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Daquan Sun, Lauren Hale, Gourango Kar, Raju Soolanayakanahally, Sina Adl
Phosphorus ore extraction for soil fertilization supports the demand of modern agriculture, but extractable resource limitations, due to scarcity, impose a P reuse and recycling research agenda. Here we propose to integrate biochar production (pyrogenic carbon) with municipal and agricultural waste management systems, to recover and reuse phosphorous that would otherwise be lost from the ecological food web. A meta-analysis and available data on total P in biochar indicated that P-enriched feedstocks include animal manure, human excreta, and plant-biomass collected from P-polluted sites...
December 7, 2017: Chemosphere
#2
REVIEW
David J Paton, Simon Gubbins, Donald P King
Foot-and-mouth disease (FMD) is highly infectious, but despite the large quantities of FMD virus released into the environment and the extreme susceptibility of host species to infection, transmission is not always predictable. Whereas virus spread in endemic settings is characterised by frequent direct and indirect animal contacts, incursions into FMD-free countries may be seeded by low-probability events such as fomite or wind-borne aerosol routes. There remains a void between data generated from small-scale experimental studies and our ability to reliably reconstruct transmission routes at different scales between farms, countries and regions...
December 12, 2017: Current Opinion in Virology
#3
Alessandro Pedretti, Angelica Mazzolari, Giulio Vistoli, Bernard Testa
The study describes the MetaQSAR tool, a new database engine specifically tailored to collect and analyze metabolic data. This is a plug-in embedded in the VEGA suite of programs (freely downloadable at www.vegazz.net) and takes advantage from all cheminformatics features implemented in the software with additional tools aimed to perform statistical analyses, similarity searches and physicochemical profiling of the stored molecules. MetaQSAR also implements a novel metabolism classification, which groups the metabolic reactions in 101 classes and can find numerous applications in metabolic analyses...
December 15, 2017: Journal of Medicinal Chemistry
#4
Christoph Baldow, Sebastian Salentin, Michael Schroeder, Ingo Roeder, Ingmar Glauche
Over the past decades, quantitative methods linking theory and observation became increasingly important in many areas of life science. Subsequently, a large number of mathematical and computational models has been developed. The BioModels database alone lists more than 140,000 Systems Biology Markup Language (SBML) models. However, while the exchange within specific models classes has been supported by standardisation and database efforts, the generic application and especially the re-use of models is still limited by practical issues such as easy and straight forward model execution...
December 15, 2017: PLoS Computational Biology
#5
Svitlana Volkova, Ellyn Ayton, Katherine Porterfield, Courtney D Corley
This work is the first to take advantage of recurrent neural networks to predict influenza-like illness (ILI) dynamics from various linguistic signals extracted from social media data. Unlike other approaches that rely on timeseries analysis of historical ILI data and the state-of-the-art machine learning models, we build and evaluate the predictive power of neural network architectures based on Long Short Term Memory (LSTMs) units capable of nowcasting (predicting in "real-time") and forecasting (predicting the future) ILI dynamics in the 2011 - 2014 influenza seasons...
2017: PloS One
#6
Yong-Yuan Deng, Chin-Ling Chen, Woei-Jiunn Tsaur, Yung-Wen Tang, Jung-Hsuan Chen
As sensor networks and cloud computation technologies have rapidly developed over recent years, many services and applications integrating these technologies into daily life have come together as an Internet of Things (IoT). At the same time, aging populations have increased the need for expanded and more efficient elderly care services. Fortunately, elderly people can now wear sensing devices which relay data to a personal wireless device, forming a body area network (BAN). These personal wireless devices collect and integrate patients' personal physiological data, and then transmit the data to the backend of the network for related diagnostics...
December 15, 2017: Sensors
#7
Chunpeng Wan, Pei Li, Chuying Chen, Xuan Peng, Mingxi Li, Ming Chen, Junsong Wang, Jinyin Chen
A ¹H nuclear magnetic resonance (NMR)-based approach to metabolomics combined bioassay was used to elucidate the antifungal activity of cinnamaldehyde (the main active compound of Ramulus cinnamomi) isolated from Ramulus cinnamomi (RC). Orthogonal signal correction partial least-squares discriminant analysis (OSC-PLS-DA) of NMR data was constructed to analyze all the P. italicum data acquired from the control and treatment groups at 4, 8, and 12 h. Metabolic profiles disclosed metabolic changes that were related to the antifungal effects of cinnamaldehyde against P...
