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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27904459/management-of-powdery-mildew-in-squash-by-plant-and-alga-extract-biopesticides
#1
Shouan Zhang, Zelalem Mersha, Gary E Vallad, Cheng-Hua Huang
Although many fungicides are registered for use to control powdery mildew on cucurbits, management of resistance to fungicides in pathogen populations still remains a major challenge. Two biopesticides Regalia SC and HMO 736 were evaluated in the greenhouse and field for their efficacy against powdery mildew in squash. In greenhouses, Regalia SC alone significantly (P < 0.05) reduced powdery mildew compared to the nontreated control, and was as effective as the chemical standard Procure 480SC (triflumizole)...
December 2016: Plant Pathology Journal
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27889684/human-milk-oligosaccharide-effects-on-intestinal-function-and-inflammation-after-preterm-birth-in-pigs
#2
Stine O Rasmussen, Lena Martin, Mette V Østergaard, Silvia Rudloff, Michael Roggenbuck, Duc Ninh Nguyen, Per T Sangild, Stine B Bering
: Human milk oligosaccharides (HMOs) may mediate prebiotic and anti-inflammatory effects in newborns. This is particularly important for preterm infants who are highly susceptible to intestinal dysfunction and necrotizing enterocolitis (NEC). We hypothesized that HMO supplementation of infant formula (IF) improves intestinal function, bacterial colonization and NEC resistance immediately after preterm birth, as tested in a preterm pig model. Mixtures of HMOs were investigated in intestinal epithelial cells and in preterm pigs (n=112) fed IF supplemented without (CON) or with a mixture of four HMOs (4-HMO) or >25 HMOs (25-HMO, 5-10 g/L given for 5 or 11 days)...
November 4, 2016: Journal of Nutritional Biochemistry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27876093/involvement-of-hepatic-macrophages-in-the-antifibrotic-effect-of-igf-i-overexpressing-mesenchymal-stromal-cells
#3
Esteban Fiore, Mariana Malvicini, Juan Bayo, Estanislao Peixoto, Catalina Atorrasagasti, Romina Sierra, Marcelo Rodríguez, Sofia Gómez Bustillo, Mariana G García, Jorge B Aquino, Guillermo Mazzolini
BACKGROUND: Cirrhosis is a major health problem worldwide and new therapies are needed. Hepatic macrophages (hMø) have a pivotal role in liver fibrosis, being able to act in both its promotion and its resolution. It is well-known that mesenchymal stromal cells (MSCs) can modulate the immune/inflammatory cells. However, the effects of MSCs over hMø in the context of liver fibrosis remain unclear. We previously described evidence of the antifibrotic effects of in vivo applying MSCs, which were enhanced by forced overexpression of insulin-like growth factor 1 (AdIGF-I-MSCs)...
November 22, 2016: Stem Cell Research & Therapy
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27871283/improving-the-quality-of-primary-care-by-allocating-performance-based-targets-in-a-diverse-insured-population
#4
Ronit Peled, Avi Porath, Rachel Wilf-Miron
BACKGROUND: Primary Care Health organizations, operating under universal coverage and a regulated package of benefits, compete mainly over quality of care. Monitoring, primary care clinical performance, has been repeatedly proven effective in improving the quality of care. In 2004, Maccabi Healthcare Services (MHS), the second largest Israeli HMO, launched its Performance Measurement System (PMS) based on clinical quality indicators. A unique module was built in the PMS to adjust for case mix while tailoring targets to the local units...
November 21, 2016: BMC Health Services Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27851789/dietary-2-fucosyllactose-enhances-operant-conditioning-and-long-term-potentiation-via-gut-brain-communication-through-the-vagus-nerve-in-rodents
#5
Enrique Vazquez, Alejandro Barranco, Maria Ramirez, Agnes Gruart, Jose M Delgado-Garcia, Maria L Jimenez, Rachael Buck, Ricardo Rueda
2´-fucosyllactose (2´-FL) is an abundant human milk oligosaccharide (HMO) in human milk with diverse biological effects. We recently reported ingested 2´-FL stimulates central nervous system (CNS) function, such as hippocampal long term potentiation (LTP) and learning and memory in rats. Conceivably the effect of 2´-FL on CNS function may be via the gut-brain axis (GBA), specifically the vagus nerve, and L-fucose (Fuc) may play a role. This study had two aims: (1) determine if the effect of ingested 2´-FL on the modulation of CNS function is dependent on the integrity of the molecule; and (2) confirm if oral 2´-FL modified hippocampal LTP and associative learning related skills in rats submitted to bilateral subdiaphragmatic vagotomy...
