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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28817781/availability-and-variation-of-publicly-reported-prescription-drug-prices
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Jeffrey T Kullgren, Joel E Segel, Timothy A Peterson, A Mark Fendrick, Simone Singh
OBJECTIVES: To examine how often retail prices for prescription drugs are available on state public reporting websites, the variability of these reported prices, and zip code characteristics associated with greater price variation. STUDY DESIGN: Searches of state government-operated websites in Michigan, Missouri, New York, and Pennsylvania for retail prices for Advair Diskus (250/50 fluticasone propionate/salmeterol), Lyrica (pregabalin 50 mg), Nasonex (mometasone 50 mcg nasal spray), Spiriva (tiotropium 18 mcg cp-handihaler), Zetia (ezetimibe 10 mg), atorvastatin 20 mg, and metoprolol 50 mg...
July 2017: American Journal of Managed Care
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28817683/genome-wide-association-analysis-of-cold-tolerance-at-germination-in-temperate-japonica-rice-oryza-sativa-l-varieties
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Ester Sales, Juan Viruel, Concha Domingo, Luis Marqués
A pool of 200 traditional, landraces and modern elite and old cultivars of rice, mainly japonica varieties adapted to temperate regions, have been used to perform a genome wide association study to detect chromosome regions associated to low temperature germination (LTG) regulation using a panel of 1672 SNP markers. Phenotyping was performed by determining growth rates when seeds were germinated at 25° and 15°C in order to separate the germination vigorousness from cold tolerance effects. As expected, the ability to produce viable seedlings varied widely among rice cultivars and also depended greatly on temperature...
2017: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28817665/concentrations-of-trace-elements-in-human-milk-comparisons-among-women-in-argentina-namibia-poland-and-the-united-states
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Laura D Klein, Alicia A Breakey, Brooke Scelza, Claudia Valeggia, Grazyna Jasienska, Katie Hinde
Human milk contains essential micronutrients for growth and development during early life. Environmental pollutants, such as potentially toxic metals, can also be transferred to the infant through human milk. These elements have been well-studied, but changing diets and environments and advances in laboratory technology require re-examining these elements in a variety of settings. The aim of this study was to characterize the concentrations of essential and toxic metals in human milk from four diverse populations...
2017: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28817658/hyperspectral-prediction-of-leaf-area-index-of-winter-wheat-in-irrigated-and-rainfed-fields
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Guangxin Li, Chao Wang, Meichen Feng, Wude Yang, Fangzhou Li, Ruiyun Feng
The growth status of winter wheat in irrigated field and rainfed field are obviously different and the field types may have an effect on the predictive accuracy of hyperspectral model. The objectives of the present study were to understand the difference of spectral sensitive wavelengths for leaf area index (LAI) in two field types and realize its hyperspectral prediction. In study, a total of 31 and 28 sample sites in irrigated fields and rainfed fields respectively were selected from Wenxi County, and the LAI and canopy spectra were also collected at the main grow stage of winter wheat...
2017: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28817652/metabolomics-reveals-an-entanglement-of-fasting-leptin-concentrations-with-fatty-acid-oxidation-and-gluconeogenesis-in-healthy-children
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Franca Fabiana Kirchberg, Stephanie Brandt, Anja Moß, Wolfgang Peissner, Wolfgang Koenig, Dietrich Rothenbacher, Hermann Brenner, Berthold Koletzko, Christian Hellmuth, Martin Wabitsch
BACKGROUND: Leptin and adiponectin communicate with organ systems in order to regulate energetic and metabolic homeostasis. Their different points of action have been well characterized; however, no study has investigated their interrelationship with the metabolism at the molecular level in vivo. OBJECTIVE: To examine the associations of leptin and adiponectin with the metabolic profile reflecting the intercellular and interorgan communication as well as activated metabolic pathways...
