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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29778961/uva-induced-antimicrobial-activity-of-zno-ag-nanocomposite-covered-surfaces
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Meeri Visnapuu, Merilin Rosenberg, Egle Truska, Ergo Nõmmiste, Andris Šutka, Anne Kahru, Mihkel Rähn, Heiki Vija, Kaja Orupõld, Vambola Kisand, Angela Ivask
Application of efficient antimicrobial surfaces has been estimated to decrease both, the healthcare-associated infections and the spread of antibiotic-resistant bacteria. In this paper, we prepared ZnO and ZnO/Ag nanoparticle covered surfaces and evaluated their antimicrobial efficacy towards a Gram-negative bacterial model (Escherichia coli), a Gram-positive bacterial model (Staphylococcus aureus) and a fungal model (Candida albicans) in the dark and under UVA illumination. The surfaces were prepared by spin coating aliquots of ZnO and ZnO/Ag nanoparticle suspensions onto glass substrates...
May 4, 2018: Colloids and Surfaces. B, Biointerfaces
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29778946/mechanisms-underlying-anticonvulsant-and-proconvulsant-actions-of-norepinephrine
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REVIEW
Maedeh Ghasemi, Nasrin Mehranfard
Norepinephrine (NE) has been shown to exert a potent suppressant effect on seizure development. On the other hand, several lines of evidence have shown that increased NE level is proconvulsant under certain conditions. These data suggest that variations in NE levels could affect modulatory action of noradrenergic system on seizures. Less, however, is known about the mechanisms by which adrenergic pathways protect against seizures or promote seizures. Knowing the mechanisms involved in anti- or proconvulsive effects of NE may help to the development of new therapeutic candidates for patients with refractory epilepsy...
May 11, 2018: Neuropharmacology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29778817/extent-of-aortic-replacement-in-type-a-dissection-current-answers-for-an-endless-debate
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REVIEW
Stephen D Waterford, Rita L Gardner, Marc R Moon
BACKGROUND: The proximal and distal extent of surgery for type A dissection is the subject of this review article. METHODS: In this report, we summarize select series that illumine the issue at hand and provide insight into the surgical approach at our institution to DeBakey type I aortic dissections. RESULTS: For proximal extent, we discuss preservation of the aortic valve in the presence of aortic insufficiency, as well as management of the aortic root in the setting of root dilation...
May 17, 2018: Annals of Thoracic Surgery
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29778725/who-s-a-gonna-hold-your-hard-luck-hand-and-who-s-a-gonna-be-your-man-bob-dylan-kingsport-town
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EDITORIAL
Ferdinand Kiemeneij, Ahmed A Hassan
No abstract text is available yet for this article.
May 11, 2018: JACC. Cardiovascular Interventions
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29778652/frailty-and-diabetes-among-mexican-american-older-adults
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Bret T Howrey, Soham Al Snih, Kyriakos S Markides, Kenneth J Ottenbacher
PURPOSE: Progressive physical frailty in older adults is associated with increased risk of falls, disability, institutionalization, and mortality. Although associations between diabetes and frailty have been observed, the impact of diabetes on frailty in older Hispanics is largely unexplored. We examine the association of diabetes on the odds of frailty among older Mexican Americans. METHODS: Using data from the Hispanic Established Population for the Epidemiological Study of the Elderly from 1995 until 2012, frailty was assessed by slow gait, weak hand grip strength, exhaustion, and unexplained weight loss (n = 1327)...
April 26, 2018: Annals of Epidemiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29778590/sternoclavicular-joint-palpation-pain-the-shoulder-s-waddell-sign
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Brent A Ponce, Adam T Archie, Shawna L Watson, Parke W Hudson, Mariano E Menendez, Gerald McGwin, Eugene W Brabston
BACKGROUND: Pain is a complex and subjective reality and can be magnified by nonorganic or nonanatomic sources. Multiple studies have demonstrated a correlation between psychological factors and patients' perceptions of musculoskeletal pain and disability. In addition, nonorganic findings as part of the physical examination are well and long recognized. The purpose of this study was to analyze the relationship between a shoulder examination test, palpation of the sternoclavicular joint (SCJ), and psychosocial conditions including chronic pain, depression, and anxiety...
May 16, 2018: Journal of Shoulder and Elbow Surgery
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29778557/nanotechnological-foundations-of-a-%C3%A2-new%C3%A2-nephrology
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M Laura Sorian, Alberto Rodríguez-Benot, Miguel Valcárcel
After contextualising the generic frameworks of nanotechnology and nanomedicine, the 2disciplines are discussed in the field of Nephrology. The potential downside to nanonephrology is the renal clearance of nanoparticles, the use of which is ever-increasing both for nanomedicinal purposes and in nanofoods. The positive impact of nanotechnology in Nephrology is centred on the development of renal nanodiagnostics for basic renal function studies, the early diagnosis of acute kidney injury, reliable and simple follow-up of chronic kidney disease and the improvement of magnetic resonance imaging...
