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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28445464/burgess-shale-fossils-illustrate-the-origin-of-the-mandibulate-body-plan
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Cédric Aria, Jean-Bernard Caron
Retracing the evolutionary history of arthropods has been one of the greatest challenges in biology. During the past decade, phylogenetic analyses of morphological and molecular data have coalesced towards the conclusion that Mandibulata, the most diverse and abundant group of animals, is a distinct clade from Chelicerata, in that its members possess post-oral head appendages specialized for food processing, notably the mandible. The origin of the mandibulate body plan, however, which encompasses myriapods, crustaceans and hexapods, has remained poorly documented...
April 26, 2017: Nature
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28445441/mining-productive-associated-periodic-frequent-patterns-in-body-sensor-data-for-smart-home-care
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Walaa N Ismail, Mohammad Mehedi Hassan
The understanding of various health-oriented vital sign data generated from body sensor networks (BSNs) and discovery of the associations between the generated parameters is an important task that may assist and promote important decision making in healthcare. For example, in a smart home scenario where occupants' health status is continuously monitored remotely, it is essential to provide the required assistance when an unusual or critical situation is detected in their vital sign data. In this paper, we present an efficient approach for mining the periodic patterns obtained from BSN data...
April 26, 2017: Sensors
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28445231/the-effects-of-multi-day-vs-single-pre-exercise-nitrate-supplement-dosing-on-simulated-cycling-time-trial-performance-and-skeletal-muscle-oxygenation
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Edward Jo, Michelle Fischer, Alexandra T Auslander, Alan Beigarten, Bruce Daggy, Ken Hansen, Lisa Kessler, Adam Osmond, Hong Wang, Rachel Wes
A transient augmentation in the metabolic efficiency of skeletal muscle is the purported basis for dietary nitrate supplementation amongst competitive and recreational athletes alike. Previous studies support the ergogenic effects of nitrate supplementation as findings indicated improved microvascular blood flow, exercise economy, and performance with relatively short-term supplementation. As with most ergogenic aids, the optimum duration of supplementation prior to performance or competition, i.e. loading phase, is a critical determinant for efficacy...
April 18, 2017: Journal of Strength and Conditioning Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28445078/effects-of-high-intensity-interval-training-on-canoeing-performance
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Ming-Ta Yang, Mien-Mien Lee, Shu-Ching Hsu, Kuei-Hui Chan
The purpose of this study was to compare the effects of high-intensity interval training (HIIT) and moderate-intensity continuous training (MICT) utilizing a canoeing ergometer on endurance determinants, as well as aerobic and anaerobic performances among flat-water canoeists. Fourteen well-trained male flat-water canoeists were divided into an HIIT group or an MICT group. All subjects performed a continuous graded exercise test (GXT) and three fixed-distance (200, 500, and 1000 m) performance tests on a canoeing ergometer to determine canoeing economy, peak oxygen uptake (VO2peak), and power at VO2peak, and to calculate the critical velocity (CV) and anaerobic work capacity before and after the training programmes...
April 26, 2017: European Journal of Sport Science
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28444930/does-postexercise-modelled-capillary-blood-flow-accurately-reflect-cardiovascular-effects-by-different-exercise-intensities
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F Stöcker, C Von Oldershausen, F K Paternoster, T Schulz, R Oberhoffer
Blood flow (BF) in exercising muscles is an important factor for exercise capacity. Recently, a non-invasive method to estimate capillary BF (Qcap ) was introduced. Using this method, the Fick principle is re-arranged by using relative differences in deoxygenated haemoglobin (ΔHHb) as a surrogate for arteriovenous O2 difference and pulmonary oxygen uptake (VO2 ) instead of muscular oxygen uptake. The aim of this study was to examine (I) the relationship between Qcap and exercise intensity during and following exercise, and (II) to critically reflect the Qcap approach...
