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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28346534/spatial-and-temporal-changes-in-leaf-coloring-date-of-acer-palmatum-and-ginkgo-biloba-in-response-to-temperature-increases-in-south-korea
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Chang-Kyun Park, Chang-Hoi Ho, Su-Jong Jeong, Eun Ju Lee, Jinwon Kim
Understanding shifts in autumn phenology associated with climate changes is critical for preserving forest ecosystems. This study examines the changes in the leaf coloring date (LCD) of two temperate deciduous tree species, Acer palmatum (Acer) and Ginkgo biloba (Ginkgo), in response to surface air temperature (Ts) changes at 54 stations of South Korea for the period 1989-2007. The variations of Acer and Ginkgo in South Korea are very similar: they show the same mean LCD of 295th day of the year and delays of about 0...
2017: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28346485/identification-and-discrimination-of-toxoplasma-gondii-sarcocystis-spp-neospora-spp-and-cryptosporidium-spp-by-righ-resolution-melting-analysis
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Hllytchaikra Ferraz Fehlberg, Bianca Mendes Maciel, George Rêgo Albuquerque
The objective of this study was to standardize the high-resolution melting method for identification and discrimination of Toxoplasma gondii, Sarcocystis spp., Neospora spp., and Cryptosporidium spp. by amplification of 18S ribosomal DNA (rDNA) using a single primer pair. The analyses were performed on individual reactions (containing DNA from a single species of a protozoan), on duplex reactions (containing DNA from two species of protozoa in each reaction), and on a multiplex reaction (containing DNA of four parasites in a single reaction)...
2017: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28345291/association-between-mortality-and-blood-pressure-variability-in-hypertensive-and-normotensive-elders-a-cohort-study
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Avraham Weiss, Yichayaou Beloosesky, Nira Koren-Morag, Alon Grossman
To evaluate the association between blood pressure variability (BPV) and mortality in the elderly, all blood pressure measurements recorded in a cohort of individuals 65 years and older were collected and the association between BPV coefficient of variation (BPV divided by mean arterial pressure) was calculated. Mortality during a 10-year period was compared between BPV coefficient of variation quartiles. Overall, 39 502 individuals 65 years and older were included in the analysis, of which 31 737 (80.3%) were hypertensive; 12 817 (32...
March 27, 2017: Journal of Clinical Hypertension
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28344920/six-years-of-instand-e-%C3%A2-v-sige-proficiency-testing-an-evaluation-of-in-vitro-allergy-diagnostics
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N Wojtalewicz, S Goseberg, K Kabrodt, I Schellenberg
BACKGROUND: Even though allergies are an important health issue, wide manufacturer-dependent differences in the detected amounts of allergen-specific IgE (sIgE) have repeatedly been found. These discrepancies hinder diagnostics and research into clinically significant cutoff points for life-threatening symptoms. METHODS: To evaluate whether the reported differences have led to changes in diagnostic testing, we analyzed data from six years of round robin testing (RRT, also known as proficiency testing) at the Gesellschaft zur Förderung der Qualitätssicherung in medizinischen Laboratorien e...
2017: Allergo Journal International
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28343621/fixed-flexion-knee-radiography-using-a-new-positioning-device-produced-highly-repeatable-measurements-of-joint-space-width-elsa-brasil-musculoskeletal-study-elsa-brasil-msk
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Rosa Weiss Telles, Luciana Costa-Silva, Luciana A C Machado, Rodrigo Citton Padilha Dos Reis, Sandhi Maria Barreto
OBJECTIVE: To describe the performance of a non-fluoroscopic fixed-flexion PA radiographic protocol with a new positioning device, developed for the assessment of knee osteoarthritis (OA) in Brazilian Longitudinal Study of Adult Health Musculoskeletal Study (ELSA-Brasil MSK). MATERIAL AND METHODS: A test-retest design including 19 adults (38 knee images) was conducted. Feasibility of the radiographic protocol was assessed by image quality parameters and presence of radioanatomic alignment according to intermargin distance (IMD) values...
