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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29040889/factors-associated-with-happiness-in-the-elderly-persons-living-in-the-community
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Bruna Moretti Luchesi, Nathalia Alves de Oliveira, Daiene de Morais, Rebeca Mendes de Paula Pessoa, Sofia Cristina I Pavarini, Marcos Hortes N Chagas
OBJECTIVE: The aim of the present study was to evaluate factors associated with happiness in a sample of Brazilian older adults. METHODS: A study was conducted with 263 elderly people in the area of coverage of a family health unit located in the state of São Paulo, Brazil. The Subjective Happiness Scale was used to measure happiness, the final score of which determined one of three outcomes: not happy, intermediate, and happy. Disability, sociodemographic characteristics, and psychological, cognitive, and physical factors were considered for the multinomial logistic regression analysis...
October 12, 2017: Archives of Gerontology and Geriatrics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29040879/influence-of-sexual-behavior-of-dorper-rams-treated-with-glutamate-and-or-testosterone-on-reproductive-performance-of-anovulatory-ewes
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Guadalupe Calderón-Leyva, Cesar A Meza-Herrera, Rafael Martinez-Rodriguez, Oscar Angel-García, Raymundo Rivas-Muñoz, Juan V Delgado-Bermejo, Francisco G Véliz-Deras
The aim of this study was to determine if exogenous administration of glutamate and (or) testosterone to male rams during the season of reproductive arrest is able to re-activate male sexual behavior and, later on, to promote through the male effect, both sexual and reproductive competence of anovulatory nulliparous ewes. Therefore, an experiment was performed under long-day photoperiods (spring; photo-reproductive arrest, 26°N). Dorper rams were randomly divided into four homogeneous experimental groups (n = 5 males each) regarding live weight (LW), body condition score (BCS), scrotal circumference (SC) and odor intensity (OI)...
October 9, 2017: Theriogenology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29040846/salt-tolerance-aerobic-granular-sludge-formation-and-microbial-community-characteristics
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Dong Ou, Hui Li, Wei Li, Xiao Wu, Yi-Qiao Wang, Yong-di Liu
The salt-tolerance aerobic granular sludge (SAGS) dominated by moderately halophilic bacteria was successfully cultured in a 9% (w/v) salty, lab-scale sequence batch reactor (SBR) system. Influence of high salinity (0-9% w/v NaCl) on the formation, performance and microbial succession of the SAGS were explored. Crystal nucleus hypothesis, selection pressure hypothesis and compressed double electric layers hypothesis were used to discuss the formation mechanism of SAGS. Notably, salinity could be seen as a kind of selection pressure contributed to the formation of SAGS, while salinity also declined the performance of SAGS system...
July 28, 2017: Bioresource Technology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29040465/the-fut2-secretor-variant-p-trp154ter-influences-serum-vitamin-b12-concentration-via-holo-haptocorrin-but-not-holo-transcobalamin-and-is-associated-with-haptocorrin-glycosylation
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Aneliya Velkova, Jennifer E L Diaz, Faith Pangilinan, Anne M Molloy, James L Mills, Barry Shane, Erica Sanchez, Conal Cunningham, Helen McNulty, Cheryl D Cropp, Joan E Bailey-Wilson, Alexander F Wilson, Lawrence C Brody
Vitamin B12 deficiency is common in older individuals. Circulating vitamin B12 concentration can be used to diagnose deficiency but this test has substantial false positive and false negative rates. We conducted genome-wide association studies (GWAS) in which we resolved total serum vitamin B12 into the fractions bound to transcobalamin and haptocorrin: two carrier proteins with very different biological properties. We replicated reported associations between total circulating vitamin B12 concentrations and a common null variant in FUT2...
October 12, 2017: Human Molecular Genetics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29040460/effect-of-different-masticatory-functional-demands-on-the-3d-mandibular-condyle-morphology-of-growing-rats-using-posterior-bite-blocks
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Balazs J Denes, Benjamin Lazzarotto, Andrea Bresin, Stavros Kiliaridis
Background and objectives: Apart from the primary effect of bite-blocks on tooth position, they may also influence the mandibular condylar growth. Our aim was to investigate their influence on the condylar morphology, with variable masticatory forces. Material and methods: Fifty-two 4-week old male rats were divided into hard and soft diet groups in order to create individuals with different masticatory muscle capacity. Two weeks later, they were equally divided into bite-block and control groups...
