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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28651410/-application-of-tipping-point-analysis-to-address-missing-data-in-clinical-studies
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S J Zhang, Y Wang, W Li
To use a visualized method, tipping-point analysis to address missing data in clinical study and discuss related problems. All the possible outcomes caused by missing data were listed and the tipping points where P-values of hypothesis test changed at 0.05 significant level were found out, then the ratio of P<0.05 was calculated, reflecting the reliability of the study's result. Tipping-point analysis can be applied to both continuous and binary data to help find points where p-values are changed. The area of P<0...
May 10, 2017: Zhonghua Liu Xing Bing Xue za Zhi, Zhonghua Liuxingbingxue Zazhi
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28651382/assignment-of-sigma-factors-of-rna-polymerase-to-promoters-in-corynebacterium-glutamicum
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Hana Dostálová, Jiří Holátko, Tobias Busche, Lenka Rucká, Andrey Rapoport, Petr Halada, Jan Nešvera, Jörn Kalinowski, Miroslav Pátek
Corynebacterium glutamicum is an important industrial producer of various amino acids and other metabolites. The C. glutamicum genome encodes seven sigma subunits (factors) of RNA polymerase: the primary sigma factor SigA (σ(A)), the primary-like σ(B) and five alternative sigma factors (σ(C), σ(D), σ(E), σ(H) and σ(M)). We have developed in vitro and in vivo methods to assign particular sigma factors to individual promoters of different classes. In vitro transcription assays and measurements of promoter activity using the overexpression of a single sigma factor gene and the transcriptional fusion of the promoter to the gfpuv reporter gene enabled us to reliably define the sigma factor dependency of promoters...
December 2017: AMB Express
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28651316/a-permeation-controlled-formaldehyde-reference-source-for-application-in-environmental-test-chambers
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Tunga Salthammer, Ruth Giesen, Tobias Schripp
In a wide range of indoor air pollutants, formaldehyde is one of the most-used and best-known substances. In order to protect human health, many countries have established threshold values for the release of formaldehyde from miscellaneous products and revise them constantly. Compliance with these regulations is usually assessed by emission test chamber measurements or derived methods. To control and improve the mechanisms of an emission test chamber, a reliable reference source with sample mimicking emission properties is required but not available so far...
June 15, 2017: Chemosphere
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28651288/development-of-a-high-performance-liquid-chromatographic-method-for-asiaticoside-quantification-in-different-skin-layers-after-topical-application-of-a-centella-asiatica-extract
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Priscila Bianca Rodrigues da Rocha, Bruno Dos Santos Souza, Lígia Marquez Andrade, Ricardo Neves Marreto, Eliana Martins Lima, Stephânia Fleury Taveira
The topical application of Centella asiatica extract has been commonly used for many different purposes but especially for cosmetic use in the treatment of gynoid lipodystrophy. Asiaticoside, the most active component in this extract, is responsible for its therapeutic activities. However, little is known to date about asiaticoside skin penetration. Thus, an analytical method for asiaticoside quantification in different skin layers after the topical application of C. asiatica extract was developed and skin permeation studies were performed with the plant extract to apply the analytical method developed...
June 26, 2017: Planta Medica
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28651262/relationship-of-radiographic-osteoarthritis-severity-with%C3%A2-treatment-outcomes-after-imaging-guided-knee%C3%A2-injections-a-prospective-outcomes-study
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Ivan Miletic, Christoph Agten, Reto Sutter, Christian Pfirrmann, Cynthia Peterson
Introduction To be able to predict which patients are more likely to have a positive treatment outcome, the purpose of this study is 1: To compare outcomes after intra-articular corticosteroid knee injections with the Kellgren and Lawrence (KL) 5 and 3 grading systems for knee osteoarthritis, the Osteoarthritis Research Society International (OARSI) grading system and actual joint space measurements; and 2: To compare the reliability of these grading systems. Materials and Methods Knee radiographs of 117 patients who received intra-articular corticosteroid injections were independently evaluated by two radiologists blinded to the outcome...
