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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28821012/multidomain-analyses-of-a-longitudinal-human-microbiome-intestinal-cleanout-perturbation-experiment
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Julia Fukuyama, Laurie Rumker, Kris Sankaran, Pratheepa Jeganathan, Les Dethlefsen, David A Relman, Susan P Holmes
Our work focuses on the stability, resilience, and response to perturbation of the bacterial communities in the human gut. Informative flash flood-like disturbances that eliminate most gastrointestinal biomass can be induced using a clinically-relevant iso-osmotic agent. We designed and executed such a disturbance in human volunteers using a dense longitudinal sampling scheme extending before and after induced diarrhea. This experiment has enabled a careful multidomain analysis of a controlled perturbation of the human gut microbiota with a new level of resolution...
August 18, 2017: PLoS Computational Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28820747/involvement-of-hyperglycemia-in-the-development-of-platelet-procoagulant-response-the-role-of-aldose-reductase-and-platelet-swelling
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Tomasz Rusak, Tomasz Misztal, Malgorzata Rusak, Justyna Branska-Januszewska, Marian Tomasiak
: Rise in mean platelet volume (MPV) has been demonstrated to be associated with increased platelet reactivity. In diabetes patients, augmented MPV was proposed to contribute to increased risk of thrombotic complications. Therefore, the aim of this study was to investigate whether under hyperglycemic conditions, aldose reductase (AR)-mediated sorbitol formation and associated rise in cell volume, which subsequently results in platelet hyperactivation. Platelets were obtained from 30 healthy volunteers and 13 patients with diabetes...
September 2017: Blood Coagulation & Fibrinolysis: An International Journal in Haemostasis and Thrombosis
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28820662/the-impact-of-deep-muscle-training-on-the-quality-of-posture-and-breathing
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Elżbieta Szczygieł, Jędrzej Blaut, Katarzyna Zielonka-Pycka, Krzysztof Tomaszewski, Joanna Golec, Dorota Czechowska, Agata Masłoń, Edward Golec
Postural control and breathing are mechanically and neuromuscularly interdependent. Both systems- of spinal stability and respiration- involve the diaphragm, transversus abdominis, intercostal muscles, internal oblique muscles and pelvic floor muscles. The aim of the study was to evaluate the effect of exercises activating deep stabilizer muscles on postural control and quality of breathing movements. Eighteen volunteers (25,7 ± 3,5) were recruited from the general population. All the subjects implemented an exercise program activating deep muscles...
August 18, 2017: Journal of Motor Behavior
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28820517/global-oncology-volunteering-making-an-effective-contribution
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Annette Galassi, Rachna Pradhan, Gayatri Palat, Virginia T LeBaron
Elements of a good health system are lacking in most low- and middle-income countries (LMICs) and in many high-income countries, including the United States. 
A major problem is financing health care. On average, about 50% of healthcare financing in low-income countries comes from out-of-pocket payments, compared to 30% in middle-income countries and 14% in high-income countries.
September 1, 2017: Oncology Nursing Forum
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28819869/new-echocardiographic-parameters-in-the-diagnosis-of-heart-failure-with-preserved-ejection-fraction
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Monika Špinarová, Jaroslav Meluzín, Helena Podroužková, Radka Štěpánová, Lenka Špinarová
Heart failure with preserved ejection fraction (HFpEF) is a serious clinical disease. The pathophysiology of HFpEF is complex, and specific diagnostic criteria have evolved over time. Limited data are available on the quantification of diastolic function using two-dimensional real-time echocardiography, and a simple parameter has not yet been established. The aim of this work is to evaluate new echocardiographic parameters-the diastolic wall strain of the posterior wall (DWS PW) and the vortex formation time (VFT)...
