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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28734247/seasonal-variation-in-water-uptake-patterns-of-three-plant-species-based-on-stable-isotopes-in-the-semi-arid-loess-plateau
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Jian Wang, Bojie Fu, Nan Lu, Li Zhang
Water is a limiting factor and significant driving force for ecosystem processes in arid and semi-arid areas. Knowledge of plant water uptake pattern is indispensable for understanding soil-plant interactions and species coexistence. The 'Grain for Green' project that started in 1999 in the Loess Plateau of China has led to large scale vegetation change. However, little is known about the water uptake patterns of the main plant species that inhabit in this region. In this study, the seasonal variations in water uptake patterns of three representative plant species, Stipa bungeana, Artemisia gmelinii and Vitex negundo, that are widely distributed in the semi-arid area of the Loess Plateau, were identified by using dual stable isotopes of δ(2)H and δ(18)O in plant and soil water coupled with a Bayesian mixing model MixSIAR...
July 19, 2017: Science of the Total Environment
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28734229/effects-of-dietary-starch-types-on-early-postmortem-muscle-energy-metabolism-in-finishing-pigs
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Y J Li, T Gao, J L Li, L Zhang, F Gao, G H Zhou
This study aimed to investigate the effects of different dietary starch types on early postmortem muscle energy metabolism in finishing pigs. Ninety barrows (68.0±2.0kg) were randomly allotted to three experimental diets with five replicates of six pigs, containing pure waxy maize starch (WMS), nonwaxy maize starch (NMS), and pea starch (PS) (amylose/amylopectin were 0.07, 0.19 and 0.28 respectively). Compared with the WMS diet, pigs fed the PS diet exhibited greater creatine kinase activity, higher adenosine triphosphate and adenosine diphosphate contents, lower phosphocreatine (PCr), adenosine monophosphate and glycogen contents, and lower glycolytic potential (P<0...
July 12, 2017: Meat Science
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28734174/old-and-new-adjuvants
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REVIEW
Amy S McKee, Philippa Marrack
Adjuvants have been deliberately added to vaccines since the 1920's when alum was discovered to boost antibody responses, leading to better protection. The first adjuvants were discovered by accident and were used in the safer but less immunogenic subunit vaccines, supposedly by providing an antigen depot to extend antigen presentation. Since that time, much has been discovered about how these adjuvants impact cells at the tissue site to activate innate immune responses, mobilize dendritic cells and drive adaptive immunity...
July 19, 2017: Current Opinion in Immunology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28732337/critical-review-of-soil-contamination-by-polybrominated-diphenyl-ethers-pbdes-and-novel-brominated-flame-retardants-nbfrs-concentrations-sources-and-congener-profiles
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REVIEW
Thomas J McGrath, Andrew S Ball, Bradley O Clarke
Polybrominated diphenyl ethers (PBDEs) have been used in a broad array of polymeric materials such as plastics, foams, resins and adhesives to inhibit the spread of fires since the 1970s. The widespread environmental contamination and well documented toxic effects of PBDEs have led to bans and voluntary withdrawals in many jurisdictions. Replacement novel brominated flame retardants (NBFRs) have, however, exhibited many of the same toxic characteristics as PBDEs and appear to share similar environmental fate...
July 18, 2017: Environmental Pollution
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28732323/evaluation-of-an-online-training-for-improving-self-reported-evidence-based-decision-making-skills-in-cancer-control-among-public-health-professionals
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A B Morshed, P Ballew, M B Elliott, D Haire-Joshu, M W Kreuter, R C Brownson
OBJECTIVES: The purpose of this evaluation was to assess the effect of the online evidence-based cancer control (EBCC) training on improving the self-reported evidence-based decision-making (EBDM) skills in cancer control among Nebraska public health professionals. STUDY DESIGN: Cross-sectional group comparison. METHODS: Previously developed EBDM measures were administered via online surveys to 201 public health professionals at baseline (comparison group) and 123 professionals who took part in the training...
