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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29149640/change-to-ecosystem-properties-through-changing-the-dominant-species-impact-of-pteridium-aquilinum-control-and-heathland-restoration-treatments-on-selected-soil-properties
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G Milligan, K E Booth, E S Cox, R J Pakeman, M G Le Duc, L Connor, S Blackbird, R H Marrs
It is well known that soils are influenced by the plant species that grow in them. Here we consider the effects of management-induced changes to plant communities and their soils during restoration within a 20-year manipulative experiment where the aim was to change a late-successional community dominated by the weed, Pteridium aquilinum, to an earlier-successional grass-heath one. The ecological restoration treatments altered the above- and below-ground components of the community substantially. Untreated plots maintained a dense Pteridium cover with little understory vegetation, cutting treatments produce significant reductions of Pteridium, whereas herbicide (asulam) produced significant immediate reductions in Pteridium but regressed towards the untreated plots within 10 years...
November 14, 2017: Journal of Environmental Management
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29149626/crossbred-young-bulls-and-heifers-sired-by-double-muscled-piemontese-or-belgian-blue-bulls-exhibit-different-effects-of-sexual-dimorphism-on-fattening-performance-and-muscularity-but-not-on-meat-quality-traits
#2
Giovanni Bittante, Alessio Cecchinato, Franco Tagliapietra, Rina Verdiglione, Alberto Simonetto, Stefano Schiavon
As double-muscled Belgian Blue (BB) and Piemontese (PIEM) breeds are heavily selected for different objectives (the former mainly for muscularity, the latter for ease of calving), the aim of this study was to compare sexual dimorphism in 56 crossbred young bulls and heifers obtained from dairy cows mated to bulls of the two beef breeds. Young PIEM- and BB-sired bulls had similar fattening performances and beef traits, although the BB crossbreds were slightly more muscular. Otherwise, the BB-sired heifers exceeded the PIEM-sired heifers in growth rate (1...
November 4, 2017: Meat Science
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29149520/compassion-in-practice-evaluating-the-awareness-involvement-and-perceived-impact-of-a-national-nursing-and-midwifery-strategy-amongst-health-care-professionals-in-nhs-trusts-in-england
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Helen Allan, Mike O'Driscoll, Liang Liu, Kevin Corbett, Laura Serrant
AIM: To report the findings from an evaluation of the impact of the Compassion in Practice Vision & Strategy (CiPVS) (National Health Service England (NHSE), 2012) on nursing, midwifery and care staff. BACKGROUND: The CiPVS was a programme of work to highlight the importance of compassionate care following the Francis Report in 2013 into the deficits in care in an NHS hospital trust. It was launched by NHS England in 2012 at a time when fiscal cuts were introduced by the Department of Health in England...
November 17, 2017: Journal of Clinical Nursing
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29149281/seroreactivity-to-the-c6-peptide-in-borrelia-miyamotoi-infections-occurring-in-the-northeastern-united-states
#4
Phillip J Molloy, Karen E Weeks, Brittany Todd, Gary P Wormser
Background: There are no Food and Drug Administration (FDA) approved diagnostic tests for Borrelia miyamotoi infection, an emerging tick-borne illness in the United States. The purpose of this study was to evaluate whether the FDA-approved C6 peptide ELISA currently used to diagnose Lyme disease may potentially serve as a diagnostic test for B. miyamotoi infections. Methods: Serum specimens from 30 patients from the Northeastern United States with B. miyamotoi infection established by a polymerase chain reaction assay of a blood specimen were tested using the C6 ELISA...
November 15, 2017: Clinical Infectious Diseases: An Official Publication of the Infectious Diseases Society of America
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29149201/the-influence-of-filtering-and-downsampling-on-the-estimation-of-transfer-entropy
#5
Immo Weber, Esther Florin, Michael von Papen, Lars Timmermann
Transfer entropy (TE) provides a generalized and model-free framework to study Wiener-Granger causality between brain regions. Because of its nonparametric character, TE can infer directed information flow also from nonlinear systems. Despite its increasing number of applications in neuroscience, not much is known regarding the influence of common electrophysiological preprocessing on its estimation. We test the influence of filtering and downsampling on a recently proposed nearest neighborhood based TE estimator...
2017: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29148914/marginal-gap-formation-in-approximal-bulk-fill-resin-composite-restorations-after-artificial-ageing
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A Peutzfeldt, S Mühlebach, A Lussi, S Flury
The aim of this in vitro study was to investigate the marginal gap formation of a packable "regular" resin composite (Filtek Supreme XTE [3M ESPE]) and two flowable "bulk fill" resin composites (Filtek Bulk Fill [3M ESPE] and SDR [DENTSPLY DeTrey]) along the approximal margins of Class II restorations. In each of 39 extracted human molars (n=13 per resin composite), mesial and distal Class II cavities were prepared, placing the gingival margins below the cemento-enamel junction. The cavities were restored with the adhesive system OptiBond FL (Kerr) and one of the three resin composites...
