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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27926976/are-cytokines-useful-biomarkers-to-determine-disease-severity-in-neonates-with-congenital-diaphragmatic-hernia
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Thomas Schaible, Janine Reineke, Ludwig Gortner, Dominik Monz, Regine Schaffelder, Erol Tutdibi
Background This study investigates plasma cytokine levels in neonates with the more common left-sided congenital diaphragmatic hernia (CDH) and correlates them with severity of disease indicated by position of the liver. An intrathoracic part of liver is associated with higher need for extracorporeal membrane oxygenation (ECMO) and higher risk for chronic lung disease (CLD). Methods A total of 28 newborns with CDH were subdivided by their liver position in partially intrathoracic (n = 16) and only abdominal (n = 12) position...
December 7, 2016: American Journal of Perinatology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27926892/do-mobile-phone-applications-improve-glycemic-control-hba1c-in-the-self-management-of-diabetes-a-systematic-review-meta-analysis-and-grade-of-14-randomized-trials
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Can Hou, Ben Carter, Jonathan Hewitt, Trevor Francisa, Sharon Mayor
OBJECTIVE: To investigate the effect of mobile phone applications (apps) on glycemic control (HbA1c) in the self-management of diabetes. RESEARCH DESIGN AND METHODS: Relevant studies that were published between 1 January 1996 and 1 June 2015 were searched from five databases: Medline, CINAHL, Cochrane Library, Web of Science, and Embase. Randomized controlled trials that evaluated diabetes apps were included. We conducted a systematic review with meta-analysis and GRADE (Grading of Recommendations Assessment, Development and Evaluation) of the evidence...
November 2016: Diabetes Care
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27926841/broken-tales-transcription-activator-like-effectors-populate-partly-folded-states
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Kathryn Geiger-Schuller, Doug Barrick
Transcription activator-like effector proteins (TALEs) contain large numbers of repeats that bind double-stranded DNA, wrapping around DNA to form a continuous superhelix. Since unbound TALEs retain superhelical structure, it seems likely that DNA binding requires a significant structural distortion or partial unfolding. In this study, we use nearest-neighbor "Ising" analysis of consensus TALE (cTALE) repeat unfolding to quantify intrinsic folding free energies, coupling energies between repeats, and the free energy distribution of partly unfolded states, and to determine how those energies depend on the sequence that determines DNA-specificity (called the "RVD")...
December 6, 2016: Biophysical Journal
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27926824/identification-and-characterization-of-chemosensors-for-d-malate-unnatural-enantiomer-of-malate-in-ralstonia-pseudosolanacearum
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Mattana Tunchai, Akiko Hida, Shota Oku, Yutaka Nakashimada, Takahisa Tajima, Junichi Kato
Ralstonia pseudosolanacearum Ps29 is attracted by nonmetabolizable D-malate, an unnatural enantiomer. Screening of a complete collection of single-mcp-gene deletion mutants of Ps29 revealed that the RSc1156 homolog is a chemosensor for D-malate. An RSc1156 homolog deletion mutant of Ps29 showed decreased but significant responses to D-malate, suggesting the existence of another D-malate chemosensor. McpM previously had been identified as a chemosensor for L-malate. We constructed an RSc1156 homolog mcpM double deletion mutant and noted that this mutant failed to respond to D-malate; thus, the RSc1156 homolog and McpM are the major chemosensors for D-malate in this organism...
December 2, 2016: Microbiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27926816/identification-of-polymerase-gene-mutations-that-affect-viral-replication-in-h5n1-influenza-viruses-isolated-from-pigeons
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Emad Mohamed Elgendy, Yasuha Arai, Norihito Kawashita, Tomo Daidoji, Tatsuya Takagi, Madiha Salah Ibrahim, Takaaki Nakaya, Yohei Watanabe
Highly pathogenic avian influenza virus H5N1 infects a wide range of host species, with a few cases of sporadic pigeon infections reported in the Middle East and Asia. However, the role of pigeons in the ecology and evolution of H5N1 viruses remains unclear. We previously reported two H5N1 virus strains, isolated from naturally infected pigeons in Egypt, that have several unique mutations in their viral polymerase genes. Here, we investigated the effect of these mutations on H5N1 polymerase activity and viral growth and identified three mutations that affected viral polymerase activity...
