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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27909259/assessing-progress-in-implementing-uganda-s-nutrition-action-plan-district-level-insights
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Edgar Agaba, Amanda Pomeroy-Stevens, Shibani Ghosh, Jeffrey K Griffiths
BACKGROUND: The 2011 Uganda Nutrition Action Plan (UNAP) established 2016 maternal and child nutrition targets. However, there is a lack of routine district-level data collection to assess UNAP implementation. OBJECTIVE: To use Nutrition Innovation Lab (NIL) data to inform policy makers on the progress of UNAP-related indicators. METHODS: The NIL collected serial household-level survey data (n = 3600) in 6 districts, including 2 UNAP implementation districts, in 2012 and 2014...
December 2016: Food and Nutrition Bulletin
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27908215/in-vitro-effect-of-myo-inositol-on-sperm-motility-in-normal-and-oligoasthenospermia-patients-undergoing-in-vitro-fertilization
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P G Artini, E Casarosa, E Carletti, P Monteleone, A Di Noia, O M Di Berardino
It is a known fact that abnormal seminal liquid specimens contain abnormal amounts of oxygen free radicals and reactive oxygen species (ROS), and that the use of antioxidant molecules both in vivo and in vitro leads to improvement of semen quality in terms of motility, reduction in DNA damage, with obvious consequences on the fertilization potential. Myo-inositol has been observed to have anti-oxidant properties and be present in much greater concentrations specifically in seminal liquid than in the blood. Moreover, there seems to be a direct relationship between myo-inositol and mitochondrial membrane potential (MMP) and sperm motility...
December 2, 2016: Gynecological Endocrinology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27899618/rna-seq-mixology-designing-realistic-control-experiments-to-compare-protocols-and-analysis-methods
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Aliaksei Z Holik, Charity W Law, Ruijie Liu, Zeya Wang, Wenyi Wang, Jaeil Ahn, Marie-Liesse Asselin-Labat, Gordon K Smyth, Matthew E Ritchie
Carefully designed control experiments provide a gold standard for benchmarking different genomics research tools. A shortcoming of many gene expression control studies is that replication involves profiling the same reference RNA sample multiple times. This leads to low, pure technical noise that is atypical of regular studies. To achieve a more realistic noise structure, we generated a RNA-sequencing mixture experiment using two cell lines of the same cancer type. Variability was added by extracting RNA from independent cell cultures and degrading particular samples...
November 29, 2016: Nucleic Acids Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27899602/the-human-phenotype-ontology-in-2017
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Sebastian Köhler, Nicole A Vasilevsky, Mark Engelstad, Erin Foster, Julie McMurry, Ségolène Aymé, Gareth Baynam, Susan M Bello, Cornelius F Boerkoel, Kym M Boycott, Michael Brudno, Orion J Buske, Patrick F Chinnery, Valentina Cipriani, Laureen E Connell, Hugh J S Dawkins, Laura E DeMare, Andrew D Devereau, Bert B A de Vries, Helen V Firth, Kathleen Freson, Daniel Greene, Ada Hamosh, Ingo Helbig, Courtney Hum, Johanna A Jähn, Roger James, Roland Krause, Stanley J F Laulederkind, Hanns Lochmüller, Gholson J Lyon, Soichi Ogishima, Annie Olry, Willem H Ouwehand, Nikolas Pontikos, Ana Rath, Franz Schaefer, Richard H Scott, Michael Segal, Panagiotis I Sergouniotis, Richard Sever, Cynthia L Smith, Volker Straub, Rachel Thompson, Catherine Turner, Ernest Turro, Marijcke W M Veltman, Tom Vulliamy, Jing Yu, Julie von Ziegenweidt, Andreas Zankl, Stephan Züchner, Tomasz Zemojtel, Julius O B Jacobsen, Tudor Groza, Damian Smedley, Christopher J Mungall, Melissa Haendel, Peter N Robinson
Deep phenotyping has been defined as the precise and comprehensive analysis of phenotypic abnormalities in which the individual components of the phenotype are observed and described. The three components of the Human Phenotype Ontology (HPO; www.human-phenotype-ontology.org) project are the phenotype vocabulary, disease-phenotype annotations and the algorithms that operate on these. These components are being used for computational deep phenotyping and precision medicine as well as integration of clinical data into translational research...
