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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29351327/a-novel-risk-classification-system-for-30-day-mortality-in-children-undergoing-surgery
#1
Oguz Akbilgic, Max R Langham, Arianne I Walter, Tamekia L Jones, Eunice Y Huang, Robert L Davis
A simple, objective and accurate way of grouping children undergoing surgery into clinically relevant risk groups is needed. The purpose of this study, is to develop and validate a preoperative risk classification system for postsurgical 30-day mortality for children undergoing a wide variety of operations. The National Surgical Quality Improvement Project-Pediatric participant use file data for calendar years 2012-2014 was analyzed to determine preoperative variables most associated with death within 30 days of operation (D30)...
2018: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29351323/fire-forbids-fifty-fifty-forest
#2
Egbert H van Nes, Arie Staal, Stijn Hantson, Milena Holmgren, Salvador Pueyo, Rafael E Bernardi, Bernardo M Flores, Chi Xu, Marten Scheffer
Recent studies have interpreted patterns of remotely sensed tree cover as evidence that forest with intermediate tree cover might be unstable in the tropics, as it will tip into either a closed forest or a more open savanna state. Here we show that across all continents the frequency of wildfires rises sharply as tree cover falls below ~40%. Using a simple empirical model, we hypothesize that the steepness of this pattern causes intermediate tree cover (30‒60%) to be unstable for a broad range of assumptions on tree growth and fire-driven mortality...
2018: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29351291/allometric-biomass-equations-for-12-tree-species-in-coniferous-and-broadleaved-mixed-forests-northeastern-china
#3
Huaijiang He, Chunyu Zhang, Xiuhai Zhao, Folega Fousseni, Jinsong Wang, Haijun Dai, Song Yang, Qiang Zuo
Understanding forest carbon budget and dynamics for sustainable resource management and ecosystem functions requires quantification of above- and below-ground biomass at individual tree species and stand levels. In this study, a total of 122 trees (9-12 per species) were destructively sampled to determine above- and below-ground biomass of 12 tree species (Acer mandshuricum, Acer mono, Betula platyphylla, Carpinus cordata, Fraxinus mandshurica, Juglans mandshurica, Maackia amurensis, P. koraiensis, Populus ussuriensis, Quercus mongolica, Tilia amurensis and Ulmus japonica) in coniferous and broadleaved mixed forests of Northeastern China, an area of the largest natural forest in the country...
2018: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29351284/magnetic-resonance-angiography-with-compressed-sensing-an-evaluation-of-moyamoya-disease
#4
Takayuki Yamamoto, Tomohisa Okada, Yasutaka Fushimi, Akira Yamamoto, Koji Fujimoto, Sachi Okuchi, Hikaru Fukutomi, Jun C Takahashi, Takeshi Funaki, Susumu Miyamoto, Aurélien F Stalder, Yutaka Natsuaki, Peter Speier, Kaori Togashi
Compressed sensing (CS) reconstructions of under-sampled measurements generate missing data based on assumptions of image sparsity. Non-contrast time-of-flight MR angiography (TOF-MRA) is a good candidate for CS based acceleration, as MRA images feature bright trees of sparse vessels over a well-suppressed anatomical background signal. A short scan time derived from CS is beneficial for patients of moyamoya disease (MMD) because of the frequency of MR scans. The purpose of this study was to investigate the reliability of TOF-MRA with CS in the evaluation of MMD...
2018: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29350674/takotsubo-cardiomyopathy-in-an-ultra-centenarian-woman
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Laura Bonfanti, Silvia Buratti, Luigi Vignali, Giuseppe Lippi, Franco Masini, Michele Bianconcini, Gianfranco Cervellin
A 101 years-old woman was admitted to our Emergency Department (ED) for acute dyspnea which onset nearly two hours before presentation. She had been on hydrochlorothyazyde-amiloride therapy due to mild hypertension. No other relevant features were present in the clinical history. The old lady had never been admitted to the hospital, and she was still living alone. A few days before hospital admission, one of the daughters became ill, so that a caregiver was paid for assisting her 12/24. This new circumstance was reluctantly accepted by the old lady...
