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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28214468/difficulties-experienced-by-veterinarians-when-communicating-about-emerging-zoonotic-risks-with-animal-owners-the-case-of-hendra-virus
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Diana H Mendez, Petra Büttner, Jenny Kelly, Madeleine Nowak, Rick Speare Posthumously
BACKGROUND: Communication skills are essential for veterinarians who need to discuss animal health related matters with their clients. When dealing with an emerging zoonosis, such as Hendra virus (HeV), veterinarians also have a legal responsibility to inform their clients about the associated risks to human health. Here we report on part of a mixed methods study that examined the preparedness of, and difficulties experienced by, veterinarians communicating about HeV-related risks with their clients...
February 18, 2017: BMC Veterinary Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28214437/chempreview-an-augmented-reality-based-molecular-interface
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Min Zheng, Mark P Waller
Human computer interfaces make computational science more comprehensible and impactful. Complex 3D structures such as proteins or DNA are magnified by digital representations and displayed on two-dimensional monitors. Augmented reality has recently opened another door to access the virtual three-dimensional world. Herein, we present an augmented reality application called ChemPreview with the potential to manipulate bio-molecular structures at an atomistic level. ChemPreview is available at https://github.com/wallerlab/chem-preview/releases, and is built on top of the Meta 1 platform https://www...
January 31, 2017: Journal of Molecular Graphics & Modelling
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28212636/experimental-hut-evaluation-of-a-novel-long-lasting-non-pyrethroid-durable-wall-lining-for-control-of-pyrethroid-resistant-anopheles-gambiae-and-anopheles-funestus-in-tanzania
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Robert Malima, Basiliana Emidi, Louisa A Messenger, Richard M Oxborough, Bernard Batengana, Wema Sudi, Sophie Weston, George Mtove, Joseph P Mugasa, Franklin W Mosha, Mark W Rowland, William Kisinza
BACKGROUND: A novel, insecticide-treated, durable wall lining (ITWL), which mimics indoor residual spraying (IRS), has been developed to provide prolonged vector control when fixed to the inner walls of houses. PermaNet(®) ITWL is a polypropylene material containing non-pyrethroids (abamectin and fenpyroximate) which migrate gradually to the surface. METHODS: An experimental hut trial was conducted in an area of pyrethroid-resistant Anopheles gambiae s.l. and Anopheles funestus s...
February 17, 2017: Malaria Journal
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28212115/predictor-of-hand-radiological-progression-in-patients-with-rheumatoid-arthritis-receiving-tnf-antagonist-therapy-by-change-in-grayscale-synovitis-a-preliminary-study
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Ying-Chou Chen, Fu-Mei Su, Shih-Wei Hsu, Jia-Feng Chen, Tien-Tsai Cheng, Han-Ming Lai, Wen-Chan Chiu
OBJECTIVES: This prospective study aimed to compare synovial ultrasound scores to conventional measures (DAS28, CRP levels) in predicting radiographic progression in patients with rheumatoid arthritis under TNF antagonist therapy. METHODS: Patients with RA who received TNF antagonist therapy were enrolled, all of whom underwent clinical, laboratory, and ultrasonographic assessments with grayscale and power Doppler assessments of bilateral elbows (anterior and posterior recess), wrists (dorsal, palmar, and ulnar aspects), second and third MCP joints (dorsal and palmar recess), and PIP II and III (dorsal and palmar) at baseline and at 1, 3 months...
February 17, 2017: Journal of Clinical Rheumatology: Practical Reports on Rheumatic & Musculoskeletal Diseases
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28211918/myotonic-dystrophy-type-1-patient-derived-ipscs-for-the-investigation-of-ctg-repeat-instability
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Junko Ueki, Masayuki Nakamori, Masahiro Nakamura, Misato Nishikawa, Yoshinori Yoshida, Azusa Tanaka, Asuka Morizane, Masayoshi Kamon, Toshiyuki Araki, Masanori P Takahashi, Akira Watanabe, Nobuya Inagaki, Hidetoshi Sakurai
Myotonic dystrophy type 1 (DM1) is an autosomal-dominant multi-system disease caused by expanded CTG repeats in dystrophia myotonica protein kinase (DMPK). The expanded CTG repeats are unstable and can increase the length of the gene with age, which worsens the symptoms. In order to establish a human stem cell system suitable for the investigation of repeat instability, DM1 patient-derived iPSCs were generated and differentiated into three cell types commonly affected in DM1, namely cardiomyocytes, neurons and myocytes...
