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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28813450/oral-microbial-community-assembly-under-the-influence-of-periodontitis
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Hongju Chen, Shuting Peng, Lin Dai, Quan Zou, Bin Yi, Xianghong Yang, Zhanshan Sam Ma
Several ecological hypotheses (e.g., specific plaque, non-specific plaque and keystone pathogen) regarding the etiology of periodontitis have been proposed since the 1990s, most of which have been centered on the concept of dysbiosis associated with periodontitis. Nevertheless, none of the existing hypotheses have presented mechanistic interpretations on how and why dysbiosis actually occurs. Hubbell's neutral theory of biodiversity offers a powerful null model to test hypothesis regarding the mechanism of community assembly and diversity maintenance from the metagenomic sequencing data, which can help to understand the forces that shape the community dynamics such as dysbiosis...
2017: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28813219/association-of-reference-pricing-with-drug-selection-and-spending
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James C Robinson, Christopher M Whaley, Timothy T Brown
Background In the United States, prices for therapeutically similar drugs vary widely, which has prompted efforts by public and private insurers to steer patients toward the lower-priced options. Under reference pricing, the insurer or employer establishes a maximum contribution it will make toward the price of a drug or procedure, and the patient pays the remainder. Methods We used difference-in-differences multivariable regression methods to analyze changes in prescriptions and pricing for 1302 drugs in 78 therapeutic classes in the United States, before and after implementation of reference pricing by an alliance of private employers...
August 17, 2017: New England Journal of Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28812834/cost-effectiveness-of-rural-incentive-packages-for-graduating-medical-students-in-lao-pdr
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Eric Keuffell, Wanda Jaskiewicz, Khampasong Theppanya, Kate Tulenko
BACKGROUND: The dearth of health workers in rural settings in Lao People's Democratic Republic (PDR) and other developing countries limits healthcare access and outcomes. In evaluating non-wage financial incentive packages as a potential policy option to attract health workers to rural settings, understanding the expected costs and effects of the various programs ex ante can assist policy-makers in selecting the optimal incentive package. METHODS: We use discrete choice experiments (DCEs), costing analyses and recent empirical results linking health worker density and health outcomes to estimate the future location decisions of physicians and determine the cost-effectiveness of 15 voluntary incentives packages for new physicians in Lao PDR...
October 29, 2016: International Journal of Health Policy and Management
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28812734/human-behaviour-as-a-long-term-ecological-driver-of-non-human-evolution
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REVIEW
Alexis P Sullivan, Douglas W Bird, George H Perry
Due to our intensive subsistence and habitat-modification strategies-including broad-spectrum harvesting and predation, widespread landscape burning, settlement construction, and translocation of other species-humans have major roles as ecological actors who influence fundamental trophic interactions. Here we review how the long-term history of human-environment interaction has shaped the evolutionary biology of diverse non-human, non-domesticated species. Clear examples of anthropogenic effects on non-human morphological evolution have been documented in modern studies of substantial changes to body size or other major traits in terrestrial and aquatic vertebrates, invertebrates, and plants in response to selective human harvesting, urbanized habitats, and human-mediated translocation...
February 21, 2017: Nature ecology & evolution
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28811850/effect-of-sodium-glucose-cotransporter-2-inhibitors-with-low-sglt2-sglt1-selectivity-on-circulating-glucagon-like-peptide-1-levels-in-type-2-diabetes-mellitus
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REVIEW
Kohzo Takebayashi, Toshihiko Inukai
Sodium glucose cotransporter 2 (SGLT2) inhibitors are a new class of antidiabetic drugs that improve glycemic control by inhibiting reabsorption of glucose filtered through the renal glomerulus. Use of drugs in this class has increased because of their effect of decreasing body weight and a low risk for hypoglycemia, in addition to a relatively strong glucose-lowering effect. SGLT2 inhibitors such as canagliflozin and sotagliflozin (a SGLT1/SGLT2 dual inhibitor) also have a mild or moderate intestinal and renal SGLT1 inhibitory effect because of their relatively weak selectivity for SGLT2 over SGLT1...
