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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27914414/spatial-attention-in-bilateral-cochlear-implant-users
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Matthew J Goupell, Alan Kan, Ruth Y Litovsky
Cochlear-implant (CI) users have difficulty understanding speech in the presence of interfering sounds. This study was designed to determine if binaural unmasking of speech is limited by peripheral or central encoding. Speech was presented to bilateral CI listeners using their clinical processors; unprocessed or vocoded speech was presented to normal-hearing (NH) listeners. Performance was worst for all listener groups in conditions where both the target and interferer were presented monaurally or diotically (i...
September 2016: Journal of the Acoustical Society of America
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27914394/relating-interaural-difference-sensitivities-for-several-parameters-measured-in-normal-hearing-and-hearing-impaired-listeners
#2
Nathaniel J Spencer, Monica L Hawley, H Steven Colburn
Just-noticeable differences (JNDs) in interaural time delay (ITD), interaural level difference (ILD), and interaural cross-correlation (ICC) were measured with low- and high-frequency noise bands over multiple sessions for 10 normal-hearing (NH) and 11 hearing-impaired (HI) listeners. Individual subject thresholds tended to improve with training then stabilize. Measured JNDs varied over these experienced listeners, for both subject groups and all tasks. Group JNDs were seldom predictable from hearing level...
September 2016: Journal of the Acoustical Society of America
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27912011/reduced-snow-cover-alters-root-microbe-interactions-and-decreases-nitrification-rates-in-a-northern-hardwood-forest
#3
Patrick O Sorensen, Pamela H Templer, Lynn Christenson, Jorge Duran, Timothy Fahey, Melany C Fisk, Peter M Groffman, Jennifer L Morse, Adrien C Finzi
Snow cover is projected to decline during the next century in many ecosystems that currently experience a seasonal snowpack. Because snow insulates soils from frigid winter air temperatures, soils are expected to become colder and experience more winter soil freeze-thaw cycles as snow cover continues to decline. Tree roots are adversely affected by snowpack reduction, but whether loss of snow will affect root-microbe interactions remains largely unknown. The objective of this study was to distinguish and attribute direct (e...
December 2016: Ecology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27909956/docking-and-three-dimensional-quantitative-structure-activity-relationship-analyses-of-imidazole-and-thiazolidine-derivatives-as-aurora-a-kinase-inhibitors
#4
Chaeuk Im
Aurora A kinase is involved in the inactivation of apoptosis leading to ovarian, breast, colon, and pancreatic cancers. Inhibitors of Aurora A kinase promote aberrant mitosis resulting in arrest at a pseudo G1 state to induce mitotic catastrophe, ultimately leading to apoptosis. In this study, ligand-based and docking-based three-dimensional quantitative structure-activity relationship (3D-QSAR) analyses of imidazole and thiazolidine derivatives as potential Aurora A kinase inhibitors were performed. The results provided highly reliable and predictive 3D-QSAR comparative molecular similarity index analysis (CoMSIA) models with a cross-validated q(2) value of 0...
December 1, 2016: Archives of Pharmacal Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27908132/the-rovibrational-nature-of-cis-and-trans-hnns-a-possible-nitrogen-molecule-progenitor
#5
Ryan C Fortenberry
The HNNS radical has been promoted recently as a viable intermediate in the interstellar creation of the spectroscopically elusive nitrogen molecule. Any confirmation of this pathway or utilizing HNNS as a tracer of N2 depends upon the ability to observe the radical intermediate whether in the laboratory or in the interstellar medium. Established and accurate quantum chemical procedures are employed here to produce spectroscopic constants, fundamental vibrational frequencies, and intensities that can be utilized for any possible detection of HNNS...
November 28, 2016: Journal of Chemical Physics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27908066/discrimination-of-amplitude-modulation-depth-by-subjects-with-normal-and-impaired-hearing
#6
Josef Schlittenlacher, Brian C J Moore
The loudness recruitment associated with cochlear hearing loss increases the perceived amount of amplitude modulation (AM), called "fluctuation strength." For normal-hearing (NH) subjects, fluctuation strength "saturates" when the AM depth is high. If such saturation occurs for hearing-impaired (HI) subjects, they may show poorer AM depth discrimination than NH subjects when the reference AM depth is high. To test this hypothesis, AM depth discrimination of a 4-kHz sinusoidal carrier, modulated at a rate of 4 or 16 Hz, was measured in a two-alternative forced-choice task for reference modulation depths, mref, of 0...
