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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28646734/investigating-articulated-heavy-vehicle-crashes-in-western-australia-using-a-spatial-approach
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Ori Gudes, Richard Varhol, Qian Chayn Sun, Lynn Meuleners
BACKGROUND: Recent developments in Western Australia's economy including widespread traffic congestion as well as road safety issues are increasingly becoming prominent. Previous studies relied on traditional statistical methods to investigate patterns and characteristics of motor vehicle crashes. Although useful, statistical analysis alone is incapable of providing a spatial context and is therefore unable to associate existing crash characteristics with a spatial distribution. AIMS: To identify concentrations or "hotspots" of articulated heavy vehicle crashes in WA between the years 2001-2013, by using a spatial analysis approach...
June 21, 2017: Accident; Analysis and Prevention
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28646506/three-lessons-for-genetic-toxicology-from-baseball-analytics
#2
EDITORIAL
Stephen D Dertinger
In many respects the evolution of baseball statistics mirrors advances made in the field of genetic toxicology. From its inception, baseball and statistics have been inextricably linked. Generations of players and fans have used a number of relatively simple measurements to describe team and individual player's current performance, as well as for historical record-keeping purposes. Over the years, baseball analytics has progressed in several important ways. Early advances were based on deriving more meaningful metrics from simpler forerunners...
June 24, 2017: Environmental and Molecular Mutagenesis
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28646408/a-mechanism-based-pk-pd-model-for-hematological-toxicities-induced-by-antibody-drug-conjugates
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Sihem Ait-Oudhia, Weiyan Zhang, Donald E Mager
Antibody-drug conjugates (ADCs) are complex drug platforms composed of monoclonal antibodies (mAbs) conjugated to potent cytotoxic drugs (payloads) via chemical linkers, enabling selective payload delivery to neoplastic cells, resulting in improved efficacy and reduced toxicity. Brentuximab vedotin (Adcetris®, SGN-35) and adotrastuzumab emtansine (Kadcyla®, T-DM1) are the two FDA-approved and commercially available ADCs, and both drugs exhibit ADC-related thrombocytopenia and neutropenia. A pharmacokinetic/pharmacodynamic (PK/PD) model for ADCs was developed to identify the analyte from each ADC that is most associated with the observed hematopoietic toxicities and to determine the role of the apparent in vivo payload release rate on the severity of thrombocytopenia and neutropenia...
June 23, 2017: AAPS Journal
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28645769/access-to-preventive-services-for-working-age-adults-with-physical-limitations
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Gilbert Gimm, Elizabeth Wood, Preeti Zanwar
OBJECTIVE: To examine differences in access to preventive services for working-age adults with physical limitations, non-physical limitations, and no limitations. DESIGN: Observational data were pooled across calendar years 2003-2012 from the Medical Expenditure Panel Survey (MEPS), a nationally representative survey of non-institutionalized U.S. adults. SETTING: Community. PARTICIPANTS: Working-age adults (18-64 years of age) who responded to all five rounds in MEPS during 2003 through 2012...
June 20, 2017: Archives of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28645567/entrenched-obesity-in-childhood-findings-from-a-national-cohort-study
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Solveig A Cunningham, Ashlesha Datar, K M Venkat Narayan, Michael R Kramer
PURPOSE: Given the high levels of obesity among U.S. children, we examine whether obesity in childhood is a passing phenomenon or remains entrenched into adolescence. METHODS: Data are from the prospective nationally representative Early Childhood Longitudinal Study, Kindergarten Class of 1998-1999 (analytic sample = 6600). Anthropometrics were measured six times during 1998-2007. Overweight and obesity were defined using CDC cut-points. Entrenched obesity was defined as obesity between ages 5-9 coupled with persistent obesity at ages 11 and 14...
