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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29166673/factors-related-to-acupuncture-response-in-patients-with-chronic-severe-functional-constipation-secondary-analysis-of-a-randomized-controlled-trial
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Xingyue Yang, Yan Liu, Bing Liu, Liyun He, Zhishun Liu, Yanshi Yan, Jia Liu, Baoyan Liu
BACKGROUND: Acupuncture has been demonstrated to be effective and safe for chronic severe functional constipation (CSFC). However, which patients with CSFC will have a better response to acupuncture remains unclear. OBJECTIVE: To explore factors related to acupuncture response in patients with CSFC. METHODS: We performed a secondary analysis of a previous multicenter randomized controlled trial consisting of a 2-week run-in period, 8-week treatment, and 12-week follow-up without treatment in which patients with CSFC were randomly allocated to an electroacupuncture group or a sham electroacupuncture group...
2017: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29166321/adipose-lipolysis-unchanged-by-preexercise-carbohydrate-regardless-of-glycemic-index
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Daniel A Baur, Brandon D Willingham, Kyle A Smith, Jacob N Kisiolek, Margaret C Morrissey, Patrick G Saracino, Tristan J Ragland, Michael J Ormsbee
PURPOSE: To determine the impact of pre-exercise carbohydrate of different glycemic indices on subcutaneous abdominal adipose tissue (SCAAT) metabolism and running performance. METHODS: Ten trained male runners completed three experimental trials consisting of 30 min at 60% VO2max, 30 min at 75% VO2max, and a 5-km time trial (TT). Thirty min prior to exercise, participants consumed one of three beverages: 1) 75 g low glycemic index modified starch supplement (UCAN), 2) 75 g high glycemic index glucose-based supplement (G), or 3) a flavor-matched non-caloric placebo (PL)...
November 20, 2017: Medicine and Science in Sports and Exercise
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29164280/functional-brain-networks-involved-in-decision-making-under-certain-and-uncertain-conditions
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Danielle C Farrar, Asim Z Mian, Andrew E Budson, Mark B Moss, Ronald J Killiany
PURPOSE: The aim of this study was to describe imaging markers of decision-making under uncertain conditions in normal individuals, in order to provide baseline activity to compare to impaired decision-making in pathological states. METHODS: In this cross-sectional study, 19 healthy subjects ages 18-35 completed a novel decision-making card-matching task using a Phillips T3 Scanner and a 32-channel head coil. Functional data were collected in six functional runs...
November 21, 2017: Neuroradiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29163829/meta-analysis-of-the-prognostic-value-of-lncrna-zfas1-in-patients-with-solid-tumors
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Wei Song, Chuan Tian, Run-Jin Zhang, Shu-Bing Zou, Kai Wang
Expression of ZFAS1, a newly identified long noncoding RNA (lncRNA), is dysregulated in several types of cancer. Here we assessed the prognostic value of ZFAS1 in solid tumors. A comprehensive literature search was performed by screening the PubMed, EMBASE, MEDLINE, Cochrane Library, CNKI, and Wanfang databases. A total of 874 patients from 10 studies were included. The pooled analysis demonstrated that patients with high ZFAS1 expression had a significantly shorter overall survival (OS) (HR, 1.58; 95% CI, 1...
October 27, 2017: Oncotarget
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29163473/treadmill-slope-modulates-inflammation-fiber-type-composition-androgen-and-glucocorticoid-receptors-in-the-skeletal-muscle-of-overtrained-mice
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Alisson L da Rocha, Bruno C Pereira, Giovana R Teixeira, Ana P Pinto, Fabiani G Frantz, Lucila L K Elias, Fábio S Lira, José R Pauli, Dennys E Cintra, Eduardo R Ropelle, Leandro P de Moura, Rania A Mekary, Ellen C de Freitas, Adelino S R da Silva
Overtraining (OT) may be defined as an imbalance between excessive training and adequate recovery period. Recently, a downhill running-based overtraining (OTR/down) protocol induced the nonfunctional overreaching state, which is defined as a performance decrement that may be associated with psychological and hormonal disruptions and promoted intramuscular and systemic inflammation. To discriminate the eccentric contraction effects on interleukin 1beta (IL-1β), IL-6, IL-10, IL-15, and SOCS-3, we compared the release of these cytokines in OTR/down with other two OT protocols with the same external load (i...
