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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28738367/extensive-amplification-of-telomeric-repeats-in-the-karyotypically-highly-diverse-african-pygmy-mice
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Victor Colomina, Josette Catalan, Janice Britton-Davidian, Frédéric Veyrunes
Telomeres are ribonucleoprotein structures protecting the physical ends of eukaryotic chromosomes. However, telomeric sequences can also occur at non-terminal regions of chromosomes, forming the so-called interstitial telomeric sequences (ITSs). Some ITSs are considered as relics of past chromosomal rearrangements and as such provide important insights into karyotype evolution. By FISH, we explored the distribution of telomeric motifs in the genome of a complex of mammalian species that has long been recognized for its extraordinary karyotypic diversity: the African pygmy mice...
July 22, 2017: Cytogenetic and Genome Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28734745/why-are-some-people-who-have-received-overdose-education-and-naloxone-reticent-to-call-emergency-medical-services-in-the-event-of-overdose
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Stephen Koester, Shane R Mueller, Lisa Raville, Sig Langegger, Ingrid A Binswanger
BACKGROUND: Overdose Education and Naloxone Distribution (OEND) training for persons who inject drugs (PWID) underlines the importance of summoning emergency medical services (EMS). To encourage PWID to do so, Colorado enacted a Good Samaritan law providing limited immunity from prosecution for possession of a controlled substance and/or drug paraphernalia to the overdose victim and the witnesses who in good faith provide emergency assistance. This paper examines the law's influence by describing OEND trained PWIDs' experience reversing overdoses and their decision about calling for EMS support...
July 19, 2017: International Journal on Drug Policy
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28699561/mobilising-communities-for-aedes-aegypti-control-the-sepa-approach
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Robert J Ledogar, Jorge Arosteguí, Carlos Hernández-Alvarez, Arcadio Morales-Perez, Elizabeth Nava-Aguilera, José Legorreta-Soberanis, Harold Suazo-Laguna, Alejandro Belli, Jorge Laucirica, Josefina Coloma, Eva Harris, Neil Andersson
Camino Verde (the Green Way) is an evidence-based community mobilisation tool for prevention of dengue and other mosquito-borne viral diseases. Its effectiveness was demonstrated in a cluster-randomised controlled trial conducted in 2010-2013 in Nicaragua and Mexico. The common approach that brought functional consistency to the Camino Verde intervention in both Mexico and Nicaragua is Socialisation of Evidence for Participatory Action (SEPA). In this article, we explain the SEPA concept and its theoretical origins, giving examples of its previous application in different countries and contexts...
May 30, 2017: BMC Public Health
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28698773/next-generation-house-call
#4
Jamie L Adams, Christopher G Tarolli, E Ray Dorsey
Just as online shopping is supplanting visits to the mall, and distance learning is part of the new wave in higher education, so is health care coming to a computer or mobile device near you. In the next few years, telehealth will increasingly become part of psychiatric and neurological care. Still to overcome is an unwieldy health care system that will need to adapt to practices that have the potential to lower costs and improve care.
January 2017: Cerebrum: the Dana Forum on Brain Science
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28695571/australian-lobbyist-registers-are-not-serving-the-purposes-they-were-designed-for
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Narelle Robertson, Kypros Kypri, Julia Stafford, Mike Daube, Michelle Avery, Peter Miller
INTRODUCTION AND AIMS: There is widespread concern about the nature, extent and impacts of lobbying by industries selling unhealthy commodities, which threatens public health and undermines important democratic processes. In the last decade, all Australian jurisdictions (except the Northern Territory) have established lobbyist registers with the stated objective of increasing the capacity of government and the public to scrutinise lobbying. Our aim was to assess whether the registers are fulfilling this objective...
July 11, 2017: Drug and Alcohol Review
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28694204/the-mind-body-wellness-in-supportive-housing-mi-wish-study-design-and-rationale-of-a-cluster-randomized-controlled-trial-of-tai-chi-in-senior-housing
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Peter M Wayne, Margaret M Gagnon, Eric A Macklin, Thomas G Travison, Bradley Manor, Margie Lachman, Cindy P Thomas, Lewis A Lipsitz
Supporting the health of growing numbers of frail older adults living in subsidized housing requires interventions that can combat frailty, improve residents' functional abilities, and reduce their health care costs. Tai Chi is an increasingly popular multimodal mind-body exercise that incorporates physical, cognitive, social, and meditative components in the same activity and offers a promising intervention for ameliorating many of the conditions that lead to poor health and excessive health care utilization...
July 8, 2017: Contemporary Clinical Trials
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28667373/the-stress-responding-mir-132-3p-shows-evolutionarily-conserved-pathway-interactions
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Rotem Haviv, Eden Oz, Hermona Soreq
MicroRNAs (miRNAs) are small non-coding RNA chains that can each interact with the 3'-untranslated region of multiple target transcripts in various organisms, humans included. MiRNAs tune entire biological pathways, spanning stress reactions, by regulating the stability and/or translation of their targets. MiRNA genes are often subject to co-evolutionary changes together with their target transcripts, which may be reflected by differences between paralog mouse and primate miRNA/mRNA pairs. However, whether such evolution occurred in stress-related miRNAs remained largely unknown...
