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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28927238/factor-v-leiden-is-associated-with-increased-sperm-count
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T E van Mens, U N Joensen, Z Bochdanovits, A Takizawa, J Peter, N Jørgensen, P B Szecsi, J C M Meijers, H Weiler, E Rajpert-De Meyts, S Repping, S Middeldorp
STUDY QUESTION: Is the thrombophilia mutation factor V Leiden (FVL) associated with an increased total sperm count? SUMMARY ANSWER: Carriers of FVL have a higher total sperm count than non-FVL-carriers, which could not be explained by genetic linkage or by observations in a FVL-mouse model. WHAT IS KNOWN ALREADY: FVL has a high prevalence in Caucasians despite detrimental health effects. Carriers have been shown to have higher fecundity, which might partly explain this evolutionary paradox...
September 12, 2017: Human Reproduction
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28927171/evolving-quality-standards-for-large-scale-registries-the-garfield-af-experience
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Keith A A Fox, Bernard J Gersh, Sory Traore, A John Camm, Gloria Kayani, Anders Krogh, Shweta Shweta, Ajay K Kakkar
Aims: Registries have the potential to capture treatment practices and outcomes in populations beyond the constraints of clinical trial settings. The value of data obtained depend critically upon robust quality standards (including source data verification [SDV] and training); features that are commonly absent from registries. This article outlines the quality standards developed for Global Anticoagulant Registry in the FIELD-Atrial Fibrillation (GARFIELD-AF). Methods and Results: GARFIELD-AF comprises ∼57 000 patients prospectively recruited over 6...
April 1, 2017: European Heart Journal. Quality of Care & Clinical Outcomes
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28927153/clinicoradiological-characteristics-management-and-prognosis-of-primary-myeloid-sarcoma-of-the-central-nervous-system-a-report-of-four-cases
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Bao Yang, Chenlong Yang, Jingyi Fang, Jun Yang, Yulun Xu
Myeloid sarcoma (MS) is a localized tumor composed of premature precursors of granulocytic cells, which may occur in any organ and most commonly involves the soft tissue and musculoskeletal system. This malignancy may occur in the presence or absence of hematological disorders. Primary MS involving the central nervous system (CNS-MS) is rare, and has only been described in a small number of isolated case reports. The diagnosis of CNS-MS is challenging and strategies for its management are undefined. The present study describes 4 cases of CNS-MS...
September 2017: Oncology Letters
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28927094/genomic-markers-of-ovarian-adenocarcinoma-and-its-relevancy-to-the-effectiveness-of-chemotherapy
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Monika Englert-Golon, Bartosz Burchardt, Bartlomiej Budny, Szymon Dębicki, Blanka Majchrzycka, Elzbieta Wrotkowska, Piotr Jasiński, Katarzyna Ziemnicka, Radosław Słopień, Marek Ruchała, Stefan Sajdak
Ovarian cancer is the eighth most common cancer and the seventh highest cause of cancer-associated mortality in women worldwide. It is the second highest cause of mortality among female reproductive malignancies. The current standard first-line treatment for advanced ovarian cancer includes a combination of surgical debulking and standard systemic platinum-based chemotherapy with carboplatin and paclitaxel. Although a deeper understanding of this disease has been attained, relapse occurs in 70% of patients 18 months subsequent to the first-line treatment...
September 2017: Oncology Letters
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28926975/non-invasive-brain-stimulation-for-children-with-autism-spectrum-disorders-a-short-term-outcome-study
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Lázaro Gómez, Belkis Vidal, Carlos Maragoto, Lilia Maria Morales, Sheyla Berrillo, Héctor Vera Cuesta, Margarita Baez, Marlén Denis, Tairí Marín, Yaumara Cabrera, Abel Sánchez, Celia Alarcón, Maribel Selguera, Yaima Llanez, Lucila Dieguez, María Robinson
Non-Invasive Brain Stimulation (NIBS) is a relatively new therapeutic approach that has shown beneficial effects in Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD). One question to be answered is how enduring its neuromodulatory effect could be. Twenty-four patients with ASD (mean age: 12.2 years) received 20 sessions of NIBS over the left dorsolateral prefrontal cortex (L-DLPFC). They were randomized into two groups with two (G1) or three (G2) clinical evaluations before NIBS. Both groups had a complete follow-up at six months after the intervention, with the aim of determining the short-term outcome using the total score on the Autism Behavior Checklist, Autism Treatment Evaluation Checklist, and the Autism Diagnostic Interview...
