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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28633477/loop-diuretics-for-chronic-heart-failure-a-foe-in-disguise-of-a-friend
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Chris J Kapelios, Konstantinos Malliaras, Elisabeth Kaldara, Stella Vakrou, John N Nanas
Loop diuretics are recommended for relieving symptoms and signs of congestion in patients with chronic heart failure and are administered to more than 80% of them. However, several of their effects have not systematically been studied. Numerous cohort and four interventional studies have addressed the effect of diuretics on renal function; apart from one prospective study, which showed that diuretics withdrawal is accompanied by increase in some markers of early-detected renal injury, all others converge to the conclusion that diuretics receipt, especially in high doses is associated with increased rates of renal dysfunction...
June 19, 2017: European Heart Journal. Cardiovascular Pharmacotherapy
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28629390/results-of-the-first-interim-analysis-of-the-rapper-ii-trial-in-patients-with-spinal-cord-injury-ambulation-and-functional-exercise-programs-in-the-rex-powered-walking-aid
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Nick Birch, Jon Graham, Tom Priestley, Chris Heywood, Mohamed Sakel, Angela Gall, Andrew Nunn, Nada Signal
BACKGROUND: The RAPPER II study investigates the feasibility, safety and acceptability of using the REX self-stabilising robotic exoskeleton in people with spinal cord injury (SCI) who are obligatory wheelchair users. Feasibility is assessed by the completion of transfer into the REX device, competency in achieving autonomous control and completion of upper body exercise in an upright position in the REX device. Safety is measured by the occurrence of serious adverse events. Device acceptability is assessed with a user questionnaire...
June 19, 2017: Journal of Neuroengineering and Rehabilitation
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28612635/wearable-sensors-can-they-benefit-patients-with-chronic-kidney-disease
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Fokko Pieter Wieringa, Natascha Broers, J P Kooman, Frank M van der Sande, Chris van Hoof
Introduction This article ponders upon wearable medical measurement devices in relation to Chronic Kidney Disease (CKD) and its' associated comorbidities - and whether these might benefit CKD-patients. We aimed to map the intersection(s) of nephrology and wearable sensor technology to help technologists understand medical aspects, and clinicians to understand technological possibilities that are available (or soon will become so). Areas covered A structured literature search on main comorbidities and complications CKD patients suffer from, was used to steer mini-reviews on wearable sensor technologies clustered around 3 themes being: Cardiovascular-related, diabetes-related and physical fitness/frailty...
June 14, 2017: Expert Review of Medical Devices
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28601380/reprint-of-trouble-on-takeoff-crude-oil-on-feathers-reduces-escape-performance-of-shorebirds
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Ivan Maggini, Lisa V Kennedy, Kyle H Elliott, Karen M Dean, Robert MacCurdy, Alexander Macmillan, Chris A Pritsos, Christopher G Guglielmo
The ability to takeoff quickly and accelerate away from predators is crucial to bird survival. Crude oil can disrupt the fine structure and function of feathers, and here we tested for the first time how small amounts of oil on the trailing edges of the wings and tail of Western sandpipers (Calidris mauri) affected takeoff flight performance. In oiled birds, the distance travelled during the first 0.4s after takeoff was reduced by 29%, and takeoff angle was decreased by 10° compared to unoiled birds. Three-axis accelerometry indicated that oiled sandpipers produced less mechanical power output per wingbeat during the initial phase of flight...
June 7, 2017: Ecotoxicology and Environmental Safety
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28595879/predictors-of-successful-hybrid-approach-chronic-total-coronary-artery-occlusion%C3%A2-stenting-an-improved-model-with-novel-correlates
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Stephen G Ellis, M Nicholas Burke, M Bilal Murad, John J Graham, Ramy Badawi, Catelin Toma, Henry Meltser, Ravi Nair, Chris Buller, Patrick L Whitlow
OBJECTIVES: The aim of this study was to develop a hybrid approach-specific model to predict chronic total coronary artery occlusion (CTO) percutaneous coronary intervention success, useful for experienced but not ultra-high-volume operators. BACKGROUND: CTO percutaneous coronary intervention success rates vary widely and have improved with the "hybrid approach," but current predictive models for success have major limitations. METHODS: Data were obtained from consecutively attempted patients from 7 clinical sites (9 operators, mean annual CTO volume 61 ± 17 cases)...
