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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28647689/associations-of-cigarette-smoking-with-subclinical-inflammation-and-atherosclerosis-elsa-brasil-the-brazilian-longitudinal-study-of-adult-health
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Sina Kianoush, Mohammad Yawar Yakoob, Mahmoud Al-Rifai, Andrew P DeFilippis, Marcio S Bittencourt, Bruce B Duncan, Isabela M Bensenor, Aruni Bhatnagar, Paulo A Lotufo, Michael J Blaha
BACKGROUND: There is a need to identify sensitive biomarkers of early tobacco-related cardiovascular disease. We examined the association of smoking status, burden, time since quitting, and intensity, with markers of inflammation and subclinical atherosclerosis. METHODS AND RESULTS: We studied 14 103 participants without clinical cardiovascular disease in ELSA-Brasil (Brazilian Longitudinal Study of Adult Health). We evaluated baseline cross-sectional associations between smoking parameters and inflammation (high-sensitivity C-reactive protein [hsCRP]) and measures of subclinical atherosclerosis (carotid intima-media thickness, ankle-brachial index, and coronary artery calcium [CAC])...
June 24, 2017: Journal of the American Heart Association
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28647218/the-environmental-performance-of-smes-in-the-brazilian-textile-industry-and-the-relationship-with-their-financial-performance
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Wagner Cezar Lucato, Elpidio Moreira Costa, Geraldo Cardoso de Oliveira Neto
Currently, the concern with the environment is increasing and organizations seek solutions to preserve nature and at the same time earn higher profits or competitiveness. For this, they make frequent use of structured procedures in order to reduce their costs and expenses. However, it has not been always considered the environmental performance related to the financial performance of these processes. Therefore, this study aimed to investigate the relationship between environmental performance measured by eco-efficiency level with the financial performance of small and medium textile manufacturing companies...
June 21, 2017: Journal of Environmental Management
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28647172/infection-related-microcephaly-after-the-2015-and-2016-zika-virus-outbreaks-in-brazil-a-surveillance-based-analysis
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Wanderson Kleber de Oliveira, Giovanny Vinícius Araújo de França, Eduardo Hage Carmo, Bruce Bartholow Duncan, Ricardo de Souza Kuchenbecker, Maria Inês Schmidt
BACKGROUND: On Nov 11, 2015, the Brazilian Ministry of Health declared a Public Health Emergency of National Concern in response to an increased number of microcephaly cases, possibly related to previous Zika virus outbreaks. We describe the course of the dual epidemics of the Zika virus infection during pregnancy and microcephaly in Brazil up to Nov 12, 2016, the first anniversary of this declaration. METHODS: We used secondary data for Zika virus and microcephaly cases obtained through the Brazilian Ministry of Health's surveillance systems from Jan 1, 2015, to Nov 12, 2016...
June 21, 2017: Lancet
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28646622/dormancy-cycles-in-buried-seeds-of-three-perennial-xyris-xyridaceae-species-from-the-brazilian-campo-rupestre
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T G S Oliveira, I P Diamantino, Q S Garcia
Seed dormancy cycles are an important mechanism for avoiding germination under unfavorable periods for seedling establishment. This mechanism has been scarcely studied in tropical species. Here, we studied three tropical and perennial species of Xyris, X. asperula, X. subsetigera and X. trachyphylla, to investigate in situ longevity and the existence of seasonal seed dormancy cycles. Seeds of three species of Xyris were buried in their natural habitat with samples exhumed bimonthly for 18 months. Germination of exhumed seeds was assessed under a 12h-photoperiod over a broad range of temperatures...
June 24, 2017: Plant Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28646619/early-insights-into-zika-s-microcephaly-physiopathology-from-the-epicentre-of-the-outbreak-teratogenic-apoptosis-on-the-central-nervous-system
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Patricia Jungmann, Pedro Pires, Edward Araujo
Foetal infection by the Zika virus has been implicated in the exceptional rise in the number of mycrocephalic newborns recorded by the end of 2015 in Brazil. The mechanism by which this teratogenic effect is produced in the developing brain has not been entirely established. Very early in the outbreak, we addressed this question by evaluating available initial data from a gestational and post-natal clinical investigation in the Brazilian state of Pernambuco. The present study was undertaken to test the hypothesis that the subtractive dysmorphic brain malformations observed in Zika's microcephaly are primarily due to the massive induction of apoptosis of neuroprogenitor cells...
