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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28098944/validation-of-a-smartphone-based-point-of-care-hemoglobin-assay-for-use-in-dogs
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Kate S Farrell, Phillip L Chapman, Lauren A Sullivan
OBJECTIVE: To validate a smartphone-based spectrophotometric assay for point-of-care (POC) measurement of hemoglobin (Hgb) concentration against the standard measurement method in dogs without increases in serum lipemia, hemolysis, or bilirubin. DESIGN: Prospective observational study. SETTING: University teaching hospital. ANIMALS: One hundred thirty-nine dogs that had a CBC and corresponding biochemical profile submitted to the clinical pathology laboratory...
January 18, 2017: Journal of Veterinary Emergency and Critical Care
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28098917/tanning-equipment-use-2014-canadian-community-health-survey
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Sami Q Qutob, Michelle O'Brien, Katya Feder, James McNamee, Mireille Guay, John Than
BACKGROUND: Tanning equipment use is related to the early onset of cancer, with the risk increasing as the duration and repetition of exposure increase. In 2009, the International Agency for Research on Cancer classified tanning equipment use as carcinogenic to humans, and according to the World Health Organization, the risk of skin melanoma increases significantly when use begins before age 35. DATA AND METHODS: The rapid response component of the 2014 Canadian Community Health Survey collected data on the use of tanning equipment in the previous 12 months, including reasons for use, frequency/duration of use, precautions taken, and adverse reactions or injuries...
January 18, 2017: Health Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28098817/spatial-analysis-of-human-health-risk-due-to-arsenic-exposure-through-drinking-groundwater-in-taiwan-s-pingtung-plain
#3
Ching-Ping Liang, Yi-Chi Chien, Cheng-Shin Jang, Ching-Fang Chen, Jui-Sheng Chen
Chronic arsenic (As) exposure continues to be a public health problem of major concern worldwide, affecting hundreds of millions of people. A long-term groundwater quality survey has revealed that 20% of the groundwater in southern Taiwan's Pingtung Plain is clearly contaminated with a measured As concentration in excess of the maximum level of 10 µg/L recommended by the World Health Organization. The situation is further complicated by the fact that more than half of the inhabitants in this area continue to use groundwater for drinking...
January 14, 2017: International Journal of Environmental Research and Public Health
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28098788/evaluation-of-potential-average-daily-doses-adds-of-pm2-5-for-homemakers-conducting-pan-frying-inside-ordinary-homes-under-four-ventilation-conditions
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Seonyeop Lee, Sol Yu, Sungroul Kim
Several studies reported that commercial barbecue restaurants likely contribute to the indoor emission of particulate matters with a diameter of 2.5 micrometers or less (PM2.5) while pan-frying meat. However, there is inadequate knowledge of exposure level to indoor PM2.5 in homes and the contribution of a typical indoor pan-frying event. We measured the indoor PM2.5 concentration and, using Monte-Carlo simulation, estimated potential average daily dose (ADD) of PM2.5 for homemakers pan-frying a piece of pork inside ordinary homes...
January 13, 2017: International Journal of Environmental Research and Public Health
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28098629/right-dose-right-now-customized-drug-dosing-in-the-critically-ill
#5
Jason A Roberts, Anand Kumar, Jeffrey Lipman
Drugs are key weapons that clinicians have to battle against the profound pathologies encountered in critically ill patients. Antibiotics in particular are commonly used and can improve patient outcomes dramatically. Despite this, there are strong opportunities for further reducing the persisting poor outcomes for infected critically ill patients. However, taking these next steps for improving patient care requires a new approach to antibiotic therapy. Giving the right dose is highly likely to increase the probability of clinical cure from infection and suppress the emergence of resistant pathogens...
February 2017: Critical Care Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28098436/bringing-3d-tumor-models-to-the-clinic-predictive-value-for-personalized-medicine
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Kathrin Halfter, Barbara Mayer
Current decision-guiding algorithms in cancer drug treatment are based on decades of research and numerous clinical trials. For the majority of patients, this data is successfully applied for a systemic disease management. For a number of patients however, treatment stratification according to clinically based risk criteria will not be sufficient. The most effective treatment options are ideally identified prior to the start of clinical drug therapy. This review will discuss the implementation of three-dimensional (3D) cell culture models as a preclinical testing paradigm for the efficacy of clinical cancer treatment...