July 18, 2017: Public Health
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28732289/effects-of-psychotherapies-for-posttraumatic-stress-disorder-on-sleep-disturbances-results-from-a-randomized-clinical-trial
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Elizabeth Woodward, Ann Hackmann, Jennifer Wild, Nick Grey, David M Clark, Anke Ehlers
The effectiveness and mechanisms of psychotherapies for posttraumatic stress disorder (PTSD) in treating sleep problems is of interest. This study compared the effects of a trauma-focused and a non-trauma-focused psychotherapy on sleep, to investigate whether 1) sleep improves with psychotherapy for PTSD; 2) the degree of sleep improvement depends on whether the intervention is trauma or nontrauma-focused; 3) the memory-updating procedure in cognitive therapy for PTSD (CT-PTSD) is associated with sleep improvements; 4) initial sleep duration affects PTSD treatment outcome; and 5) which symptom changes are associated with sleep duration improvements...
July 8, 2017: Behaviour Research and Therapy
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28732288/lncrna-hotair-alleviates-rheumatoid-arthritis-by-targeting-mir-138-and-inactivating-nf-%C3%AE%C2%BAb-pathway
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Hong-Ju Zhang, Qiao-Feng Wei, Shu-Jun Wang, Hong-Jie Zhang, Xiu-Ying Zhang, Qin Geng, Yan-Hui Cui, Xiu-Hua Wang
Rheumatoid arthritis (RA) is a chronic and autoimmune-mediated inflammatory disease. We aimed to investigate the regulation of lncRNA HOTAIR in LPS-treated chondrocytes and RA mouse. Our results showed that HOTAIR expression was significantly reduced in LPS-treated chondrocytes. The HOTAIR was then over-expressed in chondrocytes by transfecting recombinant lentivirus carrying sequences encoding HOTAIR. The LPS-induced reduction of cell proliferation rate and production of two inflammatory factors interleukin (IL)-17, IL-23 were markedly inhibited...
July 18, 2017: International Immunopharmacology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28732267/understanding-the-holobiont-the-interdependence-of-plants-and-their-microbiome
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REVIEW
Carmen Sánchez-Cañizares, Beatriz Jorrín, Philip S Poole, Andrzej Tkacz
The holobiont is composed by the plant and its microbiome. In a similar way to ecological systems of higher organisms, the holobiont shows interdependent and complex dynamics [1,2]. While plants originate from seeds, the microbiome has a multitude of sources. The assemblage of these communities depends on the interaction between the emerging seedling and its surrounding environment, with soil being the main source. These microbial communities are controlled by the plant through different strategies, such as the specific profile of root exudates and its immune system...
July 18, 2017: Current Opinion in Microbiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28732238/community-action-for-health-in-india-s-national-rural-health-mission-one-policy-many-paths
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Rakhal Gaitonde, Miguel San Sebastian, V R Muraleedharan, Anna-Karin Hurtig
Community participation as a strategy for health system strengthening and accountability is an almost ubiquitous policy prescription. In 2005, with the election of a new Government in India, the National Rural Health Mission was launched. This was aimed at 'architectural correction' of the health care system, and enshrined 'communitization' as one of its pillars. The mission also provided unique policy spaces and opportunity structures that enabled civil society groups to attempt to bring on to the policy agenda as well as implement a more collective action and social justice based approach to community based accountability...
July 1, 2017: Social Science & Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28732216/development-of-hla-b-57-01-genotyping-real-time-pcr-with-optimized-hydrolysis-probe-design
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Hou-Sung Jung, Gregory J Tsongalis, Joel A Lefferts
HLA-B*57:01 genotyping before abacavir (ABC) administration is a standard of care to avoid ABC-driven hypersensitivity reactions. Several HLA-B*57:01 tests have been developed, each with advantages and disadvantages. Some have limited accuracy, require special instrumentation, and/or are labor intensive and expensive. We developed a novel hydrolysis probe-based real-time PCR method of HLA-B*57:01 genotyping. Primer and probes were designed based on published sequence variations in exon 3 of HLA-B that distinguish HLA-B*57:01 from ABC-insensitive alleles such as HLA-B*57:03 and HLA-B*58:01...
