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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28820539/a-survey-of-non-communicable-diseases-and-their-risk-factors-among-university-employees-a-single-institutional-study
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Emmanuel I Agaba, Maxwell O Akanbi, Patricia A Agaba, Amaka N Ocheke, Zumnan M Gimba, Steve Daniyam, Edith N Okeke
BACKGROUND: The incidence of non-communicable diseases (NCDs) is rising globally, with its attendant morbidity and mortality, especially in developing countries. This study evaluated the prevalence of NCDs and their risk factors among members of a university community. METHODS: All employees of the university were invited to the University health clinic for screening, using the World Health Organisation's STEPwise approach to NCDs. RESULTS: A total of 883 (521; 59...
August 15, 2017: Cardiovascular Journal of Africa
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28820471/metal-based-nanoparticles-for-the-treatment-of-infectious-diseases
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REVIEW
Blessing Atim Aderibigbe
Infectious diseases can be transmitted and they cause a significant burden on public health globally. They are the greatest world killers and it is estimated that they are responsible for the demise of over 17 million people annually. The impact of these diseases is greater in the developing countries. People with compromised immune systems and children are the most affected. Infectious diseases may be caused by bacteria, viruses, and protozoa. The treatment of infectious diseases is hampered by simultaneous resistance to multiple drugs, indicating that there is a serious and pressing need to develop new therapeutics that can overcome drug resistance...
August 18, 2017: Molecules: a Journal of Synthetic Chemistry and Natural Product Chemistry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28820227/emergency-management-leadership-in-2030-shaping-the-next-generation-meta-leader
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Carol L Cwiak, Ronald Campbell, Matthew G Cassavechia, Chuck Haynes, Lanita A Lloyd, Neil Brockway, George O Navarini, Byron E Piatt, Mary Senger
The complexities, interdependencies, and ambiguity that face next generation emergency management meta-leaders in an ever-evolving global community heighten the expectation and need for competencies that far exceed those common in practice today and necessitate the ability to move seamlessly through the dimensions of meta-leadership (ie, the person, the situation, and connectivity) while utilizing scientific-based evidence, information, resources, processes, and tools. The objective of this effort was to examine the recently developed next generation emergency management competencies through a meta-leadership lens by juxtaposing the competencies and the meta-leadership model...
March 2017: Journal of Emergency Management: JEM
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28820203/excess-charge-driven-dissociative-hydrogen-adsorption-on-ti2o4
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Xiaowei Song, Matias R Fagiani, Sreekanta Debnath, Min Gao, Satoshi Maeda, Tetsuya Taketsugu, Sandy Gewinner, Wieland Schöllkopf, Knut R Asmis, Andrey Lyalin
The mechanism of dissociative D2 adsorption on Ti2O4(-), which serves as a model for an oxygen vacancy on a titania surface, is studied using infrared photodissociation spectroscopy in combination with density functional theory calculations and a recently developed single-component artificial force induced reaction method. Ti2O4(-) readily reacts with D2 under multiple collision conditions in a gas-filled ion trap held at 16 K forming a global minimum-energy structure (DO-Ti-(O)2-Ti(D)-O)(-). The highly exergonic reaction proceeds quasi barrier-free via several intermediate species, involving heterolytic D2-bond cleavage followed by D-atom migration...
August 18, 2017: Physical Chemistry Chemical Physics: PCCP
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28819740/inotuzumab-ozogamicin-first-global-approval
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Yvette N Lamb
Intravenous inotuzumab ozogamicin (Besponsa(®); Pfizer) is an anti-CD22 monoclonal antibody-calicheamicin conjugate that binds to CD22-expressing tumour cells. Upon binding, the complex is internalised and the cytotoxic calicheamicin derivative is released inside the cell, inducing double-strand DNA breakage and subsequent cell death. In June 2017, the EMA granted inotuzumab ozogamicin approval as monotherapy for the treatment of adults with relapsed or refractory CD22-positive B-cell precursor acute lymphoblastic leukaemia (ALL)...
