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Flávia Koch, Joerg U Ganzhorn, Jessica M Rothman, Colin A Chapman, Claudia Fichtel
Fluctuations in food availability are a major challenge faced by primates living in seasonal climates. Variation in food availability can be especially challenging for females, because of the high energetic costs of reproduction. Therefore, females must adapt the particular demands of the different reproductive stages to the seasonal availability of resources. Madagascar has a highly seasonal climate, where food availability can be extremely variable. We investigated the seasonal changes in diet composition, nutrient and energy intake of female and male sifakas (Propithecus verreauxi) in a dry deciduous forest in western Madagascar...
October 25, 2016: American Journal of Primatology
Zhuang Yao, Xiaoming Liu, Jae Min Shim, Kang Wook Lee, Hyun-Jin Kim, Jeong Hwan Kim
Nine bacilli with fibrinolytic activities were isolated from Doenjang, a traditional Korean fermented soy food. Among them, RSB 34 showed the strongest activity and identified as Bacillus amyloliquefaciens by 16S rRNA and recA genes sequencing. During growth on LB up to 96 h, RSB34 showed the highest fibrinolytic activity (83.23 mU/μl) at 48 h. Three bands of 23, 27, and 42 kDa in size were observed when culture supernatant was analyzed by SDS-PAGE and 27 and 42 kDa bands by fibrin zymography. A gene encoding the 27 kDa major fibrinolytic enzyme, AprE34, was cloned by PCR...
October 25, 2016: Journal of Microbiology and Biotechnology
E B Thorgersen, M A Goscinski, M Spasojevic, A M Solbakken, A B Mariathasan, K Boye, S G Larsen, K Flatmark
BACKGROUND: High morbidity, increased mortality, and impaired long-term oncologic outcome have been reported after deep surgical site infection (SSI) in rectal cancer surgery. The rate, risk factors and consequences of deep SSI after (chemo)radiotherapy [(C)RT], and surgery for locally advanced rectal cancer (LARC) in a tertiary university hospital single centre cohort of 540 patients are presented. METHODS: Patients with LARC, operated between January 1, 2007 and December 31, 2015, were identified in the institutional prospective database...
October 20, 2016: Annals of Surgical Oncology
Michitaka Honda, Takashi Akiyoshi, Hisashi Noma, Atsushi Ogura, Toshiya Nagasaki, Tsuyoshi Konishi, Yoshiya Fujimoto, Satoshi Nagayama, Yosuke Fukunaga, Masashi Ueno
BACKGROUND: For patients with low-lying rectal cancer, the feasibility of anus-preserving surgery in combination with neoadjuvant chemoradiotherapy (NACRT) has been not well established from the perspective of patient-centered outcomes. METHODS: We investigated 278 patients with low-lying rectal adenocarcinoma from 2005 to 2012. We compared their symptoms and QOL scores of patients who underwent anus-preserving surgery with (n = 88) and without (n = 143) NACRT according to the Wexner scale, EORTC QLQ C-30, CR29, and the modified fecal incontinence quality life scale (mFIQL)...
October 2016: Journal of Surgical Oncology
Margaret Giorgio, Loraine Townsend, Yanga Zembe, Mireille Cheyip, Sally Guttmacher, Farzana Kapadia, Cathy Mathews
Female cross-border migrants experience elevated risks for HIV, and migrants in South Africa may face additional risks due to the country's underlying HIV prevalence. These risks may be mitigated by the receipt of social support. A behavioral risk-factor survey was administered using respondent-driven sampling. Multivariable regression models assessed the relationships between social support and two HIV outcomes: HIV serostatus and perceived HIV status. Low social support was not significantly associated with HIV status (aOR = 1...
October 19, 2016: Journal of Immigrant and Minority Health
J Zhang, X L Xu, B Li, W B Wei
Objective: To analyze features of retinal and scleral infiltration of uveal melanoma. Methods: It was a retrospective case series study. The pathological and clinical data of 102 cases of uveal melanoma were analyzed retrospectively, which were collected between Jun. 2001 and Apr. 2013 in Beijing Tongren Hospital, Capital Medical University. The tumor shape, size, cell types, retinal and scleral invasion were recorded and analyzed. The relationship between retinal invasion and scleral invasion was analyzed by trend Chi-square test...
October 11, 2016: [Zhonghua Yan Ke za Zhi] Chinese Journal of Ophthalmology
Helen A Kelly, Bernard Sawadogo, Admire Chikandiwa, Michel Segondy, Clare Gilham, Olga Lompo, Tanvier Omar, Marie-Noelle Didelot, Nicolas Nagot, Nicolas Meda, Helen A Weiss, Sinead Delany-Moretlwe, Philippe Mayaud
OBJECTIVE: To describe the effect of antiretroviral therapy (ART) and HIV-related factors on high-risk human papillomavirus (HR-HPV) and high-grade cervical intraepithelial neoplasia lesions (CIN2+) among women living with HIV/AIDS (WLHA) in sub-Saharan Africa. DESIGN: Prospective cohort of WLHA in Ouagadougou, Burkina Faso (BF) and Johannesburg, South Africa (SA). Recruitment was stratified by ART status. METHODS: At baseline and endline (median 16 months), cervical samples and biopsies were analyzed for HPV genotyping (InnoLiPA) and by histology...
