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Paula Prieto, Helga Ochagavía, Roxana Savin, Simon Griffiths, Gustavo A Slafer
As wheat yield is linearly related to grain number, understanding the physiological determinants of the number of fertile florets based on floret development dynamics due to the role of the particular genes is relevant. The effects of photoperiod genes on dynamics of floret development are largely ignored. Field experiments were carried out to (i) characterize the dynamics of floret primordia initiation and degeneration and (ii) to determine which are the most critical traits of such dynamics in establishing genotypic differences in the number of fertile florets at anthesis in near isogenic lines (NILs) carrying photoperiod insensitive alleles...
March 19, 2018: Journal of Experimental Botany
ByungWan Jo, Rana Muhammad Asad Khan
The implementation of wireless sensor networks (WSNs) for monitoring the complex, dynamic, and harsh environment of underground coal mines (UCMs) is sought around the world to enhance safety. However, previously developed smart systems are limited to monitoring or, in a few cases, can report events. Therefore, this study introduces a reliable, efficient, and cost-effective internet of things (IoT) system for air quality monitoring with newly added features of assessment and pollutant prediction. This system is comprised of sensor modules, communication protocols, and a base station, running Azure Machine Learning (AML) Studio over it...
March 21, 2018: Sensors
Emma Weiss, Cristina Japie, Ana Maria Balahura, Daniela Bartos, Elisabeta Badila
BACKGROUND: The Roma population has a high prevalence of cardiovascular risk factors, higher mortality, and shorter life expectancy. It is found in largest numbers in Romania, but published data are still scarce here. We studied cardiovascular risk factors and disease along with target organ damage on a population of Roma inhabitants from Bucharest, Romania. METHODS: This cross-sectional study enrolled, in a community-based participatory research manner, 806 Roma subjects (18-83 years)...
March 19, 2018: Romanian Journal of Internal Medicine, Revue Roumaine de Médecine Interne
Trey S Rottgen, Andrew J Nickerson, Emily A Minor, Amanda B Stewart, Abby D Harold, Vazhaikkurichi M Rajendran
Attenuated Ca2+ -activated Cl- secretion has previously been observed in the model of dextran-sulfate-sodium (DSS)-induced colitis. Prior studies have implicated dysfunctional muscarinic signaling from basolateral membranes as the potential perpetrator leading to decreased Ca2+ -activated Cl- secretion. However, in our chronic model of DSS-colitis, Chrm3 transcript (1.028 {plus minus} 0.12 vs. 1.029 {plus minus} 0.27, p > 0.05) and CHRM3 protein expression (1.021 {plus minus} .24 vs. .928 {plus minus} .09, p > 0...
March 21, 2018: American Journal of Physiology. Cell Physiology
Géraldine Coppin, David Sander, Alain Golay, Zoltan Pataky
Besides hormonal regulation of appetite and satiety, food intake depends on the activity of certain brain systems. Functional imaging studies are useful to better understand this central regulation of energy intake. Obesity is associated with increased brain responses to food stimuli at the level of the reward system. More specifically, studies have shown in obese individuals an increased motivation to obtain food reward as well as a decrease in pleasure during its actual consumption. Food consumption may be, in some instances, comparable to addiction, and be reflected by irresistible cravings for certain foods...
March 21, 2018: Revue Médicale Suisse
Xiao-Jiang Yang, Rui-Jun Tian, Xing Su, Shan-Bo Hu, Wei Lei, Yang Zhang
BACKGROUND: Amounts of clinic research have been performed to investigate the increment of cross-sectional area in single-door cervical laminoplasty (SDCL). However, no one has taken the effects of surgery drill into consideration. METHODS: A mathematical model was built to investigate the relation of actual laminoplasty opening size (LOS), the transverse canal diameter (TCD), and the increment of cross-sectional area in SDCL). The model was based on geometric analysis on deformation of spinal canal; the relation was derived and characterized as: (Equation is included in full-text article...
March 2018: Medicine (Baltimore)
Ashwani Kumar Singh, Ajit Kumar, Krishna Kamal Haldar, Vinay Gupta, Kedar Singh
This work reports a detail study of reduced graphene oxide (rGO)-Fe3O4 nanoparticles composite as an excellent electromagnetic interference shielding (EMI) material in GHz range. rGO-Fe3O4 nanoparticles composite was synthesized using facile, one step, and modified solvothermal method with the reaction of FeCl3, ethylene di amine and graphite oxide powder in presence of ethylene glycol. Various structural, microstructural and optical characterization tools were used to determine its synthesis and various properties...