June 30, 2017: Cellular and Molecular Neurobiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28661813/a-workforce-strategy-for-reducing-oral-health-disparities-dental-therapists
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Jane Koppelman, Rebecca Singer-Cohen
This article seeks to chronicle how dental therapists are being used to bolster the supply of providers for the underserved and explore their potential to diversify the field of dentistry and improve public health. Of the factors that contribute to persistent oral health disparities in the United States, an insufficient oral health workforce figures prominently. A growing number of states are authorizing a midlevel dental provider (often called a dental therapist) to address this problem. Dental therapists work under the supervision of dentists to deliver routine preventive and restorative care, including preparing and filling cavities and performing extractions...
May 2017: American Journal of Public Health
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28649147/multiblock-high-order-large-eddy-simulation-of-powered-fontan-hemodynamics-towards-computational-surgery
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Yann T Delorme, Mark D Rodefeld, Steven H Frankel
Children born with only one functional ventricle must typically undergo a series of three surgeries to obtain the so-called Fontan circulation in which the blood coming from the body passively flows from the Vena Cavae (VCs) to the Pulmonary Arteries (PAs) through the Total Cavopulmonary Connection (TCPC). The circulation is inherently inefficient due to the lack of a subpulmonary ventricle. Survivors face the risk of circulatory sequelae and eventual failure for the duration of their lives. Current efforts are focused on improving the outcomes of Fontan palliation, either passively by optimizing the TCPC, or actively by using mechanical support...
January 17, 2017: Computers & Fluids
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28643159/pymice-apython-library-for-analysis-of-intellicage-data
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Jakub M Dzik, Alicja Puścian, Zofia Mijakowska, Kasia Radwanska, Szymon Łęski
IntelliCage is an automated system for recording the behavior of a group of mice housed together. It produces rich, detailed behavioral data calling for new methods and software for their analysis. Here we present PyMICE, a free and open-source library for analysis of IntelliCage data in the Python programming language. We describe the design and demonstrate the use of the library through a series of examples. PyMICE provides easy and intuitive access to IntelliCage data, and thus facilitates the possibility of using numerous other Python scientific libraries to form a complete data analysis workflow...
June 22, 2017: Behavior Research Methods
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28641166/care-coordination-at-a-pediatric-accountable-care-organization-aco-a-qualitative-analysis
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Baria Hafeez, Sophia Miller, Anup D Patel, Zachary M Grinspan
OBJECTIVE: Care coordinators may help manage care for children with chronic illness. Their role in pediatric epilepsy care is understudied. We aimed to qualitatively describe the content of a care coordination intervention for children with epilepsy. METHODS: We conducted nine semi-structured interviews and one focus group with care coordinators at a pediatric accountable care organization (ACO) in Ohio. The care coordinators used a modified version of a published care coordination checklist for children with epilepsy (Patel AD, 2014)...
June 19, 2017: Epilepsy & Behavior: E&B
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28636785/sperm-competition-suppresses-gene-drive-among-experimentally-evolving-populations-of-house-mice
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Andri Manser, Anna K Lindholm, Leigh W Simmons, Renée C Firman
Drive genes are genetic elements that manipulate the 50% ratio of Mendelian inheritance in their own favour, allowing them to rapidly propagate through populations. The action of drive genes is often hidden, making detection and identification inherently difficult. Yet drive genes can have profound evolutionary consequences for the populations that harbour them: most known drivers are detrimental to organismal gamete development, reproduction and survival. In this study, we identified the presence of a well-known drive gene called t haplotype post hoc in eight replicate selection lines of house mice that had been evolving under enforced monandry or polyandry for 20 generations...
June 21, 2017: Molecular Ecology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28634729/analysis-of-gender-based-differences-among-surgeons-in-japan-results-of-a-survey-conducted-by-the-japan-surgical-society-part-1-working-style
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Kazumi Kawase, Kyoko Nomura, Ryuji Tominaga, Hirotaka Iwase, Tomoko Ogawa, Ikuko Shibasaki, Mitsuo Shimada, Tomoaki Taguchi, Emiko Takeshita, Yasuko Tomizawa, Sachiyo Nomura, Kazuhiro Hanazaki, Tomoko Hanashi, Hiroko Yamashita, Norihiro Kokudo, Kotaro Maeda
PURPOSE: To assess the working styles of men and women working as surgeons in Japan. METHODS: In July, 2014, the Japan Surgical Society invited all their members (n = 29,861), through an internet campaign, to participate in a nationwide survey of surgeons. The items investigated in this descriptive study included demographic information and working styles, based on a questionnaire. RESULTS: In total, 6211 surgeons participated (response rate 20...