June 12, 2017: JACC. Cardiovascular Interventions
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28592196/the-use-of-self-directed-relapse-prevention-booklets-to-assist-in-maintaining-abstinence-after-a-6-week-group-smoking-cessation-treatment-program-a-randomized-controlled-trial
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Susan Veldheer, Shari Hrabovsky, Jessica Yingst, Chris Sciamanna, Arthur Berg, Jonathan Foulds
BACKGROUND: Identifying effective relapse prevention interventions is a vital step to help smokers maintain abstinence for the long term. AIMS: The purpose of this study is to determine if providing recently quit smokers with self-directed relapse prevention booklets is effective at maintaining abstinence after intensive group smoking cessation treatment. METHOD: Two hundred and twenty-five participants were randomized to receive Forever Free (FF) relapse prevention booklets or a control booklet (Surgeon General's report, SG) at the end of a 6-week group treatment program...
June 1, 2017: Health Education & Behavior: the Official Publication of the Society for Public Health Education
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28575022/investigating-the-effect-of-forestry-on-leaf-litter-arthropods-algonquin-park-ontario-canada
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M Alex Smith, Amanda Boyd, Amelia Chan, Simonne Clout, Paulson des Brisay, Sarah Dolson, Thanushi Eagalle, Sean Espinola, Aaron Fairweather, Sydney Frank, Christopher Fruetel, Cristina Garrido Cortes, James Hall, Chris Ho, Eryk Matczak, Sandra McCubbin, Megan McPhee, Kate A Pare, Kelsie Paris, Ellen Richard, Morgan Roblin, Cassandra Russell, Ryan Snyder, Carolyn Trombley, Tyler Schmitt, Caitlin Vandermeer, Connor Warne, Natasha Welch, Chelsie Xavier-Blower
Arthropods are the most diverse taxonomic group of terrestrial eukaryotes and are sensitive to physical alterations in their environment such as those caused by forestry. With their enormous diversity and physical omnipresence, arthropods could be powerful indicators of the effects of disturbance following forestry. When arthropods have been used to measure the effects of disturbance, the total diversity of some groups is often found to increase following forestry. However, these findings are frequently derived using a coarse taxonomic grain (family or order) to accommodate for various taxonomic impediments (including cryptic diversity and poorly resourced taxonomists)...
