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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28738505/rethinking-aqueous-phase-diffusion-related-isotope-fractionation-contrasting-theoretical-effects-with-observations-at-the-field-scale
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Shu Xu, Barbara Sherwood Lollar, Brent E Sleep
Aqueous phase diffusion-related isotope fractionation (DRIF) was investigated through modelling to determine under what subsurface conditions carbon isotope DRIF effects would be observable using typical sampling approaches. A dispersive enrichment factor was defined based on heavy and light isotopologue dispersion coefficients. For a given ratio of source concentration (C0) to method detection limit (MDL), the maximum DRIF in a system increased linearly with transverse dispersive enrichment factor. Using this linear relationship, the critical dispersion enrichment factor for which DRIF would not be observable was quantified...
July 18, 2017: Science of the Total Environment
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28738300/paternal-and-maternal-preconception-urinary-phthalate-metabolite-concentrations-and-child-behavior
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Carmen Messerlian, David Bellinger, Lidia Mínguez-Alarcón, Megan E Romano, Jennifer B Ford, Paige L Williams, Antonia M Calafat, Russ Hauser, Joseph M Braun
BACKGROUND: Prenatal phthalate exposure has been associated with behavioral problems and lower performance on measures of cognitive ability in children. However, the potential effect of phthalate exposure during the sensitive preconception period is unknown. OBJECTIVES: To estimate the association of maternal and paternal preconception urinary phthalate metabolite concentrations with child behavior and evaluate potential modification by child sex. METHODS: We used data from 166 children (111 singletons, 26 pairs of twins, and 1 set of triplets) born to 134 mothers and 100 fathers participating in a prospective preconception cohort study of subfertile couples from the Massachusetts General Hospital Fertility Center...
July 21, 2017: Environmental Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28738270/chemical-structure-and-correlation-analysis-of-hiv-1-nnrt-and-nrt-inhibitors-and-database-curated-published-inhibition-constants-with-chemical-structure-in-diverse-datasets
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Birgit Viira, Alfonso T García-Sosa, Uko Maran
Human immunodeficiency virus (HIV-1) reverse transcriptase is a major target for designing anti-HIV drugs. Developed inhibitors are divided into non-nucleoside analog reverse-transcriptase inhibitors (NNRTIs) and nucleoside analog reverse-transcriptase inhibitors (NRTIs) depending on their mechanism. Given that many inhibitors have been studied and for many of them binding affinity constants have been calculated, it is beneficial to analyze the chemical landscape of these families of inhibitors and correlate these inhibition constants with molecular structure descriptors...
June 24, 2017: Journal of Molecular Graphics & Modelling
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28738121/incidence-risks-and-types-of-infections-in-pediatric-long-term-care-facilities
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Lisa Saiman, Philip Maykowski, Meghan Murray, Bevin Cohen, Natalie Neu, Haomioa Jia, Gordon Hutcheon, Edwin Simpser, Linda Mosiello, Luis Alba, Elaine Larson
Importance: The population of infants, children, and adolescents cared for at pediatric long-term care facilities is increasing in complexity and size and thus consumes substantial health care resources. Infections are a significant cause of morbidity and mortality in this population, but few recent data describe their incidence and effects. Objectives: To describe the types of infections diagnosed in residents of pediatric long-term care facilities, calculate infection rates, and identify risk factors for respiratory tract infections (RTIs)...
July 24, 2017: JAMA Pediatrics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28737802/accurate-prediction-of-energetic-properties-of-ionic-liquid-clusters-using-a-fragment-based-quantum-mechanical-method
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Jinfeng Liu, Xiao He
Accurate prediction of physicochemical properties of ionic liquids (ILs) is of great significance to understand and design novel ILs with unique properties. This study employed the electrostatically embedded generalized molecular fractionation (EE-GMF) method for accurate energy calculation of IL clusters. The accuracy and efficiency of the EE-GMF method are systematically assessed at different ab initio levels (including HF, DFT and MP2) with diverse basis sets. With the fixed charge model for the embedding field, the deviations of the EE-GMF approach from conventional full system calculations are within 2...
