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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28647985/-discriminatory-power-of-variable-number-on-tandem-repeats-loci-for-genotyping-mycobacterium-tuberculosis-strains-in-china
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H X Chen, C Cai, J Y Liu, Z G Zhang, M Yuan, J N Jia, Z G Sun, H R Huang, J M Gao, W M Li
Objective: Using the standard genotype method, variable number of tandem repeats (VNTR), we constructed a VNTR database to cover all provinces and proposed a set of optimized VNTR loci combinations for each province, in order to improve the preventive and control programs on tuberculosis, in China. Methods: A total of 15 loci VNTR was used to analyze 4 116 Mycobacterium tuberculosis strains, isolated from national survey of Drug Resistant Tuberculosis, in 2007. Hunter-Gaston Index (HGI) was also used to analyze the discriminatory power of each VNTR site...
June 10, 2017: Zhonghua Liu Xing Bing Xue za Zhi, Zhonghua Liuxingbingxue Zazhi
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28647979/-study-on-seasonal-characteristics-and-pathogenic-distribution-of-influenza-in-gansu-province-of-china
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X T Yang, X F Liu, J He, D S Yu, D P Liu, H Y Li, B D Li, Y N Bai
Objective: To study the epidemiologic characteristics of influenza in Gansu province of China and to optimize the related vaccination program. Methods: Weekly influenza surveillance data from the first week of 2010 to the fortieth week of 2016 were collected, in Gansu province. χ(2) test was used to compare the differences of nucleic acid positive rate and the virus types in the four seasons. Time series seasonal decomposition (TSSD) was used to explore seasonal patterns and characteristics of influenza epidemics in Gansu...
June 10, 2017: Zhonghua Liu Xing Bing Xue za Zhi, Zhonghua Liuxingbingxue Zazhi
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28647947/continuous-glucose-monitoring-in-pediatrics-the-gap-between-potential-benefits-and-the-reality-of-utility
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Regina L Taddeo, Joanne T Moser, Pantea P Minnock
Continuous Glucose Monitoring (CGM) is rapidly becoming a standard of care in the management of Type 1 diabetes (T1D). Today's devices are nearly as accurate as home glucose meters. They provide glucose data every 5 minutes, alert to high and low blood glucose levels, and allow for remote monitoring of a user's glucose data and patterns. Use of CGM has many benefits including support for tighter glycemic control without increasing the risk for hypoglycemia. There is however emerging evidence of some negative aspects associated with using CGM, which may result in decreased utilization of the device as well as a decline in quality of life, especially in the pediatric population...
June 2017: Pediatric Endocrinology Reviews: PER
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28647924/comparative-expression-analysis-of-rice-and-arabidopsis-peroxiredoxin-genes-suggests-conserved-or-diversified-roles-between-the-two-species-and-leads-to-the-identification-of-tandemly-duplicated-rice-peroxiredoxin-genes-differentially-expressed-in-seeds
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Yun-Shil Gho, Sun-A Park, Sung-Ruyl Kim, Anil Kumar Nalini Chandran, Gynheung An, Ki-Hong Jung
BACKGROUND: Peroxiredoxins (PRXs) have recently been identified as plant antioxidants. Completion of various genome sequencing projects has provided genome-wide information about PRX genes in major plant species. Two of these -- Oryza sativa (rice) and Arabidopsis -- each have 10 PRX members. Although significant progress has been made in understanding their biological roles in Arabidopsis, those functions in rice, a model crop plant, have not been well studied. RESULTS: We performed a comparative expression analysis of rice and Arabidopsis PRXs...
December 2017: Rice
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28647906/exogenous-gdf11-induces-cardiac-and-skeletal-muscle-dysfunction-and-wasting
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Teresa A Zimmers, Yanling Jiang, Meijing Wang, Tiffany W Liang, Joseph E Rupert, Ernie D Au, Francesco E Marino, Marion E Couch, Leonidas G Koniaris
Growth differentiation factor 11 (GDF11), a TGF-beta superfamily member, is highly homologous to myostatin and essential for embryonic patterning and organogenesis. Reports of GDF11 effects on adult tissues are conflicting, with some describing anti-aging and pro-regenerative activities on the heart and skeletal muscle while others opposite or no effects. Herein, we sought to determine the in vivo cardiac and skeletal muscle effects of excess GDF11. Mice were injected with GDF11 secreting cells, an identical model to that used to initially identify the in vivo effects of myostatin...