2016: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27836275/phosphate-removal-by-lead-exhausted-bioadsorbents-simultaneously-achieving-lead-stabilization
#6
Shunli Wan, Jiayu Wu, Feng He, Shanshan Zhou, Rui Wang, Bin Gao, Jianmeng Chen
Low-cost adsorbents have been continuously developed for heavy metal removal, but little information is available concerning the follow-up treatment of the toxic metal-laden adsorbents. In this study, an optional strategy was provided for the further treatment of heavy metal-impregnated low-cost adsorbents through employing them for phosphate retention. The enhancement of phosphate adsorption by the sorbed lead was first validated using several types of raw or modified waste biomass. Tea waste-supported hydrated manganese dioxide (HMO-TW) with the highest Pb sorption capability was then chosen to systematically evaluate phosphate retention...
November 8, 2016: Chemosphere
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27836232/trajectories-at-the-end-of-life-a-controlled-investigation-of-longitudinal-health-services-consumption-data
#7
Jiska Cohen-Mansfield, Shai Brill
BACKGROUND: Knowledge of individual-level trajectories of Health Services Consumption (HSC) at End-of-Life (EoL) is scarce. Such research is needed for understanding and planning health expenditures. OBJECTIVE: To explore individual-level EoL trajectories in the Israeli population. This approach differs from past studies which aggregated across populations or disease groups. DATA SOURCES: We used HMO (Health Maintenance Organization) longitudinal data for HSC of persons ages 65-90 who died during 2010-2011 (n=35,887) and of an age by sex matched sample of persons who were alive by mid-2012 (n=48,560)...
October 1, 2016: Health Policy
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27819751/artificial-urinary-sphincter-for-urinary-incontinence-after-radical-prostatectomy-a-historical-cohort-from-2004-to-2015
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Augusto Cesar Soares Dos Santos, Luíza de Oliveira Rodrigues, Daniela Castelo Azevedo, Lélia Maria de Almeida Carvalho, Mariana Ribeiro Fernandes, Sandra de Oliveira Sapori Avelar, Maria Glória Cruvinel Horta, Silvana Márcia Bruschi Kelles
This study aimed to retrospectively evaluate a cohort of patients with prostate cancer and persistent urinary incontinence after radical prostatectomy. From January 2004 to December 2015, eighty-six individuals were identified to have received an AUS im¬plant, provided by a private nonprofit HMO operating in Belo Horizonte, Brazil. On total, there were 91 AUS implants, with a median interval between radical prostatectomy and AUS implant of 3.6 years (IQR 1.9 to 5.5). The rate of AUS cumulative survival, after a median follow-up of 4...
November 2, 2016: International Braz J Urol: Official Journal of the Brazilian Society of Urology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27798342/absolute-quantitation-of-human-milk-oligosaccharides-reveals-phenotypic-variations-during-lactation
#9
Gege Xu, Jasmine Cc Davis, Elisha Goonatilleke, Jennifer T Smilowitz, J Bruce German, Carlito B Lebrilla
BACKGROUND: The quantitation of human milk oligosaccharides (HMOs) is challenging because of the structural complexity and lack of standards. OBJECTIVE: The objective of our study was to rapidly measure the absolute concentrations of HMOs in milk using LC-mass spectrometry (MS) and to determine the phenotypic secretor status of the mothers. METHODS: This quantitative method for measuring HMO concentration was developed by using ultraperformance LC multiple reaction monitoring MS...
October 19, 2016: Journal of Nutrition
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27798337/similar-to-those-who-are-breastfed-infants-fed-a-formula-containing-2-fucosyllactose-have-lower-inflammatory-cytokines-in-a-randomized-controlled-trial
#10
Karen C Goehring, Barbara J Marriage, Jeffery S Oliver, Julie A Wilder, Edward G Barrett, Rachael H Buck
BACKGROUND: Evidence suggests that human milk oligosaccharides (HMOs) provide multiple benefits to infants, including prebiotic effects, gut maturation, antimicrobial activities, and immune modulation. Clinical intervention studies with HMOs are required to confirm these benefits in infants. OBJECTIVE: Our objective was to investigate the effects of feeding formulas supplemented with the HMO 2'-fucosyllactose (2'-FL) on biomarkers of immune function in healthy term infants...