2017: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28817600/development-and-evaluation-of-height-diameter-at-breast-models-for-native-chinese-metasequoia
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Mu Liu, Zhongke Feng, Zhixiang Zhang, Chenghui Ma, Mingming Wang, Bo-Ling Lian, Renjie Sun, Li Zhang
Accurate tree height and diameter at breast height (dbh) are important input variables for growth and yield models. A total of 5503 Chinese Metasequoia trees were used in this study. We studied 53 fitted models, of which 7 were linear models and 46 were non-linear models. These models were divided into two groups of single models and multivariate models according to the number of independent variables. The results show that the allometry equation of tree height which has diameter at breast height as independent variable can better reflect the change of tree height; in addition the prediction accuracy of the multivariate composite models is higher than that of the single variable models...
2017: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28817589/relationship-between-atherosclerosis-and-occlusal-support-of-natural-teeth-with-mediating-effect-of-atheroprotective-nutrients-from-the-sonic-study
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Sayaka Tada, Kazunori Ikebe, Kei Kamide, Yasuyuki Gondo, Chisato Inomata, Hajime Takeshita, Ken-Ich Matsuda, Masahiro Kitamura, Shinya Murakami, Mai Kabayama, Ryousuke Oguro, Chikako Nakama, Tatsuo Kawai, Koichi Yamamoto, Ken Sugimoto, Ayumi Shintani, Takuma Ishihara, Yasumichi Arai, Yukie Masui, Ryutaro Takahashi, Hiromi Rakugi, Yoshinobu Maeda
Whereas most of studies investigating relationship between oral health and atherosclerosis have focused on periodontitis, very few of them were examined about occlusal status of natural teeth which possibly influence dietary habit. The primary aim of this cross-sectional study was to investigate the association between the occlusal support of posterior teeth and the prevalence of atherosclerosis in community-dwelling septuagenarians. Also, the second aim was to test the hypothesis that the intake of key nutrients for atherosclerosis prevention would have a mediating effect on the relationship between the occlusal status and atherosclerosis...
2017: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28817471/bayesian-piecewise-linear-mixed-models-with-a-random-change-point-an-application-to-bmi-rebound-in-childhood
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Samuel L Brilleman, Laura D Howe, Rory Wolfe, Kate Tilling
No abstract text is available yet for this article.
August 16, 2017: Epidemiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28817383/combined-influence-of-ct-random-noise-and-hu-rsp-calibration-curve-nonlinearities-on-proton-range-systematic-errors
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Sébastien Brousmiche, Kevin Souris, Jonathan Orban de Xivry, John Aldo Lee, Benoit Macq, Joao Seco
Proton range random and systematic uncertainties are the major factors undermining the advantages of proton therapy, namely, a sharp dose falloff and a better dose conformality for lower doses in normal tissues. The influence of CT artifacts such as beam hardening or scatter can easily be understood and estimated due to their large-scale effects on the CT image, like cupping and streaks. In comparison, the effects of weakly-correlated stochastic noise are more insidious and less attention is drawn on them partly due to the common belief that they only contribute to proton range uncertainties and not to systematic errors thanks to some averaging effects...
August 17, 2017: Physics in Medicine and Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28817256/tailorable-exciton-transport-in-doped-peptide-amphiphile-assemblies
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Lee A Solomon, Matthew E Sykes, Yimin A Wu, Richard D Schaller, Gary P Wiederrecht, Harry Christopher Fry
Light-harvesting biomaterials are an attractive target in photovoltaics, photocatalysis, and artificial photosynthesis. Through peptide self-assembly, complex nanostructures can be engineered to study the role of chromophore organization during light absorption and energy transport. To this end, we demonstrate the one-dimensional transport of excitons along naturally occurring, light-harvesting, Zn-protoporphyrin IX chromophores within self-assembled peptide-amphiphile nanofibers. The internal structure of the nanofibers induces packing of the porphyrins into linear chains...
