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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28822262/evaluating-the-influence-of-at-risk-alcohol-use-on-factors-associated-with-smoking-cessation-combining-laboratory-and-ecological-momentary-assessment
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Joanna R Sells, Andrew J Waters, R Ross MacLean
OBJECTIVE: Most smokers want to quit but most cessation attempts end in failure. Alcohol consumption is associated with smoking behavior and relapse. We examined the associations between severity of drinking and psychological processes during a cessation attempt in the laboratory and during a quit attempt. METHODS: Smokers (N=209) enrolled in a smoking cessation study were followed from 2 weeks pre-quit through 4 weeks post-quit. Participants scoring 0-7 and 8-15 on the Alcohol Use Disorders Identification Test (AUDIT) were classified as low-risk and high-risk drinkers, respectively...
July 4, 2017: Drug and Alcohol Dependence
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28822183/-application-of-dosc-combined-with-sbc-in-batches-transfer-of-nir-quantitative-model
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Yi-Fei Jia, Ying-Ying Zhang, Bing Xu, An-Dong Wang, Xue-Yan Zhan
Near infrared model established under a certain condition can be applied to the new samples status, environmental conditions or instrument status through the model transfer. Spectral background correction and model update are two types of data process methods of NIR quantitative model transfer, and orthogonal signal regression (OSR) is a method based on spectra background correction, in which virtual standard spectra is used to fit a linear relation between master batches spectra and slave batches spectra, and map the slave batches spectra to the master batch spectra to realize the transfer of near infrared quantitative model...
June 2017: Zhongguo Zhong Yao za Zhi, Zhongguo Zhongyao Zazhi, China Journal of Chinese Materia Medica
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28822101/revisiting-the-logan-plot-to-account-for-non-negligible-blood-volume-in-brain-tissue
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Martin Schain, Patrik Fazio, Ladislav Mrzljak, Nahid Amini, Nabil Al-Tawil, Cheryl Fitzer-Attas, Juliana Bronzova, Bernhard Landwehrmeyer, Christina Sampaio, Christer Halldin, Andrea Varrone
BACKGROUND: Reference tissue-based quantification of brain PET data does not typically include correction for signal originating from blood vessels, which is known to result in biased outcome measures. The bias extent depends on the amount of radioactivity in the blood vessels. In this study, we seek to revisit the well-established Logan plot and derive alternative formulations that provide estimation of distribution volume ratios (DVRs) that are corrected for the signal originating from the vasculature...
August 18, 2017: EJNMMI Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28822079/interethnic-interaction-strategic-bargaining-power-and-the-dynamics-of-cultural-norms-a-field-study-in-an-amazonian-population
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John Andrew Bunce, Richard McElreath
Ethnic groups are universal and unique to human societies. Such groups sometimes have norms of behavior that are adaptively linked to their social and ecological circumstances, and ethnic boundaries may function to protect that variation from erosion by interethnic interaction. However, such interaction is often frequent and voluntary, suggesting that individuals may be able to strategically reduce its costs, allowing adaptive cultural variation to persist in spite of interaction with out-groups with different norms...
August 18, 2017: Human Nature: An Interdisciplinary Biosocial Perspective
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28822044/capsule-commentary-on-phelan-et-al-medical-school-factors-associated-with-changes-in-implicit-and-explicit-bias-against-gay-and-lesbian-people-among-3492-graduating-medical-students
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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28822023/pulse-contour-derived-cardiac-output-measurements-in-morbid-obesity-influence-of-actual-ideal-and-adjusted-bodyweight
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Chantal A Boly, Pieter Schraverus, Floris van Raalten, Jan-Willem Coumou, Christa Boer, Simone van Kralingen
The non-invasive Nexfin cardiac output (CO) monitor shows a low level of agreement with the gold standard thermodilution method in morbidly obese patients. Here we investigate whether this disagreement is related to excessive bodyweight, and can be improved when bodyweight derivatives are used instead. We performed offline analyses of cardiac output recordings of patient data previously used and partly published in an earlier study by our group. In 30 morbidly obese patients (BMI > 35 kg/m(2)) undergoing laparoscopic gastric bypass, cardiac output was simultaneously determined with PiCCO thermodilution and Nexfin pulse-contour method...
