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Han Han, Kate Baumann, Nicholas R Casewell, Syed A Ali, James Dobson, Ivan Koludarov, Jordan Debono, Scott C Cutmore, Niwanthi W Rajapakse, Timothy N W Jackson, Rob Jones, Wayne C Hodgson, Bryan G Fry, Sanjaya Kuruppu
Fish venoms are often poorly studied, in part due to the difficulty in obtaining, extracting, and storing them. In this study, we characterize the cardiovascular and neurotoxic effects of the venoms from the following six species of fish: the cartilaginous stingrays Neotrygon kuhlii and Himantura toshi, and the bony fish Platycephalus fucus, Girella tricuspidata, Mugil cephalus, and Dentex tumifrons. All venoms (10-100 μg/kg, i.v.), except G. tricuspidata and P. fuscus, induced a biphasic response on mean arterial pressure (MAP) in the anesthetised rat...
February 16, 2017: Toxins
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28211056/targeted-mass-media-interventions-promoting-healthy-behaviours-to-reduce-risk-of-non-communicable-diseases-in-adult-ethnic-minorities
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REVIEW
Annhild Mosdøl, Ingeborg B Lidal, Gyri H Straumann, Gunn E Vist
BACKGROUND: Physical activity, a balanced diet, avoidance of tobacco exposure, and limited alcohol consumption may reduce morbidity and mortality from non-communicable diseases (NCDs). Mass media interventions are commonly used to encourage healthier behaviours in population groups. It is unclear whether targeted mass media interventions for ethnic minority groups are more or less effective in changing behaviours than those developed for the general population. OBJECTIVES: To determine the effects of mass media interventions targeting adult ethnic minorities with messages about physical activity, dietary patterns, tobacco use or alcohol consumption to reduce the risk of NCDs...
February 17, 2017: Cochrane Database of Systematic Reviews
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28210754/targeted-lipidomics-profiling-of-acute-arsenic-exposure-in-mice-serum-by-on-line-solid-phase-extraction-stable-isotope-dilution-liquid-chromatography-tandem-mass-spectrometry
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Chao-Yu Chen, Pinpin Lin, Ming-Hsien Tsai, Hui-Ling Lee
Lipidomics is the area of study dedicated to the comprehensive analysis and characterization of the functions and metabolism of lipids in biological samples. One of the most comprehensively studied classes of lipids is polyunsaturated fatty acids (PUFAs). Eicosanoids are a series of bioactive lipid mediators that are metabolized from PUFAs and generated majorly from the precursor arachidonic acid. This study identified the profiles of target eicosanoids after acute exposure to arsenic. The principle objective was to determine and validate 10 eicosanoids in mouse serum using on-line solid-phase extraction integrated with liquid chromatography-electrospray tandem mass spectrometry...
February 16, 2017: Archives of Toxicology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28210337/extraction-of-knowledge-from-the-topographic-attentive-mapping-network-and-its-application-in-skill-analysis-of-table-tennis
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Isao Hayashi, Masanori Fujii, Toshiyuki Maeda, Jasmin Leveille, Tokio Tasaka
The Topographic Attentive Mapping (TAM) network is a biologically-inspired classifier that bears similarities to the human visual system. In case of wrong classification during training, an attentional top-down signal modulates synaptic weights in intermediate layers to reduce the difference between the desired output and the classifier's output. When used in a TAM network, the proposed pruning algorithm improves classification accuracy and allows extracting knowledge as represented by the network structure...
January 1, 2017: Journal of Human Kinetics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28210299/respiratory-clinical-guidelines-inform-ward-based-nurses-clinical-skills-and-knowledge-required-for-evidence-based-care
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REVIEW
Alisha M Johnson, Sheree M S Smith
Respiratory clinical guidelines provide clinicians with evidence-based guidance for practice. Clinical guidelines also provide an opportunity to identify the knowledge and technical and non-technical skills required by respiratory ward-based registered nurses. The aim of this review was to use a systematic process to establish the core technical and non-technical skills and knowledge identified in evidence-based clinical guidelines that enable the care of hospitalised adult respiratory patients. 17 guidelines were identified in our systematic review...
