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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29325189/comparison-of-three-methods-to-quantify-laxity-in-the-canine-hip-joint
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Bart J G Broeckx, Aldo Vezzoni, Evelien Bogaerts, Mileva Bertal, Tim Bosmans, Emmelie Stock, Dieter Deforce, Luc Peelman, Jimmy H Saunders
OBJECTIVES:  Comparison of PennHIP and a novel method to diagnose hip laxity, called the Vezzoni modified Badertscher distension device technique. METHODS:  In a total of 10 dogs, it was first assessed whether the distraction index (DI) from the PennHIP evaluation center could be reproduced by two individual observers. In the next two steps, the DI measurements made by the individual observers and the PennHIP evaluation center were compared with the laxity index (LI) measured on the Vezzoni modified Badertscher distension device view...
January 2018: Veterinary and Comparative Orthopaedics and Traumatology: V.C.O.T
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29315707/community-psychology-and-community-mental-health-a-call-for-reengagement
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Greg Townley, Molly Brown, John Sylvestre
Community psychology is rooted in community mental health research and practice and has made important contributions to this field. Yet, in the decades since its inception, community psychology has reduced its focus on promoting mental health, well-being, and liberation of individuals with serious mental illnesses. This special issue endeavors to highlight current efforts in community mental health from our field and related disciplines and point to future directions for reengagement in this area. The issue includes 12 articles authored by diverse stakeholder groups...
January 8, 2018: American Journal of Community Psychology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29302095/the-report-of-the-2016-2017-professional-affairs-standing-committee-formally-embracing-and-engaging-preceptors-in-the-academy-the-time-has-come
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Karen Whalen Chair, Daniel S Aistrope, Jason Ausili, Kathleen H Besinque, Elizabeth A Cardello, Philip M Hritcko, George E MacKinnon, Eric Maroyka, Elizabeth Sutton Burke, I Shane Trent, Lynette R Bradley-Baker
The 2016-2017 AACP Professional Affairs Committee (PAC) was charged to examine strategies to include adjunct/affiliate preceptors as AACP members and to determine the value proposition of AACP membership for this group of educators. The PAC defined adjunct/affiliate preceptors as preceptors who are neither full-time employees nor have a primary employment commitment (≥50% of the preceptor's work salary) at a school/college of pharmacy. Specific charges to the PAC included: recommend an approach to increase the number of adjunct/affiliate preceptors as AACP members, examine AACP membership from an adjunct/affiliate preceptor value perspective, and prepare a concise summary of available literature describing value-added contributions of student pharmacists and pharmacy preceptors to pharmacy practice models, interprofessional education (IPE) and interprofessional practice (IPP)...
November 2017: American Journal of Pharmaceutical Education
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29286424/collection-of-post-mating-semen-from-the-female-reproductive-tract-and-measurement-of-semen-liquefaction-in-mice
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Shuai Li, Wipawee Winuthayanon
In mice, ejaculated semen is deposited in the uterus. After ejaculation, the semen changes consistency from gel-like to watery, a process called liquefaction. In this study, we show how to collect the post-ejaculated semen from the female reproductive tract in a mouse model. First, adult female mice in the estrus stage were housed in a male's cage overnight. The next morning, copulation was confirmed by the presence of copulatory plug at the vaginal opening. Female mice with copulatory plugs were euthanized, and each reproductive tract was collected as a whole (vagina, uterus, oviducts, ovaries), ensuring a closed system to contain the semen...
November 18, 2017: Journal of Visualized Experiments: JoVE
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29282823/evaluation-of-aggression-in-australian-after-hours-doctor-home-visit-services
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Chris O Ifediora
RATIONALE, AIMS, AND OBJECTIVES: Minimizing the risks and distress arising from aggression in after-hours house call (AHHC) services will help improve service quality in the industry. Unfortunately, no national study has ever evaluated this in Australian AHHCs. Apart from reducing this gap, findings from this work will have global relevance given the rising popularity of the AHHC industry worldwide. METHODS: A survey of all 300 doctors employed by the National Home Doctor Service, Australia's largest AHHC service provider...