December 7, 2016: Journal of General Virology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27926759/mortality-and-prehospital-blood-pressure-in-patients-with-major-traumatic-brain-injury-implications-for-the-hypotension-threshold
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Daniel W Spaite, Chengcheng Hu, Bentley J Bobrow, Vatsal Chikani, Duane Sherrill, Bruce Barnhart, Joshua B Gaither, Kurt R Denninghoff, Chad Viscusi, Terry Mullins, P David Adelson
Importance: Current prehospital traumatic brain injury guidelines use a systolic blood pressure threshold of less than 90 mm Hg for treating hypotension for individuals 10 years and older based on studies showing higher mortality when blood pressure drops below this level. However, the guidelines also acknowledge the weakness of the supporting evidence. Objective: To evaluate whether any statistically supportable threshold between systolic pressure and mortality emerges from the data a priori, without assuming that a cut point exists...
December 7, 2016: JAMA Surgery
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27926667/sexual-behaviors-and-hiv-status-a-population-based-study-among-older-adults-in-rural-south-africa
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Molly S Rosenberg, Francesc X Gómez-Olivé, Julia K Rohr, Brian C Houle, Chodziwadziwa W Kabudula, Ryan G Wagner, Joshua A Salomon, Kathleen Kahn, Lisa F Berkman, Stephen M Tollman, Till Bärnighausen
OBJECTIVE: To identify the unmet needs for HIV prevention among older adults in rural South Africa. METHODS: We analyzed data from a population-based sample of 5059 men and women aged 40 years and older from the study Health and Aging in Africa: Longitudinal Studies of INDEPTH Communities (HAALSI), which was carried out in the Agincourt health and sociodemographic surveillance system in the Mpumalanga province of South Africa. We estimated the prevalence of HIV (laboratory-confirmed and self-reported) and key sexual behaviors by age and sex...
January 1, 2017: Journal of Acquired Immune Deficiency Syndromes: JAIDS
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27926650/group-b-streptococci-screening-before-repeat-cesarean-delivery-a-cost-effectiveness-analysis
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Catherine M Albright, Caitlin MacGregor, Desmond Sutton, Meena Theva, Brenna L Hughes, Erika F Werner
OBJECTIVE: To estimate the cost-effectiveness of universal group B streptococci (GBS) screening in women with a singleton pregnancy planning a repeat cesarean delivery. METHODS: We conducted a decision analysis from a health care perspective to compare the cost-effectiveness of GBS screening for women planning a repeat cesarean delivery. With universal screening, all GBS-positive women who labored before a scheduled cesarean delivery received antibiotic prophylaxis...
December 2, 2016: Obstetrics and Gynecology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27926587/anti-programmed-cell-death-protein-1-tolerance-and-efficacy-after-ipilimumab-immunotherapy-observational-study-of-39-patients
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Reyhan Amode, Barouyr Baroudjian, Anita Kowal, Majdi Jebali, Clara Allayous, Martine Bagot, Nika Madjlessi, Jennifer Roux, Manuelle Viguier, Nicole Basset Seguin, Raphaël Porcher, Cécile Pagès, Céleste Lebbé
In patients with ipilimumab (IPI)-refractory melanoma, the anti-programmed cell death proteins 1 (PD1s) nivolumab (NIV) and pembrolizumab (PEM) are considered to be a new standard of treatment. Few data are available on anti-PD1 safety in patients who develop IPI-related severe adverse events (AEs) (grade≥3). The aim of this study was to compare the anti-PD1 safety and efficacy in patients with previous severe toxicity to IPI versus in those showing moderate and no previous IPI-related AEs. This single institution-based observational study included all patients treated with anti-PD1 (PEM or NIV) and previously treated with IPI for unresectable stage III or IV melanoma...
December 6, 2016: Melanoma Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27926530/the-association-between-serum-uric-acid-and-glaucoma-severity-in-primary-angle-closure-glaucoma-a-retrospective-case-control-study
#10
Shengjie Li, Mingxi Shao, Binghua Tang, Aiping Zhang, Wenjun Cao, Xinghuai Sun
Uric acid (UA) is a major antioxidant molecule and has been hypothesized to have a protective effect on the central nervous system against oxidative damage. We prospectively investigated the serum concentration of UA in primary angle closure glaucoma (PACG), and explored the association between serum concentration of UA and the severity of PACG. Using a retrospective case-control study design, 886 PACG subjects and 994 control subjects who attended the Eye & ENT Hospital of Fudan University, were eligible for this study...
