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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29793197/association-of-low-moderate-urine-arsenic-and-qt-interval-cross-sectional-and-longitudinal-evidence-from-the-strong-heart-study
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Katherine A Moon, Yiyi Zhang, Eliseo Guallar, Kevin A Francesconi, Walter Goessler, Jason G Umans, Lyle G Best, Barbara V Howard, Richard B Devereux, Peter M Okin, Ana Navas-Acien
Epidemiologic studies suggest that chronic exposure to arsenic is related to cardiovascular disease (CVD), but the pathophysiological link remains uncertain. We evaluated the association of chronic low-moderate arsenic exposure and arsenic metabolism with baseline difference and annual change in ECG measures (QT interval, JT interval, PR interval, QRS duration, and QT dispersion) using linear mixed models in the Strong Heart Study main cohort (N = 1174, median age 55 years) and family study (N = 1695 diabetes-free, median age 36 years)...
May 21, 2018: Environmental Pollution
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29793163/rheological-characterisation-of-concentrated-domestic-slurry
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A K Thota Radhakrishnan, J B van Lier, F H L R Clemens
The much over-looked element in new sanitation, the transport systems which bridge the source and treatment facilities, is the focus of this study. The knowledge of rheological properties of concentrated domestic slurry is essential for the design of the waste collection and transport systems. To investigate these properties, samples were collected from a pilot sanitation system in the Netherlands. Two types of slurries were examined: black water (consisting of human faecal waste, urine, and flushed water from vacuum toilets) and black water with ground kitchen waste...
May 3, 2018: Water Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29793140/effectiveness-of-a-voluntary-family-befriending-service-a-mixed-methods-evaluation-using-the-donabedian-model
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S V Gentry, E F J Powers, N Azim, M Maidrag
OBJECTIVES: Voluntary befriending schemes operate in many countries, promoting public health by supporting vulnerable individuals and families. Use of third sector and voluntary services to complement health and social care provision is increasingly important globally in the context of economic and demographic challenges, but the evidence base around such collaborations is limited. This article reports the results of operational evaluation research seeking to use robust routine work to generate transferable findings for use by those commissioning and providing services...
May 21, 2018: Public Health
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29793092/a-combined-ftir-and-dsc-study-on-the-bilayer-stabilising-effect-of-electrostatic-interactions-in-ion-paired-lipids
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Maximilian Schmid, Christian Wölk, Julia Giselbrecht, K L Andrew Chan, Richard D Harvey
Investigating lipid ion pair formation is important for understanding the mechanisms of lipid-mediated drug resistance in bacteria. In this study we have used the charged amphiphiles dipalmitoylphosphatidylglycerol (DPPG) and dihexadecyldimethylammonium bromide (DHDAB), as a model to evaluate the formation of ion pairs by a combined Fourier transform infrared spectroscopy (FTIR) and differential scanning calorimetry (DSC) analysis. FTIR was employed to study the environment of the DPPC headgroup phosphate and lipid/surfactant alkane chains, in vesicles formed by the two amphiphiles mixed in various molar ratios...
May 17, 2018: Colloids and Surfaces. B, Biointerfaces
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29792925/change-in-patient-reported-outcomes-in-patients-with-and-without-mechanical-symptoms-undergoing-arthroscopic-meniscal-surgery-a-prospective-cohort-study
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Kenneth Pihl, Aleksandra Turkiewicz, Martin Englund, L Stefan Lohmander, Uffe Jørgensen, Nis Nissen, Jeppe Schjerning, Jonas B Thorlund
OBJECTIVE: Patients with degenerative or traumatic meniscal tears are at high risk of developing knee osteoarthritis. We investigated if younger (≤40 years) and older (>40 years) patients with preoperative mechanical symptoms improved more in patient-reported outcomes after meniscal surgery than those without mechanical symptoms. DESIGN: Patients from Knee Arthroscopy Cohort Southern Denmark (KACS) undergoing arthroscopic surgery for a meniscal tear completed online questionnaires before surgery, and at 12 and 52 weeks follow-up...
