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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28221831/behavioral-hypervolumes-of-predator-groups-and-predator-predator-interactions-shape-prey-survival-rates-and-selection-on-prey-behavior
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Jonathan N Pruitt, Kimberly A Howell, Shaniqua J Gladney, Yusan Yang, James L L Lichtenstein, Michelle Elise Spicer, Sebastian A Echeverri, Noa Pinter-Wollman
Predator-prey interactions often vary on the basis of the traits of the individual predators and prey involved. Here we examine whether the multidimensional behavioral diversity of predator groups shapes prey mortality rates and selection on prey behavior. We ran individual sea stars (Pisaster ochraceus) through three behavioral assays to characterize individuals' behavioral phenotype along three axes. We then created groups that varied in the volume of behavioral space that they occupied. We further manipulated the ability of predators to interact with one another physically via the addition of barriers...
March 2017: American Naturalist
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28219970/an-accreting-pulsar-with-extreme-properties-drives-an-ultraluminous-x-ray-source-in-ngc-5907
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Gian Luca Israel, Andrea Belfiore, Luigi Stella, Paolo Esposito, Piergiorgio Casella, Andrea De Luca, Martino Marelli, Alessandro Papitto, Matteo Perri, Simonetta Puccetti, Guillermo A Rodríguez Castillo, David Salvetti, Andrea Tiengo, Luca Zampieri, Daniele D'Agostino, Jochen Greiner, Frank Haberl, Giovanni Novara, Ruben Salvaterra, Roberto Turolla, Mike Watson, Joern Wilms, Anna Wolter
Ultraluminous x-ray sources (ULXs) in nearby galaxies shine brighter than any x-ray source in our Galaxy. ULXs are usually modeled as stellar-mass black holes (BHs) accreting at very high rates or intermediate-mass BHs. We present observations showing that NGC 5907 ULX is instead an x-ray accreting neutron star (NS) with a spin period evolving from 1.43 seconds in 2003 to 1.13 seconds in 2014. It has an isotropic peak luminosity of ~1000 times the Eddington limit for a NS at 17.1 megaparsec. Standard accretion models fail to explain its luminosity, even assuming beamed emission, but a strong multipolar magnetic field can describe its properties...
February 20, 2017: Science
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28196036/a-prospective-study-of-four-total-ankle-arthroplasty-implants-by-non-designer-investigators
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Tina Lefrancois, Alastair Younger, Kevin Wing, Murray J Penner, Peter Dryden, Hubert Wong, Timothy Daniels, Mark Glazebrook
BACKGROUND: There are several types of prostheses available to surgeons when performing a total ankle arthroplasty (TAA). The main objective of this study was to summarize the clinical and functional outcomes of 4 TAA prostheses: the Hintegra implant (Integra LifeSciences), the Agility implant (DePuy), the Mobility implant (DePuy), and the Scandinavian Total Ankle Replacement (STAR) implant (Small Bone Innovations [SBi]). METHODS: Patients were prospectively recruited...
February 15, 2017: Journal of Bone and Joint Surgery. American Volume
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28190887/alma-compact-array-observations-of-the-fried-egg-nebula-evidence-for-large-scale-asymmetric-mass-loss-from-the-yellow-hypergiant-iras-17163-3907
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S H J Wallström, E Lagadec, S Muller, J H Black, N L J Cox, R Galván-Madrid, K Justtanont, S Longmore, H Olofsson, R D Oudmaijer, G Quintana-Lacaci, R Szczerba, W Vlemmings, H van Winckel, A Zijlstra
Yellow hypergiants are rare and represent a fast evolutionary stage of massive evolved stars. That evolutionary phase is characterised by a very intense mass loss, the understanding of which is still very limited. Here we report ALMA Compact Array observations of a 50″-mosaic toward the Fried Egg nebula, around one of the few Galactic yellow hypergiants IRAS 17163-3907. The emission from the (12)CO J=2-1 line, H30α recombination line, and continuum is imaged at a resolution of ~8″, revealing the morphology of the molecular environment around the star...
