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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28103238/weak-genetic-structure-in-northern-african-dromedary-camels-reflects-their-unique-evolutionary-history
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Youcef Amine Cherifi, Suheil Bechir Semir Gaouar, Rosangela Guastamacchia, Khalid Ahmed El-Bahrawy, Asmaa Mohammed Aly Abushady, Abdoallah Aboelnasr Sharaf, Derradji Harek, Giovanni Michele Lacalandra, Nadhira Saïdi-Mehtar, Elena Ciani
Knowledge on genetic diversity and structure of camel populations is fundamental for sustainable herd management and breeding program implementation in this species. Here we characterized a total of 331 camels from Northern Africa, representative of six populations and thirteen Algerian and Egyptian geographic regions, using 20 STR markers. The nineteen polymorphic loci displayed an average of 9.79 ± 5.31 alleles, ranging from 2 (CVRL8) to 24 (CVRL1D). Average He was 0.647 ± 0.173. Eleven loci deviated significantly from Hardy-Weinberg proportions (P<0...
2017: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28101529/cortico-cortical-connections-of-primary-sensory-areas-and-associated-symptoms-in-migraine
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Duncan J Hodkinson, Rosanna Veggeberg, Aaron Kucyi, Koene R A van Dijk, Sophie L Wilcox, Steven J Scrivani, Rami Burstein, Lino Becerra, David Borsook
Migraine is a recurring, episodic neurological disorder characterized by headache, nausea, vomiting, and sensory disturbances. These events are thought to arise from the activation and sensitization of neurons along the trigemino-vascular pathway. From animal studies, it is known that thalamocortical projections play an important role in the transmission of nociceptive signals from the meninges to the cortex. However, little is currently known about the potential involvement of cortico-cortical feedback projections from higher-order multisensory areas and/or feedforward projections from principle primary sensory areas or subcortical structures...
November 2016: ENeuro
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28101428/wide-field-and-highly-sensitive-angiography-based-on-optical-coherence-tomography-with-akinetic-swept-source
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Jingjiang Xu, Shaozhen Song, Wei Wei, Ruikang K Wang
Wide-field vascular visualization in bulk tissue that is of uneven surface is challenging due to the relatively short ranging distance and significant sensitivity fall-off for most current optical coherence tomography angiography (OCTA) systems. We report a long ranging and ultra-wide-field OCTA (UW-OCTA) system based on an akinetic swept laser. The narrow instantaneous linewidth of the swept source with its high phase stability, combined with high-speed detection in the system enable us to achieve long ranging (up to 46 mm) and almost negligible system sensitivity fall-off...
January 1, 2017: Biomedical Optics Express
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28101372/lessons-i-have-learned-from-my-patients-everyday-life-with-primary-orthostatic-tremor
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Marie Vidailhet, Emmanuel Roze, Lucie Maugest, Cécile Gallea
BACKGROUND: Primary orthostatic tremor is a rare disorder that is still under-diagnosed or misdiagnosed. Motor symptoms are fairly characteristics but the real impact on the patient's every day life and quality of life is under-estimated. The "how my patients taught me" format describes the impact on the patients' every day life with their own words, which is rarely done. CASE PRESENTATION: A 46 year old lady was diagnosed primary orthostatic tremor (POT) based on the cardinal symptoms: feelings of instability, leg tremor and fear of falling in the standing position, improvement with walking and disappearance while sitting, frequency of Tremor in the 13-18Hz range, normal neurological examination...
2017: Journal of Clinical Movement Disorders
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28096283/laba-lama-combination-in-copd-a-meta-analysis-on-the-duration-of-treatment
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Luigino Calzetta, Paola Rogliani, Josuel Ora, Ermanno Puxeddu, Mario Cazzola, Maria Gabriella Matera
When there are no randomised clinical trials directly comparing all relevant treatment options, an indirect treatment comparison via meta-analysis of the available clinical evidence is an acceptable alternative. However, meta-analyses may be very misleading if not adequately performed. Here, we propose and validate a simple and effective approach to meta-analysis for exploring the effectiveness of long-acting β2-agonist (LABA)/long-acting muscarinic antagonist (LAMA) fixed-dose combinations in chronic obstructive pulmonary disease...
