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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28213135/genetic-variants-in-the-peripheral-auditory-system-significantly-affect-adult-cochlear-implant-performance
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A Eliot Shearer, Robert W Eppsteiner, Kathy Frees, Viral Tejani, Christina M Sloan-Heggen, Carolyn Brown, Paul Abbas, Camille Dunn, Marlan R Hansen, Bruce J Gantz, Richard J H Smith
BACKGROUND: Cochlear implantation is an effective habilitation modality for adults with significant hearing loss. However, post-implant performance is variable. A portion of this variance in outcome can be attributed to clinical factors. Recent physiological studies suggest that the health of the spiral ganglion also impacts post-operative cochlear implant outcomes. The goal of this study was to determine whether genetic factors affecting spiral ganglion neurons may be associated with cochlear implant performance...
February 14, 2017: Hearing Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28212641/local-constraints-to-access-appropriate-malaria-treatment-in-the-context-of-parasite-resistance-in-cambodia-a-qualitative-study
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Jesse Verschuere, Tom Decroo, Dara Lim, Jean-Marie Kindermans, Chea Nguon, Rekol Huy, Yasmine Alkourdi, Koen Peeters Grietens, Charlotte Gryseels
BACKGROUND: Despite emerging drug resistance in Cambodia, artemisinin-based combination therapy (ACT) is still the most efficacious therapy. ACT is available free of charge in the Cambodian public sector and at a subsidized rate in the private sector. However, un- and mistreated cases in combination with population movements may lead to the further spread of resistant parasites, stressing the importance of understanding how the perceived aetiology of malaria and associated health-seeking behaviour may delay access to appropriate treatment...
February 17, 2017: Malaria Journal
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28211800/upregulated-mir-483-5p-expression-as-a-prognostic-biomarker-for-esophageal-squamous-cell-carcinoma
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Liying Xue, Jinglong Nan, Li Dong, Cuiying Zhang, Hui Li, Rentura Na, Huijie He, Yadi Wang
BACKGROUND: Esophageal squamous cell carcinoma (ESCC) is one of the most common cause of cancer-associated mortality. Uncovering novel molecular biomarkers that can predict ESCC development will improve personalized therapy. OBJECTIVE: The goal of the current study was to investigate the expression pattern of miR-483-5p and determine its prognostic value in ESCC. METHODS: We first analyzed miRNA-seq data obtained from the Cancer Genome Atlas (TCGA) cohort to evaluate the prognostic value of miR-483-5p in ESCC...
February 3, 2017: Cancer Biomarkers: Section A of Disease Markers
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28210563/neoadjuvant-therapy-for-treatment-of-breast-cancer-the-way-forward-or-simply-a-convenient-option-for-patients
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COMMENT
Abhishek Chatterjee, John K Erban
The complexity of managing early stage breast cancer is well known. Optimal treatment is increasingly multidisciplinary and in the modern era informed by sophisticated molecular tools to help select and guide therapy. Major phase III trials have determined that the order of systemic therapy relative to surgery does not influence important endpoints such as event free survival and overall survival (OS), but questions remain as to how best to utilize these most essential services. For example, there is still uncertainty regarding the ideal timing, intensity, and duration of proposed therapy...
February 2017: Gland Surgery
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28209603/deoxyribonuclease-partially-ameliorates-thioacetamide-induced-hepatorenal-injury
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Lenka Vokálová, Lucia Lauková, Jozef Čonka, Veronika Melišková, Veronika Borbélyová, Janka Bábíčková, Ľubomíra Tóthová, Július Hodosy, Barbora Vlková, Peter Celec
Several recent studies have shown that liver injury is associated with the release of DNA from hepatocytes. This DNA stimulates innate immunity and induces sterile inflammation exacerbating the liver damage. Similar mechanisms have been described for acute renal injury. Deoxyribonuclease degrades cell-free DNA and can potentially prevent some of the induced tissue damage. In this study the effects of thioacetamide-induced hepatorenal injury on plasma DNA in rats were analysed. Plasma DNA of both nuclear and mitochondrial origin was higher in thioacetamide-treated animals...
