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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28098227/adolescents-display-distinctive-tolerance-to-ambiguity-and-to-uncertainty-during-risky-decision-making
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Wouter van den Bos, Ralph Hertwig
Although actuarial data indicate that risk-taking behavior peaks in adolescence, laboratory evidence for this developmental spike remains scarce. One possible explanation for this incongruity is that in the real world adolescents often have only vague information about the potential consequences of their behavior and the likelihoods of those consequences, whereas in the lab these are often clearly stated. How do adolescents behave under such more realistic conditions of ambiguity and uncertainty? We asked 105 participants aged from 8 to 22 years to make three types of choices: (1) choices between options whose possible outcomes and probabilities were fully described (choices under risk); (2) choices between options whose possible outcomes were described but whose probability information was incomplete (choices under ambiguity), and (3) choices between unknown options whose possible outcomes and probabilities could be explored (choices under uncertainty)...
January 18, 2017: Scientific Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28098166/inferring-centrality-from-network-snapshots
#2
Haibin Shao, Mehran Mesbahi, Dewei Li, Yugeng Xi
The topology and dynamics of a complex network shape its functionality. However, the topologies of many large-scale networks are either unavailable or incomplete. Without the explicit knowledge of network topology, we show how the data generated from the network dynamics can be utilised to infer the tempo centrality, which is proposed to quantify the influence of nodes in a consensus network. We show that the tempo centrality can be used to construct an accurate estimate of both the propagation rate of influence exerted on consensus networks and the Kirchhoff index of the underlying graph...
January 18, 2017: Scientific Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28097921/how-to-care-for-a-patient-s-eyes-in-critical-care-settings
#3
Janet Marsden, Richard Davies
Rationale and key points Eye care is an important aspect of the nursing management of patients who are critically ill. All patients in acute care settings with absent or compromised eye defence mechanisms are at risk of eye complications and ocular surface disease. This article aims to assist nurses to care for the eyes of patients in critical care settings to enable early detection and routine management of ophthalmic issues, thereby avoiding visual compromise on patient discharge from critical care settings...
December 14, 2016: Nursing Standard
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28097791/alpha-thalassaemia-promotes-frequent-vaso-occlusive-crises-in-children-with-sickle-cell-anaemia-through-haemorheological-changes
#4
Céline Renoux, Philippe Connes, Elie Nader, Sarah Skinner, Camille Faes, Marie Petras, Yves Bertrand, Nathalie Garnier, Daniela Cuzzubbo, Lydia Divialle-Doumdo, Kamila Kebaïli, Cécile Renard, Alexandra Gauthier, Maryse Etienne-Julan, Giovanna Cannas, Cyril Martin, Marie-Dominique Hardy-Dessources, Vincent Pialoux, Marc Romana, Philippe Joly
BACKGROUND: Sickle cell anaemia (SCA) is a severe hereditary haemoglobinopathy characterised by haemorheological abnormalities, which play a role in the occurrence of several acute and chronic clinical complications. While β(S) -haplotypes and alpha-thalassaemia modulate SCA clinical severity, their effects on blood rheology have been incompletely described. The aim of this study was to test the effects of these genetic modifiers on the haemorheological properties and clinical complication of children with SCA...
January 18, 2017: Pediatric Blood & Cancer
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28097419/modelling-wolbachia-infection-in-a-sex-structured-mosquito-population-carrying-west-nile-virus
#5
József Z Farkas, Stephen A Gourley, Rongsong Liu, Abdul-Aziz Yakubu
Wolbachia is possibly the most studied reproductive parasite of arthropod species. It appears to be a promising candidate for biocontrol of some mosquito borne diseases. We begin by developing a sex-structured model for a Wolbachia infected mosquito population. Our model incorporates the key effects of Wolbachia infection including cytoplasmic incompatibility and male killing. We also allow the possibility of reduced reproductive output, incomplete maternal transmission, and different mortality rates for uninfected/infected male/female individuals...