February 13, 2017: Scientific Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28211209/synthesis-and-reduction-of-uranium-v-imido-complexes-with-redox-active-substituents
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Kimberly C Mullane, Patrick J Carroll, Eric J Schelter
Organic azides containing naphthyl functionalities were used to prepare uranium(V) imido complexes UV[=NC(2-naph)Ph2][N(SiMe3)2]3 (2), UV[=NC(2-naph)3][N(SiMe3)2]3 (3), and UV[=N(2-naph)][N(SiMe3)2]3 (4), and compared with UV[=NCPh3][N(SiMe3)2]3 (1). The electronic structures of these compounds were investigated by solution electrochemistry studies that revealed accessible U(V/VI), U(IV/V), and naphthalene0/naphthalene-1 couples. The uranium(V) naphthyl-imido complexes were reduced by potassium graphite to yield their uranium(IV) congeners K[UIV[=NC(2-naph)Ph2][N(SiMe3)2]3] (2-K), K[UIV[=NC(2-naph)3][N(SiMe3)2]3] (3-K), and K[UIV[=N(2-naph)][N(SiMe3)2]3] (4-K)...
February 16, 2017: Chemistry: a European Journal
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28211093/gsskat-rapid-gene-set-analysis-and-multiple-testing-correction-for-rare-variant-association-studies-using-weighted-linear-kernels
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Nicholas B Larson, Shannon McDonnell, Lisa Cannon Albright, Craig Teerlink, Janet Stanford, Elaine A Ostrander, William B Isaacs, Jianfeng Xu, Kathleen A Cooney, Ethan Lange, Johanna Schleutker, John D Carpten, Isaac Powell, Joan E Bailey-Wilson, Olivier Cussenot, Geraldine Cancel-Tassin, Graham G Giles, Robert J MacInnis, Christiane Maier, Alice S Whittemore, Chih-Lin Hsieh, Fredrik Wiklund, William J Catolona, William Foulkes, Diptasri Mandal, Rosalind Eeles, Zsofia Kote-Jarai, Michael J Ackerman, Timothy M Olson, Christopher J Klein, Stephen N Thibodeau, Daniel J Schaid
Next-generation sequencing technologies have afforded unprecedented characterization of low-frequency and rare genetic variation. Due to low power for single-variant testing, aggregative methods are commonly used to combine observed rare variation within a single gene. Causal variation may also aggregate across multiple genes within relevant biomolecular pathways. Kernel-machine regression and adaptive testing methods for aggregative rare-variant association testing have been demonstrated to be powerful approaches for pathway-level analysis, although these methods tend to be computationally intensive at high-variant dimensionality and require access to complete data...
February 16, 2017: Genetic Epidemiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28210366/blog-and-podcast-watch-cutaneous-emergencies
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Andrew Grock, Eric J Morley, Lynn Roppolo, Jay Khadpe, Felix Ankel, Michelle Lin
INTRODUCTION: The WestJEM Blog and Podcast Watch presents high quality open-access educational blogs and podcasts in emergency medicine (EM) based on the ongoing Academic Life in Emergency Medicine (ALiEM) Approved Instructional Resources (AIR) and AIR-Professional series. Both series critically appraise resources using an objective scoring rubric. This installment of the Blog and Podcast Watch highlights the topic of cutaneous emergencies from the AIR series. METHODS: The AIR series is a continuously building curriculum that follows the Council of Emergency Medicine Residency Directors (CORD) annual testing schedule...
February 2017: Western Journal of Emergency Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28210266/a-phylogenetic-analysis-of-chloroplast-genomes-elucidates-the-relationships-of-the-six-economically-important-brassica-species-comprising-the-triangle-of-u
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Peirong Li, Shujiang Zhang, Fei Li, Shifan Zhang, Hui Zhang, Xiaowu Wang, Rifei Sun, Guusje Bonnema, Theo J A Borm
The Brassica genus comprises many economically important worldwide cultivated crops. The well-established model of the Brassica genus, U's triangle, consists of three basic diploid plant species (Brassica rapa, Brassica oleracea, and Brassica nigra) and three amphidiploid species (Brassica napus, Brassica juncea, and Brassica carinata) that arose through interspecific hybridizations. Despite being extensively studied because of its commercial relevance, several aspects of the origin of the Brassica species and the relationships within and among these six species still remain open questions...
