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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28087533/polysaccharide-degradation-capability-of-actinomycetales-soil-isolates-from-a-semi-arid-grassland-of-the-colorado-plateau
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Chris M Yeager, La Verne Gallegos-Graves, John Dunbar, Cedar N Hesse, Hajnalka Daligault, Cheryl R Kuske
: Among the bacteria, members of the Actinomycetales are considered quintessential degraders of complex polysaccharides in soils. However, studies examining complex polysaccharide degradation by Actinomycetales (other than Streptomyces spp.) in soils are limited. Here, we examine the lignocellulolytic and chitinolytic potential of 112 Actinomycetales strains, encompassing 13 families, isolated from a semi-arid grassland of the Colorado Plateau, Utah, USA. Members of the Streptomycetaceae, Pseudonocardiaceae, Micromonosporaceae and Promicromonosporaceae exhibited robust activity against carboxymethylcellulose, xylan, chitin and pectin substrates (except for low/no pectinase activity by the Micromonosporaceae)...
January 13, 2017: Applied and Environmental Microbiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28073797/physical-and-cultural-determinants-of-postpartum-pelvic-floor-support-and-symptoms-following-vaginal-delivery-a-protocol-for-a-mixed-methods-prospective-cohort-study
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Ingrid E Nygaard, Erin Clark, Lauren Clark, Marlene J Egger, Robert Hitchcock, Yvonne Hsu, Peggy Norton, Ana Sanchez-Birkhead, Janet Shaw, Xiaoming Sheng, Michael Varner
INTRODUCTION: Pelvic floor disorders (PFDs), including pelvic organ prolapse (POP), stress and urgency urinary incontinence, and faecal incontinence, are common and arise from loss of pelvic support. Although severe disease often does not occur until women become older, pregnancy and childbirth are major risk factors for PFDs, especially POP. We understand little about modifiable factors that impact pelvic floor function recovery after vaginal birth. This National Institutes of Health (NIH)-funded Program Project, 'Bridging physical and cultural determinants of postpartum pelvic floor support and symptoms following vaginal delivery', uses mixed-methods research to study the influences of intra-abdominal pressure, physical activity, body habitus and muscle fitness on pelvic floor support and symptoms as well as the cultural context in which women experience those changes...
January 10, 2017: BMJ Open
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28057343/effect-of-salinity-on-mercury-methylating-benthic-microbes-and-their-activities-in-great-salt-lake-utah
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Eric S Boyd, Ri-Qing Yu, Tamar Barkay, Trinity L Hamilton, Bonnie K Baxter, David L Naftz, Mark Marvin-DiPasquale
Surface water and biota from Great Salt Lake (GSL) contain some of the highest documented concentrations of total mercury (THg) and methylmercury (MeHg) in the United States. In order to identify potential biological sources of MeHg and controls on its production in this ecosystem, THg and MeHg concentrations, rates of Hg(II)-methylation and MeHg degradation, and abundances and compositions of archaeal and bacterial 16 rRNA gene transcripts were determined in sediment along a salinity gradient in GSL. Rates of Hg(II)-methylation were inversely correlated with salinity and were at or below the limits of detection in sediment sampled from areas with hypersaline surface water...
January 2, 2017: Science of the Total Environment
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28053969/pneumococcal-urinary-antigen-test-use-in-diagnosis-and-treatment-of-pneumonia-in-seven-utah-hospitals
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Devin M West, Lindsay M McCauley, Jeffrey S Sorensen, Al R Jephson, Nathan C Dean
The pneumocococcal urine antigen test increases specific microbiological diagnosis over conventional culture methods in pneumonia patients. Data are limited regarding its yield and effect on antibiotic prescribing among patients with community-onset pneumonia in clinical practice. We performed a secondary analysis of 2837 emergency department patients admitted to seven Utah hospitals over 2 years with international diagnostic codes version 9 codes and radiographic evidence of pneumonia. Mean age was 64.2 years, 47...