January 17, 2017: Journal of Mathematical Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28096535/genetics-of-ancestry-specific-risk-for-relapse-in-acute-lymphoblastic-leukemia
#6
S E Karol, E Larsen, C Cheng, X Cao, W Yang, L B Ramsey, C A Fernandez, J R McCorkle, S W Paugh, R J Autry, E Lopez-Lopez, B Diouf, S Jeha, C-H Pui, E A Raetz, N J Winick, W L Carroll, S P Hunger, M L Loh, M Devidas, W E Evans, J J Yang, M V Relling
The causes of individual relapses in children with acute lymphoblastic leukemia (ALL) remain incompletely understood. We evaluated the contribution of germline genetic factors to relapse in 2225 children treated on Children's Oncology Group trial AALL0232. We identified 302 germline single nucleotide polymorphisms (SNPs) associated with relapse after adjusting for treatment and ancestry and 715 additional SNPs associated with relapse in an ancestry-specific manner. We tested for replication of these relapse-associated SNPs in external data sets of antileukemic drug pharmacokinetics and pharmacodynamics and an independent clinical cohort...
January 18, 2017: Leukemia: Official Journal of the Leukemia Society of America, Leukemia Research Fund, U.K
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28096473/vimentin-intermediate-filaments-control-actin-stress-fiber-assembly-through-gef-h1-and-rhoa
#7
Yaming Jiu, Johan Peränen, Niccole Schaible, Fang Cheng, John E Eriksson, Ramaswamy Krishnan, Pekka Lappalainen
The actin and intermediate filament cytoskeleltons contribute to numerous cellular processes, including morphogenesis, cytokinesis, and migration. These two cytoskeletal systems associate with each other, but the underlying mechanisms are incompletely understood. Here,we show that inactivation of vimentin leads to increased actin stress fiber assembly and contractility, and consequent elevation of myosin light chain phosphorylation and stabilization of tropomyosin-4.2. The vimentin knockout phenotypes can be rescued by re-expression of wild-type vimentin, but not by the non-filamentous 'unit length form' vimentin, demonstrating that intact vimentin intermediate filaments are required to facilitate the effects on the actin cytoskeleton...
January 17, 2017: Journal of Cell Science
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28096359/%C3%AE-synuclein-binds-and-sequesters-pike-l-into-lewy-bodies-triggering-dopaminergic-cell-death-via-ampk-hyperactivation
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Seong Su Kang, Zhentao Zhang, Xia Liu, Fredric P Manfredsson, Li He, P Michael Iuvone, Xuebing Cao, Yi E Sun, Lingjing Jin, Keqiang Ye
The abnormal aggregation of fibrillar α-synuclein in Lewy bodies plays a critical role in the pathogenesis of Parkinson's disease. However, the molecular mechanisms regulating α-synuclein pathological effects are incompletely understood. Here we show that α-synuclein binds phosphoinositide-3 kinase enhancer L (PIKE-L) in a phosphorylation-dependent manner and sequesters it in Lewy bodies, leading to dopaminergic cell death via AMP-activated protein kinase (AMPK) hyperactivation. α-Synuclein interacts with PIKE-L, an AMPK inhibitory binding partner, and this action is increased by S129 phosphorylation through AMPK and is decreased by Y125 phosphorylation via Src family kinase Fyn...
January 17, 2017: Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences of the United States of America
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28096302/postmortem-and-toxicological-findings-in-a-series-of-furanylfentanyl-related-deaths
#9
Davide Guerrieri, Emma Rapp, Markus Roman, Henrik Druid, Robert Kronstrand
Over the course of 4 months in 2015 and 2016, a cluster of seven fatal intoxications involving the opioid-analogue furanylfentanyl occurred in Sweden; toxicological analysis showed presence of furanylfentanyl either as the only drug or in combination with other illicit substances. Previous publications have only reported non-lethal furanylfentanyl intoxications. In the cases presented here, furanylfentanyl intoxication-alone or in combination with other drugs-was determined to be the cause of death by the responsible pathologist...
January 17, 2017: Journal of Analytical Toxicology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28096227/atypical-presentation-of-bezold-s-and-citelli-s-abscesses-with-recollection-following-an-incomplete-postoperative-course-of-antibiotics
#10
Sadik Quoraishi, Jayan George, Amir Farboud, Conor Marnane
Bezold's and Citelli's abscesses are rare complications of otitis media. We present a case of a 44-year-old Eastern European man, with a history of recurrent otitis media, who was admitted to hospital with mastoiditis and initially treated with antibiotics. Despite clinical improvement, a CT scan showed mastoiditis with Bezold's and Citelli's abscesses. The patient underwent a myringotomy and grommet insertion, in addition to a cortical mastoidectomy and curettage of the neck abscesses. After a good recovery, he was discharged home...
