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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27746342/the-temporal-spatial-dynamics-of-feature-maps-during-monocular-deprivation-revealed-by-chronic-imaging-and-self-organization-model-simulation
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Lei Tong, Yang Xie, Hongbo Yu
Experiments on the adult visual cortex of cats, ferrets and monkeys have revealed organized spatial relationships between multiple feature maps which can also be reproduced by the Kohonen and elastic net self-organization models. However, attempts to apply these models to simulate the temporal kinetics of monocular deprivation (MD) during the critical period, and their effects on the spatial arrangement of feature maps, have led to conflicting results. In this study, we performed MD and chronic imaging in the ferret visual cortex during the critical period of ocular dominance (OD) plasticity...
December 17, 2016: Neuroscience
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27608528/factors-predicting-health-status-and-recovery-of-hand-function-after-hand-burns-in-the-second-year-after-hospital-discharge
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Amber Knight, Jason Wasiak, Jacqueline Salway, Lisa O'Brien
INTRODUCTION: Hands are the most commonly burnt body part given humans' innate response to guard their face from injury, and are known to have detrimental functional and psychological consequences. Conflicting evidence exists regarding the impact of hand burns on long-term health status and global functioning. The objective of this study was to identify patient and clinical characteristics that predict health status and hand function of people at 12-24 months after hand burn. METHODS: The Burns Specific Health Scale-Brief (BSHS-B) and the Brief Michigan Hand Outcome Questionnaire (Brief MHQ) were administered to community-dwelling adults who were between one and two years after admission to a statewide burns service for burns including one or both hands...
September 5, 2016: Burns: Journal of the International Society for Burn Injuries
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27604708/charting-health-system-reconstruction-in-post-war-liberia-a-comparison-of-rural-vs-remote-healthcare-utilization
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Katherine Kentoffio, John D Kraemer, Thomas Griffiths, Avi Kenny, Rajesh Panjabi, G Andrew Sechler, Stephen Selinsky, Mark J Siedner
BACKGROUND: Despite a growing global emphasis on universal healthcare, access to basic primary care for remote populations in post-conflict countries remains a challenge. To better understand health sector recovery in post-conflict Liberia, this paper seeks to evaluate changes in utilization of health services among rural populations across a 5-year time span. METHODS: We assessed trends in healthcare utilization among the national rural population using the Liberian Demographic and Health Survey (DHS) from 2007 and 2013...
2016: BMC Health Services Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27506422/microbial-biotechnology-2020-microbiology-of-fossil-fuel-resources
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Ian M Head, Neil D Gray
This roadmap examines the future of microbiology research and technology in fossil fuel energy recovery. Globally, the human population will be reliant on fossil fuels for energy and chemical feedstocks for at least the medium term. Microbiology is already important in many areas relevant to both upstream and downstream activities in the oil industry. However, the discipline has struggled for recognition in a world dominated by geophysicists and engineers despite widely known but still poorly understood microbially mediated processes e...
September 2016: Microbial Biotechnology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27449318/from-collision-to-collaboration-integrating-informal-recyclers-and-re-use-operators-in-europe-a-review
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Anne Scheinberg, Jelena Nesić, Rachel Savain, Pietro Luppi, Portia Sinnott, Flaviu Petean, Flaviu Pop
The European Union hosts some of the world's most developed waste management systems and an ambitious policy commitment to the circular economy. The existence of informal recycling and re-use activities in Europe has been vigorously denied until quite recently, and remains a very challenging subject for the European solid waste management sector, as well as for European government and private institutions. In countries ranging from Malta to Macedonia and from France to Turkey, informal recyclers excluded from legal recycling niches increasingly collide with formalised and controlled European Union approaches to urban waste management, packaging recovery schemes, formal re-use enterprises, and extended producer responsibility systems...