April 26, 2017: Clinical Physiology and Functional Imaging
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28444077/chronic-critical-illness-are-we-saving-patients-or-creating-victims
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Sergio Henrique Loss, Diego Silva Leite Nunes, Oellen Stuani Franzosi, Gabriela Soranço Salazar, Cassiano Teixeira, Silvia Regina Rios Vieira
The technological advancements that allow support for organ dysfunction have led to an increase in survival rates for the most critically ill patients. Some of these patients survive the initial acute critical condition but continue to suffer from organ dysfunction and remain in an inflammatory state for long periods of time. This group of critically ill patients has been described since the 1980s and has had different diagnostic criteria over the years. These patients are known to have lengthy hospital stays, undergo significant alterations in muscle and bone metabolism, show immunodeficiency, consume substantial health resources, have reduced functional and cognitive capacity after discharge, create a sizable workload for caregivers, and present high long-term mortality rates...
January 2017: Revista Brasileira de Terapia Intensiva
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28444071/reducing-pressure-ulcers-in-patients-with-prolonged-acute-mechanical-ventilation-a-quasi-experimental-study
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Cecilia Inés Loudet, María Cecilia Marchena, María Roxana Maradeo, Silvia Laura Fernández, María Victoria Romero, Graciela Esther Valenzuela, Isabel Eustaquia Herrera, Martha Teresa Ramírez, Silvia Rojas Palomino, Mariana Virginia Teberobsky, Leandro Ismael Tumino, Ana Laura González, Rosa Reina, Elisa Estenssoro
Objective: To determine the effectiveness of a quality management program in reducing the incidence and severity of pressure ulcers in critical care patients. Methods: This was a quasi-experimental, before-and-after study that was conducted in a medical-surgical intensive care unit. Consecutive patients who had received mechanical ventilation for ≥ 96 hours were included. A "Process Improvement" team designed a multifaceted interventional process that consisted of an educational session, a pressure ulcer checklist, a smartphone application for lesion monitoring and decision-making, and a "family prevention bundle"...
January 2017: Revista Brasileira de Terapia Intensiva
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28444042/regionalization-in-the-sus-implementation-process-challenges-and-perspectives-in-the-critical-view-of-system-managers
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Andre Luis Bonifácio de Carvalho, Washington Luiz Abreu de Jesus, Isabel Maria Vilas Boas Senra
This article examines the regionalization process in the Brazilian Health System, identifying frameworks and challenges of this process from critical dialogue on the subject, contextualized by the experience of the management system and in the light of an established theoretical debate in the last decade. We used the thematic content analysis of legal and documentary surveys of the regionalization process in SUS, collated by elements of the historical and political context in the period. As evidence, it appears that the regionalization process has been incremental decentralization/deconcentration of management and health actions and services...
April 2017: Ciência & Saúde Coletiva
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28443681/preventing-the-forgotten-ureteral-stent-by-using-a-mobile-point-of-care-application
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Justin Bradley Ziemba, Wesley Ludwig, Leticia Ruiz, Eduardo Carvalhal, Brian Matlaga
INTRODUCTION: The forgotten ureteral stent (FUS) can lead to patient morbidity. To date, tracking ureteral stents is a cumbersome task, given their high frequency of insertion and variable indwelling times. To simplify this process, an application was developed to track patients with indwelling ureteral stents. We report our initial user-experience and clinical outcomes with this application. METHODS: Ureteral Stent Tracker™ (UST) is a secure, HIPPA compliant, cloud based point-of-care (POC) application...
April 26, 2017: Journal of Endourology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28443389/neuroscience-intermediate-level-care-units-staffed-by-intensivists-clinical-outcomes-and-cost-analysis
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Kwadwo Kyeremanteng, Ariel Hendin, Kalpana Bhardwaj, Kednapa Thavorn, Dave Neilipovitz, Dalibour Kubelik, Gianni D'Egidio, Grant Stotts, Erin Rosenberg
INTRODUCTION: With an aging population and increasing numbers of intensive care unit admissions, novel ways of providing quality care at reduced cost are required. Closed neurointensive care units improve outcomes for patients with critical neurological conditions, including decreased mortality and length of stay (LOS). Small studies have demonstrated the safety of intermediate-level units for selected patient populations. However, few studies analyze both cost and safety outcomes of these units...
