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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28735463/impact-of-pioglitazone-on-bone-mineral-density-and-bone-marrow-fat-content
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L M Pop, I Lingvay, Q Yuan, X Li, B Adams-Huet, N M Maalouf
Pioglitazone use is associated with an increased risk of fractures. In this randomized, placebo-controlled study, pioglitazone use for 12 months was associated with a significant increase in bone marrow fat content at the femoral neck, accompanied by a significant decrease in total hip bone mineral density. The change in bone marrow fat with pioglitazone use was predominantly observed in female vs. male participants. INTRODUCTION: Use of the insulin sensitizer pioglitazone is associated with greater fracture incidence, although the underlying mechanisms are incompletely understood...
July 22, 2017: Osteoporosis International
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28735154/accuracy-of-c-reactive-protein-as-a-bacterial-infection-marker-in-critically-immunosuppressed-patients-a-systematic-review-and-meta-analysis
#2
REVIEW
Vanessa Martins de Oliveira, Rafael Barberena Moraes, Airton Tetelbom Stein, Eliana Márcia Wendland
BACKGROUND: There is a need for a better understanding of the role of C-reactive protein (CRP) as a valid marker for the detection of bacterial infections in critically immunosuppressed patients. A high negative predictive value of CRP is also needed to rule out sepsis and bacterial infections in immunocompetent patients. However, few studies have evaluated the performance of CRP in immunocompromised hosts. The aim of the present study was to evaluate the performance of CRP as a marker of infection in critically immunosuppressed patients...
July 15, 2017: Journal of Critical Care
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28734839/recombinant-expression-of-ixolaris-a-kunitz-type-inhibitor-from-the-tick-salivary-gland-for-nmr-studies
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V S De Paula, F H S Silva, I M B Francischetti, R Q Monteiro, A P Valente
Ixolaris is an anticoagulant protein identified in the tick saliva of Ixodes scapularis. Ixolaris contains 2 Kunitz like domains and binds to Factor Xa or Factor X as a scaffold for inhibition of the Tissue Factor (TF)/Factor VIIa (FVIIa). In contrast to tissue factor pathway inhibitor (TFPI), however, Ixolaris does not bind to the active site cleft of FXa. Instead, complex formation is mediated by the FXa heparin-binding exosite. Due to its potent and long-lasting antithrombotic activity, Ixolaris is a promising agent for anticoagulant therapy...
July 19, 2017: Protein Expression and Purification
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28731761/dissipatively-stabilized-quantum-sensor-based-on-indirect-nuclear-nuclear-interactions
#4
Q Chen, I Schwarz, M B Plenio
We propose to use a dissipatively stabilized nitrogen vacancy (NV) center as a mediator of interaction between two nuclear spins that are protected from decoherence and relaxation of the NV due to the periodical resets of the NV center. Under ambient conditions this scheme achieves highly selective high-fidelity quantum gates between nuclear spins in a quantum register even at large NV-nuclear distances. Importantly, this method allows for the use of nuclear spins as a sensor rather than a memory, while the NV spin acts as an ancillary system for the initialization and readout of the sensor...
July 7, 2017: Physical Review Letters
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28731755/spacetime-symmetries-and-conformal-data-in-the-continuous-multiscale-entanglement-renormalization-ansatz
#5
Q Hu, G Vidal
The generalization of the multiscale entanglement renormalization ansatz (MERA) to continuous systems, or cMERA [Haegeman et al., Phys. Rev. Lett. 110, 100402 (2013)PRLTAO0031-900710.1103/PhysRevLett.110.100402], is expected to become a powerful variational ansatz for the ground state of strongly interacting quantum field theories. In this Letter, we investigate, in the simpler context of Gaussian cMERA for free theories, the extent to which the cMERA state |Ψ^{Λ}⟩ with finite UV cutoff Λ can capture the spacetime symmetries of the ground state |Ψ⟩...
