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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28431286/age-related-changes-in-corticospinal-excitability-and-intracortical-inhibition-after-upper-extremity-motor-learning-a-systematic-review-and-meta-analysis
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Kelly M M Berghuis, John G Semmler, George M Opie, Aylin K Post, Tibor Hortobágyi
It is unclear how old age affects the neuronal mechanisms of motor learning. We reviewed the neuronal mechanisms of how healthy old and young adults acquire motor skills as assessed with transcranial magnetic stimulation. Quantitative meta-analyses of 11 studies, involving ballistic and visuomotor tasks performed by upper extremity muscles in 132 healthy old and 128 young adults, revealed that the motor practice-induced increase in corticospinal excitability (CSE) is task-dependent but not age-dependent, with an increase in CSE in both age groups after visuomotor but not ballistic training...
March 27, 2017: Neurobiology of Aging
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28431122/the-sense-study-treatment-mechanisms-of-a-cognitive-behavioral-and-mindfulness-based-group-sleep-improvement-intervention-for-at-risk-adolescents
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Matthew Blake, Orli Schwartz, Joanna M Waloszek, Monika Raniti, Julian G Simmons, Greg Murray, Laura Blake, Ronald E Dahl, Richard Bootzin, Dana L McMakin, Paul Dudgeon, John Trinder, Nicholas B Allen
Objective: The aim of this study was to test whether a cognitive-behavioral and mindfulness-based sleep intervention could improve sleep and anxiety on school nights in a group of at-risk adolescents. We also examined whether benefits to sleep and anxiety would be mediated by improvements in sleep hygiene awareness and pre-sleep hyperarousal. Method: Secondary analysis of a randomized controlled trial conducted with 123 adolescent participants (Female=60%; Mean Age=14...
April 18, 2017: Sleep
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28431115/spatial-distribution-of-falciparum-malaria-infections-in-zanzibar-implications-for-focal-drug-administration-strategies-targeting-asymptomatic-parasite-carriers
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Anders Björkman, Jackie Cook, Hugh Sturrock, Mwinyi Msellem, Abdullah Ali, Weiping Xu, Fabrizio Molteni, Roly Gosling, Chris Drakeley, Andreas Mårtensson
Background.: Optimal use of mass/targeted screen-and-treat or mass or focal drug administration as malaria elimination strategies remains unclear. We therefore studied spatial distribution of Plasmodium falciparum infections to compare simulated effects of these strategies on reducing the parasite reservoir in a pre-elimination setting. Methods.: P. falciparum rapid diagnostic tests (RDTs) and molecular (polymerase chain reaction [PCR]) and serological (enzyme-linked immunosorbent assay) analyses were performed on finger-prick blood samples from a population-based survey in 3 adjacent communities...
May 1, 2017: Clinical Infectious Diseases: An Official Publication of the Infectious Diseases Society of America
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28431108/investments-in-children-s-health-and-the-kenyan-cash-transfer-for-orphans-and-vulnerable-children-evidence-from-an-unconditional-cash-transfer-scheme
#4
Carolyn Huang, Kavita Singh, Sudhanshu Handa, Carolyn Halpern, Audrey Pettifor, Harsha Thirumurthy
Child mortality is one of the most pressing global health and policy issues in the developing world. The leading drivers of death-pneumonia, diarrhea and malaria-are preventable and treatable. However, these illnesses are exacerbated by a lack of accessible nutrition, water, basic and preventive health services, and sanitary living conditions-all factors which are more likely to disproportionately impact the poor. We examine whether Kenya's largest social protection impacts children's incidence of upper respiratory illness...
