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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28812961/community-managed-services-for-persons-with-intellectual-disability-andhra-pradesh-experience
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Jayanthi Narayan, Raja Pratapkumar, Sudhakara P Reddy
In resource poor settings innovative and bottom-up approaches are required to provide services to people with with disabilities. In this context, the present paper explains a community-based model of manpower development and coordination of services for people with intellectual disabilities in unified state of Andhra Pradesh in India. Women with disabilities from the village were identified, and those willing to be trained to work as community resource persons (CRPs) were selected and given hands-on training in a phased manner...
September 2017: Journal of Intellectual Disabilities: JOID
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28812932/celebrating-wobble-decoding-half-a-century-and-still-much-is-new
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Paul F Agris, Emily R Eruysal, Amithi Narendran, Ville Y P Väre, Sweta Vangaveti, Srivathsan V Ranganathan
A simple post-transcriptional modification of tRNA, deamination of adenosine to inosine at the first, or wobble, position of the anticodon, inspired Francis Crick's Wobble Hypothesis 50 years ago. Many more naturally-occurring modifications have been elucidated and continue to be discovered. The post-transcriptional modifications of tRNA's anticodon domain are the most diverse and chemically complex of any RNA modifications. Their contribution with regards to chemistry, structure and dynamics reveal individual and combined effects on tRNA function in recognition of cognate and wobble codons...
August 16, 2017: RNA Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28812845/a-qualitative-assessment-of-the-evidence-utilization-for-health-policy-making-on-the-basis-of-support-tools-in-a-developing-country
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Mohammad Hasan Imani-Nasab, Hesam Seyedin, Bahareh Yazdizadeh, Reza Majdzadeh
BACKGROUND: SUPPORT tools consist of 18 articles addressing the health policy-makers so that they can learn how to make evidence-informed health policies. These tools have been particularly recommended for developing countries. The present study tries to explain the process of evidence utilization for developing policy documents in the Iranian Ministry of Health and Medical Education (MoHME) and to compare the findings with those of SUPPORT tools. METHODS: A qualitative research was conducted, using the framework analysis approach...
January 8, 2017: International Journal of Health Policy and Management
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28812815/stakeholders-perspectives-on-the-success-drivers-in-ghana-s-national-health-insurance-scheme-identifying-policy-translation-issues
#4
Adam Fusheini, Gordon Marnoch, Ann Marie Gray
BACKGROUND: Ghana's National Health Insurance Scheme (NHIS), established by an Act of Parliament (Act 650), in 2003 and since replaced by Act 852 of 2012 remains, in African terms, unprecedented in terms of growth and coverage. As a result, the scheme has received praise for its associated legal reforms, clinical audit mechanisms and for serving as a hub for knowledge sharing and learning within the context of South-South cooperation. The scheme continues to shape national health insurance thinking in Africa...
October 1, 2016: International Journal of Health Policy and Management
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28812792/a-case-for-open-network-health-systems-systems-as-networks-in-public-mental-health
#5
Michael Grant Rhodes, Marten W de Vries
Increases in incidents involving so-called confused persons have brought attention to the potential costs of recent changes to public mental health (PMH) services in the Netherlands. Decentralized under the (Community) Participation Act (2014), local governments must find resources to compensate for reduced central funding to such services or "innovate." But innovation, even when pressure for change is intense, is difficult. This perspective paper describes experience during and after an investigation into a particularly violent incident and murder...
January 8, 2017: International Journal of Health Policy and Management
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28812773/side-by-side-observation-of-the-interfacial-improvement-of-vertical-graphene-coated-silicon-nanocone-anodes-for-lithium-ion-batteries-by-patterning-technology
#6
Chao Wang, Fei Luo, Hao Lu, Bonan Liu, Geng Chu, Baogang Quan, Junjie Li, Changzhi Gu, Hong Li, Liquan Chen
We report that vertical graphene coating can greatly improve the electrochemical performance and the interfacial stability of silicon nanocone (SNC) anodes for lithium-ion batteries. The coating patterning technology is innovatively employed for side-by-side demonstration of the exclusive influences of graphene coating on the solid-electrolyte interphase (SEI) formation and the structural stability of the SNC electrode. The silicon nanocone-graphene (SNC-G) electrode achieves a longer cycle life (1715 cycles), higher Coulombic efficiency (average 98...
