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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28938204/natural-outdoor-environments-and-mental-health-stress-as-a-possible-mechanism
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Margarita Triguero-Mas, David Donaire-Gonzalez, Edmund Seto, Antònia Valentín, David Martínez, Graham Smith, Gemma Hurst, Glòria Carrasco-Turigas, Daniel Masterson, Magdalena van den Berg, Albert Ambròs, Tania Martínez-Íñiguez, Audrius Dedele, Naomi Ellis, Tomas Grazulevicius, Martin Voorsmit, Marta Cirach, Judith Cirac-Claveras, Wim Swart, Eddy Clasquin, Annemarie Ruijsbroek, Jolanda Maas, Michael Jerret, Regina Gražulevičienė, Hanneke Kruize, Christopher J Gidlow, Mark J Nieuwenhuijsen
INTRODUCTION: Better mental health has been associated with exposure to natural outdoor environments (NOE). However, comprehensive studies including several indicators of exposure and outcomes, potential effect modifiers and mediators are scarce. OBJECTIVES: We used novel, objective measures to explore the relationships between exposure to NOE (i.e. residential availability and contact) and different indicators of mental health, and possible modifiers and mediators...
September 19, 2017: Environmental Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28938075/the-human-plasma-proteome-draft-of-2017-building-on-the-human-plasma-peptideatlas-from-mass-spectrometry-and-complementary-assays
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Jochen M Schwenk, Gilbert S Omenn, Zhi Sun, David S Campbell, Mark S Baker, Christopher M Overall, Ruedi Aebersold, Robert L Moritz, Eric W Deutsch
Human blood plasma provides a highly accessible window to the proteome of any individual in health and disease. Since its inception in 2002, the Human Proteome Organization's Human Plasma Proteome Project (HPPP) has been promoting advances in the study and understanding of the full protein complement of human plasma and on determining the abundance and modifications of its components. In 2017, we review the history of the HPPP and the advances of human plasma proteomics in general, including several recent achievements...
September 22, 2017: Journal of Proteome Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28937762/projected-commutator-diis-method-for-accelerating-hybrid-functional-electronic-structure-calculations
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Wei Hu, Lin Lin, Chao Yang
The commutator direct inversion of the iterative subspace (commutator DIIS or C-DIIS) method developed by Pulay is an efficient and the most widely used scheme in quantum chemistry to accelerate the convergence of self consistent field (SCF) iterations in Hartree-Fock theory and Kohn-Sham density functional theory. The C-DIIS method requires the explicit storage of the density matrix, the Fock matrix and the commutator matrix. Hence the method can only be used for systems with a relatively small basis set, such as the Gaussian basis set...
September 22, 2017: Journal of Chemical Theory and Computation
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28937576/chronic-pain-in-families-a-cross-sectional-study-of-shared-social-behavioural-and-environmental-influences
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Paul Campbell, Kelvin P Jordan, Blair H Smith, Kate M Dunn
Chronic pain is common and creates significant burden to the individual and society. Emerging research has shown the influence of the family environment on pain outcomes. However it is not clear what shared factors between family members associate with chronic pain. This study aimed to investigate the family level contribution to an individual's chronic pain status. This was a cross sectional study using the Generation Scotland: Scottish Family Health Study dataset. This study focused on a nested cohort of dyads (only 2 relatives per family, n = 2714)...
September 11, 2017: Pain
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28935610/spillover-of-newcastle-disease-viruses-from-poultry-to-wild-birds-in-guangdong-province-southern-china
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Bin Xiang, Lujie Han, Pei Gao, Renrong You, Fumin Wang, Jiajie Xiao, Ming Liao, Yinfeng Kang, Tao Ren
Despite intensive vaccination programs in many countries, including China, Newcastle disease has been reported sporadically and is still a significant threat to the poultry industry in China. Newcastle disease virus (NDV) is infectious for at least 250 bird species, but the role of wild birds in virus epidemiology remains largely unknown. Fourteen NDV isolates were obtained from 2040 samples collected from wild birds or the environment in Guangdong province, southern China, from 2013 to 2015. The isolation rate was the highest in the period of wintering and lowest during the periods of spring migration, nesting, and postnesting...
