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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28225103/beneficial-effects-of-lycium-barbarum-polysaccharide-on-spermatogenesis-by-improving-antioxidant-activity-and-inhibiting-apoptosis-in-streptozotocin-induced-diabetic-male-mice
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Guang-Jiang Shi, Jie Zheng, Jing Wu, Hai-Qi Qiao, Qing Chang, Yang Niu, Tao Sun, Yu-Xiang Li, Jian-Qiang Yu
Spermatogenic dysfunction is one of the major secondary complications of diabetes. L. barbarum polysaccharide (LBP) has long been considered to possess anti-apoptotic activities and antioxidant, anti-inflammatory and fertility-enhancing properties in traditional medical practices in China. The aim of the current study was to seek out scientific evidence to determine if LBP also contributes to the recovery from spermatogenic dysfunction in diabetic individuals. We investigated whether the oral administration of LBP in streptozotocin (STZ)-induced type-1 diabetic male mice would reverse spermatogenic dysfunction and improve histological damage in testes...
February 22, 2017: Food & Function
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28220342/icons-for-health-effects-of-cigarette-smoke-a-test-of-semiotic-type
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Allison J Lazard, Annie Schmidt, Huyen Vu, M Justin Byron, Ellen Peters, Marcella H Boynton, Noel T Brewer
We sought to identify icons to effectively communicate health harms of chemicals in cigarette smoke. Participants were a convenience sample of 701 U.S. adults. A within-subjects online experiment explored the effects of icon semiotic type: symbolic (arbitrary, most abstract), indexical, and iconic (representative, most concrete). Outcomes were perceived representation, affect toward smoking, elaboration, perceived severity, and perceived effectiveness. For not-easy-to-visualize harms of cancer and addiction, symbolic icons received the highest ratings (all p < ...
February 20, 2017: Journal of Behavioral Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28211501/high-resolution-3d-imaging-of-whole-organ-after-clearing-taking-a-new-look-at-the-zebrafish-testis
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Maxence Frétaud, Laurie Rivière, Élodie De Job, Stéphanie Gay, Jean-Jacques Lareyre, Jean-Stéphane Joly, Pierre Affaticati, Violette Thermes
Zebrafish testis has become a powerful model for reproductive biology of teleostean fishes and other vertebrates and encompasses multiple applications in applied and basic research. Many studies have focused on 2D images, which is time consuming and implies extrapolation of results. Three-dimensional imaging of whole organs recently became an important challenge to better understand their architecture and allow cell enumeration. Several protocols have thus been developed to enhance sample transparency, a limiting step for imaging large biological samples...
February 17, 2017: Scientific Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28208089/low-dose-toxicity-of-biogenic-silver-nanoparticles-fabricated-by-swertia-chirata-on-root-tips-and-flower-buds-of-allium-cepa
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Nirlipta Saha, S Dutta Gupta
Chemically synthesized silver nanoparticles (chem-AgNPs) have been assessed extensively to show adverse effects on plant cells but the role of biologically synthesized nanoparticles (bio-AgNPs) at lower concentrations and their toxicological impact on plant cells have not been sufficiently studied. In this study, bio-AgNPs were prepared using aqueous leaf extracts of Swertia chirata. This AgNPs showed absorption peak at 440nm of the visible spectrum. TEM analysis revealed that the average size of AgNPs were 20nm and mainly spherical in shape...
February 9, 2017: Journal of Hazardous Materials
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28194515/genital-and-reproductive-organ-complications-of-crohn-disease-technical-considerations-as-it-relates-to-perianal-disease-imaging-features-and-implications-on-management
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Steven Kammann, Christine Menias, Amy Hara, Mariam Moshiri, Cary Siegel, Bashar Safar, Steven Brandes, Akram Shaaban, Kumar Sandrasegaran
OBJECTIVE: A relatively large proportion of patients with Crohn disease (CD) develop complications including abscess formation, stricture, and penetrating disease. A subset of patients will have genital and reproductive organ involvement of CD, resulting in significant morbidity. These special circumstances create unique management challenges that must be tailored to the activity, location, and extent of disease. Familiarity with the epidemiology, pathogenesis, imaging features, and treatment strategies for patients with genital CD can aid imaging diagnoses and guide appropriate patient management...
