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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28350952/future-advances-in-spine-surgery-the-aospine-north-america-perspective
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Michael G Fehlings, Christopher S Ahuja, Thomas Mroz, Wellington Hsu, James Harrop
This focus issue highlights state-of-the-art techniques, equipment, and practices in the modern era of spine surgery while providing a glimpse into the next generation of patient care. A broad range of topics are presented to cover the full spectrum of the field. Degenerative diseases are discussed in a series of 3 articles on (1) pathophysiology, management, and surgical approaches to degenerative cervical myelopathy; (2) novel approaches to degenerative thoracolumbar disease (eg, interspinous process spacers, minimally invasive/endoscopic approaches); and (3) animal models and emerging therapeutics in degenerative disk disease...
March 1, 2017: Neurosurgery
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28350901/gram-negative-bacterial-infections-research-priorities-accomplishments-and-future-directions-of-the-antibacterial-resistance-leadership-group
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Yohei Doi, Robert A Bonomo, David C Hooper, Keith S Kaye, James R Johnson, Cornelius J Clancy, Joshua T Thaden, Martin E Stryjewski, David van Duin
Antimicrobial resistance in pathogenic gram-negative bacteria is one of the most pressing challenges in the field of infectious diseases and is one of 4 key areas of unmet medical need identified by the Antibacterial Resistance Leadership Group (ARLG). The mission of the Gram-Negative Committee is to advance our knowledge of these challenging infections and implement studies to improve patient outcomes. Studies have fallen primarily into 2 broad categories: prospective cohort studies and interventional trials...
March 15, 2017: Clinical Infectious Diseases: An Official Publication of the Infectious Diseases Society of America
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28350870/bacterial-clonal-diagnostics-as-a-tool-for-evidence-based-empiric-antibiotic-selection
#3
Veronika Tchesnokova, Hovhannes Avagyan, Elena Rechkina, Diana Chan, Mariya Muradova, Helen Ghirmai Haile, Matthew Radey, Scott Weissman, Kim Riddell, Delia Scholes, James R Johnson, Evgeni V Sokurenko
Despite the known clonal distribution of antibiotic resistance in many bacteria, empiric (pre-culture) antibiotic selection still relies heavily on species-level cumulative antibiograms, resulting in overuse of broad-spectrum agents and excessive antibiotic/pathogen mismatch. Urinary tract infections (UTIs), which account for a large share of antibiotic use, are caused predominantly by Escherichia coli, a highly clonal pathogen. In an observational clinical cohort study of urgent care patients with suspected UTI, we assessed the potential for E...
2017: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28350834/development-and-psychometric-testing-of-the-clinical-networks-engagement-tool
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Jill M Norris, Kent G Hecker, Leora Rabatach, Tom W Noseworthy, Deborah E White
BACKGROUND: Clinical networks are being used widely to facilitate large system transformation in healthcare, by engagement of stakeholders throughout the health system. However, there are no available instruments that measure engagement in these networks. METHODS: The study purpose was to develop and assess the measurement properties of a multiprofessional tool to measure engagement in clinical network initiatives. Based on components of the International Association of Public Participation Spectrum and expert panel review, we developed 40 items for testing...
2017: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28350795/fine-mapping-of-the-human-leukocyte-antigen-locus-as-a-risk-factor-for-alzheimer-disease-a-case-control-study
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Natasha Z R Steele, Jessie S Carr, Luke W Bonham, Ethan G Geier, Vincent Damotte, Zachary A Miller, Rahul S Desikan, Kevin L Boehme, Shubhabrata Mukherjee, Paul K Crane, John S K Kauwe, Joel H Kramer, Bruce L Miller, Giovanni Coppola, Jill A Hollenbach, Yadong Huang, Jennifer S Yokoyama
BACKGROUND: Alzheimer disease (AD) is a progressive disorder that affects cognitive function. There is increasing support for the role of neuroinflammation and aberrant immune regulation in the pathophysiology of AD. The immunoregulatory human leukocyte antigen (HLA) complex has been linked to susceptibility for a number of neurodegenerative diseases, including AD; however, studies to date have failed to consistently identify a risk HLA haplotype for AD. Contributing to this difficulty are the complex genetic organization of the HLA region, differences in sequencing and allelic imputation methods, and diversity across ethnic populations...
