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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27931203/perinatal-mortality-among-infants-born-during-health-user-fees-cash-carry-and-the-national-health-insurance-scheme-nhis-eras-in-ghana-a-cross-sectional-study
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Abdallah Ibrahim, Ernest T Maya, Ernestina Donkor, Irene A Agyepong, Richard M Adanu
BACKGROUND: This research determined the rates of perinatal mortality among infants delivered under Ghana's national health insurance scheme (NHIS) compared to infants delivered under the previous "Cash and Carry" system in Northern Region, especially as the country takes stock of its progress toward meeting the Millennium Development Goals (MDG) 4 and 5. METHODS: The labor and maternity wards delivery records of infants delivered before and after the implementation of the NHIS in Northern Region were examined...
December 8, 2016: BMC Pregnancy and Childbirth
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27917753/less-is-more-in-hong-kong-investigation-of-biscriptal-and-trilingual-development-among-chinese-twins-in-a-relatively-small-city
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Simpson W L Wong, Connie Suk-Han Ho, Catherine McBride, Bonnie Wing-Yin Chow, Mary Miu Yee Waye
One salient characteristic of twin studies and the related behavioral genetics paradigm is the requirement of a large sample size. Countries or regions that are large in size and highly populated are at an advantage when implementing twin studies. However, given the fascinating and promising results obtained from twin studies, many researchers based in smaller countries or regions may still want to conduct twin studies in order to address local and theoretical issues. In this article, we have outlined the development of twin studies in Hong Kong, one of the Special Administrative Regions of China...
December 5, 2016: Twin Research and Human Genetics: the Official Journal of the International Society for Twin Studies
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27907899/reducing-the-number-of-fetuses-in-a-pregnancy-providers-and-patients-views-of-challenges
#3
Robert L Klitzman
STUDY QUESTION: How do patients and providers perceive and make decisions about possible reductions of multi-fetal pregnancies? SUMMARY ANSWER: Physicians may be transferring additional embryos, assuming that patients will later undergo reduction if need be; but decisions to reduce pregnancies are difficult for patients, who may agree to undergo the procedure in advance and later renege. WHAT IS ALREADY KNOWN: Implanting more than one embryo increases the likelihood that at least one embryo will successfully lead to a child but also that the patient may end up with twins or higher-order multiple births...
November 2016: Human Reproduction
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27906038/craniopagus-parasiticus-a-parasitic-head-protruding-from-temporal-area-of-cranium-a-case-report
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Wassihun Nega, Meku Damte, Yonas Girma, Getachew Desta, Mengistu Hailemariam
BACKGROUND: Craniopagus parasiticus is rare with an incidence of approximately four to six cases in 10,000,000 births. In our case, the head of the parasitic twin protruded from the temporal area of the normal twin's cranium. The parasitic twin had two deformed lower limbs, of which one was rudimentary, and long bones of the bilateral lower limbs and some pelvic bone. Dissection of the mass of the parasitic twin's body revealed the intestine but no chest organs or abdominal organs. There was a rudimentary labium but no vaginal opening...
December 1, 2016: Journal of Medical Case Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27903320/effects-of-intrauterine-environment-on-the-magnitude-of-differences-within-the-pairs-of-monozygotic-and-dizygotic-twins
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Małgorzata Waszak, Krystyna Cieślik, Marzena Skrzypczak-Zielińska, Marlena Szalata, Karolina Wielgus, Oliwia Zakerska-Banaszak, Grzegorz Bręborowicz, Ryszard Słomski
The aim of this study was to determine the effects of intrauterine environment on the magnitude of intrapair differences in six somatic traits of monozygotic (MZ) and dizygotic (DZ) twins (1,263 pairs; 424 MZ twins and 839 DZ twins). Differences in intrauterine environments of MZ twins enforced division of the research material into four groups: (1) MZ-MC-TTTS - MZ twins from monochorionic (MC) pregnancies with twin-to-twin transfusion syndrome (TTTS), (2) MZ-MC (without TTTS)-MZ twins from MC pregnancies without TTTS, (3) MZ-DC-MZ twins from dichorionic (DC) pregnancies, and (4) DZ-DZ twins...
