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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28102500/rates-and-predictors-of-caesarean-section-for-first-and-second-births-a-prospective-cohort-of-australian-women
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Alexis Hure, Jennifer Powers, Catherine Chojenta, Deborah Loxton
Objective To determine rates of vaginal delivery, emergency caesarean section, and elective caesarean section for first and second births in Australia, and to identify maternal predictors of caesarean section. Methods Data were from the Australian Longitudinal Study on Women's Health. A total of 5275 women aged 18-38 years, who had given birth to their first child between 1996 and 2012 were included; 75.0% (n = 3956) had delivered a second child. Mode of delivery for first and second singleton birth(s) was obtained from longitudinal survey data...
January 19, 2017: Maternal and Child Health Journal
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28102036/combining-one-step-sanger-sequencing-with-phasing-probe-hybridization-for-hla-class-i-typing-yields-rapid-g-group-resolution-predicting-99-of-unique-full-length-protein-sequences
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Bin Tu, Carly Masaberg, Lihua Hou, Daniel Behm, Peter Brescia, Nuri Cha, Kanthi Kariyawasam, Jar How Lee, Thoa Nong, John Sells, Paul Tausch, Ruyan Yang, Jennifer Ng, Carolyn Katovich Hurley
BACKGROUND: Sanger-based DNA sequencing of exons 2+3 of HLA class I alleles from a heterozygote frequently results in two or more alternative genotypes. This study was undertaken to reduce the time and effort required to produce a single high resolution HLA genotype. MATERIALS AND METHODS: Samples were typed in parallel by Sanger sequencing and oligonucleotide probe hybridization. This workflow, together with optimization of analysis software, was tested and refined during the typing of over 42,000 volunteers for an unrelated hematopoietic progenitor cell donor registry...
February 2017: HLA
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28101821/prevalence-and-characteristics-of-patients-with-suspected-inherited-renal-cell-cancer-application-of-the-acmg-nsgc-genetic-referral-guidelines-to-patient-cohorts
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Hong Truong, Sarah E Hegarty, Leonard G Gomella, William K Kelly, Edouard J Trabulsi, Costas D Lallas, Veda N Giri
Patients with suspected hereditary renal cell cancer (RCC) are under-referred for genetic evaluation. Characterizing the prevalence and characteristics of suspected inherited RCC is a crucial step toward advancing personalized, genetically-based cancer risk management for patients and their families. To evaluate the prevalence and characteristics of suspected inherited RCC syndromes based on consensus criteria, we performed a cross-sectional analysis of patients with a diagnosis of RCC in SEER (2001-2011, n = 105,754) and in our institutional cancer registry (2004-2013, n = 998)...
January 19, 2017: Journal of Genetic Counseling
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28101813/a-multi-us-city-assessment-of-awareness-and-uptake-of-pre-exposure-prophylaxis-prep-for-hiv-prevention-among-black-men-and-transgender-women-who-have-sex-with-men
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Lisa A Eaton, Derrick D Matthews, Daniel D Driffin, Leigh Bukowski, Patrick A Wilson, Ron D Stall
The HIV epidemic among Black men and transgender women who have sex with men (BMTW) demands an urgent public health response. HIV point prevalence among this population ranges from 25 to 43%-a rate far exceeding any other group. Pre-exposure prophylaxis (PrEP) for HIV prevention is a very promising prevention tool; however, its full potential to slow the epidemic has yet to be realized. For the current study, random time-location sampling at Black Gay Pride Events was used to collect data from N = 1274 BMTW, from five US cities, reporting HIV-negative/unknown status...
January 18, 2017: Prevention Science: the Official Journal of the Society for Prevention Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28101669/outcomes-and-trends-of-peripartum-maternal-admission-to-the-intensive-care-unit
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Alex Farr, Agnes Lenz-Gebhart, Sabrina Einig, Clemens Ortner, Iris Holzer, Marie Elhenicky, Peter W Husslein, Rainer Lehner
BACKGROUND: The number of pregnant women with severe comorbidities is increasing. The aim of the present study was to analyze outcomes and determine trends in women who required peripartum admission to the intensive care unit (ICU). METHODS: In this retrospective study, we identified all women who were admitted to the ICU between the second trimester of pregnancy and 6 weeks postpartum. Women with ICU admission between 2011 and 2014 were assigned to the study group, whereas those admitted between 1996 and 2003 were assigned to the historical group...