August 18, 2017: Journal of Clinical Monitoring and Computing
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28821881/high-operating-temperature-in-v-based-superconducting-quantum-interference-proximity-transistors
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Nadia Ligato, Giampiero Marchegiani, Pauli Virtanen, Elia Strambini, Francesco Giazotto
Here we report the fabrication and characterization of fully superconducting quantum interference proximity transistors (SQUIPTs) based on the implementation of vanadium (V) in the superconducting loop. At low temperature, the devices show high flux-to-voltage (up to 0.52 mV/Φ0) and flux-to-current (above 12 nA/Φ0) transfer functions, with the best estimated flux sensitivity ~ 2.6 μΦ0/(Hz)(1/2) reached under fixed voltage bias, where Φ0 is the flux quantum. The interferometers operate up to T bath  [Formula: see text] 2 K, with an improvement of 70% of the maximal operating temperature with respect to early SQUIPTs design...
August 18, 2017: Scientific Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28821781/expressional-divergence-of-the-fatty-acid-amino-acid-conjugate-hydrolyzing-aminoacylase-1-l-acy-1-in-helicoverpa-armigera-and-helicoverpa-assulta
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Qian Cheng, Shaohua Gu, Zewen Liu, Chen-Zhu Wang, Xianchun Li
How FACs-producing generalist and specialist herbivores regulate their FACs-hydrolyzing enzyme L-ACY-1 to balance FACs' beneficial vs. detrimental effects remains unknown. To address this question, we compared L-ACY-1 expression in Helicoverpa armigera and Helicoverpa assulta, a pair of closely related sibling species differing mainly in their host range, by the same sets of hostplants, protein to digestible carbohydrate (P:C) ratios, or allelochemical. L-ACY-1 expression remained low/unchanged in H. armigera, but was induced by hot pepper fruits and repressed by cotton bolls in H...
August 18, 2017: Scientific Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28821774/pre-coincidence-brain-activity-predicts-the-perceptual-outcome-of-streaming-bouncing-motion-display
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Song Zhao, Yajie Wang, Lina Jia, Chengzhi Feng, Yu Liao, Wenfeng Feng
When two identical visual discs move toward each other on a two-dimensional visual display, they can be perceived as either "streaming through" or "bouncing off" each other after their coincidence. Previous studies have observed a strong bias toward the streaming percept. Additionally, the incidence of the bouncing percept in this ambiguous display could be increased by various factors, such as a brief sound at the moment of coincidence and a momentary pause of the two discs. The streaming/bouncing bistable motion phenomenon has been studied intensively since its discovery...
August 18, 2017: Scientific Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28821746/neural-circuitry-governing-anxious-individuals-mis-allocation-of-working-memory-to-threat
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Daniel M Stout, Alexander J Shackman, Walker S Pedersen, Tara A Miskovich, Christine L Larson
Dispositional anxiety is a trait-like phenotype that confers increased risk for a range of debilitating neuropsychiatric disorders. Like many patients with anxiety disorders, individuals with elevated levels of dispositional anxiety are prone to intrusive and distressing thoughts in the absence of immediate threat. Recent electrophysiological research suggests that these symptoms are rooted in the mis-allocation of working memory (WM) resources to threat-related information. Here, functional MRI was used to identify the network of brain regions that support WM for faces and to quantify the allocation of neural resources to threat-related distracters in 81 young adults...
August 18, 2017: Scientific Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28821668/sensory-biased-and-multiple-demand-processing-in-human-lateral-frontal-cortex
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Abigail L Noyce, Nishmar Cestero, Samantha W Michalka, Barbara G Shinn-Cunningham, David C Somers
The functionality of much of human lateral frontal cortex (LFC) has been characterized as 'multiple demand' as these regions appear to support a broad range of cognitive tasks. In contrast to this domain-general account, recent evidence indicates that portions of LFC are consistently selective for sensory modality. Michalka et al. (2015) reported two bilateral regions that are biased for visual attention, superior precentral sulcus (sPCS) and inferior precentral sulcus (iPCS), interleaved with two bilateral regions that are biased for auditory attention, transverse gyrus intersecting precentral sulcus (tgPCS) and caudal inferior frontal sulcus (cIFS)...
