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Joel Lutomiah, Roberto Barrera, Albina Makio, James Mutisya, Hellen Koka, Samuel Owaka, Edith Koskei, Albert Nyunja, Fredrick Eyase, Rodney Coldren, Rosemary Sang
Dengue outbreaks were first reported in East Africa in the late 1970s to early 1980s including the 1982 outbreak on the Kenyan coast. In 2011, dengue outbreaks occurred in Mandera in northern Kenya and subsequently in Mombasa city along the Kenyan coast in 2013-2014. Following laboratory confirmation of dengue fever cases, an entomologic investigation was conducted to establish the mosquito species, and densities, causing the outbreak. Affected parts of the city were identified with the help of public health officials...
October 2016: PLoS Neglected Tropical Diseases
Daniel Summer Gareau, Joel Correa da Rosa, Sarah Yagerman, John A Carucci, Nicholas Gulati, Ferran Hueto, Jennifer L DeFazio, Mayte Suárez-Farinas, Ashfaq Marghoob, James G Krueger
We developed an automated approach for generating quantitative image analysis metrics (imaging biomarkers) that are then analyzed with a set of thirteen machine-learning algorithms to generate an overall risk score that is called a Q-score. These methods were applied to a set of 120 "difficult" dermoscopy images of dysplastic nevi and melanomas that were subsequently excised/classified. This approach yielded 98% sensitivity and 36% specificity for melanoma detection, approaching sensitivity/specificity of expert lesion evaluation...
October 26, 2016: Experimental Dermatology
Joel D Leger, Clyde Varner, Igor V Rubtsov
Fifth-order multidimensional infrared spectroscopy with heterodyned detection was carried out in the three-beam dual-frequency configuration. Numerous 5th-order cross peaks were detected for the 4-azidobutyrate-N-hydroxysuccinimide ester compound in solution involving several vibrational modes ranging in frequency from 1045 to 2100 cm(-1). Cross peaks involving overtones (2X/Z) and combination bands (XY/Z) among the tags, modes X and Y excited by the first two mid-IR laser pulses, and the reporter, modes Z excited by the third laser pulse, were acquired and the factors affecting the amplitude of 5th-order cross peaks are discussed...
October 21, 2016: Journal of Chemical Physics
Sandra Sendra, Jaime Lloret, Jose Miguel Jimenez, Joel J P C Rodrigues
Video surveillance is needed to control many activities performed in underwater environments. The use of wired media can be a problem since the material specially designed for underwater environments is very expensive. In order to transmit the images and videos wirelessly under water, three main technologies can be used: acoustic waves, which do not provide high bandwidth, optical signals, although the effect of light dispersion in water severely penalizes the transmitted signals and therefore, despite offering high transfer rates, the maximum distance is very small, and electromagnetic (EM) waves, which can provide enough bandwidth for video delivery...
October 23, 2016: Sensors
Chang Heon Choi, So-Yeon Park, Jung-In Kim, Jin Ho Kim, Kyubo Kim, Joel Carlson, Jong Min Park
OBJECTIVES: To investigate the plan quality of tri-Co-60 intensity-modulated radiation therapy (IMRT) plans for spine stereotactic ablative radiotherapy (SABR). METHODS: A total of 20 patients with spine metastasis were retrospectively selected. For each patient, a tri-Co-60 IMRT plan and a volumetric modulated arc therapy (VMAT) plan were generated. The spinal cords were defined based on magnetic resonance images for the tri-Co-60 IMRT, while isotropic 1 mm margins were added to the spinal cords for the VMAT plans...
October 26, 2016: British Journal of Radiology
Cindy T van Velthoven, Mark Dzietko, Michael F Wendland, Nikita Derugin, Joel Faustino, Cobi J Heijnen, Donna M Ferriero, Zinaida S Vexler
Cell therapy has emerged as a potential treatment for many neurodegenerative diseases including stroke and neonatal ischemic brain injury. Delayed intranasal administration of mesenchymal stem cells (MSCs) after experimental hypoxia-ischemia and after a transient middle cerebral artery occlusion (tMCAO) in neonatal rats has shown improvement in long-term functional outcomes, but the effects of MSCs on white matter injury (WMI) are insufficiently understood. In this study we used longitudinal T2-weighted (T2W) and diffusion tensor magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) to characterize chronic injury after tMCAO induced in postnatal day 10 (P10) rats and examined the effects of delayed MSC administration on WMI, axonal coverage, and long-term somatosensory function...
October 26, 2016: Journal of Neuroscience Research
Michael Persky, Brian Sanders, Clark A Rosen, Joel Kahane, Yixin Fang, Milan R Amin, Ryan C Branski
OBJECTIVE: Conflicting data exist regarding false vocal fold (FVF) anatomy; it is unclear if this structure is an extension of the thyroarytenoid muscle or an independent muscle system. This confusion is amplified by diverse clinical findings in the setting of unilateral recurrent laryngeal neuropathy and presbylarynges. We sought to characterize FVF behavior in these contexts. METHODS: Laryngoscopic/stroboscopic examinations from 11 patients with unilateral recurrent laryngeal nerve paresis and 12 patients with presbylarynges were reviewed by 4 laryngologists, blinded to the goal of the study but informed of diagnosis...