January 2017: European Respiratory Review: An Official Journal of the European Respiratory Society
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28090603/spatial-clockwork-recurrent-neural-network-for-muscle-perimysium-segmentation
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Yuanpu Xie, Zizhao Zhang, Manish Sapkota, Lin Yang
Accurate segmentation of perimysium plays an important role in early diagnosis of many muscle diseases because many diseases contain different perimysium inflammation. However, it remains as a challenging task due to the complex appearance of the perymisum morphology and its ambiguity to the background area. The muscle perimysium also exhibits strong structure spanned in the entire tissue, which makes it difficult for current local patch-based methods to capture this long-range context information. In this paper, we propose a novel spatial clockwork recurrent neural network (spatial CW-RNN) to address those issues...
October 2016: Medical Image Computing and Computer-assisted Intervention: MICCAI ..
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28090238/red-blood-cell-dynamics-in-biomimetic-microfluidic-networks-of-pulmonary-alveolar-capillaries
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Hagit Stauber, Dan Waisman, Netanel Korin, Josué Sznitman
The pulmonary capillary networks (PCNs) embody organ-specific microvasculatures, where blood vessels form dense meshes that maximize the surface area available for gas exchange in the lungs. With characteristic capillary lengths and diameters similar to the size of red blood cells (RBCs), seminal descriptions coined the term "sheet flow" nearly half a century ago to differentiate PCNs from the usual notion of Poiseuille flow in long straight tubes. Here, we revisit in true-scale experiments the original "sheet flow" model and devise for the first time biomimetic microfluidic platforms of organ-specific PCN structures perfused with RBC suspensions at near-physiological hematocrit levels...
January 10, 2017: Biomicrofluidics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28088938/clinical-analysis-of-54-cases-of-large-area-soft-tissue-avulsion-in-the-lower-limb
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Yu Chen, Lei Liu
OBJECTIVE: To assess the clinical curative effect of different treatment methods for large area avulsion injury in the lower limb. METHODS: Between January 2010 and December 2013, 54 patients with large area avulsion injury in the lower limb were treated in the trauma center of our hospital, including 34 males and 20 females with a mean age of 35.7 years (range, 16-65 years). The injury mechanism was traffic accident in 44 cases, hitting by heavy objects in 8 cases, and fall from height in 2 cases, involving 31 thighs, 19 legs and 4 feet involved...
December 1, 2016: Chinese Journal of Traumatology, Zhonghua Chuang Shang za Zhi
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28079163/steady-state-and-dynamic-network-modes-for-perceptual-expectation
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Uk-Su Choi, Yul-Wan Sung, Seiji Ogawa
Perceptual expectation can attenuate repetition suppression, the stimulus-induced neuronal response generated by repeated stimulation, suggesting that repetition suppression is a top-down modulatory phenomenon. However, it is still unclear which high-level brain areas are involved and how they interact with low-level brain areas. Further, the temporal range over which perceptual expectation can effectively attenuate repetition suppression effects remains unclear. To elucidate the details of this top-down modulatory process, we used two short and long inter-stimulus intervals for a perceptual expectation paradigm of paired stimulation...
January 12, 2017: Scientific Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28077711/phase-amplitude-coupling-and-long-range-phase-synchronization-reveal-frontotemporal-interactions-during-visual-working-memory
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Jonathan Daume, Thomas Gruber, Andreas K Engel, Uwe Friese
: It has been suggested that cross-frequency phase-amplitude coupling (PAC), particularly in temporal brain structures, serves as a neural mechanism for coordinated working memory storage. In this magnetoencephalography study, we show that during visual working memory maintenance, temporal cortex regions, which exhibit enhanced PAC, interact with prefrontal cortex via enhanced low-frequency phase synchronization. Healthy human participants were engaged in a visual delayed match-to-sample task with pictures of natural objects...
