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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29778045/massively-parallel-sequencing-of-124-snps-included-in-the-precision-id-identity-panel-in-three-east-asian-minority-ethnicities
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Jing Liu, Zheng Wang, Guanglin He, Xueying Zhao, Mengge Wang, Tao Luo, Chengtao Li, Yiping Hou
Massively parallel sequencing (MPS) technologies can sequence many targeted regions of multiple samples simultaneously and are gaining great interest in the forensic community. The Precision ID Identity Panel contains 90 autosomal SNPs and 34 upper Y-Clade SNPs, which was designed with small amplicons and optimized for forensic degraded or challenging samples. Here, 184 unrelated individuals from three East Asian minority ethnicities (Tibetan, Uygur and Hui) were analyzed using the Precision ID Identity Panel and the Ion PGM System...
May 15, 2018: Forensic Science International. Genetics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29777865/a-prospective-non-interventional-registry-study-of-patients-initiating-a-course-of-drug-therapy-for-overactive-bladder-perspective-rationale-design-and-methodology
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Eric S Rovner, Kevin V Carlson, Anna S Deal, Kavita V Nair, Eva E Oakkar, Julie Park, Eric Gemmen, Rita M Kristy, Katherine L Gooch, Carol R Schermer
INTRODUCTION: Pharmacotherapy of overactive bladder (OAB) typically involves treatment with an antimuscarinic or mirabegron, a β3-adrenoceptor agonist, but real-world evidence on their use, including treatment access, persistence, and switching, is limited. Here, we describe the design of a prospective, multicenter, non-interventional registry of patients beginning a new course of OAB pharmacological therapy in routine clinical practice. METHODS: Adults with an OAB diagnosis for at least 3 months who either initiated a new course of mirabegron or antimuscarinic, or who switched therapy were enrolled into PERSPECTIVE (A Prospective, Non-intErventional Registry Study of Patients Initiating a Course of Drug Therapy for OveractIVE Bladder)...
May 16, 2018: Contemporary Clinical Trials
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29775749/a-novel-oncogene-urg4-urgcp-and-its-role-in-cancer
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REVIEW
Yavuz Dodurga, Mücahit Seçme, N Lale Şatıroğlu-Tufan
Oncogenes are mutated form of normal cellular genes called as proto-oncogenes and conduce to the cancer development process. Despite the fact that so many genes have been described, new genes with oncogenic characteristic and potential or tumor supressoring activity are still being defined. Recently, Up-regulated gene 4/Upregulator of cell proliferation (URG4/URGCP), a novel gene, induced by hepatitis-Bvirus-encoded X antigen (HBxAg), has been identified. URG4/URGCP gene was registered to the National Center for Biotechnology Information-GenBank (NCBI-GenBank, Entrez GeneID: 55665 and Entrez Nucleotide ID NM_017920)...
May 15, 2018: Gene
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29775209/comparative-studies-of-immobilized-chiral-stationary-phases-based-on-polysaccharide-derivatives-for-enantiomeric-separation-of-fifteen-azole-compounds
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Bolin Zhu, Miaoduo Deng, Yaqi Yao, Jia Yu, Qing Li
Immobilized polysaccharide-based columns showed excellent enantioselectivity in normal phase separation mode. In this work, enantioseparation abilities of four immobilized polysaccharide-derived chiral stationary phases (Chiralpak IA, Chiralpak IB, Chiralpak IC and Chiralpak ID) toward fifteen azole compounds were evaluated. Separation was carried out using n-hexane as mobile phase with ethanol, 1-propanol, 1-butanol and 2-propanol as modifiers. And twelve compounds have achieved baseline separation with the resolutions ranging between 2...
May 18, 2018: Electrophoresis
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29775087/does-armodafinil-improve-driving-task-performance-and-weight-loss-in-sleep-apnea-a-randomized-trial
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Julia Louise Chapman, Elizabeth Anne Cayanan, Camilla Miranda Hoyos, Yasmina Serinel, Maria Comas, Brendon John Yee, Keith Keat Huat Wong, Ronald Robert Grunstein, Nathaniel Stuart Marshall
RATIONALE Obstructive sleep apnea (OSA) patients unable to tolerate standard treatments have few alternatives. They may benefit from weight loss, but the major symptom of daytime performance impairment may remain during weight loss programs. OBJECTIVES We hypothesized that wakefulness-promoter armodafinil would improve driving task performance over placebo in patients undergoing weight loss. METHODS Placebo-controlled, double-blind, randomized trial of Armodafinil vs Placebo daily for 6 months in patients who were also randomized to one of two diets for six months with follow-up at one year in overweight, adult, OSA patients who had rejected standard treatment and suffered daytime sleepiness...
