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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28918613/predicting-time-to-reflux-of-children-with-antenatal-hydronephrosis-a-competing-risks-approach
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Maryam Nazemipour, Abdol-Mohammad Kajbafzadeh, Kazem Mohammad, Abbas Rahimi Foroushani, Mahmood Mahmoudi
The aim of this study was describing methodological aspects and applying a trivariate Weibull survival model using the competing risks concept to predict time to occurrence different types of reflux (unilateral (left, right) or bilateral) in children with antenatal hydronephrosis. Data from 333 children in Pediatric Urology Research Center of Children's Hospital Medical Center, affiliated with Tehran University of Medical Sciences was used. The effect of some demographic and clinical factors on child's reflux was studied...
July 2017: Acta Medica Iranica
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28918604/symptom-experience-of-multiple-myeloma-symmex-patients-treated-with-autologous-stem-cell-transplantation-following-high-dose-melphalan-a-descriptive-longitudinal-study
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Matthias Naegele, Monika Kirsch, Gabriele Ihorst, Katharina Fierz, Monika Engelhardt, Sabina De Geest
PURPOSE: High-dose melphalan and autologous stem cell transplantation (ASCT) are associated with high symptom burden. This study aimed to explore multiple myeloma (MM) patients' experience of symptom frequency, intensity, and distress during therapy. METHODS: This descriptive longitudinal study enrolled 29 MM patients who completed the 43-item PROVIVO questionnaire, measuring symptom experience across the dimensions of frequency, intensity, and distress at four assessment points: hospital admission (T0), leucocyte nadir (T1), discharge (T2), and 30 days post discharge (T3)...
September 16, 2017: Supportive Care in Cancer: Official Journal of the Multinational Association of Supportive Care in Cancer
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28918576/effect-of-heat-stress-on-rumen-temperature-of-three-breeds-of-cattle
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A M Lees, J C Lees, A T Lisle, M L Sullivan, J B Gaughan
Thirty-six steers (12 of each Angus, Charolais, and Brahman) with an initial BW of 318.5 ± 6.7 kg were used in a 130-day study. Two treatments were imposed: un-shaded and shaded (3 m(2)/animal; 90% solar block shade cloth). On day 1, steers were administered with rumen temperature boluses. Rumen temperatures (T RUM) were obtained at 10 min intervals over the duration of the study to determine differences in T RUM between Bos indicus and Bos taurus cattle. Six feedlot pens (162 m(2)) were used with six steers (2/breed) per pen with three pens/treatment...
September 16, 2017: International Journal of Biometeorology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28918522/simulations-and-experimental-investigations-of-the-competitive-adsorption-of-ch4-and-co2-on-low-rank-coal-vitrinite
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Song Yu, Jiang Bo, Li Jiahong
The mechanism for the competitive adsorption of CH4 and CO2 on coal vitrinite (DV-8, maximum vitrinite reflectance R o,max = 0.58%) was revealed through simulation and experimental methods. A saturated state was reached after absorbing 17 CH4 or 22 CO2 molecules per DV-8 molecule. The functional groups (FGs) on the surface of the vitrinite can be ranked in order of decreasing CH4 and CO2 adsorption ability as follows: [-CH3] > [-C=O] > [-C-O-C-] > [-COOH] and [-C-O-C-] > [-C=O] > [-CH3] > [-COOH]...
September 16, 2017: Journal of Molecular Modeling
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28918506/young-athletes-after-acl-reconstruction-with-quadriceps-strength-asymmetry-at-the-time-of-return-to-sport-demonstrate-decreased-knee-function-1%C3%A2-year-later
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Matthew P Ithurburn, Alex R Altenburger, Staci Thomas, Timothy E Hewett, Mark V Paterno, Laura C Schmitt
PURPOSE: Quadriceps femoris (QF) strength deficits at return-to-sport (RTS) after ACL reconstruction (ACLR) contribute to decreased knee function at the same time point. However, the impact of QF strength at RTS on longitudinal function has not been examined. The purpose of this study was to test the hypothesis that young athletes after ACLR with QF strength asymmetry at RTS would demonstrate decreased knee-related function and lower proportions of functional recovery at 1 year post-RTS compared to young athletes following ACLR with nearly symmetric QF strength at RTS...
