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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29793018/image-fusion-and-3d-roadmapping-in-endovascular-surgery
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Douglas W Jones, Lars Stangenberg, Nicholas J Swerdlow, Matthew Alef, Ruby Lo, Fahad Shuja, Marc L Schermerhorn
Practitioners of endovascular surgery have historically utilized two-dimensional (2D) intraoperative fluoroscopic imaging, with intra-vascular contrast opacification, to treat complex three-dimensional (3D) pathology. Recently, major technical developments in intraoperative imaging have made image fusion techniques possible: the creation of a 3D patient-specific vascular roadmap based on preoperative imaging which aligns with intraoperative fluoroscopy, with many potential benefits. First, a 3D model is segmented from preoperative imaging, typically a CT scan...
May 21, 2018: Annals of Vascular Surgery
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29792936/efficient-detection-of-copy-number-mutations-in-pms2-exons-with-close-homologs-detection-of-copy-number-variants-in-3-pms2-exons
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Daniel S Herman, Christina Smith, Chang Liu, Cecily P Vaughn, Selvi Palaniappan, Colin C Pritchard, Brian H Shirts
Detection of 3' PMS2 copy number mutations that cause Lynch syndrome is difficult, because of highly homologous pseudogenes. To improve the accuracy and efficiency of clinical screening for these mutations, we developed a new method to analyze standard capture-based, next-generation sequencing data to identify deletions and duplications in PMS2 exons 9 to 15. The approach captures sequence reads using PMS2 targets, maps sequences randomly amongst regions with equal mapping quality, counts reads aligned to homologous exons and introns, and flags read count ratios outside of empirically derived reference ranges...
May 21, 2018: Journal of Molecular Diagnostics: JMD
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29792901/identification-and-functional-characterization-including-cytokine-production-modulation-of-the-novel-chicken-interleukin-11
#3
Anh Duc Truong, Yeojin Hong, Deivendran Rengaraj, Janggeun Lee, Kyungbaek Lee, Yeong Ho Hong
Interleukin (IL)-11 plays an important role in the immune system. However, IL-11 has not yet been characterized in avian species, including chickens. This study is the first to clone and functionally characterize chicken IL-11 (chIL-11). Multiple alignments and phylogenetic tree comparisons of chIL-11 with IL-11 proteins from other species revealed high levels of conservation and a close relationship between chicken and Japanese quail IL-11. Our results demonstrate that chIL-11 was a functional ligand of IL-11RA and IL-6ST in chicken HD11 and OU2 cell lines, as well as activated and regulated JAK-STAT, NF-κB, PI3K/AKT, and MAPK signaling pathways in chicken cell lines...
May 21, 2018: Developmental and Comparative Immunology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29792467/interdisciplinary-team-science-and-the-public-steps-toward-a-participatory-team-science
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Jacob Kraemer Tebes, Nghi D Thai
Interdisciplinary team science involves research collaboration among investigators from different disciplines who work interdependently to share leadership and responsibility. Although over the past several decades there has been an increase in knowledge produced by science teams, the public has not been meaningfully engaged in this process. We argue that contemporary changes in how science is understood and practiced offer an opportunity to reconsider engaging the public as active participants on teams and coin the term participatory team science to describe public engagement in team science...
May 2018: American Psychologist
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29792315/genomic-variation-among-and-within-six-juglans-species
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Kristian A Stevens, Keith Woeste, Sandeep Chakraborty, Marc W Crepeau, Charles A Leslie, Pedro J Martínez-García, Daniela Puiu, Jeanne Romero-Severson, Mark Coggeshall, Abhaya M Dandekar, Daniel Kluepfel, David B Neale, Steven L Salzberg, Charles H Langley
Genomic analysis in Juglans (walnuts) is expected to transform the breeding and agricultural production of both nuts and lumber. To that end, we report here the determination of reference sequences for six additional relatives of Juglans regia : Juglans sigillata (also from section Dioscaryon ), Juglans nigra , Juglans microcarpa, Juglans hindsii (from section Rhysocaryon ) , Juglans cathayensis (from section Cardiocaryon ), and the closely related Pterocarya stenoptera. While these are 'draft' genomes, ranging in size between 640Mbp and 990Mbp, their contiguities and accuracies can support powerful annotations of genomic variation that are often the foundation of new avenues of research and breeding...
