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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28334220/effect-of-vitamin-d-deficiency-in-developed-countries
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Zaki K Hassan-Smith, Martin Hewison, Neil J Gittoes
Introduction: Vitamin D deficiency is common worldwide with adverse effects on skeletal health. In recent years, there has been great interest in non-classical actions of vitamin D. Basic research has uncovered actions in a range of non-skeletal tissues, and observational studies have identified inverse relationships with risk of a number of disease states including sarcopenia, obesity, the metabolic syndrome, cardiovascular disease, cancer and autoimmune diseases. Sources of data: PubMed, Medline and Cochrane Systematic Reviews...
March 9, 2017: British Medical Bulletin
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28333376/regulation-of-coronary-blood-flow
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Adam G Goodwill, Gregory M Dick, Alexander M Kiel, Johnathan D Tune
The heart is uniquely responsible for providing its own blood supply through the coronary circulation. Regulation of coronary blood flow is quite complex and, after over 100 years of dedicated research, is understood to be dictated through multiple mechanisms that include extravascular compressive forces (tissue pressure), coronary perfusion pressure, myogenic, local metabolic, endothelial as well as neural and hormonal influences. While each of these determinants can have profound influence over myocardial perfusion, largely through effects on end-effector ion channels, these mechanisms collectively modulate coronary vascular resistance and act to ensure that the myocardial requirements for oxygen and substrates are adequately provided by the coronary circulation...
March 16, 2017: Comprehensive Physiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28333275/anti-m%C3%A3-llerian-hormone-inhibits-activation-and-growth-of-bovine-ovarian-follicles-in-vitro-and-is-localized-to-growing-follicles
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M Y Yang, R A Cushman, J E Fortune
STUDY QUESTION: Does anti-Müllerian hormone (AMH) inhibit activation (initiation of growth) of primordial follicles and attenuate the growth of primary follicles in cattle, an excellent animal model for human ovarian follicular development? SUMMARY ANSWER: AMH inhibited activation of bovine primordial follicles and attenuated the growth of activated follicles in vitro. WHAT IS KNOWN ALREADY: In mice null mutant for AMH, the pool of primordial follicles is depleted prematurely and AMH inhibits follicle activation in vitro...
March 17, 2017: Molecular Human Reproduction
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28332883/precision-medicine-an-update-on-genotype-biochemical-phenotype-relationships-in-pheochromocytoma-paraganglioma-patients
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Garima Gupta, Karel Pacak
Pheochromocytomas and paragangliomas are rare neuroendocrine tumors known to produce and secrete high levels of circulating catecholamines and their metabolites. The biochemical characteristics of these tumors can be used to divide them into three major phenotypes. The adrenergic phenotype comprises of tumors with predominant elevations in epinephrine and metanephrine levels whereas the noradrenergic phenotype is composed of tumors with predominant elevations in norepinephrine and normetanephrine levels. The dopaminergic phenotype is a third rare group composed of tumors mainly secreting dopamine and 3-methoxytyramine...
March 23, 2017: Endocrine Practice
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28332644/implementing-wildlife-disease-surveillance-in-the-netherlands-a-one-health-approach
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M Maas, A Gröne, T Kuiken, G Van Schaik, H I J Roest, J W B Van Der Giessen
The surveillance of (emerging) wildlife diseases can provide important, objective evidence of the circulation of pathogens of interest for veterinary and/or public health. The involvement of multiple research institutions in wildlife disease surveillance can ensure the best use of existing knowledge and expertise, but can also complicate or add challenges to the integration of wildlife disease surveillance components into a national programme. Documenting the existing efforts in a country's surveillance of wildlife diseases, including the institutes in which it takes place, provides a basis for policy-makers and authorities to identify gaps and priorities in their current surveillance programmes...
December 2016: Revue Scientifique et Technique
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28331967/decreased-basal-hepatic-glucose-uptake-in-impaired-fasting-glucose
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Mariam Alatrach, Christina Agyin, John Adams, Ralph A DeFronzo, Muhammad A Abdul-Ghani
AIMS/HYPOTHESIS: This research aimed to define the pathophysiological defects responsible for the elevated fasting plasma glucose (FPG) concentration and excessive rise in post-load plasma glucose observed in individuals with impaired fasting glucose (IFG). METHODS: We used tracer techniques to quantify basal splanchnic (primarily hepatic) glucose uptake and glucose fluxes following glucose ingestion in individuals with normal glucose tolerance (NGT; n = 10) and IFG (n = 10)...