2017: Frontiers in Immunology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29163210/a-wearable-test-for-maximum-aerobic-power-real-time-analysis-of-a-60-m-sprint-performance-and-heart-rate-off-kinetics
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Jorge L Storniolo, Gaspare Pavei, Alberto E Minetti
Maximum aerobic power ([Formula: see text]) as an indicator of body fitness is today a very well-known concept not just for athletes but also for the layman. Unfortunately, the accurate measurement of that variable has remained a complex and exhaustive laboratory procedure, which makes it inaccessible to many active people. In this paper we propose a quick estimate of it, mainly based on the heart rate off-kinetics immediately after an all-out 60-m sprint run. The design of this test took into account the recent availability of wrist wearable, heart band free, multi-sensor smart devices, which could also inertially detect the different phases of the sprint and check the distance run...
2017: Frontiers in Physiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29162558/surgical-interventions-for-the-treatment-of-supracondylar-humerus-fractures-in-children-protocol-of-a-systematic-review
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Oreste Lemos Carrazzone, João Carlos Belloti, Fabio Teruo Matsunaga, Nacime Salomão Barbachan Mansur, Marcelo Hide Matsumoto, Flavio Faloppa, Marcel Jun Sugawara Tamaoki
BACKGROUND: The treatment of supracondylar humerus fracture in children (SHFC) is associated with complications such as functional deficit, residual deformity, and iatrogenic neurological damage. The standard treatment is closed reduction and percutaneous Kirschner wire fixation with different configurations. Despite this fact, there is still no consensus on the most effective technique for the treatment of these fractures. OBJECTIVE: The aim of this systematic review will be to evaluate the effect of surgical interventions on the treatment of Gartland type II and III SHFC by assessing function, complications, and error as primary outcomes...
November 21, 2017: JMIR Research Protocols
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29162314/clinical-characteristics-and-outcomes-of-nonurothelial-cell-carcinoma-of-the-bladder-results-from-the-national-cancer-data-base
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Trevor J Royce, Chun C Lin, Phillip J Gray, William U Shipley, Ahmedin Jemal, Jason A Efstathiou
OBJECTIVES: To determine the clinical characteristics, treatment patterns, and outcomes of patients with nonurothelial cell bladder cancer (NUBC) in the United States. METHODS: A total of 163,683 patients with bladder cancer from 1998 to 2014 in the National Cancer Data Base were identified. Of all, 153,262 had urothelial cell (UC) carcinoma (93.6%) and 10,421 had NUBC (6.4%) further classified as: squamous cell carcinoma (SC, 2.4%), adenocarcinoma (AC, 1.7%), neuroendocrine (NE, 1...
November 18, 2017: Urologic Oncology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29162030/fast-batch-searching-for-protein-homology-based-on-compression-and-clustering
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Hongwei Ge, Liang Sun, Jinghong Yu
BACKGROUND: In bioinformatics community, many tasks associate with matching a set of protein query sequences in large sequence datasets. To conduct multiple queries in the database, a common used method is to run BLAST on each original querey or on the concatenated queries. It is inefficient since it doesn't exploit the common subsequences shared by queries. RESULTS: We propose a compression and cluster based BLASTP (C2-BLASTP) algorithm to further exploit the joint information among the query sequences and the database...