February 16, 2017: American Journal of Physiology. Gastrointestinal and Liver Physiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28208782/prevalence-of-tobacco-smoking-and-determinants-of-success-in-quitting-smoking-among-patients-with-chronic-diseases-a-cross-sectional-study-in-rural-western-china
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Hang Fu, Da Feng, Shangfeng Tang, Zhifei He, Yuanxi Xiang, Tailai Wu, Ruoxi Wang, Tian Shao, Chunyan Liu, Piaopiao Shao, Zhanchun Feng
Tobacco use is one of the behavioral risk factors for chronic diseases. The aim of the study was to investigate smoking prevalence in chronically ill residents and their smoking behavior in western rural China, to identify factors associated with success in quitting smoking, and to provide appropriate intervention strategies for tobacco control. Cross-sectional survey data from patients with chronic diseases from rural western China were analyzed. Among the 906 chronically ill patients, the current smoking prevalence was 26...
February 9, 2017: International Journal of Environmental Research and Public Health
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28208741/mechanisms-of-post-replication-dna-repair
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REVIEW
Yanzhe Gao, Elizabeth Mutter-Rottmayer, Anastasia Zlatanou, Cyrus Vaziri, Yang Yang
Accurate DNA replication is crucial for cell survival and the maintenance of genome stability. Cells have developed mechanisms to cope with the frequent genotoxic injuries that arise from both endogenous and environmental sources. Lesions encountered during DNA replication are often tolerated by post-replication repair mechanisms that prevent replication fork collapse and avert the formation of DNA double strand breaks. There are two predominant post-replication repair pathways, trans-lesion synthesis (TLS) and template switching (TS)...
February 8, 2017: Genes
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28208612/enteric-pathogens-and-their-toxin-induced-disruption-of-the-intestinal-barrier-through-alteration-of-tight-junctions-in-chickens
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REVIEW
Wageha A Awad, Claudia Hess, Michael Hess
Maintaining a healthy gut environment is a prerequisite for sustainable animal production. The gut plays a key role in the digestion and absorption of nutrients and constitutes an initial organ exposed to external factors influencing bird's health. The intestinal epithelial barrier serves as the first line of defense between the host and the luminal environment. It consists of a continuous monolayer of intestinal epithelial cells connected by intercellular junctional complexes which shrink the space between adjacent cells...
February 10, 2017: Toxins
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28208291/growth-based-bacterial-viability-assay-for-interference-free-and-high-throughput-toxicity-screening-of-nanomaterials
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Tian A Qiu, Thu Ha Thi Nguyen, Natalie V Hudson-Smith, Peter L Clement, Dona-Carla Forester, Hilena Frew, Mimi N Hang, Catherine J Murphy, Robert J Hamers, Z Vivian Feng, Christy L Haynes
Current high-throughput approaches evaluating toxicity of chemical agents toward bacteria typically rely on optical assays, such as luminescence and absorbance, to probe the viability of the bacteria. However, when applied to toxicity induced by nanomaterials, scattering and absorbance from the nanomaterials act as interferences that complicate quantitative analysis. Herein, we describe a bacterial viability assay that is free of optical interference from nanomaterials and can be performed in a high-throughput format on 96-well plates...
February 7, 2017: Analytical Chemistry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28207807/how-much-is-a-child-worth-providers-and-patients-views-and-responses-concerning-ethical-and-policy-challenges-in-paying-for-art
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Robert Klitzman
Infertility treatments remain expensive and in many countries are covered by little, if any, insurance, raising critical questions concerning how patients and providers view and make decisions regarding these challenges. In-depth semi-structured interviews of approximately 1 hour were conducted with 37 IVF providers and 10 patients (17 physicians, 10 other providers and 10 patients), and were systematically analyzed. These data suggest current insurance policies and legislation pose critical ethical and logistical challenges for both patients and providers...
