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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28110251/gold-nanomaterials-for-the-selective-capturing-and-sers-diagnosis-of-toxins-in-aqueous-and-biological-fluids
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Waleed A Hassanain, Emad L Izake, Michael S Schmidt, Godwin A Ayoko
A highly sensitive nanosensing method for the combined selective capture and SERS detection of Microcystin-LR (MC-LR) in blood plasma has been developed. The new method utilizes gold coated magnetic nanoparticles that are functionalized with anti MC-LR antibody Fab' fragments for the selective capture of MC-LR from aqueous media and blood plasma. Using an oriented immobilization approach, the Fab' fragments are covalently attached to gold surface to form a monolayer with high capture efficiency towards the toxin...
January 15, 2017: Biosensors & Bioelectronics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28110111/applying-a-novel-statistical-method-to-advance-the-personalized-treatment-of-anxiety-disorders-a-composite-moderator-of-comparative-drop-out-from-cbt-and-act
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Andrea N Niles, Kate B Wolitzky-Taylor, Joanna J Arch, Michelle G Craske
BACKGROUND: No prior studies have examined moderators of dropout between distinct treatments for anxiety disorders. This study applied a novel statistical approach for examining moderators of dropout from traditional cognitive behavioral therapy (CBT) and acceptance and commitment therapy (ACT). METHOD: We combined data from two randomized controlled trials (N = 208) comparing CBT and ACT for patients with DSM-IV anxiety disorders. Adapting Kraemer's method for constructing and evaluating composite moderators (2013), 26 variables were examined for individual effect sizes...
January 4, 2017: Behaviour Research and Therapy
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28109695/korean-translation-and-validation-of-the-whoqol-dis-for-people-with-spinal-cord-injury-and-stroke
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Kuem Ju Lee, Hye In Jang, Hyun Choi
BACKGROUND: The QOL assessment to measure disabilities has needed to survey studies for a variety of fields. Until now, no Korean translation of the World Health Organization Quality of Life-disability (WHOQOL-DIS) module existed. OBJECTIVE/HYPOTHESIS: We translated and cross-culturally adapted the WHOQOL-DIS module into Korean, testing its reliability and validity with Korean spinal cord injury and stroke patients. METHODS: The translation occurred using the methodology recommended by WHO...
January 1, 2017: Disability and Health Journal
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28109596/genotype-by-environment-climate-interaction-improves-genomic-prediction-for-production-traits-in-us-holstein-cattle
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F Tiezzi, G de Los Campos, K L Parker Gaddis, C Maltecca
Genotype by environment interaction (G × E) in dairy cattle productive traits has been shown to exist, but current genetic evaluation methods do not take this component into account. As several environmental descriptors (e.g., climate, farming system) are known to vary within the United States, not accounting for the G × E could lead to reranking of bulls and loss in genetic gain. Using test-day records on milk yield, somatic cell score, fat, and protein percentage from all over the United States, we computed within herd-year-season daughter-yield deviations for 1,087 Holstein bulls and regressed them on genetic and environmental information to estimate variance components and to assess prediction accuracy...
January 18, 2017: Journal of Dairy Science
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28109476/a-three-lncrna-signature-derived-from-the-atlas-of-ncrna-in-cancer-tanric-database-predicts-the-survival-of-patients-with-head-and-neck-squamous-cell-carcinoma
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Wei Cao, Jian-Nan Liu, Zeqi Liu, Xu Wang, Ze-Guang Han, Tong Ji, Wan-Tao Chen, Xin Zou
OBJECTIVE: Long non-coding RNAs (lncRNAs) have important biological functions and can be used as prognostic biomarkers in cancer. To identify a lncRNA prognostic signature for head and neck squamous cell carcinoma (HNSCC). METHOD: We analysed RNA-seq data derived from the TANRIC database to identify a lncRNA prognostic signature model using the orthogonal partial least squares discrimination analysis (OPLS-DA) and 1.5-fold expression change criterion methods. The prognosis prediction model based on the lncRNA signatures and clinical parameters were evaluated using the 5-fold cross validation method...
