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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28651390/-cross-sectional-survey-of-smoking-and-smoking-cessation-behaviors-in-adults-in-jiangxi-province-2013
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Y Y Chen, L P Zhu, W Yan, J Liu, L Ji, Y Xu
Objective: To describe the prevalence of smoking and smoking cessation in adults of Jiangxi province in 2013. Methods: Multi-stage stratified cluster random sampling method was used to select 6 000 individuals aged ≥18 years from 10 chronic and non-communicable disease and risk factor surveillance points of Jiangxi province in 2013. A face-to-face questionnaire survey was carried out to collect information about the risk factors for chronic and non-communicable diseases and 5 997 records were used in final analysis of smoking and smoking cessation...
May 10, 2017: Zhonghua Liu Xing Bing Xue za Zhi, Zhonghua Liuxingbingxue Zazhi
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28651389/-survey-of-degree-of-passive-smoking-exposure-and-related-risk-awareness-in-adults-in-china-2013
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C Li, L M Wang, Z J Huang, Z P Zhao, M Zhang, X Zhang
Objective: To understand the passive smoking exposure level and related risk awareness in adults in China in 2013. Methods: A face-to-face questionnaire survey was conducted in 179 570 adults selected through multistage cluster sampling from Chinese chronic disease and risk factors surveillance sample population (2013) in 302 surveillance sites. The effective sample size was 176 179 adults. After comprehensive weighting of the samples, the passive smoking exposure level and the awareness rate of related risks were analyzed...
May 10, 2017: Zhonghua Liu Xing Bing Xue za Zhi, Zhonghua Liuxingbingxue Zazhi
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28651388/-tobacco-use-rate-and-associated-factors-in-middle-school-students-in-china
#3
L Xiao, G Z Feng, Y Jiang, J R Zhang, L X Liu
Objective: To understand tobacco use rate and explore the factors associated with tobacco use in middle school students in China. Methods: A self-administered questionnaire survey was conducted among 155 117 eligible middle students selected through multi-stage stratified cluster sampling from 31 provinces of China. The questionnaire consists of the following topics: tobacco use and cessation, passive smoking, access to tobacco products, tobacco control and tobacco advertisement, and knowledge about and attitudes to tobacco...
May 10, 2017: Zhonghua Liu Xing Bing Xue za Zhi, Zhonghua Liuxingbingxue Zazhi
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28651376/comparison-of-sampling-strategies-for-tobacco-retailer-inspections-to-maximize-coverage-in-vulnerable-areas-and-minimize-cost
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Joseph G L Lee, Bonnie E Shook-Sa, J Michael Bowling, Kurt M Ribisl
Introduction: In the United States, tens of thousands of inspections of tobacco retailers are conducted each year. Various sampling choices can reduce travel costs, emphasize enforcement in areas with greater non-compliance, and allow for comparability between states and over time. We sought to develop a model sampling strategy for state tobacco retailer inspections. Methods: Using a 2014 list of 10,161 North Carolina tobacco retailers, we compared results from simple random sampling; stratified, clustered at the ZIP code sampling; and, stratified, clustered at the census tract sampling...
June 23, 2017: Nicotine & Tobacco Research: Official Journal of the Society for Research on Nicotine and Tobacco
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28651224/patterns-of-everyday-functioning-in-preschool-children-born-preterm-and-at-term
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Anna Karin Andersson, Lene Martin, Katarina Strand Brodd, Lena Almqvist
BACKGROUND/AIM: Children born preterm are at risk of neonatal complications but the long-term consequences for everyday functioning is not well known. The study aimed to identify patterns of everyday functioning in preschool children born preterm and at term in relation to perinatal data, neonatal risk factors, behaviour, and socioeconomic status. Registry data and data from parent rated questionnaires were collected for 331 children. METHOD: A person-oriented approach with a cluster analysis was used...