July 7, 2017: Physical Review Letters
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28731696/tuning-nonradiative-lifetimes-via-molecular-aggregation
#6
Alan Celestino, Alexander Eisfeld
We show that molecular aggregation can strongly influence the nonradiative decay (NRD) lifetime of an electronic excitation. As a demonstrative example, we consider a transition-dipole-dipole-interacting dimer whose monomers have harmonic potential energy surfaces (PESs). Depending on the position of the NRD channel ($q_{\rm nr}$), we find that the NRD lifetime ($\tau_{\rm nr}^{\rm dim}$) can exhibit a completely different dependence on the intermolecular-interaction strength. We observe that (i) for $q_{\rm nr}$ near the Franck-Condon region, $\tau_{\rm nr}^{\rm dim}$ increases with the interaction strength; (ii) for $q_{\rm nr}$ near the minimum of the monomer excited PES, the intermolecular interaction has little influence on $\tau_{\rm nr}^{\rm dim}$; (iii) for $q_{\rm nr}$ near the classical turning point of the monomer nuclear dynamics, on the other side of the minimum, $\tau_{\rm nr}^{\rm dim}$ decreases with the interaction strength...
July 21, 2017: Journal of Physical Chemistry. A
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28729304/effectiveness-of-the-management-of-major-depressive-episodes-disorder-in-adults-with-comorbid-chronic-physical-diseases-a-protocol-for-a-systematic-review-and-meta-analysis
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Pablo Martínez, Ariel Castro, Diego Alonso, Paul A Vöhringer, Graciela Rojas
INTRODUCTION: Depression is a global-scale public health problem, and a significant association has been established between depression and chronic physical diseases. This growing comorbidity poses a challenge to healthcare systems. We aim to assess the effectiveness of the management of major depressive episodes/disorder in adults with comorbid chronic physical diseases. METHODS AND ANALYSIS: We will conduct a systematic review and meta-analysis of randomised clinical trials...
July 20, 2017: BMJ Open
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28729098/a-multicentre-retrospective-review-of-clinical-characteristics-of-uterine-sarcoma
#8
Marta Wais, Elissa Tepperman, Marcus Q Bernardini, Lilian T Gien, Waldo Jimenez, Ally Murji
OBJECTIVE: Professional societies have recently urged gynaecologists to counsel patients about the risks of encountering uterine sarcoma at fibroid surgery especially when morcellation is used. Our objective was to learn the preoperative and postoperative characteristics of patients with uterine sarcoma to better counsel patients undergoing surgery for presumably benign fibroids. METHODS: This is a multicentre, retrospective cohort study. Three academic tertiary cancer centres in Southern Ontario over a 13-year period (2001-2014)...
August 2017: Journal of Obstetrics and Gynaecology Canada: JOGC, Journal D'obstétrique et Gynécologie du Canada: JOGC
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28728491/catalogic-301c-model-validation-and-improvement
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N H Dimitrova, I A Dermen, N D Todorova, K G Vasilev, S D Dimitrov, O G Mekenyan, Y Ikenaga, T Aoyagi, Y Zaitsu, C Hamaguchi
In Europe, REACH legislation encourages the use of alternative in silico methods such as (Q)SAR models. According to the recent progress of Chemical Substances Control Law (CSCL) in Japan, (Q)SAR predictions are also utilized as supporting evidence for the assessment of bioaccumulation potential of chemicals along with read across. Currently, the effective use of read across and QSARs is examined for other hazards, including biodegradability. This paper describes the results of external validation and improvement of CATALOGIC 301C model based on more than 1000 tested new chemical substances of the publication schedule under CSCL...
