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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28636261/characteristics-of-corneal-biomechanical-responses-detected-by-a-non-contact-scheimpflug-based-tonometer-in-eyes-with-glaucoma
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Younhea Jung, Hae-Young L Park, Hee Jung Yang, Chan Kee Park
PURPOSE: To determine the corneal biomechanical properties in eyes with glaucoma using a non-contact Scheimpflug-based tonometer. METHODS: Corneal biomechanical responses were examined using a non-contact Scheimpflug-based tonometer. The tonometer parameters of the normal control group (n = 75) were compared with those of the glaucoma group (n = 136), including an analysis of glaucoma subgroups categorized by visual field loss. RESULTS: After adjusting for potential confounding factors, including the intraocular pressure (IOP), central corneal thickness (CCT), age and axial length, the deformation amplitude was smaller in the glaucoma group (1...
June 21, 2017: Acta Ophthalmologica
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28636255/recombinant-human-serum-albumin-for-corneal-preservation
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Mohit Parekh, Hossein Elbadawy, Gianni Salvalaio, Marie-Claude Amoureux, Enzo Di Iorio, Denis Fortier, Diego Ponzin, Stefano Ferrari, Alessandro Ruzza
PURPOSE: To study the performance of a completely synthetic organ culture (OC) preservation system containing recombinant human serum albumin (rHSA) for preservation of human donor corneas. METHODS: Twenty-four paired donor corneas were randomly collected, and one cornea from each donor was preserved in synthetic (experimental) and serum-based media (control). The tissues were assessed at day 0; after 6 days of preservation at room temperature (RT) in Cornea Trans(®) and Cornea Prep II(®) ; after 28 days at 31°C in Cornea Syn(®) [with rHSA] and Cornea Max(®) [with foetal calf serum (FCS)] and; 4-day post deswelling in Cornea Trans(®) and Cornea Jet(®) ...
June 21, 2017: Acta Ophthalmologica
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28636110/cumulative-toxicity-of-neonicotinoid-insecticide-mixtures-to-chironomus-dilutus-under-acute-exposure-scenarios
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Erin M Maloney, Christy A Morrissey, John V Headley, Kerry M Peru, Karsten Liber
Extensive agricultural use of neonicotinoid insecticide products has resulted in the presence of neonicotinoid mixtures in surface waters worldwide. Although many aquatic insect species are known to be sensitive to neonicotinoids, the impact of neonicotinoid mixtures is poorly understood. In the present study, the cumulative toxicity of binary and ternary mixtures of select neonicotinoids (imidacloprid, clothianidin, and thiamethoxam) was characterized under acute (96-h) exposure scenarios using the larval midge Chironomus dilutus as a representative aquatic insect species...
June 21, 2017: Environmental Toxicology and Chemistry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28636056/comparison-of-complications-following-tibial-tuberosity-advancement-and-tibial-plateau-levelling-osteotomy-in-very-large-and-giant-dogs-50-kg-or-more-in-body-weight
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Eric C Hans, Matthew D Barnhart, Shawn C Kennedy, Steven J Naber
OBJECTIVES: To analyse and compare major complications in dogs ≥50 kg undergoing tibial tuberosity advancement (TTA) or tibial plateau levelling osteotomy (TPLO) for treatment of cranial cruciate ligament disease. METHODS: Medical records and radiographs of client-owned dogs (≥50 kg) treated for cranial cruciate ligament disease with either TTA or TPLO between January 2011 and November 2015 were reviewed. Ninety-one TTA cases and 54 TPLO cases met the study inclusion criteria...
June 21, 2017: Veterinary and Comparative Orthopaedics and Traumatology: V.C.O.T
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28635997/a-spin-column-free-approach-to-sodium-hydroxide-based-glycan-permethylation
#5
Yueming Hu, Chad R Borges
Glycan permethylation was introduced as a tool to facilitate the study of glycans in 1903. Since that time, permethylation procedures have been continually modified to improve permethylation efficiency and qualitative applicability. Typically, however, either laborious preparation steps or cumbersome and uneconomical spin columns have been needed to obtain decent permethylation yields on small glycan samples. Here we describe a spin column-free (SCF) glycan permethylation procedure that is applicable to both O- and N-linked glycans and can be employed upstream to intact glycan analysis by MALDI-MS, ESI-MS, or glycan linkage analysis by GC-MS...