October 11, 2017: European Journal of Orthodontics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29040385/a-benchmarking-of-workflows-for-detecting-differential-splicing-and-differential-expression-at-isoform-level-in-human-rna-seq-studies
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Gabriela A Merino, Ana Conesa, Elmer A Fernández
Over the last few years, RNA-seq has been used to study alterations in alternative splicing related to several diseases. Bioinformatics workflows used to perform these studies can be divided into two groups, those finding changes in the absolute isoform expression and those studying differential splicing. Many computational methods for transcriptomics analysis have been developed, evaluated and compared; however, there are not enough reports of systematic and objective assessment of processing pipelines as a whole...
October 13, 2017: Briefings in Bioinformatics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29040351/oxytocin-genotype-moderates-the-impact-of-social-support-on-psychiatric-distress-in-alcohol-dependent-patients
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Tiffany M Love, James A Cranford, Margit Burmeister, Marcin Wojnar, Robert A Zucker, Kirk J Brower
Aims: The social environment strongly influences individual mental health. Individuals with strong social support systems tend to experience higher levels of well-being, lower levels of psychological distress and exhibit fewer psychiatric symptoms. However, there is a significant degree of individual variability as to the extent to which social support is beneficial to overall mental health. From a neurobiological perspective, it is suggested that the social hormone, oxytocin, may moderate the favorable effects of social interaction...
October 13, 2017: Alcohol and Alcoholism: International Journal of the Medical Council on Alcoholism
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29040315/individual-and-environmental-correlates-of-objectively-measured-sedentary-time-in-dutch-and-belgian-adults
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Femke van Nassau, Joreintje D Mackenbach, Sofie Compernolle, Ilse de Bourdeaudhuij, Jeroen Lakerveld, Hidde P van der Ploeg
As the detrimental health effects of sedentary behaviour are well established, insight into the individual and environmental factors that influence adults' sedentary behaviour is needed. Most studies to date rely on self-reported measures of sedentary time. Therefore, the aim of the current study was to examine individual and environmental correlates of objectively measured sedentary time in Dutch and Belgian adults. Between March and August 2014, Belgian (n = 133) and Dutch (n = 223) adults, recruited as sub-sample of the SPOTLIGHT survey, wore an ActiGraph accelerometer to provide objectively measured sedentary and moderate to vigorous physical activity time...
2017: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29040276/the-impact-of-acute-kidney-injury-on-in-hospital-mortality-in-acute-ischemic-stroke-patients-undergoing-intravenous-thrombolysis
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Florica Gadalean, Mihaela Simu, Florina Parv, Ruxandra Vorovenci, Raluca Tudor, Adalbert Schiller, Romulus Timar, Ligia Petrica, Silvia Velciov, Cristina Gluhovschi, Flaviu Bob, Adelina Mihaescu, Bogdan Timar, Goce Spasovski, Viviana Ivan
INTRODUCTION: Acute kidney injury (AKI) increases the risk of death in acute ischemic stroke (AIS) patients. Intravenous thrombolytic therapy (iv. rt-PA) seems to be the most effective treatment for AIS patients. The effects of AKI on iv. rt-PA treated AIS cases is less studied. Our paper addresses this issue. METHODS: 45 consecutive stroke patients treated with iv. rt-PA (median age = 64 years; 29 male) and 59 age and sex matched controls not eligible for iv. rt-PA have been enrolled in our study...
2017: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29040151/sex-differences-in-vascular-reactivity-to-angiotensin-ii-during-the-evolution-of-myocardial-infarction
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Flores-Monroy Jazmín, Ramirez-Hernández Diana, Samano-Hernández Citali, Lezama-Martínez Diego, Sampieri-Cabrera Raul, Martínez-Aguilar Luisa
The influence of sex on the vascular response during the progression of myocardial infarction (MI) has not been extensively studied. In this work, we analyzed the differences of the vasoconstriction-induced by angiotensin II (Ang II) in the absence and presence of valsartan (200 nM) on the aortic rings of male and female Wistar rats at 2, 4, 24, and 48 h and 1, 2, 3, and 4 weeks after induction of MI. In the aortic rings of males an increase was observed in the contractile response that lasts up to 4 weeks; on females, this effect is diminished since 48 h until reaching sham group values at 2 weeks of coronary occlusion...
