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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28222364/manufactured-and-roll-your-own-cigarettes-a-changing-pattern-of-smoking-in-barcelona-spain
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Xisca Sureda, Marcela Fu, Jose M Martínez-Sánchez, Cristina Martínez, Montse Ballbé, Raúl Pérez-Ortuño, Esteve Saltó, José A Pascual, Esteve Fernández
AIMS: The objectives of the present study were to describe smoking prevalence and compare the smoking attributes of adult smokers according to the type of tobacco product consumed. METHODS: Repeated cross-sectional surveys (2004-2005 and 2011-2012) of a representative sample of the adult (≥16 years) population in Barcelona, Spain, were used to assess self-reported tobacco consumption, smoking attributes, and salivary cotinine concentration. The survey conducted in 2004-2005 included information on 1245 subjects and the survey in 2011-2012 on 1307 individuals...
February 18, 2017: Environmental Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28222332/acquisition-of-vowel-articulation-in-childhood-investigated-by-acoustic-to-articulatory-inversion
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Hiroki Oohashi, Hama Watanabe, Gentaro Taga
While the acoustical features of speech sounds in children have been extensively studied, limited information is available as to their articulation during speech production. Instead of directly measuring articulatory movements, this study used an acoustic-to-articulatory inversion model with scalable vocal tract size to estimate developmental changes in articulatory state during vowel production. Using a pseudo-inverse Jacobian matrix of a model mapping seven articulatory parameters to acoustic ones, the formant frequencies of each vowel produced by three Japanese children over time at ages between 6 and 60 months were transformed into articulatory parameters...
February 18, 2017: Infant Behavior & Development
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28222200/understanding-tree-growth-responses-after-partial-cuttings-a-new-approach
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Miguel Montoro Girona, Sergio Rossi, Jean-Martin Lussier, Denis Walsh, Hubert Morin
Forest ecosystem management heads towards the use of partial cuttings. However, the wide variation in growth response of residual trees remains unexplained, preventing a suitable prediction of forest productivity. The aim of the study was to assess individual growth and identify the driving factors involved in the responses of residual trees. Six study blocks in even-aged black spruce [Picea mariana (Mill.) B.S.P.] stands of the eastern Canadian boreal forest were submitted to experimental shelterwood and seed-tree treatments...
2017: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28221965/explanatory-variables-associated-with-campylobacter-and-escherichia-coli-concentrations-on-broiler-chicken-carcasses-during-processing-in-two-slaughterhouses
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Ewa Pacholewicz, Arno Swart, Jaap A Wagenaar, Len J A Lipman, Arie H Havelaar
This study aimed at identifying explanatory variables that were associated with Campylobacter and Escherichia coli concentrations throughout processing in two commercial broiler slaughterhouses. Quantative data on Campylobacter and E. coli along the processing line were collected. Moreover, information on batch characteristics, slaughterhouse practices, process performance, and environmental variables was collected through questionnaires, observations, and measurements, resulting in data on 19 potential explanatory variables...
December 2016: Journal of Food Protection
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28220908/hsp70-hspa1-polymorphisms-in-former-workers-with-chronic-mercury-vapor-exposure
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Yury I Chernyak, Alla P Merinova
OBJECTIVES: To investigate 4 loci of 3 HSP70 genes in caustic soda production plant former workers, who have been exposed to metallic mercury vapors for a long time, and including numerous cases of chronic mercury intoxication (CMI). MATERIAL AND METHODS: Polymorphisms in HSP70 gene family members (HSP1A1 (+190G/C, rs1043618), HSPA1B (+1267A/G and +2074G/C, rs1061581) and HSP1AL (+2437T/C, rs2227956)) genes were studied among 120 male workers involved in caustic soda production by mercury electrolysis at 2 plants in Eastern Siberia...
February 21, 2017: International Journal of Occupational Medicine and Environmental Health
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28220906/experiences-with-preventing-carpal-tunnel-syndrome-in-an-automotive-plant
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Věra Žídková, Marie Nakládalová, Jana Zapletalová, Zdeněk Nakládal, Helena Kollárová
OBJECTIVES: Carpal tunnel syndrome (CTS) is a common occupational disease. The aim was to assess the effect of preventive measures in automotive assembly workers. MATERIAL AND METHODS: The analysis summarizes data from annual crosssectional studies. The 7-year analysis of data was based on medical records obtained from an occupational physician and inspections carried out at the workplace where targeted preventive measures were introduced, including better ergonomic arrangement of the workplace, technical adjustments facilitating the work, preventive nerve conduction studies (NCS) testing of the median nerve once a year, switching of workers and their targeted rotation within the workplace...