January 16, 2018: Acta Bio-medica: Atenei Parmensis
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29350603/decision-tree-analysis-in-subarachnoid-hemorrhage-prediction-of-outcome-parameters-during-the-course-of-aneurysmal-subarachnoid-hemorrhage-using-decision-tree-analysis
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Isabel Charlotte Hostettler, Carl Muroi, Johannes Konstantin Richter, Josef Schmid, Marian Christoph Neidert, Martin Seule, Oliver Boss, Athina Pangalu, Menno Robbert Germans, Emanuela Keller
OBJECTIVE The aim of this study was to create prediction models for outcome parameters by decision tree analysis based on clinical and laboratory data in patients with aneurysmal subarachnoid hemorrhage (aSAH). METHODS The database consisted of clinical and laboratory parameters of 548 patients with aSAH who were admitted to the Neurocritical Care Unit, University Hospital Zurich. To examine the model performance, the cohort was randomly divided into a derivation cohort (60% [n = 329]; training data set) and a validation cohort (40% [n = 219]; test data set)...
January 19, 2018: Journal of Neurosurgery
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29350475/water-deficit-disrupts-male-gametophyte-development-in-quercus-ilex
#7
Olga Bykova, Jean-Marc Limousin, Jean-Marc Ourcival, Isabelle Chuine
Tree species distribution, and hence forest biodiversity, rely on the reproductive capacity of trees which is currently affected by climate change. Drought-induced pollen sterility could increase as a consequence of more intense and more frequent droughts projected for temperate and Mediterranean regions and threaten the sexual regeneration of trees in these regions. To evaluate this possibility, we examined the effect of long-term partial rainfall exclusion (-27% of precipitation) on male reproductive development in holm oak, Quercus ilex, one of the most important and widespread tree species of the Mediterranean region...
January 19, 2018: Plant Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29350421/involvement-of-xanthine-oxidase-inhibition-with-the-antioxidant-property-of-nanoencapsulated-melaleuca-alternifolia-essential-oil-in-fish-experimentally-infected-with-pseudomonas-aeruginosa
#8
M D Baldissera, C F Souza, P H Doleski, R C V Santos, R P Raffin, B Baldisserotto
Nanoencapsulated Melaleuca alternifolia essential oil (tea tree oil, TTO) is a natural alternative treatment, with 100% therapeutic efficacy in fish experimentally infected with Pseudomonas aeruginosa, and has also potent protective effects linked with antioxidant properties. However, the pathways responsible for the antioxidant capacity remain unknown. Thus, this study evaluated whether the inhibition of seric xanthine oxidase (XO) activity can be considered a pathway involved in the antioxidant capacity of nanoencapsulated TTO in fish experimentally infected with P...
January 19, 2018: Journal of Fish Diseases
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29350334/the-triglyceride-glucose-index-an-insulin-resistance-marker-in-newborns
#9
Eva Gesteiro, Sara Bastida, Laura Barrios, Francisco J Sánchez-Muniz
The study aims to assess the utility of the triglyceride-glucose index (TyG) as a marker of insulin resistance (IR) in neonates. TyG and the homeostatic model assessment (HOMA-IR) values were compared in 196 singleton, term normoweight and without distress newborns. A Decision Tree procedure (CHAID) was used to classify cases into groups or predict values of a dependent (Ln HOMA-IR) variable. Three nodes were drawn for TyG: ≤ 6.7, > 6.7-7.8 and > 7.8 (p < 0.0001; F = 20.52). The predictability of those TyG values vs HOMA-IR was statistically significant (p < 0...
