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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28445896/total-serum-antioxidant-capacity-in-healthy-normal-weight-and-asymptomatic-overweight-adults
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Ana Petelin, Paola Tedeschi, Annalisa Maietti, Mihaela Jurdana, Vincenzo Brandolini, Zala Jenko Pražnikar
Obesity and overweight are major contributors to the burden of chronic disease. Both are defined as abnormal or excessive fat accumulation and by increased production of free radicals leading to oxidative stress. The aim of the present study was to evaluate whether overweight and fat accumulation is associated with serum total antioxidant capacity (TAC) in men and women, irrespective of nutritional habits, nutrient intakes, physical activity, smoking, and other confounders, which may be responsible for modifying the association between serum TAC and overweight/obesity measures...
April 26, 2017: Experimental and Clinical Endocrinology & Diabetes
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28445747/physical-and-functional-characterization-of-a-viral-genome-maturation-complex
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Teng-Chieh Yang, David Ortiz, Qin Yang, Rolando W De Angelis, Saurarshi J Sanyal, Carlos E Catalano
Genome packaging is strongly conserved in the complex double-stranded DNA viruses, including the herpesviruses and many bacteriophages. In these cases, viral DNA is packaged into a procapsid shell by a terminase enzyme. The packaging substrate is typically a concatemer composed of multiple genomes linked in a head-to-tail fashion, and terminase enzymes perform two essential functions: 1) excision of a unit length genome from the concatemer (genome maturation) and 2) translocation of the duplex into a procapsid (genome packaging)...
April 25, 2017: Biophysical Journal
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28445742/beyond-the-bereitschaftspotential-action-preparation-behind-cognitive-functions
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REVIEW
F Di Russo, M Berchicci, C Bozzacchi, R L Perri, S Pitzalis, D Spinelli
Research on preparatory brain processes taking place before acting shows unexpected connections with cognitive processing. From 50 years, we know that motor-related brain activity can be measured by electrocortical recordings 1-3s before voluntary actions. This readiness potential has been associated with increasing excitably of premotor and motor areas and directly linked to the kinematic of the upcoming action. Now we know that the mere motor preparation is only one function of a more complex preparatory activity...
April 23, 2017: Neuroscience and Biobehavioral Reviews
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28445626/fabrication-and-characterization-of-chitosan-polyvinylpyrrolidone-and-cellulose-nanowhiskers-nanocomposite-films-for-wound-healing-drug-delivery-application
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Abshar Hasan, Gyan Waibhaw, Sakshi Tiwari, K Dharmalingam, I Shukla, Lalit M Pandey
This study describes the preparation of composite film using chitosan (CS) and polyvinylpyrrolidone (PVP) with incorporated cellulose nanowhiskers (CNWs) for drug delivery application. CNWs were prepared by acid hydrolysis of cellulose with sulfuric acid. Field emission scanning electron microscopy studies revealed nanofibrous morphology of CNWs with 20-30 nm diameter and 200-250 nm in length. X-ray powder diffraction (XRD) analysis confirmed highly crystalline nature of CNWs with 92.81% crystallinity. Incorporation of CNWs enhanced the thermal and mechanical properties of films...
April 26, 2017: Journal of Biomedical Materials Research. Part A
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28445624/the-role-of-publicly-funded-family-planning-sites-in-health-insurance-enrollment
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Jennifer Yarger, Sara Daniel, M Antonia Biggs, Jan Malvin, Claire D Brindis
CONTEXT: Publicly funded family planning providers are well positioned to help uninsured individuals learn about health insurance coverage options and effectively navigate the enrollment process. Understanding how these providers are engaged in enrollment assistance and the challenges they face in providing assistance is important for maximizing their role in health insurance outreach and enrollment. METHODS: In 2014, some 684 sites participating in California's family planning program were surveyed about their involvement in helping clients enroll in health insurance...