February 21, 2017: International Journal of Occupational Medicine and Environmental Health
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28220555/population-pharmacokinetic-characterization-of-bay-81-8973-a-full-length-recombinant-factor-viii-lessons-learned-importance-of-including-samples-with-factor-viii-levels-below-the-quantitation-limit
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D Garmann, S McLeay, A Shah, P Vis, M Maas Enriquez, B A Ploeger
INTRODUCTION: The pharmacokinetics (PK), safety and efficacy of BAY 81-8973, a full-length, unmodified, recombinant human factor VIII (FVIII), were evaluated in the LEOPOLD trials. AIM: The aim of this study was to develop a population PK model based on pooled data from the LEOPOLD trials and to investigate the importance of including samples with FVIII levels below the limit of quantitation (BLQ) to estimate half-life. METHODS: The analysis included 1535 PK observations (measured by the chromogenic assay) from 183 male patients with haemophilia A aged 1-61 years from the 3 LEOPOLD trials...
February 20, 2017: Haemophilia: the Official Journal of the World Federation of Hemophilia
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28220545/the-effects-of-a-topical-lipid-complex-therapy-on-dogs-with-atopic-dermatitis-a-double-blind-randomized-placebo-controlled-study
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Stefan Hobi, Christoph Klinger, Janine Classen, Ralf S Mueller
BACKGROUND: Canine atopic dermatitis is a common clinical presentation. The skin barrier seems to play a fundamental role in the pathogenesis. Therefore a topical spot-on product containing a mixture of lipids may improve clinical signs without adverse effects if it were to improve stratum corneum barrier function. ANIMALS: Twenty six privately owned atopic dogs of different breed, age, gender and weight were included in a double blind, randomized, placebo-controlled study...
February 20, 2017: Veterinary Dermatology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28220095/don-t-lose-your-brain-at-work-the-role-of-recurrent-novelty-at-work-in-cognitive-and-brain-aging
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Jan Oltmanns, Ben Godde, Axel H Winneke, Götz Richter, Claudia Niemann, Claudia Voelcker-Rehage, Klaus Schömann, Ursula M Staudinger
Cognitive and brain aging is strongly influenced by everyday settings such as work demands. Long-term exposure to low job complexity, for instance, has detrimental effects on cognitive functioning and regional gray matter (GM) volume. Brain and cognition, however, are also characterized by plasticity. We postulate that the experience of novelty (at work) is one important trigger of plasticity. We investigated the cumulative effect of recurrent exposure to work-task changes (WTC) at low levels of job complexity on GM volume and cognitive functioning of middle-aged production workers across a time window of 17 years...
2017: Frontiers in Psychology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28219976/the-effects-of-tobacco-control-policies-on-retailer-sales-to-minors-in-the-usa-2015
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Hongying Dai, Jianqiang Hao
BACKGROUND: Under the 2009 Family Smoking Prevention and Tobacco Control Act , the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has been routinely inspecting tobacco retailers' compliance with under-age sales laws. We seek to identify factors associated with Retail Violation Rate for sale to minors (RVRm). METHODS: We collected the tobacco retailer inspection data for 2015 from the FDA compliance check database. RVRm was calculated at the census tract level and overlaid with tobacco regulations and youth smoking prevalence at the state level...
February 20, 2017: Tobacco Control
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28219838/natural-helper-cells-are-associated-with-the-exacerbated-airway-inflammation-seen-during-rsv-reinfection-of-neonatally-primed-mice
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Jianqi Wu, Haiyan Hu, Lei Xu, Feifei Qi, Song Bai, Yulin Cui, Ruonan Chai, Dandan Wang, Beixing Liu
Infection with respiratory syncytial virus (RSV) in neonatal mice causes more aggressive airway disease when the mice are reinfected with the same virus as adults. However, the underlying mechanisms responsible for this phenomenon are not entirely defined. Natural helper (NH) cells are considered a key factor for virus-induced or exacerbated airway inflammation and airway hyper-responsiveness by producing type 2 cytokines. To confirm whether NH cells are involved in the aggravated lung pathology seen during reinfection, BALB/c mice were initially infected as neonates and reinfected in adulthood...
