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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28528531/diversity-and-distribution-of-ticks-from-domestic-ruminants-in-lebanon
#1
Mayssaa Fawaz Dabaja, Maria Tempesta, Ali Bayan, Gesualdo Vesco, Grazia Greco, Grazia Greco, Alessandra Torina, Valeria Blanda, Francesco La Russa, Salvatore Scimeca, Rossella Lelli, Mohamad Ezzedine, Hussein Mortada, Didier Raoult, Pierre Edouard Fournier, Mohamad Mortada
Ticks (Acari: Ixodidae) are ectoparasites infesting livestock in every geographic area in the world and they are vectors of several viral, bacterial, and protozoan pathogens to animals and humans worldwide. A deep knowledge of the geographical distribution of these arthropods would have a key role in the control of tick-borne diseases. Few data are available about tick presence in domestic ruminants in Lebanon. The study aimed at providing an analysis of tick presence and distribution in Lebanon. Ticks were collected from cattle, sheep, and goats farms distributed in 6 Lebanese provinces between June and September 2014...
April 11, 2017: Veterinaria Italiana
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28528530/evaluation-of-ratite-skinning-force-in-order-to-fix-plant-and-mechanical-solutions
#2
Biagio Bianchi
The skin is the most requested product of ratite slaughter and 'first-rate' ratite's skin has a high economic market. Ostrich hide is tanned in South Africa and sold all over the world. Besides, the ostrich meat is considered a niche production in the marketplace, thus allowing for another pro t for the ostrich breeding. Theorical analysis of skinning process has been carried out, and an automatic measurement system has been designed to record the drawing-force on the animal's body during skinning tests. The aim of this study was to indentify the best animal position and provide values of drawing-force in order to design a speci c machine for ostrich skinning...
May 12, 2017: Veterinaria Italiana
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28528419/a-risk-based-characterization-of-sediment-contamination-by-legacy-and-emergent-contaminants-of-concern-in-coastal-british-columbia-canada
#3
Carmen Morales-Caselles, Jean-Pierre W Desforges, Neil Dangerfield, Peter S Ross
Sediments have long been used to help describe pollution sources, contaminated sites, trends over time, and habitat quality for marine life. We collected surficial sediments from 12 sites at an average seawater depth of 25 m in three near-urban areas of the Salish Sea (British Columbia, Canada) to investigate habitat quality for marine life, including heavily contaminated killer whales. Samples were analyzed using high-resolution instrumentation for a wide variety of congeners of polychlorinated biphenyls (PCBs), polybrominated diphenylethers (PBDEs), hexabromocyclododecane (HBCDD), polybrominated biphenyls, polychlorinated dibenzo-p-dioxins (PCDDs), polychlorinated dibenzofurans, organochlorine pesticides, and polychlorinated naphthalenes (PCNs)...
May 20, 2017: Archives of Environmental Contamination and Toxicology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28528407/effects-of-feeding-strategy-sediment-characteristics-and-chemical-properties-on-polychlorinated-biphenyl-and-polybrominated-diphenyl-ether-bioaccumulation-from-marine-sediments-in-two-invertebrates
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H Frouin, P Jackman, N D Dangerfield, P S Ross
Shellfish and sediment invertebrates have been widely used to assess pollution trends over space and time in coastal environments around the world. However, few studies have compared the bioaccumulation potential of different test species over a range of sediment-contaminant concentrations and profiles. The bioavailability of sediment-related contaminants was evaluated using sediments collected from sites (n = 12) throughout the Salish Sea, British Columbia, Canada. Two benthic marine invertebrates-the Baltic clam Macoma balthica and the polychaete worm Neanthes arenaceodentata-were exposed for 28 days in a controlled environment to these field-collected coastal sediments...
May 20, 2017: Archives of Environmental Contamination and Toxicology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28528376/isometric-handgrip-as-an-adjunct-for-blood-pressure-control-a-primer-for-clinicians
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REVIEW
Cheri L McGowan, David N Proctor, Ian Swaine, Robert D Brook, Elizabeth A Jackson, Phillip D Levy
Considered a global health crisis by the World Health Organization, hypertension (HTN) is the leading risk factor for death and disability. The majority of treated patients do not attain evidence-based clinical targets, which increases the risk of potentially fatal complications. HTN is the most common chronic condition seen in primary care; thus, implementing therapies that lower and maintain BP to within-target ranges is of tremendous public health importance. Isometric handgrip (IHG) training is a simple intervention endorsed by the American Heart Association as a potential adjuvant BP-lowering treatment...