June 21, 2017: Analyst
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28635984/anxiety-and-depression-associated-with-burden-in-caregivers-of-patients-with-brain-metastases
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Marlon G Saria, Natasia S Courchesne, Lorraine Evangelista, Joshua L Carter, Daniel A MacManus, Mary Kay Gorman, Adeline M Nyamathi, Linda R Phillips, David E Piccioni, Santosh Kesari, Sally L Maliski
PURPOSE/OBJECTIVES: To describe and examine the relationship between caregiver burden and the affective disorders anxiety and depression in caregivers of patients with brain metastases.
. DESIGN: Cross-sectional, descriptive, correlational.
. SETTING: Moores Cancer Center at the University of California, San Diego. 
. SAMPLE: 56 family caregivers of patients with brain metastases from solid tumors at other primary sites...
May 1, 2017: Oncology Nursing Forum
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28635678/evaluation-of-classifier-performance-for-multiclass-phenotype-discrimination-in-untargeted-metabolomics
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Patrick J Trainor, Andrew P DeFilippis, Shesh N Rai
Statistical classification is a critical component of utilizing metabolomics data for examining the molecular determinants of phenotypes. Despite this, a comprehensive and rigorous evaluation of the accuracy of classification techniques for phenotype discrimination given metabolomics data has not been conducted. We conducted such an evaluation using both simulated and real metabolomics datasets, comparing Partial Least Squares-Discriminant Analysis (PLS-DA), Sparse PLS-DA, Random Forests, Support Vector Machines (SVM), Artificial Neural Network, k-Nearest Neighbors (k-NN), and Naïve Bayes classification techniques for discrimination...
June 21, 2017: Metabolites
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28635647/virulence-genes-of-s-aureus-from-dairy-cow-mastitis-and-contagiousness-risk
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Giada Magro, Stefano Biffani, Giulietta Minozzi, Ralf Ehricht, Stefan Monecke, Mario Luini, Renata Piccinini
Staphylococcus aureus (S. aureus) is a major agent of dairy cow intramammary infections: the different prevalences of mastitis reported might be related to a combination of S. aureus virulence factors beyond host factors. The present study considered 169 isolates from different Italian dairy herds that were classified into four groups based on the prevalence of S. aureus infection at the first testing: low prevalence (LP), medium-low (MLP), medium-high (MHP) and high (HP). We aimed to correlate the presence of virulence genes with the prevalence of intramammary infections in order to develop new strategies for the control of S...
June 21, 2017: Toxins
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28635634/despite-inflammation-supplemented-essential-amino-acids-may-improve-circulating-levels-of-albumin-and-haemoglobin-in-patients-after-hip-fractures
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Roberto Aquilani, Ginetto Carlo Zuccarelli, Anna Maria Condino, Michele Catani, Carla Rutili, Consiglia Del Vecchio, Pietro Pisano, Manuela Verri, Paolo Iadarola, Simona Viglio, Federica Boschi
Essential amino acids (EAAs) are nutritional substrates that promote body protein synthesis; thus we hypothesised that their supplementation may improve circulating albumin (Alb) and haemoglobin (Hb) in rehabilitative elderly patients following hip fractures (HF). Out of the 145 HF patients originally enrolled in our study, 112 completed the protocol. These subjects were divided into two randomised groups, each containing 56 patients. For a period of two months, one group (age 81.4 ± 8.1 years; male/female 27/29) received a placebo, and the other (age 83...
June 21, 2017: Nutrients
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28635616/fermi-to-bose-crossover-in-a-trapped-quasi-2d-gas-of-fermionic-atoms
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Andrey Turlapov, Maxim Yu Kagan
Physics of many-body systems where particles are restricted to move in two spatial dimensions is challenging and even controversial: On one hand, neither long-range order nor Bose condensation may appear in infinite uniform 2D systems at finite temperature, on the other hand this does not prohibit superfluidity or superconductivity. Moreover, 2D superconductors, such as cuprates, are among the systems with highest critical temperatures. Ultracold atoms are a platform for studying 2D physics. Uniquely to other physical systems, quantum statistics may be completely changed in an ultracold gas: an atomic Fermi gas may be smoothly crossed over into a gas of Bose molecules (or dimers) by tuning interatomic interactions...
