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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28346947/health-and-public-policy-to-facilitate-effective-prevention-and-treatment-of-substance-use-disorders-involving-illicit-and-prescription-drugs-an-american-college-of-physicians-position-paper
#1
Ryan Crowley, Neil Kirschner, Andrew S Dunn, Sue S Bornstein
Substance use disorders involving illicit and prescription drugs are a serious public health issue. In the United States, millions of individuals need treatment for substance use disorders but few receive it. The rising number of drug overdose deaths and the changing legal status of marijuana pose new challenges. In this position paper, the American College of Physicians maintains that substance use disorder is a treatable chronic medical condition and offers recommendations on expanding treatment options, the legal status of marijuana, addressing the opioid epidemic, insurance coverage of substance use disorders treatment, education and workforce, and public health interventions...
March 28, 2017: Annals of Internal Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28346935/dysbiosis-in-the-neonatal-period-role-of-cesarean-section
#2
Josef Neu
From epidemiological studies and studies done evaluating microbiomes in infants, there is a strong signal that the infants born by elective cesarean section (C-section) develop microbiota that differs from those babies born by vaginal delivery. Epidemiological studies show increased odds ratios for the development of immunological disorders such as type 1 diabetes, celiac disease, asthma, allergic diseases as well as metabolic diseases such as obesity in babies born by C-section. These are interesting associations, and if supported by additional studies that rigorously control for confounding factors, they will have major public health implications...
2017: Nestlé Nutrition Institute Workshop Series
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28346884/automatic-measurement-of-melanoma-depth-of-invasion-in-skin-histopathological-images
#3
Hongming Xu, Richard Berendt, Naresh Jha, Mrinal Mandal
Measurement of melanoma depth of invasion (DoI) in skin tissues is of great significance in grading the severity of skin disease and planning patient's treatment. However, accurate and automatic measurement of melanocytic tumor depth is a challenging problem mainly due to the difficulty of skin granular identification and melanoma detection. In this paper, we propose a technique for measuring melanoma DoI in microscopic images digitized from MART1 (i.e., meleanoma-associated antigen recognized by T cells) stained skin histopathological sections...
March 10, 2017: Micron: the International Research and Review Journal for Microscopy
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28346883/identification-and-characterization-of-a-thermally-cleaved-fragment-of-monoclonal-antibody-a-detected-by-sodium-dodecyl-sulfate-capillary-gel-electrophoresis
#4
Kei Kubota, Naoki Kobayashi, Masayuki Yabuta, Motomu Ohara, Toyohiro Naito, Takuya Kubo, Koji Otsuka
This report describes a novel, comprehensive approach to identifying a fragment peak of monoclonal antibody-A (mAb-A), detected by sodium dodecyl sulfate-capillary gel electrophoresis (SDS-cGE). The fragment migrated close to the internal standard (10kDa marker) of SDS-cGE and increased about 0.5% under a 25°C condition for 6 months. Generally, identification of fragments observed in SDS-cGE is challenging to carry out due to the difficulty of collecting analytical amounts of fractionations from the capillary...
March 18, 2017: Journal of Pharmaceutical and Biomedical Analysis
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28346867/the-challenges-and-advances-in-diagnosis-of-vector-borne-diseases-where-do-we-stand
#5
Josipa Kuleš, Lenka Potocnakova, Katarina Bhide, Laura Tomassone, Hans-Peter Fuehrer, Anita Horvatić, Asier Galan, Nicolas Guillemin, Petra Nižić, Vladimir Mrljak, Mangesh Bhide
Vector-borne diseases (VBD) are of major importance to human and animal health. In recent years, VBD have been emerging or re-emerging in many geographical areas, alarming new disease threats and economic losses. The precise diagnosis of many of these diseases still remains a major challenge because of the lack of comprehensive data available on accurate and reliable diagnostic methods. Here, we conducted a systematic and in-depth review of the former, current, and upcoming techniques employed for the diagnosis of VBD...
