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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28821263/protocol-for-a-scoping-review-to-map-evidence-from-randomised-controlled-trials-on-paediatric-eye-disease-to-disease-burden
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Lucinda J Teoh, Ameenat L Solebo, Jugnoo S Rahi
BACKGROUND: Currently, about 2 per 1000 children in the industrialised world are severely visually impaired or blind (SVI/BL) due to diverse uncommon conditions that are usually present from early infancy. The impact of SVI/BL is lifelong and life-changing. Thus, children are a priority in the WHO-led global initiative against avoidable blindness. The aim of this scoping review is to assess the current evidence base on interventions to prevent or treat the major causes of childhood SVI/BL, specifically the degree of alignment between robust interventional research (RCTs) and the burden (relative frequency) of the key causative disorders, identifying gaps in the evidence base for tackling childhood blindness...
August 18, 2017: Systematic Reviews
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28820884/let-s-rise-up-to-unite-taxonomy-and-technology
#2
Holly M Bik
What do you think of when you think of taxonomy? An 18th century gentlemen in breeches? Or perhaps botany drawings hung on the walls of a boutique hotel? Such old-fashioned conceptions to the contrary, taxonomy is alive today although constantly struggling for survival and recognition. The scientific community is losing valuable resources as taxonomy experts age and retire, and funding for morphological studies and species descriptions remains stagnant. At the same time, organismal knowledge (morphology, ecology, physiology) has never been more important: genomic studies are becoming more taxon focused, the scientific community is recognizing the limitations of traditional "model" organisms, and taxonomic expertise is desperately needed to fight against global biodiversity declines resulting from human impacts...
August 2017: PLoS Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28820099/hymenobacter-pallidus-sp-nov-isolated-from-a-freshwater-fish-culture-pond
#3
Shih-Yi Sheu, Yi-Shu Li, Chiu-Chung Young, Wen-Ming Chen
A bacterial strain designated LYH-12T was isolated from a freshwater fish culture pond in Taiwan, ROC and characterized by taking a polyphasic taxonomy approach. Phylogenetic analyses based on 16S rRNA gene sequences showed that strain LYH-12T belonged to the genus Hymenobacter and was most closely related to Hymenobacter xinjiangensis X2-1gT and Hymenobacter rigui WPCB131T with a sequence similarity of 96.6 % and less than 96.5 % with other members of the genus. Cells of strain LYH-12T were Gram-stain-negative, aerobic, non-motile rods that were covered by large capsules and formed light pink-coloured colonies...
August 18, 2017: International Journal of Systematic and Evolutionary Microbiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28819914/psychometric-characteristics-of-non-instrumental-swallowing-and-feeding-assessments-in-pediatrics-a-systematic-review-using-cosmin
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REVIEW
Renée Speyer, Reinie Cordier, Lauren Parsons, Deborah Denman, Jae-Hyun Kim
As early diagnosis of swallowing and feeding difficulties in infants and children is of utmost importance, there is a need to evaluate the quality of the psychometric properties of pediatric assessments of swallowing and feeding. A systematic review was performed summarizing the psychometric properties of non-instrumental assessments for swallowing and feeding difficulties in pediatrics; no data were identified for the remaining twelve assessments. The COSMIN taxonomy and checklist were used to evaluate the methodological quality of 23 publications on psychometric properties...
August 17, 2017: Dysphagia
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28817644/cheek-tooth-morphology-and-ancient-mitochondrial-dna-of-late-pleistocene-horses-from-the-western-interior-of-north-america-implications-for-the-taxonomy-of-north-american-late-pleistocene-equus
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Christina I Barrón-Ortiz, Antonia T Rodrigues, Jessica M Theodor, Brian P Kooyman, Dongya Y Yang, Camilla F Speller
Horses were a dominant component of North American Pleistocene land mammal communities and their remains are well represented in the fossil record. Despite the abundant material available for study, there is still considerable disagreement over the number of species of Equus that inhabited the different regions of the continent and on their taxonomic nomenclature. In this study, we investigated cheek tooth morphology and ancient mtDNA of late Pleistocene Equus specimens from the Western Interior of North America, with the objective of clarifying the species that lived in this region prior to the end-Pleistocene extinction...
