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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28214938/baseline-trace-metals-in-patella-caerulea-in-a-central-tyrrhenian-ecosystem-pontine-islands-archipelago-and-lazio-region-coastal-sites-italy
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Marcelo Enrique Conti, Giustino Mele, Maria Grazia Finoia
In this study, we tested the aptitude of the gastropod mollusk Patella caerulea as biomonitor of elemental pollution in seawater of a central Tyrrhenian ecosystem (Pontine Islands archipelago and Lazio region coastal sites, Italy). Concentrations of Cd, Cr, Cu, Ni, Pb, and Zn were measured in 120 individuals collected in six strategic locations in two sampling campaigns during 2011 and 2012. Samples of surrounding seawater were also collected in the same sites and tested for the same metals in order to obtain the respective concentration factors (CFs)...
February 18, 2017: Environmental Science and Pollution Research International
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28214665/when-are-night-shifts-effective-for-nursing-student-clinical-learning-findings-from-a-mixed-method-study-design
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Alvisa Palese, Felix Basso, Elena Del Negro, Illarj Achil, Annamaria Ferraresi, Marzia Morandini, Renzo Moreale, Irene Mansutti
BACKGROUND: Some nursing programmes offer night shifts for students while others do not, mainly due to the lack of evidence regarding their effectiveness on clinical learning. OBJECTIVES: The principal aims of the study were to describe nursing students' perceptions and to explore conditions influencing effectiveness on learning processes during night shifts. DESIGN: An explanatory mixed-method study design composed of a cross-sectional study (primary method, first phase) followed by a descriptive phenomenological study design (secondary method, second phase) in 2015...
February 11, 2017: Nurse Education Today
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28214617/demonstrating-construct-validity-of-the-american-board-of-physical-medicine-and-rehabilitation-part-i-examination-an-analysis-of-dimensionality
#3
Mikaela Raddatz, Lawrence R Robinson
BACKGROUND: Ideally, high stakes examinations assess one dimension of medical knowledge to produce precise estimates of a candidate's performance. It has not been reported whether the American Board of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation Part 1 Certification Examination (ABPMR-CE-1) is unidimensional or not. OBJECTIVE: To examine the ABPMR-CE-1 to measure how many dimensions it assesses. DESIGN: Retrospective observational study. SETTING: We assessed examination results from the 2015 ABPMR-CE-1...
February 15, 2017: PM & R: the Journal of Injury, Function, and Rehabilitation
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28214596/early-non-response-to-certolizumab-pegol-in-rheumatoid-arthritis-predicts-treatment-failure-at-one-year-data-from-a-randomised-phase-iii-clinical-trial
#4
Francis Berenbaum, Thao Pham, Pascal Claudepierre, Thibault de Chalus, Jean-Michel Joubert, Carine Saadoun, Lionel Riou França, Bruno Fautrel
OBJECTIVES: To compare different early clinical criteria of non-response determined at three months as predictors of clinical failure at one year in patients with rheumatoid arthritis starting therapy with certolizumab pegol. METHODS: Data were derived from a randomised Phase III clinical trial in patients with rheumatoid arthritis who failed to respond to methotrexate monotherapy. Patients included in this post-hoc analysis were treated with certolizumab pegol (400mg qd reduced to 200mg qd after one month) and with methotrexate...
February 15, 2017: Joint, Bone, Spine: Revue du Rhumatisme
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28214128/robotic-arch-catheter-placement-reduces-cerebral-embolization-during-thoracic-endovascular-aortic-repair-tevar
#5
A H Perera, C V Riga, L Monzon, R G Gibbs, C D Bicknell, M Hamady
OBJECTIVE: Stroke caused by cerebral embolization constitutes a principal risk during arch manipulation and thoracic endovascular aortic repair (TEVAR). This study investigates the incidence of cerebral embolization during catheter placement in the aortic arch, and compares robotic and manual techniques. METHODS: Intra-operative transcranial Doppler (TCD) was performed in 11 patients undergoing TEVAR. Wire and catheter placement in the arch was performed by two experienced operators...
