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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28429908/pre-pregnancy-body-mass-index-as-a-predictor-of-low-birth-weight-infants-in-japan
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Utako Murai, Kyoko Nomura, Michiko Kido, Takeaki Takeuchi, Mitsuhiro Sugimoto, Mahbubur Rahman
BACKGROUND AND OBJECTIVES: The prevalence of low birth weight (LBW) infants in Japan has doubled in the last several decades. The objective of this study was to examine the effects of pre-pregnancy body mass index (BMI) and gestational weight gain (GWG) on LBW infants of Japanese women. METHODS AND STUDY DESIGN: This retrospective study was conducted using data on 1,336 mothers (mean age, 34.0 years)whose pre-pregnancy BMI was less than 23 kg/m2 and their singleton infants were born at full term between January and December in 2011...
May 2017: Asia Pacific Journal of Clinical Nutrition
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28429148/an-observational-time-and-motion-study-of-denosumab-subcutaneous-injection-and-zoledronic-acid-intravenous-infusion-in-patients-with-metastatic-bone-disease-results-from-three-european-countries
#2
Jean-Jacques Body, Francesca Gatta, Erwin De Cock, Sunning Tao, Persefoni Kritikou, Pauline Wimberger, Jeroen Mebis, Marc Peeters, Paolo Pedrazzoli, Augusto Caraceni, Vincenzo Adamo, Guy Hechmati
PURPOSE: Denosumab (administered via subcutaneous injection) demonstrated superior efficacy versus the intravenously administered zoledronic acid in the prevention of skeletal-related events in an integrated analysis of three head-to-head phase III trials in patients with bone metastases secondary to solid tumors. To date, no studies have evaluated treatment administration duration endpoints of these two agents. METHODS: A multinational, multi-site, observational time and motion study conducted in 10 day oncology units (DOUs) across Belgium, Germany, and Italy...
April 21, 2017: Supportive Care in Cancer: Official Journal of the Multinational Association of Supportive Care in Cancer
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28428852/stoichiometric-traits-of-stickleback-effects-of-genetic-background-rearing-environment-and-ontogeny
#3
Miguel Costa Leal, Rebecca J Best, Dan Durston, Rana W El-Sabaawi, Blake Matthews
Phenotypes can both evolve in response to, and affect, ecosystem change, but few examples of diverging ecosystem-effect traits have been investigated. Bony armor traits of fish are good candidates for this because they evolve rapidly in some freshwater fish populations, and bone is phosphorus rich and likely to affect nutrient recycling in aquatic ecosystems. Here, we explore how ontogeny, rearing environment, and bone allocation among body parts affect the stoichiometric phenotype (i.e., stoichiometric composition of bodies and excretion) of threespine stickleback...
April 2017: Ecology and Evolution
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28427476/regeneration-of-full-thickness-skin-defects-by-differentiated-adipose-derived-stem-cells-into-fibroblast-like-cells-by-fibroblast-conditioned-medium
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Woojune Hur, Hoon Young Lee, Hye Sook Min, Maierdanjiang Wufuer, Chang-Won Lee, Ji An Hur, Sang Hyon Kim, Byeung Kyu Kim, Tae Hyun Choi
BACKGROUND: Fibroblasts are ubiquitous cells in the human body and are absolutely necessary for wound healing such as for injured skin. This role of fibroblasts was the reason why we aimed to differentiate human adipose-derived stem cells (hADSCs) into fibroblasts and to test their wound healing potency. Recent reports on hADSC-derived conditioned medium have indicated stimulation of collagen synthesis as well as migration of dermal fibroblasts in wound sites with these cells. Similarly, human fibroblast-derived conditioned medium (F-CM) was reported to contain a variety of factors known to be important for growth of skin...
April 20, 2017: Stem Cell Research & Therapy
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28427347/comparative-transcriptomics-of-mountain-pine-beetle-pheromone-biosynthetic-tissues-and-functional-analysis-of-cyp6de3
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J A Nadeau, J Petereit, R L Tillett, K Jung, M Fotoohi, M MacLean, S Young, K Schlauch, G J Blomquist, C Tittiger
BACKGROUND: The mountain pine beetle (MPB, Dendroctonus ponderosae Hopkins) is a highly destructive pest of pine forests in western North America. During flight to a new host tree and initiation of feeding, mountain pine beetles release aggregation pheromones. The biosynthetic pathways of these pheromones are sex-specific and localized in the midgut and fat body, but the enzymes involved have not all been identified or characterized. RESULTS: We used a comparative RNA-Seq analysis between fed and unfed male and female MPB midguts and fat bodies to identify candidate genes involved in pheromone biosynthesis...
