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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28641721/effective-self-management-interventions-for-patients-with-lupus-potential-impact-of-peer-mentoring
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REVIEW
Edith M Williams, Leonard Egede, Trevor Faith, James Oates
Systemic lupus erythematosus (SLE) is associated with significant mortality, morbidity and cost for the individual patient and society. In the United States, African Americans (AAs) have 3-4 times greater prevalence of lupus, risk of developing lupus at an earlier age and lupus-related disease activity, organ damage and mortality compared with whites. Evidence-based self-management interventions that incorporate both social support and health education have reduced pain, improved function and delayed disability among patients with lupus...
June 2017: American Journal of the Medical Sciences
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28634111/levels-of-plasma-selenium-and-urinary-total-arsenic-interact-to-affect-the-risk-for-prostate-cancer
#2
Yu-Mei Hsueh, Chien-Tien Su, Horng-Sheng Shiue, Wei-Jen Chen, Yeong-Shiau Pu, Ying-Chin Lin, Cheng-Shiuan Tsai, Chao-Yuan Huang
This study investigated whether plasma selenium levels modified the risk for prostate cancer (PC) related to arsenic exposure. We conducted a case-control study that included 318 PC patients and 318 age-matched, healthy control subjects. Urinary arsenic profiles were examined using HPLC-HG-AAS and plasma selenium levels were measured by ICP-MS. We found that plasma selenium levels displayed a significant dose-dependent inverse association with PC. The odds ratio (OR) and 95% confidence interval (CI) for PC was 0...
June 17, 2017: Food and Chemical Toxicology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28633550/right-fronto-temporal-eeg-can-differentiate-the-affective-responses-to-award-winning-advertisements
#3
Regina W Y Wang, Shy-Peih Huarng, Shang-Wen Chuang
Affective engineering aims to improve service/product design by translating the customer's psychological feelings. Award-winning advertisements (AAs) were selected on the basis of the professional standards that consider creativity as a prerequisite. However, it is unknown if AA is related to satisfactory advertising performance among customers or only to the experts' viewpoints towards the advertisements. This issue in the field of affective engineering and design merits in-depth evaluation. We recruited 30 subjects and performed an electroencephalography (EEG) experiment while watching AAs and non-AAs (NAAs)...
April 28, 2017: International Journal of Neural Systems
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28633405/addressing-the-key-communication-barriers-between-microbiology-laboratories-and-clinical-units-a-qualitative-study
#4
Brita Skodvin, Karina Aase, Anita Løvås Brekken, Esmita Charani, Paul Christoffer Lindemann, Ingrid Smith
Background: Many countries are on the brink of establishing antibiotic stewardship programmes in hospitals nationwide. In a previous study we found that communication between microbiology laboratories and clinical units is a barrier to implementing efficient antibiotic stewardship programmes in Norway. We have now addressed the key communication barriers between microbiology laboratories and clinical units from a laboratory point of view. Methods: Qualitative semi-structured interviews were conducted with 18 employees (managers, doctors and technicians) from six diverse Norwegian microbiological laboratories, representing all four regional health authorities...
June 13, 2017: Journal of Antimicrobial Chemotherapy
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28630707/evidence-of-endometrial-amino-acid-metabolism-and-transport-modulation-by-peri-ovulatory-endocrine-profiles-driving-uterine-receptivity
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Moana Rodrigues França, Maressa Izabel Santos da Silva, Guilherme Pugliesi, Veerle Van Hoeck, Mario Binelli
BACKGROUND: In beef cattle, changes in the periovulatory endocrine milieu are associated with fertility and conceptus growth. A large preovulatory follicle (POF) and the resulting elevated concentrations of progesterone (P4) during diestrus positively affect pregnancy rates. Amino acids (AA) are important components of maternally derived secretions that are crucial for embryonic survival before implantation. The hypothesis is that the size of the POF and the concentration of P4 in early diestrus modulate the endometrial abundance of SLC transcripts related to AA transport and metabolism and subsequently impact luminal concentrations of AA...
