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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28538845/-spatial-analysis-of-gestational-anemia-in-peru-2015
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Akram Hernández-Vásquez, Diego Azañedo, Daniel A Antiporta, Sandra Cortés
Objectives: To establish regional prevalences of anemia in pregnant women receiving care at public clinics in Peru in 2015 and identify high-prevalence district conglomerates. Materials and Methods: An ecological study was carried out on data from pregnant women with anemia registered on the Nutritional Status Information System (SIEN) who received care in 7703 public clinics in 2015. Regional and district prevalences of gestational anemia were calculated. District conglomerates with a high prevalence of gestational anemia were identified using the Moran Index...
January 2017: Revista Peruana de Medicina Experimental y Salud Pública
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28538812/climatically-mediated-landcover-change-impacts-on-brazilian-territory
#2
Marina Zanin, Geiziane Tessarolo, Nathália Machado, Ana Luisa M Albernaz
In the face of climate change threats, governments are drawing attention to policies for mitigating its effects on biodiversity. However, the lack of distribution data makes predictions at species level a difficult task, mainly in regions of higher biodiversity. To overcome this problem, we use native landcover as a surrogate biodiversity, because it can represent specialized habitat for species, and investigate the effects of future climate change on Brazilian biomes. We characterize the climatic niches of native landcover and use ecological niche modeling to predict the potential distribution under current and future climate scenarios...
May 22, 2017: Anais da Academia Brasileira de Ciências
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28538727/establishment-and-cryptic-transmission-of-zika-virus-in-brazil-and-the-americas
#3
N R Faria, J Quick, I M Claro, J Thézé, J G de Jesus, M Giovanetti, M U G Kraemer, S C Hill, A Black, A C da Costa, L C Franco, S P Silva, C-H Wu, J Raghwani, S Cauchemez, L du Plessis, M P Verotti, W K de Oliveira, E H Carmo, G E Coelho, A C F S Santelli, L C Vinhal, C M Henriques, J T Simpson, M Loose, K G Andersen, N D Grubaugh, S Somasekar, C Y Chiu, J E Muñoz-Medina, C R Gonzalez-Bonilla, C F Arias, L L Lewis-Ximenez, S A Baylis, A O Chieppe, S F Aguiar, C A Fernandes, P S Lemos, B L S Nascimento, H A O Monteiro, I C Siqueira, M G de Queiroz, T R de Souza, J F Bezerra, M R Lemos, G F Pereira, D Loudal, L C Moura, R Dhalia, R F França, T Magalhães, E T Marques, T Jaenisch, G L Wallau, M C de Lima, V Nascimento, E M de Cerqueira, M M de Lima, D L Mascarenhas, J P Moura Neto, A S Levin, T R Tozetto-Mendoza, S N Fonseca, M C Mendes-Correa, F P Milagres, A Segurado, E C Holmes, A Rambaut, T Bedford, M R T Nunes, E C Sabino, L C J Alcantara, N J Loman, O G Pybus
Transmission of Zika virus (ZIKV) in the Americas was first confirmed in May 2015 in northeast Brazil. Brazil has had the highest number of reported ZIKV cases worldwide (more than 200,000 by 24 December 2016) and the most cases associated with microcephaly and other birth defects (2,366 confirmed by 31 December 2016). Since the initial detection of ZIKV in Brazil, more than 45 countries in the Americas have reported local ZIKV transmission, with 24 of these reporting severe ZIKV-associated disease. However, the origin and epidemic history of ZIKV in Brazil and the Americas remain poorly understood, despite the value of this information for interpreting observed trends in reported microcephaly...
May 24, 2017: Nature
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28538703/metagenomic-approaches-to-assess-bacteriophages-in-various-environmental-niches
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REVIEW
Stephen Hayes, Jennifer Mahony, Arjen Nauta, Douwe van Sinderen
Bacteriophages are ubiquitous and numerous parasites of bacteria and play a critical evolutionary role in virtually every ecosystem, yet our understanding of the extent of the diversity and role of phages remains inadequate for many ecological niches, particularly in cases in which the host is unculturable. During the past 15 years, the emergence of the field of viral metagenomics has drastically enhanced our ability to analyse the so-called viral 'dark matter' of the biosphere. Here, we review the evolution of viral metagenomic methodologies, as well as providing an overview of some of the most significant applications and findings in this field of research...