September 18, 2017: Infection, Genetics and Evolution
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28935227/physiotherapy-education-and-training-prior-to-upper-abdominal-surgery-is-memorable-and-has-high-treatment-fidelity-a-nested-mixed-methods-randomised-controlled-study
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Ianthe Boden, Doa El-Ansary, Nadia Zalucki, Iain K Robertson, Laura Browning, Elizabeth H Skinner, Linda Denehy
OBJECTIVES: To (1) assess memorability and treatment fidelity of pre-operative physiotherapy education prior to elective upper abdominal surgery and, (2) to explore patient opinions on pre-operative education. DESIGN: Mixed-methods analysis of a convenience sample within a larger parallel-group, double-blinded, randomised controlled trial with concealed allocation and intention-to-treat analysis. SETTING: Tertiary Australian hospital. PARTICIPANTS: Twenty-nine patients having upper abdominal surgery attending pre-admission clinic within six-weeks of surgery...
September 1, 2017: Physiotherapy
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28934984/a-simple-and-rapid-identification-method-for-newly-emerged-porcine-deltacoronavirus-with-loop-mediated-isothermal-amplification
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Fanfan Zhang, Yu Ye, Deping Song, Nannan Guo, Qi Peng, Anqi Li, Xingrong Zhou, Yanjun Chen, Min Zhang, Dongyan Huang, Yuxin Tang
BACKGROUND: Porcine Deltacoronavirus (PDCoV) is a newly emerged enteropathogenic coronavirus that causes diarrhea and mortality in neonatal piglets. PDCoV has spread to many countries around the world, leading to significant economic losses in the pork industry. Therefore, a rapid and sensitive method for detection of PDCoV in clinical samples is urgently needed. RESULTS: In this study, we developed a single-tube one-step reverse transcription loop-mediated isothermal amplification (RT-LAMP) assay specific for nucleocapsid gene to diagnose and monitor PDCoV infections...
September 21, 2017: Biological Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28934718/urinary-bpa-and-phthalate-metabolite-concentrations-and-plasma-vitamin-d-levels-in-pregnant-women-a-repeated-measures-analysis
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Lauren E Johns, Kelly K Ferguson, David E Cantonwine, Thomas F McElrath, Bhramar Mukherjee, John D Meeker
BACKGROUND: In addition to its well-established role in maintaining skeletal health, vitamin D has essential regulatory functions in female reproductive and pregnancy outcomes. Phthalates and bisphenol A (BPA) are endocrine disruptors, and previous research has suggested that these chemical agents may disrupt circulating levels of total 25(OH)D in adults. OBJECTIVES: We investigated the relationships between repeated measures of urinary phthalate metabolites and BPA and circulating total 25(OH)D in a prospective cohort of pregnant women...
August 31, 2017: Environmental Health Perspectives
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28934670/conflicting-interactions-of-apolipoprotein-a-and-high-density-lipoprotein-cholesterol-with-microvascular-complications-of-type-2-diabetes
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Zahra Aryan, Mohsen Afarideh, Alireza Ghajar, Sadaf Esteghamati, Alireza Esteghamati, Manouchehr Nakhjavani
AIMS: This study is amid at investigating the associations, and interactions of serum lipid biomarkers with microvascular complications of type 2 diabetes (T2D). METHODS: A nested case-control study was conducted within an ongoing prospective study on patients with T2D. Microvascular complications of T2D including diabetic neuropathy, diabetic retinopathy and diabetic nephropathy were investigated. A total of 444 cases with at least one of the microvascular complications of T2D and 439 age- and gender-matched controls free of any of the chronic microvascular complications of T2D were included...
September 1, 2017: Diabetes Research and Clinical Practice
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28934522/effects-of-cannabinoid-agonists-and-antagonists-on-sleep-and-breathing-in-sprague-dawley-rats
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Michael W Calik, David W Carley
Study Objectives: There are no pharmacological treatments for obstructive sleep apnea syndrome, but dronabinol showed promise in a small pilot study. In anesthetized rats, dronabinol attenuates reflex apnea via activation of cannabinoid (CB) receptors located on vagal afferents; an effect blocked by cannabinoid type 1 (CB1) and/or type 2 (CB2) receptor antagonists. Here, using a natural model of central sleep apnea, we examine the effects of dronabinol, alone and in combination with selective antagonists in conscious rats chronically instrumented to stage sleep and measure cessation of breathing...
