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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29317971/transcatheter-closure-versus-repeat-surgery-for-the-treatment-of-postoperative-left-to-right-shunts-a-single-center-15-year-experience
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Xinghua Gu, Qiuwang Zhang, Hourong Sun, Jianchun Fei, Xiquan Zhang, Michael J Kutryk
Background: Repeat surgery and the percutaneous approach (transcatheter closure (TCC)) have been used for the management of postoperative left-to-right shunts. In this study, we described our 15 years of experience in treating postoperative left-to-right shunts with these two approaches. Methods: From February 2002 to February 2017, 50 patients with residual left-to-right shunts, following cardiac surgery, were treated using TCC or repeat surgery. Clinical examination, standard 12-lead electrocardiography, chest X-ray, and a transthoracic echocardiogram were performed before hospital discharge and at all follow-ups...
December 2017: Cardiology Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29301544/tai-chi-chuan-in-postsurgical-non-small-cell-lung-cancer-patients-study-protocol-for-a-randomized-controlled-trial
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Hong Pan, Yingxia Pei, Bingxue Li, Yi Wang, Jie Liu, Hongsheng Lin
BACKGROUND: Impairment of exercise capacity remains a common adverse effect of non-small cell lung cancer (NSCLC) survivors after surgery. Previous research has suggested that Tai Chi Chuan (TCC) offers an exercise capacity benefit in several types of cancers. This is a randomized trial to investigate the efficacy and safety of TCC in postoperative NSCLC patients over an observation period of 3 months and a 9-month follow-up. METHODS/DESIGN: Using a prospective, one center and randomized design, 120 subjects with histologically confirmed stage I-IIIA NSCLC following complete surgical resection will potentially be eligible for this trial...
January 4, 2018: Trials
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29290184/efficacy-of-intense-pulse-light-therapy-and-tripple-combination-cream-versus-intense-pulse-light-therapy-and-tripple-combination-cream-alone-in-epidermal-melasma-treatment
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Nafila Shakeeb, Sahibzada Mahmood Noor, Ghafoor Ullah, Mohammand Majid Paracha
OBJECTIVE: To compare the efficacy of intense pulse light therapy (IPL) and triple combination cream (TCC) versus intense pulse light therapy and triple combination cream alone in epidermal melasma treatment, downgrading MASI score to more than 10. STUDY DESIGN: Randomized controlled trial. PLACE AND DURATION OF STUDY: Dermatology Department, Lady Reading Hospital, Peshawar, from August 2014 to January 2015. METHODOLOGY: Patients of 18-45 years were included in the study with Fitzpatrick skin type II-V...
January 2018: Journal of the College of Physicians and Surgeons—Pakistan: JCPSP
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29279246/complement-system-biomarkers-in-first-episode-psychosis
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Maja Kopczynska, Wioleta Zelek, Samuel Touchard, Fiona Gaughran, Marta Di Forti, Valeria Mondelli, Robin Murray, Michael C O'Donovan, B Paul Morgan
Several lines of evidence implicate immunological/inflammatory factors in development of schizophrenia. Complement is a key driver of inflammation, and complement dysregulation causes pathology in many diseases. Here we explored whether complement dysregulation occurred in first episode psychosis (FEP) and whether this provides a source of biomarkers. Eleven complement analytes (C1q, C3, C4, C5, factor B [FB], terminal complement complex [TCC], factor H [FH], FH-related proteins [FHR125], Properdin, C1 inhibitor [C1inh], soluble complement receptor 1 [CR1]) plus C-reactive protein (CRP) were measured in serum from 136 first episode psychosis (FEP) cases and 42 mentally healthy controls using established in-house or commercial ELISA...
December 23, 2017: Schizophrenia Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29277821/iodine-content-analysis-using-dual-energy-computed-tomography-as-a-biomarker-of-transitional-cell-carcinoma-an-experience-with-separation-of-the-clotted-blood-and-tumorous-tissue
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Hynek Mirka, Jan Baxa, Milan Hora, Ondrej Hes, Ondrej Topolcan, Jiri Ferda
BACKGROUND/AIM: The aim of this study was to evaluate the possibility to discriminate the blood clot from tumorous tissue in the assessment of transitional cell carcinoma (TCC), when CT data are used only from single-phase dual-energy CT (DECT). MATERIALS AND METHODS: A total of 18 patients were included into the retrospective analysis of the prospectively collected data (the average age was 67.3 years, range=62-79 years, 12 males, 6 females). DECT was performed in all patients after intravenous administration of the iodinated contrast material...
