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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29668018/how-strong-was-the-bottleneck-associated-to-the-peopling-of-the-americas-new-insights-from-multilocus-sequence-data
#1
Nelson J R Fagundes, Alice Tagliani-Ribeiro, Rohina Rubicz, Larissa Tarskaia, Michael H Crawford, Francisco M Salzano, Sandro L Bonatto
In spite of many genetic studies that contributed for a deep knowledge about the peopling of the Americas, no consensus has emerged about important parameters such as the effective size of the Native Americans founder population. Previous estimates based on genomic datasets may have been biased by the use of admixed individuals from Latino populations, while other recent studies using samples from Native American individuals relied on approximated analytical approaches. In this study we use resequencing data for nine independent regions in a set of Native American and Siberian individuals and a full-likelihood approach based on isolation-with-migration scenarios accounting for recent flow between Asian and Native American populations...
2018: Genetics and Molecular Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29667763/prospective-randomized-study-of-sexual-function-in-men-taking-dutasteride-for-the-treatment-of-androgenetic-alopecia
#2
Tsen-Fang Tsai, Gwang Seong Choi, Beom Joon Kim, Moon-Bum Kim, Chi Fai Ng, Puja Kochhar, Stacy Jasper, Betsy Brotherton, Barbara Orban, Zrinka Lulic
Treatment with 5α-reductase inhibitors has been associated with sexual adverse events such as impotence (erectile dysfunction) and decreased libido. The primary objective of this study was to evaluate adverse events related to sexual function, based on their frequency, duration, persistence and associated treatment discontinuations, in men treated with dutasteride for androgenetic alopecia. Participants were randomized to receive double-blind dutasteride 0.5 mg or placebo once daily for 24 weeks, followed by open-label dutasteride 0...
April 18, 2018: Journal of Dermatology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29667726/interventions-for-infantile-haemangiomas-of-the-skin
#3
REVIEW
Monica Novoa, Eulalia Baselga, Sandra Beltran, Lucia Giraldo, Ali Shahbaz, Hector Pardo-Hernandez, Ingrid Arevalo-Rodriguez
BACKGROUND: Infantile haemangiomas (previously known as strawberry birthmarks) are soft, raised swellings of the skin that occur in 3% to 10% of infants. These benign vascular tumours are usually uncomplicated and tend to regress spontaneously. However, when haemangiomas occur in high-risk areas, such as near the eyes, throat, or nose, impairing their function, or when complications develop, intervention may be necessary. This is an update of a Cochrane Review first published in 2011...
April 18, 2018: Cochrane Database of Systematic Reviews
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29667468/growth-hormone-receptor-gene-is-related-to-root-length-and-tooth-length-in-human-teeth
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Yu Hikita, Tetsutaro Yamaguchi, Daisuke Tomita, Mohamed Adel, Takatoshi Nakawaki, Koshu Katayama, Koutaro Maki, Ryosuke Kimura
OBJECTIVES: To examine the relationship between tooth length and growth hormone receptor (GHR) gene variants in a healthy Japanese population. MATERIALS AND METHODS: The subjects consisted of 193 Japanese adults (69 men, 124 women), aged 13 to 56 years. Genomic DNA was extracted from saliva and genotyped GHR rs6184 and rs6180 variants using the Taqman genotyping. Computed tomography (CT) images were acquired using a dental cone-beam CT scanner and reconstructed using open-source OsiriX medical image processing software...
April 18, 2018: Angle Orthodontist
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29667373/heritability-estimates-from-genome-wide-relatedness-matrices-in-wild-populations-application-to-a-passerine-using-a-small-sample-size
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C Perrier, B Delahaie, A Charmantier
Genomic developments have empowered the investigation of heritability in wild populations directly from genome wide relatedness matrices (GRM). Such GRM based approaches can in particular be used to improve or substitute approaches based on social pedigree (PED-social). However, measuring heritability from GRM in the wild has not been widely applied yet, especially using small samples and in non-model species. Here, we estimated heritability for four quantitative traits (tarsus length, wing length, bill length and body mass), using PED-social, a pedigree corrected by genetic data (PED-corrected) and a GRM from a small sample (n = 494) of blue tits from natural populations in Corsica genotyped at nearly 50,000 filtered SNPs derived from RAD-seq...
