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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28343173/fast-track-protocols-using-highly-sensitive-troponin-assays-for-ruling-out-and-ruling-in-non-st-elevation-acute-coronary-syndrome
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Simona Ferraro, Alberto Dolci, Mauro Panteghini
The introduction of "highly sensitive" cardiac troponin assays (hsTn) has reinforced the evidence that only serial testing incorporated in running algorithms allows a more accurate diagnosis of acute myocardial infarction. In this report, we consider the available evidence supporting the use of fast track protocols for ruling out and ruling in non-ST elevation myocardial infarction (NSTEMI) and compare it with the content of recently released guideline by the European Society of Cardiology, noting some uncomfortable aspects that need urgent clarification and/or revision...
March 27, 2017: Clinical Chemistry and Laboratory Medicine: CCLM
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28343078/development-and-validation-of-liquid-chromatography-tandem-mass-spectrometry-method-quantitative-determination-of-polymyxin-b1-polymyxin-b2-polymyxin-b3-and-isoleucine-polymyxin-b1-in-human-plasma-and-its-application-in-clinical-studies
#2
Kim H Hee, Yee K J Leaw, Jun L Ong, Lawrence S Lee
Polymyxin B (PB) is an antibiotic consisting of a cyclic heptapeptide and a tripeptide side chain used in treatment of infections caused by Gram-negative bacteria. Commercial formulations of PB contain multiple structurally related components with major constituents of PB1, PB2, PB3 and ile-PB1. To understand the pharmacokinetics of these major components, we have developed and validated a LC-MS/MS method to quantify PB1, PB2, PB3 and ile-PB1 in human plasma. PB was extracted from plasma by protein precipitation using trichloroacetic acid followed by chromatographic separation on Zorbax Bonus-RP column (100mm×2...
March 14, 2017: Journal of Pharmaceutical and Biomedical Analysis
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28342723/effects-of-eccentric-overload-training-on-patellar-tendon-and-vastus-lateralis-in-three-days-of-consecutive-running
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Fernando Sanz-López, César Berzosa, Fidel Hita-Contreras, Antonio Martínez-Amat
BACKGROUND: The analysis of structural changes in patellar tendon and muscle of healthy subjects in response to mechanical loads provides useful insight into the mechanism underlying overuse injuries. METHODS: Changes produced in tendon and muscles structures after eccentric overload training and three consecutive running days were examined. Twenty healthy subjects were recruited and divided into two groups. One group (ECC) performed eccentric overload squat training (six weeks)...
March 22, 2017: Knee
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28342418/dynamics-of-runoff-and-sediment-trapping-performance-of-vegetative-filter-strips-run-on-experiments-and-modeling
#4
Daili Pan, Xiaodong Gao, Miles Dyck, Yaqian Song, Pute Wu, Xining Zhao
Vegetative filter strips (VFSs) are a labor-saving and cost-effective agricultural best management practice to trap water runoff and sediment from the source areas. They also provide forage and/or fuel and are therefore potentially profitable for land owners. VFSs are however a dynamic system: the runoff delivery ratio (RDR) and sediment delivery ratio (SDR) vary with growth stage and vegetation types. The impacts of vegetation characteristics as well as soil physical properties modified by vegetation growth, on the RDR and SDR of VFS were evaluated by a flume experiment...
March 22, 2017: Science of the Total Environment
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28339997/straight-run-vs-sex-separate-rearing-for-2-broiler-genetic-lines-part-1-live-production-parameters-carcass-yield-and-feeding-behavior
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M J Da Costa, S Zaragoza-Santacruz, T J Frost, J Halley, G M Pesti
The objective of this experiment was to evaluate the effects of raising broilers under sex separate and straight-run conditions for 2 broiler strains. Day-old Ross 308 and Ross 708 chicks (n = 1,344) were separated by sex and placed in 48 pens according to the rearing type: sex separate (28 males or 28 females) or straight-run (14 males + 14 females). There were 3 dietary phases: starter (zero to 17 d), grower (17 to 32 d), and finisher (32 to 48 d). Birds' individual BW and feed intakes were measured at 12, 17, 25, 32, 42, and 48 d to evaluate performance...
