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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29342452/estimated-effect-of-temperature-on-years-of-life-lost-a-retrospective-time-series-study-of-low-middle-and-high-income-regions
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Maquins Odhiambo Sewe, Aditi Bunker, Vijendra Ingole, Thaddaeus Egondi, Daniel Oudin Åström, David M Hondula, Joacim Rocklöv, Barbara Schumann
BACKGROUND: Numerous studies have reported a strong association between temperature and mortality. Additional insights can be gained from investigating the effects of temperature on years of life lost (YLL), considering the life expectancy at the time of death. OBJECTIVES: The goal of this work was to assess the association between temperature and YLL at seven low-, middle-, and high-income sites. METHODS: We obtained meteorological and population data for at least nine years from four Health and Demographic Surveillance Sites in Kenya (western Kenya, Nairobi), Burkina Faso (Nouna), and India (Vadu), as well as data from cities in the United States (Philadelphia, Phoenix) and Sweden (Stockholm)...
January 12, 2018: Environmental Health Perspectives
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29342440/the-critical-warning-sign-of-real-time-brainstem-auditory-evoked-potentials-during-microvascular-decompression-for-hemifacial-spasm
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Sang-Ku Park, Byung-Euk Joo, Seunghoon Lee, Jeong-A Lee, Jeong-Ho Hwang, Doo-Sik Kong, Dae-Won Seo, Kwan Park, Hoon-Taek Lee
OBJECTIVE: The aim of this study was to define the critical warning sign of real-time brainstem auditory evoked potential (BAEP) for predicting hearing loss (HL) after microvascular decompression (MVD) for hemifacial spasm (HFS). METHODS: Nine hundred and thirty-two patients with HFS who underwent MVD with intraoperative monitoring (IOM) of BAEP were analyzed. We used a 43.9 Hz/s stimulation rate and 400 averaging trials to obtain BAEP. To evaluate HL, pure-tone audiometry and speech discrimination scoring were performed before and one week after surgery...
January 4, 2018: Clinical Neurophysiology: Official Journal of the International Federation of Clinical Neurophysiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29342438/vitreoretinal-complications-and-outcomes-in-92-eyes-undergoing-surgery-for-modified-osteo-odonto-keratoprosthesis-a-10-year-review
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Pukhraj Rishi, Ekta Rishi, Vishvesh Agarwal, Sridevi Nair, Geetha Iyer, Bhaskar Srinivasan, Shweta Agarwal
PURPOSE: To analyze vitreoretinal (VR) complications and treatment outcomes in eyes undergoing modified osteo-odonto-keratoprosthesis (OOKP) surgery. DESIGN: Retrospective case series. PARTICIPANTS: All patients who underwent modified OOKP (mOOKP) surgery at a tertiary eye-care center from March 2003 to February 2013 were included. METHODS: Medical records were reviewed for relevant medical history, best-corrected visual acuity (BCVA), slit-lamp examination, ultrasound scan, oral examination findings, and VR complications...
January 13, 2018: Ophthalmology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29342436/iris-melanoma-outcomes-based-on-the-american-joint-committee-on-cancer-classification-eighth-edition-in-432-patients
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Carol L Shields, Maura Di Nicola, Vladislav P Bekerman, Swathi Kaliki, Carolina Alarcon, Enzo Fulco, Jerry A Shields
PURPOSE: The American Joint Committee on Cancer (AJCC) classification was updated to the eighth edition in January 2017, providing staging for iris melanoma. This study evaluated outcomes of iris melanoma per the AJCC classification, eighth edition. DESIGN: Retrospective case series. PARTICIPANTS: Four hundred thirty-two patients with iris melanoma. METHODS: Management including tumor resection, plaque radiotherapy, or enucleation...
January 13, 2018: Ophthalmology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29342431/comparison-of-access-type-on-perioperative-outcomes-after-endovascular-aortic-aneurysm-repair
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Jeffrey J Siracuse, Alik Farber, Jeffrey A Kalish, Douglas W Jones, Denis Rybin, Gheorghe Doros, Salvatore T Scali, Marc L Schermerhorn
OBJECTIVE: Endovascular aneurysm repair (EVAR) can be performed through percutaneous or surgical access. Our goal was to assess the difference in perioperative outcomes based on access type in a real-world setting. METHODS: The Vascular Quality Initiative (VQI) database was queried for EVAR. Univariable analysis and multivariable analysis were used to determine the independent effect of access type. RESULTS: There were 8340 (64%) and 4747 (36%) EVAR procedures performed through percutaneous and surgical access (3395 [72%] transverse and 1352 [28%] vertical incisions)...