June 2017: Current Hypertension Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28528302/nanomolar-anti-sickling-compounds-identified-by-ligand-based-pharmacophore-approach
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Odailson Santos Paz, Milena de Jesus Pinheiro, Renan Fernandes do Espirito Santo, Cristiane Flora Villarreal, Marcelo Santos Castilho
Adenosine receptors are considered as potential targets for drug development against several diseases. The discovery of subtype 2B adenosine receptors role in erythrocyte sickling process proved its importance to neglected diseases such as sickle cell anemia, which affects approximately 29.000 people around the world, but whose treatment is restricted to just one FDA approved drug (hydroxyurea). In order to widen the therapeutic arsenal available to treat sickle cell anemia patients, it is imperative to identify new lead compounds that modify the sickling course and not just its symptoms...
May 12, 2017: European Journal of Medicinal Chemistry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28528261/perfluoroalkylated-acids-in-the-eggs-of-great-tits-parus-major-near-a-fluorochemical-plant-in-flanders-belgium
#7
Thimo Groffen, Ana Lopez-Antia, Wendy D'Hollander, Els Prinsen, Marcel Eens, Lieven Bervoets
Perfluoroalkyl acids (PFAAs) are highly persistent substances which have been detected in wildlife around the world, including birds. Although bird eggs have often been used to determine and monitor PFAAs levels in the marine environment, this has rarely been done in the terrestrial environment. In the present study we examined the concentrations and composition profile of 12 PFAAs (4 perfluoroalkyl sulfonic acids (PFSAs) and 8 perfluoroalkyl carboxylic acids (PFCAs) in the eggs of great tits (Parus major) collected at a fluorochemical plant and in three other areas, representing a gradient in distance from the pollution source (from 1 to 70 km), in Antwerp, Belgium...
May 18, 2017: Environmental Pollution
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28528246/the-canadian-hypoglycemia-assessment-tool-program-insights-into-rates-and-implications-of-hypoglycemia-from-an-observational-study
#8
Ronnie Aronson, Ronald Goldenberg, Damir Boras, Rasmus Skovgaard, Harpreet Bajaj
OBJECTIVE: The true prevalence of hypoglycemia in insulin-treated patients with diabetes and its impact on patients, employers and healthcare providers is poorly appreciated owing to a paucity of real-world data. The global Hypoglycemia Assessment Tool (HAT) study addressed this issue, and here we report data from the Canadian cohort of patients. METHODS: This noninterventional, 6-month retrospective and 4-week prospective study enrolled patients aged ≥18 years receiving insulin treatment for >12 months from community endocrinology practices...
May 17, 2017: Canadian Journal of Diabetes
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28528235/mapping-natural-radioactivity-of-soil-samples-in-different-regions-of-punjab-india
#9
Komal Saini, B S Bajwa
Thallium activated sodium iodide (NaI(Tl)) detector and multi channel analyzer has been utilized to measure gamma rays emitted by radio nuclides found in soil samples of south-west (SW) region of Punjab state, India where elevated level of uranium of around value of 700µg/l in groundwater has been reported. For comparative study, soil samples were also collected and analyzed from west (W) and north east (NE) regions of the state. Uranium and potassium has been found to be comparatively higher in SW region whereas thorium level is higher in W and NE part of Punjab state...
May 13, 2017: Applied Radiation and Isotopes
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28528177/tetrodotoxin-in-asian-newts-salamandridae
#10
Mari Yotsu-Yamashita, Stefan W Toennes, Dietrich Mebs
Tetrodotoxin (TTX) and its analogues occur in a wide range of marine animals but also in terrestrial vertebrates such as frogs, toads and newts. Despite numerous studies on TTX in New World newts (Notophthalmus viridescens, Taricha spp.), few data only exist for Asian newts. Methanolic extracts of newts from China (Cynops orientalis, Pachytriton labiatus, Paramesotriton chinensis), Vietnam (Paramesotriton deloustali, P. guangxiensis), and Laos (Laotriton laoensis) were analyzed by liquid-chromatography-fluorescent detection (LC-FLD) and mass-spectrometry (LC-MS)...
