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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29351713/-living-with-localized-prostate-cancer-decision-making-and-coping-with-the-illness
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Friederike Kendel, Isabella Otto, Jennifer Engler, Mark Schrader, Christine Holmberg
BACKGROUND: Men diagnosed with localized prostate cancer must make a choice between treatment strategies that differ considerably in their side effects and have different long-term requirements for coping with the disease. The aim of this study was to describe how men perceive their treatment decision retrospectively and which coping strategies they use. MATERIAL & METHODS: Fifteen men (age mean=67.13±9.38 years) diagnosed with localized prostate cancer participated in three focus groups, grouped according to the treatment strategies radical prostatectomy, radiotherapy, and active surveillance...
January 19, 2018: Psychotherapie, Psychosomatik, Medizinische Psychologie
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29351677/use-of-risk-model-for-assessment-of-residents-perception-of-complexity-of-surgical-steps-example-of-modular-component-steps-of-lumbar-spinal-fusion-surgery
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Jeffrey S Raskin, Jesse J Liu, Katherine Holste, Sarah Brown, Fran Hardaway, Priscilla Pang, Ahmed M Raslan
BACKGROUND: Quality improvement projects increasingly emphasize standardization of surgical work flow to optimize operative room efficiency. Removing special cause variability resulting from nonsurgical waste is an obvious target; however, resident surgical education must be maintained, even in the setting of process improvement. OBJECTIVE: To describe the impact of resident-identified "risky" or "uncomfortable" procedural steps on operative time during transforaminal lumbar interbody fusion (TLIF)...
February 1, 2018: Operative Neurosurgery (Hagerstown, Md.)
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29351675/quality-in-spine-surgery
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Christopher Graves, Scott Meyer, John Knightly, Steven Glassman
Health care is expensive in the United States. There is an increasing focus on value rather than volume. Accurately measuring quality is a critically important step in determining value of care delivered. This article discusses the trials and techniques of measuring quality in spine surgery. A detailed analysis of advantages and disadvantages of various measures of quality, including process measurements, patient-reported outcome measurements, and safety measurements is included-from a historical perspective through modern practice...
February 1, 2018: Neurosurgery
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29351661/estimation-of-measurement-uncertainty-in-quantitation-of-benzoylecgonine-bze-and-11-nor-%C3%AE-9-thc-9-carboxylic-acid-thca
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Darryl P Arfsten, Erick Roman Perez, Neal C Goebel
Calculating measurement uncertainty is a helpful exercise for identifying components or steps in a forensic analytical procedure that contribute to measurement variance. In this study, we used a bottom up approach to identify components in our procedures that contribute to measurement variance in our Department of Defense (DoD) Drug Demand Reduction Program (DDRP) Gas Chromatography Mass Spectroscopy (GCMS) analytical procedures for benzoylecgonine (BZE) and the THC metabolite, 11-nor-Δ9-THC-9-carboxylic acid (THCA) at 125% the DDRP concentration threshold (cutoff)...
January 17, 2018: Journal of Analytical Toxicology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29351656/evaluation-of-a-new-neutron-energy-spectrum-unfolding-code-based-on-an-adaptive-neuro-fuzzy-inference-system-anfis
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Seyed Abolfazl Hosseini, Iman Esmaili Paeen Afrakoti
The purpose of the present study was to reconstruct the energy spectrum of a poly-energetic neutron source using an algorithm developed based on an Adaptive Neuro-Fuzzy Inference System (ANFIS). ANFIS is a kind of artificial neural network based on the Takagi-Sugeno fuzzy inference system. The ANFIS algorithm uses the advantages of both fuzzy inference systems and artificial neural networks to improve the effectiveness of algorithms in various applications such as modeling, control and classification. The neutron pulse height distributions used as input data in the training procedure for the ANFIS algorithm were obtained from the simulations performed by MCNPX-ESUT computational code (MCNPX-Energy engineering of Sharif University of Technology)...
