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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28284546/accumulation-of-coal-combustion-residues-and-their-immunological-effects-in-the-yellow-bellied-slider-trachemys-scripta-scripta
#1
David L Haskins, Matthew T Hamilton, Amanda L Jones, John W Finger, Robert B Bringolf, Tracey D Tuberville
Anthropogenic activities such as industrial processes often produce copious amounts of contaminants that have the potential to negatively impact growth, survival, and reproduction of exposed wildlife. Coal combustion residues (CCRs) represent a major source of pollutants globally, resulting in the release of potentially harmful trace elements such as arsenic (As), cadmium (Cd), and selenium (Se) into the environment. In the United States, CCRs are typically stored in aquatic settling basins that may become attractive nuisances to wildlife...
March 8, 2017: Environmental Pollution
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28269547/developing-a-one-channel-bci-system-using-a-dry-claw-like-electrode
#2
Xuhong Guo, Weihua Pei, Yijun Wang, Qiang Gui, He Zhang, Xiao Xing, Yong Huang, Hongda Chen, Ruicong Liu, Yuanyuan Liu
An eight-class SSVEP-based BCI system was designed and demonstrated in this study. To minimize the complexity of the traditional equipment and operation, only one work electrode was used. The work electrode was fabricated in our laboratory and designed as a claw-like structure with a diameter of 15 mm, featuring 8 small fingers of 4mm length and 2 mm diameter, and the weight was only 0.1g. The structure and elasticity can help the fingers pass through the hair and contact the scalp when placed on head. The electrode was capable to collect evoked brain activities such as steady-state visual evoked potentials (SSVEPs)...
August 2016: Conference Proceedings: Annual International Conference of the IEEE Engineering in Medicine and Biology Society
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28246411/prospective-case-control-study-of-toe-tip-necrosis-syndrome-ttns-in-western-canadian-feedlot-cattle
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Chad Paetsch, Kent Fenton, Tye Perrett, Eugene Janzen, Ted Clark, Jan Shearer, Murray Jelinski
A case-control study was conducted to investigate potential risk factors for toe tip necrosis syndrome (TTNS) in western Canadian feedlot cattle. Feedlot veterinarians provided hooves from 222 animals that died of either TTNS ("cases") or from all other causes ("controls"). The claws were sectioned by researchers to confirm the diagnoses; there was very good agreement between the practitioners' field diagnosis and that of the researchers (Cohen's kappa = 0.81; P < 0.001). The sole thickness of the apical white line region was thinner (P < 0...
March 2017: Canadian Veterinary Journal. la Revue Vétérinaire Canadienne
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28229166/-morphological-investigations-of-deep-sole-ulcers-in-cattle-part-2-toe-ulcers-white-line-disease-in-the-heel-and-changes-due-to-inappropriate-weight-bearing-and-deficient-claw-care
#4
Susanne Gehringer, Matthias Müller, Johann Maierl
OBJECTIVE: To demonstrate the morphology of pathological changes to the inner structures of the claw in cases of toe ulcers, white line disease in the heel and changes due to inappropriate weight bearing and deficient claw care. MATERIAL AND METHODS: Hind limbs of 55 cows displaying external signs of complicated sole ulcers were examined externally and internally. To examine the samples internally, a sagittal section was performed. Furthermore, the material was examined after bone maceration and histologically...
February 23, 2017: Tierärztliche Praxis. Ausgabe G, Grosstiere/Nutztiere
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28227802/developing-a-one-channel-bci-system-using-a-dry-claw-like-electrode
#5
Xuhong Guo, Weihua Pei, Yijun Wang, Qiang Gui, He Zhang, Xiao Xing, Yong Huang, Hongda Chen, Ruicong Liu, Yuanyuan Liu, Xuhong Guo, Weihua Pei, Yijun Wang, Qiang Gui, He Zhang, Xiao Xing, Yong Huang, Hongda Chen, Ruicong Liu, Yuanyuan Liu, Hongda Chen, Yijun Wang, Weihua Pei, Yuanyuan Liu, Ruicong Liu, He Zhang, Qiang Gui, Xuhong Guo, Yong Huang, Xiao Xing
An eight-class SSVEP-based BCI system was designed and demonstrated in this study. To minimize the complexity of the traditional equipment and operation, only one work electrode was used. The work electrode was fabricated in our laboratory and designed as a claw-like structure with a diameter of 15 mm, featuring 8 small fingers of 4mm length and 2 mm diameter, and the weight was only 0.1g. The structure and elasticity can help the fingers pass through the hair and contact the scalp when placed on head. The electrode was capable to collect evoked brain activities such as steady-state visual evoked potentials (SSVEPs)...
