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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29334274/an-overview-of-robotic-mechanical-devices-for-post-stroke-thumb-rehabilitation
#1
Marian Suarez-Escobar, Elizabeth Rendon-Velez
PURPOSE: This article aims to clarify the current state-of-the-art of robotic/mechanical devices for post-stroke thumb rehabilitation as well as the anatomical characteristics and motions of the thumb that are crucial for the development of any device that aims to support its motion. METHODS: A systematic literature search was conducted to identify robotic/mechanical devices for post-stroke thumb rehabilitation. Specific electronic databases and well-defined search terms and inclusion/exclusion criteria were used for such purpose...
January 15, 2018: Disability and Rehabilitation. Assistive Technology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29334195/exoproteome-profiling-reveals-the-involvement-of-the-foldase-prsa-in-the-cell-surface-properties-and-pathogenesis-of-staphylococcus-aureus
#2
Mei-Hui Lin, Chi-Chun Li, Jwu-Ching Shu, Hao-Wei Chu, Chao-Chin Liu, Chih-Ching Wu
Staphylococcus aureus is a bacterial pathogen that produces and exports many virulence factors that cause diseases in human. PrsA, a membrane-bound foldase, is expressed ubiquitously in Gram-positive bacteria and required for the folding of exported proteins into a stable and active structure. To understand the involvement of PrsA in post-translocational protein folding in S. aureus, a PrsA-deficient mutant of S. aureus HG001 was constructed. Using isobaric tags for relative and absolute quantification (iTRAQ)-based mass spectrometry analyses, the exoproteomes of PrsA mutant and wild type S...
January 15, 2018: Proteomics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29331916/aerobic-exercise-is-more-effective-than-goal-based-exercise-for-the-treatment-of-cognition-in-parkinson-s-disease
#3
Carolina R A Silveira, Eric A Roy, Brittany N Intzandt, Quincy J Almeida
BACKGROUND: Little is known about how different exercise modalities influence cognition in Parkinson's disease (PD). Moreover, the focus of previous investigations on examining the effects of exercise mainly on executive functions and the exclusion of individuals with cognitive impairment may limit the potential to define exercise as a treatment for cognitive decline in PD. OBJECTIVE: The aim of this study was to compare the effects of aerobic and goal-based exercise on five cognitive domains in cognitively normal and impaired individuals with PD...
January 10, 2018: Brain and Cognition
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29331839/functional-characterization-of-a-novel-herg-variant-in-a-family-with-recurrent-sudden-infant-death-syndrome-retracting-a-genetic-diagnosis
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Valentine Sergeev, Frances Perry, Thomas M Roston, Shubhayan Sanatani, Glen F Tibbits, Thomas W Claydon
Long QT syndrome (LQTS) is the most common cardiac ion channelopathy and has been found to be responsible for approximately 10% of sudden infant death syndrome (SIDS) cases. Despite increasing use of broad panels and now whole exome sequencing (WES) in the investigation of SIDS, the probability of identifying a pathogenic mutation in a SIDS victim is low. We report a family-based study who are afflicted by recurrent SIDS in which several members harbor a variant, p.Pro963Thr, in the C-terminal region of the human-ether-a-go-go (hERG) gene, published to be responsible for cases of LQTS type 2...
December 20, 2017: Forensic Science International
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29331828/a-recovery-time-after-warming-restores-mitochondrial-function-and-improves-developmental-competence-of-vitrified-ovine-oocytes
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Sara Succu, Sergio Domenico Gadau, Elisa Serra, Angelo Zinellu, Ciriaco Carru, Cristian Porcu, Salvatore Naitana, Fiammetta Berlinguer, Giovanni Giuseppe Leoni
The aim of the present study was to assess the ability of vitrified/warmed oocyte to recover from vitrification-induced damages after warming. In vitro matured, vitrified/warmed ovine oocytes were assessed for developmental competence, mitochondrial activity and distribution, ATP, ROS and catalase levels during 6 h of in vitro culture using fresh oocytes as control. ATP content in vitrified oocytes was lower than control during 4 h of post warming culture (p < .01). Vitrified oocytes were able to fill this gap only after 6 h of post-warming incubation...
