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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29331829/additional-small-dose-of-prostaglandin-f2%C3%AE-at-timed-artificial-insemination-failed-to-improve-pregnancy-risk-of-lactating-dairy-cows
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J A Sauls, B E Voelz, L G D Mendonça, J S Stevenson
Two experiments were performed to test the hypothesis that administering PGF2α concurrent with timed artificial insemination (AI) in lactating dairy cows would enhance pregnancy per AI (P/AI). In experiment 1, lactating Holstein cows (n = 289) in one herd were enrolled after a non-pregnancy diagnosis (30-36 d after AI) to synchronize subsequent ovulation before AI. Cows were assigned randomly to receive (im) 10 mg of PGF2α concurrent with timed AI (Day 0; treatment) or no injection (control). Blood samples were collected on Days -3, 0, and 13 to determine serum concentrations of progesterone...
January 3, 2018: Theriogenology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29331035/noninvasive-optical-spectroscopy-for-identification-of-non-melanoma-skin-cancer-pilot-study
#2
David J Carpenter, Mirabelle B Sajisevi, Nikita Chapurin, Clifford Scott Brown, Tracy Cheng, Gregory M Palmer, Daniel S Stevenson, Caroline L Rao, Russell P Hall, Charles R Woodard
OBJECTIVE: Optical spectroscopy offers a noninvasive alternative to biopsy as a first-line screening tool for suspicious skin lesions. This study sought to define several optical parameters across malignant and benign tissue types. STUDY DESIGN: Prospective pilot trial utilizing the Zenalux IM1 optical spectroscopy device from April 2016 to February 2017. For each skin lesion, provider pre-biopsy probability of malignancy was compared to histolopathologic diagnosis...
January 13, 2018: Lasers in Surgery and Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29330595/consistency-not-speed-temporal-regularity-as-a-metacognitive-cue
#3
Lisa M Stevenson, Richard A Carlson
We examined the hypothesis that skilled performance is monitored on the basis of fluency, where fluency is operationally defined as temporal regularity or rhythmicity rather than speed. Since error is often associated with variable timing, we tested the possibility that people use varied timing as a metacognitive cue. Using a sequential counting task, which may be representative of the broader class of skilled, multi-step tasks, we found that shifting between irregular and regular timing led to greater confidence ratings when the timing associated with the task was regular...
January 12, 2018: Psychological Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29330557/linear-doggybone-dna-vaccine-induces-similar-immunological-responses-to-conventional-plasmid-dna-independently-of-immune-recognition-by-tlr9-in-a-pre-clinical-model
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Alex Allen, Chuan Wang, Lisa J Caproni, Gessa Sugiyarto, Elena Harden, Leon R Douglas, Patrick J Duriez, Kinga Karbowniczek, Jon Extance, Paul J Rothwell, Ifeayinwa Orefo, John P Tite, Freda K Stevenson, Christian H Ottensmeier, Natalia Savelyeva
Vaccination with DNA that encodes cancer antigens is a simple and convenient way to raise immunity against cancer and has already shown promise in the clinical setting. Conventional plasmid DNA is commonly used which together with the encoded antigen also includes bacterial immunostimulatory CpG motifs to target the DNA sensor Toll-like receptor 9. Recently DNA vaccines using doggybone DNA (dbDNA™), have been developed without the use of bacteria. The cell-free process relies on the use of Phi29 DNA polymerase to amplify the template followed by protelomerase TelN to complete individual closed linear DNA...
January 12, 2018: Cancer Immunology, Immunotherapy: CII
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29327033/disorganization-of-inner-retina-and-outer-retinal-morphology-in-diabetic-macular-edema
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Radha Das, Gareth Spence, Ruth E Hogg, Michael Stevenson, Usha Chakravarthy
Importance: In diabetic macular edema (DME), identification of baseline markers on spectral-domain optical coherence tomography (SD-OCT) and their association with severity of diabetic retinopathy (DR) might aid in disease management and the design of future trials. Objective: To examine associations between DR severity, retinal morphology on SD-OCT, and visual acuity in participants with DME. Design, Setting, and Participants: This cross-sectional observational case series was conducted at a single tertiary care referral center...