March 4, 2017: Poultry Science
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28339876/straight-run-vs-sex-separate-rearing-for-two-broiler-genetic-lines-part-2-economic-analysis-and-processing-advantages
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M J Da Costa, G Colson, T J Frost, J Halley, G M Pesti
The objective of this analysis was to evaluate the effects of raising broilers under sex separate and straight-run conditions for 2 broiler genetic lines. One-day-old Ross 308 and Ross 708 chicks (n = 1,344) were sex separated and placed in 48 pens according to rearing type: sex separate (28 males or 28 females) or straight-run (14 males + 14 females). There were 3 dietary phases: starter (zero to 17 d), grower (17 to 32 d), and finisher (32 to 48 d). Bird individual BW and group feed intakes were measured at 12, 17, 25, 32, 42, and 48 d to evaluate performance...
February 23, 2017: Poultry Science
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28338910/the-dry-run-analysis-a-method-for-evaluating-risk-scores-for-confounding-control
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Richard Wyss, Ben B Hansen, Alan R Ellis, Joshua J Gagne, Rishi J Desai, Robert J Glynn, Til Stürmer
A propensity score (PS) model's ability to control confounding can be assessed by evaluating covariate balance across exposure groups after PS adjustment. The optimal strategy for evaluating a disease risk score (DRS) model's ability to control confounding is less clear. DRS models cannot be evaluated through balance checks within the full population, and they are usually assessed through prediction diagnostics and goodness-of-fit tests. A proposed alternative is the "dry-run" analysis, which divides the unexposed population into "pseudo-exposed" and "pseudo-unexposed" groups so that differences on observed covariates resemble differences between the actual exposed and unexposed populations...
March 6, 2017: American Journal of Epidemiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28338382/does-foot-anthropometry-predict-metabolic-cost-during-running
#8
Herman van Werkhoven, Stephen J Piazza
Several recent investigations have linked running economy to heel length, with shorter heels being associated with less metabolic energy consumption. It has been hypothesized that shorter heels require larger plantarflexor muscle forces, thus increasing tendon energy storage and reducing metabolic cost. The goal of this study was to investigate this possible mechanism for metabolic cost reduction. Fifteen male subjects ran at 16 km·h(-1) on a treadmill and subsequently on a force-plate instrumented runway...
March 24, 2017: Journal of Applied Biomechanics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28338375/an-updated-review-of-the-applied-physiology-of-american-collegiate-football-the-physical-demands-strength-conditioning-nutritional-considerations-and-injury-characteristics-of-america-s-favourite-game
#9
Hugh H K Fullagar, Robert McCunn, Andrew Murray
Whilst there are various avenues for performance improvement within collegiate American football (AF), there is no comprehensive evaluation of the collective array of resources around performance, physical conditioning and injury and training/game characteristics to guide future research and inform practitioners. Accordingly, the aim of the present review was to provide a current examination of these areas within collegiate AF. Recent studies show that there is a wide range of body compositions and strength characteristics between players, which appear to be influenced by playing position, level of play, training history/programming and time of season...
March 24, 2017: International Journal of Sports Physiology and Performance
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28338264/engineering-high-energy-interfacial-structures-for-high-performance-oxygen-involving-electrocatalysis
#10
Chunxian Guo, Yao Zheng, Jingrun Ran, Fangxi Xie, Mietek Jaroniec, Shi-Zhang Qiao
Engineering high-energy interfacial structures for high-performance electrocatalysis is achieved by chemical coupling of active CoO nanoclusters and high-index facet Mn3 O4 nano-octahedrons (hi-Mn3 O4 ). A thorough characterization, including synchrotron-based near edge X-ray absorption fine structure, reveals that strong interactions between both components promote the formation of high-energy interfacial Mn-O-Co species and high oxidation state CoO, from which electrons are drawn by Mn(III) -O present in hi-Mn3 O4 ...
