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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28719837/prescription-trends-and-the-selection-of-initial-oral-antidiabetic-agents-for-patients-with-newly-diagnosed-type-2-diabetes-a-nationwide-study
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C-H Liu, S-T Chen, C-H Chang, L-M Chuang, M-S Lai
OBJECTIVES: The aim of this study was to examine the characteristics of patients, physicians, and medical facilities, and their association with prescriptions that do not include metformin as the initial oral antidiabetic agent. STUDY DESIGN: Observational, cross-sectional study. METHODS: Patients with incident type 2 diabetes between January 1, 2006, and December 31, 2010, were identified from the Taiwan National Insurance Research Database...
July 15, 2017: Public Health
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28719808/activated-neuro-oxidative-and-neuro-nitrosative-pathways-at-the-end-of-term-are-associated-with-inflammation-and-physio-somatic-and-depression-symptoms-while-predicting-outcome-characteristics-in-mother-and-baby
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Chutima Roomruangwong, Decio Sabbatini Barbosa, Andressa Keiko Matsumoto, André de Souza Nogueira, Buranee Kanchanatawan, Sunee Sirivichayakul, André F Carvalho, Sebastien Duleu, Michel Geffard, Estefania Gastaldello Moreira, Michael Maes
OBJECTIVES: To examine oxidative & nitrosative stress (O&NS) biomarkers at the end of term in relation to perinatal affective symptoms, neuro-immune biomarkers and pregnancy-related outcome variables. METHODS: We measured plasma advanced oxidation protein products (AOPP), nitric oxide metabolites (NOx), total radical trapping antioxidant parameter (TRAP), -sulfhydryl (-SH), peroxides (LOOH) and paraoxonase (PON)1 activity in pregnant women with and without prenatal depression and non-pregnant controls...
July 6, 2017: Journal of Affective Disorders
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28719619/diagnostic-utility-of-corneal-confocal-microscopy-and-intra-epidermal-nerve-fibre-density-in-diabetic-neuropathy
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Uazman Alam, Maria Jeziorska, Ioannis N Petropoulos, Omar Asghar, Hassan Fadavi, Georgios Ponirakis, Andrew Marshall, Mitra Tavakoli, Andrew J M Boulton, Nathan Efron, Rayaz A Malik
OBJECTIVES: Corneal confocal microscopy (CCM) is a rapid, non-invasive, reproducible technique that quantifies small nerve fibres. We have compared the diagnostic capability of CCM against a range of established measures of nerve damage in patients with diabetic neuropathy. METHODS: In this cross sectional study, thirty subjects with Type 1 diabetes without neuropathy (T1DM), thirty one T1DM subjects with neuropathy (DSPN) and twenty seven non-diabetic healthy control subjects underwent detailed assessment of neuropathic symptoms and neurologic deficits, quantitative sensory testing (QST), electrophysiology, skin biopsy and corneal confocal microscopy (CCM)...
2017: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28719612/renal-osteodystrophy-in-the-obesity-era-is-metabolic-syndrome-relevant
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Janaina Da Silva Martins, João Henrique Castro, Nestor A Sainz Rueda, Luciene Machado Dos Reis, Vanda Jorgetti, Rosa Maria Affonso Moysés, Jacqueline Teixeira Caramori
BACKGROUND: Observational studies have shown a beneficial effect of obesity on bone health; however, most of those studies were not based on bone biopsies. Metabolic syndrome (MetS) could have an effect on bone remodeling. However, there are no data on the effects of MetS in the presence of renal osteodystrophy. OBJECTIVE: The aim of this study was to investigate associations between MetS and renal osteodystrophy using the bone histomorphometric turnover-mineralization-volume (TMV) classification...
2017: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28719143/osteoporotic-vertebral-fracture-prevalence-varies-widely-between-radiological-assessment-methods-the-rotterdam-study
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L Oei, F Koromani, S J Breda, J T Schousboe, E M Clark, Jbj van Meurs, M A Ikram, J H Waarsing, Fja van Rooij, M C Zillikens, G P Krestin, Ehg Oei, F Rivadeneira
BACKGROUND: Accurate diagnosis of vertebral osteoporotic fractures is crucial for the identification of individuals at high risk of future fractures. Different methods for radiological assessment of vertebral fractures exist, but a gold standard is lacking. The aim of our study was to estimate statistical measures of agreement and prevalence of osteoporotic vertebral fractures in the population-based Rotterdam Study, across the two most commonly applied assessment methods. METHODS: The quantitative morphometry (QM) method, evaluates vertebral height loss that affects vertebral shape whereas the algorithm based qualitative (ABQ) method judges endplate integrity and includes guidelines for the differentiation of vertebral fracture and non- fracture deformities...
