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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28732402/characteristics-of-black-carbon-in-snow-from-laohugou-no-12-glacier-on-the-northern-tibetan-plateau
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Yulan Zhang, Shichang Kang, Chaoliu Li, Tanguang Gao, Zhiyuan Cong, Michael Sprenger, Yajun Liu, Xiaofei Li, Junming Guo, Mika Sillanpää, Kun Wang, Jizu Chen, Yang Li, Shiwei Sun
Black carbon (BC) emitted from the incomplete combustion of biomass and fossil fuel impacts the climate system, cryospheric change, and human health. This study documents black carbon deposition in snow from a benchmark glacier on the northern Tibetan Plateau. Significant seasonality of BC concentrations indicates different input or post-depositional processes. BC particles deposited in snow had a mass volume median diameter slightly larger than that of black carbon particles typically found in the atmosphere...
July 17, 2017: Science of the Total Environment
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28732388/blood-transfusion-and-mortality-in-myocardial-infarction-an-updated-meta-analysis
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Zuomin Yin, Botao Yu, Weisheng Liu, Ketao Lan
BACKGROUND: Several observational and preclinical studies have shown that blood transfusion may modify the mortality of patients with myocardial infarction (MI). The aim of this meta-analysis is to evaluate the recent evidence on the effectiveness of blood transfusion for all-cause mortality in patients with MI. MATERIALS AND METHODS: PUBMED, EMBASE and the Cochrane central register of controlled trials were searched up to June 2016 by two independent investigators...
July 12, 2017: Oncotarget
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28732367/significantly-more-intense-pain-in-methadone-maintained-patients-who-are-addicted-to-nicotine
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Lian-Zhong Liu, Lin-Xiang Tan, Yan-Min Xu, Xue-Bing Liu, Wen-Cai Chen, Jun-Hong Zhu, Jin Lu, Bao-Liang Zhong
Pain and cigarette smoking are very common in heroin-dependent patients (HDPs) receiving methadone maintenance treatment (MMT) and both have substantial negative effects on HDPs' physical and mental health. Nevertheless, very few studies have assessed the relationship between the two in HDPs. This study examined the association between pain intensity and smoking in Chinese methadone-maintained HDPs. A total of 603 HDPs were consecutively recruited from three MMT clinics in Wuhan, China, and administered with a socio-demographic and drug use questionnaire, a smoking questionnaire concerning average number of cigarettes smoked daily and Heaviness of Smoking Index, and Zung's Self-rating Depression Scale...
July 13, 2017: Oncotarget
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28732338/toxic-organic-substances-and-marker-compounds-in-size-segregated-urban-particulate-matter-implications-for-involvement-in-the-in%C3%A2-vitro-bioactivity-of-the-extractable-organic-matter
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Athanasios Besis, Alexandra Tsolakidou, Dimitra Balla, Constantini Samara, Dimitra Voutsa, Anastasia Pantazaki, Theodora Choli-Papadopoulou, Theodore S Lialiaris
Toxic organic substances and polar organic marker compounds, i.e. polychlorinated biphenyls (PCBs), organochlorine pesticides (OCPs), polybrominated diphenyl ethers (PBDEs), polycyclic aromatic hydrocarbons (PAHs) and their nitro-derivatives (N-PAHs), as well as dicarboxylic acids (DCAs) and sugars/sugar anhydrites (S/SAs) were analyzed in size-segregated PM samples (<0.49, 0.49-0.97, 0.97-3 and >3 μm) collected at two urban sites (urban traffic and urban background) during the cold and the warm season...
July 18, 2017: Environmental Pollution
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28732334/does-laser-phototherapy-influence-the-proliferation-of-myoepithelial-cells-in-the-salivary-gland-of-hypothyroid-rats
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Virgínia Dias Uzêda-E-Silva, Tania Tavares Rodriguez, Luciana Maria Pedreira Ramalho, Flávia Calo Aquino Xavier, Isabele Cardoso Vieira de Castro, Antônio Luiz Barbosa Pinheiro, Jean Nunes Dos Santos
Thyroid hormones influence both development and growth of organs and tissues and guarantee metabolic demands that interfere with the quality of digestive secretions, including those of the salivary glands. Laser phototherapy - LPT can modulate various biological phenomena and its diverse effects permit the action on different cell types. The aim of this study was to evaluate the influence of laser phototherapy on myoepithelial cells of salivary glands of hypothyroid rats. Forty-two albino Wistar rats were divided into two main groups: euthyroid (EU) and hypothyroid (HYPO)...
