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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28092932/burden-assessment-of-infectious-and-cardio-vascular-diseases-in-india-for-the-decade-2004-2014
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Kajori Banerjee, Laxmi Kant Dwivedi
Purpose: In India, diseases, communicable or non-communicable, are argued to be biased in affecting a certain socio-economic strata of the population. Using 60th (2004) and 71st (2014) National Sample Survey rounds, this study assesses the pressure of infectious diseases against cardio-vascular diseases (CVD) and alteration of disease burden over various socio-economic, demographic sub-population for 2004-2014. Methods: To assess the burden of diseases over the two time points separated by a decade prevalence rates, hospitalization rates, case fatality rates, mortality burden is estimated...
December 14, 2016: Epidemiology and Health
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28092931/the-criteria-of-metabolic-syndrome-and-national-health-checkup-and-education-system-in-japan
#2
Kazumasa Yamagishi, Hiroyasu Iso
Two major definitions of metabolic syndrome have been proposed. One focuses on accumulation of risk factors such as the American Heart Association (AHA) and National Heart, Lung and Blood Institute (NHLBI) criteria; and the other focuses on abdominal obesity such as the International Diabetes Federation (IDF) and Japanese criteria. The latter consider waist circumference as an obligatory component, whereas the former does not. In 2009, the IDF, NHLBI, AHA and the other organizations attempted to unify these criteria, and waist circumference is no longer an obligatory component...
January 6, 2017: Epidemiology and Health
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28092922/the-effectiveness-of-free-vascularized-fibular-flaps-in-osteonecrosis-of-the-femoral-head-and-neck-a-systematic-review
#3
Cassandra A Ligh, Jonas A Nelson, John P Fischer, Stephen J Kovach, L Scott Levin
Background Free vascularized fibular flaps (FVFFs) are accepted surgical options to treat osteonecrosis of the femoral head and neck (ONFHN) to prevent conversion to total hip replacement (THR), yet many studies are single institution cohorts, with little generalizability. Purpose The purpose of this study was to perform a systematic review examining the comparative effectiveness of FVFF to treat ONFHN, particularly preventing conversion to a THR and improving hip function/symptoms. Methods We searched PubMed and EMBASE databases using femoral head, free fibula, and femoral neck keywords...
January 16, 2017: Journal of Reconstructive Microsurgery
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28092859/n-2-arylmethylimino-ethyl-7-chloroquinolin-4-amine-derivatives-synthesized-by-thermal-and-ultrasonic-means-are-endowed-with-anti-zika-virus-activity
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Giselle Barbosa-Lima, Ligia S da Silveira Pinto, Carlos R Kaiser, James L Wardell, Caroline S De Freitas, Yasmine R Vieira, Andressa Marttorelli, José Cerbino Neto, Patrícia T Bozza, Solange M S V Wardell, Marcus V N de Souza, Thiago M L Souza
Zika virus (ZIKV), an emerging Flavivirus, was recently associated with severe neurological complications and congenital diseases. Therefore, development of antiviral agents capable of inhibiting ZIKV replication is urgent. Chloroquine is a molecule with a confirmed safety history for use with pregnant women, and has been found to exhibit anti-ZIKV activity at concentrations around 10 μM. This suggests that modifications to the chloroquine structure could be promising for obtaining more effective anti-ZIKV agents...
January 6, 2017: European Journal of Medicinal Chemistry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28092830/trpv1-antagonism-by-piperazinyl-aryl-compounds-a-topomer-comfa-study-and-its-use-in-virtual-screening-for-identification-of-novel-antagonists
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Rajendra Kristam, Shashidhar N Rao, Anne Sudha D'Cruz, Vijayalakshmi Mahadevan, Vellarkad N Viswanadhan
Transient Receptor Potential Vanilloid, member 1 (TRPV1), is a non-selective cation channel belonging to the transient receptor potential (TRP) family of ion channels. It occurs in the peripheral and central nervous system, activated by a variety of exogenous and endogenous stimuli, thus playing a key role in transmission of pain. This has been a target for chronic pain since more than a decade and a number of antagonists that progressed into clinical trials have failed due to the unexpected side effect of core body temperature rise, thus halting progress in this field...
