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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28434197/multi-modal-signalling-in-estrildid-finches-song-dance-and-colour-are-associated-with-different-ecological-and-life-history-traits
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Ana Cristina R Gomes, Caterina Funghi, Masayo Soma, Michael D Sorenson, Gonçalo C Cardoso
Sexual traits (e.g., visual ornaments, acoustic signals, courtship behaviour) are often displayed together as multi-modal signals. Some hypotheses predict joint evolution of different sexual signals (e.g., to increase the efficiency of communication), or that different signals trade-off with each other (e.g., due to limited resources). Alternatively, multiple signals may evolve independently for different functions, or to communicate different information (multiple message hypothesis). We evaluated these hypotheses with a comparative study in the family Estrildidae, one of the largest songbird radiations, and one that includes many model species for research in sexual selection and communication...
April 23, 2017: Journal of Evolutionary Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28432806/rapid-acceptance-testing-of-modern-linac-using-on-board-mv-and-kv-imaging-systems
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Sridhar Yaddanapudi, Bin Cai, Taylor Harry, Steven Dolly, Baozhou Sun, Hua Li, Keith Stinson, Camille Noel, Lakshmi Santanam, Todd Pawlicki, Sasa Mutic, S Murty Goddu
PURPOSE: The purpose of this study was to develop a novel process for using on-board MV and kV Electronic Portal Imaging Devices (EPIDs) to perform linac acceptance testing (AT) for two reasons: 1) to standardize the assessment of new equipment performance, and 2) to reduce the time to clinical use while reducing physicist workload. METHODS AND MATERIALS: In this study, Varian TrueBeam linacs equipped with amorphous silicon based EPID (aS1000) were used. The conventional set of AT tests and tolerances were used as a baseline guide...
April 22, 2017: Medical Physics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28432682/prognostics-factors-and-survival-in-acral-lentiginous-melanoma
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M M Asgari, L Shen, M M Sokil, I Yeh, E Jorgenson
BACKGROUND: Acral lentiginous melanoma is a rare melanoma subtype that disproportionately afflicts people of color. Acral lentiginous melanomas have a worse prognosis than other melanomas subtypes, which has been attributed to aggressive biological behavior, more advanced stage at presentation and possible disparities in access to healthcare. OBJECTIVES: Using comprehensive patient data and long-term follow-up information in a well-characterized cohort, to examine how patient, tumor, and clinical management variables impact overall and melanoma-specific survival...
April 22, 2017: British Journal of Dermatology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28430587/parkin-regulates-translesion-dna-synthesis-in-response-to-uv-radiation
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Xuefei Zhu, Xiaolu Ma, Yingfeng Tu, Min Huang, Hongmei Liu, Fengli Wang, Juanjuan Gong, Jiuqiang Wang, Xiaoling Li, Qian Chen, Hongyan Shen, Shu Zhu, Yun Wang, Yang Liu, Caixia Guo, Tie-Shan Tang
Deficiency of Parkin is a major cause of early-onset Parkinson's disease (PD). Notably, PD patients also exhibit a significantly higher risk in melanoma and other skin tumors, while the mechanism remains largely unknown. In this study, we show that depletion of Parkin causes compromised cell viability and genome stability after ultraviolet (UV) radiation. We demonstrate that Parkin promotes efficient Rad18-dependent proliferating cell nuclear antigen (PCNA) monoubiquitination by facilitating the formation of Replication protein A (RPA)-coated ssDNA upon UV radiation...
April 5, 2017: Oncotarget
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28429827/a-descriptive-and-broadly-applicable-model-of-therapeutic-and-stray-absorbed-dose-from-6-mv-to-25-mv-photon-beams
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Christopher W Schneider, Wayne D Newhauser, Lydia J Wilson, Uwe Schneider, Robert Kaderka, Saveta Miljanić, Željka Knežević, Liliana Stolarcyzk, Marco Durante, Roger M Harrison
PURPOSE: To develop a simple model of therapeutic and stray absorbed dose for a variety of treatment machines and techniques without relying on proprietary machine-specific parameters. METHODS: Dosimetry measurements conducted in this study and from the literature were used to develop an analytical model of absorbed dose from a variety of treatment machines and techniques in the 6 MV to 25 MV interval. A modified one-dimensional gamma-index analysis was performed to evaluate dosimetric accuracy of the model on an independent dataset consisting of measured dose profiles from seven treatment units spanning four manufacturers...
