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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28340278/path-analysis-and-canonical-correlations-for-indirect-selection-of-jatropha-genotypes-with-higher-oil-yield
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L A Silva, L A Peixoto, P E Teodoro, E V Rodrigues, B G Laviola, L L Bhering
Jatropha is a species with great potential for biodiesel production, and the knowledge on how the main agronomic traits are correlated will contribute to its improvement. Therefore, the objectives of this study were to estimate the genetic parameters of the traits: plant height at 12 and 40 months, canopy projection on the row at 12 and 40 months, canopy projection between the row at 12 and 40 months, number of branches at 40 months, grain yield, and oil yield; to verify the existence of phenotypic correlation between these traits; to verify the influence of the morphological traits on oil yield by means of path analysis; and to evaluate the relationship between the productive traits in Jatropha and the morphological traits measured at different ages...
March 22, 2017: Genetics and Molecular Research: GMR
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28340208/health-care-on-equal-terms-assessing-horizontal-equity-in-health-care-use-in-northern-sweden
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Miguel San Sebastián, Paola A Mosquera, Nawi Ng, Per E Gustafsson
The Swedish health care system has successively moved toward increased market-orientation, which has raised concerns as to whether Sweden still offers health on equal terms. To explore this issue, this study aimed (i) to assess if the principles of horizontal equity (equal access for equal need regardless of socio-economic factors) are met in Northern Sweden 2006-14; and (ii) to explore the contribution of different factors to the inequalities in access along the same period. Data came from cross sectional surveys known in 2006, 2010 and 2014 targeting 16-84-year-old residents in the four northern-most counties in Sweden...
March 18, 2017: European Journal of Public Health
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28340198/reasons-to-wait-or-to-treat-naive-patients-affected-by-chronic-hepatitis-c-with-low-fibrosis-stage-and-genotypes-2-or-3
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Lucio Boglione, Jessica Cusato, Giuseppe Cariti, Giovanni Di Perri, Antonio D'Avolio
New interferon (IFN)-free therapies are not currently available for all patients with chronic hepatitis C due to higher costs; in Italy, patients with genotype 2 (GT2) or GT3 without severe fibrosis can choose between wait or treatment with pegylated (PEG)-IFN and ribavirin. This study wants to examine the real rate of patients that accept or refused this therapy and the reasons related to decision. This prospective, observational analysis was performed at our centre between January 2014 and June 2015. Epidemiological, social and clinical data were collected in medical records; reasons for treatment acceptance/refusal were recorded through a questionnaire...
March 10, 2017: European Journal of Public Health
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28339876/straight-run-vs-sex-separate-rearing-for-two-broiler-genetic-lines-part-2-economic-analysis-and-processing-advantages
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M J Da Costa, G Colson, T J Frost, J Halley, G M Pesti
The objective of this analysis was to evaluate the effects of raising broilers under sex separate and straight-run conditions for 2 broiler genetic lines. One-day-old Ross 308 and Ross 708 chicks (n = 1,344) were sex separated and placed in 48 pens according to rearing type: sex separate (28 males or 28 females) or straight-run (14 males + 14 females). There were 3 dietary phases: starter (zero to 17 d), grower (17 to 32 d), and finisher (32 to 48 d). Bird individual BW and group feed intakes were measured at 12, 17, 25, 32, 42, and 48 d to evaluate performance...
February 23, 2017: Poultry Science
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28338752/strategies-for-evaluating-the-assumptions-of-the-regression-discontinuity-design-a-case-study-using-a-human-papillomavirus-vaccination-programme
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Leah M Smith, Linda E Lévesque, Jay S Kaufman, Erin C Strumpf
Background: The regression discontinuity design (RDD) is a quasi-experimental approach used to avoid confounding bias in the assessment of new policies and interventions. It is applied specifically in situations where individuals are assigned to a policy/intervention based on whether they are above or below a pre-specified cut-off on a continuously measured variable, such as birth date, income or weight. The strength of the design is that, provided individuals do not manipulate the value of this variable, assignment to the policy/intervention is considered as good as random for individuals close to the cut-off...
