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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28724163/-how-active-is-the-catholic-church-in-the-prevention-of-sexual-abuse-preliminary-results-of-the-mhg-study
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Harald Dreßing, Dieter Dölling, Dieter Hermann, Barbara Horten, Alexandra Collong, Andreas Kruse, Eric Schmitt, Jörg Hinner, Britta Bannenberg, Andreas Hoell, Elke Voss, Hans Joachim Salize
Objective A subproject of the study "Sexual abuse of minors by Catholic priests and deacons in the authority of the German Bishops' conference" deals with aspects of prevention. Method Structured questions were used to record objective data on preventive work. The questionnaire was completed in all 27 dioceses of Germany. Results The average hourly rate available for the work of the prevention officers is about 30 hours per week. At the end of 2014, 59 % of clerics were involved in preventive training. The temporal extent of prevention training differs greatly between individual dioceses...
July 19, 2017: Psychiatrische Praxis
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28724155/a-family-systems-curriculum-back-to-the-future
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Rebekah Schiefer, Alexandra Verdieck Devlaeminck, Holly Hofkamp, Sheldon Levy, Demetrio Sanchez, John Muench
BACKGROUND AND OBJECTIVES: Although both residents and teaching faculty endorse its value, a recent review of family medicine residency programs confirms minimal formal family systems theory training. We consider the historical context of family systems training in family medicine and other competing priorities in practice and residency curricula. METHODS: We developed a longitudinal family systems curriculum, delivered in the third year of a 4-year residency program, and evaluated 2 years of the program using scales to assess self-reported confidence, knowledge and skills...
July 2017: Family Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28723935/responses-of-molluscan-communities-to-centuries-of-human-impact-in-the-northern-adriatic-sea
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Ivo Gallmetzer, Alexandra Haselmair, Adam Tomašových, Michael Stachowitsch, Martin Zuschin
In sediment cores spanning ~500 years of history in the Gulf of Trieste, down-core changes in molluscan community structure are characterized by marked shifts in species and functional composition. Between the 16th and 19th century, a strong heavy metal contamination of the sediments, most notably by Hg, together with the effects of natural climatic oscillations (increased sedimentation and organic enrichment) drive community changes. Since the early 20th century up to 2013, the combined impacts of cultural eutrophication, frequent hypoxic events and intensifying bottom trawling replace heavy metal contamination and climatic factors as the main drivers...
2017: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28723271/development-of-three-orthogonal-assays-suitable-for-the-identification-and-qualification-of-pikfyve-inhibitors
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Kylie Fogarty, Mohammed Kashem, Andras Bauer, Alexandra Bernardino, Debra Brennan, Brian Cook, Neil Farrow, Teresa Molinaro, Richard Nelson
FYVE-type zinc finger-containing phosphoinositide kinase (PIKfyve) catalyzes the formation of phosphatidylinositol 3,5-bisphosphate (PI(3,5)P2) from phosphatidylinositol 3-phosphate (PI(3)P). PIKfyve has been implicated in multiple cellular processes, and its role in the regulation of toll-like receptor (TLR) pathways and the production of proinflammatory cytokines has sparked interest in developing small-molecule PIKfyve inhibitors as potential therapeutics to treat autoimmune and inflammatory diseases. We developed three orthogonal assays to identify and qualify small-molecule inhibitors of PIKfyve: (1) a purified component microfluidic enzyme assay that measures the conversion of fluorescently labeled PI(3)P to PI(3,5)P2 by purified recombinant full-length human 6His-PIKfyve (rPIKfyve); (2) an intracellular protein stabilization assay using the kinase domain of PIKfyve expressed in HEK293 cells; and (3) a cell-based functional assay that measures the production of interleukin (IL)-12p70 in human peripheral blood mononuclear cells stimulated with TLR agonists lipopolysaccharide and R848...
July 2017: Assay and Drug Development Technologies
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28723084/mineral-reactions-in-shale-gas-reservoirs-barite-scale-formation-from-reusing-produced-water-as-hydraulic-fracturing-fluid
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Amelia N Paukert Vankeuren, J Alexandra Hakala, Karl Jarvis, Johnathan E Moore
Hydraulic fracturing for gas production is now ubiquitous in shale plays, but relatively little is known about shale-hydraulic fracturing fluid (HFF) reactions within the reservoir. To investigate reactions during the shut-in period of hydraulic fracturing, experiments were conducted flowing different HFFs through fractured Marcellus Shale cores at reservoir temperature and pressure (66(o)C, 20 MPa) for one week. Results indicate HFFs with hydrochloric acid cause substantial dissolution of carbonate minerals, as expected, increasing effective fracture volume (fracture volume + near-fracture matrix porosity) by 56-65%...
