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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29779118/change-in-kidney-function-after-unilateral-adrenalectomy-in-patients-with-primary-aldosteronism-identification-of-risk-factors-for-decreased-kidney-function
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Il Young Kim, In Seong Park, Min Jeong Kim, Miyeun Han, Harin Rhee, Eun Young Seong, Dong Won Lee, Soo Bong Lee, Ihm Soo Kwak, Sang Heon Song, Hyun Chul Chung
PURPOSE: Glomerular filtration rate (GFR) has been reported to decrease after unilateral adrenalectomy in patients with primary aldosteronism (PA). The aim of this study was to identify clinical predictors for decreased GFR after adrenalectomy in patients with PA. METHODS: The records of 187 patients (98 patients with PA and 89 with non-PA adrenal disease) who were followed up for at least 6 months after unilateral adrenalectomy were retrospectively analyzed. Estimated GFR (eGFR) was investigated at 1, 3, and 6 months postoperatively...
May 19, 2018: International Urology and Nephrology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29779017/-xpg-rs17655-g-c-polymorphism-associated-with-cancer-risk-evidence-from-60-studies
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Jie Zhao, Shanshan Chen, Haixia Zhou, Ting Zhang, Yang Liu, Jing He, Jinhong Zhu, Jichen Ruan
Xeroderma pigmentosum group G (XPG), a key component in nucleotide excision repair pathway, functions to cut DNA lesions during DNA repair. Genetic variations that alter DNA repair gene expression or function may decrease DNA repair ability and impair genome integrity, thereby predisposing to cancer. The association between XPG rs17655 G>C polymorphism and cancer risk has been investigated extensively, but the results remain contradictory. To get a more accurate conclusion, we performed a comprehensive meta-analysis of 60 case-control studies, involving 27,098 cancer cases and 30,535 healthy controls...
May 20, 2018: Aging
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29779002/developing-a-testing-battery-for-measuring-dogs-stifle-functionality-the-finnish-canine-stifle-index-fcsi
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Heli K Hyytiäinen, Sari H Mölsä, Jouni J T Junnila, Outi M Laitinen-Vapaavuori, Anna K Hielm-Björkman
This study aimed at developing a quantitative testing battery for dogs' stifle functionality, as, unlike in human medicine, currently none is available in the veterinary field. Forty-three dogs with surgically treated unilateral cranial cruciate ligament rupture and 21 dogs with no known musculoskeletal problems were included. Eight previously studied tests: compensation in sitting and lying positions, symmetry of thrust in hindlimbs when rising from lying and sitting, static weight bearing, stifle flexion and extension and muscle mass symmetry, were summed into the Finnish Canine Stifle Index (FCSI)...
May 19, 2018: Veterinary Record
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29778905/carbon-dioxide-sensing-in-the-social-context-leaf-cutting-ants-prefer-elevated-co-2-levels-to-tend-their-brood
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Daniela Römer, Martin Bollazzi, Flavio Roces
Social insects show temperature and humidity preferences inside their nests to successfully rear brood. In underground nests, ants also encounter rising CO2 concentrations with increasing depth. It is an open question whether they use CO2 as a cue to decide where to place and tend the brood. Leaf-cutting ants do show CO2 preferences for the culturing of their symbiotic fungus. We evaluated their CO2 choices for brood placement in laboratory experiments. Workers of Acromyrmex lundii in the process of relocating brood were offered a binary choice consisting of two interconnected chambers with different CO2 concentrations...
May 17, 2018: Journal of Insect Physiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29778750/our-modified-technique-of-combined-antegrade-vein-graft-cardioplegia-infusion-versus-conventional-antegrade-method-in-coronary-artery-bypass-grafting-a-randomized-clinical-trial
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Mehrzad Sharifi, Seyed Reza Mousavi, Mohammad Rafiei
BACKGROUND: To determine the efficacy of antegrade cardioplegia supplemented with venous graft perfusion in patients scheduled for coronary artery bypass grafting (CABG). METHODS: 223 consecutive patients scheduled for isolated CABG were randomized to receive either continuous crystalloid cardioplegia via vein grafts on completion of each distal anastomosis plus intermittent blood cardioplegia through aortic root (group 1, n = 110) or antegrade blood cardioplegia alone (group 2, n = 113)...
