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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28938601/mutation-profile-based-methods-for-understanding-selection-forces-in-cancer-somatic-mutations-a-comparative-analysis
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Zhan Zhou, Yangyun Zou, Gangbiao Liu, Jingqi Zhou, Jingcheng Wu, Shimin Zhao, Zhixi Su, Xun Gu
Human genes exhibit different effects on fitness in cancer and normal cells. Here, we present an evolutionary approach to measure the selection pressure on human genes, using the well-known ratio of the nonsynonymous to synonymous substitution rate in both cancer genomes (CN /CS ) and normal populations (pN /pS ). A new mutation-profile-based method that adopts sample-specific mutation rate profiles instead of conventional substitution models was developed. We found that cancer-specific selection pressure is quite different from the selection pressure at the species and population levels...
August 29, 2017: Oncotarget
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28938500/acceptability-of-two-colorectal-cancer-screening-tests-pain-as-a-key-determinant-in-sigmoidoscopy
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Benedicte Kirkøen, Paula Berstad, Edoardo Botteri, Eirin Dalén, Jens Aksel Nilsen, Geir Hoff, Thomas de Lange, Tomm Bernklev
Background Participants' experience with a screening test can influence adherence, and therefore the efficacy of screening programs. We compared screening with unsedated flexible sigmoidoscopy and fecal immunochemical testing (FIT) for participants' satisfaction with the decision and for willingness to repeat colorectal cancer screening. Methods In a prospective, randomized trial 3257 individuals (50 - 74 years) were invited to either flexible sigmoidoscopy or FIT (1:1), of whom 1650 took up the offer (52...
September 22, 2017: Endoscopy
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28938249/absence-of-fitness-improvement-is-associated-with-outcomes-in-heart-failure-patients
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Esmée A Bakker, Johan A Snoek, Esther P Meindersma, Maria T E Hopman, Louise Bellersen, André L M Verbeek, Dick H J Thijssen, Thijs M H Eijsvogels
PURPOSE: To examine the clinical impact of cardiorespiratory fitness (CRF) and improvements in CRF after cardiac rehabilitation (CR) in heart failure (HF) patients for their risk of all-cause mortality and unplanned hospitalization. Secondly, to investigate possible factors associated with the absence of improvement in CRF after rehabilitation. METHODS: We included 155 HF patients receiving CR between October 2009 and January 2015. Patients performed an incremental bicycle test to assess CRF through peak oxygen uptake (VO2-peak) before and after CR-based supervised exercise training...
September 21, 2017: Medicine and Science in Sports and Exercise
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28938216/efficient-removal-of-priority-hazardous-priority-and-emerging-pollutants-with-prunus-armeniaca-functionalized-biochar-from-aqueous-wastes-experimental-optimization-and-modeling
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Maja Turk Sekulić, Sabolč Pap, Zoran Stojanović, Nikola Bošković, Jelena Radonić, Tatjana Šolević Knudsen
This paper investigates the ability of the phosphoric acid functionalized Prunus armeniaca stones biochar (AsPhA) prepared by thermochemical activation to remove lead (Pb(2+)), cadmium (Cd(2+)), nickel (Ni(2+)), naproxen and chlorophenols from aqueous wastes. The engineered biochar was characterized using the Scanning Electron Microscopy, Energy-dispersive X-ray Spectroscopy, Fourier Transform Infrared Spectroscopy and Brunauer, Emmett and Teller technique. The batch studies were performed by varying the initial pH of the solution (2-9), adsorbent dosage (0...
September 19, 2017: Science of the Total Environment
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28938200/atmospheric-deposition-of-mercury-and-cadmium-impacts-on-topsoil-in-a-typical-coal-mine-city-lianyuan-china
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Jie Liang, Chunting Feng, Guangming Zeng, Minzhou Zhong, Xiang Gao, Xiaodong Li, Xinyue He, Xin Li, Yilong Fang, Dan Mo
Mercury (Hg) and cadmium (Cd) in the atmosphere from coal combustion emissions play an important role in soil pollution. Therefore, the purposes of this study were to quantitatively evaluate the atmospheric Hg and Cd deposition and to determine the influence of atmospheric deposition on Hg and Cd contents in surface soil in a typical coal mine city. Atmospheric deposition samples were collected from May 2015 to May 2016 at 17 sites located in industrial, agricultural and forest areas in the Lianyuan city. Atmospheric Hg and Cd deposition fluxes in the different land use types showed high variability...
