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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28110363/bone-morphotypes-of-the-varus-and-valgus-knee
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E Thienpont, P E Schwab, O Cornu, J Bellemans, J Victor
BACKGROUND: Coronal deformity correction with total knee arthroplasty (TKA) is an important feature in the treatment of osteoarthritis (OA). The hypothesis of this study was that bone morphology would be different in varus and valgus deformity, both before osteoarthritis development as well as during and after the disease process of OA. MATERIALS AND METHODS: Retrospective study with measurements on preoperative and postoperative full leg standing radiographs of 96 patients who underwent TKA...
January 21, 2017: Archives of Orthopaedic and Trauma Surgery
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28110273/shifting-balance-on-a-static-mutation-selection-landscape-a-novel-scenario-of-positive-selection
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Christopher T Jones, Noor Youssef, Edward Susko, Joseph P Bielawski
A version of the mechanistic mutation-selection (MutSel) model that accounts for temporal dynamics at a site is presented. This is used to show that the rate ratio dN/dS at a site can be transiently >1 even when fitness coefficients are fixed or the fitness landscape is static. This occurs whenever a site drifts away from its fitness peak and is then forced back by selection, a process reminiscent of shifting balance. Shifting balance is strongest when the substitution process is not dominated by selection or drift, but admits interplay between the two...
November 8, 2016: Molecular Biology and Evolution
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28109423/moving-beyond-the-debate-over-restricting-sugary-drinks-in-the-supplemental-nutrition-assistance-program
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EDITORIAL
Marlene B Schwartz
To address the dual problem of food insecurity and poor nutrition, the U.S. Department of Agriculture has recently revised the nutrition standards for nearly all of its federal food programs to align with the Dietary Guidelines for Americans. One notable exception is the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP). Policy proposals to restrict SNAP benefits based on nutrition quality (e.g., excluding sugary drinks) have generated controversy and have polarized previous research and advocacy allies. This essay presents many of the issues that have emerged, which include challenges about the feasibility, justification, and effectiveness of restricting benefits; the risk of a slippery slope; concerns about participant dignity; and finally, distrust about the motives behind promoting and opposing a policy change...
February 2017: American Journal of Preventive Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28109310/consolidating-drug-data-on-a-global-scale-using-linked-data
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Milos Jovanovik, Dimitar Trajanov
BACKGROUND: Drug product data is available on the Web in a distributed fashion. The reasons lie within the regulatory domains, which exist on a national level. As a consequence, the drug data available on the Web are independently curated by national institutions from each country, leaving the data in varying languages, with a varying structure, granularity level and format, on different locations on the Web. Therefore, one of the main challenges in the realm of drug data is the consolidation and integration of large amounts of heterogeneous data into a comprehensive dataspace, for the purpose of developing data-driven applications...
January 21, 2017: Journal of Biomedical Semantics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28109252/rna-tvcurve-a-web-server-for-rna-secondary-structure-comparison-based-on-a-multi-scale-similarity-of-its-triple-vector-curve-representation
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Ying Li, Xiaohu Shi, Yanchun Liang, Juan Xie, Yu Zhang, Qin Ma
BACKGROUND: RNAs have been found to carry diverse functionalities in nature. Inferring the similarity between two given RNAs is a fundamental step to understand and interpret their functional relationship. The majority of functional RNAs show conserved secondary structures, rather than sequence conservation. Those algorithms relying on sequence-based features usually have limitations in their prediction performance. Hence, integrating RNA structure features is very critical for RNA analysis...
January 21, 2017: BMC Bioinformatics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28109129/vsl-3-probiotic-differently-influence-iec-6-intestinal-epithelial-cell-status-and-function
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REVIEW
Benedetta Cinque, Cristina La Torre, Francesca Lombardi, Paola Palumbo, Zoran Evtoski, Silvano Jr Santini, Stefano Falone, Annamaria Cimini, Fernanda Amicarelli, Maria Grazia Cifone
The data here reported introduce the wound-healing assay as a tool for testing probiotics aimed at protecting gastrointestinal mucosal surfaces and to verify the consistency of their manufacturing. At the scope, we compared the in vitro effects of two multi-strain high concentration formulations both commercialized under the same brand VSL#3 but sourced from different production sites (USA and Italy) on a non-transformed small-intestinal epithelial cell line, IEC-6. The effects on cellular morphology, viability, migration, and H2 O2 -induced damage, were assessed before and after the treatment with both VSL#3 formulations...
