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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28449261/exploring-uncertainty-of-amazon-dieback-in-a-perturbed-parameter-earth-system-ensemble
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Chris A Boulton, Ben B B Booth, Peter Good
The future of the Amazon rainforest is unknown due to uncertainties in projected climate change and the response of the forest to this change (forest resiliency). Here we explore the effect of some uncertainties in climate and land surface processes on the future of the forest, using a perturbed physics ensemble of HadCM3C. This is the first time Amazon forest changes are presented using an ensemble exploring both land vegetation processes and physical climate feedbacks in a fully coupled modelling framework...
April 27, 2017: Global Change Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28448935/analysis-of-the-synoptic-winter-mortality-climatology-in-five-regions-of-england-searching-for-evidence-of-weather-signals
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A K Paschalidou, P A Kassomenos, G R McGregor
Although heat-related mortality has received considerable research attention, the impact of cold weather on public health is less well-developed, probably due to the fact that physiological responses to cold weather can vary substantially among individuals, age groups, diseases etc., depending on a number of behavioral and physiological factors. In the current work we use the classification techniques provided by the COST-733 software to link synoptic circulation patterns with excess cold-related mortality in 5 regions of England...
April 24, 2017: Science of the Total Environment
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28448752/temperature-measurements-in-a-capacitive-system-of-deep-loco-regional-hyperthermia
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H Sahinbas, M Rosch, M Demiray
Hyperthermia has been shown to be a medically useful procedure applicable for different indications. For the connection between clinical effects and heat, it is important to understand the actual temperatures achieved in the tissue. There are limited temperature data available when using capacitive hyperthermia devices even though this is worldwide the most widespread method for loco-regional heating. Hence, this study examines temperature measurements using capacitive heating. Bioequivalent phantoms were used for the measurements, which, however, do not consider perfusion in live tissue...
April 27, 2017: Electromagnetic Biology and Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28445226/comparison-of-training-intensity-patterns-for-cardiorespiratory-speed-and-strength-exercise-programs
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Rheba E Vetter, Han Yu, Alice K Foose, Peter J Adam, Regan K Dodd
Designing effective exercise training programs is important for novice, regular and elite individuals desiring improvements in physical fitness and performance outcomes without experiencing deleterious physiological or performance effects. The purpose of this research was to understand the impact of training intensity on the effectiveness of training program outcomes. Synthesized analyses of 31 studies provided an overall magnitude for the impact of training program intensity on effect size (ES). Meta-analyses were conducted using meta-regression models to assess the impact of training program intensity and the other moderators of training frequency, training weeks, age, ability level, and type of physical exercise training...
April 18, 2017: Journal of Strength and Conditioning Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28444965/serum-free-light-chain-quantitative-assays-dilemma-of-a-biomarker
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Giovanni Cigliana, Francesca Gulli, Cecilia Napodano, Krizia Pocino, Elena De Santis, Luigi Colacicco, Iole Cordone, Laura Conti, Umberto Basile
BACKGROUND: Serum free light chains detection assays are consistently meeting greater interest for the diagnosis and monitoring of monoclonal gammopathies and plasma cell dyscrasias. Nowadays, there are neither standardized methods nor reference material for the determination of free light chains; for this reason, it is important to compare two different assays used in clinical laboratory. METHODS: We evaluated 300 serum samples from patients with B-cell disorders and compared the analytical performances of both assay...
April 26, 2017: Journal of Clinical Laboratory Analysis
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28443881/identification-of-the-smallest-peptide-with-a-zwitterion-as-the-global-minimum-a-first-principles-study-on-arginine-containing-peptides
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Hongbao Li, Jun Jiang, Yi Luo
Zwitterions are believed to play an important role in determining the structures, properties and functions of peptides and proteins. However, the smallest peptide with a zwitterionic structure as the global minimum in the gas phase is still not yet identified. In this study, an effective step-by-step strategy has been used to characterize the stable conformers of arginine-containing peptides arginylalanine (ArgAla) and arginylserine (ArgSer). Energy calculations at the DSD-PBEP86-D3BJ/aug-cc-pVTZ level and further extrapolation to the complete basis set (CBS) limit have confirmed, for the first time, that ArgSer appears to be a promising candidate as the smallest peptide with a zwitterionic global minimum structure...