January 7, 2017: Journal of Molecular Graphics & Modelling
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28092829/enhancing-4-propylheptane-dissociation-with-nickel-nanocluster-based-on-molecular-dynamics-simulations
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Margarita G Ilyina, Edward M Khamitov, Rail N Galiakhmetov, Ildar A Mustafin, Akhat G Mustafin
In the present work, a 0.4nm nickel cluster has been theoretically studied. Its equilibrium structural parameters have been calculated by the DFT method based on the PBEH1PBE hybrid functional and split-valence basis set Lanl2DZ including effective core potentials. We have systematically considered diverse spin states of this cluster and find out its ground state. The relative stability of these states depends on the HOMO-LUMO gap. The interaction of the Ni6 with 4-propylheptane С10Н22 has been studied to simulate the process of catalytic cracking of hydrocarbons...
January 3, 2017: Journal of Molecular Graphics & Modelling
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28092825/non-invasive-techniques-for-revealing-the-palette-of-the-romantic-painter-francesco-hayez
#7
Laura Rampazzi, Valentina Brunello, Cristina Corti, Elena Lissoni
This paper describes the first systematic analysis of the palette of Francesco Hayez, one of the most outstanding artists of European Romanticism, whose painting technique has never been extensively investigated despite the plethora of artistic studies. He lived in a particular moment in the history of painting, as in the first half of the 19th century many synthetic pigments were available, also in tin tubes, but traditional materials were still used. Sixteen paintings on canvas and on panels, created between 1823 and 1868, were analyzed in situ through non-invasive techniques (infrared reflectography and infrared reflection spectroscopy)...
January 5, 2017: Spectrochimica Acta. Part A, Molecular and Biomolecular Spectroscopy
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28092799/fibrin-improves-skin-wound-perfusion-in-a-diabetic-rat-model
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Tamara Hoppenbrouwers, Bastiaan Tuk, Esther M G Fijneman, Moniek P M de Maat, Johan W van Neck
: The fibrin matrix of the thrombus that is formed directly after wounding, is an important determinant of the success of the early phase of wound healing. This phase is often impaired in patients with diabetes. A promising approach to improve skin wound healing is the application of a pro-angiogenic fibrin matrix onto the wound. We studied this in 59 female WAG/RijCrl diabetic rats, in which we created two dorsal full-thickness wounds of which one was treated with a human physiological fibrin matrix (2mg/ml) and one with PBS as control...
January 10, 2017: Thrombosis Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28092765/cytotoxic-genotoxic-and-mutagenic-evaluation-of-surface-waters-from-a-coal-exploration-region
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Cynthia Silva Porta, Débora Lemes Dos Santos, Hélio Vieira Bernardes, Bruno Corrêa Bellagamba, Anaí Duarte, Johnny Ferraz Dias, Fernanda Rabaioli da Silva, Mauricio Lehmann, Juliana da Silva, Rafael Rodrigues Dihl
Coal mining generates a considerable amount of waste, which is disposed of in piles or dams near mining sites. As a result, leachates may reach rivers and streams, promoting the wide dispersion of contaminants in solution and as particulate matter. The present study evaluated the cytotoxic, genotoxic, and mutagenic action of surface waters collected around a thermoelectric power plant and the largest mining area in Brazil (Candiota). Four sites in Candiota stream were selected, and samples were collected in winter and summer...
January 6, 2017: Chemosphere
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28092756/effects-of-assisted-outpatient-treatment-and-health-care-services-on-psychotic-symptoms
#10
Andres R Schneeberger, Christian G Huber, Undine E Lang, Kristina H Muenzenmaier, Dorothy Castille, Matthias Jaeger, Azizi Seixas, Julia Sowislo, Bruce G Link
RATIONALE: An ongoing debate concerns acceptability, benefits, and shortcomings of coercive treatment such as assisted outpatient treatment (AOT). The hypothesis that involuntary commitment to outpatient treatment may lead to a better clinical outcome for a subgroup of persons with severe mental illness (SMI) is controversial. Nonetheless, positive effects of AOT may be mediated by an increased availability of healthcare resources or increased service use. OBJECTIVE: The purpose of the present study is to evaluate the course of delusions, hallucinations, and negative symptoms among patients with SMI receiving AOT compared to patients receiving non-compulsory treatment (NCT)...