May 17, 2018: International Journal of Surgery
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29778660/sarcoidosis-diagnostic-score-sds-a-systematic-evaluation-to-enhance-the-diagnosis-of-sarcoidosis
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Alexandra N Bickett, Elyse E Lower, Robert P Baughman
BACKGROUND: The diagnosis of sarcoidosis is made by the combination of clinical features and biopsy results. The clinical features of sarcoidosis can be quite variable. We developed a Sarcoidosis Diagnostic Score (SDS) to summarize the clinical features of possible sarcoidosis patients. METHODS: Biopsy confirmed sarcoidosis patients seen during a seven-month time period at the University of Cincinnati Sarcoidosis clinic were prospectively identified. Non-sarcoidosis patients seen at the same clinic were used as controls...
May 17, 2018: Chest
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29778630/bcg-vaccination-protects-against-infection-with-mycobacterium-tuberculosis-ascertained-by-tuberculin-skin-testing
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Pelzer Pt, Mutayoba B, Cobelens Fgj
OBJECTIVES: There is conflicting evidence as to whether Bacillus Calmette-Guérin (BCG) vaccination offers protection against Mycobacterium tuberculosis infection ascertained by a positive tuberculin skin test (TST). We investigated the association between BCG vaccination status and TST results in a set of surveys at increasing TST cut-off values to take cross-reactions to BCG vaccination into account. METHODS: Secondary analysis of data from three consecutive tuberculin surveys done among schoolchildren in Tanzania between 1990 and 2002...
May 17, 2018: Journal of Infection
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29778484/effect-of-grain-or-by-product-based-concentrate-fed-with-early-or-late-harvested-first-cut-grass-silage-on-dairy-cow-performance
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D Pang, T Yan, E Trevisi, S J Krizsan
This study compared the effects of a grain-based conventional concentrate (GC) and a concentrate based on agro-industrial by-products (BC), fed with grass silage harvested at early (ES) or late (LS) maturity stage, on dairy performance, CH4 and CO2 emissions, and metabolic status of dairy cows. Twenty lactating Nordic Red cows averaging 81 d in milk and 31.9 kg of milk/d pre-trial were assigned to a replicated 4 × 4 Latin square design. Dietary treatments were in a 2 × 2 factorial arrangement. The silages were harvested 2 wk apart from the same primary growth grass ley...
May 16, 2018: Journal of Dairy Science
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29778474/a-longitudinal-observational-study-of-the-dynamics-of-mycoplasma-bovis-antibodies-in-naturally-exposed-and-diseased-dairy-cows
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Mette B Petersen, Jeanette Pedersen, Dinah L Holm, Matthew Denwood, Liza R Nielsen
Mycoplasma bovis is an important pathogen causing disease and substantial economic losses in cattle. However, knowledge of the dynamics of antibody responses in individual cows in the face of an outbreak is currently extremely limited. The use of commercial antibody tests to support clinical decision-making and for surveillance purposes is therefore challenging. Our objective was to describe the dynamics of M. bovis antibody responses in 4 Danish dairy herds experiencing an acute outbreak of M. bovis-associated disease, and to compare the antibody dynamics between dairy cows with different disease manifestations...
May 16, 2018: Journal of Dairy Science
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29778416/the-use-of-the-shock-index-as-a-predictor-of-active-bleeding-in-trauma-patients
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Andrea Campos-Serra, Sandra Montmany-Vioque, Pere Rebasa-Cladera, Heura Llaquet-Bayo, Raquel Gràcia-Roman, Anna Colom-Gordillo, Salvador Navarro-Soto
INTRODUCTION: Vital signs indicate the presence of bleeding only after large amounts of blood have been lost, with high morbidity and mortality. The Shock Index (SI) is a hemorrhage indicator with a cut-off point for the risk of bleeding at 0.9. The aim of this study is to assess whether a cut-off of≥0.8 is more sensitive for detecting occult bleeding, providing for early initiation of therapeutic maneuvers. METHODS: SI analytical validation study of severe trauma patients older than 16 years of age...