May 31, 2017: Annals of Epidemiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28645248/characterizing-the-reproductive-transcriptomic-correlates-of-acute-dehydration-in-males-in-the-desert-adapted-rodent-peromyscus-eremicus
#6
Lauren Kordonowy, Matthew MacManes
BACKGROUND: The understanding of genomic and physiological mechanisms related to how organisms living in extreme environments survive and reproduce is an outstanding question facing evolutionary and organismal biologists. One interesting example of adaptation is related to the survival of mammals in deserts, where extreme water limitation is common. Research on desert rodent adaptations has focused predominantly on adaptations related to surviving dehydration, while potential reproductive physiology adaptations for acute and chronic dehydration have been relatively neglected...
June 23, 2017: BMC Genomics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28645136/childhood-traumatic-experiences-and-the-association-with-marijuana-and-cocaine-use-in-adolescence-through-adulthood
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Joy D Scheidell, Kelly Quinn, Susan P McGorray, B Christopher Frueh, Nisha N Beharie, Linda B Cottler, Maria R Khan
BACKGROUND AND AIMS: Examination of longitudinal relationships between childhood traumatic experiences and drug use across the life-course at the national level, with control of confounding by other forms of trauma, is needed. We aimed to estimate the prevalence of nine typologies of childhood traumas and the cumulative number experienced, correlation between traumas, and associations between individual and cumulative number of traumas with drug use during adolescence, emerging adulthood, and adulthood...
June 23, 2017: Addiction
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28645016/quantitative-analysis-of-a-biopharmaceutical-protein-in-cell-culture-samples-using-automated-capillary-electrophoresis-ce-western-blot
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Dong Xu, Kentaro Marchionni, Yunli Hu, Wei Zhang, Zoran Sosic
An effective control strategy is critical to ensure the safety, purity and potency of biopharmaceuticals. Appropriate analytical tools are needed to realize such goals by providing information on product quality at an early stage to help understanding and control of the manufacturing process. In this work, a fully automated, multi-capillary instrument is utilized for size-based separation and western blot analysis to provide an early readout on product quality in order to enable a more consistent manufacturing process...
June 15, 2017: Journal of Pharmaceutical and Biomedical Analysis
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28645015/mid-infrared-and-near-infrared-spectroscopy-for-rapid-detection-of-gardeniae-fructus-by-a-liquid-liquid-extraction-process
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Lingyan Tao, Zhonglin Lin, Jiashan Chen, Yongjiang Wu, Xuesong Liu
Gardeniae Fructus is widely used in the pharmaceutical industry, and many studies have confirmed its medical and economic value. In this study, samples collected from different liquid-liquid extraction batches of Gardeniae Fructus were detected by mid-infrared (MIR) and near-infrared (NIR) spectroscopy. Seven analytes, neochlorogenic acid (5-CQA), cryptochlorogenic acid (4-CQA), chlorogenic acid (3-CQA), geniposidic acid (GEA), deacetyl-asperulosidic acid methyl ester (DAAME), genipin-gentiobioside (GGB), and gardenoside (GA), were chosen as quality property indexes of Gardeniae Fructus...
June 16, 2017: Journal of Pharmaceutical and Biomedical Analysis
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28644804/global-time-delay-estimation-in-ultrasound-elastography
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Hoda S Hashemi, Hassan Rivaz
A critical step in quasi-static ultrasound elastography is estimation of time-delay between two frames of radiofrequency (RF) data that are obtained while the tissue is undergoing deformation. This paper presents a novel technique for timedelay estimation (TDE) of all samples of RF data simultaneously, thereby exploiting all the information in RF data for TDE. A nonlinear cost function that incorporates similarity of RF data intensity and prior information of displacement continuity is formulated. Optimization of this function involves searching for TDE of all samples of the RF data, rendering the optimization intractable with conventional techniques given that the number of variables can be approximately one million...
