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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28823136/identification-of-polymorphisms-in-mitf-and-dct-genes-and-their-associations-with-plumage-colors-in-asian-duck-breeds
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Hasina Sultana, Dongwon Seo, Nu-Ri Choi, Md Shamsul Alam Bhuiyan, Seung Hwan Lee, Kang Nyeong Heo, Jun Heon Lee
Objective: The aim of this study was to investigate the effect of single nucleotide polymorphisms (SNPs) of the MITF and DCT genes on plumage coloration in Asian native duck breeds. MITF encodes a protein for microphthalmia-associated transcription factor, which regulates the development and function of melanocytes for pigmentation of skin, hair, and eyes. Among the tyrosinase-related family genes, dopachrome tautomerase (DCT) is a pigment cell-specific gene that plays important roles in the melanin synthesis pathway and the expression of skin, feather, and retina color...
August 16, 2017: Asian-Australasian Journal of Animal Sciences
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28823130/use-of-alternative-curing-salts-for-processing-salamis
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Dong-Gyun Yim, Ku-Young Chung, Cheorun Jo, Ki-Chang Nam
Objective: This study was performed to determine effects of different curing salts on the quality of salamis and to assess feasibility of using NaCl-alternative salts. Methods: Various types of curing salts (KCl or MgCl2) as well as NaCl (sun-dried or refined) were incorporated for processing of salamis. The proximate composition, fatty acids, nucleotide-related compounds, and free amino acids of the salamis were analyzed during 40 days of ripening. Results: The substitution of NaCl by KCl caused higher fat and ash content, but lower moisture content of the salami after 20 days of ripening (p<0...
August 16, 2017: Asian-Australasian Journal of Animal Sciences
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28823112/miniaturized-pulsed-laser-source-for-time-domain-diffuse-optics-routes-to-wearable-devices
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Laura Di Sieno, Jan Nissinen, Lauri Hallman, Edoardo Martinenghi, Davide Contini, Antonio Pifferi, Juha Kostamovaara, Alberto Dalla Mora
We validate a miniaturized pulsed laser source for use in time-domain (TD) diffuse optics, following rigorous and shared protocols for performance assessment of this class of devices. This compact source (12×6  mm2) has been previously developed for range finding applications and is able to provide short, high energy (∼100  ps, ∼0.5  nJ) optical pulses at up to 1 MHz repetition rate. Here, we start with a basic level laser characterization with an analysis of suitability of this laser for the diffuse optics application...
August 2017: Journal of Biomedical Optics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28823111/welfare-to-work-interventions-and-their-effects-on-the-mental-and-physical-health-of-lone-parents-and-their-children
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REVIEW
Marcia Gibson, Hilary Thomson, Kasia Banas, Vittoria Lutje, Martin J McKee, Susan P Martin, Candida Fenton, Clare Bambra, Lyndal Bond
BACKGROUND: Lone parents in high-income countries have high rates of poverty (including in-work poverty) and poor health. Employment requirements for these parents are increasingly common. 'Welfare-to-work' (WtW) interventions involving financial sanctions and incentives, training, childcare subsidies and lifetime limits on benefit receipt have been used to support or mandate employment among lone parents. These and other interventions that affect employment and income may also affect people's health, and it is important to understand the available evidence on these effects in lone parents...
August 20, 2017: Cochrane Database of Systematic Reviews
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28823110/erratum-to-ki-67-heterogeneity-in-well-differentiated-gastro-entero-pancreatic-neuroendocrine-tumors-when-is-biopsy-reliable-for-grade-assessment
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Federica Grillo, Luca Valle, Diego Ferone, Manuela Albertelli, Maria Pia Brisigotti, Giuseppe Cittadini, Alessandro Vanoli, Roberto Fiocca, Luca Mastracci
No abstract text is available yet for this article.
August 19, 2017: Endocrine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28823099/evidence-of-dysexecutive-syndrome-in-patients-with-acromegaly
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Shaobo Shan, Lingling Fang, Jia Huang, Raymond C K Chan, Guijun Jia, Weiqing Wan
PURPOSE: This study aimed to explore different aspects of executive function in patients with acromegaly and investigate the cause of dysexecutive syndrome in these patients. METHODS: We conducted five typical executive function tests (Stroop test, verbal fluency [VF] test, Hayling Sentence Completion Test [HSCT], N-back test, and Sustained Attention to Response Task [SART]) on 42 acromegalic patients and 42 strictly matched healthy controls. Comparative analyses were conducted for five major executive function domains...