February 2017: Oral Oncology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28108943/is-the-assessment-of-5-meters-of-gait-with-a-single-body-fixed-sensor-enough-to-recognize-idiopathic-parkinson-s-disease-associated-gait
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M E Micó-Amigo, I Kingma, G S Faber, A Kunikoshi, J M T van Uem, R C van Lummel, W Maetzler, J H van Dieën
Quantitative assessment of gait in patients with Parkinson's disease (PD) is an important step in addressing motor symptoms and improving clinical management. Based on the assessment of only 5 meters of gait with a single body-fixed-sensor placed on the lower back, this study presents a method for the identification of step-by-step kinematic parameters in 14 healthy controls and in 28 patients at early-to-moderate stages of idiopathic PD. Differences between groups in step-by-step kinematic parameters were evaluated to understand gait impairments in the PD group...
January 20, 2017: Annals of Biomedical Engineering
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28108802/opportunistic-screening-for-osteoporosis-by-routine-ct-in-southern-europe
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Elena Alacreu, David Moratal, Estanislao Arana
: Feasibility evaluation of early detection of osteoporosis in oncologic patients by bone mineral density (BMD) on abdominal computed tomography (CT) scans performed for other clinical indications, by using dual-energy X-ray absorptiometry (DXA) as reference. Abdominal CT images can identify patients with osteoporosis BMD without additional radiation exposure or cost. INTRODUCTION: The purpose of the study is to evaluate the feasibility of early detection of osteoporosis by bone mineral density (BMD) on abdominal computed tomography (CT) scans performed in oncologic patients, comparing calibrated and uncalibrated measurements by using dual-energy X-ray absorptiometry (DXA) as reference...
January 20, 2017: Osteoporosis International
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28108660/from-benchmarking-hits-clip-peak-detection-programs-to-a-new-method-for-identification-of-mirna-binding-sites-from-ago2-clip-data
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Silvia Bottini, Nedra Hamouda-Tekaya, Bogdan Tanasa, Laure-Emmanuelle Zaragosi, Valerie Grandjean, Emanuela Repetto, Michele Trabucchi
Experimental evidence indicates that about 60% of miRNA-binding activity does not follow the canonical rule about the seed matching between miRNA and target mRNAs, but rather a non-canonical miRNA targeting activity outside the seed or with a seed-like motifs. Here, we propose a new unbiased method to identify canonical and non-canonical miRNA-binding sites from peaks identified by Ago2 Cross-Linked ImmunoPrecipitation associated to high-throughput sequencing (CLIP-seq). Since the quality of peaks is of pivotal importance for the final output of the proposed method, we provide a comprehensive benchmarking of four peak detection programs, namely CIMS, PIPE-CLIP, Piranha and Pyicoclip, on four publicly available Ago2-HITS-CLIP datasets and one unpublished in-house Ago2-dataset in stem cells...
January 20, 2017: Nucleic Acids Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28108552/predicted-residual-error-sum-of-squares-of-mixed-models-an-application-to-genomic-prediction
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Shizhong Xu
Genomic prediction is a statistical method to predict phenotypes of polygenic traits using high throughput genomic data. Most diseases and behaviors in human and animals are polygenic traits. The majority of agronomic traits in crops are also polygenic. Accurate prediction of these traits can help medical professionals diagnose acute diseases and breeders to increase food products, and therefore, significantly contribute to human health and global food security. The best linear unbiased prediction (BLUP) is an important tool to analyze high throughput genomic data for prediction...
January 20, 2017: G3: Genes—Genomes—Genetics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28108546/automatic-health-record-review-to-help-prioritize-gravely-ill-social-security-disability-applicants
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Kenneth Abbott, Yen-Yi Ho, Jennifer Erickson
OBJECTIVE: Every year, thousands of patients die waiting for disability benefits from the Social Security Administration. Some qualify for expedited service under the Compassionate Allowance (CAL) initiative, but CAL software focuses exclusively on information from a single form field. This paper describes the development of a supplemental process for identifying some overlooked but gravely ill applicants, through automatic annotation of health records accompanying new claims. We explore improved prioritization instead of fully autonomous claims approval...
