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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28650496/orientation-and-crystallization-of-regioregular-poly-3-dodecylthiophene-in-alumina-nanopores
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Hui Wu, Yuji Higaki, Shiki Nojima, Atsushi Takahara
The orientation and crystallization of regioregular poly(3-dodecylthiophene) (P3DDT) in different diameter nanopores were investigated. P3DDT nanowires were prepared by a melt-wetting nonporous alumina template with P3DDT melts. The microstructure of the nanowires was analyzed by micro-Fourier transform infrared spectroscopy, grazing incidence wide angle X-ray diffraction, and differential scanning calorimetry. Although Form I modification prevails in all the nanowires, Form I crystals decrease and Form II crystals increase as the pore diameter decreases...
June 26, 2017: Soft Matter
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28650178/the-role-of-morbidity-for-proxy-reported-well-being-in-the-last-year-of-life
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Katharina Gerlach, Nilam Ram, Frank J Infurna, Nina Vogel, Gert G Wagner, Denis Gerstorf
Late-life well-being often shows steep deteriorations, but the contributing factors are not well understood, in part because data about people's final year of life are scarce. Here, we draw from and test theoretical perspectives that health-related vulnerabilities undermine the experience and skills older adults typically use to maintain well-being (Charles, 2010). To do so, we examined how various morbidity factors shape final-year well-being trajectories. We applied change score models to retrospective proxy-reports from the Socio-Economic Panel (N = 1,776; age at death = 19-101 years; 47% women) and covary for characteristics of the deceased and the bereaved proxy...
June 26, 2017: Developmental Psychology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28649928/beyond-the-medical-model
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Scott J Fitzpatrick, Jo River
The medical model continues to dominate research and shape policy and service responses to suicide. In this work we challenge the assumption that the medical model always provides the most effective and appropriate care for persons who are suicidal. In particular, we point to service user perspectives of health services which show that interventions are often experienced as discriminatory, culturally inappropriate, and incongruent with the needs and values of persons who are suicidal. We then examine "humanistic" approaches to care that have been proposed as a corrective to an overly medical model...
January 1, 2017: International Journal of Health Services: Planning, Administration, Evaluation
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28649865/dental-stem-cells-recent-progresses-in-tissue-engineering-and-regenerative-medicine
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João Botelho, Maria Alzira Cavacas, Vanessa Machado, José João Mendes
Since the disclosure of adult mesenchymal stem cells (MSCs) there have been an intense investigation on the characteristics of these cells and their potentialities. Dental Stem Cells (DSCs) are MSC-like populations with self-renewal capacity and multidifferentiation potential. Currently, there are five main DSCs, dental pulp stem cells (DPSCs), stem cells from exfoliated deciduous teeth (SHED), stem cells from apical papilla (SCAP), periodontal ligament stem cells (PDLSCs), and Dental Follicle Precursor Cells (DFPCs)...
June 24, 2017: Annals of Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28649350/driving-factors-and-temporal-fluctuation-of-collembola-communities-and-reproductive-mode-across-forest-types-and-regions
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Melanie M Pollierer, Stefan Scheu
Despite the major role of Collembola in forest soil animal food webs, ecological and evolutionary determinants of their community composition are not well understood. We investigated abundance, community structure, life forms, and reproductive mode of Collembola in four different forest types (coniferous, young managed beech, old managed beech, and unmanaged beech forests) representing different management intensities. Forest types were replicated within three regions across Germany: the Schorfheide-Chorin, the Hainich, and the Swabian Alb, differing in geology, altitude, and climate...
June 2017: Ecology and Evolution
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28649341/costly-defense-in-a-fluctuating-environment-sensitivity-of-annual-nothobranchius-fishes-to-predator-kairomones
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Matej Polačik, Michal Janáč
Antipredator strategies increase the chances of survival of prey species but are subject to trade-offs and always come at a cost, one specific category being the "missed opportunity." Some animals that can modulate the timing of life-cycle events can also desynchronize this timing with the occurrence of a predator. In an unpredictable environment, such a modification may result in a mismatch with prevailing conditions, consequently leading to reproductive failure. In eastern Africa, temporary pools existing only during the rainy season are inhabited by annual fish of the genus Nothobranchius...
