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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28641186/composition-of-dissolved-organic-matter-dom-from-periodically-submerged-soils-in-the-three-gorges-reservoir-areas-as-determined-by-elemental-and-optical-analysis-infrared-spectroscopy-pyrolysis-gc-ms-and-thermally-assisted-hydrolysis-and-methylation
#1
Tao Jiang, Joeri Kaal, Jian Liang, Yaoling Zhang, Shiqiang Wei, Dingyong Wang, Nelson W Green
Soil-derived dissolved organic matter (DOM) has a major influence in biogeochemical processes related to contaminant dynamics and greenhouse gas emissions, due to its reactivity and its bridging role between the soil and aquatic systems. Within the Three Gorges Reservoir (TGR, China) area, an extensive water-fluctuation zone periodically submerges the surrounding soils. Here we report a characterization study of soil-derived DOM across the TGR areas, using elemental and optical analysis, infrared spectroscopy (FTIR), pyrolysis-GC-MS (Py-GC-MS) and thermally assisted hydrolysis and methylation (THM-GC-MS)...
June 19, 2017: Science of the Total Environment
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28636793/development-and-validation-of-ihs4-a-novel-dynamic-scoring-system-to-assess-hidradenitis-suppurativa-acne-inversa-severity
#2
C C Zouboulis, T Tzellos, A Kyrgidis, G B E Jemec, F G Bechara, E J Giamarellos-Bourboulis, J R Ingram, T Kanni, I Karagiannidis, A Martorell, Ł Matusiak, A Pinter, E P Prens, D Presser, S Schneider-Burrus, E von Stebut, J C Szepietowski, H H van der Zee, S M Wilden, R Sabat
BACKGROUND: A validated tool for the dynamic severity assessment of hidradenitis suppurativa (HS) is lacking. The aim of this study was to develop and validate such a novel scoring system. METHODS: A Delphi voting procedure was conducted among the members of the European Hidradenitis Suppurativa Foundation (EHSF) to achieve consensus towards an initial HS Severity Score System (HS4). Strengths and weaknesses of HS4 were examined by a multicenter prospective study...
June 21, 2017: British Journal of Dermatology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28636232/a-genetic-stochastic-process-model-for-genome-wide-joint-analysis-of-biomarker-dynamics-and-disease-susceptibility-with-longitudinal-data
#3
Liang He, Ilya Zhbannikov, Konstantin G Arbeev, Anatoliy I Yashin, Alexander M Kulminski
Unraveling the underlying biological mechanisms or pathways behind the effects of genetic variations on complex diseases remains one of the major challenges in the post-GWAS (where GWAS is genome-wide association study) era. To further explore the relationship between genetic variations, biomarkers, and diseases for elucidating underlying pathological mechanism, a huge effort has been placed on examining pleiotropic and gene-environmental interaction effects. We propose a novel genetic stochastic process model (GSPM) that can be applied to GWAS and jointly investigate the genetic effects on longitudinally measured biomarkers and risks of diseases...
June 21, 2017: Genetic Epidemiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28636204/aerobic-exercise-training-for-adults-with-fibromyalgia
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Julia Bidonde, Angela J Busch, Candice L Schachter, Tom J Overend, Soo Y Kim, Suelen M Góes, Catherine Boden, Heather Ja Foulds
BACKGROUND: Exercise training is commonly recommended for individuals with fibromyalgia. This review is one of a series of reviews about exercise training for people with fibromyalgia that will replace the "Exercise for treating fibromyalgia syndrome" review first published in 2002. OBJECTIVES: • To evaluate the benefits and harms of aerobic exercise training for adults with fibromyalgia• To assess the following specific comparisons ० Aerobic versus control conditions (eg, treatment as usual, wait list control, physical activity as usual) ० Aerobic versus aerobic interventions (eg, running vs brisk walking) ० Aerobic versus non-exercise interventions (eg, medications, education) We did not assess specific comparisons involving aerobic exercise versus other exercise interventions (eg, resistance exercise, aquatic exercise, flexibility exercise, mixed exercise)...
