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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28653551/perception-of-the-lexical-accent-contrast-in-one-variety-of-east-norwegian
#1
Niamh E Kelly, Rajka Smiljanić
The perception of the lexical pitch accents was examined in the Trøndersk dialect of Norwegian. Based on a production study, a categorization of stimuli with manipulated pitch contours was conducted. The experiment tested which acoustic cues (height and alignment of fundamental frequency (F0) minimum, and alignment of F0 maximum and turning point from maximum to minimum) are necessary for the perception of the tonal contrast. The results are consistent with the production findings in that changes in all of the examined acoustic cues contributed to the shift in accent categorization...
June 1, 2017: Language and Speech
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28652953/a-robust-and-affordable-table-indexing-approach-for-multi-isocenter-dosimetrically-matched-fields
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Amy Yu, Benjamin Fahimian, Lynn Million, Annie Hsu
Purpose  Radiotherapy treatment planning of extended volume typically necessitates the utilization of multiple field isocenters and abutting dosimetrically matched fields in order to enable coverage beyond the field size limits. A common example includes total lymphoid irradiation (TLI) treatments, which are conventionally planned using dosimetric matching of the mantle, para-aortic/spleen, and pelvic fields. Due to the large irradiated volume and system limitations, such as field size and couch extension, a combination of couch shifts and sliding of patients are necessary to be correctly executed for accurate delivery of the plan...
May 23, 2017: Curēus
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28651468/human-adolescent-phase-response-curves-to-bright-white-light
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Stephanie J Crowley, Charmane I Eastman
Older adolescents are particularly vulnerable to circadian misalignment and sleep restriction, primarily due to early school start times. Light can shift the circadian system and could help attenuate circadian misalignment; however, a phase response curve (PRC) to determine the optimal time for receiving light and avoiding light is not available for adolescents. We constructed light PRCs for late pubertal to postpubertal adolescents aged 14 to 17 years. Participants completed 2 counterbalanced 5-day laboratory sessions after 8 or 9 days of scheduled sleep at home...
June 1, 2017: Journal of Biological Rhythms
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28649491/ventricular-shape-and-relative-position-abnormalities-in-preterm-neonates
#4
N Paquette, J Shi, Y Wang, Y Lao, R Ceschin, M D Nelson, A Panigrahy, N Lepore
Recent neuroimaging findings have highlighted the impact of premature birth on subcortical development and morphological changes in the deep grey nuclei and ventricular system. To help characterize subcortical microstructural changes in preterm neonates, we recently implemented a multivariate tensor-based method (mTBM). This method allows to precisely measure local surface deformation of brain structures in infants. Here, we investigated ventricular abnormalities and their spatial relationships with surrounding subcortical structures in preterm neonates...
2017: NeuroImage: Clinical
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28649403/inter-personal-diversity-and-temporal-dynamics-of-dental-tongue-and-salivary-microbiota-in-the-healthy-oral-cavity
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Michael W Hall, Natasha Singh, Kester F Ng, David K Lam, Michael B Goldberg, Howard C Tenenbaum, Josh D Neufeld, Robert G Beiko, Dilani B Senadheera
Oral microbes form a complex and dynamic biofilm community, which is subjected to daily host and environmental challenges. Dysbiosis of the oral biofilm is correlated with local and distal infections and postulating a baseline for the healthy core oral microbiota provides an opportunity to examine such shifts during the onset and recurrence of disease. Here we quantified the daily, weekly, and monthly variability of the oral microbiome by sequencing the largest oral microbiota time-series to date, covering multiple oral sites in ten healthy individuals...
2017: NPJ Biofilms and Microbiomes
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28649328/spatiotemporal-variation-in-mechanisms-driving-regional-scale-population-dynamics-of-a-threatened-grassland-bird
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Danielle M Ethier, Nicola Koper, Thomas D Nudds
To achieve national population targets for migratory birds, landscape-level conservation approaches are increasingly encouraged. However, knowledge of the mechanisms that drive spatiotemporal patterns in population dynamics are needed to inform scale-variant policy development. Using hierarchical Bayesian models and variable selection, we determined by which mechanism(s), and to what extent, changes in quantity and quality of surrogate grassland habitats contributed to regional variation in population trends of an obligatory grassland bird, Bobolink (Dolichonyx oryzivorous)...
