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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27921150/bone-mineral-density-is-decreased-in-fibromyalgia-syndrome-a-systematic-review-and-meta-analysis
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Sikarin Upala, Wai Chung Yong, Anawin Sanguankeo
Previous studies have shown that fibromyalgia syndrome (FMS) is associated with low level of physical activity and exercise, which may lead to an increased risk of osteoporosis. However, studies of bone mineral density (BMD) in fibromyalgia have shown conflicting results. Thus, we conducted a systematic review and meta-analysis to better characterize the association between FMS and BMD. A comprehensive search of the databases MEDLINE and EMBASE was performed from inception through May 2016. The inclusion criterion was the observational studies' assessment of the association between fibromyalgia and bone mineral density in adult subjects...
December 5, 2016: Rheumatology International
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27921102/infrared-spectral-histopathology-using-haematoxylin-and-eosin-h-e-stained-glass-slides-a-major-step-forward-towards-clinical-translation
#2
Michael J Pilling, Alex Henderson, Jonathan H Shanks, Michael D Brown, Noel W Clarke, Peter Gardner
Infrared spectral histopathology has shown great promise as an important diagnostic tool, with the potential to complement current pathological methods. While promising, clinical translation has been hindered by the impracticalities of using infrared transmissive substrates which are both fragile and prohibitively very expensive. Recently, glass has been proposed as a potential replacement which, although largely opaque in the infrared, allows unrestricted access to the high wavenumber region (2500-3800 cm(-1))...
December 6, 2016: Analyst
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27921065/rapidly-progressive-muscle-paralysis-and-acute-respiratory-failure-following-endoscopic-botulinum-toxin-injection
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Geoffrey You, Ahmed Khan, Julia Shor, Gary P Forester
Botulism toxin injection (BTI) is a well-known and relatively safe endoscopic treatment for achalasia. We report a case of a 90-year-old female diagnosed with achalasia who subsequently underwent BTI with symptomatic relief. The therapy was complicated by systemic botulism, however, leading to progressive muscle paralysis with diaphragmatic involvement requiring mechanical ventilation support. This is the first reported case of BTI for achalasia causing systemic botulism.
August 2016: ACG Case Reports Journal
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27920609/two-new-liolaemus-lizards-from-the-andean-highlands-of-southern-chile-squamata-iguania-liolaemidae
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Jaime Troncoso-Palacios, Hugo A Diaz, German I Puas, Edvin Riveros-Riffo, Alvaro A Elorza
Liolaemus is a diverse genus of lizards, subdivided into two subgenera: Liolaemus (sensu stricto) and Eulaemus, distributed mainly in Chile and Argentina. The Liolaemus elongatus-kriegi complex is the most diverse group within Liolaemus (sensu stricto), especially the species closely related to Liolaemus elongatus, which form a clade currently comprising nine species. Several Chilean species of this group have been recently described, mainly from volcanoes and poorly explored mountains. Here molecular and morphological evidence are provided for a new species of the Liolaemus elongatus clade, which is characterized by its small size and lack of dorsal pattern, unusual features for the species of this group of lizards...
2016: ZooKeys
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27920536/evaluation-of-potential-novel-variations-and-their-interactions-related-to-bipolar-disorders-analysis-of-genome-wide-association-study-data
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Cengizhan Acikel, Yesim Aydin Son, Cemil Celik, Husamettin Gul
BACKGROUND: Multifactor dimensionality reduction (MDR) is a nonparametric approach that can be used to detect relevant interactions between single-nucleotide polymorphisms (SNPs). The aim of this study was to build the best genomic model based on SNP associations and to identify candidate polymorphisms that are the underlying molecular basis of the bipolar disorders. METHODS: This study was performed on Whole-Genome Association Study of Bipolar Disorder (dbGaP [database of Genotypes and Phenotypes] study accession number: phs000017...
