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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28342012/predation-risk-influences-feeding-rates-but-competition-structures-space-use-for-a-common-pacific-parrotfish
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Kathryn Davis, P M Carlson, D Bradley, R R Warner, J E Caselle
In terrestrial systems it is well known that the spatial patterns of grazing by herbivores can influence the structure of primary producer communities. On coral reefs, the consequences of varied space use by herbivores on benthic community structure are not well understood, nor are the relative influences of bottom-up (resource abundance and quality), horizontal (competition), and top-down (predation risk) factors in affecting spatial foraging behaviors of mobile herbivorous fishes. In the current study we quantified space use and feeding rates of the parrotfish, Chlorurus spilurus, across a strong gradient of food resources and predator and competitor abundance across two islands with drastically different fisheries management schemes...
March 24, 2017: Oecologia
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28339749/multi-generational-genome-wide-association-studies-identify-chromosomal-regions-associated-with-ascites-phenotype
#2
K J Tarrant, S Dey, R Kinney, N B Anthony, D D Rhoads
Ascites is a multi-faceted disease commonly observed in fast growing broilers, which is initiated when the body is insufficiently oxygenated. A series of events follow, including an increase in pulmonary artery pressure, right ventricle hypertrophy, and accumulation of fluid in the abdominal cavity and pericardium. Advances in management practices along with improved selection programs have decreased ascites incidence in modern broilers. However, ascites syndrome remains an economically important disease throughout the world, causing estimated losses of $100 million per year...
February 21, 2017: Poultry Science
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28337138/motor-skill-learning-in-an-insect-inspired-neuro-computational-control-system
#3
Eleonora Arena, Paolo Arena, Roland Strauss, Luca Patané
In nature, insects show impressive adaptation and learning capabilities. The proposed computational model takes inspiration from specific structures of the insect brain: after proposing key hypotheses on the direct involvement of the mushroom bodies (MBs) and on their neural organization, we developed a new architecture for motor learning to be applied in insect-like walking robots. The proposed model is a nonlinear control system based on spiking neurons. MBs are modeled as a nonlinear recurrent spiking neural network (SNN) with novel characteristics, able to memorize time evolutions of key parameters of the neural motor controller, so that existing motor primitives can be improved...
2017: Frontiers in Neurorobotics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28332867/age-related-changes-in-thoracic-skeletal-geometry-of-elderly-females
#4
Sven A Holcombe, Stewart C Wang, James B Grotberg
OBJECTIVE: Both females and the elderly have been identified as vulnerable populations with increased injury and mortality risk in multiple crash scenarios. Particularly in frontal impacts, older females show higher risk to the chest and thorax than their younger or male counterparts. Thoracic geometry plays a role in this increase, and this study aims to quantify key parts of that geometry in a way that can directly inform human body models that incorporate the concept of person age...
March 23, 2017: Traffic Injury Prevention
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28325445/nonlinear-model-on-pulsatile-flow-of-blood-through-a-porous-bifurcated-arterial-stenosis-in-the-presence-of-magnetic-field-and-periodic-body-acceleration
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R Ponalagusamy, S Priyadharshini
BACKGROUND AND OBJECTIVE: Background and Objective: The motivation of cardiovascular modeling is to understand the haemodynamic and mechanical factors in the diagnosis and treatment of cardiovascular diseases. Several investigations have been carried out by many authors to understand the flow properties of blood in modelling blood flows in the circulatory system. In the present article, the pulsatile flow of Herschel-Bulkley fluid through a bifurcated arterial stenosis in a porous medium with magnetic field and periodic body acceleration has been investigated in view of understanding the role of rheological behaviour of blood, stenotic height, bifurcation angle, magnetic field and porosity of wall in the initiation and proliferation of cardiovascular diseases...
April 2017: Computer Methods and Programs in Biomedicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28325390/patterns-of-distribution-of-giant-congenital-melanocytic-nevi-gcmn-the-6b-rule
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Vanessa P Martins da Silva, Ashfaq Marghoob, Ramon Pigem, Cristina Carrera, Paula Aguilera, Joan A Puig-Butillé, Susana Puig, Josep Malvehy
BACKGROUND: Garment-related terms have been used to describe the pattern of distribution of giant congenital melanocytic nevi (GCMN). OBJECTIVE: We sought to describe patterns of distribution of GCMN and propose a classification scheme. METHODS: Photographic records of patients with GCMN from the Hospital Clinic of Barcelona were analyzed and a classification based on observed GCMN distribution patterns was created. The classification was independently applied by 8 observers to cases found in the literature...
