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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27910875/an-integrated-modelling-framework-from-cells-to-organism-based-on-a-cohort-of-digital-embryos
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Paul Villoutreix, Julien Delile, Barbara Rizzi, Louise Duloquin, Thierry Savy, Paul Bourgine, René Doursat, Nadine Peyriéras
We conducted a quantitative comparison of developing sea urchin embryos based on the analysis of five digital specimens obtained by automatic processing of in toto 3D+ time image data. These measurements served the reconstruction of a prototypical cell lineage tree able to predict the spatiotemporal cellular organisation of a normal sea urchin blastula. The reconstruction was achieved by designing and tuning a multi-level probabilistic model that reproduced embryo-level dynamics from a small number of statistical parameters characterising cell proliferation, cell surface area and cell volume evolution along the cell lineage...
December 2, 2016: Scientific Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27910717/dose-optimisation-for-assessment-of-periodontal-structures-in-cone-beam-ct-examinations
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Ayman Al-Okshi, Chrysoula Theodorakou, Christina Lindh
OBJECTIVE: To investigate the relationship between dose and image quality for a dedicated dental Cone Beam CT (CBCT) scanner using different scanning protocols and to set up an optimal imaging protocol for assessment of periodontal structures. METHODS: Radiation dose and image quality measurements were made using the 3D Accuitomo 170 dental CBCT scanner. The SedentexCT IQ phantom was used to investigate the relationship between contrast-to-noise ratio (CNR) and dose-area product (DAP)...
December 2, 2016: Dento Maxillo Facial Radiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27910577/performance-assessment-of-the-antenna-setup-for-the-iter-plasma-position-reflectometry-in-vessel-systems
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P Varela, J H Belo, P B Quental
The design of the in-vessel antennas for the ITER plasma position reflectometry diagnostic is very challenging due to the need to cope both with the space restrictions inside the vacuum vessel and with the high mechanical and thermal loads during ITER operation. Here, we present the work carried out to assess and optimise the design of the antenna. We show that the blanket modules surrounding the antenna strongly modify its characteristics and need to be considered from the early phases of the design. We also show that it is possible to optimise the antenna performance, within the design restrictions...
November 2016: Review of Scientific Instruments
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27910216/capillary-electrophoresis-as-tool-for-diastereomeric-separation-in-a-trichilia-catigua-fraction
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Ana Luiza Sereia, Renata Longhini, Gisely Cristiny Lopes, João Carlos Palazzo de Mello
INTRODUCTION: The tree Trichilia catigua, popularly known as "catuaba", shows several biological activities and has emerged as a potential source of new drugs. Considering that more than 10 species are known under the same popular name, regulatory agencies require more rigorous quality control of this medicinal plant. OBJECTIVE: To develop and validate a methodology using capillary electrophoresis (CE) with ultraviolet (UV) detection for analysing polyphenols in the ethyl-acetate fraction (EAF) of Trichilia catigua...
December 2, 2016: Phytochemical Analysis: PCA
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27908977/physostomous-channel-catfish-ictalurus-punctatus-modify-swimming-mode-and-buoyancy-based-on-flow-conditions
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Makoto A Yoshida, Daisuke Yamamoto, Katsufumi Sato
The employment of gliding in aquatic animals as a means of conserving energy has been theoretically predicted and discussed for decades. Several studies have shown that some species glide, whereas others do not. Freshwater fish species that widely inhabit both lentic and lotic environments are thought to be able to adapt to fluctuating flow conditions in terms of locomotion. In adapting to the different functional demands of lentic and lotic environments on fish energetics, physostomous (open swim bladder) fish may optimise their locomotion and activity by controlling their net buoyancy; few buoyancy studies have however been conducted on physostomous fish in the wild...
