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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29342444/scarlet-fever-epidemic-in-china-caused-by-streptococcus-pyogenes-serotype-m12-epidemiologic-and-molecular-analysis
#1
Yuanhai You, Mark R Davies, Melinda Protani, Liam McIntyre, Mark J Walker, Jianzhong Zhang
From 2011, Hong Kong and mainland China have witnessed a sharp increase in reported cases, with subsequent reports of epidemic scarlet fever in North Asia and the United Kingdom. Here we examine epidemiological data and investigate the genomic context of the predominantly serotype M12 Streptococcus pyogenes scarlet fever isolates from mainland China. Incident case data was obtained from the Chinese Nationwide Notifiable Infectious Diseases Reporting Information System. The relative risk of scarlet fever in recent outbreak years 2011-2016 was calculated using the median age-standardised incidence rate, compared to years 2003-2010 prior this outbreak...
January 11, 2018: EBioMedicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29342155/nanoscopic-x-ray-fluorescence-imaging-and-quantification-of-intracellular-key-elements-in-cryofrozen-friedreich-s-ataxia-fibroblasts
#2
Björn De Samber, Eline Meul, Brecht Laforce, Boel De Paepe, Joél Smet, Michiel De Bruyne, Riet De Rycke, Sylvain Bohic, Peter Cloetens, Rudy Van Coster, Peter Vandenabeele, Tom Vanden Berghe
Synchrotron radiation based nanoscopic X-ray fluorescence (SR nano-XRF) analysis can visualize trace level elemental distribution in a fully quantitative manner within single cells. However, in-air XRF analysis requires chemical fixation modifying the cell's chemical composition. Here, we describe first nanoscopic XRF analysis upon cryogenically frozen (-150°C) fibroblasts at the ID16A-NI 'Nano-imaging' end-station located at the European Synchrotron Radiation Facility (ESRF) in Grenoble (France). Fibroblast cells were obtained from skin biopsies from control and Friedreich's ataxia (FRDA) patients...
2018: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29342109/sources-of-added-sugars-in-young-children-adolescents-and-adults-with-low-and-high-intakes-of-added-sugars
#3
Regan L Bailey, Victor L Fulgoni, Alexandra E Cowan, P Courtney Gaine
High intake of added sugars is associated with excess energy intake and poorer diet quality. The objective of this cross-sectional study (n = 16,806) was to estimate usual intakes and the primary food sources of added sugars across the range of intakes (i.e., deciles) among U.S. children (2-8 years), adolescents and teens (9-18 years), and adults (≥19 years) using the National Health and Nutrition Examination (NHANES) data from 2009-2012. The percent energy contributed by added sugars was 14.3 ± 0.2% (2-8 years), 16...
January 17, 2018: Nutrients
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29341714/kinetically-controlled-two-step-amorphization-and-amorphous-amorphous-transition-in-ice
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Chuanlong Lin, Xue Yong, John S Tse, Jesse S Smith, Stanislav V Sinogeikin, Curtis Kenney-Benson, Guoyin Shen
We report the results of in situ structural characterization of the amorphization of crystalline ice Ih under compression and the relaxation of high-density amorphous (HDA) ice under decompression at temperatures between 96 and 160 K by synchrotron x-ray diffraction. The results show that ice Ih transforms to an intermediate crystalline phase at 100 K prior to complete amorphization, which is supported by molecular dynamics calculations. The phase transition pathways show clear temperature dependence: direct amorphization without an intermediate phase is observed at 133 K, while at 145 K a direct Ih-to-IX transformation is observed; decompression of HDA shows a transition to low-density amorphous ice at 96 K and ∼1  Pa, to ice Ic at 135 K and to ice IX at 145 K...
September 29, 2017: Physical Review Letters
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29341697/large-scale-structure-and-hyperuniformity-of-amorphous-ices
#5
Fausto Martelli, Salvatore Torquato, Nicolas Giovambattista, Roberto Car
We investigate the large-scale structure of amorphous ices and transitions between their different forms by quantifying their large-scale density fluctuations. Specifically, we simulate the isothermal compression of low-density amorphous ice (LDA) and hexagonal ice to produce high-density amorphous ice (HDA). Both HDA and LDA are nearly hyperuniform; i.e., they are characterized by an anomalous suppression of large-scale density fluctuations. By contrast, in correspondence with the nonequilibrium phase transitions to HDA, the presence of structural heterogeneities strongly suppresses the hyperuniformity and the system becomes hyposurficial (devoid of "surface-area fluctuations")...