May 18, 2018: American Journal of Respiratory and Critical Care Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29774551/in-vitro-hemodynamic-evaluation-of-an-adult-pulsatile-extracorporeal-membrane-oxygenation-system
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Shigang Wang, Morgan Moroi, Christoph E Brehm, Allen R Kunselman, Akif Ündar
The objective of this study was to evaluate a pulsatile extracorporeal membrane oxygenation (ECMO) system in terms of hemodynamic energy generation and transmission under various pulsatile amplitudes, flow rates, and pseudopatient pressures in a simulated adult ECMO circuit. Surplus hemodynamic energy (SHE), a measure of the quality of pulsatility, was used to quantify pulsatile flow. The circuit consisted of an i-cor diagonal pump, an adult XLung oxygenator, a 21 Fr Medtronic Biomedicus femoral arterial cannula, a 23/25 Fr Sorin RAP femoral venous cannula, and 3/8 in ID tubing for both arterial and venous lines...
May 17, 2018: Artificial Organs
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29774525/teaching-social-perception-skills-to-adolescents-with-autism-and-intellectual-disabilities-using-video-based-group-instruction
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Tiffany A Stauch, Joshua B Plavnick, Sudha Sankar, Annie C Gallagher
Few interventions focus on teaching social skills to adolescents with autism spectrum disorder (ASD) and intellectual disabilities (ID) that are consistently used during interactions with peers ( Carter et al., 2014). The present study evaluated the effects of video-based group instruction (VGI) on the acquisition of social perception skills of five adolescents with ASD or ID in a public school setting. Social perception involves observing affective behaviors of others, discriminating relevant environmental stimuli, and differentially reinforcing the affective behavior of another person...
May 17, 2018: Journal of Applied Behavior Analysis
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29774388/withholding-or-withdrawing-of-life-sustaining-therapy-in-older-adults-%C3%A2-80-years-admitted-to-the-intensive-care-unit
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Bertrand Guidet, Hans Flaatten, Ariane Boumendil, Alessandro Morandi, Finn H Andersen, Antonio Artigas, Guido Bertolini, Maurizio Cecconi, Steffen Christensen, Loredana Faraldi, Jesper Fjølner, Christian Jung, Brian Marsh, Rui Moreno, Sandra Oeyen, Christina Agwald Öhman, Bernardo Bollen Pinto, Ivo W Soliman, Wojciech Szczeklik, Andreas Valentin, Ximena Watson, Tilemachos Zafeiridis, Dylan W De Lange
PURPOSE: To document and analyse the decision to withhold or withdraw life-sustaining treatment (LST) in a population of very old patients admitted to the ICU. METHODS: This prospective study included intensive care patients aged ≥ 80 years in 309 ICUs from 21 European countries with 30-day mortality follow-up. RESULTS: LST limitation was identified in 1356/5021 (27.2%) of patients: 15% had a withholding decision and 12.2% a withdrawal decision (including those with a previous withholding decision)...
May 17, 2018: Intensive Care Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29773970/face-preferences-for-infant-and-adult-directed-speakers-in-infants-of-depressed-and-nondepressed-mothers-association-with-infant-cognitive-development
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Peter S Kaplan, Ryan M Asherin, Jo M Vogeli, Shiva M Fekri, Kathryn E Scheyer, Kevin D Everhart
Face preferences for speakers of infant-directed and adult-directed speech (IDS and ADS) were investigated in 4- to 13.5-month-old infants of depressed and non-depressed mothers. Following 1-min of exposure to an ID or AD speaker (order counterbalanced), infants had an immediate paired-comparison test with a still, silent image of the familiarized versus a novel face. In the test phase, ID face preference ratios were significantly lower in infants of depressed than non-depressed mothers. Infants' ID face preference ratios, but not AD face preference ratios, correlated with their percentile scores on the cognitive ( Cog ) scale of the Bayley Scales of Infant & Toddler Development (3rd Edition; BSID III), assessed concurrently...
May 2018: Infancy: the Official Journal of the International Society on Infant Studies
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29773851/modeling-transcriptional-rewiring-in-neutrophils-through-the-course-of-treated-juvenile-idiopathic-arthritis
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Zihua Hu, Kaiyu Jiang, Mark Barton Frank, Yanmin Chen, James N Jarvis
Neutrophils in children with the polyarticular form of juvenile idiopathic arthritis (JIA) display abnormal transcriptional patterns linked to fundamental metabolic derangements. In this study, we sought to determine the effects of therapy on mRNA and miRNA expression networks in polyarticular JIA. Using exon and miRNA microarrays, we studied children with untreated active JIA (ADU, n = 35), children with active disease on therapy with methotrexate ± etanercept (ADT, n = 26), and children with inactive disease also on therapy (ID, n = 14)...