October 8, 2016: International Journal of Epidemiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28338218/evaluation-of-targeted-exome-sequencing-for-28-protein-based-blood-group-systems-including-the-homologous-gene-systems-for-blood-group-genotyping
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Elizna M Schoeman, Genghis H Lopez, Eunike C McGowan, Glenda M Millard, Helen O'Brien, Eileen V Roulis, Yew-Wah Liew, Jacqueline R Martin, Kelli A McGrath, Tanya Powley, Robert L Flower, Catherine A Hyland
BACKGROUND: Blood group single nucleotide polymorphism genotyping probes for a limited range of polymorphisms. This study investigated whether massively parallel sequencing (also known as next-generation sequencing), with a targeted exome strategy, provides an extended blood group genotype and the extent to which massively parallel sequencing correctly genotypes in homologous gene systems, such as RH and MNS. STUDY DESIGN AND METHODS: Donor samples (n = 28) that were extensively phenotyped and genotyped using single nucleotide polymorphism typing, were analyzed using the TruSight One Sequencing Panel and MiSeq platform...
March 24, 2017: Transfusion
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28337719/an-early-health-economic-analysis-of-the-potential-cost-effectiveness-of-an-adherence-intervention-to-improve-outcomes-for-patients-with-cystic-fibrosis
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Paul Tappenden, Susannah Sadler, Martin Wildman
BACKGROUND: Cystic fibrosis (CF) negatively impacts upon health-related quality of life and survival. Adherence to nebulised treatments is low; improving adherence is hypothesised to reduce rates of exacerbation requiring intravenous antibiotics and lung function decline. OBJECTIVE: A state transition model was developed to assess the cost effectiveness of an intervention aimed at increasing patient adherence to nebulised and inhaled antibiotics compared with current CF care, in advance of the forthcoming CFHealthHub randomised controlled trial (RCT)...
March 23, 2017: PharmacoEconomics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28337633/the-development-of-an-hiv-risk-environment-scale-of-exotic-dance-clubs
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Susan G Sherman, Meredith R Brantley, Carla Zelaya, Quyen Duong, Ralph B Taylor, Jon M Ellen
Exotic dancers have received little research attention despite evidence of high-risk behaviours within exotic dance clubs (EDCs). We developed and assessed the reliability and validity of a risk environment score, examining differences between dancers (n = 107) and other staff (n = 172). In the summer of 2013, anonymous surveys were administered via A-CASI in EDCs (N = 26) in Baltimore among exotic dancers and staff. Surveys consisted of a brief demographic section followed by 65 statements. The overall domain had an alpha = 0...
March 23, 2017: AIDS and Behavior
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28337629/an-innovative-application-of-extended-exergy-analysis-into-an-industrial-park
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Yupeng Fan, Qi Qiao, Lin Fang
Exergy is a thermodynamic term used to account all possible useful work theoretically throughout one process when it is brought into equilibrium with its environment. It however cannot directly incorporate non-physical flows, which can be accounted by extensions of the exergy consumption method. Extended exergy, which builds a bridge between thermal and anthropic dimensions, can both measure resource consumption and economic system. In this study, we applied extended exergy analysis to analyze an industrial park, including material consumption, social investment, and environmental influence...
March 23, 2017: Environmental Science and Pollution Research International
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28335885/policy-and-priorities-for-national-cancer-control-planning-in-low-and-middle-income-countries-lessons-from-the-association-of-southeast-asian-nations-asean-costs-in-oncology-prospective-cohort-study
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BACKGROUND: Evidence to guide policymakers in developing affordable and equitable cancer control plans are scarce in low- and middle-income countries (LMIC). METHODS: The 2012-2014 ASEAN Costs in Oncology Study prospectively followed-up 9513 newly diagnosed cancer patients from eight LMIC in Southeast Asia for 12 months. Overall and country-specific incidence of financial catastrophe (out-of-pocket health costs ≥ 30% of annual household income), economic hardship (inability to make necessary household payments), poverty (living below national poverty line), and all-cause mortality were determined...
