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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28224883/seroprevalence-of-toxoplasma-gondii-infection-in-zoo-and-domestic-animals-in-jiangxi-province-china
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Houqiang Luo, Kun Li, Hui Zhang, Ping Gan, Muhammad Shahzad, Xiaoxing Wu, Yanfang Lan, Jiaxiang Wang
Toxoplasma gondii is a zoonotic protozoan parasite that infects a wide range of warm-blooded animals throughout the world. In the present study, antibodies to T. gondii were determined using a commercial indirect hemagglutination (IHA) test in wild animals in a zoo. Three of 11 giraffes (Giraffa camelopardalis) (27%), 1 of 5 wolves (Canis lupus laniger) (20%), 1 of 6 hippopotamuses (Hippopotamus amphibious) (17%), and 2 of 9 tundra swans (Cygnus columbianus) (22%) were found to be positive. No antibodies were detected in leopards (Panthera pardus), wild geese (Anser cygnoides), and Eastern grey kangaroos (Macropus giganteus)...
2017: Parasite: Journal de la Société Française de Parasitologie
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28222735/advancing-gender-equality-through-the-athena-swan-charter-for-women-in-science-an-exploratory-study-of-women-s-and-men-s-perceptions
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Pavel V Ovseiko, Alison Chapple, Laurel D Edmunds, Sue Ziebland
BACKGROUND: While in the United Kingdom, Ireland, and Australia, higher education and research institutions are widely engaged with the Athena SWAN Charter for Women in Science to advance gender equality, empirical research on this process and its impact is rare. This study combined two data sets (free- text comments from a survey and qualitative interviews) to explore the range of experiences and perceptions of participation in Athena SWAN in medical science departments of a research-intensive university in Oxford, United Kingdom...
February 21, 2017: Health Research Policy and Systems
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28217867/effects-of-25-hydroxyvitamin-d-and-vitamin-d-binding-protein-on-bone-mineral-density-and-disease-activity-in-malaysian-patients-with-rheumatoid-arthritis
#3
Tze Hao Wong, Esha Das Gupta, Ammu K Radhakrishnan, Suk Chyn Gun, Gandhi Chembalingam, Swan Sim Yeap
AIM: Vitamin D3 [25(OH)D] has been shown to be important in bone health and can influence rheumatoid arthritis (RA) disease activity. Vitamin D-binding protein (VDBP) levels vary with race and may modulate 'bioavailable' levels of 25(OH)D. The aim of this study was to explore the relationships between 25(OH)D, VDBP and clinical factors on bone mineral density (BMD) in a group of multi-ethnic Malaysian RA patients and healthy controls. METHODS: A cross-sectional study of 77 female RA patients and 29 controls was performed...
February 20, 2017: International Journal of Rheumatic Diseases
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28214475/hunter-and-new-england-healthpathways-a-4-year-journey-of-integrated-care
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Jane S Gray, Judith R Swan, Margaret A Lynch, Tracey M Tay, Marika-Jane Mackenzie, John H Wiggers, Karen A Harrison, Robert C McDonald, Ian P O'Dea, Louise M Harrigan, Sandra M Fitzgerald
Objective This paper describes the 4-year journey of Hunter and New England HealthPathways - a password-protected web-based portal designed to provide localised evidence-informed clinical and referral information to support general practice at the point of care.Methods A process evaluation was conducted in 2013, with a case study comparison performed in 2014 to assess impact of HealthPathways on patient referral and access to specialist care, followed by a review in 2016 of utilisation of the online portal to assess whether healthcare providers continued to access HealthPathways...
February 20, 2017: Australian Health Review: a Publication of the Australian Hospital Association
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28211150/genomic-prediction-of-reproduction-traits-for-merino-sheep
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S Bolormaa, D J Brown, A A Swan, J H J van der Werf, B J Hayes, H D Daetwyler
Economically important reproduction traits in sheep, such as number of lambs weaned and litter size, are expressed only in females and later in life after most selection decisions are made, which makes them ideal candidates for genomic selection. Accurate genomic predictions would lead to greater genetic gain for these traits by enabling accurate selection of young rams with high genetic merit. The aim of this study was to design and evaluate the accuracy of a genomic prediction method for female reproduction in sheep using daughter trait deviations (DTD) for sires and ewe phenotypes (when individual ewes were genotyped) for three reproduction traits: number of lambs born (NLB), litter size (LSIZE) and number of lambs weaned...