May 23, 2018: G3: Genes—Genomes—Genetics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29792259/going-digital-a-checklist-in-preparing-for-hospital-wide-electronic-medical-record-implementation-and-digital-transformation
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Ian A Scott, Clair Sullivan, Andrew Staib
Objective In an era of rapid digitisation of Australian hospitals, practical guidance is needed in how to successfully implement electronic medical records (EMRs) as both a technical innovation and a major transformative change in clinical care. The aim of the present study was to develop a checklist that clearly and comprehensively defines the steps that best prepare hospitals for EMR implementation and digital transformation. Methods The checklist was developed using a formal methodological framework comprised of: literature reviews of relevant issues; an interactive workshop involving a multidisciplinary group of digital leads from Queensland hospitals; a draft document based on literature and workshop proceedings; and a review and feedback from senior clinical leads...
May 24, 2018: Australian Health Review: a Publication of the Australian Hospital Association
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29792213/rate-of-presence-of-11-thoracic-vertebrae-and-6-lumbar-vertebrae-in-asymptomatic-chinese-adult-volunteers
#7
Ying-Zhao Yan, Qing-Ping Li, Cong-Cong Wu, Xiang-Xiang Pan, Zhen-Xuan Shao, Shao-Qing Chen, Ke Wang, Xi-Bang Chen, Xiang-Yang Wang
BACKGROUND: An increasing number of studies on spinal morphology in asymptomatic Asian and Western patients have been reported. Variation in spinal anatomy among patients is considered as the cause of wrong-level surgery in up to 40% of cases. The present study examined the rate of presence of 11 thoracic vertebrae and 6 lumbar vertebrae in 293 asymptomatic Chinese adult volunteers. METHODS: From May 27, 2016, to November 11, 2017, a cohort of 325 asymptomatic Chinese adults meeting the study exclusion criteria was recruited...
May 23, 2018: Journal of Orthopaedic Surgery and Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29792207/metagenomic-analysis-of-viruses-associated-with-maize-lethal-necrosis-in-kenya
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Mwathi Jane Wamaitha, Deepti Nigam, Solomon Maina, Francesca Stomeo, Anne Wangai, Joyce Njoki Njuguna, Timothy A Holton, Bramwel W Wanjala, Mark Wamalwa, Tanui Lucas, Appolinaire Djikeng, Hernan Garcia-Ruiz
BACKGROUND: Maize lethal necrosis is caused by a synergistic co-infection of Maize chlorotic mottle virus (MCMV) and a specific member of the Potyviridae, such as Sugarcane mosaic virus (SCMV), Wheat streak mosaic virus (WSMV) or Johnson grass mosaic virus (JGMV). Typical maize lethal necrosis symptoms include severe yellowing and leaf drying from the edges. In Kenya, we detected plants showing typical and atypical symptoms. Both groups of plants often tested negative for SCMV by ELISA...
May 23, 2018: Virology Journal
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29792177/investigation-of-the-thermophilic-mechanism-in-the-genus-porphyrobacter-by-comparative-genomic-analysis
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Lin Xu, Yue-Hong Wu, Peng Zhou, Hong Cheng, Qian Liu, Xue-Wei Xu
BACKGROUND: Type strains of the genus Porphyrobacter belonging to the family Erythrobacteraceae and the class Alphaproteobacteria have been isolated from various environments, such as swimming pools, lake water and hot springs. P. cryptus DSM 12079T and P. tepidarius DSM 10594T out of all Erythrobacteraceae type strains, are two type strains that have been isolated from geothermal environments. Next-generation sequencing (NGS) technology offers a convenient approach for detecting situational types based on protein sequence differences between thermophiles and mesophiles; amino acid substitutions can lead to protein structural changes, improving the thermal stabilities of proteins...
May 23, 2018: BMC Genomics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29792160/nextsv-a-meta-caller-for-structural-variants-from-low-coverage-long-read-sequencing-data
#10
Li Fang, Jiang Hu, Depeng Wang, Kai Wang
BACKGROUND: Structural variants (SVs) in human genomes are implicated in a variety of human diseases. Long-read sequencing delivers much longer read lengths than short-read sequencing and may greatly improve SV detection. However, due to the relatively high cost of long-read sequencing, it is unclear what coverage is needed and how to optimally use the aligners and SV callers. RESULTS: In this study, we developed NextSV, a meta-caller to perform SV calling from low coverage long-read sequencing data...
