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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28432606/neuromuscular-electrostimulation-a-new-therapeutic-option-to-improve-radio-cephalic-arteriovenous-fistula-maturation-in-end-stage-chronic-kidney-disease-patients
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Lucia Martinez, Vicent Esteve, Montserrat Yeste, Vicent Artigas, Secundino Llagostera
BACKGROUND: Radio-cephalic arteriovenous fistula (RCAVF) is the gold standard vascular access for end-stage chronic kidney disease patients. Exercises after arteriovenous fistula (AVF) creation improve maturation. No articles are published regarding neuromuscular electrostimulation (NMES) in AVF maturation. OBJECTIVES: To assess the usefulness of a NMES programme on RCAVF maturation process. METHODS: An 8-week single-centre prospective study...
April 21, 2017: International Urology and Nephrology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28429013/a-stochastic-model-for-directional-changes-of-swimming-bacteria
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G Fier, D Hansmann, R C Buceta
In this work we introduce a stochastic model to describe directional changes in the movement of swimming bacteria. We use the probability density function (PDF) of turn angles, measured on tumbling wild-type E. coli, to build a Langevin equation for the deflection of the bacterial body swimming in isotropic media. We have solved this equation analytically by means of the Green function method and shown that three parameters are sufficient to describe the movement: the characteristic time, the steady-state solution and the control parameter...
April 21, 2017: Soft Matter
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28427133/-effects-of-application-of-vancomycin-in-the-early-stage-of-patients-with-extremely-severe-burn
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Z Zhu, G W Cao, J J Bao, Z H Hu, Z Shen, H Tao, B Cao, F Xu
Objective: To evaluate the effects of application of vancomycin in the early stage of patients with extremely severe burn, in order to provide reference to drug for anti-infection treatment in the early stage of patients with extremely severe burn. Methods: Data of 15 patients of Kunshan explosion on August 2nd, 2014, admitted to the Department of Intensive Care in our hospital were retrospectively analyzed. The clinical efficacy of continuously intravenous dripping of vancomycin (combined with imipenem) in the early stage of burns (before and on post burn day 14) was analyzed...
April 20, 2017: Zhonghua Shao Shang za Zhi, Zhonghua Shaoshang Zazhi, Chinese Journal of Burns
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28426250/processed-meat-and-colorectal-cancer-risk-a-pooled-analysis-of-three-italian-case-control-studies
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Valentina Rosato, Alessandra Tavani, Eva Negri, Diego Serraino, Maurizio Montella, Adriano Decarli, Carlo La Vecchia, Monica Ferraroni
To add evidence to the limited data available from southern Europe, we assessed the association between processed meat consumption and colorectal cancer risk. We analyzed data from three case-control studies conducted between 1985 and 2010 in various Italian areas, including a total of 3745 incident cases and 6804 hospital-based controls. We calculated odds ratios (ORs) and 95% confidence intervals (CIs) by unconditional multiple logistic regression models. The median consumption of processed meat was around 20 g/day both in cases and controls...
April 20, 2017: Nutrition and Cancer
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28424595/gray-matter-atrophy-is-primarily-related-to-demyelination-of-lesions-in-multiple-sclerosis-a-diffusion-tensor-imaging-mri-study
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Eszter Tóth, Nikoletta Szabó, Gergõ Csete, András Király, Péter Faragó, Tamás Spisák, Krisztina Bencsik, László Vécsei, Zsigmond T Kincses
Objective: Cortical pathology, periventricular demyelination, and lesion formation in multiple sclerosis (MS) are related (Hypothesis 1). Factors in the cerebrospinal fluid close to these compartments could possibly drive the parallel processes. Alternatively, the cortical atrophy could be caused by remote axonal transection (Hypothesis 2). Since MRI can differentiate between demyelination and axon loss, we used this imaging modality to investigate the correlation between the pattern of diffusion parameter changes in the periventricular- and deep white matter and the gray matter atrophy...
