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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29679724/harvest-and-trade-of-caterpillar-mushroom-ophiocordyceps-sinensis-and-the-implications-for-sustainable-use-in-the-tibet-region-of-southwest-china
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Jun He
ETHNOPHARMACOLOGICAL RELEVANCE: caterpillar mushroom (Ophiocordyceps sinensis) is a unique medicinal fungi which is only found in alpine grasslands in Himalayan mountain regions and the Tibetan Plateau. Known locally as Yartsa Gunbu, it has been widely used in Tibetan and Chinese Medicine for centuries. It is crucial to understand local commercial harvest and trade practices of caterpillar mushroom to support the sustainable management of this valuable resource. However, data derived from empirically grounded research is currently limited, particularly in China...
April 18, 2018: Journal of Ethnopharmacology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29679695/serial-nse-measurement-identifies-non-survivors-following-out-of-hospital-cardiac-arrest
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Kieran Gillick, Kieron Rooney
AIMS: Prognostication following out-of-hospital cardiac arrest (OHCA) remains challenging. A multimodal approach is favoured, including consideration of the biomarker neuron-specific enolase (NSE) (Sandroni et al., 2014). Our objective was to investigate the utility of serial NSE measurements and to determine an appropriate cut-off value for prediction of death before hospital discharge using data from our tertiary care centre. METHODS: Retrospective analysis of patients admitted to the critical care unit of a tertiary centre critical care unit in the UK following an out-of-hospital cardiac arrest...
April 18, 2018: Resuscitation
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29679531/the-association-of-early-postoperative-lactate-levels-with-morbidity-after-elective-major-abdominal-surgery
#3
Jelena Veličković, Ivan Palibrk, Biljana Miličić, Dejan Veličković, Bojan Jovanović, Goran Rakić, Milorad Petrović, Vesna Bumbaširević
Lactate levels are widely used as an indicator of outcome in critically ill patients. We investigated the prognostic value of postoperative lactate levels for postoperative complications (POC), mortality and length of hospital stay after elective major abdominal surgery. A total of 195 patients were prospectively evaluated. Lactate levels were assessed on admission to the intensive care unit (ICU) [L0], 4 hours (L4), 12 hours (L12), and 24 hours (L24) after the operation. Demographic and perioperative clinical data were collected...
April 21, 2018: Bosnian Journal of Basic Medical Sciences
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29679500/a-unified-material-decomposition-framework-for-quantitative-dual-and-triple-energy-ct-imaging
#4
Wei Zhao, Don Vernekohl, Fei Han, Bin Han, Hao Peng, Yong Yang, Lei Xing, James K Min
PURPOSE: Many clinical applications depend critically on the accurate differentiation and classi-fication of different types of materials in patient anatomy. This work introduces a unified framework for accurate nonlinear material decomposition and applies it, for the first time, in the concept of triple-energy CT (TECT) for enhanced material differentiation and classification as well as dual-energy CT METHODS: We express polychromatic projection into a linear combination of line integrals of material-selective images...
April 21, 2018: Medical Physics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29679430/is-mri-targeted-biopsy-a-useful-addition-to-systematic-confirmatory-biopsy-in-men-on-active-surveillance-for-low-risk-prostate-cancer-a-systematic-review-and-meta-analysis
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Ivo G Schoots, Daan Nieboer, Francesco Giganti, Caroline M Moore, Chris H Bangma, Monique J Roobol
BACKGROUND: Active surveillance of prostate cancer is recommended for men with Gleason 3+3 on standard TRUS-guided biopsy. Confirmatory assessment can include repeat standard TRUS-guided biopsy, and/or MRI with targeted biopsy when indicated. OBJECTIVE: To systematically review and meta-analyse evidence regarding the additional value of MRI and MRI-targeted biopsies to confirmatory systematic biopsies in identifying high-grade prostate cancer in men with low-risk disease on TRUS biopsy...
