The prevalence of facial and dentolabial parameters among students of the Faculty of Dentistry of Lithuanian University of Health Sciences.
CONCLUSIONS: Was found relationship between: the profile of face and type of lips; the tooth exposure at rest and type of smile line; the commisural line vs horizon and interpupillary line vs horizon; the facial midline and occlusal plane vs commisural line/horizon; the type of smile line and type of lips; the labial corridor and 10 teeth number of smile width type. PMID: 31074461 [PubMed - in process] (Source: Stomatologija)
Source: Stomatologija - May 12, 2019 Category: Dentistry Tags: Stomatologija Source Type: research

Trends in Cigarette Smoking among Middle-Aged Lithuanian Subjects Participating in the Primary Prevention Program between 2009 and 2016.
Abstract Background and Objectives: The aim of the study was to evaluate trends in smoking among middle-aged men and women based on the data from the Lithuanian High Cardiovascular Risk (LitHiR) primary prevention program between 2009 and 2016. Materials and Methods: A community-based cross-sectional study comprised 92373 Lithuanian adults (41.6% men and 58.4% women). We compared the prevalence of smoking, smoking cessation activity and smoking intensity by gender and age groups. Results: There was a statistically significant upward trend in the number of smoking subjects (average annual percent change (AAPC) 2.99%, p
Source: Medicina (Kaunas) - May 12, 2019 Category: Universities & Medical Training Authors: Rinkūnienė E, Petrulionienė Ž, Dženkevičiūtė V, Gimžauskaitė S, Mainelis A, Puronaitė R, Jucevičienė A, Gargalskaitė U, Laucevičius A Tags: Medicina (Kaunas) Source Type: research

Inadequate evaluation and management of suspected ­infections after TKA surgery in Lithuania: a retrospective study of 2,769 patients with 2-year follow-up
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Source: Acta Orthopaedica - May 9, 2019 Category: Orthopaedics Authors: Egle Terteliene Kazimieras Grigaitis Otto Robertsson Justinas Stucinskas Sarunas Tarasevicius Narunas Porvaneckas Algirdas Venalis Source Type: research

Inadequate evaluation and management of suspected -infections after TKA surgery in Lithuania: a retrospective study of 2,769 patients with 2-year follow-up.
Abstract Background and purpose - The evidence-based algorithms for treatment of periprosthetic joint infection (PJI) recommend surgical intervention in combination with the use of systemic antibiotics. However, still it is not unusual to treat total knee arthroplasty (TKA) patients with suspected infection using only antibiotics. We investigated treatment pathways for TKA patients with suspected infection in Lithuania. Patients and methods - Of the 4,069 TKA patients (4,269 knees) registered in the Lithuanian Arthroplasty Register (2013-2015) 2,769 patients (2,825 knees) were interviewed 2 years after the surgery...
Source: Acta Orthopaedica - May 9, 2019 Category: Orthopaedics Authors: Terteliene E, Grigaitis K, Robertsson O, Stucinskas J, Tarasevicius S, Porvaneckas N, Venalis A Tags: Acta Orthop Source Type: research

Reimbursement Legislations and Decision Making for Orphan Drugs in Central and Eastern European Countries
Conclusions: In considered countries specific regulations on reimbursement of orphan drugs are valid but in Lithuania and Romania no formal HTA process was employed; in case of some countries higher ICER values for orphans are used. The share of reimbursed orphan drugs varied significantly across the countries, but it was not associated with GDP per capita. (Source: Frontiers in Pharmacology)
Source: Frontiers in Pharmacology - May 8, 2019 Category: Drugs & Pharmacology Source Type: research

Genotype ⁻Phenotype Correlation in a New Fabry-Disease-Causing Mutation.
Conclusion: A novel GLA mutation, c.270C>G (p.Cys90Trp), was found in a Lithuanian family with a classical form of Fabry disease in heterozygous women with predominant cardiac involvement. However, the exact manifestation of this mutation is still unclear as it is newly reported and further research must be done. PMID: 31067829 [PubMed - in process] (Source: Medicina (Kaunas))
Source: Medicina (Kaunas) - May 7, 2019 Category: Universities & Medical Training Authors: Čerkauskaitė A, Čerkauskienė R, Miglinas M, Laurinavičius A, Ding C, Rolfs A, Vencevičienė L, Barysienė J, Kazėnaitė E, Sadauskienė E Tags: Medicina (Kaunas) Source Type: research