March 2017: PLoS Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28350696/monte-carlo-simulations-comparing-the-response-of-a-novel-hemispherical-tepc-to-existing-spherical-and-cylindrical-tepcs-for-neutron-monitoring-and-dosimetry
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David P Broughton, Anthony J Waker
Neutron dosimetry in reactor fields is currently mainly conducted with unwieldy flux monitors. Tissue Equivalent Proportional Counters (TEPCs) have been shown to have the potential to improve the accuracy of neutron dosimetry in these fields, and Multi-Element Tissue Equivalent Proportional Counters (METEPCs) could reduce the size of instrumentation required to do so. Complexity of current METEPC designs has inhibited their use beyond research. This work proposes a novel hemispherical counter with a wireless anode ball in place of the traditional anode wire as a possible solution for simplifying manufacturing...
May 2017: Health Physics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28350544/efimov-physics-a-review
#7
Pascal Naidon, Shimpei Endo
This article reviews theoretical and experimental advances in Efimov physics, an array of quantum few-body and many-body phenomena arising for particles interacting via short-range resonant interactions, that is based on the appearance of a scale-invariant three-body attraction theoretically discovered by Vitaly Efimov in 1970. This three-body effect was originally proposed to explain the binding of nuclei such as the triton and the Hoyle state of carbon-12, and later considered as a simple explanation for the existence of some halo nuclei...
March 28, 2017: Reports on Progress in Physics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28350454/structural-optimizations-of-thieno-3-2-b-pyrrole-derivatives-for-the-development-of-metabolically-stable-inhibitors-of-chikungunya-virus
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Kuan Chieh Ching, Thi Ngoc Quy Tran, Siti Naqiah Amrun, Yiu Wing Kam, Lisa F P Ng, Christina Li Lin Chai
Chikungunya virus (CHIKV) is a re-emerging vector-borne alphavirus and there is no approved effective antiviral treatment currently available for CHIKV. We previously reported the discovery of thieno[3,2-b]pyrrole 1b that displayed good antiviral activity against CHIKV infection in vitro. However, it has a short half-life in the presence of human liver microsomes (HLMs) (T1/2 = 2.91 min). Herein, we report further optimization studies in which potential metabolically labile sites on compound 1b were removed or modified, resulting in the identification of thieno[3,2-b]pyrrole 20 and pyrrolo[2,3-d]thiazole 23c possessing up to 17-fold increase in metabolic half-lives in HLMs and good in vivo pharmacokinetic properties...
March 28, 2017: Journal of Medicinal Chemistry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28346865/repetitive-transcranial-magnetic-stimulation-for-the-treatment-of-executive-function-deficits-in-autism-spectrum-disorder-clinical-trial-approach
#9
Stephanie H Ameis, Zafiris J Daskalakis, Daniel M Blumberger, Pushpal Desarkar, Irene Drmic, Donald J Mabbott, Meng-Chuan Lai, Paul E Croarkin, Peter Szatmari
OBJECTIVE: Executive function (EF) deficits in patients with autism spectrum disorder (ASD) are ubiquitous and understudied. Further, there are no effective, neuroscience-based treatments to address this impairing feature of ASD. Repetitive transcranial magnetic stimulation (rTMS) has demonstrated promise in addressing EF deficits in adult neuropsychiatric disorders. This article will outline the design of a novel randomized-controlled trial of bilateral, 20 Hz, rTMS applied to the dorsolateral prefrontal cortex (DLPFC) for treatment of EF deficits in ASD that is currently ongoing...
March 27, 2017: Journal of Child and Adolescent Psychopharmacology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28346803/carbapenemase-producing-aeromonas-veronii-disseminated-in-the-environment-of-an-equine-specialty-hospital
#10
Rachael J Adams, Dimitria A Mathys, Dixie F Mollenkopf, Andrea Whittle, Joshua B Daniels, Thomas E Wittum
The emergence of bacterial resistance to carbapenem antibiotics is an urgent public health threat. Carbapenem drugs are a last resort treatment option for life-threatening infections. The frequent use of broad-spectrum antibiotics to treat hospitalized patients provides significant selection pressure favoring the emergence and dissemination of resistant organisms, including carbapenem-resistant Enterobacteriaceae (CRE). CREs have been reported in animal populations, but only rarely in horses. Our objective was to determine the prevalence of CRE in the environment of a referral equine specialty hospital...