July 24, 2017: Physical Chemistry Chemical Physics: PCCP
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28737692/salt-reductions-in-some-foods-in-the-netherlands-monitoring-of-food-composition-and-salt-intake
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Elisabeth H M Temme, Marieke A H Hendriksen, Ivon E J Milder, Ido B Toxopeus, Susanne Westenbrink, Henny A M Brants, Daphne L van der A
BACKGROUND AND OBJECTIVES: High salt intake increases blood pressure and thereby the risk of chronic diseases. Food reformulation (or food product improvement) may lower the dietary intake of salt. This study describes the changes in salt contents of foods in the Dutch market over a five-year period (2011-2016) and differences in estimated salt intake over a 10-year period (2006-2015). METHODS: To assess the salt contents of foods; we obtained recent data from chemical analyses and from food labels...
July 22, 2017: Nutrients
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28737667/prenatal-vitamin-d-intake-cord-blood-25-hydroxyvitamin-d-and-offspring-body-composition-the-healthy-start-study
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Katherine A Sauder, Hallie J Koeppen, Allison L B Shapiro, Kathryn E Kalata, Alexandra V Stamatoiu, Brandy M Ringham, Deborah H Glueck, Jill M Norris, Dana Dabelea
Vitamin D deficiency in pregnancy may be associated with increased offspring adiposity, but evidence from human studies is inconclusive. We examined associations between prenatal vitamin D intake, 25-hydroxyvitamin D (25(OH)D) in cord blood, and offspring size and body composition at birth and 5 months. Participants included 605 mother-offspring dyads from the Healthy Start study, an ongoing, pre-birth prospective cohort study in Denver, Colorado, USA. Prenatal vitamin D intake was assessed with diet recalls and questionnaires, and offspring body composition was measured via air displacement plethysmography at birth and 5 months...
July 22, 2017: Nutrients
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28737575/diabetes-is-not-associated-with-increased-90-day-mortality-risk-in-critically-ill-patients-with-sepsis
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Lonneke A van Vught, Rebecca Holman, Evert de Jonge, Nicolette F de Keizer, Tom van der Poll
OBJECTIVES: To determine the association of pre-existing diabetes, hyperglycemia, and hypoglycemia during the first 24 hours of ICU admissions with 90-day mortality in patients with sepsis admitted to the ICU. DESIGN: We used mixed effects logistic regression to analyze the association of diabetes, hyperglycemia, and hypoglycemia with 90-day mortality (n = 128,222). SETTING: All ICUs in the Netherlands between January 2009 and 2014 that participated in the Dutch National Intensive Care Evaluation registry...
July 21, 2017: Critical Care Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28737480/healthcare-costs-for-allergic-rhinitis-patients-on-allergy-immunotherapy-a-retrospective-observational-study
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Felicia Allen-Ramey, Jianbin Mao, Cori Blauer-Peterson, Marvin Rock, Robert Nathan, Rachel Halpern
OBJECTIVE: Subcutaneous immunotherapy (SCIT) for allergic rhinitis (AR) has been shown to control symptoms for up to several years following treatment discontinuation, but the effect of SCIT on healthcare costs for commercially insured patients is unknown. The objective of this study was to compare healthcare costs and resource utilization for patients with AR who received SCIT compared with those who discontinued SCIT shortly after initiation. METHODS: This retrospective cohort study evaluated medical and pharmacy claims from the Optum Research Database from January 2009 through February 2014 for adults and pediatric patients with >7 (continuers) vs ≤7 (discontinuers) injection visits for SCIT within 60 days of initiation...
July 24, 2017: Current Medical Research and Opinion
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28737272/dynamic-coupling-between-fmri-local-connectivity-and-interictal-eeg-in-focal-epilepsy-a-wavelet-analysis-approach
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Amir Omidvarnia, Mangor Pedersen, David N Vaughan, Jennifer M Walz, David F Abbott, Andrew Zalesky, Graeme D Jackson
Simultaneous scalp EEG-fMRI recording is a noninvasive neuroimaging technique for combining electrophysiological and hemodynamic aspects of brain function. Despite the time-varying nature of both measurements, their relationship is usually considered as time-invariant. The aim of this study was to detect direct associations between scalp-recorded EEG and regional changes of hemodynamic brain connectivity in focal epilepsy through a time-frequency paradigm. To do so, we developed a voxel-wise framework that analyses wavelet coherence between dynamic regional phase synchrony (DRePS, calculated from fMRI) and band amplitude fluctuation (BAF) of a target EEG electrode with dominant interictal epileptiform discharges (IEDs)...
