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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28445880/heating-of-newborn-infants-due-to-blue-light-emitting-diode-fibreoptic-phototherapy-pads
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Pei Ling Ng, Tony Carlisle, Marleesa Ly, Scott Adam Morris
BACKGROUND: Surface temperatures of fibreoptic phototherapy pads using a high intensity blue light-emitting diode (LED) light source have not been studied. OBJECTIVES: The aim of this study was to measure the temperature of LED fibreoptic phototherapy pads during phototherapy in a bench-top study, and to determine temperature effects on babies during phototherapy. METHODS: A commercially available LED fibreoptic phototherapy system was tested...
April 27, 2017: Neonatology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28445404/support-vector-data-description-model-to-map-specific-land-cover-with-optimal-parameters-determined-from-a-window-based-validation-set
#2
Jinshui Zhang, Zhoumiqi Yuan, Guanyuan Shuai, Yaozhong Pan, Xiufang Zhu
This paper developed an approach, the window-based validation set for support vector data description (WVS-SVDD), to determine optimal parameters for support vector data description (SVDD) model to map specific land cover by integrating training and window-based validation sets. Compared to the conventional approach where the validation set included target and outlier pixels selected visually and randomly, the validation set derived from WVS-SVDD constructed a tightened hypersphere because of the compact constraint by the outlier pixels which were located neighboring to the target class in the spectral feature space...
April 26, 2017: Sensors
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28445000/vegetation-response-to-control-of-invasive-tamarix-in-southwestern-us-rivers-a-collaborative-study-including-416-sites
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Eduardo González, Anna A Sher, Robert M Anderson, Robin F Bay, Daniel W Bean, Gabriel J Bissonnete, Bérenger Bourgeois, David J Cooper, Kara Dohrenwend, Kim D Eichhorst, Hisham El Waer, Deborah K Kennard, Rebecca Harms-Weissinger, Annie L Henry, Lori J Makarick, Steven M Ostoja, Lindsay V Reynolds, W Wright Robinson, Patrick B Shafroth
Most studies assessing vegetation response following control of invasive Tamarix trees along southwestern U.S. rivers have been small in scale (e.g., river reach), or at a regional scale but with poor spatial-temporal replication, and most have not included testing the effects of a now widely-used biological control. We monitored plant composition following Tamarix control along hydrologic, soil and climatic gradients in 244 treated and 172 reference sites across six U.S. States. This represents the largest comprehensive assessment to date on the vegetation response to the four most common Tamarix control treatments...
April 26, 2017: Ecological Applications: a Publication of the Ecological Society of America
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28444869/assessment-of-the-usage-of-biodegradable-polymeric-matrix-in-vaginal-devices-to-sustain-progesterone-release-in-cows
#4
José Rodrigo Valim Pimentel, Milton Maturana Filho, Lucio Cardozo-Filho, José Augusto M Agnelli, Jefter Nascimento, Ed Hoffmann Madureira
The usage of timed artificial insemination (TAI) at a low cost leading to better reproductive rates has been the aim of several research groups in the field. Usually during TAI protocols, sustained progesterone (P4 ) release devices are employed. Most devices are constituted of a nylon skeleton covered with a silicon layer with P4 . A device based on biopolymers was developed in order to reduce costs and decrease its environmental impact. In this study, we compared the kinetics of sustained progesterone release among devices manufactured with a polymeric blend made of polyhydroxybutyrate-valerate (PHBV) and poly-ε-caprolactone (PCL) (DISP) which were compared with DIB® (Internal Bovine Device) used as the control...
April 25, 2017: Animal Science Journal, Nihon Chikusan Gakkaihō
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28444619/the-reference-cube-a-new-ballistic-model-to-generate-staining-in-firearm-barrels
#5
Christian Schyma, Kristina Bauer, Julia Brünig
After contact shots to the head biological traces can be found inside firearm barrels. So far silicone coated, gelatin filled box models were used to generate such staining according to the triple contrast method (mixture of acrylic paint, barium sulfate and blood sealed in a thin foil bag). This study was conducted to develop a transparent ballistic model allowing contact shots. Gelatin filled polyethylene bottles with and without a silicone coat were tested in comparison to non-covered gelatin blocks. Finally, thin foil bags of 5 cm × 5 cm dimension were glued on a synthetic absorbent kitchen wipe on top of which 1 L 10% gelatin solution was molded to create blocks of 8...