November 28, 2016: Nucleic Acids Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27899109/challenges-for-strengthening-the-health-workforce-in-the-lao-people-s-democratic-republic-perspectives-from-key-stakeholders
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Yi Qian, Fei Yan, Wei Wang, Shayna Clancy, Kongsap Akkhavong, Manithong Vonglokham, Somphou Outhensackda, Truls Østbye
BACKGROUND: The Lao People's Democratic Republic is facing a critical shortage and maldistribution of health workers. Strengthening of the health workforce has been adopted as one of the five priorities of the National Health Sector Strategy (2013-2025). This study aims to identify, explore, and better understand the key challenges for strengthening the Laotian health workforce. METHODS: This study applied exploratory and descriptive qualitative methods and adapted a working life-span framework...
November 29, 2016: Human Resources for Health
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27896639/seom-clinical-guideline-for-bone-metastases-from-solid-tumours-2016
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C Grávalos, C Rodríguez, A Sabino, M Á Seguí, J A Virizuela, A Carmona, J Cassinello, D Isla, C Jara, M Martín
Bone metastases are common in many advanced solid tumours, being breast, prostate, thyroid, lung, and renal cancer the most prevalent. Bone metastases can produce skeletal-related events (SREs), defined as pathological fracture, spinal cord compression, need of bone irradiation or need of bone surgery, and hypercalcaemia. Patients with bone metastases experience pain, functional impairment and have a negative impact on their quality of life. Several imaging techniques are available for diagnosis of this disease...
November 28, 2016: Clinical & Translational Oncology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27890457/the-role-of-whole-genome-sequencing-wgs-in-antimicrobial-susceptibility-testing-of-bacteria-report-from-the-eucast-subcommittee
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Matthew J Ellington, Oskar Ekelund, Frank M Aarestrup, Rafael Canton, Michel Doumith, Christian Giske, Hajo Grundman, Henrik Hasman, Matthew Holden, Katie L Hopkins, Jon Iredell, Gunnar Kahlmeter, Claudio U Köser, Alasdair MacGowan, Dik Mevius, Mike Mulvey, Thierry Naas, Tim Peto, Jean-Marc Rolain, Ørjan Samuelsen, Neil Woodford
Whole genome sequencing (WGS) offers the potential to predict antimicrobial susceptibility from a single assay. The European Committee on Antimicrobial Susceptibility Testing (EUCAST) established a subcommittee to review the current development status of WGS for bacterial antimicrobial susceptibility testing (AST). The published evidence for using WGS as a tool to infer antimicrobial susceptibility accurately is currently either poor or non-existent and the evidence / knowledge base requires significant expansion...
November 23, 2016: Clinical Microbiology and Infection
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27889143/use-of-natural-antimicrobials-to-improve-the-quality-characteristics-of-fresh-phyllo-a-dough-based-wheat-product-shelf-life-assessment
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Maria I Tsiraki, Layal Karam, Mohamad G Abiad, Hany M Yehia, Ioannis N Savvaidis
This study explores the effects of chitosan and natamycin on the quality of fresh "Phyllo" - a dough-based wheat product, by monitoring the microbiological, physicochemical and sensory parameters. Four different lots of phyllo samples stored under aerobic packaging conditions, in the absence or presence of the aforementioned antimicrobials, were prepared and stored at 4 °C. Microbiological data suggested that, the combination of chitosan and natamycin resulted in significant reductions (1-3 log cfu/g) of the microbial species examined (mesophilic total viable counts; TVC), yeasts/molds, psychrotrophic and lactic acid bacteria (LAB), Enterobacteriaceae and coliforms) by day 10...
April 2017: Food Microbiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27888958/improving-metabolic-syndrome-screening-on-patients-on-second-generation-antipsychotic-medication
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Esther Kioko, Kimberly Williams, Beth Newhouse
AIM: This quality improvement project aims at stressing the importance of screening for metabolic syndrome (MS) on patients with serious mental illness (SMI) managed with second generation antipsychotic (SGA) medication. METHOD: One hundred charts of patients who were on SGA (n=100) were randomly selected from more than 1000 charts for the purpose of this project with (n=50) charts for pre-intervention and (n=50) charts for post intervention. A chi-square test of independence was calculated comparing the frequency of labs and vital done in pre-intervention and post-intervention period...