June 2017: Ecology and Evolution
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28648355/impact-of-age-and-sex-on-survival-and-causes-of-death-in-adults-with-congenital-heart-disease
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Jose Maria Oliver, Pastora Gallego, Ana Elvira Gonzalez, Diego Garcia-Hamilton, Pablo Avila, Andres Alonso, Jose Ruiz-Cantador, Rafael Peinado, Raquel Yotti, Francisco Fernandez-Aviles
BACKGROUND: The impact of gender and aging on relative survival and causes of death in adults with congenital heart disease (ACHD) are not well known. METHODS: Single center observational longitudinal study of 3311 consecutive ACHD (50.5% males) followed up to 25years. Patients were divided by the age at last follow-up into three groups: <40, 40-65 and >65years old. Their vital status was verified by crosschecking the Spanish National Death Index. Regression model for relative survival from reference population was performed...
June 19, 2017: International Journal of Cardiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28647441/prevention-of-epilepsy-should-we-be-avoiding-clinical-trials
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Pavel Klein, Ivana Tyrlikova
Epilepsy prevention is one of the great unmet needs in epilepsy. Approximately 15% of all epilepsy is caused by an acute acquired CNS insult such as traumatic brain injury (TBI), stroke or encephalitis. There is a latent period between the insult and epilepsy onset that presents an opportunity to intervene with preventive treatment that is unique in neurology. Yet no phase 3 epilepsy prevention studies, and only 2 phase 2 studies have been initiated in the last 16years. Current prevailing opinion is that the research community is not ready for clinical preventive epilepsy studies, and that animal models should first be refined and biomarkers of epileptogenesis and of epilepsy discovered before clinical studies are embarked upon...
June 21, 2017: Epilepsy & Behavior: E&B
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28647189/ethnobotanical-profiling-of-the-medicinal-flora-of-kotli-azad-jammu-and-kashmir-pakistan-empirical-reflections-on-multinomial-logit-specifications
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Muhammad Shoaib Amjad, Muhammad Arshad, Abdul Saboor, Sue Page, Sunbal Khalil Chaudhari
OBJECTIVE: To report the indigenous people's uses of plants from a multidimensional perspective in a remote area where strong ethnobotanical cultural practices prevail. METHODS: An ethnobotanical survey was conducted in the field during 2014-2016. Ethnobotanical data were gathered from 182 informants through oral interviews and semi-structured questionnaires. The distribution of plants was explored using both descriptive and graphical methods. Further, a Multinomial Logit Specification was applied to find out the probability of the occurrence of diverse utilization of plants in multipurpose domains...
May 2017: Asian Pacific Journal of Tropical Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28646875/genome-analysis-of-diploscapter-coronatus-insights-into-molecular-peculiarities-of-a-nematode-with-parthenogenetic-reproduction
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Hideaki Hiraki, Hiroshi Kagoshima, Christopher Kraus, Philipp H Schiffer, Yumiko Ueta, Michael Kroiher, Einhard Schierenberg, Yuji Kohara
BACKGROUND: Sexual reproduction involving the fusion of egg and sperm is prevailing among eukaryotes. In contrast, the nematode Diploscapter coronatus, a close relative of the model Caenorhabditis elegans, reproduces parthenogenetically. Neither males nor sperm have been observed and some steps of meiosis are apparently skipped in this species. To uncover the genomic changes associated with the evolution of parthenogenesis in this nematode, we carried out a genome analysis. RESULTS: We obtained a 170 Mbp draft genome in only 511 scaffolds with a N50 length of 1 Mbp...
June 24, 2017: BMC Genomics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28646791/disorganised-schizotypy-is-selectively-associated-with-poorer-semantic-processing-in-non-clinical-individuals
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Eric Josiah Tan, Susan Lee Rossell
The nature and severity of semantic memory (SM) impairments in schizophrenia has been related to symptoms, mainly formal thought disorder (FTD), and other clinical factors like length of illness. Symptom-related studies in schizophrenia are often confounded by clinical factors, for example medication and hospitalisations. We completed a schizotypy analogue study to examine the relationship between SM processing and FTD using an analogue schizotypy score referred to as cognitive disorganisation. Sixty individuals without a history of mental illness (M=22...
