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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28231268/gamma-glutamyltransferase-and-risk-of-cardiovascular-mortality-a-dose-response-meta-analysis-of-prospective-cohort-studies
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Junna Wang, Dandan Zhang, Rongzhong Huang, Xingsheng Li, Wenxiang Huang
BACKGROUND: Serum gamma-glutamyltransferase (GGT) elevation likely contributes to cardiovascular (CV) mortality, however it has remained unknown whether a dose-response relationship exists between serum GGT and CV mortality. METHODS: We searched the PubMed, EMBASE, and Cochrane library databases for prospective cohort studies published up to October 2, 2016. Summary hazard ratios (HRs) with their corresponding 95% confidence intervals (CIs) were calculated using a fixed effects model...
2017: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28231259/impact-of-seasonality-and-air-pollutants-on-carotid-femoral-pulse-wave-velocity-and-wave-reflection-in-hypertensive-patients
#2
Marina Di Pilla, Rosa Maria Bruno, Francesco Stea, Luciano Massetti, Stefano Taddei, Lorenzo Ghiadoni, Pietro Amedeo Modesti
OBJECTIVE: The effects of seasonality on blood pressure (BP) and cardiovascular (CV) events are well established, while the influence of seasonality and other environmental factors on arterial stiffness and wave reflection has never been analyzed. This study evaluated whether seasonality (daily number of hours of light) and acute variations in outdoor temperature and air pollutants may affect carotid-femoral pulse wave velocity (PWV) and pressure augmentation. DESIGN AND METHOD: 731 hypertensive patients (30-88 years, 417 treated) were enrolled in a cross-sectional study during a 5-year period...
2017: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28231141/determination-of-volatiles-by-odor-activity-value-and-phenolics-of-cv-ayvalik-early-harvest-olive-oil
#3
Gamze Guclu, Onur Sevindik, Hasim Kelebek, Serkan Selli
Ayvalik is an important olive cultivar producing high quality oils in Turkey. In the present study, volatile and phenolic compositions of early-harvest extra virgin olive oil (cv. Ayvalik) were determined. The solvent-assisted flavor evaporation (SAFE) technique was used for the extraction of volatile components. The aromatic extract obtained by SAFE was representative of the olive oil odor. A total of 32 aroma compounds, including alcohols, aldehydes, terpenes, esters, and an acid, were identified in the olive oil...
June 24, 2016: Foods (Basel, Switzerland)
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28231126/macular-pigment-optical-density-and-measures-of-macular-function-test-retest-variability-cross-sectional-correlations-and-findings-from-the-zeaxanthin-pilot-study-of-response-to-supplementation-zeastress-pilot
#4
Alessandro Iannaccone, Giovannella Carboni, Gina Forma, Maria Giulia Mutolo, Barbara J Jennings
We report on the short-term test-retest baseline variability in macular function tests in ZEASTRESS-Pilot participants (n = 18), on their cross-sectional correlation with macular pigment optical density (MPOD), and on the effects of four months (FUV4) of 20 mg/day zeaxanthin (ZX), followed by a four-month washout (FUV8; n = 24, age 50-81 years old). Outcomes included: MPOD at 0.5 and 2.0 deg eccentricity (MPOD-0.5 and -2.0); contrast sensitivity (CS); pattern-reversal electroretinogram (PERG) amplitude; dark-adapted 650 nm foveal cone sensitivity (DA650-FCS); and 500 mn parafoveal rod sensitivity (DA500-PFRS)...
April 29, 2016: Foods (Basel, Switzerland)
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28230757/simultaneous-quantification-of-nine-new-furanocoumarins-in-angelicae-dahuricae-radix-using-ultra-fast-liquid-chromatography-with-tandem-mass-spectrometry
#5
Lei Zhang, Wei Wei, Xiu-Wei Yang
A series of new furanocoumarins with long-chain hydrophobic groups, namely andafocoumarins A-H and J, have been isolated from the dried roots of Angelica dahurica cv. Hangbaizhi (Angelicae Dahuricae radix) in our previous study, among which andafocoumarins A and B were demonstrated to have better anti-inflammatory activity than the positive controls. In this work, a sensitive, accurate, and efficient ultra-fast liquid chromatography coupled with triple quadrupole mass spectrometer (UFLC-MS/MS) method was developed and validated for simultaneous quantification of above-mentioned nine compounds in four cultivars of Angelicae Dahuricae Radix...