December 1, 2016: Journal of Experimental Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27908503/cobalt-60-machines-and-medical-linear-accelerators-competing-technologies-for-external-beam-radiotherapy
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B J Healy, D van der Merwe, K E Christaki, A Meghzifene
Medical linear accelerators (linacs) and cobalt-60 machines are both mature technologies for external beam radiotherapy. A comparison is made between these two technologies in terms of infrastructure and maintenance, dosimetry, shielding requirements, staffing, costs, security, patient throughput and clinical use. Infrastructure and maintenance are more demanding for linacs due to the complex electric componentry. In dosimetry, a higher beam energy, modulated dose rate and smaller focal spot size mean that it is easier to create an optimised treatment with a linac for conformal dose coverage of the tumour while sparing healthy organs at risk...
November 28, 2016: Clinical Oncology: a Journal of the Royal College of Radiologists
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27908424/first-comprehensive-study-on-total-contents-and-hot-water-extractable-fraction-of-selected-elements-in-19-medicinal-plants-from-various-locations-in-nyamira-county-kenya
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Volker Nischwitz, Richard Mogwasi, Salim Zor, Zachary Getenga, David K Kariuki, Klaus Günther
A large number of medicinal plants is traditionally known in Kenya and used for treatment of various diseases, for example diabetes, where metals are supposed to be involved in pathogenesis and therapy. Therefore, detailed investigation of the concentration of a large number of metals in medicinal plants is required for improved understanding and optimisation of the therapeutic role of metals and also to exclude potentially toxic effects. Our study focused on the determination of 30 selected elements in 19 medicinal plant species each collected from 3 sampling locations in Nyamira County, Kenya...
January 2017: Journal of Trace Elements in Medicine and Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27906136/rapid-synthesis-of-silver-nanoparticles-by-pseudomonas-stutzeri-isolated-from-textile-soil-under-optimised-conditions-and-evaluation-of-their-antimicrobial-and-cytotoxicity-properties
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Nishant Rajora, Sanket Kaushik, Anupam Jyoti, Shanker L Kothari
Present study utilised textile soil isolated bacterium Pseudomonas stutzeri to synthesise extracellular silver nanoparticles (AgNPs) under optimised conditions. The synthesised AgNPs were characterised using ultraviolet-visible spectroscopy, Fourier transform infrared spectroscopy (FTIR) and transmission electron microscopy (TEM). Optimisation showed AgNPs synthesis within 8 h using 2mM Ag nitrate at pH9, temperature 80°C and maximum absorbance toward 400 nm. TEM analysis revealed spherical shape AgNPs and reduction in size upto 8 nm was observed under optimised conditions...
December 2016: IET Nanobiotechnology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27906012/determinants-of-time-to-antiretroviral-treatment-initiation-and-subsequent-mortality-on-treatment-in-a-cohort-in-rural-northern-malawi
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Jeremy Philip Brown, Bagrey Ngwira, Terence Tafatatha, Amelia Catharine Crampin, Neil French, Olivier Koole
BACKGROUND: To optimise care HIV patients need to be promptly initiated on antiretroviral therapy (ART) and subsequently retained on treatment. In this study we report on the interval between enrolment and treatment initiation, and investigate subsequent attrition and mortality of patients on ART at a rural clinic in Malawi. METHODS: HIV-positive individuals were recruited to a cohort study between January 2008 and August 2011 at Chilumba Rural Hospital (CRH). Outcomes were ascertained, up to 7 years after enrolment, through follow-up and by linkage to ART registers and the Karonga Health and Demographic Surveillance System (KHDSS)...
July 8, 2016: AIDS Research and Therapy
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27905893/computational-prediction-of-multidisciplinary-team-decision-making-for-adjuvant-breast-cancer-drug-therapies-a-machine-learning-approach
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Frank P Y Lin, Adrian Pokorny, Christina Teng, Rachel Dear, Richard J Epstein
BACKGROUND: Multidisciplinary team (MDT) meetings are used to optimise expert decision-making about treatment options, but such expertise is not digitally transferable between centres. To help standardise medical decision-making, we developed a machine learning model designed to predict MDT decisions about adjuvant breast cancer treatments. METHODS: We analysed MDT decisions regarding adjuvant systemic therapy for 1065 breast cancer cases over eight years. Machine learning classifiers with and without bootstrap aggregation were correlated with MDT decisions (recommended, not recommended, or discussable) regarding adjuvant cytotoxic, endocrine and biologic/targeted therapies, then tested for predictability using stratified ten-fold cross-validations...