June 2017: Ecology and Evolution
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28649234/ecological-succession-pattern-of-fungal-community-in-soil-along-a-retreating-glacier
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Jianqing Tian, Yuchen Qiao, Bing Wu, Huai Chen, Wei Li, Na Jiang, Xiaoling Zhang, Xingzhong Liu
Accelerated by global climate changing, retreating glaciers leave behind soil chronosequences of primary succession. Current knowledge of primary succession is mainly from studies of vegetation dynamics, whereas information about belowground microbes remains unclear. Here, we combined shifts in community assembly processes with microbial primary succession to better understand mechanisms governing the stochastic/deterministic balance. We investigated fungal succession and community assembly via high-throughput sequencing along a well-established glacier forefront chronosequence that spans 2-188 years of deglaciation...
2017: Frontiers in Microbiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28647500/acceptability-of-the-community-level-provision-of-sayana%C3%A2-press-by-medical-and-nursing-students-in-kinshasa-democratic-republic-of-the-congo
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Jane T Bertrand, Paul Bukutuvwidi Makani, Julie Hernandez, Pierre Akilimali, Bitshi Mukengeshayi, Saleh Babazadeh, Arsene Binanga
OBJECTIVES: To assess acceptors' attitudes toward Sayana® Press as a method and toward the mechanism of community-based distribution by medical and nursing (M/N) students, known locally as "DBC," in Kinshasa, DRC; and to evaluate the experience of these DBC. STUDY DESIGN: In 2015, surveys were conducted among (1) acceptors of Sayana® Press on the day of the initial injection, (2) these same acceptors three months later, and (3) the DBC providing community-based services...
June 21, 2017: Contraception
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28645604/posterior-paramedian-approach-to-a-ventrally-located-spinal-meningioma
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Han Soo Chang
BACKGROUND: To approach a ventral spinal pathology, a lateral viewing angle is often required. However, lateral approaches to the spine are usually more technically demanding and require certain amount of surgical expertise. In this report, we describe a simple and easy technique to obtain the lateral viewing angle to the ventral spinal pathology. CASE DESCRIPTION: The technique is demonstrated in a ventrally located meningioma at C2 level. Axial magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) showed a square posterior shift of the spinal cord with little lateral space, which necessitated a more lateral viewing angle than the conventional posterior approach...
June 20, 2017: World Neurosurgery
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28644898/spatio-temporal-orientation-of-microtubules-controls-conical-cell-shape-in-arabidopsis-thaliana-petals
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Huibo Ren, Xie Dang, Xianzhi Cai, Peihang Yu, Yajun Li, Shanshan Zhang, Menghong Liu, Binqing Chen, Deshu Lin
The physiological functions of epidermal cells are largely determined by their diverse morphologies. Most flowering plants have special conical-shaped petal epidermal cells that are thought to influence light capture and reflectance, and provide pollinator grips, but the molecular mechanisms controlling conical cell shape remain largely unknown. Here, we developed a live-confocal imaging approach to quantify geometric parameters of conical cells in Arabidopsis thaliana (A.thaliana). Through genetic screens, we identified katanin (KTN1) mutants showing a phenotype of decreased tip sharpening of conical cells...
June 23, 2017: PLoS Genetics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28644491/mastering-high-resolution-tip-enhanced-raman-spectroscopy-towards-a-shift-of-perception
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REVIEW
Marie Richard-Lacroix, Yao Zhang, Zhenchao Dong, Volker Deckert
Recent years have seen tremendous improvement of our understanding of high resolution reachable in TERS experiments, forcing us to re-evaluate our understanding of the intrinsic limits of this field, but also exposing several inconsistencies. On the one hand, more and more recent experimental results have provided us with clear indications of spatial resolutions down to a few nanometres or even on the subnanometre scale. Moreover, lessons learned from recent theoretical investigations clearly support such high resolutions, and vice versa the obvious theoretical impossibility to evade high resolution from a purely plasmonic point of view...