March 22, 2017: Diabetologia
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28331081/multiple-sources-of-genetic-diversity-of-influenza-a-viruses-during-the-hajj
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Joanna C A Cobbin, Mohammad Alfelali, Osamah Barasheed, Janette Taylor, Dominic E Dwyer, Jen Kok, Robert Booy, Edward C Holmes, Harunor Rashid
Outbreaks of respiratory virus infection at mass gatherings pose significant health risks to attendants, host communities and ultimately the global population if they help facilitate viral emergence. However, little is known about the genetic diversity, evolution and patterns of viral transmission during mass gatherings, particularly how much diversity is generated by in situ transmission compared to that imported from other locations. Here we describe the genomic-scale evolution of influenza A viruses sampled from the Hajj at Makkah during 2013-2015...
March 22, 2017: Journal of Virology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28328552/il-1%C3%AE-levels-are-associated-with-chronic-multisite-pain-in-people-living-with-hiv
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Jessica S Merlin, Andrew O Westfall, Sonya L Heath, Burel R Goodin, Jesse C Stewart, Robert E Sorge, Jarred Younger
BACKGROUND: The pathophysiology of chronic pain experienced by people living with HIV (PLWH) in the current antiretroviral treatment era is poorly understood. We sought to investigate the relationship between inflammation and chronic pain in PLWH. We hypothesized that, among PLWH who have undetectable HIV viral loads, those with Chronic Multisite Pain (CMP) would have higher levels of circulating pain-related inflammatory markers than those without chronic pain. SETTING: This study was conducted at the University of Alabama at Birmingham's Center for AIDS Research Network of Integrated Clinical System (CNICS) site...
March 20, 2017: Journal of Acquired Immune Deficiency Syndromes: JAIDS
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28327798/molecular-and-clinical-epidemiological-surveillance-of-dengue-virus-in-para%C3%A3-ba-northeast-brazil
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Isabel Cristina Guerra-Gomes, Bruna Macêdo Gois, Rephany Fonseca Peixoto, Camila Alves Oliveira, Bruna Leal Lima Maciel, Maria Izabel Ferreira Sarmento, Anna Stella Cysneiros Pachá, Josélio Maria Galvão Araújo, Ian Porto Gurgel Amaral, Tatjana Souza Lima Keesen
INTRODUCTION: Despite being the most prevalent arboviral disease worldwide, dengue has been neglected lately. However, recent epidemics of arboviruses such as Zika and chikungunya in locations throughout the world have alerted health authorities to these diseases. This study evaluated the incidence pattern of dengue, its clinical characteristics, and co-circulation of serotypes from 2007 to 2015 in Paraiba State, Northeast Brazil. METHODS: Data on dengue cases from 2007 to 2015 were extracted from clinical reports of the National System for Notifiable Diseases [Sistema Nacional de Agravos de Notificação (SINAN)] of Brazil provided by the Paraiba Health Department...
January 2017: Revista da Sociedade Brasileira de Medicina Tropical
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28325173/patterns-and-processes-influencing-helminth-parasites-of-arctic-coastal-communities-during-climate-change
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K V Galaktionov
This review analyses the scarce available data on biodiversity and transmission of helminths in Arctic coastal ecosystems and the potential impact of climate changes on them. The focus is on the helminths of seabirds, dominant parasites in coastal ecosystems. Their fauna in the Arctic is depauperate because of the lack of suitable intermediate hosts and unfavourable conditions for species with free-living larvae. An increasing proportion of crustaceans in the diet of Arctic seabirds would result in a higher infection intensity of cestodes and acanthocephalans, and may also promote the infection of seabirds with non-specific helminths...
