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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28328960/norms-and-stigma-regarding-pregnancy-decisions-during-an-unintended-pregnancy-development-and-predictors-of-scales-among-young-women-in-the-u-s-south
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Whitney S Rice, Bulent Turan, Kristi L Stringer, Anna Helova, Kari White, Kate Cockrill, Janet M Turan
BACKGROUND: Norms and stigma regarding pregnancy decisions (parenting, adoption, and abortion) are salient to maternal well-being, particularly for groups disproportionately affected by unintended pregnancy. However, there are few validated measures of individual-level perceptions of norms and stigma around pregnancy decisions. Additionally, little is known about variation in the content of norms regarding pregnancy decisions, and in stigma related to violations of these norms, across socio-demographic groups...
2017: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28325313/a-structural-basis-for-the-amphiphilic-character-of-alginates-implications-for-membrane-fouling
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Matthew B Stewart, Darli T Myat, Michael Kuiper, Richard J Manning, Stephen R Gray, John D Orbell
Ostensibly hydrophilic alginates are known to foul hydrophobic membranes, under various conditions. Here, controlled experiments have been conducted at high and low pH on the fouling of a polypropylene membrane by alginate and the results suggest that the observed fouling is due to an intrinsic property of the alginate. Thus quantum chemical calculations on the M and G monomers of alginate reveal that M adopts an equilibrium geometry that is hydrophilic on one face and hydrophobic on the other, i.e. is potentially amphiphilic...
May 15, 2017: Carbohydrate Polymers
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28324971/a-small-portable-battery-powered-brain-computer-interface-system-for-motor-rehabilitation
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Colin M McCrimmon, Ming Wang, Lucas Silva Lopes, Po T Wang, Alireza Karimi-Bidhendi, Charles Y Liu, Payam Heydari, Zoran Nenadic, An H Do
Motor rehabilitation using brain-computer interface (BCI) systems may facilitate functional recovery in individuals after stroke or spinal cord injury. Nevertheless, these systems are typically ill-suited for widespread adoption due to their size, cost, and complexity. In this paper, a small, portable, and extremely cost-efficient (<;$200) BCI system has been developed using a custom electroencephalographic (EEG) amplifier array, and a commercial microcontroller and touchscreen. The system's performance was tested using a movement-related BCI task in 3 able-bodied subjects with minimal previous BCI experience...
August 2016: Conference Proceedings: Annual International Conference of the IEEE Engineering in Medicine and Biology Society
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28324510/analysis-of-telomere-homologous-dna-with-different-conformations-using-2d-agarose-electrophoresis-and-in-gel-hybridization
#4
Zepeng Zhang, Qian Hu, Yong Zhao
In mammalian cells, in addition to double-stranded telomeric DNA at chromosome ends, extra telomere-homologous DNA is present that adopts different conformations, including single-stranded G- or C-rich DNA, extrachromosomal circular DNA (T-circle), and telomeric complex (T-complex) with an unidentified structure. The formation of such telomere-homologous DNA is closely related to telomeric DNA metabolism and chromosome end protection by telomeres. Conventional agarose gel electrophoresis is unable to separate DNA based on conformation...
2017: Methods in Molecular Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28324321/structured-data-entry-in-the-electronic-medical-record-perspectives-of-pediatric-specialty-physicians-and-surgeons
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Ruth A Bush, Cynthia Kuelbs, Julie Ryu, Wen Jiang, George Chiang
The Epic electronic health record (EHR) platform supports structured data entry systems (SDES), which allow developers, with input from users, to create highly customized patient-record templates in order to maximize data completeness and to standardize structure. There are many potential advantages of using discrete data fields in the EHR to capture data for secondary analysis and epidemiological research, but direct data acquisition from clinicians remains one of the largest obstacles to leveraging the EHR for secondary use...
