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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28774295/balanced-performance-measurement-in-research-hospitals-the-participative-case-study-of-a-haematology-department
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Simona Catuogno, Claudia Arena, Sara Saggese, Fabrizia Sarto
BACKGROUND: The paper aims to review, design and implement a multidimensional performance measurement system for a public research hospital in order to address the complexity of its multifaceted stakeholder requirements and its double institutional aim of care and research. METHOD: The methodology relies on a participative case study performed by external researchers in close collaboration with the staff of an Italian research hospital. RESULTS: The paper develops and applies a customized version of balanced scorecard based on a new set of performance measures...
August 3, 2017: BMC Health Services Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28764786/evaluation-of-the-antibacterial-power-and-biocompatibility-of-zinc-oxide-nanorods-decorated-graphene-nanoplatelets-new-perspectives-for-antibiodeteriorative-approaches
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Elena Zanni, Erika Bruni, Chandrakanth Reddy Chandraiahgari, Giovanni De Bellis, Maria Grazia Santangelo, Maurizio Leone, Agnese Bregnocchi, Patrizia Mancini, Maria Sabrina Sarto, Daniela Uccelletti
BACKGROUND: Nanotechnologies are currently revolutionizing the world around us, improving the quality of our lives thanks to a multitude of applications in several areas including the environmental preservation, with the biodeterioration phenomenon representing one of the major concerns. RESULTS: In this study, an innovative nanomaterial consisting of graphene nanoplatelets decorated by zinc oxide nanorods (ZNGs) was tested for the ability to inhibit two different pathogens belonging to bacterial genera frequently associated with nosocomial infections as well as biodeterioration phenomenon: the Gram-positive Staphylococcus aureus and the Gram-negative Pseudomonas aeruginosa...
August 1, 2017: Journal of Nanobiotechnology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28708495/genome-wide-association-studies-for-reproductive-seasonality-traits-in-rasa-aragonesa-sheep-breed
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Albert Martinez-Royo, José Luis Alabart, Pilar Sarto, Magdalena Serrano, Belén Lahoz, José Folch, Jorge Hugo Calvo
Sheep breeds from Mediterranean area show reproductive seasonal patterns of oestrous behaviour and ovulatory activity, mainly regulated by variation in the photoperiod. Maximal reproductive activity is associated with short days from August to March. The aim of this study therefore was, to identify new SNPs and genes associated to reproductive seasonality in sheep by using the Illumina OvineSNP50 Beadchip. A total of 239 adult Rasa Aragonesa breed ewes from one flock were controlled from January to August. Three reproductive seasonality traits were considered: the total days of anoestrus (TDA), based on weekly individual plasma progesterone levels and defined as the sum of days in anoestrus, considering anoestrus those periods with three or more consecutive P4 concentrations lower than 0...
May 19, 2017: Theriogenology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28635190/characteristics-of-structured-physical-training-currently-provided-in-cardiac-patients-insights-from-the-exercise-training-in-cardiac-rehabilitation-etcr-italian-survey
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Marco Ambrosetti, Patrick Doherty, Pompilio Faggiano, Ugo Corrà, Carlo Vigorito, Dominique Hansen, Patrizio Sarto, Ana Abreu, Roberto F E Pedretti
BACKGROUND:   Uncertainty exists about current delivery levels of exercise training (ET) during Cardiac Rehabilitation (CR) programmes. AIM OF THE STUDY: To evaluate ET modalities in the real world of CR facilities in Italy. METHODS: This was an observational survey of aggregate data, collected from CR facilities on a voluntary basis. Snapshots of a single working day at a local site were made, in terms of characteristics of patients and ET programmes delivered...
May 18, 2017: Monaldi Archives for Chest Disease, Archivio Monaldi Per le Malattie del Torace
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28582334/introducing-the-international-confederation-of-plastic-surgery-societies-icoplast
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Hinne A Rakhorst, Hassan Badran, Howard M Clarke, Rodney Cooter, Gregory R D Evans, Julio Daniel Kirschbaum, Kyung Suk Koh, Carol Lazier, Robert X Murphy, Takashi Nakatsuka, Nelson Sarto Piccolo, Graeme Perks
This paper describes the formation of the International Confederation of Plastic Surgery, ICOPLAST, as a novel, transparent, dynamic, and pro-active confederation of national plastic surgery societies. ICOPLAST aspires to provide a voice for the entire international community of plastic surgeons.ICOPLAST has been designed to benefit the patient, plastic surgery as a profession and each individual plastic surgeon. Its principal objective is to enhance international communication, education, and advocacy processes to ultimately improve patient outcomes for plastic surgery patients globally...
