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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29161803/modeling-the-effects-of-pollutant-emissions-from-large-industrial-complexes-on-benzene-toluene-and-xylene-btx-concentrations-in-urban-areas
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Jin-Hee Bang, Inbo Oh, Soontae Kim, Seunghee You, Yangho Kim, Ho-Jang Kwon, Geun-Bae Kim
This study utilized the Community Multi-scale Air Quality (CMAQ) model to simulate the spatial distribution of benzene, toluene, and xylene (BTX) concentrations in Ulsan metropolitan region (UMR), where large national industrial complexes (IC) are located. Through controlling the pollutant emissions in major IC, this study has performed a quantitative analysis on the influence of pollutant emissions from the IC on the BTX concentrations in surrounding urban areas. The seasonal modeling results indicated that the average BTX concentrations were high around the petrochemical complexes, with higher concentrations in the surrounding urban areas during the summer...
November 20, 2017: Environmental Health and Toxicology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29161801/impact-of-sarcopenia-on-long-term-mortality-and-cardiovascular-events-in-patients-undergoing-hemodialysis
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Jwa-Kyung Kim, Sung Gyun Kim, Ji-Eun Oh, Young-Ki Lee, Jung-Woo Noh, Hyung Jik Kim, Young Rim Song
Background/Aims: A high body mass index (BMI) is known to correlate with better survival in patients on hemodialysis (HD). However, the impacts of body composition and sarcopenia on survival have not been well studied in this population. Methods: One hundred and forty-two prevalent HD patients were recruited and followed prospectively for up to 4.5 years. Low muscle mass (measured using a portable, whole-body, bioimpedance spectroscopic device) was defined as a lean tissue index (LTI) two standard deviations (SD) or more below the normal gender-specific mean for young people...
November 23, 2017: Korean Journal of Internal Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29161798/intrapartum-care-quality-indicators-a-literature-review
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Elisa Lazzaretto, Antonella Nespoli, Simona Fumagalli, Elisabetta Colciago, Sofia Perego, Anna Locatelli
BACKGROUND: Quality of care is increasingly recognized as a critical aspect of the maternal and newborn health, mainly with respect to care around labour and delivery and in the immediate postnatal period. The Aim of this Review is to identify the recommended intrapartum care indicators in order to measure the quality of Midwifery care. METHODS: A structured literature search was conducted in August 2017 incorporating English and Italian language studies from 1993 and onwards to identify published articles on quality standards of intrapartum care...
November 21, 2017: Minerva Ginecologica
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29161793/effect-of-rifaximin-on-hepatic-fibrosis-in-bile-duct-ligated-rat-model
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Seung Kak Shin, Oh Sang Kwon, Jong Joon Lee, Yeon Ho Park, Cheol Soo Choi, Sung Hwan Jeong, Duck Joo Choi, Yun Soo Kim, Ju Hyun Kim
Background/Aims: The translocation of bacteria and their lipopolysaccharides from the gut can promote fibrosis in cirrhotic patients. The aim of this study was to investigate the effects of rifaximin on hepatic fibrosis in a bile duct-ligated rat model. Methods: The bile duct ligation (BDL) was carried out for eight days (acute injury model: sham-operated rats [G1], BDL rats [G2], and BDL rats treated with rifaximin [G3]) or 22 days (chronic injury model: sham-operated rats [G4], BDL rats [G5], and BDL rats treated with rifaximin [G6])...
November 25, 2017: Korean Journal of Gastroenterology, Taehan Sohwagi Hakhoe Chi
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29161778/highly-efficient-destruction-of-squamous-carcinoma-cells-of-the-head-and-neck-by-photochemical-internalization-of-ranpirnase
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Nora Liebers, Tim Holland-Letz, Mona Welschof, Anders Høgset, Dirk Jäger, Michaela A E Arndt, Jürgen Krauss
Introduction: Photochemical Internalization is a novel drug delivery technology for cancer treatment based on the principle of Photodynamic Treatment. Using a photosensitizer that locates in endocytic vesicles membranes of tumor cells, Photochemical internalization enables cytosolic release of endocytosed antitumor agents in a site-specific manner. The purpose of the present in-vitro study was to explore whether Photochemical Internalization is able to enhance the efficacy of Ranpirnase, a cytotoxic amphibian ribonuclease, for eradication of squamous cell carcinoma of the head and neck...
