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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29778940/pcbs-and-organochlorine-pesticides-in-indoor-environments-a-comparison-of-indoor-contamination-in-canada-and-czech-republic
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Ondrej Audy, Lisa Melymuk, Marta Venier, Simon Vojta, Jitka Becanova, Kevin Romanak, Martina Vykoukalova, Roman Prokes, Petr Kukucka, Miriam L Diamond, Jana Klanova
Polychlorinated biphenyls (PCBs) and organochlorine pesticides (OCPs) are restricted compounds that are ubiquitously detected in the environment, including indoor matrices such as air and residential dust. We report concentrations of PCBs and selected OCPs in indoor air and dust from homes in Canada (23 homes) and Czech Republic (20 homes). Indoor air concentrations of PCBs and OCPs were ∼10 times higher than that outdoors. PCB concentrations of ∼450 ng/m3 were similar in both countries, higher in homes built before the restrictions on PCBs, and had congener profiles consistent with PCB mixtures manufactured or used in each country...
May 3, 2018: Chemosphere
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29777956/how-do-gender-relations-affect-the-working-lives-of-close-to-community-health-service-providers-empirical-research-a-review-and-conceptual-framework
#2
Rosalind Steege, Miriam Taegtmeyer, Rosalind McCollum, Kate Hawkins, Hermen Ormel, Maryse Kok, Sabina Rashid, Lilian Otiso, Mohsin Sidat, Kingsley Chikaphupha, Daniel Gemechu Datiko, Rukhsana Ahmed, Rachel Tolhurst, Woedem Gomez, Sally Theobald
Close-to-community (CTC) providers have been identified as a key cadre to progress universal health coverage and address inequities in health service provision due to their embedded position within communities. CTC providers both work within, and are subject to, the gender norms at community level but may also have the potential to alter them. This paper synthesises current evidence on gender and CTC providers and the services they deliver. This study uses a two-stage exploratory approach drawing upon qualitative research from the six countries (Bangladesh, Indonesia, Ethiopia, Kenya, Malawi, Mozambique) that were part of the REACHOUT consortium...
May 5, 2018: Social Science & Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29777604/-ethical-aspects-of-the-use-of-mirena-r-iud-in-the-treatment-of-heavy-menstrual-bleeding
#3
Miriam Turiel Miranda, Pau Agulles Simó
The levonorgestrel-releasing intrauterine device known as Mirena IUD(r) (20mcg/24h) is nowadays considered among the leading resources in the treatment of heavy menstrual bleeding. Nonetheless, due to either its effect of prevention of conception and especially to the possibility that it may also have an anti-implantation effect, there is a founded concern on whether its therapeutic use may be ethically licit. This article engages in an exhaustive literature review in order to ascertain the mechanism of action of Mirena(r) IUD, in view of an ethical evaluation of its therapeutic use, keeping in mind those two unwanted effects...
May 2018: Cuadernos de Bioética: Revista Oficial de la Asociación Española de Bioética y Ética Médica
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29777590/boosting-mediated-electron-transfer-in-bioelectrochemical-systems-with-tailored-defined-microbial-co-cultures
#4
Simone Schmitz, Miriam A Rosenbaum
Bioelectrochemical systems (BES) hold great promise for sustainable energy generation via a microbial catalyst from organic matter, e.g., from wastewater. In order to improve current generation in BES, understanding the underlying microbiology of the electrode community is essential. Electron mediator producing microorganism like Pseudomonas aeruginosa play an essential role in efficient electricity generation in BES. These microbes enable even non-electroactive microorganism like Enterobacter aerogenes to contribute to current production...
May 19, 2018: Biotechnology and Bioengineering
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29777224/progression-of-whole-blood-transcriptional-signatures-from-interferon-induced-to-neutrophil-associated-patterns-in-severe-influenza
#5
Jake Dunning, Simon Blankley, Long T Hoang, Mike Cox, Christine M Graham, Philip L James, Chloe I Bloom, Damien Chaussabel, Jacques Banchereau, Stephen J Brett, Miriam F Moffatt, Anne O'Garra, Peter J M Openshaw
Transcriptional profiles and host-response biomarkers are used increasingly to investigate the severity, subtype and pathogenesis of disease. We now describe whole-blood mRNA signatures and concentrations of local and systemic immunological mediators in 131 adults hospitalized with influenza, from whom extensive clinical and investigational data were obtained by MOSAIC investigators. Signatures reflective of interferon-related antiviral pathways were common up to day 4 of symptoms in patients who did not require mechanical ventilator support; in those who needed mechanical ventilation, an inflammatory, activated-neutrophil and cell-stress or death ('bacterial') pattern was seen, even early in disease...
