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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28218983/single-radial-haemolysis-compared-to-hemagglutinin-inhibition-and-microneutralization-as-a-correlate-of-protection-against-influenza-a-h3n2-in-children-and-adolescents
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Biao Wang, Margaret L Russell, Angela Brewer, Jennifer Newton, Pardeep Singh, Brian J Ward, Mark Loeb
BACKGROUND: Serum antibodies are often used as correlates of protection for influenza. Three commonly used serological assays for detecting influenza-specific serum antibodies are single radial haemolysis (SRH), hemagglutinin inhibition (HAI), and microneutralization (MN). However, here are limited data on SRH as well as HAI and MN as correlates of protection against influenza in children and adolescents. There are also limited data that compare SRH to HAI and MN. OBJECTIVES: We sought primarily to understand how SRH titres correlate to protection against influenza infection in children and adolescents...
February 20, 2017: Influenza and Other Respiratory Viruses
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28218625/egress-of-sperm-autoantigen-from-seminiferous-tubules-maintains-systemic-tolerance
#2
Kenneth S K Tung, Jessica Harakal, Hui Qiao, Claudia Rival, Jonathan C H Li, Alberta G A Paul, Karen Wheeler, Patcharin Pramoonjago, Constance M Grafer, Wei Sun, Robert D Sampson, Elissa W P Wong, Prabhakara P Reddi, Umesh S Deshmukh, Daniel M Hardy, Huanghui Tang, C Yan Cheng, Erwin Goldberg
Autoimmune responses to meiotic germ cell antigens (MGCA) that are expressed on sperm and testis occur in human infertility and after vasectomy. Many MGCA are also expressed as cancer/testis antigens (CTA) in human cancers, but the tolerance status of MGCA has not been investigated. MGCA are considered to be uniformly immunogenic and nontolerogenic, and the prevailing view posits that MGCA are sequestered behind the Sertoli cell barrier in seminiferous tubules. Here, we have shown that only some murine MGCA are sequestered...
February 20, 2017: Journal of Clinical Investigation
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28216192/does-expert-opinion-match-the-operational-definition-of-the-lupus-low-disease-activity-state-lldas-a-case-based-construct-validity-study
#3
Vera Golder, Molla Huq, Kate Franklyn, Alicia Calderone, Aisha Lateef, Chak Sing Lau, Alfred Lok Hang Lee, Sandra Teresa V Navarra, Timothy Godfrey, Shereen Oon, Alberta Yik Bun Hoi, Eric Francis Morand, Mandana Nikpour
OBJECTIVE: To evaluate the construct validity of the Lupus Low Disease Activity State (LLDAS), a treatment target in systemic lupus erythematosus (SLE). METHODS: Fifty SLE case summaries based on real patients were prepared and assessed independently for meeting the operational definition of LLDAS. Fifty international rheumatologists with expertise in SLE, but with no prior involvement in the LLDAS project, responded to a survey in which they were asked to categorize the disease activity state of each case as remission, low, moderate, or high...
January 18, 2017: Seminars in Arthritis and Rheumatism
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28216136/arsenic-speciation-in-the-lower-athabasca-river-watershed-a-geochemical-investigation-of-the-dissolved-and-particulate-phases
#4
Mark W Donner, Muhammad Babar Javed, William Shotyk, Kevin A Francesconi, Tariq Siddique
Human and ecosystem health concerns for arsenic (As) in the lower Athabasca River downstream of Athabasca Bituminous Sands (ABS) mining (Alberta, Canada) prompted an investigation to determine its forms in surface and groundwater upstream and downstream of industry. Dissolved As species, together with total and particulate As, were used to evaluate the potential bioavailability of As in water as well as to decipher inputs from natural geological processes and ABS mining and upgrading activities. Water samples were collected from the river in October at 13 locations in 2014 and 19 locations in 2015, spanning up to 125 km...
February 17, 2017: Environmental Pollution
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28215417/prenatal-diagnosis-of-the-criss-cross-heart
#5
Prasad Ravi, Deborah Fruitman, Lindsay Mills, Timothy Colen, Lisa K Hornberger
We sought to describe the prenatal features and postnatal outcomes of the "criss-cross heart" (CCH) with crossing atrioventricular connections as encountered in 5 cases and to review the literature regarding fetal diagnoses of this lesion. We reviewed the clinical history and fetal echocardiograms of 5 patients with a diagnosis of CCH encountered in our institution from 2010 to 2015. Affected pregnancies were identified through the University of Alberta fetal cardiology database. Fetal and postnatal echocardiograms, prenatal and postnatal clinical records, autopsy, and surgical reports were reviewed...
