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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28938232/best-practice-guidelines-for-the-measurement-of-physical-activity-levels-in-stroke-survivors-a-secondary-analysis-of-an-observational-study
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Louise Tinlin, Natalie Fini, Julie Bernhardt, Lucy K Lewis, Tim Olds, Coralie English
The aim of this study was to investigate the phenomenon of activity (increased activity in response to monitor wear) and determine the minimum wear time of accelerometers when objectively measuring habitual physical activity levels of community dwelling stroke survivors. Exploratory, secondary analyses of cross-sectional data were carried out. Physical activity variables [sitting, standing and stepping time, step count, light physical activity and moderate-to-vigorous physical activity (MVPA)] were measured with two activity monitors for 7 days...
September 21, 2017: International Journal of Rehabilitation Research. Revue Internationale de Recherches de Réadaptation
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28938057/outbreak-of-drepanopeziza-fungus-in-aspen-forests-and-variation-in-stand-susceptibility-leaf-functional-traits-compensatory-growth-and-phenology
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Anson C Call, Samuel B St Clair
In the spring of 2015, a severe outbreak of the necrotrophic pathogen Drepanopeziza (also known as Marssonina) spread across large portions of aspen (Populus tremuloides Michx.) forests in the western United States. Among adjacent stands, some were diseased and others were not. Drepanopeziza infection in diseased aspen stands stimulated compensatory growth of second-flush leaves at the top of the canopy. These patterns of infection provided an opportunity to characterize associations of pathogen infection and leaf functional traits...
September 1, 2017: Tree Physiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28938056/short-term-effects-of-light-quality-on-leaf-gas-exchange-and-hydraulic-properties-of-silver-birch-betula-pendula
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Aigar Niglas, Kaisa Papp, Maciej Sekiewicz, Arne Sellin
Leaves have to acclimatize to heterogeneous radiation fields inside forest canopies in order to efficiently exploit diverse light conditions. Short-term effects of light quality on photosynthetic gas exchange, leaf water use and hydraulic traits were studied on Betula pendula Roth shoots cut from upper and lower thirds of the canopy of 39- to 35-year-old trees growing in natural forest stand, and illuminated with white, red or blue light in the laboratory. Photosynthetic machinery of the leaves developed in different spectral conditions acclimated differently with respect to incident light spectrum: the stimulating effect of complete visible spectrum (white light) on net photosynthesis is more pronounced in upper-canopy layers...
September 1, 2017: Tree Physiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28938020/seasonal-variations-in-carbon-nitrogen-and-phosphorus-concentrations-and-c-n-p-stoichiometry-in-different-organs-of-a-larix-principis-rupprechtii-mayr-plantation-in-the-qinling-mountains-china
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Hailiang Li, M James C Crabbe, Fuli Xu, Weiling Wang, Lihui Ma, Ruilong Niu, Xing Gao, Xingxing Li, Pei Zhang, Xin Ma, Haikui Chen
Understanding how concentrations of elements and their stoichiometry change with plant growth and age is critical for predicting plant community responses to environmental change. We used long-term field experiments to explore how the leaf, stem and root carbon (C), nitrogen (N) and phosphorous (P) concentrations and their stoichiometry changed with growth and stand age in a L. principis-rupprechtii Mayr. plantation from 2012-2015 in the Qinling Mountains, China. Our results showed that the C, N and P concentrations and stoichiometric ratios in different tissues of larch stands were affected by stand age, organ type and sampling month and displayed multiple correlations with increased stand age in different growing seasons...
2017: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28937884/diplopia-following-short-treatment-for-moderate-amblyopia
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Janice Hoole, Natasha Barrow
A case of an autistic child, aged 8 years, who reported binocular diplopia following just 2 hours total occlusion per day for 6 weeks for strabismic/anisometropic amblyopia is reported. There was a history of known long-standing reduced uniocular acuity without treatment. Pretreatment Sbisa bar assessment suggested moderate suppression. The diplopia was treated over 6 months including occluding the amblyopic eye and gradually reducing the density of the occluder until fixation with the nonamblyopic eye could be maintained and diplopia ignored...
