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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28324030/early-prenatal-phthalate-exposure-sex-steroid-hormones-and-newborn-birth-outcomes
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Sheela Sathyanarayana, Samantha Butts, Christina Wang, Emily Barrett, Ruby Nguyen, Stephen M Schwartz, Wren Haaland, Shanna H Swan
Background: Adequate sex steroid hormone concentrations are essential for normal fetal genital development in early pregnancy. Our previous study demonstrated an inverse relationship between third trimester di-ethyl hexyl (DEHP) phthalate exposure and total testosterone (TT) concentrations. Here, we examine early pregnancy phthalates, sex steroid hormone concentrations, and newborn reproductive outcomes. Methods: We examined associations between urinary phthalate metabolite concentrations in early pregnancy and serum free testosterone (FT), TT, estrone (E1), and estradiol (E2) in 591 woman/infant dyads in The Infant Development and Environment Study; we also examined relationships between hormones and newborn genital outcomes using multiple regression models with covariate adjustment...
March 9, 2017: Journal of Clinical Endocrinology and Metabolism
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28317379/optical-emission-from-c2-anions-in-microwave-activated-ch4-h2-plasmas-for-chemical-vapour-deposition-of-diamond
#2
Edward Mahoney, Benjamin S Truscott, Michael N R Ashfold, Yuri A Mankelevich
Visible emission from C2-(B2Σu+) anions has been identified underlying the much stronger Swan band emission from neutral C2(d3Πg) radicals (henceforth C2-* and C2*, respectively) in MW-activated C/H/(Ar) plasmas operating under conditions appropriate for the chemical vapour deposition (CVD) of diamond. Spatially resolved measurements of the C2-* and C2* emissions as functions of the C/H/(Ar) ratio in the input gas mixture, the total pressure, and the applied MW power, together with complementary 2-D(r, z) plasma modelling, identifies dissociative electron attachment (DEA) to C2H radicals in the hot plasma as the dominant source of the observed C2-* emission...
March 20, 2017: Journal of Physical Chemistry. A
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28296914/evolutionary-and-natural-history-of-the-turtle-frog-myobatrachus-gouldii-a-bizarre-myobatrachid-frog-in-the-southwestern-australian-biodiversity-hotspot
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Samantha Vertucci, Mitzy Pepper, Danielle L Edwards, J Dale Roberts, Nicola Mitchell, J Scott Keogh
Southwest Australia (SWA) is a global biodiversity hotspot and a centre of diversity and endemism for the Australo-Papuan myobatrachid frogs. Myobatrachus gouldii (the turtle frog) has a highly derived morphology associated with its forward burrowing behaviour, largely subterranean habit, and unusual mode of reproduction. Its sister genera Metacrinia and Arenophryne have restricted distributions in Western Australia with significant phylogeographic structure, leading to the recent description of a new species in the latter...
2017: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28270622/black-swan-events-in-animal-populations
#4
Sean C Anderson, Trevor A Branch, Andrew B Cooper, Nicholas K Dulvy
Black swans are improbable events that nonetheless occur-often with profound consequences. Such events drive important transitions in social systems (e.g., banking collapses) and physical systems (e.g., earthquakes), and yet it remains unclear the extent to which ecological population numbers buffer or suffer from such extremes. Here, we estimate the prevalence and direction of black-swan events (heavy-tailed process noise) in 609 animal populations after accounting for population dynamics (productivity, density dependence, and typical stochasticity)...
March 7, 2017: Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences of the United States of America
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28268089/burden-of-arrhythmias-in-peripartum-cardiomyopathy-analysis-of-9841-hospitalizations
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Sagar Mallikethi-Reddy, Emmanuel Akintoye, Naveen Trehan, Shikha Sharma, Alexandros Briasoulis, Kavyashri Jagadeesh, Melvyn Rubenfire, Cindy L Grines, Luis Afonso
BACKGROUND: Peripartum cardiomyopathy (PPCM) is associated with significant morbidity and mortality. Arrhythmogenic causes of death have been implicated in a significant number of patients. However, there is a dearth of systematic studies evaluating the burden of arrhythmias in PPCM. METHODS: We used the Healthcare Utilization Project, Nationwide Inpatient Sample database (2007-2012) and identified 9841 hospitalizations for women aged ≥18years with a primary diagnosis of PPCM...