June 2017: SAR and QSAR in Environmental Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28727042/dietary-supplementation-with-arginine-and-glutamic-acid-modifies-growth-performance-carcass-traits-and-meat-quality-in-growing-finishing-pigs
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C J Hu, Q Y Jiang, T Zhang, Y L Yin, F N Li, J P Deng, G Y Wu, X F Kong
Sixty Duroc × Large White × Landrace pigs with an average initial BW of 77.1 ± 1.3 kg were used to investigate the effects of dietary supplementation with arginine and glutamic acid on growth performance, carcass traits, and meat quality in growing-finishing pigs. The animals were randomly assigned to 1 of 5 treatment groups (12 pigs/group, male:female ratio 1:1). The pigs in the control group were fed a basal diet (basal diet group), and those in the experimental groups were fed the basal diet supplemented with 2...
June 2017: Journal of Animal Science
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28726120/magnetic-resonance-imaging-for-detection-of-parametrial-invasion-in-cervical-cancer-an-updated-systematic-review-and-meta-analysis-of-the-literature-between-2012-and-2016
#11
Sungmin Woo, Chong Hyun Suh, Sang Youn Kim, Jeong Yeon Cho, Seung Hyup Kim
OBJECTIVE: To review the diagnostic performance of MRI for detection of parametrial invasion (PMI) in cervical cancer patients. METHODS: MEDLINE and EMBASE databases were searched for studies providing diagnostic performance of MRI for detecting PMI in patients with cervical cancer. Studies published between 2012 and 2016 using surgico-pathological results as reference standard were included. Study quality was evaluated using QUADAS-2. Sensitivity and specificity of all studies were calculated...
July 19, 2017: European Radiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28725669/data-concerning-the-impact-of-mental-fatigue-on-vigor-as-measured-with-the-brunel-mood-scale-brums-in-both-physically-active-and-trained-subjects-a-mini-meta-analysis
#12
Maamer Slimani, Nicola Luigi Bragazzi
The aim of the present mini meta-analysis was to compute the overall effect of mental fatigue induced by two cognitive tasks (namely, AX-continuous performance test or AX-CPT and incongruent Stroop test) on mood state, particularly on vigor, assessed using the Brunel Mood Scale (BRUMS), in both physically active and trained subjects. Search strategy was taken from a systematic review recently carried out by Van Cutsem and collaborators [1], as well as the quality assessment of the included studies. Mental fatigue was not found to impact on vigor score (n=62, effect size=0...
August 2017: Data in Brief
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28724591/evidence-for-environment-dependent-introgression-of-adaptive-genes-between-two-red-oak-species-with-different-drought-adaptations
#13
Sudhir Khodwekar, Oliver Gailing
PREMISE OF THE STUDY: Introgression of adaptive alleles between hybridizing species is likely an important mechanism to generate new genetic variation for adaptation to rapidly changing environmental conditions. Oaks provide a model for the study of adaptive gene introgression because environmental selection maintains high interspecific differentiation at a few outlier loci and species-specific adaptations despite recurrent interspecific gene flow. Previously, we identified a CONSTANS-like gene under strong divergent selection between drought-tolerant Quercus ellipsoidalis and drought-averse Quercus rubra...
July 19, 2017: American Journal of Botany
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28723375/the-effects-of-exercise-on-fatigue-quality-of-life-and-psychological-function-for-men-with-prostate-cancer-systematic-review-and-meta-analyses
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REVIEW
Vishal Vashistha, Balwinder Singh, Sukhdeep Kaur, Larry J Prokop, Dharam Kaushik
CONTEXT: Conflicting data exists on the role of exercise interventions in patients with prostate cancer (PCa) regarding quality of life (QOL) endpoints. OBJECTIVE: To evaluate the effects of exercise interventions on fatigue, QOL, depression, and anxiety in PCa patients. EVIDENCE ACQUISITION: We searched seven major databases (MEDLINE, EMBASE, Cochrane Central Register of Controlled Trials, Cochrane Database of Systematic Reviews, Web of Science, and Scopus) for randomized control trials (RCTs) of supervised exercise interventions for men with PCa from database inception to October 2015...