April 2017: Journal of the American Academy of Dermatology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28325242/radiation-oncology-in-india-challenges-and-opportunities
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REVIEW
Surbhi Grover, Shivakumar Gudi, Ajeet Kumar Gandhi, Priya M Puri, Adam C Olson, Danielle Rodin, Onyi Balogun, Preet K Dhillon, Daya Nand Sharma, Goura Kishor Rath, Shyam Kishore Shrivastava, Akila N Viswanathan, Umesh Mahantshetty
Rising cancer incidence and mortality in India emphasize the need to address the increasing burden of this disease and the stark inequities in access to radiotherapy and other essential medical treatments. State-of-the-art technology is available within the private sector and a few hospitals in the public sector, but 75% of patients in the public sector in India do not have access to timely radiotherapy. This inequity in access to radiotherapy in the public sector is amplified in rural areas, where most of India׳s population lives...
April 2017: Seminars in Radiation Oncology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28321419/pvaxhsp65-vaccination-primes-for-high-il-10-production-and-decreases-experimental-encephalomyelitis-severity
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Sofia Fernanda Gonçalves Zorzella-Pezavento, Fernanda Chiuso-Minicucci, Thais Graziela Donegá França, Larissa Lumi Watanabe Ishikawa, Larissa Camargo da Rosa, Priscila Maria Colavite, Bianca Balbino, Camila Marques, Maura Rosane Valerio Ikoma, Ana Paula Masson, Célio Lopes Silva, Alexandrina Sartori
Experimental autoimmune encephalomyelitis (EAE) is a demyelinating pathology of the central nervous system (CNS) used as a model to study multiple sclerosis immunopathology. EAE has also been extensively employed to evaluate potentially therapeutic schemes. Considering the presence of an immune response directed to heat shock proteins (hsps) in autoimmune diseases and the immunoregulatory potential of these molecules, we evaluated the effect of a previous immunization with a genetic vaccine containing the mycobacterial hsp65 gene on EAE development...
2017: Journal of Immunology Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28321217/a-vaccine-therapy-for-canine-visceral-leishmaniasis-promoted-significant-improvement-of-clinical-and-immune-status-with-reduction-in-parasite-burden
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Bruno Mendes Roatt, Rodrigo Dian de Oliveira Aguiar-Soares, Levi Eduardo Soares Reis, Jamille Mirelle de Oliveira Cardoso, Fernando Augusto Siqueira Mathias, Rory Cristiane Fortes de Brito, Sydnei Magno da Silva, Nelder De Figueiredo Gontijo, Sidney de Almeida Ferreira, Jesus G Valenzuela, Rodrigo Corrêa-Oliveira, Rodolfo Cordeiro Giunchetti, Alexandre Barbosa Reis
Herein, we evaluated the treatment strategy employing a therapeutic heterologous vaccine composed of antigens of Leishmania braziliensis associated with MPL adjuvant (LBMPL vaccine) for visceral leishmaniasis (VL) in symptomatic dogs naturally infected by Leishmania infantum. Sixteen dogs received immunotherapy with MPL adjuvant (n = 6) or with a vaccine composed of antigens of L. braziliensis associated with MPL (LBMPL vaccine therapy, n = 10). Dogs were submitted to an immunotherapeutic scheme consisting of 3 series composed of 10 subcutaneous doses with 10-day interval between each series...
2017: Frontiers in Immunology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28321036/a-highly-potent-and-selective-histone-deacetylase-6-inhibitor-prevents-dss-induced-colitis-in-mice
#10
Ting Liu, Renping Wang, Haojie Xu, Yunlong Song, Yunpeng Qi
Inflammatory bowel disease (IBD) is a refractory illness with remarkably increasing incidence rate all over the world. However, no desirable treatment scheme is available. Therefore, research and development of new drugs for treating IBD are urgently needed. Histone deacetylase 6 (HDAC6) is considered to be a pro-inflammatory factor, thus the inhibitors specifically-targeting HDAC6 may find their way in IBD treatment. In this study, we evaluated the anti-inflammatory activity of a novel potent and selective HDAC6 inhibitor, LTB2, in dextran sulfate sodium (DSS)-induced colitis mouse model...