May 24, 2017: Viruses
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28538672/the-influence-of-neighbourhoods-and-the-social-environment-on-sedentary-behaviour-in-older-adults-in-three-prospective-cohorts
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Richard J Shaw, Iva Čukić, Ian J Deary, Catharine R Gale, Sebastien F M Chastin, Philippa M Dall, Manon L Dontje, Dawn A Skelton, Laura Macdonald, Geoff Der
Sedentary behaviour is an emerging risk factor for poor health. This study aimed to identify ecological determinants of sedentary behaviour, for which evidence is currently scarce. The study participants were community dwelling adults from, respectively, the Lothian Birth Cohort 1936 (n = 271, mean age 79) and the 1930s (n = 119, mean age 83) and 1950s (n = 310, mean age 64) cohorts of the West of Scotland Twenty-07 study. The outcome measure, percentage of waking time spent sedentary (sedentary time), was measured using an activPAL activity monitor worn continuously for seven days...
May 24, 2017: International Journal of Environmental Research and Public Health
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28538166/an-evolutionary-perspective-on-plasmid-lifestyle-modes
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REVIEW
Nils Hülter, Judith Ilhan, Tanita Wein, A Samer Kadibalban, Katrin Hammerschmidt, Tal Dagan
Plasmids are extra-chromosomal genetic elements whose ecology and evolution depend on their genetic repertoire and interaction with the host. We review the events that lead to transitions between plasmid lifestyle modes - invasion, host range, plasmid persistence and adaptation - from a plasmid perspective. Plasmid lifestyle is determined by various traits, including mobility, stability and indispensability that vary in their magnitude. Transitions between the plasmid lifestyles, invasion, host range, plasmid persistence and adpatation, are caused by the interplay between plasmid traits and host biology...
May 21, 2017: Current Opinion in Microbiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28535597/variation-and-accumulation-patterns-of-poly-and-perfluoroalkyl-substances-pfas-in-european-perch-perca-fluviatilis-across-a-gradient-of-pristine-swedish-lakes
#7
Staffan Åkerblom, Nesrin Negm, Pianpian Wu, Kevin Bishop, Lutz Ahrens
This study assessed variations in the concentrations of poly- and perfluoroalkyl substances (PFAS) in European perch (Perca fluviatilis) in Swedish lakes and the extent to which fish size, age and indicators of fish trophic ecology (δ(15)N and δ(13)C) correlate with the sum of individual PFAS concentrations (ΣPFAS). Fish muscle tissue samples (n=80) were taken from six lakes across Sweden and analysed using solid-liquid extraction followed by liquid chromatography-electrospray ionization-tandem mass spectrometry (LC-ESI-MS/MS)...
May 19, 2017: Science of the Total Environment
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28535479/adsorption-of-vocs-onto-engineered-carbon-materials-a-review
#8
REVIEW
Xueyang Zhang, Bin Gao, Anne Elise Creamer, Chengcheng Cao, Yuncong Li
Volatile organic compounds (VOCs) severely threaten human health and the ecological environment because most of them are toxic, mutagenic, and carcinogenic. The persistent increase of VOCs together with the stringent regulations make the reduction of VOC emissions more imperative. Up to now, numerous VOC treatment technologies have emerged, such as incineration, condensation, biological degradation, absorption, adsorption, and catalysis oxidation et al. Among them, the adsorption technology has been recognized as an efficient and economical control strategy because it has the potential to recover and reuse both adsorbent and adsorbate...
May 12, 2017: Journal of Hazardous Materials
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28535384/invertebrate-biomechanics
#9
S N Patek, A P Summers
Invertebrate biomechanics focuses on mechanical analyses of non-vertebrate animals, which at root is no different in aim and technique from vertebrate biomechanics, or for that matter the biomechanics of plants and fungi. But invertebrates are special - they are fabulously diverse in form, habitat, and ecology and manage this without the use of hard, internal skeletons. They are also numerous and, in many cases, tractable in an experimental and field setting. In this Primer, we will probe three axes of invertebrate diversity: worms (Phylum Annelida), spiders (Class Arachnida) and insects (Class Insecta); three habitats: subterranean, terrestrial and airborne; and three integrations with other fields: ecology, engineering and evolution...
