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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28441443/the-effect-of-parental-factors-in-children-with-large-cup-to-disc-ratios
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Hae-Young Lopilly Park, Min Ji Ha, Sun Young Shin
BACKGROUND: To investigate large cup-to-disc ratios (CDR) in children and to determine the relationship between parental CDR and clinical characteristics associated with glaucoma. METHODS: Two hundred thirty six children aged 6 to 12 years with CDR ≥ 0.6 were enrolled in this study. Subjects were classified into two groups based on parental CDR: disc suspect children with disc suspect (CDR ≥0.6) parents and disc suspect children without disc suspect parents...
2017: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28440681/discovery-and-preclinical-development-of-dasabuvir-for-the-treatment-of-hepatitis-c-infection
#2
Mohamed El Kassas, Tamer Elbaz, Enas Hafez, Mohamed Naguib Wifi, Gamal Esmat
Hepatitis C virus (HCV) is a leading cause of liver-related morbidity and mortality. Positively, the introduction of new directly-acting antivirals (DAAs) have led to dramatic improvements in response rates to antiviral therapy. Furthermore, newer generations of DAAs have demonstrated better safety profiles as well as efficacy than older generations. Current treatment recommendations are based on different combinations of DAAs. Current combination therapies rely on agents that target the different steps of viral replication by using different molecules from various DAAs families...
April 25, 2017: Expert Opinion on Drug Discovery
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28439966/automated-fractional-limb-volume-measurements-improve-the-precision-of-birth-weight-predictions-in-late-third-trimester-fetuses
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Lauren M Mack, Sung Yoon Kim, Sungmin Lee, Haleh Sangi-Haghpeykar, Wesley Lee
OBJECTIVES: Fetal soft tissue can be assessed by using fractional limb volume as a proxy for in utero nutritional status. We investigated automated fractional limb volume for rapid estimate fetal weight assessment. METHODS: Pregnant women were prospectively scanned for 2- and 3-dimensional fetal biometric measurements within 4 days of delivery. Performance of birth weight prediction models was compared: (1) Hadlock (Am J Obstet Gynecol 1985; 151:333-337; biparietal diameter, abdominal circumference, and femur diaphysis length); and (2) Lee (Ultrasound Obstet Gynecol 2009; 34:556-565; biparietal diameter, abdominal circumference, and automated fractional limb volume)...
April 25, 2017: Journal of Ultrasound in Medicine: Official Journal of the American Institute of Ultrasound in Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28439286/snp-discovery-and-genetic-variation-of-candidate-genes-relevant-to-heat-tolerance-and-agronomic-traits-in-natural-populations-of-sand-rice-agriophyllum-squarrosum
#4
Pengshan Zhao, Jiwei Zhang, Chaoju Qian, Qin Zhou, Xin Zhao, Guoxiong Chen, Xiao-Fei Ma
The extreme stress tolerance and high nutritional value of sand rice (Agriophyllum squarrosum) make it attractive for use as an alternative crop in response to concerns about ongoing climate change and future food security. However, a lack of genetic information hinders understanding of the mechanisms underpinning the morphological and physiological adaptations of sand rice. In the present study, we sequenced and analyzed the transcriptomes of two individuals representing semi-arid [Naiman (NM)] and arid [Shapotou (SPT)] sand rice genotypes...
2017: Frontiers in Plant Science
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28439135/assessment-of-direct-oral-anticoagulant-prescribing-and-monitoring-pre-and-post-implementation-of-a-pharmacy-protocol-at-a-community-teaching-hospital
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Christina Miele, Mary Taylor, Aditi Shah
Background: Direct oral anticoagulants (DOACs) have become popular alternatives to vitamin K antagonists for the treatment and prevention of thromboembolic diseases; however, there are limited data regarding the appropriate use of DOACs in clinical practice. To ensure safety and efficacy of these medications, it is important that decisions regarding their use in patients rely on the available evidence. Objective: The purpose of this study was to evaluate the appropriateness of DOAC prescribing in adult patients before and after the implementation of a pharmacist-driven DOAC protocol...
March 2017: Hospital Pharmacy
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28438864/partial-deletions-of-y-chromosome-in-infertile-men-with-non-obstructive-azoospermia-and-oligoasthenoteratozoospermia-in-a-turkish-population
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Cemallettin Cengiz Beyaz, Sezgin Gunes, Kadir Onem, Tuba Kulac, Ramazan Asci
Many genetic alterations have been identified to aid in understanding the genetic basis of male infertility, however, the cause of 30% of male infertility remains unknown. Some studies indicated that subdeletions of Y chromosome may be a reason for male infertility caused by testicular failure. In this regard, we aimed to investigate frequency of AZFc region subdeletions and their clinical effects in patients with idiopathic infertility. A total of 333 male infertile patients with non-obstructive azoospermia (NOA) or oligoasthenoteratozoospermia (OAT), and 87 normozoospermic controls were screened to detect gr/gr, b1/b3 and b2/b3 subdeletions...
