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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28351058/central-macular-thickness-monitoring-after-a-taxane-based-therapy-in-visually-asymptomatic-patients
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Elias Chelala, Nicolas Arej, Joelle Antoun, Hampig Raphael Kourie, Karen Zaarour, Fady Ghassan Haddad, Fadi Farhat, Fadi El Karak, Joseph Kattan
BACKGROUND: Taxanes are drugs used in various chemotherapeutical protocols to treat solid tumors. They have multiple systemic adverse effects, such as bone marrow suppression, alopecia, nausea, and vomiting, and may rarely cause ocular symptoms. In the past decade, a few reported cases have shown the occurrence of a cystoid macular edema with significant visual loss after the use of a taxane-based chemotherapy. The aim of this study was to compare the central macular thickness (CMT) before and after the initiation of a taxane-based therapy in visually asymptomatic patients and to elucidate the possible impact of these drugs on the vision of cancer patients...
March 29, 2017: Chemotherapy
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28350865/multi-drug-loaded-micelles-delivering-chemotherapy-and-targeted-therapies-directed-against-hsp90-and-the-pi3k-akt-mtor-pathway-in-prostate-cancer
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Bao Le, Ginny L Powers, Yu Tong Tam, Nicholas Schumacher, Rita L Malinowski, Laura Steinke, Glen Kwon, Paul C Marker
BACKGROUND: Advanced prostate cancers that are resistant to all current therapies create a need for new therapeutic strategies. One recent innovative approach to cancer therapy is the simultaneous use of multiple FDA-approved drugs to target multiple pathways. A challenge for this approach is caused by the different solubility requirements of each individual drug, resulting in the need for a drug vehicle that is non-toxic and capable of carrying multiple water-insoluble antitumor drugs...
2017: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28350844/isolation-and-characterization-of-alternatively-spliced-variants-of-the-mouse-sigma1-receptor-gene-sigmar1
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Ling Pan, David A Pasternak, Jin Xu, Mingming Xu, Zhigang Lu, Gavril W Pasternak, Ying-Xian Pan
The sigma1 receptor acts as a chaperone at the endoplasmic reticulum, associates with multiple proteins in various cellular systems, and involves in a number of diseases, such as addiction, pain, cancer and psychiatric disorders. The sigma1 receptor is encoded by the single copy SIGMAR1 gene. The current study identifies five alternatively spliced variants of the mouse sigma1 receptor gene using a polymerase chain reaction cloning approach. All the splice variants are generated by exon skipping or alternative 3' or 5' splicing, producing the truncated sigma1 receptor...
2017: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28350829/spatio-temporal-variation-of-fish-taxonomic-composition-in-a-south-east-asian-flood-pulse-system
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Heng Kong, Mathieu Chevalier, Pascal Laffaille, Sovan Lek
The Tonle Sap Lake (TSL) is a flood-pulse system. It is the largest natural lake in South-East Asia and constitutes one of the largest fisheries over the world, supporting the livelihood of million peoples. Nonetheless, the Mekong River Basin is changing rapidly due to accelerating water infrastructure development (hydropower, irrigation, flood control, and water supply) and climate change, bringing considerable modifications to the annual flood-pulse of the TSL. Such modifications are expected to have strong impacts on fish biodiversity and abundance...
2017: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28350808/differential-recruitment-efficacy-of-patient-derived-amyloidogenic-and-myeloma-light-chain-proteins-by-synthetic-fibrils-a-metric-for-predicting-amyloid-propensity
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Emily B Martin, Angela Williams, Craig Wooliver, R Eric Heidel, Sarah Adams, John Dunlap, Marina Ramirez-Alvarado, Luis M Blancas-Mejia, Ronald H Lands, Stephen J Kennel, Jonathan S Wall
BACKGROUND: Monoclonal free light chain (LC) proteins are present in the circulation of patients with immunoproliferative disorders such as light chain (AL) amyloidosis and multiple myeloma (MM). Light chain-associated amyloid is a complex pathology composed of proteinaceous fibrils and extracellular matrix proteins found in all patients with AL and in ~10-30% of patients who presented with MM. Amyloid deposits systemically in multiple organs and tissues leading to dysfunction and ultimately death...