February 14, 2017: European Journal of Vascular and Endovascular Surgery
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28213955/the-skin-barrier-function-gene-spink5-is-associated-with-challenge-proven-ige-mediated-food-allergy-in-infants
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Sarah E Ashley, Hern-Tze Tina Tan, Peter Vuillermin, Shyamali C Dharmage, Mimi L K Tang, Jennifer Koplin, Lyle C Gurrin, Adrian Lowe, Caroline Lodge, Anne-Louise Ponsonby, John Molloy, Pamela Martin, Melanie C Matheson, Richard Saffery, Katrina J Allen, Justine A Ellis, David Martino
BACKGROUND: A defective skin barrier is hypothesised to be an important route of sensitisation to dietary antigens, and may lead to food allergy in some children. Missense mutations in the Serine peptidase inhibitor kazal type 5 (SPINK5) skin barrier gene have previously been associated with allergic conditions. OBJECTIVE: To determine whether genetic variants in and around SPINK5 are associated with IgE mediated food allergy. METHOD: We genotyped 71 'tag' single nucleotide polymorphisms (tag-SNPs) within a region spanning ~263 kilobases (kb) including SPINK5 (~61kb) in n=722 (n=367 food allergic, n=199 food sensitised, tolerant and n=156 non-food allergic controls) 12-month infants (discovery sample) phenotyped for food allergy with the gold standard oral food challenge (OFC)...
February 18, 2017: Allergy
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28213912/diagnostic-red-flags-steroid-treated-malignant-cns-lymphoma-mimicking-autoimmune-inflammatory-demyelination
#7
Alonso Barrantes-Freer, Aylin Sophie Engel, Odir Antonio Rodríguez-Villagra, Anne Winkler, Markus Bergmann, Christian Mawrin, Tania Kuempfel, Hannah Pellkofer, Imke Metz, Annalen Bleckmann, Silvia Hernández-Durán, Sven Schippling, Elisabeth J Rushing, Stephan Frank, Markus Glatzel, Jakob Matschke, Christian Hartmann, Guido Reifenberger, Wolf Müller, Hans-Ulrich Schildhaus, Wolfgang Brück, Christine Stadelmann
The presence of inflammation and demyelination in a central nervous system (CNS) biopsy points towards a limited, yet heterogeneous group of pathologies, of which multiple sclerosis (MS) represents one of the principal considerations. Inflammatory demyelination has also been reported in patients with clinically suspected primary central nervous system lymphoma (PCNSL), especially when steroids had been administered prior to biopsy acquisition. The histopathological changes induced by corticosteroid treatment can range from mild reduction to complete disappearance of lymphoma cells...
February 18, 2017: Brain Pathology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28213784/microglia-in-the-primate-macula-specializations-in-microglial-distribution-and-morphology-with-retinal-position-and-with-aging
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Janani Singaravelu, Lian Zhao, Robert N Fariss, T Michael Nork, Wai T Wong
Microglia, the principal resident immune cell in the retina, play constitutive roles in immune surveillance and synapse maintenance, and are also associated with retinal disease, including those occurring in the macula. Perspectives on retinal microglia function have derived largely from rodent models and how these relate to the macula-bearing primate retina is unclear. In this study, we examined microglial distribution and cellular morphology in the adult rhesus macaque retina, and performed comparative characterizations in three retinal locations along the center-to-periphery axis (parafoveal, macular, and the peripheral retina)...
February 17, 2017: Brain Structure & Function
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28213738/cytomegalovirus-infection-in-patients-with-lupus-nephritis-clinical-and-laboratory-features-and-therapeutic-considerations
#9
Lei Zhang, Jianling Tao, Yubing Wen, Li Li, Xueyi Wu, Xuewang Li, Xuemei Li
To better clarify the clinical features and therapeutic strategy of CMV infection in lupus nephritis patients, we retrospectively surveyed a total of 40 lupus nephritis patients, who had been hospitalized and underwent renal biopsy and diagnosed as having CMV infection during their hospitalization at our institution within the last 10 years. The percentage of CMV infections in the entire hospitalized lupus nephritis population was 5.3% (40/755). The principal clinical features of the 40 CMV-infected patients were hematological disorders (n = 25), fever (n = 21), liver dysfunction (n = 19), and respiratory symptoms (n = 12)...
