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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28636919/monitoring-quantitative-ultrasound-parameter-changes-in-a-cell-pellet-model-of-cell-starvation
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Lauren A Wirtzfeld, Elizabeth S L Berndl, Gregory J Czarnota, Michael C Kolios
Although it has previously been shown that the spectral analysis of ultrasound backscatter data is sensitive to the cellular changes caused by apoptosis, the sensitivity of spectral analysis to oncosis or ischemic cell death had not previously been studied. Whereas many anticancer treatments induce apoptosis, others induce cell starvation, or oncosis. HT-29 colon adenocarcinoma cells were formed into pellets and covered in phosphate-buffered saline at room temperature for 56 h. The pellets were imaged every 8 h with high-frequency (55 MHz) ultrasound and the raw radio-frequency data processed...
June 20, 2017: Biophysical Journal
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28636866/prevalence-and-risk-factors-of-chlamydia-trachomatis-neisseria-gonorrhoeae-trichomonas-vaginalis-and-other-sexually-transmissible-infections-among-women-attending-antenatal-clinics-in-three-provinces-in-papua-new-guinea-a-cross-sectional-survey
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Lisa M Vallely, Pamela Toliman, Claire Ryan, Glennis Rai, Johanna Wapling, Carolyn Tomado, Savarina Huliafi, Gloria Munnull, Patricia Rarau, Suparat Phuanukoonnon, Handan Wand, Peter Siba, Glen D L Mola, John M Kaldor, Andrew J Vallely
Background Papua New Guinea (PNG) is estimated to have among the highest prevalences of HIV and sexually transmissible infections (STIs) of any Asia-Pacific country, and one of the highest burdens of maternal syphilis globally. The prevalence of curable STIs, such as Chlamydia trachomatis (CT), Neisseria gonorrhoeae (NG) and Trichomonas vaginalis (TV), among pregnant women in PNG is relatively unknown. METHODS: A cross-sectional bio-behavioural survey to investigate the epidemiology of CT, NG, TV and other STIs among pregnant women in three provinces of PNG was undertaken...
October 2016: Sexual Health
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28636782/changing-trends-in-complications-of-chronic-hepatitis-c
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Mei Lu, Jia Li, Loralee B Rupp, Yueren Zhou, Scott D Holmberg, Anne C Moorman, Philip R Spradling, Eyasu H Teshale, Joseph A Boscarino, Yihe G Daida, Mark A Schmidt, Sheri Trudeau, Stuart C Gordon
BACKGROUND AND AIMS: Chronic hepatitis C virus (HCV)-related complications have increased over the past decade. METHODS: We used join-point regression modeling to investigate trends in these complications from 2006-2015, and the impact of demographics on these trends. Using data from the Chronic Hepatitis Cohort Study (CHeCS), we identified points at which the trend significantly changed, and estimated the annual percent change (APC) in rates of cirrhosis, decompensated cirrhosis, and all-cause mortality, adjusted by race, sex, and age...
June 21, 2017: Liver International: Official Journal of the International Association for the Study of the Liver
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28636674/behavior-change-communication-activities-improve-infant-and-young-child-nutrition-knowledge-and-practice-of-neighboring-non-participants-in-a-cluster-randomized-trial-in-rural-bangladesh
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John Hoddinott, Ishita Ahmed, Akhter Ahmed, Shalini Roy
OBJECTIVE: To examine the impact on infant and young child nutrition knowledge and practice of mothers who were neighbors of mothers participating in a nutrition Behavior Change Communication (BCC) intervention in rural Bangladesh. METHODS: We analyzed data from 300 mothers whose neighbor participated in a nutrition BCC intervention and 600 mothers whose neighbor participated in an intervention that did not include BCC. We constructed measures capturing mothers' knowledge of infant and young child nutrition (IYCN) and measures of food consumption by children 6-24m...
2017: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28636661/robust-nonparametric-quantification-of-clustering-density-of-molecules-in-single-molecule-localization-microscopy
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Shenghang Jiang, Seongjin Park, Sai Divya Challapalli, Jingyi Fei, Yong Wang
We report a robust nonparametric descriptor, J'(r), for quantifying the density of clustering molecules in single-molecule localization microscopy. J'(r), based on nearest neighbor distribution functions, does not require any parameter as an input for analyzing point patterns. We show that J'(r) displays a valley shape in the presence of clusters of molecules, and the characteristics of the valley reliably report the clustering features in the data. Most importantly, the position of the J'(r) valley ([Formula: see text]) depends exclusively on the density of clustering molecules (ρc)...
