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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28549565/transient-leg-deformations-during-eclosion-out-of-a-tight-confinement-a-comparative-study-on-seven-species-of-flies-moths-ants-and-bees
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Leonid Frantsevich, Iryna Kozeretska, Yuriy Dubrovsky, Tetyana Markina, Iryna Shumakova, Stanislav Stukalyuk
Legs in dipteran pupae are tightly packed in a zigzag configuration. Changes in the shape or configuration of long podomeres during eclosion have been overlooked because they occur rapidly (in a few minutes) and the legs are hidden inside a tight opaque confinement: the puparium in the Cyclorrhapha, the obtect pupa in mosquitoes. We fixed insects at different times during eclosion and obtained a temporal description of changes in leg shape. At the start of eclosion in Calliphora vicina and Drosophila melanogaster, femora are buckled in between the joints...
May 23, 2017: Arthropod Structure & Development
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28548618/openness-to-experience-predicts-intrinsic-value-shifts-after-deliberating-one-s-own-death
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Mike Prentice, Tim Kasser, Kennon M Sheldon
Individual differences that might moderate processes of value shifting during and after deliberating one's own death remain largely unexplored. Two studies measured participants' openness and relative intrinsic to extrinsic value orientation (RIEVO) before randomly assigning them to conditions in which they wrote about their own death or dental pain for 6 days, after which RIEVO was assessed again up to 12 days later. When participants confronted thoughts about their own death over a sustained period, high openness to experience helped them shift towards intrinsic values...
May 26, 2017: Death Studies
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28544452/a-conserved-role-for-vegf-signaling-in-specification-of-homologous-mesenchymal-cell-types-positioned-at-spatially-distinct-developmental-addresses-in-early-development-of-sea-urchins
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Eric M Erkenbrack, Elizabeth Petsios
Comparative studies of early development in echinoderms are revealing the tempo and mode of alterations to developmental gene regulatory networks and to the cell types they specify. In euechinoid sea urchins, skeletogenic mesenchyme (SM) ingresses prior to gastrulation at the vegetal pole and aligns into a ring-like array with two bilateral pockets of cells, the sites where spiculogenesis will later occur. In cidaroid sea urchins, the anciently diverged sister clade to euechinoid sea urchins, a homologous SM cell type ingresses later in development, after gastrulation has commenced, and consequently at a distinct developmental address...
May 23, 2017: Journal of Experimental Zoology. Part B, Molecular and Developmental Evolution
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28542916/spatial-rearrangement-of-purkinje-cell-subsets-forms-the-transverse-and-longitudinal-compartmentalization-in-the-mouse-embryonic-cerebellum
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Suteera Vibulyaseck, Hirofumi Fujita, Yuanjun Luo, Anh Khoa Tran, Arata Oh-Nishi, Yuichi Ono, Shinji Hirano, Izumi Sugihara
Transversely-oriented lobules and longitudinally-arrayed stripes of Purkinje cell subsets subdivide the cerebellar cortex into multiple compartments that are involved in diverse functions. In the mammalian cerebellum, anterior and posterior lobules, which are involved in somatosensorimotor function, show an alternation of aldolase C (zebrin II) -positive and -negative stripes, whereas the central lobules (lobules VIb-VII and crus I), which are implicated in non-motor functions, show a laterally-expanded arrangement solely of aldolase C-positive stripes...
May 24, 2017: Journal of Comparative Neurology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28539212/improved-adherence-to-a-stepped-care-model-reduces-costs-of-intermittent-claudication-treatment-in-the-netherlands
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D Hageman, H J P Fokkenrood, P P M Essers, M J W Koelemay, J C Breek, A C Vahl, M R M Scheltinga, J A W Teijink
OBJECTIVE/BACKGROUND: A previous budget impact analysis regarding a supervised exercise therapy (SET) first treatment strategy (stepped care model [SCM]) for Dutch patients with intermittent claudication (IC) showed a low referral rate in 2009, despite solid evidence of the effectiveness of SET programs. Recently, several campaigns have stimulated stakeholders in the field to adopt a SET first strategy in patients with IC. The aim of the present study was to reassess SCM adherence after a 2 year period...
