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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28546475/grotenhout-virus-a-novel-nairovirus-found-in-ixodes-ricinus-in-belgium
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Bert Vanmechelen, Lies Laenen, Valentijn Vergote, Piet Maes
We report here the draft genome of a novel nairovirus, Grotenhout virus, isolated from deer ticks (Ixodes ricinus) in Belgium. The genome consists of two segments, L and S, and is most similar to the tick-borne South Bay virus, with amino acid identities ranging from 60 to 64%.
May 25, 2017: Genome Announcements
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28544000/european-academy-of-neurology-european-association-for-palliative-care-taskforce-on-neurology-consensus-recommendations-on-palliative-care-for-patients-with-chronic-and-progressive-neurological-disease-acceptability-for-belgian-neurologists
#2
L J Vanopdenbosch, E Maes, D J Oliver
BACKGROUND AND PURPOSE: A Consensus document on palliative care and neurology has made recommendations on the care of people with chronic and progressive neurological disease. This study aimed to investigate whether these recommendations are understood by, acceptable to and used in practice by neurologists in Belgium. METHODS: An online survey was undertaken of 100 neurologists in Belgium, asking for their opinion on all of the recommendations in the Consensus document...
May 23, 2017: European Journal of Neurology: the Official Journal of the European Federation of Neurological Societies
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28536431/novel-highly-divergent-sapoviruses-detected-by-metagenomics-analysis-in-straw-colored-fruit-bats-in-cameroon
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Claude Kwe Yinda, Nádia Conceição-Neto, Mark Zeller, Elisabeth Heylen, Piet Maes, Stephen Mbigha Ghogomu, Marc Van Ranst, Jelle Matthijnssens
Sapoviruses (SaVs) belong to the Sapovirus genus, in the family Caliciviridae. They have been associated with gastroenteritis in humans and in pigs but not in other animals. In addition, some strains from pigs, chimpanzees and rodents show close sequence identity with human SaVs thereby suggesting the possibility of interspecies transmissions. Bats are known to be a major reservoir of zoonotic viruses, however, very little is known about the genetic diversity of SaVs in bats. To explore the genetic diversity of bat SaVs, fecal samples of Eidolon helvum and Epomophorus gambianus were treated according to the NetoVIR protocol and sequenced by Illumina technology...
May 24, 2017: Emerging Microbes & Infections
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28535831/csolnp-numerical-optimization-engine-for-solving-non-linearly-constrained-problems
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Mahsa Zahery, Hermine H Maes, Michael C Neale
We introduce the optimizer CSOLNP, which is a C++ implementation of the R package RSOLNP (Ghalanos & Theussl, 2012, Rsolnp: General non-linear optimization using augmented Lagrange multiplier method. R package version, 1) alongside some improvements. CSOLNP solves non-linearly constrained optimization problems using a Sequential Quadratic Programming (SQP) algorithm. CSOLNP, NPSOL (a very popular implementation of SQP method in FORTRAN (Gill et al., 1986, User's guide for NPSOL (version 4.0): A Fortran package for nonlinear programming (No...
May 24, 2017: Twin Research and Human Genetics: the Official Journal of the International Society for Twin Studies
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28534312/evaluation-of-a-novel-multi-articulated-endoscope-proof-of-concept-through-a-virtual-simulation
#5
Tuukka Karvonen, Yusuke Muranishi, Goshiro Yamamoto, Tomohiro Kuroda, Toshihiko Sato
PURPOSE: In endoscopic surgery such as video-assisted thoracoscopic surgery and laparoscopic surgery, providing the surgeon a good view of the target is important. Rigid endoscope has for years been the go-to tool for this purpose, but it has certain limitations like the inability to work around obstacles. To improve on current tools, a novel multi-articulated endoscope (MAE) is currently under development. To investigate its feasibility and possible value, we performed a user test using virtual prototype of the MAE with the intent to show that it outperforms the conventional endoscope while bringing minimal additional burden to the operator...
