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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28550784/high-resolution-analyses-reveal-structural-diversity-patterns-of-microbial-communities-in-chromite-ore-processing-residue-copr-contaminated-soils
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Xiaobo Min, Yangyang Wang, Liyuan Chai, Zhihui Yang, Qi Liao
To explore how heavy metal contamination in Chromite Ore Processing Residue (COPR) disposal sites determine the dissimilarities of indigenous microbial communities, 16S rRNA gene MiSeq sequencing and advanced statistical methods were applied. 13 soil samples were collected from three COPR disposal sites in Mouding of southwestern, Shangnan of northwestern and Yima of central China. The results of analyses of variance (ANOVA), similarities (ANOSIM), and non-metric multidimensional scaling (NMDS) showed that the structural diversity of the microbial communities in the samples with high total chromium (Cr) content (more than 300 mg kg(-1); High group) were significantly lesser than in the Low group (less than 90 mg kg(-1)) regardless of their geographical distribution...
May 21, 2017: Chemosphere
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28550759/venous-thromboembolism-in-the-elderly-a-narrative-review
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REVIEW
T Tritschler, D Aujesky
Persons aged ≥65years not only account for over 60% of venous thromboembolism (VTE) events, they have also a higher mortality and VTE-related morbidity than younger patients, including anticoagulation-related bleeding and the postthrombotic syndrome. However, only few studies have focused specifically on VTE in older persons and practice guidelines commonly extrapolate study results from younger healthier patients to the multimorbid elderly. Evidence suggests that the clinical presentation is more subtle in the elderly with VTE and that commonly used diagnostic modalities, including clinical prediction rules, D-dimer tests, and planar ventilation-perfusion scans are less specific and efficient in older persons...
May 17, 2017: Thrombosis Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28550740/multi-resolution-classification-of-exhaled-aerosol-images-to-detect-obstructive-lung-diseases-in-small-airways
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Jinxiang Xi, Weizhong Zhao, Jiayao Eddie Yuan, Biwei Cao, Linlin Zhao
Exhaled aerosol patterns have been used to detect obstructive respiratory diseases in the upper airways. Signals from small airway diseases are weak and may not manifest themselves in the exhaled aerosol patterns. Therefore, it will be more challenging to detect abnormalities in small airways. The objective of this study is to develop a simulation-based classification model that can accurately classify small airway diseases. The model performance was evaluated in five obstructed models that are located in lung bifurcations G7-9...
May 20, 2017: Computers in Biology and Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28550667/-clinical-features-and-risk-factors-for-recurrence-in-mucinous-breast-cancer
#4
L Lei, Z Z Chen, Y B Zheng, B Chen, X Wang, X J Wang
Objective: To investigate the clinicopathological characteristic and risk factors for recurrence in different subtypes of mucinous breast cancer(MBC). Methods: Clinical data of 97 MBC patients at Zhejiang Cancer Hospital from August 2005 to November 2012 were retrospectively analyzed. All of patients were divided into 3 subtypes according to the mucinous components in the tumors, named as partial mixed MBC with less than 50% of mucinous components, main mixed MBC where the mucinous component accounted for 50% to 90%, and pure MBC with more than 90% of mucinous components...
April 23, 2017: Zhonghua Zhong Liu za Zhi [Chinese Journal of Oncology]
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28550610/association-between-patient-centered-medical-home-capabilities-and-outcomes-for-medicare-beneficiaries-seeking-care-from-federally-qualified-health-centers
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Justin W Timbie, Peter S Hussey, Claude M Setodji, Amii Kress, Rosalie Malsberger, Tara A Lavelle, Mark W Friedberg, Suzanne G Wensky, Katherine D Giuriceo, Katherine L Kahn
BACKGROUND: Patient-centered medical home (PCMH) models of primary care have the potential to expand access, improve population health, and lower costs. Federally qualified health centers (FQHCs) were early adopters of PCMH models. OBJECTIVE: We measured PCMH capabilities in a diverse nationwide sample of FQHCs and assessed the relationship between PCMH capabilities and Medicare beneficiary outcomes. DESIGN: Cross-sectional, propensity score-weighted, multivariable regression analysis...
May 26, 2017: Journal of General Internal Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28550602/optimizing-the-modification-of-wood-waste-biochar-via-metal-oxides-to-remove-and-recover-phosphate-from-human-urine
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Kangning Xu, Chuke Zhang, Xiaomin Dou, Weifang Ma, Chengwen Wang
The recovery of phosphate from human urine has been considered as one of the most attractive benefits of urine source separation because P is an essential but limited macronutrient. This study investigated the approach to modify wood waste biochar via metal oxides aiming to recover phosphate from human urine to produce a value-added biochar. Results showed the phosphate removal ability was enhanced for the modified biochar pre-treated in modification solutions of MgCl2, AlCl3, CaCl2 and FeCl3, respectively, while natural biochar released phosphate to urine...