May 2017: Journal of Medical Systems
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28323754/-it-s-inside-my-body-and-it-s-mine
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Elizabeth T Montgomery, Ariane van der Straten, Miria Chitukuta, Krishnaveni Reddy, Kubashni Woeber, Millicent Atujuna, Linda-Gail Bekker, Juliane Etima, Teopista Nakyanzi, Ashley J Mayo, Ariana Katz, Nicole Laborde, Cynthia I Grossman, Lydia Soto-Torres, Thesla Palanee-Phillips, Jared M Baeten
The MTN-020/ASPIRE trial evaluated the safety and effectiveness of the dapivirine vaginal ring for prevention of HIV-1 infection among African women. A nested qualitative component was conducted at 6 of 15 study sites in Uganda, Malawi, Zimbabwe and South Africa to evaluate acceptability of and adherence to the ring. Qualitative study participants (n = 214) were interviewed with one of 3 modalities: single in-depth interview, up to 3 serial interviews, or an exit Focus Group Discussion. Using semi-structured guides administered in local languages, 280 interviews were audio-recorded, transcribed, translated, coded and analyzed...
March 18, 2017: AIDS
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28323642/a-bayesian-approach-for-three-dimensional-markerless-tumor-tracking-using-kv-imaging-during-lung-radiotherapy
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Chun-Chien Shieh, Vincent Caillet, Michelle Dunbar, Paul J Keall, Jeremy T Booth, Nicholas Hardcastle, Carol Haddad, Thomas Eade, Ilana Feain
The ability to monitor tumor motion without implanted markers can potentially enable broad access to more accurate and precise lung radiotherapy. A major challenge is that kilovoltage (kV) imaging based methods are rarely able to continuously track the tumor due to the inferior tumor visibility on 2D kV images. Another challenge is the estimation of 3D tumor position based on only 2D imaging information. The aim of this work is to address both challenges by proposing a Bayesian approach for markerless tumor tracking for the first time...
March 21, 2017: Physics in Medicine and Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28323546/understanding-the-relationships-between-mhealth-apps-characteristics-trialability-and-mhealth-literacy
#8
Trisha T C Lin, John Robert Bautista
The widespread adoption of mobile phones has increased the potential of mHealth to improve health communication and health outcomes because these devices could serve as a ubiquitous and affordable means to disseminate health information to large populations. Given that mHealth apps offer free or limited trials as part of promotional strategies, potential users' trialability is a critical step of the preadoption process. Drawing from Rogers' diffusion of innovation theory, this study examines the relationships of adopters' perceived characteristics of mHealth apps (i...
March 21, 2017: Journal of Health Communication
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28321811/interleukin-2-old-and-new-approaches-to-enhance-immune-therapeutic-efficacy
#9
Pooja Dhupkar, Nancy Gordon
Interleukin-2 (IL-2) is a very well-known cytokine that has been studied for the past 35 years. It plays a major role in the growth and proliferation of many immune cells such NK and T cells. It is an important immunotherapy cytokine for the treatment of various diseases including cancer. Systemic delivery of IL-2 has shown clinical benefit in renal cell carcinoma and melanoma patients. However, its use has been limited by the numerous toxicities encountered with the systemic delivery. Intravenous IL-2 causes the well-known "capillary leak syndrome," or the leakage of fluid from the circulatory system to the interstitial space resulting in hypotension (low blood pressure), edema, and dyspnea that can lead to circulatory shock and eventually cardiopulmonary collapse and multiple organ failure...
2017: Advances in Experimental Medicine and Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28321548/demethylating-agent-decitabine-disrupts-tumor-induced-immune-tolerance-by-depleting-myeloid-derived-suppressor-cells
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Jihao Zhou, Yushi Yao, Qi Shen, Guoqiang Li, Lina Hu, Xinyou Zhang
PURPOSE: The immunoregulatory effect of demethylating agent decitabine (DAC) has been recognized recently. However, little is known about its impact on immune tolerance. In this study, we aimed to determine the impact of DAC on the immune tolerance induced by tumor cells. METHODS: The effects of DAC on immune cells in vivo were measured by flow cytometry. Myeloid-derived suppressor cells (MDSCs) were sorted using magnetic beads and cultured in vitro. The mixed lymphocyte reaction was used to determine the immunoregulatory effect of DAC in vitro...
