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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27906300/interpretation-of-the-optical-transfer-function-significance-for-image-scanning-microscopy
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Colin J R Sheppard, Stephan Roth, Rainer Heintzmann, Marco Castello, Giuseppe Vicidomini, Rui Chen, Xudong Chen, Alberto Diaspro
The optical transfer function (OTF) is widely used to compare the performance of different optical systems. Conventionally, the OTF is normalized to unity for zero spatial frequency, but in some cases it is better to consider the unnormalized OTF, which gives the absolute value of the image signal. Examples are in confocal microscopy and image scanning microscopy, where the signal level increases with pinhole or array size. Comparison of the respective unnormalized OTFs gives useful insight into their relative performance...
November 28, 2016: Optics Express
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27906183/male-sterility-in-mcl-1-flox-mice-is-not-due-to-enhanced-mcl1-protein-stability
#2
Casey Ah-Cann, Maximilien Tailler, Andrew J Kueh, Marco J Herold, Joseph T Opferman, Marie-Liesse Asselin-Labat, Philippe Bouillet
No abstract text is available yet for this article.
December 1, 2016: Cell Death & Disease
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27906166/which-brca-genetic-testing-programs-are-ready-for-implementation-in-health-care-a-systematic-review-of-economic-evaluations
#3
Elvira D'Andrea, Carolina Marzuillo, Corrado De Vito, Marco Di Marco, Erica Pitini, Maria Rosaria Vacchio, Paolo Villari
PURPOSE: There is considerable evidence regarding the efficacy and effectiveness of BRCA genetic testing programs, but whether they represent good use of financial resources is not clear. Therefore, we aimed to identify the main health-care programs for BRCA testing and to evaluate their cost-effectiveness. METHODS: We performed a systematic review of full economic evaluations of health-care programs involving BRCA testing. RESULTS: Nine economic evaluations were included, and four main categories of BRCA testing programs were identified: (i) population-based genetic screening of individuals without cancer, either comprehensive or targeted based on ancestry; (ii) family history (FH)-based genetic screening, i...
December 2016: Genetics in Medicine: Official Journal of the American College of Medical Genetics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27906134/tumour-suppressor-micrornas-regulate-ovarian-cancer-cell-physical-properties-and-invasive-behaviour
#4
Clara K Chan, Yinghong Pan, Kendra Nyberg, Marco A Marra, Emilia L Lim, Steven J M Jones, Dianna Maar, Ewan A Gibb, Preethi H Gunaratne, A Gordon Robertson, Amy C Rowat
The activities of pathways that regulate malignant transformation can be influenced by microRNAs (miRs). Recently, we showed that increased expression of five tumour-suppressor miRs, miR-508-3p, miR-508-5p, miR-509-3p, miR-509-5p and miR-130b-3p, correlate with improved clinical outcomes in human ovarian cancer patients, and that miR-509-3p attenuates invasion of ovarian cancer cell lines. Here, we investigate the mechanism underlying this reduced invasive potential by assessing the impact of these five miRs on the physical properties of cells...
November 2016: Open Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27906081/vacht-overexpression-increases-acetylcholine-at-the-synaptic-cleft-and-accelerates-aging-of-neuromuscular-junctions
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Satoshi Sugita, Leland L Fleming, Caleb Wood, Sydney K Vaughan, Matheus P S M Gomes, Wallace Camargo, Ligia A Naves, Vania F Prado, Marco A M Prado, Cristina Guatimosim, Gregorio Valdez
BACKGROUND: Cholinergic dysfunction occurs during aging and in a variety of diseases, including amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS). However, it remains unknown whether changes in cholinergic transmission contributes to age- and disease-related degeneration of the motor system. Here we investigated the effect of moderately increasing levels of synaptic acetylcholine (ACh) on the neuromuscular junction (NMJ), muscle fibers, and motor neurons during development and aging and in a mouse model for amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS)...