July 18, 2017: Journal of Bone and Mineral Research: the Official Journal of the American Society for Bone and Mineral Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28719142/changing-prevalence-of-severe-congenital-heart-disease-results-from-the-national-register-for-congenital-heart-defects-in-germany
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Constanze Pfitzer, Paul C Helm, Hannah Ferentzi, Lisa-Maria Rosenthal, Ulrike M M Bauer, Felix Berger, Katharina R L Schmitt
OBJECTIVE: To assess the prevalence of congenital heart disease (CHD) in Germany in relation to phenotypes, severity and gender. DESIGN: Cross-sectional registry study. SETTING: We analyzed data from patients with CHD born between 1996 and 2015. PATIENTS: A total of 26 630 patients, registered with the NRCHD, were born between 1996 and 2015. 10 927 patients were excluded from the current analysis due to prior registration with the NRCHD under the German PAN Prevalence Study, which showed a potential bias in the inclusion of this patient population (proportion of mild cardiac lesions was comparatively high due to improved diagnostic capability for earlier identifying minor lesions)...
July 18, 2017: Congenital Heart Disease
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28719064/the-association-between-dental-general-and-mental-health-status-among-underserved-and-vulnerable-populations-served-at-health-centers-in-the-us
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Vy H Nguyen, Sue C Lin, David P Cappelli, Suma Nair
OBJECTIVES: Vulnerable populations in underserved communities are disproportionately at high risk for multiple medical, dental, and behavioral health conditions. This study aims to: a) examine the occurrence of acute dental needs and b) investigate the association of acute dental needs and self-rated general and mental health status among the adult dentate health center population. METHODS: This cross-sectional study analyzed data on adult patients (n = 5,035) from the 2014 Health Center Patient Survey, a nationally representative survey of health center patients...
July 18, 2017: Journal of Public Health Dentistry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28718963/peer-support-for-families-of-children-with-complex-needs-development-and-dissemination-of-a-best-practice-toolkit
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J Schippke, C Provvidenza, S Kingsnorth
BACKGROUND: Benefits of peer support interventions for families of children with disabilities and complex medical needs have been described in the literature. An opportunity to create an evidence-informed resource to synthesize best practices in peer support for program providers was identified. The objective of this paper is to describe the key activities used to develop and disseminate the Peer Support Best Practice Toolkit. METHODS: This project was led by a team of knowledge translation experts at a large pediatric rehabilitation hospital using a knowledge exchange framework...
July 18, 2017: Child: Care, Health and Development
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28718754/rhythmic-interlimb-coordination-impairments-are-associated-with-mobility-limitations-among-older-adults
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Eric G James, Suzanne G Leveille, Jeffrey M Hausdorff, Thomas Travison, Sarah Cote, Philip Conatser, Murat Karabulut, Andrea C Mendes, David N Kennedy, Katherine L Tucker, Soham Al Snih, Kyriakos S Markides, Jonathan F Bean
Background/Study Context: Mobility limitations affect more than 25% of adults aged 70 years or older. This study tested the hypothesis that impairments in ankle and shoulder coordination are associated with mobility limitations among older adults. METHODS: his study consisted of conducted a cross-sectional analysis from a sample of community-dwelling older adults (N = 130) aged ≥67 years. Motion capture equipment was used to collect kinematic data during rhythmic antiphase coordination of the right and left: (a) ankles moving in dorsi-plantarflexion; and (b) glenohumeral ("shoulder") moving in flexion-extension while paced by an auditory metronome...
July 2017: Experimental Aging Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28718623/a-multimodal-spectroscopic-imaging-method-to-characterize-the-metal-and-macromolecular-content-of-proteinaceous-aggregates-amyloid-plaques
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Kelly L Summers, Nicholas Fimognari, Ashley Hollings, Mitchell Kiernan, Virginie Lam, Rebecca J Tidy, David Paterson, Mark J Tobin, Ryu Takechi, Graham N George, Ingrid J Pickering, John C Mamo, Hugh H Harris, Mark J Hackett
Alzheimer's disease (AD) is a major international health and economic concern. A key pathological feature of AD is so-called "amyloid-β-plaques", or "Aβ-plaques", which are deposits of aggregated protein, enriched with the Aβ fragment of amyloid precursor protein. Despite their name, the deposits are not pure Aβ and have a heterogeneous, chemically complex composition that can include multiple proteins, lipids, and metal ions (Fe, Cu, or Zn). Despite extensive research, it is still uncertain whether Aβ-plaques are a cause or a consequence of AD pathology...