June 23, 2017: Chemical Society Reviews
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28642863/friends-enemies-endogenous-retroviruses-are-major-transcriptional-regulators-of-human-dna
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REVIEW
Anton A Buzdin, Vladimir Prassolov, Andrew V Garazha
Endogenous retroviruses are mobile genetic elements hardly distinguishable from infectious, or "exogenous," retroviruses at the time of insertion in the host DNA. Human endogenous retroviruses (HERVs) are not rare. They gave rise to multiple families of closely related mobile elements that occupy ~8% of the human genome. Together, they shape genomic regulatory landscape by providing at least ~320,000 human transcription factor binding sites (TFBS) located on ~110,000 individual HERV elements. The HERVs host as many as 155,000 mapped DNaseI hypersensitivity sites, which denote loci active in the regulation of gene expression or chromatin structure...
2017: Frontiers in Chemistry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28642284/excitation-of-gabaergic-neurons-in-the-bed-nucleus-of-the-stria-terminalis-triggers-immediate-transition-from-non-rapid-eye-movement-sleep-to-wakefulness-in-mice
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Shota Kodani, Shingo Soya, Takeshi Sakurai
Emotionally salient situations usually trigger arousal along with autonomic and neuroendocrine reactions. To examine whether the extended amygdala plays a role in sleep/wakefulness regulation, we examined the effects of optogenetic and pharmacogenetic excitation of GABAergic neurons in the bed nucleus of the stria terminalis (GABA(BNST) neurons). Acute optogenetic excitation of these cells during non-rapid eye movement (NREM) sleep resulted in immediate state transition to wakefulness, while stimulation during rapid eye movement (REM) sleep showed no effect on sleep/wakefulness states in male mice...
June 22, 2017: Journal of Neuroscience: the Official Journal of the Society for Neuroscience
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28636610/chronotypes-in-the-us-influence-of-age-and-sex
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Dorothee Fischer, David A Lombardi, Helen Marucci-Wellman, Till Roenneberg
An individual's chronotype reflects how the circadian system embeds itself into the 24-h day with rhythms in physiology, cognition and behavior occurring accordingly earlier or later. In view of an increasing number of people working at unusual times and linked health and safety risks, the wide range in human chronotypes may provide opportunities to allow people to work (and sleep) at times that are in synch with their circadian physiology. We aimed at estimating the distribution of chronotypes in the US population by age and sex...
2017: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28633973/patellofemoral-osteoarthritis-progression-and-alignment-changes-after-open-wedge-high-tibial-osteotomy-do-not-affect-clinical-outcomes-at-mid-term-follow-up
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Kenichi Goshima, Takeshi Sawaguchi, Kenji Shigemoto, Shintaro Iwai, Akira Nakanishi, Ken Ueoka
PURPOSE: To evaluate the clinical and radiological outcomes of open-wedge high tibial osteotomy (OWHTO) with respect to the patellofemoral joint and to assess whether patellofemoral osteoarthritis (OA) progression and alignment changes after OWHTO affect clinical outcomes. METHODS: Inclusion criteria were consecutive patients who underwent OWHTO from March 2005 to September 2013. Exclusion criteria were loss to follow-up within 2 years and absence of second-look arthroscopy findings at the time of plate removal...