June 1, 2017: Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28567558/exercise-mediated-reactive-oxygen-species-generation-in-athletes-and-in-patients-with-chronic-disease
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Gianni Biolo, Filippo Giorgio Di Girolamo, Nicola Fiotti, Filippo Mearelli, Patrizio Sarto
No abstract text is available yet for this article.
May 31, 2017: Internal and Emergency Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28521890/reproductive-factors-and-incidence-of%C3%A2-heart-failure-hospitalization-in-the%C3%A2-women-s-health%C3%A2-initiative
#7
Philip S Hall, Gregory Nah, Barbara V Howard, Cora E Lewis, Matthew A Allison, Gloria E Sarto, Molly E Waring, Lisette T Jacobson, JoAnn E Manson, Liviu Klein, Nisha I Parikh
BACKGROUND: Reproductive factors reflective of endogenous sex hormone exposure might have an effect on cardiac remodeling and the development of heart failure (HF). OBJECTIVES: This study examined the association between key reproductive factors and the incidence of HF. METHODS: Women from a cohort of the Women's Health Initiative were systematically evaluated for the incidence of HF hospitalization from study enrollment through 2014. Reproductive factors (number of live births, age at first pregnancy, and total reproductive duration [time from menarche to menopause]) were self-reported at study baseline in 1993 to 1998...
May 23, 2017: Journal of the American College of Cardiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28442607/n-methyl-d-aspartate-nmda-receptor-blockade-prevents-neuronal-death-induced-by-zika-virus-infection
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Vivian V Costa, Juliana L Del Sarto, Rebeca F Rocha, Flavia R Silva, Juliana G Doria, Isabella G Olmo, Rafael E Marques, Celso M Queiroz-Junior, Giselle Foureaux, Julia Maria S Araújo, Allysson Cramer, Ana Luíza C V Real, Lucas S Ribeiro, Silvia I Sardi, Anderson J Ferreira, Fabiana S Machado, Antônio C de Oliveira, Antônio L Teixeira, Helder I Nakaya, Danielle G Souza, Fabiola M Ribeiro, Mauro M Teixeira
Zika virus (ZIKV) infection is a global health emergency that causes significant neurodegeneration. Neurodegenerative processes may be exacerbated by N-methyl-d-aspartate receptor (NMDAR)-dependent neuronal excitoxicity. Here, we have exploited the hypothesis that ZIKV-induced neurodegeneration can be rescued by blocking NMDA overstimulation with memantine. Our results show that ZIKV actively replicates in primary neurons and that virus replication is directly associated with massive neuronal cell death. Interestingly, treatment with memantine or other NMDAR blockers, including dizocilpine (MK-801), agmatine sulfate, or ifenprodil, prevents neuronal death without interfering with the ability of ZIKV to replicate in these cells...
April 25, 2017: MBio
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28366425/osteoporosis-in-the-women-s-health-initiative-another-treatment-gap
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Maryam Sattari, Jane A Cauley, Cynthia Garvan, Karen C Johnson, Michael J LaMonte, Wenjun Li, Marian Limacher, Todd Manini, Gloria E Sarto, Shannon D Sullivan, Jean Wactawski-Wende, Rebecca J Beyth
BACKGROUND: Osteoporotic fractures are associated with high morbidity, mortality, and cost. METHODS: We performed a post hoc analysis of the Women's Health Initiative (WHI) clinical trials data to assess osteoporosis treatment and identify participant characteristics associated with utilization of osteoporosis medication(s) after new diagnoses of osteoporosis or fracture. Information from visits prior to and immediately subsequent to the first fracture event or osteoporosis diagnosis were evaluated for medication use...
August 2017: American Journal of Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28335307/zinc-oxide-nanorods-decorated-graphene-nanoplatelets-a-promising-antimicrobial-agent-against-the-cariogenic-bacterium-streptococcus-mutans
#10
Elena Zanni, Chandrakanth Reddy Chandraiahgari, Giovanni De Bellis, Maria Rita Montereali, Giovanna Armiento, Paolo Ballirano, Antonella Polimeni, Maria Sabrina Sarto, Daniela Uccelletti
Nanomaterials are revolutionizing the field of medicine to improve the quality of life due to the myriad of applications stemming from their unique properties, including the antimicrobial activity against pathogens. In this study, the antimicrobial and antibiofilm properties of a novel nanomaterial composed by zinc oxide nanorods-decorated graphene nanoplatelets (ZNGs) are investigated. ZNGs were produced by hydrothermal method and characterized through field-emission scanning electron microscopy (FE-SEM), energy-dispersive X-ray spectroscopy (EDX) and X-ray diffraction (XRD) techniques...