September 2016: Waste Management & Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/26144587/impaired-conflict-resolution-and-vigilance-in-euthymic-bipolar-disorder
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Andrea Marotta, Roberto Delle Chiaie, Alfredo Spagna, Laura Bernabei, Martina Sciarretta, Javier Roca, Massimo Biondi, Maria Casagrande
Difficulty attending is a common deficit of euthymic bipolar patients. However, it is not known whether this is a global attentional deficit or relates to a specific attentional network. According to the attention network approach, attention is best understood in terms of three functionally and neuroanatomically distinct networks-alerting, orienting, and executive control. In this study, we explored whether and which of the three attentional networks are altered in euthymic Bipolar Disorder (BD). A sample of euthymic BD patients and age-matched healthy controls completed the Attention Network Test for Interactions and Vigilance (ANTI-V) that provided not only a measure of orienting, executive, and alerting networks, but also an independent measure of vigilance (tonic alerting)...
September 30, 2015: Psychiatry Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/26037024/quality-of-life-and-late-complications-after-minimally-invasive-compared-to-open-esophagectomy-results-of-a-randomized-trial
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RANDOMIZED CONTROLLED TRIAL
K W Maas, M A Cuesta, M I van Berge Henegouwen, J Roig, L Bonavina, C Rosman, S S Gisbertz, S S A Y Biere, D L van der Peet, J H Klinkenbijl, M W Hollmann, E S de Lange, H J Bonjer
BACKGROUND: The minimally invasive esophagectomy (MIE) is widely being implemented for esophageal cancer in order to reduce morbidity and improve quality of life. Non-randomized studies investigating the mid-term quality of life after MIE show conflicting results at 1-year follow-up. Therefore, the aim of this study is to determine whether MIE has a continuing better mid-term 1-year quality of life than open esophagectomy (OE) indicating both a faster recovery and less procedure-related symptoms...
August 2015: World Journal of Surgery
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/25558710/-the-prevention-of-food-wastage-by-restoring-the-value-to-food-reflections-of-an-agroeconomist
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Andrea Segré
Each year, about one trillion USD worth of food sales is lost or wasted. In addition to its economic impacts, food wastage has significant societal costs that are born indirectly by taxpayers. Should damage costs associated with food wastage be accounted for, this global wastage appears much higher. In fact, the monetization of environmental costs such as the impact of greenhouse gases, land erosion, water use and pollinators loss amnounts to another trillion USD. Furthermore, a valuation of social costs, such as health effects of pesticides, loss of livelihoods and conflicts over natural resources adds another trillion USD...
October 2014: Giornale Italiano di Medicina del Lavoro Ed Ergonomia
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/25310167/-caring-for-the-families-of-terminally-ill-patients-in-the-intensive-care-unit
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Márcio Soares
BACKGROUND AND OBJECTIVES: Caring for the families is one of the major tasks of the global care of patients admitted to the intensive care unit (ICU). In the context of a terminally ill patient or a patient in whom the recovery from the acute illness is unlikely, dealing with and caring for their family members becomes even more important as the patient will not be awake in most of situations. Family members have specific needs and present with high incidence of symptoms of stress, depression, anxiety and related disorders during the ICU of their beloved one, which can even persist late after the patient's death...
December 2007: Revista Brasileira de Terapia Intensiva
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/25021733/pth-046%C3%A2-benchmarking-endoscopy-services-in-iraq-results-of-a-national-survey
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N Hawkes, L Al-Rubaiy, B Hawkes, M Aziz
INTRODUCTION: In the UK the Global Rating Scale (GRS) has been adopted as QA tool to improve the standards of endoscopic practice and of the patient experience. Endoscopy in Iraq is provided by a number of training and regional centres but without the level of integration seen in the NHS. We sought to benchmark practice against UK quality standards by surveying the main training centres and service providers of endoscopy in Iraq. METHODS: A Survey Monkey questionnaire with 40 questions relating to local endoscopic practice and based on defined areas of the GRS was sent to departmental leads in all regional centres in Iraq performing GI endoscopy by the President of the Iraqi Medical Society International...
