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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28538846/-clinical-and-microbiological-study-of-catheter-associated-urinary-tract-infections-in-internal-medicine-services-of-a-venezuelan-university-hospital
#1
Pedro Quijada-Martínez, Ana Flores-Carrero, Indira Labrador, María Araque
Objectives: To determine the clinical and microbiological characteristics of catheter-associated urinary tract infections (CA-UTI) in patients admitted to the Internal Medicine services of the Hospital Universitario de Los Andes (HULA), Mérida, Venezuela and to establish the clonal distribution of multi-resistant Enterobacteriaceae that produce this infection. Materials and Methods: Seventy-three adult patients with bladder catheterization were studied between January and July 2015...
January 2017: Revista Peruana de Medicina Experimental y Salud Pública
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28538444/changes-in-cervical-alignment-after-multilevel-schwab-grade-ii-thoracolumbar-osteotomies-for-adult-spinal-deformity
#2
George M Ghobrial, Nathan H Lebwohl, Barth A Green, Joseph P Gjolaj
STUDY DESIGN: Retrospective Cohort OBJECTIVE.: To describe changes in cervical alignment(CA) and deformity (CD) after multilevel Schwab Grade II Osteotomies for adult spinal deformity (ASD). SUMMARY OF BACKGROUND DATA: Reciprocal cervical and global changes after ASD surgery have not been previous described in the setting of multilevel osteotomy. METHODS: Patients with long-segment (> 5 levels) fusion and osteotomy for ASD were radiographically evaluated...
May 19, 2017: Spine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28538380/acute-effects-of-cinacalcet-on-arterial-stiffness-and-ventricular-function-in-hemodialysis-patients-a-randomized-double-blinded-crossover-study
#3
Aurélie Poulin, Pierre-Luc Bellemare, Catherine Fortier, Fabrice Mac-Way, Simon Desmeules, Karine Marquis, Valérie Gaudreault, Marcel Lebel, Mohsen Agharazii
BACKGROUND: Serum calcium concentration (Ca) plays an essential role in a vascular muscle tone and myocardial contractility. Previously, we showed that acutely lowering Ca by hemodialysis reduced arterial stiffness. Cinacalcet is a calcimimetic that lowers Ca and parathyroid hormone (PTH). The aim of the present study was to examine whether acute lowering of Ca by cinacalcet improves vascular stiffness and myocardial diastolic dysfunction. METHOD: This is a double-blinded randomized placebo-controlled crossover study that included 21 adult patients with end-stage kidney disease undergoing chronic hemodialysis...
May 2017: Medicine (Baltimore)
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28538339/seven-tesla-mri-of-hippocampal-sclerosis-an-in-vivo-feasibility-study-with-histological-correlations
#4
Harald Stefanits, Elisabeth Springer, Ekaterina Pataraia, Christoph Baumgartner, Johannes A Hainfellner, Daniela Prayer, Christian Weisstanner, Thomas Czech, Siegfried Trattnig
INTRODUCTION: Temporal lobe epilepsy (TLE) is the most frequent form of focal epilepsy in adults. Because approximately half of these patients develop drug resistance, epilepsy surgery designed to remove the epileptogenic zone is an excellent option in selected patients. Histopathological analyses of hippocampal specimens in TLE patients revealed 4 types of Ammon's horn sclerosis, which are correlated with long-term epileptological outcome. The aim of this study was the correlation of noninvasive, high-resolution, morphological magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) at an ultra-high-field (7 T) of the hippocampus in TLE patients with histopathological findings...
May 23, 2017: Investigative Radiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28538320/the-effects-of-a-heel-wedge-on-hip-pelvis-and-trunk-biomechanics-during-squatting-in-resistance-trained-individuals
#5
Jesse M Charlton, Connor A Hammond, Christopher K Cochrane, Gillian L Hatfield, Michael A Hunt
Charlton, JM, Hammond, CA, Cochrane, CK, Hatfield, GL, and Hunt, MA. The effects of a heel wedge on hip, pelvis, and trunk biomechanics during squatting in resistance trained individuals. J Strength Cond Res 31(6): 1678-1687, 2017-Barbell back squats are a popular exercise for developing lower extremity strength and power. However, this exercise has potential injury risks, particularly to the lumbar spine, pelvis, and hip joint. Previous literature suggests heel wedges as a means of favorably adjusting trunk and pelvis kinematics with the intention of reducing such injury risks...
