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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29161803/modeling-the-effects-of-pollutant-emissions-from-large-industrial-complexes-on-benzene-toluene-and-xylene-btx-concentrations-in-urban-areas
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Jin-Hee Bang, Inbo Oh, Soontae Kim, Seunghee You, Yangho Kim, Ho-Jang Kwon, Geun-Bae Kim
This study utilized the Community Multi-scale Air Quality (CMAQ) model to simulate the spatial distribution of benzene, toluene, and xylene (BTX) concentrations in Ulsan metropolitan region (UMR), where large national industrial complexes (IC) are located. Through controlling the pollutant emissions in major IC, this study has performed a quantitative analysis on the influence of pollutant emissions from the IC on the BTX concentrations in surrounding urban areas. The seasonal modeling results indicated that the average BTX concentrations were high around the petrochemical complexes, with higher concentrations in the surrounding urban areas during the summer...
November 20, 2017: Environmental Health and Toxicology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29161798/intrapartum-care-quality-indicators-a-literature-review
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Elisa Lazzaretto, Antonella Nespoli, Simona Fumagalli, Elisabetta Colciago, Sofia Perego, Anna Locatelli
BACKGROUND: Quality of care is increasingly recognized as a critical aspect of the maternal and newborn health, mainly with respect to care around labour and delivery and in the immediate postnatal period. The Aim of this Review is to identify the recommended intrapartum care indicators in order to measure the quality of Midwifery care. METHODS: A structured literature search was conducted in August 2017 incorporating English and Italian language studies from 1993 and onwards to identify published articles on quality standards of intrapartum care...
November 21, 2017: Minerva Ginecologica
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29161759/asymmetry-during-functional-movement-screening-and-injury-risk-in-junior-football-players-a-replication-study
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Samuel Chalmers, Thomas A Debenedictis, Andrew Zacharia, Samuel Townsley, Cara Gleeson, Matthew Lynagh, Alex Townsley, Joel T Fuller
An indicator of movement quality and potential injury risk during Functional Movement Screen (FMS) testing is the presence of asymmetry when comparing the left and right sides of the body. The aim of the study was to investigate the reproducibility of the injury risk model proposed in our previous research (Chalmers et al. 2017; derivation study) that showed an increased injury risk for elite junior Australian football players demonstrating ≥2 asymmetrical FMS sub-tests. We used a direct replication design...
November 21, 2017: Scandinavian Journal of Medicine & Science in Sports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29161754/the-sorghum-bicolor-reference-genome-improved-assembly-gene-annotations-a-transcriptome-atlas-and-signatures-of-genome-organization
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Ryan F McCormick, Sandra K Truong, Avinash Sreedasyam, Jerry Jenkins, Shengqiang Shu, David Sims, Megan Kennedy, Mojgan Amirebrahimi, Brock D Weers, Brian McKinley, Ashley Mattison, Daryl T Morishige, Jane Grimwood, Jeremy Schmutz, John E Mullet
Sorghum bicolor is a drought tolerant C4 grass used for production of grain, forage, sugar, and lignocellulosic biomass and a genetic model for C4 grasses due to its relatively small genome (~800 Mbp), diploid genetics, diverse germplasm, and colinearity with other C4 grass genomes. In this study, deep sequencing, genetic linkage analysis, and transcriptome data were used to produce and annotate a high-quality reference genome sequence. Reference genome sequence order was improved, 29.6 Mbp of additional sequence was incorporated, the number of genes annotated increased 24% to 34,211, average gene length and N50 increased, and error frequency was reduced 10-fold to 1 per 100 kbp...
November 21, 2017: Plant Journal: for Cell and Molecular Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29161678/preliminary-evaluation-of-pathogenic-bacteria-loading-on-organic-municipal-solid-waste-compost-and-vermicompost
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Nuhaa Soobhany
The use of composts or vermicomposts derived from organic fraction of Municipal Solid Waste (OFMSW) brought about certain disagreement in terms of high level of bacterial pathogens, thereby surpassing the legal restrictions. This preliminary study was undertaken to compare the evolution of pathogenic bacteria on OFMSW compost against vermicompost (generated by Eudrilus eugeniae) with promises of achieving sanitation goals. Analysis to quality data showed that OFMSW vermicomposting caused a moderately higher reduction in total coliforms in contrast to composting...
