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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28728392/effects-of-selection-index-coefficients-that-ignore-reliability-on-economic-weights-and-selection-responses-during-practical-selection
#1
Kenji Togashi, Kazunori Adachi, Takanori Yasumori, Kazuhiko Kurogi, Takayoshi Nozaki, Akio Onogi, Yamato Atagi, Tsutomu Takahashi
Objective: In practical breeding, selection is often performed by ignoring the accuracy of evaluations and applying economic weights directly to the selection index coefficients of genetically standardized traits. The denominator of the standardized component trait of estimated genetic evaluations in practical selection varies with its reliability. Whereas theoretical methods for calculating the selection index coefficients of genetically standardized traits account for this variation, practical selection ignores reliability and assumes that it is equal to unity for each trait...
May 14, 2017: Asian-Australasian Journal of Animal Sciences
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28728378/phenotypic-diversity-major-genes-and-production-potential-of-local-chickens-and-guinea-fowl-in-tamale-northern-ghana
#2
Michael Mensah Brown, Benjamin Alenyorege, Gabriel Ayum Teye, Regina Roessler
Objective: Our study provides information on phenotypes of local chickens and guinea fowl and their body measures as well as on major genes in local chickens in northern Ghana. Methods: Qualitative and morphometric traits were recorded on 788 local chickens and 394 guinea fowl in urban households in Tamale, Ghana. Results: The results showed considerable variation of color traits and numerous major genes in local chickens, while color variations and related genotypes in guinea fowl were limited...
June 26, 2017: Asian-Australasian Journal of Animal Sciences
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28728353/estimation-of-rate-and-number-of-under-reporting-deliberate-self-poisoning-attempts-in-western-iran-2015
#3
Mehdi Moradinazar, Farid Najafi, Mohammad Reza Baneshi, Ali Akbar Haghdoost
Objectives: Rates of Deliberate Self-Poisoning (DSP) attempts are subjected to under-counting, under-reporting, and denying suicide attempts. In this study, therefore, we seek to estimate the rate of under-reported DSPs, which is the most common way of suicide attempts in Iran. Methods: Using truncated count models, we estimated rates and numbers of under-counted DSP attempts in western part of Iran in 2015. By this method, n0, namely the number of people attempted DSP, but not referring to any health care centers, was calculated through data connection...
June 15, 2017: Epidemiology and Health
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28728352/the-association-between-physical-activity-and-atrial-fibrillation-applying-heaviside-function-in-survival-analysis-the-multi-ethnic-study-of-atherosclerosis-mesa
#4
Yaser Mokhayeri, Seyed Saeed Hashemi Nazari, Mohammad Ali Mansournia, Hamid Soori, Soheila Khodakarim
Objectives: Although the effect of physical activity (PA) on the incidence of atrial fibrillation (AF) has been studied, contradictory results have been reported. These seemingly different results may reflect alternate effects of different types of PA upon AF as well as gender interactions. Therefore, we aimed to evaluate the association of PA types namely total, moderate/vigorous, intentional, as well as walking pace on AF risk, in men and women. Methods: Using the MESA Typical Week Physical Activity Survey, three PA measures and walking pace among 6487 men and women aged 45-84 years were calculated...
June 18, 2017: Epidemiology and Health
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28728350/the-association-between-smoking-or-passive-smoking-and-cardiovascular-diseases-using-a-bayesian-hierarchical-model-based-on-the-2008-2013-korea-community-health-survey
#5
WhanHee Lee, SungHee Hwang, HaYoung Choi, Ho Kim
Objectives: Smoking and passive smoking have been extensively reported as risk factors of cardiovascular morbidity and mortality. Despite the biological mechanisms underlying the impact of hazardous chemical substances contained in tobacco in cardiovascular diseases, studies investigating the association between smoking and passive smoking with morbidity are at an inchoate stage in Korea. Therefore, this study aimed to estimate the risks of smoking and passive smoking on cardiovascular morbidity at the national and regional levels...
