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Aleksandra Bilska, Jacek Francikowski, Aleksandra Wyglenda, Adrian Masłowski, Natalia Kaszyca, Łukasz Depa
Paper presents the phenomenon of thanatosis or death-feigning in selected aphids species. This specific reaction was predominantly analysed on the example of aphid subfamily Lachninae. Individuals of this group were used in experiments, during which a thanatotic response was induced with various results. The response differed from prolonged thanatosis, lasting for several minutes ( Eulachnus rileyi ), through shrinking behaviour (e. g. in Stomaphis graffii ) to non-responsive species such as Cinara ( Sch i zolachnus ) pineti ...
2018: Journal of Insect Behavior
Maria Emília Carvalho-E-Carvalho, Fábio Lopes DE-Queiroz, Breno Xaia Martins-DA-Costa, Marcelo Giusti Werneck-Côrtes, Vinícius Pires-Rodrigues
OBJECTIVE: to apply the POSSUM and P-POSSUM scores as a tool to predict morbidity and mortality in colorectal surgery. METHODS: we conducted a prospective cohort study of 551 patients submitted to colorectal surgery in a colorectal surgery tertiary referral hospital in Brazil. We grouped patients into pre-established risk categories for comparison between expected and observed morbidity and mortality rates by the POSSUM and P-POSSUM scores. RESULTS: in the POSSUM morbidity analysis, the overall expected morbidity was significantly higher than that observed (39...
2018: Revista do Colégio Brasileiro de Cirurgiões
Sudharsan Madhavan, Vishal G Shelat, Su-Lin Soong, Winston W L Woon, Terence Huey, Yiong H Chan, Sameer P Junnarkar
PURPOSE: Multiple models have attempted to predict morbidity of liver resection (LR). This study aims to determine the efficacy of American College of Surgeons National Surgical Quality Improvement Program (ACS-NSQIP) surgical risk calculator and the Physiological and Operative Severity Score in the enUmeration of Mortality and Morbidity (POSSUM) in predicting post-operative morbidity in patients who underwent LR. METHODS: A retrospective analysis was conducted on patients who underwent elective LR...
February 7, 2018: Langenbeck's Archives of Surgery
Rizwan Sultan, Hasnain Zafar
OBJECTIVE: To find outcomes of emergency bowel surgery and review the processes involved in the care of these patients on the same template used in National Emergency Laparotomy Audit (NELA). STUDY DESIGN: An audit. PLACE AND DURATION OF STUDY: Surgery Department, The Aga Khan University Hospital, Karachi, from December 2013 to November 2014. METHODOLOGY: Patients undergone emergency bowel surgery during the review period were included...
February 2018: Journal of the College of Physicians and Surgeons—Pakistan: JCPSP
Andres Mora, Yasuaki Nakajima, Takuya Okada, Yutaka Tokairin, Kenro Kawada, Tatsuyuki Kawano
BACKGROUND/AIM: Esophagectomy is still the best therapeutic option for curing resectable esophageal cancer (EC). Radical surgical resection with three-field lymphadenectomy (3FLD) is a potentially curative treatment option. We compared the predictive accuracy of 5 different scores in patients with EC who underwent 3FLD. METHODS: Five years' worth of medical records in a single institution were analyzed (January 2010 to January 2015) from 311 patients who underwent esophagectomy for EC...
January 30, 2018: Digestive Surgery
Marisa Baré, Manuel Jesús Alcantara, Maria José Gil, Pablo Collera, Marina Pont, Antonio Escobar, Cristina Sarasqueta, Maximino Redondo, Eduardo Briones, Paula Dujovne, Jose Maria Quintana
BACKGROUND: To validate and recalibrate the CR- POSSUM model and compared its discriminatory capacity with other European models such as POSSUM, P-POSSUM, AFC or IRCS to predict operative mortality in surgery for colorectal cancer. METHODS: Prospective multicenter cohort study from 22 hospitals in Spain. We included patients undergoing planned or urgent surgery for primary invasive colorectal cancers between June 2010 and December 2012 (N = 2749). Clinical data were gathered through medical chart review...
January 29, 2018: BMC Health Services Research
L Weinberg, Mhg Li, L Churilov, A Armellini, M Gibney, T Hewitt, C O Tan, R Robbins, D Tremewen, C Christophi, R Bellomo
Fluid administration has been reported to be associated with an increased risk of acute kidney injury (AKI). We assessed whether, after correction for fluid balance, amount and chloride content of fluids administered have an independent association with AKI. We performed an observational study in patients after major surgery assessing the independent association of AKI with volume, chloride content and fluid balance, after adjustment for Physiological and Operative Severity Score for enUmeration of Mortality and morbidity (POSSUM) score, age, elective versus emergency surgery, and duration of surgery...