2016: Neuropsychiatric Disease and Treatment
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27919923/clonality-increases-with-snow-depth-in-the-arctic-dwarf-shrub-empetrum-hermaphroditum
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Miriam J Bienau, R Lutz Eckstein, Annette Otte, Walter Durka
PREMISE OF THE STUDY: Vegetative reproduction and spread through clonal growth plays an important role in arctic-alpine ecosystems with short cool growing seasons. Local variation in winter snow accumulation leads to discrete habitat types that may provide divergent conditions for sexual and vegetative reproduction. Therefore, we studied variation in clonal structure of a dominant, evergreen, dwarf shrub (Empetrum nigrum s.l. with the two taxa E. nigrum L. s.s. and E. hermaphroditum Hagerup) along a snow cover gradient and compared clonal diversity and spatial genetic structure between habitats...
December 5, 2016: American Journal of Botany
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27919557/trend-shifts-in-satellite-derived-vegetation-growth-in-central-eurasia-1982-2013
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Hao-Jie Xu, Xin-Ping Wang, Tai-Bao Yang
Central Eurasian vegetation is critical for the regional ecological security and the global carbon cycle. However, climatic impacts on vegetation growth in Central Eurasia are uncertain. The reason for this uncertainty lies in the fact that the response of vegetation to climate change showed nonlinearity, seasonality and differences among plant functional types. Based on remotely sensed vegetation index and in-situ meteorological data for the years 1982-2013, in conjunction with the latest land cover type product, we analyzed how vegetation growth trend varied across different seasons and evaluated vegetation response to climate variables at regional, biome and pixel scales...
December 2, 2016: Science of the Total Environment
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27919371/a-machine-learning-based-framework-to-identify-type-2-diabetes-through-electronic-health-records
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Tao Zheng, Wei Xie, Liling Xu, Xiaoying He, Ya Zhang, Mingrong You, Gong Yang, You Chen
OBJECTIVE: To discover diverse genotype-phenotype associations affiliated with Type 2 Diabetes Mellitus (T2DM) via genome-wide association study (GWAS) and phenome-wide association study (PheWAS), more cases (T2DM subjects) and controls (subjects without T2DM) are required to be identified (e.g., via Electronic Health Records (EHR)). However, existing expert based identification algorithms often suffer in a low recall rate and could miss a large number of valuable samples under conservative filtering standards...
January 2017: International Journal of Medical Informatics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27918659/importance-of-various-training-load-measures-on-injury-incidence-of-professional-rugby-league-athletes
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Heidi R Thornton, Jace A Delaney, Grant M Duthie, Ben J Dascombe
PURPOSE: To investigate the ability of various internal and external training load (TL) monitoring measures to predict injury incidence amongst positional groups within professional rugby league athletes. METHODS: TL and injury data were collected across 3 seasons (2013-2015) from twenty-five players competing in the National Rugby League competition. Daily TL data were included in the analysis, including session rating of perceived exertion (sRPE-TL), total distance (TD), high-speed running distance (HSD; >5m·s(-1)) and high-metabolic power distance (HPD; >20 W·kg(-1))...
December 5, 2016: International Journal of Sports Physiology and Performance
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27918640/label-free-virus-capture-and-release-by-a-microfluidic-device-integrated-with-porous-silicon-nanowire-forest
#10
Yiqiu Xia, Yi Tang, Xu Yu, Yuan Wan, Yizhu Chen, Huaguang Lu, Si-Yang Zheng
Viral diseases are perpetual threats to human and animal health. Detection and characterization of viral pathogens require accurate, sensitive, and rapid diagnostic assays. For field and clinical samples, the sample preparation procedures limit the ultimate performance and utility of the overall virus diagnostic protocols. This study presents the development of a microfluidic device embedded with porous silicon nanowire (pSiNW) forest for label-free size-based point-of-care virus capture in a continuous curved flow design...
