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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28734349/integrated-preservation-and-sample-clean-up-procedures-for-studying-water-ingestion-by-recreational-swimmers-via-urinary-biomarker-determination
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Ricardo Cantú, Jody A Shoemaker, Catherine A Kelty, Larry J Wymer, Thomas D Behymer, Alfred P Dufour, Matthew L Magnuson
The use of cyanuric acid as a biomarker for ingestion of swimming pool water may lead to quantitative knowledge of the volume of water ingested during swimming, contributing to a better understanding of disease resulting from ingestion of environmental contaminants. When swimming pool water containing chlorinated cyanurates is inadvertently ingested, cyanuric acid is excreted quantitatively within 24 h as a urinary biomarker of ingestion. Because the volume of water ingested can be quantitatively estimated by calculation from the concentration of cyanuric acid in 24 h urine samples, a procedure for preservation, cleanup, and analysis of cyanuric acid was developed to meet the logistical demands of large scale studies...
August 22, 2017: Analytica Chimica Acta
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28734310/stability-limits-for-the-supercooled-liquid-and-superheated-crystal-of-lennard-jones-particles
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Ernesto S Loscar, Daniel A Martin, Tomás S Grigera
We have studied the limits of stability in the first order liquid-solid phase transition in a Lennard-Jones system by means of the short-time relaxation method and using the bond-orientational order parameter Q6. These limits are compared with the melting line. We have paid special attention to the supercooled liquid, comparing our results with the point where the free energy cost of forming a nucleating droplet goes to zero. We also indirectly estimate the dimension associated to the critical nucleus at the spinodal, expected to be fractal according to mean field theories of nucleation...
July 21, 2017: Journal of Chemical Physics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28734305/exploring-the-free-energy-gain-of-phase-separation-via-markov-state-modeling
#3
Myra Biedermann, Andreas Heuer
The gain of free energy upon unmixing is determined via application of Markov state modeling (MSM), using an Ising model with a fixed number of up- and down-spins. MSM yields reasonable estimates of the free energies. However, a closer look reveals significant differences that point to residual non-Markovian effects. These non-Markovian effects are rather unexpected since the typical criteria to study the quality of Markovianity indicate complete Markovian behavior. We identify the sparse connectivity between different Markov states as a likely reason for the observed bias...
July 21, 2017: Journal of Chemical Physics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28734295/estimating-the-intrinsic-limit-of-the-feller-peterson-dixon-composite-approach-when-applied-to-adiabatic-ionization-potentials-in-atoms-and-small-molecules
#4
David Feller
Benchmark adiabatic ionization potentials were obtained with the Feller-Peterson-Dixon (FPD) theoretical method for a collection of 48 atoms and small molecules. In previous studies, the FPD method demonstrated an ability to predict atomization energies (heats of formation) and electron affinities well within a 95% confidence level of ±1 kcal/mol. Large 1-particle expansions involving correlation consistent basis sets (up to aug-cc-pV8Z in many cases and aug-cc-pV9Z for some atoms) were chosen for the valence CCSD(T) starting point calculations...
July 21, 2017: Journal of Chemical Physics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28734254/childhood-polybrominated-diphenyl-ether-pbde-exposure-and-neurobehavior-in-children-at-8-years
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Ann M Vuong, Kimberly Yolton, Changchun Xie, Glenys M Webster, Andreas Sjödin, Joseph M Braun, Kim N Dietrich, Bruce P Lanphear, Aimin Chen
BACKGROUND: Prenatal polybrominated diphenyl ether (PBDE) exposure has been associated with decrements in IQ and increased attention deficit/hyperactivity disorder related behaviors in children; however, data are limited for the role of postnatal exposures. OBJECTIVES: We investigated the association between a series of childhood PBDE concentrations and Full-Scale Intelligence Quotient (FSIQ) and externalizing problems at 8 years. METHODS: We used data from 208 children in the Health Outcomes and Measures of the Environment (HOME) Study, a prospective pregnancy and birth cohort...