September 29, 2017: Physical Review Letters
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29341676/excess-hydrogen-bond-at-the-ice-vapor-interface-around-200%C3%A2-k
#6
Wilbert J Smit, Fujie Tang, M Alejandra Sánchez, Ellen H G Backus, Limei Xu, Taisuke Hasegawa, Mischa Bonn, Huib J Bakker, Yuki Nagata
Phase-resolved sum-frequency generation measurements combined with molecular dynamics simulations are employed to study the effect of temperature on the molecular arrangement of water on the basal face of ice. The topmost monolayer, interrogated through its nonhydrogen-bonded, free O-H stretch peak, exhibits a maximum in surface H-bond density around 200 K. This maximum results from two competing effects: above 200 K, thermal fluctuations cause the breaking of H bonds; below 200 K, the formation of bulklike crystalline interfacial structures leads to H-bond breaking...
September 29, 2017: Physical Review Letters
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29340161/direct-ice-imaging-from-inside-the-left-atrial-appendage-during-ablation-of-persistent-atrial-fibrillation
#7
Gabriel Cismaru, Mihai Puiu, Radu Rosu, Lucian Muresan, Gabriel Gusetu, Dana Pop, Dumitru Zdrenghea
We present the case of a 59-year-old patient with persistent atrial fibrillation, referred for atrial fibrillation ablation. The procedure was performed with the help of NAVX 3D mapping system (Saint Jude Medical) and iLAB Ultra ICE Plus ultrasound imaging catheter (Boston Scientific). The catheter permits cross-sectional images perpendicular to catheter's long axis. From inside left atrial appendage (LAA) looks trabeculated, due to pectinate muscles running parallel to each other. The presence of a thrombus was excluded from the appendage...
January 2018: Oxford Medical Case Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29339731/electron-affinity-of-liquid-water
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Alex P Gaiduk, Tuan Anh Pham, Marco Govoni, Francesco Paesani, Giulia Galli
Understanding redox and photochemical reactions in aqueous environments requires a precise knowledge of the ionization potential and electron affinity of liquid water. The former has been measured, but not the latter. We predict the electron affinity of liquid water and of its surface from first principles, coupling path-integral molecular dynamics with ab initio potentials, and many-body perturbation theory. Our results for the surface (0.8 eV) agree well with recent pump-probe spectroscopy measurements on amorphous ice...
January 16, 2018: Nature Communications
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29339638/a-nomogram-to-characterize-the-severity-of-detrusor-overactivity-during-the-ice-water-test-description-of-the-method-and-proof-of-concept
#9
André Reitz, Tanja Hüsch, Axel Haferkamp
AIMS: To develop a nomogram with severity categories for detrusor overactivity (DO). METHODS: By conducting ice water tests (IWT) in 55 patients with Parkinson's disease, we identified criteria to describe characteristics of the detrusor pressure curves: (1) a gradient of Δpdet over Δt at the maximum detrusor pressure and (2) the area under the curve. In a nomogram, 10 severity categories of DO were established: 1 and 2 were assigned to group A (mild), 3 and 4 to group B (moderate) and 5-10 to group C (severe)...
January 16, 2018: Urologia Internationalis
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29339335/potential-impacts-of-offshore-oil-spills-on-polar-bears-in-the-chukchi-sea
#10
Ryan R Wilson, Craig Perham, Deborah P French-McCay, Richard Balouskus
Sea ice decline is anticipated to increase human access to the Arctic Ocean allowing for offshore oil and gas development in once inaccessible areas. Given the potential negative consequences of an oil spill on marine wildlife populations in the Arctic, it is important to understand the magnitude of impact a large spill could have on wildlife to inform response planning efforts. In this study we simulated oil spills that released 25,000 barrels of oil for 30 days in autumn originating from two sites in the Chukchi Sea (one in Russia and one in the U...