February 17, 2017: Clinical and Experimental Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28213518/deficits-in-the-activity-of-presynaptic-%C3%AE-aminobutyric-acid-type-b-receptors-contribute-to-altered-neuronal-excitability-in-fragile-x-syndrome
#10
Ji-Yong Kang, Jayashree Chadchankar, Thuy N Vien, Michelle I Mighdoll, Thomas M Hyde, Robert J Mather, Tarek Z Deeb, Menelas N Pangalos, Nicholas J Brandon, John Dunlop, Stephen J Moss
The behavioral and anatomical deficits seen in Fragile X syndrome (FXS) are widely believed to result from imbalances in the relative strengths of excitatory and inhibitory neurotransmission. While modified neuronal excitability is thought to be of significance, the contribution that alterations in GABAergic inhibition play in the pathophysiology of FXS are ill-defined. Slow sustained neuronal inhibition is mediated by γ-aminobutyric acid type B (GABAB) receptors, which are heterodimeric G-protein coupled receptors constructed from R1a and R2 or R1b and R2 subunits...
February 17, 2017: Journal of Biological Chemistry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28213442/amplitude-normalization-of-dendritic-epsps-at-the-soma-of-binaural-coincidence-detector-neurons-of-the-medial-superior-olive
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Bradley D Winters, Shan-Xue Jin, Kenneth R Ledford, Nace L Golding
The principal neurons of the medial superior olive (MSO) encode cues for horizontal sound localization through comparisons of the relative timing of excitatory postsynaptic potentials (EPSPs). To understand how the timing and amplitude of EPSPs is maintained during propagation in the dendrites, we made dendritic and somatic whole-cell recordings from MSO principal neurons in brain slices from Mongolian gerbils. In somatic recordings, EPSP amplitudes were largely uniform following minimal stimulation of excitatory synapses at visualized locations along the dendrites...
February 17, 2017: Journal of Neuroscience: the Official Journal of the Society for Neuroscience
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28213433/chromosomal-instability-as-a-driver-of-tumor-heterogeneity-and-evolution
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Samuel F Bakhoum, Dan Avi Landau
Large-scale, massively parallel sequencing of human cancer samples has revealed tremendous genetic heterogeneity within individual tumors. Indeed, tumors are composed of an admixture of diverse subpopulations-subclones-that vary in space and time. Here, we discuss a principal driver of clonal diversification in cancer known as chromosomal instability (CIN), which complements other modes of genetic diversification creating the multilayered genomic instability often seen in human cancer. Cancer cells have evolved to fine-tune chromosome missegregation rates to balance the acquisition of heterogeneity while preserving favorable genotypes, a dependence that can be exploited for a therapeutic benefit...
February 17, 2017: Cold Spring Harbor Perspectives in Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28213321/effects-of-selenium-lead-interaction-on-the-gene-expression-of-inflammatory-factors-and-selenoproteins-in-chicken-neutrophils
#13
Xiaojing Li, Mengyuan Xing, Menghao Chen, Jinxin Zhao, Ruifeng Fan, Xia Zhao, Changyu Cao, Jie Yang, Ziwei Zhang, Shiwen Xu
Lead (Pb) is one of the most highly toxic metal pollutant that can cause damage to the immune system. It is known that selenium (Se) can antagonize heavy metals. To explore the toxic effects of Pb poisoning on bird immune cells, as well as the alleviating effects of Se on Pb, Se supplement and/or Pb poisoning chicken models were established. One hundred and eighty Hyline 7-day-old male chickens received either Se (1mg Se per kg of diet), Pb (350mg Pb per liter water) or Se+Pb in their diet and water for 90 days...
February 14, 2017: Ecotoxicology and Environmental Safety
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28213297/retention-of-silver-nano-particles-and-silver-ions-in-calcareous-soils-influence-of-soil-properties
#14
Samaneh Rahmatpour, Mehran Shirvani, Mohammad R Mosaddeghi, Mehdi Bazarganipour
The rapid production and application of silver nanoparticles (AgNPs) have led to significant release of AgNPs into the terrestrial environments. Once released into the soil, AgNPs could enter into different interactions with soil particles which play key roles in controlling the fate and transport of these nanoparticles. In spite of that, experimental studies on the retention of AgNPs in soils are very scarce. Hence, the key objective of this research was to find out the retention behavior of AgNPs and Ag(I) ions in a range of calcareous soils...
February 14, 2017: Journal of Environmental Management
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28213292/improving-therapeutic-outcomes-in-autism-spectrum-disorders-enhancing-social-communication-and-sensory-processing-through-the-use-of-interactive-robots
#15
REVIEW
Felippe Sartorato, Leon Przybylowski, Diana K Sarko
For children with autism spectrum disorders (ASDs), social robots are increasingly utilized as therapeutic tools in order to enhance social skills and communication. Robots have been shown to generate a number of social and behavioral benefits in children with ASD including heightened engagement, increased attention, and decreased social anxiety. Although social robots appear to be effective social reinforcement tools in assistive therapies, the perceptual mechanism underlying these benefits remains unknown...
