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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28551831/clinical-implications-of-different-blood-pressure-measurement-techniques
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Paul Drawz
PURPOSE OF REVIEW: The appropriate treatment targets for individuals with elevated blood pressure (BP) have received increased attention in light of recent clinical trial results. However, it is well known that the method used to measure BP can have a significant impact on the observed BP. In this review, we summarize the existing literature on the impact of BP measurement technique on observed BP readings. RECENT FINDINGS: Manual BPs obtained in-clinic routinely differ from those obtained using automated devices...
July 2017: Current Hypertension Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28551829/meta-analysis-of-the-effects-of-genetic-polymorphisms-on-intervertebral-disc-degeneration
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J Rigal, A Léglise, T Barnetche, A Cogniet, S Aunoble, J C Le Huec
INTRODUCTION: Chronic low back pain is a significant public health issue. Both its direct and indirect cost represents tens of billions of US dollars. Although chronic low back pain can be the result of many factors, the predominant cause is disc degeneration. Recent studies have shown genetic involvement in up to 74% of cases. This study aimed to evaluate genetic risk factors of disc degeneration by performing a systematic analysis of association studies. The objective is to provide a guide for practice by assessing the clinical relevance of current information...
May 27, 2017: European Spine Journal
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28551742/human-health-risk-exposure-with-respect-to-particulate-bound-polycyclic-aromatic-hydrocarbons-at-mine-fire-affected-coal-mining-complex
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Debananda Roy, Yong-Chil Seo, Sweta Sinha, Abir Bhattacharya, Gurdeep Singh, Pallab Kr Biswas
Particulate-bound poly-aromatic hydrocarbons (PAHs) are of great concern due to their mutagenicity and carcinogenicity effect on human health. In this context, identification, quantification and inhalation cancer risk (ICR) assessment due to PM10- and PM2.5-bound PAHs has been carried out at six monitoring stations in a critically polluted Jharia coalfield/Dhanbad City. Identification of pollution sources at study area has been performed by using PCA statistical methods. Air quality index (AQI) and air quality health index (AQHI) were calculated based on the concentration levels of PM10...
May 27, 2017: Environmental Science and Pollution Research International
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28551728/gingival-biotype-revisited-novel-classification-and-assessment-tool
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Kai R Fischer, Andreas Künzlberger, Nikolaos Donos, Stefan Fickl, Anton Friedmann
OBJECTIVES: To evaluate the relationship between gingival biotypes and gingival thickness based on probe transparency through the gingival margin and to assess the sensitivity of a novel classification method. MATERIAL AND METHODS: Sixty adult Caucasian subjects were stratified by their gingival biotype (GB) as defined by the transparency of a prototype double-ended periodontal probe through the buccal gingival margin into "thin" (30 subjects), "moderate" (15 subjects), and "thick" (15 subjects) GB...
May 27, 2017: Clinical Oral Investigations
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28551692/when-do-paediatric-patients-with-familial-hypercholesterolemia-need-statin-therapy
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Matylda Hennig, Agnieszka Brandt, Joanna Bautembach-Minkowska, Dominik Świętoń, Agnieszka Mickiewicz, Magdalenia Chmara, Bartosz Wasąg, Ewa Kamińska, Anna Balcerska, Janusz Limon, Andrzej Rynkiewicz, Marcin Gruchała, Małgorzata Myśliwiec
INTRODUCTION: Familial hypercholesterolemia (FH) is one of the most common autosomal dominant disorders. It is characterized by elevated LDL cholesterol levels occurring already by early childhood. Awareness of health risks in FH patients should incite health professionals to actively seek and treat children with lipid disorders to reduce their risk of myocardial infarction and stroke. OBJECTIVE: The aim of the study was to evaluate the suitability of taking into account the following parameters: ApoB/ApoA index, IMT and e-tracking examination, when initiating statin therapy in FH patients...
2017: Developmental Period Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28551584/development-of-a-chronic-sediment-toxicity-test-using-the-benthic-ostracod-heterocypris-incongruens-and-their-application-to-toxicity-assessments-of-urban-road-dust
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Wilailuk Niyommaneerat, Fumiyuki Nakajima, Tomohiro Tobino, Kazuo Yamamoto
This study reports on the development and application of a chronic sediment toxicity test using the benthic ostracod Heterocypris incongruens. H. incongruens reproduction parameters such as egg production, first day of brooding, egg-laying ratio, and hatching ratio were examined in this study. The test was first validated by determining the repeatability of the test method under seven control performances. The results showed good test repeatability of most endpoints, with coefficient of variation (CV) results below 15%...