February 20, 2017: Molecules: a Journal of Synthetic Chemistry and Natural Product Chemistry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28230350/cyclic-voltammetry-probe-approach-curves-with-alkali-amalgams-at-mercury-sphere-cap-scanning-electrochemical-microscopy-probes
#6
Zachary J Barton, Joaquín Rodríguez-López
We report a method of precisely positioning a Hg-based ultramicroelectrode (UME) for scanning electrochemical microscopy (SECM) investigations of any substrate. Hg-based probes are capable of performing amalgamation reactions with metal cations, which avoid unwanted side reactions and positive feedback mechanisms that can prove problematic for traditional probe positioning methods. However, prolonged collection of ions eventually leads to saturation of the amalgam accompanied by irreversible loss of Hg. In order to obtain negative feedback positioning control without risking damage to the SECM probe, we implement cyclic voltammetry probe approach surfaces (CV-PASs), consisting of CVs performed between incremental motor movements...
February 23, 2017: Analytical Chemistry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28229467/characterization-of-genome-sequences-and-clinical-features-of-coxsackievirus-a6-strains-collected-in-hyogo-japan-in-1999-2013
#7
Miki Ogi, Yoshihiko Yano, Masatsugu Chikahira, Denshi Takai, Tomohiro Oshibe, Takeshi Arashiro, Nozomu Hanaoka, Tsuguto Fujimoto, Yoshitake Hayashi
Coxsackievirus A6 (CV-A6) is an enterovirus, which is known to cause herpangina. However, since 2009 it has frequently been isolated from children with hand, foot and mouth disease (HFMD). In Japan, CV-A6 has been linked to HFMD outbreaks in 2011 and 2013. In this study, the full-length genome sequencing of CV-A6 strains were analyzed to identify the association with clinical manifestations. 5612 children with suspected enterovirus infection (0-17 years old) between 1999 and 2013 in Hyogo Prefecture, Japan, were enrolled...
February 22, 2017: Journal of Medical Virology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28229276/effects-of-chlorella-vulgaris-on-tumor-growth-in-mammary-tumor-bearing-balb-c-mice-discussing-association-of-an-immune-suppressed-protumor-microenvironment-with-serum-ifn%C3%AE-and-igg-decrease-and-spleen-igg-potentiation
#8
Ahad Khalilnezhad, Elham Mahmoudian, Nariman Mosaffa, Ali Anissian, Mohsen Rashidi, Davar Amani
PURPOSE: Chlorella vulgaris (CV) has exhibited immune-enhancing and protective activities against cancer and infections. However, there is an increasing concern about the use of Chlorella species in human, regarding its various molecules with antigenic features found in infectious microorganisms. Our goal was to investigate the impact of higher concentrations of CV on tumor growth in spontaneous mouse mammary tumor (SMMT) models. METHODS: Balb/c mice were daily given CV powder at doses of 0, 200, or 300 mg/kg for 42 days (CONTROL, CV200, and CV300 groups, respectively; n = 6/group)...
February 22, 2017: European Journal of Nutrition
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28229133/towards-enhanced-optical-sensor-performance-seira-and-sers-with-plasmonic-nanostars
#9
O Bibikova, J Haas, A I López-Lorente, A Popov, M Kinnunen, I Meglinski, B Mizaikoff
We report the preparation and characterization of plasmonic chip-based systems comprising self-assembled gold nanostars at silicon substrates that enable concomitantly enhanced Raman (surface enhanced Raman spectroscopy; SERS) and mid-infrared (surface enhanced infrared reflection or absorption spectroscopy; SEIRA) spectral signatures. The high-aspect-ratio structure of gold nanostars provides an increased number of hot spots at their surface, which results in an electric field enhancement around the nanomaterial...
February 23, 2017: Analyst
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28228308/systematic-review-of-non-invasive-cardiovascular-imaging-in-the-diagnosis-of-constrictive-pericarditis
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Sivakumar Ardhanari, Bharath Yarlagadda, Vishal Parikh, Kevin C Dellsperger, Anand Chockalingam, Sudarshan Balla, Senthil Kumar
BACKGROUND: Diagnosis of constrictive pericarditis (CP) can be challenging. It can be nearly impossible to distinguish CP from other causes of right heart failure. Although various imaging modalities help in the diagnosis, no test is definitive. Several reviews have addressed the role of various imaging techniques in the diagnosis of CP but a systematic review has not yet been published. OBJECTIVE: Our intention was to study the ability of various non-invasive imaging modalities to diagnose CP in patients with surgically confirmed disease and to apply our findings to develop a clinically useful diagnostic algorithm...