April 21, 2017: Medical Physics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28429391/technical-note-direct-measurement-of-continuous-tmr-data-with-a-1d-tank-and-automated-couch-movements
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Nels C Knutson, Matthew C Schmidt, Matthew D Belley, Ngoc Nguyen, H Harold Li, Erno Sajo, Michael Price
PURPOSE: Real-time dynamic control of the linear accelerator, couch, and imaging parameters during radiation delivery was investigated as a novel technique for acquiring tissue maximum ratio (TMR) data. METHODS: TrueBeam Developer Mode (Varian Medical Systems, Palo Alto, CA) was used to control the linear accelerator using the Extensible Markup Language (XML). A single XML file was used to dynamically manipulate the machine, couch, and imaging parameters during radiation delivery...
April 21, 2017: Medical Physics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28429382/technical-note-direct-measurement-of-clinical-mammographic-x-ray-spectra-using-a-cdte-spectrometer
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Josilene C Santos, Alessandra Tomal, Tânia A Furquim, Agnes M F Fausto, Maria S Nogueira, Paulo R Costa
PURPOSE: To introduce and evaluate a method developed for the direct measurement of mammographic x-ray spectra using a CdTe spectrometer. The assembly of a positioning system and the design of a simple and customized alignment device for this application is described. METHODS: A positioning system was developed to easily and accurately locate the CdTe detector in the x-ray beam. Additionally, an alignment device to line up the detector with the central axis of the radiation beam was designed...
April 21, 2017: Medical Physics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28429301/ethical-issues-related-to-the-promotion-of-a-100-msv-threshold-assumption-in-japan-after-the-fukushima-nuclear-accident-in-2011-background-and-consequences
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Toshihide Tsuda, Lena Lindahl, Akiko Tokinobu
PURPOSE OF REVIEW: This article describes the debates in Japan regarding the 100 mSv threshold assumption and ethical issues related to it, and explores the background to distorted risk information and absence of risk communication in Japan. Then we seek proper risk communication based on scientific evidence. RECENT FINDINGS: On March 11, 2011 an accident occurred at the Fukushima Daiichi Nuclear Power Plant due to the Great East Japan Earthquake. Since then a number of misunderstandings have become common in Japan as a result of public statements by the Japanese and local governments that have no basis in medical science or are contradictory to medical science...
April 20, 2017: Current Environmental Health Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28428886/vaccination-with-inhibin-%C3%AE-provides-effective-immunotherapy-against-testicular-stromal-cell-tumors
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Robert Aguilar, Justin M Johnson, Patrick Barrett, Vincent K Tuohy
BACKGROUND: Testicular cancer is the most common male neoplasm occurring in men between the ages of 20 and 34. Although germ-line testicular tumors respond favorably to current standard of care, testicular stromal cell (TSC) tumors derived from Sertoli cells or Leydig cells often fail to respond to chemotherapy or radiation therapy and have a 5-year overall survival significantly lower than the more common and more treatable germ line testicular tumors. METHODS: To improve outcomes for TSC cancer, we have developed a therapeutic vaccine targeting inhibin-α, a protein produced by normal Sertoli and Leydig cells of the testes and expressed in the majority of TSC tumors...
2017: Journal for Immunotherapy of Cancer
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28427815/the-swedish-radiological-environmental-protection-regulations-applied-in-a-review-of-a-license-application-for-a-geological-repository-for-spent-nuclear-fuel
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Pål Andersson, Karolina Stark, Shulan Xu, Maria Nordén, Björn Dverstorp
For the first time, a system for specific consideration of radiological environmental protection has been applied in a major license application in Sweden. In 2011 the Swedish Nuclear Fuel & Waste Management Co. (SKB) submitted a license application for construction of a geological repository for spent nuclear fuel at the Forsmark site. The license application is supported by a post-closure safety assessment, which in accordance with regulatory requirements includes an assessment of environmental consequences...
