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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28938747/prevalence-of-endocrine-and-genetic-abnormalities-in-boys-evaluated-systematically-for-a-disorder-of-sex-development
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R Nixon, V Cerqueira, A Kyriakou, A Lucas-Herald, J McNeilly, M McMillan, A I Purvis, E S Tobias, R McGowan, S F Ahmed
STUDY QUESTION: What is the likelihood of identifying genetic or endocrine abnormalities in a group of boys with 46, XY who present to a specialist clinic with a suspected disorder of sex development (DSD)? SUMMARY ANSWER: An endocrine abnormality of the gonadal axis may be present in a quarter of cases and copy number variants (CNVs) or single gene variants may be present in about half of the cases. WHAT IS KNOWN ALREADY: Evaluation of 46, XY DSD requires a combination of endocrine and genetic tests but the prevalence of these abnormalities in a sufficiently large group of boys presenting to one specialist multidisciplinary service is unclear...
October 1, 2017: Human Reproduction
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28938676/risk-factors-for-mortality-from-pneumocystis-carinii-pneumonia-pcp-in-non-hiv-patients-a-meta-analysis
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Yao Liu, Lili Su, Shu-Juan Jiang, Hui Qu
The number of patients with non-human immunodeficiency virus (HIV) related pneumocystis carinii pneumonia (PCP) is increasing with widespread immunosuppressive treatment. We performed a meta-analysis to describe the clinical characteristics and factors associated with outcomes of PCP in HIV-negative patients. A total of 13 studies including 867 patients with non-HIV related PCP was included. The overall mortality for non-HIV patients with PCP was 30.6%. The most common underlying disorder for the development of PCP is hematological malignancies (29...
August 29, 2017: Oncotarget
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28938475/modeling-the-sex-differences-and-inter-individual-variability-in-the-activity-of-the-hypothalamic-pituitary-adrenal-axis
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Rohit T Rao, Ioannis P Androulakis
Significant sex differences exist in the activity of the hypothalamic-pituitary-adrenal (HPA) axis. These differences are thought to contribute to the disparity in the prevalence of various autoimmune and infectious diseases between males and females. We use a mathematical model of the HPA axis to evaluate the hypothesis that differential sensitivity and negative feedback of the HPA axis network are causal factors for the observed sex differences in its activity. In doing so, we implicitly account for the differential influence of gonadal hormones on the HPA axis...
August 31, 2017: Endocrinology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28938467/testis-determination-requires-a-specific-fgfr2-isoform-to-repress-foxl2
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Stefan Bagheri-Fam, Anthony D Bird, Liang Zhao, Janelle M Ryan, Meiyun Yong, Dagmar Wilhelm, Peter Koopman, Jacob V Eswarakumar, Vincent R Harley
Male sex determination in mammals relies on SRY-mediated up-regulation of SOX9 expression in XY gonads, whereas WNT/RSPO signalling and FOXL2 drive female sex determination in XX gonads. FGF9-signalling ensures sustained SOX9 expression through repression of one of the ovarian pathways (WNT signalling), while the significance of FGF-mediated repression of the FOXL2 pathway has not been studied. Previously, we demonstrated that FGFR2 is the receptor for FGF9 in the XY gonad. Whether a specific isoform (FGFR2b or FGFR2c) is required was puzzling...
September 11, 2017: Endocrinology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28938450/sex-specific-modulation-of-fetal-adipogenesis-by-gestational-bisphenol-a-and-bisphenol-s-exposure
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Yong Pu, Jeremy Gingrich, Juan P Steibel, Almudena Veiga-Lopez
The endocrine disrupting chemical bisphenol A (BPA) increases adipose tissue mass in vivo and promotes adipogenesis in vitro. However, mechanisms explaining BPA's obesogenic effect remain unknown. We investigated the effects of gestational BPA and its analogue, bisphenol S (BPS), exposure on the adipogenic differentiation ability of fetal preadipocytes and the role of endoplasmic reticulum stress in regulating this process. Pregnant sheep (n=7-8/group) mated to the same male were exposed to BPA or BPS from days 30 to 100 of gestation, and pregnancies terminated 20 days later...
