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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28734121/the-impact-of-chronic-psychiatric-disorders-on-cognitive-decline
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R Villeneuve, C Blanchard, L Rullier, N Raoux, V Bergua, J-F Dartigues, K Pérès, H Amieva
OBJECTIVES: Based on seemingly contradictory results in the existing literature, the objective of our study was to investigate whether older individuals suffering from chronic psychiatric disorders show a more rapid decline in cognitive performances than their non-psychiatric counterparts, or if the pattern of decline through older age is similar in both groups. METHOD: A total of 820 older adults were selected from the Ageing Multidisciplinary Investigation (AMI) cohort study, which studies health-related issues of people over 65 years old living in rural areas...
July 22, 2017: Acta Psychiatrica Scandinavica
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28732433/the-effect-of-salt-space-on-clinical-findings-and-peak-expiratory-flow-in-children-with-mild-to-moderate-asthma-a-randomized-crossover-trial
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Saeideh Mazloomzadeh, Niousha Bakhshi, Akefeh Ahmadiafshar, Mehdi Gholami
The asthma treatment and control might be associated with significant burden on family and community' thus exploring other therapeutic plans could be desirable. The aim of this study was to investigate the effect of salt space on clinical findings and peak expiratory flow rate among children with asthma. In this randomized crossover trial, 34 patients aged 6-14 years old with mild to moderate asthma were selected and randomly divided into two groups. The first group went through a period of salt therapy by staying in the salt room for one hour, three times a week for 3 consecutive weeks and then was under observation for three weeks...
June 2017: Iranian Journal of Allergy, Asthma, and Immunology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28732323/evaluation-of-an-online-training-for-improving-self-reported-evidence-based-decision-making-skills-in-cancer-control-among-public-health-professionals
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A B Morshed, P Ballew, M B Elliott, D Haire-Joshu, M W Kreuter, R C Brownson
OBJECTIVES: The purpose of this evaluation was to assess the effect of the online evidence-based cancer control (EBCC) training on improving the self-reported evidence-based decision-making (EBDM) skills in cancer control among Nebraska public health professionals. STUDY DESIGN: Cross-sectional group comparison. METHODS: Previously developed EBDM measures were administered via online surveys to 201 public health professionals at baseline (comparison group) and 123 professionals who took part in the training...
July 18, 2017: Public Health
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28732267/understanding-the-holobiont-the-interdependence-of-plants-and-their-microbiome
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REVIEW
Carmen Sánchez-Cañizares, Beatriz Jorrín, Philip S Poole, Andrzej Tkacz
The holobiont is composed by the plant and its microbiome. In a similar way to ecological systems of higher organisms, the holobiont shows interdependent and complex dynamics [1,2]. While plants originate from seeds, the microbiome has a multitude of sources. The assemblage of these communities depends on the interaction between the emerging seedling and its surrounding environment, with soil being the main source. These microbial communities are controlled by the plant through different strategies, such as the specific profile of root exudates and its immune system...
July 18, 2017: Current Opinion in Microbiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28732056/inferring-microbial-interactions-in-thermophilic-and-mesophilic-anaerobic-digestion-of-hog-waste
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Grace Tzun-Wen Shaw, An-Chi Liu, Chieh-Yin Weng, Chu-Yang Chou, Daryi Wang
Anaerobic digestion (AnD) is a microbiological process that converts organic waste materials into biogas. Because of its high methane content, biogas is a combustible energy source and serves as an important environmental technology commonly used in the management of animal waste generated on large animal farms. Much work has been done on hardware design and process engineering for the generation of biogas. However, little is known about the complexity of the microbiology in this process. In particular, how microbes interact in the digester and eventually breakdown and convert organic matter into biogas is still regarded as a "black box...