June 22, 2017: Epidemiology and Health
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28728347/pros-and-cons-of-health-transformation-program-in-iran-evidence-from-financial-outcomes-at-household-level
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Enayatollah Homaie Rad, Vahid Yazdi-Feyzabadi, Shahrokh Yousefzadeh-Chabok, Abolhasan Afkar, Ahmad Naghibzadeh Tahami
Purpose: Health transformation program (HTP) is one of the recent reforms in health system of Iran implemented in early 2014. Improving the equity of payments and reducing out of pocket (OOP) and catastrophic health expenditures (CHE) were some of the program's important goals. In this study these goals were evaluated using a before-after analysis. Methods: Household income and expenditures data of Guilan province were gathered for years 2013-2015. OOP payments for outpatient, inpatient and drug services were calculated and the results were compared using propensity score matching technique after adjustment of confounding variables...
July 18, 2017: Epidemiology and Health
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28728300/-evaluate-the-value-of-18-f-fdg-pet-ct-imaging-in-predicting-the-mutationsin-epidermal-growth-factor-receptor-in-lung-adenocarcinoma
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C Y Ding, W P Yang, Z Guo, J Sun, Y Y Li, T R Li
Objective: To investigate the value of maximum Standardized Uptake Value(SUVmax), Metabolic Tumor Volume (MTV) and Total Lesion Glycolysis (TLG) calculated from (18)F-FDG PET-CT in predicting the presence of epidermal growth factor receptor (EGFR) mutations in lung adenocarcinoma. Methods: We retrospectively reviewed 137 lung adenocarcinoma patients with EGFR mutations testing and pretreatment (18)F-FDG PET-CT. Receiver Operating Characteristic (ROC) curve analysis was performed to quantify the predictive value of SUVmax、MTV、TLG...
July 23, 2017: Zhonghua Zhong Liu za Zhi [Chinese Journal of Oncology]
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28728281/-a-cross-sectional-study-of-cataract-in-residents-with-type-2-diabetes-living-in-xinjing-town-shanghai
#8
B J Zhu, X R Zou, Y Xu, X L Bai, M Lu, Y Y Ma, L N Lu, J F Zhu, H D Zou, X Xu
Objective: To investigate the prevalence, subtypes and risk factors of cataract in type 2 diabetic individuals. Methods: Geographically defined cluster sampling method was used in this population-based, cross-sectional study. There were 7 756 type 2 diabetes individuals in Xinjing Town with a residential population of 88 864. The type 2 diabetic individuals were randomly selected from 20 basic sample units in Xinjing Town of Changning District from April to June 2016. All participants received visual acuity measurement and eye examination...
July 11, 2017: [Zhonghua Yan Ke za Zhi] Chinese Journal of Ophthalmology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28728164/disseminated-tumour-cells-with-highly-aberrant-genomes-are-linked-to-poor-prognosis-in-operable-oesophageal-adenocarcinoma
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Sarah Schumacher, Christoph Bartenhagen, Martin Hoffmann, Daniel Will, Johannes C Fischer, Stephan E Baldus, Christian Vay, Georg Fluegen, Levent Dizdar, Daniel Vallböhmer, Christoph A Klein, Wolfram T Knoefel, Nikolas H Stoecklein, Birte Möhlendick
BACKGROUND: Chromosomal instability (CIN) has repeatedly been identified as a prognostic marker. Here we evaluated the percentage of aberrant genome per cell (PAG) as a measure of CIN in single disseminated tumour cells (DTC) isolated from patients with operable oesophageal adenocarcinoma (EAC), to assess the impact of CIN(high) DTCs on prognosis. METHODS: We isolated CK18(positive) DTCs from bone marrow (BM) or lymph node (LN) preparations of operable EAC patients...
July 20, 2017: British Journal of Cancer
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28728156/predicting-the-risk-to-develop-preeclampsia-in-the-first-trimester-combining-promoter-variant-98a-c-of-lgals13-placental-protein-13-black-ethnicity-previous-preeclampsia-obesity-and-maternal-age
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Liora Madar-Shapiro, Ido Karady, Alla Trahtenherts, Argryo Syngelaki, Ranjit Akolekar, Liona Poon, Ruth Cohen, Adi Sharabi-Nov, Berthold Huppertz, Marei Sammar, Kata Juhasz, Nandor Gabor Than, Zoltan Papp, Roberto Romero, Kypros H Nicolaides, Hamutal Meiri
BACKGROUND: LGALS13 (placental protein 13 [PP13]) promoter DNA polymorphisms was evaluated in predicting preeclampsia (PE), given PP13's effects on hypotension, angiogenesis, and immune tolerance. METHODS: First-trimester plasma samples (49 term and 18 intermediate) of PE cases matched with 196 controls were collected from King's College Hospital, London, repository. Cell-free DNA was extracted and the LGALS13 exons were sequenced after PCR amplification. Expression of LGALS13 promoter reporter constructs was determined in BeWo trophoblast-like cells with luciferase assays...
