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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28931081/female-reproductive-success-and-calf-survival-in-a-north-sea-coastal-bottlenose-dolphin-tursiops-truncatus-population
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Kevin P Robinson, Texa M C Sim, Ross M Culloch, Thomas S Bean, Isabel Cordoba Aguilar, Sonja M Eisfeld, Miranda Filan, Gary N Haskins, Genevieve Williams, Graham J Pierce
Between-female variation in reproductive output provides a strong measure of individual fitness and a quantifiable measure of the health of a population which may be highly informative to management. In the present study, we examined reproductive traits in female bottlenose dolphins from the east coast of Scotland using longitudinal sightings data collected over twenty years. From a total of 102 females identified between 1997 and 2016, 74 mothers produced a collective total of 193 calves. Females gave birth from 6 to 13 years of age with a mean age of 8...
2017: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28928742/a-streamlined-approach-to-antibody-novel-germline-allele-prediction-and-validation
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Ben S Wendel, Chenfeng He, Peter D Crompton, Susan K Pierce, Ning Jiang
Advancements in high-throughput sequencing and molecular identifier-based error correction have opened the door to antibody repertoire sequencing with single mutation precision, increasing both the breadth and depth of immune response characterization. However, improvements in sequencing technology cannot resolve one key aspect of antibody repertoire sequencing accuracy: the possibility of undocumented novel germline alleles. Somatic hypermutation (SHM) calling requires a reference germline sequence, and the antibody variable region gene alleles collected by the IMGT database, although large in number, are not comprehensive...
2017: Frontiers in Immunology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28928328/evolution-of-minimally-invasive-distal-pancreatectomies-at-a-single-institution
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Brian K P Goh, Ser-Yee Lee, Juinn-Huar Kam, Hui Ling Soh, Peng-Chung Cheow, Pierce K H Chow, London L P J Ooi, Alexander Y F Chung, Chung-Yip Chan
INTRODUCTION: This study aims to study the changing trends and outcomes associated with the adoption of minimally invasive distal pancreatectomy (MIDP) at a single centre. MATERIALS AND METHODS: Retrospective review of sixty consecutive patients who underwent MIDP from September 2006 to November 2016 at a single institution. To study the evolution of MIDP, the study population was divided into three groups consisting of twenty patients (Group I, Group II and Group III)...
September 20, 2017: Journal of Minimal Access Surgery
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28927756/recent-time-trends-and-predictors-of-heart-dose-from-breast-radiation-therapy-in-a-large-quality-consortium-of-radiation-oncology-practices
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Lori J Pierce, Mary Feng, Kent A Griffith, Reshma Jagsi, Thomas Boike, Daniel Dryden, Gregory S Gustafson, Lisa Benedetti, Martha M Matuszak, Teamour S Nurushev, Joe Haywood, Jeffrey D Radawski, Corey Speers, Eleanor M Walker, James A Hayman, Jean M Moran
PURPOSE: Limited data exist regarding the range of heart doses received in routine practice with radiation therapy (RT) for breast cancer in the United States today and the potential effect of the continual assessment of the cardiac dose on practice patterns. METHODS AND MATERIALS: From 2012 to 2015, 4688 patients with breast cancer treated with whole breast RT at 20 sites participating in a state-wide consortium were enrolled into a registry. The importance of limiting the cardiac dose has been emphasized in the consortium since 2012, and the mean heart dose (MHD) has been reported by each institution since 2014...
July 22, 2017: International Journal of Radiation Oncology, Biology, Physics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28927459/microarchitecture-of-the-tsetse-fly-proboscis
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Wendy Gibson, Lori Peacock, Rachel Hutchinson
BACKGROUND: Tsetse flies (genus Glossina) are large blood-sucking dipteran flies that are important as vectors of human and animal trypanosomiasis in sub-Saharan Africa. Tsetse anatomy has been well described, including detailed accounts of the functional anatomy of the proboscis for piercing host skin and sucking up blood. The proboscis also serves as the developmental site for the infective metacyclic stages of several species of pathogenic livestock trypanosomes that are inoculated into the host with fly saliva...
