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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28527153/the-rise-of-phenology-with-climate-change-an-evaluation-of-ijb-publications
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Alison Donnelly, Rong Yu
In recent decades, phenology has become an important tool by which to measure both the impact of climate change on ecosystems and the feedback of ecosystems to the climate system. However, there has been little attempt to date to systematically quantify the increase in the number of scientific publications with a focus on phenology and climate change. In order to partially address this issue, we examined the number of articles (original papers, reviews and short communications) containing the terms 'phenology' and 'climate change' in the title, abstract or keywords, published in the International Journal of Biometeorology in the 60 years since its inception in 1957...
May 19, 2017: International Journal of Biometeorology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28526899/electricity-generation-from-real-industrial-wastewater-using-a-single-chamber-air-cathode-microbial-fuel-cell-with-an-activated-carbon-anode
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Hend Omar Mohamed, M Obaid, Enas Taha Sayed, Yang Liu, Jinpyo Lee, Mira Park, Nasser A M Barakat, Hak Yong Kim
This study introduces activated carbon (AC) as an effective anode for microbial fuel cells (MFCs) using real industrial wastewater without treatment or addition of external microorganism mediators. Inexpensive activated carbon is introduced as a proper electrode alternative to carbon cloth and carbon paper materials, which are considered too expensive for the large-scale application of MFCs. AC has a porous interconnected structure with a high bio-available surface area. The large surface area, in addition to the high macro porosity, facilitates the high performance by reducing electron transfer resistance...
May 19, 2017: Bioprocess and Biosystems Engineering
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28526826/high-efficiency-broadband-second-harmonic-generation-in-single-hexagonal-gaas-nanowire
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Jing Wang, Ying Yu, Yu-Ming Wei, Shun-Fa Liu, Juntao Li, Zhang-Kai Zhou, Zhi-Chuan Niu, Si-Yuan Yu, Xue-Hua Wang
In this paper, we investigate second harmonic generation in a single hexagonal GaAs nanowire. An excellent frequency converter based on this nanowire excited using a femtosecond laser is demonstrated to operate over a range from 730 nm to 1960 nm, which is wider than previously reported ranges for nanowires in the literature. The converter always operates with a high conversion efficiency of ~10(-5) W(-1) which is ~10(3) times higher than that obtained from the surface of bulk GaAs. This nanoscale nolinear optical converter that simultaneously owns high efficiency and broad bandwidth may open a new way for application in imaging, bio-sensing and on-chip all-optical signal processing operations...
May 19, 2017: Scientific Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28526698/improving-response-in-genomic-selection-with-a-population-based-selection-strategy-optimal-population-value-selection
#4
Matthew Goiffon, Aaron Kusmec, Lizhi Wang, Guiping Hu, Patrick Schnable
Genomic selection (GS) identifies individuals for inclusion in breeding programs based on the sum of their estimated marker effects or genomic estimated breeding values (GEBVs). Due to significant correlation between GEBVs and true breeding values, this has resulted in enhanced rates of genetic gain as compared to traditional methods of selection. Three extensions to GS, weighted genomic selection (WGS), optimal haploid value (OHV) selection, and genotype building (GB) selection have been proposed to improve long-term response and to facilitate the efficient development of doubled haploids...
May 19, 2017: Genetics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28526627/dynamic-fatigue-measurement-of-human-erythrocytes-using-dielectrophoresis
#5
Yuhao Qiang, Jia Liu, E Du
Erythrocytes must undergo severe deformation to pass through narrow capillaries and submicronic splenic slits for several hundred thousand times in their normal lifespan. Studies of erythrocyte biomechanics have been mainly focused on cell deformability and rheology measured from a single application of stress and mostly under a static or quasi-static state using classical biomechanical techniques, such as optical tweezers and micropipette aspiration. Dynamic behavior of erythrocytes in response to cyclic stresses that contributes to the membrane failure in blood circulation is not fully understood...
May 16, 2017: Acta Biomaterialia
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28526624/guideline-recommendations-on-the-use-of-allergen-immunotherapy-in-house-dust-mite-allergy-time-for-a-change
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Moisés A Calderón, Jean Bousquet, G Walter Canonica, Lars-Olaf Cardell, Dolores Hernandez Fernandez de Rojas, Jörg Kleine-Tebbe, Pascal Demoly
Guidelines on the treatment of asthma, allergic rhinitis (AR) and allergen immunotherapy (AIT) lack recommendations for house dust mite (HDM) allergy. An expert panel reviewed current guidelines in the light of new data, to assess whether guidelines could be improved. Most guidelines and key position papers did not provide specific recommendations on treatment of allergic asthma (AA) caused by HDM allergy, although some included AIT as a treatment option for AA in general. Around half of the guidelines stated that AIT with HDM extract was an effective treatment for AR, with several indicating sublingual immunotherapy (SLIT) as an option...