January 11, 2018: JAMA Ophthalmology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29326285/prevalence-of-aflatoxin-associated-tp53r249s-mutation-in-hepatocellular-carcinoma-in-hispanics-in-south-texas
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Jingjing Jiao, Weibo Niu, Ying Wang, Keith Baggerly, Yuanqing Ye, Xifeng Wu, Dewitt Davenport, Jose Luis Almeda, Monica M Betancourt-Garcia, R Armour Forse, Heather L Stevenson, Gordon P Watt, Joseph B McCormick, Susan P Fisher-Hoch, Laura Beretta
We aimed to determine whether aflatoxin dietary exposure plays a role in the high incidence of hepatocellular carcinoma (HCC) observed among Hispanics in South Texas. We measured TP53R249S somatic mutation, hallmark of aflatoxin etiology in HCC, using droplet digital PCR and RFLP. TP53R249S mutation was detected in 3 of 41 HCC tumors from Hispanics in South Texas (7.3%). We also measured TP53R249S mutation in plasma cell-free DNA (cfDNA) from 218 HCC patients and 96 Hispanic subjects with advanced fibrosis or cirrhosis, from South Texas...
January 11, 2018: Cancer Prevention Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29325499/insights-and-barriers-to-clinical-use-of-serotonin-transporter-pharmacogenetics-in-antidepressant-therapy
#7
James M Stevenson
No abstract text is available yet for this article.
January 12, 2018: Pharmacogenomics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29321301/plasmid-stability-is-enhanced-by-higher-frequency-pulses-of-positive-selection
#8
Cagla Stevenson, James P J Hall, Michael A Brockhurst, Ellie Harrison
Plasmids accelerate bacterial adaptation by sharing ecologically important traits between lineages. However, explaining plasmid stability in bacterial populations is challenging owing to their associated costs. Previous theoretical and experimental studies suggest that pulsed positive selection may explain plasmid stability by favouring gene mobility and promoting compensatory evolution to ameliorate plasmid cost. Here we test how the frequency of pulsed positive selection affected the dynamics of a mercury-resistance plasmid, pQBR103, in experimental populations of Pseudomonas fluorescens SBW25...
January 10, 2018: Proceedings. Biological Sciences
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29320563/field-effectiveness-of-highly-pathogenic-avian-influenza-h5n1-vaccination-in-commercial-layers-in-indonesia
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Simson Tarigan, Michael Haryadi Wibowo, Risa Indriani, Sumarningsih Sumarningsih, Sidna Artanto, Syafrison Idris, Peter A Durr, Widya Asmara, Esmaeil Ebrahimie, Mark A Stevenson, Jagoda Ignjatovic
Although vaccination of poultry for control of highly pathogenic avian influenza virus (HPAIV) H5N1 has been practiced during the last decade in several countries, its effectiveness under field conditions remains largely unquantified. Effective HPAI vaccination is however essential in preventing incursions, silent infections and generation of new H5N1 antigenic variants. The objective of this study was to asses the level and duration of vaccine induced immunity in commercial layers in Indonesia. Titres of H5N1 haemagglutination inhibition (HI) antibodies were followed in individual birds from sixteen flocks, age 18-68 week old (wo)...
2018: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29319209/effectiveness-of-antibacterial-prophylaxis-during-induction-chemotherapy-in-children-with-acute-lymphoblastic-leukemia
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M L Sulis, T M Blonquist, K E Stevenson, S K Hunt, S Kay-Green, U H Athale, L A Clavell, P D Cole, K M Kelly, C Laverdiere, J M Leclerc, B Michon, M A Schorin, J G Welch, D S Neuberg, S E Sallan, L B Silverman
BACKGROUND: Pediatric patients receiving induction chemotherapy for newly diagnosed acute lymphoblastic leukemia (ALL) are at high risk of developing life-threatening infections. We investigated whether uniform antibacterial guidelines, including mandatory antibacterial prophylaxis in afebrile patients during induction, decreases the incidence of microbiologically documented bacteremia. METHODS: Between 2012 and 2015, 230 patients with newly diagnosed ALL (aged 1-21) were enrolled on Dana-Farber Cancer Institute ALL Consortium Protocol 11-001 (DFCI 11-001)...
January 10, 2018: Pediatric Blood & Cancer
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29318644/description-and-prognostic-significance-of-the-kinetics-of-minimal-residual-disease-status-in-adults-with-acute-lymphoblastic-leukemia-treated-with-hypercvad
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Ryan D Cassaday, Philip A Stevenson, Brent L Wood, Pamela S Becker, Paul C Hendrie, Brenda M Sandmaier, Jerald L Radich, Andrei R Shustov
HyperCVAD is a commonly-used regimen for adults with newly-diagnosed acute lymphoblastic leukemia (ALL). However, relatively little is known about the application of minimal residual disease (MRD) detection with this treatment. To address this, we studied 142 adults with ALL treated with hyperCVAD over a 10-year period who had MRD assessed by either multi-parameter flow cytometry or (for patients with Philadelphia chromosome positive ALL) reverse transcriptase polymerase chain reaction for the BCR-ABL1 translocation...