January 13, 2018: Journal of Vascular Surgery
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29342413/rapid-detection-of-blakpc-directly-from-surveillance-rectal-swabs-by-easyq-kpc
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Ana Carolina Ramos, Lygia Schandert, Cecilia G Carvalhaes, Rafael Affini Martins, Paola Cappellano, Flávia Ribeiro Machado, Ana Cristina Gales
The performance of EasyQ KPC assay was evaluated for the first time for blaKPC detection directly from surveillance rectal swabs without broth enrichment. Using conventional polymerase chain reaction as gold standard method, EasyQ KPC and culture-based molecular tests demonstrated a sensitivity/specificity of 100%/87.3% and 83.3%/98.2%, respectively.
December 16, 2017: Diagnostic Microbiology and Infectious Disease
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29342400/a-unifying-framework-of-synaptic-and-intrinsic-plasticity-in-neural-populations
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Johannes Leugering, Gordon Pipa
A neuronal population is a computational unit that receives a multivariate, time-varying input signal and creates a related multivariate output. These neural signals are modeled as stochastic processes that transmit information in real time, subject to stochastic noise. In a stationary environment, where the input signals can be characterized by constant statistical properties, the systematic relationship between its input and output processes determines the computation carried out by a population. When these statistical characteristics unexpectedly change, the population needs to adapt to its new environment if it is to maintain stable operation...
January 17, 2018: Neural Computation
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29342397/imaging-the-spatiotemporal-dynamics-of-cognitive-processes-at-high-temporal-resolution
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I Tal, M Abeles
This letter presents a noninvasive imaging technique that captures the exact timing and locations of cortical activity sequences that are specific to a cognitive process. These precise spatiotemporal sequences can be detected in the human brain as specific time-position pattern associated with a cognitive specific time-position pattern associated with a cognitive task. They are consistent with direct measurements of population activity recorded in nonhuman primates, thus suggesting that specific time-position patterns associated with a cognitive task can be identified...
January 17, 2018: Neural Computation
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29342393/hyperthermic-intraperitoneal-chemotherapy-in-ovarian-cancer
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Willemien J van Driel, Simone N Koole, Karolina Sikorska, Jules H Schagen van Leeuwen, Henk W R Schreuder, Ralph H M Hermans, Ignace H J T de Hingh, Jacobus van der Velden, Henriëtte J Arts, Leon F A G Massuger, Arend G J Aalbers, Victor J Verwaal, Jacobien M Kieffer, Koen K Van de Vijver, Harm van Tinteren, Neil K Aaronson, Gabe S Sonke
Background Treatment of newly diagnosed advanced-stage ovarian cancer typically involves cytoreductive surgery and systemic chemotherapy. We conducted a trial to investigate whether the addition of hyperthermic intraperitoneal chemotherapy (HIPEC) to interval cytoreductive surgery would improve outcomes among patients who were receiving neoadjuvant chemotherapy for stage III epithelial ovarian cancer. Methods In a multicenter, open-label, phase 3 trial, we randomly assigned 245 patients who had at least stable disease after three cycles of carboplatin (area under the curve of 5 to 6 mg per milliliter per minute) and paclitaxel (175 mg per square meter of body-surface area) to undergo interval cytoreductive surgery either with or without administration of HIPEC with cisplatin (100 mg per square meter)...
January 18, 2018: New England Journal of Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29342381/long-term-follow-up-of-monoclonal-gammopathy-of-undetermined-significance
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Robert A Kyle, Dirk R Larson, Terry M Therneau, Angela Dispenzieri, Shaji Kumar, James R Cerhan, S Vincent Rajkumar
Background Monoclonal gammopathy of undetermined significance (MGUS) occurs in approximately 3% of persons 50 years of age or older. Methods We studied 1384 patients who were residing in southeastern Minnesota and in whom MGUS was diagnosed at the Mayo Clinic in the period from 1960 through 1994; the median follow-up was 34.1 years (range, 0.0 to 43.6). The primary end point was progression to multiple myeloma or another plasma-cell or lymphoid disorder. Results During 14,130 person-years of follow-up, MGUS progressed in 147 patients (11%), a rate that was 6...
