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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28635557/cellular-immune-responses-of-older-adults-to-four-influenza-vaccines-results-of-a-randomized-controlled-comparison
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Arun Kumar, Janet E McElhaney, Lisa Walrond, Terry D Cyr, Shahzma Merani, Tobias R Kollmann, Scott A Halperin, David W Scheifele
Cellular immunity is important for protection against the serious complications of influenza in older adults. As it is unclear if newer influenza vaccines elicit greater cellular responses than standard vaccines, we compared responses to two standard and two newer licensed trivalent inactivated vaccines (TIVs) in a randomized trial in older adults. Non-frail adults ≥65 years old were randomly assigned to receive standard subunit, MF59-adjuvanted subunit, standard split-virus or intradermal split-virus TIV...
June 21, 2017: Human Vaccines & Immunotherapeutics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28634614/detection-of-the-circulating-tumor-dnas-in-angioimmunoblastic-t-cell-lymphoma
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Mamiko Sakata-Yanagimoto, Rie Nakamoto-Matsubara, Daisuke Komori, Tran B Nguyen, Keiichiro Hattori, Toru Nanmoku, Takayasu Kato, Naoki Kurita, Yasuhisa Yokoyama, Naoshi Obara, Yuichi Hasegawa, Atsushi Shinagawa, Shigeru Chiba
Recent genetic studies identified that the disease-specific G17V RHOA mutation, together with mutations in TET2, DNMT3A, and IDH2, is a hallmark of angioimmunoblastic T cell lymphomas (AITL). The diagnostic value of these mutations is now being investigated. Circulating tumor DNAs (ctDNAs) may offer a non-invasive testing for diagnosis and disease monitoring of cancers. To investigate whether these mutations are useful markers for ctDNAs in AITL and its related lymphomas, we performed targeted sequencing for TET2, RHOA, DNMT3A, and IDH2 in paired tumors and cell-free DNAs from 14 patients at diagnosis...
June 20, 2017: Annals of Hematology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28634149/a-non-invasive-restraining-system-for-awake-mouse-imaging
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Dan Madularu, Axel P Mathieu, Chathura Kumaragamage, Lauren Reynolds, Jamie Near, Cecilia Flores, M Natasha Rajah
BACKGROUND: Preclinical neuroimaging allows for the assessment of brain anatomy, connectivity and function in laboratory animals, such as mice and rats. Most of these studies are performed under anesthesia to avoid movement during the scanning sessions. METHOD: Due to the limitations associated with anesthetized imaging, recent efforts have been made to conduct rodent imaging studies in awake animals, habituated to the restraint systems used in these instances. As of now, only one such system is commercially available for mouse scanning (Animal Imaging Research, Boston, MA, USA) integrating the radiofrequency coil electronics with the restraining element, an approach which, although effective in reducing head motion during awake imaging, has some limitations...
June 17, 2017: Journal of Neuroscience Methods
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28633695/how-should-discordance-between-molecular-and-growth-based-assays-for-rifampicin-resistance-be-investigated
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S Hofmann-Thiel, H Hoffmann, D Hillemann, L Rigouts, A Van Deun, K Kranzer
Molecular tests to detect the presence of Mycobacterium tuberculosis and genetic polymorphisms in the rpoB gene conferring resistance to rifampicin (RMP) have become integral parts of tuberculosis diagnostics worldwide. These assays are often performed sequentially or in parallel to phenotypic drug susceptibility testing. Discordances between molecular and phenotypic tests invariably occur. Root causes range from pre-, post- and analytic errors to co-existence of non-tuberculous mycobacteria, silent mutations, mutations outside the 81 base-pair RMP resistance-determining region, non-canonical mutations conferring increased minimal inhibitory concentrations below the critical concentration in some phenotypic drug susceptibility tests, and heteroresistance...
July 1, 2017: International Journal of Tuberculosis and Lung Disease
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28632890/minimally-invasive-surgery-and-its-impact-on-30-day-postoperative-complications-unplanned-readmissions-and-mortality
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A Sood, C P Meyer, F Abdollah, J D Sammon, M Sun, S R Lipsitz, M Hollis, J S Weissman, M Menon, Q-D Trinh
BACKGROUND: A critical appraisal of the benefits of minimally invasive surgery (MIS) is needed, but is lacking. This study examined the associations between MIS and 30-day postoperative outcomes including complications graded according to the Clavien-Dindo classification, unplanned readmissions, hospital stay and mortality for five common surgical procedures. METHODS: Patients undergoing appendicectomy, colectomy, inguinal hernia repair, hysterectomy and prostatectomy were identified in the American College of Surgeons National Surgical Quality Improvement Program database...
