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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28431432/contrast-sensitivity-and-lateral-inhibition-are-enhanced-with-macular-carotenoid-supplementation
#1
James M Stringham, Kevin J O'Brien, Nicole T Stringham
Purpose: Once deposited in the retina, the so-called macular carotenoids lutein (L), zeaxanthin (Z), and mesozeaxanthin (MZ) have been shown to enhance visual performance. The purpose of our study was to investigate whether increasing macular pigment optical density (MPOD) could enhance lateral inhibitory processes, and thereby improve contrast sensitivity (CS). Methods: A total of 59 young (18-25 years), healthy individuals participated in this 1-year, double-masked, placebo-controlled study...
April 1, 2017: Investigative Ophthalmology & Visual Science
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28431420/generative-retrieval-improves-learning-and-retention-of-cardiac-anatomy-using-transesophageal-echocardiography
#2
Amanda M Kleiman, Katherine T Forkin, Allison J Bechtel, Stephen R Collins, Jennie Z Ma, Edward C Nemergut, Julie L Huffmyer
BACKGROUND: Transesophageal echocardiography (TEE) is a valuable monitor for patients undergoing cardiac and noncardiac surgery as it allows for evaluation of cardiovascular compromise in the perioperative period. It is challenging for anesthesiology residents and medical students to learn to use and interpret TEE in the clinical environment. A critical component of learning to use and interpret TEE is a strong grasp of normal cardiovascular ultrasound anatomy. METHODS: Fifteen fourth-year medical students and 15 post-graduate year (PGY) 1 and 2 anesthesiology residents without prior training in cardiac anesthesia or TEE viewed normal cardiovascular anatomy TEE video clips; participants were randomized to learning cardiac anatomy in generative retrieval (GR) and standard practice (SP) groups...
May 2017: Anesthesia and Analgesia
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28431416/caring-for-critically-injured-children-an-analysis-of-56-pediatric-damage-control-laparotomies
#3
Miguel A Villalobos, Joshua P Hazelton, Rachel L Choron, Lisa Capano-Wehrle, Krystal Hunter, John P Gaughan, Steven E Ross, Mark J Seamon
BACKGROUND: Injury is the leading cause of death in children under 18 years. Damage control principles have been extensively studied in adults but remain relatively unstudied in children. Our primary study objective was to evaluate the use of damage control laparotomy (DCL) in critically injured children. METHODS: An American College of Surgeons-verified Level 1 trauma center review (1996-2013) of pediatric trauma laparotomies was undertaken. Exclusion criteria included: age older than 18 years, laparotomy for abdominal compartment syndrome or delayed longer than 2 hours after admission...
May 2017: Journal of Trauma and Acute Care Surgery
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28431414/intratracheal-instillation-of-neutrophils-rescues-bacterial-overgrowth-initiated-by-trauma-damage-associated-molecular-patterns
#4
Kiyoshi Itagaki, Ingred Riça, Jing Zhang, Dave Gallo, Melissa DePrato, Leo E Otterbein, Carl J Hauser
BACKGROUND: Nosocomial pneumonias are common in trauma patients and so interventions to prevent and treat nosocomial pneumonia may improve outcomes. Our prior work strongly suggests that tissue injury predisposes to infections like nosocomial pneumonia because mitochondrial debris originating from injured cells contains damage-associated molecular patterns that can reduce neutrophil (PMN) migration into the airway and diminish PMN function in response to bacterial inoculation of the airway...
May 2017: Journal of Trauma and Acute Care Surgery
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28431358/molecular-ecological-perspective-of-methanogenic-archaeal-community-in-rice-agroecosystem
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Singh Alpana, P Vishwakarma, T K Adhya, K Inubushi, S K Dubey
Methane leads to global warming owing to its warming potential higher than carbon dioxide (CO2). Rice fields represent the major source of methane (CH4) emission as the recent estimates range from 34 to 112 Tg CH4 per year. Biogenic methane is produced by anaerobic methanogenic archaea. Advances in high-throughput sequencing technologies and isolation methodologies enabled investigators to decipher methanogens to be unexpectedly diverse in phylogeny and ecology. Exploring the link between biogeochemical methane cycling and methanogen community dynamics can, therefore, provide a more effective mechanistic understanding of CH4 emission from rice fields...
