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Henry Maia Peixoto, Marcelo Augusto Mota Brito, Gustavo Adolfo Sierra Romero, Wuelton Marcelo Monteiro, Marcus Vinícius Guimarães de Lacerda, Maria Regina Fernandes de Oliveira
OBJECTIVE: The aim of this study was to estimate the incremental budget impact (IBI) of a rapid diagnostic test to detect G6PDd in male patients infected with Plasmodium vivax in the Brazilian Amazon, as compared to the routine protocol recommended in Brazil which does not include G6PDd testing. METHODS: The budget impact analysis was performed from the perspective of the Brazilian health system, in the Brazilian Amazon for the years 2013, 2014 and 2015. The analysis used a decision model to compare two scenarios: the first consisting of the routine recommended in Brazil which does not include prior diagnosis of dG6PD, and the second based on the use of RDT CareStart(™) G6PD (CS-G6PD) in all male subjects diagnosed with vivax malaria...
October 22, 2016: Tropical Medicine & International Health: TM & IH
Anurati Saha, Rebecca Rolfe, Simon Carroll, Daniel J Kelly, Paula Murphy
Chondrogenesis in vivo is precisely controlled in time and space. The entire limb skeleton forms from cells at the core of the early limb bud that condense and undergo chondrogenic differentiation. Whether they form stable cartilage at the articular surface of the joint or transient cartilage that progresses to hypertrophy as endochondral bone, replacing the cartilage template of the skeletal rudiment, is spatially controlled over several days in the embryo. Here, we follow the differentiation of cells taken from the early limb bud (embryonic day 11...
October 22, 2016: Cell and Tissue Research
Katsiaryna Holl, Christophe Sauboin, Emanuele Amodio, Paolo Bonanni, Giovanni Gabutti
BACKGROUND: Varicella is a highly infectious disease with a significant public health and economic burden, which can be prevented with childhood routine varicella vaccination. Vaccination strategies differ by country. Some factors are known to play an important role (number of doses, coverage, dosing interval, efficacy and catch-up programmes), however, their relative impact on the reduction of varicella in the population remains unclear. This paper aims to help policy makers prioritise the critical factors to achieve the most successful vaccination programme with the available budget...
October 21, 2016: BMC Public Health
Florian A Busch, Rowan F Sage
The biochemical model of C3 photosynthesis by Farquhar, von Caemmerer and Berry (FvCB) assumes that photosynthetic CO2 assimilation is limited by one of three biochemical processes that are not always easily discerned. This leads to improper assessments of biochemical limitations that limit the accuracy of the model predictions. We use the sensitivity of rates of CO2 assimilation and photosynthetic electron transport to changes in O2 and CO2 concentration in the chloroplast to evaluate photosynthetic limitations...
October 21, 2016: New Phytologist
Yadvinder Malhi, Cécile A J Girardin, Gregory R Goldsmith, Christopher E Doughty, Norma Salinas, Daniel B Metcalfe, Walter Huaraca Huasco, Javier E Silva-Espejo, Jhon Del Aguilla-Pasquell, Filio Farfán Amézquita, Luiz E O C Aragão, Rossella Guerrieri, Françoise Yoko Ishida, Nur H A Bahar, William Farfan-Rios, Oliver L Phillips, Patrick Meir, Miles Silman
Why do forest productivity and biomass decline with elevation? To address this question, research to date generally has focused on correlative approaches describing changes in woody growth and biomass with elevation. We present a novel, mechanistic approach to this question by quantifying the autotrophic carbon budget in 16 forest plots along a 3300 m elevation transect in Peru. Low growth rates at high elevations appear primarily driven by low gross primary productivity (GPP), with little shift in either carbon use efficiency (CUE) or allocation of net primary productivity (NPP) between wood, fine roots and canopy...
October 21, 2016: New Phytologist
Philippe Lefrançois, Beth Rockmill, Pingxing Xie, G Shirleen Roeder, Michael Snyder
During meiosis, chromosomes undergo a homology search in order to locate their homolog to form stable pairs and exchange genetic material. Early in prophase, chromosomes associate in mostly non-homologous pairs, tethered only at their centromeres. This phenomenon, conserved through higher eukaryotes, is termed centromere coupling in budding yeast. Both initiation of recombination and the presence of homologs are dispensable for centromere coupling (occurring in spo11 mutants and haploids induced to undergo meiosis) but the presence of the synaptonemal complex (SC) protein Zip1 is required...