July 19, 2017: Environmental Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28734222/species-sensitivity-distribution-for-pentachlorophenol-to-aquatic-organisms-based-on-interval-ecotoxicological-data
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Jinsong Zhao, Run Zhang
Species sensitivity distribution (SSD) model is often used to extrapolate the chemicals' effects from the ecotoxicological data on individual species to ecosystems, and is widely applied to derive water quality criteria or to assess ecological risk. Because of the influence of various factors, the ecotoxicological data of a specific chemicals to an individual usually exist in a range. The feasibility of interval ecotoxicological data directly applied to build SSD model has not been clearly stated. In the present study, by means of Bayesian statistics, the half maximal effective concentration (EC50) of pentachlorophenol (PCP) to 161 aquatic organisms, which were organized into 7 groups, i...
July 19, 2017: Ecotoxicology and Environmental Safety
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28734011/maternal-ssri-discontinuation-use-psychiatric-disorder-and-the-risk-of-autism-in-children-a-meta-analysis-of-cohort-studies
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Yusuf Cem Kaplan, Elif Keskin-Arslan, Selin Acar, Kaan Sozmen
We undertook an exclusive meta-analysis of cohort studies investigating the possible link between prenatal SSRI exposure and autism spectrum disorders (ASD) in children to further investigate our previous suggestion of confounding by indication. The point estimates regarding the following cohorts were extracted and pooled: (1) Pregnant women who discontinued SSRI until 3 months before pregnancy. (2) Pregnant women who were exposed to SSRI during pregnancy. (3) Pregnant women with maternal psychiatric disorder but no exposure to SSRI during pregnancy...
July 21, 2017: British Journal of Clinical Pharmacology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28733862/recommendations-for-systematic-statistical-computation-of-immunogenicity-cut-points
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Viswanath Devanarayan, Wendell C Smith, Rocco L Brunelle, Mary E Seger, Kim Krug, Ronald R Bowsher
Today, the assessment of immunogenicity is integral in nonclinical and clinical testing of new biotherapeutics and biosimilars. A key component in the risk-based evaluation of immunogenicity involves the detection and characterization of anti-drug antibodies (ADA). Over the past couple of decades, much progress has been made in standardizing the generalized approach for ADA testing with a three-tiered testing paradigm involving screening, confirmation, and quasi-quantitative titer assessment representing the typical harmonized scheme...
July 21, 2017: AAPS Journal
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28733374/the-fallacy-of-average-how-using-hba1c-alone-to-assess-glycemic-control-can-be-misleading
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Roy W Beck, Crystal G Connor, Deborah M Mullen, David M Wesley, Richard M Bergenstal
HbA1c is a valuable metric for comparing treatment groups in a randomized trial, for assessing glycemic trends in a population over time, or for cross-sectional comparisons of glycemic control in different populations. However, what is not widely appreciated is that HbA1c may not be a good indicator of an individual patient's glycemic control because of the wide range of mean glucose concentrations and glucose profiles that can be associated with a given HbA1c level. To illustrate this point, we plotted mean glucose measured with continuous glucose monitoring (CGM) versus central laboratory-measured HbA1c in 387 participants in three randomized trials, showing that not infrequently HbA1c may underestimate or overestimate mean glucose, sometimes substantially...
August 2017: Diabetes Care
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28732336/using-machine-learning-to-identify-air-pollution-exposure-profiles-associated-with-early-cognitive-skills-among-u-s-children
#10
Jeanette A Stingone, Om P Pandey, Luz Claudio, Gaurav Pandey
Data-driven machine learning methods present an opportunity to simultaneously assess the impact of multiple air pollutants on health outcomes. The goal of this study was to apply a two-stage, data-driven approach to identify associations between air pollutant exposure profiles and children's cognitive skills. Data from 6900 children enrolled in the Early Childhood Longitudinal Study, Birth Cohort, a national study of children born in 2001 and followed through kindergarten, were linked to estimated concentrations of 104 ambient air toxics in the 2002 National Air Toxics Assessment using ZIP code of residence at age 9 months...
