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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28715152/demographic-and-ecological-risk-factors-for-human-influenza-a-virus-infections-in-rural-indonesia
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Elisabeth Dowling Root, Dwi Agustian, Cissy Kartasasmita, Timothy M Uyeki, Eric A F Simões
BACKGROUND: Indonesia has the world's highest reported mortality for human infections with highly pathogenic avian influenza (HPAI) A(H5N1) virus. Indonesia is an agriculturally-driven country where human-animal mixing is common and provides a unique environment for zoonotic influenza A virus transmission. OBJECTIVES: To identify potential demographic and ecological risk factors for human infection with seasonal influenza A viruses in rural Indonesia, a population-based study was conducted in Cileunyi and Soreang sub-districts near Bandung in western Java from 2008 to 2011...
July 17, 2017: Influenza and Other Respiratory Viruses
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28712156/-unfit-for-human-consumption-a-study-of-the-contamination-of-formula-milk-fed-to-young-children-in-east-java-indonesia
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Sarah Gibson, Daniel Sahanggamu, Dewi Fatmaningrum, Val Curtis, Sian White
OBJECTIVES: To examine levels of bacterial contamination in formula feeding bottles in Sidoarjo, East Java, and to assess the preparation practices that may have been responsible. METHODS: Cross-sectional study. We randomly selected 92 households with children under the age of two who were bottle-fed formula. In each household we carried out video observation of mothers/caregivers preparing bottles, and examined samples of formula for coliform bacteria and Escherichia coli (E...
July 16, 2017: Tropical Medicine & International Health: TM & IH
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28695440/an-ir-sensor-based-smart-system-to-approximate-core-body-temperature
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Partha Pratim Ray
Herein demonstrated experiment studies two methods, namely convection and body resistance, to approximate human core body temperature. The proposed system is highly energy efficient that consumes only 165 mW power and runs on 5 VDC source. The implemented solution employs an IR thermographic sensor of industry grade along with AT Mega 328 breakout board. Ordinarily, the IR sensor is placed 1.5-30 cm away from human forehead (i.e., non-invasive) and measured the raw data in terms of skin and ambient temperature which is then converted using appropriate approximation formula to find out core body temperature...
August 2017: Journal of Medical Systems
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28688496/change-in-care-dependency-of-stroke-patients-a-longitudinal-and-multicenter-study
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Nursiswati Nursiswati, Ruud J G Halfens, Christa Lohrmann
PURPOSE: The study was conducted to investigate the change of care dependency in stroke patients from inpatient wards and outpatient units in Indonesia. METHODS: This study is longitudinal and multicentered. One hundred and nine patients were included from four hospitals on the island of Java. Care dependency was assessed using the Indonesian version of the 15-item Care Dependency Scale (CDS) at five points in time: at inpatient wards for admission and discharge and at outpatient units after discharge in the 1st week, the 5th week, and the 13th week...
June 2017: Asian Nursing Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28685036/mapping-the-global-research-landscape-and-knowledge-gaps-on-multimorbidity-a-bibliometric-study
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Xiaolin Xu, Gita D Mishra, Mark Jones
BACKGROUND: To summarize global research trends and activities on multimorbidity; then to assess the knowledge gaps and to identify implications for knowledge exchange between high income countries (HICs) and low- and middle- income countries (LMICs). METHODS: A comprehensive search was conducted to identify research publications on multimorbidity in the Web of Science(TM), as well as diabetes, depression, hypertension, and Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease (COPD)...
June 2017: Journal of Global Health
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28682264/ngs-fc-a-next-generation-sequencing-data-format-converter
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Chunjiang Yu, Wentao Wu, Jing Wang, Yuxin Lin, Yang Yang, Jiajia Chen, Fei Zhu, Bairong Shen
With the widespread implementation of next-generation sequencing (NGS) technologies, millions of sequences have been produced. A lot of databases were created to store and organize the high-throughput sequencing data. Numerous analysis software programs and tools have been developed over the past years. Most of them use specific formats for data representation and storage. Data interoperability becomes a crucial challenge and many tools have been developed to convert NGS data from one format to another. However, most of them were developed for specific and limited formats...
