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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28340515/inflammatory-potential-of-diet-and-risk-of-oral-and-pharyngeal-cancer-in-a-large-case-control-study-from-italy
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Nitin Shivappa, James R Hébert, Valentina Rosato, Werner Garavello, Diego Serraino, Carlo La Vecchia
Diet and inflammation have been suggested to be important risk factors for oral and pharyngeal cancer. We examined the association between dietary inflammatory index (DII) and oral and pharyngeal cancer in a large case-control study conducted between 1992 and 2009 in Italy. This study included 946 cases with incident, histologically confirmed oral and pharyngeal cancer, and 2492 controls hospitalized for acute non-neoplastic diseases. The DII was computed based on dietary intake assessed by a valid 78-item food frequency questionnaire and was adjusted for non-alcohol energy intake using the residual approach (E-DII)...
March 24, 2017: International Journal of Cancer. Journal International du Cancer
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28340336/a-dna-based-t-cell-receptor-reveals-a-role-for-receptor-clustering-in-ligand-discrimination
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Marcus J Taylor, Kabir Husain, Zev J Gartner, Satyajit Mayor, Ronald D Vale
A T cell mounts an immune response by measuring the binding strength of its T cell receptor (TCR) for peptide-loaded MHCs (pMHC) on an antigen-presenting cell. How T cells convert the lifetime of the extracellular TCR-pMHC interaction into an intracellular signal remains unknown. Here, we developed a synthetic signaling system in which the extracellular domains of the TCR and pMHC were replaced with short hybridizing strands of DNA. Remarkably, T cells can discriminate between DNA ligands differing by a single base pair...
March 23, 2017: Cell
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28340192/prediction-equation-for-calculating-residual-kidney-urea-clearance-using-urine-collections-for-different-hemodialysis-treatment-frequencies-and-interdialytic-intervals
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Yoshitsugu Obi, Kamyar Kalantar-Zadeh, Elani Streja, John T Daugirdas
Background.: The purpose of the study was to explore the precision of an equation designed to estimate residual kidney urea clearance (K RU ) from interdialytic urine collection data and pre-hemodialysis (HD) serum urea nitrogen (SUN) in different hemodialysis treatment schedules. Methods.: The generalizability of the proposed equation was tested in 32 731 HD treatments where urine was collected prior to a dialysis session, mostly for 24 h but sometimes longer, in patients being dialyzed 1-4 times/week...
March 15, 2017: Nephrology, Dialysis, Transplantation
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28340174/application-of-virtual-navigation-with-multimodality-image-fusion-in-foramen-ovale-cannulation
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Xixiong Qiu, Weizong Liu, Mingdong Zhang, Hengzhou Lin, Shoujun Zhou, Yi Lei, Jun Xia
Objective. : Idiopathic trigeminal neuralgia (ITN) can be effectively treated with radiofrequency thermocoagulation. However, this procedure requires cannulation of the foramen ovale, and conventional cannulation methods are associated with high failure rates. Multimodality imaging can improve the accuracy of cannulation because each imaging method can compensate for the drawbacks of the other. We aim to determine the feasibility and accuracy of percutaneous foramen ovale cannulation under the guidance of virtual navigation with multimodality image fusion in a self-designed anatomical model of human cadaveric heads...
March 6, 2017: Pain Medicine: the Official Journal of the American Academy of Pain Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28340098/effect-of-fluoride-releasing-resin-composite-in-white-spot-lesions-prevention-a-single-centre-split-mouth-randomized-controlled-trial
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Mohannad M Alabdullah, Alaa Nabawia, Mowaffak A Ajaj, Humam Saltaji
Introduction: The objective of this two-arm split-mouth randomized trial, was to evaluate the ability of fluoride-releasing resin composite to prevent demineralization and white spot lesion (WSL) formation, during orthodontic treatment with fixed appliances. Methods: Patients needing comprehensive orthodontic treatment were randomly allocated into two groups, according to the half split-mouth technique. This trial examined a total of 300 teeth in each group: the control group, in which brackets were fixed with a non-fluoride-containing adhesive resin; and the intervention group, in which brackets were fixed with a fluoride-containing adhesive resin...