July 12, 2017: Journal of Photochemistry and Photobiology. B, Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28732320/do-cyclists-make-better-drivers-associations-between-cycling-experience-and-change-detection-in-road-scenes
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Vanessa Beanland, Lisa J Hansen
Efficient processing of visual information is crucial to safe driving. Previous research has demonstrated that driving experience strongly affects attentional allocation, with large differences between novice and experienced drivers. Expanding on this, we explored the influence of non-driving experiences on attentional allocation by comparing drivers with and without cycling experience. Based on situation awareness field studies, we predicted cyclist-drivers would demonstrate superior performance. Participants were 42 experienced drivers (17 female, 25 male) aged 30-50 years (M=39...
July 18, 2017: Accident; Analysis and Prevention
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28732319/did-the-dependent-coverage-expansion-increase-risky-substance-use-among-young-adults
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Joshua Breslau, Hao Yu, Bing Han, Rosalie L Pacula, Rachel M Burns, Bradley D Stein
BACKGROUND: The dependent coverage expansion (DCE) enacted through the Affordable Care Act increased health insurance coverage among young adults. Increasing insurance coverage in this age group has the potential for unintended consequences on risky substance use. METHODS: Repeated cross-sectional surveys were used to compare change in substance use during the period the DCE was implemented in the 19-25year old target age group (Pre-DCE n=15,772, Post-DCE n=22,719) with contemporaneous change in a slightly older age group that was not targeted by the policy (Pre-DCE=19,851, Post-DCE n=28,157)...
July 14, 2017: Drug and Alcohol Dependence
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28732314/the-effect-of-low-dose-furosemide-in-critically-ill-patients-with-early-acute-kidney-injury-a-pilot-randomized-blinded-controlled-trial-the-spark-study
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Sean M Bagshaw, R T Noel Gibney, Peter Kruger, Imran Hassan, Finlay A McAlister, Rinaldo Bellomo
PURPOSE: Furosemide is commonly prescribed in acute kidney injury (AKI). Prior studies have found conflicting findings on whether furosemide modifies the course and outcome of AKI. METHODS: Pilot multi-center randomized blinded placebo-controlled trial in adult patients with AKI admitted to three intensive care units. Participants were randomly allocated to furosemide bolus and infusion or 0.9% saline placebo. Primary endpoint was worsening AKI, defined by the RIFLE criteria...
July 12, 2017: Journal of Critical Care
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28732299/enterovesical-fistula-a-rare-complication-of-meckel-s-diverticulum-a-case-report
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Bourguiba M A, Gharbi M, Ghalleb M, Ben Taher A, Souai F, Bensafta Y, Sayari S, Ben Moussa M
INTRODUCTION: Enterovesical fistulas usually result from diverticulitis, Crohn's disease, or colorectal cancer. A perforated Meckel's diverticulum can exceptionally result in an vesico-diverticulum fistula, as noted in only seven previously reported cases. CASE REPORT: A 35-year old Arabic male, quadriplegic,who presented epigastralgia evolving for a week, associated with abdominal distension and cloudy urine. On examination he was feverish (38.5°C), dehydrated with tenderness in the entire distended abdomen; rectal examination revealed a hypotonic sphincter with no other abnormality...
July 8, 2017: International Journal of Surgery Case Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28732297/influence-of-environmental-conditions-on-the-toxicokinetics-of-cadmium-in-the-marine-copepod-acartia-tonsa
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Maria D Pavlaki, Rui G Morgado, Cornelis A M van Gestel, Ricardo Calado, Amadeu M V M Soares, Susana Loureiro
mMarine and estuarine ecosystems are highly productive areas that often act as a final sink for several pollutants, such as cadmium. Environmental conditions in these habitats can affect metal speciation, as well as its uptake and depuration by living organisms. The aim of this study was to assess cadmium uptake and depuration rates in the euryhaline calanoid copepod Acartia tonsa under different pH, salinity and temperature conditions. Cadmium speciation did not vary with changing pH or temperature, but varied with salinity...
