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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28445738/ochratoxin-a-and-its-metabolites-in-urines-of-german-adults-an-assessment-of-variables-in-biomarker-analysis
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Nurshad Ali, Katherine Muñoz, Gisela H Degen
Ochratoxin A (OTA), a mycotoxin known for its nephrotoxic and carcinogenic properties, is a worldwide occurring contaminant in a variety of food commodities. Biomonitoring (i.e. analysis in biological fluids) can serve to assess human internal exposure from all consumed foods and beverages. We now determined the concentration of OTA and its metabolite ochratoxin alpha (OTα) in plasma and in urine of two male volunteers with different food habits, in order to assess intra-individual temporal fluctuations and inter-individual differences in their biomarker levels...
April 23, 2017: Toxicology Letters
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28445229/a-cross-sectional-and-retrospective-cohort-analysis-of-the-effects-of-age-on-flexibility-strength-endurance-lower-body-power-and-aerobic-fitness-in-law-enforcement-officers
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Robert G Lockie, J Jay Dawes, Charles L Kornhauser, Ryan J Holmes
There can be a great age range in cohorts of law enforcement officers. As the tasks required of officers generally do not change with advancing age, it is important to understand how physical performance in tests that assess job-specific characteristics may be altered. Retrospective analysis of performance test data for 383 officers (362 males, 21 females) was conducted. The tests included: sit-and-reach to determine hamstring and lower back flexibility; maximal push-up and sit-up repetitions in 60 s to measure muscle endurance; vertical jump (VJ) to assess lower-body power; and 2...
April 18, 2017: Journal of Strength and Conditioning Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28444970/quality-of-life-of-immigrant-and-non-immigrant-infertile-patients-in-a-publicly-funded-in-vitro-fertilization-program-a-cross-sectional-study
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J Hasson, T Tulandi, T Shavit, T Shaulov, E Seccareccia, J Takefman
OBJECTIVE: To investigate whether there are differences in fertility quality of life (FertiQoL) and socio-demographic characteristics between immigrants and non-immigrant patients attending a government funded fertility program DESIGN: Cross-sectional study SETTING: McGill University reproductive center in Montreal, Canada, in a time when governmental funding for In-Vitro Fertilization (IVF) was provided to all residents POPULATION: All infertile patients, males and females, attending the center between March to July 2015...
April 26, 2017: BJOG: An International Journal of Obstetrics and Gynaecology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28444732/low-back-pain-among-nurses-in-slovenian-hospitals-cross-sectional-study
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B Skela-Savič, K Pesjak, S Hvalič-Touzery
AIM: The study investigated the prevalence and factors predicting low back pain among nurses in Slovenian hospitals. BACKGROUND: The risk factors for low back pain are physical and psychosocial. Implementation of interventions for reducing low back pain calls for management support, accessible equipment, education, knowledge and risk assessment. INTRODUCTION: Low back pain prevalence and incidence among healthcare workers is very high compared to the general population and is a strong risk factor for long-term sickness absence...
April 26, 2017: International Nursing Review
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28444714/is-testosterone-important-in-lut-function-in-men-and-women-ici-rs-2015
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Jasmin Katrin Badawi, Ruud Bosch, Jens Christian Djurhuus, Ann T Hanna-Mitchell
AIM: This review article is a collaborative report based upon the Authors' presentations and Group discussion on the role of testosterone (T) in the male and female lower urinary tract (LUT) which took place at the 6th International Consultation on Incontinence Research Society's (ICI-RS) annual meeting, in Bristol, UK (September 8-10, 2015). METHODS: It comprises overviews and opinions on both the current state of knowledge of the role of T in LUT function and dysfunction in both sexes...
April 2017: Neurourology and Urodynamics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28444542/risk-factors-for-postoperative-hypocalcemia
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Giovanni Docimo, Roberto Ruggiero, Giuseppina Casalino, Gianmattia Del Genio, Ludovico Docimo, Salvatore Tolone
Hypocalcaemia is one of the most common complications after thyroidectomy; however, it is still unclear what preoperative factors could predict this event. The aim of this study was to evaluate the role of risk factors for hypocalcaemia after total thyroidectomy (TT). Consecutive patients who underwent total thyroidectomyat our institution between January 2014 and January 2016 were enrolled. The clinical and pathologic characteristics and surgical details of normocalcemic and hypocalcemic patients were compared...