November 21, 2017: BMC Bioinformatics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29161625/prediction-of-walk-to-run-transition-using-stride-frequency-a-test-retest-reliability-study
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Ernst Albin Hansen, Andreas Møller Nielsen, Lasse Andreas Risgaard Kristensen, Pascal Madeleine, Michael Voigt
The transition from walking to running has previously been predicted to occur at a point where the stride frequency starts getting closer to the running attractor than to the walking attractor. The two behavioural attractors were considered to be represented by the freely chosen stride frequencies during unrestricted treadmill walking and running. The aim of the present study was to determine the relative and absolute test-retest reliability of the predicted walk-to-run transition stride frequency. Healthy individuals (n=25) performed walking and running on a treadmill in a day-to-day test-retest design...
November 18, 2017: Gait & Posture
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29161317/evaluating-architecture-impact-on-system-energy-efficiency
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Shijie Yu, Hailong Yang, Rui Wang, Zhongzhi Luan, Depei Qian
As the energy consumption has been surging in an unsustainable way, it is important to understand the impact of existing architecture designs from energy efficiency perspective, which is especially valuable for High Performance Computing (HPC) and datacenter environment hosting tens of thousands of servers. One obstacle hindering the advance of comprehensive evaluation on energy efficiency is the deficient power measuring approach. Most of the energy study relies on either external power meters or power models, both of these two methods contain intrinsic drawbacks in their practical adoption and measuring accuracy...
2017: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29160800/study-and-validation-of-eavesdropping-scenarios-over-a-visible-light-communication-channel
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Ignacio Marin-Garcia, Victor Guerra, Rafael Perez-Jimenez
The security and privacy provided by Visible Light Communication (VLC) technologies is an area that has been slightly addressed due to the misconception that, since light does not go through solid objects like walls, VLC-based communications cannot be eavesdropped on by outside observers. As an upcoming technology, VLC is expected to be used in multiple environments were, due to radio frequency RF overuse or limitations, RF solutions cannot or should not be employed. In this work, we study the eavesdropping characteristics of a VLC-based communication...
November 21, 2017: Sensors
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29160723/automation-of-a-dosing-disc-capsule-filler-from-the-perspective-of-reliability-and-safety
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Bernhard Wagner, Thomas Brinz, Stephanie Otterbach, Johannes Khinast
The aim of this paper is to explore the possibility to develop an automatically adjustable, reliable and safe capsule filling operation. Process parameters that are critical for the tamping pin process were reviewed based on the literature and via experiment. Dosing disc height, powder bed height, machine speed, pressure on the tamping pin and immersion depth were reviewed. Two investigations were performed on a GKF 702. In the first one, the powder feed rate onto the dosing disc was examined and modified. A distance sensor with a PID controller enabled a constant powder bed level with an online changeable set point...
November 21, 2017: Drug Development and Industrial Pharmacy
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29159669/thyroid-hormones-and-commonly-cited-symptoms-of-overtraining-in-collegiate-female-endurance-runners
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Justin X Nicoll, Disa L Hatfield, Kathleen J Melanson, Christopher S Nasin
PURPOSE: Overtraining syndrome (OTS) is reported in endurance sports. Thyroid hormones (TH) regulate metabolism, mood, and energy production, and may play a role in OTS of endurance athletes. The purpose of this study was to investigate relationships in TH and symptoms of OTS in track and field endurance runners (ER). METHODS: Sixteen female track and field middle distance (MD; n = 9; age: 20.2 ± 1.5 years; ht: 167.86 ± 5.04 cm; body-mass: 57.97 ± 5...
November 20, 2017: European Journal of Applied Physiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29159323/summer-and-winter-habitat-suitability-of-marco-polo-argali-in-southeastern-tajikistan-a-modeling-approach
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Eric Ariel L Salas, Raul Valdez, Stefan Michel
We modeled summer and winter habitat suitability of Marco Polo argali in the Pamir Mountains in southeastern Tajikistan using these statistical algorithms: Generalized Linear Model, Random Forest, Boosted Regression Tree, Maxent, and Multivariate Adaptive Regression Splines. Using sheep occurrence data collected from 2009 to 2015 and a set of selected habitat predictors, we produced summer and winter habitat suitability maps and determined the important habitat suitability predictors for both seasons. Our results demonstrated that argali selected proximity to riparian areas and greenness as the two most relevant variables for summer, and the degree of slope (gentler slopes between 0° to 20°) and Landsat temperature band for winter...
