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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28339791/bridg-a-domain-information-model-for-translational-and-clinical-protocol-driven-research
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Lauren B Becnel, Smita Hastak, Wendy Ver Hoef, Robert P Milius, MaryAnn Slack, Diane Wold, Michael L Glickman, Boris Brodsky, Charles Jaffe, Rebecca Kush, Edward Helton
Background: It is critical to integrate and analyze data from biological, translational, and clinical studies with data from health systems; however, electronic artifacts are stored in thousands of disparate systems that are often unable to readily exchange data. Objective: To facilitate meaningful data exchange, a model that presents a common understanding of biomedical research concepts and their relationships with health care semantics is required. The Biomedical Research Integrated Domain Group (BRIDG) domain information model fulfills this need...
February 26, 2017: Journal of the American Medical Informatics Association: JAMIA
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28339459/functional-classification-of-dna-variants-by-hybrid-minigenes-identification-of-30-spliceogenic-variants-of-brca2-exons-17-and-18
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Eugenia Fraile-Bethencourt, Beatriz Díez-Gómez, Valeria Velásquez-Zapata, Alberto Acedo, David J Sanz, Eladio A Velasco
Mutation screening of the breast cancer genes BRCA1 and BRCA2 identifies a large fraction of variants of uncertain clinical significance (VUS) whose functional and clinical interpretations pose a challenge for genomic medicine. Likewise, an increasing amount of evidence indicates that genetic variants can have deleterious effects on pre-mRNA splicing. Our goal was to investigate the impact on splicing of a set of reported variants of BRCA2 exons 17 and 18 to assess their role in hereditary breast cancer and to identify critical regulatory elements that may constitute hotspots for spliceogenic variants...
March 24, 2017: PLoS Genetics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28338655/evolution-of-caspase-mediated-cell-death-and-differentiation-twins-separated-at-birth
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REVIEW
Ryan A V Bell, Lynn A Megeney
The phenotypic and biochemical similarities between caspase-mediated apoptosis and cellular differentiation are striking. They include such diverse phenomenon as mitochondrial membrane perturbations, cytoskeletal rearrangements and DNA fragmentation. The parallels between the two disparate processes suggest some common ancestry and highlight the paradoxical nature of the death-centric view of caspases. That is, what is the driving selective pressure that sustains death-inducing proteins throughout eukaryotic evolution? Plausibly, caspase function may be rooted in a primordial non-death function, such as cell differentiation, and was co-opted for its role in programmed cell death...
March 24, 2017: Cell Death and Differentiation
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28338497/using-selective-serotonin-reuptake-inhibitors-and-serotonin-norepinephrine-reuptake-inhibitors-in-critical-care-a-systematic-review-of-the-evidence-for-benefit-or-harm
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John M Kelly, Gordon D Rubenfeld, Neil Masson, Arimie Min, Neill K J Adhikari
OBJECTIVE: Selective serotonin reuptake inhibitor/serotonin-norepinephrine reuptake inhibitors are among the most commonly prescribed drugs in patients admitted to the ICU. Our objective was to systematically review available literature for evidence of benefit or harm in ICU patients resulting from chronic effects, continued use, or withdrawal. DATA SOURCES: Medline, Embase, and Cochrane Central Register of Controlled Trials (1990 to November 2014). STUDY SELECTION: We searched for studies of ICU patients with recorded selective serotonin reuptake inhibitor/serotonin-norepinephrine reuptake inhibitor prescription before or during admission, and reporting morbidity, mortality, adverse events, and resource measures like ICU length of stay...