IJERPH, Vol. 16, Pages 1577: The Role of School-Related Well-Being for Adolescent Subjective Health Complaints
This study aimed to explore the prevalence of chronic specific-site and multisite pain in adolescents and to investigate how it can possibly be determined by school-related factors. Methods: A population-based cross-sectional study was conducted in 2014 in Lithuania as a Health Behavior in School-Aged Children (HBSC) survey. The sample consisted of 5730 school children, aged 11, 13, and 15 years. The analyzed data focused on the school-related context (relations with family, peers, and teachers; school demand, satisfaction, and bullying) of adolescents and subjective health complaints. The relationships between social supp...
Source: International Journal of Environmental Research and Public Health - May 6, 2019 Category: Environmental Health Authors: Tomas Vai čiūnas Kastytis Šmigelskas Tags: Article Source Type: research

Assessment of chemical and microbiological parameters on the Leite River Lithuania.
l;nen K Abstract The most common source of pollution is wastewater that comes from the industrial, agricultural, and household sectors. The aim of this work is to evaluate the impact of a new innovative wastewater treatment technology on the water quality of the Leite River, Lithuania. The Leite River basin receives wastewater from the Leitgiriai agglomeration; it is then released into a channel, which is 73 m away from the river. During the implementation of the BSR Interreg project "Water emissions and their reduction in village communities in the Baltic Sea Region as pilots (VillageWater)," the i...
Source: Environmental Science and Pollution Research International - May 4, 2019 Category: Environmental Health Authors: Česonienė L, Sileikiene D, Dapkiene M, Radzevicius A, Räsänen K Tags: Environ Sci Pollut Res Int Source Type: research

Patterns and predictors of participation in children and adolescents with spina bifida.
CONCLUSIONS: Our findings highlight the role of intellectual functioning, bowel continence, and the environmental factors in explaining participation of children with SB across different settings and, therefore, demonstrate the need for more supports and environmental modifications (especially for those who have lower level of cognitive abilities), as well as interventions targeting improved bowel continence. Implications for rehabilitation Children with spina bifida had low levels of participation in the community and preschool/school settings. The most important predictors for participation were intellectual abilities, b...
Source: Disability and Rehabilitation - May 3, 2019 Category: Rehabilitation Authors: Bakaniene I, Prasauskiene A Tags: Disabil Rehabil Source Type: research

Minimalistic Approach to Coreference Resolution in Lithuanian Medical Records.
We present a method for coreference resolution in Lithuanian language and its application for processing e-health records from a hospital reception. Our novelty is the ability to process coreferences with minimal linguistic resources, which is important in linguistic applications for rare and endangered languages. The experimental results show that coreference resolution is applicable to the development of NLP-powered online healthcare services in Lithuania. PMID: 31015858 [PubMed - in process] (Source: Computational and Mathematical Methods in Medicine)
Source: Computational and Mathematical Methods in Medicine - April 26, 2019 Category: Statistics Tags: Comput Math Methods Med Source Type: research

Long-Term Endurance and Power Training May Facilitate Motor Unit Size Expansion to Compensate for Declining Motor Unit Numbers in Older Age
M. Piasecki1*, A. Ireland2, J. Piasecki3, H. Degens2,4, D. W. Stashuk5, A. Swiecicka6, M. K. Rutter6,7, D. A. Jones2 and J. S. McPhee8,9* 1Clinical, Metabolic and Molecular Physiology, MRC-ARUK Centre for Musculoskeletal Ageing Research, National Institute for Health Research (NIHR) Nottingham Biomedical Research Centre, University of Nottingham, Nottingham, United Kingdom 2School of Healthcare Science, Manchester Metropolitan University, Manchester, United Kingdom 3Musculoskeletal Physiology Research Group, Sport, Health and Performance Enhancement Research Centre, School of Science and Technology, Nottingham Tre...
Source: Frontiers in Physiology - April 26, 2019 Category: Physiology Source Type: research

Microbial Diversity and Antimicrobial Resistance Profile in Microbiota From Soils of Conventional and Organic Farming Systems
Julija Armalytė1, Jūratė Skerniškytė1, Elena Bakienė1, Renatas Krasauskas1, Rita Šiugždinienė2, Violeta Kareivienė2, Sigita Kerzienė2, Irena Klimienė2, Edita Sužiedėlienė1 and Modestas Ružauskas2* 1Life Sciences Center, Institute of Biosciences, Vilnius University, Vilnius, Lithuania 2Institute of Microbiology and Virology, Lithuanian University of Health Sciences, Kaunas, Lithuania Soil is one of the biggest reservoirs of microbial diversity, yet the processes that define the community dynamics are not fully understood. Apart from soil management being vital for agricultural purposes...
Source: Frontiers in Microbiology - April 26, 2019 Category: Microbiology Source Type: research