May 2017: In Vivo
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28438770/exercise-interventions-for-cognitive-function-in-adults-older-than-50-a-systematic-review-with-meta-analysis
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Joseph Michael Northey, Nicolas Cherbuin, Kate Louise Pumpa, Disa Jane Smee, Ben Rattray
BACKGROUND: Physical exercise is seen as a promising intervention to prevent or delay cognitive decline in individuals aged 50 years and older, yet the evidence from reviews is not conclusive. OBJECTIVES: To determine if physical exercise is effective in improving cognitive function in this population. DESIGN: Systematic review with multilevel meta-analysis. DATA SOURCES: Electronic databases Medline (PubMed), EMBASE (Scopus), PsychINFO and CENTRAL (Cochrane) from inception to November 2016...
April 24, 2017: British Journal of Sports Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28437768/glomeromycota-communities-survive-extreme-levels-of-metal-toxicity-in-an-orphan-mining-site
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I Sánchez-Castro, V Gianinazzi-Pearson, J C Cleyet-Marel, E Baudoin, D van Tuinen
Abandoned tailing basins and waste heaps of orphan mining sites are of great concern since extreme metal contamination makes soil improper for any human activity and is a permanent threat for nearby surroundings. Although spontaneous revegetation can occur, the process is slow or unsuccessful and rhizostabilisation strategies to reduce dispersal of contaminated dust represent an option to rehabilitate such sites. This requires selection of plants tolerant to such conditions, and optimization of their fitness and growth...
April 21, 2017: Science of the Total Environment
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28437523/emergency-department-query-for-patient-centered-approaches-to-sexual-orientation-and-gender-identity-the-equality-study
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Adil H Haider, Eric B Schneider, Lisa M Kodadek, Rachel R Adler, Anju Ranjit, Maya Torain, Ryan Y Shields, Claire Snyder, Jeremiah D Schuur, Laura Vail, Danielle German, Susan Peterson, Brandyn D Lau
Importance: The Institute of Medicine and The Joint Commission recommend routine documentation of patients' sexual orientation in health care settings. Currently, very few health care systems collect these data since patient preferences and health care professionals' support regarding collection of data about patient sexual orientation are unknown. Objective: To identify the optimal patient-centered approach to collect sexual orientation data in the emergency department (ED) in the Emergency Department Query for Patient-Centered Approaches to Sexual Orientation and Gender Identity study...
April 24, 2017: JAMA Internal Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28437260/early-postoperative-neuropathic-pain-assessed-by-the-dn4-score-predicts-an-increased-risk-of-persistent-postsurgical-neuropathic-pain
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Helene Beloeil, Barthelemy Sion, Chloe Rousseau, Pierre Albaladejo, Mathieu Raux, Frederic Aubrun, Valeria Martinez
BACKGROUND: Acute neuropathic pain can occur in the postoperative period but any link with persistent post-surgical neuropathic pain remains unclear. OBJECTIVES: The objectives of this study were to prospectively describe the incidence of acute post-surgical neuropathic pain in a large population using the DN4 (clinician administered) questionnaire and to confirm the hypothetical link between acute and persistent neuropathic pain at 2 months after surgery in a large population using the DN2 (self administered) questionnaire...
April 21, 2017: European Journal of Anaesthesiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28434062/nlophoric-3-6-di-substituted-quinoxalin-carbazoles-synthesis-photophysical-properties-and-dft-studies
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Rahul D Telore, Amol G Jadhav, Nagaiyan Sekar
Synthesis of novel 3,6-di(substituted quinoxalin) carbazole fluorophores by the condensation of 1,1'-(9-ethyl-9H-carbazole-3,6-diyl)bis(2-bromoethanone) with methyl, chloro and unsubstituted o-phenylenediamine is presented. Synthesized derivatives are well characterized by (1)H NMR, (13)C NMR, FTIR and Mass spectroscopy. Photophysical studies are carried out using solvents of varying polarities revealed positive solvatochromism and intramolecular charge transfer from carbazole (Donor) to quinoxalin (Acceptor)...