November 18, 2017: Journal of Environmental Management
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29161643/effect-of-vacuum-and-modified-atmosphere-packaging-on-the-microbiological-chemical-and-sensory-properties-of-tropical-red-drum-sciaenops-ocellatus-fillets-stored-at-4%C3%A2-c
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Adèle Silbande, Sandra Adenet, Christine Chopin, Josiane Cornet, Juliette Smith-Ravin, Katia Rochefort, Françoise Leroi
AIMS: The effect of vacuum (VP - 4°C) and CO2/N2-atmosphere (MAP - 4°C) packaging on the quality of red drum fillets compared with whole gutted iced fish was investigated. METHODS AND RESULTS: A metagenomic approach, bacterial enumeration and isolation, biochemical and sensory analyses were carried out. The organoleptic rejection of whole fish was observed at day 15 whereas VP and MAP fillets appeared unacceptable only after 29days. At these dates, total mesophilic counts reached 10(7)-10(8)CFU g(-1)...
October 26, 2017: International Journal of Food Microbiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29161465/neuromuscular-electrical-stimulation-for-the-prevention-of-venous-thromboembolism
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REVIEW
Shahab Hajibandeh, Shahin Hajibandeh, George A Antoniou, James Rh Scurr, Francesco Torella
BACKGROUND: Venous thromboembolism (VTE) is a serious but preventable cause of morbidity and mortality. Neuromuscular electrical stimulation systems (NMES) for the prevention of VTE may be beneficial for patients in whom pharmacological or standard mechanical prophylaxis methods are contraindicated or are regarded as unsafe or impractical. Although findings of experimental studies suggest that NMES reduce venous stasis, the clinical utility and effectiveness of NMES in VTE prevention remain controversial...
November 21, 2017: Cochrane Database of Systematic Reviews
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29161458/proton-pump-inhibitors-for-functional-dyspepsia
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REVIEW
Maria Ines Pinto-Sanchez, Yuhong Yuan, Ahmed Hassan, Premysl Bercik, Paul Moayyedi
BACKGROUND: Functional dyspepsia (FD or non-ulcer dyspepsia) is defined as continuous or frequently recurring epigastric pain or discomfort for which no organic cause can be found. Acid suppressive therapy, including proton pump inhibitors (PPIs), has been proposed as a therapeutic option in FD, but its efficacy remains controversial. While PPIs are generally considered safe and well tolerated, they have been associated with adverse events, especially in the long term. For this reason, decisions on whether to initiate or continue PPI therapy should be made based on an appropriate clinical indication...
November 21, 2017: Cochrane Database of Systematic Reviews
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29161375/health-system-factors-affecting-implementation-of-integrated-management-of-childhood-illness-imci-qualitative-insights-from-a-south-african-province
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Himani Pandya, Wiedaad Slemming, Haroon Saloojee
The Integrated Management of Childhood Illness (IMCI) strategy has been adopted by 102 countries including South Africa, as the preferred primary health care (PHC) delivery strategy for sick children under 5 years. Despite substantial investment to support IMCI in South Africa, its delivery remains sub-optimal, with varied implementation in different settings. There is scarce research globally, and in the local context, examining the effects of health system characteristics on IMCI implementation. This study explored key determinants of IMCI delivery in a South African province, with a specific focus on health system building blocks using a health system dynamics framework...
November 17, 2017: Health Policy and Planning
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29161310/vision-in-high-level-football-officials
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António Manuel Gonçalves Baptista, Pedro M Serra, Colm McAlinden, Brendan T Barrett
Officiating in football depends, at least to some extent, upon adequate visual function. However, there is no vision standard for football officiating and the nature of the relationship between officiating performance and level of vision is unknown. As a first step in characterising this relationship, we report on the clinically-measured vision and on the perceived level of vision in elite-level, Portuguese football officials. Seventy-one referees (R) and assistant referees (AR) participated in the study, representing 92% of the total population of elite level football officials in Portugal in the 2013/2014 season...