September 2016: Breathe
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28208697/hybrid-analytical-and-data-driven-modeling-for-feed-forward-robot-control-%C3%A2
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René Felix Reinhart, Zeeshan Shareef, Jochen Jakob Steil
Feed-forward model-based control relies on models of the controlled plant, e.g., in robotics on accurate knowledge of manipulator kinematics or dynamics. However, mechanical and analytical models do not capture all aspects of a plant's intrinsic properties and there remain unmodeled dynamics due to varying parameters, unmodeled friction or soft materials. In this context, machine learning is an alternative suitable technique to extract non-linear plant models from data. However, fully data-based models suffer from inaccuracies as well and are inefficient if they include learning of well known analytical models...
February 8, 2017: Sensors
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28208178/lingual-tonsillectomy-for-treatment-of-pediatric-obstructive-sleep-apnea-a-meta-analysis
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Kun-Tai Kang, Peter J Koltai, Chia-Hsuan Lee, Ming-Tzer Lin, Wei-Chung Hsu
Importance: Evidence indicates correlations between lingual tonsil hypertrophy and pediatric obstructive sleep apnea (OSA). However, to our knowledge, a meta-analysis of surgical outcomes for lingual tonsillectomy in children with OSA has not been conducted. Objective: To evaluate the therapeutic outcomes of lingual tonsillectomy for treatment of pediatric OSA. Data Sources: The study protocol was registered on PROSPERO (CRD42015027053). PubMed, MEDLINE, EMBASE, and the Cochrane Reviews databases were searched independently by 2 authors for relevant articles published by September 2016...
February 16, 2017: JAMA Otolaryngology—Head & Neck Surgery
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28206754/high-quality-dataset-of-protein-bound-ligand-conformations-and-its-application-to-benchmarking-conformer-ensemble-generators
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Nils-Ole Friedrich, Agnes Meyder, Christina de Bruyn Kops, Kai Sommer, Florian Flachsenberg, Matthias Rarey, Johannes Kirchmair
We developed a cheminformatics pipeline for the fully automated selection and extraction of high-quality protein-bound ligand conformations from X-ray structural data. The pipeline evaluates the validity and accuracy of the 3D structures of small molecules according to multiple criteria, including their fit to the electron density and their physicochemical and structural properties. Using this approach, we compiled two high-quality datasets from the Protein Data Bank (PDB): a comprehensive dataset and a diversified subset of 4626 and 2912 structures, respectively...
February 16, 2017: Journal of Chemical Information and Modeling
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28203392/effects-of-moringa-oleifera-aqueous-leaf-extract-in-alloxan-induced-diabetic-mice
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REVIEW
Muobarak J Tuorkey
OBJECTIVE: There is a lack of knowledge regarding the underlying mechanisms of the antidiabetic activity of Moringa oleifera. This study investigates the antidiabetic effect of M. oleifera and its impact on the immune tolerance. METHODS: Alloxan-induced diabetes model for mice was used. A dose of 100 mg/kg of Moringa extract was orally administered to diabetic treated mice. Glucose and insulin levels were evaluated to calculate insulin resistance. Total antioxidant capacity (TAC), creatinine, and blood urea nitrogen (BUN) levels were measured...
September 2016: Interventional Medicine & Applied Science
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28202233/practice-makes-perfect-a-systematic-review-of-the-expertise-development-of-pharmacist-and-nurse-independent-prescribers-in-the-united-kingdom
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REVIEW
Aseel S Abuzour, Penny J Lewis, Mary P Tully
BACKGROUND: Prescribing is a complex and error-prone task that demands expertise. McLellan et al.'s theory of expertise development model ("the model"), developed to assess medical literature on prescribing by medical students, proposes that in order to develop, individuals should deliberately engage their knowledge, skills and attitudes within a social context. Its applicability to independent prescribers (IP) is unknown. AIM: A systematic review was conducted to explore whether the model is applicable to non-medical independent prescribing and to assess the factors underpinning expertise development reported in the literature...