April 26, 2017: Perspectives on Sexual and Reproductive Health
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28445485/validity-and-reliability-of-the-physical-activity-questionnaire-for-children-paq-c-and-adolescents-paq-a-in-individuals-with-congenital-heart-disease
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Christine Voss, Paige H Dean, Ross F Gardner, Stephanie L Duncombe, Kevin C Harris
OBJECTIVE: To assess the criterion validity, internal consistency, reliability and cut-point for the Physical Activity Questionnaire for Children (PAQ-C) and Adolescents (PAQ-A) in children and adolescents with congenital heart disease-a special population at high cardiovascular risk in whom physical activity has not been extensively evaluated. METHODS: We included 84 participants (13.6±2.9 yrs, 50% female) with simple (37%), moderate (31%), or severe congenital heart disease (27%), as well as cardiac transplant recipients (6%), from BC Children's Hospital, Canada...
2017: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28445225/physical-fitness-and-body-composition-in-8-10-year-old-danish-children-are-associated-with-sports-club-participation
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Malte N Larsen, Claus M Nielsen, Christina Ørntoft, Morten Br Thomsen, Vibeke Manniche, Lone Hansen, Peter R Hansen, Jens Bangsbo, Peter Krustrup
We investigated whether physical fitness and body composition in 8-10-year-old Danish children are associated with sports club participation. The study included 423 schoolchildren, comprising 209 girls and 214 boys, of whom 67 and 74%, respectively, were active in sports clubs. Yo-Yo Intermittent Recovery level 1 for Children (YYIR1C), balance, jump and coordination tests, together with DXA scans, were used to determine exercise capacity and body composition. Children active in sports clubs had better (P<0...
April 18, 2017: Journal of Strength and Conditioning Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28444737/digest-know-your-poison-predictable-molecular-changes-confer-toxin-resistance-in-snakes
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Kalina T J Davies
The repeated independent evolution of similar features in divergent lineages, a process known as convergent evolution, has long been a source of fascination for both naturalists and evolutionary biologists. Until recently, this active area of research had been focused principally on the evolution of physical characteristics associated with novel traits (e.g. the independent evolution of wings in birds, bats and pterosaurs). This article is protected by copyright. All rights reserved.
April 26, 2017: Evolution; International Journal of Organic Evolution
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28444732/low-back-pain-among-nurses-in-slovenian-hospitals-cross-sectional-study
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B Skela-Savič, K Pesjak, S Hvalič-Touzery
AIM: The study investigated the prevalence and factors predicting low back pain among nurses in Slovenian hospitals. BACKGROUND: The risk factors for low back pain are physical and psychosocial. Implementation of interventions for reducing low back pain calls for management support, accessible equipment, education, knowledge and risk assessment. INTRODUCTION: Low back pain prevalence and incidence among healthcare workers is very high compared to the general population and is a strong risk factor for long-term sickness absence...
April 26, 2017: International Nursing Review
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28444695/exercise-therapy-for-chronic-fatigue-syndrome
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REVIEW
Lillebeth Larun, Kjetil G Brurberg, Jan Odgaard-Jensen, Jonathan R Price
BACKGROUND: Chronic fatigue syndrome (CFS) is characterised by persistent, medically unexplained fatigue, as well as symptoms such as musculoskeletal pain, sleep disturbance, headaches and impaired concentration and short-term memory. CFS presents as a common, debilitating and serious health problem. Treatment may include physical interventions, such as exercise therapy, which was last reviewed in 2004. OBJECTIVES: The objective of this review was to determine the effects of exercise therapy (ET) for patients with CFS as compared with any other intervention or control...