December 1, 2016: Oncotarget
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27926521/moderate-hypofractionated-radiotherapy-is-more-effective-and-safe-for-localized-prostate-cancer-patients-a-meta-analysis
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Ling Cao, Yong-Jing Yang, Zhi-Wen Li, Hong-Fen Wu, Zhu-Chun Yang, Shi-Xin Liu, Ping Wang
To compare the efficacy and safety of moderate hypofractionated radiotherapy (H-RT) with those of conventional radiotherapy (C-RT) in patients with localized prostate cancer, we conducted extensive literature searches of The Web of Science, Embase, Pubmed and Cochrane Library databases. We identified nine studies with 5969 patients for a meta-analysis. We calculated pooled risk ratios (RRs) and the 95% confidence intervals (CIs) for multiple parameters and performed statistical analysis using RevMan 5.3 software...
December 1, 2016: Oncotarget
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27926435/brain-correlates-of-the-intrinsic-subjective-cost-of-effort-in-sedentary-volunteers
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J Bernacer, I Martinez-Valbuena, M Martinez, N Pujol, E Luis, D Ramirez-Castillo, M A Pastor
One key aspect of motivation is the ability of agents to overcome excessive weighting of intrinsic subjective costs. This contribution aims to analyze the subjective cost of effort and assess its neural correlates in sedentary volunteers. We recruited a sample of 57 subjects who underwent a decision-making task using a prospective, moderate, and sustained physical effort as devaluating factor. Effort discounting followed a hyperbolic function, and individual discounting constants correlated with an indicator of sedentary lifestyle (global physical activity questionnaire; R=-0...
2016: Progress in Brain Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27925858/physical-activity-contributes-to-several-sleep-cardiometabolic-health-relationships
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Thirumagal Kanagasabai, Michael C Riddell, Chris I Ardern
PURPOSE: To estimate the contribution of accelerometer-derived physical activity to the relationship between sleep and cardiometabolic health. METHODS: Data from the 2005 to 2006 US National Health and Nutritional Examination Survey were used (N = 1226; 20 years+). Metabolic syndrome (MetS) was defined by the Joint Interim Statement, and sleep quality and quantity by the Sleep Disorders Questionnaire. Physical activity intensities were defined by activity thresholds (counts per minute) as sedentary activity (0-99), light intensity (100-759), lifestyle activity (760-2019), moderate intensity (2020-5996), and vigorous intensity (≥5999)...
December 7, 2016: Metabolic Syndrome and related Disorders
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27925798/excessive-time-on-social-networking-sites-and-disordered-eating-behaviors-among-undergraduate-students-appearance-and-weight-esteem-as-mediating-pathways
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Marisa Murray, Danijela Maras, Gary S Goldfield
Social networking sites (SNS) are a popular form of communication among undergraduate students. Body image concerns and disordered eating behaviors are also quite prevalent among this population. Maladaptive use of SNS has been associated with disordered eating behaviors; however, the mechanisms remain unclear. The present study examined if body image concerns (e.g., appearance and weight esteem) mediate the relationship between excessive time spent on SNS and disordered eating behaviors (restrained and emotional eating)...
December 2016: Cyberpsychology, Behavior and Social Networking
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27925796/a-severe-asthma-disease-signature-from-gene-expression-profiling-of-peripheral-blood-from-u-biopred-cohorts
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Jeannette Bigler, Michael Boedigheimer, James P R Schofield, Paul J Skipp, Julie Corfield, Anthony Rowe, Ana R Sousa, Martin Timour, Lori Twehues, Xuguang Hu, Graham Roberts, Andrew A Welcher, Wen Yu, Kian F Chung, Ian M Adcock, Peter J Sterk, Ratko Djukanović
RATIONALE: Stratification of asthma at the molecular level, especially using accessible biospecimens, could greatly enable patient selection for targeted therapy. OBJECTIVES: To determine the value of blood to identify transcriptional differences between clinically defined asthmatic and non-asthmatic groups, identify potential patient subgroups based on gene expression, and explore biological pathways associated with identified differences. METHODS: Transcriptomics profiles were generated by microarray analysis of blood from 610 asthmatic and control participants in U-BIOPRED...