2017: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28816510/treatment-recommendations-as-actions
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Tanya Stivers, John Heritage, Rebecca K Barnes, Rose McCabe, Laura Thompson, Merran Toerien
From the earliest studies of doctor-patient interaction (Byrne & Long, 1976), it has been recognized that treatment recommendations may be expressed in more or less authoritative ways, based on their design and delivery. There are clear differences between I'm going to start you on X and We can give you X to try and Would you like me to give you X? Yet little is known about this variation, its contexts, or its consequences. In this paper, we develop a basic taxonomy of treatment recommendations in primary care as a first step toward a more comprehensive investigation...
August 17, 2017: Health Communication
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28815767/gut-microbiota-of-a-long-distance-migrant-demonstrates-resistance-against-environmental-microbe-incursions
#7
Alice Risely, David Waite, Beata Ujvari, Marcel Klaassen, Bethany Hoye
Migratory animals encounter suites of novel microbes as they move between disparate sites during their migrations, and are frequently implicated in the global spread of pathogens. Although wild animals have been shown to source a proportion of their gut microbiota from their environment, the susceptibility of migrants to enteric infections may be dependent upon the capacity of their gut microbiota to resist incorporating encountered microbes. To evaluate migrants' susceptibility to microbial invasion, we determined the extent of microbial sourcing from the foraging environment, and examined how this influenced gut microbiota dynamics over time and space in a migratory shorebird, the Red-necked stint...
August 16, 2017: Molecular Ecology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28813996/analyzing-at-home-prosthesis-use-in-unilateral-upper-limb-amputees-to-inform-treatment-device-design
#8
Adam J Spiers, Linda Resnik, Aaron M Dollar
New upper limb prosthetic devices are continuously being developed by a variety of industrial, academic, and hobbyist groups. Yet, little research has evaluated the long term use of currently available prostheses in daily life activities, beyond laboratory or survey studies. We seek to objectively measure how experienced unilateral upper limb prosthesis-users employ their prosthetic devices and unaffected limb for manipulation during everyday activities. In particular, our goal is to create a method for evaluating all types of amputee manipulation, including non-prehensile actions beyond conventional grasp functions, as well as to examine the relative use of both limbs in unilateral and bilateral cases...
July 2017: IEEE ... International Conference on Rehabilitation Robotics: [proceedings]
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28813358/crisis-transitions-in-athletes-current-emphases-on-cognitive-and-contextual-factors
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REVIEW
Natalia B Stambulova
During the last decade, the field of athlete career research has seen much expansion. Researchers established the holistic lifespan and ecological approaches, introduced cultural praxis of athletes' careers paradigm, and updated the taxonomy of athletes' transitions. However, recent transition research focused mainly on the transition process and factors contributing to successful transitions, while crisis-transitions and factors contributing to ineffective coping have been largely ignored. The aim of this paper is to facilitate relevant research and practice through (1) positioning athletes' developmental crises within the context of the current transition literature, (2) introducing two new approaches (termed 'cognitive turn' and 'cultural turn') with a potential to enhance our understanding of the phenomenon, and (3) outlining crisis-coping interventions...
August 2017: Current Opinion in Psychology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28813010/characterization-of-breakfast-cereals-available-in-the-mexican-market-sodium-and-sugar-content
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Claudia Nieto, Sofia Rincon-Gallardo Patiño, Lizbeth Tolentino-Mayo, Angela Carriedo, Simón Barquera
Preschool Mexican children consume 7% of their total energy intake from processed breakfast cereals. This study characterized the nutritional quality and labelling (claims and Guideline Daily Amount (GDA)) of the packaged breakfast cereals available in the Mexican market. Photographs of all breakfast cereals available in the 9 main food retail chains in the country were taken. The nutrition quality of cereals was assessed using the United Kingdom Nutrient Profiling Model (UKNPM). Claims were classified using the International Network for Food and Obesity/non-communicable Diseases Research, Monitoring and Action Support (INFORMAS) taxonomy and the GDA was defined according to the Mexican regulation, NOM-051...