January 10, 2017: Astronomy and Astrophysics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28176396/multiresolution-imaging-using-golden-angle-stack-of-stars-and-compressed-sensing-for-dynamic-mr-urography
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Abhishek Pandey, Umit Yoruk, Mahesh Keerthivasan, Jean-Philippe Galons, Puneet Sharma, Kevin Johnson, Diego R Martin, Maria I Altbach, Ali Bilgin, Manojkumar Saranathan
PURPOSE: To develop a novel multiresolution MRI methodology for accurate estimation of glomerular filtration rate (GFR) in vivo. MATERIALS AND METHODS: A three-dimensional golden-angle radial stack-of-stars (SoS) trajectory was used for data acquisition on a 3 Tesla MRI scanner. Multiresolution reconstruction and analysis was performed using arterial input function reconstructed at 1-s. temporal resolution and renal dynamic data reconstructed using compressed sensing (CS) with 4-s temporal resolution...
February 8, 2017: Journal of Magnetic Resonance Imaging: JMRI
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28166973/short-term-hypertonic-exposure-enhances-in%C3%A2-vitro-follicle-growth-and-meiotic-competence-of-enclosed-oocytes-while-modestly-affecting-mrna-expression-of-aquaporin-and-steroidogenic-genes-in-the-domestic-cat-model
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N Songsasen, C Thongkittidilok, K Yamamizu, D E Wildt, P Comizzoli
Using the domestic cat as a non-rodent, larger animal model, the objective was to determine the impact of a brief incubation in a hypertonic microenvironment on (1) ovarian follicle and oocyte growth in vitro, (2) developmental capacity of the resident oocyte, and (3) expression of aquaporin (AQP) genes in parallel with genes involved in regulation of folliculogenesis. In Study 1: Secondary or early antral follicles encapsulated in 0.5% alginate were allocated to one of three treatment groups: 1) culture in standard medium at 290 mOsm for 15 d (Control); 2) incubation in 350 mOsm medium for 1 h followed by culture in standard medium for 15 d (Hypertonic-1h); or 3) incubation in 350 mOsm medium for 24 h followed by incubation in standard medium for additional 14 d (Hypertonic-24h)...
March 1, 2017: Theriogenology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28148503/effects-of-interpretive-nutrition-labels-on-consumer-food-purchases-the-starlight-randomized-controlled-trial
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Cliona Ni Mhurchu, Ekaterina Volkova, Yannan Jiang, Helen Eyles, Jo Michie, Bruce Neal, Tony Blakely, Boyd Swinburn, Mike Rayner
BACKGROUND: Nutrition labeling is a prominent policy to promote healthy eating. OBJECTIVE: We aimed to evaluate the effects of 2 interpretive nutrition labels compared with a noninterpretive label on consumer food purchases. DESIGN: In this parallel-group randomized controlled trial, we enrolled household shoppers across New Zealand who owned smartphones and were aged ≥18 y. Eligible participants were randomly assigned (1:1:1) to receive either traffic light labels (TLLs), Health Star Rating labels (HSRs), or a control [nutrition information panel (NIP)]...
February 1, 2017: American Journal of Clinical Nutrition
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28145692/from-carbon-based-nanotubes-to-nanocages-for-advanced-energy-conversion-and-storage
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Qiang Wu, Lijun Yang, Xizhang Wang, Zheng Hu
Carbon-based nanomaterials have been the focus of research interests in the past 30 years due to their abundant microstructures and morphologies, excellent properties, and wide potential applications, as landmarked by 0D fullerene, 1D nanotubes, and 2D graphene. With the availability of high specific surface area (SSA), well-balanced pore distribution, high conductivity, and tunable wettability, carbon-based nanomaterials are highly expected as advanced materials for energy conversion and storage to meet the increasing demands for clean and renewable energies...
February 1, 2017: Accounts of Chemical Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28134818/an-interactive-image-segmentation-method-in-hand-gesture-recognition
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Disi Chen, Gongfa Li, Ying Sun, Jianyi Kong, Guozhang Jiang, Heng Tang, Zhaojie Ju, Hui Yu, Honghai Liu
In order to improve the recognition rate of hand gestures a new interactive image segmentation method for hand gesture recognition is presented, and popular methods, e.g., Graph cut, Random walker, Interactive image segmentation using geodesic star convexity, are studied in this article. The Gaussian Mixture Model was employed for image modelling and the iteration of Expectation Maximum algorithm learns the parameters of Gaussian Mixture Model. We apply a Gibbs random field to the image segmentation and minimize the Gibbs Energy using Min-cut theorem to find the optimal segmentation...