June 2017: Journal of Strength and Conditioning Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28538154/effect-of-ca-2-to-sphingomyelin-investigated-by-sum-frequency-generation-vibrational-spectroscopy
#6
Rong-Juan Feng, Lu Lin, Yi-Yi Li, Ming-Hua Liu, Yuan Guo, Zhen Zhang
The interactions between Ca(2+) ions and sphingomyelin play crucial roles in a wide range of cellular activities. However, little is known about the molecular details of the interactions at interfaces. In this work, we investigated the interactions between Ca(2+) ions and egg sphingomyelin (ESM) Langmuir monolayers at the air/water interface by subwavenumber high-resolution broadband sum frequency generation vibrational spectroscopy (HR-BB-SFG-VS). We show that Ca(2+) ions can induce ordering of the acyl chains in the ESM monolayer...
May 23, 2017: Biophysical Journal
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28538151/mapping-interpuff-interval-distribution-to-the-properties-of-inositol-trisphosphate-receptors
#7
Pengxing Cao, Martin Falcke, James Sneyd
Tightly clustered inositol trisphosphate receptors (IP3Rs) control localized Ca(2+) liberation from the endoplasmic reticulum to generate repetitive Ca(2+) puffs. Distributions of the interpuff interval (IPI), i.e., the waiting time between successive puffs, are found to be well characterized by a probability density function involving only two parameters, λ and ξ, which represent the basal rate of puff generation and the recovery rate from refractoriness, respectively. However, how the two parameters depend on the kinetic parameters of single IP3Rs in a cluster is still unclear...
May 23, 2017: Biophysical Journal
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28538150/lanthanides-report-calcium-sensor-in-the-vestibule-of-ryanodine-receptor
#8
Sándor Sárközi, István Komáromi, István Jóna, János Almássy
Ca(2+) regulates ryanodine receptor's (RyR) activity through an activating and an inhibiting Ca(2+)-binding site located on the cytoplasmic side of the RyR channel. Their altered sensitivity plays an important role in the pathology of malignant hyperthermia and heart failure. We used lanthanide ions (Ln(3+)) as probes to investigate the Ca(2+) sensors of RyR, because they specifically bind to Ca(2+)-binding proteins and they are impermeable to the channel. Eu(3+)'s and Sm(3+)'s action was tested on single RyR1 channels reconstituted into planar lipid bilayers...
May 23, 2017: Biophysical Journal
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28537833/bringing-transparency-to-medicine-exploring-physicians-views-and-experiences-of-the-sunshine-act
#9
Susan Chimonas, Nicholas J DeVito, David J Rothman
The Physician Payments Sunshine Act (PPSA) requires health care product manufacturers to report to the federal government payments more than $10 to physicians. Bringing unprecedented transparency to medicine, PPSA holds great potential for enabling medical stakeholders to manage conflicts of interest (COI) and build patient trust-crucial responsibilities of medical professionalism. The authors conducted six focus groups with 42 physicians in Chicago, IL, San Francisco, CA, and Washington, DC, to explore attitudes and experiences around PPSA...
June 2017: American Journal of Bioethics: AJOB
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28537762/creation-of-an-integrated-knowledge-translation-process-to-improve-pediatric-emergency-care-in-canada
#10
Robin M Featherstone, Carly Leggett, Lisa Knisley, Mona Jabbour, Terry P Klassen, Shannon D Scott, Greg Van De Mosselaer, Lisa Hartling
TREKK (Translating Emergency Knowledge for Kids) was established to address knowledge needs to support care of children in general emergency departments. To achieve this goal, we developed an integrated knowledge translation (KT) process based on identified priorities to create the TREKK Evidence Repository, containing "knowledge pyramids" and Bottom Line Recommendations (summary documents) on the diagnosis and treatment of emergency pediatric conditions. The objective of this article is to describe our methods for developing and disseminating the TREKK Evidence Repository to improve pediatric emergency care in Canada...
May 24, 2017: Health Communication
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28535649/-cancer-associated-fibroblasts-regulate-the-chemoresistance-of-lung-cancer-cell-line-a549-via-sdf-1-secretion
#11
F Zou, Z H Zhang, Y T Zhang, J Q Zhao, X L Zhang, C L Wen, X Y Song, W M Zhou
Objective: To investigate whether cancer-associated- fibroblasts (CAF), the key component of tumor microenvironment, regulate the chemoresistant capacity of lung cancer cell line A549 through SDF-1 secretion. Methods: Primary cell isolation techniques was used to isolate cancer-associated-fibroblasts from lung cancer patients. MTT assay was applied to determine the proliferation and chemoresistance of A549 cells. Quantative PCR was used to detect the mRNA changes of Bcl-xL. Western blotting was used to detect the protein expression of Bcl-xL...