Neoadjuvant Chemotherapy Alters Neuropilin-1, PlGF, and SNAI1 Expression Levels and Predicts Breast Cancer Patients Response
In this report, we are adding an extra finding, in which we show that the levels of circulating NRP-1 were significantly increased in patients who received NAC and had a partial response. Assessing patients who underwent NAC indicated that the levels of NRP-1 measured post-NAC were significantly higher in younger patients and patients with either a low or a medium body mass index (BMI), as well as in patients who remained with larger tumor size and partial response. Previously, we showed that SNAI1 expression in the immune cells collected from the peripheral blood of breast cancer patients was significantly higher in patie...
Source: Frontiers in Oncology - April 25, 2019 Category: Cancer & Oncology Source Type: research

Essential oil composition of five Nepeta species cultivated in Lithuania and evaluation of their bioactivities, toxicity and antioxidant potential of hydrodistillation residues.
Abstract Essential oils of Nepeta cataria var. citriodora, N. transcaucasica, N. melissifolia, N. sibirica and N. nuda were investigated. The yields of EO were from 0.78 (N. nuda) to 5.94 (N. cataria) mg/g plant dry weight (pdw). In total, 143 compounds were identified and quantified in Nepeta plant EOs by GC-MS/FID. 4aα,7α,7aβ-Nepetalactone (NL) was dominant constituent in N. cataria and N. nuda EO (50.16 and 55.72%, respectively) followed by 4aα,7α,7aα-NL (35.64 and 6.20%, respectively); other quantitatively important compounds were β-caryophyllene, caryophyllene oxide, so...
Source: Food and Chemical Toxicology - April 25, 2019 Category: Food Science Authors: Baranauskienė R, Bendžiuvienė V, Ragažinskienė O, Venskutonis PR Tags: Food Chem Toxicol Source Type: research

Development of a Blocking Primer to Inhibit the PCR Amplification of the 18S rDNA Sequences of Litopenaeus vannamei and Its Efficacy in Crassostrea hongkongensis
In this study, we designed several blocking primers to inhibit PCR amplification of rRNA genes of the shrimp Litopenaeus vannamei, and tested their efficacy on the oyster Crassostrea hongkongensis. We first compared the intensity of PCR product bands obtained with and without the blocking primers. Then, one primer was selected for further verification using high-throughput sequencing. Our results showed that X-BP2-DPO was the most effective blocking primer in suppressing the host 18S amplification compared to nine other candidates. The inhibition rate was 99% for the amplification of shrimp rDNA, and 17% for the amplificat...
Source: Frontiers in Microbiology - April 23, 2019 Category: Microbiology Source Type: research

Homicide victims and mechanisms in Lithuania from 2004 to 2016
Publication date: Available online 21 April 2019Source: Journal of Forensic and Legal MedicineAuthor(s): Sigitas Chmieliauskas, Sigitas Laima, Dmitrij Fomin, Eleonora Jurolaic, Algimantas Jasulaitis, Jurgita Stasiuniene, Dainius Characiejus, Algirdas UtkusAbstractA retrospective analysis of 2000 intentional homicide cases from the State Forensic Medicine Service (Vilnius, Lithuania) was carried out in order to evaluate the portrait of homicide victims and mechanisms of death between 2004 and 2016. The definition of intentional homicide appears to be quite straightforward, as a homicide occurs when one person’s cause ...
Source: Journal of Forensic and Legal Medicine - April 22, 2019 Category: Forensic Medicine Source Type: research

Dirofilaria repens in dogs and humans in Lithuania
In Lithuania, the first case of canine subcutaneous dirofilariosis was recorded in 2010. Since then, an increasing number of cases of canine dirofilariosis have been documented in different veterinary clinics ... (Source: Parasites and Vectors)
Source: Parasites and Vectors - April 18, 2019 Category: Microbiology Authors: Vytautas Sab ūnas, Jana Radzijevskaja, Povilas Sakalauskas, Saulius Petkevičius, Birutė Karvelienė, Jolanta Žiliukienė, Indrė Lipatova and Algimantas Paulauskas Tags: Research Source Type: research

IJERPH, Vol. 16, Pages 1400: Demographic Forecasts Using the Game Theory
n;arkienė This paper offers certain predictions concerning the demographic population of the cities Vilnius and Olsztyn. The authors used a method of analyzing and synthesizing data sources, and comparing the actual data with the forecast between the years 1997–2014. Each prediction was prepared in connection with its use in various areas of life, particularly for all studies involving spatial planning. The data collected on the basis of the forecasts were used by spatial planners to devise strategies for local development at the city, municipality, and provincial levels. In this sense, they created basi...
Source: International Journal of Environmental Research and Public Health - April 18, 2019 Category: Environmental Health Authors: Marek Ogryzek Krzysztof Rz ąsa Edita Šarkienė Tags: Article Source Type: research