February 17, 2017: Animal Genetics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28206942/mixed-hepatocellular-carcinoma-neuroendocrine-carcinoma-of-the-liver
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Erin Baker, Carl Jacobs, John Martinie, David A Iannitti, Dionisios Vrochides, Ryan Z Swan
We present the case of a 76-year-old male found to have a large tumor involving the left lateral lobe of the liver, presumed to be hepatocellular carcinoma (HCC). After resection, pathologic features demonstrated both high-grade HCC and high-grade neuroendocrine carcinoma (NEC). Areas of NEC stained strongly for synaptophysin, which was not present in HCC component. The HCC component stained strongly for Hep-Par 1, which was not present in the NEC component. The patient underwent genetic analysis for biomarkers common to both tumor cell types...
November 1, 2016: American Surgeon
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28206869/acoustic-control-of-mosquito-larvae-in-artificial-drinking-water-containers
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Seth C Britch, Herbert Nyberg, Robert L Aldridge, Tom Swan, Kenneth J Linthicum
Emerging technology designed to kill mosquito larvae with sound waves may present a nonchemical and nonbiological alternative to reduce larval populations of key medically important mosquito species such as Aedes aegypti in containers or catchments of water. These devices could benefit integrated vector management programs facing public resistance to the use of chemical or biological larvicides in stored drinking water. In this study we investigate the efficacy of a Larvasonic SD-Mini Acoustic Larvicide device in reducing larval populations of Ae...
December 2016: Journal of the American Mosquito Control Association
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28203074/temperature-and-ph-sensitive-wearable-materials-for-monitoring-foot-ulcers
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Pietro Salvo, Nicola Calisi, Bernardo Melai, Valentina Dini, Clara Paoletti, Tommaso Lomonaco, Andrea Pucci, Fabio Di Francesco, Alberto Piaggesi, Marco Romanelli
Foot ulcers account for 15% of comorbidities associated with diabetes. Presently, no device allows the status of foot ulcers to be continuously monitored when patients are not hospitalized. In this study, we describe a temperature and a pH sensor capable of monitoring diabetic foot and venous leg ulcers developed in the frame of the seventh framework program European Union project SWAN-iCare (smart wearable and autonomous negative pressure device for wound monitoring and therapy). Temperature is measured by exploiting the variations in the electrical resistance of a nanocomposite consisting of multiwalled carbon nanotubes and poly(styrene-b-(ethylene-co-butylene)-b-styrene)...
2017: International Journal of Nanomedicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28198009/endoscopic-ultrasound-guided-fine-needle-aspirate-derived-preclinical-pancreatic-cancer-models-reveal-panitumumab-sensitivity-in-kras-wild-type-tumours
#9
William Berry, Elizabeth Algar, Beena Kumar, Christopher Desmond, Michael Swan, Brendan J Jenkins, Daniel Croagh
Pancreatic cancer (PC) is largely refractory to existing therapies used in unselected patient trials, thus emphasizing the pressing need for new approaches for patient selection in personalized medicine. KRAS mutations occur in 90% of PC patients and confer resistance to epidermal growth factor receptor (EGFR) inhibitors (e.g. panitumumab), suggesting that KRAS wild-type PC patients may benefit from targeted panitumumab therapy. Here we use tumour tissue procured by endoscopic ultrasound-guided fine-needle aspirate (EUS-FNA) to compare the in vivo sensitivity in patient derived xenografts (PDXs) of KRAS wild-type and mutant PC tumours to panitumumab, and to profile the molecular signature of these tumours in patients with metastatic or localized disease...
February 15, 2017: International Journal of Cancer. Journal International du Cancer
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28197298/swan-neck-deformity-in-cerebral-palsy
#10
Leyu Chiu, Nicholas S Adams, Paul A Luce
No abstract text is available yet for this article.
2017: Eplasty
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28194652/hair-cortisol-in-the-evaluation-of-cushing-syndrome
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Aaron Hodes, Maya B Lodish, Amit Tirosh, Jerrold Meyer, Elena Belyavskaya, Charalampos Lyssikatos, Kendra Rosenberg, Andrew Demidowich, Jeremy Swan, Nichole Jonas, Constantine A Stratakis, Mihail Zilbermint
PURPOSE: Hair cortisol evaluation has been used to help detect patients with suspected Cushing syndrome. Our goal was to correlate segmental hair cortisol with biochemical testing in patients with Cushing syndrome and controls. This study was a prospective analysis of hair cortisol in confirmed Cushing syndrome cases over 16 months. METHODS: Thirty-six subjects (26.5 ± 18.9 years, 75% female, and 75% Caucasian) were analyzed by diurnal serum cortisol, 24 h urinary free cortisol corrected for body surface area (UFC/BSA), and 24 h urinary 17-hydroxysteroids corrected for creatinine (17OHS/Cr)...