July 3, 2017: IEEE/ACM Transactions on Computational Biology and Bioinformatics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28682071/comprehensive-chemical-fingerprinting-of-high-quality-cocoa-at-early-stages-of-processing-effectiveness-of-combined-untargeted-and-targeted-approaches-for-classification-and-discrimination
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Federico Magagna, Alessandro Guglielmetti, Erica Liberto, Stephen E Reichenbach, Elena Allegrucci, Guido Gobino, Carlo Bicchi, Chiara Cordero
This study investigates chemical information of volatile fractions of high-quality cocoa (Theobroma cacao L. Malvaceae) from different origins (Mexico, Ecuador, Venezuela, Columbia, Java, Trinidad, and Sao Tomè) produced for fine chocolate. This study explores the evolution of the entire pattern of volatiles in relation to cocoa processing (raw, roasted, steamed, and ground beans). Advanced chemical fingerprinting (e.g., combined untargeted and targeted fingerprinting) with comprehensive two-dimensional gas chromatography coupled with mass spectrometry allows advanced pattern recognition for classification, discrimination, and sensory-quality characterization...
July 18, 2017: Journal of Agricultural and Food Chemistry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28680513/comparison-of-ultrasound-measured-properties-of-the-common-carotid-artery-to-tobacco-smoke-exposure-in-a-cohort-of-indonesian-patients
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Allen R Yu, Bima Hasjim, Luke E Yu, Christopher Gabriel, Alexander Anshus, Jonathan B Lee, Michael J Louthan, Esther C Kim, Katrina Lee, Christina Tse, Thomas Keown, Shadi Lahham, Maili Alvarado, Steven Bunch, Abdulatif Gari, J Christian Fox
BACKGROUND: The purpose of this study was to use point-of-care ultrasound (POCUS) to investigate the relationship between tobacco smoke exposure and the characteristics of the common carotid artery (CCA). The effect of both primary and secondary smoking on CCA properties was evaluated. METHODS: We performed a prospective cross-sectional study across 20 primary care clinics in Bandung, West Java, Indonesia in July 2016. Point of care ultrasound was performed on a convenience sample of Indonesian patients presenting to clinic...
2017: World Journal of Emergency Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28654075/clock-scan-protocol-for-image-analysis-imagej-plugins
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Maxim Dobretsov, Georg Petkau, Abdallah Hayar, Eugen Petkau
The clock scan protocol for image analysis is an efficient tool to quantify the average pixel intensity within, at the border, and outside (background) a closed or segmented convex-shaped region of interest, leading to the generation of an averaged integral radial pixel-intensity profile. This protocol was originally developed in 2006, as a visual basic 6 script, but as such, it had limited distribution. To address this problem and to join similar recent efforts by others, we converted the original clock scan protocol code into two Java-based plugins compatible with NIH-sponsored and freely available image analysis programs like ImageJ or Fiji ImageJ...
June 19, 2017: Journal of Visualized Experiments: JoVE
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28651329/high-speed-and-high-ratio-referential-genome-compression
#10
Yuansheng Liu, Hui Peng, Limsoon Wong, Jinyan Li
Motivation: The rapidly increasing number of genomes generated by high-throughput sequencing platforms and assembly algorithms is accompanied by problems in data storage, compression and communication. Traditional compression algorithms are unable to meet the demand of high compression ratio due to the intrinsic challenging features of DNA sequences such as small alphabet size, frequent repeats and palindromes. Reference-based lossless compression, by which only the differences between two similar genomes are stored, is a promising approach with high compression ratio...