Efficiency of a solar collector system for the public building depending on its location.
Abstract Due to a technologic progress, a growth in the renewable energy markets including a high number of manufactures coming to being, the Renewable Energy Sources (RES) are both a tool for mitigating climate changes and investments that can provide direct economic profits and reduce a political or economic dependence resulting from import of fossil fuels. One of the many key solutions toward fulfilling the global increasing demand for energy and reduction of CO2 emissions is applying solar technologies. This paper presents the results of the analysis conducted for a small public office building located in Bial...
Source: Environmental Science and Pollution Research International - April 18, 2019 Category: Environmental Health Authors: Krawczyk DA, Żukowski M, Rodero A Tags: Environ Sci Pollut Res Int Source Type: research

Functional Organ Preservation Surgery in Head and Neck Cancer: Transoral Robotic Surgery and Beyond
Conclusions In the span of a very short time—less than a decade—robotic head and neck surgery has transformed the management of the head and neck cancer, and it seems clear that the future of treatment for these cancers lies in a multimodal approach in which TORS is likely to play an important role. Nevertheless, it is important to keep in mind that the current indications for TORS are limited and long-term data on the safety and oncological outcomes are needed to better understand the true role of TORS in treatment of head and neck cancer. Nonetheless, the emergence of ever more advanced robotic instruments i...
Source: Frontiers in Oncology - April 17, 2019 Category: Cancer & Oncology Source Type: research

Influence of Habitual Physical Behavior – Sleeping, Sedentarism, Physical Activity – On Bone Health in Community-Dwelling Older People
Influence of Habitual Physical Behavior – Sleeping, Sedentarism, Physical Activity – On Bone Health in Community-Dwelling Older People Gladys Onambele-Pearson1*, Jorgen Wullems1,2, Conor Doody1, Declan Ryan1,3, Christopher Morse1 and Hans Degens4,5,6 1Department of Exercise and Sport Science, Manchester Metropolitan University, Manchester, United Kingdom 2Department of Rehabilitation Sciences, KU Leuven, Leuven, Belgium 3Faculty of Health and Society, University of Northampton, Northampton, United Kingdom 4School of Healthcare Science, Manchester Metropolitan University, Manchester, United Kingdom 5In...
Source: Frontiers in Physiology - April 16, 2019 Category: Physiology Source Type: research

Franz Joseph Gall on the Cerebellum as the Organ for the Reproductive Drive
This article examines Gall’s earlier subcortical organs, with an emphasis on why he associated the cerebellum with this drive. It draws from accounts by several physicians, who attended his Vienna lectures or heard him speak in Germany and the Netherlands in 1805–1806 [i.e., before he published his finalized list in his Anatomie et Physiologie (1810–1819)]. These early accounts show that early on he localized at least four faculties in brainstem structures, including a reproductive drive in the cerebellar cortex. He based his structure–function association primarily on cranial differences between me...
Source: Frontiers in Neuroanatomy - April 16, 2019 Category: Neurology Source Type: research

Identification and complete genome characterization of human enterovirus 117 from a child with pneumonia in China
In this study, human enterovirus C117 (EV-C117) was detected in a 3-month-old boy diagnosed with pneumonia in China. A phylogenetic analysis showed that this strain was genetically closer to the Lithuanian strain than to the USA strain. (Source: Archives of Virology)
Source: Archives of Virology - April 13, 2019 Category: Virology Source Type: research

Nephrology in the Eastern and Central European Region: Challenges & Opportunities
The Eastern and Central European region of the International Society of Nephrology (ISN) includes nineteen member countries: Albania, Bosnia-Herzegovina, Bulgaria, Croatia, Cyprus, Czech Republic, Estonia, Hungary, Latvia, Lithuania, Macedonia, Moldova, Poland, Romania, Republic of Serbia, Montenegro, Slovenia, Slovakia and Turkey. There are marked variations in the demographic and socio-economic characteristics of these countries, which will impact dealing with chronic kidney disease (CKD), a highly demanding issue from both economic and workforce perspectives [1]. (Source: Kidney International)
Source: Kidney International - April 12, 2019 Category: Urology & Nephrology Authors: Goce Spasovski, Merita Rroji, Evgueniy Vazelov, Nikolina Basic Jukic, Vladimir Tesar, Marina Mugosa Ratkovic, Adrian Covic, Radomir Naumovic, Halima Resic, Rumeyza Kazancioglu Turan Tags: Policy Forum Source Type: research