January 10, 2018: American Journal of Hematology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29317701/a-genome-wide-association-study-identifies-only-two-ancestry-specific-variants-associated-with-spontaneous-preterm-birth
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Nadav Rappoport, Jonathan Toung, Dexter Hadley, Ronald J Wong, Kazumichi Fujioka, Jason Reuter, Charles W Abbott, Sam Oh, Donglei Hu, Celeste Eng, Scott Huntsman, Dale L Bodian, John E Niederhuber, Xiumei Hong, Ge Zhang, Weronika Sikora-Wohfeld, Christopher R Gignoux, Hui Wang, John Oehlert, Laura L Jelliffe-Pawlowski, Jeffrey B Gould, Gary L Darmstadt, Xiaobin Wang, Carlos D Bustamante, Michael P Snyder, Elad Ziv, Nikolaos A Patsopoulos, Louis J Muglia, Esteban Burchard, Gary M Shaw, Hugh M O'Brodovich, David K Stevenson, Atul J Butte, Marina Sirota
Preterm birth (PTB), or the delivery prior to 37 weeks of gestation, is a significant cause of infant morbidity and mortality. Although twin studies estimate that maternal genetic contributions account for approximately 30% of the incidence of PTB, and other studies reported fetal gene polymorphism association, to date no consistent associations have been identified. In this study, we performed the largest reported genome-wide association study analysis on 1,349 cases of PTB and 12,595 ancestry-matched controls from the focusing on genomic fetal signals...
January 9, 2018: Scientific Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29316512/the-stigma-associated-with-bereavement-by-suicide-and-other-sudden-deaths-a-qualitative-interview-study
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Alexandra L Pitman, Fiona Stevenson, David P J Osborn, Michael B King
Quantitative studies have found that suicide bereavement is associated with suicide attempt, and is perceived as the most stigmatising of sudden losses. Their findings also suggest that perceived stigma may explain the excess suicidality. There is a need to understand the nature of this stigma and address suicide risk in this group. We aimed to describe and compare the nature of the experiences of stigma reported by people bereaved by suicide, sudden unnatural death, and sudden natural death, and identify any commonalities and unique experiences...
January 2, 2018: Social Science & Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29315535/chinese-and-south-asian-ethnicity-immigration-status-and-clinical-cancer-outcomes-in-the-ontario-cancer-system
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James K R Stevenson, Matthew C Cheung, Craig C Earle, Hadas D Fischer, Ximena Camacho, Refik Saskin, Baiju R Shah, Peter C Austin, Simron Singh
BACKGROUND: In the United States, certain minority groups have been shown to have inferior cancer outcomes compared with the white majority population. However, to the authors' knowledge, the majority of research has not separated ethnicity from immigration status. The objective of the current study was to determine the impact of ethnicity, independent of immigration status, on cancer outcomes in Chinese and South Asian populations in Ontario, Canada. METHODS: The authors conducted a population-based retrospective cohort study using administrative databases in Ontario, Canada...
January 9, 2018: Cancer
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29310880/the-hemi-engaging-fixed-dental-implant-prosthesis-a-technique-for-improved-stability-and-handling
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Todd R Schoenbaum, Richard G Stevenson, Eric Balinghasay
Clinicians commonly contend that the screw-retained, implant-supported fixed dental prosthesis (FDP) should be fabricated with all nonengaging abutments to allow for the inherent nonparallelism of the implants and the inability of the abutment connections to draw together during insertion and removal. The problem with a fully nonengaging FDP is difficulty in handling and more strain on the abutment screws, ultimately leading to increased rates of breakage and loosening. The hemi-engaging FDP design regains much of the advantage afforded by the internal connection and improves prosthetic handing both clinically and in the laboratory...
January 5, 2018: Journal of Prosthetic Dentistry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29305458/hemiarthroplasty-proximal-femoral-endoprostheses-following-tumour-reconstruction-is-acetabular-replacement-necessary
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J D Stevenson, V S Kumar, G L Cribb, P Cool
AIMS: Dislocation rates are reportedly lower in patients requiring proximal femoral hemiarthroplasty than for patients undergoing hip arthroplasty for neoplasia. Without acetabular replacement, pain due to acetabular wear necessitating revision surgery has been described. We aimed to determine whether wear of the native acetabulum following hemiarthroplasty necessitates revision surgery with secondary replacement of the acetabulum after proximal femoral replacement (PFR) for tumour reconstruction...