June 26, 2017: RöFo: Fortschritte Auf Dem Gebiete der Röntgenstrahlen und der Nuklearmedizin
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28651165/considering-common-sources-of-exposure-in-association-studies-urinary-benzophenone-3-and-dehp-metabolites-are-associated-with-altered-thyroid-hormone-balance-in-the-nhanes-2007-2008
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Sujin Kim, Sunmi Kim, Sungho Won, Kyungho Choi
Epidemiological studies have shown that thyroid hormone balances can be disrupted by chemical exposure. However, many association studies have often failed to consider multiple chemicals with possible common sources of exposure, rendering their conclusions less reliable. In the 2007-2008 National Health and Nutrition Examination Survey (NHANES) from the U.S.A., urinary levels of environmental phenols, parabens, and phthalate metabolites as well as serum thyroid hormones were measured in a general U.S. population (≥12years old, n=1829)...
June 23, 2017: Environment International
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28651125/online-patient-information-on-vagus-nerve-stimulation-how-reliable-is-it-for-facilitating-shared-decision-making
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Ronak Ved, Naomi Cobbold, Kueni Igbagiri, Mark Willis, Paul Leach, Malik Zaben
PURPOSE: This study evaluates the quality of information available on the internet for carers of children with epilepsy considering treatment with Vagus Nerve Stimulation (VNS). METHODS: Selected key phrases were entered into two popular search engines (Google™, Yahoo™). These phrases were: "Vagus nerve stimulator", alone and in combination with "childhood epilepsy", "paediatric epilepsy" and "epilepsy in childhood"; "VNS", and "VNS epilepsy". The first 50 hits per search were then screened...
June 15, 2017: Seizure: the Journal of the British Epilepsy Association
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28651097/population-and-performance-analyses-of-four-major-populations-with-illumina-s-fgx-forensic-genomics-system
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Jennifer D Churchill, Nicole M M Novroski, Jonathan L King, Lay Hong Seah, Bruce Budowle
The MiSeq FGx Forensic Genomics System (Illumina) enables amplification and massively parallel sequencing of 59 STRs, 94 identity informative SNPs, 54 ancestry informative SNPs, and 24 phenotypic informative SNPs. Allele frequency and population statistics data were generated for the 172 SNP loci included in this panel on four major population groups (Chinese, African Americans, US Caucasians, and Southwest Hispanics). Single-locus and combined random match probability values were generated for the identity informative SNPs...
June 17, 2017: Forensic Science International. Genetics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28651089/validation-of-commercial-real-time-pcr-arrays-for-environmental-risk-assessment-application-to-the-study-of-p-p%C3%A2-dde-toxicity-in-mus-spretus-mice-liver
#9
Noelia Morales-Prieto, Carmen Pueyo, Nieves Abril
Data on gene transcription profiles provide a comprehensive assessment of the toxic and defensive mechanisms that are triggered by pollutants. PCR-arrays have emerged as a reliable tool for analyzing the expression of a panel of relevant, pathway- or disease-focused genes under uniform cycling conditions. By using SYBR Green-optimized primer assays, it is possible to simultaneously amplify a sample with high specificity and amplification efficiencies. However, commercial PCR-arrays target a limited group of organisms, excluding most of those with environmental relevance, as is the case with Mus spretus mice...
June 23, 2017: Environmental Pollution
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28651071/an-independent-active-contours-segmentation-framework-for-bone-micro-ct-images
#10
Vasileios Ch Korfiatis, Simone Tassani, George K Matsopoulos
Micro-CT is an imaging technique for small tissues and objects that is gaining increased popularity especially as a pre-clinical application. Nevertheless, there is no well-established micro-CT segmentation method, while typical procedures lack sophistication and frequently require a degree of manual intervention, leading to errors and subjective results. To address these issues, a novel segmentation framework, called Independent Active Contours Segmentation (IACS), is proposed in this paper. The proposed IACS is based on two autonomous modules, namely automatic ROI extraction and IAC Evolution, which segments the ROI image using multiple Active Contours that evolve simultaneously and independently of one another...