May 17, 2017: Toxicon: Official Journal of the International Society on Toxinology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28528077/is-the-success-of-the-slimmer-diabetes-prevention-intervention-modified-by-socioeconomic-status-a-randomised-controlled-trial
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Andrea J Bukman, Geerke Duijzer, Annemien Haveman-Nies, Sophia C Jansen, Josien Ter Beek, Gerrit J Hiddink, Edith J M Feskens
AIM: To explore the role of socioeconomic status (SES) in participation, programme attendance, programme acceptability, adherence to lifestyle guidelines, drop-out, and effectiveness in the SLIMMER diabetes prevention intervention. METHODS: SLIMMER was a randomised controlled intervention, carried out in a real-world setting, targeting 40- to 70-year-old adults at increased risk of developing type 2 diabetes (n=316). The intervention group participated in a 10-month combined dietary and physical activity programme...
May 10, 2017: Diabetes Research and Clinical Practice
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28528075/adopting-the-new-world-health-organization-diagnostic-criteria-for-gestational-diabetes-how-the-prevalence-changes-in-a-high-risk-region-in-australia
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Vincent W Wong, Andrew Lin, Hamish Russell
AIMS: In this study, we assessed changes in prevalence of gestational diabetes mellitus (GDM) in a region with diverse cultural backgrounds in Australia under the new World Health Organization (WHO) diagnostic criteria, with reference to the woman's ethnicity, age and pre-pregnant body mass index (BMI). METHODS: We recorded results of all 75-gram oral glucose tolerance tests (OGTTs) performed on pregnant women between February and December 2015 together with their demographic details, and determined the prevalence of GDM based on the old Australian Diabetes in Pregnancy Society (ADIPS) and the new WHO criteria respectively...
April 25, 2017: Diabetes Research and Clinical Practice
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28528032/a-surprising-alliance-two-giants-of-the-20th-century
#13
Robert M Sade
Alexis Carrel and Charles Lindbergh were among the most famous international figures in the 20th century: Carrel, the surgeon-scientist who won a Nobel prize as a young surgeon, and Lindbergh, the aviator-engineer who pioneered aviation and promoted commercial flight throughout his life. Surprisingly, these two amazing individuals came together to collaborate on the early development of extracorporeal circulation. Their work was interrupted by the onset of World War II, which destroyed one of them and nearly destroyed the other...
June 2017: Annals of Thoracic Surgery
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28527973/molecular-analysis-of-group-a-rotaviruses-detected-in-hospitalized-children-from-rawalpindi-pakistan-during-2014
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Massab Umair, Bilal Haider Abbasi, Nadia Nisar, Muhammad Masroor Alam, Salmaan Sharif, Shahzad Shaukat, Muhammad Suleman Rana, Adnan Khurshid, Ghulam Mujtaba, Uzma Bashir Aamir, Syed Sohail Zahoor Zaidi
As part of strategy to control diarrheal diseases, World Health Organization (WHO) recommends to include rotavirus vaccines in national immunization programs. Sentinel surveillance networks have been established to monitor rotavirus disease burden and genotype distribution in both pre and post vaccine era in many countries. Unfortunately due to lack of proper surveillance programs, data on rotavirus disease burden and genotype distribution from Pakistan is scarce. We investigated 502 stool samples from children (<5years) hospitalized due to gastroenteritis in Rawalpindi, Pakistan during 2014 for the presence of group A rotavirus (RVA) and its genotypic diversity...
May 17, 2017: Infection, Genetics and Evolution
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28527971/identification-and-comprehensive-evaluation-of-reference-genes-for-rt-qpcr-analysis-of-host-gene-expression-in-brassica-juncea-aphid-interaction-using-microarray-data
#15
Chet Ram, Murali Krishna Koramutla, Ramcharan Bhattacharya
Brassica juncea is a chief oil yielding crop in many parts of the world including India. With advancement of molecular techniques, RT-qPCR based study of gene-expression has become an integral part of experimentations in crop breeding. In RT-qPCR, use of appropriate reference gene(s) is pivotal. The virtue of the reference genes, being constant in expression throughout the experimental treatments, needs to be validated case by case. Appropriate reference gene(s) for normalization of gene-expression data in B...
