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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28107772/a-preliminary-randomized-controlled-trial-of-contingency-management-for-alcohol-use-reduction-using-a-transdermal-alcohol-sensor
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Nancy P Barnett, Mark A Celio, Jennifer W Tidey, James G Murphy, Suzanne M Colby, Robert M Swift
AIMS: We tested the efficacy of daily contingent reinforcement for reducing alcohol use compared with (yoked) noncontingent reinforcement (NR) using a transdermal alcohol sensor to detect alcohol use. DESIGN: Pilot randomized controlled design with one baseline week, three intervention weeks, and one-month follow up. SETTING: New England, USA. PARTICIPANTS: Heavy drinking adults (47% female) not seeking treatment were randomized to 1) an escalating schedule of cash reinforcement (CR; n =15) for days on which alcohol was neither reported nor detected or 2) yoked NR (n =15)...
January 20, 2017: Addiction
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28107745/femtomolar-detection-of-cardiac-troponin-i-using-a-novel-label-free-and-reagent-free-dendrimer-enhanced-impedimetric-immunosensor
#2
Rashida Akter, Bongjin Jeong, Yong-Mi Lee, Jong-Soon Choi, Md Aminur Rahman
A novel highly sensitive dendrimer coupled impedimetric immunosensor was developed for the label-free and reagent-free detection of cardiac troponin I (TnI) in serum samples. The immunosensor probe was fabricated by covalently attaching carboxylic acid-functionalized third generation (G3) poly (amidoamine) (PAMAM) dendrimer (Den) on the 3, 3', 5, 5'-tetramethyl benzidine (TMB) modified 6-mercaptohexanoic acid (MHA) self-assembled monolayer (SAM) on a gold (Au) electrode. Monoclonal anti-TnI antibody was then covalently immobilized on the Den and TMB attached MHA SAM modified surface...
January 12, 2017: Biosensors & Bioelectronics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28107741/building-related-symptoms-are-linked-to-the-in-vitro-toxicity-of-indoor-dust-and-airborne-microbial-propagules-in-schools-a-cross-sectional-study
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J T Salin, M Salkinoja-Salonen, P J Salin, K Nelo, T Holma, P Ohtonen, H Syrjälä
INTRODUCTION: Indoor microbial toxicity is suspected to cause some building-related symptoms, but supporting epidemiological data are lacking. OBJECTIVE: We examined whether the in vitro toxicity of indoor samples from school buildings was associated with work-related health symptoms (building-related symptoms, BRS). METHODS: Administrators of the Helsinki City Real Estate Department selected 15 schools for the study, and a questionnaire on symptoms connected to work was sent to the teachers in the selected schools for voluntary completion...
January 17, 2017: Environmental Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28107730/systemic-atherosclerosis-and-voiding-symptom
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A Ozgur Yeniel, A Mete Ergenoglu, Reci Meseri, Anıl Ari, Ceren Sancar, Ismail Mete Itil
OBJECTIVE: To evaluate the effect of atherosclerosis on the storage and voiding symptoms of the bladder in women with overactive bladder (OAB). STUDY DESIGN: We retrospectively reviewed the charts of women with OAB who were evaluated between 2013 and 2015 in our urogynecology unit. Charts were assessed for history, examination findings, urinary diary, quality of life (QOL) questionnaires, urodynamic studies (UDSs), and four main risk factors for atherosclerosis: hypertension, diabetes mellitus, smoking, and hyperlipidemia...
January 9, 2017: European Journal of Obstetrics, Gynecology, and Reproductive Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28107710/in-vivo-assesment-of-the-genotoxic-and-oxidative-stress-effects-of-particulate-matter-on-echinogammarus-veneris
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Melissa Marcoccia, Lucilla Ronci, Elvira De Matthaeis, Andrea Setini, Cinzia Perrino, Silvia Canepari
Seven types of atmospheric dusts (road dust, soil dust, brake dust, desert dust, pellet ash and coke and certified material NIST1648a - urban dust) have been tested for their genotoxicity on specimens of Echinogammarus veneris, a small aquatic amphipod. Experiments were carried out in vivo, by exposing the animals for 24 h to water containing 25 mg/L of dust. Each dust has been chemically analyzed for ions, elemental carbon, organic carbon and for the soluble and insoluble fractions of elements. Non-specific damages to DNA have been evaluated by the comet test, while oxidative damages have been estimated by coupling the comet test with formamido pyrimidine DNA glycosylase reaction...
