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Comparison of Bone Mineral Density and Markers of Bone Turnover in Osteoporotic Women after 6-Month Treatment with Alendronate or Bazedoxifene: A Randomized Controlled Trial.

J Bone Metab 2021 May 31;28(2):131-137. Epub 2021 May 31.

Department of Orthopedic Surgery, Seoul National University Bundang Hospital, Seoul National University College of Medicine, Seongnam, Korea.

Background: In a randomized controlled trial, we compared the bone mineral densities (BMDs) and blood markers of bone turnover during short-term treatment of osteoporotic women with bisphosphonate alendronate or bazedoxifene, a selective estrogen receptor modulator.

Methods: Ten and eleven patients were randomized to the alendronate and bazedoxifene groups, respectively. BMDs were measured before and after 6 months of treatment. Read More

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Compliance Assessment of the Epithelial or Absorbed Power Density Below 10 GHz Using SAR Measurement Systems.

Bioelectromagnetics 2021 Jun 15. Epub 2021 Jun 15.

Foundation for Research on Information Technologies in Society (IT'IS), Zurich, Switzerland.

The introduction of new dosimetric quantities, in particular, epithelial or absorbed power density for frequencies above 6 GHz, in exposure guidelines and safety standards requires the development of new experimental assessment procedures for compliance testing. In this study, we propose to approximate the peak spatial-average absorbed power density (psS ) using the same measured data and algorithms that are used for determining the peak spatial-average specific absorption rate psSAR, which is currently limited to frequencies up to 10 GHz. The uncertainty component for the transformation of psSAR to psS was evaluated as less than 0. Read More

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Expression of the fructose transporter GLUT5 in patients with fructose malabsorption.

Z Gastroenterol 2021 Jun 15;59(6):531-539. Epub 2021 Jun 15.

Specialist Practice for Internal Medicine, Oldenburg, Oldenburg Germany.

Background:  Patients with abdominal symptoms are frequently diagnosed with fructose malabsorption (FM). Fructose is absorbed by monosaccharide transporters located in the brush border of the human small intestine. The aim of this study was to investigate the histoanatomical distribution of the main fructose transporter GLUT5. Read More

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Fathers' Heightened Stress Responses to Recounting their NICU Experiences Months after Discharge: A Mixed Methods Pilot Study.

Am J Perinatol 2021 Jun 15. Epub 2021 Jun 15.

Department of Pediatrics, Penn State College of Medicine, Hershey, Pennsylvania.

Objective:  The acute and traumatic events associated with having a newborn who requires admission to the neonatal intensive care unit (NICU) may elicit long-term concerns for parents postdischarge. Cognitive processing of taxing events influences recurring stress responses, which can be inferred via biomarkers such as salivary cortisol (sCort) and skin conductance (SC). In addition, personal narratives provide an important insight into individual perceptions and coping strategies. Read More

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Long-Term Outcomes of Kidney Transplants from Older/Marginal Donors: A Cohort Study.

Nephron 2021 Jun 15:1-11. Epub 2021 Jun 15.

Istituto di Ricerche Farmacologiche Mario Negri IRCCS, Bergamo, Italy.

Introduction: To safely expand the donor pool, we introduced a strategy of biopsy-guided selection and allocation to single or dual transplantation of kidneys from donors >60 years old or with hypertension, diabetes, and/or proteinuria (older/marginal donors). Here, we evaluated the long-term performance of this approach in everyday clinical practice.

Methods: In this single-center cohort study, we compared outcomes of 98 patients who received one or two biopsy-evaluated grafts from older/marginal donors ("recipients") and 198 patients who received nonhistologically assessed single graft from ideal donors ("reference-recipients") from October 2004 to December 2015 at the Bergamo Transplant Center (Italy). Read More

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Comparison between Cerebroplacental Ratio and Umbilicocerebral Ratio in Predicting Adverse Perinatal Outcome in Pregnancies Complicated by Late Fetal Growth Restriction: A Multicenter, Retrospective Study.

Fetal Diagn Ther 2021 Jun 15:1-9. Epub 2021 Jun 15.

Center for High Risk Pregnancy and Fetal Care, Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology, University of Chieti, Chieti, Italy.

Introduction: The role of cerebroplacental ratio (CPR) or umbilicocerebral ratio (UCR) to predict adverse intrapartum and perinatal outcomes in pregnancies complicated by late fetal growth restriction (FGR) remains controversial.