December 1, 2016: Twin Research and Human Genetics: the Official Journal of the International Society for Twin Studies
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27901447/multivariate-analysis-of-thyrotropin-in-preterm-newborns-based-on-adequacy-of-weight-for-gestational-age
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Vicente María Bosch-Giménez, Antonio Palazón-Bru, Álvaro Blasco-Barbero, Mercedes Juste-Ruiz, María Mercedes Rizo-Baeza, Ernesto Cortés-Castell
BACKGROUND: Different and conflicting data have been published concerning thyroid-stimulating hormone (TSH) levels among small-for-gestational-age (SGA) and appropriate-for-gestational-age (AGA) newborns. The hypothesis of our study was that SGA preterm infants have higher TSH levels than those who are not underweight. METHODS: This cross-sectional study analysed the TSH levels of all preterm newborns with a negative congenital hypothyroidism screening result (TSH<7...
November 30, 2016: Thyroid: Official Journal of the American Thyroid Association
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27893004/genetic-and-environmental-factors-associated-with-the-ganglion-cell-complex-in-a-healthy-aging-british-cohort
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Edward Bloch, Ekaterina Yonova-Doing, Eneh Jones-Odeh, Katie M Williams, Diana Kozareva, Christopher J Hammond
Importance: Measurement of ganglion cell complex (GCC) thickness may be more sensitive than current methods for glaucoma diagnosis and research. However, little is known about the factors influencing GCC thickness in the general population. Objectives: To investigate the heritability of and factors associated with GCC thickness in a healthy aging population. Design, Setting, and Participants: A cross-sectional twin study was conducted from August 27, 2014, to March 31, 2016, among 1657 participants of white British ancestry from the TwinsUK study cohort without ocular pathologic conditions...
November 17, 2016: JAMA Ophthalmology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27891739/acardiac-twin-pregnancies-part-iv-acardiac-onset-from-unequal-embryonic-splitting-simulated-by-a-fetoplacental-resistance-model
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Martin J C van Gemert, Jeroen P H M van den Wijngaard, K Marieke Paarlberg, Helena M Gardiner, Peter G J Nikkels
BACKGROUND: Benirschke postulated that acardiac twinning occurs when markedly unequal embryonic splitting combines with arterioarterial (AA) and venovenous placental anastomoses. We tested this hypothesis by model simulations and by comparison of outcomes with 18 "pseudo-" (twin fetus with beating heart but otherwise with clear signs of an acardiac) and 3 "normal" acardiac cases. METHODS: The smaller/larger cell volume ratio at embryonic splitting becomes the smaller/larger embryonic/fetal blood volume ratio (a)...
November 28, 2016: Birth Defects Research. Part A, Clinical and Molecular Teratology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27883346/-effect-of-physical-activity-on-longevity
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EDITORIAL
Mateusz M Wilczek, Andrzej Krupienicz
Multiple population studies have reported a positive correlation between higher levels of physical activity (PA) and longer lifespan. It has been generally accepted that it occurs due to PA having a direct effect on longevity. However, this idea is negated by experiments on animal models and an observational study on a twin cohort published recently by Karvinen et al. This unique study includes a pairwise comparison of monozygotic twins discordant for PA, therefore eliminating any influence of genetic factors on both mortality and tendency to take up exercise...
November 25, 2016: Polski Merkuriusz Lekarski: Organ Polskiego Towarzystwa Lekarskiego
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27876072/high-specificity-bioinformatics-framework-for-epigenomic-profiling-of-discordant-twins-reveals-specific-and-shared-markers-for-acpa-and-acpa-positive-rheumatoid-arthritis
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David Gomez-Cabrero, Malin Almgren, Louise K Sjöholm, Aase H Hensvold, Mikael V Ringh, Rakel Tryggvadottir, Juha Kere, Annika Scheynius, Nathalie Acevedo, Lovisa Reinius, Margaret A Taub, Carolina Montano, Martin J Aryee, Jason I Feinberg, Andrew P Feinberg, Jesper Tegnér, Lars Klareskog, Anca I Catrina, Tomas J Ekström
BACKGROUND: Twin studies are powerful models to elucidate epigenetic modifications resulting from gene-environment interactions. Yet, commonly a limited number of clinical twin samples are available, leading to an underpowered situation afflicted with false positives and hampered by low sensitivity. We investigated genome-wide DNA methylation data from two small sets of monozygotic twins representing different phases during the progression of rheumatoid arthritis (RA) to find novel genes for further research...