September 17, 2017: Behavioral Sciences
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28926955/identification-of-novel-bisbenzimidazole-derivatives-as-anticancer-vacuolar-h%C3%A2-%C2%BA-atpase-inhibitors
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Renukadevi Patil, Arpita Kulshrestha, Anjali Tikoo, Sara Fleetwood, Gajendra Katara, Bala Kolli, William Seibel, Alice Gilman-Sachs, Shivaputra A Patil, Kenneth D Beaman
The vacuolar (H⁺)-ATPases (V-ATPases) are a family of ATP-driven proton pumps and they have been associated with cancer invasion, metastasis, and drug resistance. Despite the clear involvement of V-ATPases in cancer, the therapeutic use of V-ATPase-targeting small molecules has not reached human clinical trials to date. Thus, V-ATPases are emerging as important targets for the identification of potential novel therapeutic agents. We identified a bisbenzimidazole derivative (V) as an initial hit from a similarity search using four known V-ATPase inhibitors (I-IV)...
September 16, 2017: Molecules: a Journal of Synthetic Chemistry and Natural Product Chemistry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28926933/itraq-based-quantitative-proteomic-analysis-reveals-cold-responsive-proteins-involved-in-leaf-senescence-in-upland-cotton-gossypium-hirsutum-l
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Xuewei Zheng, Shuli Fan, Hengling Wei, Chengcheng Tao, Qiang Ma, Qifeng Ma, Siping Zhang, Hongbin Li, Chaoyou Pang, Shuxun Yu
Premature leaf senescence occurs in the ultimate phase of the plant, and it occurs through a complex series of actions regulated by stress, hormones and genes. In this study, a proteomic analysis was performed to analyze the factors that could induce premature leaf senescence in two cotton cultivars. We successfully identified 443 differential abundant proteins (DAPs) from 7388 high-confidence proteins at four stages between non-premature senescence (NS) and premature senescence (PS), among which 158 proteins were over-accumulated, 238 proteins were down-accumulated at four stages, and 47 proteins displayed overlapped accumulation...
September 16, 2017: International Journal of Molecular Sciences
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28926829/continuous-subcutaneous-recombinant-parathyroid-hormone-1-34-infusion-in-the-management-of-childhood-hypoparathyroidism-associated-with-malabsorption
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Vrinda Saraff, Anya Rothenbuhler, Wolfgang Högler, Agnès Linglart
BACKGROUND/AIMS: Hypoparathyroidism associated with malabsorption can be particularly challenging to manage due to limited and erratic intestinal absorption of calcium and vitamin D analogues, resulting in episodes of hypo- or hypercalcaemia. We evaluated the role of continuous subcutaneous recombinant parathyroid hormone (rhPTH 1-34) infusion (CSPI) in children with hypoparathyroidism associated with intestinal malabsorption resistant to conventional therapy. METHOD: Four patients (8-13 years of age), with symptomatic hypocalcaemia resistant to conventional therapy, were started on CSPI (follow-up 3-8 years) in two paediatric endocrinology units in Europe...
September 19, 2017: Hormone Research in Pædiatrics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28926767/stabilization-of-t4-bacteriophage-at-acidic-and-basic-ph-by-adsorption-on-paper
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Abigail Meyer, Melissa Greene, Chad Kimmelshue, Rebecca Cademartiri
Bacteriophages find applications in agriculture, medicine, and food safety. Many of these applications can expose bacteriophages to stresses that inactivate them including acidic and basic pH. Bacteriophages can be stabilized against these stresses by materials including paper, a common material in packaging and consumer products. Combining paper and bacteriophages creates antibacterial materials, which can reduce the use of antibiotics. Here we show that adsorption on paper protects T4, T5, and T7 bacteriophage from acidic and basic pH...
September 5, 2017: Colloids and Surfaces. B, Biointerfaces
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28926749/the-use-of-care-robots-in-aged-care-a-systematic-review-of-argument-based-ethics-literature
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Tijs Vandemeulebroucke, Bernadette Dierckx de Casterlé, Chris Gastmans
BACKGROUND: As care robots become more commonplace in aged-care settings, the ethical debate on their use becomes increasingly important. Our objective was to examine the ethical arguments and underlying concepts used in the ethical debate on care robot use in aged care. METHODS: We conducted a systematic literature search for argument-based ethics publications focusing on care robot use in aged-care practices. We used an innovative methodology that consisted of three steps: (a) identifying conceptual-ethical questions, (b) conducting a literature search, and (c) identifying, describing and analyzing the ethical arguments in connection with the conceptual-ethical questions...
