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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29786943/integrating-a-comprehensive-dna-barcode-reference-library-with-a-global-map-of-yews-taxus-l-for-forensic-identification
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Jie Liu, Richard I Milne, Michael Möller, Guang-Fu Zhu, Lin-Jiang Ye, Ya-Huang Luo, Jun-Bo Yang, Moses Cheloti Wambulwa, Chun-Neng Wang, De-Zhu Li, Lian-Ming Gao
Rapid and accurate identification of endangered species is a critical component of bio-surveillance and conservation management, and potentially policing illegal trades. However, this is often not possible using traditional taxonomy, especially where only small or pre-processed parts of plants are available. Reliable identification can be achieved via a comprehensive DNA barcode reference library, accompanied by precise distribution data. However, these require extensive sampling at spatial and taxonomic scales, which has rarely been achieved for cosmopolitan taxa...
May 22, 2018: Molecular Ecology Resources
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29786862/experimental-fluence-modulated-proton-computed-tomography-by-pencil-beam-scanning
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George Dedes, Robert P Johnson, Mark Pankuch, Nick Detrich, Willemijn M A Pols, Simon Rit, Reinhard W Schulte, Katia Parodi, Guillaume Landry
PURPOSE: This experimental study is aimed at demonstrating, using a simple cylindrical water phantom, the feasibility of fluence modulated proton computed tomography (FMpCT) by pencil beam scanning (PBS) proton computed tomography (pCT). METHODS: The phase II pCT prototype of the Loma Linda U. and U. C. Santa Cruz was operated using the PBS beam line of the Northwestern Medicine Chicago Proton Center. A 20x10 grid of 1.37 cm full width half maximum pencil beams (PB) equally spaced by 1 cm was used to acquire 45 projections in step and shoot mode...
May 22, 2018: Medical Physics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29786861/temporally-feathered-intensity-modulated-radiation-therapy-a-planning-technique-to-reduce-normal-tissue-toxicity
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Juan Carlos López Alfonso, Shireen Parsai, Nikhil Joshi, Andrew Godley, Chirag Shah, Shlomo A Koyfman, Jimmy J Caudell, Clifton D Fuller, Heiko Enderling, Jacob G Scott
PURPOSE: Intensity modulated radiation therapy (IMRT) has allowed optimization of three-dimensional spatial radiation dose distributions permitting target coverage while reducing normal tissue toxicity. However, radiation-induced normal tissue toxicity is a major contributor to patients' quality of life and often a dose-limiting factor in the definitive treatment of cancer with radiation therapy. We propose the next logical step in the evolution of IMRT using canonical radiobiological principles, optimizing the temporal dimension through which radiation therapy is delivered to further reduce radiation-induced toxicity by increased time for normal tissue recovery...
May 22, 2018: Medical Physics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29786848/annual-report-to-the-nation-on-the-status-of-cancer-part-i-national-cancer-statistics
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Kathleen A Cronin, Andrew J Lake, Susan Scott, Recinda L Sherman, Anne-Michelle Noone, Nadia Howlader, S Jane Henley, Robert N Anderson, Albert U Firth, Jiemin Ma, Betsy A Kohler, Ahmedin Jemal
BACKGROUND: The American Cancer Society (ACS), the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), the National Cancer Institute (NCI), and the North American Association of Central Cancer Registries (NAACCR) collaborate to provide annual updates on cancer occurrence and trends in the United States. METHODS: Incidence data were obtained from the CDC-funded and NCI-funded population-based cancer registry programs and compiled by NAACCR. Data on cancer deaths were obtained from the National Center for Health Statistics National Vital Statistics System...
May 22, 2018: Cancer
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29786835/bilateral-asymmetry-of-the-humerus-in-neandertals-australian-aborigines-and-medieval-humans
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Anna Maria Kubicka, Wioletta Nowaczewska, Antoine Balzeau, Janusz Piontek
OBJECTIVES: Bilateral asymmetry of diaphyseal shape and size may be a reflection of relative activity levels and patterns of habitual biomechanical stress in the upper arms of Neandertals and Homo sapiens. The main purpose of our study was to assess the level of directional asymmetry of humeral cross sections in Neandertals, recent Australian aborigines, and medieval farmers. MATERIALS AND METHODS: Indices of directional and absolute asymmetry (%DA and %AA) of humeral cross-sectional properties in Neandertals and recent Homo sapiens were calculated...