September 14, 2017: Endocrinology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28938437/progressive-fibrosis-a-progesterone-and-klf11-mediated-sexually-dimorphic-female-response
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Chandra C Shenoy, Zaraq Khan, Ye Zheng, Tiffanny L Jones, Khashayarsha Khazaie, Gaurang S Daftary
Progressive scarring is ubiquitous post-operatively and in an array of chronic systemic diseases. Recent studies indicate that such scarring has high female propensity; females are also almost exclusively affected by endometriosis, a common sex steroid dependent fibrotic disease. Endometriosis related fibrosis is regulated epigenetically through transcription factor Krüppel-like factor 11(KLF11). In response to surgical induction of endometriosis, Klf11-/- female mice develop significant fibrosis in contrast to wild-type mice...
August 11, 2017: Endocrinology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28938422/prepubertal-development-of-gonadotropin-releasing-hormone-gnrh-neuron-activity-is-altered-by-sex-age-and-prenatal-androgen-exposure
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Eden A Dulka, Suzanne M Moenter
Gonadotropin-releasing hormone (GnRH) neurons regulate reproduction though pulsatile hormone release. Disruption of GnRH release as measured via LH pulses occurs in polycystic ovary syndrome (PCOS), and in young hyperandrogenemic girls. In adult prenatally androgenized (PNA) mice, which exhibit many aspects of PCOS, increased LH is associated with increased GnRH neuron action potential firing. How GnRH neuron activity develops over the prepubertal period and whether or not this is altered by sex or prenatal androgen treatment are unknown...
September 15, 2017: Endocrinology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28938419/nocturnal-urinary-excretion-of-fsh-and-lh-in-children-and-adolescents-with-normal-and-early-puberty
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Nanna Kolby, Alexander S Busch, Lise Aksglaede, Kaspar Sørensen, Jorgen Holm Petersen, Anna-Maria Andersson, Anders Juul
Context: Clinical use of single serum gonadotropin measurements in children is limited by the pulsatile section of FSH and LH. However, first morning voided (FMV) urine may integrate the fluctuating gonadotropin serum levels. Objective: We aimed to evaluate urinary and serum gonadotropin levels according to age, sex and pubertal stage in healthy children and to assess the clinical use of FMV urinary gonadotropins in children with disordered puberty. Design: Cross-sectional part of the COPENHAGEN Puberty study and longitudinal study of patients...
August 15, 2017: Journal of Clinical Endocrinology and Metabolism
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28938337/pulse-pressure-is-associated-with-plasma-amyloid-%C3%AE-transport-dysfunction
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Yu Jiang, Suhang Shang, Pei Li, Chen Chen, Liangjun Dang, Jin Wang, Kang Huo, Meiying Deng, Jingyi Wang, Qiumin Qu
OBJECTIVE: Increased pulse pressure (PP) has been implicated in the development and progression of Alzheimer's disease in middle-aged and elderly adults. Considering the close relationship between peripheral amyloid-β clearance and brain amyloid-β deposition, we investigated the potential association between PP and plasma amyloid-β transport function. METHODS: In this cross-sectional study, a total of 1118 participants underwent a health assessment and quantification of plasma amyloid-β and amyloid-β transporter expression...
September 21, 2017: Journal of Hypertension
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28938270/bariatric-surgery-and-the-risk-of-cancer-in-a-large-multisite-cohort
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Daniel P Schauer, Heather Spencer Feigelson, Corinna Koebnick, Bette Caan, Sheila Weinmann, Anthony C Leonard, J David Powers, Panduranga R Yenumula, David E Arterburn
OBJECTIVE: To determine whether bariatric surgery is associated with a lower risk of cancer. BACKGROUND: Obesity is strongly associated with many types of cancer. Few studies have examined the relationship between bariatric surgery and cancer risk. METHODS: We conducted a retrospective cohort study of patients undergoing bariatric surgery between 2005 and 2012 with follow-up through 2014 using data from a large integrated health insurance and care delivery systems with 5 study sites...