July 18, 2017: Journal of Molecular Diagnostics: JMD
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28732212/ualcan-a-portal-for-facilitating-tumor-subgroup-gene-expression-and-survival-analyses
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Darshan S Chandrashekar, Bhuwan Bashel, Sai Akshaya Hodigere Balasubramanya, Chad J Creighton, Israel Ponce-Rodriguez, Balabhadrapatruni V S K Chakravarthi, Sooryanarayana Varambally
Genomics data from The Cancer Genome Atlas (TCGA) project has led to the comprehensive molecular characterization of multiple cancer types. The large sample numbers in TCGA offer an excellent opportunity to address questions associated with tumo heterogeneity. Exploration of the data by cancer researchers and clinicians is imperative to unearth novel therapeutic/diagnostic biomarkers. Various computational tools have been developed to aid researchers in carrying out specific TCGA data analyses; however there is need for resources to facilitate the study of gene expression variations and survival associations across tumors...
July 18, 2017: Neoplasia: An International Journal for Oncology Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28732183/new-resins-for-dental-composites
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A P P Fugolin, C S Pfeifer
Restorative composites have evolved significantly since they were first introduced in the early 1960s, with most of the development concentrating on the filler technology. This has led to improved mechanical properties, notably wear resistance, and has expanded the use of composites to larger posterior restorations. On the organic matrix side, concerns over the polymerization stress and the potential damage to the bonded interface have dominated research in the past 20 y, with many "low-shrinkage" composites being launched commercially...
July 1, 2017: Journal of Dental Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28732159/remote-single-molecule-switching-identification-and-nano-engineering-of-hot-electron-induced-tautomerization
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Jens Kügel, Markus Leisegang, Markus Böhme, Andreas Krönlein, Aimee Sixta, Matthias Bode
Molecular electronics where single molecules perform basic functionalities of digital circuits is a fascinating concept that one day may augment or even replace nowadays semiconductor technologies. The tautomerization of molecules, i.e., the bistable functional position of hydrogen protons within an organic frame, has recently been intensively discussed as a potential avenue towards nano-scale switches. It has been shown that tautomerization can be triggered locally or non-locally, i.e. by a scanning tunneling microscope (STM) tip positioned directly above or in close vicinity to the molecule...
July 21, 2017: Nano Letters
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28732147/financial-incentives-and-health-coaching-to-improve-physical-activity-following-total-knee-replacement-a-randomized-controlled-trial
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Elena Losina, Jamie E Collins, Bhushan R Deshpande, Savannah R Smith, Griffin L Michl, Ilana M Usiskin, Kristina M Klara, Amelia R Winter, Heidi Y Yang, Faith Selzer, Jeffrey N Katz
OBJECTIVE: Most persons who undergo total knee replacement (TKR) do not increase their physical activity following surgery. We assessed whether financial incentives and health coaching would improve physical activity in persons undergoing TKR. METHODS: We designed a factorial randomized controlled trial among persons undergoing TKR for osteoarthritis. Subjects underwent normal perioperative procedures, including post-operative physical therapy, and were assigned to one of four arms: attention control, telephonic health coaching (THC), financial incentives (FI), or THC+FI...
July 21, 2017: Arthritis Care & Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28732006/drivers-for-rift-valley-fever-emergence-in-mayotte-a-bayesian-modelling-approach
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Raphaëlle Métras, Guillaume Fournié, Laure Dommergues, Anton Camacho, Lisa Cavalerie, Philippe Mérot, Matt J Keeling, Catherine Cêtre-Sossah, Eric Cardinale, W John Edmunds
Rift Valley fever (RVF) is a major zoonotic and arboviral hemorrhagic fever. The conditions leading to RVF epidemics are still unclear, and the relative role of climatic and anthropogenic factors may vary between ecosystems. Here, we estimate the most likely scenario that led to RVF emergence on the island of Mayotte, following the 2006-2007 African epidemic. We developed the first mathematical model for RVF that accounts for climate, animal imports and livestock susceptibility, which is fitted to a 12-years dataset...