July 18, 2017: Environmental Pollution
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28731607/process-evaluation-of-a-patient-centred-patient-directed-group-based-education-program-for-the-management-of-type-2-diabetes-mellitus
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Kate Odgers-Jewell, Elisabeth Isenring, Rae Thomas, Dianne P Reidlinger
AIM: The present study developed and evaluated a patient-centred, patient-directed, group-based education program for the management of type 2 diabetes mellitus. METHODS: Two frameworks, the Medical Research Council (MRC) framework for developing and evaluating complex interventions and the RE-AIM framework were followed. Data to develop the intervention were sourced from scoping of the literature and formative evaluation. Program evaluation comprised analysis of primary recruitment of participants through general practitioners, baseline and end-point measures of anthropometry, four validated questionnaires, contemporaneous facilitator notes and telephone interviews with participants...
July 2017: Nutrition & Dietetics: the Journal of the Dietitians Association of Australia
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28731597/reliability-and-relative-validity-of-a-diet-index-score-for-adults-derived-from-a-self-reported-short-food-survey
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Gilly A Hendrie, Megan A Rebuli, Rebecca K Golley
AIM: Assess the reliability and relative validity of a diet index score for adults derived using a 38-item online survey. METHODS: The short food survey (SFS) measured 'usual' intake of seven food groups, three food choice indicators and variety; and was completed by 61 adults aged 19-50 years from Adelaide, Australia. A score was applied to assess compliance with the 2013 Australian Dietary Guidelines. Reliability of the survey was measured between two administrations one week apart; and validity by comparing the first administration to the average of three 24-hour dietary recalls...
July 2017: Nutrition & Dietetics: the Journal of the Dietitians Association of Australia
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28731537/frailty-and-cancer-implications-for-oncology-surgery-medical-oncology-and-radiation-oncology
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REVIEW
Cecilia G Ethun, Mehmet A Bilen, Ashesh B Jani, Shishir K Maithel, Kenneth Ogan, Viraj A Master
Answer questions and earn CME/CNE The concept of frailty has become increasingly recognized as one of the most important issues in health care and health outcomes and is of particular importance in patients with cancer who are receiving treatment with surgery, chemotherapy, and radiotherapy. Because both cancer itself, as well as the therapies offered, can be significant additional stressors that challenge a patient's physiologic reserve, the incidence of frailty in older patients with cancer is especially high-it is estimated that over one-half of older patients with cancer have frailty or prefrailty...
July 21, 2017: CA: a Cancer Journal for Clinicians
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28731295/biogeochemistry-of-lead-its-release-to-the-environment-and-chemical-speciation
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Jay T Cullen, Jason McAlister
Lead (Pb) is a metal that is not essential for life processes and proves acutely toxic to most organisms. Compared to other metals Pb is rather immobile in the environment but still its biogeochemical cycling is greatly perturbed by human activities. In this review we present a summary of information describing the physical and chemical properties of Pb, its distribution in crustal materials, and the processes, both natural and anthropogenic, that contribute to the metal's mobilization in the biosphere. The relatively high volatility of Pb metal, low melting point, its large ionic radius, and its chemical speciation in aquatic systems contributes to its redistribution by anthropogenic and natural processes...
April 10, 2017: Metal Ions in Life Sciences
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28730884/the-effect-of-financial-compensation-on-willingness-to-supply-a-child-s-blood-sample-a-randomized-controlled-trial
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Yubraj Acharya, Edward C Norton, Julie C Lumeng
Medical researchers frequently need to collect blood samples from study participants. The determination of whether and how much compensation to provide to the participants is challenging. Institutional review boards typically allow researchers to provide a compensation that reimburses participants for their time and effort but is not so large as to be coercive. Using a randomized controlled trial, we estimate parents' responsiveness to financial compensation in terms of their willingness to provide their child's blood sample...
September 2017: Evaluation & the Health Professions
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28730353/an-exploration-into-the-bacterial-community-under-different-pasteurization-conditions-during-substrate-preparation-composting-phase-ii-for-agaricus-bisporus-cultivation
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Fabricio Rocha Vieira, John Andrew Pecchia
Substrate preparation (i.e., composting) for Agaricus bisporus cultivation is the most critical point of mushroom production. Among many factors involved in the composting process, the microbial ecology of the system is the underlying drive of composting and can be influenced by composting management techniques. Pasteurization temperature at the beginning of phase II, in theory, may influence the bacterial community and subsequently the "selectivity" and nutrition of the final substrate. Therefore, this hypothesis was tested by simulation in bioreactors under different pasteurization conditions (57 °C/6 h, 60 °C/2 h, and 68 °C/2 h), simulating conditions adopted by many producers...