April 26, 2017: Physical Chemistry Chemical Physics: PCCP
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28443660/assessing-the-risk-of-engineered-nanomaterials-in-the-environment-development-and-application-of-the-nanofate-model
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Kendra L Garner, Sangwon Suh, Arturo A Keller
We developed a dynamic multimedia fate and transport model (nanoFate) to predict the time-dependent accumulation of metallic engineered nanomaterials (ENMs) across environmental media. nanoFate considers a wider range of processes and environmental sub-compartments than most previous models and considers ENM releases to compartments (e.g. urban, agriculture) in a manner that reflects their different patterns of use and disposal. As an example, we simulated ten years of release of nano CeO2, CuO, TiO2, and ZnO in the San Francisco Bay area...
April 26, 2017: Environmental Science & Technology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28443167/elderly-patients-achieving-clinical-and-radiological-outcomes-comparable-with-those-of-younger-patients-following-minimally-invasive-transforaminal-lumbar-interbody-fusion
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Joshi Nikhil N, Joel Wei-An Lim, William Yeo, Wai-Mun Yue
STUDY DESIGN: Retrospective analysis of prospective database. PURPOSE: To compare 2-year clinical and radiological outcomes after minimally invasive transforaminal lumbar interbody fusion (MIS-TLIF) among "middle-age" (50-64.99 years), "young-old" (65-74.99 years), and "old-old" (>75 years) patients. OVERVIEW OF LITERATURE: Owing to higher perioperative morbidity and mortality rates, elderly patients with degenerative lumbar conditions are occasionally denied surgical care, even after conservative treatment failure...
April 2017: Asian Spine Journal
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28441406/head-and-pelvic-movement-asymmetries-at-trot-in-riding-horses-in-training-and-perceived-as-free-from-lameness-by-the-owner
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Marie Rhodin, Agneta Egenvall, Pia Haubro Andersen, Thilo Pfau
Recent studies evaluating horses in training and considered free from lameness by their owners have identified a large proportion of horses with motion asymmetries. However the prevalence, type and magnitude of asymmetries when trotting in a straight line or on the lunge have not been investigated. The aim of this study was to objectively investigate the presence of motion asymmetries in riding horses in training by identifying the side and quantifying the degree and type (impact, pushoff) of forelimb and hind limb asymmetries found during straight line trot and on the lunge...
2017: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28441308/factors-associated-with-the-development-of-and-revision-for-proximal-junctional-kyphosis-in-440-consecutive-adult-spinal-deformity-patients
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Fred H Nicholls, Junseok Bae, Alexander A Theologis, Murat S Eksi, Christopher P Ames, Sigurd H Berven, Shane Burch, Bobby K Tay, Vedat Deviren
STUDY DESIGN: Retrospective review of prospectively collected data OBJECTIVE.: The aim of this study was to examine which radiographic parameters and surgical strategies are most closely associated with proximal junctional kyphosis (PJK) after adult spinal deformity (ASD) surgery, the need for revision surgery for PJK, and whether these differ based on the upper instrumented vertebra (UIV). SUMMARY OF BACKGROUND DATA: Multiple parameters are considered when planning correction of ASD...
April 24, 2017: Spine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28439881/effect-of-cocoa-on-blood-pressure
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Karin Ried, Peter Fakler, Nigel P Stocks
BACKGROUND: High blood pressure is an important risk factor for cardiovascular disease, contributing to about 50% of cardiovascular events worldwide and 37% of cardiovascular-related deaths in Western populations. Epidemiological studies suggest that cocoa-rich products reduce the risk of cardiovascular disease. Flavanols found in cocoa have been shown to increase the formation of endothelial nitric oxide which promotes vasodilation and therefore blood pressure reduction. Here we update previous meta-analyses on the effect of cocoa on blood pressure...