May 21, 2018: Osteoarthritis and Cartilage
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29792544/synergistic-phytochemicals-fail-to-protect-against-ovariectomy-induced-bone-loss-in-rats
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Suresh Ambati, Colette N Miller, Erica F Bass, Natalie M Hohos, Diane L Hartzell, Emily W Kelso, Emily R Trunnell, Jeong-Yeh Yang, Mary Anne Della-Fera, Clifton A Baile, Srujana Rayalam
Menopause induces a loss of bone as a result of estrogen deficiency. Despite pharmaceutical options for the treatment of osteopenia and osteoporosis, many aging women use dietary supplements with estrogenic activity to prevent bone loss and other menopausal-related symptoms. Such supplements are yet to be tested for efficacy against a Food and Drug Administration (FDA) approved medication for menopausal bone loss such as zoledronic acid (ZA). The postmenopausal rat model was used to investigate the efficacy of various synergistic phytochemical blends mixed into the diet for 16 weeks...
May 24, 2018: Journal of Medicinal Food
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29792525/modelling-category-goodness-judgments-in-children-with-residual-sound-errors
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Sarah Hamilton Dugan, Noah Silbert, Tara McAllister, Jonathan L Preston, Carolyn Sotto, Suzanne E Boyce
This study investigates category goodness judgments of /r/ in adults and children with and without residual speech errors (RSEs) using natural speech stimuli. Thirty adults, 38 children with RSE (ages 7-16) and 35 age-matched typically developing (TD) children provided category goodness judgments on whole words, recorded from 27 child speakers, with /r/ in various phonetic environments. The salient acoustic property of /r/ - the lowered third formant (F3) - was normalized in two ways. A logistic mixed-effect model quantified the relationships between listeners' responses and the third formant frequency, vowel context and clinical group status...
May 24, 2018: Clinical Linguistics & Phonetics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29792523/personality-homophily-and-geographic-distance-in-facebook
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Nyala Noë, Roger M Whitaker, Stuart M Allen
Personality homophily remains an understudied aspect of social networks, with the traditional focus concerning sociodemographic variables as the basis for assortativity, rather than psychological dispositions. We consider the effect of personality homophily on one of the biggest constraints to human social networks: geographic distance. We use the Big five model of personality to make predictions for each of the five facets: Openness to experience, Conscientiousness, Extraversion, Agreeableness, and Neuroticism...
May 24, 2018: Cyberpsychology, Behavior and Social Networking
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29792444/automaticity-in-the-recognition-of-nonverbal-emotional-vocalizations
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César F Lima, Andrey Anikin, Ana Catarina Monteiro, Sophie K Scott, São Luís Castro
The ability to perceive the emotions of others is crucial for everyday social interactions. Important aspects of visual socioemotional processing, such as the recognition of facial expressions, are known to depend on largely automatic mechanisms. However, whether and how properties of automaticity extend to the auditory domain remains poorly understood. Here we ask if nonverbal auditory emotion recognition is a controlled deliberate or an automatic efficient process, using vocalizations such as laughter, crying, and screams...
May 24, 2018: Emotion
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29792260/widening-participation-of-m%C3%A4-ori-and-pasifika-students-in-health-careers-evaluation-of-two-health-science-academies
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Lesley Middleton, Ausaga Faasalele Tanuvasa, Megan Pledger, Nicola Grace, Kirsten Smiler, Tua Taueetia Loto-Su'a, Jacqueline Cumming
Objective The aim of the present study was to evaluate the short-term outcomes of two health science academies established by a district health board in South Auckland, New Zealand, to create a health workforce pipeline for local Māori and Pasifika students. Methods A mixed-methods approach was used, involving background discussions with key informants to generate an initial logic model of how the academies work, followed by secondary analysis of students' records relating to retention and academic achievement, a survey of senior academy students' interest in particular health careers and face-to-face interviews and focus groups with students, families and teachers...