2017: Frontiers in Plant Science
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28209604/birth-size-risk-factors-across-life-and-cognition-in-late-life-protocol-of-prospective-longitudinal-follow-up-of-the-mynah-mysore-studies-of-natal-effects-on-ageing-and-health-cohort
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Murali Krishna, G Mohan Kumar, S R Veena, G V Krishnaveni, Kalyanaraman Kumaran, Samuel Christaprasad Karat, Patsy Coakley, Clive Osmond, John R M Copeland, Giriraj Chandak, Dattatray Bhat, Mathew Varghese, Martin Prince, Caroline Fall
INTRODUCTION: For late-life neurocognitive disorders, as for other late-life chronic diseases, much recent interest has focused on the possible relevance of Developmental Origins of Health and Disease (DOHaD). Programming by undernutrition in utero, followed by overnutrition in adult life may lead to an increased risk, possibly mediated through cardiovascular and metabolic pathways. This study will specifically examine, if lower birth weight is associated with poorer cognitive functioning in late life in a south Indian population...
February 16, 2017: BMJ Open
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28209417/influence-of-hospital-level-practice-patterns-on-variation-in-the-application-of-minimally-invasive-surgery-in-united-states-pediatric-patients
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Arianne T Train, Carroll M Harmon, David H Rothstein
BACKGROUND: Although disparities in access to minimally invasive surgery are thought to exist in pediatric surgical patients in the United States, hospital-level practice patterns have not been evaluated as a possible contributing factor. METHODS: Retrospective cohort study using the Kids' Inpatient Database, 2012. Odds ratios of undergoing a minimally invasive compared to open operation were calculated for six typical pediatric surgical operations after adjustment for multiple patient demographic and hospital-level variables...
February 2, 2017: Journal of Pediatric Surgery
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28209404/cell-penetrating-peptides-from-basic-research-to-clinics
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Giulia Guidotti, Liliana Brambilla, Daniela Rossi
The presence of cell and tissue barriers together with the low biomembrane permeability of various therapeutics often hampers systemic drug distribution; thus, most of the available molecules are of limited therapeutic value. Opportunities to increase medicament concentrations in areas that are difficult to access now exist with the advent of cell-penetrating peptides (CPPs), which can transport into the cell a wide variety of biologically active conjugates (cargoes). Numerous preclinical evaluations with CPP-derived therapeutics have provided promising results in various disease models that, in some cases, prompted clinical trials...
February 13, 2017: Trends in Pharmacological Sciences
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28208227/integrating-remotely-sensed-fires-for-predicting-deforestation-for-redd
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Dolors Armenteras, Cerian Gibbes, Jesús A Anaya, Liliana M Dávalos
Fire is an important tool in tropical forest management, as it alters forest composition, structure, and the carbon budget. The United Nations program on Reducing Emissions from Deforestation and Forest Degradation (REDD+) aims to sustainably manage forests, as well as conserve and enhance their carbon stocks. Despite the crucial role of fire management, decision-making on REDD+ interventions fails to systematically include fires. Here, we address this critical knowledge gap in two ways. First, we review REDD+ projects and programs to assess the inclusion of fires in monitoring, reporting and verification (MRV) systems...
February 16, 2017: Ecological Applications: a Publication of the Ecological Society of America
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28207864/characterisation-and-genome-sequence-of-the-lytic-acinetobacter-baumannii-bacteriophage-vb_abas_loki
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Dann Turner, Matthew E Wand, Yves Briers, Rob Lavigne, J Mark Sutton, Darren M Reynolds
Acinetobacter baumannii has emerged as an important nosocomial pathogen in healthcare and community settings. While over 100 of Acinetobacter phages have been described in the literature, relatively few have been sequenced. This work describes the characterisation and genome annotation of a new lytic Acinetobacter siphovirus, vB_AbaS_Loki, isolated from activated sewage sludge. Sequencing revealed that Loki encapsulates a 41,308 bp genome, encoding 51 predicted open reading frames. Loki is most closely related to Acinetobacter phage IME_AB3 and more distantly related to Burkholderia phage KL1, Paracoccus phage vB_PmaS_IMEP1 and Pseudomonas phages vB_Pae_Kakheti25, vB_PaeS_SCH_Ab26 and PA73...
2017: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28207574/laparoscopic-and-open-surgical-treatment-in-gastroduodenal-perforations-our-experience
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Rita Laforgia, Giovanni Balducci, Giuseppe Carbotta, Antonio Prestera, Maria Grazia Sederino, Giulia Casamassima, Marina Minafra, Pierluca Sallustio, Nicola Palasciano
INTRODUCTION: Peptic ulcer perforation (PPU) is a common surgical emergency and the mortality rate ranges 10% to 40%, especially in elderly patients. Laparoscopic repair achieved encouraging results. MATERIALS AND METHODS: We enrolled patients performing surgical repair for PPU from January 2007 to December 2015 in our surgical unit. The aim of this retrospective observational study was to compare the results of PPU laparoscopic repair with open technique. The following characteristics of patients were evaluated: age, sex and American Society of Anesthesiologists classification...