June 21, 2017: Journal of Physics. Condensed Matter: An Institute of Physics Journal
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28635612/consequences-of-lipopolysaccharide-and-n-3-polyunsaturated-fatty-acid-administration-on-aortic-function-of-spontaneously-hypertensive-rats
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Barbara Kaprinay, Ruzena Sotnikova, Karel Frimmel, Jakub Krizak, Iveta Bernatova, Jana Navarova, Ludmila Okruhlicova
The aim of the work was to study the delayed effect of lipopolysaccharide (LPS) administration on endothelial function of the aorta of rats with genetic hypertension. Further, the possibility to ameliorate LPS-induced changes by n-3 polyunsaturated fatty acids (n-3 PUFA) was tested. Rats received a bolus of 1 mg/kg LPS i.p.; n-3 PUFA were administered in the dose of 30 mg/kg daily for 10 days p.o.. Ten days after receiving of LPS, the body weight gain of rats was statistically lower compared to control rats (p < 0...
July 2017: General Physiology and Biophysics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28635583/cigarette-smoke-is-associated-with-altered-expression-of-antioxidant-enzymes-in-granulosa-cells-from-women-undergoing-in-vitro-fertilization
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Maria Cristina Budani, Erminia Carletti, Gian Mario Tiboni
This study was undertaken to evaluate whether cigarette smoke is associated with changes in the expression of antioxidant enzymes in granulosa cells of women undergoing IVF treatments. For this aim, the expression of three antioxidant enzymes (SOD1, SOD2 and catalase) in non-smokers (n = 20) and smokers (n = 20) was analyzed. There was a statistically significant overexpression of SOD2 and catalase mRNA levels in smokers in comparison with non-smokers. Cigarette smoking was associated with a lower fertilization rate, implantation rate and pregnancy rate in comparison with non-smokers...
June 21, 2017: Zygote: the Biology of Gametes and Early Embryos
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28635549/a-missed-primary-care-appointment-correlates-with-a-subsequent-emergency-department-visit-among-children-with-asthma
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Colleen Marie McGovern, Margaret Redmond, Kimberly Arcoleo, David R Stukus
OBJECTIVE: Since the Affordable Care Act's implementation, emergency department (ED) visits have increased. Poor asthma control increases the risk of acute exacerbations and preventable ED visits. The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services support the reduction of preventable ED visits to reduce healthcare spending. Implementation of interventions to avoid preventable ED visits has become a priority for many healthcare systems yet little data exist examining children's missed asthma management primary care (PC) appointments and subsequent ED visits...
March 2, 2017: Journal of Asthma: Official Journal of the Association for the Care of Asthma
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28635532/assessing-physical-symptoms-during-the-postpartum-period-reliability-and-validity-of-the-primary-health-questionnaire-somatic-symptom-subscale-phq-15
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Stephanie Wilkie, Ros Crawley, Susan Button, Alexandra Thornton, Susan Ayers
INTRODUCTION: This study aimed at establishing the reliability and validity of the primary health questionnaire (PHQ-15) somatic symptom severity subscale for postpartum women. METHODS: Women (N = 495) completed the PHQ-15 approximately 6 weeks postpartum during the baseline phase of a randomized controlled trial evaluating a writing intervention for postnatal health in England. Reliability was assessed using internal consistency statistics and convergent validity by comparing differences in self-reported physical health, health-related quality of life (QoL) and primary care usage by PHQ-15 symptom severity category...
February 20, 2017: Journal of Psychosomatic Obstetrics and Gynaecology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28635526/a-randomized-lifestyle-intervention-preventing-gestational-diabetes-effects-on-self-rated-health-from-pregnancy-to-postpartum
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Elina Engberg, Beata Stach-Lempinen, Kristiina Rönö, Hannu Kautiainen, Johan G Eriksson, Saila B Koivusalo
INTRODUCTION: The purpose was to examine the effects of a randomized lifestyle intervention on self-rated health from pregnancy to postpartum in participants at high risk for gestational diabetes mellitus. METHODS: We included 266 women with a history of gestational diabetes and/or prepregnancy BMI ≥30 kg/m(2). The intervention group (n = 144) received individualized counseling on diet, physical activity, and weight management from trained nurses at six timepoints between the first trimester of pregnancy and 12 months postpartum, and met three times with a dietitian...
