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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28931057/challenges-and-advances-for-transcriptome-assembly-in-non-model-species
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Arnaud Ungaro, Nicolas Pech, Jean-François Martin, R J Scott McCairns, Jean-Philippe Mévy, Rémi Chappaz, André Gilles
Analyses of high-throughput transcriptome sequences of non-model organisms are based on two main approaches: de novo assembly and genome-guided assembly using mapping to assign reads prior to assembly. Given the limits of mapping reads to a reference when it is highly divergent, as is frequently the case for non-model species, we evaluate whether using blastn would outperform mapping methods for read assignment in such situations (>15% divergence). We demonstrate its high performance by using simulated reads of lengths corresponding to those generated by the most common sequencing platforms, and over a realistic range of genetic divergence (0% to 30% divergence)...
2017: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28930303/mitigation-measures-of-electromagnetic-field-exposure-in-the-vicinity-of-high-frequency-welders
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Bartłomiej Zubrzak, Pawel Bieńkowski, Pawel Cała
BACKGROUND: Presented information about the welding process and equipment, focusing on the emission of electromagnetic field (EMF) with levels significant in terms of the labor safety regulations in force in Poland - the ordinances of the Minister of Family, Labour and Social Policy that came into force on June 27, 2016 and June 29, 2016 - emerged due to harmonization with EU directive 2013/35/EU of 26 June 2013 of the European Parliament and the Council. They presented methods of determination of the EMF distribution in the welding machine surroundings and analyzed the background knowledge from the available literature...
September 20, 2017: Medycyna Pracy
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28927667/development-and-validation-of-a-tool-to-evaluate-the-evolution-of-clinical-reasoning-in-trauma-using-virtual-patients
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David Fleiszer, Michael L Hoover, Nancy Posel, Tarek Razek, Simon Bergman
CONTEXT: Undergraduate medical students at a large academic trauma center are required to manage a series of online virtual trauma patients as a mandatory exercise during their surgical rotation. PURPOSE: Clinical reasoning during undergraduate medical education can be difficult to assess. The purpose of the study was to determine whether we could use components of the students' virtual patient management to measure changes in their clinical reasoning over the course of the clerkship year...
September 16, 2017: Journal of Surgical Education
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28926372/attrition-bias-related-to-missing-outcome-data-a-longitudinal-simulation-study
#4
Antoine Lewin, Ruben Brondeel, Tarik Benmarhnia, Frédérique Thomas, Basile Chaix
BACKGROUND: Most longitudinal studies do not address potential selection biases due to selective attrition. Using empirical data and simulating additional attrition, we investigated the effectiveness of common approaches to handle missing outcome data from attrition in the association between individual education level and change in body mass index (BMI). METHODS: Using data from the two waves of the French RECORD Cohort Study (N = 7,172), we first examined how inverse probability weighting (IPW) and multiple imputation handled missing outcome data from attrition in the observed data (stage 1)...
September 18, 2017: Epidemiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28926015/an-economic-assessment-of-foot-and-mouth-disease-in-japan
#5
Y Hayama, Y Osada, D Oushiki, T Tsutsui
A large-scale foot and mouth disease (FMD) epidemic in Japan in 2010 caused severe economic losses for livestock and related industries. In this paper, the authors develop a clear and usable framework to estimate the economic impact of this FMD outbreak. An economic analysis is then conducted by combining this framework with an epidemiological model. The framework estimates the direct and indirect costs to livestock and related industries by applying an input-output model, as well as by addressing expenditure on disease control...
April 2017: Revue Scientifique et Technique
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28926010/economic-assessment-of-an-emerging-disease-the-case-of-schmallenberg-virus-in-france
#6
A Waret-Szkuta, P Alarcon, B Hasler, J Rushton, F Corbière, D Raboisson
Schmallenberg virus (SBV) was first detected in 2011 in Germany and then in France in 2012. This study simulates the production of different ruminant systems in France and estimates, through partial budget analyses, the economic cost of SBV at the farm level, under two disease scenarios (a high-impact and low-impact scenario). A partial budget is used to evaluate the financial effect of incremental changes, and includes only resources or production that will be changed. In the high-impact scenario, the estimated impact of SBV ranged from €23 to €43 per cow per year and €19 to €37 per ewe per year...
April 2017: Revue Scientifique et Technique
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28924530/dual-anticoagulation-in-recurrent-thromboembolic-events-with-failure-of-monotherapy-a-novel-approach
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Lakshmi Manogna Chintalacheruvu, Osman Bhatty, Venakata Giri Andukuri
In the last few decades many new anticoagulants (i.e direct thrombin and factor ten inhibitors) have been introduced with efficacy that rivals older drugs in the treatment of venous thromboembolism (VTE). However, for all their success, management of patients with recurrent thromboembolic events is still a challenging clinical scenario and not well addressed in the literature. We report the case of a young female with recurrent thromboembolisms in spite of using both newer agents and more conventional therapies...