March 23, 2017: Critical Care Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28337826/diagnostic-outcome-of-contrast-videofluoroscopic-swallowing-studies-in-216-dysphagic-dogs
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Rachel E Pollard, Stanley L Marks, Diane M Cheney, Cecily M Bonadio
Determining the anatomic and functional origin for dysphagia is critical for development of an appropriate therapeutic plan and determination of the prognosis. The purpose of this retrospective study was to report the quantitative and qualitative outcome of contrast videofluoroscopic swallowing studies in a large cohort of dysphagic dogs presenting to a tertiary veterinary care hospital. The videofluoroscopic swallowing studies were reviewed to generate values for pharyngeal constriction ratio, timing of swallowing events (maximum pharyngeal contraction, opening of upper esophageal sphincter, closing of upper esophageal sphincter, and reopening of epiglottis), type of esophageal peristalsis generated, and esophageal transit time...
March 23, 2017: Veterinary Radiology & Ultrasound
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28337041/getting-the-foundations-right-for-the-measurement-of-medication-safety-the-need-for-a-meaningful-conceptual-frame
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Jerome Ng, Shane Scahill, Jeff Harrison
A number of initiatives aimed at improving medication safety in and across New Zealand public hospitals have been introduced over recent years. Clinicians, policymakers and patients now want to know whether patients are safer today from medicine use than they have been in the past. The challenge has been determining exactly what should be measured. In this viewpoint, we critically examine the suitability of adverse drug events (ADE) as a primary metric for assessing the progress of medication safety improvement...
March 24, 2017: New Zealand Medical Journal
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28336579/implementation-of-a-modified-who-pediatric-procedural-sedation-safety-checklist-and-its-impact-on-risk-reduction
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Lindsay Kahlenberg, Lindsay Harsey, Mary Patterson, Don Wachsberger, Dave Gothard, Michael Holder, Michael Forbes, Urmila Tirodker
BACKGROUND AND OBJECTIVES: Major adverse events (AEs) related to pediatric deep sedation occur at a low frequency but can be of high acuity. The high volume of deep sedations performed by 3 departments at our institution provided an opportunity to reduce variability and increase safety through implementation of a procedural sedation safety checklist. We hypothesized that implementation of a checklist would improve compliance of critical safety elements (CSEs) (primary outcome variable) and reduce the sedation-related AE rate (secondary outcome variable)...
March 23, 2017: Hospital Pediatrics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28336380/risk-prediction-models-for-incident-heart-failure-a-systematic-review-of-methodology-and-model-performance
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REVIEW
Berhe W Sahle, Alice J Owen, Ken Lee Chin, Christopher M Reid
BACKGROUND: Numerous models predicting the risk of incident heart failure (HF) have been developed, however evidence of their methodological rigour and reporting remains unclear. This study critically appraises the methods underpinning incident HF risk prediction models. METHODS AND RESULTS: EMBASE and PubMed were searched for articles published between 1990 and June 2016 that reported at least one multivariable model for prediction of HF. Model development information, including study design, variable coding, missing data, and predictor selection, was extracted...
March 21, 2017: Journal of Cardiac Failure
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28336261/methane-rescues-retinal-ganglion-cells-and-limits-retinal-mitochondrial-dysfunction-following-optic-nerve-crush
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Ruobing Wang, Qinglei Sun, Fangzhou Xia, Zeli Chen, Jiangchun Wu, Yuelu Zhang, Jiajun Xu, Lin Liu
Secondary degeneration is a common event in traumatic central nervous system disorders, which involves neuronal apoptosis and mitochondrial dysfunction. Exogenous methane exerts the therapeutic effects in many organ injury. Our study aims to investigate the potential neuroprotection of methane in a rat model of optic nerve crush (ONC). Adult male Sprague-Dawley rats were subjected to ONC and administrated intraperitoneally with methane-saturated or normal saline (10 ml/kg) once per day for one week after ONC...
March 20, 2017: Experimental Eye Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28335075/breastmilk-with-a-high-omega-6-to-omega-3-fatty-acid-ratio-induced-cellular-events-similar-to-insulin-resistance-and-obesity-in-3t3-l1-adipocytes
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H Vaidya, S K Cheema
BACKGROUND: An imbalance of omega (n)-3 and n-6 polyunsaturated fatty acids (PUFA) during critical periods of development may have adverse effects on the health of the newborn in later life. OBJECTIVES: We hypothesized that breastmilk with higher n-6 to n-3 PUFA ratio will have higher inflammatory cytokines and initiate cellular events similar to insulin resistance and obesity. METHODS: Breastmilk was collected from healthy women who gave natural birth at full term...
