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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29778077/selection-of-plants-for-phytoremediation-of-barium-polluted-flooded-soils
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Paulo Roberto Cleyton de Castro Ribeiro, Douglas Gomes Viana, Fábio Ribeiro Pires, Fernando Barboza Egreja Filho, Robson Bonomo, Alberto Cargnelutti Filho, Luiz Fernando Martins, Leila Beatriz Silva Cruz, Mauro César Pinto Nascimento
The use of barite (BaSO4) in drilling fluids for oil and gas activities makes barium a potential contaminant in case of spills onto flooded soils, where low redox conditions may increase barium sulfate solubility. In order to select plants able to remove barium in such scenarios, the following species were evaluated on barium phytoextraction capacity: Brachiaria arrecta, Cyperus papyrus, Eleocharis acutangula, E. interstincta, Nephrolepsis cf. rivularis, Oryza sativa IRGA 424, O. sativa BRS Tropical, Paspalum conspersum, and Typha domingensis...
May 10, 2018: Chemosphere
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29777617/simulation-in-urology-to-train-non-technical-skills-in-ward-rounds
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K Somasundram, H Spence, A J Colquhoun, C Mcilhenny, C S Biyani, S Jain
OBJECTIVE: We have designed an exercise to train newly appointed Urology trainees in non-technical skills on ward rounds as a part of a simulation 'boot camp'. This paper reports our experience, including a qualitative analysis of participant feedback on the utility of this method of training. PATIENTS AND METHODS: The simulations took place in a high-fidelity simulated ward bay. Forty-eight doctors with formal Urology training ranging between 2-60 months (mean 19...
May 19, 2018: BJU International
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29777595/a-ring-based-compensator-imrt-system-optimized-for-low-and-middle-income-countries-design-and-treatment-planning-study
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Jonathon Van Schelt, Daniel Smith, Nicholas Fong, Dolla Toomeh, Patricia A Sponseller, Derek W Brown, Meghan W Macomber, Nina A Mayr, Shilpen Patel, Adam Shulman, G V Subrahmanyam, K Govindarajan, Eric C Ford
PURPOSE: We propose a novel compensator-based IMRT system designed to provide a simple, reliable, and cost-effective adjunct technology, with the goal of expanding global access to advanced radiotherapy techniques. The system would employ easily-reusable tungsten bead compensators that operate independent of a gantry (e.g. mounted in a ring around the patient). Thereby the system can be retrofitted to existing linac and cobalt teletherapy units. This study explores the quality of treatment plans from the proposed system and the dependence on associated design parameters...
May 19, 2018: Medical Physics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29776744/discovering-mental-models-and-frames-in-learning-of-nursing-ethics-through-simulations
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J L Díaz Agea, M R Martín Robles, D Jiménez Rodríguez, I Morales Moreno, I Viedma Viedma, C Leal Costa
The acquisition of ethical competence is necessary in nursing. The aims of the study were to analyse students' perceptions of the process of learning ethics through simulations and to describe the underlying frames that inform the decision making process of nursing students. A qualitative study based on the analysis of simulated experiences and debriefings of six simulated scenarios with ethical content in three different groups of fourth-year nursing students (n = 30), was performed. The simulated situations were designed to contain ethical dilemmas...
May 15, 2018: Nurse Education in Practice
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29776330/robust-joint-score-tests-in-the-application-of-dna-methylation-data-analysis
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Xuan Li, Yuejiao Fu, Xiaogang Wang, Weiliang Qiu
BACKGROUND: Recently differential variability has been showed to be valuable in evaluating the association of DNA methylation to the risks of complex human diseases. The statistical tests based on both differential methylation level and differential variability can be more powerful than those based only on differential methylation level. Anh and Wang (2013) proposed a joint score test (AW) to simultaneously detect for differential methylation and differential variability. However, AW's method seems to be quite conservative and has not been fully compared with existing joint tests...
May 18, 2018: BMC Bioinformatics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29776075/encounter-times-of-chromatin-loci-influenced-by-polymer-decondensation
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A Amitai, D Holcman
The time for a DNA sequence to find its homologous counterpart depends on a long random search inside the cell nucleus. Using polymer models, we compute here the mean first encounter time (MFET) between two sites located on two different polymer chains and confined locally by potential wells. We find that reducing tethering forces acting on the polymers results in local decondensation, and numerical simulations of the polymer model show that these changes are associated with a reduction of the MFET by several orders of magnitude...
March 2018: Physical Review. E
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29776074/nonequilibrium-forces-following-quenches-in-active-and-thermal-matter
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Christian M Rohwer, Alexandre Solon, Mehran Kardar, Matthias Krüger
Nonequilibrium systems with conserved quantities like density or momentum are known to exhibit long-ranged correlations. This, in turn, leads to long-ranged fluctuation-induced (Casimir) forces, predicted to arise in a variety of nonequilibrium settings. Here, we study such forces, which arise transiently between parallel plates or compact inclusions in a gas of particles, following a change ("quench") in temperature or activity of the medium. Analytical calculations, as well as numerical simulations of passive or active Brownian particles, indicate two distinct forces: (i) The immediate effect of the quench is adsorption or desorption of particles of the medium to the immersed objects, which in turn initiates a front of relaxing (mean) density...