December 5, 2016: Small
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27918183/finding-structure-in-data-using-multivariate-tree-boosting
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Patrick J Miller, Gitta H Lubke, Daniel B McArtor, C S Bergeman
Technology and collaboration enable dramatic increases in the size of psychological and psychiatric data collections, but finding structure in these large data sets with many collected variables is challenging. Decision tree ensembles such as random forests (Strobl, Malley, & Tutz, 2009) are a useful tool for finding structure, but are difficult to interpret with multiple outcome variables which are often of interest in psychology. To find and interpret structure in data sets with multiple outcomes and many predictors (possibly exceeding the sample size), we introduce a multivariate extension to a decision tree ensemble method called gradient boosted regression trees (Friedman, 2001)...
December 2016: Psychological Methods
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27918182/theory-guided-exploration-with-structural-equation-model-forests
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Andreas M Brandmaier, John J Prindle, John J McArdle, Ulman Lindenberger
Structural equation model (SEM) trees, a combination of SEMs and decision trees, have been proposed as a data-analytic tool for theory-guided exploration of empirical data. With respect to a hypothesized model of multivariate outcomes, such trees recursively find subgroups with similar patterns of observed data. SEM trees allow for the automatic selection of variables that predict differences across individuals in specific theoretical models, for instance, differences in latent factor profiles or developmental trajectories...
December 2016: Psychological Methods
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27918151/reservoir-driven-heterogeneous-distribution-of-recorded-human-puumala-virus-cases-in-south-west-germany
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S Drewes, H Turni, U M Rosenfeld, A Obiegala, P Straková, C Imholt, E Glatthaar, K Dressel, M Pfeffer, J Jacob, C Wagner-Wiening, R G Ulrich
Endemic regions for Puumala virus (PUUV) are located in the most affected federal state Baden-Wuerttemberg, South-West Germany, where high numbers of notified human hantavirus disease cases have been occurring for a long time. The distribution of human cases in Baden-Wuerttemberg is, however, heterogeneous, with a high number of cases recorded during 2012 in four districts (H districts) but a low number or even no cases recorded in four other districts (L districts). Bank vole monitoring during 2012, following a beech (Fagus sylvatica) mast year, resulted in the trapping of 499 bank voles, the host of PUUV...
December 5, 2016: Zoonoses and Public Health
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27918073/dominant-mycorrhizal-association-of-trees-alters-carbon-and-nutrient-cycling-by-selecting-for-microbial-groups-with-distinct-enzyme-function
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Tanya E Cheeke, Richard P Phillips, Edward R Brzostek, Anna Rosling, James D Bever, Petra Fransson
While it is well established that plants associating with arbuscular mycorrhizal (AM) and ectomycorrhizal (ECM) fungi cycle carbon (C) and nutrients in distinct ways, we have a limited understanding of whether varying abundance of ECM and AM plants in a stand can provide integrative proxies for key biogeochemical processes. We explored linkages between the relative abundance of AM and ECM trees and microbial functioning in three hardwood forests in southern Indiana, USA. Across each site's 'mycorrhizal gradient', we measured fungal biomass, fungal : bacterial (F : B) ratios, extracellular enzyme activities, soil carbon : nitrogen ratio, and soil pH over a growing season...
December 5, 2016: New Phytologist
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27917167/potential-for-sulfate-reduction-in-mangrove-forest-soils-comparison-between-two-dominant-species-of-the-americas
#15
Melike Balk, Joost A Keuskamp, Hendrikus J Laanbroek
Avicennia and Rhizophora are globally occurring mangrove genera with different traits that place them in different parts of the intertidal zone. It is generally accepted that the oxidizing capacity of Avicennia roots is larger than that of Rhizophora roots, which initiates more reduced conditions in the soil below the latter genus. We hypothesize that the more reduced conditions beneath Rhizophora stands lead to more active sulfate-reducing microbial communities compared to Avicennia stands. To test this hypothesis, we measured sulfate reduction traits in soil samples collected from neighboring Avicennia germinans and Rhizophora mangle stands at three different locations in southern Florida...
