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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28319832/comparative-life-cycle-cost-assessment-of-painted-and-hot-dip-galvanized-bridges
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B Rossi, S Marquart, G Rossi
The study addresses the life cycle cost assessment (LCCA) of steel bridges, focusing on the maintenance activities and the maintenance scenario. Firstly, the unit costs of maintenance activities and their durability (i.e. the time between two activities) are evaluated. Pragmatic data are provided for the environment category C4 and for three activities: Patch Up, Overcoating and Remove & Replace. A comparative LCCA for a typical hypothetic steel girder bridge is carried out, either painted or hot-dip galvanized (HDG), in the environmental class C4...
March 17, 2017: Journal of Environmental Management
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28318380/pup-mortality-and-evidence-for-pathogen-exposure-in-galapagos-sea-lions-zalophus-wollebaeki-on-san-cristobal-island-galapagos-ecuador
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Judith Denkinger, Nataly Guevara, Sofia Ayala, Juan Carlos Murillo, Maximilian Hirschfeld, Ignasi Montero-Serra, Katharina Fietz, Tracey Goldstein, Mark Ackermann, Veronica Barragán, Francisco Cabrera, Cristina Chavez, Edward J Dubovi, Jael Martinez, Gabriel Trueba
The Galapagos sea lion ( Zalophus wollebaeki ), an endangered species, experiences high pup mortality (up to 100%) in years when El Niño events reduce food supply in the Galapagos Islands. Mortality of pups in non-El Niño years is estimated to be 5% in undisturbed colonies. From 2009 to 2012 we observed high pup mortality (up to 66%) in colonies close to the Galapagos capital, Puerto Baquerizo Moreno, where contact with humans, domestic animals, and rats is frequent. Gross postmortem findings from 54 pups included hemorrhagic lesions in liver and congestion in lungs; histopathology suggested a possible association with infectious diseases...
March 20, 2017: Journal of Wildlife Diseases
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28318182/pneumococcal-meningitis-in-cantabria-spain-in-the-pneumococcal-conjugate-vaccine-era-2001-2015
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Esther González-Escartín, Itziar Angulo López, Elsa Ots Ruiz, Luis Martínez-Martínez, María J Cabero Pérez
OBJECTIVE: To analyze the characteristics of pneumococcal meningitis in children ≤ 14 years old following the market introduction of pneumococcal conjugate vaccines in our community. METHODS: Retrospective study of pneumococcal meningitis cases with a two-period analysis: pre-13-valent pneumococcal conjugate vaccine (PCV13) (2001-2010) and post-PCV13 (2010-2015). Patient demographic and clinical data, and microbiological data were collected. RESULTS: Eighteen cases were diagnosed...
April 1, 2017: Archivos Argentinos de Pediatría
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28318159/-meta-analysis-of-the-condylar-position-changes-produced-by-functional-appliances-in-class-%C3%A2-malocclusion
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Huang Xinqi, Cen Xiao, Liu Jun
OBJECTIVE: This study aimed to analyze the condylar position changes produced by functional appliances in class Ⅱ malocclusion by systematic review. METHODS: Electronic search was conducted using Chinese Biomedical Literature Database, China National Knowledge Infrastructure, VIP Database for Chinese Technical Periodicals, Medline, Embase, Pubmed, and Cochrane Central Register of Controlled Trials. Studies on condylar position changes produced by functional appliances in class Ⅱ malocclusion were included...
December 1, 2016: Hua Xi Kou Qiang Yi Xue za Zhi, Huaxi Kouqiang Yixue Zazhi, West China Journal of Stomatology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28317778/physicochemical-and-sensory-aroma-and-colour-characterisation-of-a-non-centrifugal-cane-sugar-panela-beverage
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Juliana María García, Paulo César Narváez, Francisco José Heredia, Álvaro Orjuela, Coralia Osorio
Non-centrifugal cane sugar (NCS), also called "panela", is a high carbohydrate-content food obtained by boil evaporation of the sugar cane juice. This study was undertaken to assess physicochemical properties and sensory characteristics of panela beverage at two different concentrations. Evaluation of pH, °Brix, and colour (tristimulus colorimetry) was carried out in all panela drink samples. In order to characterise the odour-active volatiles of the beverage, a simultaneous steam distillation-solvent extraction method was applied using a mixture of diethyl ether-pentane (1:1,w/w) as solvent...
