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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28734269/crime-scene-reconstruction-sex-prediction-from-blood-stained-foot-sole-impressions
#1
Nabanita Basu, Samir Kumar Bandyopadhyay
It is often difficult to predict the sex of an individual based on bloody incomplete footprints. However, such prints/impressions are particularly common in a crime scene. Again variability in the texture, color of the target surface has an impact on the bloodstained impression formed. The study of bare foot, footprint, footwear (i.e. shoe, canvas etc.) within the legal context is referred to as forensic podiatry. Based on the fact that it is possible to predict the sex of an individual from footprint impressions, an automated model has been proposed in this paper for analyzing the sex of an individual from his/her broken/incomplete footprint impressions based on morphological features alone...
June 26, 2017: Forensic Science International
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28734260/time-averaged-concentrations-are-effective-for-predicting-chronic-toxicity-of-varying-copper-pulse-exposures-for-two-freshwater-green-algae-species
#2
Brad M Angel, Stuart L Simpson, Ellissah Granger, Kathryn Goodwyn, Dianne F Jolley
Intermittent, fluctuating and pulsed contaminant discharges may result in organisms receiving highly variable contaminant exposures. This study investigated the effects of dissolved copper pulse concentration and exposure duration on the toxicity to two freshwater green algae species. The effects of single copper pulses of between 1 and 48 h duration and continuous exposures (72 h) on growth rate inhibition of Pseudokirchneriella subcapitata and Chlorella sp. were compared on a time-averaged concentration (TAC) basis...
July 19, 2017: Environmental Pollution
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28734246/topological-pattern-for-the-search-of-new-active-drugs-against-methicillin-resistant-staphylococcus-aureus
#3
Jose I Bueso-Bordils, Maria T Perez-Gracia, Beatriz Suay-Garcia, Maria J Duart, Rafael V Martin Algarra, Luis Lahuerta Zamora, Gerardo M Anton-Fos, Pedro A Aleman Lopez
Molecular topology was used to develop a mathematical model capable of classifying compounds according to antimicrobial activity against methicillin resistant Staphylococcus aureus (MRSA). Topological indices were used as structural descriptors and their relation to antimicrobial activity was determined by using linear discriminant analysis. This topological model establishes new structure activity relationships which show that the presence of cyclopropyl, chlorine and ramification pairs at a distance of two bonds favor this activity, while the presence of tertiary amines decreases it...
July 8, 2017: European Journal of Medicinal Chemistry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28734241/entrapment-perceived-burdensomeness-and-thwarted-belongingness-as-predictors-of-suicide-ideation
#4
Thomas Forkmann, Tobias Teismann
The Integrated Motivational-Volitional (IMV) Model of suicide posits that perceived burdensomeness and thwarted belongingness moderate the association between perceptions of entrapment and suicide ideation. However, the proposed moderation is yet to be tested. Possible moderator effects were investigated in an online sample (N = 480; 74% female; Mage = 28.5, SDage = 11.1). Entrapment and perceived burdensomeness predicted suicide ideation. However, neither perceived burdensomeness nor thwarted belongingness moderated the association between entrapment and suicide ideation...
July 16, 2017: Psychiatry Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28734231/weight-misperception-and-disordered-weight-control-behaviors-among-u-s-high-school-students-with-overweight-and-obesity-associations-and-trends-1999-2013
#5
Vivienne M Hazzard, Samantha L Hahn, Kendrin R Sonneville
OBJECTIVE: To examine prevalence of weight misperception (incongruence between one's perceived weight status and one's actual weight status) and disordered weight control behaviors (DWCBs; unhealthy behaviors aiming to control or modify weight), associations between weight misperception and DWCBs, and temporal trends in prevalence and associations among adolescents with overweight and obesity from 1999 to 2013. METHODS: Self-reported data from eight biennial cycles (1999-2013) of the cross-sectional national Youth Risk Behavior Survey were used in analyses restricted to respondents with overweight/obesity...