March 27, 2017: Vector Borne and Zoonotic Diseases
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28346760/commentary-critical-considerations-for-studying-low-functioning-autism
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Bhismadev Chakrabarti
Jack and Pelphrey provide a systematic review of neuroimaging studies in understudied populations within the autistic spectrum, focussing specifically on those with minimal verbal ability, intellectual disability and developmental regression. Despite accounting for nearly a third of the autistic spectrum, the number of studies focussing on these populations is extremely low. This review highlights a critical need for further neuroimaging research on these populations, and provides practical suggestions for overcoming the challenges posed by it...
April 2017: Journal of Child Psychology and Psychiatry, and Allied Disciplines
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28346540/fragment-library-screening-identifies-hits-that-bind-to-the-non-catalytic-surface-of-pseudomonas-aeruginosa-dsba1
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Biswaranjan Mohanty, Kieran Rimmer, Róisín M McMahon, Stephen J Headey, Mansha Vazirani, Stephen R Shouldice, Mathieu Coinçon, Stephanie Tay, Craig J Morton, Jamie S Simpson, Jennifer L Martin, Martin J Scanlon
At a time when the antibiotic drug discovery pipeline has stalled, antibiotic resistance is accelerating with catastrophic implications for our ability to treat bacterial infections. Globally we face the prospect of a future when common infections can once again kill. Anti-virulence approaches that target the capacity of the bacterium to cause disease rather than the growth or survival of the bacterium itself offer a tantalizing prospect of novel antimicrobials. They may also reduce the propensity to induce resistance by removing the strong selection pressure imparted by bactericidal or bacteriostatic agents...
2017: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28346538/discrimination-of-rippled-spectrum-patterns-in-noise-a-manifestation-of-compressive-nonlinearity
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Olga N Milekhina, Dmitry I Nechaev, Vladimir O Klishin, Alexander Ya Supin
In normal-hearing listeners, rippled-spectrum discrimination was psychophysically investigated in both silence and with a simultaneous masker background using the following two paradigms: measuring the ripple density resolution with the phase-reversal test and measuring the ripple-shift threshold with the ripple-shift test. The 0.5-oct wide signal was centered on 2 kHz, the signal levels were 50 and 80 dB SPL, and the masker levels varied from 30 to 100 dB SPL. The baseline ripple density resolutions were 8...
2017: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28346533/correction-a-cross-sectional-study-of-colonization-rates-with-methicillin-resistant-staphylococcus-aureus-mrsa-and-extended-spectrum-beta-lactamase-esbl-and-carbapenemase-producing-enterobacteriaceae-in-four-swiss-refugee-centres
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Rein Jan Piso, Roman Käch, Roxana Pop, Daniela Zillig, Urs Schibli, Stefano Bassetti, Dominik M Meinel, Adrian Egli
[This corrects the article DOI: 10.1371/journal.pone.0170251.].
2017: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28346410/quality-of-tcr-signaling-determined-by-differential-affinities-of-enhancers-for-the-composite-batf-irf4-transcription-factor-complex
#15
Arifumi Iwata, Vivek Durai, Roxane Tussiwand, Carlos G Briseño, Xiaodi Wu, Gary E Grajales-Reyes, Takeshi Egawa, Theresa L Murphy, Kenneth M Murphy
Variable strengths of signaling via the T cell antigen receptor (TCR) can produce divergent outcomes, but the mechanism of this remains obscure. The abundance of the transcription factor IRF4 increases with TCR signal strength, but how this would induce distinct types of responses is unclear. We compared the expression of genes in the TH2 subset of helper T cells to enhancer occupancy by the BATF-IRF4 transcription factor complex at varying strengths of TCR stimulation. Genes dependent on BATF-IRF4 clustered into groups with distinct TCR sensitivities...
March 27, 2017: Nature Immunology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28346352/doa-estimation-of-coherent-signals-on-coprime-arrays-exploiting-fourth-order-cumulants
#16
Yang Hu, Yimin Liu, Xiqin Wang
This paper considers the problem of direction-of-arrival (DOA) estimation of coherent signals on passive coprime arrays, where we resort to the fourth-order cumulants of the received signal to explore more information. A fourth-order cumulant matrix (FCM) is introduced for the coprime array. The special structure of the FCM is combined with the array configuration to resolve the coherent signals. Since each sparse array of a coprime array is uniform, a series of overlapping identical subarrays can be extracted...