January 6, 2017: Social Science & Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28092730/serum-agr2-as-a-useful-biomarker-for-pituitary-adenomas
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Mamatemin Tohti, Junyang Li, Chao Tang, Guodao Wen, Abdukeyum Abdujilil, Parhat Yizim, Chiyuan Ma
OBJECTIVE: This study aims to evaluate whether the serum Anterior Gradient-2 (AGR2) can be used as a potential biomarker screening in the diagnosis of Pituitary adenomas(PAs). PATIENTS AND METHODS: The serum AGR2 protein levels were preoperatively measured in 163 PA patients, 43 patients with other sellar lesions excluding PAs, 7 patients with prostate cancer as a positive control and 20 normal people(10 female and 10 male) using Enzyme-Linked ImmunoSorbent Assay (ELISA)...
January 9, 2017: Clinical Neurology and Neurosurgery
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28092716/view-points-of-an-ecologist-on-practical-environmental-ethic-socioecology-common-pool-resources-and-conservation
#12
Juan Carlos Castilla
The paper centers on environmental practical ethic point of views according to a professional ecologist. Ecology and the science of Socio-ecology are defined. The framework of the Millennium Ecosystem Assessment initiative (MA 2003), including the use of ecosystems as the environmental unit of analysis, ecosystem services and human well-being as the center for assessment are discussed. Common-pool resources (CPR) and the allegory of the tragedy of the commons are used to illustrate main scientific and ethical environmental approaches, and above all to highlight the case of climate change, considering ″air-atmosphere″ as a CPR...
September 2016: Cuadernos de Bioética: Revista Oficial de la Asociación Española de Bioética y Ética Médica
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28092713/%C3%A2-the-anthropocene%C3%A2-ecosystem-management-and-environmental-virtue
#13
Ronald Sandler
*Portions of this article are drawn from: Sandler, R. Environmental Ethics: Theory in Practice, Oxford University Press, New York, in press. In this article I consider contrasting views on the implications of rapid, macroscale anthropogenic change for environmental ethics, particularly ecosystem management, species conservation, and environmental virtue. I begin by reviewing the Anthropocene debate, which has become a primary point of discourse on whether we ought to embrace a more interventionist stance regarding ecosystem management and species conservation...
September 2016: Cuadernos de Bioética: Revista Oficial de la Asociación Española de Bioética y Ética Médica
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28092681/genomic-analysis-of-globally-diverse-mycobacterium-tuberculosis-strains-provides-insights-into-the-emergence-and-spread-of-multidrug-resistance
#14
Abigail L Manson, Keira A Cohen, Thomas Abeel, Christopher A Desjardins, Derek T Armstrong, Clifton E Barry, Jeannette Brand, Sinéad B Chapman, Sang-Nae Cho, Andrei Gabrielian, James Gomez, Andreea M Jodals, Moses Joloba, Pontus Jureen, Jong Seok Lee, Lesibana Malinga, Mamoudou Maiga, Dale Nordenberg, Ecaterina Noroc, Elena Romancenco, Alex Salazar, Willy Ssengooba, A A Velayati, Kathryn Winglee, Aksana Zalutskaya, Laura E Via, Gail H Cassell, Susan E Dorman, Jerrold Ellner, Parissa Farnia, James E Galagan, Alex Rosenthal, Valeriu Crudu, Daniela Homorodean, Po-Ren Hsueh, Sujatha Narayanan, Alexander S Pym, Alena Skrahina, Soumya Swaminathan, Martie Van der Walt, David Alland, William R Bishai, Ted Cohen, Sven Hoffner, Bruce W Birren, Ashlee M Earl
Multidrug-resistant tuberculosis (MDR-TB), caused by drug-resistant strains of Mycobacterium tuberculosis, is an increasingly serious problem worldwide. Here we examined a data set of whole-genome sequences from 5,310 M. tuberculosis isolates from five continents. Despite the great diversity of these isolates with respect to geographical point of isolation, genetic background and drug resistance, the patterns for the emergence of drug resistance were conserved globally. We have identified harbinger mutations that often precede multidrug resistance...