March 17, 2017: Biological & Pharmaceutical Bulletin
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28301213/academic-radiologist-subspecialty-identification-using-a-novel-claims-based-classification-system
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Andrew B Rosenkrantz, Wenyi Wang, Danny R Hughes, Luke A Ginocchio, David A Rosman, Richard Duszak
OBJECTIVE: The objective of the present study is to assess the feasibility of a novel claims-based classification system for payer identification of academic radiologist subspecialties. MATERIALS AND METHODS: Using a categorization scheme based on the Neiman Imaging Types of Service (NITOS) system, we mapped the Medicare Part B services billed by all radiologists from 2012 to 2014, assigning them to the following subspecialty categories: abdominal imaging, breast imaging, cardiothoracic imaging, musculoskeletal imaging, nuclear medicine, interventional radiology, and neuroradiology...
March 16, 2017: AJR. American Journal of Roentgenology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28295239/eculizumab-dosing-regimen-in-atypical-hus-possibilities-for-individualized-treatment
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Elena Volokhina, Kioa Wijnsma, Renate van der Molen, Nel Roeleveld, Thea van der Velden, Joop Goertz, Fred Sweep, Roger J Brüggemann, Jack Wetzels, Nicole van de Kar, Lambertus van den Heuvel
Recent studies indicate that eculizumab is often given in excess to aHUS patients. Individualization of treatment is thus highly requested, however, data on pharmacokinetics and pharmacodynamics of eculizumab remain limited. We analyzed 11 patients during induction (weekly), maintenance (2-weekly) and tapering (every 3-8 weeks) phases of treatment. The trough eculizumab levels increased with each additional dose during the induction phase (depending on body weight). During maintenance, high eculizumab concentrations of up to 772 µg/mL were observed...
March 15, 2017: Clinical Pharmacology and Therapeutics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28293869/an-intelligent-body-posture-analysis-model-using-multi-sensors-for-long-term-physical-rehabilitation
#13
Chin-Feng Lai, Ren-Hung Hwang, Ying-Hsun Lai
Sensors can be installed on various body parts to provide information for computer diagnosis to identify the current body state. However, as human posture is subject to gravity, the direction of the force on each limb differs. For example, the directions of gravitational force on legs and trunk differ. In addition, each person's height and structure of limbs differs, hence, the acceleration and rotation resulted from such differences on force and length of the limbs of a person in motion would be different, and be presented by cases of different postures...
April 2017: Journal of Medical Systems
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28289732/adaptation-of-escherichia-coli-to-long-term-serial-passage-in-complex-medium-evidence-of-parallel-evolution
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Karin E Kram, Christopher Geiger, Wazim Mohammed Ismail, Heewook Lee, Haixu Tang, Patricia L Foster, Steven E Finkel
Experimental evolution of bacterial populations in the laboratory has led to identification of several themes, including parallel evolution of populations adapting to carbon starvation, heat stress, and pH stress. However, most of these experiments study growth in defined and/or constant environments. We hypothesized that while there would likely continue to be parallelism in more complex and changing environments, there would also be more variation in what types of mutations would benefit the cells. In order to test our hypothesis, we serially passaged Escherichia coli in a complex medium (Luria-Bertani broth) throughout the five phases of bacterial growth...
March 2017: MSystems
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28286464/characterization-of-impulse-radio-intrabody-communication-system-for-wireless-body-area-networks
#15
Zibo Cai, MirHojjat Seyedi, Weiwei Zhang, Francois Rivet, Daniel T H Lai
Intrabody communication (IBC) is a promising data communication technique for body area networks. This short-distance communication approach uses human body tissue as the medium of signal propagation. IBC is defined as one of the physical layers for the new IEEE 802.15.6 or wireless body area network (WBAN) standard, which can provide a suitable data rate for real-time physiological data communication while consuming lower power compared to that of radio-frequency protocols such as Bluetooth. In this paper, impulse radio (IR) IBC (IR-IBC) is examined using a field-programmable gate array (FPGA) implementation of an IBC system...
