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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28449281/effect-of-0-5%C3%A2-mg-vs-1%C3%A2-mg-varenicline-for-smoking-cessation-a-randomized-controlled-trial
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Natalia Fouz-Rosón, Teodoro Montemayor-Rubio, Virginia Almadana-Pacheco, Soledad Montserrat-García, Ana Paulina Gómez-Bastero, Concepción Romero-Muñoz, Juan Polo-Padillo
AIMS: Varenicline is used in smoking cessation. The aims of the trial were to test for differences between standard 1 mg and 0.5 mg dose (both twice daily during 8 weeks) in 1) abstinence 2) adherence 3) side effects. DESIGN: Open-label randomized parallel-group controlled trial with 1-year follow-up. All those randomized were included in the final sample using an intention-to-treat (ITT) approach. SETTING: Stop-Smoking Clinic of the Virgen Macarena University Hospital in Seville, Spain...
April 27, 2017: Addiction
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28445544/pressure-flaking-to-serrate-bifacial-points-for-the-hunt-during-the-mis5-at-sibudu-cave-south-africa
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Veerle Rots, Carol Lentfer, Viola C Schmid, Guillaume Porraz, Nicholas J Conard
Projectile technology is considered to appear early in the southern African Middle Stone Age (MSA) and the rich and high resolution MSA sequence of Sibudu Cave in KwaZulu-Natal has provided many new insights about the use and hafting of various projectile forms. We present the results of a functional and technological analysis on a series of unpublished serrated bifacial points recently recovered from the basal deposits of Sibudu Cave. These serrated tools, which only find equivalents in the neighbouring site of Umhlatuzana, precede the Still Bay techno-complex and are older than 77 ka BP...
2017: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28445239/aldosterone-and-vascular-mineralocorticoid-receptors-in-murine-endotoxic-and-human-septic-shock
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Fouad Fadel, Gwennan André-Grégoire, Basile Gravez, Brigitte Bauvois, Sandrine Bouchet, Catalina Sierra-Ramos, Andrea Polito, Arnaud Mansart, Diego Alvarez de la Rosa, Djillali Annane, Frédéric Jaisser
OBJECTIVES: Vascular mineralocorticoid receptors play a role in vascular tone and blood pressure regulation, might participate in the pathophysiology of circulatory failure during sepsis, and represent a potential therapeutic target in this disease. We aimed to study the effects of mineralocorticoids and the involvement of vascular mineralocorticoid receptors in murine endotoxic and human septic shock. DESIGN: Experimental study. SETTING: Translational investigation including animal research and in vitro experiments using human vascular cells and plasma from septic patients...
April 25, 2017: Critical Care Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28445000/vegetation-response-to-control-of-invasive-tamarix-in-southwestern-us-rivers-a-collaborative-study-including-416-sites
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Eduardo González, Anna A Sher, Robert M Anderson, Robin F Bay, Daniel W Bean, Gabriel J Bissonnete, Bérenger Bourgeois, David J Cooper, Kara Dohrenwend, Kim D Eichhorst, Hisham El Waer, Deborah K Kennard, Rebecca Harms-Weissinger, Annie L Henry, Lori J Makarick, Steven M Ostoja, Lindsay V Reynolds, W Wright Robinson, Patrick B Shafroth
Most studies assessing vegetation response following control of invasive Tamarix trees along southwestern U.S. rivers have been small in scale (e.g., river reach), or at a regional scale but with poor spatial-temporal replication, and most have not included testing the effects of a now widely-used biological control. We monitored plant composition following Tamarix control along hydrologic, soil and climatic gradients in 244 treated and 172 reference sites across six U.S. States. This represents the largest comprehensive assessment to date on the vegetation response to the four most common Tamarix control treatments...