December 15, 2017: Molecules: a Journal of Synthetic Chemistry and Natural Product Chemistry
#8
Enoc Martínez, Daniel M Toma, Simon Jirka, Joaquín Del Río
The study of global phenomena requires the combination of a considerable amount of data coming from different sources, acquired by different observation platforms and managed by institutions working in different scientific fields. Merging this data to provide extensive and complete data sets to monitor the long-term, global changes of our oceans is a major challenge. The data acquisition and data archival procedures usually vary significantly depending on the acquisition platform. This lack of standardization ultimately leads to information silos, preventing the data to be effectively shared across different scientific communities...
December 15, 2017: Sensors
#9
Shaibal Mukerjee, Luther A Smith, Motria P Caudill, Karen D Oliver, Wayne Whipple, Donald A Whitaker, Tamira A Cousett
Select volatile organic compounds (VOCs) in ambient air were measured at four fenceline sites at a petroleum refinery in Whiting, Indiana, USA using modified EPA Method 325 A/B with passive tubes and EPA Compendium Method TO-15 with canister samplers. One-week, time-integrated samplers were deployed for eight weeks with tubes and canister samplers deployed in duplicate. Good precision was obtained from the duplicate tubes (< 7%) and duplicate canisters (≤ 10%) for BTEX, perchloroethylene, and styrene. The tubes yielded statistically significantly higher concentrations than canisters for benzene, toluene, ethylbenzene and m,p-xylene...
December 15, 2017: Journal of the Air & Waste Management Association
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Tatenda Mahlokozera, Ananth K Vellimana, Tiandao Li, Diane D Mao, Zohny S Zohny, David H Kim, David D Tran, Daniel S Marcus, Sarah J Fouke, Jian L Campian, Gavin P Dunn, Christopher A Miller, Albert H Kim
Background: Diagnostic workflows for glioblastoma (GBM) patients increasingly include DNA sequencing-based analysis of a single tumor site following biopsy or resection. We hypothesized that sequencing of multiple sectors within a given tumor would provide a more comprehensive representation of the molecular landscape and potentially inform therapeutic strategies. Methods: 10 newly diagnosed, IDH1 wildtype GBM tumor samples were obtained from two (n = 9) or four (n = 1) spatially distinct tumor regions...
December 13, 2017: Neuro-oncology
#11
Rosemary Morgan, Moses Tetui, Rornald Muhumuza Kananura, Elizabeth Ekirapa-Kiracho, A S George
Despite its reduction over the last decade, the maternal mortality rate in Uganda remains high, due to in part a lack of access to maternal health care. In an effort to increase access to care, a quasi-experimental trial using vouchers was implemented in Eastern Uganda between 2009 and 2011. Findings from the trial reported a dramatic increase in pregnant women's access to institutional delivery. Sustainability of such interventions, however, is an important challenge. While such interventions are able to successfully address immediate access barriers, such as lack of financial resources and transportation, they are reliant on external resources to sustain them and are not designed to address the underlying causes contributing to women's lack of access, including those related to gender...
December 1, 2017: Health Policy and Planning
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Mario I Ortiz, Raquel Cariño-Cortés, Héctor A Ponce-Monter, Gilberto Castañeda-Hernández, Aracely Evangelina Chávez-Piña
Preclinical Research & Development The combination of nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs) with herbal products having analgesic and anti-inflammatory effects may increase their beneficial effects and limit their side effects. In this study, the effects of an interaction between α-bisabolol and the NSAID, diclofenac on nociception (formalin test), inflammation (paw inflammation produced by carrageenan) and gastric injury in rat was assessed. Diclofenac, α-bisabolol, or diclofenac-α-bisabolol combinations produced antinociceptive and anti-inflammatory effects in rat (p < ...
December 15, 2017: Drug Development Research
#13
Tomasz Smoleński, Lukasz Cywinski, Piotr Kossacki
We provide a theoretical description of the optical orientation of a single Mn$^{2+}$ ion spin under quasi-resonant excitation demonstrated experimentally by Goryca \textit{et al.} [Phys. Rev. Lett. \textbf{103}, 087401 (2009)]. We build and analyze a hierarchy of models by starting with the simplest assumptions (transfer of perfectly spin-polarized excitons from Mn-free dot to the other dot containing a single Mn$^{2+}$ spin, followed by radiative recombination) and subsequently adding more features, such as spin relaxation of electrons and holes...
December 15, 2017: Journal of Physics. Condensed Matter: An Institute of Physics Journal
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Seung Eun Lee, Linda D Scott, V Susan Dahinten, Catherine Vincent, Karen Dunn Lopez, Chang Gi Park
This integrative literature review was conducted to examine the relationships between safety culture and patient safety and quality of care outcomes in hospital settings and to identify directions for future research. Using a search of six electronic databases, 17 studies that met the study criteria were selected for review. This review revealed semantic inconsistencies, infrequent use of a theory or theoretical framework, limited discussions of validity of instruments used, and significant methodological variations...