March 2, 2017: European Journal of Orthodontics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28340009/designing-an-optimal-screening-program-for-unknown-atrial-fibrillation-a-cost-effectiveness-analysis
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Mattias Aronsson, Emma Svennberg, Mårten Rosenqvist, Johan Engdahl, Faris Al-Khalili, Leif Friberg, Viveka Frykman, Lars-Åke Levin
Aims: The primary objective of this study was to use computer simulations to suggest an optimal age for initiation of screening for unknown atrial fibrillation and to evaluate if repeated screening will add value. Methods and results: In the absence of relevant clinical studies, this analysis was based on a simulation model. More than two billion different designs of screening programs for unknown atrial fibrillation were simulated and analysed. Data from the published scientific literature and registries were used to construct the model and estimate lifelong effects and costs...
March 1, 2017: Europace: European Pacing, Arrhythmias, and Cardiac Electrophysiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28339846/estimation-of-whole-body-radiation-exposure-from-brachytherapy-for-oral-cancer-using-a-monte-carlo-simulation
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Y Ozaki, H Watanabe, A Kaida, M Miura, K Nakagawa, K Toda, R Yoshimura, Y Sumi, T Kurabayashi
Early stage oral cancer can be cured with oral brachytherapy, but whole-body radiation exposure status has not been previously studied. Recently, the International Commission on Radiological Protection Committee (ICRP) recommended the use of ICRP phantoms to estimate radiation exposure from external and internal radiation sources. In this study, we used a Monte Carlo simulation with ICRP phantoms to estimate whole-body exposure from oral brachytherapy. We used a Particle and Heavy Ion Transport code System (PHITS) to model oral brachytherapy with 192Ir hairpins and 198Au grains and to perform a Monte Carlo simulation on the ICRP adult reference computational phantoms...
February 24, 2017: Journal of Radiation Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28339733/a-two-phase-mixture-model-of-platelet-aggregation
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Jian Du, Aaron L Fogelson
We present a two-phase model of platelet aggregation in coronary-artery-sized blood vessels. The model tracks the number densities of three platelet populations as well as the concentration of a platelet activating chemical. Through the formation of elastic bonds, activated platelets can cohere with one another to form a platelet thrombus. Bound platelets in a thrombus move in a velocity field different from that of the bulk fluid. Stresses produced by the elastic bonds act on the bound platelet material. Movement of the bound platelet material and that of the background fluid are coupled through an interphase drag and an incompressibility constraint...
February 20, 2017: Mathematical Medicine and Biology: a Journal of the IMA
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28339681/on-tear-film-breakup-tbu-dynamics-and-imaging
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Richard J Braun, Tobin A Driscoll, Carolyn G Begley, P Ewen King-Smith, Javed I Siddique
We report the results of some recent experiments to visualize tear film dynamics. We then study a mathematical model for tear film thinning and tear film breakup (TBU), a term from the ocular surface literature. The thinning is driven by an imposed tear film thinning rate which is input from in vivo measurements. Solutes representing osmolarity and fluorescein are included in the model. Osmolarity causes osmosis from the model ocular surface, and the fluorescein is used to compute the intensity corresponding closely to in vivo observations...
February 20, 2017: Mathematical Medicine and Biology: a Journal of the IMA
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28339670/exploring-the-variability-in-beh%C3%A3-et-s-disease-prevalence-a-meta-analytical-approach
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Carla Maldini, Katie Druce, Neil Basu, Michael P LaValley, Alfred Mahr
Background.: Surveys of Behçet's disease (BD) have shown substantial geographic variations in prevalence, but some of these differences may result from methodological inconsistencies. This meta-analysis explored the effect of geographic location and study methodology on the prevalence of BD. Methods.: We systematically searched the literature in electronic databases and by handsearching to identify population-based prevalence surveys of BD. Studies were eligible if they provided an original population-based prevalence estimate for BD with the number of prevalent cases identified in the study area...