September 29, 2016: Nanomaterials
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28330482/development-of-a-model-of-saint-louis-encephalitis-infection-and-disease-in-mice
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Rafael Elias Marques, Juliana L Del Sarto, Rebeca P F Rocha, Giovanni F Gomes, Allysson Cramer, Milene A Rachid, Danielle G Souza, Maurício L Nogueira, Mauro M Teixeira
BACKGROUND: Flaviviruses are a genre of closely related viral pathogens which emerged in the last decades in Brazil and in the world. Saint (St.) Louis encephalitis virus (SLEV) is a neglected flavivirus that can cause a severe neurological disease that may lead to death or sequelae. St. Louis encephalitis pathogenesis is poorly understood, which hinders the development of specific treatment or vaccine. METHODS: To address this problem, we developed a model of SLEV infection in mice to study mechanisms involved in the pathogenesis of severe disease...
March 22, 2017: Journal of Neuroinflammation
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28330129/the-recombinant-pea-defensin-drr230a-is-active-against-impacting-soybean-and-cotton-pathogenic-fungi-from-the-genera-fusarium-colletotrichum-and-phakopsora
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Ariane Ferreira Lacerda, Rafael Perseghini Del Sarto, Marilia Santos Silva, Erico Augusto Rosas de Vasconcelos, Roberta Ramos Coelho, Vanessa Olinto Dos Santos, Claudia Vieira Godoy, Claudine Dinali Santos Seixas, Maria Cristina Mattar da Silva, Maria Fatima Grossi-de-Sa
Plant defensins are antifungal peptides produced by the innate immune system plants developed to circumvent fungal infection. The defensin Drr230a, originally isolated from pea, has been previously shown to be active against various entomopathogenic and phytopathogenic fungi. In the present study, the activity of a yeast-expressed recombinant Drr230a protein (rDrr230a) was tested against impacting soybean and cotton fungi. First, the gene was subcloned into the yeast expression vector pPICZαA and expressed in Pichia pastoris...
June 2016: 3 Biotech
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28178286/sexual-communication-in-castniid-moths-males-mark-their-territories-and-appear-to-bear-all-chemical-burden
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Carmen Quero, Victor Sarto I Monteys, Gloria Rosell, Marc Puigmartí, Angel Guerrero
Castniid moths (Lepidoptera: Castniidae) display a butterfly-like reproductive behavior, i.e., they use visual stimuli for mate location and females have apparently lost their pheromone glands in an evolutionary context. In this paper we report for the first time the identification of three new compounds, namely n-octadecyl acetate, (Z)-9-octadecenyl acetate and (E,Z)-2,13-octadecadienyl acetate, in males of the Castniid Palm Borer, Paysandisia archon, which could be involved in its short-range courtship behavior, and also shed light on recent controversies on the sexual behavior of the species...
2017: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28152055/post-diagnosis-body-mass-index-and-mortality-among-women-diagnosed-with-endometrial-cancer-results-from-the-women-s-health-initiative
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Hannah Arem, Ruth M Pfeiffer, Steven C Moore, Melinda L Irwin, Michael J LaMonte, Gloria E Sarto, Rami Nassir, Juhua Luo, Rowan T Chlebowski, Louise A Brinton, Charles E Matthews
Higher body mass index (BMI) measured before endometrial cancer diagnosis has been associated with greater risk of developing endometrial cancer and higher mortality, but the association between BMI measured after diagnosis and mortality risk is unclear. We identified 467 women (91 deaths) in the Women's Health Initiative (WHI) with information on BMI measured after diagnosis and used Cox proportional hazards regression to generate hazard ratios (HR) and 95% confidence intervals (CI) for all-cause mortality...
2017: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28095783/genome-wide-expression-profiling-in-muscle-and-subcutaneous-fat-of-lambs-in-response-to-the-intake-of-concentrate-supplemented-with-vitamin-e
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Laura González-Calvo, Elda Dervishi, Margalida Joy, Pilar Sarto, Roberto Martin-Hernandez, Magdalena Serrano, Jose M Ordovás, Jorge H Calvo
BACKGROUND: The objective of this study was to acquire a broader, more comprehensive picture of the transcriptional changes in the L. Thoracis muscle (LT) and subcutaneous fat (SF) of lambs supplemented with vitamin E. Furthermore, we aimed to identify novel genes involved in the metabolism of vitamin E that might also be involved in meat quality. In the first treatment, seven lambs were fed a basal concentrate from weaning to slaughter (CON). In the second treatment, seven lambs received basal concentrate from weaning to 4...