May 25, 2017: Ecotoxicology and Environmental Safety
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28551533/hydro-geochemical-paths-of-multi-layer-groundwater-system-in-coal-mining-regions-using-multivariate-statistics-and-geochemical-modeling-approaches
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Pu Liu, Nils Hoth, Carsten Drebenstedt, Yajun Sun, Zhimin Xu
Groundwater is an important drinking water resource that requires protection in North China. Coal mining industry in the area may influence the water quality evolution. To provide primary characterization of the hydrogeochemical processes and paths that control the water quality evolution, a complex multi-layer groundwater system in a coal mining area is investigated. Multivariate statistical methods involving hierarchical cluster analysis (HCA) and principal component analysis (PCA) are applied, 6 zones and 3 new principal components are classified as major reaction zones and reaction factors...
May 25, 2017: Science of the Total Environment
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28551397/automated-t2-mapping-of-the-menisci-from-magnetic-resonance-images-in-patients-with-acute-knee-injury
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Anthony Paproki, Craig Engstrom, Mark Strudwick, Katharine J Wilson, Rachel K Surowiec, Charles Ho, Stuart Crozier, Jurgen Fripp
RATIONALE AND OBJECTIVES: This study aimed to evaluate the accuracy of an automated method for segmentation and T2 mapping of the medial meniscus (MM) and lateral meniscus (LM) in clinical magnetic resonance images from patients with acute knee injury. MATERIALS AND METHODS: Eighty patients scheduled for surgery of an anterior cruciate ligament or meniscal injury underwent magnetic resonance imaging of the knee (multiplanar two-dimensional [2D] turbo spin echo [TSE] or three-dimensional [3D]-TSE examinations, T2 mapping)...
May 24, 2017: Academic Radiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28551271/comparison-of-fruit-quality-and-gc-ms-based-metabolite-profiling-of-kiwifruit-jecy-green-natural-and-exogenous-ethylene-induced-ripening
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Sooyeon Lim, Jeong Gu Lee, Eun Jin Lee
We applied exogenous ethylene to 'Jecy green' kiwifruit to elucidate the differences in fruit quality and metabolite profiling between naturally ripe (NR) and ethylene-induced ripe (ER) kiwifruit. Kiwifruit were exposed to ethylene (200μL/L) for 12h at 20°C and maintained for 9days at 20°C. Two metabolites of ascorbic acid and arabinose significantly decreased during kiwifruit ripening regardless of the ripening method. The concentrations of sucrose, myo-inositol, citric acid, and malic acid in NR fruit were substantially higher than those in ER fruit, while the concentrations of fructose, glucose, and quinic acid in ER fruit were higher than those in NR fruit...
November 1, 2017: Food Chemistry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28551133/enzyme-free-chemiluminescence-immunoassay-for-the-determination-of-thyroid-stimulating-hormone
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Chaeyoon Shim, Richard Chong, Ji Hoon Lee
Based on the chemiluminescent resonance energy transfer (CRET) from high-energy intermediate formed in 1,1'-oxalyldiimidazole chemiluminescence (ODI-CL) reaction to fluorescent microsphere-conjugated detection antibody, a cost-effective and highly sensitive enzyme-free sandwich immunoassay with chemiluminescence detection was developed for the early diagnosis of thyroid cancer. Thyroid stimulating hormone (TSH) primary antibody immobilized on paramagnetic bead captures rapidly TSH in human serum within 15min...
August 15, 2017: Talanta
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28550784/high-resolution-analyses-reveal-structural-diversity-patterns-of-microbial-communities-in-chromite-ore-processing-residue-copr-contaminated-soils
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Xiaobo Min, Yangyang Wang, Liyuan Chai, Zhihui Yang, Qi Liao
To explore how heavy metal contamination in Chromite Ore Processing Residue (COPR) disposal sites determine the dissimilarities of indigenous microbial communities, 16S rRNA gene MiSeq sequencing and advanced statistical methods were applied. 13 soil samples were collected from three COPR disposal sites in Mouding of southwestern, Shangnan of northwestern and Yima of central China. The results of analyses of variance (ANOVA), similarities (ANOSIM), and non-metric multidimensional scaling (NMDS) showed that the structural diversity of the microbial communities in the samples with high total chromium (Cr) content (more than 300 mg kg(-1); High group) were significantly lesser than in the Low group (less than 90 mg kg(-1)) regardless of their geographical distribution...