2017: Journal of Animal Science and Biotechnology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28629099/instrumental-methods-and-techniques-for-structural-and-physicochemical-characterization-of-biomaterials-and-bone-tissue-a-review
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REVIEW
Žarko Mitić, Aleksandra Stolić, Sanja Stojanović, Stevo Najman, Nenad Ignjatović, Goran Nikolić, Miroslav Trajanović
A review of recent advances in instrumental methods and techniques for structural and physicochemical characterization of biomaterials and bone tissue is presented in this paper. In recent years, biomaterials attracted great attention primarily because of the wide range of biomedical applications. This paper focuses on the practical aspects of instrumental methods and techniques that were most often applied (X-ray methods, vibrational spectroscopy (IR and Raman), magnetic-resonance spectroscopy (NMR and ESR), mass spectrometry (MS), atomic absorption spectrometry (AAS) and inductively coupled plasma-atomic emission spectrometry (ICP-AES), thermogravimetry (TG), differential thermal analysis (DTA) and differential scanning calorimetry (DSC), scanning electron microscopy (SEM), transmission electron microscopy (TEM)) in the structural investigation and physicochemical characterization of biomaterials and bone tissue...
October 1, 2017: Materials Science & Engineering. C, Materials for Biological Applications
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28628796/evaluation-of-cd-cr-cu-ni-and-pb-in-selected-cosmetic-products-from-jordanian-sudanese-and-syrian-markets
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A M Massadeh, M Y El-Khateeb, S M Ibrahim
OBJECTIVES: There is no sufficient data that evaluate heavy metal content in cosmetic products in Jordan as well as Sudan and Syria. This study aims to assess metal levels which include Cadmium (Cd), Chromium (Cr), Copper (Cu), Nickel (Ni), and Lead (Pb) in cosmetic products. These elements have draft limits because they are identified as potential impurities and are known to be toxic. This study aims to provide information to the population that may be beneficial to public health. STUDY DESIGN: Samples were collected from different brands obtained from markets in Jordan, Sudan, and Syria...
June 16, 2017: Public Health
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28627541/amino-acid-functionalisation-using-the-2-phosphaethynolate-anion-a-facile-route-to-phosphanyl-carbonyl-amino-acids
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E N Faria, A R Jupp, J M Goicoechea
We describe the reactivity of the 2-phosphaethynolate anion (PCO(-)) towards enantiomerically pure α-amino acids (AAs) resulting in the formation of novel salts of phosphinecarboxamides bearing chiral functionalities. These transformations occurred quantitatively with all but one of the amino acids trialled (the basic amino acid arginine was found to be unreactive). The resulting ionic species can be readily protonated to afford N-(phosphanyl)carbonyl-amino acids, a novel group of amino acids bearing primary phosphine functionalities...
June 19, 2017: Chemical Communications: Chem Comm
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28623466/increases-in-circulating-amino-acids-with-in-feed-antibiotics-correlated-with-gene-expression-of-intestinal-amino-acid-transporters-in-piglets
#9
Miao Yu, Chunlong Mu, Yuxiang Yang, Chuanjian Zhang, Yong Su, Zan Huang, Kaifan Yu, Weiyun Zhu
In-feed antibiotics have been commonly used to promote the growth performance of piglets. The antibiotics can increase protein utilization, but the underlying mechanism is largely unknown. The present study investigated the effects of in-feed antibiotics on intestinal AA transporters and receptors to test the hypothesis that the alteration of circulating AA profiles may be concomitant with the change of intestinal AA transporters and receptors. Sixteen litters of piglets at day 7 started to receive creep feed with (Antibiotic) or without (Control) antibiotic...
June 16, 2017: Amino Acids
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28620726/determination-of-the-cadmium-chromium-nickel-and-lead-ions-relays-in-selected-polish-medicinal-plants-and-their-infusion
#10
Janusz Mirosławski, Andrzej Paukszto
Concentration of Cd, Cr, Ni, and Pb were determined in peppermint leaves (Folium Menthae piperitae), chamomile blossom (Anthodium Chamomillae), and their infusions by atomic absorption spectrometry (AAS) after microwave digestion of plants samples. Peppermint and chamomile preparations by five different producers were purchased at various pharmacies in Poland. Infusions were made from herbs according to prescription for patients, provided by the producer of medicine on the package. Results show that in exam of medicinal plants the content of cadmium exceeds World Health Organization (WHO) standards...