January 2018: Anaesthesia and Intensive Care
Elizabeth M St Clair, Nicholas Reback, Jonathan M G Perry
Phalangeriform marsupials have often been compared with primates because of similarity in the range of external morphology, ecological niches, and body size between the two radiations. We explore morphological convergence in the masticatory anatomy of strepsirrhine primates and phalangeriforms, through osteological measurements of the mandible and facial skeleton, and through dissection of the masticatory musculature, presenting new data on the arrangement and proportions of jaw adductors in phalangeriforms...
February 2018: Anatomical Record: Advances in Integrative Anatomy and Evolutionary Biology
Alex James, Jeanette C McLeod, Carlos Rouco, Kyle S Richardson, Daniel M Tompkins
While heterogeneity in social behaviour has been described in many human contexts it is often assumed to be less common in the animal kingdom even though scale-free networks are observed. This homogeneity raises the question of whether the patterns of behaviour necessary to account for scale-free social contact networks, where the degree distribution follows a power law, i.e. a few individuals are very highly connected but most have only a few connections, occur in animals, or whether other mechanisms are needed to produce realistic contact network architectures...
December 2017: Royal Society Open Science
Mie Johanne Hansen, Mads F Bertelsen, Androo Kelly, Anders Miki Bojesen
Eighty-two Pasteurellaceae isolates from marsupials characterized by phylogenetic analysis of rpoB gene sequences formed five distinct groups. Twenty-one strains from long-nosed potoroos ( Potorous tridactylus apicalis), spotted-tailed quolls ( Dasyurus maculatus), and eastern quolls ( Dasyurus viverrinus) made up group 1, which classified with Frederiksenia canicola. Group 2, 15 strains from Tasmanian devils ( Sarcophilus harrisii), common wombats ( Vombatus ursinus), common ring-tailed possums ( Pseudocheirus peregrinus), and eastern quolls, grouped with Pasteurella multocida...
December 2017: Journal of Zoo and Wildlife Medicine: Official Publication of the American Association of Zoo Veterinarians
Dong Hyun Chun, Do Young Kim, Sun Kyu Choi, Dong Ah Shin, Yoon Ha, Keung Nyun Kim, Do Heum Yoon, Seong Yi
STUDY DESIGN: Retrospective case control study OBJECTIVE: This study aimed to evaluate the feasibility of using Estimation of Physiological Ability and Surgical Stress (E-PASS) and Physiological and Operative Severity Score for the enumeration of Mortality and Morbidity (POSSUM) systems in patients undergoing spinal surgical procedures. SUMMARY OF BACKGROUND DATA: Degenerative spine disease has increased in incidence in aging societies, as has the number of older adult patients undergoing spinal surgery...
December 22, 2017: World Neurosurgery
Melanie K Laird, Hanon McShea, Christopher R Murphy, Bronwyn M McAllan, Geoff Shaw, Marilyn B Renfree, Michael B Thompson
In mammalian pregnancy, the uterus is remodelled to become receptive to embryonic implantation. Since non-invasive placentation in marsupials is likely derived from invasive placentation, and is underpinned by intra-uterine conflict between mother and embryo, species with non-invasive placentation may employ a variety of molecular mechanisms to maintain an intact uterine epithelium and to prevent embryonic invasion. Identifying such modifications to the uterine epithelium of marsupial species with non-invasive placentation is key to understanding how conflict is mediated during pregnancy in different mammalian groups...
December 15, 2017: Molecular Reproduction and Development
Heather Neilly, Lin Schwarzkopf
Inappropriate livestock grazing is implicated in the decline of vertebrate fauna species globally. Faunal responses to grazing can interact with the vegetation community in which they occur. We measured the response of an arboreal marsupial, the common brushtail possum (Trichosurus vulpecula vulpecula) to different cattle grazing strategies and vegetation types, and examined whether micro-habitat selection is driving this response. We hypothesised that where arboreal habitat is intact, brushtail possums would be resistant to the impacts of heavy grazing...
December 12, 2017: Scientific Reports
Karen J Marsh, Jessica Ward, Ian R Wallis, William J Foley
Ecologists have long been interested in how the nutritional composition of leaves changes as they age, and whether this affects herbivore feeding preferences. As a consequence, the literature abounds with reports that younger leaves contain higher concentrations of nitrogen and plant secondary metabolites (PSMs) than do older leaves. Most of these studies, however, base their conclusions on average values that often mean little to herbivores. We examined this issue in the well-studied marsupial-eucalypt system, using Eucalyptus melliodora and captive common brushtail possums (Trichosurus vulpecula) offered branches from individual trees containing both young and mature leaves...