July 19, 2017: Environmental Science & Technology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28722807/-the-difference-being-a-woman-made-untold-lives-in-personal-and-intellectual-context
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Alexandra Rutherford, Katharine Milar
To mark the 30th anniversary of the publication of Scarborough and Furumoto's classic work Untold Lives, and to honor the intellectual legacy of Elizabeth Scarborough (1935-2015), we introduce this special issue devoted to the histories of women, gender, and feminism in psychology. We provide a short biographical sketch of Elizabeth, highlighting her own marriage-career dilemma, then contextualize the publication of Untold Lives within the historiography on women in psychology at that time. We conclude by discussing intersectionality as an analytic framework for the history of psychology as a way to extend and enrich this historiography...
July 2017: Journal of the History of the Behavioral Sciences
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28722755/the-potential-of-anti-infectives-and-immunomodulators-as-therapies-for-asthma-and-asthma-exacerbations
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Michael R Edwards, Ross P Walton, David J Jackson, Wojciech Feleszko, Chrysanthi Skevaki, Tuomas Jartti, Heidi Makrinoti, Alexandra Nikonova, Igor Shilovskiy, Jurgen Schwarze, Sebastian L Johnston, Musa Khaitov
Asthma is responsible for approximately 25,000 deaths annually in Europe despite available medicines that maintain asthma control and reduce asthma exacerbations. Better treatments are urgently needed for the control of chronic asthma and reduction of asthma exacerbations, the major cause of asthma mortality. Much research spanning >20 years shows a strong association between microorganisms including pathogens in asthma onset, severity and exacerbation, yet with the exception of antibiotics, few treatments are available that specifically target the offending pathogens...
July 19, 2017: Allergy
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28722653/directing-visceral-white-adipocyte-precursors-to-a-thermogenic-adipocyte-fate-improves-insulin-sensitivity-in-obese-mice
#8
Chelsea Hepler, Mengle Shao, Jonathan Y Xia, Alexandra L Ghaben, Mackenzie J Pearson, Lavanya Vishvanath, Ankit X Sharma, Thomas S Morley, William L Holland, Rana K Gupta
Visceral adiposity confers significant risk for developing metabolic disease in obesity whereas preferential expansion of subcutaneous white adipose tissue (WAT) appears protective. Unlike subcutaneous WAT, visceral WAT is resistant to adopting a protective thermogenic phenotype characterized by the accumulation of Ucp1(+) beige/BRITE adipocytes (termed "browning"). In this study, we investigated the physiological consequences of browning murine visceral WAT by selective genetic ablation of Zfp423, a transcriptional suppressor of the adipocyte thermogenic program...
July 19, 2017: ELife
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28722459/-mesotherapy-in-trichology
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Stephanie Alexandra Ihrisky
Mesotherapy (from Greek meso = in between, therapeia = treat) is a non-surgical, mostly cosmetic therapy, where active substances are injected intradermally into a depth of about 4 mm. It is an effective and easy-to-use method in the treatment of alopecia. It is effective both in the therapy of androgenetic alopecia and telogen effluvium. In recent years, it has been massively expanded also among non-medical fields, which has caused its contradictory perception by professional medical circles outside dermatologists...
2017: Casopís Lékar̆ů C̆eských
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28722018/a-pro-survival-role-for-the-intracellular-granzyme-b-inhibitor-serpinb9-in-natural-killer-cells-during-poxvirus-infection
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Matthew S Mangan, Carolina R Melo-Silva, Jennii Luu, Catherina H Bird, Aulikki Koskinen, Alexandra Rizzitelli, Monica Prakash, Katrina L Scarff, Arno Müllbacher, Matthias Regner, Phillip I Bird
Intracellular serpins are proposed to inactivate proteases released from lysosome-related organelles into the host cell interior, preventing cell death. Serpinb9 opposes the immune cytotoxic protease, granzyme B, and in a number of settings protects cells against granzyme B-mediated cell death. Using a knockout mouse line engineered to express green fluorescent protein under the serpbinb9 promoter, we demonstrate that serpinb9 is vital for host survival during Ectromelia virus infection by maintaining both mature NK cells, and activated CD8(+) T cells...