May 20, 2017: European Journal of Vascular and Endovascular Surgery
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28538468/hearing-preservation-in-pediatric-cochlear-implantation
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Matthew L Carlson, Neil S Patel, Nicole M Tombers, Melissa D DeJong, Alyce I Breneman, Brian A Neff, Colin L W Driscoll
OBJECTIVE: Currently, there is a paucity of literature evaluating hearing preservation outcomes in children following cochlear implantation. The objective of the current study is to report pediatric hearing preservation results following cochlear implantation with conventional full-length electrodes. STUDY DESIGN: Retrospective review (2000-2016). SETTING: Tertiary referral center. PATIENTS: All pediatric patients with a ≤ 75 dB preoperative low-frequency pure tone average (LFPTA; 250-500 Hz average), who underwent cochlear implantation with a conventional length electrode...
May 22, 2017: Otology & Neurotology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28536182/glucagon-s-effect-on-liver-protein-metabolism-in-vivo
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Guillaume Kraft, Katie C Coate, Jason J Winnick, Dominique Dardevet, E Patrick Donahue, Alan D Cherrington, Phillip E Williams, Mary Courtney Moore
The postprandial state is characterized by a storage of nutrients in the liver, muscle and adipose tissue for later utilization. In the case of a protein rich meal, amino acids (AA) stimulate glucagon secretion by the α-cell. The aim of the present study was to determine the impact of the rise in glucagon on AA metabolism, particularly in the liver. We used a conscious catheterized dog model to recreate a postprandial condition using a pancreatic clamp. Portal infusions of glucose, AA and insulin were used to achieve postprandial levels while portal glucagon infusion either maintained the basal level or increased it by 3 fold...
May 23, 2017: American Journal of Physiology. Endocrinology and Metabolism
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28534569/the-a-center-defect-in-diamond-quantum-mechanical-characterization-through-the-infrared-spectrum
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Simone Salustro, Giuseppe Sansone, Claudio M Zicovich-Wilson, Yves Noël, Lorenzo Maschio, Roberto Dovesi
The A-center in diamond, which consists of two nitrogen atoms substituting two neighboring carbon atoms, has been investigated at the quantum mechanical level using an all-electron Gaussian type basis set, hybrid functionals and the periodic supercell approach. In order to simulate different defect concentrations, four supercells have been considered containing 32, 64, 128 and 216 atoms, respectively. The ground state is a closed shell system where the two neighboring nitrogen atoms are separated, as a consequence of the strong repulsive interaction between the lone pairs, by 2...
May 23, 2017: Physical Chemistry Chemical Physics: PCCP
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28533562/accelerating-tropicalization-and-the-transformation-of-temperate-seagrass-meadows
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Glenn A Hyndes, Kenneth L Heck, Adriana Vergés, Euan S Harvey, Gary A Kendrick, Paul S Lavery, Kathryn McMahon, Robert J Orth, Alan Pearce, Mathew Vanderklift, Thomas Wernberg, Scott Whiting, Shaun Wilson
Climate-driven changes are altering production and functioning of biotic assemblages in terrestrial and aquatic environments. In temperate coastal waters, rising sea temperatures, warm water anomalies and poleward shifts in the distribution of tropical herbivores have had a detrimental effect on algal forests. We develop generalized scenarios of this form of tropicalization and its potential effects on the structure and functioning of globally significant and threatened seagrass ecosystems, through poleward shifts in tropical seagrasses and herbivores...
November 1, 2016: Bioscience
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28532997/the-influence-of-varus-and-valgus-deviation-on-patellar-kinematics-in-healthy-knees-an-exploratory-cadaver-study
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Michael Worlicek, Benedikt Moser, Günther Maderbacher, Raphael Zentner, Florian Zeman, Joachim Grifka, Armin Keshmiri
BACKGROUND: Patellofemoral instability may lead to osteoarthritis, anterior knee pain, and patellar luxation. The purpose of this study was to conduct an exploratory investigation into the difference of patellar kinematics of healthy knees during extension/flexion cycles in neutral, varus and valgus alignment. METHODS: The three-dimensional patellar kinematics of 10 lower extremities of whole body cadavers were examined during passive motion, in neutral position, and under valgus and varus stress...
