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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27914105/genetic-variants-in-the-integrin-signaling-pathway-genes-predict-cutaneous-melanoma-survival
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Hongyu Li, Yanru Wang, Hongliang Liu, Qiong Shi, Yinghui Xu, Wenting Wu, Dakai Zhu, Christopher I Amos, Shenying Fang, Jeffrey E Lee, Jiali Han, Qingyi Wei
To identify genetic variants involved in prognosis of cutaneous melanoma (CM), we investigated associations of single nucleotide polymorphisms (SNPs) of genes in the integrin signaling pathway with CM survival by re-analyzing a published genome-wide association study (GWAS) from The University of Texas M.D. Anderson Cancer Center (MDACC), and then validated significant SNPs in another GWAS from Harvard University. In the MDACC study, 1,148 SNPs were significantly associated with CM-specific survival (CMSS) (P ≤ 0...
December 3, 2016: International Journal of Cancer. Journal International du Cancer
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27911051/sylvatic-transmission-of-trypanosoma-cruzi-among-domestic-and-wildlife-reservoirs-in-texas-usa-a-review-of-the-historical-literature
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S M Gunter, E L Brown, R Gorchakov, K O Murray, M N Garcia
Chagas disease (Trypanosoma cruzi infection) is one of the most important neglected tropical diseases affecting the Americas. The transmission dynamic of this parasite is a complicated process that involves three genera of Triatominae subfamily and over 100 known mammalian reservoirs composed of domestic, peridomestic and wildlife species. Understanding the complex relationship between vector species and mammalian hosts is important for preventing transmission to humans. We performed a historical literature review to assess the disease burden in the Texas wildlife and domestic animal population...
December 2, 2016: Zoonoses and Public Health
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27910692/observation-of-runaway-electrons-by-infrared-camera-in-j-text
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R H Tong, Z Y Chen, M Zhang, D W Huang, W Yan, G Zhuang
When the energy of confined runaway electrons approaches several tens of MeV, the runaway electrons can emit synchrotron radiation in the range of infrared wavelength. An infrared camera working in the wavelength of 3-5 μm has been developed to study the runaway electrons in the Joint Texas Experimental Tokamak (J-TEXT). The camera is located in the equatorial plane looking tangentially into the direction of electron approach. The runaway electron beam inside the plasma has been observed at the flattop phase...
November 2016: Review of Scientific Instruments
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27910615/measurement-of-diagnostic-neutral-beam-parameters-on-j-text
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J R Wang, Z F Cheng, Z Li, Y Li, J Luo, X L Zhang, G Zhuang
A Doppler frequency shift spectrum (DFSS) system composed of two spectrometers has been developed for the joint Texas experimental tokamak to measure diagnostic neutral beam parameters including the beam energy fractions, intensity distributions, and divergences. The beam energy fractions are derived from measurements of H-alpha (Hα) emission using collisional excitation cross sections. The beam intensity distributions are obtained using an 11-channel measurement with a reconstruction technique. The beam divergences are obtained from spectrum broadening and geometric calculations...
November 2016: Review of Scientific Instruments
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27910519/design-of-thomson-scattering-diagnostic-system-on-j-text
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Yinan Zhou, Li Gao, Jiefeng Huang, Qingshuang Qiu, Ge Zhuang
An infrared multi-channel Thomson scattering diagnostic system is designed from the viewpoint of development of the proposed system on the Joint Texas Experimental Tokamak (J-TEXT). A 3 J/50 Hz Nd:YAG laser, which is injected vertically into plasma in the direction from top to bottom, serves as the power source of the system. The scattering light is then collected horizontally and is transmitted to an interference-filter avalanche photodiode based polychromater for spectrum analysis. The system covers the half plasma cross section, providing 14 spatial points with 2 cm resolution...