2017: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28350619/genetic-determinants-of-essential-hypertension-in-the-population-of-tatars-from-russia
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Yanina Timasheva, Timur Nasibullin, Elvira Imaeva, Vera Erdman, Ilsiyar Tuktarova, Olga Mustafina
OBJECTIVE: Systemic inflammation and impaired function of endothelium play an important role in the development of hypertension. Our study aimed to analyze an association between essential hypertension and polymorphic markers in candidate genes in the group of 530 Tatars from the Republic of Bashkortostan, Russia. METHODS: The study group consisted of 216 male patients with essential hypertension (mean age 48.92 ± 8.8 years) and 314 healthy individuals of corresponding sex and age without history of cardiovascular disease...
May 2017: Journal of Hypertension
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28350495/out-group-threat-responses-in-group-bias-and-nonapeptide-involvement-are-conserved-across-vertebrates-a-comment-on-bruintjes-et-al-out-group-threat-promotes-within-group-affiliation-in-a-cooperative-fish
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Martin Kavaliers, Elena Choleris
The challenges and threats posed by out-groups have major effects on human social behavior and how individuals interact with one another. We briefly review evidence here that out-group threat similarly affects nonhuman animal behavior. Actual and potential threats posed by out-group individuals (unfamiliar and genetically nonrelated individuals of the same species) affect social behavior promoting "out-group" avoidance and "in-group" bias and enhancing in-group (familiar and/or genetically related individuals) affiliation and interactions...
April 2017: American Naturalist
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28346894/the-romberg-ratio-in-people-with-multiple-sclerosis
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Alon Kalron
Postural control relies on the integration of inputs from the visual, somatosensory and vestibular systems which are frequently impaired in people with Multiple Sclerosis (PwMS). In this situation, examining the Romberg ratio can be useful. This parameter can be interpreted as a gross indicator of a vestibular and proprioceptive contribution to postural control. Therefore, the primary objective of the current study was to examine whether the Romberg ratio differs between MS fallers, non-fallers and neurological disability levels...
March 14, 2017: Gait & Posture
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28346875/helicobacter-pylori-infection-detection-from-gastric-x-ray-images-based-on-feature-fusion-and-decision-fusion
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Kenta Ishihara, Takahiro Ogawa, Miki Haseyama
In this paper, a fully automatic method for detection of Helicobacter pylori (H. pylori) infection is presented with the aim of constructing a computer-aided diagnosis (CAD) system. In order to realize a CAD system with good performance for detection of H. pylori infection, we focus on the following characteristic of stomach X-ray examination. The accuracy of X-ray examination differs depending on the symptom of H. pylori infection that is focused on and the position from which X-ray images are taken. Therefore, doctors have to comprehensively assess the symptoms and positions...
March 21, 2017: Computers in Biology and Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28346869/multisensory-object-perception-in-infancy-4-month-olds-perceive-a-mistuned-harmonic-as-a-separate-auditory-and-visual-object
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Nicholas A Smith, Nicole A Folland, Diana M Martinez, Laurel J Trainor
Infants learn to use auditory and visual information to organize the sensory world into identifiable objects with particular locations. Here we use a behavioural method to examine infants' use of harmonicity cues to auditory object perception in a multisensory context. Sounds emitted by different objects sum in the air and the auditory system must figure out which parts of the complex waveform belong to different sources (auditory objects). One important cue to this source separation is that complex tones with pitch typically contain a fundamental frequency and harmonics at integer multiples of the fundamental...