June 21, 2017: Cochrane Database of Systematic Reviews
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28636070/development-of-a-population-based-microsimulation-model-of-body-mass-index
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Deirdre Hennessy, Rochelle Garner, William M Flanagan Ron Wall And Claude Nadeau M Flanagan, Ron Wall, Claude Nadeau
BACKGROUND: The increasing prevalence of overweight and obesity has necessitated the development of body mass index (BMI) projection models such as the POpulation HEalth Model (POHEM). This study describes the POHEM-BMI model, a microsimulation tool that can be used to support evidence-based health policy making for obesity reduction. DATA AND METHODS: The National Population Health Survey, the Canadian Community Health Survey (CCHS), and the Canadian Health Measures Survey (CHMS) were used to develop and validate a predictive model of BMI for adults and childhood BMI history...
June 21, 2017: Health Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28634449/electromyography-data-processing-impacts-muscle-synergies-during-gait-for-unimpaired-children-and-children-with-cerebral-palsy
#6
Benjamin R Shuman, Michael H Schwartz, Katherine M Steele
Muscle synergies calculated from electromyography (EMG) data identify weighted groups of muscles activated together during functional tasks. Research has shown that fewer synergies are required to describe EMG data of individuals with neurologic impairments. When considering potential clinical applications of synergies, understanding how EMG data processing impacts results and clinical interpretation is important. The aim of this study was to evaluate how EMG signal processing impacts synergy outputs during gait...
2017: Frontiers in Computational Neuroscience
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28633538/relationship-between-emergency-care-utilization-ambient-temperature-and-the-pollution-standard-index-in-taiwan
#7
Ching-Hui Tseng, Li-Chin Lu, Shao-Hwan Lan, Yen-Ping Hsieh, Shou-Jen Lan
This study applied a vector error correction model to investigate the effects of ambient temperature (AT) and air quality index values on emergency care utilization (ECU). The Pollution Standards Index (PSI) and total suspended particulates (TSP) were used for analysis. Data were obtained from the National Health Insurance Research Database of the Ministry of Transportation and Communications and Ministry Environmental of Protection Administration of Taiwan. Data from January of 1998 to December of 2012 (180 months) were analyzed...
June 21, 2017: International Journal of Environmental Health Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28632545/computer-assisted-minimally-invasive-transforaminal-lumbar-interbody-fusion-may-be-better-than-open-surgery-for-treating-degenerative-lumbar-disease
#8
Wei Tian, Yun-Feng Xu, Bo Liu, Ya-Jun Liu, Da He, Qiang Yuan, Zhao Lang, Xiao-Guang Han
STUDY DESIGN: This study was a retrospective review of prospectively collected clinical data. OBJECTIVE: To evaluate the clinical and radiologic outcomes of computer-assisted minimally invasive spine surgery transforaminal lumbar interbody fusion (CAMISS-TLIF) and open TLIF for the treatment of 1-level degenerative lumbar disease. SUMMARY OF BACKGROUND DATA: Minimally invasive TLIF is becoming increasingly popular; however, the limited space and high rate of hardware complications associated with this method are challenging to surgeons...
July 2017: Clinical Spine Surgery
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28629356/lifestyle-and-income-related-inequality-in-health-in-south-africa
#9
Alfred Kechia Mukong, Corne Van Walbeek, Hana Ross
BACKGROUND: Many low- and middle-income countries are experiencing an epidemiological transition from communicable to non-communicable diseases. This has negative consequences for their human capital development, and imposes a growing economic burden on their societies. While the prevalence of such diseases varies with socioeconomic status, the inequalities can be exacerbated by adopted lifestyles of individuals. Evidence suggests that lifestyle factors may explain the income-related inequality in self-reported health...
June 19, 2017: International Journal for Equity in Health
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28629274/investigation-of-serum-thiol-disulphide-homeostasis-in-patients-with-abortus-imminens
#10
Ceren Katar Yildrim, Aytekin Tokmak, Cagdas Yildrim, Ozcan Erel, Ali Turhan Caglar
AIM: The aim of our study is to compare serum thiol/dilsulphide homesostasis of women diagnosed with abortus imminens (AI) and healthy pregnant women, and to determine whether it has a role in the pathogenesis of the disease or not. MATERIALS AND METHODS: A total of 100 pregnant women were included in the study. The study group consisted of 50 patients with AI whereas 50 healthy pregnant women were chosen as the control group. All of the patients in the two groups were matched for age, gestational age and body mass index...