May 26, 2017: Environmental Geochemistry and Health
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28550499/systematic-review-of-fmri-compatible-devices-design-and-testing-criteria
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REVIEW
V Hartwig, N Carbonaro, A Tognetti, N Vanello
Functional Magnetic Resonance Imaging (fMRI) is at present one of the most used methodologies for functional brain exploration, both in clinical and research settings. fMRI can noninvasively measure neural activity by using specific experimental paradigms. Often, these paradigms require the stimulation of the subject to perform sensorimotor tasks: in the past, the stimuli have been administered manually for investigating fundamental aspects of tactile perception and somatosensory processing. Nowadays, the use of mechatronic devices to stimulate the subject during fMRI studies is growing, also to assure reproducibility, control, and monitoring of task performances...
May 26, 2017: Annals of Biomedical Engineering
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28550484/respiratory-involvement-in-ambulant-and-non-ambulant-patients-with-facioscapulohumeral-muscular-dystrophy
#8
Sandra Moreira, Libby Wood, Debbie Smith, Chiara Marini-Bettolo, Michela Guglieri, Grace McMacken, Geraldine Bailey, Anna Mayhew, Robert Muni-Lofra, Gail Eglon, Maggie Williams, Volker Straub, Hanns Lochmüller, Teresinha Evangelista
Understand the occurrence and predictors of respiratory impairment in FSHD. Data from 100 FSHD patients was collected regarding demographics, genetics, respiratory status and pulmonary function tests, clinical manifestations and Clinical Severity Scale (CSS) scores. Patients were assigned to two severity groups using CSS: mild (scores <3.5) and moderate/severely affected (scores ≥3.5). Forced Vital Capacity (FVC) was classified as severely impaired if less than 50% of the predicted. Statistical analysis was performed using IBM SPSS Statistics 23, tests were two-tailed and the level of significance set at 5%...
May 26, 2017: Journal of Neurology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28550465/differential-diagnosis-of-oligodendroglial-and-astrocytic-tumors-using-imaging-results-the-added-value-of-perfusion-mr-imaging
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Hyun Jung Yoon, Kook Jin Ahn, Song Lee, Jin Hee Jang, Hyun Seok Choi, So Lyung Jung, Bum Soo Kim, Shin Soo Jeun, Yong Kil Hong
PURPOSE: The purposes of the present study are to assess whether different characteristics of oligodendrogliomas and astrocytic tumors are visible on MR imaging and to determine the added value of perfusion imaging in conventional MR imaging when differentiating oligodendrogliomas from astrocytic tumors. METHODS: We retrospectively studied 22 oligodendroglioma and 54 astrocytic tumor patients, including glioblastoma multiforme (GBM). The morphological tumor characteristics were evaluated using MR imaging...
May 26, 2017: Neuroradiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28550462/a-case-control-study-of-the-risk-factors-for-obstetric-fistula-in-tigray-ethiopia
#10
L Lewis Wall, Shewaye Belay, Tesfahun Haregot, Jonathan Dukes, Eyoel Berhan, Melaku Abreha
INTRODUCTION AND HYPOTHESIS: We tested the null hypothesis that there were no differences between patients with obstetric fistula and parous controls without fistula. METHODS: A unmatched case-control study was carried out comparing 75 women with a history of obstetric fistula with 150 parous controls with no history of fistula. Height and weight were measured for each participant, along with basic socio-demographic and obstetric information. Descriptive statistics were calculated and differences between the groups were analyzed using Student's t test, Mann-Whitney U test where appropriate, and Chi-squared or Fisher's exact test, along with backward stepwise logistic regression analyses to detect predictors of obstetric fistula...
May 26, 2017: International Urogynecology Journal
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28550447/trends-in-surgical-research-in-head-and-neck-cancer
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REVIEW
Genrich Tolstonog, Christian Simon
The task of surgical research is to improve the efficacy of available surgical therapeutic modalities, develop new ones, and balance this well with favorable functional outcome. Therefore, surgical research is composed of a translational and a clinical component. In translational surgical research, animal models are used to better understand the biology of head and neck cancers, but even more importantly, the biology of changes to the disease and the microenvironment created by surgical interventions. Animal models additionally allow for the development of image-guided surgery systems, novel strategies of intraoperative adjuvant treatment, and patient "avatars" to test innovative anticancer drug combinations...