January 27, 2017: Sensors
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28122665/expression-of-adenosine-5-monophosphate-activated-protein-kinase-ampk-in-ovine-testis-ovis-aries-in-vivo-regulation-by-nutritional-state
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N Taibi, J Dupont, Z Bouguermouh, P Froment, C Ramé, A Anane, Z Amirat, F Khammar
In the present study, we identified AMPK and investigated its potential role in steroidogenesis in vivo in the ovine testis in response to variation in nutritional status (fed control vs. restricted). We performed immunoblotting to show that both active and non-active forms of AMPK exist in ovine testis and liver. In testis, we confirmed these results by immunohistochemistry. We found a correlation between ATP (Adenosine-Triphosphate) levels and the expression of AMPK in liver. Also, low and high caloric diets induce isoform-dependent AMPK expression, with an increase in α2, ß1ß2 and γ1 activity levels...
January 19, 2017: Animal Reproduction Science
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28121588/cms-rating-of-hospitals-gets-1-5-stars
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REVIEW
Richard Mark Kirkner
The problem, say hospitals and some analysts, is that rating hospital quality is not so straightforward. How a hospital delivers care is multifactorial and complex, they argue, so trying to cram that into a single score is misleading and can end up like rating a restaurant on its parking.
January 2017: Managed Care
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28121546/fault-lies-not-in-the-stars-but-in-plans-implementation
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Vanessa Pawlak
Health plans can't just weather the storm, they need to keep an eye on the future when it comes to a rating system that's constantly evolving. The bar has been set higher as Stars becomes permanent. Integrated health care benefit designs have proven to be a boon.
October 2016: Managed Care
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28119545/measurement-of-the-earth-s-rotation-720-bc-to-ad-2015
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F R Stephenson, L V Morrison, C Y Hohenkerk
New compilations of records of ancient and medieval eclipses in the period 720 BC to AD 1600, and of lunar occultations of stars in AD 1600-2015, are analysed to investigate variations in the Earth's rate of rotation. It is found that the rate of rotation departs from uniformity, such that the change in the length of the mean solar day (lod) increases at an average rate of +1.8 ms per century. This is significantly less than the rate predicted on the basis of tidal friction, which is +2.3 ms per century...
December 2016: Proceedings. Mathematical, Physical, and Engineering Sciences
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28117727/volatile-organic-compounds-vocs-in-conventional-and-high-performance-school-buildings-in-the-u-s
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Lexuan Zhong, Feng-Chiao Su, Stuart Batterman
Exposure to volatile organic compounds (VOCs) has been an indoor environmental quality (IEQ) concern in schools and other buildings for many years. Newer designs, construction practices and building materials for "green" buildings and the use of "environmentally friendly" products have the promise of lowering chemical exposure. This study examines VOCs and IEQ parameters in 144 classrooms in 37 conventional and high performance elementary schools in the U.S. with the objectives of providing a comprehensive analysis and updating the literature...
January 21, 2017: International Journal of Environmental Research and Public Health
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28112897/negative-ions-in-space
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Thomas J Millar, Catherine Walsh, Thomas A Field
Until a decade ago, the only anion observed to play a prominent role in astrophysics was H(-). The bound-free transitions in H(-) dominate the visible opacity in stars with photospheric temperatures less than 7000 K, including the Sun. The H(-) anion is also believed to have been critical to the formation of molecular hydrogen in the very early evolution of the Universe. Once H2 formed, about 500 000 years after the Big Bang, the expanding gas was able to lose internal gravitational energy and collapse to form stellar objects and "protogalaxies", allowing the creation of heavier elements such as C, N, and O through nucleosynthesis...
January 23, 2017: Chemical Reviews
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28108173/broach-handle-design-changes-force-distribution-in-the-femur-during-total-hip-arthroplasty
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Dustin A Greenhill, Pooyan Abbasi, Kurosh Darvish, Andrew M Star
BACKGROUND: Curved broach handles were developed to overcome limited surgical exposures during total hip arthroplasty. Some authors report increased intraoperative fracture rates during limited exposures. This study evaluates mechanical force ratios transmitted to the bone while broaching with curved vs straight handles. METHODS: An experimental model utilized a 6-axis load cell to measure force distributions produced by 4 different broach handles, each with increasing offset and curvature...