July 18, 2017: Ecotoxicology and Environmental Safety
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28732292/influence-of-rainfall-duration-and-intensity-on-particulate-matter-removal-from-plant-leaves
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Xiaowu Xu, Zhenming Zhang, Le Bao, Li Mo, Xinxiao Yu, Dengxing Fan, Xiaoxiu Lun
Rainfall influences removal of airborne particulate matter (PM) from leaf surfaces through a process called wash off resulting in throughfall that carries PM to the ground. The present study examined the effects of rainfall characteristics on PM wash-off mass and rate from the foliage of four broadleaf species, to investigate retention of PM pollution. In a controlled rainfall simulation experiment, rainfall intensity was set to 15, 30, and 50mmh(-1), and sampling intervals for the three rainfall intensities were divided into 10, 5, and 3min, respectively...
July 18, 2017: Science of the Total Environment
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28732262/attitudes-toward-epilepsy-and-perceptions-of-epilepsy-related-stigma-in-korean-evangelical-christians
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Sang-Ahm Lee, Eun-Ju Choi, Ji-Ye Jeon, Joon-Hyun Paek
PURPOSE: The scriptural description of Jesus driving out an evil spirit from a boy with epilepsy supported the idea of the spiritual nature of epilepsy for centuries. Korea has a shorter history of Christianity than the Western world. We determined whether there are differences in attitudes toward epilepsy and perception of epilepsy-related stigma between people with and without belief in evangelical Christianity in Korea. METHODS: Data were collected from evangelical churches and theological colleges...
July 18, 2017: Epilepsy & Behavior: E&B
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28732243/modeling-trait-depression-amplifies-the-effect-of-childbearing-on-postpartum-depression
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Kristen G Merkitch, Katherine G Jonas, Michael W O'Hara
BACKGROUND: The literature on the relative risk for depression in the postpartum period has largely focused on state (or episodic) depression, and has not addressed trait depression (a woman's general tendency to experience depressed mood). The present study evaluates the association between childbirth and depression in the postpartum period, taking into account the role of stable differences in women's vulnerability for depression across a 10-year span. METHODS: Data from the National Longitudinal Survey of Youth 1997 Cohort (N = 4385) were used...
July 13, 2017: Journal of Affective Disorders
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28732176/a-comprehensive-craniofacial-study-of-22q11-2-deletion-syndrome
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A Lewyllie, J Roosenboom, K Indencleef, P Claes, A Swillen, K Devriendt, C Carels, M Cadenas De Llano-Pérula, G Willems, G Hens, A Verdonck
The 22q11.2 deletion syndrome (22q11.2DS) is one of the most frequent microdeletion syndromes and presents with a highly variable phenotype. In most affected individuals, specific but subtle facial features can be seen. In this observational study, we aim to investigate the craniofacial and dental features of 20 children with a confirmed diagnosis of 22q11.2DS by analyzing 3-dimensional (3D) facial surface scans, 2-dimensional (2D) clinical photographs, panoramic and cephalometric radiographs, and dental casts...
July 1, 2017: Journal of Dental Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28732172/role-of-endothelin-1-and-its-receptors-eta-and-etb-in-the-survival-of-human-vascular-endothelial-cells
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Marianne Mikhail, Pierre H Vachon, Pedro D'Orleans-Juste, Danielle Jacques, Ghassan Bkaily
Our previous work showed the presence of endothelin-1 (ET-1) receptors, ETA and ETB, in human vascular endothelial cells (hVECs). In this study, we wanted to verify whether ET-1 via the activation of its receptors ETA and/or ETB (ETAR and ETBR respectively) play a role in the survival of hVECs. Our results showed that treatment of hVECs with ET-1 prevented apoptosis induced by genistein, an effect that was mimicked by treatment with ETBR specific agonist IRL1620. Furthermore, blockade of ETBR with the selective ETBR antagonist A192621 prevented the anti-apoptotic effect of ET-1 in hVECs...
July 21, 2017: Canadian Journal of Physiology and Pharmacology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28732169/design-of-modular-peptide-surfactants-and-their-surface-activity
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Hao-Fei Wang, David Wibowo, Zhengzhong Shao, Anton Peter J Middelberg, Chun-Xia Zhao
Designed peptide surfactants offer a number of advanced properties over conventional petrochemical surfactants, including biocompatibility, sustainability, and tailorability of the chemical and physical properties through peptide design. Their biocompatibility and degradability make them attractive for various applications, particularly for food and pharmaceutical applications. In this work, two new peptide surfactants derived from an amphiphilic peptide surfactant (AM1) were designed (AM-S and C8-AM) to better understand links between structure, interfacial activity and emulsification...