2017: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28731836/mortality-rate-and-antibiotic-resistance-in-complicated-diverticulitis-report-of-272-consecutive-patients-worldwide-a-prospective-cohort-study
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Federico Coccolini, Mattia Trevisan, Giulia Montori, Massimo Sartelli, Fausto Catena, Marco Ceresoli, Antonio Costanzo, Arianna Heyer, Luca Ansaloni
BACKGROUND: Complicated diverticulitis (CD) is a common problem for surgeons. In treating it, as a general principle, every verified source of infection should be controlled. Supplementary antimicrobial management involves a delicate balance of optimizing empirical therapy while reducing unnecessary antibiotic use. The necessity to know the most frequent infecting pathogens and their spectra of resistance is becoming pivotal. The aim of this study was to determine the microbiologic profile of complicated intra-abdominal infections (IAIs) secondary to CD, to analyze the role of empirical antimicrobial therapy, and to describe the clinical aspects of CD worldwide...
July 21, 2017: Surgical Infections
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28731691/singlet-oxygen-photophysics-in-liquid-solvents-converging-on-a-unified-picture
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Mikkel Bregnhøj, Michael Westberg, Boris F Minaev, Peter R Ogilby
Singlet oxygen, O2(a(1)Δg), the lowest excited electronic state of molecular oxygen, is an omnipresent part of life on earth. It is readily formed through a variety of chemical and photochemical processes, and its unique reactions are important not just as a tool in chemical syntheses but also in processes that range from polymer degradation to signaling in biological cells. For these reasons, O2(a(1)Δg) has been the subject of intense activity in a broad distribution of scientific fields for the past ∼50 years...
July 21, 2017: Accounts of Chemical Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28731476/exact-sequence-variants-should-replace-operational-taxonomic-units-in-marker-gene-data-analysis
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Benjamin J Callahan, Paul J McMurdie, Susan P Holmes
Recent advances have made it possible to analyze high-throughput marker-gene sequencing data without resorting to the customary construction of molecular operational taxonomic units (OTUs): clusters of sequencing reads that differ by less than a fixed dissimilarity threshold. New methods control errors sufficiently such that amplicon sequence variants (ASVs) can be resolved exactly, down to the level of single-nucleotide differences over the sequenced gene region. The benefits of finer resolution are immediately apparent, and arguments for ASV methods have focused on their improved resolution...
July 21, 2017: ISME Journal
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28731470/a-genomic-perspective-on-stoichiometric-regulation-of-soil-carbon-cycling
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Wyatt H Hartman, Rongzhong Ye, William R Horwath, Susannah G Tringe
Similar to plant growth, soil carbon (C) cycling is constrained by the availability of nitrogen (N) and phosphorus (P). We hypothesized that stoichiometric control over soil microbial C cycling may be shaped by functional guilds with distinct nutrient substrate preferences. Across a series of rice fields spanning 5-25% soil C (N:P from 1:12 to 1:70), C turnover was best correlated with P availability and increased with experimental N addition only in lower C (mineral) soils with N:P⩽16. Microbial community membership also varied with soil stoichiometry but not with N addition...
July 21, 2017: ISME Journal
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28731437/computerized-cognitive-screen-cocosc-a-self-administered-computerized-test-for-screening-for-cognitive-impairment-in-community-social-centers
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Adrian Wong, Ching-Hang Fong, Vincent Mok, Kam Tat Leung, Raymond Kai-Yu Tong
BACKGROUND: Computerized cognitive tests may serve as a preliminary, low-cost method to identify individuals with suspected cognitive impairment in the community. OBJECTIVE: To develop a self-administered computerized test, namely the "Computerized Cognitive Screen (CoCoSc), Hong Kong version", for screening of individuals with cognitive impairment (CI) in community settings. METHODS: The CoCoSc is a 15-min computerized cognitive screen covering memory, executive functions, orientation, attention and working memory, and prospective memory administered on a touchscreen computer...
July 19, 2017: Journal of Alzheimer's Disease: JAD
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28731431/association-between-cholesterol-exposure-and-neuropathological-findings-the-act-study
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Brianne M Bettcher, M Colin Ard, Bruce R Reed, Andreana Benitez, Amanda Simmons, Eric B Larson, Josh A Sonnen, Thomas J Montine, Ge Li, C Dirk Keene, Paul K Crane, Dan Mungas
We characterized the relationship between late life cholesterol exposure and neuropathological outcomes in a community-based, older adult cohort. Adult Changes in Thought (ACT) is a cohort study that enrolls consenting, randomly selected, non-demented people aged ≥65 from a healthcare delivery system. We used late life HDL and total cholesterol lab values from Group Health computerized records, and calculated HDL and non-HDL levels. We evaluated neuropathological outcomes of Alzheimer's disease, cerebral amyloid angiopathy, vascular brain injury, and Lewy body disease...
