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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28453952/where-is-the-locus-of-the-lowercase-advantage-during-sentence-reading
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Manuel Perea, Eva Rosa, Ana Marcet
While most models of visual word identification and reading posit that a word's visual codes are rapidly transformed onto case-invariant representations (i.e., table and TABLE would equally activate the word unit corresponding to "table"), a number of experiments have shown a lowercase advantage in various word identification and reading tasks. In the present experiment, we examined the locus of this lowercase advantage by comparing the pattern of eye movements when reading sentences in lowercase vs. uppercase...
April 25, 2017: Acta Psychologica
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28448114/comparison-of-ag-in-ga-se2-mo-and-cu-in-ga-se2-mo-interface-in-solar-cells
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Xianfeng Zhang, Masakazu Kobayashi
Junction of Ag(In, Ga)Se2 (AIGS)/Mo and Cu(In, Ga)Se2 (CIGS)/Mo were characterized and compared from the prospect of structural and electrical properties. The region between CIGS and Mo was filled by a layered hexagonal MoSe2 layer with a thickness of 10-15 nm. The c-axis of MoSe2 was mostly perpendicular with the Mo layer, while the c value was 12.6 Å. However, no such layer was observed at the interface of AIGS and Mo. The result was also confirmed by the energy dispersive x-ray spectrometer and x-ray diffraction pattern to confirm status of MoSe2 layer...
April 27, 2017: ACS Applied Materials & Interfaces
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28446219/the-burden-epidemiology-costs-and-treatment-for-duchenne-muscular-dystrophy-an-evidence-review
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S Ryder, R M Leadley, N Armstrong, M Westwood, S de Kock, T Butt, M Jain, J Kleijnen
BACKGROUND: Duchenne Muscular Dystrophy (DMD) is a rapidly progressive, lethal neuromuscular disorder, present from birth, which occurs almost exclusively in males. We have reviewed contemporary evidence of burden, epidemiology, illness costs and treatment patterns of DMD. This systematic review adhered to published methods with information also sought from the web and contacting registries. Searches were carried out from 2005 to June 2015. The population of interest was individuals with clearly defined DMD or their carers...
April 26, 2017: Orphanet Journal of Rare Diseases
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28445488/a-versatile-method-for-dynamically-controlled-patterning-of-small-populations-of-epithelial-cells-on-substrates-via-non-contact-piezoelectric-inkjet-printing
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Kristen B Lee, Laimonas Kelbauskas, Alan Brunner, Deirdre R Meldrum
Intercellular interactions play a central role at the tissue and whole organism level modulating key cellular functions in normal and disease states. Studies of cell-cell communications are challenging due to ensemble averaging effects brought about by intrinsic heterogeneity in cellular function which requires such studies to be conducted with small populations of cells. Most of the current methods for producing and studying such small cell populations are complex to implement and require skilled personnel limiting their widespread utility in biomedical research labs...
2017: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28444787/finger-pressure-adjustments-to-various-object-configurations-during-precision-grip-in-humans-and-monkeys
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Riccardo Viaro, Banty Tia, Gino Coudé, Rosario Canto, Andriy Oliynyk, Paola Salmas, Lorenzo Masia, Giulio Sandini, Luciano Fadiga
In this study we recorded the pressure exerted onto an object by the index finger and the thumb of the preferred hand of eighteen human subjects and either hand of two macaque monkeys during a precision grasping task. The to-be-grasped object was a custom-made device composed by two plates which could be variably oriented by a motorized system while keeping constant the size and thus grip dimension. The to-be-grasped plates were covered by an array of capacitive sensors to measure specific features of finger adaptation, namely pressure intensity and centroid location and displacement...