March 25, 2017: Sensors
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28346344/increased-force-variability-is-associated-with-altered-modulation-of-the-motorneuron-pool-activity-in-autism-spectrum-disorder-asd
#17
Zheng Wang, Minhyuk Kwon, Suman Mohanty, Lauren M Schmitt, Stormi P White, Evangelos A Christou, Matthew W Mosconi
Force control deficits have been repeatedly documented in autism spectrum disorder (ASD). They are associated with worse social and daily living skill impairments in patients suggesting that developing a more mechanistic understanding of the central and peripheral processes that cause them may help guide the development of treatments that improve multiple outcomes in ASD. The neuromuscular mechanisms underlying force control deficits are not yet understood. Seventeen individuals with ASD and 14 matched healthy controls completed an isometric index finger abduction test at 60% of their maximum voluntary contraction (MVC) during recording of the first dorsal interosseous (FDI) muscle to determine the neuromuscular processes associated with sustained force variability...
March 25, 2017: International Journal of Molecular Sciences
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28346326/sarcomas-with-cic-rearrangements-are-a-distinct-pathologic-entity-with-aggressive-outcome-a-clinicopathologic-and-molecular-study-of-115-cases
#18
Cristina R Antonescu, Adepitan A Owosho, Lei Zhang, Sonja Chen, Kemal Deniz, Joseph M Huryn, Yu-Chien Kao, Shih-Chiang Huang, Samuel Singer, William Tap, Inga-Marie Schaefer, Christopher D Fletcher
CIC-DUX4 gene fusion, resulting from either a t(4;19) or t(10;19) translocation, is the most common genetic abnormality detected in EWSR1-negative small blue round cell tumors. Following their discovery it was debated if these tumors should be classified as variants of Ewing sarcoma (ie, atypical Ewing sarcoma) or as a stand-alone pathologic entity. As such the WHO classification temporarily grouped the CIC-rearranged tumors under undifferentiated sarcomas with round cell phenotype, until further clinical evidence was available...
March 24, 2017: American Journal of Surgical Pathology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28346043/structural-abnormalities-in-the-primary-somatosensory-cortex-and-a-normal-behavioral-profile-in-contactin-5-deficient-mice
#19
Kristel T E Kleijer, Denise van Nieuwenhuize, Henk A Spierenburg, Sara Gregorio-Jordan, Martien J H Kas, J Peter H Burbach
Contactin-5 (Cntn5) is an immunoglobulin cell adhesion molecule that is exclusively expressed in the central nervous system. In view of its association with neurodevelopmental disorders, particularly autism spectrum disorder (ASD), this study focused on Cntn5-positive areas in the forebrain and aimed to explore the morphological and behavioral phenotypes of the Cntn5 null mutant (Cntn5(-/-)) mouse in relation to these areas and ASD symptomatology. A newly generated antibody enabled us to elaborately describe the spatial expression pattern of Cntn5 in P7 wild type (Cntn5(+/+)) mice...
March 27, 2017: Cell Adhesion & Migration
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28346030/antimicrobial-activity-of-eugenol-and-essential-oils-containing-eugenol-a-mechanistic-viewpoint
#20
Anna Marchese, Ramona Barbieri, Erika Coppo, Ilkay Erdogan Orhan, Maria Daglia, Seyed Fazel Nabavi, Morteza Izadi, Mohammad Abdollahi, Seyed Mohammad Nabavi, Marjan Ajami
Eugenol is a hydroxyphenyl propene, naturally occurring in the essential oils of several plants belonging to the Lamiaceae, Lauraceae, Myrtaceae, and Myristicaceae families. It is one of the major constituents of clove (Syzygium aromaticum (L.) Merr. & L.M. Perry, Myrtaceae) oil and is largely used in both foods and cosmetics as a flavoring agent. A large body of recent scientific evidence supports claims from traditional medicine that eugenol exerts beneficial effects on human health. These effects are mainly associated with antioxidant and anti-inflammatory activities...
March 27, 2017: Critical Reviews in Microbiology
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