January 20, 2017: Journal of the American Medical Informatics Association: JAMIA
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28108380/the-taste-of-heat-how-humoral-qualities-act-as-a-cultural-filter-for-chemosensory-properties-guiding-herbal-medicine
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Matthias S Geck, Stefano Cabras, Laura Casu, Alberto J Reyes García, Marco Leonti
ETHNOPHARMACOLOGICAL RELEVANCE: Organoleptic properties, and more specifically chemosensory cues, have been shown to guide therapeutic applications of medicinal plants. Humoral qualities, on the other hand, are widely believed to be an abstract concept, mainly applied post hoc to validate therapy. However, the nexus between humoral qualities, chemosensory properties, and medicinal plant uses has never been systematically assessed. AIM OF THE STUDY: To systematically analyse the correlations between chemosensory properties, humoral qualities, and medicinal uses of selected botanical drugs...
January 17, 2017: Journal of Ethnopharmacology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28108266/validity-of-clinical-outcome-measures-to-evaluate-ankle-range-of-motion-during-the-weight-bearing-lunge-test
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Emily A Hall, Carrie L Docherty
OBJECTIVES: To determine the concurrent validity of standard clinical outcome measures compared to laboratory outcome measure while performing the weight-bearing lunge test (WBLT). DESIGN: Cross-sectional study. METHODS: Fifty participants performed the WBLT to determine dorsiflexion ROM using four different measurement techniques: dorsiflexion angle with digital inclinometer at 15cm distal to the tibial tuberosity (°), dorsiflexion angle with inclinometer at tibial tuberosity (°), maximum lunge distance (cm), and dorsiflexion angle using a 2D motion capture system (°)...
November 23, 2016: Journal of Science and Medicine in Sport
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28107818/multiple-trait-structured-antedependence-model-to-study-the-relationship-between-litter-size-and-birth-weight-in-pigs-and-rabbits
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Ingrid David, Hervé Garreau, Elodie Balmisse, Yvon Billon, Laurianne Canario
BACKGROUND: Some genetic studies need to take into account correlations between traits that are repeatedly measured over time. Multiple-trait random regression models are commonly used to analyze repeated traits but suffer from several major drawbacks. In the present study, we developed a multiple-trait extension of the structured antedependence model (SAD) to overcome this issue and validated its usefulness by modeling the association between litter size (LS) and average birth weight (ABW) over parities in pigs and rabbits...
January 20, 2017: Genetics, Selection, Evolution: GSE
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28107751/molecular-modeling-study-of-cp-690550-derivatives-as-jak3-kinase-inhibitors-through-combined-3d-qsar-molecular-docking-and-dynamics-simulation-techniques
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Jing Li Wang, Li Ping Cheng, Tian Chi Wang, Wei Deng, Fan Hong Wu
To develop more potent JAK3 kinase inhibitors, a series of CP-690550 derivatives were investigated using combined molecular modeling techniques, such as 3D-QSAR, molecular docking and molecular dynamics (MD). The leave-one-out correlation (q(2)) and non-cross-validated correlation coefficient (r(2)) of the best CoMFA model are 0.715 and 0.992, respectively. The q(2) and r(2) values of the best CoMSIA model are 0.739 and 0.995, respectively. The steric, electrostatic, and hydrophobic fields played important roles in determining the inhibitory activity of CP-690550 derivatives...
January 4, 2017: Journal of Molecular Graphics & Modelling
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28107599/the-prevalence-and-impact-of-chronic-neuropathic-pain-on-daily-and-social-life-a-nationwide-study-in-a-japanese-population
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S Inoue, T Taguchi, T Yamashita, M Nakamura, T Ushida
BACKGROUND: This study marks the first epidemiological evaluation of the prevalence and burden of chronic neuropathic pain (NeP) in an Asian population. The objective of this nationwide cross-sectional study was to identify the characteristics of individuals with NeP, detect the NeP features that affect their quality of life (QOL), and demonstrate the negative effects of NeP on social and daily living as well as comorbidities including depression, anxiety and sleep disorders. METHODS: We mailed a cross-sectional, population-based epidemiological survey to a random nationwide sample of 10,000 Japanese adults over 20 years old...