December 7, 2016: American Journal of Respiratory and Critical Care Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27925679/value-of-shear-wave-elastography-versus-contrast-enhanced-sonography-for-differentiating-benign-and-malignant-superficial-lymphadenopathy-unexplained-by-conventional-sonography
#16
Shi Tan, Li-Ying Miao, Li-Gang Cui, Peng-Fei Sun, Lin-Xue Qian
OBJECTIVES: This study aimed to compare the efficacy of shear wave elastography (SWE) and contrast-enhanced sonography in the differential diagnosis of superficial lymphadenopathy with abnormal imaging findings, which could not be otherwise confirmed by conventional sonography. METHODS: Forty-two enlarged superficial lymph nodes in 42 patients who met the screening criteria for this study were evaluated by both contrast-enhanced sonography and SWE. All lymph nodes underwent both methods using biopsy pathologic findings as a reference standard...
November 30, 2016: Journal of Ultrasound in Medicine: Official Journal of the American Institute of Ultrasound in Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27925619/moderate-hyperoxia-induces-extracellular-matrix-remodeling-by-human-fetal-airway-smooth-muscle-cells
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Elizabeth R Vogel, Rodney D Britt, Arij Faksh, Ine Kuipers, Hitesh Pandya, Y S Prakash, Richard J Martin, Christina M Pabelick
BACKGROUND: Premature infants are at increased risk for airway diseases, such as wheezing and asthma, because of early exposure to risk factors including hyperoxia. As in adult asthma, airway remodeling and increased extracellular matrix (ECM) deposition is involved. METHODS: We assessed the impact of 24-72 h of moderate hyperoxia (50%) on human fetal airway smooth muscle (fASM) ECM deposition through western blot, modified in-cell western, and zymography techniques...
December 7, 2016: Pediatric Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27925612/transthoracic-echocardiography-to-assess-aortic-regurgitation-after-tavr-a-comparison-with-periprocedural-transesophageal-echocardiography
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Alexandra Goncalves, Charles Nyman, David R Okada, Avinainder Singh, Jeffrey Swanson, Michael Cheezum, Michael Steigner, Marcelo Di Carli, Scott Solomon, Pinak B Shah, Deepak L Bhatt, Douglas Shook, Ron Blankstein
BACKGROUND: We aimed to compare periprocedural transesophageal echocardiography (TEE) with postprocedural transthoracic echocardiography (TTE) for the diagnosis of aortic regurgitation (AR). METHODS AND RESULTS: TEE and TTE images of 163 transcatheter aortic valve replacement (TAVR) patients (mean age 81 ± 8 years; 56% men) were reviewed separately and blinded to each other as well as to all clinical data. The median time between TEE during TAVR (TEE/TAVR) and TTE was 4 days (IQR 2-10 days)...
December 8, 2016: Cardiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27925611/differential-expression-of-bcl-2-in-the-cochlea-and-auditory-cortex-of-a-mouse-model-of-age-related-hearing-loss
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Qiuhong Huang, Hao Xiong, Haidi Yang, Yongkang Ou, Zhigang Zhang, Suijun Chen, Yongyi Ye, Yiqing Zheng
Bcl-2, the first gene shown to be involved in apoptosis, is a potent regulator of cell survival and known to have protective effects against a variety of age-related diseases. However, the possible relationship between hearing and Bcl-2 expression in the cochlea or auditory cortex of C57BL/6 mice, a mouse model of age-related hearing loss, is still unknown. Using RT-PCR, immunohistochemistry, and Western blot analysis, our results show that Bcl-2 is strongly expressed in the inner hair cells and spiral ganglion neurons of young mice...
December 8, 2016: Audiology & Neuro-otology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27925577/the-role-of-ultrasound-compared-to-biopsy-of-temporal-arteries-in-the-diagnosis-and-treatment-of-giant-cell-arteritis-tabul-a-diagnostic-accuracy-and-cost-effectiveness-study
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Raashid Luqmani, Ellen Lee, Surjeet Singh, Mike Gillett, Wolfgang A Schmidt, Mike Bradburn, Bhaskar Dasgupta, Andreas P Diamantopoulos, Wulf Forrester-Barker, William Hamilton, Shauna Masters, Brendan McDonald, Eugene McNally, Colin Pease, Jennifer Piper, John Salmon, Allan Wailoo, Konrad Wolfe, Andrew Hutchings
BACKGROUND: Giant cell arteritis (GCA) is a relatively common form of primary systemic vasculitis, which, if left untreated, can lead to permanent sight loss. We compared ultrasound as an alternative diagnostic test with temporal artery biopsy, which may be negative in 9-61% of true cases. OBJECTIVE: To compare the clinical effectiveness and cost-effectiveness of ultrasound with biopsy in diagnosing patients with suspected GCA. DESIGN: Prospective multicentre cohort study...
November 2016: Health Technology Assessment: HTA
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