November 2016: Journal of the Acoustical Society of America
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27907126/variability-in-the-sxt-gene-clusters-of-psp-toxin-producing-aphanizomenon-gracile-strains-from-norway-spain-germany-and-north-america
#7
Andreas Ballot, Leonardo Cerasino, Vladyslava Hostyeva, Samuel Cirés
Paralytic shellfish poisoning (PSP) toxin production has been detected worldwide in the cyanobacterial genera Anabaena, Lyngbya, Scytonema, Cuspidothrix and Aphanizomenon. In Europe Aphanizomenon gracile and Cuspidothrix issatschenkoi are the only known producers of PSP toxins and are found in Southwest and Central European freshwater bodies. In this study the PSP toxin producing Aphanizomenon sp. strain NIVA-CYA 851 was isolated from the Norwegian Lake Hillestadvannet. In a polyphasic approach NIVA-CYA 851 was morphologically and phylogenetically classified, and investigated for toxin production...
2016: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27905598/dehydro-oxazole-thiazole-and-imidazole-radicals-insights-into-the-electronic-structure-stability-and-reactivity-aspects
#8
Anamika Mukhopadhyay, Lilit Jacob, Sugumar Venkataramani
DFT (U)B3LYP/cc-pVTZ and (U)M06-2X/cc-pVTZ and multireference CASSCF/cc-pVTZ level of theories have been used to investigate the electronic structure of isomeric dehydrooxazole (1b-d, 3 isomers), dehydrothiazole (2b-d, 3 isomers) and dehydroimidazole (3a-d, 4 isomers) radicals. The ground state electronic structure of each radical isomer has been confirmed by predicting their doublet excited state structure and calculating the adiabatic energy difference. The stability order of the individual isomeric radicals has been estimated through the comparison of absolute energies...
December 1, 2016: Physical Chemistry Chemical Physics: PCCP
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27902980/gene-expression-profiling-and-functional-characterization-of-macrophages-in-response-to-circulatory-microparticles-produced-during-trypanosoma-cruzi-infection-and-chagas-disease
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Imran H Chowdhury, Sue-Jie Koo, Shivali Gupta, Lisa Yi Liang, Bojlul Bahar, Laura Silla, Julio Nuñez-Burgos, Natalia Barrientos, Maria Paola Zago, Nisha Jain Garg
BACKGROUND: Chronic inflammation and oxidative stress are hallmarks of chagasic cardiomyopathy (CCM). In this study, we determined if microparticles (MPs) generated during Trypanosoma cruzi (Tc) infection carry the host's signature of the inflammatory/oxidative state and provide information regarding the progression of clinical disease. METHODS: MPs were harvested from supernatants of human peripheral blood mononuclear cells in vitro incubated with Tc (control: LPS treated), plasma of seropositive humans with a clinically asymptomatic (CA) or symptomatic (CS) disease state (vs...
December 1, 2016: Journal of Innate Immunity
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27898898/effects-of-molasses-and-crude-glycerol-combined-in-a-liquid-supplement-on-ruminal-fermentation-in-beef-steers-consuming-bermudagrass-hay
#10
F M Ciriaco, D D Henry, V R G Mercadante, T M Schulmeister, M Ruiz-Moreno, G C Lamb, N DiLorenzo
Two experiments were performed to evaluate the effects of 1) increasing supplementation doses of a 50:50 (as-fed) liquid supplement of molasses and crude glycerol (M:G) on ruminal fermentation parameters and blood urea nitrogen (BUN) in beef steers consuming Tifton 85 bermudagrass ( spp.) hay and 2) different proportions of molasses and crude glycerol in a liquid supplement on in vitro fermentation and gas production kinetics. For Exp. 1, 8 ruminally cannulated, Angus-crossbred steers were used in a duplicated 4 × 4 Latin square design, had ad libitum access to Tifton 85 bermudagrass hay, and were randomly assigned to 1 of 4 treatments: 1) CTRL, no supplementation; 2) SUP1, 0...