May 23, 2017: Zhonghua Zhong Liu za Zhi [Chinese Journal of Oncology]
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28535591/effect-of-water-stage-and-tree-stand-composition-on-spatiotemporal-differentiation-of-spring-water-chemistry-draining-carpathian-flysch-slopes-gorce-mts
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Michał Jasik, Stanisław Małek, Mirosław Żelazny
The purpose of this study was to identify the factors affecting spring water chemistry in different tree stands and to measure the influence of water stage on the physicochemical parameters of spring waters in a small Carpathian catchment. Water samples were collected three times per year at various stages of the water: after the spring thaw, after a period of heavy rain and after a dry period in 2011 and 2012. Water samples were left in the laboratory to reach room temperature (19-20°C) and analyzed for EC (reference T=25°C) and pH...
May 19, 2017: Science of the Total Environment
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28535395/a-zinc-chloride-doped-adhesive-facilitates-sealing-at-the-dentin-interface-a-confocal-laser-microscopy-study
#13
Manuel Toledano, Raquel Osorio, Estrella Osorio, Inmaculada Cabello, Manuel Toledano-Osorio, Fátima S Aguilera
The aim of this study was to ascertain the effect of Zn-doping of dental adhesives and mechanical load cycling on the micromorphology of the resin-dentin interdiffusion zone (of sound and caries affected dentin). The investigation considered two different Zn-doped adhesive approaches and evaluated the interface using a doubled dye fluorescent technique and a calcium chelator fluorophore under a confocal laser scanning microscopy. Sound and carious dentin-resin interfaces of unloaded specimens were deficiently resin-hybridized, in general...
May 19, 2017: Journal of the Mechanical Behavior of Biomedical Materials
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28535309/sex-pheromone-dosages-and-release-point-densities-for-mating-disruption-of-ostrinia-furnacalis-lepidoptera-crambidae-in-ne-china-corn-fields
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Ri-Zhao Chen, Chung-Kuang Jow, Michael G Klein, Yu-di Jia, Da-Yu Zhang, Lan-Bing Li
Mating disruption of Ostrinia furnacalis (Guenée) (Lepidoptera: Crambidae) with its sex pheromone has not been commonly used in NE China due to a lack of information about optimal sex pheromone dosages and the density of release points required in the field. During 2014-2016, first, the two active pheromone ingredients were evaluated in the laboratory alone at ca. 2.5-5.0 mg, or in combination at 0.2-6.0 mg, to disrupt male O. furnacalis mating behaviors. Then, mating disruption areas, with radii of <8...
May 23, 2017: Environmental Entomology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28535032/applying-thienyl-side-chains-and-different-%C3%AF-bridge-to-aromatic-side-chain-substituted-indacenodithiophene-based-small-molecule-donors-for-high-performance-organic-solar-cells
#15
Jin-Liang Wang, Kai-Kai Liu, Sha Liu, Feng Liu, Hongbin Wu, Yong Cao, Thomas P Russell
A pair of linear tetrafluorinated small molecular donors, named as ThIDTTh4F and ThIDTSe4F, which are with tetrathienyl-substituted IDT as electron-rich central core, electron-deficient difluorobenzothiadiazole as acceptor units, and donor end-capping groups, but having differences in the π-bridge (thiophene and selenophene), were successfully synthesized and evaluated as donor materials in organic solar cells. Such π-bridge and core units in these small molecules play a decisive role in the formation of the nanoscale separation of the blend films, which were systematically investigated through absorption spectra, grazing incidence X-ray diffraction pattern, transmission electron microscopy images, resonant soft X-ray scattering profiles, and charge mobility measurement...