August 2016: European Urology Focus
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28723307/nationwide-comprehensive-gastro-intestinal-cancer-cohorts-the-3p-initiative
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R R J Coebergh van den Braak, L B van Rijssen, J J van Kleef, G R Vink, M Berbee, M I van Berge Henegouwen, H J Bloemendal, M J Bruno, M C Burgmans, O R C Busch, P P L O Coene, V M H Coupé, J W T Dekker, C H J van Eijck, M A G Elferink, F L G Erdkamp, W M U van Grevenstein, J W B de Groot, N C T van Grieken, I H J T de Hingh, M C C M Hulshof, J N M Ijzermans, L Kwakkenbos, V E P P Lemmens, M Los, G A Meijer, I Q Molenaar, G A P Nieuwenhuijzen, M E de Noo, L V van de Poll-Franse, C J A Punt, R C Rietbroek, W W H Roeloffzen, T Rozema, J P Ruurda, J W van Sandick, A H W Schiphorst, H Schipper, P D Siersema, M Slingerland, D W Sommeijer, M C W Spaander, M A G Sprangers, H B A C Stockmann, M Strijker, G van Tienhoven, L M Timmermans, M L R Tjin-A-Ton, A M T van der Velden, M J Verhaar, H M Verkooijen, W J Vles, J M P G M de Vos-Geelen, J W Wilmink, D D E Zimmerman, M G H van Oijen, M Koopman, M G H Besselink, H W M van Laarhoven
BACKGROUND: The increasing sub-classification of cancer patients due to more detailed molecular classification of tumors, and limitations of current trial designs, require innovative research designs. We present the design, governance and current standing of three comprehensive nationwide cohorts including pancreatic, esophageal/gastric, and colorectal cancer patients (NCT02070146). Multidisciplinary collection of clinical data, tumor tissue, blood samples, and patient-reported outcome (PRO) measures with a nationwide coverage, provides the infrastructure for future and novel trial designs and facilitates research to improve outcomes of gastrointestinal cancer patients...
July 19, 2017: Acta Oncologica
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28723262/the-risk-of-inflammatory-bowel-disease-flares-after-fecal-microbiota-transplantation-systematic-review-and-meta-analysis
#16
Taha Qazi, Thelina Amaratunga, Edward L Barnes, Monika Fischer, Zain Kassam, Jessica R Allegretti
BACKGROUND: Several studies have suggested worsening in inflammatory bowel disease (IBD) activity following fecal microbiota transplantation (FMT) Aim: We aimed to assess the risk of worsening in IBD activity following FMT. METHODS: An electronic search was conducted using MEDLINE (1946-June 2016), EMBASE (1954-June 2016) and Cochrane Central Register of Controlled Trials (2016). Studies in which FMT was provided to IBD patients for IBD management or CDI treatment were included...
July 19, 2017: Gut Microbes
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28722149/masting-in-wind-pollinated-trees-system-specific-roles-of-weather-and-pollination-dynamics-in-driving-seed-production
#17
Michał Bogdziewicz, Jakub Szymkowiak, Idalia Kasprzyk, Łukasz Grewling, Zbigniew Borowski, Katarzyna Borycka, Władysław Kantorowicz, Dorota Myszkowska, Katarzyna Piotrowicz, Monika Ziemianin, Mario B Pesendorfer
Masting, the highly variable production of synchronized large seed crops, is a common reproductive strategy in plant populations. In wind-pollinated trees, flowering and pollination dynamics are hypothesized to provide the mechanistic link for the well-known relationship between weather and population-level seed production. Several hypotheses make predictions about the effect of weather on annual pollination success. The pollen coupling hypothesis predicts that weather and plant resources drive the flowering effort of trees which directly translates into the size of seed crops through efficient pollination...