June 20, 2017: British Journal of Surgery
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28632390/atomistic-simulation-derived-insight-on-the-irreversible-structural-changes-of-si-electrode-during-fast-and-slow-delithiation
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Kwang Jin Kim, James Wortman, Sung-Yup Kim, Yue Qi
Quantifying the irreversible chemical and structural changes of Si during cycling remains challenging. In this study, a continuous reactive molecular dynamics delithiation algorithm, with well-controlled potential gradient and delithiation rate, was developed and used to investigate the "natural" delithiation responses of an aluminum-oxide coated silicon thin-film. Fast delithiation led to the formation of dense Si network near the surface and nanoporosity inside the a-LixSi, resulting in 141 % volume dilation and significant amount of Li trapped inside (a-Li1...
June 20, 2017: Nano Letters
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28630743/comparison-of-five-video-assisted-intubation-devices-by-novice-and-expert-laryngoscopists-for-use-in-the-aeromedical-evacuation-environment
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Matthew C Wallace, SSgt Tyler Britton, Robbie Meek, Sharon Walsh-Hart, Col Todd E Carter, Steven J Lisco
BACKGROUND: The critically ill or injured patient undergoing military medical evacuation may require emergent intubation. Intubation may be life-saving, but it carries risks. The novice or infrequent laryngoscopist has a distinct disadvantage because experience is critical for the rapid and safe establishment of a secured airway. This challenge is compounded by the austere environment of the back of an aircraft under blackout conditions. This study determined which of five different video-assisted intubation devices (VAIDs) was best suited for in-flight use by U...
2017: Military Medical Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28625158/a-minimally-invasive-method-for-sampling-human-petrous-bones-from-the-cranial-base-for-ancient-dna-analysis
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Kendra A Sirak, Daniel M Fernandes, Olivia Cheronet, Mario Novak, Beatriz Gamarra, Tímea Balassa, Zsolt Bernert, Andrea Cséki, János Dani, József Zsolt Gallina, Gábor Kocsis-Buruzs, Ivett Kővári, Orsolya László, Ildikó Pap, Róbert Patay, Zsolt Petkes, Gergely Szenthe, Tamás Szeniczey, Tamás Hajdu, Ron Pinhasi
Ancient DNA (aDNA) research involves invasive and destructive sampling procedures that are often incompatible with anthropological, anatomical, and bioarcheological analyses requiring intact skeletal remains. The osseous labyrinth inside the petrous bone has been shown to yield higher amounts of endogenous DNA than any other skeletal element; however, accessing this labyrinth in cases of a complete or reconstructed skull involves causing major structural damage to the cranial vault or base. Here, we describe a novel cranial base drilling method (CBDM) for accessing the osseous labyrinth from the cranial base that prevents damaging the surrounding cranial features, making it highly complementary to morphological analyses...
June 1, 2017: BioTechniques
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28622450/large-esophageal-varice-screening-by-a-sequential-algorithm-using-a-cirrhosis-blood-test-and-optionally-capsule-endoscopy
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Paul Calès, Sylvie Sacher-Huvelin, Dominique Valla, Christophe Bureau, Anne Olivier, Frédéric Oberti, Jérôme Boursier, Jean Paul Galmiche
BACKGROUND & AIMS: Large esophageal varice (LEV) screening is recommended in cirrhosis. We performed a prospective study to improve non-invasive LEV screening. DESIGN: 287 patients with cirrhosis had upper gastrointestinal endoscopy (LEV reference), esophageal capsule endoscopy (ECE), liver elastography and blood marker analyses. CirrhoMeter (cirrhosis blood test), the most accurate non-invasive LEV test, was segmented for cirrhosis (reference comparator) or LEV...
