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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28732336/using-machine-learning-to-identify-air-pollution-exposure-profiles-associated-with-early-cognitive-skills-among-u-s-children
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Jeanette A Stingone, Om P Pandey, Luz Claudio, Gaurav Pandey
Data-driven machine learning methods present an opportunity to simultaneously assess the impact of multiple air pollutants on health outcomes. The goal of this study was to apply a two-stage, data-driven approach to identify associations between air pollutant exposure profiles and children's cognitive skills. Data from 6900 children enrolled in the Early Childhood Longitudinal Study, Birth Cohort, a national study of children born in 2001 and followed through kindergarten, were linked to estimated concentrations of 104 ambient air toxics in the 2002 National Air Toxics Assessment using ZIP code of residence at age 9 months...
July 18, 2017: Environmental Pollution
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28732281/epileptic-seizure-detection-in-eegs-signals-based-on-the-weighted-visibility-graph-entropy
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Zeynab Mohammadpoory, Mahda Nasrolahzadeh, Javad Haddadnia
PURPOSE: Epileptic seizure detection has been a complex task for both researchers and specialist in that the assessment of epilepsy is difficult because, electroencephalogram (EEG) signals are chaotic and non-stationary. METHOD: This paper proposes a new method based on weighted visibility graph entropy (WVGE) to identify seizure from EEG signals. Single channel EEG signals are mapped onto the WVGs and WVGEs are calculated from these WVGs. Then some features are extracted of WVGEs and given to classifiers to investigate the performance of these features to classify the brain signals into three groups of normal (healthy), seizure free (interictal) and during a seizure (ictal) groups...
July 11, 2017: Seizure: the Journal of the British Epilepsy Association
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28732258/areca-catechu-palm-tree-nut-chewing-and-seizures-an-observational-study
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Farrah J Mateen, Marco Carone, Lhab Tshering, Chencho Dorji, Ugyen Dema, Sara J Grundy, Dili Ram Pokhrel, Damber K Nirola
OBJECTIVE: The objective of this study was to report the impact of chronic abuse of Areca catechu nut wrapped in leaf (also known as doma, quid, paan), the fourth most commonly abused psychoactive substance worldwide, on the frequency of seizures among people with epilepsy. METHODS: People with clinically diagnosed epilepsy (>14years old) residing in the Kingdom of Bhutan were surveyed for self-reported Areca catechu use, demographic variables, epilepsy characteristics, and seizure frequency...
July 18, 2017: Epilepsy & Behavior: E&B
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28732173/exploring-the-potential-of-gametic-reconstruction-of-parental-genotypes-by-f-sub-1-sub-hybrids-as-a-bridge-for-rapid-introgression
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Charles H Cannon, C Lane Scher
Interspecific hybridization and genetic introgression are commonly observed in natural populations of many species, especially trees. Among oaks, gene flow between closely-related species has been well documented. And yet, hybridization does not lead to a 'melting pot', i.e. the homogenization of phenotypic traits. Here, we explore how the combination of several common reproductive traits and genomic biology could create an avenue for interspecific gene flow that partially explains this apparent paradox. During meiosis, F<sub>1</sub> hybrids will produce approximately (½)<sup>n</sup> 'reconstructed' parental gametes, where n equals the number of chromosomes...
July 21, 2017: Genome Génome / Conseil National de Recherches Canada
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28731872/bleeding-risk-assessment-in-hemophilia-a-carriers-from-dakar-senegal
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Moussa Seck, Blaise F Faye, Abibatou Sall, Diariétou Sy, Sokhna A Touré, Nata Dieng, Youssou B Guéye, Macoura Gadji, Awa O Touré, Cathérine Costa, Dominique Lasne, Chantal Rothschild, Saliou Diop
: Hemophilia A carriers have an abnormal X chromosome with a molecular abnormality of FVIII gene. These carriers, long considered to be free of bleeding risk, could have the same symptoms as mild hemophiliacs. This study aim to assess bleeding risk of hemophilia A carriers monitored at the Clinical Hematology of Dakar. This is a prospective study of a period of 6 months including 22 hemophilia A carriers aged between 8 and 48 years. Hemophilia carriers were recruited using the genealogical tree of hemophiliacs followed in the service...