October 14, 2016: AIDS
Luc Dubois, Kelly Vogt, Chris Vinden, Jennifer Winick-Ng, J Andrew McClure, Pavel S Roshanov, Chaim M Bell, Amit X Garg
BACKGROUND: In prior studies, higher mortality was observed among patients who had elective surgery on a Friday rather than earlier in the week. We investigated whether mortality after elective surgery was associated with day of the week of surgery in a Canadian population and whether the association was influenced by surgeon experience and volume. METHODS: We conducted a population-based retrospective cohort study in the province of Ontario, Canada. We included adults who underwent 1 of 12 elective daytime surgical procedures from Apr...
October 17, 2016: CMAJ: Canadian Medical Association Journal, Journal de L'Association Medicale Canadienne
Sarah M Hatcher, Sarah M Rhodes, Jill R Stewart, Ellen Silbergeld, Nora Pisanic, Jesper Larsen, Sharon Jiang, Amanda Krosche, Devon Hall, Karen C Carroll, Christopher D Heaney
BACKGROUND: Antibiotic use in industrial hog operations (IHOs) can support the emergence of antibiotic-resistant (ABR) Staphylococcus aureus. The extent of ABR S. aureus exposure in IHO workers and children living in their households remains unclear. OBJECTIVE: To investigate ABR S. aureus nasal carriage prevalence among adults with versus without occupational exposure to IHOs and among children living in their households. METHODS: In total, 198 IHO worker-child household pairs and 202 community referent (CR) adult-child household pairs completed a questionnaire and provided a nasal swab which was analyzed for S...
October 18, 2016: Environmental Health Perspectives
Muhammad W Saif, Melissa Smith, Antonio Maloney
5-Fluorouracil (5-FU) is the backbone of the chemotherapy regimens approved for treatment of many malignancies, especially colorectal cancer (CRC). The incidence of cardiotoxicity associated with 5-FU ranges between 1.5% to 18% and is most commonly manifested as anginal symptoms. Cardiomyopathy is very rarely reported with 5-FU and capecitabine. A 35-year-old Caucasian male with T3, N1, M0 rectal cancer after the initial neoadjuvant chemoradiation with 5FU/LV followed by surgical abdominoperineal resection (APR), began mFOLFOX6 in the adjuvant setting...
September 14, 2016: Curēus
Enrique Regidor, Fernando Vallejo, José A Tapia Granados, Francisco J Viciana-Fernández, Luis de la Fuente, Gregorio Barrio
BACKGROUND: Studies of the effect of macroeconomic fluctuations on mortality in different socioeconomic groups are scarce and have yielded mixed findings. We analyse mortality trends in Spain before and during the Great Recession in different socioeconomic groups, quantifying the change within each group. METHODS: We did a nationwide prospective study, in which we took data from the 2001 Census. All people living in Spain on Nov 1, 2001, were followed up until Dec 31, 2011...
October 13, 2016: Lancet
Javier Moreno, Eduard Clotet, Ruben Lupiañez, Marcel Tresanchez, Dani Martínez, Tomàs Pallejà, Jordi Casanovas, Jordi Palacín
This paper presents the design, implementation and validation of the three-wheel holonomic motion system of a mobile robot designed to operate in homes. The holonomic motion system is described in terms of mechanical design and electronic control. The paper analyzes the kinematics of the motion system and validates the estimation of the trajectory comparing the displacement estimated with the internal odometry of the motors and the displacement estimated with a SLAM procedure based on LIDAR information. Results obtained in different experiments have shown a difference on less than 30 mm between the position estimated with the SLAM and odometry, and a difference in the angular orientation of the mobile robot lower than 5° in absolute displacements up to 1000 mm...
October 10, 2016: Sensors
Alexander H Fischer, Timothy S Wang, Gayane Yenokyan, Sewon Kang, Anna L Chien
Importance: Indoor tanning is prevalent among young adults and women and is associated with increased risk of melanoma. Evidence suggests that indoor tanners may be more inclined to adopt poor photoprotective practices that further increase their risk of skin cancer; however, gaps in the literature exist in young adults and by indoor tanning frequency. Objective: To examine the association between indoor tanning frequency and behaviors related to skin cancer prevention and to investigate whether these associations vary by age group or sex...