January 17, 2017: BMC Genomics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28095125/nitrate-in-drinking-water-and-risk-of-colorectal-cancer-in-yogyakarta-indonesia
#16
Fathmawati, Jajah Fachiroh, Evi Gravitiani, Sarto, Adi Heru Husodo
Nitrate concentration in well water in Yogyakarta, Indonesia, and its surroundings tended to increase rapidly from time to time, and it may be associated with an elevated risk for several types of cancer. The purpose of this study was to examine the association between nitrate in drinking water and colorectal cancer (CRC) risk occurrence. A case-control study was conducted in Yogyakarta Special Province. Pathologically confirmed 75 CRC patients and 75 controls were consulted and their individual well water was sampled and examined for nitrate concentrations...
2017: Journal of Toxicology and Environmental Health. Part A
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28076636/body-dysmorphic-symptoms-scale-for-patients-seeking-esthetic-surgery-cross-cultural-validation-study
#17
Tatiana Dalpasquale Ramos, Maria José Azevedo de Brito, Mônica Sarto Piccolo, Maria Fernanda Normanha da Silva Martins Rosella, Miguel Sabino, Lydia Masako Ferreira
CONTEXT AND OBJECTIVE: Rhinoplasty is one of the most sought-after esthetic operations among individuals with body dysmorphic disorder. The aim of this study was to cross-culturally adapt and validate the Body Dysmorphic Symptoms Scale. DESIGN AND SETTING: Cross-cultural validation study conducted in a plastic surgery outpatient clinic of a public university hospital. METHODS: Between February 2014 and March 2015, 80 consecutive patients of both sexes seeking rhinoplasty were selected...
November 2016: São Paulo Medical Journal, Revista Paulista de Medicina
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28065634/association-between-dietary-energy-density-and-incident-type-2-diabetes-in-the-women-s-health-initiative
#18
Melanie D Hingle, Betsy C Wertheim, Marian L Neuhouser, Lesley F Tinker, Barbara V Howard, Karen Johnson, Simin Liu, Lawrence S Phillips, Lihong Qi, Gloria Sarto, Tami Turner, Molly E Waring, Cynthia A Thomson
BACKGROUND: Dietary energy density, or energy available in relation to gram intake, can inform disease risk. OBJECTIVE: The objective of this study was to investigate the association between baseline dietary energy density and risk of incident type 2 diabetes in postmenopausal women. DESIGN: Dietary energy density, weight status, and type 2 diabetes incidence were prospectively characterized in a large cohort of postmenopausal women participating in one or more clinical trials or an observational study...
May 2017: Journal of the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27999251/a-flexible-and-highly-sensitive-pressure-sensor-based-on-a-pdms-foam-coated-with-graphene-nanoplatelets
#19
Andrea Rinaldi, Alessio Tamburrano, Marco Fortunato, Maria Sabrina Sarto
The demand for high performance multifunctional wearable devices is more and more pushing towards the development of novel low-cost, soft and flexible sensors with high sensitivity. In the present work, we describe the fabrication process and the properties of new polydimethylsiloxane (PDMS) foams loaded with multilayer graphene nanoplatelets (MLGs) for application as high sensitive piezoresistive pressure sensors. The effective DC conductivity of the produced foams is measured as a function of MLG loading...
December 16, 2016: Sensors
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27833052/dietary-calcium-supplementation-in-adult-rats-reverts-brown-adipose-tissue-dysfunction-programmed-by-postnatal-early-overfeeding
#20
Ellen Paula Santos Conceição, Egberto Gaspar Moura, Elaine Oliveira, Deysla Sabino Guarda, Mariana Sarto Figueiredo, Fernanda Torres Quitete, Camila Calvino, Rosiane Aparecida Miranda, Paulo Cezar Freitas Mathias, Alex Christian Manhães, Patricia Cristina Lisboa
Brown adipose tissue (BAT) dysfunction is associated with obesity and its comorbidities, such as hypertension, and the improvement of BAT function seems important for obesity management. Here we investigated the effects of dietary calcium supplementation on BAT autonomic nerve activity, sympathoadrenal function and cardiovascular parameters in adult obese rats that were raised in small litters (SL group). Three days after birth, SL litters were adjusted to three pups to induce early overfeeding. The control group remained with 10 pups/litter until weaning (NL group)...
January 2017: Journal of Nutritional Biochemistry
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