July 19, 2017: Journal of Alzheimer's Disease: JAD
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28731230/effects-of-spray-drift-of-glyphosate-on-non-target-terrestrial-plants-a-critical-review
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REVIEW
Harald Cederlund
Glyphosate is a widely used broad-spectrum post-emergent herbicide used for weed control in both agricultural and non-agricultural settings. Spray drift of glyphosate can pose a risk to non-target terrestrial plants and plant communities outside the intended area of application, but the lack of a well-established predicted no-effect drift rate makes properly assessing such risk difficult. For this reason, a literature review and meta-analysis was carried out with the aim to determine which level of drift that is likely to cause harm to plants and to explore what spray-reducing targets that would be sufficiently protective...
July 21, 2017: Environmental Toxicology and Chemistry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28730743/inulin-type-fructans-and-whey-protein-both-modulate-appetite-but-only-fructans-alter-gut-microbiota-in-adults-with-overweight-obesity-a-randomized-controlled-trial
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Raylene A Reimer, Holly J Willis, Jasmine M Tunnicliffe, Heekuk Park, Karen L Madsen, Adriana Soto-Vaca
SCOPE: Independently, prebiotics and dietary protein have been shown to improve weight loss and/or alter appetite. Our objective was to determine the effect of combined prebiotic and whey protein on appetite, body composition and gut microbiota in adults with overweight/obesity. METHODS AND RESULTS: In a 12 week, placebo-controlled, double-blind study, 125 adults with overweight/obesity were randomly assigned to receive isocaloric snack bars of: 1) Control; 2) Inulin-type fructans (ITF); 3) Whey protein; 4) ITF + Whey protein...
July 21, 2017: Molecular Nutrition & Food Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28730541/increased-sequencing-depth-does-not-increase-captured-diversity-of-arbuscular-mycorrhizal-fungi
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Martti Vasar, Reidar Andreson, John Davison, Teele Jairus, Mari Moora, Maido Remm, J P W Young, Martin Zobel, Maarja Öpik
The arrival of 454 sequencing represented a major breakthrough by allowing deeper sequencing of environmental samples than was possible with existing Sanger approaches. Illumina MiSeq provides a further increase in sequencing depth but shorter read length compared with 454 sequencing. We explored whether Illumina sequencing improves estimates of arbuscular mycorrhizal (AM) fungal richness in plant root samples, compared with 454 sequencing. We identified AM fungi in root samples by sequencing amplicons of the SSU rRNA gene with 454 and Illumina MiSeq paired-end sequencing...
July 20, 2017: Mycorrhiza
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28730366/to-coil-or-not-to-coil-application-practices-perception-and-efficacy-of-mosquito-coils-in-a-malaria-endemic-community-in-ghana
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Silas W Avicor, Mustafa F F Wajidi, Ebenezer O Owusu
Although evidence of mosquito coils' impact on disease epidemiology is limited, they are popularized as mosquito-borne disease prevention devices. Their usage affects the environment, human and mosquito health. This study investigated the perception, usage pattern and efficacy of coils in a predominantly poor malaria-endemic Ghanaian peri-urban area. Information on protection methods, perception and usage pattern was garnered using questionnaires. The efficacy of commonly used coils in the area was then assessed on the malaria vector, Anopheles gambiae, in a glass chamber...