March 27, 2017: Vector Borne and Zoonotic Diseases
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28346810/an-automated-multiplexed-hepatotoxicity-and-cyp-induction-assay-using-heparg-cells-in-2d-and-3d
#6
Lindsey M Ott, Karthik Ramachandran, Lisa Stehno-Bittel
Drug-induced liver injury (DILI) and drug-drug interactions (DDIs) are concerns when developing safe and efficacious compounds. We have developed an automated multiplex assay to detect hepatotoxicity (i.e., ATP depletion) and metabolism (i.e., cytochrome P450 1A [CYP1A] and cytochrome P450 3A4 [CYP3A4] enzyme activity) in two-dimensional (2D) and three-dimensional (3D) cell cultures. HepaRG cells were cultured in our proprietary micromold plates and produced spheroids. HepaRG cells, in 2D or 3D, expressed liver-specific proteins throughout the culture period, although 3D cultures consistently exhibited higher albumin secretion and CYP1A/CYP3A4 enzyme activity than 2D cultures...
March 1, 2017: SLAS Discov
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28346795/understanding-the-emission-impacts-of-hov-to-hot-lane-conversions-experience-from-atlanta-ga
#7
Yanzhi Ann Xu, Haobing Liu, Michael O Rodgers, Angshuman Guin, Michael Hunter, Adnan Sheikh, Randall L Guensler
Converting a congested High Occupancy Vehicle (HOV) lane into a High Occupancy Toll (HOT) lane is a viable option for improving travel time reliability for carpools and buses that use the managed lane. However, the emission impacts of HOV-to-HOT-conversions are not well understood. The lack of emissions impact quantification for HOT conversions creates a policy challenge for agencies making transportation funding choices. The goal of this paper is to evaluate the case study before-and-after changes in vehicle emissions for the Atlanta, GA I-85 HOV/HOT lane conversion project, implemented in October, 2011...
March 27, 2017: Journal of the Air & Waste Management Association
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28346764/mapping-the-interactions-of-selective-biochemical-probes-of-antibody-conformation-by-hydrogen-deuterium-exchange-mass-spectrometry
#8
Ulrike Leurs, Hermann Beck, Lea Bonnington, Ingo Lindner, Ewa Pol, Kasper Dyrberg Rand
Protein-based pharmaceuticals represent the fastest growing group of drugs in development in the pharmaceutical industry. One of the major challenges in the discovery, development and distribution of biopharmaceuticals is the assessment of changes in their higher-order structure due to chemical modifications. Here, we investigate the interactions of three different biochemical probes (Fabs) generated to detect conformational changes in a therapeutic IgG1 antibody (mAbX) by local hydrogen-deuterium exchange mass spectrometry (HDX-MS)...
March 27, 2017: Chembiochem: a European Journal of Chemical Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28346760/commentary-critical-considerations-for-studying-low-functioning-autism
#9
Bhismadev Chakrabarti
Jack and Pelphrey provide a systematic review of neuroimaging studies in understudied populations within the autistic spectrum, focussing specifically on those with minimal verbal ability, intellectual disability and developmental regression. Despite accounting for nearly a third of the autistic spectrum, the number of studies focussing on these populations is extremely low. This review highlights a critical need for further neuroimaging research on these populations, and provides practical suggestions for overcoming the challenges posed by it...
April 2017: Journal of Child Psychology and Psychiatry, and Allied Disciplines
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28346754/commentary-what-makes-a-life-go-well-moral-functioning-and-quality-of-life-measurement-in-neurodevelopmental-disorders-reflections-on-jonsson-et%C3%A2-al-2017
#10
Ilina Singh
Jonsson et al.'s excellent review of the literature on quality of life (QoL) and childhood mental and behavioural disorders (Jonsson et al., ) highlights the need for studies that utilise child self-reported QoL, in contrast to parent or proxy QoL measures, and further challenges the field to develop QoL measures that 'put the child's own views and priorities first'.