May 24, 2018: Australian Health Review: a Publication of the Australian Hospital Association
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29792238/mapping-the-neuroanatomic-substrates-of-cognition-in-familial-attention-deficit-hyperactivity-disorder
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Rachel Muster, Saadia Choudhury, Wendy Sharp, Steven Kasparek, Gustavo Sudre, Philip Shaw
BACKGROUND: While the neuroanatomic substrates of symptoms of attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) have been investigated, less is known about the neuroanatomic correlates of cognitive abilities pertinent to the disorder, particularly in adults. Here we define the neuroanatomic correlates of key cognitive abilities and determine if there are associations with histories of psychostimulant medication. METHODS: We acquired neuroanatomic magnetic resonance imaging data from 264 members of 60 families (mean age 29...
May 24, 2018: Psychological Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29791895/effect-of-postprandial-administration-of-esomeprazole-on-reflux-symptoms-in-gastroesophageal-reflux-disease-a-randomized-controlled-trial
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Doron Boltin, Ibrahim Zvidi, Maria Raskin, Hen Kayless, Hemda Schmilovitz-Weiss, Rachel Gingold-Belfer, Yaron Niv, Ram Dickman
BACKGROUND: Esomeprazole is commonly administered with food; however, clinical data to support this practice are lacking. We aimed to determine the effect of postprandial ingestion of esomeprazole on reflux symptoms among patients with gastroesophageal reflux disease (GERD). METHODS: Consecutive patients with GERD adequately controlled with esomeprazole 40 mg daily, entered a 2-week lead-in period during which esomeprazole was administered 30 min before breakfast...
May 23, 2018: Digestive Diseases
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29791564/morphology-and-morphometry-of-upland-lakes-over-lateritic-crust-serra-dos-caraj%C3%A3-s-southeastern-amazon-region
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Marcio S DA Silva, José T F Guimarães, Pedro W M Souza Filho, Wilson Nascimento Júnior, Prafulla K Sahoo, Francisco R DA Costa, Renato O Silva Júnior, Tarcísio M Rodrigues, Marlene F DA Costa
High-resolution satellite images, digital elevation models, bathymetric and sedimentological surveys coupled with statistical analysis were used to understand the physical environment and discuss their influence on water quality of the five upland lakes of Serra Sul dos Carajás, southeast Amazonia. The lakes have mid-altitude ranges (elevation), very small (catchment) and shallow to very shallow (central basins). Based on the length, area and volume, Violão and TI (Três Irmãs)-3 lakes may present large vertical movements of the water due to wind action and weakly stratified waters...
May 17, 2018: Anais da Academia Brasileira de Ciências
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29791516/the-relevance-of-restrained-eating-behavior-for-circadian-eating-patterns-in-adolescents
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Stefanie A J Koch, Ute Alexy, Tanja Diederichs, Anette E Buyken, Sarah Roßbach
BACKGROUND: Restrained Eating, i.e. the tendency to restrict dietary intake to control body-weight, often emerges during adolescence and may result in changes in circadian eating patterns. OBJECTIVE: The objective of the present investigation was to determine the cross-sectional relevance of restrained eating for characteristics of circadian eating pattern in adolescents and whether changes in restrained eating are accompanied by concurrent changes in circadian eating pattern over the course of adolescence...
2018: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29791504/periconceptional-maternal-dairy-rich-dietary-pattern-is-associated-with-prenatal-cerebellar-growth
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Francesca Parisi, Melek Rousian, Irene V Koning, Sten P Willemsen, Jeanne H M de Vries, Eric A P Steegers, Régine P M Steegers-Theunissen
BACKGROUND: Maternal nutrition during pregnancy has been related to intrauterine brain development and neurodevelopmental disabilities in adult life. We aim to investigate associations between periconceptional maternal dietary patterns and prenatal cerebellar growth from the first trimester onwards. MATERIALS AND METHODS: 126 women with singleton non-malformed pregnancies were enrolled before 8 weeks of gestation in the Rotterdam periconceptional cohort between 2013 and 2015...
