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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28823122/genetic-analysis-of-milk-production-traits-of-tunisian-holsteins-using-random-regression-test-day-model-with-legendre-polynomials
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Hafedh Ben Zaabza, Abderrahmen Ben Gara, Boulbaba Rekik
Objective: The objective of this study was to estimate genetic parameters of milk, fat, and protein yields within and across lactations in Tunisian Holsteins using a random regression test-day model. Methods: A random regression multiple trait multiple lactation test-day (TD) model was used to estimate genetic parameters in the Tunisian dairy cattle population. Data were TD yields of milk, fat, and protein from the first three lactations. Random regressions were modeled with third-order Legendre polynomials for the additive genetic, and permanent environment effects...
August 16, 2017: Asian-Australasian Journal of Animal Sciences
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28822787/global-regional-and-national-deaths-prevalence-disability-adjusted-life-years-and-years-lived-with-disability-for-chronic-obstructive-pulmonary-disease-and-asthma-1990-2015-a-systematic-analysis-for-the-global-burden-of-disease-study-2015
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BACKGROUND: Chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD) and asthma are common diseases with a heterogeneous distribution worldwide. Here, we present methods and disease and risk estimates for COPD and asthma from the Global Burden of Diseases, Injuries, and Risk Factors (GBD) 2015 study. The GBD study provides annual updates on estimates of deaths, prevalence, and disability-adjusted life years (DALYs), a summary measure of fatal and non-fatal disease outcomes, for over 300 diseases and injuries, for 188 countries from 1990 to the most recent year...
August 16, 2017: Lancet Respiratory Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28822294/does-reconsolidation-occur-in-natural-settings-memory-reconsolidation-and-anxiety-disorders
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Rodrigo S Fernández, María E Pedreira, Mariano M Boccia
In normal settings, our brain is able to update its stored representations in content, strength, and/or expectations by the memory reconsolidation process. Thus, a reactivated memory enters in a transient labile state (destabilization) followed by a re-stabilization phase in order to persist (memory reconsolidation). Cognitive neuroscience and its insight into psychiatric problems attributed a close relationship between memory (formation, maintenance, and utilization) and several mental disorders. In this framework, the reconsolidation process could be not only the mechanism for maintenance of some psychopathologies, but also open a novel therapeutic window...
August 10, 2017: Clinical Psychology Review
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28822079/interethnic-interaction-strategic-bargaining-power-and-the-dynamics-of-cultural-norms-a-field-study-in-an-amazonian-population
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John Andrew Bunce, Richard McElreath
Ethnic groups are universal and unique to human societies. Such groups sometimes have norms of behavior that are adaptively linked to their social and ecological circumstances, and ethnic boundaries may function to protect that variation from erosion by interethnic interaction. However, such interaction is often frequent and voluntary, suggesting that individuals may be able to strategically reduce its costs, allowing adaptive cultural variation to persist in spite of interaction with out-groups with different norms...
August 18, 2017: Human Nature: An Interdisciplinary Biosocial Perspective
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28821196/negative-predictive-value-and-significance-of-benign-appearing-endometrial-cells-in-papanicolaou-tests
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Jing Yu, Agnieszka Onisko, R Marshall Austin
Objectives: Reporting benign-appearing endometrial cells (nEMCs) in Papanicolaou (Pap) smears of women 40 years and older, introduced in The Bethesda System 2001, may be interpreted as an abnormal finding and lead to unnecessary endometrial biopsies. To our knowledge, this is the first study on the negative predictive value (NPV) of this cytology finding. Methods: An 11-year database with 1,036,629 Pap test reports and 121,079 surgical pathology reports identified reports of nEMCs in women 40 years and older with follow-up endometrial histopathology within 6 months...
September 1, 2017: American Journal of Clinical Pathology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28821185/phylogeography-and-ecological-niche-modeling-of-the-desert-iguana-dipsosaurus-dorsalis-baird-girard-1852-in-the-baja-california-peninsula
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Tania Valdivia-Carrillo, Francisco J García-De León, Ma Carmen Blázquez, Carina Gutiérrez-Flores, Patricia González Zamorano
Understanding the factors that explain the patterns of genetic structure or phylogeographic breaks at an intraspecific level is key to inferring the mechanisms of population differentiation in its early stages. These topics have been well studied in the Baja California region, with vicariance and the dispersal ability of individuals being the prevailing hypothesis for phylogeographic breaks. In this study, we evaluated the phylogeographic patterns in the desert iguana (Dipsosaurus dorsalis), a species with a recent history in the region and spatial variation in life history traits...
September 1, 2017: Journal of Heredity
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28821009/evaluating-the-impact-of-connectivity-continuity-and-topography-of-sidewalk-network-on-pedestrian-safety
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Ahmed Osama, Tarek Sayed
With the increasing demand for sustainability, walking is being encouraged as one of the main active modes of transportation. However, pedestrians are vulnerable to severe injuries when involved in crashes which can discourage road users from walking. Therefore, studying factors that affect the safety of pedestrians is important. This paper investigates the relationship between pedestrian-motorist crashes and various sidewalk network indicators in the city of Vancouver. The goal is to assess the impact of network connectivity, directness, and topography on pedestrian safety using macro-level collision prediction models...
