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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28343094/effects-of-posted-point-of-sale-warnings-on-alcohol-consumption-during-pregnancy-and-on-birth-outcomes
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Gulcan Cil
In 23 states and Washington D.C., alcohol retailers are required by law to post alcohol warning signs (AWS) that warn against the risks of drinking during pregnancy. Using the variation in the adoption of these laws across states and within states over time, I find a statistically significant reduction in prenatal alcohol use associated with AWS. I then use this plausibly exogenous change in drinking behavior to establish a causal link between prenatal alcohol exposure and birth outcomes. I find that AWS laws are associated with decreases in the odds of very low birth weight and very pre-term birth...
March 18, 2017: Journal of Health Economics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28340420/extended-anaerobic-conditions-in-the-biological-wastewater-treatment-higher-reduction-of-toxicity-compared-to-target-organic-micropollutants
#2
Johannes Völker, Tobias Vogt, Sandro Castronovo, Arne Wick, Thomas A Ternes, Adriano Joss, Jörg Oehlmann, Martin Wagner
Extended anaerobic conditions during biological wastewater treatment may enhance the biodegradation of micropollutants. To explore this, we combined iron-reducing or substrate-limited anaerobic conditions and aerobic pilot-scale reactors directly at a wastewater treatment plant. To investigate the detoxification by these processes, we applied two in vitro bioassays for baseline toxicity (Microtox) and reactive toxicity (AREc32) as well as in vivo bioassays with aquatic model species in two laboratory experiments (Desmodesmus subspicatus, Daphnia magna) and two on-site, flow-through experiments (Potamopyrgus antipodarum, Lumbriculus variegatus)...
March 14, 2017: Water Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28338165/-clinical-efficacy-of-partial-resection-of-puborectalis-combined-with-mutilation-of-internal-anal-sphincter-in-the-treatment-of-puborectalis-syndrome-with-high-anal-pressure
#3
Hui Ye, Weicheng Liu, Qun Qian, Zhisu Liu, Congqing Jiang, Keyan Zheng, Qianbo Qin, Zhao Ding, Zhilin Gong
OBJECTIVE: To explore the efficacy of partial resection of puborectalis combined with mutilation of internal anal sphincter(IAS) in the treatment of puborectalis syndrome with high anal pressure. METHODS: Twenty-five cases of puborectalis syndrome with high anal resting pressure in the preoperative examination received the operation of partial resection of puborectalis combined with mutilation of IAS in Zhongnan Hospital of Wuhan University between January 2013 and May 2015...
March 25, 2017: Zhonghua Wei Chang Wai Ke za Zhi, Chinese Journal of Gastrointestinal Surgery
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28337643/recombinant-heat-shock-protein-27-hsp27-hspb1-protects-against-cadmium-induced-oxidative-stress-and-toxicity-in-human-cervical-cancer-cells
#4
Daiana G Alvarez-Olmedo, Veronica S Biaggio, Geremy A Koumbadinga, Nidia N Gómez, Chunhua Shi, Daniel R Ciocca, Zarah Batulan, Mariel A Fanelli, Edward R O'Brien
Cadmium (Cd) is a carcinogen with several well-described toxicological effects in humans, but its molecular mechanisms are still not fully understood. Overexpression of heat shock protein 27 (HSP27/HSPB1)-a multifunctional protein chaperone-has been shown to protect cells from oxidative damage and apoptosis triggered by Cd exposure. The aims of this work were to investigate the potential use of extracellular recombinant HSP27 to prevent/counteract Cd-induced cellular toxicity and to evaluate if peroxynitrite was involved in the development of Cd-induced toxicity...
March 24, 2017: Cell Stress & Chaperones
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28337601/the-cortisol-awakening-response-mediates-the-relationship-between-acculturative-stress-and-self-reported-health-in-mexican-americans
#5
Antonio F Garcia, Kristin Wilborn, Deborah L Mangold
BACKGROUND: The assessment of acculturative stress as synonymous with acculturation level overlooks the dynamic, interactive, and developmental nature of the acculturation process. An individual's unique perception and response to a range of stressors at each stage of the dynamic process of acculturation may be associated with stress-induced alterations in important biological response systems that mediate health outcomes. Evidence suggests the cortisol awakening response (CAR) is a promising pre-clinical biomarker of stress exposure that may link acculturative stress to self-reported health in Mexican Americans...