September 14, 2017: Chemosphere
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28938187/unique-identifiers-needed-to-make-national-data-sets-fit-for-public-health-purposes-the-example-of-subsequent-teenage-pregnancy-in-england-and-wales
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L A McDaid, J Collier, M J Platt
No abstract text is available yet for this article.
September 19, 2017: Public Health
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28938151/elucidation-of-shared-and-specific-white-matter-findings-underlying-psychopathology-clusters-in-schizophrenia
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Jeanette Lim, Rowena Chin, New Fei Ho, Max Lam, Min Yi Sum, Simon Collinson, Lisa Phillips, Tih-Shih Lee, Balázs Zoltán Gulyás, Juan Zhou, Kang Sim
BACKGROUND: Schizophrenia is associated with diverse white matter (WM) brain abnormalities. In this study, we sought to examine the WM microstructural findings which underlie clinical psychopathology clusters in schizophrenia and hypothesized that these symptom clusters are associated with common and unique WM tracts. METHODS: Overall, 76 healthy controls (HC), and 148 patients with schizophrenia (SZ) were recruited and severity of symptomatology in schizophrenia was assessed using the Positive and Negative Syndrome Scale...
September 1, 2017: Asian Journal of Psychiatry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28938115/a-human-bi-specific-antibody-against-zika-virus-with-high-therapeutic-potential
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Jiaqi Wang, Marco Bardelli, Diego A Espinosa, Mattia Pedotti, Thiam-Seng Ng, Siro Bianchi, Luca Simonelli, Elisa X Y Lim, Mathilde Foglierini, Fabrizia Zatta, Stefano Jaconi, Martina Beltramello, Elisabetta Cameroni, Guntur Fibriansah, Jian Shi, Taylor Barca, Isabel Pagani, Alicia Rubio, Vania Broccoli, Elisa Vicenzi, Victoria Graham, Steven Pullan, Stuart Dowall, Roger Hewson, Simon Jurt, Oliver Zerbe, Karin Stettler, Antonio Lanzavecchia, Federica Sallusto, Andrea Cavalli, Eva Harris, Shee-Mei Lok, Luca Varani, Davide Corti
Zika virus (ZIKV), a mosquito-borne flavivirus, causes devastating congenital birth defects. We isolated a human monoclonal antibody (mAb), ZKA190, that potently cross-neutralizes multi-lineage ZIKV strains. ZKA190 is highly effective in vivo in preventing morbidity and mortality of ZIKV-infected mice. NMR and cryo-electron microscopy show its binding to an exposed epitope on DIII of the E protein. ZKA190 Fab binds all 180 E protein copies, altering the virus quaternary arrangement and surface curvature...
September 21, 2017: Cell
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28938003/oxsa-an-open-source-magnetic-resonance-spectroscopy-analysis-toolbox-in-matlab
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Lucian A B Purvis, William T Clarke, Luca Biasiolli, Ladislav Valkovič, Matthew D Robson, Christopher T Rodgers
In vivo magnetic resonance spectroscopy provides insight into metabolism in the human body. New acquisition protocols are often proposed to improve the quality or efficiency of data collection. Processing pipelines must also be developed to use these data optimally. Current fitting software is either targeted at general spectroscopy fitting, or for specific protocols. We therefore introduce the MATLAB-based OXford Spectroscopy Analysis (OXSA) toolbox to allow researchers to rapidly develop their own customised processing pipelines...
2017: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28937917/head-impact-exposure-measured-in-a-single-youth-football-team-during-practice-drills
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Mireille E Kelley, Joeline M Kane, Mark A Espeland, Logan E Miller, Alexander K Powers, Joel D Stitzel, Jillian E Urban
OBJECTIVE This study evaluated the frequency, magnitude, and location of head impacts in practice drills within a youth football team to determine how head impact exposure varies among different types of drills. METHODS On-field head impact data were collected from athletes participating in a youth football team for a single season. Each athlete wore a helmet instrumented with a Head Impact Telemetry (HIT) System head acceleration measurement device during all preseason, regular season, and playoff practices...