June 23, 2017: Bioinformatics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28646862/a-clinical-utility-assessment-of-the-automatic-measurement-method-of-the-quality-of-meibomian-glands
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Robert Koprowski, Lei Tian, Paweł Olczyk
BACKGROUND: Meibomian gland dysfunction (MGD) is one of the most common diseases observed in clinics and is the leading cause of evaporative dry eye. Today, diagnostics of MGD is not fully automatic yet and is based on a qualitative assessment made by an ophthalmologist. Therefore, an automatic analysis method was developed to assess MGD quantiatively. MATERIALS: The analysis made use of 228 images of 57 patients recorded by OCULUS Keratograph(®) 5 M with a resolution of 1024 × 1360 pixels concern 30 eyes of healthy individuals (14 women and 16 men) and 27 eyes of sick patients (10 women and 17 men)...
June 24, 2017: Biomedical Engineering Online
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28633344/pheno4j-a-gene-to-phenotype-graph-database
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Sajid Mughal, Ismail Moghul, Jing Yu, Tristan Clark, David S Gregory, Nikolas Pontikos
Summary: Efficient storage and querying of large amounts of genetic and phenotypic data is crucial to contemporary clinical genetic research. This introduces computational challenges for classical relational databases, due to the sparsity and sheer volume of the data. Our Java based solution loads annotated genetic variants and well phenotyped patients into a graph database to allow fast efficient storage and querying of large volumes of structured genetic and phenotypic data. This abstracts technical problems away and lets researchers focus on the science rather than the implementation...
June 15, 2017: Bioinformatics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28614807/pregnant-and-breastfeeding-women-drinking-for-two
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Saptawati Bardosono, Clémentine Morin, Isabelle Guelinckx, Rizki Pohan
The primary aim of this cross-sectional survey was to assess the total fluid intake (TFI; sum of drinking water and all other fluids) and the intake of water and all other types of beverages in a sample of pregnant and breastfeeding women representative of Java-Island, Indonesia. Therefore, 299 pregnant and 296 breastfeeding women completed a 7-day fluid-specific record. A secondary aim was to estimate the total water intake (TWI; sum of water from fluids and food moisture), and one 24-h recall was performed to determine water intake from food moisture...
2017: Annals of Nutrition & Metabolism
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28610304/systematics-of-eutropis-rugifera-stoliczka-1870-squamata-scincidae-including-the-redescription-of-the-holotype
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A A Thasun Amarasinghe, Nikolay A Poyarkov, Patrick D Campbell, Sandy Leo, Jatna Supriatna, Jakob Hallermann
Eutropis rugifera has long been identified as a widespread species complex distributed in Nicobar, Peninsular Malaysia, Greater Sundaic Islands, Bali, Sulawesi and the Philippines. This skink was described by Stoliczka in 1870 from Nicobar Island based on a single specimen (holotype by monotypy). Later, Peters (1871), Bartlett (1895) and Werner (1896) described three more species which were morphologically similar to Euprepes percarinatus (from Java), Mabuia rubricollis (Borneo) and M. quinquecarinata (Sumatra) respectively, which are currently considered junior objective synonyms of Eutropis rugifera...
May 26, 2017: Zootaxa
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28610206/a-new-species-of-i-pseudocalotes-i-squamata-agamidae-from-the-bukit-barisan-range-of-sumatra-with-an-estimation-of-its-phylogeny
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Michael B Harvey, Kyle Shaney, Amir Hamidy, Nia Kurniawan, Eric N Smith
We describe a new species of Pseudocalotes from montane forests of the central, western coast of Sumatra. The combination of 3 or 4 interoculabials, slightly enlarged and heavily keeled scales on the lower flanks, a white scapular spot, a relatively long fifth toe, bicarinate lamellae at the base of Toe III, absence of a postrictal modified scale, and three rows of paravertebrals directed dorsally and posteriorly distinguishes the new species from its congeners on Sumatra and Java. Among the new characters defined in this study, counts of subdigital lamellae within the "span of Toe V" proved particularly useful for diagnosing species of Pseudocalotes...
