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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28545284/-expression-profiles-and-clinical-implication-of-plasma-chemokines-in-patients-with-stanford-type-a-aortic-dissection
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F D Fan, Z J Xu, Q Zhou, D J Wang
Objective: To explore the plasma chemokines expressions and related clinical implication in patients with Stanford type A aortic dissection (AD). Methods: We retrospectively analyzed the data of 65 patients with Stanford type A aortic dissection, hypertensive patients and 11 healthy subjects admitted in our department from October 2013 to December 2014, they were divided into four groups: NH-CON group (11 healthy subjects), H-AD group (29 AD patients with hypertension), NH-AD group (21 AD patients without hypertension), and H-CON group (14 hypertension patients)...
April 24, 2017: Zhonghua Xin Xue Guan Bing za Zhi
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28545282/-electrocardiogram-characteristics-of-patients-with-ventricular-arrhythmia-originating-from-the-distal-great-cardiac-vein
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R L Zheng, D P Zhou, J X Lin, Y C Li, J Li, J Li, R P Yin, J F Lin
Objective: To explore the electrocardiographic characteristics of patients with idiopathic ventricular arrhythmias (VAs) originating from different portions of distal great cardiac veins (DGCV). Methods: The study included 49 patients underwent successful RFCA of premature ventricular complex(PVCs)/ventricular tachycardia(VT) from different portions of the DGCV in our department from July 2009 to March 2016. The surface 12-lead electrocardiogram (ECG) and intraventricular ablation mapping features were analyzed...
April 24, 2017: Zhonghua Xin Xue Guan Bing za Zhi
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28545204/ecomorphological-divergence-drives-differential-mercury-bioaccumulation-in-polymorphic-european-whitefish-coregonus-lavaretus-populations-of-subarctic-lakes
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Kimmo K Kahilainen, Stephen M Thomas, Elina K M Nystedt, Ossi Keva, Tommi Malinen, Brian Hayden
Resource polymorphism, whereby ancestral trophic generalists undergo divergence into multiple specialist morphs, is common in salmonid fish populations inhabiting subarctic lakes. However, the extent to which such resource specialization into the three principal lake habitats (littoral, profundal, and pelagic) affects patterns of contaminant bioaccumulation remains largely unexplored. We assessed total mercury concentrations (THg) of European whitefish (Coregonus lavaretus (L.)) and their invertebrate prey in relation to potential explanatory variables across 6 subarctic lakes, of which three are inhabited by polymorphic (comprised of four morphs) and three by monomorphic populations...
May 20, 2017: Science of the Total Environment
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28545192/atypical-teratoid-rhabdoid-tumor-of-brain-a-clinicopathologic-study-of-eleven-patients-and-review-of-literature
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Nasir Ud Din, Abrar Barakzai, Aisha Memon, Sheema Hasan, Zubair Ahmad
Background: Atypical teratoid/ rhabdoid tumor (AT/RT) is a rare aggressive embryonal central nervous system (CNS) tumor of infancy and early childhood. Majority of the cases arise in the posterior fossa, and remaining in the cerebrum. Aims: To analyze the clinicopathologic features of AT/RT on a cohort of cases. Materials and methods: All reported cases of AT/RT at the Department of Pathology and Laboratory Medicine, Aga Khan University Hospital (AKUH) from 2007 to 2016 were reviewed for clinical and pathological features...
April 1, 2017: Asian Pacific Journal of Cancer Prevention: APJCP
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28545149/persistence-of-lineage-iv-peste-des-petits-ruminants-virus-within-israel-since-1993-an-evolutionary-perspective
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Brian Clarke, Mana Mahapatra, Orly Friedgut, Velizar Bumbarov, Satya Parida
Peste-des-petits ruminants (PPR) is one of the most important infectious diseases of domesticated small ruminants. From the initial identification in 1942 in West Africa, PPR virus (PPRV) has spread throughout much of the developing world. PPRV is now considered endemic throughout Africa, with the notable exception of South Africa, the Middle-East and Israel, as well as South-, East-, and Central Asia. Despite this widespread dispersal, the evolution and transmission of PPRV in endemic populations is not well understood...
