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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29146860/complete-genome-sequence-of-a-novel-nonnodulating-rhizobium-species-isolated-from-agave-americana-l-rhizosphere
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Víctor Manuel Ruíz-Valdiviezo, Marco Antonio Rogel-Hernandez, Gabriela Guerrero, Clara Ivette Rincón-Molina, Luis Galdino García-Perez, Federico Antonio Gutiérrez-Miceli, Juan José Villalobos-Maldonado, Aline López-López, Esperanza Martinez-Romero, Reiner Rincón-Rosales
We report here the complete genome sequence of Rhizobium sp. strain ACO-34A, isolated from Agave americana L. rhizosphere. No common nod genes were found, but there were nif genes for nitrogen fixing. A low average nucleotide identity to reported species supports its designation as a novel Rhizobium species that has a complete ribosomal operon in a plasmid.
November 16, 2017: Genome Announcements
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29144820/pheochromocytoma-a-genetic-and-diagnostic-update
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Leilani B Mercado-Asis, Katherine I Wolf, Ivana Jochmanova, David Taïeb
OBJECTIVE: Pheochromocytomas and paragangliomas (PPGLs) are neuroendocrine tumors derived from adrenal or extra-adrenal locations, respectively. Upon suspicion of PPGL, specific metabolomic, molecular, biochemical, imaging, and histopathological studies are performed to prove, localize, treat, and monitor disease progression. Recently, improved diagnostic tools allow physicians to accurately diagnose PPGL, even in patients presenting with small (less than 1 cm) or biochemically silent tumors, which previously delayed proper detection and treatment...
November 16, 2017: Endocrine Practice
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29142622/effectiveness-and-safety-of-mechanical-thrombectomy-with-stent-retrievers-in-basilar-artery-occlusion-comparison-with-anterior-circulation-occlusions
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Soo Young Hu, Ho Jun Yi, Dong Hoon Lee, Jae Taek Hong, Jae Hoon Sung, Sang Won Lee
Objective: Acute basilar artery occlusion (BAO) is associated with severe neurological dysfunction and high mortality rates. The benefits of mechanical thrombectomy in BAO have not been explored in recent clinical trials. Therefore, we analyzed outcomes of stent retriever mechanical thrombectomy for BAO, and compared with anterior circulation occlusions (ACO). Methods: In total, 161 consecutive patients (24 BAO, 137 ACO) who underwent mechanical thrombectomy with the stent retriever between January 2013 and August 2016 enrolled in our study...
November 2017: Journal of Korean Neurosurgical Society
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29138407/spirometry-is-not-enough-to-diagnose-copd-in-epidemiological-studies-a-follow-up-study
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Elena Andreeva, Marina Pokhaznikova, Anatoly Lebedev, Irina Moiseeva, Olga Kuznetsova, Jean-Marie Degryse
A hallmark of the diagnosis of chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD) is the measurement of post-bronchodilator (post-BD) airflow obstruction (AO) by spirometry, but spirometry is not enough for the provision of a clinical diagnosis. In the majority of previous epidemiological studies, COPD diagnosis has been based on spirometry and a few clinical characteristics. The aim of our study was to identify outcomes in patients newly diagnosed with airflow obstruction (AO) based on a diagnostic work-up conducted as part of a population-based cross-sectional study in North-Western Russia...
November 14, 2017: NPJ Primary Care Respiratory Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29135767/implementing-accountable-care-organizations-lessons-from-a-qualitative-analysis-of-four-private-sector-organizations
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Daniel M Walker, Jennifer L Hefner, Lindsey N Sova, Brian Hilligoss, Paula H Song, Ann Scheck McAlearney
Accountable care organizations (ACOs) are emerging across the healthcare marketplace and now include Medicare, Medicaid, and private sector payers covering more than 24 million lives. However, little is known about the process of organizational change required to achieve cost savings and quality improvements from the ACO model. This study applies the complex innovation implementation framework to understand the challenges and facilitators associated with the ACO implementation process. We conducted four case studies of private sector ACOs, selected to achieve variation in terms of geography and organizational maturity...