May 21, 2017: Chemosphere
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28550675/-prognostic-value-of-sequencing-of-radiotherapy-and-chemotherapy-following-breast-conserving-surgery-for-patients-with-breast-cancer
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Q Z Zhong, Z Wang, Y Tang, Q L Rong, S L Wang, J Jin, W H Wang, Y P Liu, Y W Song, H Fang, B Chen, S N Qi, N Li, Y Tang, J H Zhang, Y X Li
Objective: To evaluate the prognostic value of sequencing of adjuvant radiotherapy and chemotherapy following breast-conserving surgery for patients with breast cancer. Methods: A total of 1 154 patients withT1-2N0-3M0 breast cancer retrospectively reviewed. All patients received sequential radiotherapy and chemotherapy following breast-conserving surgery. Among them, 603 patients received radiotherapy first and 551 patients received chemotherapy first. Log-rank tests were used to determine significance of disease-free survival (DFS) and overall survival (OS) rates in the Kaplan-Meier curve...
April 23, 2017: Zhonghua Zhong Liu za Zhi [Chinese Journal of Oncology]
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28550670/-analysis-of-the-risk-factors-for-postoperative-cervical-anastomotic-leakage-after-mckeown-s-esophagectomy
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G F Zhao, K P Zhang, S G Gao, J W Mu, Y S Mao, D L Wang, Y S Gao, F Lyu, L Zhao, Q Xue
Objective: To analyze risk factors of anastomotic leakage after McKeown'sesophagectomy. Methods: The clinical data of 635 esophageal cancer patients, who underwent McKeown's esophagectomy at Cancer Hospital of Chinese Academy of Medical Sciences from January 2012 to December 2015, were retrospectively analyzed. The risk factors of cervical anastomotic leakage were identified through analysis of medical history, surgical procedure, tumor characteristics and vascular calcification. Results: Among all the 635 patients, anastomotic leakage occurred in 111 (17...
April 23, 2017: Zhonghua Zhong Liu za Zhi [Chinese Journal of Oncology]
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28550668/-the-relationship-between-18-f-fdg-pet-ct-metabolic-parameters-and-clinicopathological-features-of-breast-cancer
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B Tang, Y Zhang, J Zhou, Y Xu, T R Li, C Y Ding
Objective: To investigate the relationship between metabolic parameters of primary lesion and clinicopathological features of patients with breast cancer. Methods: Clinical data of 78 patients with breast cancer undergone (18)F-FDG PET/CT before surgery was retrospectively analyzed. SUVmax, SUVmean and metabolic tumor volume (MTV) of primary lesions were measured by horizontal, sagittal and coronal position volume section with a threshold of 40% SUVmax. TLG was calculated and the highest SUVmax among metastatic lymph nodes was measured...
April 23, 2017: Zhonghua Zhong Liu za Zhi [Chinese Journal of Oncology]
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28550663/-sensitivity-of-doxorubicin-resistant-osteosarcoma-cells-to-doxorubicin-regulated-by-long-non-coding-rna-nr_036444
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K P Zhu, C L Zhang
Objective: To investigate the mechanism of long non-coding RNA (LncRNA) NR_036444 mediated sensitivity of multidrug-resistant osteosarcoma to doxorubicin. Methods: LncRNA-mRNA combined microarray was used to screen the differential expressions of lncRNA and mRNA in doxorubicin-resistant MG63/DXR osteosarcoma cells and their paired doxorubicin-sensitive MG63 cells; qRT-PCR was used to check the consistency of microarray. LncRNA NR_036444 was over-expressed in MG63/DXR cells by lentrvirus. CCK-8 array was used to evaluate cell proliferation and the sensitivity of cells to doxorubicin; Flow cytometry was used to evaluate cell cycle and apoptosis...