March 24, 2017: Angewandte Chemie
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28337862/bayesian-sensitivity-analysis-of-a-1d-vascular-model-with-gaussian-process-emulators
#11
A Melis, R H Clayton, A Marzo
One-dimensional models of the cardiovascular system can capture the physics of pulse waves, but involve many parameters. Since these may vary among individuals, patient-specific models are difficult to construct. Sensitivity analysis can be used to rank model parameters by their effect on outputs, and to quantify how uncertainty in parameters influences output uncertainty. This type of analysis is often conducted with a Monte Carlo method, where large numbers of model runs are used to assess input-output relations...
March 24, 2017: International Journal for Numerical Methods in Biomedical Engineering
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28337159/hey-teacher-don-t-leave-them-kids-alone-action-is-better-for-memory-than-reading
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Mathieu Hainselin, Laurence Picard, Patrick Manolli, Sophie Vankerkore-Candas, Béatrice Bourdin
There is no consensus on how the enactment effect (EE), although it is robust, enhances memory. Researchers are currently investigating the cognitive processes underlying this effect, mostly during adulthood; the link between EE and crucial function identified in adulthood such as episodic memory and binding process remains elusive. Therefore, this study aims to verify the existence of EE in 6-10 years old and assess cognitive functions potentially linked to this effect in order to shed light on the mechanisms underlying the EE during childhood...
2017: Frontiers in Psychology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28337151/a-reduction-in-maximal-incremental-exercise-test-duration-48-h-post-downhill-run-is-associated-with-muscle-damage-derived-exercise-induced-pain
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Bryna C R Chrismas, Lee Taylor, Jason C Siegler, Adrian W Midgley
Purpose: To examine whether exercise induced muscle damage (EIMD) and muscle soreness reduce treadmill maximal incremental exercise (MIE) test duration, and true maximal physiological performance as a consequence of exercise induced pain (EIP) and perceived effort. Methods: Fifty (14 female), apparently healthy participants randomly allocated into a control group (CON, n = 10), or experimental group (EXP, n = 40) visited the laboratory a total of six times: visit 1 (familiarization), visit 2 (pre 1), visit 3 (pre 2), visit 4 (intervention), visit 5 (24 h post) and visit 6 (48 h post)...
2017: Frontiers in Physiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28337132/habituation-training-improves-locomotor-performance-in-a-forced-running-wheel-system-in-rats
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Angel Toval, Raúl Baños, Ernesto De la Cruz, Nicanor Morales-Delgado, Jesús G Pallarés, Abdelmalik Ayad, Kuei Y Tseng, Jose L Ferran
Increasing evidence supports that physical activity promotes mental health; and regular exercise may confer positive effects in neurological disorders. There is growing number of reports that requires the analysis of the impact of physical activity in animal models. Exercise in rodents can be performed under voluntary or forced conditions. The former presents the disadvantage that the volume and intensity of exercise varies from subject to subject. On the other hand, a major challenge of the forced training protocol is the low level of performance typically achieved within a given session...
2017: Frontiers in Behavioral Neuroscience
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28337073/real-time-dna-sequencing-in-the-antarctic-dry-valleys-using-the-oxford-nanopore-sequencer
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Sarah S Johnson, Elena Zaikova, David S Goerlitz, Yu Bai, Scott W Tighe
The ability to sequence DNA outside of the laboratory setting has enabled novel research questions to be addressed in the field in diverse areas, ranging from environmental microbiology to viral epidemics. Here, we demonstrate the application of offline DNA sequencing of environmental samples using a hand-held nanopore sequencer in a remote field location: the McMurdo Dry Valleys, Antarctica. Sequencing was performed using a MK1B MinION sequencer from Oxford Nanopore Technologies (ONT; Oxford, United Kingdom) that was equipped with software to operate without internet connectivity...
March 22, 2017: Journal of Biomolecular Techniques: JBT
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28336783/three-dimensional-dosimetry-for-radiation-safety-estimates-from-intrathecal-administration
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Jacob Hesterman, Susan Kost, Robert Holt, Howard Dobson, Ajay Verma, P David Mozley
Intrathecal (IT) administration is of growing interest for drug delivery and its utility is being increasingly investigated through imaging. In this work, the three-dimensional (3D) Voxel-Based Internal Dosimetry Application (VIDA) and 4D Extended Cardiac Torso Phantom (XCAT) were extended to provide radiation safety estimates specific to intrathecal administration. Methods: The 3D VIDA dosimetry application Monte Carlo simulation was run using a modified XCAT phantom with additional and edited cerebrospinal fluid (CSF) regions to produce voxel-level absorbed dose per unit cumulated activity maps for nine selected source regions...
