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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28545549/detection-and-genetic-characterization-of-a-wide-range-of-infectious-agents-in-ixodes-pavlovskyi-ticks-in-western-siberia-russia
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Vera Rar, Natalia Livanova, Sergey Tkachev, Galina Kaverina, Artem Tikunov, Yuliya Sabitova, Yana Igolkina, Victor Panov, Stanislav Livanov, Nataliya Fomenko, Igor Babkin, Nina Tikunova
BACKGROUND: The Ixodes pavlovskyi tick species, a member of the I. persulcatus/I. ricinus group, was discovered in the middle of the 20(th) century in the Russian Far East. Limited data have been reported on the detection of infectious agents in this tick species. The aim of this study was to investigate the prevalence and genetic variability of a wide range of infectious agents in I. pavlovskyi ticks collected in their traditional and recently invaded habitats, the Altai Mountains and Novosibirsk Province, respectively, which are both located within the Western Siberian part of the I...
May 25, 2017: Parasites & Vectors
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28545497/mortality-by-country-of-birth-in-the-nordic-countries-a-systematic-review-of-the-literature
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Helena Honkaniemi, Jennie Bacchus-Hertzman, Johan Fritzell, Mikael Rostila
BACKGROUND: Immigration to the Nordic countries has increased in the last decades and foreign-born inhabitants now constitute a considerable part of the region's population. Several studies suggest poorer self-reported health among foreign-born compared to natives, while results on mortality and life expectancy are inconclusive. To date, few studies have summarized knowledge on mortality differentials by country of birth. This article aims to systematically review previous results on all-cause and cause-specific mortality by country of birth in the Nordic countries...
May 25, 2017: BMC Public Health
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28545406/deterministic-compressive-sampling-for-high-quality-image-reconstruction-of-ultrasound-tomography
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Tran Quang Huy, Huynh Huu Tue, Ton That Long, Tran Duc-Tan
BACKGROUND: A well-known diagnostic imaging modality, termed ultrasound tomography, was quickly developed for the detection of very small tumors whose sizes are smaller than the wavelength of the incident pressure wave without ionizing radiation, compared to the current gold-standard X-ray mammography. Based on inverse scattering technique, ultrasound tomography uses some material properties such as sound contrast or attenuation to detect small targets. The Distorted Born Iterative Method (DBIM) based on first-order Born approximation is an efficient diffraction tomography approach...
May 25, 2017: BMC Medical Imaging
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28545217/a-miniature-bird-borne-passive-air-sampler-for-monitoring-halogenated-flame-retardants
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Manon Sorais, Ali Rezaei, Joseph O Okeme, Miriam L Diamond, Ricardo Izquierdo, Jean-François Giroux, Jonathan Verreault
Birds have been used intensively as biomonitors of halogenated flame retardants (HFRs), and several studies have reported elevated tissue concentrations and inter-individual variability for these contaminants. While diet is known to be an important exposure pathway for HFRs in birds, it has been suggested that exposure through air may represent an underestimated source of HFRs for certain species. However, a method was not available for measuring the atmospheric exposure of individual birds to HFRs or other semi-volatile contaminants...
May 21, 2017: Science of the Total Environment
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28543423/research-with-pregnant-women-new-insights-on-legal-decision-making
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Anna C Mastroianni, Leslie Meltzer Henry, David Robinson, Theodore Bailey, Ruth R Faden, Margaret O Little, Anne Drapkin Lyerly
U.S. researchers and scholars often point to two legal factors as significant obstacles to the inclusion of pregnant women in clinical research: the Department of Health and Human Services' regulatory limitations specific to pregnant women's research participation and the fear of liability for potential harm to children born following a pregnant woman's research participation. This article offers a more nuanced view of the potential legal complexities that can impede research with pregnant women than has previously been reflected in the literature...
May 2017: Hastings Center Report
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28542442/pedogenetic-processes-in-anthrosols-with-pretic-horizon-amazonian-dark-earth-in-central-amazon-brazil
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Rodrigo S Macedo, Wenceslau G Teixeira, Marcelo M Corrêa, Gilvan C Martins, Pablo Vidal-Torrado
Anthrosols known as Amazonian Dark Earth (ADE) have borne witness to the intensification of sedentary patterns and the demographic increase in Central Amazon. As a result, a recurring pattern has been observed of mounds with ADE arising from domestic activities and the disposal of waste. The objective of this research was to demonstrate the relationship of these anthropic activities with pedogenetic formation processes of ADE in the municipality of Iranduba, Brazil. Disturbed and undisturbed soil samples were taken from two areas of ADE (pretic horizon) and from a non-anthropic pedon...