December 28, 2017: Journal of Evaluation in Clinical Practice
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29261751/egard-extracting-associations-between-genomic-anomalies-and-drug-responses-from-text
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A S M Ashique Mahmood, Shruti Rao, Peter McGarvey, Cathy Wu, Subha Madhavan, K Vijay-Shanker
Tumor molecular profiling plays an integral role in identifying genomic anomalies which may help in personalizing cancer treatments, improving patient outcomes and minimizing risks associated with different therapies. However, critical information regarding the evidence of clinical utility of such anomalies is largely buried in biomedical literature. It is becoming prohibitive for biocurators, clinical researchers and oncologists to keep up with the rapidly growing volume and breadth of information, especially those that describe therapeutic implications of biomarkers and therefore relevant for treatment selection...
2017: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29245649/rediscovery-of-i-atelopus-i-i-subornatus-i-werner-1899-anura-bufonidae-with-a-redescription-of-the-tadpole
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Maria Paula Enciso-Calle, Andres Viuche-Lozano, Marvin Anganoy-Criollo, Manuel Hernando Bernal
The Neotropical toads of the genus Atelopus are among the most imperiled of all amphibians (La Marca et al. 2005; Gonzalez-Maya et al. 2013; McCaffery et al. 2015). Nowadays, at least 90% of the 93 listed species are threatened and more than 77% are Critically Endangered (McCaffery et al. 2015; IUCN 2016). Colombia has 44 described species of Atelopus (Frost 2017), two of these are categorized as extinct (EX) by the IUCN (2016): A. ignescens and A. longirostris, although they were recently re-discovered in Ecuador (Tapia et al...
November 6, 2017: Zootaxa
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29238523/ad-hoc-instrumentation-methods-in-ecological-studies-produce-highly-biased-temperature-measurements
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Adam J Terando, Elsa Youngsteadt, Emily K Meineke, Sara G Prado
In light of global climate change, ecological studies increasingly address effects of temperature on organisms and ecosystems. To measure air temperature at biologically relevant scales in the field, ecologists often use small, portable temperature sensors. Sensors must be shielded from solar radiation to provide accurate temperature measurements, but our review of 18 years of ecological literature indicates that shielding practices vary across studies (when reported at all), and that ecologists often invent and construct ad hoc radiation shields without testing their efficacy...
December 2017: Ecology and Evolution
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29236704/sex-dependent-modulation-of-ultrasonic-vocalizations-in-house-mice-mus-musculus-musculus
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Sarah M Zala, Doris Reitschmidt, Anton Noll, Peter Balazs, Dustin J Penn
House mice (Mus musculus) emit ultrasonic vocalizations (USVs), which are surprisingly complex and have features of bird song, but their functions are not well understood. Previous studies have reported mixed evidence on whether there are sex differences in USV emission, though vocalization rate or other features may depend upon whether potential receivers are of the same or opposite sex. We recorded the USVs of wild-derived adult house mice (F1 of wild-caught Mus musculus musculus), and we compared the vocalizations of males and females in response to a stimulus mouse of the same- or opposite-sex...
2017: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29226651/quantitative-distinction-of-morphological-characteristics-of-white-blood-cells-in-peripheral-blood-through-texture-analysis-using-gray-level-co-occurrence-matrix
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Mai Yamamoto, Keigo Kono, Maiko Kuroki, Satoru Murakami, Ruka Hayata, Kana Nanato, Minrong Shao, Keiko Miwa, Yutaka Tsutsumi, Kazunori Okada, Sanae Kaga, Nobuo Masauzi
BACKGROUND: Texture features are valuable clues for skilled technicians to differentiate peripheral blood (PB) white blood cells (WBCs). Some studies have tried to distinguish WBCs automatically by using texture analysis. However, no study so far has applied a gray level co-occurrence matrix (GLCM) to images of PB WBCs. Here, we developed a new GLCM method, called the CM-Tx method, for automatically distinguishing PB WBCs. METHODS: We used a total of 199 images of six different types of PB WBCs, taken from PB smears of 12 healthy volunteers, as objective standard images for the analysis...