June 16, 2017: Liver International: Official Journal of the International Association for the Study of the Liver
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28621379/designing-porous-electronic-thin-film-devices-band-offsets-and-heteroepitaxy
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Keith T Butler, Christopher H Hendon, Aron Walsh
Increasing numbers of electrically active porous framework materials are being reported, with conductivities that make them attractive for technological applications. As design strategies for efficient carrier transport emerge, the next challenge is to incorporate the materials into a functioning device. In thin-film devices interface effects are of critical importance to overall function. In this article we present a method to identify compatible materials combinations to achieve mechanically robust, electronically optimal pairings...
June 16, 2017: Faraday Discussions
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28619849/the-house-fly-y-chromosome-is-young-and-minimally-differentiated-from-its-ancient-x-chromosome-partner
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Richard P Meisel, Christopher A Gonzales, Hoang Luu
Canonical ancient sex chromosome pairs consist of a gene rich X (or Z) chromosome and a male- (or female-) limited Y (or W) chromosome that is gene poor. In contrast to highly differentiated sex chromosomes, nascent sex chromosome pairs are homomorphic or very similar in sequence content. Nascent sex chromosomes can arise if an existing sex chromosome fuses to an autosome or an autosome acquires a new sex-determining locus/allele. Sex chromosomes often differ between closely related species and can even be polymorphic within species, suggesting that nascent sex chromosomes arise frequently over the course of evolution...
June 15, 2017: Genome Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28617864/pitch-contour-impairment-in-congenital-amusia-new-insights-from-the-self-paced-audio-visual-contour-task-sact
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Xuejing Lu, Yanan Sun, Hao Tam Ho, William Forde Thompson
Individuals with congenital amusia usually exhibit impairments in melodic contour processing when asked to compare pairs of melodies that may or may not be identical to one another. However, it is unclear whether the impairment observed in contour processing is caused by an impairment of pitch discrimination, or is a consequence of poor pitch memory. To help resolve this ambiguity, we designed a novel Self-paced Audio-visual Contour Task (SACT) that evaluates sensitivity to contour while placing minimal burden on memory...
2017: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28617187/retrospective-analysis-of-continuous-glucose-monitoring-data-with-the-surveillance-error-grid-supports-nonadjunctive-dosing-decisions
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John B Welsh, Tomas Walker, David Price
OBJECTIVE: The objective was to assess clinical risks of inaccurate continuous glucose monitoring (CGM) system readings as estimated by the surveillance error grid (SEG). METHODS: Values from Dexcom G4 Platinum system with an advanced algorithm (Software 505) were plotted on the SEG with temporally matched reference venous (YSI) values collected during clinic visits on days 1, 4, and 7 of sensor wear. Data from a pediatric study (N = 79, age [mean ± SD] 12.2 ± 4...
February 1, 2017: Journal of Diabetes Science and Technology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28608271/repeated-subretinal-surgery-and-removal-of-subretinal-decalin-is-well-tolerated-evidence-from-a-porcine-model
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Nina Buus Sørensen, Kristian Klemp, Troels Wesenberg Kjær, Steffen Heegaard, Morten la Cour, Jens Folke Kiilgaard
PURPOSE: Subretinal perfluorocarbon liquid (PFCL) is a serious complication that can occur after retinal detachment repair. It is possible to remove the PFCL surgically, but retinal damage related to the procedure is unknown. Also, increasing interest in subretinal treatment makes it relevant to examine the functional and morphological consequences of repeated subretinal manipulation. We hypothesized that PFCL in a porcine model can be injected in the subretinal space and removed with minimal effect on retinal structure and function...
June 12, 2017: Graefe's Archive for Clinical and Experimental Ophthalmology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28606893/young-people-adult-worries-randomized-controlled-trial-and-feasibility-study-of-the-internet-based-self-support-method-feel-the-vibe-for-adolescents-and-young-adults-exposed-to-family-violence
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Karin van Rosmalen-Nooijens, Sylvie Lo Fo Wong, Judith Prins, Toine Lagro-Janssen
BACKGROUND: Adolescents and young adults (AYAs) are of special interest in a group of children exposed to family violence (FV). Past-year prevalence of exposure to FV is known to be highest in AYAs and has severe consequences. Peer support is an effective approach to behavior change and the Internet is considered suitable as a mode of delivery. OBJECTIVE: The study aimed to evaluate both effectiveness and feasibility of a randomized controlled trial (RCT) and feasibility study of the Internet-based self-support method "Feel the ViBe" (FtV) using mixed-methods approach to fully understand the strengths and weaknesses of a new intervention...