March 20, 2017: Journal of Cancer Research and Clinical Oncology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28321319/the-effectiveness-of-telemedicine-in-the-management-of-chronic-heart-disease-a-systematic-review
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Clemens S Kruse, Mounica Soma, Deepthi Pulluri, Naga T Nemali, Matthew Brooks
OBJECTIVE: The primary objective of this systematic review is to assess the effectiveness of telemedicine in managing chronic heart disease patients concerning improvement in varied health attributes. DESIGN: This review follows the Preferred Reporting Items for Systematic Reviews and Meta-Analyses (PRISMA) standard. SETTING: We adopted a logical search process used in two main research databases, the Cumulative Index to Nursing and Allied Health Literature and PubMed (MEDLINE)...
March 2017: JRSM Open
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28320933/activin-a-co-opts-irf4-and-ahr-signaling-to-induce-human-regulatory-t-cells-that-restrain-asthmatic-responses
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Sofia Tousa, Maria Semitekolou, Ioannis Morianos, Aggelos Banos, Aikaterini I Trochoutsou, Tess M Brodie, Nikolaos Poulos, Konstantinos Samitas, Maria Kapasa, Dimitris Konstantopoulos, Giannis Paraskevopoulos, Mina Gaga, Catherine M Hawrylowicz, Federica Sallusto, Georgina Xanthou
Type 1 regulatory T (Tr1) cells play a pivotal role in restraining human T-cell responses toward environmental allergens and protecting against allergic diseases. Still, the precise molecular cues that underlie their transcriptional and functional specification remain elusive. Here, we show that the cytokine activin-A instructs the generation of CD4(+) T cells that express the Tr1-cell-associated molecules IL-10, inducible T-Cell costimulator (ICOS), lymphocyte activation gene 3 protein (LAG-3), and CD49b, and exert strongly suppressive functions toward allergic responses induced by naive and in vivo-primed human T helper 2 cells...
March 20, 2017: Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences of the United States of America
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28320753/do-memory-b-cells-form-secondary-germinal-centers-impact-of-antibody-class-and-quality-of-memory-t-cell-help-at-recall
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Louise J McHeyzer-Williams, Chad Dufaud, Michael G McHeyzer-Williams
Antigen recall can clearly induce a germinal center (GC) reaction. What has become an issue for debate are the origins of the antigen-specific B cells that form memory-response GCs (mGCs). Using antigen labeling and adoptive transfer, memory B cells expressing different antibody class can give rise to mGCs with differing efficiency. Here, we will argue that the range of class-specific memory responses reported across multiple systems represents the spectrum of memory B-cell fate and function. While the formulation of recall immunogen and location of mGCs have an important role, we propose that effective cognate regulation is the key variable influencing recall outcome...
March 20, 2017: Cold Spring Harbor Perspectives in Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28320475/decreased-expression-of-semaphorin-3d-is-associated-with-genesis-and-development-in-colorectal-cancer
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Zhen Wang, Meiman Ding, Naiying Qian, Beifeng Song, Jiayin Yu, Jinlong Tang, Jingyu Wang
BACKGROUND: Semaphorin 3D (SEMA3D) plays important roles in the genesis and progress of many cancers. However, the relationship between SEMA3D and colorectal cancer (CRC) remains unknown. The aim of this study was to investigate whether SEMA3D can be used as a predictive marker for the diagnosis, metastasis, and prognosis of CRC by assessing the expression of SEMA3D in the tissues and serum of CRC patients. METHODS: Real-time quantitative polymerase chain reaction (qPCR) was used to measure the expression of SEMA3D mRNA in 100 CRC tissues and matched normal tissues...
March 20, 2017: World Journal of Surgical Oncology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28320444/ox40-signaling-is-involved-in-the-autoactivation-of-cd4-cd28-t-cells-and-contributes-to-the-pathogenesis-of-autoimmune-arthritis
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Juean Jiang, Cuiping Liu, Mi Liu, Yu Shen, Xiaohan Hu, Qin Wang, Jian Wu, Min Wu, Qi Fang, Xueguang Zhang
BACKGROUND: CD4(+)CD28(-) T cells exhibit autoreactive potential in autoimmune disorders, including rheumatoid arthritis (RA). It is not well known which costimulator functions as an alternative second signal in the activation of this subset after CD28 expression is downregulated. Tumor necrosis factor receptor superfamily member OX40 is a key costimulator in the activation of T cells. The aim of this study was to investigate the costimulatory effects of OX40 on CD4(+)CD28(-) T cells in autoimmune arthritis...