September 29, 2017: Journal of Cardiovascular Pharmacology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29040118/influence-of-socioeconomic-deprivation-on-visual-acuity-in-patients-undergoing-corneal-transplantation
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Scott J Robbie, Mark N A Jones, Daniel F P Larkin
PURPOSE: To determine whether there is an association between socioeconomic status and best-corrected visual acuity (BCVA) in patients undergoing corneal transplantation in the United Kingdom. METHODS: Retrospective cohort study of 4306 patients registered on the national United Kingdom Transplant Registry and undergoing penetrating keratoplasty, anterior lamellar keratoplasty, or endothelial keratoplasty in 2002, 2008, and 2013. Socioeconomic status was determined by applying a validated deprivation index to generate a score based on 5 categories...
October 13, 2017: Cornea
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29040011/bioactive-edible-films-for-food-applications-influence-of-the-bioactive-compounds-on-film-structure-and-properties
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Nasreddine Benbettaïeb, Thomas Karbowiak, Frédéric Debeaufort
Nowadays, a new generation of edible films is being especially designed for incorporating antimicrobials, antioxidants, enzymes or functional ingredients. Edible films made from natural biopolymers become the focus of many research works as an alternative to synthetic food packaging due to their edibility, biodegradability and compostability as well as to their use as active packaging. Active compounds incorporated in edible films could protect foods against deterioration during storage and therefore extend their shelf life...
October 17, 2017: Critical Reviews in Food Science and Nutrition
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29036972/-analysis-of-influencing-factors-of-heart-rate-deceleration-capacity-in-patients-with-dilated-cardiomyopathy
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F Y Wang, C Zou, H K Dong, Y C Yang, M W Gao, R Zhao, J L Jin, X J Yang
Objective: To investigate the determinants affecting the heart rate deceleration capacity (DC) in patients with dilated cardiomyopathy (DCM). Methods: One hundred patients with DCM (DCM group) and 202 healthy subjects (control group) were respectively enrolled. Echocardiography and 24 hours electrocardiogram were performed in all subjects. DC value was compared between the two groups. Multiple regression analysis was made to evaluate the related determinants of DC ((age, sex, echocardiographic parameters including the left atrial diameter (LAD) and left ventricular ejection fraction (LVEF))...
September 24, 2017: Zhonghua Xin Xue Guan Bing za Zhi
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29036936/barriers-and-facilitators-for-health-behavior-change-among-adults-from-multi-problem-households-a-qualitative-study
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Gera E Nagelhout, Lette Hogeling, Renate Spruijt, Nathalie Postma, Hein de Vries
Multi-problem households are households with problems on more than one of the following core problem areas: socio-economic problems, psycho-social problems, and problems related to child care. The aim of this study was to examine barriers and facilitators for health behavior change among adults from multi-problem households, as well as to identify ideas for a health promotion program. A qualitative study involving 25 semi-structured interviews was conducted among Dutch adults who received intensive family home care for multi-problem households...
October 15, 2017: International Journal of Environmental Research and Public Health
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29036921/transformation-of-cuo-nanoparticles-in-the-aquatic-environment-influence-of-ph-electrolytes-and-natural-organic-matter
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Cheng Peng, Chensi Shen, Siyuan Zheng, Weiling Yang, Hang Hu, Jianshe Liu, Jiyan Shi
Many studies have shown the effect of solution chemistry on the environmental behavior of metal-based nanoparticles (NPs), except CuO NPs. Here, we investigated the agglomeration, sedimentation, dissolution, and speciation of CuO NPs by varying pH, ionic strength, ionic valence, and natural organic matter (NOM). The results showed that as the pH moved away from 6, the size of CuO agglomerates decreased, along with the enhanced NP suspension stabilization, due to the increase of electrostatic repulsive force...