May 22, 2017: Current Biology: CB
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28535299/analysis-of-bacterial-metagenomes-from-the-southwestern-gulf-of-mexico-for-pathogens-detection
#10
Wendy Escobedo-Hinojosa, Liliana Pardo-López
Little is known about the diversity of bacteria in the Southwestern Gulf of Mexico. The aim of the study illustrated in this perspective was to search for the presence of bacterial pathogens in this ecosystem, using metagenomic data recently generated by the Mexican research group known as the Gulf of Mexico Research Consortium. Several genera of bacteria annotated as pathogens were detected in water and sediment marine samples. As expected, native and ubiquitous pathogenic bacteria genera such as Burkolderia, Halomonas, Pseudomonas, Shewanella, and Vibrio were highly represented...
May 23, 2017: Pathogens and Disease
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28535292/adaptive-radiation-of-p-fluorescens-sbw25-in-experimental-microcosms-provides-an-understanding-of-the-evolutionary-ecology-and-molecular-biology-of-a-l-interface-biofilm-formation
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Anna Koza, Anna Kusmierska, Kimberley McLaughlin, Olena Moshynets, Andrew J Spiers
Combined experimental evolutionary and molecular biology approaches have been used to investigate the adaptive radiation of Pseudomonas fluorescens SBW25 in static microcosms leading to the colonisation of the air-liquid interface by biofilm-forming mutants such as the Wrinkly Spreader. In these microcosms, the ecosystem engineering of the early wild-type colonists establish the niche space for subsequent WS evolution and colonisation. Random WS mutations occurring in the developing population that de-regulate diguanylate cyclases and c-di-GMP homeostasis result in cellulose-based biofilms at the air-liquid interface...
May 23, 2017: FEMS Microbiology Letters
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28535280/invited-commentary-the-enduring-role-of-place-in-health-a-historic-perspective
#12
Yvette C Cozier
In public health, it has long been observed that "place"-specifically, where one lives-affects individual health, with the main research question distinguishing between the effects of "context" (defined as area characteristics) and "composition" (the characteristics of inhabitants) on health outcomes. There have been many studies in which the spatial patterning of disease has been explored, but they were often ecological in design, used broad census geographic levels, lacked individual-level data, or when available, did not simultaneously analyze community- and individual-level risk factors using appropriate modeling techniques...
May 23, 2017: American Journal of Epidemiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28535261/recruitment-of-a-lineage-specific-virulence-regulatory-pathway-promotes-intracellular-infection-by-a-plant-pathogen-experimentally-evolved-into-a-legume-symbiont
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Delphine Capela, Marta Marchetti, Camille Clérissi, Anthony Perrier, Dorian Guetta, Carine Gris, Marc Valls, Alain Jauneau, Stéphane Cruveiller, Eduardo P C Rocha, Catherine Masson-Boivin
Ecological transitions between different lifestyles, such as pathogenicity, mutualism and saprophytism, have been very frequent in the course of microbial evolution, and often driven by horizontal gene transfer. Yet, how genomes achieve the ecological transition initiated by the transfer of complex biological traits remains poorly known. Here we used experimental evolution, genomics, transcriptomics and high-resolution phenotyping to analyze the evolution of the plant pathogen Ralstonia solanacearum into legume symbionts, following the transfer of a natural plasmid encoding the essential mutualistic genes...
May 23, 2017: Molecular Biology and Evolution
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28535257/correlates-of-picky-eating-and-food-neophobia-in-young-children-a-systematic-review-and-meta-analysis
#14
Natasha Chong Cole, Ruopeng An, Soo-Yeun Lee, Sharon M Donovan
Picky eating behavior is prevalent among toddlers and may negatively impact their growth and development. This article summarizes the correlates of picky eating and food neophobia in young children, which were identified using a socio-ecological framework. A literature search was conducted in 4 electronic databases. Inclusion criteria were English-language peer-reviewed publications that investigated correlate(s) of picky eating or food neophobia in children aged ≤30 months. Correlates were categorized into 4 levels: cell, child, clan (family), and community/country...
