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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29452442/simplifying-arterial-coupling-in-microsurgery-a-preclinical-assessment-of-an-everter-device-to-aid-with-arterial-anastomosis
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Ian C Sando, Jeffrey S Plott, Brendan M McCracken, Mohamad H Tiba, Kevin R Ward, Jeffrey H Kozlow, Paul S Cederna, Adeyiza O Momoh
BACKGROUND: A novel arterial everter device was engineered to simplify microvascular coupling of arteries by reliably securing the stiff, muscular wall of arteries over coupler pins. We compare microvascular coupling with the everter device to manual suturing for arterial anastomoses in a live large animal model. METHODS: In this preliminary study, bilateral external femoral arteries of five male swine were exposed and sharply divided. Arteries were anastomosed using either interrupted sutures ( n = 5) or the everter device and Synovis Coupler ( n = 5)...
February 16, 2018: Journal of Reconstructive Microsurgery
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29452375/1%C3%AE-hydroxycholecalciferol-improves-the-growth-performance-and-up-regulates-the-mrna-expression-of-vitamin-d-receptor-in-the-small-intestine-and-kidney-of-broiler-chickens
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J C Han, J G Wang, G H Chen, J L Zhang, N Zhang, H X Qu, Y Guo, Y F Yan, X J Yang
1α-Hydroxycholecalciferol (1α-OH-D3) is a vitamin D derivative. The objective of this study was to evaluate the effects of 1α-OH-D3 on the growth and the mRNA expression of vitamin D receptor (VDR) in the small intestine and kidney of chickens. A total of 240 males of one-day-old Ross 308 broilers was randomly assigned to 4 treatments with 5 replicates of 12 birds per replicate. Three levels of 1α-OH-D3 (1.25, 2.5, and 5 μg/kg) were added to a basal diet containing 0.50% calcium (Ca), 0.25% non-phytate phosphorus (NPP), and without supplemental cholecalciferol (vitamin D3)...
February 14, 2018: Poultry Science
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29452372/impact-of-timing-of-influenza-vaccination-in-pregnancy-on-transplacental-antibody-transfer-influenza-incidence-and-birth-outcomes-a-randomized-trial-in-rural-nepal
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Joanne Katz, Janet A Englund, Mark C Steinhoff, Subarna K Khatry, Laxman Shrestha, Jane Kuypers, Luke C Mullany, Helen Y Chu, Steven C LeClerq, Naoko Kozuki, James M Tielsch
Background: Maternal influenza vaccination protects mothers and their infants in low resource settings but little is known about whether the protection varies by gestational age at vaccination. Methods: Women of childbearing age in rural southern Nepal were surveilled for pregnancy, consented and randomized to receive maternal influenza vaccination or placebo, with randomization stratified on gestational age (17-25 or 26-34 weeks). Enrollment occurred in two annual cohorts and vaccinations occurred from April 2011 through September 2013...
February 14, 2018: Clinical Infectious Diseases: An Official Publication of the Infectious Diseases Society of America
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29452371/a-bidirectional-association-between-cognitive-ability-in-young-adulthood-and-epilepsy-a-population-based-cohort-study
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Merete Osler, Erik L Mortensen, Kaare Christensen, Gunhild T Christensen
Aim: To investigate the bidirectional association between cognitive ability in young adulthood and epilepsy. Methods: This cohort study included 1 159 076 men enrolled in the mandatory conscription board examination from the Danish Conscription Database (DCD; 658 465 men examined 1957-84), the Danish Defence Personnel Organization Database (DPOD; 216 509 men examined 1987-2005) and the Danish Conscription Registry (DCR; 284 102 men examined 2006-15). A supplementary analysis included 14 814 female volunteers...
February 14, 2018: International Journal of Epidemiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29452289/polypharmacy-in-people-with-dementia-associations-with-adverse-health-outcomes
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Christoph Mueller, Mariam Molokhia, Gayan Perera, Nicola Veronese, Brendon Stubbs, Hitesh Shetty, David Codling, Jonathan Huntley, Robert Stewart
Polypharmacy has been linked to higher risks of hospitalisation and death in community samples. It is commonly present in people with dementia but these risks have rarely been studied in this population. We aimed investigate associations between polypharmacy and emergency department attendance, any and unplanned hospitalisation, and mortality in patients with dementia. Using a large mental health care database in South London, linked to hospitalisation and mortality data, we assembled a retrospective cohort of patients diagnosed with dementia...