October 14, 2017: Nanomaterials
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29036912/caustic-ingestion-in-the-elderly-influence-of-age-on-clinical-outcome
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Blazena Caganova, Tatiana Foltanova, Erik Puchon, Elena Ondriasova, Silvia Plackova, Tomas Fazekas, Magdalena Kuzelova
Caustic poisonings are still associated with many fatalities. Studies focusing on the elderly are rare. The purpose of the present study was to compare the clinical outcomes of caustic ingestion injury in elderly and non-elderly adults with regard to gender, intent of exposure, substance ingested, severity of mucosal injury, complications, and mortality. Caustic substance exposures reported to the National Toxicological Information Centre in Slovakia during 1998-2015 were reviewed retrospectively. The patients were divided into two groups: the non-elderly (<60 years) and elderly adults (≥60 years)...
October 14, 2017: Molecules: a Journal of Synthetic Chemistry and Natural Product Chemistry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29036872/factors-influencing-the-occupational-injuries-of-physical-therapists-in-taiwan-a-hierarchical-linear-model-approach
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Yu-Hui Tao, Yu-Lung Wu, Wan-Yun Huang
BACKGROUND: The evidence literature suggests that physical therapy practitioners are subjected to a high probability of acquiring work-related injuries, but only a few studies have specifically investigated Taiwanese physical therapy practitioners. OBJECTIVE: This study was conducted to determine the relationships among individual and group hospital-level factors that contribute to the medical expenses for the occupational injuries of physical therapy practitioners in Taiwan...
October 8, 2017: Work: a Journal of Prevention, Assessment, and Rehabilitation
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29036865/differences-in-low-back-pain-occurrence-over-a-6-month-period-between-four-recovery-stress-groups
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Tobias Mierswa, Michael Kellmann
BACKGROUND: Psychosocial work factors and general recovery experiences are hypothesised to influence the risk of low back pain (LBP) occurrence by influencing the acute recovery-stress state. So far, however, direct links between the acute recovery-stress state and LBP occurrence have not been investigated in detail. OBJECTIVE: The aim of this study was to investigate differences in low back pain occurrence between four distinct recovery-stress groups over a period of 6 month...
October 8, 2017: Work: a Journal of Prevention, Assessment, and Rehabilitation
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29036823/prevalence-and-correlates-of-behavioral-disorders-in-old-age-subjects-with-cognitive-impairment-results-from-the-regal-project
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Virginia Boccardi, Manuela Conestabile Della Staffa, Marta Baroni, Sara Ercolani, Michele Francesco Croce, Carmelinda Ruggiero, Patrizia Mecocci
BACKGROUND: Presence of behavioral and psychological symptoms of dementia (BPSD) is very common in subjects with cognitive impairment, representing an important determinant of disease progression, institutionalization, and worse prognosis. Knowledge of the prevalence and correlates of BPSD in community-living old subjects with cognitive impairment is limited so far, but it is essential for establishing specifically tailored care and cure in such a vulnerable population. OBJECTIVE: With this study, we aimed at investigating, in a large sample of old age subjects with cognitive impairment, BPSD prevalence and correlates including the main demographic, clinical, and socio-environmental characteristics...
October 8, 2017: Journal of Alzheimer's Disease: JAD
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29036574/differential-expression-of-hypertensive-phenotypes-in-bxd-mouse-strains-in-response-to-angiotensin-ii
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Wenyuan Zhao, Tieqiang Zhao, Yuanjian Chen, Syamal K Bhattacharya, Lu Lu, Yao Sun
BACKGROUND: Besides environmental risk factors, genetic factors play a crucial role in the pathogenesis of primary hypertension. The current study is to unravel whether hypertensive phenotypes vary in mice with different genetic background. METHODS: Hypertension was induced in C57BL/6J (B6), DBA/2J (D2), and 25 BXD strains by administrating angiotensin (Ang)II (2.5 mg/kg/day infused by osmotic minipump) for 4 weeks. Systolic blood pressure was monitored before (baseline) and after 4 weeks of AngII treatment by tail cuff...
September 23, 2017: American Journal of Hypertension
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