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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27926628/variants-of-tph2-interact-with-fast-visual-processing-as-assessed-by-metacontrast
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Margus Maksimov, Mariliis Vaht, Carolina Murd, Jaanus Harro, Talis Bachmann
Sensitivity to threatening or otherwise unpleasant visual stimuli has become a widely used measure of potential vulnerability/resilience. Basically, experiments using this strategy present brief stimuli, often followed by a mask, and individuals' sensitivity is measured. However, it has not been asked whether the individual differences in threat detection or adaptive resilience associated with genetic variability-related endophenotypes might be just a function of some basic visual functions involved in processing and reporting brief visual stimuli without any emotional content...
December 6, 2016: Neuroreport
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27925771/heterosexual-homosexual-and-bisexual-men-s-pupillary-responses-to-persons-at-different-stages-of-sexual-development
#2
Janice Attard-Johnson, Markus Bindemann, Caoilte Ó Ciardha
This study investigated whether pupil size during the viewing of images of adults and children reflects the sexual orientation of heterosexual, homosexual, and bisexual men (n = 100, Mage = 22). More specifically, we explored whether this measure corresponds with sexual age preferences for adults over children in nonpedophilic men. In general, results across three experiments, in which observers freely viewed or rated the sexual appeal of person images, suggest that pupil dilation to sexual stimuli is an indicator of sexual orientation toward adults...
December 7, 2016: Journal of Sex Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27925651/model-based-dose-selection-for-intravaginal-ring-formulations-releasing-anastrozole-and-levonorgestrel-intended-for-the-treatment-of-endometriosis-symptoms
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Isabel Reinecke, Marcus-Hillert Schultze-Mosgau, Rüdiger Nave, Heinz Schmitz, Bart A Ploeger
Pharmacokinetics (PK) of anastrozole (ATZ) and levonorgestrel (LNG) released from an intravaginal ring (IVR) intended to treat endometriosis symptoms were characterized, and the exposure-response relationship focusing on the development of large ovarian follicle-like structures was investigated by modeling and simulation to support dose selection for further studies. A population PK analysis and simulations were performed for ATZ and LNG based on clinical phase 1 study data from 66 healthy women. A PK/PD model was developed to predict the probability of a maximum follicle size ≥30 mm and the potential contribution of ATZ beside the known LNG effects...
December 7, 2016: Journal of Clinical Pharmacology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27925486/real-talk-developing-a-computer-delivered-sexual-health-program-for-black-men-who-have-sex-with-men
#4
Charles Klein, Carmela Lomonaco
HIV disproportionately affects Black men who have sex with men (MSM), yet there are few evidence-based programs that respond to the diverse realities of Black MSM communities. This article examines the development of Real Talk, a new harm reduction-based, sexual health intervention for Black MSM. We first analyze the key themes from our formative research: (1) stigma, discrimination, and intersectionalities in the lives of Black MSM, (2) the importance of safe spaces and community provided by health promotion programs, and (3) moving beyond condoms in sexual health messaging...
December 2016: AIDS Education and Prevention: Official Publication of the International Society for AIDS Education
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27925307/a-new-device-to-inseminate-cows-at-the-base-of-the-uterine-horns
#5
O García-Peña, R Rangel-Santos, R Rodríguez-De Lara, C A Apodaca-Sarabia, E Maldonado-Simán
A new device (Chapingo device) to deposit semen at the base of the uterine horns of cattle was developed at Universidad Autonoma Chapingo, Mexico. Nine Holstein heifers were inseminated by transvaginal laparoscopy, using a laparoscope for cattle and the Chapingo device. A dose of sexed semen (2.1 × 10(6) spermatozoa) was deposited at the base of the uterine horn ipsilateral to the ovary where the preovulatory follicle was identified. Insemination was achieved in all the heifers, taking on average 13.7 ± 3...