January 12, 2018: Environmental Pollution
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29338683/genomic-repeats-misassembly-and-reannotation-a-case-study-with-long-read-resequencing-of-porphyromonas-gingivalis-reference-strains
#11
Luis Acuña-Amador, Aline Primot, Edouard Cadieu, Alain Roulet, Frédérique Barloy-Hubler
BACKGROUND: Without knowledge of their genomic sequences, it is impossible to make functional models of the bacteria that make up human and animal microbiota. Unfortunately, the vast majority of publicly available genomes are only working drafts, an incompleteness that causes numerous problems and constitutes a major obstacle to genotypic and phenotypic interpretation. In this work, we began with an example from the class Bacteroidia in the phylum Bacteroidetes, which is preponderant among human orodigestive microbiota...
January 16, 2018: BMC Genomics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29337008/ice-pack-induced-perineal-analgesia-after-spontaneous-vaginal-birth-randomized-controlled-trial
#12
Adriana Amorim Francisco, Sonia Maria Junqueira Vasconcellos De Oliveira, Mary Steen, Moacyr Roberto Cuce Nobre, Eder Viana De Souza
BACKGROUND: Ice-pack is widely used for alleviating postpartum perineal pain sustained after birth related perineal trauma. However, it lacks robust evidence on timing and frequency of applications, to ensure the effective and safe use of this therapy. AIMS: To evaluate if a 10min ice-pack application relieved postpartum perineal pain and if the analgesic effect was maintained for up to 2h. METHODS: A randomised controlled trial conducted from December 2012 to February 2013 with 69 primiparous women ≥18 years old, 6-24h postpartum, with perineal pain ≥3, who had not received anti-inflammatory medication or analgesics after childbirth, who were randomised to a single ice-pack application on the perineum for 10min or standard care...
January 11, 2018: Women and Birth: Journal of the Australian College of Midwives
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29336012/predictors-and-consequences-of-health-anxiety-symptoms-a-novel-twin-modeling-study
#13
C López-Solà, M Bui, J L Hopper, L F Fontenelle, C G Davey, C Pantelis, P Alonso, O A van den Heuvel, B J Harrison
OBJECTIVE: The question of how to best conceptualize health anxiety (HA) from a diagnostic and etiological perspective remains debated. The aim was to examine the relationship between HA and the symptoms of anxiety and obsessive-compulsive-related disorders in a normative twin population. METHOD: Four hundred and ninety-six monozygotic adult twin pairs from the Australian Twin Registry participated in the study (age, 34.4 ± 7.72 years; 59% females). Validated scales were used to assess each domain...
January 15, 2018: Acta Psychiatrica Scandinavica
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29335410/abnormal-phase-transition-between-two-dimensional-high-density-liquid-crystal-and-low-density-crystalline-solid-phases
#14
Wenbin Li, Longjuan Kong, Baojie Feng, Huixia Fu, Hui Li, Xiao Cheng Zeng, Kehui Wu, Lan Chen
Some two-dimensional liquid systems are theoretically predicted to have an anomalous phase transition due to unique intermolecular interactions, for example the first-order transition between two-dimensional high-density water and low-density amorphous ice. However, it has never been experimentally observed, to the best of our knowledge. Here we report an entropy-driven phase transition between a high-density liquid crystal and low-density crystalline solid, directly observed by scanning tunneling microscope in carbon monoxide adsorbed on Cu(111)...
January 15, 2018: Nature Communications
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29333198/response-of-pacific-sector-antarctic-ice-shelves-to-the-el-ni%C3%A3-o-southern-oscillation
#15
F S Paolo, L Padman, H A Fricker, S Adusumilli, S Howard, M R Siegfried
Satellite observations over the past two decades have revealed increasing loss of grounded ice in West Antarctica, associated with floating ice shelves that have been thinning. Thinning reduces an ice-shelf's ability to restrain grounded-ice discharge, yet our understanding of the climate processes that drive mass changes is limited. Here, we use ice-shelf height data from four satellite altimeter missions (1994-2017) to show a direct link between ice-shelf-height variability in the Antarctic Pacific sector and changes in regional atmospheric circulation driven by the El Niño-Southern Oscillation...