2017: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28540847/risk-factors-for-transmission-of-hiv-from-mother-to-child-in-bangui
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S C H Diemer, R N Ngbale, J D D Longo, O Bami Dienhot, C E Gaunefet
the prevalence of human immunodeficiency virus infection (HIV) in pregnant women in Central Africa is 4.5%. Although a program to prevent mother-child transmission of HIV has been implemented throughout the country, the number of infected infants continues to increase. In this context, our study sought to determine the rate of mother-child transmission of HIV and to identify the main risk factors. this prospective cross-sectional study took place from November 1, 2014, to November 1, 2015, in all 16 maternal and child health centers in Bangui...
May 24, 2017: Médecine et Santé Tropicales
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28540487/importance-of-common-wall-lizards-in-the-transmission-dynamics-of-tick-borne-pathogens-in-the-northern-apennine-mountains-italy
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Laura Tomassone, L A Ceballos, C Ragagli, E Martello, R De Sousa, M C Stella, A Mannelli
During the investigations on ticks and tick-borne pathogens (TBP) range expansion in the Northern Apennines, we captured 107 Podarcis muralis lizards. Sixty-eight animals were infested by immature Ixodes ricinus, Haemaphysalis sulcata and H. punctata. Borrelia burgdorferi s.l. was detected in 3.7% of I. ricinus larvae and 8.0% of nymphs. Together with the species-specific B. lusitaniae, we identified B. garinii, B. afzelii and B. valaisiana. Rickettsia spp. (18.1% larvae, 12.0% nymphs), namely R. monacensis, R...
May 24, 2017: Microbial Ecology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28539481/inferring-stratified-parasitoid-dispersal-mechanisms-and-parameters-from-coarse-data-using-mathematical-and-bayesian-methods
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Christopher Strickland, Nadiah P Kristensen, Laura Miller
Biological invasions have movement at the core of their success. However, due to difficulties in collecting data, medium- and long-distance dispersal of small insects has long been poorly understood and likely to be underestimated. The agricultural release of parasitic hymenoptera, a group of wasps that are critical for biological pest control, represents a rare opportunity to study the spread of insects on multiple spatial scales. As these insects are typically less than 1 mm in size and are challenging to track individually, a first-time biocontrol release will provide a known spatial position and time of initial release for all individuals that are subsequently collected...
May 2017: Journal of the Royal Society, Interface
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28539441/chikungunya-virus-overcomes-polyamine-depletion-by-mutation-of-nsp1-and-the-opal-stop-codon-to-confer-enhanced-replication-and-fitness
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Bryan C Mounce, Teresa Cesaro, Lea Vlajnić, Anna Vidiņa, Thomas Vallet, James Weger-Lucarelli, Gabriella Pasoni, Kenneth A Stapleford, Jean-Pierre Levraud, Marco Vignuzzi
Polyamines, small positively-charge molecules present in all cells, play important roles in the replication of DNA and RNA viruses. Chikungunya virus (CHIKV) relies on polyamines for translation of the viral genome upon viral entry, and pharmacological depletion of polyamines limits viral replication. However, the potential development of antiviral resistance necessitates a better understanding of how polyamines function and can be targeted via compounds that alter polyamine levels. We have isolated CHIKV that is resistant to polyamine depletion that contains two mutations in the non-structural protein 1 (nsP1) coding region in combination with mutation to the opal stop codon preceding nsP4...