April 26, 2017: European Journal of Neuroscience
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28442804/clinico-epidemiological-profile-of-patients-attending-suraksha-clinic-of-tertiary-care-hospital-of-north-india
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H S Banger, Anisha Sethi, Sita Malhotra, Suresh Kumar Malhotra, Tejinder Kaur
BACKGROUND: Sexually transmitted infections (STIs) are a global health problem. Trends of STIs vary from place to place depending on various epidemiological factors prevailing in that respective geographic area. AIMS AND OBJECTIVES: The present study was conducted to find the pattern and prevalence of different STIs out of total STI clinic attendees, to identify any change in the trend of STIs, various epidemiological factors, and behavior of individual diseases...
January 2017: Indian Journal of Sexually Transmitted Diseases
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28442381/ocular-surface-alkali-injury-damages-meibomian-glands-in-mice
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Shin Mizoguchi, Hiroki Iwanishi, Masahide Kokado, Takayoshi Sumioka, Geraint J Parfitt, Yilu Xie, Reiko Arita, Rika Shirakawa, Osamu Yamanaka, Yuka Okada, James V Jester, Shizuya Saika
PURPOSE: To examine effects of alkali injury of the ocular surface on meibomian gland pathology in mice. METHODS: Three μL of 1 N NaOH were applied under general anesthesia to the right eye of 10-week-old BALB/c (n = 54) mice to produce a total ocular surface alkali burn. The meibomian gland morphology was examined at days 1, 2, 5, 10, and 20 by stereomicroscopy and non-contact infrared meibography. Mice were then sacrificed and eyelids processed for histology with hematoxylin-eosin and immunohistochemistry for ELOVL4, PPARγ, myeloperoxidase (a neutrophil marker) and F4/80 macrophage antigen, as well as TUNEL staining...
April 22, 2017: Ocular Surface
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28441935/direct-and-indirect-effects-of-influenza-vaccination
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Martin Eichner, Markus Schwehm, Linda Eichner, Laetitia Gerlier
BACKGROUND: After vaccination, vaccinees acquire some protection against infection and/or disease. Vaccination, therefore, reduces the number of infections in the population. Due to this herd protection, not everybody needs to be vaccinated to prevent infections from spreading. METHODS: We quantify direct and indirect effects of influenza vaccination examining the standard Susceptible-Infected-Recovered (SIR) and Susceptible-Infected-Recovered-Susceptible (SIRS) model as well as simulation results of a sophisticated simulation tool which allows for seasonal transmission of four influenza strains in a population with realistic demography and age-dependent contact patterns...
April 26, 2017: BMC Infectious Diseases
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28440043/self-sealed-bionic-long-microchannels-with-thin-wall-and-designable-nanoholes-prepared-by-line-contact-capillary-force-assembly
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Zhao-Xin Lao, Yan-Lei Hu, Deng Pan, Ren-Yan Wang, Chen-Chu Zhang, Jin-Cheng Ni, Bing Xu, Jia-Wen Li, Dong Wu, Jia-Ru Chu
Long microchannels with thin walls, small width, and nanoholes or irregular shaped microgaps, which are similar to capillaries or cancerous vessels, are urgently needed to simulate the physiological activities in human body. However, the fabrication of such channels remains challenging. Here, microchannels with designable holes are manufactured by combining laser printing with line-contact capillary-force assembly. Two microwalls are first printed by femtosecond laser direct-writing, and subsequently driven to collapse into a channel by the capillary force that arises in the evaporation of developer...
April 25, 2017: Small
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28439455/the-evolution-of-logic-circuits-for-the-purpose-of-protein-contact-map-prediction
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Samuel D Chapman, Christoph Adami, Claus O Wilke, Dukka B Kc
Predicting protein structure from sequence remains a major open problem in protein biochemistry. One component of predicting complete structures is the prediction of inter-residue contact patterns (contact maps). Here, we discuss protein contact map prediction by machine learning. We describe a novel method for contact map prediction that uses the evolution of logic circuits. These logic circuits operate on feature data and output whether or not two amino acids in a protein are in contact or not. We show that such a method is feasible, and in addition that evolution allows the logic circuits to be trained on the dataset in an unbiased manner so that it can be used in both contact map prediction and the selection of relevant features in a dataset...