November 2017: Journal of Healthcare Management / American College of Healthcare Executives
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29134746/fenofibrate-induced-ppar-alpha-expression-was-attenuated-by-oestrogen-receptor-alpha-overexpression-in-hep3b-cells
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Long-Bin Jeng, Bharath Kumar Velmurugan, Hsi-Hsien Hsu, Su-Ying Wen, Chia-Yao Shen, Chih-Hao Lin, Yueh-Min Lin, Ray-Jade Chen, Wei-Wen Kuo, Chih-Yang Huang
The physiological regulation of Oestrogen receptor α (ERα) and peroxisome proliferator-activated receptor alpha (PPARα) in Hepatocellular carcinoma (HCC) remains unknown. The present study we first treat the cells with fenofibrate and further investigated the possible mechanisms of 17β-estradiol (E2 ) and/or ERα on regulating PPARα expression. We also found higher PPARα expression in the tumor area than adjacent areas and subsequently compared PPARα expression in four different hepatic cancer cell lines...
November 14, 2017: Environmental Toxicology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29129667/prevalence-of-functional-gastrointestinal-disorders-in-children-and-adolescents-in-the-mediterranean-region-of-europe
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Elena Scarpato, Sanja Kolacek, Danijela Jojkic-Pavkov, Vlatka Konjik, Nataša Živković, Enriqueta Roman, Aco Kostovski, Nikolina Zdraveska, Eyad Altamimi, Alexandra Papadopoulou, Thomai Karagiozoglou-Lampoudi, Raanan Shamir, Michal Rozenfeld Bar Lev, Aziz Koleilat, Sirin Mneimneh, Dario Bruzzese, Rosaura Leis, Annamaria Staiano, Panayota Kafritsa, Sandra Brusa, Angelo Campanozzi, Claudio Romano, Silvia Salvatore, Evelina Kotzakioulafi, Josefa Barrio, Maria Luz Cilleruelo, Mercedes Juste, Carolina Gutiérrez-Junquera, Tena Trbojević, Lana Ivković
BACKGROUND & AIMS: Little is known about the prevalence of functional gastrointestinal disorders (FGIDs) in children from the Mediterranean area of Europe. We aimed to assess the prevalence of FGIDs in children and adolescents in this region. METHODS: We collected data on 13,750 children (4-18 years old) enrolled in the Mediterranean-European Area Project, a school-based health study performed in Croatia, Greece, Israel, Italy, Jordan, Lebanon, Macedonia, Serbia, and Spain...
November 9, 2017: Clinical Gastroenterology and Hepatology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29094021/the-asthma-and-chronic-obstructive-pulmonary-disease-overlap-syndrome-in-tertiary-care-setting-thailand
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Theerasuk Kawamatawong, Sanruethai Charoenniwassakul, Ticha Rerkpattanapipat
Background: Asthma and chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD) overlap syndrome (ACOS) is an increasingly recognized clinical entity. ACOS significantly impacts on patient outcome compared to isolated asthma or COPD. However, ACOS definition and diagnosis criteria have not been well standardized. ACOS prevalence and clinical features in Thailand has never been studied. Objective: To investigate the prevalence and clinical features of ACOS compared to isolated asthma or COPD among patients with clinician-diagnosis of obstructive airway diseases...
October 2017: Asia Pacific Allergy
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29090623/care-transformation-strategies-and-approaches-of-accountable-care-organizations
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Valerie A Lewis, Katherine I Tierney, Taressa Fraze, Genevra F Murray
Although accountable care organizations (ACOs) proliferate, little is known about the activities and strategies ACOs are pursuing to meet goals of reducing costs and improving quality. We use semistructured interviews with executives at 16 ACOs to understand ACO approaches. We identified two overarching ACO approaches to changing clinical care: a practice-based transformation approach, working to overhaul care processes and teams from the inside out; and an overlay approach, where ACO activities were centralized and delivered external to physician practices...
October 1, 2017: Medical Care Research and Review: MCRR
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29080687/a-comparative-study-difference-in-omega-6-omega-3-balance-and-saturated-fat-in-diets-for-atlantic-salmon-salmo-salar-affect-immune-fat-metabolism-oxidative-and-apoptotic-gene-expression-and-eicosanoid-secretion-in-head-kidney-leukocytes
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Elisabeth Holen, Pedro Araujo, Nini H Sissener, Grethe Rosenlund, Rune Waagbø
The aim of this study was to compare how different dietary vegetable oil n-6/n-3 ratios affect gene responses involved in inflammation, signaling pathways, fatty acid synthesis and oxidation, oxidation and apoptosis as well as eicosanoid production in salmon head kidney tissues and isolated head kidney leukocytes. Salmon smolts (200 g) were fed four different diets where the main lipid components were palm oil (n-6/n-3 ratio = 0.7), rapeseed oil (n-6/n-3 ratio = 0.9), and soybean oil (n-6/n-3 ratio = 2...