August 16, 2017: Nanoscale
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28812669/the-evo-devo-of-plant-speciation
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REVIEW
Mario Fernández-Mazuecos, Beverley J Glover
Speciation research bridges the realms of macro- and microevolution. Evolutionary developmental biology (evo-devo) has classically dealt with macroevolutionary questions through a comparative approach to distantly related organisms, but the field later broadened in focus to address recent speciation and microevolution. Here we review available evidence of the power of evo-devo approaches to understand speciation in plants at multiple scales. At a macroevolutionary scale, evidence is accumulating for evolutionary developmental mechanisms giving rise to key innovations promoting speciation...
March 23, 2017: Nature ecology & evolution
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28812623/a-thousand-empirical-adaptive-landscapes-and-their-navigability
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José Aguilar-Rodríguez, Joshua L Payne, Andreas Wagner
The adaptive landscape is an iconic metaphor that pervades evolutionary biology. It was mostly applied in theoretical models until recent years, when empirical data began to allow partial landscape reconstructions. Here, we exhaustively analyse 1,137 complete landscapes from 129 eukaryotic species, each describing the binding affinity of a transcription factor to all possible short DNA sequences. We find that the navigability of these landscapes through single mutations is intermediate to that of additive and shuffled null models, suggesting that binding affinity-and thereby gene expression-is readily fine-tuned via mutations in transcription factor binding sites...
January 23, 2017: Nature ecology & evolution
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28812556/coupling-phenotypic-persistence-to-dna-damage-increases-genetic-diversity-in-severe-stress
#9
Gilad Yaakov, David Lerner, Kajetan Bentele, Joseph Steinberger, Naama Barkai
Mutation rate balances the need to protect genome integrity with the advantage of evolutionary innovations. Microorganisms increase their mutation rate when stressed, perhaps addressing the growing need for evolutionary innovation. Such a strategy, however, is only beneficial under moderate stresses that allow cells to divide and realize their mutagenic potential. In contrast, severe stresses rapidly kill the majority of the population with the exception of a small minority of cells that are in a phenotypically distinct state termed persistence...
January 4, 2017: Nature ecology & evolution
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28812241/plasma-glycoproteomic-study-of-therapeutic-hypothermia-reveals-novel-markers-predicting-neurologic-outcome-post-cardiac-arrest
#10
Wenjun Deng, Jing Cao, Lei Chen, David McMullin, James L Januzzi, Ferdinando S Buonanno, Eng H Lo, MingMing Ning
Therapeutic hypothermia (TH) is a neuroprotective treatment post-cardiac arrest but is grossly underutilized. After TH induction, traditional biomarkers and parameters can no long predict clinical outcome due to a lack of understanding of hypothermic response. Innovative approaches to better understand the clinical effect of TH will help to prognosticate outcome and expand beneficial population. Protein glycosylation is an important extracellular post-translational modification, regulating various extracellular signaling pathways...
August 15, 2017: Translational Stroke Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28812172/delayed-post-mastectomy-breast-reconstructions-with-allogeneic-acellular-dermal-matrix-prepared-by-a-new-decellularizationmethod
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Martin Bohac, Ivan Varga, Stefan Polak, Jana Dragunova, Jozef Fedeles, Jan Koller
Acellular dermal matrix (ADM) is a tissue graft of allogeneic origin from post-mortem tissue donors prepared by an innovative decellularization process. The newly developed non-toxic and low cost decellularization process of cadaver origin dermis included ADM in breast reconstruction procedures proved to help coverage of the lower-pole of breast expanders or implants. As the results have shown, it did help to eliminate autologous dermis donor site morbidity along with shortening the operation time by avoiding elevation of additional muscle or fascia during the operation...
