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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29346794/clinicoepidemiologic-features-of-chronic-urticaria-in-patients-with-versus-without-subclinical-helicobacter-pylori-infection-a-cross-sectional-study-of-150-patients
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Sakshi Kohli, Vikram K Mahajan, Baldev S Rana, Karaninder S Mehta, Rashmi Kaul Raina, Pushpinder S Chauhan, Vikas Sharma, Ritu Rawat
BACKGROUND: The Helicobacter pylori infection is linked to chronic urticaria in nearly 60% of patients. We studied clinicoepidemiologic features in patients with chronic urticaria with and without H. pylori infection. METHODS: Endoscopic antral biopsy for the rapid urease test (RUT) and histopathology, and serum IgG ELISA for H. pylori infection were performed in 150 patients (male:female ratio 1:2.4) of chronic urticaria aged 18-68 years. Clinicoepidemiologic features including age, gender, age of onset and duration, frequency and distribution of wheals, urticaria severity score, and systemic symptoms were analyzed in patients with and without H...
January 19, 2018: International Archives of Allergy and Immunology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29346635/a-scoping-study-of-frameworks-for-adapting-public-health-evidence-based-interventions
#2
Cam Escoffery, Erin Lebow-Skelley, Hallie Udelson, Elaine A Böing, Richard Wood, Maria E Fernandez, Patricia D Mullen
Evidence-based public health translation of research to practice is essential to improve the public's health. Dissemination and implementation researchers have explored what happens once practitioners adopt evidence-based interventions (EBIs) and have developed models and frameworks to describe the adaptation process. This scoping study identified and summarized adaptation frameworks in published reports and grey literature. We followed the recommended steps of a scoping study: (a) identifying the research question; (b) identifying relevant studies; (c) selecting studies; (d) charting the data; (e) collating, summarizing, and reporting the results; and (f) consulting with experts...
January 16, 2018: Translational Behavioral Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29346631/anticardiolipin-antibodies-and-12-month-graft-function-in-kidney-transplant-recipients-a-prognosis-cohort-survey
#3
Marion Gauthier, Florence Canoui-Poitrine, Esther Guéry, Dominique Desvaux, Sophie Hue, Guillaume Canaud, Thomas Stehle, Philippe Lang, Tomek Kofman, Philippe Grimbert, Marie Matignon
Background: In kidney transplant recipients, anticardiolipin (ACL) antibodies without antiphospholipid syndrome (APS) are found in up to 38% of patients and could be associated with thrombotic events (TEs). However, the prognostic role of ACL regarding kidney transplant and patients outcomes have still not been well defined. Methods: We conducted an observational, monocentric, retrospective cohort study including 446 kidney transplant recipients and standardized follow-up: 36-month allograft and patient survival, 12-month estimated glomerular filtration rate (eGFR) and 3- and 12-month screening biopsies...
January 16, 2018: Nephrology, Dialysis, Transplantation
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29346618/evidence-of-adaptive-evolution-and-relaxed-constraints-in-sex-biased-genes-of-south-american-and-west-indies-fruit-flies-diptera-tephritidae
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Carlos Congrains, Emeline B Campanini, Felipe R Torres, Víctor B Rezende, Aline M Nakamura, Janaína L de Oliveira, André L A Lima, Samira Chahad-Ehlers, Iderval S Sobrinho, Reinaldo A de Brito
Several studies have demonstrated that genes differentially expressed between sexes (sex-biased genes) tend to evolve faster than unbiased genes, particularly in males. The reason for this accelerated evolution is not clear, but several explanations have involved adaptive and non-adaptive mechanisms. Furthermore, the differences of sex-biased expression patterns of closely related species are also little explored out of Drosophila. To address the evolutionary processes involved with sex-biased expression in species with incipient differentiation, we analyzed male and female transcriptomes of Anastrepha fraterculus and A...
January 15, 2018: Genome Biology and Evolution
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29346616/racial-differences-in-family-health-history-knowledge-of-type-2-diabetes-exploring-the-role-of-interpersonal-mechanisms
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Jielu Lin, Christopher S Marcum, Melanie F Myers, Laura M Koehly
Collecting complete and accurate family health history is critical to preventing type 2 diabetes. Whether there are any racial difference in family health history knowledge of type 2 diabetes and whether such differences are related to interpersonal mechanisms remain unclear. We seek to identify the interpersonal mechanisms that give rise to discrepancies in family health history knowledge of type 2 diabetes in families of different racial backgrounds. We analyze informant-dyad consensus with respect to shared family history of type 2 diabetes in 127 informants of 45 families in the greater Cincinnati area (white: 28 families, 78 informants; black/African-American: 17 families, 49 informants)...