February 16, 2017: International Immunopharmacology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28219592/urgent-liver-transplantation-for-dietary-supplements-an-under-recognized-problem
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L L Wong, L Lacar, M Roytman, S L Orloff
BACKGROUND: The recent outbreak of acute liver failure caused by herbal/dietary supplements (HDS) in Hawaii prompted evaluation of those patients who underwent emergency liver transplantation (LT) for HDS in the United States. METHODS: We queried the Scientific Registry of Transplant Recipients (2003-2015) to identify patients who underwent urgent LT for acute hepatic necrosis (AHN) and identified those with HDS use. This group of patients was then characterized...
March 2017: Transplantation Proceedings
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28218663/advanced-glycation-end-products-inhibit-the-proliferation-of-human-umbilical-vein-endothelial-cells-by-inhibiting-cathepsin-d
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Yuan Li, Ye Chang, Ning Ye, Dongxue Dai, Yintao Chen, Naijin Zhang, Guozhe Sun, Yingxian Sun
We aimed to investigate the effect of advanced glycation end products (AGEs) on the proliferation and migration ability of human umbilical vein endothelial cells (HUVECs). Cell proliferation was detected by methyl thiazolyl tetrazolium (MTT) assay, real-time cell analyzer and 5-Ethynyl-2'-deoxyuridine (EdU) staining. Cell migration was detected by wound-healing and transwell assay. AGEs significantly inhibited the proliferation and migration of HUVECs in a time-and dose-dependent way. Western blotting revealed that AGEs dramatically increased the expression of microtubule-associated protein 1 light chain 3 (LC3) II/I and p62...
February 17, 2017: International Journal of Molecular Sciences
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28218653/proteomic-analysis-of-mitochondria-enriched-fraction-isolated-from-the-frontal-cortex-and-hippocampus-of-apolipoprotein-e-knockout-mice-treated-with-alda-1-an-activator-of-mitochondrial-aldehyde-dehydrogenase-aldh2
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Aneta Stachowicz, Rafał Olszanecki, Maciej Suski, Katarzyna Głombik, Agnieszka Basta-Kaim, Dariusz Adamek, Ryszard Korbut
The role of different genotypes of apolipoprotein E (apoE) in the etiology of Alzheimer's disease is widely recognized. It has been shown that altered functioning of apoE may promote 4-hydroxynonenal modification of mitochondrial proteins, which may result in mitochondrial dysfunction, aggravation of oxidative stress, and neurodegeneration. Mitochondrial aldehyde dehydrogenase (ALDH2) is an enzyme considered to perform protective function in mitochondria by the detoxification of the end products of lipid peroxidation, such as 4-hydroxynonenal and other reactive aldehydes...
February 17, 2017: International Journal of Molecular Sciences
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28218483/antimicrobial-potential-and-gustatory-perception-of-chlorhexidine-gluconate-mouthwashes-with-or-without-alcohol-after-a-single-rinse-a-randomized-controlled-crossover-clinical-trial
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R Cantarelli, T C Negrini, Fwmg Muniz, Hjr Oballe, R A Arthur, C K Rösing
OBJECTIVE: The aim of this double-blind randomized clinical trial was to assess whether the presence of alcohol in chlorhexidine gluconate mouthwashes influences their antimicrobial potential against salivary bacteria in young adults. Additionally, the taste perception was assessed. MATERIALS AND METHODS: In a randomized crossover design, 20 participants (17 women and three men; aged 18-38 years old) rinsed with the 0.12% chlorhexidine gluconate with (CHX+) or without alcohol (CHX-) for 1 min...