August 17, 2017: International Journal of Cardiovascular Imaging
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28819505/use-of-validated-community-based-trachoma-trichiasis-tt-case-finders-to-measure-the-total-backlog-and-detect-when-elimination-threshold-is-achieved-a-tt-methodology-paper
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Jefitha Karimurio, Hillary Rono, Doris Njomo, John Sironka, Catherine Kareko, Michael Gichangi, Ernest Barasa, Alice Mwangi, Kefa Ronald, Francis Kiio
INTRODUCTION: The World Health Organization recommends TT surveys to be conducted in adults aged 15+ years (TT 15 survey) and certifies elimination of TT as a public health problem when there is less than 1 unknown case per 1,000 people of all ages. There is no standard survey method to accurately confirm this elimination prevalence threshold of 0.1% because rare conditions require large and expensive prevalence survey samples. The aim of this study was to develop an accurate operational research method to measure the total backlog of TT in people of all ages and detect when the elimination threshold is achieved...
2017: Pan African Medical Journal
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28819086/measurement-of-cerebrospinal-fluid-flow-dynamics-using-phase-contrast-mr-imaging-with-bilateral-jugular-vein-compression-a-feasibility-study-in-healthy-volunteers
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Shintaro Ichikawa, Utaroh Motosugi, Akihiro Okumura, Tatsuya Shimizu, Hiroshi Onishi
We measured the changes in the cerebrospinal fluid (CSF) flow dynamics after compression of the bilateral jugular veins using phase contrast-magnetic resonance imaging (PC-MRI). PC-MRI was performed in 10 healthy male volunteers using a 3T clinical scanner with a two-dimensional gradient echo sequence. We successfully measured the changes in CSF flow velocity using PC-MRI with and without compression of the bilateral jugular veins. The relative velocity range decreased by about 30% when the bilateral jugular veins were compressed...
August 16, 2017: Magnetic Resonance in Medical Sciences: MRMS
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28819003/skeletal-muscle-signaling-metabolism-and-performance-during-sprint-exercise-in-severe-acute-hypoxia-after-the-ingestion-of-antioxidants
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David Morales-Alamo, Borja Guerra, Jesus Gustavo Ponce-Gonzalez, Amelia Guadalupe-Grau, Alfredo Santana, Marcos Martin-Rincon, Miriam Gelabert-Rebato, Joan Aureli Cadefau, Roser Cussó, Cecilia Dorado, Jose A L Calbet
The aim of this study was to determine reactive oxygen species (ROS) could play a role in blunting Thr(172)-AMPKα phosphorylation in human skeletal muscle after sprint exercise in hypoxia and to elucidate the potential signaling mechanisms responsible for this response. Nine volunteers performed a single 30s sprint (Wingate test) in two occasions while breathing hypoxic gas (PIO2=75 mmHg): one after the ingestion of placebo (P) and another following the intake of antioxidants (A) (α-lipoic acid, vitamin C, and vitamin E), with a randomized double-blind design...
August 17, 2017: Journal of Applied Physiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28818715/screening-for-single-nucleotide-polymorphisms-in-highly-degraded-dna-by-using-the-amplified-fragment-length-polymorphism-technique
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Mitsuyo Machida, Takashi Taki, Kazuhiko Kibayashi
Short tandem repeat (STR) analysis is generally used for human identification of forensic samples; however, standard STR analysis sometimes fails to generate full profiles since DNA is frequently degraded by various environmental factors. Recently, single nucleotide polymorphism (SNP) analysis has attracted attention for human identification since the shorter amplicons are better suited for degraded samples. Though various SNP loci are used for analysis of degraded samples, it is unclear which ones are more appropriate...
August 9, 2017: Forensic Science International. Genetics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28818696/cortical-networks-for-reference-frame-processing-are-shared-by-language-and-spatial-navigation-systems
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Nikola Vukovic, Yury Shtyrov
To help us live in the three-dimensional world, our brain integrates incoming spatial information into reference frames, which are based either on our own body (egocentric) or independent from it (allocentric). Such frames, however, may be crucial not only when interacting with the visual world, but also in language comprehension, since even the simplest utterance can be understood from different perspectives. While significant progress has been made in elucidating how linguistic factors, such as pronouns, influence reference frame adoption, the neural underpinnings of this ability are largely unknown...