October 2016: ERJ Open Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28050782/colorectal-cancer-in-inflammatory-bowel-diseases-a-population-based-study-in-utah
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N Jewel Samadder, John F Valentine, Stephen Guthery, Harminder Singh, Charles N Bernstein, Yuan Wan, Jathine Wong, Kenneth Boucher, Lisa Pappas, Kerry Rowe, Mary Bronner, Cornelia M Ulrich, Randall W Burt, Karen Curtin, Ken R Smith
BACKGROUND AND AIMS: The molecular, endoscopic, and histological features of IBD-associated CRC differ from sporadic CRC. The objective of this study was to describe the prevalence, clinical features, and prognosis of IBD-associated CRC compared to patients with sporadic CRC in a US statewide population-based cohort. METHODS: All newly diagnosed cases of CRC between 1996 and 2011 were obtained from Utah Cancer Registry. IBD was identified using a previously validated algorithm, from statewide databases of Intermountain Healthcare, University of Utah Health Sciences, and the Utah Population Database...
January 3, 2017: Digestive Diseases and Sciences
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28033703/a-validator-and-converter-for-the-synthetic-biology-open-language
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Zach Zundel, Meher Samineni, Zhen Zhang, Chris J Myers
This paper presents a new validation and conversion utility for the Synthetic Biology Open Language (SBOL). This utility can be accessed directly in software using the libSBOLj library, through a web interface, or using a web service via RESTful API calls. The validator checks all required and best practice rules set forth in the SBOL specification document, and it reports back to the user the location within the document of any errors found. The converter is capable of translating from/to SBOL 1, GenBank, and FASTA formats to/from SBOL 2...
December 29, 2016: ACS Synthetic Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28018760/early-results-of-pilot-study-using-hepatitis-c-virus-hcv-positive-kidneys-to-transplant-hcv-infected-patients-with-end-stage-renal-disease-allowing-for-successful-interferon-free-direct-acting-antiviral-therapy-after-transplantation
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Juan F Gallegos-Orozco, Robin Kim, Heather F Thiesset, Jenny Hatch, Keisa Lynch, Thomas Chaly, Fuad Shihab, Faris Ahmed, Isaac Hall, Jeffrey Campsen
INTRODUCTION: Hepatitis C virus (HCV) infection in kidney transplant (KTX) patients reduces long-term patient and graft survival. Direct-acting antivirals (DAA) are > 90% effective in achieving sustained viral response (SVR); however, DAAs are not routinely available to patients with end-stage renal disease (ESRD). The University of Utah Transplant Program developed a protocol to allow HCV-positive potential KTX recipients to accept HCV-positive donors' kidneys. Three months after successful KTX, they were eligible for DAA therapy...
November 22, 2016: Curēus
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28010175/particle-count-and-black-carbon-measurements-at-schools-in-las-vegas-and-in-the-greater-salt-lake-city-area
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Steven G Brown, David L Vaughn, Paul T Roberts
: As part of two separate studies aimed to characterize ambient pollutant concentrations at schools in urban areas, we compare black carbon and particle count measurements at Adcock Elementary in Las Vegas, Nevada (April-June 2013), and Hunter High School in the West Valley City area of Greater Salt Lake City, Utah (February 2012). Both schools are in urban environments, but Adcock Elementary is next to the U.S. 95 freeway. Black Carbon (BC) concentrations were 13% higher at Adcock compared to Hunter, while particle count concentrations were 60% higher...
December 23, 2016: Journal of the Air & Waste Management Association
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28006979/dyslipidemia-screening-of-9-to-11-year-olds-at-well-child-visits-by-utah-pediatricians
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Carole Stipelman, Paul C Young, Joni Hemond, Laura L Brown, Nicole L Mihalopoulos
In 2011, an expert National Institutes of Health panel published the "Integrated Guidelines for CV Health and Risk Reduction in Children and Adolescents," which recommended screening all children aged 9 to 11 years for dyslipidemia. It is unknown if this guideline is being followed. We surveyed members of the Utah chapter of the American Academy of Pediatrics to determine whether they performed universal lipid screening at well-child visits (WCV) on their patients at 9,10, or 11 years and how comfortable they were with evaluating and/or managing children with dyslipidemia...