February 13, 2018: Experimental Gerontology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29452184/production-of-chitinase-from-escherichia-fergusonii-chitosanase-from-chryseobacterium-indologenes-comamonas-koreensis-and-its-application-in-n-acetylglucosamine-production
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Tae Il Kim, Dong Hyun Lim, Kwang Soo Baek, Sun Sik Jang, Beom Young Park, Vijayakumar Mayakrishnan
The important platform polysaccharide N-acetylglucosamine (GlcNAc) has great potential to be used in the fields of food, cosmetics, agricultural, pharmaceutical, medicine and biotechnology. This GlcNAc is being produced by traditional methods of environment-unfriendly chemical digestion with strong acids. Therefore, researchers have been paying more attention to enzymatic hydrolysis process for the production of GlcNAc. Hence, in this study, we isolated novel chitinase (Escherichia fergusonii) and chitosanase (Chryseobacterium indologenes, Comamonas koreensis) producing strains from Korean native calves feces, and developed the potential of an eco-friendly microbial progression for GlcNAc production from swollen chitin and chitosan by enzymatic degradation...
February 13, 2018: International Journal of Biological Macromolecules
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29452104/improved-protein-determination-assays-obtained-after-substitution-of-copper-sulfate-by-copper-oxide-nanoparticles
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Preety, Nidhi Chauhan, Swati Sharma, Vinita Hooda
Copper oxide nanoparticles (nano CuO) provide Cu 2+ ions which can be easily harnessed for protein determination as an alternative to the use of copper sulfate (CuSO 4 ). In the present work, nano CuO of size <25 nm were substituted for CuSO 4 in two of the well-known protein assays viz. Lowry method and bicinchoninic acid (BCA) method. Use of nano CuO in the Lowry's assay had no effect on the assay time (30 min) but significantly lowered the limit of detection (LOD) from 0.01 to 0.001 μg/ml, while the BCA method when performed using nano CuO resulted in notable reduction of not only the assay time from 30 to 20 min but also the LOD from 0...
February 13, 2018: Analytical Biochemistry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29451995/sex-dependent-choroidal-thickness-differences-in-healthy-adults-a-study-based-on-original-and-synthesized-data
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Wei Wang, Miao He, Xingwu Zhong
PURPOSE: The purpose of this study is to determine the influence of sex on choroidal thickness (CT) in healthy adults. METHODS: Healthy Chinese adults were recruited and complete ophthalmic examinations were performed. The choroid was imaged by swept-source optical coherence tomography and the macular CT in Early Treatment Diabetic Retinopathy Study grids was obtained by the intrinsic automated segmentation software. CT in males and females was compared after controlling other factors...
February 16, 2018: Current Eye Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29451963/aortic-valve-stenosis-and-aortic-diameters-determine-the-extent-of-increased-wall-shear-stress-in-bicuspid-aortic-valve-disease
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Emile S Farag, Pim van Ooij, R Nils Planken, Kayleigh C P Dukker, Frederiek de Heer, Berto J Bouma, Danielle Robbers-Visser, Maarten Groenink, Aart J Nederveen, Bas A J M de Mol, Jolanda Kluin, S Matthijs Boekholdt
BACKGROUND: Use of 4-dimensional flow magnetic resonance imaging (4D-flow MRI) derived wall shear stress (WSS) heat maps enables identification of regions in the ascending aorta with increased WSS. These regions are subject to dysregulation of the extracellular matrix and elastic fiber degeneration, which is associated with aortic dilatation and dissection. PURPOSE: To evaluate the effect of the presence of aortic valve stenosis and the aortic diameter on the peak WSS and surface area of increased WSS in the ascending aorta...
February 16, 2018: Journal of Magnetic Resonance Imaging: JMRI
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29451946/first-experience-in-switzerland-in-phe508del-homozygous-cystic-fibrosis-patients-with-end-stage-pulmonary-disease-enrolled-in-a-lumacaftor-ivacaftor-therapy-trial-preliminary-results
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Christian Murer, Lars Christian Huber, Thomas Kurowski, Astrid Hirt, Cécile A Robinson, Urs Bürgi, Christian Benden
AIMS OF THE STUDY: Cystic fibrosis is the most common genetic disorder in Caucasians. The combination of the cystic fibrosis transmembrane conductance regulator (CFTR) corrector lumacaftor / potentiator ivacaftor (LUM/IVA) has been shown to increase forced expiratory volume in 1 second (FEV1) moderately, but predominantly reduce acute exacerbation rate (AER) in Phe508del homozygous cystic fibrosis patients; however, patients with FEV1 <40% predicted were excluded from studies. We used LUM/IVA on a "compassionate use" basis in cystic fibrosis patients with end-stage pulmonary disease...