January 1, 2017: Journal of Intensive Care Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28443040/the-impact-of-early-visual-deprivation-on-spatial-hearing-a-comparison-between-totally-and-partially-visually-deprived-children
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Giulia Cappagli, Sara Finocchietti, Elena Cocchi, Monica Gori
The specific role of early visual deprivation on spatial hearing is still unclear, mainly due to the difficulty of comparing similar spatial skills at different ages and to the difficulty in recruiting young blind children from birth. In this study, the effects of early visual deprivation on the development of auditory spatial localization have been assessed in a group of seven 3-5 years old children with congenital blindness (n = 2; light perception or no perception of light) or low vision (n = 5; visual acuity range 1...
2017: Frontiers in Psychology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28441768/probabilistic-fatigue-life-updating-for-railway-bridges-based-on-local-inspection-and-repair
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Young-Joo Lee, Robin E Kim, Wonho Suh, Kiwon Park
Railway bridges are exposed to repeated train loads, which may cause fatigue failure. As critical links in a transportation network, railway bridges are expected to survive for a target period of time, but sometimes they fail earlier than expected. To guarantee the target bridge life, bridge maintenance activities such as local inspection and repair should be undertaken properly. However, this is a challenging task because there are various sources of uncertainty associated with aging bridges, train loads, environmental conditions, and maintenance work...
April 24, 2017: Sensors
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28439791/task-irrelevant-distractors-in-the-delay-period-interfere-selectively-with-visual-short-term-memory-for-spatial-locations
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Francesco Marini, Jerry Scott, Adam R Aron, Edward F Ester
Visual short-term memory (VSTM) enables the representation of information in a readily accessible state. VSTM is typically conceptualized as a form of "active" storage that is resistant to interference or disruption, yet several recent studies have shown that under some circumstances task-irrelevant distractors may indeed disrupt performance. Here, we investigated how task-irrelevant visual distractors affected VSTM by asking whether distractors induce a general loss of remembered information or selectively interfere with memory representations...
April 24, 2017: Attention, Perception & Psychophysics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28439356/impact-of-the-2003-acgme-resident-duty-hour-reform-on-hospital-acquired-conditions-a-national-retrospective-analysis
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Timothy Wen, Frank J Attenello, Steven Y Cen, Alexander A Khalessi, May Kim-Tenser, Nerses Sanossian, Steven L Giannotta, Arun P Amar, William J Mack
BACKGROUND: The Accreditation Council for Graduate Medical Education reforms in 2003 instituted an 80-hour weekly limit for resident physicians. Critics argue that these restrictions have increased handoffs among residents and the potential for a decline in patient safety. "Never events" hospital-acquired conditions (HACs) are a set of preventable events used as a quality metric in hospital safety analyses. OBJECTIVE: This analysis evaluated post-work hour reform effects on HAC incidence for US hospital inpatients, using the National Inpatient Sample...
April 2017: Journal of Graduate Medical Education
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28439070/clinical-and-microbiological-characteristics-and-impact-of-therapeutic-strategies-on-the-outcomes-of-children-with-candidemia
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Ming-Horng Tsai, Jen-Fu Hsu, Shih-Ming Chu, Pey-Jium Chang, Mei-Yin Lai, I-Hsyuan Wu, Hsuan-Rong Huang, Ming-Chou Chiang, Ren-Huei Fu, Jang-Jih Lu
We aimed to determine the clinical and microbiological characteristics of Candida bloodstream infections in children and the impact of therapeutic strategies on outcomes. All pediatric patients with candidemia from a medical center in Taiwan over a 13-year period (2003-2015) were included and a total of 262 patients with 319 episodes of candidemia were analyzed. Overall susceptibility to fluconazole was 86.1%. Cumulative mortality at 7 and 30 days after the first episode of candidemia was 13.4% and 25.2%, respectively...
