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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28110113/a-photo-voice-perspective-on-factors-contributing-to-the-resilience-of-hiv-positive-yoruba-adolescent-girls-in-nigeria
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Catherine O Adegoke, Miemsie G Steyn
There is a growing discourse worldwide on the impact of the Human Immunodeficiency Virus (HIV) on "at risk youths". In response, five HIV-positive Nigerian adolescent girls were qualitatively investigated in collaboration with a non-governmental organisation (NGO) in Ibadan, an urban settlement in Nigeria in 2013. Using a secondary data analysis from a photo voice component of the research, combined with narratives, we show that participants possess the capacity to overcome their adversities from the effects of HIV infection and remain resilient...
January 18, 2017: Journal of Adolescence
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28110071/living-nano-micro-fibrous-woven-fabric-hydrogel-composite-scaffolds-for-heart-valve-engineering
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Shaohua Wu, Bin Duan, Xiaohong Qin, Jonathan T Butcher
: Regeneration and repair of injured or diseased heart valves remains a clinical challenge. Tissue engineering provides a promising treatment approach to facilitate living heart valve repair and regeneration. Three-dimensional (3D) biomimetic scaffolds that possess heterogeneous and anisotropic features that approximate those of native heart valve tissue are beneficial to the successful in vitro development of tissue engineered heart valves (TEHV). Here we report the development and characterization of a novel composite scaffold consisting of nano- and micro-scale fibrous woven fabrics and 3D hydrogels by using textile techniques combined with bioactive hydrogel formation...
January 18, 2017: Acta Biomaterialia
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28110020/tumor-evolution-linear-branching-neutral-or-punctuated
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Alexander Davis, Ruli Gao, Nicholas Navin
Intratumor heterogeneity has been widely reported in human cancers, but our knowledge of how this genetic diversity emerges over time remains limited. A central challenge in studying tumor evolution is the difficulty in collecting longitudinal samples from cancer patients. Consequently, most studies have inferred tumor evolution from single time-point samples, providing very indirect information. These data have led to several competing models of tumor evolution: linear, branching, neutral and punctuated. Each model makes different assumptions regarding the timing of mutations and selection of clones, and therefore has different implications for the diagnosis and therapeutic treatment of cancer patients...
January 18, 2017: Biochimica et Biophysica Acta
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28110007/human-health-and-ecological-assessment-programs-for-hebei-spirit-oil-spill-accident-of-2007-status-lessons-and-future-challenges
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Dawoon Jung, Jung-Ah Kim, Myung-Sook Park, Un Hyuk Yim, Kyungho Choi
Hebei Spirit oil spill (HSOS) of December 2007 is one of the worst oil spill accidents that occurred in Yellow Sea. The affected coastline along the west coast of Korean Peninsula hosts one of the largest tidal flats worldwide, and is home to tens of thousands of human residents. Based on nation-wide concerns on ecosystem damages and adverse human health effects, two separate surveillance programs on ecosystem and human health were initiated: a 10-year follow-up program by Ministry of Oceans and Fisheries to assess ecological impacts of the oil spill, and an exposure and health effect assessment program by Ministry of Environment for the residents of Taean and its vicinity...
January 2, 2017: Chemosphere
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28109836/understanding-quasi-apoptosis-of-the-most-numerous-enucleated-components-of-blood-needs-detailed-molecular-autopsy
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Gennadii Petrovich Gusev, Rukmini Govekar, Nikhil Gadewal, Natalia Ivanovna Agalakova
Erythrocytes are the most numerous cells in human body and their function of oxygen transport is pivotal to human physiology. However, being enucleated, they are often referred to as a sac of molecules and their cellularity is challenged. Interestingly, their programmed death stands a testimony to their cell-hood. They are capable of self-execution after a defined life span by both cell-specific mechanism and that resembling the cytoplasmic events in apoptosis of nucleated cells. Since the execution process lacks the nuclear and mitochondrial events in apoptosis, it has been referred to as quasi-apoptosis or eryptosis...
