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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28213598/informing-efficient-randomised-controlled-trials-exploration-of-challenges-in-developing-progression-criteria-for-internal-pilot-studies
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Kerry N L Avery, Paula R Williamson, Carrol Gamble, Elaine O'Connell Francischetto, Chris Metcalfe, Peter Davidson, Hywel Williams, Jane M Blazeby
OBJECTIVES: Designing studies with an internal pilot phase may optimise the use of pilot work to inform more efficient randomised controlled trials (RCTs). Careful selection of preagreed decision or 'progression' criteria at the juncture between the internal pilot and main trial phases provides a valuable opportunity to evaluate the likely success of the main trial and optimise its design or, if necessary, to make the decision not to proceed with the main trial. Guidance on the appropriate selection and application of progression criteria is, however, lacking...
February 17, 2017: BMJ Open
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28213445/ultra-high-field-fmri-reveals-a-role-for-the-subiculum-in-scene-perceptual-discrimination
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Carl J Hodgetts, Natalie L Voets, Adam G Thomas, Stuart Clare, Andrew D Lawrence, Kim S Graham
Recent 'representational' accounts suggest a key role for the hippocampus in complex scene perception. Due to limitations in scanner field strength, however, the functional neuroanatomy of hippocampal-dependent scene perception is unknown. Here, we applied 7-Tesla high-resolution functional magnetic resonance imaging (fMRI) alongside a perceptual oddity task, modified from non-human primate studies. This task requires subjects to discriminate highly similar scenes, faces or objects from multiple viewpoints, and has revealed selective impairments during scene discrimination following hippocampal lesions...
February 17, 2017: Journal of Neuroscience: the Official Journal of the Society for Neuroscience
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28213443/changes-in-appetitive-associative-strength-modulates-nucleus-accumbens-but-not-orbitofrontal-cortex-neuronal-ensemble-excitability
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Joseph Ziminski, Sabine Hessler, Gabriella Margetts-Smith, Meike C Sieburg, Hans S Crombag, Eisuke Koya
Cues that predict the availability of food rewards influence motivational states and elicit food-seeking behaviors. If a cue no longer predicts food availability, animals may adapt accordingly by inhibiting food seeking responses. Sparsely activated sets of neurons, coined neuronal ensembles, have been shown to encode the strength of reward-cue associations. While alterations in intrinsic excitability have been shown to underlie many learning and memory processes, little is known about these properties specifically on cue-activated neuronal ensembles...
February 17, 2017: Journal of Neuroscience: the Official Journal of the Society for Neuroscience
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28212652/a-mixed-methods-feasibility-study-of-nicotine-assisted-smoking-reduction-programmes-delivered-by-community-pharmacists-the-redpharm-study
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Amanda Farley, Sarah Tearne, Taina Taskila, Rachel H Williams, Susan Mackaskill, Jean-Francois Etter, Paul Aveyard
BACKGROUND: Pivotal trials have established that, among people who have no immediate intention to quit smoking, nicotine replacement therapy (NRT) helps people reduce and eventually stop smoking. The prime aim of this trial was to investigate the feasibility of implementing such a programme in community pharmacies. In addition, we investigated the effectiveness of providing behavioural support compared with self-help methods and of shorter compared with standard length reduction programmes...
February 17, 2017: BMC Public Health
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28212523/redox-regulation-in-metabolic-programming-and-inflammation
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Helen R Griffiths, Dan Gao, Chathyan Pararasa
Energy metabolism and redox state are intrinsically linked. In order to mount an adequate immune response, cells must have an adequate and rapidly available energy resource to migrate to the inflammatory site, to generate reactive oxygen species using NADPH as a cofactor and to engulf bacteria or damaged tissue. The first responder cells of the innate immune response, neutrophils, are largely dependent on glycolysis. Neutrophils are relatively short-lived, dying via apoptosis in the process of bacterial killing through production of hypochlorous acid and release of extracellular NETs...