April 25, 2017: Cochrane Database of Systematic Reviews
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28444615/polygenic-study-of-endurance-associated-genetic-markers-ace-i-d-actn3-arg-r-577ter-x-ckmm-a-g-ncoi-and-enos-glu-g-298asp-t-in-male-gorkha-soldiers
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Seema Malhotra, Kiran Preet, Arvind Tomar, Shweta Rawat, Sayar Singh, Inderjeet Singh, L Robert Varte, Tirthankar Chatterjee, M S Pal, Soma Sarkar
BACKGROUND: Gorkhas, a sub-mountainous population of the Himalayan region, are known for strength and bravery. In the present study when "Gorkha" is used without brackets, we are mentioning Gorkhas of Tibeto-Burman origin. Physical capability, strength and endurance are important components of fitness associated with genetic traits. The aim of this study was to examine the endurance potential of male Gorkha soldiers, based on endurance-related genetic markers ACE I/D, ACTN3 Arg (R)577Ter(X), CKMM A/G NcoI and eNOS Glu(G)298Asp(T)...
December 2017: Sports Medicine—Open
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28444554/relationships-between-environmental-factors-and-participation-in-adults-with-traumatic-brain-injury-stroke-and-spinal-cord-injury-a-cross-sectional-multi-center-study
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Alex W K Wong, Sheryl Ng, Jessica Dashner, M Carolyn Baum, Joy Hammel, Susan Magasi, Jin-Shei Lai, Noelle E Carlozzi, David S Tulsky, Ana Miskovic, Arielle Goldsmith, Allen W Heinemann
PURPOSE: To develop and evaluate a model of environmental factors-participation relationships for persons with traumatic brain injury (TBI), stroke, and spinal cord injury (SCI), and test whether this model differed across three diagnostic groups, as well as other demographic and clinical characteristics. METHODS: A cross-sectional observational study included 545 community-dwelling adults with neurological disorders (TBI = 166; stroke = 189; SCI = 190) recruited at three academic medical centers...
April 25, 2017: Quality of Life Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28444534/metabolic-factors-anthropometric-measures-diet-and-physical-activity-in-long-term-breast-cancer-survivors-change-from-diagnosis-and-comparison-to-non-breast-cancer-controls
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Ana Elisa Lohmann, Marguerite Ennis, Sara K Taylor, Pamela J Goodwin
PURPOSE: We studied metabolic factors, diabetes, and anthropometric measurements at diagnosis and long-term follow-up (LTFU), mean 12.5 years post-diagnosis, in breast cancer (BC) survivors, and compared their status at LTFU to that of age-matched women without BC. Diet and physical activity were also assessed. METHOD: 535 non-diabetic BC patients treated at three University of Toronto hospitals were followed prospectively; 285 surviving patients, without distant recurrence, participated in a LTFU study...
April 25, 2017: Breast Cancer Research and Treatment
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28444532/the-utrecht-cohort-for-multiple-breast-cancer-intervention-studies-and-long-term-evaluation-umbrella-objectives-design-and-baseline-results
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D A Young-Afat, C H van Gils, H J G D van den Bongard, H M Verkooijen
PURPOSE: In oncology, RCTs are often beset by slow recruitment, limited generalizability, and strong preferences for interventions by patients and physicians. The cohort multiple randomized controlled trial (cmRCT) is an innovative design with the potential to overcome those challenges. In cmRCT, a prospective cohort serves as an infrastructure for multiple RCTs. We implemented cmRCT in a clinical breast cancer setting by creating UMBRELLA-a large prospective cohort of breast cancer and DCIS patients/survivors...
April 25, 2017: Breast Cancer Research and Treatment
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28444348/how-physically-active-are-people-following-stroke-systematic-review-and-quantitative-synthesis
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Natalie A Fini, Anne E Holland, Jenny Keating, Jacinta Simek, Julie Bernhardt
Background: : Mobility limitations are common following stroke and frequently lead to poor participation in physical activity (PA). Purpose: : To describe PA across the various stages following stroke (acute, subacute and chronic). Data Sources: : Searches were conducted in five databases. Study Selection: : Eligible studies included participants with stroke whose PA was quantitatively measured for at least four hours in a single session...