July 19, 2017: Immunology and Cell Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28721037/future-trends-and-emerging-issues-for-nanodelivery-systems-in-oral-and-oropharyngeal-cancer
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REVIEW
Alexandra Iulia Irimie, Laura Sonea, Ancuta Jurj, Nikolay Mehterov, Alina Andreea Zimta, Liviuta Budisan, Cornelia Braicu, Ioana Berindan-Neagoe
Oral cancer is a prevalent cancer type on a global scale, whose traditional treatment strategies have several drawbacks that could in the near future be overcome through the development of novel therapeutic and prognostic strategies. Nanotechnology provides an alternative to traditional therapy that leads to enhanced efficiency and less toxicity. Various nanosystems have been developed for the treatment of oral cancer, including polymeric, metallic, and lipid-based formulations that incorporate chemotherapeutics, natural compounds, siRNA, or other molecules...
2017: International Journal of Nanomedicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28720699/cellular-trade-offs-and-optimal-resource-allocation-during-cyanobacterial-diurnal-growth
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Alexandra-M Reimers, Henning Knoop, Alexander Bockmayr, Ralf Steuer
Cyanobacteria are an integral part of Earth's biogeochemical cycles and a promising resource for the synthesis of renewable bioproducts from atmospheric CO2 Growth and metabolism of cyanobacteria are inherently tied to the diurnal rhythm of light availability. As yet, however, insight into the stoichiometric and energetic constraints of cyanobacterial diurnal growth is limited. Here, we develop a computational framework to investigate the optimal allocation of cellular resources during diurnal phototrophic growth using a genome-scale metabolic reconstruction of the cyanobacterium Synechococcus elongatus PCC 7942...
July 18, 2017: Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences of the United States of America
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28720633/factors-that-influence-treatment-completion-for-latent-tuberculosis-infection
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McKenna C Eastment, Adelaide H McClintock, Christy M McKinney, Masahiro Narita, Alexandra Molnar
INTRODUCTION: The aim of this study is to describe factors associated with noncompletion of latent tuberculosis infection (LTBI) therapy. METHODS: We conducted a retrospective cohort study of adults who initiated LTBI treatment with isoniazid, rifampin, or isoniazid-rifapentine at 5 clinics. Demographic, treatment, and monitoring characteristics were abstracted. We estimated descriptive statistics and compared differences between completers and noncompleters using t tests and χ(2) tests...
July 2017: Journal of the American Board of Family Medicine: JABFM
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28720536/a-diffusing-wave-spectroscopy-study-of-pharmaceutical-emulsions-for-physical-stability-assessment
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Andreas Niederquell, Alexandra H E Machado, Martin Kuentz
Emulsions are broadly used in pharmaceutics either as intermediate products or as final dosage forms. Such disperse systems are only kinetically stabilized and therefore early detection of physical instability is highly desirable. This work employed diffusing wave spectroscopy (DWS) to study a series of model emulsions that were categorized, based on their composition, as either "simple" or "complex". DWS data were compared with results of droplet size imaging, apparent viscosity obtained by microfluidics, and near-infrared (NIR) analytical centrifugation...
July 15, 2017: International Journal of Pharmaceutics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28720503/discovery-of-3-morpholino-imidazole-1-5-a-pyrazine-btk-inhibitors-for-rheumatoid-arthritis
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Sobhana Babu Boga, Abdul-Basit Alhassan, Jian Liu, Deodial Guiadeen, Arto Krikorian, Xiaolei Gao, James Wang, Younong Yu, Rajan Anand, Shilan Liu, Chundao Yang, Hao Wu, Jiaqiang Cai, Hugh Zhu, Jagdish Desai, Kevin Maloney, Ying-Duo Gao, Thierry O Fischmann, Jeremy Presland, My Mansueto, Zangwei Xu, Erica Leccese, Ian Knemeyer, Charles G Garlisi, Nathan Bays, Peter Stivers, Philip E Brandish, Alexandra Hicks, Alan Cooper, Ronald M Kim, Joseph A Kozlowski
8-Amino-imidazo[1,5-a]pyrazine-based Bruton's tyrosine kinase (BTK) inhibitors, such as 6, exhibited potent inhibition of BTK but required improvements in both kinase and hERG selectivity (Liu et al., 2016; Gao et al., 2017). In an effort to maintain the inhibitory activity of these analogs and improve their selectivity profiles, we carried out SAR exploration of groups at the 3-position of pyrazine compound 6. This effort led to the discovery of the morpholine group as an optimized pharmacophore. Compounds 13, 23 and 38 displayed excellent BTK potencies, kinase and hERG selectivities, and pharmacokinetic profiles...
