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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28548897/evening-light-exposure-to-computer-screens-disrupts-human-sleep-biological-rhythms-and-attention-abilities
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A Green, M Cohen-Zion, A Haim, Y Dagan
The use of electronic devices with light-emitting screens has increased exponentially in the last decade. As a result, humans are almost continuously exposed to unintentional artificial light. We explored the independent and combined effects of two aspects of screen illumination, light wavelength, and intensity, on sleep, its biological regulation, and related functional outcomes. The 2 × 2 repeated-measure design included two independent variables: screen light intensity (low ([LI] versus high [HI]) and wavelength (short [SWL] versus long [LWL])...
May 26, 2017: Chronobiology International
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28548845/a-new-analytical-framework-for-verification-of-biomarkers-of-exposure-to-chemicals-combining-human-biomonitoring-and-water-fingerprinting
#2
Luigi Lopardo, Andrew Cummins, Axel Rydevik, Barbara Kasprzyk-Hordern
Molecular epidemiology approaches in human biomonitoring are powerful tools that allow for verification of public exposure to chemical substances. Unfortunately, due to logistical difficulties and high cost, they tend to evaluate small study groups and as a result might not provide comprehensive large scale community-wide exposure data. Urban water fingerprinting provides a timely alternative to traditional approaches. It can revolutionise the human exposure studies as urban water represents collective community-wide exposure...
May 26, 2017: Analytical Chemistry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28547577/pramipexole-overdose-associated-with-visual-hallucinations-agitation-and-myoclonus
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Adeline Cardon-Dunbar, Tom Robertson, Michael S Roberts, Geoffrey K Isbister
INTRODUCTION: Pramipexole is a dopamine D2 receptor agonist used to treat idiopathic Parkinson's disease and primary restless legs syndrome. There is limited information on pramipexole overdose. CASE REPORT: A 59-year-old male ingested 3 mg pramipexole, 2250 mg venlafaxine, 360 mg mirtazapine, with suicidal intent. He presented alert, had normal vital observations and normal pupillary reflexes. He was mildly agitated, reported visual hallucinations and was given 5 mg diazepam...
May 25, 2017: Journal of Medical Toxicology: Official Journal of the American College of Medical Toxicology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28546877/amino-acid-medical-foods-provide-a-high-dietary-acid-load-and-increase-urinary-excretion-of-renal-net-acid-calcium-and-magnesium-compared-with-glycomacropeptide-medical-foods-in-phenylketonuria
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Bridget M Stroup, Emily A Sawin, Sangita G Murali, Neil Binkley, Karen E Hansen, Denise M Ney
Background. Skeletal fragility is a complication of phenylketonuria (PKU). A diet containing amino acids compared with glycomacropeptide reduces bone size and strength in mice. Objective. We tested the hypothesis that amino acid medical foods (AA-MF) provide a high dietary acid load, subsequently increasing urinary excretion of renal net acid, calcium, and magnesium, compared to glycomacropeptide medical foods (GMP-MF). Design. In a crossover design, 8 participants with PKU (16-35 y) provided food records and 24-hr urine samples after consuming a low-Phe diet in combination with AA-MF and GMP-MF for 1-3 wks...
2017: Journal of Nutrition and Metabolism
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28546751/novel-urinary-metabolite-signature-for-diagnosing-postpartum-depression
#5
Lin Lin, Xiao-Mei Chen, Rong-Hua Liu
BACKGROUND: Postpartum depression (PPD) could affect ~10% of women and impair the quality of mother-infant interactions. Currently, there are no objective methods to diagnose PPD. Therefore, this study was conducted to identify potential biomarkers for diagnosing PPD. MATERIALS AND METHODS: Morning urine samples of PPD subjects, postpartum women without depression (PPWD) and healthy controls (HCs) were collected. The gas chromatography-mass spectroscopy (GC-MS)-based urinary metabolomic approach was performed to characterize the urinary metabolic profiling...