January 18, 2017: Ageing Research Reviews
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28109792/bisacodyl-and-its-cytotoxic-activity-on-human-glioblastoma-stem-like-cells-implication-of-inositol-1-4-5-triphosphate-receptor-dependent-calcium-signaling
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Jihu Dong, Francisco Aulestia, Suzana Assad Kahn, Maria Zeniou, Luiz Gustavo Dubois, Elias A El-Habr, François Daubeuf, Nassera Tounsi, Samuel H Cheshier, Nelly Frossard, Marie-Pierre Junier, Hervé Chneiweiss, Isabelle Néant, Marc Moreau, Catherine Leclerc, Jacques Haiech, Marie-Claude Kilhoffer
Glioblastoma is the most common malignant brain tumor. The heterogeneity at the cellular level, metabolic specificities and plasticity of the cancer cells are a challenge for glioblastoma treatment. Identification of cancer cells endowed with stem properties and able to propagate the tumor in animal xenografts has opened a new paradigm in cancer therapy. Thus, to increase efficacy and avoid tumor recurrence, therapies need to target not only the differentiated cells of the tumor mass, but also the cancer stem-like cells...
January 18, 2017: Biochimica et Biophysica Acta
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28109707/potential-risk-of-repeated-nasal-vaccination-that-induces-allergic-reaction-with-mucosal-ige-and-airway-eosinophilic-infiltration-in-cynomolgus-macaques-infected-with-h5n1-highly-pathogenic-avian-influenza-virus
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Misako Nakayama, Yasushi Itoh, Shintaro Shichinohe, Rumi Nakabayashi, Hirohito Ishigaki, Yoshihiro Sakoda, Quynh Mai Le, Yoshihiro Kawaoka, Hiroshi Kida, Kazumasa Ogasawara
The efficacy and detrimental effect of mucosal vaccination with an inactivated influenza vaccine were examined in a macaque model by intranasal administration with small amounts of inactivated whole virus particles and challenge by a human-derived H5N1 highly pathogenic avian influenza virus infection. Repeated nasal inoculation with the whole particle vaccine of an inactivated virus, A/duck/Hokkaido/Vac-3/2007 (H5N1) (Vac-3), induced antigen-specific IgA and IgG antibody production in nasal swabs and plasma...
January 18, 2017: Vaccine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28109571/in%C3%A2-vivo-tissue-engineering-of-human%C3%A2-airways
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Emmanuel Martinod, Joseph Paquet, Hervé Dutau, Dana M Radu, Morad Bensidhoum, Sébastien Abad, Yurdagül Uzunhan, Eric Vicaut, Hervé Petite
BACKGROUND: Airway transplantation remains a major challenge in thoracic surgery. Based on our previous laboratory work, we developed the techniques required to bioengineer a tracheal substitute in vivo using cryopreserved aortic allografts as biological matrices (Replacement of the Airways and/or the Pulmonary Vessels Using a Cryopreserved Arterial Allograft [TRACHEOBRONCART] Study, NCT01331863). We present here 2 patients who had a definitive tracheostomy for complex laryngotracheal stenoses refractory to conventional therapy...
January 18, 2017: Annals of Thoracic Surgery
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28109334/searching-for-the-second-r-in-sexual-and-reproductive-health-and%C3%A2-%C3%A2-rights
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Luisa Orza, Tyler Crone, Julie Mellin, Nienke Westerhof, Lucy Stackpool-Moore, Enrique Restoy, Greg Gray, Jacqui Stevenson
Sexual and reproductive health and rights have gained prominence in the HIV response. The role of sexual and reproductive health in underpinning a successful approach to HIV prevention, treatment, care, and services has increasingly been recognized. However, the "second R," referring to sexual and reproductive rights, is often neglected. This leads to policies and programs which both fail to uphold and fulfill these rights and which fail to meet the needs of those most affected by HIV by neglecting to take account of the human right-based barriers and challenges they face...
February 2017: Journal of Adolescent Health: Official Publication of the Society for Adolescent Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28109275/insights-of-health-district-managers-on-the-implementation-of-primary-health-care-outreach-teams-in-johannesburg-south-africa-a-descriptive-study-with-focus-group-discussions
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Shabir Moosa, Anselme Derese, Wim Peersman
BACKGROUND: Primary health care (PHC) outreach teams are part of a policy of PHC re-engineering in South Africa. It attempts to move the deployment of community health workers (CHWs) from vertical programmes into an integrated generalised team-based approach to care for defined populations in municipal wards. There has little evaluation of PHC outreach teams. Managers' insights are anecdotal. METHODS: This is descriptive qualitative study with focus group discussions with health district managers of Johannesburg, the largest city in South Africa...