May 22, 2017: International Journal of Computer Assisted Radiology and Surgery
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28533561/national-ecosystem-assessments-in-europe-a-review
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Matthias Schröter, Christian Albert, Alexandra Marques, Wolke Tobon, Sandra Lavorel, Joachim Maes, Claire Brown, Stefan Klotz, Aletta Bonn
National ecosystem assessments form an essential knowledge base for safeguarding biodiversity and ecosystem services. We analyze eight European (sub-)national ecosystem assessments (Portugal, United Kingdom, Spain, Norway, Flanders, Netherlands, Finland, and Germany) and compare their objectives, political context, methods, and operationalization. We observed remarkable differences in breadth of the assessment, methods employed, variety of services considered, policy mandates, and funding mechanisms. Biodiversity and ecosystem services are mainly assessed independently, with biodiversity conceptualized as underpinning services, as a source of conflict with services, or as a service in itself...
October 1, 2016: Bioscience
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28533355/controlling-antibiotic-prescribing-for-lower-respiratory-tract-infections
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Anna Mae Scott, Chris Del Mar
No abstract text is available yet for this article.
May 22, 2017: BMJ: British Medical Journal
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28532800/antimicrobial-susceptibility-monitoring-of-mycoplasma-hyopneumoniae-and-mycoplasma-bovis-isolated-in-europe
#8
Ulrich Klein, Anno de Jong, Hilde Moyaert, Farid El Garch, Rocio Leon, Alexandra Richard-Mazet, Markus Rose, Dominiek Maes, Andrew Pridmore, Jill R Thomson, Roger D Ayling
Mycoplasma hyopneumoniae in pigs and Mycoplasma bovis in cattle are major pathogens affecting livestock across Europe and are the focus of the MycoPath pan-European antimicrobial susceptibility monitoring programme. Fifty M. hyopneumoniae isolates from Belgium, Spain and the United Kingdom (UK), and 156 M. bovis isolates from France, Hungary, Spain and the UK that met specific criteria were tested for antimicrobial susceptibility in a central laboratory by using a microbroth dilution method. Specific isolate criteria included recovery from animals not recently treated with antimicrobials, isolates from different locations within each country and retaining only one isolate per farm...
May 2017: Veterinary Microbiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28532656/the-il-33-st2-axis-is-crucial-in-type-2-airway-responses-induced-by-the-staphylococcus-aureus-protease-spld
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Andrea R Teufelberger, Maria Nordengrün, Harald Braun, Tania Maes, Katrien De Grove, Gabriele Holtappels, Clara O'Brien, Sharen Provoost, Hamida Hammad, Amanda Gonçalves, Rudi Beyaert, Wim Declercq, Peter Vandenabeele, Dmitri V Krysko, Barbara M Bröker, Claus Bachert, Olga Krysko
BACKGROUND: Chronic airway inflammatory diseases such as chronic rhinosinusitis with nasal polyps and asthma showed increased nasal Staphylococcus aureus (S. aureus) colonization. Serine protease like protein D (SplD) and other closely related proteases secreted by S. aureus have recently been identified as inducers of allergic asthma in humans and mice but their mechanism of action is largely unknown. OBJECTIVE: We investigated the role of recombinant SplD in driving Th2-biased responses and IgE formation in a murine model of allergic asthma...
May 19, 2017: Journal of Allergy and Clinical Immunology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28528585/why-patients-should-be-involved-in-health-technology-assessment
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Janet Wale, Anna Mae Scott, Bjørn Hofmann, Sarah Garner, Eric Low, Lloyd Sansom
OBJECTIVES: Some countries make considerable effort to involve patients and patient groups in their health technology assessment (HTA) processes; others are only just considering or are yet to consider patient involvement in HTA. METHODS: This commentary offers four arguments why patient involvement should be prioritized by those HTA agencies that do not yet involve patients: (1) from a patients' rights perspective, (2) based on patient and community values, (3) centering on evidentiary contributions, and (4) from a methodological perspective...
May 22, 2017: International Journal of Technology Assessment in Health Care
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28527926/initial-and-midterm-results-of-the-bolton-relay-thoracic-aortic-endovascular-pivotal-trial
#11
Mark A Farber, W Anthony Lee, Wilson Y Szeto, Jean M Panneton, Christopher J Kwolek
OBJECTIVE: To report the initial and midterm results of the Bolton Relay Thoracic Stent Graft for the endovascular treatment of thoracic aortic lesions [thoracic endovascular aortic repair (TEVAR)]. METHODS: The Bolton Relay Thoracic Aortic Endovascular Pivotal Trial was a prospective, nonrandomized, multicenter, U.S. Investigational Device Exemption study conducted at 27 U.S. investigational sites. One hundred twenty TEVAR subjects were treated with the Relay device between January 2007 and May 2010, with 13 patients enrolled during the continued access phase through September 2012...