2017: Neuropsychiatric Disease and Treatment
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28546440/albuminuria-proteinuria-and-renal-disease-progression-in-children-with-ckd
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Dana Y Fuhrman, Michael F Schneider, Katherine M Dell, Tom D Blydt-Hansen, Robert Mak, Jeffrey M Saland, Susan L Furth, Bradley A Warady, Marva M Moxey-Mims, George J Schwartz
BACKGROUND AND OBJECTIVES: The role of albuminuria as an indicator of progression has not been investigated in children with CKD in the absence of diabetes. DESIGN, SETTING, PARTICIPANTS, & MEASUREMENTS: Children were enrolled from 49 centers of the CKD in Children study between January of 2005 and March of 2014. Cross-sectional multivariable linear regression (n=647) was used to examine the relationship between urine protein-to-creatinine (UP/C [milligrams per milligram]) and albumin-to-creatinine (ACR [milligrams per gram]) with eGFR (milliliters per minute per 1...
May 25, 2017: Clinical Journal of the American Society of Nephrology: CJASN
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28546304/comparison-of-methods-of-estimating-creatinine-clearance-in-pediatric-patients
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Danielle Padgett, Andrew Ostrenga, Lindsey Lepard
PURPOSE: A retrospective study was conducted to compare various methods of measuring serum creatinine (SCr) values for use in pediatric renal function assessments, including a method aligned with a recently implemented national SCr testing standard. METHODS: Demographic, medication-use, and selected laboratory data were collected from the hospital records of a sample of pediatric patients (n = 91) who underwent 12- or 24-hour timed urine collection for determination of creatinine clearance (CLcr) over a 2-year period...
June 1, 2017: American Journal of Health-system Pharmacy: AJHP
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28546232/genetic-defects-in-pediatric-onset-adrenal-insufficiency-in-japan
#8
Naoko Amano, Satoshi Narumi, Mie Hayashi, Masaki Takagi, Kazuhide Imai, Toshirou Nakamura, Rumi Hachiya, Goro Sasaki, Keiko Homma, Tomohiro Ishii, Tomonobu Hasegawa
CONTEXT: Most patients with pediatric-onset primary adrenal insufficiency (PAI), such as 21-hydroxylase deficiency, can be diagnosed by measuring the urine or serum levels of steroid metabolites. However, the etiology is often difficult to determine in a subset of patients lacking characteristic biochemical findings. OBJECTIVE: To assess the frequency of genetic defects in Japanese children with biochemically uncharacterized PAI, and characterize the phenotypes of mutation-carrying patients...
May 25, 2017: European Journal of Endocrinology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28546122/cauda-equina-syndrome-due-to-dural-sac-shift-with-engorgement-of-the-epidural-venous-plexus-rare-complication-after-lumbar-microdiscectomy
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Yoshinori Maki, Motohiro Takayama, Hideki Hayashi, Yohei Yokoyama, Yuji Agawa
BACKGROUND: Several postoperative complications related to lumbar microdisectomy have been reported, including cauda equina syndrome. However, to the best of our knowledge, postoperative cauda equina syndrome resulting from dural sac shift with engorgement of the epidural venous plexus is yet to be reported. CASE DESCRIPTION: A 71-year-old male patient was referred to our hospital with a chief complaint of pain and sensory disturbance due to the lumbar disc herniation of L5-S1...
May 22, 2017: World Neurosurgery
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28545850/renal-response-to-intravascular-volume-expansion-in-euvolemic-heart-failure-patients-with-reduced-ejection-fraction-mechanistic-insights-and-clinical-implications
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Petra Nijst, Frederik H Verbrugge, Pieter Martens, Matthias Dupont, W H Wilson Tang, Wilfried Mullens
BACKGROUND: Untreated and preclinical heart failure patients with reduced ejection fraction (HFrEF) have an impaired ability to alleviate excess intravascular volume. OBJECTIVES: To investigate 1) the renal response to intravascular volume expansion in euvolemic and optimally treated HFrEF patients and 2) loop diuretic efficiency. METHODS: 14 healthy and 28 HFrEF patients underwent intravascular volume expansion with 1l hydroxyl ethyl starch 6% during 3h after which a loop diuretic was administered...
