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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28823071/accelerating-the-integration-of-distributed-water-solutions-a-conceptual-financing-model-from-the-electricity-sector
#1
Kimberly J Quesnel, Newsha K Ajami, Noemi Wyss
Modern challenges require new approaches to urban water management. One solution in the portfolio of potential strategies is the integration of distributed water infrastructure, practices, and technologies into existing systems. However, many practical barriers have prevented the widespread adoption of these systems in the US. The objective of this paper is to address these challenges by developing a conceptual model encompassing regulatory, financial, and governance components that can be used to incorporate new distributed water solutions into our current network...
August 19, 2017: Environmental Management
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28823007/excretory-secretory-products-from-two-fasciola-hepatica-isolates-induce-different-transcriptional-changes-and-il-10-release-in-lps-activated-bovine-boma-macrophages
#2
Piotr Bąska, Luke James Norbury, Anna Zawistowska-Deniziak, Marcin Wiśniewski, Kamil Januszkiewicz
Fasciola hepatica are trematodes that reside in the bile ducts of mammals. Infection causes US$3 billion in losses annually in animal production and is considered a zoonosis of growing importance. An under-represented area in F. hepatica research has been the examination of the different immunomodulatory abilities of various parasite isolates on the host immune system. In this paper, this issue was explored, with the bovine macrophage cell line "BOMA". The cells were matured by LPS treatment and stimulated with excretory/secretory antigens (ES) from two Fasciola hepatica isolates: a laboratory isolate "Weybridge" (Fh-WeyES) and a wild isolate (Fh-WildES)...
August 19, 2017: Parasitology Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28822996/examining-bias-in-studies-of-statin-treatment-and-survival-in-patients-with-cancer
#3
Louise Emilsson, Xabier García-Albéniz, Roger W Logan, Ellen C Caniglia, Mette Kalager, Miguel A Hernán
Importance: Patients with cancer who use statins appear to have a substantially better survival than nonusers in observational studies. However, this inverse association between statin use and mortality may be due to selection bias and immortal-time bias. Objective: To emulate a randomized trial of statin therapy initiation that is free of selection bias and immortal-time bias. Design, Setting, and Participants: We used observational data on 17 372 patients with cancer from the Surveillance, Epidemiology, and End Results (SEER)-Medicare database (2007-2009) with complete follow-up until 2011...
August 20, 2017: JAMA Oncology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28822987/effects-of-a-water-extract-of-lepidium-meyenii-root-in-different-models-of-persistent-pain-in-rats
#4
Barbara Tenci, Lorenzo Di Cesare Mannelli, Mario Maresca, Laura Micheli, Giuseppe Pieraccini, Nadia Mulinacci, Carla Ghelardini
Lepidium meyenii (Walp.), commonly called maca, is an Andean crop belonging to the Brassicaceae family. Maca hypocotils are habitually consumed as customary food as well as traditional remedies for pathological conditions such as infertility. Moreover, the characterization of maca extracts revealed the presence of compounds that are able to modulate the nervous system. Aimed to evaluate the efficacy of L. meyenii in persistent pain, the present study analyzed the effects of a commercial root extract from maca in different animal models reproducing the most common causes of chronic painful pathologies...
August 21, 2017: Zeitschrift Für Naturforschung. C, A Journal of Biosciences
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28822931/adherence-of-microplastics-to-soft-tissue-of-mussels-a-novel-way-to-uptake-microplastics-beyond-ingestion
#5
Prabhu Kolandhasamy, Lei Su, Jiana Li, Xiaoyun Qu, Khalida Jabeen, Huahong Shi
Microplastic pollution is recognized as an emerging threat to aquatic ecosystems. One of the main environmental risks associated with microplastics is their bioavailability to marine organisms. Up to date, ingestion has been widely accepted as the sole way for the animals to uptake microplastics. Nevertheless, microplastics have also been found in some organs which are not involved in the process of ingestion. We hypothesize that the animal might uptake microplastics through adherence in addition to ingestion...
