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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29226064/an-exploratory-study-of-illegal-gamblers-in-hong-kong
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Andrew Tessler, Kareen El Beyrouty, Natasha Crapnell
This study investigates the nature and behaviour of illegal gamblers in Hong Kong. A face-to-face street survey of 512 gamblers was conducted in Hong Kong between September and December 2015 with supplementary convenience sampling allowing for analysis of a total sample of 103 illegal gamblers. 56% of illegal gamblers recorded results consistent with this study's definition of 'excessive gambling' [i.e. moderate risk and problem gamblers under the Problem Gambling Severity Index (PGSI)]. 81% of surveyed illegal gamblers were male, 77% were aged between 30 and 49 and 67% were in blue collar occupations...
2017: Asian Journal of Gambling Issues and Public Health
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29215709/the-potential-role-of-aquaporin-1-on-aristolochic-acid-i-induced-epithelial-mesenchymal-transition-on-hk-2-cells
#2
Ji Li, Mincheng Zhang, Yong Mao, Yimao Li, Xiaoxia Zhang, Xuehan Peng, Feng Yu
Aristolochic acid I (AA-I), one of the main active components in Aristolochaia herbs, may induce aristolochic acid nephropathy (AAN). Renal interstitial fibrosis is one of the most typical features of AAN. To investigate the mechanism of Aristolochic acid I (AA-I) -induced renal epithelial-mesenchymal transition (EMT) and determine the role of aquaporin-1 (AQP1) in this process, we established an AA-I-induced EMT model in human proximal tubular epithelial cells (HK-2 cells). Morphological examination, MTT assay, and Western blot analysis were performed...
December 7, 2017: Journal of Cellular Physiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29191125/the-2017-aans-presidential-address-a-world-of-innovation
#3
Frederick A Boop
The 2016 scientific meeting of the American Association of Neurological Surgeons (AANS) focused on the theme "A World of Innovation." In his presidential address, 2016 AANS President Frederick Boop compared the historical development of the specialty of neurological surgery with that of the development of global communications. In the early years, general surgeons training in the United States would spend post-residency time abroad learning from surgical masters in Europe and other places. Since Harvey Cushing's day, neurosurgeons from around the world continue to travel abroad, with many now coming to America for training at centers of excellence...
December 2017: Journal of Neurosurgery
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29176640/identification-of-differentially-expressed-mirnas-in-the-fatty-liver-of-landes-goose-anser-anser
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Fang Chen, Hao Zhang, Jinjun Li, Yong Tian, Jing Xu, Li Chen, Jintao Wei, Na Zhao, Xuehai Yang, Wei Zhang, Lizhi Lu
Unlike mammals, in palmipedes de novo lipogenesis from diet takes place mostly in the liver. The French Landes Goose is famous for its high capacity and susceptibility to fatty liver production. While miRNAs play a critical role in the posttranscriptional regulation of gene expression, miRNAs that are involved in the regulation of goose hepatic steatosis have yet to be elucidated. Using high-throughput sequencing, we analyzed miRNAs expression profile of Landes goose liver after overfeeding for 21 days. Aan-miR-122-5p was the most frequently sequenced known miRNA, but it was unchanged after overfeeding...
November 24, 2017: Scientific Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29156918/challenges-and-ethical-issues-in-the-course-of-palliative-care-management-for-people-living-with-advanced-neurologic-diseases
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Varun Sreenivasan, Christa O'Hana S Nobleza
In the recent years, there has been an increase in awareness with regards to the role of palliative care (PC) in management of neurologic diseases. In 1996, the need to incorporate PC in the care for patients with neurologic conditions was recognized by the American Academy of Neurology (AAN) Ethics and Humanities Subcommittee. The gaps in research, education and the ability to deliver adequate PC were then acknowledged by the National Academy of Sciences with their publication of "Approaching death: improving care at the end of life" and most recently, continued goals in improving PC was highlighted by another recent publication "Dying in America: improving quality and honoring individual preferences near the end of life"...