November 2016: Review of Scientific Instruments
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27910481/measurement-of-the-electron-and-ion-temperatures-by-the-x-ray-imaging-crystal-spectrometer-on-joint-texas-experimental-tokamak
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W Yan, Z Y Chen, W Jin, S G Lee, Y J Shi, D W Huang, R H Tong, S Y Wang, Y N Wei, T K Ma, G Zhuang
An x-ray imaging crystal spectrometer has been developed on joint Texas experimental tokamak for the measurement of electron and ion temperatures from the Kα spectra of helium-like argon and its satellite lines. A two-dimensional multi-wire proportional counter has been applied to detect the spectra. The electron and ion temperatures have been obtained from the Voigt fitting with the spectra of helium-like argon ions. The profiles of electron and ion temperatures show the dependence on electron density in ohmic plasmas...
November 2016: Review of Scientific Instruments
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27910469/the-fast-reciprocating-magnetic-probe-system-on-the-j-text-tokamak
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Fuming Li, Zhipeng Chen, Ge Zhuang, Hai Liu, Lizhi Zhu
The fast reciprocating magnetic probe (FRMP) system is newly developed on the Joint Texas Experimental Tokamak (J-TEXT) to measure the local magnetic fluctuations at the plasma edge. The magnetic probe array in the FRMP consists of four 2-dimensional magnetic probes arranged at different radial locations to detect local poloidal and radial magnetic fields. These probes are protected by a graphite and boron nitride casing to improve the frequency response of each probe; they are mounted on the head of a movable rod, which is oriented along radial direction at the top of the torus...
November 2016: Review of Scientific Instruments
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27905996/type-2-diabetes-detection-and-management-among-insured-adults
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Timothy M Dall, Weyna Yang, Pragna Halder, Jerry Franz, Erin Byrne, April P Semilla, Ritashree Chakrabarti, Bruce Stuart
BACKGROUND: The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention estimates that 28.9 million adults had diabetes in 2012 in the US, though many patients are undiagnosed or not managing their condition. This study provides US national and state estimates of insured adults with type 2 diabetes who are diagnosed, receiving exams and medication, managing glycemic levels, with diabetes complications, and their health expenditures. Such information can be used for benchmarking and to identify gaps in diabetes detection and management...
November 21, 2016: Population Health Metrics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27903084/assessment-of-corticosteroid-related-quality-of-care-measures-for-uc-and-cd-in-the-united-states-a-claims-data-analysis
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David T Rubin, Haridarshan Patel, Sherry Shi, Reema Mody
OBJECTIVE: To evaluate corticosteroid (CS)-related quality of care indicators in patients with ulcerative colitis (UC) and Crohn's disease (CD) in the US. METHODS: Adults diagnosed with UC or CD and prescription fills for an oral CS were identified from a large commercial US claims database (2005- 2013). Quality indicators included prolonged CS use (≥60 days), use of CS-sparing therapy, and bone loss assessment. State-level variations in quality of care indicators were estimated using logistic regression models adjusting for age, gender, insurance plan type, and CD severity...
December 1, 2016: Current Medical Research and Opinion
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27902241/description-of-lactobacillus-colini-sp-nov-isolated-from-northern-bobwhite-colinus-virginianus
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Michael Z Zhang, Ming Yang, Hongwen Su, Dale Rollins, Shuping Zhang
Biochemical and molecular studies were performed on five unknown bacterial strains isolated from the intestinal contents of Northern Bobwhites (Colinus virginianus) collected from western Texas, USA. The strains were Gram-stain-positive, catalase-negative, non-spore-forming rods arranged in single cells, pairs or short chains. Colonies on Columbia blood agar are circular, flat, entire, approximately 0.5 - 1.5 mm in diameter and surrounded with a zone of alpha hemolysis at 48 h incubation at 37 °C. Colonies on MRS agar are umbonate with irregular edge, opaque and approximately 1 - 1...