August 15, 2017: Accident; Analysis and Prevention
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28820991/robust-evaluation-of-performance-monitoring-options-for-ozone-disinfection-in-water-recycling-using-bayesian-analysis
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Guido Carvajal, Amos Branch, Philipp Michel, Scott A Sisson, David J Roser, Jörg E Drewes, Stuart J Khan
Ozonation of wastewater has gained popularity because of its effectiveness in removing colour, UV absorbance, trace organic chemicals, and pathogens. Due to the rapid reaction of ozone with organic compounds, dissolved ozone is often not measurable and therefore, the common disinfection controlling parameter, concentration integrated over contact time (CT) cannot be obtained. In such cases, alternative parameters have been shown to be useful as surrogate measures for microbial removal including change in UV254 absorbance (ΔUVA), change in total fluorescence (ΔTF), or O3:TOC (or O3:DOC)...
August 1, 2017: Water Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28818662/organic-matter-quality-structures-benthic-fatty-acid-patterns-and-the-abundance-of-fungi-and-bacteria-in-temperate-lakes
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Robert Taube, Lars Ganzert, Hans-Peter Grossart, Gerd Gleixner, Katrin Premke
Benthic microbial communities (BMCs) play important roles in the carbon cycle of lakes, and benthic littoral zones in particular have been previously highlighted as biogeochemical hotspots. Dissolved organic matter (DOM) presents the major carbon pool in lakes, and although the effect of DOM composition on the pelagic microbial community composition is widely accepted, little is known about its effect on BMCs, particularly aquatic fungi. Therefore, we investigated the composition of benthic littoral microbial communities in twenty highly diverse lakes in northeast Germany...
August 14, 2017: Science of the Total Environment
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28817608/data-driven-coarse-graining-of-large-biomolecular-structures
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Yi-Ling Chen, Michael Habeck
Advances in experimental and computational techniques allow us to study the structure and dynamics of large biomolecular assemblies at increasingly higher resolution. However, with increasing structural detail it can be challenging to unravel the mechanism underlying the function of molecular machines. One reason is that atomistic simulations become computationally prohibitive. Moreover it is difficult to rationalize the functional mechanism of systems composed of tens of thousands to millions of atoms by following each atom's movements...
2017: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28817592/using-k-dependence-causal-forest-to-mine-the-most-significant-dependency-relationships-among-clinical-variables-for-thyroid-disease-diagnosis
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LiMin Wang, FangYuan Cao, ShuangCheng Wang, MingHui Sun, LiYan Dong
Numerous data mining models have been proposed to construct computer-aided medical expert systems. Bayesian network classifiers (BNCs) are more distinct and understandable than other models. To graphically describe the dependency relationships among clinical variables for thyroid disease diagnosis and ensure the rationality of the diagnosis results, the proposed k-dependence causal forest (KCF) model generates a series of submodels in the framework of maximum spanning tree (MST) and demonstrates stronger dependence representation...
2017: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28817471/bayesian-piecewise-linear-mixed-models-with-a-random-change-point-an-application-to-bmi-rebound-in-childhood
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Samuel L Brilleman, Laura D Howe, Rory Wolfe, Kate Tilling
No abstract text is available yet for this article.
August 16, 2017: Epidemiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28816671/matched-shrunken-cone-detector-mscd-bayesian-derivations-and-case-studies-for-hyperspectral-target-detection
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Ziyu Wang, Rui Zhu, Kazuhiro Fukui, Jing-Hao Xue
Hyperspectral images (HSIs) possess non-negative properties for both hyperspectral signatures and abundance coefficients, which can be naturally modelled using cone-based representation. However, in hyperspectral target detection, conebased methods are barely studied. In this paper, we propose a new regularised cone-based representation approach to hyperspectral target detection, as well as its two working models by incorporating into the cone representation l2-norm and l1- norm regularisations, respectively...
August 16, 2017: IEEE Transactions on Image Processing: a Publication of the IEEE Signal Processing Society
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28816503/pubertal-development-of-body-size-and-soccer-specific-functional-capacities-in-adolescent-players
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Humberto Moreira Carvalho, José A Lekue, Susana M Gil, Iraia Bidaurrazaga-Letona
Pubertal growth in body size and functional capacities were examined in adolescent soccer players (n = 33). The average age at baseline was 10.9 (9.8-11.8 years). Peak height velocity (PHV) and growth curves for body mass and functional performance (countermovement jump, 15-m sprint, agility and Yo-Yo intermittent recovery test - level 1) were determined with Bayesian multilevel models. Estimates for PHV and age at PHV were 8.1 cm/year (95% credible interval: 4.2-18.5 cm/year) and 12.9 years (95% credible interval: 11...