July 20, 2017: Blood Coagulation & Fibrinolysis: An International Journal in Haemostasis and Thrombosis
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28731828/geographical-variation-in-community-divergence-insights-from-tropical-forest-monodominance-by-ectomycorrhizal-trees
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Tadashi Fukami, Mifuyu Nakajima, Claire Fortunel, Paul V A Fine, Christopher Baraloto, Sabrina E Russo, Kabir G Peay
Convergence occurs in both species traits and community structure, but how convergence at the two scales influences each other remains unclear. To address this question, we focus on tropical forest monodominance, in which a single, often ectomycorrhizal (EM) tree species occasionally dominates forest stands within a landscape otherwise characterized by diverse communities of arbuscular mycorrhizal (AM) trees. Such monodominance is a striking potential example of community divergence resulting in alternative stable states...
August 2017: American Naturalist
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28731827/convergence-consilience-and-the-evolution-of-temperate-deciduous-forests
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Erika J Edwards, David S Chatelet, Bo-Chang Chen, Jin Yao Ong, Shuichiro Tagane, Hironobu Kanemitsu, Kazuki Tagawa, Kentaro Teramoto, Brian Park, Kuo-Fang Chung, Jer-Ming Hu, Tetsukazu Yahara, Michael J Donoghue
The deciduous habit of northern temperate trees and shrubs provides one of the most obvious examples of convergent evolution, but how did it evolve? Hypotheses based on the fossil record posit that deciduousness evolved first in response to drought or darkness and preadapted certain lineages as cold climates spread. An alternative is that evergreens first established in freezing environments and later evolved the deciduous habit. We monitored phenological patterns of 20 species of Viburnum spanning tropical, lucidophyllous (subtropical montane and warm temperate), and cool temperate Asian forests...
August 2017: American Naturalist
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28731792/the-evolution-of-energetic-scaling-across-the-vertebrate-tree-of-life
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Josef C Uyeda, Matthew W Pennell, Eliot T Miller, Rafael Maia, Craig R McClain
Metabolism is the link between ecology and physiology-it dictates the flow of energy through individuals and across trophic levels. Much of the predictive power of metabolic theories of ecology derives from the scaling relationship between organismal size and metabolic rate. There is growing evidence that this scaling relationship is not universal, but we have little knowledge of how it has evolved over macroevolutionary time. Here we develop a novel phylogenetic comparative method to investigate how often and in which clades the macroevolutionary dynamics of the metabolic scaling have changed...
August 2017: American Naturalist
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28731557/data-mining-potential-applications-in-research-on-nutrition-and-health
#9
Marijka Batterham, Elizabeth Neale, Allison Martin, Linda Tapsell
AIM: Data mining enables further insights from nutrition-related research, but caution is required. The aim of this analysis was to demonstrate and compare the utility of data mining methods in classifying a categorical outcome derived from a nutrition-related intervention. METHODS: Baseline data (23 variables, 8 categorical) on participants (n = 295) in an intervention trial were used to classify participants in terms of meeting the criteria of achieving 10 000 steps per day...
February 2017: Nutrition & Dietetics: the Journal of the Dietitians Association of Australia
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28731216/indigenous-food-ingredients-for-complementary-food-formulations-to-combat-infant-malnutrition-in-benin-a-review
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Flora J Chadare, Yann E Madode, Nadia Fanou-Fogny, Janvier M Kindossi, Juvencio O Ayosso, Hermann S Honfo, Polycarpe Kayode, Anita R Linnemann, Joseph D Hounhouigan
This paper reviews indigenous Beninese food resources as potential ingredients for complementary infant foods with the aim to develop affordable formulations for low-income households in each agro-ecological zone of the country. Potential ingredients were selected on their documented nutritional value. The selected foods encompass 347 food resources, namely 297 plant products from home gardens or collected from natural vegetation and 50 animals, either domesticated or from the wild. The compiled data reveal that the distribution of the available food resources was unbalanced between agro-ecological zones...