June 23, 2017: Research in Developmental Disabilities
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28651205/understanding-size-dependent-properties-of-biocl-nanosheets-and-exploring-more-catalysis
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Benxia Li, Liangzhi Shao, Baoshan Zhang, Renshan Wang, Mei Zhu, Xiaowei Gu
Investigating the dependence of the catalysis on the size and structure of materials is of great significance for exploiting catalysts with characteristics of high activity, low cost, and new property. Non-precious metal catalysts bear high hope to meet the increasing demands of industrial applications in a cost-effective and environmentally friendly way. In this work, we take size-controlled BiOCl nanosheets as examples, which are synthesized via a hydrothermal method by changing the reaction conditions. The BiOCl nanosheets were characterized in details to understand their size-property relationships, and were found to exhibit a series of thickness-dependent physicochemical properties, including specific surface area, light absorption, and the separation efficiency of photo-generated charge carriers...
June 20, 2017: Journal of Colloid and Interface Science
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28651128/local-up-regulation-of-interferon-%C3%AE-ifn-%C3%AE-following-disc-herniation-is-involved-in-the-inflammatory-response-underlying-acute-lumbar-radicular-pain
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Gunn-Helen Moen, Aurora Moen, Elina I Schistad, Johannes Gjerstad
Lumbar radicular pain after disc herniation may be associated with release of pro-inflammatory cytokines from nucleus pulposus (NP) tissue. In the present study we examined the role of interferon-γ (IFN-γ) and cluster of differentiation 68 (CD68) in the acute phase of this process. First, in an animal model mimicking the clinical situation after disc herniation, the role of IFN-γ close to the dorsal nerve roots was studied. Next, in patients with lumbar radicular pain due to disc herniation, we examined how two single nucleotide polymorphisms (SNPs; rs2069705 and rs2069718) are important for the IFN-γ expression influenced the pain behavior...
June 23, 2017: Cytokine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28651113/trends-in-pieds-use-among-male-clients-of-needle-syringe-programs-in-queensland-australia-2007-2015
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B Jacka, A Peacock, L Degenhardt, R Bruno, P Clare, R Kemp, A Dev, B Larance
BACKGROUND: Increased utilisation of needle-syringe programs (NSP) by men who inject performance and image-enhancing drugs (PIEDs) has been reported. While fewer in number, people who inject PIEDs possess distinct service and knowledge needs compared to other NSP clients. METHODS: Using standardised data from 26 NSP outlets through the Queensland NSP Minimum Data Set (QNSPMDS), trends in occasions of services among males intending to inject PIEDs were assessed using multilevel mixed-effects negative binomial regression, adjusting for month, year, and age, and clustering by site...
June 23, 2017: International Journal on Drug Policy
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28651079/a-survey-of-oenophages-during-wine-making-reveals-a-novel-group-with-unusual-genomic-characteristics
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Cécile Philippe, Fety Jaomanjaka, Olivier Claisse, Rémi Laforgue, Julie Maupeu, Melina Petrel, Claire Le Marrec
Oenophages have so far been mostly isolated from red wines under malolactic fermentation (MLF), and correspond to temperate or ex-temperate phages of Oenococcus oeni. Their genomes are clustered into 4 integrase gene sequence groups, which are also related to the chromosomal integration site. Our aims were to survey the occurrence of oenophages in a broader and more diverse collection of samples than those previously explored. Active phages were isolated from 33 out of 166 samples, which mostly originated from must and MLF...
June 17, 2017: International Journal of Food Microbiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28651078/leuconostoc-mesenteroides-and-leuconostoc-pseudomesenteroides-bacteriophages-genomics-and-cross-species-host-ranges
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Silvina A Pujato, Daniela M Guglielmotti, Manuel Martínez-García, Andrea Quiberoni, Francisco J M Mojica
Unveiling virus-host interactions are relevant for understanding the biology and evolution of microbes globally, but in particular, it has also a paramount impact on the manufacture of fermented dairy products. In this study, we aim at characterizing phages infecting the commonly used heterofermentative Leuconostoc spp. on the basis of host range patterns and genome analysis. Host range of six Leuconostoc phages was investigated using three methods (efficiency of plaquing, spot and turbidity tests) against Ln...