September 2017: Journal of Clinical Medicine Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28811796/visual-outcome-after-phacoemulsification-with-lens-implant-in-diabetic-and-non-diabetic-patients-a-comparative-study
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Abdul Rashid Shaikh, Abdul Haleem Mirani, Muhammad Saleh Memon, Muhammad Faisal Fahim
OBJECTIVE: To compare the visual outcomes of phacoemulsification surgery with intraocular lens (IOL) in persons with and without diabetes at end of follow-up. METHODS: This was a comparative, cross sectional, observational study with Non-probability, purposive sampling. After approval from "Research Ethical Committee of Isra Post-graduate Institute of Ophthalmology Karachi, 92 patients with cataract in one eye were selected. Patients were divided into two groups...
May 2017: Pakistan Journal of Medical Sciences Quarterly
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28811031/bayesian-approach-to-peak-deconvolution-and-library-search-for-high-resolution-gas-chromatography-mass-spectrometry
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A Barcaru, H G J Mol, M Tienstra, G Vivó-Truyols
A novel probabilistic Bayesian strategy is proposed to resolve highly coeluting peaks in high-resolution GC-MS (Orbitrap) data. Opposed to a deterministic approach, we propose to solve the problem probabilistically, using a complete pipeline. First, the retention time(s) for a (probabilistic) number of compounds for each mass channel are estimated. The statistical dependency between m/z channels was implied by including penalties in the model objective function. Second, Bayesian Information Criterion (BIC) is used as Occam's razor for the probabilistic assessment of the number of components...
August 29, 2017: Analytica Chimica Acta
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28810861/the-implementation-of-long-lasting-insecticidal-bed-nets-has-differential-effects-on-the-genetic-structure-of-the-african-malaria-vectors-in-the-anopheles-gambiae-complex-in-dielmo-senegal
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Seynabou Sougoufara, Cheikh Sokhna, Nafissatou Diagne, Souleymane Doucouré, Pape MBacké Sembène, Myriam Harry
BACKGROUND: Mosquitoes belonging to the Anopheles gambiae complex are the main vectors of malaria in sub-Saharan Africa. Among these, An. gambiae, Anopheles coluzzii and Anopheles arabiensis are the most efficient vectors and are largely distributed in sympatric locations. However, these species present ecological and behavioural differences that impact their vectorial capacity and complicate vector-control efforts, mainly based on long-lasting insecticidal bed nets (LLINs) and indoor residual spraying (IRS)...
August 15, 2017: Malaria Journal
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28810834/multiple-trait-qtl-mapping-and-genomic-prediction-for-wool-traits-in-sheep
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Sunduimijid Bolormaa, Andrew A Swan, Daniel J Brown, Sue Hatcher, Nasir Moghaddar, Julius H van der Werf, Michael E Goddard, Hans D Daetwyler
BACKGROUND: The application of genomic selection to sheep breeding could lead to substantial increases in profitability of wool production due to the availability of accurate breeding values from single nucleotide polymorphism (SNP) data. Several key traits determine the value of wool and influence a sheep's susceptibility to fleece rot and fly strike. Our aim was to predict genomic estimated breeding values (GEBV) and to compare three methods of combining information across traits to map polymorphisms that affect these traits...
August 15, 2017: Genetics, Selection, Evolution: GSE
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28810278/-infections-in-patients-with-home-ventilation
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Christian Giesa, Fabian Wolter, Santiago Ewig
In patients with home ventilation, there is a markedly higher probability for lower respiratory infections or pneumonia and severe courses due to comorbidity. Tracheobronchitis and pneumonia are often difficult to distinguish. Tracheobronchitis with pronounced secretion which can't be controlled otherwise can be an indication for antimicrobial therapy.There are no data available in order to establish a recommendation for the initial empiric calculated antimicrobial therapy in patients with home ventilation...
August 2017: Deutsche Medizinische Wochenschrift
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28809951/stronger-selection-can-slow-down-evolution-driven-by-recombination-on-a-smooth-fitness-landscape
#11
Masahiko Ueda, Nobuto Takeuchi, Kunihiko Kaneko
Stronger selection implies faster evolution-that is, the greater the force, the faster the change. This apparently self-evident proposition, however, is derived under the assumption that genetic variation within a population is primarily supplied by mutation (i.e. mutation-driven evolution). Here, we show that this proposition does not actually hold for recombination-driven evolution, i.e. evolution in which genetic variation is primarily created by recombination rather than mutation. By numerically investigating population genetics models of recombination, migration and selection, we demonstrate that stronger selection can slow down evolution on a perfectly smooth fitness landscape...