April 20, 2017: BMC Genomics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28426785/genome-wide-association-studies-identified-multiple-genetic-loci-for-body-size-at-four-growth-stages-in-chinese-holstein-cattle
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Xu Zhang, Qin Chu, Gang Guo, Ganghui Dong, Xizhi Li, Qin Zhang, Shengli Zhang, Zhiwu Zhang, Yachun Wang
The growth and maturity of cattle body size affect not only feed efficiency, but also productivity and longevity. Dissecting the genetic architecture of body size is critical for cattle breeding to improve both efficiency and productivity. The volume and weight of body size are indicated by several measurements. Among them, Heart Girth (HG) and Hip Height (HH) are the most important traits. They are widely used as predictors of body weight (BW). Few association studies have been conducted for HG and HH in cattle focusing on single growth stage...
2017: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28425201/numerical-analysis-of-crimping-and-inflation-process-of-balloon-expandable-coronary-stent-using-implicit-solution
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Jakub Bukala, Piotr Kwiatkowski, Jerzy Malachowski
The paper presents an applied methodology for numerical Finite Element analysis of coronary stent crimping and the free inflation process with the use of a folded non-compliant angioplasty balloon. The use of an implicit scheme is considered as the most original part of the work, as an explicit finite element procedure is very often preferred. Hitherto, when the implicit solution was used for the Finite Element solution, the simulated issue was largely simplified. Therefore, the authors focused on the modelling methodology with minimum possible simplification, i...
April 20, 2017: International Journal for Numerical Methods in Biomedical Engineering
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28424839/reirradiation-of-recurrent-node-positive-non-small-cell-lung-cancer-after-previous-stereotactic-radiotherapy-for-stage%C3%A2-i-disease-a%C3%A2-multi-institutional-treatment-recommendation
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Carsten Nieder, Dirk De Ruysscher, Laurie E Gaspar, Matthias Guckenberger, Minesh P Mehta, Patrick Cheung, Arjun Sahgal
BACKGROUND: Practice guidelines have been developed for early-stage and locally advanced non-small cell lung cancer (NSCLC). However, many common clinical scenarios still require individualized decision making. This is true for locoregional relapse after initial stereotactic radiotherapy (stereotactic body radiation therapy or stereotactic ablative radiotherapy; SBRT or SABR), an increasingly utilized curative treatment option for stage I NSCLC. METHODS: A consortium of expert radiation oncologists was established with the aim of providing treatment recommendations...
April 19, 2017: Strahlentherapie und Onkologie: Organ der Deutschen Röntgengesellschaft ... [et Al]
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28424261/zinc-absorption-from-milk-is-affected-by-dilution-but-not-by-thermal-processing-and-milk-enhances-absorption-of-zinc-from-high-phytate-rice-in-young-dutch-women
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Elise F Talsma, Diego Moretti, Sou Chheng Ly, Renske Dekkers, Ellen Ghm van den Heuvel, Aditia Fitri, Esther Boelsma, Tjeerd Jan Stomph, Christophe Zeder, Alida Melse-Boonstra
Background: Milk has been suggested to increase zinc absorption. The effect of processing and the ability of milk to enhance zinc absorption from other foods has not been measured directly in humans.Objective: We aimed to assess zinc absorption from 1) milk undergoing various processing and preparatory steps and 2) from intrinsically labeled high-phytate rice consumed with milk or water.Methods: Two randomized crossover studies were conducted in healthy young women [age:18-25 y; body mass index (in kg/m(2)): 20-25]: 1) a milk study (n = 19) comparing the consumption of 800 mL full-fat ultra-high temperature (UHT) milk [heat-treated milk (HTM)], full-fat UHT milk diluted 1:1 with water [heat-treated milk and water (MW)], water, or unprocessed (raw) milk (UM), each extrinsically labeled with (67)Zn, and 2) a rice study (n = 18) comparing the consumption of 90 g intrinsically (67)Zn-labeled rice with 600 mL of water [rice and water (RW)] or full-fat UHT milk [rice and milk (RM)]...
