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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28448925/geostatistics-as-a-tool-to-improve-the-natural-background-level-definition-an-application-in-groundwater
#1
Nico Dalla Libera, Paolo Fabbri, Leonardo Mason, Leonardo Piccinini, Marco Pola
The Natural Background Level (NBL), suggested by UE BRIDGE project, is suited for spatially distributed datasets providing a regional value that could be higher than the Threshold Value (TV) set by every country. In hydro-geochemically dis-homogeneous areas, the use of a unique regional NBL, higher than TV, could arise problems to distinguish between natural occurrences and anthropogenic contaminant sources. Hence, the goal of this study is to improve the NBL definition employing a geostatistical approach, which reconstructs the contaminant spatial structure accounting geochemical and hydrogeological relationships...
April 24, 2017: Science of the Total Environment
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28444799/pixel-wise-estimation-of-noise-statistics-on-iterative-ct-reconstruction-from-a-single-scan
#2
Tonghe Wang, Lei Zhu
PURPOSE: As iterative CT reconstruction continues to advance, the spatial distribution of noise standard deviation (STD) and accurate noise power spectrum (NPS) on the reconstructed CT images become important for method evaluation as well as optimization of algorithm parameters. Using a single CT scan, we propose a practical method for pixel-wise calculation of noise statistics on an iteratively reconstructed CT image, which enables accurate calculation of noise STD for each pixel and NPS...
April 26, 2017: Medical Physics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28444063/effect-of-lactation-on-myocardial-vulnerability-to-ischemic-insult-in-rats
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Sahar Askari, Alireza Imani, Hamidreza Sadeghipour, Mahdieh Faghihi, Zohreh Edalatyzadeh, Samira Choopani, Nasser Karimi, Sulail Fatima
Background: Cardiovascular diseases are the leading cause of mortality and long-term disability worldwide. Various studies have suggested a protective effect of lactation in reducing the risk of cardiovascular diseases. Objective: This study was designed to assess the effects of pregnancy and lactation on the vulnerability of the myocardium to an ischemic insult. Methods: Eighteen female rats were randomly divided into three groups: ischemia-reperfusion (IR), in which the hearts of virgin rats underwent IR (n = 6); lactating, in which the rats nursed their pups for 3 weeks and the maternal hearts were then submitted to IR (n = 6); and non-lactating, in which the pups were separated after birth and the maternal hearts were submitted to IR (n = 6)...
April 20, 2017: Arquivos Brasileiros de Cardiologia
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28443005/waking-up-buried-memories-of-old-tv-programs
#4
Christelle Larzabal, Nadège Bacon-Macé, Sophie Muratot, Simon J Thorpe
Although it has been demonstrated that visual and auditory stimuli can be recalled decades after the initial exposure, previous studies have generally not ruled out the possibility that the material may have been seen or heard during the intervening period. Evidence shows that reactivations of a long-term memory trace play a role in its update and maintenance. In the case of remote or very long-term memories, it is most likely that these reactivations are triggered by the actual re-exposure to the stimulus...
2017: Frontiers in Behavioral Neuroscience
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28442927/mechanical-factors-and-vitamin-d-deficiency-in-schoolchildren-with-low-back-pain-biochemical-and-cross-sectional-survey-analysis
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Ahmad H Alghadir, Sami A Gabr, Einas S Al-Eisa
OBJECTIVE: This study was designed to evaluate the role of vitamin D, muscle fatigue biomarkers, and mechanical factors in the progression of low back pain (LBP) in schoolchildren. BACKGROUND: Children and adolescents frequently suffer from LBP with no clear clinical causes, and >71% of schoolchildren aged 12-17 years will show at least one episode of LBP. MATERIALS AND METHODS: A total of 250 schoolchildren aged 12-16 years were randomly enrolled in this study...