March 2017: European Journal of Cancer
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28335803/spatial-temporal-analysis-of-pulmonary-tuberculosis-in-the-northeast-of-the-yunnan-province-people-s-republic-of-china
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Li Huang, Xin-Xu Li, Eniola Michael Abe, Lin Xu, Yao Ruan, Chun-Li Cao, Shi-Zhu Li
BACKGROUND: The number of pulmonary tuberculosis (PTB) cases in China ranks third in the world. A continuous increase in cases has recently been recorded in Zhaotong prefecture-level city, which is located in the northeastern part of Yunnan province. This study explored the space-time dynamics of PTB cases in Zhaotong to provide useful information that will help guide policymakers to formulate effective regional prevention and control strategies. METHODS: The data on PTB cases were extracted from the nationwide tuberculosis online registration system...
March 24, 2017: Infectious Diseases of Poverty
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28335755/the-incidence-of-diabetes-mellitus-and-diabetic-retinopathy-in-a-population-based-cohort-study-of-people-age-50%C3%A2-years-and-over-in-nakuru-kenya
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Andrew Bastawrous, Wanjiku Mathenge, Kevin Wing, Madeleine Bastawrous, Hillary Rono, Helen A Weiss, David Macleod, Allen Foster, Tunde Peto, Peter Blows, Matthew Burton, Hannah Kuper
BACKGROUND: The epidemic rise of diabetes carries major negative public health and economic consequences particularly for low and middle-income countries. The highest predicted percentage growth in diabetes is in the sub-Saharan Africa (SSA) region where to date there has been no data on the incidence of diabetic retinopathy from population-based cohort studies and minimal data on incident diabetes. The primary aims of this study were to estimate the cumulative six-year incidence of Diabetes Mellitus (DM) and DR (Diabetic Retinopathy), respectively, among people aged ≥50 years in Kenya...
March 23, 2017: BMC Endocrine Disorders
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28335717/genomic-regions-underlying-susceptibility-to-bovine-tuberculosis-in-holstein-friesian-cattle
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Kethusegile Raphaka, Oswald Matika, Enrique Sánchez-Molano, Raphael Mrode, Mike Peter Coffey, Valentina Riggio, Elizabeth Janet Glass, John Arthur Woolliams, Stephen Christopher Bishop, Georgios Banos
BACKGROUND: The significant social and economic loss as a result of bovine tuberculosis (bTB) presents a continuous challenge to cattle industries in the UK and worldwide. However, host genetic variation in cattle susceptibility to bTB provides an opportunity to select for resistant animals and further understand the genetic mechanisms underlying disease dynamics. METHODS: The present study identified genomic regions associated with susceptibility to bTB using genome-wide association (GWA), regional heritability mapping (RHM) and chromosome association approaches...
March 23, 2017: BMC Genetics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28335506/a-colorimetric-sensor-for-the-highly-selective-detection-of-sulfide-and-1-4-dithiothreitol-based-on-the-in-situ-formation-of-silver-nanoparticles-using-dopamine
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Lingzhi Zhao, Liu Zhao, Yanqing Miao, Chunye Liu, Chenxiao Zhang
Hydrogen sulfide (H₂S) has attracted attention in biochemical research because it plays an important role in biosystems and has emerged as the third endogenous gaseous signaling compound along with nitric oxide (NO) and carbon monoxide (CO). Since H₂S is a kind of gaseous molecule, conventional approaches for H₂S detection are mostly based on the detection of sulfide (S(2-)) for indirectly reflecting H₂S levels. Hence, there is a need for an accurate and reliable assay capable of determining sulfide in physiological systems...
March 20, 2017: Sensors
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28335505/porcine-epidemic-diarrhea-virus-induces-autophagy-to-benefit-its-replication
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Xiaozhen Guo, Mengjia Zhang, Xiaoqian Zhang, Xin Tan, Hengke Guo, Wei Zeng, Guokai Yan, Atta Muhammad Memon, Zhonghua Li, Yinxing Zhu, Bingzhou Zhang, Xugang Ku, Meizhou Wu, Shengxian Fan, Qigai He
The new porcine epidemic diarrhea (PED) has caused devastating economic losses to the swine industry worldwide. Despite extensive research on the relationship between autophagy and virus infection, the concrete role of autophagy in porcine epidemic diarrhea virus (PEDV) infection has not been reported. In this study, autophagy was demonstrated to be triggered by the effective replication of PEDV through transmission electron microscopy, confocal microscopy, and Western blot analysis. Moreover, autophagy was confirmed to benefit PEDV replication by using autophagy regulators and RNA interference...