March 23, 2017: Annals of Behavioral Medicine: a Publication of the Society of Behavioral Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28337147/3d-proximal-tubule-tissues-recapitulate-key-aspects-of-renal-physiology-to-enable-nephrotoxicity-testing
#6
Shelby M King, J William Higgins, Celina R Nino, Timothy R Smith, Elizabeth H Paffenroth, Casey E Fairbairn, Abigail Docuyanan, Vishal D Shah, Alice E Chen, Sharon C Presnell, Deborah G Nguyen
Due to its exposure to high concentrations of xenobiotics, the kidney proximal tubule is a primary site of nephrotoxicity and resulting attrition in the drug development pipeline. Current pre-clinical methods using 2D cell cultures and animal models are unable to fully recapitulate clinical drug responses due to limited in vitro functional lifespan, or species-specific differences. Using Organovo's proprietary 3D bioprinting platform, we have developed a fully cellular human in vitro model of the proximal tubule interstitial interface comprising renal fibroblasts, endothelial cells, and primary human renal proximal tubule epithelial cells to enable more accurate prediction of tissue-level clinical outcomes...
2017: Frontiers in Physiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28336503/tweet-for-behavior-change-using-social-media-for-the-dissemination-of-public-health-messages
#7
Aisling Gough, Ruth F Hunter, Oluwaseun Ajao, Anna Jurek, Gary McKeown, Jun Hong, Eimear Barrett, Marbeth Ferguson, Gerry McElwee, Miriam McCarthy, Frank Kee
BACKGROUND: Social media public health campaigns have the advantage of tailored messaging at low cost and large reach, but little is known about what would determine their feasibility as tools for inducing attitude and behavior change. OBJECTIVE: The aim of this study was to test the feasibility of designing, implementing, and evaluating a social media-enabled intervention for skin cancer prevention. METHODS: A quasi-experimental feasibility study used social media (Twitter) to disseminate different message "frames" related to care in the sun and cancer prevention...
March 23, 2017: JMIR Public Health and Surveillance
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28336451/effect-of-soybean-phosphatidylcholine-on-lipid-profile-of-bovine-oocytes-matured-in-vitro
#8
Caroline P Pitangui-Molina, Alessandra A Vireque, Alessandra Tata, Katia Roberta A Belaz, Vanessa G Santos, Christina R Ferreira, Marcos N Eberlin, Marcos Felipe S Sá, Rui A Ferriani, Ana Carolina J S Rosa-E-Silva
The phospholipid (PL) composition of embryo and oocyte membranes affects thermal phase behavior and several physicochemical properties such as fluidity and permeability. The characterization of PL profiles and the development of suitable in vitro maturation (IVM) protocols, that are able to modify membrane's composition, may result in significant improvements in oocyte developmental potential and cryotolerance. Using soybean phosphatidylcholine (PC) as a model supplement, we evaluated the effect of PL supplementation during IVM on bovine cumulus-oocyte-complex (COC)...
March 20, 2017: Chemistry and Physics of Lipids
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28334696/effects-of-hypergravity-on-the-angiogenic-potential-of-endothelial-cells
#9
Raquel Costa-Almeida, Daniel T O Carvalho, Miguel J S Ferreira, Guilherme Aresta, Manuela E Gomes, Jack J W A van Loon, Kim Van der Heiden, Pedro L Granja
Angiogenesis, the formation of blood vessels from pre-existing ones, is a key event in pathology, including cancer progression, but also in homeostasis and regeneration. As the phenotype of endothelial cells (ECs) is continuously regulated by local biomechanical forces, studying endothelial behaviour in altered gravity might contribute to new insights towards angiogenesis modulation. This study aimed at characterizing EC behaviour after hypergravity exposure (more than 1g), with special focus on cytoskeleton architecture and capillary-like structure formation...
November 2016: Journal of the Royal Society, Interface
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28334245/coordinated-nitrogen-and-carbon-remobilization-for-nitrate-assimilation-in-leaf-sheath-and-root-and-associated-cytokinin-signals-during-early-regrowth-of-lolium-perenne
#10
Jessica Roche, Matthew H Turnbull, Qianqian Guo, Ondrej Novák, Jana Späth, Steven P Gieseg, Paula E Jameson, Jonathan Love
Background and Aims: The efficiency of N assimilation in response to defoliation is a critical component of plant regrowth and forage production. The aim of this research was to test the effect of the internal C/N balance on NO3- assimilation and to estimate the associated cytokinin signals following defoliation of perennial ryegrass ( Lolium perenne L. 'Grasslands Nui') plants. Methods: Plants, manipulated to have contrasting internal N content and contrasting availability of water soluble carbohydrates (WSCs), were obtained by exposure to either continuous light or short days (8:16 h light-dark), and watered with modified N-free Hoagland medium containing either high (5 m m ) or low (50 μ m ) NO3- as sole N source...