February 7, 2017: Research in Social & Administrative Pharmacy: RSAP
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28202080/mentholation-affects-the-cigarette-microbiota-by-selecting-for-bacteria-resistant-to-harsh-environmental-conditions-and-selecting-against-potential-bacterial-pathogens
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Jessica Chopyk, Suhana Chattopadhyay, Prachi Kulkarni, Emma Claye, Kelsey R Babik, Molly C Reid, Eoghan M Smyth, Lauren E Hittle, Joseph N Paulson, Raul Cruz-Cano, Mihai Pop, Stephanie S Buehler, Pamela I Clark, Amy R Sapkota, Emmanuel F Mongodin
BACKGROUND: There is a paucity of data regarding the microbial constituents of tobacco products and their impacts on public health. Moreover, there has been no comparative characterization performed on the bacterial microbiota associated with the addition of menthol, an additive that has been used by tobacco manufacturers for nearly a century. To address this knowledge gap, we conducted bacterial community profiling on tobacco from user- and custom-mentholated/non-mentholated cigarette pairs, as well as a commercially-mentholated product...
February 15, 2017: Microbiome
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28199898/differential-release-of-manure-borne-bioactive-phosphorus-forms-to-runoff-and-leachate-under-simulated-rain
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R A Blaustein, Thanh H Dao, Y A Pachepsky, D R Shelton
Limited information exists on the unhindered release of bioactive phosphorus (P) from a manure layer to model the partitioning and transport of component P forms before they reach an underlying soil. Rain simulations were conducted to quantify effects of intensity (30, 60, and 90 mm h(-1)) on P release from an application of 60 Mg ha(-1) of dairy manure. Runoff contained water-extractable- (WEP), exchangeable and enzyme-labile bioactive P (TBIOP), in contrast to the operationally defined "dissolved-reactive P" form...
February 12, 2017: Journal of Environmental Management
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28199360/systematic-review-of-statistically-derived-models-of-immunological-response-in-hiv-infected-adults-on-antiretroviral-therapy-in-sub-saharan-africa
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Joseph B Sempa, Eva L Ujeneza, Martin Nieuwoudt
INTRODUCTION: In Sub-Saharan African (SSA) resource limited settings, Cluster of Differentiation 4 (CD4) counts continue to be used for clinical decision making in antiretroviral therapy (ART). Here, HIV-infected people often remain with CD4 counts <350 cells/μL even after 5 years of viral load suppression. Ongoing immunological monitoring is necessary. Due to varying statistical modeling methods comparing immune response to ART across different cohorts is difficult. We systematically review such models and detail the similarities, differences and problems...
2017: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28198202/clinacanthus-nutans-a-review-on-ethnomedicinal-uses-chemical-constituents-and-pharmacological-properties
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Ihsan N Zulkipli, Rajan Rajabalaya, Adi Idris, Nurul Atiqah Sulaiman, Sheba R David
CONTEXT: Medicinal plants have attracted global attention for their hidden therapeutic potential. Clinacanthus nutans (Burm.f) Lindau (Acanthaceae) (CN) is endemic in Southeast Asia. CN contains phytochemicals common to medicinal plants, such as flavonoids. Traditionally, CN has been used for a broad range of human ailments including snake bites and cancer. OBJECTIVES: This article compiles the ethnomedicinal uses of CN and its phytochemistry, and thus provides a phytochemical library of CN...
December 2017: Pharmaceutical Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28197788/self-care-of-people-with-chronic-obstructive-pulmonary-disease-a-meta-synthesis
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REVIEW
Marco Clari, Maria Matarese, Dhurata Ivziku, Maria Grazia De Marinis
BACKGROUND: Self-care in people with chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD) can improve health-related quality of life, reduce hospital admissions and decrease dyspnoea. OBJECTIVE: This review aimed to systematically identify, evaluate and synthesise the qualitative literature on the self-care behaviours and strategies used by people with COPD. METHODS: The Joanna Briggs Institute (JBI) meta-aggregative method was followed. An electronic search of six relevant databases was conducted...