April 19, 2017: Journal of Nutrition
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28422942/development-of-tandem-mass-spectrometry-based-creatinine-measurement-using-dried-blood-spot-for-newborn-mass-screening
#10
Masaru Nakano, Osamu Uemura, Masataka Honda, Tetsuya Ito, Yoko Nakajima, Shinji Saitoh
BACKGROUND: Congenital anomalies of the kidney and urinary tract (CAKUT) are the most prevalent etiology of pediatric chronic kidney disease (CKD). However, no robust mass screening methods have been developed to detect patients with CAKUT, making early intervention to prevent progressive renal failure challenging. METHODS: We applied tandem mass spectrometry (MS/MS) to measure the creatinine (Cr) value from dried blood spot (DBS) analysis, which has been used for newborn mass screening...
April 19, 2017: Pediatric Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28422888/18f-fdg-pet-ct-for-detection-of-the-primary-tumor-in-adults-with-extracervical-metastases-from-cancer-of-unknown-primary-a-systematic-review-and-meta-analysis
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Synne Alexandra Burglin, Søren Hess, Poul Flemming Høilund-Carlsen, Oke Gerke
BACKGROUND: Cancer of unknown primary (CUP) is a heterogeneous group of cancers, so called when a biopsy from a patient reveals malignancy without giving a clue to where in the body the primary tumor is located. Whole-body 18-fluorine-fluorodeoxyglucose positron-emission-tomography/computed tomography (18F-FDG PET/CT) is widely used for diagnosis and staging of most cancers. We hypothesized that 18F-FDG PET/CT-especially if used early-is suitable for the detection of the primary tumor in patients with CUP...
April 2017: Medicine (Baltimore)
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28422851/relation-between-serum-myokines-and-phase-ii-cardiac-rehabilitation
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Der-Sheng Han, Ming-Yen Hsiao, Tyng-Guey Wang, Ssu-Yuan Chen, Wei-Shiung Yang
Patients with coronary heart disease or acute myocardial infarction after cardiac catheterization with stenting referred for phase II cardiac rehabilitation (CR) were grouped according to their preference. Cardio-pulmonary exercise testing (CPET) was used to determine oxygen uptake ((Equation is included in full-text article.)) at peak exercise and anaerobic threshold (AT). The control patients received counseling only while the experiment group received 36 sessions of CR in 3 to 6 months. Exercise physiology parameters and serum myokines (myostatin, insulin-like growth factor-1 (IGF-1), and interleukin-6 (IL-6) were measured pre- and postrehabilitation...
April 2017: Medicine (Baltimore)
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28422704/influencing-factors-on-high-risk-sexual-behaviors-in-young-people-an-ecological-perspective
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Hoda Arabi-Mianrood, Zeinab Hamzehgardeshi, Elham Khoori, Mahmood Moosazadeh, Zohreh Shahhosseini
Background In recent years, high-risk sexual behaviors due to their negative consequences both for the individual and society have received more attention than other high-risk behaviors. Objective The aim of this study was to review the influencing factors of high-risk sexual behaviors among young people from an ecological point of view. Methods This review was conducted through searching databases including PubMed, Web of Science, Scopus, Google Scholar and the Cochrane Library with keywords such as sexual risk-taking behavior, high-risk sex, unprotected sex and unsafe sex...
April 19, 2017: International Journal of Adolescent Medicine and Health
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28420424/a-novel-lncrna-uc-134-represses-hepatocellular-carcinoma-progression-by-inhibiting-cul4a-mediated-ubiquitination-of-lats1
#14
Wen Ni, Yuqin Zhang, Zetao Zhan, Feng Ye, Yonghao Liang, Jing Huang, Keli Chen, Longhua Chen, Yi Ding
BACKGROUND: Hepatocellular carcinoma (HCC) is one of the most common malignancies worldwide, and tumor recurrence and metastasis are major factors that contribute to the poor outcome of patients with HCC. Long noncoding RNAs (lncRNAs) are known to regulate different tumorigenic processes, and a growing body of evidence indicates that Hippo kinase signaling is inactivated in many cancers. However, the upstream lncRNA regulators of Hippo kinase signaling in HCC are poorly understood. METHODS: Using a lncRNA microarray, we identified a novel lncRNA, uc...
April 19, 2017: Journal of Hematology & Oncology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28420347/kappa-statistic-to-measure-agreement-beyond-chance-in-free-response-assessments
#15
Marc Carpentier, Christophe Combescure, Laura Merlini, Thomas V Perneger
BACKGROUND: The usual kappa statistic requires that all observations be enumerated. However, in free-response assessments, only positive (or abnormal) findings are notified, but negative (or normal) findings are not. This situation occurs frequently in imaging or other diagnostic studies. We propose here a kappa statistic that is suitable for free-response assessments. METHOD: We derived the equivalent of Cohen's kappa statistic for two raters under the assumption that the number of possible findings for any given patient is very large, as well as a formula for sampling variance that is applicable to independent observations (for clustered observations, a bootstrap procedure is proposed)...