July 21, 2017: PLoS Neglected Tropical Diseases
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28731945/the-changing-paradigm-of-radiotherapy-in-the-elderly-population
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Myer Raphael Pfeffer, Philip Blumenfeld
There is increasing awareness of the special needs for care of the elderly cancer patient. Newer precise conformal radiotherapy techniques allow the safe delivery of higher doses of radiotherapy to the target tumor while reducing the dose to surrounding critical organs. This has led to a shortening of radiotherapy protocols for both curative and palliative indications. We review these novel techniques and protocols and the published clinical studies that include elderly patients treated with these techniques...
July 2017: Cancer Journal
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28731927/injectate-spread-following-anterior-sub-costal-and-posterior-approaches-to-the-quadratus-lumborum-block-a-comparative-cadaveric-study
#17
Hesham Elsharkawy, Kariem El-Boghdadly, Sree Kolli, Wael A S Esa, Sean DeGrande, Loran M Soliman, Richard L Drake
BACKGROUND: The dermatomal level of analgesia achieved with quadratus lumborum blocks varies according to the location of injection. The most commonly used approaches are either at the postero-lateral aspect or anterior to the quadratus lumborum muscle. The aim of the study was to determine whether the site of injection of contrast dye around the quadratus lumborum muscle of cadavers affects the extent and mechanism of dye spread. METHODS: Six fresh human cadavers received either a posterior quadratus lumborum block or an anterior sub-costal quadratus lumborum block on each side...
July 20, 2017: European Journal of Anaesthesiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28731899/current-perspectives-on-invasive-nontyphoidal-salmonella-disease
#18
Andrea H Haselbeck, Ursula Panzner, Justin Im, Stephen Baker, Christian G Meyer, Florian Marks
PURPOSE OF REVIEW: We searched PubMed for scientific literature published in the past 2 years for relevant information regarding the burden of invasive nontyphoidal Salmonella disease and host factors associated with nontyphoidal Salmonella infection and discuss current knowledge on vaccine development. The following search terms were used: Salmonella, non typhoidal/nontyphoidal, NTS, disease, bloodstream infection, invasive, sepsis/septicaemia/septicemia, bacteraemia/bacteremia, gastroenteritis, incidence, prevalence, morbidity, mortality, case fatality, host/risk factor, vaccination, and prevention/control...
July 20, 2017: Current Opinion in Infectious Diseases
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28731881/implementation-of-a-nurse-driven-educational-program-improves-management-of-sorafenib-s-toxicities-in-hepatocellular-carcinoma
#19
Angélique Brunot, Florence Le Roy, Samuel Le Sourd, Amel MʼSadek, Marielle Duval, Laurence Crouzet, Anne Guillygomarcʼh, Eveline Boucher, Brigitte Laguerre, Julien Edeline
BACKGROUND: Sorafenib is the standard treatment of advanced hepatocellular carcinoma. Because of its unique toxicities, improving patients' tolerance merits close follow-up. Nurses can play a crucial role by leading a patient educational program (EP). OBJECTIVES: The aim of this study was to assess whether adding EP to usual care (UC) improves patient's care. METHODS: Since 2011, oncologists referred patients treated by sorafenib to the EP led by clinical nurses...
July 20, 2017: Cancer Nursing
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28731880/refractive-surgery-malpractice-litigation-outcomes
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Benjamin L Custer, Steven R Ballard, Robert B Carroll, Scott D Barnes, Grant A Justin
PURPOSE: To review data on malpractice claims related to refractive surgery to identify common allegations and injuries and financial outcomes. METHODS: The WestlawNext database was reviewed for all malpractice lawsuits/settlements related to refractive eye surgery. Data evaluated included patient demographics, type of operation performed, plaintiff allegation, nature of injury, and litigation outcomes. RESULTS: A total of 167 cases met the inclusion criteria, of which 108 cases (64...
July 19, 2017: Cornea
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