May 22, 2018: American Journal of Physical Anthropology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29786814/predictive-value-of-preoperative-neutrophil-to-lymphocyte-ratio-while-detecting-bowel-resection-in-hernia-with-intestinal-incarceration
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Hande Köksal, Derviş Ateş, Emet Ebru Nazik, İlknur Küçükosmanoğlu, Serap Melek Doğan, Osman Doğru
BACKGROUND: The aim of this study was to evaluate the relationship between preoperative hematological inflammatory markers of the patients who underwent a surgery for incarcerated hernia and intestinal resection requirement. METHODS: The data of 102 patients who underwent a surgery for incarcerated hernia were retrospectively evaluated. Whole blood cell counts were preoperatively measured, and operation types and pathology results were recorded. The patients with intestinal resections were compared with those without any resection in terms of leukocyte number, neutrophil rate, red cell distribution width (RDW), platelet distribution width, neutrophil-to lymphocyte ratio (NLR), platelet to lymphocyte ratio (PLR), and mean platelet volume (MPV)...
May 2018: Ulusal Travma Ve Acil Cerrahi Dergisi, Turkish Journal of Trauma & Emergency Surgery: TJTES
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29786776/a-framework-for-image-based-modeling-of-acute-myocardial-ischemia-using-intramurally-recorded-extracellular-potentials
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Brett M Burton, Kedar K Aras, Wilson W Good, Jess D Tate, Brian Zenger, Rob S MacLeod
The biophysical basis for electrocardiographic evaluation of myocardial ischemia stems from the notion that ischemic tissues develop, with relative uniformity, along the endocardial aspects of the heart. These injured regions of subendocardial tissue give rise to intramural currents that lead to ST segment deflections within electrocardiogram (ECG) recordings. The concept of subendocardial ischemic regions is often used in clinical practice, providing a simple and intuitive description of ischemic injury; however, such a model grossly oversimplifies the presentation of ischemic disease-inadvertently leading to errors in ECG-based diagnoses...
May 21, 2018: Annals of Biomedical Engineering
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29786774/computational-fluid-dynamics-modeling-of-the-human-pulmonary-arteries-with-experimental-validation
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Alifer D Bordones, Matthew Leroux, Vitaly O Kheyfets, Yu-An Wu, Chia-Yuan Chen, Ender A Finol
Pulmonary hypertension (PH) is a chronic progressive disease characterized by elevated pulmonary arterial pressure, caused by an increase in pulmonary arterial impedance. Computational fluid dynamics (CFD) can be used to identify metrics representative of the stage of PH disease. However, experimental validation of CFD models is often not pursued due to the geometric complexity of the model or uncertainties in the reproduction of the required flow conditions. The goal of this work is to validate experimentally a CFD model of a pulmonary artery phantom using a particle image velocimetry (PIV) technique...
May 21, 2018: Annals of Biomedical Engineering
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29786772/upstaging-to-invasive-ductal-carcinoma-after-mastectomy-for-ductal-carcinoma-in-situ-predictive-factors-and-role-of-sentinel-lymph-node-biopsy
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Yusuke Watanabe, Keisei Anan, Michiyo Saimura, Kenichiro Koga, Minoru Fujino, Mari Mine, Sadafumi Tamiya, Kazuyoshi Nishihara, Toru Nakano, Shoshu Mitsuyama
BACKGROUND: The aim of this study was to investigate preoperative factors associated with ductal carcinoma in situ (DCIS) upstaged to invasive ductal carcinoma (IDC) and sentinel lymph node (SLN) status in patients who underwent mastectomy for a preoperative diagnosis of DCIS. METHODS: The medical records of 220 patients who underwent mastectomy for a preoperative diagnosis of DCIS were retrospectively reviewed. RESULTS: Fifty-one (22.6%) of 226 lesions were upgraded to IDC after mastectomy...
May 21, 2018: Breast Cancer: the Journal of the Japanese Breast Cancer Society
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29786713/in-situ-fabrication-of-hollow-zno-nc-polyhedra-from-zif-8-for-the-determination-of-trace-cd-ii
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Xueping Zhang, Qingqing Wang, Jing Li, Liang Huang, Dengbin Yu, Shaojun Dong
In this work, a novel electrochemical sensor for Cd(ii) detection with differential pulse anodic stripping voltammetry (DPASV) is fabricated based on hollow ZnO@nitrogen-doped carbon (H-ZnO@NC) polyhedra, which are prepared from ZIF-8 via in situ tannic acid etching and a subsequent calcination process. The as-obtained H-ZnO@NC exhibits a polyhedral morphology with a well-defined hollow structure and a uniform distribution of elements C, N, O, and Zn in the shell. The unique structure of H-ZnO@NC can provide an enlarged surface area and abundant active sites...
