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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28346964/lipoprotein-a-as-a-risk-factor-for-venous-thromboembolism-a-systematic-review-and-meta-analysis-of-the-literature
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Francesco Dentali, Vera Gessi, Rossella Marcucci, Monica Gianni, Anna Maria Grandi, Massimo Franchini
Elevated plasma levels of lipoprotein(a) (Lp(a)) are associated with increased cardiovascular risk in several clinical studies. However, there is a lack of data supporting a positive association between elevated Lp(a) levels and venous thromboembolism (VTE). Thus, we conducted a systematic review of the literature to better clarify its role as a risk factor for VTE. Medline and the Embase (up to May 2015) electronic databases were used to identify potentially eligible studies. Studies measuring Lp(a) values in adult patients with deep vein thrombosis and/or pulmonary embolism and in a population of patients without a VTE were selected...
March 27, 2017: Seminars in Thrombosis and Hemostasis
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28346898/modelling-of-escherichia-coli-concentrations-in-bathing-water-at-microtidal-coasts
#2
A Palazón, I López, L Aragonés, Y Villacampa, F J Navarro-González
Monitoring of the quality of bathing water in line with the European Commission bathing water directive (Directive 2006/7/EC) is a significant economic expense for those countries with great lengths of coastline. In this study a numerical model based on finite elements is generated whose objective is partially substituting the microbiological analysis of the quality of coastal bathing waters. According to a study of the concentration of Escherichia coli in 299 Spanish Mediterranean beaches, it was established that the most important variables that influence the concentration are: monthly sunshine hours, mean monthly precipitation, number of goat cattle heads, population density, presence of Posidonia oceanica, UV, urbanization level, type of sediment, wastewater treatment ratio, salinity, distance to the nearest discharge, and wave height perpendicular to the coast...
March 24, 2017: Science of the Total Environment
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28346733/the-ontogeny-and-population-variability-of-human-hepatic-dihydronicotinamide-riboside-quinone-oxidoreductase-nqo2
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Zoe Riches, Yuejian Liu, Jacob M Berman, Gurinder Walia, Abby C Collier
Dihydronicotinamide riboside:quinone oxidoreductase (NQO2) is an enzyme that performs reduction reactions involved in antioxidant defense. We hypothesized that NQO2 hepatic drug clearance would develop in children over time, similar to NQO1. Using human liver cytosol (n = 117), the effects of age, sex, ethnicity, and weight on NQO2 expression and activity were probed. No significant correlations were observed. Biochemical activity of NQO2 was as high at birth as in adults (0.23 ± 0.04 nmol/min/mg protein, mean ± SEM, range 0-1...
March 27, 2017: Journal of Biochemical and Molecular Toxicology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28346472/can-group-based-reassuring-information-alter-low-back-pain-behavior-a-cluster-randomized-controlled-trial
#4
Pernille Frederiksen, Aage Indahl, Lars L Andersen, Kim Burton, Rasmus Hertzum-Larsen, Tom Bendix
BACKGROUND: Low back pain (LBP) is common in the population and multifactorial in nature, often involving negative consequences. Reassuring information to improve coping is recommended for reducing the negative consequences of LBP. Adding a simple non-threatening explanation for the pain (temporary muscular dysfunction) has been successful at altering beliefs and behavior when delivered with other intervention elements. This study investigates the isolated effect of this specific information on future occupational behavior outcomes when delivered to the workforce...
2017: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28345800/ancestry-dynamics-in-a-south-american-population-the-impact-of-gene-flow-and-preferential-mating
#5
Philip W Hedrick
OBJECTIVES: European ancestry in many populations in Latin America at autosomal loci is often higher than that from X-linked loci indicating more European male ancestry and more Amerindian female ancestry. Generally, this has been attributed to more European male gene flow but could also result from an advantage to European mating or reproductive success. METHODS: Population genetic models were developed to investigate the dynamics of gene flow and mating or reproductive success...