August 14, 2017: NeuroImage
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28818403/heavy-metal-levels-in-patients-with-ineffective-erythropoiesis
#11
Turan Bayhan, Şule Ünal, Eyüp Çırak, Onur Erdem, Cemal Akay, Orhan Gürsel, İbrahim Eker, Erdem Karabulut, Fatma Gümrük
OBJECTIVES: Iron is taken into enterocytes at the duodenum via apical divalent metal-ion transporter 1 protein. Besides iron, divalent metal-ion transporter 1 also transports other divalent metals. We aimed to investigate blood heavy metal levels in patients with ineffective erythropoiesis. METHODS: Blood levels of heavy metals including Pb, Al, Cd, Cr, Co, Cu, and Zn were measured in patients with thalassemia major (TM), thalassemia intermedia (TI), congenital dyserythropoietic anemia (CDA), and age- and sex-matched healthy controls...
August 2, 2017: Transfusion and Apheresis Science
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28818306/time-harmonic-ultrasound-elastography-of-the-descending-abdominal-aorta-initial-results
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Lars-Arne Schaafs, Heiko Tzschätzsch, Markus van der Giet, Alexander Reshetnik, Ingo G Steffen, Bernd Hamm, Jürgen Braun, Ingolf Sack, Thomas Elgeti
Stiffening of central large vessels is considered a key pathophysiologic factor within the cardiovascular system. Current diagnostic parameters such as pulse wave velocity (PWV) indirectly measure aortic stiffness, a hallmark of coronary diseases. The aim of the present study was to perform elastography of the proximal abdominal aorta based on externally induced time-harmonic shear waves. Experiments were performed in 30 healthy volunteers (25 young, 5 old, >50 y) and 5 patients with longstanding hypertension (PWV >10 m/s)...
August 14, 2017: Ultrasound in Medicine & Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28818162/impact-of-a-social-media-group-page-on-undergraduate-medical-physiology-learning
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Tania Ahmed Shakoori, Usman Mahboob, Janet Strivens, Ian Willis
OBJECTIVE: To investigate the impact of associating classroom learning of medical physiology with a Facebook group page in an all-women medical college of a conservative small city in Pakistan. STUDY DESIGN: Qualitative interpretivist study using semi-structured interviews. PLACE AND DURATION OF STUDY: Women Medical College Abbottabad, Pakistan, from March to December 2014. METHODOLOGY: Aclosed Facebook study group was established at a local medical college in Pakistan...
July 2017: Journal of the College of Physicians and Surgeons—Pakistan: JCPSP
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28818161/using-mind-maps-to-improve-medical-student-performance-in-a-pharmacology-course-at-kunming-medical-university
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Guo Ying, Xie Jianping, Luo Haiyun, Li Xia, Yang Jianyu, Xuan Qun, Yu Jianyun
OBJECTIVE: To determine whether students using mind maps would improve their performance in a final examination at the end of lecture-based pharmacology course. STUDY DESIGN: Aquasi-experimental study. PLACE AND DURATION OF STUDY: Kunming Medical University, from September 2014 to January 2015. METHODOLOGY: One hundred and twenty-two (122) third year undergraduate medical students, starting a 48-hour lecturebased pharmacology course, volunteered to use mind maps as one of their study strategies (intervention group), while the remaining 100 students in the class continued to use their usual study strategies (control group) over the duration of the course...
July 2017: Journal of the College of Physicians and Surgeons—Pakistan: JCPSP
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28818148/cross-sectional-survey-of-physicians-on-providing-volunteer-care-for-in-flight-medical-events
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Eric Chatfield, William F Bond, Bradley McCay, Claude Thibeault, Paulo M Alves, Marc Squillante, Joshua Timpe, Courtney J Cook, Raymond E Bertino
BACKGROUND: Airline carriers have equipment, procedures, and protocols in place to handle in-flight medical events (IFMEs). Community physicians may be asked for aid during IFMEs. Cross-Sectional Survey of Physicians on Providing Volunteer Care for In-Flight Medical Events surveyed self-assessed awareness and knowledge, perceived barriers, and suggestions for improving responses to IFMEs. METHODS: We composed a survey regarding clinicians' self-assessed understanding of in-flight resources, procedures, flight environmental issues, and Good Samaritan protections...