September 19, 2017: Parasites & Vectors
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28926797/experimental-study-of-radiation-dose-rate-at-different-strategic-points-of-the-baec-triga-research-reactor
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M Ajijul Hoq, M A Malek Soner, M A Salam, M M Haque, Salma Khanom, S M Fahad
The 3MW TRIGA Mark-II Research Reactor of Bangladesh Atomic Energy Commission (BAEC) has been under operation for about thirty years since its commissioning at 1986. In accordance with the demand of fundamental nuclear research works, the reactor has to operate at different power levels by utilizing a number of experimental facilities. Regarding the enquiry for safety of reactor operating personnel and radiation workers, it is necessary to know the radiation level at different strategic points of the reactor where they are often worked...
September 9, 2017: Applied Radiation and Isotopes
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28924063/adolescent-and-young-adult-tattooing-piercing-and-scarification
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Cora C Breuner, David A Levine
Tattoos, piercing, and scarification are now commonplace among adolescents and young adults. This first clinical report from the American Academy of Pediatrics on voluntary body modification will review the methods used to perform the modifications. Complications resulting from body modification methods, although not common, are discussed to provide the pediatrician with management information. Body modification will be contrasted with nonsuicidal self-injury. When available, information also is presented on societal perceptions of body modification...
September 18, 2017: Pediatrics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28922742/glytoucan-an-accessible-glycan-structure-repository
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Michael Tiemeyer, Kazuhiro Aoki, James Paulson, Richard D Cummings, William S York, Niclas G Karlsson, Frederique Lisacek, Nicolle H Packer, Matthew P Campbell, Nobuyuki P Aoki, Akihiro Fujita, Masaaki Matsubara, Daisuke Shinmachi, Shinichiro Tsuchiya, Issaku Yamada, Michael Pierce, René Ranzinger, Hisashi Narimatsu, Kiyoko F Aoki-Kinoshita
Rapid and continued growth in the generation of glycomic data has revealed the need for enhanced development of basic infrastructure for presenting and interpreting these datasets in a manner that engages the broader biomedical research community. Early in their growth, the genomic and proteomic fields implemented mechanisms for assigning unique gene and protein identifiers that were essential for organizing data presentation and for enhancing bioinformatic approaches to extracting knowledge. Similar unique identifiers are currently absent from glycomic data...
October 1, 2017: Glycobiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28920522/constraint-and-multimodal-approaches-to-therapy-for-chronic-aphasia-a-systematic-review-and-meta-analysis
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John E Pierce, Maya Menahemi-Falkov, Robyn O'Halloran, Leanne Togher, Miranda L Rose
Aphasia is a significant cause of disability and reduced quality of life. Two speech pathology treatment approaches appear efficacious: multimodal and constraint-induced aphasia therapies. In constraint-induced therapies, non-verbal actions (e.g., gesture, drawing) are believed to interfere with treatment and patients are therefore constrained to speech. In contrast, multimodal therapies employ non-verbal modalities to cue word retrieval. Given the clinical and theoretical implications, a comparison of these two divergent treatments was pursued...
September 18, 2017: Neuropsychological Rehabilitation
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28919727/five-year-durability-of-stand-alone-interspinous-process-decompression-for-lumbar-spinal-stenosis
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Pierce D Nunley, Vikas V Patel, Douglas G Orndorff, William F Lavelle, Jon E Block, Fred H Geisler
BACKGROUND: Lumbar spinal stenosis is the most common indication for spine surgery in older adults. Interspinous process decompression (IPD) using a stand-alone spacer that functions as an extension blocker offers a minimally invasive treatment option for intermittent neurogenic claudication associated with spinal stenosis. METHODS: This study evaluated the 5-year clinical outcomes for IPD (Superion(®)) from a randomized controlled US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) noninferiority trial...
2017: Clinical Interventions in Aging
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28919634/achievement-of-a-negative-minimal-residual-disease-state-after-hypomethylating-agent-therapy-in-older-patients-with-aml-reduces-the-risk-of-relapse
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P Boddu, J Jorgensen, H Kantarjian, G Borthakur, T Kadia, N Daver, Y Alvarado, N Pemmaraju, P Bose, K Naqvi, M Yilmaz, S Pierce, M Brandt, C D DiNardo, E J Jabbour, M Konopleva, G Garcia-Manero, J Cortes, F Ravandi
Leukemia accepted article preview online, 18 September 2017. doi:10.1038/leu.2017.285.