February 7, 2017: Journal of Psychiatric Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28213278/identifying-overarching-excipient-properties-towards-an-in-depth-understanding-of-process-and-product-performance-for-continuous-twin-screw-wet-granulation
#16
N Willecke, A Szepes, M Wunderlich, J P Remon, C Vervaet, T De Beer
The overall objective of this work is to understand how excipient characteristics influence the process and product performance for a continuous twin-screw wet granulation process. The knowledge gained through this study is intended to be used for a Quality by Design (QbD)-based formulation design approach and formulation optimization. A total of 9 preferred fillers and 9 preferred binders were selected for this study. The selected fillers and binders were extensively characterized regarding their physico-chemical and solid state properties using 21 material characterization techniques...
February 14, 2017: International Journal of Pharmaceutics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28213242/cocaine-profiling-implementation-of-a-predictive-model-by-atr-ftir-coupled-with-chemometrics-in-forensic-chemistry
#17
Stefano Materazzi, Adolfo Gregori, Luigi Ripani, Azzurra Apriceno, Roberta Risoluti
In this study, a strategy based on Infrared Spectroscopy with Fourier Transformed and Attenuated Total Reflectance associated with chemometrics (ATR-FTIR) is proposed to identify the chemical "fingerprint" of cocaine samples. To this end, standard mixtures of cocaine and cuttings at differents ratio were investigated in order to develop a multivariate classification model to simultaneously predict the composition of the samples and to obtain a profile of adulteration of cocaine seizures. In addition, the application of a Partial Least Squares (PLS) and Principal Component Regression (PCR) calibration approaches were found to be a useful tool to predict the content of cocaine, caffeine, procaine, lidocaine and phenacetin in drug seizures...
May 1, 2017: Talanta
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28213237/revealing-the-location-of-semen-vaginal-fluid-and-urine-in-stained-evidence-through-near-infrared-chemical-imaging
#18
Félix Zapata, Fernando E Ortega-Ojeda, Carmen García-Ruiz
Crime scene investigation (CSI) requires the ultimate available technology for a rapid, non-destructive, and accurate detection of a wide variety of evidence including invisible stains of bodily fluids. Particularly crucial is the discrimination of semen in stained evidence from sexual abuse cases. This is because those evidence have high odds of containing the DNA from the aggressor. To this aim, we demonstrated the potential of near infrared hyperspectral imaging (NIR-HSI) to make visible stains of semen, vaginal fluid, and urine on fabrics, which lays the bases to face the challenging visualization and discrimination of semen within bodily fluids mixtures...
May 1, 2017: Talanta
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28213211/application-of-2d-hplc-coupled-with-principal-component-analysis-to-study-an-industrial-opiate-processing-stream
#19
Paul G Stevenson, Niki K Burns, Stuart D Purcell, Paul S Francis, Neil W Barnett, Fiona Fry, Xavier A Conlan
Principal component analysis (PCA) loading plots were used to elucidate key differences between two-dimensional high performance liquid chromatography (2D-HPLC) fingerprint data from samples collected from stages along the Papaver somniferum industrial process chemistry workflow. Data reduction was completed using a 2D-HPLC peak picking approach as a precursor to chemometric analysis. Using comparisons of the final stages of product extraction as an example, PCA analysis of characteristic 2D-HPLC fingerprints accounted for 84...
May 1, 2017: Talanta
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28213065/requiring-collaboration-hippocampal-prefrontal-networks-needed-in-spatial-working-memory-and-ageing-a-multivariate-analysis-approach
#20
C Zancada-Menendez, P Alvarez-Suarez, P Sampedro-Piquero, M Cuesta, A Begega
Ageing is characterized by a decline in the processes of retention and storage of spatial information. We have examined the behavioural performance of adult rats (3 months old) and aged rats (18 months old) in a spatial complex task (delayed match to sample). The spatial task was performed in the Morris water maze and consisted of three sessions per day over a period of three consecutive days. Each session consisted of two trials (one sample and retention) and inter-session intervals of five minutes. Behavioural results showed that the spatial task was difficult for middle aged group...
February 14, 2017: Neurobiology of Learning and Memory
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