February 16, 2018: Swiss Medical Weekly
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29451068/increased-visceral-adipose-tissue-and-altered-adiposity-distribution-in-premenopausal-lupus-patients-correlation-with-cardiovascular-risk-factors
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L P C Seguro, J A Paupitz, V F Caparbo, E Bonfa, R M R Pereira
Objective Visceral adipose tissue (VAT) correlates with cardiovascular risk factors and has never been assessed in systemic lupus erythematosus (SLE). Our aim was to evaluate VAT in premenopausal SLE patients. Methods Sixty-three premenopausal SLE patients and 186 age-matched healthy women were included. Demographic, anthropometric, disease and treatment parameters were evaluated. VAT was measured by dual X-ray absorptiometry (DXA) with APEX 4.0 software. Results SLE patients had a disease duration of 5.25 ± 3...
January 1, 2018: Lupus
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29451005/hiv-infection-and-risk-of-postpartum-infection-complications-and-mortality-in-rural-uganda
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Lisa M Bebell, Joseph Ngonzi, Mark J Siedner, Winnie R Muyindike, Bosco M Bwana, Laura E Riley, Yap Boum, David R Bangsberg, Ingrid V Bassett
HIV infection may increase risk of postpartum infection and infection-related mortality. We hypothesized that postpartum infection incidence and attributable mortality in Mbarara, Uganda would be higher in HIV-infected than HIV-uninfected women. We performed a prospective cohort study of 4231 women presenting to a regional referral hospital in 2015 for delivery or postpartum care. All febrile or hypothermic women, and a subset of randomly selected normothermic women were followed during hospitalization and with 6-week postpartum phone interviews...
February 16, 2018: AIDS Care
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29450878/antepartum-risk-factors-for-moderate-to-severe-neonatal-hypoxic-ischemic-encephalopathy-a-swedish-national-cohort-study
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Lena Liljestrom, Anna-Karin Wikstrom, Johan Agren, Maria Jonsson
INTRODUCTION: Our aim was to identify antepartum risk factors for neonatal hypoxic ischemic encephalopathy (HIE), with a focus on maternal body mass index and height. MATERIAL AND METHODS: National population-based cohort study of 692 428 live-born infants ≥ 36 gestational weeks in Sweden, 2009-2015. Data from the Swedish Medical Birth Register and the Swedish Neonatal Quality Register were linked. Short maternal stature was defined as ≤ 155 cm, and overweight as body mass index ≥ 25 kg/m 2 ...
February 16, 2018: Acta Obstetricia et Gynecologica Scandinavica
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29450825/unplanned-robotic-assisted-conversion-to-open-colorectal-surgery-is-associated-with-adverse-outcomes
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Yongjin F Lee, Jeremy Albright, Warqaa M Akram, Juan Wu, Jane Ferraro, Robert K Cleary
BACKGROUND: Laparoscopic conversion-to-open colorectal surgery is associated with worse outcomes when compared to operations completed without conversion. Consequences of robotic conversion have not yet been determined. The purpose of this study is to compare short-term outcomes of converted robotic colorectal cases with those that are completed without conversion, as well as with cases done by the open approach. METHODS: The ACS-NSQIP database was queried for patients who underwent robotic completed, robotic converted-to-open, and open colorectal resection between 2012 and 2015...
February 15, 2018: Journal of Gastrointestinal Surgery: Official Journal of the Society for Surgery of the Alimentary Tract
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29450815/factors-affecting-reproductive-performance-in-dromedary-camel-herds-in-saudi-arabia
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Ahmed Ali, Derar Derar, Abdulhadi Alsharari, Assaf Alsharari, Rashid Khalil, Tariq I Almundarij, Yaser Alboti, Fahd Al-Sobayil
A survey of 7122 dromedary camels in 115 herds in Saudi Arabia was used to estimate the effects of herd size (HZ; < 25 vs. 25-49 vs. 50-100 vs. > 100 camels), herder/camels ratio (H/C; 1:< 25 vs. 1:25-50 vs. 1:> 50), manager experience (ME; < 5 vs. 5-10 vs. > 10 years), male/females ratio (M/F), housing system (HS; free vs. closed vs. mixed), length of the breeding season (winter vs. winter and spring vs. fall, winter and spring), age at first mating (3 vs. > 3 years), and time of mating after parturition (≤ 3 vs...