September 2017: Strabismus
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28937821/rethinking-conventional-wisdom-are-locally-adapted-parasites-ahead-in-the-coevolutionary-race
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Scott L Nuismer
The metaphors of the Red Queen and the arms race have inspired a large amount of research aimed at understanding the process of antagonistic coevolution between hosts and parasites. One approach that has been heavily used is to estimate the strength of parasite local adaptation using a reciprocal cross infection or transplant study. These studies frequently conclude that the locally adapted species is ahead in the coevolutionary race. Here, I use mathematical models to decompose parasite infectivity into components attributable to local versus global adaptation and to develop a robust index of which species is ahead in the coevolutionary race, which I term coevolutionary advantage...
October 2017: American Naturalist
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28937734/discovery-of-oligonucleotide-signaling-mediated-by-crispr-associated-polymerases-solves-two-puzzles-but-leaves-an-enigma
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Eugene V Koonin, Kira S Makarova
The signature component of type III CRISPR-Cas systems is the Cas10 protein that consists of two Palm domains homologous to those of DNA and RNA polymerases, and nucleotide cyclases, and an HD nuclease domain. However, until very recently, the activity of the Palm domains and their role in CRISPR function have not been experimentally established. Most of the type III CRISPR-Cas systems and some type I systems also encompass proteins containing the CARF (CRISPR-associated Rossmann fold) domain that has been predicted to regulate CRISPR functions via nucleotide binding but its function in CRISPR-Cas remained obscure...
September 22, 2017: ACS Chemical Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28937670/feshbach-resonances-in-the-exit-channel-of-the-f%C3%A2-%C3%A2-ch3oh%C3%A2-%C3%A2-%C3%A2-hf%C3%A2-%C3%A2-ch3o-reaction-observed-using-transition-state-spectroscopy
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Marissa L Weichman, Jessalyn A DeVine, Mark C Babin, Jun Li, Lifen Guo, Jianyi Ma, Hua Guo, Daniel M Neumark
The transition state governs how chemical bonds form and cleave during a chemical reaction and its direct characterization is a long-standing challenge in physical chemistry. Transition state spectroscopy experiments based on negative-ion photodetachment provide a direct probe of the vibrational structure and metastable resonances that are characteristic of the reactive surface. Dynamical resonances are extremely sensitive to the topography of the reactive surface and provide an exceptional point of comparison with theory...
October 2017: Nature Chemistry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28937535/validation-of-a-commercial-assay-and-decision-support-tool-for-routine-paclitaxel-therapeutic-drug-monitoring-tdm
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Markus Joerger, Stefanie Kraff, Ulrich Jaehde, Ralf A Hilger, Jodi B Courtney, Daniel J Cline, Sonali Jog, Irina Baburina, M C Miller, Salvatore J Salamone
BACKGROUND: The value of therapeutic drug monitoring (TDM) for paclitaxel was recently demonstrated in the largest TDM trial ever conducted in oncology. The trial demonstrated significant reduction in neuropathy when using TDM. Dose adjustment for paclitaxel was based on time above a threshold concentration (Tc>0.05). Tc>0.05 must be calculated with a pharmacokinetic model and complex non-linear mixed effects (NLME) software. The use of the software and chromatographic methods to measure paclitaxel require specialized expertise...
September 18, 2017: Therapeutic Drug Monitoring
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28937112/nhs-dentistry-improving-our-public-standing
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E C MacKessack-Leitch
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September 22, 2017: British Dental Journal
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28936985/integration-of-multiple-theories-for-the-simulation-of-laser-interference-lithography-processes
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Te Hsun Lin, Yin Kuang Yang, Chien-Chung Fu
The periodic structure of laser interference lithography (LIL) fabrication is superior to other lithography technologies. In contrast to traditional lithography, LIL has the advantages of being a simple optical system with no mask requirements, low cost, high depth of focus, and large patterning area in a single exposure. Generally, a simulation pattern for the periodic structure is obtained through optical interference prior to its fabrication through LIL. However, the LIL process is complex and combines the fields of optical and polymer materials; thus, a single simulation theory cannot reflect the real situation...