2017: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28552196/whole-genome-sequencing-coupled-to-imputation-discovers-genetic-signals-for-anthropometric-traits
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Ioanna Tachmazidou, Dániel Süveges, Josine L Min, Graham R S Ritchie, Julia Steinberg, Klaudia Walter, Valentina Iotchkova, Jeremy Schwartzentruber, Jie Huang, Yasin Memari, Shane McCarthy, Andrew A Crawford, Cristina Bombieri, Massimiliano Cocca, Aliki-Eleni Farmaki, Tom R Gaunt, Pekka Jousilahti, Marjolein N Kooijman, Benjamin Lehne, Giovanni Malerba, Satu Männistö, Angela Matchan, Carolina Medina-Gomez, Sarah J Metrustry, Abhishek Nag, Ioanna Ntalla, Lavinia Paternoster, Nigel W Rayner, Cinzia Sala, William R Scott, Hashem A Shihab, Lorraine Southam, Beate St Pourcain, Michela Traglia, Katerina Trajanoska, Gialuigi Zaza, Weihua Zhang, María S Artigas, Narinder Bansal, Marianne Benn, Zhongsheng Chen, Petr Danecek, Wei-Yu Lin, Adam Locke, Jian'an Luan, Alisa K Manning, Antonella Mulas, Carlo Sidore, Anne Tybjaerg-Hansen, Anette Varbo, Magdalena Zoledziewska, Chris Finan, Konstantinos Hatzikotoulas, Audrey E Hendricks, John P Kemp, Alireza Moayyeri, Kalliope Panoutsopoulou, Michal Szpak, Scott G Wilson, Michael Boehnke, Francesco Cucca, Emanuele Di Angelantonio, Claudia Langenberg, Cecilia Lindgren, Mark I McCarthy, Andrew P Morris, Børge G Nordestgaard, Robert A Scott, Martin D Tobin, Nicholas J Wareham, Paul Burton, John C Chambers, George Davey Smith, George Dedoussis, Janine F Felix, Oscar H Franco, Giovanni Gambaro, Paolo Gasparini, Christopher J Hammond, Albert Hofman, Vincent W V Jaddoe, Marcus Kleber, Jaspal S Kooner, Markus Perola, Caroline Relton, Susan M Ring, Fernando Rivadeneira, Veikko Salomaa, Timothy D Spector, Oliver Stegle, Daniela Toniolo, André G Uitterlinden, Inês Barroso, Celia M T Greenwood, John R B Perry, Brian R Walker, Adam S Butterworth, Yali Xue, Richard Durbin, Kerrin S Small, Nicole Soranzo, Nicholas J Timpson, Eleftheria Zeggini
Deep sequence-based imputation can enhance the discovery power of genome-wide association studies by assessing previously unexplored variation across the common- and low-frequency spectra. We applied a hybrid whole-genome sequencing (WGS) and deep imputation approach to examine the broader allelic architecture of 12 anthropometric traits associated with height, body mass, and fat distribution in up to 267,616 individuals. We report 106 genome-wide significant signals that have not been previously identified, including 9 low-frequency variants pointing to functional candidates...
June 1, 2017: American Journal of Human Genetics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28551364/barriers-and-attitudes-to-research-among-residents-in-plastic-and-reconstructive-surgery-a-national-multicenter-cross-sectional-study
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The Canadian Plastic Surgery Research, Sarah Al Youha, Becher Alhalabi, Jill Stone, Helene Retrouvey, Osama Samargandi, Johnny Ionut Efanov, Michael Stein, Alexander Morzycki, Haley Augustine, Emilie Bougie, Diana Song, Hollie Power, Julian Diaz-Abele, Caitlin Symonette, Marie Noland, Chris Coroneos, Sophocles Voineskos, Joshua Vorstenbosch, Toni Zhong, Michael Bezuhly, Jason G Williams
OBJECTIVE: Research sets the foundation for developing plastic surgeons who think critically and approach clinical practice with an inquisitive mind. The objective of this study was to characterize current attitudes and perceived barriers towards conducting research during residency. DESIGN: A validated 36-item questionnaire was developed by a national task-force of Canadian plastic surgery trainees. The survey was distributed to all 13 plastic surgery programs in Canada...
May 24, 2017: Journal of Surgical Education
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28545574/initiating-change-locally-in-bullying-and-aggression-through-the-school-environment-inclusive-trial-update-to-cluster-randomised-controlled-trial-protocol
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Chris Bonell, Anne Mathiot, Elizabeth Allen, Leonardo Bevilacqua, Deborah Christie, Diana Elbourne, Adam Fletcher, Richard Grieve, Rosa Legood, Stephen Scott, Emily Warren, Meg Wiggins, Russell M Viner
BACKGROUND: Systematic reviews suggest that multi-component interventions are effective in reducing bullying victimisation and perpetration. We are undertaking a phase III randomised trial of the INCLUSIVE multi-component intervention. This trial aims to assess the effectiveness and cost-effectiveness of the INCLUSIVE intervention in reducing aggression and bullying victimisation in English secondary schools. This paper updates the original trial protocol published in 2014 (Trials 15:381, 2014) and presents the changes in the process evaluation protocol and the secondary outcome data collection...