February 12, 2017: Redox Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28211615/targeting-of-crosstalk-between-tumor-and-tumor-microenvironment-by-%C3%AE-d-mannuronic-acid-m2000-in-murine-breast-cancer-model
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Fatemeh Hosseini, Hadi Hassannia, Ahmad Mahdian-Shakib, Farhad Jadidi-Niaragh, Seyedehsan Enderami, Mohammadjavad Fattahi, Ali Anissian, Abbas Mirshafiey, Parviz Kokhaei
Metastasis is the main cause of death in breast cancer patients. Inflammatory processes following crosstalk between tumor cells and tumor microenvironment play an important role in progression and metastasis of cancer. Hence, targeting of these interactions may represent a novel promising strategy for breast cancer therapy. So, we investigated the effects of β-D mannuronic acid (BDM), a new antiinflammatory agent, on 4T1 breast cancer cell line both in vitro and in vivo. Proliferation assays revealed low-cytotoxic effect of BDM on 4T1 cells...
February 17, 2017: Cancer Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28210899/interleukin-6-as-possible-early-marker-of-stress-response-after-femoral-fracture
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Goran Pesic, Jovana Jeremic, Tamara Nikolic, Vladimir Zivkovic, Ivan Srejovic, Aleksandra Vranic, Jovana Bradic, Branko Ristic, Aleksandar Matic, Nikola Prodanovic, Vladimir Jakovljevic
Bone fracture healing is a complex process which at best results in full recovery of function and structure of injured bone tissue, but all the mechanisms involved in this process, and their mutual interaction, are not fully understood. Despite advancement of surgical procedures, this type of fractures is still a major public health concern. In the last few decades, a lot of attention is focused on the oxygen-free radicals and inflammatory response markers as important factors of skeletal injury. Thus, the aim of the present study was to follow the changes in redox balance and inflammatory response in elderly patients with femoral fractures during the earliest stages of fracture healing, by measuring the values of the observed markers immediately after fracture, as well as the first, third, and seventh postoperative day...
February 16, 2017: Molecular and Cellular Biochemistry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28210783/a-neuroimaging-study-of-emotion-cognition-interaction-in-schizophrenia-the-effect-of-ziprasidone-treatment
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Emmanuel Stip, Adel Cherbal, David Luck, Simon Zhornitsky, Lahcen Ait Bentaleb, Ovidiu Lungu
Functional and structural brain changes associated with the cognitive processing of emotional visual stimuli were assessed in schizophrenic patients after 16 weeks of antipsychotic treatment with ziprasidone. Forty-five adults aged 18 to 40 were recruited: 15 schizophrenia patients (DSM-IV criteria) treated with ziprasidone (mean daily dose = 120 mg), 15 patients treated with other antipsychotics, and 15 healthy controls who did not receive any medication. Functional and structural neuroimaging data were acquired at baseline and 16 weeks after treatment initiation...
February 17, 2017: Psychopharmacology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28210287/the-neural-language-systems-that-support-healthy-aging-integrating-function-structure-and-behavior
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Michele T Diaz, Avery A Rizio, Jie Zhuang
Although healthy aging is generally characterized by declines in both brain structure and function, there is variability in the extent to which these changes result in observable cognitive decline. Specific to language, age-related differences in language production are observed more frequently than in language comprehension, although both are associated with increased right prefrontal cortex activation in older adults. The current paper explores these differences in the language system, integrating them with theories of behavioral and neural cognitive aging...
July 2016: Language and Linguistics Compass
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28210047/the-effect-of-visual-field-condition-on-kinetic-in-upper-extremities-and-e-m-g-in-lower-extremities-while-performing-reaching-in-normal-adults
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Hyekang Park, Youngeun Kang, Minah Yoo, Bomjin Lee, Jeongok Yang, Joongsook Lee, Dongwook Han, Taeyoung Oh
[Purpose] The aims of this study was to investigate mean velocity and angle of shoulder joint, activation of tibialis anterior and gastrocnemius according to both eyes, dominant eye and non-dominant eye condition during reaching task in normal adults. [Subjects and Methods] Our research recruited 24 participants (male 11, female 13) in Silla University. Participants were performed reaching out movement by conditions of both eye, dominants eye, non-dominants eye. The target was placed at 45 degree diagonal direction and distance far away 130% of their arm length...