2017: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28207766/climate-change-across-seasons-experiment-ccase-a-new-method-for-simulating-future-climate-in-seasonally-snow-covered-ecosystems
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Pamela H Templer, Andrew B Reinmann, Rebecca Sanders-DeMott, Patrick O Sorensen, Stephanie M Juice, Francis Bowles, Laura E Sofen, Jamie L Harrison, Ian Halm, Lindsey Rustad, Mary E Martin, Nicholas Grant
Climate models project an increase in mean annual air temperatures and a reduction in the depth and duration of winter snowpack for many mid and high latitude and high elevation seasonally snow-covered ecosystems over the next century. The combined effects of these changes in climate will lead to warmer soils in the growing season and increased frequency of soil freeze-thaw cycles (FTCs) in winter due to the loss of a continuous, insulating snowpack. Previous experiments have warmed soils or removed snow via shoveling or with shelters to mimic projected declines in the winter snowpack...
2017: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28207548/egfr-mutation-testing-in-blood-for-guiding-egfr-tyrosine-kinase-inhibitor-treatment-in-patients-with-nonsmall-cell-lung-cancer-a-protocol-for-systematic-review-and-meta-analysis
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Jin-Qiu Yuan, Yue-Lun Zhang, Hai-Tao Li, Chen Mao
BACKGROUND: Epidermal growth factor receptor (EGFR) mutation testing in tumor tissue is now a common practice in selecting non-small cell lung cancer (NSCLC) patients for EGFR tyrosine kinase inhibitor (TKI) treatment. However, tumor tissues are often absent or insufficient for the testing. Blood is a potential substitute providing a noninvasive, easily accessible and repeatedly measureable source of genotypic information. However which is the best blood EGFR mutation testing method remains unclear...
February 2017: Medicine (Baltimore)
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28207172/drivers-of-redistribution-of-fishing-and-non-fishing-effort-after-the-implementation-of-a-marine-protected-area-network
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Reniel B Cabral, Steven D Gaines, Brett A Johnson, Tom W Bell, Crow White
Marine spatial planning (MSP) is increasingly utilized to sustainably manage ocean uses. Marine protected areas (MPAs), a form of spatial management in which parts of the ocean are regulated to fishing, are now a common tool in MSP for conserving marine biodiversity and managing fisheries. However, the use of MPAs in MSP often neglects, or simplifies, the redistribution of fishing and non-fishing activities inside and outside of MPAs following their implementation. This redistribution of effort can have important implications for effective MSP...
October 3, 2016: Ecological Applications: a Publication of the Ecological Society of America
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28206667/geometry-calibration-method-for-a-cone-beam-ct-system
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Hongkai Yang, Kejun Kang, Yuxiang Xing
PURPOSE: The positioning accuracy of each component is important to ensure the image quality of cone-beam CT. However, accurate positioning is not easy and requires experience and time. The option is to calibrate the geometric parameters and then plug them into a reconstruction algorithm which is the preferred solution in practice. In this case, the image quality is determined by the accuracy and precision of the calibration method. This work describes a method to independently calibrate an imaging system in each pose (projection angle) for a cone-beam CT with a non-ideal-circular trajectory...
February 16, 2017: Medical Physics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28205360/advanced-serious-illness-multimorbidity-and-multibeneficence-the-role-of-communication
#15
Jeffrey Cohn
Sturmberg et al write about multimorbidity as "several diagnosable diseases within the same individual." They posit that this syndrome is the result of multiple interconnected disturbances reflecting scale-free, fractal signs of pathology ranging from biochemical/hormonal alterations at one end of a spectrum to community and societal ills at the other. In this commentary, I will be focusing on 3 perspectives: 1) a preterminal phase of multimorbidity that is indicative of that loss of reparative or even homeokinetic properties, known by some as "advanced serious illness"; 2) the manifestations of advanced serious illness multimorbidity that, using the same networks that connect into the patient, are signs of this syndrome at the levels of the immediate family/friend social network, the broader community, and society at large; and 3) the potential for these same networks that transmit pathological forces to convey the positive effects of therapeutic interventions in a scale-free manner, with a focus on how conversation can lead to what I'm calling "multibeneficence...