October 2016: PLoS Genetics
Kerry A Geiler-Samerotte, Yuan O Zhu, Benjamin E Goulet, David W Hall, Mark L Siegal
The protein-folding chaperone Hsp90 has been proposed to buffer the phenotypic effects of mutations. The potential for Hsp90 and other putative buffers to increase robustness to mutation has had major impact on disease models, quantitative genetics, and evolutionary theory. But Hsp90 sometimes contradicts expectations for a buffer by potentiating rapid phenotypic changes that would otherwise not occur. Here, we quantify Hsp90's ability to buffer or potentiate (i.e., diminish or enhance) the effects of genetic variation on single-cell morphological features in budding yeast...
October 2016: PLoS Biology
Rajni Porwal, Anurag Gupta, R C Budhani
The influence of YBa2Cu3O7 (YBCO) superconductor layer (S-layer) with a varying thickness d YBCO  =  20-50 nm on the magnetic coupling between two La0.67Ca0.33MnO3 (LCMO) ferromagnet layers (F-layer, thickness d LCMO  =  50 nm) in F/S/F heterostructures (HSs) was investigated by measuring global magnetization (M) in a temperature (T) range  =  2-300 K and a magnetic field (H) range  =  0-10 kOe. All the HSs were superconducting with the critical temperature (T C) decreasing from  =  78 to 36 K with decrease in d YBCO, whereas the ferromagnetic ordering temperature T M  =  250 K did not change much...
October 21, 2016: Journal of Physics. Condensed Matter: An Institute of Physics Journal
Martie L Skinner, Kevin P Haggerty, Mary Casey-Goldstein, Ronald W Thompson, Laura Buddenberg, W Alex Mason
OBJECTIVES: The changes in Washington State and Colorado marijuana laws call for the development of new brief family-focused adolescent marijuana use preventive interventions that are relevant for and tailored to the context of legalization for retail sale. To that end, focus groups with parents and teens were conducted to find out about their concerns and needs in the context of legalization. METHODS: Six semi-structured focus groups (3 with parents, 3 with teens) were conducted in Washington State in 2013 related to consequences of teen marijuana use and messages that would be effective in helping to prevent teens from using marijuana in the context of legal adult use...
October 21, 2016: Substance Use & Misuse
Ashleigh A McGirr, Kevin L Schwartz, Upton Allen, Melinda Solomon, Beate Sander
Background Children with cystic fibrosis (CF) are at higher risk of severe respiratory syncytial virus (RSV) infection, which can lead to a decline in lung function. A monoclonal antibody, palivizumab (PMB), effectively prevents RSV hospitalizations; however, the high cost of PMB, approximately C$10,000 per patient per RSV season, limits its widespread use. We assess the cost-effectiveness of PMB prophylaxis in CF children less than 2 years of age from the Canadian healthcare payer's perspective. Methods In 2014, a Markov cohort model of CF disease and infant RSV infections in the Canadian setting was developed based on literature data...
October 21, 2016: Human Vaccines & Immunotherapeutics