May 23, 2017: Nutrition Reviews
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28535176/invited-commentary-30-year-perspective-on-the-seven-countries-study
#15
Henry Blackburn
In a 1986 article (Am J Epidemiol. 1986;124(6):903-915), Keys et al. described and discussed 15-year findings from 15 cohorts of the Seven Countries Study (SCS), the first systematic study of diet, risk characteristics, disease-specific death rates, and their ecologic and individual associations both among and within whole populations of working men in regions with contrasting traditional diets. The SCS findings included 30-fold cohort differences in rates of death from coronary heart disease and 3-fold differences in rates of death from all causes, along with strong ecologic associations among diet, risk factors, and disease rates...
May 23, 2017: American Journal of Epidemiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28535118/connecting-the-dots-an-ecological-lens-to-preventive-measures-for-adverse-childhood-experiences
#16
Martha Traverso-Yepez, Leslie Rourke, Sandra Luscombe
Adversity in early childhood may have a profound impact on physical and mental health as well as general well-being later in life. Despite increasing research evidence on the lifelong impact of adverse experiences, one of the key questions that motivated this research was how to translate this knowledge into preventive measures. This article presents data from an exploratory study aimed to explore strategies and effective practices to prevent adverse experiences in early childhood. An ecological framework organized participants' suggested actions, highlighting the importance of proactive, multifaceted approaches and interventions that connect the child to the background environment where adversity takes place...
May 23, 2017: Social Work in Public Health
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28534879/epibionts-dominate-metabolic-functional-potential-of-trichodesmium-colonies-from-the-oligotrophic-ocean
#17
Kyle R Frischkorn, Mónica Rouco, Benjamin A S Van Mooy, Sonya T Dyhrman
Trichodesmium is a genus of marine diazotrophic colonial cyanobacteria that exerts a profound influence on global biogeochemistry, by injecting 'new' nitrogen into the low nutrient systems where it occurs. Colonies of Trichodesmium ubiquitously contain a diverse assemblage of epibiotic microorganisms, constituting a microbiome on the Trichodesmium host. Metagenome sequences from Trichodesmium colonies were analyzed along a resource gradient in the western North Atlantic to examine microbiome community structure, functional diversity and metabolic contributions to the holobiont...
May 23, 2017: ISME Journal
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28534878/successive-range-expansion-promotes-diversity-and-accelerates-evolution-in-spatially-structured-microbial-populations
#18
Felix Goldschmidt, Roland R Regoes, David R Johnson
Successive range expansions occur within all domains of life, where one population expands first (primary expansion) and one or more secondary populations then follow (secondary expansion). In general, genetic drift reduces diversity during range expansion. However, it is not clear whether the same effect applies during successive range expansion, mainly because the secondary population must expand into space occupied by the primary population. Here we used an experimental microbial model system to show that, in contrast to primary range expansion, successive range expansion promotes local population diversity...
May 23, 2017: ISME Journal
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28534877/light-enhances-the-growth-rates-of-natural-populations-of-aerobic-anoxygenic-phototrophic-bacteria
#19
Isabel Ferrera, Olga Sánchez, Eva Kolářová, Michal Koblížek, Josep M Gasol
Aerobic anoxygenic phototrophic (AAP) bacteria are microorganisms that can harvest light energy using bacteriochlorophyll a to supplement their predominantly organotrophic metabolism. Growth enhancement by light has repeatedly been demonstrated in laboratory experiments with AAP isolates. However, the ecological advantage of light utilization is unclear, as it has never been proven in the natural environment. Here, we conducted manipulation experiments in the NW Mediterranean and found that AAP bacteria display high growth rates which are controlled to a large extent by intense grazing pressure and phosphorous availability...
May 23, 2017: ISME Journal
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28534871/development-of-a-gridded-meteorological-dataset-over-java-island-indonesia-1985-2014
#20
Yanto, Ben Livneh, Balaji Rajagopalan
We describe a gridded daily meteorology dataset consisting of precipitation, minimum and maximum temperature over Java Island, Indonesia at 0.125°×0.125° (~14 km) resolution spanning 30 years from 1985-2014. Importantly, this data set represents a marked improvement from existing gridded data sets over Java with higher spatial resolution, derived exclusively from ground-based observations unlike existing satellite or reanalysis-based products. Gap-infilling and gridding were performed via the Inverse Distance Weighting (IDW) interpolation method (radius, r, of 25 km and power of influence, α, of 3 as optimal parameters) restricted to only those stations including at least 3,650 days (~10 years) of valid data...
May 23, 2017: Scientific Data
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