August 17, 2017: Science of the Total Environment
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28822926/human-exposure-to-hydrogen-sulphide-concentrations-near-wastewater-treatment-plants
#6
Ana Flavia Locateli Godoi, Anderson Marlon Grasel, Gabriela Polezer, Andrew Brown, Sanja Potgieter-Vermaak, Débora Camargo Scremim, Carlos I Yamamoto, Ricardo Henrique Moreton Godoi
The hydrogen sulphide (H2S) levels from wastewater treatment plants (WWTPs) in Curitiba, Brazil have been quantified for the first time. H2S generated by anaerobic decomposition of organic matter in WWTPs is a cause for concern because it is an air pollutant, which can cause eye and respiratory irritation, headaches, and nausea. Considering the requirement for WWTPs in all communities, it is necessary to assess the concentrations and effects of gases such as H2S on populations living and/or working near WWTPs...
August 17, 2017: Science of the Total Environment
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28822824/using-spinopelvic-parameters-to-estimate-residual-lumbar-lordosis-assuming-previous-lumbosacral-fusion-a-study-of-normative-values
#7
Hwee Weng Dennis Hey, Kimberly-Anne Tan, Shashidhar Bangalore Kantharajanna, Alex Quok An Teo, Chloe Xiaoyun Chan, Ka-Po Gabriel Liu, Hee-Kit Wong
BACKGROUND CONTEXT: Pelvic Incidence (PI) = Pelvic Tilt (PT) + Sacral Slope (SS) is an established trigonometric equation which can be expanded from studying the fixed pelvis with the spine to a fixed spinopelvic complex with the remnant spine, in scenarios of spinopelvic fusion or ankylosis. For a fixed spinopelvic complex, we propose the equation termed: Lumbar Incidence (LI) = Lumbar Tilt (LT) + Lumbar Slope (LS). PURPOSE: To establish reference values for LI, LT and LS at each lumbar vertebral level, and to show how LI can be used to determine rLL...
August 16, 2017: Spine Journal: Official Journal of the North American Spine Society
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28822818/phrenic-long-term-facilitation-following-intrapleural-ctb-sap-induced-respiratory-motor-neuron-death
#8
Nicole L Nichols, Taylor A Craig, Miles A Tanner
Amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS) is a devastating disease leading to progressive motor neuron degeneration and death by ventilatory failure. In a rat model of ALS (SOD1(G93A)), phrenic long-term facilitation (pLTF) following acute intermittent hypoxia (AIH) is enhanced greater than expected at disease end-stage but the mechanism is unknown. We suggest that one trigger for this enhancement is motor neuron death itself. Intrapleural injections of cholera toxin B fragment conjugated to saporin (CTB-SAP) selectively kill respiratory motor neurons and mimic motor neuron death observed in SOD1(G93A) rats...
August 16, 2017: Respiratory Physiology & Neurobiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28822775/the-clandestine-organs-of-the-endocrine-system
#9
Natàlia Garcia-Reyero
This review analyzes what could be regarded as the "clandestine organs" of the endocrine system: the gut microbiome, the immune system, and the stress system. The immune system is very closely related to the endocrine system, with many intertwined processes and signals. Many researchers now consider the microbiome as an 'organ' that affects the organism at many different levels. While stress is certainly not an organ, it affects so many processes, including endocrine-related processes, that the stress response system deserved a special section in this review...
August 16, 2017: General and Comparative Endocrinology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28822720/juvenile-idiopathic-arthritis-practice-patterns-among-oral-and-maxillofacial-surgeons
#10
Brian E Kinard, Shelly Abramowicz
PURPOSE: The purpose of this investigation is to assess the current clinical practices by oral and maxillofacial surgeons (OMSs) in the United States regarding diagnosis and treatment of temporomandibular joint (TMJ) involvement in children with juvenile idiopathic arthritis (JIA). MATERIALS AND METHODS: We implemented a cross-sectional survey of academic OMSs in the United States via an electronic survey. The survey included respondent demographic data, patient volumes, diagnostic methods, and management practices for children with JIA and TMJ involvement...
