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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28719868/quantitative-meta-analytic-approaches-for-the-systematic-synthesis-of-data-and-hazard-identification-a-case-study-of-decreased-pain-sensitivity-due-to-trimethylbenzene-exposure
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J Allen Davis, Andrew Kraft
Traditionally, human health risk assessments have relied on qualitative approaches for hazard identification, which involves weight of evidence determinations that integrate evidence across multiple studies. Recently, the National Research Council has recommended the development of quantitative approaches for evidence integration, including the application of meta-analyses, to help summarize and evaluate the results of a systematic review. In the meta-analytic approach, a pooled effect size is calculated after consideration of multiple potential confounding factors in order to determine whether the entire database under consideration indicates a chemical is a hazard...
July 15, 2017: Environmental Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28719813/comparative-stability-indicating-chromatographic-methods-for-determination-of-4-hexylresorcinol-in-pharmaceutical-formulation-and-shrimps
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Rafeek F Shokry, Lories I Bebawy, Mohamed R Elghobashy, Samah S Abbas
Three chromatographic stability-indicating methods were developed for determination of 4-hexylresorcinol in pure form and in a pharmaceutical formulation. Method A was based on a gradient elution liquid chromatographic HPLC determination of 4-hexylresorcinol, its related impurities and in presence of its degradation products. UPLC-MS/MS (Method B) was described for determination of the cited drug in presence of its degradation products. Method C was a thin- layer chromatography (TLC)-densitometry method for the separation and determination of the active ingredient, one of its related impurities and in presence of its degradation products...
July 8, 2017: Journal of Pharmaceutical and Biomedical Analysis
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28719795/estimating-the-direct-medical-economic-burden-of-health-care-associated-infections-in-public-tertiary-hospitals-in-hubei-province-china
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Hao Li, Xinliang Liu, Dan Cui, Quan Wang, Zongfu Mao, Liang Fang, Furong Zhang, Ping Yang, Huiling Wu, Nili Ren, Jianyun He, Jing Sun
This study estimated the attributable direct medical economic burden of health care-associated infections (HAIs) in China. Data were extracted from hospitals' information systems. Inpatient cases with HAIs and non-HAIs were grouped by the propensity score matching (PSM) method. Attributable hospitalization expenditures and length of hospital stay were measured to estimate the direct medical economic burden of HAIs. STATA 12.0 was used to conduct descriptive analysis, bivariate χ(2) test, paired Z test, PSM ( r = 0...
July 2017: Asia-Pacific Journal of Public Health
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28719731/anatomical-vs-functional-motor-points-of-selected-upper-body-muscles
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Alexander Franz, Joschua Klaas, Moritz Schumann, Thomas Frankewitsch, Timm J Filler, Michael Behringer
Introduction We aimed to identify nerve entry points (NEP) of superficial skeletal muscles obtained by dissection of 20 human cadavers and to compare those to motor points (MP) previously obtained by electrical stimulation. Methods The biceps brachii- (BB), trapezius (TZ), latissimus dorsi (LD), pectoralis major (Pmaj) and pectoralis minor muscles (Pmin) were dissected from human cadavers. Mean values ±SD of the NEPs of each muscle were calculated. F-tests with Bonferroni corrections were used to compare NEPs and MPs...
July 18, 2017: Muscle & Nerve
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28719597/pharmacogenomics-study-of-thiazide-diuretics-and-qt-interval-in-multi-ethnic-populations-the-cohorts-for-heart-and-aging-research-in-genomic-epidemiology
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A A Seyerle, C M Sitlani, R Noordam, S M Gogarten, J Li, X Li, D S Evans, F Sun, M A Laaksonen, A Isaacs, K Kristiansson, H M Highland, J D Stewart, T B Harris, S Trompet, J C Bis, G M Peloso, J A Brody, L Broer, E L Busch, Q Duan, A M Stilp, C J O'Donnell, P W Macfarlane, J S Floyd, J A Kors, H J Lin, R Li-Gao, T Sofer, R Méndez-Giráldez, S R Cummings, S R Heckbert, A Hofman, I Ford, Y Li, L J Launer, K Porthan, C Newton-Cheh, M D Napier, K F Kerr, A P Reiner, K M Rice, J Roach, B M Buckley, E Z Soliman, R de Mutsert, N Sotoodehnia, A G Uitterlinden, K E North, C R Lee, V Gudnason, T Stürmer, F R Rosendaal, K D Taylor, K L Wiggins, J G Wilson, Y-DI Chen, R C Kaplan, K Wilhelmsen, L A Cupples, V Salomaa, C van Duijn, J W Jukema, Y Liu, D O Mook-Kanamori, L A Lange, R S Vasan, A V Smith, B H Stricker, C C Laurie, J I Rotter, E A Whitsel, B M Psaty, C L Avery
Thiazide diuretics, commonly used antihypertensives, may cause QT interval (QT) prolongation, a risk factor for highly fatal and difficult to predict ventricular arrhythmias. We examined whether common single-nucleotide polymorphisms (SNPs) modified the association between thiazide use and QT or its component parts (QRS interval, JT interval) by performing ancestry-specific, trans-ethnic and cross-phenotype genome-wide analyses of European (66%), African American (15%) and Hispanic (19%) populations (N=78 199), leveraging longitudinal data, incorporating corrected standard errors to account for underestimation of interaction estimate variances and evaluating evidence for pathway enrichment...