March 21, 2017: Arthritis Research & Therapy
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28318507/usefulness-of-diffusion-tensor-mri-in-the-diagnosis-of-parkinson-variant-of-multiple-system-atrophy-and-parkinson-s-disease-a-valuable-tool-to-differentiate-between-them
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B Chen, G Fan, W Sun, X Shang, S Shi, S Wang, G Lv, C Wu
AIM: To evaluate the differences between patients with Parkinson's disease (PD) and Parkinson variant of multiple system atrophy (MSAp) at fractional anisotropy (FA) in the white matter when using the tract-based spatial statistics (TBSS) algorithm to provide objective markers for a differential diagnosis. MATERIALS AND METHODS: Diffusion-tensor imaging (DTI) data were acquired from 18 PD patients, 20 MSAp patients, and 24 healthy controls using a GE 3 T Signa HDx magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) system...
March 16, 2017: Clinical Radiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28318492/-brain-tumor-immunotherapy-illusion-or-hope
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REVIEW
Denis Migliorini, Valérie Dutoit, Paul R Walker, Pierre-Yves Dietrich
Immunotherapy has proven efficient for many tumors and is now part of standard of care in many indications. What is the picture for brain tumors? The recent development of anti-CTLA-4 and PD1 immune checkpoint inhibitors, which have the ability to restore T lymphocytes activity, has gathered enthusiasm and is now paving the way towards more complex models of immune system manipulation. These models include, among others, vaccination and adoptive T cell transfer technologies. Complementary to those strategies, molecules capable of reshaping the immune tumor microenvironment are currently being investigated in early phase trials...
March 16, 2017: Bulletin du Cancer
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28317871/insights-into-molecular-therapy-of-glioma-current-challenges-and-next-generation-blueprint
#18
REVIEW
Y Rajesh, Ipsita Pal, Payel Banik, Sandipan Chakraborty, Sachin A Borkar, Goutam Dey, Ahona Mukherjee, Mahitosh Mandal
Glioma accounts for the majority of human brain tumors. With prevailing treatment regimens, the patients have poor survival rates. In spite of current development in mainstream glioma therapy, a cure for glioma appears to be out of reach. The infiltrative nature of glioma and acquired resistance substancially restrict the therapeutic options. Better elucidation of the complicated pathobiology of glioma and proteogenomic characterization might eventually open novel avenues for the design of more sophisticated and effective combination regimens...
March 20, 2017: Acta Pharmacologica Sinica
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28316970/dgk-%C3%AE-a-checkpoint-in-cancer-mediated-immuno-inhibition-and-target-for-immunotherapy
#19
Elfriede Noessner
Immunotherapy is moving to the forefront of cancer treatments owing to impressive durable responses achieved with checkpoint blockade antibodies and adoptive T-cell therapy. Still, improvements are necessary since, overall, only a small percentage of patients benefit from current therapies. Here, I summarize evidence that DGK-α may represent an immunological checkpoint suppressing the activity of cytotoxic immunocytes in the tumor microenvironment. DGK-inhibitors can restore the antitumor function of tumor-suppressed adaptive and innate cytotoxic immunocytes...
2017: Frontiers in Cell and Developmental Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28316947/analysis-of-the-mechanical-behavior-and-surface-rugosity-of-different-dental-die-materials
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Ciro T Niekawa, Simone Kreve, Gisseli Bertozzi A'vila, Gilmar Gil Godoy, J R Eduardo Vieira da Silva, Sergio Candido Dias
AIM: This work evaluated the mechanical and surface behavior of different die materials. The studied materials are polyurethane resin Exakto-Form (Bredent), Gypsum type IV, Fuji Rock EP (Gc), and Durone (Dentsply). MATERIALS AND METHODS: Two metallic matrices molded in polyvinyl siloxane provided 30 cylindrical test specimens for the diametral compression test and 30 hemispherical test specimens for the surface rugosity test. The cylindrical test specimens were submitted to tests of diametral compression strength using a DL2000 universal assay machine, with a load cell of 2000 Kgf and constant speed of 1 mm/min connected to the software...
January 2017: Journal of International Society of Preventive & Community Dentistry
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