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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29351653/calibration-of-gafchromic-ebt3-film-for-dosimetry-of-scanning-proton-pencil-beam-pbs
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D Krzempek, G Mianowska, N Bassler, L Stolarczyk, R Kopec, B Sas-Korczynska, P Olko
Gafchromic EBT3 films are applied in proton radiotherapy for 2D dose mapping because they demonstrate spatial resolution well below 1 mm. However, the film response must be corrected in order to reach the accuracy of dose measurements required for the clinical use. The in-house developed AnalyseGafchromic software allows to analyze and correct the measured response using triple channel dose calibration, statistical scan-to-scan fluctuations as well as experimentally determined dose and LET dependence. Finally, the optimized protocol for evaluation of response of Gafchromic EBT3 films was applied to determine 30 × 40 cm2 dose profiles of the scanning therapy unit at the Cyclotron Centre Bronowice, CCB in Krakow, Poland...
January 17, 2018: Radiation Protection Dosimetry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29351629/housing-conditions-and-risk-of-physical-function-limitations-a-prospective-study-of-community-dwelling-older-adults
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Bibiana Pérez-Hernández, Esther Lopez-García, Auxiliadora Graciani, José Luis Ayuso-Mateos, Fernando Rodríguez-Artalejo, Esther García-Esquinas
Background: Poor housing conditions have been associated with an increased risk of morbidity and mortality in old age. Methods: Prospective cohort of 1602 older adults followed from 2012 to 2015. Poor conditions were defined as living in a walk-up building, lacking piped hot water or heating, feeling frequently cold at home, lacking a bathtub/shower, a refrigerator, a washing machine, an own room or a landline. Frailty was assessed with the Fried criteria, lower extremities performance with the Short Physical Performance Battery (SPPB), and disability in instrumental activities of daily living (IADL) with the Lawton and Brody questionnaire...
January 17, 2018: Journal of Public Health
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29351429/removal-of-interscapular-brown-adipose-tissue-increases-aortic-stiffness-despite-normal-systemic-glucose-metabolism-in-mice
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Zachary Ian Grunewald, Nathan C Winn, Michelle L Gastecki, Makenzie L Woodford, James R Ball, Sarah A Hansen, Harold S Sacks, Victoria J Vieira-Potter, Jaume Padilla
Brown adipose tissue (BAT) is considered protective against obesity and related cardiometabolic dysfunction. Indeed, activation of BAT improves glucose homeostasis and attenuates cardiovascular disease development. However, whether a reduction in BAT mass perturbs metabolic function and increases risk for cardiovascular disease remains largely unknown. To address this question, C57BL/6J male mice underwent sham or surgical bilateral excision of interscapular BAT (iBATx) and were fed a normal chow or Western diet (WD) for 18 weeks, creating four groups (n=10/group)...
December 20, 2017: American Journal of Physiology. Regulatory, Integrative and Comparative Physiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29351349/survey-research-with-a-random-digit-dial-national-mobile-phone-sample-in-ghana-methods-and-sample-quality
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Kelly L'Engle, Eunice Sefa, Edward Akolgo Adimazoya, Emmanuel Yartey, Rachel Lenzi, Cindy Tarpo, Nii Lante Heward-Mills, Katherine Lew, Yvonne Ampeh
INTRODUCTION: Generating a nationally representative sample in low and middle income countries typically requires resource-intensive household level sampling with door-to-door data collection. High mobile phone penetration rates in developing countries provide new opportunities for alternative sampling and data collection methods, but there is limited information about response rates and sample biases in coverage and nonresponse using these methods. We utilized data from an interactive voice response, random-digit dial, national mobile phone survey in Ghana to calculate standardized response rates and assess representativeness of the obtained sample...