June 2017: Journal of Vascular Surgery
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28526472/-functional-respiratory-imaging-after-neostigmine-or-sugammadex-enhanced-recovery-from-neuromuscular-blockade-in-the-anesthetised-rat-a-randomised-controlled-pilot-study
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Tom Schepens, Guy Cammu, Sabine Maes, Benny Desmedt, Wim Vos, Kristof Deseure
OBJECTIVES: Reductions in diaphragm activity are associated with the postoperative development of atelectasis. Neostigmine reversal is also associated with increased atelectasis. We assessed the effects of neostigmine, sugammadex, and spontaneous reversal on regional lung ventilation and airway flow. METHODS: Six Sprague-Dawley rats were paralysed with rocuronium and mechanically ventilated until recovery of the train-of-four ratio to 0.5. We administered neostigmine (0...
May 16, 2017: Revista Brasileira de Anestesiologia
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28525318/evaluation-of-genotype-guided-acenocoumarol-dosing-algorithms-in-russian-patients
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Dmitriy Alexeyevich Sychev, Aleksandr Vladimirovich Rozhkov, Anna Viktorovna Ananichuk, Ruslan Evgenyevich Kazakov
BACKGROUND: Acenocoumarol dose is normally determined via step-by-step adjustment process based on International Normalized Ratio (INR) measurements. During this time, the risk of adverse reactions is especially high. Several genotype-based acenocoumarol dosing algorithms have been created to predict ideal doses at the start of anticoagulant therapy. MATERIALS AND METHODS: Nine dosing algorithms were selected through a literature search. These were evaluated using a cohort of 63 patients with atrial fibrillation receiving acenocoumarol therapy...
May 17, 2017: Drug Metabolism and Personalized Therapy
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28523110/photodynamic-activities-of-porphyrin-derivative-cyclodextrin-complexes-by-photoirradiation
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Atsushi Ikeda, Shuhei Satake, Tomoya Mae, Masafumi Ueda, Kouta Sugikawa, Hajime Shigeto, Hisakage Funabashi, Akio Kuroda
Water-soluble cyclodextrin (CyD) complexed with porphyrin derivatives with different substituents in the meso-positions showed different photodynamic activities toward cancer cells under illumination at wavelengths over 600 nm, the most suitable wavelengths for photodynamic therapy (PDT). In particular, aniline- and phenol-substituted derivatives had high photodynamic activity because of the efficient intracellular uptake of the complexes by tumor cells. These complexes showed greater photodynamic activity than photofrin, currently the main drug in clinical use as a photosensitizer...
May 11, 2017: ACS Medicinal Chemistry Letters
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28521556/maintenance-of-key-word-signing-in-adults-with-intellectual-disabilities-novel-signed-turns-facilitated-by-partners-consistent-input-and-sign-imitation
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Ellen Rombouts, Bea Maes, Inge Zink
The aim of the present study was to examine the relationship between the use of key word signing (KWS) by support staff and by adults with intellectual disabilities (clients) who had experience with using KWS. Specifically, we explored whether these clients were more inclined to use KWS when support staff used KWS or imitated signs. One-to-one conversations between 24 clients and their support staff were filmed and transcribed. Partner turns were coded for communication mode (spoken or signed) and KWS response type (i...
