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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28734269/crime-scene-reconstruction-sex-prediction-from-blood-stained-foot-sole-impressions
#1
Nabanita Basu, Samir Kumar Bandyopadhyay
It is often difficult to predict the sex of an individual based on bloody incomplete footprints. However, such prints/impressions are particularly common in a crime scene. Again variability in the texture, color of the target surface has an impact on the bloodstained impression formed. The study of bare foot, footprint, footwear (i.e. shoe, canvas etc.) within the legal context is referred to as forensic podiatry. Based on the fact that it is possible to predict the sex of an individual from footprint impressions, an automated model has been proposed in this paper for analyzing the sex of an individual from his/her broken/incomplete footprint impressions based on morphological features alone...
June 26, 2017: Forensic Science International
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28734267/status-epilepticus-related-etiology-incidence-and-mortality-a-meta-analysis
#2
Rui-Juan Lv, Qun Wang, Tao Cui, Fei Zhu, Xiao-Qiu Shao
Status epilepticus (SE) is a severe medical condition. To determine its epidemiology and outcome of SE, we performed a meta-analysis to investigate the etiology, incidence and mortality of SE. We searched PubMed and Embase between Jan 1, 2000, and Oct 31, 2016, with no regional restrictions, for observational studies of the etiology, incidence and mortality of SE. Forty-three studies were included in the meta-analysis. The pooled crude annual incidence rate, the pooled case fatality rate and the pooled crude annual mortality rate of SE were 12...
July 15, 2017: Epilepsy Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28734255/use-of-electronic-cigarettes-in-public-and-private-settings-in-barcelona-spain
#3
Nuria Matilla-Santander, Marcela Fu, Montse Ballbè, Kailey Bunch, Cristina Lidón-Moyano, Juan Carlos Martín-Sánchez, Esteve Fernández, Jose M Martínez-Sánchez
OBJECTIVES: To describe the prevalence of e-cigarette users who use them in selected indoor public and workplaces, and private venues in Barcelona (Spain) in 2015. METHODS: This is a cross-sectional study of a sample of e-cigarette users (≥ 18 years) from Barcelona (n = 600). We calculated the proportion of e-cigarette users who used the device in public and private settings (in the last 30 days). We fit multivariate logistic regression models adjusted for sex and age to calculate the odds ratios (OR) with their 95% confidence intervals (CI) of e-cigarette use by socio-demographic factors, dual use and nicotine-containing e-cigarettes...
July 19, 2017: Environmental Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28734254/childhood-polybrominated-diphenyl-ether-pbde-exposure-and-neurobehavior-in-children-at-8-years
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Ann M Vuong, Kimberly Yolton, Changchun Xie, Glenys M Webster, Andreas Sjödin, Joseph M Braun, Kim N Dietrich, Bruce P Lanphear, Aimin Chen
BACKGROUND: Prenatal polybrominated diphenyl ether (PBDE) exposure has been associated with decrements in IQ and increased attention deficit/hyperactivity disorder related behaviors in children; however, data are limited for the role of postnatal exposures. OBJECTIVES: We investigated the association between a series of childhood PBDE concentrations and Full-Scale Intelligence Quotient (FSIQ) and externalizing problems at 8 years. METHODS: We used data from 208 children in the Health Outcomes and Measures of the Environment (HOME) Study, a prospective pregnancy and birth cohort...
July 19, 2017: Environmental Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28734253/polybrominated-diphenyl-ether-flame-retardant-concentrations-in-faeces-from-young-children-in-queensland-australia-and-associations-with-environmental-and-behavioural-factors
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Karin English, Yiqin Chen, Leisa-Maree Toms, Paul Jagals, Robert S Ware, Jochen F Mueller, Peter D Sly
The aim of our study was to investigate children's exposure to the flame retardants polybrominated diphenyl ethers (PBDEs) by analysing faecal content, a non-invasive matrix, as well as responses to an exposure-assessment questionnaire. A convenience sample of 61 parents with children (aged >3 months to <2 years) completed an online pre-tested questionnaire and provided faecal samples for analysis by high resolution gas chromatography/mass spectrometry. BDE-209 was the dominant congener in faecal samples adjusted to 8...