January 2017: Indian Heart Journal
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28227671/imquant-an-image-based-fluorescence-reader-for-quantitative-lateral-flow-immunoassays
#11
Kaushik Basak Chowdhury, Jayaraj Joseph, Jayaraman Kiruthi Vasan, Mohanasankar Sivaprakasam, Kaushik Basak Chowdhury, Jayaraj Joseph, Jayaraman Kiruthi Vasan, Mohanasankar Sivaprakasam, Jayaraman Kiruthi Vasan, Mohanasankar Sivaprakasam, Jayaraj Joseph, Kaushik Basak Chowdhury
Fluorescence immunoassays (FIA) have strong potential in enabling rapid quantitative immunological testing at point of care. Existing state of the art instruments employ laser scanning of FIA test kits, which require the use of electromechanical systems, making the instrument bulky, heavy and less reliable in the long term. There is a growing need for an extremely compact and reliable, motion-free, automated reader for accurate quantification of immunoassays. Here, we present ImQuant, an image based FIA reader with integrated monochromatic excitation source, optical filtering and real time image capture, assisted with an intuitive graphical user interface...
August 2016: Conference Proceedings: Annual International Conference of the IEEE Engineering in Medicine and Biology Society
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28227629/inertial-sensor-based-gait-analysis-discriminates-subjects-with-and-without-visual-impairment-caused-by-simulated-macular-degeneration
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Christoph M Kanzler, Jens Barth, Jochen Klucken, Bjoern M Eskofier, Christoph M Kanzler, Jens Barth, Jochen Klucken, Bjoern M Eskofier, Jens Barth, Jochen Klucken, Bjoern M Eskofier, Christoph M Kanzler
Macular degeneration is the third leading cause of blindness worldwide and the leading cause of blindness in the developing world. The analysis of gait parameters can be used to assess the influence of macular degeneration on gait. This study examines the effect of macular degeneration on gait using inertial sensor based 3D spatio-temporal gait parameters. We acquired gait data from 21 young and healthy subjects during a 40 m obstacle walk. All subjects had to perform the gait trial with and without macular degeneration simulation glasses...
August 2016: Conference Proceedings: Annual International Conference of the IEEE Engineering in Medicine and Biology Society
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28227087/maximum-likelihood-cardiac-conduction-velocity-estimation-from-sequential-mapping-in-the-presence-of-activation-time-noise-with-unknown-variances
#13
Mohammad Hassan Shariat, Saeed Gazor, Damian Redfearn, Mohammad Hassan Shariat, Saeed Gazor, Damian Redfearn, Mohammad Hassan Shariat, Damian Redfearn
The cardiac conduction velocity (CV) can be estimated by analysing the activation times (ATs) and the locations of the electrodes that are used for the intracardiac electrogram (IEGM) recording. Here, we study the problem of the CV estimation in sequential mapping without using any independent electrogram as a time alignment reference. We assume that the IEGMs are sequentially recorded from several sites, where at each site, at least two of the catheter's electrodes are in contact with the cardiac tissue. We consider the planar wavefront with stable CV that propagates within the recording sites throughout our data collection period...
August 2016: Conference Proceedings: Annual International Conference of the IEEE Engineering in Medicine and Biology Society
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28226977/establishment-of-a-measurement-method-for-in-shoe-pressure-and-shear-stress-in-specific-regions-for-diabetic-ulcer-prevention
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Ayumi Amemiya, Hiroshi Noguchi, Makoto Oe, Hiromi Sanada, Taketoshi Mori, Ayumi Amemiya, Hiroshi Noguchi, Makoto Oe, Hiromi Sanada, Taketoshi Mori, Makoto Oe, Ayumi Amemiya, Hiromi Sanada, Hiroshi Noguchi, Taketoshi Mori
Pressure and shear stress are the factors of diabetic foot ulcers and callus formation. However, in-shoe shear stress of callus measurement could not have been measured because of technical difficulties. The purpose of this study is to verify reliability and validity of the established measurement system for in-shoe pressure and shear stress. For reliability, coefficients of variation (CV) and intraclass correlation coefficients (ICC) were confirmed. For known-groups validity, callus and non-callus feet were compared...
August 2016: Conference Proceedings: Annual International Conference of the IEEE Engineering in Medicine and Biology Society
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28226714/a-unified-bayesian-based-compensated-magnetic-resonance-imaging
#15
Ameneh Boroomand, Edward Li, Mohammad Javad Shafiee, Masoom A Haider, Farzad Khalvati, Alexander Wong, Ameneh Boroomand, Edward Li, Mohammad Javad Shafiee, Masoom A Haider, Farzad Khalvati, Alexander Wong, Alexander Wong, Mohammad Javad Shafiee, Edward Li, Masoom A Haider, Ameneh Boroomand, Farzad Khalvati
Magnetic resonance (MR) images of higher quality is demanded for helping with more accurate and earlier diagnosis of different diseases. The overall quality of MR images is limited due to the existence of different degradation factors such as (1) MR aberrations due to intrinsic properties of the MR scanner, (2) magnetic field inhomogeneity, and (3) inherent MRI noise. Correcting each MRI degradation factor could be solely useful for the quality enhancement of MR imaging with a limited impact. Here, we propose a unified Bayesian based compensated MR imaging (CMRI) system which jointly corrects for the different aforementioned MR aberrations as well as MR noise and hence generates compensated MR (CMR) images with a higher quality...