June 15, 2017: Biological Trace Element Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28619829/germline-genetic-variants-and-lung-cancer-survival-in-african-americans
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Carissa C Jones, William S Bush, Dana C Crawford, Angela S Wenzlaff, Ann G Schwartz, John K Wiencke, Margaret R Wrensch, William J Blot, Stephen J Chanock, Eric L Grogan, Melinda C Aldrich
BACKGROUND: African Americans (AAs) have the highest lung cancer mortality in the U.S. Genome-wide association studies of germline variants influencing lung cancer survival have not yet been conducted in AAs. We examined five previously reported GWAS catalog variants and explored additional genome-wide associations among AA lung cancer cases. METHODS: Incident non-small cell lung cancer cases (N=286) in the Southern Community Cohort Study were genotyped on the Illumina HumanExome BeadChip...
June 15, 2017: Cancer Epidemiology, Biomarkers & Prevention
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28619247/childhood-maltreatment-severity-is-associated-with-elevated-c-reactive-protein-and-body-mass-index-in-adult-with-schizophrenia-and-bipolar-diagnoses
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Monica Aas, Ingrid Dieset, Sigrun Hope, Eva Hoseth, Ragni Mørch, Elina Reponen, Nils Eiel Steen, Jannicke F Anderssen, Thor Ueland, Pål Aukrust, Ingrid Agartz, Ole A Andreassen, Ingrid Melle
BACKGROUND: Several studies have described an association between childhood maltreatment and inflammatory markers in the psychotic disorders (schizophrenia [SZ] and bipolar disorder [BD]). Previous studies have been relatively small (<50 participants), and the severity of abuse and the putative influence of body mass index (BMI) have not been properly investigated. METHODS: The combined effects of childhood abuse severity and clinical diagnosis on inflammatory markers were investigated in a large sample (n=483) of patients with a disorder on the psychosis spectrum and in healthy controls (HCs)...
June 12, 2017: Brain, Behavior, and Immunity
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28617095/association-of-ankle-arthritis-score-with-need-for-revision-surgery
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Stephen Croft, Kevin J Wing, Timothy R Daniels, Mark Glazebrook, Peter Dryden, Alastair Younger, Murray J Penner, Jason M Sutherland
BACKGROUND: The Ankle Arthritis Score (AAS) is a new patient-reported outcome derived from the Ankle Osteoarthritis Scale (AOS). This study analyzed longitudinally collected data from a cohort of patients in the Canadian Orthopaedic Foot and Ankle Society (COFAS) Ankle Arthritis Study in order to evaluate whether the postoperative AAS is associated with need for revision surgery. METHODS: A multicenter, prospective, ankle-reconstruction study enrolled 653 ankles undergoing total ankle replacement (TAR) or ankle arthrodesis (AA)...
June 1, 2017: Foot & Ankle International
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28616354/comparing-american-european-and-asian-practice-guidelines-for-aortic-diseases
#14
Jose Rozado, Maria Martin, Isaac Pascual, Daniel Hernandez-Vaquero, Cesar Moris
The aortic disease comprises a group of different pathologies of high prevalence, seriousness and ever changing by the medical and surgical investigations. Therefore cardiovascular scientific societies in USA, Europe and Asia have created Task Force on practice guidelines (PG) to develop, update and revise PG for aortic diseases. These documents issue recommendations on the diagnosis and management of different aortic diseases. The three societies agree on the recommendations about diagnostic tests and on the value of computed tomography and magnetic resonance as the main tools for the diagnosis and follow-up of aortic disease...
May 2017: Journal of Thoracic Disease
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28615378/amino-acid-absorption-in-the-large-intestine-of-humans-and-porcine-models
#15
REVIEW
Nikkie van der Wielen, Paul J Moughan, Marco Mensink
Dietary protein quality has been recognized as a critical issue by international authorities because it can affect important functions of the body. To predict protein quality, the FAO introduced the Digestible Indispensable Amino Acid Score. This score depends on ileal amino acid (AA) digestibility; therefore, the assumption is made that AAs are not absorbed in nutritionally relevant amounts from the large intestine. This article reviews the evidence for this assumption by considering the role of the mammalian large intestine in dietary protein and AA digestion and absorption, with particular reference to adult humans...
