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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28941352/interlaboratory-variability-of-urinary-iodine-measurements
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Till Ittermann, Simone Johner, Harald Below, Matthias Leiterer, Michael Thamm, Thomas Remer, Henry Völzke
BACKGROUND: The iodine status of populations is usually assessed by median urinary iodine concentrations (UIC) in population-based studies, but it is unclear to which extent UIC are comparable across different laboratories. The aim of our study was to investigate the variability of UIC measurements across three well-established German laboratories with long-term clinical-chemical expertise in iodine measurements and to compare these results to the gold standard inductively coupled plasma mass spectrometry (ICP-MS)...
September 23, 2017: Clinical Chemistry and Laboratory Medicine: CCLM
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28938789/impacts-of-dietary-calcium-phytate-and-phytase-on-inositol-hexakisphosphate-degradation-and-inositol-phosphate-release-in-different-segments-of-digestive-tract-of-broilers
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W Li, R Angel, S-W Kim, K Brady, S Yu, P W Plumstead
A total of 720 straight-run Heritage 56 M × fast feathering Cobb 500F broiler chickens was fed from 11 to 13 d of age to determine the impacts of dietary calcium (Ca), phytate phosphorus (PP), and phytase concentrations on inositol phosphate (IP3-6) profile in different digestive tract (GI) segments. The experiment was a 2 × 2 × 3 randomized block design with 2 Ca (0.7 and 1.0%) and 2 PP (0.23 and 0.34%) concentrations and 3 doses of Buttiauxella sp. phytase (0, 500, and 1,000 FTU/kg). The experiment was replicated in time (block) with 3 replicates per treatment (Trt) of 10 birds per block...
October 1, 2017: Poultry Science
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28938775/effects-of-different-types-of-dark-brooders-on-injurious-pecking-damage-and-production-related-traits-at-rear-and-lay-in-layers
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A B Riber, D A Guzman
Injurious pecking (IP) remains one of the major welfare challenges in housing of laying hens worldwide due to the negative consequences it inflicts on animal welfare and economy. One potential solution to reduce IP is the use of dark brooders as the primary heat source during rearing. The objective was to investigate effects of rearing layer chicks with different management strategies and size allowances of dark brooders on IP and production-related traits during rear and lay. Groups of 100 to 103 Isa Warren chicks were reared either with one of 4 brooder types (n = 4 per treatment) or with whole-house heating (control: n = 6)...
October 1, 2017: Poultry Science
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28938374/contraceptive-counseling-for-continuation-and-satisfaction
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Gillian B Schivone, Laura L Glish
PURPOSE OF REVIEW: Quality contraceptive counseling has been identified as a potential means to reduce unintended pregnancy and to increase contraceptive continuation and satisfaction. Past approaches that focused on autonomous decision making and directive counseling have not been shown to meet these goals consistently. Women's health organizations globally are calling for improved counseling through more thorough discussion of side-effects and bleeding changes, and renewed focus on shared decision making and patient-centered care...
September 21, 2017: Current Opinion in Obstetrics & Gynecology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28938327/adipose-tissue-derived-stromal-vascular-fraction-increases-osteogenesis-in-an-experimental-design-zygomatic-bone-defect-model
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Gaye Toplu, Derya Ozcelik, Merdan Serin, Havva Erdem, Arzu Turkseven Topacoglu
INTRODUCTION: Facial bone defects are frequently encountered problems in clinical practice. Bone grafts, flaps, and alloplastic materials are often used in their treatment. This leads to donor site morbidity and prolongation of the operation. The authors have planned this study to examine whether adipose tissue derived stromal vascular fraction (SVF) has an osteogenic effect in the critical sized membranous bone defect of the zygomatic bone. MATERIALS AND METHODS: Twenty male Wistar Albino rats were used...
September 21, 2017: Journal of Craniofacial Surgery
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28938179/does-simulation-enhance-nurses-ability-to-assess-deteriorating-patients
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Maria Bliss, Leanne M Aitken
Recognising and responding to patient deterioration has been identified as a key skill in nursing care to ensure that care is escalated for prompt, efficient management of the potentially critically ill patient. Simulation is one teaching strategy that has been established in nurse education as a method for enhancing skills. The objective was to explore the experiences of registered nurses to ascertain whether they perceived that simulation enhanced their skills in recognising the deteriorating patient. An exploratory qualitative design was used...
September 12, 2017: Nurse Education in Practice
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28938153/massively-parallel-sequencing-of-32-forensic-markers-using-the-precision-id-globalfiler%C3%A2-ngs-str-panel-and-the-ion-pgm%C3%A2-system
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Zheng Wang, Di Zhou, Hui Wang, Zhenjun Jia, Jing Liu, Xiaoqin Qian, Chengtao Li, Yiping Hou
Massively parallel sequencing (MPS) technologies have proved capable of sequencing the majority of the key forensic STR markers. By MPS, not only the repeat-length size but also sequence variations could be detected. Recently, Thermo Fisher Scientific has designed an advanced MPS 32-plex panel, named the Precision ID GlobalFiler™ NGS STR Panel, where the primer set has been designed specifically for the purpose of MPS technologies and the data analysis are supported by a new version HID STR Genotyper Plugin (V4...