P Adamson, F P An, I Anghel, A Aurisano, A B Balantekin, H R Band, G Barr, M Bishai, A Blake, S Blyth, G J Bock, D Bogert, D Cao, G F Cao, J Cao, S V Cao, T J Carroll, C M Castromonte, W R Cen, Y L Chan, J F Chang, L C Chang, Y Chang, H S Chen, Q Y Chen, R Chen, S M Chen, Y Chen, Y X Chen, J Cheng, J-H Cheng, Y P Cheng, Z K Cheng, J J Cherwinka, S Childress, M C Chu, A Chukanov, J A B Coelho, L Corwin, D Cronin-Hennessy, J P Cummings, J de Arcos, S De Rijck, Z Y Deng, A V Devan, N E Devenish, X F Ding, Y Y Ding, M V Diwan, M Dolgareva, J Dove, D A Dwyer, W R Edwards, C O Escobar, J J Evans, E Falk, G J Feldman, W Flanagan, M V Frohne, M Gabrielyan, H R Gallagher, S Germani, R Gill, R A Gomes, M Gonchar, G H Gong, H Gong, M C Goodman, P Gouffon, N Graf, R Gran, M Grassi, K Grzelak, W Q Gu, M Y Guan, L Guo, R P Guo, X H Guo, Z Guo, A Habig, R W Hackenburg, S R Hahn, R Han, S Hans, J Hartnell, R Hatcher, M He, K M Heeger, Y K Heng, A Higuera, A Holin, Y K Hor, Y B Hsiung, B Z Hu, T Hu, W Hu, E C Huang, H X Huang, J Huang, X T Huang, P Huber, W Huo, G Hussain, J Hylen, G M Irwin, Z Isvan, D E Jaffe, P Jaffke, C James, K L Jen, D Jensen, S Jetter, X L Ji, X P Ji, J B Jiao, R A Johnson, J K de Jong, J Joshi, T Kafka, L Kang, S M S Kasahara, S H Kettell, S Kohn, G Koizumi, M Kordosky, M Kramer, A Kreymer, K K Kwan, M W Kwok, T Kwok, K Lang, T J Langford, K Lau, L Lebanowski, J Lee, J H C Lee, R T Lei, R Leitner, J K C Leung, C Li, D J Li, F Li, G S Li, Q J Li, S Li, S C Li, W D Li, X N Li, Y F Li, Z B Li, H Liang, C J Lin, G L Lin, S Lin, S K Lin, Y-C Lin, J J Ling, J M Link, P J Litchfield, L Littenberg, B R Littlejohn, D W Liu, J C Liu, J L Liu, C W Loh, C Lu, H Q Lu, J S Lu, P Lucas, K B Luk, Z Lv, Q M Ma, X B Ma, X Y Ma, Y Q Ma, Y Malyshkin, W A Mann, M L Marshak, D A Martinez Caicedo, N Mayer, K T McDonald, C McGivern, R D McKeown, M M Medeiros, R Mehdiyev, J R Meier, M D Messier, W H Miller, S R Mishra, I Mitchell, M Mooney, C D Moore, L Mualem, J Musser, Y Nakajima, D Naples, J Napolitano, D Naumov, E Naumova, J K Nelson, H B Newman, H Y Ngai, R J Nichol, Z Ning, J A Nowak, J O'Connor, J P Ochoa-Ricoux, A Olshevskiy, M Orchanian, R B Pahlka, J Paley, H-R Pan, J Park, R B Patterson, S Patton, G Pawloski, V Pec, J C Peng, A Perch, M M Pfützner, D D Phan, S Phan-Budd, L Pinsky, R K Plunkett, N Poonthottathil, C S J Pun, F Z Qi, M Qi, X Qian, X Qiu, A Radovic, N Raper, B Rebel, J Ren, C Rosenfeld, R Rosero, B Roskovec, X C Ruan, H A Rubin, P Sail, M C Sanchez, J Schneps, A Schreckenberger, P Schreiner, R Sharma, S Moed Sher, A Sousa, H Steiner, G X Sun, J L Sun, N Tagg, R L Talaga, W Tang, D Taychenachev, J Thomas, M A Thomson, X Tian, A Timmons, J Todd, S C Tognini, R Toner, D Torretta, K Treskov, K V Tsang, C E Tull, G Tzanakos, J Urheim, P Vahle, N Viaux, B Viren, V Vorobel, C H Wang, M Wang, N Y Wang, R G Wang, W Wang, X Wang, Y F Wang, Z Wang, Z M Wang, R C Webb, A Weber, H Y Wei, L J Wen, K Whisnant, C White, L Whitehead, L H Whitehead, T Wise, S G Wojcicki, H L H Wong, S C F Wong, E Worcester, C-H Wu, Q Wu, W J Wu, D M Xia, J K Xia, Z Z Xing, J L Xu, J Y Xu, Y Xu, T Xue, C G Yang, H Yang, L Yang, M S Yang, M T Yang, M Ye, Z Ye, M Yeh, B L Young, Z Y Yu, S Zeng, L Zhan, C Zhang, H H Zhang, J W Zhang, Q M Zhang, X T Zhang, Y M Zhang, Y X Zhang, Z J Zhang, Z P Zhang, Z Y Zhang, J Zhao, Q W Zhao, Y B Zhao, W L Zhong, L Zhou, N Zhou, H L Zhuang, J H Zou
Searches for a light sterile neutrino have been performed independently by the MINOS and the Daya Bay experiments using the muon (anti)neutrino and electron antineutrino disappearance channels, respectively. In this Letter, results from both experiments are combined with those from the Bugey-3 reactor neutrino experiment to constrain oscillations into light sterile neutrinos. The three experiments are sensitive to complementary regions of parameter space, enabling the combined analysis to probe regions allowed by the Liquid Scintillator Neutrino Detector (LSND) and MiniBooNE experiments in a minimally extended four-neutrino flavor framework...