January 16, 2017: Nature Genetics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28092635/evaluating-the-accuracy-of-a-three-term-pencil-beam-algorithm-in-heterogeneous-media
#15
J W Chapman, N C Knutson, J D Fontenot, W D Newhauser, K R Hogstrom
The goal of this work was to evaluate the accuracy of our in-house analytical dose calculation code against MCNPX data in heterogeneous phantoms. The analytical model utilizes a pencil beam model based on Fermi-Eyges theory to account for multiple Coulomb scattering and a least-squares fit to Monte Carlo data to account for nonelastic nuclear interactions as well as any remaining, uncharacterized scatter (the 'nuclear halo'). The model characterized dose accurately (up to 1% of maximum dose in broad fields (4  ×  4 cm(2) and 10  ×  10 cm(2)) and up to 0...
February 7, 2017: Physics in Medicine and Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28092617/supplementation-of-pigs-diet-with-zinc-and-copper-as-alternative-to-conventional-antimicrobials
#16
B Dębski
Modern commercial pig farming systems inflict increased stress in animals, which often leads to various negative changes in the gastro-intestinal tract, especially in the case of piglets. Ban of antibiotics, used as growth promoters, has caused a need for alternatives to conventional antimicrobials in swine diets. Use of pre-/or probiotics, organic acids and plant extracts is often recommended, but it seems that zinc oxide and cooper salts, which were traditionally included in high doses to piglets diet, possess the highest efficacy...
December 1, 2016: Polish Journal of Veterinary Sciences
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28092616/generation-and-characterization-of-a-monoclonal-antibody-against-duck-tembusu-virus-envelope-protein
#17
K Han, D Zhao, Y Liu, Q Liu, X Huang, J Yang, K Bi, T Xu, Y Li
Duck Tembusu virus (DTMUV) is a newly emerging pathogenic flavivirus that has caused massive economic losses to the duck industry in China. Envelope (E) protein of DTMUV is an important structural protein, which is able to induce protective immune response in target animals and can be used as specific serological diagnosis tool. In this study, a novel monoclonal antibody, designated mAb 3E9, was generated against DTMUV E protein. It is positive in indirect ELISA against both His-E protein and the purified whole viral antigen...
December 1, 2016: Polish Journal of Veterinary Sciences
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28092604/replication-kinetics-of-neuropathogenic-and-non-neuropathogenic-equine-herpesvirus-type-1-ehv-1-strains-in-primary-murine-neurons-and-ed-cell-line
#18
J Cymerys, A Słońska, J Brzezicka, A Tucholska, A Chmielewska, J Rola, P Malik, M W Bańbura
Equine herpesvirus type 1 (EHV-1) causes respiratory infections, abortion and neurological disorders in horses. Molecular epidemiology studies have demonstrated that a single-point mutation in DNA polymerase gene, resulting in an amino acid variation (N752/D752), is significantly associated with the neuropathogenic potential of EHV-1 strains. The aim of the study was to elucidate if there are any differences between neuropathogenic (EHV-1 26) and non-neuropathogenic (Jan-E and Rac-H) EHV-1 strains in their ability to infect neuronal cells...
December 1, 2016: Polish Journal of Veterinary Sciences
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28092582/automatic-prediction-of-health-status-using-smartphone-derived-behaviour-profiles
#19
Daniel Kelly, Kevin Curran, Brian Caulfield
OBJECTIVE: Current methods of assessing the affect a patients' health has on their daily life are extremely limited. The aim of this work is to develop a sensor based approach to health status measurement in order to objectively measure health status. METHODS: Techniques to generate human behaviour profiles, derived from smartphone accelerometer and gyroscope sensors, are proposed. Experiments, using SVM regression models, are then conducted in order to evaluate the use of the proposed behaviour profiles as a predictor of health status...
January 9, 2017: IEEE Journal of Biomedical and Health Informatics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28092548/linear-spectral-clustering-superpixel
#20
Jiansheng Chen, Zhengqin Li, Bo Huang
In this paper, we present a superpixel segmentation algorithm called linear spectral clustering (LSC), which is capable of producing superpixels with both high boundary adherence and visual compactness for natural images with low computational costs. In LSC, a normalized cuts based formulation of image segmentation is adopted using a distance metric that measures both the color similarity and the space proximity between image pixels. However, rather than directly using the traditional eigen-based algorithm, we approximate the similarity metric through a deliberately designed kernel function such that pixel values can be explicitly mapped to a high-dimensional feature space...
January 11, 2017: IEEE Transactions on Image Processing: a Publication of the IEEE Signal Processing Society
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