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E I Vanguelova, E Bonifacio, B De Vos, M R Hoosbeek, T W Berger, L Vesterdal, K Armolaitis, L Celi, L Dinca, O J Kjønaas, P Pavlenda, J Pumpanen, Ü Püttsepp, B Reidy, P Simončič, B Tobin, M Zhiyanski
Spatially explicit knowledge of recent and past soil organic carbon (SOC) stocks in forests will improve our understanding of the effect of human- and non-human-induced changes on forest C fluxes. For SOC accounting, a minimum detectable difference must be defined in order to adequately determine temporal changes and spatial differences in SOC. This requires sufficiently detailed data to predict SOC stocks at appropriate scales within the required accuracy so that only significant changes are accounted for...
November 2016: Environmental Monitoring and Assessment
Jinho Shin
Arterial pulsation which had long been studied for estimation of blood pressure or mean blood pressure was replaced by the measurement of systolic and diastolic blood pressure using Korotkoff sound detected by stethoscope in the beginning of the previous century. In the meantime, vast of modern knowledge of human hypertension from epidemiology to randomized clinical trial had been built on the Korotkoff sound and stethoscope methodology. Hypertension is very special clinical entity in terms of the diagnosis is solely dependent on the manual blood pressure measurement by a physician or nurse...
September 2016: Journal of Hypertension
Nooshin Atashfeshan, Hamideh Razavi
OBJECTIVE: Analysis of the effect of mental fatigue on a cognitive task and determination of the right start time for rest breaks in work environments. BACKGROUND: Mental fatigue has been recognized as one of the most important factors influencing individual performance. Subjective and physiological measures are popular methods for analyzing fatigue, but they are restricted to physical experiments. Computational cognitive models are useful for predicting operator performance and can be used for analyzing fatigue in the design phase, particularly in industrial operations and inspections where cognitive tasks are frequent and the effects of mental fatigue are crucial...
October 13, 2016: Human Factors
Natalie R Langley, Sandra Cridlin
Secular changes refer to short-term biological changes ostensibly due to environmental factors. Two well-documented secular trends in many populations are earlier age of menarche and increasing stature. This study synthesizes data on maximum clavicle length and fusion of the medial epiphysis in 1840-1980 American birth cohorts to provide a comprehensive assessment of developmental and morphological change in the clavicle. Clavicles from the Hamann-Todd Human Osteological Collection (n = 354), McKern and Stewart Korean War males (n = 341), Forensic Anthropology Data Bank (n = 1,239), and the McCormick Clavicle Collection (n = 1,137) were used in the analysis...
January 2016: Human Biology
Linda Valeri, Oscar Patterson-Lomba, Yared Gurmu, Akweley Ablorh, Jennifer Bobb, F William Townes, Guy Harling
BACKGROUND: The recent Ebola virus disease (EVD) outbreak in West Africa has spread wider than any previous human EVD epidemic. While individual-level risk factors that contribute to the spread of EVD have been studied, the population-level attributes of subnational regions associated with outbreak severity have not yet been considered. METHODS: To investigate the area-level predictors of EVD dynamics, we integrated time series data on cumulative reported cases of EVD from the World Health Organization and covariate data from the Demographic and Health Surveys...
2016: PloS One
Stefan Peters, Angelika Kronseder, Stefan Karrasch, Petra A Neff, Matz Haaks, Andreas R Koczulla, Petra Reinhold, Dennis Nowak, Rudolf A Jörres
The concentration of hydrogen peroxide (H2O2) in exhaled air has been reported to be elevated in asthma and chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD), but results are inconsistent and difficult to reproduce. As H2O2 occurs in ambient air, we examined its association with exhaled H2O2 in human subjects. Exhaled breath condensate (EBC) of 12 COPD patients and nine healthy control subjects was collected either with an inhalation filter (efficiency 81%) or without. Ambient air condensate (AAC) was collected in parallel and samples were analysed for H2O2...