2017: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28545083/simultaneous-inference-of-phylogenetic-and-transmission-trees-in-infectious-disease-outbreaks
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Don Klinkenberg, Jantien A Backer, Xavier Didelot, Caroline Colijn, Jacco Wallinga
Whole-genome sequencing of pathogens from host samples becomes more and more routine during infectious disease outbreaks. These data provide information on possible transmission events which can be used for further epidemiologic analyses, such as identification of risk factors for infectivity and transmission. However, the relationship between transmission events and sequence data is obscured by uncertainty arising from four largely unobserved processes: transmission, case observation, within-host pathogen dynamics and mutation...
May 2017: PLoS Computational Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28545039/the-perceptual-learning-of-time-compressed-speech-a-comparison-of-training-protocols-with-different-levels-of-difficulty
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Yafit Gabay, Avi Karni, Karen Banai
Speech perception can improve substantially with practice (perceptual learning) even in adults. Here we compared the effects of four training protocols that differed in whether and how task difficulty was changed during a training session, in terms of the gains attained and the ability to apply (transfer) these gains to previously un-encountered items (tokens) and to different talkers. Participants trained in judging the semantic plausibility of sentences presented as time-compressed speech and were tested on their ability to reproduce, in writing, the target sentences; trail-by-trial feedback was afforded in all training conditions...
2017: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28545038/assessing-the-facilitators-and-barriers-of-interdisciplinary-team-working-in-primary-care-using-normalisation-process-theory-an-integrative-review
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Pauline O'Reilly, Siew Hwa Lee, Madeleine O'Sullivan, Walter Cullen, Catriona Kennedy, Anne MacFarlane
BACKGROUND: Interdisciplinary team working is of paramount importance in the reform of primary care in order to provide cost-effective and comprehensive care. However, international research shows that it is not routine practice in many healthcare jurisdictions. It is imperative to understand levers and barriers to the implementation process. This review examines interdisciplinary team working in practice, in primary care, from the perspective of service providers and analyses 1 barriers and facilitators to implementation of interdisciplinary teams in primary care and 2 the main research gaps...
2017: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28545018/fixed-differences-in-the-3-utr-of-buffalo-prnp-gene-provide-binding-sites-for-mirnas-post-transcriptional-regulation
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Hui Zhao, Siqi Wang, Lixia Guo, Yanli Du, Linlin Liu, Tengfei Ma, Newton O Otecko, Canpeng Li, Yaping Zhang
Bovine spongiform encephalopathy, a member of transmissible spongiform encephalopathies, has not been reported in buffaloes, Bubalus bubalis. Prion protein (PrP), encoded by the prion protein gene (PRNP), is fundamental in the pathogenesis of transmissible spongiform encephalopathies. We previously showed that buffaloes express more PrP proteins but lower PRNP mRNA than cattle in several pivotal tissues like the obex. Therefore, we sought to establish whether genetic variability in PRNP 3'UTR, mediated by miRNA down-regulation, causes PrP expression differences between cattle and buffaloes...
May 2, 2017: Oncotarget
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28544999/mercury-bioaccumulation-in-offshore-reef-fishes-from-waters-of-the-southeastern-usa
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Wiley Sinkus, Virginia Shervette, Joseph Ballenger, Lou Ann Reed, Craig Plante, Byron White
Mercury (Hg) concentrations and nitrogen (δ(15)N) and carbon (δ(13)C) stable isotopic ratios were measured to assess differences in Hg bioaccumulation in four predatory fish species (Mycteroperca microlepis, Lutjanus campechanus, Caulolatilus microps, and Serioli dumerili) of high commercial and recreational importance in Atlantic waters of the southeastern US. Positive relationships existed between Hg and length, weight, and age, for all species, strongest for M. microlepis and L. campechanus. Intraspecific Hg concentrations also strongly correlated with δ(15)N for all species, and δ(13)C for only L...
May 22, 2017: Environmental Pollution
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28544985/experiences-of-nursing-students-and-educators-during-the-co-construction-of-clinical-nursing-leadership-learning-activities-a-qualitative-research-and-development-study
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Laurence Ha, Jacinthe Pepin
BACKGROUND: Student voice posits that students' unique perspectives on teaching and learning can be used in conjunction with those of educators to create meaningful educational activities. OBJECTIVE: The study aimed to describe nursing students' and educators' experiences during the co-construction of educational activities involving clinical nursing leadership. DESIGN: Qualitative research and development model. SETTING: The study was conducted at a French-Canadian nursing faculty that provides a 3-year undergraduate program...