June 2014: Gut
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/24748271/results-of-surgical-treatment-of-calcaneus-insertional-tendinopathy-in-middle-and-long-distance-runners
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R Rousseau, A Gerometta, S Fogerty, E Rolland, Y Catonné, F Khiami
PURPOSE: Calcaneus insertional tendinopathy in runners is common and involves important therapeutic controversies. The object of this study was to determine the delay and level of return to sport after insertional surgery in runners, with and without tendon damage. METHODS: Eighteen runners underwent surgery for insertional calcaneus tendinopathy. Nine required an exostosectomy/bursectomy, and nine others required a tendon reinsertion/autograft. All patients were clinically assessed pre- and post-operatively with AOFAS scores and post-operatively with ATRS...
September 2015: Knee Surgery, Sports Traumatology, Arthroscopy: Official Journal of the ESSKA
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/24582676/salivary-nerve-growth-factor-response-to-stress-related-to-resilience
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Heidemarie K Laurent, Sean M Laurent, Douglas A Granger
Salivary nerve growth factor (sNGF) has recently been shown to respond to psychosocial stress, but little is known about how individual differences in this neurotrophic marker relate to stress vulnerability vs. resilience. This study followed up on these initial findings by examining sNGF responses to interpersonal stress in relation to both well-being and state/trait factors that determine the way a person approaches and is impacted by stress. Young adults (n=40) gave 5 saliva samples over the course of a laboratory session that involved an interpersonal conflict stressor, and all samples were assayed for sNGF...
April 22, 2014: Physiology & Behavior
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/24412033/comparative-clinical-effectiveness-of-management-strategies-for-sciatica-systematic-review-and-network-meta-analyses
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REVIEW
Ruth A Lewis, Nefyn H Williams, Alex J Sutton, Kim Burton, Nafees Ud Din, Hosam E Matar, Maggie Hendry, Ceri J Phillips, Sadia Nafees, Deborah Fitzsimmons, Ian Rickard, Clare Wilkinson
BACKGROUND: There are numerous treatment approaches for sciatica. Previous systematic reviews have not compared all these strategies together. PURPOSE: To compare the clinical effectiveness of different treatment strategies for sciatica simultaneously. STUDY DESIGN: Systematic review and network meta-analysis. METHODS: We searched 28 electronic databases and online trial registries, along with bibliographies of previous reviews for comparative studies evaluating any intervention to treat sciatica in adults, with outcome data on global effect or pain intensity...
June 1, 2015: Spine Journal: Official Journal of the North American Spine Society
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/24375939/translational-reprogramming-in-cellular-stress-response
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REVIEW
Botao Liu, Shu-Bing Qian
Cell survival in changing environments requires appropriate regulation of gene expression, including translational control. Multiple stress signaling pathways converge on several key translation factors, such as eIF4F and eIF2, and rapidly modulate messenger RNA (mRNA) translation at both the initiation and the elongation stages. Repression of global protein synthesis is often accompanied with selective translation of mRNAs encoding proteins that are vital for cell survival and stress recovery. The past decade has seen significant progress in our understanding of translational reprogramming in part due to the development of technologies that allow the dissection of the interplay between mRNA elements and corresponding binding proteins...
May 2014: Wiley Interdisciplinary Reviews. RNA
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/24314114/design-of-mini-barcode-for-catfishes-for-assessment-of-archival-biodiversity
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Maloyjo J Bhattacharjee, Sankar K Ghosh
Recovery of DNA barcode sequences is often challenging from the archived specimens. However, short fragments of DNA may be recovered, which would significantly improve many unresolved taxonomic conflicts. Here, we designed a mini-barcode for catfishes comprising several species and many cryptic taxa. We analysed a data set of 3048 publicly available COI barcode sequences representing 547 worldwide catfish species and performed 152 628 interspecies comparisons. A significantly more positively correlated interspecies distance was detected with transversion (0...