January 21, 2017: Journal of Cellular Physiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28108942/compartmentalized-culture-of-perivascular-stroma-and-endothelial-cells-in-a-microfluidic-model-of-the-human-endometrium
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Juan S Gnecco, Virginia Pensabene, David J Li, Tianbing Ding, Elliot E Hui, Kaylon L Bruner-Tran, Kevin G Osteen
The endometrium is the inner lining of the uterus. Following specific cyclic hormonal stimulation, endometrial stromal fibroblasts (stroma) and vascular endothelial cells exhibit morphological and biochemical changes to support embryo implantation and regulate vascular function, respectively. Herein, we integrated a resin-based porous membrane in a dual chamber microfluidic device in polydimethylsiloxane that allows long term in vitro co-culture of human endometrial stromal and endothelial cells. This transparent, 2-μm porous membrane separates the two chambers, allows for the diffusion of small molecules and enables high resolution bright field and fluorescent imaging...
January 20, 2017: Annals of Biomedical Engineering
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28108448/arnapipe-a-balanced-efficient-and-distributed-pipeline-for-processing-rna-seq-data-in-high-performance-computing-environments
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Arnald Alonso, Brittany N Lasseigne, Kelly Williams, Josh Nielsen, Ryne C Ramaker, Andrew A Hardigan, Bobbi Johnston, Brian S Roberts, Sara J Cooper, Sara Marsal, Richard M Myers
The wide range of RNA-seq applications and their high computational needs require the development of pipelines orchestrating the entire workflow and optimizing usage of available computational resources. We present aRNApipe, a project-oriented pipeline for processing of RNA-seq data in high performance cluster environments. aRNApipe is highly modular and can be easily migrated to any high performance computing (HPC) environment. The current applications included in aRNApipe combine the essential RNA-seq primary analyses, including quality control metrics, transcript alignment, count generation, transcript fusion identification, alternative splicing, and sequence variant calling...
January 19, 2017: Bioinformatics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28108446/chaincleaner-improves-genome-alignment-specificity-and-sensitivity
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Hernando G Suarez, Bjoern E Langer, Pradnya Ladde, Michael Hiller
MOTIVATION: Accurate alignments between entire genomes are crucial for comparative genomics. However, computing sensitive and accurate genome alignments is a challenging problem, complicated by genomic rearrangements. RESULTS: Here we present a fast approach, called chainCleaner, that improves the specificity in genome alignments by accurately detecting and removing local alignments that obscure the evolutionary history of genomic rearrangements. Systematic tests on alignments between the human and other vertebrate genomes show that chainCleaner (i) improves the alignment of numerous orthologous genes, (ii) exposes alignments between exons of orthologous genes that were masked before by alignments to pseudogenes, and (iii) recovers hundreds of kilobases in local alignments that otherwise would fall below a minimum score threshold...
January 19, 2017: Bioinformatics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28108362/an-in-vitro-study-on-the-burn-wound-healing-activity-of-cotton-fabrics-incorporated-with-phytosynthesized-silver-nanoparticles-in-male-wistar-albino-rats
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Pannerselvam Balashanmugam, Dharmalingam Jothinathan Mukesh Kumar, Rajenderan Murugan, Perumal Palani, Pudupalayam Thangavelu Kalaichelvan, Hyung Joo Kim, Vijay Singh, Rangarajulu Senthil Kumaran
In modern therapeutics, chemically synthesized drugs have been reported as causing adverse effects including allergies, rashes, itches, and swelling. For the past few decades, silver nanoparticles (AgNPs) have widely been applied in medical domains due to their antimicrobial and wound healing properties. In the present study, different concentrations of phytosynthesized AgNPs-saturated cotton dress fabrics - in comparison to cotton fabrics treated with commercial ointment - were tested for 18days to assess their ability to speed the healing of rats' burn wounds...
