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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29148021/routine-adoption-of-timp2-and-igfbp7-biomarkers-in-cardiac-surgery-for-early-identification-of-acute-kidney-injury
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Chiara Levante, Fiorenza Ferrari, Chiara Manenti, Faeq Husain-Syed, Marta Scarpa, Tommaso Hinna Danesi, Massimo De Cal, Valentina Corradi, Grazia M Virzì, Alessandra Brendolan, Federico Nalesso, Pércia Bezerra, Salvador Lopez-Giacoman, Sara Samoni, Mara Senzolo, Davide Giavarina, Loris Salvador, Raffaele Bonato, Silvia De Rosa, Enrico Rettore, Claudio Ronco
BACKGROUND AND PURPOSE: Acute Kidney Injury (AKI) is a severe complication affecting many hospitalized patients after cardiac surgery, with negative impacts on short- and long-term clinical outcomes and on healthcare costs. Recently, clinical interest has been aimed at defining and classifying AKI, identifying risk factors and developing diagnostic strategies to identify patients at risk early on. Achieving an early and accurate diagnosis of AKI is a crucial issue, because prevention and timely detection may help to prevent negative clinical outcomes and avoid AKI-associated costs...
November 16, 2017: International Journal of Artificial Organs
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29091714/first-evidence-of-ancient-deer-cervid-in-the-late-miocene-bira-formation-northern-israel
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Alexis Gabriel Rozenbaum, Dotan Shaked Gelband, Mordechai Stein, Henk K Mienis, Rivka Rabinovich
Despite the extensive geological and paleontological searches in the south Levant, no terrestrial fauna of late Neogene age was yet reported. Here, we report the first evidence of "ancient deer"-cervid in the late Miocene (Tortonian) lacustrine section of the Bira Formation at Hagal Stream, Jordan Valley, northern Israel. The section comprises rich assemblage of macrofauna fossils, mostly freshwater mollusks. The mammalian bone was discovered among the macrofauna fossils, and is described as an almost complete left humerus of an adult animal identified as an artiodactyls element probably of a cervid...
2017: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29072421/anxiety-depression-and-quality-of-life-in-breast-cancer-patients-in-the-levant
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Reem Akel, Haidar El Darsa, Bilal Anouti, Deborah Mukherji, Sally Temraz, Rasha Raslan, Arafat Tfayli, Hazem Assi
Background: Limited data are currently available regarding the psychological well-being and quality of life of breast cancer patients after active treatment in Lebanon and the Arab region in general. The objective of this study was to determine the prevalence of anxiety and depression among Arab breast cancer patients and assess the quality of life with reference to socio-demographic and clinical characteristics. Methods: This cross-sectional study was conducted among female breast cancer patients diagnosed between January 2009 and March 2014, who were recruited from the outpatient clinics of Naef K...
October 26, 2017: Asian Pacific Journal of Cancer Prevention: APJCP
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29068047/a-multivariate-assessment-of-the-dali-hominin-cranium-from-china-morphological-affinities-and-implications-for-pleistocene-evolution-in-east-asia
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Sheela Athreya, Xinzhi Wu
OBJECTIVES: A nearly complete hominin fossil cranium from Dali in Shaanxi Province, China was excavated in 1978. We update and expand on previous research by providing a multivariate analysis of the specimen relative to a large sample of Middle and Late Pleistocene hominins. MATERIALS AND METHODS: We apply principal components analysis, discriminant function analysis, and a method of assessing group membership based on a soft independent model of class analogy (SIMCA) to the study of Dali's cranial morphology...
October 25, 2017: American Journal of Physical Anthropology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29061762/descriptive-analysis-of-the-medical-care-performed-in-the-spanish-military-role-1-medical-treatment-facility-deployed-in-operation-inherent-resolve-iraq-2015-2016
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Rafael García Cañas, R Navarro Suay
INTRODUCTION: Operation 'Inherent Resolve' was approved by the United Nations in August 2014 with the objective of suppressing the Islamic State in Iraq and the Levant and increasing the region's stability. The mission of the Spanish military forces within this was to direct training missions for the Iraqi Army. The aim of this study is to analyse the medical care provided in the Spanish Role 1 deployed medical treatment facility during Operation 'Apoyo a Irak'. METHODS: A cross-sectional, descriptive and retrospective study was conducted between 15 December 2015 and 18 November 2016...