2017: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28809816/modeling-the-non-equilibrium-process-of-the-chemical-adsorption-of-ammonia-on-gan-0001-reconstructed-surfaces-based-on-steepest-entropy-ascent-quantum-thermodynamics
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Akira Kusaba, Guanchen Li, Michael R von Spakovsky, Yoshihiro Kangawa, Koichi Kakimoto
Clearly understanding elementary growth processes that depend on surface reconstruction is essential to controlling vapor-phase epitaxy more precisely. In this study, ammonia chemical adsorption on GaN(0001) reconstructed surfaces under metalorganic vapor phase epitaxy (MOVPE) conditions (3Ga-H and Nad-H + Ga-H on a 2 × 2 unit cell) is investigated using steepest-entropy-ascent quantum thermodynamics (SEAQT). SEAQT is a thermodynamic-ensemble based, first-principles framework that can predict the behavior of non-equilibrium processes, even those far from equilibrium where the state evolution is a combination of reversible and irreversible dynamics...
August 15, 2017: Materials
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28809590/brand-trust-and-image-effects-on-customer-satisfaction
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Sayed Hamid Khodadad Hosseini, Leila Behboudi
Purpose The purpose of this paper is to investigate brand trust and brand image effects on healthcare service users. Nowadays, managers and health activists are showing increased tendency to marketing and branding to attract and satisfy customers. Design/methodology/approach The current study's design is based on a conceptual model examining brand trust and brand image effects on customer satisfaction. Data obtained from 240 questionnaires (310 respondents) were analyzed using path analysis. Findings Results revealed that the most effective items bearing the highest influence on customer satisfaction and on benefiting from healthcare services include brand image, staff sincerity to its patients, interactions with physicians and rapport...
August 14, 2017: International Journal of Health Care Quality Assurance
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28808943/a-logistic-regression-model-predicting-high-axillary-tumour-burden-in-early-breast-cancer-patients
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I Barco, M García Font, A García-Fernández, N Giménez, M Fraile, J M Lain, E Vallejo, S González, L Canales, J Deu, M C Vidal, M Rodríguez-Carballeira, A Pessarrodona, C Chabrera
PURPOSE: As elective axillary dissection is loosing ground for early breast cancer (BC) patients both in terms of prognostic and therapeutic power, there is a growing interest in predicting patients with (nodal) high tumour burden (HTB), especially after a positive sentinel node biopsy (SNB) because they would really benefit from further axillary intervention either by complete lymph-node dissection or axillary radiation therapy. METHODS/PATIENTS: Based on an analysis of 1254 BC patients in whom complete axillary clearance was performed, we devised a logistic regression (LR) model to predict those with HTB, as defined by the presence of three or more involved nodes with macrometastasis...
August 14, 2017: Clinical & Translational Oncology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28808275/screening-drug-target-interactions-with-positive-unlabeled-learning
#15
Lihong Peng, Wen Zhu, Bo Liao, Yu Duan, Min Chen, Yi Chen, Jialiang Yang
Identifying drug-target interaction (DTI) candidates is crucial for drug repositioning. However, usually only positive DTIs are deposited in known databases, which challenges computational methods to predict novel DTIs due to the lack of negative samples. To overcome this dilemma, researchers usually randomly select negative samples from unlabeled drug-target pairs, which introduces a lot of false-positives. In this study, a negative sample extraction method named NDTISE is first developed to screen strong negative DTI examples based on positive-unlabeled learning...
August 14, 2017: Scientific Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28808115/human-papillomavirus-in-oropharyngeal-cancer-in-canada-analysis-of-5-comprehensive-cancer-centres-using-multiple-imputation
#16
Steven Habbous, Karen P Chu, Harold Lau, Melissa Schorr, Mathieos Belayneh, Michael N Ha, Scott Murray, Brian O'Sullivan, Shao Hui Huang, Stephanie Snow, Matthew Parliament, Desiree Hao, Winson Y Cheung, Wei Xu, Geoffrey Liu
BACKGROUND: The incidence of oropharyngeal cancer has risen over the past 2 decades. This rise has been attributed to human papillomavirus (HPV), but information on temporal trends in incidence of HPV-associated cancers across Canada is limited. METHODS: We collected social, clinical and demographic characteristics and p16 protein status (p16-positive or p16-negative, using this immunohistochemistry variable as a surrogate marker of HPV status) for 3643 patients with oropharyngeal cancer diagnosed between 2000 and 2012 at comprehensive cancer centres in British Columbia (6 centres), Edmonton, Calgary, Toronto and Halifax...