2016: Frontiers in Microbiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27917052/the-blowflies-of-the-madeira-archipelago-species-diversity-distribution-and-identification-diptera-calliphoridaes-l
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Catarina Prado E Castro, Krzysztof Szpila, Anabel Martínez-Sánchez, Rego, Isamberto Silva, Artur R M Serrano, Mário Boieiro
Knowledge on the taxonomic diversity and distribution of blowflies from the Madeira Archipelago is updated. New and interesting findings are reported for poorly studied islands and islets of this archipelago, together with a brief analysis of the diversity of Macaronesian Calliphoridae s. l. Seven blowfly species were collected during this study, including the first records of Calliphora vicina Robineau-Desvoidy, 1830, Chrysomya albiceps (Wiedemann, 1819), Lucilia sericata (Meigen, 1826), Pollenia rudis (Fabricius, 1794) and Stomorhina lunata (Fabricius, 1805) from Porto Santo, and of Calliphora vicina, Lucilia sericata and Stomorhina lunata from Desertas Islands...
2016: ZooKeys
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27917006/measuring-spatiotemporal-variation-in-snow-optical-grain-size-under-a-subalpine-forest-canopy-using-contact-spectroscopy
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Noah P Molotch, David M Barnard, Sean P Burns, Thomas H Painter
The distribution of forest cover exerts strong controls on the spatiotemporal distribution of snow accumulation and snowmelt. The physical processes that govern these controls are poorly understood given a lack of detailed measurements of snow states. In this study, we address one of many measurement gaps by using contact spectroscopy to measure snow optical grain size at high spatial resolution in trenches dug between tree boles in a subalpine forest. Trenches were collocated with continuous measurements of snow depth and vertical profiles of snow temperature and supplemented with manual measurements of snow temperature, geometric grain size, grain type, and density from trench walls...
September 2016: Water Resources Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27916962/lightweight-sensor-authentication-scheme-for-energy-efficiency-in-ubiquitous-computing-environments
#18
Jaeseung Lee, Yunsick Sung, Jong Hyuk Park
The Internet of Things (IoT) is the intelligent technologies and services that mutually communicate information between humans and devices or between Internet-based devices. In IoT environments, various device information is collected from the user for intelligent technologies and services that control the devices. Recently, wireless sensor networks based on IoT environments are being used in sectors as diverse as medicine, the military, and commerce. Specifically, sensor techniques that collect relevant area data via mini-sensors after distributing smart dust in inaccessible areas like forests or military zones have been embraced as the future of information technology...
December 1, 2016: Sensors
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27916949/comparing-%C3%A2-tmax-determination-approaches-for-granier-based-sapflow-estimations
#19
Inken Rabbel, Bernd Diekkrüger, Holm Voigt, Burkhard Neuwirth
Granier-type thermal dissipation probes are common instruments for quantifying tree water use in forest hydrological studies. Estimating sapflow using Granier-type sapflow sensors requires determining the maximum temperature gradient (∆Tmax) between the heated probe and the reference probe below. ∆Tmax represents a state of zero sap flux, which was originally assumed to occur each night leading to a ∆Tmax determination on a daily basis. However, researchers have proven that, under certain conditions, sapflow may continue throughout the night...
December 1, 2016: Sensors
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27916948/a-robust-and-device-free-system-for-the-recognition-and-classification-of-elderly-activities
#20
Fangmin Li, Mohammed Abdulaziz Aide Al-Qaness, Yong Zhang, Bihai Zhao, Xidao Luan
Human activity recognition, tracking and classification is an essential trend in assisted living systems that can help support elderly people with their daily activities. Traditional activity recognition approaches depend on vision-based or sensor-based techniques. Nowadays, a novel promising technique has obtained more attention, namely device-free human activity recognition that neither requires the target object to wear or carry a device nor install cameras in a perceived area. The device-free technique for activity recognition uses only the signals of common wireless local area network (WLAN) devices available everywhere...
December 1, 2016: Sensors
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