January 2018: Bone & Joint Journal
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29305400/effect-of-baseline-antiarrhythmic-drug-on-outcomes-with-ablation-in-ischemic-ventricular-tachycardia-a-vanish-substudy-ventricular-tachycardia-ablation-versus-escalated-antiarrhythmic-drug-therapy-in-ischemic-heart-disease
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Ratika Parkash, Isabelle Nault, Lena Rivard, Lorne Gula, Vidal Essebag, Pablo Nery, Stanley Tung, Jean-Marc Raymond, Laurence Sterns, Steve Doucette, George Wells, Anthony S L Tang, William G Stevenson, John L Sapp
BACKGROUND: The VANISH trial (Ventricular Tachycardia Ablation Versus Escalated Antiarrhythmic Drug Therapy in Ischemic Heart Disease) compared the effectiveness of escalated antiarrhythmic drug therapy to catheter ablation in patients with prior myocardial infarction, an implanted defibrillator, and ventricular tachycardia (VT). The effectiveness of these interventions in patients on sotalol versus amiodarone was compared. METHODS AND RESULTS: Analysis was conducted based on whether patients had recurrent VT, despite amiodarone (amio-refractory) or nonamiodarone drugs (sotalol-refractory)...
January 2018: Circulation. Arrhythmia and Electrophysiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29305123/automated-visualization-and-quantification-of-spiral-artery-blood-flow-entering-the-first-trimester-placenta-using-3-d-power-doppler-ultrasound
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Gordon N Stevenson, J Alison Noble, Alec W Welsh, Lawrence Impey, Sally L Collins
The goal of our research was to quantify the placental vascularity in 3-D at 11-13 + 6 wk of pregnancy at precise distances from the utero-placental interface (UPI) using 3-D power Doppler ultrasound. With this automated image analysis technique, differences in vascularity between normal and pathologic pregnancies may be observed. The algorithm was validated using a computer-generated image phantom and applied retrospectively in 143 patients. The following features from the PD data were recorded: The number of spiral artery jets into the inter-villous space, total geometric and PD area...
January 2, 2018: Ultrasound in Medicine & Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29303514/depletion-of-s100a4-stromal-cells-does-not-prevent-hcc-development-but-reduces-the-stem-cell-like-phenotype-of-the-tumors
#19
Jingjing Jiao, Álvaro González, Heather L Stevenson, Mihai Gagea, Hikaru Sugimoto, Raghu Kalluri, Laura Beretta
There is a pressing need for the development of novel approaches to treat and prevent hepatocellular carcinoma (HCC). The S100 calcium-binding protein S100A4 is associated with poor prognosis and metastasis in several human cancers. In addition, a role for S100A4 in modulating cancer-initiating cells stemness properties was recently proposed in head and neck and gastric cancers. Whether S100A4+ stromal cells contribute to tumor onset remains, however, an unanswered question. To address that question, we generated a new mouse model allowing for the depletion of S100A4+ cells in a mouse model of HCC with stemness properties, by crossing mice with hepatic deletion of phosphatase and tensin homolog (PTEN) with mice expressing viral thymidine kinase under the control of S100A4 promoter...
January 5, 2018: Experimental & Molecular Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29302173/in-women-s-eyes-key-barriers-to-women-s-access-to-hiv-treatment-and-a-rights-based-approach-to-their-sustained-well-being
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Luisa Orza, Emily Bass, Emma Bell, E Tyler Crone, Nazneen Damji, Sophie Dilmitis, Liz Tremlett, Nasra Aidarus, Jacqui Stevenson, Souhaila Bensaid, Calorine Kenkem, Gracia Violeta Ross, Elena Kudravtseva, Alice Welbourn
There is rightly a huge global effort to enable women living with HIV to have long productive lives, through treatment access. However, many women living with HIV experience violence against women (VAW), in both domestic and health care settings. The ways in which VAW might prevent treatment access and adherence for women has not to date been reviewed coherently at the global level, from women's own perspectives. Meanwhile, funding for global health care, including HIV treatment, is shrinking. To optimize women's health and know how best to optimize facilitators and minimize barriers to access and adherence, especially in this shrinking funding context, we need to understand more about these issues from women's own perspectives...
December 2017: Health and Human Rights
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