April 18, 2017: Science of the Total Environment
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28431319/response-of-plasma-glucagon-like-peptide-2-to-feeding-pattern-and-intraruminal-administration-of-volatile-fatty-acids-in-sheep
#6
M Elsabagh, Y Inabu, T Obitsu, T Sugino
Glucagon-like peptide-2 (GLP-2), a gut peptide secreted by enteroendocrine L cells, has recently been identified as a key regulator of intestinal growth and absorptive function in ruminants. However, reports on GLP-2 secretion are few, and more information regarding its secretion dynamics is needed. In this study, two experiments were conducted to elucidate the daily rhythm of GLP-2 secretion in response to feeding regimen and to investigate the effect of volatile fatty acids (VFA) on GLP-2 release in sheep...
March 11, 2017: Domestic Animal Endocrinology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28431291/temporal-pole-abnormalities-detected-by-3-t-mri-in-temporal-lobe-epilepsy-due-to-hippocampal-sclerosis-no-influence-on-seizure-outcome-after-surgery
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Sara Casciato, Angelo Picardi, Alfredo D'Aniello, Marco De Risi, Giovanni Grillea, Pier Paolo Quarato, Addolorata Mascia, Liliana G Grammaldo, Giulio Nicolo' Meldolesi, Roberta Morace, Vincenzo Esposito, Giancarlo Di Gennaro
PURPOSE: To assess the clinical significance of temporal pole abnormalities (temporopolar blurring, TB, and temporopolar atrophy, TA) detected by using 3 Tesla MRI in the preoperative workup in patients with temporal lobe epilepsy due to hippocampal sclerosis (TLE-HS) who underwent surgery. METHODS: We studied 78 consecutive patients with TLE-HS who underwent surgery and were followed up for at least 2 years. Based on findings of pre-surgical 3 Tesla MRI, patients were subdivided in subgroups according to the presence of TB or TA...
April 12, 2017: Seizure: the Journal of the British Epilepsy Association
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28431288/longitudinal-whole-brain-atrophy-and-ventricular-enlargement-in-nondemented-parkinson-s-disease
#8
Elijah Mak, Li Su, Guy B Williams, Michael J Firbank, Rachael A Lawson, Alison J Yarnall, Gordon W Duncan, Brit Mollenhauer, Adrian M Owen, Tien K Khoo, David J Brooks, James B Rowe, Roger A Barker, David J Burn, John T O'Brien
We investigated whole-brain atrophy and ventricular enlargement over 18 months in nondemented Parkinson's disease (PD) and examined their associations with clinical measures and baseline CSF markers. PD subjects (n = 100) were classified at baseline into those with mild cognitive impairment (MCI; PD-MCI, n = 36) and no cognitive impairment (PD-NC, n = 64). Percentage of whole-brain volume change (PBVC) and ventricular expansion over 18 months were assessed with FSL-SIENA and ventricular enlargement (VIENA) respectively...
March 16, 2017: Neurobiology of Aging
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28431278/intranasal-oxytocin-does-not-modulate-jumping-to-conclusions-in-schizophrenia-potential-interactions-with-caudate-volume-and-baseline-social-functioning
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Fernando Caravaggio, Philip Gerretsen, Wanna Mar, Jun Ku Chung, Eric Plitman, Shinichiro Nakajima, Julia Kim, Yusuke Iwata, Raihaan Patel, M Mallar Chakravarty, Gary Remington, Ariel Graff-Guerrero, Mahesh Menon
BACKGROUND: Patients with schizophrenia (SCZ) tend to sample less information when making a decision, jumping to conclusions (JTC) without sufficient evidence. This "JTC bias" may be a trait marker of the disease and may not improve with antipsychotic treatment. We conducted a double-blind, placebo-controlled trial to test whether intranasal oxytocin could reduce JTC in stable, medicated patients with SCZ and healthy controls (HCs). We also explored whether striatal volume, clinical symptoms, and baseline social functioning (SF) was related to JTC performance...