2017: PeerJ
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28437577/high-gene-flow-despite-opposite-chirality-in-hybrid-zones-between-enantiomorphic-door-snails
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Eva L Koch, Marco T Neiber, Frank Walther, Bernhard Hausdorf
We studied differentiation and gene flow patterns between enantiomorphic door-snail species in two hybrid zones in the Bucegi Mountains (Romania) to investigate the effects of intrinsic barriers (complications in copulation) and extrinsic selection by environmental factors. A mitochondrial gene tree confirmed the historical separation of the examined populations into the dextral Alopia livida and the sinistral Alopia straminicollis in accordance with the morphological classification, but also indicated gene flow between the species...
April 24, 2017: Molecular Ecology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28437527/ocular-motor-nerve-development-in-the-presence-and-absence-of-extraocular-muscle
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Suzanne M Michalak, Mary C Whitman, Jong G Park, Max A Tischfield, Elaine H Nguyen, Elizabeth C Engle
Purpose: To spatially and temporally define ocular motor nerve development in the presence and absence of extraocular muscles (EOMs). Methods: Myf5cre mice, which in the homozygous state lack EOMs, were crossed to an IslMN:GFP reporter line to fluorescently label motor neuron cell bodies and axons. Embryonic day (E) 11.5 to E15.5 wild-type and Myf5cre/cre:IslMN:GFP whole mount embryos and dissected orbits were imaged by confocal microscopy to visualize the developing oculomotor, trochlear, and abducens nerves in the presence and absence of EOMs...
April 1, 2017: Investigative Ophthalmology & Visual Science
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28436996/continuum-electrostatic-calculation-on-bovine-rhodopsin-protonation-and-the-effect-of-the-membrane-potential
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Elisa Bombarda, G Matthias Ullmann
In this work, we calculate the protonation probabilities of titratable residues of bovine rhodopsin using the Poisson-Boltzmann equation. We also consider the influence of the membrane potential. Our results indicate that at physiological pH, the titratable groups directly involved in photosensing, namely Glu113, Glu181 and the retinal Schiff base, are charged. In contrast, the residues Asp83, Glu122, and His211, which are buried in the membrane, are uncharged. However, since these later residues are localized in the middle of the membrane, they are exposed to the membrane potential more strongly, which may have important functional implications...
April 24, 2017: Photochemistry and Photobiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28436878/biofeedback-for-gait-retraining-based-on-real-time-estimation-of-tibiofemoral-joint-contact-forces
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Claudio Pizzolato, Monica Reggiani, David J Saxby, Elena Ceseracciu, Luca Modenese, David G Lloyd
Biofeedback assisted rehabilitation and intervention technologies have the potential to modify clinically relevant biomechanics. Gait retraining has been used to reduce the knee adduction moment, a surrogate of medial tibiofemoral joint loading often used in knee osteoarthritis research. In this study we present an electromyogram-driven neuromusculoskeletal model of the lower-limb to estimate, in real-time, the tibiofemoral joint loads. The model included 34 musculotendon units spanning the hip, knee, and ankle joints...
April 18, 2017: IEEE Transactions on Neural Systems and Rehabilitation Engineering
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28434208/dietary-interventions-for-adults-with-chronic-kidney-disease
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REVIEW
Suetonia C Palmer, Jasjot K Maggo, Katrina L Campbell, Jonathan C Craig, David W Johnson, Bernadet Sutanto, Marinella Ruospo, Allison Tong, Giovanni Fm Strippoli
BACKGROUND: Dietary changes are routinely recommended in people with chronic kidney disease (CKD) on the basis of randomised evidence in the general population and non-randomised studies in CKD that suggest certain healthy eating patterns may prevent cardiovascular events and lower mortality. People who have kidney disease have prioritised dietary modifications as an important treatment uncertainty. OBJECTIVES: This review evaluated the benefits and harms of dietary interventions among adults with CKD including people with end-stage kidney disease (ESKD) treated with dialysis or kidney transplantation...