January 18, 2017: Biotechnology Journal
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28098315/a-ph-responsive-wormlike-micellar-system-of-a-noncovalent-interaction-based-surfactant-with-a-tunable-molecular-structure
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Wanli Kang, Pengxiang Wang, Haiming Fan, Hongbin Yang, Caili Dai, Xia Yin, Yilu Zhao, Shujun Guo
Responsive wormlike micelles are very useful in a number of applications, whereas it is still challenging to create dramatic viscosity changes in wormlike micellar systems. Here we developed a pH-responsive wormlike micellar system based on a noncovalent constructed surfactant, which is formed by the complexation of N-erucamidopropyl-N,N-dimethylamine (UC22AMPM) and citric acid at the molar ratio of 3 : 1 (EACA). The phase behavior, aggregate microstructure and viscoelasticity of EACA solutions were investigated by macroscopic appearance observation, rheological and cryo-TEM measurements...
January 18, 2017: Soft Matter
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28098314/isoindoline-nitroxide-labeled-porphyrins-as-potential-fluorescence-suppressed-spin-probes
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F Liu, T J Zou, Z L Tan, S Chen, Z H Wu, G P Yan, Q Zhang, S C Liang, J Yang
A series of isoindoline nitroxide-labeled porphyrins were synthesized by the reaction of 5-phenyldipyrromethane and 5-(4'-carboethoxy-methyleneoxyphenyl)dipyrromethane with 5-formyl-1,1,3,3-tetramethylisoindolin-2-yloxyl (FTMIO) using the Lindsey method. The corresponding water-soluble spin-labeled porphyrins were also prepared. Subsequently, these compounds were characterized and their in vitro properties were evaluated. The electrochemical assay demonstrated that these isoindoline nitroxide-labeled porphyrins had similar electrochemical and redox properties to 5-carboxy-1,1,3,3-tetramethylisoindolin-2-yloxyl (CTMIO)...
January 18, 2017: Organic & Biomolecular Chemistry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28098224/association-of-genome-wide-association-study-gwas-identified-snps-and-risk-of-breast-cancer-in-an-indian-population
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Rajini Nagrani, Sharayu Mhatre, Preetha Rajaraman, Nilanjan Chatterjee, Mohammad R Akbari, Paolo Boffetta, Paul Brennan, Rajendra Badwe, Sudeep Gupta, Rajesh Dikshit
To date, no studies have investigated the association of the GWAS-identified SNPs with BC risk in Indian population. We investigated the association of 30 previously reported and replicated BC susceptibility SNPs in 1,204 cases and 1,212 controls from a hospital based case-control study conducted at the Tata Memorial Hospital, Mumbai. As a measure of total susceptibility burden, the polygenic risk score (PRS) for each individual was defined by the weighted sum of genotypes from 21 independent SNPs with weights derived from previously published estimates of association odds-ratios...
January 18, 2017: Scientific Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28098205/reliable-and-efficient-solution-of-genome-scale-models-of-metabolism-and-macromolecular-expression
#10
Ding Ma, Laurence Yang, Ronan M T Fleming, Ines Thiele, Bernhard O Palsson, Michael A Saunders
Constraint-Based Reconstruction and Analysis (COBRA) is currently the only methodology that permits integrated modeling of Metabolism and macromolecular Expression (ME) at genome-scale. Linear optimization computes steady-state flux solutions to ME models, but flux values are spread over many orders of magnitude. Data values also have greatly varying magnitudes. Standard double-precision solvers may return inaccurate solutions or report that no solution exists. Exact simplex solvers based on rational arithmetic require a near-optimal warm start to be practical on large problems (current ME models have 70,000 constraints and variables and will grow larger)...