September 18, 2017: Leukemia: Official Journal of the Leukemia Society of America, Leukemia Research Fund, U.K
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28919497/body-mass-index-predicts-selected-physical-fitness-attributes-but-is-not-associated-with-performance-on-military-relevant-tasks-in-u-s-army-soldiers
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Joseph R Pierce, David W DeGroot, Tyson L Grier, Keith G Hauret, Bradley C Nindl, Whitfield B East, Michael S McGurk, Bruce H Jones
OBJECTIVES: Army body composition standards are based upon validated criteria; however, certain field-expedient methodologies (e.g., weight-for-height, body mass index [BMI]) may disqualify individuals from service who may otherwise excel on physical performance and military-relevant tasks. The purpose was to assess soldier physical performance and military-specific task/fitness performance stratified by BMI. DESIGN: Cross-sectional observational study. METHODS: Male (n=275) and female (n=46) soldiers performed a wide-array of physical fitness tests and military-specific tasks, including the Army physical fitness test (APFT)...
September 6, 2017: Journal of Science and Medicine in Sport
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28919249/dosimetric-predictors-for-acute-esophagitis-during-radiation-therapy-for-lung-cancer-results-of-a-large-statewide-observational-study
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Peter Paximadis, Matthew Schipper, Martha Matuszak, Mary Feng, Shruti Jolly, Thomas Boike, Inga Grills, Larry Kestin, Benjamin Movsas, Kent Griffith, Gregory Gustafson, Jean Moran, Teamour Nurushev, Jeffrey Radawski, Lori Pierce, James Hayman
PURPOSE: The purpose of this study is to identify dosimetric variables that best predict for acute esophagitis in patients treated for locally advanced non-small cell lung cancer in a prospectively accrued statewide consortium. METHODS AND MATERIALS: Patients receiving definitive radiation therapy for stage II-III non-small cell lung cancer within the Michigan Radiation Oncology Quality Consortium were included in the analysis. Dose-volume histogram data were analyzed to determine absolute volumes (cc) receiving doses from 10 to 60 Gy (V10, V20, V30, V40, V50, and V60), as well as maximum dose to 2 cc (D2cc), mean dose (MD), and generalized equivalent uniform dose (gEUD)...
July 19, 2017: Practical Radiation Oncology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28916894/critical-appraisal-of-the-impact-of-individual-surgeon-experience-on-the-outcomes-of-laparoscopic-liver-resection-in-the-modern-era-collective-experience-of-multiple-surgeons-at-a-single-institution-with-324-consecutive-cases
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Brian K P Goh, Jin-Yao Teo, Ser-Yee Lee, Juinn-Huar Kam, Peng-Chung Cheow, Premaraj Jeyaraj, Pierce K H Chow, London L P J Ooi, Alexander Y F Chung, Chung-Yip Chan
BACKGROUND: Most studies analyzing the learning experience of laparoscopic liver resection (LLR) focused on the experience of one or two expert pioneering surgeons. This study aims to critically analyze the impact of individual surgeon experience on the outcomes of LLR based on the contemporary collective experiences of multiple surgeons at single institution. METHODS: Retrospective review of 324 consecutive LLR from 2006 to 2016. The cases were performed by 10 surgeons over various time periods...
September 15, 2017: Surgical Endoscopy
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28912592/accurate-immune-repertoire-sequencing-reveals-malaria-infection-driven-antibody-lineage-diversification-in-young-children
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Ben S Wendel, Chenfeng He, Mingjuan Qu, Di Wu, Stefany M Hernandez, Ke-Yue Ma, Eugene W Liu, Jun Xiao, Peter D Crompton, Susan K Pierce, Pengyu Ren, Keke Chen, Ning Jiang
Accurately measuring antibody repertoire sequence composition in a small amount of blood is challenging yet important for understanding repertoire responses to infection and vaccination. We develop molecular identifier clustering-based immune repertoire sequencing (MIDCIRS) and use it to study age-related antibody repertoire development and diversification before and during acute malaria in infants (< 12 months old) and toddlers (12-47 months old) with 4-8 ml of blood. Here, we show this accurate and high-coverage repertoire-sequencing method can use as few as 1000 naive B cells...