Methods: This was a multicenter, retrospective cohort study involving 5 referral centers in Italy and Spain, including singleton pregnancies complicated by late FGR, as defined by Delphi consensus criteria, with a scan 1 week prior to delivery. The primary objective was to compare the diagnostic accuracy of the CPR and UCR for the prediction of a composite adverse outcome, defined as the presence of either an adverse intrapartum outcome (need for operative delivery/cesarean section for suspected fetal distress) or an adverse perinatal outcome (intrauterine death, Apgar score <7 at 5 min, arterial pH <7. Read More

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Online detection of movement during natural and self-initiated reach-and-grasp actions from EEG signals.

J Neural Eng 2021 Jun 15. Epub 2021 Jun 15.

Institute of Neural Engineering, Graz University of Technology, Stremayrgasse 16/IV, Graz, Steiermark, 8010, AUSTRIA.

Movement intention detection using electroencephalography (EEG) is a challenging but important component of brain-computer interfaces (BCIs) for people with motor disabilities. Objective​: The goal of this study is to exploit low-frequency time-domain EEG signals, concretely movement-related cortical potentials (MRCPs), to perform asynchronous online detection of movement. The experimental paradigm must be easily transferable to people without any residual upper-limb movement function. Read More

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Design study of a PET detector with 0.5 mm crystal pitch for high-resolution preclinical imaging.

Phys Med Biol 2021 Jun 15. Epub 2021 Jun 15.

Institute of Biomedical Engineering , Shenzhen Bay Laboratory, Shenzhen, CHINA.

Preclinical positron emission tomography (PET) is a sensitive and quantitative molecule imaging modality widely used in characterizing the biological processes and diseases in small animals. The purpose of this study is to investigate the methods to optimize a PET detector for high-resolution preclinical imaging. The PET detector proposed in this study consists of a 28×28 array of LYSO crystals 0. Read More

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Corticomotor excitability of gluteus maximus and hip extensor strength: The influence of sex.

Hum Mov Sci 2021 Jun 12;78:102830. Epub 2021 Jun 12.

Division of Biokinesiology and Physical Therapy, University of Southern California, Los Angeles, CA, United States of America. Electronic address:

Purpose: To compare hip extensor strength and corticomotor excitability (CME) of gluteus maximus (GM) between males and females. A secondary purpose was to determine if CME of GM is predictive of hip extensor strength.

Method: Thirty-two healthy individuals participated (15 males and 17 females). Read More

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Abdominal Wall Thickness Predicts Surgical Site Infection in Emergency Colon Operations.

J Surg Res 2021 Jun 12;267:37-47. Epub 2021 Jun 12.

Division of Trauma, Emergency Surgery, and Surgical Critical Care, Massachusetts General Hospital, Boston, Massachusetts; Harvard Medical School, Boston, Massachusetts. Electronic address:

Background: Body mass index (BMI) does not reliably predict Surgical site infections (SSI). We hypothesize that abdominal wall thickness (AWT) would serve as a better predictor of SSI for patients undergoing emergency colon operations.

Methods: We retrospectively evaluated our Emergency Surgery Database (2007-2018). Read More

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Activity of glutathione S-transferase and its π isoenzyme in the context of single nucleotide polymorphism in the GSTP1 gene (rs1695) and tobacco smoke exposure in the patients with acute pancreatitis and healthy subjects.

Biomed Pharmacother 2021 Jun 12;140:111589. Epub 2021 Jun 12.

Department of Biomedical and Environmental Analyses, Faculty of Pharmacy, Wroclaw Medical University, Wroclaw 50-556, Poland. Electronic address:

Oxidative stress associated with the course of acute pancreatitis (AP) can cause changes in the involvement of antioxidants, which can result in the increased production of free radicals with pro-inflammatory potential. Through its noncatalytic activity, the glutathione S-transferase and its π isoenzyme (GST-π), apart from cellular xenobiotics detoxification, are involved in the regulation of cellular signalling, metabolism and apoptosis. This study aimed to evaluate the impact of SNP rs1695 in the GSTP1 gene on GST and GST-π activity in healthy subjects and patients with acute pancreatitis (AP). Read More

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Nanonewton scale adhesion force measurements on biotinylated microbeads with a robotic micropipette.

J Colloid Interface Sci 2021 Jun 3;602:291-299. Epub 2021 Jun 3.

