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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28937660/a-low-power-consumption-algorithm-for-efficient-energy-consumption-in-zigbee-motes
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Daniel Vaquerizo-Hdez, Pablo Muñoz, María D R-Moreno, David F Barrero
Wireless Sensor Networks (WSNs) are becoming increasingly popular since they can gather information from different locations without wires. This advantage is exploited in applications such as robotic systems, telecare, domotic or smart cities, among others. To gain independence from the electricity grid, WSNs devices are equipped with batteries, therefore their operational time is determined by the time that the batteries can power on the device. As a consequence, engineers must consider low energy consumption as a critical objective to design WSNs...
September 22, 2017: Sensors
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28937573/committee-opinion-no-721-smoking-cessation-during-pregnancy
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Smoking is the one of the most important modifiable causes of poor pregnancy outcomes in the United States, and is associated with maternal, fetal, and infant morbidity and mortality. The physical and psychologic addiction to cigarettes is powerful; however, the compassionate intervention of the obstetrician-gynecologist can be the critical element in prenatal smoking cessation. An office-based protocol that systematically identifies pregnant women who smoke and offers treatment or referral has been proved to increase quit rates...
October 2017: Obstetrics and Gynecology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28937568/committee-opinion-no-721-summary-smoking-cessation-during-pregnancy
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Smoking is the one of the most important modifiable causes of poor pregnancy outcomes in the United States, and is associated with maternal, fetal, and infant morbidity and mortality. The physical and psychologic addiction to cigarettes is powerful; however, the compassionate intervention of the obstetrician-gynecologist can be the critical element in prenatal smoking cessation. An office-based protocol that systematically identifies pregnant women who smoke and offers treatment or referral has been proved to increase quit rates...
October 2017: Obstetrics and Gynecology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28936929/holding-firm-power-push-back-and-opportunities-in-navigating-the-liminal-space-of-critical-qualitative-health-research
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Corinne Hart, Jennifer M Poole, Marcia E Facey, Janet A Parsons
Critical qualitative health researchers typically occupy and navigate liminal academic spaces and statuses, with one foot planted in the arts and social sciences and the other in biomedical science. We are at once marginalized and empowered, and this liminality presents both challenges and opportunities. In this article, we draw on our experiences of being (often the lone) critical qualitative health scholars on thesis advisory committees and dissertation examinations, as well as our experiences of publishing and securing funding, to illuminate how power and knowledge relations create conditions that shape the nature of our roles...
October 2017: Qualitative Health Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28936886/inducible-crispr-genome-editing-tool-classifications-and-future-trends
#5
Xiaofeng Dai, Xiao Chen, Qiuwu Fang, Jia Li, Zhonghu Bai
The discovery of CRISPR-Cas9/dCas9 system has reinforced our ability and revolutionized our history in genome engineering. While Cas9 and dCas9 are programed to modulate gene expression by introducing DNA breaks, blocking transcription factor recruitment or dragging functional groups towards the targeted sites, sgRNAs determine the genomic loci where the modulation occurs. The off-target problem, due to limited sgRNA specificity and genome complexity of many species, has posed concerns for the wide application of this revolutionary technique...
September 22, 2017: Critical Reviews in Biotechnology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28935195/the-dimensionalities-of-lesion-deficit-mapping
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Tianbo Xu, Ashwani Jha, Parashkev Nachev
Lesion-deficit mapping remains the most powerful method for localising function in the human brain. As the highest court of appeal where competing theories of cerebral function conflict, it ought to be held to the most stringent inferential standards. Though at first sight elegantly transferable, the mass-univariate statistical framework popularized by functional imaging is demonstrably ill-suited to the task, both theoretically and empirically. The critical difficulty lies with the handling of the data's intrinsically high dimensionality...