January 17, 2018: Journal of Radiation Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29351579/lack-of-methyl-cpg-binding-protein-2-mecp2-affects-cell-fate-refinement-during-embryonic-cortical-development
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Clementina Cobolli Gigli, Linda Scaramuzza, Marco De Simone, Riccardo L Rossi, Davide Pozzi, Massimiliano Pagani, Nicoletta Landsberger, Francesco Bedogni
During differentiation, neurons progressively restrict their fate repressing the expression of specific genes. Here we describe the involvement in such developmental steps of the methyl-CpG binding protein 2 (MeCP2), an epigenetic factor that participates to chromatin folding and transcriptional regulation. We previously reported that, due to transcriptional impairments, the maturation of Mecp2 null neurons is delayed. To evaluate whether this could stem from altered progenitors proliferation and differentiation, we investigated whether lack of Mecp2 affects these features both in vitro and in vivo...
January 17, 2018: Cerebral Cortex
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29351514/the-ace2-angiotensin-1-7-mas-axis-of-the-renin-angiotensin-system-focus-on-angiotensin-1-7
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Robson Augusto Souza Santos, Walkyria Oliveira Sampaio, Andreia C Alzamora, Daisy Motta-Santos, Natalia Alenina, Michael Bader, Maria Jose Campagnole-Santos
The renin-angiotensin system (RAS) is a key player in the control of the cardiovascular system and hydroelectrolyte balance, with an influence on organs and functions throughout the body. The classical view of this system saw it as a sequence of many enzymatic steps that culminate in the production of a single biologically active metabolite, the octapeptide angiotensin (ANG) II, by the angiotensin converting enzyme (ACE). The past two decades have revealed new functions for some of the intermediate products, beyond their roles as substrates along the classical route...
January 1, 2018: Physiological Reviews
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29351482/suppression-of-gut-dysbiosis-reverses-western-diet-induced-vascular-dysfunction
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Micah L Battson, Dustin M Lee, Dillon K Jarrell, Shuofei Hou, Kayl E Ecton, Tiffany L Weir, Christopher L Gentile
OBJECTIVE: Vascular dysfunction represents a critical pre-clinical step in the development of cardiovascular disease. We examined the role of the gut microbiota in the development of obesity-related vascular dysfunction. Approach and Results. Male C57BL/6J mice were fed either a standard diet (SD) (n=12) or western diet (WD) (n=24) for 5m, after which time, WD mice were randomized to receive either un-supplemented drinking water or water containing a broad-spectrum antibiotic cocktail (WD+Abx) (n=12/group) for 2m...
December 26, 2017: American Journal of Physiology. Endocrinology and Metabolism
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29351479/using-2h-water-to-quantify-the-contribution-of-de-novo-palmitate-synthesis-in-plasma-enabling-back-to-back-studies
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Stephen F Previs, Kithsiri Herath, Andrea R Nawrocki, Carlos G Rodriguez, Deborah Slipetz, Sheo B Singh, Ling Kang, Gowri Bhat, Thomas P Roddy, Stacey Conarello, Jenna Terebetski, Mark D Erion, David E Kelley
An increased contribution of de novo lipogenesis (DNL) may play a role in cases of dyslipidemia and adipose accretion, this suggests that inhibition of fatty acid synthesis may affect clinical phenotypes. Since it is not clear whether modulation of one step in the lipogenic pathway is more important than another, the use of tracer methods can provide a deeper level of insight regarding the control of metabolic activity. Although [2H]water is generally considered a reliable tracer for quantifying DNL in vivo (it yields a homogenous and quantifiable precursor labeling), the relatively long half-life of body water is thought to limit the ability of performing repeat studies in the same subjects; this can create a bottleneck in the development and evaluation of novel therapeutics for inhibiting DNL...
January 2, 2018: American Journal of Physiology. Endocrinology and Metabolism
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29351373/a-facile-space-confined-solid-phase-sulfurization-strategy-for-growth-of-high-quality-ultrathin-molybdenum-disulfide-single-crystals
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Dawei Li, Zhiyong Xiao, Sai Mu, Fei Wang, Ying Liu, Jingfeng Song, Xi Huang, Lijia Jiang, Jun Xiao, Lei Liu, Stephen Ducharme, Bai Cui, Xia Hong, Lan Jiang, Jean-Francois Silvain, Yongfeng Lu
Single-crystal transition metal dichalcogenides (TMDs) and TMD-based hetero-junctions have recently attracted significant research and industrial interest owing to their intriguing optical and electrical properties. However, the lack of a simple, low-cost, environmentally friendly, synthetic method and a poor understanding of the growth mechanism post a huge challenge to implementing TMDs in practical applications. In this work, we developed a novel approach for direct formation of high-quality, monolayer and few-layer MoS2 single crystal domains via a single-step rapid thermal processing of a sandwiched reactor with sulfur and molybdenum (Mo) film in a confined reaction space...
