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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28342945/cognitive-impairment-in-first-episode-drug-na%C3%A3-ve-patients-with-schizophrenia-relationships-with-serum-concentrations-of-brain-derived-neurotrophic-factor-and-glial-cell-line-derived-neurotrophic-factor
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Wenhuan Xiao, Fei Ye, Chunlai Liu, Xiaowei Tang, Jin Li, Hui Dong, Weiwei Sha, Xiaobin Zhang
OBJECTIVES: Evidence suggests that brain-derived neurotrophic factor (BDNF) and glial cell line -derived neurotrophic factor (GDNF) are important in the regulation of synaptic plasticity, which plays a key role in the cognitive processes in psychiatric disorders. Our work aimed at exploring the associations between serum BDNF and GDNF levels and cognitive functions in first-episode drug-naïve (FEDN) patients with schizophrenia. METHODS: The BDNF and GDNF levels of 58 FEDN patients and 55 age- and sex-matched healthy controls were measured and test subjects were examined using several neurocognitive tests including the verbal fluency test (VFT), the trail making test (TMT), the digit span test (DST), and the Stroop test...
March 22, 2017: Progress in Neuro-psychopharmacology & Biological Psychiatry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28342828/-resistance-training-for-muscle-weakness-in-multiple-sclerosis-direct-versus-contralateral-approach-in-individuals-with-ankle-dorsiflexors-disparity-in-strength
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Andrea Manca, Maria Paola Cabboi, Daniele Dragone, Francesca Ginatempo, Enzo Ortu, Edoardo Rosario De Natale, Beniamina Mercante, Giovanni Mureddu, Guido Bua, Franca Deriu
OBJECTIVE: To compare effects of contralateral strength training (CST) versus direct strength training (DST) of the more-affected ankle dorsiflexors on muscle performance and clinical-functional outcomes in people with multiple sclerosis (MS) exhibiting inter-limb strength asymmetry. DESIGN: Randomized controlled trial PARTICIPANTS: Individuals with relapsing-remitting MS and mild-to-moderate disability (EDSS≤6) presenting with ankle dorsiflexors' strength disparity...
March 22, 2017: Archives of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28340491/comparison-of-skillful-vs-less-skilled-young-soccer-players-on-anthropometric-maturation-physical-fitness-and-time-of-practice
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Márcio André de Gouvêa, Edilson Serpeloni Cyrino, João Valente-Dos-Santos, Alex Silva Ribeiro, Danilo Rodrigues Pereira da Silva, David Ohara, Manuel J Coelho-E-Silva, Enio Ricardo Vaz Ronque
This study compared maturation, body composition and physical fitness between youth soccer athletes with different technical skills levels. Sixty-two young athletes (11-17 years) were categorized dichotomously in more skilled (n=31) and less skilled (n=31) groups based on 3 specific technical tests (Dribbling Speed Test [DST], Shuttle Dribble Test [SDT] and Slalom Dribble Test [SLDT]). Chronological and skeletal age, time of practice, body composition and 4 physical fitness tests were performed for comparisons...
March 24, 2017: International Journal of Sports Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28339465/comparative-accuracy-of-the-reba-mtb-mdr-and-hain-mtbdrplus-line-probe-assays-for-the-detection-of-multidrug-resistant-tuberculosis-a-multicenter-non-inferiority-study
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Joshua Havumaki, Doris Hillemann, Nazir Ismail, Shaheed Vally Omar, Sophia B Georghiou, Samuel G Schumacher, Catharina Boehme, Claudia M Denkinger
INTRODUCTION: Despite recent diagnostic advances, the majority of multidrug-resistant tuberculosis (MDR-TB) cases remain undiagnosed. Line probes assays (LiPAs) hold great promise to curb the spread of MDR-TB as they can rapidly detect MDR-TB even when laboratory infrastructure is limited, yet few of these assays are currently widely available or supported by World Health Organization (WHO) policy. METHODS: The aim of this prospective, blinded, non-inferiority study was to compare the performance of YD Diagnostics REBA MTB MDR LiPA (YD) to the WHO-endorsed Hain MTBDRplus V1 LiPA (Hain V1) for the detection of rifampicin and isoniazid resistance...
2017: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28339086/identification-of-novel-mutations-in-endometrial-cancer-patients-by-whole-exome-sequencing
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Ya-Sian Chang, Hsien-Da Huang, Kun-Tu Yeh, Jan-Gowth Chang
The aim of the present study was to identify genomic alterations in Taiwanese endometrial cancer patients. This information is vitally important in Taiwan, where endometrial cancer is the second most common gynecological cancer. We performed whole-exome sequencing on DNA from 14 tumor tissue samples from Taiwanese endometrial cancer patients. We used the Genome Analysis Tool kit software package for data analysis, and the dbSNP, Catalogue of Somatic Mutations in Cancer (COSMIC) and The Cancer Genome Atlas (TCGA) databases for comparisons...