February 15, 2017: Surgical Laparoscopy, Endoscopy & Percutaneous Techniques
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28207235/explorations-of-the-indenofluorenes-and-expanded-quinoidal-analogues
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Conerd K Frederickson, Bradley D Rose, Michael M Haley
Highly conjugated hydrocarbons have attracted interest for use as active materials in electronic devices such as organic field effect transistors (OFET) and organic photovoltaics (OPV). In this Account, we review our progress in synthesizing and studying a new class of small molecules for potential use as organic semiconductors. The idea originated from prior research on octadehydrodibenz[12]annulene, as the system can undergo double transannular cyclization to yield the indeno[1,2-b]fluorene skeleton. Subsequent functionalization afforded the first stable, well-characterized indeno[1,2-b]fluorene derivatives, albeit in minute quantities (tens of milligrams)...
February 16, 2017: Accounts of Chemical Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28206708/physiological-metabolic-and-biotechnological-features-of-extremely-thermophilic-microorganisms
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REVIEW
James A Counts, Benjamin M Zeldes, Laura L Lee, Christopher T Straub, Michael W W Adams, Robert M Kelly
The current upper thermal limit for life as we know it is approximately 120°C. Microorganisms that grow optimally at temperatures of 75°C and above are usually referred to as 'extreme thermophiles' and include both bacteria and archaea. For over a century, there has been great scientific curiosity in the basic tenets that support life in thermal biotopes on earth and potentially on other solar bodies. Extreme thermophiles can be aerobes, anaerobes, autotrophs, heterotrophs, or chemolithotrophs, and are found in diverse environments including shallow marine fissures, deep sea hydrothermal vents, terrestrial hot springs-basically, anywhere there is hot water...
February 16, 2017: Wiley Interdisciplinary Reviews. Systems Biology and Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28203508/deltoid-compartment-syndrome-a-rare-complication-after-humeral-intraosseous-access
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Kishan M Thadikonda, Francesco M Egro, Irene Ma, Alexander M Spiess
We present a case of a 65-year-old woman who developed a delayed deltoid compartment syndrome after resuscitation via humeral intraosseous access. Initially she was treated conservatively but then was taken emergently for a fasciotomy. After confirming the diagnosis with compartment pressures, a 2-incision approach was employed and a large hematoma was evacuated from the inferior margin of the anterior deltoid. The rest of the deltoid was inspected and debrided to healthy bleeding tissue. Her fasciotomy wounds were left open to heal on their own due to her tenuous clinical condition...
January 2017: Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery. Global Open
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28203108/a-review-of-screening-strategies-for-cervical-cancer-in-human-immunodeficiency-virus-positive-women-in-sub-saharan-africa
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REVIEW
Manuela Viviano, Pierre DeBeaudrap, Pierre-Marie Tebeu, Jovanny T Fouogue, Pierre Vassilakos, Patrick Petignat
Cervical cancer (CC) is a leading cause of cancer-related death and a major public health issue in sub-Saharan Africa. This heavy burden parallels that of the human immunodeficiency virus (HIV) infection, which increases the risk of developing CC. Despite the progressive reduction of HIV prevalence in the past decade, the CC incidence and mortality rates in sub-Saharan Africa remain high. The heterogeneity of the distribution of the two diseases in the African continent, together with the different availability of human and material resources, stands in the way of finding an appropriate screening strategy...
2017: International Journal of Women's Health
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28199376/acceptability-of-the-6-pack-falls-prevention-program-a-pre-implementation-study-in-hospitals-participating-in-a-cluster-randomized-controlled-trial
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Anna L Barker, Renata T Morello, Darshini R Ayton, Keith D Hill, Caroline A Brand, Patricia M Livingston, Mari Botti
There is limited evidence to support the effectiveness of falls prevention interventions in the acute hospital setting. The 6-PACK falls prevention program includes a fall-risk tool; 'falls alert' signs; supervision of patients in the bathroom; ensuring patients' walking aids are within reach; toileting regimes; low-low beds; and bed/chair alarms. This study explored the acceptability of the 6-PACK program from the perspective of nurses and senior staff prior to its implementation in a randomised controlled trial...
2017: PloS One
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