2017: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29161225/from-sexual-desire-discrepancies-to-desirable-sex-creating-the-optimal-connection
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Peggy J Kleinplatz, Maxime Charest, Shannon Lawless, Marlene Neufeld, Robert Neufeld, Danielle Pratt, A Dana Ménard, Bogdan Buduru, Lianne Rosen
Beginning in 2005, our team conducted a series of studies on optimal sexual experiences. We have applied our findings to develop a group therapy intervention for couples presenting with low sexual desire/frequency and sexual desire discrepancy. The goal was to improve the quality of erotic intimacy by focusing on such elements as being fully embodied during sex, increasing authenticity, trustworthiness and vulnerability. Twenty-eight heterosexual individuals (14 couples) were seen in 16 hours of couples group therapy...
November 21, 2017: Journal of Sex & Marital Therapy
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29161138/autologous-matrix-induced-chondrogenesis-a-systematic-review-of-the-clinical-evidence
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Liang Gao, Patrick Orth, Magali Cucchiarini, Henning Madry
BACKGROUND: The addition of a type I/III collagen membrane in cartilage defects treated with microfracture has been advocated for cartilage repair, termed "autologous matrix-induced chondrogenesis" (AMIC). PURPOSE: To examine the current clinical evidence regarding AMIC for focal chondral defects. STUDY DESIGN: Systematic review. METHODS: A systematic review was performed by searching PubMed, ScienceDirect, and Cochrane Library databases...
November 1, 2017: American Journal of Sports Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29161026/conditional-reversible-work-coarse-grained-models-of-molecular-liquids-with-coulomb-electrostatics-a-proof-of-concept-study-on-weakly-polar-organic-molecules
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Gregor Deichmann, Nico F A van der Vegt
Scale bridging simulations of soft matter rely on the availability of transferable coarse-grained models. In systematic coarse-graining approaches, core principles of statistical mechanics are used to relate the coarse-grained models to the underlying molecular interactions. The conditional reversible work (CRW) method provides effective, nonbonded pair potentials by means of computing coupling free energies between mapped chemical groups. This method has so far been used almost exclusively for systems composed of apolar organic molecules, but additional challenges arise when developing coarse-grained models for polar molecules in which (long-ranged) electrostatic interactions are important...
November 21, 2017: Journal of Chemical Theory and Computation
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29160966/emphasizing-the-value-of-nephrology-nursing-through-nursing-sensitive-indicators-a-call-for-action
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Charlotte Thomas-Hawkins, Carolyn E Latham, Debra J Hain
Nursing is the largest healthcare profession in the United States (U.S.). As principal frontline caregivers in the U.S. healthcare system, nurses have tremendous influence over a patient's healthcare experience. A growing body of evidence states that the nursing workforce has a direct impact on healthcare quality. A standardized approach to measuring nursing's contribution to patient care and safety using nursing-sensitive quality indicators assists in examining the extent to which nurses and nursing affect the quality and safety of health care...
July 2017: Nephrology Nursing Journal: Journal of the American Nephrology Nurses' Association
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29160845/vascular-endothelial-growth-factor-sequestration-enhances-in-vivo-cartilage-formation
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Carolina M Medeiros Da Cunha, Valeria Perugini, Petra Bernegger, Matteo Centola, Andrea Barbero, Anna L Guildford, Matteo Santin, Andrea Banfi, Ivan Martin, Anna Marsano
Autologous chondrocyte transplantation for cartilage repair still has unsatisfactory clinical outcomes because of inter-donor variability and poor cartilage quality formation. Re-differentiation of monolayer-expanded human chondrocytes is not easy in the absence of potent morphogens. The Vascular Endothelial Growth Factor (VEGF) plays a master role in angiogenesis and in negatively regulating cartilage growth by stimulating vascular invasion and ossification. Therefore, we hypothesized that its sole microenvironmental blockade by either VEGF sequestration by soluble VEGF receptor-2 (Flk-1) or by antiangiogenic hyperbranched peptides could improve chondrogenesis of expanded human nasal chondrocytes (NC) freshly seeded on collagen scaffolds...