August 8, 2017: Journal of Neuroscience: the Official Journal of the Society for Neuroscience
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28821595/a-computational-model-of-1-5-ag-dynamics-during-pregnancy
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Seyedeh M Zekavat, Slava Butkovich, Grace J Young, David M Nathan, Danny Petrasek
The importance of 1,5-anhydroglucitol (1,5-AG) as an intermediate biomarker for diabetic pregnancy is multi-fold: (1) it serves as a reliable indicator of moderate-level glycemic control, especially during early gestation; (2) it has been associated with increased risk of diabetes, independent of HbA1c and fasting glucose; and (3) it is an independent risk factor for the development of eclampsia during pregnancy. However, the clinical use of this biomarker during pregnancy has been underutilized due to physiological changes in glomerular filtration rate, plasma volume, and other hemodynamic parameters which have been hypothesized to bias gestational serum 1,5-AG concentrations...
August 2017: Physiological Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28821587/drift-induced-selection-between-male-and-female-heterogamety
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Carl Veller, Pavitra Muralidhar, George W A Constable, Martin A Nowak
Evolutionary transitions between male and female heterogamety are common in both vertebrates and invertebrates. Theoretical studies of these transitions have found that, when all genotypes are equally fit, continuous paths of intermediate equilibria link the two sex chromosome systems. This observation has led to a belief that neutral evolution along these paths can drive transitions, and that arbitrarily small fitness differences among sex chromosome genotypes can determine the system to which evolution leads...
August 16, 2017: Genetics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28821561/zika-virus-activates-de-novo-and-cross-reactive-memory-b-cell-responses-in-dengue-experienced-donors
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Thomas F Rogers, Eileen C Goodwin, Bryan Briney, Devin Sok, Nathan Beutler, Alexander Strubel, Rebecca Nedellec, Khoa Le, Michael E Brown, Dennis R Burton, Laura M Walker
Zika virus (ZIKV) shares a high degree of homology with dengue virus (DENV), suggesting that preexisting immunity to DENV could affect immune responses to ZIKV. We have tracked the evolution of ZIKV-induced B cell responses in three DENV-experienced donors. The acute antibody (plasmablast) responses were characterized by relatively high somatic hypermutation and a bias toward DENV binding and neutralization, implying the early activation of DENV clones. A DENV-naïve donor in contrast showed a classical primary plasmablast response...
August 18, 2017: Science Immunology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28821532/cross-phenotype-association-mapping-of-the-mhc-identifies-genetic-variants-that-differentiate-psoriatic-arthritis-from-psoriasis
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John Bowes, James Ashcroft, Nick Dand, Farideh Jalali-Najafabadi, Eftychia Bellou, Pauline Ho, Helena Marzo-Ortega, Philip S Helliwell, Marie Feletar, Anthony W Ryan, David J Kane, Eleanor Korendowych, Michael A Simpson, Jonathan Packham, Ross McManus, Matthew A Brown, Catherine H Smith, Jonathan N Barker, Neil McHugh, Oliver FitzGerald, Richard B Warren, Anne Barton
OBJECTIVES: Psoriatic arthritis (PsA) is a chronic inflammatory arthritis, with a strong heritable component, affecting patients with psoriasis. Here we attempt to identify genetic variants within the major histocompatibility complex (MHC) that differentiate patients with PsA from patients with cutaneous psoriasis alone (PsC). METHODS: 2808 patients with PsC, 1945 patients with PsA and 8920 population controls were genotyped. We imputed SNPs, amino acids and classical HLA alleles across the MHC and tested for association with PsA compared to population controls and the PsC patient group...