August 17, 2017: ACS Nano
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28816927/use-of-selective-serotonin-reuptake-inhibitors-and-bone-mineral-density-change-a-population-based-longitudinal-study-in-middle-aged-and-elderly-individuals
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Annelies C Ham, Nikkie Aarts, Raymond Noordam, Fernando Rivadeneira, Gijsbertus Ziere, M Carola Zillikens, Henning Tiemeier, Nathalie van der Velde, Albert Hofman, André G Uitterlinden, Loes E Visser, Bruno H Stricker
BACKGROUND: Longitudinal studies showed conflicting results regarding the association between use of selective serotonin reuptake inhibitors (SSRIs) and bone mineral density (BMD). Therefore, we investigate the association between-duration of-SSRI use and BMD, and change in BMD ([INCREMENT]BMD). METHODS: Data from the population-based Rotterdam Study cohort (1991-2008) were used. In total, 4915 men and 5831 postmenopausal women, aged 45 years and older, were included, having measurement visits at 4- to 5-year intervals...
August 14, 2017: Journal of Clinical Psychopharmacology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28816880/management-of-hangman-s-fractures-a-systematic-review
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Hamadi Murphy, Gregory D Schroeder, Weilong J Shi, Christopher K Kepler, Mark F Kurd, Andrew N Fleischman, Frank Kandziora, Jens R Chapman, Lorin M Benneker, Alexander R Vaccaro
BACKGROUND: Traumatic spondylolisthesis of the axis, is a common cervical spine fracture; however, to date there is limited data available to guide the treatment of these injuries. The purpose of this review is to provide an evidence-based analysis of the literature and clinical outcomes associated with the surgical and nonsurgical management of hangman's fractures. METHODS: A systematic literature search was conducted using PubMed (MEDLINE) and Scopus (EMBASE, MEDLINE, COMPENDEX) for all articles describing the treatment of hangman's fractures in 2 or more patients...
September 2017: Journal of Orthopaedic Trauma
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28816878/do-formal-laminectomy-and-timing-of-decompression-for-patients-with-sacral-fracture-and-neurologic-deficit-affect-outcome
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Christopher K Kepler, Gregory D Schroeder, Douglas A Hollern, Jens R Chapman, Michael G Fehlings, Marcel Dvorak, Carlo Bellabarba, Alexander R Vaccaro
OBJECTIVES: To identify whether formal sacral decompression provides improvement in outcome for patients with neurologic deficit after sacral fracture compared with patients treated with indirect decompression and whether the timing of surgical decompression influences neurologic outcome? DATA SOURCES: MEDLINE was searched via PubMed using combinations of the following search terms: "Sacral fracture," "Traumatic Sacral fracture," "Sacral fracture decompression," "Sacral fracture time to decompression," "Sacral Decompression...
September 2017: Journal of Orthopaedic Trauma
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28816682/rank-k-2-d-multinomial-logistic-regression-for-matrix-data-classification
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Kun Song, Feiping Nie, Junwei Han, Xuelong Li
The amount of matrix data has increased rapidly nowadays. How to classify matrix data efficiently is an important issue. In this paper, by discovering the shortages of 2-D linear discriminant analysis and 2-D logistic regression, a novel 2-D framework named rank-k 2-D multinomial logistic regression (2DMLR-RK) is proposed. The 2DMLR-RK is designed for a multiclass matrix classification problem. In the proposed framework, each category is modeled by a left projection matrix and a right projection matrix with rank k...
August 15, 2017: IEEE Transactions on Neural Networks and Learning Systems
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28816673/generating-arm-swing-trajectories-in-real-time-using-a-data-driven-model-for-gait-rehabilitation-with-self-selected-speed
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Babak Hejrati, Andrew S Merryweather, Jake J Abbott
Gait rehabilitation is often focused on the legs, and overlooks the role of the upper limbs. However, a variety of studies have demonstrated the importance of proper arm swing both during healthy walking and during rehabilitation. In this paper, we describe a method for generating proper arm-swing trajectories in real-time using only measurements of the angular velocity of a person's thighs, to be used during gait rehabilitation with self-selected walking speed. A datadriven linear time-invariant transfer function is developed, using frequency-response methods, which captures the frequencydependent magnitude and phase relationship between the thighs' angular velocities and the arm angles (measured at the shoulder, in the sagittal plane), using a data set of 30 healthy adult subjects...