December 1, 2016: Clinical Pediatrics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28000683/elemental-analysis-of-infant-airborne-particulate-exposures
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Chantel D Sloan, Frank X Weber, Rebecca K Bradshaw, Tyler J Philipp, W Bradford Barber, Vanessa L Palmer, Robert J Graul, Steven C Tuttle, Ryan T Chartier, James D Johnston
Air pollution is hypothesized to have negative impacts on infant pulmonary health because of infants' increased rates of respiration and ongoing lung development. The severity and type of impact may differ depending on elemental concentrations. We conducted a study of 21 infants <6 months old whose parents carried a small personal particulate monitoring device (RTI MicroPEM) and GPS unit with the infant for 7 days in January and February 2015. The study area was Utah County, UT, USA. Real-time particulate exposure levels, as well as optical density and elemental analysis of the particulate matter (PM), were compared with levels from an outdoor stationary monitor...
December 21, 2016: Journal of Exposure Science & Environmental Epidemiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27998336/gerrit-bos-maimonides-medical-aphorisms-treatises-16-21-a-parallel-arabic-english-edition-provo-utah-brigham-young-university-press-2016-pp-xxix-204-89-95-hardback-isbn-978-0-842-52843-6
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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27990556/impact-of-depressive-anxiety-symptoms-on-the-quality-of-life-of-adolescents-with-adhd-a-community-based-1-year-prospective-follow-up-study
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Pei-Yin Pan, Chin-Bin Yeh
Adolescents with attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) often exhibit functional impairment even those having less visible symptoms. Therefore, it is of great clinical importance to identify ADHD symptoms among adolescents in the community. Furthermore, little is known regarding the role of internalizing symptoms in their quality of life. Thus, this study aimed to screen ADHD in a sample of high school students using the Adult ADHD Self-report Scale (ASRS) and to investigate the impact of internalizing symptoms on their well-being...
December 18, 2016: European Child & Adolescent Psychiatry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27960602/use-of-immunosuppressive-medications-for-treatment-of-pediatric-intermediate-uveitis
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Aimee O Hersh, Spencer Cope, John F Bohnsack, Akbar Shakoor, Albert T Vitale
PURPOSE: To describe the treatment and outcomes of a cohort of pediatric intermediate uveitis (IU) patients, with a particular focus on the use of immunomodulatory therapy (IMT). METHODS: The disease course, treatment, and outcomes of 39 pediatric IU patients treated in the Uveitis Clinic at the University of Utah from 1999 to 2012 were reviewed, retrospectively. RESULTS: Mean age at presentation was 7.7 years (SD 3.1). In total, 95% had bilateral involvement...
December 14, 2016: Ocular Immunology and Inflammation
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27959906/mapping-the-prevalence-of-physical-inactivity-in-u-s-states-1984-2015
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Ruopeng An, Xiaoling Xiang, Yan Yang, Hai Yan
BACKGROUND: Physical inactivity is a leading cause of morbidity, disability and premature mortality in the U.S. and worldwide. This study aimed to map the prevalence of physical inactivity across U.S. states over the past three decades, and estimate the over-time adjusted changes in the prevalence of physical inactivity in each state. METHODS: Individual-level data (N = 6,701,954) were taken from the 1984-2015 Behavioral Risk Factor Surveillance System (BRFSS), an annually repeated cross-sectional survey of state-representative adult population...
2016: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27943003/maskless-wafer-level-microfabrication-of-optical-penetrating-neural-arrays-out-of-soda-lime-glass-utah-optrode-array
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Ronald W Boutte, Steve Blair
Borrowing from the wafer-level fabrication techniques of the Utah Electrode Array, an optical array capable of delivering light for neural optogenetic studies is presented in this paper: the Utah Optrode Array. Utah Optrode Arrays are micromachined out of sheet soda-lime-silica glass using standard backend processes of the semiconductor and microelectronics packaging industries such as precision diamond grinding and wet etching. 9 × 9 arrays with 1100μ m × 100μ m optrodes and a 500μ m back-plane are repeatably reproduced on 2i n wafers 169 arrays at a time...