July 21, 2017: Langmuir: the ACS Journal of Surfaces and Colloids
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28732091/perfusion-of-surgical-cavity-wall-enhancement-in-early-post-treatment-mr-imaging-may-stratify-the-time-to-progression-in-glioblastoma
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Ji Eun Park, Kyoung Hwa Ryu, Ho Sung Kim, Hyo Won Kim, Woo Hyun Shim, Seung Chai Jung, Choong Gon Choi, Sang Joon Kim, Jeong Hoon Kim
OBJECTIVE: To determine if perfusion in surgical cavity wall enhancement (SCWE) obtained in early post-treatment MR imaging can stratify time-to-progression (TTP) in glioblastoma. MATERIALS AND METHODS: This study enrolled 60 glioblastoma patients with more than 5-mm-thick SCWEs as detected on contrast-enhanced MR imaging after concurrent chemoradiation therapy. Two independent readers categorized the shape and perfusion state of SCWEs as nodular or non-nodular and as having positive or negative perfusion compared with the contralateral grey matter on arterial spin labeling (ASL)...
2017: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28732089/cx47-fine-tunes-the-handling-of-serum-lipids-but-is-dispensable-for-lymphatic-vascular-function
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Merlijn J Meens, Issa Kutkut, Viviane Rochemont, Juan Dubrot, Fouad R Kaladji, Amélie Sabine, Oliver Lyons, Stefanie Hendrikx, Jeremiah Bernier-Latmani, Friedemann Kiefer, Alberto Smith, Stéphanie Hugues, Tatiana V Petrova, Brenda R Kwak
Mutations in the gap junction protein connexin47 (Cx47) are associated with lymphedema. However, the role of Cx47 in lymphatic pathophysiology is unknown. We demonstrate that Cx47 is expressed in lymphatic endothelial cells by whole-mount immunostaining and qPCR. To determine if Cx47 plays a role in lymphatic vessel function we analysed Cx47-/- mice. Cx47-deficiency did not affect lymphatic contractility (contractile amplitude or frequency) or lymphatic morphology (vessel diameter or number of valves). Interstitial fluid drainage or dendritic cell migration through lymphatic vessels was also not affected by Cx47-deficiency...
2017: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28732087/a-dissociation-between-engagement-and-learning-enthusiastic-instructions-fail-to-reliably-improve-performance-on-a-memory-task
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Benjamin A Motz, Joshua R de Leeuw, Paulo F Carvalho, Kaley L Liang, Robert L Goldstone
Despite widespread assertions that enthusiasm is an important quality of effective teaching, empirical research on the effect of enthusiasm on learning and memory is mixed and largely inconclusive. To help resolve these inconsistencies, we conducted a carefully-controlled laboratory experiment, investigating whether enthusiastic instructions for a memory task would improve recall accuracy. Scripted videos, either enthusiastic or neutral, were used to manipulate the delivery of task instructions. We also manipulated the sequence of learning items, replicating the spacing effect, a known cognitive technique for memory improvement...
2017: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28732072/placental-peptides-metabolism-and-maternal-factors-as-predictors-of-risk-of-gestational-diabetes-in-pregnant-women-a-case-control-study
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Robert Amadu Ngala, Linda Ahenkorah Fondjo, Peter Gmagna, Frank Naku Ghartey, Martin Akilla Awe
BACKGROUND: Gestational diabetes is a risk factor for perinatal complications; include shoulder dystocia, birth injuries such as bone fractures and nerve palsies. It is associated with later development of type 2 diabetes, the risk of macrosomia and other long-term health effects of infants born to diabetic mothers. The study assesses placental peptides and maternal factors as potential predictors of gestational diabetes among pregnant women. MATERIAL AND METHODS: A total of 200 pregnant women were recruited for the study, 150 pregnant women without pre gestational diabetes including 50 women with low risk factors of diabetes as controls and 50 other pregnant women with pregestational diabetes as control...
2017: PloS One
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