June 11, 2017: Zootaxa
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28609999/speciation-in-indo-pacific-swiftlets-aves-apodidae-integrating-molecular-and-phenotypic-data-for-a-new-provisional-taxonomy-of-the-i-collocalia-i-i-esculenta-i-complex
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Frank E Rheindt, Les Christidis, Janette A Norman, James A Eaton, Keren R Sadanandan, Richard Schodde
White-bellied swiftlets of the Collocalia esculenta complex constitute a radiation of colony-breeding swifts distributed throughout the tropical Indo-Pacific region. Resolution of their taxonomy is challenging due to their morphological uniformity. To analyze the evolutionary history of this complex, we combine new biometric measurements and results from plumage assessment of museum specimens with novel as well as previously published molecular data. Together, this body of information constitutes the largest systematic dataset for white-bellied swiftlets yet compiled, drawn from 809 individuals belonging to 32 taxa for which new molecular, biometric, and/or plumage data are presented...
April 7, 2017: Zootaxa
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28605835/predicting-island-biosecurity-risk-from-introduced-fauna-using-bayesian-belief-networks
#17
Cheryl Lohr, Amelia Wenger, Owen Woodberry, Robert L Pressey, Keith Morris
Around the globe, islands are the last refuge for many threatened and endemic species. Islands are frequently also important sites for recreation, cultural activities, and industrial development, all of which facilitate the establishment of invasive species. Surveillance is employed on islands to detect the establishment of invasive species after their arrival, leading to decisions about follow-up actions. Unless surveillance is prioritised according to risk of establishment of invasives, it may be infeasible to implement efficiently over large tracts of publicly accessible land, especially in data-deficient areas...
June 6, 2017: Science of the Total Environment
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28603640/prevalence-and-molecular-epidemiology-of-clostridium-difficile-infection-in-indonesia
#18
D A Collins, M H Gasem, T H Habibie, I G Arinton, P Hendriyanto, A P Hartana, T V Riley
Clostridium difficile has not been studied in detail in Asia, particularly Southeast Asia. We thus performed a prevalence study across four hospitals in Central Java province, Indonesia. Stool samples were collected from patients with diarrhoea and tested by enzyme immunoassay for glutamate dehydrogenase (GDH) and toxin A/B (C DIFF QUIK CHEK COMPLETE, TechLab). Specimens were cultured and molecular typing was performed. In total, 340 samples were tested, of which 70 (20.6%) were GDH positive, with toxin detected in 19 (5...
July 2017: New Microbes and New Infections
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28572707/thermostable-phycocyanin-from-the-red-microalga-cyanidioschyzon-merolae-a-new-natural-blue-food-colorant
#19
D Y Rahman, F D Sarian, A van Wijk, M Martinez-Garcia, M J E C van der Maarel
The demand for natural food colorants is growing as consumers question the use of artificial colorants more and more. The phycobiliprotein C-phycocyanin of Arthospira platensis is used as a natural blue colorant in certain food products. The thermoacidophilic red microalga Cyanidioschyzon merolae might provide an alternative source of phycocyanin. Cyanidioschyzon merolae belongs to the order Cyanidiophyceae of the phylum Rhodophyta. Its natural habitat are sulfuric hot springs and geysers found near volcanic areas in, e...
2017: Journal of Applied Phycology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28549446/-gnparser-a-powerful-parser-for-scientific-names-based-on-parsing-expression-grammar
#20
Dmitry Y Mozzherin, Alexander A Myltsev, David J Patterson
BACKGROUND: Scientific names in biology act as universal links. They allow us to cross-reference information about organisms globally. However variations in spelling of scientific names greatly diminish their ability to interconnect data. Such variations may include abbreviations, annotations, misspellings, etc. Authorship is a part of a scientific name and may also differ significantly. To match all possible variations of a name we need to divide them into their elements and classify each element according to its role...
May 26, 2017: BMC Bioinformatics
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