May 16, 2018: Nefrología: Publicación Oficial de la Sociedad Española Nefrologia
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29778539/expressional-and-functional-comparisons-of-two-general-odorant-binding-proteins-in-agrotis-ipsilon
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Guang-Zhen Huang, Jing-Tao Liu, Jing-Jiang Zhou, Qian Wang, Jian-Zhen Dong, Yong-Jun Zhang, Xian-Chun Li, Jing Li, Shao-Hua Gu
Insect general odorant binding proteins (GOBPs) have been long thought to bind and transport host plant volatiles to the olfactory receptors on the dendrite membrane of the olfactory neurons. Recent studies indicate that they can also bind female sex pheromones. In present study, two GOBP genes, AipsGOBP1 and AipsGOBP2 were cloned from the adult antennae of Agrotis ipsilon. Tissue expression profiles indicated that both of them are antennae-specific and more abundant in the female antennae than in the male antennae...
May 17, 2018: Insect Biochemistry and Molecular Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29778435/hand-hygiene-compliance-rates-fact-or-fiction
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Mary-Louise McLaws, Yen Lee Angela Kwok
BACKGROUND: The mandatory national hand hygiene program requires Australian public hospitals to use direct human auditing to establish compliance rates. To establish the magnitude of the Hawthorne effect, we compared direct human audit rates with concurrent automated surveillance rates. METHODS: A large tertiary Australian teaching hospital previously trialed automated surveillance while simultaneously performing mandatory human audits for 20 minutes daily on a medical and a surgical ward...
May 16, 2018: American Journal of Infection Control
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29778434/implementation-of-multimodal-infection-control-and-hand-hygiene-strategies-in-acute-care-hospitals-in-greece-a-cross-sectional-benchmarking-survey
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Evangelos I Kritsotakis, Eirini Astrinaki, Argyri Messaritaki, Achilleas Gikas
BACKGROUND: In this first attempt to suggest achievable standards for improvement in hospital infection prevention and control (IPC) in Greece, we assessed main IPC structure and process indicators emphasizing hand hygiene. METHODS: Acute-care hospitals across the country participated in a cross-sectional survey by completing the World Health Organization Hand Hygiene Self-assessment Framework (HHSAF) and by providing hospital-level IPC indicators. RESULTS: Seventeen hospitals completed the survey, comprising 14% of the country's public hospitals...
May 16, 2018: American Journal of Infection Control
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29778429/outcomes-following-severe-hand-foot-and-mouth-disease-a-systematic-review-and-meta-analysis
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Eben Jones, Timesh D Pillay, Fengfeng Liu, Li Luo, Juan Carlos Bazo-Alvarez, Chen Yuan, Shanlu Zhao, Qi Chen, Yu Li, Qiaohong Liao, Hongjie Yu, H Rogier van Doorn, Saraswathy Sabanathan
BACKGROUND: Hand, foot and mouth disease (HFMD) caused by enterovirus A71 (EV-A71) is associated with acute neurological disease in children. This study aimed to estimate the burden of long-term sequelae and death following severe HFMD. METHODS: This systematic review and meta-analysis pooled all reports from English and Chinese databases including MEDLINE and Wangfang on outbreaks of clinically diagnosed HFMD and/or laboratory-confirmed EV-A71 with at least 7 days' follow-up published between 1st January 1966 and 19th October 2015...
April 20, 2018: European Journal of Paediatric Neurology: EJPN
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29778419/radiation-protection-knowledge-among-radiologists-in-northwest-spain
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D Macía-Suárez, E Sánchez-Rodríguez
OBJECTIVES: To estimate radiologistś level of knowledge of and their implication in radioprotection. METHODS: An anonymous and supervised survey was conducted during a work meeting. RESULTS: Of the 65 questionnaires handed out, 63 were returned. In general, the radiologists surveyed considered their level of knowledge to be low, and it was statistically demonstrated (P = 0.018) that the level of knowledge they believed they had was related to the number of correct answers...
May 16, 2018: Radiología
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29778347/management-of-diabetic-trigger-finger
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REVIEW
Alexander S Kuczmarski, Andrew P Harris, Joseph A Gil, Arnold-Peter C Weiss
Diabetics have a much greater prevalence of trigger finger than nondiabetics and are more likely to have severe symptoms. Diabetic trigger finger may be more accurately described on a spectrum of diabetic hand pathology alongside carpal tunnel syndrome and cheiroarthropathy. Recent publications have called into question the current treatment algorithm for diabetic trigger finger. Although some evidence supports the use of corticosteroid injections, a recent cost analysis reported that immediate surgical release of the A1 pulley in the clinic is the most cost-effective management of diabetic trigger finger...
May 16, 2018: Journal of Hand Surgery
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29778216/nitric-oxide-signalling-in-yeast
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Rika I Astuti, Ryo Nasuno, Hiroshi Takagi
Nitric oxide (NO) is a cellular signalling molecule widely conserved among organisms, including microorganisms such as bacteria, yeasts, and fungi, and higher eukaryotes such as plants and mammals. NO is mainly produced by the activities of NO synthase (NOS) or nitrite reductase (NIR). There are several NO detoxification systems, including NO dioxygenase (NOD) and S-nitrosoglutathione reductase (GSNOR). NO homeostasis, based on the balance between NO synthesis and degradation, is important for regulating its physiological functions, since an excess of NO causes nitrosative stress due to the high reactivity of NO and NO-derived compounds...
