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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28434642/-late-life-depression-or-prodromal-alzheimer-s-disease-which-tools-for-the-differential-diagnosis
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A-I Gasser, V Salamin, S Zumbach
INTRODUCTION: Depression and Alzheimer's disease are both very frequent in elderly people. Cognitive deficits are the hallmark of Alzheimer's disease, but they are also common in depressed elderly people who often present cognitive deficits such as memory, attention and executive function problems. On the other hand, people with early Alzheimer's disease demonstrate emotional and behavioral disorders generally encountered in depression such as loss of energy, apathy, mood disorder, and irritability...
April 20, 2017: L'Encéphale
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28434637/clinical-heterogeneity-in-children-with-gonadal-dysgenesis-associated-with-non-mosaic-46-xy-karyotype
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Y S Wong, Y H Tam, K K Y Pang, K F To, S S C Chan, K W Chan, K H Lee
INTRODUCTION: Gonadal dysgenesis is unique in disorders of sex development (DSD), in that it can be associated with 46,XX, 46,XY or mosaic 45,X/46,XY karyotypes. Gonadal dysgenesis can be partial or complete. Gonadal dysgenesis associated with the Y-chromosome has increased risk of gonadal germ cell neoplasms. Most of the literature focus on 45,X/46,XY gonadal dysgenesis, while there are scanty data on the condition when the karyotype is non-mosaic 46,XY. OBJECTIVE: To investigate the diversity of clinical pictures of children presenting with 46,XY DSD due to gonadal dysgenesis...
April 10, 2017: Journal of Pediatric Urology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28421292/phylogenetic-insight-into-zika-and-emerging-viruses-for-a-perspective-on-potential-hosts
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Diana S Weber, Karen A Alroy, Samuel M Scheiner
Global viral diversity is substantial, but viruses that contribute little to the public health burden or to agricultural damage receive minimal attention until a seemingly unimportant virus becomes a threat. The Zika virus (ZIKV) illustrated this, as there was limited information and awareness of the virus when it was identified as a public health emergency in February 2016. Predicting which virus may pose a future threat is difficult. This is in part because significant knowledge gaps in the basic biology and ecology of an emerging virus can impede policy development, delay decision making, and hinder public health action...
April 18, 2017: EcoHealth
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28419137/transcriptional-changes-in-litchi-litchi-chinensis-sonn-inflorescences-treated-with-uniconazole
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Yongzan Wei, Chen Dong, Hongna Zhang, Xuewen Zheng, Bo Shu, Shengyou Shi, Weicai Li
In Arabidopsis, treating shoots with uniconazole can result in enhanced primary root elongation and bolting delay. Uniconazole spraying has become an important cultivation technique in controlling the flowering and improving the fruit-setting of litchi. However, the mechanism by which uniconazole regulates the complicated developmental processes in litchi remains unclear. This study aimed to determine which signal pathways and genes drive the responses of litchi inflorescences to uniconazole treatment. We monitored the transcriptional activity in inflorescences after uniconazole treatment by Illumina sequencing technology...
2017: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28419092/a-multi-centric-study-of-candida-bloodstream-infection-in-lima-callao-peru-species-distribution-antifungal-resistance-and-clinical-outcomes
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Lourdes Rodriguez, Beatriz Bustamante, Luz Huaroto, Cecilia Agurto, Ricardo Illescas, Rafael Ramirez, Alberto Diaz, Jose Hidalgo
BACKGROUND: The incidence of candidemia is increasing in developing countries. Very little is known about the epidemiology of candidemia in Peru. The aim of this study is to describe the incidence, microbiology, clinical presentation and outcomes of Candida bloodstream infections in three Lima-Callao hospitals. METHODS: Candida spp. isolates were identified prospectively at participant hospitals between November 2013 and January 2015. Susceptibility testing for amphotericin B, fluconazole, posaconazole, voriconazole and anidulafungin was performed using broth microdilution method...
