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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28532305/production-and-use-of-estimates-for-monitoring-progress-in-the-health-sector-the-case-of-bangladesh
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Karar Zunaid Ahsan, Tazeen Tahsina, Afrin Iqbal, Nazia Binte Ali, Suman Kanti Chowdhury, Tanvir M Huda, Shams El Arifeen
BACKGROUND:  In order to support the progress towards the post-2015 development agenda for the health sector, the importance of high-quality and timely estimates has become evident both globally and at the country level. OBJECTIVE AND METHODS: Based on desk review, key informant interviews and expert panel discussions, the paper critically reviews health estimates from both the local (i.e. nationally generated information by the government and other agencies) and the global sources (which are mostly modeled or interpolated estimates developed by international organizations based on different sources of information), and assesses the country capacity and monitoring strategies to meet the increasing data demand in the coming years...
January 2017: Global Health Action
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28487630/analysis-of-interrelationships-among-voluntary-and-prosthetic-leg-joint-parameters-using-cyclograms
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Farahiyah Jasni, Nur Azah Hamzaid, Nor Elleeiana Mohd Syah, Tze Y Chung, Noor Azuan Abu Osman
The walking mechanism of a prosthetic leg user is a tightly coordinated movement of several joints and limb segments. The interaction among the voluntary and mechanical joints and segments requires particular biomechanical insight. This study aims to analyze the inter-relationship between amputees' voluntary and mechanical coupled leg joints variables using cyclograms. From this analysis, the critical gait parameters in each gait phase were determined and analyzed if they contribute to a better powered prosthetic knee control design...
2017: Frontiers in Neuroscience
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28486173/effects-of-fish-oil-supplementation-on-prostaglandins-in-normal-and-tumor-colon-tissue-modulation-by-the-lipogenic-phenotype-of-colon-tumors
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Zora Djuric, Muhammad Nadeem Aslam, Becky R Simon, Ananda Sen, Yan Jiang, Jianwei Ren, Rena Chan, Tanu Soni, T M Rajendiran, William L Smith, Dean E Brenner
Dietary fish oils have potential for prevention of colon cancer, and yet the mechanisms of action in normal and tumor colon tissues are not well defined. Here we evaluated the impact of the colonic fatty acid milieu on the formation of prostaglandins and other eicosanoids. Distal tumors in rats were chemically induced to model inflammatory colonic carcinogenesis. After 21 weeks of feeding with either a fish oil diet containing an eicosapentaenoic acid/ω-6 fatty acid ratio of 0.4 or a Western fat diet, the relationships between colon fatty acids and prostaglandin E2 (PGE2) concentrations were evaluated...
April 25, 2017: Journal of Nutritional Biochemistry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28483467/the-effect-of-social-media-some-on-journal-impact-factor-and-parental-awareness-in-paediatric-urology
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F O'Kelly, G J Nason, R P Manecksha, S Cascio, F J Quinn, M Leonard, M A Koyle, W Farhat, M J Leveridge
BACKGROUND: Social media (SoMe) comprises a number of internet-based applications that have the capability to disseminate multimodal media and allow for unprecedented inter-user connectivity. The role of Twitter has been studied in conferences and education; moreover, there is increasing evidence that patients are more likely to use social media for their own health education. OBJECTIVE: The aim of this study was to assess the impact of social media platforms on the impact factor of both urological and paediatric journals that publish on paediatric urology, and to assess parental awareness of social media in paediatric urology...
April 21, 2017: Journal of Pediatric Urology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28462587/conditionally-pathogenic-gut-microbes-promote-larval-growth-by-increasing-redox-dependent-fat-storage-in-high-sugar-diet-fed-drosophila
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Tae Woong Whon, Na-Ri Shin, Mi-Ja Jung, Dong-Wook Hyun, Hyun Sik Kim, Pil Soo Kim, Jin-Woo Bae
AIMS: Changes in the composition of the gut microbiota contribute to the development of obesity and subsequent complications associated with metabolic syndrome. However, the role of increased numbers of certain bacterial species during the progress of obesity and factor(s) controlling the community structure of gut microbiota remain unclear. Here, we demonstrate the inter-relationship between Drosophila melanogaster and their resident gut microbiota under chronic high sugar diet (HSD) conditions...