July 2017: Basic Research in Cardiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28647899/value-of-contrast-enhanced-mri-in-the-differentiation-between-nasopharyngeal-lymphoid-hyperplasia-and-t1-stage-nasopharyngeal-carcinoma
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Ming-Liang Wang, Xiao-Er Wei, Meng-Meng Yu, Wen-Bin Li
OBJECTIVES: To investigate the value of contrast-enhanced MRI in differentiation between benign nasopharyngeal lymphoid hyperplasia (NPLH) and T1 stage nasopharyngeal carcinoma (NPC). METHODS: Eighty-six NPLH patients and 38 T1 stage NPC patients who underwent a contrast-enhanced MRI and an endoscopic biopsy were included. The patients' symptoms and MRI features of nasopharyngeal mucosal thickening like location, symmetry, nasopharyngeal bubble, superficial mucus, nasopharyngeal retention cysts, serrated protrusions, contrast-enhancement type were documented...
June 24, 2017: La Radiologia Medica
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28647877/volatile-organic-compounds-vocs-during-non-haze-and-haze-days-in-shanghai-characterization-and-secondary-organic-aerosol-soa-formation
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Deming Han, Zhen Wang, Jinping Cheng, Qian Wang, Xiaojia Chen, Heling Wang
To better understand the characterization and secondary organic aerosol (SOA) formation of volatile organic compounds (VOCs) during non-haze and haze days, ambient VOCs were continuously measured by a vehicle-mounted online thermal desorption system coupled with a gas chromatography-mass spectrometry (TD-GC/MS) system in Shanghai, China. The average concentrations of VOCs in haze episodes (193.2 μg m(-3)) were almost 50% higher than in non-haze periods (130.8 μg m(-3)). VOC concentrations exhibited a bi-modal pattern in the morning and evening rush hour periods on both non-haze and haze days...
June 24, 2017: Environmental Science and Pollution Research International
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28647868/effects-of-high-altitude-exposure-on-supraspinal-fatigue-and-corticospinal-excitability-and-inhibition
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Mathieu Marillier, Pierrick J Arnal, Thibault Le Roux Mallouf, Thomas Rupp, Guillaume Y Millet, Samuel Verges
PURPOSE: While acute hypoxic exposure enhances exercise-induced central fatigue and can alter corticospinal excitability and inhibition, the effect of prolonged hypoxic exposure on these parameters remains to be clarified. We hypothesized that 5 days of altitude exposure would (i) normalize exercise-induced supraspinal fatigue during isolated muscle exercise to sea level (SL) values and (ii) increase corticospinal excitability and inhibition. METHODS: Eleven male subjects performed intermittent isometric elbow flexions at 50% of maximal voluntary contraction to task failure at SL and after 1 (D1) and 5 (D5) days at 4350 m...
June 24, 2017: European Journal of Applied Physiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28647855/short-term-annoyance-from-nocturnal-aircraft-noise-exposure-results-of-the-norah-and-strain-sleep-studies
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Julia Quehl, Uwe Müller, Franco Mendolia
PURPOSE: The German Aerospace Center (DLR) investigated in the NORAH sleep study the association between a distinct change in nocturnal aircraft noise exposure due to the introduction of a night curfew (11:00 p.m.-5:00 a.m.) at Frankfurt Airport and short-term annoyance reactions of residents in the surrounding community. Exposure-response curves were calculated by random effects logistic regression to evaluate the aircraft noise-related parameters (1) number of overflights and (2) energy equivalent noise level LASeq for the prediction of short-term annoyance...
June 24, 2017: International Archives of Occupational and Environmental Health
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28647814/the-effects-of-variable-practice-on-locomotor-adaptation-to-a-novel-asymmetric-gait
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Jacob W Hinkel-Lipsker, Michael E Hahn
Very little is known about the effects of specific practice on motor learning of predictive balance control during novel bipedal gait. This information could provide an insight into how the direction and magnitude of predictive errors during acquisition of a novel gait task influence transfer of balance control, as well as yield a practice protocol for the restoration of balance for those with locomotor impairments. This study examined the effect of a variable practice paradigm on transfer of a novel asymmetric gait pattern in able-bodied individuals...