February 14, 2017: Patient
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28196525/drug-based-pain-management-for-people-with-dementia-after-hip-or-pelvic-fractures-a-systematic-review
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Kai Moschinski, Silke Kuske, Silke Andrich, Astrid Stephan, Irmela Gnass, Erika Sirsch, Andrea Icks
BACKGROUND: Studies indicate that people with dementia do not receive the same amount of analgesia after a hip or pelvic fracture compared to those without cognitive impairment. However, there is no systematic review that shows to what extent drug-based pain management is performed for people with dementia following a hip or pelvic fracture. The aim of this systematic review was to identify and analyse studies that investigate drug-based pain management for people with dementia with a hip or pelvic fracture in all settings...
February 14, 2017: BMC Geriatrics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28195037/generalizable-knowledge-outweighs-incidental-details-in-prefrontal-ensemble-code-over-time
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Mark D Morrissey, Nathan Insel, Kaori Takehara-Nishiuchi
Memories for recent experiences are rich in incidental detail, but with time the brain is thought to extract latent rules and structures common across past experiences. We show that over weeks following the acquisition of two distinct associative memories, neuron firing in the rat prelimbic prefrontal cortex (mPFC) became less selective for perceptual features unique to each association and, with an apparently different time-course, became more selective for common relational features. We further found that during exposure to a novel experimental context, memory expression and neuron selectivity for relational features immediately generalized to the new situation...
February 14, 2017: ELife
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28194798/colorectal-cancer-global-burden-trends-and-geographical-variations
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Jeffrey Douaiher, Advaitaa Ravipati, Benjamin Grams, Sanjib Chowdhury, Olusegun Alatise, Chandrakanth Are
BACKGROUND: The aim of this study is to describe the trends and variations in the global burden of colorectal cancer (CRC). METHODS: Data (2012-2030) relating to CRC was extracted from GLOBOCAN 2012 database and analyzed. RESULTS: The results of our study demonstrate a rising global burden of colorectal cancer which persists until the year 2035 and likely beyond. The rise in the global burden is not uniform with significant variations influenced by geographic location, socio-economic status, age, and gender...
February 13, 2017: Journal of Surgical Oncology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28193821/insect-photoreceptor-adaptations-to-night-vision
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REVIEW
Anna Honkanen, Esa-Ville Immonen, Iikka Salmela, Kyösti Heimonen, Matti Weckström
Night vision is ultimately about extracting information from a noisy visual input. Several species of nocturnal insects exhibit complex visually guided behaviour in conditions where most animals are practically blind. The compound eyes of nocturnal insects produce strong responses to single photons and process them into meaningful neural signals, which are amplified by specialized neuroanatomical structures. While a lot is known about the light responses and the anatomical structures that promote pooling of responses to increase sensitivity, there is still a dearth of knowledge on the physiology of night vision...
April 5, 2017: Philosophical Transactions of the Royal Society of London. Series B, Biological Sciences
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28193502/development-of-a-preclinical-211-rn-211-at-generator-system-for-targeted-alpha-therapy-research-with-211-at
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Jason R Crawford, Hua Yang, Peter Kunz, D Scott Wilbur, Paul Schaffer, Thomas J Ruth
INTRODUCTION: The availability of (211)At for targeted alpha therapy research can be increased by the (211)Rn/(211)At generator system, whereby (211)At is produced by (211)Rn electron capture decay. This study demonstrated the feasibility of using generator-produced (211)At to label monoclonal antibody (BC8, anti-human CD45) for preclinical use, following isolation from the (207)Po contamination also produced by these generators (by (211)Rn α-decay). METHODS: (211)Rn was produced by (211)Fr electron capture decay following mass separated ion beam implantation and chemically isolated in liquid alkane hydrocarbon (dodecane)...
January 29, 2017: Nuclear Medicine and Biology
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