May 19, 2017: Knee
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28532130/effect-of-systematic-control-of-pd-thickness-and-annealing-temperature-on-the-fabrication-and-evolution-of-palladium-nanostructures-on-si-111-via-the-solid-state-dewetting
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Sundar Kunwar, Puran Pandey, Mao Sui, Quanzhen Zhang, Ming-Yu Li, Jihoon Lee
Si-based optoelectronic devices embedded with metallic nanoparticles (NPs) have demonstrated the NP shape, size, spacing, and crystallinity dependent on light absorption and emission induced by the localized surface plasmon resonance. In this work, we demonstrate various sizes and configurations of palladium (Pd) nanostructures on Si (111) by the systematic thermal annealing with the variation of Pd thickness and annealing temperature. The evolution of Pd nanostructures are systematically controlled by the dewetting of thin film by means of the surface diffusion in conjunction with the surface and interface energy minimization and Volmer-Weber growth model...
December 2017: Nanoscale Research Letters
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28528621/using-lean-to-rapidly-and-sustainably-transform-a-behavioral-health-crisis-program-impact-on-throughput-and-safety
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Margaret E Balfour, Kathleen Tanner, Paul J Jurica, Dawn Llewellyn, Robert G Williamson, Chris A Carson
BACKGROUND: Lean has been increasingly applied in health care to reduce waste and improve quality, particularly in fast-paced and high-acuity clinical settings such as emergency departments. In addition, Lean's focus on engagement of frontline staff in problem solving can be a catalyst for organizational change. In this study, ConnectionsAZ demonstrates how they applied Lean principles to rapidly and sustainably transform clinical operations in a behavioral health crisis facility. METHODS: A multidisciplinary team of management and frontline staff defined values-based outcome measures, mapped the current and ideal processes, and developed new processes to achieve the ideal...
June 2017: Joint Commission Journal on Quality and Patient Safety
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28528360/a-spiking-neural-network-model-of-the-midbrain-superior-colliculus-that-generates-saccadic-motor-commands
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Bahadir Kasap, A John van Opstal
Single-unit recordings suggest that the midbrain superior colliculus (SC) acts as an optimal controller for saccadic gaze shifts. The SC is proposed to be the site within the visuomotor system where the nonlinear spatial-to-temporal transformation is carried out: the population encodes the intended saccade vector by its location in the motor map (spatial), and its trajectory and velocity by the distribution of firing rates (temporal). The neurons' burst profiles vary systematically with their anatomical positions and intended saccade vectors, to account for the nonlinear main-sequence kinematics of saccades...
May 20, 2017: Biological Cybernetics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28526568/analysis-of-complications-following-posterior-vertebral-column-resection-for-the-treatment-of-severe-angular-kyphosis-greater-than-100%C3%A2
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Yunus Atici, Mehmet Bulent Balioglu, Deniz Kargin, Muhammed Mert, Akif Albayrak, Mehmet Akif Kaygusuz
OBJECTIVE: The aim of this study was to evaluate the complications, efficacy and safety of posterior vertebral column resection (PVCR) in severe angular kyphosis (SAK) greater than 100°. METHODS: The medical records of 17 patients (mean age 17.9 (range, 9-27) years) with SAK who underwent PVCR, were reviewed. Mean follow-up period was 32.2 (range, 24-64) months. Diagnosis of the patients included congenital kyphosis in 11 patients, post-tuberculosis kyphosis in 3 patients and neurofibromatosis in 3 patients...
