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Anomitra Dey, Aditya Kamat, Sonal Nayak, Dganit Danino, Ellina Kesselman, Prajakta Dandekar, Ratnesh Jain
Researchers have explored the ability of chitosan to form nanoparticles, to suit varying applications, ranging from wound-healing to gene delivery. Ionic gelation is a widely used method for formulating chitosan nanoparticles, where self-assembly plays a crucial role. This self-assembly is initially promoted by hydrophilic-hydrophobic parity amongst individual chitosan residues, along with electrostatic and Van der Waals interactions with the cross-linker. However, until now the intrinsic ability of chitosan to self-assemble is not widely studied; hence, we investigate the self-assembly of chitosan, based on proton balance between its protonated and deprotonated residues, to promote facile nanoparticle synthesis...
March 14, 2018: Colloids and Surfaces. B, Biointerfaces
Woo-Kyoung Shin, Zisun Kim, Hyun Jo Youn, Jihyoung Cho, Jung Eun Lee
We identified demographic, lifestyle, and clinical factors associated with vitamin D status among breast cancer survivors. The vitamin D prediction model may be a useful surrogate of circulating 25-hydroxvitamin D (25(OH)D) concentrations when this measure was not available. We included a total of 216 Korean breast cancer survivors aged 21-79 years who had been diagnosed with stage I to III primary breast cancer and had breast cancer surgery at least 6 months before enrolment. We used linear and logistic regressions to identify determinants for the plasma 25(OH)D concentrations and vitamin D insufficiency (plasma 25(OH)D concentration < 50 nmol/L)...
March 20, 2018: Nutrients
K Sarmiento, S Valencia, G Gracia, P Hurtado-Villa, I Zarante
OBJECTIVES: Among congenital craniofacial anomalies, orofacial clefts (OFCs) are the most common. Global prevalence is 2 in 1000 and in Colombia, 1 in 700. Our goal was to describe cleft palate (CP) prevalence and cleft lip with or without cleft palate (CL±P) from 2001 to 2015 in Bogota and Cali, Colombia. METHOD: Using the ECLAMC case-control design method, information was obtained from the Congenital Anomalies Monitoring and Surveillance Programs in Bogota and Cali...
April 2018: Cleft Palate-craniofacial Journal
Carina Götestam Skorpen, Stian Lydersen, Inge-Margrethe Gilboe, Johan Fredrik Skomsvoll, Kjell Å Salvesen, Øyvind Palm, Hege Suorza Svean Koksvik, Bente Jakobsen, Marianne Wallenius
Objectives: To examine possible differences in the ability to get pregnant and time to pregnancy (TTP) in women with SLE and RA, and to study possible influencing factors. Methods: Data from RevNatus, a Norwegian nationwide prospective observational register including women with inflammatory rheumatic diseases when planning pregnancy or after conception, was used. We compared rate of achieved pregnancy, the pregnancy outcomes live birth or pregnancy loss, and TTP between women with SLE (n = 53) and women with RA (n = 180)...
March 14, 2018: Rheumatology
Ai Kubo, Julianna Deardorff, Cecile A Laurent, Assiamira Ferrara, Louise C Greenspan, Charles P Quesenberry, Lawrence H Kushi
Early puberty is associated with adverse health outcomes. We investigated whether in utero exposure to maternal obesity is associated with daughters' pubertal timing using 15,267 racially/ethnically diverse Kaiser Permanente Northern California members age 6-11 years with pediatrician-assessed Tanner staging (2003-2017). We extracted maternal body mass index (BMI) during pregnancy from the electronic health record. Using a proportional hazards model with interval censoring we examined the associations between maternal obesity and girl's pubertal timing, and effect modification by race/ethnicity and mediation by pre-pubertal BMI...
March 15, 2018: American Journal of Epidemiology
Melanie Dawn Channon
CONTEXT: Son preference exerts a strong influence over contraceptive and fertility decisions in many South Asian countries. In Pakistan, where fertility remains high and contraceptive use low, research on son preference has been limited. METHODS: Data from Pakistan Demographic and Health Surveys conducted in 1990-1991, 2006-2007 and 2012-2013 were used to examine potential indicators and outcomes of son preference. Descriptive analyses looked at sex composition preferences of men and women, as well as the sex ratio at last birth...