May 23, 2018: BMC Bioinformatics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29792104/association-of-hip-and-foot-factors-with-patellar-tendinopathy-jumper-s-knee-in-athletes
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Luciana D Mendonça, Juliana M Ocarino, Natália F N Bittencourt, Luciana G Macedo, Sérgio T Fonseca
Study Design Clinical measurement, cross-sectional. Background Investigations on the causes of patellar tendinopathy (PT) should consider impairments at the hip and foot/ankle since they are known to influence movement patterns and affect patellar tendon loading. Objectives To investigate, by means of CART analysis, impairments of the hip and foot/ankle that are associated with PT in volleyball and basketball athletes. Methods One-hundred and ninety athletes were assessed for impairments of the hip and foot/ankle including: shank-forefoot alignment (SFA), ankle dorsiflexion range of motion (DF ROM), iliotibial band flexibility, passive hip internal rotation (IR) ROM, and hip external rotator (ER) and hip abductor isometric strength...
May 23, 2018: Journal of Orthopaedic and Sports Physical Therapy
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29791929/documenting-routinely-what-matters-to-people-standardized-headings-for-health-records-of-patients-with-chronic-health-conditions
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Birgit Prodinger, Paul Rastall, Dipak Kalra, Darren Wooldridge, Iain Carpenter
OBJECTIVE:  Specifying the content in electronic health records (EHRs) through standardized headings based on international reference classifications will facilitate their semantic interoperability. The objective of this study was to specify potential chapter headings for EHRs aligned with the World Health Organization's (WHO) International Classification of Functioning, Disability, and Health (ICF) based on the perspectives of people living with chronic health conditions, carers, and professionals...
April 2018: Applied Clinical Informatics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29791805/identifying-the-nonradical-mechanism-in-the-peroxymonosulfate-activation-process-singlet-oxygenation-versus-mediated-electron-transfer
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Eun-Tae Yun, Jeong Hoon Lee, Jaesung Kim, Hee-Deung Park, Jaesang Lee
Select persulfate activation processes were demonstrated to initiate oxidation not reliant on sulfate radicals, though the underlying mechanism has yet to be identified. This study explored singlet oxygenation and mediated electron transfer as plausible nonradical mechanisms for organic degradation by carbon nanotube (CNT)-activated peroxymonosulfate (PMS). The degradation of furfuryl alcohol (FFA) as a singlet oxygen (1O2) indicator and the kinetic retardation of FFA oxidation in the presence of L-histidine and azide as 1O2 quenchers apparently supported a role of 1O2 in the CNT/PMS system...
May 23, 2018: Environmental Science & Technology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29791776/polymorphism-in-disease-related-apolipoprotein-c-ii-amyloid-fibrils-a-structural-model-for-rod-like-fibrils
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Courtney O Zlatic, Yu Mao, Nevena Todorova, Yee-Foong Mok, Geoffrey J Howlett, Irene Yarovsky, Paul R Gooley, Michael D W Griffin
Human apolipoprotein (apo) C-II is one of several plasma apolipoproteins that form amyloid deposits in vivo and is an independent risk factor for cardiovascular disease. Lipid-free apoC-II readily self-assembles into twisted-ribbon amyloid fibrils but forms straight, rod-like amyloid fibrils in the presence of low concentrations of micellar phospholipids. Charge mutations exerted significantly different effects on rod-like fibril formation compared to their effects on twisted-ribbon fibril formation. For instance, the double mutant K30D, D69K apoC-II readily formed twisted-ribbon fibrils, while the rate of rod-like fibril formation in the presence of micellar phospholipid was negligible...
May 23, 2018: FEBS Journal
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29791750/tiled-array-based-sequencing-identifies-enrichment-of-loss-of-function-variants-in-the-highly-homologous-filaggrin-gene-in-african-american-children-with-severe-atopic-dermatitis
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Mary Elizabeth Mathyer, Ashley M Quiggle, X F Colin C Wong, Simon L I J Denil, Monique G Kumar, Heather M Ciliberto, Susan J Bayliss, John E Common, Cristina de Guzman Strong
Filaggrin (FLG) loss of function (LOF) variants are a major risk factor for the common inflammatory skin disease, atopic dermatitis (AD), and are often population-specific. African American (AA) children are disproportionately affected with AD, often later developing asthma and/or allergic rhinitis and comprise an atopy health disparity group for which the role of FLG LOF is not well known. Discovery of FLG LOF using exome sequencing is challenging given the known difficulties for accurate short-read alignment to FLG's high homology repeat variation...