September 14, 2017: Nature Communications
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28910808/detecting-congenital-central-hypothyroidism-by-newborn-screening-difficulty-in-distinguishing-from-congenital-thyroxine-binding-globulin-deficiency
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Kara J Connelly, Melinda J Pierce, Cheryl Hanna, Stephen H LaFranchi
BACKGROUND/AIMS: Congenital central hypothyroidism (CH-C) can be detected on newborn screening (NBS) by programs using thyroxine (T4)-reflex thyroid-stimulating hormone (TSH) test approach. CH-C must be distinguished from T4-binding globulin (TBG) deficiency. We sought to determine whether thyroid function tests reliably separate CH-C from TBG deficiency. METHODS: We analyzed NBS and serum free and total T4, T3 resin uptake (T3RU) or TBG, and TSH for infants in the Northwest Regional NBS Program (NWRSP) between the years 2008 and 2015 with either CH-C or TBG deficiency...
September 14, 2017: Hormone Research in Pædiatrics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28906436/development-and-evaluation-of-a-manganese-and-iron-food-frequency-questionnaire-for-pediatrics
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Frida B Zipkin, Grace A Falciglia, Pierce Kuhnell, Erin N Haynes
Manganese (Mn) is an essential nutrient, but overexposure can lead to neurotoxicity. Given the essentiality of Mn in the diet, particularly during children's growth and development, it is imperative to quantify dietary Mn intake in populations that may be exposed to industrial sources of Mn. Dietary absorption of Mn is inversely associated with iron (Fe) stores, yet there is currently no food frequency questionnaire (FFQ) to assess dietary Mn and Fe intake. The study objective was to develop and evaluate the validity of a FFQ to measure dietary Mn and Fe intake in pediatrics by comparing the estimated intakes of Mn and Fe with biomarkers: Mn in blood and hair and Fe in serum...
September 14, 2017: International Journal of Environmental Research and Public Health
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28902851/redox-mediated-quorum-sensing-in-plants
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Alexandra W Fuller, Phoebe Young, B Daniel Pierce, Jamie Kitson-Finuff, Purvi Jain, Karl Schneider, Stephen Lazar, Olga Taran, Andrew G Palmer, David G Lynn
The rhizosphere, the narrow zone of soil around plant roots, is a complex network of interactions between plants, bacteria, and a variety of other organisms. The absolute dependence on host-derived signals, or xenognosins, to regulate critical developmental checkpoints for host commitment in the obligate parasitic plants provides a window into the rhizosphere's chemical dynamics. These sessile intruders use H2O2 in a process known as semagenesis to chemically modify the mature root surfaces of proximal host plants and generate p-benzoquinones (BQs)...
2017: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28902581/case-28-2017-a-13-month-old-girl-with-pneumonia-and-a-33-year-old-woman-with-hip-pain
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Steven M Holland, Virginia M Pierce, Randheer Shailam, Krzysztof Glomski, Jocelyn R Farmer
Presentation of Case. Dr. Virginia M. Pierce: A 13-month-old girl was admitted to this hospital because of pneumonia. Nine days before admission, fever and vomiting developed in the child. The vomiting resolved after 2 days, but fever (with a maximum temperature of 39.7°C) continued, and the child..
September 14, 2017: New England Journal of Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28901665/kansas-nurse-leader-residency-programme-advancing-leader-knowledge-and-skills
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Qiuhua Shen, Jill Peltzer, Cynthia Teel, Janet Pierce
AIMS: To evaluate the effectiveness of the Kansas Nurse Leader Residency (KNLR) programme in improving nurses' leadership knowledge and skills and its acceptability, feasibility and fidelity. BACKGROUND: The Future of Nursing Report (Institute of Medicine, 2011) calls for nurses to lead change and advance health. The 6-month KNLR programme was developed by the Kansas Action Coalition to support nurses' leadership development. METHODS: Nurses (n = 36) from four nursing specialties (acute care, long-term care, public health and school health) participated in the programme...
September 12, 2017: Journal of Nursing Management
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