March 31, 2017: Psychoneuroendocrinology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28431245/host-microbe-co-metabolism-dictates-cancer-drug-efficacy-in-c-%C3%A2-elegans
#10
Timothy A Scott, Leonor M Quintaneiro, Povilas Norvaisas, Prudence P Lui, Matthew P Wilson, Kit-Yi Leung, Lucia Herrera-Dominguez, Sonia Sudiwala, Alberto Pessia, Peter T Clayton, Kevin Bryson, Vidya Velagapudi, Philippa B Mills, Athanasios Typas, Nicholas D E Greene, Filipe Cabreiro
Fluoropyrimidines are the first-line treatment for colorectal cancer, but their efficacy is highly variable between patients. We queried whether gut microbes, a known source of inter-individual variability, impacted drug efficacy. Combining two tractable genetic models, the bacterium E. coli and the nematode C. elegans, we performed three-way high-throughput screens that unraveled the complexity underlying host-microbe-drug interactions. We report that microbes can bolster or suppress the effects of fluoropyrimidines through metabolic drug interconversion involving bacterial vitamin B6, B9, and ribonucleotide metabolism...
April 20, 2017: Cell
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28431200/the-utility-of-flow-cytometry-in-differentiating-nk-t-cell-lymphoma-from-indolent-and-reactive-nk-cell-proliferations
#11
Sanjay de Mel, Jenny Bei Li, Muhammad Bilal Abid, Tiffany P L Tang, Hui Ming Tay, Wen Chang Ting, Li Mei Poon, Tae Hoon Chung, Benjamin Mow, Allison Tso, Kiat Hoe Ong, Wee Joo Chng, Te Chih Liu
BACKGROUND: The WHO defines 3 categories of NK cell malignancies; extra nodal NK/T cell lymphoma (NKTCL), aggressive NK cell leukaemia, and the provisional entity chronic lymphoproliferative disorder of NK cells (CLPD-NK). Although the flow cytometric (FC) phenotype of CLPD-NK has been described, studies on FC phenotype of NKTCL are limited. To the best of our knowledge ours is the first study to compare the phenotype of NKTCL, CLPD-NK, reactive NK lymphocytosis (RNKL), and normal NK cells using eight colour (8C) FC...
April 21, 2017: Cytometry. Part B, Clinical Cytometry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28431181/protective-effect-of-mesenchymal-stem-cells-against-the-development-of-intracranial-aneurysm-rupture-in-mice
#12
Atsushi Kuwabara, Jia Liu, Yoshinobu Kamio, Airan Liu, Michael T Lawton, Jae-Woo Lee, Tomoki Hashimoto
BACKGROUND: Mesenchymal stem cells (MSCs) are multipotent stem or stromal cells found in multiple tissues. Intravenous MSC injections have been used to treat various diseases with an inflammatory component in animals and humans. Inflammation is emerging as a key component of pathophysiology of intracranial aneurysms. Modulation of inflammation by MSCs may affect sustained inflammatory processes that lead to aneurysmal rupture. OBJECTIVE: To assess the effect of MSCs on the development of aneurysm rupture using a mouse model...