June 21, 2017: IEEE Transactions on Ultrasonics, Ferroelectrics, and Frequency Control
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28643233/assessing-environmental-exposure-to-%C3%AE-n-methylamino-l-alanine-bmaa-in-complex-sample-matrices-a-comparison-of-the-three-most-popular-lc-ms-ms-methods
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Teesha C Baker, Fiona J M Tymm, Susan J Murch
β-N-Methylamino-L-alanine (BMAA) is a naturally occurring non-protein amino acid produced by cyanobacteria, accumulated through natural food webs, found in mammalian brain tissues. Recent evidence indicates an association between BMAA and neurological disease. The accurate detection and quantification of BMAA in food and environmental samples are critical to understanding BMAA metabolism and limiting human exposure. To date, there have been more than 78 reports on BMAA in cyanobacteria and human samples, but different methods give conflicting data and divergent interpretations in the literature...
June 22, 2017: Neurotoxicity Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28641552/a-review-of-the-psychometric-properties-and-use-of-the-rheumatoid-arthritis-quality-of-life-questionnaire-raqol-in-clinical-research
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Alice Heaney, Jessica Stepanous, Matthew Rouse, Stephen P McKenna
BACKGROUND: Several patient-reported outcome measures (PROMs) have been used in studies of Rheumatoid Arthritis (RA). Most of these assess health-related quality of life (HRQL). The exception is the Rheumatoid Arthritis Quality of Life questionnaire (RAQoL). This scale measures the impact of RA and its treatment from the patient's perspective, making it suitable for determining the value patients gain from interventions. OBJECTIVE: This review collates literature reporting on the efficacy of the RAQoL as a measure of patient value in clinical studies...
June 14, 2017: Current Rheumatology Reviews
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28641411/development-of-an-lc-hrms-metabolomics-method-with-high-specificity-for-metabolite-identification-using-all-ion-fragmentation-aif-acquisition
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Shama Naz, Hector Gallart-Ayala, Stacey Reinke, Caroline Mathon, Richard Blankley, Romanas Chaleckis, Craig Edward Wheelock
High-resolution mass spectrometry (HRMS)-based metabolomics approaches have made significant advances. However, metabolite identification is still a major challenge and significant bottleneck in translating metabolomics data into biological context. In the current study, a liquid chromatography (LC)-HRMS metabolomics method was developed using an all ion fragmentation (AIF) acquisition approach. In order to increase the specificity in metabolite annotation, four criteria were considered: i) accurate mass (AM), ii) retention time (RT), iii) MS/MS spectrum, and iv) product/precursor ion intensity ratios...
June 22, 2017: Analytical Chemistry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28641144/impact-of-saccharomyces-cerevisiae-and-torulaspora-delbrueckii-starter-cultures-on-cocoa-beans-fermentation
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Simonetta Visintin, Lacerda Ramos, Nara Batista, Paola Dolci, Freitas Schwan, Luca Cocolin
Aim of this work was to study the impact of mixed cultures of Saccharomyces cerevisiae and Torulaspora delbrueckii and T. delbrueckii monoculture on the fermentation process conducted on two different cocoa hybrids, PS1319 and SJ02, in Bahia, Brazil. This was performed throughout studying physico-chemical changes during the fermentation process and analyzing volatile compounds and sensory analysis of chocolates. (GTG)5-PCR fingerprinting was used to type isolates at strain level allowing to assess the implantation of the starter cultures added...
June 7, 2017: International Journal of Food Microbiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28640619/optimization-and-automation-of-the-construction-of-smooth-free-energy-profiles
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Jeremy Schofield
An adaptive procedure is introduced to construct smooth analytical profiles of the free energy along a reaction coordinate using sampled data from multiple biased simulations. The procedure is based upon identifying problematic regions encountered in maximum likelihood estimators of the profile where there are statistically relevant discrepancies between the empirical and parameterized cumulative distribution functions and preferentially improving the construction of the parametric profile in these regions...