January 20, 2017: European Journal of Pain: EJP
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28107468/micro-x-ray-computed-tomography-mass-loss-assessment-of-different-uhmwpe-a-hip-joint-simulator-study-on-standard-vs-cross-linked-polyethylene
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Saverio Affatato, Filippo Zanini, Simone Carmignato
More than 60.000 hip arthroplasty are performed every year in Italy. Although Ultra-High-Molecular-Weight-Polyethylene remains the most used material as acetabular cup, wear of this material induces over time in vivo a foreign-body response and consequently osteolysis, pain, and the need of implant revision. Furthermore, oxidative wear of the polyethylene provoke several and severe failures. To solve these problems, highly cross-linked polyethylene and Vitamin-E-stabilized polyethylene were introduced in the last years...
2017: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28107433/investigation-of-cross-contamination-and-misidentification-of-278-widely-used-tumor-cell-lines
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Yaqing Huang, Yuehong Liu, Congyi Zheng, Chao Shen
In recent years, biological research involving human cell lines has been rapidly developing in China. However, some of the cell lines are not authenticated before use. Therefore, misidentified and/or cross-contaminated cell lines are unfortunately commonplace. In this study, we present a comprehensive investigation of cross-contamination and misidentification for a panel of 278 cell lines from 28 institutes in China by using short tandem repeat profiling method. By comparing the DNA profiles with the cell bank databases of ATCC and DSMZ, a total of 46...
2017: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28107428/effects-of-socioeconomic-status-and-social-support-on-violence-against-pregnant-women-a-structural-equation-modeling-analysis
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Marizélia Rodrigues Costa Ribeiro, Antônio Augusto Moura da Silva, Maria Teresa Seabra Soares de Britto E Alves, Rosângela Fernandes Lucena Batista, Cecília Cláudia Costa Ribeiro, Lilia Blima Schraiber, Heloisa Bettiol, Marco Antônio Barbieri
Few studies have used structural equation modeling to analyze the effects of variables on violence against women. The present study analyzed the effects of socioeconomic status and social support on violence against pregnant women who used prenatal services. This was a cross-sectional study based on data from the Brazilian Ribeirão Preto and São Luís birth cohort studies (BRISA). The sample of the municipality of São Luís (Maranhão/Brazil) consisted of 1,446 pregnant women interviewed in 2010 and 2011...
2017: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28107389/effect-of-axial-eye-length-on-retinal-vessel-parameters-in-6-to-12-year-old-malay-girls
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Evelyn Li Min Tai, Ling-Jun Li, Wan Hitam Wan-Hazabbah, Tien-Yin Wong, Ismail Shatriah
PURPOSE: Retinal vessel analysis is affected by both systemic and ocular factors. Malays are the major ethnicity in South East Asia. Data on the retinal microvasculature in Malays is limited, especially among children. We aim to evaluate the influence of ocular biometry on retinal vessel parameters in young Malay girls. METHODS: This was a cross-sectional, hospital-based study involving 86 Malay girls aged 6 to 12 years old in Hospital Universiti Sains Malaysia from 2015-2016...
2017: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28105970/classification-of-edible-oils-based-on-atr-ftir-spectral-information-during-a-long-heating-treatment
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Marjan Mahboubifar, Bahram Hemmateenejad, Saeed Yousefinejad
Identification of oil type and its QC are important concerns in food control laboratories. Classifying edible oils thathave not been used (i.e., unheated) with the aid of vibrational spectroscopy has previously been reported. However, the classification of used (i.e., heat-treated) oils needs special attention. The effect of long heating times on the classification of four kinds of edible oils (canola, corn, frying, and sunflower) based on attenuated total reflectance (ATR)-FTIR spectra was surveyed. The sampling was done on the oils during a 36 h heating process (at 170°C)...
January 20, 2017: Journal of AOAC International
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