October 7, 2016: Physical Review Letters
P Adamson, I Anghel, A Aurisano, G Barr, M Bishai, A Blake, G J Bock, D Bogert, S V Cao, T J Carroll, C M Castromonte, R Chen, S Childress, J A B Coelho, L Corwin, D Cronin-Hennessy, J K de Jong, S De Rijck, A V Devan, N E Devenish, M V Diwan, C O Escobar, J J Evans, E Falk, G J Feldman, W Flanagan, M V Frohne, M Gabrielyan, H R Gallagher, S Germani, R A Gomes, M C Goodman, P Gouffon, N Graf, R Gran, K Grzelak, A Habig, S R Hahn, J Hartnell, R Hatcher, A Holin, J Huang, J Hylen, G M Irwin, Z Isvan, C James, D Jensen, T Kafka, S M S Kasahara, G Koizumi, M Kordosky, A Kreymer, K Lang, J Ling, P J Litchfield, P Lucas, W A Mann, M L Marshak, N Mayer, C McGivern, M M Medeiros, R Mehdiyev, J R Meier, M D Messier, W H Miller, S R Mishra, S Moed Sher, C D Moore, L Mualem, J Musser, D Naples, J K Nelson, H B Newman, R J Nichol, J A Nowak, J O'Connor, M Orchanian, R B Pahlka, J Paley, R B Patterson, G Pawloski, A Perch, M M Pfützner, D D Phan, S Phan-Budd, R K Plunkett, N Poonthottathil, X Qiu, A Radovic, B Rebel, C Rosenfeld, H A Rubin, P Sail, M C Sanchez, J Schneps, A Schreckenberger, P Schreiner, R Sharma, A Sousa, N Tagg, R L Talaga, J Thomas, M A Thomson, X Tian, A Timmons, J Todd, S C Tognini, R Toner, D Torretta, G Tzanakos, J Urheim, P Vahle, B Viren, A Weber, R C Webb, C White, L Whitehead, L H Whitehead, S G Wojcicki, R Zwaska
We report results of a search for oscillations involving a light sterile neutrino over distances of 1.04 and 735 km in a ν_{μ}-dominated beam with a peak energy of 3 GeV. The data, from an exposure of 10.56×10^{20} protons on target, are analyzed using a phenomenological model with one sterile neutrino. We constrain the mixing parameters θ_{24} and Δm_{41}^{2} and set limits on parameters of the four-dimensional Pontecorvo-Maki-Nakagawa-Sakata matrix, |U_{μ4}|^{2} and |U_{τ4}|^{2}, under the assumption that mixing between ν_{e} and ν_{s} is negligible (|U_{e4}|^{2}=0)...
October 7, 2016: Physical Review Letters
Gvido Cebers, Robert C Alexander, Samantha Budd Haeberlein, David Han, Ronald Goldwater, Larry Ereshefsky, Tina Olsson, Naidong Ye, Laura Rosen, Muir Russell, Justine Maltby, Susanna Eketjäll, Alan R Kugler
AZD3293 (LY3314814) is a promising new potentially disease-modifying BACE1 (β-secretase) inhibitor in Phase III clinical development for the treatment of Alzheimer's disease. Reported here are the first two Phase I studies: (1) a single ascending dose study evaluating doses of 1-750 mg with a food-effect component (n = 72), and (2) a 2-week multiple ascending dose study evaluating doses of 15 or 50 mg once daily (QD) or 70 mg once weekly (QW) in elderly subjects (Part 1, n = 31), and 15, 50, or 150 mg QD in patients with mild to moderate Alzheimer's disease (Part 2, n = 16)...
October 19, 2016: Journal of Alzheimer's Disease: JAD
Ádám Berniczei-Roykó, Jan-Hendrik Tappe, Axel Krinner, Tomasz Gredes, András Végh, Katona Gábor, Kamila Linkowska-Świdzińska, Ute Ulrike Botzenhart
BACKGROUND Cleft defects are one of the most frequent birth-deformities of the orofacial region and they are commonly associated with anomalies of the tooth structure, size, shape, formation, eruption, and tooth number. The aim of our study was to evaluate the prevalence, distribution, and potential association of combined hypodontia in cleft-affected patients with regard to all types of teeth in both jaws in the permanent dentition. MATERIAL AND METHODS This retrospective radiographic analysis included patients with various types of clefts treated orthodontically in the Department of Orofacial Orthopedics and Orthodontics at Heim Pàl Children's Hospital, Budapest...