October 12, 2016: JAMA Dermatology
Jaiprakash, Amrita Singhai, Gazala Habib, Ramya Sunder Raman, Tarun Gupta
Fine aerosol fraction (particulate matter with aerodynamic diameter <= 1.0 μm (PM)1.0) over the Indian Institute of Technology Delhi campus was monitored day and night (10 h each) at 30 m height from November 2009 to March 2010. The samples were analyzed for 5 ions (NH4(+), NO3(-), SO4(2-), F(-), and Cl(-)) and 12 trace elements (Na, K, Mg, Ca, Pb, Zn, Fe, Mn, Cu, Cd, Cr, and Ni). Importantly, secondary aerosol (sulfate and nitrate) formation was observed during dense foggy events, supporting the fog-smog-fog cycle...
October 10, 2016: Environmental Science and Pollution Research International
Hao Wang, Carol Johnson, Richard D Robinson, Vicki A Nejtek, Chet D Schrader, JoAnna Leuck, Johnbosco Umejiego, Allison Trop, Kathleen A Delaney, Nestor R Zenarosa
BACKGROUND: Risks prediction models of 30-day all-cause hospital readmissions are multi-factorial. Severity of illness (SOI) and risk of mortality (ROM) categorized by All Patient Refined Diagnosis Related Groups (APR-DRG) seem to predict hospital readmission but lack large sample validation. Effects of risk reduction interventions including providing post-discharge outpatient visits remain uncertain. We aim to determine the accuracy of using SOI and ROM to predict readmission and further investigate the role of outpatient visits in association with hospital readmission...
October 10, 2016: BMC Health Services Research
Samah Hayek, Teena Enav, Tamy Shohat, Lital Keinan-Boker
BACKGROUND: The effectiveness of breast cancer screening programs in reducing mortality is well established in the scientific literature. The National Breast Cancer Screening Program in Israel provides biennial mammograms for women of average risk aged 50-74 and annual mammograms for women aged 40-49 at higher risk. Compliance is high, but differential. This study explores different factors associated with breast cancer screening attendance among women aged 40-74 years. MATERIALS AND METHODS: Two main outcomes were studied: ever been screened and been screened in the 2 years preceding the study, using the cross-sectional Knowledge, Attitudes and Practices (KAP) Survey conducted in 2010-2012 among 2575 Israeli women aged 21+ years...
October 6, 2016: Journal of Women's Health
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: Reports an error in "Distant but relative: Similarities and differences in gender role beliefs among African American and Vietnamese American women" by Jasmine A. Abrams, Sarah J. Javier, Morgan L. Maxwell, Faye Z. Belgrave and Anh Bao Nguyen (, 2016[Apr], Vol 22[2], 256-267). In the article, the name of author Anh Bao Nguyen was misspelled as Boa Anh Nguyen. The online version of this article has been corrected. (The following abstract of the original article appeared in record .) Objectives: Research attempting to identify similarities or disentangle differences in ethnic minority gender role beliefs has been largely absent in the literature, and a gap remains for qualitative examinations of such phenomena...
October 2016: Cultural Diversity & Ethnic Minority Psychology
Chih-Ying Gwo, Chia-Hung Wei
PURPOSE: Shoeprint recognition has been widely used as forensic evidence in criminal cases. The purpose of this study is to propose a shoeprint retrieval method based on core point alignment for pattern analysis. METHOD: The proposed method firstly detects contour points in a black-and-white shoeprint image. These reliable contour points are selected to simulate the left and right sidelines of the shoeprint by a curve fitting method. Subsequently, the most concave points along the left and right sidelines can determine the core point of the shoeprint, thereby partitioning the shoeprint into circular regions...
September 2016: Science & Justice: Journal of the Forensic Science Society
Naohito Beppu, Fumihiko Kimura, Tsukasa Aihara, Hiroshi Doi, Naohiro Tomita, Hidenori Yanagi, Naoki Yamanaka
BACKGROUND: Short-course radiotherapy with delayed surgery (SRT-delay) is still under clinical investigation for its efficacy in treating low rectal cancer (≤5 cm from the anal verge). This study was designed to assess the pattern of local recurrence and oncologic outcomes in T3 low rectal cancer treated with SRT-delay. METHODS: This study enrolled T3 low rectal cancer patients without distant metastasis between 2003 and 2015. All patients received total mesorectal excision following SRT-delay (25 Gy/10 fractions/5 days + S-1 radiosensitizer with a 4-week delay of surgery)...
October 3, 2016: Annals of Surgical Oncology
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: Retraction: "Cisplatin-induced antitumor activity is potentiated by the soy isoflavonen genistein in BxPC-3 pancreatic tumor xenografts" by Mohammad RM, Banerjee S, Li Y, Aboukameel A, Kucuk O, Sarkar FH. The above article, published in Wiley Online Library (, has been retracted by agreement amongst the journal Editor in Chief, Fadlo R. Khuri; Wiley Periodicals, Inc.; and the American Cancer Society following an investigation by Wayne State University into the research activities of the second and last authors...
October 15, 2016: Cancer
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