2018: Advances in Microbial Physiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29778126/is-parenteral-levothyroxine-therapy-safe-in-intractable-hypothyroidism
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Hande Peynirci, Bengur Taskiran, Erdinc Erturk, Pınar Sisman, Canan Ersoy
CASE: A 32-year old woman was admitted to the hospital due to intractable hypothyroidism refractory to high dose of oral l-thyroxine therapy. She underwent total thyroidectomy and radioactive iodine therapy due to papillary thyroid cancer. After excluding poor adherence to therapy and malabsorption, levothyroxine absorption test was performed. No response was detected. Transient neurologic symptoms developed during the test. She developed 3 attacks consisting of neurologic symptoms during high dose administration...
June 2018: Journal of the National Medical Association
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29778082/a-review-of-the-impacts-of-tobacco-heating-system-on-indoor-air-quality-versus-conventional-pollution-sources
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REVIEW
Violeta Kaunelienė, Marija Meišutovič-Akhtarieva, Dainius Martuzevičius
With the introduction of novel and potentially less polluting nicotine containing products to the market, the impacts of their usage to indoor air quality as opposed to conventional pollution sources must be reviewed and considered. This review study aimed to comparatively analyse changes in indoor air quality as the consequence of tobacco heating system (THS) generated pollution against general indoor air quality in various micro-environments, especially with combustion-based pollution sources present. Indoor concentrations of formaldehyde, acetaldehyde, benzene, toluene, nicotine and PM2...
May 8, 2018: Chemosphere
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29778010/exposure-to-cannabinoid-agonist-win-55-212-2-during-early-adolescence-increases-alcohol-preference-and-anxiety-in-cd1-mice
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Jimena Laura Frontera, Victoria María Gonzalez Pini, Fernando Luis Messore, Alicia Brusco
The endocannabinoid (eCB) system is involved in the modulation of the reward system and participates in the reinforcing effects of different drugs of abuse, including alcohol. The most abundant receptor of the eCB system in the central nervous system is the CB1 receptor (CB1R), which is predominantly expressed in areas involved in drug addiction, such as the nucleus accumbens, the ventral tegmental area, the substantia nigra and the raphe nucleus. CB1R is expressed in early stages during development, and reaches maximum levels during early adolescence...
May 16, 2018: Neuropharmacology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29777991/co-evolutionary-associations-between-root-associated-microbiomes-and-root-transcriptomes-in-wild-and-cultivated-rice-varieties
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Lei Tian, Shaohua Shi, Lina Ma, Fahad Nasir, Xiujun Li, Lam-Son Phan Tran, Chunjie Tian
The plants and root-associated microbiomes are closely related. Plant metabolic substances can serve as a nutrient source for the microbiome, and in return, the microbiome can regulate the production of plant metabolic substances. Wild rice (Oryza rufipogon), as the ancestor of cultivated rice (Oryza sativa), has changed several metabolic pathways and root-associated microbiome during evolution. Thus, the study of the different associations between metabolic pathways and root-associated microbiomes in wild and cultivated rice varieties is important for rice breeding...
April 13, 2018: Plant Physiology and Biochemistry: PPB
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29777953/ultrasound-guided-application-of-percutaneous-electrolysis-as-an-adjunct-to-exercise-and-manual-therapy-for-subacromial-pain-syndrome-a-randomized-clinical-trial
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Lorena de-Miguel-Valtierra, Jaime Salom-Moreno, César Fernández-de-Las-Peñas, Joshua A Cleland, José L Arias-Buría
This randomized clinical trial compared the effects of adding US-guided percutaneous electrolysis into a program consisting of manual therapy and exercise on pain, related-disability, function and pressure sensitivity in subacromial pain syndrome. Fifty patients with subacromial pain syndrome were randomized into manual therapy and exercise or percutaneous electrolysis group. All patients received the same manual therapy and exercise program, one session per week for 5 consecutive weeks. Patients assigned to the electrolysis group also received the application of percutaneous electrolysis at each session...
May 16, 2018: Journal of Pain: Official Journal of the American Pain Society
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29777890/cortical-activation-changes-in-hirayama-disease-following-anterior-cervical-decompression-and-fusion
#20
Hongli Wang, Yiwei Wu, Jian Song, Jianyuan Jiang, Feizhou Lu, Xiaosheng Ma, Xinlei Xia
BACKGROUND: Spinal cord injury may cause cortical reconstruction. We, therefore, explored thechanges in cortical activation before and after anterior cervical decompression and fusion surgery in patients with Hirayama disease (HD). METHODS: 17 HD cases were performed anterior cervical decompression and fusion surgery. BOLD-fMRI scan was performed preoperatively, 3 months, 6 months and 1 year after surgery. Activated voxels were compared between both hands after adjusting for head motion, slice timing, spatial normalization and image smoothing...
May 16, 2018: World Neurosurgery
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