June 17, 2017: Arthroscopy: the Journal of Arthroscopic & related Surgery
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28632521/verbal-and-figural-fluency-in-temporal-lobe-epilepsy-does-hippocampal-sclerosis-affect-performance
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Ioannis Zalonis, Foteini Christidi, Artemios Artemiadis, Constantinos Psarros, George Papadopoulos, George Tsivgoulis, Stergios Gatzonis, Anna Siatouni, Georgios Velonakis, Efstratios Karavasilis, Evangelia Kararizou, Nikolaos Triantafyllou
BACKGROUND AND OBJECTIVES: Clinicians commonly use verbal and nonverbal measures to test fluency in patients with epilepsy, either during routine cognitive assessment or as part of pre- and postsurgical evaluation. We hypothesized that patients with mesial temporal lobe epilepsy (TLE) with hippocampal sclerosis would perform worse than patients with lateral TLE in both verbal and design fluency. METHODS: We assessed semantic, phonemic, and nonverbal fluency in 49 patients with TLE: 31 with lateral TLE and 18 with mesial TLE plus hippocampal sclerosis...
June 2017: Cognitive and Behavioral Neurology: Official Journal of the Society for Behavioral and Cognitive Neurology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28632178/an-increased-dietary-supply-of-medium-chain-fatty-acids-during-early-weaning-in-rodents-prevents-excessive-fat-accumulation-in-adulthood
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Bert J M van de Heijning, Annemarie Oosting, Diane Kegler, Eline M van der Beek
Medium-chain fatty acids (MCFA) are a directly and readily absorbed source of energy. Exposure early-in-life to increased MCFA levels might affect development and impact (lipid) metabolism later in life. We tested whether an increased MCFA intake early-in-life positively affects adult body composition and metabolic status when challenged by a western-style diet (WSD). Male offspring of C57Bl/6j mice and Wistar rats were fed a control diet (CTRL; 10 w% fat, 14% MCFA) or a medium-chain triglycerides (MCT) diet with 20% MCFA until postnatal (PN) day 42, whereupon animals were fed a WSD (10 w% fat) until PN day 98...
June 20, 2017: Nutrients
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28628800/increased-internal-femoral-torsion-can-be-regarded-as-a-risk-factor-for-patellar-instability-a-biomechanical-study
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Peter Kaiser, Werner Schmoelz, Philip Schoettle, Marit Zwierzina, Christian Heinrichs, Rene Attal
BACKGROUND: Increased internal femoral torsion is regarded as a risk factor for patellar instability. Biomechanical investigations confirming this hypothesis are missing. METHODS: Eight fresh-frozen cadaver knees were tested on a specially designed simulator. Patellar motion and patellofemoral pressure were evaluated for 0°, 10°, and 20° of increased internal and external femoral torsion with native and with transected medial patellofemoral ligaments used to simulate patellar instability...
June 10, 2017: Clinical Biomechanics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28628257/contrasting-gene-expression-programs-correspond-with-predator-induced-phenotypic-plasticity-within-and-across-generations-in-daphnia
#19
Nicole R Hales, Drew R Schield, Audra L Andrew, Daren C Card, Matthew R Walsh, Todd A Castoe
Research has shown that a change in environmental conditions can alter the expression of traits during development (i.e., 'within-generation phenotypic plasticity') as well as induce heritable phenotypic responses that persist for multiple generations (i.e., 'transgenerational plasticity'). It has long been assumed that shifts in gene expression are tightly linked to observed trait responses at the phenotypic level. Yet, the manner in which organisms couple within- and trans-generational plasticity at the molecular level is unclear...
June 19, 2017: Molecular Ecology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28625494/acute-stress-shifts-the-balance-between-controlled-and-automatic-processes-in-prospective-memory
#20
Marcus Möschl, Moritz Walser, Franziska Plessow, Thomas Goschke, Rico Fischer
In everyday life we frequently rely on our abilities to postpone intentions until later occasions (prospective memory; PM) and to deactivate completed intentions even in stressful situations. Yet, little is known about the effects of acute stress on these abilities. In the present work we investigated the impact of acute stress on PM functioning under high task demands. 1) Different from previous studies, in which intention deactivation required mostly low processing demands, we used salient focal PM cues to induce high processing demands during intention-deactivation phases...
June 15, 2017: Neurobiology of Learning and Memory
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