May 11, 2017: Plant Physiology and Biochemistry: PPB
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28527959/systemic-treatment-patterns-with-advanced-or-recurrent-non-small-cell-lung-cancer-in-japan-a-retrospective-hospital-administrative-database-study
#16
Feng Wang, Sari Mishina, Shinji Takai, T Kim Le, Kenya Ochi, Kotaro Funato, Shozo Matsuoka, Yuichiro Ohe
PURPOSE: Data on the treatment of non-small cell lung cancer (NSCLC) in real-world clinical practice in Japan are limited. This large-scale, retrospective cohort study examined data on patients' characteristics and systemic therapies for advanced or recurrent NSCLC in routine practice in Japan. METHODS: This study used an electronic health records-based database of health claims and Diagnosis Procedure Combination data from 215 consenting hospitals in Japan. Records from April 2008 to September 2015 were analyzed...
May 18, 2017: Clinical Therapeutics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28527951/digital-food-photography-technology-improves-efficiency-and-feasibility-of-dietary-intake-assessments-in-large-populations-eating-ad-libitum-in-collective-dining-facilities
#17
Holly L McClung, Catherine M Champagne, H Raymond Allen, Susan M McGraw, Andrew J Young, Scott J Montain, Aaron P Crombie
BACKGROUND: Accurate assessment of dietary intake continues to challenge researchers, especially in field, or non-laboratory settings. OBJECTIVE: In this study, digital food photography (DFP) methodology was used to assess nutritional intake (NI) of Soldiers participating in the US Army's Ranger Selection and Assessment Program (RASP). METHODS: During this high-intensity six-week course, Soldiers complete simulated operational missions, perform various military tasks, and importantly, eating time is severely limited...
May 17, 2017: Appetite
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28527886/immuno-pcr-a-new-technique-for-the-serodiagnosis-of-tuberculosis
#18
REVIEW
Promod K Mehta, Bhawna Dahiya, Suman Sharma, Netrapal Singh, Renu Dharra, Zoozeal Thakur, Neeru Mehta, Krishna B Gupta, Mahesh C Gupta, Dhruva Chaudhary
Rapid and accurate diagnosis of tuberculosis (TB) is essential to control the disease. The conventional microbiological tests have limitations and there is an urgent need to devise a simple, rapid and reliable point-of-care (POC) test. The failure of TB diagnostic tests based on antibody detection due to inconsistent and imprecise results has stimulated renewed interest in the development of rapid antigen detection methods. However, the World Health Organization (WHO) has emphasized to continue research for designing new antibody-based detection tests with improved accuracy...
May 17, 2017: Journal of Microbiological Methods
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28527743/distribution-and-sources-of-organic-carbon-nitrogen-and-their-isotopes-in-surface-sediments-from-the-largest-mariculture-zone-of-the-eastern-guangdong-coast-south-china
#19
Yang-Guang Gu, Jun Ouyang, Jia-Jia Ning, Zeng-Huan Wang
China is the world's largest mariculture producer. However, there is limited detailed information on organic matter distribution generated by mariculture in China. This study assessed the total organic carbon (TOC), total nitrogen (TN), and isotopic composition (δ(13)C and δ(15)N) in surface sediments from Zhelin Bay in South China. TOC, TN, δ(13)C and δ(15)N ranged from 0.46-1.23%, 0.08-0.20%, -22.07 to -21.13‰ and 5.28-7.14‰, respectively, and followed similar spatial patterns. The C/N ratio coupled with isotopic composition (δ(13)C and δ(15)N), indicates that the TOC originated from both terrestrial and marine sources...
May 17, 2017: Marine Pollution Bulletin
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28527741/reeling-in-the-damages-harmful-algal-blooms-impact-on-lake-erie-s-recreational-fishing-industry
#20
David Wolf, Will Georgic, H Allen Klaiber
Lake Erie is one of the most valuable natural resources in the United States, providing billions of dollars in benefits each year to recreationalists, homeowners and local governments. The ecosystem services provided by Lake Erie, however, are under threat due to harmful algal blooms. This paper provides recreational damage estimates using spatially and temporally varying algae measures and monthly fishing permit sales collected between 2011 and 2014. Results indicate that fishing license sales drop between 10% and 13% when algal conditions surpass the World Health's Organization's moderate health risk advisory threshold of 20,000 cyanobacteria cells/mL...
May 18, 2017: Journal of Environmental Management
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