October 30, 2017: Fish & Shellfish Immunology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29059316/inter-genotypic-differences-in-drought-tolerance-of-maritime-pine-are-modified-by-elevated-co2
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David Sánchez-Gómez, José A Mancha, M Teresa Cervera, Ismael Aranda
Background and Aims: Despite the importance of growth [CO 2 ] and water availability for tree growth and survival, little information is available on how the interplay of these two factors can shape intraspecific patterns of functional variation in tree species, particularly for conifers. The main objective of the study was to test whether the range of realized drought tolerance within the species can be affected by elevated [CO 2 ]. Methods: Intraspecific variability in leaf gas exchange, growth rate and other leaf functional traits were studied in clones of maritime pine...
October 17, 2017: Annals of Botany
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29058518/recent-evidence-on-the-inclusion-of-hospice-and-palliative-care-physicians-in-medicare-shared-savings-program-accountable-care-organization-networks
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Julia Driessen, Turner West
OBJECTIVE: To document the presence of hospice and palliative physicians in Medicare Shared Savings Program (MSSP) ACOs. BACKGROUND: End-of-life care exhibits extreme variation in quality, cost, and patient experience. This baseline creates opportunities for improvements that would be financially rewarded in the new value-based reimbursement environment, such as the accountable care organization (ACO) model. Little is known about how ACOs have responded to this opportunity by including hospice and palliative providers in their formal provider networks...
October 23, 2017: Journal of Palliative Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29053177/early-effect-of-medicare-shared-savings-program-accountable-care-organization-participation-on-prostate-cancer-care
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Tudor Borza, Samuel R Kaufman, Phyllis Yan, Lindsey A Herrel, Amy N Luckenbaugh, David C Miller, Ted A Skolarus, Bruce L Jacobs, John M Hollingsworth, Edward C Norton, Vahakn B Shahinian, Brent K Hollenbeck
BACKGROUND: Accountable care organizations (ACOs) can improve prostate cancer care by decreasing treatment variations (ie, avoidance of treatment in low-value settings). Herein, the authors performed a study to understand the effect of Medicare Shared Savings Program ACOs on prostate cancer care. METHODS: Using a 20% Medicare sample, the authors identified men with newly diagnosed prostate cancer from 2010 through 2013. Rates of treatment, potential overtreatment (ie, treatment in men with a ≥75% chance of 10-year mortality from competing risks), and Medicare payments were measured using regression models...
October 20, 2017: Cancer
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29035338/integrating-medication-therapy-management-mtm-services-provided-by-community-pharmacists-into-a-community-based-accountable-care-organization-aco
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Brian Isetts
(1) Background: As the U.S. healthcare system evolves from fee-for-service financing to global population-based payments designed to be accountable for both quality and total cost of care, the effective and safe use of medications is gaining increased importance. The purpose of this project was to determine the feasibility of integrating medication therapy management (MTM) services provided by community pharmacists into the clinical care teams and the health information technology (HIT) infrastructure for Minnesota Medicaid recipients of a 12-county community-based accountable care organization (ACO)...
October 16, 2017: Pharmacy (Basel, Switzerland)
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29034440/risperidone-induced-metabolic-dysfunction-is-attenuated-by-curcuma-longa-extract-administration-in-mice
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Florent Auger, Françoise Martin, Olivier Pétrault, Jennifer Samaillie, Thierry Hennebelle, Mohamed-Sami Trabelsi, François Bailleul, Bart Staels, Régis Bordet, Patrick Duriez
Antipsychotics, such as risperidone, increase food intake and induce alteration in glucose and lipid metabolism concomitantly with overweight and body fat increase, these biological abnormalities belong to the metabolic syndrome definition (high visceral adiposity, hypertriglyceridemia, hyperglycemia, low HDL-cholesterol and high blood pressure). Curcumin is a major component of traditional turmeric (Curcuma longa) which has been reported to improve lipid and glucose metabolism and to decrease weight in obese mice...