April 18, 2017: Health Policy and Planning
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28430580/expression-status-of-folate-receptor-alpha-is-a-predictor-of-survival-in-pancreatic-ductal-adenocarcinoma
#5
Lei Cai, Theodoros Michelakos, Cristina R Ferrone, Liyuan Zhang, Vikram Deshpande, Qi Shen, Albert De Leo, Teppei Yamada, Gong Zhang, Soldano Ferrone, Xinhui Wang
Pancreatic ductal adenocarcinoma (PDAC) has one of the poorest prognosis among malignancies. Thus, the identification of markers useful in developing innovative diagnostic and therapeutic methods is an imperative need. Folate receptor alpha (FRα) has been associated with prognosis in several cancers and has served as a target of novel anti-tumor therapies. However, FRα expression in PDAC and its correlation with the clinical course of the disease has not been thoroughly investigated. In this study, we analyzed FRα expression in 140 PDAC specimens and 7 PDAC cell lines in order to define the significance of FRα expression in PDAC and its potential role as a target for immunotherapy...
April 5, 2017: Oncotarget
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28430555/beyond-wires-and-seeds-reflector-guided-breast-lesion-localization-and-excision
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Victoria L Mango, Ralph T Wynn, Sheldon Feldman, Lauren Friedlander, Elise Desperito, Sejal N Patel, Ameer Gomberawalla, Richard Ha
Purpose To evaluate outcomes of Savi Scout (Cianna Medical, Aliso Viejo, Calif) reflector-guided localization and excision of breast lesions by analyzing reflector placement, localization, and removal, along with target excision and rates of repeat excision (referred to as re-excision). Materials and Methods A single-institution retrospective review of 100 women who underwent breast lesion localization and excision by using the Savi Scout surgical guidance system from June 2015 to May 2016 was performed. By using image guidance 0-8 days before surgery, 123 nonradioactive, infrared-activated, electromagnetic wave reflectors were percutaneously inserted adjacent to or within 111 breast targets...
April 21, 2017: Radiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28430145/the-association-of-ankle-brachial-index-protein-energy-wasting-and-inflammation-status-with-cardiovascular-mortality-in-patients-on-chronic-hemodialysis
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Hideki Ishii, Hiroshi Takahashi, Yasuhiko Ito, Toru Aoyama, Daisuke Kamoi, Takashi Sakakibara, Norio Umemoto, Yoshitaka Kumada, Susumu Suzuki, Toyoaki Murohara
Protein-energy wasting (PEW) is highly prevalent in hemodialysis (HD) patients. We investigated the association of abnormal ankle brachial index (ABI), PEW, and chronic inflammation status with clinical prognosis in HD patients. A total of 973 HD patients were enrolled and were followed-up for 8 years. As a marker of the PEW, geriatric nutritional risk index (GNRI) was used. Cut-off levels were 91.2 for GNRI defined from previous studies and 1.9 mg/L for C-reactive protein (CRP) as median value, respectively...
April 21, 2017: Nutrients
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28429693/predictors-of-neurologically-favorable-survival-among-patients-with-out-of-hospital-cardiac-arrest-a-tertiary-referral-hospital-experience
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Kevser Gülcihan Balcı, Mustafa Mücahit Balcı, Fatih Şen, Mehmet Kadri Akboğa, Erol Kalender, Samet Yılmaz, Orhan Maden, Hatice Selçuk, Timur Selçuk, Ahmet Temizhan
OBJECTIVE: Despite recent advances in medical support and interventions, only 5% to 10% of patients with out-of-hospital cardiac arrest (OHCA) survive to discharge. In this study, factors related to neurologically favorable survival in patients with OHCA were analyzed. METHODS: A total of 129 patients who were admitted to hospital with OHCA were retrospectively enrolled. RESULTS: Sustained return of spontaneous circulation (ROSC) (ROSC lasting >20 min) was achieved in 29 (22...