September 16, 2017: Knee Surgery, Sports Traumatology, Arthroscopy: Official Journal of the ESSKA
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28918478/an-ibero-american-inter-laboratory-trial-to-evaluate-serological-tests-for-the-detection-of-anti-neospora-caninum-antibodies-in-cattle
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Lucía M Campero, Javier Moreno-Gonzalo, María C Venturini, Gastón Moré, Andrea Dellarupe, Magdalena Rambeaud, Ignacio E Echaide, Beatriz Valentini, Carlos M Campero, Dadín P Moore, Dora B Cano, Marcelo Fort, Rinaldo A Mota, Marcos E Serrano-Martínez, Carlos Cruz-Vázquez, Luis M Ortega-Mora, Gema Álvarez-García
We carried out an inter-laboratory trial to compare the serological tests commonly used for the detection of specific Neospora caninum antibodies in cattle in Ibero-American countries. A total of eight laboratories participated from the following countries: Argentina (n = 4), Brazil (n = 1), Peru (n = 1), Mexico (n = 1), and Spain (n = 1). A blind panel of well-characterized cattle sera (n = 143) and sera representative of the target population (n = 351) was tested by seven in-house indirect fluorescent antibody tests (IFATs 1-7) and three enzyme-linked immunosorbent assays (ELISAs 1-3; two in-house and one commercial)...
September 16, 2017: Tropical Animal Health and Production
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28918462/development-of-a-new-scoring-system-to-predict-5-year-incident-diabetes-risk-in-middle-aged-and-older-chinese
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Xu Han, Jing Wang, Yaru Li, Hua Hu, Xiulou Li, Jing Yuan, Ping Yao, Xiaoping Miao, Sheng Wei, Youjie Wang, Yuan Liang, Xiaomin Zhang, Huan Guo, An Pan, Handong Yang, Tangchun Wu, Meian He
AIMS: The aim of this study was to develop a new risk score system to predict 5-year incident diabetes risk among middle-aged and older Chinese population. METHODS: This prospective study included 17,690 individuals derived from the Dongfeng-Tongji cohort. Participants were recruited in 2008 and were followed until October 2013. Incident diabetes was defined as self-reported clinician diagnosed diabetes, fasting glucose ≥7.0 mmol/l, or the use of insulin or oral hypoglycemic agent...
September 16, 2017: Acta Diabetologica
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28918461/ethnic-differences-in-maternal-near-miss
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Karayna Gil Fernandes, Renato Teixeira Souza, Maria Carmo Leal, Erly C Moura, Leonor M Santos, Jose Guilherme Cecatti
PURPOSE: To evaluate the association between ethnic differences and the occurrence of maternal near miss (MNM) in the Amazon and Northeast regions of Brazil. METHODS: This is a secondary analysis of a national cross-sectional study focused on the assessment of care to pregnancy, childbirth, and infants under 1 year of age. Ethnicity was classified as white, black or indigenous. Ethnic distribution by state and region, the proportion of severe maternal complications and related procedures, and the prevalence of MNM and its criteria were calculated for the ethnic groups...
September 16, 2017: Archives of Gynecology and Obstetrics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28918447/an-improved-crystal-structure-of-c-phycoerythrin-from-the-marine-cyanobacterium-phormidium-sp-a09dm
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Ravi R Sonani, Aleksander W Roszak, Claire Ortmann de Percin Northumberland, Datta Madamwar, Richard J Cogdell
C-Phycoerythrin (PE) from Phormidium sp. A09DM has been crystallized using different conditions and its structure determined to atomic resolution (1.14 Å). In order for the pigment present, phycoerythrobilin (PEB), to function as an efficient light-harvesting molecule it must be held rigidly (Kupka and Scheer in Biochim Biophys Acta 1777:94-103, 2008) and, moreover, the different PEB molecules in PE must be arranged, relative to each other, so as to promote efficient energy transfer between them. This improved structure has allowed us to define in great detail the structure of the PEBs and their binding sites...
September 16, 2017: Photosynthesis Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28918426/aortic-isthmus-flow-recording-predicts-the-outcome-of-the-recipient-twin-after-laser-coagulation-in-twin-twin-transfusion-syndrome
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France Leduc, Amélie Delabaere, Roxanne Gendron, Florent Fuchs, Sandrine Wavrant, Marie-Josée Raboisson, Jean-Claude Fouron, François Audibert
INTRODUCTION: The objective was to assess the prognostic value of the systolic flow through the aortic isthmus in monochorionic pregnancies complicated by twin-twin transfusion syndrome (TTTS) treated by placental laser ablation. MATERIAL AND METHODS: Fetal echocardiography and outcome data of 105 cases of TTTS treated by laser photocoagulation of placental anastomoses were reviewed. Hemodynamic parameters were collected before and after treatment. The isthmic systolic index (ISI) was calculated as the peak systolic velocity/systolic nadir ratio...
