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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29149718/coronary-risk-assessment-at-x-ray-dose-equivalent-ungated-chest-ct-results-of-a-multi-reader-study
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Michael Messerli, Lukas Hechelhammer, Sebastian Leschka, René Warschkow, Simon Wildermuth, Ralf W Bauer
OBJECTIVES: To determine the value of ultra-low dose chest CT with tin filtration for ordinal coronary artery calcium (CAC) risk scoring. METHODS: 50 patients were prospectively included and underwent clinical standard dose chest CT (1.8±0.7mSv) and ultra-low dose CT (0.13±0.01mSv). Four radiologists estimated presence and extent of CAC. RESULTS: Weighted kappa values for CAC were 0.76-0.97 in standard dose and 0.75-0.95 in ultra-low dose CT (p<0...
October 25, 2017: Clinical Imaging
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29149033/validity-and-reproducibility-of-a-food-frequency-questionnaire-for-dietary-factors-related-to-colorectal-cancer
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Daniel Nigusse Tollosa, John Van Camp, Inge Huybrechts, Lieven Huybregts, Joris Van Loco, Stefaan De Smet, Ellen Sterck, Céline Rabâi, Thomas Van Hecke, Lynn Vanhaecke, Els Vossen, Marc Peeters, Carl Lachat
Dietary factors play a major role in the development of colorectal cancer. This study evaluated the reproducibility and validity of a 109-food item Food Frequency Questionnaire (FFQ) to measure the consumption of foods and nutrients related to the development of colorectal cancer in a population aged ≥50 years in Flanders, Belgium. A semi-quantitative FFQ was administered two times in a period of two weeks to evaluate reproducibility (FFQ1 and FFQ2). The validity of the FFQ was assessed by comparing FFQ1 against the 3-day diary method (3 DD)...
November 17, 2017: Nutrients
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29146231/is-hungry-bone-syndrome-a-cause-of-postoperative-hypocalcemia-after-total-thyroidectomy-in-thyrotoxicosis-a-prospective-study-with-bone-mineral-density-correlation
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Poongkodi Karunakaran, Chandrasekaran Maharajan, Srinivasan Ramalingam, Suresh Venkatesh Rachmadugu
BACKGROUND: Hungry bone syndrome is a well-established cause of postoperative hypocalcemia in thyrotoxicosis. To date, the incidence of hungry bone syndrome after total thyroidectomy is unclear. This prospective study examined the incidence of postthyroidectomy hungry bone syndrome and its correlation with preoperative bone mineral density. METHODS: Forty thyrotoxic subjects (Group A; age: mean ± SD; 36.5 ± 9.8 years) and 40 euthyroid controls with benign thyroid nodules (Group B) undergoing total thyroidectomy were evaluated for preoperative bone mineral density and serum calcium, magnesium, phosphorus, parathyroid hormone, alkaline phosphatase, and 25-Hydroxy Vitamin D serially...
November 14, 2017: Surgery
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29146182/plakophilin3-increases-desmosome-assembly-size-and-stability-by-increasing-expression-of-desmocollin2
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Mansa Gurjar, Kumarkrishna Raychaudhuri, Snehal Mahadik, Divya Reddy, Apurva Atak, Trupti Shetty, Kruthi Rao, Mansi S Karkhanis, Prajakta Gosavi, Lalit Sehgal, Sanjay Gupta, Sorab N Dalal
Previous reports show that the desmosomal plaque protein plakophilin3 (PKP3) is essential for desmosome formation. Here, we report that PKP3 over-expression decreases calcium dependency for de novo desmosome formation and makes existing cell-cell adhesion junctions more resilient in low calcium medium due to an increase in desmocollin2 expression. PKP3 overexpression increases the stability of other desmosomal proteins independently of the increase in DSC2 levels and regulates desmosome formation and stability by a multimodal mechanism affecting transcription, protein stability and cell border localization of desmosomal proteins...
November 13, 2017: Biochemical and Biophysical Research Communications
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29145946/predicting-subclinical-atherosclerosis-in-low-risk%C3%A2-individuals-ideal-cardiovascular-health-score-and-fuster-bewat-score
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Juan Miguel Fernández-Alvira, Valentín Fuster, Stuart Pocock, Javier Sanz, Leticia Fernández-Friera, Martín Laclaustra, Rodrigo Fernández-Jiménez, José Mendiguren, Antonio Fernández-Ortiz, Borja Ibáñez, Héctor Bueno
BACKGROUND: The ideal cardiovascular health score (ICHS) is recommended for use in primary prevention. Simpler tools not requiring laboratory tests, such as the Fuster-BEWAT (blood pressure [B], exercise [E], weight [W], alimentation [A], and tobacco [T]) score (FBS), are also available. OBJECTIVES: The purpose of this study was to compare the effectiveness of ICHS and FBS in predicting the presence and extent of subclinical atherosclerosis. METHODS: A total of 3,983 participants 40 to 54 years of age were enrolled in the PESA (Progression of Early Subclinical Atherosclerosis) cohort...