August 19, 2017: Pituitary
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28823096/sub-chronic-exposure-to-low-concentration-of-dibutyl-phthalate-affects-anthropometric-parameters-and-markers-of-obesity-in-rats
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Khalid Abdul Mjaeed, Habib Ur Rehman, Muhammad Shahbaz Yousaf, Hafsa Zaneb, Imtiaz Rabbani, Sajid Khan Tahir, Muhammad Afzal Rashid
Dibutyl phthalate is an important phthalate ester extensively used in various products like plastics, adhesives, inks, pharmaceuticals, lacquers, varnishes, paper coatings, safety glasses, and cosmetics. The exposure of DBP to "one's health" is therefore inevitable. The present study focuses on elucidating the effect of low doses of DBP on anthropometric parameters and markers of obesity in rats in a 13-week study. A total of 48 rats were divided into three treatment groups as mg DBP/kg body weight per day: (a) 0 mg/kg (control), (b) 10 mg/kg (DBP-10), and (c) 50 mg/kg (DBP-50)...
August 19, 2017: Environmental Science and Pollution Research International
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28823079/mechanobiological-model-of-arterial-growth-and-remodeling
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Maziyar Keshavarzian, Clark A Meyer, Heather N Hayenga
A coupled agent-based model (ABM) and finite element analysis (FEA) computational framework is developed to study the interplay of bio-chemo-mechanical factors in blood vessels and their role in maintaining homeostasis. The agent-based model implements the power of REPAST Simphony libraries and adapts its environment for biological simulations. Coupling a continuum-level model (FEA) to a cellular-level model (ABM) has enabled this computational framework to capture the response of blood vessels to increased or decreased levels of growth factors, proteases and other signaling molecules (on the micro scale) as well as altered blood pressure...
August 19, 2017: Biomechanics and Modeling in Mechanobiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28823077/comparison-of-physical-function-in-early-rheumatoid-arthritis-patients-treated-with-biologics-for-1%C3%A2-year-who-achieved-clinical-remission-or-low-disease-activity
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Yosuke Hattori, Daihei Kida, Atsushi Kaneko
This study aimed to evaluate whether targeting clinical remission is appropriate for suppressing physical dysfunction in patients with early rheumatoid arthritis (RA). Subjects were all 75 early RA patients (within 2 years of onset) who were continuously treated with biologics for 12 months at our hospital. We evaluated the Simplified Disease Activity Index (SDAI) and Disability Index of the Health Assessment Questionnaire (HAQ-DI) at 3, 6, and 12 months from the initiation of biologics therapy. Rates of functional remission (HAQ-DI ≤ 0...
August 19, 2017: Clinical Rheumatology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28823070/-what-is-not-written-does-not-exist-the-importance-of-proper-documentation-of-medication-use-history
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Carina Carvalho Silvestre, Lincoln Marques Cavalcante Santos, Alfredo Dias de Oliveira-Filho, Divaldo Pereira de Lyra
Medications are perceived as health risk factors, because they might cause damage if used improperly. In this context, an adequate assessment of medication use history should be encouraged, especially in transitions of care to avoid unintended medication discrepancies (UMDs). In a case-controlled study, we investigated potential risk factors for UMDs at hospital admission and found that 150 (42%) of the 358 patients evaluated had one or more UMDs. We were surprised to find that there was no record of a patient and/or relative interview on previous use of medication in 117 medical charts of adult patients (44...
August 19, 2017: International Journal of Clinical Pharmacy
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28823066/distribution-and-health-risk-assessment-to-heavy-metals-near-smelting-and-mining-areas-of-hezhang-china
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Meryem Briki, Yi Zhu, Yang Gao, Mengmeng Shao, Huaijian Ding, Hongbing Ji
Mining and smelting areas in Hezhang have generated a large amount of heavy metals into the environment. For that cause, an evaluative study on human exposure to heavy metals including Co, Ni, Cu, Zn, Cr, As, Cd, Pb, Sb, Bi, Be, and Hg in hair and urine was conducted for their concentrations and correlations. Daily exposure and non-carcinogenic and carcinogenic risk were estimated. Sixty-eight scalp hair and 66 urine samples were taken from participants of different ages (6-17, 18-40, 41-60, and ≥ 65 years) living in the vicinity of an agricultural soil near mine and smelting areas...