July 24, 2017: Human Brain Mapping
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28736751/quantifying-time-varying-cellular-secretions-with-local-linear-models
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Jeff M Byers, Joseph A Christodoulides, James B Delehanty, Deepa Raghu, Marc P Raphael
Extracellular protein concentrations and gradients initiate a wide range of cellular responses, such as cell motility, growth, proliferation and death. Understanding inter-cellular communication requires spatio-temporal knowledge of these secreted factors and their causal relationship with cell phenotype. Techniques which can detect cellular secretions in real time are becoming more common but generalizable data analysis methodologies which can quantify concentration from these measurements are still lacking...
July 2017: Heliyon
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28735563/a-gaussian-approximation-approach-for-value-of-information-analysis
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Hawre Jalal, Fernando Alarid-Escudero
Most decisions are associated with uncertainty. Value of information (VOI) analysis quantifies the opportunity loss associated with choosing a suboptimal intervention based on current imperfect information. VOI can inform the value of collecting additional information, resource allocation, research prioritization, and future research designs. However, in practice, VOI remains underused due to many conceptual and computational challenges associated with its application. Expected value of sample information (EVSI) is rooted in Bayesian statistical decision theory and measures the value of information from a finite sample...
July 1, 2017: Medical Decision Making: An International Journal of the Society for Medical Decision Making
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28735459/diabetes-and-the-hospitalized-patient-a-cluster-analytic-framework-for-characterizing-the-role-of-sex-race-and-comorbidity-from-2006-to-2011
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Nisha Nataraj, Julie Simmons Ivy, Fay Cobb Payton, Joseph Norman
In the US, one in four adults has two or more chronic conditions; this population accounts for two thirds of healthcare spending. Comorbidity, the presence of multiple simultaneous health conditions in an individual, is increasing in prevalence and has been shown to impact patient outcomes negatively. Comorbidities associated with diabetes are correlated with increased incidence of preventable hospitalizations, longer lengths of stay (LOS), and higher costs. This study focuses on sex and race disparities in outcomes for hospitalized adult patients with and without diabetes...
July 22, 2017: Health Care Management Science
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28735458/the-efficacy-of-lapatinib-and-nilotinib-in-combination-with-radiation-therapy-in-a-model-of-nf2-associated-peripheral-schwannoma
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Iddo Paldor, Sara Abbadi, Nicolas Bonne, Xiaobu Ye, Fausto J Rodriguez, David Rowshanshad, MariaLisa Itzoe, Veronica Vigilar, Marco Giovannini, Henry Brem, Jaishri O Blakeley, Betty M Tyler
Neurofibromatosis type 2 (NF2), a neurogenetic condition manifest by peripheral nerve sheath tumors (PNST) throughout the neuroaxis for which there are no approved therapies. In vitro and in vivo studies presented here examine agents targeting signaling pathways, angiogenesis, and DNA repair mechanisms. In vitro dose response assays demonstrated potent activity of lapatinib and nilotinib against the mouse schwannoma SC4 (Nf2 (-/-)) cell line. We then examined the efficacy of everolimus, nilotinib, lapatinib, bevacizumab and radiation (RT) as mono- and combination therapies in flank and sciatic nerve in vivo NF2-PNST models...
July 22, 2017: Journal of Neuro-oncology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28734748/effects-of-arginine-based-immunonutrition-on-inpatient-total-costs-and-hospitalization-outcomes-for-patients-undergoing-colorectal-surgery
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Souvik Banerjee, Louis P Garrison, Aurelie Danel, Juan B Ochoa Gautier, David R Flum
OBJECTIVE: The aim of this study was to assess the effects of an arginine-based immunonutrition intervention for patients undergoing elective colorectal surgery on postsurgical utilization and cost outcomes. METHODS: This analysis was based on data from two Washington State databases: Surgical Care and Outcomes Assessment Program (SCOAP) linked to the Comprehensive Hospital Abstract Reporting System (CHARS). The sample (N=722) comprises adult patients who underwent elective colorectal surgery with anastomosis in a Washington State hospital that participated in the Strong for Surgery (S4S) initiative between January 1, 2012, and December 31, 2013...