January 17, 2017: BMJ Case Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28096040/calcium-a-predictor-of-interventional-treatment-failure-across-all-fields-of-cardiovascular-medicine
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Alessio Mattesini, Carlo Di Mario
In this substudy of the ADAPT-DES trial Généreux et al. compared two years outcomes according to the presence or absence of coronary artery calcification (CAC) as assessed by coronary angiography. Coronary calcification was an independent predictor of interventional treatment failure and a higher incidence of both ischemic events and bleeding. The cohort with CAC was older with a higher prevalence of risk factors and comorbidities and an increased anatomical complexity of the target lesions, explaining only in part the worse outcome of the CAC population that persisted at multivariate analysis...
January 10, 2017: International Journal of Cardiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28095862/different-survival-analysis-methods-for-measuring-long-term-outcomes-of-indigenous-and-non-indigenous-australian-cancer-patients-in-the-presence-and-absence-of-competing-risks
#12
Vincent Y F He, John R Condon, Peter D Baade, Xiaohua Zhang, Yuejen Zhao
BACKGROUND: Net survival is the most common measure of cancer prognosis and has been used to study differentials in cancer survival between ethnic or racial population subgroups. However, net survival ignores competing risks of deaths and so provides incomplete prognostic information for cancer patients, and when comparing survival between populations with different all-cause mortality. Another prognosis measure, "crude probability of death", which takes competing risk of death into account, overcomes this limitation...
January 17, 2017: Population Health Metrics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28095769/pcm-sabre-a-platform-for-benchmarking-and-comparing-outcome-prediction-methods-in-precision-cancer-medicine
#13
Noah Eyal-Altman, Mark Last, Eitan Rubin
BACKGROUND: Numerous publications attempt to predict cancer survival outcome from gene expression data using machine-learning methods. A direct comparison of these works is challenging for the following reasons: (1) inconsistent measures used to evaluate the performance of different models, and (2) incomplete specification of critical stages in the process of knowledge discovery. There is a need for a platform that would allow researchers to replicate previous works and to test the impact of changes in the knowledge discovery process on the accuracy of the induced models...
January 17, 2017: BMC Bioinformatics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28095667/sequence-analysis-of-mitochondrial-genome-of-toxascaris-leonina-from-a-south-china-tiger
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Kangxin Li, Fang Yang, A Y Abdullahi, Meiran Song, Xianli Shi, Minwei Wang, Yeqi Fu, Weida Pan, Fang Shan, Wu Chen, Guoqing Li
Toxascaris leonina is a common parasitic nematode of wild mammals and has significant impacts on the protection of rare wild animals. To analyze population genetic characteristics of T. leonina from South China tiger, its mitochondrial (mt) genome was sequenced. Its complete circular mt genome was 14,277 bp in length, including 12 protein-coding genes, 22 tRNA genes, 2 rRNA genes, and 2 non-coding regions. The nucleotide composition was biased toward A and T. The most common start codon and stop codon were TTG and TAG, and 4 genes ended with an incomplete stop codon...
December 2016: Korean Journal of Parasitology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28095591/a-critical-discussion-and-practical-recommendations-on-some-issues-relevant-to-the-nonprobabilistic-treatment-of-uncertainty-in-engineering-risk-assessment
#15
Nicola Pedroni, Enrico Zio, Alberto Pasanisi, Mathieu Couplet
Models for the assessment of the risk of complex engineering systems are affected by uncertainties due to the randomness of several phenomena involved and the incomplete knowledge about some of the characteristics of the system. The objective of this article is to provide operative guidelines to handle some conceptual and technical issues related to the treatment of uncertainty in risk assessment for engineering practice. In particular, the following issues are addressed: (1) quantitative modeling and representation of uncertainty coherently with the information available on the system of interest; (2) propagation of the uncertainty from the input(s) to the output(s) of the system model; (3) (Bayesian) updating as new information on the system becomes available; and (4) modeling and representation of dependences among the input variables and parameters of the system model...