June 19, 2017: Journal of Maternal-fetal & Neonatal Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28628398/skill-level-changes-the-coordination-and-variability-of-standing-posture-and-movement-in-a-pistol-aiming-task
#11
Ji-Hyun Ko, Dong-Wook Han, Karl M Newell
The study investigated the coordination and variability of posture and pistol motion for skilled pistol shooters and novices in a pistol-aiming task. The participants stood on a force platform and held a pistol with the preferred arm to aim for accuracy to a target on 30 s trials. The results revealed that the amount of the centre of pressure (COP) and pistol motion was lower for the expert than novice group. The time-varying structure of COP as indexed by multiscale entropy (MSE) and detrended fluctuation analysis (DFA) was also lower for the expert than the novice group...
June 19, 2017: Journal of Sports Sciences
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28627298/a-prospective-transcranial-doppler-ultrasound-based-evaluation-of-the-acute-and-cumulative-effects-of-sport-related-concussion-on-neurovascular-coupling-response-dynamics
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Alexander D Wright, Jonathan D Smirl, Kelsey Bryk, Paul van Donkelaar
Sport-related concussion has been shown to alter cerebral blood flow (CBF) both acutely and chronically, and may exert cumulative effects across multiple injuries. Such dysfunction may be mediated by trauma-induced deficits to CBF control mechanisms, though our understanding of these effects is limited, including dynamics of neurovascular coupling (NVC) responses (i.e. CBF responses to neurologic demand). 179 junior-level contact sport athletes completed preseason testing - 42 reported never having experienced a concussion (Hx-) while 31 had endured three or more (Hx3+)...
June 18, 2017: Journal of Neurotrauma
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28624932/word-level-and-sentence-level-automaticity-in-english-as-a-foreign-language-efl-learners-a-comparative-study
#13
Dongmei Ma, Xiaoru Yu, Haomin Zhang
The present study aimed to investigate second language (L2) word-level and sentence-level automatic processing among English as a foreign language students through a comparative analysis of students with different proficiency levels. As a multidimensional and dynamic construct, automaticity is conceptualized as processing speed, stability, and accuracy which are indexed by reaction time, coefficient variation and accuracy rate. Sixty students (39 undergraduate students and 21 graduate students) who majored in English participated in this study...
June 17, 2017: Journal of Psycholinguistic Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28624520/dissecting-the-chloroplast-proteome-of-chickpea-cicer-arietinum-l-provides-new-insights-into-classical-and-non-classical-functions
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Nilesh Vikram Lande, Pratigya Subba, Pragya Barua, Dipak Gayen, T S Keshava Prasad, Subhra Chakraborty, Niranjan Chakraborty
Chloroplast, the energy organelle unique to plant cells, is a dynamic entity which integrates an array of metabolic pathways and serves as first level for energy conversion for the entire ecological hierarchy. Increasing amount of sequence data and evolution of mass spectrometric approaches has opened up new avenues for opportune exploration of the global proteome of this organelle. In our study, we aimed at generation of a comprehensive catalogue of chloroplast proteins in a grain legume, chickpea and provided a reference proteome map...
June 14, 2017: Journal of Proteomics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28624396/hybrid-magnetic-resonance-imaging-and-positron-emission-tomography-with-fluorodeoxyglucose-to-diagnose-active-cardiac-sarcoidosis
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Marc R Dweck, Ronan Abgral, Maria Giovanna Trivieri, Philip M Robson, Nicolas Karakatsanis, Venkatesh Mani, Anna Palmisano, Marc A Miller, Anuradha Lala, Helena L Chang, Javier Sanz, Johanna Contreras, Jagat Narula, Valentin Fuster, Maria Padilla, Zahi A Fayad, Jason C Kovacic
OBJECTIVES: The purpose of this study was to explore the diagnostic usefulness of hybrid cardiac magnetic resonance (CMR) and positron emission tomography (PET) using 18F-fluorodeoxyglucose (FDG) for active cardiac sarcoidosis. BACKGROUND: Active cardiac sarcoidosis (aCS) is underdiagnosed and has a high mortality. METHODS: Patients with clinical suspicion of aCS underwent hybrid CMR/PET with late gadolinium enhancement (LGE) and FDG to assess the pattern of injury and disease activity, respectively...