November 2017: Journal of Experimental Therapeutics & Oncology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29161745/resting-autonomic-function-in-active-and-insufficiently-active-people-living-with-hiv
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Norberto Quiles, Carol Garber, Joseph Ciccolo
Autonomic dysfunction appears to be prevalent in people living with HIV/AIDS (PLWHA). However, there are limited data on the resting autonomic responses to exercise in active and insufficiently active PLWHA. We aimed to determine whether active PLWHA have better autonomic responses compared with insufficiently active PLWHA. Active PLWHA receiving anti-retroviral therapy (n=13) and insufficiently active PLWHA (n=10) were recruited. A 10-min recording of the supine electrocardiogram was taken. Resting heart rate variability was analyzed from this electrocardiogram...
November 21, 2017: International Journal of Sports Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29161722/the-impact-of-tumor-necrosis-factor-%C3%AE-and-interleukin-1%C3%AE-levels-and-polymorphisms-on-long-term-stroke-outcomes
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Ju-Wan Kim, Man-Seok Park, Joon-Tae Kim, Hee-Ju Kang, Kyung-Yeol Bae, Sung-Wan Kim, Myung-Geun Shin, Ki-Hyun Cho, Jae-Min Kim
BACKGROUND: The accuracy of predictions regarding disability that sets in after stroke could be improved by using blood biomarker measurements. This study aimed to investigate the roles of serum tumor necrosis factor alpha (TNF-α) and interleukin (IL)-1β concentrations and polymorphisms in stroke outcomes. METHODS: In total, 286 patients were evaluated at the time of admission and at 2 weeks after stroke, and 222 of these patients (78%) were followed up for 1 year to evaluate the consequences of stroke during both the acute and chronic stages...
November 21, 2017: European Neurology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29161720/development-of-ostqol-a-measure-of-quality-of-life-for-patients-in-opioid-substitution-treatment
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Lisa Strada, Gabriele Helga Franke, Bernd Schulte, Jens Reimer, Uwe Verthein
BACKGROUND: Quality of life (QOL) of patients in opioid substitution treatment (OST) is increasingly being addressed in research. However, no disease- or treatment-specific instrument is available to assess the QOL of this target population. The purpose of this project was to develop the first QOL instrument for OST patients. METHODS: Focus groups with 60 OST patients were analyzed using thematic analysis to elicit key QOL themes as perceived by patients. Identified themes were developed into items and refined through pilot testing and cognitive debriefing...
November 21, 2017: European Addiction Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29161717/subconjunctival-prgf-fibrin-membrane-as-an-adjuvant-to-nonpenetrating-deep-sclerectomy-a-2-year-pilot-study
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Iñaki Rodríguez-Agirretxe, Vanesa Freire, Francisco Muruzabal, Gorka Orive, Eduardo Anitua, Elio Díez-Feijóo, Arantxa Acera
PURPOSE: To evaluate the potential role of the autologous PRGF (plasma rich in growth factors) fibrin membrane in tissue regeneration after glaucoma filtering surgery. MATERIALS AND METHODS: Ten patients with medically uncontrolled primary open-angle glaucoma underwent nonpenetrating deep sclerectomy and were treated with PRGF fibrin membrane as adjuvant. Intraocular pressure reduction was the primary outcome. This variable was measured preoperatively and also at each follow-up visit...
November 22, 2017: Ophthalmic Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29161712/clostridium-difficile-infection-in-the-nephrology-ward
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Sylwia Dudzicz, Marcin Adamczak, Andrzej Więcek
Clostridium difficile is currently the most frequently identified pathogen causing antibiotic-associated diarrhea and the main cause of nosocomial diarrhea. In recent years, increases incidence of infection, severe infection, recurrent infection and mortality from Clostridium difficile infection (CDI) have been observed. This may be a consequence of excessive antibiotic use and spread of the hypervirulent epidemic BI/NAP1/027 strain of Clostridium difficile. The main risk factors for CDI are: antibiotic therapy, previous hospitalizations and number of comorbid conditions...