January 19, 2018: European Journal of Pediatrics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29350136/ecologic-features-of-plague-outbreak-areas-democratic-republic-of-the-congo-2004-2014
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Aaron Aruna Abedi, Jean-Christophe Shako, Jean Gaudart, Bertrand Sudre, Benoit Kebela Ilunga, Stomy Karhemere Bi Shamamba, Georges Diatta, Bernard Davoust, Jean-Jacques Muyembe Tamfum, Renaud Piarroux, Martine Piarroux
During 2004-2014, the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC) declared 54% of plague cases worldwide. Using national data, we characterized the epidemiology of human plague in DRC for this period. All 4,630 suspected human plague cases and 349 deaths recorded in DRC came from Orientale Province. Pneumonic plague cases (8.8% of total) occurred during 2 major outbreaks in mining camps in the equatorial forest, and some limited outbreaks occurred in the Ituri highlands. Epidemics originated in 5 health zones clustered in Ituri, where sporadic bubonic cases were recorded throughout every year...
February 2018: Emerging Infectious Diseases
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29350048/triple-split-bolus-versus-single-bolus-ct-in-abdominal-trauma-patients-a-comparative-study
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Johannes Clemens Godt, Torsten Eken, Anselm Schulz, Cathrine K Johansen, Anette Aarsnes, Johann Baptist Dormagen
Background Split-bolus computed tomography (CT) is a recent development in trauma imaging. Instead of multiple scans in different contrast phases after a single contrast bolus, split-bolus protocols consist of one single scan of the thorax and abdomen after two or three contrast injections at different points of time. Purpose To evaluate and compare image quality and injury findings of a new triple-split-bolus CT (TS-CT) protocol of thorax and abdomen with those of a portal venous phase CT (PV-CT) in the same patient group...
January 1, 2018: Acta Radiologica
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29350019/cypress-pollen-allergy-is-responsible-for-two-distinct-phenotypes-of-allergic-rhinitis-different-from-other-pollinosis
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L Pahus, M Gouitaa, T Sofalvi, K Alagha, D Gras, P Chanez, D Charpin
Different phenotypes of allergic rhinitis have been identified based on the seasonality of the allergen involved. Within pollinosis, importance has to be paid to the responsible pollen species. Guidelines for clinical management are mostly based on studies performed in patients with grass pollen allergy. Only few data is available on tree pollen allergy and more specifically on cypress pollen allergy. We focused on the clinical and biological features of cypress pollen allergy to determine whether it is associated with a specific phenotype of allergic rhinitis or not...
January 2018: European Annals of Allergy and Clinical Immunology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29349724/analyzing-similarities-in-genome-sequences
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I C Fonseca, E Nogueira, P H Figueirêdo, S Coutinho
This article investigates aspects of similarity between complete sequences of mitochondrial DNA by determining the distribution of the relative frequencies of words with different lengths and the characteristics of their relevance throughout the sequences. The degree of similarity is obtained by comparing the distances between words contained within these sequences. Our results indicate that the best groupings among different species depend on the lengths of words and their respective relative frequencies. We also observed that the longer the word the more consistent the grouping between the sequences becomes...
January 19, 2018: European Physical Journal. E, Soft Matter
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29349719/shifts-in-the-importance-of-the-species-pool-and-environmental-controls-of-epiphytic-bryophyte-richness-across-multiple-scales
#14
Nagore G Medina, Matthew A Bowker, Joaquín Hortal, Vicente Mazimpaka, Francisco Lara
Species richness is influenced by a nested set of environmental factors, but how do these factors interact across several scales? Our main aim is to disentangle the relative importance of environmental filters and the species pool on the richness of epiphytic bryophytes across spatial scales. To do so, we sampled epiphytic bryophytes in 43 oak forests across the northwest of the Iberian Peninsula. As predictors we used climate, descriptors of forest structure and micro-environment. We applied structural equation modeling to relate these variables with richness and cover at three scales: locality (forest), stand (three stands per forest), and sample (a quadrate in a tree)...