October 5, 2016: Skeletal Muscle
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27906015/validation-of-a-self-reported-hiv-symptoms-list-the-iss-hiv-symptoms-scale
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Raffaella Bucciardini, Katherina Pugliese, Daniela Francisci, Andrea Costantini, Elisabetta Schiaroli, Miriam Cognigni, Chiara Tontini, Stefano Lucattini, Luca Fucili, Massimiliano Di Gregorio, Marco Mirra, Vincenzo Fragola, Sara Pompili, Rita Murri, Stefano Vella
BACKGROUND: To describe the development and the psychometric properties of the Istituto Superiore di Sanità-HIV symptoms scale (lSS-HIV symptoms scale). METHODS: The ISS-HIV symptom scale was developed by an Italian working team including researchers, physicians and people living with HIV. The development process went through the following steps: (1) review of HIV/AIDS literature; (2) focus group; (3) pre-test analysis; (4) scale validation. RESULTS: The 22 symptoms of HIV-ISS symptoms scale were clustered in five factors: pain/general discomfort (7 items); depression/anxiety (4 items); emotional reaction/psychological distress (5 items); gastrointestinal discomfort (4 items); sexual discomfort (2 items)...
April 9, 2016: AIDS Research and Therapy
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27905966/rapid-assessment-of-disability-in-the-philippines-understanding-prevalence-well-being-and-access-to-the-community-for-people-with-disabilities-to-inform-the-w-dare-project
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Manjula Marella, Alexandra Devine, Graeme Ferdinand Armecin, Jerome Zayas, Ma Jesusa Marco, Cathy Vaughan
BACKGROUND: International recognition that people with disabilities were excluded from the Millennium Development Goals has led to better inclusion of people with disabilities in the recently agreed Global Goals for Sustainable Development (SDGs) 2015-2030. Given the current global agenda for disability inclusion, it is crucial to increase the understanding of the situation of people with disabilities in the Philippines. The aim of this study was to estimate the prevalence of disability and compare the well-being and access to the community between people with and without disabilities...
August 2, 2016: Population Health Metrics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27905680/the-burden-of-childhood-cancer-in-mexico-implications-for-low-and-middle-income-countries
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Roberto Rivera-Luna, Marta Zapata-Tarres, Jaime Shalkow-Klincovstein, Liliana Velasco-Hidalgo, Alberto Olaya-Vargas, Nicole Finkelstein-Mizrahi, Rocío Cárdenas-Cardós, Marco R Aguilar-Ortiz
In Mexico, childhood cancer incidence and mortality have increased in the last decade. Through government actions since 2005, the Popular Medical Insurance (PMI) program for childhood cancer was created. The objective of PMI was to offer early cancer diagnosis, standardized treatment regimens, and numerous pediatric oncology residency programs. It has also accredited 55 national hospitals for the care of these children. Current problems still present under the PMI include shortage of pediatric oncologists and nurses and high rate of abandonment of treatment...
December 1, 2016: Pediatric Blood & Cancer
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27905656/-persistent-elevation-of-aspartate-aminotransferase-ast-due-to-the-presence-of-macro-ast-report-of-one-case
#9
Verónica Bustamante, Juan Pablo Arab, Florencia Terc, Helena Poggi, Manuela Goycoolea, Marco Arrese, Teresita Quiroga, Carlos Benítez
We report an asymptomatic 23-year-old woman with an isolated and persistent increase in serum levels of aspartate aminotransferase (AST). An extensive work up including laboratory and image testing revealed no abnormalities thus suggesting the presence of macro-AST. A polyethylene glycol (PEG) precipitation assay was performed and confirmed the presence of macro-AST.
August 2016: Revista Médica de Chile
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27905627/-pediculicide-effect-of-a-eucaliptus-globulus-l-formulation
#10
Marcia Avello, Pola Fernández, Marcos Fernández, Berta Schulz, Marta De Diego, Sigrid Mennickent, Pedro Novoa, Edgar Pastene
INTRODUCTION: Pediculosis capitis is a public health problem with a high prevalence. The emergence of parasite resistance to conventional pediculicide is of great concern worldwide. OBJECTIVE: To develop alternatives pediculicide, effective and safe, based on the essential oil of Eucaliptus globulus. METHOD: Through bioassays active concentrations ranges of the essential oil were established, and proceeded to develop a standardized, stable, pharmaceutical form, evaluating its effects on our population...