August 17, 2017: Drugs
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28819727/abiraterone-acetate-a-review-in-metastatic-castration-resistant-prostrate-cancer
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Lesley J Scott
Oral abiraterone acetate (Zytiga(®)) is a selective inhibitor of CYP17 and thereby inhibits androgen biosynthesis, with androgen signalling crucial in the progression from primary to metastatic prostate cancer (PC) and subsequently, in the development of metastatic castration-resistant PC (mCRPC). In large phase 3 trials and in the clinical practice setting, oral abiraterone acetate in combination with prednisone was an effective treatment and had an acceptable, manageable tolerability and safety profile in chemotherapy-naive and docetaxel-experienced men with mCRPC...
August 17, 2017: Drugs
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28819723/guselkumab-first-global-approval
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Anthony Markham
Guselkumab (Tremfya™) is a human monoclonal IgG1λ antibody being developed by Janssen Biotech, Inc. that has been approved in the USA as a treatment for moderate-to-severe plaque psoriasis. Guselkumab inhibits the binding of interleukin 23 (IL-23) to its cell surface receptor, disrupting the type 17 helper T cell/IL-17 pathway. This article summarizes the milestones in the development of guselkumab leading to this first approval for the treatment of adults with moderate-to-severe plaque psoriasis who are candidates for systemic therapy or phototherapy...
August 17, 2017: Drugs
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28819540/use-of-global-initiative-for-asthma-gina-guidelines-in-asthma-management-among-paediatric-residents-in-a-sub-saharan-african-country-a-cross-sectional-descriptive-study
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Adaeze Chikaodinaka Ayuk, Agozie Ubesie, Chioma Laura Odimegwu, Kenechukwu Iloh
INTRODUCTION: Clinical practice guidelines are systematically developed statements to assist practitioner and patient decisions about appropriate health care for specific clinical circumstances. Despite abundance of asthma guidelines, prevalence has continued to increase globally. There is need to assess how the contents of asthma guidelines are put to clinical use by doctors in the management of children with asthma. This study aims at evaluating the clinical practice of paediatric residents in applying GINA guidelines...
2017: Pan African Medical Journal
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28819487/an-evaluation-of-wb123-antibody-elisa-in-individuals-treated-with-ivermectin-and-albendazole-and-implementation-challenges-in-africa
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Dziedzom Komi de Souza, Irene Offei Owusu, Joseph Otchere, Michelle Adimazoya, Kwadwo Frempong, Collins Stephen Ahorlu, Daniel Adjei Boakye, Michael David Wilson
The development of antibody testing for the diagnosis of lymphatic filariasis (LF) is intended to enhance the monitoring and evaluation activities of the Global Program for the Elimination of LF. This is due to the fact that antibody tests are expected to be the most sensitive at detecting exposure to LF compared to antigen that takes longer to develop. To this end a new antibody-based enzyme linked immunosorbent assay (ELISA) to Wuchereria bancrofti antigen Wb123 has been developed and further designed into a point of care rapid diagnostic test, under evaluation...
2017: Pan African Medical Journal
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28819303/automated-segmentation-of-light-sheet-fluorescent-imaging-to-characterize-experimental-doxorubicin-induced-cardiac-injury-and-repair
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René R Sevag Packard, Kyung In Baek, Tyler Beebe, Nelson Jen, Yichen Ding, Feng Shi, Peng Fei, Bong Jin Kang, Po-Heng Chen, Jonathan Gau, Michael Chen, Jonathan Y Tang, Yu-Huan Shih, Yonghe Ding, Debiao Li, Xiaolei Xu, Tzung K Hsiai
This study sought to develop an automated segmentation approach based on histogram analysis of raw axial images acquired by light-sheet fluorescent imaging (LSFI) to establish rapid reconstruction of the 3-D zebrafish cardiac architecture in response to doxorubicin-induced injury and repair. Input images underwent a 4-step automated image segmentation process consisting of stationary noise removal, histogram equalization, adaptive thresholding, and image fusion followed by 3-D reconstruction. We applied this method to 3-month old zebrafish injected intraperitoneally with doxorubicin followed by LSFI at 3, 30, and 60 days post-injection...