June 22, 2017: Journal of Physical Chemistry. B
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28640481/using-analytic-morphomics-to-describe-body-composition-associated-with-post-kidney-transplantation-diabetes-mellitus
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David C Cron, Kelly A Noon, Devan R Cote, Michael N Terjimanian, Joshua J Augustine, Stewart C Wang, Michael J Englesbe, Kenneth J Woodside
BACKGROUND: Better risk assessment tools are needed to predict post-transplantation diabetes mellitus (PTDM). Using analytic morphomic measurements from computed tomography (CT) scans, we aimed to identify specific measures of body composition associated with PTDM. METHODS: We retrospectively reviewed 99 non-diabetic kidney transplant recipients who received pre-transplant CT scans at a single institution between 1/2005 and 5/2014. Analytic morphomic techniques were used to measure abdominal adiposity, abdominal size, and psoas muscle area and density, standardized by gender...
June 22, 2017: Clinical Transplantation
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28640225/herb-drug-interaction-between-the-traditional-hepatoprotective-formulation-and-sorafenib-on-hepatotoxicity-histopathology-and-pharmacokinetics-in-rats
#17
Chin-Tsung Ting, Yung-Yi Cheng, Tung-Hu Tsai
Sorafenib has been used as a standard therapy for advanced hepatocellular carcinoma (HCC). In Asia, patients with HCC are potentially treated with the combination of sorafenib and Chinese herbal medicines to improve the efficiency and reduce the side effects of sorafenib. However, limited information about the herb-drug interactions is available. We hypothesize that the Chinese herbal medicine may exert hepatoprotective effects on the sorafenib-treated group. The aim of this study is to investigate the pharmacokinetic mechanism of drug-drug interactions of sorafenib including interacting with hepatoprotective formulation, Long-Dan-Xie-Gan-Tang formulation (LDXGT) and with two cytochrome P450 3A4 (CYP3A4) inhibitors, grapefruit juice and ketoconazole...
June 22, 2017: Molecules: a Journal of Synthetic Chemistry and Natural Product Chemistry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28640117/incidence-of-constipation-in-stroke-patients-a-systematic-review-and-meta-analysis
#18
Jianxiang Li, Mengguo Yuan, Yunfang Liu, Yang Zhao, Jingqing Wang, Weifeng Guo
There is growing awareness of a link between the gut and cardiovascular disease. Constipation is common among individuals who have had a stroke, and it negatively affects social functioning and quality of life. However, no systematic study on the incidence of constipation in stroke patients has been reported.We selected studies included in Medline, Embase, Cochrane database, and Web of Science. Studies were included if they reported the incidence in stroke patients. Two authors selected the studies, extracted the data independently, and assessed these...
June 2017: Medicine (Baltimore)
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28639811/violent-video-game-effects-remain-a-societal-concern-reply-to-hilgard-engelhardt-and-rouder-2017
#19
Sven Kepes, Brad J Bushman, Craig A Anderson
A large meta-analysis by Anderson et al. (2010) found that violent video games increased aggressive thoughts, angry feelings, physiological arousal, and aggressive behavior and decreased empathic feelings and helping behavior. Hilgard, Engelhardt, and Rouder (2017) reanalyzed the data of Anderson et al. (2010) using newer publication bias methods (i.e., precision-effect test, precision-effect estimate with standard error, p-uniform, p-curve). Based on their reanalysis, Hilgard, Engelhardt, and Rouder concluded that experimental studies examining the effect of violent video games on aggressive affect and aggressive behavior may be contaminated by publication bias, and these effects are very small when corrected for publication bias...
July 2017: Psychological Bulletin
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28639808/a-quarter-century-of-advances-in-the-statistical-analysis-of-longitudinal-neuropsychological-data
#20
John L Woodard
OBJECTIVE: Over the last 25 years, there has been an unprecedented increase in federal funding for large-scale longitudinal studies, many of which collect neuropsychological or neuroimaging outcome measures. These studies have collected data from thousands of study participants across multiple waves of data collection over many years. With the increased availability of longitudinal data, data sharing policies have become more liberal, thereby offering significant opportunities for interested researchers to carry out their own longitudinal research with these data...
June 22, 2017: Neuropsychology
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