April 21, 2018: BJU International
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29679097/quantitative-trait-loci-qtls-for-water-use-and-crop-production-traits-co-locate-with-major-qtl-for-tolerance-to-water-deficit-in-a-fine-mapping-population-of-pearl-millet-pennisetum-glaucum-l-r-br
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Murugesan Tharanya, Jana Kholova, Kaliamoorthy Sivasakthi, Deepmala Seghal, Charles Tom Hash, Basker Raj, Rakesh Kumar Srivastava, Rekha Baddam, Thiyagarajan Thirunalasundari, Rattan Yadav, Vincent Vadez
Four genetic regions associated with water use traits, measured at different levels of plant organization, and with agronomic traits were identified within a previously reported region for terminal water deficit adaptation on linkage group 2. Close linkages between these traits showed the value of phenotyping both for agronomic and secondary traits to better understand plant productive processes. Water saving traits are critical for water stress adaptation of pearl millet, whereas maximizing water use is key to the absence of stress...
April 21, 2018: TAG. Theoretical and Applied Genetics. Theoretische und Angewandte Genetik
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29678798/analysis-of-college-students-personal-health-information-activities-online-survey
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Sujin Kim, Donghee Sinn, Sue Yeon Syn
BACKGROUND: With abundant personal health information at hand, individuals are faced with a critical challenge in evaluating the informational value of health care records to keep useful information and discard that which is determined useless. Young, healthy college students who were previously dependents of adult parents or caregivers are less likely to be concerned with disease management. Personal health information management (PHIM) is a special case of personal information management (PIM) that is associated with multiple interactions among varying stakeholders and systems...
April 20, 2018: Journal of Medical Internet Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29678439/prevalence-and-associated-factors-with-voice-disorders-in-brazilian-community-dwelling-older-adults
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Amanda C B Góis, Leandro Pernambuco, Kenio Costa de Lima
OBJECTIVES: This study aimed to estimate the prevalence and factors associated with voice disorders (VDs) in Brazilian community-dwelling older adults. STUDY DESIGN: This is a cross-sectional study. METHODS: The sample comprised 463 older adults (60 years or more) of both sexes living in a Brazilian northeastern city. Variables were related to socioeconomic and demographic profile, lifestyle, and general health conditions, in addition to the validated "Screening for Voice Disorders in Older Adults" (RAVI) questionnaire...
April 17, 2018: Journal of Voice: Official Journal of the Voice Foundation
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29678327/antibacterial-quaternary-ammonium-compounds-in-dental-materials-a-systematic-review
#9
REVIEW
Pooyan Makvandi, Rezvan Jamaledin, Mostafa Jabbari, Nasser Nikfarjam, Assunta Borzacchiello
OBJECTIVE: Quaternary ammonium compounds (QACs) represent one of the most effective classes of disinfectant agents in dental materials and resin nanocomposites. This reviews aims to give a wide overview on the research in the field of antibacterial QACs in dental materials and nanocomposites. METHOD: An introduction to dental materials components as well as the microorganisms and methods of evaluation for the antimicrobial assays are presented. Then, the properties and synthesis route of QACs, as monomer and filler, are shown...
April 17, 2018: Dental Materials: Official Publication of the Academy of Dental Materials
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29677975/minimal-important-difference-in-outcome-of-disc-degenerative-disease-treatment-the-patients-perspective
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Linda Greta Dui, Federico Cabitza, Pedro Berjano
Evaluation of treatments effectiveness in a context of value-based health care is based on outcomes, and in their assessment. The patient perspective is gaining renovated interest, as demonstrated by the increasing diffusion of Patient Reported Outcome Measure (PROMs) collection initiatives. The concept of Minimal Clinically Important Dif-ference (MID) is generally seen as the basis to estimate the actual effect perceived by the patient after a treatment, like a surgical intervention, but a universally recognized threshold has not yet been established...
2018: Studies in Health Technology and Informatics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29677676/assessing-the-geomorphological-vulnerability-of-arid-beach-dune-systems
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Carolina Peña-Alonso, Juan B Gallego-Fernández, Luis Hernández-Calvento, Antonio I Hernández-Cordero, Eduard Ariza
In this study, an arid dune vulnerability index (ADVI) is developed using a system of indicators to evaluate the geomorphological vulnerability of beach-dune systems of arid regions. The indicators are comprised of three analytical dimensions (susceptibility, exposure and resilience) and their corresponding sub-indices and variables and were assessed for eleven sites located in four aeolian sedimentary systems of the Canary archipelago (Spain). The selected sites have varying geomorphological characteristics, vegetation types, marine and wind conditions and human pressure degrees, and have seen different trends in their geomorphological evolution since 1960...