May 16, 2018: Cirugía Española
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29778042/reliability-and-validity-of-the-dymus-questionnaire-for-the-assessment-of-dysphagia-in-multiple-sclerosis-greek-version-and-proposed-modification
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Athanasia Printza, Maria Kalaitzi, Christos Bakirtzis, Ioannis Nikolaidis, Hariklia Proios, Nikolaos Grigoriadis
BACKGROUND: Recent research confirmed that at least a third of people with multiple sclerosis (MS) are suffering from swallowing difficulties. Dysphagia is associated with significant morbidity and mortality, and has profound impact on physical ability and quality of life. Dysphagia related complications can be prevented through an effective screening protocol. The Dysphagia in Multiple Sclerosis (DYMUS) questionnaire is the first dysphagia questionnaire developed specifically for patients with MS...
May 10, 2018: Multiple Sclerosis and related Disorders
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29778014/expression-of-grape-acs1-in-tomato-decreases-ethylene-and-alters-the-balance-between-auxin-and-ethylene-during-shoot-and-root-formation
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Xia Ye, Mengmeng Fu, Yu Liu, Dongliang An, Xianbo Zheng, Bin Tan, Jidong Li, Jun Cheng, Wei Wang, Jiancan Feng
Ethylene plays an important role in the grape rachis, where its production can be 10 times higher than in the berry. VvACS1 is the only rachis-specific ACC synthase (ACS) gene, and its expression is coincident with ethylene production in the rachis of Vitis vinifera 'Thompson seedless'. VvACS1 was cloned and ectopically expressed in tomato (Solanum lycopersicum 'Moneymaker'). Lateral buds were increased in two- or four-week-old 35s∷VvACS1 transgenic tomato plants after transplanting. Compared with wild-type (WT) plants, the transgenic tomato plants showed higher expression of the VvACS1 gene in the flowers, leaves, rachis, and fruits...
May 4, 2018: Journal of Plant Physiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29777887/linear-cutting-trepanation-in-italy-a-unique-case-from-hellenistic-sicily-3-rd-century-bc
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Giorgia Tulumello, Giulia Riccomi, Simona Minozzi, Sveva Longo, Marcello Longo, Valentina Giuffra
During the archaeological excavations conducted in the Hellenistic necropolis discovered in Messina (Sicily, Italy) dating back to the 3rd century BC., a skeleton showing evidence of cranial traumas and surgical intervention was found. The skull, belonging to a young adult male, presented signs of four head injuries produced by both blunt and sharp-edged instruments. The first two lesions, located on the frontal bone, were produced by blunt blows and showed signs of long-time survival. The third lesion, located on the inferior portion of the right parietal, suggests a perimortem non-penetrating linear cut probably caused by a blade instrument...
May 16, 2018: World Neurosurgery
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29777829/biocontrol-of-botrytis-cinerea-and-calonectria-gracilis-by-eucalypts-growth-promoters-bacillus-spp
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Isabel Cristina Padula Paz, Rita de Cássia Madail Santin, Alexandre Martins Guimarães, Osmar Paulo Pereira da Rosa, Maria Carolina Quecine, Michele de Cássia Pereira E Silva, João Lúcio Azevedo, Aida Terezinha Santos Matsumura
The clonal Eucalyptus plants are commonly obtained by vegetative propagation under a protected environment. This system improves the Botrytis cinerea and Calonectria spp infection on the young eucalypts plantings, resulting gray mold and cutting rot respectively. Currently, the unique available control method is based on chemicals. As alternative, novel methods to manage plant diseases, endophytic microorganisms could be an interesting alternative. Thus, we aimed to evaluate endophytic Bacillus isolated from eucalypts as a biocontrol agent against Botrytis cinerea and Calonectria gracilis, important fungal pathogens in the greenhouse, using clonal plantlets of E...
May 16, 2018: Microbial Pathogenesis
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29777790/effect-of-intratesticular-hematoma-on-testis-microstructure-spermatogenesis-and-testosterone-production-defining-a-cut-off-point-for-significant-intratesticular-hematoma
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Alireza Aminsharifi, Alireza Monsef, Ali Noorafshan, Saied Karbalay-Doust, Zahra Jafarinezhad, Omid Koohi, Afshin Molaei
OBJECTIVES: To evaluate the effect of different degrees of intratesticular hematoma (ITH), a major consequence of blunt testis trauma, on testis microstructure and function. We determined a cut-off point for significant vs. nonsignificant ITH. METHODS: Seventy male rats were divided into 7 equal groups. The control group (G) remained intact. Sham groups consisted of rats given an intratesticular injection of normal saline in both testicles with volumes equivalent to 40% of testis volume (G-II), 30% (G-III) and 10% (G-IV)...