May 2, 2017: Antioxidants & Redox Signaling
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28459132/a-prospective-longitudinal-study-of-postnatal-dentoalveolar-and-palatal-growth-the-anatomical-basis-for-cad-cam-assisted-production-of-cleft-lip-palate-feeding-plates
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Franz X Bauer, Florian D Güll, Maximilian Roth, Lucas M Ritschl, Andrea Rau, Dominik Gau, Maximilian Gruber, Markus Eblenkamp, Bettina Hilmer, Klaus-Dietrich Wolff, Denys J Loeffelbein
Introduction This study describes dentoalveolar and palatal growth during the first months of life. Knowledge concerning this development is essential to avoid unwanted events such as mucosal ulcerations or restriction of growth when cleft-lip and palate (CLP) patients are treated. The results involve the generation of CAD/CAM CLP-feeding plates. Methods Intra-oral impressions from 32 healthy newborns were taken monthly for five months, supplemented by measurements of body weight, length, and occipital-frontal head circumference...
April 29, 2017: Clinical Anatomy
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28433734/prospective-association-of-fetal-liver-blood-flow-at-30-weeks-gestation-with-newborn-adiposity
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Satoru Ikenoue, Feizal Waffarn, Masanao Ohashi, Kaeko Sumiyoshi, Chigusa Ikenoue, Claudia Buss, Daniel L Gillen, Hyagriv N Simhan, Sonja Entringer, Pathik D Wadhwa
BACKGROUND: The production of variation in adipose tissue accretion represents a key fetal adaptation to energy substrate availability during gestation. Because umbilical venous blood transports nutrient substrate from the maternal to the fetal compartment and because the fetal liver is the primary organ in which nutrient interconversion occurs, it has been proposed that variations in the relative distribution of umbilical venous blood flow shunting either through ductus venosus or perfusing the fetal liver represents a mechanism underlying this adaptation...
April 20, 2017: American Journal of Obstetrics and Gynecology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28432750/effect-of-feeding-two-rrr-alpha-tocopherol-formulations-on-serum-cerebrospinal-fluid-and-muscle-alpha-tocopherol-concentrations-in-horses-with-subclinical-vitamin-e-deficiency
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J C Brown, S J Valberg, M Hogg, C J Finno
BACKGROUND: Alpha tocopherol (α-TP) supplementation is recommended for the prevention of various equine neuromuscular disorders. Formulations available include RRR-α-TP acetate powder and a more expensive but rapidly water-dispersible liquid RRR-α-TP (WD α-TP). A cost-effective means to rapidly increase serum and CSF α-TP with WD-α-TP and then sustain concentrations with RRR-α-TP acetate has not been reported. OBJECTIVES: To evaluate serum, CSF and muscle α-TP concentrations in an 8-week dosing regimen where horses were transitioned from WD RRR-α-TP to RRR-α-TP acetate...
April 22, 2017: Equine Veterinary Journal
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28390660/isotopic-niches-of-fin-whales-from-the-mediterranean-sea-and-the-celtic-sea-north-atlantic
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Krishna Das, Ophélie Holleville, Conor Ryan, Simon Berrow, Anita Gilles, Denis Ody, Loïc N Michel
The fin whale (Balaenoptera physalus) is the most abundant and widespread mysticete species in the Mediterranean Sea, found mostly in deep, offshore waters of the western and central portion of the region. In the Mediterranean, this species is known to feed mainly on krill, in contrast to its Atlantic counterpart, which displays a more diversified diet. The International Whaling Commission recognizes several managements units in the Atlantic and the Mediterranean Sea and the connectivity between these populations is still being debated...
March 27, 2017: Marine Environmental Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28378989/study-of-the-non-parasitic-stage-in-ixodes-ricinus-after-co-feeding-with-dermacentor-reticulatus-in-three-infestations
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Katarzyna Bartosik, Alicja Buczek, Adam Borzęcki, Dorota Kulina
It was proved that transmission of some pathogens may occur between infected and uninfected ticks co-feeding on a host in the absence of systemic infection. The effect was studied of co-feeding of two different tick species Ixodes ricinus and Dermacentor reticulatus on the course of the non-parasitic stage. Species chosen for the experiment may share their habitats and co-infest animals in nature. In the course of the study the process of egg maturation, oviposition and larval hatching were investigated. In order to estimate if co-feeding influence can counteract host immunity, three subsequent infestations of rabbits were analyzed...