June 12, 2017: International Journal of Food Microbiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28651057/how-to-identify-plasmons-from-the-optical-response-of-nanostructures
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Runmin Zhang, Luca Bursi, Joel D Cox, Yao Cui, Caroline M Krauter, Alessandro Alabastri, Alejandro Manjavacas, Arrigo Calzolari, Stefano Corni, Elisa Molinari, Emily A Carter, F Javier Garcia de Abajo, Hui Zhang, Peter Nordlander
A promising trend in plasmonics involves shrinking the size of plasmon-supporting structures down to a few nanometers, thus enabling control over light-matter interaction at extreme-subwavelength scales. In this limit, quantum-mechanical effects, such as nonlocal screening and size quantization, strongly affect the plasmonic response, rendering it substantially different from classical predictions. For very small clusters and molecules, collective plasmonic modes are hard to distinguish from other excitations such as single-electron transitions...
June 26, 2017: ACS Nano
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28651044/the-atmospheric-fate-of-monoethanolamine-enhancing-new-particle-formation-of-sulfuric-acid-as-an-important-removal-process
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Hong-Bin Xie, Jonas Elm, Roope Halonen, Nanna Myllys, Theo Kurtén, Markku Kulmala, Hanna Vehkamaki
Monoethanolamine (MEA), a potential atmospheric pollutant from capture unit of a leading CO2 capture technology, could be removed by participating H2SO4-based new particle formation (NPF) as simple amines. Here we evaluated the enhancing potential of MEA on H2SO4-based NPF by examining the formation of molecular clusters of MEA and H2SO4 using a combined quantum chemistry calculations and kinetics modeling. The results indicate that MEA at ppt-level can enhance H2SO4-based NPF. The enhancing potential of MEA is < dimethylamine (DMA), one of the strongest enhancing agents, and ≫ methylamine (MA), in contrast to the order suggested solely by their basicity (MEA < MA < DMA)...
June 26, 2017: Environmental Science & Technology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28651019/in-silico-genomic-insights-into-aspects-of-food-safety-and-defense-mechanisms-of-a-potentially-probiotic-lactobacillus-pentosus-mp-10-isolated-from-brines-of-naturally-fermented-alore%C3%A3-a-green-table-olives
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Hikmate Abriouel, Beatriz Pérez Montoro, María Del Carmen Casado Muñoz, Charles W Knapp, Antonio Gálvez, Nabil Benomar
Lactobacillus pentosus MP-10, isolated from brines of naturally fermented Aloreña green table olives, exhibited high probiotic potential. The genome sequence of L. pentosus MP-10 is currently considered the largest genome among lactobacilli, highlighting the microorganism's ecological flexibility and adaptability. Here, we analyzed the complete genome sequence for the presence of acquired antibiotic resistance and virulence determinants to understand their defense mechanisms and explore its putative safety in food...
2017: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28651003/iron-elevation-and-adipose-tissue-remodeling-in-the-epididymal-depot-of-a-mouse-model-of-polygenic-obesity
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Xiaoya Ma, Vinh T Pham, Hiroyuki Mori, Ormond A MacDougald, Yatrik M Shah, Peter F Bodary
BACKGROUND: Iron dysregulation is a potential contributor to the pathology of obesity-related metabolic complications. KK/HIJ (KK) mice, a polygenic obese mouse model, have elevated serum iron levels. A subset of KK male mice display a bronzing of epididymal adipose tissue (eAT) associated with >100-fold (p<0.001) higher iron concentration. METHODS: To further phenotype and characterize the adipose tissue iron overload, 27 male KK mice were evaluated. 14 had bronzing eAT and 13 had normal appearing eAT...
2017: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28650996/whole-transcriptomic-and-proteomic-analyses-of-an-isogenic-m-tuberculosis-clinical-strain-with-a-naturally-occurring-15-kb-genomic-deletion
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Carla Duncan, Frances B Jamieson, JoLynn Troudt, Linda Izzo, Helle Bielefeldt-Ohmann, Angelo Izzo, Carolina Mehaffy
Tuberculosis remains one of the most difficult to control infectious diseases in the world. Many different factors contribute to the complexity of this disease. These include the ability of the host to control the infection which may directly relate to nutritional status, presence of co-morbidities and genetic predisposition. Pathogen factors, in particular the ability of different Mycobacterium tuberculosis strains to respond to the harsh environment of the host granuloma, which includes low oxygen and nutrient availability and the presence of damaging radical oxygen and nitrogen species, also play an important role in the success of different strains to cause disease...