July 25, 2017: Journal of Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28822719/thalidomide-is-associated-with-increased-t-cell-activation-and-inflammation-in-antiretroviral-naive-hiv-infected-individuals-in-a-randomised-clinical-trial-of-efficacy-and-safety
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Tânia R C Vergara, Sadia Samer, Joanna R Santos-Oliveira, Leila B Giron, Muhammad Shoaib Arif, Maria Luciana Silva-Freitas, Lia A Cherman, Mauro S Treitsman, Alberto Chebabo, Maria Cecilia A Sucupira, Alda M Da-Cruz, Ricardo Sobhie Diaz
TRIAL DESIGN: Open-label, randomised, controlled, pilot proof-of-concept clinical trial. METHODS: Participants: Antiretroviral naïve adult males with CD4 count ≥350cells/mm(3). INTERVENTIONS: Patients were randomised to receive thalidomide 200mg QD for 3weeks (Thalidomide group) or not (Control group) and followed for 48weeks. OBJECTIVE: We hypothesized that short-term Thalidomide use would reduce HIV related inflammation and HIV replication among antiretroviral naïve HIV infected individuals...
August 12, 2017: EBioMedicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28822562/underuse-of-effective-cardiac-medications-among-women-middle-aged-adults-and-racial-ethnic-minorities-with-coronary-artery-disease-from-the-national-health-and-nutrition-examination-survey-2005-to-2014
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Hoang V Tran, Molly E Waring, David D McManus, Nathaniel Erskine, Van T H Do, Catarina I Kiefe, Robert J Goldberg
Given the proven effectiveness of several cardiac medications for patients with coronary artery disease (CAD), we examined the national use of 4 classes of effective medications, overall and by age, sex, and race/ethnicity in 2005 to 2014. We used data from the National Health and Nutrition Examination Survey, including a self-reported diagnosis of CAD and independently verified medication use. Weighting procedures extrapolated our data to the adult US population with CAD. Analyses included 1,789 US adults aged ≥45 years with a history of CAD...
July 24, 2017: American Journal of Cardiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28822548/short-communication-verifying-holstein-heifer-heart-girth-to-body-weight-prediction-equations
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A J Heinrichs, B S Heinrichs, C M Jones, P S Erickson, K F Kalscheur, T D Nennich, B J Heins, F C Cardoso
The estimation of Holstein heifer body weight (BW) from heart girth measurements is needed, as many farms do not have animal scales to make the management decisions that require BW. The correlation between heart girth and BW is known to vary with differing animal conformation. The previous equation to correlate the 2 measures for Holstein dairy heifers was done 25 yr ago. Data were derived from 6 US experiment stations that are part of Regional Research Project NC-2042: Management Systems to Improve the Economic and Environmental Sustainability of Dairy Enterprises...
August 16, 2017: Journal of Dairy Science
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28822487/does-resistance-really-carry-a-fitness-cost
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REVIEW
Richard H Ffrench-Constant, Chris Bass
Insecticide resistance mutations are widely assumed to carry fitness costs. However studies to measure such costs are rarely performed on genetically related strains and are often only done in the laboratory. Theory also suggests that once evolved the cost of resistance can be offset by the evolution of fitness modifiers. But for insecticide resistance only one such example is well documented. Here we critically examine the literature on fitness costs in the absence of pesticide and ask if our knowledge of molecular biology has helped us predict the costs associated with different resistance mechanisms...
June 2017: Current Opinion in Insect Science
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28822288/two-sides-of-the-coin-part-2-colloid-and-surface-science-meets-real-biointerfaces
#15
Barry W Ninham, Kåre Larsson, Pierandrea Lo Nostro
Part 1 revisited developments in lipid and surfactant self assembly over the past 40 years [1]. New concepts emerged. Here we explore how these developments can be used to make sense of and bring order to a range of complex biological phenomena. Together with Part 1, this contribution is a fundamental revision of intuition at the boundaries of Colloid Science and Biological interfaces from a perspective of nearly 50 years. We offer new insights on a unified treatment of self assembly of lipids, surfactants and proteins in the light of developments presented in Part 1...