September 22, 2017: Nanotechnology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28936929/holding-firm-power-push-back-and-opportunities-in-navigating-the-liminal-space-of-critical-qualitative-health-research
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Corinne Hart, Jennifer M Poole, Marcia E Facey, Janet A Parsons
Critical qualitative health researchers typically occupy and navigate liminal academic spaces and statuses, with one foot planted in the arts and social sciences and the other in biomedical science. We are at once marginalized and empowered, and this liminality presents both challenges and opportunities. In this article, we draw on our experiences of being (often the lone) critical qualitative health scholars on thesis advisory committees and dissertation examinations, as well as our experiences of publishing and securing funding, to illuminate how power and knowledge relations create conditions that shape the nature of our roles...
October 2017: Qualitative Health Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28936890/radiation-dose-reduction-in-plain-radiography-of-the-full-length-lower-extremity-and-full-spine
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Mi Ran Jeon, Hee Jin Park, So Yeon Lee, Kyung A Kang, Eun Young Kim, Hyun Pyo Hong, Inyoung Youn
OBJECTIVE: To compare the diagnostic performance of standard- and low-dose radiographs of the full-length lower extremity and spine. MATERIALS AND METHODS: This study included 223 patients who visited our hospital and received full-length lower extremity standing radiographs and full-spine radiographs. We determined the dose area product (DAP) of each image, and effective doses (ED, mSv) were calculated based on the DAP. Subjective evaluation of the full-length radiographs was based on image quality, which was assessed by bony cortex and trabecula evaluation, and on diagnostic performance, which was assessed by leg length measurement...
September 22, 2017: British Journal of Radiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28936843/-optimization-of-alcohol-precipitation-technology-of-biqiu-granules-based-on-index-components-and-pharmacodynamics
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Yan-Jun Zhang, Li-Li Liu, Yun Wu, Jun-Hua Hu, Xiu-Juan Chang, Wei Xiao, En-Xiang Chao
To evaluate the rationality of alcohol precipitation technology of Biqiu granule by investigating its effect on serum histamine, IgE, IL-4, IFN and TNF-α. The contents of cafferic acid and rosmarinic acid were used as the evaluation indexes, and some factors affecting index were firstly evaluated by Plackett-Burman design; then alcohol precipitation technology was further optimized by Box-Behnken design to determine the optimal alcohol precipitation conditions. The best alcohol precipitation conditions were as follows: the relative density of herb liquor was 1...
December 2016: Zhongguo Zhong Yao za Zhi, Zhongguo Zhongyao Zazhi, China Journal of Chinese Materia Medica
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28936568/distracting-injury-defined-does-an-isolated-hip-fracture-constitute-a-distracting-injury-for-clearance-of-the-cervical-spine
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Ryan Lindborg, Amani Jambhekar, Vincent Chan, Daniel Laskey, James Rucinski, Bashar Fahoum
OBJECTIVES: As the population within the USA ages, the number of hip fractures seen yearly in the emergency department is expected to rise. According to the NEXUS criteria, many of these patients receive computerized tomographic scan (CT) evaluation of the cervical spine because a hip fracture may constitute a distracting injury. The objective of this study is to determine if an isolated hip fracture constitutes a distracting injury which requires imaging of the cervical spine. METHODS: Data were prospectively collected on 158 trauma patients with isolated hip fractures between April 1, 2015 and March 9, 2016...