March 18, 2017: Bioorganic & Medicinal Chemistry Letters
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28720487/pdms-b-pmoxa-polymersomes-for-hepatocyte-targeting-and-assessment-of-toxicity
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Klara Kiene, Susanne H Schenk, Fabiola Porta, Alexandra Ernst, Dominik Witzigmann, Philip Grossen, Jörg Huwyler
Nanoparticles, such as polymersomes, can be directed to the hepatic asialoglycoprotein receptor to achieve targeted drug delivery. In this study, we prepared asialofetuin conjugated polymersomes based on the amphiphilic di-block copolymer poly(dimethylsiloxane)-b-poly(2-methyloxazoline) (PDMS-b-PMOXA). They had an average diameter of 150nm and formed monodisperse vesicles. Drug encapsulation and sustained release was monitored using the hydrophilic model compound carboxyfluorescein. Asialoglycoprotein receptor specific uptake by HepG2 cells in vitro was energy dependent and could be competitively inhibited by the free targeting ligand...
July 15, 2017: European Journal of Pharmaceutics and Biopharmaceutics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28720285/ultrasound-based-shear-wave-elastography-in-the-assessment-of-patients-with-diabetic-kidney-disease
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Flaviu Bob, Iulia Grosu, Ioan Sporea, Simona Bota, Alina Popescu, Alexandra Sima, Roxana Şirli, Ligia Petrica, Romulus Timar, Adalbert Schiller
In previous studies of acoustic radiation force impulse (ARFI) elastography, using Virtual Touch tissue quantification (VTQ) (Siemens Acuson S2000), it was reported that the measurement of renal shear wave speed in patients with chronic kidney disease (CKD) is not influenced exclusively by renal fibrosis. The purpose of the present study was to analyze the role of VTQ in patients with diabetic kidney disease, considered the main cause of CKD. The study group included 164 patients: 80 patients with diabetic kidney disease (DKD) and 84 without renal disease or diabetes mellitus...
July 15, 2017: Ultrasound in Medicine & Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28719828/functional-analysis-of-pcsk2-coding-variants-a-founder-effect-in-the-old-order-amish-population
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Alexandra Winters, Bruno Ramos-Molina, Timothy S Jarvela, Laura Yerges-Armstrong, Toni I Pollin, Iris Lindberg
AIMS: In humans, noncoding variants of PCSK2, the gene encoding prohormone convertase 2 (PC2), have been previously associated with risk for and age of onset of type 2 diabetes (T2D). The aims of this study were to identify coding variants in PCSK2; to determine their possible association with glucose handling; and to determine functional outcomes for coding variants in biochemical studies. METHODS: Exome-wide genotyping was performed on 1725 Old Order Amish (OOA) subjects...
July 3, 2017: Diabetes Research and Clinical Practice
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28719663/the-prevalence-of-familial-hypercholesterolemia-in-the-west-siberian-region-of-the-russian-federation-a-substudy-of-the-esse-rf
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Alexandra I Ershova, Alexey N Meshkov, Stepan S Bazhan, Marina A Storozhok, Alexey Y Efanov, Irina V Medvedeva, Elena V Indukaeva, Yana V Danilchenko, Olga K Kuzmina, Olga L Barbarash, Alexander D Deev, Svetlana A Shalnova, Sergey A Boytsov
BACKGROUND: The prevalence of familial hypercholesterolemia (FH) in Russia has not previously been evaluated. The aim of our study was to investigate the prevalence of FH in the population of the West Siberian region of Russia, and then estimate the frequency of coronary artery disease (CAD) and treatment with cholesterol-lowering medication in FH patients. METHODS: The sample of our study consisted of participants from the population-based cohort of The Epidemiology of Cardiovascular Risk Factors and Diseases in Regions of the Russian Federation Study (ESSE-RF), conducted in the Tyumen and Kemerovo regions (1,630 and 1,622 people, respectively, aged 25-64)...
2017: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28719661/minimizing-endpoint-variability-through-reinforcement-learning-during-reaching-movements-involving-shoulder-elbow-and-wrist
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David Marc Anton Mehler, Alexandra Reichenbach, Julius Klein, Jörn Diedrichsen
Reaching movements are comprised of the coordinated action across multiple joints. The human skeleton is redundant for this task because different joint configurations can lead to the same endpoint in space. How do people learn to use combinations of joints that maximize success in goal-directed motor tasks? To answer this question, we used a 3-degree-of-freedom manipulandum to measure shoulder, elbow and wrist joint movements during reaching in a plane. We tested whether a shift in the relative contribution of the wrist and elbow joints to a reaching movement could be learned by an implicit reinforcement regime...
2017: PloS One
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