August 16, 2017: Cell and Tissue Banking
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28812143/serotonin-in-psychiatry-in-vitro-disease-modeling-using-patient-derived-neurons
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REVIEW
Krishna C Vadodaria, Shani Stern, Maria C Marchetto, Fred H Gage
Several lines of evidence implicate serotonin in the etiology of multiple psychiatric disorders, especially mood disorders, such as major depressive disorder (MDD) and bipolar disorder (BD). Much of our current understanding of biological mechanisms underlying serotonergic alterations in mood disorders comes from animal studies. Innovation in induced pluripotent stem cell and transdifferentiation technologies for deriving neurons from adult humans has enabled the study of disease-relevant cellular phenotypes in vitro...
August 15, 2017: Cell and Tissue Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28811974/ex-vivo-assessment-of-drug-response-on-breast-cancer-primary-tissue-with-preserved-microenvironments
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Manuele G Muraro, Simone Muenst, Valentina Mele, Luca Quagliata, Giandomenica Iezzi, Alexandar Tzankov, Walter P Weber, Giulio C Spagnoli, Savas D Soysal
Interaction between cancerous, non-transformed cells, and non-cellular components within the tumor microenvironment plays a key role in response to treatment. However, short-term culture or xenotransplantation of cancer specimens in immunodeficient animals results in dramatic modifications of the tumor microenvironment, thus preventing reliable assessment of compounds or biologicals of potential therapeutic relevance. We used a perfusion-based bioreactor developed for tissue engineering purposes to successfully maintain the tumor microenvironment of freshly excised breast cancer tissue obtained from 27 breast cancer patients and used this platform to test the therapeutic effect of antiestrogens as well as checkpoint-inhibitors on the cancer cells...
2017: Oncoimmunology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28811919/trainee-experiences-of-intellectual-disability-psychiatry-and-an-innovative-leaderless-support-group-a-qualitative-study
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Ross Spackman, Hannah Toogood, Jayne Kerridge, Jon Nash, Elizabeth Anderson, Dheeraj Rai
Aims and method There is very little research into the challenges of training in intellectual disability psychiatry or into interventions which may address these challenges. Using focus groups, we explored the experiences of intellectual disability psychiatry trainees, and evaluated a leaderless trainee support group developed in Bristol. Results Five distinct themes were identified via framework analysis: that trainees felt unprepared for the difference from previous posts; the need for support; the value of the group; that trainees were concerned about judgement in supervision; that the group structure was valued...
August 2017: BJPsych Bulletin
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28811747/what-establishes-an-excellent-nurse-a-focus-group-and-delphi-panel-approach
#15
Wolter Paans, Patricia Robbe, Inge Wijkamp, Marca V C Wolfensberger
BACKGROUND: Over the past few years, the complexity of the health care system in which nurses are required to practice has increased considerably, magnifying the need for excellent professionals with a specific set of knowledge, skills and attitudes. However, the characteristics that distinguish an excellent nurse have not yet been clarified. The aim of this study was to determine nurses' perspectives regarding characteristics associated with an excellent nurse in order to elicit a conceptual profile...
2017: BMC Nursing
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28811659/identification-synthesis-and-biological-activity-of-alkyl-guanidine-oligomers-as-potent-antibacterial-agents
#16
C Zamperini, G Maccari, D Deodato, C Pasero, I D'Agostino, F Orofino, F De Luca, E Dreassi, J D Docquier, M Botta
In the last two decades, the repertoire of clinically effective antibacterials is shrinking due to the rapidly increasing of multi-drug-resistant pathogenic bacteria. New chemical classes with innovative mode of action are required to prevent a return to the pre-antibiotic era. We have recently reported the identification of a series of linear guanidine derivatives and their antibacterial properties. A batch of a promising candidate for optimization studies (compound 1) turned out to be a mixture containing two unknown species with a better biological activity than the pure compound...