January 18, 2017: Scientific Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28098011/an-evaluation-of-the-florence-nightingale-foundation-scholarships
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Matthew Rose, Angela Tod, Candy McCabe, Richard Giordano
The Florence Nightingale Foundation (FNF) is a charity that awards scholarships in leadership, travel and research to nurses, midwives and other healthcare professionals to promote excellence in practice. The FNF offers mentoring support to scholars, and provides support with career development and writing articles for publication, in addition to the financial award. The leadership scholarships are bespoke: leadership scholars can access a range of development opportunities that are specially commissioned for them, and select their programme of study and experiences, based on their individual needs...
January 18, 2017: Nursing Standard
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28097927/assessment-and-comparison-of-three-high-aluminum-fly-ash-utilization-scenarios-in-inner-mongolia-china-using-an-eco-efficiency-indicator
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Shuo Yang, Ling Lin, Shao Peng Li, Qiang Li, Xiu Teng Wang, Liang Sun
Utilization of fly ash is of great importance in China in the context of resource and environmental crises. Different fly ash utilization processes are proposed, and some have been practically applied. However, none of these fly ash utilization pathways has been evaluated comprehensively by integrating both environmental and economic perspectives. In this study, three high-aluminum fly ash utilization methods in Mongolia were assessed and compared based on the concept of eco-efficiency. The environmental assessment was conducted in accordance with life-cycle assessment principles, and a monetization-weighting approach was applied to obtain social willingness-to-pay as a reflection of environmental impact...
January 1, 2017: Waste Management & Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28097904/estimated-burden-of-cardiovascular-disease-and-value-based-price-range-for-evolocumab-in-a-high-risk-secondary-prevention-population-in-the-us-payer-context
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Peter P Toth, Mark Danese, Guillermo Villa, Yi Qian, Anne Beaubrun, Armando Lira, Jeroen P Jansen
AIM: To estimate real-world cardiovascular disease (CVD) burden and value-based price range of evolocumab for a US-context, high-risk, secondary-prevention population. MATERIALS AND METHODS: Burden of CVD was assessed using the UK-based Clinical Practice Research Datalink (CPRD) in order to capture complete CV burden including CV mortality. Patients on standard of care (SOC; high-intensity statins) in CPRD were selected based on eligibility criteria of FOURIER, a phase 3 CV outcomes trial of evolocumab, and categorized into 4 cohorts: high-risk prevalent atherosclerotic CVD (ASCVD) cohort (N = 1448), acute coronary syndrome (ACS) (N = 602), ischemic stroke (IS) (N = 151), and heart failure (HF) (N = 291) incident cohorts...
January 18, 2017: Journal of Medical Economics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28097807/parent-adolescent-influences-on-everyday-dietary-practices-perceptions-of-adolescent-females-with-obesity-and-their-mothers
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Megan R Winkler, Elizabeth D Moore, Gary G Bennett, Sarah C Armstrong, Debra H Brandon
Parents demonstrate an important influence on adolescent obesity and dietary behavior; yet, family-based obesity interventions continue to exhibit limited success among adolescents. To further inform family-based approaches for adolescent obesity treatment, we examined the perceptions of adolescent females with obesity and their mothers of the influences experienced within the parent-adolescent relationship that affect everyday dietary practices. We conducted six focus group interviews (three adolescent female and three mother) among 15 adolescent (12-17 years old) females with obesity and 12 of their mothers...
January 17, 2017: Maternal & Child Nutrition
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28097717/estimating-drug-free-period-using-a-graphical-method-an-alternative-way-to-monitor-extended-interval-dosing-of-gentamicin-therapy
#15
Ab Fatah Ab Rahman, Nursahjohana Md Sahak, Ahmad Maujad Ali
OBJECTIVES: Published nomograms to monitor extended-interval dosing (EID) gentamicin therapy were based on a fixed dose of 5 or 7 mg/kg. However, the average dose used for EID gentamicin regimen in our setting was about 3 mg/kg per day. We developed a new method of monitoring based on the duration of drug-free period (DFP) in a 24-h dosing interval. METHODS: Hospitalised adult patients on EID gentamicin were selected. We considered a DFP of between 2 and 8 h as appropriate...