2017: Journal of Pain Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28442805/proton-pump-inhibitors-are-associated-with-a-reduced-likelihood-for-sexually-transmitted-diseases-in-women-in-the-emergency-department
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Johnathan Michael Sheele, Nathan Morris, Donald Byars, Frank Counselman
BACKGROUND: Proton pump inhibitors (PPIs) have been shown in cell culture to kill Trichomonas vaginalis (TV) at lower half maximal inhibitory concentration values than metronidazole (Flagyl), the most common medication used to treat the infection. However, there have been no previous clinical investigations to determine if PPIs are associated with reduced risk for TV. MATERIALS AND METHODS: We examined the records of female patients who received testing in the emergency department for TV, Neisseria gonorrhoea (GC), and Chlamydia trachomatis (CT) between 2010 and 2014 at two academic medical centers to determine if PPI and histamine type 2 receptor antagonist (H2RA) drugs were associated with TV and GC/CT infections...
January 2017: Indian Journal of Sexually Transmitted Diseases
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28440549/feel-american-watch-american-eat-american-remote-acculturation-tv-and-nutrition-among-adolescent-mother-dyads-in-jamaica
#7
Gail M Ferguson, Henna Muzaffar, Maria I Iturbide, Hui Chu, Julie Meeks Gardner
Globalization prompts remote acculturation toward U.S. culture in Jamaica; this study used a bioecological systems approach to examine its proximal impact on nutrition through U.S. cable TV consumption, and maternal influences in the home. Overall, 330 randomly selected adolescent-mother dyads from schools in Kingston, Jamaica (Madolescent_age  = 13.8 years, SDadolescent_age  = 1.8) completed questionnaires reporting American identity and behavioral preferences, daily time spent watching U.S.-produced TV programs, and frequency of eating unhealthy foods...
April 25, 2017: Child Development
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28438150/intermittent-parathyroid-hormone-improve-bone-microarchitecture-of-the-mandible-and-femoral-head-in-ovariectomized-rats
#8
Ying-Ju Chen, Shun-Ping Wang, Fu-Chou Cheng, Pei-Yu Hsu, Yu-Fen Li, Jay Wu, Heng-Li Huang, Ming-Tzu Tsai, Jui-Ting Hsu
BACKGROUND: Intermittent parathyroid hormone (PTH) can be used to treat osteoporosis of the spine and hip. However, whether it can be used to treat osteoporosis of the mandible is unclear. The purpose of this study was to explore the influence of applying intermittent PTH to ovariectomized rats on the trabecular bone microarchitecture of the mandible and femoral head. METHODS: Eighteen female rats were divided into three groups: the healthy group, ovariectomized (OVX) group, and OVX + PTH group...
April 24, 2017: BMC Musculoskeletal Disorders
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28436851/synergistic-pet-and-sense-mr-image-reconstruction-using-joint-sparsity-regularization
#9
Abolfazl Mehranian, Martin Belzunce, Claudia Prieto, Alexander Hammers, Andrew Reader
In this work we propose a generalized joint sparsity regularization prior and reconstruction framework for the syner-gistic reconstruction of PET and undersampled sensitivity en-coded (SENSE) MRI data with the aim of improving image quality beyond that obtained through conventional independent recon-structions. The proposed prior improves upon the joint total vari-ation (TV) using a non-convex potential function that assigns a rel-atively lower penalty for the PET and MR gradients whose mag-nitudes are jointly large, thus permitting the preservation and for-mation of common boundaries irrespective of their relative orien-tation...
April 18, 2017: IEEE Transactions on Medical Imaging
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28436307/choice-of-anesthesia-for-endovascular-treatment-of-acute-ischemic-stroke-protocol-for-a-randomized-controlled-canvas-trial
#10
Yuming Peng, Yan Li, Minyu Jian, Xiaoyuan Liu, Jian Sun, Bo Jia, Jia Dong, Min Zeng, Nan Lin, Li Zhang, Adrian W Gelb, Matthew Tv Chan, Ruquan Han
Background Observational studies indicate that the type of anesthesia, local or general, may be associated with the post-procedural neurological function in patients with acute ischemic stroke undergoing endovascular treatment. However, these results need further confirmation, and the causal relationship has not yet been established. Methods This is a randomized controlled equivalence trial. Permuted block randomization stratified by culprit vessels will be used. Six hundred and forty patients with acute ischemic stroke undergoing endovascular recanalization will be randomized one to one to receive either general anesthesia or local anesthesia...