November 22, 2016: Genome Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27874265/incidental-brain-mri-findings-in-an-autism-twin-study
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Julio C Monterrey, Jennifer Philips, Sue Cleveland, Serena Tanaka, Patrick Barnes, Joachim F Hallmayer, Alan L Reiss, Laura C Lazzeroni, Antonio Y Hardan
Brain magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) studies suggest the prevalence of asymptomatic "incidental" findings (IF) in autism spectrum disorder (ASD) is similar to that of neurotypically developing (NT) controls. However, given the causes of IF may include both genetic and environmental factors, a twin study would facilitate comparing brain IF between ASD and NT subjects. MRI scans were examined to assess the prevalence of brain IF in twin "case pairs" (at least one twin with diagnosis of ASD) and twin "control pairs" (NT)...
November 22, 2016: Autism Research: Official Journal of the International Society for Autism Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27874007/phase-transformation-strengthening-of-high-temperature-superalloys
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T M Smith, B D Esser, N Antolin, A Carlsson, R E A Williams, A Wessman, T Hanlon, H L Fraser, W Windl, D W McComb, M J Mills
Decades of research has been focused on improving the high-temperature properties of nickel-based superalloys, an essential class of materials used in the hot section of jet turbine engines, allowing increased engine efficiency and reduced CO2 emissions. Here we introduce a new 'phase-transformation strengthening' mechanism that resists high-temperature creep deformation in nickel-based superalloys, where specific alloying elements inhibit the deleterious deformation mode of nanotwinning at temperatures above 700 °C...
November 22, 2016: Nature Communications
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27872267/endophenotypes-epigenetics-polygenicity-and-more-irv-gottesman-s-dynamic-legacy
#13
David L Braff, Carol A Tamminga
First, we describe the hallmark contributions of Irv Gottesman's pioneering scholarship for schizophrenia research including concepts of polygenicity, gene × environment interactions, epigenetics and the endophenotype concept. Gottesman and colleagues' twin studies showed that genes, not social factors, mediate schizophrenia risk. He then showed that schizophrenia is highly polygenic. Next, he introduced the concept of epigenetics into schizophrenia research. Gottesman then introduced the quantitative endophenotype concept...
November 21, 2016: Schizophrenia Bulletin
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27871913/what-can-time-frequency-and-phase-coherence-measures-tell-us-about-the-genetic-basis-of-p3-amplitude
#14
Stephen M Malone, Matt McGue, William G Iacono
In a recent comprehensive investigation, we largely failed to identify significant genetic markers associated with P3 amplitude or to corroborate previous associations between P3 and specific single nucleotide polymorphisms (SNPs) or genes. In the present study we extended this line of investigation to examine time-frequency (TF) activity and intertrial phase coherence (ITPC) in the P3 time window, both of which are associated with P3 amplitude. Previous genome-wide research has reported associations between P3-related theta and delta activity and individual genetic variants...
November 19, 2016: International Journal of Psychophysiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27866285/a-power-calculator-for-the-classical-twin-design
#15
Brad Verhulst
Power is a ubiquitous, though often overlooked, component of any statistical analyses. Almost every funding agency and institutional review board requires that some sort of power analysis is conducted prior to data collection. While there are several excellent on line power calculators for independent observations, twin studies pose unique challenges that are not incorporated into these algorithms. The goal of the current manuscript is to outline a general method for calculating power in twin studies, and to provide functions to allow researchers to easily conduct power analyses for a range of common twin models...
