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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28646745/automatic-postural-responses-are-generated-according-to-feet-orientation-and-perturbation-magnitude
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Nametala Maia Azzi, Daniel Boari Coelho, Luis Augusto Teixeira
This investigation aimed to assess the effect of feet orientation angle in upright stance on automatic postural responses (APRs) to mechanical perturbations of different magnitudes. Perturbation was produced by releasing suddenly a load attached to the participant's trunk, leading to forward body sway. We evaluated APRs to loads corresponding to 5% (low) and 10% (high) of the participant's body weight, comparing the following feet orientations: parallel, preferred (M=10.46°), 15° and 30° for each foot regarding the body midline...
June 21, 2017: Gait & Posture
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28644760/expression-and-characterization-of-soybean-seed-coat-peroxidase-in-escherichia-coli-bl21-de3
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Changqing Liu, Kai Zheng, Ying Xu, Lacmata Tamekou Stephen, Jiming Wang, Hongwei Zhao, Tongqing Yue, Rui Nian, Haibo Zhang, Mo Xian, Huizhou Liu
Soybean seed coat peroxidase(SBP) is a valuable enzyme having a broad variety of applications in analytical chemistry, biochemistry and food processing. In the present study, the sscp gene (Gene ID: 548068) was optimized based on the preferred codon usage of Escherichia coli, synthesized, and expressed in E. coli BL21(DE3). SDS-PAGE and western blot analysis of this expressed protein revealed that its molecular weight is approximately 39 kDa. The effects of induction temperature, concentration of IPTG (isopropyl-β-D-thiogalactoside) and hemin, induction time, expression time were optimized to enhance SBP production with a maximum activity of 11...
June 23, 2017: Preparative Biochemistry & Biotechnology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28644726/cytotoxic-and-genotoxic-actions-of-casiopeina-iii-ea-cas-iii-ea-in-somatic-and-germ-cells-of-drosophila-melanogaster
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L M Vidal, E Pimentel, M P Cruces, S Hernández, L Ruiz-Azuara
Casiopeinas® are a group of newly synthesized drugs designed to treat cancer. These copper (Cu) complexes exhibit cytostatic, cytotoxic, genotoxic, and antineoplastic activities through different mechanisms of action. To evaluate the influence of these compounds, some in vivo studies were performed using predominantly somatic cells. The aim of the present study was to examine the cytotoxic and genotoxic actions of Casiopeina III-Ea (Cas III-Ea) in somatic as well as germ cells of Drosophila melanogaster. For cytotoxicity, the productivity and some morphometric parameters were measured and genotoxicity was assessed by means of the somatic mutation and recombination test assay in the wing...
June 23, 2017: Journal of Toxicology and Environmental Health. Part A
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28642773/infestation-of-broad-bean-vicia-faba-by-the-green-stink-bug-nezara-viridula-decreases-shoot-abscisic-acid-contents-under-well-watered-and-drought-conditions
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Luisa Ederli, Cecilia Brunetti, Mauro Centritto, Stefano Colazza, Francesca Frati, Francesco Loreto, Giovanni Marino, Gianandrea Salerno, Stefania Pasqualini
The response of broad bean (Vicia faba) plants to water stress alone and in combination with green stink bug (Nezara viridula) infestation was investigated through measurement of: (1) leaf gas exchange; (2) plant hormone titres of abscisic acid (ABA) and its metabolites, and of salicylic acid (SA); and (3) hydrogen peroxide (H2O2) content. Furthermore, we evaluated the effects of experimentally water-stressed broad-bean plants on N. viridula performance in terms of adult host-plant preference, and nymph growth and survival...
2017: Frontiers in Plant Science
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28641540/metallothionein-is-a-potential-therapeutic-strategy-for-amyotrophic-lateral-sclerosis
#5
Shin-Ichi Ono
Lou Gehrig's disease, a synonym of amyotrophic lateral sclerosis, is an adult-onset lethal neurodegenerative disorder. Irrespective of extensive efforts to elucidate the pathogenesis of the disease and searches for therapies, no favorable pharmacotherapeutic strategies have yet to be proposed. In a popular rodent model of ALS, G93A SOD1 mice, intracellular copper conditions were geared toward copper accumulation inside cells, resulting in an acceleration of oxidative stress and apoptotic process. Disruption of intracellular copper homeostasis was common to transgenic mice expressing human mutant SOD1s...