May 16, 2017: Acta Orthopaedica et Traumatologica Turcica
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28524901/worth-the-tears%C3%A2
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Emily Bowers
I walk into work thinking about her. The last time I walked through these doors, I wondered if I would ever see her again. Today, I wondered if she would be there when I walked through the halls. As I start my day, I begin to inquire about her. Is she still here? Is she still alive? How is she? They tell me she is still here, in body, but she's really gone. Any minute could be her last. I go about my busy day, tending to my patients and their needs. She begins to slip from my mind in the craziness of the day...
June 1, 2017: Clinical Journal of Oncology Nursing
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28524752/widening-of-the-safe-trajectory-range-during-subaxial-cervical-pedicle-screw-placement-advantages-of-a-curved-pedicle-probe-and-laterally-located-starting-point-without-creating-a-funnel-shaped-hole
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Subum Lee, Junghan Seo, Moon Kyu Lee, Sang Ryong Jeon, Sung Woo Roh, Seung Chul Rhim, Jin Hoon Park
OBJECTIVE The small diameter of cervical pedicles and a large transverse cervical pedicle angle are challenges that have led spinal surgeons to investigate how they could achieve a wider safety trajectory and reduce the insertion angle during cervical pedicle screw (CPS) placement. In this paper, the authors detail the advantages of using a curved pedicle probe and a laterally located entry point for overcoming these challenges. METHODS From March 2012 to May 2016, the authors performed posterior cervical fusions using CPSs on 119 consecutive patients...
May 19, 2017: Journal of Neurosurgery. Spine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28522978/change-during-psychotherapy-through-sand-play-tray-in-children-that-have-been-sexually-abused
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María D L Angeles Tornero, Claudia Capella
This paper presents the results of a qualitative study on the use of sandplay, or sand tray therapy, in the psychotherapeutic process of children who have been sexually abused. A longitudinal study was carried out with seven participants between the ages of 7 and 10 years old. Data was produced during observation of the therapeutic activity over the course of three different phases of treatment, using a rubric created especially for this observation. Three sandplay sessions were recorded: one at the start of therapy, one at the 3-month mark, and the third and final session after 6 months of treatment...
2017: Frontiers in Psychology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28522743/forward-to-the-past-the-case-for-quantitative-pet-imaging
#18
Adriaan A Lammertsma
Positron emission tomography (PET) was developed in the 1970's as an in vivo method to measure regional pathophysiological processes. In the 1990's the focus moved to the detection of local increases in uptake, first in the brain (activation studies) and later in oncology (finding metastases), where (18)F-FDG emerged as a highly sensitive staging technique. This focus on sensitivity has overshadowed the other main characteristic of PET, its quantitative nature. In recent years there has been a new shift. PET is now seen as a promising tool for drug development and precision medicine, i...
May 18, 2017: Journal of Nuclear Medicine: Official Publication, Society of Nuclear Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28522092/effects-of-acute-morning-and-evening-exercise-on-subjective-and%C3%A2-objective-sleep-quality-in-older-individuals-with-insomnia
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Yuko Morita, Taeko Sasai-Sakuma, Yuichi Inoue
OBJECTIVES: The aims of this study were to compare the effects of acute morning or evening exercise on nocturnal sleep in individuals with two subjective insomnia symptoms: difficulty in initiating sleep (DIS), and early morning awakening (EMA), separately for the first vs the second halves of the night. METHODS: Older individuals (55-65 years old) with DIS (N = 15) or EMA (N = 15) and age- and sex-matched controls (N = 13) participated in this non-randomized crossover study...
June 2017: Sleep Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28521743/identified-obstacles-and-prerequisites-in-telenurses-work-environment-a-modified-delphi-study
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Annica Bjorkman, Maria Engstrom, Annakarin Olsson, Anna Carin Wahlberg
BACKGROUND: Telenursing is an expanding part of healthcare, staffed with registered nurses whose work environment is typical of a call centre. Work-related stress has been shown to be a major problem in nurses' work environments and of importance to the outcome of care, patient safety, nurse job satisfaction and burnout. Today, however, we have a limited understanding of and knowledge about the work environment for telenurses. The aim of the present study is to explore and reach consensus on perceived important obstacles and prerequisites in telenurses' work environment...
May 18, 2017: BMC Health Services Research
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