July 21, 2017: Journal of the Science of Food and Agriculture
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28729696/effects-of-cardiac-timing-and-peripheral-resistance-on-measurement-of-pulse-wave-velocity-for-assessment-of-arterial-stiffness
#11
Hanguang Xiao, Mark Butlin, Isabella Tan, Alberto Avolio
To investigate the effects of heart rate (HR), left ventricular ejection time (LVET) and wave reflection on arterial stiffness as assessed by pulse wave velocity (PWV), a pulse wave propagation simulation system (PWPSim) based on the transmission line model of the arterial tree was developed and was applied to investigate pulse wave propagation. HR, LVET, arterial elastic modulus and peripheral resistance were increased from 60 to 100 beats per minute (bpm), 0.1 to 0.45 seconds, 0.5 to 1.5 times and 0.5 to 1...
July 20, 2017: Scientific Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28729654/cryopreservation-protocol-for-human-biliary-tree-stem-progenitors-hepatic-and-pancreatic-precursors
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Lorenzo Nevi, Vincenzo Cardinale, Guido Carpino, Daniele Costantini, Sabina Di Matteo, Alfredo Cantafora, Fabio Melandro, Roberto Brunelli, Carlo Bastianelli, Camilla Aliberti, Marco Monti, Daniela Bosco, Pasquale Bartolomeo Berloco, Pierluigi Benedetti Panici, Lola Reid, Eugenio Gaudio, Domenico Alvaro
Human biliary tree stem/progenitor cells (hBTSCs) are being used for cell therapies of patients with liver cirrhosis. A cryopreservation method was established to optimize sourcing of hBTSCs for these clinical programs and that comprises serum-free Kubota's Medium (KM) supplemented with 10% dimethyl sulfoxide (DMSO), 15% human serum albumin (HSA) and 0.1% hyaluronans. Cryopreserved versus freshly isolated hBTSCs were similar in vitro with respect to self-replication, stemness traits, and multipotency. They were able to differentiate to functional hepatocytes,cholangiocytes or pancreatic islets, yielding similar levels of secretion of albumin or of glucose-inducible levels of insulin...
July 20, 2017: Scientific Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28729505/cash-for-carbon-a-randomized-trial-of-payments-for-ecosystem-services-to-reduce-deforestation
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Seema Jayachandran, Joost de Laat, Eric F Lambin, Charlotte Y Stanton, Robin Audy, Nancy E Thomas
We evaluated a program of payments for ecosystem services in Uganda that offered forest-owning households annual payments of 70,000 Ugandan shillings per hectare if they conserved their forest. The program was implemented as a randomized controlled trial in 121 villages, 60 of which received the program for 2 years. The primary outcome was the change in land area covered by trees, measured by classifying high-resolution satellite imagery. We found that tree cover declined by 4.2% during the study period in treatment villages, compared to 9...
July 21, 2017: Science
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28729404/exploiting-natural-variation-to-uncover-an-alkene-biosynthetic-enzyme-in-poplar
#14
Eliana Gonzales-Vigil, Charles A Hefer, Michelle E von Loessl, Jonathan La Mantia, Shawn D Mansfield
Alkenes are linear hydrocarbons with one or more double bonds. Despite their potential as biofuels and precursors for specialty chemicals, the underlying biochemistry and genetics of alkene biosynthesis in plants remain elusive. Here, we report on a screen of natural accessions of poplar (Populus trichocarpa) revealing that the leaf cuticular waxes are predominantly composed of alkanes and alkenes. Interestingly, the accumulation of alkenes increases with leaf development, is limited to the abaxial side of the leaf, and is impaired in a few accessions...
July 20, 2017: Plant Cell
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28729198/e-cigarette-awareness-perceived-harmfulness-and-ever-use-among-u-s-adults
#15
Irene Pericot-Valverde, Diann E Gaalema, Jeffrey S Priest, Stephen T Higgins
The overarching aims of this study are to (a) estimate and update knowledge on rates and predictors of awareness, perceived harmfulness, and ever use of e-cigarettes among U.S. adults and (b) to utilize that information to identify risk-factor profiles associated with ever use. Data were collected from the 2015 Health Information National Trends Survey (N=3738). Logistic regression was used to explore relationships between sociodemographics (gender, age, race/ethnicity, sexual orientation, educational attainment, income, and census region), current use of other tobacco products (conventional cigarettes, cigars, and smokeless tobacco), ever use of alternative products (hookah, pipes, roll-your-own cigarettes, and snus) and e-cigarette awareness, perceived harm, and ever use...