March 19, 2017: Viruses
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28335464/a-geographic-information-assisted-temporal-mixture-analysis-for-addressing-the-issue-of-endmember-class-and-endmember-spectra-variability
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Wenliang Li, Changshan Wu
Spectral mixture analysis (SMA) is a common approach for parameterizing biophysical fractions of urban environment and widely applied in many fields. For successful SMA, the selection of endmember class and corresponding spectra has been assumed as the most important step. Thanks to the spatial heterogeneity of natural and urban landscapes, the variability of endmember class and corresponding spectra has been widely considered as the profound error source in SMA. To address the challenging problems, we proposed a geographic information-assisted temporal mixture analysis (GATMA)...
March 18, 2017: Sensors
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28334991/frameworks-to-assess-health-systems-governance-a-systematic-review
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Thidar Pyone, Helen Smith, Nynke van den Broek
Governance of the health system is a relatively new concept and there are gaps in understanding what health system governance is and how it could be assessed. We conducted a systematic review of the literature to describe the concept of governance and the theories underpinning as applied to health systems; and to identify which frameworks are available and have been applied to assess health systems governance. Frameworks were reviewed to understand how the principles of governance might be operationalized at different levels of a health system...
March 3, 2017: Health Policy and Planning
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28334811/causes-and-predictors-of-neonatal-post-neonatal-and-maternal-deaths-in-india-analysis-of-a-nationwide-district-level-household-survey-4-dlhs-4-2012-13
#18
Jaya P Tripathy, Sanskruti Mishra
Introduction: There is lack of reliable mortality estimates in India about maternal, neonatal and infant deaths. As we move towards achieving the targets under Sustainable Development Goals, information on cause of death is essential to prioritize our resources and planning. Therefore, the present study describes the causes and characteristics of neonatal, post-neonatal and maternal deaths in India. Methods: The study analysed nationwide District-Level Household Survey-4 conducted by the Ministry of Health and Family Welfare, Government of India, in 2014...
March 2, 2017: Journal of Tropical Pediatrics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28334680/assessing-driving-forces-of-land-use-and-land-cover-change-by-a-mixed-method-approach-in-north-eastern-ghana-west-africa
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Janina Kleemann, Gülendam Baysal, Henry N N Bulley, Christine Fürst
Land use and land cover change (LULCC) is the result of complex human-environmental interactions. The high interdependencies in social-ecological systems make it difficult to identify the main drivers. However, knowledge of key drivers of LULCC, including indirect (underlying) drivers which cannot be easily determined by spatial or economic analyses, is essential for land use planning and especially important in developing countries. We used a mixed-method approach in order to detect drivers of LULCC in the Upper East Region of northern Ghana by different qualitative and quantitative methods which were compared in a confidence level analysis...
March 20, 2017: Journal of Environmental Management
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28334271/a-temperature-dependent-phenology-model-for-liriomyza-huidobrensis-diptera-agromyzidae
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Norma Mujica, Marc Sporleder, Pablo Carhuapoma, Jürgen Kroschel
Liriomyza huidobrensis (Blanchard) is an economically important and highly polyphagous worldwide pest. To establish a temperature-dependent phenology model, essential for understanding the development and growth of the pest population under a variety of climates and as part of a pest risk analysis, L. huidobrensis life-table data were collected under laboratory conditions at seven constant temperatures on its host faba bean (Vicia faba L.). Several nonlinear equations were fitted to each life stage to model the temperature-dependent population growth and species life history and finally compile an overall temperature-dependent pest phenology model using the Insect Life Cycle Modeling (ILCYM) software...
March 8, 2017: Journal of Economic Entomology
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