May 18, 2017: Augmentative and Alternative Communication: AAC
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28521187/brain-antioxidant-effect-of-mirtazapine-and-reversal-of-sedation-by-its-combination-with-alpha-lipoic-acid-in-a-model-of-depression-induced-by-corticosterone
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Tatiana de Queiroz Oliveira, Caren Nádia Soares de Sousa, Germana Silva Vasconcelos, Luciene Costa de Sousa, Anneheydi Araújo de Oliveira, Cláudio Felipe Vasconcelos Patrocínio, Ingridy da Silva Medeiros, José Eduardo Ribeiro Honório Júnior, Michael Maes, Danielle Macedo, Silvânia Maria Mendes Vasconcelos
BACKGROUND: Depression is accompanied by activated neuro-oxidative and neuro-nitrosative pathways, while targeting these pathways has clinical efficacy in depression. This study aimed to investigate the effects of mirtazapine (MIRT) alone and combined with alpha-lipoic acid (ALA) against corticosterone (CORT) induced behavioral and oxidative alterations. METHODS: Male mice received vehicle or CORT 20mg/kg during 14 days. From the 15th to 21st days they were divided in groups administered: vehicle, MIRT 3mg/kg or the combinations MIRT+ALA100 or MIRT+ALA200...
May 11, 2017: Journal of Affective Disorders
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28520413/temporal-characteristics-of-brown-carbon-over-the-central-indo-gangetic-plain
#17
Rangu Venkata Satish, Puthukkadan Moosakutty Shamjad, Navaneeth M Thamban, Sachchida N Tripathi, Neeraj Rastogi
Recent global models estimate that light absorption by brown carbon (BrC) in several regions of the world is ~30-70% of that due to black carbon (BC). It is, therefore, important to understand its sources and characteristics on temporal and spatial scale. In this study, we conducted semi-continuous measurements of water-soluble organic carbon (WSOC) and BrC using particle-into-liquid sampler coupled with liquid waveguide capillary cell and total carbon analyzer (PILS-LWCC-TOC) over Kanpur (26.5°N, 80.3°E, 142 m amsl) during a winter season (December 2015 to February 2016)...
May 18, 2017: Environmental Science & Technology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28512701/estimation-of-3d-ground-reaction-force-using-nanocomposite-piezo-responsive-foam-sensors-during-walking
#18
Parker G Rosquist, Gavin Collins, A Jake Merrell, Noelle J Tuttle, James B Tracy, Evan T Bird, Matthew K Seeley, David T Fullwood, William F Christensen, Anton E Bowden
This paper describes a method for the estimation of the 3D ground reaction force (GRF) during human walking using novel nanocomposite piezo-responsive foam (NCPF) sensors. Nine subjects (5 male, 4 female) walked on a force-instrumented treadmill at 1.34 m/s for 120 s each while wearing a shoe that was instrumented with four NCPF sensors. GRF data, measured via the treadmill, and sensor data, measured via the NCPF inserts, were used in a tenfold cross validation process to calibrate a separate model for each individual...
May 16, 2017: Annals of Biomedical Engineering
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28512463/allometric-models-for-predicting-aboveground-biomass-and-carbon-stock-of-tropical-perennial-c4-grasses-in-hawaii
#19
Adel H Youkhana, Richard M Ogoshi, James R Kiniry, Manyowa N Meki, Mae H Nakahata, Susan E Crow
Biomass is a promising renewable energy option that provides a more environmentally sustainable alternative to fossil resources by reducing the net flux of greenhouse gasses to the atmosphere. Yet, allometric models that allow the prediction of aboveground biomass (AGB), biomass carbon (C) stock non-destructively have not yet been developed for tropical perennial C4 grasses currently under consideration as potential bioenergy feedstock in Hawaii and other subtropical and tropical locations. The objectives of this study were to develop optimal allometric relationships and site-specific models to predict AGB, biomass C stock of napiergrass, energycane, and sugarcane under cultivation practices for renewable energy and validate these site-specific models against independent data sets generated from sites with widely different environments...
2017: Frontiers in Plant Science
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28511627/short-interpregnancy-intervals-and-associated-risk-of-preterm-birth-in-asians-and-pacific-islanders
#20
Ritchie Mae M Delara, Erin Madden, Allison S Bryant
PURPOSE: The prevalence of short interpregnancy intervals (IPI) and associated rates of preterm birth has been understudied in Asian and Pacific Islander populations. We sought to estimate rates of short IPI among Asian subgroups and Pacific Islanders and associated risk of preterm birth. MATERIALS AND METHODS: For this retrospective cohort study, we linked records of women in California with a first birth in 1999-2000 and a second birth before 2005 with hospital discharge data...
May 16, 2017: Journal of Maternal-fetal & Neonatal Medicine
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