August 19, 2017: Environmental Monitoring and Assessment
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28823061/validity-and-reliability-of-the-norwegian-translation-of-the-achilles-tendon-total-rupture-score
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Ståle Bergman Myhrvold, Øystein Sandnes, Sigurd Erik Hoelsbrekken
PURPOSE: Patient reported outcome measures (PROMs) are increasingly being used in clinical research. The Achilles tendon Total Rupture Score (ATRS) is a PROM designed to assess outcomes in patients with ruptures of the Achilles tendon. The aim of this study was to develop a Norwegian adaption of the ATRS and evaluate its validity and reliability. METHODS: The ATRS was translated into Norwegian in accordance with recommended guidelines. The study included 94 patients treated for Achilles tendon ruptures from January 2010 until February 2013, and the web-based questionnaires were administered twice...
August 19, 2017: Knee Surgery, Sports Traumatology, Arthroscopy: Official Journal of the ESSKA
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28823046/organochlorine-contaminants-in-wild-mink-from-the-lower-great-lakes-basin-canada-1998-2006
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Pamela A Martin, Tana V McDaniel, Kimberley D Hughes, Bruce Hunter
Organochlorine contaminants were measured in livers of wild mink (Neovison vison) trapped in the lower Great Lakes basin from 1998 to 2006. To assess exposure and potential risk in mink feeding on Great Lakes biota, concentrations of contaminants were compared in mink trapped within 7.8 km of the shoreline as well as at inland sites (i.e., 8-40 km). Overall, significant spatial variation in mean hepatic concentrations of sum PCBs and seven other organochlorines was found in mink from 13 Great Lakes sites, many of which are within the Great Lakes Areas of Concern...
August 19, 2017: Environmental Monitoring and Assessment
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28823037/female-sex-is-associated-with-greater-rotatory-knee-laxity-in-collegiate-athletes
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Thomas R Pfeiffer, Ajay C Kanakamedala, Elmar Herbst, Kanto Nagai, Conor Murphy, Jeremy M Burnham, Adam Popchak, Richard E Debski, Volker Musahl
PURPOSE/HYPOTHESIS: The purpose of this observational study was to determine which factors, including sex, are associated with increased rotatory knee laxity in collegiate athletes with no history of knee injuries. It was hypothesized that increased rotatory knee laxity, measured by a quantitative pivot shift test, would correlate with female sex, increased anterior translation during the Lachman test, generalized ligamentous laxity, and knee hyperextension. METHODS: Ninety-eight collegiate athletes with a median age of 20 (range 18-25) years with no history of knee injuries were tested...
August 19, 2017: Knee Surgery, Sports Traumatology, Arthroscopy: Official Journal of the ESSKA
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28823033/the-combination-of-mitomycin-induced-blood-cells-with-a-temporary-treatment-of-ciclosporin-a-prolongs-allograft-survival-in-vascularized-composite-allotransplantation
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Christian Andreas Radu, Sebastian Fischer, Yannick Diehm, Otto Hetzel, Florian Neubrech, Laura Dittmar, Christian Kleist, Martha Maria Gebhard, Peter Terness, Ulrich Kneser, Jurij Kiefer
BACKGROUND: Vascularized composite allotransplantation (VCA) is a rapidly expanding field of transplantation and provides a potential treatment for complex tissue defects. Peripheral blood mononuclear cells (PBMCs) shortly incubated with the antibiotic and chemotherapeutic agent mitomycin C (MMC) can suppress allogeneic T cell response and control allograft rejection in various organ transplantation models. MMC-incubated PBMCs (MICs) are currently being tested in a phase I clinical trial in kidney transplant patients...
August 19, 2017: Langenbeck's Archives of Surgery
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28823029/experience-of-lung-transplantation-in-patients-with-lymphangioleiomyomatosis-at-a-brazilian-reference-centre
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Bruno Guedes Baldi, Marcos Naoyuki Samano, Silvia Vidal Campos, Martina Rodrigues de Oliveira, José Eduardo Afonso Junior, Rafael Medeiros Carraro, Ricardo Henrique Oliveira Braga Teixeira, Isabela Pasqualini Minguini, Roni Burlina, Eduardo Zinoni Silva Pato, Carlos Roberto Ribeiro Carvalho, André Nathan Costa
INTRODUCTION: Lung transplantation (LT) is the standard of care for patients with advanced lung diseases, including lymphangioleiomyomatosis (LAM). LAM accounts for only 1% of all LTs performed in the international registry. As a result, the global experience, including the use of mechanistic target of rapamycin (mTOR) inhibitors before and after LT in LAM, is still limited. METHODS: We conducted a retrospective review of all LAM patients who underwent LT at our centre between 2003 and 2016...
