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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28641274/an-efficient-multiple-variants-coordination-framework-for-differential-evolution
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Sheng Xin Zhang, Shao Yong Zheng, Li Ming Zheng
Differential evolution (DE) is recognized as a simple but powerful algorithm in the family of evolutionary algorithms. Over the past two decades, many advanced DE variants with significantly improved performance have been proposed. However, the variants may only achieve the best performance on a certain type of functions. Moreover, a specific optimizer may not always be suitable for the whole optimization process. To overcome these weaknesses, this paper proposes a multiple variants coordination (MVC) framework with two mechanisms, namely, the multiple variants adaptive selecting mechanism and the multiple variants adaptive solutions preserving mechanisms (MV-APM)...
June 19, 2017: IEEE Transactions on Cybernetics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28641193/acute-hemobilia-from-a-pseudoaneurysm-of-the-cystic-artery-arising-from-the-left-hepatic-artery-case-report-and-literature-review
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Claudia Trombatore, Roberto Scilletta, Noemi Bellavia, Pietro Trombatore, Vincenzo Magnano S Lio, Giuseppe Petrillo, Antonio Di Cataldo
INTRODUCTION: Hemobilia represents only 6% of all causes of upper gastrointestinal bleeding. PRESENTATION OF CASE: We report a rare case of a bleeding pseudoaneurysm of the cystic artery, due to a re-activation of a chronic cholecystitis, which arose with a mixed symptomatology: jaundices and hematemesis. DISCUSSION: The rarity of our patient is increased for some vascular anatomic variations detected by Computed Tomography that influenced the management of the disease...
June 13, 2017: International Journal of Surgery Case Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28641123/the-practice-environment-scale-of-the-nursing-work-index-an-updated-review-and-recommendations-for-use
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Pauline A Swiger, Patricia A Patrician, Rebecca S Susie Miltner, Dheeraj Raju, Sara Breckenridge-Sproat, Lori A Loan
OBJECTIVES: The Practice Environment Scale of the Nursing Work Index (PES-NWI) is an instrument, which measures the nursing practice environment - defined as factors that enhance or attenuate a nurse's ability to practice nursing skillfully and deliver high quality care. The purpose of this paper is to provide an updated review of the Practice Environment Scale of the Nursing Work Index's use to date and provide recommendations that may be helpful to nursing leaders and researchers who plan to use this instrument...
June 12, 2017: International Journal of Nursing Studies
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28641109/rare-copy-number-variants-in-nrxn1-and-cntn6-increase-risk-for-tourette-syndrome
#4
Alden Y Huang, Dongmei Yu, Lea K Davis, Jae Hoon Sul, Fotis Tsetsos, Vasily Ramensky, Ivette Zelaya, Eliana Marisa Ramos, Lisa Osiecki, Jason A Chen, Lauren M McGrath, Cornelia Illmann, Paul Sandor, Cathy L Barr, Marco Grados, Harvey S Singer, Markus M Nöthen, Johannes Hebebrand, Robert A King, Yves Dion, Guy Rouleau, Cathy L Budman, Christel Depienne, Yulia Worbe, Andreas Hartmann, Kirsten R Müller-Vahl, Manfred Stuhrmann, Harald Aschauer, Mara Stamenkovic, Monika Schloegelhofer, Anastasios Konstantinidis, Gholson J Lyon, William M McMahon, Csaba Barta, Zsanett Tarnok, Peter Nagy, James R Batterson, Renata Rizzo, Danielle C Cath, Tomasz Wolanczyk, Cheston Berlin, Irene A Malaty, Michael S Okun, Douglas W Woods, Elliott Rees, Carlos N Pato, Michele T Pato, James A Knowles, Danielle Posthuma, David L Pauls, Nancy J Cox, Benjamin M Neale, Nelson B Freimer, Peristera Paschou, Carol A Mathews, Jeremiah M Scharf, Giovanni Coppola
Tourette syndrome (TS) is a model neuropsychiatric disorder thought to arise from abnormal development and/or maintenance of cortico-striato-thalamo-cortical circuits. TS is highly heritable, but its underlying genetic causes are still elusive, and no genome-wide significant loci have been discovered to date. We analyzed a European ancestry sample of 2,434 TS cases and 4,093 ancestry-matched controls for rare (< 1% frequency) copy-number variants (CNVs) using SNP microarray data. We observed an enrichment of global CNV burden that was prominent for large (> 1 Mb), singleton events (OR = 2...