May 16, 2018: Urology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29777680/assay-for-abscisic-acid-8-hydroxylase-activity-of-cloned-plant-cytochrome-p450-oxidases-in-saccharomyces-cerevisiae
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Stella Eggels, Viktoriya Avramova, Chris-Carolin Schön, Brigitte Poppenberger, Wilfried Rozhon
The plant hormone abscisic acid (ABA) regulates many processes, including response to drought, seed dormancy and abscission of leaves and fruits. For maintenance of ABA homeostasis, catabolism of ABA by 8'-hydroxylation and subsequent cyclisation to phaseic acid (PA) is crucial. However, detection of ABA 8'-hydroxylation activity is tedious. We present a simple and rapid method for detection of ABA 8'-hydroxylase activity by cloning cDNAs of interest and expressing the respective protein in yeast. Upon addition of ABA, PA is formed and subsequently quantified in the yeast cell culture supernatant by heart cutting 2D-HPLC or GC-MS...
May 16, 2018: Analytical Biochemistry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29777643/infertility-psychological-distress-and-coping-strategies-among-women-in-mali-west-africa-a-mixed-methods-study
#17
Rosanna F Hess, Ratchneewan Ross, John L GilillandJr
Relatively little is known about infertility and its consequences in Mali, West Africa where the context and culture are different from those of previously studied settings. This study therefore aimed to specifically examine infertility induced psychological distress and coping strategies among women in Mali. A convergent mixed-methods design-correlational cross-sectional and qualitative descriptive-guided the study. Fifty-eight infertile Malian women participated: 52 completed the Psychological Evaluation Test specific for infertility and a question on general health status, and 26 were interviewed in-depth...
March 2018: African Journal of Reproductive Health
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29777639/religious-perceptions-and-attitudes-of-men-towards-discontinuation-of-female-genital-cutting-in-nigeria-evidence-from-the-2013-nigeria-demographic-and-health-survey
#18
Ayotunde Titilayo, Martin E Palamuleni, John O Olaoye-Oyesola, Olumide M Owoeye
Men's roles in any patriarchal society and the influence of their religious belief cannot be overemphasized especially in a culturally encrypted matter like female genital cutting (FGC).The study sample consisted of 8,111 men who had previous awareness of FGC from a cross-sectional nationally representative survey in Nigeria. The data took into cognizance the religious belief of the respondents as well as their attitude towards FGC among others. Analytical bivariate and multivariate ordered logistic estimates for FGC discontinuation were considered for the study...
March 2018: African Journal of Reproductive Health
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29777591/bioengineering-triacetic-acid-lactone-production-in-yarrowia-lipolytica-for-pogostone-synthesis
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James Yu, Jenny Landberg, Farbod Shavarebi, Virginia Bilanchone, Adam Okerlund, Umayangani Wanninayake, Le Zhao, George Kraus, Suzanne Sandmeyer
Yarrowia lipolytica is an oleaginous yeast that is recognized for its ability to accumulate high levels of lipids, which can serve as precursors to biobased fuels and chemicals. Polyketides such as triacetic acid lactone (TAL) can also serve as a precursor for diverse commodity chemicals. This study used Y. lipolytica as a host organism for the production of TAL via expression of the 2-pyrone synthase gene from Gerbera hybrida. Induction of lipid biosynthesis by nitrogen-limited growth conditions increased TAL titers...
May 19, 2018: Biotechnology and Bioengineering
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29777470/prevalence-of-depression-among-caregivers-of-indian-children-with-cystic-fibrosis
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Javeed Iqbal Bhat, Wasim Ahmad Wani, Bashir A Charoo, Syed Wajid Ali, Qazi Iqbal Ahmad, Ambreen Ali Ahangar
OBJECTIVE: To study the prevalence of depression among caregivers of children with cystic fibrosis and its impact on the health and well being of these children. METHODS: This cross-sectional study was conducted in a tertiary care hospital from September 2015 through August 2016. Forty one parents of children receiving treatment at the Cystic fibrosis (CF) clinic were approached to be part of the study. Six families declined the request resulting in 85% recruitment rate...
May 19, 2018: Indian Journal of Pediatrics
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