September 18, 2017: Neuropsychologia
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28934299/a-novel-copro-diagnostic-molecular-method-for-qualitative-detection-and-identification-of-parasitic-nematodes-in-amphibians-and-reptiles
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Lucas G Huggins, Christopher J Michaels, Sheena M Cruickshank, Richard F Preziosi, Kathryn J Else
Anthropogenic disturbance via resource acquisition, habitat fragmentation and climate change, amongst other factors, has led to catastrophic global biodiversity losses and species extinctions at an accelerating rate. Amphibians are currently one of the worst affected classes with at least a third of species categorised as being threatened with extinction. At the same time, they are also critically important for many habitats and provide man with a powerful proxy for ecosystem health by acting as a bioindicator group...
2017: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28933677/exploring-health-work-a-critical-action-perspective
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John Hassard, Paula Hyde, Julie Wolfram Cox, Edward Granter, Leo McCann
Purpose The purpose of this paper is to describe a hybrid approach to the research developed during a multi-researcher, ethnographic study of NHS management in the UK. Design/methodology/approach This methodological paper elaborates a hybrid approach to the sociological analysis - the critical-action theory - and indicates how it can contribute to the critical health management studies. Findings After exploring the various theoretical, methodological and philosophical options available, the paper discusses the main research issues that influenced the development of this perspective and the process by which the critical-action perspective was applied to the studies of managerial work in four health service sectors - acute hospitals, ambulance services, community services and mental healthcare...
August 21, 2017: Journal of Health Organization and Management
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28933595/phosphoproteome-based-kinase-activity-profiling-reveals-the-critical-role-of-map2k2-and-plk1-in-neuronal-autophagy
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Lei-Lei Chen, Yong-Bo Wang, Ju-Xian Song, Wan-Kun Deng, Jia-Hong Lu, Li-Li Ma, Chuan-Bin Yang, Min Li, Yu Xue
Recent studies have demonstrated that dysregulation of macroautophagy/autophagy may play a central role in the pathogenesis of neurodegenerative disorders, and the induction of autophagy protects against the toxic insults of aggregate-prone proteins by enhancing their clearance. Thus, autophagy has become a promising therapeutic target against neurodegenerative diseases. In this study, quantitative phosphoproteomic profiling together with a computational analysis was performed to delineate the phosphorylation signalling networks regulated by 2 natural neuroprotective autophagy enhancers, corynoxine (Cory) and corynoxine B (Cory B)...
September 21, 2017: Autophagy
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28932908/the-impact-of-specialized-palliative-care-on-cancer-patients-health-related-quality-of-life-a-systematic-review-and-meta-analysis
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REVIEW
Angelos P Kassianos, Myria Ioannou, Marianna Koutsantoni, Haris Charalambous
PURPOSE: Specialized palliative care (SPC) is currently underutilized or provided late in cancer care. The aim of this systematic review and meta-analysis is to critically evaluate the impact of SPC on patients' health-related quality of life (HRQoL). METHODS: Five databases were searched through June 2016. Randomized controlled trials (RCTs) and prospective studies using a pre- and post- assessment of HRQoL were included. The PRISMA reporting statement was followed...
September 20, 2017: Supportive Care in Cancer: Official Journal of the Multinational Association of Supportive Care in Cancer
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28931652/responsive-monitoring-of-mitochondrial-redox-states-in-heart-muscle-predicts-impending-cardiac-arrest
#11
Dorothy A Perry, Joshua W Salvin, Padraic Romfh, Peili Chen, Kalyani Krishnamurthy, Lindsay M Thomson, Brian D Polizzotti, Francis X McGowan, Daryoosh Vakhshoori, John N Kheir
Assessing the adequacy of oxygen delivery to tissues is vital, particularly in the fields of intensive care medicine and surgery. As oxygen delivery to a cell becomes deficient, changes in mitochondrial redox state precede changes in cellular function. We describe a technique for the continuous monitoring of the mitochondrial redox state on the epicardial surface using resonance Raman spectroscopy. We quantify the reduced fraction of specific electron transport chain cytochromes, a metric we name the resonance Raman reduced mitochondrial ratio (3RMR)...