Nephrology in the Eastern and Central European region: challenges and opportunities
The Eastern and Central European region of the International Society of Nephrology (ISN) includes 19 member countries: Albania, Bosnia-Herzegovina, Bulgaria, Croatia, Cyprus, Czech Republic, Estonia, Hungary, Latvia, Lithuania, Macedonia, Moldova, Poland, Romania, Republic of Serbia, Montenegro, Slovenia, Slovakia, and Turkey. There are marked variations in the demographic and socioeconomic characteristics of these countries, which will impact dealing with chronic kidney disease (CKD), a highly demanding issue from both economic and workforce perspectives. (Source: Kidney International)
Source: Kidney International - April 12, 2019 Category: Urology & Nephrology Authors: Goce Spasovski, Merita Rroji, Evgueniy Vazelov, Nikolina Basic Jukic, Vladimir Tesar, Marina Mugosa Ratkovic, Adrian Covic, Radomir Naumovic, Halima Resic, Rumeyza Kazancioglu Turan Tags: Policy Forum Source Type: research

First-language acquisition of synthetic compounds in Estonian, Finnish, German, Greek, Lithuanian, Russian and Saami
AbstractIn this first cross-linguistic study of the emergence and early development of synthetic compounds we present the strictly parallel analysis of systematically collected longitudinal data from seven languages: the Finno-Ugric languages Finnish, Saami, Estonian and the Indo-European languages Lithuanian, Russian, Greek and German. The data of spontaneous interactions between children and parents allow insights usually not obtainable via transversal formal tests. For example, the target of acquisition is the specific parental child-directed speech and not the target languages as represented in grammars, dictionaries a...
Source: European Journal of Applied Physiology - April 10, 2019 Category: Physiology Source Type: research

Geographical Variations in Prostate Cancer Outcomes: A Systematic Review of International Evidence
Conclusions: This review found substantial evidence that prostate cancer indicators varied by residential location across diverse populations and geographies. While wide variations in study design limited comparisons across studies, our review indicated that internationally, men living in disadvantaged areas, and to a lesser extent more rural areas, face a greater prostate cancer burden. This review highlights the need for a better understanding of the complex social, environmental, and behavioral reasons for these variations, recognizing that, while important, geographical access is not the only issue. Implementing resear...
Source: Frontiers in Oncology - April 8, 2019 Category: Cancer & Oncology Source Type: research

Normative data for Chinese-English paired associates.
Abstract Paired-associate learning is one of the most commonly used paradigms to study human memory. In many of these studies, participants are typically told to learn foreign language-English translations, such as Swahili-English or Lithuanian-English pairs. One limitation of these currently available foreign language-English translation norms is that their foreign languages are based on the alphabetic writing system, thereby preventing researchers from generalizing their findings to languages based on logographic writing systems. In the present study we collected normative data for 160 Chinese-English word pairs...
Source: Behavior Research Methods - April 8, 2019 Category: Psychiatry & Psychology Authors: Cho KW, Tse CS, Chan YL Tags: Behav Res Methods Source Type: research

High incidence of plasmid-mediated quinolone resistance (PMQR) genes among antibiotic-resistant Gram-negative bacteria from patients of the Lithuanian National Cancer Center
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Source: Infectious Diseases - March 25, 2019 Category: Infectious Diseases Authors: Monika Mi škinytė Raminta Ju škaitė J ūratė Skerniškytė Vida Voldemarien ė Konstantinas P. Valuckas Zita A. Ku činskienė K ęstutis Sužiedėlis Edita Su žiedėlienė Source Type: research

Induction of nuclear abnormalities in herring (Clupea harengus membras), flounder (Platichthys flesus), and Atlantic cod (Gadus morhua) collected from the southern part of the Gotland Basin-the Baltic Sea (2010-2017).
vas A Abstract Eight nuclear abnormalities of genotoxicity and cytotoxicity were studied in peripheral blood erythrocytes of herring (Clupea harengus membras), flounder (Platichthys flesus), and Atlantic cod (Gadus morhua) sampled (2010-2017) from the Polish and the Lithuanian Exclusive Economic Zones (EEZ) in the Baltic Sea. At all study stations, total genotoxicity (∑Gentox) was found to be higher than total cytotoxicity (∑Cytox). A significant time-related decrease in genotoxicity was detected in the Lithuanian EEZ (2015-2017), while in the Polish EEZ (2014-2016), the opposite tendency was revealed. The...
Source: Environmental Science and Pollution Research International - March 22, 2019 Category: Environmental Health Authors: Valskienė R, Baršienė J, Butrimavičienė L, Pažusienė J, Grygiel W, Stankevičiūtė M, Rybakovas A Tags: Environ Sci Pollut Res Int Source Type: research