June 22, 2017: Current Pharmaceutical Design
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28639158/development-of-a-survivorship-needs-assessment-planning-tool-for-head-and-neck-cancer-survivors-and-their-caregivers-a-preliminary-study
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K R Sterba, J Zapka, N LaPelle, T K Garris, A Buchanan, M Scallion, T Day
PURPOSE: The purpose of this study was to characterize primary end-of-treatment challenges in head and neck cancer (HNC) to drive the development of a survivorship needs assessment planning (SNAP) tool and evaluate its acceptability and feasibility. METHODS: Using qualitative methods (focus groups, interviews), we identified physical, emotional, and social post-treatment challenges from the perspectives of survivors (N = 17), caregivers (N = 14), and healthcare providers (N = 14) and pretested the SNAP tool...
June 21, 2017: Journal of Cancer Survivorship: Research and Practice
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28638699/plantar-exteroceptive-inefficiency-causes-an-asynergic-use-of%C3%A2-plantar-and-visual-afferents-for-postural-control-best-means-of-remediation
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Arnaud Foisy, Zoï Kapoula
INTRODUCTION: Some subjects have difficulty to integrate both visual and plantar inputs, showing at the same time a "postural blindness" and a Plantar Exteroceptive Inefficiency (PEI). The former corresponds to a better stability eyes closed (EC) than eyes open (EO), while the latter is defined as a better stability on foam than on firm ground. Clinical studies reported that a manipulation of either plantar or visual input could affect the weight of both cues in postural control, suggesting interdependence in their use...
June 2017: Brain and Behavior
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28636644/longitudinal-changes-in-physical-activity-sedentary-behavior-and-body-mass-index-in-adolescence-migrations-towards-different-weight-cluster
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José Devís-Devís, Jorge Lizandra, Alexandra Valencia-Peris, Esther Pérez-Gimeno, Xavier García-Massò, Carmen Peiró-Velert
This study examined longitudinal changes in physical activity, sedentary behavior and body mass index in adolescents, specifically their migrations towards a different weight cluster. A cohort of 755 adolescents participated in a three-year study. A clustering Self-Organized Maps Analysis was performed to visualize changes in subjects' characteristics between the first and second assessment, and how adolescents were grouped. Also a classification tree was used to identify the behavioral characteristics of the groups that changed their weight cluster...
2017: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28636527/evaluating-performance-over-time-is-improving-better-than-being-consistently-good
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Monica Soliman, Roger Buehler
In many decision contexts, people evaluate others based on intertemporal performance records, and commonly face a choice between two distinct profiles: performance that is consistently high versus performance that improves over time to that high level. We proposed that these two profiles could be appealing for different reasons, and thus evaluators' preferences will differ across decision contexts. In three studies, participants were presented with candidates (e.g., students, employees) displaying the two profiles, and evaluated each candidate in terms of performance, future expectations, and deservingness...
June 21, 2017: Journal of Social Psychology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28634173/a-comparison-of-2-respiratory-devices-for-sputum-clearance-in-adults-with-non-cystic-fibrosis-bronchiectasis
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Yasmin R Silva, Tracy A Greer, Lucy C Morgan, Frank Li, Claude S Farah
BACKGROUND: Airway clearance techniques are a vital part of routine care for patients with bronchiectasis. There is no clear superior modality. The Flutter combines oscillations (6-20Hz) and positive expiratory pressure; the Lung Flute combines positive expiratory pressure and low frequency acoustic waves (18-22Hz), to augment clearance. This project aimed to compare these devices. METHODS: This was a randomized crossover study of adult subjects with stable non-cystic fibrosis bronchiectasis (expectorating >25 mL/d)...