December 1, 2017: Western Journal of Nursing Research
#15
Celalettin Cevik, Kaan Sozmen, Bulent Kilic
BACKGROUND: Turkish health reforms began in 2003 and brought some significant changes in primary care services. Few studies in Turkey compare the shift from health centres (HC) to family physicians (FP) approach, which was initiated by reforms. OBJECTIVES: This study compares health status indicators during the HC period before reforms (2003-2007) and the FP period after reforms (2008-2012) in Turkey. METHODS: This study encompasses time series data consisting of the results of a 10-year assessment (2003-2012) in Manisa district...
December 15, 2017: European Journal of General Practice
#16
Xiao-Rui Fan, Zi-Han Liu, Wei-Hong Feng, Xiao-Qian Liu, Chun-Rong Xiao, Li-Xin Yang, Zhi-Min Wang, Chun Li
An UPLC method was developed for the studies of fingerprint and quantification of multi-components for Evodiae Fructus. The chromatographic separation was performed on a C₁₈ column (2.1 mm×50 mm,1.7 μm) with mobile phase of 0.2% formic acid-acetonitrile and 0.2% formic acid-water in gradient mode, and the detection wavelength was set at 320 nm．Dehydroevodiamine was used as the reference peak, there were 24 common peaks in the fingerprint of 29 samples were detected, and among them 10 chromatographic peaks were identified with the reference substance and they were neochlorogenic acid, chlorogenic acid, cryptochlorogenic acid, hyperin, isorhamnetin-3-O-β-D-rutinoside, dehydroevodiamine, evodiamine, rutaecarpine, evocarpine and dihydroevocarpine...
October 2017: Zhongguo Zhong Yao za Zhi, Zhongguo Zhongyao Zazhi, China Journal of Chinese Materia Medica
#17
David Arthur, Doroteo Dizon, Karien Jooste, Zheng Li, Mathew Salvador, Xiuyu Yao
Mindfulness as a clinical strategy for helping manage physical and psychological symptoms is gathering an impressive evidence base. It is also being embraced widely for personal and professional development. As a therapeutic intervention for nurses working across a spectrum of settings, it helps expand practice, and integrating mindfulness in nursing undergraduate and graduate curricula is imminent. In the present study, we outline the development and measurement of mindfulness as a personality trait and therapeutic intervention, and advocate the use of a questionnaire alternative to expensive and impractical laboratory measures...
December 15, 2017: International Journal of Mental Health Nursing
#18
Kaja Heidenreich, Anders Bremer, Lars Johan Materstvedt, Ulf Tidefelt, Mia Svantesson
In Moral Case Deliberation (MCD), healthcare professionals discuss ethically difficult patient situations in their daily practice. There is a lack of knowledge regarding the content of MCD and there is a need to shed light on this ethical reflection in the midst of clinical practice. Thus, the aim of the study was to describe the content of healthcare professionals' moral reasoning during MCD. The design was qualitative and descriptive, and data consisted of 22 audio-recorded inter-professional MCDs, analysed with content analysis...
December 14, 2017: Medicine, Health Care, and Philosophy
#19
Stephen C Brienesse, Allan J Davies, Arshad Khan, Andrew J Boyle
Left ventricular end-diastolic pressure (LVEDP) is an easily obtained, physiologically integrative measure of total LV function. LVEDP may be a useful prognostic measure in patients with acute myocardial infarction and utilised to guide medical therapy and assess risk for post myocardial infarction heart failure. To assess the utility of LVEDP as a prognostic measure in patients presenting with acute myocardial infarction. We performed an unrestricted search of electronic databases (1946 to March 2017) using a predefined search strategy...
December 14, 2017: Journal of Cardiovascular Translational Research
#20
Evelien Nackaerts, Alice Nieuwboer, Sanne Broeder, Stephan Swinnen, Wim Vandenberghe, Elke Heremans
Recently, it was shown that patients with Parkinson's disease (PD) and freezing of gait (FOG) can also experience freezing episodes during handwriting and present writing problems outside these episodes. So far, the neural networks underlying increased handwriting problems in subjects with FOG are unclear. This study used dynamic causal modeling of fMRI data to investigate neural network dynamics underlying freezing-related handwriting problems and how these networks changed in response to visual cues. Twenty-seven non-freezers and ten freezers performed a pre-writing task with and without visual cues in the scanner with their right hand...
December 14, 2017: Journal of Neurology
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