July 19, 2017: Ecology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28720052/the-effectiveness-of-various-interventions-versus-standard-stripping-in-patients-with-varicose-veins-in-terms-of-quality-of-life
#18
Christos Argyriou, Christos Papasideris, George A Antoniou, Efstratios Georgakarakos, Nikolaos Papanas, Miltos K Lazarides, George S Georgiadis
Purpose Lower limb varicose veins have a significant effect upon the quality of life and a considerable socioeconomic impact despite their relatively benign nature. The aim of this study is to compare the effects of various therapeutic strategies among patients with varicose veins to surgical ligation and vein stripping on the basis of quality of life. Methods PubMed/Medline and Scopus databases were systemically searched from 1 January 2000 until 23 December 2015 for studies reporting outcome on the quality of life of different treatment techniques for varicose veins...
January 1, 2017: Phlebology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28719597/pharmacogenomics-study-of-thiazide-diuretics-and-qt-interval-in-multi-ethnic-populations-the-cohorts-for-heart-and-aging-research-in-genomic-epidemiology
#19
A A Seyerle, C M Sitlani, R Noordam, S M Gogarten, J Li, X Li, D S Evans, F Sun, M A Laaksonen, A Isaacs, K Kristiansson, H M Highland, J D Stewart, T B Harris, S Trompet, J C Bis, G M Peloso, J A Brody, L Broer, E L Busch, Q Duan, A M Stilp, C J O'Donnell, P W Macfarlane, J S Floyd, J A Kors, H J Lin, R Li-Gao, T Sofer, R Méndez-Giráldez, S R Cummings, S R Heckbert, A Hofman, I Ford, Y Li, L J Launer, K Porthan, C Newton-Cheh, M D Napier, K F Kerr, A P Reiner, K M Rice, J Roach, B M Buckley, E Z Soliman, R de Mutsert, N Sotoodehnia, A G Uitterlinden, K E North, C R Lee, V Gudnason, T Stürmer, F R Rosendaal, K D Taylor, K L Wiggins, J G Wilson, Y-DI Chen, R C Kaplan, K Wilhelmsen, L A Cupples, V Salomaa, C van Duijn, J W Jukema, Y Liu, D O Mook-Kanamori, L A Lange, R S Vasan, A V Smith, B H Stricker, C C Laurie, J I Rotter, E A Whitsel, B M Psaty, C L Avery
Thiazide diuretics, commonly used antihypertensives, may cause QT interval (QT) prolongation, a risk factor for highly fatal and difficult to predict ventricular arrhythmias. We examined whether common single-nucleotide polymorphisms (SNPs) modified the association between thiazide use and QT or its component parts (QRS interval, JT interval) by performing ancestry-specific, trans-ethnic and cross-phenotype genome-wide analyses of European (66%), African American (15%) and Hispanic (19%) populations (N=78 199), leveraging longitudinal data, incorporating corrected standard errors to account for underestimation of interaction estimate variances and evaluating evidence for pathway enrichment...
July 18, 2017: Pharmacogenomics Journal
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28719592/ten-day-quadruple-therapy-comprising-proton-pump-inhibitor-bismuth-tetracycline-and-levofloxacin-is-more-effective-than-standard-levofloxacin-triple-therapy-in-the-second-line-treatment-of-helicobacter-pylori-infection-a-randomized-controlled-trial
#20
Ping-I Hsu, Feng-Woei Tsai, Sung-Shuo Kao, Wen-Hung Hsu, Jin-Shiung Cheng, Nan-Jing Peng, Kuo-Wang Tsai, Huang-Ming Hu, Yao-Kuang Wang, Seng-Kee Chuah, Angela Chen, Deng-Chyang Wu
OBJECTIVES: Proton pump inhibitor (PPI)-amoxicillin-fluoroquinolone triple therapy is recommended as a second-line treatment of Helicobacter pylori infection in the Maastricht V/Florence Consensus Report. However, the eradication rate of this standard salvage treatment is suboptimal. The objective of this study is to compare the efficacy of esomeprazole-bismuth-tetracycline-levofloxacin therapy (TL quadruple therapy) and esomeprazole-amoxicillin-levofloxacin triple therapy (AL triple therapy) in rescue treatment for H...
July 18, 2017: American Journal of Gastroenterology
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