March 27, 2017: American Journal of Physical Anthropology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28345732/comparative-analysis-in-continuous-expansion-of-bovine-and-human-primary-nucleus-pulposus-cells-for-tissue-repair-applications
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D H Rosenzweig, J Tremblay Gravel, D Bisson, J A Ouellet, M H Weber, L Haglund
Autologous NP cell implantation is a potential therapeutic avenue for intervertebral disc (IVD) degeneration. However, monolayer expansion of cells isolated from surgical samples may negatively impact matrix production by way of dedifferentiation. Previously, we have used a continuous expansion culture system to successfully preserve a chondrocyte phenotype. In this work, we hypothesised that continuous expansion culture could also preserve nucleus pulposus (NP) phenotype. We confirmed that serial passaging drove NP dedifferentiation by significantly decreasing collagen type II, aggrecan and chondroadherin (CHAD) gene expression, compared to freshly isolated cells...
March 24, 2017: European Cells & Materials
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28345542/association-between-self-reported-snoring-and-prediabetes-among-adults-aged-40-years-and-older-without-diabetes
#7
Hai-Bin Wang, Wen-Hua Yan, Jing-Tao Dou, Zhao-Hui Lu, Bao-An Wang, Yi-Ming Mu
BACKGROUND: Several previous studies have shown that snoring is associated with glucose metabolism and the development of diabetes, but rare study has shown the association between snoring frequency and prediabetes, particularly in China. We hypothesized that individuals who snore might have a higher risk of prediabetes. This study aimed to investigate the association between self-reported snoring and prediabetes in a Chinese population. METHODS: A cross-sectional study was performed in three large communities of Beijing from December 2011 to August 2012 by recruiting individuals aged ≥40 years old...
April 5, 2017: Chinese Medical Journal
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28345434/effect-of-diabetes-treatment-related-attributes-on-costs-to-type-2-diabetes-patients-in-a-real-world-population
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Jie Meng, Roman Casciano, Yi-Chien Lee, Lee Stern, Dmitry Gultyaev, Liyue Tong, Brice Kitio-Dschassi
BACKGROUND: Type 2 diabetes mellitus (T2DM) results in a substantial economic burden on patients, health care systems, and society. Most literature assessing the cost of T2DM focuses on the long-term complications of the disease, the association between glucose control and cost, and patient characteristics resulting in poor and costly outcomes. However, it is likely that attributes specific to diabetes therapy can affect the use of costly resources. OBJECTIVE: To estimate the effect of diabetes treatment-related attributes, such as improved efficacy, adherence, and reduced risk for hypoglycemia, on costs to T2DM patients...
April 2017: Journal of Managed Care & Specialty Pharmacy
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28345275/abnormal-frontoparietal-synaptic-gain-mediating-the-p300-in-patients-with-psychotic-disorder-and-their-unaffected-relatives
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Álvaro Díez, Siri Ranlund, Dimitris Pinotsis, Stella Calafato, Madiha Shaikh, Mei-Hua Hall, Muriel Walshe, Ángel Nevado, Karl J Friston, Rick A Adams, Elvira Bramon
The "dysconnection hypothesis" of psychosis suggests that a disruption of functional integration underlies cognitive deficits and clinical symptoms. Impairments in the P300 potential are well documented in psychosis. Intrinsic (self-)connectivity in a frontoparietal cortical hierarchy during a P300 experiment was investigated. Dynamic Causal Modeling was used to estimate how evoked activity results from the dynamics of coupled neural populations and how neural coupling changes with the experimental factors...
March 27, 2017: Human Brain Mapping
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28345182/can-genomic-data-alone-tell-us-whether-speciation-happened-with-gene-flow
#10
Ming Yang, Ziwen He, Suhua Shi, Chung-I Wu
The allopatric model, which requires a period of geographical isolation for speciation to complete, has been the standard model in the modern era. Recently, "speciation with gene flow" has been widely discussed in relation to the model of "strict allopatry" and the level of DNA divergence across genomic regions. We wish to caution that genomic data by themselves may only permit the rejection of the simplest form of allopatry. Even a slightly more complex and realistic model that starts with sub-divided populations would be impossible to reject by the genomic data alone...