October 26, 2016: Journal of Nutrition
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27766144/household-medical-waste-disposal-policy-in-israel
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Zohar Barnett-Itzhaki, Tamar Berman, Itamar Grotto, Eyal Schwartzberg
BACKGROUND: Large amounts of expired and unused medications accumulate in households. This potentially exposes the public to hazards due to uncontrolled use of medications. Most of the expired or unused medications that accumulate in households (household medical waste) is thrown to the garbage or flushed down to the sewage, potentially contaminating waste-water, water resources and even drinking water. There is evidence that pharmaceutical active ingredients reach the environment, including food, however the risk to public health from low level exposure to pharmaceuticals in the environment is currently unknown...
2016: Israel Journal of Health Policy Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27756904/a-novel-gene-cluster-allows-preferential-utilization-of-fucosylated-milk-oligosaccharides-in-bifidobacterium-longum-subsp-longum-sc596
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Daniel Garrido, Santiago Ruiz-Moyano, Nina Kirmiz, Jasmine C Davis, Sarah M Totten, Danielle G Lemay, Juan A Ugalde, J Bruce German, Carlito B Lebrilla, David A Mills
The infant intestinal microbiota is often colonized by two subspecies of Bifidobacterium longum: subsp. infantis (B. infantis) and subsp. longum (B. longum). Competitive growth of B. infantis in the neonate intestine has been linked to the utilization of human milk oligosaccharides (HMO). However, little is known how B. longum consumes HMO. In this study, infant-borne B. longum strains exhibited varying HMO growth phenotypes. While all strains efficiently utilized lacto-N-tetraose, certain strains additionally metabolized fucosylated HMO...
October 19, 2016: Scientific Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27743363/analysis-of-milk-oligosaccharides-by-mass-spectrometry
#13
Lauren D Wu, L Renee Ruhaak, Carlito B Lebrilla
Human milk oligosaccharides (HMOs) are a highly abundant constituent in human milk, and its protective and prebiotic properties have attracted considerable attention. HMOs have been shown to directly and indirectly benefit the overall health of the infant due to a number of functions including serving as a beneficial food for gut bacteria, block to pathogens, and aiding in brain development. Researchers are currently exploring whether these structures may act as possible disease and nutrition biomarkers. Because of this, rapid-throughput methods are desired to investigate biological activity in large patient sets...
2017: Methods in Molecular Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27737902/incidence-of-cushing-s-syndrome-in-patients-with-significant-hypercortisoluria
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Dania Hirsch, Gloria Tsvetov, Yossi Manisterski, Nirit Aviran-Barak, Varda Nadler, Sandra Alboim, Vered Kopel
OBJECTIVE: To investigate the incidence of Cushing's syndrome (CS) in patients with significant hypercortisoluria and the performance of urinary free cortisol (UFC) screening. DESIGN: Retrospective file review. METHODS: The computerized database of a publicly funded health maintenance organization (HMO) in Israel was searched for all patients who underwent 24-hour UFC testing in 2005-2014 with a result of more than twice the upper limit of normal (ULN)...
October 13, 2016: European Journal of Endocrinology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27719686/oral-supplementation-of-healthy-adults-with-2-o-fucosyllactose-and-lacto-n-neotetraose-is-well-tolerated-and-shifts-the-intestinal-microbiota
#15
Emma Elison, Louise K Vigsnaes, Laura Rindom Krogsgaard, Julie Rasmussen, Nikolaj Sørensen, Bruce McConnell, Thierry Hennet, Morten O A Sommer, Peter Bytzer
The gut microbiota has been established as an important player influencing many aspects of human physiology. Breast milk, the first diet for an infant, contains human milk oligosaccharides (HMO) that shape the infant's gut microbiota by selectively stimulating the growth of specific bacteria, especially bifidobacteria. In addition to their bifidogenic activity, the ability of HMO to modulate immune function and the gut barrier makes them prime candidates to restore a beneficial microbiota in dysbiotic adults and provide health benefits...