2017: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28650957/determinants-of-generic-and-specific-health-related-quality-of-life-in-patients-with-parkinson-s-disease
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Xiao-Jing Tu, Wen-Juh Hwang, Hui-Ing Ma, Ling-Hui Chang, Shih-Pin Hsu
OBJECTIVES: Generic and disease-specific health-related quality of life (HRQoL) instruments may reflect different aspects of lives in patients with Parkinson's disease (PD) and thus be associated with different determinants. We used the same cluster of predictors for the generic and disease-specific HRQoL instruments to examine and compare the determinants of HRQoL. METHOD: HRQoL was measured in 92 patients with PD by the 36-item Short-Form Health Survey (SF-36) and the 39-item Parkinson's Disease Questionnaire (PDQ-39)...
2017: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28650928/circulating-exosomes-isolated-from-septic-mice-induce-cardiovascular-hyperpermeability-through-promoting-podosome-cluster-formation
#17
Xingjiang Mu, Xiaohong Wang, Wei Huang, Rui-Tao Wang, Kobina Essandoh, Yutian Li, Amanda M Pugh, Jiangtong Peng, Shan Deng, Yigang Wang, Charles C Caldwell, Tianqing Peng, Kai-Jiang Yu, Guo-Chang Fan
Septic shock increases vascular permeability, leading to multiple organ failure including cardiac dysfunction, a major contributor to septic death. Podosome, an actin-based dynamic membrane structure, plays critical roles in extracellular matrix degradation and angiogenesis. However, whether podosome contributes to endothelial barrier dysfunction during septic shock remains unknown. In this study, we found that the endothelial hyperpermeability, stimulated by PMA and thrombin, was accompanied by increased formation of podosome clusters at the cell periphery, indicating a positive correlation between podosome clusters and endothelial leakage...
June 23, 2017: Shock
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28650823/bi-level-and-bi-objective-p-median-type-problems-for-integrative-clustering-application-to-analysis-of-cancer-gene-expression-and-drug-response-data
#18
Anton V Ushakov, Xenia Klimentova, Igor Vasilyev
Recent advances in high-throughput technologies have given rise to collecting large amounts of multidimensional heterogeneous data that provide diverse information on the same biological samples. Integrative analysis of such multisource datasets may reveal new biological insights into complex biological mechanisms and therefore remains an important research field in systems biology. Most of the modern integrative clustering approaches rely on independent analysis of each dataset and consensus clustering, probabilistic or statistical modeling, while flexible distance-based integrative clustering techniques are sparsely covered...
October 27, 2016: IEEE/ACM Transactions on Computational Biology and Bioinformatics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28650817/memaxes-visualization-and-analytics-for-characterizing-complex-memory-performance-behaviors
#19
Adolfo Alfredo Gimenez, Todd Gamblin, Ilir Jusufi, Abhinav Bhatele, Martin Schulz, Peer-Timo Bremer, Bernd Hamann
Memory performance is often a major bottleneck for high-performance computing (HPC) applications. Deepening memory hierarchies, complex memory management, and non-uniform access times have made memory performance behavior difficult to characterize, and users require novel, sophisticated tools to analyze and optimize this aspect of their codes. Existing tools target only specific factors of memory performance, such as hardware layout, allocations, or access instructions. However, today's tools do not suffice to characterize the complex relationships between these factors...
June 22, 2017: IEEE Transactions on Visualization and Computer Graphics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28650488/solvation-of-a-chiral-carboxylic-acid-effects-of-hydrogen-bonding-on-the-ir-and-vcd-spectra-of-%C3%AE-methoxyphenylacetic-acid
#20
Karoline Bünnemann, Christian Merten
Strong hydrogen bonding to solvent molecules can significantly alter the IR and VCD spectra of a chiral solute. This can be particularly troublesome for the determination of absolute configurations, as all spatial configurations of solute-solvent clusters need to be considered explicitly in spectra calculations. With this contribution, we aim to derive general guidelines for the explicit solvation of carboxylic acids, and characterize the solute-solvent interactions of the model compound α-methoxyphenylacetic acid (MPAA) in organic solvents of different polarity...
June 26, 2017: Physical Chemistry Chemical Physics: PCCP
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