August 5, 2017: Colloids and Surfaces. B, Biointerfaces
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28822281/an-integrative-study-to-identify-novel-scaffolds-for-sphingosine-kinase-1-inhibitors
#16
Marcela Vettorazzi, Emilio Angelina, Santiago Lima, Tomas Gonec, Jan Otevrel, Pavlina Marvanova, Tereza Padrtova, Petr Mokry, Pavel Bobal, Lina M Acosta, Alirio Palma, Justo Cobo, Janette Bobalova, Jozef Csollei, Ivan Malik, Sergio Alvarez, Sarah Spiegel, Josef Jampilek, Ricardo D Enriz
Sphingosine kinase 1 (SphK1), the enzyme that produces the bioactive sphingolipid metabolite, sphingosine-1-phosphate, is a promising new molecular target for therapeutic intervention in cancer and inflammatory diseases. In view of its importance, the main objective of this work was to find new and more potent inhibitors for this enzyme possessing different structural scaffolds than those of the known inhibitors. Our theoretical and experimental study has allowed us to identify two new structural scaffolds (three new compounds), which could be used as starting structures for the design and then the development of new inhibitors of SphK1...
August 10, 2017: European Journal of Medicinal Chemistry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28822254/a-systematic-review-of-hypertension-outcomes-and-treatment-strategies-in-older-adults
#17
REVIEW
Julienne K Kirk, Julie Allsbrook, Maggie Hansell, Emily M Mann
OBJECTIVE: To evaluate the literature regarding blood pressure control and management in older adult patient population over 70 years of age. METHODS: A literature search was conducted using PubMed and capturing the data from 2006 to 2016. Terms used included MeSH headings for hypertension/therapy and antihypertension agents. A systematic review of published studies was performed. Articles including older patients (average age 70 years or older) being treated for hypertension were included...
July 25, 2017: Archives of Gerontology and Geriatrics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28822253/clout-or-doubt-perspectives-on-an-infant-mental-health-service-for-young-children-placed-in-foster-care-due-to-abuse-and-neglect
#18
Fiona Turner-Halliday, Gary Kainth, Genevieve Young-Southward, Richard Cotmore, Nicholas Watson, Lynn McMahon, Helen Minnis
Despite knowledge about the profound effects of child abuse and neglect, we know little about how best to assess whether maltreated children should return home. The effectiveness of the New Orleans Intervention Model (NIM) is being tested in a randomized controlled trial where the comparison is social work 'services as usual.' The future trial results will tell us which approach produces the best outcomes for children; meanwhile qualitative process evaluation is generating intriguing findings about the perceived impact of NIM on decision-making about childrens' futures...
August 16, 2017: Child Abuse & Neglect
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28822041/two-species-migration-and-clustering-in-two-dimensional-domains
#19
Lawrence Kurowski, Andrew L Krause, Hanako Mizuguchi, Peter Grindrod, Robert A Van Gorder
We extend two-species models of individual aggregation or clustering to two-dimensional spatial domains, allowing for more realistic movement of the populations compared with one spatial dimension. We assume that the domain is bounded and that there is no flux into or out of the domain. The motion of the species is along fitness gradients which allow the species to seek out a resource. In the case of competition, species which exploit the resource alone will disperse while avoiding one another. In the case where one of the species is a predator or generalist predator which exploits the other species, that species will tend to move toward the prey species, while the prey will tend to avoid the predator...
August 18, 2017: Bulletin of Mathematical Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28821972/non-deformed-singular-and-non-singular-exponential-type-potentials
#20
J J Pe Na, G Ovando, J Morales, J García-Ravelo
The canonical transformation method applied to the Schrödinger equation to transform it into a second-order differential equation of hypergeometric-type is presented. Starting from there, those exactly solvable multiparameter exponential-type (ME-T) potentials with hypergeometric wavefunctions that belong to the families of radial (singular) and one-dimensional (non-singular) potentials, are obtained. Furthermore, we show how the choice of the involved parameters leads, as particular cases, to different deformed or non-deformed potential models already used in the study of electronic properties of diatomic molecules...
August 18, 2017: Journal of Molecular Modeling
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