November 1, 2017: Clinical Laboratory
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29226006/next-generation-quality-assessing-the-physician-in-clinical-history-completeness-and-diagnostic-interpretations-using-funnel-plots-and-normalized-deviations-plots-in-3-854-prostate-biopsies
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Michael Bonert, Ihab El-Shinnawy, Michael Carvalho, Phillip Williams, Samih Salama, Damu Tang, Anil Kapoor
Background: Observational data and funnel plots are routinely used outside of pathology to understand trends and improve performance. Objective: Extract diagnostic rate (DR) information from free text surgical pathology reports with synoptic elements and assess whether inter-rater variation and clinical history completeness information useful for continuous quality improvement (CQI) can be obtained. Methods: All in-house prostate biopsies in a 6-year period at two large teaching hospitals were extracted and then diagnostically categorized using string matching, fuzzy string matching, and hierarchical pruning...
2017: Journal of Pathology Informatics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29195069/a-nobel-pursuit-may-not-run-like-clockwork
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Living in rural Maine, Jeffrey Hall's own rhythm has been thrown upside down after he received a very unexpected call one morning on the award of this year's Nobel Prize in Physiology or Medicine. Together with Michael Rosbash and Mike Young, they were recognized "for their discoveries of molecular mechanisms controlling the circadian rhythm." Cell editor Marta Koch caught up with Jeff on a calm Sunday morning, when electricity at his house had just returned after recent storms. Annotated excerpts from their chat about behavior, misbehavior, and the challenges and joys of working with fruit flies, are presented below...
November 30, 2017: Cell
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29165996/itop-q-an-intelligent-tool-for-top-down-proteomics-quantitation-us-ing-dyamond-algorithm
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Hui-Yin Chang, Ching-Tai Chen, Chu-Ling Ko, Yi-Ju Chen, Yu-Ju Chen, Wen-Lian Hsu, Chiun-Gung Juo, Ting-Yi Sung
Top-down proteomics using liquid chromatogram coupled with mass spectrometry has been increasingly applied for analyzing intact proteins to study genetic variation, alternative splicing, and post-translational modifications (PTMs) of the proteins (proteoforms). However, only a few tools have been developed for charge state deconvolution, monoisotopic/average molecular weight determination and quantitation of proteoforms from LC-MS1 spectra. Though Decon2LS and MASH Suite Pro have been available to provide intra-spectrum charge state deconvolution and quantitation, manual processing is still required to quantify proteoforms across multiple MS1 spectra...
November 22, 2017: Analytical Chemistry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29163636/a-pipeline-for-high-throughput-concentration-response-modeling-of-gene-expression-for-toxicogenomics
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John S House, Fabian A Grimm, Dereje D Jima, Yi-Hui Zhou, Ivan Rusyn, Fred A Wright
Cell-based assays are an attractive option to measure gene expression response to exposure, but the cost of whole-transcriptome RNA sequencing has been a barrier to the use of gene expression profiling for in vitro toxicity screening. In addition, standard RNA sequencing adds variability due to variable transcript length and amplification. Targeted probe-sequencing technologies such as TempO-Seq, with transcriptomic representation that can vary from hundreds of genes to the entire transcriptome, may reduce some components of variation...
2017: Frontiers in Genetics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29155292/24-7-in-house-attending-staff-coverage-improves-neonatal-short-term-outcomes-a-retrospective-study
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Brahim Bensouda, Jessica Boucher, Mandel Romain, Jean Lachapelle, Nabeel Ali
OBJECTIVES: to compare short-term outcomes of newborns over 36 weeks with Apgar scores ≤3 at 1minute, following the adoption of a 24/7 in house coverage schedule STUDY DESIGN: A retrospective chart review comparing two 12-month epochs. Epoch 1: coverage provided by residents with availability on call at home of attending staff. Epoch 2: On site coverage by attending staff. RESULTS: 71 and 60 charts were reviewed from Epoch 1 and 2 respectively. The number of infants receiving chest compressions was reduced during Epoch 2 (from 19% to 1...