August 17, 2017: Research in Sports Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28815785/late-pleistocene-origin-of-the-entire-circumarctic-range-of-the-arctic-alpine-plant-kalmia-procumbens
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Hajime Ikeda, Pernille Bronken Eidesen, Valentin Yakubov, Vyacheslav Barkalov, Christian Brochmann, Hiroaki Setoguchi
The circumarctic ranges of arctic-alpine plants are thought to have been established in the late Pliocene/early Pleistocene, when the modern arctic tundra was formed in response to climate cooling. Previous findings of range-wide genetic structure in arctic-alpine plants have been thought to support this hypothesis, but few studies have explicitly addressed the temporal framework of the genetic structure. Here, we estimated the demographic history of the genetic structure in the circumarctic Kalmia procumbens using sequences of multiple nuclear loci and examined whether its genetic structure reflects prolonged isolation throughout the Pleistocene...
August 16, 2017: Molecular Ecology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28814743/nutritional-status-and-the-influence-of-tv-consumption-on-female-body-size-ideals-in-populations-recently-exposed-to-the-media
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Jean-Luc Jucker, Tracey Thornborrow, Ulrik Beierholm, D Michael Burt, Robert A Barton, Elizabeth H Evans, Mark A Jamieson, Martin J Tovée, Lynda G Boothroyd
Television consumption influences perceptions of attractive female body size. However, cross-cultural research examining media influence on body ideals is typically confounded by differences in the availability of reliable and diverse foodstuffs. 112 participants were recruited from 3 Nicaraguan villages that differed in television consumption and nutritional status, such that the contribution of both factors could be revealed. Participants completed a female figure preference task, reported their television consumption, and responded to several measures assessing nutritional status...
August 16, 2017: Scientific Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28814635/perception-of-the-dynamic-visual-vertical-during-sinusoidal-linear-motion
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Antonella Pomante, Luc P J Selen, W Pieter Medendorp
The vestibular system provides information for spatial orientation. However, this information is ambiguous: because the otoliths sense the gravito-inertial force, they cannot distinguish gravitational and inertial components. As a consequence, prolonged linear acceleration of the head can be interpreted as tilt, referred to as the somatogravic effect. Previous modeling work suggests that the brain disambiguates the otolith signal according to the rules of Bayesian inference, combining noisy canal cues with the a priori assumption that prolonged linear accelerations are unlikely...
August 16, 2017: Journal of Neurophysiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28814505/the-molecular-architecture-of-the-yeast-spindle-pole-body-core-determined-by-bayesian-integrative-modeling
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Shruthi Viswanath, Massimiliano Bonomi, Seung Joong Kim, Vadim A Klenchin, Keenan C Taylor, King C Yabut, Neil T Umbreit, Heather A Van Epps, Janet Meehl, Michele H Jones, Daniel Russel, Javier A Velazquez-Muriel, Mark Winey, Ivan Rayment, Trisha N Davis, Andrej Sali, Eric G Muller
Microtubule organizing centers (MTOCs) form, anchor and stabilize the polarized network of microtubules in a cell. The central MTOC is the centrosome that duplicates during the cell cycle and during mitosis assembles a bipolar spindle to capture and segregate sister chromatids. Yet, despite their importance in cell biology, the physical structure of MTOCs is poorly understood. Here we determine the molecular architecture of the core of the yeast spindle pole body (SPB) by Bayesian integrative structure modeling based on in vivo FRET, small-angle X-ray scattering (SAXS), X-ray crystallography, electron microscopy and two-hybrid analysis...
August 16, 2017: Molecular Biology of the Cell
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28814035/decoding-of-individual-finger-movements-from-surface-emg-signals-using-vector-autoregressive-hierarchical-hidden-markov-models-varhhmm
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Nebojsa Malesevic, Dimitrije Markovic, Gunter Kanitz, Marco Controzzi, Christian Cipriani, Christian Antfolk
In this paper we present a novel method for predicting individual fingers movements from surface electromyography (EMG). The method is intended for real-time dexterous control of a multifunctional prosthetic hand device. The EMG data was recorded using 16 single-ended channels positioned on the forearm of healthy participants. Synchronously with the EMG recording, the subjects performed consecutive finger movements based on the visual cues. Our algorithm could be described in following steps: extracting mean average value (MAV) of the EMG to be used as the feature for classification, piece-wise linear modeling of EMG feature dynamics, implementation of hierarchical hidden Markov models (HHMM) to capture transitions between linear models, and implementation of Bayesian inference as the classifier...
July 2017: IEEE ... International Conference on Rehabilitation Robotics: [proceedings]
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28813458/joint-modelling-of-longitudinal-3ms-scores-and-the-risk-of-mortality-among-cognitively-impaired-individuals
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Chris B Guure, Noor Akma Ibrahim, Mohd Bakri Adam, Salmiah Md Said
BACKGROUND: Modified Mini-Mental State Examination (3MS) is an instrument administered by trained personnel to examine levels of participants' cognitive function. However, the association between changes in scores over time and the risk of death (mortality) is not known. The aims of this study are to examine the association between 3MS scores and mortality via cognitive impairment among older women and to determine individuals' risk of changes in scores to better predict their survival and mortality rates...
2017: PloS One
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