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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28934322/comparative-metagenomics-approaches-to-characterize-the-soil-fungal-communities-of-western-coastal-region-saudi-arabia
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Tarek A A Moussa, Hassan S Al-Zahrani, Omar A Almaghrabi, Tamer S Abdelmoneim, Michael P Fuller
A total of 145007 reads were obtained from pyrosequencing for all the 4 samples. The total count ranged from 11,301,014 (Mecca old road) to 23,503,512 bp (Thuwal). A total of 460 fungal species belonging to 133 genera, 58 families, 33 orders, 13 classes and 4 phyla was identified across the four sites. The most abundant phylum at all four sites was Ascomycota followed by Basidiomycota. Four phyla (Ascomycota-99.31%, Basidiomycota-0.59%, Chytridiomycota-0.04%, Glomeromycota-0.03%) were detected in Khulais. Except for Glomeromycota, all phyla were detected at Mecca old road (Ascomycota-74...
2017: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28933873/is-testing-a-more-effective-learning-strategy-than-note-taking
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Ralf Rummer, Judith Schweppe, Kathleen Gerst, Simon Wagner
The testing effect is both robust and generalizable. However, most of the underlying studies compare testing to a rather ineffective control condition: massed repeated reading. This article therefore compares testing with note-taking, which has been shown to be more effective than repeated reading. Experiment 1 is based on a 3 × 3 between-participants design with the factors learning condition (repeated reading vs. repeated testing vs. repeated note-taking) and final test delay (5 min vs. 1 week vs. 2 weeks)...
September 2017: Journal of Experimental Psychology. Applied
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28933570/developing-pictorial-asthma-action-plans-to-promote-self-management-and-health-in-rural-youth-with-asthma-a-qualitative-study
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Christina L Duncan, Heather A Walker, Laurel Brabson, Desireé N Williford, Lisa Hynes, Mary Beth Hogan
OBJECTIVE: Asthma action plans (AAPs) provide asthma management instructions to families; however, AAPs typically are written at a 7(th)-9(th) grade reading level, making them less useful in lower literacy families. There is a need to develop simpler AAP formats and content to optimize their utility across all families, including those who are rural and may be at risk for literacy concerns. Because using pictures can simplify and enhance health education, our study aim was to develop a pictorial AAP through a series of focus groups with key stakeholders - youth with asthma, caregivers, and physicians...
September 21, 2017: Journal of Asthma: Official Journal of the Association for the Care of Asthma
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28932980/understanding-clinical-mammographic-breast-density-assessment-a-deep-learning-perspective
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Aly A Mohamed, Yahong Luo, Hong Peng, Rachel C Jankowitz, Shandong Wu
Mammographic breast density has been established as an independent risk marker for developing breast cancer. Breast density assessment is a routine clinical need in breast cancer screening and current standard is using the Breast Imaging and Reporting Data System (BI-RADS) criteria including four qualitative categories (i.e., fatty, scattered density, heterogeneously dense, or extremely dense). In each mammogram examination, a breast is typically imaged with two different views, i.e., the mediolateral oblique (MLO) view and cranial caudal (CC) view...
September 20, 2017: Journal of Digital Imaging: the Official Journal of the Society for Computer Applications in Radiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28932695/disequilibrium-calorimetry-for-determination-of-ultrasonic-power-in-sonochemistry
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Mario Plattes, Christian Köhler, Tom Gallé
The two most characteristic properties of an ultrasonic wave are the frequency and the power. It is therefore important to determine the power in a given reactor. This can be done by calorimetry, i.e. by measuring the temperature rise in the vessel during sonication starting at thermal equilibrium with the surroundings (classic calorimetry) [1-3]. However, the classic ultrasonic calorimetry has drawbacks. In particular it is difficult to evaluate the temperature rise at thermal equilibrium, because the relevant initial time and temperature intervals are small and measurement errors in the temperature readings are large...
2017: MethodsX
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28932624/staphylococci-on-ice-overlooked-agents-of-horizontal-gene-transfer
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REVIEW
Emily A Sansevere, D Ashley Robinson
Horizontal gene transfer plays a significant role in spreading antimicrobial resistance and virulence genes throughout the genus Staphylococcus, which includes species of clinical relevance to humans and animals. While phages and plasmids are the most well-studied agents of horizontal gene transfer in staphylococci, the contribution of integrative conjugative elements (ICEs) has been mostly overlooked. Experimental work demonstrating the activity of ICEs in staphylococci remained frozen for years after initial work in the 1980s that showed Tn916 was capable of transfer from Enterococcus to Staphylococcus...
2017: Mobile Genetic Elements
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28932215/identification-characterization-and-full-length-sequence-analysis-of-a-novel-polerovirus-associated-with-wheat-leaf-yellowing-disease
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Peipei Zhang, Yan Liu, Wenwen Liu, Mengji Cao, Sebastien Massart, Xifeng Wang
To identify the pathogens responsible for leaf yellowing symptoms on wheat samples collected from Jinan, China, we tested for the presence of three known barley/wheat yellow dwarf viruses (BYDV-GAV, -PAV, WYDV-GPV) (most likely pathogens) using RT-PCR. A sample that tested negative for the three viruses was selected for small RNA sequencing. Twenty-five million sequences were generated, among which 5% were of viral origin. A novel polerovirus was discovered and temporarily named wheat leaf yellowing-associated virus (WLYaV)...