March 2018: Physical Review. E
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29775080/mindfulness-meditation-and-interprofessional-cardiopulmonary-resuscitation-a-mixed-methods-pilot-study
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Diana J Kelm, Jennifer L Ridgeway, Becca L Gas, Monali Mohan, David A Cook, Darlene R Nelson, Roberto P Benzo
PROBLEM: Mindfulness training includes mindfulness meditation, which has been shown to improve both attention and self-awareness. Medical providers in the intensive care unit often deal with difficult situations with strong emotions, life-and-death decisions, and both interpersonal and interprofessional conflicts. The effect of mindfulness meditation training on healthcare providers during acute care tasks such as cardiopulmonary resuscitation remains unknown. Mindfulness meditation has the potential to improve provider well-being and reduce stress in individuals involved in resuscitation teams, which could then translate into better team communication and delivery of care under stress...
May 18, 2018: Teaching and Learning in Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29774954/adapting-population-models-for-application-in-pesticide-risk-assessment-a-case-study-with-mead-s-milkweed
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Amelie Schmolke, Colleen Roy, Richard Brain, Valery Forbes
Population models can facilitate assessment of potential impacts of pesticides on populations or species rather than individuals and have been identified as important tools for pesticide risk assessment of non-target species including those listed under the Endangered Species Act (ESA). Few examples of population models developed for this specific purpose are available, however, population models are commonly used in conservation science as a tool to project the viability of populations and the long-term outcomes of management actions...
May 18, 2018: Environmental Toxicology and Chemistry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29774433/dynamic-and-thermodynamic-crossover-scenarios-in-the-kob-andersen-mixture-insights-from-multi-cpu-and-multi-gpu-simulations
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Daniele Coslovich, Misaki Ozawa, Walter Kob
The physical behavior of glass-forming liquids presents complex features of both dynamic and thermodynamic nature. Some studies indicate the presence of thermodynamic anomalies and of crossovers in the dynamic properties, but their origin and degree of universality is difficult to assess. Moreover, conventional simulations are barely able to cover the range of temperatures at which these crossovers usually occur. To address these issues, we simulate the Kob-Andersen Lennard-Jones mixture using efficient protocols based on multi-CPU and multi-GPU parallel tempering...
May 17, 2018: European Physical Journal. E, Soft Matter
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29774001/cognitive-motor-interference-in-an-ecologically-valid-street-crossing-scenario
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Christin Janouch, Uwe Drescher, Konstantin Wechsler, Mathias Haeger, Otmar Bock, Claudia Voelcker-Rehage
Laboratory-based research revealed that gait involves higher cognitive processes, leading to performance impairments when executed with a concurrent loading task. Deficits are especially pronounced in older adults. Theoretical approaches like the multiple resource model highlight the role of task similarity and associated attention distribution problems. It has been shown that in cases where these distribution problems are perceived relevant to participant's risk of falls, older adults prioritize gait and posture over the concurrent loading task...
2018: Frontiers in Psychology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29773891/assessing-the-feasibility-of-neutralizing-osteopontin-with-various-therapeutic-antibody-modalities
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Vahid Farrokhi, Jeffrey R Chabot, Hendrik Neubert, Zhiyong Yang
Osteopontin is a secreted glycophosphoprotein that is highly implicated in many physiological and pathological processes such as biomineralization, cell-mediated immunity, inflammation, fibrosis, cell survival, tumorigenesis and metastasis. Antibodies against osteopontin have been actively pursued as potential therapeutics for various diseases by pharmaceutical companies and academic laboratories. Many studies have demonstrated the efficacy of osteopontin inhibition in a variety of preclinical models of diseases such as rheumatoid arthritis, cancer, nonalcoholic steatohepatitis, but clinical utility has not yet been demonstrated...
May 17, 2018: Scientific Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29772688/modeling-the-population-health-impact-of-introducing-a-modified-risk-tobacco-product-into-the-u-s-market
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Smilja Djurdjevic, Peter N Lee, Rolf Weitkunat, Zheng Sponsiello-Wang, Frank Lüdicke, Gizelle Baker
Philip Morris International (PMI) has developed the Population Health Impact Model (PHIM) to quantify, in the absence of epidemiological data, the effects of marketing a candidate modified risk tobacco product (cMRTP) on the public health of a whole population. Various simulations were performed to understand the harm reduction impact on the U.S. population over a 20-year period under various scenarios. The overall reduction in smoking attributable deaths (SAD) over the 20-year period was estimated as 934,947 if smoking completely went away and between 516,944 and 780,433 if cMRTP use completely replaces smoking...