March 27, 2017: Molecular Ecology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28345074/single-cell-rna-seq-and-computational-analysis-using-temporal-mixture-modelling-resolves-th1-tfh-fate-bifurcation-in-malaria
#11
Tapio Lönnberg, Valentine Svensson, Kylie R James, Daniel Fernandez-Ruiz, Ismail Sebina, Ruddy Montandon, Megan S F Soon, Lily G Fogg, Arya Sheela Nair, Urijah Liligeto, Michael J T Stubbington, Lam-Ha Ly, Frederik Otzen Bagger, Max Zwiessele, Neil D Lawrence, Fernando Souza-Fonseca-Guimaraes, Patrick T Bunn, Christian R Engwerda, William R Heath, Oliver Billker, Oliver Stegle, Ashraful Haque, Sarah A Teichmann
Differentiation of naïve CD4(+) T cells into functionally distinct T helper subsets is crucial for the orchestration of immune responses. Due to extensive heterogeneity and multiple overlapping transcriptional programs in differentiating T cell populations, this process has remained a challenge for systematic dissection in vivo. By using single-cell transcriptomics and computational analysis using a temporal mixtures of Gaussian processes model, termed GPfates, we reconstructed the developmental trajectories of Th1 and Tfh cells during blood-stage Plasmodium infection in mice...
March 3, 2017: Science Immunology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28344981/the-effects-of-exogenous-lipid-on-thp-1-cells-an-in-vitro-model-of-airway-aspiration
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Yvette A Hayman, Laura R Sadofsky, James D Williamson, Simon P Hart, Alyn H Morice
Chronic inflammatory diseases of the airways are associated with gastro-oesophageal reflux (GOR) and aspiration events. The observation of lipid-laden macrophages (LLMs) within the airway may indicate aspiration secondary to GOR. The proposed mechanism, that lipid droplets from undigested or partially digested food are aspirated leading to accumulation in scavenging macrophages, led us to hypothesise that an activated population of LLMs could interact with other immune cells to induce bronchial inflammation...
January 2017: ERJ Open Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28344843/the-impact-of-job-stress-and-job-satisfaction-on-workforce-productivity-in-an-iranian-petrochemical-industry
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Naser Hoboubi, Alireza Choobineh, Fatemeh Kamari Ghanavati, Sareh Keshavarzi, Ali Akbar Hosseini
BACKGROUND: Job stress and job satisfaction are important factors affecting workforce productivity. This study was carried out to investigate the job stress, job satisfaction, and workforce productivity levels, to examine the effects of job stress and job satisfaction on workforce productivity, and to identify factors associated with productivity decrement among employees of an Iranian petrochemical industry. METHODS: In this study, 125 randomly selected employees of an Iranian petrochemical company participated...
March 2017: Safety and Health At Work
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28344205/decreased-serum-albumin-predicts-bleeding-events-in-patients-on-antiplatelet-therapy-after-percutaneous-coronary-intervention
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Yosuke Tatami, Hideki Ishii, Toshijiro Aoki, Kazuhiro Harada, Kenshi Hirayama, Yohei Shibata, Takuya Sumi, Yosuke Negishi, Kazuhiro Kawashima, Ayako Kunimura, Toshiki Kawamiya, Dai Yamamoto, Susumu Suzuki, Toyoaki Murohara
BACKGROUND: Antiplatelet therapy (APT) after percutaneous coronary intervention (PCI) prevents ischemic events with increased risk of bleeding. Little is known about the relationship between hypoalbuminemia and bleeding risk in patients receiving APT after PCI. This study investigated the association between serum albumin level and bleeding events in this population.Methods and Results:We enrolled 438 consecutive patients who were prescribed dual APT (DAPT; aspirin and thienopyridine) beyond 1 month after successful PCI without adverse events...
March 25, 2017: Circulation Journal: Official Journal of the Japanese Circulation Society
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28343457/development-of-a-model-to-quantify-the-accessibility-of-a-canadian-trauma-system
#15
Gavin Tansley, Nadine Schuurman, Mete Erdogan, Matthew Bowes, Robert Green, Mark Asbridge, Natalie Yanchar
OBJECTIVES: Trauma systems have been widely implemented across Canada, but access to trauma care remains a challenge for much of the population. This study aims to develop and validate a model to quantify the accessibility of definitive care within one provincial trauma system and identify populations with poor access to trauma care. METHODS: A geographic information system (GIS) was used to generate models of pre-scene and post-scene intervals, respectively. Models were validated using a population-based trauma registry containing data on prehospital time intervals and injury locations for Nova Scotia (NS)...