September 16, 2017: Fetal Diagnosis and Therapy
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28918356/what-is-the-price-for-the-duchenne-gait-pattern-in-patients-with-cerebral-palsy
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Firooz Salami, Mirjam Niklasch, Britta K Krautwurst, Thomas Dreher, Sebastian I Wolf
Duchenne gait is characterized by trunk lean towards the affected stance limb with the pelvis stable or elevated on the swinging limb side during single limb stance phase. We assessed the relationship between hip abduction moments and trunk kinetics in patients with cerebral palsy showing excessive lateral trunk motion. Data of 18 subjects with bilateral spastic cerebral palsy (CP) and 20 aged matched typically developing subjects (TD) were collected retrospectively. Criteria for patient selection were barefoot walking without aid presenting with excessive lateral trunk motion...
September 7, 2017: Gait & Posture
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28918341/is-first-trimester-hba1c-useful-in-the-diagnosis-of-gestational-diabetes
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David Benaiges, Juana A Flores-Le Roux, Irene Marcelo, Laura Mañé, Marta Rodríguez, Xavier Navarro, Juan J Chillarón, Gemma Llauradó, Lucia Gortazar, Juan Pedro-Botet, Antonio Payà
AIMS: To evaluate the usefulness and efficacy of first-trimester HbA1c in the diagnosis of gestational diabetes (GDM). METHODS: Prospective observational of consecutive pregnant women. All women had a first-trimester HbA1c determination and GDM screening at 24-28weeks of pregnancy using a two-step approach. A ROC curve was drawn to determine the sensitivity and specificity of HbA1c in detecting GDM and a rule-in rule-out diagnostic algorithm was proposed. The cost of the proposed algorithm was calculated...
August 30, 2017: Diabetes Research and Clinical Practice
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28918338/a-short-term-swimming-speed-alteration-test-with-nauplii-of-artemia-franciscana
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Silvia Morgana, Noelia Estévez-Calvar, Chiara Gambardella, Marco Faimali, Francesca Garaventa
The presence of toxicant needs to be assessed within short time in order to effectively protect the aquatic environment from serious threat. Based on the observation that at high temperatures aquatic organisms become more vulnerable to stressors than those maintained at room temperature, a new test was developed. The proposed bioassay consisted in the evaluation of the swimming speed alteration (SSA) of nauplii of Artemia franciscana incubated at 39°C (± 1) for 6h, using a Swimming Behavior Recorder system (SBR)...
September 14, 2017: Ecotoxicology and Environmental Safety
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28918329/an-integrated-strategy-for-rapid-discovery-and-identification-of-the-sequential-piperine-metabolites-in-rats-using-ultra-high-performance-liquid-chromatography-high-resolution-mass-spectrometery
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Zhanpeng Shang, Wei Cai, Yanfeng Cao, Fei Wang, Zhibin Wang, Jianqiu Lu, Jiayu Zhang
Piperine, one of the major bioactive constituents isolated from natural flavorings and medicinal-culinary herbs, possesses various biological activities. In the present study, an integrated strategy based on ultra high-performance liquid chromatography/high resolution mass spectrometry was established to reveal piperine metabolism in rats. First of all, post-acquisition data-mining methods, including high resolution extracted ion chromatograms (HREICs) and multiple mass defect filtering (MMDF), were used to screen piperine metabolite candidates in a full-scan HRMS(1) level...
September 9, 2017: Journal of Pharmaceutical and Biomedical Analysis
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28918325/a-novel-lc-ms-ms-method-for-the-quantitative-measurement-of-the-acetate-content-in-pharmaceutical-peptides
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Rani J Qasem, Ibrahim K Farh, Mohammed A Al Essa
Most pharmaceutical peptides are supplied as acetate salts and the relative amount of acetate to peptide in the final product is one quality criterion required by regulatory agencies to approve the product for clinical use. The objective of the present study was to develop a validated LC-MS/MS method that allows the quantitative determination of the acetate content in pharmaceutical peptide preparations and simultaneous monitoring and collection of qualitative and quantitative information on the peptide during manufacture and in the final product...