April 19, 2017: BMC Medical Research Methodology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28420008/c-reactive-protein-and-cold-pressor-tolerance-in-the-general-population-the-troms%C3%A3-study
#16
Elina Iordanova Schistad, Audun Stubhaug, Anne-Sofie Furberg, Bo Lars Engdahl, Christopher Sivert Nielsen
The aim of this study was to examine whether increases in severity of subclinical inflammation, measured by high-sensitivity C-reactive protein (hs-CRP), increased experimental pain sensitivity, measured by cold-pressor tolerance, and to test whether this relationship is independent of chronic pain. A large population-based study from 2007 to 2008, the sixth Tromsø Study, provided data from 12,981 participants. For the present analysis, complete data for 10,274 participants (age: median 58 years) were available...
March 31, 2017: Pain
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28419293/expression-and-enzyme-activity-of-catalase-in-chilo-suppressalis-lepidoptera-crambidae-is-responsive-to-environmental-stresses
#17
Yanhui Lu, Qi Bai, Xusong Zheng, Zhongxian Lu
Catalase (CAT) is an important antioxidant enzyme that protects organisms against oxidative stresses by eliminating hydrogen peroxide. In this study, we cloned and characterized a full-length cDNA of CAT from Chilo suppressalis (CsCAT) and examined the influence of environmental stresses on CsCAT expression and enzyme activity. The cDNA contains a 1659-bp open reading frame encoding a polypeptide of 553 amino acids most closely related (90.14%) to Papilio polytes catalases. The CsCAT was expressed in all developmental stages with the highest expression in the fat body, and the CsCAT enzyme activity closely mirrored its observed mRNA expression patterns...
April 15, 2017: Journal of Economic Entomology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28418508/validation-method-for-motion-segments-of-the-lower-cervical-spine-kinematic-and-kinetic-response-for-quasi-static-and-dynamic-loading
#18
Jeffrey B Barker, Duane S Cronin, Roger W Nightingale
Advanced computational human body models enabling enhanced occupant safety require verification and validation at different levels or scales. Specifically, the motion segments, which are the building blocks of a detailed neck model, must be validated with representative experimental data to have confidence in segment and, ultimately, full neck model response. In this study, we demonstrate the importance of objective validation for quasi-static and dynamic loading. Finite element segment models at all levels in the lower human cervical spine were developed from scans of a 26 year old male subject...
April 13, 2017: Journal of Biomechanical Engineering
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28418006/radiomics-based-prognosis-analysis-for-non-small-cell-lung-cancer
#19
Yucheng Zhang, Anastasia Oikonomou, Alexander Wong, Masoom A Haider, Farzad Khalvati
Radiomics characterizes tumor phenotypes by extracting large numbers of quantitative features from radiological images. Radiomic features have been shown to provide prognostic value in predicting clinical outcomes in several studies. However, several challenges including feature redundancy, unbalanced data, and small sample sizes have led to relatively low predictive accuracy. In this study, we explore different strategies for overcoming these challenges and improving predictive performance of radiomics-based prognosis for non-small cell lung cancer (NSCLC)...
April 18, 2017: Scientific Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28416593/two-components-of-aversive-memory-in-drosophila-anesthesia-sensitive-and-anesthesia-resistant-memory-require-distinct-domains-within-the-rgk1-small-gtpase
#20
Satoshi Murakami, Maki Minami-Ohtsubo, Ryuichiro Nakato, Katsuhiko Shirahige, Tetsuya Tabata
For aversive olfactory memory in Drosophila, multiple components have been identified that exhibit different stabilities. These components have been defined by behavioral and genetic studies, and genes specifically required for a specific component have also been identified. Intermediate-term memory generated after single cycle conditioning is divided into anesthesia-sensitive memory (ASM) and anesthesia-resistant memory (ARM), with the latter being more stable. We determined that the ASM and ARM pathways converged on the Rgk1 small GTPase and that the N-terminal domain-deleted Rgk1 was sufficient for ASM formation, whereas the full-length form was required for ARM formation...
April 17, 2017: Journal of Neuroscience: the Official Journal of the Society for Neuroscience
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