December 29, 2016: Journal of Arthroplasty
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28097310/combined-intravenous-thrombolysis-and-thrombectomy-vs-thrombectomy-alone-for-acute-ischemic-stroke-a-pooled-analysis-of-the-swift-and-star-studies
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Jonathan M Coutinho, David S Liebeskind, Lee-Anne Slater, Raul G Nogueira, Wayne Clark, Antoni Dávalos, Alain Bonafé, Reza Jahan, Urs Fischer, Jan Gralla, Jeffrey L Saver, Vitor M Pereira
Importance: Mechanical thrombectomy (MT) improves clinical outcomes in patients with acute ischemic stroke (AIS) caused by a large vessel occlusion. However, it is not known whether intravenous thrombolysis (IVT) is of added benefit in patients undergoing MT. Objective: To examine whether treatment with IVT before MT with a stent retriever is beneficial in patients undergoing MT. Design, Setting, and Participants: This post hoc analysis used data from 291 patients treated with MT included in 2 large, multicenter, prospective clinical trials that evaluated MT for AIS (Solitaire With the Intention for Thrombectomy performed from January 1, 2010, through December 31, 2011, and Solitaire Flow Restoration Thrombectomy for Acute Revascularization from January 1, 2010, through December 31, 2012)...
January 9, 2017: JAMA Neurology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28093637/exploring-differences-in-adverse-symptom-event-grading-thresholds-between-clinicians-and-patients-in-the-clinical-trial-setting
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Thomas M Atkinson, Lauren J Rogak, Narre Heon, Sean J Ryan, Mary Shaw, Liora P Stark, Antonia V Bennett, Ethan Basch, Yuelin Li
PURPOSE: Symptomatic adverse event (AE) monitoring is essential in cancer clinical trials to assess patient safety, as well as inform decisions related to treatment and continued trial participation. As prior research has demonstrated that conventional concordance metrics (e.g., intraclass correlation) may not capture nuanced aspects of the association between clinician and patient-graded AEs, we aimed to characterize differences in AE grading thresholds between doctors (MDs), registered nurses (RNs), and patients using the Bayesian Graded Item Response Model (GRM)...
January 16, 2017: Journal of Cancer Research and Clinical Oncology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28077332/molecular-identification-of-star-and-3%C3%AE-hsd1-and-characterization-in-response-to-gnih-stimulation-in-protogynous-hermaphroditic-grouper-epinephelus-coioides
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Qingqing Wang, Xin Qi, Haipei Tang, Yin Guo, Shuisheng Li, Gaofei Li, Xiaoli Yang, Haifa Zhang, Xiaochun Liu, Haoran Lin
Gonadal steroids are critical factors in reproduction and sex reverse process. StAR (steroidogenic acute regulatory protein), transferring the cholesterol from the outer mitochondrial membrane to the inner membrane, is the rate-limiting factor of steroidogenesis. 3βHSD (3β-hydroxysteroid dehydrogenase/Δ5-Δ4 isomerase), converting Δ5-steroids into Δ4-steroids, is an important oxidoreductase in steroidogenesis. In the present study, StAR and 3βHSD1 were cloned and characterized from protogynous orange-spotted grouper...
January 8, 2017: Comparative Biochemistry and Physiology. Part B, Biochemistry & Molecular Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28063193/influence-of-protein-fermentation-and-carbohydrate-source-on-in%C3%A2-vitro-methane-production
#20
J L Vanegas, J González, M D Carro
Incubations were carried out with batch cultures of ruminal micro-organisms from sheep to analyse the influence of the N source on in vitro CH4 production. The two substrates were mixtures of maize starch and cellulose in proportions of 75:25 and 25:75 (STAR and CEL substrates, respectively), and the three nitrogen (N) sources were ammonia (NH4 Cl), casein (CA) and isolated soya bean protein (SP). Five isonitrogenous treatments were made by replacing non-protein-N (NPN) with CA or SP at levels of 0 (NPN), 50 (CA50 and SP50, respectively) and 100% (CA100 and SP100) of total N...
January 6, 2017: Journal of Animal Physiology and Animal Nutrition
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