January 18, 2018: New England Journal of Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29342370/fgf8-signaling-alters-the-osteogenic-cell-fate-in-the-hard-palate
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J Xu, Z Huang, W Wang, X Tan, H Li, Y Zhang, W Tian, T Hu, Y P Chen
Fibroblast growth factor (FGF) signaling has been implicated in the regulation of osteogenesis in both intramembranous and endochondral ossifications. In the developing palate, the anterior bony palate forms by direct differentiation of cranial neural crest (CNC)-derived mesenchymal cells, but the signals that regulate the osteogenic cell fate in the developing palate remain unclear. In the present study, we investigated the potential role of FGF signaling in osteogenic fate determination of the palatal mesenchymal cells...
January 1, 2018: Journal of Dental Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29342366/evaluation-of-the-get-active-questionnaire-in-community-dwelling-older-adults
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Andrea F M Petrella, Dawn P Gill, Robert J Petrella
BACKGROUND: Physical activity screening prior to starting a physical activity program is important to identify if there are any underlying health conditions. However, many older adults do not complete such assessments prior to beginning their physical activity program. This project compared the Canadian Society for Exercise Physiology's newly developed Get Active Questionnaire (GAQ) to a standardized exercise stress test in terms of screening out versus screening in false positive GAQ tests...
January 17, 2018: Applied Physiology, Nutrition, and Metabolism, Physiologie Appliquée, Nutrition et Métabolisme
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29342361/high-speed-spectroscopic-transient-absorption-imaging-of-defects-in-graphene
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Kai-Chih Huang, Jeremy McCall, Pu Wang, Chien-Sheng Liao, Gregory Eakins, Ji-Xin Cheng, Chen Yang
Graphene grain boundaries (GBs) and other nano-defects can deteriorate electronic properties. Here, using transient absorption (TA) microscopy, we directly visualized GBs by TA intensity increase due to change in density of state. We also observed a faster decay due to defect-accelerated carrier relaxation in the GB area. By line-illumination and parallel detection, we increased the TA intensity imaging speed to 1,000 frames per second, which is 6 orders of magnitude faster than Raman microscopy. Combined with a resonant optical delay tuner which scans a 5...
January 17, 2018: Nano Letters
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29342360/sustained-delivery-of-doxorubicin-via-acetalated-dextran-scaffold-prevents-glioblastoma-recurrence-after-surgical-resection
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Elizabeth G Graham-Gurysh, Kathryn M Moore, Andrew B Satterlee, Kevin T Sheets, Feng-Chang Lin, Eric M Bachelder, C Ryan Miller, Shawn Hingtgen, Kristy M Ainslie
The primary cause of mortality for glioblastoma (GBM) is local tumor recurrence following standard-of-care therapies, including surgical resection. With most tumors recurring near the site of surgical resection, local delivery of chemotherapy at the time of surgery is a promising strategy. Herein drug loaded polymer scaffolds with two distinct degradation profiles were fabricated to investigate the effect of local drug delivery rate on GBM recurrence following surgical resection. The novel biopolymer, acetalated dextran (Ace-DEX), was compared to commercially available polyester, poly(L-lactide) (PLA)...
January 17, 2018: Molecular Pharmaceutics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29342357/diffusion-controlled-epitaxy-of-large-area-coalesced-wse2-monolayers-on-sapphire
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Xiaotian Zhang, Tanushree H Choudhury, Mikhail Chubarov, Yu Xiang, Bhakti Jariwala, Fu Zhang, Nasim Alem, Gwo-Ching Wang, Joshua A Robinson, Joan M Redwing
A multi-step diffusion-mediated process was developed to control the nucleation density, size and lateral growth rate of WSe2 domains on c-plane sapphire for the epitaxial growth of large area monolayer films by gas source chemical vapor deposition (CVD). The process consists of an initial nucleation step followed by an annealing period in H2Se to promote surface diffusion of tungsten-containing species to form oriented WSe2 islands with uniform size and controlled density. The growth conditions were then adjusted to suppress further nucleation and laterally grow the WSe2 islands to form a fully coalesced monolayer film in less than one hour...