August 1, 2017: Food Chemistry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28314999/genetic-diversity-and-metabolic-profile-of-salvia-officinalis-populations-implications-for-advanced-breeding-strategies
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Eirini Sarrou, Ioannis Ganopoulos, Aliki Xanthopoulou, Domenico Masuero, Stefan Martens, Panagiotis Madesis, Athanasios Mavromatis, Paschalina Chatzopoulou
As a result of this work, we were able to characterize seven indigenous to Greece Salvia officinalis populations using genetic and metabolomic tools. These tools can be used to select the most promising genotypes, capable to design future breeding programs for high valuable varieties. An initial investigation was carried out to compare the genetic and metabolic diversity in S. officinalis grown in Greece and to discern the relationship between the two sets of data. Analysis of inter-simple sequence repeats (ISSR) revealed significant genetic differences among seven sage populations, which were grouped into three main clusters according to an UPGMA ISSR data-based dendrogram and Principle Coordinate Analysis...
March 17, 2017: Planta
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28314890/diagnostic-findings-caused-by-cutting-of-the-iliotibial-tract-and-anterolateral-ligament-in-an-acl-intact-knee-using-a-standardized-and-automated-clinical-knee-examination
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Timothy Lording, Shaun K Stinton, Philippe Neyret, Thomas P Branch
PURPOSE: The purpose of this study was to evaluate the separate contribution of the two definitions of the anterolateral ligament (ALL), the mid-third lateral capsular ligament (MTLCL) and deep capsule-osseous layer of the iliotibial tract (dcITT) in addition to the superficial iliotibial tract (sITT) to the control of tibial motion with respect to the femur during the application of force/torque seen during the three tests of the standard clinical knee examination (AP Lachman test, tibial axial rotation test and varus-valgus stress test)...
March 17, 2017: Knee Surgery, Sports Traumatology, Arthroscopy: Official Journal of the ESSKA
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28306348/differences-in-dyslexic-students-before-and-after-a-remediation-program-a-clinical-neuropsychological-and-event-related-potential-study
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Nikolaos C Zygouris, Elias Avramidis, Argyris V Karapetsas, George I Stamoulis
Developmental dyslexia is defined as an unexpected specific and persistent failure to acquire efficient reading skills despite conventional instruction, adequate intelligence and sociocultural opportunity. This article reports the outcomes of a study that evaluated the implementation of a 4-month intervention program. The intervention consisted of structured activities aiming at improving (a) the children's phonological awareness, (b) their visual and auditory memory, (c) their visual discrimination ability, and (d) their text comprehension...
March 17, 2017: Applied Neuropsychology. Child
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28302522/is-there-a-relationship-between-genetic-factors-and-the-incidence-and-severity-of-h1n1-in-kosova-a-preliminary-investigation-and-pointers-for-further-research
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Shemsedin Dreshaj, Avdulla J Alija, Patricia Schlagenhauf, Teuta Doda, Njomeza Geca, Ismet Bajraktari, Nikolaus Bresgen, Peter M Eckl
BACKGROUND: Host genetic factors may impact susceptibility to infection. A small number of studies have investigated the association between factors such as ABO blood groups and selected phenotypes on the incidence and severity of H1N1 infections with inconclusive results. METHODS: Using data from the Clinic of Infectious Diseases - University Clinical Centre Prishtina and based on the examination of 125 patients hospitalized with H1N1 in the period 2009-2014, the frequency of blood groups from ABO and Rhesus (Rh) systems as phenotypical markers were evaluated...
March 14, 2017: Travel Medicine and Infectious Disease
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28302070/prevalence-and-incidence-of-smear-positive-pulmonary-tuberculosis-in-the-hetosa-district-of-arsi-zone-oromia-regional-state-of-central-ethiopia
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ShalloDaba Hamusse, Meaza Demissie, Dejene Teshome, Mohammed Suaudi Hassen, Bernt Lindtjørn
BACKGROUND: The real burden of smear-positive (PTB+) and bacteriologically confirmed tuberculosis (BCTB) in Ethiopia is not known. Thus, the aim of this community-based study was to measure the prevalence and incidence of tuberculosis in the Hetosa District of Oromia Region, Ethiopia. METHODS: First, a population-based cross-sectional survey was conducted on a total of 33,073 individuals aged ≥ 15 years to determine the prevalence of PTB+ and BCTB cases. Then, in order to determine the incidence, a prospective follow-up was carried out on 32,800 individuals found to be either free from symptoms suggestive of TB (SSTB) during the baseline survey or had symptoms suggestive of TB but yielded negative bacteriological examination results...