2017: Frontiers in Microbiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28932205/face-and-word-recognition-can-be-selectively-affected-by-brain-injury-or-developmental-disorders
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REVIEW
Ro J Robotham, Randi Starrfelt
Face and word recognition have traditionally been thought to rely on highly specialised and relatively independent cognitive processes. Some of the strongest evidence for this has come from patients with seemingly category-specific visual perceptual deficits such as pure prosopagnosia, a selective face recognition deficit, and pure alexia, a selective word recognition deficit. Together, the patterns of impaired reading with preserved face recognition and impaired face recognition with preserved reading constitute a double dissociation...
2017: Frontiers in Psychology
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/28931034/primary-care-physicians-are-under-testing-for-celiac-disease-in-patients-with-iron-deficiency-anemia-results-of-a-national-survey
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Marisa Spencer, Adrienne Lenhart, Jason Baker, Joseph Dickens, Arlene Weissman, Andrew J Read, Seema Saini, Sameer D Saini
BACKGROUND: Iron deficiency anemia (IDA) is a common extra-intestinal manifestation of celiac disease (CD). Little is known about the frequency with which primary care physicians (PCPs) test for CD in patients with IDA. We aimed to describe how PCPs approach testing for CD in asymptomatic patients with IDA. METHODS: We electronically distributed a survey to PCPs who are members of the American College of Physicians. Respondents were asked whether they would test for CD (serologic testing, refer for esophagogastroduodenoscopy [EGD], or refer to GI) in hypothetical patients with new IDA, including: (1) a young Caucasian man, (2) a premenopausal Caucasian woman, (3) an elderly Caucasian man, and (4) a young African American man...
2017: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28930347/a-paper-triboelectric-nanogenerator-for-self-powered-electronic-systems
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Yanchao Mao, Nan Zhang, Yingjie Tang, Meng Wang, Mingju Chao, Erjun Liang
Paper, as one of the most important inventions of mankind, is still widely used in our daily life. In this study, the paper is explored as a platform for power sources based on the universally known triboelectric friction. A novel paper triboelectric nanogenerator (P-TENG) was successfully developed, which could harvest mechanical energy from ambient sources and generate considerable electrical energy. The maximum power density of the P-TENG reached 53 W m(-2). In addition, the P-TENG possesses a natural advantage of being able to be integrated within a book, and thus can effectively convert mechanical energy from the action of turning book pages into electricity...
September 20, 2017: Nanoscale
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28929829/quantitative-sensory-testing-for-assessment-of-somatosensory-function-in-human-oral-mucosa-a-review
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Pin Zhou, Yaming Chen, Jinglu Zhang, Kelun Wang, Peter Svensson
OBJECTIVE: This narrative review provides an overview of the quantitative sensory testing (QST) to assess somatosensory function in human oral mucosa. MATERIAL AND METHODS: A literature search was conducted in the PubMed database to identify studies in vivo on human oral mucosa using QST methods. A list of 149 articles was obtained and screened. A total of 36 relevant articles remained and were read in full text. Manual search of the reference lists identified eight additional relevant studies...
September 20, 2017: Acta Odontologica Scandinavica
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28929444/neurophysiological-approach-to-examining-knowledge-belief-in-the-prayer-of-an-untrained-person-a-case-study
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Mirjana Sovilj, Zoran Radičević, Ljiljana Jeličić, Miodrag Stokić, Vanja Nenadović, Miško Subotić
An adult female (22 years) of Christian orthodox religion was examined during the silent Lord's prayer, the most common, short prayer, with the aim of possible differentiation between belief and knowledge in her experience, analyzing the behavior of subgroups of theta and beta cerebral EEG rhythms, which occur through constant and occasional activation of cerebral regions. The participant was not trained in reading the prayer to herself or other people. EEG examination was performed by Nihon Kohden Corporation, EEG-1200-K Neurofax apparatus, in the monopolar longitudinal montage in the system of 10/20 electrodes aimed at determining the peak frequency value of each exploratory site...
September 19, 2017: Journal of Religion and Health
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28929231/patent-nasopalatine-ducts-an-update-of-the-literature-and-a-series-of-new-cases
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REVIEW
Th von Arx, M Schaffner, M M Bornstein
PURPOSE: The objective of this review is to present an update and summary of clinical findings of cases with a patent nasopalatine duct (NPD) reported in the literature from 1881 to 2016. METHODS: Previous articles and reviews about patent NPDs were studied and copies of all original publications were obtained for data verification. Furthermore, a literature search was conducted. In addition, the study sample was complemented with four cases recently seen in our institution...