June 20, 2017: Psychiatry Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28646605/observations-and-impacts-of-bleach-washing-on-indoor-chlorine-chemistry
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J P S Wong, N Carslaw, R Zhao, S Zhou, J P D Abbatt
Ambient levels of chlorinated gases and aerosol components were measured by on-line chemical ionization and aerosol mass spectrometers after an indoor floor was repeatedly washed with a commercial bleach solution. Gaseous chlorine (Cl2 , 10's of ppbv) and hypochlorous acid (HOCl, 100's of ppbv) arise after floor washing, along with nitryl chloride (ClNO2 ), dichlorine monoxide (Cl2 O) and chloramines (NHCl2 , NCl3 ). Much higher mixing ratios would prevail in a room with lower and more commonly encountered air exchange rates than that observed in the study (12...
June 24, 2017: Indoor Air
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28646529/notalgia-paresthetica-factors-associated-with-its-perceived-severity-duration-side-and-localization
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Calogero Pagliarello, Giuseppe Fabrizi, Beatrice De Felici, Dahiana Casanova, Claudio Feliciani, Sergio Di Nuzzo
BACKGROUND: Notalgia paresthetica (NP) is a disorder characterized by pruritus localized to the patient's back. Little is known about predictors of severity, duration, side, and localization. OBJECTIVE: To identify factors associated with perceived severity, duration, side, and localization of NP. METHODS: In a cross-sectional study, disease severity, duration, side, and localization were compared among the considered variables. Multivariate analysis was used to assess each variable contribution in predicting disease severity and its duration...
June 23, 2017: International Journal of Dermatology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28645942/mutational-heterogeneity-in-apc-and-kras-arises-at-the-crypt-level-and%C3%A2-leads-to-polyclonality-in-early-colorectal-tumorigenesis
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Mireia Gausachs, Ester Borras, Kyle Chang, Sara González, Daniel Azuara, Axel Delgado Amador, Adriana Lopez-Doriga, F Anthony San Lucas, Xavier Sanjuan, Maria jOSE Paules, Melissa Taggart, Gareth Davies, Erik A Ehli, Jerry Fowler, Victor Moreno, Marta Pineda, Y Nancy You, Patrick M Lynch, Conxi Lazaro, Nicholas E Navin, Paul Scheet, Ernest T Hawk, Gabriel Capella, Eduardo Vilar
Purpose:  The majority of genomic alterations causing intratumoral heterogeneity (ITH) in colorectal cancer (CRC) are thought to arise during early stages of carcinogenesis as a burst but only after truncal mutations in APC have expanded a single founder clone. We have investigated if the initial source of ITH is consequent to multiple independent lineages derived from different crypts harboring distinct truncal APC and driver KRAS mutations, thus challenging the prevailing monoclonal monocryptal model. <p>Experimental design: High-depth next-generation sequencing and SNP arrays were performed in whole lesion extracts of 37 FAP colorectal adenomas...
June 23, 2017: Clinical Cancer Research: An Official Journal of the American Association for Cancer Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28645701/effect-of-phosphate-solubilizing-bacteria-on-phosphorus-dynamics-and-the-bacterial-community-during-composting-of-sugarcane-industry-waste
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German A Estrada-Bonilla, Cintia M Lopes, Ademir Durrer, Paulo R L Alves, Nicolle Passaglia, Elke J B N Cardoso
Sugarcane processing generates a large quantity of residues, such as filter cake and ashes, which are sometimes composted prior to their amendment in soil. However, important issues still have to be addressed on this subject, such as the description of bacterial succession that occurs throughout the composting process and the possibilities of using phosphate-solubilizing bacteria (PSB) during the process to improve phosphorus (P) availability in the compost end product. Consequently, this study evaluated the bacterial diversity and P dynamics during the composting process when inoculated with Pseudomonas aeruginosa PSBR12 and Bacillus sp...