January 21, 2017: Human Resources for Health
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28109256/optimisation-of-methods-for-bacterial-skin-microbiome-investigation-primer-selection-and-comparison-of-the-454-versus-miseq-platform
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Madhura Castelino, Stephen Eyre, John Moat, Graeme Fox, Paul Martin, Pauline Ho, Mathew Upton, Anne Barton
BACKGROUND: The composition of the skin microbiome is predicted to play a role in the development of conditions such as atopic eczema and psoriasis. 16S rRNA gene sequencing allows the investigation of bacterial microbiota. A significant challenge in this field is development of cost effective high throughput methodologies for the robust interrogation of the skin microbiota, where biomass is low. Here we describe validation of methodologies for 16S rRNA (ribosomal ribonucleic acid) gene sequencing from the skin microbiome, using the Illumina MiSeq platform, the selection of primer to amplify regions for sequencing and we compare results with the current standard protocols...
January 21, 2017: BMC Microbiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28108447/mirmine-a-database-of-human-mirna-expression-profiles
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Bharat Panwar, Gilbert S Omenn, Yuanfang Guan
MOTIVATION: MicroRNAs (miRNAs) are small non-coding RNAs that are involved in post-transcriptional regulation of gene expression. In this high-throughput sequencing era, a tremendous amount of RNA-seq data is accumulating, and full utilization of publicly available miRNA data is an important challenge. These data are useful to determine expression values for each miRNA, but quantification pipelines are in a primitive stage and still evolving; there are many factors that affect expression values significantly...
January 19, 2017: Bioinformatics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28108446/chaincleaner-improves-genome-alignment-specificity-and-sensitivity
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Hernando G Suarez, Bjoern E Langer, Pradnya Ladde, Michael Hiller
MOTIVATION: Accurate alignments between entire genomes are crucial for comparative genomics. However, computing sensitive and accurate genome alignments is a challenging problem, complicated by genomic rearrangements. RESULTS: Here we present a fast approach, called chainCleaner, that improves the specificity in genome alignments by accurately detecting and removing local alignments that obscure the evolutionary history of genomic rearrangements. Systematic tests on alignments between the human and other vertebrate genomes show that chainCleaner (i) improves the alignment of numerous orthologous genes, (ii) exposes alignments between exons of orthologous genes that were masked before by alignments to pseudogenes, and (iii) recovers hundreds of kilobases in local alignments that otherwise would fall below a minimum score threshold...
January 19, 2017: Bioinformatics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28108394/unsmoothed-functional-mri-of-the-human-amygdala-and-bed-nucleus-of-the-stria-terminalis-during-processing-of-emotional-faces
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Ronald Sladky, Nicole Geissberger, Daniela M Pfabigan, Christoph Kraus, Martin Tik, Michael Woletz, Katharina Paul, Thomas Vanicek, Bastian Auer, Georg S Kranz, Claus Lamm, Rupert Lanzenberger, Christian Windischberger
Functional neuroimaging of the human amygdala has been of great interest to uncover the neural underpinnings of emotions, mood, motivation, social cognition, and decision making, as well as their dysfunction in psychiatric disorders. Yet, several factors limit in vivo imaging of amygdalar function, most importantly its location deep within the temporal lobe adjacent to air-filled cavities that cause magnetic field inhomogeneities entailing signal dropouts. Additionally, the amygdala and the extended amygdalar region consist of several substructures, which have been assigned different functions and have important implications for functional and effective connectivity studies...
January 17, 2017: NeuroImage
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28108378/the-pressure-induced-deformation-response-of-the-human-lamina-cribrosa-analysis-of-regional-variations
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Dan E Midgett, Mary E Pease, Joan L Jefferys, Mohak Patel, Christian Franck, Harry A Quigley, Thao D Nguyen
: The objective of this study was to measure the pressure-induced deformation response of the human lamina cribrosa (LC) and analyze for variations with age and anatomical region. The posterior scleral cup of 8 eyes from 6 human donors was mounted onto a custom inflation chamber. A laser-scanning microscope was used for second harmonic generation (SHG), imaging the collagen structure in the posterior volume of the LC at pressures from 5 mmHg to 45 mmHg. The SHG volumes were analyzed by the Fast-Fourier Iterative Digital Volume Correlation (DVC) algorithm for the three dimensional (3D) displacement field...