January 11, 2017: Journal of Neuroscience: the Official Journal of the Society for Neuroscience
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28070484/deep-learning-predictions-of-survival-based-on-mri-in-amyotrophic-lateral-sclerosis
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Hannelore K van der Burgh, Ruben Schmidt, Henk-Jan Westeneng, Marcel A de Reus, Leonard H van den Berg, Martijn P van den Heuvel
Amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS) is a progressive neuromuscular disease, with large variation in survival between patients. Currently, it remains rather difficult to predict survival based on clinical parameters alone. Here, we set out to use clinical characteristics in combination with MRI data to predict survival of ALS patients using deep learning, a machine learning technique highly effective in a broad range of big-data analyses. A group of 135 ALS patients was included from whom high-resolution diffusion-weighted and T1-weighted images were acquired at the first visit to the outpatient clinic...
2017: NeuroImage: Clinical
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28068942/prevalence-of-burnout-depression-anxiety-and-stress-in-australian-midwives-a-cross-sectional-survey
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D K Creedy, M Sidebotham, J Gamble, Julie Pallant, J Fenwick
BACKGROUND: The health and wellbeing of midwives are important considerations for workforce retention and quality care. The occurrence and relationships among mental health conditions such as burnout and depression have received little attention. We investigated the prevalence of burnout, depression, anxiety and stress in Australian midwives. METHODS: An online survey was conducted in September 2014. Participants were recruited through the Australian College of Midwives and professional networks...
January 9, 2017: BMC Pregnancy and Childbirth
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28068771/perturbation-approach-for-computing-infrared-spectra-of-the-local-mode-of-probe-molecules
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Rui-Jie Xue, Adam Grofe, He Yin, Zexing Qu, Jiali Gao, Hui Li
Linear and two-dimensional infrared (IR) spectroscopy of site-specific probe molecules provides an opportunity to gain a molecular-level understanding of the local hydrogen-bonding network, conformational dynamics, and long-range electrostatic interactions in condensed-phase and biological systems. A challenge in computation is to determine the time-dependent vibrational frequencies that incorporate explicitly both nuclear quantum effects of vibrational motions and an electronic structural representation of the potential energy surface...
January 10, 2017: Journal of Chemical Theory and Computation
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28067224/updating-temporal-expectancy-of-an-aversive-event-engages-striatal-plasticity-under-amygdala-control
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Glenn Dallérac, Michael Graupner, Jeroen Knippenberg, Raquel Chacon Ruiz Martinez, Tatiane Ferreira Tavares, Lucille Tallot, Nicole El Massioui, Anna Verschueren, Sophie Höhn, Julie Boulanger Bertolus, Alex Reyes, Joseph E LeDoux, Glenn E Schafe, Lorenzo Diaz-Mataix, Valérie Doyère
Pavlovian aversive conditioning requires learning of the association between a conditioned stimulus (CS) and an unconditioned, aversive stimulus (US) but also involves encoding the time interval between the two stimuli. The neurobiological bases of this time interval learning are unknown. Here, we show that in rats, the dorsal striatum and basal amygdala belong to a common functional network underlying temporal expectancy and learning of a CS-US interval. Importantly, changes in coherence between striatum and amygdala local field potentials (LFPs) were found to couple these structures during interval estimation within the lower range of the theta rhythm (3-6 Hz)...
January 9, 2017: Nature Communications
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28060453/model-based-economic-evaluations-in-smoking-cessation-and-their-transferability-to-new-contexts-a-systematic-review
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Marrit L Berg, Kei Long Cheung, Mickaël Hiligsmann, Silvia Evers, Reina J A de Kinderen, Puttarin Kulchaitanaroaj, Subhash Pokhrel
AIMS: To identify different types of models used in economic evaluations of smoking cessation, analyse the quality of the included models examining their attributes and ascertain their transferability to a new context. METHODS: A systematic review of the literature on the economic evaluation of smoking cessation interventions published between 1996 and April 2015, identified via Medline, EMBASE, NHS EED, and HTA. Checklist-based quality of the included studies and transferability scores were based on European Network of Health Economic Evaluation Databases (EURONHEED) criteria...