April 2017: Journal of Child Psychology and Psychiatry, and Allied Disciplines
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28346747/agreement-between-cytotechnologists-and-cytopathologists-as-a-new-measure-of-cytopathologist-performance-in-gynecologic-cytology
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Andrew M Quinn, Abu T Minhajuddin, Linda S Hynan, Joan S Reisch, Edmund S Cibas
BACKGROUND: Although objective measures of cytotechnologist (CT) and cytopathologist (CP) performance exist, challenges remain. Two assumptions deserve examination: CPs' interpretations are correct, and CTs and CPs render interpretations independently of each other. This study presents a CT-CP interpretation comparison and provides insight into these assumptions. METHODS: Every gynecologic cytology specimen examined by both a CT and a CP from December 2004 to March 2015 was extracted from the laboratory information system; glandular interpretations were excluded...
March 27, 2017: Cancer
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28346743/fabrication-of-a-mechanically-anisotropic-poly-glycerol-sebacate-membrane-for-tissue-engineering
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Chi-Nung Hsu, Pei-Yuan Lee, Ho-Yi Tuan-Mu, Chen-Yu Li, Jin-Jia Hu
Poly(glycerol sebacate) (PGS) has been used successfully as a scaffolding material for soft tissue engineering. PGS scaffolds, however, are usually mechanically isotropic, which may restrict their use in tissue repairs as many soft tissues in the body have anisotropic mechanical behaviors. Although various methods have been used to fabricate anisotropic scaffolds, it remains challenging to make anisotropic scaffolds from thermoset PGS. Here a new, simple method to fabricate an anisotropic PGS membrane which can then be used to construct thicker three-dimensional anisotropic scaffolds was developed...
March 27, 2017: Journal of Biomedical Materials Research. Part B, Applied Biomaterials
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28346697/car-t-cell-therapy-for-pancreatic-cancer
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REVIEW
Carl J DeSelm, Zachary E Tano, Anna M Varghese, Prasad S Adusumilli
Chimeric antigen receptor (CAR) T-cell therapy utilizes genetic engineering to redirect a patient's own T cells to target cancer cells. The remarkable results in hematological malignancies prompted investigating this approach in solid tumors such as pancreatic cancer. The complex tumor microenvironment, stromal hindrance in limiting immune response, and expression of checkpoint blockade on T cells pose hurdles. Herein, we summarize the opportunities, challenges, and state of knowledge in targeting pancreatic cancer with CAR T-cell therapy...
March 27, 2017: Journal of Surgical Oncology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28346625/a-point-system-as-catalyst-to-increase-resident-scholarship-an-mpcrn-study
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Dean A Seehusen, Christy J W Ledford, Scott Grogan, Eugene Kim, Jeremy J Johnson, Mark E Stackle, Lloyd A Runser, Matthew V Fargo, James W Keck, Anna L Oberhofer, Richard Shoemaker
INTRODUCTION: Encouraging resident scholarly activity has been a longstanding challenge for medical educators. The Accreditation Council for Graduate Medical Education (ACGME) has been increasing its emphasis on scholarly activity, forcing programs to evaluate their existing processes. This study sought to evaluate the impact of a scholarly activity point system on the resident scholarly productivity at multiple programs. METHODS: Five military family medicine residencies evaluated resident outcomes 2 years before and 2 years after the introduction of a scholarly activity point system...
March 2017: Family Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28346621/current-status-of-family-medicine-faculty-development-in-sub-saharan-africa
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Paul R Larson, Patrick Chege, Bruce Dahlman, Christine Gibson, Ann Evensen, Maria C Colon-Gonzalez, Stephanie Onguka, Roberta Lamptey, William E Cayley, Bich-May Nguyen, Brian Johnson, Sawra Getnet, Memoona Hasnain
BACKGROUND AND OBJECTIVES: Reducing the shortage of primary care physicians in sub-Saharan Africa requires expansion of training programs in family medicine. Challenges remain in preparing, recruiting, and retaining faculty qualified to teach in these pioneering programs. Little is known about the unique faculty development needs of family medicine faculty within the sub-Saharan African context. The purpose of this study was to assess the current status and future needs for developing robust family medicine faculty in sub-Saharan Africa...