August 19, 2017: Lung
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28823027/a-prospective-study-of-palonosetron-for-prevention-of-chemotherapy-induced-nausea-and-vomiting-in-malignant-lymphoma-patients-following-highly-emetogenic-chemotherapy
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Tsutomu Takahashi, Takahiro Okada, Fumiyoshi Ikejiri, Shunsuke Ito, Yusuke Okada, Fumimasa Takahashi, Satoshi Kumanomido, Yumi Jo, Koji Adachi, Chie Onishi, Koshi Kawakami, Takaaki Miyake, Masaya Inoue, Ritsuro Suzuki, Junji Suzumiya
BACKGROUND: Chemotherapy-induced nausea and vomiting (CINV) is a troublesome issue in chemotherapy for cancer patients. A second-generation 5HT3 receptor antagonist (5HT3RA), palonosetron, is effective and safe for the prevention of CINV in breast cancer patients treated with cyclophosphamide and anthracycline, but there is little data for malignant lymphoma. We conducted a prospective phase 2 study at a single institution to clarify the efficacy and safety of palonosetron in lymphoma patients...
August 19, 2017: International Journal of Clinical Oncology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28823023/posttraumatic-stress-disorder-symptoms-and-white-matter-abnormalities-among-combat-exposed-veterans
#18
Kirstin Aschbacher, Synthia H Mellon, Owen M Wolkowitz, Clare Henn-Haase, Rachel Yehuda, Janine D Flory, Linda M Bierer, Duna Abu-Amara, Charles R Marmar, Susanne G Mueller
Posttraumatic stress disorder (PTSD) is associated with abnormalities in functional connectivity of a specific cortico-limbic network; however, less is known about white matter abnormalities providing structural connections for this network. This study investigated whether the diagnosis and symptoms of PTSD are associated with alterations in fractional anisotropy (FA), an index reflecting white matter organization, across six, a priori-defined tracts. White matter FA was quantified by diffusion tensor imaging using 3 T-MRI among 57 male, combat-exposed veterans with no history of moderate to severe head injuries or current alcohol dependence: 31 met criteria for PTSD and 26 were demographically comparable, combat-exposed controls without PTSD...
August 19, 2017: Brain Imaging and Behavior
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28823014/assessment-of-the-quality-of-the-harran-plain-soils-under-long-term-cultivation
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Ali Volkan Bilgili, Çiğdem Küçük, Harold M Van Es
Soil quality refers to the ability of soils to perform their functions well. The soils of the Harran Plain, Turkey, have been put into intensive crop production with the introduction of an irrigation scheme and become increasingly degraded due to unsustainable management and cropping systems that resulted in the loss of production potential. The goal of this study was to quantify the quality of common soil series in the Plain using soil quality indexes (SQI) and to compare SQIs of two long-term crop rotations, cotton and wheat-corn cultivation, and different soil types...
August 19, 2017: Environmental Monitoring and Assessment
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28823012/ratio-of-circulating-estrogen-receptors-beta-and-alpha-er%C3%AE-er%C3%AE-indicates-endoscopic-activity-in-patients-with-crohn-s-disease
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Pablo M Linares, Alicia Algaba, Ana Urzainqui, Mercedes Guijarro-Rojas, Rafael González-Tajuelo, Jesús Garrido, María Chaparro, Javier P Gisbert, Fernando Bermejo, Iván Guerra, Víctor Castellano, María-Encarnación Fernández-Contreras
BACKGROUND: Data supporting a role of female hormones and/or their receptors in inflammatory bowel disease (IBD) are increasing, but most of them are derived from animal models. Estrogen receptors alpha (ERα) and beta (ERβ) participate in immune and inflammatory response, among a variety of biological processes. Their effects are antagonistic, and the net action of estrogens may depend on their relative proportions. AIM: To determine the possible association between the balance of circulating ERβ and ERα (ERβ/ERα) and IBD risk and activity...
August 19, 2017: Digestive Diseases and Sciences
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