April 2016: ERJ Open Research
Esmaeil Zarei, Ali Azadeh, Nima Khakzad, Iraj Mohammadfam
Pipelines are one of the most popular and effective ways of transporting hazardous materials, especially natural gas. However, the rapid development of gas pipelines and stations in urban areas has introduced a serious threat to public safety and assets. Although different methods have been developed for risk analysis of gas transportation systems, a comprehensive methodology for risk analysis is still lacking, especially in natural gas stations. The present work is aimed at developing a dynamic and comprehensive quantitative risk analysis (DCQRA) approach for accident scenario and risk modeling of natural gas stations...
October 1, 2016: Journal of Hazardous Materials
Seiji Ono, Tomohiro Kizuka
Smooth pursuit (SP) is one of the precise oculomotor behaviors when tracking a moving object. Adaptation of SP is based on a visual-error driven motor learning process associated with predictable changes in the visual environment. Proper timing of a sensory signal is an important factor for adaptation of fine motor control. In this study, we investigated whether visual error timing affects SP gain adaptation. An adaptive change in SP gain is produced experimentally by repeated trials of a step-ramp tracking with 2 different velocities (double-velocity paradigm)...
August 11, 2016: Journal of Motor Behavior
Stephen A Wood, James M Armitage, Matthew J Binnington, Frank Wania
A population's exposure to persistent organic pollutants, e.g., polychlorinated biphenyls (PCBs), is typically assessed through national biomonitoring programs, such as the United States National Health and Nutrition Examination Survey (NHANES). To complement statistical methods, we use a deterministic modeling approach to establish mechanistic links between human contaminant concentrations and factors (e.g. age, diet, lipid mass) deemed responsible for the often considerable variability in these concentrations...
September 14, 2016: Environmental Science. Processes & Impacts
Ihab Elaff
BACKGROUND: Brain segmentation from diffusion tensor imaging (DTI) into white matter (WM), gray matter (GM), and cerebrospinal fluid (CSF) with acceptable results is subjected to many factors. OBJECTIVES: The most important issue in brain segmentation from DTI images is the selection of suitable scalar indices that best describe the required tissue in the images. Specifying suitable clustering method and suitable number of clusters of the selected method are other factors which affects the segmentation process significantly...
April 2016: Iranian Journal of Radiology: a Quarterly Journal Published By the Iranian Radiological Society
Kyoung Ok Kim
Patient safety has become an important policy agenda in healthcare systems since publication of the 1999 report entitled "To Err Is Human." The paradigm has changed from blaming the individual for the error to identifying the weakness in the system that led to the adverse events. Anesthesia is one of the first healthcare specialties to adopt techniques and lessons from the aviation industry. The widespread use of simulation programs and the application of human factors engineering to clinical practice are the influences of the aviation industry...
October 2016: Korean Journal of Anesthesiology
Brittany Barreto, Elizabeth Rogers, Jun Xia, Ryan L Frisch, Megan Richters, Devon M Fitzgerald, Susan M Rosenberg
: Microbes and human cells possess mechanisms of mutagenesis activated by stress responses. Stress-inducible mutagenesis mechanisms may provide important models for mutagenesis that drives host-pathogen interactions, antibiotic resistance, and possibly much of evolution generally. In Escherichia coli, repair of DNA double-strand breaks is switched to a mutagenic mode, using error-prone DNA polymerases, via the SOS DNA-damage and the general (σ(S)) stress responses. We investigated small RNA (sRNA) clients of Hfq, an RNA chaperone that promotes mutagenic break repair (MBR), and found that GcvB promotes MBR by allowing a robust σ(S) response, achieved via opposing the membrane stress (σ(E)) response...
October 3, 2016: Journal of Bacteriology
Neil M Thomas, Theodoros M Bampouras, Tim Donovan, Susan Dewhurst
Visual information is used for postural stabilization in humans. However, little is known about how eye movements prevalent in everyday life interact with the postural control system in older individuals. Therefore, the present study assessed the effects of stationary gaze fixations, smooth pursuits, and saccadic eye movements, with combinations of absent, fixed and oscillating large-field visual backgrounds to generate different forms of retinal flow, on postural control in healthy young and older females...