November 21, 2017: Kidney & Blood Pressure Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29161702/favorable-effects-of-endoscopic-ligation-combined-with-drugs-on-rebleeding-and-mortality-in-cirrhotic-patients-a-network-meta-analysis
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Liang Shi, Xueping Zhang, Jianye Li, Xibo Bai
BACKGROUND: To assess the effects of combination therapies (endoscopic plus drug[s], drug combinations) on variceal/any-cause rebleeding and mortality among cirrhotic patients with one previous episode of variceal hemorrhage. SUMMARY: We searched PubMed, Embase, Cochrane Library, and Web of Science for eligible studies. We included 26 randomized controlled trials involving 2,536 adults using OR to measure the effects. Endoscopic variceal ligation (EVL) plus nadolol ranked first for reducing recurrent bleeds...
November 21, 2017: Digestive Diseases
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29161699/patterns-of-detection-of-fetal-posterior-fossa-anomalies-analysis-of-81-cases-in-the-second-half-of-gestation
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Stéphanie Friszer, Ferdinand Dhombres, Eléonore Blondiaux, Marie-Laure Moutard, Catherine Garel, Jean-Marie Jouannic
OBJECTIVE: To establish which characteristics of fetal ultrasound screening lead to the diagnosis of posterior fossa (PF) anomalies. METHODS: A total of 81 fetuses with PF anomalies diagnosed after dedicated neuroimaging between July 1, 2007, and January 1, 2013, were included. The ultrasound characteristics of the fetal cerebellum categorized according to an anatomical approach to the PF, associated fetal anomalies, gestational age at diagnosis, and the potential benefits from systematic measurement of the transverse cerebellar diameter (TCD) were analyzed...
November 21, 2017: Fetal Diagnosis and Therapy
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29161688/plasma-beta-trace-protein-as-a-marker-of-residual-renal-function-the-effect-of-different-hemodialysis-modalities-and-intra-individual-variability-over-time
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Amaryllis H van Craenenbroeck, Ann-Christin Bragfors-Helin, Abdul Rashid Qureshi, Bengt Lindholm, Bodil Sjöberg, Björn Anderstam, Olof Heimburger, Peter Stenvinkel, Peter Bárány
BACKGROUND/AIMS: Beta-trace protein (BTP) is a low-molecular-weight molecule, which may be used to assess residual renal function (RRF) in dialysis patients. Here we evaluated the influence of hemodialysis (HD) and hemodiafiltration (HDF) on plasma BTP, and analyzed the inter- and intra-individual variability of plasma BTP over time in HD and peritoneal dialysis (PD) patients. METHODS: In 12 prevalent HD patients, the effect of a single session of low-flux HD, high-flux HD and HDF on plasma BTP was studied...
November 22, 2017: Kidney & Blood Pressure Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29161680/prediction-of-violent-crime-on-discharge-from-secure-psychiatric-hospitals-a-clinical-prediction-rule-fovox
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A Wolf, T R Fanshawe, A Sariaslan, R Cornish, H Larsson, S Fazel
BACKGROUND: Current approaches to assess violence risk in secure hospitals are resource intensive, limited by accuracy and authorship bias and may have reached a performance ceiling. This study seeks to develop scalable predictive models for violent offending following discharge from secure psychiatric hospitals. METHODS: We identified all patients discharged from secure hospitals in Sweden between January 1, 1992 and December 31, 2013. Using multiple Cox regression, pre-specified criminal, sociodemographic, and clinical risk factors were included in a model that was tested for discrimination and calibration in the prediction of violent crime at 12 and 24 months post-discharge...
August 4, 2017: European Psychiatry: the Journal of the Association of European Psychiatrists
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29161674/deep-brain-stimulation-of-the-subcallosal-cingulate-gyrus-in-patients-with-treatment-resistant-depression-a-double-blinded-randomized-controlled-study-and-long-term-follow-up-in-eight-patients
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Angela Merkl, Sabine Aust, Gerd-Helge Schneider, Veerle Visser-Vandewalle, Andreas Horn, Andrea A Kühn, Jens Kuhn, Malek Bajbouj
BACKGROUND: Deep brain stimulation (DBS) of the subcallosal cingulate gyrus (SCG) is an experimental approach in treatment-resistant depression (TRD). Short-term results of efficacy in DBS are incongruent and studies investigating long-term effects are warranted. METHODS: We assessed efficacy of SCG-DBS in eight patients randomized into a delayed-onset group (sham-DBS four weeks) and a non-delayed-onset group. The primary outcome measure was improvement on the Hamilton Depression Rating-Scale (HAMD-24-item-version)...