December 2016: Archives of Psychiatric Nursing
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27884822/a-framework-for-remission-in-sle-consensus-findings-from-a-large-international-task-force-on-definitions-of-remission-in-sle-doris
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Ronald van Vollenhoven, Alexandre Voskuyl, George Bertsias, Cynthia Aranow, Martin Aringer, Laurent Arnaud, Anca Askanase, Petra Balážová, Eloisa Bonfa, Hendrika Bootsma, Dimitrios Boumpas, Ian Bruce, Ricard Cervera, Ann Clarke, Cindy Coney, Nathalie Costedoat-Chalumeau, László Czirják, Ronald Derksen, Andrea Doria, Thomas Dörner, Rebecca Fischer-Betz, Ruth Fritsch-Stork, Caroline Gordon, Winfried Graninger, Noémi Györi, Frédéric Houssiau, David Isenberg, Soren Jacobsen, David Jayne, Annegret Kuhn, Veronique Le Guern, Kirsten Lerstrøm, Roger Levy, Francinne Machado-Ribeiro, Xavier Mariette, Jamil Missaykeh, Eric Morand, Marta Mosca, Murat Inanc, Sandra Navarra, Irmgard Neumann, Marzena Olesinska, Michelle Petri, Anisur Rahman, Ole Petter Rekvig, Jozef Rovensky, Yehuda Shoenfeld, Josef Smolen, Angela Tincani, Murray Urowitz, Bernadette van Leeuw, Carlos Vasconcelos, Anne Voss, Victoria P Werth, Helena Zakharova, Asad Zoma, Matthias Schneider, Michael Ward
OBJECTIVES: Treat-to-target recommendations have identified 'remission' as a target in systemic lupus erythematosus (SLE), but recognise that there is no universally accepted definition for this. Therefore, we initiated a process to achieve consensus on potential definitions for remission in SLE. METHODS: An international task force of 60 specialists and patient representatives participated in preparatory exercises, a face-to-face meeting and follow-up electronic voting...
November 24, 2016: Annals of the Rheumatic Diseases
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27883170/macvia-lr-fighting-chronic-diseases-for-active-and-healthy-ageing-in-languedoc-roussillon-a-success-story-of-the-european-innovation-partnership-on-active-and-healthy-ageing
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J Bousquet, R Bourret, T Camuzat, P Augé, J Bringer, M Noguès, O Jonquet, J E de la Coussaye, J Ankri, M Cesari, O Guérin, B Vellas, H Blain, S Arnavielhe, A Avignon, B Combe, G Canovas, C Daien, G Dray, A Dupeyron, C Jeandel, I Laffont, D Laune, C Marion, E Pastor, J Y Pélissier, B Galan, J Reynes, J C Reuzeau, A Bedbrook, S Granier, P A Adnet, M Amouyal, B Alomène, P L Bernard, C Berr, D Caimmi, P G Claret, D J Costa, J P Cristol, P Fesler, D Hève, J Millot-Keurinck, D Morquin, G Ninot, M C Picot, N Raffort, F Roubille, A Sultan, J Touchon, V Attalin, C Azevedo, M Badin, K Bakhti, B Bardy, M P Battesti, X Bobia, C Boegner, S Boichot, H Y Bonnin, S Bouly, C Boubakri, J L Bourrain, G Bourrel, V Bouix, V Bruguière, S Cade, W Camu, V Carre, G Cavalli, G Cayla, R Chiron, P Coignard, F Coroian, P Costa, J Cottalorda, B Coulet, A L Coupet, M C Courrouy-Michel, P Courtet, V Cros, F Cuisinier, M Danko, P Dauenhauer, M Dauzat, M David, J M Davy, D Delignières, P Demoly, J Desplan, P Dujols, G Dupeyron, O Engberink, M Enjalbert, C Fattal, J Fernandes, M Fouletier, P Fraisse, P Gabrion, M Gellerat-Rogier, A Gelis, C Genis, N Giraudeau, A Y Goucham, F Gouzi, F Gressard, J C Gris, B Guillot, D Guiraud, V Handweiler, M Hayot, C Hérisson, C Heroum, D Hoa, S Jacquemin, S Jaber, D Jakovenko, C Jorgensen, P Kouyoudjian, R Lamoureux, L Landreau, M Lapierre, D Larrey, C Laurent, M S Léglise, J M Lemaitre, A Le Quellec, F Leclercq, S Lehmann, B Lognos, Cj M Lussert, A Makinson, K Mandrick, P Mares, P Martin-Gousset, A Matheron, G Mathieu, M Meissonnier, G Mercier, P Messner, C Meunier, M Mondain, R Morales, J Morel, D Mottet, P Nérin, P Nicolas, F Nouvel, D Paccard, G Pandraud, M P Pasdelou, J L Pasquié, K Patte, S Perrey, Y M Pers, F Portejoie, J L E Pujol, X Quantin, I Quéré, S Ramdani, J Ribstein, I Rédini-Martinez, S Richard, K Ritchie, J P Riso, F Rivier, J M Robine, C Rolland, E Royère, D Sablot, J L Savy, L Schifano, P Senesse, R Sicard, Y Stephan, D Strubel, G Tallon, M Tanfin, H Tassery, I Tavares, K Torre, V Tribout, A Uziel, P Van de Perre, F Venail, C Vergne-Richard, G Vergotte, L Vian, F Vialla, F Viart, M Villain, E Viollet, M Ychou, J Mercier
The Région Languedoc Roussillon is the umbrella organisation for an interconnected and integrated project on active and healthy ageing (AHA). It covers the 3 pillars of the European Innovation Partnership on Active and Healthy Ageing (EIP on AHA): (A) Prevention and health promotion, (B) Care and cure, (C) and (D) Active and independent living of elderly people. All sub-activities (poly-pharmacy, falls prevention initiative, prevention of frailty, chronic respiratory diseases, chronic diseases with multimorbidities, chronic infectious diseases, active and independent living and disability) have been included in MACVIA-LR which has a strong political commitment and involves all stakeholders (public, private, patients, policy makers) including CARSAT-LR and the Eurobiomed cluster...