2017: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28636610/chronotypes-in-the-us-influence-of-age-and-sex
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Dorothee Fischer, David A Lombardi, Helen Marucci-Wellman, Till Roenneberg
An individual's chronotype reflects how the circadian system embeds itself into the 24-h day with rhythms in physiology, cognition and behavior occurring accordingly earlier or later. In view of an increasing number of people working at unusual times and linked health and safety risks, the wide range in human chronotypes may provide opportunities to allow people to work (and sleep) at times that are in synch with their circadian physiology. We aimed at estimating the distribution of chronotypes in the US population by age and sex...
2017: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28636426/comparison-of-knowledge-perception-and-attitudes-of-concussion-in-previously-concussed-versus-non-concussed-youth-soccer-players
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Caitlyn N Myrdal, Shuang Huang, Holly N Beach, Anna L Waterbrook
OBJECTIVE: To examine if history of concussion is correlated with a difference in knowledge, attitude, and perception of concussive injuries in youth soccer players. METHODS: A convenience sample of youth soccer athletes aged 14 to 18 years completed a survey assessing prior history of concussive injury, knowledge of concussive injury, self-reporting attitudes, and perception of the injury. The survey consists of 16 knowledge questions (eleven on a scale of 1-2, and five on a scale of 1-4) and 12 attitude questions (seven on a scale of 1-4, and five on a scale of 1-5)...
June 21, 2017: Physician and Sportsmedicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28635373/relative-risk-of-hemorrhage-during-pregnancy-in-patients-with-brain-arteriovenous-malformations
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Janneke van Beijnum, Tim Wilkinson, Heather J Whitaker, Johanna G van der Bom, Ale Algra, W Peter Vandertop, René van den Berg, Patrick A Brouwer, Gabriël Je Rinkel, L Jaap Kappelle, Rustam Al-Shahi Salman, Catharina Jm Klijn
Background It is unclear whether the risk of bleeding from brain arteriovenous malformations is higher during pregnancy, delivery, or puerperium. We compared occurrence of brain arteriovenous malformation hemorrhage in women during this period with occurrence of hemorrhage outside this period during their fertile years. Methods We included all women with ruptured brain arteriovenous malformations (16-41 years) from a retrospective database of patients with brain arteriovenous malformations in four Dutch university hospitals (n = 95) and from the population-based Scottish Audit of Intracranial Vascular Malformations (n = 44)...
January 1, 2017: International Journal of Stroke: Official Journal of the International Stroke Society
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28635331/network-meta-analysis-of-liraglutide-versus-dpp-4-inhibitors-for-the-treatment-of-type-2-diabetes-in-japanese-patients
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Dieter Ayers, Steve Kanters, Rachel Goldgrub, Monica Hughes, Ryo Kato, Nana Kragh
AIMS: To determine the comparative efficacy and safety of liraglutide and dipeptidyl peptidiase-4 (DPP-4) inhibitors as antidiabetics for Japanese patients with uncontrolled type 2 diabetes (T2DM). METHODS AND MATERIALS: We searched for randomized-controlled trials (RCTs) evaluating outcomes among Japanese adults with uncontrolled T2DM and including liraglutide or DPP-4 inhibitors up to August 2016. We extracted data on trial and patient characteristics, and the following outcomes: HbA1c, weight, patients meeting HbA1c <7%, patients experiencing hypoglycemic events, microalbuminuria, estimated glomerular filtration rate (eGFR) and creatinine...
June 21, 2017: Current Medical Research and Opinion
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28633874/proportional-bias-between-dual-energy-x-ray-absorptiometry-and-bioelectrical-impedance-analysis-varies-based-on-sex-in-active-adults-consuming-high-and-low-carbohydrate-diets
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Grant M Tinsley
Dual-energy x-ray absorptiometry (DXA) and bioelectrical impedance analysis (BIA) are common methods of body composition assessment, but the agreement between these methods varies. Bias between DXA and single-frequency BIA was evaluated at 6 different time points in 48 active male and female adults consuming standardized high- and low-carbohydrate diets. It was hypothesized that fixed and proportional biases exist between DXA and BIA but that the extent of bias does not differ based on sex. Substantial fixed bias was present for estimates obtained by DXA and BIA, and both men and women exhibited proportional bias for fat mass (FM) and fat-free mass (FFM)...