October 23, 2017: Journal of the Royal Army Medical Corps
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28935987/toward-the-identification-of-a-type-i-toxin-antitoxin-system-in-the-plasmid-dna-of-dairy-lactobacillus-rhamnosus
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Claudia Folli, Alessia Levante, Riccardo Percudani, Davide Amidani, Stefania Bottazzi, Alberto Ferrari, Claudio Rivetti, Erasmo Neviani, Camilla Lazzi
Plasmids carry genes that give bacteria beneficial traits and allow them to survive in competitive environments. In many cases, they also harbor toxin-antitoxin (TA) systems necessary for plasmid maintenance. TA systems are generally characterized by a stable "toxin", a protein or peptide capable of killing the cell upon plasmid loss and by an unstable "antitoxin", a protein or a non-coding RNA that inhibits toxin activity. Here we report data toward the identification of a RNA-regulated TA system in the plasmid DNA of L...
September 21, 2017: Scientific Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28923522/big-gain-no-pain-tumoral-calcinosis
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Li-An Lai, Ming-Yen Hsiao, Chueh-Hung Wu, Tyng-Guey Wang, Levant Özçakar
No abstract text is available yet for this article.
September 15, 2017: American Journal of Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28913852/testing-support-for-the-northern-and-southern-dispersal-routes-out-of-africa-an-analysis-of-levantine-and-southern-arabian-populations
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Deven N Vyas, Ali Al-Meeri, Connie J Mulligan
OBJECTIVES: The Northern Dispersal Route (NDR) and Southern Dispersal Route (SDR) are hypothesized to have been used by modern humans in the dispersal out of Africa. The NDR follows the Nile into Northeast Africa and crosses the Red Sea into the Levant. The SDR emerges from the Horn of Africa and crosses the Bab el-Mandeb into southern Arabia. In this study, we analyze genetic data from populations living along the NDR and SDR to test support for each dispersal route. MATERIALS AND METHODS: We genotyped 90 Yemeni samples on the Affymetrix Human Origins array...
September 15, 2017: American Journal of Physical Anthropology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28878989/expansion-of-the-known-distribution-of-asiatic-mouflon-ovis-orientalis-in-the-late-pleistocene-of-the-southern-levant
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Lisa Yeomans, Louise Martin, Tobias Richter
Wild sheep (Ovis orientalis) bones recovered from the Natufian site of Shubayqa 1 demonstrate a wider distribution of mouflon in the Late Pleistocene of the Southern Levant than previously known. Early Epipalaeolithic sites are common in the limestone steppe region of eastern Jordan but have yielded only a handful of caprine bones that cannot be identified to species level and few faunal remains from excavated Late Epipalaeolithic sites have been reported. Analysis of animal bone from Shubayqa 1 suggests a significant population of wild sheep could be found concentrated in the basalt desert environment of eastern Jordan during the Late Pleistocene, especially where higher rainfall over the Jebel Druze provided more water...
August 2017: Royal Society Open Science
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28873737/an-integrated-strategy-to-discover-lactobacillus-casei-group-strains-for-their-potential-use-as-aromatic-starters
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Elena Bancalari, Maria Luisa Savo Sardaro, Alessia Levante, Angela Marseglia, Augusta Caligiani, Camilla Lazzi, Erasmo Neviani, Monica Gatti
Lactic acid bacteria are commonly used in dairy industries to acidify milk and to enhance the flavour of the end products thanks to their metabolisms. The formation routes of aroma compounds mainly rely on the specific ability of different species and strains to convert precursors derived from carbohydrate and amino acids catabolism. It is well known that the strains largely involved in the aroma formation of the very appreciated Italian long ripened cheeses belong to the Lactobacillus casei group and origin from raw milk...