February 24, 2017: International Journal of Cardiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28252987/accessibility-limits-recall-from-visual-working-memory
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Jason Rajsic, Garrett Swan, Daryl E Wilson, Jay Pratt
In this article, we demonstrate limitations of accessibility of information in visual working memory (VWM). Recently, cued-recall has been used to estimate the fidelity of information in VWM, where the feature of a cued object is reproduced from memory (Bays, Catalao, & Husain, 2009; Wilken & Ma, 2004; Zhang & Luck, 2008). Response error in these tasks has been largely studied with respect to failures of encoding and maintenance; however, the retrieval operations used in these tasks remain poorly understood...
March 2, 2017: Journal of Experimental Psychology. Learning, Memory, and Cognition
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28246416/computed-tomographic-and-angiographic-assessment-of-spinal-extradural-arteriovenous-fistulas-in-a-dog
#7
Simona Morabito, Edoardo Auriemma, Paolo Zagarella, Edy Mercuriali, Oriol Domenech, Gualtiero Gandini, Teresa Gagliardo, Eric Zini, Swan Specchi
A 6-month-old German shepherd dog was presented for progressive paraparesis. Multiple arteriovenous fistulae and hyperostosis of the thoracic vertebrae with secondary thoraco-lumbar spinal cord compression were diagnosed. Arteriovenous spinal fistula is a rare condition but should be considered as a differential diagnosis in young dogs with progressive paraparesis.
March 2017: Canadian Veterinary Journal. la Revue Vétérinaire Canadienne
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28238509/preconception-counseling-predicting-risk-and-outcomes-in-women-with-mwho-3-and-4-heart-disease
#8
Matthew Cauldwell, Sarah Ghonim, Anselm Uebing, Lorna Swan, Philip J Steer, Michael Gatzoulis, Mark R Johnson
OBJECTIVE: All women with CHD, especially those with more severe disease, should be offered preconception counseling (PCC), to discuss the risk of complications and to plan a future pregnancy. Several scoring system have been devised to estimate the risk of adverse events in pregnancies complicated by maternal heart disease (HD) and while comparisons have been made across the whole population, none have focused on the high-risk population. METHODS: Retrospective cohort study that included women classed as modified WHO (mWHO) 3 and 4 who had a pregnancy from at least 20weeks gestation between 1994 and 2015 managed within our institution...
May 1, 2017: International Journal of Cardiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28237971/body-mass-index-in-adult-congenital-heart-disease
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Margarita Brida, Konstantinos Dimopoulos, Alexander Kempny, Emmanouil Liodakis, Rafael Alonso-Gonzalez, Lorna Swan, Anselm Uebing, Helmut Baumgartner, Michael A Gatzoulis, Gerhard-Paul Diller
OBJECTIVE: Abnormal body mass index (BMI) is associated with higher mortality in various cardiovascular cohorts. The prognostic implications of BMI in adults with congenital heart disease (ACHD) are unknown. We aim to assess the distribution of BMI and its association with symptoms and survival in the ACHD population. METHODS: We included 3069 ACHD patients (median age 32.6 years) under follow-up at our institution between 2001 and 2015. Patients were classified based on BMI as underweight (<18...
February 25, 2017: Heart: Official Journal of the British Cardiac Society
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28224883/seroprevalence-of-toxoplasma-gondii-infection-in-zoo-and-domestic-animals-in-jiangxi-province-china
#10
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
#12
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
#14
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
#15
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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
#16
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
#17
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
#18
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
#19
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
#20
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
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