October 19, 2017: Annals of Palliative Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29101248/increased-circulating-interleukin-8-in-patients-with-resistance-to-thyroid-hormone-receptor-%C3%AE
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Anne H van der Spek, Olga V Surovtseva, Saskia Aan, Anton T J Tool, Annemarie van de Geer, Korcan Demir, Anja L M van Gucht, A S Paul van Trotsenburg, Timo K van den Berg, Eric Fliers, Anita Boelen
Innate immune cells have recently been identified as novel thyroid hormone (TH) target cells in which intracellular TH levels appear to play an important functional role. The possible involvement of TH receptor alpha (TRα), which is the predominant TR in these cells, has not been studied to date. Studies in TRα(0/0) mice suggest a role for this receptor in innate immune function. The aim of this study was to determine whether TRα affects the human innate immune response. We assessed circulating interleukin-8 concentrations in a cohort of 8 patients with resistance to TH due to a mutation of TRα (RTHα) and compared these results to healthy controls...
November 2017: Endocrine Connections
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29076412/efficacy-duration-and-timing-of-withdrawal-of-prophylactic-treatment-with-antiepileptic-drugs-in-neurosurgical-conditions
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Daniel R Calnan, Erin D'Agostino, Matthew R Reynolds, Kimon Bekelis
Seizure control is a critical component of care in many neurosurgical conditions. The development of seizures in patients without a previously identified seizure disorder occurs in a significant proportion of traumatic brain injury, subarachnoid hemorrhage, and brain tumor patients. In this literature review and synthesis, we will discuss the incidence of seizures in selected conditions, indications and evidence for the initiation of antiepileptic drugs (AEDs), suggested duration of usage for AEDs, and current AED guidelines by the American Academy of Neurology (AAN), Congress of Neurological Surgeons (CNS), American Academy of Neurological Surgeons (AANS) and international committees...
October 24, 2017: Current Pharmaceutical Design
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29074422/suboccipital-craniotomy-versus-craniectomy-a-survey-of-practice-patterns
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Elizabeth N Kuhn, Gustavo Chagoya, Bonita S Agee, Mark R Harrigan
OBJECT: Open surgical access to the posterior fossa has traditionally been achieved by permanent bone removal and remains the mainstay of posterior fossa surgery, although craniotomy is an alternative. Considerable variation exists at both the national and international levels within a variety of neurological and neurosurgical disciplines. In this study we surveyed current practice patterns regarding preference of suboccipital craniotomy or craniectomy. METHODS: The membership directory of the American Academy of Neurological Surgeons (AANS) was reviewed...
October 23, 2017: World Neurosurgery
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29068241/strategic-voices-of-care-and-compassion-describing-the-mad-their-afflictions-and-situations-in-amsterdam-and-utrecht-in-the-seventeenth-and-eighteenth-centuries
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Ma Martje Aan de Kerk
Painting a picture of the lives of the early modern mad outside institutions has not yet been done in the Netherlands. However, by looking at notarial documents and admission requests, we can learn more about how the mad were cared for outside the institutions, and the impact their behaviour had on the people close to them. Investigating these sources for both Amsterdam and Utrecht in the seventeenth and eighteenth centuries has unravelled a story of community care in which families played a key role and used their options strategically...
October 1, 2017: History of Psychiatry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29061451/training-neurosurgery-and-radiation-oncology-residents-in-stereotactic-radiosurgery-an-assessment-gathered-from-participants-in-the-aans-and-astro-training-course
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Jason Sheehan, John H Suh, Brian Kavanagh, Zhiyuan Xu, Lydia Ren, Kimball Sheehan, L Dade Lunsford
OBJECTIVE: Stereotactic radiosurgery (SRS) represents an expanding approach for neurosurgeons and radiation oncologists. We evaluate educational gaps of senior residents drawn from each specialty as part of a focused SRS course. We also evaluate the strengths and limitations of SRS training in current residency programs of the course residents and faculty. METHODS: The AANS and ASTRO jointly held a senior resident course in SRS. Residents were nominated by program directors from across the U...
October 20, 2017: World Neurosurgery
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29057728/-a-multidisciplinary-approach-in-diabetic-foot-disease-is-mandatory
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J G van Baal, W B Aan de Stegge, N C Schaper
The history of two patients (66- and 53-year-old males) with diabetes and peripheral neuropathy illustrates the variety of clinical presentations and pitfalls in treatment of diabetic foot ulcers. Peripheral arterial disease and mechanical stress as a consequence of peripheral neuropathy are important risk factors for developing an ulcer and eventually loss of a limb. Revascularisation of the limb should be considered in the presence of critical limb ischaemia or in the presence of mild to severe ischaemia in combination with a deep infection...