2018: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29791488/comparison-of-the-validity-of-smear-and-culture-conversion-as-a-prognostic-marker-of-treatment-outcome-in-patients-with-multidrug-resistant-tuberculosis
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Kefyalew Addis Alene, Kerri Viney, Hengzhong Yi, Emma S McBryde, Kunyun Yang, Liqiong Bai, Darren J Gray, Zuhui Xu, Archie C A Clements
BACKGROUND: The World Health Organization (WHO) has conditionally recommended the use of sputum smear microscopy and culture examination for the monitoring of multidrug-resistant tuberculosis (MDR-TB) treatment. We aimed to assess and compare the validity of smear and culture conversion at different time points during treatment for MDR-TB, as a prognostic marker for end-of-treatment outcomes. METHODS: We undertook a retrospective observational cohort study using data obtained from Hunan Chest Hospital, China and Gondar University Hospital, Ethiopia...
2018: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29791480/complex-interactions-in-a-novel-scn5a-compound-mutation-associated-with-long-qt-and-brugada-syndrome-implications-for-na-channel-blocking-pharmacotherapy-for-de-novo-conduction-disease
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Jie Liu, Jason D Bayer, Roozbeh Aschar-Sobbi, Marianne Wauchop, Danna Spears, Michael Gollob, Edward J Vigmond, Robert Tsushima, Peter H Backx, Vijay S Chauhan
BACKGROUND: The SCN5A mutation, P1332L, is linked to a malignant form of congenital long QT syndrome, type 3 (LQT3), and affected patients are highly responsive to the Na+ channel blocking drug, mexiletine. In contrast, A647D is an atypical SCN5A mutation causing Brugada syndrome. An asymptomatic male with both P1332L and A647D presented with varying P wave/QRS aberrancy and mild QTc prolongation which did not shorten measurably with mexiletine. OBJECTIVE: We characterized the biophysical properties of P1332L, A647D and wild-type (WT) Na+ channels as well as their combinations in order to understand our proband's phenotype and to guide mexilitine therapy...
2018: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29791434/food-fraud-and-the-perceived-integrity-of-european-food-imports-into-china
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H Kendall, P Naughton, S Kuznesof, M Raley, M Dean, B Clark, H Stolz, R Home, M Y Chan, Q Zhong, P Brereton, L J Frewer
BACKGROUND/AIMS: Persistent incidents of food fraud in China have resulted in low levels of consumer trust in the authenticity and safety of food that is domestically produced. We examined the relationship between the concerns of Chinese consumers regarding food fraud, and the role that demonstrating authenticity may play in relieving those concerns. METHODS: A two-stage mixed method design research design was adopted. First, qualitative research (focus groups n = 7) was conducted in three Chinese cities, Beijing, Guangzhou and Chengdu to explore concerns held by Chinese consumers in relation to food fraud...
2018: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29791407/stokes-polarimeter-performance-general-noise-model-and-analysis
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Nathan Hagen, Yukitoshi Otani
We calculate the photometric Stokes parameter covariance matrices and SNRs estimated by polarimeters exposed to general noise distributions, such as mixed Poisson-Gaussian (PG) noise. The measurement model includes the effects of optical losses and detector quantum efficiency, enabling quantitative comparison of instruments that have different photometric efficiencies. We demonstrate this capability by comparing the performance of many common polarimeter configurations, including diattenuator-based systems, such as Azzam's four-detector polarimeter [Opt...
May 20, 2018: Applied Optics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29791396/effective-freeform-tir-lens-designed-for-leds-with-high-angular-color-uniformity
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Zhili Zhao, Honghai Zhang, Sheng Liu, Xinzhong Wang
Most LED luminaires face the problem of color nonuniformity in illumination fields, which seriously degrades their lighting quality. To address this issue, we proposed a freeform TIR lens, which could be applied to the most widely adopted phosphor-converted LEDs and multicolor LED arrays. Based on light pattern overlap and energy mapping, the novel TIR lens comprised the freeform panel and the collimator. Analysis of angular color uniformity (ACU), based on a phosphor-converted white LED model, proved that the normalized standard deviation (NSD) of the LED integrated with the freeform TIR lens significantly decreased from 0...
May 20, 2018: Applied Optics
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