May 14, 2017: International Journal of Cardiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28545730/synthesis-and-characterisation-of-non-bonded-1-7%C3%AE-m-thin-shell-ts1-7-100nm-silica-particles-for-the-rapid-separation-and-analysis-of-uric-acid-and-creatinine-in-human-urine-by-hydrophilic-interaction-chromatography
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Victor K Langsi, Benjamin A Ashu-Arrah, Niamh Ward, Jeremy D Glennon
A rapid chromatographic method for the simultaneous determination of uric acid (UA) and creatinine (Cr) in human urine is described, using a non-bonded 1.7μm thin-shell (TS1.7-100nm) silica particle prepared by the seeded-growth approach. The new shell particle was characterised by scanning electron microscopy (SEM), transmission electron microscopy (TEM), dynamic light scattering (DLS) and BET analysis. TEM reveals 1.5μm solid core and 100nm shell thickness. DLS shows polydispersity index <0.2. Expanded pore size of 88Å and specific surface area of 78m(2)/g were determined by BET...
May 3, 2017: Journal of Chromatography. A
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28545513/cross-sectional-assessment-of-infants-exposure-to-toxic-metals-through-breast-milk-in-a-prospective-cohort-study-of-mining-communities-in-ghana
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David Kwaku Bansa, Adolf Kofi Awua, Rose Boatin, Theodosia Adom, Edward Christian Brown-Appiah, Kennedy Kwame Amewosina, Akusika Diaba, Dominic Datoghe, Wilhelmina Okwabi
BACKGROUND: Although breastfeeding of infants is recommended globally, the fact that maternal toxic metal stores are mobilised into breast milk implies infants, whose mothers live and work in mining communities, are at risk of multiple exposure to mining related toxic metals, such as Lead (Pb), Mercury (Hg), Cadmium (Cd) and Arsenic (As), through breast milk intake, in addition to in utero exposure. METHOD: A total of 114 mother-baby pairs, recruited from two community hospitals servicing mining communities in two different regions in Ghana (57 each), were involved in this study...
May 25, 2017: BMC Public Health
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28545475/urinary-neprilysin-in-the-critically-ill-patient
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Sahra Pajenda, Karl Mechtler, Ludwig Wagner
BACKGROUND: Critically ill patients in intensive care face hazardous conditions. Among these, acute kidney injury (AKI) is frequently seen as a result of sepsis. Early diagnosis of kidney injury is of the utmost importance in the guidance of interventions or avoidance of treatment-induced kidney injury. On these grounds, we searched for markers that could indicate proximal tubular cell injury. METHODS: Urine samples of 90 patients admitted to the intensive or intermediate care unit were collected over 2 to 5 days...
May 25, 2017: BMC Nephrology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28545435/urinary-metabolomics-study-on-the-protective-role-of-orthosiphon-stamineus-in-streptozotocin-induced-diabetes-mellitus-in-rats-via-1-h-nmr-spectroscopy
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Amalina Ahmad Azam, Raghunath Pariyani, Intan Safinar Ismail, Amin Ismail, Alfi Khatib, Faridah Abas, Khozirah Shaari
BACKGROUND: Orthosiphon stamineus (OS) is a herb known in ethnomedicine for treating diabetes mellitus (DM). In this study, a (1)H NMR based urine metabolomics tool has been used for the first time to identify the metabolic protective mechanism of OS in DM using Streptozotocin (STZ) induced experimental model in rats. METHODS: Four different solvent extracts of OS, namely aqueous, ethanolic, 50% aqueous ethanolic and methanolic, at a dose of 500 mg/kg body weight (bw) were orally administered for 14 days to diabetic rats induced via intraperitoneal injection of 60 mg/kg bw STZ...
May 25, 2017: BMC Complementary and Alternative Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28545422/quality-of-antenatal-care-predicts-retention-in-skilled-birth-attendance-a-multilevel-analysis-of-28-african-countries
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Adanna Chukwuma, Adaeze C Wosu, Chinyere Mbachu, Kelechi Weze
BACKGROUND: An effective continuum of maternal care ensures that mothers receive essential health packages from pre-pregnancy to delivery, and postnatally, reducing the risk of maternal death. However, across Africa, coverage of skilled birth attendance is lower than coverage for antenatal care, indicating mothers are not retained in the continuum between antenatal care and delivery. This paper explores predictors of retention of antenatal care clients in skilled birth attendance across Africa, including sociodemographic factors and quality of antenatal care received...
