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Adeyemi S Adeleye, Arturo A Keller
The implications of engineered nanomaterials (ENMs) in the environment are often investigated using pristine particles. However, there are several biogenic and geogenic materials in natural waters that interact with and modify the surface of ENMs, thereby influencing their fate and effects. Here we studied the influence of soluble extracellular polymeric substances (sEPS) produced by freshwater and marine algae on the surface properties and fate of three commercial TiO2 nanoparticles (nTiO2) with different coatings...
October 21, 2016: Environmental Science & Technology
Ramya Pham, Daniel Forsberg, Donna Plecha
The aim of this study was to perform an operational improvement project targeted at the breast imaging reading workflow of mammography examinations at an academic medical center with its associated breast centers and satellite sites. Through careful analysis of the current workflow, two major issues were identified: stockpiling of paperwork and multiple worklists. Both issues were considered to cause significant delays to the start of interpreting screening mammograms. Four workflow changes were suggested (scanning of paperwork, worklist consolidation, use of chat functionality, and tracking of case distribution among trainees) and implemented in July 2015...
October 20, 2016: Journal of Digital Imaging: the Official Journal of the Society for Computer Applications in Radiology
F A K Mazari, J A Khan, N Samuel, G Smith, D Carradice, P C McCollum, I C Chetter
BACKGROUND: The aim was to compare the long-term outcomes of percutaneous transluminal angioplasty (PTA), a supervised exercise programme (SEP) and combined treatment (PTA + SEP) in patients with intermittent claudication owing to femoropopliteal disease. METHODS: Patients recruited to an RCT comparing these treatments were invited for long-term follow-up from 2010 to 2011. Indicators of limb ischaemia were recorded (ankle : brachial pressure index (ABPI) and treadmill walking distances)...
October 20, 2016: British Journal of Surgery
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Reports an error in "Does Reading a Single Passage of Literary Fiction Really Improve Theory of Mind? An Attempt at Replication" by Maria Eugenia Panero, Deena Skolnick Weisberg, Jessica Black, Thalia R. Goldstein, Jennifer L. Barnes, Hiram Brownell and Ellen Winner (Journal of Personality and Social Psychology, Advanced Online Publication, Sep 19, 2016, np). In the article, due to an error in stimulus construction, four items (three authors, one foil) were omitted from the ART presented to all participants tested by Research Group 1...
November 2016: Journal of Personality and Social Psychology
Kaarina Korhonen, Hanna Remes, Pekka Martikainen
PURPOSE: There is inconsistent evidence for social differentials in the risk of depression in youth, and little is known about how education at this age influences the risk. We assess how parental socioeconomic position (SEP) and education predict depression from late adolescence to early adulthood, a time of major educational transitions. METHODS: We followed a nationally representative 20 % sample of Finnish adolescents born in 1986-1990 (n = 60,829) over two educational transitory stages at the age of 17-19 and 20-23 covering the years 2003-2011...
October 19, 2016: Social Psychiatry and Psychiatric Epidemiology
Emma Aarnio, Janne Martikainen, Aaron N Winn, Risto Huupponen, Jussi Vahtera, Maarit J Korhonen
BACKGROUND: Previous research shows that low socioeconomic position (SEP; especially low income) is associated with statin nonadherence. We investigated the relationship between SEP and statin adherence in a country with universal coverage using group-based trajectory modeling in addition to the proportion of days covered. METHODS AND RESULTS: Using data from Finnish healthcare registers, we identified 116 846 individuals, aged 45 to 75 years, who initiated statin therapy for primary prevention of cardiovascular disease...
October 18, 2016: Circulation. Cardiovascular Quality and Outcomes
Kimika Arakawa, Ai Ibaraki, Yuki Kawamoto, Minako Inoue, Emi Oishi, Mitsuhiro Tominaga, Takuya Tsuchihashi
OBJECTIVE: To investigate the average and variability in urinary salt excretion in treated hypertensive outpatients during several years (median follow-up is 2 years). DESIGN AND METHOD: In our previous research, the subjects were 200 hypertensive patients who underwent at least three measurement of USALT from Sep 2012 to Mar 2013. We extended the follow-up period until Aug 2015 and the subjects were 68 hypertensive patients who were measured USALT 10 times over (65...