February 9, 2017: Journal of Psychosomatic Obstetrics and Gynaecology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28635516/concentration-of-uhcl1-in-the-serum-of-children-with-acute-appendicitis-before-and-after-surgery-and-its-correlation-with-crp-and-prealbumin
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Ewa Matuszczak, Marzena Tylicka, Wojciech Dębek, Anna Tokarzewicz, Ewa Gorodkiewicz, Adam Hermanowicz
Ubiquitin-mediated protein degradation plays a crucial role in various cellular processes, including signal transduction, cell differentiation, and stress response. Ubiquitin C-terminal hydrolase 1 (UCHL1) is a unique deubiquitinating enzyme that has both hydrolase and ligase activities. The aim of this study was the determination of UCHL1 concentration in serum of children with appendicitis, before and after the surgery. MATERIAL AND METHODS: 42 children with acute appendicitis, who were managed at the Pediatric Surgery Department, between 2013 and 2014, were randomly included into the study (age 9 months up to 14 years, mean age 2...
February 27, 2017: Journal of Investigative Surgery: the Official Journal of the Academy of Surgical Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28635512/effect-of-simvastatin-on-lipid-accumulation-and-the-expression-of-cxcl16-and-nephrin-in-podocyte-induced-by-oxidized-ldl
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Li Wang, Xiujun Yao, Qian Li, Shuzhen Sun
OBJECTIVE: To investigate the effect of simvastatin on lipid accumulation and the expression of CXCL16 and Nephrin in murine podocytes induced by oxidized LDL (OxLDL) in order to explore the mechanism of protection. METHODS: Murine podocytes (MPC5) were incubated with OxLDL (80 μg/ml) at different concentrations of simvastatin (0, 1.0, and 2.0 μg/ml) for 48 hours. Oil red O staining was used for the assessment of lipid accumulation in podocytes, and colorimetric cholesterol detection kit was used for the quantitative measurement...
February 10, 2017: Journal of Investigative Surgery: the Official Journal of the Academy of Surgical Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28635511/the-immunohistochemical-expression-mta-1-protein-and-its-prognostic-value-in-pancreatic-cancer
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Efstathios T Pavlidis, Maria Lambropoulou, Nikolaos G Symeonidis, Constantinos Anagnostopoulos, Alexandra Tsaroucha, Athanasia Kotini, Christina Nikolaidou, Anastasia Kiziridou, Constantinos Simopoulos
Purpose/aim: To examine with immunohistochemical assay MTA1 protein expression levels in pancreatic cancer tissues defining its prognostic value. MATERIAL AND METHODS: The specimens derived from 51 patients who underwent surgery. The levels of MTA1 protein were compared with the age of the patients, their survival, and prognosis. Also, we studied clinical and histopathological factors such as the degree of tumor differentiation and its stage in correlation with MTA1 protein levels. In parallel, there was correlation between the expression of the ΜΤΑ1 protein and the aforementioned factors regarding survival rate...
February 10, 2017: Journal of Investigative Surgery: the Official Journal of the Academy of Surgical Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28635504/applying-rasch-model-analysis-in-the-development-of-the-cantonese-tone-identification-test-cantit
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Kathy Y S Lee, Joffee H S Lam, Kit T Y Chan, Charles Andrew van Hasselt, Michael C F Tong
OBJECTIVE: Applying Rasch analysis to evaluate the internal structure of a lexical tone perception test known as the Cantonese Tone Identification Test (CANTIT). DESIGN: A 75-item pool (CANTIT-75) with pictures and sound tracks was developed. Respondents were required to make a four-alternative forced choice on each item. A short version of 30 items (CANTIT-30) was developed based on fit statistics, difficulty estimates, and content evaluation. Internal structure was evaluated by fit statistics and Rasch Factor Analysis (RFA)...
March 1, 2017: International Journal of Audiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28635496/internet-based-peer-support-for-m%C3%A3-ni%C3%A3-re-s-disease-a-summary-of-web-based-data-collection-impact-evaluation-and-user-evaluation
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Ilmari Pyykkő, Vinaya Manchaiah, Hilla Levo, Erna Kentala, Martti Juhola
OBJECTIVE: This paper presents a summary of web-based data collection, impact evaluation, and user evaluations of an Internet-based peer support program for Ménière's disease (MD). DESIGN: The program is written in html-form. The data are stored in a MySQL database and uses machine learning in the diagnosis of MD. The program works interactively with the user and assesses the participant's disorder profile in various dimensions (i.e., symptoms, impact, personal traits, and positive attitude)...
February 9, 2017: International Journal of Audiology
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