April 19, 2017: Neurosurgery
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28431180/collagenosis-of-the-deep-medullary-veins-an-underrecognized-pathologic-correlate-of-white-matter-hyperintensities-and-periventricular-infarction
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Julia Keith, Fu-Qiang Gao, Raza Noor, Alex Kiss, Gayathiri Balasubramaniam, Kelvin Au, Ekaterina Rogaeva, Mario Masellis, Sandra E Black
White matter hyperintensities (WMH) are prevalent. Although arteriolar disease has been implicated in their pathogenesis, venous pathology warrants consideration. We investigated relationships of WMH with histologic venous, arteriolar and white matter abnormalities and correlated findings with premortem neuroimaging. Three regions of periventricular white matter were sampled from archived autopsy brains of 24 pathologically confirmed Alzheimer disease (AD) and 18 age-matched nonAD patients. Using trichrome staining, venous collagenosis (VC) of periventricular veins (<150 µm in diameter) was scored for severity of wall thickening and occlusion; percent stenosis by collagenosis of large caliber (>200 µm) veins (laVS) was measured...
April 1, 2017: Journal of Neuropathology and Experimental Neurology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28431174/opportunities-for-exercise-during-pullet-rearing-part-ii-long-term-effects-on-bone-characteristics-of-adult-laying-hens-at-the-end-of-lay
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T M Casey-Trott, D R Korver, M T Guerin, V Sandilands, S Torrey, T M Widowski
Osteoporosis in laying hens has been a production and welfare concern for several decades. The objective of this study was to determine whether differing opportunities for exercise during pullet rearing influences long-term bone quality characteristics in end-of-lay hens. A secondary objective was to assess whether differing opportunities for exercise in adult housing systems alters bone quality characteristics in end-of-lay hens. Four flock replicates of 588 Lohmann Selected Leghorn-Lite pullets were reared in either conventional cages (Conv) or an aviary rearing system (Avi) and placed into conventional cages (CC), 30-bird furnished cages (FC-S), or 60-bird furnished cages (FC-L) for adult housing...
April 18, 2017: Poultry Science
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28431149/next-generation-non-starch-polysaccharide-degrading-multi-carbohydrase-complex-rich-in-xylanase-and-arabinofuranosidase-to-enhance-broiler-feed-digestibility
#15
Pierre Cozannet, Michael T Kidd, Roberto Montanhini Neto, Pierre-André Geraert
This study was carried out to evaluate the effect of a multi-carbohydrase complex ( ) rich in xylanase ( ) and arabinofuranosidase ( ) on overall broiler feed digestibility in broilers. Energy utilization and digestibility of dry matter ( ), organic matter ( ), protein, starch, fat, and insoluble and soluble fibers were measured using the mass-balance method. The experiment was carried out on 120 broilers (3-week-old chickens). Broilers were distributed over 8 treatments to evaluate the effect of the dietary arabinoxylan content and nutrient density with and without MCC (Rovabio® Advance)...
April 20, 2017: Poultry Science
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28431140/performance-of-the-patient-reported-outcomes-measurement-information-system-29-in-scleroderma-a-scleroderma-patient-centered-intervention-network-cohort-study
#16
Linda Kwakkenbos, Brett D Thombs, Dinesh Khanna, Marie-Eve Carrier, Murray Baron, Daniel E Furst, Karen Gottesman, Frank van den Hoogen, Vanessa L Malcarne, Maureen D Mayes, Luc Mouthon, Warren R Nielson, Serge Poiraudeau, Robert Riggs, Maureen Sauvé, Fredrick Wigley, Marie Hudson, Susan J Bartlett
Objective.: The Patient-Reported Outcomes Measurement Information System (PROMIS)-29 assesses seven health-related quality of life domains plus pain intensity. The objective was to examine PROMIS-29v2 validity and explore clinical associations in patients with SSc. Methods.: English-speaking SSc patients in the Scleroderma Patient-centered Intervention Network Cohort from 26 sites in Canada, the USA and the UK completed the PROMIS-29v2 between July 2014 and November 2015...