July 7, 2017: Curēus
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28922301/hypothermic-liver-perfusion
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Andrea Schlegel, Xavier Muller, Philipp Dutkowski
PURPOSE OF REVIEW: The review describes recent developments in hypothermic machine liver perfusion with a special focus on underlying protective mechanisms, and the role of this perfusion technique in high-risk donor-recipient combinations. RECENT FINDINGS: To maximize the number of transplantable donor livers, several centres are exploring new machine preservation techniques. In this context, hypothermic machine perfusion has been recently introduced into the clinical setting of human liver transplantation, and the effect of endischemic cold liver perfusion on posttransplant complications is currently under investigation in two multicentre, randomized controlled trials...
September 15, 2017: Current Opinion in Organ Transplantation
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28922270/decision-making-in-pediatric-transport-team-dispatch-using-script-concordance-testing
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Prakadeshwari Rajapreyar, Karen Marcdante, Liyun Zhang, Pippa Simpson, Michael T Meyer
OBJECTIVES: Our objective was to compare decision-making in dispatching pediatric transport teams by Medical Directors of pediatric transport teams (serving as experts) to that of Pediatric Intensivists and Critical Care fellows who often serve as Medical Control physicians. Understanding decision-making around team composition and dispatch could impact clinical management, cost effectiveness, and educational needs. DESIGN: Survey was developed using Script Concordance Testing guidelines...
September 15, 2017: Pediatric Critical Care Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28921588/integrating-prior-information-into-microwave-tomography-part-2-impact-of-errors-in-prior-information-on-microwave-tomography-image-quality
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Douglas Kurrant, Anastasia Baran, Joe LoVetri, Elise Fear
PURPOSE: The authors have developed a method to combine a patient-specific map of tissue structure and average dielectric properties with microwave tomography. The patient-specific map is acquired with radar-based techniques and serves as prior information for microwave tomography. The impact that the degree of structural detail included in this prior information has on image quality was reported in a previous investigation. The aim of the present study is to extend this previous work by identifying and quantifying the impact that errors in the prior information have on image quality, including the reconstruction of internal structures and lesions embedded in fibroglandular tissue...
September 17, 2017: Medical Physics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28921580/integrating-prior-information-into-microwave-tomography-part-1-impact-of-detail-on-image-quality
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Douglas Kurrant, Anastasia Baran, Joe LoVetri, Elise Fear
PURPOSE: The authors investigate the impact that incremental increases in the level of detail of patient-specific prior information have on image quality and the convergence behavior of an inversion algorithm in the context of near-field microwave breast imaging. A methodology is presented that uses image quality measures to characterize the ability of the algorithm to reconstruct both internal structures and lesions embedded in fibroglandular tissue. The approach permits key aspects that impact the quality of reconstruction of these structures to be identified and quantified...
September 17, 2017: Medical Physics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28918550/advance-care-planning-challenges-at-the-emergency-department-of-a-cancer-care-center
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Maria T Cruz-Carreras, Patrick Chaftari, Jayne Viets-Upchurch
INTRODUCTION: Code status discussions form an important part of advance care planning (ACP) as it enables physicians to respect the patient's wishes for end-of-life care. However, in some cases, code status discussions can be challenging causing the physician to go against the patient's wishes and the code of medical ethics. This is especially true in an emergency setting. In this paper, we will discuss three cases of advanced cancer patients, where code status discussions posed challenges to healthcare providers...
September 16, 2017: Supportive Care in Cancer: Official Journal of the Multinational Association of Supportive Care in Cancer
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28918445/pre-emptive-intestinal-transplant-the-surgeon-s-point-of-view
#13
REVIEW
Augusto Lauro, Ignazio R Marino, Kishore R Iyer
Pre-emptive transplantation is a well-established practice for certain types of end-organ failure such as in the use of kidney transplantation. For irreversible intestinal failure, total parenteral nutrition (TPN) remains the gold standard, due to the suboptimal long-term results of intestinal transplantation. As such, the only role for pre-emptive transplantation, if at all, will be for patients identified to be at high risk of complications and mortality while on definitive long-term TPN. In these patients, the timing of early listing and transplantation could become life-saving, taking into account that mortality on the waiting list is still the highest for intestinal candidates...
September 16, 2017: Digestive Diseases and Sciences
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28918194/cleaning-and-asthma-a-systematic-review-and-approach-for-effective-safety-assessment
#14
Melissa J Vincent, Ann Parker, Andrew Maier
Research indicates a correlative relationship between asthma and use of consumer cleaning products. We conduct a systematic review of epidemiological literature on persons who use or are exposed to cleaning products, both in occupational and domestic settings, and risk of asthma or asthma-like symptoms to improve understanding of the causal relationship between exposure and asthma. A scoring method for assessing study reliability is presented. Although research indicates an association between asthma and the use of cleaning products, no study robustly investigates exposure to cleaning products or ingredients along with asthma risk...