May 25, 2017: BMC Pregnancy and Childbirth
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28545410/combined-proximal-tubulopathy-crystal-storing-histiocytosis-and-cast-nephropathy-in-a-patient-with-light-chain-multiple-myeloma
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Chung-Kuan Wu, An-Hang Yang, Hung-Chih Lai, Bing-Shi Lin
BACKGROUND: The diagnosis of myeloma, a plasma dyscrasia, often results from the workup of unexplained renal disease. Persistent renal failure in myeloma is commonly caused by tubular nephropathy due to circulating immunoglobulins and free light chains. Myeloma cast nephropathy is characterized by crystalline precipitates of monoclonal light chains within distal tubules. Immunoglobulin crystallization rarely occurs intracellularly, within proximal tubular cells (light chain proximal tubulopathy) and interstitial histiocytes (crystal-storing histiocytosis)...
May 25, 2017: BMC Nephrology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28545071/characterization-of-the-urinary-microbiome-in-healthy-dogs
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Erin N Burton, Leah A Cohn, Carol N Reinero, Hans Rindt, Stephen G Moore, Aaron C Ericsson
The urinary bladder in healthy dogs has dogmatically been considered free of bacteria. This study used culture independent techniques to characterize the healthy canine urinary microbiota. Urine samples collected by antepubic cystocentesis from dogs without urinary infection were used for DNA extraction. Genital tract and rectal samples were collected simultaneously from the same dogs. The V4 hypervariable region of the 16S rRNA bacterial gene was amplified and compared against Greengenes database for OTU assignment and relative abundance for urine, genital, and rectal samples...
2017: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28544995/intrauterine-exposure-to-tobacco-and-executive-functioning-in-high-school
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Ruth Rose-Jacobs, Mark A Richardson, Kathryn Buchanan-Howland, Clara A Chen, Howard Cabral, Timothy C Heeren, Jane Liebschutz, Leah Forman, Deborah A Frank
BACKGROUND: Executive functioning (EF), an umbrella construct encompassing gradual maturation of cognitive organization/management processes, is important to success in multiple settings including high school. Intrauterine tobacco exposure (IUTE) correlates with negative cognitive/behavioral outcomes, but little is known about its association with adolescent EF and information from real-life contexts is sparse. We evaluated the impact of IUTE on teacher-reported observations of EF in urban high school students controlling for covariates including other intrauterine and adolescent substance exposures...
May 10, 2017: Drug and Alcohol Dependence
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28544917/effective-and-safe-mannitol-administration-in-patients-undergoing-supratentorial-tumor-surgery-a-prospective-randomized-and-double-blind-study
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Eren Fatma Akcil, Ozlem Korkmaz Dilmen, Esra Sultan Karabulut, Serdar Selcuk Koksal, Fatis Altindas, Yusuf Tunali
OBJECTIVES: Although osmotic diuresis with mannitol is commonly used to provide brain relaxation, there is no consensus regarding its optimal dose and combination with loop diuretics. The aim of the present study is to evaluate the effects of mannitol and combination of furosemide with different doses of mannitol on brain relaxation and on blood electrolytes, lactate level, urine output, fluid balance and blood osmolarity in patients undergoing supratentorial tumor surgery. PATIENTS AND METHODS: This prospective, randomized, double blind, placebo-controlled study included 51 patients (ASA I-III) scheduled for elective supratentorial craniotomy...
May 15, 2017: Clinical Neurology and Neurosurgery
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28544855/descriptive-study-of-relationship-between-cardio-ankle-vascular-index-and-biomarkers-in-vascular-related-diseases
#20
Jinbo Liu, Huan Liu, Hongwei Zhao, Guangyun Shang, Yingyan Zhou, Lihong Li, Hongyu Wang
BACKGROUND: Cardio-ankle vascular index (CAVI) was supposed to be an independent predictor for vascular-related events. Biomarkers such as homocysteine (Hcy), N-terminal pro-brain natriuretic peptide (NT-proBNP), and urine albumin(microalbumin) (UAE) have involved the pathophysiological development of arteriosclerosis. The present study was to investigate relationship between CAVI and biomarkers in vascular-related diseases. METHODS: A total of 656 subjects (M/F 272/384) from department of Vascular Medicine were enrolled into our study...
May 25, 2017: Clinical and Experimental Hypertension: CHE
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