2016: Journal of Frailty & Aging
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27881833/apixaban-for-treatment-of-embolic-stroke-of-undetermined-source-atticus-randomized-trial-rationale-and-study-design
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Tobias Geisler, Sven Poli, Christoph Meisner, Juergen Schreieck, Christine S Zuern, Thomas Nägele, Johannes Brachmann, Werner Jung, Georg Gahn, Elisabeth Schmid, Hansjörg Bäezner, Timea Keller, Gabor C Petzold, Jan-Wilko Schrickel, Jan Liman, Rolf Wachter, Frauke Schön, Martin Schabet, Alfred Lindner, Albert C Ludolph, Hubert Kimmig, Sebastian Jander, Uwe Schlegel, Meinrad Gawaz, Ulf Ziemann
RATIONALE: Optimal secondary prevention of embolic stroke of undetermined source is not established. The current standard in these patients is acetylsalicylic acid, despite high prevalence of yet undetected paroxysmal atrial fibrillation. AIM: The ATTICUS randomized trial is designed to determine whether the factor Xa inhibitor apixaban administered within 7 days after embolic stroke of undetermined source, is superior to acetylsalicylic acid for prevention of new ischemic lesions documented by brain magnetic resonance imaging within 12 months after index stroke...
November 23, 2016: International Journal of Stroke: Official Journal of the International Stroke Society
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27877164/distribution-of-native-lactic-acid-bacteria-in-wineries-of-queretaro-mexico-and-their-resistance-to-wine-like-conditions
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Dalia E Miranda-Castilleja, Ramón Álvar Martínez-Peniche, J A Aldrete-Tapia, Lourdes Soto-Muñoz, Montserrat H Iturriaga, J R Pacheco-Aguilar, Sofía M Arvizu-Medrano
Native lactic acid bacteria (LAB) are capable of growing during winemaking, thereby strongly affecting wine quality. The species of LAB present in musts, wines during malolactic fermentation (MLF), and barrels/filters were investigated in wineries from the emerging wine region of Queretaro, México using multiplex PCR and culture. The resistance to wine-like conditions (WLC): ethanol (10, 12, and 13%), SO2 (30 mg⋅l(-1)), and low pH (3.5) of native LAB strains was also studied. Five species were detected within 61 samples obtained: Oenococcus oeni, Lactobacillus plantarum, Pediococcus parvulus, Lactobacillus hilgardi, and Lactobacillus brevis...
2016: Frontiers in Microbiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27863004/local-versus-offshore-production-of-ready-to-use-therapeutic-foods-and-small-quantity-lipid-based-nutrient-supplements
#14
Joel Segrè, Grace Liu, Jan Komrska
Manufacturers on four continents currently produce ready-to-use therapeutic foods (RUTF). Some produce locally, near their intended users, while others produce offshore and ship their product long distances. Small quantity lipid-based nutrient supplements (SQ-LNS) such as Nutriset's Enov'Nutributter are not yet in widespread production. There has been speculation whether RUTF and SQ-LNS should be produced primarily offshore, locally, or both. We analyzed The United Nations Children's Fund (UNICEF) Supply Division data, reviewed published literature, and interviewed local manufacturers to identify key benefits and challenges to local versus offshore manufacture of RUTF...