June 19, 2017: Computers in Biology and Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28651055/pharmacokinetic-characterization-of-18-f-ucb-h-pet-radiopharmaceutical-in-the-rat-brain
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Guillaume Becker, Corentin Warnier, Maria Elisa Serrano, Mohamed Ali Bahri, Joël Mercier, Christian Lemaire, Eric Salmon, André Luxen, Alain Plenevaux
The synaptic vesicle glycoprotein 2A (SV2A), a protein essential to the proper nervous system function, is found in presynaptic vesicles. Thus, SV2A targeting, using dedicated radiotracers combined with positron emission tomography (PET), allows the assessment of synaptic density in the living brain. The first-in-class fluorinated SV2A specific radioligand, [(18)F]UCB-H, is now available at high-activity through an efficient radiosynthesis compliant with the current good manufacturing practices (cGMP). We report here a non-invasive method to quantify [(18)F]UCB-H binding in rat brain with microPET...
June 26, 2017: Molecular Pharmaceutics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28650970/point-of-care-testing-for-toxoplasma-gondii-igg-igm-using-toxoplasma-ict-igg-igm-test-with-sera-from-the-united-states-and-implications-for-developing-countries
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Ian J Begeman, Joseph Lykins, Ying Zhou, Bo Shiun Lai, Pauline Levigne, Kamal El Bissati, Kenneth Boyer, Shawn Withers, Fatima Clouser, A Gwendolyn Noble, Peter Rabiah, Charles N Swisher, Peter T Heydemann, Despina G Contopoulos-Ioannidis, Jose G Montoya, Yvonne Maldonado, Raymund Ramirez, Cindy Press, Eileen Stillwaggon, François Peyron, Rima McLeod
BACKGROUND: Congenital toxoplasmosis is a serious but preventable and treatable disease. Gestational screening facilitates early detection and treatment of primary acquisition. Thus, fetal infection can be promptly diagnosed and treated and outcomes can be improved. METHODS: We tested 180 sera with the Toxoplasma ICT IgG-IgM point-of-care (POC) test. Sera were from 116 chronically infected persons (48 serotype II; 14 serotype I-III; 25 serotype I-IIIa; 28 serotype Atypical, haplogroup 12; 1 not typed)...
June 26, 2017: PLoS Neglected Tropical Diseases
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28650969/development-and-psychometric-properties-of-knee-specific-body-perception-questionnaire-in-people-with-knee-osteoarthritis-the-fremantle-knee-awareness-questionnaire
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Tomohiko Nishigami, Akira Mibu, Katsuyoshi Tanaka, Yuh Yamashita, Eiji Yamada, Benedict M Wand, Mark J Catley, Tasha R Stanton, G Lorimer Moseley
BACKGROUND: Recent systematic reviews have demonstrated that pain associated with knee osteoarthritis (OA) is a complex phenomenon that involves various contributors. People with knee OA exhibit symptoms of impaired body-perception, including reduced tactile acuity, impairments in limb laterality recognition, and degraded proprioceptive acuity. The Fremantle Back Awareness Questionnaire (FreBAQ) was developed to assess body-perception specific to the back in people with chronic low back pain...
2017: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28650964/accelerated-oxygen-induced-retinopathy-is-a-reliable-model-of-ischemia-induced-retinal-neovascularization
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Pilar Villacampa, Katja E Menger, Laura Abelleira, Joana Ribeiro, Yanai Duran, Alexander J Smith, Robin R Ali, Ulrich F Luhmann, James W B Bainbridge
Retinal ischemia and pathological angiogenesis cause severe impairment of sight. Oxygen-induced retinopathy (OIR) in young mice is widely used as a model to investigate the underlying pathological mechanisms and develop therapeutic interventions. We compared directly the conventional OIR model (exposure to 75% O2 from postnatal day (P) 7 to P12) with an alternative, accelerated version (85% O2 from P8 to P11). We found that accelerated OIR induces similar pre-retinal neovascularization but greater retinal vascular regression that recovers more rapidly...
2017: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28650903/thigh-ultrasound-monitoring-identifies-decreases-in-quadriceps-femoris-thickness-as-a-frequent-observation-in-critically-ill-children
#15
Frederic V Valla, David K Young, Muriel Rabilloud, Uvaraj Periasami, Manoj John, Florent Baudin, Carole Vuillerot, Aurélie Portefaix, Deborah White, Jenna A Ridout, Rosan Meyer, Bénédicte Gaillard Le Roux, Etienne Javouhey, Nazima Pathan
OBJECTIVES: Significant muscle wasting develops in critically ill adults, with subsequent worse outcomes. In the pediatric setting, occurrence and effects of muscle wasting are undescribed; this is in part due to a lack of validated, objective methods for assessing muscle wasting. A single measurement of quadriceps femoris thickness has failed to show consistent reproducibility. We hypothesized that averaging repeated measurements could afford good reproducibility to allow for quadriceps femoris thickness decline detection and monitoring...