April 17, 2017: Journal of Environmental Radioactivity
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28427297/the-effect-of-moisture-content-within-multilayer-protective-clothing-on-protection-from-radiation-and-steam
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Yun Su, Jun Li, Guowen Song
The moisture from skin sweat and atmospheric water affects thermal protective performance provided by multilayer protective clothing. Four levels of moisture content were selected to evaluate the impact of moisture on thermal protection under dry (thermal radiation) and wet (thermal radiation and low-pressure steam) heat exposure. Also, the role of moisture and its relationship with exposure time were analyzed based on skin heat flux and Henriques integral value. It was found that the addition of moisture to a fabric system results in differences in second---- and third-degree skin burn times...
April 21, 2017: International Journal of Occupational Safety and Ergonomics: JOSE
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28425260/the-efficacy-of-microphototherapy-with-a-medlight-cupcubegrimed-device-in-psoriatic-patients-with-localized-lesions
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Neslihan Yildirim, Gül Erkin
BACKGROUND/AIM: Psoriasis is a chronic skin disease. To reduce side effects associated with current treatment modalities, new treatment methods are required. Some clinicians have begun to use microphototherapy to treat psoriatic patients with a limited number of lesions (lesions affecting <10% of the body surface area). MATERIALS AND METHODS: Microphototherapy is indicated in patients whose lesions persist despite systemic and topical treatment or when such treatment is contraindicated...
April 18, 2017: Turkish Journal of Medical Sciences
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28423621/epstein-barr-virus-encoded-microrna-bart7-regulates-radiation-sensitivity-of-nasopharyngeal-carcinoma
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Wei Gao, Zeng-Hong Li, Siqi Chen, Jimmy Yu-Wai Chan, Min Yin, Min-Juan Zhang, Thian-Sze Wong
Epstein-Barr virus (EBV)-associated nasopharyngeal carcinoma (NPC) is very sensitive to radiotherapy. To date, the underlying mechanism remains poorly understood. Here, we demonstrated that expression of EBV-encoded microRNA BART7 (ebv-miR-BART7) increases responsiveness of NPC to radiation treatment by targeting GFPT1/TGFβ1 signaling. GFPT1 is the the key rate-limiting enzyme of the hexosamine signaling pathway and governs TGFβ1 production. TGFβ1, a pleotropic cytokine with the potency to trigger self-renewal and damage-repair machinery in somatic cells...
March 21, 2017: Oncotarget
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28422397/a-novel-radiation-protection-device-based-on-tungsten-functional-paper-for-application-in-interventional-radiology
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Hajime Monzen, Mikoto Tamura, Kohei Shimomura, Yuichi Onishi, Shinichi Nakayama, Takahiro Fujimoto, Kenji Matsumoto, Kohei Hanaoka, Takeshi Kamomae
Tungsten functional paper (TFP), which contains 80% tungsten by weight, has radiation-shielding properties. We investigated the use of TFP for the protection of operators during interventional or therapeutic angiography. The air kerma rate of scattered radiation from a simulated patient was measured, with and without TFP, using a water-equivalent phantom and fixed C-arm fluoroscopy. Measurements were taken at the level of the operator's eye, chest, waist, and knee, with a variable number of TFP sheets used for shielding...
April 19, 2017: Journal of Applied Clinical Medical Physics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28422299/incorporation-of-pre-therapy-18-f-fdg-uptake-data-with-ct-texture-features-into-a-radiomics-model-for-radiation-pneumonitis-diagnosis
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Gregory J Anthony, Alexandra Cunliffe, Richard Castillo, Ngoc Pham, Thomas Guerrero, Samuel G Armato, Hania Al-Hallaq
PURPOSE: To determine whether the addition of standardized uptake value (SUV) from PET scans to CT lung texture features could improve a radiomics-based model of radiation pneumonitis (RP) diagnosis in patients undergoing radiotherapy. METHODS AND MATERIALS: Anonymized data from 96 esophageal cancer patients (18 RP-positive cases of Grade ≥ 2) were collected including pre-therapy PET/CT scans, pre-/post-therapy diagnostic CT scans and RP status. Twenty texture features (first-order, fractal, Laws' filter and gray-level co-occurrence matrix) were calculated from diagnostic CT scans and compared in anatomically matched regions of the lung...