November 7, 2016: International Journal of Dental Hygiene
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28217997/in-situ-imaging-of-individual-mrna-mutation-in-single-cells-using-ligation-mediated-branched-hybrization-chain-reaction-ligation-bhcr
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Ying Tang, Xiao-Li Zhang, Li-Juan Tang, Ru-Qin Yu, Jian-Hui Jiang
Ultrasensitive and specific in situ imaging of gene expression is essential for molecular medicine and clinical theranostics. We develop a novel fluorescence in situ hybridization (FISH) strategy based on a new branched hybridiza-tion chain reaction (bHCR) for efficient signal amplification in FISH assay and a ligase-mediated discrimination for specific mutation detection. To our knowledge, this is the first time that HCR has been realized for mutation detection in FISH assay. In vitro assay shows that the ligation-bHCR strategy affords high specificity in discriminating single-nucleotide variation in mRNA, and generates a highly branched polymeric product that confers more efficient amplifi-cation or better sensitivity than HCR...
February 20, 2017: Analytical Chemistry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28217884/male-age-and-strain-affect-ejaculate-quality-in-the-mexican-fruit-fly
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Mariana Herrera-Cruz, Solana Abraham, Nicolas Nuñez-Beverido, Norma Flores-Estévez, Martha Reyes-Hernández, Mayvi Alvarado, Diana Pérez-Staples
Aging in all organisms is inevitable. Male age can have profound effects on mating success and female reproduction, yet relatively little is known on the effects of male age on different components of the ejaculate. Furthermore, in mass-reared insects used for the Sterile Insect Technique, there are often behavioral differences between mass-reared and wild males, while differences in the ejaculate have been less studied. The ejaculate in insects is composed mainly of sperm and accessory gland proteins. Here, we studied how male age and strain affected (i) protein quantity of testes and accessory glands, (ii) the biological activity of accessory gland products injected into females, (iii) sperm viability and (iv) sperm quantity stored by females in wild and mass-reared Anastrepha ludens (Diptera: Tephritidae)...
February 19, 2017: Insect Science
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28217446/the-dangers-of-sexual-enhancement-supplements-and-counterfeit-drugs-to-treat-erectile-dysfunction
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Jason Chiang, Faysal A Yafi, Philip J Dorsey, Wayne J G Hellstrom
Counterfeit phosphodiesterase-5 inhibitors (PDE-5i) are an increasing problem. Already in widespread use, the market for PDE-5i is steadily growing as the population ages. Counterfeiters are taking advantage of this growing market by developing illicit and counterfeit PDE-5i products. Many factors are contributing to the rapid growth of the illicit market, such as the low risk of prosecution, potentially high financial reward, and ease of distribution via Internet pharmacies. Consumers of illicit PDE-5i often do not realize they are using counterfeit products and placing themselves at an unnecessary health risk...
February 2017: Translational Andrology and Urology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28216895/vincamine-alleviates-amyloid-%C3%AE-25-35-peptides-induced-cytotoxicity-in-pc12-cells
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Jianfeng Han, Qiumin Qu, Jin Qiao, Jie Zhang
OBJECTIVE: Vincamine is a plant alkaloid used clinically as a peripheral vasodilator that increases cerebral blood flow and oxygen and glucose utilization by neural tissue to combat the effect of aging. The main purpose of the present study is to investigate the influence of vincamine on amyloid-β 25-35 (Aβ25-35) induced cytotoxicity, to gain a better understanding of the neuroprotective effects of this clinically used anti-Alzheimer's disease drug. MATERIALS AND METHODS: Oxidative stress was assessed by measuring malondialdehyde, glutathione, and superoxide dismutase (SOD) levels...
January 2017: Pharmacognosy Magazine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28216301/identification-of-the-mechanisms-by-which-age-alters-the-mechanosensitivity-of-mesenchymal-stromal-cells-on-substrates-of-differing-stiffness-implications-for-osteogenesis-and-angiogenesis
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Sara Barreto, Arlyng Gonzalez-Vazquez, Andrew R Cameron, Brenton Cavanagh, Dylan J Murray, Fergal J O'Brien
: In order to identify the mechanisms by which skeletal maturity alters the mechanosensitivity of mesenchymal stromal cells (MSCs) and, the implications for osteogenesis and angiogenesis during bone formation, we compared the response of MSCs derived from children and skeletally-mature healthy adults cultured on soft and stiff collagen-coated polyacrylamide substrates. MSCs from children were more mechanosensitive, showing enhanced angiogenesis and osteogenesis on stiff substrates as indicated by increased endothelial tubule formation, PGF production, nuclear-translocation of YAP, ALP activity and mineralisation...
February 16, 2017: Acta Biomaterialia
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