March 27, 2017: CJEM
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28343331/economic-and-public-health-consequences-of-delayed-access-to-medical-care-for-migrants-living-with-hiv-in-france
#16
Marlène Guillon, Michel Celse, Pierre-Yves Geoffard
In 2013, migrants accounted for 46% of newly diagnosed cases of HIV (human immunodeficiency virus) infection in France. These populations meet with specific obstacles leading to late diagnosis and access to medical care. Delayed access to care (ATC) for HIV-infected migrants reduces their life expectancy and quality of life. Given the reduction of infectivity under antiretroviral (ARV) treatment, delayed ATC for HIV-infected migrants may also hinder the control of the HIV epidemic. The objective of this study is to measure the public health and economic consequences of delayed ATC for migrants living with HIV in France...
March 25, 2017: European Journal of Health Economics: HEPAC: Health Economics in Prevention and Care
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28343089/cortisol-and-physical-performance-in-older-populations-findings-from-the-international-mobility-in-aging-study-imias
#17
Ana Carolina Patrício de Albuquerque Sousa, Alain Marchand, Angeles Garcia, Jose Fernando Gomez, Alban Ylli, Jack M Guralnik, Maria-Victoria Zunzunegui, Ricardo Oliveira Guerra
OBJECTIVE: To compare diurnal cortisol profiles across samples of older adults from diverse populations and to examine if differences in circadian cortisol secretion are associated with poor physical performance (SPPB<9). METHODS: Data were collected during the baseline survey of the International Mobility in Aging Study conducted in 2012 in Kingston (Canada), Saint-Hyacinthe (Canada), Tirana (Albania) and Manizales (Colombia). Salivary cortisol was collected from a subsample of 309 participants instructed to collect saliva on two consecutive days, and 5 different intervals each day: upon awakening (M1), 30min (M2) and 60min after awakening, at 15:00h and before bedtime (E)...
March 9, 2017: Archives of Gerontology and Geriatrics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28342855/regulation-of-reproduction-via-tight-control-of-gonadotropin-hormone-levels
#18
Djurdjica Coss
Mammalian reproduction is controlled by the hypothalamic-pituitary-gonadal axis. GnRH from the hypothalamus regulates synthesis and secretion of gonadotropins, LH and FSH, which then control steroidogenesis and gametogenesis. In females, serum LH and FSH levels exhibit rhythmic changes throughout the menstrual or estrous cycle that are correlated with pulse frequency of GnRH. Lack of gonadotropins leads to infertility or amenorrhea. Dysfunctions in the tightly controlled ratio due to levels slightly outside the normal range occur in a larger number of women and are correlated with polycystic ovaries and premature ovarian failure...
March 22, 2017: Molecular and Cellular Endocrinology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28342844/a-system-dynamics-modelling-approach-to-assess-the-impact-of-launching-a-new-nicotine-product-on-population-health-outcomes
#19
Andrew Hill, Oscar M Camacho
In 2012 the US FDA suggested the use of mathematical models to assess the impact of releasing new nicotine or tobacco products on population health outcomes. A model based on system dynamics methodology was developed to project the potential effects of a new nicotine product at a population level. A model representing traditional smoking populations (never, current and former smokers) and calibrated using historical data was extended to a two-product model by including electronic cigarettes use statuses. Smoking mechanisms, such as product initiation, switching, transition to dual use, and cessation, were represented as flows between smoking statuses (stocks) and the potential effect of smoking renormalisation through a feedback system...
March 22, 2017: Regulatory Toxicology and Pharmacology: RTP
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28342618/a-realist-synthesis-of-social-connectivity-interventions-during-transition-to-parenthood-the-value-of-relationships
#20
Claudine T Bennett, Judy L Buchan, Nicole Letourneau, Stuart G Shanker, Anne Fenwick, Brenda Smith-Chant, Cyndi Gilmer
BACKGROUND: Social connections are important during the transition to parenthood. A wide body of literature suggests that these connections enhance health and contribute to wellbeing. In the case of parents and families, social connections can influence child development. Nurses and public health agencies are in a unique position to advocate for resources and approaches to enhance social connectivity for parents during this important life transition. OBJECTIVES: The aim of this review was to identify the universal social connectivity interventions that work, and the conditions that foster social connections for parents and enhance child development...
April 2017: Applied Nursing Research: ANR
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