April 25, 2017: Updates in Surgery
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28444479/the-role-of-gender-and-labour-status-in-immunosenescence-of-65-polish-population
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Magdalena Dudkowska, Dorota Janiszewska, Anna Karpa, Katarzyna Broczek, Michal Dabrowski, Ewa Sikora
Women are living longer than men and it seems that one of the reasons could be better immune system of females. In Poland, contrary to many European countries, women retire earlier than men, namely at 60 and 65, respectively. We asked the question how the gender and labour status were interconnected with some immunological parameters included in the so called immune risk profile (IRP), such as CD4+/CD8+ ratio, percentage of CD8+CD28-, and NK, and the level of circulating cytokines. A total of 92 men and 100 women past the retirement age, namely 65-74 years old, still working or not, were examined...
April 25, 2017: Biogerontology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28444319/gender-differences-in-the-correlation-between-prognosis-and-postoperative-weight-loss-in-patients-with-non-small-cell-lung-cancer
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Hideki Kawai, Yoshitaro Saito, Yohei Suzuki
OBJECTIVES: : The aim of this study was to investigate gender differences in the relationship between preoperative body mass index (BMI), postoperative body weight change and prognosis in patients with non-small cell lung cancer (NSCLC). METHODS: : Two hundred and sixty-three patients with NSCLC were enrolled in this study. Preoperative BMI was categorized based on WHO definition as follows: underweight (BMI <18.5): 21 patients (8.0%), normal (18.5 ≦ BMI <25): 179 patients (68%), overweight and obese (BMI ≧25): 63 patients (24%)...
April 21, 2017: Interactive Cardiovascular and Thoracic Surgery
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28444174/catheter-ablation-for-ventricular-tachycardia-in-patients-with-cardiac-sarcoidosis-a-systematic-review
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Nikolaos Papageorgiou, Rui Providência, Konstantinos Bronis, Dirk G Dechering, Neil Srinivasan, Lars Eckardt, Pier D Lambiase
Aims: Cardiac sarcoidosis (CS) is associated with a poor prognosis. Important features of CS include heart failure, conduction abnormalities, and ventricular arrhythmias. Ventricular tachycardia (VT) is often refractory to antiarrhythmic drugs (AAD) and immunosuppression. Catheter ablation has emerged as a treatment option for recurrent VT. However, data on the efficacy and outcomes of VT ablation in this context are sparse. Methods and results: A systematic search was performed on PubMed, EMBASE, and Cochrane database (from inception to September 2016) with included studies providing a minimum of information on CS patients undergoing VT ablation: age, gender, VT cycle length, CS diagnosis criteria, and baseline medications...
April 21, 2017: Europace: European Pacing, Arrhythmias, and Cardiac Electrophysiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28444135/prevalence-and-correlates-of-olfactory-dysfunction-in-old-age-a-population-based-study
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Janina Seubert, Erika J Laukka, Debora Rizzuto, Thomas Hummel, Laura Fratiglioni, Lars Bäckman, Maria Larsson
Background: Olfactory dysfunction (OD) in old age is associated with poor health outcomes. Interrelationships among different correlates of OD can offer insights into the underlying mechanisms, but to date remain understudied. Methods: Odor identification performance and self-reported olfactory functioning were studied in 2,234 people aged 60-90 years, who were free of neurodegenerative disease and enrolled in the Swedish National Study on Aging and Care in Kungsholmen (SNAC-K) study, Stockholm, Sweden...
April 21, 2017: Journals of Gerontology. Series A, Biological Sciences and Medical Sciences
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28443804/25-oh-d-levels-in-relation-to-gender-overweight-insulin-resistance-and-inflammation-in-a-cross-sectional-cohort-of-northern-italian-workers-evidence-in-support-of-preventive-health-care-programs
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Luisella Vigna, Letizia Cassinelli, Amedea Silvia Tirelli, Irene Felicetta, Filomena Napolitano, Laura Tomaino, Michela Mutti, Claudia Eleonora Barberi, Luciano Riboldi
OBJECTIVE: In recent years, the welfare of workers and the prevention of chronic disabling diseases has become a topic of great interest. This study investigates serum levels of total 25-hydroxyvitamin D (25(OH)D) in a cohort of overweight-obese and insulin-resistant northern Italian indoor workers in apparent good health followed a nutritional education program. METHODS: An observational cross-sectional study on 385 patients (females = 291, males = 94), age range 18-69 years and body mass index (BMI) > 25 kg/m(2), was performed at the Department of Occupational Medicine Milan, Italy, latitude 45...
