC, and variations by facility demographics. METHODS: Data were from the Maternity Practices in Infant Nutrition and Care (mPINC) surveys (2007-2015), a biennial assessment of all U.S. maternity facilities...
May 21, 2018: Breastfeeding Medicine: the Official Journal of the Academy of Breastfeeding Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29782156/combining-high-throughput-sequencing-of-sedadna-and-traditional-palaeolimnological-techniques-to-infer-historical-trends-in-cyanobacterial-communities
#20
Timothy J Tse, Lorne E Doig, Song Tang, Xiaohui Zhang, Weimin Sun, Steve B Wiseman, Cindy Xin Feng, Hongling Liu, John P Giesy, Markus Hecker, Paul D Jones
Freshwaters worldwide are under increasing pressure from anthropogenic activities and changing climate. Unfortunately, many inland waters lack sufficient long-term monitoring to assess environmental trends. Analysis of sedimentary ancient DNA (sedaDNA) is emerging as a means to reconstruct the past occurrence of microbial communities of inland waters. The purpose of this study was to assess a combination of high-throughput sequencing (16S rRNA) of sedaDNA and traditional palaeolimnological analyses to explore multidecadal relationships among cyanobacterial community composition, the potential for cyanotoxin production and palaeoenvironmental proxies...
May 21, 2018: Environmental Science & Technology
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