January 1, 2017: International Journal of Stroke: Official Journal of the International Stroke Society
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28436105/exercise-decreases-marrow-adipose-tissue-though-%C3%A3-oxidation-in-obese-running-mice
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Maya Styner, Gabriel M Pagnotti, Cody McGrath, Xin Wu, Buer Sen, Gunes Uzer, Zhihui Xie, Xiaopeng Zong, Martin A Styner, Clinton T Rubin, Janet Rubin
The relationship between marrow adipose tissue (MAT) and bone health is poorly understood. We used running exercise to ask whether obesity-associated-MAT can be attenuated via exercise and whether this correlates with gains in bone quantity and quality. C57BL/6 mice were divided into diet-induced obesity (DIO n = 14) vs. low-fat diet (LFD n = 14). After 3 months, 16-week-old mice were allocated to an exercise intervention (LFD-E, DIO-E) or a control group (LFD, DIO) for 6 week (4 groups, n = 7/group)...
April 24, 2017: Journal of Bone and Mineral Research: the Official Journal of the American Society for Bone and Mineral Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28432379/high-resolution-tomography-based-quantification-of-cortical-porosity-and-cortical-thickness-at-the-surgical-neck-of-the-humerus-during-aging
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Tobias Helfen, Christoph M Sprecher, Ursula Eberli, Boyko Gueorguiev, Peter E Müller, Robert G Richards, Florian Schmidutz
Fractures of the proximal humerus are highly related to age and osteoporotic bone remodeling. Previous studies have highlighted the cortex as a major side of the bone loss, but the microstructural changes of the humerus have not been evaluated entirely. Sixty-four (n = 64) humeri of a representative collective (18-100 years) were scanned with high-resolution peripheral quantitative computed tomography (82 µm). Bone mineral density (BMD), trabecular bone volume fraction (Tb.BV/TV), cortical thickness (Ct...
April 21, 2017: Calcified Tissue International
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28427271/the-value-of-pre-and-post-neoadjuvant-chemotherapy-f-18-fdg-pet-ct-scans-in-breast-cancer-comparison-with-mri
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Eun Kyoung Choi, Ie Ryung Yoo, Sung Hun Kim, Sonya Youngju Park, Joo Hyun O, Bong Joo Kang
Background Accurate assessment of neoadjuvant chemotherapy (NAC) response with positron emission tomography/computed tomography (PET/CT) or magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) may provide appropriate operation guidelines for individual breast cancer patients. Purpose To compare the values of PET/CT and MRI for response evaluation following NAC in breast cancer patients. Material and Methods Thirty-three consecutive patients who underwent NAC were included. PET/CT and MRI were performed before and one to four weeks after NAC...
January 1, 2017: Acta Radiologica
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28425777/self-reported-dependence-on-mobile-phones-in-young-adults-a-european-cross-cultural-empirical-survey
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Olatz Lopez-Fernandez, Daria J Kuss, Lucia Romo, Yannick Morvan, Laurence Kern, Pierluigi Graziani, Amélie Rousseau, Hans-Jürgen Rumpf, Anja Bischof, Ann-Kathrin Gässler, Adriano Schimmenti, Alessia Passanisi, Niko Männikkö, Maria Kääriänen, Zsolt Demetrovics, Orsolya Király, Mariano Chóliz, Juan José Zacarés, Emilia Serra, Mark D Griffiths, Halley M Pontes, Bernadeta Lelonek-Kuleta, Joanna Chwaszcz, Daniele Zullino, Lucien Rochat, Sophia Achab, Joël Billieux
Background and aims Despite many positive benefits, mobile phone use can be associated with harmful and detrimental behaviors. The aim of this study was twofold: to examine (a) cross-cultural patterns of perceived dependence on mobile phones in ten European countries, first, grouped in four different regions (North: Finland and UK; South: Spain and Italy; East: Hungary and Poland; West: France, Belgium, Germany, and Switzerland), and second by country, and (b) how socio-demographics, geographic differences, mobile phone usage patterns, and associated activities predicted this perceived dependence...