October 28, 2016: International Journal of Systematic and Evolutionary Microbiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27900660/increasing-breast-and-cervical-cancer-screening-in-rural-and-border-texas-with-friend-to-friend-plus-patient-navigation
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Derek Falk, Catherine Cubbin, Barbara Jones, Kristen Carrillo-Kappus, Andrew Crocker, Carol Rice
The Friend to Friend plus Patient Navigation Program (FTF+PN) aims to build an effective, sustainable infrastructure to increase breast and cervical screening rates for underserved women in rural Texas. The objective of this paper is to identify factors that (1) distinguish participants who chose patient navigation (PN) services from those who did not (non-PN) and (2) were associated with receiving a mammogram or Papanicolaou (Pap) test. This prospective study analyzed data collected from 2689 FTF+PN participants aged 18-99 years from March 1, 2012 to February 28, 2015 who self-identified as African American (AA), Latina, and non-Hispanic white (NHW)...
November 29, 2016: Journal of Cancer Education: the Official Journal of the American Association for Cancer Education
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27899155/comparative-sequence-analysis-of-cyclospora-cayetanensis-apicoplast-genomes-originating-from-diverse-geographical-regions
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Hediye Nese Cinar, Yvonne Qvarnstrom, Yuping Wei-Pridgeon, Wen Li, Fernanda S Nascimento, Michael J Arrowood, Helen R Murphy, AhYoung Jang, Eunje Kim, RaeYoung Kim, Alexandre da Silva, Gopal R Gopinath
BACKGROUND: Cyclospora cayetanensis is an emerging coccidian parasite that causes endemic and epidemic diarrheal disease called cyclosporiasis, and this infection is associated with consumption of contaminated produce or water in developed and developing regions. Food-borne outbreaks of cyclosporiasis have occurred almost every year in the USA since the 1990s. Investigations of these outbreaks are currently hampered due to lack of molecular epidemiological tools for trace back analysis...
November 29, 2016: Parasites & Vectors
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27898949/modeling-response-to-heat-stress-in-pigs-from-nucleus-and-commercial-farms-in-different-locations-in-the-united-states
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B O Fragomeni, D A L Lourenco, S Tsuruta, S Andonov, K Gray, Y Huang, I Misztal
The purpose of this study was to analyze the impact of seasonal losses due to heat stress in different environments and genetic group combinations. Data were available for 2 different swine populations: purebred Duroc animals raised in nucleus farms in Texas and North Carolina and crosses of Duroc and F females (Landrace × Large White) raised in commercial farms in Missouri and North Carolina; pedigrees provided links between animals from different states. Traits included BW at harvest age for purebred animals and HCW for crossbred animals...
November 2016: Journal of Animal Science
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27898859/regional-and-seasonal-analyses-of-weights-in-growing-angus-cattle
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H L Bradford, B O Fragomeni, J K Bertrand, D A L Lourenco, I Misztal
This study evaluated the impact of region and season on growth in Angus seed stock. To assess geographic differences, the United States was partitioned into 9 regions based on similar climate and topography related to cow-calf production. Seasonal effects were associated with the month that animals were weighed. The American Angus Association provided growth data, and records were assigned to regions based on the owner's zip code. Most Angus cattle were in the Cornbelt, Lower Plains, Rocky Mountain, Upper Plains, and Upper South regions, with proportionally fewer Angus in Texas compared with the national cow herd...
October 2016: Journal of Animal Science
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27896915/evaluation-of-maternal-and-perinatal-characteristics-on-childhood-lymphoma-risk-a-population-based-case-control-study
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Erin C Peckham-Gregory, Heather E Danysh, Austin L Brown, Olive Eckstein, Amanda Grimes, Rikhia Chakraborty, Joseph Lubega, Kenneth L McClain, Carl E Allen, Michael E Scheurer, Philip J Lupo
BACKGROUND: Lymphoma is one of the most common pediatric malignancies; however, there are few well-established risk factors. Therefore, we investigated if maternal and perinatal characteristics influenced the risk of childhood lymphoma. PROCEDURE: Information on cases (n = 374) diagnosed with lymphoma and born in Texas for the period 1995-2011 was obtained from the Texas Cancer Registry. Birth certificate controls were randomly selected at a ratio of 10 controls per 1 case for the same period of 1995-2011...