January 6, 2017: Chemosphere
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28107680/a-randomized-clinical-trial-of-buprenorphine-for-prisoners-findings-at-12-months-post-release
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Michael S Gordon, Timothy W Kinlock, Robert P Schwartz, Kevin E O'Grady, Terrence T Fitzgerald, Frank J Vocci
BACKGROUND: This study examined whether starting buprenorphine treatment prior to prison and after release from prison would be associated with better drug treatment outcomes and whether males and females responded differently to the combination of in-prison treatment and post-release service setting. METHODS: Study design was a 2 (In-Prison Treatment: Condition: Buprenorphine Treatment: vs. Counseling Only)×2 [Post-Release Service Setting Condition: Opioid Treatment: Program (OTP) vs...
January 11, 2017: Drug and Alcohol Dependence
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28107643/does-psychological-well-being-change-following-treatment-an-exploratory-study-on-outpatients-with-eating-disorders
#7
Elena Tomba, Lucia Tecuta, Romana Schumann, Donatella Ballardini
Psychological well-being changes following cognitive-behavioral therapy-based treatment were investigated in outpatients with eating disorders (ED). While it is known that CBT reduces symptomatology in EDs, less is known about how changes in positive functioning may ensue. One-hundred and eighty five ED outpatients were analyzed for pre-treatment and post-treatment changes in psychological well-being (PWB) by last observation carried forward - Wilcoxon signed rank tests. Significant gains in all PWB dimensions were found, with moderate effect size correlations in environmental mastery (r=-...
January 7, 2017: Comprehensive Psychiatry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28107623/dna-advanced-glycation-end-products-dna-ages-are-elevated-in-urine-and-tissue-in-an-animal-model-of-type-2-diabetes
#8
Richard Jaramillo, Sarah C Shuck, Yin S Chan, Xueli Liu, Steven E Bates, Punnajit P Lim, Daniel Tamae, Sandrine Lacoste, Timothy R O'Connor, John Stephen Termini
More precise identification and treatment monitoring of prediabetic/diabetic individuals will require additional biomarkers to complement existing diagnostic tests. Candidates include hyperglycemia-induced adducts such as advanced glycation end products (AGEs) of proteins, lipids, and DNA. The potential for DNA-AGEs as diabetic biomarkers was examined in a longitudinal study using the Leprdb/db animal model of metabolic syndrome. The DNA-AGE, N2-(1-carboxyethyl)-2´-deoxyguanosine (CEdG) was quantified by mass spectrometry using isotope dilution from urine and tissue of hyperglycemic and normoglycemic mice...
January 20, 2017: Chemical Research in Toxicology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28107586/revealing-additional-stereocomplementary-pairs-of-old-yellow-enzymes-by-rational-transfer-of-engineered-residues
#9
Nathalie Nett, Sabine Duewel, Alexandra Annelis Richter, Sabrina Hoebenreich
Every year numerous protein engineering and directed evolution studies are published, increasing the knowledge which could be used by protein engineers. Here we test a protein engineering strategy that allows quick access to improved biocatalysts with very little screening effort. Conceptually it is assumed that engineered residues, previously identified by rational and random methods, induce similar improvements when transferred to family members. Applied to ene-reductases from the Old Yellow Enzyme family (OYE), the newly created variants were tested with three compounds revealing more stereocomplementary OYE pairs with potent turnover frequencies (up to 660 h-1) and excellent stereoselectivities (up to >99%)...
January 20, 2017: Chembiochem: a European Journal of Chemical Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28107509/development-of-combining-of-human-bronchial-mucosa-models-with-xposeali%C3%A2-for-exposure-of-air-pollution-nanoparticles
#10
Jie Ji, Anna Hedelin, Maria Malmlöf, Vadim Kessler, Gulaim Seisenbaeva, Per Gerde, Lena Palmberg
BACKGROUND: Exposure to agents via inhalation is of great concerns both in workplace environment and in the daily contact with particles in the ambient air. Reliable human airway exposure systems will most likely replace animal experiment in future toxicity assessment studies of inhaled agents. METHODS: In this study, we successfully established a combination of an exposure system (XposeALI) with 3D models mimicking both healthy and chronic bronchitis-like mucosa by co-culturing human primary bronchial epithelial cells (PBEC) and fibroblast at air-liquid interface (ALI)...
2017: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28107491/association-of-in-hospital-mortality-and-dysglycemia-in-septic-patients
#11
Hsiao-Yun Chao, Peng-Hui Liu, Shen-Che Lin, Chun-Kuei Chen, Jih-Chang Chen, Yi-Lin Chan, Chin-Chieh Wu, Gerald N Blaney, Zhen-Ying Liu, Cho-Ju Wu, Kuan-Fu Chen
BACKGROUND: The associations between dysglycemia and mortality in septic patients with and without diabetes are yet to be confirmed. Our aim was to analyze the association of diabetes and sepsis mortality, and to examine how dysglycemia (hyperglycemia, hypoglycemia and glucose variability) affects in-hospital mortality of patients with suspected sepsis in emergency department (ED) and intensive care units. METHODS: Clinically suspected septic patients admitted to ED were included, and stratified into subgroups according to in-hospital mortality and the presence of diabetes...