March 24, 2017: Cognition
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28346799/activation-of-macrophages-by-lipopolysaccharide-for-assessing-the-immunomodulatory-property-of-biomaterials
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Shengwei Han, Zetao Chen, Pingping Han, Qingang Hu, Yin Xiao
The design paradigm of biomaterials has been changed to ones with favorable immunomodulatory effects, indicating the importance of accurately evaluating the immunomodulatory properties of biomaterials. Among all the immune cells macrophages receive most attention, due to their plasticity and multiple roles in the materials and host interactions, and thereby become model immune cells for the evaluation of immunomodulatory properties of biomaterials in many studies. Lipopolysaccharides (LPS), a polysaccharide in the outer membrane of Gram-negative bacteria, elicit strong immune responses, which was often applied to activate macrophages, resulting in a proinflammatory M1 phenotype, and the release of proinflammatory cytokines, including tumor necrosis factor alpha (TNFα), interleukin (IL)-1, and IL-6...
March 24, 2017: Tissue Engineering. Part A
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28346625/a-point-system-as-catalyst-to-increase-resident-scholarship-an-mpcrn-study
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Dean A Seehusen, Christy J W Ledford, Scott Grogan, Eugene Kim, Jeremy J Johnson, Mark E Stackle, Lloyd A Runser, Matthew V Fargo, James W Keck, Anna L Oberhofer, Richard Shoemaker
INTRODUCTION: Encouraging resident scholarly activity has been a longstanding challenge for medical educators. The Accreditation Council for Graduate Medical Education (ACGME) has been increasing its emphasis on scholarly activity, forcing programs to evaluate their existing processes. This study sought to evaluate the impact of a scholarly activity point system on the resident scholarly productivity at multiple programs. METHODS: Five military family medicine residencies evaluated resident outcomes 2 years before and 2 years after the introduction of a scholarly activity point system...
March 2017: Family Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28346603/residency-program-directors-interview-methods-and-satisfaction-with-resident-selection-across-multiple-specialties
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Tonya VanOrder, Wayne Robbins, Eric Zemper
CONTEXT: Competition for postdoctoral training positions is at an all-time high, and residency program directors continue to have little direction when it comes to structuring an effective interview process. OBJECTIVES: To examine whether a relationship existed between interview methods used and program director satisfaction with resident selection decisions and whether programs that used methods designed to assess candidate personal characteristics were more satisfied with their decisions...
April 1, 2017: Journal of the American Osteopathic Association
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28346489/gonadotropin-releasing-hormone-receptor-gnrhr-gene-knock-out-normal-growth-and-development-of-sensory-motor-and-spatial-orientation-behavior-but-altered-metabolism-in-neonatal-and-prepubertal-mice
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Ellen R Busby, Nancy M Sherwood
Gonadotropin-releasing hormone (GnRH) is important in the control of reproduction, but its actions in non-reproductive processes are less well known. In this study we examined the effect of disrupting the GnRH receptor in mice to determine if growth, metabolism or behaviors that are not associated with reproduction were affected. To minimize the effects of other hormones such as FSH, LH and sex steroids, the neonatal-prepubertal period of 2 to 28 days of age was selected. The study shows that regardless of sex or phenotype in the Gnrhr gene knockout line, there was no significant difference in the daily development of motor control, sensory detection or spatial orientation among the wildtype, heterozygous or null mice...
2017: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28346402/large-scale-design-of-robust-genetic-circuits-with-multiple-inputs-and-outputs-for-mammalian-cells
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Benjamin H Weinberg, N T Hang Pham, Leidy D Caraballo, Thomas Lozanoski, Adrien Engel, Swapnil Bhatia, Wilson W Wong
Engineered genetic circuits for mammalian cells often require extensive fine-tuning to perform as intended. We present a robust, general, scalable system, called 'Boolean logic and arithmetic through DNA excision' (BLADE), to engineer genetic circuits with multiple inputs and outputs in mammalian cells with minimal optimization. The reliability of BLADE arises from its reliance on recombinases under the control of a single promoter, which integrates circuit signals on a single transcriptional layer. We used BLADE to build 113 circuits in human embryonic kidney and Jurkat T cells and devised a quantitative, vector-proximity metric to evaluate their performance...