January 17, 2017: Risk Analysis: An Official Publication of the Society for Risk Analysis
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28095452/influence-of-mechanical-circulatory-support-on-endothelin-receptor-expression-in-human-left-ventricular-myocardium-from-patients-with-dilated-cardiomyopathy-dcm
#16
Florian Gärtner, Getu Abraham, Astrid Kassner, Daniela Baurichter, Hendrik Milting
BACKGROUND: In terminal failing hearts ventricular assist devices (VAD) are implanted as a bridge to transplantation. Endothelin receptor (ETR) antagonists are used for treatment of secondary pulmonary hypertension in VAD patients. However, the cardiac ETR regulation in human heart failure and during VAD support is incompletely understood. METHODS: In paired left ventricular samples of 12 dilated cardiomyopathy patients we investigated the density of endothelin A (ETA) and B (ETB) receptors before VAD implantation and after device removal...
2017: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28095444/the-role-of-dct-in-hpv16-infection-of-hacats
#17
Pınar Aksoy, Patricio I Meneses
Persistent infection with high-risk human papillomavirus (HPV) genotype is a major factor leading to many human cancers. Mechanisms of HPV entry into host cells and genome trafficking towards the nucleus are incompletely understood. Dopachrome tautomerase (DCT) was identified as a cellular gene required for HPV infection in HeLa cells on a siRNA screen study. Here, we confirm that DCT knockdown significantly decreases HPV infection in the human keratinocyte HaCaT cells as was observed in HeLas. We investigated the effects of DCT knockdown and found that DCT depletion caused increased reactive oxygen species (ROS) levels, DNA damage and altered cell cycle in HaCaT cells...
2017: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28095286/the-relations-between-polycyclic-aromatic-hydrocarbons-exposure-and-1-ohp-levels-as-a-biomarker-of-the-exposure
#18
Zuzana Klöslová, Marek Drímal, Karol Balog, Kvetoslava Koppová, Jarmila Dubajová
BACKGROUND: Polycyclic aromatic hydrocarbons (PAHs) are the products of incomplete combustion or pyrolysis of various organic materials. Their ubiquity in the environment leads to measurable levels of exposure. However, the exposure varies strongly between different regions in Europe. Some PAHs with four or more rings are suspected to be human carcinogens. Therefore, the occupational and/or environmental exposure to PAHs may cause a significant health risk. The aim of investigation is to evaluate current levels of PAH exposure in defined groups of workers...
December 2016: Central European Journal of Public Health
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28095098/reduced-penetrance-in-a-large-caucasian-pedigree-with-stickler-syndrome
#19
Stuart W Tompson, Charles Johnson, Diana Abbott, Benjamin Bakall, Vincent Soler, Tammy L Yanovitch, Kristina N Whisenhunt, Thomas Klemm, Steve Rozen, Edwin M Stone, Max Johnson, Terri L Young
BACKGROUND: In a four-generation Caucasian family variably diagnosed with autosomal dominant (AD) Stickler or Wagner disease, commercial gene screening failed to identify a mutation in COL2A1 or VCAN. We utilized linkage mapping and exome sequencing to identify the causal variant. MATERIALS AND METHODS: Genomic DNA samples collected from 40 family members were analyzed. A whole-genome linkage scan was performed using Illumina HumanLinkage-24 BeadChip followed by two-point and multipoint linkage analyses using FASTLINK and MERLIN...
January 17, 2017: Ophthalmic Genetics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28094933/accurate-gas-phase-formation-enthalpies-of-alloys-and-refractories-decomposition-products
#20
Yury Minenkov, Valery V Sliznev, Luigi Cavallo
Accurate gas phase formation enthalpies, ΔHf, of metal oxides and halides are critical for the prediction of the stability of high temperature materials used in the aerospace and nuclear industries. Unfortunately, the experimental ΔHf values of these compounds in the most used databases, such as the NIST-JANAF database, are often reported with large inaccuracy, while some other ΔHf values clearly differ from the value predicted by CCSD(T) methods. To address this point, in this work we systematically predicted the ΔHf values of a series of these compounds having a group 4, 6, or 14 metal...
January 17, 2017: Inorganic Chemistry
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