April 17, 2018: Science of the Total Environment
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29677586/impact-of-sarcopenic-obesity-on-30-day-mortality-in-critically-ill-patients-with-intra-abdominal-sepsis
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Yun Ji, Baoli Cheng, Zhipeng Xu, Hui Ye, Weina Lu, Xiaoqian Luo, Shuiqiao Fu, Xiangming Fang
PURPOSE: This study aimed to investigate the association between sarcopenic obesity and 30-day mortality in critically ill patients with intra-abdominal sepsis. MATERIAL AND METHODS: We analyzed 236 surgical ICU patients with sepsis due to intra-abdominal infection who underwent urgent surgical intervention. Sarcopenia, visceral obesity and sarcopenic obesity were analyzed by computed tomography scans using the third lumbar vertebrae skeletal muscle index and visceral adipose tissue area, using previously reported cutoff values...
March 16, 2018: Journal of Critical Care
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29677484/degree-of-time-dependency-of-kinetic-coefficient-as-a-function-of-adsorbate-concentration-new-insights-from-adsorption-of-tetracycline-onto-monodispersed-starch-stabilized-magnetic-nanocomposite
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Chukwunonso P Okoli, Augustine E Ofomaja
The realization that the observed kinetic coefficient (kobs ) varies with time in most real-time adsorption system, as against the constant value conceived in the most widely-applied adsorption kinetic models, have attracted much attention in recent time. Understanding the factors that control the extent/degree of time dependency (otherwise known as fractal-like kinetics), is therefore central in taking manipulative advantage of this phenomenon in critical adsorption applications. This study therefore deployed non-fractal-like and fractal-like kinetic approach to study the adsorption of tetracycline on monodispersed starch-stabilized magnetite nanocomposite (MSM)...
April 17, 2018: Journal of Environmental Management
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29676952/associations-between-patient-characteristics-and-a-new-early-do-not-attempt-resuscitation-order-after-intracerebral-hemorrhage
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Jessica McFarlin, Claire E Hailey, Wenjing Qi, Peter G Kranz, Weiping Sun, Wei Sun, Marisa Gray, Kon Kam King Nicolas, Daniel T Laskowitz, Michael L James
BACKGROUND: Decisions to limit care, including use of a do-not-resuscitate (DNR) order, are associated with increased risk of death after intracerebral hemorrhage (ICH). Given the value that patient surrogates place on the physician's perception of prognosis, understanding prognostic indicators that influence clinical judgment of outcomes is critical. OBJECTIVE: The purpose of this study was to understand the patient variables and comorbid illnesses associated with DNR orders placed on patients within 72 hours after ICH...
April 20, 2018: Journal of Palliative Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29676927/woodpeckers-and-diamonds-some-aspects-of-evolutionary-convergence-in-astrobiology
#15
Milan M Ćirković
Jared Diamond's argument against extraterrestrial intelligence from evolutionary contingency is subjected to critical scrutiny. As with the earlier arguments of George Gaylord Simpson, it contains critical loopholes that lead to its unraveling. From the point of view of the contemporary debates about biological evolution, perhaps the most contentious aspect of such arguments is their atemporal and gradualist usage of the space of all possible biological forms (morphospace). Such usage enables the translation of the adaptive value of a trait into the probability of its evolving...
April 20, 2018: Astrobiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29676798/afferent-neural-feedback-overrides-the-modulating-effects-of-arousal-hypercapnia-and-hypoxemia-on-neonatal-cardio-respiratory-control
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Kathleen J Lumb, Jennifer M Schneider, Thowfique Ibrahim, Anita Rigaux, Shabih U Hasan
KEY POINTS: Evidence at whole animal, organ-system, and cellular and molecular levels suggests that afferent volume feedback is critical for establishment of adequate ventilation at birth. Due to the irreversible nature of vagal ablation studies to date, it was difficult to quantify the roles of afferent volume input, arousal and changes in blood gas tensions on neonatal respiratory control. During reversible perineural vagal block, profound apneas, and hypoxemia and hypercarbia were observed necessitating termination of perineural blockade...