January 17, 2017: European Journal of Pharmaceutical Sciences
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28108305/efficient-dynamic-programming-algorithm-with-prior-knowledge-for-protein-%C3%AE-strand-alignment
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Mostafa Sabzekar, Mahmoud Naghibzadeh, Javad Sadri
One of the main tasks towards the prediction of protein β-sheet structure is to predict the native alignment of β-strands. The alignment of two β-strands defines similar regions that may reflect functional, structural, or evolutionary relationships between them. Therefore, any improvement in β-strands alignment not only reduces the computational search space but also improves β-sheet structure prediction accuracy. To define the alignment scores, previous studies utilized predicted residue-residue contacts (contact maps)...
January 17, 2017: Journal of Theoretical Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28108167/posterior-cruciate-retaining-versus-posterior-stabilized-total-knee-arthroplasty-for-osteoarthritis-with-severe-varus-deformity
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Ethem Ayhan Ünkar, Yusuf Öztürkmen, Erhan Şükür, Engin Çarkçı, Murat Mert
OBJECTIVE: The aim of this study was to compare the radiological and functional results of posterior cruciate ligament (PCL) - retaining and posterior-stabilized total knee arthroplasties in patients with severe varus gonarthrosis. METHODS: Medical records of 112 knees of 96 patients who underwent total knee arthroplasty for severe varus (≥15°) were reviewed. PCL-retaining and PCL-stabilizing groups consisted of 58 and 54 knees, respectively. Mean follow-up time was 56...
January 17, 2017: Acta Orthopaedica et Traumatologica Turcica
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28107848/doll-therapy-for-dementia-sufferers-a-systematic-review
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Qin Xiang Ng, Collin Yih Xian Ho, Shawn Shao Hong Koh, Wei Chuan Tan, Hwei Wuen Chan
Dementia affects more than 47.5 million people worldwide, and the number is expected to continue to increase as the population ages. Doll therapy is an emerging nonpharmacologic management strategy for patients with advanced dementia, especially in patients with challenging behaviours. A total of 12 published studies (mainly cohort and observational studies) were identified and discussed in this systematic review. In most instances, cognitive, behavioural and emotional symptoms were alleviated and overall wellbeing was improved with doll therapy, and dementia sufferers were found to be able to better relate with their external environment...
February 2017: Complementary Therapies in Clinical Practice
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28107626/polymeric-nanofibers-with-ultrahigh-piezoelectricity-via-self-orientation-of-nanocrystals
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Xia Liu, Jing Ma, Xiaoming Wu, Liwei Lin, Xiaohong Wang
Piezoelectricity in macromolecule polymers has been gaining immense attention, particularly for applications in biocompatible, implantable, and flexible electronic devices. This paper introduces core-shell-structured piezoelectric polyvinylidene fluoride (PVDF) nanofibers chemically wrapped by graphene oxide (GO) lamellae (PVDF/GO nanofibers), in which the polar β-phase nanocrystals are formed and uniaxially self-oriented by the synergistic effect of mechanical stretching, high-voltage alignment, and chemical interactions...
January 20, 2017: ACS Nano
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28107438/first-insights-into-the-subterranean-crustacean-bathynellacea-transcriptome-transcriptionally-reduced-opsin-repertoire-and-evidence-of-conserved-homeostasis-regulatory-mechanisms
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Bo-Mi Kim, Seunghyun Kang, Do-Hwan Ahn, Jin-Hyoung Kim, Inhye Ahn, Chi-Woo Lee, Joo-Lae Cho, Gi-Sik Min, Hyun Park
Bathynellacea (Crustacea, Syncarida, Parabathynellidae) are subterranean aquatic crustaceans that typically inhabit freshwater interstitial spaces (e.g., groundwater) and are occasionally found in caves and even hot springs. In this study, we sequenced the whole transcriptome of Allobathynella bangokensis using RNA-seq. De novo sequence assembly produced 74,866 contigs including 28,934 BLAST hits. Overall, the gene sequences were most similar to those of the waterflea Daphnia pulex. In the A. bangokensis transcriptome, no opsin or related sequences were identified, and no contig aligned to the crustacean visual opsins and non-visual opsins (i...