Emotional state, cognitive functioning and quality of life of adult women with Turner syndrome in Lithuania.
auskienė R Abstract AIM: The aim was to analyze emotional state, cognitive functioning and quality of life (QoL) of adult women with Turner syndrome (TS) in Lithuania. PATIENTS AND METHODS: Of all invited adult TS patients from Lithuanian TS database (n = 150), 68 (age 18-60, average 30.2 ± 9.0 years) agreed and were recruited for the study, as well as 68 age-matched healthy control women. Emotional state was evaluated by Profile of Mood States (POMS) questionnaire, cognitive functioning by Trail Making Test and Digit Span Test (DST) of Wechsler Adult Intelligence Scale, and QoL by WHO Brief...
Source: Growth Hormone and IGF Research - March 18, 2019 Category: Endocrinology Authors: Lašaitė L, Krikščiūnienė R, Žilaitienė B, Verkauskienė R Tags: Growth Horm IGF Res Source Type: research

IJERPH, Vol. 16, Pages 864: Body Image Concerns and Body Weight Overestimation Do Not Promote Healthy Behaviour: Evidence from Adolescents in Lithuania
Conclusions. Adolescents with a higher BMI and body weight overestimation demonstrated higher body image concerns, lower self-esteem and a poorer eating-related behavioural profile. Body image concerns and body weight overestimation did not promote healthy behaviour in adolescents. It is critical to promote a positive body image, adequate body weight evaluation, self-esteem, and a healthy lifestyle in health promotion and health education programs for adolescents of both genders and different BMIs. (Source: International Journal of Environmental Research and Public Health)
Source: International Journal of Environmental Research and Public Health - March 9, 2019 Category: Environmental Health Authors: Rasa Jankauskiene Migle Baceviciene Tags: Article Source Type: research

Infrastructures of taste: Rethinking local food histories in Lithuania.
Abstract Lithuania hosts a diversity of places that offer consumers a taste of local food, which appear to mirror the recent popularity of local and alternative food initiatives globally. In this paper we show that the proliferation of local foods in the region is not a novel phenomenon, nor is it solely a manifestation of taste preferences or identities associated with food. Drawing on the growing scholarly work on the role of infrastructures in mediating social, economic and political relations, we conceptualize the taste for local food as embedded in broader networks and reproduced through material facilities. ...
Source: Appetite - March 6, 2019 Category: Nutrition Authors: Blumberg R, Mincyte D Tags: Appetite Source Type: research

Viruses, Vol. 11, Pages 207: Low Temperature and Low UV Indexes Correlated with Peaks of Influenza Virus Activity in Northern Europe during 2010 –2018
In this study, we investigated the impact of temperature, UV index, humidity, wind speed, atmospheric pressure, and precipitation on IV activity in Norway, Sweden, Finland, Estonia, Latvia and Lithuania during 2010–2018. Both correlation and machine learning analyses revealed that low temperature and UV indexes were the most predictive meteorological factors for IV epidemics in Northern Europe. Our in vitro experiments confirmed that low temperature and UV radiation preserved IV infectivity. Associations between these meteorological factors and IV activity could improve surveillance and promote development of...
Source: Viruses - March 1, 2019 Category: Virology Authors: Aleksandr Ianevski Eva Zusinaite Nastassia Shtaida Hannimari Kallio-Kokko Miia Valkonen Anu Kantele Kaidi Telling Irja Lutsar Pille Letjuka Natalja Metelitsa Valentyn Oksenych Uga Dumpis Astra Vitkauskiene Kestutis Sta šaitis Christina Öhrmalm K åre Bo Tags: Article Source Type: research

Atypical organic-solvent tolerant bacterial hormone sensitive lipase-like homologue EstAG1 from Staphylococcus saprophyticus AG1: Synthesis and characterization.
In this study, a novel bacterial hormone-sensitive lipase-like (bHSL) family homologue, designated EstAG1, was discovered by mining gDNA of bacteria isolated from fat contaminated soil in Lithuania. Putative lipolytic enzyme was cloned, overexpressed in E. coli, purified and characterized determining its biochemical properties. While the true physiological role of the discovered leaderless, ~36 kDa enzyme is unknown, metal-activated EstAG1 possessed optima at 45-47.5 °C, pH 7.5-8, with a generally intermediate activity profile between esterases and lipases. Furthermore, EstAG1 was hyperactivated by ethanol, dioxa...
Source: International Journal of Biological Macromolecules - February 20, 2019 Category: Biochemistry Authors: Gricajeva A, Bikutė I, Kalėdienė L Tags: Int J Biol Macromol Source Type: research