September 1, 2017: International Perspectives on Sexual and Reproductive Health
Majed Hababeh, Wafaa Zeidan, Mariam Abdel El-Kader, Anwar Al Thaher, Nimer Kassim, Elias Habash, Hasan Arab, Ali Khader, Akihiro Seita
BACKGROUND: UNRWA introduced family planning services in 1994 as an integral part of its expanded maternal and child health-care programme. The main objective of UNRWA's family planning programme is to promote the health of mothers, children, and their families. The aim of this follow-up study was to assess contraceptive practices in the target population 5 years after the 2010 follow-up study and to identify future programme needs. METHODS: This cross-sectional survey was a done by trained nurses from June 1 to Dec 31, 2015...
February 21, 2018: Lancet
Jonathan D Tyzack, Laurent Fernando, Antonio J M Ribeiro, Neera Borkakoti, Janet M Thornton
There are numerous applications that use the structures of protein-ligand complexes from the PDB, such as 3D pharmacophore identification, virtual screening, and fragment-based drug design. The structures underlying these applications are potentially much more informative if they contain biologically relevant bound ligands, with high similarity to the cognate ligands. We present a study of ligand-enzyme complexes that compares the similarity of bound and cognate ligands, enabling the best matches to be identified...
February 27, 2018: Structure
H David McIntyre, Kristen S Gibbons, Julia Lowe, Jeremy Jn Oats
AIMS: To develop a risk "engine" or calculator, integrating the risks of hyperglycemia, maternal BMI and other basic demographic data commonly available at the time of the pregnancy oral glucose tolerance test (OGTT), to predict an individual's absolute risk of specific adverse pregnancy outcomes. METHODS: Data from the Brisbane HAPO cohort was analysed using logistic regression to determine the relationship between four clinical outcomes (primary CS, birth injury, large-for-gestational age, excess neonatal adiposity) with different combinations of OGTT results and maternal demographics (age, height, BMI, parity)...
March 14, 2018: Diabetes Research and Clinical Practice
Cynthia L Miltenburg, Todd F Duffield, Dorothee Bienzle, Elizabeth L Scholtz, Stephen J LeBlanc
The determinants of metabolic and reproductive health disorders in the peripartum period and the degree to which feeding and lying space and management can influence health are only partially understood. The objective of this randomized controlled study was to determine whether providing noncompetitive feeding and lying access in the close-up dry period improves health and immune function. Forty-eight Holstein cows of all parities were randomly assigned to a treatment group of 6 to 10 cows in 1 pen with either 80% cows to stalls and 90 cm of feeding space per cow (understocked) or 120% stocking density and 45 cm of feeding space per cow (overstocked) for 3 wk before expected calving...
March 14, 2018: Journal of Dairy Science
Jinhua Wei, Zhuo A Wang, Bing Wang, Marefa Jahan, Zhongfu Wang, Peter C Wynn, Yuguang Du
Milk oligosaccharides (MOs) are complex carbohydrates with multifunctional health benefits for the neonate. Poor reproductive performance in primiparous gilts limits their productivity. Changes in the structure and abundance of porcine MO (PMOs) through lactation with parity remains unknown and may explain superior new-born growth in litters from multiparous sows relative to gilts. We report 55 PMOs structures, of which 25 are new (17 sialylated and 8 neutral). Their incidence in gilt and sow colostrum was almost identical (53 vs...
March 16, 2018: Scientific Reports
Filippo Radicchi
According to a recent information-theoretical proposal, the problem of defining and identifying communities in networks can be interpreted as a classical communication task over a noisy channel: memberships of nodes are information bits erased by the channel, edges and nonedges in the network are parity bits introduced by the encoder but degraded through the channel, and a community identification algorithm is a decoder. The interpretation is perfectly equivalent to the one at the basis of well-known statistical inference algorithms for community detection...
February 2018: Physical Review. E
Jole Mariella, Eleonora Iacono, Aliai Lanci, Barbara Merlo, Caterina Palermo, Lee Morris, Carolina Castagnetti
The umbilical cord (UC), the connection between mother and fetus via the umbilical vessels, carries nutrients and oxygenated blood to the fetus through the umbilical vein and removes deoxygenated blood and waste products via the umbilical arteries. It is designed to protect blood flow to the fetus during pregnancy. In equine medicine, only a few studies have described the UC, and most of these involved Thoroughbreds. The present study describes and compares the macroscopic features of the equine umbilical cord in three different breeds and in relation to the foal's gender...