June 14, 2017: Journal of Nutrition
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28614742/transformation-of-halobenzoquinones-with-the-presence-of-amino-acids-in-water-products-pathways-and-toxicity
#16
Penghui Du, He Zhao, Hongbin Cao, Ching-Hua Huang, Wen Liu, Yao Li
The transformation and detoxification of halobenzoquinones (HBQs), a class of emerging disinfection byproducts (DBPs), was studied in the presence of amino acids (AAs). The reaction activity of three HBQs with AAs generally ranked as 2-chlorobenzoquinone (CBQ) < 2,6-dichlorobezoquinone (DCBQ) < tetrachloroquinone (TCBQ), consistent with their halogenation degree and the calculated electron affinity (EA) results. According to mass spectrometry and density functional theory (DFT) calculations, AAs can easily covalently incorporate into HBQs via nucleophilic addition (CBQ and DCBQ) or substitution (TCBQ) through CNC or CSC linkages...
June 5, 2017: Water Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28613840/rapid-analysis-of-anabolic-steroid-metabolites-in-urine-by-combining-field-asymmetric-waveform-ion-mobility-spectrometry-with-liquid-chromatography-and-mass-spectrometry
#17
Kayleigh L Arthur, Matthew A Turner, Alan David Brailsford, Andrew Kicman, David A Cowan, James C Reynolds, Colin S Creaser
The combination of field asymmetric waveform ion mobility spectrometry with liquid chromatography-mass spectrometry (LC-FAIMS-MS) has been developed for the analysis of glucuronide and sulfate metabolites of seven anabolic-androgenic steroids AAS in urine. Separation by FAIMS-MS was investigated in positive ion mode for selected cationic adducts (H+, NH4+, Na+, K+, Cs+). LC-FAIMS-MS analysis of the doubly sodiated adducts ([M+2Na-H]+) of isobaric and co-eluting steroid metabolites allowed their rapid (8 min) qualitative and quantitative determination in spiked urine using hydrophilic interaction liquid chromatography prior to FAIMS-MS separation, with discrimination >95% achieved between the steroids investigated...
June 14, 2017: Analytical Chemistry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28606866/adverse-health-effects-of-androgen-use
#18
REVIEW
Anna Goldman, Shehzad Basaria
Anabolic androgenic steroids (AAS) are performance enhancing drugs commonly used by athletes and bodybuilders to improve appearance and athletic capability. Unfortunately, these testosterone derivatives can be associated with serious and potentially irreversible side effects, and can impact multiple organ systems. It is important that physicians be familiar with these adverse consequences so that they can appropriately counsel patients whom they suspect of AAS-abuse. In this chapter, we will review the negative effects of these compounds on various organ systems in men using AAS...
June 9, 2017: Molecular and Cellular Endocrinology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28606473/cardiorespiratory-fitness-and-exercise-training-in-african-americans
#19
REVIEW
Damon L Swift, Neil M Johannsen, Conrad P Earnest, Robert L Newton, Joshua E McGee, Timothy S Church
African Americans (AAs) have a higher risk for cardiovascular disease (CVD) compared to their Caucasian American ( CA) counterparts, which represents a major health disparity. Low cardiorespiratory fitness (CRF) is a well-established independent risk factor for all-cause and CVD mortality, which has been shown across many epidemiological and clinical trials to be lower in AAs compared to CAs. While much attention has been given to traditional health disparity risk factors (e.g. blood pressure, obesity, insulin resistance), the impact of racial differences in CRF on CVD mortality has not been widely considered...
June 10, 2017: Progress in Cardiovascular Diseases
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28605409/hair-product-use-and-breast-cancer-risk-among-african-american-and-white-women
#20
Adana A M Llanos, Anna Rabkin, Elisa V Bandera, Gary Zirpoli, Brian D Gonzalez, Cathleen Y Xing, Bo Qin, Yong Lin, Chi-Chen Hong, Kitaw Demissie, Christine B Ambrosone
Exposures to carcinogens in hair products have been explored as breast cancer risk factors, yielding equivocal findings. We examined hair product use (hair dyes, chemical relaxers and cholesterol or placenta-containing conditioners) among African American (AA) and White women, and explored associations with breast cancer. Multivariable-adjusted models were used to estimate odds ratios (ORs) and 95% confidence intervals (CIs) to describe the associations of interest among 2,280 cases (1,508 AA and 772 White) and 2,005 controls (1,290 AA and 715 White)...
June 9, 2017: Carcinogenesis
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