May 15, 2017: Nurse Education Today
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28544952/influence-of-both-cutaneous-input-from-the-foot-soles-and-visual-information-on-the-control-of-postural-stability-in-dyslexic-children
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Nathalie Goulème, Philippe Villeneuve, Christophe-Loïc Gérard, Maria Pia Bucci
Dyslexic children show impaired in postural stability. The aim of our study was to test the influence of foot soles and visual information on the postural control of dyslexic children, compared to non-dyslexic children. Postural stability was evaluated with TechnoConcept(®) platform in twenty-four dyslexic children (mean age: 9.3±0.29years) and in twenty-four non-dyslexic children, gender- and age-matched, in two postural conditions (with and without foam: a 4-mm foam was put under their feet or not) and in two visual conditions (eyes open and eyes closed)...
May 4, 2017: Gait & Posture
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28544894/regulation-of-maize-kernel-weight-and-carbohydrate-metabolism-by-abscisic-acid-applied-at-the-early-and-middle-post-pollination-stages-in-vitro
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Li Zhang, Xu-Hui Li, Zhen Gao, Si Shen, Xiao-Gui Liang, Xue Zhao, Shan Lin, Shun-Li Zhou
Abscisic acid (ABA) accumulates in plants under drought stress, but views on the role of ABA in kernel formation and abortion are not unified. The response of the developing maize kernel to exogenous ABA was investigated by excising kernels from cob sections at four days after pollination and culturing in vitro with different concentrations of ABA (0, 5, 10, 100μM). When ABA was applied at the early post-pollination stage (EPPS), significant weight loss was observed at high ABA concentration (100μM), which could be attributed to jointly affected sink capacity and activity...
May 10, 2017: Journal of Plant Physiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28544845/self-assembling-zwitterionic-copolymers-as-membrane-selective-layers-with-excellent-fouling-resistance-effect-of-zwitterion-chemistry
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Prity Bengani-Lutz, Elisha Converse, Peggy Cebe, Ayse Asatekin
Membranes with high flux, ~1 nm pore size and unprecedented protein fouling resistance were prepared by forming selective layers of self-assembling zwitterionic amphiphilic random copolymers on porous supports by a simple coating method. Random copolymers were prepared from the hydrophobic monomer 2,2,2-trifluoroethyl methacrylate (TFEMA) and four zwitterionic monomers (sulfobetaine methacrylate, sulfobetaine 2-vinylpyridine, sulfobutylbetaine 2-vinylpyridine and 2-methacryloyloxyethyl phosphorylcholine) by free radical polymerization...
May 25, 2017: ACS Applied Materials & Interfaces
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28544834/in-vitro-pulsatile-flow-measurement-in-prosthetic-heart-valves-an-inter-laboratory-comparison
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Stephen M Retta, Jeff Kepner, Salvador Marquez, Bruce A Herman, Mark C S Shu, Laurence W Grossman
BACKGROUND AND AIM OF STUDY: One of the first steps in qualifying a new prosthetic valve for eventual clinical use is preclinical flow performance testing in vitro. Such testing is typically performed in an in-vitro test system that simulates the pumping mechanics of the left ventricle of the heart, generally referred to as a pulse duplicator or duplicator. Historically, test results in these systems have varied from duplicator to duplicator. This collaborative effort between heart valve manufacturers and the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) was designed to evaluate the variability of the pulse duplicator test technology for pulsatile flow performance measurement in an interlaboratory round robin...
January 2017: Journal of Heart Valve Disease
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28544699/renal-anomalies-and-lymphedema-distichiasis-syndrome-a-rare-association
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Gabriela E Jones, Anna K Richmond, Osric Navti, Hatem A Mousa, Stephen Abbs, Edward Thompson, Sahar Mansour, Pradeep C Vasudevan
Lymphedema distichiasis syndrome (LDS) is a rare, autosomal dominant genetic condition, characterized by lower limb lymphedema and distichiasis. Other associated features that have been reported include varicose veins, cleft palate, congenital heart defects, and ptosis. We update a previously reported family with a pathogenic variant in FOXC2 (c.412-413insT) where five affected individuals from the youngest generation had congenital renal anomalies detected on prenatal ultrasound scan. These included four fetuses with hydronephrosis and one with bilateral renal agenesis...