October 16, 2017: Metabolic Brain Disease
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29028545/penicillium-expansum-compatible-and-penicillium-digitatum-non-host-pathogen-infection-differentially-alter-ethylene-biosynthesis-in-apple-fruit
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Laura Vilanova, Núria Vall-Llaura, Rosario Torres, Josep Usall, Neus Teixidó, Christian Larrigaudière, Jordi Giné-Bordonaba
The role of ethylene on inducing plant resistance or susceptibility to certain fungal pathogens clearly depends on the plant pathogen interaction with little or no-information available focused on the apple-Penicillium interaction. Taken advantage that Penicillium expansum is the compatible pathogen and P. digitatum is the non-host of apples, the present study aimed at deciphering how each Penicillium spp. could interfere in the fruit ethylene biosynthesis at the biochemical and molecular level. The infection capacity and different aspects related to the ethylene biosynthesis were conducted at different times post-inoculation...
September 30, 2017: Plant Physiology and Biochemistry: PPB
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29024108/changes-in-hepatic-glucose-and-lipid-metabolism-related-parameters-in-domestic-pigeon-columba-livia-during-incubation-and-chick-rearing
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X P Wan, P Xie, Z Bu, X T Zou
This study aimed to evaluate the hepatic glucose and lipid metabolism-related parameters of adult male and female White King pigeons (Columba livia) during incubation and chick rearing. At day 4 (I4), 10 (I10) and 17 (I17) of incubation and day 1 (R1), 7 (R7), 15 (R15) and 25 (R25) of chick rearing, livers were sampled from six pigeons for each sex. Glycogen and fat contents, activities of glycolytic enzymes (hexokinase, HK; 6-phosphofructokinase, 6-PFK), and genes expressions of key enzymes involved in glycolysis (pyruvate kinase, PK; glucokinase, GK), gluconeogenesis (phosphoenolpyruvate carboxykinase cytosolic, PCK1; fructose-1,6-bisphosphatase, FBP1; glucose-6-phosphatase, G6Pase), fatty acid synthesis (fatty acid synthase, FAS; acetyl-CoA carboxylase, ACC) and fatty acid β-oxidation (carnitine palmitoyltransferase 1, CPT1; acyl-CoA 1, ACO) were measured...
October 12, 2017: Journal of Animal Physiology and Animal Nutrition
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28989745/spatial-capture-recapture-analysis-of-artificial-cover-board-survey-data-reveals-small-scale-spatial-variation-in-slow-worm-anguis-fragilis-density
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Benedikt R Schmidt, Anita Meier, Chris Sutherland, J Andy Royle
Vague and/or ad hoc definitions of the area sampled in monitoring efforts are common, and estimates of ecological state variables (e.g. distribution and abundance) can be sensitive to such specifications. The uncertainty in population metrics due to data deficiencies, vague definitions of space and lack of standardized protocols is a major challenge for monitoring, managing and conserving amphibian and reptile populations globally. This is especially true for the slow-worm (Anguis fragilis), a cryptic and fossorial legless lizard; uncertainty about spatial variation in density has hindered conservation efforts (e...
September 2017: Royal Society Open Science
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28988080/flood-susceptibility-mapping-using-novel-ensembles-of-adaptive-neuro-fuzzy-inference-system-and-metaheuristic-algorithms
#19
Seyed Vahid Razavi Termeh, Aiding Kornejady, Hamid Reza Pourghasemi, Saskia Keesstra
Flood is one of the most destructive natural disasters which cause great financial and life losses per year. Therefore, producing susceptibility maps for flood management are necessary in order to reduce its harmful effects. The aim of the present study is to map flood hazard over the Jahrom Township in Fars Province using a combination of adaptive neuro-fuzzy inference systems (ANFIS) with different metaheuristics algorithms such as ant colony optimization (ACO), genetic algorithm (GA), and particle swarm optimization (PSO) and comparing their accuracy...
February 15, 2018: Science of the Total Environment
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28984496/spending-carveouts-substantially-improve-the-accuracy-of-performance-measurement-in-shared-savings-arrangements-findings-from-simulation-analysis-of-medicaid-acos
#20
Derek DeLia
Accuracy of spending-based provider performance metrics is limited by random variation and components of spending that are uncontrollable by providers. Such components vary according to the care management focus and operational maturity of each provider group. This study uses data from New Jersey Medicaid accountable care organizations (ACOs) to examine how carving out uncontrollable components of spending affects the accuracy of performance measures in shared savings arrangements. Spending on injury care, custodial care in facilities (CCF), and amounts above $100 000 per patient are used as examples of potentially uncontrollable spending...
January 1, 2017: Inquiry: a Journal of Medical Care Organization, Provision and Financing
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