February 13, 2017: Abdominal Radiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28185184/acquisition-and-post-processing-of-immunohistochemical-images
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Jerry Sedgewick
Augmentation of digital images is almost always a necessity in order to obtain a reproduction that matches the appearance of the original. However, that augmentation can mislead if it is done incorrectly and not within reasonable limits. When procedures are in place for insuring that originals are archived, and image manipulation steps reported, scientists not only follow good laboratory practices, but avoid ethical issues associated with post processing, and protect their labs from any future allegations of scientific misconduct...
2017: Methods in Molecular Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28178999/the-correlation-between-the-high-intensity-zone-on-a-t2-weighted-mri-and-positive-outcomes-of-discography-a-meta-analysis
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Chunyang Fang, Wenbin Zhang, Liqiu Chen, Hongjie Li
BACKGROUND: This meta-analysis aimed to assess the correlation between the high-intensity zone (HIZ) of a lumbar MRI and discography. METHODS: We conducted an electronic search of the PubMed, MEDLINE, Embase, and ScienceDirect databases from their respective inceptions to October 2016 using the following search terms: "low back pain," "discogenic low back pain," "HIZ or high-intensity zone," and "discography". Relevant journals and conference proceedings were manually searched...
February 8, 2017: Journal of Orthopaedic Surgery and Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28169109/evaluation-of-the-infection-process-by-lecanicillium-fungicola-in-agaricus-bisporus-by-scanning-electron-microscopy
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Janaira Santana Nunes, Manuela Rocha de Brito, Diego Cunha Zied, Eloisa Aparecida das Graças Leite, Eustáquio Souza Dias, Eduardo Alves
BACKGROUND: Lecanicillium fungicola causes dry bubble disease in Agaricus bisporus mushrooms leading to significant economic losses in commercial production. AIMS: To monitor the infection process of L. fungicola in Brazilian strains of A. bisporus. METHODS: The interaction between the mycelium of L. fungicola (LF.1) and three strains of A. bisporus (ABI 7, ABI 11/14 and ABI 11/21) was studied. Electron microscopy and X-ray microanalyses of vegetative growth and basidiocarp infection were evaluated...
February 3, 2017: Revista Iberoamericana de Micología
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28163853/bilateral-cryptorchidism-a-rare-presentation-for-persistent-m%C3%A3-llerian-duct-syndrome
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Abdullah Al-Faris, Mosleh Jabari, Mohammed Al-Sayed, Hassan Al-Shehri
Persistent Müllerian duct syndrome (PMDS) is a rare, sex-limited, autosomal recessive disorder representing male pseudo-hermaphroditism. It is observed in males with the presence of female reproductive organs such as the uterus, cervix, and bilateral fallopian tubes along with normally developed male reproductive organs. It generally occurs during embryogenesis due to mutation in anti-Müllerian hormone (AMH) gene, i.e., AMH gene or AMH receptor (AMHR2) gene. The present case reports a male infant with inflammation in the right groin who was admitted to Security Forces Hospital in 2015...
December 2016: Electronic Physician
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28155722/automated-identification-of-monogeneans-using-digital-image-processing-and-k-nearest-neighbour-approaches
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Elham Yousef Kalafi, Wooi Boon Tan, Christopher Town, Sarinder Kaur Dhillon
BACKGROUND: Monogeneans are flatworms (Platyhelminthes) that are primarily found on gills and skin of fishes. Monogenean parasites have attachment appendages at their haptoral regions that help them to move about the body surface and feed on skin and gill debris. Haptoral attachment organs consist of sclerotized hard parts such as hooks, anchors and marginal hooks. Monogenean species are differentiated based on their haptoral bars, anchors, marginal hooks, reproductive parts' (male and female copulatory organs) morphological characters and soft anatomical parts...