2018: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29350911/a-programmable-dna-origami-platform-for-organizing-intrinsically-disordered-nucleoporins-within-nanopore-confinement
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Patrick D Ellis Fisher, Qi Shen, Bernice Akpinar, Luke K Davis, Kenny Kwok Hin Chung, David Baddeley, Andela Saric, Thomas J Melia, Bart W Hoogenboom, Chenxiang Lin, C Patrick Lusk
Nuclear pore complexes (NPCs) form gateways that control molecular exchange between the nucleus and the cytoplasm. They impose a diffusion barrier to macromolecules and enable the selective transport of nuclear transport receptors with bound cargo. The underlying mechanisms that establish these permeability properties remain to be fully elucidated, but require unstructured nuclear pore proteins rich in Phe-Gly (FG)-repeat domains of different types, such as FxFG and GLFG. While physical modeling and in vitro approaches have provided a framework for explaining how the FG network contributes to the barrier and transport properties of the NPC, it remains unknown whether the number and/or the spatial positioning of different FG-domains along a cylindrical, ~40 nm diameter transport channel contributes to their collective properties and function...
January 19, 2018: ACS Nano
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29350542/preliminary-investigation-of-social-interactions-and-feeding-behavior-in-captive-group-housed-tasmanian-devils-sarcophilus-harrisii
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Candice J A Skelton, Hayley J Stannard
As the number of Tasmanian devils (Sarcophilus harrisii) in captivity increases, an understanding of captive social dynamics and behavior is becoming increasingly important. In the wild, devils are solitary, although sometimes, they congregate to feed on a large carcass. However, it is common to house devils in groups as a form of social enrichment. This study investigated how behavior at feeding time of captive Tasmanian devils varied in groups of different sizes. Observations were made of individually housed devils and devils in groups of two, three, five, and six, when presented with a carcass on which to feed...
January 19, 2018: Journal of Applied Animal Welfare Science: JAAWS
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29350476/investigating-the-mechanisms-underlying-phytoprotection-by-plant-growth-promoting-rhizobacteria-in-spartina-densiflora-under-metal-stress
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K Paredes-Páliz, R Rodríguez-Vázquez, B Duarte, M A Caviedes, E Mateos-Naranjo, S Redondo-Gómez, Isabel Caçador, Ignacio D Rodríguez-Llorente, E Pajuelo
Pollution of coasts by toxic metals and metalloids is a worldwide problem for which phytoremediation using halophytes and associated microbiomes is getting relevance. Metal(loid)s excess is a constraint for plant establishment and development, and plant growth promoting rhizobacteria (PGPR) mitigate plant stress under these conditions. However, mechanisms underlying this effect remain elusive. In this paper, the effect of toxic metal(loid)s on the activity of ROS-scavenging enzymes in roots of the halophyte Spartina densiflora grown on real polluted sediments in a green house experiment, was investigated...
January 19, 2018: Plant Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29350253/direct-transfer-of-stemi-patients-to-cardiac-catheterization-laboratory-prognostic-relevance-for-in-hospital-mortality
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M Ali, S A Lange, T Wittlinger, G Lehnert, S Behrend, B Ziadeh, K Ali, S Sakellaropoulos, G Ganchev, A G Rigopoulos, M Noutsias
BACKGROUND: Although the incidence of acute myocardial infarction and in-hospital mortality after ST-elevation myocardial infarction (STEMI) has declined substantially in countries that have established primary percutaneous coronary interventions (pPCI) over the past two decades, coronary artery disease remains a major cause of morbidity and mortality worldwide. We aimed to examine whether the direct transfer of STEMI patients to the cardiac catheterization laboratory (CCL) had a prognostic effect on in-hospital mortality in patients who underwent pPCI after STEMI...
January 19, 2018: Herz
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29350073/in-their-own-words-a-synthesis-of-the-qualitative-research-on-the-experiences-of-adults-seeking-asylum-a-systematic-review-of-qualitative-findings-in-forced-migration
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Thomas Hoare, Andrew Vidgen, Neil Roberts
Quantitative research indicates that some forced migrants have mental health needs. Asylum seekers are a group of forced migrants applying for asylum status in a host country, and are often subject to rights restrictions and threat of deportation, though little is known about subjective experiences of the asylum journey and process of claiming asylum. The current paper therefore describes a systematic review of the qualitative literature, examining asylum seekers experiences of asylum journey, from country of origin, to arrival and adaptation to host countries...