March 2017: Revista Brasileira de Reumatologia
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28343254/dynamic-measurements-of-cervical-neural-foramina-during-neck-movements-in-asymptomatic-young-volunteers
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Victor Chang, Azam Basheer, Timothy Baumer, Daniel Oravec, Colin P McDonald, Michael J Bey, Stephen Bartol, Yener N Yeni
PURPOSE: Neural foraminal dimensions are considered important in nerve root compression and development of cervical radiculopathy, but baseline data regarding their range during normal motion are not available. An in vivo study of cervical foraminal motion was conducted to characterize normal 3D dynamic foraminal dimensions during physiological neck motion and compare between different tasks and intervertebral segments. METHODS: Biplane X-ray imaging and computed tomography-based markerless tracking were used to measure foraminal height (FH) and width (FW) from five asymptomatic subjects during neck axial rotation and extension...
March 25, 2017: Surgical and Radiologic Anatomy: SRA
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28342751/reproducibility-of-four-frequently-used-local-heating-protocols-to-assess-cutaneous-microvascular-function
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Kirsty A Roberts, Thijs van Gent, Nicola D Hopkins, Helen Jones, Ellen A Dawson, Richard Draijer, Howard H Carter, Ceri L Atkinson, Daniel J Green, Dick H J Thijssen, David A Low
BACKGROUND: Skin microvascular responses to local heating are frequently used to assess microvascular function. Several local heating protocols have been developed, all varying slightly in execution. The aim of this study was to determine the inter-day reproducibility of the four most commonly used local heating protocols in healthy young subjects. METHODS: Fifteen, healthy males (28±5yrs, BMI 25±2kg/m(2)) attended two experimental trials 2-7days apart. During each trial, baseline and maximal thermally stimulated forearm skin responses were examined simultaneously at four sites on the dominant forearm using laser Doppler flowmetry (LDF)...
March 22, 2017: Microvascular Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28342721/four-year-follow-up-of-the-changes-in-anterior-segment-after-phakic-collamer-lens-icl-implantation
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Yuanyuan Lu, Na Yang, Xuedong Li, Jun Kong
PURPOSE: To assess the changes and relationship in central vaulting, flare intensity and crystalline lens thickness during a follow-up period of 4 years after Implantable Collamer Lens (ICL) implantation in eyes with high myopia. DESIGN: Retrospective observational study. METHODS: 98 eyes of 50 patients were followed up with routine measurements of central vaulting, crystalline lens thickness, endothelial cell density and aqueous flare postoperatively...
March 22, 2017: American Journal of Ophthalmology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28342071/estimating-psychological-networks-and-their-accuracy-a-tutorial-paper
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Sacha Epskamp, Denny Borsboom, Eiko I Fried
The usage of psychological networks that conceptualize behavior as a complex interplay of psychological and other components has gained increasing popularity in various research fields. While prior publications have tackled the topics of estimating and interpreting such networks, little work has been conducted to check how accurate (i.e., prone to sampling variation) networks are estimated, and how stable (i.e., interpretation remains similar with less observations) inferences from the network structure (such as centrality indices) are...
March 24, 2017: Behavior Research Methods
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28340910/birth-seasonality-in-rural-areas-of-iran-analysis-of-5-536-262-births-from-1992-to-2007
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Alireza Khajavi, Farhad Pishgar, Mahboubeh Parsaeian, Sahar Saeedi Moghaddam, Alireza Jeddian, Hamid Reza Bahrami-Taghanaki, Hamid Reza Jamshidi, Shohreh Naderimagham
PURPOSE: We conducted this study to investigate birth seasonality in rural parts of Iran. METHODS: In this study, patterns of 5,536,262 live births in rural parts of Iran between 1992 and 2007 were studied. Information about birth numbers, environmental factors, and sociocultural status of participants was obtained from previous works. Visually inspecting the seasonal variation of birth, studying its trend using autocorrelation analysis, examining the trend of birth seasonality using the seasonality coefficient, a newly introduced index, studying correlations between birth seasonality and possible associated factors, and analyzing associations between these variables and birth seasonality using multiple regression model were performed in this study...