2017: Nederlands Tijdschrift Voor Geneeskunde
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29047754/scene-reassembly-after-multimodal-digitization-and-pipeline-evaluation-using-photorealistic-rendering
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Jonathan Dyssel Stets, Alessandro Dal Corso, Jannik Boll Nielsen, Rasmus Ahrenkiel Lyngby, Sebastian Hoppe Nesgaard Jensen, Jakob Wilm, Mads Brix Doest, Carsten Gundlach, Eythor Runar Eiriksson, Knut Conradsen, Anders Bjorholm Dahl, Jakob Andreas Bærentzen, Jeppe Revall Frisvad, Henrik Aanæs
Transparent objects require acquisition modalities that are very different from the ones used for objects with more diffuse reflectance properties. Digitizing a scene where objects must be acquired with different modalities requires scene reassembly after reconstruction of the object surfaces. This reassembly of a scene that was picked apart for scanning seems unexplored. We contribute with a multimodal digitization pipeline for scenes that require this step of reassembly. Our pipeline includes measurement of bidirectional reflectance distribution functions and high dynamic range imaging of the lighting environment...
September 20, 2017: Applied Optics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29036902/dna-adducts-formed-by-aristolochic-acid-are-unique-biomarkers-of-exposure-and-explain-the-initiation-phase-of-upper-urothelial-cancer
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REVIEW
Marie Stiborová, Volker M Arlt, Heinz H Schmeiser
Aristolochic acid (AA) is a plant alkaloid that causes aristolochic acid nephropathy (AAN) and Balkan endemic nephropathy (BEN), unique renal diseases frequently associated with upper urothelial cancer (UUC). This review summarizes the significance of AA-derived DNA adducts in the aetiology of UUC leading to specific A:T to T:A transversion mutations (mutational signature) in AAN/BEN-associated tumours, which are otherwise rare in individuals with UCC not exposed to AA. Therefore, such DNA damage produced by AA-DNA adducts is one rare example of the direct association of exposure and cancer development (UUC) in humans, confirming that the covalent binding of carcinogens to DNA is causally related to tumourigenesis...
October 14, 2017: International Journal of Molecular Sciences
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29026167/the-proteasome-inhibitor-bortezomib-attenuates-renal-fibrosis-in-mice-via-the-suppression-of-tgf-%C3%AE-1
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Moko Zeniya, Takayasu Mori, Naofumi Yui, Naohiro Nomura, Shintaro Mandai, Kiyoshi Isobe, Motoko Chiga, Eisei Sohara, Tatemitsu Rai, Shinichi Uchida
Kidney fibrosis and fibrogenesis significantly exacerbate chronic kidney disease (CKD) progression and are essential therapeutic targets. Bortezomib (BZM) is a proteasome inhibitor used for the treatment of multiple myeloma (MM). Several studies have demonstrated that BZM attenuates renal impairment in patients with MM, although this effect is generally considered to be the result of MM remission. Recently, several studies on BZM reported anti-fibrotic effects on liver and skin in experimental animal models...
October 12, 2017: Scientific Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28979016/alopecic-and-aseptic-nodules-of-the-scalp-with-trichoscopic-and-ultrasonographic-findings
#15
Anna Isabel Lázaro-Simó, Maribel Iglesias Sancho, Mònica Quintana-Codina, Elena Del Alcázar Viladomiu, Pau Umbert Millet, Montse Salleras Redonnet
Alopecic and aseptic nodules of the scalp (AANS) is a rare entity, etiology of which is already unknown. It consists of a few dome-shaped, skin-colored nodules associated with nonscarring alopecia. They are usually located in the upper part of the occiput and surrounded by normal scalp. Most of the times, a biopsy is performed to make an accurate diagnosis. AANS have a good prognosis and even can resolve spontaneously. We present a new case of this entity with the description of trichoscopic and ultrasonographic findings that have recently been reported...