June 7, 2017: Systematic and Applied Microbiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28645287/health-related-quality-of-life-effects-of-enzalutamide-in-patients-with-metastatic-castration-resistant-prostate-cancer-an-in-depth-post-hoc-analysis-of-eq-5d-data-from-the-prevail-trial
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Nancy Devlin, Michael Herdman, Marco Pavesi, De Phung, Shevani Naidoo, Tomasz M Beer, Bertrand Tombal, Yohann Loriot, Cristina Ivanescu, Teresa Parli, Mark Balk, Stefan Holmstrom
BACKGROUND: The effect of enzalutamide on health-related quality of life (HRQoL) in the PREVAIL trial in chemotherapy-naïve men with metastatic castration-resistant prostate cancer was analyzed using the generic EQ-5D instrument. METHODS: Patients received oral enzalutamide 160 mg/day (n = 872) or placebo (n = 845). EQ-5D index and EQ-5D visual analogue scale (EQ-5D VAS) scores were evaluated at baseline, week 13, and every 12 weeks until week 61 due to sample size reduction thereafter...
June 23, 2017: Health and Quality of Life Outcomes
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28643164/how-to-keep-a-child-healthy
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B D Gupta, Adarsh Purohit
Keeping a child healthy is the most important priority of every parent. The child can be kept healthy by ensuring exclusive breastfeeding for first 6 mo of life, maintaining healthy weight throughout the childhood, providing adequate and balanced diet, promoting regular physical activity and adequate sleep, keeping a watch on all the parameters of development and referring the child to the specialist whenever deviation from normal is suspected. Proper and timely immunization as per the prevailing guidelines must be done to prevent serious infections...
June 23, 2017: Indian Journal of Pediatrics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28642837/environmental-influences-in-the-etiology-of-colorectal-cancer-the-premise-of-metabolomics
#18
Nicholas J W Rattray, Georgia Charkoftaki, Zahra Rattray, James E Hansen, Vasilis Vasiliou, Caroline H Johnson
PURPOSE OF REVIEW: In this review we discuss how environmental exposures predominate the etiology of colorectal cancer (CRC). With CRC being a personalized disease influenced by genes and environment, our goal was to explore the role metabolomics can play in identifying exposures, assessing the interplay between co-exposures, and the development of personalized therapeutic interventions. RECENT FINDINGS: Approximately 10 % of CRC cases can be explained by germ-line mutations, whereas the prevailing majority are caused by an initiating exposure event occurring decades prior to diagnosis...
June 2017: Current Pharmacology Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28642625/testing-the-environmental-filtering-concept-in-global-drylands
#19
Yoann Le Bagousse-Pinguet, Nicolas Gross, Fernando T Maestre, Vincent Maire, Francesco de Bello, Carlos Roberto Fonseca, Jens Kattge, Enrique Valencia, Jan Leps, Pierre Liancourt
1. The environmental filtering hypothesis predicts that the abiotic environment selects species with similar trait values within communities. Testing this hypothesis along multiple - and interacting - gradients of climate and soil variables constitutes a great opportunity to better understand and predict the responses of plant communities to ongoing environmental changes. 2. Based on two key plant traits, maximum plant height and specific leaf area (SLA), we assessed the filtering effects of climate (mean annual temperature and precipitation, precipitation seasonality), soil characteristics (soil pH, sand content and total phosphorus) and all potential interactions on the functional structure and diversity of 124 dryland communities spread over the globe...
July 2017: Journal of Ecology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28642432/breaking-lorentz-reciprocity-to-overcome-the-time-bandwidth-limit-in-physics-and-engineering
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K L Tsakmakidis, L Shen, S A Schulz, X Zheng, J Upham, X Deng, H Altug, A F Vakakis, R W Boyd
A century-old tenet in physics and engineering asserts that any type of system, having bandwidth Δω, can interact with a wave over only a constrained time period Δt inversely proportional to the bandwidth (Δt·Δω ~ 2π). This law severely limits the generic capabilities of all types of resonant and wave-guiding systems in photonics, cavity quantum electrodynamics and optomechanics, acoustics, continuum mechanics, and atomic and optical physics but is thought to be completely fundamental, arising from basic Fourier reciprocity...
June 23, 2017: Science
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