June 2017: Current Treatment Options in Oncology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28550417/motivational-interviewing-for-workers-with-disabling-musculoskeletal-disorders-results-of-a-cluster-randomized-control-trial
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Joanne Park, Shaniff Esmail, Fahreen Rayani, Colleen M Norris, Douglas P Gross
Purpose Although functional restoration programs appear effective in assisting injured workers to return-to-work (RTW) after a work related musculoskeletal (MSK) disorder, the addition of Motivational Interviewing (MI) to these programs may result in higher RTW. Methods We conducted a cluster randomized controlled trial with claimants attending an occupational rehabilitation facility from November 17, 2014 to June 30, 2015. Six clinicians provided MI in addition to the standard functional restoration program and formed an intervention group...
May 26, 2017: Journal of Occupational Rehabilitation
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28550301/artefact-free-evaluation-of-metal-enhanced-fluorescence-in-silica-coated-gold-nanoparticles
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Tânia Ribeiro, Carlos Baleizão, José Paulo S Farinha
Metal nanoparticles can either quench or enhance the emission of dyes in their vicinity, but the precise measurement and understanding of this effect is still hindered by experimental artifacts, especially for particles in colloidal dispersion. Here, we introduce a new methodology to correct the inner filter effect of the metal on the dye emission. To test the method, we developed new hybrid nanoparticles with a gold core and a silica shell of precise thickness (tuned from 7 to 13 nm), with a high quantum yield perylenediimide dye on the surface...
May 26, 2017: Scientific Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28550249/avn-492-a-novel-highly-selective-5-ht6r-antagonist-preclinical-evaluation
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Alexandre V Ivachtchenko, Ilya Okun, Vladimir Aladinskiy, Yan Ivanenkov, Angela Koryakova, Ruben Karapetyan, Oleg Mitkin, Ramiz Salimov, Andrey Ivashchenko
Discovery of 5-HT6 receptor subtype and its exclusive localization within the central nervous system led to extensive investigations of its role in Alzheimer's disease, schizophrenia, and obesity. In the present study, we present preclinical evaluation of a novel highly-potent and highly-selective 5-HT6R antagonist, AVN-492. The affinity of AVN-492 to bind to 5-HT6R (Ki = 91 pM) was more than three orders of magnitude higher than that to bind to the only other target, 5-HT2BR, (Ki = 170 nM). Thus, the compound displayed great 5-HT6R selectivity against all other serotonin receptor subtypes, and is extremely specific against any other receptors such as adrenergic, GABAergic, dopaminergic, histaminergic, etc...
May 25, 2017: Journal of Alzheimer's Disease: JAD
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28550095/small-conductance-calcium-activated-potassium-current-in-normal-rabbit-cardiac-purkinje-cells
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Thomas A Reher, Zhuo Wang, Chia-Hsiang Hsueh, Po-Cheng Chang, Zhenwei Pan, Mohineesh Kumar, Jheel Patel, Jian Tan, Changyu Shen, Zhenhui Chen, Michael C Fishbein, Michael Rubart, Penelope Boyden, Peng-Sheng Chen
BACKGROUND: Purkinje cells (PCs) are important in cardiac arrhythmogenesis. Whether small-conductance calcium-activated potassium (SK) channels are present in PCs remains unclear. We tested the hypotheses that subtype 2 SK (SK2) channel proteins and apamin-sensitive SK currents are abundantly present in PCs. METHODS AND RESULTS: We studied 25 normal rabbit ventricles, including 13 patch-clamp studies, 4 for Western blotting, and 8 for immunohistochemical staining...
May 26, 2017: Journal of the American Heart Association
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28550091/transgenic-expression-of-il15-improves-antiglioma-activity-of-il13ralpha2-car-t-cells-but-results-in-antigen-loss-variants
#16
Giedre Krenciute, Brooke L Prinzing, Zhongzhen Yi, Meng-Fen Wu, Hao Liu, Gianpietro Dotti, Irina V Balyasnikova, Stephen Gottschalk
Glioblastoma (GBM) is the most aggressive primary brain tumor in adults and is virtually incurable with conventional therapies. Immunotherapy with T cells expressing GBM-specific chimeric antigen receptors (CARs) is an attractive approach to improve outcomes. Although CAR T cells targeting GBM antigens such as IL13Ralpha2 (interleukin 13 Receptor Subunit Alpha 2), HER2 (human epidermal growth factor receptor 2), and EGFRvIII (epidermal growth factor receptor variant III) have had antitumor activity in preclinical models, early phase clinical testing has demonstrated limited antiglioma activity...