August 16, 2017: Nutrients
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28812376/probiotic-nomenclature-matters-redux-confusion-on-bifidobacterium-longum-subsp-infantis-taxonomy-persists
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David A Mills
No abstract text is available yet for this article.
August 16, 2017: Current Medical Research and Opinion
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28812368/how-psychiatrists-recommend-treatment-and-its-relationship-with-patient-uptake
#12
Laura Thompson, Rose McCabe
Consultations for patients with chronic mental health conditions are conceived as meetings of experts: medical and experiential, respectively. Treatment decisions, in these terms, become a joint responsibility rather than handed down ex-cathedra. One resource for constituting decisions as 'shared' is the treatment recommendation - decisional authority can be invoked through its design. There is concern that people diagnosed with schizophrenia are infrequently involved in treatment decisions. However, the methods psychiatrists actually employ remain undefined...
August 16, 2017: Health Communication
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28811535/delimiting-species-of-protaphorura-collembola-onychiuridae-integrative-evidence-based-on-morphology-dna-sequences-and-geography
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Xin Sun, Feng Zhang, Yinhuan Ding, Thomas W Davies, Yu Li, Donghui Wu
Species delimitation remains a significant challenge when the diagnostic morphological characters are limited. Integrative taxonomy was applied to the genus Protaphorura (Collembola: Onychiuridae), which is one of most difficult soil animals to distinguish taxonomically. Three delimitation approaches (morphology, molecular markers and geography) were applied providing rigorous species validation criteria with an acceptably low error rate. Multiple molecular approaches, including distance- and evolutionary model-based methods, were used to determine species boundaries based on 144 standard barcode sequences...
August 15, 2017: Scientific Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28809924/species-delimitation-in-frogs-from-south-american-temperate-forests-the-case-of-eupsophus-a-taxonomically-complex-genus-with-high-phenotypic-variation
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Claudio Correa, Dayana Vásquez, Camila Castro-Carrasco, Álvaro Zúñiga-Reinoso, Juan Carlos Ortiz, R Eduardo Palma
One of the most characteristic and abundant amphibian taxa of South American temperate forests is Eupsophus. The ten currently recognized species of the genus have been divided in two species groups, roseus and vertebralis, but most of them, eight, belong to the roseus group. Recent phylogeographic and phylogenetic studies have suggested that species diversity of the roseus group could be underestimated. An examination of the literature shows that species of the roseus group exhibit high levels of variation in their external characteristics, particularly those used as diagnostic characters, which compromises their taxonomy and hinders their field recognition...
2017: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28809144/defluviimonas-nitratireducens-sp-nov-isolated-from-surface-seawater
#15
Yang Liu, Qiliang Lai, Wanpeng Wang, Zongze Shao
A bacterial strain, designated DL5-4T, was isolated from the surface seawater of Dalian Bay and characterized using a polyphasic taxonomy approach. Cells of DL5-4T were Gram-staining-negative, non-motile and short-rod-shaped. Growth was observed at 8-40 °C (optimum 28-30 °C), at pH 6-9 (optimum pH 7) and in 0-7 % NaCl (optimum 1-3 %, w/v). The results of phylogenetic analysis based on 16S rRNA gene sequences indicated that DL5-4T formed an independent branch with members of the genus Defluviimonas, sharing high similarities with five related type strains, Defluviimonas aquaemixtae CDM-7T (96...
August 15, 2017: International Journal of Systematic and Evolutionary Microbiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28807889/activity-trackers-implement-different-behavior-change-techniques-for-activity-sleep-and-sedentary-behaviors
#16
Mitch Duncan, Beatrice Murawski, Camille E Short, Amanda L Rebar, Stephanie Schoeppe, Stephanie Alley, Corneel Vandelanotte, Morwenna Kirwan
BACKGROUND: Several studies have examined how the implementation of behavior change techniques (BCTs) varies between different activity trackers. However, activity trackers frequently allow tracking of activity, sleep, and sedentary behaviors; yet, it is unknown how the implementation of BCTs differs between these behaviors. OBJECTIVE: The aim of this study was to assess the number and type of BCTs that are implemented by wearable activity trackers (self-monitoring systems) in relation to activity, sleep, and sedentary behaviors and to determine whether the number and type of BCTs differ between behaviors...