January 2018: Anticancer Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29246610/clinical-and-molecular-characterization-of-hereditary-spastic-paraplegias-a-next-generation-sequencing-panel-approach
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Daniela Burguez, Márcia Polese-Bonatto, Laís Alves Jacinto Scudeiro, Ingemar Björkhem, Ludger Schöls, Laura Bannach Jardim, Ursula Matte, Maria Luiza Saraiva-Pereira, Marina Siebert, Jonas Alex Morales Saute
BACKGROUND: Molecular diagnosis of hereditary spastic paraplegias (HSP) is a difficult task due to great clinical and genetic heterogeneity. We aimed to characterize clinical and molecular findings of HSP families from Rio Grande do Sul, Brazil; and to evaluate the diagnostic yield of a next-generation sequencing (NGS) panel with twelve HSP-related genes. METHODS: A consecutive series of HSP index cases with familial recurrence of spasticity, consanguinity or thin corpus callosum (TCC) were included in this cross-sectional study...
December 15, 2017: Journal of the Neurological Sciences
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29233453/cytological-diagnosis-of-a-rare-case-of-cutaneous-metastasis-from-transitional-cell-carcinoma-renal-pelvis
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Pragya Singh, Sachin Kolte, Gunjesh Kumar Singh
Transitional cell carcinoma (TCC) arising from renal pelvis rarely gives rise to cutaneous metastasis. Due to the insufficient literature, the exact incidence is not known till date. Moreover, the diagnosis is confirmed on histopathological examination with the aid of immunohistochemistry wherever needed. We are presenting a case of a 70-year-old female with metastatic TCC from the renal pelvis to the abdominal skin, which was diagnosed on cytology alone along with the cell block preparation. We also highlight the important cytomorphological and immunohistochemical features noted, which need to be known to avoid any diagnostic delay...
December 7, 2017: Journal of the Egyptian National Cancer Institute
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29229516/dissimilar-substitution-rates-between-two-strands-of-dna-influence-codon-usage-pattern-in-some-human-genes
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Binata Halder, Arup Kumar Malakar, Supriyo Chakraborty
We illustrated the descriptive aspects of codon usage of some important human genes and their expression potential in E. coli. By comparing the results of various codon usage parameters, effects that are due to selection and mutational pressures have been deciphered. The variation in GC3s explains a significant proportion of the variation in codon usage patterns. The codons CGC, CGG, CTG and GCG showed strong positive correlation with GC3, which suggested that codon usage had been influenced by GC bias. We also found that ACC (Thr, RSCU-1...
December 8, 2017: Gene
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29228026/rapid-analyses-of-dry-matter-content-and-carotenoids-in-fresh-cassava-roots-using-a-portable-visible-and-near-infrared-spectrometer-vis-nirs
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Ugochukwu N Ikeogu, Fabrice Davrieux, Dominique Dufour, Hernan Ceballos, Chiedozie N Egesi, Jean-Luc Jannink
Portable Vis/NIRS are flexible tools for fast and unbiased analyses of constituents with minimal sample preparation. This study developed calibration models for dry matter content (DMC) and carotenoids in fresh cassava roots using a portable Vis/NIRS system. We examined the effects of eight data pre-treatment combinations on calibration models and assessed calibrations on processed and intact root samples. We compared Vis/NIRS derived-DMC to other phenotyping methods. The results of the study showed that the combination of standard normal variate and de-trend (SNVD) with first derivative calculated on two data points and no smoothing (SNVD+1111) was adequate for a robust model...
2017: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29218890/democratizing-data-science-through-data-science-training
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John Darrell Van Horn, Lily Fierro, Jeana Kamdar, Jonathan Gordon, Crystal Stewart, Avnish Bhattrai, Sumiko Abe, Xiaoxiao Lei, Caroline O'Driscoll, Aakanchha Sinha, Priyambada Jain, Gully Burns, Kristina Lerman, José Luis Ambite
The biomedical sciences have experienced an explosion of data which promises to overwhelm many current practitioners. Without easy access to data science training resources, biomedical researchers may find themselves unable to wrangle their own datasets. In 2014, to address the challenges posed such a data onslaught, the National Institutes of Health (NIH) launched the Big Data to Knowledge (BD2K) initiative. To this end, the BD2K Training Coordinating Center (TCC; bigdatau.org) was funded to facilitate both in-person and online learning, and open up the concepts of data science to the widest possible audience...