November 14, 2017: Journal of the American College of Cardiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29145895/comparative-analysis-of-high-sensitivity-cardiac-troponin-i-and-t-for-their-association-with-coronary-computed-tomography-assessed-calcium-scoring-represented-by-the-agatston-score
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Jonas Rusnak, Michael Behnes, Thomas Henzler, Nadine Reckord, Nils Vogler, Mathias Meyer, Ursula Hoffmann, Michele Natale, Julia Hoffmann, Sonja Hamed, Kathrin Weidner, Siegfried Lang, Agnibh Mukherji, Holger Haubenreisser, Stefan O Schoenberg, Martin Borggrefe, Thomas Bertsch, Ibrahim Akin
BACKGROUND: This study evaluates the association between high-sensitivity cardiac troponin I (hs-cTnI) and T (hs-cTnT) and coronary calcium concentration (CAC) detected by coronary computed tomography (CCT) and evaluated with the Agatston score in patients with suspected coronary artery disease (CAD). METHODS: Patients undergoing CCT during routine clinical care were enrolled prospectively. CCT was indicated for patients with a low to intermediate pretest probability for CAD...
November 16, 2017: European Journal of Medical Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29145836/clinical-utility-of-computed-tomography-hounsfield-characterization-for-percutaneous-nephrolithotomy-a-cross-sectional-study
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Andrea Gallioli, Elisa De Lorenzis, Luca Boeri, Maurizio Delor, Stefano Paolo Zanetti, Fabrizio Longo, Alberto Trinchieri, Emanuele Montanari
BACKGROUND: Computed Tomography (CT) is considered the gold-standard for the pre-operative evaluation of urolithiasis. However, no Hounsfield (HU) variable capable of differentiating stone types has been clearly identified. The aim of this study is to assess the predictive value of HU parameters on CT for determining stone composition and outcomes in percutaneous nephrolithotomy (PCNL). METHODS: Seventy seven consecutive cases of PCNL between 2011 and 2016 were divided into 4 groups: 40 (52%) calcium, 26 (34%) uric acid, 5 (6%) struvite and 6 (8%) cystine stones...
November 16, 2017: BMC Urology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29145481/amiloride-enhanced-gene-transfection-of-octa-arginine-functionalized-calcium-phosphate-nanoparticles
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Juan Ramón Vanegas Sáenz, Taichi Tenkumo, Yuya Kamano, Hiroshi Egusa, Keiichi Sasaki
Nanoparticles represent promising gene delivery systems in biomedicine to facilitate prolonged gene expression with low toxicity compared to viral vectors. Specifically, nanoparticles of calcium phosphate (nCaP), the main inorganic component of human bone, exhibit high biocompatibility and good biodegradability and have been reported to have high affinity for protein or DNA, having thus been used as gene transfer vectors. On the other hand, Octa-arginine (R8), which has a high permeability to cell membrane, has been reported to improve intracellular delivery systems...
2017: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29145442/downregulation-of-kcnmb4-expression-and-changes-in-bk-channel-subtype-in-hippocampal-granule-neurons-following-seizure-activity
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Luke E Whitmire, Ling Ling, Vladslav Bugay, Chase M Carver, Santosh Timilsina, Hui-Hsiu Chuang, David B Jaffe, Mark S Shapiro, Jose E Cavazos, Robert Brenner
A major challenge is to understand maladaptive changes in ion channels that sets neurons on a course towards epilepsy development. Voltage- and calcium-activated K+ (BK) channels contribute to early spike timing in neurons, and studies indicate that the BK channel plays a pathological role in increasing excitability early after a seizure. Here, we have investigated changes in BK channels and their accessory β4 subunit (KCNMB4) in dentate gyrus (DG) granule neurons of the hippocampus, key neurons that regulate excitability of the hippocampus circuit...
2017: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29145296/approach-to-the-patient-with-pregnancy-and-lactation-associated-osteoporosis-a-case-report-and-a-review-of-the-literature
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Min Zhang, Ping Chen, Bin Li, Juan Du, Ting Pan, Jingyan Chen
RATIONALE: Pregnancy and lactation-associated osteoporosis (PLO) is very rare, but it can cause severe vertebral compression fractures with disabling back pain. Although it is a rare, PLO must be kept in mind in the differential diagnosis in patients presenting with low back pain during or after pregnancy. PATIENT CONCERNS: A 23-year-old woman who suffered from lumbago and fractures in the vertebral column 1 month after delivery. DIAGNOSIS: Pregnancy and lactation-associated osteoporosis...