August 14, 2017: CMAJ: Canadian Medical Association Journal, Journal de L'Association Medicale Canadienne
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28807753/a-critical-evaluation-of-validity-and-utility-of-translational-imaging-in-pain-and-analgesia-utilizing-functional-imaging-to-enhance-the-process
#17
REVIEW
Jaymin Upadhyay, Christian Geber, Richard Hargreaves, Frank Birklein, David Borsook
Assessing clinical pain and metrics related to function or quality of life predominantly relies on patient reported subjective measures. These outcome measures are generally not applicable to the preclinical setting where early signs pointing to analgesic value of a therapy are sought, thus introducing difficulties in animal to human translation in pain research. Evaluating brain function in patients and respective animal model(s) has the potential to characterize mechanisms associated with pain or pain-related phenotypes and thereby provide a means of laboratory to clinic translation...
August 11, 2017: Neuroscience and Biobehavioral Reviews
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28807745/acute-toxicity-of-functionalized-single-wall-carbon-nanotubes-a-biochemical-histopathologic-and-proteomics-approach
#18
Homa Ahmadi, Mohammad Ramezani, Rezvan Yazdian Robati, Behzad Behnam, Kamal Razavi Azarkhiavi, Azadeh Hashem Nia, Ahad Mokhtarzadeh, Maryam Matbou Riahi, Bibi Marjan Razavi, Khalil Abnous
Recently carbon nanotubes (CNTs) showed promising potentials in different biomedical applications but their safe use in humans and probable toxicities are still challenging. The aim of this study was to determine the acute toxicity of functionalized single walled carbon nanotubes (SWCNTs). In this project, PEGylated and Tween functionalized SWCNTs were prepared. BALB/c mice were randomly divided into nine groups, including PEGylated SWCNTs (75,150μg/mouse) and PEG, Tween80 suspended SWCNTs, Tween 80 and a control group (intact mice)...
August 11, 2017: Chemico-biological Interactions
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28807434/nutritional-strategies-in-the-management-of-alzheimer-disease-systematic-review-with-network-meta-analysis
#19
Shirley Steffany Muñoz Fernández, Terry Ivanauskas, Sandra Maria Lima Ribeiro
BACKGROUND: Alzheimer disease (AD) is the major cause of dependency and disability in the elderly. Numerous studies have sought to achieve its prevention and/or management examining a role for modifiable risk factors, such as nutrition. This work aims to investigate the effects of food and/or nutrients in the management of AD at different stages. METHODS: Electronic databases were searched for clinical trials examining the effect of nutrient intervention in individuals with AD, compared with placebo, published up to 2014...
August 11, 2017: Journal of the American Medical Directors Association
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28807357/development-and-initial-validation-of-the-macrophage-activation-syndrome-primary-hemophagocytic-lymphohistiocytosis-score-a-diagnostic-tool-that-differentiates-primary-hemophagocytic-lymphohistiocytosis-from-macrophage-activation-syndrome
#20
Francesca Minoia, Francesca Bovis, Sergio Davì, Antonella Insalaco, Kai Lehmberg, Susan Shenoi, Sheila Weitzman, Graciela Espada, Yi-Jin Gao, Jordi Anton, Toshiyuki Kitoh, Ozgur Kasapcopur, Helga Sanner, Rosa Merino, Itziar Astigarraga, Maria Alessio, Michael Jeng, Vyacheslav Chasnyk, Kim E Nichols, Zeng Huasong, Caifeng Li, Concetta Micalizzi, Nicolino Ruperto, Alberto Martini, Randy Q Cron, Angelo Ravelli, AnnaCarin Horne
OBJECTIVE: To develop and validate a diagnostic score that assists in discriminating primary hemophagocytic lymphohistiocytosis (pHLH) from macrophage activation syndrome (MAS) related to systemic juvenile idiopathic arthritis. STUDY DESIGN: The clinical, laboratory, and histopathologic features of 362 patients with MAS and 258 patients with pHLH were collected in a multinational collaborative study. Eighty percent of the population was assessed to develop the score and the remaining 20% constituted the validation sample...
August 11, 2017: Journal of Pediatrics
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