December 1, 2016: BMC Cancer
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27905155/optimising-qualitative-longitudinal-analysis-insights-from-a-study-of-traumatic-brain-injury-recovery-and-adaptation
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Joanna K Fadyl, Alexis Channon, Alice Theadom, Kathryn M McPherson
Knowledge about aspects that influence recovery and adaptation in the postacute phase of disabling health events is key to understanding how best to provide appropriate rehabilitation and health services. Qualitative longitudinal research makes it possible to look for patterns, key time points and critical moments that could be vital for interventions and supports. However, strategies that support robust data management and analysis for longitudinal qualitative research in health-care are not well documented in the literature...
November 30, 2016: Nursing Inquiry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27904168/care-situation-for-female-victims-of-sexual-violence-in-metropolitan-emergency-departments-with-charit%C3%A3-berlin-as-an-example
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H Hoffmann-Walbeck, M Möckel, S Etzold, M David
of the perpetrators were friends or relations; 17 % were (ex-)partners. The waiting time in the Charité emergency departments amounted to 58 minutes on average, the medical treatment time 55 minutes. About 80 % of the personnel evaluated the "stuprum kit" as being altogether good or very good. More than ⅓ considered the time and room conditions as being unsuitable or rather unsuitable for the situation. Two thirds expressed the desire for further training and supervision. Conclusion: The structured procedure by means of the "stuprum kit" has proved its value...
November 2016: Geburtshilfe und Frauenheilkunde
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27903755/homobivalent-conjugation-increases-the-allosteric-effect-of-9-aminoacridine-at-the-%C3%AE-1-adrenergic-receptors
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Adrian P Campbell, Laurence P G Wakelin, William A Denny, Angela M Finch
The α1 adrenergic receptors are targets for a number of cardiovascular and CNS conditions, however current drugs for these receptors lack specificity to be of optimal clinical value. Allosteric modulators offer an alternative mechanism of action to traditional α1 adrenergic ligands, yet there is little information describing this drug class at the α1 adrenergic receptors. We have identified a series of 9-aminoacridine compounds that demonstrate allosteric modulation of the α1A and α1B adrenergic receptors...
November 30, 2016: Molecular Pharmacology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27903664/practical-considerations-for-therapies-targeting-the-prostacyclin-pathway
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REVIEW
Harrison W Farber, Wendy Gin-Sing
Therapies that target the prostacyclin pathway play a key role in the treatment of both early- and late-stage pulmonary arterial hypertension, and provide significant clinical benefits for patients. A number of agents have been approved, which are administered via intravenous, subcutaneous, inhaled or oral routes. The use of these therapies is associated with practical challenges, relating to the need for up-titration and their routes of administration. We discuss here a number of measures that can be taken to support patients and healthcare professionals in order to address the complexities of using these therapies and to encourage compliance...
December 2016: European Respiratory Review: An Official Journal of the European Respiratory Society
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27903441/optimising-experimental-design-for-meg-resting-state-functional-connectivity-measurement
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Lucrezia Liuzzi, Lauren E Gascoyne, Prejaas K Tewarie, Eleanor L Barratt, Elena Boto, Matthew J Brookes
The study of functional connectivity using magnetoencephalography (MEG) is an expanding area of neuroimaging, and adds an extra dimension to the more common assessments made using fMRI. The importance of such metrics is growing, with recent demonstrations of their utility in clinical research, however previous reports suggest that whilst group level resting state connectivity is robust, single session recordings lack repeatability. Such robustness is critical if MEG measures in individual subjects are to prove clinically valuable...