September 1, 2017: Sleep
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28934335/genetic-diversity-of-entamoeba-novel-ribosomal-lineages-from-cockroaches
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Tetsuro Kawano, Mihoko Imada, Pennapa Chamavit, Seiki Kobayashi, Tetsuo Hashimoto, Tomoyoshi Nozaki
Our current taxonomic perspective on Entamoeba is largely based on small-subunit ribosomal RNA genes (SSU rDNA) from Entamoeba species identified in vertebrate hosts with minor exceptions such as E. moshkovskii from sewage water and E. marina from marine sediment. Other Entamoeba species have also been morphologically identified and described from non-vertebrate species such as insects; however, their genetic diversity remains unknown. In order to further disclose the diversity of the genus, we investigated Entamoeba spp...
2017: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28934258/reports-of-unintended-consequences-of-financial-incentives-to-improve-management-of-hypertension
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Sylvia J Hysong, Richard SoRelle, Kristen Broussard Smitham, Laura A Petersen
BACKGROUND: Given the increase in financial-incentive programs nationwide, many physicians and physician groups are concerned about potential unintended consequences of providing financial incentives to improve quality of care. However, few studies examine whether actual unintended consequences result from providing financial incentives to physicians. We sought to document the extent to which the unintended consequences discussed in the literature were observable in a randomized clinical trial (RCT) of financial incentives...
2017: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28934071/prevalence-and-phylogenetic-analysis-of-orientia-tsutsugamushi-in-rodents-and-mites-from-central-india
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Ruchi Bhate, Nilesh Pansare, Sandeep P Chaudhari, Sukhadeo B Barbuddhe, Vijay K Choudhary, Nitin V Kurkure, Sunil W Kolte
Orientia tsutsugamushi, the causative agent of scrub typhus in humans, is an obligate intracytosolic bacterium transmitted among animals and to humans by some species of larval trombiculid mites (chiggers) and is hosted mainly by rodents. In this study, we attempted detection of O. tsutsugamushi from blood and tissue samples of rodents trapped from different locations in Central India using PCR targeting the 56 kDa outer membrane protein gene and the 47 kDa high temperature transmembrane protein gene. A total of 59 rodent samples comprising 38 of blood collected from domestic and public surroundings and 21 of tissue from agricultural farm were included in this study...
September 21, 2017: Vector Borne and Zoonotic Diseases
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28933949/behavior-and-performance-of-dairy-cows-after-transfer-from-tied-to-cubicle-housing
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Anne Pavlenko, Lena Lidfors, David R Arney, Tanel Kaart, Andres Aland
Behavior and performance changes when tied dairy cows were moved to a loose housing system in a cubicle system were investigated. Behavioral observations were made for 3 consecutive days in 3 periods after transition. The cows (n = 105) were observed on 18 sampling occasions for 1 month. Recordings were made of body positions and general and social behaviors. Monthly milk records were collected 1 year before and 1 year after transition. Cows walked more during the 1st observation period than during the other periods (p < ...
September 21, 2017: Journal of Applied Animal Welfare Science: JAAWS
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28932316/penile-melanosis-associated-with-lichen-sclerosus-et-atrophicus-first-description-in-the-medical-literature
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Georgi Tchernev, Anastasiya Atanasova Chokoeva, Hristo Mangarov
We present a 74-year-old male patient with 3-years history of visible discoloration of the glans penis, without subjective complaints. Histopathological examination after incision biopsy revealed a moderate increase in the number of melanocytes in the basal layer with irregular distribution, without melanocytic nests, melanophages in the superficial dermis, and subepidermal sclerosus. No cytologic atypia of melanocytes was detectable. The diagnosis of melanosis of the genitalia in association with lichen sclerosus was made...
August 15, 2017: Open Access Macedonian Journal of Medical Sciences
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28932063/-castor-oil-the-culprit-of-acute-hair-felting
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V Ramya Maduri, Ahalya Vedachalam, S Kiruthika
Acute hair felting is a rare disorder of scalp hair. In this condition, the hair becomes twisted, entangled as a hard stony mass resembling a bird's nest. Sudden hair matting has been reported earlier in the literature after vigorous use of chemical and herbal shampoos. Plica polonica is a patchy area of hair matting occurring in due course of time in neglected hair or underlying psychiatric illness. This case is interesting as the whole scalp hair matted immediately after using coconut oil and castor oil following washing...