January 2017: Journal of Physical Therapy Science
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28210041/underwater-treadmill-training-and-gait-ability-in-the-normal-adult
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Myoung-Kwon Kim, Si-A Lee
[Purpose] Our working hypothesis is that underwater treadmill training improves normal people's gait ability. [Subjects and Methods] Twenty-five healthy subjects with no orthopedic history of lower extremity were recruited. Gait training is performed using an underwater treadmill (HydroTrack(®) Underwater Treadmill System, Conray, Inc., Phoenix, AZ, USA), for twenty minutes per session, five sessions a week for four weeks. The water temperature was set at about 33 °C and the depth was fixed to reach between the subjects' xiphoid process and the navel...
January 2017: Journal of Physical Therapy Science
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28209969/solution-of-the-spatial-neutral-model-yields-new-bounds-on-the-amazonian-species-richness
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Yahav Shem-Tov, Matan Danino, Nadav M Shnerb
Neutral models, in which individual agents with equal fitness undergo a birth-death-mutation process, are very popular in population genetics and community ecology. Usually these models are applied to populations and communities with spatial structure, but the analytic results presented so far are limited to well-mixed or mainland-island scenarios. Here we combine analytic results and numerics to obtain an approximate solution for the species abundance distribution and the species richness for the neutral model on continuous landscape...
February 17, 2017: Scientific Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28208882/pbl-trigger-design-by-medical-students-an-effective-active-learning-strategy-outside-the-classroom
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Maya Roche, Indira Kakkunje Adiga, Akshatha G Nayak
INTRODUCTION: Problem Based Learning (PBL) is known world over as an effective, active learning strategy with many benefits for the student. Usually, in medical schools, PBL triggers are designed by a well-trained group of faculty from basic and clinical sciences. The challenge was whether this task could be given to students in the first year of their curriculum and be executed by them effectively. AIM: To enhance active learning, comprehension and critical thinking with a view to promote horizontal and vertical integration between subjects...
December 2016: Journal of Clinical and Diagnostic Research: JCDR
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28207932/detecting-signals-of-chronic-shedding-to-explain-pathogen-persistence-leptospira-interrogans-in-california-sea-lions
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M G Buhnerkempe, K C Prager, C C Strelioff, D J Greig, J L Laake, S R Melin, R L DeLong, F M D Gulland, J O Lloyd-Smith
Identifying mechanisms driving pathogen persistence is a vital component of wildlife disease ecology and control. Asymptomatic, chronically infected individuals are an oft-cited potential reservoir of infection but demonstrations of the importance of chronic shedding to pathogen persistence at the population level remain scarce. Studying chronic shedding using commonly collected disease data is hampered by numerous challenges, including short-term surveillance that focuses on single epidemics and acutely ill individuals, the subtle dynamical influence of chronic shedding relative to more obvious epidemic drivers, and poor ability to differentiate between the effects of population prevalence of chronic shedding versus intensity and duration of chronic shedding in individuals...
February 16, 2017: Journal of Animal Ecology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28207815/generalist-dispersers-promote-germination-of-an-alien-fleshy-fruited-tree-invading-natural-grasslands
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Martín Raúl Amodeo, María Belén Vázquez, Sergio Martín Zalba
Plants with animal-dispersed fruits seem to overcome the barriers that limit their spread into new habitats more easily than other invasive plants and, at the same time, they pose special difficulties for containment, control or eradication. The effects of animals on plant propagules can be very diverse, with positive, neutral or negative consequences for germination and recruitment. Moreover, the environmental conditions where the seeds are deposited and where the post-dispersal processes take place can be crucial for their fate...