May 17, 2018: Scientific Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29772815/longitudinal-effects-of-iron-deficiency-anemia-and-subsequent-repletion-on-blood-parameters-and-the-rate-and-composition-of-growth-in-pigs
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Laura C Knight, Ryan N Dilger
Iron deficiency is reported as the most common nutrient deficiency worldwide. Due to rapid growth, infants are at particular risk for developing iron deficiency, which can easily progress to iron deficiency anemia (IDA), if not treated. The aim of this study was to determine the lasting effects of an early-life iron deficiency after a period of dietary iron repletion. Forty-two intact male pigs were fed, ad libitum , either control (CONT, 21.3 mg Fe/L) or iron-deficient (ID 2.72 mg Fe/L) milk replacer from postnatal day (PND) 2 to 32 (phase 1)...
May 17, 2018: Nutrients
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29772275/5c-id-increased-resolution-chromosome-conformation-capture-carbon-copy-with-in-situ-3c-and-double-alternating-primer-design
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Ji Hun Kim, Katelyn R Titus, Wanfeng Gong, Jonathan A Beagan, Zhendong Cao, Jennifer E Phillips-Cremins
Mammalian genomes are folded in a hierarchy of compartments, topologically associating domains (TADs), subTADs, and looping interactions. Currently, there is a great need to evaluate the link between chromatin topology and genome function across many biological conditions and genetic perturbations. Hi-C can generate genome-wide maps of looping interactions but is intractable for high-throughput comparison of loops across multiple conditions due to the enormous number of reads (>6 Billion) required per library...
May 14, 2018: Methods: a Companion to Methods in Enzymology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29769257/optimum-hospice-at-home-services-for-end-of-life-care-protocol-of-a-mixed-methods-study-employing-realist-evaluation
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Claire Butler, Charlotte Brigden, Heather Gage, Peter Williams, Laura Holdsworth, Kay Greene, Bee Wee, Stephen Barclay, Patricia Wilson
INTRODUCTION: Hospice at home (HAH) services aim to enable patients to be cared for and die in their place of choice, if that is at home, and to achieve a 'good death'. There is a considerable range of HAH services operating in England. The published evidence focuses on evaluations of individual services which vary considerably, and there is a lack of consistency in terms of the outcome measures reported. The evidence, therefore, does not provide generalisable information, so the question 'What are the features of hospice at home service models that work, for whom, and under what circumstances?' remains unanswered...
May 16, 2018: BMJ Open
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29769133/electroacupuncture-for-abdominal-pain-relief-in-patients-with-acute-pancreatitis-study-protocol-for-a-randomized-controlled-trial
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Dong Kee Jang, Chan Yung Jung, Kyung Ho Kim, Jun Kyu Lee
BACKGROUND: Previous studies have shown that electroacupuncture (EA) reduces the severity of acute pancreatitis. However, the effect of EA for pain relief in patients with acute pancreatitis has not been evaluated yet. The purpose of this study was to prove the efficacy of EA for pain relief in patients with acute pancreatitis compared with conventional treatment. METHODS: This study is a randomized, controlled, three-arm, parallel-group, multi-center trial. Patients diagnosed with acute pancreatitis are enrolled and randomly assigned to EA 1, EA 2, or a control group in a 1:1:1 ratio...
May 16, 2018: Trials
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29769107/a-pedometer-based-walking-intervention-with-and-without-email-counseling-in-general-practice-a-pilot-randomized-controlled-trial
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Tomas Vetrovsky, Jozef Cupka, Martin Dudek, Blanka Kuthanova, Klaudia Vetrovska, Vaclav Capek, Vaclav Bunc
BACKGROUND: General practitioners play a fundamental role in combatting the current epidemic of physical inactivity, and pedometer-based walking interventions are able to increase physical activity levels of their patients. Supplementing these interventions with email counseling driven by feedback from the pedometer has the potential to further improve their effectiveness but it has to be yet confirmed in clinical trials. Therefore, the aim of our pilot randomized controlled trial is to evaluate the feasibility and potential efficacy of future trials designed to assess the additional benefit of email counseling added to a pedometer-based intervention in a primary care setting...