February 16, 2017: Journal of Evaluation in Clinical Practice
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28205016/sensitivity-enhancement-for-membrane-proteins-reconstituted-in-parallel-and-perpendicular-oriented-bicelles-obtained-by-using-repetitive-cross-polarization-and-membrane-incorporated-free-radicals
#16
Sophie N Koroloff, Deanna M Tesch, Emmanuel O Awosanya, Alexander A Nevzorov
Multidimensional separated local-field and spin-exchange experiments employed by oriented-sample solid-state NMR are essential for structure determination and spectroscopic assignment of membrane proteins reconstituted in macroscopically aligned lipid bilayers. However, these experiments typically require a large number of scans in order to establish interspin correlations. Here we have shown that a combination of optimized repetitive cross polarization (REP-CP) and membrane-embedded free radicals allows one to enhance the signal-to-noise ratio by factors 2...
February 15, 2017: Journal of Biomolecular NMR
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28203598/treatment-of-ulnar-collateral-ligament-tears-of-the-elbow-is-repair-a-viable-option
#17
Brandon J Erickson, Bernard R Bach, Nikhil N Verma, Charles A Bush-Joseph, Anthony A Romeo
BACKGROUND: Ulnar collateral ligament (UCL) tears have become common, and UCL reconstruction (UCLR) is currently the preferred surgical treatment method for treating UCL tears. PURPOSE/HYPOTHESIS: The purpose of this study was to review the literature surrounding UCL repair and determine the viability of new repair techniques for treatment of UCL tears. We hypothesized that UCL repair techniques will provide comparable results to UCLR for treatment of UCL tears...
January 2017: Orthopaedic Journal of Sports Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28203424/a-phase-iii-multicenter-randomized-controlled-trial-of-neo-adjuvant-chemotherapy-paclitaxel-plus-cisplatin-versus-surgery-alone-for-stage-iia-iiib-esophageal-squamous-cell-carcinoma
#18
Yan Zheng, Yin Li, Xianben Liu, Ruixiang Zhang, Zongfei Wang, Haibo Sun, Shilei Liu
BACKGROUND: The survival benefits of neoadjuvant chemotherapy (NAC) for esophagus squamous cell carcinoma (ESCC) remains controversial. The surgical procedure was not well defined in NAC strategy, in past trials. The different surgical procedure and different levels of lymphadenectomy may decrease the survival benefits from NAC. The new chemotherapy regimen with paclitaxel is promising. The purpose of this study is to confirm the superiority of paclitaxel, cisplatin and McKeown esophagectomy with total two-field lymphadenectomy compared with surgery alone for ESCC...
January 2017: Journal of Thoracic Disease
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28202930/harm-reduction-and-e-cigarettes-distorting-the-approach
#19
Michael Moore, Martin McKee, Mike Daube
Some supporters of electronic cigarettes have argued that they should be considered a form of harm reduction, analogous to that which has been successful with narcotics. In this viewpoint, we contend that this argument is based on highly selective use of the evidence, coupled with a fundamental misunderstanding of a comprehensive harm minimisation strategy. This includes not only harm reduction but also reduction in demand and supply-two elements that are explicitly rejected by many advocates of electronic cigarettes...
December 2016: Journal of Public Health Policy
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28202784/learning-to-predict-and-control-the-physics-of-our-movements
#20
Reza Shadmehr
When we hold an object in our hand, the mass of the object alters the physics of our arm, changing the relationship between motor commands that our brain sends to our arm muscles and the resulting motion of our hand. If the object is unfamiliar to us, our first movement will exhibit an error, producing a trajectory that is different from the one we had intended. This experience of error initiates learning in our brain, making it so that on the very next attempt our motor commands partially compensate for the unfamiliar physics, resulting in smaller errors...
February 15, 2017: Journal of Neuroscience: the Official Journal of the Society for Neuroscience
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