March 14, 2017: Annals of Botany
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28334179/bayesian-distributed-lag-interaction-models-to-identify-perinatal-windows-of-vulnerability-in-children-s-health
#11
Ander Wilson, Yueh-Hsiu Mathilda Chiu, Hsiao-Hsien Leon Hsu, Robert O Wright, Rosalind J Wright, Brent A Coull
Epidemiological research supports an association between maternal exposure to air pollution during pregnancy and adverse children's health outcomes. Advances in exposure assessment and statistics allow for estimation of both critical windows of vulnerability and exposure effect heterogeneity. Simultaneous estimation of windows of vulnerability and effect heterogeneity can be accomplished by fitting a distributed lag model (DLM) stratified by subgroup. However, this can provide an incomplete picture of how effects vary across subgroups because it does not allow for subgroups to have the same window but different within-window effects or to have different windows but the same within-window effect...
February 27, 2017: Biostatistics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28333689/computational-modelling-of-the-cerebral-cortical-microvasculature-effect-of-x-ray-microbeams-versus-broad-beam-irradiation
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Andreas Merrem, Stefan Bartzsch, Jean Laissue, Uwe Oelfke
Microbeam Radiation Therapy is an innovative pre-clinical strategy which uses arrays of parallel, tens of micrometre wide kilo-voltage photon beams to treat tumours. These X-ray beams are typically generated on a synchrotron source. It was shown that these beam geometries allow exceptional normal tissue sparing from radiation damage while still being effective in tumour ablation. A final biological explanation for this enhanced therapeutic ratio has still not been found, some experimental data support an important role of the vasculature...
March 23, 2017: Physics in Medicine and Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28330158/a-simple-and-efficient-agrobacterium-tumefaciens-mediated-plant-transformation-of-brassica-rapa-ssp-pekinensis
#13
Venkidasamy Baskar, Baniekal H Gangadhar, Se Won Park, Shivraj Hariram Nile
The present study aims to investigate the numerous factors influencing Agrobacterium tumefaciens-mediated genetic transformation of Chinese cabbage (Brassica rapa ssp. pekinensis). Factors affecting transformation efficiency, such as age of explants, Agrobacterium concentration, and effect of acetosyringone, pre-cultivation, infection and co-cultivation time of Agrobacterium were examined. The pre-cultured hypocotyls from young seedlings prior to exposure to Agrobacterium showed higher shoot regeneration. The plant transformation with the modest A...
June 2016: 3 Biotech
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28329406/treating-veterans-with-ptsd-and-borderline-personality-symptoms-in-a-12-week-intensive-outpatient-setting-findings-from-a-pilot-program
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Laura Meyers, Emily K Voller, Ethan B McCallum, Paul Thuras, Sandra Shallcross, Tina Velasquez, Laura Meis
Rates of comorbidity between borderline personality disorder and posttraumatic stress disorder (PTSD) are high in veteran populations, and clinicians are hesitant to treat PTSD given high rates of suicidality. Given promising early work integrating dialectical behavior therapy (DBT) and prolonged exposure (PE) therapy, we created a 12-week intensive outpatient program combining these two treatments. PE and DBT were provided concurrently to 33 veterans with PTSD symptoms and BPD symptoms at a large, midwestern Veteran Affairs medical center...
March 22, 2017: Journal of Traumatic Stress
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28327344/direct-activation-of-ca-2-and-voltage-gated-potassium-channels-of-large-conductance-by-anandamide-in-endothelial-cells-does-not-support-the-presence-of-endothelial-atypical-cannabinoid-receptor
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Alexander I Bondarenko, Olga Panasiuk, Iryna Okhai, Fabrizio Montecucco, Karim J Brandt, Francois Mach
Endocannabinoid anandamide induces endothelium-dependent relaxation commonly attributed to stimulation of the G-protein coupled endothelial anandamide receptor. The study addressed the receptor-independent effect of anandamide on large conductance Ca(2+)-dependent K(+) channels expressed in endothelial cell line EA.hy926. Under resting conditions, 10µM anandamide did not significantly influence the resting membrane potential. In a Ca(2+)-free solution the cells were depolarized by ~10 mV. Further administration of 10µM anandamide hyperpolarized the cells by ~8 mV...