September 12, 2017: Journal of Neurosurgery. Pediatrics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28937818/divorce-in-an-island-bird-population-causes-consequences-and-lack-of-inheritance
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Nathaniel T Wheelwright, Céline Teplitsky
Divorce (mate switching) is widely considered an adaptive strategy that female birds use to improve their reproductive success. However, in few species are the causes and consequences of divorce well understood, and the genetic basis and inheritance of divorce have never been explored. In Savannah sparrows (Passerculus sandwichensis) breeding on Kent Island, New Brunswick, Canada, 47.0% of pairs in which both partners survived to the following breeding season ended in divorce. Secondary females, which received less parental assistance than primary females, tended to divorce when breeding success was low or when paired with small males...
October 2017: American Naturalist
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28937815/differential-allocation-revisited-when-should-mate-quality-affect-parental-investment
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Thomas R Haaland, Jonathan Wright, Bram Kuijper, Irja I Ratikainen
Differential allocation (DA) is the adaptive adjustment of reproductive investment (up or down) according to partner quality. A lack of theoretical treatments has led to some confusion in the interpretation of DA in the empirical literature. We present a formal framework for DA that highlights the nature of reproductive benefits versus costs for females mated to males of different quality. Contrary to popular belief, analytical and stochastic dynamic models both show that additive benefits of male quality on offspring fitness have no effect on optimal levels of female investment and thus cannot produce DA...
October 2017: American Naturalist
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28937814/comparative-analyses-of-phenotypic-trait-covariation-within-and-among-populations
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Kathryn S Peiman, Beren W Robinson
Many morphological, behavioral, physiological, and life-history traits covary across the biological scales of individuals, populations, and species. However, the processes that cause traits to covary also change over these scales, challenging our ability to use patterns of trait covariance to infer process. Trait relationships are also widely assumed to have generic functional relationships with similar evolutionary potentials, and even though many different trait relationships are now identified, there is little appreciation that these may influence trait covariation and evolution in unique ways...
October 2017: American Naturalist
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28937637/adsorption-mechanisms-of-dodecylbenzene-sulfonic-acid-by-corn-straw-and-poplar-leaf-biochars
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Nan Zhao, Xixiang Yang, Jing Zhang, Ling Zhu, Yizhong Lv
Biochar is an eco-friendly, renewable, and cost-effective material that can be used as an adsorbent for the remediation of contaminated environments. In this paper, two types of biochar were prepared through corn straw and poplar leaf pyrolysis at 300 °C and 700 °C (C300, C700, P300, P700). Brunaer-Emmett-Teller N₂ surface area, scanning electron microscope, elemental analysis, and infrared spectra were used to characterize their structures. These biochars were then used as adsorbents for the adsorption of dodecylbenzene sulfonic acid (DBSA)...
September 22, 2017: Materials
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28937629/tracking-of-maneuvering-complex-extended-object-with-coupled-motion-kinematics-and-extension-dynamics-using-range-extent-measurements
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Lifan Sun, Baofeng Ji, Jian Lan, Zishu He, Jiexin Pu
The key to successful maneuvering complex extended object tracking (MCEOT) using range extent measurements provided by high resolution sensors lies in accurate and effective modeling of both the extension dynamics and the centroid kinematics. During object maneuvers, the extension dynamics of an object with a complex shape is highly coupled with the centroid kinematics. However, this difficult but important problem is rarely considered and solved explicitly. In view of this, this paper proposes a general approach to modeling a maneuvering complex extended object based on Minkowski sum, so that the coupled turn maneuvers in both the centroid states and extensions can be described accurately...