April 25, 2017: Forensic Science, Medicine, and Pathology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28443384/biological-and-targeted-therapies-of-systemic-lupus-erythematosus-evidence-and-the-state-of-the-art
#6
Chi Chiu Mok
Systemic lupus erythematosus (SLE) is a multi-systemic disease characterized by an unpredictable disease course and periods of remission and flare, leading to organ damage and mortality. Novel biological agents are being developed (targeting the lymphocytes, accessory molecules and cytokines) that aim to enhance the therapeutic efficacy when combined with standard therapies. Areas covered: This article updates recent data on the use of biological and targeted therapies in SLE. Expert opinion: B cells remain the main target of development of novel therapeutics in SLE...
April 26, 2017: Expert Review of Clinical Immunology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28443359/targeting-lrrk2-in-parkinson-s-disease-an-update-on-recent-developments
#7
Sharon L Chan, Eng-King Tan
LRRK2 research has progressed significantly in recent years with more reports of LRRK2 interactors and the development of more specific and sophisticated LRRK2 kinase inhibitors. Identification of bone fide LRRK2 substrates will provide new therapeutic targets in LRRK2-linked Parkinson's disease (PD). Areas covered: This review aims to put current LRRK2 research into perspective. Beginning with recent LRRK2 mammalian models employed for in vivo validation of LRRK2 substrates, followed by updates on reported LRRK2 interactors and their inferred mechanisms...
April 26, 2017: Expert Opinion on Therapeutic Targets
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28443226/a-novel-pcr-assay-for-detecting-brucella-abortus-and-brucella-melitensis
#8
Saeed Alamian, Majid Esmaelizad, Taghi Zahraei, Afshar Etemadi, Mohsen Mohammadi, Davoud Afshar, Soheila Ghaderi
OBJECTIVES: Brucellosis is a major zoonotic disease that poses a significant public health threat worldwide. The classical bacteriological detection process used to identify Brucella spp. is difficult and time-consuming. This study aimed to develop a novel molecular assay for detecting brucellosis. METHODS: All complete sequences of chromosome 1 with 2.1-Mbp lengths were compared among all available Brucella sequences. A unique repeat sequence (URS) locus on chromosome 1 could differentiate Brucella abortus from Brucella melitensis...
February 2017: Osong Public Health and Research Perspectives
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28442873/anagen-effluvium-following-acute-colchicine-poisoning
#9
Andrea Combalia, Carola Baliu-Piqué, Adriana Fortea, Juan Ferrando
We present a case of a 17-year-old girl admitted to the Psychiatric Department recovering from a suicide attempt with colchicine. One week after poisoning, a sudden onset of hair loss was observed. Positive hair pull test and trichoscopy demonstrated the presence of anagen hairs with pigmented long roots covered by the root sheaths. Colchicine poisoning is an uncommon, but potentially life-threatening toxicologic emergency. An overdose of colchicine inhibits cell division, and thus the most affected organs are those which have a high rate of cell turnover...
October 2016: International Journal of Trichology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28442429/woodland-features-determining-home-range-size-of-roe-deer
#10
Sandro Lovari, Giulia Serrao, Emiliano Mori
Use of ecotones by ungulates may be mediated by their movements between main feeding areas and woodland, where they locate their shelter. The roe deer Capreolus capreolus has been termed as a woodland species, although we suggest that it did not evolve as a forest ungulate, but depending on forest glades. Roe deer feed on a wide range of vegetal species, although their diet is mainly dominated by woody plants. Our study was carried out in a fragmented area covered with small forest patches of Mediterranean "macchia" scrubwood, interspersed in an agricultural matrix...