August 2016: Conference Proceedings: Annual International Conference of the IEEE Engineering in Medicine and Biology Society
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28222834/acute-and-chronic-outcomes-of-gas-bubble-disease-in-a-colony-of-african-clawed-frogs-xenopus-laevis
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Julia Y Tsai, Stephen A Felt, Donna M Bouley, Sherril L Green
Gas-bubble disease occurs in aquatic species that are exposed to water that is supersaturated with gases. In February 2007, municipal water supersaturated with gas was inadvertently pumped into the vivarium's aquatic housing systems and affected approximately 450 adult female Xenopus laevis. The inflow of supersaturated water was stopped immediately, the holding tanks aggressively aerated, and all experimental manipulations and feeding ceased. Within the first 6 h after the event, morbidity approached 90%, and mortality reached 3...
February 1, 2017: Comparative Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28219672/changes-in-cardiovascular-function-based-on-adrenalin-and-norepinephrine-metabolism-in-ovariectomized-rats
#7
Hai Jiang, Wenpei Bai, Wenjuan Wang, Jing Zhang, Ke Wang, Yao Liu, Shuya Liu, Jing Jia, Lihua Qin
Menopause is a cardiovascular risk factor in women, and cardiovascular changes during perimenopause can increase the risk. We observed the influence of plasma adrenalin and norepinephrine and their metabolites on the cardiovascular system and the rectification effect of estrogen in ovariectomized rats. Fifty-four adult female Sprague-Dawley rats were randomly divided into sham (Sham), ovariectomized (OVX), or ovariectomized+estrogen treatment groups (OVX+E), with 18 rats in each. The Sham and OVX groups were given normal saline and the OVX+E group was given estradiol valerate beginning 2weeks after ovariectomy and continuing for 4weeks...
February 17, 2017: Experimental Gerontology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28203198/surgical-management-of-a-patient-with-anterior-megalophthalmos-lens-subluxation-and-a-high-risk-of-retinal-detachment
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María Carmen Guixeres Esteve, Augusto Octavio Pardo Saiz, Lucía Martínez-Costa, Samuel González-Ocampo Dorta, Pedro Sanz Solana
The early development of lens opacities and lens subluxation are the most common causes of vision loss in patients with anterior megalophthalmos (AM). Cataract surgery in such patients is challenging, however, because of anatomical abnormalities. Intraocular lens dislocation is the most common postoperative complication. Patients with AM also seem to be affected by a type of vitreoretinopathy that predisposes them to retinal detachment. We here present the case of a 36-year-old man with bilateral AM misdiagnosed as simple megalocornea...
January 2017: Case Reports in Ophthalmology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28197789/surgical-outcome-for-severe-cubital-tunnel-syndrome-in-patients-aged-70%C3%A2-years-a-mean-follow-up-of-4-5%C3%A2-years
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Jinsong Tong, Bin Xu, Zhen Dong, Chenggang Zhang, Yudong Gu
BACKGROUND: Surgical outcomes for cubital tunnel syndrome have been reported to be satisfactory, but could be compromised by advanced age and severe nerve compression. We aim to evaluate the prognosis of severe cubital tunnel syndrome in patients aged >70 years. METHODS: This retrospective study included 25 patients (26 extremities, all McGowan grade III, age >70 years); 21 underwent subcutaneous transposition and 5 in situ decompression. Postoperative follow-up lasted >2 years...