September 22, 2017: Sensors
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28937536/enoxaparin-population-pharmacokinetics-in-the-first-year-of-life
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Brady S Moffett, Marianne Galati, Donald Mahoney, YoungNa Lee-Kim, Jun Teruya, Mona D Shah, Donald L Yee
Aims Enoxaparin dosing requirements in the first year of life can be highly variable. Characterization of pharmacokinetics in this patient population can assist in dosing. METHODS: Patients less than one year post-natal age who received enoxaparin and had an anti-factor Xa activity level drawn as inpatients were identified through the pharmacy database over a five-year period. Patients on renal replacement therapy or with hyperbilirubinemia were excluded. Data collection included demographic variables, indication for enoxaparin, enoxaparin doses, anti-factor Xa activity levels, serum creatinine, hemoglobin, hematocrit, platelet count, and urine output over the previous 24 hours...
September 19, 2017: Therapeutic Drug Monitoring
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28937215/infrared-spectroscopy-of-the-entrance-channel-complex-formed-between-the-hydroxyl-radical-and-methane-in-helium-nanodroplets
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Paul L Raston, Emmanuel I Obi, Gary E Douberly
The entrance channel complex in the exothermic OH + CH4 → H2O + CH3 reaction has been isolated in helium nanodroplets following the sequential pick-up of the hydroxyl radical and methane. The a-type OH stretching band was probed with infrared depletion spectroscopy, revealing a qualitatively similar spectrum to that previously reported in the gas phase, but with additional substructure that is due to the different internal rotation states of methane (jCH4 = 0, 1, or 2) in the complex. We fit the spectra by assuming the rotational constants of the complex are the same for all internal rotation states; however, subband origins are found to decrease with increasing jCH4...
September 22, 2017: Journal of Physical Chemistry. A
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28936926/revisiting-the-continuing-bonds-theory-the-cultural-uniqueness-of-the-bei-dao-phenomenon-in-taiwanese-widows-widowers
#18
Wan-Lin Lee, Yi-Chen Hou, Yaw-Sheng Lin
In the present study, we used the phenomenological approach to rediscover the ontological meaning of relationships with the deceased in Taiwanese widows/widowers. We first revised the original Western definitions of grief, bereavement, and mourning to fit Taiwanese culture. We used the word bei dao to indicate the mixed nature of grief and mourning in the Taiwanese bereavement process. Then we reanalyzed data from a previous study, which was conducted in 2006. In the previous qualitative research, each subject was interviewed 3 to 4 times in the mourning state over an 18-month interval that began at the point of the spouse's death...
October 2017: Qualitative Health Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28936793/restricted-female-function-of-hermaphrodites-in-a-gynodioecious-shrub-daphne-jezoensis-thymelaeaceae
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Akari Shibata, Yoshiaki Kameyama, Gaku Kudo
Gynodioecy is the coexistence of hermaphrodites and females in a population. It is supposed to be an intermediate stage in the evolutionary pathway from hermaphroditism to dioecy in angiosperm. Hermaphrodites gain fitness through both seed and pollen production whereas females gain fitness only through seed production. As females spread in a gynodioecious population, sexual selection prompts hermaphrodites to invest in male function and male-biased hermaphrodites prevail. In the gynodioecious shrub Daphne jezoensis (Thymelaeaceae), female frequency is stably around 50% in most populations, and fruit-set rate of hermaphrodites is commonly low...
September 21, 2017: Journal of Plant Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28936682/early-versus-delayed-source-control-in-open-abdomen-management-for-severe-intra-abdominal-infections-a-retrospective-analysis-on-111-cases
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Stefano Rausei, Vincenzo Pappalardo, Laura Ruspi, Antonio Colella, Simone Giudici, Vincenzo Ardita, Francesco Frattini, Francesca Rovera, Luigi Boni, Gianlorenzo Dionigi
BACKGROUND: Time to source control plays a determinant prognostic role in patients having severe intra-abdominal infections (IAIs). Open abdomen (OA) management became an effective treatment option for peritonitis. Aim of this study was to analyze the correlation between time to source control and outcome in patients presenting with abdominal sepsis and treated by OA. METHODS: We retrospectively analyzed 111 patients affected by abdominal sepsis and treated with OA from May 2007 to May 2015...
September 21, 2017: World Journal of Surgery
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