December 22, 2016: BMC Bioinformatics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28146122/a-versatile-and-reproducible-multi-frequency-electrical-impedance-tomography-system
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James Avery, Thomas Dowrick, Mayo Faulkner, Nir Goren, David Holder
A highly versatile Electrical Impedance Tomography (EIT) system, nicknamed the ScouseTom, has been developed. The system allows control over current amplitude, frequency, number of electrodes, injection protocol and data processing. Current is injected using a Keithley 6221 current source, and voltages are recorded with a 24-bit EEG system with minimum bandwidth of 3.2 kHz. Custom PCBs interface with a PC to control the measurement process, electrode addressing and triggering of external stimuli. The performance of the system was characterised using resistor phantoms to represent human scalp recordings, with an SNR of 77...
January 31, 2017: Sensors
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28144719/pitfalls-and-tips-in-the-diagnosis-of-ectopic-pregnancy
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E Mausner Geffen, C Slywotzky, G Bennett
Women of reproductive age with pelvic pain, vaginal bleeding, and a positive pregnancy test often require evaluation with pelvic ultrasound. In these situations, the primary role of pelvic ultrasound is to differentiate an ectopic pregnancy from either a normal or abnormal intrauterine pregnancy. While an accurately performed and interpreted pelvic ultrasound results in rapid diagnosis and management, numerous diagnostic pitfalls can lead to negative outcomes. Therefore, familiarity with the appropriate laboratory tests, sonographic technique, and imaging features of ectopic pregnancy is essential for all radiologists...
January 31, 2017: Abdominal Radiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28144597/the-fundamental-reasons-why-laptop-computers-should-not-be-used-on-your-lap
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S A R Mortazavi, S Taeb, S M J Mortazavi, S Zarei, M Haghani, P Habibzadeh, M B Shojaei-Fard
As a tendency to use new technologies, gadgets such as laptop computers are becoming more popular among students, teachers, businessmen and office workers. Today laptops are a great tool for education and learning, work and personal multimedia. Millions of men, especially those in the reproductive age, are frequently using their laptop computers on the lap (thigh). Over the past several years, our lab has focused on the health effects of exposure to different sources of electromagnetic fields such as cellular phones, mobile base stations, mobile phone jammers, laptop computers, radars, dentistry cavitrons and Magnetic Resonance Imaging (MRI)...
December 2016: Journal of Biomedical Physics & Engineering
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28142289/time-lapse-imaging-is-it-time-to-incorporate-this-technology-into-routine-clinical-practice
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Priya Bhide, Abha Maheshwari, Rachel Cutting, Susan Seenan, Anita Patel, Khalid Khan, Roy Homburg
Time-lapse imaging (TLI) systems for embryo incubation, assessment and selection are a novel technology available to in vitro fertilization (IVF) clinics. However, there is uncertainty about their clinical and cost-effectiveness and insufficient good quality evidence to warrant their routine use. Despite this, enthusiastic commercial marketing and slipping clinical equipoise have led to the widespread hasty introduction of this technology into practice, often at a considerable expense to the patient. We have reviewed the published literature and aim to summarize the strengths, weaknesses, opportunities and threats of these systems...
February 1, 2017: Human Fertility: Journal of the British Fertility Society
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28136000/altruism-or-obligation-the-motivations-and-experience-of-women-who-donate-oocytes-to-known-recipients-in-assisted-conception-treatment-an-interpretative-phenomenological-analysis-study
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Santanu Acharya, Louise Bryant, Maureen Twiddy
INTRODUCTION: This qualitative study was conducted to explore the motivations and experience of oocyte donors donating to women known to them. METHODS: Three women who donated oocytes to a close relative were interviewed and data were analysed using an Interpretative Phenomenological Analysis approach. RESULTS: The two key elements noted were "motivations for donation" and "coping with the consequences of oocyte donation". The motivation for donation was influenced by the familial bond that was strengthened by the donation process in some cases...