March 27, 2017: Nature Biotechnology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28346259/igg4-related-ophthalmic-disease-presenting-as-choroidal-and-orbital-lesions
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William S Gange, Stephen M Holland, Felipe De Alba
PURPOSE: To report a case of IgG4-related ophthalmic disease (IgG4-ROD) which presented as choroidal and orbital lesions. METHODS: Case report. RESULTS: A 64-year-old man presented with left eye photopsias and a history of IgG4-related perirenal fibrosis. Fundoscopic examination showed multiple bilateral yellow choroidal lesions, and optical coherence tomography showed multiple choroidal lesions. Magnetic resonance imaging of the orbits showed an enhancing lesion present circumferential to the optic nerve, but greater medially, abutting the posterior surface of the left globe...
March 24, 2017: Retinal Cases & Brief Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28346243/modeling-flowsheet-data-to-support-secondary-use
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Bonnie L Westra, Beverly Christie, Steven G Johnson, Lisiane Pruinelli, Anne LaFlamme, Suzan G Sherman, Jung In Park, Connie W Delaney, Grace Gao, Stuart Speedie
The purpose of this study was to create information models from flowsheet data using a data-driven consensus-based method. Electronic health records contain a large volume of data about patient assessments and interventions captured in flowsheets that measure the same "thing," but the names of these observations often differ, according to who performs documentation or the location of the service (eg, pulse rate in an intensive care, the emergency department, or a surgical unit documented by a nurse or therapist or captured by automated monitoring)...
March 24, 2017: Computers, Informatics, Nursing: CIN
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28346236/current-concepts-in-ischemic-hepatitis
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Joseph M Lightsey, Don C Rockey
PURPOSE OF REVIEW: The current review seeks to define ischemic hepatitis and its associated comorbidities. It means to review the pathophysiology, clinical presentation, clinical course, outcomes, and any potential therapies. RECENT FINDINGS: Ischemic hepatitis has long been associated with cardiovascular disease; recent reports have found a substantial link between preexisting cardiovascular disease and the risk for developing ischemic hepatitis. A proposed mechanism by which hepatic congestion predisposes the liver to hemodynamic injury further defines this link...
March 24, 2017: Current Opinion in Gastroenterology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28346083/logistic-regression-likelihood-ratio-test-analysis-for-detecting-signals-of-adverse-events-in-post-market-safety-surveillance
#19
Kijoeng Nam, Nicholas C Henderson, Patricia Rohan, Emily Jane Woo, Estelle Russek-Cohen
The Vaccine Adverse Event Reporting System (VAERS) and other product surveillance systems compile reports of product-associated adverse events (AEs), and these reports may include a wide range of information including age, gender, and concomitant vaccines. Controlling for possible confounding variables such as these is an important task when utilizing surveillance systems to monitor post-market product safety. A common method for handling possible confounders is to compare observed product-AE combinations with adjusted baseline frequencies where the adjustments are made by stratifying on observable characteristics...
March 2, 2017: Journal of Biopharmaceutical Statistics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28346064/modeling-and-simulation-of-two-wheelchair-accessories-for-pushing-doors
#20
Soran Jalal Abdullah, Javeed Shaikh Mohammed
Independent mobility is vital to individuals of all ages, and wheelchairs have proven to be great personal mobility devices. The tasks of opening and navigating through a door are trivial for healthy people, while the same tasks could be difficult for some wheelchair users. A wide range of intelligent wheelchair controllers and systems, robotic arms, or manipulator attachments integrated with wheelchairs have been developed for various applications, including manipulating door knobs. Unfortunately, the intelligent wheelchairs and robotic attachments are not widely available as commercial products...
March 27, 2017: Assistive Technology: the Official Journal of RESNA
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