March 22, 2017: Journal of Helminthology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28323658/changing-face-of-metastatic-prostate-cancer-the-law-of-diminishing-returns-holds-true
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Ulka N Vaishampayan
PURPOSE OF REVIEW: Prostate cancer presents with a multitude of faces. It ranges from localized cancers staying quiescent for many years during active surveillance to the raging diffuse liver metastases causing terminal disease. The incidence of metastatic disease is increasing. This review will highlight some of the recent developments as well as ongoing challenges of managing advanced prostate cancer. RECENT FINDINGS: Significant strides are being made in managing metastatic prostate cancer...
March 18, 2017: Current Opinion in Oncology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28322181/epithelial-mesenchymal-and-hybrid-epithelial-mesenchymal-phenotypes-and-their-clinical-relevance-in-cancer-metastasis
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Minal Garg
Cancer metastasis occurs through local invasion of circulating tumour cells (CTCs), intravasation, transportation to distant sites, and their extravasation followed by colonisation at secondary sites. Epithelial-mesenchymal transition (EMT) is a normal developmental phenomenon, but its aberrant activation confers tumour cells with enhanced cell motility, metastatic properties, resistant to therapies and cancer stem cell (CSC) phenotype in epithelium-derived carcinoma. Experimental studies from various research papers have been reviewed to determine the factors, which interlink cancer stemness and cellular plasticity with EMT...
March 21, 2017: Expert Reviews in Molecular Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28322000/postprandial-triglyceride-rich-lipoproteins-promote-lipid-accumulation-and-apolipoprotein-b-48-receptor-transcriptional-activity-in-human-circulating-and-murine-bone-marrow-neutrophils-in-a-fatty-acid-dependent-manner
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Almudena Ortega-Gómez, Lourdes M Varela, Sergio Lopez, Sergio Montserrat de la Paz, Rosario Sanchez, Francisco J G Muriana, Beatriz Bermúdez, Rocío Abia
SCOPE: Postprandial triglyceride-rich lipoproteins (TRLs) promote atherosclerosis. Recent research points the bone marrow (BM) as a primary site in atherosclerosis. We elucidated how the acute administration of MUFAs, omega-3 PUFAs and saturated fatty acids (SFAs) affects human circulating and murine BM neutrophil lipid accumulation and functionality. METHODS AND RESULTS: Postprandial hypertriglyceridemia was induced in healthy subjects and Apoe-/- mice by the acute administration of dietary fats enriched in MUFAs, PUFAs or SFAs...
March 21, 2017: Molecular Nutrition & Food Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28320640/a-comparative-test-of-ixodid-tick-identification-by-a-network-of-european-researchers
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A Estrada-Peña, G D'Amico, A M Palomar, M Dupraz, M Fonville, D Heylen, M A Habela, S Hornok, L Lempereur, M Madder, M S Núncio, D Otranto, M Pfaffle, O Plantard, M M Santos-Silva, H Sprong, Z Vatansever, L Vial, A D Mihalca
This study reports the results of a comparative test of identification of ticks occurring in Western Europe and Northern Africa. A total of 14 laboratories were voluntarily enrolled in the test. Each participant received between 22 and 25 specimens of adult and nymphal ticks of 11 species: Dermacentor marginatus, D. reticulatus, Haemaphysalis punctata, Hyalomma lusitanicum, Hy. marginatum, Ixodes ricinus, I. hexagonus, Rhipicephalus annulatus, R. bursa, R. rossicus, and/or R. sanguineus s.l. Ticks were morphologically identified by three of the co-authors and the identification confirmed by a fourth co-author who used molecular methods based on several genes...
March 8, 2017: Ticks and Tick-borne Diseases
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28319674/assessment-of-circulating-betatrophin-concentrations-in-lean-glucose-tolerant-women-with-polycystic-ovary-syndrome
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Onur Erol, Mustafa Kemal Özel, Hamit Yaşar Ellidağ, Tayfun Toptaş, Aysel Uysal Derbent, Necat Yılmaz
The aims of the current study were to investigate the betatrophin levels in lean glucose-tolerant women with polycystic ovary syndrome (PCOS), and to explore the relationships between these levels and antropometric, hormonal and metabolic parameters. The study population consisted of 50 lean (body mass index [BMI] < 25 kg/m(2)) women diagnosed with PCOS using the Rotterdam criteria, and 60 age- and BMI-matched healthy controls without any features of clinical or biochemical hyperandrogenism. Before recruitment, glucose tolerance was evaluated in all of the subjects using the 2-h 75 g oral glucose-tolerance test, and only those exhibiting normal glucose tolerance were enrolled...