June 20, 2017: Surgery Today
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28630945/the-icr96-exon-cnv-validation-series-a-resource-for-orthogonal-assessment-of-exon-cnv-calling-in-ngs-data
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Shazia Mahamdallie, Elise Ruark, Shawn Yost, Emma Ramsay, Imran Uddin, Harriett Wylie, Anna Elliott, Ann Strydom, Anthony Renwick, Sheila Seal, Nazneen Rahman
Detection of deletions and duplications of whole exons (exon CNVs) is a key requirement of genetic testing. Accurate detection of this variant type has proved very challenging in targeted next-generation sequencing (NGS) data, particularly if only a single exon is involved. Many different NGS exon CNV calling methods have been developed over the last five years. Such methods are usually evaluated using simulated and/or in-house data due to a lack of publicly-available datasets with orthogonally generated results...
2017: Wellcome Open Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28614488/social-inequalities-in-maternal-mortality-among-the-provinces-of-ecuador
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Antonio Sanhueza, Jakeline Calle Roldán, Paulina Ríos-Quituizaca, Maria Cecilia Acuña, Isabel Espinosa
Objective: This study set out to describe the association between the maternal mortality ratio (MMR) estimates and a set of socioeconomic indicators and compute the MMR inequalities among the provinces of Ecuador. Methods: A cross-sectional ecological study was conducted, using data for 2014 from the country's 24 provinces. The MMR estimate was calculated for each province, as well as the association and its strength between MMR and specific socioeconomic indicators...
June 8, 2017: Revista Panamericana de Salud Pública, Pan American Journal of Public Health
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28604289/a-suitable-soil-plague-s-urban-breeding-grounds-at-the-dawn-of-the-third-pandemic
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Christos Lynteris
A pressing question during the first half-decade of the third plague pandemic (1894-9) was what was a 'suitable soil' for the disease. The question related to plague's perceived ability to disappear from a given city only to reappear at some future point; a phenomenon that became central to scientific investigations of the disease. However, rather than this simply having a metaphorical meaning, the debate around plague's 'suitable soil' actually concerned the material reality of the soil itself. The prevalence of plague in the working-class neighbourhood of Taipingshan during the first major outbreak of the pandemic, in 1894 in Hong Kong, led to an extensive debate regarding the ability of the soil to harbour and even spread the disease...
July 2017: Medical History
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28602953/patterning-and-morphogenesis-of-the-intricate-but-stereotyped-oikoplastic-epidermis-of-the-appendicularian-oikopleura-dioica
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Kanae Kishi, Momoko Hayashi, Takeshi A Onuma, Hiroki Nishida
Mechanisms for morphogenetic processes that generate complex patterns in a reproducible manner remain elusive. Live imaging provides a powerful tool to record cell behaviors. The appendicularian, Oikopleura dioica, is a planktonic tunicate that has a rapid developmental speed, small number of cells (less than 3500 cells in a juvenile), and a transparent body. The trunk epidermis, called the oikoplastic epithelium (OE), has elaborate cellular arrangements showing a complex pattern to secrete so-called "house" made of extracellular components...
August 1, 2017: Developmental Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28593123/socio-demographic-predictors-of-residential-fire-and-unwillingness-to-call-the-fire-service-in-new-south-wales
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W Kathy Tannous, Kingsley Agho
In most industrialised countries, the majority of fire-related deaths and injuries occur in the home. Australia has implemented fire prevention programs and strategies, including the use of smoke alarms, to minimise this burden. The number of reported house fires has declined over the past decade. However, there is a growing recognition that unreported fires are important in the estimation of total fire hazards and their associated injuries. This current study used data from the 2014 New South Wales (NSW) Population Health Survey, a yearly telephone survey, consisting of 14,732 survey respondents...
September 2017: Preventive Medicine Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28592645/inbred-strain-variant-database-isvdb-a-repository-for-probabilistically-informed-sequence-differences-among-the-collaborative-cross-strains-and-their-founders
#19
Daniel Oreper, Yanwei Cai, Lisa M Tarantino, Fernando Pardo-Manuel de Villena, William Valdar
The Collaborative Cross (CC) is a panel of recently established multiparental recombinant inbred mouse strains. For the CC, as for any multiparental population (MPP), effective experimental design and analysis benefit from detailed knowledge of the genetic differences between strains. Such differences can be directly determined by sequencing, but until now whole-genome sequencing was not publicly available for individual CC strains. An alternative and complementary approach is to infer genetic differences by combining two pieces of information: probabilistic estimates of the CC haplotype mosaic from a custom genotyping array, and probabilistic variant calls from sequencing of the CC founders...
June 7, 2017: G3: Genes—Genomes—Genetics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28591975/an-overview-of-home-based-primary-care-learning-from-the-field
#20
Sarah Klein, Martha Hostetter, Douglas McCarthy
ISSUE: Homebound and functionally limited individuals are often unable to access office-based primary care, leading to unmet needs and increased health care spending. GOAL: Show how home-based primary care affects outcomes and costs for Medicare and Medicaid beneficiaries with complex care needs. METHODS: Qualitative synthesis of expert perspectives and the experiences of six case-study sites. FINDINGS AND CONCLUSIONS: Successful home-based primary care practices optimize care by: fielding interdisciplinary teams, incorporating behavioral care and social supports into primary care, responding rapidly to urgent and acute care needs, offering palliative care, and supporting family members and caregivers...
June 2017: Issue Brief of the Commonwealth Fund
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