April 26, 2017: Ecological Applications: a Publication of the Ecological Society of America
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28444988/inhibitory-action-of-oxytocin-on-spontaneous-contraction-of-rat-distal-colon-by-nitrergic-mechanism-involvement-of-cyclic-gmp-and-apamin-sensitive-k-channels
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R Wang, M T Han, X L Lv, Y A Yu, S Q Chai, C M Qu, C Y Liu
AIM: The mechanisms underlying the inhibitory effects of oxytocin (OT) on colon tone are not totally understood. We explore the mechanisms of OT on spontaneous contractility in rat distal colon, and identify the mediators involved in this action. METHODS: In rat distal colon strips, mechanical activity was analyzed and the production of nitric oxide (NO) in tissue loaded with the fluorochrome DAF-FM was visualized by confocal microscopy. OT receptor (OTR) expression was determined by western blotting and immunofluorescence...
April 26, 2017: Acta Physiologica
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28444482/synthesis-pharmacological-evaluation-and-molecular-docking-of-pyranopyrazole-linked-1-4-dihydropyridines-as-potent-positive-inotropes
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Rakesh Kumar, Neha Yadav, Rodolfo Lavilla, Daniel Blasi, Jordi Quintana, José Manuel Brea, María Isabel Loza, Jordi Mestres, Mamta Bhandari, Ritu Arora, Rita Kakkar, Ashok K Prasad
1,4-Dihydropyridines are well-known calcium channel blockers, but variations in the substituents attached to the ring have resulted in their role reversal making them calcium channel activators in some cases. We describe the microwave-assisted eco-friendly approach for the synthesis of pyranopyrazole-1,4-dihydropyridines, a new class of 1,4-DHPs, under solvent-free conditions in good yield, and screen them for various in silico, in vitro and in vivo activities. The in vivo experimentation results show that the compounds possess positive inotropic effect, and the docking results validate their good binding with calcium channels...
April 25, 2017: Molecular Diversity
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28444421/metal-levels-in-shorebird-feathers-and-blood-during-migration-through-delaware-bay
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Nellie Tsipoura, Joanna Burger, Lawrence Niles, Amanda Dey, Michael Gochfeld, Mark Peck, David Mizrahi
We investigated levels of arsenic mercury, lead, cadmium, and chromium in Red Knot (Calidris canutus), Semipalmated Sandpipers (Calidris pusilla), and Sanderling (Calidris alba) migrating through Delaware Bay, New Jersey to determine if contaminant levels are likely to be causing negative effects on the populations of these shorebirds, to compare among species, and to explore differences among individuals collected early and late during their migration stopover. We analyzed blood and feathers, both nonlethal ways of exploring contaminants in birds...
April 25, 2017: Archives of Environmental Contamination and Toxicology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28443660/assessing-the-risk-of-engineered-nanomaterials-in-the-environment-development-and-application-of-the-nanofate-model
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Kendra L Garner, Sangwon Suh, Arturo A Keller
We developed a dynamic multimedia fate and transport model (nanoFate) to predict the time-dependent accumulation of metallic engineered nanomaterials (ENMs) across environmental media. nanoFate considers a wider range of processes and environmental sub-compartments than most previous models and considers ENM releases to compartments (e.g. urban, agriculture) in a manner that reflects their different patterns of use and disposal. As an example, we simulated ten years of release of nano CeO2, CuO, TiO2, and ZnO in the San Francisco Bay area...
April 26, 2017: Environmental Science & Technology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28442202/macrobenthic-communities-in-hong-kong-waters-comparison-between-2001-and-2012-and-potential-link-to-pollution-control
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Zhi Wang, Kenneth M Y Leung, Xinzheng Li, Tong Zhang, Jian-Wen Qiu
Macrobenthic communities in 2001 and 2012 were compared across the marine environment of Hong Kong based on sediment grab samples collected from 28 stations. CLUSTER analysis showed in both surveys that the stations could be divided into four groups at 20% faunal similarity. However, there were notable changes in the macrobenthic community structure between 2001 and 2012 in three focal areas of pollution control (i.e., Victoria Harbour, Deep Bay and Tolo Harbour). The potential link between macrobenthos and pollution abatement measures, and the contributions of environmental conditions to the differential responsiveness of macrobenthos were explored...