June 24, 2017: Experimental Brain Research. Experimentelle Hirnforschung. Expérimentation Cérébrale
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28647808/characterization-of-arabidopsis-thaliana-regrowth-patterns-suggests-a-trade-off-between-undamaged-fitness-and-damage-tolerance
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Daniel R Scholes, Erika N Rasnick, Ken N Paige
Herbivory is a fundamental type of plant-animal interaction that presents substantial selection pressure on plants to replace lost tissues and to prevent subsequent losses in fitness. Apical herbivory, which entails removal or damage to the apical meristem, causes a change in plant architecture by disrupting the balance of hormones produced in part by the apical meristem. Therefore, for an annual semelparous plant, the ability to preserve reproductive success following damage (i.e., to tolerate damage) is largely dependent on the plant's pre-damage investment into fitness and its regrowth pattern following damage...
June 24, 2017: Oecologia
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28647772/diseases-of-the-esophagus-a-pattern-approach
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Marc S Levine, Stephen E Rubesin
The esophagus may be involved by a variety of morphologic abnormalities, including nodules and plaques, ulceration, distal esophageal strictures and rings, upper or midesophageal strictures, and diffuse narrowing (also known as a small-caliber esophagus). The use of a pattern approach for evaluating esophageal disease on barium studies facilitates diagnosis of a host of pathologic conditions associated with these morphologic abnormalities. This article therefore presents an approach for diagnosing esophageal disease on barium studies that emphasizes the radiographic and clinical features used to differentiate the underlying causes of disease and the diagnostic pitfalls associated with performing and interpreting these studies...
June 24, 2017: Abdominal Radiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28647761/tourism-climatology-past-and-present-a-review-of-the-role-of-the-isb-commission-on-climate-tourism-and-recreation
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C R de Freitas
The Executive Board of the International Society of Biometeorology (ISB) founded the Commission on Climate, Tourism and Recreation (CCTR) at the 15th International Congress of Biometeorology in Sydney, Australia in 1999. The aims of the CCTR are to bring together researchers from around the world to critically review the current state of knowledge in tourism and recreation climatology and explore possibilities for future research. Almost two decades on, research in tourism climatology has developed and expanded due in large part to the initiatives and activities of the CCTR and several collaborative research projects run under the auspices of the CCTR...
June 24, 2017: International Journal of Biometeorology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28647735/uniparental-disomy-of-chromosome-15-in-two-cases-by-chromosome-microarray-a-lesson-worth-thinking
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Shu Liu, Kaihui Zhang, Fengling Song, Yali Yang, Yuqiang Lv, Min Gao, Yi Liu, Zhongtao Gai
Prader-Willi syndrome (PWS) and Angelman syndrome (AS) are neurogenetic disorders caused by loss of function of the imprinted genes at 15q11q13. A 5-7 Mb paternal/maternal deletion of chromosomal region 15q11.2q13 is the major genetic cause of PWS/AS, but in a small group of patients, the PWS/AS phenotype can result from maternal/paternal uniparental disomy (UPD) of chromosome 15. Various mechanisms leading to UPD include gametic complementation, trisomy rescue, and compensatory UPD, which can be inferred from the pattern of uniparental heterodisomy (heteroUPD) or uniparental isodisomy (isoUPD)...
June 24, 2017: Cytogenetic and Genome Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28647688/antihypertensive-medication-adherence-and-risk-of-cardiovascular-disease-among-older-adults-a-population-based-cohort-study
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Quanhe Yang, Anping Chang, Matthew D Ritchey, Fleetwood Loustalot
BACKGROUND: Antihypertension medication (antihypertensive) adherence lowers risk of cardiovascular disease (CVD); few studies have examined this association among older adults. METHODS AND RESULTS: We assessed this association among Medicare fee-for-service beneficiaries aged 66 to 79 years who were newly diagnosed with hypertension and initiated on antihypertensives in 2008-2009 (n=155 597). We calculated proportion of days covered (PDC) during follow-up, using proportional subdistribution hazard models, to examine association between antihypertensive adherence and a composite CVD outcomes, including first incident of fatal/nonfatal acute myocardial infarction, ischemic heart disease, stroke/transient ischemic attack, and heart failure...