January 17, 2018: Nano Letters
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29342350/real-time-monitoring-of-chemical-changes-in-three-kinds-of-fermented-milk-products-during-fermentation-using-quantitative-difference-nmr-spectroscopy
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Yi Lu, Hiroto Ishikawa, Yeondae Kwon, Fangyu Hu, Takuya Miyakawa, Masaru Tanokura
Fermented milk products are rising in popularity throughout the world because of their health benefits, including improving digestion, normalizing the function of the immune system, and aiding in weight management. This study applies an in situ quantitative NMR method to monitor chemical changes in three kinds of fermented milk products, Bulgarian yogurt, Caspian Sea yogurt and kefir, during fermentation. As a result, the concentration changes in nine organic compounds, α/β-lactose, α/β-galactose, lactic acid, citrate, ethanol, lecithin, and creatine, were monitored in real time...
January 17, 2018: Journal of Agricultural and Food Chemistry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29342316/solvent-free-enzyme-activity-quick-high-yielding-mechano-enzymatic-hydrolysis-of-cellulose-into-glucose
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Fabien Hammerer, Leigh Loots, Jean-Louis Do, J P Daniel Therien, Christopher W Nickels, Tomislav Friscic, Karine Auclair
Mechanochemistry enables enzymatic cleavage of cellulose into glucose without bulk solvents, acids, other aggressive reagents or substrate pre-treatment. This clean mechano-enzymatic process is also directly applicable to biomass, avoids many limitations associated with the use of cellulases, and produces glucose concentrations >3 times the highest obtained by conventional methods.
January 17, 2018: Angewandte Chemie
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29342307/using-phylogenomic-data-to-explore-the-effects-of-relaxed-clocks-and-calibration-strategies-on-divergence-time-estimation-primates-as-a-test-case
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Mario Dos Reis, Gregg F Gunnell, José Barba-Montoya, Alex Wilkins, Ziheng Yang, Anne D Yoder
Primates have long been a test case for the development of phylogenetic methods for divergence time estimation. Despite a large number of studies, however, the timing of origination of crown Primates relative to the K-Pg boundary and the timing of diversification of the main crown groups remain controversial. Here we analysed a dataset of 372 taxa (367 Primates and 5 outgroups, 3.4 million aligned base pairs) that includes nine primate genomes. We systematically explore the effect of different interpretations of fossil calibrations and molecular clock models on primate divergence time estimates...
January 12, 2018: Systematic Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29342306/prevalence-and-factors-associated-with-diarrhoea-among-children-between-6-and-59-months-of-age-in-mwanza-city-tanzania
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Silas Kabhele, Moses New-Aaron, Stephen Matthew Kibusi, Ainory P Gesase
Background: Childhood diarrhoea is a global public health problem especially in unplanned settlements of low- and middle-income countries. Different studies have associated household settlement and childhood diarrhoea, but the prevalence and risk factors associated with childhood diarrhoea at the community level are not clearly known. Method: A community-based cross-sectional study was performed to determine the prevalence and risk factors associated with diarrhoea in among 480 children between 6 and 59 months of age in Mwanza city from June to August 2016...
January 12, 2018: Journal of Tropical Pediatrics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29342304/introduction-of-standardised-tobacco-packaging-during-a-12-month-transition-period-findings-from-small-retailers-in-the-united-kingdom
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Nathan Critchlow, Martine Stead, Crawford Moodie, Douglas Eadie, Anne Marie MacKintosh
Introduction: Factory-made cigarettes (FMC) and roll-your-own (RYO) tobacco have had to be produced in standardised packaging since 20th May 2016 in the United Kingdom, with a minimum pack size of 20 sticks for FMC and 30 grams for RYO. Manufacturers and retailers were given a 12-month transition period. Methods: An observational study was conducted using monthly Electronic Point of Sale data from 500 small retailers in England, Scotland, and Wales, between May 2016 and May 2017...
January 12, 2018: Nicotine & Tobacco Research: Official Journal of the Society for Research on Nicotine and Tobacco
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