December 26, 2017: Theriogenology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29331587/il-23-il-17-immune-axis-in-guillain-barr%C3%A3-syndrome-exploring-newer-vistas-for-understanding-pathobiology-and-therapeutic-implications
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REVIEW
Monojit Debnath, Madhu Nagappa, Geetanjali Murari, Arun B Taly
Guillain Barré Syndrome (GBS) is a severe disorder of the peripheral nervous system with an inadequately known etiopathology. It is a post infectious immune mediated disorder, characterized by autoantibody production, complement activation as well as T reactivity against gangliosides. However, the precise etiopathogenesis remains poorly understood in a majority of the patients. Th17 cells, a recently identified lineage of Th cells have emerged as a predominant inducer of autoimmunity and inflammation in various immunological disorders...
January 10, 2018: Cytokine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29331406/effect-of-auditory-perceptual-training-with-natural-voice-anchors-on-vocal-quality-evaluation
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Priscila Campos Martins Dos Santos, Maurílio Nunes Vieira, João Pedro Hallack Sansão, Ana Cristina Côrtes Gama
PURPOSE: To analyze the effects of auditory-perceptual training with anchor stimuli of natural voices on inter-rater agreement during the assessment of vocal quality. STUDY DESIGN: This is a quantitative nature study. METHODS: An auditory-perceptual training site was developed consisting of Programming Interface A, an auditory training activity, and Programming Interface B, a control activity. Each interface had three stages: pre-training/pre-interval evaluation, training/interval, and post-training/post-interval evaluation...
January 10, 2018: Journal of Voice: Official Journal of the Voice Foundation
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29330728/analysis-of-plasma-tenascin-c-in-post-hcv-cirrhosis-a-prospective-study
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Jennifer H Benbow, April D Elam, Krista L Bossi, Danae L Massengill, Elizabeth Brandon-Warner, William E Anderson, Catherine R Culberson, Mark W Russo, Andrew S deLemos, Laura W Schrum
BACKGROUND AND AIM: Hepatitis C virus (HCV)-related cirrhosis, one of the most common etiologies of liver cirrhosis in the Western world, is a risk factor for hepatocellular carcinoma. To confirm and improve current effectiveness of screening and prognosis of patients with established cirrhosis, a credible, simple plasma biomarker is needed. Hepatic stellate cell activation, a pivotal event in cirrhosis development, results in increased secretion of extracellular matrix proteins, including tenascin-C (TnC)...
January 12, 2018: Digestive Diseases and Sciences
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29330699/accounting-of-ghg-emissions-and-removals-from-forest-management-a-long-road-from-kyoto-to-paris
#9
REVIEW
Joachim H A Krug
BACKGROUND: Forests have always played an important role in agreeing on accounting rules during the past two decades of international climate policy development. Starting from activity-based gross-net accounting of selected forestry activities to mandatory accounting against a baseline-rules have changed quite rapidly and with significant consequences for accounted credits and debits. Such changes have direct consequences on incentives for climate-investments in forestry. There have also been strong arguments not to include forests into the accounting system by considering large uncertainties, procedural challenges and a fear of unearned credits corrupting the overall accounting system, among others...
January 3, 2018: Carbon Balance and Management
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29330058/haptoglobin-and-serum-amyloid-a-as-putative-biomarker-candidates-of-naturally-occurring-bovine-respiratory-disease-in-dairy-calves
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Vivek Joshi, V K Gupta, A G Bhanuprakash, R S K Mandal, U Dimri, Y Ajith
Bovine respiratory disease (BRD) is one of the leading causes of morbidity and mortality in dairy calves. Identification of reliable biomarkers of naturally occurring BRD is essential for ensuring early diagnosis and treatment of calves and monitoring treatment efficacy. This need is punctuated, especially in mild to moderate cases that would greatly help to decrease recurrence and the overall prevalence of BRD. The present study was conducted to investigate the changes in serum concentrations of haptoglobin (Hpt) and serum amyloid A (SAA) and association between oxidative stress and acute phase proteins (APPs) in BRD...