March 2017: Journal of Psychosomatic Obstetrics and Gynaecology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28135243/hormonal-gain-control-of-a-medial-preoptic-area-social-reward-circuit
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Jenna A McHenry, James M Otis, Mark A Rossi, J Elliott Robinson, Oksana Kosyk, Noah W Miller, Zoe A McElligott, Evgeny A Budygin, David R Rubinow, Garret D Stuber
Neural networks that control reproduction must integrate social and hormonal signals, tune motivation, and coordinate social interactions. However, the neural circuit mechanisms for these processes remain unresolved. The medial preoptic area (mPOA), an essential node for social behaviors, comprises molecularly diverse neurons with widespread projections. Here we identify a steroid-responsive subset of neurotensin (Nts)-expressing mPOA neurons that interface with the ventral tegmental area (VTA) to form a socially engaged reward circuit...
January 30, 2017: Nature Neuroscience
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28134482/modelling-of-aortic-aneurysm-and-aortic-dissection-through-3d-printing
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Daniel Ho, Andrew Squelch, Zhonghua Sun
INTRODUCTION: The aim of this study was to assess if the complex anatomy of aortic aneurysm and aortic dissection can be accurately reproduced from a contrast-enhanced computed tomography (CT) scan into a three-dimensional (3D) printed model. METHODS: Contrast-enhanced cardiac CT scans from two patients were post-processed and produced as 3D printed thoracic aorta models of aortic aneurysm and aortic dissection. The transverse diameter was measured at five anatomical landmarks for both models, compared across three stages: the original contrast-enhanced CT images, the stereolithography (STL) format computerised model prepared for 3D printing and the contrast-enhanced CT of the 3D printed model...
January 30, 2017: Journal of Medical Radiation Sciences
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28130666/clinical-utility-of-abdominal-and-pelvic-ultrasound-in-the-evaluation-of-right-iliac-fossa-pain-in-females
#18
O Ahmed, A C Rogers, P Balfe, B M Waldron, F Pretorius, M P McMonagle
BACKGROUND: Ultrasound (US) is often the imaging modality of choice in women with acute right iliac fossa (RIF) pain, identifying the appendix in up to 99% of patients. The literature, however, lacks clear guidelines on how ultrasonography should be performed to maximise sensitivity and specificity in such patients. Many centres perform untargeted abdomino-pelvic scans, including organs such as the liver and spleen, which unlikely contribute to the presenting complaint. AIMS: We aimed to evaluate the clinical utility of unfocussed abdominal and pelvic US in women of reproductive age with acute RIF pain...
January 27, 2017: Irish Journal of Medical Science
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28125082/molecular-genetic-findings-and-clinical-correlations-in-100-patients-with-joubert-syndrome-and-related-disorders-prospectively-evaluated-at-a-single-center
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Thierry Vilboux, Daniel A Doherty, Ian A Glass, Melissa A Parisi, Ian G Phelps, Andrew R Cullinane, Wadih Zein, Brian P Brooks, Theo Heller, Ariane Soldatos, Neal L Oden, Deniz Yildirimli, Meghana Vemulapalli, James C Mullikin, Nisc Comparative Sequencing Program, May Christine V Malicdan, William A Gahl, Meral Gunay-Aygun
PURPOSE: Joubert syndrome (JS) is a genetically and clinically heterogeneous ciliopathy characterized by distinct cerebellar and brainstem malformations resulting in the diagnostic "molar tooth sign" on brain imaging. To date, more than 30 JS genes have been identified, but these do not account for all patients. METHODS: In our cohort of 100 patients with JS from 86 families, we prospectively performed extensive clinical evaluation and provided molecular diagnosis using a targeted 27-gene Molecular Inversion Probes panel followed by whole-exome sequencing (WES)...
January 26, 2017: Genetics in Medicine: Official Journal of the American College of Medical Genetics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28123249/imaging-in-acute-appendicitis-what-when-and-why
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REVIEW
Jyotindu Debnath, R A George, R Ravikumar
Acute appendicitis (AA) is the commonest cause of pain abdomen requiring surgical intervention. Diagnosis as well as management of acute appendicitis is mired in controversies and contradictions even today. Clinicians often face the dilemma of balancing negative appendectomy rate and perforation rate if the diagnosis is based on clinical scoring alone. Laboratory results are often non-specific. Imaging has an important role not only in diagnosing appendicitis and its complication but also suggesting alternate diagnosis in appropriate cases...
January 2017: Medical Journal, Armed Forces India
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