May 23, 2017: American Journal of Medical Genetics. Part A
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28544651/genetic-determination-of-body-fat-distribution-and-the-attributive-influence-on-metabolism
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Ellen Fehlert, Róbert Wagner, Caroline Ketterer, Anja Böhm, Jürgen Machann, Louise Fritsche, Fausto Machicao, Fritz Schick, Harald Staiger, Norbert Stefan, Hans-Ulrich Häring, Andreas Fritsche, Martin Heni
OBJECTIVE: Genome-wide association studies (GWAS) have identified single-nucleotide polymorphisms (SNPs) associated with estimates of body fat distribution. Using predefined risk allele scores, the correlation of these scores with precisely quantified body fat distribution assessed by magnetic resonance (MR) imaging techniques and with metabolic traits was investigated. METHODS: Data from 4,944 MR scans from 915 subjects of European ancestry were analyzed. Body fat distribution was determined by MR imaging and liver fat content by (1) H-MR spectroscopy...
May 25, 2017: Obesity
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28544606/effects-of-tooth-storage-media-on-periodontal-ligament-preservation
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Md Riasat Hasan, Hiroaki Takebe, Nazmus Shalehin, Nobuko Obara, Takashi Saito, Kazuharu Irie
BACKGROUND / AIMS: An easily available tooth storage medium is required to preserve a tooth after avulsion. Milk and Hank's balanced salt solution (HBSS) are recommended as tooth storage media, and egg white is also reported to be comparable with milk. The aim of the present study was to histologically and immunohistochemically evaluate the effect of different tooth storage media on the periodontal ligament (PDL) of extracted teeth. MATERIAL AND METHODS: This experiment used HBSS, milk and egg white as tooth storage media...
May 24, 2017: Dental Traumatology: Official Publication of International Association for Dental Traumatology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28544600/effect-of-magnesium-on-arrhythmia-incidence-in-patients-undergoing-coronary-artery-bypass-grafting
#19
Alireza Mohammadzadeh, Farshad Towfighi, Naser Jafari
BACKGROUND: Cardiac arrhythmia after coronary artery bypass grafting (CABG) surgery is a common complication of cardiac surgery. The effect of serum magnesium, hypomagnesaemia treatment and prophylactic administration of magnesium in the development and prevention of arrhythmias is controversial and there are many different ideas. This study evaluates the therapeutic effects of magnesium in cardiac arrhythmia after CABG surgery. METHODS: The clinical trial enrolled 250 patients who underwent CABG...
May 22, 2017: ANZ Journal of Surgery
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28544481/matching-phenotypes-to-whole-genomes-lessons-learned-from-four-iterations-of-the-personal-genome-project-community-challenges
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Binghuang Cai, Biao Li, Nikki Kiga, Janita Thusberg, Timothy Bergquist, Yun-Ching Chen, Noushin Niknafs, Hannah Carter, Collin Tokheim, Violeta Beleva-Guthrie, Christopher Douville, Rohit Bhattacharya, Hui Ting Grace Yeo, Jean Fan, Sohini Sengupta, Dewey Kim, Melissa Cline, Tychele Turner, Mark Diekhans, Jan Zaucha, Lipika R Pal, Chen Cao, Chen-Hsin Yu, Yizhou Yin, Marco Carraro, Manuel Giollo, Carlo Ferrari, Emanuela Leonardi, Silvio C E Tosatto, Jason Bobe, Madeleine Ball, Roger Hoskins, Susanna Repo, George Church, Steven E Brenner, John Moult, Julian Gough, Mario Stanke, Rachel Karchin, Sean D Mooney
The advent of next generation sequencing has dramatically decreased the cost for whole genome sequencing and increased the viability for its application in research and clinical care. The Personal Genome Project (PGP) provides unrestricted access to genomes of individuals and their associated phenotypes. This resource enabled the Critical Assessment of Genome Interpretation (CAGI) to create a community challenge to assess the bioinformatics community's ability to predict traits from whole genomes. In CAGI PGP challenge, researchers were asked to predict whether an individual had a particular trait or profile based on their whole genome...
May 23, 2017: Human Mutation
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