July 13, 2017: Eating Behaviors
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28734220/effect-analysis-of-quantum-chemical-descriptors-and-substituent-characteristics-on-henry-s-law-constants-of-polybrominated-diphenyl-ethers-at-different-temperatures
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Jiang Long, Qiu Youli, Li Yu
Twelve substituent descriptors, 17 quantum chemical descriptors and 1/T were selected to establish a quantitative structure-property relationship (QSPR) model of Henry's law constants for 7 polybrominated diphenyl ethers (PBDEs) at five different temperatures. Then, the lgH of 202 congeners at different temperatures were predicted. The variation rule and regulating mechanism of lgH was studied from the perspectives of both quantum chemical descriptors and substituent characteristics. The R(2) for modeling and testing sets of the final QSPR model are 0...
July 19, 2017: Ecotoxicology and Environmental Safety
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28734207/in-silico-designing-of-therapeutic-protein-enriched-with-branched-chain-amino-acids-for-the-dietary-treatment-of-chronic-liver-disease
#7
Sunil L, Prasanna Vasu
Leucine, isoleucine, and valine are three essential branched-chain amino acids (BCAA) account for 40-45% of total essential amino acids. BCAA stimulates protein synthesis primarily in skeletal muscles, and it can directly transport to circulatory blood stream bypassing the liver. Hence, a protein enriched with BCAA is an important therapeutic target for the dietary treatment of chronic liver disease. The present study is to design a synthetic protein enriched with BCAA and the challenge is to maximize the BCAA content, keeping the balanced ratio of leucine, isoleucine, valine - 2: 1: 1...
July 12, 2017: Journal of Molecular Graphics & Modelling
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28734126/german-estsmoke-estimating-adult-smoking-related-costs-and-consequences-of-smoking-cessation-for-germany
#8
Diana Sonntag, Simon Gilbody, Winkler Volker, Shehzad Ali
AIMS: We compared predicted lifetime health care costs for current, never and ex-smokers in Germany under the current set of tobacco control polices. We compared these economic consequences of the current situation with an alternative in which Germany were to implement more comprehensive tobacco control policies consistent with the WHO Framework Convention for Tobacco Control (FCTC) guidelines. DESIGN: German EstSmoke, an adapted version of the UK EstSmoke simulation model, applies the Markov modelling approach...
July 22, 2017: Addiction
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28734118/the-perniciousness-of-perfectionism-a-meta-analytic-review-of-the-perfectionism-suicide-relationship
#9
Martin M Smith, Simon B Sherry, Samantha Chen, Donald H Saklofske, Christopher Mushquash, Gordon L Flett, Paul L Hewitt
Over 50 years of research implicates perfectionism in suicide. Yet the role of perfectionism in suicide needs clarification due to notable between-study inconsistencies in findings, underpowered studies, and uncertainty whether perfectionism confers risk for suicide. OBJECTIVE: We addressed this by meta-analyzing perfectionism's relationship with suicide ideation and attempts. We also tested whether self-oriented, other-oriented, and socially prescribed perfectionism predicted increased suicide ideation, beyond baseline ideation...
July 22, 2017: Journal of Personality
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28732401/can-brook-trout-survive-climate-change-in-large-rivers-if-it-rains
#10
Eric R Merriam, Rodrigo Fernandez, J Todd Petty, Nicolas Zegre
We provide an assessment of thermal characteristics and climate change vulnerability for brook trout (Salvelinus fontinalis) habitats in the upper Shavers Fork sub-watershed, West Virginia. Spatial and temporal (2001-2015) variability in observed summer (6/1-8/31) stream temperatures was quantified in 23 (9 tributary, 14 main-stem) reaches. We developed a mixed effects model to predict site-specific mean daily stream temperature from air temperature and discharge and coupled this model with a hydrologic model to predict future (2016-2100) changes in stream temperature under low (RCP 4...
July 17, 2017: Science of the Total Environment
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28732395/microalgae-bacteria-models-evolution-from-microalgae-steady-state-to-integrated-microalgae-bacteria-wastewater-treatment-models-a-comparative-review
#11
REVIEW
Alessandro Solimeno, Joan García
The search for environmentally neutral alternative fuels had revived the interest for microalgae-bacteria wastewater treatment systems. The potential achieving of bioproducts from microalgae biomass has also greatly contributed. The reactions that occur in these systems are complex, and the degree of scientific knowledge is still scarce compared to that of conventional bacteria wastewater treatments. Mathematical models offer a great opportunity to study the simultaneous effect of the multiple factors affecting microalgae and bacteria, thus allowing for the prediction of final biomass production, and contributing to the system design optimization in terms of operation and control...