September 2016: Journal of Hypertension
Zhi-Yu Wang, Wei Zhang, Jin-Jian Yang, Dong-Kui Song, Jin-Xing Wei
Many studies informed that microRNAs (miRNAs) could function as diagnostic and prognostic indicators in several cancers. The aims of this study were to explore the expression of miR-630 in bladder urothelial carcinoma and its clinical significance for the evaluation of cancer prognosis. A total of 116 patients with bladder urothelial carcinoma were obtained in this retrospective study between May, 2012 and Sep. 2015. Quantitative real-time PCR (qRT-PCR) was conducted to evaluate the expression level of miR-630...
October 2016: Journal of Huazhong University of Science and Technology. Medical Sciences
Amal Juma Habish, Slavica Lazarević, Ivona Janković-Častvan, Bojan Jokić, Janez Kovač, Jelena Rogan, Đorđe Janaćković, Rada Petrović
Natural (SEP) and partially acid-activated (AAS) sepiolites were used to prepare composites with nanoscale zerovalent iron (nZVI) at different (SEP or AAS)/nZVI ratios in order to achieve the best nZVI dispersibility and the highest adsorption capacity for Cd(2+). Despite the higher surface area and pore volume of AAS, better nZVI dispersibility was achieved by using SEP as the support. On the other hand, a lower oxidation degree was achieved during the synthesis using AAS. X-ray photoelectron spectroscopy (XPS) analysis of the composite with the best nZVI dispersibility, before and after Cd(2+) adsorption, confirmed that the surface of the nZVI was composed of oxidized iron species...
October 14, 2016: Environmental Science and Pollution Research International
Sander K R van Zon, Ute Bültmann, Sijmen A Reijneveld, Carlos F Mendes de Leon
OBJECTIVES: The aims of this study are to examine the pattern of pre- and post-retirement changes in functional health and to examine the degree to which socioeconomic position (SEP) modifies pre- and post-retirement changes in functional health. METHOD: This longitudinal study was conducted using data from the Health and Retirement Study from 1992 to 2012. Piecewise linear regression analyses with generalised estimating equations were used to calculate trajectories of limitations in mobility and large muscle functions before and after retirement spanning a time period of 16 years...
October 4, 2016: Social Science & Medicine
Matthew A R Stokes, Glenn D Guest, Perista Mamadi, Westin Seta, Noel Yaubihi, Grace Karawiga, Billy Naidi, David A K Watters
BACKGROUND: Timely access to emergency and essential surgical care (EESC) and anaesthesia in low- and middle-income countries (LMICs) prevents premature death, minimises lifelong disability and reduces their economic impact on families and communities. Papua New Guinea is one of the poorest countries in the Pacific region, and provides much of its surgical care at a district hospital level. We aimed to evaluate the surgical capacity of a district hospital in PNG and estimate the effectiveness of surgical interventions provided...
October 13, 2016: World Journal of Surgery
Elisa Schiavi, Marita Gleinser, Evelyn Molloy, David Groeger, Remo Frei, Ruth Ferstl, Noelia Rodriguez-Perez, Mario Ziegler, Ray Grant, Thomas Fintan Moriarty, Stephan Plattner, Selena Healy, Mary O'Connell Motherway, Cezmi A Akdis, Jennifer Roper, Friedrich Altmann, Douwe van Sinderen, Liam O'Mahony
: The immune modulating properties of certain bifidobacterial strains, such as Bifidobacterium longum subsp. longum 35624: ™ (B. longum 35624), have been well described, although the strain-specific molecular characteristics associated with such immune regulatory activity are not well defined. It has previously been demonstrated that B. longum 35624: produces a cell surface exopolysaccharide and in this study we investigated the role played by this exopolysaccharide in influencing the host immune response...
October 7, 2016: Applied and Environmental Microbiology
Chao Dai, Qing Dong, Qi Lu, Fangteng Liu, Zhengming Zhu
BACKGROUND: Many studies recently suggested that Zinc-finger protein X-linked (ZFX) acted as a novel oncoprotein in various malignancies. It was frequently overexpressed in cancerous tissues and the high expression of ZFX may have important clinical value. This meta-analysis aims to investigate the prognostic value of ZFX as a biomarker of solid cancers. METHODS: We search for multiple databases, including Pubmed, Springer, Web of Science, CNKI from 1996 to Sep...
October 12, 2016: Minerva Chirurgica
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Reports an error in "Psychosis-Predictive Value of Self-Reported Schizotypy in a Clinical High-Risk Sample" by Rahel Flückiger, Stephan Ruhrmann, Martin Debbané, Chantal Michel, Daniela Hubl, Benno G. Schimmelmann, Joachim Klosterkötter and Frauke Schultze-Lutter (Journal of Abnormal Psychology, Advanced Online Publication, Sep 1, 2016, np). In the article, there was an error in the Author Note. The affiliation of Daniela Hubl was incorrectly listed as "University Hospital of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry and Psychotherapy, University of Bern...