February 2017: International Journal of Pharmacy Practice
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28097684/feeding-asian-pangolins-an-assessment-of-current-diets-fed-in-institutions-worldwide
#16
Francis Cabana, Amy Plowman, Thai Van Nguyen, Shih-Chien Chin, Sung-Lin Wu, Hsuan-Yi Lo, Hirofumi Watabe, Fujio Yamamoto
Pangolins are ant specialists which are under intense threat from the illegal wildlife trade. Nutrition has notoriously been their downfall in captivity and is still an issue in regards to rescue and rehabilitation. We analyzed the nutrient content of diets used by institutions that are successfully keeping Asian pangolins and to assess the variety of the ingredients and nutrients, compared these with the nutritional requirements of potential nutritional model species. We performed intake studies at five institutions and also had data from three other institutions...
January 18, 2017: Zoo Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28097680/development-of-a-novel-algorithm-for-detecting-glucocorticoid-induced-diabetes-mellitus-using-a-medical-information-database
#17
T Imatoh, K Sai, K Hori, K Segawa, J Kawakami, M Kimura, Y Saito
WHAT IS KNOWN AND OBJECTIVE: Glucocorticoid-induced diabetes mellitus (GIDM) increases the risk of diabetes mellitus (DM)-related complications but is generally difficult to detect in clinical settings. The criteria for diagnosing GIDM have not been established. Recently, medical information databases (MIDs) have been used in post-marketing surveillance (PMS) studies. We conducted a pharmacoepidemiological study to develop an algorithm for detecting GIDM using MID. METHODS: We selected 1214 inpatients who were newly prescribed with a typical glucocorticoid, prednisolone, during hospitalization from 2008 to 2014 from an MID of Hamamatsu University Hospital in Japan...
January 18, 2017: Journal of Clinical Pharmacy and Therapeutics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28097674/monte-carlo-simulations-of-ceiling-scatter-in-nuclear-medicine-99m-tc-131-i-and-18-f
#18
Roald S Schnerr, Anouk N de Jong, Guillaume Landry, Cécile R L P N Jeukens, Roel Wierts
PURPOSE: In the design of nuclear medicine treatment and examination rooms, an important consideration is the shielding required for ionizing radiation from the radioactive isotopes used. The shielding in the walls is normally limited to a height lower than the actual ceiling height. The direct radiation, possibly with build-up correction, can be calculated relatively easily. However, little data is available to estimate the dose contribution from ionizing radiation traveling over the wall shielding and scattering off the ceiling...
January 18, 2017: Medical Physics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28097524/pubovisceralis-muscle-fiber-architecture-determination-comparison-between-biomechanical-modeling-and-diffusion-tensor-imaging
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Sofia Brandão, Marco Parente, Elisabete Silva, Thuane Da Roza, Teresa Mascarenhas, João Leitão, João Cunha, Renato Natal Jorge, Rita Gouveia Nunes
Biomechanical analysis of pelvic floor dysfunction requires knowledge of certain biomechanical parameters, such as muscle fiber direction, in order to adequately model function. Magnetic resonance (MR) diffusion tensor imaging (DTI) provides an estimate of overall muscle fiber directionality based on the mathematical description of water diffusivity. This work aimed at evaluating the concurrence between pubovisceralis muscle fiber representations obtained from DTI, and the maximum principal stress lines obtained through the finite element method...
January 17, 2017: Annals of Biomedical Engineering
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28097478/study-of-the-influence-of-formulation-variables-in-bioadhesive-emulgels-using-response-surface-methodology
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Ana Ochoa-Andrade, M Emma Parente, Álvaro Jimenez-Kairuz, Lucía Boinbaser, Annibal Torregrosa
The aim of the present work was to study the main formulation variables that influence attributes of bioadhesive emulgels based on a combination of polymers, using response surface methodology (RSM). Bioadhesive products continue to gain attention in topical cutaneous administration as they allow long residence times on the application site, which is important when a long dermal action and a reduced product administration frequency are desired. A Box-Behnken design of experiments (DoE) was introduced to study the effect of formulation variables on quality attributes of the emulgels...
January 17, 2017: AAPS PharmSciTech
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