April 24, 2017: Scientific Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28437809/reactive-rather-than-proactive-diabetes-management-in-the-perioperative-period
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Inge Hommel, Petra J van Gurp, Alfons A den Broeder, Hub Wollersheim, Femke Atsma, Marlies E J L Hulscher, Cees J Tack
As perioperative hyperglycemia is associated with poor postoperative patient outcomes, clinical guidelines provide recommendations for optimal perioperative glucose control. It is unclear to what extent recommended glucose levels are met in daily practice, and little is known about factors that influence these levels. We describe blood glucose levels throughout the hospital care pathway in 375 non-critically ill patients with diabetes who underwent major surgery (abdominal, cardiac, or orthopedic) in 6 hospitals, examine determinants of these levels including adherence to 9 quality indicators for optimal perioperative diabetes care, and perform qualitative interviews to identify barriers for optimal care...
April 24, 2017: Hormone and Metabolic Research, Hormon- und Stoffwechselforschung, Hormones et Métabolisme
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28437767/building-integrated-agriculture-a-first-assessment-of-aerobiological-air-quality-in-rooftop-greenhouses-i-rtgs
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Mireia Ercilla-Montserrat, Rebeca Izquierdo, Jordina Belmonte, Juan Ignacio Montero, Pere Muñoz, Concepción De Linares, Joan Rieradevall
Building-integrated rooftop greenhouse (i-RTG) agriculture has intensified in recent years, due to the growing interest in the development of new agricultural spaces and in the promotion of food self-sufficiency in urban areas. This paper provides a first assessment of the indoor dynamics of bioaerosols in an i-RTG, with the aim of evaluating biological air quality in a tomato greenhouse near Barcelona. It evaluates the greenhouse workers' exposure to airborne pollen and fungal spores in order to prevent allergy problems associated with occupational tasks...
April 21, 2017: Science of the Total Environment
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28437586/pathogenesis-of-vascular-leak-in-dengue-virus-infection
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Gathsaurie Neelika Malavige, Graham S Ogg
Endothelial dysfunction leading to vascular leak is the hallmark of severe dengue. Vascular leak typically becomes clinically evident during 3-6 days since the onset of illness, which is known as the critical phase. This critical phase follows the period of peak viraemia, and lasts for 24 to 48 hours and usually shows rapid and complete reversal, suggesting it is likely to occur as a result of inflammatory mediators, rather than infection of the endothelium. Cytokines such as TNFα, which are known to be elevated in the critical phase of dengue, are likely to be contributing factors...
April 24, 2017: Immunology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28437539/safety-and-efficacy-of-antiviral-therapy-for-prevention-of-cytomegalovirus-reactivation-in-immunocompetent-critically-ill-patients-a-randomized-clinical-trial
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Nicholas J Cowley, Andrew Owen, Sarah C Shiels, Joanne Millar, Rebecca Woolley, Natalie Ives, Husam Osman, Paul Moss, Julian F Bion
Importance: Latent cytomegalovirus (CMV) infection is present in more than half the adult population, and a viral reactivation (ie, when the virus becomes measurable in body fluids such as blood) can occur in up to one-third of these individuals during episodes of critical illness. Objective: To determine whether antiviral therapy is safe and effective for preventing CMV reactivation in a general population of critically ill patients. Design, Setting, and Participants: A single-center, open-label, randomized, controlled clinical trial recruited 124 CMV-seropositive patients undergoing mechanical ventilation for at least 24 hours in the intensive care unit between January 1, 2012, and January 31, 2014...
April 24, 2017: JAMA Internal Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28437209/conversations-about-goals-and-values-are-feasible-and-acceptable-in-long-term-acute-care-hospitals-a-pilot-study
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Daniela J Lamas, Robert L Owens, R Nicholas Nace, Anthony F Massaro, Nathan J Pertsch, Susan T Moore, Rachelle E Bernacki, Susan D Block
RATIONALE: The chronically critically ill have survived acute critical illness but require prolonged mechanical ventilation. These patients are frequently transferred from acute care to long-term acute care hospitals (LTACHs) for prolonged recovery, yet many suffer setbacks requiring readmission to acute care. The patient's relatively improved condition while at the LTACH might be an opportunity for communication regarding care goals; however, there have been no prior studies of the feasibility of such conversations in the LTACH...
February 24, 2017: Journal of Palliative Medicine
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