May 25, 2017: Trials
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28538318/do-fencers-require-a-weapon-specific-approach-to-strength-and-conditioning-training
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Anthony N Turner, Chris J Bishop, Jon A Cree, Michael L Edwards, Shyam Chavda, Paul J Read, David M J Kirby
Turner, AN, Bishop, CJ, Cree, JA, Edwards, ML, Chavda, S, Read, PJ, and Kirby, DMJ. Do fencers require a weapon-specific approach to strength and conditioning training? J Strength Cond Res 31(6): 1662-1668, 2017-There are 3 types of weapons used in Olympic fencing: the épée, foil, and sabre. The aim of this study was to determine if fencers exhibited different physical characteristics across weapons. Seventy-nine male (n = 46) and female (n = 33) national standard fencers took part in this study. Fencers from each weapon (male and female), i...
June 2017: Journal of Strength and Conditioning Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28533558/investigating-the-causal-effect-of-smoking-on-hay-fever-and-asthma-a-mendelian-randomization-meta-analysis-in-the-carta-consortium
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Tea Skaaby, Amy E Taylor, Rikke K Jacobsen, Lavinia Paternoster, Betina H Thuesen, Tarunveer S Ahluwalia, Sofus C Larsen, Ang Zhou, Andrew Wong, Maiken E Gabrielsen, Johan H Bjørngaard, Claudia Flexeder, Satu Männistö, Rebecca Hardy, Diana Kuh, Sarah J Barry, Line Tang Møllehave, Charlotte Cerqueira, Nele Friedrich, Tobias N Bonten, Raymond Noordam, Dennis O Mook-Kanamori, Christian Taube, Leon E Jessen, Alex McConnachie, Naveed Sattar, Mark N Upton, Charles McSharry, Klaus Bønnelykke, Hans Bisgaard, Holger Schulz, Konstantin Strauch, Thomas Meitinger, Annette Peters, Harald Grallert, Ellen A Nohr, Mika Kivimaki, Meena Kumari, Uwe Völker, Matthias Nauck, Henry Völzke, Chris Power, Elina Hyppönen, Torben Hansen, Torben Jørgensen, Oluf Pedersen, Veikko Salomaa, Niels Grarup, Arnulf Langhammer, Pål R Romundstad, Frank Skorpen, Jaakko Kaprio, Marcus R Munafò, Allan Linneberg
Observational studies on smoking and risk of hay fever and asthma have shown inconsistent results. However, observational studies may be biased by confounding and reverse causation. Mendelian randomization uses genetic variants as markers of exposures to examine causal effects. We examined the causal effect of smoking on hay fever and asthma by using the smoking-associated single nucleotide polymorphism (SNP) rs16969968/rs1051730. We included 231,020 participants from 22 population-based studies. Observational analyses showed that current vs never smokers had lower risk of hay fever (odds ratio (OR) = 0·68, 95% confidence interval (CI): 0·61, 0·76; P < 0·001) and allergic sensitization (OR = 0·74, 95% CI: 0·64, 0·86; P < 0·001), but similar asthma risk (OR = 1·00, 95% CI: 0·91, 1·09; P = 0·967)...
May 22, 2017: Scientific Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28508868/influence-of-age-and-eosinophilic-esophagitis-on-esophageal-distensibility-in-a-pediatric-cohort
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Calies Menard-Katcher, Alain J Benitez, Zhaoxing Pan, Faria N Ahmed, Benjamin J Wilkins, Kelley E Capocelli, Chris A Liacouras, Ritu Verma, Jonathan M Spergel, Glenn T Furuta, Amanda B Muir
OBJECTIVES: Sequelae of eosinophilic esophagitis (EoE) include food impaction and esophageal stricture. Duration of inflammation is a predicted risk factor; however, complications remain unpredictable. Studies using the functional lumen imaging probe (FLIP) have demonstrated decreased distensibility of the esophagus in adult patients with EoE. As the impact of inflammation on the developing esophagus is unknown, we investigated esophageal distensibility in a pediatric cohort to determine the effect of age, ongoing inflammation, and fibrotic features on distensibility...