April 23, 2017: Marine Pollution Bulletin
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28442111/toxicity-assessment-and-screening-of-tetrodotoxin-in-the-oblong-blowfish-takifugu-oblongus-from-the-tamil-nadu-coast-of-bay-of-bengal-india
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S M Indumathi, S S Khora
OBJECTIVE: To assess the toxicity of the pufferfish Takifugu oblongus, from Chennai coast, Tamil Nadu, India and to detect the presence of Tetrodotoxin (TTX). METHODS: The toxicity was evaluated by mouse bioassay using Swiss Albino mice which were expressed in mouse units (MU). Gross anatomical features were observed which is followed by histopathology of the dead mice tissues to establish the toxicity. Instrumental analysis for the presence of tetrodotoxin was also performed through GC-MS and HPLC...
March 2017: Asian Pacific Journal of Tropical Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28441466/biomonitoring-of-marine-vertebrates-in-monterey-bay-using-edna-metabarcoding
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Elizabeth A Andruszkiewicz, Hilary A Starks, Francisco P Chavez, Lauren M Sassoubre, Barbara A Block, Alexandria B Boehm
Molecular analysis of environmental DNA (eDNA) can be used to assess vertebrate biodiversity in aquatic systems, but limited work has applied eDNA technologies to marine waters. Further, there is limited understanding of the spatial distribution of vertebrate eDNA in marine waters. Here, we use an eDNA metabarcoding approach to target and amplify a hypervariable region of the mitochondrial 12S rRNA gene to characterize vertebrate communities at 10 oceanographic stations spanning 45 km within the Monterey Bay National Marine Sanctuary (MBNMS)...
2017: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28439785/influence-of-environmental-conditions-on-norovirus-presence-in-mussels-harvested-in-montenegro
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Nevena Ilic, Branko Velebit, Vlado Teodorovic, Vesna Djordjevic, Nedjeljko Karabasil, Dragan Vasilev, Spomenka Djuric, Bojan Adzic, Mirjana Dimitrijevic
This study comprises the first systematic survey of the occurrence of Norovirus in Mediterranean mussels from harvesting areas in Montenegro coast of Adriatic Sea. Mussels may accumulate contaminants of public health concern, including pathogenic bacteria and viruses. Microbiological monitoring of harvesting areas is based on count of Escherichia coli in bivalve molluscs in the European Union. It is assumed that E. coli does not reflect contamination with enteric viruses. A structured field study was undertaken at six locations in Bay of Kotor, Montenegro, in order to investigate plausible influence of environmental factors on the variability of E...
April 24, 2017: Food and Environmental Virology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28439180/enhancing-diversity-in-biomedical-data-science
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Judith E Canner, Archana J McEligot, María-Eglée Pérez, Lei Qian, Xinzhi Zhang
The gap in educational attainment separating underrepresented minorities from Whites and Asians remains wide. Such a gap has significant impact on workforce diversity and inclusion among cross-cutting Biomedical Data Science (BDS) research, which presents great opportunities as well as major challenges for addressing health disparities. This article provides a brief description of the newly established National Institutes of Health Big Data to Knowledge (BD2K) diversity initiatives at four universities: California State University, Monterey Bay; Fisk University; University of Puerto Rico, Río Piedras Campus; and California State University, Fullerton...
2017: Ethnicity & Disease
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28439014/brain-networks-for-confidence-weighting-and-hierarchical-inference-during-probabilistic-learning
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Florent Meyniel, Stanislas Dehaene
Learning is difficult when the world fluctuates randomly and ceaselessly. Classical learning algorithms, such as the delta rule with constant learning rate, are not optimal. Mathematically, the optimal learning rule requires weighting prior knowledge and incoming evidence according to their respective reliabilities. This "confidence weighting" implies the maintenance of an accurate estimate of the reliability of what has been learned. Here, using fMRI and an ideal-observer analysis, we demonstrate that the brain's learning algorithm relies on confidence weighting...
April 24, 2017: Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences of the United States of America
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28438525/sociodemographic-factors-associated-with-trans-female-youth-s-access-to-health-care-in-the-san-francisco-bay-area
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Elizabeth A Johns, Harry Jin, Colette L Auerswald, Erin C Wilson
PURPOSE: Trans*female youth (TFY) are an underserved population at risk for a variety of poor health outcomes, in part related to barriers to accessing health and mental health care. METHODS: We conducted a secondary analysis of data collected with 250 TFY aged 16-24 years in the San Francisco Bay Area from 2012 to 2014. Logistic regression was used to test associations between sociodemographic variables and barriers to gender identity-based medical and mental health care...