January 2018: Journal of Chemical Ecology
Elena Blay-Domínguez, Francisco Lajara-Marco, Pablo Federico Bernáldez-Silvetti, Eva María Veracruz-Gálvez, Beatriz Muela-Pérez, Miguel Ángel Palazón-Banegas, José Eduardo Salinas-Gilabert, Juan Antonio Lozano-Requena
PURPOSE: The aim of this study is to evaluate the O-POSSUM score capacity to predict the morbidity and mortality of patients undergoing hip fracture surgery. MATERIAL AND METHODS: We retrospectively reviewed the clinical records of patients older than 65years old, operated on for hip fractures between January 2012 and December 2013. Of 229 patients, the mean age was 82.3years and 170 were women. We collected comorbidities, type of surgery, and expected morbidity and mortality O-POSSUM values...
November 27, 2017: Revista Española de Cirugía Ortopédica y Traumatología
Ç Kalkan, A Ç Kartal, F Karakaya, A Tüzün, I Soykan
BACKGROUND/OBJECTIVES: Percutaneous endoscopic gastrostomy is a method of providing enteral feeding to patients who cannot take adequate oral nutrition. The aims of this study were to determine the performance of malnutrition and mortality scoring systems for predicting short and long-term mortality in elderly patients who had undergone gastrostomy procedure due to non-malignant conditions. DESIGN: Retrospective cohort study. SETTING: University hospital in Turkey...
2017: Journal of Nutrition, Health & Aging
Inês M Teixeira, Ana R Teles, José M Castro, Luís F Azevedo, Joana B Mourão
OBJECTIVE: POSSUM system is widely used and validated for 30-day mortality and morbidity prediction. The aim of this study was to evaluate the performance of five POSSUM's equations (POSSUM, P-POSSUM, V-POSSUM, V-POSSUM physiology and V-POSSUM Cambridge) on predicting 30-day mortality and morbidity in elderly patients undergoing major elective vascular surgery. DESIGN: A retrospective longitudinal cohort study. SETTING: A study conducted at an University Hospital...
August 24, 2017: Journal of Cardiothoracic and Vascular Anesthesia
Carla Moros-Nicolás, Pascale Chevret, María José Izquierdo-Rico, William V Holt, Daniela Esteban-Díaz, Manel López-Béjar, Eva Martínez-Nevado, Maria A Nilsson, José Ballesta, Manuel Avilés
The zona pellucida (ZP) is an extracellular matrix that surrounds mammalian oocytes. In eutherians it is formed from three or four proteins (ZP1, ZP2, ZP3, ZP4). In the few marsupials that have been studied, however, only three of these have been characterised (ZP2, ZP3, ZP4). Nevertheless, the composition in marsupials may be more complex, since a duplication of the ZP3 gene was recently described in one species. The aim of this work was to elucidate the ZP composition in marsupials and relate it to the evolution of the ZP gene family...
November 22, 2017: Reproduction, Fertility, and Development
Nitin Vashistha, Dinesh Singhal, Sandeep Budhiraja, Bharat Aggarwal, Raj Tobin, Kamal Fotedar
BACKGROUND: Emergency laparotomy mortality ranges between 10 and 20% in best of Western healthcare systems and is currently a major focus for quality improvement programs. In contrast, emergency surgery scenario in LMIC is largely undefined, often neglected and complex (large burden of diseases but only limited capacity for adequate treatment). We evaluated the efficacy of 'EL care protocol' aimed at cost-effective optimal utilization of best available local expertise and infrastructure...
November 20, 2017: World Journal of Surgery
D P Anderson, A M Gormley, M Bosson, P G Livingstone, G Nugent
A central question to address in managing wildlife diseases is how much effort and resources are required to reduce infection prevalence to below a requisite threshold? This requires surveillance for infection in at least one species involved in the infection cycle, a process that is often expensive and time-consuming but one which could be enhanced using additional sources of readily-obtainable surveillance data. We demonstrate how surveillance data from ruminant livestock monitored for bovine tuberculosis (bTB) in New Zealand can be employed in spatially-explicit modelling to help predict the probability of freedom from Mycobacterium bovis infection in a sympatric wildlife reservoir species, the brushtail possum (Trichosurus vulpecula)...
December 1, 2017: Preventive Veterinary Medicine
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