March 20, 2017: Journal of Obstetrics and Gynaecology: the Journal of the Institute of Obstetrics and Gynaecology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28319644/the-retinal-relaxing-factor-update-on-an-enigmatic-regulator-of-the-retinal-circulation
#16
Laura Vanden Daele, Charlotte Boydens, Bart Pauwels, Johan Van de Voorde
The retinal circulation is regulated by different local factors and might include the retinal relaxing factor (RRF). This factor is found to be continuously released by the retina and relaxes smooth muscle cells. This review describes the current knowledge about the RRF. Despite many research efforts, the cellular source, identity, mechanism, and physiological role of the RRF remain largely unknown. Thus far, it seems that the RRF is a hydrophilic, thermostable, diffusible chemical messenger, which characteristics do not correspond with most well-known endogenous vasorelaxants...
March 1, 2017: Investigative Ophthalmology & Visual Science
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28319586/short-term-exercise-training-alters-leukocyte-chemokine-receptors-in-obese-adults
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Julianne C Barry, Svetlana Simtchouk, Cody Durrer, Mary E Jung, Jonathan P Little
Obesity is characterized by chronic low-grade inflammation driven by activation and tissue infiltration of circulating leukocytes. Although exercise has anti-inflammatory effects, the impact of exercise on mediators of leukocyte migration is unclear. PURPOSE: To determine the impact of high intensity interval training (HIIT) versus moderate intensity continuous training (MICT), in the absence of weight/fat loss, on circulating chemokines and leukocyte chemokine receptors. METHODS: Thirty-seven inactive obese adults were randomized to two weeks (10 sessions) of HIIT or MICT with fasting blood samples collected before and after training...
March 18, 2017: Medicine and Science in Sports and Exercise
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28318961/spent-lead-acid-battery-recycling-in-china-a-review-and-sustainable-analyses-on-mass-flow-of-lead
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Zhi Sun, Hongbin Cao, Xihua Zhang, Xiao Lin, Wenwen Zheng, Guoqing Cao, Yong Sun, Yi Zhang
Lead is classified to be one of the top heavy metal pollutants in China. The corresponding environmental issues especially during the management of spent lead-acid battery have already caused significant public awareness and concern. This research gives a brief overview on the recycling situation based on an investigation of the lead industry in China and also the development of technologies for spent lead-acid batteries. The main principles and research focuses of different technologies including pyrometallurgy, hydrometallurgy and greener technologies are summarized and compared...
March 15, 2017: Waste Management
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28317478/homocysteine-and-non-cardiac-vascular-disease
#19
Niki Katsiki, Pablo Perez-Martinez, Dimitri P Mikhailidis
Elevated homocysteine (Hcy) levels are predictors of cardiovascular disease (CVD). Hyperhomocysteinemia has also been associated with total and CVD mortality. However, whether Hcy is just a marker or plays a causal role in CVD remains to be elucidated. In this narrative review, we discuss the associations between Hcy and non-cardiac vascular diseases, namely stroke, peripheral artery disease (PAD), carotid artery disease, chronic kidney disease (CKD), atherosclerotic renal artery stenosis (ARAS), abdominal aortic aneurysm (AAA) and erectile dysfunction (ED)...
March 17, 2017: Current Pharmaceutical Design
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28317010/statistical-downscaling-for-rainfall-forecasts-using-modified-constructed-analog-method-in-thailand
#20
Patchalai Anuchaivong, Dusadee Sukawat, Anirut Luadsong
The simulations of rainfall from historical data were created in this study by using statistical downscaling. Statistical downscaling techniques are based on a relationship between the variables that are solved by the General Circulation Models (GCMs) and the observed predictions. The Modified Constructed Analog Method (MCAM) is a technique in downscaling estimation, suitable for rainfall simulation accuracy using weather forecasting. In this research, the MCAM was used to calculate the Euclidean distance to obtain the number of analog days...
2017: TheScientificWorldJournal
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