December 7, 2016: Reproduction in Domestic Animals, Zuchthygiene
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27924235/evaluation-of-related-risk-factors-in-number-of-musculoskeletal-disorders-among-carpet-weavers-in-iran
#6
Nasim Karimi, Abbas Moghimbeigi, Majid Motamedzade, Ghodratollah Roshanaei
BACKGROUND: Musculoskeletal disorders (MSDs) are a common problem among carpet weavers. This study was undertaken to introduce affecting personal and occupational factors in developing the number of MSDs among carpet weavers. METHODS: A cross-sectional study was performed among 862 weavers in seven towns with regard to workhouse location in urban or rural regions. Data were collected by using questionnaires that contain personal, workplace, and information tools and the modified Nordic MSDs questionnaire...
December 2016: Safety and Health At Work
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27924164/smoking-associated-dna-methylation-markers-predict-lung-cancer-incidence
#7
Yan Zhang, Magdeldin Elgizouli, Ben Schöttker, Bernd Holleczek, Alexandra Nieters, Hermann Brenner
BACKGROUND: Newly established blood DNA methylation markers that are strongly associated with smoking might open new avenues for lung cancer (LC) screening. We aimed to assess the performance of the top hits from previous epigenome-wide association studies in prediction of LC incidence. In a prospective nested case-control study, DNA methylation at AHRR (cg05575921), 6p21.33 (cg06126421), and F2RL3 (cg03636183) were measured by pyrosequencing in baseline whole blood samples of 143 incident LC cases identified during 11 years of follow-up and 457 age- and sex-matched controls without diagnosis of LC until the end of follow-up...
2016: Clinical Epigenetics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27923908/estrogen-activation-of-microglia-underlies-the-sexually-dimorphic-differences-in-nf1-optic-glioma-induced-retinal-pathology
#8
Joseph A Toonen, Anne C Solga, Yu Ma, David H Gutmann
Children with neurofibromatosis type 1 (NF1) develop low-grade brain tumors throughout the optic pathway. Nearly 50% of children with optic pathway gliomas (OPGs) experience visual impairment, and few regain their vision after chemotherapy. Recent studies have revealed that girls with optic nerve gliomas are five times more likely to lose vision and require treatment than boys. To determine the mechanism underlying this sexually dimorphic difference in clinical outcome, we leveraged Nf1 optic glioma (Nf1-OPG) mice...
December 6, 2016: Journal of Experimental Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27923626/limitations-in-predicting-outcome-following-primary-acl-reconstruction-with-single-bundle-hamstring-autograft-a-systematic-review
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Vincent Vg An, Corey Scholes, Vikram A Mhaskar, William Hadden, David Parker
BACKGROUND: Anterior cruciate ligament reconstruction (ACLR) is one of the most well studied and performed procedures in the world. Thus, it would be useful to develop a tool to predict patient outcomes post-operatively to allow clinicians to optimise management. PURPOSE: To identify and summarise factors predictive of graft failure and patient-reported outcome (PROM) measures at minimum two years after ACLR with single-bundle quadruple hamstring autograft via the anteromedial portal technique...
December 3, 2016: Knee
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27923178/aplastic-anemia-and-risk-of-deep-vein-thrombosis-and-pulmonary-embolism-a-nationwide-cohort-study
#10
Chun-Liang Lin, Cheng-Li Lin, Shu-Ling Tzeng, Wei-Sheng Chung
OBJECTIVES: Deep vein thrombosis (DVT) and pulmonary embolism (PE) constitute venous thromboembolism (VTE), which is not fully known in aplastic anemia (AA). Therefore, we investigated the incidence and risk of VTE in AA patients. METHODS: We conducted a nationwide cohort study to investigate the risk of DVT and PE in patients with AA. We identified patients with newly diagnosed AA as the AA cohort between 2000 and 2010 from the National Health Insurance Research Database (NHIRD)...
November 21, 2016: Thrombosis Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27922747/frailty-and-subsequent-disability-and-mortality-among-patients-with-critical-illness
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Nathan E Brummel, Susan P Bell, Timothy D Girard, Pratik P Pandharipande, James C Jackson, Alessandro Morandi, Jennifer L Thompson, Rameela Chandrasekhar, Gordon R Bernard, Robert S Dittus, Thomas M Gill, E Wesley Ely
INTRODUCTION The prevalence of frailty (diminished physiologic reserve) and its effect on outcomes for those ≥18 years old with critical illness is unclear. We hypothesized greater frailty would be associated with subsequent mortality, disability, and cognitive impairment, regardless of age. METHODS At enrollment, we measured frailty using the Clinical Frailty Scale (CFS, range 1 [very fit] to 7 [severely frail]). At 3 and 12 months post-discharge, we assessed vital status, instrumental and basic activities of daily living (IADLs and BADLs), and cognition...