April 2017: Türk Kardiyoloji Derneği Arşivi: Türk Kardiyoloji Derneğinin Yayın Organıdır
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28429371/design-of-a-short-non-uniform-acquisition-protocol-for-quantitative-analysis-in-dynamic-cardiac-spect-imaging-a-retrospective-123-i-mibg-animal-study
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Yunlong Zan, Yong Long, Kewei Chen, Biao Li, Qiu Huang, Grant T Gullberg
PURPOSE: Our previous works have found that quantitative analysis of (123) I-MIBG kinetics in the heart with dynamic single-photon emission computed tomography (SPECT) offers the potential to quantify the innervation integrity at an early stage of left ventricular hypertrophy. However, conventional protocols involving a long acquisition time for dynamic imaging reduce the animal survival rate and thus make longitudinal analysis difficult. The goal of this work was to develop a procedure to reduce the total acquisition time by selecting non-uniform acquisition times for projection views while maintaining the accuracy and precision of estimated physiologic parameters...
April 21, 2017: Medical Physics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28429212/experimental-study-of-a-radiopharmaceutical-agent-based-on-modified-fatty-acid-labeled-with-technetium-99m
#10
S I Sazonova, Yu N Il'yushenkova, Yu B Lishmanov, S V Tsibul'nikov, V S Skuridin, E A Nesterov, N V Varlamova, E A Il'ina, V D Filimonov, M V Belyanin, E V Stepanova, S M Minin
Using rat model of coronary occlusion, we studied pharmacokinetics and the efficiency of a new radiopharmaceutical agent (99m)Tc-PDA-DTPA intended for diagnostics of changes in myocardial metabolism and its analogue (123)I-PMPDA. (99m)Tc-PDA-DTPA was eliminated mostly by the kidneys and maximal concentration in the heart was attained within 60 min after intravenous injection; no accumulation in the area of myocardial infarction was observed. The studied substance was inferior to its analogue 123I-PMPDA by the quality of scintigraphic visualization of the heart...
April 20, 2017: Bulletin of Experimental Biology and Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28428231/thresholds-for-ambulatory-blood-pressure-among-african-americans-in-the-jackson-heart-study
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Joseph E Ravenell, Daichi Shimbo, John N Booth, Daniel F Sarpong, Charles Agyemang, Danielle L Beatty Moody, Marwah Abdalla, Tanya M Spruill, Amanda J Shallcross, Adam P Bress, Paul Muntner, Gbenga Ogedegbe
Background -Ambulatory blood pressure (BP) monitoring (ABPM) is the reference standard for out-of-clinic BP measurement. Thresholds for identifying ambulatory hypertension (daytime systolic BP [SBP]/diastolic BP [DBP] ≥ 135/85 mmHg, 24-hour SBP/DBP ≥ 130/80 mmHg, and nighttime SBP/DBP ≥ 120/70 mmHg) have been derived from European, Asian and South American populations. We determined BP thresholds for ambulatory hypertension in a US population-based sample of African Americans. Methods -We analyzed data from the Jackson Heart Study (JHS), a population-based cohort study comprised exclusively of African-American adults (n=5,306)...
April 20, 2017: Circulation
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28427703/multiple-sclerosis-among-afghan-immigrants-in-isfahan-iran
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Masoud Etemadifar, Niyousha Sadeghpour, Kimia Nekouie, Mohammadmostafa Jahansouz, Mehri Salari, Mahboobeh Fereidan-Esfahani
BACKGROUND: Multiple sclerosis is a central nervous system demyelinating disease with unknown etiology. However, it is believed to be a multifactorial disease resulting from an interaction of genetic and environmental factors. Immigrant studies have been performed to provide a better view of the pattern of this interaction. We aimed to report the prevalence of MS Afghan immigrants of Isfahan, a population who share the same environment as Isfahan residents but with different genetic backgrounds...
April 2017: Multiple Sclerosis and related Disorders
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28427137/-bibliometric-analysis-of-scientific-articles-on-epidemiological-study-of-burns-in-china
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W F Cheng, Z A Shen, D X Zhao, D W Li, Y R Shang
Objective: To analyze the current status of epidemiological study of burns in China, and to explore the related strategies. Methods: Retrospective or cross-sectional scientific articles in Chinese or English on epidemiological study of burns in China published from January 2005 to December 2015 were systemically retrieved from 4 databases. The databases include PubMed, Embase, China Biology Medicine disc, and Chinese Journals Full-text Database. From the results retrieved, data with regard to publication year, journal distribution, number of institutions participated in the study, affiliation of the first author and its location, and admission time span and age of patients in all the scientific articles were collected...