September 6, 2017: Archives of Gerontology and Geriatrics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28926735/ketamine-metabolites-with-antidepressant-effects-fast-economical-and-eco-friendly-enantioselective-separation-based-on-supercritical-fluid-chromatography-sfc-and-single-quadrupole-ms-detection
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Georg M Fassauer, Robert Hofstetter, Mahmoud Hasan, Stefan Oswald, Christina Modeß, Werner Siegmund, Andreas Link
Increasing evidence accumulates that metabolites of the dissociative anesthetic ketamine contribute considerably to the biological effects of this drug and could be developed as next generation antidepressants, especially for acute treatment of patients with therapy-refractory major depression. Analytical methods for the simultaneous determination of the plethora of hydroxylated, dehydrogenated and/or demethylated compounds formed after administration of ketamine hydrochloride are a prerequisite for future clinical investigations and a deeper understanding of the individual role of the isomers of these metabolites...
September 8, 2017: Journal of Pharmaceutical and Biomedical Analysis
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28926670/effect-of-an-age-simulation-suit-on-younger-adults-gait-performance-compared-to-older-adults-normal-gait
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Andreas Lauenroth, Stephan Schulze, Anestis Ioannidis, Andreas Simm, Rene Schwesig
Age simulation suits are used to demonstrate typical physical impairments of older age (e.g., strength and sensory losses) in younger individuals. The purpose of the current study was to describe gait performance in different age groups while wearing an age simulation suit. A total of 178 participants ages 18 to 85 (mean age = 50.4 years, SD = 16.4 years) were assigned according to their age decade to four groups with (ages 18 to 59) and two groups without (ages 60 to 85) the aging suit. Gait performance was measured with a gait analysis system (GAITRite(®)) while walking at a self-chosen pace...
September 1, 2017: Research in Gerontological Nursing
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28926343/the-impact-of-stress-on-social-behavior-in-adult-zebrafish-danio-rerio
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Shannon M Saszik, Conor M Smith
Stress has adverse effects on social behavior that is mediated by dopamine circuits in the midbrain. The purpose of this research is to examine the effect of chronic stress and dopamine signals on social behavior in zebrafish (Danio rerio). Chronic stress was induced chemically with low dosage of ethanol (0.25% for 5 days), and psychosocially with isolation (3-5 days) or overcrowding (5 days). Dopamine activity was decreased by 1-methyl-4-phenyl-1,2,3,6-tetrahydropyridine (MPTP) exposure. Social behavior was observed by introducing one treated zebrafish to a group of four control zebrafish and measuring the nearest neighbor distance (NND)...
September 18, 2017: Behavioural Pharmacology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28926323/-analysis-of-the-cochrane-review-anti-vascular-endothelial-growth-factor-for-prevention-of-postoperative-vitreous-cavity-hemorrhage-after-vitrectomy-for-proliferative-diabetic-retinopathy-cochrane-database-syst-rev-2015-8-cd008214
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David Cordeiro Sousa, Inês Leal, João Costa, António Vaz-Carneiro
Postoperative vitreous hemorrhage is a complication following vitrectomy for proliferative diabetic retinopathy, delaying visual recovery and making fundus examination and disease follow-up more difficult. Anti-vascular endothelial growth factor drugs such as bevacizumab, when injected in the vitreous cavity, reduce vascular proliferation and their use has been proposed to reduce the incidence of postoperative vitreous hemorrhage. The authors of this Cochrane systematic review evaluated all randomized controlled trials on the pre- or intraoperative use of anti-vascular endothelial growth factor to reduce postoperative vitreous hemorrhage occurrence after vitrectomy in patients with proliferative diabetic retinopathy...