May 24, 2017: Journal of Virology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28538723/genomic-epidemiology-reveals-multiple-introductions-of-zika-virus-into-the-united-states
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Nathan D Grubaugh, Jason T Ladner, Moritz U G Kraemer, Gytis Dudas, Amanda L Tan, Karthik Gangavarapu, Michael R Wiley, Stephen White, Julien Thézé, Diogo M Magnani, Karla Prieto, Daniel Reyes, Andrea M Bingham, Lauren M Paul, Refugio Robles-Sikisaka, Glenn Oliveira, Darryl Pronty, Carolyn M Barcellona, Hayden C Metsky, Mary Lynn Baniecki, Kayla G Barnes, Bridget Chak, Catherine A Freije, Adrianne Gladden-Young, Andreas Gnirke, Cynthia Luo, Bronwyn MacInnis, Christian B Matranga, Daniel J Park, James Qu, Stephen F Schaffner, Christopher Tomkins-Tinch, Kendra L West, Sarah M Winnicki, Shirlee Wohl, Nathan L Yozwiak, Joshua Quick, Joseph R Fauver, Kamran Khan, Shannon E Brent, Robert C Reiner, Paola N Lichtenberger, Michael J Ricciardi, Varian K Bailey, David I Watkins, Marshall R Cone, Edgar W Kopp, Kelly N Hogan, Andrew C Cannons, Reynald Jean, Andrew J Monaghan, Robert F Garry, Nicholas J Loman, Nuno R Faria, Mario C Porcelli, Chalmers Vasquez, Elyse R Nagle, Derek A T Cummings, Danielle Stanek, Andrew Rambaut, Mariano Sanchez-Lockhart, Pardis C Sabeti, Leah D Gillis, Scott F Michael, Trevor Bedford, Oliver G Pybus, Sharon Isern, Gustavo Palacios, Kristian G Andersen
Zika virus (ZIKV) is causing an unprecedented epidemic linked to severe congenital abnormalities. In July 2016, mosquito-borne ZIKV transmission was reported in the continental United States; since then, hundreds of locally acquired infections have been reported in Florida. To gain insights into the timing, source, and likely route(s) of ZIKV introduction, we tracked the virus from its first detection in Florida by sequencing ZIKV genomes from infected patients and Aedes aegypti mosquitoes. We show that at least 4 introductions, but potentially as many as 40, contributed to the outbreak in Florida and that local transmission is likely to have started in the spring of 2016-several months before its initial detection...
May 24, 2017: Nature
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28538236/surfactant-for-respiratory-distress-syndrome-new-ideas-on-a-familiar-drug-with-innovative-applications
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H J Niemarkt, M C Hütten, Boris W Kramer
In the last 4 decades, advances in neonatology have led to a significant increase in the survival of preterm infants. One of the biggest advances was the introduction of surfactant replacement therapy for the treatment of respiratory distress syndrome. This is the main cause of respiratory insufficiency in preterm infants and is one of the major causes of perinatal morbidity and mortality. Surfactant replacement therapy is already a well-investigated and established therapy in neonatology. However, surfactant replacement therapy has progressed and been refined over recent decades, especially with the increasing care for preterm infants born before 26 weeks' gestational age and the recent clinical focus on avoiding mechanical ventilation...
2017: Neonatology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28538233/enewborn-the-information-technology-revolution-and-challenges-for-neonatal-networks
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Dominique Haumont, Cuong NguyenBa, Neena Modi
Among preterm infants, 1-2% are born before 32 weeks of gestation or have a birth weight below 1,500 g. They contribute disproportionately to the burden of mortality and morbidity related to preterm birth, whether in the neonatal period or later in life. They are the target population studied in neonatal networks. Improving neonatal care and later outcome is a major issue in public health. Neonatologists, health care providers, public authorities, parents and families, industry, and all organizations dedicated to infant health must bring their efforts together and dedicate their actions in order to do so...
2017: Neonatology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28537468/reactivation-of-interference-during-sleep-does-not-impair-ongoing-memory-consolidation
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Mitja Seibold, Björn Rasch, Jan Born, Susanne Diekelmann
Memory consolidation during sleep is assumed to rely on the repeated reactivation of newly encoded memories particularly during slow wave sleep (SWS). It has been proposed that reactivated memories during sleep - like during wakefulness - undergo a labilisation process, enabling the strengthening and integration of new memories into pre-existing networks. Here, we tested this idea by introducing interference directly during sleep in the reactivation/consolidation phase. We predicted that cueing interfering memories during sleep would impair the consolidation of recently learned memories...
May 24, 2017: Memory
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28537028/enhanced-larvicidal-antibacterial-and-photocatalytic-efficacy-of-tio2-nanohybrids-green-synthesized-using-the-aqueous-leaf-extract-of-parthenium-hysterophorus
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Keerthika Thandapani, Manikandan Kathiravan, Elangovan Namasivayam, Indira Arulselvi Padiksan, Geetha Natesan, Manish Tiwari, Benelli Giovanni, Venkatachalam Perumal
Titanium dioxide nanoparticles are emerging as a biocompatible nanomaterial with multipurpose bioactivities. In this study, titanium dioxide (TiO2) nanoparticles were effectively synthesized using the aqueous leaf extracts of Parthenium hysterophorus prepared by microwave irradiation. TiO2 nanoparticles were fabricated by treating the P. hysterophorus leaf extracts with the TiO4 solution. Biologically active compounds such as alcohols, phenols, alkanes, and fluoroalkanes were involved in bioreduction of TiO4 into TiO2...