April 17, 2018: Molecular Ecology Resources
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29667349/asb1-differential-methylation-in-ischaemic-cardiomyopathy-relationship-with-left-ventricular-performance-in-end-stage-heart-failure-patients
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Ana Ortega, Estefanía Tarazón, Carolina Gil-Cayuela, Luis Martínez-Dolz, Francisca Lago, José Ramón González-Juanatey, Juan Sandoval, Manuel Portolés, Esther Roselló-Lletí, Miguel Rivera
AIMS: Ischaemic cardiomyopathy (ICM) leads to impaired contraction and ventricular dysfunction, causing high rates of morbidity and mortality. Epigenomics allows the identification of epigenetic signatures in human diseases. We analyse the differential epigenetic patterns of the ASB gene family in ICM patients and relate these alterations to their haemodynamic and functional status. METHODS AND RESULTS: Epigenomic analysis was carried out using 16 left ventricular (LV) tissue samples, eight from ICM patients undergoing heart transplantation and eight from control (CNT) subjects without cardiac disease...
April 17, 2018: ESC Heart Failure
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29667307/reduction-of-seed-motion-using-a-bio-absorbable-polymer-coating-during-permanent-prostate-brachytherapy-using-a-mick-applicator-technique
#7
Gregory R Warrell, Yan Xing, Tarun K Podder, Bryan J Traughber, Rodney J Ellis
PURPOSE: The addition of a braided bio-absorbable vicryl coating to the surface of radioactive seeds used for low dose rate (LDR) prostate brachytherapy is intended to reduce the incidence of seed movement and migration. Here, we present a single-institution study of the frequency and severity of seed slippage (initial seed movement) of coated seeds in comparison with uncoated seeds. METHODS: Forty-seven patients received permanent prostate brachytherapy, with either coated (n = 26) or uncoated (n = 21) seeds...
April 17, 2018: Journal of Applied Clinical Medical Physics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29667302/tunable-magnetism-in-nanoporous-cuni-alloys-by-reversible-voltage-driven-element-selective-redox-processes
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Alberto Quintana, Enric Menéndez, Eloy Isarain-Chávez, Jordina Fornell, Pau Solsona, François Fauth, Maria Dolors Baró, Josep Nogués, Eva Pellicer, Jordi Sort
Voltage-driven manipulation of magnetism in electrodeposited 200 nm thick nanoporous single-phase solid solution Cu20 Ni80 (at%) alloy films (with sub 10 nm pore size) is accomplished by controlled reduction-oxidation (i.e., redox) processes in a protic solvent, namely 1 m NaOH aqueous solution. Owing to the selectivity of the electrochemical processes, the oxidation of the CuNi film mainly occurs on the Cu counterpart of the solid solution, resulting in a Ni-enriched alloy. As a consequence, the magnetic moment at saturation significantly increases (up to 33% enhancement with respect to the as-prepared sample), while only slight changes in coercivity are observed...
April 18, 2018: Small
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29667215/a-simple-signaling-rule-for-variable-life-adjusted-display-derived-from-an-equivalent-risk-adjusted-cusum-chart
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Philipp Wittenberg, Fah Fatt Gan, Sven Knoth
The variable life-adjusted display (VLAD) is the first risk-adjusted graphical procedure proposed in the literature for monitoring the performance of a surgeon. It displays the cumulative sum of expected minus observed deaths. It has since become highly popular because the statistic plotted is easy to understand. But it is also easy to misinterpret a surgeon's performance by utilizing the VLAD, potentially leading to grave consequences. The problem of misinterpretation is essentially caused by the variance of the VLAD's statistic that increases with sample size...
April 17, 2018: Statistics in Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29667129/elevation-of-mmp-9-levels-promotes-epileptogenesis-after-traumatic-brain-injury
#10
Barbara Pijet, Marzena Stefaniuk, Agnieszka Kostrzewska-Ksiezyk, Photini-Effie Tsilibary, Athina Tzinia, Leszek Kaczmarek
Posttraumatic epilepsy (PTE) is a recurrent seizure disorder that often develops secondary to traumatic brain injury (TBI) that is caused by an external mechanical force. Recent evidence shows that the brain extracellular matrix plays a major role in the remodeling of neuronal connections after injury. One of the proteases that is presumably responsible for this process is matrix metalloproteinase-9 (MMP-9). The levels of MMP-9 are elevated in rodent brain tissue and human blood samples after TBI. However, no studies have described the influence of MMP-9 on the development of PTE...