November 21, 2017: International Journal of Molecular Sciences
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29160732/optimization-and-characterization-of-sertaconazole-nitrate-flexisomes-embedded-in-hydrogel-for-improved-antifungal-activity
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Satish K Mandlik, Shridhar S Siras, Kiran R Birajdar
The aim of the present research work was to develop, characterize and optimize sertaconazole nitrate (STZN) embedded flexisomes (STZN-FS) to improve the cutaneous anti-fungal activity of STZN. Flexisomes are self-aggregating, flexible, deformable lipidic vesicles possessing an aqueous core. A 3(2) factorial design was implemented to optimize the effects of the critical material attributes of concentration of phospholipid (X1) and edge activator (X2) on the critical quality attributes of particle size (Y1), entrapment efficiency (Y2) and deformability index (Y3)...
November 21, 2017: Journal of Liposome Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29160536/use-of-the-ishikawa-diagram-in-a-case-control-analysis-to-assess-the-causes-of-a-diffuse-lamellar-keratitis-outbreak
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Luis Henrique Lira, Flávio E Hirai, Marivaldo Oliveira, Waldir Portellinha, Eliane Mayumi Nakano
PURPOSE: To identify the causes of a diffuse lamellar keratitis (DLK) outbreak using a systematic search tool in a case-control analysis. METHODS: An Ishikawa diagram was used to guide physicians to determine the potential risk factors involved in this outbreak. Coherence between the occurrences and each possible cause listed in the diagram was verified, and the total number of eyes at risk was used to calculate the proportion of affected eyes. Multivariate analysis was performed using logistic regression to determine the independent effect of the risk factors, after controlling for confounders and test interactions...
September 2017: Arquivos Brasileiros de Oftalmologia
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29160460/polypharmacy-a-challenge-for-the-primary-health-care-of-the-brazilian-unified-health-system
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Renata Cristina Rezende Macedo do Nascimento, Juliana Álvares, Augusto Afonso Guerra, Isabel Cristina Gomes, Micheline Rosa Silveira, Ediná Alves Costa, Silvana Nair Leite, Karen Sarmento Costa, Orlando Mario Soeiro, Ione Aquemi Guibu, Margô Gomes de Oliveira Karnikowski, Francisco de Assis Acurcio
OBJECTIVE: To characterize the polypharmacy in primary health care patients and to identify its associated factors. METHODS: This is a cross-sectional, exploratory, and evaluative study, part of the Pesquisa Nacional sobre Acesso, Utilização e Promoção do Uso Racional de Medicamentos - Serviços, 2015 (PNAUM - National Survey on Access, Use and Promotion of Rational Use of Medicines - Services, 2015). The variable of interest was polypharmacy, defined as the use of five or more medicines...
November 13, 2017: Revista de Saúde Pública
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29160427/review-of-magnetic-resonance-guided-focused-ultrasound-in-the-treatment-of-uterine-fibroids
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Pedro Felipe Magalhães Peregrino, Marcos de Lorenzo Messina, Ricardo Dos Santos Simões, José Maria Soares-Júnior, Edmund Chada Baracat
Uterine leiomyoma is the most frequently occurring solid pelvic tumor in women during the reproductive period. Magnetic resonance-guided high-intensity focused ultrasound is a promising technique for decreasing menorrhagia and dysmenorrhea in symptomatic women. The aim of this study is to review the role of Magnetic resonance-guided high-intensity focused ultrasound in the treatment of uterine fibroids in symptomatic patients. We performed a review of the MEDLINE and Cochrane databases up to April 2016. The analysis and data collection were performed using the following keywords: Leiomyoma, High-Intensity Focused Ultrasound Ablation, Ultrasonography, Magnetic Resonance Imaging, Menorrhagia...
October 2017: Clinics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29160049/lower-irisin-levels-in-coronary-artery-disease-a-meta-analysis
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Wenwen Guo, Baihui Zhang, Xia Wang
INTRODUCTION: Irisin is a newly discovered myokine, which is involved in energy metabolism and associated with "browning" of the white adipose tissue, obesity, diabetes mellitus and metabolic syndrome. It's still uncertain that whether irisin level is associated with coronary artery disease. The purpose of this study is to explore the relationship between irisin levels and coronary artery disease. EVIDENCE ACQUISITION: A search of PubMed, MEDLINE, Elsevier Science Direct, Springer, Web of Science and China National Knowledge Infrastructure (CNKI) for studies published from 2000 to 2017 was undertaken to identify relevant studies...
November 20, 2017: Minerva Endocrinologica
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