July 19, 2017: Environmental Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28734244/renal-denervation-attenuates-hypertension-and-renal-dysfunction-in-a-model-of-cardiovascular-and-renal-disease-which-is-associated-with-reduced-nadph-and-xanthine-oxidase-activity
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Maria Peleli, Peter Flacker, Zhengbing Zhuge, Cristina Gomez, Craig E Wheelock, A Erik G Persson, Mattias Carlstrom
Oxidative stress is considered a central pathophysiological event in cardiovascular disease, including hypertension. Early age reduction in renal mass is associated with hypertension and oxidative stress in later life, which is aggravated by increased salt intake. The aim of the present study was to examine if renal sympathetic denervation can exert blood pressure lowering effects in uninephrectomized (UNX) rats (3-week old) fed with high salt (HS, 4%; w/w) diet for 4 weeks. Moreover, we investigated if renal denervation is associated with changes in NADPH and xanthine oxidase-derived reactive oxygen species...
July 5, 2017: Redox Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28734238/decreased-levels-of-g-protein-coupled-estrogen-receptor-in-children-with-autism-spectrum-disorders
#7
Hatice Altun, Ergül Belge Kurutaş, Nilfer Şahin, Hayati Sınır, Ebru Fındıklı
Sex hormones, specially estrogen, and ıt is receptors plays a critical role in the pathogenesis of psychiatric disorders including autism spectrum disorders (ASD). The aim of this study was to investigate the relationship between ASD and G protein-coupled estrogen receptor (GPER), a recently discovered estrogen receptors, and also to study the relation of serum GPER levels with the severity of autistic symptoms. The present study included 45 children with drug naive ASD diagnosed by DSM-V criteria, aged between 3 and 12 years and 40 age- and gender-matched healthy controls...
June 6, 2017: Psychiatry Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28734236/determinants-of-mental-and-physical-health-related-quality-of-life-among-patients-hospitalized-for-suicidal-behavior
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Leandro Grendas, Demián Rodante, Sasha Rojas, Soledad Puppo, Patricia Vidjen, Gisela Lado, Alicia Portela, Federico M Daray
The current study was interested in exploring the clinical factors related to mental and physical health-related quality of life among patients hospitalized for suicidal behavior. A multicenter cross-sectional study was designed to compare data obtained form 246 patients hospitalized for suicide behavior. Results suggest that mental health-related quality of life was negatively associated with hopelessness while physical health-related quality of life was negatively associated with age, medical disease and the number of previous suicide attempts and positively associated with employment...
July 14, 2017: Psychiatry Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28734233/risk-of-hospitalization-among-survivors-of-childhood-and-adolescent-acute-lymphoblastic-leukemia-compared-to-siblings-and-a-general-population-sample
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Judy Y Ou, Rochelle R Smits-Seemann, Sapna Kaul, Mark N Fluchel, Carol Sweeney, Anne C Kirchhoff
BACKGROUND: Acute Lymphoblastic Leukemia (ALL) has a high survival rate, but cancer-related late effects in the early post-treatment years need documentation. Hospitalizations are an indicator of the burden of late effects. We identify rates and risk factors for hospitalization from five to ten years after diagnosis for childhood and adolescent ALL survivors compared to siblings and a matched population sample. METHODS: 176 ALL survivors were diagnosed at ≤22 years between 1998 and 2008 and treated at an Intermountain Healthcare facility...
July 19, 2017: Cancer Epidemiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28734217/emotional-arousal-and-recognition-memory-are-differentially-reflected-in-pupil-diameter-responses-during-emotional-memory-for-negative-events-in-younger-and-older-adults
#10
Dorothea Hämmerer, Alexandra Hopkins, Matthew J Betts, Anne Maaß, Ray J Dolan, Emrah Düzel
A better memory for negative emotional events is often attributed to a conjoint impact of increased arousal and noradrenergic modulation (NA). A decline in NA during aging is well documented but its impact on memory function during aging is unclear. Using pupil diameter (PD) as a proxy for NA, we examined age differences in memory for negative events in younger (18-30 years) and older (62-83 years) adults based on a segregation of early arousal to negative events, and later retrieval-related PD responses...