June 21, 2017: Neuron
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28641027/effect-of-an-educational-intervention-in-spirituality-and-health-on-knowledge-attitudes-and-skills-of-students-in-health-related-areas-a-controlled-randomized-trial
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Igraíne Helena Scholz Osório, Lídia Maria Gonçalves, Pedro Machry Pozzobon, Jair José Gaspar Júnior, Filippe Martins Miranda, Alessandra L G Lucchetti, Giancarlo Lucchetti
BACKGROUND: To date there have been no randomized studies that assess whether "Spirituality and Health" (S/H) programs are, indeed, effective, or not. We sought to evaluate if an intervention in teaching S/H fosters competence changes in healthcare students. METHODS: A randomized controlled trial was carried out. Students were randomized into two groups: an Intervention Group (a theoretical-practical course in S/H) and a control group (waiting list). Students' S/H knowledge, attitudes, and skills (through a simulated patient) were assessed...
June 22, 2017: Medical Teacher
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28640914/kinetic-analysis-of-an-anion-exchange-absorbent-for-co2-capture-from-ambient-air
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Xiaoyang Shi, Qibin Li, Tao Wang, Klaus S Lackner
This study reports a preparation method of a new moisture swing sorbent for CO2 capture from air. The new sorbent components include ion exchange resin (IER) and polyvinyl chloride (PVC) as a binder. The IER can absorb CO2 when surrounding is dry and release CO2 when surrounding is wet. The manuscript presents the studies of membrane structure, kinetic model of absorption process, performance of desorption process and the diffusivity of water molecules in the CO2 absorbent. It has been proved that the kinetic performance of CO2 absorption/desorption can be improved by using thin binder and hot water treatment...
2017: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28640625/dust-effects-on-nucleation-kinetics-and-nanoparticle-product-size-distributions-illustrative-case-study-of-a-prototype-ir-0-n-transition-metal-nanoparticle-formation-system
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Saim Özkar, Richard G Finke
The question is addressed if dust is kinetically important in the nucleation and growth of Ir(0)n nanoparticles formed from [Bu4N]5Na3(1,5-COD)Ir(I)·P2W15Nb3O62 (hereafter [(COD)Ir·POM](8-)), reduced by H2 in propylene carbonate solvent. Following a concise review of the (often-neglected) literature addressing dust in nucleation phenomena dating back to the late 1800s, the nucleation and growth kinetics of the [(COD)Ir·POM](8-) precatalyst system are examined for the effects of 0.2 μm microfiltration of the solvent and precatalyst solution, of rinsing the glassware with that microfiltered solvent, of silanizing the glass reaction vessel, for the addition of <0...
June 22, 2017: Langmuir: the ACS Journal of Surfaces and Colloids
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28640616/the-twist-of-a-silicon-silicon-double-bond-selective-anti-addition-of-hydrogen-to-an-iminodisilene
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Daniel Wendel, Tibor Szilvási, Christian Jandl, Shigeyoshi Inoue, Bernhard Rieger
Hydrogenation of alkenes with C=C bonds is a ubiquitous reaction in organic chemistry. However, this transformation remains unknown for heavier counterparts, disilenes with Si=Si bonds. Here we report the isolation of (Z)-diiminodisilyldisilene 2 featuring a highly trans-bent and twisted structure and the longest silicon-silicon double bond reported to date. In silico studies suggested that the Si=Si bond in 2 is described as very weak double donor-acceptor bond. We utilized the remarkable electronic and structural features of this product to achieve the first demonstration of hydrogen activation by a multiply bonded silicon compound under ambient conditions...
June 22, 2017: Journal of the American Chemical Society
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28638610/looking-for-the-needle-in-the-kidney-transplantation-haystack
#9
Josep M Cruzado, Edoardo Melilli
The diagnosis of acute rejection still relies on renal allograft biopsy. In fact, histological features including C4d staining can be useful to differentiate cellular and antibody-mediated acute rejection. However, the pathogenic mechanism to define the type of rejection is usually assessed by anti-HLA donor specific antibodies (DSA) monitoring. Suspicion of acute rejection is usually based on renal function deterioration. This method has low sensitivity. Moreover, creatinine increase follows graft injury and therefore the diagnosis is performed when there is an ongoing acute rejection...