ELTE Eötvös Loránd University, Department of Biological Physics, Budapest, Hungary; CellSorter Company for Innovations, Erdőalja út 174, H-1037 Budapest, Hungary. Electronic address:

Binding force between biomolecules has a crucial role in most biological processes. Receptor-ligand interactions transmit physical forces and signals simultaneously. Previously, we employed a robotic micropipette both in live cell and microbead adhesion studies to explore the adhesion force of biomolecules such as cell surface receptors including specific integrins on immune cells. Read More

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Measurement of the Li(p,p'γ)Li reaction cross-section and 478 keV photon yield from a thick lithium target at proton energies from 0.7 to 1.85 MeV.

Appl Radiat Isot 2021 Jun 9;175:109821. Epub 2021 Jun 9.

Budker Institute of Nuclear Physics, Novosibirsk, Russia; Novosibirsk State University, Novosibirsk, Russia. Electronic address:

The Li (p,p'γ)Li reaction cross section and photon yield from a thick lithium target at proton energies from 0.7 to 1.85 MeV have been measured with a HPGe gamma-ray spectrometer. Read More

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Repellent activity of acetylcarvacrol and its effects on salivary gland morphology in unfed Rhipicephalus sanguineus sensu lato ticks (Acari: Ixodidae).

Ticks Tick Borne Dis 2021 Jun 4;12(5):101760. Epub 2021 Jun 4.

Department of Health Sciences, Federal University of Lavras (UFLA), Av. Dr. Sylvio, Menicucci, 1001 Lavras, MG, Brazil. Electronic address:

Rhipicephalus sanguineus sensu lato (s.l.), commonly known as brown dog tick, is a widely distributed tick species that is substantially important for human and veterinary medicine. Read More

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One-pot synthesis of sodium alginate-grafted-terpolymer hydrogel for As(III) and V(V) removal: In situ anchored comonomer and DFT studies on structures.

J Environ Manage 2021 Jun 12;294:112932. Epub 2021 Jun 12.

Advanced Polymer Laboratory, Department of Polymer Science and Technology, Government College of Engineering and Leather Technology (Post-Graduate), Maulana Abul Kalam Azad University of Technology, Salt Lake, Kolkata 700106, West Bengal, India. Electronic address:

In this work, an optimum sodium alginate (NaAlg)-grafted-[sodium 2-methylenesuccinate-co-sodium 2-((2-(isobutyryloxy)ethoxy)methyl)succinate-co-ethylene glycol methacrylate, i.e., SMS-co-SIBEMS-co-EGMA, i. Read More

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Effect of chlorhexidine-loaded poly(amido amine) dendrimer on matrix metalloproteinase activities and remineralization in etched human dentin in vitro.

J Mech Behav Biomed Mater 2021 Jun 10;121:104625. Epub 2021 Jun 10.

Stomatological Hospital of Chongqing Medical University, Chongqing, 401147, China. Electronic address:

To investigate the effect of chlorhexidine (CHX)-loaded carboxyl-terminated poly (amido amine) dendrimer (CHX-PAMAM-COOH) on matrix metalloproteinase (MMP) activities and remineralization in human dentin, CHX-PAMAM-COOH was prepared and characterized by Fourier-transform infrared spectroscopy. The inhibitory effects of CHX, PAMAM-COOH, and CHX-PAMAM-COOH on soluble recombinant human matrix metalloproteinase (rhMMP-2) and dentin-bound endogenous MMP activity were measured using an MMP Activity Assay Kit. In situ zymography was performed to evaluate the gelatinase activity in dentin pretreated with CHX, PAMAM-COOH, and CHX-PAMAM-COOH. Read More

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Characteristics of driving self-assessments and factors related to inaccurate self-assessment in Japanese older adults.

Accid Anal Prev 2021 Jun 12;159:106235. Epub 2021 Jun 12.

National Research Institute of Police Science, 6-3-1, Kashiwanoha, Kashiwa-shi, Chiba 277-0882, Japan.

Older adults are considered to decide their driving behaviors based their own assessment of their driving performance, and thus it is important that these self-assessments be accurate. Therefore, this study aimed to clarify how older drivers assess their driving performance and examine factors related to the level of inaccuracy in their self-assessments. Japanese drivers aged 70 years or older (N = 181) were asked to assess their own driving performance by questionnaire and then to drive on a public road while wearing an electronic device that measured their actual driving behaviors. Read More

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Measured energy expenditure in mildly hypothermic critically ill patients with traumatic brain injury: A sub-study of a randomized controlled trial.