August 2016: Revista Chilena de Infectología: órgano Oficial de la Sociedad Chilena de Infectología
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27905533/five-key-attributes-can-increase-marine-protected-areas-performance-for-small-scale-fisheries-management
#11
Antonio Di Franco, Pierre Thiriet, Giuseppe Di Carlo, Charalampos Dimitriadis, Patrice Francour, Nicolas L Gutiérrez, Alain Jeudy de Grissac, Drosos Koutsoubas, Marco Milazzo, María Del Mar Otero, Catherine Piante, Jeremiah Plass-Johnson, Susana Sainz-Trapaga, Luca Santarossa, Sergi Tudela, Paolo Guidetti
Marine protected areas (MPAs) have largely proven to be effective tools for conserving marine ecosystem, while socio-economic benefits generated by MPAs to fisheries are still under debate. Many MPAs embed a no-take zone, aiming to preserve natural populations and ecosystems, within a buffer zone where potentially sustainable activities are allowed. Small-scale fisheries (SSF) within buffer zones can be highly beneficial by promoting local socio-economies. However, guidelines to successfully manage SSFs within MPAs, ensuring both conservation and fisheries goals, and reaching a win-win scenario, are largely unavailable...
December 1, 2016: Scientific Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27905485/b-and-t-lymphocyte-number-and-function-in-hiv-hiv-lymphoma-patients-treated-with-high-dose-chemotherapy-and-autologous-bone-marrow-transplantation
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Diego Bertoli, Alessandro Re, Marco Chiarini, Alessandra Sottini, Federico Serana, Viviana Giustini, Aldo M Roccaro, Chiara Cattaneo, Luigi Caimi, Giuseppe Rossi, Luisa Imberti
Combination of anti-retroviral therapy, high-dose chemotherapy (HCT) and autologous stem cell transplantation (ASCT) has led to an improved survival of HIV(+) non-Hodgkin lymphoma (NHL) patients. We compared T- and B-cell subset recovery and related capability to respond to in-vitro stimulation, as well as T-cell repertoire modifications of HIV(+) and HIV(-) NHL patients undergoing HCT and ASCT as first-line consolidation or salvage treatment, using sequential blood samples obtained before and at 3, 6, 12 and 24 months after ASCT...
December 1, 2016: Scientific Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27905401/chirped-pulse-amplification-in-an-extreme-ultraviolet-free-electron-laser
#13
David Gauthier, Enrico Allaria, Marcello Coreno, Ivan Cudin, Hugo Dacasa, Miltcho Boyanov Danailov, Alexander Demidovich, Simone Di Mitri, Bruno Diviacco, Eugenio Ferrari, Paola Finetti, Fabio Frassetto, David Garzella, Swen Künzel, Vincent Leroux, Benoît Mahieu, Nicola Mahne, Michael Meyer, Tommaso Mazza, Paolo Miotti, Giuseppe Penco, Lorenzo Raimondi, Primož Rebernik Ribič, Robert Richter, Eléonore Roussel, Sebastian Schulz, Luca Sturari, Cristian Svetina, Mauro Trovò, Paul Andreas Walker, Marco Zangrando, Carlo Callegari, Marta Fajardo, Luca Poletto, Philippe Zeitoun, Luca Giannessi, Giovanni De Ninno
Chirped pulse amplification in optical lasers is a revolutionary technique, which allows the generation of extremely powerful femtosecond pulses in the infrared and visible spectral ranges. Such pulses are nowadays an indispensable tool for a myriad of applications, both in fundamental and applied research. In recent years, a strong need emerged for light sources producing ultra-short and intense laser-like X-ray pulses, to be used for experiments in a variety of disciplines, ranging from physics and chemistry to biology and material sciences...
December 1, 2016: Nature Communications
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27905206/long-term-benefit-of-bone-anchored-hearing-systems-in-single-sided-deafness
#14
Martin Kompis, Wilhelm Wimmer, Marco Caversaccio
CONCLUSION: Bone Anchored Hearing Systems (BAHS) can be expected to still be used by ∼85% of patients with single sided deafness (SSD) 5 years after implantation, and by ∼50% after 10 years. OBJECTIVES: To investigate the long-term use of BAHS and the reasons to stop. METHOD: This was a retrospective chart review of all 33 German speaking adults with SSD who had been implanted with a BAHS at one center and of whom the implant status and use of the BAHS were known...
December 1, 2016: Acta Oto-laryngologica
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27905188/combined-treatment-for-single-giant-pulmonary-metastasis-from-osteosarcoma-from-inside-to-outside
#15
Marco Chiappetta, Daniele Forcella, Federico Pierconti, Francesco Facciolo
No abstract text is available yet for this article.