February 2017: Clinical Kidney Journal
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28637336/identification-of-arabidopsis-thaliana-upstream-open-reading-frames-encoding-peptide-sequences-that-cause-ribosomal-arrest
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Noriya Hayashi, Shun Sasaki, Hiro Takahashi, Yui Yamashita, Satoshi Naito, Hitoshi Onouchi
Specific sequences of certain nascent peptides cause programmed ribosomal arrest during mRNA translation to control gene expression. In eukaryotes, most known regulatory arrest peptides are encoded by upstream open reading frames (uORFs) present in the 5΄-untranslated region of mRNAs. However, to date, a limited number of eukaryotic uORFs encoding arrest peptides have been reported. Here, we searched for arrest peptide-encoding uORFs among Arabidopsis thaliana uORFs with evolutionarily conserved peptide sequences...
June 14, 2017: Nucleic Acids Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28637295/inhibition-of-polyamine-synthesis-causes-entry-of-the-mouse-blastocyst-into-embryonic-diapause1
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Jane C Fenelon, Bruce D Murphy
Embryonic diapause is a common reproductive strategy amongst mammals, requiring an intimate cross-talk between the endometrium and the blastocyst. To date, the precise molecular signals responsible are unknown in the mouse or any other mammal. Previous studies in the mink implicate polyamines as major regulators of the control of diapause. In the mouse, inhibiting the rate-limiting enzyme of polyamine synthesis, ornithine decarboxylase (ODC1) during early pregnancy largely prevents implantation, but the fate of the non-implanted embryos is unknown...
June 16, 2017: Biology of Reproduction
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28637294/over-time-impacts-of-pictorial-health-warning-labels-and-their-differences-across-smoker-subgroups-results-from-adult-smokers-in-canada-and-australia
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Kamala Swayampakala, James F Thrasher, Hua-Hie Yong, Gera E Nagelhout, Lin Li, Ron Borland, David Hammond, Richard J O'Connor, James W Hardin
Introduction: This study examines patterns of change in different smoker subgroups' responses to new pictorial health warning labels (HWLs) over the initial, two year post-implementation period in Canada, where HWLs include package inserts with cessation messages, and Australia, where "plain" packaging (i.e., prohibition of brand imagery) was also implemented. Methods: Data were collected from online consumer panels in Canada (nsmokers=3,153; nobservations=5,826) and Australia (nsmokers=2,699; nobservations=5,818) from September 2012 to September 2014, with approximately 1,000 adult smokers surveyed in each country every four months, using replenishment to maintain sample size...
June 16, 2017: Nicotine & Tobacco Research: Official Journal of the Society for Research on Nicotine and Tobacco
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28637243/nanopore-sequencing-data-analysis-state-of-the-art-applications-and-challenges
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Alberto Magi, Roberto Semeraro, Alessandra Mingrino, Betti Giusti, Romina D'Aurizio
The nanopore sequencing process is based on the transit of a DNA molecule through a nanoscopic pore, and since the 90s is considered as one of the most promising approaches to detect polymeric molecules. In 2014, Oxford Nanopore Technologies (ONT) launched a beta-testing program that supplied the scientific community with the first prototype of a nanopore sequencer: the MinION. Thanks to this program, several research groups had the opportunity to evaluate the performance of this novel instrument and develop novel computational approaches for analyzing this new generation of data...
June 16, 2017: Briefings in Bioinformatics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28637173/crystallographic-analyses-illustrate-significant-plasticity-and-efficient-recoding-of-meganuclease-target-specificity
#14
Rachel Werther, Jazmine P Hallinan, Abigail R Lambert, Kyle Havens, Mark Pogson, Jordan Jarjour, Roberto Galizi, Nikolai Windbichler, Andrea Crisanti, Tony Nolan, Barry L Stoddard
The retargeting of protein-DNA specificity, outside of extremely modular DNA binding proteins such as TAL effectors, has generally proved to be quite challenging. Here, we describe structural analyses of five different extensively retargeted variants of a single homing endonuclease, that have been shown to function efficiently in ex vivo and in vivo applications. The redesigned proteins harbor mutations at up to 53 residues (18%) of their amino acid sequence, primarily distributed across the DNA binding surface, making them among the most significantly reengineered ligand-binding proteins to date...
June 20, 2017: Nucleic Acids Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28637107/malignant-melanoma-of-the-anus-found-during-routine-colonoscopy-in-ulcerative-colitis
#15
Kwang Il Seo, Won Moon, Sung Eun Kim, Moo In Park, Seun Ja Park
Inflammatory bowel disease (IBD) is characterized by recurrent or chronic inflammation of the gastrointestinal tract, which results in increased risk of developing cancer. Anorectal malignant melanoma is often misdiagnosed as either hemorrhoids or benign anorectal conditions in inflammatory bowel disease. Therefore, the overall prognosis and survival of IBD are poor. To date, the best treatment strategy remains controversial. Only early diagnosis and complete excision yield survival benefit. Here, we report a 64-year-old woman with ulcerative colitis, who was found to have anal malignant melanoma on routine colonoscopy...