September 20, 2017: Science Translational Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28931405/evaluating-a-preoperative-protocol-that-includes-magnetic-resonance-imaging-for-lymph-node-metastasis-in-the-cholangiocarcinoma-screening-and-care-program-cascap-in-thailand
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Metha Songthamwat, Nittaya Chamadol, Narong Khuntikeo, Jadsada Thinkhamrop, Supinda Koonmee, Nathaphop Chaichaya, Jeffrey Bethony, Bandit Thinkhamrop
BACKGROUND: Treatment planning especially liver resection in cholangiocarcinoma (CCA) depends on the extension of tumor and lymph node metastasis which is included as a key criterion for operability. Magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) offers a rapid and powerful tool for the detection of lymph node metastasis (LNM) and in the current manuscript is assessed as a critical tool in the preoperative protocol for liver resection for treatment of CCA. However, the accuracy of MRI to detect LNM from CCA had yet to be comprehensively evaluated...
September 20, 2017: World Journal of Surgical Oncology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28929329/somatic-health-effects-of-chernobyl-30-years-on
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REVIEW
Maureen Hatch, Elisabeth Cardis
2016 marked the 30th anniversary of the Chernobyl Nuclear Power Plant accident. We and others wrote reviews for the 25th anniversary. Since then, additional papers have appeared and it seems timely to highlight lessons learned. To present, not a systematic review, but a commentary drawing attention to notable findings. We include not only recent reports and updates on previous results, but key findings from prior Chernobyl studies. The dose-dependent increase in Papillary Thyroid Cancer (PTC) following childhood I-131 exposure in Ukraine and Belarus has now been shown to persist for decades...
September 19, 2017: European Journal of Epidemiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28929011/in-rats-fed-high-energy-diets-taste-rather-than-fat-content-is-the-key-factor-increasing-food-intake-a-comparison-of-a-cafeteria-and-a-lipid-supplemented-standard-diet
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Laia Oliva, Tània Aranda, Giada Caviola, Anna Fernández-Bernal, Marià Alemany, José Antonio Fernández-López, Xavier Remesar
BACKGROUND: Food selection and ingestion both in humans and rodents, often is a critical factor in determining excess energy intake and its related disorders. METHODS: Two different concepts of high-fat diets were tested for their obesogenic effects in rats; in both cases, lipids constituted about 40% of their energy intake. The main difference with controls fed standard lab chow, was, precisely, the lipid content. Cafeteria diets (K) were self-selected diets devised to be desirable to the rats, mainly because of its diverse mix of tastes, particularly salty and sweet...
2017: PeerJ
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28928757/development-of-a-critical-nitrogen-dilution-curve-based-on-leaf-area-duration-in-wheat
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Xiaolong Wang, Tianyang Ye, Syed Tahir Ata-Ul-Karim, Yan Zhu, Leilei Liu, Weixing Cao, Liang Tang
Precise quantification of plant nitrogen (N) nutrition status is essential for crop N management. The concept of critical N concentration (Nc) has been widely used for assessment of plant N status. This study aimed to develop a new winter wheat Nc dilution curve based on leaf area duration (LAD). Four field experiments were performed on different cultivars with different N fertilization modes in the Yangtze River basin and Yellow River basin in China. Results showed that the increase in LAD with increasing cumulative thermal time took the shape of an "S" type curve; whereas shoot N concentration decreased with increasing LAD, according to a power function...
2017: Frontiers in Plant Science
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28928479/decline-of-long-range-temporal-correlations-in-the-human-brain-during-sustained-wakefulness
#16
Christian Meisel, Kimberlyn Bailey, Peter Achermann, Dietmar Plenz
Sleep is crucial for daytime functioning, cognitive performance and general well-being. These aspects of daily life are known to be impaired after extended wake, yet, the underlying neuronal correlates have been difficult to identify. Accumulating evidence suggests that normal functioning of the brain is characterized by long-range temporal correlations (LRTCs) in cortex, which are supportive for decision-making and working memory tasks. Here we assess LRTCs in resting state human EEG data during a 40-hour sleep deprivation experiment by evaluating the decay in autocorrelation and the scaling exponent of the detrended fluctuation analysis from EEG amplitude fluctuations...