May 23, 2017: Environmental Science and Pollution Research International
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28536851/targeting-adult-neurogenesis-to-optimize-hippocampal-circuits-in-aging
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REVIEW
Kathleen M McAvoy, Amar Sahay
Millions of individuals suffer from age-related cognitive decline, defined by impaired memory precision. Increased understanding of hippocampal circuit mechanisms underlying memory formation suggests a role for computational processes such as pattern separation and pattern completion in memory precision. We describe evidence implicating the dentate gyrus-CA3 circuit in pattern separation and completion, and examine alterations in dentate gyrus-CA3 circuit structure and function with aging. We discuss the role of adult hippocampal neurogenesis in memory precision in adulthood and aging, as well as the circuit mechanisms underlying the integration and encoding functions of adult-born dentate granule cells...
May 23, 2017: Neurotherapeutics: the Journal of the American Society for Experimental NeuroTherapeutics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28536640/survival-rates-of-homozygotic-tp53-knockout-rats-as-a-tool-for-preclinical-assessment-of-cancer-prevention-and-treatment
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Damian Strzemecki, Magdalena Guzowska, Paweł Grieb
BACKGROUND: The gene that encodes tumor protein p53, Tp53, is mutated or silenced in most human cancers and is recognized as one of the most important cancer drivers. Homozygotic Tp53 knockout mice, which develop lethal cancers early in their lives, are already used in cancer prevention studies, and now Tp53 knockout rats have also been generated. This study assessed feasibility of using homozygous Tp53 knockout rats to evaluate the possible outcome of cancer chemoprevention. METHODS: A small colony of Tp53 knockout rats with a Wistar strain genetic background was initiated and maintained in the animal house at our institution...
2017: Cellular & Molecular Biology Letters
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28536587/molecular-evidence-for-natural-hybridization-between-cotoneaster-dielsianus-and-c-glaucophyllus
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Mingwan Li, Sufang Chen, Renchao Zhou, Qiang Fan, Feifei Li, Wenbo Liao
Hybridization accompanied by polyploidization and apomixis has been demonstrated as a driving force in the evolution and speciation of many plants. A good example to study the evolutionary process of hybridization associated with polyploidy and apomixis is the genus Cotoneaster (Rosaceae), which includes approximately 150 species, most of which are polyploid apomicts. In this study, we investigated all Cotoneaster taxa distributed in a small region of Malipo, Yunnan, China. Based on the morphological characteristics, four Cotoneaster taxa were identified and sampled: C...
2017: Frontiers in Plant Science
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28533841/-collodion-baby-clinical-aspects-and-role-of-prenatal-diagnosis
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Ridha Fatnassi, Nédia Marouen, Houcem Ragmoun, Latifa Marzougui, Sabra Hammami
Collodion baby is a severe form of congenital ichthyosis detected in neonatal period. It often has a characteristic clinical picture. When evolution is not fatal; it often causes dry Ichthyosis. Thanks to molecular biology techniques, prenatal diagnosis can be made since the 10-12 weeks of amenorrhea, allowing genetic counselling. Prognosis depends on several parameters, namely the degree of the initial manifestation, the duration of desquamation, as well as underlying Ichthyosis This rewiew of the literature which aims to clarify the diagnostic aspects and therapeutic treatment as well as the role of the antenatal diagnosis is based on a new observation of a collodion baby born at 34 weeks, of a parturient woman having an index case and of infant deaths occurring in the first day of life...
2017: Pan African Medical Journal
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28532976/microbiological-problems-and-biofilms-associated-with-mycobacterium-chimaera-in-heater-cooler-units-used-for-cardiopulmonary-bypass
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REVIEW
J Walker, G Moore, S Collins, S Parks, M I Garvey, T Lamagni, G Smith, L Dawkin, S Goldenberg, M Chand
The role of heater-cooler units (HCUs) in the transmission of Mycobacterium chimaera during open heart surgery has been recognized since 2013. Subsequent investigations uncovered a remarkable global outbreak reflecting the wide distribution of implicated devices. HCUs are an essential component of cardiopulmonary bypass operations and their withdrawal would severely affect capacity for life-saving cardiac surgery. However, studies have demonstrated that many HCUs are contaminated with a wide range of micro-organisms, including M...
April 26, 2017: Journal of Hospital Infection
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