June 20, 2017: Respiratory Care
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28633950/a-multi-scale-integrated-modeling-framework-to-measure-comprehensive-impact-of-coastal-reclamation-activities-in-yellow-river-estuary-china
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Yan Xu, Yanpeng Cai, Tao Sun, Qian Tan
In this paper, an improved multi-scale integrated modeling framework has been established to evaluate coastal reclamation intensity (CRI). About 7 indicators are considered, including ecological degradation intensity (EDI), hydrodynamic disturbance (IHD), engineering types, water quality, economic investment, population growth, and reclaimed land area. Meanwhile, an integrated framework enhanced methods in terms of (a) measuring intensity of ecological degradation process under multi-scale impact, (b) developing the indicator system of CRI, and discussing the driving forces and trends of coastal reclamation, (c) determining fuzzy preference relations of weight and calculating the specific value of CRI with the case study areas of Yellow River estuary from 2000 to 2015...
June 17, 2017: Marine Pollution Bulletin
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28633949/habitat-suitability-index-model-of-the-sea-cucumber-apostichopus-japonicus-selenka-a-case-study-of-shandong-peninsula-china
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Zhipeng Zhang, Jian Zhou, Jingjing Song, Qixiang Wang, Hongjun Liu, Xuexi Tang
A habitat suitability index (HSI) model for the sea cucumber Apostichopus japonicus (Selenka) was established in the present study. Based on geographic information systems, the HSI model was used to identify potential sites around the Shandong Peninsula suitable for restoration of immature (<25g) and mature (>25g) A. japonicus. Six habitat factors were used as input variables for the HSI model: sediment classification, water temperature, salinity, water depth, pH and dissolved oxygen. The weighting of each habitat factor was defined through the Delphi method...
June 17, 2017: Marine Pollution Bulletin
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28633615/experts-opinion-on-manual-wheelchair-adjustments-for-adults-with-diabetes
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Sophie-Anne Scherrer, Joelle Chu Yu Chee, Nhi Vu, Patrice Lu, Michelle Ishack, Philippe S Archambault
Diabetes is a global health concern that can lead to mobility limitations necessitating a wheelchair. However, there are currently no guidelines for wheelchair adjustments tailored to the diabetic population. PURPOSE: To describe relevant manual wheelchair adjustments for adults with diabetes, and to explore how these adjustments apply to populations living in less-resourced countries. METHODS: Semi-structured interviews were conducted with 13 wheelchair experts from five different countries working with adult with diabetes...
March 2, 2017: Disability and Rehabilitation. Assistive Technology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28632447/in-hospital-breastfeeding-experiences-among-women-with-gestational-diabetes
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Reena Oza-Frank, Erica P Gunderson
BACKGROUND: In-hospital experiences among women with gestational diabetes mellitus (GDM) could impact breastfeeding success. We sought (1) to determine changes in the prevalence of hospital breastfeeding experiences between 2004-2008 and 2009-2011 among women with GDM and women without diabetes; (2) to determine whether GDM is associated with higher occurrence of experiencing Baby-Friendly hospital practices because of their known higher rates of breastfeeding difficulties. MATERIALS AND METHODS: Data from the 2004 to 2011 Pregnancy Risk Assessment Monitoring System, a survey of women with a recent live birth from 16 states and New York City, were used based on inclusion of an optional survey question about hospital breastfeeding experiences...
June 2017: Breastfeeding Medicine: the Official Journal of the Academy of Breastfeeding Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28629384/involvement-of-the-glutamate-glutamine-cycle-and-glutamate-transporter-glt-1-in-antidepressant-like-effects-of-xiao-yao-san-on-chronically-stressed-mice
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Xiu-Fang Ding, Yue-Hua Li, Jia-Xu Chen, Long-Ji Sun, Hai-Yan Jiao, Xin-Xin Wang, Yan Zhou
BACKGROUND: Xiao Yao San (XYS) is an herbal prescription which is used in the treatment of depression for thousands of years from Song dynasty in China (960-1127 A.D.), and is the bestselling and most popular herb formula for treating major depression. This study aimed to assess the chronic antidepressant effects of XYS and fluoxetine in depressed mice induced by chronic unpredictable mild stress (CUMS) and its association with  alterations in glutamate/glutamine cycle and glutamate transporters...