July 21, 2017: Fetal Diagnosis and Therapy
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28728113/catalase-based-hydrogen-peroxide-biosensor-for-mercury-determination-by-inhibition-measurements
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Basant Elsebai, Mariana Emilia Ghica, Mohammed Nooredeen Abbas, Christopher M A Brett
A new amperometric hydrogen peroxide enzyme inhibition biosensor for the indirect determination of toxic mercury ions, Hg(2+), based on catalase immobilized on a glassy carbon electrode surface by cross-linking with glutaraldehyde and bovine serum albumin, is reported. The parameters influencing biosensor performance were optimized, including enzyme loading, the amount of hydrogen peroxide, the applied potential and electrolyte pH. It was shown that the inhibition of catalase by Hg(2+) species is irreversible, with a linear inhibition response between 5×10(-11) and 5×10(-10)M...
July 11, 2017: Journal of Hazardous Materials
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28728061/qualifying-information-on-deaths-and-serious-injuries-caused-by-road-traffic-in-five-brazilian-capitals-using-record-linkage
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Polyana Maria Pimenta Mandacaru, Ana Lucia Andrade, Marli Souza Rocha, Fernanda Pinheiro Aguiar, Maria Sueli M Nogueira, Anne Marielle Girodo, Ana Amélia Galas Pedrosa, Vera Lídia Alves de Oliveira, Marta Maria Malheiros Alves, Lúcia Maria Miana M Paixão, Deborah Carvalho Malta, Marta Maria Alves Silva, Otaliba Libanio de Morais Neto
INTRODUCTION: Road traffic crashes (RTC) are an important public health problem, accounting for 1.2 million deaths per year worldwide. In Brazil, approximately 40,000 deaths caused by RTC occur every year, with different trends in the Federal Units. However, these figures may be even greater if health databases are linked to police records. In addition, the linkage procedure would make it possible to qualify information from the health and police databases, improving the quality of the data regarding underlying cause of death, cause of injury in hospital records, and injury severity...
July 17, 2017: Accident; Analysis and Prevention
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28728032/tunable-fluorescence-quenching-near-the-graphene-aqueous-interface
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Aaron W Chen, Alejandro L Briseno, Maria M Santore
With increased interest in graphene-based sensors for biomolecules and other targets, we investigated the impact of ionic strength on the steady-state emissions from fluorescein labels on proteins adsorbing on pristine CVD (chemical vapor deposited)-graphene on a silica support. Using the model system of fluorescein-tagged fibrinogen we demonstrated that, for fluorescein tags on adsorbed fibrinogen, emission intensity was very sensitive to the salt concentration. This behavior was not seen for fluorescein-tagged fibrinogen in solution...
July 6, 2017: Journal of Colloid and Interface Science
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28728031/applying-a-modified-donnan-model-to-describe-the-surface-complexation-of-chromate-to-iron-oxyhydroxide-agglomerates-with-heteromorphous-pores
#14
Zongsu Wei, Raphael Semiat
In this study, a modified Donnan model (mDM) is incorporated into surface complexation model (SCM) to better understand the physicochemical processes for adsorption of hexavalent chromium, Cr(VI), on porous iron oxyhydroxide agglomerates (IOAs). The mDM includes a chemical potential term μatt to account for ionic transport and electrostatic interaction in micropores (dmi<2nm) which is usually neglected in typical Donnan model (tDM). To estimate the parameters of mDM in a simple and accurate way, a rigorous protocol was presented...
July 11, 2017: Journal of Colloid and Interface Science
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28728014/the-structured-observation-of-motor-performance-in-infants-can-detect-cerebral-palsy-early-in-neonatal-intensive-care-recipients
#15
Cecilia Montgomery, Kine Johansen, Steven Lucas, Bo Strömberg, Kristina Persson
BACKGROUND: The detection of motor problems in infancy requires a detailed assessment method that measures both the infants' level of motor development and movement quality. AIMS: To evaluate the ability of the Structured Observation of Motor Performance in Infants (SOMP-I) to detect cerebral palsy (CP) in neonatal intensive care recipients. STUDY DESIGN: Prospective cohort study analyzed retrospectively. SUBJECTS: 212 (girls: 96) neonatal intensive care recipients (mean gestational age 34weeks, range: 23-43)...