September 19, 2017: Surgical and Radiologic Anatomy: SRA
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28929226/transcriptome-profiling-of-fully-open-flowers-in-a-frost-tolerant-almond-genotype-in-response-to-freezing-stress
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Batool Hosseinpour, Sadegh Sepahvand, Kazem Kamali Aliabad, MohammadReza Bakhtiarizadeh, Ali Imani, Reza Assareh, Seyed Alireza Salami
Spring frost is a major limiting abiotic stress for the cultivation of almonds [Prunus dulcis (Mill.)] in Mediterranean areas or the Middle East. Spring frost, in particular, damages almond fully open flowers, resulting to significant reduction in yield. Little is known about the genetic factors expressed after frost stress in Prunus spp. as well as in almond fully open flowers. Here, we provide the molecular signature of pistils of fully open flowers from a frost-tolerant almond genotype. The level of frost tolerance in this genotype was determined for all three flowering stages and was confirmed by comparing it to two other cultivars using several physiological analyses...
September 19, 2017: Molecular Genetics and Genomics: MGG
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28928069/comments-on-the-new-international-criteria-for-electrocardiographic-interpretation-in-athletes
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Luis Serratosa-Fernández, Domingo Pascual-Figal, María Dolores Masiá-Mondéjar, María Sanz-de la Garza, Zigor Madaria-Marijuan, Juan Ramón Gimeno-Blanes, Carmen Adamuz
Sudden cardiac death is the most common medical cause of death during the practice of sports. Several structural and electrical cardiac conditions are associated with sudden cardiac death in athletes, most of them showing abnormal findings on resting electrocardiogram (ECG). However, because of the similarity between some ECG findings associated with physiological adaptations to exercise training and those of certain cardiac conditions, ECG interpretation in athletes is often challenging. Other factors related to ECG findings are race, age, sex, sports discipline, training intensity, and athletic background...
September 16, 2017: Revista Española de Cardiología
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28926993/satellite-dna-an-evolving-topic
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REVIEW
Manuel A Garrido-Ramos
Satellite DNA represents one of the most fascinating parts of the repetitive fraction of the eukaryotic genome. Since the discovery of highly repetitive tandem DNA in the 1960s, a lot of literature has extensively covered various topics related to the structure, organization, function, and evolution of such sequences. Today, with the advent of genomic tools, the study of satellite DNA has regained a great interest. Thus, Next-Generation Sequencing (NGS), together with high-throughput in silico analysis of the information contained in NGS reads, has revolutionized the analysis of the repetitive fraction of the eukaryotic genomes...
September 18, 2017: Genes
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28925542/genome-characteristics-and-environmental-distribution-of-the-first-phage-that-infects-the-ld28-clade-a-freshwater-methylotrophic-bacterial-group
#18
Kira Moon, Ilnam Kang, Suhyun Kim, Sang-Jong Kim, Jang-Cheon Cho
Bacteriophages infecting major groups of freshwater heterotrophic bacteria have been rarely isolated, hampering analyses of freshwater viromes. Here we report the isolation and genomic characterization of P19250A, the first phage that infects the LD28 clade, an abundant freshwater methylotrophic bacterial group. P19250A was isolated from Lake Soyang, an oligotrophic reservoir, using an LD28 strain as a host. Morphological and genomic analyses revealed that P19250A is a lytic siphovirus with a ∼38.6-kb genome...
September 19, 2017: Environmental Microbiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28922389/comprehensive-metabolic-characterization-of-serum-osteocalcin-action-in-a-large-non-diabetic-sample
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Lukas Entenmann, Maik Pietzner, Anna Artati, Anke Hannemann, Ann-Kristin Henning, Gabi Kastenmüller, Henry Völzke, Matthias Nauck, Jerzy Adamski, Henri Wallaschofski, Nele Friedrich
Recent research suggested a metabolic implication of osteocalcin (OCN) in e.g. insulin sensitivity or steroid production. We used an untargeted metabolomics approach by analyzing plasma and urine samples of 931 participants using mass spectrometry to reveal further metabolic actions of OCN. Several detected relations between OCN and metabolites were strongly linked to renal function, however, a number of associations remained significant after adjustment for renal function. Intermediates of proline catabolism were associated with OCN reflecting the implication in bone metabolism...
2017: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28920510/the-stakeholders-project-in-neuropsychological-report-writing-a-survey-of-neuropsychologists-and-referral-sources-views-of-neuropsychological-reports
#20
Karen Postal, Clifton Chow, Sharon Jung, Kalen Erickson-Moreo, Flannery Geier, Margaret Lanca
OBJECTIVE: Though some neuropsychological groups have proposed criteria and suggestions for clinical report writing there has never been professional consensus or accepted published guidelines on how to write reports. Given the paucity of guidelines and the evolving practice climate, we sought to survey neuropsychologists and referral source stakeholders to understand current report writing practices. METHOD: The data were collected in two SurveyMonkey surveys via professional list servs, email, and LinkedIn clinical interest groups...
September 17, 2017: Clinical Neuropsychologist
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