May 26, 2017: Cancer Immunology Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28550089/advancing-precision-medicine-in-healthcare
#17
Olivia M Dong, Tim Wiltshire
The incorporation of precision medicine into the clinical setting is becoming increasingly feasible with the availability of more affordable genetic sequencing technologies and successful genetic associations with phenotypes, especially in the pharmacogenomic field. Although substantial progress has been made to ensure successful uptake of pharmacogenomic testing in the clinical setting already, many challenges still remain for sustainable implementation. The importance of pharmacogenomic information in patient care, identifying key barriers, and proposed solutions for advancing pharmacogenomic implementation will be discussed...
May 26, 2017: Physiological Genomics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28550069/incidence-and-prevalence-of-nmosd-in-australia-and-new-zealand
#18
Wajih Bukhari, Kerri M Prain, Patrick Waters, Mark Woodhall, Cullen M O'Gorman, Laura Clarke, Roger A Silvestrini, Christine S Bundell, David Abernethy, Sandeep Bhuta, Stefan Blum, Mike Boggild, Karyn Boundy, Bruce J Brew, Matthew Brown, Wallace J Brownlee, Helmut Butzkueven, William M Carroll, Celia Chen, Alan Coulthard, Russell C Dale, Chandi Das, Keith Dear, Marzena J Fabis-Pedrini, David Fulcher, David Gillis, Simon Hawke, Robert Heard, Andrew P D Henderson, Saman Heshmat, Suzanne Hodgkinson, Sofia Jimenez-Sanchez, Trevor Killpatrick, John King, Christopher Kneebone, Andrew J Kornberg, Jeannette Lechner-Scott, Ming-Wei Lin, Christpher Lynch, Richard Macdonell, Deborah F Mason, Pamela A McCombe, Michael P Pender, Jennifer A Pereira, John D Pollard, Stephen W Reddel, Cameron Shaw, Judith Spies, James Stankovich, Ian Sutton, Steve Vucic, Michael Walsh, Richard C Wong, Eppie M Yiu, Michael H Barnett, Allan G Kermode, Mark P Marriott, John D E Parratt, Mark Slee, Bruce V Taylor, Ernest Willoughby, Robert J Wilson, Angela Vincent, Simon A Broadley
OBJECTIVES: We have undertaken a clinic-based survey of neuromyelitis optica spectrum disorders (NMOSDs) in Australia and New Zealand to establish incidence and prevalence across the region and in populations of differing ancestry. BACKGROUND: NMOSD is a recently defined demyelinating disease of the central nervous system (CNS). The incidence and prevalence of NMOSD in Australia and New Zealand has not been established. METHODS: Centres managing patients with demyelinating disease of the CNS across Australia and New Zealand reported patients with clinical and laboratory features that were suspicious for NMOSD...
May 26, 2017: Journal of Neurology, Neurosurgery, and Psychiatry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28550029/pulmonary-function-changes-after-radiotherapy-for-lung-or-esophageal-cancer-a-systematic-review-focusing-on-dose-volume-parameters
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Anne G H Niezink, Renske A de Jong, Christina T Muijs, Johannes A Langendijk, Joachim Widder
BACKGROUND: Despite technical developments in treatment delivery, radiation-induced lung toxicity (RILT) remains a crucial problem in thoracic radiotherapy. Clinically based RILT scores have their limitations, and more objective measures such as pulmonary functions tests (PFTs) might help to improve treatment strategies. PURPOSE: To summarize the available evidence about the effect of dose to the lung in thoracic radiotherapy on forced expiratory volume in one second (FEV1) and diffusion capacity (DLCO) in patients with lung and esophageal cancer treated with curative intent...
May 26, 2017: Oncologist
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28550004/an-mhealth-app-for-supporting-quitters-to-manage-cigarette-cravings-with-short-bouts-of-physical-activity-a-randomized-pilot-feasibility-and-acceptability-study
#20
Mary Hassandra, Taru Lintunen, Martin S Hagger, Risto Heikkinen, Mauno Vanhala, Tarja Kettunen
BACKGROUND: While gains in reducing smoking rates in Finland have been made, prevalence rates are still substantial. Relapse rates among smokers engaged in quit-smoking programs are high. Physical activity has been proposed as one means to help smokers manage cravings. Software and apps on mobile phone and handheld devices offer an opportunity to communicate messages on how to use physical activity to manage cravings as part of quit-smoking programs. OBJECTIVE: We aimed to test the feasibility, acceptability, usability, and preliminary efficacy of an mHealth mobile phone app, Physical activity over Smoking (PhoS), to assist smokers in quitting smoking in a randomized controlled trial...
May 26, 2017: JMIR MHealth and UHealth
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