2016: Frontiers in Aging Neuroscience
Amritaj Patra, Qianqian Zhang, F Peter Guengerich, Martin Egli
O6-Methyl-2(prime)-deoxyguanosine (O6-MeG) is a ubiquitous DNA lesion, formed not only by xenobiotic carcinogens but also by the endogenous methylating agent S-adenosylmethionine. It can introduce mutations during DNA replication, with different DNA polymerases displaying different ratios of correct or incorrect incoporation opposite this nucleoside. Of the "translesion" Y-family human DNA polymerases (hpols), hpol η is most efficient in incorporating equal numbers of correct and incorrect C and T bases. However, the mechanistic basis for this specific yet indescriminate activity is not known...
September 30, 2016: Journal of Biological Chemistry
Vahid Reza Sabzevari, Amir Homayoun Jafari, Reza Boostani
OBJECTIVE: Muscle synergy is the activation of a group of muscles that contribute to a particular movement. The goal of the present study is to examine the hypothesis that human reaching movements at different speeds share similar muscle synergies and to investigate the kinesiology basis and innervation of muscles. METHODS: Electromyographic activity from six muscles of the upper limb and shoulder girdle were recorded during three movements at different speeds, i...
September 23, 2016: Technology and Health Care: Official Journal of the European Society for Engineering and Medicine
Nicolas Robitaille, Philip L Jackson, Luc J Hébert, Catherine Mercier, Laurent J Bouyer, Shirley Fecteau, Carol L Richards, Bradford J McFadyen
PURPOSE: This proof of concept study tested the ability of a dual task walking protocol using a recently developed avatar-based virtual reality (VR) platform to detect differences between military personnel post mild traumatic brain injury (mTBI) and healthy controls. METHODS: The VR platform coordinated motion capture, an interaction and rendering system, and a projection system to present first (participant-controlled) and third person avatars within the context of a specific military patrol scene...
September 28, 2016: Disability and Rehabilitation. Assistive Technology
Maryati M Yusof, Azila Arifin
INTRODUCTION: Laboratory testing and reporting are error-prone and redundant due to repeated, unnecessary requests and delayed or missed reactions to laboratory reports. Occurring errors may negatively affect the patient treatment process and clinical decision making. Evaluation on laboratory testing and Laboratory Information System (LIS) may explain the root cause to improve the testing process and enhance LIS in supporting the process. This paper discusses a new evaluation framework for LIS that encompasses the laboratory testing cycle and the socio-technical part of LIS...
September 21, 2016: Journal of Infection and Public Health
Raymond R Bond, Dewar D Finlay, James McLaughlin, Daniel Guldenring, Andrew Cairns, Alan Kennedy, Robert Deans, Albert L Waldo, Aaron Peace
INTRODUCTION: The CardioQuick Patch® (CQP) has been developed to assist operators in accurately positioning precordial electrodes during 12-lead electrocardiogram (ECG) acquisition. This study describes the CQP design and assesses the device in comparison to conventional electrode application. METHODS: Twenty ECG technicians were recruited and a total of 60 ECG acquisitions were performed on the same patient model over four phases: (1) all participants applied single electrodes to the patient; (2) all participants were then re-trained on electrode placement and on how to use the CQP; (3) participants were randomly divided into two groups, the standard group applied single electrodes and the CQP group used the CQP; (4) after a one day interval, the same participants returned to carry out the same procedure on the same patient (measuring intra-practitioner variability)...
August 18, 2016: Journal of Electrocardiology
Hyocher Kim, Kyungsuk Lee, Kimmo Räsänen
INTRODUCTION: Agriculture is known to be a dangerous industry in Korea, as well as in other countries. According to earlier studies, the root cause of occupational injury can be identified with errors in the various systems of safety, and such identification is helpful for the prevention of occupational injury. OBJECTIVE: The aims of this study were to examine the root causes of cases of agricultural injury in Korea, based on insurance claims and identification of errors in systems of safety...
September 2016: Annals of Agricultural and Environmental Medicine: AAEM
Jinho Shin
Arterial pulsation which had long been studied for estimation of blood pressure or mean blood pressure was replaced by the measurement of systolic and diastolic blood pressure using Korotkoff sound detected by stethoscope in the beginning of the previous century. In the meantime, vast of modern knowledge of human hypertension from epidemiology to randomized clinical trial had been built on the Korotkoff sound and stethoscope methodology. Hypertension is very special clinical entity in terms of the diagnosis is solely dependent on the manual blood pressure measurement by a physician or nurse...
September 2016: Journal of Hypertension
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