September 13, 2017: Regulatory Toxicology and Pharmacology: RTP
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28918078/assessment-of-environmental-impacts-and-operational-costs-of-the-implementation-of-an-innovative-source-separated-urine-treatment
#15
Elorri Igos, Mathilde Besson, Tomás Navarrete Gutiérrez, Ana Barbara Bisinella de Faria, Enrico Benetto, Ligia Barna, Aras Ahmadi, Mathieu Spérandio
Innovative treatment technologies and management methods are necessary to valorise the constituents of wastewater, in particular nutrients from urine (highly concentrated and can have significant impacts related to artificial fertilizer production). The FP7 project, ValuefromUrine, proposed a new two-step process (called VFU) based on struvite precipitation and microbial electrolysis cell (MEC) to recover ammonia, which is further transformed into ammonium sulphate. The environmental and economic impacts of its prospective implementation in the Netherlands were evaluated based on life cycle assessment (LCA) methodology and operational costs...
September 8, 2017: Water Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28917558/cardiac-sympathectomy-for-the-management-of-ventricular-arrhythmias-refractory-to-catheter-ablation
#16
Travis Richardson, Ricardo Lugo, Pablo Saavedra, George Crossley, Walter Clair, Sharon Shen, Juan Carlos Estrada, Jay Montgomery, M Benjamin Shoemaker, Christopher Ellis, Gregory F Michaud, Eric Lambright, Arvindh Kanagasundram
BACKGROUND: Catheter ablation is now a mainstay of therapy for ventricular arrhythmias (VA). However, there are scenarios where either physiologic or anatomical factors make ablation less likely to be successful. OBJECTIVES: To demonstrate that cardiac sympathetic denervation (CSD) may be an alternate therapy for patients with difficult to ablate VA. METHODS: We identified all patients referred for CSD at a single center for indications other than LQTS and CPVT who had failed catheter ablation...
September 13, 2017: Heart Rhythm: the Official Journal of the Heart Rhythm Society
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28917311/a-new-lyophilized-tachyzoite-based-elisa-to-diagnose-besnoitia-spp-infection-in-bovids-and-wild-ruminants-improves-specificity
#17
P García-Lunar, L M Ortega-Mora, G Schares, C Diezma-Díaz, G Álvarez-García
Recent studies have reported that routinely used whole or soluble Besnoitia besnoiti tachyzoite (TZ) extract-based ELISAs potentially give rise to a high number of false-positive results, which may compromise control and the epidemiological studies of bovine besnoitiosis. Thus, western blot (WB) has been recommended as a confirmatory test. In the present study, a new ELISA test that employs lyophilized tachyzoites for the first time (BbSALUVET ELISA 2.0) was developed and validated with cattle sera (n=606) under a worst-case scenario...
September 15, 2017: Veterinary Parasitology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28917209/ecological-risk-estimation-of-organophosphorus-pesticides-in-riverine-ecosystems
#18
Sze Yee Wee, Ahmad Zaharin Aris
Pesticides are of great concern because of their existence in ecosystems at trace concentrations. Worldwide pesticide use and its ecological impacts (i.e., altered environmental distribution and toxicity of pesticides) have increased over time. Exposure and toxicity studies are vital for reducing the extent of pesticide exposure and risk to the environment and humans. Regional regulatory actions may be less relevant in some regions because the contamination and distribution of pesticides vary across regions and countries...
September 13, 2017: Chemosphere
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28917179/emission-reduction-potentials-of-improved-cookstoves-and-their-issues-in-adoption-an-indian-outlook
#19
REVIEW
Monikankana Sharma, S Dasappa
Biomass as a fuel for cooking is a common practice in rural India, and about 700 million people use traditional stoves to meet their energy demand. However, the thermal and the combustion efficiencies of these stoves are very low, leading to an inefficient use of biomass, and also, resulting in significant indoor air pollution. Research development has however led to the development of some improved stoves viz., natural draft and forced draft for both domestic as well as large scale cooking applications and government is trying to promote them...
September 13, 2017: Journal of Environmental Management
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28917174/potential-effects-of-changes-in-climate-and-emissions-on-distribution-and-fate-of-perfluorooctane-sulfonate-in-the-bohai-rim-china
#20
Chao Su, Shuai Song, Yonglong Lu, Shijie Liu, John P Giesy, Deliang Chen, Alan Jenkins, Andrew J Sweetman, Baninla Yvette
Climate change and emissions rates of contaminants are expected to affect distribution and fate of Persistent Organic Pollutants (POPs) in the environment, however, studies on these combined factors are rare. In this study, Perfluorooctane Sulfonate (PFOS) is used as an example to assess how those two factors synthetically affect fate and disposition of POPs in the Bohai Rim of China by using the Berkeley-Trent-Urban-Rural (BETR-Urban-Rural) model. We set up three climate change scenarios and four emission scenarios to conduct the simulations...
September 13, 2017: Science of the Total Environment
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