June 12, 2017: Journal of Medical Internet Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28604610/an-nfc-on-two-coil-wpt-link-for-implantable-biomedical-sensors-under-ultra-weak-coupling
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Chen Gong, Dake Liu, Zhidong Miao, Wei Wang, Min Li
The inductive link is widely used in implantable biomedical sensor systems to achieve near-field communication (NFC) and wireless power transfer (WPT). However, it is tough to achieve reliable NFC on an inductive WPT link when the coupling coefficient is ultra-low (0.01 typically), since the NFC signal (especially for the uplink from the in-body part to the out-body part) could be too weak to be detected. Traditional load shift keying (LSK) requires strong coupling to pass the load modulation information to the power source...
June 11, 2017: Sensors
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28604013/improving-self-regulated-learning-with-a-retrieval-practice-intervention
#17
Robert Ariel, Jeffrey D Karpicke
Repeated retrieval practice is a powerful learning tool for promoting long-term retention, but students use this tool ineffectively when regulating their learning. The current experiments evaluated the efficacy of a minimal intervention aimed at improving students' self-regulated use of repeated retrieval practice. Across 2 experiments, students made decisions about when to study, engage in retrieval practice, or stop learning a set of foreign language word pairs. Some students received direct instruction about how to use repeated retrieval practice...
June 12, 2017: Journal of Experimental Psychology. Applied
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28601362/maternal-parenting-stress-and-child-perception-of-family-functioning-among-families-affected-by-hiv
#18
Marya T Schulte, Lisa Armistead, William D Marelich, Diana L Payne, Nada M Goodrum, Debra A Murphy
Mothers living with HIV (MLWH) experience stressors inherent to parenting, often within a context characterized by poverty, stigma, and/or limited social support. Our study assessed the relationship between parenting stress and child perceptions of family functioning in families with MLWH who have healthy school-age children. MLWH and their children (N = 102 pairs) completed measures addressing parenting stress and perceptions of family functioning (i.e., parent-child communication, family routines, and family cohesion)...
May 17, 2017: Journal of the Association of Nurses in AIDS Care: JANAC
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28600436/accurate-quantification-of-chromosomal-lesions-via-short-tandem-repeat-analysis-using-minimal-amounts-of-dna
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Johann-Christoph Jann, Daniel Nowak, Florian Nolte, Stephanie Fey, Verena Nowak, Julia Obländer, Jovita Pressler, Iris Palme, Christina Xanthopoulos, Alice Fabarius, Uwe Platzbecker, Aristoteles Giagounidis, Katharina Götze, Anne Letsch, Detlef Haase, Richard Schlenk, Gesine Bug, Michael Lübbert, Arnold Ganser, Ulrich Germing, Claudia Haferlach, Wolf-Karsten Hofmann, Maximilian Mossner
BACKGROUND: Cytogenetic aberrations such as deletion of chromosome 5q (del(5q)) represent key elements in routine clinical diagnostics of haematological malignancies. Currently established methods such as metaphase cytogenetics, FISH or array-based approaches have limitations due to their dependency on viable cells, high costs or semi-quantitative nature. Importantly, they cannot be used on low abundance DNA. We therefore aimed to establish a robust and quantitative technique that overcomes these shortcomings...
June 9, 2017: Journal of Medical Genetics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28595649/data-driven-prediction-of-adverse-drug-reactions-induced-by-drug-drug-interactions
#20
Ruifeng Liu, Mohamed Diwan M AbdulHameed, Kamal Kumar, Xueping Yu, Anders Wallqvist, Jaques Reifman
BACKGROUND: The expanded use of multiple drugs has increased the occurrence of adverse drug reactions (ADRs) induced by drug-drug interactions (DDIs). However, such reactions are typically not observed in clinical drug-development studies because most of them focus on single-drug therapies. ADR reporting systems collect information on adverse health effects caused by both single drugs and DDIs. A major challenge is to unambiguously identify the effects caused by DDIs and to attribute them to specific drug interactions...
June 8, 2017: BMC Pharmacology & Toxicology
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