July 18, 2017: Biochemistry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28718488/infectious-disease-morbidity-and-growth-among-young-hiv-exposed-uninfected-children-in-jamaica
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Russell B Pierre, Toni-Anne Fulford, Kaye Lewis, Paulette Palmer, Christine Walters, Celia D C Christie
Objective: There is a growing body of data that demonstrates increased infectious disease outcomes for HIV-exposed uninfected (HIV-EU) infants as compared to their HIV-unexposed (HU) counterparts. We hypothesized that these HIV-EU infants are at greater risk for infectious morbidity and mortality when compared to the general childhood population. We therefore aimed to characterize infections and growth outcomes among HIV-EU infants in Jamaica during their first two years of life. By identifying these outcomes, specific interventions could be implemented to mitigate this risk of morbidity and mortality...
December 2016: Revista Panamericana de Salud Pública, Pan American Journal of Public Health
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28718455/unidirectional-endotaxial-cobalt-di-silicide-nanowires-on-si-110-substrates
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Jagadish Ch Mahato, Debolina Das, Nasrin Banu, Biswarup Satpati, B N Dev
Self-organized growth of well-ordered endotaxial silicide nanowires (NWs) on clean Si(110) surfaces has been investigated by in-situ scanning tunneling microscopy (STM) and transmission electron microscopy (TEM). Co deposition on clean Si(110) reconstructed surfaces at ~ 600°C produces unidirectional CoSi¬2 NWs by reaction of cobalt with the hot silicon substrate. STM investigations reveal four types of distinct NWs, all growing along [1-10] in-plane direction except one type growing along in-plane [113] direction...
July 18, 2017: Nanotechnology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28718257/risk-factors-for-heat-related-deaths-during-the-june-2015-heat-wave-in-karachi-pakistan
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Syed Ghazanfar Saleem, Tehreem Ansari, Ashraf Shamshad Ali, Sara Fatima, Mariam Hassan Rizvi, Muhammad Abdul Samad
BACKGROUND: Mortality as a consequence of heat related illness is a public health concern. Emergency department (ED) experiences increased patients' flow and decreased survival as a consequence of heat stroke during the episodes of heat wave. The present study was conducted to identify the risk factors for mortality among victims of heat wave (17th - 23rd June), 2015 evaluated in the Emergency Department of The Indus Hospital (TIH), Karachi. METHODS: In this cross-sectional study data was retrospectively collected...
April 2017: Journal of Ayub Medical College, Abbottabad: JAMC
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28718233/haemodynamic-preservation-in-caesarean-sections-by-low-dose-0-5-hyperbaric-bupivacaine
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Maqsood Ahmad, Mumtaz Ahmad, Naveel Atif
BACKGROUND: Spinal anaesthesia is technique of choice for caesarean sections and hyperbaric bupivacaine is a recommended drug for this popular block. Although safe but few complications are haemodynamic changes, postdural puncture headache, cauda equina syndrome and radiculopathy. However, hypotension remains the common side effect which is believed to occur in 95% of patients resulting in reduction of uteroplacental perfusion causing foetal acid-base abnormalities. Various doses regimes are in safe anaesthesia practice for providing regional anaesthesia for such patients with least detrimental effects on foetal outcome...
April 2017: Journal of Ayub Medical College, Abbottabad: JAMC
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28717807/vitamin-d-status-and-prevalent-early-age-related-macular-degeneration-in-african-americans-and-caucasians-the-atherosclerosis-risk-in-communities-aric-study
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A E Millen, J Nie, M W Sahli, J A Mares, K J Meyers, B E K Klein, M J LaMonte, P L Lutsey, C A Andrews, R Klein
OBJECTIVES: Vitamin D status has been hypothesized to protect against development of early age-related macular degeneration (AMD) via its anti-inflammatory properties and its possible beneficial influence on blood pressure control. We investigated the association between vitamin D status and prevalent early AMD in a community-based cohort. DESIGN: This was a cross-sectional study. SETTING: This was a secondary data analysis of already existing data from the Atherosclerosis Risk in Communities Study (ARIC) cohort collected from 1990 to 1995...