September 19, 2017: Scientific Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28928474/using-experimental-evolution-to-identify-druggable-targets-that-could-inhibit-the-evolution-of-antimicrobial-resistance
#17
Heer H Mehta, Amy G Prater, Yousif Shamoo
With multi-drug and pan-drug-resistant bacteria becoming increasingly common in hospitals, antibiotic resistance has threatened to return us to a pre-antibiotic era that would completely undermine modern medicine. There is an urgent need to develop new antibiotics and strategies to combat resistance that are substantially different from earlier drug discovery efforts. One such strategy that would complement current and future antibiotics would be a class of co-drugs that target the evolution of resistance and thereby extend the efficacy of specific classes of antibiotics...
September 20, 2017: Journal of Antibiotics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28928343/using-maslow-s-hierarchy-to-highlight-power-imbalances-between-visiting-health-professional-student-volunteers-and-the-host-community-an-applied-qualitative-study
#18
Tracey Evans, Orezioghene Akporuno, Katrina M Owens, Brittany Lickers, Jazmin Marlinga, Henry C Lin, Lawrence C Loh
BACKGROUND: Health professional students from high-income countries increasingly participate in short-term experiences in global health (STEGH) conducted abroad. One common criticism of STEGH is the inherent power differential that exists between visiting learners and the local community. To highlight this power differential, this paper explores perceived benefits as described by volunteer and community respondents and applies Maslow's hierarchy of needs to commonly identified themes in each respondent group...
May 2017: Education for Health: Change in Training & Practice
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28928181/development-of-core-outcome-sets-for-effectiveness-trials-of-interventions-to-prevent-and-or-treat-delirium-del-cors-study-protocol
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Louise Rose, Meera Agar, Lisa D Burry, Noll Campbell, Mike Clarke, Jacques Lee, Najma Siddiqi, Valerie J Page
INTRODUCTION: Delirium is a common, serious and potentially preventable condition with devastating impact on the quality of life prompting a proliferation of interventional trials. Core outcome sets aim to standardise outcome reporting by identifying outcomes perceived fundamental for measurement in trials of a specific interest area. Our aim is to develop international consensus on two core outcome sets for trials of interventions to prevent and/or treat delirium, irrespective of study population...
September 18, 2017: BMJ Open
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28928125/ck2%C3%AE-critically-regulates-thrombopoiesis-and-ca-2-triggered-platelet-activation-in-arterial-thrombosis-in-vivo
#20
Patrick Münzer, Britta Walker-Allgaier, Sascha Geue, Friederike Langhauser, Eva Geuss, David Stegner, Katja Aurbach, Daniela Semeniak, Madhumita Chatterjee, Irene Gonzalez Menendez, Melanie Märklin, Leticia Quintanilla-Martinez, Helmut R Salih, David W Litchfield, Thierry Buchou, Christoph Kleinschnitz, Florian Lang, Bernhard Nieswandt, Irina Pleines, Harald Schulze, Meinrad Gawaz, Oliver Borst
Platelets, anucleated megakaryocyte-derived cells, play a major role in hemostasis and arterial thrombosis. While protein kinase Casein Kinase 2 (CK2) is readily detected in megakaryocytes and platelets, the impact of CK2-dependent signaling on megakaryocyte/platelet (patho-) physiology has remained elusive. The present study explored the impact of the CK2 regulatory β-subunit on platelet biogenesis and activation. Megakaryocyte/platelet-specific genetic deletion of CK2β (ck2β(-/-) ) in mice resulted in a significant macrothrombocytopenia and an increased extramedullar megakaryopoiesis with enhanced proportion of premature platelets...
September 19, 2017: Blood
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