December 18, 2016: American Journal of Cardiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28214225/a-relay-pathway-between-arginine-and-tryptophan-metabolism-confers-immunosuppressive-properties-on-dendritic-cells
#6
Giada Mondanelli, Roberta Bianchi, Maria Teresa Pallotta, Ciriana Orabona, Elisa Albini, Alberta Iacono, Maria Laura Belladonna, Carmine Vacca, Francesca Fallarino, Antonio Macchiarulo, Stefano Ugel, Vincenzo Bronte, Federica Gevi, Lello Zolla, Auke Verhaar, Maikel Peppelenbosch, Emilia Maria Cristina Mazza, Silvio Bicciato, Yasmina Laouar, Laura Santambrogio, Paolo Puccetti, Claudia Volpi, Ursula Grohmann
Arginase 1 (Arg1) and indoleamine 2,3-dioxygenase 1 (IDO1) are immunoregulatory enzymes catalyzing the degradation of l-arginine and l-tryptophan, respectively, resulting in local amino acid deprivation. In addition, unlike Arg1, IDO1 is also endowed with non-enzymatic signaling activity in dendritic cells (DCs). Despite considerable knowledge of their individual biology, no integrated functions of Arg1 and IDO1 have been reported yet. We found that IDO1 phosphorylation and consequent activation of IDO1 signaling in DCs was strictly dependent on prior expression of Arg1 and Arg1-dependent production of polyamines...
February 13, 2017: Immunity
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28211758/life-cycle-host-utilization-and-ecological-fitting-for-invasive-lancet-liver-fluke-dicrocoelium-dendriticum-emerging-in-southern-alberta-canada
#7
Bradley van Paridon, John S Gilleard, Douglas D Colwell, Cameron P Goater
The expansion of parasite distributions outside of their native host and geographical ranges has occurred repeatedly over evolutionary time. Contemporary examples include emerging infectious diseases (EID's), many of which pose threats to human, domestic animal, and wildlife populations. Theory predicts that parasites with complex life cycles will be rare as EID's due to constraints imposed by host specialization at each life-cycle stage. In contrast to predictions of this theory, we report 2 new intermediate hosts in the 3-host life cycle of the liver fluke Dicrocoelium dendriticum in Cypress Hills Provincial Park, Alberta, Canada...
February 17, 2017: Journal of Parasitology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28208819/the-comparative-reliability-and-feasibility-of-the-past-year-canadian-diet-history-questionnaire-ii-comparison-of-the-paper-and-web-versions
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Geraldine Lo Siou, Ilona Csizmadi, Beatrice A Boucher, Alianu K Akawung, Heather K Whelan, Michelle Sharma, Ala Al Rajabi, Jennifer E Vena, Sharon I Kirkpatrick, Anita Koushik, Isabelle Massarelli, Isabelle Rondeau, Paula J Robson
Advances in technology-enabled dietary assessment include the advent of web-based food frequency questionnaires, which may reduce costs and researcher burden but may introduce new challenges related to internet connectivity and computer literacy. The purpose of this study was to evaluate the intra- and inter-version reliability, feasibility and acceptability of the paper and web Canadian Diet History Questionnaire II (CDHQ-II) in a sub-sample of 648 adults (aged 39-81 years) recruited from Alberta's Tomorrow Project...
February 13, 2017: Nutrients
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28207989/predictors-of-influenza-a-molecular-viral-shedding-in-hutterites-communities
#9
Biao Wang, Margaret L Russell, Kevin Fonseca, David J D Earn, Gregory Horsman, Paul Van Caeseele, Khami Chokani, Mark Vooght, Lorne Babiuk, Stephen D Walter, Mark Loeb
BACKGROUND: Patterns of influenza molecular viral shedding following influenza infection have been well established; predictors of viral shedding however remain uncertain. OBJECTIVES: We sought to determine factors associated with peak molecular viral load, duration of shedding, and viral area under curve (AUC) in children and adult Hutterite colony members with laboratory confirmed influenza. METHODS: A cohort study was conducted in Hutterite colonies in Alberta, Canada...