July 18, 2017: Pharmacogenomics Journal
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28719576/laser-induced-plasmonic-colours-on-metals
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Jean-Michel Guay, Antonino Calà Lesina, Guillaume Côté, Martin Charron, Daniel Poitras, Lora Ramunno, Pierre Berini, Arnaud Weck
Plasmonic resonances in metallic nanoparticles have been used since antiquity to colour glasses. The use of metal nanostructures for surface colourization has attracted considerable interest following recent developments in plasmonics. However, current top-down colourization methods are not ideally suited to large-scale industrial applications. Here we use a bottom-up approach where picosecond laser pulses can produce a full palette of non-iridescent colours on silver, gold, copper and aluminium. We demonstrate the process on silver coins weighing up to 5 kg and bearing large topographic variations (∼1...
July 18, 2017: Nature Communications
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28719453/reliability-and-clinical-utility-of-the-cards-classification-for-degenerative-spondylolisthesis
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Garret L Sobol, Alan Hilibrand, Ashley Davis, Paul Millhouse, John Koerner, Christopher Kepler, Gregory D Schroeder, Jonathan D Krystal, Erik C Olsson, Jeffrey Rihn, David Greg Anderson, Alexander Vaccaro, Kristen Radcliff
STUDY DESIGN: Retrospective cohort study. OBJECTIVE: The objective of this study is to determine the reliability and clinical utility of the of the proposed CARDS classification for degenerative spondylolisthesis. BACKGROUND: The Clinical and Radiographic Degenerative Spondylolisthesis (CARDS) classification system was recently proposed as an alternative to the Meyerding system for classifying degenerative spondylolisthesis (DS). Unlike Meyerding, CARDS considers other relevant radiographic findings such as disk space collapse and segmental kyphosis to stratify DS into 4 radiographically discreet types...
July 17, 2017: Clinical Spine Surgery
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28719366/a-web-based-anger-management-program-for-parent-female-adolescents-conflicts-a-cluster-randomized-controlled-trial
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Shahrzad Yektatalab, Seddigheh Khodadadi, Marzieh Moattari, Fakhrozaman Naeemi Hosseiny, Najaf Zare
Objective This cluster randomized control trial was performed to evaluate the effectiveness of a web-based anger management program for mother-female adolescents' conflicts. Methods Eight out of 23 high-schools in District Two of Shiraz, Iran were chosen using random cluster sampling and randomly assigned to an intervention and a control group (each group consisted of four schools). The conflict tactics scale was filled out by all eligible third grade high school students in both groups and 140 students who had the scores higher than 30 were randomly selected; 70 adolescents in the intervention group participated in an 8 week intervention, while 70 adolescents in the control group did not undergo any intervention...
July 18, 2017: International Journal of Adolescent Medicine and Health
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28719202/quadrupolar-nmr-relaxation-from-ab-initio-molecular-dynamics-improved-sampling-and-cluster-models-vs-periodic-calculations
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Adam Philips, Alex Marchenko, Lionel Alexandre Truflandier, Jochen Autschbach
Quadrupolar NMR relaxation rates are computed for (17)O, (2)H nuclei of liquid water, and of (23)Na(+) , and (35)Cl(-) in aqueous solution, via Kohn-Sham (KS) density functional theory ab-initio molecular dynamics (aiMD) and subsequent KS electric field gradient (EFG) calculations along the trajectories. The calculated relaxation rates are within about a factor of two of experimental results, and improved over previous aiMD simulations. The relaxation rates are assessed with regard to the lengths of the simulations as well as configurational sampling...