October 21, 2016: Medical Science Monitor: International Medical Journal of Experimental and Clinical Research
Federico Pedraja, Rossana Perrone, Ana Silva, Ruben Budelli
Agonistic behaviour related to territorial defence is likely to be costly in terms of energy loss and risk of injury. Hence information about the fighting ability of a potential opponent could influence the outcome of the contest. We here study electric images of the territorial and aggressive weakly electric fish Gymnotus omarorum in the context of agonistic behaviour. We show that passive and active electric images may drive the approach towards an opponent. The likelihood of first attacks can be predicted in these fish based on electric image information, suggesting that aggressive interactions may in fact be triggered through the passive electrosensory information...
October 21, 2016: Bioinspiration & Biomimetics
Angie D Ambers, Jennifer D Churchill, Jonathan L King, Monika Stoljarova, Harrell Gill-King, Mourad Assidi, Muhammad Abu-Elmagd, Abdelbaset Buhmeida, Bruce Budowle
BACKGROUND: Although the primary objective of forensic DNA analyses of unidentified human remains is positive identification, cases involving historical or archaeological skeletal remains often lack reference samples for comparison. Massively parallel sequencing (MPS) offers an opportunity to provide biometric data in such cases, and these cases provide valuable data on the feasibility of applying MPS for characterization of modern forensic casework samples. In this study, MPS was used to characterize 140-year-old human skeletal remains discovered at a historical site in Deadwood, South Dakota, United States...
October 17, 2016: BMC Genomics
Muhammad Abu-Elmagd, Mourad Assidi, Ashraf Dallol, Abdelbaset Buhmeida, Peter Natesan Pushparaj, Gauthaman Kalamegam, Emad Al-Hamzi, Jerry W Shay, Stephen W Scherer, Ashok Agarwal, Bruce Budowle, Mamdooh Gari, Adeel Chaudhary, Adel Abuzenadah, Mohammed Al-Qahtani
The Third International Genomic Medicine Conference (3(rd) IGMC) was organised by the Centre of Excellence in Genomic Medicine Research (CEGMR) at the King Abdulaziz University, Jeddah, Kingdom of Saudi Arabia (KSA). This conference is a continuation of a series of meetings, which began with the first International Genomic Medicine Conference (1(st) IGMC, 2011) followed by the second International Genomic Medicine Conference (2(nd) IGMC, 2013). The 3(rd) IGMC meeting presented as a timely opportunity to bring scientists from across the world to gather, discuss, and exchange recent advances in the field of genomics and genetics in general as well as practical information on using these new technologies in different basic and clinical applications...
October 17, 2016: BMC Genomics
J M Koshy, S Mohan, D Deodhar, M John, A Oberoi, A Pannu
BACKGROUND: Though cryptococcal meningitis (CM) is recognized as a disease of the immunocompromised, studies have implicated that it also affect immunocompetent patients. METHODOLOGY: This was a cross sectional study conducted in the Department of Medicine of a tertiary teaching institution in North India. All the patients diagnosed with CM on the basis of detection of cryptococcal antigen or the presence of capsulated budding yeast cells on India ink preparation, from April 2009 to March2015 were included in the study...
October 2016: Journal of the Association of Physicians of India
M Asaduzzaman Prodhan, Ricarda Jost, Mutsumi Watanabe, Rainer Hoefgen, Hans Lambers, Patrick M Finnegan
Hakea prostrata (Proteaceae) has evolved in an extremely phosphorus- (P) limited environment. This species exhibits an exceptionally low ribosomal RNA (rRNA) and low protein and nitrogen (N) concentration in its leaves. Little is known about the N requirement of this species, and its link to P metabolism, despite this being the key to understanding how it functions with a minimal P budget. Hakea prostrata plants were grown with various N supplies. Metabolite and elemental analyses were performed to determine its N requirement...
October 20, 2016: Plant, Cell & Environment
Folkert de Groot, Stefano Capri, Jean-Claude Castanier, David Cunningham, Bruno Flamion, Mathias Flume, Harald Herholz, Lars-Åke Levin, Oriol Solà-Morales, Christoph J Rupprecht, Natalie Shalet, Andrew Walker, Olivier Wong
With finite resources, healthcare payers must make difficult choices regarding spending and the ethical distribution of funds. Here, we describe some of the ethical issues surrounding inequity in healthcare in nine major European countries, using cancer care as an example. To identify relevant studies, we conducted a systematic literature search. The results of the literature review suggest that although prevention, access to early diagnosis, and radiotherapy are key factors associated with good outcomes in oncology, public and political attention often focusses on the availability of pharmacological treatments...
October 21, 2016: Applied Health Economics and Health Policy
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