January 9, 2018: Microbial Pathogenesis
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29330026/sound-shock-response-in-larval-zebrafish-a-convenient-and-high-throughput-assessment-of-auditory-function
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Xiuyun Liu, Jia Lin, Yinglan Zhang, Ning Guo, Qiang Li
Given that hearing ability can be challenged in diverse ways, it is necessary to develop an easily conducted, high-throughput method for assessing potential auditory risks. Measuring the acoustic startle response (ASR) has become a critical behavioral method in hearing research using zebrafish (Danio rerio). In this study, changes in the activity of zebrafish larvae (10 days post fertilization (dpf)) due to exposure to a sudden easily-generated broad-band noise were automatically and objectively recorded and analyzed without building sophisticated equipments...
January 9, 2018: Neurotoxicology and Teratology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29329983/attenuation-of-noise-induced-hyperactivity-in-the-dorsal-cochlear-nucleus-by-pre-treatment-with-mk-801
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M W Criddle, D A Godfrey, J A Kaltenbach
It has previously been hypothesized that hyperactivity of central auditory neurons following exposure to intense noise is a consequence of synaptic alterations. Recent studies suggest the involvement of NMDA receptors in the induction of this hyperactive state. NMDA receptors can mediate long term changes in the excitability of neurons through their involvement in excitotoxic injury and long term potentiation and depression. In this study, we examined the effect of administering an NMDA receptor blocker on the induction of hyperactivity in the dorsal cochlear nucleus (DCN) following intense sound exposure...
January 9, 2018: Brain Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29329680/correlation-of-severity-of-chronic-obstructive-pulmonary-disease-with-potential-biomarkers
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Seema Singh, S K Verma, Santosh Kumar, M K Ahmad, Anuradha Nischal, S K Singh, R K Dixit
BACKGROUND: Chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD) is a non-specific inflammation, which involves the airways, lung parenchyma and pulmonary vessels. The inflammation causes the activation of inflammatory cells and the release of various inflammatory mediators such as interleukin-1 beta, interleukin-6 and tumor necrosis factor alpha (TNF-a). The present study was designed to assess the serum cytokines [Interleukin-1β (IL-1β), Interleukin-6 (IL-6), Tumor necrosis factor-α (TNF-α)] levels in chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD) patients and they were correlated with severity of disease by spirometric measurements...
January 9, 2018: Immunology Letters
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29329400/the-decision-to-work-after-state-pension-age-and-how-it-affects-quality-of-life-evidence-from-a-6-year-english-panel-study
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Giorgio Di Gessa, Laurie Corna, Debora Price, Karen Glaser
Background: despite an increasing proportion of older people working beyond State Pension Age (SPA), little is known about neither the motivations for this decision nor whether, and to what extent, working beyond SPA affects quality of life (QoL). Methods: QoL was measured using the CASP-19 scale. Respondents in paid work beyond SPA were distinguished based on whether they reported financial constraints as the main reason for continuing in work. Linear regression models were used to assess the associations between paid work beyond SPA and CASP-19 scores among men aged 65-74 and women aged 60-69 (n = 2,502) cross-sectionally and over time using Wave 4 and Wave 7 of the English Longitudinal Study of Ageing...
January 10, 2018: Age and Ageing
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29329096/water-contamination-by-endocrine-disruptors-impacts-microbiological-aspects-and-trends-for-environmental-protection
#15
REVIEW
Caren Leite Spindola Vilela, João Paulo Bassin, Raquel Silva Peixoto
Hormone active agents constitute a dangerous class of pollutants. Among them, those agents that mimic the action of estrogens on target cells and are part of the group of endocrine-disruptor compounds (EDCs) are termed estrogenic EDCs, the main focus of this review. Exposure to these compounds causes a number of negative effects, including breast cancer, infertility and animal hermaphroditism. However, especially in underdeveloped countries, limited efforts have been made to warn people about this serious issue, explain the methods of minimizing exposure, and develop feasible and efficient mitigation strategies at different levels and in various environments...