April 22, 2017: Journal of Fluorescence
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28434053/chinese-beliefs-in-luck-are-linked-to-gambling-problems-via-strengthened-cognitive-biases-a-mediation-test
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Matthew S M Lim, Robert D Rogers
Problematic patterns of gambling and their harms are known to have culturally specific expressions. For ethnic Chinese people, patterns of superstitious belief in this community appear to be linked to the elevated rates of gambling-related harms; however, little is known about the mediating psychological mechanisms. To address this issue, we surveyed 333 Chinese gamblers residing internationally and used a mediation analysis to explore how gambling-related cognitive biases, gambling frequency and variety of gambling forms ('scope') mediate the association between beliefs in luck and gambling problems...
April 22, 2017: Journal of Gambling Studies
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28432127/sex-differences-in-hospitalizations-with-maintenance-hemodialysis
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Scott V Adams, Matthew Rivara, Elani Streja, Alfred K Cheung, Onyebuchi A Arah, Kamyar Kalantar-Zadeh, Rajnish Mehrotra
Hospitalization is a major source of morbidity among patients with ESRD undergoing maintenance hemodialysis and is a significant contributor to health care costs. To identify subgroups at the highest risk of hospitalization, we analyzed by sex, age, and race, adjusting for demographic and clinical characteristics, the hospitalization rates, and 30-day readmissions for 333,756 hospitalizations among 111,653 patients undergoing maintenance hemodialysis in facilities operated by a large dialysis organization in the United States (2007-2011)...
April 21, 2017: Journal of the American Society of Nephrology: JASN
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28427464/accuracy-of-low-density-lipoprotein-cholesterol-estimation-at-very-low-levels
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Renato Quispe, Aditya Hendrani, Mohamed B Elshazly, Erin D Michos, John W McEvoy, Michael J Blaha, Maciej Banach, Krishnaji R Kulkarni, Peter P Toth, Josef Coresh, Roger S Blumenthal, Steven R Jones, Seth S Martin
BACKGROUND: As the approach to low-density lipoprotein cholesterol (LDL-C) lowering becomes increasingly intensive, accurate assessment of LDL-C at very low levels warrants closer attention in individualized clinical efficacy and safety evaluation. We aimed to assess the accuracy of LDL-C estimation at very low levels by the Friedewald equation, the de facto clinical standard, and compare its accuracy with a novel, big data-derived LDL-C estimate. METHODS: In 191,333 individuals with Friedewald LDL-C < 70 mg/dL, we compared the accuracy of Friedewald and novel LDL-C values in relation to direct measurements by Vertical Auto Profile ultracentrifugation...
April 20, 2017: BMC Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28424938/characterization-and-genome-sequence-of-marine-alteromonas-gracilis-phage-pb15-isolated-from-the-yellow-sea-china
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Yu Gao, Qian Liu, Min Wang, Guihua Zhao, Yong Jiang, Gill Malin, Zheng Gong, Xue Meng, Zhaoyang Liu, Tongtong Lin, Yutong Li, Hongbing Shao
A novel marine Alteromonas gracilis siphovirus, phage PB15, was isolated from the surface water of the Yellow Sea in August 2015. It has a head diameter of 58 ± 5 nm head and a contractile tail approximately 105 ± 10 nm in length, and overall, the morphology suggests that PB15 belongs to the family Siphoviridae. PB15 phage is stable at over the temperature range 0-60 °C. The best MOI of these phage was 0.1, and infectivity decreased above 60 °C. The results suggest that phage is stable at pH value ranging between 3...
April 20, 2017: Current Microbiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28423524/critically-short-telomeres-and-toxicity-of-chemotherapy-in-early-breast-cancer
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Miguel Quintela-Fandino, Nora Soberon, Ana Lluch, Luis Manso, Isabel Calvo, Javier Cortes, Fernando Moreno-Antón, Miguel Gil-Gil, Noelia Martinez-Jánez, Antonio Gonzalez-Martin, Encarna Adrover, Raquel de Andres, Gemma Viñas, Antonio Llombart-Cussac, Emilio Alba, Silvana Mouron, Juan Guerra, Begoña Bermejo, Esther Zamora, Jose Angel García-Saenz, Sonia Pernas Simon, Eva Carrasco, María José Escudero, Ruth Campo, Ramón Colomer, Maria A Blasco
Cumulative toxicity from weekly paclitaxel (myalgia, peripheral neuropathy, fatigue) compromises long-term administration. Preclinical data suggest that the burden of critically short telomeres (< 3 kilobases, CSTs), but not average telomere length by itself, accounts for limited tissue renewal and turnover capacity. The impact of this parameter (which can be modified with different therapies) in chemotherapy-derived toxicity has not been studied.Blood from 115 treatment-naive patients from a clinical trial in early HER2-negative breast cancer that received weekly paclitaxel (80 mg/m2 for 12 weeks) either alone or in combination with nintedanib and from 85 healthy controls was prospectively obtained and individual CSTs and average telomere lenght were determined by HT Q-FISH (high-throughput quantitative FISH)...