July 18, 2017: Journal of Chemical Theory and Computation
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28719143/osteoporotic-vertebral-fracture-prevalence-varies-widely-between-radiological-assessment-methods-the-rotterdam-study
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L Oei, F Koromani, S J Breda, J T Schousboe, E M Clark, Jbj van Meurs, M A Ikram, J H Waarsing, Fja van Rooij, M C Zillikens, G P Krestin, Ehg Oei, F Rivadeneira
BACKGROUND: Accurate diagnosis of vertebral osteoporotic fractures is crucial for the identification of individuals at high risk of future fractures. Different methods for radiological assessment of vertebral fractures exist, but a gold standard is lacking. The aim of our study was to estimate statistical measures of agreement and prevalence of osteoporotic vertebral fractures in the population-based Rotterdam Study, across the two most commonly applied assessment methods. METHODS: The quantitative morphometry (QM) method, evaluates vertebral height loss that affects vertebral shape whereas the algorithm based qualitative (ABQ) method judges endplate integrity and includes guidelines for the differentiation of vertebral fracture and non- fracture deformities...
July 18, 2017: Journal of Bone and Mineral Research: the Official Journal of the American Society for Bone and Mineral Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28718894/sperm-cryopreservation-and-assisted-reproductive-technology-outcome-in-patients-with-spinal-cord-injury
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A Reignier, J Lammers, C Splingart, D Redhead, J J Labat, S Mirallié, P Barrière, T Fréour
This study aimed to describe spinal cord injured patients' semen characteristics before and after cryopreservation, and assisted reproductive technology cycles outcome compared to the infertile population. Data about sperm analysis and assisted reproductive technology (ART) cycles outcomes for 78 men with spinal cord injury referred for sperm cryopreservation between 1998 and 2013 were retrospectively analysed and compared with a reference group consisting of every Intra Cytoplasmic Sperm Injection (ICSI) cycle performed in our in vitro fertilization unit over the 2009-2014 period...
July 18, 2017: Andrologia
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28718830/exploring-relationships-between-recurrent-binge-eating-and-illicit-substance-use-in-a-non-clinical-sample-of-women-over-two-years
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Henry Kewen Lu, Haider Mannan, Phillipa Hay
(1) Background: With the new edition of the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental disorders, 5th Edition (DSM-5), numerous parallels have been drawn between recurrent binge eating (RBE) and substance use disorders, with many authors examining RBE or binge eating disorder (BED) as a "food addiction". The present study aims to clarify the relationship between recurrent binge eating (RBE) and illicit substance use (ISU) through investigating the temporal association between the two problems. (2) Methods: This study was embedded within a larger longitudinal study of non-clinical adult women recruited from Australian tertiary institutions...
July 18, 2017: Behavioral Sciences
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28718782/prediction-of-protein-hotspots-from-whole-protein-sequences-by-a-random-projection-ensemble-system
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Jinjian Jiang, Nian Wang, Peng Chen, Chunhou Zheng, Bing Wang
Hotspot residues are important in the determination of protein-protein interactions, and they always perform specific functions in biological processes. The determination of hotspot residues is by the commonly-used method of alanine scanning mutagenesis experiments, which is always costly and time consuming. To address this issue, computational methods have been developed. Most of them are structure based, i.e., using the information of solved protein structures. However, the number of solved protein structures is extremely less than that of sequences...
July 18, 2017: International Journal of Molecular Sciences
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28718779/a-review-and-experimental-study-on-application-of-classifiers-and-evolutionary-algorithms-in-eeg-based-brain-machine-interface-systems
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Farajollah Tahernezhad-Javazm, Vahid Azimirad, Maryam Shoaran
OBJECTIVE: Considering the importance and the near future development of noninvasive Brain-Machine Interface (BMI) systems, this paper presents a comprehensive theoretical-experimental survey on the classification and evolutionary methods for BMI-based systems in which EEG signals are used. APPROACH: The paper is divided into two main parts. In the first part a wide range of different types of the base and combinatorial classifiers including boosting and bagging classifiers and also evolutionary algorithms are reviewed and investigated...
July 18, 2017: Journal of Neural Engineering
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28718727/effects-of-palonosetron-and-ondansetron-on-preventing-nausea-and-vomiting-after-laparoscopic-surgery
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Qili Liu, Chengmao Zhou, Zeqing Bao, Yu Zhu
Background This meta-analysis was performed to evaluate the efficacy and safety of palonosetron and ondansetron in preventing postoperative nausea and vomiting (PONV) in patients undergoing laparoscopic surgery with general anesthesia. Methods We searched for randomized controlled clinical trials in PubMed, Embase, and The Cochrane Library. Results Nine studies were enrolled in this meta-analysis and showed no statistically significant difference between palonosetron and ondansetron in the prevention of PONV in the first 24 hours after surgery (relative risk [RR], 0...