April 23, 2017: Cochrane Database of Systematic Reviews
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28433401/relaxed-open-mouth-reciprocity-favours-playful-contacts-in-south-american-sea-lions-otaria-flavescens
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Clara Llamazares-Martín, Chiara Scopa, Federico Guillén-Salazar, Elisabetta Palagi
Fine-tuning communication is well documented in mammalian social play which relies on a large variety of specific and non-specific signals. Facial expressions are one of the most frequent patterns in play communication. The reciprocity of facial signals expressed by the players provides information on their reciprocal attentional state and on the correct perception/decoding of the signal itself. Here, for the first time, we explored the Relaxed Open Mouth (ROM), a widespread playful facial expression among mammals, in the South American sea lion (Otaria flavescens)...
April 19, 2017: Behavioural Processes
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28433392/quantifying-rates-of-cell-migration-and-cell-proliferation-in-co-culture-barrier-assays-reveals-how-skin-and-melanoma-cells-interact-during-melanoma-spreading-and-invasion
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Parvathi Haridas, Catherine J Penington, Jacqui A McGovern, D L Sean McElwain, Matthew J Simpson
Malignant spreading involves the migration of cancer cells amongst other native cell types. For example, in vivo melanoma invasion involves individual melanoma cells migrating through native skin, which is composed of several distinct subpopulations of cells. Here, we aim to quantify how interactions between melanoma and fibroblast cells affect the collective spreading of a heterogeneous population of these cells in vitro. We perform a suite of circular barrier assays that includes: (i) monoculture assays with fibroblast cells; (ii) monoculture assays with SK-MEL-28 melanoma cells; and (iii) a series of co-culture assays initiated with three different ratios of SK-MEL-28 melanoma cells and fibroblast cells...
April 19, 2017: Journal of Theoretical Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28431900/-quality-of-initial-trauma-care-in-paediatrics
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Vicente Ibáñez Pradas, Rut Pérez Montejano
INTRODUCTION: Trauma care in Spain is not provided in specific centres, which means that health professionals have limited contact to trauma patients. After the setting up of a training program in paediatric trauma, the aim of this study was to evaluate the quality of the initial care provided to these patients before they were admitted to the paediatric intensive care unit (PICU) of a third level hospital (trauma centre), as an indirect measurement of the increase in the number of health professionals trained in trauma...
April 18, 2017: Anales de Pediatría: Publicación Oficial de la Asociación Española de Pediatría (A.E.P.)
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28431190/higher-levels-of-submissive-behaviors-at-the-onset-of-the-pairing-process-of-rhesus-macaques-macaca-mulatta-are-associated-with-lower-risk-of-wounding-following-introduction
#19
Ori Pomerantz, Kate C Baker
Social housing of rhesus macaques (Macaca mulatta) is considered to be the cornerstone of behavioral management programs in biomedical facilities. However, it also involves the risk of socially inflicted trauma. The ability to avoid such trauma would contribute to the animals' well-being and alleviate staff's concerns, thus paving the path for more introductions. Here, we sought to address the conflict between the need to socially house rhesus macaques and the need to bring social wounding to a minimum by identifying behaviors expressed early in social introductions, that may serve as predictors of later wounding events...
April 21, 2017: American Journal of Primatology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28430723/colpocleisis-a-survey-of-current-practice-patterns
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Keisha Jones, Gary Wang, Robert Romano, Peter St Marie, Oz Harmanli
BACKGROUND: Currently, there are no standard treatment guidelines for colpocleisis. Clinical practice varies widely for this safe and effective procedure. OBJECTIVE: The aim of this study was to evaluate the current practice patterns in the United States among surgeons who perform colpocleisis. METHODS: A 27-item anonymous Web-based survey was sent to all practicing physicians affiliated with the American Urogynecologic Society. It consisted of questions regarding the demographic background of the physicians and their current practice as it relates to colpocleisis...
April 20, 2017: Female Pelvic Medicine & Reconstructive Surgery
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