April 22, 2017: Behavioural Processes
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28442328/simple-quick-and-cost-efficient-a-universal-rt-pcr-and-sequencing-strategy-for-genomic-characterisation-of-foot-and-mouth-disease-viruses
#11
V Dill, M Beer, B Hoffmann
Foot-and-mouth disease (FMD) is a major contributor to poverty and food insecurity in Africa and Asia, and it is one of the biggest threats to agriculture in highly developed countries. As FMD is extremely contagious, strategies for its prevention, early detection, and the immediate characterization of outbreak strains are of great importance. The generation of whole-genome sequences enables phylogenetic characterization, the epidemiological tracing of virus transmission pathways and is supportive in disease control strategies...
April 22, 2017: Journal of Virological Methods
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28441957/landscape-structure-affects-distribution-of-potential-disease-vectors-diptera-culicidae
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Carina Zittra, Simon Vitecek, Adelheid G Obwaller, Heidemarie Rossiter, Barbara Eigner, Thomas Zechmeister, Johann Waringer, Hans-Peter Fuehrer
BACKGROUND: Vector-pathogen dynamics are controlled by fluctuations of potential vector communities, such as the Culicidae. Assessment of mosquito community diversity and, in particular, identification of environmental parameters shaping these communities is therefore of key importance for the design of adequate surveillance approaches. In this study, we assess effects of climatic parameters and habitat structure on mosquito communities in eastern Austria to deliver these highly relevant baseline data...
April 26, 2017: Parasites & Vectors
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28441338/effects-of-3d-printed-polycaprolactone-%C3%AE-tricalcium-phosphate-membranes-on-guided-bone-regeneration
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Jin-Hyung Shim, Joo-Yun Won, Jung-Hyung Park, Ji-Hyeon Bae, Geunseon Ahn, Chang-Hwan Kim, Dong-Hyuk Lim, Dong-Woo Cho, Won-Soo Yun, Eun-Bin Bae, Chang-Mo Jeong, Jung-Bo Huh
This study was conducted to compare 3D-printed polycaprolactone (PCL) and polycaprolactone/β-tricalcium phosphate (PCL/β-TCP) membranes with a conventional commercial collagen membrane in terms of their abilities to facilitate guided bone regeneration (GBR). Fabricated membranes were tested for dry and wet mechanical properties. Fibroblasts and preosteoblasts were seeded into the membranes and rates and patterns of proliferation were analyzed using a kit-8 assay and by scanning electron microscopy. Osteogenic differentiation was verified by alizarin red S and alkaline phosphatase (ALP) staining...
April 25, 2017: International Journal of Molecular Sciences
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28440963/clinical-sequencing-using-a-next-generation-sequencing-based-multiplex-gene-assay-in-patients-with-advanced-solid-tumors
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Tadayuki Kou, Masashi Kanai, Yoshihiro Yamamoto, Mayumi Kamada, Masahiko Nakatsui, Tomohiro Sakuma, Hiroaki Mochizuki, Akinori Hiroshima, Aiko Sugiyama, Eijiro Nakamura, Hidehiko Miyake, Sachiko Minamiguchi, Kyoichi Takaori, Shigemi Matsumoto, Hironori Haga, Hiroshi Seno, Shinji Kosugi, Yasushi Okuno, Manabu Muto
Advances in next-generation sequencing (NGS) technologies have enabled physicians to test for genomic alterations in multiple cancer-related genes at once in daily clinical practice. In April 2015, we introduced clinical sequencing using an NGS-based multiplex gene assay (OncoPrime(™) ) certified by the Clinical Laboratory Improvement Amendment. This assay covers the entire coding regions of 215 genes and the rearrangement of 17 frequently rearranged genes with clinical relevance in human cancers. The principal indications for the assay were cancers of unknown primary site, rare tumors, and any solid tumors that were refractory to standard chemotherapy...