December 2017: Medicine, Conflict, and Survival
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29349855/understanding-remote-aboriginal-drug-and-alcohol-residential-rehabilitation-clients-who-attends-who-leaves-and-who-stays
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Alice Munro, Anthony Shakeshaft, Courtney Breen, Philip Clare, Julaine Allan, Norm Henderson
INTRODUCTION AND AIMS: Aboriginal residential rehabilitation services provide healing for Aboriginal people who misuse substances. There is limited available research that empirically describes client characteristics of these services. This study examined 5 years of data of a remote Aboriginal residential rehabilitation service. DESIGN AND METHODS: Retrospective analysis of 329 client admissions to Orana Haven Drug and Alcohol Rehabilitation Centre from 2011 to 2016...
January 18, 2018: Drug and Alcohol Review
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29349608/comparative-transcriptomics-uncovers-differences-in-photoautotrophic-versus-photoheterotrophic-modes-of-nutrition-in-relation-to-secondary-metabolites-biosynthesis-in-swertia-chirayita
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Tarun Pal, Jibesh Kumar Padhan, Pawan Kumar, Hemant Sood, Rajinder S Chauhan
Swertia chirayita is a high-value medicinal herb exhibiting antidiabetic, hepatoprotective, anticancer, antiediematogenic and antipyretic properties. Scarcity of its plant material has necessitated in vitro production of therapeutic metabolites; however, their yields were low compared to field grown plants. Possible reasons for this could be differences in physiological and biochemical processes between plants grown in photoautotrophic versus photoheterotrophic modes of nutrition. Comparative transcriptomes of S...
January 18, 2018: Molecular Biology Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29349206/dark-shadow-of-the-long-white-cloud-neighborhood-safety-is-associated-with-self-rated-health-and-cortisol-during-pregnancy-in-auckland-aotearoa-new-zealand
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Zaneta M Thayer
Auckland, Aotearoa/New Zealand is a culturally and ethnically diverse city. Despite popular global conceptions regarding its utopian nature, the lived experience for many individuals in Auckland attests to the substantial social, economic, and health inequalities that exist there. In particular, rapidly rising home prices constrain housing decisions and force individuals to live in less desirable neighborhoods, with potential impacts on individual health. One of the pathways through which adverse neighborhood conditions could impact health is through alterations in the functioning of the hypothalamic pituitary adrenal (HPA)-axis, which regulates the physiological stress response...
December 2017: SSM—Population Health
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29349205/cool-young-people-investigate-living-in-cold-housing-and-fuel-poverty-a-mixed-methods-action-research-study
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Kimberley C O'Sullivan, Philippa Howden-Chapman, Dalice Sim, James Stanley, Rebekah L Rowan, Isobel K Harris Clark, Lydia L A Morrison
Background: Living in cold housing conditions and risk of fuel poverty presents a range of physiological and psychosocial health risks. Limited research has specifically investigated the effects of fuel poverty on children and young people, and even less has been conducted with youth input into the research process. Methods: The Cool? Study used mixed methods, participatory action research carried out with youth researchers involved at all stages through questionnaire design, analysis, qualitative design, e-interviewing and dissemination of results...
December 2017: SSM—Population Health
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29349106/the-wildland-urban-interface-raster-dataset-of-catalonia
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Fermín J Alcasena, Cody R Evers, Cristina Vega-Garcia
We provide the wildland urban interface (WUI) map of the autonomous community of Catalonia (Northeastern Spain). The map encompasses an area of some 3.21 million ha and is presented as a 150-m resolution raster dataset. Individual housing location, structure density and vegetation cover data were used to spatially assess in detail the interface, intermix and dispersed rural WUI communities with a geographical information system. Most WUI areas concentrate in the coastal belt where suburban sprawl has occurred nearby or within unmanaged forests...
April 2018: Data in Brief
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29349103/wildfire-spread-hazard-and-exposure-metric-raster-grids-for-central-catalonia
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Fermín J Alcasena, Alan A Ager, Michele Salis, Michelle A Day, Cristina Vega-Garcia
We provide 40 m resolution wildfire spread, hazard and exposure metric raster grids for the 0.13 million ha fire-prone Bages County in central Catalonia (northeastern Spain) corresponding to node influence grid (NIG), crown fraction burned (CFB) and fire transmission to residential houses (TR). Fire spread and behavior data (NIG, CFB and fire perimeters) were generated with fire simulation modeling considering wildfire season extreme fire weather conditions (97th percentile). Moreover, CFB was also generated for prescribed fire (Rx) mild weather conditions...