June 30, 2017: Neurobiology of Aging
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28734203/exenatide-mitigated-diet-induced-vascular-aging-and-atherosclerotic-plaque-growth-in-apoe-deficient-mice-under-chronic-stress
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Guang Yang, Yanna Lei, Aiko Inoue, Limei Piao, Lina Hu, Haiying Jiang, Takeshi Sasaki, Hongxian Wu, Wenhu Xu, Chenglin Yu, Guangxian Zhao, Shinyu Ogasawara, Kenji Okumura, Masafumi Kuzuya, Xian-Wu Cheng
BACKGROUND AND AIMS: Exposure to psychosocial stress is a risk factor for cardiovascular disorders. Because the glucagon-like peptide-1 (GLP-1) receptor (GLP-1R) agonist prevents cardiovascular injury, we investigated the beneficial effects and mechanism of the GLP-1 analogue exenatide on stress-related vascular senescence and atherosclerosis in apolipoprotein E-deficient (ApoE(-/-)) mice fed a high-fat (HF) diet. METHODS: ApoE(-/-) mice fed the HF diet were assigned to non-stressed and immobilized-stress groups for 12 weeks...
July 13, 2017: Atherosclerosis
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28734198/length-of-stay-for-25-791-california-patients-found-incompetent-to-stand-trial
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Matthew Renner, Carol Newark, Bradley J Bartos, Richard McCleary, Nicholas Scurich
Referrals and admissions to state psychiatric hospitals of criminal defendants found Incompetent to Stand Trial (IST) are on the rise in the state of California and other parts of the country. Studies of treatment outcomes of this population have primarily focused on factors that determine competency and/or restorability. However, as IST patients place an increasing resource burden on state psychiatric hospital systems, other outcomes such as length of stay (LOS) are becoming increasingly important for practitioners and policy makers to understand...
July 6, 2017: Journal of Forensic and Legal Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28734192/trajectories-of-risk-behaviors-across-adolescence-and-young-adulthood-the-role-of-race-and-ethnicity
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Eunhee Park, Thomas P McCoy, Jennifer Toller Erausquin, Robin Bartlett
INTRODUCTION: Despite important advances of longitudinal research in substance use behaviors, most studies stratify analyses by gender or race, which limits the ability to directly compare the likelihood of a particular developmental pathway across demographic groups. Thus, there is critical need for well-designed research to examine the associations of race/ethnicity with developmental trajectories of substance use behaviors across adolescence through adulthood. METHODS: Using an accelerated longitudinal design, we examined behaviors across ages 12-31 from Waves I-IV of the National Longitudinal Study of Adolescent to Adult Health...
July 15, 2017: Addictive Behaviors
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28734186/bilateral-vocal-cord-palsy-after-total-thyroidectomy-a-new-treatment-case-reports
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Fong-Fu Chou, Cheng-Ming Hsu, Chi-Chih Lai, Yi-Chia Chan, Shun-Yu Chi
INTRODUCTION: Dyspnea due to bilateral vocal cord palsy after total thyroidectomy (BVCPATT) is a life-threatening complication; nevertheless, we try to avoid tracheotomy. METHODS: Using normalized glottal area (NGA), we retrospectively studied 14 patients with BVCPATT. Nine patients without dyspnea were treated conservatively, while five with dyspnea received immediate bilevel positive air-way pressure (BiPAP) treatment. Both right and left recurrent nerves were grossly intact during surgery...
June 30, 2017: International Journal of Surgery Case Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28734178/subcortical-surface-shape-in-youth-at-familial-high-risk-for-schizophrenia
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Kathryn Hill, Nicolas Bolo, Suraj Sarvode Mothi, Paulo Lizano, Synthia Guimond, Neeraj Tandon, Elena Molokotos, Matcheri Keshavan
Abnormalities in the subcortical brain regions that support cognitive functions have been reported in schizophrenia. Relatives of those with schizophrenia often present with psychosis-like traits (schizotypy) and similar cognition as those with schizophrenia. To evaluate the relationships between subcortical structure, schizotypy, and cognitive function, we assessed shape and volume of the hippocampus, amygdala and thalamus in untreated youth at familial high risk for schizophrenia (HRSZ). The sample consisted of 66 HRSZ and 69 age-matched healthy controls (HC)...