March 22, 2017: Annals of Agricultural and Environmental Medicine: AAEM
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28371192/reconsidering-connectivity-in-the-sub-antarctic
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Katherine L Moon, Steven L Chown, Ceridwen I Fraser
Extreme and remote environments provide useful settings to test ideas about the ecological and evolutionary drivers of biological diversity. In the sub-Antarctic, isolation by geographic, geological and glaciological processes has long been thought to underpin patterns in the region's terrestrial and marine diversity. Molecular studies using increasingly high-resolution data are, however, challenging this perspective, demonstrating that many taxa disperse among distant sub-Antarctic landmasses. Here, we reconsider connectivity in the sub-Antarctic region, identifying which taxa are relatively isolated, which are well connected, and the scales across which this connectivity occurs in both terrestrial and marine systems...
March 29, 2017: Biological Reviews of the Cambridge Philosophical Society
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28366390/feeding-characteristics-and-molecular-phylogeny-of-the-thecate-mixotrophic-dinoflagellate-fragilidium-mexicanum
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Sunju Kim, Myung Gil Park
Prey spectrum and feeding process of the mixotrophic thecate dinoflagellate Fragilidium mexicanum strain Fm-LOHABE01 were examined using a culture isolated from Masan Bay, Korea in 2011 during a summer bloom of the toxic dinoflagellate Alexandrium pacificum. The novel 18S and 28S rDNA sequences for F. mexicanum were also used to explore inter-species relationships within the genus Fragilidium. The F. mexicanum fed on species belonging to four dinoflagellate genera (i.e., Alexandrium, Ceratium, Heterocapsa, and Scrippsiella) when separately offered a variety of prey, including dinoflagellates, raphidophytes, cryptophytes, and a ciliate...
March 2017: Harmful Algae
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28364647/trace-elements-in-loggerhead-turtles-caretta-caretta-stranded-in-mainland-portugal-bioaccumulation-and-tissue-distribution
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Lídia Nicolau, Sílvia S Monteiro, Andreia T Pereira, Ana Marçalo, Marisa Ferreira, Jordi Torres, José Vingada, Catarina Eira
Pollution is among the most significant threats that endanger sea turtles worldwide. Waters off the Portuguese mainland are acknowledged as important feeding grounds for juvenile loggerheads. However, there is no data on trace element concentrations in marine turtles occurring in these waters. We present the first assessment of trace element concentrations in loggerhead turtles (Caretta caretta) occurring off the coast of mainland Portugal. Also, we compare our results with those from other areas and discuss parameters that may affect element concentrations...
July 2017: Chemosphere
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28361445/roles-of-probiotic-lactobacilli-inclusion-in-helping-piglets-establish-healthy-intestinal-inter-environment-for-pathogen-defense
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Jiajun Yang, Kun Qian, Chonglong Wang, Yijing Wu
The gastrointestinal tract of pigs is densely populated with microorganisms that closely interact with the host and with ingested feed. Gut microbiota benefits the host by providing nutrients from dietary substrates and modulating the development and function of the digestive and immune systems. An optimized gastrointestinal microbiome is crucial for pigs' health, and establishment of the microbiome in piglets is especially important for growth and disease resistance. However, the microbiome in the gastrointestinal tract of piglets is immature and easily influenced by the environment...
March 30, 2017: Probiotics and Antimicrobial Proteins
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28353646/intraguild-predation-dynamics-in-a-lake-ecosystem-based-on-a-coupled-hydrodynamic-ecological-model-the-example-of-lake-kinneret-israel
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Vardit Makler-Pick, Matthew R Hipsey, Tamar Zohary, Yohay Carmel, Gideon Gal
The food web of Lake Kinneret contains intraguild predation (IGP). Predatory invertebrates and planktivorous fish both feed on herbivorous zooplankton, while the planktivorous fish also feed on the predatory invertebrates. In this study, a complex mechanistic hydrodynamic-ecological model, coupled to a bioenergetics-based fish population model (DYCD-FISH), was employed with the aim of revealing IGP dynamics. The results indicate that the predation pressure of predatory zooplankton on herbivorous zooplankton varies widely, depending on the season...