February 16, 2017: Influenza and Other Respiratory Viruses
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28204862/effect-of-constant-predictable-and-unpredictable-motor-tasks-on-motor-performance-and-blood-markers-of-stress
#10
Laura Kyguoliene, Albertas Skurvydas, Nerijus Eimantas, Neringa Baranauskienė, Dalia Mickeviciene, Daiva Urboniene, Margarita Cernych, Marius Brazaitis
An unfamiliar or novel physical stimulus induces activation of dopaminergic neurons within the brain and greater activity in areas involved in emotion; considering this, we aimed to establish whether unpredictable prolonged (fatiguing) motor task (vs. constant vs. predictable) evokes greater dopaminergic activity, enhances neuromuscular performance, motor accuracy, and perception of effort, and delays overall central fatigue. Fifteen healthy male volunteers (aged 22 ± 4 years) were required to perform 1 of 3 exercise trials (at least 1 week apart) of 100 intermittent isometric contraction (IIC) tasks involving knee extensions at 60° flexion...
February 16, 2017: Experimental Brain Research. Experimentelle Hirnforschung. Expérimentation Cérébrale
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28202747/nurse-led-care-for-patients-with-rheumatoid-arthritis-a-systematic-review-of-the-effect-on-quality-of-care
#11
Stephanie Garner, Elena Lopatina, James A Rankin, Deborah A Marshall
OBJECTIVE: In the nurse-led care (NLC) model, nurses take on the primary responsibility for patient management. We systematically assessed the effect of NLC for patients with rheumatoid arthritis (RA) on multiple dimensions of quality of care from the Alberta Quality of Care Matrix for Health. METHODS: We searched MEDLINE, EMBASE, and CINAHL from 1950 to January 2015. English-language studies were included if they reported on NLC for patients with RA and assessed 1 or more dimensions of quality (effectiveness, acceptability, efficiency, accessibility, appropriateness, and safety)...
February 15, 2017: Journal of Rheumatology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28198432/all-nitride-alxga1-xn-mn-gan-distributed-bragg-reflectors-for-the-near-infrared
#12
Giulia Capuzzo, Dmytro Kysylychyn, Rajdeep Adhikari, Tian Li, Bogdan Faina, Aitana Tarazaga Martín-Luengo, Alberta Bonanni
Since the technological breakthrough prompted by the inception of light emitting diodes based on III-nitrides, these material systems have emerged as strategic semiconductors not only for the lighting of the future, but also for the new generation of high-power electronic and spintronic devices. While III-nitride optoelectronics in the visible and ultraviolet spectral range is widely established, all-nitride efficient devices in the near-infrared (NIR) are still wanted. Here, through a comprehensive protocol of design, modeling, epitaxial growth and in-depth characterization, we develop AlxGa1-xN:Mn/GaN NIR distributed Bragg reflectors and we show their efficiency in combination with GaN:(Mn,Mg) layers containing Mn-Mgk complexes optically active in the near-infrared range of wavelengths...
February 15, 2017: Scientific Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28196528/exploring-the-impact-of-financial-barriers-on-secondary-prevention-of-heart-disease
#13
Kirnvir K Dhaliwal, Kathryn King-Shier, Braden J Manns, Brenda R Hemmelgarn, James A Stone, David J T Campbell
BACKGROUND: Patients with coronary artery disease experience various barriers which impact their ability to optimally manage their condition. Financial barriers may result in cost related non-adherence to medical therapies and recommendations, impacting patient health outcomes. Patient experiences regarding financial barriers remain poorly understood. Therefore, we used qualitative methods to explore the experience of financial barriers to care among patients with heart disease. METHODS: We conducted a qualitative descriptive study of participants in Alberta, Canada with heart disease (n = 13) who perceived financial barriers to care...
February 14, 2017: BMC Cardiovascular Disorders
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28194593/synchronous-endometrial-and-ovarian-carcinomas-predictors-of-risk-and-associations-with-survival-and-tumor-expression-profiles
#14
Linda E Kelemen, Peter F Rambau, Jennifer M Koziak, Helen Steed, Martin Köbel
PURPOSE: Synchronous endometrial and ovarian tumors (SEOs) are diagnosed in 10% of ovarian cancer patients. We examined predictors of SEOs, evaluated associations of SEOs with survival and characterized ovarian tumor profiles using immunohistochemistry. METHODS: We included patients with endometrioid (n = 180) and clear cell (n = 165) ovarian carcinoma identified from the Alberta Cancer Registry between 1979 and 2010 for whom we abstracted medical records and constructed tumor tissue microarrays (TMAs)...