July 17, 2017: Science of the Total Environment
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28732381/lymph-node-ratio-but-not-the-total-number-of-examined-lymph-nodes-or-lymph-node-metastasis-is-a-predictor-of-overall-survival-for-pancreatic-neuroendocrine-neoplasms-after-surgical-resection
#12
Peng Liu, Xianbin Zhang, Yuru Shang, Lili Lu, Fei Cao, Min Sun, Zhaohui Tang, Brigitte Vollmar, Peng Gong
AIM: To evaluate the prognostic significance of lymph node metastasis, extent of examined lymph nodes (ELNs) and lymph node ratio (LNR) for resected pancreatic neuroendocrine neoplasms (pNENs). MATERIALS AND METHODS: Surgically resected pNENs were assimilated from the Surveillance, Epidemiology, and End Results database. Kaplan-Meier and Cox proportional hazard models were used to examine the prognostic effect of clinicopathological characteristics on overall survival; Harrell's concordance index was performed to assess the prognostic accuracy of all independent prognostic factors; and the Spearman's rank correlation was used to assess the correlation between LNR and other clinicopathological characteristics...
July 12, 2017: Oncotarget
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28732365/preoperative-neutrophil-to-lymphocyte-ratio-and-tumor-related-factors-to-predict-microvascular-invasion-in-patients-with-hepatocellular-carcinoma
#13
Yanlong Yu, Jiuling Song, Ran Zhang, Zhonghua Liu, Qiang Li, Ying Shi, Ying Chen, Jinming Chen
Small hepatocellular carcinoma (HCC) is less invasive and has a better prognosis, but it still has a high recurrence rate. Microvascular invasion (MVI), as a poor prognostic indicator, is of great importance for treating of patients with HCC. The objective of the present study was to evaluate the predictive value of preoperative neutrophil-to-lymphocyte ratio and possible clinical parameters to MVI in patients with HCC. A total of 157 operable patients with HCC having a tumor diameter of less than or equal to 5 cm were enrolled in this study...
July 12, 2017: Oncotarget
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28732353/serum-insulin-like-growth-factor-1-and-its-binding-protein-3-as-prognostic-factors-for-the-incidence-progression-and-outcome-of-hepatocellular-carcinoma-a-systematic-review-and-meta-analysis
#14
Jing Wang, Yu-Chuan Li, Min Deng, Hai-Yin Jiang, Li-Hua Guo, Wen-Juan Zhou, Bing Ruan
PURPOSE: Previous studies have supported an association between serum insulin-like growth factor 1 (IGF1) and IGF-binding protein 3 (IGFBP3) levels and hepatocellular carcinoma (HCC), but the results were inaccurate. It has recently been proposed that IGF1 and IGFBP3 play roles in the time-to-progression (TTP) and overall survival (OS) of HCC patients. Our results revealed that serum IGF1 level is predictive of the progression and survival of HCC patients. RESULTS: HCC was associated with a significant reduction in serum IGF-1 and IGFBP-3 levels compared to cirrhosis (p = 0...
July 12, 2017: Oncotarget
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28732336/using-machine-learning-to-identify-air-pollution-exposure-profiles-associated-with-early-cognitive-skills-among-u-s-children
#15
Jeanette A Stingone, Om P Pandey, Luz Claudio, Gaurav Pandey
Data-driven machine learning methods present an opportunity to simultaneously assess the impact of multiple air pollutants on health outcomes. The goal of this study was to apply a two-stage, data-driven approach to identify associations between air pollutant exposure profiles and children's cognitive skills. Data from 6900 children enrolled in the Early Childhood Longitudinal Study, Birth Cohort, a national study of children born in 2001 and followed through kindergarten, were linked to estimated concentrations of 104 ambient air toxics in the 2002 National Air Toxics Assessment using ZIP code of residence at age 9 months...