March 21, 2018: Nanotechnology
Kelly J Chan, Divya Jolly, Jennifer J Liang, Jamie D Weinand, Joshua D Safer
OBJECTIVE: Existing transgender treatment guidelines suggest that for transmasculine treatment, there is a possible need for estrogen-lowering strategies adjunct to testosterone therapy. Further, guidelines advocate consideration of prophylactic female reproductive tissue surgeries for transgender men to avoid the possibility of estrogen-related health risks. Despite the paucity of objective data, some transgender men seek conversion inhibitors. We sought to determine estradiol levels in transgender men treated with testosterone therapy and the change in those levels with treatment, if any...
March 21, 2018: Endocrine Practice
L A Kalashnikova, T S Gulevskaya, L A Dobrynina
Cerebral microangiopathy (small vessels disease) is a cause of diffuse changes of brain tissue (encephalopathy) denoted in Russian literature by the term dyscirculatory encephalopathy (DE). The main cause of microangiopathy leading to encephalopathy is arterial hypertension, less frequently - cerebral amyloid angiopathy and cerebral autosomal dominant arteriopathy with subcortical infarcts and leukoencephalopathy. The diagnosis of encephalopathy in patients with microangiopathy is based on the combination of clinical manifestations (mainly, cognitive impairment of varying severity and disorders of gait) with the neuroimaging changes (white matter hyperintensity, multiple lacunar infarcts on MRI)...
2018: Zhurnal Nevrologii i Psikhiatrii Imeni S.S. Korsakova
Minji Jeon, Sunkyu Kim, Sungjoon Park, Heewon Lee, Jaewoo Kang
BACKGROUND: Drug combination therapy, which is considered as an alternative to single drug therapy, can potentially reduce resistance and toxicity, and have synergistic efficacy. As drug combination therapies are widely used in the clinic for hypertension, asthma, and AIDS, they have also been proposed for the treatment of cancer. However, it is difficult to select and experimentally evaluate effective combinations because not only is the number of cancer drug combinations extremely large but also the effectiveness of drug combinations varies depending on the genetic variation of cancer patients...
March 19, 2018: BMC Systems Biology
Steven Lam, Giang Pham, Hung Nguyen-Viet
Background Agricultural intensification is having profound impacts on food security and rural livelihoods; however, concerns remain about the potential implications on public health. Objectives We aim to examine and synthesize the evidence for human health risks of agricultural intensification in Southeast Asia. Methods We conducted a systematic review of peer-reviewed articles published between January 2000 and December 2015 from two electronic databases (PubMed, CAB Direct). Results A total of 73 relevant studies were included and evaluated...
March 21, 2018: International Journal of Occupational and Environmental Health
R Dumont, F Puleo, J Collignon, N Meurisse, M Chavez, L Seidel, P Gast, M Polus, C Loly, Ph Delvenne, P Meunier, R Hustinx, A Deroover, O Detry, E Louis, Ph Martinive, D Van Daele
BACKGROUND AND STUDY AIMS: The current standard of care for resectable pancreatic ductal adenocarcinoma (PDAC) is surgery-first followed by adjuvant chemotherapy. We review our single center experience in a PDAC cohort managed by the surgery-first strategy. We then compare our data to those of Belgian and international literature. PATIENTS METHODS: We reviewed a series of 83 consecutive resectable patients with PDAC, treated by the surgery-first approach in a Belgian Academic Hospital between 2007 and 2013...
October 2017: Acta Gastro-enterologica Belgica
Jamie R Santistevan, Brian R Sharp, Azita G Hamedani, Scott Fruhan, Andrew W Lee, Brian W Patterson
Introduction: Opioid prescribing patterns have come under increasing scrutiny with the recent rise in opioid prescriptions, opioid misuse and abuse, and opioid-related adverse events. To date, there have been limited studies on the effect of default tablet quantities as part of emergency department (ED) electronic order entry. Our goal was to evaluate opioid prescribing patterns before and after the removal of a default quantity of 20 tablets from ED electronic order entry. Methods: We performed a retrospective observational study at a single academic, urban ED with 58,000 annual visits...