2017: Frontiers in Neuroanatomy
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28424430/exploring-non-stationarity-patterns-in-schizophrenia-neural-reorganization-abnormalities-in-the-alpha-band
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Pablo Núñez, Jesus Poza, Alejandro Bachiller, Javier Gomez-Pilar, Alba Lubeiro, Vicente Molina, Roberto Hornero
OBJECTIVE: The aim of this paper was to characterize brain non-stationarity during an auditory oddball task in schizophrenia (SCH). The level of non-stationarity was measured in the baseline and response windows of relevant tones in SCH patients and healthy controls. APPROACH: Event-related potentials were recorded from 28 SCH patients and 51 controls. Non-stationarity was estimated in the conventional electroencephalography frequency bands by means of Kullback-Leibler divergence (KLD)...
April 20, 2017: Journal of Neural Engineering
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28423891/effective-thermal-inactivation-of-the-spores-of-bacillus-cereus-biofilms-using-microwave
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Hyong Seok Park, Jungwoo Yang, Hee Jung Choi, Kyoung Heon Kim
Microwave sterilization was performed to inactivate the spores of biofilms of Bacillus cereus involved in foodborne illness. The sterilization conditions, such as the amount of water biofilms were immersed in, temperature, and treatment time, were optimized after 15 runs based on the Box-Behnken design. The sterilization conditions, such as the amount of water and the operating temperature and treatment time were optimized using statistical analysis based on 15 runs experimental results designed by the Box- Behnken method...
April 20, 2017: Journal of Microbiology and Biotechnology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28423063/vitamin-d-status-and-its-association-with-insulin-resistance-among-type-2-diabetics-a-case-control-study-in-ghana
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Linda Ahenkorah Fondjo, William K B A Owiredu, Samuel Asamoah Sakyi, Edwin Ferguson Laing, Michael Acquaye Adotey-Kwofie, Enoch Odame Antoh, Eric Detoh
BACKGROUND: Vitamin D plays a major role in physiological processes that modulate mineral metabolism and immune function with probable link to several chronic and infectious conditions. Emerging data suggests a possible influence of vitamin D on glucose homeostasis. This study sought to provide preliminary information on vitamin D status among Ghanaian type 2 diabetics and assessed its association with glucose homeostasis. METHODS: In a case control study, 118 clinically diagnosed Type 2 Diabetes Mellitus (T2DM) patients attending Diabetic Clinic at the Nkawie Government Hospital were enrolled between October and December 2015...
2017: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28423041/modeling-the-shape-and-composition-of-the-human-body-using-dual-energy-x-ray-absorptiometry-images
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John A Shepherd, Bennett K Ng, Bo Fan, Ann V Schwartz, Peggy Cawthon, Steven R Cummings, Stephen Kritchevsky, Michael Nevitt, Adam Santanasto, Timothy F Cootes
There is growing evidence that body shape and regional body composition are strong indicators of metabolic health. The purpose of this study was to develop statistical models that accurately describe holistic body shape, thickness, and leanness. We hypothesized that there are unique body shape features that are predictive of mortality beyond standard clinical measures. We developed algorithms to process whole-body dual-energy X-ray absorptiometry (DXA) scans into body thickness and leanness images. We performed statistical appearance modeling (SAM) and principal component analysis (PCA) to efficiently encode the variance of body shape, leanness, and thickness across sample of 400 older Americans from the Health ABC study...
2017: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28422977/defining-the-complex-phenotype-of-severe-systemic-loxoscelism-using-a-large-electronic-health-record-cohort
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Jamie R Robinson, Vanessa E Kennedy, Youssef Doss, Lisa Bastarache, Joshua Denny, Jeremy L Warner
OBJECTIVE: Systemic loxoscelism is a rare illness resulting from the bite of the recluse spider and, in its most severe form, can lead to widespread hemolysis, coagulopathy, and death. We aim to describe the clinical features and outcomes of the largest known cohort of individuals with moderate to severe loxoscelism. METHODS: We performed a retrospective, cross sectional study from January 1, 1995, to December 31, 2015, at a tertiary-care academic medical center, to determine individuals with clinical records consistent with moderate to severe loxoscelism...