January 18, 2017: Wiener Klinische Wochenschrift
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28100826/biomechanical-properties-of-wheat-grains-the-implications-on-milling
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James E Hourston, Michael Ignatz, Martin Reith, Gerhard Leubner-Metzger, Tina Steinbrecher
Millennia of continuous innovation have driven ever increasing efficiency in the milling process. Mechanically characterizing wheat grains and discerning the structure and function of the wheat bran layers can contribute to continuing innovation. We present novel shear force and puncture force testing regimes to characterize different wheat grain cultivars. The forces endured by wheat grains during the milling process can be quantified, enabling us to measure the impact of commonly applied grain pretreatments, such as microwave heating, extended tempering, enzyme and hormone treatments on grains of different 'hardness'...
January 2017: Journal of the Royal Society, Interface
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28100602/find-tuberculosis-strain-bank-a-resource-for-researchers-and-developers-working-on-tests-to-detect-mycobacterium-tuberculosis-and-related-drug-resistance
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Belay Tessema, Pamela Nabeta, Eloise Valli, Audrey Albertini, Jimena Collantes, Nguyen Huu Lan, Elena Romancenco, Nestani Tukavdze, Claudia M Denkinger, David L Dolinger
BACKGROUND: The spread of multidrug-resistant tuberculosis and extensively drug-resistant TB hampers the global efforts in the fight against tuberculosis. To enhance the development and evaluation of diagnostic tests quickly and efficiently, well characterized strains and samples from drug resistant tuberculosis patients are necessary. In this project, FIND has focused on the collection, characterization and storage of such well-characterized reference materials and to make them available to researchers and developers...
January 18, 2017: Journal of Clinical Microbiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28100474/regional-diaphragm-volume-displacement-is-heterogeneous-in-dog
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Brooke Greybeck, Raymond Lu, Arvind Ramanujam, Mary Adeyeye, Matthew Wettergreen, Shari Wynd, Aladin M Boriek
Muscle shortening and volume displacement are critical determinants of the pressure generating capacity of the diaphragm. This study was designed to test the hypothesis that diaphragm volume displacement is heterogeneous and distribution of volume displacement is dependent on regional muscle shortening, posture and level of muscle activation. Radio opaque markers were sutured along muscle bundles of the peritoneal surface of the crural muscle, dorsal costal, mid-costal, and ventral costal regions of the left hemi-diaphragm in four dogs...
January 18, 2017: American Journal of Physiology. Regulatory, Integrative and Comparative Physiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28100094/preliminary-reliability-and-internal-consistency-of-the-wheelchair-components-questionnaire-for-condition
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Karen Rispin, Melanie Dittmer, Jessica McLean, Joy Wee
Wheelchair durability and maintenance condition are key factors of wheelchair function. Durability studies done with double drum and drop testers, although valuable, do not perfectly imitate conditions of use. Durability may be harvested from clinical records; however, these may be inconsistent because protocols for recording information differ from place to place. Wheelchair professionals with several years of experience often develop a good eye for wheelchair maintenance condition. The Wheelchair Components Questionnaire for Condition (WCQc) was developed as a professional report questionnaire to provide data specifically on the maintenance condition of a wheelchair...
January 19, 2017: Disability and Rehabilitation. Assistive Technology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28098828/development-of-a-topical-resveratrol-formulation-for-commercial-applications-using-dendrimer-nanotechnology
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Tyler Pentek, Eric Newenhouse, Brennin O'Brien, Abhay Singh Chauhan
Resveratrol (RSV) is well known for its anti-oxidant and anti-aging properties. However, resveratrol is insoluble in water and has stability issues. Recently, efforts were placed to prepare a resveratrol-based advanced anti-aging topical product but it contains harsh organic solvents and oils that could be harmful to the human body and the environment. Hence, we propose the use of a multifunctional dendrimer to solve the solubility and stability issues of resveratrol. A dendrimer-resveratrol complex was prepared, optimized and tested for solubility enhancement, stability in solution and cream dosage forms...