April 23, 2017: Zhonghua Zhong Liu za Zhi [Chinese Journal of Oncology]
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28550635/growth-corruption-health-triaca-and-environmental-degradation-empirical-evidence-from-indonesia-malaysia-and-thailand
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Muhammad Azam, Abdul Qayyum Khan
This study examines the impact of economic growth, corruption, health, and poverty on environmental degradation for three countries from ASEAN, namely Indonesia, Malaysia, and Thailand using annual data over the period of 1994-2014. The relationship between environmental degradation (pollution) by carbon dioxide (CO2) emissions and economic growth is examined along with some other variables, namely health expenditure, poverty, agriculture value added growth, industrial value added growth, and corruption. The ordinary least squares (OLS) method is applied as an analytical technique for parameter estimation...
May 27, 2017: Environmental Science and Pollution Research International
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28550377/acceptability-of-and-adherence-to-an-antiretroviral-based-vaginal-microbicide-among-pregnant-women-in-the-united-states
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Elizabeth T Montgomery, Lisa M Noguchi, James Y Dai, Jason Pan, Joseph Biggio, Craig Hendrix, Karen Isaacs, D Heather Watts, Jill L Schwartz, Jeanna Piper, Richard Beigi
The MTN-008 trial was the first multi-dose study conducted to evaluate the safety of a microbicide gel (2:1 randomized to tenofovir 1% or hydroxycellulose (HEC) placebo gel) during pregnancy. The study aim was to evaluate safety, tolerability and pharmacokinetics of the study products. Procedures included daily gel administration, with Day 0 and Day 6 in clinic, and Days 1-5 at home. Because pregnancy may pose unique challenges to consistent gel use and acceptability, evaluation of adherence and acceptability was a secondary objective of the trial...
May 26, 2017: AIDS and Behavior
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28550275/detection-of-small-bowel-tumor-in-wireless-capsule-endoscopy-images-using-an-adaptive-neuro-fuzzy-inference-system
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Alizadeh Mahdi, Haji Maghsoudi Omid, Sharzehi Kaveh, Reza Hemati Hamid, Kamali Asl Alireza, Talebpour Alireza
Automatic diagnosis tool helps physicians to evaluate capsule endoscopic examinations faster and more accurate. The purpose of this study was to evaluate the validity and reliability of an automatic post-processing method for identifying and classifying wireless capsule endoscopic images, and investigate statistical measures to differentiate normal and abnormal images. The proposed technique consists of two main stages, namely, feature extraction and classification. Primarily, 32 features incorporating four statistical measures (contrast, correlation, homogeneity and energy) calculated from co-occurrence metrics were computed...
May 26, 2017: Journal of Biomedical Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28550059/europe-wide-meta-analysis-of-borrelia-burgdorferi-sensu-lato-prevalence-in-questing-ixodes-ricinus-ticks
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Martin Strnad, Václav Hönig, Daniel Růžek, Libor Grubhoffer, Ryan O M Rego
Lyme borreliosis is the most common zoonotic disease transmitted by ticks in Europe and North America. Despite having multiple tick vectors, the causative agent Borrelia burgdorferi sensu lato, is vectored mainly by Ixodes ricinus in Europe. In the present study, we aimed to review and summarize the existing data published from 2010 to 2016 concerning the prevalence of B. burgdorferi s.l. spirochetes in questing I. ricinus The primary focus was to evaluate the infection rate of these bacteria in ticks, accounting for tick stage, adult tick gender, region and detection method, as well as to investigate any changes in prevalence over time...
May 26, 2017: Applied and Environmental Microbiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28550029/pulmonary-function-changes-after-radiotherapy-for-lung-or-esophageal-cancer-a-systematic-review-focusing-on-dose-volume-parameters
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Anne G H Niezink, Renske A de Jong, Christina T Muijs, Johannes A Langendijk, Joachim Widder
BACKGROUND: Despite technical developments in treatment delivery, radiation-induced lung toxicity (RILT) remains a crucial problem in thoracic radiotherapy. Clinically based RILT scores have their limitations, and more objective measures such as pulmonary functions tests (PFTs) might help to improve treatment strategies. PURPOSE: To summarize the available evidence about the effect of dose to the lung in thoracic radiotherapy on forced expiratory volume in one second (FEV1) and diffusion capacity (DLCO) in patients with lung and esophageal cancer treated with curative intent...
May 26, 2017: Oncologist
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