2018: Pacific Symposium on Biocomputing
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29216845/a-comparison-of-the-test-negative-and-the-traditional-case-control-study-designs-for-estimation-of-influenza-vaccine-effectiveness-under-nonrandom-vaccination
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Meng Shi, Qian An, Kylie E C Ainslie, Michael Haber, Walter A Orenstein
BACKGROUND: As annual influenza vaccination is recommended for all U.S. persons aged 6 months or older, it is unethical to conduct randomized clinical trials to estimate influenza vaccine effectiveness (VE). Observational studies are being increasingly used to estimate VE. We developed a probability model for comparing the bias and the precision of VE estimates from two case-control designs: the traditional case-control (TCC) design and the test-negative (TN) design. In both study designs, acute respiratory illness (ARI) patients seeking medical care testing positive for influenza infection are considered cases...
December 8, 2017: BMC Infectious Diseases
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29193752/the-proteomic-response-of-b-%C3%A2-pumilus-cells-to-glucose-starvation
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Stefan Handtke, Dirk Albrecht, Andreas Otto, Dörte Becher, Michael Hecker, Birgit Voigt
Since starvation for carbon sources is a common condition for bacteria in nature and can also occur in industrial fermentation processes due to mixing zones, knowledge about the response of cells to carbon starvation is beneficial. The preferred carbon source for bacilli is glucose. We analysed the response of B. pumilus cells to glucose starvation using metabolic labelling and quantitative proteomics. Glucose starvation led to an extensive reprogramming of the protein expression pattern in B. pumilus. The amounts of proteins of the central carbon metabolic pathways (glycolysis and TCC) remained stable in starving cells...
November 30, 2017: Proteomics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29190993/whether-partial-colectomy-is-oncologically-safe-for-patients-with-transverse-colon-cancer-a-large-population-based-study
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Xu Guan, Zhixun Zhao, Ming Yang, Haipeng Chen, Wei Chen, Zheng Liu, Zheng Jiang, Yinggang Chen, Guiyu Wang, Xishan Wang
Due to special tumor location and technical difficulty of transverse colon cancer (TCC), partial colectomy (PC) is being widely applied in selected TCC patients, instead of extended hemicolectomy (HC). However, the oncological safety of this less aggressive surgical approach is not well studied. Here, we identified 10344 TCC patients from Surveillance, Epidemiology, and End-Results (SEER) database. The surgical treatment for those patients included PC and HC. Firstly, we compared lymph nodes evaluations between patients treated with HC and PC, including median number of nodes, the rate of nodes ≥ 12 and the rate of node positivity...
November 3, 2017: Oncotarget
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29190586/efficiency-of-the-formulated-plant-growth-promoting-pseudomonas-fluorescens-mc46-inoculant-on-triclocarban-treatment-in-soil-and-its-effect-on-vigna-radiata-growth-and-soil-enzyme-activities
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Merry Krisdawati Sipahutar, Jittra Piapukiew, Alisa S Vangnai
For bioaugmentation-based treatment of triclocarban (TCC), an emerging soil pollutant that is recalcitrant to biodegradation and phytotransformation, efficient TCC-degrading bacteria with an effective soil-delivering means are required. This work developed the formulated bacterial inoculant, and successfully demonstrated its TCC removal and detoxification performance in pot soil experiment with Vigna radiata plants. The soil bacterium Pseudomonas fluorescens MC46 was isolated as TCC-degrading, plant-growth promoting bacterium...
November 27, 2017: Journal of Hazardous Materials
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29187235/urine-cell-free-microrna-as-biomarkers-for-transitional-cell-carcinoma
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Gil A Geva, Ilan Gielchinsky, Nina Aviv, Klaas E A Max, Ofer N Gofrit, Devorah Gur-Wahnon, Iddo Z Ben-Dov
OBJECTIVE: MicroRNA (miRNA) are short nucleotide strands with a regulatory function in the cell. Several miRNAs have been shown to be useful as biomarkers for different neoplasms. The aim of this project was to assess whether levels of miRNA in cell free urine could be used as a biomarker in transitional cell carcinoma (TCC). RESULTS: cDNA libraries were produced based on small RNAs in urine samples of fourteen TCC patients and twenty healthy volunteers. Resulting reads were deep sequenced on Illumina HiSeq sequencer with the intent of characterizing cell free urine miRNA profiles...