March 2018: Western Journal of Emergency Medicine
Nicole Battaglioli, Felix Ankel, Christopher I Doty, Arlene Chung, Michelle Lin
Introduction: Physician wellness has recently become a popular topic of conversation and publication within the house of medicine and specifically within emergency medicine (EM). Through a joint collaboration involving Academic Life in Emergency Medicine's (ALiEM) Wellness Think Tank, Essentials of Emergency Medicine (EEM), and the Emergency Medicine Residents' Association (EMRA), a one-day Resident Wellness Consensus Summit (RWCS) was organized. Methods: The RWCS was held on May 15, 2017, as a pre-day event prior to the 2017 EEM conference in Las Vegas, Nevada...
March 2018: Western Journal of Emergency Medicine
Stacia B Shipman, Chelsea R Risinger, Crystalle M Evans, Chelsey D Gilbertson, David E Hogan
Introduction: The clinical presentations for sexually transmitted infections (STI) and urinary tract infections (UTI) often overlap, and symptoms of dysuria and urinary frequency/urgency occur with both STIs and UTIs. Abnormal urinalysis (UA) findings and pyuria are common in both UTIs and STIs, and confirmatory urine cultures are not available to emergency clinicians to aid in decision-making regarding prescribing antibiotics for UTIs. The objective of this study was to determine the frequency of sterile pyuria in women with confirmed STIs, as well as whether the absolute number of leukocytes on microscopy or nitrite on urine dipstick correlated with positive urine cultures in patients with confirmed STIs...
March 2018: Western Journal of Emergency Medicine
Rebeca Martín, Luis G Bermúdez-Humarán, Philippe Langella
Faecalibacterium prausnitzii represents approximately 5% of the total fecal microbiota in healthy adults being one of the most abundant bacterium in the human intestinal microbiota of healthy adults. Furthermore, this bacterium has been proposed to be a sensor and a major actor of the human intestinal health because of its importance in the gut ecosystem. In this context, F. prausnitzii population levels have been found to be reduced in patients suffering from several syndromes and diseases such as inflammatory bowel diseases...
2018: Frontiers in Microbiology
Serena Monti, Roberto Pacelli, Laura Cella, Giuseppe Palma
Radiation therapy (RT) technological advances call for a comprehensive reconsideration of the definition of dose features leading to radiation induced morbidity (RIM). In this context, the voxel-based approach (VBA) to dose distribution analysis in RT offers a radically new philosophy to evaluate local dose response patterns, as an alternative to dose-volume-histograms for identifying dose sensitive regions of normal tissue. The VBA relies on mapping patient dose distributions into a single reference case anatomy which serves as anchor for local dosimetric evaluations...
March 20, 2018: Scientific Reports
Helen Uusberg, Krista Peet, Andero Uusberg, Kirsti Akkermann
Appearance-related attention biases are thought to contribute to body image disturbances. We investigated how preoccupation with body image is associated with attention biases to body size, focusing on the role of social comparison processes and automaticity. Thirty-six women varying on self-reported preoccupation compared their actual body size to size-modified images of either themselves or a figure-matched peer. Amplification of earlier (N170, P2) and later (P3, LPP) ERP components recorded under low vs...
March 17, 2018: Biological Psychology
Austin J Roebke, Adam S Martin, Zubair Sarmast, Erica Fisk, Kanu S Goyal
PURPOSE: To determine the accuracy of a distal-first open reduction internal plate fixation technique in achieving correction of volar tilt in dorsally angulated distal radius fractures. METHODS: Twenty foam radius models were divided evenly into groups N (normal) and O (osteoporotic). Dorsally angulated extra-articular distal radius fractures were then created. Group O underwent further modification to simulate an osteoporotic model. After static pinning in various degrees of dorsal angulation, opaque fiducial markers were placed and fluoroscopy was used to measure prereduction volar tilt...
March 17, 2018: Journal of Hand Surgery
Esben S Worm, Morten Høyer, Rune Hansen, Lars P Larsen, Britta Weber, Cai Grau, Per R Poulsen
PURPOSE: Intrafraction motion can compromise the treatment accuracy in liver stereotactic body radiation therapy (SBRT). Respiratory gating can improve treatment delivery; however, gating based on external motion surrogates is inaccurate. The present study reports the use of Calypso-based internal electromagnetic motion monitoring for gated liver SBRT. METHODS AND MATERIALS: Fifteen patients were included in a study of 3-fraction respiratory gated liver SBRT guided by 3 implanted electromagnetic transponders...
February 13, 2018: International Journal of Radiation Oncology, Biology, Physics
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