2017: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28402552/induced-abortion
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Abortion is common. Data on abortion rates are inexact but can be used to explore trends. Globally, the estimated rate in the period 2010-2014 was 35 abortions per 1000 women (aged 15-44 years), five points less than the rate of 40 for the period 1990-1994. Abortion laws vary around the world but are generally more restrictive in developing countries. Restrictive laws do not necessarily deter women from seeking abortion but often lead to unsafe practice with significant mortality and morbidity. While a legal framework for abortion is a prerequisite for availability, many laws, which are not evidence based, restrict availability and delay access...
April 10, 2017: Human Reproduction
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28399923/making-good-on-a-call-to-expand-method-choice-for-young-people-turning-rhetoric-into-reality-for-addressing-sustainable-development-goal-three
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Fariyal Fatma Fikree, Catharine Lane, Callie Simon, Gwyn Hainsworth, Patricia MacDonald
BACKGROUND: Investments in the nearly two billion young people, aged 10-24 years, in the world today are necessary to meet global development commitments, specifically the Sustainable Development Goals and Ending Preventable Child and Maternal Deaths. More than 12 million married and unmarried adolescents (aged 15-19) will give birth in 2016. Complications of pregnancy and childbirth are the second leading cause of death among 15-19 year-old women and early childbearing can significantly curtail social and economic prospects for young women...
April 11, 2017: Reproductive Health
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28398880/cerebrovascular-remodeling-and-neuroinflammation-is-a-late-effect-of-radiation-induced-brain-injury-in-non-human-primates
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Rachel N Andrews, Linda J Metheny-Barlow, Ann M Peiffer, David B Hanbury, Janet A Tooze, J Daniel Bourland, Robert E Hampson, Samuel A Deadwyler, J Mark Cline
Fractionated whole-brain irradiation (fWBI) is a mainstay of treatment for patients with intracranial neoplasia; however late-delayed radiation-induced normal tissue injury remains a major adverse consequence of treatment, with deleterious effects on quality of life for affected patients. We hypothesize that cerebrovascular injury and remodeling after fWBI results in ischemic injury to dependent white matter, which contributes to the observed cognitive dysfunction. To evaluate molecular effectors of radiation-induced brain injury (RIBI), real-time quantitative polymerase chain reaction (RT-qPCR) was performed on the dorsolateral prefrontal cortex (DLPFC, Brodmann area 46), hippocampus and temporal white matter of 4 male Rhesus macaques (age 6-10 years), which had received 40 Gray (Gy) fWBI (8 fractions of 5 Gy each, twice per week), and 3 control comparators...
March 6, 2017: Radiation Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28396659/disease-phenotype-and-outcome-depending-on-the-age-at-disease-onset-in-patients-carrying-the-r92q-low-penetrance-variant-in-tnfrsf1a-gene
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Estíbaliz Ruiz-Ortiz, Estíbaliz Iglesias, Alessandra Soriano, Segundo Buján-Rivas, Marta Español-Rego, Raul Castellanos-Moreira, Adrià Tomé, Jordi Yagüe, Jordi Antón, José Hernández-Rodríguez
BACKGROUND: Tumor necrosis factor receptor-associated periodic syndrome (TRAPS) is an autosomal-dominant autoinflammatory disease caused by mutations in the TNFRSF1A gene. R92Q, a low-penetrance variant, is usually associated with a milder TRAPS phenotype than structural or pathogenic mutations. No studies differentiating R92Q-related disease in patients with pediatric and adult onset have been performed to date. OBJECTIVE: To analyze clinical features and disease outcomes in patients diagnosed with TRAPS associated with R92Q variant and to investigate differences between patients with pediatric and adult disease onset...
2017: Frontiers in Immunology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28394303/hazards-in-motion-development-of-mobile-geofences-for-use-in-logging-safety
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Eloise G Zimbelman, Robert F Keefe, Eva K Strand, Crystal A Kolden, Ann M Wempe
Logging is one of the most hazardous occupations in the United States. Real-time positioning that uses global navigation satellite system (GNSS) technology paired with radio frequency transmission (GNSS-RF) has the potential to reduce fatal and non-fatal accidents on logging operations through the use of geofences that define safe work areas. Until recently, most geofences have been static boundaries. The aim of this study was to evaluate factors affecting mobile geofence accuracy in order to determine whether virtual safety zones around moving ground workers or equipment are a viable option for improving situational awareness on active timber sales...