January 19, 2018: Nano Letters
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29351360/collection-of-wet-origin-footwear-impressions-on-various-surfaces-using-an-electrostatic-dust-print-lifter
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Sungwook Hong, Miseon Park
Electrostatic dust print lift method is known to be able to recover only dry-origin footwear impression. However, the wet-origin footwear impression could also be recovered using this method. As the amount of dust accumulated before deposition of the wet-origin footwear impression increased, the intensity of the footwear impression lifted with this method became stronger. If the footwear impression is not affected by moisture after it is made, the 28-h old wet-origin footwear impression could be recovered using this method...
January 19, 2018: Journal of Forensic Sciences
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29351350/visualized-analysis-of-developing-trends-and-hot-topics-in-natural-disaster-research
#12
Shi Shen, Changxiu Cheng, Jing Yang, Shanli Yang
This study visualized and analyzed the developing trends and hot topics in natural disaster research. 19694 natural disaster-related articles (January 1900 to June 2015) are indexed in the Web of Science database. The first step in this study is using complex networks to visualize and analyze these articles. CiteSpace and Gephi were employed to generate a countries collaboration network and a disciplines collaboration network, and then attached hot topics to countries and disciplines, respectively. The results show that USA, China, and Italy are the three major contributors to natural disaster research...
2018: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29351344/the-morphing-of-geographical-features-by-fourier-transformation
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Jingzhong Li, Pengcheng Liu, Wenhao Yu, Xiaoqiang Cheng
This paper presents a morphing model of vector geographical data based on Fourier transformation. This model involves three main steps. They are conversion from vector data to Fourier series, generation of intermediate function by combination of the two Fourier series concerning a large scale and a small scale, and reverse conversion from combination function to vector data. By mirror processing, the model can also be used for morphing of linear features. Experimental results show that this method is sensitive to scale variations and it can be used for vector map features' continuous scale transformation...
2018: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29351318/invasive-bacterial-disease-trends-and-characterization-of-group-b-streptococcal-isolates-among-young-infants-in-southern-mozambique-2001-2015
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Betuel Sigaúque, Miwako Kobayashi, Delfino Vubil, Ariel Nhacolo, Alberto Chaúque, Benild Moaine, Sérgio Massora, Inácio Mandomando, Tacilta Nhampossa, Quique Bassat, Fabiana Pimenta, Clara Menéndez, Maria da Gloria Carvalho, Eusebio Macete, Stephanie J Schrag
BACKGROUND: Maternal group B streptococcal (GBS) vaccines under development hold promise to prevent GBS disease in young infants. Sub-Saharan Africa has the highest estimated disease burden, although data on incidence and circulating strains are limited. We described invasive bacterial disease (IBD) trends among infants <90 days in rural Mozambique during 2001-2015, with a focus on GBS epidemiology and strain characteristics. METHODS: Community-level birth and mortality data were obtained from Manhiça's demographic surveillance system...
2018: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29351296/hybrid-genome-assembly-and-annotation-of-paenibacillus-pasadenensis-strain-r16-reveals-insights-on-endophytic-life-style-and-antifungal-activity
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Alessandro Passera, Luca Marcolungo, Paola Casati, Milena Brasca, Fabio Quaglino, Chiara Cantaloni, Massimo Delledonne
Bacteria of the Paenibacillus genus are becoming important in many fields of science, including agriculture, for their positive effects on the health of plants. However, there are little information available on this genus compared to other bacteria (such as Bacillus or Pseudomonas), especially when considering genomic information. Sequencing the genomes of plant-beneficial bacteria is a crucial step to identify the genetic elements underlying the adaptation to life inside a plant host and, in particular, which of these features determine the differences between a helpful microorganism and a pathogenic one...