July 17, 2017: Preventive Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28729179/global-regression-model-for-moisture-content-determination-using-near-infrared-spectroscopy
#16
Matthieu Clavaud, Yves Roggo, Klara Degardin, Pierre-Yves Sacré, Philippe Hubert, Eric Ziemons
Near-infrared (NIR) global quantitative models were evaluated for the moisture content (MC) determination of three different freeze-dried drug products. The quantitative models were based on 3822 spectra measured on two identical spectrometers to include variability. The MC, measured with the reference Karl Fischer (KF) method, were ranged from 0.05% to 4.96%. Linear and non-linear regression models using Partial Least Square (PLS), Decision Tree (DT), Bayesian Ridge Regression (Bayes-RR), K-Nearest Neighbors (KNN), and Support Vector Regression (SVR) algorithms were created and evaluated...
July 17, 2017: European Journal of Pharmaceutics and Biopharmaceutics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28728575/genome-wide-association-study-identifies-a-major-gene-for-beech-bark-disease-resistance-in-american-beech-fagus-grandifolia-ehrh
#17
Irina Ćalić, Jennifer Koch, David Carey, Charles Addo-Quaye, John E Carlson, David B Neale
BACKGROUND: The American Beech tree (Fagus grandifolia Ehrh.), native to eastern North America, is ecologically important and provides high quality wood products. This species is susceptible to beech bark disease (BBD) and is facing high rates of mortality in North America. The disease occurs from an interaction between the woolly beech scale insect (Cryptococcus fagisuga), one of two species of the fungus Neonectria (N. faginata or N. ditissima), and American Beech trees. METHODS: In this case-control genome-wide association study (GWAS), we tested 16 K high quality SNPs using the Affymetrix Axiom 1...
July 20, 2017: BMC Genomics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28728517/using-molecular-dynamics-for-the-refinement-of-atomistic-models-of-gpcrs-by-homology-modeling
#18
Cecylia S Lupala, Bahareh Rasaeifar, Patricia Gomez-Gutierrez, Juan J Perez
Despite GPCRs share a common seven helix bundle, analysis of the diverse crystallographic structures available reveal specific features that might be relevant for ligand design. Despite the number of crystallographic structures of GPCRs is steadily increasing, there are still challenges that hamper the availability of new structures. In the absence of a crystallographic structure, homology modelling remains one of the important techniques for constructing 3D models of proteins. In the present study we investigated the use of molecular dynamics simulations for the refinement of GPCRs models constructed by homology modeling...
July 20, 2017: Journal of Biomolecular Structure & Dynamics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28728116/response-of-soil-physico-chemical-properties-to-restoration-approaches-and-submergence-in-the-water-level-fluctuation-zone-of-the-danjiangkou-reservoir-china
#19
Xiao Shu, KeRong Zhang, QuanFa Zhang, WeiBo Wang
With the completion of the Danjiangkou Dam, the impoundment and drainage of dams can significantly alter shorelines, hydrological regime, and sediment and can result in the loss of soil and original riparian vegetation. Revegetation may affect soil properties and have broad important implications both for ecological services and soil recovery. In this work, we investigated the soil properties under different restoration approaches, and before and after submergence in the water level fluctuation zone (WLFZ) of the Danjiangkou Reservoir...
July 17, 2017: Ecotoxicology and Environmental Safety
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28728094/modelling-a-budgetary-impact-analysis-for-funding-drug-based-smoking-cessation-therapies-for-patients-with-major-depressive-disorder-in-spain
#20
J Rejas-Gutiérrez, E Bruguera, S Cedillo
BACKGROUND: Smoking is associated with high healthcare resource utilisation and cost to society. Patients with major depressive disorder (MDD) exhibit high susceptibility to nicotine dependence. Varenicline, bupropion and nicotine replacement therapy are all indicated for smoking cessation; however funding by the Spanish national health system (SNHS) is limited. We modelled a budgetary impact analysis (BIA) to estimate the impact of the SNHS funding drug-based therapies for smoking cessation in smokers with MDD...
June 3, 2017: European Psychiatry: the Journal of the Association of European Psychiatrists
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