April 26, 2017: Journal of the American College of Nutrition
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28443220/do-factors-associated-self-rated-good-health-and-their-influences-differ-between-males-and-females-across-different-age-groups-in-korean-and-australia
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Hyo Young Lee, Stephanie Doris Short
OBJECTIVES: This was a comparative study between Australia and Korea that investigated whether and to what extent factors related to self-rated good health (SRGH) differ by gender among age groups. METHODS: This study was a secondary analysis of data that were collected in nationally representative, cross-sectional, and population-based surveys. We analyzed Australian and Korean participants > 20 years of age using 2011 data from the Australian National Nutritional Physical Activity Survey (n = 9,276) and the Korean National Health and Nutritional Examination Survey (n = 5,915)...
February 2017: Osong Public Health and Research Perspectives
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28443205/a-pilot-study-of-radiologic-measures-of-abdominal-adiposity-weighty-contributors-to-early-pancreatic-carcinogenesis-worth-evaluating
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Jennifer B Permuth, Jung W Choi, Dung-Tsa Chen, Kun Jiang, Gina DeNicola, Jian-Nong Li, Domenico Coppola, Barbara A Centeno, Anthony Magliocco, Yoganand Balagurunathan, Nipun Merchant, Jose G Trevino, Daniel Jeong
OBJECTIVE: Intra-abdominal fat is a risk factor for pancreatic cancer (PC), but little is known about its contribution to PC precursors known as intraductal papillary mucinous neoplasms (IPMNs). Our goal was to evaluate quantitative radiologic measures of abdominal/visceral obesity as possible diagnostic markers of IPMN severity/pathology. METHODS: In a cohort of 34 surgically-resected, pathologically-confirmed IPMNs (17 benign; 17 malignant) with preoperative abdominal computed tomography (CT) images, we calculated body mass index (BMI) and four radiologic measures of obesity: total abdominal fat (TAF) area, visceral fat area (VFA), subcutaneous fat area (SFA), and visceral to subcutaneous fat ratio (V/S)...
February 2017: Cancer Biology & Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28442518/the-relationship-of-mean-platelet-volume-platelet-distribution-width-and-duodenal-ulcer-perforation
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Zhe Fan, Chengjun Zhuang
BACKGROUND: Duodenal ulcer perforation (DUP) is a severe acute abdominal disease. Mean platelet volume (MPV) and platelet distribution width (PDW) are two platelet parameters, participating in many inflammatory processes. This study aims to investigate the relation of MPV/PDW and DUP. METHODS: A total of 165 patients were studied retrospectively, including 21 females and 144 males. The study included two groups: 87 normal patients (control group) and 78 duodenal ulcer perforation patients (DUP group)...
March 2017: Annals of Clinical and Laboratory Science
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28442380/incidence-and-risk-factors-of-symptomatic-dry-eye-disease-in-asian-malays-from-the-singapore-malay-eye-study
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Ryan E K Man, Anuradha R Veerappan, Shu-Pei Tan, Eva K Fenwick, Charumathi Sabanayagam, Jacqueline Chua, Yuan-Yuh Leong, Tien Yin Wong, Ecosse L Lamoureux, Ching-Yu Cheng, Louis Tong
PURPOSE: To evaluate the incidence of symptomatic dry eye disease (SDED) and associated risk factors in a well-characterized cohort of ethnic Malays in Singapore. METHODS: We included 1682 participants (mean age [SD]: 57 [10]years; 55.4% female) without SDED from the Singapore Malay Eye Study (SiMES), a population-based longitudinal study with baseline examination (SiMES-1) conducted between 2004 and 2006, and follow-up examination (SiMES-2) conducted between 2010 and 2013...