2018: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29351294/a-had-family-phosphatase-csp-6-regulates-the-circadian-output-pathway-in-neurospora-crassa
#16
Xiaoying Zhou, Bin Wang, Jillian M Emerson, Carol S Ringelberg, Scott A Gerber, Jennifer J Loros, Jay C Dunlap
Circadian clocks are ubiquitous in eukaryotic organisms where they are used to anticipate regularly occurring diurnal and seasonal environmental changes. Nevertheless, little is known regarding pathways connecting the core clock to its output pathways. Here, we report that the HAD family phosphatase CSP-6 is required for overt circadian clock output but not for the core oscillation. The loss of function Δcsp-6 deletion mutant is overtly arrhythmic on race tubes under free running conditions; however, reporter assays confirm that the FREQUENCY-WHITE COLLAR COMPLEX core circadian oscillator is functional, indicating a discrete block between oscillator and output...
January 19, 2018: PLoS Genetics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29351254/bridge-structure-deformation-prediction-based-on-gnss-data-using-kalman-arima-garch-model
#17
Jingzhou Xin, Jianting Zhou, Simon X Yang, Xiaoqing Li, Yu Wang
Bridges are an essential part of the ground transportation system. Health monitoring is fundamentally important for the safety and service life of bridges. A large amount of structural information is obtained from various sensors using sensing technology, and the data processing has become a challenging issue. To improve the prediction accuracy of bridge structure deformation based on data mining and to accurately evaluate the time-varying characteristics of bridge structure performance evolution, this paper proposes a new method for bridge structure deformation prediction, which integrates the Kalman filter, autoregressive integrated moving average model (ARIMA), and generalized autoregressive conditional heteroskedasticity (GARCH)...
January 19, 2018: Sensors
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29351251/compatibility-with-panax-notoginseng-and-rehmannia-glutinosa-alleviates-the-hepatotoxicity-and-nephrotoxicity-of-tripterygium-wilfordii-via-modulating-the-pharmacokinetics-of-triptolide
#18
Qichun Zhang, Yiqun Li, Mengzhu Liu, Jinao Duan, Xueping Zhou, Huaxu Zhu
Tripterygium wilfordii (TW) and the representative active component triptolide show positive therapeutic effect on the autoimmune disorders and simultaneously ineluctable hepatotoxicity and nephrotoxicity. Combinational application of Panax notoginseng (PN) and Rehmannia glutinosa (RG) weakens the toxicity of TW according the clinical application of traditional Chinese medicine. This article was aimed at the mechanism of decreasing toxicity of TW by the combinational application of PN and RG. Biochemical and pathohistological analysis were utilized to assess the toxicity on liver and kidney in rats administrated with TW, TW-PN, TW-RG and TW-PN-RG for 3 and 7 days...
January 19, 2018: International Journal of Molecular Sciences
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29351224/n-dimensional-lll-reduction-algorithm-with-pivoted-reflection
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Zhongliang Deng, Di Zhu, Lu Yin
The Lenstra-Lenstra-Lovász (LLL) lattice reduction algorithm and many of its variants have been widely used by cryptography, multiple-input-multiple-output (MIMO) communication systems and carrier phase positioning in global navigation satellite system (GNSS) to solve the integer least squares (ILS) problem. In this paper, we propose an n-dimensional LLL reduction algorithm (n-LLL), expanding the Lovász condition in LLL algorithm to n-dimensional space in order to obtain a further reduced basis. We also introduce pivoted Householder reflection into the algorithm to optimize the reduction time...
January 19, 2018: Sensors
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29351223/a-novel-walking-detection-and-step-counting-algorithm-using-unconstrained-smartphones
#20
Xiaomin Kang, Baoqi Huang, Guodong Qi
Recently, with the development of artificial intelligence technologies and the popularity of mobile devices, walking detection and step counting have gained much attention since they play an important role in the fields of equipment positioning, saving energy, behavior recognition, etc. In this paper, a novel algorithm is proposed to simultaneously detect walking motion and count steps through unconstrained smartphones in the sense that the smartphone placement is not only arbitrary but also alterable. On account of the periodicity of the walking motion and sensitivity of gyroscopes, the proposed algorithm extracts the frequency domain features from three-dimensional (3D) angular velocities of a smartphone through FFT (fast Fourier transform) and identifies whether its holder is walking or not irrespective of its placement...
January 19, 2018: Sensors
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