April 21, 2017: Physical Therapy
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28444299/environmental-factors-associated-with-disease-flare-in-juvenile-and-adult-dermatomyositis
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Gulnara Mamyrova, Lisa G Rider, Alison Ehrlich, Olcay Jones, Lauren M Pachman, Robert Nickeson, Lisa G Criscone-Schreiber, Lawrence K Jung, Frederick W Miller, James D Katz
Objective.: The aim was to assess environmental factors associated with disease flare in juvenile and adult dermatomyositis (DM). Methods.: An online survey of DM patients from the USA and Canada examined smoking, sun exposure, infections, medications, vaccines, stressful life events and physical activity during the 6 months before flares, or in the past 6 months in patients without flares. Differences were evaluated by χ 2 and Fisher's exact tests, and significant univariable results were examined in multivariable logistic regression...
April 21, 2017: Rheumatology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28444208/adverse-impacts-of-chronic-pain-on-health-related-quality-of-life-work-productivity-depression-and-anxiety-in-a-community-based-study
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Kosuke Kawai, Alison Tse Kawai, Peter Wollan, Barbara P Yawn
Background.: Chronic pain has major clinical and social consequences. Few studies have examined any variation in the extent of impairment on quality of life and work productivity by site and type of chronic pain. Objective.: The objective of our study is to examine adverse impacts of chronic pain on physical and psychological health and work productivity. Methods.: Our community-population study was based on a phone-interview of adults with chronic pain, residing in Olmsted County, MN...
April 22, 2017: Family Practice
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28444145/parental-separation-and-cardiometabolic-risk-factors-in-late-adolescence-a-cross-cohort-comparison
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Ana Luiza Gonçalves Soares, Helen Gonçalves, Alicia Matijasevich, Maija Sequeira, George Davey Smith, Ana M B Menezes, Maria Cecília Assunção, Fernando C Wehrmeister, Abigail Fraser, Laura D Howe
The aim of this study was to explore the association between parental separation during childhood (up to 18 years of age) and cardiometabolic risk factors (body mass index, fat mass index, blood pressure, physical activity, smoking, and alcohol consumption) in late adolescence using a cross-cohort comparison and to explore whether associations differ according to the age at which the parental separation occurred and the presence or absence of parental conflict prior to separation. Data from the Avon Longitudinal Study of Parents and Children (ALSPAC, United Kingdom) (1991-2011) and the 1993 Pelotas Birth Cohort (Brazil) (1993-2011) were used...
April 21, 2017: American Journal of Epidemiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28444135/prevalence-and-correlates-of-olfactory-dysfunction-in-old-age-a-population-based-study
#19
Janina Seubert, Erika J Laukka, Debora Rizzuto, Thomas Hummel, Laura Fratiglioni, Lars Bäckman, Maria Larsson
Background: Olfactory dysfunction (OD) in old age is associated with poor health outcomes. Interrelationships among different correlates of OD can offer insights into the underlying mechanisms, but to date remain understudied. Methods: Odor identification performance and self-reported olfactory functioning were studied in 2,234 people aged 60-90 years, who were free of neurodegenerative disease and enrolled in the Swedish National Study on Aging and Care in Kungsholmen (SNAC-K) study, Stockholm, Sweden...
April 21, 2017: Journals of Gerontology. Series A, Biological Sciences and Medical Sciences
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28443984/antifungal-activity-of-caspofungin-in-experimental-infective-endocarditis-caused-by-candida-albicans
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Gerardo Becerra Victorio, Lorena Michele Brennan Bourdon, Leonel García Benavides, Selene G Huerta-Olvera, Arturo Plascencia, José Villanueva, Erika Martinez-Lopez, Iván Isidro Hernández-Cañaveral
BACKGROUND: Infective endocarditis is a disease characterised by heart valve lesions, which exhibit extracellular matrix proteins that act as a physical barrier to prevent the passage of antimicrobial agents. The genus Candida has acquired clinical importance given that it is increasingly being isolated from cases of nosocomial infections. OBJECTIVE: To evaluate the activity of caspofungin compared to that of liposomal amphotericin B against Candida albicans in experimental infective endocarditis...
May 2017: Memórias do Instituto Oswaldo Cruz
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