May 22, 2018: Analyst
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29786693/hormonebase-a-population-level-database-of-steroid-hormone-levels-across-vertebrates
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Maren N Vitousek, Michele A Johnson, Jeremy W Donald, Clinton D Francis, Matthew J Fuxjager, Wolfgang Goymann, Michaela Hau, Jerry F Husak, Bonnie K Kircher, Rosemary Knapp, Lynn B Martin, Eliot T Miller, Laura A Schoenle, Jennifer J Uehling, Tony D Williams
Hormones are central regulators of organismal function and flexibility that mediate a diversity of phenotypic traits from early development through senescence. Yet despite these important roles, basic questions about how and why hormone systems vary within and across species remain unanswered. Here we describe HormoneBase, a database of circulating steroid hormone levels and their variation across vertebrates. This database aims to provide all available data on the mean, variation, and range of plasma glucocorticoids (both baseline and stress-induced) and androgens in free-living and un-manipulated adult vertebrates...
May 22, 2018: Scientific Data
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29786689/gridded-birth-and-pregnancy-datasets-for-africa-latin-america-and-the-caribbean
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W H M James, N Tejedor-Garavito, S E Hanspal, A Campbell-Sutton, G M Hornby, C Pezzulo, K Nilsen, A Sorichetta, C W Ruktanonchai, A Carioli, D Kerr, Z Matthews, A J Tatem
Understanding the fine scale spatial distribution of births and pregnancies is crucial for informing planning decisions related to public health. This is especially important in lower income countries where infectious disease is a major concern for pregnant women and new-borns, as highlighted by the recent Zika virus epidemic. Despite this, the spatial detail of basic data on the numbers and distribution of births and pregnancies is often of a coarse resolution and difficult to obtain, with no co-ordination between countries and organisations to create one consistent set of subnational estimates...
May 22, 2018: Scientific Data
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29786616/derivation-of-new-diagnostic-reference-levels-for-neuro-paediatric-computed-tomography-examinations-in-switzerland
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Franca Wagner, Julie Bize, Damien Racine, Regis Le Coultre, Verdun Francis, Philipp Trueb, Reto Treier
Definition of new national diagnostic reference levels (DRLs) for volume computed tomography dose index (CTDIvol) and dose length product (DLP) for neuro-paediatric CT examinations depending on the medical indication.
 Methods: Paediatric cranial CT data sets acquired between January 2013 and December 2016 were retrospectively collected between July 2016 and March 2017 from the eight largest university and cantonal hospitals that perform most of the neuro-paediatric CTs in Switzerland. A consensus review of CTDIvol and DLP was undertaken for the three defined anatomical regions: brain, facial bone and petrous bone; each with and without contrast medium application...
May 22, 2018: Journal of Radiological Protection: Official Journal of the Society for Radiological Protection
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29786612/a-formalism-for-reference-dosimetry-in-photon-beams-in-the-presence-of-a-magnetic-field
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Bram van Asselen, Simon J Woodings, Sara L Hackett, Theo L van Soest, Jan G M Kok, Bas W Raaymakers, Jochem W H Wolthaus
A generic formalism is proposed for reference dosimetry in the presence of a magnetic field. Besides the regular correction factors from the conventional reference dosimetry formalisms, two factors are used to take into account magnetic field effects: 1) a dose conversion factor to correct for the change in local dose distribution and 2) a correction of the reading of the dosimeter used for the reference dosimetry measurements. The formalism was applied to the Elekta MRI-Linac, for which the 1.5 T magnetic field is orthogonal to the 7 MV photon beam...
May 22, 2018: Physics in Medicine and Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29786603/natural-levels-of-polonium-210-in-urine
#15
Alan Hodgson
This paper presents a review and analysis of available data on background levels of Polonium-210 in urine. It was established that 819 measurements could be considered to correspond to natural background levels, excluding a large number of values identified by the original investigators as potentially due to an artificial source or due to recognised enhancement of dietary intake. Almost 550 measurements were extracted from studies reported in the literature; additional measurements were contributions of previously unpublished data by authors of more recent papers...