November 17, 2017: Operative Dentistry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29148891/hyperventilation-and-breath-holding-test-with-indocyanine-green-kinetics-predicts-cerebral-hyperperfusion-after-carotid-artery-stenting
#7
Ichiro Nakagawa, Shohei Yokoyama, Daisuke Wajima, Fumihiko Nishimura, Shuichi Yamada, Hiroshi Yokota, Yasushi Motoyama, Young Su Park, Takeshi Wada, Kimihiko Kichikawa, Hiroyuki Nakase
Cerebral hyperperfusion syndrome (CHS) is a serious complication following carotid artery stenting (CAS), but definitive early prediction of CHS has not been established. Here, we evaluated whether indocyanine green kinetics and near-infrared spectroscopy (ICG-NIRS) with hyperventilation (HV) and the breath-holding (BH) test can predict hyperperfusion phenomenon after CAS. The blood flow index (BFI) ratio during HV and BH was prospectively monitored using ICG-NIRS in 66 patients scheduled to undergo CAS. Preoperative cerebrovascular reactivity (CVR) and the postoperative asymmetry index (AI) were also assessed with single-photon emission computed tomography before and after CAS and the correlation with the BFI HV/rest ratio, BFI BH/rest ratio was evaluated...
January 1, 2017: Journal of Cerebral Blood Flow and Metabolism
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29148575/effects-of-spot-parameters-in-pencil-beam-scanning-treatment-planning
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Aafke Christine Kraan, Nicolas Depauw, Ben Clasie, Marina Giunta, Tom Madden, Hanne M Kooy
BACKGROUND: Spot size σ (in-air at isocenter), inter-spot spacing d, and spot charge q influence dose delivery efficiency and plan quality in Intensity Modulated Proton Therapy (IMPT) treatment planning. The choice and range of parameters varies among different manufacturers. The goal of this work is to demonstrate the influence of the spot parameters on dose quality and delivery in IMPT treatment plans, to show their interdependence, and to make practitioners aware of the spot parameter values for a certain facility...
November 17, 2017: Medical Physics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29148434/the-cutting-away-of-potential-secondary-electron-tracks-explains-the-effects-of-beam-size-and-detector-wall-density-in-small-field-photon-dosimetry
#9
Hui Khee Looe, Bjoern Delfs, Daniela Poppinga, Ping Jiang, Dietrich Harder, Bjoern Poppe
The well-known field-size dependent overresponse in small-field photon-beam dosimetry of solid-state detectors equipped with very thin sensitive volumes, such as the PTW microDiamond, cannot be caused by the photon and electron interactions within these sensitive layers because they are only a few micrometers thick. The alternative explanation is that their overresponse is caused by the combination of two effects, the modification of the secondary electron fluence profile i) by a field size too small to warrant lateral secondary electron equilibrium and ii) by the density-dependent electron ranges in the structural detector materials placed in front of or backing the sensitive layer...
November 17, 2017: Physics in Medicine and Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29148357/cuts-and-the-cutting-edge-british-science-funding-and-the-making-of-animal-biotechnology-in-1980s-edinburgh
#10
Dmitriy Myelnikov
The Animal Breeding Research Organisation in Edinburgh (ABRO, founded in 1945) was a direct ancestor of the Roslin Institute, celebrated for the cloning of Dolly the sheep. After a period of sustained growth as an institute of the Agricultural Research Council (ARC), ABRO was to lose most of its funding in 1981. This decision has been absorbed into the narrative of the Thatcherite attack on science, but in this article I show that the choice to restructure ABRO pre-dated major government cuts to agricultural research, and stemmed from the ARC's wish to prioritize biotechnology in its portfolio...
December 2017: British Journal for the History of Science
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29148312/experimental-analysis-of-the-process-parameters-affecting-bone-burring-operations
#11
Jonathan R Kusins, O Remus Tutunea-Fatan, Louis M Ferreira
The experimental quantification of the process parameters associated with bone burring represents a desirable outcome both from the perspective of an optimized surgical procedure as well as that of a future implementation into the design of closed-loop controllers used in robot-assisted bone removal operations. Along these lines, the present study presents an experimental investigation of the effects that tool type, rotational speed of the tool, depth of cut, feed rate, cutting track overlap, and tool angle (to a total of 864 total unique combinations) have on bone temperature, tool vibration, and cutting forces associated with superficial bone removal operations...