July 14, 2017: Psychiatry Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28734173/reliability-and-validity-of-the-tilburg-frailty-indicator-tfi-among-chinese-community-dwelling-older-people
#16
Lijuan Dong, Na Liu, Xiaoyu Tian, Xiaoxia Qiao, Robbert J J Gobbens, Robert L Kane, Cuili Wang
OBJECTIVE: To translate the Tilburg Frailty Indicator (TFI) into Chinese and assess its reliability and validity. METHODS: A sample of 917 community-dwelling older people, aged ≥60 years, in a Chinese city was included between August 2015 and March 2016. Construct validity was assessed using alternative measures corresponding to the TFI items, including self-rated health status (SRH), unintentional weight loss, walking speed, timed-up-and-go tests (TUGT), making telephone calls, grip strength, exhaustion, Short Portable Mental Status Questionnaire (SPMSQ), Geriatric Depression scale (GDS-15), emotional role, Adaptability Partnership Growth Affection and Resolve scale (APGAR) and Social Support Rating Scale (SSRS)...
July 15, 2017: Archives of Gerontology and Geriatrics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28734170/web-based-physical-activity-interventions-a-systematic-review-and-meta-analysis-of-randomized-controlled-trials
#17
REVIEW
Leila Jahangiry, Mahdieh Abbasalizad Farhangi, Sakineh Shab-Bidar, Fatemeh Rezaei, T Pashaei
OBJECTIVES: It was estimated that approximately 60% of the world's population is classified as inactive or insufficiently active. This meta-analysis investigated the effect of web-based interventions on different types of physical activity (PA) measurements in general population and potential moderating variables. STUDY DESIGN: PubMed, CINAHL, EBSCOhost, PsycINFO, Scopus, Ovid, and ScienceDirect literature searches were conducted to identify studies investigating the effect of web-based interventions on PA...
July 19, 2017: Public Health
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28734148/apathy-in-early-and-late-life-depression
#18
Isis Groeneweg-Koolhoven, Merel Ploeg, Hannie C Comijs, Brenda Wjh Penninx, Roos C van der Mast, Robert A Schoevers, Didi Rhebergen, Eric van Exel
BACKGROUND: Late-life depression is thought to differ in clinical presentation from early-life depression. Particularly, late-life depression is considered to be more characterized by apathy than is early-life depression. Lacking convincing evidence, this study examines the presence and associated socio-demographic/clinical characteristics of apathy in older compared to younger depressed persons. METHODS: This cross-sectional study used data from two naturalistic cohort studies, i...
July 10, 2017: Journal of Affective Disorders
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28734143/cortical-thickness-changes-in-adult-moyamoya-disease-assessed-by-structural-magnetic-resonance-imaging
#19
Peng-Gang Qiao, Zhi-Wei Zuo, Cong Han, Juan Zhou, Hong-Tao Zhang, Lian Duan, Tianyi Qian, Gong-Jie Li
PURPOSE: To characterize the changes in cortical thickness of adult patients with moyamoya disease (MMD). METHODS: 60 patients with MMD and 60 age and sex-matched healthy volunteers were recruited. Structural images were acquired by MRI. Freesurfer was used to measure cortical thickness in patients and controls, and this was compared with MRA scores and cerebrovascular accident (CVA) scores. RESULTS: Compared with controls, the average cortical thickness of both cerebral hemispheres was lower in patients than in controls and symmetrical differences were seen in the regional cortex: bilateral precentral gyri were thinner, bilateral postcentral gyri and posterior cingulate gyri were thicker, and thinning and thickening were both found in the insula...
July 11, 2017: Clinical Imaging
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28734140/deregulation-of-levels-of-angiopoietin-1-and-angiopoietin-2-is-associated-with-severe-courses-of-hantavirus-infection
#20
Christian Nusshag, Anja Osberghaus, Alexandra Baumann, Paul Schnitzler, Martin Zeier, Ellen Krautkrämer
BACKGROUND: Hantavirus disease is characterized by endothelial dysfunction. Angiopoietin-1 (Ang-1) and its antagonist angiopoietin-2 (Ang-2) play a key role in the control of capillary permeability. Ang-1 is responsible for maintenance of cell-to-cell contacts whereas Ang-2 destabilizes monolayers. An imbalance of Ang-1 and Ang-2 levels results in enhanced permeability and capillary leakage. OBJECTIVES: To analyze the involvement of angiopoietins in hantavirus-induced disruption of endothelia, we measured the levels of Ang-1 and Ang-2 in hantavirus infection...
July 11, 2017: Journal of Clinical Virology: the Official Publication of the Pan American Society for Clinical Virology
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