November 2017: Medicine (Baltimore)
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29143781/biological-properties-of-low-toxic-plga-and-plga-phb-fibrous-nanocomposite-scaffolds-for-osseous-tissue-regeneration-evaluation-of-potential-bioactivity
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Boguslawa Żywicka, Izabella Krucińska, Jerzy Garcarek, Maria Szymonowicz, Agnieszka Komisarczyk, Zbigniew Rybak
Abstracts: The aim of the study was to evaluate the biocompatibility and bioactivity of two new prototype implants for bone tissue regeneration made from biodegradable fibrous materials. The first is a newly developed poly(l-lactide-co-glycolide), (PLGA), and the second is a blend of PLGA with synthetic poly([R,S]-3-hydroxybutyrate) (PLGA/PHB). The implant prototypes comprise PLGA or PLGA/PHB nonwoven fabrics with designed pore structures to create the best conditions for cell proliferation. The bioactivity of the proposed implants was enhanced by introducing a hydroxyapatite material and a biologically active agent, namely, growth factor IGF1, encapsulated in calcium alginate microspheres...
October 28, 2017: Molecules: a Journal of Synthetic Chemistry and Natural Product Chemistry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29143428/combination-of-alfacalcidol-and-calcium-improved-handgrip-strength-and-mobility-among-indonesian-older-women-a-randomized-controlled-trial
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Siti Setiati, Anugrahini, Jane E Fransiska, Tirza Z Tamin, Rahmi Istanti
AIM: To determine the effect of alfacalcidol on muscle strength and functional mobility in Indonesian older women whose handgrip strength was low. METHODS: A randomized, double-blind controlled trial was carried out among 95 older women whose handgrip strength was ≤22 kg. Participants were randomized into two groups: 47 participants received alfacalcidol 0.5 μg/day and 48 participants received a placebo. Each participant in both groups was given calcium 500 mg/day...
November 15, 2017: Geriatrics & Gerontology International
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29143202/tobacco-plants-expressing-the-maize-nitrate-transporter-zmnrt2-1-exhibit-altered-responses-of-growth-and-gene-expression-to-nitrate-and-calcium
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Abubakar Ibrahim, Xiao-Lu Jin, Yu-Bin Zhang, Jessica Cruz, Paveena Vichyavichien, Nwadiuto Esiobu, Xing-Hai Zhang
BACKGROUND: Nitrate uptake is a highly regulated process. Understanding the intricate interactions between nitrate availability and genetically-controlled nitrate acquisition and metabolism is essential for improving nitrogen use efficiency and increasing nitrate uptake capacity for plants grown in both nitrate-poor and nitrate-enriched environments. In this report, we introduced into tobacco (Nicotiana tabacum) the constitutively expressed maize high-affinity transporter ZmNrt2.1 gene that would bypass the tight control for the endogenous nitrate-responsive genes...
November 15, 2017: Botanical Studies (Taipei, Taiwan)
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29143139/effect-of-protein-adsorption-layers-and-solution-treatments-on-hydroxyapatite-deposition-on-polystyrene-plate-surfaces-in-simulated-body-fluids
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Kazutoshi Iijima, Ayako Iizuka, Ryo Suzuki, Hitomi Ueno-Yokohata, Nobutaka Kiyokawa, Mineo Hashizume
We have developed a method to functionalize polystyrene (PS) cell culture plates with hydroxyapatite (HAp) via protein adsorption layers such as human serum albumin (HSA) in simulated body fluids (SBFs). In order to investigate the versatility the method, in this study the effect of protein adsorption layers on HAp deposition on PS plate surfaces in SBF was evaluated. Pretreatments with alternate soaking process (ASP) using solutions containing calcium ions and phosphate ions followed by incubation with SBF for 24 h resulted in HAp deposition on PS plates with adsorption layers of HSA, type I collagen, hen egg white lysozyme, and poly L-glutamic acid, an acidic protein analogue: the deposition behaviors were correlated with adsorption ability and charge state of proteins...
November 15, 2017: Journal of Materials Science. Materials in Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29141035/influence-of-boron-supplementation-on-performance-immunity-and-antioxidant-status-of-lambs-fed-diets-with-or-without-adequate-level-of-calcium
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T Vijay Bhasker, N K S Gowda, D T Pal, S Karthik Bhat, P Krishnamoorthy, S Mondal, A K Pattanaik, A K Verma
Little is known about biological significance of effects of dietary Boron (B) and Calcium (Ca) interaction on health and production of farm animals. This is a preliminary investigation to evaluate the effects of B supplementation in lambs fed diets with (normal) or without adequate (low) levels of Ca. Twenty-four crossbred ram lambs were randomly distributed into four groups with six animals each in a 2x2 factorial design namely, normal-Ca diet (NCa) and low-Ca diet (LCa) fed without or with 40 ppm B (NCaB-40 and LCaB-40)...