November 26, 2016: NeuroImage
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27903093/challenges-in-simulating-the-human-gut-for-understanding-the-role-of-the-microbiota-in-obesity
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M Aguirre, K Venema
There is an elevated incidence of cases of obesity worldwide. Therefore, the development of strategies to tackle this condition is of vital importance. This review focuses on the necessity of optimising in vitro systems to model human colonic fermentation in obese subjects. This may allow to increase the resolution and the physiological relevance of the information obtained from this type of studies when evaluating the potential role that the human gut microbiota plays in obesity. In light of the parameters that are currently used for the in vitro simulation of the human gut (which are mostly based on information derived from healthy subjects) and the possible difference with an obese condition, we propose to revise and improve specific standard operating procedures...
December 1, 2016: Beneficial Microbes
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27903060/satellite-imagery-technology-in-public-health-analysis-of-site-catchment-areas-for-assessment-of-poliovirus-circulation-in-nigeria-and-niger
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Marina Takane, Shizu Yabe, Yumiko Tateshita, Yusuke Kobayashi, Akihiko Hino, Kazuo Isono, Hiromasa Okayasu, Ousmane M Diop, Takeo Tadono
Environmental surveillance supplements the surveillance of acute flaccid paralysis by monitoring wastewater for poliovirus circulation. Building on previous work, we analysed wastewater flow to optimise selection and placement of sampling sites with higher digital surface model (DSM) resolution. The newly developed 5-m mesh DSM from the panchromatic, remote-sensing instruments for stereo mapping on-board the Japanese advanced land observing satellite was used to estimate catchment areas and flow of sewage water based on terrain topography...
November 21, 2016: Geospatial Health
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27902960/optimising-measurement-of-health-related-characteristics-of-the-built-environment-comparing-data-collected-by-foot-based-street-audits-virtual-street-audits-and-routine-secondary-data-sources
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Triantafyllos Pliakas, Sophie Hawkesworth, Richard J Silverwood, Kiran Nanchahal, Chris Grundy, Ben Armstrong, Juan Pablo Casas, Richard W Morris, Paul Wilkinson, Karen Lock
The role of the neighbourhood environment in influencing health behaviours continues to be an important topic in public health research and policy. Foot-based street audits, virtual street audits and secondary data sources are widespread data collection methods used to objectively measure the built environment in environment-health association studies. We compared these three methods using data collected in a nationally representative epidemiological study in 17 British towns to inform future development of research tools...
November 27, 2016: Health & Place
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27901509/how-does-epistasis-influence-the-response-to-selection
#19
N H Barton
Much of quantitative genetics is based on the 'infinitesimal model', under which selection has a negligible effect on the genetic variance. This is typically justified by assuming a very large number of loci with additive effects. However, it applies even when genes interact, provided that the number of loci is large enough that selection on each of them is weak relative to random drift. In the long term, directional selection will change allele frequencies, but even then, the effects of epistasis on the ultimate change in trait mean due to selection may be modest...
November 30, 2016: Heredity
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27901350/blood-transfusion-requirement-and-not-preoperative-anaemia-is-associated-with-perioperative-complications-following-intracorporeal-robotic-assisted-radical-cystectomy
#20
Wei Shen Tan, Benjamin Wilfrid Lamb, Pramit Khetrapal, Mae-Yen Tan, Melanie El Tan, Ashwin Sridhar, Elizabeth Cervi, Simon Rodney, Gerald Busuttil, Senthil Nathan, John Hines, Greg Shaw, Anna Mohammed, Hilary Baker, Timothy P Briggs, Andrew Klein, Toby Richards, John D Kelly
OBJECTIVES: To assess the prevalence of preoperative anaemia and the impact of preoperative anaemia and blood transfusion requirement on 30- and 90-day complications in a cohort of patients undergoing robotic assisted radical cystectomy with intracorporeal urinary diversion (iRARC). PATIENTS & METHODS: IRARC was performed on 166 patients between June 2011-March 2016. Prospective data was collected for patient demographics, clinical and pathological characteristics, perioperative variables, transfusion requirements and hospital length of stay...
November 30, 2016: Journal of Endourology
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