April 25, 2017: Cochrane Database of Systematic Reviews
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28438010/study-on-crystallographic-orientation-effect-on-surface-generation-of-aluminum-in-nano-cutting
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Feifei Xu, Fengzhou Fang, Yuanqing Zhu, Xiaodong Zhang
The material characteristics such as size effect are one of the most important factors that could not be neglected in cutting the material at nanoscale. The effects of anisotropic nature of single crystal materials in nano-cutting are investigated employing the molecular dynamics simulation. Results show that the size effect of the plastic deformation is based on different plastic carriers, such as the twin, stacking faults, and dislocations. The minimum uncut chip thickness is dependent on cutting direction, where even a negative value is obtained when the cutting direction is {110}<001>...
December 2017: Nanoscale Research Letters
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28437718/nontargeted-metabolomics-approach-for-the-differentiation-of-cultivation-ages-of-mountain-cultivated-ginseng-leaves-using-uhplc-qtof-ms
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Xiangwei Chang, Juanjuan Zhang, Dekun Li, Dazheng Zhou, Yuling Zhang, Jincheng Wang, Bing Hu, Aichun Ju, Zhengliang Ye
The adulteration or falsification of the cultivation age of mountain cultivated ginseng (MCG) has been a serious problem in the commercial MCG market. To develop an efficient discrimination tool for the cultivation age and to explore potential age-dependent markers, an optimized ultra high-performance liquid chromatography/quadrupole time-of-flight mass spectrometry (UHPLC/QTOF-MS)-based metabolomics approach was applied in the global metabolite profiling of 156 MCG leaf (MGL) samples aged from 6 to 18 years...
April 13, 2017: Journal of Pharmaceutical and Biomedical Analysis
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28437476/clc-3-chloride-channel-mediates-the-role-of-parathyroid-hormone-1-34-on-osteogenic-differentiation-of-osteoblasts
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Xiaolin Lu, Yin Ding, Qiannan Niu, Shijie Xuan, Yan Yang, Yulong Jin, Huan Wang
INTRODUCTION: Different concentrations of parathyroid hormone [1-34] (PTH [1-34]) can have totally opposite effects on osteoblasts. Intermittent stimulation with PTH can significantly increase bone mineral density in vitro, mainly through the protein kinase A (PKA) signaling pathway, which phosphorylates runt-related transcription factor 2 (Runx2). The ClC-3 chloride channel, an important anion channel, can also promote osteogenesis via the Runx2 pathway based on recent studies. The purpose of our study, therefore, is to research whether the ClC-3 chloride channel has an effect on PTH osteodifferentiation in MC3T3-E1 cells...
2017: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28437108/design-of-a-toolbox-of-rna-thermometers
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Shaunak Sen, Divyansh Apurva, Rohit Satija, Dan Siegal, Richard M Murray
Biomolecular temperature sensors can be used for efficient control of large-volume bioreactors, for spatiotemporal imaging and control of gene expression, and to engineer robustness to temperature in biomolecular circuit design. While RNA-based sensors, called 'thermometers', have been investigated in both natural and synthetic contexts, an important challenge is to design diverse responses to temperature, differing in sensitivities and thresholds. We address this issue by constructing a library of RNA thermometers, based on thermodynamic computations, and experimentally measuring their activities in cell-free biomolecular 'breadboards'...