September 2016: Journal of Animal Science
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27898871/effect-of-disodium-calcium-malate-or-supplementation-on-growth-performance-carcass-quality-ruminal-fermentation-products-and-blood-metabolites-of-heifers
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C Carrasco, P Medel, A Fuentetaja, M J Ranilla, M D Carro
The aim of this study was to assess the effects of malate salts and culture on growth performance, carcass quality, ruminal fermentation products, and blood metabolites in heifers raised under southern Europe practical farm conditions. A total of 108 Charolaise cross heifers (214 ± 27.3 kg BW and 6.4 ± 1.1 mo of age) were housed in 18 pens of 6 animals each and used in a 114-d feedlot study. There was a totally randomized experimental design, and 6 pens were assigned to each of the following experimental diets: a control (no supplementation), the control plus 4 g of disodium/calcium malate mixture per kilogram of concentrate (2...
October 2016: Journal of Animal Science
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27898801/reduction-of-methane-emission-during-slurry-storage-by-the-addition-of-effective-microorganisms-and-excessive-carbon-source-from-brewing-sugar
#12
Mohd Saufi B Bastami, Davey L Jones, David R Chadwick
Storing livestock manure is the primary stage of manure management where microbial processes and chemical reactions result in the release of methane (CH), nitrous oxide (NO), ammonia (NH), and carbon dioxide (CO). This study examined the reduction of CH emissions from slurry storage under two temperatures (cool [10°C] and warm [30°C]) when a glucose-rich substrate (brewing sugar) and activated effective microorganisms were applied at 10% (w/w) and 5% (v/w), respectively. Brewing sugar addition influenced microbial anaerobic respiration, resulting in a reduction of slurry pH to <5...
November 2016: Journal of Environmental Quality
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27898797/effectiveness-of-livestock-exclusion-in-a-pasture-of-central-north-carolina
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Daniel E Line, Deanna L Osmond, Wesley Childres
Reducing the export of nitrogen (N), phosphorus (P), and sediment from agricultural land in water-supply watersheds is a continuing goal in central North Carolina. The objective of this project was to document the effectiveness of a combination of livestock exclusion fencing and nutrient management implemented on a beef cattle pasture located in the Piedmont region of North Carolina. The quantity and quality of discharge from two predominantly pasture watersheds were monitored simultaneously for 3.8 yr before and after implementation of the exclusion fencing and nutrient management in the treatment watershed; a control watershed remained unchanged...
November 2016: Journal of Environmental Quality
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27898791/high-removal-of-effluent-borne-nitrogen-with-multiple-external-electron-donors-in-the-engineered-drainfield-of-an-advanced-septic-system
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Mriganka De, Gurpal S Toor
Septic systems can be a major source of nitrogen (N) in shallow groundwater. We designed an in situ engineered drainfield with aerobic-anaerobic (sand-woodchips) and anaerobic (elemental sulfur-oyster shell) media to remove N in the vadose zone and reduce N transport to groundwater. Effluent was dispersed on top of the engineered drainfield (3.72 m infiltrative surface) and then infiltrated through the aerobic-anaerobic and anaerobic media before reaching natural soil. Water samples were collected over 64 sampling events (May 2012-December 2013) from three parts of the drainfield: (i) a suction cup lysimeter installed at the sand-woodchips interface, (ii) a pipe after effluent passed through the aerobic-anaerobic media, and (iii) a tank containing anaerobic media...
November 2016: Journal of Environmental Quality
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27898786/the-extent-of-manure-removal-from-storages-and-its-impact-on-gaseous-emissions
#15
N M Ngwabie, R J Gordon, A VanderZaag, K Dunfield, A Sissoko, C Wagner-Riddle
Manure remaining in storage due to incomplete removal is a source of microbial inoculum that may affect methane (CH), nitrous oxide (NO), and ammonia (NH) emissions during subsequent storage. Manure removal was studied by loading fresh manure into outdoor concrete tanks (10.6 m) that contained previously stored manure (inoculum) at six levels (0, 5, 10, 15, 20, and 25%, with 0% representing an empty tank). Emissions were continuously measured for 6-mo storage periods (warm and cold seasons) using flow-through chambers...