April 20, 2017: Zhonghua Shao Shang za Zhi, Zhonghua Shaoshang Zazhi, Chinese Journal of Burns
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28426818/alternative-glacial-interglacial-refugia-demographic-hypotheses-tested-on-cephalocereus-columna-trajani-cactaceae-in-the-intertropical-mexican-drylands
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Amelia Cornejo-Romero, Carlos Fabián Vargas-Mendoza, Gustavo F Aguilar-Martínez, Javier Medina-Sánchez, Beatriz Rendón-Aguilar, Pedro Luis Valverde, Jose Alejandro Zavala-Hurtado, Alejandra Serrato, Sombra Rivas-Arancibia, Marco Aurelio Pérez-Hernández, Gerardo López-Ortega, Cecilia Jiménez-Sierra
Historic demography changes of plant species adapted to New World arid environments could be consistent with either the Glacial Refugium Hypothesis (GRH), which posits that populations contracted to refuges during the cold-dry glacial and expanded in warm-humid interglacial periods, or with the Interglacial Refugium Hypothesis (IRH), which suggests that populations contracted during interglacials and expanded in glacial times. These contrasting hypotheses are developed in the present study for the giant columnar cactus Cephalocereus columna-trajani in the intertropical Mexican drylands where the effects of Late Quaternary climatic changes on phylogeography of cacti remain largely unknown...
2017: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28426334/myopigenic-activity-change-and-its-risk-factors-in-urban-students-in-beijing-three-year-report-of-beijing-myopia-progression-study
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Zhong Lin, Balamurali Vasudevan, Kenneth J Ciuffreda, Hong Jia Zhou, Guang Yun Mao, Ning Li Wang, Yuan Bo Liang
PURPOSE: To investigate the myopigenic activity change and its risk factors in urban students in Beijing. METHODS: A total of 241 primary or secondary students aged 6-17 years from the Beijing Myopia Progression Study (BMPS) were re-examined 3 years after their baseline enrollment. A detailed questionnaire was administered to assess myopigenic activities at both baseline and at the 3-year follow-up. Altogether, 217 students (90.0%) with completed data were included in the analysis...
April 20, 2017: Ophthalmic Epidemiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28426182/usefulness-and-accuracy-of-maldi-tof-mass-spectrometry-as-a-supplementary-tool-to-identify-mosquito-vector-species-and-to-invest-in-development-of-international-database
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F N Raharimalala, T M Andrianinarivomanana, A Rakotondrasoa, J M Collard, S Boyer
Arthropod-borne diseases are important causes of morbidity and mortality. The identification of vector species relies mainly on morphological features and/or molecular biology tools. The first method requires specific technical skills and may result in misidentifications, and the second method is time-consuming and expensive. The aim of the present study is to assess the usefulness and accuracy of matrix-assisted laser desorption/ionization time-of-flight mass spectrometry (MALDI-TOF MS) as a supplementary tool with which to identify mosquito vector species and to invest in the creation of an international database...
April 20, 2017: Medical and Veterinary Entomology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28424957/assessing-pahs-pollution-in-shandong-coastal-area-china-by-combination-of-chemical-analysis-and-responses-of-reproductive-toxicity-in-crab-portunus-trituberculatus
#17
Luqing Pan, Ruiyi Xu, Jianmin Wen, Ruiming Guo
The concentrations of PAHs in seawater and sediments were measured at three selected sites (S1, S2, and S3) along the coastal area of Shandong (China) in April, May, and June, 2015, which ranged from 29.72 to 123.88 ng/L and 82.62 to 232.63 ng/g, respectively. Meanwhile, the reproductive toxicity responses in crab Portunus trituberculatus were also evaluated to assess the pollution of PAHs during the sampling period. Chemical analysis showed that S3 was the most PAH-contaminated area while S1 was the least, and the biochemical parameters concerned with reproduction were efficiently responded to the three sites, especially in S3 (p < 0...