May 22, 2018: Journal of Radiological Protection: Official Journal of the Society for Radiological Protection
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29786594/-brain-microbleeds-definition-pathophysiology-and-the-consequences
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Marek Mazurek, Ewa Papuć, Konrad Rejdak
Brain microbleeds are defined as small, circular hypointense changes in T2-sequensec of brain MRI, well demarcated from the surrounding tissue. They represent the phagocytized products of blood distribution extravasated from pathologically altered vessels. The echo-T2-dependent gradient (GRE) and magnetic susceptibility testing (SWI) sequences are usually used to visualize them. The pathogenesis of microbleeds very complex but angiopathy associated with arterial hypertension and cerebral amyloid angiopathy play a special role...
2018: Wiadomości Lekarskie: Organ Polskiego Towarzystwa Lekarskiego
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29786580/-iron-deficiency-reduces-systemic-inflammation-in-obese-women
#17
Vadim M Nedoborenko, Anna V Lavrenko, Tatyana V Mamontova, Lyudmyla E Vesnina, Igor P Kaidashev
OBJECTIVE: Introduction: Iron plays an important role in the functioning of immunological monitoring due to its stimulating and differentiating effect on the immune system. Obesity is accompanied by chronic low grade inflammation and may be accompanied by a change in the concentration of iron in the blood serum. The aim of the study was to determine the level of systemic inflammation in iron deficiency anemia in patients with obesity. PATIENTS AND METHODS: Materials and methods: 40 women with iron deficiency anemia (30 with obesity and 10 without obesity) and 10 with obesity of a similar age (control group) participated in the study...
2018: Wiadomości Lekarskie: Organ Polskiego Towarzystwa Lekarskiego
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29786577/post-stroke-fatigue-and-its-dimensions-over-the-second-half-year-after-stroke
#18
Mykhaylo Y Delva, Iryna I Delva, Nataliya V Lytvynenko
OBJECTIVE: Introduction: Post-stroke fatigue (PSF) is a common and often debilitating sequel of both ischemic and hemorrhagic strokes. The aim: Assess the rates and intensities of PSF over the second half year after stroke. PATIENTS AND METHODS: Materials and methods: There were examined 128 patients at 6, 9 and 12 months after ischemic or hemorrhagic stroke onset. PSF was measured by fatigue assessment scale (FAS), multidimensional fatigue inventory-20 (MFI-20) and fatigue severity scale (FSS)...
2018: Wiadomości Lekarskie: Organ Polskiego Towarzystwa Lekarskiego
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29786568/nutritive-support-for-newborns-in-critical-conditions-semi-elemental-formilas-as-a-means-of-enteral-nutrition
#19
Dmytro Shkurupii
OBJECTIVE: Introduction: The goal is to increase the efficiency of nutritional support in intensive care of newborns by substantiating the choice of the enteral blend. PATIENTS AND METHODS: Materials and methods: A prospective cohort study was conducted, which included 173 newborns. The main group consisted of 143 patients of intensive care units. The comparison group - 30 virtually healthy newborns. Physical parameters, changes in protein metabolism, serum immunoglobulins, functioning of the gastrointestinal tract and hepatobiliary system in the development of critical conditions and depending on the type of enteric urine formula were determined...
2018: Wiadomości Lekarskie: Organ Polskiego Towarzystwa Lekarskiego
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29786527/retrospective-analysis-of-bluetongue-farm-risk-profile-definition-based-on-biology-farm-management-practices-and-climatic-data
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Stefano Cappai, Federica Loi, Annamaria Coccollone, Marino Contu, Paolo Capece, Michele Fiori, Simona Canu, Cipriano Foxi, Sandro Rolesu
Bluetongue (BT) is a vector-borne disease transmitted by species of Culicoides midges (Diptera: Ceratopogonidae). Many studies have contributed to clarifying various aspects of its aetiology, epidemiology and vector dynamic; however, BT remains a disease of epidemiological and economic importance that affects ruminants worldwide. Since 2000, the Sardinia region has been the most affected area of the Mediterranean basin. The region is characterised by wide pastoral areas for sheep and represents the most likely candidate region for the study of Bluetongue virus (BTV) distribution and prevalence in Italy...
July 1, 2018: Preventive Veterinary Medicine
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