September 8, 2017: Forensic Science International. Genetics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28938105/how-people-from-ethnic-minorities-describe-their-experiences-of-managing-type-2-diabetes-mellitus-a-qualitative-meta-synthesis
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Virginia Jones, Marie Crowe
BACKGROUND: The increasing prevalence of diabetes is well-documented along with the findings that some ethnic minorities have a higher prevalence than non-minority individuals. Along with possible biological differences between ethnicities, access to economic, social, cultural and symbolic capital may impact on the success of managing type-2 diabetes. OBJECTIVES: To examine how people from ethnic minorities in Western countries describe their experiences of managing type-2 diabetes mellitus...
August 30, 2017: International Journal of Nursing Studies
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28938102/self-management-support-at-the-end-of-life-patients-carers-and-professionals-perspectives-on-managing-medicines
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N Campling, A Richardson, M Mulvey, M Bennett, B Johnston, S Latter
BACKGROUND: Pain is a frequently reported symptom by patients approaching the end of life and well-established that patients and carers hold fears relating to opioids, and experience side effects related to their use. The management of medicines is intrinsic to achieving effective pain relief. The concept of self-management support whilst well characterised in the context of chronic illness has not been elaborated with respect to end of life care. AIM: To identify patient, carer and professional views on the concept of self-management support at end of life, specifically in relation to analgesia and related medicines (for side-effect management) in order to describe, characterise and explain self-management support in this context...
September 6, 2017: International Journal of Nursing Studies
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28938075/the-human-plasma-proteome-draft-of-2017-building-on-the-human-plasma-peptideatlas-from-mass-spectrometry-and-complementary-assays
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Jochen M Schwenk, Gilbert S Omenn, Zhi Sun, David S Campbell, Mark S Baker, Christopher M Overall, Ruedi Aebersold, Robert L Moritz, Eric W Deutsch
Human blood plasma provides a highly accessible window to the proteome of any individual in health and disease. Since its inception in 2002, the Human Proteome Organization's Human Plasma Proteome Project (HPPP) has been promoting advances in the study and understanding of the full protein complement of human plasma and on determining the abundance and modifications of its components. In 2017, we review the history of the HPPP and the advances of human plasma proteomics in general, including several recent achievements...
September 22, 2017: Journal of Proteome Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28937987/combination-of-minimum-enclosing-balls-classifier-with-svm-in-coal-rock-recognition
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QingJun Song, HaiYan Jiang, Qinghui Song, XieGuang Zhao, Xiaoxuan Wu
Top-coal caving technology is a productive and efficient method in modern mechanized coal mining, the study of coal-rock recognition is key to realizing automation in comprehensive mechanized coal mining. In this paper we propose a new discriminant analysis framework for coal-rock recognition. In the framework, a data acquisition model with vibration and acoustic signals is designed and the caving dataset with 10 feature variables and three classes is got. And the perfect combination of feature variables can be automatically decided by using the multi-class F-score (MF-Score) feature selection...
2017: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28937984/evidence-of-complex-contagion-of-information-in-social-media-an-experiment-using-twitter-bots
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Bjarke Mønsted, Piotr Sapieżyński, Emilio Ferrara, Sune Lehmann
It has recently become possible to study the dynamics of information diffusion in techno-social systems at scale, due to the emergence of online platforms, such as Twitter, with millions of users. One question that systematically recurs is whether information spreads according to simple or complex dynamics: does each exposure to a piece of information have an independent probability of a user adopting it (simple contagion), or does this probability depend instead on the number of sources of exposure, increasing above some threshold (complex contagion)? Most studies to date are observational and, therefore, unable to disentangle the effects of confounding factors such as social reinforcement, homophily, limited attention, or network community structure...
2017: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28937691/toward-a-conceptual-framework-for-early-brain-and-behavior-development-in-autism
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J Piven, J T Elison, M J Zylka
Studies of infant siblings of older autistic probands, who are at elevated risk for autism, have demonstrated that the defining features of autism are not present in the first year of life but emerge late in the first and into the second year. A recent longitudinal neuroimaging study of high-risk siblings revealed a specific pattern of brain development in infants later diagnosed with autism, characterized by cortical surface area hyper-expansion in the first year followed by brain volume overgrowth in the second year that is associated with the emergence of autistic social deficits...