August 14, 2017: Interactive Journal of Medical Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28807560/morphologic-and-molecular-characterization-of-seven-species-of-the-remarkably-diverse-and-widely-distributed-metopid-genus-urostomides-jankowski-1964-armophorea-ciliophora
#17
William Bourland, Johana Rotterová, Ivan Čepička
The free-living ciliates of the order Metopida Jankowski, 1980 are pivotal players in the microbial food web of the sulfuretum, acting as hosts to prokaryotic endo- and ectosymbionts. They are also of interest in the study of the function and evolution of their mitochondrion-related organelle, the hydrogenosome. The taxonomy and phylogeny of this group remains confused, due, in large part, to the fact that most of its taxa have not been characterized by modern methods including molecular sequencing. In this report we provide morphologic and molecular characterization of seven taxa from the poorly-known resurrected genus Urostomides obtained in the course of broad geographic sampling...
July 20, 2017: European Journal of Protistology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28804492/population-genetic-differentiation-and-taxonomy-of-three-closely-related-species-of-saxifraga-saxifragaceae-from-southern-tibet-and-the-hengduan-mountains
#18
Qing-Bo Gao, Yan Li, Zhuo-Ma Gengji, Richard J Gornall, Jiu-Li Wang, Hai-Rui Liu, Liu-Kun Jia, Shi-Long Chen
The effects of rapid, recent uplift of the Hengduan Mountains on evolution and diversification of young floristic lineages still remain unclear. Here, we investigate diversification of three closely related Saxifraga species with a distribution restricted to the Hengduan Mountains (HM) and southern Tibet, and comment on their taxonomy based on molecular evidence. Three chloroplast DNA fragments (rbcL, trnL-F, trnS-G) and the nuclear ribosomal DNA internal transcribed spacer (ITS) were employed to study genetic structure across 104 individuals from 12 populations of Saxifraga umbellulata, S...
2017: Frontiers in Plant Science
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28804459/metabolic-variability-of-a-multispecies-probiotic-preparation-impacts-on-the-anti-inflammatory-activity
#19
Michele Biagioli, Luca Laghi, Adriana Carino, Sabrina Cipriani, Eleonora Distrutti, Silvia Marchianò, Carola Parolin, Paolo Scarpelli, Beatrice Vitali, Stefano Fiorucci
Background: In addition to strain taxonomy, the ability of probiotics to confer beneficial effects on the host rely on a number of additional factors including epigenetic modulation of bacterial genes leading to metabolic variability and might impact on probiotic functionality. Aims: To investigate metabolism and functionality of two different batches of a probiotic blend commercialized under the same name in Europe in models of intestinal inflammation. Methods: Boxes of VSL#3, a probiotic mixture used in the treatment of pouchitis, were obtained from pharmacies in UK subjected to metabolomic analysis and their functionality tested in mice rendered colitis by treatment with DSS or TNBS...
2017: Frontiers in Pharmacology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28803921/molecular-evidence-of-apatococcus-including-a-fuscideae-sp-nov-as-photobiont-in-the-genus-fuscidea
#20
Martina Zahradníková, Heidi L Andersen, Tor Tønsberg, Andreas Beck
The knowledge of the taxonomy and classification of algae (including lichenized) has recently increased rapidly, but there are still many gaps. We aimed to 1) identify the Fuscidea photobionts by locating their taxonomic positions in the green algal classification, and 2) to resolve their interspecific relationships. The lichenized algae were examined based on morphological observations of axenic isolates as well as molecular studies of 18S and ITS nrDNA sequences. Analysis of the secondary structure of the ITS2 operon complemented these investigations...
June 29, 2017: Protist
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