April 17, 2018: Molecular Neurobiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29666974/fem-based-elasticity-reconstruction-using-ultrasound-for-imaging-tissue-ablation
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Corin F Otesteanu, Valery Vishnevsky, Orcun Goksel
PURPOSE: Success of ablation treatment depends on the accurate placement of the target ablation focus and the complete destruction of the pathological tissue. Thus, monitoring the formation, location, and size of the ablated lesion is essential. As ablated tissue gets stiffer, an option for ablation monitoring is ultrasound elastography, for imaging the tissue mechanical properties. Reconstruction of elasticity distribution can be achieved by solving an inverse problem from observed displacements, based on a deformable tissue model, commonly discretized by the finite element method (FEM)...
April 17, 2018: International Journal of Computer Assisted Radiology and Surgery
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29666961/a-novel-sampling-method-to-detect-airborne-influenza-and-other-respiratory-viruses-in-mechanically-ventilated-patients-a-feasibility-study
#12
Alicia B Mitchell, Benjamin Tang, Maryam Shojaei, Lachlan S Barnes, Marek Nalos, Brian G Oliver, Anthony S McLean
BACKGROUND: Respiratory viruses circulate constantly in the ambient air. The risk of opportunistic infection from these viruses can be increased in mechanically ventilated patients. The present study evaluates the feasibility of detecting airborne respiratory viruses in mechanically ventilated patients using a novel sample collection method involving ventilator filters. METHODS: We collected inspiratory and expiratory filters from the ventilator circuits of mechanically ventilated patients in an intensive care unit over a 14-month period...
April 17, 2018: Annals of Intensive Care
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29666959/carney-complex-a-case-with-thyroid-follicular-adenoma-without-a-prkar1a-mutation
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Shinji Hattori, Yukou Yamane, Ryoichi Shimomura, Yuki Uchida, Nobuhiko Toyota, Yoshio Miura, Setsujyo Shiota, Yoshitsugu Tajima
BACKGROUND: Carney complex (CNC) is a very rare disease. Although thyroid lesions are included in the diagnostic criteria for CNC, they are an infrequent occurrence. CASE PRESENTATION: The patient was a 69-year-old woman who had undergone the removal of a left atrial myxoma 10 years earlier, at the age of 59. At the time of the operation, thyroid ultrasonography (US) revealed multiple hypoechoic nodules. Thyroid scintigraphy revealed an increased uptake of 99m Tc in these lesions, which was consistent with toxic multinodular goiter, and she was diagnosed with CNC...
April 17, 2018: Surgical Case Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29666832/structure-and-function-analysis-in-circulating-tumor-cells-using-nanotechnology-to-study-nuclear-size-in-prostate-cancer
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REVIEW
Nu Yao, Yu-Jen Jan, Shirley Cheng, Jie-Fu Chen, Leland Wk Chung, Hsian-Rong Tseng, Edwin M Posadas
Professor Donald Coffey and his laboratory pioneered studies showing the relationships between nuclear shape and cellular function. In doing so, he and his students established the field of nuclear morphometry in prostate cancer. By using perioperative tissues via biopsies and surgical sampling, Dr. Coffey's team discovered that nuclear shape and other pathologic features correlated with clinical outcome measures. Cancer cells also exist outside of solid tumor masses as they can be shed from both primary and metastatic lesions into the circulatory system...
2018: American Journal of Clinical and Experimental Urology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29666773/estimating-intraspecific-genetic-diversity-from-community-dna-metabarcoding-data
#15
Vasco Elbrecht, Ecaterina Edith Vamos, Dirk Steinke, Florian Leese
Background: DNA metabarcoding is used to generate species composition data for entire communities. However, sequencing errors in high-throughput sequencing instruments are fairly common, usually requiring reads to be clustered into operational taxonomic units (OTUs), losing information on intraspecific diversity in the process. While Cytochrome c oxidase subunit I (COI) haplotype information is limited in resolving intraspecific diversity it is nevertheless often useful e.g. in a phylogeographic context, helping to formulate hypotheses on taxon distribution and dispersal...