November 1, 2017: Proceedings of the Institution of Mechanical Engineers. Part H, Journal of Engineering in Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29148021/routine-adoption-of-timp2-and-igfbp7-biomarkers-in-cardiac-surgery-for-early-identification-of-acute-kidney-injury
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Chiara Levante, Fiorenza Ferrari, Chiara Manenti, Faeq Husain-Syed, Marta Scarpa, Tommaso Hinna Danesi, Massimo De Cal, Valentina Corradi, Grazia M Virzì, Alessandra Brendolan, Federico Nalesso, Pércia Bezerra, Salvador Lopez-Giacoman, Sara Samoni, Mara Senzolo, Davide Giavarina, Loris Salvador, Raffaele Bonato, Silvia De Rosa, Enrico Rettore, Claudio Ronco
BACKGROUND AND PURPOSE: Acute Kidney Injury (AKI) is a severe complication affecting many hospitalized patients after cardiac surgery, with negative impacts on short- and long-term clinical outcomes and on healthcare costs. Recently, clinical interest has been aimed at defining and classifying AKI, identifying risk factors and developing diagnostic strategies to identify patients at risk early on. Achieving an early and accurate diagnosis of AKI is a crucial issue, because prevention and timely detection may help to prevent negative clinical outcomes and avoid AKI-associated costs...
November 16, 2017: International Journal of Artificial Organs
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29147871/an-optimized-and-feasible-preparation-technique-for-the-industrial-production-of-hydrogel-patches
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Wei-Ze Li, Wen-Xia Han, Xu-Liang Hao, Ning Zhao, Xi-Feng Zhai, Li-Bin Yang, Shu-Miao He, Yu-Chuan Cheng, Han Zhang, Li-Na Fu, Yan Zhang, Ze Liang
For hydrogel patches, the laboratory tests could not fully reveal the existing problems of full scale of industrial production, and there are few studies about the preparation technique for the industrial manufacturing process of hydrogel patches. So, the purpose of this work was to elucidate the effects of mainly technological operation and its parameters on the performance of hydrogel patches at the industrial-scale production. The results revealed the following: (1) the aqueous phase was obtained by polyvinylpyrrolidone (PVP) along with tartaric acid dissolved in purified water, then feeding this into a vacuum mixer as a whole in one batch, thus extended the crosslinking reaction time of hydrogel paste (matrix) and allowed the operation of coating/cutting-off to be carried out easily, and there was no permeation of backing layer; (2) the gel strength of the hydrogel patches increased with the increase of working temperature, however, once the temperature exceeded 35 ± 2 °C, the hydrogel paste would lose water severely and the resultant physical crosslinking structure which has lower gel/cohesive strength would easily bring gelatinization/residues during application; (3) the relative humidity (RH) of the standing-workshop was dynamically controlled (namely at 35 ± 2 °C, keeping the RH at 55 ± 5% for 4 days, then 65 ± 5% for 2 days), which would make patches with satisfactory characteristics such as better flexibility, higher adhesive force, smooth flat matrix surface, and without gelatinization/residues and warped edge during the using process; (4) the aging of the packaged hydrogel patches was very sensitive to storage temperature, higher temperature, higher gel strength and lower adhesiveness...
November 16, 2017: AAPS PharmSciTech
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29147839/screening-accuracy-of-the-brief-infant-toddler-social-emotional-assessment-to-identify-autism-spectrum-disorder-in-toddlers-born-at-less-than-30%C3%A2-weeks-gestation
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Kelly M Boone, Anne K Brown, Sarah A Keim
Despite the higher prevalence of autism spectrum disorder (ASD) in children born preterm, valid screening tools for use in preterm populations are lacking. We aimed to evaluate the screening accuracy of the Brief Infant Toddler Social-Emotional Assessment (BITSEA) and to compare it to the Pervasive Developmental Disorders Screening Test-II, Stage 2, Developmental Clinic Screener (PDDST-II-DCS) in identifying ASD diagnosis in toddlers born at < 30 weeks' gestation. Caregivers (94% mothers) of 555 children completed questionnaires (BITSEA, PDDST-II-DCS, socio-demographics) when the children (58% male) were 18-36 months...
November 17, 2017: Child Psychiatry and Human Development
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29147660/analytical-validation-of-a-new-enzymatic-and-automatable-method-for-d-xylose-measurement-in-human-urine-samples
#15
Israel Sánchez-Moreno, Carmen Monsalve-Hernando, Ana Godino, Luis Illa, María Jesús Gaspar, Guillermo Manuel Muñoz, Ana Díaz, José Luis Martín, Eduardo García-Junceda, Alfonso Fernández-Mayoralas, Carmen Hermida
Hypolactasia, or intestinal lactase deficiency, affects more than half of the world population. Currently, xylose quantification in urine after gaxilose oral administration for the noninvasive diagnosis of hypolactasia is performed with the hand-operated nonautomatable phloroglucinol reaction. This work demonstrates that a new enzymatic xylose quantification method, based on the activity of xylose dehydrogenase from Caulobacter crescentus, represents an excellent alternative to the manual phloroglucinol reaction...