August 17, 2017: Scientific Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28819258/groundwater-nitrate-response-to-sustainable-nitrogen-management
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Birgitte Hansen, Lærke Thorling, Jörg Schullehner, Mette Termansen, Tommy Dalgaard
Throughout the world, nitrogen (N) losses from intensive agricultural production may end up as undesirably high concentrations of nitrate in groundwater with a long-term impact on groundwater quality. This has human and environmental health consequences, due to the use of groundwater as a drinking water resource, and causes eutrophication of groundwater-dependent ecosystems such as wetlands, rivers and near-coastal areas. At national scale, the measured nitrate concentrations and trends in Danish oxic groundwater in the last 70 years correlate well with the annual agricultural N surpluses...
August 17, 2017: Scientific Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28819166/histone-protein-deacetylase-11-targeting-promotes-foxp3-treg-function
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Jianbing Huang, Liqing Wang, Satinder Dahiya, Ulf H Beier, Rongxiang Han, Arabinda Samanta, Joel Bergman, Eduardo M Sotomayor, Edward Seto, Alan P Kozikowski, Wayne W Hancock
Current interest in Foxp3+ T-regulatory (Treg) cells as therapeutic targets in transplantation is largely focused on their harvesting pre-transplant, expansion and infusion post-transplantation. An alternate strategy of pharmacologic modulation of Treg function using histone/protein deacetylase inhibitors (HDACi) may allow more titratable and longer-term dosing. However, the effects of broadly acting HDACi vary, such that HDAC isoform-selective targeting is likely required. We report data from mice with constitutive or conditional deletion of HDAC11 within Foxp3+ Treg cells, and their use, along with small molecule HDAC11 inhibitors, in allograft models...
August 17, 2017: Scientific Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28818870/fra-2-negatively-regulates-postnatal-alveolar-septation-by-modulating-myofibroblast-function
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Kazuyuki Tsujino, John T Li, Tatsuya Tsukui, Xin Ren, Latifa Bakiri, Erwin F Wagner, Dean Sheppard
Mice that globally over-express the transcription factor, Fos-related antigen-2 (Fra-2), develop extensive pulmonary fibrosis and pulmonary vascular remodeling. To determine if these phenotypes are a consequence of ectopic Fra-2 expression in vascular smooth muscle cells and myofibroblasts, we generated mice that over-express Fra-2 specifically in these cells types (α-SMA-rtTA; tetO-Fra-2). Surprisingly, these mice did not develop vascular remodeling or pulmonary fibrosis, but developed a spontaneous emphysema-like phenotype characterized by alveolar enlargement...
August 17, 2017: American Journal of Physiology. Lung Cellular and Molecular Physiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28818819/quantifying-human-movement-using-the-movn-smartphone-app-validation-and-field-study
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Ralph Maddison, Luke Gemming, Javier Monedero, Linda Bolger, Sarahjane Belton, Johann Issartel, Samantha Marsh, Artur Direito, Madeleine Solenhill, Jinfeng Zhao, Daniel John Exeter, Harshvardhan Vathsangam, Jonathan Charles Rawstorn
BACKGROUND: The use of embedded smartphone sensors offers opportunities to measure physical activity (PA) and human movement. Big data-which includes billions of digital traces-offers scientists a new lens to examine PA in fine-grained detail and allows us to track people's geocoded movement patterns to determine their interaction with the environment. OBJECTIVE: The objective of this study was to examine the validity of the Movn smartphone app (Moving Analytics) for collecting PA and human movement data...
August 17, 2017: JMIR MHealth and UHealth
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28818812/airborne-ultrafine-particles-in-a-pacific-island-country-characteristics-sources-and-implications-for-human-exposure
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C F Isley, P F Nelson, M P Taylor, M Mazaheri, L Morawska, A J Atanacio, E Stelcer, D D Cohen, Anthony L Morrison
The Pacific Islands carry a perception of having clean air, yet emissions from transport and burning activities are of concern in regard to air quality and health. Ultrafine particle number concentrations (PNCs), one of the best metrics to demonstrate combustion emissions, have not been measured either in Suva or elsewhere in the Islands. This work provides insight into PNC variation across Suva and its relationship with particle mass (PM) concentration and composition. Measurements over a short monitoring campaign provide a vignette of conditions in Suva...
