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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28108922/association-between-heavy-metal-and-metalloid-levels-in-topsoil-and-cancer-mortality-in-spain
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Olivier Núñez, Pablo Fernández-Navarro, Iván Martín-Méndez, Alejandro Bel-Lan, Juan F Locutura Rupérez, Gonzalo López-Abente
Spatio-temporal cancer mortality studies in Spain have revealed patterns for some tumours which display a distribution that is similar across the sexes and persists over time. Such characteristics would be common to tumours that shared risk factors, including the geochemical composition of the soil. The aim of this study was to assess the possible association between heavy metal and metalloid levels in topsoil (upper soil horizon) and cancer mortality in mainland Spain. Ecological cancer mortality study at a municipal level, covering 861,440 cancer deaths (27 different tumour locations) in 7917 Spanish mainland towns, from 1999 to 2008...
January 20, 2017: Environmental Science and Pollution Research International
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28108292/reversal-of-high-fat-diet-induced-obesity-improves-glucose-tolerance-inflammatory-response-%C3%AE-amyloid-accumulation-and-cognitive-decline-in-the-app-psen1-mouse-model-of-alzheimer-s-disease
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J M Walker, S Dixit, A C Saulsberry, J M May, F E Harrison
This study assessed the extent to which high fat diet (HFD)-induced β-amyloid accumulation and cognitive decline in APP/PSEN1 mice are reversible through control of fat intake. Ten months of HFD (60% calories from fat) led to significant deficits in a 2-trial Y maze task, and nest building assay, and decreased voluntary locomotor activity. The HFD induced an inflammatory response, indicated by increased expression of several inflammatory markers. Substituting a low fat diet led to pronounced weight loss and correction of glucose intolerance, decreases in the inflammatory response, and improved performance on behavioral tasks in both wild-type and APP/PSEN1 transgenic mice...
January 17, 2017: Neurobiology of Disease
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28107985/enhanced-sensitivity-for-detection-of-plasmodium-falciparum-gametocytes-by-magnetic-nanoparticles-combined-with-enzyme-substrate-system
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Tienrat Tangchaikeeree, Piamsiri Sawaisorn, Sangdao Somsri, Duangporn Polpanich, Chaturong Putaporntip, Pramuan Tangboriboonrat, Rachanee Udomsangpetch, Kulachart Jangpatarapongsa
The highly sensitive and specific detection of Pfg377 gene of Plasmodium falciparum gametocyte using Magnetic Nanoparticles PCR Enzyme-Linked Gene Assay (MELGA) was successfully developed. The MELGA included amplification of the Pfg377 gene by polymerase chain reaction (PCR) using magnetic nanoparticles (MNPs)-conjugated forward primer and biotinylated reverse primer, followed by post-analytical process using horseradish peroxidase (HRP)-conjugated streptavidin (SA). The complexes of MELGA product were incubated with the peroxidase substrate and hydrogen peroxide to produce the signal for colorimetric measurement...
March 1, 2017: Talanta
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28107354/visual-adaptations-for-mate-detection-in-the-male-carpenter-bee-xylocopa-tenuiscapa
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Hema Somanathan, Renee Maria Borges, Eric J Warrant, Almut Kelber
Sexual dimorphism in eye structure is attributed to sexual selection in animals that employ vision for locating mates. In many male insects, large eyes and eye regions of higher acuity are believed to facilitate the location of females. Here, we compare various features of male and female eyes in three sympatric carpenter bee species, which include two diurnal species (Xylocopa tenuiscapa and X. leucothorax) as well as a nocturnal species (X. tranquebarica). In X. tenuiscapa, males have larger eyes than females, while in the nocturnal X...
2017: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28107054/helping-relatives-survive-and-reproduce-inclusive-fitness-and-reproductive-value-in-brood-parasitism
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Malte Andersson
Costly help can raise a relative's reproduction, survival, and reproductive value and increase the inclusive fitness of the donor of help. Donor fitness is explored here in conspecific brood parasitism. In this alternative reproductive tactic, some females, "parasites," lay eggs in nests of other females of the same species, "hosts," suppliers of help that alone take care of the offspring. Modeling shows that hosts can gain inclusive fitness if parasitized by relatives whose reproduction or survival is thereby increased...