May 18, 2018: Nature Immunology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29776694/predictive-equations-versus-measured-energy-expenditure-by-indirect-calorimetry-a-retrospective-validation
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Oren Zusman, Ilya Kagan, Itai Bendavid, Miriam Theilla, Jonathan Cohen, Pierre Singer
BACKGROUND & AIMS: Measuring resting energy expenditure (REE) via indirect calorimetry (IC) in intensive care unit (ICU) patient is the gold standard recommended by guidelines. However technical difficulties hinder its use and predictive equations are largely used instead. We sought to validate commonly used equations using a large cohort of patients. METHODS: Patients hospitalized from 2003 to 2015 in a 16-bed ICU at a university-affiliated, tertiary care hospital who had IC measurement to assess caloric targets were included...
May 8, 2018: Clinical Nutrition: Official Journal of the European Society of Parenteral and Enteral Nutrition
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29776669/-the-role-of-end-of-life-palliative-sedation-medical-and-ethical-aspects-review
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REVIEW
Miriam S Menezes, Maria das Graças Mota da Cruz de Assis Figueiredo
BACKGROUND AND OBJECTIVE: Palliative sedation is a medical procedure that has been used for more than 25 years to relieve refractory symptoms not responsive to any previous treatment in patients with no possibility of cure and near the end of life. Many uncertainties persist on the issue regarding definition, indications, decision making, most appropriate place to perform the procedure, most used drugs, need for monitoring, fluids and nutritional support, and possible ethical dilemmas...
May 15, 2018: Revista Brasileira de Anestesiologia
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29774849/zooanthroponotic-transmission-of-drug-resistant-pseudomonas-aeruginosa-brazil
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Miriam R Fernandes, Fábio P Sellera, Quézia Moura, Marcelo P N Carvalho, Paula N Rosato, Louise Cerdeira, Nilton Lincopan
We recovered VIM-2 carbapenemase-producing Pseudomonas aeruginosa isolates from an infected dog, its owner, and the domestic environment. Genomic investigation revealed household transmission of the high-risk hospital clone sequence type 233 in the human-animal-environment interface. Results suggest zooanthroponotic transmission of VIM-2-producing P. aeruginosa in the household following the patient's hospital discharge.
June 2018: Emerging Infectious Diseases
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29774436/management-of-erectile-dysfunction-and-infertility-in-the-male-spinal-cord-injury-patient
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REVIEW
Michael Fenstermaker, James M Dupree, Miriam Hadj-Moussa, Dana A Ohl
PURPOSE OF REVIEW: Men with spinal cord injury (SCI) commonly suffer from erectile dysfunction and ejaculatory dysfunction. The literature regarding the causes and treatment of these two important problems was reviewed. RECENT FINDINGS: Many of the erectile dysfunction treatments applied to able bodied individuals are also useful in the SCI population, although there are differences in the goals and results of treatment. Ejaculatory dysfunction can be treated with either penile vibratory stimulation or electroejaculation with high success rates...
May 17, 2018: Current Urology Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29774214/the-expression-of-aqp1-is-modified-in-lung-of-patients-with-idiopathic-pulmonary-fibrosis-addressing-a-possible-new-target
#10
Ana Galán-Cobo, Elena Arellano-Orden, Rocío Sánchez Silva, José Luis López-Campos, César Gutiérrez Rivera, Lourdes Gómez Izquierdo, Nela Suárez-Luna, María Molina-Molina, José A Rodríguez Portal, Miriam Echevarría
Activation of the epithelial-mesenchymal transition process (EMT) by which alveolar cells in human lung tissue undergo differentiation giving rise to a mesenchymal phenotype (fibroblast/miofibroblasts) has been well recognized as a key element in the origin of idiopathic pulmonary fibrosis (IPF). Here we analyzed expression of AQP1 in lung biopsies of patients diagnosed with IPF, and compared it to biopsies derived from patients with diverse lung pneumonies, such as hypersensitivity pneumonitis, sarcoidosis or normal lungs...