January 6, 2017: Addiction
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28058793/effects-of-selection-for-ethanol-preference-on-gene-expression-in-the-nucleus-accumbens-of-hs-cc-mice
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Alexandre M Colville, Ovidiu D Iancu, Denesa L Oberbeck, Priscila Darakjian, Christina L Zheng, Nicole A R Walter, Christina A Harrington, Robert P Searles, Shannon McWeeney, Robert J Hitzemann
Previous studies on changes in murine brain gene expression associated with the selection for ethanol preference have used F2 intercross or heterogeneous stock (HS) founders, derived from standard laboratory strains. However, these populations represent only a small proportion of the genetic variance available in Mus musculus. To investigate a wider range of genetic diversity, we selected mice for ethanol preference using a HS derived from the eight strains of the Collaborative Cross. These heterogeneous stock mice were selectively bred (four generations) for High and Low ethanol preference...
January 6, 2017: Genes, Brain, and Behavior
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28057870/restricted-mean-survival-time-over-15-years-for-patients-starting-renal-replacement-therapy
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Cécile Couchoud, Emmanuelle Dantony, Mad-Hélénie Elsensohn, Emmanuel Villar, Cécile Vigneau, Olivier Moranne, Muriel Rabilloud, René Ecochard
BACKGROUND: The restricted mean survival time (RMST) estimates life expectancy up to a given time horizon and can thus express the impact of a disease. The aim of this study was to estimate the 15-year RMST of a hypothetical cohort of incident patients starting renal replacement therapy (RRT), according to their age, gender and diabetes status, and to compare it with the expected RMST of the general population. METHODS: Using data from 67 258 adult patients in the French Renal Epidemiology and Information Network (REIN) registry, we estimated the RMST of a hypothetical patient cohort (and its subgroups) for the first 15 years after starting RRT (cRMST) and used the general population mortality tables to estimate the expected RMST (pRMST)...
January 5, 2017: Nephrology, Dialysis, Transplantation
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28057338/effects-of-local-factors-and-climate-on-permafrost-conditions-and-distribution-in-beiluhe-basin-qinghai-tibet-plateau-china
#18
Guoan Yin, Fujun Niu, Zhanju Lin, Jing Luo, Minghao Liu
Beiluhe basin is underlain by warm and ice-rich permafrost, and covered by vegetation and soils characteristic of the Qinghai-Tibet Plateau. A field monitoring network was established to investigate permafrost conditions and to assess potential impacts of local factors and climate change. This paper describes the spatial variations in permafrost conditions from instrumented boreholes, controlling environmental factors, and recent thermal evolution of permafrost in the basin. The study area was divided into 10 ecotypes using satellite imagery based classification...
January 2, 2017: Science of the Total Environment
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28056090/accurate-de-novo-prediction-of-protein-contact-map-by-ultra-deep-learning-model
#19
Sheng Wang, Siqi Sun, Zhen Li, Renyu Zhang, Jinbo Xu
MOTIVATION: Protein contacts contain key information for the understanding of protein structure and function and thus, contact prediction from sequence is an important problem. Recently exciting progress has been made on this problem, but the predicted contacts for proteins without many sequence homologs is still of low quality and not very useful for de novo structure prediction. METHOD: This paper presents a new deep learning method that predicts contacts by integrating both evolutionary coupling (EC) and sequence conservation information through an ultra-deep neural network formed by two deep residual neural networks...
January 5, 2017: PLoS Computational Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28056064/marine-reserve-targets-to-sustain-and-rebuild-unregulated-fisheries
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Nils C Krueck, Gabby N Ahmadia, Hugh P Possingham, Cynthia Riginos, Eric A Treml, Peter J Mumby
Overfishing threatens the sustainability of coastal marine biodiversity, especially in tropical developing countries. To counter this problem, about 200 governments worldwide have committed to protecting 10%-20% of national coastal marine areas. However, associated impacts on fisheries productivity are unclear and could weaken the food security of hundreds of millions of people who depend on diverse and largely unregulated fishing activities. Here, we present a systematic theoretic analysis of the ability of reserves to rebuild fisheries under such complex conditions, and we identify maximum reserve coverages for biodiversity conservation that do not impair long-term fisheries productivity...
January 2017: PLoS Biology
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