March 23, 2017: Pediatric Obesity
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28334897/genetic-absence-of-alox5-protects-from-homocysteine-induced-memory-impairment-tau-phosphorylation-and-synaptic-pathology
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Jian-Guo Li, Carlos Barrero, Salim Merali, Domenico Praticò
Elevated level of homocysteine (Hcy) is considered a risk factor for neurodegenerative diseases, but the mechanisms remain to be established. Since high Hcy is associated with an up-regulation of the ALOX5 gene product, the 5Lipoxygenase (5LO), herein we investigated whether this activation is responsible for the Hcy effect on neurodegeneration or is a secondary event.To reach this goal, wild type mice and mice genetically deficient for 5LO were assessed after being exposed to a diet known to significantly increase brain levels of Hcy...
March 9, 2017: Human Molecular Genetics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28334302/olfaction-warps-visual-time-perception
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Bin Zhou, Guo Feng, Wei Chen, Wen Zhou
Our perception of the world builds upon dynamic inputs from multiple senses with different temporal resolutions, and is threaded with the passing of subjective time. How time is extracted from multisensory inputs is scantly known. Utilizing psychophysical testing and electroencephalography, we show in healthy human adults that odors modulate object visibility around critical flicker-fusion frequency (CFF)-the limit at which chromatic flickers become perceived as a stable color-and effectively alter CFF in a congruency-based manner, despite that they afford no clear environmental temporal information...
March 17, 2017: Cerebral Cortex
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28334263/pathogenesis-of-meningococcal-purpura-fulminans
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H Lécuyer, D Borgel, X Nassif, M Coureuil
Purpura fulminans (PF) is a dreadful and frequent complication of Neisseria meningitidis invasive infection, and is associated with a high mortality rate. This syndrome begins with dermal microvessels thrombosis that rapidly lead to hemorrhagic skin necrosis. In this review, we discuss the prothrombotic events occurring during meningococcal infection. Moreover, recent data from an experimental mouse model have highlighted the critical role of the meningococcus adhesion to the endothelium in the development of PF lesions, thus opening new therapeutic perspectives...
March 9, 2017: Pathogens and Disease
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28333508/morphological-variability-in-second-language-learners-an-examination-of-electrophysiological-and-production-data
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José Alemán Bañón, David Miller, Jason Rothman
We examined sources of morphological variability in second language (L2) learners of Spanish whose native language (L1) is English, with a focus on L1-L2 similarity, morphological markedness, and knowledge type (receptive vs. expressive). Experiment 1 uses event-related potentials to examine noun-adjective number (present in L1) and gender agreement (absent in L1) in online sentence comprehension (receptive knowledge). For each feature, markedness was manipulated, such that half of the critical noun-adjective combinations were feminine (marked) and the other half were masculine; half were used in the plural (marked) and the other half were used in the singular...
March 23, 2017: Journal of Experimental Psychology. Learning, Memory, and Cognition
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28333494/taxonomic-and-thematic-semantic-systems
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Daniel Mirman, Jon-Frederick Landrigan, Allison E Britt
Object concepts are critical for nearly all aspects of human cognition, from perception tasks like object recognition, to understanding and producing language, to making meaningful actions. Concepts can have 2 very different kinds of relations: similarity relations based on shared features (e.g., dog-bear), which are called "taxonomic" relations, and contiguity relations based on co-occurrence in events or scenarios (e.g., dog-leash), which are called "thematic" relations. Here, we report a systematic review of experimental psychology and cognitive neuroscience evidence of this distinction in the structure of semantic memory...