March 16, 2017: BMC Infectious Diseases
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28301629/antidote-availability-in-the-municipality-of-campinas-s%C3%A3-o-paulo-brazil
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Luciane Cristina Rodrigues Fernandes, Taís Freire Galvão, Adriana Safioti Toledo Ricardi, Eduardo Mello De Capitani, Stephen Hyslop, Fábio Bucaretchi
CONTEXT AND OBJECTIVE: The lack of availability of antidotes in emergency services is a worldwide concern. The aim of the present study was to evaluate the availability of antidotes used for treating poisoning in Campinas (SP). DESIGN AND SETTING: This was a cross-sectional study of emergency services in Campinas, conducted in 2010-2012. METHODS: The availability, amount in stock, place of storage and access time for 26 antidotal treatments was investigated...
March 13, 2017: São Paulo Medical Journal, Revista Paulista de Medicina
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28301549/a-comprehensive-survey-of-genetic-variation-in-20-691-subjects-from-four-large-cohorts
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Sara Lindström, Stephanie Loomis, Constance Turman, Hongyan Huang, Jinyan Huang, Hugues Aschard, Andrew T Chan, Hyon Choi, Marilyn Cornelis, Gary Curhan, Immaculata De Vivo, A Heather Eliassen, Charles Fuchs, Michael Gaziano, Susan E Hankinson, Frank Hu, Majken Jensen, Jae H Kang, Christopher Kabrhel, Liming Liang, Louis R Pasquale, Eric Rimm, Meir J Stampfer, Rulla M Tamimi, Shelley S Tworoger, Janey L Wiggs, David J Hunter, Peter Kraft
The Nurses' Health Study (NHS), Nurses' Health Study II (NHSII), Health Professionals Follow Up Study (HPFS) and the Physicians Health Study (PHS) have collected detailed longitudinal data on multiple exposures and traits for approximately 310,000 study participants over the last 35 years. Over 160,000 study participants across the cohorts have donated a DNA sample and to date, 20,691 subjects have been genotyped as part of genome-wide association studies (GWAS) of twelve primary outcomes. However, these studies utilized six different GWAS arrays making it difficult to conduct analyses of secondary phenotypes or share controls across studies...
2017: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28301474/histidine-rich-protein-2-pfhrp2-and-pfhrp3-gene-deletions-in-plasmodium-falciparum-isolates-from-select-sites-in-brazil-and-bolivia
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Giselle Maria Rachid Viana, Sheila Akinyi Okoth, Luciana Silva-Flannery, Danielle Regina Lima Barbosa, Alexandre Macedo de Oliveira, Ira F Goldman, Lindsay C Morton, Curtis Huber, Arletta Anez, Ricardo Luiz Dantas Machado, Luís Marcelo Aranha Camargo, Suiane Costa Negreiros do Valle, Marinete Marins Póvoa, Venkatachalam Udhayakumar, John W Barnwell
More than 80% of available malaria rapid diagnostic tests (RDTs) are based on the detection of histidine-rich protein-2 (PfHRP2) for diagnosis of Plasmodium falciparum malaria. Recent studies have shown the genes that code for this protein and its paralog, histidine-rich protein-3 (PfHRP3), are absent in parasites from the Peruvian Amazon Basin. Lack of PfHRP2 protein through deletion of the pfhrp2 gene leads to false-negative RDT results for P. falciparum. We have evaluated the extent of pfhrp2 and pfhrp3 gene deletions in a convenience sample of 198 isolates from six sites in three states across the Brazilian Amazon Basin (Acre, Rondonia and Para) and 25 isolates from two sites in Bolivia collected at different times between 2010 and 2012...
2017: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28301099/comparison-of-four-mri-protocols-for-detection-of-extrahepatic-colorectal-cancer-metastases
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Kim Sivesgaard, Maria Louise Jöhnk, Lars P Larsen, Michael Sørensen, Stine Kramer, Vibeke Berg Løgager, Flemming Hansen, Erik Morre Pedersen
PURPOSE: To compare three magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) protocols containing diffusion-weighted imaging with background suppression (DWIBS) and one traditional protocol for detecting extrahepatic colorectal cancer metastases. MATERIALS AND METHODS: Thirty patients with extrahepatic colorectal cancer metastases were scanned in three stations from the skull base to the upper thighs using a 1.5T MRI system with six different MRI sequences; transverse and coronal T2 -weighted (T2 W) turbo spin-echo (TSE), coronal short tau inversion recovery (STIR), 3D T1 W TSE, DWIBS, and a contrast-enhanced T1 W 3D gradient echo (GRE) sequence...