December 2016: Annals of Epidemiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28340397/quantification-of-hydrocarbon-species-on-surfaces-by-combined-microbalance-ftir
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Andrew I McNab, Tom Heinze, Alan J McCue, Davide Dionisi, James A Anderson
Absorption coefficients for the asymmetric stretching modes of CH3 and CH2 groups formed by adsorbing alkyl chained species from the vapour phase onto two different adsorbents; a γ-alumina support material and a supported metal catalyst have been determined using a custom made thermogravimetric-infrared cell. Results show that despite variations in the individually calculated absorption coefficients (ca. ±20%), the ratio of the absorption coefficients (CH2:CH3) remained consistent despite employing adsorbates of varying chain length and functionality, and despite the choice of adsorbents which exhibited different surface areas and light scattering characteristics...
March 16, 2017: Spectrochimica Acta. Part A, Molecular and Biomolecular Spectroscopy
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28340371/walking-adaptability-assessments-with-the-interactive-walkway-between-systems-agreement-and-sensitivity-to-task-and-subject-variations
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Daphne J Geerse, Bert H Coolen, Melvyn Roerdink
The ability to adapt walking to environmental circumstances is an important aspect of walking, yet difficult to assess. The Interactive Walkway was developed to assess walking adaptability by augmenting a multi-Kinect-v2 10-m walkway with gait-dependent visual context (stepping targets, obstacles) using real-time processed markerless full-body kinematics. In this study we determined Interactive Walkway's usability for walking-adaptability assessments in terms of between-systems agreement and sensitivity to task and subject variations...
March 2, 2017: Gait & Posture
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28340178/morphometric-covariation-between-palatal-shape-and-skeletal-pattern-in-class-ii-growing-subjects
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Valeria Paoloni, Roberta Lione, Francesca Farisco, Demetrios J Halazonetis, Lorenzo Franchi, Paola Cozza
Objectives: To evaluate the patterns of covariation between palatal and craniofacial morphology in Class II subjects in the early mixed dentition by means of geometric morphometrics. Methods: A cross-sectional sample of 85 Class II subjects (44 females, 41 males; mean age 8.7 years ± 0.8) was collected retrospectively according to the following inclusion criteria: European ancestry (white), Class II skeletal relationship, Class II division 1 dental relationship, early mixed dentition, and prepubertal skeletal maturation...
March 14, 2017: European Journal of Orthodontics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28340166/complete-blood-count-reference-ranges-from-a-rural-haitian-ambulatory-care-clinic
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Robert F Downey
Background: At rural healthcare centers in developing countries, it is difficult to recruit healthy individuals for reference range studies. So, in this study, I evaluated complete blood count (CBC) data to determine reference ranges for a rural Haitian population. Methods: A convenience sample of laboratory records was reviewed to obtain CBC results for 157 adult patients with normal screening examination results. Central 95% reference ranges were determined for male and female subjects...
March 10, 2017: Laboratory Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28338828/validity-of-a-dietary-questionnaire-assessed-by-comparison-with-multiple-weighed-dietary-records-or-24-hour-recalls
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Changzheng Yuan, Donna Spiegelman, Eric B Rimm, Bernard A Rosner, Meir J Stampfer, Junaidah B Barnett, Jorge E Chavarro, Amy F Subar, Laura K Sampson, Walter C Willett
The authors evaluated the validity of a 152-item semiquantitative food frequency questionnaire (SFFQ) by comparing it with two 7-day dietary records (7DDRs) or up to 4 automated self-administered 24-hour recalls (ASA24s) over a 1-year period in the women's Lifestyle Validation Study (2010-2012), conducted among subgroups of the Nurses' Health Studies. Intakes of energy and 44 nutrients were assessed using the 3 methods among 632 US women. Compared with the 7DDRs, SFFQ responses tended to underestimate sodium intake but overestimate intakes of energy, macronutrients, and several nutrients in fruits and vegetables, such as carotenoids...
February 25, 2017: American Journal of Epidemiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28338728/characterising-root-trait-variability-in-chickpea-cicer-arietinum-l-germplasm
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Yinglong Chen, Michel Edmond Ghanem, Kadambot Hm Siddique
Chickpea (Cicer arietinum L.) is an important grain legume crop but its sustainable production is challenged by predicted climate changes, which are likely to increase production limitations and uncertainty in yields. Characterising the variability in root architectural traits in a core collection of chickpea germplasm will provide the basis for breeding new germplasm with suitable root traits for the efficient acquisition of soil resources and adaptation to drought and other abiotic stresses. This study used a semi-hydroponic phenotyping system for assessing root trait variability across 270 chickpea genotypes...