November 2017: Heliyon
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29158726/enhanced-aerobic-exercise-performance-in-women-by-a-combination-of-three-mineral-chelates-plus-two-conditionally-essential-nutrients
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Robert A DiSilvestro, Staci Hart, Trisha Marshall, Elizabeth Joseph, Alyssa Reau, Carmen B Swain, Jason Diehl
Background: Certain essential and conditionally essential nutrients (CENs) perform functions involved in aerobic exercise performance. However, increased intake of such nutrient combinations has not actually been shown to improve such performance. Methods: For 1 mo, aerobically fit, young adult women took either a combination of 3 mineral glycinate complexes (daily dose: 36 mg iron, 15 mg zinc, and 2 mg copper) + 2 CENs (daily dose: 2 g carnitine and 400 mg phosphatidylserine), or the same combination with generic mineral complexes, or placebo (n = 14/group)...
2017: Journal of the International Society of Sports Nutrition
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29158620/evaluation-of-different-jumping-tests-in-defining-position-specific-and-performance-level-differences-in-high-level-basketball-players
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Miran Pehar, Damir Sekulic, Nedim Sisic, Miodrag Spasic, Ognjen Uljevic, Ante Krolo, Zoran Milanovic, Tine Sattler
The importance of jumping ability in basketball is well known, but there is an evident lack of studies that have examined different jumping testing protocols in basketball players at advanced levels. The aim of this study was to assess the applicability of different tests of jumping capacity in identifying differences between (i) playing position and (ii) competitive levels of professional players. Participants were 110 male professional basketball players (height: 194.92±8.09 cm; body mass: 89.33±10.91 kg; 21...
September 2017: Biology of Sport
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29158615/using-lactate-threshold-to-predict-5-km-treadmill-running-performance-in-veteran-athletes
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Jacky Forsyth, Dean Burt, Fiona Ridley, Christopher Mann
Measuring lactate threshold to predict endurance performance is difficult among veteran athletes, due to age-related decreases in net lactate concentration. The objective of this study was to determine whether lactate threshold, as assessed using the maximal deviation method (Dmax), which is not dependent on net values of lactate, could be used as a more valid measure of 5-km treadmill running performance than other methods of determining lactate threshold. Veteran runners (18 male and 18 female, aged 47.3±6...
September 2017: Biology of Sport
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29158614/evaluation-of-the-external-and-internal-workload-in-female-futsal-players
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Marco Beato, Giuseppe Coratella, Federico Schena, Andrew T Hulton
Match analysis technology has been extensively used in football, but there is limited literature on its use in futsal. Despite its increased popularity, the female futsal game model has never been quantified. The aim of this study was to quantify locomotor and mechanical activities performed during a non-competitive female futsal match, measuring the differences between the first and second half. Sixteen female futsal players of the Italian 2(nd) division were enrolled (age 27±5 years, height 1.65±0.09 m, body weight 56...
September 2017: Biology of Sport
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29157464/characterization-of-coronary-plaque-regions-in-intravascular-ultrasound-images-using-a-hybrid-ensemble-classifier
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Yoo Na Hwang, Ju Hwan Lee, Ga Young Kim, Eun Seok Shin, Sung Min Kim
BACKGROUND AND OBJECTIVES: The purpose of this study was to propose a hybrid ensemble classifier to characterize coronary plaque regions in intravascular ultrasound (IVUS) images. METHODS: Pixels were allocated to one of four tissues (fibrous tissue (FT), fibro-fatty tissue (FFT), necrotic core (NC), and dense calcium (DC)) through processes of border segmentation, feature extraction, feature selection, and classification. Grayscale IVUS images and their corresponding virtual histology images were acquired from 11 patients with known or suspected coronary artery disease using 20 MHz catheter...
January 2018: Computer Methods and Programs in Biomedicine
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