2017: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29140511/two-fatal-cases-involving-cardiovascular-drugs-diltiazem-and-amlodipine
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Luca Morini, Matteo Moretti, Francesca Brandolini, Antonio Marco Maria Osculati, Angelo Groppi, Claudia Vignali
A liquid chromatographic tandem mass spectrometric method for the identification and quantification of 18 cardiovascular drugs was developed in order to evaluate two cases of fatal intoxication involving diltiazem and amlodipine respectively. Samples were simply diluted and centrifuged using a three-steps procedure with methanol, acetonitrile and mobile phase. The method proved to be selective and all the validation parameters fulfilled the acceptance criteria. In particular, linearity was studied in the range limits of quantitation (LOQ)-1,000 ng/mL (LOQ ranging from 0...
November 13, 2017: Journal of Analytical Toxicology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29138825/utility-of-mir%C3%A2-133a%C3%A2-3p-as-a-diagnostic-indicator-for-hepatocellular-carcinoma-an-investigation-combined-with-geo-tcga-meta%C3%A2-analysis-and-bioinformatics
#17
Hai-Wei Liang, Xia Yang, Dong-Yue Wen, Li Gao, Xiang-Yu Zhang, Zhi-Hua Ye, Jie Luo, Zu-Yun Li, Yun He, Yu-Yan Pang, Gang Chen
Increasing evidence has demonstrated that microRNA (miR)‑133a‑3p is an important regulator of hepatocellular carcinoma (HCC). In the present study, the diagnostic role of miR‑133a‑3p in HCC, and the potential functional pathways, were both explored based on publicly available data. Eligible microarray datasets were collected from NCBI Gene Expression Omnibus (GEO) database and ArrayExpress database. The data related to HCC and matched adjacent normal tissues were also downloaded from The Cancer Genome Atlas (TCGA)...
November 14, 2017: Molecular Medicine Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29137944/reproductive-factors-nutritional-status-and-serum-25-oh-d-levels-in-women-with-breast-cancer-a-case-control-study
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Nighat Y Sofi, Monika Jain, Umesh Kapil, Vuthaluru Seenu, Lakshmy R, Chander P Yadav, Ravindra M Pandey, Neha Sareen
The study was conducted with an objective to investigate the association between reproductive factors, nutritional status and serum 25(OH)D levels among women diagnosed with breast cancer (BC). A total of 200 women with BC attending a tertiary healthcare institute of Delhi, India matched with 200 healthy women for age (±2years) and socio economic status were included in the study. Data was collected on socio-demographic profile, reproductive factors, physical activity and dietary intake (24hour dietary recall and food frequency questionnaire) using interviewer administered structured questionnaires and standard tools...
November 11, 2017: Journal of Steroid Biochemistry and Molecular Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29136828/compact-detectors-made-of-paired-leds-for-photometric-and-fluorometric-measurements-on-paper
#19
Marta Fiedoruk-Pogrebniak, Mateusz Granica, Robert Koncki
The utility of strikingly simple and cheap optoelectronic detectors operating according to a Paired-Emitter-Detector-Diode (PEDD) principle for microfluidic paper-based analytical devices (μPAD) has been experimentally confirmed. The prototypes of these compact detectors have been made of only two customary light emitting diodes without any additional optical parts like lens, filters, fibers etc. Moreover, for their operation economic and portable equipment is required (low-power circuit and ordinary voltmeter)...
February 1, 2018: Talanta
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29136530/microplastic-particles-cause-intestinal-damage-and-other-adverse-effects-in-zebrafish-danio-rerio-and-nematode-caenorhabditis-elegans
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Lili Lei, Siyu Wu, Shibo Lu, Mengting Liu, Yang Song, Zhenhuan Fu, Huahong Shi, Kathleen M Raley-Susman, Defu He
Microplastics have been frequently detected in aquatic environments, and there are increasing concerns about potential effects on biota. In this study, zebrafish Danio rerio and nematode Caenorhabditis elegans were used as model organisms for microplastic exposure in freshwater pelagic (i.e. water column) and benthic (i.e. sediment) environments. We investigated the toxic effects of five common types of microplastics: polyamides (PA), polyethylene (PE), polypropylene (PP), polyvinyl chloride (PVC) and polystyrene (PS) particles...
November 11, 2017: Science of the Total Environment
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