January 18, 2018: Oecologia
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29349533/hendra-virus-spillover-is-a-bimodal-system-driven-by-climatic-factors
#15
Gerardo Martin, Carlos Yanez-Arenas, Raina K Plowright, Carla Chen, Billie Roberts, Lee F Skerratt
Understanding environmental factors driving spatiotemporal patterns of disease can improve risk mitigation strategies. Hendra virus (HeV), discovered in Australia in 1994, spills over from bats (Pteropus sp.) to horses and thence to humans. Below latitude - 22°, almost all spillover events to horses occur during winter, and above this latitude spillover is aseasonal. We generated a statistical model of environmental drivers of HeV spillover per month. The model reproduced the spatiotemporal pattern of spillover risk between 1994 and 2015...
January 18, 2018: EcoHealth
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29349466/dynamics-of-networks-in-a-viscoelastic-and-active-environment
#16
Jonas Grimm, Maxim Dolgushev
We investigate the dynamics of fractals and other networks in a viscoelastic and active environment. The viscoelastic dynamics is modeled based on the generalized Langevin equation, where the activity is introduced to it by means of the exponentially correlated noise. The intramolecular interactions are taken into account by the bead-spring picture. The microscopic connectivity (studied in the form of Vicsek fractals, of dual Sierpiński gaskets, of NTD trees, and of a family of deterministic small-world networks) reveals itself in the multiscale monomeric dynamics, which shows vastly different behaviors in the active and passive baths...
January 19, 2018: Soft Matter
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29348779/mutual-proximity-graphs-for-improved-reachability-in-music-recommendation
#17
Arthur Flexer, Jeff Stevens
This paper is concerned with the impact of hubness, a general problem of machine learning in high-dimensional spaces, on a real-world music recommendation system based on visualisation of a k-nearest neighbour (knn) graph. Due to a problem of measuring distances in high dimensions, hub objects are recommended over and over again while anti-hubs are nonexistent in recommendation lists, resulting in poor reachability of the music catalogue. We present mutual proximity graphs, which are an alternative to knn and mutual knn graphs, and are able to avoid hub vertices having abnormally high connectivity...
2018: Journal of New Music Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29348708/hybphylomaker-target-enrichment-data-analysis-from-raw-reads-to-species-trees
#18
Tomáš Fér, Roswitha E Schmickl
Summary: Hybridization-based target enrichment in combination with genome skimming (Hyb-Seq) is becoming a standard method of phylogenomics. We developed HybPhyloMaker, a bioinformatics pipeline that performs target enrichment data analysis from raw reads to supermatrix-, supertree-, and multispecies coalescent-based species tree reconstruction. HybPhyloMaker is written in BASH and integrates common bioinformatics tools. It can be launched both locally and on a high-performance computer cluster...
2018: Evolutionary Bioinformatics Online
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29348644/global-priorities-for-conserving-the-evolutionary-history-of-sharks-rays-and-chimaeras
#19
R William Stein, Christopher G Mull, Tyler S Kuhn, Neil C Aschliman, Lindsay N K Davidson, Jeffrey B Joy, Gordon J Smith, Nicholas K Dulvy, Arne O Mooers
In an era of accelerated biodiversity loss and limited conservation resources, systematic prioritization of species and places is essential. In terrestrial vertebrates, evolutionary distinctness has been used to identify species and locations that embody the greatest share of evolutionary history. We estimate evolutionary distinctness for a large marine vertebrate radiation on a dated taxon-complete tree for all 1,192 chondrichthyan fishes (sharks, rays and chimaeras) by augmenting a new 610-species molecular phylogeny using taxonomic constraints...
January 18, 2018: Nature Ecology & Evolution
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29348643/a-trillion-trees
#20
Patrick Goymer
No abstract text is available yet for this article.
January 18, 2018: Nature Ecology & Evolution
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