May 16, 2017: Journal of Allergy and Clinical Immunology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28526580/biomarkers-for-rheumatoid-arthritis-from-molecular-processes-to-diagnostic-applications-current-concepts-and-future-perspectives
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REVIEW
Britt Nakken, Gábor Papp, Vidar Bosnes, Margit Zeher, György Nagy, Peter Szodoray
Early diagnosis and immediately started appropriate treatment are mandatory for the prevention of radiographic progression, functional disability and unfavourable disease outcome in rheumatoid arthritis (RA). The current classification criteria for RA include two different types of biomarkers representing inflammatory processes, such as C-reactive protein (CRP) and erythrocyte sedimentation rate (ESR) or immune processes including autoantibodies, such as rheumatoid factor (RF) and antibodies against citrullinated proteins (ACPA)...
May 16, 2017: Immunology Letters
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28526435/the-bidirectional-gut-brain-microbiota-axis-as-a-potential-nexus-between-traumatic-brain-injury-inflammation-and-disease
#8
Mark H Sundman, Nan-Kuei Chen, Vignesh Subbian, Ying-Hui Chou
As head injuries and their sequelae have become an increasingly salient matter of public health, experts in the field have made great progress elucidating the biological processes occurring within the brain at the moment of injury and throughout the recovery thereafter. Given the extraordinary rate at which our collective knowledge of neurotrauma has grown, new insights may be revealed by examining the existing literature across disciplines with a new perspective. This article will aim to expand the scope of this rapidly evolving field of research beyond the confines of the central nervous system (CNS)...
May 16, 2017: Brain, Behavior, and Immunity
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28526229/cost-benefit-analysis-of-robotic-surgery-in-gynaecological-oncology
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Christos Iavazzo, Ioannis D Gkegkes
Robotic approach is a rather new technique that can be used to optimise the management of patients with gynaecological cancer. However, concerns have been raised regarding the cost of such an approach compared to laparoscopic or open techniques. The aim of our chapter is to review the data of papers published so far that analyse the cost of robotic gynaecological oncology. A systematic review of the current literature was performed trying to assess the cost of the robotic technique including parameters that affect it and ways to minimise it in favour of the patients and health care systems...
April 23, 2017: Best Practice & Research. Clinical Obstetrics & Gynaecology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28526028/move-the-neighbourhood-study-design-of-a-community-based-participatory-public-open-space-intervention-in-a-danish-deprived-neighbourhood-to-promote-active-living
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Charlotte Skau Pawlowski, Laura Winge, Sidse Carroll, Tanja Schmidt, Anne Margrethe Wagner, Kamilla Pernille Johansen Nørtoft, Bettina Lamm, René Kural, Jasper Schipperijn, Jens Troelsen
BACKGROUND: A limited amount of research has examined the effect of changing public open spaces on active living. This paper will present the study protocol of a community-based intervention study co-designed in an interdisciplinary collaboration with community members to develop urban installations highly tailored to promote active living among children (10-13-years-old) and seniors (>60-years-old) in a deprived neighbourhood in Copenhagen. METHODS: The study builds on a quasi-experimental study design with two sub-studies: 1) a children study and 2) a senior study...
May 19, 2017: BMC Public Health
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28525516/magic-mirror-on-the-wall-which-is-the-right-study-design-of-them-all-part-i
#11
Thomas R Vetter
The assessment of a new or existing treatment or intervention typically answers 1 of 3 research-related questions: (1) "Can it work?" (efficacy); (2) "Does it work?" (effectiveness); and (3) "Is it worth it?" (efficiency or cost-effectiveness). There are a number of study designs that on a situational basis are appropriate to apply in conducting research. These study designs are classified as experimental, quasi-experimental, or observational, with observational studies being further divided into descriptive and analytic categories...
June 2017: Anesthesia and Analgesia
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28525252/-medical-supply-planning-dynamic-registry-of-physicians-sixth-reform-of-the-state-and-numerus-clausus
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N Benahmed, A De Wever, M Pirson
INTRODUCTION: The last few years have seen major changes in the Belgian medical planning. The paper aims to describe them and to assess how they will affect the medical demography. METHOD: Grey literature review and federal and federated entities legislation summary. RESULTS: A new dynamic register allows a better knowledge of medical workforce in all sectors of labour market. Recent legislation evolutions induce fragmentation of competences related to human resource for health planning : federal authorities are responsive for the fixation of number of GP and specialists and community authorities for registration of health professionals and fixation of sub-quotas in different branches of specialised medicine...
2017: Revue Médicale de Bruxelles
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28524822/simultaneous-delivery-time-and-aperture-shape-optimization-for-the-volumetric-modulated-arc-therapy-vmat-treatment-planning-problem
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Mehdi Mahnam, Michel Gendreau, Nadia Lahrichi, Louis-Martin Rousseau
In this paper, we propose a novel heuristic algorithm for the volumetric modulated arc therapy (VMAT) treatment planning problem, optimizing the trade-off between delivery time and treatment quality. We present a new mixed integer programming model in which the multi-leaf collimator leaf positions, gantry speed, and dose rate are determined simultaneously. Our heuristic is based on column generation; the aperture conguration is modeled in the columns and the dose distribution and time restriction in the rows...