August 15, 2017: Scientific Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28811340/type-iii-interferon-mediated-signaling-is-critical-for-controlling-live-attenuated-yellow-fever-virus-infection-in-vivo
#17
Florian Douam, Yentli E Soto Albrecht, Gabriela Hrebikova, Evita Sadimin, Christian Davidson, Sergei V Kotenko, Alexander Ploss
Yellow fever virus (YFV) is an arthropod-borne flavivirus, infecting ~200,000 people worldwide annually and causing about 30,000 deaths. The live attenuated vaccine strain, YFV-17D, has significantly contributed in controlling the global burden of yellow fever worldwide. However, the viral and host contributions to YFV-17D attenuation remain elusive. Type I interferon (IFN-α/β) signaling and type II interferon (IFN-γ) signaling have been shown to be mutually supportive in controlling YFV-17D infection despite distinct mechanisms of action in viral infection...
August 15, 2017: MBio
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28811125/pharmacokinetics-and-pharmacodynamics-of-thiopurines-in-an-in-vitro-model-of-human-hepatocytes-insights-from-an-innovative-mass-spectrometry-assay
#18
Marco Pelin, Elena Genova, Laura Fusco, Monzer Marisat, Ute Hofmann, Diego Favretto, Marianna Lucafò, Andrea Taddio, Stefano Martelossi, Alessandro Ventura, Gabriele Stocco, Matthias Schwab, Giuliana Decorti
AIM: To apply an innovative LC-MS/MS method to quantify thiopurine metabolites in human hepatocytes and to associate them to cytotoxicity. METHODS: Immortalized human hepatocytes (IHH cells) were treated for 48 and 96 h, with 1.4 × 10(-4) M azathioprine and 1.1 × 10(-3) M mercaptopurine, concentrations corresponding to the IC50 values calculated after 96 h exposure in previous cytotoxicity analysis. After treatments, cells were collected for LC-MS/MS analysis to quantify 11 thiopurine metabolites with different level of phosphorylation and viable cells were counted by Trypan blue exclusion assay to determine thiopurines in vitro effect on cell growth and survival...
August 12, 2017: Chemico-biological Interactions
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28811087/real-time-qrt-pcr-assay-for-the-detection-of-mirnas-using-bi-directional-extension-sequences
#19
Kyung Jin Kim, Jiwon Kwak, Jae-Hoon Lee, Soo Suk Lee
Highly specific detection of miRNAs was performed using a novel bi-directional extension (BDE) assay. After reverse transcription, the cDNA was hybridized to a uniquely designed specific BDE sequence; this cDNA-BDE hybrid forms the PCR template. The PCR template was amplified in a SYBR Green-based quantitative real-time PCR. The miR-145 in human brain total RNA could be detected quantitatively in the range of seven orders of magnitude with high linearity and reproducibility. This innovative BDE assay has several performance advantages over the poly(A) tailing method that include lower CT values, clear gel electrophoresis images, and distinct nucleotide peaks in sequencing chromatograms...
August 12, 2017: Analytical Biochemistry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28811032/recent-advancements-and-future-trends-in-environmental-analysis-sample-preparation-liquid-chromatography-and-mass-spectrometry
#20
REVIEW
Virginia Pérez-Fernández, Lucia Mainero Rocca, Pierpaolo Tomai, Salvatore Fanali, Alessandra Gentili
Among the thousands of chemicals having potential to enter the environment, the NORMAN network has identified at least 700 substances categorized into 20 classes in the European surface waters. Pesticides, pharmaceuticals, disinfection by-products, wood preservation and industrial chemicals are the prominent classes. Since the impact of these substances on aquatic life and human health might be dramatic, action is urgently required at multiple levels; one of them is just related to the development of more and more sensible and selective analytical methods...
August 29, 2017: Analytica Chimica Acta
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