February 17, 2017: Rheumatology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28339561/computational-models-used-to-assess-us-tobacco-control-policies
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Shari P Feirman, Allison M Glasser, Shyanika Rose, Ray Niaura, David B Abrams, Lyubov Teplitskaya, Andrea C Villanti
Introduction: Simulation models can be used to evaluate existing and potential tobacco control interventions, including policies. The purpose of this systematic review was to synthesize evidence from computational models used to project population-level effects of tobacco control interventions. We provide recommendations to strengthen simulation models that evaluate tobacco control interventions. Methods: Studies were eligible for review if they employed a computational model to predict the expected effects of a non-clinical US-based tobacco control intervention...
January 21, 2017: Nicotine & Tobacco Research: Official Journal of the Society for Research on Nicotine and Tobacco
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28339468/pbmda-a-novel-and-effective-path-based-computational-model-for-mirna-disease-association-prediction
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Zhu-Hong You, Zhi-An Huang, Zexuan Zhu, Gui-Ying Yan, Zheng-Wei Li, Zhenkun Wen, Xing Chen
In the recent few years, an increasing number of studies have shown that microRNAs (miRNAs) play critical roles in many fundamental and important biological processes. As one of pathogenetic factors, the molecular mechanisms underlying human complex diseases still have not been completely understood from the perspective of miRNA. Predicting potential miRNA-disease associations makes important contributions to understanding the pathogenesis of diseases, developing new drugs, and formulating individualized diagnosis and treatment for diverse human complex diseases...
March 24, 2017: PLoS Computational Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28339397/cognitive-status-gray-matter-atrophy-and-lower-orthostatic-blood-pressure-in-older-adults
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Celia O'Hare, Rose-Anne Kenny, Howard Aizenstein, Robert Boudreau, Anne Newman, Lenore Launer, Suzanne Satterfield, Kristine Yaffe, Caterina Rosano
BACKGROUND: Associations between orthostatic blood pressure and cognitive status (CS) have been described with conflicting results. OBJECTIVE: We hypothesize that long-term exposure to lower orthostatic blood pressure is related to having worse CS later in life and that atrophy of regions involved in central regulation of autonomic function mediate these associations. METHODS: Three-to-four measures of orthostatic blood pressure were obtained from 1997-2003 in a longitudinal cohort of aging, and average systolic orthostatic blood pressure response (ASOBPR) was computed as % change in systolic blood pressure from sit-to-stand measured at one minute post stand...
March 20, 2017: Journal of Alzheimer's Disease: JAD
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28339274/exact-model-of-vacancy-mediated-solute-transport-in-magnesium
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Ravi Agarwal, Dallas R Trinkle
Most substitutional solutes in solids diffuse via vacancies. However, widely used analytic models for diffusivity make uncontrolled approximations in the relations between atomic jump rates that reduce accuracy. Symmetry analysis of the hexagonal close packed crystal identifies more distinct vacancy transitions than prior models, and a Green function approach computes diffusivity exactly for solutes in magnesium. We find large differences for the solute drag of Al, Zn, and rare earth solutes, and improved diffusion activation energies-highlighting the need for exact analytic transport models...
March 10, 2017: Physical Review Letters
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28339221/open-systems-with-error-bounds-spin-boson-model-with-spectral-density-variations
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F Mascherpa, A Smirne, S F Huelga, M B Plenio
In the study of open quantum systems, one of the most common ways to describe environmental effects on the reduced dynamics is through the spectral density. However, in many models this object cannot be computed from first principles and needs to be inferred on phenomenological grounds or fitted to experimental data. Consequently, some uncertainty regarding its form and parameters is unavoidable; this in turn calls into question the accuracy of any theoretical predictions based on a given spectral density. Here, we focus on the spin-boson model as a prototypical open quantum system, find two error bounds on predicted expectation values in terms of the spectral density variation considered, and state a sufficient condition for the strongest one to apply...