February 13, 2017: Endocrine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28190459/mutations-in-inpp5k-cause-a-form-of-congenital-muscular-dystrophy-overlapping-marinesco-sj%C3%A3-gren-syndrome-and-dystroglycanopathy
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Daniel P S Osborn, Heather L Pond, Neda Mazaheri, Jeremy Dejardin, Christopher J Munn, Khaloob Mushref, Edmund S Cauley, Isabella Moroni, Maria Barbara Pasanisi, Elizabeth A Sellars, R Sean Hill, Jennifer N Partlow, Rebecca K Willaert, Jaipreet Bharj, Reza Azizi Malamiri, Hamid Galehdari, Gholamreza Shariati, Reza Maroofian, Marina Mora, Laura E Swan, Thomas Voit, Francesco J Conti, Yalda Jamshidi, M Chiara Manzini
Congenital muscular dystrophies display a wide phenotypic and genetic heterogeneity. The combination of clinical, biochemical, and molecular genetic findings must be considered to obtain the precise diagnosis and provide appropriate genetic counselling. Here we report five individuals from four families presenting with variable clinical features including muscular dystrophy with a reduction in dystroglycan glycosylation, short stature, intellectual disability, and cataracts, overlapping both the dystroglycanopathies and Marinesco-Sjögren syndrome...
February 1, 2017: American Journal of Human Genetics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28190456/mutations-in-inpp5k-encoding-a-phosphoinositide-5-phosphatase-cause-congenital-muscular-dystrophy-with-cataracts-and-mild-cognitive-impairment
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Manuela Wiessner, Andreas Roos, Christopher J Munn, Ranjith Viswanathan, Tamieka Whyte, Dan Cox, Benedikt Schoser, Caroline Sewry, Helen Roper, Rahul Phadke, Chiara Marini Bettolo, Rita Barresi, Richard Charlton, Carsten G Bönnemann, Osório Abath Neto, Umbertina C Reed, Edmar Zanoteli, Cristiane Araújo Martins Moreno, Birgit Ertl-Wagner, Rolf Stucka, Christian De Goede, Tamiris Borges da Silva, Denisa Hathazi, Margherita Dell'Aica, René P Zahedi, Simone Thiele, Juliane Müller, Helen Kingston, Susanna Müller, Elizabeth Curtis, Maggie C Walter, Tim M Strom, Volker Straub, Kate Bushby, Francesco Muntoni, Laura E Swan, Hanns Lochmüller, Jan Senderek
Phosphoinositides are small phospholipids that control diverse cellular downstream signaling events. Their spatial and temporal availability is tightly regulated by a set of specific lipid kinases and phosphatases. Congenital muscular dystrophies are hereditary disorders characterized by hypotonia and weakness from birth with variable eye and central nervous system involvement. In individuals exhibiting congenital muscular dystrophy, early-onset cataracts, and mild intellectual disability but normal cranial magnetic resonance imaging, we identified bi-allelic mutations in INPP5K, encoding inositol polyphosphate-5-phosphatase K...
February 8, 2017: American Journal of Human Genetics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28188998/midwives-experiences-of-working-in-an-obstetric-high-dependency-unit-a-qualitative-study
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Isabelle J Eadie, Nicolette F Sheridan
OBJECTIVES: to understand the challenges experienced by midwives providing obstetric high dependency care and identify the training they perceive is needed for work in an obstetric high dependency unit. DESIGN: sixteen midwives who worked in the obstetric high dependency unit participated in one of three focus groups. Focus groups lasted 60-90minutes and were conducted in the workplace and facilitated by author (IE). Data were digitally recorded, transcribed and analysed manually by author (IE), specifically using a 'codebook' model to generate codes, categories and themes...
January 21, 2017: Midwifery
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28183302/the-effect-of-the-tim-program-transfer-icu-medication-reconciliation-on-medication-transfer-errors-in-two-dutch-intensive-care-units-design-of-a-prospective-8-month-observational-study-with-a-before-and-after-period
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Bertha Elizabeth Bosma, Edmé Meuwese, Siok Swan Tan, Jasper van Bommel, Piet Herman Gerard Jan Melief, Nicole Geertruida Maria Hunfeld, Patricia Maria Lucia Adriana van den Bemt
BACKGROUND: The transfer of patients to and from the Intensive Care Unit (ICU) is prone to medication errors. The aim of the present study is to determine whether the number of medication errors at ICU admission and discharge and the associated potential harm and costs are reduced by using the Transfer ICU and Medication reconciliation (TIM) program. METHODS: This prospective 8-month observational study with a pre- and post-design will assess the effects of the TIM program compared with usual care in two Dutch hospitals...