November 8, 2017: Journal of Affective Disorders
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29161670/construction-of-plasmonic-ag-modified-phosphorous-doped-ultrathin-g-c3n4-nanosheets-bivo4-photocatalyst-with-enhanced-visible-near-infrared-response-ability-for-ciprofloxacin-degradation
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Yaocheng Deng, Lin Tang, Chengyang Feng, Guangming Zeng, Jiajia Wang, Yaoyu Zhou, Yani Liu, Bo Peng, Haopeng Feng
To realize the full utilization of solar energy, the design of highly efficient photocatalyst with improved visible-near-infrared photocatalysis performance has attracted great attentions for environment pollutant removal. In this work, we rationally employed the surface plasmon resonance effect of metallic Ag in the phosphorus doped ultrathin g-C3N4 nanosheets (PCNS) and BiVO4 composites to construct a ternary Ag@PCNS/BiVO4 photocatalyst. It was applied for the photodegradation of ciprofloxacin (CIP), exhibiting 92...
November 15, 2017: Journal of Hazardous Materials
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29161669/the-coastal-environment-affects-lead-and-sodium-uptake-by-the-moss-hypnum-cupressiforme-used-as-an-air-pollution-biomonitor
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Marie Renaudin, Sébastien Leblond, Caroline Meyer, Christophe Rose, Emeline Lequy
Several studies suggest that potential competition exists between marine cations and heavy metals for binding sites on the cell wall of mosses. This competition would impact the heavy metal concentration measured in mosses by biomonitoring programs, which may underestimate air pollution by heavy metals in a coastal environment. In the present study, we aim to identify possible mechanisms affecting lead uptake by mosses in a coastal environment, specifically, the competition between lead (Pb(2+)) and sodium (Na(+)) for binding sites in Hypnum cupressiforme (Hc)...
November 10, 2017: Chemosphere
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29161668/patterns-of-c-reactive-protein-ratio-response-to-antibiotics-in-pediatric-sepsis-a-prospective-cohort-study
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Vanessa Soares Lanziotti, Pedro Póvoa, Arnaldo Prata-Barbosa, Lucas Berbet Pulcheri, Ligia S C F Rabello, José Roberto Lapa E Silva, Marcio Soares, Jorge I F Salluh
PURPOSE: Evaluate sequential C-reactive protein (CRP) measurements and patterns of CRP-ratio response to antibiotic therapy during first 7days in Pediatric Intensive Care Unit (PICU) of septic children. METHODS: Prospective, cohort study of children (1month-12years) admitted at 3 PICUs, with diagnosis of sepsis with <72h course. CRP-ratio was calculated in relation to D0_CRP value. Children were classified according to an individual pattern of CRP-ratio response: fast - CRP_D4 of therapy was <0...
November 11, 2017: Journal of Critical Care
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29161656/comparing-objective-measures-of-the-built-environment-in-their-associations-with-youth-physical-activity-and-sedentary-behavior-across-heterogeneous-geographies
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Melissa N Poulsen, Emily A Knapp, Annemarie G Hirsch, Lisa Bailey-Davis, Jonathan Pollak, Brian S Schwartz
We compared two strategies for measuring built environment features in their associations with youth physical activity and sedentary behavior across heterogeneous geographies of Pennsylvania. Physical activity environments of communities representing a rural-to-urban gradient were characterized through direct observation and spatially referenced archival data subjected to confirmatory factor analysis. Stratified regression analyses assessed associations between environmental measures and behavioral outcomes by community type...
November 17, 2017: Health & Place
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29161637/la-donna-%C3%A3-mobile-lack-of-cyclical-shifts-in-facial-symmetry-and-facial-and-body-masculinity-preferences-a-hormone-based-study
#20
Urszula M Marcinkowska, Andrzej Galbarczyk, Grazyna Jasienska
Although under investigation for more than two decades, a common agreement on the occurrence of cyclical shifts in women's masculinity and symmetry preferences is still missing. Such shifts are considered to be an important feature of sexual selection as they supposedly direct women's attention towards cues for "good genes" (e.g. masculinity and symmetry) during times when probability of conception is the highest. Multiple studies have, however, failed to find these shifts. We attempt to address this lack of agreement analysing a sample of 110 healthy women, using intra-participant design and repeated measurements of oestradiol and LH during the cycle...
November 14, 2017: Psychoneuroendocrinology
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