September 21, 2017: Annals of Surgery
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28938248/a-youth-compendium-of-physical-activities-activity-codes-and-metabolic-intensities
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Nancy F Butte, Kathleen B Watson, Kate Ridley, Issa F Zakeri, Robert G McMurray, Karin A Pfeiffer, Scott E Crouter, Stephen D Herrmann, David R Bassett, Alexander Long, Zekarias Berhane, Stewart G Trost, Barbara E Ainsworth, David Berrigan, Janet E Fulton
PURPOSE: A Youth Compendium of Physical Activities (Youth Compendium) was developed to estimate the energy costs of physical activities using data on youth only. METHODS: Based on a literature search and pooled data of energy expenditure measurements in youth, the energy costs of 196 activities were compiled in 16 activity categories to form a Youth Compendium of Physical Activities. To estimate the intensity of each activity, measured oxygen consumption (V[Combining Dot Above]O2) was divided by basal metabolic rate (Schofield age-, sex- and mass-specific equations) to produce a youth MET (METy)...
September 21, 2017: Medicine and Science in Sports and Exercise
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28938228/sex-determination-from-chest-measurements-in-a-sample-of-egyptian-adults-using-multislice-computed-tomography
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Ragaa T Darwish, Manal H Abdel-Aziz, Abdel-Aziz M El Nekiedy, Zahraa K Sobh
BACKGROUND: In forensic sciences to determine one's sex is quite important during the identity defining stage. The reliability of sex determination depends on the completeness of the remains and the degree of sexual dimorphism inherent in the population. Computed Tomography is the imaging modality of choice for two- and three-dimensional documentation and analysis of many autopsy findings. OBJECTIVE: The aim of the present work was to assess the reliability of Three-dimensional Multislice Computed Tomography (3D MSCT) to determine sexual dimorphism from certain chest measurements; sternum and fourth rib using the 3D MSCT and to develop equations for sex determination from these bones among adult Egyptians sample...
September 11, 2017: Journal of Forensic and Legal Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28938106/assessment-of-a-specifically-developed-bullet-casing-gun-for-the-stunning-of-water-buffaloes
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Carmen Meichtry, Urs Glauser, Matthieu Glardon, Steffen G Ross, Isabel Lechner, Beat P Kneubuehl, Dominic Gascho, Claudia Spadavecchia, Alois von Rotz, Ana Stojiljkovic, Michael H Stoffel
Water buffaloes and cattle differ considerably with respect to the anatomy of the head. As a result, captive bolt stunners often fail to reliably produce adequate loss of consciousness in water buffaloes and, thus, do not fulfill animal welfare requirements. The goal of the present study was to assess and validate a new stunning device for water buffaloes meeting animal welfare and occupational safety requirements. The newly designed bullet casing gun uses .357Mag/10.2g hollow point bullets and has additional safety features...
September 14, 2017: Meat Science
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28938103/let-s-talk-about-sex-a-qualitative-study-exploring-the-experiences-of-hiv-nurses-when-discussing-sexual-risk-behaviours-with-hiv-positive-men-who-have-sex-with-men
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S de Munnik, C den Daas, H S M Ammerlaan, G Kok, M S Raethke, S C J M Vervoort
BACKGROUND: Despite prevention efforts, the incidence of sexually transmitted infection among HIV-positive men who have sex with men remains high, which is indicative of unchanged sexual risk behaviour. Discussing sexual risk behaviour has been shown to help prevent sexually transmitted infections among HIV-positive men who have sex with men. OBJECTIVES: The aim of this study was to identify factors that influence whether - and how - specialised HIV nurses discuss sexual risk behaviour with HIV-positive men who have sex with men...
September 6, 2017: International Journal of Nursing Studies
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28936621/expression-of-inflammatory-lipopolysaccharide-binding-protein-lbp-predicts-the-progression-of-conventional-renal-cell-carcinoma-a-short-report
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Gyula Kovacs, Lehel Peterfi, Nelli Farkas, Andras Javorhazy, Csaba Pusztai, Arpad Szanto
BACKGROUND: The mortality of conventional renal cell carcinoma (RCC) correlates directly with the presence or postoperative development of metastases. The aim of this study was to identify new markers associated with the postoperative progression of conventional RCC. METHODS: Tissue microarrays (TMA) of conventional RCC from a cohort of 414 patients were analysed by immunohistochemistry for expression of the lipopolysaccharide binding protein (LBP), which was identified as a candidate biomarker through Affymetrix U133 Plus 2...