October 2017: Food Research International
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28797571/epidemiology-of-burn-patients-presenting-to-a-tertiary-hospital-emergency-department-in-lebanon
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Abou Dagher Gilbert, Eva Rajha, Christopher El Khuri, Ralph Bou Chebl, Aurelie Mailhac, Maha Makki, Mazen El Sayed
BACKGROUND: The epidemiology of burns is well described in the United States, Europe and Asia. However, few studies address this topic in the Levant region. This study aims to describe characteristics of burn victims treated at the emergency department of a tertiary care center in Beirut, Lebanon and to report on factors that affect ED disposition. METHODS: A retrospective cohort study was conducted in the ED of a tertiary care hospital, in Beirut, Lebanon, between 2009 and 2013...
August 7, 2017: Burns: Journal of the International Society for Burn Injuries
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28782013/modified-human-crania-from-g%C3%A3-bekli-tepe-provide-evidence-for-a-new-form-of-neolithic-skull-cult
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Julia Gresky, Juliane Haelm, Lee Clare
Archaeological excavations at Göbekli Tepe, a transitional Neolithic site in southeast Turkey, have revealed the earliest megalithic ritual architecture with characteristic T-shaped pillars. Although human burials are still absent from the site, a number of fragmented human bones have been recovered from fill deposits of buildings and from adjacent areas. We focus on three partially preserved human skulls, all of which carry artificial modifications of a type so far unknown from contemporaneous sites and the ethnographic record...
June 2017: Science Advances
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28757201/continuity-and-admixture-in-the-last-five-millennia-of-levantine-history-from-ancient-canaanite-and-present-day-lebanese-genome-sequences
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Marc Haber, Claude Doumet-Serhal, Christiana Scheib, Yali Xue, Petr Danecek, Massimo Mezzavilla, Sonia Youhanna, Rui Martiniano, Javier Prado-Martinez, Michał Szpak, Elizabeth Matisoo-Smith, Holger Schutkowski, Richard Mikulski, Pierre Zalloua, Toomas Kivisild, Chris Tyler-Smith
The Canaanites inhabited the Levant region during the Bronze Age and established a culture that became influential in the Near East and beyond. However, the Canaanites, unlike most other ancient Near Easterners of this period, left few surviving textual records and thus their origin and relationship to ancient and present-day populations remain unclear. In this study, we sequenced five whole genomes from ∼3,700-year-old individuals from the city of Sidon, a major Canaanite city-state on the Eastern Mediterranean coast...
August 3, 2017: American Journal of Human Genetics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28744118/voluntary-lung-function-screening-to-reveal-new-copd-cases-in-southern-italy
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Alberto Capozzolo, Giorgio Castellana, Silvano Dragonieri, Pierluigi Carratù, Vito Liotino, Maria Rosaria Vulpi, Lorenzo Marra, Emanuela Resta, Pierluigi Intiglietta, Onofrio Resta
BACKGROUND: Underdiagnosis of COPD is a relevant issue, and most frequently involves patients at early stages of the disease. Physicians do not routinely recommend smokers to undergo spirometry, unless they are symptomatic. AIMS: To investigate the effectiveness of voluntary lung function screening in bringing to light patients with previously unknown COPD and to evaluate the relationships among symptoms, smoking status, and airway obstruction. METHODS: A voluntary screening study for COPD was conducted during two editions of the annual Fiera del Levante (2014 and 2015), an international trade fair in Bari...
2017: International Journal of Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28735145/metabolic-gene-targeted-monitoring-of-non-starter-lactic-acid-bacteria-during-cheese-ripening
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Alessia Levante, Francesca De Filippis, Antonietta La Storia, Monica Gatti, Erasmo Neviani, Danilo Ercolini, Camilla Lazzi
Long ripened cheeses, such as Grana Padano (GP), a Protected Designation of Origin (PDO) Italian cheese, harbor a viable microbiota mainly composed of non-starter lactic acid bacteria (NSLAB), which contribute to the final characteristics of cheese. The NSLAB species Lactobacillus rhamnosus, Lb. casei and Lb. paracasei are frequently found in GP, and form a closely related taxonomic group (Lb. casei group), making it difficult to distinguish the three species through 16S rRNA sequencing. SpxB, a metabolic gene coding for pyruvate oxidase in Lb...