2018: Frontiers in Molecular Biosciences
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29772827/physicochemical-nutritional-and-organoleptic-characterization-of-a-skimmed-goat-milk-fermented-with-the-probiotic-strain-lactobacillus-plantarum-c4
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Miriam Moreno-Montoro, Miguel Navarro-Alarcón, Triana Bergillos-Meca, Rafael Giménez-Martínez, Silvia Sánchez-Hernández, Manuel Olalla-Herrera
The benefits of goat milk, fermented milks, and probiotics for the humans are well documented. In this study, a novel fermented goat milk was manufactured with the putative probiotic strain Lactobacillus plantarum C4 together with L. bulgaricus and Streptococcus thermophilus . Ultrafiltration was chosen as the skimmed milk concentration method because it produced the best viscosity and syneresis and a high casein content. The viability rate of all bacterial strains was >10⁷ cfu/mL, even after 5 weeks of storage or after in vitro gastrointestinal digestion, which is especially important for exertion of the probiotic strain functionalities...
May 17, 2018: Nutrients
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29771170/cgh-array-and-karyotype-as-complementary-tools-in-prenatal-diagnosis-prenatal-diagnosis-of-a-4q-derivative-chromosome-from-maternal-4q-11q-translocation
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Cristina Gonzalez, Miriam Gutierrez Serrano, Carmen Barbancho Lopez, Taida Garcia-Riaño, Vanesa Barea Calero, Rebeca Moreno Perea, Begoña Rodriguez Mogollón, Amelia Queipo Rojas, Ana Garcia Climent, Fernando Cava Valenciano
BACKGROUND: There is controversy whether chromosomal microarray (CMA) can replace karyotyping in prenatal diagnosis. Chromosomal microarray may detect more clinically significant chromosomal imbalances than karyotyping in a shorter time but does not detect inversions, triploidies or low mosaicisms. CASE REPORT: Amniocentesis was performed in the late second trimester based on ultrasound abnormalities. A CMA, obtained at 10 days, demonstrated a terminal deletion in 4q34...
May 17, 2018: Fetal and Pediatric Pathology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29769570/in-utero-and-postnatal-exposure-to-high-fat-high-sucrose-diet-suppressed-testis-apoptosis-and-reduced-sperm-count
#13
Jiude Mao, Kathleen A Pennington, Omonseigho O Talton, Laura C Schulz, Miriam Sutovsky, Yan Lin, Peter Sutovsky
Obesity affects male fertility and maternal diabetes affects the offspring sperm epigenome. However, the effects of in utero exposure to maternal glucose intolerance in combination with postnatal high fat, high sucrose (HFHS) diet consumption on offspring spermatogenesis is not clear. The present study was designed to test these effects. One week before and during pregnancy, dams were fed either control or HFHS diet to induce gestational glucose intolerance, and returned to standard diet during lactation. Male offspring from each maternal group were split into control and HFHS-fed groups for eight weeks prior to sacrifice at 11, 19 or 31 weeks of age, and reproductive tissues were harvested for analysis of testicular germ cell apoptosis and sperm output...
May 16, 2018: Scientific Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29769373/the-cortical-damage-early-relapses-and-onset-of-the-progressive-phase-in-multiple-sclerosis
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Antonio Scalfari, Chiara Romualdi, Richard S Nicholas, Miriam Mattoscio, Roberta Magliozzi, Aldo Morra, Salvatore Monaco, Paolo A Muraro, Massimiliano Calabrese
OBJECTIVE: To investigate the relationship among cortical radiologic changes, the number of early relapses (ERs), and the long-term course of multiple sclerosis (MS). METHODS: In this cohort study, we assessed the number of cortical lesions (CLs) and white matter (WM) lesions and the cortical thickness (Cth) at clinical onset and after 7.9 mean years among 219 patients with relapsing remitting (RR) MS with 1 (Low-ER), 2 (Mid-ER), and ≥3 (High-ER) ERs during the first 2 years...
May 16, 2018: Neurology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29768619/prevalence-and-factors-associated-with-enamel-defects-among-preschool-children-from-a-southeastern-city-in-brazil
#15
Luciana Fonseca Pádua Tourino, Patrícia Maria Zarzar, Patrícia Corrêa-Faria, Saul Martins Paiva, Miriam Pimenta Parreira do Vale
This study sought to determine the prevalence of developmental defects of enamel (DDE) among preschool children and investigate associations with sociodemographic and socioeconomic factors and weight status. A cross-sectional study was conducted with 118 children aged 3 to 5 years. Data were collected via clinical examinations and a self-administered questionnaire completed by the parents. The diagnosis of DDE was performed using the modified DDE Index. Information on socioeconomic indicators (mother's schooling, monthly income per capita), child's sex and age, and age of mother at the birth of the child were obtained by questionnaire...