April 20, 2017: Journal of Behavioral Addictions
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28425774/profile-of-the-triplex-assay-for-detection-of-chlamydia-gonorrhea-and-trichomonas-using-the-bd-max%C3%A2-system
#15
Barbara Van Der Pol
Chlamydia, gonorrhea and trichomonas are the most common curable STI. Improved access to testing could reduce infection rates and prevent sequelae. Nucleic acid amplification tests are the recommend class of diagnostic assay for these infections which are often asymptomatic. Areas Covered: A description of the BD MAX™ System (MAX) and the BD MAX CT/GC/TV assay is provided along with data from a large US clinical trial. The capacity of the system for other tests and for lab developed assays is also described...
April 20, 2017: Expert Review of Molecular Diagnostics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28424952/preadolescents-emotional-and-prosocial-responses-to-negative-tv-news-investigating-the-beneficial-effects-of-constructive-reporting-and-peer-discussion
#16
Mariska Kleemans, Luise F Schlindwein, Roos Dohmen
Watching news is important for preadolescents, but it may also harm their well-being. This study examined whether applying insights from positive psychology to news production can reduce this potential harm, by reducing negative emotional responses and enhancing positive emotional responses to negative news, and by encouraging prosocial intentions. Moreover, we explored whether peer discussion strengthened these effects. Preadolescents (n = 336; 9-13 years old; 48.5% female) were exposed to either constructive (solution-based news including positive emotions) or nonconstructive news...
April 19, 2017: Journal of Youth and Adolescence
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28423963/patient-perceptions-of-environmental-control-units-experiences-of-veterans-with-spinal-cord-injuries-and-disorders-receiving-inpatient-va-healthcare
#17
Bella Etingen, Rachael N Martinez, Marissa A Vallette, Ryan Dendinger, Balmatee Bidassie, Scott Miskevics, Hira T Khan, Huberta T Cozart, Sara M Locatelli, Frances M Weaver
PURPOSE: To assess patients' perceptions of environmental control units (ECUs) at Veterans Affairs Spinal Cord Injury Centers. MATERIALS AND METHODS: A brief questionnaire was conducted with patients in real-time while they were hospitalised ("on-the-spot questionnaire"); a survey was mailed to patients who had recently been discharged from a hospital stay ("discharge survey"). Data were analysed using descriptive statistics. RESULTS: Seventy on-the-spot questionnaires and 80 discharge surveys were collected...
April 19, 2017: Disability and Rehabilitation. Assistive Technology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28423338/an-amphibian-host-defense-peptide-is-virucidal-for-human-h1-hemagglutinin-bearing-influenza-viruses
#18
David J Holthausen, Song Hee Lee, Vineeth Tv Kumar, Nicole M Bouvier, Florian Krammer, Ali H Ellebedy, Jens Wrammert, Anice C Lowen, Sanil George, Madhavan Radhakrishna Pillai, Joshy Jacob
Although vaccines confer protection against influenza A viruses, antiviral treatment becomes the first line of defense during pandemics because there is insufficient time to produce vaccines. Current antiviral drugs are susceptible to drug resistance, and developing new antivirals is essential. We studied host defense peptides from the skin of the South Indian frog and demonstrated that one of these, which we named "urumin," is virucidal for H1 hemagglutinin-bearing human influenza A viruses. This peptide specifically targeted the conserved stalk region of H1 hemagglutinin and was effective against drug-resistant H1 influenza viruses...
April 18, 2017: Immunity
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28422582/combining-activity-related-behaviors-and-attributes-improves-prediction-of-health-status-in-nhanes
#19
Sarah Kozey Keadle, Shirley Bluethmann, Charles Matthews, Barry I Graubard, Frank Perna
BACKGROUND: This paper tested whether a physical activity index (PAI) that integrates PA-related behaviors (i.e., moderate-vigorous [MVPA] and TV viewing) and performance measures (i.e., cardiorespiratory fitness and muscle strength) improves prediction of health status. METHODS: Participants were a nationally representative sample of US adults from 2011-2012 NHANES. Dependent variables (self-reported health status, multi-morbidity, functional limitations and metabolic syndrome) were dichotomized...
April 19, 2017: Journal of Physical Activity & Health
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28421921/london-trust-enjoys-boost-in-job-applicants-thanks-to-television-documentary-series
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A major London hospital trust that was the subject of a hit TV documentary series has seen a surge in nurses and other staff applying to work there.
April 19, 2017: Nursing Standard
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