July 6, 2017: International Journal of Food Microbiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28680441/the-origins-of-ashkenaz-ashkenazic-jews-and-yiddish
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Ranajit Das, Paul Wexler, Mehdi Pirooznia, Eran Elhaik
Recently, the geographical origins of Ashkenazic Jews (AJs) and their native language Yiddish were investigated by applying the Geographic Population Structure (GPS) to a cohort of exclusively Yiddish-speaking and multilingual AJs. GPS localized most AJs along major ancient trade routes in northeastern Turkey adjacent to primeval villages with names that resemble the word "Ashkenaz." These findings were compatible with the hypothesis of an Irano-Turko-Slavic origin for AJs and a Slavic origin for Yiddish and at odds with the Rhineland hypothesis advocating a Levantine origin for AJs and German origins for Yiddish...
2017: Frontiers in Genetics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28658314/early-evidence-late-2nd-millennium-bce-of-plant-based-dyeing-of-textiles-from-timna-israel
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Naama Sukenik, David Iluz, Zohar Amar, Alexander Varvak, Vanessa Workman, Orit Shamir, Erez Ben-Yosef
In this article, we focus on the analysis of dyed textile fragments uncovered at an early Iron Age (11th-10th centuries BCE) copper smelting site during new excavations in the Timna Valley conducted by the Central Timna Valley (CTV) Project, as well as those found by the Arabah Expedition at the Hathor Temple (Site 200), dated to the Late Bronze/early Iron Ages (13th-11th centuries BCE). Analysis by HPLC-DAD identified two organic dyestuffs, Rubia tinctorum L. and indigotin, from a plant source (probably Isatis tinctoria L...
2017: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28639958/pediatric-jellyfish-envenomation-in-the-mediterranean-sea
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Miguel Glatstein, Dikla Adir, Bella Galil, Dennis Scolnik, Ayelet Rimon, Dikla Pivko-Levy, Christopher Hoyte
BACKGROUND: Several species of jellyfish native to the western Indian Ocean have entered the Mediterranean Sea through the Suez Canal. Since the late 1980s, each summer Rhopilema nomadica forms swarms as long as 100 km in the southeastern Levant and since the millennium aggregations of additional nonnative jellyfish have been sighted. The aim of this study was to evaluate children seen in the emergency department after jellyfish envenomations and to establish patterns of toxicity associated with this organism...
June 20, 2017: European Journal of Emergency Medicine: Official Journal of the European Society for Emergency Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28622394/y-chromosomal-analysis-of-greek-cypriots-reveals-a-primarily-common-pre-ottoman-paternal-ancestry-with-turkish-cypriots
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Alexandros Heraclides, Evy Bashiardes, Eva Fernández-Domínguez, Stefania Bertoncini, Marios Chimonas, Vasilis Christofi, Jonathan King, Bruce Budowle, Panayiotis Manoli, Marios A Cariolou
Genetics can provide invaluable information on the ancestry of the current inhabitants of Cyprus. A Y-chromosome analysis was performed to (i) determine paternal ancestry among the Greek Cypriot (GCy) community in the context of the Central and Eastern Mediterranean and the Near East; and (ii) identify genetic similarities and differences between Greek Cypriots (GCy) and Turkish Cypriots (TCy). Our haplotype-based analysis has revealed that GCy and TCy patrilineages derive primarily from a single gene pool and show very close genetic affinity (low genetic differentiation) to Calabrian Italian and Lebanese patrilineages...
2017: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28604024/variance-composition-measurement-invariance-by-gender-and-construct-validity-of-the-femininity-ideology-scale-short-form
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Ronald F Levant, Kathleen M Alto, Daniel K McKelvey, Katherine A Richmond, Ryon C McDermott
The current study extended prior work on the Femininity Ideology Scale (FIS), a multidimensional measure of traditional femininity ideology (TFI), in several ways. First, we conducted exploratory factor and bifactor analyses, which revealed a general TFI factor and 3 specific factors: dependence/deference, purity, and emotionality/traditional roles. Second, based on these results we developed the 12-item FIS-Short Form (FIS-SF). Third, we assessed the FIS-SF using confirmatory factor analysis on a separate sample, finding that the items loaded on the general factor and 3 specific factors as hypothesized, and that the bifactor model fit better than common factors and unidimensional models...
June 12, 2017: Journal of Counseling Psychology
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