2017: Journal of Medical and Biological Engineering
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28281308/overlapping-but-distinct-tdp-43-and-tau-pathologic-patterns-in-aged-hippocampi
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Vanessa D Smith, Adam D Bachstetter, Eseosa Ighodaro, Kelly Roberts, Erin L Abner, David W Fardo, Peter T Nelson
Intracellular proteinaceous aggregates (inclusion bodies) are almost always detectable at autopsy in brains of elderly individuals. Inclusion bodies composed of TDP-43 and tau proteins often coexist in the same brain, and each of these pathologic biomarkers is associated independently with cognitive impairment. However, uncertainties remain about how the presence and neuroanatomical distribution of inclusion bodies correlate with underlying diseases including Alzheimer's disease (AD). To address this knowledge gap, we analyzed data from the University of Kentucky AD Center autopsy series (n = 247); none of the brains had frontotemporal lobar degeneration...
March 9, 2017: Brain Pathology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28274401/receiver-operating-curves-and-dose-volume-analysis-of-late-toxicity-with-stereotactic-body-radiation-therapy-for-prostate-cancer
#17
Li Zhang, Julian Johnson, Alexander R Gottschalk, Albert J Chang, I-Chow Hsu, Mack Roach, Zachary A Seymour
PURPOSE: The purpose of this study was to evaluate a receiver operating characteristic (ROC) curve method to determine dose thresholds with late genitourinary (GU) toxicity after stereotactic body radiation therapy for prostate cancer. METHODS AND MATERIALS: Seventy-eight patients diagnosed with low- to intermediate-risk prostate cancer and treated with stereotactic body radiation therapy alone were reviewed retrospectively. All patients received a total dose of 38 Gy in 4 fractions with a planning target volume expansion of 2 mm...
March 2017: Practical Radiation Oncology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28270731/guideline-for-radiotherapy-with-curative-intent-in-patients-with-early-stage-medically-inoperable-non-small-cell-lung-cancer
#18
C B Falkson, E T Vella, E Yu, M El-Mallah, R Mackenzie, P M Ellis, Y C Ung
OBJECTIVES: For this guideline, we investigated the effectiveness of radiotherapy with curative intent in medically inoperable patients with early-stage non-small-cell lung cancer (nsclc). METHODS: The guideline was developed by Cancer Care Ontario's Program in Evidence-Based Care and by the Lung Cancer Disease Site Group through a systematic review of mainly retrospective studies, expert consensus, and formal internal and external reviews. RECOMMENDATIONS: ■ Stereotactic body radiation therapy (sbrt) with curative intent is an option that should be considered for patients with early-stage, node-negative, medically inoperable nsclc...
February 2017: Current Oncology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28269705/real-time-evaluation-of-a-myoelectric-control-method-for-high-level-upper-limb-amputees-based-on-homologous-leg-movements
#19
Kenneth R Lyons, Sanjay S Joshi
Electromyography-based gesture classification methods for control of advanced upper limb prostheses are limited either to individuals with amputations distal to the elbow or to those willing to undergo targeted muscle reinnervation surgery. Based on the natural similarity between gestures of the lower leg and the arm and on established methods in electromyography-based gesture classification, we propose a noninvasive system with which users control an upper limb prosthesis via homologous movements of the leg and foot...
August 2016: Conference Proceedings: Annual International Conference of the IEEE Engineering in Medicine and Biology Society
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28269390/beacon-based-opportunistic-scheduling-in-wireless-body-area-network
#20
Yang Zhou, Zhengguo Sheng, Victor C M Leung, Peyman Servati
Wireless Body Area Networks (WBANs) are one of the key technologies that support the development of digital health care, which has attracted increasing attention in recent years. Compared with general Wireless Sensor Networks (WSNs), WBANs have more stringent requirements on reliability and energy efficiency. Though WBANs are applied within limited transmission range, the on-body channel condition can be very challenging because of blocking or absorbing of signal. In this paper, we are looking into the design of Medium Access Control (MAC) protocols and propose an opportunistic scheduling scheme by applying heuristic scheduling and dynamic superframe length adjustment to improve the system performance...
August 2016: Conference Proceedings: Annual International Conference of the IEEE Engineering in Medicine and Biology Society
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