April 21, 2017: Journal of Adolescent Health: Official Publication of the Society for Adolescent Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28437922/from-toes-to-top-of-atmosphere-fowler-s-sneaker-depth-index-of-water-clarity-for-the-chesapeake-bay
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Benjamin Crooke, Lachlan I W McKinna, Ivona Cetinić
Fowler's Sneaker Depth (FSD), analogous to the well known Secchi disk depth (Zsd), is a visually discerned citizen scientist metric used to assess water clarity in the Patuxent River estuary. In this study, a simple remote sensing algorithm was developed to derive FSD from space-borne spectroradiometric imagery. An empirical model was formed that estimates FSD from red-end remote sensing reflectances at 645 nm, Rrs(645). The model is based on a hyperbolic function relating water clarity to Rrs(645) that was established using radiative transfer modeling and fine tuned using in-water FSD measurements and coincident Rrs(645) data observed by NASA's Moderate Resolution Imaging Spectroradiometer aboard the Aqua spacecraft (MODISA)...
April 17, 2017: Optics Express
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28437771/solvent-bar-micro-extraction-sbme-based-determination-of-pahs-in-seawater-samples
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José A López-López, Esther Ogalla-Chozas, Pablo A Lara-Martín, Marina G Pintado-Herrera
Measuring the impact of PAHs in seawater samples is often difficult due to the low concentrations in which they appear and the complexity of the sample matrix. Traditional methods for sample preparation such as liquid-liquid extraction and solid phase extraction require the use of excessive amounts of solvents and reagents, and sample handling. In this work, hollow fiber liquid phase micro-extraction (HFLPME), in the configuration of solvent bar micro-extraction (SBME), was proposed as an environmentally friendly and more effective tool, for the extraction of the 16 priority PAHs from seawater samples...
April 21, 2017: Science of the Total Environment
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28436405/a-comparison-of-methods-for-three-class-mammograms-classification
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Marina Milosevic, Zeljko Jovanovic, Dragan Jankovic
BACKGROUND: Mammography is considered the gold standard for early breast cancer detection but it is very difficult to interpret mammograms for many reason. Computer aided diagnosis (CAD) is an important development that may help to improve the performance in breast cancer detection. OBJECTIVE: We present a CAD system based on feature extraction techniques for detecting abnormal patterns in digital mammograms. METHODS: Computed features based on gray-level co-occurrence matrices (GLCM) are used to evaluate the effectiveness of textural information possessed by mass regions...
April 14, 2017: Technology and Health Care: Official Journal of the European Society for Engineering and Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28436140/high-pressure-synthesis-of-fully-occupied-tetragonal-and-cubic-tungsten-bronze-oxides
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Yuya Ikeuchi, Hiroshi Takatsu, Cédric Tassel, Yoshihiro Goto, Taito Murakami, Hiroshi Kageyama
A high-pressure reaction yielded the fully occupied tetragonal tungsten bronze K3 W5 O15 (K0.6 WO3 ). The terminal phase shows an unusual transport property featuring slightly negative temperature-dependence in resistivity (dρ/dT<0) and a large Wilson ratio of RW =3.2. Such anomalous metallic behavior possibly arises from the low-dimensional electronic structure with a van Hove singularity at the Fermi level and/or from enhanced magnetic fluctuations by geometrical frustration of the tungsten sublattice...
April 24, 2017: Angewandte Chemie
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28435716/crystal-structure-of-4-5-di-bromo-phenanthrene
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Nicholas S Kim, Dasan M Thamattoor
The synthesis and crystal structure of the title compound, C14H8Br2, is described. The mol-ecule is positioned on a twofold rotation axis and the asymmetric unit consists of half a mol-ecule with the other half being generated by symmetry. The presence of two large bromine atoms in the bay region significantly distorts the mol-ecule from planarity and the mean planes of the two terminal rings of the phenanthrene system are twisted away from each other by 28.51 (14)°. The torsion angle between the two C-Br bonds is 74...
April 1, 2017: Acta Crystallographica. Section E, Crystallographic Communications
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