2017: Journal of Nutrition, Health & Aging
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28717804/relationship-between-total-fruit-and-vegetable-intake-and-self-reported-knee-pain-in-older-adults
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H S Han, C B Chang, D-C Lee, J-Y Lee
OBJECTIVES: Knee pain is one of the most common symptoms of knee osteoarthritis (OA) that affects the quality of life in the older adults, and identifying the contributing factors of knee pain is important. We hypothesized that higher fruit and vegetable consumption might be associated with the severity of knee pain lower prevalence of severe knee pain by affecting pain perception in the knee joint. Therefore, we investigated the relationship between self-reported knee pain and the consumption of fruits vegetables, carotenoids and vitamin C and self-reported knee pain...
2017: Journal of Nutrition, Health & Aging
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28717160/differential-electron-emission-from-polycyclic-aromatic-hydrocarbon-molecules-under-fast-ion-impact
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Shubhadeep Biswas, Christophe Champion, Lokesh C Tribedi
Interaction between polycyclic aromatic hydrocarbon (PAH) molecule and energetic ion is a subject of interest in different areas of modern physics. Here, we present measurements of energy and angular distributions of absolute double differential electron emission cross section for coronene (C24H12) and fluorene (C13H10) molecules under fast bare oxygen ion impact. For coronene, the angular distributions of the low energy electrons are quite different from that of simpler targets like Ne or CH4, which is not the case for fluorene...
July 17, 2017: Scientific Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28717072/the-relationship-of-bone-mineral-density-in-men-with-chronic-obstructive-pulmonary-disease-classified-according-to-the-global-initiative-for-chronic-obstructive-lung-disease-gold-combined-chronic-obstructive-pulmonary-disease-copd-assessment-system
#18
Yoriko Sakurai-Iesato, Naoko Kawata, Yuji Tada, Ken Iesato, Yukiko Matsuura, Misuzu Yahaba, Toshio Suzuki, Jun Ikari, Noriyuki Yanagawa, Yasunori Kasahara, James West, Koichiro Tatsumi
Objective Osteoporosis, which is now recognized as a major comorbidity of chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD), must be diagnosed by appropriate methods. The aims of this study were to clarify the relationships between bone mineral density (BMD) and COPD-related clinical variables and to explore the association of BMD with the updated Global Initiative for Chronic Obstructive Lung Disease (GOLD) classification in men. Methods We enrolled 50 Japanese men with clinically stable COPD who underwent dual-energy X-ray absorptiometry (DEXA), pulmonary function testing, and computerized tomography (CT) and who had completed a questionnaire (COPD assessment test [CAT])...
2017: Internal Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28716922/local-destabilization-rigid-body-and-fuzzy-docking-facilitate-the-phosphorylation-of-the-transcription-factor-ets-1-by-the-mitogen-activated-protein-kinase-erk2
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Andrea Piserchio, Mangalika Warthaka, Tamer S Kaoud, Kari Callaway, Kevin N Dalby, Ranajeet Ghose
Mitogen-activated protein (MAP) kinase substrates are believed to require consensus docking motifs (D-site, F-site) to engage and facilitate efficient site-specific phosphorylation at specific serine/threonine-proline sequences by their cognate kinases. In contrast to other MAP kinase substrates, the transcription factor Ets-1 has no canonical docking motifs, yet it is efficiently phosphorylated by the MAP kinase ERK2 at a consensus threonine site (T38). Using NMR methodology, we demonstrate that this phosphorylation is enabled by a unique bipartite mode of ERK2 engagement by Ets-1 and involves two suboptimal noncanonical docking interactions instead of a single canonical docking motif...
July 17, 2017: Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences of the United States of America
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28716439/renal-cell-carcinoma-unclassified-with-medullary-phenotype-poorly-differentiated-adenocarcinomas-overlapping-with-renal-medullary-carcinoma
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Deepika Sirohi, Steven C Smith, Chisato Ohe, Piergiuseppe Colombo, Mukul Divatia, Ema Dragoescu, Priya Rao, Michelle S Hirsch, Ying-Bei Chen, Rohit Mehra, Mahul B Amin
Renal medullary carcinoma (RMC) is a highly aggressive renal cell carcinoma, arising in the collecting system, and requiring careful correlation with status of sickle cell trait. A panel of international experts has recently proposed provisional diagnostic terminology, renal cell carcinoma, unclassified, with medullary phenotype (RCCU-MP), based on encountering an extraordinarily rare tumor with RMC morphology and immunophenotype in an individual proven not to have a hemoglobinopathy. Herein, we extend this observation to a cohort of five such tumors, morphologically similar to RMC, lacking SMARCB1 expression by immunohistochemistry, but each without evidence of a hemoglobinopathy...
July 14, 2017: Human Pathology
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