March 10, 2017: Physical Review Letters
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28339176/identification-of-likely-associations-between-cerebral-folate-deficiency-and-complex-genetic-and-metabolic-pathogenesis-of-autism-spectrum-disorders-by-utilization-of-a-pilot-interaction-modeling-approach
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Daniel Krsička, Jan Geryk, Markéta Vlčková, Markéta Havlovicová, Milan Macek, Radka Pourová
Recently, cerebral folate deficiency (CFD) was suggested to be involved in the pathogenesis of autism spectrum disorders (ASD). However, the exact role of folate metabolism in the pathogenesis of ASD, identification of underlying pathogenic mechanisms and impaired metabolic pathways remain unexplained. The aim of our study was to develop and test a novel, unbiased, bioinformatics approach in order to identify links between ASD and disturbed cerebral metabolism by focusing on abnormal folate metabolism, which could foster patient stratification and novel therapeutic interventions...
March 24, 2017: Autism Research: Official Journal of the International Society for Autism Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28339169/gesp-a-computer-program-for-modeling-genetic-effective-population-size-inbreeding-and-divergence-in-substructured-populations
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Fredrik Olsson, Linda Laikre, Ola Hössjer, Nils Ryman
The genetically effective population size (Ne) is of key importance for quantifying rates of inbreeding and genetic drift, and is often used in conservation management to set targets for genetic viability. The concept was developed for single, isolated populations and the mathematical means for analyzing the expected Ne in complex, subdivided populations have previously not been available. We recently developed such analytical theory and central parts of that work have now been incorporated into a freely available software tool presented here...
March 24, 2017: Molecular Ecology Resources
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28338903/disulfide-bridges-as-essential-elements-for-the-thermostability-of-lytic-polysaccharide-monooxygenase-lpmo10c-from-streptomyces-coelicolor
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Magali Tanghe, Barbara Danneels, Matthias Last, Koen Beerens, Ingeborg Stals, Tom Desmet
Lytic polysaccharide monooxygenases (LPMOs) are crucial components of cellulase mixtures but their stability has not yet been studied in detail, let alone been engineered for industrial applications. In this work, we have evaluated the importance of disulfide bridges for the thermodynamic stability of Streptomyces coelicolor LPMO10C. Interestingly, this enzyme was found to retain 34% of its activity after 2-h incubation at 80°C while its apparent melting temperature (Tm) is only 51°C. When its three disulfide bridges were broken, however, irreversible unfolding occurred and no residual activity could be detected after a similar heat treatment...
March 9, 2017: Protein Engineering, Design & Selection: PEDS
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28338845/computational-psychiatry-and-the-challenge-of-schizophrenia
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John H Krystal, John D Murray, Adam M Chekroud, Philip R Corlett, Genevieve Yang, Xiao-Jing Wang, Alan Anticevic
Schizophrenia research is plagued by enormous challenges in integrating and analyzing large datasets and difficulties developing formal theories related to the etiology, pathophysiology, and treatment of this disorder. Computational psychiatry provides a path to enhance analyses of these large and complex datasets and to promote the development and refinement of formal models for features of this disorder. This presentation introduces the reader to the notion of computational psychiatry and describes discovery-oriented and theory-driven applications to schizophrenia involving machine learning, reinforcement learning theory, and biophysically-informed neural circuit models...
March 8, 2017: Schizophrenia Bulletin
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28338709/relationship-between-leaf-functional-traits-and-productivity-in-aquilaria-crassna-thymelaeaceae-plantations-a-tool-to-aid-in-the-early-selection-of-high-yielding-trees
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Arlene López-Sampson, Lucas A Cernusak, Tony Page
Physiological traits are frequently used as indicators of tree productivity. Aquilaria species growing in a research planting were studied to investigate relationships between leaf-productivity traits and tree growth. Twenty-eight trees were selected to measure isotopic composition of carbon (δ13C) and nitrogen (δ15N) and monitor six leaf attributes. Trees were sampled randomly within each of four diametric classes (at 150 mm above ground level) ensuring the variability in growth of the whole population was represented...
February 15, 2017: Tree Physiology
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