February 14, 2017: Acta Neurochirurgica
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28190486/randomised-controlled-trial-to-evaluate-the-effect-of-foot-trimming-before-and-after-first-calving-on-subsequent-lameness-episodes-and-productivity-in-dairy-heifers
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S A Mahendran, J N Huxley, Y-M Chang, M Burnell, D C Barrett, H R Whay, T Blackmore, C S Mason, N J Bell
The objective of this study was to assess both independent and combined effects of routine foot trimming of heifers at 3 weeks pre-calving and 100 days post calving on the first lactation lameness and lactation productivity. A total of 419 pre-calving dairy heifers were recruited from one heifer rearing operation over a 10-month period. Heifers were randomly allocated into one of four foot trimming regimens; pre-calving foot trim and post-calving lameness score (Group TL), pre-calving lameness score and post-calving foot trim (Group LT), pre-calving foot trim and post-calving foot trim (Group TT), and pre-calving lameness score and post-calving lameness score (Group LL, control group)...
February 2017: Veterinary Journal
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28185180/primary-iris-claw-iol-retrofixation-with-intravitreal-triamcinolone-acetonide-in-cases-of-inadequate-capsular-support
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Aditya Kelkar, Rachana Shah, Viraj Vasavda, Jai Kelkar, Shreekant Kelkar
PURPOSE: To assess the outcomes and analyze complication rates following primary iris claw IOL retrofixation with intravitreal triamcinolone acetonide. METHODS: This is a retrospective interventional case series. Patients with poor capsular support-diagnosed preoperatively or owing to intraoperative complications-were treated with iris claw IOL retrofixation with intravitreal triamcinolone acetonide. The data were retrospectively analyzed. RESULTS: 104 eyes of 102 patients with poor capsular support who underwent the procedure between 2010 and 2013 were analyzed...
February 9, 2017: International Ophthalmology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28183127/a-redescription-of-the-long-tailed-nesokia-i-nesokia-i-i-bunnii-i-and-designation-of-a-neotype-rodentia-muridae
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Boris Kryštufek, Omar F Al-Sheikhly, Rainer Hutterer
Long-tailed Nesokia, Nesokia bunnii, is a large rat restricted to the Mesopotamian marshes in Basra Province in southern Iraq. The species is known from five museum vouchers collected between March 1974 and January 1977. The type and the paratype, deposited in the Natural History Research Centre and Museum, University of Baghdad, Iraq, were destroyed during War on Iraq in 2003. By studying morphological details on three museum specimens in the Senckenberg Institution, Frankfurt a. M., Germany, we show that N...
January 4, 2017: Zootaxa
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28178584/comparative-study-of-the-claws-of-pediculus-humanus-capitis-between-archaeological-and-modern-specimens
#13
Hipólito Núñez, Bernardo Arriaza, Vivien Standen, Natalia Aravena
Metric data of the claws of archaeological specimens of Pediculus humanus capitis (dating between 1500 B.C. and A.D. 1500) and modern lice specimens coming from school children were analyzed and compared. Both sets of samples come from Arica in northern Chile. The overall sample is comprised of 14 archaeological specimens (6 females and 8 males) of Pediculus humanus capitis and 22 modern specimens (13 females and 9 males). All specimens were studied with scanning electron microscopy (SEM), uncoated, using variable pressure mode...
January 27, 2017: Micron: the International Research and Review Journal for Microscopy
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28168720/external-morphogenesis-of-the-tardigrade-hypsibius-dujardini-as-revealed-by-scanning-electron-microscopy
#14
Vladimir Gross, Irene Minich, Georg Mayer
Tardigrada, commonly called water bears, is a taxon of microscopic panarthropods with five-segmented bodies and four pairs of walking legs. Although tardigrades have been known to science for several centuries, questions remain regarding many aspects of their biology, such as embryogenesis. Herein, we used scanning electron microscopy to document the external changes that occur during embryonic development in the tardigrade Hypsibius dujardini (Eutardigrada, Parachela, Hypsibiidae). Our results show an accelerated development of external features, with approximately 30 hrs separating the point at which external structures first become recognizable and a fully formed embryo...
February 6, 2017: Journal of Morphology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28168123/a-new-glimpse-on-mesozoic-zooplankton-150-million-year-old-lobster-larvae
#15
Joachim T Haug, Carolin Haug
Larvae of malacostracan crustaceans represent a large fraction of modern day zooplankton. Plankton is not only a major part of the modern marine ecosystem, but must have played an important role in the ecosystems of the past as well. Unfortunately, our knowledge about plankton composition of the past is still quite limited. As an important part of today's zooplankton, malacostracan larvae are still a rarity in the fossil record; many types of malacostracan larvae dominating the modern plankton have so far not been found as fossils...