August 14, 2017: Environmental Pollution
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28818738/walking-during-the-encoding-of-described-environments-enhances-a-heading-independent-spatial-representation
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Ilaria Santoro, Mauro Murgia, Fabrizio Sors, Valter Prpic, Tiziano Agostini
Previous studies demonstrated that physical movement enhanced spatial updating in described environments. However, those movements were executed only after the encoding of the environment, minimally affecting the development of the spatial representation. Thus, we investigated whether and how participants could benefit from the execution of physical movement during the encoding of described environments, in terms of enhanced spatial updating. Using the judgement of relative directions task, we compared the effects of walking both during and after the description of the environment, and walking only after the description on spatial updating...
August 11, 2017: Acta Psychologica
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28818668/a-bipolar-role-of-the-transcription-factor-erg-for-cnidarian-germ-layer-formation-and-apical-domain-patterning
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Aldine R Amiel, Hereroa Johnston, Taylor Chock, Paul Dahlin, Marta Iglesias, Michael Layden, Eric Röttinger, Mark Q Martindale
Germ layer formation and axial patterning are biological processes that are tightly linked during embryonic development of most metazoans. In addition to canonical WNT, it has been proposed that ERK-MAPK signaling is involved in specifying oral as well as aboral territories in cnidarians. However, the effector and the molecular mechanism underlying latter phenomenon is unknown. By screening for potential effectors of ERK-MAPK signaling in both domains, we identified a member of the ETS family of transcription factors, Nverg that is bi-polarily expressed prior to gastrulation...
August 14, 2017: Developmental Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28818602/operational-modelling-of-bigeye-tuna-thunnus-obesus-spatial-dynamics-in-the-indonesian-region
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P Lehodey, I Senina, T A Wibawa, O Titaud, B Calmettes, A Conchon, B Tranchant, P Gaspar
With INDESO, Indonesia has implemented a system for the monitoring and management of its tuna resources. Despite increasing catch, very few is known about the dynamics and real abundance of tuna species in the Indonesian waters and adjacent oceanic regions. The SEAPODYM model was implemented in an operational chain of production for the Indonesian region to simulate tuna spatial dynamics in realtime. This challenging objective imposed developing a global scale model at coarse resolution to provide initial and boundaries conditions of the regional model...
August 14, 2017: Marine Pollution Bulletin
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28818595/fish-embryo-toxicity-test-threshold-approach-and-moribund-as-approaches-to-implement-3r-principles-to-the-acute-fish-toxicity-test
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REVIEW
ZhiChao Dang, Leo T M van der Ven, Anne S Kienhuis
The acute fish toxicity test (AFT) is requested by EU legal frameworks for hazard classification and risk assessment. AFT is one of the few regulatory required tests using death as an endpoint. This paper reviews efforts made to reduce, refine and replace (3Rs) AFT. We make an inventory of information requirements for AFT, summarize studies on 3Rs of AFT and give recommendations. The fish embryo toxicity test (FET) is proposed as a replacement of AFT and analyses have focused on two aspects: assessing the capacity of FET in predicting AFT and defining the applicability domain of FET...
August 11, 2017: Chemosphere
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28818558/current-and-emerging-pharmacotherapies-for-obesity-in-australia
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REVIEW
Samantha Hocking, Anthony Dear, Michael A Cowley
BACKGROUND: Obesity is a major issue in Australia and globally. Many individuals struggle to maintain weight loss with lifestyle modification, and adjunctive pharmacotherapy may help. Historically, there have been limited pharmacotherapies for managing obesity. In addition, previous treatments such as phentermine-fenfluramine, rimonabant and sibutramine were withdrawn due to safety issues, resulting in lingering safety concerns. METHODS: This is a narrative review of published data examining four new pharmacotherapy options for weight management in Australia...
August 14, 2017: Obesity Research & Clinical Practice
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