January 16, 2018: Translational Behavioral Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29346604/unique-genetic-profiles-from-cerebrospinal-fluid-cell-free-dna-in-leptomeningeal-metastases-of-egfr-mutant-non-small-cell-lung-cancer-a-new-medium-of-liquid-biopsy
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Y S Li, B Y Jiang, J J Yang, X C Zhang, Z Zhang, J Y Ye, W Z Zhong, H Y Tu, H J Chen, Z Wang, C R Xu, B C Wang, H J Du, S Chuai, H Han-Zhang, J Su, Q Zhou, X N Yang, W B Guo, H H Yan, Y H Liu, L X Yan, B Huang, M M Zheng, Y L Wu
Background: Leptomeningeal metastases (LM) are more frequent in non-small cell lung cancer (NSCLC) with epidermal growth factor receptor (EGFR) mutations. Due to limited access to leptomeningeal lesions, the purpose of this study was to explore the potential role of cerebrospinal fluid (CSF) as a source of liquid biopsy in patients with LM. Patients and methods: Primary tumor, CSF, and plasma in NSCLC with LM were tested by next-generation sequencing. In total, 45 patients with suspected LM underwent lumbar puncture, and those with EGFR mutations diagnosed with LM were enrolled...
January 15, 2018: Annals of Oncology: Official Journal of the European Society for Medical Oncology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29346603/homologous-stress-adaptation-antibiotic-resistance-and-biofilm-forming-ability-of-salmonella-enterica-serovar-heidelberg-atcc8326-on-different-food-contact-surfaces-following-exposure-to-sublethal-chlorine-concentrations
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Tomi Obe, Rama Nannapaneni, Chander Shekhar Sharma, Aaron Kiess
Salmonella enterica serovar Heidelberg (American Type Culture Collection; ATCC 8326) was examined for the ability to adapt to the homologous stress of chlorine through exposure to increasing chlorine concentrations (25 ppm daily increments) in tryptic soy broth (TSB). The tested strain exhibited an acquired tolerance to chlorine in TSB with the tolerant cells growing in concentrations up to 400 ppm. In addition, the chlorine stressed cells displayed rugose morphology on tryptic soy agar (TSA) plates at 37°C...
January 13, 2018: Poultry Science
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29346573/the-addition-of-bevacizumab-to-oxaliplatin-based-chemotherapy-impact-upon-hepatic-sinusoidal-injury-and-thrombocytopenia
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Michael J Overman, Renata Ferrarotto, Kanwal Raghav, Binsah George, Wei Qiao, Karime K Machado, Leonard B Saltz, Thibault Mazard, J N Vauthey, Paulo M Hoff, Brian Hobbs, Evelyn M Loyer, Scott Kopetz
Background: Oxaliplatin-based chemotherapy can cause hepatic sinusoidal injury (HSI), portal hypertension, and splenic sequestration of platelets. Evidence suggests that bevacizumab may protect against HSI. Methods: Two cohorts of metastatic colorectal cancer (CRC) were analyzed: a nonrandomized exploratory cohort of 184 patients treated at a single institution from 2003 to 2010 and a confirmatory cohort of 200 patients from a multi-institutional randomized trial (NO16966)...
January 15, 2018: Journal of the National Cancer Institute
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29346523/timed-up-and-go-test-and-future-dementia-occurrence
#9
Ji Eun Lee, Dong Wook Shin, Su-Min Jeong, Ki Young Son, Belong Cho, Jong Lull Yoon, Byung Joo Park, In Soon Kwon, Jinkook Lee, SangYun Kim
Background: This study evaluated whether baseline results of the Timed Up and Go (TUG) test is associated with future dementia occurrence. Methods: Using the Korean National Health Insurance Service-National Health Screening Cohort database, we identified 49 283 subjects without a dementia diagnosis who participated in the National Screening Program for Transitional Ages at 66 years of age during 2007-2012. Gait impairment was defined as taking longer than 10 seconds to perform the TUG test...