July 20, 2017: Environmental Science and Pollution Research International
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28730185/social-networks-as-predictors-of-colorectal-cancer-screening-in-african-americans
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Ernest Alema-Mensah, Selina A Smith, Mechelle Claridy, Victor Ede, Benjamin Ansa, Daniel S Blumenthal
BACKGROUND: Early detection can reduce colorectal cancer (CRC) mortality by 15%-33%, and screening is widely recommended for average-risk adults beginning at age 50 years. Colorectal cancer mortality rates are higher in African Americans than in whites, while screening rates are somewhat lower. Individual social networks can reduce emotional and/or logistical barriers to health-promoting but distasteful procedures such as CRC screening. The aim of this study was to examine social network interactions, and their impact on CRC screening among African Americans...
2017: Journal of the Georgia Public Health Association
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28730149/review-of-antibiotic-resistance-in-the-indian-ocean-commission-a-human-and-animal-health-issue
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REVIEW
Noellie Gay, Olivier Belmonte, Jean-Marc Collard, Mohamed Halifa, Mohammad Iqbal Issack, Saindou Mindjae, Philippe Palmyre, Abdul Aziz Ibrahim, Harena Rasamoelina, Loïc Flachet, Laurent Filleul, Eric Cardinale
Antimicrobial resistance (AMR) is a major threat to human, animal health, and environment worldwide. For human, transmission occurred through a variety of routes both in health-care settings and community. In animals, AMR was reported in livestock, pets, and wildlife; transmission of AMR can be zoonotic with the probably most important route being foodborne transmission. The Indian Ocean Commission (IOC), composed of Comoros, Madagascar, Mauritius, Reunion (France), and Seychelles recognized the surveillance of AMR in both animal and human as a main public health priority for the region...
2017: Frontiers in Public Health
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28729887/whole-body-vibration-training-improves-balance-control-and-sit-to-stand-performance-among-middle-aged-and-older-adults-a-pilot-randomized-controlled-trial
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Ming-Chen Ko, Long-Shan Wu, Sangwoo Lee, Chien-Chun Wang, Po-Fu Lee, Ching-Yu Tseng, Chien-Chang Ho
BACKGROUND: Aging is associated with decreased balance, which increases falling risk. The objective of the current study was to determine the feasibility and effects of whole-body vibration (WBV) training on knee extensor muscle power, limits of stability, and sit-to-stand performance among community-dwelling middle-aged and older adults in the United States. METHODS: A randomized pilot study with participant blinding was conducted. Feasibility outcomes included recruitment and compliance rate...
2017: European Review of Aging and Physical Activity
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28729833/altered-neuronal-activity-topography-markers-in-the-elderly-with-increased-atherosclerosis
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Takashi Shibata, Toshimitu Musha, Yukio Kosugi, Michiya Kubo, Yukio Horie, Naoya Kuwayama, Satoshi Kuroda, Karin Hayashi, Yohei Kobayashi, Mieko Tanaka, Haruyasu Matsuzaki, Kiyotaka Nemoto, Takashi Asada
Background: Previously, we reported on vascular cognitive impairment (VCI) templates, consisting of patients with VCI associated with carotid stenosis (>60%) using a quantitative electroencephalographic (EEG) technique called neuronal activity topography (NAT). Here using the VCI templates, we investigated the hypothesis that internal carotid artery-intima-media thickness (ICA-IMT) is associated with EEG spectrum intensity (sNAT) and spectrum steepness (vNAT). Methods: A total of 221 community-dwelling elderly subjects were recruited...
2017: Frontiers in Aging Neuroscience
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28728975/continuous-nitrogen-removal-by-a-single-stage-reactor-packed-with-ring-laced-string-medium
#20
Masahiro Tatara, Shu Ishikawa, Yoshiyuki Ueno
The efficiency of nitrogen removal by a partial-nitritation/anammox (PNA) reaction was investigated using a packed-bed reactor in which ring-laced strings were used as the supporting medium. A stable population of PNA microorganisms was established from typical activated sludge, after less than two months of acclimation in the packed-bed reactor, by applying a high nitrogen-loading rate (NLR: 0.53 kg/m(3)/d) and short hydraulic retention time (HRT: 1.8 h). The stability of reactor performance was confirmed in industrial wastewater (IW), demonstrating a nitrogen removal efficiency (NRE) of greater than 77% during 260 days of continuous operation, between 0...
July 17, 2017: Journal of Bioscience and Bioengineering
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