January 9, 2018: Environmental Pollution
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29326145/return-to-work-and-participation-in-society-after-out-of-hospital-cardiac-arrest
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Gisela Lilja, Niklas Nielsen, John Bro-Jeppesen, Hannah Dunford, Hans Friberg, Caisa Hofgren, Janneke Horn, Angelo Insorsi, Jesper Kjaergaard, Fredrik Nilsson, Paolo Pelosi, Tineke Winters, Matt P Wise, Tobias Cronberg
BACKGROUND: The aim of this study was to describe out-of-hospital cardiac arrest (OHCA) survivors' ability to participate in activities of everyday life and society, including return to work. The specific aim was to evaluate potential effects of cognitive impairment. METHODS AND RESULTS: Two hundred eighty-seven OHCA survivors included in the TTM trial (Target Temperature Management) and 119 matched control patients with ST-segment-elevation myocardial infarction participated in a follow-up 180 days post-event that included assessments of participation, return to work, emotional problems, and cognitive impairment...
January 2018: Circulation. Cardiovascular Quality and Outcomes
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29325820/an-assessment-of-shedding-with-the-oral-rabies-virus-vaccine-strain-spbn-gasgas-in-target-and-non-target-species
#17
Ad Vos, Conrad Freuling, Steffen Ortmann, Antje Kretzschmar, Dietmar Mayer, Annette Schliephake, Thomas Müller
A safety requirement for live vaccines is investigating possible shedding in recipients since the presence of replication competent vaccine in secretions could result in direct and indirect horizontal transmission. This is especially relevant for oral rabies vaccine baits that are deliberately distributed into the environment. In the current study, survival of an oral rabies virus vaccine, SPBN GASGAS, was examined in excretions from different target and non-target species; red fox, raccoon dog, small Indian mongoose, raccoon, striped skunk, domestic dog, domestic cat and domestic pig...
January 8, 2018: Vaccine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29325603/culture-conditions-affect-ca2-release-in-artificially-activated-mouse-and-human-oocytes
#18
Yuechao Lu, Davina Bonte, Minerva Ferrer-Buitrago, Mina Popovic, Jitesh Neupane, Margot Van der Jeught, Luc Leybaert, Petra De Sutter, Björn Heindryckx
Inconsistent fertilisation and pregnancy rates have been reported by different laboratories after application of ionomycin as a clinical method of assisted oocyte activation (AOA) to overcome fertilisation failure. Using both mouse and human oocytes, in the present study we investigated the effects of ionomycin and Ca2+ concentrations on the pattern of Ca2+ release and embryonic developmental potential. In the mouse, application of 5μM ionomycin in potassium simplex optimisation medium (KSOM) or 10µM ionomycin in Ca2+-free KSOM significantly reduced the Ca2+ flux and resulted in failure of blastocyst formation compared with 10μM ionomycin in KSOM...
January 12, 2018: Reproduction, Fertility, and Development
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29325578/effects-of-a-peer-led-walking-in-schools-intervention-the-wish-study-on-physical-activity-levels-of-adolescent-girls-a-cluster-randomised-pilot-study
#19
Angela Carlin, Marie H Murphy, Alan Nevill, Alison M Gallagher
BACKGROUND: School-based interventions may be effective at increasing levels of physical activity (PA) among adolescents; however, there is a paucity of evidence on whether walking can be successfully promoted to increase PA in this age group. This pilot study aimed to assess the effects of a 12-week school-based peer-led brisk walking programme on levels of school-time PA post intervention. METHODS: Female participants, aged 11-13 years, were recruited from six post-primary schools in Northern Ireland...
January 11, 2018: Trials
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29325065/change-in-parental-knowledge-attitudes-and-practice-of-antibiotic-use-after-a-national-intervention-programme
#20
Verica Ivanovska, Bistra Angelovska, Liset van Dijk, Milka Zdravkovska, Hubert G Leufkens, Aukje K Mantel-Teeuwisse
Background: Nation-wide multifaceted interventions to improve antibiotic use were undertaken in the former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia in September 2014. This study aimed to assess the parental knowledge and attitudes about antibiotics, and self-medication practices in children, and evaluate the impact of interventions on these parameters. Methods: Pre-post-intervention surveys were conducted in May 2014-16 in three administrative regions in the country. Data were collected by interviewing parents of children younger than 15 years of age through a questionnaire...
January 8, 2018: European Journal of Public Health
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