March 23, 2017: Journal of Nuclear Medicine: Official Publication, Society of Nuclear Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28336058/large-9-mm-deep-anterior-lamellar-keratoplasty-with-clearance-of-a-6-mm-optical-zone-optimizes-outcomes-of-keratoconus-surgery
#17
Massimo Busin, Pia Leon, Yoav Nahum, Vincenzo Scorcia
PURPOSE: To evaluate the outcomes of a 9-mm deep anterior lamellar keratoplasty (DALK) with removal of the deep stroma limited to the central 6-mm optical zone. DESIGN: Prospective, noncomparative, interventional case series. PARTICIPANTS: A total of 80 consecutive keratoconic eyes without deep stromal scarring, with at least 1 postoperative examination 1 month after complete suture removal. INTERVENTION: A standardized DALK was performed, including (1) deep trephination of the recipient bed 450 to 550 μm in depth and 9 mm in diameter; (2) pneumatic dissection; (3) debulking of approximately 80% of the anterior stroma; (4) removal of the deep stroma (bubble roof) from a central 6-mm optical zone; and (5) transplantation of a 9-mm anterior corneal lamella cut by microkeratome-assisted dissection (400-μm head) and sutured with a double running 10-0 nylon suture...
March 20, 2017: Ophthalmology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28334553/a-multi-matrix-hilic-ms-ms-method-for-the-quantitation-of-endogenous-small-molecule-neurological-biomarker-n-acetyl-aspartic-acid-naa
#18
Dewakar Sangaraju, Sheerin K Shahidi-Latham, Braydon L Burgess, Brian Dean, Xiao Ding
A multi-matrix hydrophilic interaction liquid chromatography tandem mass spectrometric method (HILIC-MS/MS) was developed for the quantitation of N-Acetyl Aspartic acid (NAA) using stable isotope labeled internal standard, D3-NAA in various biological matrices such as human plasma, human CSF, mouse plasma, brain and spinal cord. A high throughput 96-well plate format supported liquid extraction (SLE) procedure was developed and used for sample preparation. Mass spectrometric analysis of NAA was performed using selected reaction monitoring transitions in positive electrospray ionization mode...
March 14, 2017: Journal of Pharmaceutical and Biomedical Analysis
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28334502/development-of-a-dried-blood-spot-hplc-pda-method-for-the-analysis-of-linezolid-and-ciprofloxacin-in-hospital-acquired-pneumonia-patients
#19
Vincenzo Ferrone, Maura Carlucci, Roberto Cotellese, Paolo Raimondi, Annadomenica Cichella, Lorenzo Di Marco, Salvatore Genovese, Giuseppe Carlucci
This study developed a HPLC method involving dried blood spotting as sampling method for the therapeutic drug monitoring of the antimicrobial combination therapy with linezolid and ciprofloxacin. DBS for standards, quality control samples, and patient samples were excised and then extracted using a mixture of methanol/water/formic acid 80:20:0.1 (v/v/v), respectively. Linezolid (LZD) and ciprofloxacin (CPR) were measured by a high performance liquid chromatography using a Kinetex EVO C18 (100 x 4.6 mm I.D...
March 23, 2017: Drug Testing and Analysis
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28334424/frequency-and-function-in-the-basal-ganglia-the-origins-of-beta-and-gamma-band-activity
#20
Alexander Blenkinsop, Sean Anderson, Kevin Gurney
Neural oscillations in the basal ganglia are well studied yet remain poorly understood. Behavioural correlates of spectral activity are well described, yet a quantitative hypothesis linking time domain dynamics and spectral properties to basal ganglia function has been lacking. We show, for the first time, that a unified description is possible by interpreting previously ignored structure in data describing GPi responses to cortical stimulation. These data were used to expose a pair of distinctive neuronal responses to the stimulation...
March 23, 2017: Journal of Physiology
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