June 19, 2017: BMC Complementary and Alternative Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28627401/educational-nutrition-messaging-at-breakfast-reduces-snack-intake-and-influences-snack-preferences-in-adult-men-and-women
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Jamie I Baum, Brianna L Gaines, Gabrielle C Kubas, Charlayne F Mitchell, Sarah L Russell
Breakfast skipping is associated with increased risk of weight gain and obesity in young adults, possibly due to increased snacking later in the day. Recent research suggests that providing and animal versus a plant source of protein at breakfast can reduce snack intake later in the day. In addition, providing nutrition information via a nutrition label, front-of-pack information, or via text messaging has been shown to help individuals make healthier food choices. The objective of this study was to determine if educational nutrition messaging and protein source influenced snack intake 2 h following the breakfast meal...
June 13, 2017: Appetite
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28627042/deciding-about-nursing-home-care-in-dementia-a-conjoint-analysis-of-how-older-people-balance-competing-goals
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Alison Fahey, Dearbhail Ní Chaoimh, Grainne R Mulkerrin, Eamon C Mulkerrin, Shaun T O'Keeffe
AIM: "Don't put me in a home" is a common preference of older people, but so too is "I don't want to be a burden on my family." These and other goals often conflict with each other when people have worsening dementia and the issue of possible nursing home admission arises. METHODS: Community-dwelling older hospital patients were asked to imagine that they lived alone, had dementia and were experiencing increasing practical difficulties, and were presented with 11 possible "outcome packages...
June 18, 2017: Geriatrics & Gerontology International
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28626895/khat-chewing-habit-produces-a-significant-adverse-effect-on%C3%A2-periodontal-oral-health-a-systematic-review-and-meta-analysis
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M S Al-Akhali, E A Al-Moraissi
Although there is a general agreement that a khat chewing habit produces clinicopathological changes in the oral mucosa. However there is no reliable evidence of the effects of a khat chewing habit on the periodontal tissues. Thus, authors aimed to investigate the influence of khat chewing habits on periodontal, oral health, by comparing khat chewers to non-chewers in respect of gingival recession, periodontal pocketing depth and loss of attachment. A systematic review and meta-analysis were conducted based on the Preferred Reporting Items for Systematic Reviews and Meta-Analyses guidelines...
June 18, 2017: Journal of Periodontal Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28625131/long-term-lifestyle-modification-programs-for-overweight-and-obesity-management-in-the-arab-states-systematic-review-and-meta-analysis
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Dima Khreidieh, Leila Itani, Germine El Kassas, Dana El Masri, Simona Calugi, Riccardo Dalle Grave, Marwan El Ghoch
BACKGROUND: Obesity is a growing health problem worldwide. It is associated with serious medical and psychosocial comorbidities that increase the risk of mortality. However, strong evidence confirms lifestyle-modification programs as the cornerstone treatment for excess weight and obesity. The aim of this systematic review was to assess the effectiveness of the lifestyle-modification programs for weight management delivered in Arabic-speaking countries. METHODS: The PubMed database was searched, and studies conducted in humans were identified and screened as per the Preferred Reporting Items for Systematic Review and Meta-Analyses (PRISMA) guidelines...
June 18, 2017: Current Diabetes Reviews
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28625036/sago-worms-as-a-nutritious-traditional-and-alternative-food-for-rural-children-in-southeast-sulawesi-indonesia
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Intan R Nirmala, Trees, Suwarni, Mochammad S Pramono
BACKGROUND AND OBJECTIVES: The sago worm Rhynchophorus ferrugineus is a nutritious food source found in the remaining parts of a sago palm trunk after the removal of sago starch by farmers. The effort to increase sago worm consumption is investigated in an intervention study among children aged <5 years. METHODS AND STUDY DESIGN: Children aged 1-5 years were allocated to a sago worm inclusive diet (n=10) and to a control group eating a usual diet, but without sago worms (n=13)...
June 2017: Asia Pacific Journal of Clinical Nutrition
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