2017: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28205453/how-taiwanese-parents-of-children-with-autism-spectrum-disorder-experience-the-process-of-obtaining-a-diagnosis-a-descriptive-phenomenological-analysis
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Kuo-Yu Chao, Hsueh-Ling Chang, Wei-Chih Chin, Hsin-Mei Li, Sue-Hsien Chen
An autism spectrum disorder can result in considerable stress and confusion for parents as they attempt to understand their child's problems and obtain a diagnosis. Few studies have explored the parental experience in the context of Chinese culture. The purpose of this study was to understand the experiences of parents in Taiwan of children diagnosed with autism spectrum disorder. In total, 15 parents, 1 father and 14 mothers, were recruited by purposive sampling. This qualitative study used semi-structured interviews and descriptive phenomenological analysis...
February 1, 2017: Autism: the International Journal of Research and Practice
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28205132/the-city-infant-faces-database-a-validated-set-of-infant-facial-expressions
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Rebecca Webb, Susan Ayers, Ansgar Endress
Adults need to be able to process infants' emotional expressions accurately to respond appropriately and care for infants. However, research on processing of the emotional expressions of infant faces is hampered by the lack of validated stimuli. Although many sets of photographs of adult faces are available to researchers, there are no corresponding sets of photographs of infant faces. We therefore developed and validated a database of infant faces, which is available via e-mail request. Parents were recruited via social media and asked to send photographs of their infant (0-12 months of age) showing positive, negative, and neutral facial expressions...
February 15, 2017: Behavior Research Methods
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28205095/tetramerization-of-satb1-is-essential-for-regulating-of-gene-expression
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Minying Zheng, Wancai Xing, Yabing Liu, Meng Li, Hao Zhou
Special AT-rich sequence-binding protein 1 (SATB1) functions as a 'genome organizer' in tumorigenesis. Our previous report showed that SATB1 forms a tetramer through its N-terminal ubiquitin like domain rather than the proposed PDZ domain. In the present study, we aim to illustrate whether this oligomerization is critical to its function as a global repressor of gene expression in vivo. Luciferase and GST pull-down assays demonstrated that disrupting SATB1's tetramerization not only affects the activities of promoters but also influences the recruitment of interaction partners...
February 15, 2017: Molecular and Cellular Biochemistry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28203010/-evaluation-of-production-and-clinical-working-time-of-computer-aided-design-computer-aided-manufacturing-cad-cam-custom-trays-for-complete-denture
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L Wei, H Chen, Y S Zhou, Y C Sun, S X Pan
OBJECTIVE: To compare the technician fabrication time and clinical working time of custom trays fabricated using two different methods, the three-dimensional printing custom trays and the conventional custom trays, and to prove the feasibility of the computer-aided design/computer-aided manufacturing (CAD/CAM) custom trays in clinical use from the perspective of clinical time cost. METHODS: Twenty edentulous patients were recruited into this study, which was prospective, single blind, randomized self-control clinical trials...
February 18, 2017: Beijing da Xue Xue Bao. Yi Xue Ban, Journal of Peking University. Health Sciences
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28202687/oxidized-phagosomal-nox2-is-replenished-from-lysosomes
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Ilse Dingjan, Peter T A Linders, Luuk van den Bekerom, Maksim V Baranov, Partho Halder, Martin Ter Beest, Geert van den Bogaart
In dendritic cells, the NADPH oxidase 2 (NOX2) is recruited to the phagosomal membrane during antigen uptake. NOX2 produces reactive oxygen species (ROS) in the lumen of the phagosome which kill ingested pathogens, delay antigen breakdown and alter the peptide repertoire for presentation to T cells. How the integral membrane component of NOX2, cytochrome b558, traffics to phagosomes is incompletely understood. In this study, we show in dendritic cells derived from human blood-isolated monocytes that cytochrome b558 is initially recruited to the phagosome from the plasma membrane during phagosome formation...
February 15, 2017: Journal of Cell Science
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