July 18, 2017: Environmental Pollution
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28732333/p-nitrophenol-degradation-by-electro-fenton-process-pathway-kinetic-model-and-optimization-using-central-composite-design
#16
J Meijide, E Rosales, M Pazos, M A Sanromán
The chemical process scale-up, from lab studies to industrial production, is challenging and requires deep knowledge of the kinetic model and the reactions that take place in the system. This knowledge is also useful in order to be employed for the reactor design and the determination of the optimal operational conditions. In this study, a model substituted phenol such as p-nitrophenol was degraded by electro-Fenton process and the reaction products yielded along the treatment were recorded. The kinetic model was developed using Matlab software and was based on main reactions that occurred until total mineralization which allowed predicting the degradation pathway under this advanced oxidation process...
July 14, 2017: Chemosphere
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28732293/investigation-of-the-wash-off-process-using-an-innovative-portable-rainfall-simulator-allowing-continuous-monitoring-of-flow-and-turbidity-at-the-urban-surface-outlet
#17
Saja Al Ali, Céline Bonhomme, Philippe Dubois, Ghassan Chebbo
Development of appropriate models, based on an in-depth understanding of the wash-off process, is essential to accurately estimating pollutant loads transported by stormwater, thereby minimizing environmental contamination. To this end, we developed an innovative rainfall simulator, which simulated an intense rainfall (120mm/h) and permitted the acquisition of runoff samples as well as the in situ monitoring of continuous flow and turbidity dynamics. Relationships between deposited sediments and total suspended solids in simulated runoff were thus investigated on two different types of surfaces within the Paris region in terms of loads and particle size distribution...
July 18, 2017: Science of the Total Environment
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28732244/thyroglossal-duct-cysts-in-children-sonographic-features-every-radiologist-should-know-and-their-histopathological-correlation
#18
REVIEW
Emilio Inarejos Clemente, Modupe Oyewumi, Evan Probst, Bo-Yee Ngan, Mary-Louise Greer
Distinguishing between thyroglossal duct cysts (TGDC) and dermoid cysts (DC) sonographically can be challenging. We illustrate the three sonographic features in neck masses in children recently identified as being most suggestive of TGDC (septa, irregular wall and solid elements) and their corresponding histopathology. These three variables form a proposed predictive model for TGDC as a guide to surgical intervention. Pediatric radiologists should be familiar with these key imaging features, as compared with other imaging features described in TGDC also illustrated here, which are less discriminating...
July 12, 2017: Clinical Imaging
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28732236/neighborhood-ses-is-particularly-important-to-the-cardiovascular-health-of-low-ses-individuals
#19
Jennifer Morozink Boylan, Stephanie A Robert
RATIONALE: Health disparities defined by neighborhood socioeconomic status (SES) are well established; it is less well understood whether neighborhood SES is differentially associated with health depending on one's own SES. OBJECTIVE: The double jeopardy hypothesis, collective resources model, fundamental cause theory, and relative deprivation hypothesis support differential patterns of association between neighborhood and individual SES with health. The first three models suggest that higher neighborhood SES predicts health more strongly among lower, as compared to higher, SES individuals...
July 8, 2017: Social Science & Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28732217/finite-element-evaluation-of-stable-fixation-in-combined-mandibular-fractures
#20
Thalita Regina Vieira E Oliveira, Daniel Takanori Kemmoku, Jorge Vicente Lopes da Silva, Pedro Yoshito Noritomi, Luis Augusto Passeri
PURPOSE: The fixation of combined mandibular fractures, especially symphyseal-condylar fractures, although occurring commonly and having a higher complication rate in the clinic, is rarely investigated regarding predictable therapeutic approaches. Thus this study's aim was to assess different forms of condylar fixation when combined with symphyseal fracture fixation. MATERIALS AND METHODS: Using finite element models, we analyzed the stress distribution that occurs when a condylar fracture is fixed with 1 miniplate, 2 miniplates, or a trapezoidal condylar miniplate and when a symphyseal fracture is fixed with 2 parallel plates, 2 perpendicular plates, or 2 lag screws...
June 24, 2017: Journal of Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery
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