March 16, 2017: Journal of Magnetic Resonance Imaging: JMRI
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28299913/endophytic-fungi-harbored-in-the-root-of-sophora-tonkinensis-gapnep-diversity-and-biocontrol-potential-against-phytopathogens
#15
Yu Qun Yao, Fang Lan, Yun Ming Qiao, Ji Guang Wei, Rong Shao Huang, Liang Bo Li
This work, for the first time, investigated the diversity of endophytic fungi harbored in the xylem and phloem of the root of Sophora tonkinensis Gapnep from three geographic localities with emphasis on the influence of the tissue type and geographic locality on endophytic fungal communities and their potential as biocontrol agents against phytopathogens of Panax notoginseng. A total of 655 fungal strains representing 47 taxa were isolated. Forty-two taxa (89.4%) were identified but not five taxa (10.6%) according to morphology and molecular phylogenetics...
March 15, 2017: MicrobiologyOpen
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28299392/examining-sedentary-time-as-a-risk-factor-for-cardiometabolic-diseases-and-their-markers-in-south-asian-adults-a-systematic-review
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S Ahmad, S Shanmugasegaram, K L Walker, S A Prince
OBJECTIVES: The objective was to systematically review the literature to determine whether sedentary time was associated with cardiometabolic diseases and their risk factors among South Asian adults. METHODS: Six electronic databases were searched to identify all studies that examined the association between sedentary time and cardiometabolic diseases (e.g., diabetes, cardiovascular disease) and their risk factors [e.g., body mass index (BMI), waist circumference (WC), lipids, blood pressure (BP), glucose] among South Asian adults...
March 16, 2017: International Journal of Public Health
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28299300/the-health-seeking-behaviors-and-perceptions-of-iranian-patient-with-osteoarthritis-about-pain-management-a-qualitative-study
#17
Vahid Zamanzadeh, Fazlollah Ahmadi, Marjaneh Foolady, Mozhgan Behshid, Alireza Irajpoor
Introduction: Pain is the main reason for patients with osteoarthritis (OA) to visit health clinics. Health seeking behaviors indicate unmet patient needs and lack of understanding of OA pain patterns. This study aimed to describe the experiences of Iranian patients with OA and explore their health seeking behaviors and perceptions on pain management related to osteoarthritis. Methods: Using a qualitative approach, data was collected by interviewing 19 patients, 2 family members, and 5 health care providers from the in-patient and out-patient clinics, and physicians' offices...
March 2017: Journal of Caring Sciences
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28297338/epid-based-in-vivo-dosimetry-system-clinical-experience-and-results
#18
Sofia Celi, Emilie Costa, Claas Wessels, Alejandro Mazal, Alain Fourquet, Pascal Francois
Mandatory in several countries, in vivo dosimetry has been recognized as one of the next milestones in radiation oncology. Our department has implemented clinically an EPID based in vivo dosimetry system, EPIgray, by DOSISOFT S.A., since 2006. An analysis of the measurements per linac and energy over a two-year period was performed, which included a more detailed examination per technique and treatment site over a six-month period. A comparison of the treatment planning system doses and the doses estimated by EPIgray shows a mean of the differences of 1...
May 2016: Journal of Applied Clinical Medical Physics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28296933/are-duplicated-genes-responsible-for-anthracnose-resistance-in-common-bean
#19
Larissa Carvalho Costa, Rafael Storto Nalin, Magno Antonio Patto Ramalho, Elaine Aparecida de Souza
The race 65 of Colletotrichum lindemuthianum, etiologic agent of anthracnose in common bean, is distributed worldwide, having great importance in breeding programs for anthracnose resistance. Several resistance alleles have been identified promoting resistance to this race. However, the variability that has been detected within race has made it difficult to obtain cultivars with durable resistance, because cultivars may have different reactions to each strain of race 65. Thus, this work aimed at studying the resistance inheritance of common bean lines to different strains of C...
2017: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28295686/increased-insulin-stimulated-glucose-uptake-in-both-leg-and-arm-muscles-after-sprint-interval-and-moderate-intensity-training-in-subjects-with-type-2-diabetes-or-prediabetes
#20
Tanja J Sjöros, Marja A Heiskanen, Kumail K Motiani, Eliisa Löyttyniemi, Jari-Joonas Eskelinen, Kirsi A Virtanen, Nina J Savisto, Olof Solin, Jarna C Hannukainen, Kari K Kalliokoski
We investigated the effects of sprint interval (SIT) and moderate intensity continuous training (MICT) on glucose uptake (GU) during hyperinsulinemic euglycemic clamp and fatty acid uptake (FAU) at fasting state in thigh and arm muscles in subjects with type 2 diabetes (T2D) or prediabetes. Twenty-six patients (age 49, SD 4; 10 women) were randomly assigned into two groups: SIT (n=13), and MICT (n=13). The exercise in the SIT group consisted of 4-6 x 30 s of all-out cycling with 4 min recovery and in the MICT group 40-60 min cycling at 60% of VO2peak ...
March 13, 2017: Scandinavian Journal of Medicine & Science in Sports
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