2017: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28107486/determinants-of-cervical-cancer-screening-accuracy-for-visual-inspection-with-acetic-acid-via-and-lugol-s-iodine-vili-performed-by-nurse-and-physician
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Amidu O Raifu, Mariam El-Zein, Ghislain Sangwa-Lugoma, Agnihotram Ramanakumar, Stephen D Walter, Eduardo L Franco
BACKGROUND: Visual inspection with acetic acid (VIA) and Lugol's iodine (VILI) are used to screen women for cervical cancer in low-resource settings. Little is known about correlates of their diagnostic accuracy by healthcare provider. We examined determinants of VIA and VILI screening accuracy by examiner in a cross-sectional screening study of 1528 women aged 30 years or older in a suburb of Kinshasa, Democratic Republic of Congo. METHODS: We used a logistic regression model for sensitivity and specificity to estimate the diagnostic accuracy of VIA and VILI, independently performed by nurse and physician, as a function of sociodemographic and reproductive health characteristics...
2017: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28107459/associations-of-health-club-membership-with-physical-activity-and-cardiovascular-health
#13
Elizabeth C Schroeder, Gregory J Welk, Warren D Franke, Duck-Chul Lee
INTRODUCTION: This study evaluates whether a health club membership is associated with meeting the US physical activity (PA) guidelines and/or favorable cardiovascular health. METHODS: Using cross-sectional data of health club members (n = 204) and non-members (n = 201) from April to August 2013, this is the first study to our knowledge to examine a health club membership in relation to objectively measured cardiovascular health indicators including resting blood pressure, resting heart rate, body mass index, waist circumference, and cardiorespiratory fitness based on a non-exercise test algorithm...
2017: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28107422/comparison-of-hapmap-and-1000-genomes-reference-panels-in-a-large-scale-genome-wide-association-study
#14
Paul S de Vries, Maria Sabater-Lleal, Daniel I Chasman, Stella Trompet, Tarunveer S Ahluwalia, Alexander Teumer, Marcus E Kleber, Ming-Huei Chen, Jie Jin Wang, John R Attia, Riccardo E Marioni, Maristella Steri, Lu-Chen Weng, Rene Pool, Vera Grossmann, Jennifer A Brody, Cristina Venturini, Toshiko Tanaka, Lynda M Rose, Christopher Oldmeadow, Johanna Mazur, Saonli Basu, Mattias Frånberg, Qiong Yang, Symen Ligthart, Jouke J Hottenga, Ann Rumley, Antonella Mulas, Anton J M de Craen, Anne Grotevendt, Kent D Taylor, Graciela E Delgado, Annette Kifley, Lorna M Lopez, Tina L Berentzen, Massimo Mangino, Stefania Bandinelli, Alanna C Morrison, Anders Hamsten, Geoffrey Tofler, Moniek P M de Maat, Harmen H M Draisma, Gordon D Lowe, Magdalena Zoledziewska, Naveed Sattar, Karl J Lackner, Uwe Völker, Barbara McKnight, Jie Huang, Elizabeth G Holliday, Mark A McEvoy, John M Starr, Pirro G Hysi, Dena G Hernandez, Weihua Guan, Fernando Rivadeneira, Wendy L McArdle, P Eline Slagboom, Tanja Zeller, Bruce M Psaty, André G Uitterlinden, Eco J C de Geus, David J Stott, Harald Binder, Albert Hofman, Oscar H Franco, Jerome I Rotter, Luigi Ferrucci, Tim D Spector, Ian J Deary, Winfried März, Andreas Greinacher, Philipp S Wild, Francesco Cucca, Dorret I Boomsma, Hugh Watkins, Weihong Tang, Paul M Ridker, Jan W Jukema, Rodney J Scott, Paul Mitchell, Torben Hansen, Christopher J O'Donnell, Nicholas L Smith, David P Strachan, Abbas Dehghan
An increasing number of genome-wide association (GWA) studies are now using the higher resolution 1000 Genomes Project reference panel (1000G) for imputation, with the expectation that 1000G imputation will lead to the discovery of additional associated loci when compared to HapMap imputation. In order to assess the improvement of 1000G over HapMap imputation in identifying associated loci, we compared the results of GWA studies of circulating fibrinogen based on the two reference panels. Using both HapMap and 1000G imputation we performed a meta-analysis of 22 studies comprising the same 91,953 individuals...