November 28, 2016: Pediatric Blood & Cancer
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27896041/flavored-e-cigarette-use-characterizing-youth-young-adult-and-adult-users
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M B Harrell, S R Weaver, A Loukas, M Creamer, C N Marti, C D Jackson, J W Heath, P Nayak, C L Perry, T F Pechacek, M P Eriksen
The purpose of this study is to investigate how the use of flavored e-cigarettes varies between youth (12-17 years old), young adults (18-29 years old), and older adults (30 + years old). Cross-sectional surveys of school-going youth (n = 3907) and young adult college students (n = 5482) in Texas, and young adults and older adults (n = 6051) nationwide were administered in 2014-2015. Proportions and 95% confidence intervals were used to describe the percentage of e-cigarette use at initiation and in the past 30 days that was flavored, among current e-cigarette users...
March 2017: Preventive Medicine Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27895533/type-2-diabetes-detection-and-management-among-insured-adults
#17
Timothy M Dall, Weyna Yang, Pragna Halder, Jerry Franz, Erin Byrne, April P Semilla, Ritashree Chakrabarti, Bruce Stuart
BACKGROUND: The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention estimates that 28.9 million adults had diabetes in 2012 in the US, though many patients are undiagnosed or not managing their condition. This study provides US national and state estimates of insured adults with type 2 diabetes who are diagnosed, receiving exams and medication, managing glycemic levels, with diabetes complications, and their health expenditures. Such information can be used for benchmarking and to identify gaps in diabetes detection and management...
2016: Population Health Metrics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27894130/erratum-to-maternal-mortality-in-texas
#18
Sonia Baeva, Natalie P Archer, Karen Ruggiero, Manda Hall, Julie Stagg, Evelyn Coronado Interis, Rachelle Vega, Evelyn Delgado, John Hellerstedt, Gary Hankins, Lisa M Hollier
No abstract text is available yet for this article.
November 28, 2016: American Journal of Perinatology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27893937/prognostic-significance-of-equivocal-human-epidermal-growth-factor-receptor-2-results-and-clinical-utility-of-alternative-chromosome-17-genes-in-patients-with-invasive-breast-cancer-a-cohort-study
#19
Nour Sneige, Kenneth R Hess, Asha S Multani, Yun Gong, Nuhad K Ibrahim
BACKGROUND: The 2013 testing guidelines for determining the human epidermal growth factor receptor 2 (HER2) status include new cutoff points for the HER2/chromosome enumeration probe 17 (CEP17) ratio and the average HER2 copy number per cell, and they recommend using a reflex test with alternative chromosome 17 probes (Ch17Ps) to resolve equivocal HER2 results. This study sought to determine the clinical utility of alternative Ch17Ps in equivocal cases and the effects of equivocal results and/or a change in the HER2 status on patients' outcomes...
November 28, 2016: Cancer
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27893498/wired-to-the-workplace-the-relationship-between-electronic-connectedness-to-work-and-nurse-manager-satisfaction
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Candace Gardner, Amy Hailey, Christi Nguyen, Charlsea Prichard, Patricia Newcomb
OBJECTIVE: The aim of this study is to describe the beliefs and behaviors of nurse leaders regarding electronic connectedness with their workplace and workplace support. BACKGROUND: Electronic communication enables leaders' continuous availability to the workplace. This may blur home-work boundaries and contribute to burnout. METHODS: This mixed-methods study surveyed nurses in 6 acute care hospitals in north Texas. A qualitative phase employed focus groups composed of nurses from participating hospitals to validate and enrich data collected in the quantitative phase...
November 23, 2016: Journal of Nursing Administration
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