March 29, 2017: Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28327084/a-transcriptome-multi-tissue-analysis-identifies-biological-pathways-and-genes-associated-with-variations-in-feed-efficiency-of-growing-pigs
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Florence Gondret, Annie Vincent, Magalie Houée-Bigot, Anne Siegel, Sandrine Lagarrigue, David Causeur, Hélène Gilbert, Isabelle Louveau
BACKGROUND: Animal's efficiency in converting feed into lean gain is a critical issue for the profitability of meat industries. This study aimed to describe shared and specific molecular responses in different tissues of pigs divergently selected over eight generations for residual feed intake (RFI). RESULTS: Pigs from the low RFI line had an improved gain-to-feed ratio during the test period and displayed higher leanness but similar adiposity when compared with pigs from the high RFI line at 132 days of age...
March 21, 2017: BMC Genomics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28321182/sparse-and-specific-coding-during-information-transmission-between-co-cultured-dentate-gyrus-and-ca3-hippocampal-networks
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Daniele Poli, Srikanth Thiagarajan, Thomas B DeMarse, Bruce C Wheeler, Gregory J Brewer
To better understand encoding and decoding of stimulus information in two specific hippocampal sub-regions, we isolated and co-cultured rat primary dentate gyrus (DG) and CA3 neurons within a two-chamber device with axonal connectivity via micro-tunnels. We tested the hypothesis that, in these engineered networks, decoding performance of stimulus site information would be more accurate when stimuli and information flow occur in anatomically correct feed-forward DG to CA3 vs. CA3 back to DG. In particular, we characterized the neural code of these sub-regions by measuring sparseness and uniqueness of the responses evoked by specific paired-pulse stimuli...
2017: Frontiers in Neural Circuits
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28320080/interlaboratory-trial-for-the-measurement-of-total-cobalt-in-equine-urine-and-plasma-by-icp-ms
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Marie-Agnes Popot, Emmie N M Ho, Natali Stojiljkovic, Florian Bagilet, Pierre Remy, Pascal Maciejewski, Benoit Loup, George H M Chan, Sabine Hargrave, Rick M Arthur, Charlie Russo, James White, Pamela Hincks, Clive Pearce, George Ganio, Paul Zahra, David Batty, Mark Jarrett, Lydia Brooks, Lise-Anne Prescott, Ludovic Bailly-Chouriberry, Yves Bonnaire, Terence S M Wan
Cobalt is an essential mineral micronutrient and is regularly present in equine nutritional and feed supplements. Therefore, cobalt is naturally present at low concentrations in biological samples. The administration of cobalt chloride is considered to be blood doping and is thus prohibited. In order to control the misuse of cobalt, it was mandatory to establish an international threshold for cobalt in plasma and/or in urine. To achieve this goal an international collaboration, consisting of an interlaboratory comparison, between 5 laboratories for the urine study and 8 laboratories for the plasma study has been undertaken...
March 20, 2017: Drug Testing and Analysis
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28319268/developmental-changes-in-feeding-behaviors-of-infant-chimpanzees-at-mahale-tanzania-implications-for-nutritional-independence-long-before-cessation-of-nipple-contact
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Takuya Matsumoto
OBJECTIVES: Weaning of chimpanzees is considered to occur at 4-5-years-old with complete cessation of nipple contact and timing of reconception calculated by inter-birth interval minus gestation length. This is also the basis of "early weaning" in humans (i.e., approximately 2.5-years-old). However, recent studies of the survival of orphans and the first molar (M1) eruption in wild chimpanzees have predicted that infants move toward nutritional independence at 3-years-old. Therefore, this study aimed to investigate ontogeny of feeding behavior at around 3-years-old in wild infant chimpanzees...
March 20, 2017: American Journal of Physical Anthropology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28303317/evaluation-of-the-applicability-of-territorial-arterial-spin-labeling-in-meningiomas-for-presurgical-assessments-compared-with-3-dimensional-time-of-flight-magnetic-resonance-angiography
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Yiping Lu, Shihai Luan, Li Liu, Ji Xiong, Jianbo Wen, Jianxun Qu, Daoying Geng, Bo Yin
OBJECTIVES: To prospectively evaluate the application of territorial arterial spin labelling (t-ASL) in comparison with unenhanced three-dimensional time-of-flight magnetic resonance angiography (3D-TOF-MRA) in the identification of the feeding vasculature of meningiomas. METHODS: Thirty consecutive patients with suspected meningiomas underwent conventional MR imaging, unenhanced 3D-TOF-MRA and t-ASL scanning. Four experienced neuro-radiologists assessed the feeding vessels with different techniques separately...
March 16, 2017: European Radiology
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