May 23, 2018: Experimental Dermatology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29791743/a-network-for-early-childhood-development
#16
Shekufeh Zonji
Political action and investment are critical to meet the development needs of vulnerable young children today. Early childhood development (ECD) has become a global priority: an ECD target and other ECD-related targets are included in the sustainable development goals, over 75 countries have officially adopted multisectoral ECD policy instruments, and ECD is a programmatic focus in major global institutions (including UNICEF, UNESCO, the WHO, and the World Bank). However, lack of clear and strong ownership of and champions for ECD, operational and communication siloes of constituent sectors that constitute ECD, political pressures for investment in other arenas, and low international investment in ECD inhibit making a compelling and cohesive investment case for ECD...
May 2018: Annals of the New York Academy of Sciences
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29791339/rapid-measurement-and-compensation-method-of-eccentricity-in-automatic-profile-measurement-of-the-icf-capsule
#17
Shaobai Li, Yun Wang, Qi Wang, Xianxian Ma, Longxiao Wang, Weiqian Zhao, Xusheng Zhang
In this paper, we propose a new measurement and compensation method for the eccentricity of the inertial confinement fusion (ICF) capsule, which combines computer vision and the laser differential confocal method to align the capsule in rotation measurement. This technique measures the eccentricity of the capsule by obtaining the sub-pixel profile with a moment-based algorithm, then performs the preliminary alignment by the two-dimensional adjustment. Next, we use the laser differential confocal sensor to measure the height data of the equatorial surface of the capsule by turning it around, then obtain and compensate the remaining eccentricity ultimately...
May 10, 2018: Applied Optics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29791247/a-randomized-trial-of-a-family-support-intervention-in-intensive-care-units
#18
Douglas B White, Derek C Angus, Anne-Marie Shields, Praewpannarai Buddadhumaruk, Caroline Pidro, Cynthia Paner, Elizabeth Chaitin, Chung-Chou H Chang, Francis Pike, Lisa Weissfeld, Jeremy M Kahn, Joseph M Darby, Amy Kowinsky, Susan Martin, Robert M Arnold
Background Surrogate decision makers for incapacitated, critically ill patients often struggle with decisions related to goals of care. Such decisions cause psychological distress in surrogates and may lead to treatment that does not align with patients' preferences. Methods We conducted a stepped-wedge, cluster-randomized trial involving patients with a high risk of death and their surrogates in five intensive care units (ICUs) to compare a multicomponent family-support intervention delivered by the interprofessional ICU team with usual care...
May 23, 2018: New England Journal of Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29791244/the-need-for-mapping-personal-goals-to-exercise-dosage-in-community-based-exercise-programs-for-people-with-parkinson-s-disease
#19
Allison L Amateis, Chelsea L Boesel, Bryan P Ehnert, Abby S Evans, Katheryn E Hurst, Katie L Marek, Amanda C Sullivan, Kathryn R Zalewski, Wendy E Huddleston
PURPOSE: Community-based exercise can support long-term management of Parkinson's disease, although it is not known if personal goals are met in these programs. The objectives of this study were to: (1) examine the goals of community based exercise programs from the participant and instructor perspectives; (2) establish the extent to which these programs meet self-described exercise outcomes; and (3) explore participant and instructor perspectives on barriers to meeting exercise expectations...
May 23, 2018: Physiotherapy Theory and Practice
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29791080/one-step-lignocellulose-fractionation-using-2-5-furandicarboxylic-acid-as-biogenic-and-recyclable-catalyst
#20
Dennis Weidener, Holger Klose, Walter Leitner, Ulrich Schurr, Björn Usadel, Pablo Domínguez de María, Philipp Michael Grande
To develop novel biorefinery concepts, the use of bio-based catalysts and solvents must be aligned with the Green Chemistry principles. In this context biogenic 2,5-furandicarboxylic acid (FDCA) is a very promising, yet underused molecule with high potential application as acid catalyst combining feasibility and sustainability with an efficient and straightforward recovery. In this work, FDCA was evaluated as catalyst in the recently developed OrganoCat pretreatment, a biphasic lignocellulose fractionation system...
May 23, 2018: ChemSusChem
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