August 31, 2017: Acta Médica Portuguesa
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28926197/epiretinal-membrane-surgery-an-analysis-of-2-step-sequential-or-combined-phacovitrectomy-surgery-on-refraction-and-macular-anatomy-in-a-prospective-trial
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Hassan Hamoudi, Ulrik Correll Christensen, Morten La Cour
PURPOSE: To assess the impact of combined phacoemulsification-vitrectomy and sequential surgery for idiopathic epiretinal membrane (ERM) on refractive error (RE) and macular morphology. METHODS: In this prospective clinical trial, we allocated phakic eyes with ERM to (1) cataract surgery and subsequent pars plana vitrectomy (PPV) (CAT group), (2) PPV and subsequent cataract surgery (VIT group) or (3) phaco-vitrectomy (COMBI group). Examinations were at baseline, one month after each surgery, and at 3 months and 12 months of follow-up...
September 19, 2017: Acta Ophthalmologica
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28926195/non-targeted-volatile-profiles-for-the-classification-of-the-botanical-origin-of-chinese-honey-by-solid-phase-microextraction-and-gc-ms-combined-with-chemometrics
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Hui Chen, Linghe Jin, Chunlin Fan, Wenwen Wang
A potential method for the discrimination and prediction of honey samples of various botanical origins was developed based on the non-targeted volatile profiles obtained by solid-phase microextraction with gas chromatography and mass spectrometry combined with chemometrics. The blind analysis of non-targeted volatile profiles was carried out using solid-phase microextraction with gas chromatography and mass spectrometry for 87 authentic honey samples from four botanical origins (acacia, linden, vitex and rape)...
September 19, 2017: Journal of Separation Science
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28926019/dalys-dollars-and-dogs-how-best-to-analyse-the-economics-of-controlling-zoonoses
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A P M Shaw, J Rushton, F Roth, P R Torgerson
Decision-makers increasingly require comprehensive economic metrics summarising and comparing the benefits and costs of controlling zoonotic diseases. The impact of disease in people is conventionally quantified in non-monetary terms, usually a disability-adjusted life year (DALY), whereas the losses due to disease in animals, particularly livestock, are quantified in monetary terms. The potential for the development of a non-monetary metric for ill health in animals, based on life years lost and disability, is discussed and rejected...
April 2017: Revue Scientifique et Technique
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28925741/endophthalmitis-following-strabismus-surgery-iposc-global-study
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Ofira Zloto, Eedy Mezer, Luis Ospina, Branislav Stankovic, Tamara Wygnanski-Jaffe
PURPOSE: To examine the characteristics of patients with endophthalmitis after strabismus surgery (PSSE), the characteristics of the strabismus surgery, treatment, and prognosis as reported by pediatric ophthalmologists who are members of the American Association for Pediatric Ophthalmology and Strabismus (AAOPS) around the world. METHODS: An email communication was sent to all members of AAPOS. The email included a web link to a survey that included 34 questions that examined the characteristics of patients with endophthalmitis after strabismus surgery...
September 19, 2017: Current Eye Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28925537/continental-extent-patterns-in-amphibian-malformations-linked-to-parasites-chemical-contaminants-and-their-interactions
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Sarah E Haas, Mari K Reeves, Alfred E Pinkney, Pieter T J Johnson
Widespread observations of malformed amphibians across North America have generated both concern and controversy. Debates over the causes of such malformations-which can affect >50% of animals in a population-have continued, likely due to involvement of multiple causal factors. Here, we used a 13-year dataset encompassing 53,880 frogs and toads from 422 wetlands and 42 states in the conterminous USA to test hypotheses relating abnormalities and four categories of potential drivers: (1) chemical contaminants, (2) land use practices, (3) parasite infection, and (4) targeted interactions between parasites and pesticides...
September 19, 2017: Global Change Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28925524/hypothermia-increases-aquaporin-4-aqp4-plasma-membrane-abundance-in-human-primary-cortical-astrocytes-via-a-calcium-transient-receptor-potential-vanilloid-4-trpv4-and-calmodulin-mediated-mechanism
#20
Mootaz M Salman, Philip Kitchen, M Nicola Woodroofe, James E Brown, Roslyn M Bill, Alex C Conner, Matthew T Conner
Human aquaporin 4 (AQP4) is the primary water channel protein in brain astrocytes. Hypothermia is known to cause astrocyte swelling in culture, but the precise role of AQP4 in this process is unknown. Primary human cortical astrocytes were cultured under hypothermic (32°C) or normothermic (37°C) conditions. AQP4 transcript, total protein and surface localized protein were quantified using RT-qPCR, sandwich ELISA with whole cell lysates, or cell-surface biotinylation followed by ELISA analysis of the surface-localized protein, respectively...
September 19, 2017: European Journal of Neuroscience
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