April 22, 2017: Ocular Surface
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28442373/nasal-mucociliary-transportability-of-male-and-female-smokers
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Juliana Souza Uzeloto, Dionei Ramos, Ana Paula C F Freire, Diego G D Christofaro, Ercy M C Ramos
INTRODUCTION: Female smoker's present increased susceptibility to several diseases when compared to the opposite gender. However, there are no studies showing differences in nasal mucociliary transport behavior between male and female smokers. OBJECTIVE: To compare the nasal mucociliary transportability in male and female smokers and non-smokers, taking into consideration age, anthropometric data, smoking load and pulmonary function. METHODS: The analysis included 139 individuals (33 men and 37 women smokers and 32 men and 37 women non-smokers)...
April 8, 2017: Brazilian Journal of Otorhinolaryngology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28442304/topography-of-essential-tremor
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Wei Chen, Franziska Hopfner, Silke Szymczak, Oliver Granert, Stefanie H Müller, Gregor Kuhlenbäumer, Günther Deuschl
INTRODUCTION: Topography of tremor manifestations is poorly investigated in essential tremor. The present study explores the prevalence and clinical correlates of head and/or voice tremor in essential tremor. METHODS: Out of a prospectively designed registry of 972 patients, 884 patients with definite and probable essential tremor had complete information on tremor localization. Demographic and clinical characteristics were compared among four subgroups: group A (without head or voice tremor, n = 619), B (with head but without voice tremor, n = 155), C (with voice but without head tremor, n = 47), and D (with both head and voice tremor, n = 63)...
April 20, 2017: Parkinsonism & related Disorders
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28442292/the-impact-of-gender-on-the-prognostic-value-of-dobutamine-stress-myocardial-contrast-echocardiography
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Constantina Aggeli, Kali Polytarchou, Ioannis Felekos, Kostas Zisimos, Erifili Venieri, Athanasios Verveniotis, Dimitrios Varvarousis, Kostantinos Toutouzas, Eleutherios Tsiamis, Dimitrios Tousoulis
BACKGROUND: Dobutamine stress contrast echo (DSCE) has a well-established prognostic value in the context of coronary artery disease (CAD). However, data regarding its prognostic capability separately in men and women are scarce. The aim of the current study was to assess gender-related differences in the prognostic performance of DSCE. METHODS: DSCE was performed in 2645 consecutive patients, who were classified in two groups depending on gender. Follow-up lasted 57...
April 22, 2017: Hellenic Journal of Cardiology: HJC, Hellēnikē Kardiologikē Epitheōrēsē
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28442236/red-blood-cell-membrane-omega-3-fatty-acid-levels-and-physical-performance-cross-sectional-data-from-the-mapt-study
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Bertrand Fougère, Philipe de Souto Barreto, Sabine Goisser, Gaëlle Soriano, Sophie Guyonnet, Sandrine Andrieu, Bruno Vellas
BACKGROUND & AIMS: Studies have shown that omega-3 polyunsaturated fatty acids (PUFAs) are associated with brain, cardiovascular and immune function, as well as physical performance and bone health in older adults. So far, few studies have highlighted the associations between PUFA status and performance-based tests of physical function. To study the associations between the omega-3 index (red blood cell (RBC) membrane content of omega-3 PUFAs, such as eicosapentaenoic acid (EPA) and docosahexaenoic acid (DHA)) and physical performance measured with the Short Physical Performance Battery (SPPB) in a sample of community-dwelling older adults...
April 12, 2017: Clinical Nutrition: Official Journal of the European Society of Parenteral and Enteral Nutrition
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28441881/sex-education-in-children-and-adolescents-with-disabilities-in-yogyakarta-indonesia-from-a-teachers-gender-perspective
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Satoko Tsuda, Sri Hartini, Elsi Dwi Hapsari, Satoshi Takada
Children and adolescents with disabilities (CAD) frequently engage in inappropriate sexual behaviors. In Indonesia, the need for sex education for CAD remains unclear. This study investigated teacher attitudes toward providing sex education in special schools to clarify the gender differences among teachers providing sex education. Questionnaires were sent to 180 teachers. The response rate was 72.2%. Eighty-three percent of responders were Muslim. Our findings revealed that teachers in special schools considered sex education to be important...
April 1, 2017: Asia-Pacific Journal of Public Health
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