March 23, 2017: Psychological Bulletin
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28333296/stepwise-evolution-of-a-buried-inhibitor-peptide-over-45-million-years
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Achala S Jayasena, Mark F Fisher, Jose L Panero, David Secco, Kalia Bernath-Levin, Oliver Berkowitz, Nicolas L Taylor, Edward E Schilling, James Whelan, Joshua S Mylne
The de novo evolution of genes and the novel proteins they encode has stimulated much interest in the contribution such innovations make to the diversity of life. Most research on this de novo evolution focuses on transcripts, so studies on the biochemical steps that can enable completely new proteins to evolve and the time required to do so have been lacking. Sunflower PawS1 is an unusual albumin precursor because in addition to producing albumin it also yields a potent, bicyclic protease-inhibitor called SFTI-1...
March 8, 2017: Molecular Biology and Evolution
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28332114/training-the-gut-for-athletes
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REVIEW
Asker E Jeukendrup
The gastrointestinal (GI) tract plays a critical role in delivering carbohydrate and fluid during prolonged exercise and can therefore be a major determinant of performance. The incidence of GI problems in athletes participating in endurance events is high, indicating that GI function is not always optimal in those conditions. A substantial body of evidence suggests that the GI system is highly adaptable. Gastric emptying as well as stomach comfort can be "trained" and perceptions of fullness decreased; some studies have suggested that nutrient-specific increases in gastric emptying may occur...
March 22, 2017: Sports Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28330758/regulation-of-type-i-interferon-signaling-in-immunity-and-inflammation-a-comprehensive-review
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REVIEW
Kun Chen, Juan Liu, Xuetao Cao
Type I interferons (IFNs) play essential roles in establishing and modulating host defense against microbial infection via induction of IFN-stimulated genes (ISGs) through Janus kinase (JAK)-signal transducer and activator of transcription (STAT) signaling pathway. However, dysregulation of IFNs production and function could also mediate immune pathogenesis such as inflammatory autoimmune diseases and infectious diseases via aberrantly activating inflammatory responses or improperly suppressing microbial controls...
March 19, 2017: Journal of Autoimmunity
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28329764/the-lung-is-a-site-of-platelet-biogenesis-and-a-reservoir-for-haematopoietic-progenitors
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Emma Lefrançais, Guadalupe Ortiz-Muñoz, Axelle Caudrillier, Beñat Mallavia, Fengchun Liu, David M Sayah, Emily E Thornton, Mark B Headley, Tovo David, Shaun R Coughlin, Matthew F Krummel, Andrew D Leavitt, Emmanuelle Passegué, Mark R Looney
Platelets are critical for haemostasis, thrombosis, and inflammatory responses, but the events that lead to mature platelet production remain incompletely understood. The bone marrow has been proposed to be a major site of platelet production, although there is indirect evidence that the lungs might also contribute to platelet biogenesis. Here, by directly imaging the lung microcirculation in mice, we show that a large number of megakaryocytes circulate through the lungs, where they dynamically release platelets...
March 22, 2017: Nature
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28329372/practical-review-of-recognition-and-management-of-obesity-and-lipohypertrophy-in-hiv-infection
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Jordan E Lake, Takara Stanley, Caroline Apovian, Shalendar Bhasin, Todd T Brown, Jaqueline Capeau, Judith S Currier, Michael P Dube, Julian Falutz, Steven K Grinspoon, Giovanni Guaraldi, Esteban Martinez, Grace A McComsey, Fred R Sattler, Kristine M Erlandson
Background: Obesity and lipohypertrophy are common in treated HIV infection and contribute to morbidity and mortality among HIV-infected adults on antiretroviral therapy (ART). Methods: We present a consensus opinion on the diagnosis, clinical consequences and treatment of excess adiposity in adults with treated HIV infection. Results: Obesity and lipohypertrophy commonly occur among HIV-infected adults on ART, and may have overlapping pathophysiologies and/or synergistic metabolic consequences...
February 24, 2017: Clinical Infectious Diseases: An Official Publication of the Infectious Diseases Society of America
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