Clin Nutr 2021 May 24;40(6):3875-3882. Epub 2021 May 24.

Australian and New Zealand Intensive Care Research Centre, School of Public Health and Preventative Medicine, Monash University, St Kilda Road, Melbourne, 3004, Australia; Intensive Care Unit, The Alfred Hospital, Commercial Road, Melbourne, 3004, Australia.

Background & Aims: Prophylactic hypothermia, often used in critically ill patients with traumatic brain injury, reduces energy expenditure and may affect energy delivered by nutrition therapy. The primary objective of this study was to measure energy expenditure in hypothermic patients over the first 3 days after traumatic brain injury (TBI). Secondary objectives included comparison of measured energy expenditure and nutrition delivery to day 7. Read More

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Nutritional Risk at intensive care unit admission and outcomes in survivors of critical illness.

Clin Nutr 2021 May 11;40(6):3868-3874. Epub 2021 May 11.

Critical Illness, Brain Dysfunction, and Survivorship (CIBS) Center, Nashville, TN, USA; Division of Pulmonary, Critical Care, and Sleep Medicine, The Ohio State University College of Medicine, Columbus OH, USA; Davis Heart and Lung Research Institute, The Ohio State University Wexner Medical Center, Columbus, OH, USA. Electronic address:

Background And Aims: Risk factors for poor outcomes after critical illness are incompletely understood. While nutritional risk is associated with mortality in critically ill patients, its association with disability, cognitive, and health-related quality of life is unclear in survivors of critical illness. This study's objective was to determine whether greater nutritional risk at ICU admission is associated with greater disability, worse cognition, and worse HRQOL at 3 and 12-month follow-up. Read More

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Cross-sectional observational study - Investigation of vitamin D concentration in Caucasian cancer patients. what is the adequate dose of vitamin D for these patients?

Clin Nutr 2021 Apr 22;40(6):3852-3858. Epub 2021 Apr 22.

Department of Clinical Nutrition, Maria Sklodowska-Curie National Research Institute of Oncology, Roentgen Str.5, 02781, Warsaw, Poland. Electronic address:

Background & Aims: Vitamin D impairs tumour-related transformation and supports the anticancer function of the immune system. Currently, there are no guidelines on vitamin D supplementation devoted solely to cancer patients. The primary objective of the study was to evaluate the frequency of vitamin D deficiency in Caucasian cancer patients and to characterize the clinical factors that predispose individuals to decreased vitamin D concentration. Read More

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Different nutritional screening tools and recommended screening algorithm for pediatric oncology patients.

Clin Nutr 2021 May 24;40(6):3836-3841. Epub 2021 May 24.

2nd Department of Pediatrics, Semmelweis University, Budapest, 1094, 7-9 Tuzolto Street, Hungary.

Background & Aims: Cancer is one of the leading causes of death for children; however, appropriate nutritional status can positively affect disease progression and outcome. The aim of this study was to present our self-developed nutritional risk screening method, relate it to another validated tool and to objective bio-impedance measures. We intended to recommend a screening algorithm which can be used in our pediatric oncology facilities. Read More

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Magnitude of gluconeogenesis and endogenous glucose production: are they predictable in clinical settings?

Clin Nutr 2021 Jun 3;40(6):3807-3814. Epub 2021 Jun 3.

Service of Adult Intensive Care, Lausanne University Hospital (CHUV), Lausanne, Switzerland.

Introduction: Regulation of endogenous glucose production (EGP) is essential for glucose homeostasis. It includes gluconeogenesis (GNG) from non-carbohydrate substrates and hepatic glycogenolysis. Both these pathways are dysregulated in acute stress, but the magnitude of this deregulation cannot be assessed in clinical practice. Read More

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Micronutrient deficiencies in critical illness.

Clin Nutr 2021 May 11;40(6):3780-3786. Epub 2021 May 11.

Department of Intensive Care Medicine, Gelderse Vallei Hospital, Willy Brandtlaan 10, 6716 RP, Ede, the Netherlands; Division of Human Nutrition and Health, Wageningen University & Research, HELIX (Building 124), Stippeneng 4, 6708 WE, Wageningen, the Netherlands. Electronic address:

Background & Aims: Low micronutrient levels in critical illness have been reported in multiple studies. Because of the antioxidant properties of various micronutrients, micronutrient deficiency may augment oxidative stress in critical illness. However, it remains unclear whether micronutrient concentrations in ICU patients are different from those in healthy age-matched controls. Read More

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Associations between dietary amino acid intakes and blood concentration levels.