April 19, 2017: Environmental Science and Pollution Research International
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28424464/-18-f-tetrafluoroborate-pet-ct-enables-sensitive-tumor-and-metastasis-in-vivo-imaging-in-a-sodium-iodide-symporter-expressing-tumor-model
#18
S Diocou, A Volpe, M Jauregui-Osoro, M Boudjemeline, K Chuamsaamarkkee, F Man, P J Blower, T Ng, G E D Mullen, G O Fruhwirth
Cancer cell metastasis is responsible for most cancer deaths. Non-invasive in vivo cancer cell tracking in spontaneously metastasizing tumor models still poses a challenge requiring highest sensitivity and excellent contrast. The goal of this study was to evaluate if the recently introduced PET radiotracer [(18)F]tetrafluoroborate ([(18)F]BF4(-)) is useful for sensitive and specific metastasis detection in an orthotopic xenograft breast cancer model expressing the human sodium iodide symporter (NIS) as a reporter...
April 19, 2017: Scientific Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28423742/novel-potential-predictive-markers-of-sunitinib-outcomes-in-long-term-responders-versus-primary-refractory-patients-with-metastatic-clear-cell-renal-cell-carcinoma
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Javier Puente, Nuria Laínez, Marta Dueñas, María José Méndez-Vidal, Emilio Esteban, Daniel Castellano, Mónica Martinez-Fernández, Laura Basterretxea, María José Juan-Fita, Luis Antón, Luis León, Julio Lambea, Begoña Pérez-Valderrama, Sergio Vázquez, Cristina Suarez, Xavier Garcia Del Muro, Enrique Gallardo, José Pablo Maroto, M Luz Samaniego, Beatriz Suárez-Paniagua, Julián Sanz, Jesús M Paramio, Sogug Spanish Oncology Genitourinary Group
BACKGROUND: Several potential predictive markers of efficacy of targeted agents in patients with metastatic renal cell carcinoma (mRCC) have been identified. Interindividual heterogeneity warrants further investigation. PATIENTS AND METHODS: Multicenter, observational, retrospective study in patients with clear-cell mRCC treated with sunitinib. Patients were classified in two groups: long-term responders (LR) (progression-free survival (PFS)≥22 months and at least stable disease), and primary refractory (PR) (progressive disease within 3-months of sunitinib onset)...
March 23, 2017: Oncotarget
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28423213/systemic-tumor-targeted-sodium-iodide-symporter-nis-gene-therapy-of-hepatocellular-carcinoma-mediated-by-b6-peptide-polyplexes
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Sarah Urnauer, Kathrin Klutz, Geoffrey K Grünwald, Stephan Morys, Nathalie Schwenk, Christian Zach, Franz-Josef Gildehaus, Wolfgang Roedl, Manfred Ogris, Ernst Wagner, Christine Spitzweg
BACKGROUND: Non-viral polymer-based gene transfer represents an adaptable system for tumor-targeted gene therapy, as various design strategies of shuttle systems together with the mechanistic concept of active tumor targeting lead to improved gene delivery vectors resulting in higher tumor specificity, efficacy and safety. METHODS: Using the sodium iodide symporter (NIS) as theranostic gene, non-viral gene delivery vehicles based on linear polyethylenimine (LPEI), polyethylene glycol (PEG) and coupled with the synthetic peptide B6 (LPEI-PEG-B6), which specifically binds to tumor cells, were investigated in a hepatocellular carcinoma (HCC) xenograft model for tumor-selectivity and transduction efficiency...
April 19, 2017: Journal of Gene Medicine
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