June 25, 2017: Korean Journal of Gastroenterology, Taehan Sohwagi Hakhoe Chi
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28637104/-treatment-options-in-non-alcoholic-fatty-liver-disease
#16
REVIEW
Won Kim
The prevalence of non-alcoholic fatty liver disease (NAFLD) has sharply increased over the past several decades in Korea. In most cases of NAFLD, metabolic stress and cellular apoptosis are often driven by metabolic abnormality, eventually leading to inflammation and fibrosis . Along with a dramatic surge in the obesity epidemic, 10-20% of NAFLD patients ultimately progress to non-alcoholic steatohepatitis (NASH), a precursor to cirrhosis and hepatocellular carcinoma, as well as multi-organ systemic diseases...
June 25, 2017: Korean Journal of Gastroenterology, Taehan Sohwagi Hakhoe Chi
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28637101/-cardiovascular-risk-in-patients-with-non-alcoholic-fatty-liver-disease
#17
REVIEW
Hak Soo Kim, Yong Kyun Cho
Non-alcoholic fatty liver disease (NAFLD) includes a wide spectrum of diseases that range from simple steatosis to non-alcoholic steatohepatitis (NASH) and cirrhosis. In addition, the burden of NAFLD is rapidly growing. Previously, NAFLD was regarded as a hepatic manifestation of metabolic syndrome, which is a traditional cardiovascular disease (CVD) risk factor. However, there has been an increasing evidence that suggest NAFLD to be an independent risk factor of CVD. Therefore, currently, NAFLD should be reconsidered as not only a simple manifestation of metabolic syndrome, but also a systemic disease that contribute to CVD...
June 25, 2017: Korean Journal of Gastroenterology, Taehan Sohwagi Hakhoe Chi
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28637049/protecting-oligodendrocytes-by-targeting-non-glutamate-receptors-as-a-new-therapeutic-strategy-for-ischemic-stroke
#18
Pan Luo, Dong Liu, Lianjun Guo
Ischemic stroke has many devastating effects within the brain. At the cellular level, excitotoxicity has been a popular pharmacological target for therapeutics. To date, many clinical trials have been performed with drugs that target excitatory neurotransmitter receptors, such as NMDA receptor agonists. The results, however, have been lackluster. Most efforts to understand the impacts of excitotoxicity on the brain have focused primarily on neurons, and to a lesser degree, on gliocytes as cellular targets. Recent evidence suggests that oligodendrocytes (OLGs), the myelin-forming cells in the central nervous system, are damaged by ischemia in a manner completely different from that in neurons...
June 21, 2017: Pharmacology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28636996/increased-p16-and-p53-protein-expression-predicts-poor-prognosis-in-mucosal-melanoma
#19
Hanbin Chen, Yangyang Li, Yin Long, Erjiang Tang, Rongrong Wang, Kate Huang, Congying Xie, Guorong Chen
Primary mucosal melanoma (MM) is a rare, and aggressive, neoplasm with a poor prognosis. To date, few prognostic markers of MM have been well-defined. The aim of this study is to clarify the prognostic value of p53 and p16 proteins in predicting the clinical outcome of Chinese patients with MM.A total of 59 MM samples were contained from biopsy specimens, and, expressions of p53 and p16 proteins were assessed by immunohistochemistry. Cox regression analysis was performed to investigate the association of these proteins with the overall survival of MM patients...
June 5, 2017: Oncotarget
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28636829/analysis-of-minimally-invasive-esophagectomy-at-a-single-veterans-affairs-medical-center
#20
Matthew D Skancke, Robert A Grossman, Gustavo Marino, Fredrick J Brody, Gregory D Trachiotis
BACKGROUND: To date, there are no published studies focusing on the benefits of minimally invasive esophagectomy (MIE) versus open esophagectomy at a Veterans Affairs Medical Center (VAMC). Our primary outcome was the incidence of esophageal malignancy in the veteran population and the postoperative morbidity following traditional and MIE for malignancy. DESIGN: Retrospective analysis of the incidence of esophageal malignancy at a Veteran Integrated Service Network (VISN) 5 VAMC reported to the VAMC Esophageal Tumor Registry between 2003 and 2016 and outcomes of the veterans who received esophagectomy for malignancy...
June 21, 2017: Journal of Laparoendoscopic & Advanced Surgical Techniques. Part A
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