April 10, 2017: Sensors
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28389985/a-malaria-transmission-model-with-temperature-dependent-incubation-period
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Xiunan Wang, Xiao-Qiang Zhao
Malaria is an infectious disease caused by Plasmodium parasites and is transmitted among humans by female Anopheles mosquitoes. Climate factors have significant impact on both mosquito life cycle and parasite development. To consider the temperature sensitivity of the extrinsic incubation period (EIP) of malaria parasites, we formulate a delay differential equations model with a periodic time delay. We derive the basic reproduction ratio [Formula: see text] and establish a threshold type result on the global dynamics in terms of [Formula: see text], that is, the unique disease-free periodic solution is globally asymptotically stable if [Formula: see text]; and the model system admits a unique positive periodic solution which is globally asymptotically stable if [Formula: see text]...
April 7, 2017: Bulletin of Mathematical Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28386663/a-child-with-phenylketonuria-and-focal-segmental-glomerulosclerosis-the-bright-side-of-proteinuria
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Fatma Rabah, Khalid Al-Thihli, Mohamed El-Naggari, Ibtisam B Elnour
Phenylketonuria (PKU) is the most common inborn error of amino acid metabolism. Phenylalanine hydroxylase is the underlying deficient enzyme. If left untreated, growth failure, microcephaly, global developmental delay, seizures and severe intellectual impairment would characterize the clinical picture of PKU. On the other side of protein homeostasis lies nephrotic syndrome. It is a well-known quantitative defect due to significant proteinuria. Focal segmental glomerulosclerosis (FSGS) is a special congenital variant affecting children and adults...
April 7, 2017: Metabolic Brain Disease
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28378817/severe-neurodegeneration-progressive-cerebral-volume-loss-and-diffuse-hypomyelination-associated-with-a-homozygous-frameshift-mutation-in-cstb
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Alan Brien, Christian R Marshall, Susan Blaser, Peter N Ray, Grace Yoon
Mutations of the cystatin B gene (CSTB; OMIM 601145) are known to cause Unverricht-Lundborg disease or progressive myoclonic epilepsy-1A (EPM1A, MIM #254800). Most patients are homozygous for an expanded (>30) dodecamer repeat in the promoter region of CSTB, or are compound heterozygotes for the dodecamer repeat and a point mutation. We report two adolescent sisters born to consanguineous parents of Sri Lankan descent who presented with profound global developmental delay, microcephaly, cortical blindness and axial hypotonia with appendicular hypertonia...
April 5, 2017: European Journal of Human Genetics: EJHG
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28376751/responsible-gambling-among-older-adults-a-qualitative-exploration
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Mythily Subramaniam, Pratika Satghare, Janhavi A Vaingankar, Louisa Picco, Colette J Browning, Siow Ann Chong, Shane A Thomas
BACKGROUND: Responsible gambling (RG) is defined as gambling for pleasure and entertainment but with an awareness of the likelihood of losing, an understanding of the associated risks and the ability to exercise control over one's gambling activity. The current study describes a qualitative approach to explore RG among older adults (aged 60 years and above) in Singapore and reports on the cognitive and behavioural strategies employed by them to regulate their gambling. METHODS: Inclusion criteria included Singapore residents aged 60 years and above, who could speak in English, Chinese, Malay or Tamil and were current or past regular gamblers...
April 4, 2017: BMC Psychiatry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28376409/cognitive-training-to-improve-memory-in-individuals-undergoing-electroconvulsive-therapy-negative-findings
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Jimmy Choi, Yuanjia Wang, Tianshu Feng, Joan Prudic
Although electroconvulsive therapy (ECT) remains the most effective treatment for severe depression, some patients report persistent memory problems following ECT that impact their quality of life and their willingness to consent to further ECT. While cognitive training has been shown to improve memory performance in various conditions, this approach has never been applied to help patients regain their memory after ECT. In a double-blind study, we tested the efficacy of a new cognitive training program called Memory Training for ECT (Mem-ECT), specifically designed to target anterograde and retrograde memory that can be compromised following ECT...