January 17, 2017: Acta Biomaterialia
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28107614/sirt1-dependent-anti-senescence-effects-of-cell-deposited-matrix-on-human-umbilical-cord-mesenchymal-stem-cells
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Long Zhou, Xi Chen, Tao Liu, Caihong Zhu, Michelle Si, Joseph Jargstorf, Mao Li, Guoqing Pan, Yihong Gong, Zong-Ping Luo, Huilin Yang, Ming Pei, Fan He
Human umbilical cord-derived mesenchymal stem cells (UC-MSCs) are considered an attractive cell source for tissue regeneration. However, environmental oxidative stress can trigger premature senescence in MSCs and thus compromises their regenerative potential. Extracellular matrix (ECM) derived from MSCs has been shown to facilitate cell proliferation and multilineage differentiation. This investigation evaluated the effect of cell-deposited decellularized ECM (DECM) on oxidative stress-induced premature senescence in UC-MSCs...
January 20, 2017: Journal of Tissue Engineering and Regenerative Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28107430/discontinuation-from-antiretroviral-therapy-a-continuing-challenge-among-adults-in-hiv-care-in-ethiopia-a-systematic-review-and-meta-analysis
#17
Hailay Abrha Gesesew, Paul Ward, Kifle Woldemichael Hajito, Garumma Tolu Feyissa, Leila Mohammadi, Lillian Mwanri
BACKGROUND: Discontinuation of antiretroviral therapy (ART) reduces the immunological benefit of treatment and increases complications related to human immune-deficiency virus (HIV). However, the risk factors for ART discontinuation are poorly understood in developing countries particularly in Ethiopia. This review aimed to assess the best available evidence regarding risk factors for ART discontinuation in Ethiopia. METHODS: Quantitative studies conducted in Ethiopia between 2002 and 2015 that evaluated factors associated with ART discontinuation were sought across six major databases...
2017: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28107248/how-mice-are-indispensable-for-understanding-obesity-and-diabetes-genetics
#18
Alan D Attie, Gary A Churchill, Joseph H Nadeau
PURPOSE OF REVIEW: The task of cataloging human genetic variation and its relation to disease is rapidly approaching completion. The new challenge is to discover the function of disease-associated genes and to understand the pathways that lead to human disease. We propose that achieving this new level of understanding will increasingly rely on the use of model organisms. We discuss the advantages of the mouse as a model organism. RECENT FINDINGS: The collection of available mouse strains represents as much genetic and phenotype variation as is found in the human population...
January 19, 2017: Current Opinion in Endocrinology, Diabetes, and Obesity
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28107159/caring-for-the-trafficked-patient-ethical-challenges-and-recommendations-for-health-care-professionals
#19
Wendy L Macias-Konstantopoulos
Human trafficking is an egregious human rights violation with profound negative physical and psychological consequences, including communicable diseases, substance use disorders, and mental illnesses. The health needs of this population are multiple, complex, and influenced by past and present experiences of abuse, neglect, and exploitation. Effective health care services for trafficked patients require clinicians to consider individual patients' needs, wishes, goals, priorities, risks, and vulnerabilities as well as public health implications and even resource allocation...
January 1, 2017: AMA Journal of Ethics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28106796/preparative-scale-resolution-of-enantiomers-enables-accelerated-drug-discovery-and-development
#20
Hanna Leek, Shalini Andersson
The provision of pure enantiomers is of increasing importance not only for the pharmaceutical industry but also for agro-chemistry and biotechnology. In drug discovery and development, the enantiomers of a chiral drug depict unique chemical and pharmacological behaviors in a chiral environment, such as the human body, in which the stereochemistry of the chiral drugs determines their pharmacokinetic, pharmacodynamic and toxicological properties. We present a number of challenging case studies of up-to-kilogram separations of racemic or enriched isomer mixtures using preparative liquid chromatography and super critical fluid chromatography to generate individual enantiomers that have enabled the development of new candidate drugs within AstraZeneca...
January 18, 2017: Molecules: a Journal of Synthetic Chemistry and Natural Product Chemistry
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