February 10, 2017: BMC Health Services Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28173884/pre-and-post-operative-dizziness-tinnitus-and-taste-disturbances-among-cochlear-implant-recipients
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K S Mikkelsen, T Ovesen, C Z Swan
OBJECTIVE: To determine the pre- and post-operative prevalence of dizziness, tinnitus and taste disturbances in adult cochlear implant recipients. METHODS: A questionnaire regarding pre- and post-operative dizziness, tinnitus and taste disturbances was sent to 170 cochlear implant recipients implanted between January 2003 and March 2009. Seventy-seven patients (41 per cent) responded. RESULTS: Pre-operatively, 20 per cent of the participants experienced dizziness, 52 per cent experienced tinnitus and 3 per cent experienced taste disturbances...
February 8, 2017: Journal of Laryngology and Otology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28173590/the-impact-of-intracranial-tumor-proximity-to-white-matter-tracts-on-morbidity-and-mortality-a-retrospective-diffusion-tensor-imaging-study
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Erin J Meyer, Wolfgang Gaggl, Benjamin Gilloon, Benjamin Swan, Max Greenstein, Jed Voss, Namath Hussain, Ryan L Holdsworth, Veena A Nair, M Elizabeth Meyerand, John S Kuo, Mustafa K Baskaya, Aaron S Field, Vivek Prabhakaran
No abstract text is available yet for this article.
February 1, 2017: Neurosurgery
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28164280/interdecadal-changes-in-the-community-population-and-individual-levels-of-the-fish-fauna-of-an-extensively-modified-estuary
#18
F J Valesini, A Cottingham, C S Hallett, K R Clarke
This study examined inter-period changes over two to three decades in the fish fauna of an urbanized estuary experiencing rapid population growth and a drying climate (Swan-Canning Estuary, Western Australia). Responses were compared at the fish community level (species composition; 1978-2009 in the shallows and 1993-2009 in deeper waters) and at the population and individual levels of an estuarine indicator species, black bream Acanthopagrus butcheri (biomass-abundance and per capita mass at age, respectively; 1993-2009)...
February 6, 2017: Journal of Fish Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28159771/improving-and-correcting-the-contiguity-of-long-read-genome-assemblies-of-three-plant-species-using-optical-mapping-and-chromosome-conformation-capture-data
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Wen-Biao Jiao, Gonzalo Garcia Accinelli, Benjamin Hartwig, Christiane Kiefer, David Baker, Edouard Severing, Eva-Maria Willing, Mathieu Piednoel, Stefan Woetzel, Eva Madrid-Herrero, Bruno Huettel, Ulrike Hümann, Richard Reinhard, Marcus A Koch, Daniel Swan, Bernardo Clavijo, George Coupland, Korbinian Schneeberger
Long-read sequencing can overcome the weaknesses of short reads in the assembly of eukaryotic genomes, however, at present additional scaffolding is needed to achieve chromosome-level assemblies. We generated PacBio long-read data of the genomes of three relatives of the model plant Arabidopsis thaliana and assembled all three genomes into only a few hundred contigs. To improve the contiguities of these assemblies, we generated BioNano Genomics optical mapping and Dovetail Genomics chromosome conformation capture data for genome scaffolding...
February 3, 2017: Genome Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28159612/a-prime-boost-vaccination-with-ha-dna-and-pichia-produced-ha-protein-elicits-a-strong-humoral-response-in-chickens-against-h5n1
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Anna Stachyra, Maria Pietrzak, Agnieszka Macioła, Anna Protasiuk, Monika Olszewska, Krzysztof Śmietanka, Zenon Minta, Anna Góra-Sochacka, Edyta Kopera, Agnieszka Sirko
Highly pathogenic avian influenza viruses cause severe disease and huge economic losses in domestic poultry and might pose a serious threat to people because of the high mortality rates in case of an accidental transmission to humans. The main goal of this work was to evaluate the immune responses and hemagglutination inhibition potential elicited by a combined DNA/recombinant protein prime/boost vaccination compared to DNA/DNA and protein/protein regimens in chickens. A plasmid encoding hemagglutinin (HA) from the A/swan/Poland/305-135V08/2006 (H5N1) virus, or the recombinant HA protein produced in Pichia pastoris system, both induced H5 HA-specific humoral immune responses in chickens...
January 31, 2017: Virus Research
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