2017: PeerJ
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28168117/boxer-crabs-induce-asexual-reproduction-of-their-associated-sea-anemones-by-splitting-and-intraspecific-theft
#16
Yisrael Schnytzer, Yaniv Giman, Ilan Karplus, Yair Achituv
Crabs of the genus Lybia have the remarkable habit of holding a sea anemone in each of their claws. This partnership appears to be obligate, at least on the part of the crab. The present study focuses on Lybia leptochelis from the Red Sea holding anemones of the genus Alicia (family Aliciidae). These anemones have not been found free living, only in association with L. leptochelis. In an attempt to understand how the crabs acquire them, we conducted a series of behavioral experiments and molecular analyses...
2017: PeerJ
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28167054/glaucoma-and-intraocular-pressure-in-patients-operated-for-late-in-the-bag-intraocular-lens-dislocation-a-randomized-clinical-trial
#17
Olav Kristianslund, Marianne Råen, Atle Einar Østern, Liv Drolsum
PURPOSE: To compare intraocular pressure (IOP) and IOP-lowering treatment requirements in patients with late in-the-bag intraocular lens (IOL) dislocation operated with 2 different methods, and to assess whether an IOP decrease after surgery can be expected. DESIGN: Prospective, randomized, parallel-group clinical trial. METHODS: In our university clinic, 104 patients (eyes) were randomly assigned to IOL repositioning by scleral suturing (n = 54) or IOL exchange with retropupillar iris-claw lens (n = 50)...
February 3, 2017: American Journal of Ophthalmology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28165396/proanthocyanidin-characterization-and-bioactivity-of-extracts-from-different-parts-of-uncaria-tomentosa-l-cat-s-claw
#18
Mirtha Navarro-Hoyos, Rosa Lebrón-Aguilar, Jesús E Quintanilla-López, Carolina Cueva, David Hevia, Silvia Quesada, Gabriela Azofeifa, M Victoria Moreno-Arribas, María Monagas, Begoña Bartolomé
Apart from alkaloids, bioactive properties of Uncaria tomentosa L. have been attributed to its phenolic constituents. Although there are some reports concerning low-molecular-weight polyphenols in U. tomentosa, its polymeric phenolic composition has been scarcely studied. In this study, phenolic-rich extracts from leaves, stems, bark and wood (n = 14) of Uncaria tomentosa plants from several regions of Costa Rica were obtained and analysed in respect to their proanthocyanidin profile determined by a quadrupole-time-of-flight analyser (ESI-QTOF MS)...
February 4, 2017: Antioxidants (Basel, Switzerland)
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28163884/touchdown-to-take-off-at-the-interface-of-flight-and-surface-locomotion
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William R T Roderick, Mark R Cutkosky, David Lentink
Small aerial robots are limited to short mission times because aerodynamic and energy conversion efficiency diminish with scale. One way to extend mission times is to perch, as biological flyers do. Beyond perching, small robot flyers benefit from manoeuvring on surfaces for a diverse set of tasks, including exploration, inspection and collection of samples. These opportunities have prompted an interest in bimodal aerial and surface locomotion on both engineered and natural surfaces. To accomplish such novel robot behaviours, recent efforts have included advancing our understanding of the aerodynamics of surface approach and take-off, the contact dynamics of perching and attachment and making surface locomotion more efficient and robust...
February 6, 2017: Interface Focus
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28162940/surface-protection-in-bio-shields-via-a-functional-soft-skin-layer-lessons-from-the-turtle-shell
#20
Yaniv Shelef, Benny Bar-On
The turtle shell is a functional bio-shielding element, which has evolved naturally to provide protection against predator attacks that involve biting and clawing. The near-surface architecture of the turtle shell includes a soft bi-layer skin coating - rather than a hard exterior - which functions as a first line of defense against surface damage. This architecture represents a novel type of bio-shielding configuration, namely, an inverse structural-mechanical design, rather than the hard-coated bio-shielding elements identified so far...
January 12, 2017: Journal of the Mechanical Behavior of Biomedical Materials
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