January 14, 2017: Molecules: a Journal of Synthetic Chemistry and Natural Product Chemistry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28097937/an-assembly-type-master-slave-catheter-and-guidewire-driving-system-for-vascular-intervention
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Hyo-Jeong Cha, Byung-Ju Yi, Jong Yun Won
Current vascular intervention inevitably exposes a large amount of X-ray to both an operator and a patient during the procedure. The purpose of this study is to propose a new catheter driving system which assists the operator in aspects of less X-ray exposure and convenient user interface. For this, an assembly-type 4-degree-of-freedom master-slave system was designed and tested to verify the efficiency. First, current vascular intervention procedures are analyzed to develop a new robotic procedure that enables us to use conventional vascular intervention devices such as catheter and guidewire which are commercially available in the market...
January 2017: Proceedings of the Institution of Mechanical Engineers. Part H, Journal of Engineering in Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28097082/a-review-of-colorectal-cancer-detection-modalities-stool-dna-and-fecal-immunochemistry-testing-in-adults-over-the-age-of-50
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Tyler Janz, Karen Lu, Michael R Povlow, Brittany Urso
Colorectal cancer (CRC) is the third leading cause of cancer death in the United States. Recently, more focus has been placed on developing effective screening tools to detect the presence of both precancerous and cancerous lesions present in the colon and rectum. Colonoscopy has been well established as the gold standard of the colon and rectal cancer screening. However, not all patients are willing to undergo a colonoscopy due to the procedure's invasive nature. Non-invasive screening methods have been developed to appeal to patients who refuse colonoscopy...
December 16, 2016: Curēus
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28097060/why-choose-random-forest-to-predict-rare-species-distribution-with-few-samples-in-large-undersampled-areas-three-asian-crane-species-models-provide-supporting-evidence
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Chunrong Mi, Falk Huettmann, Yumin Guo, Xuesong Han, Lijia Wen
Species distribution models (SDMs) have become an essential tool in ecology, biogeography, evolution and, more recently, in conservation biology. How to generalize species distributions in large undersampled areas, especially with few samples, is a fundamental issue of SDMs. In order to explore this issue, we used the best available presence records for the Hooded Crane (Grus monacha, n = 33), White-naped Crane (Grus vipio, n = 40), and Black-necked Crane (Grus nigricollis, n = 75) in China as three case studies, employing four powerful and commonly used machine learning algorithms to map the breeding distributions of the three species: TreeNet (Stochastic Gradient Boosting, Boosted Regression Tree Model), Random Forest, CART (Classification and Regression Tree) and Maxent (Maximum Entropy Models)...
2017: PeerJ
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28095915/development-and-validation-of-seer-seeking-engaging-with-and-evaluating-research-a-measure-of-policymakers-capacity-to-engage-with-and-use-research
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Sue E Brennan, Joanne E McKenzie, Tari Turner, Sally Redman, Steve Makkar, Anna Williamson, Abby Haynes, Sally E Green
BACKGROUND: Capacity building strategies are widely used to increase the use of research in policy development. However, a lack of well-validated measures for policy contexts has hampered efforts to identify priorities for capacity building and to evaluate the impact of strategies. We aimed to address this gap by developing SEER (Seeking, Engaging with and Evaluating Research), a self-report measure of individual policymakers' capacity to engage with and use research. METHODS: We used the SPIRIT Action Framework to identify pertinent domains and guide development of items for measuring each domain...
January 17, 2017: Health Research Policy and Systems
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28095904/evaluation-of-the-tsima-community-mobilization-intervention-to-improve-engagement-in-hiv-testing-and-care-in-south-africa-study-protocol-for-a-cluster-randomized-trial
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Sheri A Lippman, Audrey Pettifor, Dumisani Rebombo, Aimée Julien, Ryan G Wagner, Mi-Suk Kang Dufour, Chodziwadziwa Whiteson Kabudula, Torsten B Neilands, Rhian Twine, Ann Gottert, F Xavier Gómez-Olivé, Stephen M Tollman, Ian Sanne, Dean Peacock, Kathleen Kahn
BACKGROUND: HIV transmission can be decreased substantially by reducing the burden of undiagnosed HIV infection and expanding early and consistent use of antiretroviral therapy (ART). Treatment as prevention (TasP) has been proposed as key to ending the HIV epidemic. To activate TasP in high prevalence countries, like South Africa, communities must be motivated to know their status, engage in care, and remain in care. Community mobilization (CM) has the potential to significantly increase uptake testing, linkage to and retention in care by addressing the primary social barriers to engagement with HIV care-including poor understanding of HIV care; fear and stigma associated with infection, clinic attendance and disclosure; lack of social support; and gender norms that deter men from accessing care...