January 2018: Nature Geoscience
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29333005/prognostic-factors-and-survival-outcomes-of-intracranial-ependymoma-treated-with-multimodality-approach
#16
Kunhi Parambath Haresh, Ajeet Kumar Gandhi, Supriya Mallick, Rony Benson, Subhash Gupta, Daya Nand Sharma, Pramod Kumar Julka, Goura Kisor Rath
Objectives: We aimed to analyze treatment outcomes of intracranial ependymoma (ICE) treated at our institute with multimodality approach. Materials and Methods: Demography, treatment details, and survival data of 40 patients (2005-2012) were collected in a predesigned pro forma. Kaplan Meier method was used to analyze disease-free survival (DFS) and the impact of prognostic factors was determined using univariate analysis (log-rank test). Multivariate analysis was performed using Cox-proportional hazard model...
October 2017: Indian Journal of Medical and Paediatric Oncology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29331589/the-iridocorneal-endothelial-syndrome
#17
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Luis Silva, Ahmad Najafi, Yanin Suwan, Chaiwat Teekhasaenee, Robert Ritch
The iridocorneal endothelial syndrome (ICE) represents a unique group of ocular pathologies (Chandler syndrome, progressive iris atrophy, and Cogan-Reese syndrome) characterized by the proliferation of corneal endothelial cells that migrate toward the iridocorneal angle and iris surface causing, to a degree varying according to the subtype, corneal edema and decompensation, and secondary glaucoma, whether by obstructing the angle or producing peripheral anterior synechiae by contraction of the basement membrane of the migrating cells over the surface of the iris...
January 10, 2018: Survey of Ophthalmology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29331558/high-resolution-129i-bomb-peak-profile-in-an-ice-core-from-se-dome-site-greenland
#18
Angel T Bautista, Yasuto Miyake, Hiroyuki Matsuzaki, Yoshinori Iizuka, Kazuho Horiuchi
129I in natural archives, such as ice cores, can be used as a proxy for human nuclear activities, age marker, and environmental tracer. Currently, there is only one published record of 129I in ice core (i.e., from Fiescherhorn Glacier, Swiss Alps) and its limited time resolution (1-2 years) prevents the full use of 129I for the mentioned applications. Here we show 129I concentrations in an ice core from SE-Dome, Greenland, covering years 1956-1976 at a time resolution of ∼6 months, the most detailed record to date...
January 11, 2018: Journal of Environmental Radioactivity
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29331168/dietary-patterns-and-their-associations-with-home-food-availability-among-finnish-pre-school-children-a-cross-sectional-study
#19
Henna Vepsäläinen, Liisa Korkalo, Vera Mikkilä, Reetta Lehto, Carola Ray, Kaija Nissinen, Essi Skaffari, Mikael Fogelholm, Leena Koivusilta, Eva Roos, Maijaliisa Erkkola
OBJECTIVE: To study the associations between home food availability and dietary patterns among pre-school children. DESIGN: Cross-sectional study in which parents of the participating children filled in an FFQ and reported how often they had certain foods in their homes. We derived dietary pattern scores using principal component analysis, and composite scores describing the availability of fruits and vegetables as well as sugar-enriched foods in the home were created for each participant...
January 14, 2018: Public Health Nutrition
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29330574/ectomycorrhizal-fungal-communities-in-alpine-relict-forests-of-pinus-pumila-on-mt-norikura-japan
#20
Takahiko Koizumi, Masahira Hattori, Kazuhide Nara
Ectomycorrhizal (ECM) symbioses are indispensable for the establishment of host trees, yet available information of ECM symbiosis in alpine forests is scarce. Pinus pumila is a typical ice age relict tree species in Japan and often forms monodominant dwarf vegetation above the tree line in mountains. We studied ECM fungi colonizing P. pumila on Mt. Norikura, Japan, with reference to host developmental stages, i.e., from current-year seedlings to mature trees. ECM fungal species were identified based on rDNA ITS sequences...
January 12, 2018: Mycorrhiza
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