April 19, 2017: Medical Physics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28421857/risk-of-solid-cancer-in-low-dose-rate-radiation-epidemiological-studies-and-the-dose-rate-effectiveness-factor
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Roy Shore, Linda Walsh, Tamara Azizova, Werner Rühm
PURPOSE: Estimated radiation risks used for radiation protection purposes have been based primarily on the Life Span Study (LSS) of atomic bomb survivors who received brief exposures at high dose rates, many with high doses. Information is needed regarding radiation risks from low dose-rate (LDR) exposures to low linear-energy-transfer (low-LET) radiation. We conducted a meta-analysis of LDR epidemiologic studies that provide dose-response estimates of total solid cancer risk in adulthood in comparison to corresponding LSS risks, in order to estimate a dose rate effectiveness factor (DREF)...
April 19, 2017: International Journal of Radiation Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28419482/fmea-of-manual-and-automated-methods-for-commissioning-a-radiotherapy-treatment-planning-system
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Amy Wexler, Bruce Gu, Sreekrishna Goddu, Maya Mutic, Sridhar Yaddanapudi, Lindsey Olsen, Taylor Harry, Camille Noel, Todd Pawlicki, Sasa Mutic, Bin Cai
PURPOSE: To evaluate the level of risk involved in treatment planning system (TPS) commissioning using a manual test procedure, and to compare the associated process-based risk to that of an automated commissioning process (ACP) by performing an in-depth failure modes and effects analysis (FMEA). METHODS: The authors collaborated to determine the potential failure modes of the TPS commissioning process using 1) approaches involving manual data measurement, modeling, and validation tests HYPERLINK \l "Fra98" 1, HYPERLINK \l "Smi15" 2 and 2) an automated process utilizing application programming interface (API) scripting, pre-loaded and pre-modeled standard radiation beam data, digital heterogeneous phantom, and an automated commissioning test suite (ACTS)...
April 17, 2017: Medical Physics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28419458/therapeutic-potential-of-novel-formulated-forms-of-curcumin-in-the-treatment-of-breast-cancer-by-the-targeting-of-cellular-and-physiological-dysregulated-pathways
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REVIEW
Amir Tajbakhsh, Malihe Hasanzadeh, Mehdi Rezaee, Mostafa Khedri, Majid Khazaei, Soodabeh Shahid Sales, Gordon A Ferns, Seyed Mahdi Hassanian, Amir Avan
Breast cancer is among the most important causes of cancer related death in women. There is a need for novel agents for targeting key signaling pathways to either improve the efficacy of the current therapy, or reduce toxicity. There is some evidence that curcumin may have antitumor activity in breast cancer. Several clinical trials have investigated its activity in patients with breast cancer, including a recent trial in breast cancer patients receiving radiotherapy, in whom it was shown that curcumin reduced the severity of radiation dermatitis, although it is associated with low bioavailability...
April 17, 2017: Journal of Cellular Physiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28418935/aluminum-vacuum-multilayer-configuration-for-spatial-high-energy-electron-shielding-via-electron-return-effects-induced-by-magnetic-field
#19
Tuo Chen, Xiaobin Tang, Feida Chen, Minxuan Ni, Hai Huang, Yun Zhang, Da Chen
Radiation shielding of high-energy electrons is critical for successful space missions. However, conventional passive shielding systems exhibit several limitations, such as heavy configuration, poor shielding ability, and strong secondary bremsstrahlung radiation. In this work, an aluminum/vacuum multilayer structure was proposed based on the electron return effects induced by magnetic field. The shielding property of several configurations was evaluated by using the Monte Carlo method. Results showed that multilayer systems presented improved shielding ability to electrons, and less secondary x-ray transmissions than those of conventional systems...
April 18, 2017: Journal of Radiological Protection: Official Journal of the Society for Radiological Protection
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28418604/loss-of-ink4a-arf-gene-enhances-ultraviolet-radiation-induced-cutaneous-tumor-development
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Israr Ahmad, Purushotham Guroji, Amanda H DeBrot, Padma P Manapragada, Santosh K Katiyar, Craig A Elmets, Nabiha Yusuf
The CDKN2A locus encodes for tumor suppressor genes p16(INK)(4a) and p14(Arf) which are frequently inactivated in human skin tumors. The purpose of this study was to determine the relationship between loss of INK4a/Arf activity and inflammation in the development of ultraviolet (UV) radiation-induced skin tumors. Panels of INK4a/Arf(-/-) mice and wild type (WT) mice were treated with a single dose of UVB (200 mJ/cm(2) ). For long-term studies, these mice were irradiated with UVB (200 mJ/cm(2) ) three times weekly for 30 weeks...
April 18, 2017: Experimental Dermatology
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