May 16, 2017: American Journal of Gastroenterology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28500271/causal-associations-of-adiposity-and-body-fat-distribution-with-coronary-heart-disease-stroke-subtypes-and-type-2-diabetes-a-mendelian-randomization-analysis
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Caroline Dale, Ghazaleh Fatemifar, Tom Palmer, Jonathan White, David Prieto-Merino, Delilah Zabaneh, Jorgen E L Engmann, Tina Shah, Andrew Wong, Helen R Warren, Stela McLachlan, Stella Trompet, Max Moldovan, Richard W Morris, Reecha Sofat, Meena Kumari, Elina Hyppönen, Barbara J Jefferis, Tom R Gaunt, Yoav Ben-Shlomo, Ang Zhou, Aleksandra Gentry-Maharaj, Andy Ryan, Renée de Mutsert, Raymond Noordam, Mark J Caulfield, J Wouter Jukema, Bradford B Worrall, Patricia B Munroe, Usha Menon, Chris Power, Diana Kuh, Debbie A Lawlor, Steve E Humphries, Dennis O Mook-Kanamori, George Davey Smith, Naveed Sattar, Mika Kivimaki, Jacqueline F Price, Frank Dudbridge, Aroon D Hingorani, Michael V Holmes, Juan-Pablo Casas
Background -Implications of different adiposity measures on cardiovascular disease aetiology remain unclear. In this paper we quantify and contrast causal associations of central adiposity (waist:hip ratio adjusted for BMI (WHRadjBMI)) and general adiposity (body mass index (BMI)) with cardiometabolic disease. Methods -97 independent single nucleotide polymorphisms (SNPs) for BMI and 49 SNPs for WHRadjBMI were used to conduct Mendelian randomization analyses in 14 prospective studies supplemented with CHD data from CARDIoGRAMplusC4D (combined total 66,842 cases), stroke from METASTROKE (12,389 ischaemic stroke cases), type 2 diabetes (T2D) from DIAGRAM (34,840 cases), and lipids from GLGC (213,500 participants) consortia...
May 12, 2017: Circulation
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28489547/a-172-mu-w-compressively-sampled-photoplethysmographic-ppg-readout-asic-with-heart-rate-estimation-directly-from-compressively-sampled-data
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Venkata Rajesh Pamula, Jose Manuel Valero-Sarmiento, Long Yan, Alper Bozkurt, Chris Van Hoof, Nick Van Helleputte, Refet Firat Yazicioglu, Marian Verhelst
A compressive sampling (CS) photoplethysmographic (PPG) readout with embedded feature extraction to estimate heart rate (HR) directly from compressively sampled data is presented. It integrates a low-power analog front end together with a digital back end to perform feature extraction to estimate the average HR over a 4 s interval directly from compressively sampled PPG data. The application-specified integrated circuit (ASIC) supports uniform sampling mode (1x compression) as well as CS modes with compression ratios of 8x, 10x, and 30x...
June 2017: IEEE Transactions on Biomedical Circuits and Systems
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28488792/comprehensive-database-of-manufactured-gas-plant-tars-part-a-database
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Christopher Gallacher, Russell Thomas, Richard Lord, Robert M Kalin, Chris Taylor
RATIONALE: Coal tars are a mixture of organic and inorganic compounds and were by-products from the manufactured gas and coke making industries. Different manufacturing processes have resulted in the production of distinctly different tar compositions. This study presents a comprehensive database of compounds produced using two-dimensional gas chromatography combined with time-of-flight mass spectrometry (GCxGC/TOFMS), analysing 16 tar samples produced by 5 distinct production processes...