September 6, 2017: Journal of Pharmaceutical and Biomedical Analysis
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28918321/extending-donor-size-in-d-a-%C3%AF-a-organic-dye-for-dye-sensitized-solar-cells-anti-aggregation-and-improving-electron-injection
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Yuan-Chun Hu, Wei-Lu Ding, Xing-Liang Peng, Ze-Sheng Li
We have theoretically designed two D-A-π-A dyes 3 and 4 based on the efficient references 1 and 2 by introducing an extra electron donor unit (D2). Via calculating the electronic structures of isolated dyes, we obtain that dyes 3 and 4 possess stronger light-harvesting efficiency imparted by the fluorescence energy transfer of D2 part, maintain comparable lifetime of excited states, and shorten the electron injection time significantly with regard to 1 and 2. Meanwhile, dye 3 positively shifts the edge of virtual states of TiO2 in a larger extent compared to its counterparts...
September 8, 2017: Journal of Molecular Graphics & Modelling
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28918319/determination-of-chlorogenic-acids-and-caffeine-in-homemade-brewed-coffee-prepared-under-various-conditions
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Jong-Sup Jeon, Han-Taek Kim, Il-Hyung Jeong, Se-Ra Hong, Moon-Seog Oh, Kwang-Hee Park, Jae-Han Shim, A M Abd El-Aty
Coffee, a complex mixture of more than 800 volatile compounds, is one of the most valuable commodity in the world, whereas caffeine and chlorogenic acids (CGAs) are the most common compounds. CGAs are mainly composed of caffeoylquinic acids (CQAs), dicaffeoylquinic acids (diCQAs), and feruloylquinic acids (FQAs). The major CGAs in coffee are neochlorogenic acid (3-CQA), cryptochlorogenic acid (4-CQA), and chlorogenic acid (5-CQA). Many studies have shown that it is possible to separate the isomers of FQAs by high-performance liquid chromatography (HPLC)...
August 31, 2017: Journal of Chromatography. B, Analytical Technologies in the Biomedical and Life Sciences
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28918317/bithionol-residue-analysis-in-animal-derived-food-products-by-an-effective-and-rugged-extraction-method-coupled-with-liquid-chromatography-tandem-mass-spectrometry
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Weijia Zheng, Jin-A Park, A M Abd El-Aty, Seong-Kwan Kim, Sang-Hyun Cho, Jeong-Min Choi, Hee Yi, Soo-Min Cho, H A El-Banna, Jae-Han Shim, Byung-Joon Chang, Jing Wang, Jin-Suk Kim, Ho-Chul Shin
Herein, we developed a simple analytical procedure for the quantitation of bithionol residues in animal-derived food products such as porcine muscle, eggs, milk, eel, flatfish, and shrimp using a modified quick, easy, cheap, effective, rugged, and safe (QuEChERS) extraction method coupled with liquid chromatography-electrospray ionization tandem mass spectrometry (LC-ESI(+)/MS-MS). Samples were extracted with 0.1% solution of formic acid in acetonitrile and the extract was purified using a C18 sorbent. Separation was performed on a Waters XBridge™ C18 reversed-phase analytical column using 0...
August 31, 2017: Journal of Chromatography. B, Analytical Technologies in the Biomedical and Life Sciences
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28918315/does-cognitive-behavioural-therapy-for-insomnia-improve-cognitive-performance-a-systematic-review-and-narrative-synthesis
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Vanessa Herbert, Simon D Kyle, Daniel Pratt
Individuals with insomnia report difficulties pertaining to their cognitive functioning. Cognitive behavioural therapy for insomnia (CBT-I) is associated with robust, long-term improvements in sleep parameters, however less is known about the impact of CBT-I on the daytime correlates of the disorder. A systematic review and narrative synthesis was conducted in order to summarise and evaluate the evidence regarding the impact of CBT-I on cognitive functioning. Reference databases were searched and studies were included if they assessed cognitive performance as an outcome of CBT-I, using either self-report questionnaires or cognitive tests...
July 12, 2017: Sleep Medicine Reviews
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28918273/volatile-and-semivolatile-emissions-from-the-pyrolysis-of-almond-shell-loaded-with-heavy-metals
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M A Martín-Lara, N Ortuño, J A Conesa
Heavy metal-loaded almond shell was subjected to pyrolysis to understand the effect of the presence of different heavy metals on its thermal degradation. Pyrolysis behavior of native and metal-loaded samples was studied by thermogravimetric analysis. Similar shapes of thermogravimetric curves indicate that the presence of cadmium (Cd), chromium (Cr), copper (Cu), nickel (Ni) and lead (Pb) did not change the main degradation pathways of almond shell. However, the temperature at which the decomposition in each stage takes place at a higher rate and char yield was considerably modified by the presence of Cr and Ni...
September 14, 2017: Science of the Total Environment
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