October 25, 2016: Annals of Otology, Rhinology, and Laryngology
Joel T Cramer, Alfonso J Cruz-Jentoft, Francesco Landi, Mary Hickson, Mauro Zamboni, Suzette L Pereira, Deborah S Hustead, Vikkie A Mustad
BACKGROUND: Recent evidence suggests that nutritional interventions may improve muscle outcomes in malnutrition and sarcopenia. OBJECTIVES: We evaluated the effects of 2 high-quality oral nutritional supplements (ONS) differing in amount and type of key nutrients in older adult men and women. DESIGN: A multicenter, randomized, double-blinded, controlled clinical trial. PARTICIPANTS: Malnourished and sarcopenic men and women, 65 years and older (n = 330)...
November 1, 2016: Journal of the American Medical Directors Association
David Misdrahi, Arnaud Tessier, Joel Swendsen, Fabrice Berna, Lore Brunel, Delphine Capdevielle, Isabelle Chereau, Jean-Marie Danion, Marie De Pradier, Jean-Michel Dorey, Caroline Dubertret, Julien Dubreucq, Catherine Faget, Franck Gabayet, Romain Rey, Raphaelle Richieri, Christine Passerieux, Aurélie Schandrin, Franck Schurhoff, Anne Marie Tronche, Mathieu Urbach, Pierre Michel Llorca, Guillaume Fond
OBJECTIVE: Medication nonadherence is one of the most important, and potentially modifiable, prognostic factors in the outcome of patients with schizophrenia. The aim of this article is to propose a new classification of adherence profiles according to the Medication Adherence Rating Scale (MARS) in a large community-dwelling sample of French patients with schizophrenia to provide a new tool to help clinicians in daily practice. METHODS: 319 community-dwelling patients from a national network of 10 Schizophrenia Expert Centers were interviewed between January 2009 and January 2014...
September 2016: Journal of Clinical Psychiatry
Joel A DeLisa, Jacob Jay Lindenthal
Although progress has been made in diversifying medical school admissions and faculty, this has not extended to physicians with physical disabilities. To improve our understanding of medical students and physicians with physical and sensory disabilities, the authors propose systematically gathering information on the needs and experiences of four groups: physicians who had disabilities before beginning practice, physicians whose disabilities were incurred during their medical careers, physicians drawn from those two groups, and patients of physicians with disabilities...
October 1, 2016: AMA Journal of Ethics
Samuel L Esarey, Joel C Holland, Bart M Bartlett
We analyze the stability of the non-heme water oxidation catalyst (WOC), Fe(bpmcn)Cl2 toward oxygen and illumination under nonaqueous and acidic conditions. Fe(bpmcn)Cl2 has been previously used as a C-H activation catalyst, a homogeneous WOC, and as a cocatalyst anchored to WO3 for photoelectrochemical water oxidation. This paper reports that the ligand dissociates at pH 1 with a rate constant k = 19.8(2) × 10(-3) min(-1), resulting in loss of catalytic activity. The combination of UV-vis experiments, (1)H NMR spectroscopy, and cyclic voltammetry confirm free bpmcn and Fe(2+) present in solution under acidic conditions...
October 25, 2016: Inorganic Chemistry
B Joel Tjarks, Najwa Somani, Melissa Piliang, Wilma F Bergfeld
BACKGROUND: Folliculotropism in melanoma is poorly characterized and standard categorization for follicular involvement by melanoma is unavailable. We propose a logical categorization system. METHODS: We conducted a search of our archives over a 24 year period for cases mentioning the terms follicle, follicular, folliculotropic, folliculocentric, AND melanoma. RESULTS: We identified 90 cases of melanoma with involvement of the hair follicle...
October 25, 2016: Journal of Cutaneous Pathology
Ian Churnin, Joel Michalek, Ali Seifi
BACKGROUND : The impact of the 2003 residency duty hour reform on patient care remains a debated issue. OBJECTIVE : Determine the association between duty hour limits and mortality in patients with nervous system pathology. METHODS : Via a retrospective cohort study using the Nationwide Inpatient Sample from 2000-2010, the authors evaluated in-hospital mortality status in those with a primary discharge level diagnosis of disease or disorder of the nervous system...
October 2016: Journal of Graduate Medical Education
Yong-Kang Yang, Chao Yang, Waipan Chan, Zhaoquan Wang, Katelynn E Deibel, Joel L Pomerantz
The activation of NF-κB downstream of T Cell Receptor (TCR) engagement is a key signaling step required for normal lymphocyte function during the adaptive immune response. During TCR signaling, the adaptor protein Bcl10 is inducibly recruited to the CARD11 scaffold protein as part of a multicomponent complex that induces IKK kinase activity and NF-κB activation. Here we show that a consequence of this recruitment is the TCR-induced conjugation of Bcl10 with linear-linked polyubiquitin chains, to generate the signaling intermediate Lin(Ub)n-Bcl10, which is required for the association of Bcl10 with the NEMO subunit of the IKK complex...