November 19, 2016: Behavior Genetics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27862945/analysis-of-copy-number-variants-in-11-pairs-of-monozygotic-twins-with-neurofibromatosis-type-1
#16
Emily R Sites, Teresa A Smolarek, Lisa J Martin, David H Viskochil, David A Stevenson, Nicole J Ullrich, Ludwine M Messiaen, Elizabeth K Schorry
Phenotypic variability among individuals with neurofibromatosis type 1 (NF1) has long been a challenge for clinicians and an enigma for researchers. Members of the same family and even identical twins with NF1 often demonstrate variable disease expression. Many mechanisms for this variability have been proposed. We have performed an exploratory study of copy number variants (CNVs) as a possible source of phenotypic variability in NF1. We enrolled 11 pairs of monozygotic (MZ) twins with NF1 and their parents, catalogued their clinical characteristics, and utilized a single nucleotide polymorphism (SNP) microarray to identify CNVs in blood and saliva...
November 14, 2016: American Journal of Medical Genetics. Part A
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27861883/externalizing-problems-in-childhood-and-adolescence-predict-subsequent-educational-achievement-but-for-different-genetic-and-environmental-reasons
#17
Gary J Lewis, Kathryn Asbury, Robert Plomin
BACKGROUND: Childhood behavior problems predict subsequent educational achievement; however, little research has examined the etiology of these links using a longitudinal twin design. Moreover, it is unknown whether genetic and environmental innovations provide incremental prediction for educational achievement from childhood to adolescence. METHODS: We examined genetic and environmental influences on parental ratings of behavior problems across childhood (age 4) and adolescence (ages 12 and 16) as predictors of educational achievement at age 16 using a longitudinal classical twin design...
November 10, 2016: Journal of Child Psychology and Psychiatry, and Allied Disciplines
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27859998/impact-of-alcohol-use-on-eeg-dynamics-of-response-inhibition-a-cotwin-control-analysis
#18
Jeremy Harper, Stephen M Malone, William G Iacono
Research indicates that alcohol misuse is associated with behavioral disinhibition, but the neurophysiological mechanisms governing this relationship remain largely unknown. Recent work suggests that successful inhibition and cognitive control involve electrophysiological theta-band dynamics, including medial frontal cortex (MFC) power enhancement and functional connectivity between the MFC and dorsal prefrontal cortex (dPFC) regions, which may be disrupted by alcohol misuse. In addition, research suggests that, compared to men, women are at heightened risk of experiencing the negative physical and neurocognitive correlates of drinking...
November 18, 2016: Addiction Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27855811/heart-failure-with-preserved-ejection%C3%A2-fraction-and%C3%A2-atrial-fibrillation-vicious-twins
#19
REVIEW
Dipak Kotecha, Carolyn S P Lam, Dirk J Van Veldhuisen, Isabelle C Van Gelder, Adriaan A Voors, Michiel Rienstra
Heart failure with preserved ejection fraction (HFpEF) and atrial fibrillation (AF) are age-related conditions that are increasing in prevalence, commonly coexist, and share clinical features. This review provides a practical update on the epidemiology, pathophysiology, diagnosis, and management of patients with concomitant HFpEF and AF. Epidemiological studies highlight the close and complex links between HFpEF and AF, the shared risk factors, the high AF occurrence in the natural history of HFpEF, and the independent contribution of each condition to poor outcomes...
November 15, 2016: Journal of the American College of Cardiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27855737/genetic-basis-of-chronotype-in-humans-insights-from-three-landmark-gwas
#20
David A Kalmbach, Logan D Schneider, Joseph Cheung, Sarah J Bertrand, Thiruchelvam Kariharan, Allan I Pack, Philip R Gehrman
Chronotype, or diurnal preference, refers to behavioral manifestations of the endogenous circadian system that governs preferred timing of sleep and wake. As variations in circadian timing and system perturbations are linked to disease development, the fundamental biology of chronotype has received attention for its role in the regulation and dysregulation of sleep and related medical and psychiatric illnesses. Twin and family studies have shown that chronotype is a heritable trait, thus directing attention toward its genetic basis...
October 28, 2016: Sleep
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