May 23, 2017: ACS Applied Materials & Interfaces
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28534712/benefit-of-adjunct-universal-rectal-screening-for-chlamydia-genital-infections-in-women-attending-canadian-sexually-transmitted-infection-clinics
#16
Nguyen X Thanh, Ilke Akpinar, Jennifer Gratrix, Sabrina Plitt, Petra Smyczek, Ron Read, Philip Jacobs, Tom Wong, Ameeta E Singh
Adding universal rectal screening to urogenital screening should positively impact rectal Chlamydia trachomatis (CT) incidence in affected populations. A dynamic Markov model was used to evaluate costs and outcomes of three rectal CT screening strategies among women attending sexually transmitted infection clinics in Alberta, Canada: universal urogenital-only screening (UG-only), additional selected (exposure-based) rectal screening (UG+SR), and additional universal rectal screening (UG+UR). The model included two mutually exclusive health states: infected and susceptible...
January 1, 2017: International Journal of STD & AIDS
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28534705/risk-factors-and-mechanisms-of-stroke-in-young-adults-the-future-study
#17
Mayte E van Alebeek, Renate M Arntz, Merel S Ekker, Nathalie E Synhaeve, Noortje Amm Maaijwee, Hennie Schoonderwaldt, Maureen J van der Vlugt, Ewoud J van Dijk, Loes Ca Rutten-Jacobs, Frank-Erik de Leeuw
Incidence of ischemic stroke and transient ischemic attack in young adults is rising. However, etiology remains unknown in 30-40% of these patients when current classification systems designed for the elderly are used. Our aim was to identify risk factors according to a pediatric approach, which might lead to both better identification of risk factors and provide a stepping stone for the understanding of disease mechanism, particularly in patients currently classified as "unknown etiology". Risk factors of 656 young stroke patients (aged 18-50) of the FUTURE study were categorized according to the "International Pediatric Stroke Study" (IPSS), with stratification on gender, age and stroke of "unknown etiology"...
January 1, 2017: Journal of Cerebral Blood Flow and Metabolism
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28534650/functions-of-iqd-proteins-as-hubs-in-cellular-calcium-and-auxin-signaling-a-toolbox-for-shape-formation-and-tissue-specification-in-plants
#18
Katharina Bürstenbinder, Dipannita Mitra, Jakob Quegwer
Ca(2+) ions play pivotal roles as second messengers in intracellular signal transduction, and coordinate many biological processes. Changes in intracellular Ca(2+) levels are perceived by Ca(2+) sensors such as CaM/CML proteins, which transduce Ca(2+) signals into cellular responses by regulation of diverse target proteins. Insights into molecular functions of CaM targets are thus essential to understand the molecular and cellular basis of Ca(2+) signaling. During the last decade, IQD proteins emerged as the largest class of CaM targets in plants with mostly unknown functions...
May 23, 2017: Plant Signaling & Behavior
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28534100/dose-dependent-differential-effects-of-in-vivo-exposure-of-cadmium-on-myometrial-activity-in-rats-involvement-of-vdcc-and-ca-2-mimicking-pathways
#19
Vivek K Saroj, Udayraj P Nakade, Abhishek Sharma, Soumen Choudhury, Sunil W Hajare, Satish K Garg
Present study was undertaken to study the effect of 28-days exposure of female adult rats to cadmium (Cd) in drinking water @ 3, 10 and 30 parts per million (ppm) on myometrial responsiveness to different spasmogens and unravel the possible mechanism of alterations in myometrial activity. Cadmium and Ca(2+) levels in blood and uterus were measured by atomic absorption spectroscopy while isometric tension in myometrial strips was measured using data acquisition system-based physiograph. Dose-dependent increase in levels of cadmium was observed in both blood and uterus while calcium was increased only in the uterus as compared to those in control...
May 22, 2017: Biological Trace Element Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28534099/effects-of-intermittent-and-continuous-magnetic-fields-on-trace-element-levels-in-guinea-pigs
#20
Onur Erdem, Cemal Akay, Sule Coşkun Cevher, Ayse Gulnihal Canseven, Ahmet Aydın, Nesrin Seyhan
Electromagnetic fields (EMFs) can affect living cells due to biochemical changes, followed by changes in levels of trace elements in serum and different organs. This study focuses on the effect of whole body exposure to EMF, presented everywhere in our environment, and on the levels of trace elements in serum, femur, brain, kidney, and liver tissues. The analyses performed on 29 guinea pigs were divided into five groups. Guinea pigs were exposed to a magnetic field of 50 Hz of 1.5 mT. Groups A and B were exposed to the magnetic field for a period of 4 h/day continuously (4 h/day) for 4 and 7 days, respectively...
May 22, 2017: Biological Trace Element Research
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