Analysis of different prophylaxis methods against early onset neonatal group B streptococcus infection in Lithuania
Introduction: Group B streptococcus (GBS) is the main cause of early onset neonatal infection. In 2013 Lithuania began universal GBS screening program. Until then the risk-based method was applied. (Source: European Journal of Obstetrics, Gynecology, and Reproductive Biology)
Source: European Journal of Obstetrics, Gynecology, and Reproductive Biology - February 19, 2019 Category: OBGYN Authors: Aureja Maciuleviciute, Egle Bartuseviciene, Rasa Tameliene, Laima Maleckiene, Arnoldas Bartusevicius, Egle Mockeviciute, Migle Semenaite, Jurgita Vinciuniene Tags: Basic Science 7 – Infectious diseases in Obstetrics and Gynaecology Source Type: research

The impact of obstetrical staff education on the caesarean section rate among nulliparas
Introduction: The national intervention was performed in 2015 and midwives and obstetricians-gynaecologists from all Lithuanian hospitals attended the course where drills in obstetrical emergencies were improved. (Source: European Journal of Obstetrics, Gynecology, and Reproductive Biology)
Source: European Journal of Obstetrics, Gynecology, and Reproductive Biology - February 19, 2019 Category: OBGYN Authors: Justina Kacerauskiene, Meile Minkauskiene, Tahir Mahmood, Dalia Railaite, Ruta Nadisauskiene, Egle Bartuseviciene, Arnoldas Bartusevicius, Jelena Isakova, Mindaugas Kliucinskas, Laima Maleckiene Tags: Session 33 – Obstetrics, Caesarean Section Source Type: research

Using the 10-group Robson classification to reduce the caesarean section rate among nulliparas
Introduction: The 10-group Robson classification (TGCS) was introduced in Lithuania in 2012. (Source: European Journal of Obstetrics, Gynecology, and Reproductive Biology)
Source: European Journal of Obstetrics, Gynecology, and Reproductive Biology - February 19, 2019 Category: OBGYN Authors: Justina Kacerauskiene, Meile Minkauskiene, Tahir Mahmood, Dalia Railaite, Ruta Nadisauskiene, Egle Bartuseviciene, Arnoldas Bartusevicius, Isakova Jelena, Mindaugas Kliucinskas, Laima Maleckiene Tags: Session 33 – Obstetrics, Caesarean Section Source Type: research

Is Capacity Building Training Effective for Changing Attitudes toward Health Inequalities? Experience from a Norway Grants Project in Lithuania.
Abstract BACKGROUND AND OBJECTIVES: In 2014⁻2017, the Lithuanian University of Health Sciences and partners implemented the project, 'Development of the Model for the Strengthening of the Capacities to Identify and Reduce Health Inequalities', which was financed by The Norwegian Financial Mechanism 2009⁻2014 Public Health Initiatives Program. One of objectives of this project was to increase the awareness about public health and related specialist knowledge and skills in the field of health inequalities. This paper evaluates the effectiveness of capacity-training sessions on capacity building regarding increas...
Source: Medicina (Kaunas) - February 15, 2019 Category: Universities & Medical Training Authors: Stankunas M, Kaseliene S, Girciene A, Tsouros A, Avery M Tags: Medicina (Kaunas) Source Type: research

Variability of hydrogeological parameters in the environment of new nuclear power plant in Lithuania.
Abstract The groundwater flow and radionuclide (3H, 14C and 137Cs) transport model was performed for the model domain of the experiment site near Ignalina nuclear power plant (INPP) in Lithuania assuming that the radionuclides will reach groundwater straight after the new NPP operation begins. The task of the study is to predict the transportation of radionuclide from the hypothetical reactor of the new NPP and perform a sensitivity analysis in order to predict the effects of radiation on the environment. The main focus of attention was the evaluation of ranges of the parameters, such as effective porosity, hydrau...
Source: Applied Radiation and Isotopes - February 8, 2019 Category: Radiology Authors: Jakimavičiūtė-Maselienė V, Cidzikienė V Tags: Appl Radiat Isot Source Type: research

Health Care Professionals ’ Perceptions of Home Telemonitoring in Heart Failure Care: Cross-Sectional Survey
Conclusions: HCPs in Norway and Lithuania are currently nonusers of TM in daily HF care. However, they perceive a future with TM to improve the quality of care for HF patients. Financial barriers and HF patients’ condition may have an impact on the use of TM, whereas sufficient funding from health care authorities and improved knowledge may encourage the more widespread use of TM in the Nordic Baltic region and beyond. (Source: Journal of Medical Internet Research)
Source: Journal of Medical Internet Research - February 6, 2019 Category: General Medicine Authors: Ina Thon Aamodt Edita Lycholip Jelena Celutkiene Anna Str ömberg Dan Atar Ragnhild S ørum Falk Thomas von Lueder Ragnhild Helles ø Tiny Jaarsma Irene Lie Source Type: research