October 24, 2016: Journal of Biological Chemistry
Naomi P Visanji, Jonathan M Brotchie, Lorraine V Kalia, James B Koprich, Anurag Tandon, Joel C Watts, Anthony E Lang
In recent years, a new generation of animal models of Parkinson's disease (PD) based on ectopic expression, overexpression, or intracerebral injection of the protein α-synuclein have emerged. Critically, these models develop inclusions of aggregated α-synuclein and/or α-synuclein-mediated neuronal loss replicating the defining pathological hallmarks of PD and driving significant advances in the understanding of the pathogenic mechanisms underpinning PD. Here, we provide a comprehensive review of this new generation of animal models of PD, ranging from invertebrate to rodent to nonhuman primate...
October 21, 2016: Trends in Neurosciences
Christophe Huỳnh, Joël Tremblay, Marie-Josée Fleury
OBJECTIVES: This study aimed to: (1) identify clusters based on the diagnostic status of mental disorders among individuals with problematic substance use treated in an addiction rehabilitation center (ARC), and (2) characterize these clusters according to socio-demographic variables, neighborhood characteristics, and health service utilization. METHODS: Data were compiled for 4526 individuals with problematic substance use who received services from an ARC in 2004...
December 2016: Journal of Substance Abuse Treatment
Micah Allen, Darya Frank, D Samuel Schwarzkopf, Francesca Fardo, Joel S Winston, Tobias U Hauser, Geraint Rees
Human perception is invariably accompanied by a graded feeling of confidence that guides metacognitive awareness and decision-making. It is often assumed that this arises solely from the feed-forward encoding of the strength or precision of sensory inputs. In contrast, interoceptive inference models suggest that confidence reflects a weighted integration of sensory precision and expectations about internal states, such as arousal. Here we test this hypothesis using a novel psychophysical paradigm, in which unseen disgust-cues induced unexpected, unconscious arousal just before participants discriminated motion signals of variable precision...
October 25, 2016: ELife
Joël Doussot, Véronique Mathieu, Cyril Colas, Roland Molinié, Cyrielle Corbin, Josiane Montguillon, Laeticia Moreno Y Banuls, Sullivan Renouard, Frédéric Lamblin, Patricia Dupré, Benoit Maunit, Robert Kiss, Christophe Hano, Eric Lainé
Podophyllotoxin, a lignan still extracted from the rhizomes of Podophyllum hexandrum (Berberidaceae), is the starting molecule for the semisynthesis of widely used anticancer drugs such as etoposide. However, this source is threatened by the over-collection of P. hexandrum. Plants belonging to the Linaceae and Cupressaceae families could be attractive alternative sources with species that contain the lignan podophyllotoxin or its precursors and derivatives. Wild flax species, such as Linum flavum, as well as some Juniperus and Callitris species were investigated for their lignan content, and the in vitro antiproliferative capacity of their extracts was assayed on four tumor cell lines...
October 24, 2016: Planta Medica
Jian Wang, Radovan Krejci, Scott Giangrande, Chongai Kuang, Henrique M J Barbosa, Joel Brito, Samara Carbone, Xuguang Chi, Jennifer Comstock, Florian Ditas, Jost Lavric, Hanna E Manninen, Fan Mei, Daniel Moran-Zuloaga, Christopher Pöhlker, Mira L Pöhlker, Jorge Saturno, Beat Schmid, Rodrigo A F Souza, Stephen R Springston, Jason M Tomlinson, Tami Toto, David Walter, Daniela Wimmer, James N Smith, Markku Kulmala, Luiz A T Machado, Paulo Artaxo, Meinrat O Andreae, Tuukka Petäjä, Scot T Martin
The nucleation of atmospheric vapours is an important source of new aerosol particles that can subsequently grow to form cloud condensation nuclei in the atmosphere. Most field studies of atmospheric aerosols over continents are influenced by atmospheric vapours of anthropogenic origin (for example, ref. 2) and, in consequence, aerosol processes in pristine, terrestrial environments remain poorly understood. The Amazon rainforest is one of the few continental regions where aerosol particles and their precursors can be studied under near-natural conditions, but the origin of small aerosol particles that grow into cloud condensation nuclei in the Amazon boundary layer remains unclear...
October 24, 2016: Nature
Thanh Tam Tran, Joel Adams-Bedford, Vasoontara Yiengprugsawan, Sam-Ang Seubsman, Adrian Sleigh
INTRODUCTION: Injury and psychological distress are public health priorities because of their high occurrence in the population. This study examines the longitudinal effects of injury characteristics on psychological distress. METHODS: Study participants were enrolled distance learning Thai adults (N = 42,785 at 2013 follow-up) residing nationwide. We analysed 2009 and 2013 data. Injury questions included injury prevalence, causes and levels of severity. Distress was measured using the standard Kessler-6...
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