January 1, 2017: Journal of International Medical Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28718697/pain-drawings-predict-outcome-of-surgical-treatment-for-degenerative-disc-disease-in-the-cervical-spine
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Anna MacDowall, Yohan Robinson, Martin Skeppholm, Claes Olerud
INTRODUCTION: Pain drawings have been frequently used in the preoperative evaluation of spine patients. For lumbar conditions comprehensive research has established both the reliability and predictive value, but for the cervical spine most of this knowledge is lacking. The aims of this study were to validate pain drawings for the cervical spine, and to investigate the predictive value for treatment outcome of four different evaluation methods. METHODS: We carried out a post hoc analysis of a randomized controlled trial, comparing cervical disc replacement to fusion for radiculopathy related to degenerative disc disease...
July 18, 2017: Upsala Journal of Medical Sciences
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28718397/the-vitamin-d-standardization-program-vdsp-manual-for-retrospective-laboratory-standardization-of-serum-25-hydroxyvitamin-d-data
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Ramon Durazo-Arvizu, Lu Tian, Stephen Brooks, Kurtis Sarafin, Kevin Cashman, Mairead Kiely, Joyce Merkel, Gary Myers, Paul Coates, Christopher Sempos
Low concentrations of total 25-hydroxyvitamin D [25(OH)D], the principal biological measure of vitamin D status, have been associated with clinical and public health outcomes. The determination of levels under which there is an increase in the risk of disease, as well as comparisons across populations, have been difficult to establish due the large assay variability in measuring 25(OH)D. Accordingly, the Vitamin D Standardization Program (VDSP) includes the retrospective standardization of existing 25(OH)D values collected by epidemiological and clinical studies, as well as clinical trials, as one of its main objectives...
July 18, 2017: Journal of AOAC International
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28718252/use-of-complementary-and-alternative-medicine-among-asthmatic-patients
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Fawad Ahmed, Ayaz Ayub, Hamid Hussain
BACKGROUND: The prevalence of complementary and alternative medicine (CAM) use in some developed countries is on the rise as surveys conducted on large scale vouch for. This study was conducted with the aim to determine the frequency of complementary and alternative medicine (CAM) use among asthmatic patients at outpatient department of tertiary care hospitals in Peshawar, Khyber Pakhtunkhwa, Pakistan. METHODS: This cross-sectional study was conducted in outpatient department of two tertiary care hospitals...
April 2017: Journal of Ayub Medical College, Abbottabad: JAMC
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28718232/effect-of-preoperative-intravenous-steroids-on-seroma-formation-after-modified-radical-mastectomy
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Maryam Alam Khan
BACKGROUND: With the steep increase in breast cancer incidence globally and regionally, there has been a trend toward reducing patient morbidity by meticulous surgical techniques to obviate complications like seroma formation; use to pre-operative steroids seems to be convenient, cost effective and shows promising results in trials. METHODS: This randomized clinical trial was conducted at Surgical Department of Khyber Teaching Hospital Peshawar, from January 2012 to April 2014 on 65 patients randomly allocated to Group A and Group B using lottery method...
April 2017: Journal of Ayub Medical College, Abbottabad: JAMC
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28718070/platelet-lymphocyte-and-neutrophil-lymphocyte-ratios-are-prognostic-but-not-predictive-of-response-to-abiraterone-acetate-in-metastatic-castration-resistant-prostate-cancer
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A J Lozano Martínez, R Moreno Cano, S Escobar Páramo, R Salguero Aguilar, E Gonzalez Billalabeitia, R García Fernández, I De La Fuente Muñoz, A Romero Borque, M Porras Martínez, F Lopez Soler, E Cardenas Cánovas, I Ortega Martín
PURPOSE: Recently neutrophil-lymphocyte ratio (NLR) and platelet-lymphocyte ratio (PLR) have been reported to be inflammatory parameters that confer poorer outcome in metastatic castration-resistant prostate cancer (mCPRPC). However, these ratios have not been analyzed in patients treated with abiraterone acetate. We explored the relationship between different values of PLR and NLR and survival in mCPRCP treated with abiraterone and their possible relation with a prostate specific antigen (PSA) response...
July 17, 2017: Clinical & Translational Oncology
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