February 2017: American Naturalist
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28106107/development-of-a-nested-pcr-assay-for-the-rapid-detection-of-pilidiella-granati-in-pomegranate-fruit
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Xue Yang, Uzma Hameed, Ai-Fang Zhang, Hao-Yu Zang, Chun-Yan Gu, Yu Chen, Yi-Liu Xu
Pilidiella granati, a causal agent of twig blight and crown rot of pomegranate, is an emerging threat that may cause severe risk to the pomegranate industry in the future. Development of a rapid assay for the timely and accurate detection of P. granati will be helpful in the active surveillance and management of the disease caused by this pathogen. In this study, a nested PCR method was established for the detection of P. granati. Comparative analysis of genetic diversity within 5.8S rDNA internal transcribed spacer (ITS) sequences of P...
January 20, 2017: Scientific Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28105722/charting-the-neglected-west-the-social-system-of-guinea-baboons
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Julia Fischer, Gisela H Kopp, Federica Dal Pesco, Adeelia Goffe, Kurt Hammerschmidt, Urs Kalbitzer, Matthias Klapproth, Peter Maciej, Ibrahima Ndao, Annika Patzelt, Dietmar Zinner
OBJECTIVES: Primate social systems are remarkably diverse, and thus play a central role in understanding social evolution, including the biological origin of human societies. Although baboons have been prominently featured in this context, historically little was known about the westernmost member of the genus, the Guinea baboon (Papio papio). MATERIAL AND METHODS: Here, we summarize the findings from the first years of observations at the field site CRP Simenti in the Niokolo Koba National Park in Senegal...
January 2017: American Journal of Physical Anthropology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28105661/college-instruction-is-not-so-stress-free-after-all-a-qualitative-and-quantitative-study-of-academic-entitlement-uncivil-behaviors-and-instructor-strain-and-burnout
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Lixin Jiang, Thomas M Tripp, Phan Y Hong
The vast majority of today's college students are millennials, who have traits of confidence, tolerance, but also of entitlement and narcissism (Twenge, 2006). Therefore, college instructors face a unique challenge: dealing with the requests from academically entitled students, who have unreasonable expectations of receiving academic success, regardless of performance (Chowning & Campbell, 2009). We conducted two studies to examine whether student academic entitlement would increase instructors' strain and burnout via uncivil behaviors...
January 19, 2017: Stress and Health: Journal of the International Society for the Investigation of Stress
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28104594/measuring-the-impact-of-a-public-awareness-campaign-to-increase-welfare-power-of-attorney-registrations-in-scotland
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Kate A Levin, Jill Carson, Emilia Crighton
OBJECTIVE: to measure the impact of the 'My Power of Attorney' media campaign on the number of new power of attorney (POA) registrations in Scotland. SETTING: POA registrations in Scotland processed by the Office of the Public Guardian during January 2010 to June 2015. METHODS: multilevel Poisson models for POA registrations nested by council and annual quarter were run using Markov chain Monte Carlo methods, adjusting for time, campaign (variable ranging between 0 and 5 dependent on intensity of campaign measured by the number of media platforms received) and offset term mid-year population estimate for those aged 25 years+/65 years+...
January 18, 2017: Age and Ageing
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28104467/incidence-and-risk-factors-of-acute-kidney-injury-after-esophageal-cancer-surgery-a-nested-case-control-study
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Wen Wang, Tong Wang, Xiaoshuang Feng, Li Sun
BACKGROUND: Acute kidney injury (AKI) has been increasingly recognized as a common and serious postoperative complication. Although many studies have been conducted to investigate postoperative AKI after thoracic surgery, little is known about AKI after esophageal surgery. Thus, we conducted this study to determine the incidence and identify risk factors of postoperative AKI after esophageal cancer surgery. MATERIALS AND METHODS: A retrospective nested case-control study of patients undergoing elective esophageal cancer surgery between July 2013 and July 2016 in a single tertiary specialized cancer hospital was performed...