March 24, 2017: Journal of Psychiatric Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28370587/cpsa-regulates-mycotoxin-production-morphogenesis-and-cell-wall-biosynthesis-in-the-fungus-aspergillus-nidulans
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Xuehuan Feng, Ramamoorthy Vellaisamy, Sandesh S Pandit, Alicia Prieto, Eduardo A Espeso, Ana M Calvo
The model fungus Aspergillus nidulans synthesizes numerous secondary metabolites, including sterigmatocystin (ST). The production of this toxin is positively controlled by the global regulator veA. In the absence of veA (ΔveA), ST biosynthesis is blocked. Previously we performed random mutagenesis in a ΔveA strain and identified revertant mutants able to synthesize ST, among them RM1. Complementation of RM1 with a genomic library revealed that the mutation occurred in a gene designated as cpsA. While in the ΔveA genetic background cpsA deletion restores ST production, in a veA wild-type background absence of cpsA reduces and delays ST biosynthesis decreasing the expression of ST genes...
March 31, 2017: Molecular Microbiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28366389/combined-physical-chemical-and-biological-factors-shape-alexandrium-ostenfeldii-blooms-in-the-netherlands
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Karen M Brandenburg, Lisette N de Senerpont Domis, Sylke Wohlrab, Bernd Krock, Uwe John, Yvonne van Scheppingen, Ellen van Donk, Dedmer B Van de Waal
Harmful algal blooms (HABs) are globally expanding, compromising water quality worldwide. HAB dynamics are determined by a complex interplay of abiotic and biotic factors, and their emergence has often been linked to eutrophication, and more recently to climate change. The dinoflagellate Alexandrium is one of the most widespread HAB genera and its success is based on key functional traits like allelopathy, mixotrophy, cyst formation and nutrient retrieval migrations. Since 2012, dense Alexandrium ostenfeldii blooms (up to 4500cellsmL(-1)) have recurred annually in a creek located in the southwest of the Netherlands, an area characterized by intense agriculture and aquaculture...
March 2017: Harmful Algae
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28366227/fast-renal-decline-to-end-stage-renal-disease-an-unrecognized-feature-of-nephropathy-in-diabetes
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REVIEW
Andrzej S Krolewski, Jan Skupien, Peter Rossing, James H Warram
A new model of diabetic nephropathy in type 1 diabetes emerged from our studies of Joslin Clinic patients. The dominant feature is progressive renal decline, not albuminuria. This decline is a unidirectional process commencing while patients have normal renal function and, in the majority, progressing steadily (linearly) to end-stage renal disease (ESRD). While an individual's rate of renal decline is constant, the estimated glomerular filtration rate (eGFR) slope varies widely among individuals from -72 to -3...
March 30, 2017: Kidney International
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28359278/review-of-11-national-policies-for-rare-diseases-in-the-context-of-key-patient-needs
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REVIEW
Safiyya Dharssi, Durhane Wong-Rieger, Matthew Harold, Sharon Terry
Rare diseases collectively exert a global public health burden in the severity of their manifestations and the total number of people they afflict. For many patients, considerable barriers exist in terms of access to appropriate care, delayed diagnosis and limited or non-existing treatment options. Motivated by these challenges, the rare disease patient community has played a critical role, elevating the patient voice and mobilizing legislation to support the development of programs that address the needs of patients with rare diseases...
March 31, 2017: Orphanet Journal of Rare Diseases
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28357377/chlamydia-trachomatis-genital-infections
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REVIEW
Catherine M O'Connell, Morgan E Ferone
Etiology, transmission and protection: Chlamydia trachomatis is the leading cause of bacterial sexually transmitted infection (STI) globally. However, C. trachomatis also causes trachoma in endemic areas, mostly Africa and the Middle East, and is a leading cause of preventable blindness worldwide. Epidemiology, incidence and prevalence: The World Health Organization estimates 131 million new cases of C. trachomatis genital infection occur annually. Globally, infection is most prevalent in young women and men (14-25 years), likely driven by asymptomatic infection, inadequate partner treatment and delayed development of protective immunity...
September 5, 2016: Microbial Cell
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