June 24, 2017: Acta Obstetricia et Gynecologica Scandinavica
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28645330/screen-based-sedentary-behavior-during-adolescence-and-pulmonary-function-in-a-birth-cohort
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Bruna Gonçalves C da Silva, Ana M B Menezes, Fernando C Wehrmeister, Fernando C Barros, Michael Pratt
BACKGROUND: Adolescents spend many hours in sitting activities as television viewing, video game playing and computer use. The relationship between sedentary behavior and respiratory health remains poorly elucidated. To date there have been no studies evaluating the relationship between sedentary behavior and pulmonary function in young populations. The purpose of this study is to examine the association between the trajectory of screen-based sedentary behavior from 11 to 18 years and pulmonary function at 18 years in a Brazilian birth cohort...
June 23, 2017: International Journal of Behavioral Nutrition and Physical Activity
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28645311/zika-virus-tropism-and-interactions-in-myelinating-neural-cell-cultures-cns-cells-and-myelin-are-preferentially-affected
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Stephanie L Cumberworth, Jennifer A Barrie, Madeleine E Cunningham, Daniely Paulino Gomes de Figueiredo, Verena Schultz, Adrian J Wilder-Smith, Benjamin Brennan, Lindomar J Pena, Rafael Freitas de Oliveira França, Christopher Linington, Susan C Barnett, Hugh J Willison, Alain Kohl, Julia M Edgar
The recent global outbreak of Zika virus (ZIKV) infection has been linked to severe neurological disorders affecting the peripheral and central nervous systems (PNS and CNS, respectively). The pathobiology underlying these diverse clinical phenotypes are the subject of intense research; however, even the principal neural cell types vulnerable to productive Zika infection remain poorly characterised. Here we used CNS and PNS myelinating cultures from wild type and Ifnar1 knockout mice to examine neuronal and glial tropism and short-term consequences of direct infection with a Brazilian variant of ZIKV...
June 23, 2017: Acta Neuropathologica Communications
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28645157/secretory-iga-response-against-pseudomonas-aeruginosa-in-the-upper-airways-and-the-link-with-chronic-lung-infection-in-cystic-fibrosis
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Renan Mauch, Claudio Rossi, Talita Aiello, José Ribeiro, Antonio Ribeiro, Niels Høiby, Carlos Levy
We assessed the diagnostic ability of an ELISA test for measurement of specific secretory IgA (sIgA) in saliva to identify Cystic Fibrosis (CF) patients with P. aeruginosa chronic lung infection and intermittent lung colonization. A total of 102 Brazilian CF patients and 53 healthy controls were included. Specific serum IgG response was used as a surrogate to distinguish CF patients according to their P. aeruginosa colonization/infection status. The rate of sIgA positivity was 87.1% in CF chronically infected patients (Median value = 181...
June 22, 2017: Pathogens and Disease
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28644997/first-episode-psychosis-moderates-the-effect-of-gray-matter-volume-on-cognition
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Luis F S Castro-de-Araujo, Richard A A Kanaan
Patients with first episode psychosis (FEP) present with cognitive deficits and volume differences in certain brain areas. Brain volumetric information further correlates with cognitive testing, and multiple brain areas shows different strengths of correlation with the cognitive functions being tested. Traditionally, these cognitive functions are independently related to volumetric differences, but these functions share variance. Failing to account for this aspect of cognition hinders the proper representation of cognition in neuroimaging studies...
June 15, 2017: Psychiatry Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28644857/beneficial-effects-of-hibiscus-rosa-sinensis-l-flower-aqueous-extract-in-pregnant-rats-with-diabetes
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Luana Alves Freitas Afiune, Thaís Leal-Silva, Yuri Karen Sinzato, Rafaianne Queiroz Moraes-Souza, Thaigra Sousa Soares, Kleber Eduardo Campos, Ricardo Toshio Fujiwara, Emilio Herrera, Débora Cristina Damasceno, Gustavo Tadeu Volpato
PURPOSE: The Hibiscus rosa-sinensis flower is widely used in Brazilian traditional medicine for the treatment of diabetes and has shown antifertility activity in female Wistar rats. However, there is no scientific confirmation of its effect on diabetes and pregnancy. The aim of this study was evaluate the effect of aqueous extract of H. rosa-sinensis flowers on maternal-fetal outcome in pregnant rats with diabetes. METHODS: Diabetes was induced by streptozotocin (STZ, 40 mg/kg) in virgin, adult, female Wistar rats...