May 10, 2017: Rapid Communications in Mass Spectrometry: RCM
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28482762/power-training-in-chronic-stroke-individuals-differences-between-responders-and-nonresponders
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Stacey E Aaron, Jennifer L Hunnicutt, Aaron E Embry, Mark G Bowden, Chris M Gregory
BACKGROUND: Lower extremity muscle weakness is a primary contributor to post-stroke dysfunction. Resistance training is an effective treatment for hemiparetic weakness and improves walking performance. Post-stroke subject characteristics that do or do not improve walking speed following resistance training are unknown. OBJECTIVE: The purpose of this paper was to describe baseline characteristics, as well as responses to training, associated with achieving a minimal clinically important difference (MCID) in walking speed (≥0...
May 8, 2017: Topics in Stroke Rehabilitation
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28469750/the-effect-of-previous-wingate-performance-using-one-body-region-on-subsequent-wingate-performance-using-a-different-body-region
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Leonie Harvey, Matthew Bousson, Chris McLellan, Dale Lovell
The 30 second Wingate Anaerobic Test (WAnT) is the gold standard measure of anaerobic performance. The present investigation aimed to determine if a previous WAnT using one body region significantly affected a subsequent WAnT using a different body region. Twelve male university students (n = 12, 23 ± 2 years, 84 ± 16.1 kg, 178.5 ± 7.4 cm) volunteered to complete two repeated WAnT protocols (either lower body WAnT followed by an upper body WAnT or vice versa) on two separate testing occasions. The upper body WAnT was conducted on a modified electromagnetically braked cycle ergometer using a flywheel braking force corresponding to 5% bodyweight...
February 2017: Journal of Human Kinetics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28464384/higher-yields-and-lower-methane-emissions-with-new-rice-cultivars
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Yu Jiang, Kees Jan van Groenigen, Shan Huang, Bruce A Hungate, Chris van Kessel, Shuijin Hu, Jun Zhang, Lianhai Wu, Xiaojun Yan, Lili Wang, Jin Chen, Xiaoning Hang, Yi Zhang, William R Horwath, Rongzhong Ye, Bruce A Linquist, Zhenwei Song, Chengyan Zheng, Aixing Deng, Weijian Zhang
Breeding high-yielding rice cultivars through increasing biomass is a key strategy to meet rising global food demands. Yet, increasing rice growth can stimulate methane (CH4 ) emissions, exacerbating global climate change, as rice cultivation is a major source of this powerful greenhouse gas. Here, we show in a series of experiments that high-yielding rice cultivars actually reduce CH4 emissions from typical paddy soils. Averaged across 33 rice cultivars, a biomass increase of 10% resulted in a 10.3% decrease in CH4 emissions in a soil with a high carbon (C) content...
May 2, 2017: Global Change Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28442585/next-gen-sequencing-analysis-and-algorithms-for-pdx-and-cdx-models
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Garima Khandelwal, Maria Romina Girotti, Christopher Smowton, Sam Taylor, Chris Wirth, Marek Dynowski, Kristopher K Frese, Ged Brady, Caroline Dive, Richard Marais, Crispin Miller
Patient-derived xenograft (PDX) and CTC-derived explant (CDX) models are powerful methods for the study of human disease. In cancer research, these methods have been applied to multiple questions including the study of metastatic progression, genetic evolution and therapeutic drug responses. Since PDX and CDX models can recapitulate the highly heterogeneous characteristics of a patient tumor, as well as their response to chemotherapy, there is considerable interest in combining them with next-generation sequencing (NGS) in order to monitor the genomic, transcriptional, and epigenetic changes that accompany oncogenesis...
April 25, 2017: Molecular Cancer Research: MCR
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