March 19, 2017: European Journal of Pharmacology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28324712/comparison-of-gaseous-polycyclic-aromatic-hydrocarbon-metabolites-according-to-their-specificity-as-biomarkers-of-occupational-exposure-selection-of-2-hydroxyfluorene-and-2-hydroxyphenanthrene
#16
Damien Barbeau, Simon Lutier, Marie Marques, Renaud Persoons, Anne Maitre
Exposure to Polycyclic Aromatic Hydrocarbons (PAHs) occurs by respiratory, digestive and dermal absorption. Biomonitoring takes all pathways into account but sensitive and specific biomarkers are required. Different gaseous PAHs metabolites were used due to their abundance in the atmospheric mixtures but none of them were selected as better biomarker than the others. To identify the best candidates for assessing occupational airborne exposure, relation between atmospheric levels of Naphtalene, Fluorene and Phenanthrene and urinary metabolites concentrations was studied in a carbon electrode workers group...
March 6, 2017: Journal of Hazardous Materials
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28324686/biosorption-of-the-strontium-ion-by-irradiated-saccharomyces-cerevisiae-under-culture-conditions
#17
Liang Qiu, Jundong Feng, Yaodong Dai, Shuquan Chang
As a new-emerging method for strontium disposal, biosorption has shown advantages such as high sorption capacity; low cost. In this study, we investigated the potential of Saccharomyces cerevisiae (S. cerevisiae) in strontium disposal under culture conditions and the effects of irradiation on their biosorption capabilities. We found that S. cerevisiae can survive irradiation and grow. Pre-exposure to irradiation rendered S. cerevisiae resistant to further irradiation. Surprisingly, the pre-exposure to irradiation can increase the biosorption capability of S...
March 17, 2017: Journal of Environmental Radioactivity
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28324251/simulating-changes-in-cropping-practises-in-conventional-and-glyphosate-tolerant-maize-i-effects-on-weeds
#18
Nathalie Colbach, Alice Fernier, Valérie Le Corre, Antoine Messéan, Henri Darmency
Herbicide-tolerant (HT) crops such as those tolerant to glyphosate simplify weed management and make it more efficient, at least at short-term. Overreliance on the same herbicide though leads to the spread of resistant weeds. Here, the objective was to evaluate, with simulations, the impact on the advent of glyphosate resistance in weeds of modifications in agricultural practises resulting from introducing HT maize into cropping systems. First, we included a single-gene herbicide resistance submodel in the existing multispecific FLORSYS model...
March 21, 2017: Environmental Science and Pollution Research International
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28323920/perinatal-exposure-to-low-dose-bisphenol-a-bpa-disrupts-the-structural-and-functional-development-of-the-hypothalamic-feeding-circuitry
#19
Harry MacKay, Zachary R Patterson, Alfonso Abizaid
Bisphenol-A (BPA) is a component of polycarbonate and other plastics to which humans are regularly exposed at low levels. BPA is characterized as an endocrine disruptor due to observations of its estrogenic activity in various experimental models. We have previously shown evidence of disrupted hypothalamic feeding circuitry and leptin sensitivity in adult BPA-exposed animals subject to a high-fat diet, but because these animals were already exhibiting a diet-induced obese phenotype, we could not rule out the possibility that these observations were simply consequences of the obesity, not a pre-existing phenotype produced by BPA exposure...
February 7, 2017: Endocrinology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28323900/long-term-exposure-to-estrogen-enhances-chemotherapeutic-efficacy-potentially-through-epigenetic-mechanism-in-human-breast-cancer-cells
#20
Yu-Wei Chang, Kamaleshwar P Singh
Chemotherapy is the most common clinical option for treatment of breast cancer. However, the efficacy of chemotherapy depends on the age of breast cancer patients. Breast tissues are estrogen responsive and the levels of ovarian estrogen vary among the breast cancer patients primarily between pre- and post-menopausal age. Whether this age-dependent variation in estrogen levels influences the chemotherapeutic efficacy in breast cancer patients is not known. Therefore, the objective of this study was to evaluate the effects of natural estrogen 17 beta-estradiol (E2) on the efficacy of chemotherapeutic drugs in breast cancer cells...
2017: PloS One
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