July 2017: International Journal of Trichology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28931789/metabolic-syndrome-over-4-years-before-the-onset-of-cardiovascular-disease%C3%A3-nested-case-control-study
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Huanhuan Hu, Tohru Nakagawa, Toru Honda, Shuichiro Yamamoto, Akiko Nanri, Maki Konishi, Hiroko Okazaki, Keisuke Kuwahara, Ai Hori, Chihiro Nishiura, Ikuko Kashino, Teppei Imai, Akiko Nishihara, Shamima Akter, Toshiaki Miyamoto, Naoko Sasaki, Takayuki Ogasawara, Akihiko Uehara, Makoto Yamamoto, Taizo Murakami, Makiko Shimizu, Masafumi Eguchi, Takeshi Kochi, Satsue Nagahama, Kentaro Tomita, Isamu Kabe, Tetsuya Mizoue, Tomofumi Sone, Seitaro Dohi
BACKGROUND: We investigated the risk of cardiovascular disease (CVD) with duration of metabolic syndrome (MetS) for the past 4 years before the CVD event.Methods and Results:We performed a nested case-control study within the Japan Epidemiology Collaboration on Occupational Health Study. A total of 139 registered cases of CVD and 561 self-reported cases of CVD were identified and matched individually on age, sex, and worksite with 695 and 2,803 controls, respectively. MetS was defined by the Joint Interim Statement definition...
September 21, 2017: Circulation Journal: Official Journal of the Japanese Circulation Society
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28931659/the-risk-of-mycobacterial-infections-associated-with-inhaled-corticosteroid-use
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Sarah K Brode, Michael A Campitelli, Jeffrey C Kwong, Hong Lu, Alex Marchand-Austin, Andrea S Gershon, Frances B Jamieson, Theodore K Marras
Inhaled corticosteroid (ICS) use is associated with an increased risk of pneumonia. This study was performed to determine if ICS use is associated with an increased risk of nontuberculous mycobacterial pulmonary disease (NTM-PD) or tuberculosis (TB).We conducted a population-based nested case-control study using linked laboratory and health administrative databases in Ontario, Canada, including adults aged ≥66 years with treated obstructive lung disease (i.e. asthma, chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD) or asthma-COPD overlap syndrome) between 2001 and 2013...
September 2017: European Respiratory Journal: Official Journal of the European Society for Clinical Respiratory Physiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28931524/degree-of-anemia-indirect-markers-of-hemolysis-and-vascular-complications-of-sickle-cell-disease-in-africa
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Marie Dubert, Jacques Elion, Aissata Tolo, Dapa Aly Diallo, Saliou Diop, Ibrahima Diagne, Ibrahima Sanogo, Suzanne Belinga, Odette Guifo, Guillaume Wamba, Françoise Ngo Sack, Kouakou Boidy, Ismael Kamara, Youssouf Traore, Cheick Oumar Diakite, Valérie Gbonon, Blaise Felix Faye, Moussa Seck, Indou Deme Ly, David Chelo, Roland N'Guetta, Ibrahima Bara Diop, Bamba Gaye, Xavier Jouven, Brigitte Ranque
The hyperhemolysis paradigm that describes overlapping "hyperhemolytic-endothelial dysfunction" and "high hemoglobin-hyperviscous" subphenotypes of sickle cell disease (SCD) patients is based on North American studies. We performed a transversal study nested in the CADRE cohort to analyze the association between steady-state hemolysis and vascular complications of SCD among sub-Saharan African patients. In Mali, Cameroon, and Ivory Coast, 2,407 SCD patients (1,751 SS-Sβ(0), 495 SC and 161 Sβ(+)), aged three years old and over, were included at steady-state...
September 20, 2017: Blood
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28931157/is-nocturnal-foraging-in-a-tropical-bee-an-escape-from-interference-competition
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Adam R Smith, Shannon M Kitchen, Ryan M Toney, Christian Ziegler
Temporal niche partitioning may result from interference competition if animals shift their activity patterns to avoid aggressive competitors. If doing so also shifts food sources, it is difficult to distinguish the effects of interference and consumptive competition in selecting for temporal niche shift. Bees compete for pollen and nectar from flowers through both interference and consumptive competition, and some species of bees have evolved nocturnality. Here, we use tropical forest canopy towers to observe bees (the night-flying sweat bees Megalopta genalis and M...
January 1, 2017: Journal of Insect Science
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