September 2017: Indian Journal of Dermatology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28965527/psychometrics-of-the-aan-caregiver-driving-safety-questionnaire-and-contributors-to-caregiver-concern-about-driving-safety-in-older-adults
#16
Janessa O Carvalho, Beth Springate, Rachel A Bernier, Jennifer Davis
BACKGROUND: The American Academy of Neurology (AAN) updated their practice parameters in the evaluation of driving risk in dementia and developed a Caregiver Driving Safety Questionnaire, detailed in their original manuscript (Iverson Gronseth, Reger, Classen, Dubinsky, & Rizzo, 2010). They described four factors associated with decreased driving ability in dementia patients: history of crashes or citations, informant-reported concerns, reduced mileage, and aggressive driving. METHOD: An informant-reported AAN Caregiver Driving Safety Questionnaire was designed with these elements, and the current study was the first to explore the factor structure of this questionnaire...
October 2, 2017: International Psychogeriatrics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28965423/treatment-of-tardive-dyskinesia-with-tetrabenazine-or-valbenazine-a-systematic-review
#17
Stanley N Caroff, Saurabh Aggarwal, Charles Yonan
Up to 30% of patients taking antipsychotics may develop tardive dyskinesia (TD). Recent evidence-based recommendations demonstrate an unmet need for effective TD management. This systematic review was designed to update the evidence for TD treatment, comparing two vesicular monoamine transporter 2 (VMAT2) inhibitors, tetrabenazine and valbenazine. Of 487 PubMed/Embase search results, 11 studies met the review criteria. Valbenazine efficacy was demonstrated in rigorously designed clinical trials that meet the guidelines for AAN Class I evidence...
October 2, 2017: Journal of Comparative Effectiveness Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28863617/time-of-flight-dependency-on-transducer-separation-distance-in-a-reflective-path-guided-wave-ultrasonic-flow-meter-at-zero-flow-conditions
#18
Magne Aanes, Remi Andre Kippersund, Kjetil Daae Lohne, Kjell-Eivind Frøysa, Per Lunde
Transit-time flow meters based on guided ultrasonic wave propagation in the pipe spool have several advantages compared to traditional inline ultrasonic flow metering. The extended interrogation field, obtained by continuous leakage from guided waves traveling in the pipe wall, increases robustness toward entrained particles or gas in the flow. In reflective-path guided-wave ultrasonic flow meters (GW-UFMs), the flow equations are derived from signals propagating solely in the pipe wall and from signals passing twice through the fluid...
August 2017: Journal of the Acoustical Society of America
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28859703/sinus-bacteriology-in-patients-with-cystic-fibrosis-or-primary-ciliary-dyskinesia-a-systematic-review
#19
Maria E Møller, Mikkel C Alanin, Christian Grønhøj, Kasper Aanæs, Niels Høiby, Christian von Buchwald
BACKGROUND: A correlation exists between the microbial flora of the upper and lower airways in patients with cystic fibrosis (CF) or with primary ciliary dyskinesia (PCD). The sinuses can function as a bacterial reservoir where gram-negative bacteria adapt to the airways and repeatedly are aspirated to and colonize the lungs according to the theory of the united (unified) airways. Whereas the pattern of bacterial flora in the lower airways has been extensively studied, the upper airways have drawn limited attention...
September 1, 2017: American Journal of Rhinology & Allergy
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28852853/predicting-symptomatic-cerebral-vasospasm-after-aneurysmal-subarachnoid-hemorrhage-with-an-artificial-neural-network-in-a-pediatric-population
#20
Jesse Skoch, Rizwan Tahir, Todd Abruzzo, John M Taylor, Mario Zuccarello, Sudhakar Vadivelu
PURPOSE: Artificial neural networks (ANN) are increasingly applied to complex medical problem solving algorithms because their outcome prediction performance is superior to existing multiple regression models. ANN can successfully identify symptomatic cerebral vasospasm (SCV) in adults presenting after aneurysmal subarachnoid hemorrhage (aSAH). Although SCV is unusual in children with aSAH, the clinical consequences are severe. Consequently, reliable tools to predict patients at greatest risk for SCV may have significant value...
December 2017: Child's Nervous System: ChNS: Official Journal of the International Society for Pediatric Neurosurgery
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