June 2017: Nutrition Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28633602/functional-principal-component-analysis-of-glomerular-filtration-rate-curves-after-kidney-transplant
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Jianghu J Dong, Liangliang Wang, Jagbir Gill, Jiguo Cao
This article is motivated by some longitudinal clinical data of kidney transplant recipients, where kidney function progression is recorded as the estimated glomerular filtration rates at multiple time points post kidney transplantation. We propose to use the functional principal component analysis method to explore the major source of variations of glomerular filtration rate curves. We find that the estimated functional principal component scores can be used to cluster glomerular filtration rate curves. Ordering functional principal component scores can detect abnormal glomerular filtration rate curves...
January 1, 2017: Statistical Methods in Medical Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28633172/burnout-and-depression-in-ms1-and-ms3-years-a-comparison-of-cohorts-at-one-medical-school
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Cinthia Elkins, Kyle P Plante, Lauren J Germain, Christopher P Morley
BACKGROUND: Losses of idealism, empathy, and professionalism over the course of medical education have been described previously in the literature. A 2012 national survey of medical students estimated 37%-44% with burnout, 58% screen positive for depression, and 9.4% with suicidal ideation in the past 12 months. Given changes in related traits, we sought to explore whether burnout and symptoms of depression change over time. The objectives of this study were to assess the differences in medical student burnout and symptoms of depression between first year (MS1) and third-year (MS3) medical students at one medical college...
June 2017: Family Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28632926/meta-analysis-of-health-related-quality-of-life-after-minimally-invasive-versus-open-oesophagectomy-for-oesophageal-cancer
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J H Kauppila, S Xie, A Johar, S R Markar, P Lagergren
BACKGROUND: The aim of this systematic review and meta-analysis was to compare health-related quality of life (HRQoL) outcomes between minimally invasive and open oesophagectomy for cancer at different postoperative time points. METHODS: A search of PubMed (MEDLINE), Web of Science, Embase, Scopus, CINAHL and the Cochrane Library was performed for studies that compared open with minimally invasive oesophagectomy. A random-effects meta-analysis was conducted for studies that measured HRQoL scores using the European Organisation for Research and Treatment of Cancer (EORTC) QLQ-C30 and QLQ-OES18 questionnaires...
June 20, 2017: British Journal of Surgery
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28632898/hbsag-loss-after-peginterferon-and-nucleotide-combination-treatment-in-chronic-hepatitis-b-patients-5-years-of-follow-up
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Femke Stelma, Meike H van der Ree, Louis Jansen, Martine W Peters, Harry L A Janssen, Hans L Zaaijer, R Bart Takkenberg, Hendrik W Reesink
BACKGROUND AND AIMS: Combining peginterferon alfa-2a (pegIFN) with a nucleotide analogue can result in higher rates of HBsAg loss than either therapy given alone. Here we investigated the durability of the response to combination therapy in chronic hepatitis B (CHB) patients after 5 years of follow-up. METHODS: In the initial study, 92 CHB patients (44 HBeAg positive, 48 HBeAg negative) with HBV DNA > 100,000 c/mL (~20,000 IU/mL) and active hepatitis were treated for 48 weeks with pegIFN 180 μg/week and 10 mg adefovir dipivoxil daily...
June 20, 2017: Journal of Viral Hepatitis
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28632881/clinically-available-assessment-measures-for-lingual-and-labial-somatosensation-in-healthy-adults-normative-data-and-test-reliability
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Nicole M Etter, Olivia M Miller, Kirrie J Ballard
Purpose: High-quality orofacial somatosensory inputs are essential for achieving rapid and accurate motor outputs. Little somatosensory testing is currently being completed in clinical settings. The purpose of this study is to assess the feasibility and test-retest reliability of clinical assessment tools for orofacial somatosensory testing in healthy young adults. Method: A total of 45 healthy young adults (ages 20-41 years) was recruited. Participants reported basic health information, completed pure-tone hearing thresholds, and were assessed using two-point discrimination discs and Von Frey hair detection and discrimination thresholds for bilateral lip and tongue...