February 15, 2018: Tropical Animal Health and Production
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29450728/winter-vitamin-d-3-supplementation-does-not-increase-muscle-strength-but-modulates-the-igf-axis-in-young-children
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Charlotte Mortensen, Christian Mølgaard, Hanne Hauger, Michael Kristensen, Camilla T Damsgaard
PURPOSE: To explore whether muscle strength, the insulin-like growth factor axis (IGF-axis), height, and body composition were associated with serum 25-hydroxyvitamin D [25(OH)D] and affected by winter vitamin D supplementation in healthy children, and furthermore to explore potential sex differences. METHODS: We performed a double-blind, placebo-controlled, dose-response winter trial at 55ºN. A total of 117 children aged 4-8 years were randomly assigned to either placebo, 10, or 20 µg/day of vitamin D 3 for 20 weeks...
February 15, 2018: European Journal of Nutrition
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29450585/effect-of-isolated-vitamin-d-supplementation-on-bone-turnover-markers-in-younger-postmenopausal-women-a-randomized-double-blind-placebo-controlled-trial
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J Nahas-Neto, L M Cangussu, C L Orsatti, F N Bueloni-Dias, P F Poloni, E B Schmitt, E A P Nahas
Vitamin D (VD) plays an important role in bone mineralization. The present study investigates the effect of VD supplementation alone on bone turnover markers in younger postmenopausal women. It has been shown that VD supplementation in postmenopausal women with hypovitaminosis D is associated with a reduction in bone turnover markers. PURPOSE: The purpose of this study is to evaluate the effect of VD supplementation alone on bone turnover markers in younger postmenopausal women. METHODS: In this double-blind, placebo-controlled trial, 160 women were randomized into the VD group (supplementation with 1000 IU of vitamin D3/day, orally; n = 80) or placebo group (n = 80)...
February 15, 2018: Osteoporosis International
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29450525/association-of-the-affordable-care-act-dependent-coverage-provision-with-prenatal-care-use-and-birth-outcomes
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Jamie R Daw, Benjamin D Sommers
Importance: The effect of the Affordable Care Act (ACA) dependent coverage provision on pregnancy-related health care and health outcomes is unknown. Objective: To determine whether the dependent coverage provision was associated with changes in payment for birth, prenatal care, and birth outcomes. Design, Setting, and Participants: Retrospective cohort study, using a differences-in-differences analysis of individual-level birth certificate data comparing live births among US women aged 24 to 25 years (exposure group) and women aged 27 to 28 years (control group) before (2009) and after (2011-2013) enactment of the dependent coverage provision...
February 13, 2018: JAMA: the Journal of the American Medical Association
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29450399/functional-results-of-cataract-surgery-in-the-treatment-of-phacomorphic-glaucoma
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Andreea Moraru, Gabriela Pînzaru, Anca Moţoc, Dănuţ Costin
Purpose. Analysis of functional outcome and complications reported in patients diagnosed with phacomorphic glaucoma, in which phacoemulsification or extracapsular extraction of the lens was performed. Methods. The retrospective study included 38 eyes diagnosed with phacomorphic glaucoma. In 25 cases, group 1, the lens was removed by phacoemulsification and in 13 cases, group 2, by extracapsular extraction. Intraocular pressure, visual acuity, and anterior chamber depth were evaluated preoperative and postoperative...
July 2017: Romanian Journal of Ophthalmology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29450251/online-activities-prevalence-of-internet-addiction-and-risk-factors-related-to-family-and-school-among-adolescents-in-china
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Miao Xin, Jiang Xing, Wang Pengfei, Li Houru, Wang Mengcheng, Zeng Hong
Aims: To investigate the online activities, prevalence of Internet Addiction in relation to demographic characteristics and risk factors related to family and school among adolescents. Methods: A total of 6468 10-18 year old adolescents recruited from local schools in Guangzhou, China were selected by adopting multi-stage stratified random sampling (female/male: 2886/3582; mean age:13.78 ± 2.43). Participants completed a structured questionnaire. Results: The overall prevalence of Internet Addiction was 26...
June 2018: Addictive Behaviors Reports
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