September 21, 2017: Cellular Oncology (Dordrecht)
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28936432/severity-of-premenstrual-symptoms-predicted-by-second-to-fourth-digit-ratio
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Yoshiki Kaneoke, Tomohiro Donishi, Akihiko Iwahara, Toshio Shimokawa
Women of reproductive age often experience a variety of unpleasant symptoms prior to the onset of menstruation. While genetics may influence the variability of these symptoms and their severity among women, the exact causes remain unknown. We hypothesized that symptom variability originates from differences in the embryonic environment and thus development caused by variation in exposure to sex hormones. We measured the second to fourth digit ratios (2D:4D) in 402 young women and investigated the potential relationships of this ratio premenstrual symptoms using a generalized linear model...
2017: Frontiers in Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28936409/current-scenario-of-hepatitis-b-and-its-treatment-in-india
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REVIEW
Gautam Ray
Hepatitis B is a significant public health problem in India, yet disease awareness is very low among the general population. The disease is mostly acquired horizontally, but the role of vertical transmission should not be underestimated. In spite of the fact that the majority of cases are e negative disease, most patients present in the advanced stage and even with hepatocellular carcinoma, the leading cause of which is hepatitis B. High-risk groups (especially tribals) also harbour significant disease burden and have a high prevalence of occult infection, supporting the potential of unknowingly spreading the disease...
September 28, 2017: Journal of Clinical and Translational Hepatology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28935775/sarcopenia-is-associated-with-quality-of-life-and-depression-in-patients-with-advanced-cancer
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Ryan D Nipp, Georg Fuchs, Areej El-Jawahri, Julia Mario, Fabian M Troschel, Joseph A Greer, Emily R Gallagher, Vicki A Jackson, Avinash Kambadakone, Theodore S Hong, Jennifer S Temel, Florian J Fintelmann
BACKGROUND: Patients with advanced cancer often experience muscle wasting (sarcopenia), yet little is known about the characteristics associated with sarcopenia and the relationship between sarcopenia and patients' quality of life (QOL) and mood. MATERIALS AND METHODS: As part of a randomized trial, we assessed baseline QOL (Functional Assessment of Cancer Therapy-General [FACT-G]) and mood (Hospital Anxiety and Depression Scale [HADS]) in patients within 8 weeks of diagnosis of incurable lung or gastrointestinal cancer, and prior to randomization...
September 21, 2017: Oncologist
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28935580/higher-growth-rate-and-gene-expression-in-male-zebra-finch-embryos-are-independent-of-manipulation-of-maternal-steroids-in-the-eggs
#19
Dorota Lutyk, Makhsud Tagirov, Szymon Drobniak, Joanna Rutkowska
Sexual dimorphism in prenatal development is widespread among vertebrates, including birds. Its mechanism remains unclear, although it has been attributed to the effect of maternal steroid hormones. The aim of this study was to investigate how increased levels of steroid hormones in the eggs influence early embryonic development of male and female offspring. We also asked whether maternal hormones take part in the control of sex-specific expression of the genes involved in prenatal development. We experimentally manipulated hormones' concentrations in the egg yolk by injecting zebra finch females prior to ovulation with testosterone or corticosterone...
September 18, 2017: General and Comparative Endocrinology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28935145/determinants-of-obstructive-sleep-apnea-syndrome-pro-inflammatory-state-and-dysfunction-of-high-density-lipoprotein
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Yusuf Karadeniz, Altan Onat, Tuğba Akbaş, Barış Şimşek, Hüsniye Yüksel, Günay Can
OBJECTIVE: The goal of this study was to determine variables preceding and predicting incident obstructive sleep apnea syndrome (OSAS) in the population at large. METHODS: Anthropometric, lipid, and non-lipid variables in participants with newly developing OSAS (n = 131) were compared with those of a cohort sample (n = 2615) of the Turkish Adult Risk Factor study. Available values preceding (by a median of 32 mo) the development of OSAS were used in multivariable Cox regression models...
November 2017: Nutrition
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