Association of aortic stiffness, carotid intima-media thickness and endothelial function with cardiovascular events in metabolic syndrome subjects.
The objective of this study was to assess predictive value of various arterial markers for cardiovascular (CV) events in patients with metabolic syndrome (MetS). MATERIALS AND METHODS: A longitudinal study with the follow-up period of 3.9 ± 1.7 years investigated 2728 middle-aged (53.9 ± 6.2 years old, 63% women) MetS subjects without overt CV disease. The study cohort was comprised of the participants of the Lithuanian High Cardiovascular Risk primary prevention program. The baseline assessment included the evaluation of brachial flow-mediated dilatation (FMD), carotid intima-...
Source: Blood Pressure - February 1, 2019 Category: Hematology Tags: Blood Press Source Type: research

Correction to: Prevalence and phylogenetic analysis of hepatitis E virus in pigs, wild boars, roe deer, red deer and moose in Lithuania
Discussion” section. (Source: Acta Veterinaria Scandinavica)
Source: Acta Veterinaria Scandinavica - January 31, 2019 Category: Veterinary Research Authors: Ugne Spancerniene, Juozas Grigas, Jurate Buitkuviene, Judita Zymantiene, Vida Juozaitiene, Milda Stankeviciute, Dainius Razukevicius, Dainius Zienius and Arunas Stankevicius Tags: Correction Source Type: research

Trends in electrocardiographic abnormalities and risk of cardiovascular mortality in Lithuania, 1986 –2015
This study aimed to assess the trends in the prevalence of electrocardiographic (ECG) abnormalities from 1986 to 2015 and impact of ECG abnormalities on risk of death from cardiovascular diseases (CVD) in the ... (Source: BMC Cardiovascular Disorders)
Source: BMC Cardiovascular Disorders - January 30, 2019 Category: Cardiology Authors: Abdonas Tamosiunas, Janina Petkeviciene, Ricardas Radisauskas, Gailute Bernotiene, Dalia Luksiene, Mindaugas Kavaliauskas, Irena Milvidait ė and Dalia Virviciute Tags: Research article Source Type: research

Diagnosis and treatment choices of suspected benign paroxysmal positional vertigo: current approach of general practitioners, neurologists, and ENT physicians
ConclusionsA significant proportion of Lithuanian neurologists, ENT physicians, and GPs do not employ diagnostic maneuvers and CRPs for BPPV patients, contrary to established guidelines. Lack of expertise and time available is a common culprit that leads to unnecessary drug prescribing and investigation. (Source: European Archives of Oto-Rhino-Laryngology)
Source: European Archives of Oto-Rhino-Laryngology - January 29, 2019 Category: ENT & OMF Source Type: research

Vilnius Declaration on chronic respiratory diseases: multisectoral care pathways embedding guided self-management, mHealth and air pollution in chronic respiratory diseases
ConclusionThe Vilnius Declaration represents an important step for the fight against air pollution in chronic respiratory diseases globally and has a clear strategic relevance with regard to the EU Health Strategy as it will bring added value to the existing public health knowledge. (Source: Clinical and Translational Allergy)
Source: Clinical and Translational Allergy - January 28, 2019 Category: Allergy & Immunology Source Type: research

A Cross ‐Cultural Comparison of ICD‐11 Complex Posttraumatic Stress Disorder Symptom Networks in Austria, the United Kingdom, and Lithuania
AbstractThe 11th revision of the World Health Organization'sInternational Classification of Diseases (ICD ‐11) includes a new disorder, complex posttraumatic stress disorder (CPTSD). The network approach to psychopathology enables investigation of the structure of disorders at the symptom level, which allows for analysis of direct symptom interactions. The network structure ofICD ‐11 CPTSD has not yet been studied, and it remains unclear whether similar networks replicate across different samples. We investigated the network models of four different trauma samples that included a total of 879 participants (M age = 47.1...
Source: Journal of Traumatic Stress - January 28, 2019 Category: Psychiatry & Psychology Authors: Matthias Knefel, Brigitte Lueger ‐Schuster, Jonathan Bisson, Thanos Karatzias, Evaldas Kazlauskas, Neil P. Roberts Tags: Research Article Source Type: research

Private sector corruption: realities, difficulties of comprehension, causes and perspectives. The Lithuanian approach
AbstractThe problem of corruption has many significant aspects. With the growth of powers of business and transition of powers from state to private entities problem of private sector corruption becomes more important. While states employ legal and social mechanisms to make an impact on corruption the private sector is usually left with lesser attention. As experience of Lithuania shows even when such attention is pointed towards the private sector and business it sometimes is not adequately judged. If such attention presents traditional institutional approach without proper understanding of the depth of the problem inadeq...
Source: Crime, Law and Social Change - January 26, 2019 Category: Criminology Source Type: research