January 16, 2018: Journals of Gerontology. Series A, Biological Sciences and Medical Sciences
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29346509/a-distance-based-approach-for-testing-the-mediation-effect-of-the-human-microbiome
#10
Jie Zhang, Zhi Wei, Jun Chen
Motivation: Recent studies have revealed a complex interplay between environment, the human microbiome, and health and disease. Mediation analysis of the human microbiome in these complex relationships could potentially provide insights into the role of the microbiome in the etiology of disease and, more importantly, lead to novel clinical interventions by modulating the microbiome. However, due to the high dimensionality, sparsity, non-normality and phylogenetic structure of microbiome data, none of the existing methods are suitable for testing such clinically important mediation effect...
January 15, 2018: Bioinformatics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29346497/convergent-and-divergent-validity-of-the-grammaticality-and-utterance-length-instrument
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Anny Castilla-Earls, Katrina Fulcher-Rood
Purpose: This feasibility study examines the convergent and divergent validity of the Grammaticality and Utterance Length Instrument (GLi), a tool designed to assess the grammaticality and average utterance length of a child's prerecorded story retell. Method: Three raters used the GLi to rate audio-recorded story retells from 100 English-speaking preschool children. To examine convergent validity, the results of the GLi were correlated with 2 language sample measures, mean length of utterance in words and percentage of grammatical utterances, and with the results of the Structured Photographic Expressive Language Test-Third Edition (Dawson, Stout, & Eyer, 2003)...
January 18, 2018: Journal of Speech, Language, and Hearing Research: JSLHR
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29346472/a-revised-estimate-of-costs-associated-with-routine-preoperative-testing-in-medicare-cataract-patients-with-a-procedure-specific-indicator
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Catherine L Chen, Theodore H Clay, Stephen McLeod, Han-Ying Peggy Chang, Adrian W Gelb, R Adams Dudley
Importance: Routine preoperative medical testing is not recommended for patients undergoing low-risk surgery, but testing is common before surgery. A 30-day preoperative testing window is conventionally used for study purposes; however, the extent of routine testing that occurs prior to that point is unknown. Objective: To improve on existing cost estimates by identifying all routine preoperative testing that takes place after the decision is made to perform cataract surgery...
January 18, 2018: JAMA Ophthalmology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29346394/decision-time-and-confidence-predict-choosers-identification-performance-in-photographic-showups
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Melanie Sauerland, Anna Sagana, Siegfried L Sporer, John T Wixted
In vast contrast to the multitude of lineup studies that report on the link between decision time, confidence, and identification accuracy, only a few studies looked at these associations for showups, with results varying widely across studies. We therefore set out to test the individual and combined value of decision time and post-decision confidence for diagnosing the accuracy of positive showup decisions using confidence-accuracy characteristic curves and Bayesian analyses. Three-hundred-eighty-four participants viewed a stimulus event and were subsequently presented with two showups which could be target-present or target-absent...
2018: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29346393/computational-study-of-hiv-gp120-as-a-target-for-polyanionic-entry-inhibitors-exploiting-the-v3-loop-region
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Louis R Hollingsworth, Anne M Brown, Richard D Gandour, David R Bevan
Multiple approaches are being utilized to develop therapeutics to treat HIV infection. One approach is designed to inhibit entry of HIV into host cells, with a target being the viral envelope glycoprotein, gp120. Polyanionic compounds have been shown to be effective in inhibiting HIV entry, with a mechanism involving electrostatic interactions with the V3 loop of gp120 being proposed. In this study, we applied computational methods to elucidate molecular interactions between the repeat unit of the precisely alternating polyanion, Poly(4,4'-stilbenedicarboxylate-alt-maleic acid) (DCSti-alt-MA) and the V3 loop of gp120 from strains of HIV against which these polyanions were previously tested (IIIb, BaL, 92UG037, JR-CSF) as well as two strains for which gp120 crystal structures are available (YU2, 2B4C)...
2018: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29346210/significance-errors-power-and-sample-size-the-blocking-and-tackling-of-statistics
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Edward J Mascha, Thomas R Vetter
Inferential statistics relies heavily on the central limit theorem and the related law of large numbers. According to the central limit theorem, regardless of the distribution of the source population, a sample estimate of that population will have a normal distribution, but only if the sample is large enough. The related law of large numbers holds that the central limit theorem is valid as random samples become large enough, usually defined as an n ≥ 30. In research-related hypothesis testing, the term "statistically significant" is used to describe when an observed difference or association has met a certain threshold...