August 14, 2017: IEEE Transactions on Neural Systems and Rehabilitation Engineering
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28816655/gaussian-process-morphable-models
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Marcel Luthi, Thomas Gerig, Christoph Jud, Thomas Vetter
Models of shape variations have become a central component for the automated analysis of images. An important class of shape models are point distribution models (PDMs). These models represent a class of shapes as a normal distribution of point variations, whose parameters are estimated from example shapes. Principal component analysis (PCA) is applied to obtain a low-dimensional representation of the shape variation in terms of the leading principal components. In this paper, we propose a generalization of PDMs, which we refer to as Gaussian Process Morphable Models (GPMMs)...
August 14, 2017: IEEE Transactions on Pattern Analysis and Machine Intelligence
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28816509/shp465-mixed-amphetamine-salts-in-the-treatment-of-attention-deficit-hyperactivity-disorder-in-children-and-adolescents-results-of-a-randomized-double-blind-placebo-controlled-study
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Matthew Brams, Ann C Childress, Michael Greenbaum, Ming Yu, Brian Yan, Margo Jaffee, Brigitte Robertson
OBJECTIVE: The aim of this study was to evaluate the efficacy, safety, and tolerability of SHP465 mixed amphetamine salts (MAS) in children and adolescents with attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder (ADHD). METHODS: This randomized, double-blind dose-optimization study enrolled children and adolescents (6-17 years) meeting Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders, Fourth Edition, Text Revision ADHD criteria and having baseline ADHD Rating Scale IV (ADHD-RS-IV) total scores ≥28...
August 17, 2017: Journal of Child and Adolescent Psychopharmacology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28816038/estimating-grass-soil-bioconcentration-of-munitions-compounds-from-molecular-structure
#18
Tifany Lorena Torralba-Sanchez, Yuzhen Liang, Dominic M Di Toro
A partitioning-based model is presented to estimate the bioconcentration of five munitions compounds and two munition-like compounds in grasses. The model uses polyparameter linear free energy relationships (pp-LFERs) to estimate the partition coefficients between soil organic carbon and interstitial water and between interstitial water and the plant cuticle, a lipid-like plant component. Inputs for the pp-LFERs are a set of numerical descriptors computed from molecular structure only that characterize the molecular properties that determine the interaction with soil organic carbon, interstitial water, and plant cuticle...
August 17, 2017: Environmental Science & Technology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28815945/development-of-a-quantitative-method-for-the-analysis-of-cocaine-analogue-impregnated-into-textiles-by-raman-spectroscopy
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Linda Xiao, Rhiannon Alder, Megha Mehta, Nadine Krayem, Bianca Cavasinni, Sean Laracy, Shane Cameron, Shanlin Fu
Cocaine trafficking in the form of textile impregnation is routinely encountered as a concealment method. Raman spectroscopy has been a popular and successful testing method used for in situ screening of cocaine in textiles and other matrices. Quantitative analysis of cocaine in these matrices using Raman spectroscopy has not been reported to date. This study aimed to develop a simple Raman method for quantifying cocaine using atropine as the model analogue in various types of textiles. Textiles were impregnated with solutions of atropine in methanol...
August 16, 2017: Drug Testing and Analysis
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28815837/cost-of-asthma-in-children-a-nationwide-population-based-cost-of-illness-study
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Manuel José Ferreira de Magalhães, Rita da Silva Amaral, Ana Margarida Pereira, Ana Isabel Alves de Sá E Sousa Santos, Maria Inês Águeda de Azevedo, Luís Filipe Ribeiro de Azevedo, João Almeida Lopes Fonseca
BACKGROUND: Childhood asthma is very prevalent and costs can be high, especially in severe disease. This study aimed to estimate the cost of asthma in Portuguese children and the variations by level of asthma control. METHODS: A nationwide, population- and prevalence-based cost-of-illness study with a societal perspective was conducted. We measured direct and indirect costs using a bottom-up approach and a human capital method, respectively, for 208 children (<18 years), from two national repositories...
August 17, 2017: Pediatric Allergy and Immunology
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