December 6, 2016: American Journal of Respiratory and Critical Care Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27922719/markov-mixed-effects-modeling-using-electronic-adherence-monitoring-records-identifies-influential-covariates-to-hiv-preexposure-prophylaxis
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Kumpal Madrasi, Ayyappa Chaturvedula, Jessica E Haberer, Mark Sale, Michael J Fossler, David Bangsberg, Jared M Baeten, Connie Celum, Craig W Hendrix
Adherence is a major factor in the effectiveness of preexposure prophylaxis (PrEP) for HIV prevention. Modeling patterns of adherence helps to identify influential covariates of different types of adherence as well as to enable clinical trial simulation so that appropriate interventions can be developed. We developed a Markov mixed-effects model to understand the covariates influencing adherence patterns to daily oral PrEP. Electronic adherence records (date and time of medication bottle cap opening) from the Partners PrEP ancillary adherence study with a total of 1147 subjects were used...
December 6, 2016: Journal of Clinical Pharmacology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27922545/risk-factors-for-diabetes-mellitus-in-chronic-pancreatitis-a-cohort-of-2011-patients
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Jun Pan, Lei Xin, Dan Wang, Zhuan Liao, Jin-Huan Lin, Bai-Rong Li, Ting-Ting Du, Bo Ye, Wen-Bin Zou, Hui Chen, Jun-Tao Ji, Zhao-Hong Zheng, Liang-Hao Hu, Zhao-Shen Li
Diabetes mellitus (DM) is a common complication of chronic pancreatitis (CP) and increases the mortality. The identification of risk factors for DM development may contribute to the early detection and potential risk reduction of DM in patients with CP.Patients with CP admitted to Changhai Hospital (Shanghai, China) from January 2000 to December 2013 were enrolled. Cumulative rates of DM after the onset of CP were calculated by Kaplan-Meier method. Risk factors for DM development after the diagnosis of CP were identified by Cox proportional hazards regression model...
April 2016: Medicine (Baltimore)
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27922203/vulnerability-to-alcohol-related-problems-a-policy-brief-with-implications-for-the-regulation-of-alcohol-marketing
#14
Thomas F Babor, Katherine Robaina, Jonathan K Noel, E Bruce Ritson
BACKGROUND AND AIMS: The concern that alcohol advertising can have detrimental effects on vulnerable viewers has prompted the development of codes of responsible advertising practices. This paper evaluates critically the concept of vulnerability as it applies to (1) susceptibility to alcohol-related harm and (2) susceptibility to the effects of marketing, and describes its implications for the regulation of alcohol marketing. METHOD: We describe the findings of key published studies, review papers and expert reports to determine whether these two types of vulnerability apply to population groups defined by (1) age and developmental history; (2) personality characteristics; (3) family history of alcoholism; (4) female sex and pregnancy risk; and (5) history of alcohol dependence and recovery status...
December 6, 2016: Addiction
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27922121/sex-differences-in-prevalence-of-and-risk-factors-for-carotid-plaque-among-adults-a-population-based-cross-sectional-study-in-rural-china
#15
Wei Zhao, Yanan Wu, Min Shi, Lingling Bai, Jun Tu, Zaiyu Guo, Rongcai Jiang, Jianning Zhang, Xianjia Ning, Jinghua Wang
Although the associations between carotid plaque and cardiovascular disease risk factors have been identified in previous studies, there is limited information on sex-related differences in factors associated with the development of carotid plaque. We aimed to determine sex differences in the prevalence of carotid plaque and associated risk factors in rural China. A total of 3,789 subjects aged ≥45 years without history of stroke or cardiovascular disease were recruited to the study. B-mode ultrasonography was performed to determine the presence of carotid plaque...