October 2016: British Journal of Nutrition
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27713728/cell-free-spent-media-obtained-from-bifidobacterium-bifidum-and-bifidobacterium-crudilactis-grown-in-media-supplemented-with-3-sialyllactose-modulate-virulence-gene-expression-in-escherichia-coli-o157-h7-and-salmonella-typhimurium
#16
Pauline Bondue, Sébastien Crèvecoeur, François Brose, Georges Daube, Marie-Christine Seghaye, Mansel W Griffiths, Gisèle LaPointe, Véronique Delcenserie
Complex oligosaccharides from human milk (HMO) possess an antimicrobial activity and can promote the growth of bifidobacteria such as Bifidobacterium bifidum and Bifidobacterium longum subsp. infantis. In addition, fermentation of carbohydrates by bifidobacteria can result in the production of metabolites presenting an antivirulence effect on several pathogenic bacteria. Whey is rich in complex bovine milk oligosaccharides (BMO) structurally similar to HMO and B. crudilactis, a species of bovine origin, is able to metabolize some of those complex carbohydrates...
2016: Frontiers in Microbiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27651890/trends-in-annual-drug-expenditure-a-16-year-perspective-of-a-public-healthcare-maintenance-organization
#17
Yossef Lomnicky, Daniel Kurnik, Ronen Loebstein, Itzhak Katzir, Janet Vesterman-Landes, Nava Siegelmann-Danieli
BACKGROUND: Modern drug therapy accounts for a major share of health expenditure and challenges public provider resources. The objective of our study was to compare drug expenditure trends for ten major drug classes over 16 years at Maccabi Healthcare Services (MHS), the 2(nd) largest healthcare organization in Israel. METHODS: A retrospective analysis of drug expenditure per HMO beneficiary between the years 1998-2014. Trends in annual mean drug expenditures per MHS member were compared among 10 major drug classes...
2016: Israel Journal of Health Policy Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27647472/evidence-based-hmo-care-for-prostate-specific-antigen-testing
#18
Daniel J Merenstein, Frank J D'Amico, Shlomo Vinker, Stephen Petterson, Amnon Lahad
BACKGROUND: There is pressure in the U.S. system to move away from fee-for-service models to a more pre-paid system, which may result in decreased costs, but the impact on evidence-based care is unclear. We examined a large pre-paid Health Maintenance Organizations (HMO) in Israel to see if evidence-based guidelines are followed for prostate specific antigen (PSA) testing. METHODS: A retrospective cohort of ambulatory visits from 2002 to 2011 of patients age >75 receiving care from Clalit Health Services was conducted...
September 20, 2016: International Journal of Health Planning and Management
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27647061/referring-hospitalized-smokers-to-outpatient-quit-services-a-randomized-trial
#19
Jeffrey L Fellows, Richard A Mularski, Michael C Leo, Charles J Bentz, Lisa A Waiwaiole, Melanie C Francisco, Kimberly Funkhouser, Catherine M Stoney
INTRODUCTION: Linking outpatient cessation services to bedside counseling for hospitalized smokers can improve long-run quit rates. Adding an assisted referral (AR) offer to a tobacco treatment specialist consult service fits the team approach to care in U.S. hospitals. DESIGN: A two-arm patient-randomized trial tested the effectiveness of adding an AR offer to outpatient smoking-cessation services and interactive voice recognition (AR+IVR) follow-up to a usual care (UC) tobacco-cessation consult for hospitalized smokers...
October 2016: American Journal of Preventive Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27644050/mothers-secretor-status-affects-development-of-childrens-microbiota-composition-and-function-a-pilot-study
#20
Paula Smith-Brown, Mark Morrison, Lutz Krause, Peter S W Davies
BACKGROUND: One mechanism by which early life environment may influence long term health is through modulation of the gut microbiota. It is widely accepted that the optimal source of nutrition in early life is breast milk, with Human Milk Oligosaccharides (HMOs) thought to play an important role in nourishing the developing microbiota. However, mothers with inactive secretor genes have altered HMO composition and quantities in their breast milk. In this pilot study we examine the influence of secretor status and breast-feeding on microbiota composition at 2 to 3 years of age...
2016: PloS One
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