April 25, 2017: Cancer Science
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28440923/ecotoxicity-testing-of-microplastics-considering-the-heterogeneity-of-physicochemical-properties
#15
Scott Lambert, Christian Scherer, Martin Wagner
"Microplastic" is an umbrella term that covers many particle shapes, sizes, and polymer types, and as such the physical and chemical properties of environmental microplastics will differ from the primary microbeads commonly used for ecotoxicity testing. In the present article, we discuss the physical and chemical properties of microplastics that are potentially relevant to their ecotoxicity, including particle size, particle shape, crystallinity, surface chemistry, and polymer and additive composition. Overall, there is a need for a structured approach to the testing of different properties to identify which are the most relevant drivers of microplastic toxicity...
May 2017: Integrated Environmental Assessment and Management
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28440921/pediatric-pulmonology-year-in-review-2016-part-1
#16
REVIEW
David J Birnkrant, Jane B Black, Ignacio E Tapia, Thomas Nicolai, William A Gower, Terry L Noah
Pediatric Pulmonology continues to publish research and clinical topics related to the entire range of children's respiratory disorders. As we have done annually in recent years, we here summarize the past year's publications in our major topic areas, as well as selected literature in these areas from other core journals relevant to our discipline. This review (Part 1) covers selected articles on sleep, diagnostic testing/endoscopy, respiratory complications of neuromuscular disorders, and rare lung diseases...
April 25, 2017: Pediatric Pulmonology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28440920/pediatric-pulmonology-year-in-review-2016-part-2
#17
REVIEW
Richard Auten, Clement Ren, Ozge Yilmaz, Terry L Noah
Pediatric Pulmonology continues to publish research and clinical topics related to the entire range of children's respiratory disorders. As we have done annually in recent years, we here summarize some of the past year's publications in our major topic areas, as well as selected literature in these areas from other core journals relevant to our discipline. This review (Part 2) covers selected articles on neonatology, asthma, physiology and lung function testing, and infectious diseases.
April 25, 2017: Pediatric Pulmonology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28438194/malaria-profiles-and-challenges-in-artemisinin-resistance-containment-in-myanmar
#18
Thet Wai Nwe, Tin Oo, Khin Thet Wai, Shuisen Zhou, Johan van Griensven, Palanivel Chinnakali, Safieh Shah, Aung Thi
BACKGROUND: This study examined evolving malaria profiles from January, 2010 to December, 2014 to evaluate achievements and challenges of implementing measures to prevent and control spread of artemisinin resistance in Myanmar. METHODS: Using National Malaria Control Programme (NMCP) data, a cross-sectional descriptive study of 52 townships in artemisinin-resistant containment areas in Myanmar was conducted. Annual program data were analysed, and trends over time are graphically presented...
April 25, 2017: Infectious Diseases of Poverty
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28438152/a-cluster-randomised-control-trial-to-evaluate-the-effectiveness-and-cost-effectiveness-of-the-italian-medicines-use-review-i-mur-for-asthma-patients
#19
Andrea Manfrin, Michela Tinelli, Trudy Thomas, Janet Krska
BACKGROUND: The economic burden of asthma, which relates to the degree of control, is €5 billion annually in Italy. Pharmacists could help improve asthma control, reducing this burden. This study aimed to evaluate the effectiveness and cost-effectiveness of Medicines Use Reviews provided by community pharmacists in asthma. METHODS: This cluster randomised, multi-centre, controlled trial in adult patients with asthma was conducted in 15 of the 20 regions of Italy between September 2014 and July 2015...
April 24, 2017: BMC Health Services Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28438112/h3n2-canine-influenza-virus-infection-in-a-dog
#20
C E Watson, C Bell, K Toohey-Kurth
In 2015, H3N2 canine influenza emerged in dogs in the greater Chicago area. During this time, a 10-year-old German Shepherd dog presented to the referring veterinarian with lethargy and coughing that quickly progressed to death. This report describes the macroscopic and microscopic lesions and the molecular testing performed to identify the novel North American H3N2 strain of canine influenza. The larynx, pharynx, and trachea were covered by a fibrinonecrotic membrane. Bilaterally, the lungs had multifocal subpleural necrosis of the caudal lung lobes with hemorrhage, congestion, and pulmonary edema...
May 2017: Veterinary Pathology
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