August 2016: Conference Proceedings: Annual International Conference of the IEEE Engineering in Medicine and Biology Society
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28225815/different-characteristics-of-mesenchymal-stem-cells-isolated-from-different-layers-of-full-term-placenta
#16
Yoo Shin Choi, Yong-Beom Park, Chul-Won Ha, Jin A Kim, Jin-Chul Heo, Woo-Jung Han, Soo-Young Oh, Suk-Joo Choi
BACKGROUND: The placenta is a very attractive source of mesenchymal stem cells (MSCs) for regenerative medicine due to readily availability, non-invasive acquisition, and avoidance of ethical issues. Isolating MSCs from parts of placenta tissue has obtained growing interest because they are assumed to exhibit different proliferation and differentiation potentials due to complex structures and functions of the placenta. The objective of this study was to isolate MSCs from different parts of the placenta and compare their characteristics...
2017: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28224920/genetic-engineering-of-the-biosynthesis-of-glycinebetaine-leads-to-alleviate-salt-induced-potassium-efflux-and-enhances-salt-tolerance-in-tomato-plants
#17
Dandan Wei, Wen Zhang, Cuicui Wang, Qingwei Meng, Gang Li, Tony H H Chen, Xinghong Yang
Tomato (Solanum lycopersicum cv. 'Moneymaker') was transformed with the choline oxidase gene codA from Arthrobacter globiformis, which was modified to allow for targeting to both chloroplasts and the cytosol. Glycine betaine (GB) was accumulated in transformed plants, while no detectable GB was found in wild-type (WT) plants. Compared to WT plants, transgenic lines showed significantly higher photosynthetic rates (Pn) and antioxidant enzyme activities and lower reactive oxygen species (ROS) accumulation in the leaves when exposed to salt stress...
April 2017: Plant Science: An International Journal of Experimental Plant Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28224771/comparison-of-the-qiagen-artus-hbv-qs-rgq-assay-with-the-roche-cobas-ampliprep-cobas-taqman-hbv-assay-for-quantifying-viral-dna-in-sera-of-chronic-hepatitis-b-patients
#18
Mi Soon Han, Yongjung Park, Hyunjin Nah, Hyon Suk Kim
BACKGROUND: Hepatitis B virus DNA quantification is essential for managing chronic hepatitis B (CHB). We compared the performance of artus HBV QS-RGQ (QIAGEN GmbH, Germany) and CAP/CTM v2.0 HBV assays (Roche Molecular Diagnostics, USA) in CHB patients. METHODS: A comparative evaluation between two assays was performed with 508 clinical serum samples. Precision, linearity, and the limit of detection (LOD) of QS-RGQ assay was evaluated by using the WHO standard 97/750 and clinical samples...
May 2017: Annals of Laboratory Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28222819/reliability-of-thyroglobulin-in-serum-compared-with-urinary-iodine-when-assessing-individual-and-population-iodine-nutrition-status
#19
Stig Andersen, Paneeraq Noahsen, Louise Westergaard, Peter Laurberg
The occurrence of thyroid disorders relies on I nutrition and monitoring of all populations is recommended. Measuring I in urine is standard but thyroglobulin in serum is an alternative. This led us to assess the reliability of studies using serum thyroglobulin compared with urinary I to assess the I nutrition level and calculate the number of participants needed in a study with repeated data sampling in the same individuals for 1 year. Diet, supplement use and life style factors were assessed by questionnaires...
February 22, 2017: British Journal of Nutrition
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28222732/refinement-of-intraperitoneal-injection-of-sodium-pentobarbital-for-euthanasia-in-laboratory-rats-rattus-norvegicus
#20
Katie K Zatroch, Cameron G Knight, Julie N Reimer, Daniel S J Pang
BACKGROUND: The Canadian Council on Animal Care and American Veterinary Medical Association classify intraperitoneal (IP) pentobarbital as an acceptable euthanasia method in rats. However, national guidelines do not exist for a recommended dose or volume and IP euthanasia has been described as unreliable, with misinjections leading to variable success in ensuring a timely death. The aims of this study were to assess and improve efficacy and consistency of IP euthanasia. In a randomized, blinded study, 51 adult female Sprague-Dawley rats (170-495 g) received one of four treatments: low-dose low-volume (LL) IP pentobarbital (n = 13, 200 mg/kg pentobarbital), low-dose high-volume (LH) IP pentobarbital (n = 14, 200 mg/kg diluted 1:3 with phosphate buffered saline), high-dose high-volume (HH, n = 14, 800 mg/kg pentobarbital), or saline...
February 21, 2017: BMC Veterinary Research
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