June 24, 2017: Nutrition
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28734657/exercise-performance-and-22q11-2-deletion-status-affect-quality-of-life-in-tetralogy-of-fallot
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Elizabeth Goldmuntz, Amy Cassedy, Laura Mercer-Rosa, Mark A Fogel, Stephen M Paridon, Bradley S Marino
OBJECTIVE: To identify mediators of health status and quality of life (QOL) in children and adolescents aged 8-18 years old following surgical repair for tetralogy of Fallot (TOF), including resource use, exercise performance, and 22q11.2 deletion status. STUDY DESIGN: We performed a corollary study to a cross-sectional analysis of subjects following repair for TOF that completed cardiac magnetic resonance imaging, cardiopulmonary exercise tests, and instruments assessing health status and QOL...
July 19, 2017: Journal of Pediatrics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28734284/cage-model-of-polar-fluids-finite-cage-inertia-generalization
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W T Coffey, M Zarifakis, Y P Kalmykov, S V Titov, W J Dowling, A S Titov
The itinerant oscillator model describing rotation of a dipole about a fixed axis inside a cage formed by its surrounding polar molecules is revisited in the context of modeling the dielectric relaxation of a polar fluid via the Langevin equation. The dynamical properties of the model are studied by averaging the Langevin equations describing the complex orientational dynamics of two bodies (molecule-cage) over their realizations in phase space so that the problem reduces to solving a system of three index linear differential-recurrence relations for the statistical moments...
July 21, 2017: Journal of Chemical Physics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28734112/fused-multivariate-empirical-mode-decomposition-memd-and-inverse-solution-method-for-eeg-source-localization
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Pegah Khosropanah, Abdul Rahman Ramli, Kheng Seang Lim, Mohammad Hamiruce Marhaban, Anvarjon Ahmedov
EEG source localization is determining possible cortical sources of brain activities with scalp EEG. Generally, every step of the data processing sequence affects the accuracy of EEG source localization. In this paper, we introduce a fused multivariate empirical mode decomposing (MEMD) and inverse solution algorithm with an embedded unsupervised eye blink remover in order to localize the epileptogenic zone accurately. For this purpose, we constructed realistic forward models using MRI and boundary element method (BEM) for each patient to obtain results that are more realistic...
July 22, 2017: Biomedizinische Technik. Biomedical Engineering
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28732839/exacerbations-and-duration-of-smoking-abstinence-are-associated-with-the-annual-loss-of-fev1-in-individuals-with-pizz-alpha-1-antitrypsin-deficiency
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Sebastian Fähndrich, Nikolas Bernhard, Philipp M Lepper, Claus Vogelmeier, Martina Seibert, Stefan Wagenpfeil, Robert Bals
BACKGROUND: Alpha-1-antitrypsin deficiency (AATD) is a genetic disorder that is associated with a higher risk of chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD) and emphysema. The annual declines in lung function (FEV1) and transfer factor of the lung for carbon monoxide (TLCO) predict all-cause mortality. MATERIAL AND METHODS: We investigated the longitudinal follow-up data over 11 years (mean follow-up period of 4.89 years) from the German AATD registry and analyzed the relationship between annual loss of FEV1 and TLCO and sex, age, body mass index (BMI), nicotine consumption, occupational dust exposure, St...
August 2017: Respiratory Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28732305/association-between-gaseous-air-pollutants-and-inflammatory-hemostatic-and-lipid-markers-in-a-cohort-of-midlife-women
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Xiangmei May Wu, Rupa Basu, Brian Malig, Rachel Broadwin, Keita Ebisu, Ellen B Gold, Lihong Qi, Carol Derby, Rochelle S Green
BACKGROUND: Exposures to ambient gaseous pollutants have been linked to cardiovascular diseases (CVDs), but the biological mechanisms remain uncertain. OBJECTIVES: This study examined the changes in CVD marker levels resulting from elevated exposure to ambient gaseous pollutants in midlife women. METHODS: Annual repeated measurements of several inflammatory, hemostatic and lipid makers were obtained from 2306 midlife women enrolled in the longitudinal Study of Women's Health Across the Nation (SWAN) between 1999 and 2004...
July 18, 2017: Environment International
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