June 24, 2017: Journal of the American Heart Association
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28647677/buprenorphine-augmentation-improved-symptoms-of-ocd-compared-to-placebo-results-from-a-randomized-double-blind-and-placebo-controlled-clinical-trial
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Mohammad Ahmadpanah, Amin Reihani, Ali Ghaleiha, Alireza Soltanian, Mohammad Haghighi, Leila Jahangard, Dena Sadeghi Bahmani, Edith Holsboer-Trachsler, Serge Brand
BACKGROUND: In the search for new psychopharmacologic options in the treatment of obsessive-compulsive disorders (OCD), some findings suggested that augmentation with buprenorphine, a partial-opioid agonist used to treat opioid addiction, moderate acute pain and moderate chronic pain, is worthy of consideration. Accordingly, to explore this possibility further, a double-blinded, placebo-controlled clinical trial was performed. METHOD: A total of 43 patients (mean age: 34...
June 13, 2017: Journal of Psychiatric Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28647633/nicotine-dependence-and-willingness-to-quit-smoking-in-vascular-surgery-patients
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Matthew R Smeds, Anna Privratsky, Carol R Thrush, Claudia P Barone, Guillermo A Escobar, Ahsan T Ali, Mohammed M Moursi
OBJECTIVE: Smoking rates have declined, however it remains the primary modifiable risk factor for vascular disease. While vascular surgeons often advise patients to quit, few provide assistance. We sought to understand patients' interest in quitting and determine factors that influence this willingness to quit. METHODS: Anonymous surveys were given to vascular surgery clinic patients in a single institution over a 5-month period. Demographic information, smoking status, cessation attempts, and barriers to quitting were obtained...
June 21, 2017: Annals of Vascular Surgery
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28647613/validating-a-two-dimensional-bipolar-spectrum-model-integrating-dsm-5-s-mixed-features-specifier-for-major-depressive-disorder
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Panagiotis Ferentinos, Konstantinos N Fountoulakis, Cathryn M Lewis, Evgenia Porichi, Dimitris Dikeos, Charalambos Papageorgiou, Athanassios Douzenis
INTRODUCTION: The literature on DSM-5's 'Major Depressive Disorder with lifetime mixed features' (MDD-MF) is limited. This study investigated MDD-MF's potential inclusion into a bipolar spectrum. METHODS: We recruited 287 patients with Bipolar I disorder (BD-I), BD-II, MDD-MF or 'MDD without lifetime mixed features' (MDD-noMF); most (N=280) were stabilized for at least one year on medication. Sixteen validators (clinical features, psychiatric family history, temperament, stabilizing treatment) were compared across groups and subjected to trend analyses...
June 16, 2017: Comprehensive Psychiatry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28647609/a-machine-learning-approach-for-automated-wide-range-frequency-tagging-analysis-in-embedded-neuromonitoring-systems
#19
Fabio Montagna, Marco Buiatti, Simone Benatti, Davide Rossi, Elisabetta Farella, Luca Benini
EEG is a standard non-invasive technique used in neural disease diagnostics and neurosciences. Frequency-tagging is an increasingly popular experimental paradigm that efficiently tests brain function by measuring EEG responses to periodic stimulation. Recently, frequency-tagging paradigms have proven successful with low stimulation frequencies (0.5 - 6 Hz), but the EEG signal is intrinsically noisy in this frequency range, requiring heavy signal processing and significant human intervention for response estimation...
June 21, 2017: Methods: a Companion to Methods in Enzymology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28647599/pcr-sscp-analysis-of-mdgi-gene-and-its-association-with-milk-production-traits-in-river-buffalo-bubalus-bubalis
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P K Dubey, S Dubey, S K Mishra, R Arora, J Patel, K P Singh, P Kathiravan, B P Mishra, R S Kataria
In this study, we investigated the genetic variation within 3'UTR of Mammary-Derived Growth Inhibitor (MDGI) gene of buffalo using PCR-SSCP and sequencing; and also analyzed association of polymorphism with the milk production traits. The study revealed two conformational patterns, 'A' and 'B' among 234 Mehsana buffaloes maintained with their records in the field and at farm. The frequency of SSCP variant 'A' was found to be invariably high in the buffalo population under study. Further, association analysis of SSCP variants with various milk production and milk quality traits indicated no significant effect on any of the traits investigated...
June 12, 2017: Research in Veterinary Science
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