March 20, 2017: International Journal of Oncology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28330178/emergence-of-mixed-infection-of-beijing-non-beijing-strains-among-multi-drug-resistant-mycobacterium-tuberculosis-in-pakistan
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Samar Mustafa, Hasnain Javed, Jawairia Hashmi, Nazia Jamil, Zarfishan Tahir, Abdul Majeed Akhtar
Tuberculosis (TB) remains as one of the deadliest diseases after HIV globally with 95 % of deaths confined to low-and-middle income countries. Pakistan is fifth among the 22 high-burden TB countries with the incidence rate of 230/100,000 persons, however, studies related to prevalent Mycobacterium tuberculosis strains and their spread, drug resistance pattern and evolutionary genetics are inadequate. The present study was undertaken to highlight the circulation of M. tuberculosis strains causing drug resistant TB in our community by targeting the molecular marker IS6110 and then characterization of these strains as Beijing and Non-Beijing genotypes...
June 2016: 3 Biotech
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28325519/myocardial-contractile-reserve-predicts-left-ventricular-reverse-remodeling-and-cardiac-events-in-dilated-cardiomyopathy
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Ryota Morimoto, Takahiro Okumura, Akihiro Hirashiki, Hideki Ishii, Takeo Ichii, Soichiro Aoki, Kenji Furusawa, Hiroaki Hiraiwa, Toru Kondo, Naoki Watanabe, Naoaki Kano, Kenji Fukaya, Akinori Sawamura, Kyosuke Takeshita, Yasuko K Bando, Toyoaki Murohara
BACKGROUND: Catecholamine sensitivity estimated using a dobutamine stress test (DST) is recognized as a measure of the beta-adrenergic myocardial contractile reserve, which is involved with left ventricular reverse remodeling (LV-RR). We investigated whether the prognostic ability of the DST for LV-RR could predict cardiac events. METHODS: There was a total of 192 enrolled patients with dilated cardiomyopathy (DCM). DCM was defined as a LV ejection fraction (LV-EF) ≤45% and LV end-diastolic dimension (LVDd) ≥55mm...
March 18, 2017: Journal of Cardiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28317808/isolation-and-characterization-of-nontuberculous-mycobacteria-from-patients-with-pulmonary-tuberculosis-in-ghana
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Isaac Darko Otchere, Adwoa Asante-Poku, Stephen Osei-Wusu, Samuel Yaw Aboagye, Dorothy Yeboah-Manu
OBJECTIVE/BACKGROUND: Nontuberculous mycobacterial (NTM) species are assuming public health importance in pulmonary diseases; they are increasingly being isolated, and importantly, most NTMs do not respond to routine tuberculosis (TB) drugs. This study aimed to identify NTMs isolated from pulmonary TB cases and also determine their susceptibility to streptomycin (STR), isoniazid (INH), and rifampicin (RIF). METHODS: A total of 1755 mycobacterial isolates, obtained between August 2012 and July 2014, from 2036 smear-positive pulmonary cases were identified using polymerase chain reaction amplification of IS6110, and hsp65 gene sequencing analysis...
January 2017: International Journal of Mycobacteriology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28298353/simultaneous-assay-of-cortisol-and-dexamethasone-improved-diagnostic-accuracy-of-the-dexamethasone-suppression-test
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Grethe Åstrøm Ueland, Paal Methlie, Ralf Kellmann, Marit R Bjørgaas, Bjorn O Asvold, Ketil Thorstensen, Oskar Kelp, Hrafnkell B Thordarson, Gunnar Mellgren, Kristian Løvås, Eystein Sverre Husebye
OBJECTIVES: The overnight dexamethasone (DXM)-suppression test (DST) has high sensitivity, but moderate specificity, for diagnosing hypercortisolism. We have evaluated if simultaneous measurement of S-DXM may correct for variable DXM bioavailability and increase diagnostic performance of DST, and if saliva (sa) is a feasible adjunct or alternative to serum. DESIGN AND METHODS: Prospective study of DST in suspected Cushing's syndrome (CS) (n= 49), incidentaloma (n= 152), and controls (n= 101)...