2017: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28107332/reducing-patient-uncertainty-implementation-of-a-shared-decision-making-process-enhances-treatment-quality-and-provider-communication%C3%A2
#16
Annika Gustafson
Patients with cancer can experience uncertainty when making treatment decisions. When unaddressed, patient uncertainty can result in decisional conflict and decisional regret. Providers can assist in decreasing these factors by involving patients in the decision-making process. Patients who agree to participate should be informed about their diagnosis, prognosis, and treatment options, including the benefits, the risks and harms, or the option of no treatment. Providers also can help patients to clarify their values, which reveal patient preferences and inform tailoring of care for each patient...
February 1, 2017: Clinical Journal of Oncology Nursing
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28106699/association-between-odontoma-and-impacted-teeth
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Gaetano Isola, Marco Cicciù, Luca Fiorillo, Giovanni Matarese
Odontoma is considered to be the most common odontogenic tumor of the oral cavity. Most odontomas are asymptomatic and are discovered during routine radiographic investigations and can cause disturbances in the eruption of the teeth, most commonly delayed eruption or deflection. By a retrospective study design, demographic and clinical data regarding patients who presented odontomas from year 1995 to 2015 were obtained in order and the influence of active therapy on the dentition and on the treatment of impacted teeth was analyzed...
January 18, 2017: Journal of Craniofacial Surgery
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28106523/influence-of-postoperative-sagittal-balance-and-spinopelvic-parameters-on-the-outcome-of-patients-surgically-treated-for-degenerative-lumbar-spondylolisthesis
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Ingrid Radovanovic, Jennifer C Urquhart, Venkat Ganapathy, Fawaz Siddiqi, Kevin R Gurr, Stewart I Bailey, Christopher S Bailey
OBJECTIVE The object of this study was to determine the association between postoperative sagittal spinopelvic alignment and patient-rated outcome measures following decompression and fusion for lumbar degenerative spondylolisthesis. METHODS The authors identified a consecutive series of patients who had undergone surgery for lumbar degenerative spondylolisthesis between 2008 and 2012, with an average follow-up of 3 years (range 1-6 years). Surgery was performed to address the clinical symptoms of spinal stenosis, not global sagittal alignment...
January 20, 2017: Journal of Neurosurgery. Spine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28106367/alignment-of-carbon-nanotubes-in-carbon-nanotube-fibers-through-nanoparticles-a-route-for-controlling-mechanical-and-electrical-properties
#19
Muhammad Mohsin Hossain, Md Akherul Islam, Hossain Shima, Mudassir Hasan, Moonyong Lee
This is the first study that describes how semiconducting ZnO can act as an alignment agent in carbon nanotubes (CNTs) fibers. Due to the alignment of CNTs through the ZnO nanoparticles linking groups, the CNTs inside the fibers were equally distributed by the attraction of bonding forces into sheet-like bunches, such that any applied mechanical breaking load was equally distributed to each CNT inside the fiber, making them mechanically robust against breaking loads. Although semiconductive ZnO nanoparticles were used here, the electrical conductivity of the aligned CNT fiber was comparable to bare CNT fibers, suggesting that the total electron movement through the CNTs inside the aligned CNT fiber is not disrupted by the insulating behavior of ZnO nanoparticles...
January 20, 2017: ACS Applied Materials & Interfaces
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28106362/dibenzothiophene-s-s-dioxide-and-bispyridinium-based-cationic-polyfluorene-derivative-as-an-efficient-cathode-modifier-for-polymer-solar-cells
#20
Guiting Chen, Sha Liu, Jin Xu, Ruifeng He, Zhicai He, Hongbin Wu, Wei Yang, Bin Zhang, Yong Cao
A novel n-type conjugated polymer containing dibenzothiophene-S,S-dioxide (FSO), bispyridinium, and fluorene scaffolds in the backbone (PFSOPyCl) was synthesized and used in the cathode interfacial layers (CILs) of conventional polymer solar cells (PSCs). The high electron affinities and large planar structures of the FSO and bispyridinium units endowed this polymer with good energy level alignments with [6,6]-phenyl-C71 butyric acid methyl ester (PC71BM) and metal cathode, and excellent electron transport and extraction properties...
January 20, 2017: ACS Applied Materials & Interfaces
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