2017: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28644376/monitoring-effect-of-fire-on-ant-assemblages-in-brazilian-rupestrian-grasslands-contrasting-effects-on-ground-and-arboreal-fauna
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Diego Anjos, Ricardo Campos, Renata Campos, Sérvio Ribeiro
Fire is one of the most relevant ecological disturbances in nature. Little is known about the effects of fire on biodiversity in ecosystems like rupestrian grasslands, which share characteristics with savanna and forest biomes. Brazilian rupestrian grasslands are part of an endangered ecosystem that has been modified by anthropogenic fire events that have become more intense in recent decades. In this study, we evaluated the effects of fire on ground and arboreal ant assemblages through a two-year monitoring program (24 monthly samplings)...
June 23, 2017: Insects
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28644358/early-empiric-antibiotic-use-is-associated-with-delayed-feeding-tolerance-in-preterm-infants-a-retrospective-analysis
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Francisco E Martinez, Walusa A G Ferri, Clea R Leone, Maria Fernanda Branco de Almeida, Ruth Guinsburg, Jucille do Amaral Meneses, Marynéa Silva do Vale, Sergio Tadeu Martins Marba, Werther Brunow de Carvalho, Ligia Maria Suppo de Souza Rugolo, José Maria de Andrade Lopes, Manoel A Ribeiro, Renato S Procianoy, José Luiz Muniz Bandeira Duarte, Maria Cândida Ferrarez Bouzada, Daniela Marques de Lima Mota Ferreira, Navantino Alves Filho, Edna Maria de Albuquerque Diniz, Dulce Maria Toledo Zanardi, Daniela Testoni, Cristina Nunes Dos Santos, Maria Rafaela Conde Gomzález, Paulyne Stadler Venzon, Jaques Belik
The causative factors of neonatal feeding intolerance are poorly understood, but potentially related to clinical practices such as empiric antibiotic usage. The objective of this study was to evaluate whether early empiric antibiotic exposure negatively affects preterm infants' enteral feeding tolerance. Data from infants without risk factors for sepsis, 500 to 1499 g birth weight and 24 to 34 weeks gestational age were analyzed. The primary outcomes were the empiric antibiotic exposure effects on the infants' total parenteral nutrition usage duration and prevalence of necrotizing enterocolitis (NEC)...
July 2017: Journal of Pediatric Gastroenterology and Nutrition
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28643458/treatment-outcomes-for-hodgkin-lymphoma-first-report-from-the-brazilian-prospective-registry
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Irene Biasoli, Nelson Castro, Marcia Delamain, Talita Silveira, James Farley, Belinda Pinto Simões, Cristiana Solza, Monica Praxedes, Otávio Baiocchi, Rafael Gaiolla, Fernanda Franceschi, Caroline Bonamin Sola, Carla Boquimpani, Nelma Clementino, Guilherme Perini, Kátia Pagnano, Giovanna Steffenello, Jacques Tabacof, Gilberto de Freitas Colli, Andrea Soares, Carmino de Souza, Carlos Sérgio Chiattone, Cristiane Milito, José Carlos Morais, Nelson Spector
Data about Hodgkin lymphoma (HL) in developing countries are scarce and suggest the existence of substantial disparities in healthcare and outcomes in large areas of the world. In 2009, a prospective registry of HL was implemented in Brazil. Web-based data were contributed by 20 institutions across the country participating in the Brazilian Prospective Hodgkin's Lymphoma Registry. The aim of this study was to present the clinical features and outcomes of newly diagnosed patients with HL aged 13 to 90 years...
June 23, 2017: Hematological Oncology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28643278/health-risks-of-environmental-exposure-to-metals-and-herbicides-in-the-pardo-river-brazil
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Carolina S Machado, Brisa M Fregonesi, Renato I S Alves, Karina A A Tonani, Jordi Sierra, Bruno S Martinis, Beatriz S Celere, Montse Mari, Marta Schuhmacher, Martí Nadal, Jose L Domingo, Susana Segura-Muñoz
Mixture of metals and herbicides in rivers may pose relevant risks for the health of surrounding communities. Humans may be exposed to river pollution through intake of contaminated water and fish, as well as irrigated agricultural products. The aim of this study was to assess the human health risks of environmental exposure to metals and herbicides through water and fish intake in the Pardo River. Metals (Al, As, Be, Cd, Cr, Cu, Pb, Mn, Hg, Ni, Tl, Sn, V, and Zn) were analyzed in river water and in edible fish...