May 2018: Ciência & Saúde Coletiva
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29768291/quality-of-the-triage-of-children-with-anaphylaxis-at-the-emergency-department
#16
Esozia Arroabarren, Jorge Alvarez-Garcia, Marta Anda, Montserrat de Prada, Maria Carmen Ponce, Miriam Palacios
OBJECTIVE: Early recognition of symptoms is essential in anaphylaxis management. The Canadian Paediatric Emergency Triage and Acuity Scale prioritizes anaphylaxis to level I or II (resuscitation or emergency). We analyzed the accuracy of pediatric anaphylaxis triage. METHODS: This was a retrospective review of the triage charts (adaptation of the Canadian Paediatric Emergency Triage and Acuity Scale) of 137 children attended for anaphylaxis at our pediatric emergency department...
May 15, 2018: Pediatric Emergency Care
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29766619/universal-infant-health-interventions-and-young-adult-outcomes
#17
Miriam Wüst, Erik Lykke Mortensen, Merete Osler, Thorkild I A Sørensen
Three recent studies have documented short- and long-run benefits of early-infancy health interventions in Norway, Sweden, and Denmark: Universal nurse home visiting (NHV) and well-baby center care decreased infant mortality and positively impacted long-run survival (DK, S), morbidity (DK, N), and educational and labor market outcomes (N). Using Danish conscription data, this paper examines intermediate outcomes to assess both potential mechanisms and the importance of selective survival for the long-run health effects of NHV...
May 16, 2018: Health Economics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29765699/feasibility-and-effects-of-a-home-based-intervention-using-activity-trackers-on-achievement-of-individual-goals-quality-of-life-and-motor-performance-in-patients-with-paediatric-cancer
#18
Miriam Götte, Sabine Verena Kesting, Joachim Gerss, Dieter Rosenbaum, Joachim Boos
Objectives: Supervised exercise interventions during inpatient care are feasible. The objective was to evaluate the usability of activity trackers and centralised monitoring to conduct a home-based exercise intervention during cancer treatment. The primary endpoint and confirmatory analysis was achievement of individual goals for daily steps, compared (A) in the intervention group (IG) over time and (B) between the IG and control group (CG). Secondary endpoints included achievement of goals for active minutes and effects on motor performance and health-related quality of life (hrQoL)...
2018: BMJ Open Sport & Exercise Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29764950/cagy-dependent-regulation-of-type-iv-secretion-in-helicobacter-pylori-is-associated-with-alterations-in-integrin-binding
#19
Emma C Skoog, Vasilios A Morikis, Miriam E Martin, Greg A Foster, Lucy P Cai, Lori M Hansen, Beibei Li, Jennifer A Gaddy, Scott I Simon, Jay V Solnick
Strains of Helicobacter pylori that cause ulcer or gastric cancer typically express a type IV secretion system (T4SS) encoded by the cag pathogenicity island ( cag PAI). CagY is an ortholog of VirB10 that, unlike other VirB10 orthologs, has a large middle repeat region (MRR) with extensive repetitive sequence motifs, which undergo CD4+ T cell-dependent recombination during infection of mice. Recombination in the CagY MRR reduces T4SS function, diminishes the host inflammatory response, and enables the bacteria to colonize at a higher density...
May 15, 2018: MBio
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29764880/digital-breast-tomosynthesis-plus-synthesised-images-versus-standard-full-field-digital-mammography-in-population-based-screening-tosyma-protocol-of-a-randomised-controlled-trial
#20
Stefanie Weigel, Joachim Gerss, Hans-Werner Hense, Miriam Krischke, Alexander Sommer, Jörg Czwoydzinski, Horst Lenzen, Laura Kerschke, Karin Spieker, Stefanie Dickmaenken, Sonja Baier, Marc Urban, Gerold Hecht, Oliver Heidinger, Joachim Kieschke, Walter Heindel
INTRODUCTION: Development of digital breast tomosynthesis (DBT) provides a technology that generates three-dimensional data sets, thus reducing the pitfalls of overlapping breast tissue. Observational studies suggest that the combination of two-dimensional (2D) digital mammography and DBT increases diagnostic accuracy. However, because of duplicate exposure, this comes at the cost of an augmented radiation dose. This undesired adverse impact can be avoided by using synthesised 2D images reconstructed from the DBT data (s2D)...
May 14, 2018: BMJ Open
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