January 16, 2017: International Journal of Surgery
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28103905/spatio-temporal-analysis-of-the-genetic-diversity-and-complexity-of-plasmodium-falciparum-infections-in-kedougou-southeastern-senegal
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Makhtar Niang, Laty G Thiam, Cheikh Loucoubar, Abdourahmane Sow, Bacary D Sadio, Mawlouth Diallo, Amadou A Sall, Aissatou Toure-Balde
BACKGROUND: Genetic analyses of the malaria parasite population and its temporal and spatial dynamics could provide an assessment of the effectiveness of disease control strategies. The genetic diversity of Plasmodium falciparum has been poorly documented in Senegal, and limited data are available from the Kedougou Region. This study examines the spatial and temporal variation of the genetic diversity and complexity of P. falciparum infections in acute febrile patients in Kedougou, southeastern Senegal...
January 19, 2017: Parasites & Vectors
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28103883/performance-of-loop-mediated-isothermal-amplification-lamp-for-the-diagnosis-of-malaria-among-malaria-suspected-pregnant-women-in-northwest-ethiopia
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Banchamlak Tegegne, Sisay Getie, Wossenseged Lemma, Abu Naser Mohon, Dylan R Pillai
BACKGROUND: Malaria is a major public health problem and an important cause of maternal and infant morbidity in sub-Saharan Africa, including Ethiopia. Early and accurate diagnosis of malaria with effective treatment is the best strategy for prevention and control of complications during pregnancy and infant morbidity and mortality. However, laboratory diagnosis has relied on the identification of malaria parasites and parasite antigens in peripheral blood using Giemsa-stained microscopy or rapid diagnostic tests (RDTs) which lack analytical and clinical sensitivity...
January 19, 2017: Malaria Journal
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28103287/does-a-species-extinction-proneness-predict-its-contribution-to-nestedness-a-test-using-a-sunbird-tree-visitation-network
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Charles A Nsor, Hazel M Chapman, William Godsoe
Animal pollinators and the plants they pollinate depend on networks of mutualistic partnerships and more broadly on the stability of such networks. Based mainly on insect-plant visitation networks, theory predicts that species that are most prone to extinction contribute the most to nestedness, however empirical tests are rare. We used a sunbird-tree visitation network within which were both extinction prone vs non extinction prone sunbird species to test the idea. We predicted that the extinction prone species would contribute the most to nestedness...
2017: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28103284/gene-expression-profiling-of-bronchoalveolar-lavage-cells-preceding-a-clinical-diagnosis-of-chronic-lung-allograft-dysfunction
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S Samuel Weigt, Xiaoyan Wang, Vyacheslav Palchevskiy, Aric L Gregson, Naman Patel, Ariss DerHovanessian, Michael Y Shino, David M Sayah, Shirin Birjandi, Joseph P Lynch, Rajan Saggar, Abbas Ardehali, David J Ross, Scott M Palmer, David Elashoff, John A Belperio
BACKGROUND: Chronic Lung Allograft Dysfunction (CLAD) is the main limitation to long-term survival after lung transplantation. Although CLAD is usually not responsive to treatment, earlier identification may improve treatment prospects. METHODS: In a nested case control study, 1-year post transplant surveillance bronchoalveolar lavage (BAL) fluid samples were obtained from incipient CLAD (n = 9) and CLAD free (n = 8) lung transplant recipients. Incipient CLAD cases were diagnosed with CLAD within 2 years, while controls were free from CLAD for at least 4 years following bronchoscopy...
2017: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28103248/effect-of-the-latent-reservoir-on-the-evolution-of-hiv-at-the-within-and-between-host-levels
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Hilje M Doekes, Christophe Fraser, Katrina A Lythgoe
The existence of long-lived reservoirs of latently infected CD4+ T cells is the major barrier to curing HIV, and has been extensively studied in this light. However, the effect of these reservoirs on the evolutionary dynamics of the virus has received little attention. Here, we present a within-host quasispecies model that incorporates a long-lived reservoir, which we then nest into an epidemiological model of HIV dynamics. For biologically plausible parameter values, we find that the presence of a latent reservoir can severely delay evolutionary dynamics within a single host, with longer delays associated with larger relative reservoir sizes and/or homeostatic proliferation of cells within the reservoir...