2017: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28107407/sympatry-predicts-spot-pigmentation-patterns-and-female-association-behavior-in-the-livebearing-fish-poeciliopsis-baenschi
#15
Andrea J Roth-Monzón, Laura E Scott, Ashley A Camargo, Eliza I Clark, Eric E Schott, Jerald B Johnson
In this study, we explored the possibility that differences in pigmentation patterns among populations of the fish Poeciliopsis baenschi were associated with the presence or absence of the closely related species P. turneri. If reproductive character displacement is responsible, spotting patterns in these two species should diverge in sympatry, but not allopatry. We predicted that female P. baenschi from sympatric sites should show a preference for associating with conspecifics vs. heterospecific males, but females from allopatric sites should show no such preferences...
2017: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28107404/patterns-of-contraceptive-adoption-continuation-and-switching-after-delivery-among-malawian-women
#16
Dawn M Kopp, Nora E Rosenberg, Gretchen S Stuart, William C Miller, Mina C Hosseinipour, Phylos Bonongwe, Mwawi Mwale, Jennifer H Tang
Women who report use of postpartum family planning may not continue their initial method or use it consistently. Understanding the patterns of method uptake, discontinuation, and switching among women after delivery is important to promote uptake and continuation of effective methods of contraception. This is a secondary analysis of 634 Malawian women enrolled into a prospective cohort study after delivery. They completed baseline surveys upon enrollment and follow-up telephone surveys 3, 6, and 12 months post-delivery...
2017: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28107392/upon-accounting-for-the-impact-of-isoenzyme-loss-gene-deletion-costs-anticorrelate-with-their-evolutionary-rates
#17
Christopher Jacobs, Luke Lambourne, Yu Xia, Daniel Segrè
System-level metabolic network models enable the computation of growth and metabolic phenotypes from an organism's genome. In particular, flux balance approaches have been used to estimate the contribution of individual metabolic genes to organismal fitness, offering the opportunity to test whether such contributions carry information about the evolutionary pressure on the corresponding genes. Previous failure to identify the expected negative correlation between such computed gene-loss cost and sequence-derived evolutionary rates in Saccharomyces cerevisiae has been ascribed to a real biological gap between a gene's fitness contribution to an organism "here and now" and the same gene's historical importance as evidenced by its accumulated mutations over millions of years of evolution...
2017: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28107391/recreational-drug-use-among-chinese-msm-and-transgender-individuals-results-from-a-national-online-cross-sectional-study
#18
Peizhen Zhao, Songyuan Tang, Cheng Wang, Ye Zhang, John Best, Thitikarn May Tangthanasup, Shujie Huang, Bin Yang, Chongyi Wei, Joseph D Tucker, Weiming Tang
BACKGROUND: Recreational drug use has increased considerably among Chinese men who have sex with men (MSM). The phenomenon has the potentially to increase HIV transmission among Chinese MSM. The aims of this study were: 1) to investigate the prevalence of recreational drug use among Chinese MSM, and 2) to explore the correlation between gay smartphone based sex-seeking applications (gay apps), HIV/STIs testing, group sex, commercial sex, sexual roles and poppers use among Chinese MSM...
2017: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28107379/experimental-and-in-silico-investigation-of-anti-microbial-activity-of-1-chloro-2-isocyanatoethane-derivatives-of-thiomorpholine-piperazine-and-morpholine
#19
Charles O Nwuche, Oguejiofo T Ujam, Akachukwu Ibezim, Ifeoma B Ujam
The Antibiogram properties of 1-chloro-2-isocyanatoethane derivatives of thiomorpholine (CTC), piperazine (CPC) and morpholine (CMC) were evaluated by the approved agar well diffusion, the minimum inhibitory concentration (MIC) and in silico techniques. A total of fourteen microbial cultures consisting of ten bacteria and four yeast strains were used in the biological study while affinity of the compounds for DNA gyrase, a validated antibacterial drug target, was investigated by docking method. Results indicate that both thiomorpholine and piperazine had zero activity against the Gram negative organisms tested...
2017: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28107371/sexual-reproductive-health-needs-and-rights-of-young-people-in-slum-areas-of-kampala-uganda-a-cross-sectional-study
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Andre M N Renzaho, Joseph K Kamara, Nichole Georgeou, Gilbert Kamanga
BACKGROUND: Young people in Uganda face various sexual and reproductive health risks, especially those living in urban slums. The aim of this study was to examine factors associated with comprehensive categories of sexual and reproductive health, including sexual behaviours; sexual education and access to contraceptive services; family planning; prevention of STDs; sexual consent as a right; gender based violence; as well as HIV testing, counselling, disclosure and support. METHODS: The study was cross-sectional in design and was carried out in July 2014 in Makindye and Nakawa Divisions of Kampala City, Uganda...
2017: PloS One
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