July 17, 2017: Early Human Development
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28727991/how-accurate-are-self-reported-height-and-weight-in-the-seriously-mentally-ill
#16
Elton K Zhou, Urska Kosir, Suat Kucukgoncu, Erin L Reutenauer Sullivan, Cenk Tek
(1) Determine the accuracy of self-reported height, weight, and body mass index (BMI) calculated from those values in a population suffering from both serious mental illness (SMI) and overweight/obesity; (2) identify any associations that may predict error in self-reported measurements. Data were collected from screening appointments for two clinical trials for adult patients with SMI and overweight/obesity (BMI > 28) who gained weight while on antipsychotic medications. Both studies were conducted at the same urban community mental health center...
July 10, 2017: Psychiatry Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28727990/new-heterocyclic-compounds-from-ranunculus-ternatus-thunb
#17
Zi-Ming Feng, Zhi-Lai Zhan, Ya-Nan Yang, Jian-Shuang Jiang, Pei-Cheng Zhang
Five new heterocyclic compounds, 5-α-d-fructofuranosylmethyl-furfural (1), 5-β-d-fructofuranosylmethyl-furfural (2), 5-β-d-fructopyranosylmethyl-furfural (3), 4-(2-((2S-2,3-dihydroxypropoxy)methyl)-5-formyl-1H-pyrrol-1-yl)butanoic acid (4), and 3S,4S-4,5,8-trihydroxy-3-(prop-1-en-2-yl)isochroman-1-one (5), were obtained from the root of Ranunculus ternatus Thunb., which is a traditional Chinese anti-tuberculosis medicine. Their structures were elucidated by UV, IR, HRESIMS, NMR data, and the comparison of experimental and calculated electronic circular dichroism (ECD) spectra...
July 12, 2017: Bioorganic Chemistry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28727937/preoperative-short-form-health-survey-score-is-predictive-of-return-to-play-and-minimal-clinically-important-difference-at-a-minimum-2-year-follow-up-after-anterior-cruciate-ligament-reconstruction
#18
Benedict U Nwachukwu, Brenda Chang, Pramod B Voleti, Patricia Berkanish, Matthew R Cohn, David W Altchek, Answorth A Allen, Riley J Williams
BACKGROUND: There is increased interest in understanding the preoperative determinants of postoperative outcomes. Return to play (RTP) and the patient-reported minimal clinically important difference (MCID) are useful measures of postoperative outcomes after anterior cruciate ligament reconstruction (ACLR). PURPOSE: To define the MCID after ACLR and to investigate the role of preoperative outcome scores for predicting the MCID and RTP after ACLR. STUDY DESIGN: Case-control study; Level of evidence, 3...
July 1, 2017: American Journal of Sports Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28727914/the-enora2-exact-noe-analysis-program
#19
Dean Strotz, Julien Orts, Celestine N Chi, Roland Riek, Beat Vögeli
We have recently developed an NMR protocol to extract exact distances between nuclei in proteins from an exact interpretation of NOESY buildup intensities (eNOEs). This enabled us to calculate multi-state structural ensembles that exhibit realistic spatial sampling and long-range correlations. Our initial studies were laborious and required a deep understanding of the underlying spin dynamics. Here, we present a MatLab package that integrates all data processing steps required to convert intensities of assigned peaks in NOESY series into upper and lower distance limits for structure calculation...
July 20, 2017: Journal of Chemical Theory and Computation
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28727903/mechanochemistry-induced-with-a-robust-functionalized-tip
#20
Yajie Zhang, Yongfeng Wang, Jing-Tao Lü, Mads Brandbyge, Richard Berndt
Atomic-scale mechanochemistry is realized from force exerted by a C₆₀-functionalized scanning tunneling microscope (STM) tip. Two conformers of tin phthalocyanine (SnPc) can be prepared on coinage metal surfaces. A transition between these conformers is induced on Cu(111) and Ag(100). Density functional theory (DFT) calculations reveal details of this reaction. Because of the large energy barrier of the reaction and the strong interaction of SnPc with Cu(111), the process can not be achieved by electrical means...
July 20, 2017: Angewandte Chemie
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