February 13, 2017: Cancer Causes & Control: CCC
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28193610/risk-of-heart-failure-after-community-acquired-pneumonia-prospective-controlled-study-with-10-years-of-follow-up
#15
Dean T Eurich, Thomas J Marrie, Jasjeet K Minhas-Sandhu, Sumit R Majumdar
Objective To determine the attributable risk of community acquired pneumonia on incidence of heart failure throughout the age range of affected patients and severity of the infection.Design Cohort study.Setting Six hospitals and seven emergency departments in Edmonton, Alberta, Canada, 2000-02.Participants 4988 adults with community acquired pneumonia and no history of heart failure were prospectively recruited and matched on age, sex, and setting of treatment (inpatient or outpatient) with up to five adults without pneumonia (controls) or prevalent heart failure (n=23 060)...
February 13, 2017: BMJ: British Medical Journal
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28186930/protective-factors-for-child-development-at-age-2-in-the-presence-of-poor-maternal-mental-health-results-from-the-all-our-babies-aob-pregnancy-cohort
#16
Sheila W McDonald, Heather L Kehler, Suzanne C Tough
OBJECTIVE: To identify the combination of factors most protective of developmental delay at age 2 among children exposed to poor maternal mental health. DESIGN: Observational cohort study. SETTING: Pregnant women were recruited from primary healthcare offices, the public health laboratory service and community posters in Calgary, Alberta, Canada. PARTICIPANTS: 1596 mother-child dyads who participated in the All Our Babies study and who completed a follow-up questionnaire when their child was 2 years old...
November 10, 2016: BMJ Open
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28186045/digital-health-services-and-digital-identity-in-alberta
#17
Aiden McEachern, David Cholewa
The Government of Alberta continues to improve delivery of healthcare by allowing Albertans to access their health information online. Alberta is the only province in Canada with provincial electronic health records for all its citizens. These records are currently made available to medical practitioners, but Alberta Health believes that providing Albertans access to their health records will transform the delivery of healthcare in Alberta. It is important to have a high level of assurance that the health records are provided to the correct Albertan...
2017: Studies in Health Technology and Informatics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28181800/vanadium-geochemistry-of-oil-sands-fluid-petroleum-coke
#18
Jake A Nesbitt, Matthew B J Lindsay
Vanadium has previously been linked to elevated toxicity of leachates derived from oil sands petroleum coke. However, geochemical controls on V mobility within coke deposits remain poorly constrained. Detailed examinations of porewater and solid-phase V geochemistry were therefore performed on oil sands fluid petroleum coke deposits in Alberta, Canada. Sample collection focused on both active and reclaimed deposits, which contained more than 3 × 10(7) m(3) of fluid petroleum coke. Dissolved V concentrations were highest (up to 3...
February 17, 2017: Environmental Science & Technology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28179104/variations-in-structure-of-the-outflow-tract-of-the-human-embryonic-heart-a-new-hypothesis-for-generating-bicuspid-aortic-semilunar-valves
#19
Nadine C Milos, Derek B Nordstrom, Ivano Ongaro, Ava K Chow
Outflow tract development of the heart is complex. The presence, differential growth and interactions of the various tissues through space and time contribute to the final development of the tract. This paper presents a novel interpretation of observations of outflow tract development, in particular of the aortic and pulmonary semilunar valves in embryos from the Shaner Collection at the University of Alberta. Three-dimensional reconstructions assist in the visualization of the spatial relationships of the developing valve tissues...
February 4, 2017: Annals of Anatomy, Anatomischer Anzeiger: Official Organ of the Anatomische Gesellschaft
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28178930/the-5as-team-patient-study-patient-perspectives-on-the-role-of-primary-care-in-obesity-management
#20
Jacqueline Torti, Thea Luig, Michelle Borowitz, Jeffrey A Johnson, Arya M Sharma, Denise L Campbell-Scherer
BACKGROUND: Over 60% of people have overweight or obesity, but only a third report receiving counselling from primary care providers. We explored patients' perspectives on the role of primary care in obesity management and their experience with existing resources, with a view to develop an improved understanding of this perspective, and more effective management strategies. METHODS: Qualitative study employing semi-structured interviews and thematic analysis, with a sample of 28 patients from a cohort of 255 patients living with obesity and receiving care to support their weight management in a large Primary Care Network of family practices in Alberta...
February 8, 2017: BMC Family Practice
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