July 20, 2017: Microbial Ecology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28730221/usefulness-of-ultrastructure-studies-for-the-estimation-of-the-postmortem-interval-a-systematic-review
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Sorin Hostiuc, Mugurel Constantin Rusu, Vasile Sorin Mănoiu, Alexandra Diana Vrapciu, IonuŢ Negoi, Maria Viorela Popescu
Establishing the postmortem interval (PMI) is vital in legal medicine as it allows to retrospectively estimate the hour of death, which is essential for the police as a starting point for their inquiries (especially in violent deaths). Ultrastructure studies aimed specifically to detect autolytic changes are scarcely identified in the scientific literature. Moreover, they are performed in a variety of conditions (different temperatures, species, in vitro ÷ in situ, and so on), making the results difficult to interpret for legal medicine purposes...
2017: Romanian Journal of Morphology and Embryology, Revue Roumaine de Morphologie et Embryologie
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28730149/review-of-antibiotic-resistance-in-the-indian-ocean-commission-a-human-and-animal-health-issue
#18
REVIEW
Noellie Gay, Olivier Belmonte, Jean-Marc Collard, Mohamed Halifa, Mohammad Iqbal Issack, Saindou Mindjae, Philippe Palmyre, Abdul Aziz Ibrahim, Harena Rasamoelina, Loïc Flachet, Laurent Filleul, Eric Cardinale
Antimicrobial resistance (AMR) is a major threat to human, animal health, and environment worldwide. For human, transmission occurred through a variety of routes both in health-care settings and community. In animals, AMR was reported in livestock, pets, and wildlife; transmission of AMR can be zoonotic with the probably most important route being foodborne transmission. The Indian Ocean Commission (IOC), composed of Comoros, Madagascar, Mauritius, Reunion (France), and Seychelles recognized the surveillance of AMR in both animal and human as a main public health priority for the region...
2017: Frontiers in Public Health
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28729317/the-effects-of-physical-activity-interventions-on-glycated-haemoglobin-a1c-in-non-diabetic-populations-a-protocol-for-a-systematic-review-and-meta-analysis
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I Cavero-Redondo, B Peleteiro, C Álvarez-Bueno, M Garrido-Miguel, E G Artero, V Martinez-Vizcaino
INTRODUCTION: Epidemiological evidence suggests that physical activity has a positive effect on reducing glycated haemoglobin A1c (HbA1c) levels not only in diabetics, but also in healthy subjects. Moreover, a positive association of HbA1c levels with cardiovascular disease and mortality in non-diabetic populations has recently been reported. This is a protocol for a systematic review and meta-analysis aiming to estimate the effects of physical activity on glycaemic control measured by HbA1c levels in non-diabetic populations; and to determine which type of physical activity has a greater influence on glycaemic control...
July 20, 2017: BMJ Open
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28729034/prolonged-renal-survival-in-light-chain-amyloidosis-speed-and-magnitude-of-light-chain-reduction-is-the-crucial-factor
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Tamer Rezk, Helen J Lachmann, Marianna Fontana, Sajitha Sachchithanantham, Shameem Mahmood, Aviva Petrie, Carol J Whelan, Jennifer H Pinney, Darren Foard, Thirusha Lane, Taryn Youngstein, Ashutosh D Wechalekar, Paul Bass, Philip N Hawkins, Julian D Gillmore
Renal involvement causing progressive chronic kidney disease (CKD) is present in 70% of patients with systemic Ig light-chain (AL) amyloidosis at diagnosis. Chemotherapy that substantially suppresses free light chain production is associated with improved patient survival, but its benefit in delaying the onset of renal replacement therapy among patients who present with established advanced CKD has not been studied. To evaluate this, we studied 1000 patients enrolled in the prospective UK AL amyloidosis chemotherapy study (ALchemy)...
July 17, 2017: Kidney International
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