October 6, 2016: Journal of Experimental Botany
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28337517/a-column-switching-ultrahigh-performance-liquid-chromatography-tandem-mass-spectrometry-method-to-determine-anandamide-and-2-arachidonoylglycerol-in-plasma-samples
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Camila Marchioni, Israel Donizeti de Souza, Caroline Fernandes Grecco, José Alexandre Crippa, Vitor Tumas, Maria Eugênia Costa Queiroz
This study reports a fast, sensitive, and selective column switching ultrahigh-performance liquid chromatography-tandem mass spectrometry (UHPLC-MS/MS) method to determine the endocannabinoids (eCBs), anandamide (AEA), and 2-arachidonoylglycerol (2-AG) in plasma samples. This bidimensional system used a restricted access media column (RP-8 ADS, 25 mm × 4 mm × 25 μM) in the first dimension and a core-shell Kinetex C18 (100 mm × 2, 1.7 mm × 1 μM) column in the second dimension, followed by detection in a mass spectrometer triple quadrupole (multiple reactions monitoring mode) operating in the positive mode...
March 23, 2017: Analytical and Bioanalytical Chemistry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28335979/microfluidic-immunosensor-based-on-mesoporous-silica-platform-and-cmk-3-poly-acrylamide-co-methacrylate-of-dihydrolipoic-acid-modified-gold-electrode-for-cancer-biomarker-detection
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Matías Regiart, Martin A Fernández-Baldo, Jhonny Villarroel-Rocha, Germán A Messina, Franco A Bertolino, Karim Sapag, Aaron T Timperman, Julio Raba
We report a hybrid glass-poly (dimethylsiloxane) microfluidic immunosensor for epidermal growth factor receptor (EGFR) determination, based on the covalent immobilization of anti-EGFR antibody (anti-EGFR) on amino-functionalized mesoporous silica (AMS) retained in the central channel of a microfluidic device. The synthetized AMS was characterized by N2 adsorption-desorption isotherm, scanning electron microscopy (SEM), energy dispersive spectrometry (EDS) and infrared spectroscopy. The cancer biomarker was quantified in human serum samples by a direct sandwich immunoassay measuring through a horseradish peroxidase-conjugated anti-EGFR...
April 22, 2017: Analytica Chimica Acta
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28335394/motor-function-evaluation-of-hemiplegic-upper-extremities-using-data-fusion-from-wearable-inertial-and-surface-emg-sensors
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Yanran Li, Xu Zhang, Yanan Gong, Ying Cheng, Xiaoping Gao, Xiang Chen
Quantitative evaluation of motor function is of great demand for monitoring clinical outcome of applied interventions and further guiding the establishment of therapeutic protocol. This study proposes a novel framework for evaluating upper limb motor function based on data fusion from inertial measurement units (IMUs) and surface electromyography (EMG) sensors. With wearable sensors worn on the tested upper limbs, subjects were asked to perform eleven straightforward, specifically designed canonical upper-limb functional tasks...
March 13, 2017: Sensors
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28332416/predicting-deoxynivalenol-in-oats-under-conditions-representing-scandinavian-production-regions
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Tomas Persson, Henrik Eckersten, Oleif Elen, Anne-Grete Roer Hjelkrem, Joel Markgren, Mats Söderström, Thomas Börjesson
Deoxynivalenol (DON) in cereals, produced by Fusarium fungi, cause poisoning in humans and animals. Fusarium infections in cereals are favoured by humid conditions. Host species are susceptible mainly during the anthesis stage. Infections are also positively correlated with a regional history of Fusarium infections, frequent cereal production and non-tillage field management practices. Here, previously developed process-based models based on relative air humidity, rain and temperature conditions, Fusarium sporulation, host phenology and mycelium growth in host tissue were adapted and tested on oats...
March 23, 2017: Food Additives & Contaminants. Part A, Chemistry, Analysis, Control, Exposure & Risk Assessment
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