2017: BioMed Research International
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29147655/magnetic-resonance-colonography-may-predict-the-need-for-bowel-resection-in-colorectal-endometriosis
#16
Arnaldo Scardapane, Filomenamila Lorusso, Mariantonietta Francavilla, Stefano Bettocchi, Fabiana Divina Fascilla, Giuseppe Angelelli, Marco Scioscia
Purpose: To define if MRI findings in patients with deep pelvic endometriosis (DPE) may be predictive for the need of bowel resection. Material and Methods: A retrospective survey of 196 pelvic MRIs of women who received laparoscopic procedures for DPE was carried out. A pelvic MRI was performed in all patients: it consisted in T2w-TSE sequences in axial, sagittal, and coronal planes and T1w and THRIVE sequences in the axial plane; the exam was completed by MR-Colonography...
2017: BioMed Research International
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29147439/uterine-smooth-muscle-tumor-of-uncertain-malignant-potential-clinicopathologic-sonographic-characteristics-follow-up-and-recurrence
#17
Besim Haluk Bacanakgil, Mustafa Deveci, Emine Karabuk, Zeynep Soyman
Background: Uterine smooth muscle tumor of uncertain malignant potential (STUMP) is rare tumor, and regarded as sub-classification in uterine smooth muscle tumors between benign and malignant criteria. In this study, we evaluated characteristics of cases with STUMP diagnosis in a 10-year period. Methods: We retrospectively evaluated medical records of patients with histopathological STUMP diagnosis in Istanbul Training and Research Hospital, a tertiary center. We analyzed preoperative demographic, clinical features and postoperative follow-up...
June 2017: World Journal of Oncology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29147162/high-preoperative-neutrophil-lymphocyte-ratio-nlr-and-red-blood-cell-distribution-width-rdw-as-independent-predictors-of-native-arteriovenous-fistula-failure
#18
Rashid Usman, Muhammad Jamil, Muhammad Naveed
Objective: To study the association between a high preoperative neutrophil lymphocyte ratio (NLR) and red cell distribution width (RDW) with arteriovenous fistula (AVF) failure, as well as to determine the cut-off values in a South Asian population. Materials and Methods: A total of 150 consecutive patients with a failed fistula who presented in the Department of Vascular Surgery between January 2014 and January 2016. Patients fulfilling the inclusion criteria were selected as defined as Case. They were compared with 150 patients who had matured fistulae (Control)...
September 25, 2017: Annals of Vascular Diseases
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29147095/histochemical-characteristics-in-relation-to-meat-quality-traits-of-eight-major-muscles-from-hanwoo-steers
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Sung-Hyun Joo, Kyu-Won Lee, Young-Hwa Hwang, Seon-Tea Joo
The objective of this study was to determine the relationship between composition of muscle fiber types and meat quality traits of eight major muscles from Hanwoo steers. Longissimus lumborum (LL), psoas major (PM), semimembranosus (SM), semitendinosus (ST), gluteus medius (GM), triceps brachii (TB), rectus abdominis (RA) and superficialis flexor (SF) muscles were obtained from 9 Hanwoo steers and subjected to histochemical analysis. There were significant (p<0.05) differences in fiber number percentage (FNP) and fiber area percentage (FAP) of fiber types among these 8 major muscles...
2017: Korean Journal for Food Science of Animal Resources
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29147091/evaluation-of-the-digestibility-of-korean-hanwoo-beef-cuts-using-the-in-vitro-physicochemical-upper-gastrointestinal-system
#20
Ji-Hye Jeon, Michelle Yoo, Tae-Hwan Jung, Woo-Min Jeon, Kyoung-Sik Han
The aim of this study was to investigate the digestibility of different Korean Hanwoo beef cuts using an in vitro digestion model, in vitro physicochemical upper gastrointestinal system (IPUGS). The four most commonly consumed cuts - tenderloin, sirloin, brisket and flank, and bottom round - were chosen for this study. Beef samples (75 g) were cooked and ingested into IPUGS, which was composed of mouth, esophagus, and stomach, thereby simulating the digestion conditions of humans. Digested samples were collected every 15 min for 4 h of simulation and their pH monitored...
2017: Korean Journal for Food Science of Animal Resources
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