May 19, 2017: Physics in Medicine and Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28524181/common-pitfalls-in-preclinical-cancer-target-validation
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REVIEW
William G Kaelin
An alarming number of papers from laboratories nominating new cancer drug targets contain findings that cannot be reproduced by others or are simply not robust enough to justify drug discovery efforts. This problem probably has many causes, including an underappreciation of the danger of being misled by off-target effects when using pharmacological or genetic perturbants in complex biological assays. This danger is particularly acute when, as is often the case in cancer pharmacology, the biological phenotype being measured is a 'down' readout (such as decreased proliferation, decreased viability or decreased tumour growth) that could simply reflect a nonspecific loss of cellular fitness...
May 19, 2017: Nature Reviews. Cancer
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28524114/bath-ambience-a-mechatronic-system-for-assisting-the-caregivers-of-bedridden-people
#15
Karolina Bezerra, José Machado, Vítor Carvalho, Marcelo Castro, Pedro Costa, Demétrio Matos, Filomena Soares
The health of older people is receiving special attention and dedication nowadays, with the aim of increasing their general wellbeing and quality of life. Studies into different aspects of the care of the elderly have found that emphasis should be given to solving problems related to bathing in different situations and environments. In particular, it is important to develop new assistive technologies to streamline and ease the burden of a caregiver's daily tasks. Generally-speaking, in the case of bedridden patients, bathing is typically carried out manually by a caregiver, using towels, sponges, and a water basin...
May 18, 2017: Sensors
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28523673/the-function-of-language-in-parent-infant-psychotherapy
#16
Björn Salomonsson
Parent-infant psychotherapy, a rather new field in psychoanalysis, raises questions of how to conceptualize the clinical process. Previous publications have used semiotic concepts to account for the therapist's non-verbal communication and investigated the countertransference, including what the baby might grasp of its variations. The present paper focuses on another argument for using verbal interventions to a baby in therapy; they present him with a symbolic order that differs from that of the parent. The qualitative difference between the parent's and the analyst's address is conceptualized by Dolto's term parler vrai...
May 19, 2017: International Journal of Psycho-analysis
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28523636/informing-materials-drugs-as-tools-for-exploring-cancer-mechanisms-and-pathways
#17
Etienne Vignola-Gagné, Peter Keating, Alberto Cambrosio
This paper builds on previous work that investigated anticancer drugs as 'informed materials', i.e., substances that undergo an informational enrichment that situates them in a dense relational web of qualifications and measurements generated by clinical experiments and clinical trials. The paper analyzes the recent transformation of anticancer drugs from 'informed' to 'informing material'. Briefly put: in the post-genomic era, anti-cancer drugs have become instruments for the production of new biological, pathological, and therapeutic insights into the underlying etiology and evolution of cancer...
June 2017: History and Philosophy of the Life Sciences
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28523291/review-of-the-biotechnologies-and-tests-used-for-precancerous-cervical-lesions-diagnosis
#18
Ruxandra Viorica Stănculescu, Elvira Brătilă, Vasilica Bauşic, Teodora Camelia Vlădescu, Florina Vasilescu, Alexandra Bauşic, Costin Berceanu
This paper draws on the author's extensive experience in the clinical research focused on the implementation of the new biotechnologies able to identify precancerous cervical lesions and is intended to be a systematic approach to new achievements. The goal of this review is to provide updated information concerning the significance of each biotechnology used in clinical medicine to screen women for cervical cancer or to allow a pertinent discrimination between spontaneous remission lesions and progressive lesions...
2017: Romanian Journal of Morphology and Embryology, Revue Roumaine de Morphologie et Embryologie
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28523233/a-new-method-allowing-long-term-potentiation-recordings-in-hippocampal-organotypic-slices
#19
Paula Paci, Sylvain Gabriele, Laurence Ris
BACKGROUND: Hippocampal organotypic slices are used to improve the understanding of synaptic plasticity mechanisms because they allow longer term studies compared to acute slices. However, it is more delicate to keep cultures alive in the recording system outside in vitro conditions. Experiments from the organotypic cultures are common but the handling of slices is rarely described in the literature, even though tissue preservation is crucial. Instruments are sometimes required to extract the slices from the culture inserts but this approach is delicate and can lead to damage, given how strongly the slices are attached to the insert...
May 2017: Brain and Behavior
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28523128/comparison-of-medicines-management-strategies-in-insurance-schemes-in-middle-income-countries-four-case-studies
#20
Warren A Kaplan, Paul G Ashigbie, Mohamad I Brooks, Veronika J Wirtz
BACKGROUND: Many middle-income countries are scaling up health insurance schemes to provide financial protection and access to affordable medicines to poor and uninsured populations. Although there is a wealth of evidence on how high income countries with mature insurance schemes manage cost-effective use of medicines, there is limited evidence on the strategies used in middle-income countries. This paper compares the medicines management strategies that four insurance schemes in middle-income countries use to improve access and cost-effective use of medicines among beneficiaries...
2017: Journal of Pharmaceutical Policy and Practice
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