March 15, 2017: European Journal of Endocrinology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28288362/critical-review-of-decision-support-tools-for-sustainability-assessment-of-site-remediation-options
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REVIEW
Lies Huysegoms, Valérie Cappuyns
In Europe alone, there are more than 2,5 million potentially contaminated sites of which 14% are expected to require remediation. Contaminated soil and groundwater can cause damage to human health as well as to valuable ecosystems. Globally more attention has been paid to this problem of soil contamination in the past decades. For example, more than 58 000 sites have been remediated in Europe between 2006 and 2011. Together with this increase in remediation projects there has been a surge in the development of new remediation technologies and decision support tools to be able to match every site and its specific characteristics to the best possible remediation alternative...
March 10, 2017: Journal of Environmental Management
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28270810/a-novel-model-on-dst-induced-transplantation-tolerance-by-the-transfer-of-self-specific-donor-ttregs-to-a-haplotype-matched-organ-recipient
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Angelica Maria Mohr Gregoriussen, Henrik Georg Bohr
Donor-specific blood transfusion (DST) can lead to significant prolongation of allograft survival in experimental animal models and sometimes human recipients of solid organs. The mechanisms responsible for the beneficial effect on graft survival have been a topic of research and debate for decades and are not yet fully elucidated. Once we discover how the details of the mechanisms involved are linked, we could be within reach of a procedure making it possible to establish donor-specific tolerance with minimal or no immunosuppressive medication...
2017: Frontiers in Immunology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28270108/identification-and-analysis-of-the-stigma-and-embryo-sac-preferential-specific-genes-in-rice-pistils
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Li Yu, Tengfei Ma, Yuqin Zhang, Ying Hu, Ke Yu, Yueyue Chen, Haoli Ma, Jie Zhao
BACKGROUND: In rice, the pistil is the female reproductive organ, and it consists of two stigmas and an ovary. The stigma is capable of receiving pollen grains and guiding pollen tube growth. The ovary holds the embryo sac, which is fertilized with male gametes to produce seed. However, little is known about the gene function and regulatory networks during these processes in rice. RESULTS: Here, using the RNA-Seq technique, we identified 3531 stigma-preferential genes and 703 stigma-specific genes within the rice pistils, and we verified 13 stigma-specific genes via qRT-PCR and in situ hybridization...
March 7, 2017: BMC Plant Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28249186/attention-deficit-hyperactivity-disorder-symptoms-and-stress-related-biomarkers
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S W N Vogel, D Bijlenga, J Verduijn, T I Bron, A T F Beekman, J J S Kooij, B W J H Penninx
OBJECTIVE: The current study examined whether (a) Attention-Deficit/Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD) symptoms were associated with dysregulation of stress-related mechanisms, and (b) whether ADHD symptoms interact with affective disorders in their association with dysregulated stress-related mechanisms. METHODS: Data were obtained from 2307 subjects participating in the Netherlands Study of Depression and Anxiety. Stress-related mechanisms were reflected by the following biomarkers: (1) hypothalamic-pituitary-adrenal axis indicators (salivary cortisol awakening curve, evening cortisol, cortisol suppression after a 0...
February 13, 2017: Psychoneuroendocrinology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28247215/first-line-screening-tests-for-cushing-s-syndrome-in-patients-with-adrenal-incidentaloma-the-role-of-urinary-free-cortisol-measured-by-lc-ms-ms
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F Ceccato, G Antonelli, A C Frigo, D Regazzo, M Plebani, M Boscaro, C Scaroni
INTRODUCTION AND AIM: Patients with adrenal incidentaloma present a wide range of cortisol secretion, which is not always properly defined by first-line screening tests recommended to rule out Cushing's syndrome (CS), such as 1-mg dexamethasone suppression test (1-mg DST), late night salivary cortisol (LNSC), or 24-h urinary free cortisol (UFC). Therefore, we examined the diagnostic performance of each screening test in patients with adrenal incidentaloma. MATERIALS AND METHODS: In a series of 164 consecutive patients with adrenal incidentaloma, we measured serum cortisol after 1-mg DST, LNSC, and UFC (with LC-MS/MS)...
February 28, 2017: Journal of Endocrinological Investigation
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28244290/additional-drug-resistance-patterns-among-multidrug-resistant-tuberculosis-patients-in-korea-implications-for-regimen-design
#15
Jeong Ha Mok, Bo Hyoung Kang, Taehoon Lee, Hyun Kyung Lee, Hang Jea Jang, Yu Ji Cho, Doosoo Jeon
Detailed information on additional drug resistance patterns of multidrug-resistant tuberculosis (MDR-TB) is essential to build an effective treatment regimen; however, such data are scarce in Korea. We retrospectively analyzed the results of phenotypic drug susceptibility testing (DST) of culture confirmed-TB patients from January 2010 to December 2014 in 7 university hospitals in Korea. MDR-TB was identified among 6.8% (n = 378) of 5,599 isolates. A total of 57.1% (n = 216) of the MDR-TB patients had never been treated for TB...