September 21, 2017: Emergency Radiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28936483/looking-forwards-and-backwards-the-real-time-processing-of-strong-and-weak-crossover
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Dave Kush, Jeffrey Lidz, Colin Phillips
We investigated the processing of pronouns in Strong and Weak Crossover constructions as a means of probing the extent to which the incremental parser can use syntactic information to guide antecedent retrieval. In Experiment 1 we show that the parser accesses a displaced wh-phrase as an antecedent for a pronoun when no grammatical constraints prohibit binding, but the parser ignores the same wh-phrase when it stands in a Strong Crossover relation to the pronoun. These results are consistent with two possibilities...
2017: Glossa
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28936223/oomycete-communities-associated-with-reed-die-back-syndrome
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Martina Cerri, Rumakanta Sapkota, Andrea Coppi, Valentina Ferri, Bruno Foggi, Daniela Gigante, Lorenzo Lastrucci, Roberta Selvaggi, Roberto Venanzoni, Mogens Nicolaisen, Francesco Ferranti, Lara Reale
Phragmites australis (Cav.) Trin. ex Steud. die-back is a widely-studied phenomenon that was first discovered in northern Europe and that, until recently, was almost unknown in the Mediterranean basin. It has been described as a complex syndrome affecting reed populations leading to their retreat and decline, with significant impacts on valuable ecosystem services. Among the factors that cause the decline, soil-living microorganisms can be crucial. The aims of this study were to analyze the diversity of oomycetes communities associated with reed stands, and to understand whether they could play a key role in the decline...
2017: Frontiers in Plant Science
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28935997/the-complexity-of-immigrant-generations-implications-for-assessing-the-socioeconomic-integration-of-hispanics-and-asians
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Brian Duncan, Stephen J Trejo
Because of data limitations, virtually all studies of the later-generation descendants of immigrants rely on subjective measures of ethnic self-identification rather than arguably more objective measures based on the countries of birth of the respondent and his ancestors. In this context, biases can arise from "ethnic attrition" (e.g., U.S.-born individuals who do not self-identify as Hispanic despite having ancestors who were immigrants from a Spanish-speaking country). Analyzing 2003-2013 data from the Current Population Survey (CPS), this study shows that such ethnic attrition is sizeable and selective for the second- and third-generation populations of key Hispanic and Asian national origin groups...
October 2017: Industrial & Labor Relations Review
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28935978/-optical-and-surface-enhanced-raman-scattering-properties-of-ag-modified-silicon-double-nanocone-array
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L Mehrvar, M Sadeghipari, S H Tavassoli, S Mohajerzadeh, M Fathipour
Surface enhanced Raman scattering (SERS) systems with large number of active sites exhibit superior capability in detection of low concentration analytes. In this paper, we present theoretical as well as experimental studies on the optical properties of a unique hybrid nanostructure, Ag NPs decorated silicon double nanocones (Si-DNCs) array, which provide high density of hot spots. The Si-DNC array is fabricated by employing electron beam lithography together with plasma etching process. Multipole analysis of the scattering spectra, based on the multipole expansion theory, confirms that the toroidal dipole moment dominates over other electric and magnetic multipole moments in the Si-DNCs array...
September 21, 2017: Scientific Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28935879/interlayer-excitons-in-a-bulk-van-der-waals-semiconductor
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Ashish Arora, Matthias Drüppel, Robert Schmidt, Thorsten Deilmann, Robert Schneider, Maciej R Molas, Philipp Marauhn, Steffen Michaelis de Vasconcellos, Marek Potemski, Michael Rohlfing, Rudolf Bratschitsch
Bound electron-hole pairs called excitons govern the electronic and optical response of many organic and inorganic semiconductors. Excitons with spatially displaced wave functions of electrons and holes (interlayer excitons) are important for Bose-Einstein condensation, superfluidity, dissipationless current flow, and the light-induced exciton spin Hall effect. Here we report on the discovery of interlayer excitons in a bulk van der Waals semiconductor. They form due to strong localization and spin-valley coupling of charge carriers...
September 21, 2017: Nature Communications
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