March 28, 2017: Oncotarget
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28422172/transient-elastography-as-a-screening-tool-for-liver-fibrosis-in-a-large-hemodialysis-population
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Ben-Chung Cheng, Yi-Hao Yen, Jung-Fu Chen, Cheng-Kun Wu, Kuo-Chin Chang, Po-Lin Tseng, Ming-Chao Tsai, Ming-Tsung Lin, Jung-Ting Lin, Jin-Bor Chen, Tsung-Hui Hu
Metabolic syndrome, an etiological factor in non-alcoholic fatty liver disease (NAFLD), is often present in hemodialysis patients. Little is known about the prevalence of, and factors associated with, liver fibrosis in hemodialysis populations. We used transient elastography (TE) to investigate these phenomena. 659 patients treated with chronic hemodialysis were enrolled. We excluded those with excess alcohol intake, liver stiffness measurement (LSM) failure, or unreliable LSM values. LSM ≥8.0 kPa was used as a cutoff suggesting clinically relevant fibrosis...
April 19, 2017: Scientific Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28421802/capital-psicol%C3%A3-gico-y-su-relaci%C3%A3-n-con-el-estilo-de-vida-de-universitarios-mexicanos
#18
Joel Omar González-Cantero, Roberto Oropeza Tena, Ferran Padrós Blázquez, Cecilia Colunga Rodríguez, Roberto Montes Delgado, Víctor Hugo González-Becerra
Introducción: en algunos estudios se ha reportado que los universitarios no tienen un estilo de vida saludable (EVS) por lo que es necesario identificar no solo las variables psicosociales negativas, sino también las variables de Psicología Positiva que pueden favorecerlo.Objetivo: Determinar la relación entre el capital psicológico (CapPsi) y el estilo de vida (EV) de estudiantes universitarios mexicanos.Método: se realizó un estudio transversal y correlacional con 320 estudiantes de una universidad pública...
March 30, 2017: Nutrición Hospitalaria: Organo Oficial de la Sociedad Española de Nutrición Parenteral y Enteral
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28420837/clinical-characteristics-of-rheumatoid-arthritis-patients-achieving-functional-remission-with-six-months-of-biological-dmards-treatment
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Yusuke Miwa, Ryo Takahashi, Yuzo Ikari, Airi Maeoka, Shinichiro Nishimi, Nao Oguro, Tomoki Hayashi, Mika Hatano, Sakiko Isojima, Ryo Yanai, Tsuyoshi Kasama, Yoichi Toyoshima, Katsunori Inagaki, Kenji Sanada
Objective Although previous studies have reported the prognostic factors for functional remission, no reports have cited the predictive factors. Our aim was to study the predictive factors for functional remission, which is a treatment goal in rheumatoid arthritis (RA), after receiving biological disease-modifying antirheumatic drugs (bDMARDs) treatment for six months. Methods The study consisted of 333 RA patients treated with bDMARDs for six months. The following patient characteristics were investigated: age, gender, disease duration, type of bDMARDs, baseline steroid and methotrexate dosage, and levels of serum rheumatoid factor, matrix metalloprotease, anti-cyclic citrullinated peptides antibody, tumor necrosis factor-α, and interleukin-6...
2017: Internal Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28416524/range-of-risk-factor-levels-control-mortality-and-cardiovascular-outcomes-in-type-1-diabetes-mellitus
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Aidin Rawshani, Araz Rawshani, Stefan Franzén, Björn Eliasson, Ann-Marie Svensson, Mervete Miftaraj, Darren K McGuire, Naveed Sattar, Annika Rosengren, Soffia Gudbjörnsdottir
BACKGROUND: Individuals with type 1 diabetes mellitus (T1DM) have a high risk of cardiovascular complications, but it is unknown to what extent fulfilling all cardiovascular treatment goals is associated with residual risk of mortality and cardiovascular outcomes in those with T1DM compared with the general population. METHODS: We included all patients ≥18 years of age with T1DM who were registered in the Swedish National Diabetes Register from January 1, 1998, through December 31, 2014, a total of 33 333 patients, each matched for age and sex with 5 controls without diabetes mellitus randomly selected from the population...
April 18, 2017: Circulation
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