November 2016: Journal of Environmental Quality
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27898774/effects-of-feeding-encapsulated-nitrate-to-beef-cattle-on-ammonia-and-greenhouse-gas-emissions-from-their-manure-in-a-short-term-manure-storage-system
#16
Chanhee Lee, Rafael C Araujo, Karen M Koenig, Michael L Hile, Eileen E Fabian-Wheeler, Karen A Beauchemin
A study was conducted to investigate effects of feeding encapsulated nitrate (EN) to beef cattle on ammonia (NH) and greenhouse gas emissions from their manure. Eight beef heifers were randomly assigned to diets containing 0 (control), 1, 2, or 3% EN (55% forage dry matter; EN replaced encapsulated urea in the control diet and therefore all diets were iso-nitrogenous) in a replicated 4 × 4 Latin square design. Urine and feces collected from individual animals were reconstituted into manure and incubated over 156 h using a steady-state flux chamber system to monitor NH, methane (CH), carbon dioxide (CO), and nitrous oxide (NO) emissions...
November 2016: Journal of Environmental Quality
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27898281/goals-of-care-or-goals-of-trust-how-family-members-perceive-goals-for-dying-nursing-home-residents
#17
Cherie Rosemond, Laura C Hanson, Sheryl Zimmerman
PURPOSE OF STUDY: Dementia affects more than 5 million Americans, and is a leading cause of death. Family members of nursing home (NH) residents with advanced dementia report difficulty making decisions about care toward the end of life. As part of a randomized trial testing an intervention to improve decision making, this qualitative study aimed to understand how family decision makers experienced goal-based decision making in advance of the death of their relative. DESIGN AND METHODS: This qualitative study was conducted as part of the goals of care clinical trial...
November 29, 2016: Journal of Palliative Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27891829/prepregnancy-obesity-and-the-racial-disparity-in-infant-mortality
#18
Lara S Lemon, Ashley I Naimi, Barbara Abrams, Jay S Kaufman, Lisa M Bodnar
OBJECTIVE: To estimate the extent to which prepregnancy obesity explains the Black-White disparity in stillbirth and infant mortality. METHODS: A population-based study of linked Pennsylvania birth-infant death certificates (2003-2011; n = 1,055,359 births) and fetal death certificates (2006-2011; n = 3,102 stillbirths) for all singleton pregnancies in non-Hispanic (NH) White and NH Black women was conducted. Inverse probability weighted regression was used to estimate the role of prepregnancy obesity in explaining the race-infant/fetal death association...
December 2016: Obesity
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27890024/end-of-life-experiences-and-deathbed-phenomena-as-reported-by-brazilian-healthcare-professionals-in-different-healthcare-settings
#19
Claudia Soares Dos Santos, Bianca Sakamoto Ribeiro Paiva, Alessandra Lamas Granero Lucchetti, Carlos Eduardo Paiva, Peter Fenwick, Giancarlo Lucchetti
OBJECTIVE: The objectives of the present study were to describe and compare the characteristics and reports of end-of-life experiences (ELEs) by healthcare professionals at different institutions and to investigate the influence of religious beliefs on these reports. METHOD: A multicenter study was carried out in Brazil that included six nursing homes (NHs), a cancer hospital (ONC), and a palliative care (PC) unit. Sociodemographic data, ELE reports (Fenwick's questionnaire), religiosity (the Duke Religion Index), spirituality (the Spirituality Self-Rating Scale), and mental health (the DASS-21 questionnaire) were assessed...
November 28, 2016: Palliative & Supportive Care
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27887621/pediatric-emergency-department-visits-and-ambient-air-pollution-in-the-u-s-state-of-georgia-a-case-crossover-study
#20
Qingyang Xiao, Yang Liu, James A Mulholland, Armistead G Russell, Lyndsey A Darrow, Paige E Tolbert, Matthew J Strickland
BACKGROUND: Estimating the health effects of ambient air pollutant mixtures is necessary to understand the risk of real-life air pollution exposures. METHODS: Pediatric Emergency Department (ED) visit records for asthma or wheeze (n = 148,256), bronchitis (n = 84,597), pneumonia (n = 90,063), otitis media (n = 422,268) and upper respiratory tract infection (URI) (n = 744,942) were obtained from Georgia hospitals during 2002-2008. Spatially-contiguous daily concentrations of 11 ambient air pollutants were estimated from CMAQ model simulations that were fused with ground-based measurements...
November 25, 2016: Environmental Health: a Global Access Science Source
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