November 16, 2017: Resuscitation
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29154947/16s-rrna-gene-amplicon-sequencing-reveals-dominance-of-actinobacteria-in-rhodnius-pallescens-compared-to-triatoma-maculata-midgut-microbiota-in-natural-populations-of-vector-insects-from-colombia
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Luisa M Montoya-Porras, Triana-Chavez Omar, F Alzate Juan, X Claudia Moreno Herrera, Gloria E Cadavid-Restrepo
Chagas disease affects more than 6 million people in Latin America, it is a parasitic disease caused by the protozoan Trypanosoma cruzi, which is transmitted mainly by bloodsucking insects of the Triatominae subfamily. Studies on microbial communities that inhabit the insect gut are important to understanding their role in the parasite transmission and development. The present work aims to evaluate the gut bacterial composition of natural populations of triatomine species from Vichada and Magdalena, administrative states called departments in Colombia, using high-throughput sequencing technologies...
November 15, 2017: Acta Tropica
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29150397/fragment-based-design-synthesis-biological-evaluation-and-sar-of-1h-benzo-d-imidazol-2-yl-1h-indazol-derivatives-as-potent-pdk1-inhibitors
#17
Ting Chen, Venkataswamy Sorna, Susie Choi, Lee Call, Jared Bearss, Kent Carpenter, Steven L Warner, Sunil Sharma, David J Bearss, Hariprasad Vankayalapati
In this work, we describe the use of the rule of 3 fragment-based strategies from biochemical screening data of 1100 in-house, small, low molecular weight fragments. The sequential combination of in silico fragment hopping and fragment linking based on S160/Y161/A162 hinge residues hydrogen bonding interactions leads to the identification of novel 1H-benzo[d]imidazol-2-yl)-1H-indazol class of Phosphoinositide-Dependent Kinase-1 (PDK1) inhibitors. Consequent SAR and follow-up screening data led to the discovery of two potent PDK1 inhibitors: compound 32 and 35, with an IC50 of 80 nM and 94 nM, respectively...
October 28, 2017: Bioorganic & Medicinal Chemistry Letters
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29137867/functionalized-2-1-benzothiazine-2-2-dioxides-as-new-inhibitors-of-dengue-ns5-rna-dependent-rna-polymerase
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Rolando Cannalire, Delia Tarantino, Andrea Astolfi, Maria Letizia Barreca, Stefano Sabatini, Serena Massari, Oriana Tabarrini, Mario Milani, Gilles Querat, Eloise Mastrangelo, Giuseppe Manfroni, Violetta Cecchetti
Over recent years, many RNA viruses have been "re-discovered", including life-threatening flaviviruses, such as Dengue, Zika, and several encephalitis viruses. Since no specific inhibitors are currently available to treat these infections, there is a pressing need for new therapeutics. Among the flaviviral proteins, NS5 RNA-dependent RNA polymerase (RdRp) represents a validated target being essential for viral replication and it has no human analog. To date, few NS5 RdRp inhibitor chemotypes have been reported and no inhibitors are currently in clinical development...
November 11, 2017: European Journal of Medicinal Chemistry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29126106/airvf-a-filtering-toolbox-for-precise-variant-calling-in-ion-torrent-sequencing
#19
Sunguk Shin, Hanna Lee, Hyeonju Son, Soonmyung Paik, Sangwoo Kim
Summary: Ion Torrent sequencing is one of the most frequently used platforms in healthcare research and industry. Despite many advantages, platform-specific artifacts complicate efficient separation of true variants from errors, especially in variants with lower allele frequencies (<15%). Here, we developed a multi-step filtering toolbox AIRVF that works on flowgram, raw and mapped reads and called variants to reduce artifact-driven false variant calls. Tests on sequencing data of standard reference material showed up to ∼98% reduction of false variants when combined to conventional public pipelines and ∼48% to the in-house commercial solution, with a minimal loss of sensitivity...
November 6, 2017: Bioinformatics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29120202/collaboration-confidentiality-and-care
#20
Latoya S Moss
There is an increasing call to attend to the needs of students in distress (Reynolds, 2013). Furthermore, research has begun to highlight links between distress, risky, or dangerous behaviors as well as issues in mental health in the higher education population (Deasy, Coughlan, Pironom, Jourdan, & Mannix-McNamara, 2014). The National Alliance on Mental Health and the Jed Foundation (National Alliance on Mental Illness & the Jed Foundation, 2016) estimate that about 20% of enrolled college students will face some type of mental illness...
November 2017: Psychological Services
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