January 17, 2017: Implementation Science: IS
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28095875/assessment-of-synthetic-floral-based-attractants-and-sugar-baits-to-capture-male-and-female-aedes-aegypti-diptera-culicidae
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Kara Fikrig, Brian J Johnson, Durland Fish, Scott A Ritchie
BACKGROUND: The viruses transmitted by Aedes aegypti, including dengue and Zika viruses, are rapidly expanding in geographic range and as a threat to public health. In response, control programs are increasingly turning to the use of sterile insect techniques resulting in a need to trap male Ae. aegypti to monitor the efficacy of the intervention. However, there is a lack of effective and cheap methods for trapping males. Thus, we attempted to exploit the physiological need to obtain energy from sugar feeding in order to passively capture male and female Ae...
January 17, 2017: Parasites & Vectors
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28095490/costs-and-tradeoffs-of-resistance-and-tolerance-to-belowground-herbivory-in-potato
#17
Etzel Garrido, Maria Fernanda Díaz, Hugo Bernal, Carlos Eduardo Ñustez, Jennifer Thaler, Georg Jander, Katja Poveda
The success of sustainable crop production depends on our ability to select or create varieties that can allocate resources to both growth and defence. However, breeding efforts have emphasized increases in yields but have partially neglected defence traits against pests. Estimating the costs of multiple defences against tuber herbivores and the tradeoffs among them, as well as understanding the relationship between yield and multiple defences is still unknown but relevant to both basic and applied ecology...
2017: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28095414/mosquito-disseminated-insecticide-for-citywide-vector-control-and-its-potential-to-block-arbovirus-epidemics-entomological-observations-and-modeling-results-from-amazonian-brazil
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Fernando Abad-Franch, Elvira Zamora-Perea, Sérgio L B Luz
BACKGROUND: Mosquito-borne viruses threaten public health worldwide. When the ratio of competent vectors to susceptible humans is low enough, the virus's basic reproductive number (R0) falls below 1.0 (each case generating, on average, <1.0 additional case) and the infection fades out from the population. Conventional mosquito control tactics, however, seldom yield R0 < 1.0. A promising alternative uses mosquitoes to disseminate a potent growth-regulator larvicide, pyriproxyfen (PPF), to aquatic larval habitats; this kills most mosquito juveniles and substantially reduces adult mosquito emergence...
January 2017: PLoS Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28095068/impact-of-telepharmacy-services-as-a-way-to-increase-access-to-asthma-care
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Wendy Brown, David Scott, Daniel Friesner, Tara Schmitz
OBJECTIVE: To demonstrate that real-time, telepharmacy-based asthma educational services are feasible and support the efforts of local primary care prescribers to improve patient outcomes. METHODS: The lead investigator [a pharmacist, physician assistant and certified asthma educator] identified an independent community pharmacy with telehealth capabilities in a rural area with a high prevalence of asthma. Working with the pharmacy, an asthma education program was developed based on the National Asthma Education and Prevention Program guidelines...
January 17, 2017: Journal of Asthma: Official Journal of the Association for the Care of Asthma
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28094534/in-vitro-assessment-of-skin-irritation-potential-of-surfactant-based-formulations-by-using-a-3-d-skin-reconstructed-tissue-model-and-cytokine-response
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Russel M Walters, Lisa Gandolfi, M Catherine Mack, Michael Fevola, Katharine Martin, Mathew T Hamilton, Allison Hilberer, Nicole Barnes, Nathan Wilt, Jennifer R Nash, Hans A Raabe, Gertrude-Emilia Costin
The personal care industry is focused on developing safe, more efficacious, and increasingly milder products, that are routinely undergoing preclinical and clinical testing before becoming available for consumer use on skin. In vitro systems based on skin reconstructed equivalents are now established for the preclinical assessment of product irritation potential and as alternative testing methods to the classic Draize rabbit skin irritation test. We have used the 3-D EpiDerm™ model system to evaluate tissue viability and primary cytokine interleukin-1α release as a way to evaluate the potential dermal irritation of 224 non-ionic, amphoteric and/or anionic surfactant-containing formulations, or individual raw materials...
December 2016: Alternatives to Laboratory Animals: ATLA
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