June 9, 2017: JACC. Cardiovascular Imaging
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28622946/estimation-of-myocardial-flow-reserve-utilizing-an-ultrafast-cardiac-spect-comparison-with-coronary-angiography-fractional-flow-reserve-and-the-syntax-score
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Masao Miyagawa, Yoshiko Nishiyama, Teruyoshi Uetani, Akiyoshi Ogimoto, Shuntaro Ikeda, Hayato Ishimura, Emiri Watanabe, Rami Tashiro, Yuki Tanabe, Teruhito Kido, Akira Kurata, Teruhito Mochizuki
BACKGROUND: Quantitative assessment of myocardial flow reserve (MFR) by single photon emission computed tomography (SPECT) myocardial perfusion imaging (MPI) is challenging but may facilitate evaluation of multi-vessel coronary artery disease (CAD). METHODS: We enrolled 153 patients with suspected or known CAD, referred for pharmacological stress MPI. They underwent a (99m)Tc-perfusion stress/rest SPECT with an ultrafast cadmium-zinc-telluride (CZT) camera. Dynamic data were acquired and time-activity curves fitted to a 1-tissue compartment analysis with input function...
June 13, 2017: International Journal of Cardiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28622680/optimized-multi-stable-stochastic-resonance-for-the-enhancement-of-pituitary-micoadenoma-in-mri
#17
Munendra Singh, Ashish Verma, Neeraj Sharma
Magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) is the modality of choice as far as imaging diagnosis of pathologies in the pituitary gland is concerned. Further, the advent of dynamic contrast enhanced (DCE) has enhanced the capability of this modality in detecting minute benign but endocrinologically significant tumors called microadenoma. These lesions are visible with difficulty and a low confidence level in routine MRI sequences, even after administration of intravenous gadolinium. Techniques to enhance the visualization of such foci would be an asset in improving the overall accuracy of DCE-MRI for detection of pituitary microadenomas...
June 13, 2017: IEEE Journal of Biomedical and Health Informatics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28622447/does-sexual-selection-influence-ornamentation-of-hemipenes-in-old-world-snakes
#18
Kostadin Andonov, Nikolay Natchev, Yurii V Kornilev, Nikolay Tzankov
In the present study, we investigated and documented the morphology of the male copulatory organs (hemipenes) in fifteen wide-ranging snake species. The species represent four families (Boidae, Colubridae, Lamprophiidae, and Viperidae) and ten genera. We applied the same preparation techniques for all species, successfully everting and expanding the organs completely. The detailed description of the general morphology of the male copulatory organs was based on 31 specimens. Our data were compared with published observations and we point out some incorrectly described details in previous investigations...
June 16, 2017: Anatomical Record: Advances in Integrative Anatomy and Evolutionary Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28622156/aerobic-versus-isometric-handgrip-exercise-in-hypertension-a-randomized-controlled-trial
#19
Nikolaos Pagonas, Stergios Vlatsas, Frederic Bauer, Felix S Seibert, Walter Zidek, Nina Babel, Peter Schlattmann, Timm H Westhoff
OBJECTIVES: Aerobic dynamic exercise reduces blood pressure (BP) and is broadly recommended by current American and European hypertension guidelines. Isometric exercise is currently not recommended, since data from only a few studies are available. We compare for the first time the effects of isometric handgrip training and aerobic exercise in a randomized controlled trial. METHODS: A total of 75 hypertensive patients were randomized to one of the following 12-week programmes: Isometric handgrip training five times weekly (two contractions of 2 min at 30% of maximal power with each arm); 'Sham-handgrip training' five times weekly (two contractions of 2 min at 5% of maximal power with each arm); Aerobic exercise training of 30 min three to five times per week...
June 15, 2017: Journal of Hypertension
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28621674/skeletal-muscle-depletion-predicts-survival-of-patients-with-advanced-biliary-tract-cancer-undergoing-palliative-chemotherapy
#20
Kyoung-Min Cho, Hyunkyung Park, Do-Youn Oh, Tae-Yong Kim, Kyung Hun Lee, Sae-Won Han, Seock-Ah Im, Tae-You Kim, Yung-Jue Bang
BACKGROUND: No prior study has investigated the dynamics of body weight with body muscle mass as a prognostic factor in advanced biliary tract cancer (BTC) patients undergoing palliative chemotherapy. We investigated whether low skeletal muscle mass affects survival in patients with BTC, with a co-analysis of body weight loss and body mass index (BMI). RESULTS: By multivariate analysis, low skeletal muscle mass at diagnosis and decreased SMI during chemotherapy (p = 0...
June 2, 2017: Oncotarget
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