June 22, 2017: Environmental Science and Pollution Research International
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28642668/adolescent-idiopathic-scoliosis-surgical-treatment-and-quality-of-life
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Luciano Miller Reis Rodrigues, Alberto Ofenhejm Gotfryd, André Nunes Machado, Matheus Defino, Leonardo Yukio Jorge Asano
OBJECTIVES: The purpose of this study was to determine the influence of perioperative factors and their impact on clinical and functional outcomes in Brazilian patients with adolescent idiopathic scoliosis (AIS). METHODS: We performed a prospective study with 49 consecutive AIS patients who underwent spine fusion and had a minimum 2 year follow-up. Clinical and radiographic data were correlated to SRS-30 scores in order to predict postoperative results. RESULTS: There was a negative association between patient age at the time of surgery and back pain...
May 2017: Acta Ortopedica Brasileira
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28642665/osteoporosis-in-brazilian-patients-awaiting-knee-arthroplasty
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David Sadigursky, Luiz Alberto Barretto, Diogo Maciel Vieira Lobão, Rogério Jamil Fernandes Carneiro, Paulo Oliveira Colavolpe
OBJECTIVE: The primary objective of this study was to determine the prevalence of osteoporosis and osteopenia prior to total knee arthroplasty (TKA) in female patients. As a secondary objective, we evaluated the incidence of hip fractures, types of drugs to treat osteoporosis and serum vitamin D levels. METHOD: This is a transversal, descriptive and observational study which evaluated 60 women above age 55 prior to total knee replacement. RESULTS: Mean patient age was 71...
May 2017: Acta Ortopedica Brasileira
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28642659/sports-injuries-among-amateur-athletes-at-a-brazilian-university
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André Marangoni Asperti, Tiago Lazzaretti Fernandes, André Pedrinelli, Arnaldo José Hernandez
OBJECTIVE: To obtain information on the incidence and nature of sports injuries at a Brazilian university. METHOD: Data from 396 student amateur athletes (61% male) playing 15 different sports during the 2013 season were retrospectively evaluated. Subjects completed the National Collegiate Athletic Association Injury Surveillance System questionnaire at the conclusion of the 2013 sports season. Injuries that resulted in at least one day of time lost were included...
March 2017: Acta Ortopedica Brasileira
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28642558/no-differences-in-longevity-of-direct-and-indirect-composite-restorations
#18
Marie A Congiusta
Data sourcesMedline, Cochrane Library, Web of Science, Scopus, Latin American and Caribbean Health Sciences (LILACS), Brazilian Library of Dentistry (BBO), clinicaltrials.gov and SIGLE databases.Study selectionOnly randomised clinical trials were considered that compared direct vs indirect composite restorations, with or without cusp involvement, having a follow-up period of two years or greater.Data extraction and synthesisTwo reviewers selected studies for inclusion, abstracted data and assessed risk of bias...
June 23, 2017: Evidence-based Dentistry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28642017/patterns-of-care-and-temporal-trends-in-ischemic-stroke-management-a-brazilian-perspective
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Monique Bueno Alves, Gisele Sampaio Silva, Renata Carolina Acri Miranda, Rodrigo Meireles Massaud, Andreia Maria Heins Vaccari, Miguel Cendoroglo-Neto, Solange Diccini
BACKGROUND AND PURPOSE: Demonstration of an improvement process of quality indicators in stroke care is essential to obtain certification as a primary stroke center (PSC). Our aim was to evaluate factors that influence temporal trends in quality indicators of ischemic stroke (IS) in a Brazilian hospital. METHODS: We evaluated patients discharged with IS from a tertiary hospital from January 2009 to December 2013. Ten predefined performance measures selected by the Get With the Guidelines-Stroke program were assessed...
June 20, 2017: Journal of Stroke and Cerebrovascular Diseases: the Official Journal of National Stroke Association
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28641954/interventional-rheumatology-the-competence-of-brazilian-rheumatologists
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Aline Teixeira de Landa, Jamil Natour, Rita Nely Vilar Furtado
OBJECTIVES: Describe Brazilian rheumatologists's competence in interventional rheumatology; assess the association between this ability and demographic and training variables. METHODS: A cross-sectional study with 500 Brazilian rheumatologists. Participants were assessed by self-administered questionnaire consisting of demographics, training, practice in office and knowledge in interventional rheumatology data. RESULTS: 463 participants had their data analyzed...
June 19, 2017: Revista Brasileira de Reumatologia
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