May 16, 2018: Healthcare (Basel, Switzerland)
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29771150/assessment-of-multiple-membership-multilevel-models-an-application-to-interviewer-effects-on-nonresponse
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Gabriele B Durrant, Rebecca Vassallo, Peter W F Smith
Multilevel multiple membership models account for situations where lower level units are nested within multiple higher level units from the same classification. Not accounting correctly for such multiple membership structures leads to biased results. The use of a multiple membership model requires selection of weights reflecting the hypothesized contribution of each level two unit and their relationship to the level one outcome. The Deviance Information Criterion (DIC) has been proposed to identify such weights...
May 17, 2018: Multivariate Behavioral Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29770963/ectomycorrhizal-fungal-diversity-increases-phosphorus-uptake-efficiency-of-european-beech
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Julia Köhler, Nan Yang, Rodica Pena, Venket Raghavan, Andrea Polle, Ina C Meier
Increases in summer droughts and nitrogen (N) deposition have raised concerns of widespread biodiversity loss and nutrient imbalances, but our understanding of the ecological role of ectomycorrhizal fungal (ECMF) diversity in mediating root functions remains a major knowledge gap. We used different global change scenarios to experimentally alter the composition of ECMF communities colonizing European beech saplings and examined the consequences for phosphorus (P) uptake (H3 33 PO4 feeding experiment) and use efficiencies of trees...
May 17, 2018: New Phytologist
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29770729/group-sequential-designs-for-negative-binomial-outcomes
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Tobias Mütze, Ekkehard Glimm, Heinz Schmidli, Tim Friede
Count data and recurrent events in clinical trials, such as the number of lesions in magnetic resonance imaging in multiple sclerosis, the number of relapses in multiple sclerosis, the number of hospitalizations in heart failure, and the number of exacerbations in asthma or in chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD) are often modeled by negative binomial distributions. In this manuscript, we study planning and analyzing clinical trials with group sequential designs for negative binomial outcomes. We propose a group sequential testing procedure for negative binomial outcomes based on Wald statistics using maximum likelihood estimators...
January 1, 2018: Statistical Methods in Medical Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29770530/accurate-nonlinear-mapping-between-mni-volumetric-and-freesurfer-surface-coordinate-systems
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Jianxiao Wu, Gia H Ngo, Douglas Greve, Jingwei Li, Tong He, Bruce Fischl, Simon B Eickhoff, B T Thomas Yeo
The results of most neuroimaging studies are reported in volumetric (e.g., MNI152) or surface (e.g., fsaverage) coordinate systems. Accurate mappings between volumetric and surface coordinate systems can facilitate many applications, such as projecting fMRI group analyses from MNI152/Colin27 to fsaverage for visualization or projecting resting-state fMRI parcellations from fsaverage to MNI152/Colin27 for volumetric analysis of new data. However, there has been surprisingly little research on this topic. Here, we evaluated three approaches for mapping data between MNI152/Colin27 and fsaverage coordinate systems by simulating the above applications: projection of group-average data from MNI152/Colin27 to fsaverage and projection of fsaverage parcellations to MNI152/Colin27...
May 16, 2018: Human Brain Mapping
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29769015/a-comparison-of-methods-for-estimating-substitution-rates-from-ancient-dna-sequence-data
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K Jun Tong, David A Duchêne, Sebastián Duchêne, Jemma L Geoghegan, Simon Y W Ho
BACKGROUND: Phylogenetic analysis of DNA from modern and ancient samples allows the reconstruction of important demographic and evolutionary processes. A critical component of these analyses is the estimation of evolutionary rates, which can be calibrated using information about the ages of the samples. However, the reliability of these rate estimates can be negatively affected by among-lineage rate variation and non-random sampling. Using a simulation study, we compared the performance of three phylogenetic methods for inferring evolutionary rates from time-structured data sets: regression of root-to-tip distances, least-squares dating, and Bayesian inference...
May 16, 2018: BMC Evolutionary Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29768693/coastal-ecosystems-on-a-tipping-point-global-warming-and-parasitism-combine-to-alter-community-structure-and-function
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Kim N Mouritsen, Mikkel M Sørensen, Robert Poulin, Brian L Fredensborg
Mounting evidence suggests that the transmission of certain parasites is facilitated by increasing temperatures, causing their host population to decline. However, no study has yet addressed how temperature and parasitism may combine to shape the functional structure of a whole host community in the face of global warming. Here, we apply an outdoor mesocosm approach supported by field surveys to elucidate this question in a diverse intertidal community of amphipods infected by the pathogenic microphallid trematode, Maritrema novaezealandensis...
May 16, 2018: Global Change Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29768477/faster-clinical-response-to-the-onset-of-adverse-events-a-wearable-metacognitive-attention-aid-for-nurse-triage-of-clinical-alarms
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Daniel C McFarlane, Alexa K Doig, James A Agutter, Lara M Brewer, Noah D Syroid, Ranjeev Mittu
OBJECTIVE: This study evaluates the potential for improving patient safety by introducing a metacognitive attention aid that enables clinicians to more easily access and use existing alarm/alert information. It is hypothesized that this introduction will enable clinicians to easily triage alarm/alert events and quickly recognize emergent opportunities to adapt care delivery. The resulting faster response to clinically important alarms/alerts has the potential to prevent adverse events and reduce healthcare costs...
2018: PloS One
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