June 23, 2017: Pediatric Critical Care Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28650900/a-high-throughput-hplc-ms-ms-assay-for-the-detection-quantification-and-simultaneous-structural-confirmation-of-136-drugs-and-metabolites-in-human-urine
#16
Jacek Klepacki, Baharak Davari, Marion Boulet, Ryan Lizarraga, Uwe Christians
BACKGROUND: Due to its superior sensitivity and specificity, multi-analyte high-performance liquid chromatography coupled with tandem mass spectrometry (HPLC-MS/MS) has become the gold standard in clinical toxicology. Although several qualitative and quantitative LC-MS/MS assays on various mass spectrometry platforms have been described in the literature, the majority of these methods either analyze only a limited number of compounds, and/or require tedious and time-consuming sample preparation...
June 22, 2017: Therapeutic Drug Monitoring
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28650896/development-and-validation-of-a-quantitative-measure-of-adaptive-behaviors-in-women-with-pelvic-floor-disorders
#17
John T Wei, Rodney Dunn, Ingrid Nygaard, Kathryn Burgio, Emily S Lukacz, Alayne Markland, Patricia A Wren, Linda Brubaker, Matthew D Barber, J Eric Jelovsek, Cathie Spino, Susie Meikle, Nancy Janz
PURPOSE: To establish validity for the Pelvic Floor Disorders Network (PFDN) self-administered Adaptive Behavior Index (ABI) and to assess whether ABI assesses known discordance between severity of pelvic floor symptoms and self-reported bother. METHODS: In addition to the ABI questionnaire, participants in 1 of 6 Pelvic Floor Disorders Network trials completed condition-specific measures of pretreatment symptom severity (including Pelvic Floor Distress Inventory; PFDI) and health-related quality of life (Pelvic Floor Impact Questionnaire; PFIQ)...
July 2017: Female Pelvic Medicine & Reconstructive Surgery
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28650877/the-resurgence-of-botulinum-toxin-injection-for-strabismus-in-children
#18
Marielle Mahan, J Mark Engel
PURPOSE OF REVIEW: The present review discusses recent advances in the use of botulinum toxin for the management of strabismus in children. RECENT FINDINGS: Botulinum toxin injection produces similar results compared to surgery for certain subtypes of strabismus, especially acute onset esotropia. It may be more effective in many subtypes of esotropia where surgery has been less reliable, including partially accommodative esotropia, esotropia associated with cerebral palsy, and thyroid eye disease...
June 24, 2017: Current Opinion in Ophthalmology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28650850/systemic-aminoglycosides-induced-vestibulotoxicity-in-humans
#19
Ruth Van Hecke, Vincent Van Rompaey, Floris L Wuyts, Laura Leyssens, Leen Maes
OBJECTIVES: This systematic review aimed to investigate the prevalence and characteristics of vestibular adverse effects of aminoglycoside (AG) therapy in humans and to analyze objective vestibular tests for the detection of AG-induced vestibulotoxicity. DESIGN: PubMed, Cochrane Database, Web of Science, and reference lists of all included studies were screened by two independent researchers. The Preferred Reporting Items for Systematic Reviews and Meta-Analysis (PRISMA) guidelines were followed...
June 23, 2017: Ear and Hearing
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28650831/new-precision-metrics-for-contrast-sensitivity-testing
#20
Michael Dorr, Tobias Elze, Wang Hui, Zhong-Lin Lu, Peter John Bex, Luis Andres Lesmes
Visual sensitivity is comprehensively described by the Contrast Sensitivity Function (CSF), but current routine clinical care does not include its assessment because of the time-consuming need to estimate thresholds for a large number of spatial frequencies. The quick CSF method, however, dramatically reduces testing times by using a Bayesian information maximization rule. We evaluate the test-retest variability of a tablet-based quick CSF implementation in a study with 100 subjects who repeatedly assessed their vision with and without optical correction...
June 26, 2017: IEEE Journal of Biomedical and Health Informatics
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