December 6, 2016: Scientific Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27921038/the-clinical-manifestation-and-management-of-autosomal-dominant-polycystic-kidney-disease-in-china
#16
REVIEW
Cheng Xue, Chen-Chen Zhou, Ming Wu, Chang-Lin Mei
BACKGROUND: Autosomal dominant polycystic kidney disease (ADPKD) is the most common monogenic hereditary kidney disease characterized by progressive enlargement of renal cysts. The incidence is 1-2‰ worldwide. Mutations in two genes (PKD1 and PKD2) cause ADPKD. Currently, there is no pharmaceutical treatment available for ADPKD patients in China. Summary: This review focused on advances in clinical manifestation, gene diagnosis, risk factors, and management of ADPKD in China. There is an age-dependent increase in total kidney volume (TKV) and decrease in renal function in Chinese ADPKD patients...
October 2016: Kidney Diseases
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27920342/experimentally-induced-preterm-birth-in-sheep-following-a-clinical-course-of-antenatal-betamethasone-effects-on-growth-and-long-term-survival
#17
Vivian B Nguyen, Robert De Matteo, Richard Harding, Aneta Stefanidis, Graeme R Polglase, M Jane Black
Preterm births account for approximately 10% of births worldwide, with the majority (∼80%) being moderate preterm. Our aim was to determine the effects of moderate preterm birth on survival and long-term growth of male and female offspring using an ovine model of preterm birth that was preceded by a clinically relevant dose of corticosteroids. Ewes were induced to deliver preterm or at term; those assigned to deliver preterm were administered antenatal betamethasone (11.4 mg, 2 doses, 24 hours apart). The growth (body weight and body dimensions) of offspring was monitored to adulthood (62 weeks) when the animals were humanely killed for organ collection...
December 5, 2016: Reproductive Sciences
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27920219/the-proprotein-convertases-in-hypercholesterolemia-and-cardiovascular-diseases-emphasis-on-proprotein-convertase-subtilisin-kexin-9
#18
REVIEW
Nabil G Seidah, Marianne Abifadel, Stefan Prost, Catherine Boileau, Annik Prat
The secretory proprotein convertase (PC) family comprises nine members, as follows: PC1/3, PC2, furin, PC4, PC5/6, paired basic amino acid cleaving enzyme 4, PC7, subtilisin kexin isozyme 1/site 1 protease (SKI-1/S1P), and PC subtilisin/kexin type 9 (PCSK9). The first seven PCs cleave their substrates at single/paired basic residues and exhibit specific and often essential functions during development and/or in adulthood. The essential SKI-1/S1P cleaves membrane-bound transcription factors at nonbasic residues...
January 2017: Pharmacological Reviews
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27920189/effects-of-maize-naturally-contaminated-with-aflatoxin-b1-on-growth-performance-intestinal-morphology-and-digestive-physiology-in-ducks
#19
G D Feng, J He, X Ao, D W Chen
This study was conducted to determine the effects of maize naturally contaminated with aflatoxin B1 (AFB1) on growth performance, intestinal morphology, relative digestive organs weight, digestive enzymes activities, and biochemical index of intestinal development in ducks. A total of 640 ducks was blocked on the basis of sex and body weight, and then allocated randomly to 2 treatments with 20 pens per treatment and 16 ducks per pen. The experiment lasted for 5 wk, and dietary treatments included basal diet (CON) and diets with 100% of normal maize replaced by AFB1 contaminated maize...
December 5, 2016: Poultry Science
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27920127/antihypertensive-medication-postpones-the-onset-of-glaucoma-evidence-from-a-nationwide-study
#20
Anna Horwitz, Marc Klemp, Jørgen Jeppesen, James C Tsai, Christian Torp-Pedersen, Miriam Kolko
The aim was to investigate the impact of antihypertensive medication on the onset of glaucoma. Data from the complete Danish population between 40 and 95 years of age were used in the period from 1996 to 2012, covering >2.6 million individuals. The National Danish Registry of Medicinal Products Statistics was used to identify all claimed prescriptions for glaucoma medication and antihypertensive drugs. We first investigated basic correlations in the data and found that patients treated with antihypertensive medication, at any time during the study period, had a significantly higher overall relative risk (RR) of glaucoma, even when controlling for age and sex (with a RR of 1...
December 5, 2016: Hypertension
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