January 2017: PLoS Computational Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28102979/changes-in-salivary-cortisol-during-psychotherapy-for-posttraumatic-stress-disorder-a-pilot-study-in-30-veterans
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Sheila A M Rauch, Anthony P King, Israel Liberzon, Rebecca K Sripada
BACKGROUND: Convergent evidence suggests that the hypothalamic-pituitary-adrenal (HPA) axis is disrupted in posttraumatic stress disorder (PTSD) and that HPA axis normalization may be associated with symptom improvement. Thus, the current study was designed to test the association between HPA axis reactivity and treatment response in psychotherapy for PTSD. METHODS: Thirty returning veterans with DSM-IV-TR PTSD were randomly assigned to receive 10 sessions of prolonged exposure therapy or present-centered therapy as part of a previously published randomized clinical trial (2008-2010)...
January 17, 2017: Journal of Clinical Psychiatry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28102513/incidence-of-cryptosporidium-andersoni-in-diarrheal-patients-from-southern-assam-india-a-molecular-approach
#17
G Hussain, S Roychoudhury, B Singha, J Paul
The distribution and public health significance of Cryptosporidium species and genotypes in humans and bovine differ across geographical areas. Cryptosporidium species causes a disease known as cryptosporidiosis in humans and animals. To characterize the prevalence of cryptosporidiosis in humans in southern Assam, India, stool samples (n = 1119) of diarrhea patients were collected from different hospitals and from the community during the period January 2014 to July 2016. Fecal smears were examined microscopically for Cryptosporidium species using modified acid fast staining and were screened to ascertain the presence of Cryptosporidium antigen by enzyme-linked immunosorbent assay (ELISA)...
January 19, 2017: European Journal of Clinical Microbiology & Infectious Diseases
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28102015/circulating-antioxidant-levels-and-risk-of-prostate-cancer-by-tmprss2-erg
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Rebecca E Graff, Gregory Judson, Thomas U Ahearn, Michelangelo Fiorentino, Massimo Loda, Edward L Giovannucci, Lorelei A Mucci, Andreas Pettersson
BACKGROUND: Few studies have considered etiological differences across molecular subtypes of prostate cancer, despite potential to improve opportunities for precision prevention of a disease for which modifiable risk factors have remained elusive. Factors that lead to DNA double-strand breaks, such as oxidative stress, may promote the formation of the TMPRSS2:ERG gene fusion in prostate cancer. We tested the hypothesis that increasing levels of pre-diagnostic circulating antioxidants, which may reduce oxidative stress, are associated with lower risk of developing TMPRSS2:ERG positive prostate cancer...
January 19, 2017: Prostate
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28099990/statistical-significance-for-hierarchical-clustering
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Patrick K Kimes, Yufeng Liu, David Neil Hayes, James Stephen Marron
Cluster analysis has proved to be an invaluable tool for the exploratory and unsupervised analysis of high-dimensional datasets. Among methods for clustering, hierarchical approaches have enjoyed substantial popularity in genomics and other fields for their ability to simultaneously uncover multiple layers of clustering structure. A critical and challenging question in cluster analysis is whether the identified clusters represent important underlying structure or are artifacts of natural sampling variation...
January 18, 2017: Biometrics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28099660/socioeconomic-hygienic-and-sanitation-factors-in-reducing-diarrhea-in-the-amazon
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Katiuscia Shirota Imada, Thiago Santos de Araújo, Pascoal Torres Muniz, Valter Lúcio de Pádua
OBJECTIVE: To analyze the contributions of the socioeconomic, hygienic, and sanitation improvements in reducing the prevalence of diarrhea in a city of the Amazon. METHODS: In this population-based cross-sectional study, we analyzed data from surveys conducted in the city of Jordão, Acre. In 2005 and 2012, these surveys evaluated, respectively, 466 and 826 children under five years old. Questionnaires were applied on the socioeconomic conditions, construction of houses, food and hygienic habits, and environmental sanitation...
December 22, 2016: Revista de Saúde Pública
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