June 20, 2017: American Journal of Speech-language Pathology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28632730/phase-2-study-of-combination-spi-1620-with-docetaxel-as-second-line-advanced-biliary-tract-cancer-treatment
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Richard Kim, E Gabriela Chiorean, Manik Amin, Caio Max S Rocha-Lima, Jitendra Gandhi, William P Harris, Tao Song, David Portnoy
BACKGROUND: This multicentre, open-label study evaluated the efficacy and safety of SPI-1620, an analogue of endothelin-1, administered in combination with docetaxel as second-line treatment for patients with advanced biliary tract cancer (ABTC). METHODS: Eligible patients received continuous cycles of combination therapy with SPI-1620 (11 μg m(-2)) and docetaxel (75 mg m(-2)) intravenously every 3 weeks until disease progression (PD) or intolerable toxicity...
June 20, 2017: British Journal of Cancer
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28632527/assessment-of-postoperative-analgesic-drug-efficacy-method-of-data-analysis-is-critical
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Lars Peter Kloster Andersen, Ismail Gögenur, Henrik Torup, Jacob Rosenberg, Mads Utke Werner
BACKGROUND: Pain intensity ratings and opioid consumption (OC) are ubiquitous indicators of pain in postoperative trials of the efficacy of interventional procedures. Unfortunately, consensus on the appropriate statistical handling of these outcomes has not been reached. The aim of this article was, therefore, to reexamine original data obtained from a postoperative analgesic drug trial, applying a collection of standard statistical methods in analgesic outcome assessments. Furthermore, a modified integrated assessment method of these outcomes was evaluated...
June 19, 2017: Anesthesia and Analgesia
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28632499/model-based-sphere-localization-mbsl-in-x-ray-projections
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Stefan Sawall, Joscha Maier, Carsten Leinweber, David Prox, Carsten Funck, Jan Kuntz, Marc Kachelriess
The detection of spherical markers in x-ray projections is an important task in a variety of applications, e.g. geometric calibration and detector distortion correction. Therein, the projection of the sphere center on the detector is of particular interest as the used spherical beads are no ideal point-like objects. Only few methods have been proposed to estimate this respective position on the detector with sufficient accuracy and surrogate positions, e.g. the center of gravity, are used, impairing the results of subsequent algorithms...
June 20, 2017: Physics in Medicine and Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28632416/survival-of-escherichia-coli-on-lettuce-under-field-conditions-encountered-in-the-northeastern-united-states
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Daniel L Weller, Jasna Kovac, Sherry Roof, David J Kent, Jeffrey I Tokman, Barbara Kowalcyk, David Oryang, Renata Ivanek, Anna Aceituno, Christopher Sroka, Martin Wiedmann
Although wildlife intrusion and untreated manure have been associated with microbial contamination of produce, relatively few studies have examined the survival of Escherichia coli on produce under field conditions following contamination (e.g., via splash from wildlife feces). This experimental study was performed to estimate the die-off rate of E. coli on preharvest lettuce following contamination with a fecal slurry. During August 2015, field-grown lettuce was inoculated via pipette with a fecal slurry that was spiked with a three-strain cocktail of rifampin-resistant nonpathogenic E...
June 20, 2017: Journal of Food Protection
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28631963/tumor-penetrating-peptide-integrated-thermally-sensitive-liposomal-doxorubicin-enhances-efficacy-of-radiofrequency-ablation-in-liver-tumors
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Fei Yan, Song Wang, Wei Yang, S Nahum Goldberg, Hao Wu, Wan-Lu Duan, Zhi-Ting Deng, Hai-Bo Han, Hai-Rong Zheng
Purpose To investigate the role of a tumor-penetrating peptide (internalizing CRGDRGPDC [iRGD])-integrated thermally sensitive liposomal (TSL) doxorubicin (DOX) in combination with radiofrequency (RF) ablation of liver tumors in an animal model. Materials and Methods Approval from the institutional animal care and use committee was obtained. Characterization of iRGD-TSL-DOX was performed in vitro. Next, H22 liver adenocarcinomas were implanted in 138 mice in vivo. The DOX accumulation and cell apoptosis of iRGD-TSL-DOX and TSL-DOX with or without RF were evaluated (n = 5) at different time points after treatment with quantitative analysis or pathologic staining...
June 19, 2017: Radiology
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