May 2014: Molecular Ecology Resources
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/23988478/sex-specific-effects-of-mindfulness-on-romantic-partners-cortisol-responses-to-conflict-and-relations-with-psychological-adjustment
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Heidemarie Laurent, Sean Laurent, Robin Hertz, Dorianne Egan-Wright, Douglas A Granger
Mindfulness is known to improve individuals' and couples' subjective stress regulation, but little is known about how it impacts hypothalamic-pituitary-adrenal (HPA) axis responses to acute psychosocial stress. The current study tested effects of dispositional mindfulness facets on young adult couples' cortisol responses to a conflict discussion stressor, as well as associations with psychological adjustment. One hundred heterosexual couples completed the five facet mindfulness questionnaire one week before engaging in a conflict discussion task...
December 2013: Psychoneuroendocrinology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/23962433/jumpstarting-post-conflict-strategic-water-resources-protection-from-a-changing-global-perspective-gaps-and-prospects-in-afghanistan
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H Habib, A J Anceno, J Fiddes, J Beekma, M Ilyuschenko, V Nitivattananon, O V Shipin
Notwithstanding ambiguities, long-term economic resurgence in Afghanistan amidst water insecurity exacerbated by climate change decisively requires a water protection strategy that will complement a multitude of agroindustrial and socioeconomic activities in an environmentally sustainable and climate resilient manner. In this paper, we begin with a perspective on institutions, legislation, and key issues in the water sector of Afghanistan. We then embark on linking the integrated water resources management (IWRM) and strategic environmental assessment (SEA) approaches as a novel framework for strategic water management and subsequently propose a strategy for post-conflict water protection based on the coalesced IWRM and SEA...
November 15, 2013: Journal of Environmental Management
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/23189588/terrorism-civil-war-one-sided-violence-and-global-burden-of-disease
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Bradley T Kerridge, Maria R Khan, Amir Sapkota
Armed conflict and related violence, including terrorism and one-sided violence, has profound effects on people's health and lives. The purpose of this study was to determine the relationship between deaths due to terrorism, civil war and one-sided violence from 1994-2000 and disability-adjusted life years (DALYs) occurring in 2002 attributable to all causes and specific communicable and noncommunicable diseases. Deaths resulting from terrorism, war and one-sided violence were positively associated with all cause as well as a number of communicable and noncommunicable disease-specific DALYs across the majority of sex and age subgroups of the populace, controlling for an array of economic factors empirically shown to affect public health...
July 2012: Medicine, Conflict, and Survival
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/22595238/prognostic-factors-for-recovery-in-chronic-nonspecific-low-back-pain-a-systematic-review
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REVIEW
Karin Verkerk, Pim A J Luijsterburg, Harard S Miedema, Annelies Pool-Goudzwaard, Bart W Koes
BACKGROUND: Few data are available on predictors for a favorable outcome in patients with chronic nonspecific low back pain (CNLBP). PURPOSE: The aim of this study was to assess prognostic factors for pain intensity, disability, return to work, quality of life, and global perceived effect in patients with CNLBP at short-term (≤ 6 months) and long-term (>6 months) follow-up. DATA SOURCES: Relevant studies evaluating the prognosis of CNLBP were searched in PubMed, CINAHL, and EMBASE (through March 2010)...
September 2012: Physical Therapy
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/22166686/development-of-quenching-and-washing-protocols-for-quantitative-intracellular-metabolite-analysis-of-uninfected-and-baculovirus-infected-insect-cells
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Trinh T B Tran, Stefanie Dietmair, Leslie C L Chan, Hoai T Huynh, Lars K Nielsen, Steven Reid
Metabolomics refer to the global analysis of small molecule metabolites in a biological system, and can be a powerful tool to elucidate and optimize cellular processes, particularly when integrated into a systems biology framework. Determining the endometabolome in cultured animal cells is especially challenging, due to the conflicting demands for rapid quenching of metabolism and retention of membrane integrity, while cells are separated from the complex medium. The challenge is magnified in virus infected cells due to increased membrane fragility...
March 2012: Methods: a Companion to Methods in Enzymology
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