2018: PeerJ
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29666755/description-of-two-new-sympatric-species-of-the-genus-leptolalax-anura-megophryidae-from-western-yunnan-of-china
#16
Jian-Huan Yang, Zhao-Chi Zeng, Ying-Yong Wang
The Asian leaf litter toads of the genus Leptolalax represent a highly diverse species group and currently contain 53 recognized species. During herpetological surveys in Yingjiang County, western Yunnan of China, we collected series of Leptolalax specimens from an isolated small fragment of montane evergreen forest. Subsequent study based on acoustic, morphological and molecular data reveals that there were three different species among the specimens sampled: while one of them belongs to Leptolalax ventripunctataus , the other two species represent unknown taxa and are described herein: Leptolalax purpurus sp...
2018: PeerJ
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29666654/determinants-of-antenatal-healthcare-utilisation-by-pregnant-women-in-third-trimester-in-peri-urban-ghana
#17
Jones Asafo Akowuah, Peter Agyei-Baffour, Dadson Awunyo-Vitor
Access to quality healthcare still remains a major challenge in the efforts at reversing maternal morbidity and mortality. Despite the availability of established maternal health interventions, the health of the expectant mother and the unborn child remains poor due to low utilisation of interventions. The study examined the socioeconomic determinants of antenatal care utilisation in peri-urban Ghana using pregnant women who are in their third trimester. Two-stage sampling technique was used to sample 200 pregnant women who were in their third trimester from the District Health Information Management System software...
2018: Journal of Tropical Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29666521/effects-of-different-packaging-materials-and-methods-on-the-physical-biochemical-and-sensory-qualities-of-lettuce
#18
Jung-Soo Lee, Dulal Chandra
In order to maintain the qualities at postharvest stages, Korean red leaf lettuces ( Lactuca sativa L. cv. Tojong-mats) were packaged with different films or perforations such as perforated polypropylene with 1320 small-sized holes (PPP-1320-hole), perforated polypropylene with 4 large-sized holes (PPP-4-hole), non-perforated polypropylene (Non-PPP), non-perforated polypropylene with anti-fogging properties (Anti-Fog-PP) or without packaging (control) and stored at 10 °C up to 16 days. Minimum water loss was observed in both non-perforated films (< 3%) compared to 35% in control at the end of storage...
May 2018: Journal of Food Science and Technology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29666463/towards-a-generalized-toxicity-prediction-model-for-oxide-nanomaterials-using-integrated-data-from-different-sources
#19
Jang-Sik Choi, My Kieu Ha, Tung Xuan Trinh, Tae Hyun Yoon, Hyung-Gi Byun
A generalized toxicity classification model for 7 different oxide nanomaterials is presented in this study. A data set extracted from multiple literature sources and screened by physicochemical property based quality scores were used for model development. Moreover, a few more preprocessing techniques, such as synthetic minority over-sampling technique, were applied to address the imbalanced class problem in the data set. Then, classification models using four different algorithms, such as generalized linear model, support vector machine, random forest, and neural network, were developed and their performances were compared to find the best performing preprocessing methods as well as algorithms...
April 17, 2018: Scientific Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29666432/genetic-validation-of-bipolar-disorder-identified-by-automated-phenotyping-using-electronic-health-records
#20
Chia-Yen Chen, Phil H Lee, Victor M Castro, Jessica Minnier, Alexander W Charney, Eli A Stahl, Douglas M Ruderfer, Shawn N Murphy, Vivian Gainer, Tianxi Cai, Ian Jones, Carlos N Pato, Michele T Pato, Mikael Landén, Pamela Sklar, Roy H Perlis, Jordan W Smoller
Bipolar disorder (BD) is a heritable mood disorder characterized by episodes of mania and depression. Although genomewide association studies (GWAS) have successfully identified genetic loci contributing to BD risk, sample size has become a rate-limiting obstacle to genetic discovery. Electronic health records (EHRs) represent a vast but relatively untapped resource for high-throughput phenotyping. As part of the International Cohort Collection for Bipolar Disorder (ICCBD), we previously validated automated EHR-based phenotyping algorithms for BD against in-person diagnostic interviews (Castro et al...
April 18, 2018: Translational Psychiatry
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