April 2018: Data in Brief
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29348512/ca1-and-ca3-differentially-support-spontaneous-retrieval-of-episodic-contexts-within-human-hippocampal-subfields
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Halle R Dimsdale-Zucker, Maureen Ritchey, Arne D Ekstrom, Andrew P Yonelinas, Charan Ranganath
The hippocampus plays a critical role in spatial and episodic memory. Mechanistic models predict that hippocampal subfields have computational specializations that differentially support memory. However, there is little empirical evidence suggesting differences between the subfields, particularly in humans. To clarify how hippocampal subfields support human spatial and episodic memory, we developed a virtual reality paradigm where participants passively navigated through houses (spatial contexts) across a series of videos (episodic contexts)...
January 18, 2018: Nature Communications
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29348379/the-differences-in-serum-quantitative-specific-ige-levels-induced-by-dermatophagoides-pteronyssinus-dermatophagoides-farinae-and-blomia-tropicalis-sensitization-in-intermittent-and-persistent-allergic-asthma
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Agus Joko Susanto, Iris Rengganis, Cleopas M Rumende, Kuntjoro Harimurti
BACKGROUND: house dust mites (HDM) are an important inhalant allergen in allergic asthma. However, molecular diagnostic study of specific IgE to HDM allergens has not been done in Indonesia. In addition, the association of quantitative specific IgE measurement with asthma severity has not been investigatedd. This study aimed to investigate the difference of serum quantitative specific IgE levels induced by Dermatophagoides (D.) pteronyssinus, D. farinae and Blomia tropicalis sensitization in intermittent and persistent allergic asthma...
October 2017: Acta Medica Indonesiana
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29348339/draft-genome-sequences-of-strains-tre-1-tre-d-tre-h-and-tri-7-isolated-from-tamarins-and-belonging-to-four-putative-novel-bifidobacterium-species
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Edoardo Puglisi, Paola Mattarelli, Monica Modesto, Andrea Bonetti, Caterina Spiezio, Camillo Sandri, Lorenzo Morelli
Bifidobacterium sp. strains TRE 1, TRE D, TRE H, and TRI 7 were isolated from two tamarins housed in Parco Natura Viva, Garda Zoological Park S.r.l. (Bussolengo, Verona, Italy). These strains belong to four putative novel species of the genus Bifidobacterium The genome sizes were 2.7 Mb for TRE 1, 2.7 Mb for TRE D, 2.4 Mb for TRE H, and 2.7 Mb for TRI 7. The average GC contents were 63.18% for TRE 1, 58.27% for TRE D, 57.11% for TRE H, and 63.79% for TRI 7.
January 18, 2018: Genome Announcements
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29346448/a-cross-sectional-study-to-estimate-prevalence-of-periodontal-disease-in-a-population-of-dogs-canis-familiaris-in-commercial-breeding-facilities-in-indiana-and-illinois
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Judith L Stella, Amy E Bauer, Candace C Croney
The objectives of this cross-sectional study were: 1) to estimate the prevalence and characterize the severity of periodontal disease in a population of dogs housed in commercial breeding facilities; 2) to characterize PD preventive care utilized by facility owners; and 3) to assess inter-rater reliability of a visual scoring assessment tool. Adult dogs (N = 445) representing 42 breeds at 24 CB facilities in Indiana and Illinois were assessed. Periodontal disease was scored visually using the American Veterinary Dental Collage 0-IV scale...
2018: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29346399/the-motivation-based-calving-facility-social-and-cognitive-factors-influence-isolation-seeking-behaviour-of-holstein-dairy-cows-at-calving
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Maria Vilain Rørvang, Mette S Herskin, Margit Bak Jensen
In order to improve animal welfare it is recommended that dairy farmers move calving cows from the herd to individual pens when calving is imminent. However, the practicality of moving cows has proven a challenge and may lead to disturbance of the cows rather than easing the process of calving. One solution may be to allow the cow to seek isolation prior to calving. This study examined whether pre-parturient dairy cows will isolate in an individual calving pen placed in a group calving setting and whether a closing gate in this individual calving pen will cause more cows to isolate prior to calving...
2018: PloS One
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