October 2016: Journal of Abnormal Psychology
Kimberly Rose P Singian, Morgan Price, Vicky Bungay, Sabrina T Wong
BACKGROUND: Parkinson disease is a complex neurodegenerative disorder, and a comorbidity of depression is common. We aimed to describe demographic and health characteristics of patients with Parkinson disease and examine sex differences in antidepressant prescriptions for those with comorbid depression using electronic medical records. METHODS: We analyzed Canadian Primary Care Sentinel Surveillance Network data for patients 18 years and older with a diagnosis of Parkinson disease who had at least 1 primary care encounter between Sep...
July 2016: CMAJ Open
Dong-Hun Han, Young-Ho Khang
AIM: The aim of this study was to assess the association between lifecourse socioeconomic position (SEP) indicators and tooth loss in a large representative sample of the Korean adult population. METHODS: Data from the Fourth and Fifth Korea National Health and Nutritional Examination Survey on 17,549 Korean adults aged 50 years or older were analyzed. The study design was cross-sectional. Tooth loss was defined as either edentulism (0 teeth) or severe tooth loss (<20 teeth)...
October 10, 2016: Community Dentistry and Oral Epidemiology
Burcu Örmeci, Egemen Avcı, Çigdem Kaspar, Özlem Eranıl Terim, Tibet Erdoğru, A Emre Öge
OBJECTIVES: To examine the diagnostic value of pudendal somatosensory evoked potentials (SEP) in pudendal nerve entrapment neuropaty (PNE) by stimulating the two sides separately after provocation by a standard sitting position. Routine pudendal SEPs performed in the supine position with bilateral simultaneous stimulation may fail to show the abnormality because the complaints of PNE appear or worsen in the sitting position. METHODS: Forty-nine patients with PNE and 16 controls were included...
October 7, 2016: Urology
Emily L Aaronson, Michael R Filbin, David F M Brown, Kathy Tobin, Elizabeth A Mort
BACKGROUND: The release of the Center for Medicare and Medicaid Service's (CMS) latest quality measure, Severe Sepsis/Septic Shock Early Management Bundle (SEP-1), has intensified the long-standing debate over optimal care for severe sepsis and septic shock. Although the last decade of research has demonstrated the importance of comprehensive bundled care in conjunction with compliance mechanisms to reduce patient mortality, it is not clear that SEP-1 achieves this aim. The heterogeneous and often cryptic presentation of severe sepsis and septic shock, along with the multifaceted criteria for the definition of this clinical syndrome, pose a particular challenge for fitting requirements to this disease, and implementation could have unintended consequences...
October 5, 2016: Journal of Emergency Medicine
L Y Ping, Y Q Song, W Zheng, X P Wang, Y Xie, N J Lin, M F Tu, Z T Ying, W P Liu, C Zhang, L J Deng, J Zhu
Objective: To investigate the efficacy and survival of the DICE regimen (cisplatin, ifosfamide, etoposide, dexamethasone) for relapsed and refractory NHL. Methods: Clinical data of 97 relapsed and refractory NHL patients treated with DICE regimen in Peking University Cancer Hospital between Sep 1. 2008 and Dec 31. 2013 were retrospectively analyzed, and then we evaluate the efficacy and safety of DICE regimen. Results: ① There were 64 males and 33 females with a median age of 49 years. The most common pathological type was DLBCL (73...
September 14, 2016: Zhonghua Xue Ye Xue za Zhi, Zhonghua Xueyexue Zazhi
Yasser El-Manzalawy, Elyse E Munoz, Scott E Lindner, Vasant Honavar
Accurate and comprehensive identification of surface exposed proteins (SEPs) in parasites is a key step in developing novel subunit vaccines. However, the reliability of mass spectrometry-based high-throughput methods for proteome-wide mapping of SEPs continues to be limited due to high rates of false positives (i.e., proteins mistakenly identified as surface exposed) as well as false negatives (i.e., SEPs not detected due to low expression or other technical limitations). We propose a framework called PlasmoSEP for the reliable identification of SEPs using a novel semi-supervised learning algorithm that combines SEPs identified by high-throughput experiments and expert annotation of high-throughput data to augment labeled data for training a predictive model...
October 7, 2016: Proteomics
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