2017: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28421478/facilitating-the-feedback-process-on-a-clinical-clerkship-using-a-smartphone-application
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Aditya Joshi, Jenilee Generalla, Britta Thompson, Paul Haidet
OBJECTIVES: This pilot study evaluated the effects of a smartphone-triggered method of feedback delivery on students' perceptions of the feedback process. METHODS: An interactive electronic feedback form was made available to students through a smartphone app. Students were asked to evaluate various aspects of the feedback process. Responses from a previous year served as control. RESULTS: In the first three quarters of academic year 2014-2015 (pre-implementation), only 65% of responders reported receiving oral feedback and 40% reported receiving written feedback...
April 18, 2017: Academic Psychiatry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28420955/hemispheric-differences-in-white-matter-microstructure-between-two-profiles-of-children-with-high-intelligence-quotient-vs-controls-a-tract-based-spatial-statistics-study
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Fanny Nusbaum, Salem Hannoun, Gabriel Kocevar, Claudio Stamile, Pierre Fourneret, Olivier Revol, Dominique Sappey-Marinier
Objectives: The main goal of this study was to investigate and compare the neural substrate of two children's profiles of high intelligence quotient (HIQ). Methods: Two groups of HIQ children were included with either a homogeneous (Hom-HIQ: n = 20) or a heterogeneous IQ profile (Het-HIQ: n = 24) as defined by a significant difference between verbal comprehension index and perceptual reasoning index. Diffusion tensor imaging was used to assess white matter (WM) microstructure while tract-based spatial statistics (TBSS) analysis was performed to detect and localize WM regional differences in fractional anisotropy (FA), mean diffusivity, axial (AD), and radial diffusivities...
2017: Frontiers in Neuroscience
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28420905/effects-of-supervised-aerobic-training-on-the-levels-of-anti-mullerian-hormone-and-adiposity-measures-in-women-with-normo-ovulatory-and-polycystic-ovary-syndrome
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Einas Al-Eisa, Sami Ali Gabr, Ahmad Hieder Alghadir
OBJECTIVE: To evaluate the change in the levels of anti-Mullerian hormone, adiponectin, weight loss and fertility parameters in obese women with or without polycystic ovary syndrome, following 12 weeks of supervised aerobic exercise. METHODS: This study was conducted from August 2013 to October 2014 among obese women with or without polycystic ovary syndrome referred to Obstetrics and Gynecology clinic, Mansoura University Hospital, Faculty of Medicine, Mansoura, Egypt...
April 2017: JPMA. the Journal of the Pakistan Medical Association
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28419974/prediction-and-feature-analysis-of-intron-retention-events-in-plant-genome
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Ying Cui, Chao Zhang, Meng Cai
Alternative splicing (AS) is a major contributor to increase the potential informational content of eukaryotic genomes by creating multiple mRNA species and proteins from a single gene. In plants, up to 60% genes are alternatively spliced and the most common type of AS is intron retention (IR). Genomic analyses of IR have illuminated its crucial role in shaping the evolution of genomes, in the control of developmental processes, and in the dynamic regulation of the transcriptome to influence phenotype. To explore the relationship between the sequence feature and the formation mechanism of IR, we statistically analyzed the retained introns and proposed an improved random forest-based hybrid method to predict intron retention events in plant genome...
April 13, 2017: Computational Biology and Chemistry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28418507/use-of-bayesian-decision-analysis-to-minimize-harm-in-patient-centered-randomized-clinical-trials-in-oncology
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Vahid Montazerhodjat, Shomesh E Chaudhuri, Daniel J Sargent, Andrew W Lo
Importance: Randomized clinical trials (RCTs) currently apply the same statistical threshold of alpha = 2.5% for controlling for false-positive results or type 1 error, regardless of the burden of disease or patient preferences. Is there an objective and systematic framework for designing RCTs that incorporates these considerations on a case-by-case basis? Objective: To apply Bayesian decision analysis (BDA) to cancer therapeutics to choose an alpha and sample size that minimize the potential harm to current and future patients under both null and alternative hypotheses...