August 18, 2017: Annals of the Rheumatic Diseases
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28821527/systematic-review-of-economic-analyses-in-patient-safety-a-protocol-designed-to-measure-development-in-the-scope-and-quality-of-evidence
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Alexander W Carter, Rishi Mandavia, Erik Mayer, Joachim Marti, Elias Mossialos, Ara Darzi
INTRODUCTION: Recent avoidable failures in patient care highlight the ongoing need for evidence to support improvements in patient safety. According to the most recent reviews, there is a dearth of economic evidence related to patient safety. These reviews characterise an evidence gap in terms of the scope and quality of evidence available to support resource allocation decisions. This protocol is designed to update and improve on the reviews previously conducted to determine the extent of methodological progress in economic analyses in patient safety...
August 18, 2017: BMJ Open
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28821521/effectiveness-of-seasonal-influenza-vaccination-in-patients-with-diabetes-protocol-for-a-nested-case-control-study
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Ludovic Casanova, Sébastien Cortaredona, Jean Gaudart, Odile Launay, Philippe Vanhems, Patrick Villani, Pierre Verger
INTRODUCTION: Seasonal influenza vaccination (SIV) is recommended for people with diabetes, but its effectiveness has not been demonstrated. All of the available studies are observational and marred with the healthy vaccine bias, that is, bias resulting from the generally better health behaviours practised by people who choose to be vaccinated against influenza, compared with those who do not. This protocol is intended to study the effectiveness of SIV in people with treated diabetes and simultaneously to control for bias...
August 18, 2017: BMJ Open
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28821509/does-tai-chi-improve-psychological-well-being-and-quality-of-life-in-patients-with-cardiovascular-disease-and-or-cardiovascular-risk-factors-a-systematic-review-protocol
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Guoyan Yang, Wenyuan Li, Huijuan Cao, Nerida Klupp, Jianping Liu, Alan Bensoussan, Hosen Kiat, Dennis Chang
INTRODUCTION: Cardiovascular disease (CVD) is a leading cause of morbidity and mortality worldwide. Psychological risk factors such as stress, anxiety and depression are known to play a significant and independent role in the development and progression of CVD and its risk factors. Tai Chi has been reported to be potentially effective for health and well-being. It is of value to assess the effectiveness and safety of Tai Chi on psychological well-being and quality of life in people with CVD and/or cardiovascular risk factors...
August 18, 2017: BMJ Open
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28821467/in-vitro-characterization-of-cyp102g4-from-streptomyces-cattleya-a-self-sufficient-p450-naturally-producing-indigo
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Joonwon Kim, Pyung-Gang Lee, Eun-Ok Jung, Byung-Gee Kim
Self-sufficient CYP102As possess outstanding hydroxylating activity to fatty acids such as myristic acid. Other CYP102 subfamily members share substrate specificity of CYP102As, but, occasionally, unusual characteristics of its own subfamily have been found. In this study, only one self-sufficient cytochrome P450 from Streptomyces cattleya was renamed from CYP102A_scat to CYP102G4, purified and characterized. UV-Vis spectrometry pattern, FAD/FMN analysis, and protein sequence comparison among CYP102s have shown that CYP102 from Streptomyces cattleya belongs to CYP102G subfamily...
August 15, 2017: Biochimica et Biophysica Acta
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28821437/particle-sizing-of-pharmaceutical-aerosols-via-direct-imaging-of-particle-settling-velocities
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Rami Fishler, Frank Verhoeven, Wilbur de Kruijf, Josué Sznitman
We present a novel method for characterizing in near real-time the aerodynamic particle size distributions from pharmaceutical inhalers. The proposed method is based on direct imaging of airborne particles followed by a particle-by-particle measurement of settling velocities using image analysis and particle tracking algorithms. Due to the simplicity of the principle of operation, this method has the potential of circumventing potential biases of current real-time particle analyzers (e.g. Time of Flight analysis), while offering a cost effective solution...
August 15, 2017: European Journal of Pharmaceutical Sciences
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