November 29, 2017: BMC Research Notes
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29178839/effects-of-ifn-%C3%AE-coding-plasmid-supplementation-in-the-immune-response-and-protection-elicited-by-trypanosoma-cruzi-attenuated-parasites
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Cecilia Pérez Brandán, Andrea C Mesías, Cecilia Parodi, Rubén O Cimino, Carolina Pérez Brandán, Patricio Diosque, Miguel Ángel Basombrío
BACKGROUND: Previous studies showed that a naturally attenuated strain from Trypanosoma cruzi triggers an immune response mainly related to a Th2-type profile. Albeit this, a strong protection against virulent challenge was obtained after priming mice with this attenuated strain. However, this protection is not enough to completely clear parasites from the host. In T. cruzi infection, early Interferon-gamma (IFN-γ) is critical to lead type 1 responses able to control intracellular parasites...
November 25, 2017: BMC Infectious Diseases
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29171871/cytokine-responses-microbial-etiology-and-short-term-outcome-in-community-acquired-pneumonia
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William W Siljan, Jan C Holter, Ståle H Nymo, Einar Husebye, Thor Ueland, Pål Aukrust, Tom E Mollnes, Lars Heggelund
BACKGROUND: The inflammatory response in community-acquired pneumonia (CAP) is orchestrated through activation of cytokine networks and the complement system. We examined the association of multiple cytokines and the terminal complement complex (TCC) with microbial etiology, disease severity and short-term outcome. MATERIALS AND METHODS: Plasma levels of 27 cytokines and TCC were analyzed in blood samples obtained at hospital admission, clinical stabilization and 6-weeks follow up from 247 hospitalized adults with CAP...
November 24, 2017: European Journal of Clinical Investigation
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29163096/tai-chi-chuan-and-baduanjin-mind-body-training-changes-resting-state-low-frequency-fluctuations-in-the-frontal-lobe-of-older-adults-a-resting-state-fmri-study
#18
Jing Tao, Xiangli Chen, Jiao Liu, Natalia Egorova, Xiehua Xue, Weilin Liu, Guohua Zheng, Ming Li, Jinsong Wu, Kun Hu, Zengjian Wang, Lidian Chen, Jian Kong
Age-related cognitive decline is a significant public health concern. Recently, non-pharmacological methods, such as physical activity and mental training practices, have emerged as promising low-cost methods to slow the progression of age-related memory decline. In this study, we investigated if Tai Chi Chuan (TCC) and Baduanjin modulated the fractional amplitude of low-frequency fluctuations (fALFF) in different frequency bands (low-frequency: 0.01-0.08 Hz; slow-5: 0.01-0.027 Hz; slow-4: 0.027-0.073 Hz) and improved memory function...
2017: Frontiers in Human Neuroscience
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29159868/tarsal-carpal-coalition-syndrome-report-of-a-novel-missense-mutation-in-nog-gene-and-phenotypic-delineation
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Aneek Das Bhowmik, Vijayalakshmi Salem Ramakumaran, Ashwin Dalal
We report a family of Indian origin presenting with Tarsal-carpal coalition syndrome (TCC), which is a rare genetic disorder of skeletal abnormalities, inherited in autosomal dominant manner. In this family, three individuals (mother and two children) were found to be similarly affected with slight intrafamilial individual variability in the phenotype. Sanger sequencing revealed a novel heterozygous missense mutation in NOG gene (NM_005450.4:c.611G>A) in all the affected individuals of the family. Until now only six mutations have been reported in different families affected with TCC syndrome worldwide...
November 21, 2017: American Journal of Medical Genetics. Part A
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29158660/empowering-one-community-at-a-time-for-policy-system-and-environmental-changes-to-impact-obesity
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Katrina Betancourt, Andrea Ridgway, Joy Rockenbach, Sequoya Eady, Joanice Thompson, Lori Brand Bateman, Mona N Fouad, Yu-Mei M Schoenberger
Objective: This article describes Mayors Mentoring Mayors (3M), an initiative of the Arkansas Coalition for Obesity Prevention (ArCOP), which expanded to five states to become the signature community initiative of the Mid-South Transdisciplinary Collaborative Center (Mid-South TCC) for Health Disparities Research. Methods: The 3M program is an extension of the Growing Healthy Communities (GHC) program, which sought to build capacity within communities to reduce obesity by implementing policy, system and environmental (PSE) changes that support healthy living...
2017: Ethnicity & Disease
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