April 13, 2017: JAMA Oncology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28415989/evaluation-of-genotype-mtbdrplus-ver-2-0-line-probe-assay-for-the-detection-of-mdr-tb-in-smear-positive-and-negative-sputum-samples
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Abyot Meaza, Abebaw Kebede, Zelalem Yaregal, Zekarias Dagne, Shewki Moga, Bazezew Yenew, Getu Diriba, Helina Molalign, Mengistu Tadesse, Desalegn Adisse, Muluwork Getahun, Kassu Desta
BACKGROUND: Multi drug resistant tuberculosis (MDR-TB) poses formidable challenges to TB control due to its complex diagnostic and treatment challenges and often associated with a high rate of mortality. Accurate and rapid detection of MDR-TB is critical for timely initiation of treatment. Line Probe Assay (LPA) is a qualitative in vitro diagnostic test based on DNA-STRIP technology for the identification of the M. tuberculosis complex and its resistance to rifampicin (RMP) and/or isoniazid (INH)...
April 17, 2017: BMC Infectious Diseases
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28415219/role-separating-ordering-in-social-dilemmas-controlled-by-topological-frustration
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Marco A Amaral, Matjaž Perc, Lucas Wardil, Attila Szolnoki, Elton J da Silva Júnior, Jafferson K L da Silva
''Three is a crowd" is an old proverb that applies as much to social interactions as it does to frustrated configurations in statistical physics models. Accordingly, social relations within a triangle deserve special attention. With this motivation, we explore the impact of topological frustration on the evolutionary dynamics of the snowdrift game on a triangular lattice. This topology provides an irreconcilable frustration, which prevents anticoordination of competing strategies that would be needed for an optimal outcome of the game...
March 2017: Physical Review. E
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28413437/gostag-gene-ontology-subtrees-to-tag-and-annotate-genes-within-a-set
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Brian D Bennett, Pierre R Bushel
BACKGROUND: Over-representation analysis (ORA) detects enrichment of genes within biological categories. Gene Ontology (GO) domains are commonly used for gene/gene-product annotation. When ORA is employed, often times there are hundreds of statistically significant GO terms per gene set. Comparing enriched categories between a large number of analyses and identifying the term within the GO hierarchy with the most connections is challenging. Furthermore, ascertaining biological themes representative of the samples can be highly subjective from the interpretation of the enriched categories...
2017: Source Code for Biology and Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28413076/detection-of-endolymphatic-hydrops-using-traditional-mr-imaging-sequences
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John H Keller, Barry E Hirsch, Ryan S Marovich, Barton F Branstetter
PURPOSE: The purpose of this study was to determine whether Meniere's disease (MD) produces endolymphatic cavity size changes that are detectable using unenhanced high-resolution T2-weighted MRI. MATERIALS & METHODS: This retrospective case-control study included patients with documented MD who had a high-resolution T2-weighted or steady-state free procession MRI of the temporal bones within one month of diagnosis, between 2002 and 2015. Patients were compared to age- and sex- matched controls...
April 6, 2017: American Journal of Otolaryngology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28412287/changes-in-rat-respiratory-system-produced-by-exposure-to-exhaust-gases-of-combustion-of-glycerol
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Daniel Silveira Serra, Janaína Serra Azul Monteiro Evangelista, Walter Araujo Zin, José Henrique Leal-Cardoso, Francisco Sales Ávila Cavalcante
The combustion of residual glycerol to generate heat in industrial processes has been suggested as a cost-effective solution for disposal of this environmental liability. Thus, we investigated the effects of exposure to the exhaust gases of glycerol combustion in the rat respiratory system. We used 2 rats groups, one exposed to the exhaust gases from glycerol combustion (Glycerol), and the other exposed to ambient air (Control). Exposure occurred 5h a day, 5days a week for 13 weeks. We observed statistically changes in all parameters of respiratory system mechanics in vivo...
April 12, 2017: Respiratory Physiology & Neurobiology
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