April 20, 2018: Journal of Physiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29676484/structural-and-metabolic-brain-correlates-of-apathy-in-huntington-s-disease
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Saul Martínez-Horta, Jesús Perez-Perez, Frederic Sampedro, Javier Pagonabarraga, Andrea Horta-Barba, Mar Carceller-Sindreu, Beatriz Gomez-Anson, Gloria Andrea Lozano-Martinez, Diego Alfonso Lopez-Mora, Valle Camacho, Alejandro Fernández-León, Ignasi Carrió, Jaime Kulisevsky
BACKGROUND: Apathy is the most prevalent and characteristic neuropsychiatric feature of Huntington's disease. Congruent with the main early pathological changes, apathy is primarily associated with subcortical damage in frontal-striatal circuits. However, little is known about its precise subserving mechanisms and the contribution of regions other than the basal ganglia. OBJECTIVES: We aimed to define the neural correlates of apathy in Huntington's disease based on gray matter volume and PET/CT of 18 F-fluorodeoxyglucose metabolism...
April 20, 2018: Movement Disorders: Official Journal of the Movement Disorder Society
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29676469/molecules-under-external-electric-field-on-the-changes-in-the-electronic-structure-and-validity-limits-of-the-theoretical-predictions
#18
F N N Pansini, F A L de Souza, C T Campos
A detailed analysis of the electronic structure of the ground and first excited spin state of three diatomic molecules ( N2, BH and CO) under static applied electric field is performed at CCSD(T), DFT, MRCI and MRCI(Q) levels of theory. Our findings have revealed that by boosting the applied field one induces changes in the occupation numbers of molecular orbitals, giving rise to changes in the equilibrium geometry and in the HOMO-LUMO energy gap. Specifically, singlet to triplet spin transition can be induced by increasing the applied electric field beyond a critical value...
April 20, 2018: Journal of Computational Chemistry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29676427/pushing-the-limits-of-applicability-of-rebco-coated-conductor-films-through-fine-chemical-tuning-and-nanoengineering-of-inclusions
#19
F Rizzo, A Augieri, A Kursumovic, M Bianchetti, L Opherden, M Sieger, R Hühne, J Hänisch, A Meledin, G Van Tendeloo, J L MacManus-Driscoll, G Celentano
An outstanding current carrying performance (namely critical current density, Jc) over a broad temperature range of 10-77 K for magnetic fields up to 12 T is reported for films of YBa2Cu3O7-x with Ba2Y(Nb,Ta)O6 inclusion pinning centres (YBCO-BYNTO) and thicknesses in the range of 220-500 nm. Jc values of 10 MA cm-2 were measured at 30 K - 5 T and 10 K - 9 T with a corresponding maximum of the pinning force density at 10 K close to 1 TN m-3. The system is very flexible regarding properties and microstructure tuning, and the growth window for achieving a particular microstructure is wide, which is very important for industrial processing...
April 20, 2018: Nanoscale
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29675709/acid-base-status-and-its-clinical-implications-in-critically-ill-patients-with-cirrhosis-acute-on-chronic-liver-failure-and-without-liver-disease
#20
Andreas Drolz, Thomas Horvatits, Kevin Roedl, Karoline Rutter, Richard Brunner, Christian Zauner, Peter Schellongowski, Gottfried Heinz, Georg-Christian Funk, Michael Trauner, Bruno Schneeweiss, Valentin Fuhrmann
BACKGROUND: Acid-base disturbances are frequently observed in critically ill patients at the intensive care unit. To our knowledge, the acid-base profile of patients with acute-on-chronic liver failure (ACLF) has not been evaluated and compared to critically ill patients without acute or chronic liver disease. RESULTS: One hundred and seventy-eight critically ill patients with liver cirrhosis were compared to 178 matched controls in this post hoc analysis of prospectively collected data...
April 19, 2018: Annals of Intensive Care
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