September 1, 2017: Aerospace Medicine and Human Performance
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28818140/dynamic-cerebral-autoregulation-during-the-combination-of-mild-hypercapnia-and-cephalad-fluid-shift
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Takuya Kurazumi, Yojiro Ogawa, Ryo Yanagida, Hiroshi Morisaki, Ken-Ichi Iwasaki
BACKGROUND: Mild hypercapnia combined with a cephalad fluid shift [e.g., that occurring during spaceflight or laparoscopic surgery with head-down tilt (HDT)] might affect cerebral autoregulation. However, no reports have described the effects of the combination on dynamic cerebral autoregulation. Therefore, we tested the hypothesis that the combination of mild hypercapnia and a cephalad fluid shift would attenuate dynamic cerebral autoregulation. METHODS: There were 15 healthy male volunteers who were exposed to 4 10-min protocols in which they received air in the supine position (Placebo/Supine), 3% carbon dioxide (CO2) in the supine position (CO2/Supine), air with -10° HDT (Placebo/HDT) and 3% CO2 with -10° HDT (CO2/HDT)...
September 1, 2017: Aerospace Medicine and Human Performance
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28818139/bed-rest-and-intermittent-centrifugation-effects-on-human-balance-and-neuromotor-reflexes
#17
William H Paloski, Millard F Reschke, Alan H Feiveson
INTRODUCTION: The effects of repeated centrifugation in association with head-down tilt (HDT) bed rest (BR) on the mediation of basic reflexes associated with the major postural muscles was investigated as a potential countermeasure for maintaining balance control and neuromotor reflex function. METHODS: There were 15 male volunteers who were exposed to 21 d of 6° HDT-BR. Eight were treated with daily 1-h artificial gravity (AG) exposures aboard a short radius centrifuge that provided 1-g footward loading at heart level...
September 1, 2017: Aerospace Medicine and Human Performance
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28817956/the-role-of-intrinsic-brain-functional-connectivity-in-vulnerability-and-resilience-to-bipolar-disorder
#18
Gaelle E Doucet, Danielle S Bassett, Nailin Yao, David C Glahn, Sophia Frangou
OBJECTIVE: Bipolar disorder is a heritable disorder characterized by mood dysregulation associated with brain functional dysconnectivity. Previous research has focused on the detection of risk- and disease-associated dysconnectivity in individuals with bipolar disorder and their first-degree relatives. The present study seeks to identify adaptive brain connectivity features associated with resilience, defined here as avoidance of illness or delayed illness onset in unaffected siblings of patients with bipolar disorder...
August 18, 2017: American Journal of Psychiatry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28817717/short-report-trpv1-polymorphism-1911-a-g-alters-capsaicin-induced-sensory-changes-in-healthy-subjects
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Julia Forstenpointner, Matti Förster, Denisa May, Friederike Hofschulte, Ingolf Cascorbi, Gunnar Wasner, Janne Gierthmühlen, Ralf Baron
BACKGROUND: C-fibers express transient receptor potential (TRP) channels. These high-voltage gated channels function as integrators of different physical stresses (e.g. heat, protons, ATP). Additionally channel activation can be induced by capsaicin. Topically applied, capsaicin elicits burning pain, heat and mechanical hyperalgesia and serves as a human surrogate model for pain. It was suggested that the TRPV1-variant rs8065080 (1911A>G) plays a pivotal role in patients with neuropathic pain syndromes...
2017: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28817706/hiv-infection-antiretroviral-therapy-and-measures-of-endothelial-function-inflammation-metabolism-and-oxidative-stress
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Andrew Dysangco, Ziyue Liu, James H Stein, Michael P Dubé, Samir K Gupta
BACKGROUND: HIV-infected patients have an increased risk of cardiovascular disease (CVD). Impaired endothelial function is an early risk factor for CVD in the general population. It is presumed that HIV infection is associated with impaired endothelial function, but results have been inconsistent. OBJECTIVES: Our objectives were to determine the relationships between HIV infection, virologic suppression with antiretroviral therapy (ART), in vivo measures of conduit artery and microvascular endothelial function, and circulating biomarkers of pathways associated with CVD...
2017: PloS One
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