December 2016: Biomedical Microdevices
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27927843/risk-of-childhood-mortality-in-family-members-of-men-with-poor-semen-quality
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Heidi A Hanson, Erik N Mayer, Ross E Anderson, Kenneth I Aston, Douglas T Carrell, Justin Berger, William T Lowrance, Ken R Smith, James M Hotaling
STUDY QUESTION: What is the familial childhood mortality in first-degree (FDR) and second-degree relatives (SDR) of patients undergoing semen analysis (SA)? SUMMARY ANSWER: The relationship between infertility and congenital malformations (CM) in offspring is complex, with an increased risk of death due to CM in FDR, but not SDR, of men with lower semen parameters. WHAT IS KNOWN ALREADY: Semen quality is an established predictor of men's somatic health...
January 2017: Human Reproduction
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27920917/redetermination-of-metarossite-cav-5-2o6%C3%A2-2h2o
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Anaïs Kobsch, Robert T Downs, Kenneth J Domanik
The crystal structure of metarossite, ideally CaV2O6·2H2O [chemical name: calcium divanadium(V) hexa-oxide dihydrate], was first determined using precession photographs, with fixed isotropic displacement parameters and without locating the positions of the H atoms, leading to a reliability factor R = 0.11 [Kelsey & Barnes (1960 ▸). Can. Mineral.6, 448-466]. This communication reports a structure redetermination of this mineral on the basis of single-crystal X-ray diffraction data of a natural sample from the Blue Cap mine, San Juan County, Utah, USA (R1 = 0...
September 1, 2016: Acta Crystallographica. Section E, Crystallographic Communications
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27919472/the-value-of-a-poison-control-center-in-preventing-unnecessary-emergency-department-visits-and-hospital-charges-a-multi-year-analysis
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Casey R Tak, Marty C Malheiro, Heather K W Bennett, Barbara I Crouch
OBJECTIVE: The purpose of this study is to determine the economic value of the Utah Poison Control Center (UPCC) by examining its contribution to the reduction of unnecessary emergency department (ED) visits and associated charges across multiple years. METHODS: A multi-year (2009-2014) analysis of cross-sectional data was performed. Callers were asked what they would do for a poison emergency if the UPCC was not available. Healthcare charges for ED visits averted were calculated according to insurance status using charges obtained from a statewide database...
November 22, 2016: American Journal of Emergency Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27919463/newer-anti-epileptic-drugs-vitamin-status-and-neuropathy-a-cross-sectional-analysis
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V Cahill, D McCorry, I Soryal, Y A Rajabally
OBJECTIVE: Whether new antiepileptic drugs (AEDs) may result in neuropathy is unknown but possible given their effects on vitamin metabolism. This analysis aimed to determine frequency and correlates of neuropathy in subjects treated with new AEDs in relation to drug used, length of exposure and serum vitamin B12 and folate levels. METHODS: We performed a cross-sectional study of 52 consecutive epileptic subjects. Presence of neuropathy was determined using the Utah Early Neuropathy Score (UENS)...
December 2, 2016: Revue Neurologique
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27919222/capsaicin-8-patch-repeat-treatment-plus-standard-of-care-soc-versus-soc-alone-in-painful-diabetic-peripheral-neuropathy-a-randomised-52-week-open-label-safety-study
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Aaron I Vinik, Serge Perrot, Etta J Vinik, Ladislav Pazdera, Hélène Jacobs, Malcolm Stoker, Stephen K Long, Robert J Snijder, Marjolijne van der Stoep, Enrique Ortega, Nathaniel Katz
BACKGROUND: This 52-week study evaluated the long-term safety and tolerability of capsaicin 8% w/w (179 mg) patch repeat treatment plus standard of care (SOC) versus SOC alone in painful diabetic peripheral neuropathy (PDPN). METHODS: Phase 3, multinational, open-label, randomised, controlled, 52-week safety study, conducted in Europe. Patients were randomised to capsaicin 8% patch repeat treatment (30 or 60 min; 1-7 treatments with ≥ 8-week intervals) to painful areas of the feet plus SOC, or SOC alone...
December 6, 2016: BMC Neurology
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