October 2017: Molecular Psychiatry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28937669/in-situ-solid-state-nmr-and-xrd-studies-of-the-ador-process-and-the-unusual-structure-of-zeolite-ipc-6
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Samuel A Morris, Giulia P M Bignami, Yuyang Tian, Marta Navarro, Daniel S Firth, Jiří Čejka, Paul S Wheatley, Daniel M Dawson, Wojciech A Slawinski, David S Wragg, Russell E Morris, Sharon E Ashbrook
The assembly-disassembly-organization-reassembly (ADOR) mechanism is a recent method for preparing inorganic framework materials and, in particular, zeolites. This flexible approach has enabled the synthesis of isoreticular families of zeolites with unprecedented continuous control over porosity, and the design and preparation of materials that would have been difficult-or even impossible-to obtain using traditional hydrothermal techniques. Applying the ADOR process to a parent zeolite with the UTL framework topology, for example, has led to six previously unknown zeolites (named IPC-n, where n = 2, 4, 6, 7, 9 and 10)...
October 2017: Nature Chemistry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28937660/a-low-power-consumption-algorithm-for-efficient-energy-consumption-in-zigbee-motes
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Daniel Vaquerizo-Hdez, Pablo Muñoz, María D R-Moreno, David F Barrero
Wireless Sensor Networks (WSNs) are becoming increasingly popular since they can gather information from different locations without wires. This advantage is exploited in applications such as robotic systems, telecare, domotic or smart cities, among others. To gain independence from the electricity grid, WSNs devices are equipped with batteries, therefore their operational time is determined by the time that the batteries can power on the device. As a consequence, engineers must consider low energy consumption as a critical objective to design WSNs...
September 22, 2017: Sensors
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28937644/american-sign-language-alphabet-recognition-using-a-neuromorphic-sensor-and-an-artificial-neural-network
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Miguel Rivera-Acosta, Susana Ortega-Cisneros, Jorge Rivera, Federico Sandoval-Ibarra
This paper reports the design and analysis of an American Sign Language (ASL) alphabet translation system implemented in hardware using a Field-Programmable Gate Array. The system process consists of three stages, the first being the communication with the neuromorphic camera (also called Dynamic Vision Sensor, DVS) sensor using the Universal Serial Bus protocol. The feature extraction of the events generated by the DVS is the second part of the process, consisting of a presentation of the digital image processing algorithms developed in software, which aim to reduce redundant information and prepare the data for the third stage...
September 22, 2017: Sensors
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28937610/a-methodology-for-the-design-of-application-specific-cyber-physical-social-sensing-co-simulators
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Borja Bordel Sánchez, Ramón Alcarria, Álvaro Sánchez-Picot, Diego Sánchez-de-Rivera
Cyber-Physical Social Sensing (CPSS) is a new trend in the context of pervasive sensing. In these new systems, various domains coexist in time, evolve together and influence each other. Thus, application-specific tools are necessary for specifying and validating designs and simulating systems. However, nowadays, different tools are employed to simulate each domain independently. Mainly, the cause of the lack of co-simulation instruments to simulate all domains together is the extreme difficulty of combining and synchronizing various tools...
September 22, 2017: Sensors
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28937462/instability-in-thoracolumbar-trauma-is-a-new-definition-warranted
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Salman Abbasi Fard, Jesse Skoch, Mauricio J Avila, Apar S Patel, Kamran V Sattarov, Christina M Walter, Ali A Baaj
STUDY DESIGN: Review of the articles. OBJECTIVE: The objective of this study was to review all articles related to spinal instability to determine a consensus statement for a contemporary, practical definition applicable to thoracolumbar injuries. SUMMARY OF BACKGROUND DATA: Traumatic fractures of the thoracolumbar spine are common. These injuries can result in neurological deficits, disability, deformity, pain, and represent a great economic burden to society...
October 2017: Clinical Spine Surgery
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28937342/do-chimeras-have-minds
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Benjamin Capps
Suppose that a colleague proposed a fantastic experiment: to introduce human stem cells into a neonatal mouse so that its entire brain developed into "human-like" neuronal structures. The colleague claimed it would still be a mouse, and that its chimeric brain would be nothing like a "human" one. It would not, as a result, have a moral status beyond its nonhuman animal origins. Thus, the "human neuron mouse" would allow scientists to tinker with human-like neurology in ways that would be precluded if it were a human being, and that would promise to lead to substantial understanding of the destructive and incurable brain diseases that befall humanity...
October 2017: Cambridge Quarterly of Healthcare Ethics: CQ: the International Journal of Healthcare Ethics Committees
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28937288/pain-and-side-effects-associated-with-4-dimensional-hysterosalpingo-contrast-sonography-for-evaluating-of-the-fallopian-tubes-patency
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Hongbo Li, MeiMei Zhang, Ye Qiang, YunFei Ma, ShuXia Mao, Hao Zhang
4-Dimensional hysterosalpingo-contrast sonography (4 D HyCoSy) using SonoVue is regarded as a really good option available for evaluating fallopian tubal patency. This study was designed to assess the pain and adverse effects incurred by women undergoing 4 D HyCoSy. Through evaluating the pelvic pain immediately after 4 D HyCoSy and 30 min after 4 D HyCoSy, the circumstances of the pain relief was also observed. The predictive factors of pain were assessed simultaneously. 827 consecutive women as part of infertility evaluation were included...
September 22, 2017: Computer Assisted Surgery (Abingdon, England)
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