February 2018: Anesthesia and Analgesia
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29346173/the-subresolution-datscan-phantom-a-cost-effective-flexible-alternative-to-traditional-phantom-technology
#16
Jonathan C Taylor, Nicholas Vennart, Ian Negus, Robin Holmes, Oliver Bandmann, Christine Lo, John Fenner
The Alderson striatal phantom is frequently used to assess I-FP-CIT (Ioflupane) image quality and to test semi-quantification software. However, its design is associated with a number of limitations, in particular: unrealistic image appearances and inflexibility. A new physical phantom approach is proposed on the basis of subresolution phantom technology. The design incorporates thin slabs of attenuating material generated through additive manufacturing, and paper sheets with radioactive ink patterns printed on their surface, created with a conventional inkjet printer...
January 17, 2018: Nuclear Medicine Communications
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29346149/testing-elevated-protease-activity-prospective-analysis-of-160-wounds
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Anike Lockmann, Tillmann Schill, Franziska Hartmann, Lisa-Lena Grönemeyer, Ricarda Holzkamp, Michael P Schön, Kai-Martin Thoms
OBJECTIVE: Given that local elevated protease activity (EPA) has been implicated in impaired wound healing, a prospective single-center study was conducted to assess protease activity in various wound types. METHODS: Protease activity was determined using an easy-to-use test system (Woundchek Protease Status Test Kit; Systagenix, Gatwick, United Kingdom) in 160 wounds in 143 patients. The assay detects the combined activity of inflammatory proteases, mainly matrix metalloproteinases 8 and 9 and human neutrophil elastase...
February 2018: Advances in Skin & Wound Care
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29346133/dexmedetomidine-impairs-diaphragm-function-and-increases-oxidative-stress-but-does-not-aggravate-diaphragmatic-atrophy-in-mechanically-ventilated-rats
#18
Thomas Breuer, Christian Bleilevens, Rolf Rossaint, Gernot Marx, Julian Gehrenkemper, Henning Dierksen, Antoine Delpierre, Joachim Weis, Ghislaine Gayan-Ramirez, Christian S Bruells
BACKGROUND: Anesthetics in ventilated patients are critical as any cofactor hampering diaphragmatic function may have a negative impact on the weaning progress and therefore on patients' mortality. Dexmedetomidine may display antioxidant and antiproteolytic properties, but it also reduced glucose uptake by the muscle, which may impair diaphragm force production. This study tested the hypothesis that dexmedetomidine could inhibit ventilator-induced diaphragmatic dysfunction. METHODS: Twenty-four rats were separated into three groups (n = 8/group)...
January 18, 2018: Anesthesiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29346131/toxicological-profile-and-safety-pharmacology-of-a-single-dose-of-fibroblast-activation-protein-%C3%AE-based-doxorubicin-prodrug-in-vitro-and-in-vivo-evaluation
#19
Sichao Huang, Yuchen Zhang, Jinsong Zhong, Ying Pan, Shaohui Cai, Jun Xu
Fibroblast activation protein-α (FAPα) is a promising tumor-associated target expressed by reactive stromal fibroblasts in tumor tissue. FAPα has a postprolyl peptidase activity and can specifically cleave N-terminal benzyloxycarbonyl (Z)-blocked peptides, such as the substrate Z-Gly-Pro-AMC. Doxorubicin (DOX) is an effective antitumor drug, but its application is greatly limited by toxic adverse effects owing to poor tumor selectivity. Based on these facts, we previously designed a FAPα-targeting prodrug of doxorubicin (FTPD) which can be selectively hydrolyzed by FAPα...
January 17, 2018: Anti-cancer Drugs
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29346110/a-three-dimensional-arrayed-microfluidic-blood-brain-barrier-model-with-integrated-electrical-sensor-array
#20
Sehoon Jeong, Sunja Kim, John Buonocore, Jaewon Park, C Jane Welsh, Jianrong Li, Arum Han
OBJECTIVE: The blood-brain barrier (BBB) poses a unique challenge to the development of therapeutics against neurological disorders due to its impermeabi-lity to most of the chemical compounds. Most in vitro BBB models have limitations in mimicking in vivo conditions and functions. Here, we show a co-culture microfluidic BBB-on-a-chip that provides interactions between neurovascular endothelial cells and neuronal cells across a porous polycarbonate membrane, which better mimics the in vivo conditions, as well as allows in vivo level shear stress to be applied...
February 2018: IEEE Transactions on Bio-medical Engineering
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