December 1, 2016: ANZ Journal of Surgery
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27905087/robot-assisted-surgery-in-elderly-and-very-elderly-population-our-experience-in-oncologic-and-general-surgery-with-literature-review
#16
Graziano Ceccarelli, Enrico Andolfi, Alessia Biancafarina, Aldo Rocca, Maurizio Amato, Marco Milone, Marta Scricciolo, Barbara Frezza, Egidio Miranda, Marco De Prizio, Andrea Fontani
BACKGROUND: Although there is no agreement on a definition of elderly, commonly an age cutoff of ≥65 or 75 years is used. Nowadays most of malignancies requiring surgical treatment are diagnosed in old population. Comorbidities and frailty represent well-known problems during and after surgery in elderly patients. Minimally invasive surgery offers earlier postoperative mobilization, less blood loss, lower morbidity as well as reduction in hospital stay and as such represents an interesting and validated option for elderly population...
November 30, 2016: Aging Clinical and Experimental Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27905006/guidelines-on-the-management-of-atrial-fibrillation-in-the-emergency-department-a-critical-appraisal
#17
Giorgio Costantino, Gian Marco Podda, Lorenzo Falsetti, Primiano Iannone, Ana Lages, Alberto M Marra, Maristella Masala, Olaug Marie Reiakvam, Florentia Savva, Jan Schovanek, Sjoerd van Bree, Inês João da Silva Chora, Graziella Privitera, Silvio Ragozzino, Matthias von Rotz, Lycke Woittiez, Christopher Davidson, Nicola Montano
Several guidelines often exist on the same topic, sometimes offering divergent recommendations. For the clinician, it can be difficult to understand the reasons for this divergence and how to select the right recommendations. The aim of this study is to compare different guidelines on the management of atrial fibrillation (AF), and provide practical and affordable advice on its management in the acute setting. A PubMed search was performed in May 2014 to identify the three most recent and cited published guidelines on AF...
November 30, 2016: Internal and Emergency Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27904987/transient-therapeutic-effect-of-vitrectomy-in-primary-intraocular-lymphoma
#18
Barbara Iaccheri, Tito Fiore, Alessio Cerquaglia, Marco Lupidi, Carlo Cagini
This photo essay shows the transient therapeutic effect of pars plana vitrectomy (PPV) in a patient affected by primary intraocular lymphoma (PIOL). PPV is crucial for the diagnosis of PIOL, but it may also play a role in the therapeutic approach.
November 30, 2016: International Ophthalmology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27904967/relocation-stress-induces-short-term-fecal-cortisol-increase-in-tonkean-macaques-macaca-tonkeana
#19
Carlo Cinque, Arianna De Marco, Jerome Mairesse, Chiara Giuli, Andrea Sanna, Lorenzo De Marco, Anna Rita Zuena, Paola Casolini, Assia Catalani, Bernard Thierry, Roberto Cozzolino
The level of glucocorticoids, especially if obtained from noninvasive sampling, can be used as an index of animal well-being, allowing evaluation of the animal's response to environmental modifications. Despite evidence that these hormones play a relevant role in energy metabolism regulation in perceived or real stress events, little is known regarding the factors that could modify the capability of animals to cope with relocation events. The aim of this research was to assess fecal cortisol metabolite concentrations before, during and after acute stress (transfer and relocation event) in two well-established social groups of Tonkean macaques (Macaca tonkeana)...
November 30, 2016: Primates; Journal of Primatology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27904805/hypothesis-on-serenoa-repens-bartram-small-extract-inhibition-of-prostatic-5%C3%AE-reductase-through-an-in-silico-approach-on-5%C3%AE-reductase-x-ray-structure
#20
Paolo Governa, Daniela Giachetti, Marco Biagi, Fabrizio Manetti, Luca De Vico
Benign prostatic hyperplasia is a common disease in men aged over 50 years old, with an incidence increasing to more than 80% over the age of 70, that is increasingly going to attract pharmaceutical interest. Within conventional therapies, such as α-adrenoreceptor antagonists and 5α-reductase inhibitor, there is a large requirement for treatments with less adverse events on, e.g., blood pressure and sexual function: phytotherapy may be the right way to fill this need. Serenoa repens standardized extract has been widely studied and its ability to reduce lower urinary tract symptoms related to benign prostatic hyperplasia is comprehensively described in literature...
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