April 24, 2017: ACS Synthetic Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28434911/does-quantity-ensure-quality-standardized-osce-stations-for-outcome-oriented-evaluation-of-practical-skills-at-different-medical-faculties
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Iris Schleicher, Karsten Leitner, Jana Juenger, Andreas Moeltner, Miriam Ruesseler, Bernd Bender, Jasmina Sterz, Tina Stibane, Sarah Koenig, Susanne Frankenhauser, Joachim Gerhard Kreuder
BACKGROUND: Practical skills are often assessed using Objective Structured Clinical Skill Exams (OSCE). Nevertheless, in Germany, interchange and agreement between different medical faculties or a general agreement on the minimum standard for passing is lacking. METHODS: We developed standardized OSCE-stations for assessing structured clinical examination of knee and shoulder joint with identical checklists and evaluation standards. These were implemented into the OSCE-course at five different medical faculties...
April 20, 2017: Annals of Anatomy, Anatomischer Anzeiger: Official Organ of the Anatomische Gesellschaft
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28434694/a-prospective-randomized-trial-of-mini-incision-posterior-and-2-incision-total-hip-arthroplasty-minimum-5-year-follow-up
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Robert A Sershon, Matthew W Tetreault, Craig J Della Valle
BACKGROUND: We previously described the results of a randomized controlled trial of mini-posterior vs 2-incision total hip arthroplasty and were unable to demonstrate significant differences in early outcomes. As less-invasive anterior approaches remain popular, the purpose of this report was to re-examine the outcomes at a minimum 5-year follow-up. METHODS: Seventy-two patients undergoing primary total hip arthroplasty were randomized to a mini-posterior or 2-incision approach...
March 23, 2017: Journal of Arthroplasty
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28434682/a-proposed-linear-skeletal-distance-to-predict-occlusal-vertical-dimension-a-cephalometric-study
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Mohammed Nasser Alhajj, Ammar A Daer
STATEMENT OF PROBLEM: Establishing a correct occlusal vertical dimension is considered one of the most important aspects of facial esthetics for patients in need of oral rehabilitation. PURPOSE: The purpose of this retrospective study was to evaluate the use of a proposed linear skeletal distance to predict the appropriate occlusal vertical dimension. MATERIAL AND METHODS: A total of 93 digital cephalometric radiographs were collected in Joint Photographic Experts Group (JPEG) format (51 men, 42 women) from the archive of the orthodontics department at the Faculty of Dentistry, Sana'a University, Yemen...
April 20, 2017: Journal of Prosthetic Dentistry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28432737/outcome-reporting-across-randomised-controlled-trials-evaluating-therapeutic-interventions-for-pre-eclampsia-a-systematic-review
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REVIEW
James M N Duffy, Martin Hirsch, Anusuya Kawsar, Chris Gale, Louise Pealing, Maria N Plana, Marian Showell, Paula R Williamson, Khalid S Khan, Sue Ziebland, Richard J McManus
BACKGROUND: Standardising outcome collection and reporting in pre-eclampsia trials requires an appraisal of current outcome reporting. OBJECTIVES: To map maternal and offspring outcome reporting across randomised trials evaluating therapeutic interventions for pre-eclampsia. SEARCH STRATEGY: Randomised trials were identified by searching bibliographical databases from inception to January 2016. SELECTION CRITERIA: Randomised controlled trials...
April 22, 2017: BJOG: An International Journal of Obstetrics and Gynaecology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28431578/is-the-effectiveness-of-patellofemoral-bracing-modified-by-patellofemoral-alignment-and-trochlear-morphology
#20
Xi Zhang, Jillian P Eyles, Joanna Makovey, Matthew J Williams, David J Hunter
BACKGROUND: This study was performed to determine if the effectiveness of patellofemoral bracing as a treatment for patellofemoral osteoarthritis is influenced by patellofemoral joint alignment and trochlear morphology. We hypothesized that those with more extreme patellar malalignment would benefit more from bracing. METHODS: Thirty-eight patients who had received bracing as part of a comprehensive treatment plan for patellofemoral osteoarthritis were selected for this study...
April 21, 2017: BMC Musculoskeletal Disorders
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