March 7, 2018: Theriogenology
Petteri Oura, Markus Paananen, Juha Auvinen, Jaakko Niinimäki, Maarit Niinimäki, Jaro Karppinen, Juho-Antti Junno
STUDY DESIGN: A population-based birth cohort study. OBJECTIVE: To investigate the association between gravidity, parity and vertebral geometry among middle-aged women. SUMMARY OF BACKGROUND DATA: Vertebral size is a recognized determinant of vertebral fracture risk. Yet only a few lifestyle factors that influence vertebral size are known. Pregnancy is a labile period which may affect the maternal vertebral size or shape. The lumbar lordosis angle is permanently deepened by pregnancy, but it remains unclear whether vertebral shape or size contribute to this deepened angle...
March 15, 2018: Spine
Bingkun Qi, Lingxuan Zhang, Li Ge
We show the existence of a flatband consisting of photonic zero modes in a gain and loss modulated lattice system as a result of the underlying non-Hermitian particle-hole symmetry. This general finding explains the previous observation in parity-time symmetric systems where non-Hermitian particle-hole symmetry is hidden. We further discuss the defect states in these systems, whose emergence can be viewed as an unconventional alignment of a pseudospin under the influence of a complex-valued pseudomagnetic field...
March 2, 2018: Physical Review Letters
Leili Pourafkari, Samad Ghaffari, Mojan Ahmadi, Rezvaniye Salehi, Sarvin Mazani, Raziyeh Parizad, Nader D Nader
OBJECTIVE: Aortic dissection is an uncommon and potentially fatal complication of pregnancy; however, the association of the number of pregnancies with the indexed and absolute size of ascending aorta in patients without aortic aneurysm or connective tissue disorders is not well elucidated. RESEARCH DESIGN AND METHODS: In this prospective observational study, women aged 18-80 years old undergoing transesophageal echocardiography in a university-affiliated echocardiography laboratory between January 1st 2015 and September 1st 2015 were enrolled...
March 16, 2018: Current Medical Research and Opinion
David Veale
In 2012, the coalition government introduced the legal right for National Health Service (NHS) patients in England to choose their mental healthcare provider for out-patient treatment. This was a significant step towards parity of care between mental and physical ill health, and NHS Improvement and NHS England have provided sensible guidance on its implementation. However, several factors prevent the system from working as it was intended: lack of awareness of the principle of patient choice for out-patient treatment; complacency from some trusts and commissioners; mental health trusts operating outside the e-referrals system; misuse of care pathways; lack of direct access by many general practitioners for out-of-area referrals; and delays in authorisation for funding...
April 2018: BJPsych Bulletin
Qinghong Meng, Jie Luo, Lijun Li, Wei Shi, Jinqian Yu, Yingjie Shen, Li Li, Yajuan Wang, Kaihu Yao
BACKGROUND: Rubella infection in pregnant women can result in serious effects, such as miscarriages, stillbirths, and congenital rubella syndrome (CRS). However, very little is known about the rubella seroprevalence among pregnant women in China. METHODS: This is a cross-sectional and hospital-based study. From June 2016 through March 2017, a total of 324 serum samples from healthy pregnant women were collected in the Shunyi Women and Children's Hospital of Beijing Children's Hospital...
March 15, 2018: BMC Infectious Diseases
Kathryn A McInerney, Kristen A Hahn, Elizabeth E Hatch, Ellen M Mikkelsen, Anne Z Steiner, Kenneth J Rothman, Henrik T Sørensen, Thala M Snerum, Lauren A Wise
OBJECTIVE: To assess the extent to which lubricant use during intercourse is associated with time-to-pregnancy (TTP). DESIGN: Prospective cohort study. SETTING: Denmark and North America. POPULATION: 6,467 women aged 18-49 years who were not using contraception or fertility treatment. METHODS: We pooled data from two ongoing prospective cohort studies of pregnancy planners in Denmark (2011-2017) and North America (2013-2017)...
March 15, 2018: BJOG: An International Journal of Obstetrics and Gynaecology
Cristina Remondi, Francesco Sesti, Giuseppe Sorrenti, Giovannella Venezia, Roberto Sorge, Adalgisa Pietropolli, Beatrice Silvi, Emilio Piccione
OBJECTIVE: The aim of this study was to compare 22 Fr unipolar resectoscope with the traditional 26 Fr unipolar resectoscope in endometrial polypectomy performed under paracervical block anesthesia. METHODS: The trial took place in Gynecologic Unit, Department of Surgery, Tor Vergata University Hospital, Rome. Inclusion criteria were: diagnosis of endometrial polyps <3 cm at office hysteroscopy; agreement of patients to perform surgery under paracervical block anesthesia but not in office setting...
March 15, 2018: Minimally Invasive Therapy & Allied Technologies: MITAT
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