Clin Nutr 2021 Apr 27;40(6):3772-3779. Epub 2021 Apr 27.

International Agency for Research on Cancer, Nutrition and Metabolism Section, 69372, Lyon CEDEX 08, France.

Background And Aims: Emerging evidence suggests a role of amino acids (AAs) in the development of various diseases including renal failure, liver cirrhosis, diabetes and cancer. However, mechanistic pathways and the effects of dietary AA intakes on circulating levels and disease outcomes are unclear. We aimed to compare protein and AA intakes, with their respective blood concentrations in the European Prospective Investigation into Cancer and Nutrition (EPIC) cohort. Read More

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Are muscle parameters obtained by computed tomography associated with outcome after esophagectomy for cancer?

Clin Nutr 2021 May 1;40(6):3729-3740. Epub 2021 May 1.

Department of Intensive Care Medicine, University Medical Centre Hamburg-Eppendorf, Hamburg, Germany.

Background & Aims: Esophageal cancer patients often suffer from cancer-related malnutrition and, as a result, sarcopenia. Whether sarcopenia worsens the outcome after esophagectomy is unclear. Inconsistent study results are partly caused by varying cut-off values used for defining sarcopenia. Read More

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Development and validation of a novel sepsis biomarker based on amino acid profiling.

Clin Nutr 2021 May 21;40(6):3668-3676. Epub 2021 May 21.

Department of Laboratory Medicine, Yonsei University College of Medicine, Severance Hospital, Seoul, Republic of Korea. Electronic address:

Background & Aims: Sepsis is a potentially fatal condition influenced by pathogens and host factors. Current sepsis biomarkers such as white blood cell count and C-reactive protein and procalcitonin levels show unsatisfactory performance in terms of diagnostic sensitivity and specificity in clinical practice. Thus, we developed and validated a new sepsis biomarker based on amino acid profiling. Read More

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Evaluation of efficacy and safety of PARP inhibitors in breast cancer: A systematic review and meta-analysis.

Breast 2021 May 27;59:44-50. Epub 2021 May 27.

Department of Breast, Heping Hospital Affiliated to Changzhi Medical College, Changzhi, China. Electronic address:

Background: Many breast cancer clinical trials with PARPi have been completed or are currently carried out, either by monotherapy or combined with chemotherapy. We aim to assess the efficacy and safety of PARPi in breast cancer patients as compared to chemotherapy.

Methods: A comprehensive literature search of PubMed, EMBASE, CENTRAL, conference meetings and clinical trial registry was performed. Read More

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Evaluation of arsenic species in leukocytes and granulocytes of acute promyelocytic leukemia patients treated with arsenic trioxide.

J Pharm Biomed Anal 2021 Jun 8;203:114201. Epub 2021 Jun 8.

Department of Pharmacy, First Affiliated Hospital of Harbin Medical University, 23 YouZheng Str, Nangang District, Harbin, China. Electronic address:

Concentrations of arsenic metabolites were important to clarify the sensitivity and resistance of APL (acute promyelocytic leukemia) patients to arsenic trioxide (AsO). Our purpose was to evaluate levels and distributions of arsenic species in leukocytes and granulocytes of APL patients. Inorganic arsenic (iAs), monomethylarsonic acid (MMA), and dimethylarsinic acid (DMA) were measured by high performance liquid chromatography coupled inductively coupled plasma mass spectrometry (HPLC-ICP-MS). Read More

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Ototoxic hearing loss from antimalarials: A systematic narrative review.

Travel Med Infect Dis 2021 Jun 12:102117. Epub 2021 Jun 12.

Department of Linguistics, Macquarie University, Sydney, New South Wales, Australia.

Background: Drugs used in curative and prophylactic antimalarial treatment may be ototoxic and lead to permanent hearing loss, but there is no consensus regarding prevalence and permanence of ototoxic hearing loss caused by antimalarials. The purpose of this systematic narrative review was to synthesize current evidence on antimalarial ototoxicity in human populations.

Method: Studies published between 2005 and 2018 that reported prevalence of post-treatment hearing loss in individuals treated for malaria. Read More

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