March 2017: Family Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28346570/tolerance-and-long-term-efficacy-of-polyethylene-glycol-4000-forlax%C3%A2-compared-to-lactulose-in-elderly-patients-with-chronic-constipation
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P Chassagne, P Ducrotte, P Garnier, H Mathiex-Fortunet
OBJECTIVES: To assess the tolerance and potential nutritional consequences of long-term repeated doses of PEG 4000 (10 to 30 g/day) in elderly patients with chronic constipation as compared to lactulose (10-30 g/day). DESIGN: Single blind, randomised, multicentre, parallel group comparative study. SETTING: Community-dwelling patients and nursing homes residents aged 70 years and older with a history of chronic constipation. Treatment intervention: PEG 4000 (10-30 g/day) or lactulose (10-30 g/day) for six months...
2017: Journal of Nutrition, Health & Aging
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28346554/fundamental-insights-into-interfacial-catalysis
#17
EDITORIAL
Jinlong Gong, Xinhe Bao
Surface and interfacial catalysis plays a vital role in chemical industries, electrochemistry and photochemical reactions. The challenges of modern chemistry are to optimize the chemical reaction processes and understand the detailed mechanism of chemical reactions. Since the early 1960s, the foundation of surface science systems has allowed the study of surface and interfacial phenomena on atomic/molecular level, and thus brought a number of significant developments to fundamental and technological processes, such as catalysis, material science and biochemistry, just to name a few...
March 27, 2017: Chemical Society Reviews
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28346539/is-there-a-relation-between-novelty-seeking-striatal-dopamine-release-and-frontal-cortical-thickness
#18
Natalia Jaworska, Sylvia M Cox, Kevin F Casey, Isabelle Boileau, Mariya Cherkasova, Kevin Larcher, Alain Dagher, Chawki Benkelfat, Marco Leyton
BACKGROUND: Novelty-seeking (NS) and impulsive personality traits have been proposed to reflect an interplay between fronto-cortical and limbic systems, including the limbic striatum (LS). Although neuroimaging studies have provided some evidence for this, most are comprised of small samples and many report surprisingly large effects given the challenges of trying to relate a snapshot of brain function or structure to an entity as complex as personality. The current work tested a priori hypotheses about associations between striatal dopamine (DA) release, cortical thickness (CT), and NS in a large sample of healthy adults...
2017: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28346516/protective-immune-responses-against-schistosoma-mansoni-infection-by-immunization-with-functionally-active-gut-derived-cysteine-peptidases-alone-and-in-combination-with-glyceraldehyde-3-phosphate-dehydrogenase
#19
Hatem Tallima, Jan Dvořák, Sahira Kareem, Marwa Abou El Dahab, Nada Abdel Aziz, John Pius Dalton, Rashika El Ridi
BACKGROUND: Schistosomiasis, a severe disease caused by parasites of the genus Schistosoma, is prevalent in 74 countries, affecting more than 250 million people, particularly children. We have previously shown that the Schistosoma mansoni gut-derived cysteine peptidase, cathepsin B1 (SmCB1), administered without adjuvant, elicits protection (>60%) against challenge infection of S. mansoni or S. haematobium in outbred, CD-1 mice. Here we compare the immunogenicity and protective potential of another gut-derived cysteine peptidase, S...
March 27, 2017: PLoS Neglected Tropical Diseases
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28346507/olive-oil-bioactives-protect-pigs-against-experimentally-induced-chronic-inflammation-independently-of-alterations-in-gut-microbiota
#20
Martin Liehr, Alessandro Mereu, Jose Javier Pastor, Jose Carlos Quintela, Stefanie Staats, Gerald Rimbach, Ignacio Rodolfo Ipharraguerre
Subclinical chronic inflammation (SCI) is associated with impaired animal growth. Previous work has demonstrated that olive-derived plant bioactives exhibit anti-inflammatory properties that could possibly counteract the growth-depressing effects of SCI. To test this hypothesis and define the underlying mechanism, we conducted a 30-day study in which piglets fed an olive-oil bioactive extract (OBE) and their control counterparts (C+) were injected repeatedly during the last 10 days of the study with increasing doses of Escherichia coli lipopolysaccharides (LPS) to induce SCI...
2017: PloS One
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