May 16, 2018: BMC Public Health
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29768025/the-post-injury-inflammatory-state-and-the-bone-marrow-response-to-anemia
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Tyler J Loftus, Juan C Mira, Elizabeth S Miller, Kolenkode B Kannan, Jessica M Plazas, Daniel Delitto, Julie A Stortz, Jennifer E Hagen, Hari K Parvataneni, Kalia K Sadasivan, Scott C Brakenridge, Frederick A Moore, Lyle L Moldawer, Philip A Efron, Alicia M Mohr
RATIONALE: The pathophysiology of persistent injury-associated anemia is incompletely understood, and human data are sparse. OBJECTIVE: To translate pre-clinical findings by characterizing injury-associated anemia among critically ill trauma patients. This study compared elective hip repair patients with an acute stress response to severely injured trauma patients with a prolonged stress response and evaluated the bone marrow response to anemia. METHODS: A translational prospective observational cohort study comparing severely injured, blunt trauma patients who had operative fixation of a hip or femur fracture (n=17) with elective hip repair patients (n=22) and healthy donors (n=8)...
May 16, 2018: American Journal of Respiratory and Critical Care Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29767836/how-do-we-manage-iron-deficiency-after-blood-donation
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REVIEW
Joseph E Kiss, Ralph R Vassallo
Blood donors and the RBCs and other components they willingly provide are essential in the delivery of healthcare in all parts of the world. Nearly 70% of donated blood comes from repeat or committed donors. The amount of iron removed in the 10 min or so it takes to withdraw a unit of blood (500 ml, plus 25 ml for testing) requires over 24 weeks to replace on a "standard" diet, i.e., without added iron in the form of supplements The cumulative effect of repeat blood donations without adequate iron replacement or a longer wait between donations results in iron deficiency (ID) in many donors, low haemoglobin deferral (~8% of donation attempts), and frank anaemia in some...
May 16, 2018: British Journal of Haematology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29767688/safety-and-dose-modification-for-patients-receiving-niraparib
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J S Berek, U A Matulonis, U Peen, P Ghatage, S Mahner, A Redondo, A Lesoin, N Colombo, I Vergote, O Rosengarten, J Ledermann, M Pineda, S Ellard, J Sehouli, A Gonzalez-Martin, D Berton-Rigaud, R Madry, A Reinthaller, S Hazard, W Guo, M R Mirza
Background: Niraparib is a poly(ADP-ribose) polymerase (PARP) inhibitor approved in the United States and Europe for maintenance treatment of adult patients with recurrent epithelial ovarian, fallopian tube, or primary peritoneal cancer who are in complete or partial response to platinum-based chemotherapy. In the pivotal ENGOT-OV16/NOVA trial, the dose reduction rate due to TEAE was 68.9%, and the discontinuation rate due to TEAE was 14.7%, including 3.3% due to thrombocytopenia. A retrospective analysis was performed to identify clinical parameters that predict dose reductions...
May 14, 2018: Annals of Oncology: Official Journal of the European Society for Medical Oncology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29767376/evaluating-the-effectiveness-of-an-autism-specific-workplace-tool-for-employers-a-randomised-controlled-trial
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Melissa Scott, Marita Falkmer, Torbjörn Falkmer, Sonya Girdler
A randomised controlled trial evaluated the effectiveness of the Integrated Employment Success Tool (IEST™) in improving employers' self-efficacy in modifying the workplace for individuals on the autism spectrum. Employers (N = 84) were randomised to the IEST™ or support as usual groups. Measurements of self-efficacy, knowledge and attitudes towards disability in the workplace were obtained at baseline and post-test. Results revealed a significant improvement in self-efficacy within the IEST™ group between baseline and post-test (p = 0...
May 16, 2018: Journal of Autism and Developmental Disorders
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29766819/synthesis-in-silico-molecular-docking-and-pharmacokinetic-studies-in-vitro-antimycobacterial-and-antimicrobial-studies-of-new-imidozolones-clubbed-with-thiazolidinedione
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Imran H Khan, Navin B Patel, Vatsal M Patel
BACKGROUND: A series of (E)-5-(4-((Z)-4-substitutedbenzylidene/2-thienylmethylene-5-oxo-2-phenyl-4,5-dihydro-1H-imidazol-1-yl) benzylidene)thiazolidine-2,4-dione were synthesized and evaluated for antimycobacterial and antimicrobial activity. All these ligands were docked against protein (InhA) Enoyl-ACP reductase of the type II fatty acid syntase (FAS-II) system, (PDB ID: 4COD). OBJECTIVE: In this report we have designed and synthesized azole scaffolds with good antitubercular activities as there is a real need to develop new candidates with less toxicity and more efficient toward pathogen...
May 15, 2018: Current Computer-aided Drug Design
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