April 2017: Journal of Korean Medical Science
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28241677/-association-between-h3k4me3-bdnf-and-the-cognitive-function-of-workers-occupationally-exposed-to-aluminum
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H Y Qiu, P Ren, R Li, Q L Zhang, X T Lu, Q Niu
Objective: To investigate the influence of occupational aluminum exposure on cognitive function and its relationship with tri-methyl histone H3 lysine residues 4 points (H3K4me3) and brain-derived neurotrophic factor (BDNF) levels. Methods: By cluster random sampling method, a total of 235 cases of male workers selected from a Shanxi aluminum factory were recruited in the study in September 2015. Used the occupational epidemiological investigation questionnaire, which included Mini-Mental State Examination (MMSE) , Clock Drawing Test (CDT) , Digit Span Test (DST, including forward test DSFT and backward test DSBT) , Fuild Object Memory Evaluation (FOME) and Verbal Fluency Test (VFT) , to collect workers' basic information and assess their cognitive function score...
December 20, 2016: Chinese Journal of Industrial Hygiene and Occupational Diseases
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28239485/protocol-for-the-evaluation-of-a-digital-storytelling-approach-to-address-stigma-and-improve-readiness-to-seek-services-among-veterans
#17
Brian E Bunnell, Tatiana M Davidson, Jessica L Hamblen, Danna L Cook, Anouk L Grubaugh, Brian E Lozano, Peter W Tuerk, Kenneth J Ruggiero
BACKGROUND: Research suggests that at least 10% of veterans returning from Iraq and Afghanistan meet criteria for posttraumatic stress disorder (PTSD) related to their military experiences. National dissemination initiatives have increased veterans' access to best-practice interventions. However, treatment-seeking remains low among veterans with PTSD, often due to perceived stigma and other associated barriers. The National Center for PTSD recently developed and launched AboutFace, a digital storytelling (DST) resource designed to help veterans recognize PTSD and motivate them to seek evidence-based treatment...
2017: Pilot and Feasibility Studies
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28237543/hyper-and-hypocortisolism-in-bipolar-disorder-a-beneficial-influence-of-lithium-on-the-hpa-axis
#18
Martin Maripuu, Mikael Wikgren, Pontus Karling, Rolf Adolfsson, Karl-Fredrik Norrback
BACKGROUND: A hyperactive hypothalamic-pituitary-adrenal axis (HPA-axis) is a well-known phenomenon in bipolar disorder (BD). However, hypocortisolism has also been described and found associated with depression, low quality of life and cardiovascular risk factors in BD patients. Although the pathophysiology related to hypocortisolism in BD is largely unknown, hypocortisolism is associated with chronic stress exposure and after inducing an initial rise in cortisol long-term stress may result in a transition to hypocortisolism...
February 20, 2017: Journal of Affective Disorders
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28225345/results-of-xpert-%C3%A2-mtb-rif-implementation-in-kyrgyzstan
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G Kurbaniyazova, M Joncevska, S Kalon, G Kalmambetova, T Mohr, A Toktogonova, K Takieva, K M Monirul Islam, F Luelmo
INTRODUCTION: In July 2012, the United States Agency for International Development (USAID) Quality Health Care Project introduced the Xpert® MTB/RIF assay at the facility level of the primary health care system in Kyrgyzstan. This study analysed the results of the implementation of Xpert. MATERIALS AND METHODS: Test results from 2734 patients from July 2012 to December 2014 were analysed. The sensitivity and specificity of Xpert in routine programme conditions were evaluated using culture and phenotypic drug susceptibility testing (DST) as gold standard...
March 1, 2017: International Journal of Tuberculosis and Lung Disease
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28225341/patterns-of-drug-resistance-among-patients-with-tuberculous-pleural-effusion-in-greece
#20
V Anastasakos, V Skouras, C Moschos, S Tsikrika, S Karabela, I Marinou, E Vogiatzakis, K Konstantinou, A Papavasiliou, I Kalomenidis
SETTING: Data on the relationship between pleural tuberculosis (TB) and anti-tuberculosis drug resistance are scarce. OBJECTIVE: To determine the patterns of drug resistance among pleural Mycobacterium tuberculosis isolates in Greece and the incidence of tuberculous pleural effusion (TPE) among patients with multidrug-resistant (MDR) or extensively drug-resistant (XDR) pulmonary TB. DESIGN: Drug susceptibility testing (DST) results recorded in the database of the National Reference Centre for Tuberculosis in Athens, Greece, over a 9-year period (2003-2011) were reviewed...
March 1, 2017: International Journal of Tuberculosis and Lung Disease
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