November 8, 2016: Maternal & Child Nutrition
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27862628/history-physical-exam-laboratory-testing-and-emergency-department-ultrasonography-for-the-diagnosis-of-acute-cholecystitis
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Ashika Jain, Ninfa Mehta, Michael Secko, Joshua Schecter, Dimitri Papanagnou, Shreya Pandya, Richard Sinert
BACKGROUND: Acute Cholecystitis (AC) is a common differential for patients presenting to the Emergency Department (ED) with abdominal pain. The diagnostic accuracy of history, physical exam and bedside lab tests for AC have not been quantitatively described. OBJECTIVES: We performed a systematic review to determine the utility of History/Physical exam (H&P), Laboratory studies and Ultrasonography (US) in diagnosing AC in the ED. METHODS: We searched medical literature from January 1965 to March 2016 in PubMed, EMBASE and SCOPUS using a strategy derived from the following formulation of our clinical question: Patients: ED patients suspected of AC...
November 15, 2016: Academic Emergency Medicine: Official Journal of the Society for Academic Emergency Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27857537/changes-in-the-physico-chemical-and-microbial-quality-during-the-production-of-past%C3%A4-rma-cured-with-different-levels-of-sodium-nitrite
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Muhammet Irfan Aksu, Ebru Erdemir, Neslihan Çakıcı
Pastırma, a dry-cured meat product, is produced from the whole muscle and/or muscles obtained from certain parts of beef and water buffalo carcasses. The purpose of this study was to determine the effects of different levels of sodium nitrite on changes in the physicochemical and microbial quality during the production of pastırma. The changes in residual nitrite, salt, pH, moisture, thiobarbutiric acid reactive substances (TBARS), colour (L*, a*, b*), total aerobic mesophilic bacteria (TAMB), lactic acid bacteria (LAB), Micrococcus/Staphylococcus (M/S), mould-yeast (M-Y), and Enterobacteriaceae counts of pastırma with 0, 50, 100 and 150 ppm sodium nitrite were determined during the production...
October 31, 2016: Korean Journal for Food Science of Animal Resources
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27853455/assessment-of-the-rnasound-rna-sampling-card-for-the-preservation-of-influenza-virus-rna
#17
Hilda Lau, Aeron C Hurt
Shipping influenza virus specimens, isolates or purified RNA is normally conducted at ultra-low temperatures using dry ice to ensure minimal degradation of the samples but this is expensive and requires special packaging and shipping conditions. Therefore, alternative methods for shipping influenza viruses or RNA at ambient temperatures would be desirable. The RNASound RNA Sampling Card (FortiusBio LLC, San Diego, CA, USA) is a device that enables specimens or isolates to be applied to a card, whereby viruses are inactivated, while RNA is preserved and purified RNA can also easily be eluted...
2016: Frontiers in Microbiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27849384/assessing-referrals-and-improving-information-availability-for-consultations-in-an-academic-endocrinology-clinic
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Chase D Hendrickson, Saumya Saini, Avin Pothuloori, John N Mecchella
OBJECTIVE: Outpatient specialty consultations rely on the timeliness and completeness of referral information to facilitate a valuable patient-specialist interaction. This project aimed to increase essential diagnostic information availability at the initial consultation for patients referred for common endocrine conditions frequently lacking such data - diabetes mellitus, thyroid nodule, thyrotoxicosis, and hypercalcemia. METHODS: At an endocrinology clinic at an academic medical center in rural New England, providers see several thousand new patients annually, the majority of whom are referred by providers external to the clinic's healthcare system...
November 16, 2016: Endocrine Practice
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27848190/towards-a-systematic-screening-tool-for-quality-assurance-and-semiautomatic-fraud-detection-for-images-in-the-life-sciences
#19
Lars Koppers, Holger Wormer, Katja Ickstadt
The quality and authenticity of images is essential for data presentation, especially in the life sciences. Questionable images may often be a first indicator for questionable results, too. Therefore, a tool that uses mathematical methods to detect suspicious images in large image archives can be a helpful instrument to improve quality assurance in publications. As a first step towards a systematic screening tool, especially for journal editors and other staff members who are responsible for quality assurance, such as laboratory supervisors, we propose a basic classification of image manipulation...
November 15, 2016: Science and Engineering Ethics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27837552/fundamental-principles-of-stem-cell-banking
#20
Changbin Sun, Jianhui Yue, Na He, Yaqiong Liu, Xi Zhang, Yong Zhang
Stem cells are highly promising resources for application in cell therapy, regenerative medicine, drug discovery, toxicology and developmental biology research. Stem cell banks have been increasingly established all over the world in order to preserve their cellular characteristics, prevent contamination and deterioration, and facilitate their effective use in basic and translational research, as well as current and future clinical application. Standardization and quality control during banking procedures are essential to allow researchers from different labs to compare their results and to develop safe and effective new therapies...
2016: Advances in Experimental Medicine and Biology
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