April 18, 2017: Rheumatology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28431136/c1-lateral-mass-displacement-and-transverse-atlantal-ligament-failure-in-jefferson-s-fracture-a-biomechanical-study-of-the-rule-of-spence
#17
Rafeek O Woods, Serkan Inceoglu, Yusuf T Akpolat, Wayne K Cheng, Brice Jabo, Olumide Danisa
BACKGROUND: Jefferson's fracture, first described in 1927, represents a bursting fracture of the C1 ring with lateral displacement of the lateral masses. It has been determined that if the total lateral mass displacement (LMD) exceeds 6.9 mm, there is high likelihood of transverse atlantal ligament (TAL) rupture, and if LMD is less than 5.7 mm TAL injury is unlikely. Several recent radiographic studies have questioned the accuracy and validity of the "rule of Spence" and it lacks biomechanical support...
April 20, 2017: Neurosurgery
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28431078/effect-of-threonine-on-secretory-immune-system-using-a-chicken-intestinal-ex%C3%A2-vivo-model-with-lipopolysaccharide-challenge
#18
Q Zhang, X Chen, S D Eicher, K M Ajuwon, T J Applegate
Secretory IgA (sIgA) and its transcytosis receptor, polymeric immunoglobulin receptor (pIgR), along with mucus, form the first lines of intestinal defense. Threonine (Thr) is a major component of intestinal mucins and IgA, which are highly secreted under lipopolysaccharide (LPS) induced inflammation. In the current study, the effect of Thr on the secretory immune system was determined in an ex vivo chicken ileal explant model. Results showed that a 2-hour Thr-deprivation of culture medium induced a compensatory increase in the mRNA expression of interleukin-8 (IL-8), mucin 2 ( ), and IgA during LPS challenge, and this increase was suppressed with Thr addition to the media ( P  ≤ 0...
April 18, 2017: Poultry Science
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28431019/identifying-cytomegalovirus-cmv-complications-using-the-quantiferon-cmv-assay-after-allogeneic-hematopoietic-stem-cell-transplantation
#19
Michelle K Yong, Paul U Cameron, Monica Slavin, C Orla Morrissey, Krystal Bergin, Andrew Spencer, David Ritchie, Allen C Cheng, Assia Samri, Guislaine Carcelain, Brigitte Autran, Sharon R Lewin
Background: Cytomegalovirus (CMV) reactivation and disease remain a major cause of morbidity and mortality in hematopoietic stem cell transplant (HSCT) recipients. A simple test to identify recovery of CMV-specific T-cell immunity could assist clinicians in managing CMV-related complications. Methods: In an observational multi-centre prospective study of 94 allogeneic HSCT recipients we evaluated CMV-specific T-cell immunity at baseline, 3, 6, 9 and 12 months post-transplant using the Quantiferon-CMV®, an ELISpot assay and in a subset, we also evaluated intracellular cytokine staining (ICS)...
April 18, 2017: Journal of Infectious Diseases
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28431010/clinical-trial-of-the-anti-pd-l1-antibody-bms-936559-in-hiv-1-infected-participants-on-suppressive-antiretroviral-therapy
#20
Cynthia L Gay, Ronald J Bosch, Justin Ritz, Jason M Hataye, Evgenia Aga, Randall L Tressler, Stephen W Mason, Carey K Hwang, Dennis M Grasela, Neelanjana Ray, Josh C Cyktor, John M Coffin, Edward P Acosta, Richard A Koup, John W Mellors, Joseph J Eron
Background.: Reversing immune exhaustion with an anti-PD-L1 antibody may improve HIV-1-specific immunity and increase clearance of HIV-1 expressing cells. Methods.: Phase I, randomized, double-blind, placebo-controlled dose-escalating study of BMS-936559including HIV-1-infected adults ≥18 to ≤70 years on suppressive antiretroviral therapy with CD4+ counts ≥350 cells/μL and detectable plasma HIV-1 RNA by single copy assay. Data on single infusions of BMS-936559 (0...
April 18, 2017: Journal of Infectious Diseases
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